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Talabani
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Iraq President Hospitalized

After a brief stint in an Iraqi hospital, President Jalal Talabani was flown to Jordan, where he was again hospitalized. His office said there was no cause for worry, but inconsistent reports on his status have clouded the picture—he’s either suffering from kidney problems or low blood pressure, depending on who is asked.

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Cameron Finds Jesus

Film director James Cameron is gearing up for another epic release. Once again, Cameron is turning his lens on a historical event, but he’s thinking even bigger than his monolithic “Titanic”: This time, the self-declared “King of the World” is taking on the King of the Jews.

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


Sectarian Violence Rains Death on Iraq as Maliki Praises Crackdown

Grim reports from Iraq continue despite the PR campaign to understate the deadliness of the mix of American military presence, civil war and improvised explosives ravaging the country. Today at least 42 people died in a car bombing in a town 50 miles west of Baghdad. Earlier today, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki issued a statement touting a recent crackdown, citing a reduction in violence in Baghdad, but on Saturday in the capital alone at least seven people were killed and more than 30 injured, according to the BBC.

Posted on Feb 24, 2007 READ MORE


Media Ignore Lieberman’s Caucus Fickleness

According to Media Matters, several media outlets noted a statement Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman made to Time magazine that there is a “very remote possibility” he will stop caucusing with Senate Democrats but failed to mention his pre-election promises to continue to caucus with them.

Posted on Feb 24, 2007 READ MORE


More Iran Saber Rattling From Cheney

Vice President Cheney, speaking in Australia, indicated yet again that the use of force would be likely if Iran continued its uranium enrichment program. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday, “The Iranian people are vigilant and will defend all their rights to the end.” According to Cheney, “all options are on the table.” However, for the Bush administration, this seems to translate as only one option: military intervention.

Posted on Feb 24, 2007 READ MORE


Egyptian Blogger Faces 4 Years in Prison

Free-speech and human rights groups are decrying an Egyptian court’s decision to jail blogger Abdel Karim Suleiman for criticizing Islam and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on his online forum. Critics and fellow bloggers fear Suleiman’s four-year sentence will set the stage for more arrests and fewer alternatives to state-controlled media outlets in his country.

Posted on Feb 23, 2007 READ MORE


Interceptor missile
mda.mil

Blair Seeks U.S. Missile Site in Britain

For months, Tony Blair has been secretly lobbying the U.S. to locate a missile defense site in Britain. Poland and the Czech Republic are also in the running. The $90-billion “son of star wars” program has performed poorly in the past, and is still under development as it’s deployed.

Posted on Feb 23, 2007 READ MORE


Soldier Gets 100 Years for Rape and Murder

Sgt. Paul Cortez has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for his role in the rape of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the murder of her and her family. Cortez testified that he and two other soldiers chose the family because it was an “easy target.” The gang rape, murder and mutilation of the girl (the soldiers burned her corpse) outraged Iraqis.

Posted on Feb 23, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney
news.bbc.co.uk

Cheney Down Under

Vice President Dick Cheney celebrated the Australian government’s commitment to the Iraq war (1,450 troops) on Thursday, saying “the whole world respects you for it.” But Australians certainly don’t: More than two-thirds of the nation’s population want a withdrawal.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Senate Dems Try New Tack

Senate Democrats have given up pushing a nonbinding anti-escalation resolution, and instead will try to limit the scope of military operations in Iraq, the first step, they say, in ending the war. Meanwhile, the House plans to pursue a different strategy altogether, hoping to choke off the supply of troops to the Iraq grinder.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


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