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no gardens in Guantanamo, even for the known innocents - WP [via MSpeak]
Turkish army launches attacks into northern Iraq?! - zaman
some US officials refuse to make up Iran intel - Consortium [via RW]
the top single-letter search results on Google - taint [via RW]
A is for Apple, G is for gmail, X is for x.org
football and Catalan nationalism - Guardian
"They will be happy to get a new statute of autonomy, but they'll be even happier to [win] the Champions League trophy in Paris next month. Right now Arsenal, not Madrid, is the enemy."
US-style censorship of children's books on the rise in Australia - Age [via EFA]
digital cameras leave "noise" fingerprints in photos - Eureka [via Schneier]
Musharraf doesn't want to be mistaken for Tony Blair - Guardian
"there are now more Maoists in India than in China" - IHT
collaboration if Hitler had occupied Britain? - Guardian [via CT]
could the Catholic church OK condoms? - CNN
even if it's only for married couples where one partner has HIV
Turkey has 250,000 troops on the Iraq border... - AntiWar
and if they close the border the Iraqi economy will collapse
quantifying DNS vulnerability dependencies - Cornell [via /.]
US pressures Greece not to work with Russian Gazprom - FT
I wonder how the US would feel about (say) Russia pressuring the Ukraine not to buy from Boeing?
US to sign base deal with Bulgaria - UPI
extraterritoriality and the right to use the bases to attack any country without asking
slowing ageing? the state of medical science - Economist
mysterious birth of four Komodo dragons in captivity - PakTimes [via RW]
either Komodo dragons store sperm or they are parthenogenetic
the memories of an 80-year old Iraqi - Baghdad
an analysis of Bin Laden's latest message - AbuAardvark [via RW]
Ramadi is still not secure - Yahoo [via AntiWar]
"Standing still is rarely an option in this insurgent-plagued metropolis beset by roadside bombs, rocket fire and the worst sniper threat on the planet."
Tony Blair offers a populist defence for authoritarianism - Guardian [via ProRev]
the Palestinian Authority is a state under the Montevideo Convention - HH
or so an Israeli court in Jerusalem has ruled, anyway
in fine form with his juxtapositions - Billmon
the IMF has nothing to do; no one trusts it - Economist
countries are increasingly building up their own foreign reserves
food labelling does affect food choice - Times [via RW]
free software and Catholic doctrine - Newsforge [via OSWALD]
Pakistan's TV presenter in drag - Guardian
shrinking 1m/year, the Dead Sea is now 25m below historical levels - Guardian
more demonstrations in Nepal - Guardian
"Since last November, the seven largest parties and the Maoist guerrillas have had an understanding that would see the rebels give up the gun in return for elections to an assembly that would rewrite the constitution"
a beaver tries to build the perfect dam - Onion
Tony Judt on the response to the Walt/Mearshimer essay - NYT [via SideS]
"it will not be self-evident to future generations of Americans why the imperial might and international reputation of the United States are so closely aligned with one small, controversial Mediterranean client state"
a critical look at Windows Vista - WinSuper [via /.]
architecture and genocide - UChicago
from the Warsaw Ghetto to the ongoing destruction of Armenian historical sites in Turkey
Scott Ritter kicks some asses - SDcity [via RW]
the Busheviks' Great Leap Forward - kirktoons [via Informed]
"Freedom of the Press: the due reward for all who responsibly report the virtues of Our Glorious Leader"
Hong Kong language policy: comparisons - moogoonghwa
"What Hong Kong and Singapore children need at a very early age is a strong foundation in mathematical probability -- not phony mother tongues and useless second languages"
anti-Coptic sentiment on the rise in Egypt - CSM
is Nepal on its way to becoming a Maoist State? - HH
with echoes of the Iranian Revolution
a historian contemplates the worst US president ever - Rolling [via RW]
an overview of events in the Solomon Islands - HH
Ideology, Power, and Linguistic Theory - Pullum [PDF]
somewhere to direct all the grammar nazis
Linux kernel patched for backwards compatibility with old viruses - NewsForge [via /.]
an economic explanation for the Iran crisis - Yahoo
both the Iranians and US oil speculators need high and rising oil prices
translating Shakespeare into Arabic - AA
photo-documentary of the human costs of Russian nuclear disasters - Guardian [needs Flash]
furry crabs found - BBC [via Poor]
Egypt's grand mufti issues fatwa against scultpures - CSM
"extremists may use the ruling as a pretense for destroying Egypt's ancient relics"
some popular stories on the "hygiene hypothesis" - CNN
- PBS [via Aetiology]
Boston Jews versus AIPAC - EI
who are the terrorists? - Haaretz [via Loewen]
the relationship styles of programming languages - maradydd [via Accra]
(be sure to check out the comments, too)
the general attack on Rumsfeld - MSNBC
working as an Iraqi interpreter - CSM [via AntiWar]
double or nothing: the Bush administration and Iran - Billmon
Los Vegas slot machines better regulated than Federal Elections - WP [via MLite]
a profile of French presidential candidate Ségolène Royal - Spiegel [via 3q]
the myth of Al-Qaeda - TomPaine [via AntiWar]
cut-off Gaza is going nowhere - Guardian
The Poor Man's Air Force: a history of the car bomb - AntiWar
- part 2
a return to racially segregated schools in Nebraska? - Guardian
maps of US showing distribution of religions and churches - RW [over 1MB of images]
the right-wing response to generals criticising Bush - Greenwald [via Atrios]
"Every possibility is in play except for an acknowledgment that they might have been wrong about something"
Iran cracks down on SMS jokes - Guardian
RAF doctor jailed for 8 months for refusing to serve in Iraq - Independent [via AntiWar]
a look at the Andean Community - HH
some directly elected members may garner it greater respect
the role of the diaspora in Italy's cliffhanger election - HH
questing for leeches (and crocs) in Madagascar - BloodLust
- and in Australia [via Loom]
"It had fed right through Mark's sock. Twenty minutes later he felt another on the same ankle. Fantastic! It's always best to have 2. One for dissections and one for DNA work."
will anyone care if Bush nukes Iran? - Billmon
a great site for Mongolian news - Mongolia-Web [via referers]
anthropologist Mike Salovesh has died - NIU
Mike was my favourite contributor to the anthro-l list
Internet stories and biblical manuscripts - NTG
is Hell exothermic or endothermic?
the supression of Death of a Princess
- PBS [via Barista]
we need to carve Bush's face into Mount Rushmore, fast - Guardian
changes to Australian defamation laws - ABC [via EFA]
and the implications for privacy
three candidates with a chance in Peru's presidential election - CSM
an obituary for Stanislaw Lem - Guardian
"The American culture of science fiction not only failed to understand him, it never had a chance to. He did not translate well."
a new online Indonesian-English-Indonesian dictionary - IndoDic
anti-porn crusaders make numbers up - radosh [via EFA]
the dismal state of Italian politics and law - S+S [via CT]
Italy has the second least effective legal system in the world, behind only Guatemala
some Australian banks now charge fees for mis-entered PINs - SMH [via JWalk]
Sey Hersh on US plans for bombing Iran - NYer [via RW]
including nuclear options
the controversy over United 93: the US looks back at 9/11 - Guardian
men prefer novels of alienation, women passion - Guardian [via K5]
I have feminine reading tastes: I'd take the Brontës, Eliot, Austen over Camus, Salinger, Vonnegut any day
Playboy gets mixed reception in Indonesia - BBC
"It's a scandal! There's no nude women in the magazine. I think we have been deceived."
newspaper advertising doesn't pay for Wal-Mart - E+P [via RW]
some details of telco/ISP attacks on VoIP services - Guardian [via RW]
a lively look at Italian democracy - Guardian
privileging goods over people - MSpeak
Hamas offers Israel's only chance for peace? - NYROB
why do people persist in dieting? - Majik
"Diet book hucksters are in a similar category to get-rich-quick schemers. There's always going to be a baseline level of guillibility in the population."
Stiglitz on the economic costs of the Iraq war - Spiegel [via AntiWar]
UK grandmothers face a year in prison for peaceful protest - Indpendent [via AntiWar]
with a summary of other abuses of UK anti-terrorism legislation
MS exec recommends "rebuild from scratch" for infected Windows machines - Register
Australia should free itself from its quarry mentality - Age [via RtoS]
in praise of A.S.Byatt's Possession
- Pavlov [via RtoS]
I should review this one day: if you haven't read it already, proceed immediately to Amazon
Ian Plimer: Australia should provide "cradle-to-grave" uranium - IndWeek [via RtoS]
mine the ore, refine it, produce fuel rods, and then dispose of spent ones
making philanthropy more effective - Economist [via Crikey]
"philanthropy is decades behind business in applying rigorous thinking to the use of money"
the huge gap between rich and poor in India - Guardian
the steadily worsening situation in southern Afghanistan - Bull
"Kandaharis have reached an astonishing conclusion: The United States must be in league with the Taliban"
India's Muslims are increasingly left behind - Guardian
overview of possible DVD replacement technologies - Register
guidelines for controlling beavers - USroads [via Majik]
AdSense in the developing world - CSM [via Accra]
soccer is the chosen sport of communists - Guardian [via RW]
"at about age 10... soccer is dropped, quickly and unceremoniously, by approximately 88 per cent of all US children. They move onto baseball, football, basketball, hockey, field hockey, and, sadly, golf."
long critique of Chomsky's stance on US/Israel relations - Uruk [via RW]
problems using XHTML on the web - hixie [via WMW]
"XHTML delivered as text/html is broken and XHTML delivered as text/xml is risky, so authors intending their work for public consumption should stick to HTML 4.01"
Peter Weiss' The Investigation
and the politics of Holocaust literature - IUP
the story of a phishing exploit - SANS [via Crytogram]
"Financial institutions that use multiple domain names are setting their customers up for disaster."
Iran tests new anti-ship missiles - Guardian
it's going to be hard to protect oil tankers from ultra-fast underwater missiles...
Shiite clerics call for expulsion of US ambassador Khalilzad - Informed
"they have started calling him 'Abu Umar,' a reference to the second Sunni Caliph, whom Shiites deride as a usurper of the office"
women's rights in India: a view through posters - PosterWomen [via Kit]
methane and seafloor microbes - Discover
Tznius - chaste dress for Jewish women - Sichos
"Women, in general, have a tendency to follow the latest 'styles.' Quite often the latest fashion and style may have a deleterious influence on tznius."
details of Jill Carroll's capitivity and release - CSM [via RW]
deaths in Iraq: six surveys compared - Online [via Deltoid]
the expected attacks on the London Review of Books - Guardian
complete with accusations of "anti-Semitism"
prayer has no effect on heart surgery patients - Guardian
an all time selection of April Fools Day jokes - HoaxMuseum [via JWalk]
I'd never heard of many of these before
the Polish government wants Auschwitz concentration camp renamed - Guardian
to "Former Nazi German Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau"
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