“I just got this down from upstairs”—meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office—“today.” And he said, “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” I said, “Is it classified?” He said, “Yes, sir.”
Fear of Islamic law scares off pirates
Colin Freeman in Mogadishu and Justin Stares in Brussels October 17, 2006SOMALIA'S new Islamic rulers have rid the country of the pirates who terrorised cruise ships and freighters off its shores.Ever since the east African nation's collapse into lawlessness 15 years ago, its 4000-kilometre coast has provided a haven for armed buccaneers who use high-speed launches to rob passing craft.But since Somalia's new Islamic Courts Union seized control of Mogadishu and much of the south of the country in June, piracy has been virtually wiped out under threat of tough sharia punishments.
Maersk Line, Limited is based in Norfolk, Virginia, and is one of the Department of Defense's primary shipping contractors. It has been a reliable partner for the government in peacetime and war for almost 30 years. It manages a fleet of nearly 50 ships in commercial and government service, including vessels requiring Top Secret security clearances.Besides Africa's oil and natural gas, does Israel also have an interest in that continent's water?
Israel is suffering its greatest drought of the past decade and will have to stop pumping from one of its main drinking water sources by the end of the summer, according to a top official . "The situation is very, very bad," Water Authority spokesman Uri Schor said in March of 2008.By the year 2020, Israel's population is expected to grow by about a third, to 8.5 million. This will cause huge increases in demand for agricultural produce and products, but urban use of land and water will also increase enormously. Part of the higher demand - notably for field crops (such as cereals, oilseeds and sugar) and for milk products, fish and beef - will have to be met by increased imports.