The U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) proposal to place interceptor missiles in Poland and an advanced radar system in the Czech Republic would be technologically able to intercept ICBMs launched from various sites throughout Russia, said Theodore Postol, a professor of science, technology, and national security policy at MIT.
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Opposition leaders in Germany are calling for an end to military involvement (IHT) in Afghanistan. Mounting combat casualties have party leaders in Canada also urging a pullout (TheStar). In the Netherlands, too, lawmakers are mulling a drawdown, frustrated over Dutch forces disproportionate share of combat missions in an increasingly restive (AP) south. Should the three countries withdraw, experts say, it would significantly hinder peacekeeping and redevelopment efforts in the war-ravaged country nearly six years after the ouster of the Taliban leadership
Every day that passes without a settlement to Pakistans political crisis raises concerns about escalating violence and instability. Few countries have as much at stake as the United States, which counts President Pervez Musharraf as a chief ally in its declared war on terror.
WASHINGTONWhile the National Football League (NFL) talks a big game about not tolerating substance abuse among its players, it is simultaneously enabling alcohol abuse among its fans by aggressively advertising beer on TV and in stadiums, where it also sells alcoholic beverages, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).