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newstatesman.com

Saudis Weigh In on Women Drivers

As a group of women in Saudi Arabia mobilize to petition the government to lift its ban on female drivers, fellow Saudis give their opinions on the issue in this interview roundup by the BBC.

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hindu.com

Bin Laden Denounces Musharraf

A new audio recording attributed to Osama bin Laden has been released, in which the al-Qaida leader urges Pakistanis to revolt against President Pervez Musharraf (pictured) for ordering the raid on Islamabad’s radical Red Mosque in July.

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Ahmadinejad
thewe.cc

Ahmadinejad Denied 9/11 Tribute

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had hoped to lay a wreath at ground zero during his upcoming visit to New York “in order to pay tribute to the victims of the terrorists attack of Sept. 11, 2001,” but local authorities and America’s U.N. ambassador have both said no way to the request.

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 READ MORE


soldiers
warnewsradio.org

Supporting the Troops, GOP-Style

Senate Republicans have successfully blocked a three-month expansion of troop leave, which the Democrats hoped would provide pressure to withdraw without cutting off funds. John McCain called the effort to give our fighting men and women 15 months off between combat deployments “dangerous.”

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 READ MORE


Rather
AP Photo / Suzanne Plunkett

Rather Slaps CBS With $70M Suit

It’s been 15 months since Dan Rather’s former host network forced him out of the top spot on the “CBS Evening News,” and now he’s giving his erstwhile employer a number of strong reasons why he thinks that was no way to treat an anchor—70 million reasons, to be precise.

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Auschwitz photo
U.S. Holocaust Memoral Museum via The New York Times

Auschwitz From Another Angle

A newly released series of photos taken at Auschwitz and sent last year to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shows Nazi officers and female SS members in a bafflingly banal (cf. Hannah Arendt) array of activities:  singing, relaxing, laughing on group getaways, and even lighting Christmas trees.

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Rice
boston.com

Pope Disses Rice

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may be persona non grata at the Vatican.  When Rice swung through Italy in August, she gave notice ahead of time about her hopes to meet with Pope Benedict XVI, but the pontiff’s camp politely rebuffed her request, explaining that he was on holiday.

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 READ MORE


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jfkclub.com

U.S. Diplomats Confined to the Green Zone

The State Department has restricted all U.S. diplomats to the Green Zone in Baghdad while it conducts a security review, presumably inspired by the suspension of its preferred mercenary bodyguards.

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crater
news.bbc.co.uk

Space Object Implicated in Widespread Illness

Roughly 600 Peruvian townspeople are suffering a variety of ailments, from headaches to vomiting, after visiting the crash site of a mysterious fireball that fell from the heavens. Scientists are en route to analyze the object, which they believe is simply a meteorite.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


Whistleblowers Expose State Department Bushie

Rep. Henry Waxman has accused the State Department’s top oversight official of looking out for the best interests of the Bush administration, and not the American taxpayer. A number of current and former subordinates of the State Department’s inspector general contacted Waxman to report interference with investigations into fraud and corruption in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

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