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slow economic integration within ASEAN - Economist
chrome spoofing in Mozilla - Bugzilla [via /.]
an interesting debate over how much can be done to protect users from spoofing of fake browser windows
floods displace a million people in Dhaka - Guardian
I fear flooding in Bangladesh is going to become so regular it won't even be newsworthy
Abu Ghraib: the classified parts of the Taguba report - RollingStone [via AntiWar]
the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw uprising - IHT
- Rising '44 [Amazon]
the pope attacks idea that "men and women are fundamentally the same" - Guardian
"The Vatican is concerned that this belief is eroding what it regards as women's maternal vocation"
strange worms feed on whale bones 3000m under the ocean - Nature
meet Prochlorococcus marinus
"Marine cyanobacteria belonging to the Prochlorococcus genus are the most abundant photosynthetic organisms on Earth"
for those of you in Sydney: my gamelan is giving a concert
classical and popular Javanese gamelan pieces in the slendro scale
3pm Saturday 14th August
the Old Darlington School, Maze Crescent, the University of Sydney
looking back at the first reviews of The Lord of the Rings
in 1954 - BBC [via /.]
Amazon.co.uk won't sell House of Bush, House of Saud
radical Islam is on the rise among Iraq's Sunnis - CSM [via Informed]
terrorist attacks and the perception of weakness - AntiWar [Juan Cole]
India's new PM looks back at a meeting with Naguib Mahfouz - AA [via Kit]
I've read some of Mahfouz' short novels
; his classic Cairo Trilogy
is in my "too read" pile
Bush plagiarises from fraudulent undergraduate paper - Register
apparently anything goes when it comes to criticising Castro
after 25 years in Afghanistan, Medecins Sans Frontieres is pulling out - Guardian
they were there under the Soviets, the Mujahideen, and the Taliban, but Afganistan is now too dangerous
Craig Venter is sailing the world, collecting DNA from ocean microbes - Wired [10pg via /.]
"information" ministry censorship is on its way back in Iraq - FT [via AntiWar]
with threats to close Al-Jazeera's office for broadcasting criticisms of Allawi
a profile of MoveOn - Wired
blogs like Kos and Billmon have a higher profile from my point of view
big government positively correlates with economic freedom - CT
empires, successor states, and conflict - Far
an Iraqi comments on Iranian nuclear ambitions - Raed+Irani
Richard Clarke on the 9/11 Commission report - IHT
a critical view of Pablo Neruda - WeeklyStandard [via CR]
"It is time to treat Pablo Neruda as the French surrealists once recommended dealing with another Nobel laureate, Anatole France: Let us box up his memory with his books and throw the whole thing away. As Breton wrote: There is no reason that, once dead, this man should create any more dust."
bacteria found below an Iceland glacier - Nature [via /.]
with speculation about Lake Vostok and Mars
US Presbyterian Church votes for Israel divestment - Forward [via Empire]
Iraq's National Conference should be more exciting than Boston - B2I
what went wrong in Iraq - ZMag [via Atrios]
analysis of the Australian Greens' economic policy - JohnQuiggin [via RtoS]
"the economic policy platforms of minor parties frequently contain large elements of wishful thinking, small-group hobby horses and plain irrationality"
Dennis Ritchie, Unix and C - Economist [via /.]
good to see recognition in the mainstream media
Boston protesters to be put in "internment camp" - truthout [via ProRev]
an overview of "compare-by-hash" algorithms - NMT [via BIMBO]
not only was Allawi a murdering thug, it seems he still is - ABC
a guide to Australians' rights under anti-terrorism laws - AMCRAN [via EFA]
the Greeks still dominate the shipping industry - Economist
a seven part series on Fallujah - Asia
is the International Space Station a waste of space? - Nature
the 50th anniversary of the erotic classic Story of O
- Observer [via CR]
"The French state has not always had an easy relationship with Story of O, but this year it is to be included on a list of national triumphs"
Ross Gittins on IP and the Aus-US trade agreement - SMH
the complex situation in Darfur - Guardian
the lawlessness of the sea - NYROB
"the most rigid law turns soggy and pliable as soon as it extends beyond the twelve-mile territorial limit"
global migration, 1846 to 1940 - Far
migrations to North Asia and Southeast Asia were on the same scale as migration to the Americas and Australia
Shakespeare and Stein would fail SAT writing test - Dartmouth [via Jorn]
Canada imposes unique censorship rules on Al-Jazeera - AntiWar
rules stringent enough to stop anyone carrying the channel
a glimpse of loony religious fundamentalism in Israel - INN
Gaza is "part of Israel's eternal patrimony" and the leading proof is "a beautiful remnant of the mosaic floor of a Gaza synagogue"...
the practical consequences of the efficient markets theory - CT
monster ship-sinking waves are real - ESA [via ProRev]
"freakish ocean waves that rise as tall as ten-storey apartment blocks have been accepted as a leading cause of large ship sinkings"
Malaysia launches comprehensive Open Source plan - Star [via OSWALD]
just after a visit from Bill Gates, too!
analysing the CSS bugs in Internet Explorer - WMW
how the Color Marketing Group sets colour fashions - Making Lite
"there's only so much new black clothing you can sell a happy consumer who already has a closet full of black-and-coordinates"
opposition to Arafat within Fatah - Haaretz
do cultural diversity and development conflict? - Economist
Australia ranks 3rd on the Human Development Index in the 2004 report, behind Norway and Sweden
Fox memos show unabashed direction of the news - Wonkette [via Atrios]
why is Out-Foxed
only on DVD
and not screening in cinemas?
the Mahdi army is running Sadr City - RC [via AntiWar]
"When people in Sadr City have complaints, they go to al Sadr's office, and they send out the Mahdi Army to make arrests."
New Zealand denounces Israel, imposes diplomatic sanctions - Guardian
for fraudulently obtaining New Zealand passports, not for ethnic cleansing
ox-drawn ambulances in Zimbabwe - BBC [via ProRev]
Edwards and ambulance chasing of "Jacuzzi cases" - Kos
eBay screws up categorisation for collectibles - slurry
"They failed to understand that there are commodities buyers/sellers, and collectibles buyers/sellers."
PNAC signatory Fukuyama disowns Bush administration - Zaman [via AntiWar]
the US is directly funding Uzbekistan's "security" forces - Guardian
who "use torture as a routine investigation technique": "rape of close relatives in front of the victim; rape with objects such as broken bottles; asphyxiation; pulling out of fingernails; smashing of limbs with blunt objects; and use of boiling liquids including complete immersion of the body. This is not uncommon. Thousands of people a year suffer from this torture at the hands of the authorities."
army report confirms Saddam statue toppling was staged - Honolulu
Chinese regions fight over the clouds - Guardian
"The use of cloud-seeding guns, rockets and planes to induce rainfall has created tensions between drought-plagued regions"
Out-Foxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
would be an interesting contrast to Control Room
folk music and EU copyright law - Cambridge [via JH]
Voice of America's Middle East news has been gutted - Informed
its resources reallocated to broadcasting Radio Sawa's pop music
I just saw the documentary Control Room
, about Al-Jazeera - IMDB
- 3/4 [my rating]
it jumped around and was a bit rough, but covered some fascinating material
street fighting in Ramadi - Yahoo [via AntiWar]
Allbritton on working as a journalist in Baghdad - NYmetro [via AntiWar]
the traumas of being a crime fiction reviewer - WSJ [via BookSlut]
"still my stomach clenches whenever a UPS or FedEx truck approaches my front door"
stopping GNU/Linux from fragmenting too far - NewsForge [via LWN]
rude words bleeped from PBS cop drama - SFgate [via EFA]
"Having now been bleeped, I can only say that it doesn't feel very good. It feels kind of dirty."
some conservatives are not happy with Bush - LasVegas [via AntiWar]
anarchism and the global opposition to neo-liberalism - NLR
India's population to pass China's around 2035 - Guardian
in some areas of New Delhi, there are now 20% fewer female children than male
firsthand account of Samarra mortar barrage organisation - Telegraph [via AntiWar]
"Professional soldiers who knew how to gauge and range an artillery piece were in charge"
US Greens are divided over how to campaign in November - Progressive [via ProRev]
"Bush is a dimension worse than we ever would have anticipated. If he wins the election, he will take it as a mandate."
the Wobblies are trying to unionize a New York Starbucks - Seattle [via ProRev]
a superb short novel of provincial life in 1899 Hungary - Skylark [review]
US "abstinence" approach attacked at AIDS conference - Guardian
"The EU has been fighting a rearguard action against US efforts to overturn key international commitments on sexual and reproductive rights."
DVD-copying software isn't going away - IHT
Australian PM calls on citizens to avoid coarse language - Guardian
Howard-style "engagement with Asia" - emulating Singapore
more people in the UK are hurt by books than by cricket gear - SPT [via Moor]
"various fungi that feed on the pages of old books could be a source of hallucinogenic spores"
Allbritton is combining blog and regular journalism - OJR [via B2I]
"The punk rock fans will always spit on you when you sign with a major label"
low cost airlines in the United States and Europe - Economist
International Court rules against Israeli Wall - Guardian
"All States are under an obligation not to recognize the illegal situation resulting from the construction of the wall and not to render aid or assistance in maintaining the situation created by such construction"
the dire effects of sanctions against Cuba - CSM
"Aiming 'weapons of malnutrition' at Cubans will only weaken America's moral standing"
is ICANN going to play nicer with the ccTLD country domains? - Register
raising ever bigger phallic symbols - Nature
"today's building methods would allow engineers to reach far beyond any current plans; perhaps as high as 1,600 metres"
lampreys have independently evolved immune systems - Nature
mortar fire nibbles away at US bases in Iraq - MSNBC [via AntiWar]
this isn't going to help: "About 25 minutes later, when radar determined the source of the shelling, U.S. soldiers responded with four mortar rounds."
an attack on Falluja may be inevitable - IHT
"We could take the city, but we would have to kill everyone."
the workings of fat cells - IHT
World Bank report on the Palestinian economy - WB
- full paper [900k PDF]
"the West Bank and Gaza has suffered one of the worst recessions in modern history. GDP per capita has declined by almost 40 percent, and nearly half of the Palestinian population is living in poverty."
high risk of political assassinations in Israel - Haaretz [via AntiWar]
EU ministers misled governments on software patents - IHT [via /.]
a 2001 article on John Edwards - WashMonthly [via Atrios]
antidisestablishmentarian Spanish Cardinal attacks government - Guardian
the Catholic Church may lose its special status in Spain
arguing for a caregiver's allowance - CT review
No Exit: What Parents Owe Their Children and What Society Owes Parents
Blair can't even get four Britons out of Guantanamo - Boston
Jordan, between Palestine and Iraq - EI
"ordinary Jordanians have never been more angry at and mistrustful of America"
an unusual approach to selling StarOffice in Japan - Register
convenience stores and an actress giving birth to a horse...
Blair revives debate on nuclear power in Britain - Guardian
undoing the Hinduisation of Indian history textbooks - Navhind [via Kit]
former law student Saddam Hussein... - TeleIndia [via AntiWar]
shaky cooperation between US and Iraqi police in Baqubah - LA [via AntiWar]
the underappreciated potential of indices - Independent [via CR]
translating Harry Potter into Ancient Greek - Loxias [via JH]
Indonesian election could be a nail-biter - Straits
Bambang looks like coming first, but will the second round be against Megawati or Wiranto?
fighting in Yemen leaves hundreds dead - BBC [via AntiWar]
low breastfeeding rate puts millions at risk - BBC
WHO survey of developing countries finds "just 39% of infants were exclusively breastfed for the first six months, as recommended"
the economic rationalists are quiet on the US-Australia "trade" treaty - SMH
"according even to the econometric study paid for by the Government, the deal is expected to worsen significantly our bilateral trade deficit with the US"
Taibbi hammers Hitchens, and all journalists - NYPress [via Moor]
"All journalists are cowards. ... We are professional space-fillers, frivolously tossing content-pebbles in an ever-widening canyon of demand"
the GAO is not happy with US spending of Iraqi oil money - Baltimore [via AntiWar]
Christian Aid: "This lack of accountability creates an environment ripe for corruption and theft at every level"
EU membership for Turkey may stop Israel arms deals - Haaretz
ignoring copyright law in Chengdu's Computer City - AntiWar
US logistics almost failed during Iraq invasion - SFGate [via Rotten]
ecological failure and infrastructure breakdown ended Angkor - CNN
an eleven-dimensional rating scheme for thrillers? - Usenet
Jorn Barger is posting more regularly
Iyad Allawi is a thug out of the same mould as Saddam Hussein - Bowles
"Allawi was involved with a Mukhabarat `hit team' that sought out and killed Ba'ath Party dissenters throughout Europe"
Nigeria is sending troops to southern Sudan - Africana
and Libya is offering to help in Darfur...
the economics of a WWII POW camp - NWU [via CT]
a report from a small library in Minnesota - Kuro5hin
"Today is the first day of mandatory Internet filtering, if your library accepts federal telecommunications funds."
ten patents the EFF is trying to kill - Wired [via JWalk]
they're illegitimate and being used to stifle free expression
CERT suggests using browsers other than Internet Explorer - Wired [via /.]
British drug addicts are committing crimes to get treatment - BBC [via ProRev]
"Almost 75% of those interviewed tried to get help before their arrest, on average three times"
Hackworth calls for sacking of Rumsfeld and Myers - SFTT [via Kos]
desktops have 50x more bacteria than toilet seats - ABC
and other curiosities about germs
will Turkey start joining the EU in December? - NYROB
what's happening with the .iq domain? - Register [5pg]
the FDA approves leeches for medical use - MSNBC [via ProRev]
global warming has cut Philippines rice yields by 10% - Guardian
"the first study done on harvests rather than scientific models, which predicted reductions of up to 7%"
seven perspectives on marriage - Nation
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