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    Missile Defense

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 - 03:06am Oct 19, 2002 EST (# 5018 of 5047)
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"" BRUSSELS, Oct 18: The European Union on Friday promised to "stay engaged with Pakistan throughout its transition to democracy" but warned of concerns at reports of "manipulation" in last week's polls.

lchic - 03:10am Oct 19, 2002 EST (# 5019 of 5047)
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Pakistan - DAWN - Editorial NorthKorea
Omits mention of their supplying Uranium to NK

    "" What now? Since the US believes it enjoys the monopoly of deciding what is right and what is wrong for the world, and since ordinary mortals like us are supposed to look up to it as our guardian angel, will it also now be prepared to attack North Korea and bring about a regime change there? In that case, it will have to go even beyond that and aim at changing the political system altogether because North Korea is still run on Stalinist lines.

lchic - 03:14am Oct 19, 2002 EST (# 5020 of 5047)
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"" Spanish diplomat resigns over Iraq

MADRID, Oct 18: A war of words erupted on Friday between Spain's conservative government and opposition parties after the top Spanish diplomat in Baghdad stepped down in protest at Madrid's support for a US-led military campaign against Iraq.

Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio attributed the resignation of charge d'affaires Fernando Valderrama to "pressure and stress" in an interview aired on Spanish public radio.

"This is someone who has not been able to withstand a tense situation and has sought to justify this with a flimsy alibi," Palacio said. "Fear is only human, and life in Baghdad is very difficult," she added.

Her remarks drew scathing condemnation from the opposition Socialists, with senior party leader Jose Blanco blasting her for a "pathetic" attack on a government employee.

"No minister should allow herself to insult a public official," Blanco said. "The truth is that the government and the minister are nervous because they are finding themselves rather isolated over Iraq," he said.

Eager to add to the government's embarrassment, the communist Izquierda Unida (IU) party has requested that Palacio and Valderrama appear before the parliament's foreign affairs committee for further discussion of what it called his "courageous resignation".

Deputy Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy meanwhile blasted Valderrama for having breached the "rule of common sense", telling a press conference that any diplomat "must defend his country's position, whether or not he shares it privately".

Valderrama told national radio he had resigned because he could no longer represent his country's official views, which he described as "subordination to the American government" in breach of international law.

He said he had taken the decision despite its "very high professional cost". -AFP

lchic - 03:17am Oct 19, 2002 EST (# 5021 of 5047)
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Diffusionism and Acculturation

lchic - 03:35am Oct 19, 2002 EST (# 5022 of 5047)
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"There's a bomb with
'your name on it'
NO - don't get up to leave



The danger of words | (see diagrams)

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