Tuesday, March 04, 2008

In the News: Mar-04

OPEC set to snub Bush plea for higher output - 4 Mar 2008 at 1:34pm - VIENNA (AFP) - OPEC on Tuesday looked set to ignore US President George W. Bush's demand that the cartel increase oil output at its meeting here, with hardline members even calling for a cut in production.
Heckuvajob, Mr. "I-have-influence-with-the-oil-industry".

Top Commander: Iraq Assessment Needed - 4 Mar 2008 at 10:59am - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top U.S. military commander in the Middle East said Tuesday that officials will probably need some time this summer to reassess the situation in Iraq before drawing down more troops.
Is that because things are going so well? Or because they're going so badly? Or is it just always going to require more time?

Odierno: Iran supporting Iraq militias - 4 Mar 2008 at 10:29am - WASHINGTON -- The former No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq says Iran is still training, funding and providing weapons to insurgents there.
Does he also discuss to whom the U.S. is providing training, funding, and weapons?

Bank of Canada opts for aggressive interest rate cut - 4 Mar 2008 at 9:50am - The Bank of Canada on Tuesday chopped its key overnight lending rate by half a percentage point to 3.5 per cent to prevent U.S. economic weakness from spilling over into Canada.

Critics: New screening methods target Muslims - 4 Mar 2008 at 7:52am - WASHINGTON — In the six and a half years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, federal law-enforcement agencies have secretly established profiling techniques to screen immigrants based on their nationalities, protocols that critics charge encourage the unjustified targeting of Muslims.

Thought for the day:
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. -Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)


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