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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.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Daily Read Board - 28JUN05

United States

Bush, Schroeder agree on Iran nukes - President Bush yesterday criticized a vow by Iran's president-elect to restart Tehran's nuclear-energy program, warning it could lead to the development of a nuclear weapon.

Pentagon Stresses Political Action in Iraq - WASHINGTON (AP) - Top U.S. military officials are increasingly emphasizing political solutions rather than military ones to Iraq's insurgency, a shift acknowledging the difficulty they and the Iraqi government face in stopping the violence.

Nunn: Terrorists Winning Nuclear Race - WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is losing the battle to keep the world's most dangerous weapons away from the world's most dangerous terrorists, largely because of a failure to monitor nuclear materials at the source, former Sen. Sam Nunn said Monday.

White House Is Said to Reject Panel's Call for a Greater Pentagon Role in Covert Operations - The White House has reportedly decided to reject recommendations by a commission that would have given the Pentagon greater authority to conduct covert operations.

Survey Finds Most Support Staying in Iraq - Most Americans do not believe the administration's claims that impressive gains are being made against the insurgency, but a clear majority is willing to keep U.S. forces in Iraq, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Democrats Press for More Veterans Funds - WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats say they will press for a vote as early as Tuesday to address a $1 billion shortfall in the budget for veterans' health care programs.


China Economy Rising at Pace to Rival U.S. - GUANGZHOU, China, June 26 - A line of Chinese-made cars began rolling onto a ship here Friday, bound for Europe. The cars, made at a gleaming new Honda factory on the outskirts of this sprawling city near Hong Kong, signal the latest move by China to follow Japan and South Korea in building itself into a global competitor in one of the cornerstones of the industrial economy.

Afghan Elections a Go Despite Violence - KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Landmark legislative elections in Afghanistan will be held as planned in September despite an upsurge in rebel violence that has raised fears the polls could be threatened, the president's spokesman said Tuesday.

Shiite Hints at Wider Voting Role for Sunnis - Iraq's most powerful Shiite cleric suggested he would support changes in the voting system that could give Sunnis more seats in Parliament.

U.S.-Led Forces Launch New Offensive - HIT, Iraq (AP) - More than 1,000 U.S. troops and Iraqi forces launched Operation Sword on Tuesday in a bid to crush insurgents and foreign fighters in western Iraq, the third major offensive in the area in recent weeks.

New navy already has its sea legs - UMM QASR, Iraq -- The new Iraqi navy, reformed only two years ago after its destruction during 12 years of war and sanctions, has begun conducting independent patrols as part of the multinational effort to protect Iraq's offshore oil platforms and its ports of Umm Qasr and Khawr Al Zubayr.

From 'Great Satan' to Estranged Cousin - Iranians chose a conservative hard-liner to be their next president, but many yearn to sidestep geopolitics and improve relations with the U.S.

Ex-Gitmo Inmates: Quran Was Desecrated - LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistanis freed from Guantanamo Bay claimed they saw American interrogators throw, tear and stand on copies of Islam's holy book, and one former detainee said naked women sat on prisoners' chests during questioning.

Sharon Sends Stern Warning to Extremists - JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Tuesday warned Jewish settlers opposed to his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip that the use of violence against security forces constitutes a threat to Israel's existence.

Parliament Speaker Elected in Lebanon - BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Lebanon's new parliament overwhelmingly re-elected a pro-Syrian as speaker Tuesday in a political compromise by the anti-Syrian coalition that won the elections, the first conducted without Syrian influence in 30 years.

Kenyan Court Acquits Suspects in Bombing - NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Kenya's latest attempt to convict suspects in an al-Qaida-linked hotel bombing that killed 15 people ended with acquittals Monday - raising questions about the readiness of Kenyan prosecutors to handle such cases.

France: EU Enlargement Should Be Halted - PARIS (AP) - France's interior minister said Monday that European Union enlargement should be suspended after the entry of Romania and Bulgaria - a clear swipe at Turkey's efforts to join the bloc.

Japan's emperor visits Saipan - Japan's Emperor Akihito made an unprecedented visit to an overseas battlefield yesterday to pay tribute to the tens of thousands who died on this tiny Pacific island in one of World War II's defining conflicts.

Britain Marks Anniversary of Sea Victory - PORTSMOUTH, England (AP) - Two hundred years ago a daredevil naval hero by the name of Horatio Nelson led the British to a glorious victory over France and Spain. But that might not be clear from watching Tuesday's reenactment of the Battle of Trafalgar.