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A Zimbabwean cargo aircraft crashed earlier today
at Shanghai-Pudong airport, killing three and seriously injuring four. It is not yet known why the aircraft, an ex Varig MD-11F (pic
) operated by an airline called Avient, failed to become airborne, but the airline itself has received quite some attention recently. Headquartered in Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, they almost went bankrupt, leaving behind massive debts in France, only to almost out of nowhere get this MD-11F, which crashed within a week of being acquired
, reg req) But that's not the only shady thing about this airline... [more inside]
posted by krautland
on Nov 28, 2009 -
Documents: U.S. condoned Iraq oil smuggling
Documents obtained by CNN reveal the United States knew about, and even condoned, embargo-breaking oil sales by Saddam Hussein's regime, and did so to shore up alliances with Iraq's neighbors.
The oil trade with countries such as Turkey and Jordan appears to have been an open secret inside the U.S. government and the United Nations for years.
posted by Postroad
on Feb 3, 2005 -
An American Tragedy:
; no Havana Club
; not even a dram
of that lovely new rummy Glenfiddich
malt whisky! Although the embargo is still popular with the Jesse Helms crowd and certain Cuban immigrés
. Why does it go on? From the outside, it just looks like obstinate stupidity. What is it with the Democrats, especially? Are they still covering up for JFK's mistakes? He, at least, had a good stock
of Cuban cigars [well, Petit Uppmanns...
] with which to sit the crisis
out... What gives? What could possibly justify Americans missing out
on such a massive scale? If for the pleasure of a decent smoke or even proper mojito
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Mar 9, 2003 -
UN warns food aid to N Korea is drying up
7 million North Koreans face starvation. You are the American president. What do you suggest be done? (note: America was the biggest supplier of food till recently.)
Do you tell them No food till you give up nukes or do you feed them what you can and try to negotiate? Or do you sit back and say: not my problem.
posted by Postroad
on Jan 4, 2003 -