Saudi Prince Bluntly Tells Bush To Temper Support For Israel, NYTimes
Excerpts: Crown Prince Abdullah of
Saudi Arabia bluntly told President Bush today that the United States must
temper its support for Israel or face serious consequences throughout the Arab
``If Sharon is left to his own devices, he will drag the region over a
cliff,'' said Adel al-Jubeir, the foreign policy adviser to the crown prince,
after the meeting between Abdullah and Mr. Bush. ``That does not serve
America's interests, and it does not serve Saudi Arabia's interests.''
Excerpts: While Israelis rolled their tanks
through Palestinian towns and refugee camps, Arab leaders would have
delegitimized themselves with their people, had they responded to Powell
without seeing an end to Israeli operations. (...)
Arab satellite television stations and other world media carry live
pictures of the horror in Palestinian cities and live phone calls from
Palestinian men and women calling events massacres and atrocities - in the
same way that Israeli media focus on the horrible deaths of innocent
- The US's Mideast Disconnect,
Shibley Telhami; Foreign Policy Studies Program, The Brookings
Institution, The Christian Science Monitor, 02/04/15
Excerpt: The Bush administration has been
waging the global war on terrorism as if terrorism is a movement, an ideology,
a political coalition, with little differentiation from case to case. This has
distorted our moral view of the world and enabled even Slobodan Milosevic to
justify his horrific policies of death and ethnic cleansing.
Terrorism is an instrument, not a movement. It is an immoral means employed
by groups, some of which have just causes, some of which don't.
White House Cut 93% Of Funds Sought To Guard Atomic Arms, NYTimes
Excerpt: The White House cut 93 percent of a
recent request by the secretary of energy for money to improve the security of
nuclear weapons and waste, according to a letter from the secretary.
The money, for guarding nuclear weapons, weapons materials and radioactive
waste under the Energy Department's supervision, was part of a $27.1 billion
emergency spending bill before Congress, the second such measure to be
considered since the Sept. 11 attacks.
"Failure to support these urgent security requirements is a risk that would
be unwise," the letter said.
House Panel Backs Bush Plan For Nevada Nuclear Waste Site, NYTimes
Excerpt: Some critics of the Yucca Mountain
plan contend that transporting the waste by truck or rail would create
security and safety risks before the material even arrived in Nevada.
Representative Ed Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, asserted that moving the
waste over long distances could create "a potential mobile Chernobyl."
Early Statistical Detection Of Anthrax Outbreaks By Tracking Over-The-Counter Medication Sales, PNAS
Excerpt: This paper describes a
statistical framework for monitoring grocery data to detect a large-scale but
localized bioterrorism attack. Our system illustrates the potential of data
sources that may be more timely than traditional medical and public health
data. The system includes several layers, each customized to grocery data and
tuned to finding footprints of an epidemic. We also propose an evaluation
methodology that is suitable in the absence of data on large-scale
bioterrorist attacks and disease outbreaks.