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Balance of Trade in Advanced Technologies

I've been reading Emmanuel Todd's "After The Empire", in which he references the Census bureau statistics on balance of trade in advanced technologies.

The numbers speak for themselves, the U.S. is importing more advanced technologies than it is exporting, consistently, since 2001. This is less an indictment of the Bush administration specifically and more a global trend of post Y2K outsourcing of technology services.

Aceh

The conflict in Aceh, Indonesia does not get much coverage in the U.S, and only passing commentary in Australia, mostly by the leftist press, such as the Green Left Weekly.

I blogged on No Data Source in July last year how the situation in Aceh has progressed:

Get sent down for sharing files

In a bid to imprison the entire U.S. population, congressional committees are currently considering a bill which would lead to imprisonment for people caught sharing 2,500 files via peer-to-peer networks.

Poodle du Jour

Australia's sole support of the U.S. in opposition to the 31-2 motion in the United Nations Commission on Human Rights condemnation of Israel's extra-judicial killing of Sheik Yassin declares us the American "poodle du jour".

Interview with Blix on Disarmament of Iraq

New York University has an archived video of an interview with Hans Blix on his perspective on the disarmament of Iraq. Long and revealing, it includes some gems, particularly his characterisation of UNSCOM's approach as that of "Rambo". Well done, Richard Butler...

Mercenaries

A revealing article on the private security guards who constitute the second largest force in Iraq after the U.S. military (approximately 10,000). In any other conflict, and with an ethical media, these people would be called what they are: mercenaries.

A Report of Iraqi Ethnic Tensions

A well written article in The Scotsman on the ethnic tensions and divides in occupied Iraq.

Former Guantanamo Bay Detainees Claim Torture by U.S. Military

From one of the British Guantanamo Bay detainees comes accusations of torture by U.S military while he was held at Bagram airbase, Khandahar and Camp X-ray. This has now been echoed by the other British detainees, released after the U.S could find nothing to charge them for, after two years of illegal detention.

Aristede Interviews

After Aristede was finally allowed a press conference, Democracy Now! has in-depth interviews and analysis of Aristedes claims of kidnapping.

Aristede Being Held Against His Will

It's increasingly clear that Aristede was forcibly removed from office. This is despite efforts by the corporate press to paint a rosy picture of the situation in Haiti, talking up the anti-Aristede protests, while downplaying the pro-Aristede protests.

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