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Afghanistan
Gulf becomes route for Afghanistan opium
DOHA - German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble warned on Tuesday that Gulf countries have become a route for drug trafficking from Afghanistan, which he said produces some 90 percent of world opium. “This problem (of opium production in Afghanistan) affects regional security, making Gulf countries first to suffer the consequences. Gulf countries have become a passage for drug trafficking,” he said at a conference on border security in Afghanistan held in Doha. “Statistics show also that the people of these countries are being harmed by the spread of drugs coming from Afghanistan,” he said, adding that “90 percent of opium world produce comes from Afghanistan”.

The Afghan government and the international donors on which it depends are determined to do away with the country’s opium crop, which is the main source of income for nearly nine percent of the population. One source of funding for the ousted Taleban militia has been protection money paid by opium poppy farmers, according to experts. In May, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said that drugs produced in Afghanistan were being smuggled through war-torn Iraq and Jordan en route to final destinations in eastern and Western Europe.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/01/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Subsaharan
Bush extends Zimbabwe sanctions
WASHINGTON - US President George W. Bush on Tuesday extended by one year a series of sanctions against Zimbabwe officials, including President Robert Mugabe, deemed to be destroying his country and people undermining democracy.

The decision renews Bush’s executive orders of March 2003 and November 2005 freezing the assets of more than 100 people and 30 entities considered to be opposing reforms in Zimbabwe. “The crisis constituted by the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions has not been resolved,” Bush said in a statement.

“These actions and policies pose a continuing unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States. For these reasons, I have determined that it is necessary to continue this national emergency and to maintain in force the sanctions to respond to this threat,” he said.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/01/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [255 views] Top|| File under:

#1  HARARE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) -- A senior Zimbabwean official condemned on Saturday a U.S. decision to impose sanctions on the leadership as part of a "white racist" attack on a government he said was fighting for the interests of its black majority.
http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa/03/08/zimbabwe.sanctions.reut/index.html

The official Zim response no matter the issue, will always headlined by "white racist" this or that. There is no win for the west in Africa. At this point, it should just be ignored and left to it's own outcome.
Posted by: Visitor || 03/01/2006 19:21 Comments || Top||


Arabia
UAE safe from strongest possible earthquake in Iran
DUBAI — The strongest earthquake possible on the Zagros fault in Iran will have no significant impact on the UAE, an international expert on earthquakes told Khaleej Times yesterday.

Professor Dr Azm Al Homoud, Middle East Representative of the World Agency of Planetary Monitoring and Earthquake Risk Reduction (WAPMERR), said that the distance between the epicentre of earthquakes in Iran, as well as the focal depth of these earthquakes, dissipates a considerable amount of the actual energy before it reaches the UAE.
Crank that sucker up!
Posted by: Steve White || 03/01/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Heh.
Posted by: .com || 03/01/2006 1:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Great catch! I forgot about our Earthquake Generator.
Posted by: Danking70 || 03/01/2006 11:43 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
StrategyPage: Venezuela Versus the Dutch
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has been making noises about running the Dutch out of nearby Caribbean islands, areas that the Netherlands have owned for centuries. In response, the Dutch are trying to orchestrate a suitable, and scary, message for Chavez. The Dutch are trying to get the United States to make a port call with an aircraft carrier, and its accompanying warships, at one of their Caribbean islands. This would be part of a series of "messages" that they're sending to Venezuela. An additional "message" is an invitation to the Venezuelans to take part in a navy/marine exercise that the Dutch are going to run in the Caribbean later this year. This will have U.S., British, French, and even Swedish participation, primarily as a way of demonstrating that if Chavez pulls something against the Dutch-owned islands, he may get a bloody nose. Even without the port call, it's unlikely that the United States would just stand by if Venezuela made a move on Dutch Caribbean islands.
Posted by: ed || 03/01/2006 09:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [438 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Depending on how much US taxes the Dutch are willing to pay, I'm all for this.
Posted by: Phil || 03/01/2006 9:31 Comments || Top||

#2  The Dutch should also do something multi-lateral at the UN. Oh, and get ofe of the EU carriers to stop by, too.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 03/01/2006 9:37 Comments || Top||

#3  The Dutch are trying to get the United States to make a port call with an aircraft carrier, and its accompanying warships, at one of their Caribbean islands.

Oh, I get it now. Military action by the US is permissible in defense of Dutch interests. Makes so much sense now!

F* off, eurotrash.
Posted by: BH || 03/01/2006 9:44 Comments || Top||

#4  The Dutch have been mostly helpful and the native Dutch are undergoing a huge attitude adjustment w.r.t muslims. Hopefully some of that new insight will also transfer to leftist dictators. The Dutch also contributing 600 troops to Afghanistan peacekeeping and are sending 1400 more.

Too bad the US mothballed all the battleships. A 9 gun 16" broadside at the 12 mile limit is an attention getter.
Posted by: ed || 03/01/2006 9:49 Comments || Top||

#5  BH - The Netherlands supported OIF, and had a contingent in Iraq (I think theyve withdrawn by now, but im not sure) So im not sure what youre talking about.

In any case, dispute over preemptive action hardly means one shouldnt support defense of an allys territory.

But I dont think Chavez is stupid enough to hand us the opportunity to toss him out like that. "Making noises" is what he does best.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 03/01/2006 9:50 Comments || Top||

#6  Hell, sell a BB to the Dutch. They can run it as a part time theme cruise line for wannabes and then when it suits them, do a shake down cruise off of Venezula. Iiiii, thar be Maracaibo. Time to hoist the jolly roger and lift an ale in salute to o'Henry Morgan!
Posted by: Phaimp Tholuting5978 || 03/01/2006 10:07 Comments || Top||

#7  Oops! Musta been thinking about Belgium, sorry. Getcha programs here! Can't tell one small European country from another without a program!
Posted by: BH || 03/01/2006 10:16 Comments || Top||

#8  If you can't tell the Netherlands (which has shut down nearly all immigration, told imams to learn Dutch within a year and sent troops to Iraq) from Belgium, you might want to think a bit before tossing out comments like "Eurotrash", BH.
Posted by: lotp || 03/01/2006 10:27 Comments || Top||

#9  I hope we defend my right to All-Inclusive resorts on Aruba at all costs.
Posted by: eLarson || 03/01/2006 11:28 Comments || Top||

#10  Hey Nimble, I'm sure if they asked they could get the Clemenceau for a while.
Posted by: Danking70 || 03/01/2006 11:45 Comments || Top||

#11  ..Hell, the Dutch used to HAVE a carrier..long long ago. And if Chavez hasn't figured out yet that we'd be right behind the Dutch in any fight like that (wonders where he was during the Falklands War), then dear Lord, let's put him outta our misery.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 03/01/2006 12:28 Comments || Top||

#12  We weren't precisely behind the English during the Falklands War, Mike. Considerably less hands-on than say, the US in 1940. We weren't neutral, but we didn't do much beyond some supply & support. Check out this telephone transcript, for instance. If the Falklands had been Dutch then, they'd still be Argentine now.
Posted by: Mitch H. || 03/01/2006 16:39 Comments || Top||

#13  I don't know Mitch. I don't think Maggie formally requested. What would have happened if the Dutch invoked the NATO treaty clause? Unlike the Euros today, back then we'd probably have done the deed.
Posted by: Phaimp Tholuting5978 || 03/01/2006 20:05 Comments || Top||

#14  I believe we gave the Brits a lot of Intel (Satellite, NRO, etc) but we were pretty neutral officially. Hard to stick up for the colonizing imperialists, even after 220 years. I think our obligation to provide any assistance through NATO is limited to an attack on the homeland. e. g. I suspect we'd sit out a seizure of Gibraltar by Spain.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 03/01/2006 20:12 Comments || Top||

#15  D *** It, haven't the Marines invaded and saved the beach babes in Aruba yet; or Haiti?, or Cuba? or ...etc!? Iff this was the turn of the centiry, or even the 1920's, these places would already had been conquered by CHESTY PULLER, ETAL.. or at least PAPPY BOYINGTON, while Congress was still debating the merits iff it was.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/01/2006 22:42 Comments || Top||

#16  Suppose that might heat up the Natalee Holloway case a little.
Posted by: RWV || 03/01/2006 22:55 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
The CPO Is Married To The Madam
American Pride: In January, spokesman Nick Inskip of the trade association of Australia's legalized brothels and strip clubs praised the American sailors who that week began several days' shore leave in Brisbane. "[T]he fellows are fantastic customers," he said. "They are so well-mannered... They're very aware that they're representing their country, and that's why they behave so well."
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/01/2006 10:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [271 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ummm...thank you?

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 03/01/2006 12:28 Comments || Top||

#2  It always brings a tear to my eye when I hear of today's sailors keeping alive the grand traditions of the USN.

God Bless Everyone.
Posted by: Former WESTPAC Sailor || 03/01/2006 14:05 Comments || Top||

#3  *giggle* It's nice to see American sailors making their mothers proud.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/01/2006 22:30 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Air America Folding In Missoula, Phoenix, Elsewhere?
Just last summer, a Missoula radio station launched the town’s first progressive talk radio program, throwing down the gauntlet to the conservative radio hosts already dominating the airwaves.

Now operators of KNS, 105.9 on the dial, plan to drop the progressive talk radio format this week, citing weak advertising sales. Update: Air America went off the air Tuesday afternoon...

Dear Friends of Air America Phoenix,

Thank you to the staff, the listeners and the clients for all you’ve done in the past 17 months...

...I have talked to more BS artists and rich guys who pretend they want to get "involved" and "progressive" venture firms that live in the world of "new media" and think that good old terrestrial radio, the kind that everyone has access to and is free 24/7, is so "over"!

When I finally put together the right banker and the right investors, we were out of time! I’m mad at myself for wasting time with the charlatans, the BS artists and the dreamers...
Well, gee. What do you expect when your supporters are primarily losers, ne'er-do-wells, scoundrels and hypocrites?
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/01/2006 15:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [529 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I wish people would stop using the word "progressive" as an alternative for "traitorous commie bastards".
Posted by: BH || 03/01/2006 15:34 Comments || Top||

#2  You know i will be sad when they are gone. I like the idea of "progressives" letting it all hang out for the world (and voters) to see. Every time one of their bonehead hosts pops off it marginalizes them just a little bit more. The best part is they think (and they are wrong) that most Americans agree with them. Kind of like the Dems saying "We just need to get our message out." Well guys you got your message out and everyone knows that you are friggin looney. Here in Sacramento Err Amerika has moved three times, each time they got thrown off for low rating and lack of advertising $$$ coming in. Someone needs to tell them that were are a CAPITALISTS society and your message is only as good as someone is willing to pay for it.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 03/01/2006 17:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Lol, CS. The stupid sheeple just don't get it, lol. It's not the message or the fact that they have no answers to anything (except via our wallets in their "vision" of a US Nanny State), it's just nuancing their vacuous BS correctly so the dummies finally "get it". Then they will win every election until the end of time... Which should be within about 3 years of Prez Billary taking office...
Posted by: .com || 03/01/2006 17:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Don't go away mad.

Just go. ;-p
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 03/01/2006 19:18 Comments || Top||

#5  A compromise:

"progressive traitorous communist bastard"
Posted by: Visitor || 03/01/2006 19:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Guess they couldn't compete with National Palestinian Radio for the LLL demographic.
Posted by: DMFD || 03/01/2006 22:35 Comments || Top||

#7  would be nice if taxpayer funding were cut for NPR as well. Make em sink or swim based on the success of their audience sales/ads/support
Posted by: Frank G || 03/01/2006 22:58 Comments || Top||

#8  NPR funding keeps getting cut, more every successive year since the Clinton days. They aren't getting much of their funding from the public sector any more. Unfortunately, Mrs. Kroc (wife of the founder of McDonald's restaurants) gave them a very large check a year or so ago, so they've been sheltered from the audience response to their efforts.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/01/2006 23:35 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
New Scientist: Stealth sharks to patrol the high seas
[..]

More controversially, the Pentagon hopes to exploit sharks' natural ability to glide quietly through the water, sense delicate electrical gradients and follow chemical trails. By remotely guiding the sharks' movements, they hope to transform the animals into stealth spies, perhaps capable of following vessels without being spotted. The project, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), based in Arlington, Virginia, was presented at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, last week.

Neural implants consist of a series of electrodes that are embedded into the animal's brain, which can then be used to stimulate various functional areas. Biologist Jelle Atema of Boston University and his students are using them to "steer" spiny dogfish in a tank via a phantom odour. As the dogfish swims about, the researchers beam a radio signal from a laptop to an antenna attached to the fish at one end and sticking up out of the water at the other. The electrodes then stimulate either the right or left of the olfactory centre, the area of the brain dedicated to smell. The fish flicks round to the corresponding side in response to the signal, as if it has caught a whiff of an interesting smell: the stronger the signal, the more sharply it turns.

[..]

Read the whole article!
Posted by: 3dc || 03/01/2006 17:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [436 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We used stinky bait to lure and catch big cats on the Wabash. It will work here too I tell you, we can train them, it will work, it will work!!!! DARPA sharks are my idea, my fish, my agency. Mine! Mine! Mine!
Posted by: Dr.J.Poindexter || 03/01/2006 20:54 Comments || Top||

#2  PETA seethes, drops cloths, seethes some more
Posted by: Captain America || 03/01/2006 21:43 Comments || Top||

#3  (OK, this thread seems to be commentable...)

A one,
a two,
a three...

"Sharks with frickin laser beams!"
Posted by: Phil || 03/01/2006 22:14 Comments || Top||

#4  #3 - No, not quite...

"Sharks guided by frickin'laser beams"
Posted by: Spoter Unatle4689 || 03/01/2006 22:18 Comments || Top||

#5  or at least angry sea bass?
Posted by: Frank G || 03/01/2006 22:28 Comments || Top||

#6  Screw that. Large-mouth tuna.
Posted by: Robert Crawford || 03/01/2006 22:31 Comments || Top||

#7 
Posted by: .com || 03/01/2006 22:34 Comments || Top||

#8  Some cops are really sharks...
Posted by: 3dc || 03/01/2006 23:53 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Earthquake Jolts Southern Iran

An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 jolted southern Iran on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The temblor struck at 11:01 local time and was centered in an area about 600 miles southeast of the capital Tehran, the USGS said on its Web site. Theepicenter was about 80 miles from the nearest sizable city — Bandar-e Abbas, on Iran's coast.
In unrelated news, the government is paying 95% of Halliburton's expense claims.

The earthquake was classified as moderate unlike the people who live there, but such quakes have killed thousands of people in the past in the Iranian countryside where houses are often built of bricks. The head of the Tehran Seismology Center, Mahdi Rezapour, put the magnitude at 5.8.

State television said it was felt in the southern towns of Orzoueih, Kerman, Jiroft, Kahnooj and Baft. The governor of Baft province told state radio the quake caused walls to crack in villages. "No deaths have yet been reported, but the quake has caused cracks in many buildings. The region hit by the quake is where the houses are made of mud brick," said the governor, identified only as Amini.

In February 2005, a 6.4-magnitude temblor rocked the town of Zarand in southern Iran, killing 612 people and injuring more than 1,400. A magnitude-6.6 quake flattened the historic southeastern city of Bam in the same region in December 2003, killing 26,000 people.
Cheney Allah is pissed.
Posted by: Jackal || 03/01/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [405 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I hope were making sure none of these quakes are Iranian Nuke Tests...

I wouldn't mention it but last time India and Pak kind of surprised some.
Posted by: 3dc || 03/01/2006 1:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Nah, they sound completely different.

The suprise that India and Pakistan pulled off was readying the tests. We knew damn well what they were when we heard the boom. And we knew what that wild scampering sound was that came afterwards- a bunch of CIA analysts explaining why they were asleep on the job. Again.
Posted by: Chinter Flarong9283 || 03/01/2006 10:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Nukes and earthquakes look completely different from each other on a seismo.
Posted by: mojo || 03/01/2006 10:50 Comments || Top||

#4 
American aid being rushed to our enemies in 5...4...3...

Posted by: Vinkat Bala Subrumanian || 03/01/2006 13:55 Comments || Top||

#5  Allah keep giving Iran hints.

Wonder when the MadMullahs™ are going to pick up on it?

Or maybe they haven't noticed the hints from their "god" because they really worship themselves.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 03/01/2006 19:24 Comments || Top||

#6  You know, of course, that the uranium bomb dropped in 1945 was so simple it was not even tested? Just drive the two sub-critical masses together and ...
Posted by: Bobby || 03/01/2006 22:04 Comments || Top||

#7  Thanks, Chinter Flarong9283 -- it's always good to hear from an expert.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/01/2006 22:32 Comments || Top||

#8  You, too, mojo. What do scampering CIA analysts look like?
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/01/2006 22:34 Comments || Top||



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