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U.S. Tries Bullying Iran

The White House is considering whether to further pressure Iran by adding to the naval fleet already stationed in the Gulf region. The carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower and four other ships and submarines already present could be joined by at least one additional carrier in this dicey bid to rattle Tehran.

Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE


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BBC Goes File-Sharing

Have a hankering for “Fawlty Towers” or “Red Dwarf” (above)? You’ll soon be able to watch many British programs free, legally, for the BBC has just announced a deal to make hundreds of episodes of original programming available through Azureus’ file-sharing software.

Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE


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95% of Americans Have Had Premarital Sex

A new study of 38,000 Americans has found that 95 percent had premarital sex, challenging the wisdom of the abstinence-only sex education programs favored by the Bush administration.  According to the study’s author: “It would be more effective ... to provide young people with the skills and information they need to be safe once they become sexually active—which nearly everyone eventually will.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


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Cheney Will Testify in Plamegate

“Scooter” Libby’s defense team said it intends to call Vice President Dick Cheney to testify on its behalf in the high-profile perjury trial that resulted from an investigation into the leaking of Valerie Plame’s identity. The vice president’s spokeswoman indicated that he would comply with the request: “We’ve cooperated fully in this matter and will continue to do so in fairness to the parties involved.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


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richardsilverstein.com

Bush Wants to Expand Army, Marines

President Bush has instructed Defense Secretary Robert Gates to provide a plan for increasing the size of the Army and Marine Corps. A major increase would take years to achieve and would not alleviate problems associated with the White House’s plan to “surge” troop levels in Iraq.

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


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theage.com.au

Jesus at the Box Office

AlterNet’s Jonathan Jones probes Hollywood’s post-“Passion” fetish for Christian-oriented films and challenges the assumption that religious movies will rake in the cash by pandering to an attention-starved audience.

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White House, Joint Chiefs Clash Over Iraq ‘Surge’

The U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously disagree with Bush’s plan to send an extra 15,000 to 30,000 troops into Iraq to quell the civil war.

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Baghdad Diary: Another Planet

As the UK’s Tony Blair extols incipient Iraqi democracy from inside the sheltered Green Zone, the security situation outside—in the “Red Zone”—further deteriorates, making a mockery of Blair’s optimistic prattle.

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


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slate.com

Government Accused of Censorship

The National Security Council has blocked publication of an article critical of the Bush administration’s Iran policy, claiming that it contains classified information. The piece was written by two former government Mideast experts, who have accused the NSC of playing politics: “They don’t want us to say how many opportunities this administration has missed to put relations with Iran on a better track.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


Christopher Hill
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North Korea and U.S. Hold Bilateral Meeting

North Korean and U.S. envoys met for a rare bilateral discussion on Monday in a sidebar to the six-party talks. Both sides stuck to their guns, with the U.S. saying its patience was running out, and North Korea maintaining it would not end its nuclear program until both American and U.N. sanctions are dropped.

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


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