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  1. U.S. Is Still Using Private Spy Ring, Despite Doubts - NYTimes.com | Top military officials have continued to rely on a secret network of private spies who have produced hundreds of reports from deep inside Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to American officials and businessmen, despite concerns among some in the military about the legality of the operation. | 2010--0-5-
  2. BBC News - Iran\'s supreme leader denies nuclear report claims | Iran's supreme leader has denied it is developing nuclear weapons, after a new report from the UN atomic watchdog, the IAEA, sparked an international outcry. | 2010--0-2-
  3. Iran Controls Protests and Defies West on Nuclear Fuel - NYTimes.com | CAIRO — Iran’s president boasted Thursday that his nation had the capacity to make weapons grade nuclear fuel if it chose to, in a speech designed to rally the nation as it marked the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. | 2010--0-2-
  4. Iran Begins Enriching Uranium to a Higher Level - NYTimes.com | PARIS — Brushing aside international calls for stricter sanctions against it, Iran said Tuesday it had begun enriching uranium for use in a medical reactor to a higher level of purity, raising the stakes again in its dispute with the United States and other countries over its nuclear program. | 2010--0-2-
  5. BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iran \'closer to nuclear weapon\' | Iran is moving closer to being able to make a nuclear bomb, the US envoy has told a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. | 2009--0-9-
  6. BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Science ponders \'zombie attack\' | If zombies actually existed, an attack by them would lead to the collapse of civilisation unless dealt with quickly and aggressively. | 2009--0-8-
  7. North Korea to ‘Weaponize’ Its Plutonium - NYTimes.com | SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea responded Saturday to new United Nations sanctions on Friday by defiantly vowing to press forward with the production of nuclear weapons and take “resolute military actions” against international efforts to isolate it. | 2009--0-6-
  8. Nato 'expels Russian diplomats' | Russia has confirmed Nato has expelled two of its diplomats from Brussels, reportedly in retaliation for a spy scandal involving an Estonian official. | 2009--0-4-
  9. Obama supports Mexico's drug war | At the start of a visit to Mexico, President Barack Obama says the US is a "full partner" with Mexico in its fight against the drug cartels. | 2009--0-4-
  10. NATO Meeting to Highlight Strains on Afghanistan | NATO leaders will meet in Strasbourg, France, on Friday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of an alliance that deterred the Soviet Union, opened the door to emerging democracies, battled ethnic cleansing and now welcomes the return of France as a full member. But they also must face the harsh reality that NATO’s first military mission outside Europe is failing in a way that risks fracturing the alliance. | 2009--0-4-
  11. N Korea warned over rocket launch | US President Barack Obama and his South Korean counterpart have agreed a "stern, united response" must follow any rocket launch by North Korea. | 2009--0-4-
  12. Mexico drug fighter killed after less than a day on job | MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) -- A recently retired Mexican army general whose bullet-riddled body was found Tuesday near Cancun had taken over as the area's top antidrug official less than 24 hours earlier, officials said. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has characterized the battle among drug cartels and with government authorities as a "civil war." | 2009--0-2-
  13. Thousands of guns U.S. sent to Afghanistan are missing | WASHINGTON (CNN) -- More than one-third of all weapons the United States has procured for Afghanistan's government are missing, according to a government report released Thursday. | 2009--0-2-
  14. Uganda: A country adrift, a president amiss | The government fails yet again to defeat the Lord’s Resistance Army. (Economist.com) | 2009--0-2-
  15. Job Losses Pose a Threat to Stability Worldwide | High unemployment rates, especially among young workers, have led to protests in countries as varied as Latvia, Chile, Greece, Bulgaria and Iceland and contributed to strikes in Britain and France. (NYTimes.com) | 2009--0-2-
  16. Congo cease-fire unraveling as fighting spreads | KIWANJA, Congo (AP) -- A fragile cease-fire in Congo appeared to be unraveling Thursday as the U.N. said battles between warlord Laurent Nkunda's rebels and the army spread to another town in the volatile country's east. (cnn,com) | 2008--1-1-
  17. Wary of Islam, China Tightens a Vise of Rules | Some officials contend that insurgent groups in Xinjiang pose one of the biggest security threats to China, and the government says the “three forces” of separatism, terrorism and religious extremism threaten to destabilize the region. But outside scholars of Xinjiang and terrorism experts argue that heavy-handed tactics like the restrictions on Islam will only radicalize more Uighurs. (NYT.com) | 2008--1-0-
  18. Russia’s armed forces: Advancing, blindly | A more aggressive Russian army is still no match for NATO, but is strong enough to scare some neighbours. (Economist) | 2008--0-9-
  19. Climate change and the poor - Adapt or die | Environmentalists have long said the world should concentrate on preventing climate change, not adapting to it. That is changing. (Economist.com) | 2008--0-9-
  20. Niger Delta rebels ratchet up oil-related violence | LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's main militant group said Wednesday that it had destroyed an oil-pumping station and a pipeline crossing southern Nigeria in a rare daylight attack extending violence in the restive region into its fifth day. (CNN.com) | 2008--0-9-
  21. Anarchy-Cursed Nation Looks to Bottom-Up Rule | Does the international community have it all wrong on Somalia? After 17 years, 14 transitional governments and more than $8 billion in foreign aid, the country is as violent and lawless — and many say hopeless — as ever. (NYT) | 2008--0-8-
  22. Lebanon bomb mars landmark summit in Syria | Lebanon's fragile status quo suffered a new blow yesterday when a bomb killed 18 people in the northern city of Tripoli, the scene of recent sectarian clashes. (Guardian.co.uk) | 2008--0-8-
  23. Drums of war across the borders | Since peace talks with Uganda’s rebels collapsed, some say war must resume. IN MARCH, after nearly two years of on-and-off peace talks, negotiators for Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) announced that their leader, Joseph Kony, an elusive self-styled mystic, was at last ready to emerge from the bush and sign a deal to end one of Africa’s longest wars. (Economist.com) | 2008--0-8-
  24. US warns Russia of lasting impact | The US defence chief has warned relations with Russia could be damaged for years if Moscow does not step back from "aggressive" actions in Georgia. | 2008--0-8-
  25. US warns Russia of lasting impact | The US defence chief has warned relations with Russia could be damaged for years if Moscow does not step back from "aggressive" actions in Georgia. | 2008--0-8-
  26. Chertoff: I'm Listening to the Internet (Not in a Bad Way) | Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff sat down with Threat Level on Monday in Silicon Valley to talk about laptop searches at the border, the government's new-found interest in computer security, and the continuing saga of overeager terrorist watch lists. (wired.com) | 2008--0-8-
  27. Somalia 'threat' to Kenya peace | Kenya's struggle with terrorism will continue as long as neighbouring Somalia remains lawless, the prime minister has said. (BBC) | 2008--0-8-
  28. Russian Gang Hijacking PCs in Vast Scheme | A criminal gang is using software tools normally reserved for computer network administrators to infect thousands of PCs in corporate and government networks with programs that steal passwords and other information, a security researcher has found. (NYT) | 2008--0-8-
  29. Separatist Fighting Erupts in Georgia | MOSCOW — Heavy fighting in the border region between the former Soviet republic of Georgia and a breakaway Georgian enclave erupted overnight on Wednesday and continued throughout the day on Thursday, resulting in the deaths of two Georgian soldiers and more than two dozen injuries. | 2008--0-8-
  30. Mexican Migrants Carry H.I.V. Home | The first AIDS cases diagnosed in Mexico in 1983 were found among migrants, researchers say. Since then, studies have continued to show that migrants to the United States make up a significant percentage of those contracting the disease. (NYT) | 2008--0-8-
  31. Fired generals lead coup in Mauritania | NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) -- Army officers upset with the president's overtures toward Islamic hard-liners staged a coup in Mauritania on Wednesday, overthrowing the first government to be freely elected in this sprawling desert nation in more than 20 years. (CNN) | 2008--0-8-
  32. Population control: The marathon’s not over | In some parts of the world, family planning is still a distant dream THREE decades ago, many pundits were saying that an ever-rising population could lead to global disaster. They argued that ecological catastrophe, resource wars and other tragedies were inevitable unless radical measures were taken to defuse the coming “population bomb”. Happily, a mixture of technological innovation, economic dynamism and successful population-control strategies have helped defuse that bomb, or at least delay its detonation. (The Economist) | 2008--0-7-
  33. ASEAN and the temple of doom | Modest progress on Myanmar is overshadowed by the threat of war between Thailand and Cambodia FOUR months ago, when Thailand’s prime minister, Samak Sundaravej, visited his Cambodian counterpart, Hun Sen, the two countries seemed capable of dealing peacefully with a long-running dispute over an ancient temple on their borders. Thailand backed Cambodia’s bid to have the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple listed as a “world heritage” site and both sides agreed to keep talking over their overlapping claims to a nearby patch of land. Since then, things have deteriorated to the point where each side has sent thousands of troops to the area. This week talks between the two countries agreed no more than to try to avoid settling things by force. Cambodia asked the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting over what it called a state of “imminent war”. (The Economist) | 2008--0-7-
  34. German warship helped fend off pirate attack - CNN.com | A German warship responded to a distress call from the Japanese tanker Takayama off the coast of Yemen on Monday, helping to fend off pirates who were attacking the tanker. The attack has been blamed on Somali pirates, who have been involved in a number of incidents in recent months. This type of crime affects global trade networks as trade routes are disrupted or abandoned due to threat of piracy. | 2008--0-4-
  35. Georgia denounces Russian \'harassment\' - CNN.com | -Georgia claims Russia is "harassing" it over breakaway regions; -Simmering tensions due to be discussed before U.N. Security Council; -Russia accused of shooting down Georgian unmanned spy plane; -Alleged incident took place in skies above breakaway Abkhazia region (BBC) | 2008--0-4-
  36. World Bank tackles food emergency | World Bank head Robert Zoellick warned that 100 million people in poor countries could be pushed deeper into poverty by spiralling prices. The crisis has sparked recent food riots in several countries including Haiti, the Philippines and Egypt. "As we know, learning from the past, those kind of questions sometimes end in war," he said. He said the problem could lead to trade imbalances that may eventually affect developed nations, "so it is not only a humanitarian question". (BBC) | 2008--0-4-
  37. Is Nepal's democracy in danger? | A political crisis in Nepal is set to worsen after the postponement, for the third time, of elections for a Constituent Assembly (CA) that has to draw up a blueprint for the country's future. Many people have begun to talk about Nepal entering an era of either ultra-rightist (military or military-backed) or ultra-leftist (Maoist) dictatorship. They are not ruling out bloodshed between the army and the Maoists, who have concentrated a large number of their members in Kathmandu. (BBC) | 2008--0-4-
  38. NDTV.com: Al-Qaida nuclear attack in planning stages | Al-Qaida's nuclear attack against the US is in planning stages, top American intelligence officials have said. This hearing was followed by another classified session wherein other details about the possible nuclear attack by the Al-Qaida terrorist network were possibly explained to the US lawmakers in details. (NDTV.com, India) | 2008--0-4-
  39. Europeans poised to bolster Web shield | On Wednesday, NATO will present a strategy for countering computer attacks at a meeting for heads of state in Bucharest, with a proposal to create a central cyberdefense authority. "The attacks on Estonia - directed at services on which Estonian citizens rely - could happen anywhere," said James Appathurai, a NATO spokesman. "The only way to defend against them is through multinational, multilateral cooperation." Paet, the foreign minister of Estonia, said he hoped that more countries would support the various international agreements to create "a legal, concrete framework." But it may not improve matters in the long term with Russia, which, along with nations like Georgia, Turkey and Liechtenstein, has not signed the Council of Europe's cybercrime treaty. (International Herald Tribune) | 2008--0-3-
  40. Bloomberg.com: Science | Climate change may provoke conflict between the European Union and Russia as Arctic ice melts, easing access to fossil-fuel deposits and opening new sea routes, the 27-nation bloc's top two foreign policy officials said. "A further dimension of competition for energy resources lies in potential conflict over resources in polar regions which will become exploitable as a consequence of global warming," the report said. "There is an increasing need to address the growing debate over territorial claims and access to new trade routes by different countries which challenge Europe's ability to effectively secure its trade and resource interests." (Bloomberg) | 2008--0-3-
  41. 'Slaves' saved from Italy circus | The case of a Bulgarian family subjected to poor treatment by an Italian circus has highlighted the plight of people caught up in human trafficking networks in Europe. (BBC) | 2008--0-3-
  42. Sudan warns west of 'Iraq-style disaster' in Darfur | UN peacekeeping troops are heading for "another Iraq or Afghanistan disaster" in Darfur as long as talks between the government and rebel groups remain stalled and the US maintains its hostile stance, Sudanese officials and regional experts warned today. (Guardian) | 2008--0-3-
  43. US seeks terrorists in web worlds | The US government has begun a project to develop ways to spot terrorists who are using virtual worlds. (BBC) | 2008--0-3-
  44. Al-Qaeda: How jihad went freelance | Al-Qaeda has evolved from a single group to an amorphous movement. Does that make it less dangerous or more so? (Economist) | 2008--0-2-
  45. Climate Change and National Security | Climate change presents a serious threat to the security and prosperity of the United States and other countries. Recent actions and statements by members of Congress, members of the UN Security Council, and retired U.S. military officers have drawn attention to the consequences of climate change, including the destabilizing effects of storms, droughts, and floods. This report charts both domestic and international effects of climate change, offering both analyses and policies for future action. (Council on Foreign Relations) | 2008--0-1-
  46. Al Qaeda taps cell phone downloads | Al Qaeda video messages of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri can now be downloaded to cell phones, the terror network announced as part of its attempts to extend its influence. (CNN) | 2008--0-1-
  47. The State of Iraq: An Update | In this New York Times op-ed piece, the authors create their own "matrix" with their own graded shadings to illustrate where we are in Iraq looking at the months of November since the beginning of the war. | 2007--1-2-
  48. U.S. Says Iran Ended Atomic Arms Work | A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains on hold, contradicting an assessment two years ago that Tehran was working inexorably toward building a bomb. This announcement sharply contrasts with the the statements made by President Bush in October that a nuclear-armed Iran could lead to “World War III,” and Vice President Dick Cheney promising “serious consequences” if the government in Tehran did not abandon its nuclear program. (NYT) | 2007--1-2-
  49. Climate Change and National Security | Recent actions and statements by members of Congress, members of the UN Security Council, and retired U.S. military officers have drawn attention to the consequences of climate change, including the destabilizing effects of storms, droughts, and floods. Domestically, the effects of climate change could overwhelm disaster-response capabilities. Internationally, climate change may cause humanitarian disasters, contribute to political violence, and undermine weak governments. (Council on Foreign Relations - PDF) | 2007--1-2-
  50. Climate Change Threatens (African) Continent | The carbon emissions of developed countries threaten to devastate sub-Saharan Africa in the coming decades, says a major United Nations report issued today. The Human Development Report, commissioned by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), says if the world does not act against climate change within 10 years, a two-degree Celsius temperature increase could have devastating effects for African economy, poverty, and epidemics. (allAfrica.com) | 2007--1-1-
  51. UN climate change report issues 10-year warning | The UN issued today a report citing the urgent need to address global climate change, calling upon the U.S. to spearhead efforts to reduce rising levels of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, mainly from the use of coal, oil and other fossil fuels. Saying that the least-developed countries would be hit hardest, the report says that emissions should be cut by at least 30% by 2020 and by 80% by 2050. Developing nations should cut emissions by 20% by the year 2050. (Guardian) | 2007--1-1-
  52. Sarkozy in China climate appeal | China maintains that industrialized societies in the West should bear the burden of enacting climate change, but French President Sarkozy emphasizes that climate change should be a global effort, not by a few here or a few there. (BBC) | 2007--1-1-
  53. Bin Laden message 'to be aired' | A new video of Osama Bin Laden on an Islamic jihadist website (as promoted by the leader's media group As-Sahab) is reported to promote the idea of driving a 'wedge' between Western citizens and their leaders. The article also discusses Bin Laden's interest in global media. (BBC) | 2007--1-1-
  54. Nuclear Revival in Europe Increasingly Likely | Recent news reports from Europe suggest that a nuclear revival in the European Union is increasingly likely. Soaring hydrocarbon prices and lasting uncertainties regarding hydrogen-based solutions are making the combination between civil atomic power and alternative energy a promising prospect for governments in the European Union. (Power and Interest News Report) | 2007--1-1-
  55. Nigeria makes 'al-Qaeda' arrests | Given that Nigeria is a major oil producer yet its population is poor and equally split between Muslims and Christians, British and American officials have long been obsessed that Nigeria was ripe for al-Qaeda-style groups. (BBC) | 2007--1-1-
  56. Iraq, Iran, and the President Who Cried Wolf | A crucial moment looms in the Iran debate, even as big questions remain unasked. Like, could we live with a nuclearized Tehran? (New York Magazine) | 2007--1-1-
  57. New Eritrea-Ethiopia war fears | Ethiopia and Eritrea may return to war over their disputed border without foreign moves to resolve the crisis, warns the International Crisis Group. (BBC) | 2007--1-1-
  58. Britain to claim more than 1m sq km of Antarctica | The United Kingdom is planning to claim sovereign rights to over more than 386,000 sq miles of seabed, and is likely to signal a quickening of the race for territory around the south pole. The claim would be in defiance of the spirit of the 1959 Antarctic treaty, to which the UK is a signatory, specifically stating that no new claims shall be asserted on the continent. The treaty was drawn up to prevent territorial disputes. | 2007--1-0-
  59. Cholera Outbreak Highlights Iraq's Plight | As the disease strikes thousands, cholera is just one more example for how sectarian strife cripples basic services. (CBS) | 2007--1-0-
  60. The Trouble with Terror Drills | An article that interrogates the utility and positive/negative effects of 'terror drills.' (Time) | 2007--1-0-
  61. U.S. pulls plug on 6 al-Qaeda media outlet | The U.S. military says it has captured at least six al-Qaeda media centers in Iraq and arrested 20 suspected propaganda leaders since June. The seizures of the centers underscore the importance al-Qaeda has placed on media, primarily the Internet, as a tool to communicate to its members and use against U.S. forces in Iraq. The group's media emphasis continues to increase, intelligence analysts say. | 2007--1-0-
  62. Proving That Seeing Shouldn't Always Be Believing | An interview with Hany Farid, head of the Image Science Laboratory at Dartmouth College. Farid is a founder of a subdiscipline within computer science: digital forensics. The purpose of his work with image manipulation is to discover how computerized forgeries are made. Intelligence agencies, news organizations and scientific journals employ Dr. Farid’s consulting services when they need to authenticate the validity of images. (NYTimes) | 2007--1-0-
  63. Junta tightens media screw | As Burmese soldiers fire bullets and tear gas to disperse anti-government protests in Rangoon, the military rulers have taken the offensive in the battle to control the flow of information in the country, by blocking media/material that could damage the image of the Junta by the international community. | 2007--0-9-
  64. Burma's Junta Imposes Curfew, Bans Gatherings | Burma's military rulers imposed a nighttime curfew and banned assemblies after thousands of Buddhist monks defied warnings and mounted another day of pro-democracy protests in Rangoon. The ban on assemblies and the appearance of troop reinforcements suggested that the military junta may be preparing to crack down despite appeals from around the world that it avoid using force and enter into negotiations with its opponents, while causing a worldwide outcry to the possible human rights violations that could ensue. | 2007--0-9-
  65. Maliki Accuses Blackwater of Challenging Iraq’s Sovereignty | Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki called the Blackwater USA shooting of Iraqi civilians a challenge to the nation's sovereignty, bringing to light the increased role of non-state actors in international affairs. (NYTimes) | 2007--0-9-
  66. Civil liberties under threat: The real price of freedom | This series of articles from the Economist (online) interrogates how America and other Western democracies have over the past six years eroded civil liberties, even in countries regarding themselves as liberty's champions. | 2007--0-9-
  67. Crocker, Petraeus Hold a News Conference (transcript) | Transcript of the press conference at the National Press Club (9/12/07) with General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker. (Washington Post) | 2007--0-9-
  68. Fears raised over 'vocal terrorism' | Advances in synthesised speech raise the possibility of "vocal terrorism", potentially becoming a new weapon for terrorists. | 2007--0-9-
  69. General Petraeus and Amb Crocker at National Press Club | MNF-Iraq Commander GEN David Petraeus and Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker speak about the current status of conditions in Iraq at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. | 2007--0-9-
  70. Petraeus: I Never Meant to Say Iraq Doesn't Make Us Safer! | Given half the opportunity by Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Gen. Petraeus eagerly backtracked on his earlier admission to Sen. Warner that he didn't know if success in Iraq would make America safer. | 2007--0-9-
  71. Taleban 'Getting Chinese Weapons' | Britain has privately complained to Beijing that Chinese-made weapons are being used by the Taleban to attack British troops in Afghanistan. (BBC) | 2007--0-9-
  72. Climate Change Sparks Scrap for Arctic Resources | While scientists and conservationists worry about the potentially dire consequences of global warming, politicians and businessmen are already battling over how to reap the economic benefits from the Arctic thaw. | 2007--0-8-
  73. A Godsend for Darfur, or a Curse? | With the recent announcement that an underground lake the size of Lake Erie rests beneath Darfur, some wonder if this discovery will become a miracle-solution to the region's crisis. The United Nations Environmental Program cites that Darfur “can be considered a tragic example of the social breakdown that can result from ecological collapse," however, many are skeptical that this discovery will be enough to curtail the history of Sudan, a grim chronicle of civil war, famine, coups and despotism. (NYT) | 2007--0-7-
  74. Where Less Is More | An op-ed warning of the potential for setbacks if the U.S. were to focus its attention (and troops) to Afghanistan post-Iraq, citing that the intervention in Afghanistan has gone far better than that in Iraq largely because the American-led coalition has limited its ambitions and kept a light footprint, leaving the Afghans to run their own affairs. (NYTimes) | 2007--0-7-
  75. Yahoo! sued over torture of Chinese dissident | A Chinese political prisoner sued Yahoo! in a US federal court, accusing the internet company of helping the Chinese government torture him by providing information that led to his arrest. The suit, filed under the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victims Protection Act, is believed to be the first of its kind made against an American internet company. | 2007--0-4-
  76. Military Sharpens Focus on Climate Change | The U.S. military is increasingly focused on a potential national security threat: climate change. A report about to be released by a group of retired senior generals lays out a detailed case for how global warming could destabilize vulnerable states in Africa and Asia and drive a flood of migrants to richer countries. It focuses on how climate change "can act as a threat multiplier for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world," in part by causing water shortages and damaging food production. (washingtonpost.com) | 2007--0-4-
  77. Israel, Iran, Rated Most Negative in Poll; Canada Viewed Best | More than 28,000 respondents in 27 countries have ranked Israel and Iran (respectively) as having the most negative influence in the world, according to people questioned in a British Broadcasting Corp. poll about attitudes toward 12 nations and the European Union. Not far behind were the U.S. and North Korea. (Bloomberg) | 2007--0-3-
  78. UN outlines global e-waste goals | With the world's annual volume of "e-waste" expected to exceed 40 tonnes, the UN has launched a global initiative to tackle the growing mountain of electrical and electronic waste, hooping to create a global recycling standard, extend the life of products and improve the market for second-hand goods. (BBC) | 2007--0-3-
  79. Somalia summit fails to reach peacekeeping target | An African summit focusing on the fate of conflict-ravaged Somalia ended without a firm commitment to send a sizeable peacekeeping force to the country. (The Guardian) | 2007--0-1-
  80. Space Supremacy | Article discusses how the U.S. has revised its space policy for the first time in ten years in order to achieve "space supremacy" for the future. | 2007--0-1-
  81. Russia oil row hits Europe supply | Russia has cut oil supplies to Poland, Germany and Ukraine amid a trade row with its neighbour Belarus. | 2007--0-1-
  82. Pakistan’s Tribal Areas: Appeasing the Militants | Musharraf's appeasement of Taliban sympathizers has resulted in a base in Pakistan’s tribal areas that militants are using to stoke instability both at home and in neighboring Afghanistan. | 2006--1-2-
  83. Vietnam's leaders test internet waters | A former deputy prime minister, Vu Khoan, answered pre-screened, politically soft questions submitted by members of the public via the Communist party's own website. The gesture shows that Vietnam's communist rulers are trying to demonstrate that they are listening to the people. | 2006--1-2-
  84. Iran tried to swap guns for Somali uranium | Iran is among a number of countries (see above article posted) supplying weapons to Islamic extremists in Somalia; in exchange for weapons and munitions, Somalia is allowing Iran to tap into its uranium reserves. | 2006--1-1-
  85. China fears consequences of North Korea collapse | Examines the potentially hazardous effects on China if North Korea were to collapse. | 2006--1-0-
  86. Nigeria 3rd Highest Infested Country (HIV/AIDS) | Explores how Nigeria, Africa's most populated country, is battling with the continuing spread of HIV/AIDS and may be unable to meet the UN/World Bank's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. | 2006--1-0-
  87. U.S. Pursues Tactic of Financial Isolation | In an attempt to control international funding of terrorists, the U.S. is enacting rules and regulations to prevent banks associated with terrorists from making any deals or transactions with American banks. | 2006--1-0-
  88. Can America Rein in North Korea and Iran? | Questions America's unilateral foreign policy by highlighting the need for both Chinese and Russian support. | 2006--1-0-
  89. After Afghan Battle, a Harder Fight for Peace | Post Afgan war, civilians once again feel threatened by NATO coalition forces bombarding into their homes without justifications. For the US, winning the battle at this point is about securing the peace. | 2006--1-0-
  90. The Growing World of Google Earth | Interesting article about how something as innocuous as Google Earth can be a threat to (inter)national security with up to one-third of the world's population being covered by high-resolution imagery. | 2006--1-0-
  91. Conflict Diamonds | Although this article is from 2001, it shows how conflict diamonds are a key factor in resource conflict. | 2006--1-0-
  92. Europe’s New Dumping Ground | This article discusses how the tsunami of 2004 has created lasting effects on Somalia. The tsunami uncovered containers of hazardous waste that European companies had been dumping offshore for over a decade. Many of the containers broke open and the toxic waste has affected water, land, and air yielding in health effects such as respiratory infections, skin reactions, cancer, and death. | 2006--1-0-
  93. Suicide Bomber Kills 12 Near Kabul Ministry | | 2006--0-9-
  94. India’s Police Say Pakistan Helped Plot Attack | | 2006--0-9-
  95. Ruined Towns Look to Beirut, Mostly in Vain | | 2006--0-9-
  96. Syria Bows to Back Hamas, Hizbullah at All Costs | A report from the Lebanon Star about the determination of Syria to continue its massive financial and military backing of Hamas and Hezhbollah, despite US threats of increased sanctions. This bodes poorly for Israel, which failed to militarily act against Syria in the recent conflict and sufficientl stamp out Hezhbollah positions in S. Lebanon. It is also not good news for US-led interests in the area, as it shows the newly found diplomatic spotlight of Assad's Baath government, which will likely continue to be exploited to draw even closer to Iran and its aims of regional dominance. The result can be increased regional tension, a rse in the activities of Islamic groups in Iraq, Israel, and even in the Europe. Certainly this will weigh heavily on the future of US engagement in the Middle East. | 2006--0-9-