http://www.abc.net.au/news/offbeat/default.htm – ABC’s offbeat news section. Well worth a read.
http://www.sedos.org/english/mcvey_2.htm – A US person who’s lived in Pakistan for many years writes one of the most interesting articles I’ve seen in a while with a unique insight into both mindsets, coming out with a plea for peace, love and tolerance under the banner of God instead of the diatribe being released by the US government.
http://www.atimes.com/global-econ/DB07Dj01.html – A more general article which was also interesting 🙂
All these AFIO newsletters are good reading, but this one in particular grabbed my attention:
A listing of some two dozen alleged al-Qaeda operatives and financiers’ names compiled by Justice and Treasury officials was passed to Saudi Arabian authorities with a request that the bank accounts of the individuals be frozen. The Saudis, when they stopped laughing, told the US the list amounted to a bunch of nicknames, Arabic versions of mobster handles such as “Vinny the Chin.”
re – Emergency calls (in particular people phoning 000 after the Waterfall train crash near Sydney) (ABC)
news article re: falsity of Iraq dossier (http://www.channel4.com/news/home/z/stories/20030206/dossier.html) Only a matter of time before we find out about the Powell one, I guess.
(update) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2741003.stm as well.
The Mt Stromlo Observatory, a critical component of our national science program, was destroyed in the Canberra fires recently. The admin buildings survived as did most of the data – but they need our help to rebuild the rest.