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- -01-24-06 PM Becomes New Emir of Kuwait (MSNBC News)
"The Cabinet moved swiftly Tuesday night to fill Kuwait’s leadership void by naming the prime minister to take over as emir, just hours after the ailing ruler was ousted by parliament." 01-06
- 01-15-07 Kuwaiti Royal Sentenced to Death (MSNBC News)
"A court has convicted a member of Kuwait’s ruling family for drug trafficking and it condemned him to death, according to a ruling obtained Monday."
"It is believed to be the first time that a member of a ruling family in one of the Persian Gulf Arab states has received the death sentence for a drug offense." 01-07
- Kuwait (About.com - Rosenberg)
Provides sources of maps, statistics, the flag, government and military information, and information on the economy, as well as history and travel. 2-01
- Kuwait (U.S. State Department)
Provides a history of each country, including culture, government, economy, and more. 1-02
- Kuwait (Library of Congress)
Provides a history of the country, including culture, government, economy, and more. Also includes geographic information. 1-02
- Rulers by Country - J-O (Schulz)
Provides a list of leaders by country and date. Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kasakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea (Democratic People´s Republic), Korea (Republic), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maledives, Mali, Malta, Marshal Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, and Oman. leaders, rulers, Presidents, and Prime Ministers 9-00
- Maps of the Middle East Maps (University of Texas)
Provides maps of Israel, Jordan, the West Bank, Gaza, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, Jerusalem, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, Egypt, Jericho, Persian Gulf, Strait of Tiran, Palestinian Refugee Camps, Strait of Hormuz, Kurdish Lands, and more. 10-00
- Desalination to Combat Water Shortages (Capital Times)
"California's epic quest for water, made more pressing by a Western drought and a cutback in the Colorado River supply, is turning toward what many see as an obvious source: the Pacific Ocean."
"For the most part, desalination has long been prohibitively expensive as a source of drinking water in California. But rising demand, dwindling supply, and new technology that makes it cheaper to take the salt out of sea water are changing the economics of desalination."
"The basic process of desalination is not new. Salt water is pumped through filters under high pressure, squeezing out minerals. Israel and Kuwait have relied on desalination for decades, as have military vessels and cruise ships." 03-06
- Fueling War - Oil and Iraq (CBS News)
"It was not solely about oil, said the first President Bush, when America led the fight to drive Iraq from Kuwait more than a decade ago."
"And today, as Iraqis wonder when Baghdad may be bombed again, the current Bush administration says it’s not about oil at all – this time." “It’s about oil a lot more than people in the government are saying. I think if you had tulips in Iraq, we wouldn’t have several hundred thousand troops getting ready to invade,” says veteran journalist Sandy Tolan."
"Tolan teaches about the politics of oil at the University of California at Berkeley. " 2-03
- 01-23-04 Halliburton Agrees: Corruption Charges Valid (CBS News)
"Halliburton has fired employees who allegedly took kickbacks from a Kuwaiti subcontractor helping to supply U.S. troops in Iraq, the company said." 1-04
- Woodward Shares War Secrets (CBS News)
"Journalist Bob Woodward calls his new book, 'Plan of Attack,' the first detailed, behind-the-scenes account of how and why the president decided to wage war in Iraq."
"It’s an insider’s account written after Woodward spoke with 75 of the key decision makers, including President Bush himself."
”Rumsfeld and Franks work out a deal essentially where Franks can spend any money he needs. And so he starts building runways and pipelines and doing all the preparations in Kuwait, specifically to make war possible,” says Woodward."
“Gets to a point where in July, the end of July 2002, they need $700 million, a large amount of money for all these tasks. And the president approves it. But Congress doesn't know and it is done. They get the money from a supplemental appropriation for the Afghan War, which Congress has approved. …Some people are gonna look at a document called the Constitution which says that no money will be drawn from the Treasury unless appropriated by Congress. Congress was totally in the dark on this."
” 'A year before the war started, three things are going on. Franks is secretly developing this war plan that he's briefing the president in detail on,' says Woodward. 'Franks simultaneously is publicly denying that he's ever been asked to do any plan.' ”
Woodward says that [Saudi Prince] Bandar understood that economic conditions were key before a presidential election: 'They’re [oil prices] high. And they could go down very quickly. That's the Saudi pledge. Certainly over the summer, or as we get closer to the election, they could increase production several million barrels a day and the price would drop significantly.' ” 4-04
- 09-07-04 Improper Fees Found in Halliburton Work in Iraq (CBS News)
"Halliburton Co.'s multibillion dollar contract for work to support U.S. troops in Iraq will be put back up for bids, according to a published report."
"The value of the contract, to feed and house U.S. troops in Iraq, is valued at up to $13 billion."
"A published report on the findings of Pentagon auditors said last month that Halliburton did not adequately account for more than $1.8 billion it billed the government for work in Iraq and Kuwait."
"The $1.8 billion amounts to 40 percent of the $4.18 billion KBR has already billed the Pentagon for its work feeding and housing military troops."
"Documents obtained by CBS News show an auditor repeatedly flagged improper fees for soldiers' laundry. At one site, taxpayers reportedly paid $100 for each 15-pound load of wash - $1 million a month in overcharges." 9-04
- -05-21-05 Iraq and Iran Blame Saddam for 1980 and 1990 Wars (CNN News)
"Iraq and Iran have issued a joint statement blaming Saddam Hussein and his henchmen for being the aggressors in the 1980-88 war between the two countries and Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait." 5-05
- 12-30-06 Reactions to Saddam Hussein's Execution (Bloomberg News)
"Iran and Kuwait, both attacked by Saddam Hussein, welcomed his execution today, while Libya mourned his death, and the Arab leaders of Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia remained mum on the hanging of a former colleague." 12-06
- -05-01-07 Discussion of George Tenet's Book on Invading Iraq (PBS News)
David Boren, former Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee: "And it reminds me of just the opposite sort of situation we faced during the first Gulf War, when I went down to the White House to talk to the first President Bush. And I remember saying, 'Why don't we go on in? We pushed Saddam out of Kuwait. Why don't we go into Iraq right now?' "
"He said three things: First, Senator, what's your exit strategy? Second, he said, Let's think about the Kurds, the Shias, the Sunnis. Let's think about the civil war that might take place. Let's worry about upsetting the balance of power in the Middle East and strengthening countries like Iran versus other friends and allies of ours in the region."
"And, you know, that was the kind of thoughtful discussion that took place then. And what really comes across in this book [by the former Director of the CIA] is the absence of that kind of thoughtful discussion this time around."
Larry Johnson, former CIA analyst: "He [George Tenet] was an excellent Senate staffer to Senator Boren. He did an excellent job on the Senate Intelligence Committee. But as a director of Central Intelligence, responsible for being the Dutch uncle to tell presidents and vice presidents uncomfortable truths, on that he failed, failed miserably, and American soldiers have paid a bloody price because of it." 05-07
- Couple's Love Story, Tested by War (CNN News)
"What could be more adventurous than joining the Army and seeing the world? That's how they met and married. And in March 2003, the couple found themselves sitting together in a tent in the Kuwaiti desert just hours before the invasion of Iraq." 12-11
- -The Myth of a "Surgical Strike" Against Iran's Nuclear Program (Time.com)
"At a 20% release, the IDLH plume will travel 9 miles covering 41 square miles and could expose some of the 352,000 residents, mainly in districts 13, 4, and 6, as well as residents in the region north of district 4. If we assume a conservative casualty rate of 5 to 20% among these populations, we can expect casualties in the range of 12,000-70,000 people."
"The environmental degradation due to the spread of airborne uranium compounds, and their entry into water, soil and the food chain, would likely introduce long-term, chronic health risks, including spikes in cancer rates and birth defects."
"Not only that: an attack on Iran’s nuclear sites could prove contagious. “An attack on the Bushehr nuclear power plant would pose a grave environmental and economic threat to civilians in Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Saudi Arabia,” the report said. “It would not only devastate the important business centers and fishing communities of the Persian Gulf, but also contaminate desalination plants, port facilities and oil fields.” 10-12
- Qur'an in Arabic (IslamicCity.com)
Provides the text of the Holy Qur'an in Arabic. Requires setting the browser to accept Arabic fonts in order to use. In Internet Explorer 5.0 right click on the IE icon and select Properties. Then Select Languages and pick Arabic. 6-02
- -Arabic Translation of the Web - English Instructions (AlMisbar.com)
Provides online translations of the Web. To view the Web through the Awesome Library, put the URL of the Awesome Library (http://www.awesomelibrary.org/) in the URL box, select Translate, and you will be started. You will need to have Arabic fonts loaded in your browser in order to see the Arabic. You may, of course, start with a Web page other than the Awesome Library. 7-02
- Awesome Library in Arabic (AlMisbar.com)
Provides the Awesome Library in Arabic. 7-02
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