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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
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- 02:09am Nov 17, 2002 EST (#
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Saddam Hussein's inner circle speaks out.
Interesting program above -- revealed how Saddam's taste in
literature stretch from Hitler to Stalin related authorships.
Showed that many intellectuals and professional leaders
have fled Iraq over the years and are now in positions of rank
- elsewhere - with mentoring abilities that might be used to
nurture a new Iraq through renewal process.
Told of his culling friends who supported him from sixty
down to just a remaining three. Told of how he ruled by whim
and fear. Modelled himself on Egypt's Nasser. Looked to
re-establishing Arab reign through a connected global tract.
A British Diplomat spoke of his dealings with the man who
rules via 'terror'.
North Korea blasts US for obstructing inter-Korean
railway 17/11/2002 16:27:20
North Korea has warned that a planned railway linking the
two Koreas could be delayed because of the nuclear standoff
with the United States.
The warning came after the United States and its allies
decided to suspend fuel oil shipments to punish North Korea
for refusing to scrap its nuclear weapons program.
South and North Korea began removing mines on September 18
to open rail links as part of the inter-Korean rapprochement
pushed by South Korea's Nobel Peace Prize winning president,
But the de-mining came to a halt last week in the middle of
the four-kilometer wide demilitarized zone.
- 02:10am Nov 17, 2002 EST (#
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Exactly so bad boy buck !
- 02:20am Nov 17, 2002 EST (#
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Homo sapiens to Homo urbanus
3 Billion people, 50% of the world’s population live in
cities and it’s growing at a rate of 180,000 per day. But in
cities like Colombo in Sri Lanka half the population have
no access to basic services like water and sanitation.
Upgrading urban slums is a challenge for our century – to
ignore it would be social dynamite.
Would Maslow have said
"divert cash from Nukes to slums?"
- 02:25am Nov 17, 2002 EST (#
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Inside the Saudi Royal Cocoon
OPINION | November 15, 2002
Philip TAUBMAN (NYT) Editorial
- 05:29am Nov 17, 2002 EST (#
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Ah the Saudi Royal Family .. first out - last back!
- 06:33am Nov 17, 2002 EST (#
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Communication in the Houses of Saud and Saddam are TOP-down
The concept of empowerment of the 'everyman' hasn't been
conceived or is regarded as a threat.
In the docco on Saddam (ABC-au above) he was described as
being isolated and out of touch - the same goes for the Saudi
The balance of power and value systems within such nations
is skewed. The attention has the purse stings and is to be
obeyed. To disobey is certain death.
Pipeline nations have IN-in-comes begging the question, how
should money be divided, given to whom, when, and for what
Such nations have to talk,
to communicate longways,
and determine national futures.
What impedements to straight talking are there - if any?
If the society is based on a structure of lies and
deceptions, then it is necessary to have to admit that
mistakes have been made and look for truth -- to get everyone
reading the same page and collectively 'jumping from it' to
welcome new futures.
Checking and looking for truths are essential and have to
be 'morally forcing' and carried out for the national good.
Without reaching this stage a country can be stagnant,
paralysed and locked into a redundant yesterday.
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