U.S. Refuses to Help Vietnamese Agent Orange Victims
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is traveling to Asia this week. During his stop in Vietnam, U.S. military officials admitted that Washington will not compensate the millions of Vietnamese suffering from the affects of Agent Orange, used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. Meanwhile Rumsfeld traveled to Indonesia to mark the restoration of Washington’s military ties to the Indonesian government.
UN Warns Global Warming Affecting World’s Deserts
The United Nations warned Monday that the world’s deserts are facing dramatic threats because of global warming.
- Kaveh Zahedi, deputy director of the United Nations Environment Program: "The report shows that climate change is having a serious effect on deserts. We see that temperatures are climbing, we see that rainfall is decreasing in many of the deserts and is due to decrease even further. We see that the glaciers that support the ecosystems within the desert are melting and of course all of these - and the change in the temperatures, the change in the rainfall patterns
Bush’s New Domestic Policy Adviser Caught Lying About Past
In news from Washington, President Bush’s new domestic policy advisor has been caught lying about his past. The official, Karl Zinsmeister, has maintained he was the founding editor of the American Enterprise magazine, published by the think tank of the same name. In fact the magazine was founded four years before he became editor. Questions are also being raised about past comments Zinsmeister made about journalists. In March 2003, at the start of the Iraq war, he said: “A significant number are whiny and appallingly soft…. I almost wished there would be a very loud explosion very nearby just to shut up their rattling.”