By Gary Younge (THE GUARDIAN, 13/08/07):
Mom, I had another friend die today from a massive ied [improvised explosive device] and many more wounded with shattered bones and scrapes. We used to be in the same platoon. 1st platoon and the same squad when I first arrived at fort hood for a good 7 months or so. He was 17 then and barely a day over 19 now that he has passed away.It’s tearing me up so badly inside. I just can’t stand it. I can’t get rid of the feeling that I probably won’t make it home from this war.… Seguir leyendo »
By Mike Gapes, the Labour Co-operative MP for Ilford South and chairman of the foreign affairs select committee (THE GUARDIAN, 13/08/07):
A year after the end of the Lebanon war, prospects for peace in the Middle East remain distant. Diplomacy in the region has never been easy, but the challenges now in Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, set against the backdrop of rising Iranian influence, are particularly daunting. These are the critical issues confronted in a report published today by the Commons foreign affairs committee.The most pressing, and demanding, matter for Gordon Brown’s cabinet is the Palestinian territories. The appointment of Tony Blair as envoy for the Quartet (US, Russia, EU and UN) presents an opportunity to take a new approach.… Seguir leyendo »
By William Rees-Mogg (THE TIMES, 13/08/07):
Many people are worried by last week’s big stock market falls; they want to know what will happen next. They want to know what it’s all about. It does not seem likely that the “sub-prime” crisis will turn into one of the big disasters of financial history. Even the sub-prime mortgages themselves would not have zero value; paper losses may total $200 billion (£100 billion) or so, but that is not in itself enough to turn the modern world upside down. World financial markets have survived much greater shocks.
Nevertheless, there is some probability that there will be further unpleasant aftershocks.… Seguir leyendo »