meehawl all that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned

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Badr and Sadr – Together Again

Three of Iraq’s most powerful Shiite Muslim religious parties on Thursday formed a reshuffled alliance to field a slate in December’s legislative elections, raising the prospect that balloting will once more break along ethnic...

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Nudge Nudge Wink Wink

Documents obtained by CNN reveal the United States knew about, and even condoned, embargo-breaking oil sales by Saddam Hussein’s regime, and did so to shore up alliances with Iraq’s neighbors … Estimates of how...

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Microsoft Word Is *Hard*

THE United Nations withheld some of the most damaging allegations against Syria in its report on the murder of Rafik Hariri, the former Lebanese Prime Minister … The names of the brother of Bashar...

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The 1% Solution

Up to 65 per cent of Iraqi citizens support attacks and fewer than one per cent think Allied military involvement is helping to improve security in their country.

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Deep In The Core

A video of what is currently thought to be the closest star to the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy. The star orbits the black hole in a highly elliptical orbit...

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Biased But Worth Reading

Loyalist musical culture is an almost entirely self-contained one. The bands and singers perform almost exclusively in specifically Loyalist venues; often social clubs which are linked to paramilitary organisations. The CDs and tapes sell...

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GTA Ireland – Colostomy Wars

Ireland’s criminal gangs are more dangerous and unpredictable than ever … Their lives are fast and short, their violence is said to be almost psychopathic. Some who lost kidneys in shoot-outs continued to wage...

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Bikini Hijab

I traveled for two weeks through what is now the Islamic Republic of Iran … I also got a taste of life behind the high garden walls of the houses of the middle and...

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Spud Gun!

An excellent roundup of so many of the naff toys I enjoyed in the BC (“Before Computers”) era. This was my favourite: the Spud Gun. Given that there were, in fact, an awful lot...