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Mohammed / IRAQ THE MODEL:
In the aftermath of the shrine attack...  Today is a day off in Iraq, emergency situation now officially declared with extended curfews 8pm-6am.  —  Sistani has been calling for restraint and calm but it seems that some Shia factions are not listening to him but instead they are listening …
New York Times:
Sectarian Fury Turns Violent in Wake of Iraq Shrine Blast  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 23 - At least 95 people, some of them prominent Sunni Arab clerics, were killed in revenge in Baghdad and the surrounding areas in the chaotic 24 hours following the bombing Wednesday morning …
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
Looking for Signs of Civil War in Iraq  —  Reviewing the leading indicators that Iraq is sliding into a full scale civil war.  —  After the destruction of the dome of the Golden Mosque Samarra, the fashionable meme in the media is to declare Iraq is on the verge of a full civil war - if not already in the midst of one.
Juan / Informed Comment:
Sistani threatens to turn to Militia  —  Sadr Calls for Calm  —  The shoe seems to be on the other foot now, with Muqtada al-Sadr attempting to cool Iraq's Shiites down and Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani threatening to create a paramilitary to protect Shiites.
Washington Post:
Sectarian Violence Surges After Shrine Bombing  —  Curfews Extended; Popular Arab Journalist Kidnapped and Killed  —  BAGHDAD, Feb. 23 — A wave of sectarian strife and recrimination swept Iraq Thursday after Wednesday's bombing of a revered Shiite shrine in the city of Samarra.
Khaleej Times:
Bahraini Shiites answer Sistani call to protest bombing
Discussion: NewsHog
Bush: No need to worry about port security  —  President tries to calm uproar over planned UAE takeover  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush on Thursday defended his administration's decision to allow a company from an Arab country to operate six major U.S. ports, saying, "People don't need to worry about security."
Michelle Malkin:
PORTGATE AND THE RUBBER-STAMPERS  —  After a rather rude (and criminal) disruption, I'm back.  Let's return to the ports, shall we?  —  Lesson One of Portgate: Scream "Islamophobia/xenophobia" often enough, and people will start to back down.  —  Lesson Two of Portgate …
David Stout / New York Times:
At Senate Briefing on Port Deal, Bush Aides Stand Firm  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 — Bush administration officials insisted today, in the face of deep skepticism and resentment from Democratic senators, that the deal to turn over American port operations to a Dubai company was closely studied beforehand …
Heritage Foundation:
Security and the Sale of Port Facilities: Facts and Recommendations  —  The sale of facilities at six U.S ports by a British-based company to Dubai World Ports, a government-owned company in the United Arab Emirates, has raised concerns among many in the homeland security community.
Discussion: QandO and California Conservative
Washington Post:
A Failure of the Press  —  There was a time when the press was the strongest guardian of free expression in this democracy.  Stories and celebrations of intrepid and courageous reporters are many within the press corps.  Cases such as New York Times v. Sullivan in the 1960s were litigated …
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Bush followers masquerade …
Discussion: The Impolitic and AMERICAN FUTURE
Kevin Sites / Reuters:
Malaysia slaps newspaper in twist to cartoon row
Evelyn Nieves / Washington Post:
S.D. Abortion Bill Takes Aim at 'Roe'  —  Senate Ban Does Not Except Rape, Incest  —  South Dakota lawmakers yesterday approved the nation's most far-reaching ban on abortion, setting the stage for new legal challenges that its supporters say they hope lead to an overturning of Roe v. Wade .
Randy Dotinga / Yahoo! News:
Moms' Genetics Might Help Produce Gay Sons  —  TUESDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) — New research adds a twist to the debate on the origins of sexual orientation, suggesting that the genetics of mothers of multiple gay sons act differently than those of other women.
Ron Strom / WorldNetDaily:
Student under fire for yelling: 'Remember Chappaquiddick!'  —  Self-described liberal hollers phrase as Kennedy begins on-campus speech  —  A community college student in Massachusetts faces possible disciplinary action for shouting "Remember Chappaquiddick!" during an on-campus speech by Democrat Sen. Edward Kennedy yesterday.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Iowa Voice
Michael J. Totten:
The Beginning of the Universe  —  LALISH, IRAQ - In Northern Iraq there is a place called Lalish where the Yezidis say the universe was born.  I drove south from Dohok on snowy roads through an empty land, seemingly to the ends of the earth, and found it nestled among cold hills.
New Scientist:
Quantum computer works best switched off  — From New Scientist Print Edition  —  Even for the crazy world of quantum mechanics, this one is twisted.  A quantum computer program has produced an answer without actually running.  —  The idea behind the feat, first proposed in 1998 …
Kevin Sites / Reuters:
German court convicts man for insulting Islam  —  DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - A German court on Thursday convicted a businessman of insulting Islam by printing the word "Koran" on toilet paper and offering it to mosques.  —  The 61-year-old man, identified only as Manfred van H. …

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