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Date: Thu, 15 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 2152
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$226,683,200,647
costofwar.com/

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30,000 Iraqis More or Less

“The long run in this war is going to require a change of governments in parts of the world.”

By Lucinda Marshall

George’s face was eerily matter-of-fact as he said it. “30,000 Iraqis more or less” have been killed so far in the ‘War on Terror’. No remorse or sadness, he seemed wholly unaffected in any way by the enormity of such a loss of life, let alone that he might bear some responsibility for it happening.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11311.htm

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Enemies of the state?

By Nigel Morris
Home Affairs Correspondent

Four men deprived of their liberty for four years on suspicion of being international terrorists disclose today that they have not once been questioned by police or security services since being arrested.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11310.htm

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Kidnap and Torture American Style

Video Documentary – Channel 4 – UK

Kidnap and Torture American Style follows the stories of terror suspects. Some of them are British residents, who have been snatched from streets and airports throughout the world before being flown to the Middle-East and Africa. In countries such as Syria and Egypt, they undergo agonising ordeals before being incarcerated, without ever facing an open trial.

Watch it here : Real Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11314.htm

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U.S. Marine Killed:

A Marine assigned to the 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed i the vicinity of ar Ramadi, Dec. 14.
tinyurl.com/aotew

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Turnout Strong for Iraq Parliamentary:

Iraqis voted Thursday in one of the largest and freest elections in the Arab world, with strong turnout reported in Sunni areas and even a shortage of ballots in some precincts. Several explosions rocked Baghdad throughout the day, but the level of violence was low.
tinyurl.com/cohuq

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Sistani plays major role, but from sidelines :

There is an Arabic phrase that aptly describes Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani’s role in this week’s elections: “Absent yet present.” Sistani, who wields vast influence among Iraq’s majority Shiites, has not publicly endorsed any candidates. But there’s little doubt of his choices ˜ and why.
www.jordantimes.com/thu/news/news5.htm

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Italy to Pull Out 300 Soldiers from Iraq in January 2006:

The Italian contingent will be reduced from 2,900 to 2,600. Italy is one of the most devoted allies of the US administration.
www.focus-fen.net/index.php?catid=135&newsid=78674&ch=0&datte=2005-12-15

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Bush defends Iraq invasion, preemptive war doctrine :

“In an age of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, if we wait for threats to fully materialize, we will have waited too long,” he said in a speech aimed at shoring up flagging US support for the conflict.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051214/wl_mideast_afp/iraqvoteusbush

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A Death Toll Lower Than DC Murder Rate?:

NPR Swallows Bush Guestimate on Iraqi Dead
www.counterpunch.org/hurley12142005.html

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Iraqi military and resistance fighters are human beings?:

I wrote two days ago that George Bush’s assertion that 30,000 Iraqi “citizens” had died was wrong, not just because it didn’t give credence to the controversial Lancet study which estimated (more than a year ago) 100,000 dead
tinyurl.com/855wr

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Full Text: Murtha Demands Debate on Iraq:

I am asking you to join me in demanding a real discussion of the war in Iraq from the U.S. House of Representatives.
villagevoice.com/news/0551,news,71092,2.html

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War Costs Poised To Reach $500B:

The administration long has contended that it can’t put a price tag on future costs because of the unpredictable nature of war. Critics, mostly Democrats, have accused Bush of delaying his war spending requests for as long as possible to keep budget deficit projections looking smaller.
cbs5.com/topstories/topstories_story_347213415.html

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U.S. Senate wants secret prison details:

The new Senate measure, part of a bill authorizing intelligence spending, is separate from an amendment by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that is still being debated as part of a military spending bill.
tinyurl.com/akqyk

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Egypt says US ignores offer to train Iraqi troops:

Egypt has repeatedly offered to train tens of thousands of Iraqi forces but Washington ignored this offer and chose instead to criticize Cairo for not doing enough, Egypt’s envoy to the United States said.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051215/pl_nm/iraq_egypt_usa_dc_1

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Able Danger officials will testify before Congress :

The Pentagon, after weeks of silence, will allow participants in an intelligence cell that a year before the Sept. 11 attacks may have identified some of the ringleaders to testify before Congress. Their testimony could shed light on information that the Sept. 11 commission did not include in its report.
tinyurl.com/76ntc

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US soldier killed in Afghan clash, prisoners freed:

An American soldier was killed in a firefight with suspected Taleban guerrillas in Afghanistan on Thursday, the US military said
tinyurl.com/9dm2v

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Afghan news site claims to have obtained new tape showing bin Laden:

The story, dated Tuesday, describes a new 30-minute tape with a message from Taliban commander Mullah Dodallah and the al-Qaida leader, according to the IntelCenter, a U.S. government contractor that does work for intelligence agencies.
www.tucsoncitizen.com/breakingnews/121505Purported_Bin_Laden_Tape

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Imagining Survival:

We Americans read in the Administration’s “pet media” what the military allows to filter thru the Pentagon’s sieve of deceptions, half-truths and lies and we feel well informed. But we aren’t well informed – we aren’t even informed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11313.htm

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised :

‘Millions of people are turning away from the traditional sources of news and information and to the World Wide Web, convinced that mainstream journalism is the voice of rampant power.’
tinyurl.com/88ca7

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Report From The International Peace Conference :

This excellent panel featured talks by Rose Gentle (Military Families Against the War), Ann Lawrence (Military Families Against the War), John Miller (Military Families Against the War), Ben Griffin (Military Families Against the War), Kelly Dougherty (Iraq Veterans Against the War), Chis Nineham (Stop the War Coalition), Medea Benjamin (Code Pink), Peter Brierley (Military Families Against the War), Judy Cuniglio (Dallas, Texas), Reg Keys (Military Families Against the War), Cindy Sheehan (Gold Star Families for Peace).
www.traprockpeace.org/stw_mil_fam_10dec05/

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The peace conference was convened by the Stop the War Coalition (UK):

Well over 1000 people packed packed into the Royal Horticultural Society Hall, London on Saturday for the peace conference. More were in an overflow hall and still more were turned away in the days before the conference began.
www.stopthewar.co.uk/

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Russian Official Slams Iranian President‚s Anti-Israeli Statements:

“There is a feeling that Iran has taken upon itself the mission of stirring up the Middle East conflict and doing services to all sorts of extremists, including those acting far from Israel and Palestine. It may lead to the international isolation of Iran,‰ the senator said.
www.mosnews.com/news/2005/12/15/margiran.shtml

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But it’s so cold in Alaska

Ahmadinejad, former Revolutionary Guard, former mayor of Tehran, current president of the Islamic Republic, couldn’t be topped by any screenwriter in his capacity to provoke widespread horror movie reaction in the Christian West for his remarks about Israel. It’s the third time he’s done it since his election in June.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GL16Ak03.html

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Bush says Iran a ‘real threat’:

U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday called Iran a “real threat” and lashed out at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over the country’s nuclear program and calls for the destruction of Israel.
tinyurl.com/d7ggp

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Israel to build new homes in West

Israel has approved the construction of hundreds of new homes in West Bank settlements, a Defense Ministry official said Wednesday, confirming what would be a violation of the U.S.-backed “road map” peace plan.
tinyurl.com/b39j3

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Palestinian ruling party in crisis:

Rebels in Fatah, the Palestinian ruling party, have banded together to run for parliament on a competing ticket, sparking one of the gravest crises in the dominant faction’s 40-year history.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7FC2F566-D2BA-40C1-A122-1331CABD3B06.htm

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War pimp alert:

Saddam’s WMD Moved to Syria, An Israeli Says:

Saddam Hussein moved his chemical weapons to Syria six weeks before the war started, Israel’s top general during Operation Iraqi Freedom says.
www.nysun.com/article/24480?access=724617

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House OKs ban on detainee

The House gave strong support yesterday to a measure that would ban torture and limit interrogation tactics in U.S. detention facilities, agreeing with senators that Congress needs to set uniform guidelines for the treatment of prisoners in the war on terror.
www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/nation/13410771.htm

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Witness Against Torture:

After five days of walking and three days of fasting, group heads home
www.witnesstorture.org/taxonomy_menu/2

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House OKs Patriot Act; fate in Senate uncertain:

The House voted Wednesday to renew a modified USA Patriot Act to combat terrorism and sent the bill to the Senate, where opponents pledged a last-ditch fight against provisions they said would curtail individual liberties.
www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051215/NEWS07/512150539/1009

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Pentagon Caught Spying on U.S. Anti-War and Anti-Nuclear Activists:

The Pentagon’s domestic intelligence gathering has been done through a secretive program called TALON which allows military bases and other defense installations to file reports of suspicious activity into a consolidated database.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/12/15/155219

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Privatize Me…Corporatize Me… Blackwaterize Me…:

The Social Darwinists sitting atop the food chain in the wealthiest, most powerful nation in humanity‚s history now have access to their own paramilitary force. They can unleash their private army on the “unfittest” when the need arises, whether it be within America’s borders or otherwise.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11312.htm

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Ethics questions dog California congressman:

The Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has come under fire from constituents for accepting nearly a quarter million dollars in campaign contributions from missile defense contractors over the past five years.
rawstory.com/news/2005/Congressman_tied_to_contractors_bribery_coconspirators_1214.html

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When Dead Men Vote:

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was called in after The Commercial Appeal newspaper reported that two Memphis residents who died weeks before the election were recorded as casting ballots.
www.wkrn.com/Global/story.asp?S=4245758&nav=1ugO

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11 Million U.S. Adults Illiterate, Study Show:

An estimated in one in 20 U.S. adults is not literate in English, which means 11 million people lack the skills to perform everyday tasks, a federal study shows.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051215/ap_on_go_ot/adult_literacy

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Date: Wed, 14 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 2150
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$226,463,641,068
costofwar.com/

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We vote, then we throw you out

By Pepe Escobar

None of this points to national cohesion. “Iraq” as we know it – the unified, heavily centralized state with arbitrary borders drawn on a paper napkin by Britain after World War I – may be on its way to extinction after these elections.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11304.htm

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United States: trade in torture

By Stephen Grey

This is a story of private jets flying out of Germany, of kidnappings on European streets, and of torture. It has a cast of lawyers, spies, suspected terrorists, innocent bystanders and an ex-CIA boss who believes that Œhuman rights is a very flexible concept‚.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11305.htm

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Pentagon spying on Americans

Secret database obtained by NBC News tracks Œsuspicious‚ domestic groups

By Lisa Myers, Douglas Pasternak, Rich Gardella

WASHINGTON – A year ago, at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Fla., a small group of activists met to plan a protest of military recruiting at local high schools. What they didn’t know was that their meeting had come to the attention of the U.S. military.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11302.htm

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Iraq locks down for election, :

A roadside bomb aimed at an Iraqi security patrol killed a child in Samarra, police said, a Trade Ministry employee was shot dead in the oil refining town of Baiji, and a roadside bomb in Mosul killed two policemen and wounded three.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/MAC437895.htm

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Bush Says Iraq War Was Justified Even Though Intelligence Wrong :

President George W. Bush accepted responsibility for taking the U.S. to war in Iraq based on faulty intelligence while saying the invasion still was justified by the threat posed by Saddam Hussein and international terrorism.
tinyurl.com/apucx

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Humor? A Picture Paints A Thousand Words
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11306.htm

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Maureen Dowd: W. Won’t Read This :

“No, I don’t feel in a bubble,” Bubble Boy replied, unable to see the bubble because he’s in it. “I feel like I’m getting really good advice from very capable people and that people from all walks of life have informed me and informed those who advise me.” He added, “I’m very aware of what’s going on.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11308.htm

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Iraq elections: a democratic fašade for a US puppet state:

Predictably, the Bush administration has told the American people that the elections in Iraq tomorrow will be a democratic milestone for both the country and the broader Middle East. The truth is that they will only produce greater conflict between the country‚s main religious and ethnic groups
www.wsws.org/articles/2005/dec2005/iraq-d14.shtml

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Police Seize Forged Ballots Headed to Iraq From Iran :

Less than two days before nationwide elections, the Iraqi border police seized a tanker on Tuesday that had just crossed from Iran filled with thousands of forged ballots, an official at the Interior Ministry said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11303.htm

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Iraq border chief denies forged ballots seized :

“This is all a lie,” said Lieutenant General Ahmed al- Khafaji, the chief of the U.S.-trained force which has responsibility for all Iraqi borders.
www.turkishweekly.net/news.php?id=23574

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Most Americans Want Bush to Set Iraq Withdrawal Date :

58 per cent of respondents think the U.S. should set a timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm/fuseaction/viewItem/itemID/10214

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Pentagon may request up to $100 billion more for wars:

The Pentagon is in the early stages of drafting a wartime request for up to $100 billion more for Iraq and Afghanistan, lawmakers say, a figure that would push spending related to the wars toward a staggering half-trillion dollars.
tinyurl.com/7p3es or

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Could your tax dollars be better spent? :

Taxpayers in the US will pay $251.0 billion for the cost of war in Iraq. For the same amount of money, 147,677,463 Children Could Have Received Free Health Care.
tinyurl.com/bsypc

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Family Upset Over Soldier’s Body Arriving As Freight:

Dead heroes are supposed to come home with their coffins draped with the American flag — greeted by a color guard. But 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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Rice: World Not Helping With Saddam Trial :

``The international community’s effective boycott of Saddam’s trial is only harming the Iraqi people, who are now working to secure the hope of justice and freedom that Saddam long denied them,’’ Rice said.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5477534,00.html

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U.S. envoy says Iraqi detainees tortured:

U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad on Tuesday described torture cases discovered in Iraqi police prisons as extensive and severe, saying that more than 120 abused detainees have been found in the two centers run by the Shiite-led government
tinyurl.com/cbfcr

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New army rules could snag talks on detainee rights :

n a high-level meeting at the Pentagon on Tuesday, some Army and other Pentagon officials raised concerns that Mr. McCain would be furious at what could appear to be a back-door effort to circumvent his intentions.
www.iht.com/articles/2005/12/14/news/torture.php

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Row over CIA ‘torture’ flights engulfs Blair :

Tony Blair and Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, were under pressure last night to refute convincingly claims that Britain has been complicit in alleged use of CIA planes to take suspected terrorists for torture in secret camps abroad.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article333047.ece

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Secret CIA Camp in Training Center?:

Is the CIA still using a Polish Intelligence Service training center for the interrogation of Al-Quida prisoners? This is suggested by a “Stern” magazine report.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11307.htm

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The CIA’s torture taxi:

The trail of a secret spy plane leads to a mysterious outfit in Reno with ties to a prominent Nevada politico.
www.sfbg.com/40/11/cover_plane.html

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In case you missed it?

Video: Secrets of the CIA
video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8085945499556832271&q=CIA

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Pentagon rolls out stealth PR:

A $300 million Pentagon psychological warfare operation includes plans for placing pro-American messages in foreign media outlets without disclosing the U.S. government as the source, one of the military officials in charge of the program says.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11309.htm

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U.S., Myanmar tie at 6th in countries jailing journalists :

The United States has tied with Myanmar, the former Burma, for sixth place among countries that are holding the most journalists behind bars, according to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists.
www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1214jailed-journalists14.html

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Israelis Grow Troubled by Bush Priorities:

Despite their mutual enthusiasm for ousting Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Israel and the United States appear increasingly at odds over what to do about the larger Middle East region.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11301.htm

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Israel backs settlement expansion :

Israel has approved the building of about 300 new homes for Jewish squatters in the West Bank, the government says.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4527916.stm

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In case you missed it:

Rabbi Goldstein gives a historic overview of Zionism:

As soon as it was founded [zionism], it was condemned – Jews came out and said this is atheistic, this is idol worship…”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1456.htm

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Calls for mass protest as Syria critic’s murder plunges Lebanon into crisis :

Schools and universities were closed, many shops were shut and television stations broadcast sombre footage of crowds praying in memory of Gibran Tueni, an outspoken politician and publisher of the respected An Nahar newspaper.
www.guardian.co.uk/syria/story/0,,1666894,00.html

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Militants gun down pro-govt religious leader in Afghanistan :

Suspected militants shot dead a pro-government religious leader in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan Tuesday night, police confirmed Wednesday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/14/content_3921720.htm

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Man killed planting bomb at Afghan shrine:

The blast happened shortly before Minister for Youth Affairs Amina Afzali had been due to visit the Hazrat Ali shrine in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, provincial police chief Khan Mohammad Mujahid told Reuters.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ISL9938.htm

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Top US diplomat hid spy meetings :

A former top US diplomat has pleaded guilty to not disclosing a relationship with a Taiwanese intelligence officer.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4523360.stm

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US Hacker attacks linked to Chinese military :

A systematic effort by hackers to penetrate US government and industry computer networks stems most likely from the Chinese military, a security institute says.
mybroadband.co.za/nephp/?m=show&id=1431

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Australia: Now churches are targeted:

FOUR churches in Sydney’s southwest have been attacked in 24 hours as the city’s riots spread from race to religion
tinyurl.com/bzr3z

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Govt casts doubt on Hicks’ return:

The federal government has cast doubts on David Hicks’ ability to return to Australia if he were to be granted British citizenship and released from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay.
au.news.yahoo.com/051020/2/wfpf.html

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Putin Calls Russia Defender of Islamic World:

Russia is the most reliable partner of the Islamic world and most faithful defender of its interests, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Chechnya‚s capital Grozny
www.mosnews.com/news/2005/12/12/muslimfriend.shtml

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Hundreds of millions of children suffering, UN says:

The United Nations sounded the alarm Wednesday about the plight of hundreds of millions of children around the globe who suffer from discrimination and exploitation.
www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2005/12/14/Children-UNICEF-051214.html

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The Slave Next Door:

There are 27 million people serving as literal slaves around the world, and every year 600,000 to 800,000 victims are trafficked across international borders, half of whom are children.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=31114

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Trade protesters defeated by police sprays:

Police used chemical spray on protesters led by radical Korean farmers as they tried to storm the first day of World Trade Organisation talks in Hong Kong yesterday
tinyurl.com/abn4t

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David Ray Griffin: The 9/11 Commission’s Incredible Tales:

Flights 11, 175, 77, and 93
www.globalresearch.ca/PrintArticle.php?articleId=1478

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Undercover marshals will patrol mass transit stations:

Teams of undercover air marshals and uniformed law enforcement officers will fan out to bus and train stations, ferries, and mass transit facilities across the country this week in a new test program to conduct surveillance and “counter potential criminal terrorist activity in all modes of transportation,”
tinyurl.com/8x6gf

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Bush can settle CIA leak riddle, Novak says:

‘Don’t bug me. Don’t bug Bob Woodward. Bug the president as to whether he should reveal who the source is.”
www.newsobserver.com/722/story/377675.html

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The Emperor Has Spoken:

It takes extraordinary disrespect for the American people to look them in the eyes and say that Congress had seen the same intelligence about Saddam Hussein‚s nonexistent weapons of mass destruction as he did, and that a Senate committee had cleared his administration of twisting the WMD intelligence to serve its Iraq war agenda.
www.fff.org/comment/com0512d.asp

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Prosecutor issues subpoenas in DeLay case:

A Texas prosecutor has issued subpoenas for bank records and other information of a defense contractor involved in the bribery case of a California congressman as part of the investigation of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/13398449.htm

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Top Democrat in Abramoff probe returns funds:

The top Democrat on the Senate committee investigating Jack Abramoff‚s Indian lobbying is returning $67,000 in donations in response to Associated Press reports that he collected tribal money around the time he took actions favorable to those Abramoff clients
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10451500/from/RSS/

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Helen Thomas: If Democrats only had some courage:

It’s about time that the “me too” Democrats, particularly those in Congress who vote with the Republicans so often, stand up and be counted.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/251764_thomas13.html

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Date: Tue, 13 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 2150
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$226,212,111,115
costofwar.com/

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Council of Europe probe backs claims of CIA prison flights

By AFX News

The CIA appears to have abducted suspects in Europe and illegally transferred them to other countries, according to the preliminary results of a Council of Europe investigation released today.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11294.htm

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When Allies Become Accomplices to Terror

By Christian Bommarius, Senior Editor

Does a State become a rogue State because it uses roguish methods? Or does it use roguish methods because it is a rogue state? – “ It makes no difference if a State tortures (or outsources torture) in the name of human rights, in the name of a religion or in the name of a dictator. For it then tortures not as a society based on the rule of law but as its antithesis.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11298.htm

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Reduced to double talk in defending torture policy

By HELEN THOMAS

How long will the American people tolerate the shaming of their nation by the inhumane treatment of prisoners of war and the spiriting of detainees to secret prisons outside the United States?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11297.htm

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The Great Perversion

By Charles Sullivan

The experience that most Americans live vicariously through television is an utter fraud. As Thoreau said, “We have become the tools of our tools.‰ Our lives have become more virtual than real.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11295.htm

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What Peace Needs

By Monica Benderman

Our government has told us we must fear the Conscientious Objectors because they have stood against an illegal war of aggression. Our government, threatened by Sgt. Benderman‚s moral stand to defend humanity and our constitution, has imprisoned him in the hopes that the slamming of the rusty, mildewed bars will silence his message of truth.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11300.htm

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4 U.S. Soldiers Killed:

Four Task Force Baghdad Soldiers were killed when their patrol struck an improvised explosive device northwest of Baghdad Dec. 13.
tinyurl.com/dzosq

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Insurgents Kill Sunni Candidate in Iraq :

Gunmen killed a Sunni Arab candidate for parliament and militants tried to blow up a leading Shiite politician in separate attacks Tuesday, the last day of campaigning for Iraq’s election.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5476545,00.html

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Iraqi Army endures desertions:

Desertion has now become a problem too: Of 209 Iraqi soldiers from their battalion on leave or vacation at the time of the attack, 49 have not returned to duty since, Hall said.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/breaking_news/13395684.htm

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Bush Estimates U.S. Invasion Resulted In 30,000 Iraqis Killed : –

In a rare, unscripted moment, President Bush on Monday estimated 30,000 Iraqis have died in the war, the first time he has publicly acknowledged the high price Iraqis have paid.
tinyurl.com/98grh

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Iraq: 1,000 days of war :

There is no sign yet of the thousand-day war ending. Every month up to a thousand fresh corpses arrive at the mortuary in Baghdad. A new Iraq is emerging but it is already drenched in blood.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article332812.ece

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Iraqi president says will not seek re-election:

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani will not serve a second term after Thursday’s election because the post has too little power, his office said on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/99svw

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Iraq troop pull-out to begin in months:

BRITAIN and America are planning a phased withdrawal of their forces from Iraq as soon as a permanent government is installed in Baghdad after this week‚s elections.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1922836,00.html

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Ukraine to withdraw equipment from Iraq starting Dec 20: .

“Our troops will be back home before the New Year,” Kyrychenko said.
www.interfax.ru/e/B/politics/28.html?id_issue=11434897

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Iraq militant group says won’t hit voting stations:

“This does not mean that we back this so-called political process… Our jihad against the Americans and their followers continues,” the group said in the statement.
tinyurl.com/9kryk

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The region will wrest back control when the US stumbles out of Iraq :

This costly intervention has exposed the myth of America as conductor of a grand democratic Middle Eastern orchestra
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1665668,00.html

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Robert Dreyfuss: Bush’s Shiite Gang in Baghdad:

The United States has 160,000 troops in Iraq serving as the Praetorian guard for that Shiite regime. We‚re killing hundreds of Sunnis all over western Iraq on their behalf.
tinyurl.com/cm3v9

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Tortured prisoners had their nails pulled, officials say:

“Two of them showed me their nails, and they were gone,” the official said, asking to remain anonymous.
tinyurl.com/dz9ra

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Illegal CIA transfer of individuals evident: investigator :

Legal proceedings in certain countries seemed to indicate that individuals had been abducted and transferred to other countries unlawfully by CIA.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/13/content_3917547.htm

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Refusal to question US over ‘torture flights’ may be illegal :

Straw finally admits CIA planes landed in Britain
politics.guardian.co.uk/foreignaffairs/story/0,11538,1665912,00.html

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German Khaled El-Masri Tells of Torture in ‘Secret’ U.S. Custody:

VIDEO: ACLU Holds Briefing With Khaled El-Masri, Announcing His Lawsuit Against the CIA for Torture
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11299.htm

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Torture may be necessary: former W.House advisor: –

A former top adviser to President George W. Bush on Iraq policy said on Monday there are instances when torture may be appropriate.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051213/us_nm/iraq_usa_blackwill_dc

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U.S. Activists Fast Outside Guantanamo :

American activists camping out at a Cuban military checkpoint outside the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay started their first day of a water-only fast Monday to protest the treatment of suspected terrorists detained at the base.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/3519361.html

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Brazilians to ‘Try’ Bush for Crimes Against Humanity :

According to this article from Brazil’s OTempo newspaper, mock trials of U.S. President George W. Bush are to be held as a way of educating young people about the ‘crimes’ and abuse of power by the Bush Administration.
www.watchingamerica.com/otempo000002.shtml

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International Anti-War Movement Builds at UK Conference:

Andrew Murray the Chair of the Stop the War Coalition opened a conference in London on December 10th describing it as an “historic event‰ that brings together peace activists from around the world.
www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=4151

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Taliban claim killing three US soldiers in Kandahar:

Taliban claim to have killed three US troops in southern Afghanistan here on today.
According to the details the a Taliban spokesman Dr Hanif claim that a US tank was blown up by a remote controlled landmine in Maiwand district of Kandahar Province today that resulted in killing three US troops onboard.
paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=128272

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Pentagon’s use of media firm, company’s performance, scrutinized:

When The Rendon Group was hired to help Afghan President Hamid Karzai with media relations in early 2004, few thought it was a bad idea. Though Rendon’s $1.4 million bill seemed high for Afghanistan, the U.S. government was paying.
www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/world/13398283.htm

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In case you missed it:

The Man Who Sold the War :

Meet John Rendon, Bush’s general in the propaganda war
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11058.htm

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Australian at Guantanamo Wins Court Battle:

An Australian being held at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay won a court battle Tuesday to be registered as a British citizen — a step he hopes will secure his release.
tinyurl.com/awgf4

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Race warfare divides city:

SYDNEY exploded into a second night of race warfare as tensions between rival ethnic gangs escalated into a series of late-night revenge attacks on white Australian males across the south and west of the city.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,17551313^601,00.html

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Australia: Howard’s Leadership Mires Response to Racism – Senator Brown,:

The Prime Minister, whose infamous ‘we will decide who comes to this country’ translated for some to ‘we will decide who comes to this beach’ on Sunday, has mired the issue of racism in Australia, Greens Senator Bob Brown said today.
www.greens.org.au/mediacentre/mediareleases/senatorbrown/121205a

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Israel: IDF chief Halutz: Iran able to resume enriching uranium in March :

Halutz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in Jerusalem that Tehran still faced numerous technical obstacles and has not yet achieved the ability to build nuclear weapons.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/657324.html

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IAEA Chief: Iran Will Need US Guarantee In Nuclear Talks :

Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei said Monday he thinks the U.S. will need to give Iran a security guarantee before a final agreement can be reached regarding the country’s atomic program.
tinyurl.com/7cvp2

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Iran Says Doesn’t Need US Security Guarantees,Nuclear Aid :

“Iran doesn’t need such aristocratic guarantees. Iran enjoys a very good national might to protect itself,” state-run radio quoted Larijani as saying.
tinyurl.com/exqbq

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Reporting Iran To UN Is Just A Matter Of Time-US Official:

“Clearly our patience is not limited. We’re now talking ‘when’ or ‘how’ rather than ‘whether’ we will report them to the Security Council,” which has the power to slap Iran with sanctions, said the official.
tinyurl.com/b8kbr

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Manuel Valenzuela: The Plague Upon Eden:

Not satisfied with the level of pollution and carbon dioxide emissions spewed by the world today, blinded by the quest to further our comfortable, gluttonous ways, we continue pushing the increase of carbon, oil and gas consumption ever more.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11296.htm

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Stanley Tookie Williams Executed at San Quentin:

Stanley Tookie Williams is dead. He was executed at 12:35 am PT by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison. He was 51 years old.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/12/13/1524254

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Europeans Outraged at Schwarzenegger:

California’s execution of Stanley Tookie Williams on Tuesday outraged many in Europe who regard the practice as barbaric, and politicians in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s native Austria called for his name to be removed from a sports stadium in his hometown.
tinyurl.com/ccphb

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In case you missed it:

Video: Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons:

They are just some of the victims of wholesale torture taking place inside the U.S. prison system that we uncovered during a four-month investigation for BBC Channel 4 . It‚s terrible to watch some of the videos and realise that you‚re not only seeing torture in action but, in the most extreme cases, you are witnessing young men dying.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8451.htm

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How a Lobbyist Stacked the Deck:

Abramoff Used DeLay Aide, Attacks On Allies to Defeat Anti-Gambling Bill
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/15/AR2005101501539.html

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Jury Indicts Siegelman, Scrushy :

A federal grand jury on Monday indicted former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth Chairman Richard Scrushy on more charges in a political corruption case.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5475859,00.html

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Date: Mon, 12 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 2146
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$225,989,780,355

costofwar.com/

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Israel readies forces for strike on Iran
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11279.htm

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The Pentagon is underreporting the number of American soldier casualties in Iraq, say House Democrats.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11287.htm

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MI6 and CIA ‘sent student to Morocco to be tortured’

An Ethiopian claims that his confession to al-Qaeda bomb plot was signed after beatingswww.informationclearinghouse.info/article11277.htm

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On the Trail of the CIA

Operating in the shadows, American secret services have been given wide-ranging powers by the Bush Administration. And they include murder, abduction and torture.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11284.htm

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Low Prices, Widespread Torture: Our new system of global production
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11274.htm

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No WMD and Bush admits at least 30,000 Iraqis killed since he began the war: –

U.S. President George W. Bush said on Monday 30,000 Iraqis have been killed since the Iraq war began and, speaking days before election in Iraq, acknowledged setbacks in efforts to create a democracy there.
tinyurl.com/89pfk

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Where is the outrage?

Meet Some Of The Victims In America’s War – Collateral Damage ?

In a democratic society we are all responsible for the action of our government.

WARNING – This picture show the bodies of two Iraqi infant’s
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11283.htm

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Most Iraqis want U.S. forces out:

More than two-thirds of those surveyed oppose the presence of troops from the United States and its coalition partners
www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1408504.php

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U.S. Soldier Among 11 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Three policemen and a civilian were killed and nine people wounded in clashes between Iraqi police and gunmen in western Ghazaliya district of Baghdad
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L12765975.htm

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Three Fort Campbell soldiers killed in Iraq :

Three Fort Campbell soldiers assigned to Task Force Baghdad in Iraq were killed over the weekend, the Army said.
tinyurl.com/e2b99

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Two People Killed :

Another two people were killed in an early morning drive-by shooting in Baghdad southern Dora district
aawsat.com/english/news.asp?section=1&id=3015

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Allawi predicts a ‘bloody chain of evil’:

Iraq is likely to descend into civil war, unleashing a wave of “evil forces” around the world, if the current government is returned to power in this week’s elections, the former prime minister warned yesterday.
tinyurl.com/aqols

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Caution is voiced in U.S. ahead of Iraqi elections :

Four days before parliamentary elections in Iraq that the Bush administration has portrayed as a “significant milestone,” a U.S. official and a senior Republican lawmakers cautioned Sunday against assuming that the vote would produce quick and dramatic improvement or a rapid U.S. withdrawal
www.iht.com/articles/2005/12/11/news/iraq.php

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Saddam loyalists warn al-Qaeda not to disturb vote:

Loyalists of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein who violently opposed January elections have made an about-face as the polls near, urging fellow Sunni Arabs to vote and warning al-Qaeda militants not to attack.
www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2005/12/12/2003284046

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Voter registration irregularities found in Iraq:

With just four days to go until parliamentary elections, the Iraqi electoral commission said yesterday that it had found irregularities in voter registration in the volatile northern oil city of Kirkuk.
www.kentucky.com/mld/heraldleader/news/world/13387046.htm

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Sell Off Your Oil Wealth and Ye Shall be Free:

The increasing attacks upon the oil infrastructure suggest that it is downright delusional to believe, as senior US policy makers seem to, that military force is a reasonable tool for securing access to petroleum resources.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11293.htm

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Kurdish youth hold key to power in Iraqi elections :

Pop star drafted in as voters threaten to stay away in protest at living conditions
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1665126,00.html

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Iraqi general tells of prison torture horror :

Samarrai said he filmed, men showing whip marks and acid burns. One of them has lost an eye. Another’s legs are broken. Still another has nails driven into his body. The video also shows the mutilated corpses of three men who Samarrai said died as a result of torture.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11290.htm

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More abused detainees found in a Baghdad prison :

Interior Ministry special commandos found 13 prisoners who had suffered abuse serious enough to require medical treatment, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Sunday night
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/12/12/MNG4FG6N531.DTL

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New ‘torture jail’ found in Iraq :

Iraqi and US officials have found a packed interior ministry prison in Baghdad, where 625 inmates were being held in “very overcrowded” conditions.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4520714.stm

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In case you missed it:

War based on a lie:

I say this because I am currently serving with a logistics headquarters in the Anbar province, between the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi. I am not fooled by the constant fabrication of “democracy‰ and “freedom‰ touted by our leadership at home and overseas.
www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=125&article=33305

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Straw faces MPs over claims MI6 delivered suspect for torture :

Allegations that MI6 handed over a former London student to the CIA for “extraordinary rendition” and torture will be raised omorrow by MPs with Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article332539.ece

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Does the secretary of state think anyone is buying her spiel?:

Our secretary of state’s tortuous defence of supposedly non-existent CIA torture chambers in Eastern Europe was an acid flashback to Clintonian parsing.
www.commondreams.org/views05/1211-25.htm

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No heart and no soul, a spineless :

Sen. Clinton Crafts Centrist Stance on War With Eye to 2008:

At a time when politicians in both parties have eagerly sought public forums to debate the war in Iraq, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has kept in the shadows.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/11/AR2005121100846.html

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Pigs at the trough:

Clinton praises Israel as Mideast ally:

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton last night called Israel a beacon of democracy in the Middle East, supported its need for a security barrier and called on the Palestinian Authority to crack down on the terrorism that threatens both Israel and the Palestinians’ hope for a brighter future.
tinyurl.com/apchd

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In case you missed it:

Scenes Of Israeli Massacre In Qana 1996:

– Warning! –

This video of an Israeli Massacre of Palestinian & Lebanese civilians in April of 96 is very graphic and should only be viewed by a mature audience.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/quana_01_19_03.htm

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Lebanon blast kills 3 including anti-Syria lawmaker:

Anti-Syrian journalist and Lebanese Christian lawmaker Gebran Tueni has been killed along with two others in an explosion that targeted his convoy in an industrial suburb northeast of Beirut.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/2E23D695-5F77-4FCA-8CCC-636057B92A57.htm

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Group claims Beirut killing :

In a statement faxed to Reuters on Monday bearing no insignia or letterhead, the group calling itself Strugglers for the Unity and Freedom of the Levant, said the same fate awaited other opponents of “Arabism” in Lebanon.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/535F9018-B912-4F5A-B4D7-D95D340B4D74.htm

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New Hariri report ‘blames Syria’ :

Mr Mehlis said his investigation was not affected by the retractions of a Syrian witness two weeks ago and none of his conclusions presented to the UN Security Council in October need to be altered.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4519346.stm

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The Syrian Gambit Unravels :

When the main witnesses recant, you don’t have a case
www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=8233

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Syria warns against sanctions:

Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, has warned that an attempt to impose sanctions on his nation would destabilise the region and the entire world.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8DE16AFA-13FC-43D0-8AAE-BC40538B1B3E.htm

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Ahmadinejad defends anti-Israel tirade :

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stood by his latest attack on Israel and asserted the world was “on the verge of change”.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/882BF23B-0D16-4C1F-9983-3428DDB96A18.htm

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In case you missed it:

1981: Israel bombs Baghdad nuclear reactor:

The Israelis have bombed a French-built nuclear plant near Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, saying they believed it was designed to make nuclear weapons to destroy Israel
news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/june/7/newsid_3014000/3014623.stm

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Robert Fisk: Some buried bones are best left undug :

There are 17,000 Lebanese missing from the civil war. Are we to dig them all up?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11291.htm

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Two more Christian Aid partners killed in Afghanistan:

The bodies of two members of staff of a Christian Aid partner in Afghanistan have been uncovered in Farah province. These murders demonstrate the worsening security situation in the country and the need for greater action to ensure the safety of those working on behalf of the Afghan people.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/fromthefield/218275/11343890630.htm

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Over three million dead ˆ arms trafficking and plunder in the Democratic Republic of Congo
web.amnesty.org/pages/ttt4-article_4-eng

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Hicks likely to gain UK citizenship: lawyers:

Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks are confident the British High Court will grant his application for UK citizenship tomorrow night.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200512/s1529326.htm

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Australia: Pine Gap invaders face jail terms:

Five peace activists, including a woman who acted as a ‘human shield’ before the Iraq war, face up to seven years’ jail for breaking into a top secret military base in central Australia.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2005/12/09/1134086789312.html

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Australia PM urges tolerance after race violence:

Racial tension sparked violence on Cronulla Beach on Sunday when around 5,000 people, some yelling racist chants, attacked youths of Middle Eastern background
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SYD292077.htm

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Bachelet 45.9%, Pinera 25.5% In Chile President Vote ;

Socialist Bachelet won 45.9% of the vote over conservative entrepreneur Pinera, who took 25.5%, with 96% of polling stations reporting, said Undersecretary of the Interior Jorge Correa in his fourth report.
tinyurl.com/cx6p2

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Maine governor signs trade deal with Cuba, calls for better relations :

Baldacci, the sixth sitting U.S. governor to visit Cuba since the United States imposed trade sanctions four decades ago, said he wanted Maine to be a leader in expanding U.S. trade with the island.
www.mytelus.com/news/article.do?pageID=world_home&articleID=2115462

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“Most Wanted” Corporate Human Rights Violators of 2005:

Corporations carry out some of the most horrific human rights abuses of modern times, but it is increasingly difficult to hold them to account.
www.globalexchange.org/getInvolved/corporateHRviolators.html

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We will pay for cheap bananas with prisons, fear and fragmentation :

Those at the trade talks should recognise that there is much more to economics than the market price of goods
www.guardian.co.uk/fairtrade/story/0,12458,1665224,00.html

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In case you missed it:

Kicking the subsidies :

Developing countries are about to be sold down the river again and hardly anyone seems to care enough to do anything about it.
www.guardian.co.uk/wto/article/0,2763,1020721,00.html

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Robert Reich : The New Rich-Rich Gap :

In recent years, the top fifth of American workers has held 85 percent of the country’s wealth. What I didn’t predict was that the three tiers would change shape so dramatically.
www.commondreams.org/views05/1212-20.htm

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Time: Rove’s Lawyer Told of Conversation : –

During much of 2004, Karl Rove’s lawyer was on notice that his client, a senior aide to President Bush, might have disclosed Valerie Plame’s CIA status to a Time magazine reporter.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5473602,00.html

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Secret ID Law to Get Hearing :

Why should I run around without an ID? Because no one else was paying attention to that and letting our liberties slip down the drain. I figured it was worth some amount of money and some amount of personal sacrifice to keep a free society.”
www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,69774,00.html

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UK: How free speech was quietly abolished:

Sometimes, you wonder whether the police have taken leave of their senses.
tinyurl.com/7skk2

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In case you missed it:

Media Tangled in Lobbyist Case:

Press Freedoms Debated After Wiretapping of Call to Reporter
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/11/AR2005111101649.html?referrer=emailarticle

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How Abramoff Spread the Wealth:
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2005/12/12/GR2005121200286.html?referrer=emaillink

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