The headline was over-the-top, but titling this “updates” was too boring. Here are articles about subects discussed in past posts on the FM website.
(A) About The Fate of Israel, 28 July 2007 — Israel is doomed. Reports about this slide to extinction slowly pour in.
- “The Changing Face of Israel“, Richard Cincotta and Eric Kaufmann, Foreign Policy, June 2009 — “As minority groups swell in numbers, the country’s political makeup is destined for a shift, too.”
(B) About the Ug99 wheat rust fungus, first discussed on the FM website in Important news about the global food crisis!, 1 April 2009. Potentially bad news for people who like to eat:
- “A ‘time bomb’ for world wheat crop“, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2009 — “The Ug99 fungus, called stem rust, could wipe out more than 80% of the world’s wheat crops as it spreads from Africa, scientists fear. The race is on to breed resistant plants before it reaches the U.S.”
- “The race against Ug99“, AgWeek, 20 July 2009
- “Invading wheat fungus could boost Afghan drugs trade“, New Scientist, 3 August 2009
- “Wheat plague threatens Afghans with starvation“, New Scientist, 5 August 2009
(c) Articles about torture (file under “I fear Hitler was just early”):
- “What Torture Never Told Us“, Ali H. Soufan (FBI special agent 1997 – 2005), op-ed in the New York Times, 6 September 2009
- Comments about Soufan’s article and torture in general, Patrick Lang (Colonel, Special Forces, retired), posted at his Sic Semper Tyrannis, 6 September 2009
Posts on the FM website about torture:
- Something every American should read, 25 March 2009
- We close our eyes to torture by our government. The Brits are stronger., 9 April 2009
- So many Americans approve of torture; what does this tell us about America?, 30 April 2009
A note from the past by President Lincoln
General Orders 100 — Instructions for the Government of Armies of the United States in the Field, prepared by Francis Lieber (Columbia U), signed by President Lincoln on 24 April 1863. AKA “the Lieber Code.” Artice 16:
Military necessity does not admit of cruelty – that is, the infliction of suffering for the sake of suffering or for revenge, nor of maiming or wounding except in fight, nor of torture to extort confessions. It does not admit of the use of poison in any way, nor of the wanton devastation of a district. It admits of deception, but disclaims acts of perfidy; and, in general, military necessity does not include any act of hostility which makes the return to peace unnecessarily difficult.
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