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Date: Tue, 20 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 2157
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$227,846,807,711
costofwar.com/

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An insidious culture of surveillance

Government that is not checked, balanced, and watched like a hawk can gradually become oppressive.

By Thomas Oliphant, Globe Columnist

In a basically free society, abuses of civil and human rights often initially make sense, which appears to have been the case when President Bush took his baby steps toward a system of warrant-free, electronic surveillance of persons inside the United States — some citizens, some not.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11345.htm

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Bush’s Snoopgate

By Jonathan Alter

The president was so desperate to kill The New York Times’ eavesdropping story, he summoned the paper’s editor and publisher to the Oval Office. But it wasn’t just out of concern about national security.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11343.htm

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14 bodies found:

On the outskirts of Fallujah, a joint Iraqi-American patrol found the bodies of 14 people, some of whom were handcuffed and appeared to have been tortured, said Dr. Mohammed Hameed of the Fallujah hospital.
www.forbes.com/technology/ebusiness/feeds/ap/2005/12/20/ap2404242.html

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Six Iraqis shot dead in separate attacks:

Gunmen shot dead six Iraqis, including three policemen, in attacks on Tuesday, security sources said.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=15272

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Two policemen killed:

Two policemen were killed by gunmen while they were leaving for work in the western part of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, a police source said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM946165.htm

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One women killed, her baby injured by blast:

An Iraqi woman was killed and her five-year-old baby injured in a bomb explosion in northern Iraq’s Kirkuk, police said.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=799084

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US increases air attacks in Iraq:

The latest figures released by US Central Command show a dramatic rise in the number of air raids carried out in Iraq.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3D38A39E-D8B2-499D-9FA4-2C941EBB8332.htm

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Bush Leaves Out the Bad News in Iraqi Poll:

President Bush is making selective use of an opinion poll when he tells people that Iraqis are increasingly upbeat.
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/12/19/national/w125711S57.DTL

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Allawi trails in third place in poll update :

Former Iraqi prime minister Ayad Allawi’s hopes of taking significant numbers of votes from Iraq’s religious parties in last week’s election appeared to suffer a major blow last night.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1671173,00.html

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US hopes of secular Iraqi state fade away:

With more than 60 per cent of votes tallied, Washington’s hopes that the former prime minister Iyad Allawi might pull enough support to build a secular administration have faded dramatically.
tinyurl.com/a42hs

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Sunnis say Iraq vote was fraudulent:

Sunni Arabs alleged Tuesday that last week’s parliamentary elections were fraudulent, especially in Baghdad province, and they said if the irregularities are not corrected, new balloting must be held in Iraq’s largest electoral district.
tinyurl.com/bwuvl

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Voting Irregularities Reported in Kurdish Areas :

“We have proof that thousands of Kurds were kept from the polls because their names weren’t included on voter lists,” said Fadia Fateh, a senior official in the Arbil electoral commission.
www.unpo.org/news_detail.php?arg=34&par=3387

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Three Iraqi provinces reject petrol price hikes:

Three southern Iraqi provinces have refused to implement a wildly unpopular government increase in petrol prices, despite insistence in Baghdad on Tuesday that the measure would help the poor.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=15274

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Marketing War, Selling Occupation :

The mainstream news behaves as if the American mission in Iraq, as in other parts of the world, is based upon humanitarian principles of good will. They would have us believe that America is not motivated by empire but by just causes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11347.htm

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Censure motion introduced in House over Iraq, torture :

Ranking House Judiciary Democrat Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has introduced a motion to censure President Bush and Vice President Cheney for providing misleading information to Congress in advance of the Iraq war, failing to respond to written questions and potential violations of international law,
rawstory.com/news/2005/Censure_motion_introduced_in_House_over_1220.html

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Bush defends right to spy on Americans:

George W. Bush offered his most aggressive defence of a domestic spying program yesterday, saying he was protecting U.S. civil liberties and would not stop the program while America was at war.
tinyurl.com/cpffq

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Senator says she’s asked for opinions on Bush impeachment:

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today asked four presidential scholars for their opinion on former White House Counsel John Dean’s statement that President Bush admitted to an “impeachable offense” when he said he authorized the National Security Agency to spy on Americans without getting a warrant from a judge.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11342.htm

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U.S. Representative John Lewis Calls For Bush Impeachment: –

U.S. Representative John Lewis said in a radio interview on Monday that President Bush should be impeached if he broke the law in authorizing spying on Americans.
www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=73503

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Letter from Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) to Vice President Cheney regarding NSA domestic wiretapping, July 17th 2003.
talkingpointsmemo.com/docs/rock-cheney1.html

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No President Is Above the Law :

Senator Byrd on Monday expressed his strong concerns about possible violations of the Constitution in the Bush Administration’s admitted practice of spying on American citizens.
byrd.senate.gov/speeches/2005_december/law_for_all.html

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An Impeachable Offense?

Famed constitutional attorney Martin Garbus and former intelligence officer Christopher Pyle both say it is an impeachable offense.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/12/19/1515212

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F.B.I. Watched Activist Groups, New Files Show :

Counterterrorism agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have conducted numerous surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations that involved, at least indirectly, groups active in causes as diverse as the environment, animal cruelty and poverty relief, newly disclosed agency records show.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11344.htm

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Bush accuses leak instigators of helping enemy:

Bush said: “It was a shameful act for someone to disclose this important program in a time of war.” He added: “The fact that we’re discussing this program is helping the enemy.”
tinyurl.com/dwjm7

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Bush must be held accountable

George Bush cannot protect democracy by destroying it.
tinyurl.com/7ev54

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United States has problems with democracy:

America has been habitually exploiting, for its own purposes, the language of freedom and equality since the times of Alexis-Charles-Henri Clerel de Tocqueville. United States has problems with democracy:
en.rian.ru/analysis/20051216/42528298.html

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US to cut troops in Afghanistan:

Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, has signed orders that will reduce the number of American troops in Afghanistan to 16,000 from 19,000 by next spring.
tinyurl.com/8yz2w

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Muslim conspiracy to rule world just nonsense:

The chances of a caliphate coming are zero. But raising its spectre helps keep Americans scared. Never mind that, just as the reasons given for the Iraq war proved false, the explanations offered for terrorism have not met the test of time either.
tinyurl.com/aucer

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War pimp alert:

Israel Increasingly Likely to Attack Iran:

Israel is sending increasingly clear signs that it is gearing up for a major military confrontation with the soon-to-be nuclear power of Iran.
www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=11002

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War pimp alert:

‘Iran obtained 12 long-range missiles’:

Israeli iIntelligence Maj.-Gen. Aharon Ze’evi (Farkash) warned that Iran posed a substantial threat to Israel’s security, and that the United States was “dragging its feet” in dealing with the situation.
tinyurl.com/as93b

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War pimp alert:

Exiles say Iran uses tunnels to hide atomic work:

An Iranian exile group on Tuesday called on the U.N.’s atomic watchdog to inspect an extensive network of tunnels which it says the Islamic Republic has built to conceal a clandestine nuclear weapons programme.
tinyurl.com/byxqn

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War pimp alert:

CIA’s Goss Reportedly Warned Ankra Of Iranian Threat:

During his recent visit to Ankara, CIA Director Porter Goss reportedly brought three dossiers on Iran to Ankara. Goss also asked Ankara to be ready for a possible US air operation against Iran and Syria.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=89033

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Russia gives clean chit to Iran on developing nuke arms

“As of now, we have no information about Iran developing nuclear weapons,’’ Lebedev said in an interview to daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta recently.
tinyurl.com/cd58n

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Netanyahu wins Likud vote :

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu has been declared the winner of a leadership election of his rightist Likud party.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D386E6C2-BA27-437E-8AD2-F88EC9D0F604.htm

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Documentary Relives Horror of Shatila Massacre:

Unlike massacres in some other conflicts, the perpetrators of Sabra and Shatila have not been brought to justice.
www.islamonline.net/English/News/2005-12/15/article11.shtml

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Irish Zionist Slur Blasted By Israel::

“I am very sorry that Ireland takes this position because in doing that they support [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad,” blasted a senior aide to premier Ariel Sharon.
www.jewishtelegraph.co.uk/world_1.html

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Central Asia, Washington and Beijing Energy Geo-politics:

On December 15, the state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) inaugurated an oil pipeline running from Kazakhstan to northwest China. The geopolitical chess game for the control of the energy flows of Central Asia and overall of Eurasia from the Atlantic to the China Sea is sharply evident in the latest developments.
tinyurl.com/82u7e

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Polish Intelligence Official Confirms CIA Use of Polish Facility:

According to this article from Germany’s Stern magazine, a ‘high-ranking Polish official’ told of an area of the Polish Intelligence Services building run by ‘the Americans,’ many of whom lived on the premises ‘for months on end during the past five or six years.’
www.watchingamerica.com/stern000003.shtml

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CIA Chief Pays Secret Visit to Ukraine:

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has held a brief meeting with CIA Director Porter Goss, who paid a secret visit in Kiev last Friday.
www.mosnews.com/news/2005/12/20/ciaukraine.shtml

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Bolivia’s Morales has more than 50 pct of vote:

Morales, who pledges to nationalise the country’s natural gas industry and opposes U.S. drug policy, will be Bolivia’s first indigenous president.
tinyurl.com/ah54p

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Bolivia’s Morales blasts U.S. policies on drug trafficking:

Mr. Morales, who vows to end a U.S. campaign against coca growing, stepped up his criticism of U.S. anti-drug policies yesterday, accusing Washington of using drug-fighting efforts to militarize the region.
tinyurl.com/94zl9

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In case you missed it:

Evo Morales: “I Believe Only in the Power of the People”
salonchingon.com/readingroom/evomorales.php?city=ny

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Venezuela gives Exxon ultimatum :

Venezuela has given the world’s biggest oil company, ExxonMobil, until the end of this year to enter a joint venture with the state.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4544390.stm

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Alaska Files Suit Against BP, Exxon Mobil :

An antitrust lawsuit filed Monday against Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP PLC claims the two oil giants are restricting the nation’s supply of natural gas and keeping prices at record highs.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/business/3536365.html

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Did the Bush Administration Lie to Congress and the 9/11 Commission?:

9/11: Missing Black Boxes in World Trade Center Attacks Found by Firefighters, Analyzed by NTSB, Concealed by FBI
www.counterpunch.com/lindorff12202005.html

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A Quarter Century of U.S. Support for Occupation:

East Timor Truth Commission report uses declassified U.S. documents to call for reparations from U.S. for its support of Indonesian invasion and occupation of East Timor from 1975 until U.N. sponsored vote in 1999
www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB174/press.htm

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Federal Investigators Probe High-Tech Explosives Theft :

ABC News has been told it’s one of the most significant thefts of high-power explosives ever in the United States
abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=1421579

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US court clears missile man:

A Canadian who ran a counter-terrorism school in the United States was acquitted of charges he illegally stockpiled warheads.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F6277AFD-7DB5-40DA-BC2C-E0B50F32AF14.htm

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Medicaid changes could hit the poor:

he spending bill approved by the House early on Monday and awaiting a Senate vote could increase the out-of-pocket costs of many of the poor people who rely on the joint federal-state program for their health care.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/budget_congress_medicaid_dc

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Donors Underwrite DeLay’s Luxury Lifestyle:

As Tom DeLay became a king of campaign fundraising, he lived like one too. He visited cliff-top Caribbean resorts, golf courses designed by PGA champions and four-star restaurants all courtesy of donors who bankrolled his political money empire.
abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=1425390

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Date: Mon, 19 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 2156
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$227,615,426,155
costofwar.com/

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America kidnapped me

THE U.S. POLICY of “extraordinary rendition” has a human face, and it is mine.

By Khaled El-Masri

I am still recovering from an experience that was completely beyond the pale, outside the bounds of any legal framework and unacceptable in any civilized society. Because I believe in the American system of justice, I sued George Tenet, the former CIA director, last week. What happened to me should never be allowed to happen again.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11338.htm

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Victims of Creeping Fascism

By Charles Sullivan

Easily misled by false idols intoxicated with power and driven by insatiable greed, we are witnessing nothing less astonishing than the demise of the American experiment. Dreams of democracy, justice, peace and hope are receding into the dim recesses of ever more distant memory. We see them morphing into an Orwellian nightmare of monstrous proportions that promises to pursue us to our graves.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11341.htm

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The miscreant dynasty

The Bush generations have enriched themselves while impoverishing the presidency.

By Howell Raines

Behind George W, there are four generations of Bushes and Walkers devoted first to using political networks to pile up and protect personal fortunes and, latterly, to using absolutely any means to gain office, not because they want to do good, but because they are what passes in American for hereditary aristocrats.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11337.htm

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The Making of the Enemy

By Manuel Valenzuela

What better scapegoat than the Arab/Persian population if one wants to conquer the resources of the Middle East and Central Asia? What greater marketing ploy could be manufactured to make enemies of the same people whose resources you desire?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11340.htm

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8 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Gunmen opened fire on the convoy of Baghdad deputy governor Ziyad al-Zawbai in the southern Amil district of the city, police said. Three of his bodyguards were killed
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LON925886.htm

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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 by small arms fire while conducting combat operations against the enemy in ar Ramadi, Dec. 18.
tinyurl.com/cyh6p

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Extremists Claim to Have Killed American :

A video posted on a Web site in the name of an extremist group Monday purportedly showed a man being shot in the back of the head, days after the group claimed to have killed American adviser Ronald Allen Schulz.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5490155,00.html

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Iraq announces initial election results:

Iraq’s electoral commission has released partial and preliminary results from the 15 December elections that show Shia and Kurdish parties dominating in provinces where they are the predominant group.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3148A096-417D-4BC9-B2D6-6976E3BFB9B8.htm

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Juan Cole: Bush Administration Remains Detached From Reality:

The history of guerrilla insurgencies is replete with groups that simulaneously fought on both the political and paramilitary fronts. Listen to how angry the Sunni politicians are, as they speak out in the wake of the elections, both at Bush and at the Shiites, and you get a sense of how detached the Bush administration remains from reality.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11339.htm

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Behind the Steel Curtain: The Real Face of the Occupation:

Modhhir Najim Abdulla, a security officer in the hospital took us to his uncle‚s bombed house where 17 women, children, and civilians were killed. The house of Arkan was just heaps of concrete blocks; the roof was flattened to the ground. There were 5 families living there. Not one of them was a stranger or a fighter.
www.brusselstribunal.org/ArticlesIraq2.htm#behind

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Road to Anti-Americanism:

I wrote this post with a heavy heart, fully aware of the existence of millions of Americans who do not fit the gloomy picture the post portrays∑ but sometimes it may be more useful in the long run to face ugly conclusions.
iraquna.blogspot.com/2005/12/road-to-anti-americanism.html

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Ukrainian troops end operations in Iraq:

Ukrainian General transfers authority to Polish commander after more than two years of military deployment in Iraq.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=15261

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Iraq fuel price hike sparks protests:

Violent demonstrations broke out across Iraq and the oil minister threatened to resign Monday after the government raised the prices of gasoline and cooking fuel by up to nine times.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1107AP_Iraq_Fuel_Protests.html

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US sets Saddam’s scientists free :

Eight former aides to Saddam Hussein – including two women accused of making biological weapons – have been released from US custody in Iraq. The freed detainees no longer pose a security threat, a US spokesman said.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4542084.stm

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A must listen interview:

Chomsky on Terror and Iraq
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11330.htm

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Audio and Pictures From The International Peace Conference In London
www.traprockpeace.org/london_morning_session/

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McCain says some torture justified:

Sen. John McCain, who pushed the White House to support a ban on torture, suggested Sunday that harsh treatment of a terrorism suspect who knew of an imminent attack would not violate international standards.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2002691568_mccain19.html

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Brilliant Fools: Harold Pinter, John Le Carré And The Media:

The most effective way to control people is to control their assumptions about the world. The task of propaganda is to apply power-friendly labels and make them stick – it is the key to everything.
www.medialens.org/alerts/index.php

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Three policemen killed ahead of historic Afghan parliament opening :

The insurgents attacked a police post in insurgency-hit eastern Kunar province early today, provincial governor Asaddullah Wafa told Agence France-Presse.
www.forbes.com/business/feeds/afx/2005/12/19/afx2400567.html

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Parliament sworn in for Afghanistan:

Human Rights Watch says up to 60% of the deputies are former commanders or their proxies and the list of deputies reads like a Who’s Who of protagonists of the bloody past, boding ill for efforts to account for abuses and to stamp out a drugs trade.
tinyurl.com/dweao

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US-run ‘torture jail’ in Kabul:

America operated a secret prison in Afghanistan as recently as last year and tortured inmates there, according to a human rights organisation.
tinyurl.com/9etzn

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Iran confirms ambush on president’s motorcade :

Iran on Monday confirmed that one of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s body guards was killed when a motorcade of the security team was ambushed in the southeast of the country but indirectly denied that it was an assassination attempt on the president.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/19/content_3943231.htm

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Iran president bans Western music :

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has banned Western and “indecent” music from state-run TV and radio stations.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4543720.stm

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Gulf summit raps Israel, not Iran on nuclear issue:

In a final statement, the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) focussed on Israel’s failure to join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which Iran has signed.
tinyurl.com/9ouzc

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Entire Region of Norway to boycott Apartheid Israel!:

The regional council of the Sør-Trøndelag in Norway has passed a motion calling for a comprehensive boycott on Israeli goods to be followed up with an awareness raising campaign across the region.
stopthewall.org/worldwideactivism/1061.shtml

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Sharon’s aide helps Spielberg promote controversial film :

Steven Spielberg has hired the public relations consultant who is spearheading Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon’s re-election campaign to promote his film Munich, about the hunt for the Palestinians responsible for the hostage crisis that led to the deaths of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1670523,00.html

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Unofficial Results Show Morales Victory :

Socialist Evo Morales appears assured of becoming Bolivia’s next president, according to unofficial results Monday, an outcome that would solidify South America’s shift toward the political left.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5490314,00.html

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New Bolivian leader poses challenge to US policy:

U.S. officials have tried to demonize Evo Morales, a former leader of coca farmers and the country’s first Indian leader, since he first came to prominence. He himself has called his Movement Toward Socialism a “nightmare” for Washington.
tinyurl.com/dkj54

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U.S. House Wraps Up Budget With Defense Plan, Spending Cuts :

The U.S. House adjourned for the year after approving a $453 billion Department of Defense budget for fiscal 2006 and $39.7 billion in spending cuts over five years to benefit programs such as Medicaid and student loans.
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=a5E1xNcYAsE8&refer=top_world_news

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U.S. House approves $39.7 bln spending cuts:

The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday narrowly voted to cut $39.7 billion from federal spending over five years, including health care and other social welfare, as part of a conservative push to contain these growing programs.
tinyurl.com/dkj54

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Pentagon unit collects intelligence in U.S.:

The Pentagon’s newest counterterrorism agency, is carrying out intelligence collection, analysis and operations within the United States and abroad, according to a Pentagon fact sheet on the Counterintelligence Field Activity, or CIFA, provided to The Washington Post.
www.post-gazette.com/pg/05353/624693.stm

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Cartoon of the week
www.bendib.com/newones/2005/december/small/12-19-Eavesdropping.jpg

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Rumsfeld Spies on Quakers and Grannies:

The Pentagon has a file on an anti-war group that was gathering at the Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Florida, to plan a counter-recruiting effort at local high schools.
progressive.org/mag_mc121605

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Big Brother Bush / The president took a step toward a police state:

The Bush administration is continuing its assault on Americans’ privacy and freedom in the name of the war on terrorism.
www.post-gazette.com/pg/05352/623818.stm

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How the Media “Authorize” the Abuse of Government Power :

The story of President Bush deliberately breaking the law to create a domestic spy operation is a lot of different things: it is a tale of power abuse, arrogance, and contempt for the law by an out-of-control president.
www.commondreams.org/views05/1217-31.htm

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Congressional Perks: How the Trappings of Office Trap Taxpayers:

Today, Members of the United States Congress enjoy a vast web of perquisites that benefit them personally as well as professionally, including:
www.ntu.org/main/press.php?PressID=343

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Bush fund-raisers cash in by giving ˜ then receiving:

America’s business leaders supplied more than $75 million to return Mr. Bush to the White House last year – and he has paid dividends.
www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051218/NEWS09/512180341

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House Votes to Open Alaskan Refuge to Oil Drilling :

Working through the night, the House early today voted to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling as part of a military measure and narrowly approved a $40 billion budget-cutting plan as bleary-eyed lawmakers concluded a marathon weekend session.
www.civilrights.org/issues/labor/details.cfm?id=38812

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How Spy Chips Are Quietly Reshaping Privacy :

You may not realize it, but that pack of disposable razors you just bought can enable you to be tracked wherever you go. Same with that discount card you used to buy the razors in the first place.
www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2005/spy_chips.html

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New life-forms created with artificial DNA:

When scientists announced the reconstruction of the lethal 1918 Spanish flu virus last month, they opened a window on a booming new research field with enormous promise for good ˜ or for harm.
www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/local/13426995.htm

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Date: Sun, 18 Dec

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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 2155
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$227,397,399,605
costofwar.com/

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Leaked Report Shows Spies Warned of Tube Attack

By David Leppard

SPYMASTERS warned Tony Blair before the July 7 suicide bombings that Al-Qaeda was planning a “high priority‰ attack specifically aimed at the London Tube. A leaked four-page report by the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), which oversees all spying, is the first definitive evidence that the intelligence services expected terrorists to strike at the Underground.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11333.htm

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14 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Five civilians were killed and seven wounded when a makeshift bomb went off in a crowded market in the eastern Kadimiya district of the capital, police said
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L18031359.htm

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Bomb kills three policemen in Iraq:

Three policemen were killed by an explosive device in the Iraqi capital Baghdad Sunday, police reported.
tinyurl.com/7n5o2

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US marine killed in Iraq :

A US marine serving at a forward unit near Fallujah, west of Baghdad, has been killed, the U.S. military announced late Saturday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/18/content_3937146.htm

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US troop pullout from Iraq to take years: Powell :

“So one way or the other, I think a draw down will begin in 2006, but essentially just to walk away, to say that we’re taking all of our troops out as fast as we can would be a tragic mistake.It’s going to be years,” Powell said
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/18/content_3938388.htm

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Sources: Military OK’d planted news:

U.S. military officials in Iraq were fully aware that a Pentagon contractor regularly paid Iraqi newspapers to publish positive stories about the war, and made it clear that none of the stories should be traced to the United States
tinyurl.com/a4dld

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A must listen interview:

Chomsky on Terror and Iraq
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11330.htm

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War Pimp Alert:

Rice says Iran cannot be trusted:

IRAN has shown through the actions of its hardline leadership that it cannot be trusted with technology that could lead to a nuclear weapon, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,17608904-23109,00.html

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U.S., Europe step up planning on Iran:

The U.S. and its European allies are seeking agreement among themselves on precisely when Iran’s nuclear program will have progressed to the point that the matter should be taken to the U.N. Security Council and what kinds of sanctions might be pursued there, the officials and diplomats said.
tinyurl.com/8eq58

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Pakistan to stand by Iran in case of US aggression: Kasuri:

Foreign Minister Khursheed Kasuri has said Pakistan strictly opposes any expected US attack on Iran, and will stand by Iran if this extreme step is taken by Washington.
www.jang.com.pk/thenews/dec2005-daily/18-12-2005/main/main11.htm

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In case you missed it:

Petrodollar Warfare: Dollars, Euros and the Upcoming Iranian Oil Bourse:

Throughout 2004 information provided by former administration insiders revealed the Bush/Cheney administration entered into office with the intention of toppling Saddam.[1][2] Candidly stated, ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’ was a war designed to install a pro-U.S. government in Iraq, establish multiple U.S military bases before the onset of global Peak Oil, and to reconvert Iraq back to petrodollars
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9698.htm

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Iran denounces EU, US reactions against Ahmadinejad’s remark :

Iran on Sunday rejected the reactions of the European Union (EU) and the United States on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent anti-Israel remarks, terming it as illogical.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/19/content_3939141.htm

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3 Afghan policemen killed in Taliban’s attack :

At least three Afghan policemen were killed as the Taliban militias stormed a police checkpoint in south Afghanistan on Saturday night, an official of Kabul-Kandahar highway police confirmed Sunday.
english.people.com.cn/200512/18/eng20051218_228994.html

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This Call May Be Monitored …

Mr. Bush secretly decided that he was going to allow the agency to spy on American citizens without obtaining a warrant – just as he had earlier decided to scrap the Geneva Conventions, American law and Army regulations when it came to handling prisoners in the war on terror.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11334.htm

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US Spy Agency Starts Eavesdropping Between US, Afghanistan after 9/11 :

The US National Security Agency (NSA) first began to conduct warrantless eavesdropping on telephone calls and e-mail messages between the United States and Afghanistan in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, The New York Times reported Sunday.
en.chinabroadcast.cn/2239/2005-12-19/38@288266.htm

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Arianna Huffington: We Don’t Wanna Know: Your United States Senate:

Got that, New York Times? You’re endangering national security by telling senators what the executive branch, over which they have oversight, is doing. – Please don’t burden them any more with the facts.
tinyurl.com/72rur

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John Dean: Shocking The Conscience Of America:

Bush And Cheney Call For The Right To Torture And Are Decisively and Correctly Rebuffed by the House
writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20051216.html

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In case you missed it:

US and Israeli Proxies Pushing the Next Neo-Con War:

Faking the Case Against Syria
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11336.htm

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Bolivia Coca-Growers Leader Morales Set to Win Vote :)

Evo Morales, the Bolivian Indian activist who favors increased state control over the nation’s natural gas reserves and opposes U.S. efforts to ban production of coca, is set to win election as president.
tinyurl.com/9k2uw

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Morales Aware of US Interference:

Evo Morales, the leading presidential candidate, said if he wins Sunday´s elections in Bolivia, he will seek balanced relations with the US, without submission, although he recognized the risk of Washington´s direct intervention.
tinyurl.com/ag8rx

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Colombian President to U.S.: Stop Meddling:

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, one of Washington’s best friends in South America, told the United States to stop “meddling” in his country’s affairs after the U.S. ambassador urged him to take steps against corruption in regional elections.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051218/ap_on_go_pr_wh/colombia_us

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Chavez and Uribe Put Aside Differences :

Presidents Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Alvaro Uribe of Colombia are diametrically opposed in style and ideology, but they have largely put aside their differences and overcome disputes over the years, building what appears to be an uncommon friendship.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/3533300.html

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Castro’s ‘miracle’ cures the poor of blindness :

The rich tourists whose luxury yachts once crowded the idyllic Marina Hemingway complex on the outskirts of the Cuban capital are shocked to find all Havana’s hotel rooms fully booked until mid-2006. Most of them arrive nearly blind; but all will be able to see perfectly before they leave.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article333837.ece

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In a world gone crazy :

Australians receive inmate organs:

UP to seven Australians have received kidney transplants from death-row prisoners executed in China, according to a report.
tinyurl.com/994sb

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Tax forms: Frist’s AIDS charity paid pals :

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s AIDS charity paid nearly a half-million dollars in consulting fees to members of his political inner circle, according to tax returns providing the first financial accounting of the presidential hopeful’s nonprofit.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11335.htm

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Sen. Reid calls US Congress ‘most corrupt in history’ :

U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid called the Republican-led Congress “the most corrupt in history” on Sunday, and distanced himself from lobbyist Jack Abramoff, at the center of an escalating probe.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051218/pl_nm/congress_ethics_dc

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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 2154
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$227,136,601,800
costofwar.com/

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The interrogation camp that turned prisoners into living skeletons

By Ian Cobain

Last week, Foreign Office files which have remained closed for almost 60 years were opened after a request by the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act. These papers, and others declassified earlier, lay bare the appalling suffering of many of the 372 men and 44 women who passed through the centre during the 22 months it operated before its closure in July 1947.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11326.htm

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Fun Bits About American Torture

In many ways, the U.S. is now just as inhumane and brutal as any Third World regime. Oh well?

By Mark Morford

Oh my God, yes, yes we do torture, America that is, and we do it a lot, and we do it in ways that would make you sick to hear about, and we’re doing it right now, all over the world, the CIA and the U.S. military, perhaps more often and more brutally than at any time in recent history and we use the exact same kind of techniques and excuses for it our numb-minded president cited as reasons we should declare war and oust the dictator of a defenseless pip-squeak nation that happened to be sitting on our oil.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11325.htm

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America’s Own Chronicle of Its Hellish Descent

Iraq, Ourselves

By PIERRE TRISTAM

“Iraq, Ourselves” traces the descent of American values into various circles of hell. The lust and gluttony for power, the greed for cheap and easy profit from Iraq’s ruins, the wrath of our terrified military, of our mercenary “private security” goons, and now of Iraq’s government-backed death squads and their hunt for heretics: All of it combines into a three-ring circus of violence with the Tigris for a River Styx and the Potomac for a Rubicon. Our imperial president crossed that one three years ago, with fraud on his lips and hubris in his plastic laurels.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11327.htm

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Kidnap and Torture American Style

Video : Chanel 4 Investigation

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.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11314.htm

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Seven family members killed:

Seven family members are killed when gunmen burst into their house in town near Hilla, 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad, and open fire, police say. They know of no motive.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L16145440.htm

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Shiites, Kurds Lead in Polls:

The Shiite religious coalition is leading in the polls in Iraq‚s five southern provinces, the Kurdish Alliance looks set to win the north and a Sunni coalition leads in a central province, unofficial results showed yesterday after millions of Iraqis voted in elections.
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=74853&d=17&m=12&y=2005

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Iraq‚s election a victory for Iran, says Rafsanjani:

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran‚s influential former president, on Friday called Iraq‚s parliamentary elections a “victory‰ for Iran and said the vote had shattered any US expansionist ambitions in the Middle East.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11322.htm

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George Galloway: Audio: “oday London declared peace on the world.”

George Galloway, Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, speaking on Dec 10th at the International Peace Conference in London.
www.traprockpeace.org/international_movement/

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In case you missed it:

Revealed: US dirty tricks to win vote on Iraq war :

Secret document details American plan to bug phones and emails of key Security Council members
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1783.htm

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So, just who is Christian Bailey? :

A 30-year-old Oxford graduate with no public relations experience has been handed a $100m contract by the Pentagon – to plant false stories in Iraqi papers.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11328.htm

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Lawmakers Back Use of Evidence Coerced From Detainees :

House and Senate negotiators agreed Friday to a measure that would enable the government to keep prisoners at Guantánamo Bay indefinitely on the basis of evidence obtained by coercive interrogations.
hwww.informationclearinghouse.info/article11324.htm

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Torture Ban May Include a Backdoor:

Tom Wilner, a lawyer who represents a group of Kuwaiti detainees at Guantanamo Bay, told the Washington Post that the Graham amendment would make McCain’s prohibition against torture essentially unenforceable, by giving U.S. troops an incentive to engage in coercive interrogations of detainees, without fear of being held liable.
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=31459

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Landmark Torture Ban Undercut :

Congress Would Allow Evidence Obtained by Torture : Even as the U.S. Congress has passed a prohibition against the use of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, it is set to adopt legislation that would strip the judiciary‚s ability to enforce the ban, Human Rights Watch warned today.
www.commondreams.org/news2005/1216-06.htm

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German abduction case gets murkier – did U.S. pay?:

German politicians expressed surprise on Thursday at reported U.S. comments that Washington had apologized and paid money to a German citizen it abducted to Afghanistan and held for months as a terrorist suspect.
tinyurl.com/bhhe2

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Iran Warns Israel Of “Destructive” Response To Any Attack :

The defense minister , Gen. Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, said that Iran’s defenses were strong enough to thwart any attack, but were Israel to try, “the answer of the Iranian armed forces to any attack would be quick, sharp and destructive.”
tinyurl.com/dofkl

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Iran’s President Threatens To Block Nuclear Inspections :

The new law requires the government to stop all voluntary and non-legally binding measures if Iran is referred to the UN Security Council. Fars reported that Ahmadinejad signed the law on 13 December.
tinyurl.com/8wl4s

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British MP: Iran entitled to peaceful nuclear activity:

“Why should Iran be denied the right to nuclear activities for peaceful purposes, if other countries are given such a right?”
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0512173174184440.htm

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Iran May Buy Russian Surface-to-Air Missile Complex ˜ Report: I

ran and Russia have prepared and approved an agreement project on the purchase of the Russian surface-to-air missile complex Pechora-2A in the second half of 2006.
www.mosnews.com/news/2005/12/16/iranantiaircraft.shtml

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Iran seeks to sign key oil deal with China by Jan:

he deal could draw fire from the United States. Washington has already penalised Chinese firms for working in Iran, which it accuses of seeking nuclear arms and funding anti-Israeli militia. Tehran denies the charges.
tinyurl.com/bdt26

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Israel wiped out the face of the map? Ya; Sure! :

Is the man delusional, suicidal, or a shrewd poker player?
www.payvand.com/news/05/dec/1130.html

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Two killed as gunmen open fire on Afghan school:

Men on a motorcycle have opened fire on students leaving school in volatile southern Afghanistan, killing a pupil and a janitor, a provincial official said.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200512/s1533396.htm

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Two killed as police clashes with afghan villages :

Hundreds of villagers clashed with police near Afghanistan’s capital to demand the release of six men they said were ordinary mullahs but whom police suspected were Taliban fighters, authorities said Saturday
www.geo.tv/main_files/world.aspx?id=98437

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Gunmen Kill Cleric in Southern Afghanistan :

Unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles yesterday shot dead a well-known pro-government Islamic cleric in Afghanistan‚s volatile southern city of Kandahar, police said
www.afgha.com/?af=article&sid=50960

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Kabul Suicide Car Bomb Kills At Least One :

A car bomb exploded in the Afghan capital, Kabul, today, killing the driver.
www.afgha.com/?af=article&sid=50957

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Taliban kills Afghan teacher for educating girls:

Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan have executed a school teacher in front of his pupils for refusing to comply with warnings to stop educating girls.
tinyurl.com/dq9qj

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Bush Acknowledges Approving Eavesdropping :

President Bush said Saturday he has no intention of stopping his personal authorizations of a post-Sept. 11 secret eavesdropping program in the U.S., lashing out at those involved in revealing it while defending it as crucial to preventing future attacks
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11329.htm

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Bush has approved secretive eavesdropping in U.S. dozens of times:

The disclosure follows angry demands by lawmakers earlier in the day for a congressional inquiry into whether the monitoring by the highly secretive National Security Agency violated civil liberties.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/terror/20051216-1735-bush-nsa.html

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New York Times admits it held domestic spying story for a full year:

The Times also reveals that senior members of Congress from both parties knew about Bush’s decision to spy on Americans who were making international calls or emails, without warrants.
rawstory.com/news/2005/New_York_Times_admits_it_held_1215.html

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An Incredible Day in America, Indeed˜

But, Will We Seize the Day, Or Let It Pass?
inoodle.com/2005/12/incredible-day-in-america-indeedbut.html

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Agents’ visit chills UMass Dartmouth senior :

A senior at UMass Dartmouth was visited by federal agents two months ago, after he requested a copy of Mao Tse-Tung’s tome on Communism called “The Little Red Book.”
www.southcoasttoday.com/daily/12-05/12-17-05/a09lo650.htm

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Fraud trial will hit heart of American Right:

Abramoff, is at the centre of political storm that is capable of sweeping the Republican majority from Congress next year. The implications for the Right’s ambitious plans to remake America in its own image are profound.
tinyurl.com/793zo

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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 2154
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$226,989,305,513
costofwar.com/

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An Incredible Day in America

The media has been totally misled on the alleged Bush-McCain agreement on torture.

By Martin Garbus

Today, for two separate reasons, has been an incredible day in America. First, the United States has legitimized torture and secondly, the President has admitted to an impeachable offense.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11320.htm

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Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts

By JAMES RISEN and ERIC LICHTBLAU
“New York Times”

Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11315.htm

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Persian Fire

The gruesome deaths of many innocent people in many lands are growing in futurity’s womb.

By Chris Floyd

The Rubicon of the new war was crossed on Oct. 27. Oddly enough for this renewal of the ancient enmity between the heirs of Athens and Persia, the decisive event occurred on the edge of the Arctic Circle, at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, where a Russian rocket lifted an Iranian spy satellite, the Sinah-1, into orbit. This launch, scarcely noticed at the time, has accelerated the inevitable strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities: Israel is now readying an attack for no later than the end of March.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11316.htm

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Five bodies found in Baghdad:

Four of the bodies had been shot and were wearing Interior Ministry commando uniforms, a force accused by Sunni Arabs of taking part in the abuse and torture of detainees. The fifth body had been decapitated and was dressed in an Iraqi army uniform
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1412647

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Four children killed in Iraq mortar attack:

A mortar attack against a school in an insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad killed four children playing soccer and an Iraqi army soldier, the US Marines said today.
www.eecho.ie/news/bstory.asp?j=166205108&p=y66zx58y4&n=166205868

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Iraqi soldier killed in Tikrit: —

An Iraqi solider was killed on Friday when an Iraqi Army patrol came under attack by unknown gunmen in the city of Tikrit, north of Baghdad.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=797697

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Iraq insurgents say election truce won’t last: –

Iraqi secular insurgents and Islamist militants said on Friday they would soon resume attacks on U.S. troops and their Iraqi allies, saying they had only observed an election truce to let fellow Sunni Arabs vote.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/GEO643747.htm

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Bulgaria begins pullout from Iraq:

Bulgaria started withdrawing its troops from Iraq on Friday, the Defense Ministry announced. “Bulgaria’s infantry battalion in Iraq concluded its operative tasks today and begins its relocation to Bulgaria as decided by Parliament,”
newsfromrussia.com/world/2005/12/16/70013.html

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Almost killed, a new view of the war:

“After seeing friends die and almost dying myself, I think American soldiers are, I wouldn’t say dying for nothing, but it’s needless and I think we need to bring everybody home.”
www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/13406031.htm

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House GOP Bill Rejects Iraq Withdrawal :

It would be the second time in five weeks that GOP leaders maneuvered for a vote on the war in the face of Democratic calls for a timetable for withdrawal.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051216/ap_on_go_co/congress_iraq

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The Confession of George W. Bush :

Serial Killer Confesses to 30,000 Murders; Receives Applause
www.chris-floyd.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=337&Itemid=1

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The War In Numbers: From WMD To The Victims:

67 per cent Iraqis who feel less secure because of occupation: $343 Average monthly salary for an Iraqi soldier. Average monthly salary for an American soldier in Iraq: $4,160.75
mediachannel.org/blog/node/2333

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Torture and Empire: An Interview with Lila Rajiva: T

here were actually reports on torture right from the start, right after 9-11. But it didn’t become a mainstream “story” until three years later, after the CBS report in late April 2004.
www.politicalaffairs.net/article/articleview/2399/1/136/

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Saul Landau Interviews Robert Fisk:

Robert Fisk was interviewed at California State Polytechnic University. Robert Fisk, a journalist for The Independent, is a specialist in reporting on the Middle East. Host, Saul Landau, asked Mr. Fisk about the current situation in Iraq. Fisk makes some important points during this interview:
Windows Media
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11321.htm

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Falluja – One Year On

Doctors For Iraq Call For An Independent Investigation Into Human Rights Abuses
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11318.htm

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Why Saddam is important:

The trial of Saddam Hussein is the lynchpin of America’s bid for global hegemony and the verdict is already in: America looses
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2005/773/re5.htm

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Charley Reese: We’ll Miss Saddam:

We committed what international law forbids ˆ a war of aggression. And it is true that American invaders are, in effect, trying Saddam. The law and the courts were set up during the occupational government, and the judges were trained by Americans.
www.lewrockwell.com/reese/reese245.html

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Judith Miller, Interrogator: “N.Y. Times Reporter Named in Court Filing:

Bridgeview Man Interrogated In Israel Says Miller Watched.”
www.slate.com/id/2132421/

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Bush Says Iraq War Is Good for Israel:

Israeli security officials argued the opposite view at this month’s American-Israeli strategic dialogue, warning that regime change and democratization threatened to destabilize the Middle East.
www.forward.com/articles/7020

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Activists Scramble for Answers As Clock Ticks on Iran Nukes:

The chief of staff of the Israeli army, Dan Halutz, reportedly has told a Knesset committee that in three months Iran would cross the point of no return by mastering the technological know-how to produce a nuclear bomb.
www.forward.com/articles/7021

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Nuclear Deployment for an Attack on Iran :

Are U.S. tactical nuclear weapons deployed in the Persian Gulf, on hair-trigger alert, and ready to be launched against Iran at a moment’s notice?
www.antiwar.com/orig/hirsch.php?articleid=8263

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U.S. Command Declares Global Strike Capability:

The U.S. Strategic Command announced yesterday it had achieved an operational capability for rapidly striking targets around the globe using nuclear or conventional weapons, after last month testing its capacity for nuclear war against a fictional country believed to represent North Korea
www.nti.org/d_newswire/issues/2005_12_2.html#FB378486

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Domestic spying OK’d by president:

President Bush signed a secret order in 2002 authorizing the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on U.S. citizens and foreign nationals in the United States, despite previous legal prohibitions against such domestic spying, sources with knowledge of the program said Thursday night.
www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/nation/13421397.htm

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Bush Silent On Spy Allegations:

President Bush refused to say whether the National Security Agency eavesdropped without warrants on people inside the United States but leaders of Congress condemned the practice on Friday and promised to look into what the administration has done.
kyw.com/topstories/topstories_story_350200457.html

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Bill Moyers: In The Kingdom Of The Half-Blind:

They couldn’t get away with all of this if the press was at the top of their game. Never has the need for an independent media been greater. People are frightened, their skepticism of power, their respect for checks and balances˜eclipsed by their desire for security.
www.tompaine.com/articles/20051216/in_the_kingdom_of_the_halfblind.php

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Men discussed jihad, killing Australian PM: court:

Two men arrested in Australia’s biggest terror swoop discussed assassinating the prime minister, killing policemen and even attacking crowds at sports events, a court was told on Friday.
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1412085

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Defiant Bolivia clashes with US over coca crops:

The US now seems determined to put an end to this situation, despite stern opposition from Evo Morales – a leader of the Chapare coca growers and favourite to win next Sunday’s presidential elections
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=2415212005

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In the footsteps of Che Guevara: Democracy in South America :

hirty-eight years after the revolutionary perished in the Bolivian foothills, Evo Morales is poised to become the first indigenous president of the impoverished country which has been run by politicians of European descent since independence in 1825
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11319.htm

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Bolivian Democracy and the US: a History Lesson:

In the early 20th Century, Theodore Roosevelt invented “Dollar Diplomacy,” Gunboat’s twin sister. “Diplomacy” became a euphemism for encouraging corporate investment in Lat America and then defining those loans or investments in bananas and minerals to define U.S. interests in the region.
www.counterpunch.org/landau12162005.html

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More US Aid Flows Through Pentagon:

U.S. aid in Latin America is becoming increasingly militarised, according to a new report, which warns that both the U.S. Congress and the State Department are losing control over Washington’s assistance to the region as more of it is channeled through the Pentagon.
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=31445

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Bandow, Syndicated Columnist, Admits Taking Money from Abramoff :

Copley columnist Doug Bandow resigned as senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute on Thursday after admitting that he had accepted payments from indicted Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff for writing articles favorable to his clients.
www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001699832

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Lord Black faces more charges :

Former media mogul Conrad Black has pleaded not guilty to four new charges in the United States. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago has laid four new counts ˆ involving racketeering, obstruction of justice, money laundering and wire fraud ˆ in addition to eight counts of fraud filed earlier.
www.ottawabusinessjournal.com/336768291877424.php

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