War & politics: Sept 11th, bin Laden, Middle East news, from my own perspective.
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Palestinian militants call off ceasefire. Violence has erupted again in the West Bank as Palestinian militants take revenge against Israel for allegedly killing one of their leaders in a bombing. [BBC News: world]
13811 » January 14 9:25 AM. A 90 minute uncut video of Sept 11 We've all seen parts of it. However, we will probably never see the whole thing. Personally, that ticks me off. Why do only firefighters and family of victims get to see this? I don't like censorship in any form (meaning by the video company.) Especially in this event. Praises to anyone who can find the video. I wonder if it's out there on the net somewhere...lurking...waiting to be discovered.... [MetaFilter]
Argentines Transfer to E-Banks. Argentina's limit on cash withdrawals from banks is a boon for the electronic banking business, changing a culture where people traditionally feel more secure with cash in hand than cash on paper. Ricardo Sametband reports from Buenos Aires. [Wired News]
Clever people if they got out in time.
Guardian: Bloody search for DNA to discover bin Laden's fate - American special forces searching the Tora Bora cave complex in eastern Afghanistan are collecting dismembered fingers and human organ tissue.aircraft dropped 'daisycutter' 15,000lb bombs,which are the world's largest conventional weapons, at the entrances to tunnels.
Investigations have shown that the ground around some of the entrances was simply vapourised. Fighters further inside the caves were torn to pieces by colossal pressure waves and incinerated by an onrushing wall of heat.
'In some places,' the source continued, 'there isn't much left to gather up.'
Guardian: Price of power - The ethical - maybe criminal - core of the scandal is that Enron trapped its employees into a 'stock-lock', whereby they were not allowed to sell share options bought by way of savings. When the company collapsed, they lost everything. Meanwhile, Enron's executives - blessed by inside information and foresight - made a killing by scrambling to sell shares before the price collapsed.
Guardian: Greed is the creed, Bush and ENRON - American democracy is increasingly a fraud. Money buys votes, influence and office. Contemporary Washington makes Caligula's Rome look like a vicar's tea party. American politicians' need for business donations on a gigantic scale to win their election campaigns now pollutes the discourse of the country's public life, with business writing public policy and corrupting everything it touches. And the noxious consequences, in terms of ideas and business practice, spill over into Britain.
It is starting to smell nasty. These people should be caught and imprisoned.