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April 29, 2007

Uneasy Alliance Is Taming One Insurgent Bastion

The NYT is reporting that in Iraq: Many Sunni tribal leaders, once openly hostile to the American presence, have formed a united front with American and Iraqi government forces against Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. With the tribal leaders’ encouragement, thousands of local residents have joined the police force. About 10,000 police officers are now in Anbar, up from several thousand a year ago. During the same period, the police force here in Ramadi, the provincial capital, has grown from fewer than 200 to about 4,500. The story uses sources from the military on the ground. An analyst a colonel and a private all express the uneasy movement towards stability, with former enemies joining the ranks of police. Other sheiks and leaders of tribes from Anbar also express there new willingness to work with Americans as they view the help of the military now essential to their own survival.

Rebuilt Iraq Projects Found Crumbling

The NYT is reporting that : in Iraq, inspectors for a federal oversight agency have found that in a sampling of eight projects that the United States had declared successes, seven were no longer operating as designed because of plumbing and electrical failures, lack of proper maintenance, apparent looting and expensive equipment that lay idle. The story rotates primarily around one inspector general and his representation of his respective oversight agency. Through this inspector various examples of crumbling funded infrastucture is given in detail. While the author mentions an opposing viewpoint, that these several 100$ million projects are small failures when compared to the $30 billion spent, the author maintains the view that this is another part of the government's failure.

April 22, 2007

3 Suspects Talk After Iraqi Soldiers Do Dirty Work

The NYT's report that the Iraqi police and army are very successful when it comes to getting information from captured insurgents. The problem is, the use of beatings and torture are their main weapons. The piece gives away to narrative coming from one of the lead sergeants in the American military who gets information from these Iraqi police. The US must be quick to denounce the methods but are high in their praise over the information gathered. A conundrum. The article has very good quotes from the US military officers and the narration style really helps present the seeming paradox of the situation.

April 15, 2007

Eye on Iran, Rivals Pursuing Nuclear Power

This piece in the NYT is about a possible nuclear arms race in the middle east. The reporter's sources are primarily anonymous "private analysts" and government officials. The piece is very alluring with a picture of Russia's president, Vladimir Putin alongside King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. The analysts think that the regional powers are clandestinely pursuing nuclear power to get to nuclear weapons in order to offset the balance with Iran's own nuclear ambition. The piece is very informative.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/15/world/middleeast/15sunnis.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

April 1, 2007

Diversity: The changing face of baseball

According to Major League Baseball, 27.4 percent of the players on last year's Opening Day rosters were from foreign countries, and 45.1 percent of the minor league players were from outside the United States as well. "The globalization of this sport is just awesome," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a telephone interview. "You won't recognize baseball in the next decade, as we go international."
Major League Baseball already has held regular-season games in Japan, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The Red Sox have yet to play in Japan, but owner John Henry has said he would like to do it for the 2009 opener. http://www.startribune.com/509/story/1088284.html

March 24, 2007

Numbers: Poor Nations To Bear Brunt as World Warms

Despite longstanding treaty commitments to help poor countries deal with warming, industrial powers are spending just tens of millions of dollars on ways to limit climate and coastal hazards in the world’s most vulnerable region. Most of them close to the equator and overwhelmingly poor. A new report is due out on this subject by a UN agency called the Intergovernmental panel on climate change. The reporter has some of these reports: In contrast, Africa accounts for less than 3 percent of the global emissions of carbon dioxide from fuel burning since 1900, yet its 840 million people face some of the biggest risks from drought and disrupted water supplies, according to new scientific assessments. The numbers are straightforward and help emphasize the plight focus of the article. : http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/19/science/earth/01climate.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

March 4, 2007

Ambush in Afghanistan leaves 16 dead

CNN is reporting a coalition military convoy in Afghanistan was attacked with bomb and gunfire
leaving 16 civilians killed and 25 injured in the aftermath of the attack. It is unclear whether the civilians were killed by attackers, or U.S. gunfire sources say. http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/03/04/afghan.violence/index.html At the NYT, it is reported that the Taliban is responsible and that the attack was "complex" involving car-bomb and militant fire attack. http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-afghan-violence-usa.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin The reporting is very similar with a dateline follwed by a recap followed by eyewitness accounts, tallies, and official responses from levels in the US and Afghan government. The end of the pieces recap the suspected "spring offensive" and point to this attack as of what's to come.

February 18, 2007

2 Baghdad Car Bombs Kill 56, Injure Scores

This piece begins as a hard news piece, giving the time, location and number of victims right away and then extends to an analysis of the new security push and other operations in and around Iraq. This attack is the first major one since the new security push began. Some of the ambulance drivers and medics spoke on the condition of anonymity as they were not allowed to speak with the media, according to http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Iraq.html?_r=1&oref=slogin. The BBC had more words from the victims, some even critisizing the new security push http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6373213.stm.

February 10, 2007

U.S. allies mistakenly attacked

This was an AP story with contributions from the NYT and the LAT. It briegly summarizes an accidental attack led by U.S. gunships on friendly Kurdish militiamen, killing at least five. The lede gives the who US gunships, Kurdish militiamen, the place, Mosul the date, friday and also reported that three US soldiers were killed in combat elsewhere. The next graf gives more particular info: the branch of the Kurdish Army and their political ties. The next graf gives the US command's statement: accident and apology along with their story of the incident and the cause of confusion. Next graf gives the statement of Kurdish officials. the story then goes into a broader coverage of the war with updates on new soldiers killed in combat. Bullet points of other newsbits in and around of Iraq finish of the piece. You can just analyze the structure with the lede giving the main info, the meat of the story. then it quickly turns to particulars giving that meat some potatoes and green beans of who exactly's, when exactly's. Afterward we get news from around Iraq. In short, like material was successfully kept together. Nothing about the timberwolves at all. Since the NYT contributed to the report, they had their own with only slightly perceptible differences: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/10/world/middleeast/10iraq.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

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