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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 03:12:22 PM EST
Congo's Civil War: From Warlord to Statesman? - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
Rebel leader Laurent Nkunda has gained control over large parts of eastern Congo. Many Congolese fear him, and a UN report says he receives support from the Rwandan government. But regions under his command show signs of order, and now he wants a political role.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 03:15:22 PM EST
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Mugabe says cholera threat is over | World News | Deutsche Welle | 11.12.2008
South African officials have declared the border with Zimbabwe a disaster area because of the surge of Zimbabweans fleeing a cholera epidemic. The World Health Organisation says nearly 800 people have died from the disease since August and more than 16,000 are believed to be infected. Meanwhile France says that Zimbabwe has refused to issue visas to six French envoys who were to travel to the country to inspect the extent of the cholera outbreak. In a nationally broadcast speech, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe said that the cholera outbreak is under control.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 03:15:34 PM EST
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Suicide bomb in Kirkuk in Iraq kills more than 50 | World News | Deutsche Welle | 11.12.2008
Police say a suicide bomber has killed more than 50 people and wounded almost 100 in an attack in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk. The bomber detonated explosives inside a Kurdish restaurant which was packed with government officials, women and children during lunch hour.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 03:15:45 PM EST
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Troop surge to break Afghan 'stalemate' - Asia, World - The Independent

British forces in southern Afghanistan are locked in a "stalemate" with Taliban insurgents and they need tens of thousands of reinforcements to win, the American commander of Nato forces in the country said yesterday.

The extra troops would be used in a radical overhaul of Western strategy in the country next year - a period described as a "defining moment" in the ongoing war. The Independent revealed two months ago that General Sir David Richards, the new head of the British Army, believed a surge of up to 30,000 extra troops was needed to fight the Taliban.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 03:15:57 PM EST
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Oh god, they so don't get it. another example of truth only being possible when no longer in office below.

Guardian - Patrick Wintour - Ex-minister slates UK policy on Afghanistan

The former Foreign Office minister with responsibility for Afghanistan yesterday accused the country of being corrupt "from top to bottom", and said the international community had wrongly treated President Hamid Karzai with kid gloves.

The criticism came from Kim Howells, who was in charge of the Afghanistan brief for three-and-a-half years until he stepped down as a foreign affairs minister in the October government reshuffle. The remarks reflect his considered judgment on what has been described as the most difficult foreign policy challenge facing the UK government and its armed forces.

Breaking his silence on the issue, he told MPs: "Institutionally, Afghanistan is corrupt from top to bottom. There are few signs that the chaotic hegemony of warlords, gangsters, presidential placemen, incompetent and under-resourced provincial governors and self-serving government ministers has been challenged in any effective way by President Karzai.

"On the contrary, those individuals appear to be thriving, not least because Hamid Karzai has convinced himself that he cannot afford to sack or challenge the strongmen who, through corruption, brutality, power of arms or tribal status are capable of controlling their territories and fiefdoms."

Howells told the Guardian that Karzai had repeatedly put pressure on the Foreign Office not to back the dismissal of corrupt and brutal provincial governors.

He told MPs that British public support for the war in Afghanistan was fragile. The government, he said, "will be asked, quite properly, why the lives of our service personnel should be risked ... We will be asked why we are fighting to preserve what looks remarkably like a regime that is being undermined by corrupt cliques that have access to the highest levels."

He said the government had to change its "daft" rhetoric on the war. "Forget the nonsense about being prepared to fight on the mountains and plains of Afghanistan for 30 years. People will not accept the notion that British families should send their sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters to risk their lives fighting religious fanatics, tribal nationalists, corrupt warlords and heroin traffickers in one of the most godforsaken terrains on the face of the earth. The notion is daft, however much we may try to rationalise it by arguing that it is better to fight al-Qaeda over there than over here."



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 05:19:56 PM EST
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Light at the end of the tunnel, blah blah blah.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 07:18:28 PM EST
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Good find, Helen.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Dec 12th, 2008 at 02:20:16 AM EST
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Pakistan detains head of charity linked to Mumbai attacks | World News | Deutsche Welle | 11.12.2008
Among the five arrested is Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the head of the Jamat-ud-Dawa charity and a former leader of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba. US authorities say the charity is a front for the militant group.  India's interior minister has meanwhile announced a major overhaul of the country's security and intelligence agencies in the wake of the Mumbai attacks.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 03:16:14 PM EST
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News Analysis - India Presses Pakistan on Terrorism but Finds Its Own Options Limited - NYTimes.com

NEW DELHI -- Even as Indian officials on Thursday lambasted Pakistan as the "epicenter" of terrorism and dismissed its crackdown on extremist groups as inadequate in the wake of last month's attacks in Mumbai, they all but ruled out the prospect of a military confrontation.

Rather, Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee told members of Parliament that it would take time for India to turn off the tap of support for militant groups operating across the border, and that war was "no solution."

"We shall have to patiently confront it," he said. "We have no intention to be provoked."

His words signaled India's delicate and somewhat circumscribed options. If it were to carry out even limited military strikes against Pakistan, it would be likely to lose the support of its allies, namely the United States, which fears that Pakistan would then divert troops from its western border with Afghanistan to its eastern one with India.

Second, India confronts a weak civilian government in Pakistan, which, as Indian officials have long acknowledged privately, has little muscle to counter the powerful military and spy agency.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Fri Dec 12th, 2008 at 04:32:49 AM EST
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India, Russia regain elan of friendship

snip:

The joint declaration signed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Medvedev after extensive talks in New Delhi reflects that the two sides have taken serious pains to understand each other's vital concerns and have endeavored to go more than half the distance to accommodate them. They also made a conscious effort to expand their common ground in the international system. After a considerable lapse of time, Russian-Indian relationship seems to be on the move.

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The Russian-Indian joint declaration suggests that New Delhi is swiftly adapting to the reality that it must diversify the sinews of cooperation and revitalize its diverse partnerships with countries on the basis of shared concerns and commonality of interests rather than pursue a foreign policy whose prime objective has been to harmonize Indian regional policies with the US's. This is most tellingly evident on the Joint Declaration's paragraph devoted to Afghanistan.

Very interesting article.
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by Loefing on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 07:07:34 PM EST
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President of the World | DemocracyNow! | 11 Dec 2008

MATHIAS MÜLLER VON BLUMENCRON: It was a very moving moment for everybody here in Germany. If Barack Obama would have been elected here, he would have gotten 75 percent of the vote and even, as I looked it up, 88 percent of the vote of the executives here in Germany. So--

AMY GOODMAN: 88 percent--so, more than of the general population--of the executives. You mean the corporate executives?

MATHIAS MÜLLER VON BLUMENCRON: Corporate executives. They would have elected him by 88 percent.

AMY GOODMAN: Why?

MATHIAS MÜLLER VON BLUMENCRON: So, by a big margin. There is big hope. There is big excitement about change, about his motto of change. We called him, on this cover, "the world's president," because we followed this election basically as it would have been a German election, very intensely. We did five, six cover stories on that election campaign alone in this year, so our people were very familiar with the issues, and there was a very big attention for this, first for the pre-election and afterwards for the real election. Everybody was hoping that he would win.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 08:45:33 PM EST
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Rule Eases a Mandate Under a Law on Wildlife - NYTimes.com

The Interior Department on Thursday announced a rule that has largely freed federal agencies from their obligation to consult independent wildlife biologists before they build dams or highways or permit construction of transmission towers, housing developments or other projects that might harm federally protected wildlife.

On the Dot Earth blog, Andrew C. Revkin examines efforts to balance human affairs with the planet's limits. Join the discussion.

The rule, quickly challenged by environmental groups, lets the Army Corps of Engineers or the Federal Highway Administration in many cases rely on their own personnel in deciding what impact a project would have on a fish, bird, plant, animal or insect protected under the Endangered Species Act.

In announcing the rule, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said his main intention was to ensure that the 1972 law was not used as a "back door" means of regulating the emission of the gases that accelerate climate change. Without this rule, Mr. Kempthorne said, his decision last summer to list the polar bear as threatened because of the loss of sea ice caused by the warming of the climate could be used to block projects far from the bear's Arctic habitat.

"The Endangered Species Act was never intended to be a back door opportunity for climate change policy," he said.

Legal experts said the change seemed intended to ensure that the protection of species like the polar bear would not impede development of coal-fired power plants or other federal actions that increased emissions of heat-trapping gases. The Endangered Species Act, a complicated law with numerous procedural requirements, has long infuriated business interests and property rights advocates. But the law's broad sweep, and its impact on a range of issues like hydroelectric power and logging, has largely been supported by federal courts.

Bastards.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Fri Dec 12th, 2008 at 04:35:32 AM EST
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Bloomberg.com: Exclusive | Boeing's `7-Late-7' Dreamliner Takes as Long as Pioneering 707

Boeing Co.'s latest delay means the 787 Dreamliner will take almost as long to develop as the planemaker's original model that ushered the U.S. into the Jet Age more than a half-century ago.

The schedule Boeing announced yesterday would start 787 shipments to airlines in 2010, almost six years after the first order. That's about two years more than the average for other Boeing planes and rivals the six years and two months spent on the 707 in the 1950s. That aircraft, which started out as the Dash 80, was the forerunner of the more than 16,000 commercial jets the company has built since.

Punsters have had their way with the 787 Dreamliner amid the four delays since October 2007: It's the "7-Late-7" and the "Lateliner" in reports by Rob Stallard, an analyst in New York with Macquarie Research Equities. Newspapers including London's Daily Telegraph quipped about the Dreamliner turning into a nightmare. Chicago-based Boeing has lost 60 percent of its market value since the first delay.

Airbus Takes Lead in Race With Boeing Over Orders - WSJ.com

PARIS -- European commercial-aircraft builder Airbus on Monday said it delivered 46 aircraft and booked firm orders for 84 more in November -- making it the clear winner in terms of order intake, compared with U.S. rival Boeing Co., so far this year as airlines retrench because of diminishing traffic.

In the first 11 months of 2008, Airbus delivered 437 planes. Its order tally came to 878, but because of 122 cancellations -- including 65 aircraft ordered by U.S. carrier Skybus Airlines Inc. -- the net order intake was 756 planes.

Boeing booked 640 net orders over the year through Dec. 2, according to its Web site. The Chicago-based company recorded six cancellations during the period.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Fri Dec 12th, 2008 at 06:45:01 AM EST
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