Quotes from the paper this week

  1. "Bush ally set to profit from the
    war on terror

    Antony Barnett and Solomon Hughes
    Sunday May 11, 2003
    The Observer

    James Woolsey, former CIA boss and influential adviser to
    President George Bush, is a director of a US firm aiming to
    make millions of dollars from the 'war on terror', The Observer
    can reveal.

    Woolsey, one of the most high-profile hawks in the war against
    Iraq and a key member of the Pentagon's Defence Policy Board,
    is a director of the Washington-based private equity firm Paladin
    Capital. The company was set up three months after the terrorist
    attacks on New York and sees the events and aftermath of
    September 11 as a business opportunity which 'offer[s]
    substantial promise for homeland security investment'. "

    "Anti-terrorism pillars show signs of wear

    The limits of U.S. power, both real and
    self-imposed, have been driven home hard by
    events of the last few days, and we better pay
    attention. Some lessons you only want to learn

    In this case, the lessons are particularly important
    because they touch on all three pillars of the
    evolving U.S. anti-terrorism policy. That policy has
    never been officially articulated, but once you push
    away the camouflage and subterfuge, these seem
    to be its bare outlines:

    Pacify Iraq and push it as quickly as possible
    toward enlightened and prosperous self-rule, so it
    can stand as a model for the rest of the Arab world.

    Next, use our victory in Iraq to pressure Israel and
    Palestine into a peace agreement that takes that
    volatile issue off the table, further easing
    anti-American sentiment in the region.

    Finally, through military intimidation and the
    creation of moderate Arab states, deny terrorists a home base and get them
    running, so they can be tracked down and destroyed.

    In the past week, every one of those pillars has shown signs of a foundation that
    badly needs bolstering."

    "The Women Like This War
    By William Rivers Pitt
    t r u t h o u t | Perspective

    Monday 12 May 2003

    "We're proud of our president. Americans love
    having a guy as president, a guy who has a little
    swagger, who's physical, who's not a complicated
    guy like Clinton or even like Dukakis or Mondale, all
    those guys, McGovern. They want a guy who's
    president. Women like a guy who's president. Check
    it out. The women like this war."

    - Chris Matthews, 'Hardball' on MSNBC, 05/01/03"
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  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    There would be no humor in this except, thank God, no one was hurt.


    Blast Rocks Yale Law School, No Injuries
    Wed May 21, 2003 09:21 PM ET

    By Dan Burns
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - An explosion rocked an empty classroom at Yale University's law school on Wednesday afternoon and caused some damage but no injuries, officials in New Haven and at the Ivy League school said.
    An FBI spokesman in Washington said an "explosive device" had gone off.
    John DeStefano, the mayor of New Haven where Yale is based, told reporters that had yet to be confirmed but added: "We suspect it was a device that caused the blast."
    The explosion came a day after the U.S. government raised its terror alert status to "high" from "elevated" because of what officials said was a renewed risk of terrorist attack in the United States.
    Investigators from the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force were headed to Yale, officials in Washington said.
    President Bush, who graduated from Yale, spoke earlier on Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, about 50 miles east of New Haven. The president's daughter Barbara currently attends Yale University as an undergraduate student but was not on campus at the time of the blast.
    Yale said in a statement the explosion caused "considerable damage" to the classroom and to an adjacent lounge. But DeStefano said there did not appear to have been any structural damage to the building and no windows were broken.
    Jennifer Sperling, a first-year law student from Arlington, Virginia, said she was completing a day-long exam when she heard "a really loud boom" from a room on the same floor.
    "My heart started pounding, I was hyper-ventilating. Then people started yelling to get out of the building," she said.
    Mike Pyle, a second-year law student, said he was among a few dozen people in the law school building when the blast occurred.
    He recalled at first he thought the noise might have been a bursting pipe from a nearby steam plant, and it was only when he got home that he learned the explosion might have been caused by a bomb.
    "People are very lucky to have gotten out safe," Pyle told Reuters.
    The explosion came at the end of the school's academic year. Dormitories on campus were empty, most students had finished their exams and the law school's graduation ceremonies had been set for Monday.
    Yale said the law school would be closed through Friday but the rest of the university would be open and would operate normally. All graduation ceremonies were set to proceed as scheduled.
    It was not the first time that an explosion has shattered the relative calm of the leafy campus. A decade ago, Yale University computer scientist David Gelertner was maimed by a bomb sent by convicted Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski. (additional reporting by Mike Miller, Larry Fine and Ellen Wulfhorst in New York, James Vicini in Washington, and Greg Frost in Boston)
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    Summary executions of men - and, in some
    cases, boys as young as 12 - have become
    routine as the military (TNI) moves from village to
    village, searching for members of the Free Aceh
    Movement (GAM).
    In Jakarta, political rulers appear not to care,
    secure in the knowledge that their dirty little war
    can be conducted with virtual impunity.
    The international community has already given its blessing to the crackdown,
    with the United States, Japan, Australia and the European Union all declaring
    that Indonesia's territorial integrity is paramount. Their fear is that if Aceh breaks
    away, Papua and other regions may follow - and the world's largest Muslim
    country could collapse like a house of cards.

    US punishes firms in Iran and China
    The US has imposed sanctions against a Chinese company for allegedly
    supplying Iran with ballistic missile technology, without providing details of
    the deal.

    The penalties will deprive one of China's largest conglomerates, North China
    Industries (Norinco), of annual sales in the US worth more than $100m for the
    next two years.

    China denied the US claims and called the sanctions "entirely unreasonable".

    US officials said the sanctions - which cancel all export-import licences and
    contracts with the US - are thought to be the severest yet to be imposed
    against a Chinese company.

    The latest US move comes as it tries to build a case against Iran claiming it is
    developing nuclear weapons.

    The Iran's Shahid Hemmat Industrial, the government defense industrial agency
    in charge of developing and producing ballistic missiles, will be largely
    unaffected because of existing US sanctions against the country.

    Unsupported claim

    The US did not specify what technologies were sold but claims the deal was
    struck after August 2002.

    "These penalties were imposed because the US Government determined that
    these entities contributed materially to the efforts of a foreign country - in this
    specific case Iran - to use, acquire, design, develop, produce or stockpile
    missiles capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction," State Department
    spokeswoman Jo-Anne Prokopowicz told AFP.

    Norinco, a key supplier of the People's Liberation Army of China declined to

    Responding to whether Norinco had exported ballistic missile products to Iran, a
    spokesman said, "Please don't ask further. My brain is blank."

    Strike capability

    In April 2000, the Clinton administration imposed sanctions against the Shahid
    Hemmat Industrial and three other Iranian companies for "knowingly engaging
    in the export of military technology".

    Shahid Hemmat is a key developer of Iran's Shahab-3 missile, which reputedly
    has a range of 800 miles, enough to reach Israel, Turkey and Afghanistan.

    The Shahab-3 is thought to be based on the design of North Korea's Nodong.

    President George W. Bush has group Iran with Iraq and North Korea as a
    member of a so-called 'axis of evil'.

    US warning

    The sanctions will also do little to improve relations with China just days ahead
    of a meeting between Mr Bush and the new Chinese President Hu Jintao.

    "Politically it won't be a good thing, but it won't affect the first summit meeting
    very substantially," Zhu Feng, director of the International Security Programme
    at Peking University.

    "In the context of US pressure on Iran, it's a big warning to China that it has to
    watch what it's doing," he said.

    Norinco is a global supplier of vehicles and mechanical products,
    optical-electronics, chemicals, explosives, civil firearms, light industrial products
    and "special products".

    According to documents made public on Thursday the sanctions went into effect
    on 9 May.