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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars" defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an application of science be successful? Is a militarized space inevitable, necessary or impossible?

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lchic - 12:56pm Jun 5, 2002 EST (#2466 of 2472)


CI A~F BI inquiry,7792,727667,00.html

    ""... there is a common thread running through these failings that paradoxically reflects well on the United States as a society.
    First of all, the CIA did not have any spies infiltrated in the ranks of al-Qaida, partly because it had been thoroughly chastised decades earlier for its use of unsavoury characters as informants in Central America. It became a spy agency that tried to avoid dealing with bad people. Furthermore, the CIA, by its very charter, was banned from carrying out operations on US soil. The idea of the state snooping into the affairs of private citizens is anathema in a country which takes individual liberties seriously.

lchic - 01:09pm Jun 5, 2002 EST (#2467 of 2472)

Dowd:CI A~F BI
So Congress points fingers at the C.I.A. and F.B.I. And the C.I.A. and F.B.I. point fingers at each other. And, hoping to distract attention from their own flaws, the agents point fingers at a bin Laden associate

NATO : America pushes for new rapid-reaction force to revive Nato's sense of purpose

MEast :

    "" ... bombing was meant to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the 1967 Middle East War in which Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.

lchic - 01:26pm Jun 5, 2002 EST (#2468 of 2472)

PUTIN : SubContinent """India
decisively rejected a Russian diplomatic effort Tuesday evening to defuse a nuclear-armed standoff with Pakistan, saying that it would neither negotiate nor rein in a powerful military buildup until Pakistan halts a flow of armed guerrillas into Kashmir ...

"" Vajpayee has accused Pakistan of harbouring up to 3,000 Islamic militants who he says are ready to carry out raids into Indian territory.

"Joint patrolling can be held by India and Pakistan," he told a news conference in Kazakhstan, that was shown live on Indian television. "There can be joint verification, but there is no need for third-party verification."
Pakistan - NO

India : Quality of process service problem?
"" .. bus was travelling on the highway connecting India's western commercial hub of Bombay with the tourist state of Goa, when the driver lost control of the vehicle, plunging it into the river

Kashmire : bbc : background

lchic - 01:34pm Jun 5, 2002 EST (#2469 of 2472)

EU : Pushing together v Pulling Apart
"" Hundreds of men and women, many with small children in tow, had crowded into the debating chamber to hear us pontificate about the virtues of European integration.

    ... Then came Mr Bonde. Chubby, enthusiastic, he gave a startlingly different account. Of course Europe should get its act together where it is needed. Of course the EU must deal with issues which have long surpassed the nation state. But it should be an open process, not run by a secretive cabal of officials in the council of ministers. It should be a democratic process in which national MPs as well as MEPs should hold governments to account. And it should be based on a rational division of labour between what local, national and European administrations should do.
    The children woke up.,9321,727765,00.html
    ... Mr Bonde, the Danish MEP, presented another form of scepticism. A commitment to transparency and a visceral dislike of technocracy. Who knows, perhaps he has all sorts of distasteful views which he kept well hidden on Europe Day. But on the occasion we shared a platform, his scepticism would not have gone amiss at a pro-European federalist rally.
    The Belgian foreign minister's rhetoric, whilst harmless, was a tired, meandering defence of European integration. And unlike balloons, Europe can not be sustained on hot air alone.

lchic - 01:39pm Jun 5, 2002 EST (#2470 of 2472)

USA : Soccer : Guardian Talk International
Thread : I used to think soccer was boring, now that the US has won a game....WOW what an exciting sport!!!

lchic - 02:36pm Jun 5, 2002 EST (#2471 of 2472)

|> Going 'walkabout' myFri-Wed

robkettenburg01 - 11:58pm Jun 5, 2002 EST (#2472 of 2472)

Play "Find the Boeing Jumbo Jet!"

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