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Al Qaeda disowns letter

The plot thickens. According to this BBC story, al Qaeda says the letter U.S. intelligence says is from Ayman al-Zawahiri to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is a fake. The claims by US intelligence are “based on imagination”, (says) a statement posted on an Islamist website. “We in al-Qaeda organisation announce that there is no truth to […]

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Britain's MI6 now has its own website

Once upon a time, Britain's MI6 even denied its own existence. Now it has a website where you can learn about the onsite squash courts. Here's the site and here's the NYT story — and here's what it has to say about James Bond: How realistic is the depiction of SIS in the James Bond films? […]

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AOL shifts to free portal

I remember a time when all the geniuses were trumpeting AOL's business model, noting they actually had subscription revenue! Well, AOL is now reinventing itself as a free portal. An excerpt from the NYT story: The new AOL.com,” the ads proclaim. “Now open to everyone.” Several agencies are producing the various aspects of the campaign, […]

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ABC News yapped at for using interns in nuke investigation

A few days ago, I pointed to the ABC News series on loose nukes. Now some universities whose nuclear reactors were the targets of the investigation are whining and crying about this act of perfidy. An excerpt from the AP story on Salon (free with a daypass): ABC News is drawing fire for using college […]

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An al-Jazeera reporter on his interviews with al Qaeda leaders

Democracy Now! talks with Al-Jazeera's London bureau chief Yousri Fouda, author of Masterminds of Terror: The Truth Behind the Most Devastating Attack the World Has Ever Seen. Some excerpts: AMY GOODMAN: You interviewed – and the title of your book is Masterminds of Terror: Truth Behind the Most Devastating Terrorist Attack the World Has Ever […]

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Contempt charge lifted against NYT's Miller

The NYT's Judith Miller has done the testifying thing before the Plamegate grand jury, talking about some recently uncovered notes from an interview with a senior White House official. An excerpt from the NYT story:  “We are thrilled and delighted,” Robert S. Bennett, a lawyer for Ms. Miller, said of Judge Hogan's action, “and Judy […]

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Wall Street Journal to slim down

The Wall Street Journal is making itself 20 per cent narrower to attempt to reduce rising newspaper costs. An excerpt from the NYT story: THE Wall Street Journal, which is reducing its international editions to tabloid size later this month, announced yesterday that it was shrinking the width of its United States edition as part […]

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Doubts about New Orleans' levee system

Flood historian John M. Barry says much of the destruction that befell New Orleans came from human error and not an act of God — and he points the finger at the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers. An excerpt from the NYT commentary: We know that Hurricane Katrina made landfall with enormous power, devastating the Gulf […]

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