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Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005

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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In America’s War 100,000 +
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7170.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered In Bush’s War 2142
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of the War in Iraq
$225,516,172,976
costofwar.com/

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Iraqi Shiites, Sunnis Issue Declaration for US Pullout

By Cihan, aa

As the presence of foreign troops in Iraq is under debate, the largest Shiite and Sunni groups issued a declaration on Friday demanding a deadline announcement for the US pullout.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11272.htm

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If America Left Iraq

The case for cutting and running

By Nir Rosen

At some point˜whether sooner or later˜U.S. troops will leave Iraq. I have spent much of the occupation reporting from Baghdad, Kirkuk, Mosul, Fallujah, and elsewhere in the country, and I can tell you that a growing majority of Iraqis would like it to be sooner.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11273.htm

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Were looking for a few good refuseniks

Do our government’s poorly paid contract killers deserve our “support” for blindly following orders?

By Ted Rall

If we are, as Jean-Paul Sartre posited, defined by our actions, most of the blame for the murder of more than 100,000 Iraqis belongs to our top government officials. But Bush’s armchair warriors couldn’t have invaded Iraq without a compliant and complicit United States military—one that, it should be noted, is all volunteer.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11264.htm

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The US has used torture for decades.

All that’s new is the openness about it

By Naomi Klein

In Iraq the dirty work is already being handed over to Iraqi death squads, trained by the US and supervised by commanders like Jim Steele, who prepared for the job by setting up similar units in El Salvador.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11271.htm

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Torture Degrades Us All

By Ben Saul

For those who think we live in an age of terror, it is intuitively appealing to believe that torturing one person to save many is the right thing to do. Discussion of torture should not be taboo, but arguments for it must withstand moral scrutiny.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11265.htm

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21 killed in southern Afghanistan attacks:

Ten Afghan police and 11 suspected Taliban fighters were killed Saturday in two separate incidents in Afghanistan’s southern provinces, officials said.
tinyurl.com/bckoa

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U.S. Soldier Killed In western Baghdad:

Two civilians were killed and another wounded in a car bomb attack aimed at U.S forces, witnesses and a hospital official said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L10491369.htm

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2 U.S Soldier’s Killed:

U.S.Soldier’s were killed by small-arms fire in the Yusufiyah district southwest of Baghdad Dec. 10.
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20051217.txt

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Another U.S. Soldier Killed By Small Arms Fire:

A U.S.Soldier was killed by small-arms fire while on patrol northwest of Baghdad Dec. 10
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20051216.txt

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Another U.S. Soldier Killed By IED:

A U.S.Soldier was killed when a patrol struck an improvised explosive device in the Adhamiyah district of north Baghdad Dec. 10.
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20051215.txt

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Family Upset Over Marine’s Body Arriving As Freight:

In reality, many are arriving as freight on commercial airliners — stuffed in the belly of a plane with suitcases and other cargo.
www.10news.com/news/5504608/detail.html

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Iraq elections: Parties to watch:

The following is a rundown of those parties expected to be the strongest contenders:
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/FA5CA9FD-47CC-4751-B591-EA04DC81F83C.htm

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Probe into Iraq coverage widens:

A U.S. investigation into allegations that the American military is buying positive coverage in the Iraqi media has expanded to examine a press club founded and financed by the U.S. Army.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2005-12-08-media-probe_x.htm

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From Creating Realities to Refusing Questions:

They know, that information is power. So they fabricate it (Niger uranium documents), disseminate it through the corporate press (Judith Miller), pay for positive spin in that “free press” (Armstrong Williams), stage favorable press briefing questions, set up “unrehearsed” encounters between the president and troops (October 2005 teleconference), buy positive press coverage of the U.S. occupation in the “free” Iraqi press
www.counterpunch.com/leupp12092005.html

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Ex-Iraq envoy questions war’s worth:

BRITAIN’S former envoy to Iraq has conceded that the war may not have been worthwhile, in a BBC radio interview to be broadcast tonight.
tinyurl.com/7cggq

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Tony Benn opens peace conference

 
Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn has shared the stage with east London Respect MP George Galloway at an international peace conference.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/4517112.stm

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Kurdish Rebels Kill Four Turkish Soldiers :

Kurdish guerillas have killed four Turkish soldiers in clashes in a region of southeastern Turkey that borders Iraq, official Turkish sources reported today.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2005/12/C170D300-087D-41E1-805C-F0A3DC3CCDBD.html

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20 feared dead in China’s crackdown

Villagers report 50 others missing since police fired at plant protesters early this week
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/3515542.html

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No torture? We can’t guarantee it, says Rice :

THE row over treatment of terrorist suspects by the US showed no signs of abating yesterday as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she could give no guarantee that terrorism detainees would not be abused despite clear rules against torture.
thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=2373312005

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Bolton now whining about criticism of war on terror:

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said yesterday that the U.S.-led war on terror has undermined the global ban on torture. Her statement did not go over well with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, who called Arbour’s statement “inappropriate and illegitimate.”
www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/archives/2005/12/bolton_now_whin.html

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U.S. Rebuffs Red Cross Request for Access to Detainees Held in Secret :

The United States said Friday that it would continue to deny the International Committee of the Red Cross access to “a very small, limited number” of prisoners who are held in secret around the world, saying they are terrorists being kept incommunicado for reasons of national security and are not guaranteed any rights under the Geneva Conventions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11270.htm

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US government retreats on Padilla case:

The U.S. government, in an unusual retreat, urged a federal appeals court on Friday to set aside its ruling that allowed the United States to hold an American citizen as an enemy combatant without being charged.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11268.htm

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Fixing the rules of the game:

The Bush administration seems to be losing sight of the fact that the rules also say the majority party of the moment may not use its powers to strip citizens of their rights, politicize the judicial system or rig the election process to keep itself in office.
www.iht.com/articles/2005/12/05/opinion/edvoting.php

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Israel threatens Gaza economic siege:

Israeli television quoted Shaul Mofaz, the defence minister, as having told Abbas that unless a crackdown on fighters begins by Sunday, Israel will re-designate two commercial terminals on the Gaza boundary as border crossings, which could choke off Palestinian trade.
tinyurl.com/anrd4

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UK ‘covered up’ Israeli nuke deal :

The government has been accused of covering up the sale of 20 tonnes of heavy water to Israel for its nuclear programme in the early 1950s.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4515708.stm

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Video: Israel’s Secret Weapon :

Which country in the Middle East has undeclared nuclear weapons? :

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

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A New Low for Lieberman:

Lieberman is so much of service to the Bush Administration that the Prince of Darkness himself, Dick Cheney, bestowed praise upon him in a speech on December 6 to another gathering of troops.
progressive.org/mag_wx120705

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Republicans sinking in sleaze:

A DECADE ago Newt Gingrich‚s Republican revolutionaries seized control of Congress after 40 years of Democrat rule by promising to end the culture of graft and corruption on Capitol Hill.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-1918775,00.html

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Annals of Outrage III :

Here, is my latest attempt to guide you through the Bush Administration’s most egregious corruption scandals. The information comes to us courtesy of the federal government’s internal investigations into administration fraud, waste and abuse. The cronyism and corruption have hit a new low
www.thenation.com/blogs/edcut?bid=7&pid=41800

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U.S. Delegation Walks Out of Climate Talks :

The walkout was widely seen here as the capstone of two weeks of American efforts to prevent any fresh initiatives from being discussed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11269.htm

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US walks out of Climate talks as 150 nations move forward :

The Bush administration’s unwillingness to seriously confront global warming was increasingly at odds with the rest of the world last night as more than 150 other nations were poised to move forward with the Kyoto protocol.
www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=2&ObjectID=10359360

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Live Tracking of Mobile Phones Prompts Court Fights on Privacy:

Most Americans carry cellphones, but many may not know that government agencies can track their movements through the signals emanating from the handset.
tinyurl.com/87p9s

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American hunger?

America is the biggest food producer of the world. We ship gargantuan piles of it to hungry foreign countries. Fifty four percent of the world‚s exported corn is from the United States.
www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_julian_e_051209_american_hunger_3a_are.htm

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Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2005

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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In America’s War 100,000 +
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7170.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered In Bush’s War 2135
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of the War in Iraq
$225,299,819,806
costofwar.com/

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Before 9/11, Warnings on bin Laden

By SCOTT SHANE

More than three years before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, American diplomats warned Saudi officials that Osama bin Laden might target civilian aircraft, according to a newly declassified State Department cable.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11262.htm

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What We Said vs. What We did

By Philip Gallo, Ph.D.

The administration lied about WMD, lied about their earnest intent to go to war only as the last possible option and only when it was demonstrably unavoidable, lied about every aspect of the Iraqi situation, did so from the start and at every available opportunity, and continues to do so to this day.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11259.htm

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Truth for the Troops

By Richard Cohen

If, as Samuel Johnson said, “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel,” then “support our troops” is very close by. It is being used to deflect criticism of the war in Iraq, or to rebut those who call for a pullout or question how incompetents seized control of the government in a coup by ideologues. In the lexicon of some, the only way to support our troops is to ensure that more of them die.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11261.htm

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Police find nine bodies south of Baghdad:

Two Iraqis were reported killed Friday in a clash with police in western Baghdad. Insurgents killed two U.S. soldiers Wednesday in the western Iraqi rebel stronghold of Ramadi, the U.S. army announced earlier
tinyurl.com/bqra3

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Nine Iraqis killed:

Nine Iraqis have been killed in a series of incidents throughout Iraq on Friday, according to security and medical sources.
tinyurl.com/cjbr8

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3 Bodies Discovered:

Iraqi soldiers found two dead bodies in a western Baghdad neighbourhood where insurgents were seen roaming the streets on Friday morning, Interior Ministry sources said. BALAD – Iraqi police found the body of an intelligence officer on Friday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L09763816.htm

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Roadside bomb hits US patrol, killing 2 Iraqis :

A roadside bomb went off in southwestern Baghdad near a US patrol on Friday, causing casualties among US soldiers and killing two Iraqi civilians
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/09/content_3900008.htm

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U.S Military Will Request $100B For Iraq In 2006, Murtha Reveals :

During his response to President Bush this afternoon, Murtha revealed, for the first time, that the Pentagon will ask for an additional $100 billion for operations in Iraq next year:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11254.htm

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In Pictures: What our dollar’s Buy: Faces of war.

– Warning – Images depict the reality and horror of war.
tinyurl.com/8denj

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U.S. Considering Troop Reduction In Iraq:

A pentagon official says the U.S. is considering pulling out 30,000 troops from Iraq after elections there on December 15th. However, he says no decisions have been made.
www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7001386335

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Hidden in Plane Sight:
U.S. Media Dodging Air War in Iraq: there are strong indications that the U.S. military command will intensify its bombardment of Iraq while reducing the presence of American occupying troops before the U.S. congressional elections next fall. With the White House eager to show progress toward U.S. disengagement from Iraq, we should expect enormous media spin to accompany any pullout of troops in 2006.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11258.htm

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The War for Latinos:

Jessica Sanchez poses an urgent threat to the US military. For a Pentagon stretched by stagnating enlistments and an Administration bent on waging a “global war on terror,” the question of whether this four-foot-eleven Mexican-born legal resident and others like her will decide to join the military has enormous geopolitical implications.
www.thenation.com/docprint.mhtml?i=20051003&s=lovato

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Turkish PM offers blunt message on Iraq:

PRIME Minister John Howard has received an obvious but unwelcome message from his Turkish counterpart: Iraq is going badly.
tinyurl.com/b48j3

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Iraq war debate enters new phase:

You might not expect a West Point graduate, Vietnam vet and career soldier to come out with a book titled “The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Addicted to War.” But that’s what Andrew Bacevich, who now directs the program in International Relations at Boston University, has done.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/251384_tony09.html

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Blair Tries to Cover Up $1.3 Billion Iraqi Theft:

The British government is trying to stall an investigation into the theft of more than $1.3bn (£740m) from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, senior Iraqi officials say.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11257.htm

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Iraq’s oil production declines this year:

Despite President Bush’s optimism on Iraq’s reconstruction, the country appears set to pump less crude in 2005 than last year’s disappointing showing and far less than under Saddam Hussein.
www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/12/09/business/news/16_31_3912_8_05.txt

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Claim of al-Qaida ties to Iraq called coerced:

The Bush administration based a crucial prewar assertion about ties between Iraq and al-Qaida on detailed statements made by a prisoner in Egyptian custody who later said he had fabricated them to escape harsh treatment, according to current and former government officials.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/3513439.html

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Taken for a ride in the ‘war on terror’:

Since the onset of the “war on terror”, the US has detained more than 3,000 people worldwide in a network of secret prisons established by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in a number of regions, from Southeast Asia to North Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11260.htm

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US bars access to terror suspects :

The US has admitted for the first time that it has not given the Red Cross access to all detainees in its custody.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4512192.stm

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Un-American & inefficient :

Team Bush is hell-bent on preserving torture as an option if they think we, the public, will let them get away with it.
www.nydailynews.com/news/col/story/373099p-317210c.html

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Pentagon sticks with 2-war plan:

When the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) is completed next month, it will retain the requirement that the Pentagon maintain active forces and reserves able to repel and occupy an enemy in one war and defeat a second enemy but not necessarily occupy the capital.
www.washingtontimes.com/national/20051208-113131-7167r.htm

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Debating The American Crusade:

Bush sold America his global war using an old Christian heresy. Not surprisingly, it’s led to a new crusade.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/251384_tony09.html

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The Iron Fist of Jesus :

Under Bush (who believes he is fulfilling a divine mission), America’s regime continues its ongoing military, economic, and social assault on the Arab world, which according to the Christo-Fascists, is populated by “evil” Muslims ready to slice the white, Christian throats of “good” Americans if given the chance.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11256.htm

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Poland was main CIA detention base in Europe: : –

Poland was the heart of the CIA’s secret detention network in Europe, with bases there until recently holding a quarter of the 100 detainees estimated held in such camps worldwide, a human rights group said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11263.htm

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The New Face Of America:

When you close your eyes and picture America, what do you see?
www.aclu.org/rumsfeld/flash/index.html

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The Case Against Secretary Rumsfeld :

Defending American Values in Court ˆ Torture Victims Visit United States Seeking Accountability and Justice
www.humanrightsfirst.org/us_law/etn/lawsuit/index.asp

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The Posse Gathers: Bush War Crimes:

The task is now upon us all to better understand the criminality of our government’s aggression and, as citizens, to act accordingly to demand that our government adheres to international law.”
www.counterpunch.com/brecher12062005.html

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Heads roll at Veterans Administration :

Mushrooming depleted uranium (DU) scandal blamed
www.sfbayview.com/012605/headsroll012605.shtml

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‘I feel I’m carrying the world on my shoulders’ :

“I don’t blame the people who killed Casey but the people who brought us into this, who lied and deceived the world,” she says
www.guardian.co.uk/antiwar/story/0,12809,1663388,00.html

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Beyond Spin : The propaganda presidency of George W. Bush.:

Propaganda is the only word for the Pentagon’s recently exposed secret efforts to plant positive stories in the Iraqi press.
www.slate.com/id/2131768/nav/tap1/

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Two Christian Aid Partners Killed in Afghanistan :

The bodies of two men working for a Christian Aid partner have been uncovered in the Farah province of Afghanistan.
tinyurl.com/bjp3j

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Afghan policeman killed in ambush :

Suspected Taliban rebels ambushed a police patrol in volatile southern Afghanistan, killing one policeman and injuring two others, an official said on Friday.
www.geo.tv/main_files/world.aspx?id=97402

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War pimp alert: Israeli Aides Warn U.S. Not To Drop Ball on Iran:

As Israeli-Iranian tensions mount, Jerusalem is increasingly concerned that the Bush administration is not doing enough to block Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
www.forward.com/articles/6989

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Blast off! We can hit Iran, warns Sharon :

“Such a capability exists,” the Israeli prime minister said.
www.jewishtelegraph.co.uk/world_5.html

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War pimp alert:

Israel expands war arsenal to deal with Iranian nuclear threat :

Israel has acquired dozens of warplanes with long-range fuel tanks to allow them to reach Iran and signed a deal with Germany for two submarines reportedly capable of firing nuclear missiles.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20051208-1347-strikingiran.html

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Iran launches big military exercise:

The armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran launched bigget ever maritime war-game in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman regions, commander of Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Sajjad Kuchaki told IRIB Thursday.
www.iribnews.ir/Full_en.asp?news_id=203074

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Israel: Foreign Ministry denounces U.S. lawsuit against ex-Shin Bet chief :

The Foreign Ministry condemned on Friday a civil lawsuit filed in the U.S. against former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter for the deaths of 14 Palestinian civilians who were killed in a targeted hit on a senior Hamas operative in 2002.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/655820.html

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Treat Us Like Human Beings, Saudi Reporter Tells US Ambassador:

Omar Al-Zubaidi, a well-known reporter for the Arabic satellite channel “Al-Arabiya”, ripped his visa application and other papers in two in front of the American ambassador at a press conference.
www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=74353&d=8&m=12&y=2005

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Firestone Sued Over “Slave” Plantation:

Firestone, a multinational rubber manufacturing giant known for its automobile tires, has come under fire from human rights and environmental groups for its alleged use of child labor and slave-like working conditions at a plantation in Liberia.
www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=12860

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UZBEKISTAN: Forced labour continues in cotton industry:

As this year’s cotton-picking season wraps up in Uzbekistan, the authorities in the Ferghana Valley region have come under criticism for continuing the practice of using government employees and child labour to harvest the country’s main cash crop.
tinyurl.com/d8fgp

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UK : EJF urges Govts, EU to stop Uzbekistan cotton imports:

Environmental Justice Foundation is urging on governments, retailers, buyers and consumers to refuse to buy cotton sold by Uzbekistan produced by forced labour at devastating environmental cost.
tinyurl.com/bgfy2

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Rogue State? US Spurns Treaty After Treaty:

In 1989, the United Nations put forth the Convention on the Rights of the Child — a treaty that protects the civil and economic rights of children around the world.
www.ipsnews.org/news.asp?idnews=31346

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White House wins over some with Patriot Act compromise:

Republican negotiators accepted a White House-brokered deal Thursday that clears the way for Congress to vote next week on whether to renew the USA Patriot Act’s most controversial provisions for four years, in slightly modified forms.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/13367155.htm

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Terror case result casts shadow on Patriot Act:

Arian’s indictment in 2003 was hailed by the government as a triumph of the Patriot Act, which allowed secret wiretaps and other intelligence collected over nine years to be used to charge Arian and others with supporting the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1134108372200180.xml&coll=1

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German Suing CIA Barred From U.S.:

Lawyers asked the Bush administration on Thursday why a German citizen, taken prisoner by the CIA in a case of mistaken identity in 2004, was not allowed into the United States last weekend.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/12/08/national/w160858S48.DTL

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US terror watchlist 80,000 names long:

A watchlist of possible terror suspects distributed by the US government to airlines for pre-flight checks is now 80,000 names long
tinyurl.com/9kv4d

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Eyewitness: “I Never Heard the Word ‘Bomb”:

A passenger on Flight 924 gives his account of the shooting and says Rigoberto Alpizar never claimed to have a bomb
www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1138965,00.html

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Let’s See Some I.D.:

What happens if you refuse to surrender identification when authorities demand it?
www.alternet.org/story/29268

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Judge: NYC Subway Bag Searches OK:

Random police searches of riders’ bags to deter terrorism in America’s largest subway system do not violate the U.S. Constitution and are a minimal intrusion of privacy, a federal judge ruled Friday.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/12/02/national/main1094830.shtml

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Pigs at the trough:

How much lower can they go: I

n 2004, federal lobbyists spent $2.1 billion — the equivalent of the gross domestic product of the Republic of Congo or the amount the U.S. government spends annually on energy assistance for low-income Americans. In that same year, candidates pursuing the presidency and seats in Congress spent more than $3 billion.
www.azdailysun.com/non_sec/nav_includes/story.cfm?storyID=120690

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The contracting scandal won’t end with Duke

The Cunningham scandal appears to be evolving into a full-fledged defense and intelligence contracting scandal with Duke Cunningham just the most colorful character and the first to be taken down.
thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/Comment/JoshMarshall/120805.html

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Date: Thurs, 8 Dec 2005

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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In America’s War 100,000 +
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7170.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered In Bush’s War 2134
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of the War in Iraq – $225,063,648,576
costofwar.com/

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General gave OK for Able Danger

Former military chief confirms al-Qaida mission

By James Rosen

Gen. Hugh Shelton, who was the military’s top commander during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, confirmed that four years before the tragedy he authorized a secret computer data-mining initiative to track down Osama bin Laden and operatives in the fugitive terrorist’s al-Qaida network.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11244.htm

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Open and Shut

Four years later, we still have ten big questions

By Jarrett Murphy

On Monday, December 5, the 9-11 Public Discourse Project˜a private group formed by 9-11 Commission members after their official mandate lapsed in 2004˜held a wrap-up press briefing in Washington, signaling the last gasp of official inquiries into the attacks four years ago. People who lost loved ones will never know exactly how the end came, if it hurt, what the final thoughts and words were. But other questions are more tractable. Here are 10 of them:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11249.htm

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Sacred Terror

By Chris Floyd

Bush proudly held up this hideous system as an example of what he called “the meaning of American justice.” And the assembled legislators applauded. Oh, how they applauded! They roared with glee at the leering little man’s bloodthirsty, B-movie machismo. They shared his contempt for law — our only shield, however imperfect, against the blind, ignorant, ape-like force of raw power.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11253.htm

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Protecting The Torturers

By Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith

Thousands of well-meaning people are mobilizing to pressure Congress to pass legislation banning torture. But the Bush Administration is maneuvering to turn it into legislation that would instead protect the torturers by eliminating a basic legal right.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11246.htm

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Keepers at the Gate

He Who Controls Television Controls the Masses

By Manuel Valenzuela

With Americans watching so much television on a weekly basis, discarding books of enlightenment for monitors of idiocy, preferring the drug of fantasy over the sobering realm of reality, no longer capable of analytical, logical thought, choosing to incorporate as their own the views, beliefs and opinions of corporate media, the keepers at the gate are free to do as they please, disseminating lies, distortions, manipulations, propaganda and fictions into our homes and the minds of our family, young and old, never discriminating and always flowing in the interest of the Establishment.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11242.htm

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How America plotted to stop Kyoto deal

By Andrew Buncombe in Montreal

A detailed and disturbing strategy document has revealed an extraordinary American plan to destroy Europe’s support for the Kyoto treaty on climate change.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11247.htm

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Suicide attack on bus to Shiite town kills up to 30:

A suicide bomber who jumped on a bus after security checks had been completed detonated an explosives belt among passengers heading to a Shiite city Thursday, killing up to 30 people and wounding nearly 40, officials said.
www.helenair.com/articles/2005/12/08/national_top/01nt20051208080.txt

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Two Iraqi soldiers killed in clashes western Baghdad :

Two Iraqi army servicemen were killed in a street gun battle with unknown militants in western Baghdad on Thursday, a police source said.
www.kuna.net.kw/home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=794973

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Gunmen kill civilian, injure police officer in Baghdad :

Unknown gunmen opened fire at a high-ranking police officer in southern Baghdad on Thursday, killing a civilian and wounding the officer and five other people
english.eastday.com/eastday/englishedition/world/userobject1ai1706227.html

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U.S. Soldier Killed:

A Soldier was killed when a convoy struck an improvised explosive device in east Baghdad shortly after 10 a.m. Dec. 8.
tinyurl.com/bpzqt

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U.S. Marine Killed: A Marine assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed in action when his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against the enemy in ar Ramadi
tinyurl.com/9ew8e

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Gunmen storm Allawi’s office :

Gunmen stormed on Thursday an office belonging to the Iraqi National Reconciliation Movement headed by former premier Iyad Allawi and set it ablaze
tinyurl.com/blxcy

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Iraq Insurgents Claim to Kill U.S. Hostage:

An Iraqi insurgent group said Thursday in an Internet posting that it killed a U.S. security consultant it had taken hostage. The claim’s authenticity could not be immediately verified.
tinyurl.com/dklrs

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Mike Ferner: Not Even to Save Our Lives :

Jim returned from Iraq safely, but on a return trip this year, his father‚s worst fears were realized. On November 26, Jim was taken hostage in Baghdad, along with three CPT colleagues, Harmeet Sooden, also from Canada, Norman Kember, from England, and Tom Fox, from the U.S.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11248.htm

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Video: Captors Release Video Of Two Hostages (2):

Video of two of four hostages held in Iraq has been released by the group knows as Brigade of the Swords of Righteousness: this part of the video shows Briton Norman Kember
www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00110.htm

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.Mixed feelings from family of kidnapped NZ resident:

The family of a New Zealand resident being held hostage in Iraq say they are relieved to get more information he is alive, but are finding the waiting difficult.
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3505344a12,00.html

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Security eats up to 22% of US Iraq rebuilding budget:

As much as 22 percent of the 21 billion dollars set aside by the US government for reconstruction projects in war-torn Iraq has been allocated for security, a senior official said Thursday.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=15173

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Iraq Deployments may be Canceled:

The Pentagon has tentative plans to halt the scheduled deployment of two brigades to Iraq and instead send in smaller teams to support and train Iraqi forces in what could be an early step toward an eventual drawdown of U.S. forces.
www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,82310,00.html

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Anti-war campaigner Cindy Sheehan talks to BBC:

Real Media
tinyurl.com/e42fa

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Iraq Closes Border With Syria, Declares Emergency Law :

The Iraqi government imposed emergency legislation in two predominantly Sunni Muslim provinces for the 30 days and closed the borders with Syria until further notice.
tinyurl.com/8dpt2

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How Many Lives Should Be Spent To Keep America From Economic and Social Collapse?:

It has been calculated that our present American economic life style involves importing 6.36 million barrels of oil per day at a cost to our GNP of $426 million dollars per day ˆ calculated on $67 per barrel oil. If oil goes to $100 per barrel, soldiers‚ lives become even cheaper.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11250.htm

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Blast in Pakistan market kills 12:

Twelve people have been killed and more than 40 wounded when a powerful bomb blast ripped through a bazaar in Pakistan’s restive tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, local officials said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/96669521-7C27-4862-B339-65B5749C9CA7.htm

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4 Afghans killed in suspected Taleban attacks :

A policeman, a military driver and two civilians were killed and an Afghan general was wounded in two separate attacks by suspected Taleban rebels in Afghanistan, officials said.
paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=127707

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Conspiracy to Torture :

Torture is about acts: the blow to the head, the scream in the ear, the scar-free injuries whose diagnosis has become an international medical subspecialty. But torture is also very much about words: the whispered or shouted questions of the interrogator; the muddled confession of the prisoner; the too rarely tested language of laws protecting prisoners from “cruel, inhuman or degrading” treatment.
www.thenation.com/doc/20051226/editors

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Condi’s Trail of Lies :

Condoleezza Rice’s contradictory, misleading and outright false statements about the US and torture have taken America’s moral standing – and her own – to new depths.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11245.htm

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Britain’s top court bans “torture evidence” :

Britain’s highest court ruled on Thursday that information gleaned from torture anywhere in the world was unacceptable as evidence in British courts.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051208/ts_nm/security_britain_torture_dc

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Watching Human Rights Watch :

Is it still possible to ask questions in these dark times of preemptive wars? After embedded journalists, shall we have embedded human rights organizations?
www.thecatsdream.com/blog/2005/12/watching-human-rights-watch-open.htm

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Poll: 77% say, U.S. should continue global war on terrorism:

54 % Say going to war with Iraq was the wrong thing to do
www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm/fuseaction/viewItem/itemID/10141

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Rummy exit expected; Lieberman eyed for job :

White House officials are telling associates they expect Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to quit early next year, once a new government is formed in Iraq, sources said yesterday.
www.nydailynews.com/front/story/372921p-316984c.html

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Selling war:

Army Selects McCann For $1.35 Billion Advertising Account —

he U.S. Army tonight awarded its advertising account, the government‚s largest, to Interpublic Group of Cos.‚ McCann Erickson, New York. The army said the contract could be worth up to $1.35 billion over five years
tinyurl.com/9uxoe

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U.S. looking to thwart $1 billion Israel-South Korea arms deal :

Washington is applying great pressure on South Korea to give the tender to the American firm Boeing, even though the Israeli offer is far less expensive.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/655137.html

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Iran: No end to nuke fuel drive:

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Iran will not halt its drive to produce its own nuclear fuel because it does not trust the West to guarantee a supply to feed its planned atomic power reactors.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/84B744F6-8C08-4013-9F8A-950E4697627E.htm

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Bloody clashes tarnish Egypt polls:

POLICE firing tear gas and rubber bullets blocked voters from reaching polling stations in several electoral districts and at least eight people were reported killed on the violent and chaotic last day of Egypt’s fiercely contested parliamentary elections.
tinyurl.com/cdwum

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We Must End the Genocide :

On December 10th the world celebrates the 57th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet our government is ignoring the most terrible violations of these rights in the killing and enslavement of the people of Darfur, Sudan.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11252.htm

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Oil industry targets EU climate policy :

Lobbyists funded by the US oil industry have launched a campaign in Europe aimed at derailing efforts to tackle greenhouse gas pollution and climate change.
www.guardian.co.uk/climatechange/story/0,12374,1661741,00.html

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Acquitted professor may be deported:

U.S. federal agents may retry or seek to deport to the Middle East a former Florida professor who was acquitted on
www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20051208-103023-8889r

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Man gunned down on jetway Œwas always nice‚:

According to a witness, Alpizar ran down the aisle of the Boeing 757, flailing his arms, while his wife tried to explain that he was mentally ill and had not taken his medication.
www.theolympian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051208/NEWS/51208004/-1/NLETTER01

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Republicans have lost high moral ground:

“This town has become very corrupt, there’s no doubt about it,’’ McCain said Sunday on “Meet the Press,” adding that he expects “lots” of indictments and that there is “strong evidence” of “significant wrongdoing” by some legislators.
tinyurl.com/8ooe7

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U.S. consumer borrowing plunges:

The Federal Reserve Board reported yesterday that Americans’ borrowing fell by $7.2 billion (U.S.) at an annual rate in October, the biggest amount on record, with much of that decline reflecting a record drop of $5.6 billion, at an annual rate
tinyurl.com/bjl7j

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Conservatives look at ending birthright citizenship for immigrants:

It’s been a cornerstone of American law since shortly after the Civil War: Children born in the United States become citizens, even if their parents are here illegally. Now some conservatives are taking aim at that birthright.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/13352283.htm

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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In America’s War 100,000 +
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7170.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered In Bush’s War 2132
icasualties.org/oif/

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“An act of blatant state terrorism, “

By Harold Pinter
Video and text of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech

The 2,000 American dead are an embarrassment. They are transported to their graves in the dark. Funerals are unobtrusive, out of harm’s way. The mutilated rot in their beds, some for the rest of their lives. So the dead and the mutilated both rot, in different kinds of graves.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11239.htm

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Torture Is an American Value

Reality vs. the Rhetoric

By S. Brian Willson

Instead of the recent euphemism “illegal combatants,” the United State in Vietnam claimed prisoners were “criminal” and therefore exempt from Geneva Convention protections. The use of torture as a function of terror, or its equivalent in sadistic behavior, has been historic de facto U.S. policy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11238.htm

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Keepers at the Gate

He Who Controls Television Controls the Masses

By Manuel Valenzuela

With Americans watching so much television on a weekly basis, discarding books of enlightenment for monitors of idiocy, preferring the drug of fantasy over the sobering realm of reality, no longer capable of analytical, logical thought, choosing to incorporate as their own the views, beliefs and opinions of corporate media, the keepers at the gate are free to do as they please, disseminating lies, distortions, manipulations, propaganda and fictions into our homes and the minds of our family, young and old, never discriminating and always flowing in the interest of the Establishment.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11242.htm

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U.S. Marine Among 7 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Gunmen in police uniforms killed three security guards and wounded five in a main hospital in the northern city of Kirkuk
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LON737829.htm

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South Korea approves Iraq troop cuts:

South Korea plans to withdraw 1,000 troops from its 3,200-strong contingent in Iraq in the first half of next year.
www.isn.ethz.ch/news/sw/details.cfm?ID=13769

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Ex-president doubts U-S military will ever leave Iraq:

Former President Jimmy Carter says he doubts whether the U-S military will ever completely pull out of Iraq, despite what the Bush administration says about a possible withdrawal beginning next year.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11235.htm

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Daughter of US hostage in Iraq appeals for his life:

The daughter of an American hostage in Iraq appealed for his life in an interview on Tuesday, telling his captors that killing him would not advance their cause.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051207/ts_nm/iraq_usa_hostage_dc_1

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Iraqi oil industry in crisis:

An official of the Oil Ministry in Baghdad said: “We do not know the exact quantity of oil we are exporting, we do not exactly know the prices we are selling it for, and we do not know where the oil revenue is going to.‰
www.isn.ethz.ch/news/sw/details.cfm?ID=13770

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Al-Qaida’s No. 2 urges continued violence:

Al-Qaida’s deputy leader called for attacks against Gulf oil facilities and urged insurgent groups in Iraq to unite to drive out American forces, according to a videotape posted on the Internet Wednesday.
www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/13346463.htm

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Abuse ‘widespread’ in Iraqi prisons:

Major R. John Stukey, a US Army doctor who served in Baghdad from January to June, says he personally treated about a dozen men who had been tortured and observed an environment of overcrowding and neglect
www.csmonitor.com/2005/1207/p01s02-woiq.html

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Behind Iraq politicians, an ayatollah holds sway:

Sistani himself can’t vote; he still carries the citizenship of Iran, where he was born, even though he has lived in Najaf for more than 50 years.
tinyurl.com/clsm2

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CIA ‘emptied secret jails’ before Rice Europe trip:

Eleven leading al-Qa’eda suspects were transferred to a new CIA facility in North Africa, current and former officers told ABC television.
tinyurl.com/8676q

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Rice’s answers on secret CIA flights “unsatisfactory”::

Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot has said the comments by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about secret CIA flights and detention centers for terrorist suspects outside the United States were “unsatisfactory,” Dutch news agency ANP reported Tuesday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/06/content_3886226.htm

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Angela‚s Betrayal :

It‚s clear now that Bush has a reliable ally in Bonn who will disregard the interests of her own people to serve the policy goals of the American administration.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11240.htm

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Does Anyone Believe Condoleezza Rice?:

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may have left Berlin, but her visit has left all sorts of bad tastes in the mouths of Germans. Nobody seems terribly convinced by her claim that America doesn’t torture. And what is “torture” anyway?
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,389084,00.html

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Wife of prisoner starts hunger strike in Bosnia:

The wife a Guantánamo prisoner began a hunger strike Monday, urging Bosnia‚s presidency to open talks with the U.S. government about releasing her husband.
tinyurl.com/c2npn

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U.S. Christians March on Guantanamo:

“As a Christian, I feel compelled to reach out across national boundaries to perform one of the most basic acts of faith as described in the gospel of Matthew 25, I was in prison and you visited me,” explained Catholic Worker Matthew Daloisio
www.infoshop.org/inews/article.php?story=20051206090750814

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AP Poll: Most Say Torture OK in Rare Cases :

Most Americans and a majority of people in Britain, France and South Korea say torturing terrorism suspects is justified at least in rare instances, according to AP-Ipsos polling.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/torture_ap_poll

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If it’s not torture, then it’s OK to use it on Cheney:

“We do not torture.”: That’s what President George W. Bush said, and we can believe him, right? After all, that whole water boarding thing is just a walk in the park. Here is how CIA sources described this technique to ABC News:
tinyurl.com/c86ah

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Israel assassinates ‘top” Gaza militant:

An Israeli air strike killed a senior militant in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and wounded 10 other people, three of them children, Palestinian medics said.
tinyurl.com/dxnrm

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No peace with Sharon :

The Gaza withdrawal has been a veil for continued persecution and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11237.htm

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UN inquiry into Hariri slaying faces questions :

One witness is dead, another is in jail and still another has recanted his testimony with a fantastic story of abduction, drugging and bribery.
www.iht.com/articles/2005/12/07/news/syria.php

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War pimp alert:

Syria is on “the side of terrorists.”:

That accusation comes today from the U-S State Department, which is linking Syria to a Palestinian group that says it’s responsible for five terror attacks on Israel.
www.wric.com/Global/story.asp?S=4210165&nav=0Rcx3aIN

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Ex-Professor Acquitted on Several Charges :

In a stinging defeat for prosecutors, a former Florida professor accused of helping lead a terrorist group that has carried out suicide bombings against Israel was acquitted on nearly half the charges against him Tuesday, and the jury deadlocked on the rest.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5461632,00.html

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Ex-Professor Acquitted in Patriot Act Test Case:

Federal prosecutors had no comment Tuesday on what was, for them, a dismaying outcome after 13 days of jury deliberations and five months of detailed testimony. U.S. Atty. Paul Perez said he and his staff would review the case before deciding whether to retry Al-Arian, 47. Until then, he will remain in jail.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11234.htm

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Jailed for fighting terror :

The hypocrisy of the US war on terrorism is revealed by its treatment of my husband
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11236.htm

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According to Indictment, AIPAC Has Been Under Investigation Since Early 1999:

AIPAC is like a parallel government in Washington˜except that it fights any American effort that Israel wants fought. It is a parallel government whose spiritual heart is in Tel Aviv, not in Washington, DC. The trials of Franklin and former AIPAC honchos Rosen and Weissman, if they occur as scheduled in January 2006, may reveal the true subversive face of AIPAC
www.wrmea.com/archives/November_2005/0511019.html

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Candidates for U.S. Senate weave Israel into campaigns:

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Robert P. Casey Jr. made clear earlier this year that he would compete for the Jewish vote.
tinyurl.com/9e3qy

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U.S. gives Israel a large new camp:

Nachshonim, which covers almost 400 acres, is the third base the United States has built for Israel
www.upi.com/InternationalIntelligence/view.php?StoryID=20051206-103905-7457r

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4 Afghans killed in suspected Taleban attacks :

A policeman, a military driver and two civilians were killed and an Afghan general was wounded in two separate attacks by suspected Taleban

rebels in Afghanistan, officials said.
paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=127707

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Passenger shot on Florida plane :

A passenger claiming to have a bomb on board an American Airlines plane in Miami has been shot and wounded by a US federal officer, officials have said.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4508432.stm

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New York gets Venezuela cheap oil :

An oil company controlled by the Venezuelan government has made its first delivery of cut-price heating oil to the Bronx borough of New York City.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4505936.stm

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Running From the Truth:

9-11 Commission dealt with several issues by simply ignoring them
villagevoice.com/news/0549,ridgeway,70692,6.html

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Ex-GOP Official Faces Conspiracy Charge :

James Tobin, President Bush’s onetime New England campaign chairman, is being tried on one federal count of conspiring against voters’ rights and several counts involving telephone harassment. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
tinyurl.com/abo53

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Reporters Get Peek at Cunningham’s Bribes :

In the warehouse in the San Diego suburb of Poway, camera shutters clicked as appraiser Dave McPheeters peered into dresser drawers, jotted notes on a yellow legal pad and measured the size of Cunningham’s carpets.
tinyurl.com/9pj8o

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Suit Decries New Secrecy in Government :

Breaking a tradition of openness that began in 1816, the Bush administration has without explanation withheld the names and work locations of about 900,000 of its civilian workers, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/atysh

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Spineless:

Democrats fear antiwar talk could backfire:

The critics said that comment could reinforce popular perceptions that the party is weak on military matters and divert attention from the president’s growing political problems on the war and other issues.
msnbc.msn.com/id/10341418/

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Connecticut begins to boil with chatter of Lieberman challenge:

Connecticut seems to now be moving into a boil over Sen. Joe Lieberman’s (D) continued efforts to be a mouthpiece for the Bush administration’s Iraq War policy.
tinyurl.com/dw5v4

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Secret Memo Reveals Hillary‚s Red State Strategy for Œ08 :

Hillary Clinton‚s attempt to rebrand herself as a red state friendly DLC Democrat — Bush on Brains — continues with her decision to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Flag Protection Act, which makes it illegal to desecrate the American flag
www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/huffpo-exclusive-secret-_b_11784.html

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Court Rules Social Security Can Be Seized To Pay Student Loans:

Not paying up on school debts can cost you when you’re older or disabled.
www.nbc11.com/education/5484103/detail.html

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