Friday, March 19, 2004

Lazy blogging

* US oil prices have hit a 13 year high.

* Are the Balkans set to explode again?

* "A year ago tonight, President Bush took the nation to war in Iraq with a grand vision for change in the Middle East and beyond," the Washington Post reminds us. Things haven't quite worked out as the Bush administration said they would.

* Thus far, 660 Iraqis have been killed in suicide bombings since the beginning of the war.

* Norman Solomon asks, "Can the United States credibly wage a 'war on terrorism' by engaging in warfare that terrorizes civilians?"

* Pakistani troops are allegedly "closing in" on Bin Laden's right hand man, Ayman al-Zawahiri. The "spring offensive" might be paying off.

* The Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, a group which claims to be linked with Al Qaeda, wants Bush to beat Kerry in the 2004 elections.

* "Scientists have produced the first comprehensive evidence that the diversity of butterflies, birds and plants is in decline in the UK," the Guardian reports. "They say their research supports the argument that mass extinction threatens life on Earth."

* The LA Times reports, "The numbers of Hispanics and Asians in the United States will triple over the next half-century as an aging white population slips from its traditional majority perch, according to U.S. Census Bureau projections being released today."

* Par for the course: Bush Medicare Lies and Propaganda.

* Jerry M. Landay outlines the players behind the Bush attack machine.