Good article on the current consideration of conspiracy theories in light of U.S and British foreign policies.
I've been checking Juan Coles blog a professor of Middle East history who speaks Urdu, Arabic and other middle east languages. He has some very informed commentary, particularly his monitoring of Arabic news sources.
I support astronomical exploration but it is very clear that the idea of sending humans back into space as proposed by Bush yesterday is fundamentally flawed.
It turns out the Bush administration has been in talks with Halliburton, Shell, and Baker Hughes among others about the provision of space exploration. There is considerable argument that the real purpose is to obtain minerals from Moon and further colonies. In particular Helium 3 is said to be a particular goal, with the demand likened to the 1840s gold rush.
This is the letter I sent to Dick Gephardt, I sent similar letters to the other candidates regarding the detention of the Guantanamo Bay detainees:
I checked Dick Gephardts statements for his position on the 598+ detainees at Guantanamo Bay and their continuing detention without charge, trial or access by lawyers, family (including letters) or any aid organisations other than the ICRC (who have been critical of the Bush government).