Wednesday, August 09, 2006

smaller in scale than the subsequent Israeli response

* Raw:
"An United Nations report shows that Iran recently attempted to smuggle uranium out of the Democratic Republic of Congo, RAW STORY has learned.

Douglas Douglas Farah, an investigative journalist and terrorism expert, blogged about a Sunday Times (UK) story showing that a shipment of uranium-238 had been intercepted in Tanzania en route to Iran in October 2005.
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There are some indications that Iran is not in need of foreign sources of uranium. GlobalSecurity.org reports that Iran has 10 uranium mines operating in the country, and that therefore "Iran's domestic reserves might be sufficient enough to supply the raw material for needed nuclear power plants in future.""

* LAT:
"Welcome to the new world of congressional committee chairs, their aides, friends and lobbyists.

It is a cozy world where personal relationships count for millions of dollars and a latter-day "Triangle Trade" has developed among powerful committee chieftains (who are expected to raise vast sums in campaign contributions), business and other interests (which seek favorable treatment), and lobbyists (who can make a fortune bringing the two parties together).

It is also a world dominated by a few California Republicans.
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The November elections will decide whether five of California's "Big Six" chairmen — Thomas is retiring at the end of the year — continue to hold their powerful positions. The others are: Lewis; Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) of Armed Services; Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) of Education and the Workforce; Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas) of Rules; and Rep. Richard W. Pombo (R-Tracy) of Resources."
what a smelly bunch.

* Plank:
"After all, Hezbollah precipitated the crisis with an unprovoked attack, albeit smaller in scale than the subsequent Israeli response."

2 comments:

damien said...

Monbiot has a very good coverage of who, Hizbollah or Israel, started what. Skirmishes had been going on for some time between the parties and the recent Israeli response was atypical and disproportionate. His conclusion: the Lebanon attack had been planned for some time.


...I can't make any sense of the Congo (Tanzania) thing, can you? Either they needed to import uranium or they didn't. Are we seeing Niger forgeries 2 ?

lukery said...

thnx D.

am not sure about the Congo thing. havent looked closely at it. Doug Farah is well respected.