– A fascinating Vanity Fair feature on the troubles inside the New York Times, pre, during and post Judith Miller.
– In his explosive new book, James Risen reveals the incompetence of the CIA and its startling failures towards Iran:
“…Just as President Bush and his aides were making the case in 2004 and 2005 that Iran was moving rapidly to develop nuclear weapons, the American intelligence community found itself unable to provide the evidence to back up the administration’s public arguments. On the heels of the CIA’s failure to provide accurate pre-war intelligence on Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, the agency was once again clueless in the Middle East.”
– NSW Young Labor wants to implement compulsory national service. I’ve long argued that conscription is the most effective way to end rising militarism within Australia. Support for imperial wars would virtually disappear. I therefore support the move.
– The 2005 Small Arms Survey reveals, once again, that small and light weapons contribute the greatest amount of trauma in times of war.