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Saturday, June 3, 2006

Fighting Terrorists In The Great White North

The Royal Candadian Mounted Police rounded up and arrested 17 people, 12 men and 5 youths, suspected of plotting to carry out terrorist acts in southern Ontario. Officials reported that the group had tried to acquire three tons of ammonium nitrate, an amount three times that used by Timothy McVeigh... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Secretary Of State's Offer Refused By Iran

My misgivings as to the Bush administration's true intentions regarding the Iran question are presented in the previous post. In the meantime, Iran has answered Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's offer of direct mulilateral talks. The official line is that the Bush administration was being... Sign in to see full entry.

Secretary Of State Rice Extends Olive Branch To Iran -- Sort Of

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today announced that the United States is willing to go to the negotiation table with Iran. Conditional, of course. Iran has to immediately suspend its nuclear program. Now, given the history or acidic rhetoric of Iran and its stance on the peaceful purposes of... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Indonesia Rocked Again By Massive Quake

It has been a little over a year since the Great Tsunami washed over Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and India, killing and wounding hundreds of thousands and leaving trillions of dollars in damage. A year-and-a-half isn't very long in terms of rebuilding efforts (look at the American Gulf Coast, where... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Brazil's Own St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Just as Chicago had Al Capone and the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, the sprawling metropolis of Sao Paolo, Brazil, has its PCC (First Capital Command) and 41 police officers, 107 gang members and civilians killed. The government is refusing to release a list of the dead, citing privacy issues. The... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Battleground Africa

Somalia saw an outbreak of hostilities between rival warlord factions in Mogadishu today and as many as 113 people were killed. Uganda is recording 900 people a day being killed in a little known civil conflict referred to as the "forgotten war". In the Democratic Republic of the Congo there has... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 6, 2006

Can There Be Peace In Darfur?

A peace accord was reached in Nigeria today between the Sudan government and the largest rebel faction, the Sudan Liberation Army. Despite this, increased violence erupted in Darfur. Mediators are still trying to get the second largest faction, an insurgency group that is made up of mostly Fur... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Iran's Brilliant Two-Front War Plan

The Commander of the Iranian National Guard today announced that if the speculation that the United States was planning to attack Iran actually occurred, Iran would in turn attack Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Shamon Peres stated that any attack upon his country would be met with retaliation. What... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Who Is To Cry For Darfur?

The World Food Program, the humanitarian arm of the United Nations, announced today that it would be forced to cut the rations it feeds some three million refugees of Sudan's troubled Darfur region. Rumors of increased violence in southern Darfur and government clashes with the two insurgent... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Iranian President Calls For Annihilation Of Israel

As if the region hasn't had one of the most violent histories throughout recorded time, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran seems hellbent on adding to the long list of military confrontations. In a speech Friday at a conference held to support Palestinians, Ahmadinejad stepped up his anti-Israel... Sign in to see full entry.

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