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27 Jul

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

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UK and US ‘should have realised Iraq evidence was suspect’

By Sam Marsden and Gavin Cordon, Press Association

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

 

Former weapons inspector Hans Blix

Britain and the United States should have realised that their intelligence about Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction was suspect, the former head of the United Nations weapons inspectors said today…………………………………………

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Canary in the mine: the debut issue of The Ecologist, published in July 1970

The Ecologist: Four decades of global warning

A pioneering environmental magazine in the 1970s, The Ecologist has spent 40 years alerting people to what we are doing to our world. Gillian Orr celebrates its birthday……………………

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Released Nato files ‘only scratch the surface’ of war in Afghanistan

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Wikileaks claims thousands more classified reports under review……………………

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Israel demolishes Bedouin village

Forty-five Bedoiun villages are not recognised
by Israeli authorities [Gallo/Getty]
 

Israeli authorities have demolished the homes of about 300 Bedouins in a village in the southern Negev desert.

The entire village of al-Arakib was bulldozed on Tuesday, with many of the former residents’ cattle, trees and belongings lost.

Al-Arakib, which had about 40 homes, is one of 45 Bedouin villages not recognised by Israeli authorities.

Haia Noach, director of the Negev Co-existence Forum, was present at al-Arakib during the demolition and said that at least five Israeli bulldozers arrived around 5:30am (0230GMT).

“It took them about three or four hours to destroy all the houses,” she said, describing the scene as “appalling.”…………………

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Losing the Arghandab they never had

By Clayton Swisher    

 82nd Airborne soldiers in Arghandab Photo by Tom Nicholson

Fighting the Taliban in Arghandab – where much of its history is based – is like taking on the Italian Mafia in Sicily. As far as war goes in Afghanistan, it remains one of the toughest areas of fighting. 

Last night we got a 0345 wakeup call from Spooky. For those of you who play Call of Duty-type video games, you’ll know what I’m talking about.  For those who don’t, Spooky is the Vietnam-era call sign for the AC-130U Gunship, a massive airplane that blasts 105mm artillery and 40mm shells from its fuselage. 

It was raining death and destruction on a position just a few kilometres from us across the Arghandab River. The Taliban have virtual free reign west of the river and have made a mockery of American forces setting up Forward Operating Bases in their midst. 

There aren’t too many Spooky Gunships here in this country. They are flying collateral damage machines, used by the Air Force Special Operations to support commandos on the ground.  But their employment over the skies of Arghandab signals a reality that most soldiers here understand:  that conventional army tactics have failed to wrest this real estate from the Taliban………………………….

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Cameron: Israel has turned Gaza into ‘prison camp’

PM voices strong words on Middle East and hopes Turkey can halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions…………………..

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