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Oliver Stone on Hollywood and the ?Machinery of War?

Oliver Stone, speaking at the Venice Film Festival, criticized Hollywood?s romance of war.  ? ‘Pearl Harbor’ and ‘Black Hawk Down’—these movies worshipped the machinery of war and I think America went back to the concept of war too easily.?

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Iraq Report: Civilian Casualties Up by 50%

Civilian casualties in Iraq rose by 50% during the last three months, according to a report released by the Pentagon.  The report on security and stability in Iraq examined the sectarian violence that grips the country, saying ?Conditions that could lead to civil war exist in Iraq? but that the fighting does not meet the ?strict? definition of a civil war.

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Israel’s Defense Minister Supports War Inquiry

In a surprising reversal of position, Amir Peretz has called for a full independent investigation into the war in Lebanon.

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$20 Million for ‘Good News’ From Iraq

According to the Washington Post: “U.S. military leaders in Baghdad have put out for bid a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for extensive monitoring of U.S. and Middle Eastern media in an effort to promote more positive coverage of news from Iraq.” Your money at work! (Via boingboing)

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Angela Merkel
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The Most Powerful Woman in the World

Angela Merkel, Germanys chancellor and beloved podcaster, overtook Condoleezza Rice as the world’s most powerful woman, according to Forbes magazine.  The No. 3 spot was filled by ChinaҒs vice premier, Wu Yi, also known as the Iron Lady.Ӕ  How did someone known as the Iron LadyӔ lose out to Angela Merkel?

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Mock Bush Assassination Prompts Outrage

A British TV network is set to air a mock documentary that portrays the imagined assassination of President Bush.  While the White House has refused to comment on the program, one Republican spokesperson said: ?I find this shocking, I find it disturbing.  I don’t know if there are many people in America who would want to watch something like that.?

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U.N. OK’s Peacekeeping in Darfur

The U.N. Security Council has approved plans to create a peacekeeping force in Darfur, but will not deploy the troops until Sudan agrees.  The force of up to 22,500 would “replace or absorb” the 7,000 African Union soldiers whose mandate expires Sept. 30.  (h/t: Think Progress)

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Lebanon Pledge Drive a Major Success

Donors attending a conference in Sweden have pledged $940 million for Lebanon’s reconstruction, almost twice as much aid as organizers had hoped for.  Although he said his country had sustained billions of dollars in damage, Lebanese Prime Minister Siniora expressed his “great appreciation” of the donors’ support.

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Extra Nicotine Keeps Smokers Smoking

The average cigarette contains 10% more nicotine than it did in 1998 (some brands are 30% stronger). Seems a pretty effective way for “cancer stick” companies to hold on to their core market (i.e. the 70% of smokers who want to quit) in a time when the world has wised up to the health risks posed by smoking.

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U.S. Drafting Sanctions As Iran Pursues Nuclear Fuel

The U.S. and three European allies may seek a range of sanctions against Iran including travel restrictions on Iranian leaders and limitations on access to global financial markets. However, according to the NYT, a recent report by the IAEA might hamper the sanctions effort.  The report says Iran is making slow progress and has not increased its rate of production of enriched uranium, and that the purity of the uranium would only be useful for power plants, not weapons.

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