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Hadley and Maliki
Left: mosnews.com / Right: turkishpress.com

White House Memo Critiques Iraqi PM

The New York Times has obtained a secret memo by National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley that offers a frank assessment of the Iraqi prime minister: “... The reality on the streets of Baghdad suggests [Nouri al-Maliki] is either ignorant of what is going on, misrepresenting his intentions, or that his capabilities are not yet sufficient to turn his good intentions into action.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2006 READ MORE


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Truthdig turned one year old last Wednesday, and we couldn’t have done it without you. So thanks!  In honor of the occasion, we’re taking a look back on 12 of the most popular stories of the last 12 months.

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Hastings
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Pelosi Blocks Bid for Helm of Key Committee

Nancy Pelosi put the kibosh on Alcee Hastings’ bid for the chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.  In defiance of the decision and his critics, who took issue with a prior corruption scandal, Hastings declared: “Sorry, haters, God is not finished with me yet.”

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


EU Nations ‘Knew About CIA Jails’

From the BBC: “Many EU nations were aware that the CIA used their territory for the transfer or detention of terror suspects, a draft European parliament report says.”

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


Hopeful News on Birth Control

  • The Vatican may be softening its opposition to condom usage.
  • Meanwhile, the issue could become moot: British scientists are working on a drug to keep men from ejaculating.

  • Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


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    Attack of the Christianists

    These ludicrous billboards are all over Tulsa, apparently. The contemptible zealots behind them even rail against condoms as a safeguard against STDs. Check out the ad campaign.

  • (Editor’s note: We had erroneously blogged that another group was responsible for the ads. That group, which is planning a similar ad campaign, is also contemptible, but we nevertheless apologize for the mix-up.)

  • Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Nightmare: Iraq

  • A classified Marine Corps report says that the U.S. cannot defeat the insurgency in western Iraq.
  • Iran-backed Hezbollah is training Shiite militia members in Iraq, according to a U.S. official.

  • Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Glenn Fine
    washingtonpost.com

    Overdue Review of Spy Program Lacks Muscle

    The Justice Department will, at long last, examine the NSA’s domestic spying program, through which agents have eavesdropped on countless phone calls and e-mails.  Unfortunately, the review will not explore the legality of the program and was described by one Democrat as an attempt at appeasement.

    Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Ehud Olmert
    guardian.co.uk

    Israeli PM Offers Palestinians Sovereign State

    Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has offered to recognize an “independent and viable Palestinian state ... with full sovereignty and defined borders” in exchange for a new Palestinian government, the recognition of Israel, a renewed commitment to the “road map” and the release of a captured Israeli soldier. What, no free landings?

    Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush twins
    spokaneyoungdems.org

    Bush Twins’ Argentine Holiday Causes a Flap

    The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires has denied reports that it asked the Bush twins to leave the country after a purse-snatching incident became a national joke at the expense of the U.S. Secret Service.  ABC News had reported that the embassy “strongly suggested” that Jenna and Barbara fly home.

    Posted on Nov 27, 2006 READ MORE


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