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 Information Clearing House  Digest 1-6 November 2005

 
 

Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

“Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” : Henry David Thoreau

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 182 Days

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Report Warned Bush Team About Intelligence Suspicions

By DOUGLAS JEHL

A high Qaeda official in American custody was identified as a likely fabricator months before the Bush administration began to use his statements as the foundation for its claims that Iraq trained Al Qaeda members to use biological and chemical weapons, according to newly declassified portions of a Defense Intelligence Agency document.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10887.htm

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Cheney asks that the CIA be allowed to continue torture

By Associated Press

Vice President Dick Cheney made an unusual personal appeal to Republican senators this week to allow CIA exemptions to a proposed ban on the torture of terror suspects in U.S. custody, according to participants in a closed-door session.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10886.htm

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The reality of Britain’s reliance on torture

I will tell you what torture means.

By Craig Murray

It means the woman who was raped with a broken bottle in both vagina and anus, and who died after ten days of agony. It means the old man suspended by wrist shackles from the ceiling while his children were beaten to a pulp before his eyes. It means the man whose fingernails were pulled before his face was beaten and he was immersed to his armpits in boiling liquid.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10892.htm

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Missing the Bus: When Conscience Bows to Calculation

By Niranjan Ramakrishnan

There is nothing less risky than praising a dead icon. There is nothing more risky than standing with a living one who, to use John Kerry’s words for Rosa Parks, “speaks truth to power”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10888.htm

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When Courage Fails Us

By Charles Sullivan

Are there no more Rosa Parks moving among us today? Did hope for social justice and simple human dignity get buried with Thoreau, Mother Jones, Joe Hill, Dr. King and Rosa Parks?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10893.htm

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Iraqi Policeman Among Six Killed In Continuing Violence:

Three people were killed and seven wounded by a car bomb in western Baghdad, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/PAR645455.htm

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House-to-house fighting reported during major U-S-led offensive :

Disputing a claim by U-S commanders, there is now a report of heavier-than-expected enemy resistance in the latest U-S-led offensive in Iraq.
tinyurl.com/alynz

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Major US attack on eve of Iraq talks :

Insurgents armed with Kalashnikovs opened fire down alleyways and from windows. As fighting continued throughout the day, jets launched at least nine air strikes.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1635482,00.html

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Chalabi, in Tehran, Meets With Iranian President:

The timing of the visit, which both sides said came at the Iranians’ request, suggested the possibility that Mr. Chalabi might have been asked to carry a message from the Iranians to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at their scheduled meeting next week. Mr. Chalabi is also scheduled later to meet the Treasury secretary, John W. Snow.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10896.htm

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Iraqi Girl Blog: Riverbend: Congratulations Americans:

American and British sons and daughters and husbands and wives are dying so that this coming December, Iraqis can go out and vote for Iran influenced clerics to knock us back a good four hundred years.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10890.htm

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Guardsman re-enlists, Pentagon kills bonus:

A Department of Defense decision to renege on war-time promises to pay bonuses to more than a dozen re-enlisting Washington National Guardsmen has sparked outrage from prominent elected officials and state National Guard officers working to rectify the situation.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/247264_guardx05.html

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Frank Rich: The Mysterious Death of Pat Tillman :

This administration just loves to beguile us with a rollicking good story, truth be damned. The propagandistic fable exposed by the leak case – the apocalyptic imminence of Saddam’s mushroom clouds – was only the first of its genre. Given that potboiler’s huge success at selling the war, its authors couldn’t resist providing sequels once we were in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10895.htm

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Linda McQuaig: Beneath spy `outing’ lies story of lies about Iraq:

If George W. Bush had announced, prior to invading Iraq, that his motive was to seize Iraq’s oil, to enhance Israel’s power or to ensure U.S. military dominance of the Middle East, none of these justifications would have satisfied the public. Hence the need for a cover story
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10894.htm

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The Niger connection :

Britain insists it did not rely on forgeries for its case against Iraq. But its own ‘evidence’ came from the same shady Italian intelligence broker.
news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/article325155.ece

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UK: MPs unite for inquiry into Blair‚s conduct over Iraq:

TONY BLAIR is set to face an unprecedented parliamentary inquiry into his conduct in the run-up to the Iraq war.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1859669,00.html

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The Quiet Oil-for-Food Scandal:

The small group of conservative writers who I’ve dubbed the “Scandal Pimps” have been less enthusiastic about the release of this report than they’ve been about those that preceded it.
www.alternet.org/module/printversion/27792

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Guantanamo ordeal of Aljazeera cameraman:

“Guantanamo is a PR disaster. It is one of the most iconic symbols of hypocrisy in the world.”
tinyurl.com/bgpz3

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Secret Jails:

The Bush Administration faces international controversy over what amounts to a clandestine CIA prison system
www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1126698,00.html

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Chief U.N. Investigator Summons Six Senior Syrian Officers for Questioning Over Hariri Death:

The officers include Syrian President Bashar Assad’s brother-in-law.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB42SVTOFE.html

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Syria prepares for Western economic sanctions:

“The sanctions, which will be biting in case they are imposed by the Western countries, will be aimed at depriving Syria of its economic strength and pave the way for domestic strife and division,”
www.kuna.net.kw/home/story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=784478

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Palestinian Boy Dies After Israeli Gunshot :

A 12-year-old Palestinian boy who was shot by Israeli troops while holding a toy gun last week died of his wounds Saturday, relatives and medical officials said.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5394778,00.html

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The tragic continuum:

Caging up the Palestinians in the occupied territories is not a temporary but a permanent Israeli policy
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2005/767/re2.htm

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Marooned :

Bethlehem, a place of Christian pilgrimage for centuries, will soon be encircled by Israel’s security barrier. Is the town to become no more than a museum among ancient shrines?
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1607870,00.html

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Damning report could soon force Israel’s U.S. envoy to quit:

The officials said publication of the report will cause a public outcry, and it will be very difficult for Ayalon to remain in his post afterward.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/642042.html

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The day George Bush came face to face with Latin America’s revolt :

Thanks to a powerful indigenous movement from Colombia to Bolivia, US free-trade policies are in tatters
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1634856,00.html

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Political ire in Puerto Rico grows :

The death of Ojeda Ríos, who was cornered in a farmhouse, was a revivifying jolt to an independence movement that had seemed all but dead
www.iht.com/articles/2005/11/06/news/rico.php

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The FBI’s Secret Scrutiny: Bureau Examines Records of Ordinary Americans:

The burgeoning use of national security letters coincides with an unannounced decision to deposit all the information they yield into government data banks — and to share those private records widely, in the federal government and beyond.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10891.htm

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Australia: Police rift over PM’s terror alert:

The spy agency and police forces have been at loggerheads over the Government’s decision on Wednesday to seek the immediate recall of the Senate for the urgent passage of a new anti-terrorism law.
tinyurl.com/885um

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Family fights an HMO for 4-year-old’s life:

One doctor in the country just might be able to save Jack, but the nation’s largest HMO won’t let Jack see him because the doctor is not within its network.
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/11/05/MNG41FJMLM1.DTL

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News For 11/05/05

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Family ambushed, 11 killed::

ELEVEN members of a family have been killed and three wounded by armed men who ambushed their minibus north-east of Baghdad.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,17156346-23109,00.html

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U.S. Soldier Killed By Bomb:

A Soldier died of wounds sustained when a convoy struck an improvised explosive device in east Baghdad Nov. 4.
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20051109.txt

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U.S. Soldier killed by small-arms fire Nov. 4 south of Baghdad.
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20051110.txt

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U.S Soldier Killed By Mine: ˆ

A Soldier assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), died of wounds after his vehicle hit a mine near Habbaniyah, Nov. 4.
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20051111.txt

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National Guardsman Killed In Iraq:

Military officials say Staff Sergeant Kyle Wherly was killed yesterday in Ashraf — north of Baghdad — when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle.
www.ksdk.com/news/illinois_article.aspx?storyid=87274

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Army Infantryman Dies After Iraq Injuries:

An injured Army infantryman from Beatrice has died, one week after he was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
www.ketv.com/news/5259366/detail.html

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Insurgent base undiminished:

New recruits replace those killed in Iraq: Insurgents’ ranks are being replenished as quickly as they are depleted, said Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a research center in Washington, and the co-author of its Iraq Index, which tracks statistics in key areas such as security and economics.
www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/13085759.htm

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Pool: 61% Say Iraq Conflict Not Worth Fighting:

50% want withdrawl of U.S troops
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10885.htm

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2 Minute Video:

Not One More Death: Not One More Dollar:
www.afsc.org/iraq/movie.htm

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Iraq war ‘fuelled terrorism’: ex-British ambassador:

Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war has “partly radicalised and fuelled” the rise of home-grown terrorism, London’s former ambassador to Washington, Sir Christopher Meyer, says.
sg.news.yahoo.com/051105/1/3w7vk.html

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US told to repay Iraq for ‘shoddy’ work: reports:

The United States has reportedly been told it should pay Iraq as much as $280 million for overbilling or shoddy work by a subsidiary of the American oil firm Halliburton.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1498638.htm

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Rummy’s bird flu bonanza:

No sooner are indictments being handed down to I Lewis “Scooter” Libby, but a new scandal is surfacing, every bit as outrageous and ultimately, likely also criminal.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/GK04Aa01.html

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Libby Jewish? Some wonder how neo-con‚s faith impacts leak scandal :

Anti-Semitic and anti-Israel conspiracy theorists were quick to tie Libby‚s Jewishness to his role in selling the Iraq war, imagining once again a neo-con cabal that has a singular agenda: promoting Israel at all costs.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10889.htm

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Israeli Ambassador to U.S. suspected of various financial improprieties :

State Prosecutor Eran Shendar is considering holding a disciplinary hearing for Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Danny Ayalon, for allegedly submitting unwarranted expenses to the state and offering benefits to those who agreed to testify on his behalf.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/641716.html

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In a world gone crazy:

US Muslim travellers urged to register: :

The head of civil rights for the US Department of Homeland Security is urging Muslim air travellers to register with the federal government before flying to reduce the chances they might be stopped at an airport.
tinyurl.com/9d865

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Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 180 Days

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Source of Forged Niger-Iraq Uranium Documents Identified

By ELAINE SCIOLINO and ELISABETTA POVOLEDO

Italy’s spymaster identified an Italian occasional spy named Rocco Martino on Thursday as the disseminator of forged documents that described efforts by Iraq to buy uranium ore from Niger for a nuclear weapons program, three lawmakers said Thursday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10875.htm

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First casualty of war

By Eric Alterman

We know now, thanks to one brave and dogged historian at the National Security Agency, that after the famed Gulf of Tonkin “incident” on Aug. 4, 1964 ˜ in which North Vietnam allegedly attacked two American destroyers ˜ National Security Council officials doctored the evidence to support President Johnson’s false charge in a speech to the nation that night of “open aggression on the high seas against the United States of America.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10877.htm

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Former Powell aide links Cheney’s office to abuse directives

By Agence France-Presse

Vice President Dick Cheney’s office was responsible for directives that led to U.S. soldiers’ abusing prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, a former top State Department official said Thursday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10879.htm

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All Problems Bleed from America‚s Wound

By Brian Bogart

Making and selling weapons has been America‚s top industry since 1950, that we have sustained this weapons-based economy by supplying more than 200 wars in 55 years, and that some 310,000 companies and 400 colleges are on the Pentagon‚s ever expanding payroll.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10882.htm

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11 Members Of Iraq’s Security Forces Among 18 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Gunmen armed with assault rifles and heavier weaponry killed at least six Iraqi policemen and wounded 10 in an attack on a checkpoint near Buhriz, north of Baghdad, police said. One officer put the toll at nine dead and 12 wounded
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L04773653.htm

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Gunmen kill former colonel in the Iraqi air force:
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/3438383

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General calls use of 152nd ‘inexcusable’ :

“Three years in . . . it’s inexcusable to have brought a maintenance company over there to do anything but maintenance,” Libby said. “It’s particularly galling to me when I strip myself of full-time mechanics and they get there and they’re in a tower.”
pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/state/051104general.shtml

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Marine tells of ‘carte blanche’ to kill:

A former US marine has told a jury that he was given “carte blanche” to kill and was told to “shoot first and ask questions later” while serving in Iraq following the outbreak of war in 2003.
www.eecho.ie/news/bstory.asp?j=186151705&p=y86y5z5zx&n=186152591

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Should the U.S. Withdraw? Let the Iraqi People Decide :

Polls, so far, show Iraqis want the US out
www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_abigail__051013_should_the_u_s__with.htm

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Why Britain should withdraw from Iraq:

British troops face the real possibility of being embroiled in a dangerous counter-insurgency war which they cannot win and which could overturn the real achievements the British can claim up to now.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10874.htm

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Why the US will lose:

People around the world who care for justice and hope for a more human and humane world, should support the Iraqis in their struggle to recover their sovereignty, and ask for the complete and unconditional withdrawal of all foreign troops from Iraqi soil along with compensation paid for all the material and human losses Iraq has experienced since the illegal invasion began.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10876.htm

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New Poll: Majority of Americans Support Impeachment:

By a margin of 53% to 42%, Americans want Congress to impeach President Bush if he lied about the war in Iraq, according to a new poll
www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/4421

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Breaking tradition, Carter rips Bush’s policies:

He said Bush has made such significant changes to U.S. foreign policy and human rights doctrine, resulting in precipitous declines in the country’s standing abroad, that he felt compelled to write “Our Endangered Values.” It is Carter’s 20th book since he was defeated for re-election by Ronald Reagan in 1980.
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-11-03-carter-bush_x.htm

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House blocks Democrats’ resolution on Iraq war:

‘’I think it brings shame to the House for this Congress to be engaged in a coverup when it comes to revealing what’s happening in Iraq,” Pelosi said.
tinyurl.com/b8caw

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Italians say spy chief disputes role in Iraq uranium document:

Commission member Sen. Massimo Brutti told reporters after the closed-door session that the commission was told that the Italian secret services warned the United States in January 2003 that the dossier was fake. But later, the senator called The Associated Press to retract that statement.
www.dailybreeze.com/news/nationworld/articles/1834421.html

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Israeli / AIPAC spy trial could expose ways information is gathered in D.C.:

It‚s a classified leak case that could rattle U.S. foreign policy and fundamentally alter how Washington does business. But while the world watches the implosion in the vice president‚s office, this case is proceeding quietly across the Potomac. Motions filed in recent weeks in the case against two former senior staffers of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee have gone virtually unnoticed in the mainstream media
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10878.htm

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Israel and the Neocons: The Libby Affair and the Internal War:

Libby was a student, protégé, and collaborator with Paul Wolfowitz for over 25 years. Libby along with Wolfowitz, Elliot Abrams, Douglas Feith, Kagan, Cohen, Rubin, Pollack, Chertoff, Fleisher, Kristol, Marc Grossman, Shumsky and a host of other political
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10884.htm

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Smearing Fitzgerald

The neocons’ defense: it isn’t perjury, it’s a pogrom
www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=7908

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John W. Dean: A Cheney-Libby Conspiracy, Or Worse?:

Having read the indictment against Libby, I am inclined to believe more will be issued. In fact, I will be stunned if no one else is indicted.
writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20051104.html

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Lib Dems and Galloway defend absences :

Two Lib Dem MPs missed the vote, which the government won with a majority of just one, but the party insisted a government defeat would only have been a “technical knockout”.
politics.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,15935,1614944,00.html

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Varieties of Imperial Aggression: Recently, two foreign courts issued warrants for the arrest of US government personnel protected, in common with terrorists like Luis Posada Carriles, by the US authorities.

In case you missed it:

Brian Bogart : History of the U.S. War Machine:

From NSC 68 to 2005: NSC68 was not a document specifically written to take or keep power from America’s common people; the people have been isolated from power throughout our history. But NSC68 was the blueprint for shifting from social concerns to military-industrial profit, further elevating corporations to — and further distancing the people from — power.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10883.htm

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Palestinians hit by sonic boom air raids :

Israel is deploying a terrifying new tactic against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip by letting loose deafening “sound bombs” that cause widespread fear, induce miscarriages and traumatise children.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1607450,00.html

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The night our hope for peace died :

Ten years ago today, Israel’s prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was shot dead as he sought to bring peace to the Middle East. The acclaimed novelist David Grossman – who was among the crowds that witnessed the assassination – recalls a time of chaos, confusion and despair
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1627453,00.html

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Pressure on allies over CIA’s ‘al-Qaida camps’ :

Pressure was growing on the US and its new allies in eastern Europe last night amid allegations that the CIA has been interrogating al-Qaida suspects at former Soviet camps in Poland and Romania.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1627414,00.html

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Irish leader‚s arrest provokes outcry :

Critics say that this amounts to kidnapping, and is a violation of Garland‚s rights as an Irish citizen and a violation of Ireland‚s right to self-determination.
www.pww.org/article/articleview/8052/1/293

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Britain isolated over role in Afghanistan :

Britain is locked in an intense dispute with its European allies in Nato over a plan, fraught with political and security problems, to take control of peacekeeping in Afghanistan.
www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,1284,1627502,00.html

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U.S. Has Plan For Military Conflict With Venezuela:

Venezuela possesses everything that makes it “strategically” important: it has oil; it is leftist; it is critical of the United States
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10881.htm

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Bush Pushes Free Trade at Summit as Protesters, Chavez Object :

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Bush’s chief antagonist in Latin America, told reporters the U.S.-sponsored Free Trade Area of the Americas is ``dead.’’ Chavez said he came ``to bury’’ the trade pact.
tinyurl.com/8qmc5

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Thousands Protest Bush in Argentina, People’s Summit Counters Free Trade Talks:

Protests began in Argentina three days before Bush‚s arrival and a massive security clampdown is in place for the talks. More than 7,500 police officers erected a security ring around summit hotels and patrolled the streets and beaches. Coast guard boats watched the shoreline and air space was restricted. Most schools canceled classes
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/04/1532200

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Hunger In America Rises By 43 Percent Over Last Five Years:

The analysis, completed by the Center on Hunger and Poverty at Brandeis University, shows that more than 7 million people have joined the ranks of the hungry since 1999.
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/10/051029093925.htm

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America’s Poor are Under Siege

$9.5 billion in Medicaid ˆ CUT. $5 Billion in Child Support Enforcement ˆ GONE. $844 Million in food stamps ˆ ELIMINATED. Do we even need to explain the implications here?
tinyurl.com/d3xaf

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Fox News Paid for DeLay’s Travel: Rep.

Tom DeLay (R-TX) “filed a report with the Clerk of the House of Representatives indicating he received free travel valued at $13,998.55 from Fox News Sunday for ‘officially connected travel’ on October 1-2, 2005
tinyurl.com/a3ot7

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DeLay Asked Abramoff for Funds Through Foundation, E-mails Show

U.S. Representative Tom DeLay asked Jack Abramoff to raise money for him through an Abramoff foundation, the latest evidence of the ties between DeLay and the indicted lobbyist, e-mails released by a Senate committee show.
tinyurl.com/b4k6w

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Report says 2 million may die in U.S. flu pandemic:

The report projects that a global outbreak would kill 209,000 to 1.9 million people in the U.S. Such a crisis could overwhelm hospitals with patients, forcing communities to set up overflow sites in school gymnasiums, armories or convention centers, according to the plan.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10880.htm

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Power source that turns physics on its head :

It seems too good to be true: a new source of near-limitless power that costs virtually nothing, uses tiny amounts of water as its fuel and produces next to no waste. If that does not sound radical enough, how about this: the principle behind the source turns modern physics on its head.
www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,3605,1627424,00.html

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GOP mulls ending birthright citizenship:

House Republicans are looking closely at ending birthright citizenship and building a barrier along the entire U.S.-Mexico border as they search for solutions to illegal immigration.
www.washtimes.com/national/20051103-115741-1048r.htm

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Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

“Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” : Henry David Thoreau

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 179 Days

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Congress Must Investigate Lies, Leaks

By US Rep. Adam Smith

Did the Bush White House, in a deliberate and organized manner, misrepresent the truth to Congress, the American people and the world in making its case for the military invasion of Iraq? This is a critical question that demands a clear answer. To this point, Congress has abdicated its responsibility to investigate all the facts. That must change.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10860.htm

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Philosopher’s Stone

By Chris Floyd

While Potomac courtiers were reading the entrails of the cooked goose of Scooter Libby — the first Bushist honcho caught in the slow-grinding gears of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation — in Wiltshire, Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith faced a court martial after declaring that the Iraq war was illegal and refusing to return for his third tour of duty there.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10866.htm

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UN Double Standards Again on Display With Syria Resolution

By Salim Lone

The beginning of the drive to justify the use of force or other serious actions against Syria for its possible involvement in Rafiq Hariri‚s killing is reminiscent of the run-up to the 2003 US-led war against Iraq. As then, it is the United Nations Security Council which is the instrument for escalating the tensions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10861.htm

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4 U.S. Soldiers Among 48 Killed In Continuing Violence:

The death toll in Wednesday’s car bombing near a mosque in the Shi’ite town of Musayyib rose to 29
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L0381569.htm

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“Al-Qaida” to execute two Moroccan hostages:

The al-Qaida in Iraq militant group said Thursday that it has sentenced to death two Moroccan embassy employees kidnapped last month in Iraq, the insurgents’ latest attempt to scare Arab nations from sending diplomats.
www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/news/world/13070185.htm

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U.S. offers plan to keep multinational force in Iraq another year :

The current mandate for the 180-thousand troops expires after next month’s legislative elections in Iraq.
www.wavy.com/Global/story.asp?S=4066828&nav=menu45_2_1

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Juan Cole: Iraqi President Opposes Military Action against Syria :

The president of Iraq elected six months after the US “turned over sovereignty” on June 28, 2004 is saying before the United Nations that George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld decide whether his country can be used as a base to attack other countries, and he is unable to influence such decisions— even though he categorically rejects any such action.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10867.htm

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Iraq focus imperils US, ex-Pentagon official says:

The United States risks losing sight of some key foreign policy issues, including relations with China and the Muslim world, because of its “single-minded focus” on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a former senior Pentagon official said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10864.htm

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Italian Lawmaker Says Country’s Secret Service Warned U.S. That Iraq Uranium Documents Were Fake :

“At about the same time as the State of the Union address, they (Italy’s SISMI secret services) said that the dossier doesn’t correspond to the truth,” Sen. Massimo Brutti told journalists after the parliamentary commission was briefed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10873.htm

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Bush aide denies ties to fake Iraq-Niger documents:

President George W. Bush’s national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, denied on Wednesday that he or his staff received fake documents in 2002 that showed Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger, a claim that formed part of the administration’s case for going to war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10862.htm

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Bolton’s chief of staff gave information on outed agent to Libby, lawyers involved in leak case say:

John Bolton, the former Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs who is now the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was contacted by I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby in late May 2003 to find out who sent Ambassador Joseph Wilson on a fact-finding mission to Niger.
tinyurl.com/duc3n

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Why Would Libby Lie?:

If Libby lied, why would he? The prosecutor unknowingly answered that question at his press conference. He said, if the reporters testified when they were issued subpoenas in August 2004, “we would have been here [holding a press conference] in October 2004 instead of October 2005.‰
www.tompaine.com/articles/20051103/why_would_libby_lie.php

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Lewis Libby, Former Cheney Aide, Pleads Not Guilty:

``With respect, your honor, not guilty,’’ Libby told U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton when the judge asked how he pleaded. The judge freed Libby without bail and tentatively set the next court date for Feb. 3.
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aTWU4S960Cno

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In case you missed it:

The Lie Factory :

The inside story of how the Bush administration pushed disinformation and bogus intelligence and led the nation to war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10871.htm

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In case you missed it:

The Wrong War :

Backdraft: How the war in Iraq has fueled Al Qaeda and ignited its dream of global jihad.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10872.htm

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In case you missed it:

Dick Cheney‚s Song of America:

The Plan is for the United States to rule the world. The overt theme is unilateralism, but it is ultimately a story of domination. It calls for the United States to maintain its overwhelming military superiority and prevent new rivals from rising up to challenge it on the world stage.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1544.htm

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Sidney Blumenthal: Inside the bunker :

His administration has become its own republic of fear, and Bush is a prisoner to the right
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10870.htm

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Bush War Policy Is Now in Play:

Democrats renew their criticism as public opposition solidifies, the body count grows and prewar intelligence is under a new assault.
tinyurl.com/axdce

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Ambushed: Why America turned on Dubbya:

This isn’t just another Washington crisis; it is the worst calamity to befall a president since Watergate. An administration built on lies stands exposed as never before, writes Andrew Stephen
www.newstatesman.com/200511070006

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Throwing Stones Punishable By Death:

Israeli soldiers shoot Palestinian boy, 13 :

Live bullets struck the boy in the head and stomach, Palestinian medical officials said.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1607824,00.html

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Palestinians ‘terrorised’ by sonic boom flights :

Human rights groups launched a High Court battle to stop the “physical and mental harm” to Gaza’s civilian population they say is caused by Israel’s new weapon against militant attacks: the sonic boom.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article324316.ece

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Israel: War by remote control :

As opposed to the expectations of many, the disengagement has not brought about real progress toward peace, but undoubtedly caused a revolutionary change in the way war is conducted.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/641018.html

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Israel: Students protest against racism :

A Channel 10 TV news footage revealed that Jews who were not affiliated with the university were allowed to obtain memberships while Arabs not affiliated with the university were turned away.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/641391.html

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Hillary Clinton to visit Israel, meet with Sharon :

Senator Hillary Clinton will travel to Israel next week and meet with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to discuss security issues, her office said Wednesday.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/641299.html

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UN ‘responsible for killing thousands’:

The former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations has told a jury that he holds the UN responsible for killing many thousands of people, including children, in Iraq through the imposition of sanctions.
www.breakingnews.ie/2005/11/03/story228566.html

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Evidence CIA has secret jails in Europe:

A leading human rights group on Wednesday identified Poland and Romania as the likely locations in eastern Europe of secret prisons where al-Qaeda suspects are interrogated by the Central Intelligence Agency.
news.ft.com/cms/s/86734122-4be9-11da-997b-0000779e2340.html

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Policies on Terrorism Suspects Come Under Fire:

The U.N. special rapporteur on torture said he would seek more information about the covert prisons, referred to in classified documents as “black sites.” Congressional Democrats and human rights groups warned that the secret system would damage the U.S. image overseas.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10868.htm

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ICRC seeks access to all terror suspects held by U.S.:

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called on Thursday for access to all foreign terrorism suspects held by the United States after a report of a covert CIA prison system for al Qaeda captives.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10869.htm

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Ray McGovern: The Torture Test:

The White House and the CIA are lobbying to exempt detainees held by the CIA from an amendment˜ sponsored by John McCain and endorsed by nearly all senators˜that would ban “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment for all detainees held by the United States.
www.tompaine.com/articles/20051103/the_torture_test.php

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U.S. Double Standard On Terrorism:

Cuban expatriate Luis Posada Carriles, an old U.S. terrorist chicken, has come home to roost in Bush‚s nest, exposing the president‚s anti-terrorist policies as a hoax.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10865.htm

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Mexico Defies Washington on International Criminal Court:

Washington had warned Mexico that if it ratified the ICC and refused to sign an accord exempting U.S. nationals from the court’s jurisdiction, it would cut 11.5 million dollars in funding from aid programmes for fighting drug trafficking, according to human rights groups. The amount is equal to almost 40 percent of the economic aid Mexico receives from the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10863.htm

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U.S. Wants Total Ban of Israel Arms Sales to Venezuela :

The United States has told Israeli officials it wants a total freeze on arms sales to Venezuela, according to Defense News
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=92337

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US Ambassador : Caracas has to seek US advise before transferring F-16s:

President Chavez threatened “giving them away” or “sending them” to Cuba or China.
english.eluniversal.com/2005/11/03/en_pol_art_03A626917.shtml

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U.S. accuses Chavez of nuke ambitions:

Mr. Bush expressed skepticism about Mr. Chavez’s request for the Argentine government to build a nuclear power plant in Venezuela. He questioned why Venezuela, which is awash in oil, would need nuclear power.
www.wpherald.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20051103-095630-4755r

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Chavez challenges Bush to a FTAA debate :

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez said in Caracas he is willing to debate, during the coming Americas Summit in Argentina, with US president George Bush on the merits of the Free Trade Area of the Americas, FTAA.
www.mercopress.com/Detalle.asp?NUM=6693

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Australia terror bill introduced :

Opposition parties said the timing of Wednesday’s warning was a political ploy to divert attention from both the main anti-terror laws and unpopular labour laws introduced to parliament on Wednesday.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4402576.stm

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Blair’s power drains away:

Tony Blair was losing his grip on government last night. He suffered blows to his authority as the resignation of David Blunkett robbed him of a key Cabinet ally, Labour rebels slashed his Commons majority to one and his Terrorism Bill was left in tatters.
tinyurl.com/dovzr

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Eritrea-Ethiopia Close To War:

There is growing concern Eritrea and Ethiopia are on the verge of war after reports of troop movements along the tense border between the two Horn of Africa neighbors.
www9.sbs.com.au/theworldnews/region.php?id=124424&region=5

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US Senate backs oil drilling in Alaskan refuge:

The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to allow oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), narrowly rejecting a Democratic attempt to strike the plan from a budget bill.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N03317387.htm

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Primary Navigation:

Two days after U.S. Rep Tom DeLay won a fight to get a new judge in his case, prosecutors on Thursday succeeded in ousting the Republican jurist responsible for selecting the new judge.
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Charge Him or Release Him

“I do esteem individual liberty above everything. What is a nation for, but to secure the maximum liberty to every individual?” : D. H. Lawrence
(1885-1938) Source: Letter, 12 July 1916

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 178 Days

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CIA holds terror suspects in secret prisons

The CIA keeps even basic information about the system secret from the public, foreign officials and nearly all members of Congress

By Dana Priest

The CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al Qaeda captives at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, according to U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the arrangement.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10851.htm

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Dying To Escape

Attorney Tells Why Guantanamo Detainee Attempted Suicide in Front of Him

By Democracy Now!

More than twenty detainees in the Guantanamo Bay prison have attempted suicide and UN investigators continue to press for visits at the prison camp despite refusals from the Bush administration. We speak with lawyer Joshua Colangelo-Bryan, who recently witnessed a client‚s suicide attempt during a visit, about the ongoing desperation of prisoners and the military‚s reporting of the events. Audio and transcript
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10853.htm

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United States of America v Rafil A.Dhafir:

Are we a society that calls this justice?

By Katherine Hughes

Dr. Rafil A. Dhafir was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison on Thursday, October 27th, 2005 for sending humanitarian aid to starving Iraqi civilians through his charity Help the Needy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10859.htm

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Ethiopia: Over 30 reported dead and several hundred detained in fierce crackdown

In the past two days riot police reportedly shot dead over 30 protestors in the capital Addis Ababa and began systematic arrests of leaders and members of the main opposition party, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), as well as several journalists of the private press.
web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAFR250162005

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4 U.S. Troops Among 25 Killed in Iraq Attacks:

At least 21 people were killed and 59 were wounded in two car bomb attacks outside of Baghdad today, and the American military reported the deaths of four more American troops in separate incidents in a troubled Sunni Arab province known for insurgent activity.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10856.htm

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Five Iraqi soldiers among 20 killed in continuing violence:

The military said it had information that in total six insurgents were killed in the air strikes.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L02772174.htm

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Carter: White House Manipulated Iraq Intel :

The Bush Administration’s prewar claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction were “manipulated, at least” to mislead the American people, former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday.
www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nat-gen/2005/nov/02/110202217.html

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Sweet Victory: United Methodist Church Calls For Withdrawal :

Last week, the United Methodist Church Board of Church and Society—the social action committee of the church that both President Bush and Vice President Cheney belong to—resoundingly passed a resolution calling for withdrawal with only two ‘no’ votes and one abstention.
www.thenation.com/blogs/edcut?bid=7&pid=31572

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Stephen Hadley says Iraq pullout bad for Israel:

US President George W Bush‚s national security adviser warned Monday that a hasty US withdrawal from Iraq would embolden extremists who seek “the eventual destruction of Israel‰.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10857.htm

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Harrari’s Death was a Minor Detail, a Pretext at Best:

The Syria verdict is out. In fact, it has been out for years, long before German investigator-judge Detlev Mehlis inundated us with the findings of his ground shaking report regarding who planned, funded and carried out the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri on February 14.
www.counterpunch.com/baroud11022005.html

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In case you missed it:

The Project for the New American Century. :

The People versus the Powerful is the oldest story in human history. At no point in history have the Powerful wielded so much control. At no point in history has the active and informed involvement of the People, all of them, been more absolutely required.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1665.htm

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Israeli occupation soldier shot dead in raid :

An Israeli soldier has been shot dead during an invasion into a West Bank village near the town of Jenin.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4398416.stm

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Israeli clampdown amid rise in ‘sonic bombs’ :

The Israeli defence ministry has barred foreign journalists from entering the Gaza Strip in an apparent attempt to limit reporting on the killing of Palestinian civilians, the firing of artillery shells and the use of “sonic bombs” to terrify the local population.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1605781,00.html

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Mullah Omar purportedly issues statement as five police killed:

Taleban leader Mullah Omar purportedly issued a statement on Wednesday urging the rebels to unite and warning of an increase in insurgent attacks, while militants killed five police in a mountain ambush in southern Afghanistan.
tinyurl.com/dqg7j

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Taliban attack on oil tanker kills four US soldiers:

At least four US soldiers were killed when Taliban targeted an oil tanker in the eastern part of the capital city on Wednesday, said Taliban spokesman.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=783947

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Washington Paratrooper Dies After Afghan Firefight:

A 24-year-old paratrooper from St. John, Wash., died from injuries he received when his patrol was fired on in Afghanistan, the 82nd Airborne Division said Wednesday.
www.kirotv.com/news/5231890/detail.html

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Top al Qaeda operative escapes before testimony in Afghan prisoner abuse case :

A Pentagon official confirmed Tuesday that Omar al-Farouq, formerly one of Osama bin Laden’s top aides until his capture in 2002, escaped from a US-run detention facility in Afghanistan in July with three other prisoners.
jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2005/11/top-al-qaeda-operative-escapes-before.php

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Amnesty concerned by new claims against US soldiers in Afghanistan:

New claims of abuses by US soldiers in Afghanistan are more evidence of rights violations in the “war on terror”, with a pattern of impunity for such infractions, Amnesty International said.
www.politicalgateway.com/news/read.html?id=5254

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Amnesty International on terror laws:

Dangerous. Ill-conceived. An assault on human rights : Tony Blair’s plans for tough new anti-terror legislation have been subjected to a damning critique by Amnesty International, as MPs prepare to debate the measures today.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article324062.ece

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Clarke concession on terror laws :

Home Secretary Charles Clarke has moved to head off a further revolt over new anti-terror laws after the government’s majority was cut to just one vote.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4398100.stm

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Tony Benn: It’s no good blaming Blair :

I left parliament four years ago. Looking at it today, I now see it as the British equivalent of the Green Zone in Baghdad: heavily fortified and patrolled by police with submachine guns, with bulletproof glass separating the electors in the gallery from those whom they elected.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10858.htm

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Australia: PM ‘excluding’ ACT from anti-terrorism bill talks:

ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says Prime Minister John Howard has once again excluded him from further negotiations around the draft anti-terrorism legislation.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1496069.htm

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What Judy forgot: Your right to know:

THE MOST intriguing revelation of Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald’s news conference last week was his assertion that he would have presented his indictment of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby a year ago if not for the intransigence of reporters who refused to testify before the grand jury. He said that without that delay, “we would have been here in October 2004 instead of October 2005.” Had that been the case, John Kerry probably would be president of the United States today.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10852.htm

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The coverup worked:

NO ONE really noticed, but Patrick Fitzgerald made an unassailable point last week about the timing of the indictment that his CIA leak investigation has produced so far. – The prosecutor was in effect showing that the quixotic pursuit of a nonexistent right or privilege by some news organizations is one reason President Bush was reelected last year.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/ARTICLE10854.HTM

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What the ‘Shield’ Covered Up:

As long as Bush still faced the voters, the White House wanted Americans to think that officials such as Libby, Karl Rove and Vice President Cheney had nothing to do with the leak campaign to discredit its arch-critic on Iraq, former ambassador Joseph Wilson.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10855.htm

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Where Is the (North) American Press?:

A friend from Argentina sent me the following picture today. It is self explanatory and has been seen everywhere in the world except in the United States. Why? In analyzing Bush for several years I keep finding that it is not only his immediate circle that insulates him — the press insulates us.
www.huffingtonpost.com/justin-frank/where-is-the-north-amer_b_9932.html

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The Plame Affair Leads to Rome:

“All roads lead to Rome,” and it seems that Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation into the Plame Affair, and more broadly the lies used to hoodwink the American people into supporting a criminal war on Iraq, will also trudge down the Appian Way lined this Halloween with the ghosts of crucified Iraqis.
www.counterpunch.com/leupp11012005.html

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Ahmad Chalabi’s Comeback Tour :

No word on whether Chalabi will be calling on his old pal Scooter Libby, to whom he turned when the CIA stopped buying his bull, and who gave him a direct line to the White House
www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/ahmad-chalabis-comeback-_b_9992.html

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Senate Intelligence chairman quietly ‘fixed’ intelligence:

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush issued an order to the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State Department, and his cabinet members that severely curtailed intelligence oversight by restricting classified information to just eight members of Congress.
tinyurl.com/8aqt9

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Political lies fool us again:

Yes, I believed my president when he told Americans on Oct. 7, 2002, “Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof — the smoking gun — that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.”
newsobserver.com/news/rogers/story/2829741p-9279334c.html

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Here we go again:

Unnamed diplomat says: Iran to process fresh batch of uranium: :

Iran will process a new batch of uranium at its Isfahan nuclear plant beginning next week, despite pressure from the United States and European Union to halt all sensitive nuclear work, diplomats said on Wednesday.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051102/ts_nm/nuclear_iran_dc

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Iran Allows U.N. Nuclear Inspectors Return Visit to Secret Military Site:

Iran has granted U.N. nuclear inspectors new access to a high-security military site as part of efforts to avoid referral to the Security Council, diplomats said Wednesday.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB1X4QKJFE.html

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War pimp alert:

Rome within Iran missile range: Israeli FM:

Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom gave the warning Tuesday to his visiting Italian opposite number, Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini, during a discussion on the Iranian nuclear crisis, the Tel Aviv newspaper Yediot Aharonot reported on its ynet.com Web site.
www.upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=20051101-064102-9618r

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The Neocon Agenda: Will We Undermine It? Or, Is Democracy Dead? :

Will the American and British people demand — not wish, hope or plead for, but demand — that their ransacked, just-barely ostensible, and corporatized democracies be exchanged for the real McCoy, true democracies built upon solid foundations of truth, law and mutual respect, so that democracy itself may live?
inoodle.com/2005/11/neocon-agenda-will-we-undermine-it-or.html

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Tariq Aziz pulls plug on Senate‚s Galloway smears:

The key prop of the new allegations against Respect MP George Galloway spectacularly fell away this week.
www.socialistworker.co.uk/article.php?article_id=7712

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US says no to Guantanamo interviews :

Spurning a request by UN human rights investigators, US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the United States will not allow them to meet with detainees at the Guantanamo prison for foreign terrorism suspects.
tinyurl.com/7uyhq

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Why Americans Don’t Care About GTMO, and Why They Should :

JURIST Guest Columnist Brian J. Foley of Florida Coastal School of Law says that Americans should start caring about the denial of legal process to prisoners held by the US at Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) not just out of sentimentality or because it’s the “right thing to do”, but because it’s in Americans’ own self-interest…
jurist.law.pitt.edu/forumy/2005/11/why-americans-dont-care-about-gtmo-and.php

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Kent State Threatens Iraq Veteran with Expulsion: –

Activists spring to defense of free speech
www.traprockpeace.org/kent_state_students/?p=2

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Muslim Fans Say They Were Profiled At NFL Game: –

Several Muslim football fans claim they were profiled and unfairly detained by stadium security personnel and the FBI at Giants Stadium during a game in September.
www.thekansascitychannel.com/nationalnews/5233722/detail.html

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Anti-Bush Protesters Gather in Argentine Resort Ahead of Americas Summit:

Shouting “Yankee, get out!” and singing protest songs, thousands opposed to George W. Bush held a massive rally at a basketball arena, two days before the U.S. president arrives at this seaside resort for the fourth Summit of the Americas.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGBY68JMJFE.html

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Venezuela Chavez Says U.S. Won’t Sell F-16 Jet Parts:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said the U.S. refuses to sell parts for the South American country’s F-16 fighter jets and put pressure on other countries to refrain from parts sales as well.
tinyurl.com/dvo85

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Senator: Reed helped to conceal Indian payments:

Ralph Reed helped orchestrate an effort to conceal payments he received from the gambling revenues of a Louisiana Indian tribe, according to a U.S. Senator speaking at a hearing in Washington.
www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/1105/02reed.html

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U.S. Could Restrict Travel to Prevent Flu:

Sustained person-to-person spread of the bird flu or any other super-influenza strain anywhere in the world could prompt the United States to implement travel restrictions or other steps to block a brewing pandemic, say federal plans released Wednesday.
www.comcast.net/news/index.jsp?cat=GENERAL&fn=/2005/11/02/255520.html

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Wal-Mart: is this the worst company in the world? :

It is the biggest private employer in America with a turnover equivalent to that of a medium-sized country, but churches, unions, and an innovative film-maker are set on holding Wal-Mart to account
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article324050.ece

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Charge Him or Release Him

“Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” : Henry David Thoreau

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 177 Days

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Democrats Force Senate Into Iraq Meeting

By LIZ SIDOTI

Democrats forced the Republican-controlled Senate into an unusual closed session Tuesday, questioning intelligence that President Bush used in the run-up to the war in Iraq and accusing Republicans of ignoring the issue.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10850.htm

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Bigger Than Watergate

Bush-Cheney Traitors Deserve Prison, Impeachment

By Ted Rall

Don’t let the Republicans distract you. Treasongate isn’t just about deposed vice presidential chief of staff Scooter Libby, who has been charged with five felony counts and faces 30 years in prison, or even deputy presidential chief of staff Karl Rove, who may soon be charged as well. The Libby charges clearly point to the real culprit: Dick Cheney.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10849.htm

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The Costs of War

By Cindy Sheehan

A sovereign nation which was no threat to the United States of America lies in ruins and tens of thousands of its innocent citizens have been slaughtered just for the hell of it. When are we going to stand up as a country and yell a collective: “bull-shit?!!” I have been screaming this until my voice is getting hoarse and people are getting sick of hearing it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10848.htm

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Intelligence on Vietnam War ‘Faked’

By The Age

ONE of America’s top spy agencies faked key intelligence used to justify its intervention in the Vietnam War, it has been revealed. But the revelation was kept secret by the National Security Agency, partly because of fears that it would boost criticism of the intelligence services over the war in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10844.htm

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Basra bomb kills 20 as Iraq violence escalates :

The carnage continued throughout the country with reports that about 40 people, many of them women and children, had been killed in American air strikes in the west towards the Syrian border.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article323780.ece

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U.S. Soldier Among 6 Killed In Continuing Violence:

One civilian was killed in eastern Baghdad when Iraqi police commandos opened fire by mistake, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/PAR134140.htm

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.50-caliber ammo used so much that supplies run low :

U.S. troops in Iraq are firing .50-caliber machine guns at such a high rate, the Army is scrambling to resupply them with ammunition. – At closer ranges, it is so powerful that a round will obliterate a person, penetrate a concrete wall behind him and several houses beyond that, gunners in Iraq have said.
tinyurl.com/d9okf

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Talabani rejects any strike on Syria from Iraq :

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said in remarks published on Tuesday he would oppose the use of Iraqi territory as a launchpad for any U.S. military strike on Syria.
tinyurl.com/7oon3

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Arab League denies getting Syrian request for emergency summit :

The spokesman for the 22-member Arab League, Hisham Yusuf, on Tuesday denied getting an official request from Syria to hold an emergency Arab League summit to elicit the combined support for Syria in the face of the United Nations Security Council’s resolution 1636, adopted Monday.
www.albawaba.com/en/news/190959

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Another Trojan Horse from the UN?:

It’s happening all over again. This time Syria has received the kiss of the White House don just as laid-out in the 1996 neo-con rule book “Clean Break”, conceived on the bidding of none other than the Israel far-right’s chief thug Benjamin Netanyahu.
www.counterpunch.com/heard11012005.html

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U.S. Discusses Invasion Of Saudi Arabia

The response could include the deployment of three U.S. Army divisions backed by fighter-jets and airborne early-warning and alert aircraft. In all, the U.S.-led mission could include up to 300,000 troops.
menewsline.com/stories/2005/november/11_02_1.html

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Cheney Taps Torture Memo Author to Replace Scooter Libby:

On Monday, Vice President Dick Cheney appointed his legal counsel, David Addington, to be his new chief of staff following the resignation of Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Addington once wrote the war on terorrism has rendered the Geneva Conventions “obsolete.”
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/01/1518210

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New Cheney aide tied to false Iraq reports :

Vice President Dick Cheney replaced I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby as his national-security adviser on Monday with an aide identified by a former Iraqi exile group as the White House official to whom it fed information on Iraq that turned out to be erroneous.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10846.htm

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Time Reporter Says He Learned Agent’s Identity From Rove:

One of the reporters at the center of the investigation into the leak of the identity of an undercover CIA officer, says he first learned the agent’s name from President Bush’s top political advisor, Karl Rove.
abcnews.go.com/GMA/CIALeak/story?id=1265736

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In case you missed it:

Iraqi Lullaby: Vocals by Laura Bush and Mothers of America
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7379.htm

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In case you missed it:

3 Minute Video: Grilled Neo Con:

John Pilger interviews ‘part time public servant’ Douglas Feith, about congressional documents linking Saddam Hussein to America’s WMD and civilian deaths
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10847.htm

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In case you missed it:

Breaking The Silence:

A hard hitting special report into the “war on terror” by award winning journalist John Pilger
www.informationclearinghouse.info/pilger_breaking_the_silence_35mb.htm

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In case you missed it:

The president’s real goal in Iraq:

It was hard to believe that smart people in the Bush administration would start a major war based on such flimsy evidence. The pieces just didn’t fit. Something else had to be going on; something was missing.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2319.htm

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Thinking About Impeachment:

There is little doubt that the even if the Bush administration doesn’t go down in flames, it will go down in history as one of, if not the most incompetent, corrupt and dangerous presidencies in the history of the republic. The question is, with crimes so colossal, why isn’t there a public demand for his impeachment?
www.counterpunch.com/lindorff11012005.html

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Robert Higgs: Our Greatest Criminals Are Never Charged With Their Greatest Crimes
www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1597

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The Real Reason for Nuking Iran :

Why a nuclear attack is on the neocon agenda
www.antiwar.com/orig/hirsch.php?articleid=7861

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Bush critics conclude U.S. is losing war on terrorism:

U.S. terrorism experts Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon have reached a stark conclusion about the war on terrorism: the United States is losing.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N0137584.htm

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Guantanamo Desperation Seen in Suicide Attempts:

Colangelo-Bryan stepped inside and saw a three-foot pool of blood on the floor. Numb, the lawyer looked up to see Dossari hanging unconscious from a noose tied to the ceiling, his eyes rolled back, his tongue and lips bulging, blood pouring from a gash in his right arm.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10845.htm

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UN Won’t Visit Guantanamo Unless Granted Access To Prisoners:

The five independent members of the UN Human Rights Commission committee said excluding private interviews “would not only contravene the Terms of Reference for Fact-finding missions by Special Procedures but also undermine the purpose of an objective and fair assessment of the situation of detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay” .
tinyurl.com/by8dg

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As Gitmo Hunger Strike Continues, Lawyers Step Up Fight for Access:

As the “torturous‰ force-feeding of hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay continues, detainees‚ advocates say captors are no longer just violating US and international law but also medical ethics.
newstandardnews.net/content/index.cfm/items/2540

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Hunger strike in support of Guantanamo detainees begins:

Australians are taking part in an international day of fasting in support of detainees being held in the US military’s Guantanamo Bay prison.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1495156.htm

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Palestinians killed in air strike :

Two senior Palestinian militants were killed in an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip, the Palestinian interior ministry has said.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4396774.stm

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Israeli air strike has ‘started war’: Hamas :

Israel has “started a war” with its airstrike on northern Gaza which killed a local leader of the Hamas armed wing and another militant leader, a senior Hamas official told AFP.
tinyurl.com/adocm

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Palestinian PM: Israeli government against peace:

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Israel accusing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon‚s government of being uninterested in reviving the peace process.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3162617,00.html

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PA wants end to West Bank carve-up:

The Palestinian Authority has appealed to the international community to force Israel to stop carving up the West Bank into enclosures, enclaves and Bantustans.
tinyurl.com/dkgr5

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From Gaza to the Galilee:

Same Policy, Same Agenda: Plans to “Judaize‰ the Galilee and Negev are nothing new, and are aimed at the entire Israeli population, not just at creating housing to relocate the small number of Gaza settlers. In the 1950s Israel‚s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, toured the country, expressing disgust at the number of Arab towns and villages he saw in the Galilee.
www.wrmea.com/archives/Sept_Oct_2005/0509012.html

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Arab League shocked by global silence towards Israel’s acts against Palestinians.:

The league’s Assistant Secretary-General for Palestine Affairs Ambassador Mohammad Subaih said the UN Security-Council (UNSC) is adopting a double-standard policy, explaining that the UNSC is always willing to discuss the implementation of sanctions against Arab and Islamic nations, but it keeps silent towards Israel’s ruthless acts towards Palestinians.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=783500

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Iran‚s Supreme Leader says Israel will be defeated :

He warned countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan that the United States was seeking to create a new world order in the region and would turn on them after dealing with Lebanon and Syria.
www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=4229

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In case you missed it:

Video: Israel’s Secret Weapon :

This film is the story of the bomb, Vanunu and Israel’s wall of silence.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6558.htm

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The return of the caliphate :

There is no reason why the west should set its face against the vision of a reunited Islamic world
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1605653,00.html

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Former soldier wins landmark case over Gulf War Syndrome :

Daniel Martin, 35, who has suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome, memory loss and impaired concentration since the 1991 conflict, will receive a disability award under the “umbrella term” of Gulf War Syndrome.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/article323846.ece

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US steps up planning for a Cuba without Castro:

The inter-agency effort, which also involves the Defense Department, recognises that the Cuba transition may not go peacefully and that the US may have to launch a nation-building exercise.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9881666

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A U.S. nightmare? Leftist Indian may lead Bolivia:

If elected, Morales would be Bolivia’s first Indian president and add South America’s poorest country to a regional political shift leftward that has seen leftist leaders rise to power in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N31523502.htm

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Here Comes the Judge — Beyond Roe v. Wade :

Unless we remember that we had a revolution so that we would not have a king. Then we established a democracy. We wrote a constitution. We put in certain guarantees. We declared ourselves to be a nation of laws. In which no man was above the law. Or beneath it.
www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-beinhart/fog-facts-4-here-comes-t_b_9928.html

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