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Reporting From Baghdad

Reporting From Baghdad: "The real big three she should be addressing are “Why do Americans keep dying?” “Who is killing them?” and “Why?” Of course, answering these questions would undermine the very fantasy world Couric is being sent to cover, one where Americans are doing good deeds in the name of peace and justice for downtrodden Iraqis. Couric’s jaunt is fraud on a massive scale. Ironically, she herself acknowledged this when she admitted that her upbeat reports from Iraq were reflective of what the U.S. military wanted her to see, and not honest “reporting” on her part. The real big three she should be addressing are “Why do Americans keep dying?” “Who is killing them?” and “Why?” Of course, answering these questions would undermine the very fantasy world Couric is being sent to cover, one where Americans are doing good deeds in the name of peace and justice for downtrodden Iraqis. Couric’s jaunt is fraud on a massive scale. Ironically, she herself acknowledged this when she…

Dubai deports several Ethiopian women � Ethiopian Review

Dubai deports several Ethiopian women � Ethiopian Review: "Dubai: Like many women before her, 28-year-old Zaitouneh arrived in the UAE in search of a life better than her poverty-stricken upbringing in southern Ethiopia. Initially she hoped to pay-off the Dh5,000 loan that she took to pay the illegal agent who organised her papers to get her into the UAE to work as a maid in Umm Al Quwain. However, unlike many other women who have been exploited in this manner by illegal agents in their home country, Zaitouneh was also nine-months pregnant when she arrived to the UAE and gave birth to her daughter, Jameela, in her employer’s kitchen, just days after she arrived in the country."

Threat Level - Wired Blogs

Threat Level - Wired Blogs: "The nation's centralized terrorist watch list that is used to screen 270 million individuals every month now contains more than 700,000 entries, but remains marred by duplication, erroneous information, incorrect tracking codes and poor coordination between the watch list and the agencies that use the list, according to an audit released Thursday by the Justice Department's inspector general."

In pockets of Afghanistan, U.S. losing ground -- Newsday.com

In pockets of Afghanistan, U.S. losing ground -- Newsday.com: "Nearly six years after the United States toppled the Taliban regime in the wake of Sept. 11, Nuristan, like the rest of the country, has no effective government. For this province half the size of New Jersey and home to about 750,000 people, Gov. Tamim Nuristani is authorized 300 police officers -- barely more than the number assigned to a typical Long Island precinct. When he begged to hire 180 men as auxiliary cops last year to help stop guerrillas infiltrating from neighboring Pakistan, the government agreed, but then said it had no money for salaries and fired them."

Ex-Mideast hostage urges al-Qaida talks - Yahoo! News

Ex-Mideast hostage urges al-Qaida talks - Yahoo! News: "LONDON - Former Middle East hostage Terry Waite has called for dialogue with al-Qaida, saying the organization had moderate elements that could be engaged constructively. Waite spent nearly five years in captivity after being kidnapped in 1987 by Islamic Jihad militants in Beirut, Lebanon. He was there trying to negotiate the release of Western hostages.

His call for talks with al-Qaida was made during a debate due to be aired Saturday by the British Broadcasting Corp."

American Soldiers Raping even their own killer comrades.

Leave Pakistan alone

Leave Pakistan alone: "As Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, struggles to retain power, the United States finds itself in a familiar predicament, one that illustrates a recurring pathology in its foreign policy. Having yet again cast its lot with a strongman, Washington is confounded now that his political position has become precarious. It's the Anastasio Somoza, shah of Iran, Ferdinand Marcos dynamic in a different guise. Though Musharraf won't be forced into exile like those friends of Washington, the best he can hope for is to survive the current turmoil with vastly reduced authority. The Bush administration's problem in Pakistan is that it has had a Musharraf policy but not one that engages the interests and aspirations of Pakistan's citizenry. Pakistanis may have welcomed Musharraf in 1999 when, as army chief, he overthrew the inept and corrupt government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, but that enthusiasm has evaporated."

The New Al-Qaeda Central - washingtonpost.com

The New Al-Qaeda Central - washingtonpost.com: "After nightfall on Jan. 13, 2006, an unmanned Predator aircraft guided by the CIA fired missiles at two houses in the northwestern Pakistani village of Damadola, a few miles from the Afghan border. The target was a dinner celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. CIA officials had received intelligence that Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's deputy leader, had been invited to attend. The missiles destroyed the houses and killed more than a dozen people. Zawahiri was not among them, but Pakistani officials soon said the fatalities included several other high-ranking al-Qaeda leaders. Musharraf identified one of the dead as Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar, an Egyptian who had overseen al-Qaeda's research into chemical weapons and carried a $5 million U.S. government bounty on his head. Musharraf and other Pakistani officials said those buried in the rubble also included Abu Obaidah al-Masri, the Egyptian chief of the al-Qaeda milit…

US bribe insurgents to fight Al-Qaeda - Times Online

US bribe insurgents to fight Al-Qaeda - Times Online: "AMERICAN forces are paying Sunni insurgents hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash to switch sides and help them to defeat Al-Qaeda in Iraq. The tactic has boosted the efforts of American forces to restore some order to war-torn provinces around Baghdad in the run-up to a report by General David Petraeus, the US commander, to Congress tomorrow. "