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Palestinians Form Human Shield

Israeli forces called off an air strike on a Palestinian militant’s home after hundreds of people formed a human shield around the building.  Militant leaders, impressed by the success of the tactic, have ordered it to be emulated throughout Gaza.

Posted on Nov 19, 2006 READ MORE


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A Swamp of Their Own

Democrats in Congress are split over proposed anti-corruption legislation that would limit lobbyists’ access to lawmakers.  Critics say the law doesn’t go far enough to address “earmarks” and campaign finance problems, and argue that an independent watchdog should be formed to enforce the rules.

Posted on Nov 18, 2006 READ MORE


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Holocaust Archive Tells a Fuller Story

The International Tracing Service, an arm of the Red Cross that houses 16 miles of floor-to-ceiling files related to the Holocaust, is slowly granting access after half a century of silence.

Posted on Nov 18, 2006 READ MORE


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news.bbc.co.uk

Blair Backpedals Over Iraq ‘Disaster’ Remark

After Tony Blair agreed with an interviewer that the violence in Iraq since invasion has been a “disaster,” his representatives on Downing Street insisted that the prime minister was simply being polite.

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Robot Army in the Holy Land

The Israeli army, frustrated over the ineffectiveness of sending “a plane worth $100 million against a suicidal terrorist,” is developing futuristic weapons, including a “bionic hornet” capable of photographing and assassinating a target. (h/t: Engadget)

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New Passport Security Chips Easily Crackable

The new microchips slated for use in new U.S. passports are tantamount to “installing a solid steel front door to your house and then putting the key under the mat,” in the words of one computer expert who hacked the chips.

Posted on Nov 17, 2006 READ MORE


Tasered UCLA Student Plans Lawsuit

The UCLA senior hired a high-profile civil rights lawyer who is accusing campus police of “brutal excessive force,” as well as false arrest. Mostafa Tabatabainejad, 23, is of Iranian descent but U.S.-born, and had refused the officers’ request to see his campus ID because he thought they were racially profiling him.

  • Good for him. UCLA’s reputation for a decade hangs in the balance of how it responds to this case.
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    Posted on Nov 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Eric Keroack
    abstinence.net

    Bush Appoints Pro-Abstinence Family Planning Chief

    The Bush administration has selected a doctor, above, who opposes premarital sex, contraception and abortion to direct the $283-million office that oversees programs for teen pregnancy, family planning and abstinence programs.

  • This despite the fact that 80 percent of Americans want contraception taught in sex ed classes.
  • ALSO: If you haven’t vomited yet today, check out Abstinence.net.

    Posted on Nov 17, 2006 READ MORE


  • Triple Cross
    Huffington Post

    ‘The Most Dangerous Man Alive’

    Read an excerpt of the explosive new book “Triple Cross,” which tells the story of Ali Abdel Saoud Mohamed, Osama bin Laden’s most trusted security adviser, who infiltrated the U.S. Army Special Forces and served as an FBI informant—all the while overseeing some of the most infamous Al Qaeda terror strikes of the last decade. (Excerpt, and more info).

    Posted on Nov 17, 2006 READ MORE


    The Globe Continues to Warm

    Scientists have noted alarming trends in the arctic that continue to indicate a rise in global temperature, which could ultimately lead to catastrophe: “There have been regional warming periods before. Now we’re seeing arctic-wide changes.”

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


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