Thursday, January 10, 2002

juan forero of the new york times writes "In recent months, the army had stepped up its patrols around the safe zone and imposed new restrictions on access into the area. Those operations became especially visible after the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States and the hardening of world opinion against armed insurgencies." i'm certainly no far of armed insurgencies, but i can't help notice the irony here: that america was itself founded as an armed insurgency. any distinction drawn between FARC and the columbian government can not be based on violence, as both groups have killed no shortage of innocent people, but on power. it is assumed the columbian government is in the right only because they currently control most of columbia - a very questionable assumption.
simon tisdall and ewen macaskill of the guardian write "[the 1,800 mile long minefield in India] will dwarf the western front of the first world war and the Maginot Line of the second and amount to south Asia's equivalent of the Berlin Wall." this war on terrorism has so far managed to kill innocent civilians, escalate middle east tensions, and entirely fail to locate osama bin laden.

Wednesday, January 09, 2002

zdnet uk finds vote rigging by microsoft: "ZDNet UK logs reveal rather obvious vote rigging, and prove that it originated from within Microsoft."
a cnn internview: "The most explosive charge, Paula, is that the Bush administration -- the present one, just shortly after assuming office slowed down FBI investigations of al Qaeda and terrorism in Afghanistan in order to do a deal with the Taliban on oil -- an oil pipeline across Afghanistan." (via metafilter) why is this "explosive"? people have been writing about this online since 9/11.

Tuesday, January 08, 2002

unknown news has a series of links to pre-9/11 news articles:

"CNN - President wants Senate to hurry with new laws - July 30, 1996": "But while the president pushed for quick legislation, Republican lawmakers hardened their stance against some of the proposed anti-terrorism measures."

"Taleban in Texas for talks on gas pipeline - December 4, 1997": "Unocal says it has agreements both with Turkmenistan to sell its gas and with Pakistan to buy it."

Monday, January 07, 2002

at the environmental news network, "Shell said it is selling the carbon dioxide to a neighboring company, Air Liquide, which processes the gas so that it can be used to carbonate soft drinks." that's better than releasing it into the environment, but who wants to drink the carbon from oil?
james wilson writes "you need only do three things in this country to avoid poverty - finish high school, marry before having a child, and marry after the age of 20. Only 8 percent of the families who do this are poor; 79 percent of those who fail to do this are poor." wow.