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Breakup of Iraq Inevitable, Says Iraqi Official

Saying “Iraq as a political project is finished,” an unnamed senior government official tells The Independent that Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish parties are looking at ways to divide the country, perhaps splitting Baghdad into a Shiite east and Sunni west.

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Bed Sharing ‘Drains Men’s Brains’

Sleeping in bed with a woman impairs a man’s mental abilities the next day and increases stress hormones, a study has found. This is despite most men reporting a better night’s sleep alongside a woman, and happens regardless of whether the couple has sex. The impairment doesn’t appear to apply to women.

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A Harper’s reporter goes undercover on a tour designed to introduce Western men to Eastern European and Russian women. The tour company says men are treated ?like an alpha-male wolf ...  having the sheep brought in.? (The picture above is a real company listing.)

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British Break With Bush Over Israel

Criticizing the U.S. for the first time in the Lebanon crisis, the UK’s foreign minister found fault with Israel’s military tactics and urged America to “understand” the price being paid by ordinary Lebanese civilians.

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Israel Will Accept Hezbollah Alive, but Not Kicking

In a reconsideration of its goals, Israel has deemed a disarmed (as opposed to destroyed) Hezbollah an acceptable outcome to its actions in Lebanon.

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Officer Faces Court-Martial for Refusing to Deploy to Iraq

First Lt. Ehren K. Watada is one of only a handful of officers who have taken such a stand, and is apparently the first to face a court-martial for doing so. He wrote: “I am wholeheartedly opposed to the continued war in Iraq, the deception used to wage this war, and the lawlessness that has pervaded every aspect of our civilian leadership….”

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Israelis and Lebanese Are Still Talking—on the Net

Official diplomatic relations between the two countries may be at a nadir, but young citizens on both sides are finding common ground on Internet chat boards. Says a blogger: “We have tons of things in common. We come from two of the most liberal, educated countries in the Middle East….”

  • Also: Read the back story on that infamous picture of Israeli girls writing on rocket shells.

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    NASA’s Goals Delete Mention of Home Planet

    The space agency’s mission statement has been quietly altered to omit mention of the phrase ?...to understand and protect our home planet.?
    Why does George Bush hate Earth?

    Posted on Jul 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Israel Captures Village and Continues Airstrikes

    Israeli troops have taken the Lebanese village of Maroun al-Ras, which they claim has been used as a rocket base by Hezbollah. Israel has said it has no plans for a large-scale invasion but intends to use ground forces to attack targets unavailable to its jets.

    Posted on Jul 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Eye Test Detects Alzheimer?s

    Science/Medicine: Detecting Alzheimer?s in the future could be as simple as an eye test.  Doctors in Boston are testing a method using a pulse of infrared light that has been successful in mice.

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