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Sunday Times – stories and articles

From last week’s Sunday Times:

  • Sig Hansen – fisherman and skipper on the Berring Sea, one of the deadliest jobs in the world.
  • The pen is mightier – how a pen saved the astronauts of Apollo 11 on the Moon!
  • Sin cities – Britains’s inner city streets are awash with guns. Here’s the story how one minor incident ended up with the deaths of many and cost the police £5m to resolve.
  • American royalty – What was it like to grow up surrounded by the Kennedy family? Christopher Keddy Lawford tell us. Part 2 was published this week.
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Muslims in the Western World

Two articles from last week’s Sunday Times explore the differences between two Muslim communities – one in Britain and the other in the USA. Guess which one integrates better with their respective society?

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Tube cleared after minor blasts

Tube cleared after minor blasts – possibly more trouble in London this afternoon. Catch up on the latest via the BBC streaming video service.
Here’s a fairly exhaustive account of the day.

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Ken Bigley Executed

Despite all that his family did to publicize his plight, how others others protested and tried to get help for him, and the fact that the Irish Government issued him with an Irish passport, Ken Bigley was executed yesterday afternoon.
The same on Aljazeera.com.

Commenting on the new report, Paul Bigley said: “I have heard nothing at all.

“I have been optimistic and remain optimistic.”

Paul said he was praying the news turn out to be untrue.

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RTE's Bush Interview

Justin has a lot more on RTE’s Bush Interview that I mentioned previously. He notes that the White House complained to “RTE, the Irish Embassy, the Irish Government, and the reporter herself” aftewards. hehe.
He includes links to the realvideo version of it as well as an mp3 audio-track too. I recorded the realvideo streaming version using the following command:

mencoder -o primetime56.avi -oac mp3lame -ovc lavc rtsp://streaming2.rte.ie/2004/0624/primetime56.rm

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The Sunday Times – Online

Colm on #linux pointed at an article I had previously read in the Sunday Times which had reminded me of my own unfortunate troubles with the US immigration just over a year ago.
That reminded me that I should look for the Sunday Times website which I did, and it redirects to the most recent edition. Great reading there, especially their D-Day coverage.
Here’s the article about that Brother Columbanus I mentioned yesterday. (Unfortunately you have to register to view that content!)

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Bush in lala land?

Or in other words, he can’t see the reality he created.
In this review of a speech Bush made a few days ago William Saletan counters and analyzes the words and ideas of the American President.
It really looks like they won’t learn from the past, if they continue to delude themselves about what they’ve done in Iraq, but I’ll leave it to the above article to say it best.. (Was this the speech where Bush tripped over saying, “Abu Ghraib”? That was mentioned on the radio yesterday morning.)
Via Scott who mentions that The New York Times has reconsidered, “the WMD hysteria that marked some of its prewar coverage and marred its reputation.” Even Dave Winer picked up on this which makes me cringe about linking to it!
While we’re on the subject, I started on Mark Little’s Zulu Time – it’s turning out to be a good book, and I’ll post a slightly more detailed review when I finish it!

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SAP – Seymour Hersh

I heard this discussed on the radio on the way to work this morning and promptly forgot about it. Must read it at home tonight!

The roots of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal lie not in the criminal inclinations of a few Army reservists but in a decision, approved last year by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, to expand a highly secret operation, which had been focussed on the hunt for Al Qaeda, to the interrogation of prisoners in Iraq. Rumsfeld’s decision embittered the American intelligence community, damaged the effectiveness of élite combat units, and hurt America’s prospects in the war on terror.

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The guy is dumb, really, really dumb

According to the BBC, Bush’s Iraq WMDs joke backfires. This would be slightly funny if it wasn’t in such bad taste. Thanks Colm for the link.

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Bush's Foreign Friends

My, my, this “search” is rather interesting. Via the comments on Russell’s site.