Wednesday, April 28, 2004

This Friday's edition of Nightline on ABC will feature Ted Koppel reading the names of soldiers killed in the war in Iraq, and photos of each accompanying the reading. "Nightline executive producer Leroy Sievers said: 'We realised that the casualties were on their way to becoming just numbers.'" I'm sure the White House will be thrilled about this, considering their reluctance to face the human costs of this war.

Whomever the U.S. is going to be handing over control of Iraq to at the end of June, is apparently, going to have to give some of their sovereignty back, according to Colin Powell. "'I hope they will understand that in order for this government to get up and running - to be effective - some of its sovereignty will have to be given back, if I can put it that way, or limited by them,' Mr Powell said. 'It's sovereignty but [some] of that sovereignty they are going to allow us to exercise on their behalf and with their permission.'" Massoud Barzani, head of the Iraqi Governing Council, doesn't sound so happy about it. "'If it were me, I wouldn't have allowed it to come to this by making earlier mistakes,' Mr Barzani said. 'I probably wouldn't have made the mistake of letting an army of liberation turn into an army of occupation.'" Glad to see we're succeeding at capturing the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people!

Molly Ivins has a good piece about her experience at Sunday's March for Women's Lives in Washington D.C. Allison Stevens also has a good article about the March. The Center for American Progress has a photo essay about the event. Meanwhile, Karen Hughes fends off criticism of her remarks comparing Sunday's marchers to terrorists. In a related story, Mary Lynn F. Jones talks about the GOP's attacks on women's rights, and it's not just abortion rights.

In environmental news, Chile's San Rafael glacier is melting rapidly. The glacier, part of the Patagonian Icefield, is a major tourist attraction. Dr. Neil Glasser says "If the glacier retreats further up valley, it will cease to calve icebergs into the Laguna San Rafael, and one of the reasons why this area attracts so many tourists will be largely gone." Well, at least the Kyoto protocol should help reduce the impact of global warming, and hopefully save the glacier. Oh, wait, Bush, aka Captain Anti-Planet, refused to sign it. Never mind.