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Friday linkage


Sam Roggeveen


21 August 2009 14:26

  • I'm told that at ANU's Burma Update Conference earlier this week, rumours were flying that East Timor plans to be the first country to accord full diplomatic recognition to Burma's 'government in exile', the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma. Those who would dismiss the idea as fanciful may find Jose Ramos-Horta's latest comments on the situation in Burma interesting.
  • Norway trashes UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
  • Passport has links to a blog debate about whether, in the event of a coalition withdrawal, Afghanistan would once again become an al Qaeda safe haven.
  • The NY Times has a scoop on the CIA's use of Blackwater to hunt down al Qaeda members. Clearly there's a stigma attached to the use of mercenaries to do the actual killing in wartime, but as Roger Scruton once asked, what mercenary would have planned the Battle of the Somme or the bombing of Hiroshima?
  • First clear photos of Russia's new ballistic missile submarine. (H/t Russian Navy blog.)
  • The WSJ on India's vast aid program to Afghanistan.
  • The Dutch Army wants more Australian Bushmaster vehicles for Afghanistan operations, because their existing ones have suffered so many attacks.