To end terrorism, we must first find its allure

Ankon Rahman from The Age writes: The finding that the Iraq war is cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement, contained in the recently declassified US National Intelligence Estimate report, is alarming. But it should not be surprising. We seek to thwart terrorists — but only after they have formed […]

Iraqi blog nominated for award 3

From The Age: An anonymous Iraqi woman was nominated today as a contender for a major literary award for her internet blog-based account of the Iraq war and its deadly impact on ordinary Iraqi people. Using the internet as her outlet, the Iraqi author, who is in her late 20s, […]

Modern ‘food’ 1

Today in The Age: If you’re prepared to – or are preparing to – fork out the extra cash and go organic in your eating, it may be what you’re not paying for that will do you the most good. Pesticides, for example. Meanwhile: A group of university researchers said […]

Contained Terrorism

From the NYTimes: While an international debate rages over the future of the American detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the military has quietly expanded another, less-visible prison in Afghanistan, where it now holds some 500 terror suspects in more primitive conditions, indefinitely and without charges. Some of the detainees […]

Our Safe Little World 4

From The Age: Australians are grumpy about John Howard’s handling of health. They are unsure of education. They oppose the war on Iraq and are wary of IR changes. And yet … they like the Prime Minister. It seems that if the economy’s good, Australians are willing to forgive almost […]

‘Defense’ 3

President George Bush proposed a record $439.3 billion US defense budget for 2007 aimed at fighting both unconventional terrorism and major conflicts with other nations if necessary. (Google News) Currently, the Defense Department says it is spending about $4.5 billion a month on the conflict in Iraq, or about $100,000 […]

TV Consumption

Apple recently introduced pay-to-download TV shows in conjunction with the release of the new iPod Video priced at $1.99 per episode. In this interesting article about the dynamics of pricing and network television with relation to advertising they state the following: Consider for a moment that the average US household […]