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A RAGTAG INSURGENCY GAINS AN AL QAEDA LIFELINE

Looks like the New York Times is running a series of articles. This is on the Algerians and their resurgence since setting up links with al Qaeda in Iraq. Potentially a bridge to Europe, providing training camps and recruits both to iraq and from Europe as well as Algeria. Estimates of numbers given. Again, warnings not to exaggerate the threat, but warnings equally given as to what could build from the present situation, which is not quite at a tipping-point.

AMID POLICY DISPUTES AL QAEDA GROWS IN PAKISTAN

Major New York Times piece on the state of play. Al Qaeda has now built a new chain of smaller training camps and may have as many as 2,000 local and foreign militants in them. Argues that resources were diverted to Iraq and there were arguments within the administration about the use of Special forces. Pakistani officials were concerned about possibilities of a tribal uprising and thought Americans exaggerating the size of the al Qaeda presence in Waziristan. But towards the end of the piece, a US source is quoted saying again that the size of the problem is being exaggerated. The leadership of al Qaeda may well be in the tribal lands, but it is symbolic rather than in control. You pays your money and you takes your choice.

PAKISTAN ARMY ATTACKS WARLORD’S BASES

Different spin on yesterday’s story. This one claims the attacks were not on the Taliban but on Mandal Bagh’s Lashkar-e-Islam movement. Surprise, surprise!

EU AND US NEAR DEAL ON CONFIDENTIAL DATA SHARING

This story was in some of the Sundays. Here is the EU Observer version. I think it contains the bare facts and a statement about the privacy issue as well as the rights of foreigners to sue in US courts if data is mishandled. Some of the Sunday papers in the UK couldnt decide whether to adopt an anti-EU, an anti-US stance, or both. There are important civil rights issues here, that have implications for data-sharing between EU member states too and a legally enforceable framework is vital.

HMRC GOES CAP IN HAND TO AMERICANS FOR HELP WITH FRAUD

Interesting that this article is one of the most read in the Independent today. Is it because their readers are nationalists? Concerned with human rights? Or just tax evaders? Perhaps we should have a blog competition to decide. There has been a previous post about DARTTS. Cant remember if it was the good system that congressmen were trying to block, or the bad one they were trying to push. Better go check.

NELSON MANDELA AND THE ANC ARE ABOUT TO BE REMOVED FROM THE US TERRORISM BLACKLIST

Another of our occasional pieces in a non-English language. Le Monde appears to be saying that Condi has been trying to get the House of Representatives and Senate to lift the ban on Nelson Mandela and the ANC imposed by the Reagan administration. I suppose this will eventually be mentioned by the Anglo-Saxons somewhere. Bit of a problem if both houses have to pass a law to get you off the list, isnt it? Dubya still has to sign it, though…
Story reached BBC July 2nd: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7484517.stm

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