June 26 - July 3, 2009 Articles
This is the 2nd edition of First Watch which recaps articles submitted from June 26 through July 3rd. If you've missed some of these articles, please read through the list and click on the title to go directly to that article.
And as owner of the group, Michael Yon Dispatches, I'd like to wish you and your family a very happy and safe 4th of July celebration.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. ~Abraham Lincoln
Gather member Greg R. discusses his commentary piece written in response to an article in The Progressive, and reposts it in time for the July 4th holiday to discuss his, and others', reasons to be proud to be an American. This article has been featured!
Gather member Darren Lynn discusses the inner workings of his new group designed to aid other Gather writers to achieve better exposure and readership through a collaboration of dedicated Gather members.
A dispatch from Michael Yon discussing the recent escape of of New York Times journalist David Rohde, kidnapped in Afghanistan and held in Pakistan. Plus commentary on the ever present dangers of similar situations for journalists, correspondents, contractors and others of kidnapping or worse.
Lithuanians in Afghanistan/Sean Pillai interviews Jeff Mellinger/Michael Jackson - Dispatch from Michael Yon
Independent war correspondent Michael Yon discusses changes in conditions in Afghanistan and what the Lithuanians bring with their participation in the Afghan mission.
A hardline cleric close to the Iranian regime demanded the execution of leading demonstrators yesterday as the opposition ended the week in disarray.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported June 28 that there is a concern that Iran could be behind a new wave of terrorism led by Hezbollah.
The Jerusalem Post reported June 28 that Syrian officials have restated previous threats to regain control of the Golan Heights through the use of force, if necessary.
VOA News discusses Iran's power Guardian Council's warning to opposition leaders regarding the protests stemming from the disputed presidential vote.
July 01, 2009 12:13 AM EDT
Emily Ngo of AM New York interviews independent war corresponding Michael Yon to get his view of the situation in Iraq after US support moves out of Iraqi urban centers.
STRATFOR Global Intelligence, in an article by George Friedman, discusses the current situation in Iran and the Obama administration's approach.
The Los Angeles Times, reporting from Baghdad, discusses the 438 Iraqis who died in violence last month, including 68 members of the security forces. There is speculation on what's to come now that US troops have pulled back from the cities.
Reuters, through Ynetnews.com, gives statistics on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction's increase in popularity over support for Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Includes discussion of some 5,000 Palestinian homes destroyed during the 22 day offensive by Israel in the Gaza Strip last December.
An Associated Press report from myway.com states the Obama administration has suspended joint military operations with Honduras to protest a coup that forced President Manuel Zelaya into exile.
From Gather member Keith C., a photo essay of his visit of the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
From Gulfinthemedia.com, Reuters reports Iranian MPs and other hardliners are pressing to pursue legal action against moderate leaders, including defeated candidate Mousavi, accused of inciting post-election turmoil after the disputed June 12 election.
From Gulfinthemedia.com, Khaleej Times reports detained Iranian staffers of the British Embassy, arrested on June 27 and released, "made confessions" and will be put on trial.