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nation-building in Moldova - Far
"Moldova, once a prosperous component of the Soviet Union, is now the poorest country in Europe"
intimidation of homicide witnesses in Boston - CSM
... just imagine how much worse this must be in Baghdad
video of Palestinian forced to play the violin shocks Israelis - Guardian
"disturbingly reminiscent of Jewish musicians forced to provide background music to mass murder"
interesting election results in Romania - HWD
UK government department loses 80,000 machines in Windows upgrade - Register [via Link]
Ursula Le Guin comments on Earthsea miniseries - UKL [via Fantastic]
I think I'll be avoiding this one, and will stick to the books
the FDA takes a hit and the drug bosses tremble - Economist
the influence of Islamic design on US architecture - SFgate [via Moor]
the WTC towers drew on inspiration from Saudia Arabia!
fruit of Indian "suicide tree" also used for murder - Lycos [via GS]
"in the southwestern state of Kerala, 537 deaths can be attributed to odollam poisonings in the 11 years between 1989 and 1999"
Bhopal is still waiting for justice - Guardian
wargaming Iran versus the US - Atlantic [via AntiWar]
Scotland puts an end to the last feudal property - BBC
disputes over water drilling in the West Bank - Haaretz
making US government sites child-friendly - Wired [via ProRev]
"The National Reconnaissance Office used to be so hush-hush that officials wouldn't admit it existed. Now the spy-satellite agency has gone cute."
a petition to stop a UK ID card - no2id-petition [via CL]
I fear Australia is going to end up with a national ID card too
the Ukrainian election is on hold - Guardian
I didn't know that Canada has a million people of Ukrainian descent
flying into Baghdad is an experience - MSNBC [via AntiWar]
putting dust-mites on the racetrack - Nature
"a single mattress can sustain up to 1.5 million mites in the right conditions"
Krugman says an economic crisis is "when, not if" - Truthout [via SideS]
South Africa gets an television show on Open Source - ZDnet [via /.]
Romanians remember coal miners being brought into Bucharest in 1991... - FOE
a bus strike in Finland - Crikey
private security guards in Baghdad are better armed than the police - KR
and are paid up to 100 times as much
Chinese water use in Xinjiang threatens Kazakhstan - Asia
the effects of "shoot on sight" in Falluja - Independent
"a large number of people including children were killed by American snipers. US forces refused repeated calls for medical aid for injured civilians"
locust swarms reach Cairo - AA
Israeli officer guns down a frightened 13 year-old girl in cold blood - Guardian
... but is only charged with minor offences
Amartya Sen on historical relations between India and China - NYROB
Kevin Sites describes filming the Falluja mosque killing - MSNBC
the US has forced Iraq to accept biopatents - GRAIN
"Inserted into Iraq's previous patent law is a whole new chapter on Plant Variety Protection"
US troops find it hard to trust the police in Mosul - Alertnet [via AntiWar]
"The US spent millions of dollars setting up Mosul's 4,000-strong police force, only to have 80 percent of it desert the moment insurgents threatened"
colour laser printers are encoding serial numbers onto documents - Yahoo [via /.]
great for catching counterfeiters, not so great if you want a document to be anonymous...
how intellectual property policy is made - FT [via CT]
a look at how the European Database Directive has worked
US casualties in Iraq may number as many as 30,000 - CBS [via AntiWar]
the DNA of literature: interviews with writers from the 1950s - Paris Review [via JH]
Isak Dinesen, Lawrence Durrell, T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, E.M. Forster, Henry Green, etc.
could a single-gene mutation have led to the bats? - New Scientist
a long piece on Baghdad's Green Zone - Atlantic [via AntiWar]
malnutrition in Iraq has doubled since the US invasion - WP [via AntiWar]
the new Alexander the Great film doesn't sound like a success - I-of-S
twelve of Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus stories - A Good Hanging [review]
a US soldier on the Iraq shooting video, Poles and cats, etc. - Ginmar
"Watching the way people react to the concept of war crimes is like watching people react to news that Bobby the next door neighbor is a date rapist."
debates about how best to measure economic productivity - Economist
three families that fled Falluja - BBC
the "taxi" trip from Baghdad airport to the city costs $5000 - BBC
Tony Blair will face the first impeachment motion in 198 years - Guardian
for "gross misconduct" in the war against Iraq
hiking skirts and mountain kilts - BGT
how China drives exchange rates across the world - Economist
Mandarin speaking children are more likely to acquire perfect pitch - Guardian
a Tasmanian Devil FAQ - TasGov
looking at Microsoft-funded think tanks - Deltoid
heavy computer use and short-sightedness linked to glaucoma - JECH
a Japanese cross-sectional study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
cutting off water to whole cities as a weapon - Rense [via AntiWar]
"The denial of water to civilians is illegal both under Iraqi and international law."
a test of jurisdiction: Nauru and Australia - HH
the Australian government is refusing to defend its own laws, to try to avoid publicity for refugees interned by Australia on Nauru
Ariel Sharon and the "bantustanisation" of Palestine - NYROB
"Sharon's government has continued to expropriate territory in the West Bank to expand the settlements"
Red Cross estimates at least 800 civilians have been killed in Falluja - EI
that seems on the low side to me, given the level of force employed against the city
sexual mores are changing fast in China - Guardian
Hindu-inspired pseudo-science - Wired
"We believe that cows' urine can cure cancer, renal failure, arthritis and a lot of other ailments"
hugin: a great-looking Linux panorama stitching program - Blackfish
a 2.5 gigapixel photograph - TNO [via DPR]
Flemish independence party banned by Belgian supreme court - BBC [via K5]
more on Dan Brown's opening sentences - Lang
"if you are ever mentioned on page 1 of a Dan Brown novel you will be mentioned with an anarthrous occupational nominal premodifier and you will have died a painful and horrible death by page 2, along with several curiously ill-chosen cliches and mangled idioms"
Pol Pot's cremation site is a tourist attraction - AsiaPages [via Far]
a phone conversation with a dying Iraqi in Falluja - Australian
three obols a day is not what it used to be - Stoa
I just received a cheque for $7.56 for the half a day I spent not being empanelled on a jury
AP photographer flees Falluja - Yahoo [via AntiWar]
the cats and dogs theory of politics - TroppoArmadillo [via JH]
"And no... you can't win an election by appealing to hamsters."
the US refuses to allow humanitarian aid into Falluja - Guardian
Doug is trying to download every song ever recorded... - MacNet [via JH]
the world's patent systems need reform - Economist
"there should be some embarrassment (and hesitation) in granting [patents]"
the CIA is to be purged of officers disloyal to Bush - NewsDay
a disaster for civilians in Falluja - Guardian
"it has become clear that US military claims of 'precision' targeting are false"
the state of literary translation in China - ChinaDaily [via CR]
copulation and courtship among octopuses - Pharyngula
Saving Private Ryan censored in the US - Guardian [via JWalk]
and yes, this is censorship - an unclarified threat of large fines is extremely intimidating
Ramadi and Mosul under insurgent control - Telegraph
and in Falluja, "rebels re-emerged in areas already secured by US marines"...
one sniper can hold up 150 marines, despite tanks and airstrikes - NYT [via AntiWar]
men fleeing Falluja are forced to return - ABC [via AntiWar]
is forcing people to remain in a battle zone legal?
journalistic "balance" gives too much to bad science - CJR [via /.]
the Lancet Iraq study is flypaper for pundits ignorant of statistics - Deltoid
a debate over eminent domain and urban development - Reason [via ProRev]
water pollution in Shanghai and along the Yangtze - Guardian
a ballgown made of living grass - Stuff [photo]
fifteen years since German reunification - Independent
"East Germany has lost nearly two million inhabitants since the Wall fell, and the exodus continues."
a journalist reports from inside Falluja - BBC
Bush meets the Spanish opposition leader, but rebuffs the PM - Guardian
while taking control of Falluja, the US loses Ramadi - BBC
the full text of bin Laden's speech - MarkTaw [via GAB]
you might be an anti-spam kook if... - Rhyolite [via CT]
US Supreme Court to consider Oregon assisted-suicide law - Guardian
"zero-energy" houses are spreading in California - Wired
Microsoft pays Novell half a billion dollars - Register
for killing off Novell's NDS on NT
mapping of the US election results using population cartograms - Cosma
agriculture is behind Australia's water problems - Guardian
but like subsidies in the US and Europe, it's politcally untouchable
capitalism and communism in Shanghai - Guardian
Google treats British National Party press releases as news - Register
a Mexican election observer on the US system - Alternet [via Bloghorrea]
"we could not help but notice the many ways in which the U.S. falls short of global best practices for election management"
two law professors argue about open source - FT [via OSWALD]
French peacekeepers shoot down Ivory Coast government planes - Guardian [via HH]
"after the aircraft bombed a French position, killing a French soldier"
the US gay community fears rising intolerance - Guardian
Windows 2000 "the lowest risk choice" for Royal Navy combat systems - Register
the US has 10,000 troops massed for the attack on Falluja - Yahoo [via AntiWar]
Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita
has the Orthodox Church in arms - Guardian [via Kit]
"the text is full of points which contemporary people, especially non-believers, will find very difficult to understand"
the gap between eastern and western Turkey - Guardian
"I don't know anything about Europe and I don't care about it. What I want is water and drains."
in Finland, tax returns are completely public - Crikey
there's even an SMS service for querying someone's taxable income in the last financial year!
Seymour Hersh answers questions about the election's consequences - WP [via ProRev]
Canada 2.0 - DollarShort [via JWalk]
any Democrats moving to Canada should think about moving to Ohio instead...
Argentina makes an offer to its creditors - Economist
"Will this end the largest sovereign default in history?"
US deserter from 1965 gets 30 days, dishonorable discharge - Far
sociological problems with virtual world design - Gamasutra [via /.]
a little bit of MUDing in the early 1990s is my only virtual world experience
improving relations between India and Israel - Asia
dispute resolution in virtual worlds - Wired
now Falluja will be flattened - Asia
- KR [via AntiWar]
debate over trends in US heights - Nature
but average weight is up 11kg over the last 40 years
it may come down to a recount in Ohio... - CNN
...but it's not looking good. I think I'm more depressed by this than I was by the Australian election
they're already discussing Supreme Court involvement - Kos
"a Jim Crow law that was intended to deny blacks the vote and is being used that way today"
a computer scientists guide to election observation - Rice [via ProRev]
"No poll worker should ever connect a USB key to a machine, nor should they be inserting CDs or floppies."
Coca Cola is being used as a pesticide in India - Guardian
Andrew Tanenbaum is the votemaster - electoral-vote [via CT]
- Computer Networks [review]
I think we can forgive him for taking the wrong side in the ISO versus TCP/IP war :-)
criticism of the Lancet Iraq mortality study has been feeble - CT
165 Palestinians killed in October - Haaretz [via AntiWar]
more Republicans who fear Bush - CBS [via Kos]
Uttar Pradesh offers gun licences for sterilisations - Guardian
Indira Gandhi tried this kind of thing in the 1970s...
squid are taking over the oceans - News [via Stross]
they are growing in numbers and size, as a result of ocean warming and removal of predators and competitors by fishing
everyone in the US is on edge - Kos
How many million hits an hour is Kos getting, and will the site stay up on Tuesday? Never have I followed a foreign election so keenly...
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