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Hezbollah's suburban strategy
From The Herald Sun (Australia)

The Photos That Damn Hezbollah

An Australian newspaper published this picture of Hezbollah members manning an antiaircraft gun in a Lebanese suburb—proof that Hezbollah is using the cover of residential areas to wage its attacks on Israel and in effect using innocent civilians as human shields. Story and more photos (h/t: BuzzFlash)

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Column: My Kids Bore Me to Death

A working mother of two admits to one of parenthood’s last great remaining taboos: that parenting is often mind-numbingly tedious, and that she’d almost always rather be doing something other than watching “SpongeBob” or making runs to soccer practice.

  • The comments on this article offer a fascinating set of nuggets for would-be parents to chew on.
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    Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Key Democrats Call for Iraq Pullout

    Every top Democrat on Senate and House committees on military, intelligence and international affairs signed a letter addressed to President Bush calling for a phased pullout of troops from Iraq.

    Posted on Jul 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Castro Has Surgery, Cedes Power to Brother

    The Cuban leader temporarily relinquished power to his brother Raul because of intestinal surgery. Castro said in a statement he expected to be unable to govern for at least a few weeks.

  • Read a brief profile of Raul Castro

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    Israeli Security Cabinet OK’s a Wider Ground War

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s security cabinet approved a widening of the ground war. Olmert apologized for the deaths of Lebanese women and children but said “we will not give up on our goal to live a life free of terror.”

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    Down the Memory Hole

    The FAIR organization reminds us that Hezbollah’s attacks on Israel, though deplorable, did not spring from a vacuum. Drawing on an Alexander Cockburn column, FAIR notes that within the last two months, Israeli attacks on suspected militants ended up killing almost two dozen innocent Lebanese and Palestinian women and children. (more…)

    Posted on Jul 31, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. troops visit Iraqi orphanage
    From centcom.mil

    Getting to Know Your U.S. Military Abroad

    I got an e-mail this afternoon from a specialist in the public affairs office of the U.S. Central Command. He wanted to invite Truthdig readers to check out CENTCOM’s activities in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Considering Truthdig’s independent sensibility, I considered it a fairly gutsy request, and decided: Hell, why not? It is our government, after all. (more…)

    Posted on Jul 31, 2006 READ MORE


    web moguls
    From the WSJ

    Meet the Moguls of New Media

    A guy delivering satiric “ninja” riffs in a $6 Lycra ski mask; a sultry woman with nearly 1 million “friends” on Myspace; a guy who has performed corny dancing shuffles in 38 countries. ... What do all these people have in common? Absurdly low-budget, Internet-based origins and, now, high-budget traditional production deals. Read about the new rules of the game.

    Posted on Jul 31, 2006 READ MORE


    FDA to Consider Over-Counter Sale of Morning-After Pill

    The government agency will weigh whether to let the drug (Plan B) be sold over the counter—a move that conservative forces, inside the government and out, have long objected to as part of their proxy battle on abortion.
    This may be happening only because two senators have been blocking the appointment of the FDA’s new head until the agency makes a decision on the drug.

    Posted on Jul 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Baghdad Gunmen Kidnap 25 People

    The gunmen, wearing Iraqi security force uniforms, snatched the group from an office in central Baghdad that witnesses said housed the Iraqi-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in addition to a business.

    Posted on Jul 31, 2006 READ MORE


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