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I thought it would be fun to take another look at the headlines. Last time I think I did the New York Times, today, we'll use the BBC. Here we go!
* Emergency declared in Peru town *
Peru declares a state of emergency in an Andean region where army reservists have seized a police station.
~~Well, isn't that nice. Trouble in Latin America. Again.
* Protests in Argentina over blaze *
Relatives of some of the 177 people killed in a nightclub fire in Buenos Aires hold protests outside a morgue.
~~See comment above.
* New Year 'massacre' in Colombia *
Suspected left-wing rebels in Colombia kill 17 people, including children, at a New Year's Eve party, police say.
~~I'm sure the countless U.S. empowered military dictators who've trampled over the faceless masses in Latin America have nothing whatsoever to do with the tremendous violence that still plagues these countries. Right?
* Car bomb attack kills 19 Iraqis *
At least 19 Iraqis - 18 of them National Guardsmen - are killed in a car bomb explosion, the US military says.
~~Someone said something interesting to me last week. We were talking about natural disaster aid v. man-made disaster aid (i.e. tsunami relief v. relief for the genocide in the Darfur region in the Sudan) and he said, "And what about the genocide of Iraqis? They seem to be pretty expendable" "Huh," I said. "Good point." The person who said this to me was my boss, a lifelong Republican who recently voted for Kerry.
* Israelis launch new raid in Gaza *
Israeli forces launch a new incursion in northern Gaza as militants fire more rockets over the border.
~~This is just great. Neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians will ever win this war. At best they'll blow each other up. At worst, this conflict will last another thousand years. And I for one am a trifle frustrated with the U.S. position of carte blanche support of Israel. They have both committed untold atrocities and as long as this support continues the U.S. will continue to gain Muslim enemies.
And there you have it. The world is one big steaming pile of shite. Happy Freaking New Year.