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Thursday linkage

By

Sam Roggeveen

@SamRoggeveen

18 June 2009 14:37

  • You've heard of 'carrier battle groups', the US Navy's primary means of moving death and destruction around the globe. Now it's discussing 'Humanitarian Service Groups'.
  • Re. yesterday's Linkage, Twitter says¬†the US State Department's intervention was not decisive in the company's decision to defer maintenance.
  • The Iranian media's Photoshop trickery. (Thanks to Eddo for the link.)
  • India's water woes.
  • Arms Control Wonk looks at the practicalities of intercepting suspected North Korean WMD shipments. (Parts one, two and three.)
  • The Australian media demands our troops in Afghanistan have the best food and conditions. But when German troops demand the same, it's fine to run articles¬†about how 'soft' they are.
  • As Ronald Reagan knew to his benefit and Richard Nixon to his detriment, it is no minor political asset to be able to convey a sense of physical grace and self-command. Or, to put it another way, Obama swats a fly: