Top GOP Staffer Forced Out for Role in Page Scandal

A five minute video including a statement by an alleged "field commanders" of "Qaedat al Jihad Organization – Palestine State" was posted on jihadi websites today. In the video, a masked man identified as Abu Hafs criticized and threatened Palestinian officials for their alleged corruption. The video included pictures of a senior Palestinian intelligence official who was killed in Gaza last month and financial statements that purport to prove his corruption. A claim of responsibility had been issued in the name of the same group following the assassination. It's unclear if the group is truly affiliated with al Qaeda or if it's only using the name to attract more attention. (ABC News)


Dengue Fever Overwhelms New Delhi Hospitals

The Indian government called an emergency meeting of health officials today Tuesday to try to control an outbreak of dengue fever that has infected about 500 people in northern India, overwhelming Delhi's hospitals and exposing serious flaws in the public health system. (NY Times)

India To Share Bombings Evidence

Indian PM Manmohan Singh has said India will share evidence with Pakistan about what he describes as its involvement in the July bombings in Mumbai (Bombay). (BBC)


Ex-Guantanamo Inmate Says German Soldiers Abused Him

A Turk with German residency who spent years in the Guantanamo Bay prison camp said in a magazine interview that German soldiers abused him in Afghanistan shortly after Pakistan handed him to U.S. authorities in 2001. (Reuters)


Experts Press Chinese Leader to Halt Attacks on Dissenters

A group of foreign academics, lawyers and human rights activists sent a open letter to President Hu Jintao on Tuesday urging him to "reverse a worsening crackdown on voices of dissent" in China. (NY Times)


Woulda. Coulda. Shoulda?

The more the House Republican leaders try to defend themselves on the Congressional page scandal, the worse it looks. They still do not seem to appreciate how serious this is, especially for a party that poses as the arbiter of morality. And they appear to be trying harder to deflect blame from themselves than to get to the bottom of what actually happened. The F.B.I. has begun investigating, but that will be a prolonged process, and the voters have to render a verdict in five weeks. There is evidence emerging that they should consider. (NY Times)

Dumping Denny Won't Do It

By Harold Meyerson

It is a mark of the sheer panic sweeping the ranks of Republican congressmen that one of their most levelheaded members, Ray LaHood of Illinois, has suggested that Congress abolish its page program altogether in the wake of the Mark Foley scandal. (Washington Post)

Reach Out To the Red Zone

By David Ignatius

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in the Middle East this week, trying to bolster America's allies to confront an enemies list that includes Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas and the all-party anarchy in Iraq. My worry is that Rice is becoming a traveling version of Baghdad's Green Zone, talking about hopeful strategies that are disconnected from events on the ground. (Washington Post)

Twenty-one Reasons Iraq Is Not Working

By Tom Engelhardt

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