Beijing - Troops walked Tuesday to towns and villages near the epicentre of a devastating earthquake that killed about 12,000 people and cut off tens of thousands in south-western China, while at least 10,000 people were buried in one city.
Juan Cole: As if Iraq was not enough to worry about, some important political developments in Lebanon, and even in the Yemen have raised the temperature of the Middle East . . .
emptywheel: ...charges against Mohammed al-Qahtani have been dropped, suggesting that charges were dropped because he was tortured.
After 58 years, the United States Navy will reactivate the Fourth Fleet, which will be in charge of patrolling Latin American waters. (via GNN)
As ice melts, NorthCom eyes Arctic patrols
More than 7,000 sailors will leave home next week when the Raygun Carrier Strike Group deploys from San Diego for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf regions.
If Guam doesn’t get money soon from the federal government to help prepare for the massive military buildup coming to the island in the next few years, it could affect not only the island’s permanent residents but also the quality of life for the service members and families who will move there, the island’s governor told lawmakers.
Playing the building is a sound installation in which the infrastructure, the physical plant of the building, is converted into a giant musical instrument. Devices are attached to the building structure — to the metal beams and pillars, the heating pipes, the water pipes — and are used to make these things produce sound. The activations are of three types: wind, vibration, striking. The devices do not produce sound themselves, but they cause the building elements to vibrate, resonate and oscillate so that the building itself becomes a very large musical instrument.
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