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- 12:56pm Jun 5, 2002 EST (#2466
CI A~F BI inquiry
""... there is a common thread running through these
failings that paradoxically reflects well on the United States as
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
- 01:09pm Jun 5, 2002 EST (#2467
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
"" ... 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.
- 01:26pm Jun 5, 2002 EST (#2468
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
"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."
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
- 01:34pm Jun 5, 2002 EST (#2469
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
... 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
The children woke up.
... 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.
- 01:39pm Jun 5, 2002 EST (#2470
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!!! http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?50@@.eeccb8f/0
- 02:36pm Jun 5, 2002 EST (#2471
|> Going 'walkabout' myFri-Wed
- 11:58pm Jun 5, 2002 EST (#2472
"Find the Boeing Jumbo Jet!"
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