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DEADLY BIRD FLU
sick chickens in Thailand
INFLUENZA ALIAS "BIRD FLU" SWEEPS ASIA
Global world faces global risks. So far the flu that is killing chickens
in Asia has only caused a few human deaths and scientists say for the
moment that only people who have direct contact with live chickens appear
to be in danger, but that could change at any time. The sudden outbreak
has already spread to Vietnam, Indonesia and Laos, triggering a panic
in Asia. The Indonesians admit that they've had the disease since August.
The BBC provides an overview of the dimensions of the pandemic. (BBC January
The BBC gives an index of breaking stories.
Bangkok Post, a government minister admitted that first signs of the
danger may have appeared nearly a month ago (Bangkok Post, January 27,
Asia Times reports that Bangkok denies a cover-up.
THE U.N. RIGHT ABOUT IRAQ TO BEGIN WITH?
report from Britain's Basic (British American Security Information Council),
indicates that UNSCOM, the original United Nations inspection effort in
Iraq was largely correct in its assessments of Iraqi weapons capabilities.
In contrast, British intelligence and the Bush Administration were wrong
about crucial details. David Kay, the head of the Bush administration's
efforts to find weapons of mass destruction, resigned Friday, after reporting
that he had found none. Charles Duelfer, the former executive director
of UNSCOM, will replace Kay. BASIC's 72-page report, which is published
just before release of the Hutton Report in London, summarizes recently
collected information on Iraq's weaponry just before the release of the
Hutton Report in England. It is readable on-line or downloadable in pdf
format.(By David Isenberg and Ian Davis, Basic , January 25, 2004). David
Kay thinks mass corruption rather than mass destruction was the true
aim of Iraqi weapons experts. The question is: why did the intelligence
agencies get it wrong?
(The New York Times, January 26, 2004)•PBS'
Front Line documentary series also provides an extensive background file
on David Kay and the search for weapons of mass destruction.
TONY BLAIR BE THE FIRST CASUALTY?
Prime Minister Tony Blair told reporters that if he had actually spun
Britain into the war on Iraq, he would have to resign. Blair also stated
not long afterwards that he had no role in leaking the identity of weapons
expert Dr. David Kelly to reporters, and added that his position would
be untenable if he had lied on that issue as well. Kelly eventually committed
suicide. An inquiry by Lord Hutton into the affair will be published on
Wednesday. Blair is already facing a critical vote over an initiative
to get British students to pay for part of their university education.
If the Hutton Report is negative, the prime minister could be fatally
on BBC, January 26, 2004
BBC's Guide to latest information on the Hutton Report
COLIN POWELL SPEAKS
OUT IN MOSCOW
In an unusual
letter, published in Izvestia, Colin Powell denounced recent developments
in Russia as showing that Moscow is not yet fully tethered to the
law. Then , in a press conference with Russian foreign minister,
Igor Ivanov, Powell insisted that he had not been interfering in Russia's
internal affairs. Powell had already met Ivanov at the inaguration of
the new president of Georgia. (State Dept, January 26, 2004)
OUT, AMERICANS IN?
U.S. is determined to get the Russians out of Georgia. Regional pundits
are asking whether that's a prelude to the U.S. moving in. Does it really
matter? The answer is "Yes." Georgia is a major route that the
U.S. has been pushing for a pipeline to move oil from the Caspian sea
to the West. The Caspian oil reserves are estimated at 75 billion barrels--the
largest new oil find since the North Sea. Without Georgia, the only immediately
feasible route is through Russia, which badly needs the cash to refurbish
its military. The Institute for Peace and War Reporting analyzes the implications.
(IWPR, January 22, 2004)
the World Economic Forum in Davos, newly elected Georgian president Shaakashvilli
thanked president Bush for understanding why he had to visit Moscow
first before going to Washington. "I need Russia as a friend,"
Saakashvili said. He added that Russia is much weaker than the U.S. and
that tended to make it more aggressive as a country. (Summary report-New
Directions for Georgia, January 21, 2004)
a "town hall" meeting in Georgia
(State Dept. January 24, 2004)
support for breakaway South Ossetia remains a problem (Georgia Times,
PRIME MINISTER TAYYIP ERDOGAN VISITS WASHINGTON THIS WEEK
a Newsweek interview, Erdogan says that he is concerned about the possible
breakup of Iraq in the future, and he thinks a federation based on ethnic
identity or religious adhesion will have a negative impact on Syria, Iran
and Turkey. What that means for the planned turn over of authority by
the US in June is another question
(Newsweek, February 2 issue, 2004).
THE U.S. BECOME A DEFACTO EMPIRE?
in the American psyche still resists thinking of the US as an empire.
Much of the rest of the world feels differently about it. The BBC has
just launched a 6-part series on the topic. (BBC, January 26, 2004).
to the series on line.
have been lighter than in Iraq--only 100 killed, but the death toll on
civilians has been much higher, and there is no end in site, nor in fact,
any coherent plan to find an end. The Center for Defense Information updates
the combat situation from December 15 through January 18, 2004. (CDI,
January 23, 2004)
UP WITH IRAQ
who wants to follow the latest news published in Iraqi newspapers, the
Institute for War and Peace Reporting has just launched the Iraq Press
Monitor, accessible on the internet or as a subscription email newsletter.
While not exactly scintillating writing, the Monitor gives you a good
feel for how Iraqis are reacting to the somewhat erratic American efforts
at taking over from Saddam. (Institute for War and Peace Reporting, January
FALLOWS DECONSTRUCTS THE STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH
a paragraph-by-paragraph analysis, Fallows guesses at the presidents real
motivations while in talking to the nation.
( The Atlantic, January 22,2004)
KAGAN ON HOW THE U.S. LOOKS FOR LEGITIMACY
Winning the War in Iraq was the easiest part. As Robert Kagan points
out in the New York Times, it is convincing people that war is the right
thing to do that is difficult. (Robert Kagan, New York Times, January
Cordesman—The other side of the elections in Iraq.
(Anthony Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies, January,
IT COMES TO KEEPING PEACE IN SUDAN, OUTSIDE HELP IS NEEDED.Even before
the current fighting, the CSIS was predicting problems. The latest study
by the Center for Strategic and International argues that securing a lasting
peace in Sudan requires the help of foreign peace keepers.(CSIS, January
Iraqis exercise political
IRAQ BACK TOGETHER
A copy of Ghassan Salame's keynote speech to a recent Oil&Money Conference
in London, was circulating at last week's World Economic Forum meeting
in Davos, Switzerland. US Envoy Paul Bremer had been scheduled to speak
at Davos, but failed to appear. Here are some extracts from Salame's speech:
"...The Coalition is intent on creating a new Iraq of its own; and
one should not ignore the dimensions of that truly imperial ambition.
This policy is supported by those Iraqis who see this ‘purification’
drive as a precondition for their push to fill the state apparatus with
their own people, which they are slowly doing. The fear in Iraq is that
the transition underway is less one from dictatorship to democracy than
a transition from a Ba'thist-ruled Iraq to a yet-to be defined new hegemony
of some other group. In this master plan, the Coalition defines a concrete
role for each and everyone: the Governing Council should do this, the
ministers that, the clerics, the US military, the UN, etc. Actors are
given specific tasks to achieve...So here we are: you can hardly work
WITH the Coalition: you have to work FOR it (and be rapidly overworked
as so many American aides have been), AGAINST it (and sustain Washington’s
furor) or forget Iraq as long as the CPA is, the single ruler, with, by
some measures, much more power than Saddam ever had. The US has chosen
direct rule as a principle and Ambassador Bremer has transformed it largely
into a personal one, probably less by intent than by a gradual slide.
Truly, this Promethean ambition preceded Bremer: civilians in the Pentagon
had set such high, overloaded, stakes for the war in Iraq that Bremer
had only to wear ready-made imperial clothes...The problem with Iraq is
precisely that those who initiated the war wanted to be the first act
in a regional reshuffle in which those whose help is now needed were supposed
to be the next in line in the famous democracy crusade, with its cascade
of regimes change. Shifting from those broad objectives into a policy
of appeasement will not be easy for the ideologues of the Bush administration...
Salame's speech to the Oil & Money Conference, London November 17,
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