PMMJ (cheetahmaster) wrote,

news brief

"There is not 'one' civil war, nor 'one' insurgency, but several civil wars and insurgencies between different communities in today's Iraq. Within this warring society, the Iraqi government is only one among many 'state-like' actors, and is largely irrelevant in terms of ordering social, economic, and political life. It is now possible to argue that Iraq is on the verge of being a failed state which faces the distinct possibility of collapse and fragmentation."

"The immigration issue offers President Bush a chance to leave behind a significant legacy other than the war in Iraq. But unless he can execute a turnaround in both his political fortunes and his political strategy, his leverage on Capitol Hill is almost nonexistent."

"This is the attorney general of the United States, ladies and gentlemen. Heaven help us."

"At least 146 contract workers were killed in the first three months of 2007, revealing the increased risks they face as the military steps up its effort."

Iraqi refugees find a welcome haven... in Sweden.

"The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, says he is giving $10 billion to set up an educational foundation in the Middle East."

"A ship that sank hundreds of years ago in busy waters of the Atlantic has delivered an unprecedented underwater bounty to American treasure hunters: 17 tons of silver coins and hundreds of gold coins, jewelry and objects."
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