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NATO Headed For 'Big Bang' Expansion, Analysts Say

By Mike Wendling London Bureau Chief
April 22, 2002

London ( - NATO looks increasingly likely to admit up to seven new members during an expansion summit in November, regional analysts said Monday.

"The three Baltic republics, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Slovakia will all be high up on the list," said Tim Garden of the London-based Royal Institute of International Affairs. Those seven countries, along with Albania and Macedonia, have applied for a NATO invitation during the Prague summit later this year.


Dredging Pearl Harbor

by John McCaslin

Exactly two years ago, Sen. John W. Warner, Virginia Republican and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined the debate on whether to posthumously promote Army Maj. Gen. Walter Short and Navy Rear Adm. Husband Kimmel, both commanders of Pearl Harbor at the time of the Japanese attack.

From U.S., the ABC's of Jihad

By Joe Stephens and David B. Ottaway

Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, March 23, 2002

In the twilight of the Cold War, the United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings, part of covert attempts to spur resistance to the Soviet occupation.


Pipeline politics taint U.S. war

From the Chicago Tribune

March 18, 2002

by Salim Muwakkil.
Salim Muwakkil is a senior editor at In These Times

An ongoing source of frustration and anger for many Americans is the lack of support the war on terrorism has received abroad. Other nations are considerably less enthusiastic about our use of "daisy cutter" and "thermobaric" bombs than we think they should be. Why is that?

One reason is their media. Stories alleging imperial and commercial motives for the war on terrorism are rife.


Depleted uranium may stop kidneys "in days"

by Rob Edwards

March 12, 2002

Soldiers who inhale or swallow high levels of depleted uranium (DU) on the battlefield could suffer kidney failure within days, according to a new report from the one of the UK's premier scientific bodies, the Royal Society. There are also long term risks for children who play in heavily contaminated areas, it says.


The Body Count and the Pentagon

by Paul Clark

George Patton once declared that, "There is only one unchanging principle of warfare: that is, to inflict the greatest amount of death and destruction upon the enemy in the least time possible." This principle has been central to US military strategy since Grant and Sherman, and remains so today. But is it true? Is it a valid strategy?


To keep a population in line, wage perpetual war against a vague enemy

by Karen Van Wolferen

Published Mar 10, 2002

Has anyone else following the aftermath of Sept. 11 been struck by the similarity to George Orwell's "1984" -- in which a never-ending, faraway war against ever-changing enemies serves as a rationale for political and social repression?

In the past five months numerous Americans, and not a few Europeans, have not dared speak their minds, and many more have not dared to think things through to a point at which the urge to speak one's mind becomes unbearable.