Saturday, February 23, 2008

saturday reads

A new crisis has exploded in Iraq after Turkish troops, supported by attack planes and Cobra helicopters, yesterday launched a major ground offensive into Iraqi Kurdistan

British soldiers accused of executing civilians

Legal and political pressures on Rep. Rick Renzi are mounting amid federal criminal charges that set off calls for the Arizona Republican to leave Congress sooner rather than later.

If it can happen to a Governor...

Glenn Greenwald - McConnell/Mukasey: Eavesdropping outside of FISA is "illegal"

Are today's McMansions tomorrow's slums?

Scott Horton: Department of Malicious Falsehoods

Egalité! Liberté! Sexualité!

Friday, February 22, 2008

friday reads

Turkish ground forces have rolled across the border into northern Iraq to target Kurdish rebels said to be sheltering there.

Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Barbarism Lite

The storming of the US embassy in Belgrade could be a prelude for a crackdown against moderates, pro-western Serb politicians warned today.

Scott Horton: Shorts from America's Legal Hell-Hole

Republicans Skip FISA Meeting, Stall Bipartisan Efforts


Thursday, February 21, 2008

thursday reads

Foreign Secretary David Miliband apologised to MPs today after admitting that US "special rendition" flights had twice landed on British soil in contravention of earlier Government assurances.

The Great Guantánamo Puppet Theater

TPM on the McCain story.

Dave Johnson: Just how bad are the economic indicators?

The head of the audit and investigative arm of the US Congress announced his resignation Friday, citing "real limitations" on what he could do.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

tuesday reads

The Texas Observer: Homeland Security won’t say why the border wall is bypassing the wealthy and politically connected.

Revealed: the first draft of dossier that took Britain to war

Paul Krugman: Poverty Is Poison

Winners of this year's George Polk Award include Leila Fadel of McClatchy Newspaper's Baghdad bureau and Joshua M. Marshall of Talking Points Memo.

The latest employment figures, released in late January, showed a 52-month streak of job creation ending with a loss of 17,000 jobs in January.

Adopt a Clitoris (via Wired)

Speed (a Rewind Kindly Filmmaking Frenzy video)

Monday, February 18, 2008

monday reads

The aftermath of the first run on a British bank for 150 years ended yesterday as Chancellor Alistair Darling announced that the beleaguered Northern Rock was to be nationalised.

Crooked Timber: Here comes the big one

A suicide car bomber targeting a Canadian military convoy detonated his explosives at a busy market in southern Afghanistan on Monday, killing 35 civilians and wounding three Canadian soldiers.

A number of EU countries led by Germany were expected to formally recognise Kosovo as an independent state today.

Chris Floyd: Arthur Schlesinger and the Willing Executioners of Democracy

New Hampshire will become the latest state to keep payday lenders from gouging their patrons. A measure passed by the legislature will cap interest rates on payday loans at 36%, a drastic change for an industry used to bludgeoning underbanked consumers with interest rates exceeding 500%. Payday borrowers spend an average of $793 trying to repay a $325 loan. Let's see how the economic leeches spin this as a loss for consumers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture ordered a recall of 143 million pounds of beef Sunday evening from Chino-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., which is the subject of an animal-abuse investigation. The recall affects beef products dating back to Feb. 1, 2006 that came from the company.

Jen Sorensen
Village Voice, C-VILLE Weekly
Feb 18, 2008

The painting that illustrated one of the most famous album covers in pop history is to be sold at auction.