September 19, 1999 | The Observer [London] by Ed Vulliamy in New York and Antony Barnett Indonesian military forces linked to the carnage in East Timor were trained in the United States under a covert programme sponsored by the Clinton Administration which continued until last year. The Observer can also disclose that the Government has spent about ?1 million in training more than 50 members of the Indonesian military in Britain since it came to power. Human rights campaigners claim a number of these are likely to have links with those complicit in the attrocities. The US programme, codenamed ‘Iron […]
September 14, 2004 | Associated Press by Ben Feller Washington — The United States is falling behind other countries in having a high-school-educated public, with the gap widening the most among young adults, a new comparison of industrialized nations shows. A total of 87 percent of U.S. adults age 25 to 34 have finished high school, which puts the country 10th behind such nations as Korea, Norway, the Czech Republic and Japan.
Speeches ignore impending U.S. debt disaster: No mention of fiscal gap estimated as high as $72 trillion September 12, 2004 | San Francisco Chronicle by Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau Washington — The first of the 77 million-strong Baby Boom generation will begin to retire in just four years. The economic consequences of this fact — as scary as they are foreseeable — are all but ignored by President Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry, who discuss just about everything but the biggest fiscal challenge of modern times. Yet whoever wins the 2004 race will become the first U.S. president […]
September 14, 2004 | FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) In the past week, a handful of stories have cast doubt on whether George W. Bush fulfilled his National Guard obligations 30 years ago. Reports by the Associated Press (9/7/04), Boston Globe (9/8/04) and U.S. News & World Report (9/20/04) have all raised new questions about Bush’s military service. Though each of these stories has been accompanied by significant official documentation, developments in the investigations by AP, U.S. News and the Boston Globe have been largely sidetracked by the fixation on questions about the authenticity of documents aired on CBS […]