Officer Faces Court-Martial for Refusing to Deploy to Iraq

Jul 23, 2006
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" .

Israelis and Lebanese Are Still Talking — on the Net

Jul 23, 2006
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.

CIA Blogger Fired for Anti-Torture Post

Jul 22, 2006
Christine Axsmith, a software contractor for the CIA, was fired when she posted a blog entry to the agency's closed network stating her opposition to torture. The post started like this: "Waterboarding is Torture and Torture is Wrong." Such a sad confirmation of our government's dismal human rights policies that so obvious a statement qualifies as grounds for termination.