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Military Fed Up With Civilian Agencies

The Pentagon has had it with picking up the slack from civilian agencies in Iraq, grumbling its concerns to the president and even Congress. The military has been forced to fill jobs that otherwise would be performed by civilians, mainly from the State Department, which, unlike the Army, can’t force people to work under the nightmarish conditions it helped to create.

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When They Say No Parties, They Mean it

Four hundred thirty-three foreigners were arrested by Saudi Arabia’s religious police for attending a party that served alcohol and allowed men and women to dance together. So far, 20 have been sentenced to lashings and months of prison time. (Photo above involves a separate case.)

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Satellite Spy Agency Gets Bilked

Spy satellites provide much of the intelligence community’s raw data, whether snapshots of Iran’s nuclear facilities or al-Qaida training camps. David Kaplan has the story on how the National Reconnaissance Office, the $7.5-billion-a-year agency that builds and operates the satellites, has had to contend with potentially massive fraud among its many contractors.

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chanad.weblogs.us

This Doesn’t Look Like Dubai

After paying roughly $2,000 each for work in the Persian Gulf, a group of Sri Lankan migrant workers was taken to Iraq, where they survived a month of imprisonment until they managed to contact the U.N. The International Organization of Migration says worsening conditions in Iraq have encouraged such abuses by labor recruiters.

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bbc.co.uk

Euro, Meet Urstromtaler

Regional currencies like the Urstromtaler have been springing up around Germany. Advocates hope that the alternate currencies will help to stimulate sagging local economies, support small businesses and encourage a sense of community.

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Diplomat’s Abduction Aggravates Iran-U.S. Relations

Iran says it is holding the United States responsible for the life and safety of an Iranian diplomat who was kidnapped Sunday. Iraqi officials say Jalal Sharafi was abducted by men wearing the uniform of a special unit under American command, but the U.S. has denied any involvement.

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Giuliani Makes Campaign Official

Rudolph Giuliani decided to take Hillary’s advice and join the conversation, announcing his candidacy for the presidency on Monday. Despite his popularity, the former mayor of New York can expect headaches in the Republican primaries over his very public marital difficulties and a moderate stance on choice and gay rights.

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Feingold Hits Dems for ‘Playing it Safe’

During a 30-minute conference call, Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., told bloggers he was disappointed that his party was “playing it safe” by refusing to end the Iraq war: “The problem is a whole lot of middle-of-the-road Democrats who refuse to pull the trigger, who refuse to do what needs to be done.”

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GOP Blocks Anti-Escalation Resolution

Senate Republicans managed to block debate Monday on the anti-surge resolution offered by John Warner, R-Va., and Carl Levin, D-Mich.  Joe Lieberman, who is fast becoming the president’s most loyal lapdog, argued that debate would hurt troop morale. Chuck Hagel retorted that he would have welcomed debate while serving in Vietnam, where he was wounded.

  • Find out how your senators voted (“nay” votes were to block the resolution)

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    Iranian Kool-Aid

    How the Press Can Prevent Another Iraq

    Washington Post columnist Dan Froomkin has put together a 10-point checklist to help journalists avoid drinking Bush’s Iranian-flavored Kool-Aid.

    Posted on Feb 5, 2007 READ MORE


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