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Iraq contractor tells of his year of hell in a 'futile, stupid war'

HE can still smell Iraq. He can even taste it.

Iraq tasted like dust, a fine talcum powder which was always on the wind and which eked its way into everything.

The smell was of oil, of garbage which was never collected, and of death. And there is one other smell which lingers. It is the equally repugnant stench of human waste, which was burned for want of a better method of disposal.

Ten years after the start of the Iraq war, David, an Australian security contractor who worked with the US army, cannot remove Iraq from his mind, from his senses, from his very being. He spent just over a year there safeguarding US army convoys and bases. It is a year which has changed his life forever

http://www.news.com.au/world-news/iraq-contractor-tells-my-year-of-hell-in-a-futile-stupid-war/story-fndir2ev-1226603060461#ixzz2OMNPkldf

Twitter, Twupert and spellcheck

Annabel Crabb

Religion is a vexed topic these days. Not only do we no longer in Australia have a vaguely agreed common deity, to whose actual existence we might privately subscribe with varying degrees of conviction, but now there are a bunch of gods and you have to be careful about invoking them carelessly.

It's with this in mind that I cast the widest possible ecclesiastical net when I offer devout joyous thanks, and a sizeable tithe, to whichever heavenly being it was who made Rupert Murdoch go on Twitter.

Of all the published works for which Murdoch is directly or indirectly responsible, his Twitter stream is the most weirdly, awkwardly, cringe-inducingly enjoyable, with the possible exception of Aliens vs Predator: Requiem.

It has everything: drama, pathos, suspense and the sort of high-spirited shenanigans that inevitably ensue when an 81-year-old man tangles with predictive text.

(One tweet in January, reporting ''universal anger with Optus'', caused deep confusion in the Australian telecommunications industry until the mogul revealed he had actually typed POTUS - the President Of The United States - only to have his iPad decide otherwise on his behalf.)

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/twitter-twupert-and-spellcheck-20120331-1w51v.html

Revealed: US plans to charge Assange

Revealed: US plans to charge Assange
Philip Dorling
February 29, 2012

UNITED STATES prosecutors have drawn up secret charges against the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, according to a confidential email obtained from the private US intelligence company Stratfor.

In an internal email to Stratfor analysts on January 26 last year, the vice-president of intelligence, Fred Burton, responded to a media report concerning US investigations targeting WikiLeaks with the comment: ''We have a sealed indictment on Assange.''

He underlined the sensitivity of the information - apparently obtained from a US government source - with warnings to ''Pls protect'' and ''Not for pub''.

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/revealed-us-plans-to-charge-assange-20120228-1u14o.html
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