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03 Aug

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

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Jacob Appelbaum: 'All governments are in a continuum of tyranny'

Wikileaks editor interrogated by US border police

Monday, 2 August 2010

A senior volunteer for Wikileaks in the US has been detained, questioned and had his phones seized when he returned to the country from Europe, as the FBI steps up its investigation into the leak of thousands of Afghanistan war secrets to the whistleblower website……………………..

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Deadly Israel-Lebanon border clash

Three Lebanese soldiers and journalist reported killed in gunfire with Israeli troops in tense border area…………………………
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BP oil spill officially worst in history

Preparations finalised to seal ruptured well where nearly 5m barrels of oil have gushed into the ocean since the Deepwater Horizon rig sank…………………………….

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Understanding the Muslim world

 By Mark LeVine  
A new generation of scholars from the Muslim world are advancing a better understanding of the key issues that shape the region [EPA] 

What does it say about the chances for American success in Afghanistan and the larger global ‘war on terror’ – which despite the Obama administration’s official name change to “Overseas Contingency Operations” remains deliberately far removed from any contingency that might hasten its end – that the wives of the military’s most senior commanders better comprehend the reasons for the continued difficulty in pacifying the country than do their husbands?

The military wives, it seems, have as a group given their stamp of approval to the now ubiquitous bestseller Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Renin. Many of their husbands have also read the book at their urging, and according to The New York Times, recently cashiered General Stanley McChrystal met with Mortenson several times.

Mortenson’s message is as simple as it is eloquent: build schools, not bombs. The idea fit well with McChrystal’s civilian-focused counterinsurgency strategy; but despite the obvious logic, not to mention economy of such a concept – the cost of keeping one soldier in the country for one year could pay for 20 schools – the Obama administration is committed to further militarising rather than deescalating the war……………………………

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