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Israel Plans Attack Drill

Israel will shore up its defenses by staging simulated chemical and nuclear attacks around the country in March.  The large-scale rehearsal probably reflects increased security concerns in light of Iran’s nuclear developments and recent clashes with Hezbollah forces.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Iraq Nears Oil Sharing Deal

The Iraqi Cabinet has approved an oil revenue sharing plan that would divide profits among the provinces based on population, and allow foreign oil companies unprecedented access to Iraq’s reserves. Distributing the wealth of Iraq’s natural resources has been a major political obstacle, as most of the nation’s current oil fields are in Shiite territory.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


greenspan
The Economist

Greenspan Forecasts Recession

Alan Greenspan used his powers of economic foresight Monday to caution Americans about a possible upcoming recession.  While the former Fed chairman stressed that he can’t accurately predict changes far in advance, Greenspan speculated that we may see a dip in the economy within the year.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


Serbia Not Guilty of Genocide

In an unprecedented case, Bosnia sought payback in the form of billions of dollars from Serbia for the ethnic conflict that claimed thousands of lives in the 1990s.  On Monday,  the U.N.‘s International Court of Justice absolved Serbia of accountability for genocide but accused Belgrade of failing to thwart the Srebrenica massacre of 1995, according to the BBC.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Genealogists Uncover Al Sharpton-Strom Thurmond Connection

The Rev. Al Sharpton is descended from a slave once owned by Strom Thurmond’s family, according to genealogists working on behalf of The New York Daily News. Sharpton called the revelation “probably the most shocking thing in my life.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


Ellen DeGeneres
theage.com.au

Best Joke of the Night

Ellen DeGeneres opened this year’s Academy Awards ceremony by celebrating its newfound diversity, and she pointed to the bigoted rants of Michael Richards, Mel Gibson and Tim Hardaway: “If there weren’t blacks, Jews and gays, there would be no Oscars ... or anyone named Oscar, when you think about it.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


Slim Pickings for Christian Right

The Rev. Jerry Falwell held a hush-hush summit earlier this month with other conservative Republicans from the Council for National Policy to discuss the 2008 presidential race.  The exclusive group is facing a status downgrade when the Bush years end and can’t find anyone in the lineup of candidates who clearly fits the council’s bill.

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


Sectarian Tensions Inflamed Despite Crackdown

Moqtada al-Sadr pulled his forces off the streets of Baghdad in response to the U.S.-Iraqi security crackdown, but a devastating bombing at a university Sunday and other Sunni attacks have caused the cleric to rethink his position: “Here we are, watching car bombs continue to explode to harvest thousands of innocent lives from our beloved people in the middle of a security plan controlled by an occupier.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


Talabani
news.bbc.co.uk

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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pitt.edu

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


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