Information Clearing House  Digest January 1-6 2005
 

Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2005

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The other tsunami

While the sea may have killed tens of thousands, western policies kill millions every year. Yet even amid disaster, a new politics of community and morality is emerging.

John Pilger

The hypocrisy, narcissism and dissembling propaganda of the rulers of the world and their sidekicks are in full cry. Superlatives abound as to their humanitarian intent while the division of humanity into worthy and unworthy victims dominates the news. The victims of a great natural disaster are worthy (though for how long is uncertain) while the victims of man-made imperial disasters are unworthy and very often unmentionable. Somehow, reporters cannot bring themselves to report what has been going on in Aceh, supported by “our” government. This one-way moral mirror allows us to ignore a trail of destruction and carnage that is another tsunami.
207.44.245.159/article7633.htm

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We Are All Torturers Now

By Mark Danner

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Americans began torturing prisoners, and they have never really stopped. However much these words have about them the ring of accusation, they must by now be accepted as fact.
207.44.245.159/article7634.htm

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18 Iraqis seeking jobs at US base found dead:

The bodies of 18 young Iraqis executed after seeking work at a US base have been found in a field near the volatile city of Mosul, police said on Thursday.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1185211,001300180001.htm

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Bodies of three drivers found:

THE bodies of three Jordanian truck drivers have been found near the Iraqi town of Ramadi, al-Jazeera television reported today.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11875327%255E1702,00.html

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Marine Killed:

A Marine assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force was killed in action on Jan. 6, while conducting security and stability operations in the Al Anbar Province.
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20050108.txt

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Policemen resigning due to insecurity and threats:

Iraqi police continue to leave their jobs, and some are even leaving the country, in response to violence and threats against them. Insurgents have said policemen countrywide are targets due to their work with US troops and consider them to be traitors.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IRIN/535ed41524908317ee7d685c61453c45.htm

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Army Doctors Implicated in Torture:

U.S. Army doctors violated the Geneva Conventions by helping intelligence officers carry out abusive interrogations at military detention centers
207.44.245.159/article7629.htm

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U.S. sent Australian citizen to Egypt for torture before Guantanamo :

U.S. authorities in late 2001 forcibly transferred an Australian citizen to Egypt, where, he alleges, he was tortured for six months before being flown to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay
207.44.245.159/article7630.htm

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New Guantanamo abuse cases surface:

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released newly obtained documents on Wednesday, one of which included a disturbing account of an interrogation in late 2002.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E177F1F5-6024-450A-AE6C-4D81828C53AD.htm

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U.S. Torture: What Did Rumsfeld Know?:

ACLU releases documents of U.S. torture of detainees by more than ‘a few bad apples’
www.villagevoice.com/news/0501,hentoff,59732,6.html

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Aussie official saw abuse: Habib:

AN Australian consular official watched US guards aggressively subdue and then take “trophy” photographs of alleged Australian terrorist Mamdouh Habib in Pakistan in October 2001, according to US court documents.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11873271%255E421,00.html

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Ray McGovern: Torture: It’s Just Plain Wrong:

My professional credentials are in intelligence, but I believe the nomination of Alberto Gonzales for attorney general is first and foremost a moral issue, so I will address it from a moral perspective.
207.44.245.159/article7631.htm

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White House Won’t Release Gonzales Papers :

The White House refused Thursday to provide senators additional documents on attorney general nominee Alberto Gonzales’ role in the decision to allow aggressive interrogations of terrorism detainees.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4715334,00.html

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Alberto Gonzales has blood on his hands :

Why in the world should the United States be saddled with an attorney general who, from the White House, framed cockamamie legal policies that sought to make it permissible for American forces to commit war crimes?
www.startribune.com/stories/1519/5170989.html

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US troops ‘laughed as Iraqi died’ :

An Iraqi civilian has testified that US soldiers forced him and his cousin to jump into the River Tigris and laughed as his relative was swept to his death.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4150429.stm

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Revealed: flawed intelligence exposes the scandal of Belmarsh detainees:

The case against the foreign terror suspects imprisoned in Britain without trial for three years is partly founded on flawed and inaccurate intelligence, court papers seen by The Independent reveal.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/story.jsp?story=598178

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Iraq‚s Fraud Elections:

“We are occupied. That is a fact. The occupiers have a team of Iraqis willing to work with them. The coming elections will be completely rigged. – After extensive meetings with many parties and people we came to the conclusion that contesting the elections would contribute to the process of legitimising the occupation.
207.44.245.159/article7637.htm

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Televise the funerals and flag-draped coffins :

The injured and dead must appear on television. The media must televise the reality of what this war is about: the flag draped caskets, the funerals, the grieving, the pain, the crying, and the destruction.
207.44.245.159/article7636.htm

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Grisly killing in Iraq leads to lawsuit:

Families of the civilian contractors killed, burned and strung up on a bridge last March in a grisly display seen round the world are suing the N.C.-based security company that hired them.
www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/breaking_news/10573467.htm

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What about the Children of Iraq?:

My question is simply this, where is the worlds concern for the tens of thousands of Iraq’s children that have been so completely decimated by the U.S. invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq?
207.44.245.159/article7632.htm

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Iraq extends emergency powers ahead of poll:

The country has seen an upsurge in violence in the last week resulting in the deaths of almost 100 people, mostly policemen.
www.itv.com/news/world_2112725.html

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The Army Reserve, “is rapidly degenerating into a ‘broken’ force:

“The purpose of this memorandum is to inform you of the Army Reserve’s inability to meet mission requirements” in Iraq and Afghanistan “and to reset and regenerate its forces for follow-on and future missions,”
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US seeks to buy ammunition from Taiwan as stocks run low after Iraq: report:

The United States is planning to buy hundreds of millions of bullets from Taiwan in the first such deal as its supplies are running low after wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a report said Thursday.
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Journalists told to keep quiet on Aceh skirmish:

AUSTRALIAN journalists who witnessed a confrontation between Indonesian soldiers and alleged separatists in tsunami-ravaged Sumatra yesterday were ordered to leave the area and warned not to report on the incident.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11873415%255E2703,00.html

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Bush quake aid group to be dissolved:

The “core group‰ of nations announced by US President George W. Bush to channel aid to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami will be dissolved on Thursday after only eight days as the United Nations takes control of the international relief effort
news.ft.com/cms/s/f94c32b6-5f00-11d9-8cca-00000e2511c8.html

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Sidney Blumenthal: The neocons have a hand in Aceh, too :

US support for Indonesia’s army is compromising its relief effort
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1384082,00.html

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Why did US base escape tsunami?:

Following the tsunami, conspiracy rumours have been circulating on the internet of how the US base at Diego Garcia managed to avoid casualties while other islands suffered huge losses.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/4149637.stm

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Israel: ‘Settlers to attack holy sites’:

The head of Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency issued a dire warning yesterday of possible violent attacks on Israeli soldiers and Muslim sites by settler militias.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11863386%255E601,00.html

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Dangers of questioning government actions:

It has been almost a month since he died and I haven’t been able to get Gary Webb out of my mind. You remember Gary Webb, don’t you? He’s the investigative reporter who in 1996 produced a series of stories, on the connections between the Central Intelligence Agency and the Nicaraguan contras.
www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-0501060112jan06,0,5603781.column

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Attorney Lynne Stewart Blasts Gv’t. Terror Case Against Her:

She is accused of conspiring to assist terrorists in a case that is being watched closely by lawyers around the country. She faces up to 45 years in prison. Lynne Stewart joins us in our firehouse studio.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/01/06/152255

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Five Senators and Eight House Members to Challenge Election:

Four Senators Join Boxer, Seven House Members Join Conyers
www.ilcaonline.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=1445&newlang=eng

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Democrats to Force Debate on Ohio Results :

A small group of Democrats agreed Thursday to force House and Senate debates on Election Day problems in Ohio before letting Congress certify President Bush’s win over Sen. John Kerry in November.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20050106/ap_on_go_co/electoral_vote

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Wash. GOP Demands New Governor Election :

State Republicans Wednesday charged that hundreds of provisional ballots may have been counted on Election Day without being verified.
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Liberty for Haitian priest ˆ justice denied other political prisoners :

After a demonstration calling for Haiti‚s return to democracy, the pro-Aristide activist had been arrested, beaten by police and needed medical attention. But health care‚s not easy to come by in a Port-au-Prince jail.
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Bush Pushing for More Faith-Based Funds :

President Bush has succeeded in opening the checkbooks of five federal departments to religious organizations. Now he’s setting his sights on money doled out by the states.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-4708670,00.html

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They Say They Can Lock You Up for Life Without a Trial:
207.44.245.159/article7625.htm

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Rethinking Middle East Security:

Israel, has been brutalised by its occupation, turning it into a racist, quasi-fascist state, in the grip of religious fanatics.
207.44.245.159/article7622.htm

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Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2005

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Tsunamis and this Thing Called Humanity

From the Oceans, Indiscriminate Devastation

Manuel Valenzuela

Millions of humans die prematurely each year not by tsunamis or earthquakes, but by our exploitation of their lands and labor, by our indifference to their plight as industrialized nations commit yearly acts of economic genocide, as their nation‚s treasure is gobbled up by banks and lending institutions, as their lands and their resources are pillaged and raped, as their social programs are gutted to suit the needs of America and other northern nations, condemning billions to a life subsisting on two dollars a day, their talents ignored, opportunity made extinct and futures oppressed.
207.44.245.159/article7628.htm

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They Say They Can Lock You Up for Life Without a Trial:

Charged with No Crime, Implicated in No Wrongdoing

By ELAINE CASSEL

On Sunday, Jan 2, Dana Priest, writing in the Washington Post, described the plans of the Pentagon and the Justice Department to imprison indefinitely, perhaps for life, persons it wants “removed” from society. Having committed no crime, but believed to be associated with “terrorism” however that is defined at any given moment in time “the people will live in prison camps modeled on American prisons.
207.44.245.159/article7625.htm

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Rethinking Middle East Security

By Patrick Seale

The new imperialists are paying a heavy price for their arrogant overreach. Iraq is proving the graveyard of the US army, and also the graveyard of US-Arab relations. Israel, in turn, has been brutalised by its occupation, turning it into a racist, quasi-fascist state, in the grip of religious fanatics.
207.44.245.159/article7622.htm

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22 killed in car bomb targeting a police academy.

The car exploded on Wednesday during a graduation ceremony at the police academy.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/AD602118-F200-450F-A471-72E651F93D32.htm

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At least six killed in another car bomb in Iraq :

At least six people were killed and a number of others injured in a suicide car bomb attack in Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, on Wednesday, police said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-01/05/content_2421004.htm

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Five Iraqi civilians killed in Ramadi clashes:

Five Iraqi civilians were killed and two wounded when they got caught up in clashes that erupted between resistance fighters and US troops
www.deepikaglobal.com/latestnews.asp?ncode=24157

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American Soldier Killed in North Iraq Attack:

The death brings to 1,054 the number of U.S. troops killed in action since the U.S. invaded and occupied Iraq.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7239287

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Blistering attacks threaten Iraq election :

While the world’s attention has been on the disaster in Asia, the situation in Iraq has deteriorated so much that the resistance has developed into near-open warfare.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4145585.stm

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Iraq “president” urges U.N. to review poll date:

“On a logical basis, there are signs that it will be a tough call to hold the election,” said Yawar, a Sunni who has formed his own election list.
www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5447862

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Baghdad Burning: Iraqi Girl Blog:

New Year and Elections:

People don’t really sense that this is the first stepping stone to democracy as western media is implying. Many people sense that this is just the final act of a really bad play
riverbendblog.blogspot.com/2005_01_01_riverbendblog_archive.html#110466627142368992

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35,000 US troops to be deployed in Baghdad on polling day:

“I can tell you every single soldier assigned to Task Force Baghdad will be out or supporting the election in some way on election day. And that will be in excess of 35,000,” said Major General Peter Chiarelli, who commands US forces in the Baghdad area.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=12353

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U.S. Army Sergeant May Refuse Re-Deployment To Iraq:

On my last deployment in Iraq elements of my unit were instructed by a Captain to fire on children throwing rocks at us.‰ This is not what he signed up for, Benderman said.
207.44.245.159/article7623.htm

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Oppose the draft? It’s already here:

An executive order President Bush enacted after 9-11 that authorized the Pentagon to involuntarily extend military personnel on active duty “for not more than 24 consecutive months.”
207.44.245.159/article7621.htm

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In a memo to Army brass, its leader says overseas demands, dysfunctional policies pose a ‘grave danger’

The Army Reserve, a force of some 200,000 part-time soldiers who provide key support in Iraq and Afghanistan with medics, engineers and truck drivers, “is rapidly degenerating into a ‘broken’ force,” its top general has told senior Army leaders
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Former Military Leaders Challenge Gonzales Nomination :

A dozen former military officers, including retired Army General John Shalikashvili, are challenging the nomination of White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales to be U.S. attorney general because he endorsed detaining suspected terrorists without protections accorded prisoners of war.
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=a7nN9G6jWI0M

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Unfinished Business: Confirming Gonzales Is Confirming Torture :

Mr. Gonzales’ legal opinion ultimately lead to the US military’s scandalous use of torture tactics on war prisoners and detainees — including at least 40 who were tortured to death — at Abu Ghraib and other prisons. Now the entire world regards Alberto Gonzales as complicit in these war crimes.
207.44.245.159/article7626.htm

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Ten Questions for Alberto Gonzales:

Has your position on the Geneva Conventions changed since evidence of widespread detainee abuse at U.S. prisons was uncovered? If not, which provisions of the Geneva Conventions do you still consider “quaint” or “obsolete”?
www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=280963

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Retired US General on Alberto Gonzales:

“He Has Endangered Our Soldiers”
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/01/05/152208

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Ask Not Who Bankrolled Falluja: War Tax Resisters Opt Out:

So who made Falluja possible? American taxpayers did. The moral tracer on this funding leads to me and you, the co-investors who backed this pre-holiday discount on the lives of Fallujans, thousands of lives, forever lost and unlived.
207.44.245.159/article7627.htm

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Nepal army kills at least 130 rebels in fierce jungle clash: army:

“Security forces recovered 30 dead bodies of the rebels while an army helicopter saw the dead bodies of 100 rebels strewn across the battle site,” the army said in a statement on Wednesday.
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Five Dead in Taliban Attack Government Office :

Taliban militants attacked a government office in southern Afghanistan, sparking a gunbattle that left five people dead, including a rebel commander, an Afghan official said today.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3961480

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Taliban Raises Funds From Persian Gulf:

The Kuwaiti daily Al Rai Al Aam reported that Taliban leader Mullah Omar toured three Gulf Cooperation Council states in October 2004 to raise money for his movement.
www.menewsline.com/stories/2005/january/01_05_3.html

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ElBaradei Says N.Korea Nuke Crisis Getting Worse:

The crisis caused by North Korea’s refusal to abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions is deepening and needs to be resolved as soon as possible, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Wednesday.
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North Korean manual orders citizens to prepare for war with U-S :

South Korea North Korea is telling its citizens to get ready for a long war with the U-S.
www.kfor.com/Global/story.asp?S=2767106

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Egypt carried out secret nuclear tests:

Egyptian scientists have been caught out by the United Nations nuclear watchdog for not declaring tests that could be used in weapons programmes.
news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/story.jsp?story=597720

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U.S ambassador issues veiled warning to Syria :

Feltman cautions against ‘foreign interference’ in Lebanese elections
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=2&article_id=11538

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U.S. gives a warning to Syrians :

The Bush administration is considering imposing new sanctions on Syria to prod a crackdown against Iraqis there who are providing financial and logistical support to insurgents in Iraq, according to senior American counterterrorism officials.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/01/05/frontpage/syriaweb.html

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How Iran and Syria offered to help (after 911), but got rolled:

During the weeks after 911, as the US prepared to attack the Taliban, US-Iran relations blossomed. Iran provided the US with considerable information about conditions in Afghanistan, and other forms of support, all of which proved invaluable to US military operations.
207.44.245.159/article7624.htm

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Fourteen Russian troops killed:

A TOTAL of 14 Russian soldiers, plus at least three local Chechen troops, were killed and 19 injured in a series of incidents over two days in the southern republic of Chechnya
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11865011^1702,00.html

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Putin leads BRIC alliance (Brazil, Russia, India, China) :

Putin‚s recent visit to India, China and Brazil and Germany spells strategic planning on controlling accessible international oil assets
www.indiadaily.com/editorial/01-04f-05.asp

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God told him:

Reverend Pat Robertson, said that God told him: “I will remove judges from the Supreme Court quickly, and their successors will refuse to sanction the attacks on religious faith.” Robertson also said that he “heard it from the Lord” that President Bush will have Social Security and tax reform passed and that Muslims will turn to Jesus Christ.
mediamatters.org/items/200501040010

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Foreknowledge of A Natural Disaster:

Washington was aware that a deadly Tidal Wave was building up in the Indian Ocean
globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO412C.html

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The Neverending Story:

Imagine if every day there were headlines saying: “29,000 children died yesterday from preventable diseases and malnutrition.” Would the aid money rush in? Does it?
www.alternet.org/story/20890

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Court says U.S. can revoke citizenship of man convicted of crime after being naturalized

An appeals court ruled that the U.S. government can strip a Haitian-American restaurant owner of his citizenship even though he was indicted, arrested and convicted after naturalization.
www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/miami/sfl-15haiti,0,382960.story?coll=sfla-news-miami

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Mbeki attacks ‘racist’ Churchill :

President Thabo Mbeki has made a withering attack on Winston Churchill and other historic British figures, calling them racists who ravaged Africa and blighted its post-colonial development.
www.guardian.co.uk/southafrica/story/0,13262,1383331,00.html

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What Went Wrong in Ohio:

Status Report of the House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff
www.truthout.org/docs_05/010605Y.shtml

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Send a Fax to a Senator:

The senators listed below have been selected as most likely to voice an objection to the 2004 presidential election. This system will automatically fax your message to the senator of your choice.
www.lightwingarts.com/faxsenator.asp

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Bush Eyes Plan Using Bulk of Payroll Taxes :

President Bush is expected to unveil his plan for a Social Security (news – web sites) overhaul in late February, with administration officials eyeing investment accounts that would hold two-thirds of workers’ annual payroll taxes.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=513&ncid=716&e=6&u=/ap/20050105/ap_on_go_ot/social_security

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Paul Krugman: Stopping the Bum’s Rush:

The people who hustled America into a tax cut to eliminate an imaginary budget surplus and a war to eliminate imaginary weapons are now trying another bum’s rush. If they succeed, we will do nothing about the real fiscal threat and will instead dismantle Social Security, a program that is in much better financial shape than the rest of the federal government.
207.44.245.159/article7618.htm

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Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2005

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The victims of the tsunami pay the price of war on Iraq

US and British aid is dwarfed by the billions both spend on slaughter

By George Monbiot

Over the past few months, reviewing the complete lack of public interest in what is happening in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the failure, in the west, to mobilise effective protests against the continuing atrocities in Iraq, I had begun to wonder whether we had lost our ability to stand in other people’s shoes. I have now stopped wondering.
207.44.245.159/article7617.htm

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Death Toll Rises To 10 In Iraqi Bombing:

The attack, near an Iraqi National Guards barracks, wounded 60 people. It’s the same area where a bomb went off Monday, near the party headquarters of the interim prime minister. That explosion killed two police officers and a civilian.
www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=2761788&nav=0s3dUnRO

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Governor of Baghdad Region And Six Bodyguards Killed:
www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/news/10557583.htm

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Three Iraqi soldiers were killed in the city of Samarra.

Three national guardsmen killed in near Baquba.

A Turkish truck driver was killed in an ambush in the same area, police said, adding that he was working under contract with the US military.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11856331%255E1702,00.html

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Five Americans killed in Iraq attacks :

A military statement says a roadside bombing killed three soldiers today in Baghdad. Another roadside bombing north of Baghdad killed a soldier and wounded another. A Marine was killed in action in the western Anbar province. That’s where Fallujah is located.
www.wboc.com/Global/story.asp?S=2761850

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Three Britons – One American die in Iraq attacks :

A convoy of several vehicles had just left the heavily guarded “green zone” in the heart of Baghdad, which houses the US embassy and government offices
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/4144999.stm

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Pentagon releases names of three more killed in Iraq, raising December total to 72:

The Pentagon on Monday released three additional names of U.S. servicemen killed in Iraq in December, raising the month’s U.S. death toll to 72, including 20 members of the reserves.
www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles/2005/01/03/news/
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U.S. Troops Wounded in Iraq Tops 10,000 :

The number of U.S. troops wounded in Iraq since the start of the war in March 2003 has surpassed 10,000, the Pentagon said Tuesday in a delayed update of its casualty data.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4710494,00.html

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Horror In Fallujah, Doctors Say:

The hospital emergency team has recovered more than 700 bodies from rubble where houses and shops once stood, adding that more than 550 were women and children. He said a very small number of men were found in these places and most were elderly.
207.44.245.159/article7614.htm

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Blind loyalty isn‚t patriotism

Patriots, some would argue, must march unwaveringly for the cause of liberty in Iraq. They would have Americans accept that anything ˜ anyone ˜ that gets in the way must be destroyed.
home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=79980&ran=20726

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Congress expects $100 billion war request:

Congress expects the White House to request as much as $100 billion this year for war and related costs in Iraq and Afghanistan, congressional officials say.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/
2005-01-03-iraq-costs_x.htm?POE=click-refer

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In case you missed it:

Video: Secrets of the Iraq War :

The story of spying, bribery and secret deals done by U.S. with Saddam’s senior commanders to betray their former boss, and the story of what happened to the feared Republican Guard.

Real Video.
207.44.245.159/article6648.htm

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Unconfirmed Reports:

Zarqawi reportedly arrested in Iraq:

Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi, whom the US occupation authorities declared to be the “target number one” in Iraq, has been arrested in the city of Baakuba, the Emirate newspaper al-Bayane reported on Tuesday referring to Kurdish sources
www.tass.ru/eng/level2.html?NewsID=1619544&PageNum=0

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US military hints at staying in Afghanistan for decades :

US-led coalition troops are likely to remain in the post-war Afghanistan for decades, a senior US commander hinted here Monday.
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Syrian driver sues US army staff for alleged torture in Iraq:

Muhamed al-Jundi, the Syrian driver of two French journalists taken hostage in Iraq in August, filed suit at a Paris court Tuesday alleging torture and mistreatment by the US army.
207.44.245.159/article7620.htm

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Navy SEALs Face Hearings In Prisoner Abuse Torture Case:

Charged with kicking, choking, hurting and photographing prisoners held in Iraq. The Navy has not released the names of the officers.
www.nbc4.tv/news/4045828/detail.html

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Injustice as State Policy : The Guantanamo Gulag:

Guantanamo is intended to send a message that the internationally accepted norms of justice have been rescinded. From now on, all law proceeds from Washington.
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Gonzales Torture Memo Controversy Builds :

The Democrats have not yet decided whether to try to block Gonzales’ confirmation.
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Do You Opposes the Nomination of Alberto Gonzales?

“The best way for the American people to send a message to the Bush administration and the world that 'we the people' of the United States do not condone torture is to mobilize to reject the nomination of Alberto Gonzales." – Ron Daniels, Executive Director, the Center for Constitutional Rights
www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizations/ccr/
campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=296

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Court backs Pinochet murder trial :

Chile’s Supreme Court has ruled the country’s former President Augusto Pinochet is fit to stand trial on murder and kidnapping charges.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4146303.stm

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Scott Ritter: Rude awakening to missile-defense dream :

On Christmas Eve 2004, the Russian Strategic Missile Force test fired an advanced SS-27 Topol-M road-mobile intercontinental ballistic Missile (ICBM). This test probably invalidated the entire premise and technology used in the National Missile Defense (NMD) system currently being developed and deployed by the Bush administration
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Israeli tank killed seven Palestinian youths :

All the dead were youths aged 11-17 from two farming families. Fifteen people were wounded, several critically.
uk.news.yahoo.com/050104/325/f9mjc.html

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2004: Hundreds die at Israel’s hand:

The Israeli army has killed or murdered hundreds of Palestinians who played no part in the ongoing Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation in 2004.
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Patronizing the Palestinians: The Trouble with Optimism:

There will be no Palestinian independence, and therefore no peace and no justice, anytime soon, for the simple reason that Israel does not want it.
www.counterpunch.com/christison01032005.html

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UK: Israeli spy’s passport sparks row :

The use of forged British passports by Mossad assassination squads triggered a Foreign Office protest.
politics.guardian.co.uk/politicspast/story/0,9061,1381811,00.html

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Britons rank Israel ‘worst country’:

British people rate Israel as the country least deserving of international respect, as well as one of the world’s “least democratic countries,” according to a recent survey.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/
JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1104808686264&p=1078113566627

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‘Atom School’ Stars in First Israeli Reactor Video:

Israel has released the first video footage of its Dimona nuclear plant, a television station said on Monday, in an apparent attempt to promote a positive image of what experts believe to be an atomic bomb factory.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=570&ncid
=753&e=1&u=/nm/20050103/sc_nm/israel_reactor_dc

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Ministry of Prisoners Affairs:

2004 Worst for Prisoners in 30 Years
www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/details.asp?name=1834

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Abuse of Palestinian detainees decried:

The Israeli army has mistreated 10 detained Palestinian community leaders who were arrested in the run up to Palestinian elections, their lawyer has said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4F636150
-A69A-4177-B679-7798B70423B1.htm

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Video: John Pilger: “Palestine is Still the Issue” :

For Palestinians, the overriding, routine terror, day after day, has been the ruthless control of almost every aspect of their lives, as if they live in an open prison. This film is about the Palestinians and a group of courageous Israelis united in the oldest human struggle – to be free. Watch it now
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3499.htm

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 01/03/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
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If elections can happen in Iraq, why not Haiti?:

The puppet government has proven totally incompetent in addressing anything ranging from natural disasters to the reign of terror by the thugs of the former Haitian military. The obvious hope of the Bush administration was for a smooth transition, but there is nothing smooth about the situation in Haiti.
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Bush strategy will hurt Republicans, says former aide:

One of President George W Bush’s former cabinet officials has criticised his record and his electoral strategy, accusing him of running a short-term policy which will damage the Republicans in the future.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/
01/04/wbush04.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/01/04/ixportal.html

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Bush Asks Judge to Toss Ohio Election Suit:

The court filing was made as the Rev. Jesse Jackson held a rally before hundreds of people in Columbus to support the challenge and urge the U.S. Senate to debate Ohio’s results on Thursday when Congress is in joint session for the official tally of the electoral votes.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=694&ncid
=696&e=1&u=/ap/20050104/ap_on_el_pr/ohio_vote

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Dialing In For Democracy – Now Is Critical:

It’s time to start using the “F” word. George W. Bush was made President of the United States in 2000 by fraud, and apparently has done it again.
www.commondreams.org/views05/0103-32.htm

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Is There One Senator Who Will Stand Up for Black Voters?:

Democrat Senators on the Hot Seat…Again
www.counterpunch.com/lindorff01032005.html

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Bush plan would cut benefits for new retirees :

The Bush administration has signaled that it will propose changing the formula that sets initial Social Security benefit levels, cutting promised benefits by nearly a third in the coming decades.
www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20050104/1009274.asp

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Paul Krugman: Stopping the Bum’s Rush:

The people who hustled America into a tax cut to eliminate an imaginary budget surplus and a war to eliminate imaginary weapons are now trying another bum’s rush. If they succeed, we will do nothing about the real fiscal threat and will instead dismantle Social Security, a program that is in much better financial shape than the rest of the federal government.
207.44.245.159/articles7618.htm

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Social Security Œreform‚ : Robbing workers to pay the banks :

If the bankers, financiers and investors have their way, the entire Social Security system. The future of hundreds of millions of workers will be at risk. The government is preparing to do to Social Security what has already been done to pension funds. They must be stopped.
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Is White House Response To The Tsunami A PR Effort

Powell: Tsunami aid may help U.S. image

Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday the outpouring of American aid and humanitarian help in the region devastated by the tsunami may also help Muslim nations see the United States in a better light.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apwashington_story
.asp?category=1152&slug=Tsunami%20US%20Image

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Warriors Of The Rainbow: Native American Prophecy:

There would come a day of awakening when all the peoples of all the tribes would form a New World of Justice, Peace, Freedom and recognition of the Great Spirit.
www.powersource.com/ebt/stone.html

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Peace & Joy – Tom Feeley

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Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2005

Robert Fisk Looks Back at 2004:

The Mire of Death, Lies and Atrocities:

Fisk says, “Over the past year, there has been evidence enough that our whole project in Iraq is hopelessly flawed, that our Western armies – when they are not torturing prisoners, killing innocents and destroying one of the largest cities in Iraq – are being vanquished by a ferocious guerrilla army, the like of which we have not seen before in the Middle East.” Fisk joins us from Beirut, Lebanon. Click here to listen Real audio
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The Government’s Attorneys and Abu Ghraib

The Bush administration’s assault on the Geneva Conventions has caused collateral damage to the legal offices of the executive branch and the military.

By ANDREW ROSENTHAL

The most obvious victims of the brutal treatment of prisoners at American military jails are the men, women and children who have been humiliated, sexually assaulted, beaten, tortured and even killed. But, as in all wars, the Bush administration’s assault on the Geneva Conventions has caused collateral damage – in this case, to the legal offices of the executive branch and the military. 207.44.245.159/article7591.htm

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The Question of Torture:

Open letter to Alberto Gonzales From Over 200 American Religious Leaders:

As a self-professed evangelical Christian, you surely know that all people are created in the image of God.- You understand that torture ˜ the deliberate effort to undermine human dignity ˜ is a grave sin and affront to God. You would not deny that the systemic use of torture on prisoners at Abu Ghraib was fundamentally immoral, as is the deliberate rendering of any detainee to authorities likely to commit torture.
207.44.245.159/article7593.htm

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Bring Them Home Sooner Rather Than Later.

By Sheila Samples

It’s frightening that, for some Americans, the “conventional wisdom” is for the rest of us to just shut the hell up and allow our uniformed citizens to make the ultimate sacrifice in peace — and honor.

Our duty is to be there, waving our flags, when they are shuttled back to the US under cover of darkness, boxed up and ready to be buried. For those Americans, that seems to be the only definition of “patriotism.”
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Baghdad suffers multiple bomb attacks:

At least 19 people have been killed in a series of car bomb explosions, one of which was in front of the party headquarters of interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s party.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3CA3F7FB-FBD0-4BFE-BD3F-76318B594560.htm

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Five Iraqi Police Killed by Bombers, Gunmen:

A suicide bomber posing as a taxi driver killed two policemen and a civilian near Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s Baghdad party headquarters on Monday .
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7221569

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Iraq battling more than 200,000 insurgents: intelligence chief :

“I think the resistance is bigger than the US military in Iraq. I think the resistance is more than 200,000 people,” Iraqi intelligence service director General Mohamed Abdullah Shahwani said in an interview ahead of the January 30 elections.
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Another U.S. soldier killed, three hurt in Afghanistan:

Attack in eastern province claims second soldier in two days
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6779808/

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Guantanamo Briton ‘in handcuff torture’ :

A British detainee at Guantanamo Bay has told his lawyer he was tortured using the ‘strappado’, a technique common in Latin American dictatorships
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Guilty Until Proven Innocent: US plans detention for life:

The Defence Department, which holds 500 prisoners at its base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, plans to ask the US Congress for $32.1 million to build a 200-bed jail to hold detainees who are unlikely to go through a military tribunal for lack of evidence, defence officials told the newspaper.
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U.S. Citizen Locked Up For Two Years In Solitary Confinement Without Charges:

Lawyer challenging terror policy : “I guess my own fundamental beliefs are that if you think someone has done wrong, you have to charge them with that wrong and give them a fair chance to prove that it‚s not true,” Freiman said.
207.44.245.159/article7608.htm

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In case you missed it:

Appeals panel rules U.S. citizen not an enemy combatant
msnbc.msn.com/id/3748660/

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Outsourcing Detention:

Why is an American citizen being held without charges in Saudi Arabia? And why does the U.S. State Department seem to have a vested interest in keeping him there?
207.44.245.159/article7607.htm

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Islamic Army in Iraq threatens attacks in US: website:

The mujahedeen “will take the battle from inside our country (Iraq) to yours,‰ the statement said.
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Saudi Student Was Mess Tent Suicide Bomber :

The suicide bomber who killed 22 people when he blew himself up in a US army mess tent the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, was a Saudi medical student, an Arab newspaper reported today.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3954118

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Electoral tempest in Iraq:

In countless interviews with Western journalists, Iraqi recruits have made clear that they have no intention of turning their guns on fellow Iraqis who have chosen to fight the United States.
207.44.245.159/article7596.htm

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Today’s Conservatives Are Fascists :

Torture, dictatorship, phony “elections,”and endless war ˆ it’s fascism with a “democratic” face.
antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=4245

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In case you missed it:

IRAQ: Covering up US war crimes:

I am reading William Shirer’s Berlin Diary, a journalist’s account of Nazi political propaganda during the 1930s, as I watch the US “news‰ reports of the violent assault on Fallujah.
207.44.245.159/article7599.htm

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US had advance warning of tsunami:

Canadian professor: A Canadian expert has claimed that the US Military and the State Department were given advance tsunami warning and America‚s Navy base on the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean was notified but the information was not passed on to the countries that bore the brunt of the disaster.
207.44.245.159/article7600.htm

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Poland hunts Israeli, 86, over ‘revenge’ killing of Nazis:

Poland is demanding the extradition from Israel of an elderly Jewish man accused of the deaths of hundreds of Germans in a post-war detention camp.
207.44.245.159/article7597.htm

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Palestinian aid groups’ accounts closed :

Two British organisations set up to help the Palestinian people have had their bank accounts abruptly closed without explanation
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1382392,00.html

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Rabbi Goldstein gives a historic overview of Zionism:

We [religious Jews] were in this fight from the 1890 roughly… As soon as it was founded [zionism], it was condemned – Jews came out and said this is atheistic, this is idol worship…”
207.44.245.159/article1456.htm
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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man:

How the U.S. Uses Globalization to Cheat Poor Countries Out of Trillions
207.44.245.159/article7604.htm

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The Social Security Fear Factor:

If the $10 trillion figure is essentially bogus, so is the claim that Social Security is in crisis. The assertion that doing nothing would be costlier than enacting a privatization plan also turns out to be wrong, by the estimates of Congress’s own budget agency.
www.nytimes.com/2005/01/03/opinion/03mon1.html?ex=126
2494800&en=d25dd74c2dd43403&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

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Mary Pitt: The Real Lock Box:

The good news: Social Security is still solvent. The bad news: It’s all in T-Bonds!
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News For 01/02/05:

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Suicide Bombers, Gunmen Kill 32 in Iraq:

Suicide car bombers hit a bus packed with Iraqi National Guards on Sunday, killing 26 people in the deadliest attack of its kind in four months on Iraqis cooperating with U.S. forces
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7218169

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American soldier, Afghan killed in gunfight in western Afghanistan :

“The Afghan citizen died at the scene,” the statement said. “The U.S. soldier was wounded in the attack and … died a short time later at the airfield as a result of wounds received.”
www.chinapost.com.tw/i_latestdetail.asp?id=25408

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Policeman dies while trying to remove decapitated human body
www.kuna.net.kw/English/Story.asp?DSNO=693513

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Lebanese shot dead in Baghdad’s Green Zone:

An unidentified sniper shot dead a Lebanese national on Saturday inside Baghdad’s Green Zone, the seat of the Iraqi government and the U.S. and British embassies, Lebanon’s foreign ministry said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LAD257345.htm

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‘If I had been British, I’d be dead’ :

Two reporters freed by terrorists in Iraq were saved by their passports
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1382179,00.html

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Iraq election officials quit after threats:

The committee in charge of organising this month’s election in a northern Iraqi city has quit after some members received death threats.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/194DF378-0B44-4808-98B2-24D2B7B09EFC.htm

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The crime of war: from Nuremberg to Fallujah:

A review of current international law regarding wars of aggression, and its implications for U.S. policy in Iraq and elsewhere
www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/123104Davies/123104davies.html

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Why George Bush’s war in Iraq is wrong:

There are some quite specific legal reasons why George Bush’s war in Iraq is wrong, and why his “War of Terror” has led to legal inconsistency coupled with political chaos
207.44.245.159/article7585.htm

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Iraq 2004: What went wrong :

In 2004, Iraq went badly wrong – except for supporters of the insurgency, in which case it went grimly well.
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Naomi Klein: You Break It, You Pay For It.

If staying in Iraq is not the solution, neither are easy bumper-sticker calls to pull the troops out and spend the money on schools and hospitals at home. Yes, the troops must leave, but that can be only one plank of a credible and moral antiwar platform.
www.thenation.com/docprint.mhtml?i=20050110&s=klein

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Long Term Imprisonment Without Trial :

Administration officials are preparing long-range plans for indefinitely imprisoning “suspected terrorists” whom they do not want to set free or turn over to courts in the United States or other countries, according to intelligence, defense and diplomatic officials.
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Fresh Details Emerge on Harsh Methods at Guantánamo:

Mr. Kahtani, a Saudi, was given a tranquilizer, put in sensory deprivation garb with blackened goggles, and hustled aboard a plane that was supposedly taking him to the Middle East.
207.44.245.159/article7587.htm

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Top Ten War Profiteers of 2004 :

At the beginning of the Iraq war, Andrew Natsios, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID), proclaimed that the reconstruction of Iraq would look like a modern-day Marshall Plan. But a year and a half later, a combination of bureaucratic ineptitude, corporate corruption and the growing Iraqi resistance threaten to undermine the Bush administration’s grand designs.
207.44.245.159/article7584.htm

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Israel:Channel 10 cameraman shot by Israeli Occupation Forces in Gaza Strip :

A cameraman working for Israel’s Channel 10 television lays in critical condition at Be’er Sheva’s Soroka Medical Center, after he was shot Sunday by IDF troops operating near the town of Beit Lahiya, in the Gaza Strip.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/521788.html

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Bungled Israeli killing revealed :

Papers released at the National Archives in London have revealed the details of a political murder by Israeli secret services 30 years ago.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4138021.stm

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Israeli army arrests Palestinian candidates :

In an apparent effort to forestall gains by Hamas in Palestinian elections, the Israeli army has arrested a large number of potential candidates in the southern part of the West Bank.
207.44.245.159/article7590.htm

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U.S. must leave :

A professor of international law contends that the so-called Akaka Bill would strip Hawaiians of their right to self-determination.
207.44.245.159/article7583.htm

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U.S. Aid Generous and Stingy:

When aid is calculated per U.S. citizen or as a percentage of the economy, the United States ranks among the least generous in the industrialized world.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/1231/dailyUpdate.html

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$1B Given to Faith-Based Groups in 2003 :

The government gave more than $1 billion in 2003 to organizations it considers ``faith-based,’’ with some going to programs where prayer and spiritual guidance are central and some to organizations that do not consider themselves religious at all.
207.44.245.159/article7594.htm

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Nonprofits get $25 million to fight terrorism:

The money for synagogues and cultural groups will be split by 18 at-risk cities.
www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/front/10542398.htm

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In war on terrorism, U.S. drafts shops to be on guard:

It may surprise some people to learn that one of the linchpins in this nation’s war on terrorism is the Bin & Barrel Mini Mart in Fremont, Calif.
www.gazettetimes.com/articles/2004/12/28/news/business/monbiz02.txt

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Wobbly dollar spells big trouble for central bankers:

THE People’s Bank of China and the Bank of Japan, as well as other central banks in Asia, are in trouble. They have accumulated vast foreign exchange reserves, estimated at more than $US2 trillion ($2.6 trillion), but almost all of these reserves are in US dollars — which are rapidly losing their value.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11821419^643,00.html

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Europe ‘will have to act on dollar’:

The European Central Bank will this year be forced to intervene in the foreign exchange markets, economists predicted yesterday, as the dollar narrowly avoided hitting a new all-time low against the euro.
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A ‘Long War’ Against Whom?:

For the next generation or more, it appears the American people will be asked to sacrifice their children, their tax dollars and possibly the remnants of their democracy to what a top U.S. commander now candidly calls the “Long War.‰
207.44.245.159/article7582.htm

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Yugo Entrepreneur Importing Chinese Cars:

The man who brought the Yugo and Subaru to this country and built a gull-wing sports car bearing his name has a new project — becoming the first mass importer of low-cost Chinese-made cars to the United States.
biz.yahoo.com/ap/050102/importing_chinese_cars_9.html

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Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2005

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A ‘Long War’ Against Whom?

By Robert Parry

For the next generation or more, it appears the American people will be asked to sacrifice their children, their tax dollars and possibly the remnants of their democracy to what a top U.S. commander now candidly calls the “Long War.‰
207.44.245.159/article7582.htm

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Seven killed in Iraqi suicide attack:

A suicide car bomber has killed seven people, five of them Iraqi National Guards
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Zarqawi group says killed five Iraqi National Guard:

Militants from a group led by Al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said they had killed five men and warned those who work with the US-backed government they faced the same fate.
www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/focusoniraq/
2005/January/focusoniraq_January8.xml&section=focusoniraq

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Police find beheaded bodies:

IRAQI police found beheaded two bodies in western Baghdad today along with a note that said they were truck drivers killed because they were working with the US military.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11833149%255E401,00.html

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Marine Killed in Al Anbar (Fallujah) During Operations:

One Marine assigned to the I Marine Expeditionary Force was killed in action Friday, Dec. 31 while conducting security and stabilization operations in the Al Anbar Province.
www.cjtf7.com/media-information/January/050101c.htm

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Clashes around Baghdad:

Fighting between US forces and armed groups has continued in and around the Iraqi capital, intensifying on the road leading to Baghdad airport.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/2969BFDD-CC68-4B9C-BDF5-EFF6075E1B71.htm

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Post-9/11 conflicts send 1 million to battle zones:

Nearly 1 million members of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other danger zones since the September 11 terror attacks, and almost a third of them have been sent more than once, figures released by the Pentagon show.
www.washingtontimes.com/functions/print.php?StoryID=20041230-111258-1607r

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Goodbye to 2004, another year of living stupidly:

Never in the memory of the living generation have the errors, falsifications and unreason of policy come in such rapid and overwhelming succession that each buries its predecessor before it’s even partially absorbed, much less understood.
www.sacbee.com/content/opinion/story/11889222p-12776129c.html

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US Applying ŒIsraeli Tactics‚ in Felluce :

It has recently been discovered that US and Iraqi forces have been using a method of demolishing houses in Felluce (Fallujah) that Israelis have also used on Palestinian homes.
www.zaman.com/?bl=international&alt=&trh=20041231&hn=15180

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Bungled Israeli killing revealed :

Papers released at the National Archives in London have revealed the details of a political murder by Israeli secret services 30 years ago.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4138021.stm

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Daniel Pipes Favors Concentration Camps:

That the Revisionist-Zionist extremist Daniel Pipes has fond visions of rounding up Muslim Americans and putting them in concentration camps isn’t a big surprise. That a mainstream American newspaper would publish this David-Dukeian evil is. Of course, this is also a man that President Bush appointed to a temporary vacancy at the United States Institute of Peace.
207.44.245.159/article7581.htm

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Wag the dog:

Official says Sharon weighed war during probe : Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon considered launching a war in the Middle East to divert attention from a police investigation into allegations that he accepted bribes, an Israeli newspaper reported.
www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/breaking_4.html

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A View from Syria on the Palestinian Right to Return:

“What’s the use of having international law on our side when it’s not upheld by the ruling powers?”
www.counterpunch.com/hassen12312004.html

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U.S. Aid To Israel Must Become Conditional
www.theday.com/eng/web/news/re.aspx?re=47857031-4A1D-4EB6-BB31-DA64AF76FCBA

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Iraq Vs. Tsunami: The Duplicity Of The Media :

This is where the western press really excels: in the celebratory atmosphere of human catastrophe. Their penchant for misery is only surpassed by their appetite for profits. Where was this “free press‰ in Iraq when the death toll was skyrocketing towards 100,000?
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=21&ItemID=6941

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US military aid role a first in Indonesia:

In a groundbreaking piece of diplomacy, US soldiers will for the first time touch down on Indonesian soil in an operational capacity.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4A0A0C42-C6C4-42A8-8B5D-5BAC00C99BA2.htm

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US pledges $350m in tsunami aid :

The pledge was made just before talks between senior US and UN figures on co-ordinating aid efforts.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4138763.stm

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Regarding the “stinginess” of American aid :

Here’s the ranking of contries by relief aid per capita per day
www.danieldrezner.com/archives/001805.html

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Western Governments can do more to help tsunami victims : …

If our governments could mobilize resources, the media, and in some cases popular support, like they do for illegal wars of conquest and occupation, tens of thousands more lives could possibly be saved.
asiantsunami.blogspot.com/

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China May Be Offered Stake in Yukos Subsidiary:

A senior Russian official said on Thursday that China’s state oil company could be offered 20 percent of a giant subsidiary of the oil company Yukos that was confiscated and sold 11 days ago.
www.wilmingtonstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041231/ZNYT01/412310345/1004/local

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Does America Get What It Deserves?:

“Time” magazine named President George W. Bush “Man of the Year” for 2004, an honor previously bestowed on Adolf Hitler (1938), Josef Stalin (1942) and the Ayatollah Khomeini (1979). Congratulations and good for him.
www.niagarafallsreporter.com/editorial183.html

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Paving the way for the bioweapons of the future?

A growing number of microbiologists, nonproliferation experts, and former government officials say there may be a dark side to the biodefense push: With poor oversight, government-funded scientists could actually be paving the way for the next generation of killer germs˜and given the explosion of research, there is no way to keep track of what is being done.
www.motherjones.com/news/outfront/2004/03/02_400.html

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Bush allies prepare for Social Security battle:

With Bush planning to unveil the details of his Social Security plan this month, several GOP groups close to the White House are asking the same donors who helped re-elect Bush to fund an extensive campaign to convince Americans – and skeptical lawmakers – that Social Security is in crisis and that private accounts are the only cure.
www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/10541236.htm

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Lautenberg Calls on Social Security Administration to Cease Telephone Propaganda Aimed at Scaring Seniors:

As President Bush begins to sell his Social Security privatization plan with claims of a looming Social Security “crisis,” the Social Security Administration is forcing callers to their 800 number to listen to inaccurate propaganda with a “crisis”
lautenberg.senate.gov/~lautenberg/press/2003/01/2004C23848.html

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Lobbyists Descend on Cabinet Picks:

Long before they start their new jobs, President Bush’s Cabinet picks are getting close attention from lobbyists who follow the smallest moves from start to finish ˜ even urging senators to ask specific questions at confirmation hearings.
washingtontimes.com/national/20041230-111258-7999r.htm

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Shame Of The Democrats:

Watch the video of the January 6, 2001 refusal of any member of the U.S. Senate to join those members of the House of Representatives who tried to challenge Florida‚s fraud-obtained electoral votes.
makethemaccountable.com/misc/DemocratsShame2001.htm

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I Am Hope::

The flame of hope should never go out from your life. Flash presentation
i.euniverse.com/funpages/cms_content/2529/4candles.swf

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