Morning Brief, Wednesday, July 18
Americas Pool/Getty Images The consensus of U.S. intelligence agencies, as expressed in the unclassified summary of a carefully worded National Intelligence Estimate (pdf) released Tuesday, is that the threat of terrorism against the U.S. homeland is growing and al Qaeda is using Iraq as a recruiting tool. The NIE singles out Pakistan for not doing ...
The consensus of U.S. intelligence agencies, as expressed in the unclassified summary of a carefully worded National Intelligence Estimate (pdf) released Tuesday, is that the threat of terrorism against the U.S. homeland is growing and al Qaeda is using Iraq as a recruiting tool. The NIE singles out Pakistan for not doing enough to crack down on the terrorist organization. But as FP contributor Daniel Byman observes to the New York Times, the NIE might as well have been called “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” after the alarming but ultimately unhelpful August 6, 2001 presidential brief.
The Washington Post has more details about the energy executives who met with U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney’s famously secretive energy task force.
Nearly 200 people have likely died in a fiery plane crash in Brazil.
Libya’s High Judicial Council commuted the death sentences of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, but their ordeal is not yet over.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will call for new elections soon.
Meanwhile, the violence continues in Iraq.
Ségolène Royal’s campaign spokesman is defecting to team Sarkozy, one of several top Socialists to join the French president’s camp. And France escalated its showdown with the European Central Bank over interest rates.
A British parliamentary commission is recommending the suspension of George Galloway, a prominent opponent of the Iraq War who may well have taken oil-for-food payments under the table.
Liberal Turks will likely vote for religious politicians in large numbers during Sunday’s parliamentary elections.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says there is no need to declare a state of emergency in response to a recent spate of terrorist bombings.
India’s first female president won’t be welcomed with open arms.
China’s air pollution will cause some 20 million people to develop respiratory diseases each year, the OECD estimates.
This huge, underground lake just might save Darfur.
Do we need a space colony on Mars?
- Nelson Mandela turns 89, and he’s celebrating by launching a group of geriatric world leaders bankrolled by Richard Branson.
- Russia is hosting four nations for military exercises near the Kazakhstan border.
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