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Date: Mon, 26 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 2168
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$229,247,911,412
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Iraqis want US out as soon as possible: US commander

12/25/05 “ Ninemsn”

The top US military commander admitted Sunday that Iraqis wanted US and other foreign troops to leave the country “as soon as possible,” and said US troop levels in Iraq were now being re-assessed on a monthly basis.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11379.htm

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“Peace on Earth‰ Means “No More War‰

By John Dear

 
When Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their warmaking supporters celebrate Christmas, they mock Christ and his steadfast nonviolence, and carry on the massacre of the innocents.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11378.htm

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The Agency That Could Be Big Brother

By JAMES BAMFORD

DEEP in a remote, fog-layered hollow near Sugar Grove, W.Va., hidden by fortress-like mountains, sits the country’s largest eavesdropping bug. Located in a “radio quiet” zone, the station’s large parabolic dishes secretly and silently sweep in millions of private telephone calls and e-mail messages an hour.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11382.htm

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19 people killed in attacks in Iraq:

At least 19 people were killed across Iraq on Monday, a day after bloodshed claimed 18 lives
tinyurl.com/d3mwn

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Gunmen kill Iraqi forces, bombs shake Baghdad:

Guerrillas killed 10 Iraqi policemen and soldiers in attacks north of Baghdad
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/BAB627106.htm

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U.S. Soldier Killed:

A U.S. soldier died from wounds sustained by an improvised explosive device in Baghdad Dec. 25.
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20051230.txt

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2 U.S. Soldiers Among 4 Killed in Iraq:

Two Iraqi servicemen and two American soldiers died and 14 people were wounded in militants‚ attacks at military and police patrols in various parts of Iraq on Sunday.
www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=2751980&PageNum=0

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In pictures:

The Face and Voice of Civilian Sacrifice in Iraq :

Their portraits and their stories compel attention, not because they have endured worse than others, but because their miseries are so commonplace
tinyurl.com/dxykr

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Analysis: U.S. Preparing for Iraq Exit :

At every stop on his three-day tour of Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld sent a similar message: The U.S. military is not rushing to get out, but it is getting out, nevertheless.
tinyurl.com/98ycv

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Military leader says troop level could rise:

The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman said Sunday that the number of U.S. troops in Iraq could increase next year, not decrease, if the insurgency continues.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002704500_troops26.html

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Desperately Seeking Victory in a War Already Lost :

There is no US victory to be gained from the invasion and occupation of Iraq. The clear lesson is that if people steadfastly resist, even the might of the hyper-power can be thwarted.
www.dissidentvoice.org/Dec05/Petersen1225.htm

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Stars turn backs on America’s troops in Iraq : ·

Danger and anti-war stance keep celebrities away
geography.about.com/library/misc/blequator.htm

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Bush Presses Editors on Security:

President Bush has been summoning newspaper editors lately in an effort to prevent publication of stories he considers damaging to national security.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11381.htm

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Bush ‘in Retreat’ on Almost All Fronts:

With the Republican majority in Congress concerned about the 2006 elections, George W. Bush can’t seem to get a break lately. According to this article from France’s Le Monde newspaper, ‘a President who has lost his aura and will no longer have to face the voters’ is in retreat.
www.watchingamerica.com/lefigaro000076.shtml

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Britain helped US seize pair held in Guantánamo, says ex-minister :

British agents helped the Americans seize two UK residents and incarcerate them in Guantánamo Bay where they are still detained, a former Foreign Office minister said.
www.guardian.co.uk/guantanamo/story/0,13743,1670380,00.html

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ŒRendition‚ case forces US embassy clarification:

The US embassy in London was forced to clarify statements by its ambassador after he said there was “no evidence‰ that the US had sent a terrorist suspect to Syria as part of its controversial “extraordinary rendition‰ programme.
news.ft.com/cms/s/7adf42d8-7633-11da-a8a9-0000779e2340.html

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Israel preparing strike to take out Iranian nuclear sites :

Der Spiegel reported Saturday that the Mossad has marked six Iranian nuclear facilities as targets for an Israeli Air Force pre-emptive strike. An unnamed IAF pilot told the weekly that such a mission would be “complex, but feasible.” The Los Angeles Times reported that Israel has modified U.S.-made Harpoon cruise missiles so it can launch nuclear warheads from submarines.
tinyurl.com/a9gfb

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James Petras – Israel’s War with Iran:

Israel Bombs Iran: The US Suffers the Consequences
peacepalestine.blogspot.com/2005/12/james-petras-israels-war-with-iran.html

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Abbas: Polls likely for 25 January:

The Palestinian legislative elections are likely to be held as scheduled on 25 January, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,5362800-103550,00.html

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Netanyahu: Sharon will quit 90% of West Bank :

Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s Kadima party on Monday at the Likud Central Committee meeting, saying the prime minister was “secretly planning” a unilateral withdrawal from 90 percent of West Bank.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/662662.html

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Noam Chomsky perspective on the Palestinian – Israeli issue

A European Union report concludes that US-backed Israeli programs will virtually end the prospects for a viable Palestinian state by cantonization and by breaking the organic links between East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Human Rights Watch concurs.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/051226/2005122628.html

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Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan Issues a Video of the Beheading of a “U.S. Spy”:

Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan issued a 4:53 video yesterday, December 24, 2005, depicting the beheading of Saeed Allah Khan, an alleged spy for Americans who was sent to Warziristan, northwest Pakistan, to execute bombings on Islamic schools and students‚ houses
tinyurl.com/blc7a

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Gwynne Dyer : Bolivia: race and revolution :

In the past, policies that are unpopular in the United States have proved to be bad for the president’s health in a number of Latin American countries.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11380.htm

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Saudi Arabia: Court Orders Eye to Be Gouged Out:

Torture Sentence for Indian Migrant Worker Follows Clash With Saudi Citizen
www.hrw.org/english/docs/2005/12/09/saudia12199.htm

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NEWS FOR 12/25/05

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16 Killed In Continuing Violence:

A car bomb targeting a police patrol in northern Kirkuk killed an Iraqi civilian, and injured eight others ˜ including three police officers.
egyptelection.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1102

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Qaeda Kills 4 :

Al Qaeda’s wing in Iraq said on Sunday it had abducted and killed three Arab women and a man working for U.S. authorities and the Iraqi government in the high-security Green Zone
tinyurl.com/d6e8k

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US soldiers kill three Iraqis north of Baghdad :

“According to the police investigation the US soldiers arrested Dhrgham Shiyaa in his house and took him to his neighbor house where they arrested Fuad Abdullah Ubaid, a policeman, and his cousin Ahmed Karim Khalaf, an army soldier, and killed the three,”the source said
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/25/content_3968697.htm

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2 Iraq soldiers killed south of Baghdad :

Mortar rounds landed at a military base in Baghdad on Sunday, killing two Iraqi soldiers, police source told Xinhua.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/25/content_3967200.htm

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U.S. Soldier Killed:

Master Sgt. Joseph J. Andres, Jr., 34, of Seven Hills, Ohio, died in Balad, Iraq, on Dec. 24, of injuries sustained earlier that day in Baqubah, Iraq
www.defenselink.mil/releases/2005/nr20051225-12218.html

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U.S. Soldier Killed:

A Soldier assigned to the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade died of wounds sustained from a rocket-propelled grenade attack on Dec. 24 while on a routine patrol near Hawijah, in northern Iraq.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/25/content_3968697.htm

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Is the US State Department still keeping April Glaspie under wraps?:

It is now more than fifteen years since that fateful meeting on July 25, 1990 between then-US Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie and President Saddam Hussein that the Iraqi leader interpreted as a green light from Washington for his invasion of Kuwait eight days later.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11376.htm

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Former aide to Powell opens fire on US administration :

“What I saw was a cabal between the vice president of the United States, Richard Cheney, and the secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld, on critical issues that made decisions that the bureaucracy did not know were being made,” the paper recalled Wilkerson saying in a speech at the New America Foundation in October.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051224/pl_afp/usiraqcritic_051224173411

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Four suspected Taliban insurgents killed :

A land mine exploded on a highway in southern Afghanistan, killing four suspected Taliban insurgents as they tried to plant the explosive on the road, a government official said Sunday
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20051224-2309-afghan-talibankilled.html

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3 including policeman kidnapped by Taliban :

Three persons including one policeman were kidnapped Saturday by Taliban militants in Afghanistan’s western province of Farah, a local official said Sunday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/25/content_3967237.htm

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Who Will Fight for the Constitution?:

The Year of Vanished Credibility: Start with Bush. Never at ease before the cameras, he now has the glassy stare and mirthless smile of a cornered man with nowhere left to run.
www.counterpunch.com/cockburn12242005.html

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U.S., Citing Abuse in Iraqi Prisons, Holds Detainees :

The commander of American-run prisons in Iraq says the military will not turn over any detainees or detention centers to Iraqi jailers until American officials are satisfied that the Iraqis are meeting United States standards for the care and custody of detainees.
tinyurl.com/7vso3

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In case you missed it:

Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons:

Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8451.htm

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IHRC wants CIA planes searched:

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) said it was “seriously concerned” about reports that US aircraft landing at Ireland‚s Shannon airport may be carrying detainees to secret locations where they were at risk of torture.
www.jang.com.pk/thenews/dec2005-daily/24-12-2005/world/w5.htm

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Amnesty seeks fair procedures for US professor Sami Al-Arian:

Amnesty International said this week that it notes the recent acquittal by a jury of the most serious of terrorism-related charges against former Florida professor Sami Al-Arian, and urges fair procedures in the resolution of outstanding charges against him, on which the jury deadlocked.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/051224/2005122415.html

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Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2005

A Word From Tom

How poor we are when we consider our own pain more worthy than the suffering of others.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/122403.htm

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

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered In Bush’s War 2163
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$228,764,963,195
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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U.S. Airstrikes Take Toll on Civilians

Medical workers had recorded 97 civilians killed.

By Ellen Knickmeyer
Washington Post Foreign Service

U.S. Marine airstrikes targeting insurgents sheltering in Iraqi residential neighborhoods are killing civilians as well as guerrillas along the Euphrates River in far western Iraq, according to Iraqi townspeople and officials and the U.S. military.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11374.htm

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Speculations over US attack against Iran

By Jürgen Gottschlich

 
Are the USA planing a rocket attack against targets in Iran? In secret discussions Washington was preparing the Allies for appropriate air strikes in 2006, agencies disclosed to day. Especially in the NATO country Turkey, speculations about an attack against Iranian nuclear facilities are taking place.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11373.htm

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Spy Agency Mined Vast Data Trove, Officials Report

By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN

The volume of information harvested from telecommunication data and voice networks, without court-approved warrants, is much larger than the White House has acknowledged, the officials said. It was collected by tapping directly into some of the American telecommunication system’s main arteries
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11372.htm

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Eighteen Iraqis die in series of attacks :

Eighteen Iraqis were killed in a series of attacks Saturday, including two soldiers, four policeman while eight bodies were found around the country, according to security sources.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=93253

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Four US Soldiers Die in Fallujah:

According to the police preliminary report, the US vehicle was parked near a checkpoint at the southern entrance of Fallujah when it was hit by the Iraqi truck.
tinyurl.com/dafrs

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US Soldier Killed in North Iraq:

A grenade blast during a routine operation is what has reportedly caused the death of the US soldier.
www.focus-fen.net/index.php?catid=138&newsid=79283&ch=0&datte=2005-12-24

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You can vote, but you can’t win:

Iraqi court disqualifies prominent Sunni candidates: An Iraqi court has ruled that some of the most prominent Sunni Muslims who were elected to parliament last week won’t be allowed to serve because officials suspect that they were high-ranking members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/13476434.htm

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Iraq strikes off 100 poll candidates:

Iraq’s electoral commission is striking off 100 candidates who ran in the 15 December general elections for links with the banned Baath party.
tinyurl.com/93t5f

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Iran hails “first Islamist Arab state‰ in Iraq :

The editorial of Iran‚s leading hard-line daily hailed the outcome of Iraq‚s parliamentary elections as “the creation of the first Islamist state in the Arab world‰, and warned against “American plots‰ to prevent the formation of the new Iraqi government by Iranian-backed Shiite groups.
www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=5006

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An Iraqi Family’s Last Christmas in Germany?:

The Toma family, Christians from Iraq, have long enjoyed asylum from the violence in their homeland. Now, however, the German authorities are planning to send them back. Violence and danger await them back home.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,390821,00.html

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Letter From a Military Mom:

Domestic Spying & Incident of Intimidation of Military Families
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11375.htm

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Three killed in Ghazni :

KABUL:In Afghanistan, three person including two Taliban fighters and an Afghan policeman were killed during a search operation after attack on US and Afghan forces in Ghazni province.
www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=91277

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Wiretaps said to sift all overseas contacts:

The National Security Agency, in carrying out President Bush’s order to intercept the international phone calls and e-mails of Americans suspected of links to Al Qaeda, has probably been using computers to monitor all other Americans’ international communications as well
tinyurl.com/a3afn

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Poland supresses CIA prisons report:

The Polish Government has decided not to make public the results of an inquiry into the possible existence of United States CIA prisons on Polish soil.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200512/s1537545.htm

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J’lem Latin Patriarch: Fence has turned Bethlehem into prison:

Sabah called for the wall’s dismantling, adding that in its stead “bridges of peace and love” should be built, according to Israel Radio.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11371.htm

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U.S. Congress approves transfer of $600 million in aid to Israel :

Of the $600 million, $133 million will be used to develop the Arrow missile program, a collaborative project between Israel Aircraft Industries and Boeing.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/661833.html

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U.S. Judge Orders Israeli Files:

A US judge in Chicago has ordered prosecutors to request scores of documents from Israeli security forces relating to the interrogation of an American citizen accused of funneling millions of dollars to the militant Palestinian group Hamas.
www9.sbs.com.au/theworldnews/region.php?id=126490&region=4

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US rift with Egypt over Nur:

The US has said that the five-year jail term handed down to Ayman Nur, the Egyptian opposition leader, calls into question its key Middle East ally’s commitment to democracy.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4FCFF556-2EFA-4256-ABBA-E41AF161B999.htm

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Russia to honor Iran arms deal despite US objection :

Russia will fully comply with a deal with Iran to supply it with the Tor-M1 air defense systems despite US objections, a senior Defense Ministry official said Friday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/24/content_3962969.htm

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Moscow formally offers to move Tehran’s enrichment program to Russia:

Germany, France and Britain have suggested shifting Iran’s enrichment activities to Russia, where nuclear material would be enriched only to fuel levels and not to weapons grade. But Gholamreza Aghazadeh, head of the Atomic Organization of Iran, has dismissed the offer as unacceptable earlier this month.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/661847.html

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Bolton threatens U.S. funding for U.N.:

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said the United States should withhold U.N.-member dues if reform isn`t made to his liking.
tinyurl.com/7rvxs

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Judge says he can’t order Gitmo releases:

The continued detention by the U.S. military of two ethnic Uighurs at Guantanamo Bay is “unlawful,” a federal judge has ruled.
tinyurl.com/c8rex

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Bush’s Impeachable Offense:

Yes, the president committed a federal crime by wiretapping Americans, say constitutional scholars, former intelligence officers and politicians. What’s missing is the political will to impeach him.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,391808,00.html

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The bonfire of the inanities: Seriously, could it get any worse?:

Here I sit, tangled in a web that many people began weaving way back when the Gipper was protecting us against deadly pollutants released by old-growth forests. It was a jumble out there this year ˜ one that defies linear documentation.
www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/news_features/top/features/documents/05163474.asp

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Godalming geek made millions running the Pentagon’s propaganda war in Iraq:

IT WAS astounding enough for Washington‚s political elite: last month they discovered that the man at the heart of a scandal over the planting of US propaganda in Iraqi newspapers was a dapper but unknown 30-year-old Oxford graduate who had somehow managed to land a $100 million Pentagon contract.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-1958479,00.html

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Man Jailed for Over a Year Saw No Lawyer :

A man was jailed for more than a year without ever seeing a lawyer as he waited for a repeatedly postponed court hearing, gaining release only after a cellmate told an attorney about the case.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5501744,00.html

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Internet Creates Local Political Movements :

Frustrated by government and empowered by technology, Americans are filling needs and fighting causes through grass-roots organizations they built themselves – some sophisticated, others quaintly ad hoc. This is the era of people-driven politics.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5502087,00.html

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Date: Fri, 23 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 2163
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$228,538,141,227
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Iraq and the Laws of War

By FRANCIS A. BOYLE
Professor of Law, University of Illinois

Any violation of the laws of war, international humanitarian law, and human rights committed by its puppet Interim Government of Iraq are legally imputable to the United States government. As the belligerent occupant of Iraq, both the United States government itself as well as its concerned civilian officials and military officers are fully and personally responsible under international criminal law for all violations of the laws of war, international humanitarian law, and human rights committed by its puppet Interim Government of Iraq such as, for example, reported death squads operating under the latter’s auspicies.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11367.htm

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Nuclear Monitoring of Muslims Done Without Search Warrants

By David E. Kaplan

In search of a terrorist nuclear bomb, the federal government since 9/11 has run a far-reaching, top secret program to monitor radiation levels at over a hundred Muslim sites in the Washington, D.C., area, including mosques, homes, businesses, and warehouses, plus similar sites in at least five other cities, U.S. News has learned. In numerous cases, the monitoring required investigators to go on to the property under surveillance, although no search warrants or court orders were ever obtained, according to those with knowledge of the program. Some participants were threatened with loss of their jobs when they questioned the legality of the operation, according to these accounts.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11369.htm

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Democracy’s Battle Joined, Again

By Robert Parry

The choice is clear to American citizens. Either they accept the Imperial Presidency that gives Bush the authority to do whatever he wants in the name of fighting terrorism ˆ from imprisonments without trial to detainee abuse to spying on anyone deemed a security threat ˆ or they act now.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11365.htm

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At least 12 killed, injured in Baquba — police:

At least 12 worshippers were killed or injured in a suicide attack at a Shiite worshipping place in Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, Iraqi police said.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=799815

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10 Iraqi soldiers killed :

The death toll from an attack by gunmen on a small army base on a road about 70 km (45 miles) north of Baghdad rose to 10 Iraqi soldiers killed and 20 wounded, police said
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM225067.htm

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Video: Deadly attack in Iraq : –

Gunmen attacked a checkpoint manned by Iraqi police in Baghdad, killing four policemen and wounding six others, police said.
tinyurl.com/cydnc

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Three bodies found;

Bodies of three civilians were found with multiple gunshot wounds in southern Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad. The bodies were found blindfolded, with their hands and legs bound.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM225067.htm

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Two U.S. Soldiers Killed:

Two U.S. Soldiers were killed when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Baghdad Dec. 23.
tinyurl.com/cn9sl

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Major demonstrations protest Iraq elections:

Huge marches allege vote fraud
msnbc.msn.com/id/10585658/

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Chalabi‚s defeat puts U.S. friends in quandary:

Should his backers go with his view that it was a fraudulent election?
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10575121

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An Ominous Neocon Gathering :

On his November trip to the U.S., Ahmad Chalabi, Iraqi deputy prime minister in the “interim government‰ arising from the invasion he helped plan, visited Richard Perle in the latter‚s suburban Washington home. There the two — who go way back, friends since 1985 — were joined by a Syrian gentleman named Farid Ghadry.
www.dissidentvoice.org/Dec05/Leupp1222.htm

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U.S. To Reduce Iraq Force By Two Brigades : –

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says President George W. Bush has approved reducing the number of U.S. combat troops in Iraq by two brigades. Rumsfeld made the announcement while speaking to U.S. soldiers in the Iraqi city of Al-Fallujah today.
tinyurl.com/9ghe5

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Critics Question Senate‚s Supposed ŒAnti-torture‚ Stance:

While most media treatment of the McCain torture “ban‰ is repeating politicians‚ spin, civil libertarians see compromise legislation has rendered it largely toothless and possibly added to the problem
newstandardnews.net/content/index.cfm/items/2702

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Daschle: Congress Denied Bush War Powers in U.S.:

The Bush administration requested, and Congress rejected, war-making authority “in the United States” in negotiations over the joint resolution passed days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to an opinion article by former Senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) in today’s Washington Post.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11366.htm

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Ray McGovern: Will a Republican Senate Save the Republic?:

I’ll say this for Vice President Dick Cheney: he puts it right out there, whether it is trying to ensure legal protection for those torturing prisoners, or insisting-as he did on Tuesday-that a wartime president “needs to have his powers unimpaired.”
www.counterpunch.com/mcgovern12232005.html

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Judge Issues Warrants for CIA Operatives :

An Italian judge has issued European arrest warrants for 22 purported CIA operatives wanted for the alleged kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric, a prosecutor said Friday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5500374,00.html

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Double rebuke for Bush as judges attack terror moves :

President George Bush faced a rare challenge from the judiciary yesterday when two courts questioned the legality of his expansion of presidential powers in the war on terror.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1673196,00.html

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Federal judge rules Chinese Gitmo detainees can be held indefinitely :

A federal judge ruled Thursday that two Chinese Uighur detainees held by the US at Guantanamo Bay could be detained there indefinitely even though their imprisonment was unlawful.
jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2005/12/federal-judge-rules-chinese-gitmo.php

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Crypto man:

After reporting on America’s spying operations for 25 years, James Bamford is speaking out against Bush’s FISA runaround. He says the wiretapping is illegal.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11370.htm

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Chris Floyd: Gospel Truth :

What would happen today if a swarthy Middle Eastern man without wealth or political connections suddenly appeared in front of the White House proclaiming such a radical doctrine of mercy, forgiveness, charity, self-abnegation and love ˆ love even for the “evildoers” who “want to destroy our way of life”?
www.chris-floyd.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=362&Itemid=1

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Iran Attack: It‚s All Part of the New Zionist Century :

Iran is the first step to Washington‚s ultimate goal; planting U.S.-controlled hands on Middle Eastern and Central Asian oil, thus halting the political rise of China and India
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11368.htm

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Help Wanted :

Can someone translate this article into English (not computer translation) and forward it to me emailtom@cox.net
www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,392136,00.html

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Hamas warning over election delay :

The Palestinian militant group, Hamas, and 10 other factions have called on the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, not to delay January’s elections.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4554124.stm

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Israeli police ‘tied Palestinian to galloping mule’ :

A Palestinian man, said to have been last seen in the custody of Israeli border police, died after being found wounded and comatose beside a mule to which he had apparently been tied and dragged along a dirt road.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article334816.ece

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Israeli Spy Scandal: Indicted Officials Consider Suing Pro-Israel Lobby:

Bad Blood Spills Over In Aipac Spy Scandal
www.forward.com/articles/7052

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Israeli secrecy a hurdle in US terror case – lawyer:

A Palestinian immigrant facing charges he supported the Islamic militant group Hamas argues his defence is compromised by Israeli government secrecy about whether its interrogators employ torture, his lawyer said on Thursday.
tinyurl.com/blwo5

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Rattling the cage: Decline of Jewish social conscience

As an American-born Jew who grew up in an East European immigrant, Left-liberal household, I’m very happy to say that democratic socialism has become the rising tide in South America.
tinyurl.com/a3ums

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Bush suffers Patriot Act defeat :

The US Congress has voted to trim an extension of the anti-terror law known as the Patriot Act down to a month
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4551434.stm

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Seven killed in Waziristan gunfight:

Seven people were killed in a gunfight in North Waziristan Agency, as seminary students, calling themselves the Taliban
tinyurl.com/7wnp6

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Video ‘The Hidden Massacre’ translated in FARSI
www.siahkal.com/fallujahlink.htm

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US removes portable missiles at Bolivia request :

The United States denied on Thursday reports that it disposed a small number of portable missiles in Bolivia without having consulted with the La Paz government.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/23/content_3958443.htm

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Mushrooming depleted uranium (DU) scandal blamed:

Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter charged Monday that the reason Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi stepped down earlier this month was the growing scandal surrounding the use of uranium munitions in the Iraq War.
www.sfbayview.com/012605/headsroll012605.shtml

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Empire of Shame:

What is actually implied here is the empire of the private transcontinental companies, directed by the cosmocrats. The 500 most powerful of these companies last year controlled 52 % of the gross world product, i.e. of the entire wealth produced on the planet.
www.crisispapers.org/guests/ziegler.htm

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Wal-Mart must pay workers $172m :

A California court found Wal-Mart broke a state law requiring employers to give staff an unpaid 30-minute lunch break if they worked more than six hours.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4554404.stm

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Date: Thu, 22 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 2194
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$228,305,505,557
costofwar.com/

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Court rules against govt in Padilla case

By James Vicini

In a stinging rebuke to the Bush administration, a U.S. appeals court refused on Wednesday to transfer “enemy combatant” Jose Padilla from U.S. military custody to federal authorities in Florida until the Supreme Court considered his case.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11356.htm

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Early Warning

We are being asked to destroy our country in order to save it.

By William M. Arkin

We must pledge allegiance to a certain post 9/11 Order, abandon the rule of law, compromise our values, turn against our neighbors, enlist in a clash of civilizations, all in the name of defeating the terrorists.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11358.htm

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Unlimited warrantless surveillance.

By Kate Martin
Center for National Security Studies

The President claims he has authority as the Commander-in-Chief to conduct warrantless wiretaps of Americans. But when Congress enacted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 1978, it expressly rejected the President‚s claim of inherent authority to conduct warrantless wiretaps. It then went further and made it a crime to conduct such wiretaps.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11360.htm

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Intelligence abuse déjà vu

By Gary Hart

Today, one has only to consider the behavior of the Bush administration during the Iraq war to appreciate how soon we forget, how little we learn and how pervasive is the tendency to violate civil and constitutional liberties in the name of war. Virtually all of the reforms recommended by the Church Committee ˜ many of which were passed into law ˜ have been evaded, ignored or violated in the name of the “war on terrorism.” www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11359.htm

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Iraqi violence: more killed, including six police officers:

Violence around Iraq left more than a dozen people dead, officials said Thursday. Six Iraqi police officers were shot dead in Baghdad, while three Iraqi police were killed and four wounded in an attack in Samarra
newsfromrussia.com/world/2005/12/22/70340.html

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Four civilians killed :

Four civilians were killed on Wednesday when gunmen opened fire on two trucks in Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM225067.htm

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Two Bodies Found:

Iraqi police found the bodies on Wednesday of two Iraqi contractors working with the U.S forces in Tikrit
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM225067.htm

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Of the $230 Billion spent in invading and occuping Iraq:

$40 Million goes to Iraq and Afghanistan for civilian casualties :

The U.S. military uses these funds to run programs generally paying out up to $2,500 per victim to the families of those killed, and smaller amounts to those who are injured or have property destroyed or who were detained.
www.washingtontimes.com/national/20051219-110921-5499r.htm

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Italy probes US marine for murder in Iraq:

Italian magistrates have placed a U.S. marine under official investigation for murder over the killing of an Italian agent in Iraq earlier this year, judicial sources said on Thursday.
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1432374

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Iraqi groups unite over poll concerns:

Sunni Arab and secular political groups have joined forces to decide whether to reject the results of last week’s parliamentary election and call for a revote.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A6B2791E-9534-41D5-A60A-E220F84C78ED.htm

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Iraq Sunni, Shiite Groups Threaten Boycott :

Dozens of Sunni Arab and secular Shiite groups threatened to boycott Iraq’s new legislature Thursday if complaints about tainted voting are not reviewed by an international body.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051222/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

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Iraq rebels ‘intensify violence’:

AN Iraqi Sunni leader said insurgents will intensify attacks to drive out US troops and violence will worsen if a Shiite-led government returns to power, as seems likely.
tinyurl.com/combo

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U.S. Allies in Iraq Want Out, Adding to Bush Pressure :

The U.K., Italy and South Korea are making plans to reduce or even withdraw their troops by the end of next year, following other nations, such as Ukraine and Bulgaria, that have already started to depart. ``It is not a matter of if, but how,’’ said Roberto Minotti, senior research fellow at the Aspen Institute in Rome.
tinyurl.com/75g5s

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A must listen interview:

The State of America’s Armed Forces: General Odom :

A few weeks ago General Odom said, ‘I think the army is already broken.’
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11362.htm

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Tony Benn: Bringing The War Criminals To Account:

We allege that the breaches committed by the UK Government and the USA in coalition partnership during the period 2002 – 2005 outlined as a selection in summary are as follows:
stopwar.org.uk/Bennletter.htm

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Congress to Probe Domestic Spying:

A prominent Republican senator promised to hold public hearings, the House of Representatives Democratic leader and the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Intelligence Committee said they had objected to the programme, and a California Democratic Senator said a number of legal authorities had told her that the president’s actions rose to the level of impeachable offences.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11357.htm

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Judges to review spying program:

The presiding judge of a secret court that oversees government surveillance in espionage and terrorism cases is arranging a classified briefing for her fellow judges to address their concerns about the legality of President Bush’s domestic spying program, according to several intelligence and government sources.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002698174_spying22.html

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Video : Beyond The Patriot Act:

This show explores the personal effect it and related new laws have had on American citizens.
www.aclu.tv/video/pat-windls.html

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In case you missed it:

Church Committee Reports:

These 14 published reports of the Church Committee contain a wealth of information on the formation, operation, and abuses of U.S. intelligence agencies.
www.aarclibrary.org/publib/church/reports/contents.htm

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In case you missed it:

Mail Opening:

For a period of approximately two decades, agencies of the U.S. government ran operations which opened the mail of some American citizens.
www.aarclibrary.org/publib/church/reports/vol4/contents.htm

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Two rebels, policeman killed in battle in Afghanistan :

More than 15-hundred people have been killed this year in the deadliest militant violence since American-led forces forced the Taliban from power in 2001.
www.wane.com/Global/story.asp?S=4276998&nav=menu32_2

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Armed and dangerous: Taliban gear up:

The resistance has steadily taken steps, though, to beef up its arsenal to include modern automatic weapons and ground-to-air missiles.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11363.htm

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U.S. defends reducing troops in Afghanistan:

Reducing the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will not weaken the campaign against Taliban fighters and al-Qaida terrorists who still threaten this war-torn country, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday.
www.insidebayarea.com/timesstar/news/ci_3333475

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Syria – Iran facing common pressure, officials say:

Dehghan, for his part, stressed Iran’s support for Syria’s position, and said Iran was determined to resume its uranium enrichment activities and complete the nuclear fuel cycle for peaceful applications
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/051222/2005122208.html

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US finds a communist ally against Iran:

The United States, which used Islamic fundamentalists against communism in Afghanistan in the 1980s, has embarked on an operation to use communists to bring about the end of the Islamic regime in Iran.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EF21Ak03.html

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Iran to buy Russian missiles:

Iran has signed a $700 million contract with Russia for the purchase of Tor M-1 (SA-15 Gauntlet) air-defence missile systems, say Russian officials quoted in Russian business daily Vedomosti.
www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2005/dec/1234548.htm

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India, China pin down $573m Syria deal: –

India and China, the most aggressive shoppers for oil and gas assets in the world, and normally archrivals in the race for overseas oilfields, have finally come together to pursue their energy security in the global arena.
atimes.com/atimes/China_Business/GL22Cb06.html

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Dishonest Brokers:

The European Union warned that if the Palestinian Authority (PA) let Hamas run in the parliamentary elections, the EU could cut tens of millions of dollars of funding to the PA.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11364.htm

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Morales to nationalize Bolivia oil, gas:

The winner of Bolivia’s presidential elections has repeated his vow to nationalize oil and gas and said he will void at least some contracts held by foreign companies “looting” the poor Andean nation’s natural resources.
tinyurl.com/8x9ue

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Eyeing return, Ortega says Bolivia poll is US loss :

Former Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, a Cold War U.S. foe, hailed BoliviaŒs election of a leftist president and said on Wednesday it was part of a trend that will help him return to power next year.
www.localnewsleader.com/brocktown/stories/news-00115171.html

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Venezuela may request extradition of six:

Venezuela may ask Colombia to extradite six former Venezuelan military officers allegedly involved in a coup plot.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/13446185.htm

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Brazil, Venezuela work on refinery plans:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva laid the cornerstone Friday for a $2.5 billion refinery that will process heavy crude from Venezuela’s huge Orinoco Belt and Brazilian offshore fields.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/business/13426099.htm

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Senate extends Patriot Act provisions:

The Senate agreed last night to extend for six months key provisions of the USA Patriot Act, which were scheduled to expire, giving lawmakers the time to hammer out disputes over civil liberties concerns.
washingtontimes.com/national/20051222-122614-5698r.htm

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Cheney Breaks Senate Tie on Spending Cuts:

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada countered that the GOP was advancing “an ideologically driven, extreme, radical budget. It caters to lobbyists and an elite group of ultraconservative ideologues here in Washington, all at the expense of middle class Americans,” he said.
abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=1429224

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Six Democrats have some explaining to do:

The vote was on the GOP budget bill , It passed by 6 votes. Take a look at the official roll call and you’ll see that 6 Democrats didn’t show up to vote. They are:
tinyurl.com/cye2x

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Bush money network rooted in Florida, Texas:

Since Mr. Bush took office in 2001, the federal government has awarded more than $3 billion in contracts to the President’s elite 2004 Texas fund-raisers, their businesses, and lobbying clients
tinyurl.com/ara3b

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The ŒMost Corrupt‚ Congress Ever:

The most gruesome (and lucrative) manifestation of endemic corruption is the Iraq war and occupation – a cash cow for favored corporations, and even companies that did not exist previous to the war and the promise of “reconstruction” of Iraq
www.blackcommentator.com/164/164_cover_corrupt_congress.html

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Police Infilitrate Protests, Videotapes Show : –

Undercover New York City police officers have conducted covert surveillance in the last 16 months of people protesting the Iraq war, bicycle riders taking part in mass rallies and even mourners at a street vigil for a cyclist killed in an accident, a series of videotapes show.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11361.htm

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Bill Would Allow Arrests For No Reason In Public Place:

The lengthy piece of legislation would let police arrest people in public places who will not give their names, address and birth dates, even if they are not doing anything wrong.
www.newsnet5.com/news/5580743/detail.html

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1984?: Britain will be first country to monitor every car journey :

From 2006 Britain will be the first country where every journey by every car will be monitored. MI5 will also use the database. “Clearly there are values for this in counter-terrorism,” he said.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/transport/article334686.ece

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Less than half of tsunami funds spent by charities:

In the first nine months after the Indian Ocean tsunami, a group of private charities including the American Red Cross spent less than half of the $1.8 billion they received from American donors, a new report has found.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/3539015.html

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Date: Wed, 21 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 2158
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$228,087,869,594
costofwar.com/

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Must watch video: .

Our president Is A liar?

He was lying then and he is lying now?

A must watch 5 minute video: Windows media and Flash format
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11348.htm

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Spy Court Judge Quits In Protest

By Carol D. Leonnig and Dafna Linzer
Washington Post Staff Writers

A federal judge has resigned from the court that oversees government surveillance in intelligence cases in protest of President Bush’s secret authorization of a domestic spying program, according to two sources.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11350.htm

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Iraq’s election result: a divided nation

By Patrick Cockburn

The election marks the final shipwreck of American and British hopes of establishing a pro-Western secular democracy in a united Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11352.htm

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The Myth of the Superhuman Enemy

By Manuel Valenzuela

Terror new and real will arrive on our shores just in time to once again take possession of our minds, making us, yet again, unthinking animals sustained by raw emotion and instinct, becoming the sheep easily corralled, led and controlled by our masters. We will mobilize once more, marching to the trumpets of war and violence, becoming the instrument the corporatists need to further their goals.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11355.htm

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Three Killed In Separate Attacks :

Hameed Mohamed Jawad, a general director at the ministry, survived an assassination attempt and was transferred to the hospital while one of his personal guards died.
tinyurl.com/92zvy

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Three bodies of kidnapped policemen found in western Baghdad :

Iraqi police found three bodies of policemen kidnapped earlier in western Baghdad on Tuesday, a police source said.
english.peopledaily.com.cn/200512/21/eng20051221_229634.html

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Claims that poll was rigged raise fears of fresh insurgency:

SUNNI politicians in Iraq launched a fierce attack yesterday on the credibility of last week‚s watershed general election, in what could be the first step towards their rejection of the eventual outcome.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11352.htm

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Post-election harmony in Iraq is unraveling:

“This election is completely false. It insults democracy everywhere. Everything was based on fraud, cheating, frightening people, and using religion to frighten the people. It is terrorism more than democracy.”
tinyurl.com/9dhxm

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Lawmaker Wants Bush and Cheney Censured :

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., called Tuesday for Congress to censure President Bush and Vice President Cheney, saying they misled lawmakers on the decision to go to war in Iraq.
tinyurl.com/dk3n2

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Iran’s Victory in Iraq:

For the Bush White House, the good news from Iraq just never stops. But the joy that President Bush has expressed over the country’s latest election, though more restrained than his infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech, will similarly come back to haunt him.
www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-scheer/irans-victory-in-iraq_b_12661.html

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Iranian ‘terror group’ divides Washington:

An Iranian dissident group that the U.S. State Department considers a “foreign terrorist organization” continues to enjoy support in Congress while being protected by the American military in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11351.htm

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Congress Explicitly Said War Resolution Did Not Expand Executive Power :

President Bush claimed at yesterday‚s press conference that he did not have to secure warrants because “after September the 11th, the United States Congress also granted me additional authority to use military force against al Qaeda.‰
thinkprogress.org/2005/12/20/did-not-expand/

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Letter shows senator raised concerns in ‘03:

One of the few members of Congress briefed by the White House on a controversial domestic wiretap program took the extraordinary step Monday of unsealing the only copy he made of a 2003 letter in which he raised strong concerns about the secret effort with Vice President Dick Cheney.
tinyurl.com/axjxx

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The National Security Agency Declassified:

President Bush’s recent admission that he authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to eavesdrop on U.S. persons without obtaining a warrant has focused the nation’s attention on the authorities and regulations governing this sensitive issue.
tinyurl.com/8t6a8

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Michel Chossudovsky: The Anglo-American War of Terror: :

The World is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. In the largest display of military might since the Second World War, the United States and its indefectible British ally have embarked upon a military adventure, which threatens the future of humanity.
tinyurl.com/btj3v

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It’s your history:

It’s disturbing to think that the president truly believes that Arab and Muslim contempt for his government stems from Arab media detractors, rather than his administration’s misguided policies.
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2005/773/op153.htm

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In case you missed it:

Neo-Cons, Fundies, Feddies, and Con-Artists :

It is now a matter of public record that immediately after the terrible tragedy of 11 September 2001, U.S. Secretary of War Donald Rumsfeld and his pro-Israeli “Neoconservative” Deputy Paul Wolfowitz began to plot, plan, scheme and conspire to wage a war of aggression against Iraq by manipulating the tragic events of September 11th in order to provide a pretext for doing so
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6050.htm

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Bush and Goebbels: Compare and contrast::

The price of victory and defeat: In 1943, after the defeat at Stalingrad, Joseph Goebbels made a speech which was called Total War.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11353.htm

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The Would-Be Dictator: : How We Got to This Awful Place:

How could this have happened in a free society? The reasons are many and varied, including a corporate-owned mass media that knew a lot more than it was telling the public
www.crisispapers.org/essays-w/awfulplace.htm

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International Peace Conference:

1400 delegates demand end to war at historic gathering
www.traprockpeace.org/london_peace_10dec05.html

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International Peace Conference :

Hear and download audio programs
www.traprockpeace.org/london_bush_blair_account/

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China lays down gauntlet in energy war:

The United States stands to lose major leverage over the entire strategic Eurasian region with the latest developments.
www.atimes.com/atimes/China/GL21Ad01.html

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China expected to overtake US within three decades:

CHINA could overtake the US as the world‚s biggest economy within just three decades, economists said yesterday after Beijing reported that the country‚s national income is a sixth higher than previously reported.
business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13129-1948456,00.html

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Russia tests missile in undersea launch:

Interfax said the missile is capable of carrying 10 nuclear warheads that can be targeted independently and has a radius of 5,000 miles.
tinyurl.com/8opzz

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Support for war ‘makes us terror target’ :

The Irish Government’s support for the war in Iraq is putting Dublin at risk of a terrorist attack, an Oireachtas Committee heard today.
www.online.ie/News/News.aspx?newsId=165910

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Irish Senator: CIA ‘using Baldonnel airport’:

Mr Norris also branded US president George Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice as liars on the issue.
www.online.ie/News/News.aspx?newsId=165799

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Bolivia’s Morales brands Bush a “terrorist”:

Evo Morales, the winner of Bolivia’s presidential election, branded U.S. President George W. Bush a “terrorist”, in an interview with Arabic satellite television on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/bn6g5

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Allies balk at Afghan mission:

Canada could find itself isolated on the front line of a dangerous war as the United States withdraws troops from Afghanistan and doubts swirl about the military commitments from key NATO allies in the troubled country.
tinyurl.com/byaat

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Just Lay Back and Enjoy It:

Gissin is pissed that the Irish government won’t acknowledge that Jews have an “historical” claim to the land.
umkahlil.blogspot.com/2005/12/gissin-just-lay-back-and-enjoy-it.html

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News Conference Held About Bombs At Mosque :

The FBI says the incident has not been classified as a hate crime, but it will be looked at as such.
www.wcpo.com/news/2005/local/12/21/mosque.html

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Nothing New About NSA Spying on Americans:

The big puzzle is why anyone is shocked that President Bush eavesdropped on Americans. The National Security Agency for decades has routinely monitored the phone calls and telegrams of thousands of Americans.
www.counterpunch.com/hutchinson12202005.html

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Senate Blocks Alaska Refuge Drilling : –

The Senate blocked an attempt to open an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling Wednesday, foiling an attempt by drilling backers to force the measure through Congress as part of a must-have defense spending bill.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051221/ap_on_go_co/arctic_drilling

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Holding hostages for Arctic oil:

Jim Ramstad tends toward moderation in his comments, as well as in his politics, and so it is worth taking note when this Minnesota Republican spotlights “the most outrageous abuse of power I’ve seen in my 15 years as a member of Congress.”
www.startribune.com/stories/561/5793727.html

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Frist, Hastert Aid Vaccine Companies:

In a late-night move that could be worth billions of dollars to a small group of major drug manufacturers, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) inserted language into the fiscal year 2006 Defense Department spending conference report.
rollcall.com/issues/51_65/news/11630-1.html

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Testing Drugs on India’s Poor :

Multinational corporations are riding high on the trend toward globalization by taking advantage of India’s educated work force and deep poverty to turn South Asia into the world’s largest clinical-testing petri dish.
www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,69595,00.html

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Abramoff may cooperate in corruption probe:

Asked how many members of Congress Abramoff could implicate, the person said only that “cooperation is cooperation; it’s full cooperation.”
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2002696177_webabramoff21.html

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The Pimping of the Presidency :

Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist Billing Clients for Face Time with G.W. Bush
www.texasobserver.org/showArticle_new.asp?ArticleID=13

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Abramoff’s `Equal Money’ Went Mostly to Republicans :

U.S. President George W. Bush calls indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff ``an equal money dispenser’’ who helped politicians of both parties. Campaign donation records show Republicans were a lot more equal than Democrats.
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=arVHles5cKJc&refer=us#

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Paul Craig Roberts: Guilty When Charged:

Americans in their ignorance and gullibility think that only the guilty would enter a guilty plea. This is the uninformed opinion of the naive who have never experienced the terror and psychological torture of the US criminal justice (sic) system.
www.counterpunch.org/roberts12212005.html

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