Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2006 2:35 pm by HL
Lebanon Under Siege: Dahr Jamail Reports from Beirut on How Israel Air Strikes Have Caused a Humanitarian Crisis for Hundreds of Thousands of Refugees
The death toll from Israelâ€™s attack on Lebanon is approaching four hundred â€“ almost all civilians. More than one thousand have been wounded and an estimated 900,000 have been displaced from their homes. This weekend, ground troops seized the Lebanese town of Marun al-Ras. Israeli officials believe they have approval from the United States to keep attacking Lebanon for at least another week. We go to Lebanon to speak with independent journalist Dahr Jamail
Excerpt: Congress Fuels South Asian Nuclear Arms Race
As Congress is marching in lock step to approve the administrationâ€™s sweetheart deal that would allow India to rapidly ramp up its nuclear bomb production to about 50 new weapons each year, news comes that Pakistan is racing to match the Indian capability.
The Washington Post reports on new satellite photos that reveal construction of a plutonium production reactor that should enable Pakistan to punch out 12; surprise 50 bombs a year.
It is not too late for Congress to stop this developing nuclear arms race in South Asia. All they have to do is approve an amendment that conditions the U.S.-India deal on an Indian agreement not to make any more material for weapons. This was part of the deal originally sought by Bush administration officials, but they caved in to India demands and dropped the idea.
Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) says, The Bush Administration conceded on almost every major point in negotiating this agreement with India. Even worse, the Administration essentially ignored the concerns of its own nonproliferation experts, and kept Congress in the dark until after the agreement was concluded.
He and other legislators are trying to get amendments to the deal that would enable the U.S. to expand cooperation with India without allowing India to go on a nuclear weapons binge. One amendment would require India to halt production of fissile material, the main component needed to make nuclear weapons, in exchange for greater nuclear cooperation with the United States. A second important amendment would prevent India from transferring nuclear enrichment technology to other countries.
The Arms Control Association has more.
BAGHDAD, Iraq – U.S. and Iraqi soldiers captured six members of an alleged “death squad” in Baghdad on Tuesday, hoping to quell the rampant sectarian violence dividing the capital. Attacks elsewhere in Iraq left at least 34 people dead â€” including an American soldier. In Washington, President Bush met Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White House to discuss the deteriorating security situation. He believes and I believe that there needs to be more forces inside Baghdad who are willing to hold people to account,” Bush said during a joint news conference.
Later in the day, gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in Dujail, about 50 miles north of Baghdad, and ambushed a sport utility vehicle belonging to a private security company in north Baghdad, killing eight people.