Report about Osama's Son Viewed as Not Credible by Analysts

Two bombs exploded within minutes of one another Aug. 4 in the southern Turkish city of Adana, injuring 13 people. Although the fighting in Lebanon has prompted concerns that Hezbollah will attack Jews or Israeli diplomatic targets in other countries, these bombings likely have no Hezbollah connection. Instead the attack likely was the work of Kurdish militants who are escalating their campaign against the Turkish government. (Stratfor)


New Asia Outbreaks Fan Fears Bird Flu Spreading

New outbreaks of bird flu in Thailand and Laos are fanning fears the disease is flaring up again in Asia, although concerns the virus was mutating in Indonesia have subsided. (Reuters)


Billions of Dollars in Donations Post-Katrina, Yet Very Little Relief A year ago, Americans donated over $4 billion for Katrina relief. But a new report from a charity watchdog group warns that much of the money was used ineffectively, if at all. (ABC News)


Tigers Bait Sri Lankan Government

With both the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) pushing into territory under the other's control, the conflict in Sri Lanka has taken a giant leap toward the resumption of civil war. (Asia Times)


Havana Security Keeps U.S. In the Dark

At a time when Fidel Castro is ill and his brother-successor is mysteriously missing from public view, the Bush administration is admitting that it's in the dark on what's really going on in the island 90 miles from Key West. (Miami Herald)

Analysis: Cuba's Transition

By Alvaro Vargas Llosa

Whether Fidel Castro's condition is terminal or not, Cuba's transition has begun. Nobody at this stage knows what kind of transition it will be or how long it will take, but the symbolism of Fidel Castro handing over power to his brother is sufficient to tell us that half a century of one-man rule on the island is over. (Washington Post)


Serbia Intelligence Friends Protect Mladic

Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic has not been arrested because he has friends in Serbian intelligence services, a media report said. (UPI)


Ominous Signs of the War's Potential Regional Consequences

Events as momentous as the current war between Israel and Hizbullah, and Israel's assault on all of Lebanon, have a tendency to impact on the entire region, where the political repercussions are likely to be serious. (Daily Star)

China and Darfur

A strong United Nations force is needed to halt the genocide in Sudan's Darfur region. If it is not sent soon, it may be too late for many thousands of potential victims. The immediate cause of the delay is the refusal by Sudan's president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, to agree to a U.N. force, which he preposterously claims would attempt to recolonize his African nation. He is able to get away with this largely because China, a permanent member of the Security Council, continues to protect him with the threat of using its veto. (New York Times)

What the TV Networks Say

By John Plunkett

TV news teams face a tricky balancing act in covering the Lebanon crisis, with cries of pro-Israeli bias sitting side by side accusations that broadcasters are flying the flag for Hizbullah. But what are the networks actually saying? (The Guardian)

We Can't Let the Khmer Rouge Escape

By Alex Hinton

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