bush lied, people died. escalate nonviolence.
Going to see LotR: TTT tonight. Will no doubt be snickering unwholesomely after reading the secret diaries of the Fellowship, link courtesy of a poster on the Straight Dope thread linked yesterday. "Sam will kill him if he tries anything" indeed. Heh.posted by Natasha at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK |
North Korea urges its citizens to become human bombs in the event of all out war with the US over its nuclear capacity. The Bush regime should take note that they may finally have run into a more reckless bunch of lunatics than even Perle and Wolfowitz in their most imperialistic moods. Playing crazy only works when the other party isn't:
Has *everyone* gone stark, raving mad? No, don't answer that. The proximity of this stirred up hornets' nest to tens of thousands of American troops, two major allies, and a rapidly growing trading partner, is a situation heading rapidly for disaster.posted by Natasha at 3:02 AM | PERMALINK |
Bush administration recommends insane wingnut to chair an FDA panel that determines womens' health policy. The candidate in question has written a book with his wife recommending prayer and scripture as the ultimate cure for womens' health problems. A lot could be said about this, none of it polite.posted by Natasha at 2:56 AM | PERMALINK |
Peter Schrag muses on a California secession, which would actually be legal under the state constitution. My only question is, can Washington and Oregon come too?posted by Natasha at 2:50 AM | PERMALINK |
State budgets in deficit, have hit 50 year low point.posted by Natasha at 2:39 AM | PERMALINK |
Venezuela's oil chief and former OPEC president, Ali Rodriguez, outlines his plans to deal with the lockdown of the country's oil industry.posted by Natasha at 2:37 AM | PERMALINK |
In the Navy Times:
Washington state fisheries are potentially being damaged by Navy blasting.
The social security numbers and health records of 500,000 military personnel were stolen this month. There haven't as yet been any reports of identity theft related to the incident, and service members are being encouraged to notify the appropriate agencies. With any luck they're being told to call each of the credit bureaus to add fraud alerts to their credit reports, which triggers a phone call from the bureau every time a new account is applied for to check if it's really you.posted by Natasha at 2:30 AM | PERMALINK |
In the Guardian:
A Palestinian author says that the way Iraq is being attacked feels like an attack on all Arabs. This was her comment on one of the civilizing examples of western culture in the last century:
John O'Farrell wonders if the UK could get away with showing its support for the US by sending the troops campaign for Bush in the 2004 elections. Less hazardous, same goal:
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The Asia Times reports on the Rendon Group, the US government's PR firm in times of war, which is to say, practically always. For those of us who may have wondered who came up with the Kuwaiti 'baby incubator' story, it was these guys.posted by Natasha at 1:59 AM | PERMALINK |
Friday, December 27, 2002
A truly entertaining thread (if you're a geek) awaits you at the Straight Dope, If LotR Had Been Written By Someone Else? A tiny sample of the goods:
For more, go read the thread. Such esteemed luminaries as Dr. Seuss, Terry Pratchett, James Joyce, J.K. Rowling, Hunter S. Thompson, Dave Barry, George Orwell, John Milton, Freddie Mercury, and others have added 'their' contributions so far. It's good to be a geek.posted by Natasha at 7:43 PM | PERMALINK |
Paul Krugman toasts the good guys. They didn't win this year, but they tried anyway.
One day the poet Bai Juyi asked the monk Niaowo about Zen. "How must I live my life so that I am completely at one with the dao?" The monk said "Avoid all evil and perform all good." "But," said the poet, "even a three-year-old knows that much."
"A three-year-old may know it. But not even a one-hundred-year-old can do it." - Adapted from "Zen Speaks", translated by Brian Bruya from the Tsai Chih Chung.posted by Natasha at 6:47 PM | PERMALINK |
Are You Better Off Today...
The CommUnity of minds posts this interesting perspective on terrorism. In part, emphasis ours, and go read the rest:
Talk about your Pyrrhic victories. The problem with the situation is that if you point out the truth of the origins of these movements, you get called anti-American. Nonetheless, as has been said countless times by others, the vast majority of the American people had no idea that this was going on. Almost certainly they would have disapproved en masse.
Neither political party comes out of this with entirely clean hands. And the sports team mentality that makes each party downplay the mistakes of top politicians and political strategists who barely even promote their constituents' views only muddies the water. The Republicans no longer represent smaller government and self-determination. Democrats no longer represent environmental protection and support for the working class. Neither party gives a good godd*mn about genuine free trade, or even a principled form of regulated trade.
They talk the 'good' talk, but their policies are being increasingly directed by the guns, drugs, & money contingent. The principled and dedicated members of each party, if they accidentally get into office, are never allowed to have any real power. The bought and sold party leaderships can no longer help but to compulsively meddle with things best left alone, especially considering the devastating track record the country has accumulated.
But what do we do now? Start them or not, Al-Qaida needs to be dealt with. They will continue to kill innocent civilians and must be stopped. Yet this must not be allowed to happen again. Weaseling out of the fact that we started this colossal mess just makes it more likely that the same mistakes will continue to be made. That the US will continue to arm unsavory guerilla movements, use the drug trade to finance questionable projects, overthrow governments, and start civil wars.
No good has ever come of this sort of action, and none ever will. As the 'unintended consequences' and 'collateral damage' pile up year after year, it becomes more clear that what this country and our 'civilized' accomplices have got is a foolproof method of increasing violence all over the world and getting lots of people killed. Ask yourselves this question: are you safer today than you were 20 years ago?posted by Natasha at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK |
The country of Yemen begins a social reintegration program for Islamic militants and Al-Qaida trainees who are not presently charged with any crimes. Islamic scholars and legal experts have prepared a dialogue course to try and guide them back into socially constructive forms of belief and behavior.
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China shuts down thousands of cybercafes.posted by Natasha at 2:55 PM | PERMALINK |
In the BBC:
Chechnyan suicide bombers destroy the government building in Grozny, killing 46.
Venezuela begins importing oil as the management lockout continues and world oil prices go up. The opposition leaders say they won't allow President Chavez to install a dictatorship, no doubt because they prefer to install one of their own.
Palestinian gunmen kill four Israelis in an attack suspected to be retaliation for the killing of seven Palestinians yesterday.
Iran will no longer stone adultresses. The rarely enforced punishment has now been taken off the law books.
UN asks North Korea to reconsider activating its nuclear program.
EU prepares to launch a vessel that will rendezvous with a comet. If successful, the mission would be the first close-up look at a comet.posted by Natasha at 2:51 PM | PERMALINK |
So, let's get this straight: We tell kids not to take mind-altering substances because they should enjoy life unmedicated, but the medical establishment is now prescribing them more drugs than ever. (The links to this series of articles is on the bar at the right of the main page.)
Of particular note was this article on the frequent misdiagnosis of girls with attention disorders. They don't usually display hyperactivity, and may be missed for treatment entirely. The article makes a number of good points, but I would tend to disagree that Ritalin is the solution for all the problems of kids with ADD/ADHD.
Not only can Ritalin stunt growth (summer drug holidays are often encouraged for this reason), but it may prevent children from developing coping skills appropriate to their learning style. Also, it continues to boggle me that children who are easily bored are first given medication that raises the boredom threshold before more interesting or advanced educational programs are tried. Or that hyperactive children aren't encouraged more into sports that can channel their energy. In some career paths and forms of learning, the ADD mindset may be a benefit.posted by Natasha at 2:34 PM | PERMALINK |
This article discusses the long struggle to include a section on indigenous rights in the Venezuelan constitution, a portion which was inserted after vigorous public debate.
This is one of the more important issues that the world's indigenous people face today: the right to own the land their families have lived on since before there were title deeds. For people not strongly tied into the main systems of commerce and education, land ownership means the difference between marginalized poverty and reasonable self-sufficiency.
Ned Boudreau speaks somewhat optimistically about the impending fall of the current globalization regime. I think he underestimates the staying power of the bunch of greedy buggers who presently own more than half the planet, but he makes some good points regarding the structural hypocrisy of a 'free trade'* system that's little better than highway robbery. In part:
* The current and complete failure of so-called free trade policies doesn't mean that free trade wouldn't work, that's still open to debate. It's just that no one has really gotten around to trying it, and what they're doing now might well be considered the rankest heresy to an orthodox free trader. But hey, it says 'free' on the label, right? If it's called 'free,' it must be good...posted by Natasha at 12:32 AM | PERMALINK |
The American Prospect on the different media rules being applied to San Francisco Liberal Nancy Pelosi and Tom DeLay (R-TX).posted by Natasha at 12:22 AM | PERMALINK |
Thursday, December 26, 2002
An interesting anonymous quote from the Jan/Feb 2003 issue of Adbusters:
Something to think about, but I question the efficacy.posted by Natasha at 5:56 PM | PERMALINK |
The Nation puts out a summary of Venezuela's situation. They seem to have left out a number of critical points, but it's better coverage than the NY Times, anyway.posted by Natasha at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK |
In the BBC:
Venezuela to import oil from Brazil, as that country's government seeks to aid President Hugo Chavez in getting fuel to the public.
UN inspectors find no banned weapons in Iraq.
North Korea makes its next move in what's shaping up to be another game of International Chicken.
Iran and Russia continue their plans to get the Bushehr nuclear plant up and running. Under the current arrangement the plant will return all spent fuel to Russia. The Iranian government is carrying out the work under the full supervision of the IAEA.
EU plans to pave the way for humans to land on Mars by 2025. The article says that they might set up a robotic base to prepare for the arrival of the first human visitors. This page at the NASA website goes into more detail about one way an unmanned vehicle could manufacture and store fuel for the use of human astronauts. Done in advance, this could reduce the cost of a manned mission by decreasing the amount of fuel they have to send from Earth.
Rare whale beached in Japan.posted by Natasha at 12:58 PM | PERMALINK |
The Guardian reports on the least glamourous charity appeal of them all: Encouraging the use of pit latrines and toilets in developing countries.
This takes on particular importance in areas where water supplies are scarce, disease is rife, and sanitation habits suitable to high population areas haven't taken hold in the popular mindset. Communities often see an immediate benefit in terms of a decrease in both insects and disease.posted by Natasha at 12:32 PM | PERMALINK |
As the Venezuelan strikers broke for the Christmas holiday, support for the opposition is waning. It looks like the people of Venezuela might get to have an elected government, a Constitution, and a military that's unwilling to take down the government at the drop of a hat. At least for a while longer.
The Global Womens' Strike points out a number of reasons why they're in favor of the new Constitution. In part:
Venezuela's constitution is certainly novel in this respect, but the amazing thing is that the Family Values crowd in the US didn't come up with it. With their deep, vaunted 'respect' for the role women play in their families, it somehow has never occurred to them that this formally unpaid work should be acknowledged by putting our money where our mouths are.
But they also list plenty of other reasons why Venezuela's new laws (scheduled to fully take effect in January) are a boon to the country's underclass, and a bold statement of social justice. It even outlaws the patenting of information gained from indigenous knowledge, or the genes of plants used in traditional remedies. This acknowledgement of the worth of the local population's intellectual capital could be seen as a direct outgrowth of being able to identify the value of caregiving. The transactions that benefit society don't all directly increase the GDP, but this seemingly obvious point escapes many otherwise clever people.
"A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing." - Oscar Wilde
"Money is truthful. If a man speaks of his honor, make him pay cash." - Robert A. Heinlein
Body and Soul brings us an update on the Union Carbide (now Dow Chemical) disaster in Bhopal, and the latest outrage against the victims.
In case you hadn't heard about Bhopal, in 1984 one of the worst chemical disasters in the world occurred at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India. 20,000 died, tens of thousands are still ill. The disaster was a result of ever-decreasing safety standards, and was made worse by the company's refusal to sound an alert or begin an evacuation. Our liberal media has paid tremendous attention to this developing story over the years, which is why the American public is so keenly aware of the desperate plight of some of the world's poorest citizens at the hands of one of its richer companies.
Now that Dow has purchased the company, they've added vindictiveness to neglect. Which is even more ironic if you read their social responsibility statement.posted by Natasha at 11:23 AM | PERMALINK |
Wednesday, December 25, 2002
This Christmas holiday is theoretically about honoring the philosophy of peace, love, and generosity of spirit. But there are precious few public figures that exemplify this, certainly very few living. The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. is a giant in this respect in our cultural memory, but there's more lip service paid to him than genuine discussion of his ideas, which were pretty radical.
Describing something as 'radical' is often done to convey derision, but it seems the only appropriate word to encompass both the novelty and force of his beliefs. It was in a speech outside a jailhouse where King talked about "escalating nonviolence." I was listening to the radio in my car when Democracy Now played a recording of this speech, and that phrase just blew my mind. I haven't been able to get it out of my head for weeks now. Escalate nonviolence. Escalate nonviolence. Escalate nonviolence?
And the more I've turned those words over in my thoughts, the angrier I am that no one had ever played them to me before. At myself for not having looked closer. Or that we have a holiday for him, but you only get fed little snippets of the "I have a dream" speech at wide intervals. Which, don't get me wrong, was a brave statement to make to the nation. But it was not radical on the level of escalating nonviolence. What is the nature of the deeper message that hides behind the now bland phrase 'civil rights'? A message that extended naturally from justice for your own people right in front of you, as well as to the distant victims of an unjust war.
The Civil Rights Era wasn't the only time in history where an underclass rose up and said 'Enough.' But the way it was done was the genuinely provocative thing. Just as when Gandhi tried it, and when the early Christians refused to abandon it. They said be peaceful, be upstanding even. But be persistent, be patient, and hold your ground.
What They're Really Afraid Of
Any fool can rally a mob, start a riot, turn tension into all out war. But it takes real vision to attempt something so outside the norm of our society that practically no one has even tried it. Our leaders of today talk about peace but, it seems, only to placate us. People want peace, and our leaders assure us that they want it too, even as they 'regretfully' get ready to start more killing. We're made to feel happy that the violence is less than it could be.
And this idea of the need for violence to accomplish our aims permeates society from top to bottom. We think we need to 'get tough,' 'kick some ass,' 'knock some heads together.' As long as I think this way, I'm playing their game. A rigged game which always favors the house.
It serves the people in power for people to think in terms of violence, because they have infinite willingness to inflict punishment on their enemies, and can justify their actions as a defense of the public good. The person who strikes first loses standing, such a deeply felt moral precedent that it's enshrined in the near global concept of justified self defense. What they truly fear is people who believe in peace so strongly that they're willing to practice it, and to enforce it by that practice. Because how can you defend against peace? How can you convince the public that you need to protect them from... peace?
This is the dangerous idea of the civil rights era. That a citizenry that mostly wants peace can make its own game. This is the idea that needs to be hidden behind a national holiday so that we don't ever need to discuss what the man really said. So that a truly radical statement of genius and empowerment from below can be diminished in scope to repealing Jim Crow and getting the president to sign a bill.
Anyone who truly wants to be a danger to a status quo of diminishing expectations and increasing strife needs to escalate that nonviolence.
"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate.
"Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." --Martin Luther King, Jr.
Malaclypse: "I am filled with fear and tormented with terrible visions of pain. Everywhere people are hurting one another, the planet is rampant with injustices, whole societies plunder groups of their own people, mothers imprison sons, children perish while brothers war. O, woe."
Eris: "What is the matter with that, if it is what you want to do?"
M: "But nobody wants it! Everybody hates it."
E: "Oh. Well then, stop." - The Principia Discordia
"The world is equally shocked at hearing Christianity criticised and seeing it practiced." - Dr. Elton Trueblood
Reporter: "Mr Gandhi, what do you think of Western Civilization?" Gandhi: "I think it would be a good idea."posted by Natasha at 1:17 AM | PERMALINK |
Tuesday, December 24, 2002
Couldn't resist this one post. As you head off to your holiday meal, consider heaping up on turkey and gravy instead of potatoes and stuffing.posted by Natasha at 10:58 AM | PERMALINK |
Even if I do get around to posting anything for the next couple days (don't count on it), I hope that my readers are enjoying the holiday with loved ones and generally having too good a time to care. If you're not having a good time for some reason, at least be glad (making a not too improbable assumption, I think) that you aren't living in Iraq. Or Venezuela. Or North Korea. Or... well, you get the picture. There are worse things than unwrapping a six-pack of gym socks.posted by Natasha at 12:22 AM | PERMALINK |
Not satisfied with the gathering clouds of war over the Persian Gulf, Pyongyang has been put on alert that we're not taking any guff from them just because we're preparing to kick the stuffing out of Iraq.
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Monday, December 23, 2002
The Organization of American States has voted to support Venezuela. I missed this story when it came out, partially due to the fact that it wasn't plastered all over the news like other stories I could mention. I wonder why?
This is the same group headed by Cesar Gaviria, who went in as an attempted 'mediator' to pressure Chavez to resign. Read more about Gaviria's sojourn in Venezuela.
Hugo Chavez' Venezuela breaking down entrenched racial barriers. Some points of note from a high content article, emphasis ours:
In seeing pictures of the demonstrators on the BBC world news broadcast the other day, I couldn't help but notice that most of the anti-government protestors were white. Some carried posters where President Chavez was represented as a gorilla, shades of the US KKK all over that. The pro-government protestors were shading towards dark, and unlike the opposition, their clothes didn't look like they came from the Gap.
This, then, is what conservatives mean by class warfare. It's warfare for the poor and the dark-skinned to demand a fair share in their society. It's justice for the rich and the pale-skinned to insist on owning everything. They want him out before new Constitutional provisions take effect in January; hopefully the beginning of the end for Venezuela's long nightmare of grinding poverty and little opportunity for the masses.
Alas, A Blog has some great stuff up. Check it out.posted by Natasha at 7:11 PM | PERMALINK |
As cold and flu season gets into full swing...
Worried about biological warfare? Don't be silly. You should be worrying about an epidemic of homegrown antibiotic resistant infections, instead. No need to wait for someone to import them.
Courtesy of the Cipro stampede during the anthrax scare, resistant disease organisms are popping up all over. Apparently, people without anthrax just couldn't resist the temptation to improperly medicate themselves.
And thanks to our agriculture industry putting antibiotics into the daily feed of our farm animals to make up for poor hygiene and feed quality, you don't even need paranoid, Cipro buying neighbors to share in the fun. A brief note:
But surely, our medical profession is helping, right? No. In fact, antibiotic overprescription is one of the major contributors to the problem. Though they can't take all the blame, as patients frequently request antibiotics they don't need, and fail to follow the instructions.
So here are some handy things that you can do to avoid being a menace to society:
And a final note: For pete's sake, if you feel compelled to use prescription drugs irresponsibly, use drugs that will only affect you. Don't contribute to a growing public health epidemic, if only because too many people are part of the problem in this case. You can't even get a buzz off erythromycin, anyway, so this is really a practice with no upside.posted by Natasha at 6:57 PM | PERMALINK |
Washington and Tehran may not be speaking to each other, but their respective naval forces are being very courteous to each other in the busy Persian Gulf.
Still, the US government persists in treating ordinary Iranians as though they were untrustworthy enemies, even though their popular sentiments are among the most secular and democratic in the region.
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Lisa Rein uses Google Answers to find out more about top Republicans' voting records.posted by Natasha at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK |
Karen DeCoster found this Christmas song for all us newshounds, The Twelve Days of Fascism:
That's pretty good, but I'm not sure it scans well, so here's my revised version:
On the twelfth day of Fascism
A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our seniors, soldiers, students, unemployed, and those unfortunate souls who live in countries with lots of natural resources and no nukes. The rest of us should just be grateful as hell.posted by Natasha at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK |
Embattled Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez orders troops to deliver cornmeal to Venezuelans so that everyone will be able to enjoy a traditional meal of hayacas on Christmas. Troops are also working to deliver oil to various parts of the country.
The oil shortage in the world's fifth largest oil producing nation is so bad that food deliveries are threatened and many petrol stations are entirely sold out. Mr. Chavez has been accused of being an authoritarian dictator for having fired uncooperative employees of the state-owned oil firm, whose strike has crippled the economy and international standing of the entire country. Some of the striking workers face legal action, which is better treatment than workers striking to overthrow the government would get in the US. No motion has been filed in the Venezuelan courts to fine the strikers thousands of dollars per day in recompense for the tremendous cost to their country.
Body and Soul with a must read on uncharitable charity, or, how to piss off 'the poor.'posted by Natasha at 1:13 PM | PERMALINK |
Tbogg weighs in on how the war for Iraqi hearts and minds is going. Hint: Not well.posted by Natasha at 11:43 AM | PERMALINK |
In the Bush administration's ongoing effort to roll the clock back 20 years, they will now be submitting a Reagan era budget proposal. With, if it can be imagined, an even more optimistic set of wild assumptions.
Read on for more cheery news about the depth of their delusions, and also, government employee humor. I bet you didn't know that government employees could be funny ;)posted by Natasha at 11:32 AM | PERMALINK |
Some Democratic lawmakers find enough spine to challenge further Army privatization.
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A wave of midnight abductions and murders in Chechnya has left some residents so fearful, they don't even want to hang address signs. The rebels blame the federal troops, who in turn blame the rebels. But the raiding squads wear masks and anonymous camouflage, leaving their identity in question.posted by Natasha at 11:19 AM | PERMALINK |
What will replace Saddam Hussein in Iraq?
All about the oil.posted by Natasha at 11:12 AM | PERMALINK |
Sunday, December 22, 2002
Alternet declares 2002 the year of the fundamentalists. With the (not unfounded) suspicion that 2003 will be worse, even if only because we'll almost certainly be going to war with Iraq. But, they say, don't lose hope. And helpfully bring up a few cheerful counterpoints.
Maybe it would be more useful to say 'don't let your growing rage get the better of you.'posted by Natasha at 1:27 PM | PERMALINK |
Tony Blair is furious over terror warnings which may have unessecarily upset people. The article opens:
It goes on to relate some concerns over security problems regarding leaks at the Foreign Office that were in imminent danger of 'scaring the public witless.' This may just be my rapidly expanding cynicism talking here, but isn't that the whole point? And not just in Britain, either.
After Americans, Britons are the people in the world most likely to support war in Iraq. But I suspect that this is because they're also subjected to the second highest bombardment of war propaganda. Get the people scared about one threat, and use that to push your case on a completely different 'threat.'
The article goes on to say that they're concerned (in reverse, note) that terror warnings about Bali weren't issued properly, or strongly enough. Yet foreign secretary Jack Straw said previously that there was no specific threat, just vague rumblings about trouble in Indonesia, which is quite a large country.
So, first, people are being scared unecessarily. Then, people haven't been scared enough. But it would seem that lately, scaring people has been the whole point. Almost to the point of the alleged witlessness, wherein there are so many threat warnings that you simply assume something is always wrong. It's in a climate like that where it's easy to bang the drums of war, capitalize on the vast reserve of fear you've created, and tell everyone if they'll just agree to bombing some poor sods farther back into the Stone Age that it will make everything all better.
A writer from a former Eastern Bloc nation said that the government propaganda was pretty obvious, clumsy, and believed by virtually no one. But that what we have in the West is far more subtle, hence effective. The public is kept in a constant state of thinking that we 'have to do something', which something inevitably involves lots of murder and mayhem. Certainly, anyone who implies that humanitarian relief might be an effective tactic will immediately be branded as either apologist or appeaser. No matter how valid their point. And inevitably, the press will be ignoring at these times even more serious concerns, if not outright lying.
The fact that we are no longer rabidly pursuing the alleged perpetrators of all this horror in the world, would seem to indicate that our governments and media sure don't believe the bunkum they're putting out. Why are any of us buying it?posted by Natasha at 1:14 PM | PERMALINK |
In the BBC:
Britain finishes up Mars Lander.
Eleven year old Palestinian killed by IDF.
US vetoes UN resolution condemning Israel for the killings of 3 UN aid workers.
Thailand and Malaysia hold joint cabinet session, a world first.
US stands alone once again in rejecting a WTO deal that would allow developing nations to purchase reduced cost pharmaceuticals.
Three more children killed in Kashmir.
An Afghan soldier in Kabul killed in a bomb attack on the one year anniversary of the Karzai government. An American soldier recently died of gunshot wounds received in Afghanistan.posted by Natasha at 1:23 AM | PERMALINK |
The Onion: Bill Of Rights Pared Down To A Manageable Six.
Yes, citizen, yuk it up now... ;)posted by Natasha at 12:56 AM | PERMALINK |
Uppity Negro posts on the growing human rights crisis in Nepal.posted by Natasha at 12:43 AM | PERMALINK |