Carronade The Yankee Sailor Carronade

The Sea is a choosy mistress. She takes the men that come to her and weighs them and measures them. The ones she adores, she keeps; the ones she hates, she destroys. The rest she casts back to land. I count myself among the adored, for I am Her willing Captive.

I've relocated to a new Yankee Sailor.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Daily Read Board - 27JUN05

United States

Schroeder Arrives in D.C. for Short Trip - WASHINGTON (AP) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder arrived in Washington for a visit shortened by election-year pressure and overshadowed by the possibility Germany will have a new, more pro-American leader this fall.

U.S. Plans New Tool to Halt Spread Of Weapons - The Bush administration is planning new measures that would target the U.S. assets of anyone conducting business with a handful of Iranian, North Korean and Syrian companies believed by Washington to be involved in weapons programs, U.S. officials said yesterday.

Durbin Offers Vets Apology for Remarks - PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin apologized to war veterans Saturday for his remarks earlier this month comparing interrogators at an American-run prison camp in Cuba to Nazis and other historically infamous regimes.

In Battle to Pick Next Justice, Right Says, Avoid a Kennedy - WASHINGTON - When Anthony M. Kennedy was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1987, he took the place of a fallen conservative icon, Robert H. Bork, whose defeat in a Senate conflagration still shapes judicial politics.

Experts Say Trial Unlikely for C.I.A. Operatives - WASHINGTON - The chances are relatively remote that the 13 people linked to the C.I.A who were ordered arrested by an Italian judge last week will ever stand trial there, experts in international law said Sunday.


Iran vows to restart nuke program - Iran's hard-line president-elect, at once defiant and at ease, vowed yesterday to restart the nation's nuclear energy program and told European negotiators that building trust required a mutual effort.

Analysts: Rafsanjani Turned Off the Poor - TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Losing presidential candidate Hashemi Rafsanjani failed to lure reformers and liberals to the polls, and he turned off the poor because he seemed to symbolize Iran's rich and powerful elite, say voters and analysts trying to explain the country's election.

Thefts of U.S. technology boost China's weaponry - China is stepping up its overt and covert efforts to gather intelligence and technology in the United States, and the activities have boosted Beijing's plans to rapidly produce advanced-weapons systems.

Beijing devoted to weakening 'enemy' U.S., defector says - China's communist leaders view the United States as their main enemy and are working in Asia and around the world to undermine U.S. alliances, said a former Chinese diplomat.

Attacks on Iraqi Forces Kill 33 in Mosul - MOSUL, Iraq (AP) - Suicide bombers struck a police headquarters, an army base and a hospital around Mosul, killing 33 people in a setback to efforts to rebuild the northwestern city's police force that was riven by intimidation from insurgents seven months ago.

A Look at Iraq by the Numbers - At the one-year mark since the U.S. handover of sovereignty in Iraq, the numbers behind the conflict shed light on the progress made, and the insurgent-driven turmoil that threatens to tear apart the fledgling democracy.

U.S. Reasserts Control in Afghanistan - KHAKERAN VALLEY, Afghanistan (AP) - Skimming low over the desert in helicopters with guns at the ready, American troops advanced Sunday into southern Afghanistan, seeking to reassert control after a spate of attacks raised fears of an Iraqi-style insurgency here.

Israeli Troops Flatten Gaza Buildings - SHIRAT HAYAM, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli bulldozers flattened a row of abandoned buildings next to this seaside settlement Sunday, clashing with Jewish settlers in the first military operation aimed at hampering opponents to Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.

Reforms curb Turkey's armed forces - ANKARA, Turkey -- To strengthen this country's chances of joining the European Union, its armed forces have undergone painful reforms over the past year that have curtailed their influence and increased the autonomy of the civilian government.

Libyan Opposition Seeks to Topple Gadhafi - LONDON (AP) - Divisions over tactics and vision split Libyan opposition groups in exile, but participants at a two-day conference agreed Sunday to unite under a "national accord" aimed at ousting Moammar Gadhafi.

Colombian Troops Mount Counterattack - BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - President Alvaro Uribe flew to southwest Colombia to oversee a counterattack against leftist rebels on Sunday, a day after 25 soldiers were killed in attacks across the country that shattered hopes that the insurgents were nearing defeat.