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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Iran Going Nuclear? Perhaps. Scared Yet?

Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi announced yesterday that the Natanz nuclear facility was installing 3000 centrifuges, that the government was continuing to pursue its "peaceful" nuclear enrichment program. A short time later, Hossein Simorgh, spokesman of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 22, 2007

"Go To Hell, Gringos!"

Venezuela's presidnet Hugo Chavez blasted the United States again for interfering in his country's politics. He said, "Go to hell, gringos!" and "Go home!!" Chavez is currently in the middle of a vast nationalization of various industries campaign. Could this vitriolic rhetoric merely be an attempt... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 8, 2007

United States Launches Airstrikes In Somalia Against Al-Qaida Targets

A few hours ago, CBS News reported that there had been two separate airstrikes by American military forces in Somalia. Pentagon sources stated that the targets were al-Qaida: thier senior leader in East Africa and an operative who had been instrumental in the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

For Those Following The Conflict In Somalia

The United Nations' sanctioned interim government of Somalia entered Mogadishu, the capital, without a shot being fired today. The Islamic Courts Militia, the formal title of the Islamic movement that seized control of Mogadishu and southern Somalia six months ago left, one of their leaders,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

The Gravest Threat To Britain Since World War II

Sir Ian Blair, London's Metropolitan Police Commissioner, warned on BBC radio that al-Qaeda was a continuing threat. He also that said there was intelligence that supported that the imminence of a terrorist attack in Britain was growing and that the holidays around Christmas were an especially... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Annan's Biggest Regret

Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan in his farewell speech before the General Assembly stated that his biggest regret was not having been able to do something to stem or stop the carnage and hardship suffered by the peoples of Darfur. But you are, sir. By keeping it in the spotlight,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Chilean Dictator Pinochet Dies

The man whose name stands synonymous with state-sanctioned terror died today, ending 11 years of evading sentencing for human rights violations while dictator of Chile. Augusto Pinochet, who led a bloody coup against the democratically elected Marxist government of Salvador Allende in 1973 and... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Teachers Not Wanted!! School Closings In Southern Thailand

After two teachers were slain by last week in Pattani Province, Thailand, the government decided to close down 336 primary and secondary schools there Monday. One of those slain was a principal who was shot, then set on fire. According to a teacher's union spokesperson, there have been 59 teachers... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Three Civil Wars In The Middle East By 2007?

King Abdullah of Jordan is worried that there may be three civil wars being fought in the Middle East by 2007 -- in Iraq, Lebanon, and the Palestinian territories. In an interview on ABC's "This Week", Abdullah warned that all the conflicts in the region are related in one way or another to the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Iran Gets New Air Defense Missile System From Russia

As if the growing threat of a nuclear-capable Iran seems more and more imminent, news from Russia is that they will go through with a $700 million dollar arms contract with Iran to ship the theocratic nation 29 air defense missile systems of the Tor-M1 type. Since the United Nations are currently in... Sign in to see full entry.

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