15.03.2002

So what happened to the anthrax investigation?
Jak from Vancouver looks at what happened to the anthrax investigation on her very fine blog.

UPDATE: BBC has a story on the anthrax mailings being a CIA experiment gone bad.

14.03.2002

Mohammed Atta's visa application
The Smoking Gun has scans of Atta's approved visa application. One thing this story did for me was to give some reassurance: however bad the backlog at the office is, someone is always worse.

UPDATE: WSWS has a very good article article on the Atta visas, pointing out that many of the post-11/9-detainees may have done nothing more than the crime of being among the unprocessed files at INS's private subcrontractors.
The commodification of Britney Spears
Need an example of commodification and alienation for a study circle in Marxism? The editor of fansite worldofbritney.com has closed the site down, and explains why.

13.03.2002

Israel attacks the international press

"Any PR is good PR" they must think...

Israeli Army Fires on Journalists
"Israeli forces fired for 10 to 15 minutes from tank-mounted machine guns on a hotel where journalists were photographing armor targeting the al-Amari refugee camp early Tuesday."

Italian journalist killed by Israeli tank fire in West Bank town, doctors say
"An Italian photographer was killed by machine gun fire from an Israeli tank in Ramallah early Wednesday, Palestinian hospital officials and witnesses said. A French photographer was injured by shrapnel and an Egyptian journalist was shot at, also in the West Bank town."
The battle that was over

The claims that the fighting in Gardez is over doesn't all much water...

Allies split over peace plan to let fighters escape


US making tall claims on fighting: French military

Afghan governmentt fears uprising in east

U.S, Allies Seize Shah-e-Kot Valley
"I think we got a lot of them but we're not really sure," one U.S. special forces soldier said, refusing to give his name. He said there were apparently hundreds of caves in the area, many of which were believed to have collapsed in the bombing."
Blogspot down...
Blogspot.com has been down all day, therefore no updates. I'm thinking of migrating here. But I do love the"blog this" bookmarklet.

12.03.2002

Arafat Accuses Israel of Tattooing Numbers on Prisoners' Arms
"Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Tuesday accused Israeli troops of tattooing numbers on the arms of dozens of Palestinian prisoners in the Tulkarem refugee camp in the West Bank."
'Inadequate' US troops pulled out of battleground
"HUNDREDS of American troops were pulled out of the ground battle with al-Qaeda forces because they failed to adapt to the guerrilla tactics required for fighting in the mountains, according to their Afghan allies.
More than 1,000 Afghan troops rushed to the front line yesterday to take up the slack after the withdrawal of 400 US troops from the mountains of eastern Afghanistan."
Indian rebels shoot exam cheats
"At least seven people have been shot and injured in the past few days in what appears to be a draconian attempt to clean up the state's education system. "
"The outlawed Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) has said it carried out the attacks, saying it believed in quality education and would not allow anyone to get through exams by cheating. "
Jihad in Afghanistan
Read the spin from the other side:
SECRET MESSAGE SENT TO MUJAHIDEEN FOR NEGOTIATIONS OF CAPTURED US SOLDIERS
50 SOLDIERS KILLED IN DESTRUCTION OF 6 US HELICOPTERS IN GARDEZ
"THE MUJAHIDEEN HAVE AN UPPER HAND OVER THE US TROOPS ", US SOLDIERS ACCEPT
Afghan battle 'over'
Any bets on how many times we will here this over the next months?
UPDATE: It's not over, Pentagon says.

11.03.2002