Israel: The Elephant In The Room At IAEA
AP is reporting that US diplomats have warned Arab Ambassadors if they insist on making the Israeli Nuclear Weapons program an issue, it could derail any hope of ever achieving a nuclear weapons free Middle East.
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Continue reading AP: Top US Envoy Engages Arabs on Israel
Germans were aghast last month when President Horst Koehler, who resigned after coming under intense criticism for his words, referred to Afghanistan as a way “to protect our interests, such as ensuring free trade routes or preventing regional instabilities, which are also certain to negatively impact our ability to safeguard trade, jobs and income.” Many had clung to the notion that their country’s involvement in Afghanistan was a peacekeeping exercise, even though politicians recently had begun to refer to it as a war.
Continue reading LA Times: Germans question involvement in Afghanistan
Development of the Marcellus Shale gas formation has followed similar lines to all resource extraction stories throughout the nation’s history.
There are substantial economic benefits, but also substantial environmental costs. Companies engaged in the extraction work bolster the local economy but not always in accordance with local cultural and behavioral standards. Some people profit and some people suffer losses through affected property values.
This is also the case with the Marcellus Shale development. Yet there is also a consensus that the gas can be extracted in a way that boosts the economy without devastating the environment. The problem is that the political debate has been driven from the ends to the spectrum rather than the middle.
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Continue reading The Times-Tribune: Too much gas on Marcellus
The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region in an attempt to counter threats and disrupt militant groups.
Continue reading NY Times: U.S. Is Said to Expand Secret Actions in Mideast