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What do you want to talk about?

Kevin Anderson | 10:50 UK time, Thursday, 17 August 2006

Richard spotted this story this morning about Indonesia cutting the prison terms for at least 12 militants involved in the 2002 Bali bombings. Although some Australians have benefitted from the Indonesian independence day sentence reductions, Australian families of the victims have expressed outrage.

That is just one story that caught our eyes this morning. What are you talking about today? What do you want to talk about? Read on for some more ideas.

A few other things that caught my eye this morning. Has reality TV gone too far? In the UK, drug information charities are condemning a new Channel 4 "called Intervention: We're Coming to Get You, explores a controversial US technique known as intervention therapy".

Distasteful? Harmful to the addicts?

The battle for hearts and minds

I've been reading a lot over the last few days about Hezbollah's pledges to rebuild homes and rehouse those left homeless by the month-long battle with Israel. We asked on Monday who won: Hezbollah or Israel. Was the 34-days of bombing and missile barrages just the beginning and now the battle shifts to a battle for public opinion?

Meanwhile, Tom Regan at the Christian Science Monitor has a great roundup of national security stories and highlights a Pentagon study of errors in Iraq and Afghanistan. "The author of one of the reports says the results 'won't be pretty'," Tom writes.

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