An oil slick has been released onto the Medditaranean Sea when Israel bombed of a power station on teh lebanese coast. It now covers 120km (75 miles) of the region's coasts. Experts warn the spill could pose a cancer risk to people living in the affected areas, and will take up to 10 years to remove.
Summary: August 8, 2006—Steven’s Rewrite of Telecommunications Franchising Rules Temporarily Stalled. Legislation impacting Community Access TV, the Internet, and public access to media services slows in Washington despite best efforts of phone companies and their politician allies.
Lebanon is not business as usual. This is not just about Israel repressing its neighbors by expanding its boarders—this is not 1982. For that matter, nor is this Vietnam, or the countless other ‘skirmishes’ the U.S. has been involved in over the last century. The ante has been raised.
Starting with Afghanistan, the current war in Lebanon can be counted as the third aggressively-waged war led by the United States— since Israel can not act unilaterally over such a large issue, and American diplomacy has shown the world who is actually pulling the strings.
by By Bill Van Auken, Socialist Equality Party candidate for US Senate from New York
08 Aug 2006
US President George W. Bush on Monday declared his full support for a US-French United Nations resolution that dictates Israel’s terms to the Lebanese people while allowing the Israeli military to indefinitely continue its occupation and devastation of Lebanon.