Information Clearing House  Digest January 20-25 2005
 
 

Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2005

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King George: The Coronation Viewed from Israel

In many respects, the President of the United States is also the King of Israel.

By Uri Avnery

Some people say, only half in jest, that the USA is an Israeli colony. And indeed, in many respects it looks like that. President Bush dances to Ariel Sharon’s tune. Both Houses of Congress are totally subservient to the Israeli right-wing – much more so than the Knesset. – Every year Congress confirms the payment of a massive tribute to Israel.
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11 Iraqi Policemen Killed in Baghdad :

Fighting erupted in Baghdad’s eastern Rashad neighborhood as Iraqi police fired on anti occupation forces who were reportedly handing out leaflets warning people not to vote in Sunday’s national elections.
snipurl.com/cahp

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Six US soldiers killed in Iraq:

Gunmen kill Iraqi judge and his son while driving his car in Baghdad, US soldier killed in bomb blast in Iraqi capital.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=12504

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Another Soldier Dies From Wounds:

The Soldier sustained the injuries when a patrol was attacked with an improvised explosive device in western Baghdad.
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20050132.txt

snipurl.com/cahq

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Video Appears to Show U.S. Man Seized in Iraq:

“I’m not asking for any help from President Bush because I know of his selfishness and unconcern to those who’ve been pushed into this hellhole,” he says.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=440046

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Dominican Sisters Flee Mosul:

The Dominican Sisters of Charity of the Presentation have left Mosul, Iraq, and have relocated to Syria and Jordan. In a statement reported by Vidimus Dominum, the women religious explained that “in order to save their own lives they had to leave everything behind.”
www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=65263

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Army failed to probe torture, says rights group

Investigative files released today by the American Civil Liberties Union suggest that the Army failed to aggressively investigate allegations of detainee abuse. Some of the investigations concern serious allegations of torture including electric shocks, forced sodomy and severe physical beatings.
207.44.245.159/article7816.htm

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Army Closed Many Abuse Cases Early:

Army personnel have admitted to beating or threatening to kill Iraqi detainees and stealing money from Iraqi civilians but have not been charged with criminal conduct, according to newly released Army documents.
207.44.245.159/article7819.htm

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Torture in Iraq still routine, report says:

Twenty months after Saddam Hussein’s government was toppled and its torture chambers unlocked, Iraqis are again being routinely beaten, hung by their wrists and shocked with electrical wires, according to a report by a human rights organization.
msnbc.msn.com/id/6863916/

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Iraq: Torture Continues at Hands of New Government:

Police Systematically Abusing Detainees: Iraqi security forces are committing systematic torture and other abuses against people in detention, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.
207.44.245.159/article7820.htm

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US and UK ‘ignore torture by Iraqi police’:

Iraqi security forces have been committing widespread torture and other human rights abuses while US and British authorities turn a blind eye, according to a report.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=604282

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Major ‘destroyed abuse evidence’ :

The commanding officer of three British soldiers accused of abusing prisoners destroyed his records two weeks before their court martial, a court has heard.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4205145.stm

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Army Overturns Afghan Death Finding:

Mohammed Sayari, was shot repeatedly Aug. 28, 2002, shortly after his pickup was stopped by four members of a Special Forces detachment operating out of a base at Lwara, Afghanistan, about 100 miles southeast of Kabul.
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-abuse-afghan,0,6130969.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

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Bush to seek about $80 bln for military operations:

The Bush administration plans to announce as early as Tuesday that it will seek about $80 billion in new funding for military operations this year in Iraq and Afghanistan, pushing the total for both conflicts to almost $300 billion so far.
www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=bondsNews&storyID=7414971

snipurl.com/cahu

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Al Qaeda’s economic war against the United States:

Osama bin Laden, believes the way to bring down a superpower is to weaken its economy through protracted guerilla warfare. We “bled Russia for ten years until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat,” bin Laden boasted in his October 2004 videotape. “We are continuing in the same policy to make America bleed profusely to the point of bankruptcy,” said bin Laden.
207.44.245.159/article7818.htm

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Lawmakers Resolved to Finish Iraq Mission Regardless of Costs:

Lawmakers, Democrats as well as Republicans, are resolved to finish the war despite mounting costs and casualties.
abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=439260

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Army plans to keep 120,000 troops in Iraq:

The U.S. Army expects to keep its troop strength in Iraq at the current level of about 120,000 for at least two more years, according to the Army’s top operations officer.
msnbc.msn.com/id/6863956/

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U.S. may run out of reserve troops in a year :

At the current pace of U.S. deployments to Iraq, the Pentagon may be hard-pressed by next year to provide enough reserve combat troops suitable for the mission, judging from the military services own estimates of available manpower.
www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/news/ci_2535489

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Paul Craig Roberts: A Party Without Virtue:

After listening to his inaugural speech, anyone who thinks President Bush and his handlers are sane needs to visit a psychiatrist. The hubris-filled megalomaniac in the Oval Office has promised the world war without end.
207.44.245.159/article7824.htm

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Dream On America: The U.S. Model:

For years, much of the world did aspire to the American way of life. But today countries are finding more appealing systems in their own backyards.
207.44.245.159/article7827.htm

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Gov’t will not release Iraq war legal advice under information law:

The government will not release the official guidance it received about the potential legality of the Iraq war under a new freedom of information law.
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Britain Arrests Freed Gitmo Detainees :

Four Britons who were freed after being detained for up to three years at the U.S. military camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, returned to Britain on Tuesday and were immediately arrested.
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After Guantanamo :

Two of the British prisoners who have returned to the UK from Guantanamo Bay reportedly spent 18 months in solitary confinement
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/4203803.stm

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Mass suicide bid at Guantanamo revealed:

Twenty-three “terror suspects” tried to hang or strangle themselves at the US military base in Guantanamo Bay during a mass protest in 2003, the military confirmed today.
207.44.245.159/article7814.htm

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Sgt. Kevin M. Benderman : Right to Life :

Why I am facing the possibility of seven years in Federal Prison because I do not want to kill another human being?
207.44.245.159/article7821.htm

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Pentagon Sends Top Intelligence Official to Meet With Lawmakers About Secret Unit:

The Pentagon sent its top intelligence official to Capitol Hill on Monday to explain the mission and makeup of a secret battlefield intelligence group that some lawmakers suggested may have skirted congressional oversight and not been coordinated fully with the CIA.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB4GPHCD4E.html

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George Monbiot: Pedigree dogs of war :

Some people who engage in foreign conflicts are called terrorists. Others are about to be government-licensed
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Don’t be fooled by occupation in democracy’s clothing :

“The outcome of the elections is more or less a done deal,” he told me. “Allawi is set to continue.”
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Iraqi Voters Face Bewildering Choice :

The confusing nature of the poll has hampered campaigning efforts and research conducted last month revealed that more than 40% of Iraqis believe they are simply voting for a new president, not a national body.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4042932

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Iraq vote to bring security change, says leading Shia :

One of the most senior politicians in Iraq has promised a “radical change” in the country’s security forces after this week’s election and said officers with Ba’athist links would be removed.
snipurl.com/caid

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Renato Redentor Constantino: Everything Is Under Control:

Over 15 million Iraqis are said to be eligible to vote. Of Iraq’s 18 provinces, only four, we are told, will be unable to join the elections. All is well, until you realize that these four provinces contain more than half the population of Iraq.
207.44.245.159/article7815.htm

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A Tale of Two Iraq Investigations :

While investigators zero in on what happened to billions of dollars allegedly siphoned away in the Oil-for-Food scandal, a less high-profile probe is under way into spending in Iraq. Investigations into how the U.S-led coalition spent Iraq‚s oil revenues after the fall of Baghdad in 2003 have found several problems.
www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,145288,00.html

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Iran: Next Victim Of “Freedom”?:

Just days before the election, the elusive Abu-Musab Al-Zarqawi, who has a $25 million bounty on his head, put out an anti-democracy tape and calls Ayatollah Ali Sistani “Satan‰.
207.44.245.159/article7823.htm

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Schroeder opposed to military action against Iran :

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said on Monday that he opposed the use of military force against Iran over the country’s nuclear programme.
snipurl.com/caig

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Italian Court Acquits Suspects of International Terrorism Charges:

An Italian judge dropped charges of international terrorism against five North Africans arrested in April 2003. The men had been accused of sending recruits and financial support to paramilitary training camps in Iraq.
www.voanews.com/english/2005-01-25-voa51.cfm

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In case you missed it?:

Neo-conservatives Directing Bush Towards Regime Change in North Korea:
www.newamericancentury.org/northkorea-20041122.htm

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How Palestinian property was seized :

According to reports in the Israeli media, a ministerial committee of the Israeli government met last July 8 and adopted a resolution – neither publicly announced nor published in the official government gazette, but “legal” nonetheless – to confiscate thousands of dunams of land (by some estimates, nearly half the land in East Jerusalem) from its Arab owners.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/01/25/opinion/edsiegman.html

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Amira Hass : Closing Gaza’s Already Closed Checkpoints
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=107&ItemID=7103

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Israeli Occupation Forces reviving psychological warfare unit :

The overall intention is to conduct “awareness operations” to influence Palestinian public opinion, mostly through propaganda, psychological warfare and sometimes disinformation.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/531436.html

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Venezuela’s Chavez: US behind Colombia rebel arrest;

Chavez said Sunday that the United States was behind Colombia’s arrest, on Venezuelan territory, of a Colombian rebel, triggering a diplomatic crisis with Bogota.
www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=050124004442.0eh5clal.xml

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The CIA and Riggs Bank:

A Wall Street Journal story that the press gang should chase.
www.slate.com/Default.aspx?id=2112015&

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Audio: Gore Vidal on Bush’s Inaugural Address:

“The Most Un-American Speech I’ve Ever Heard”: Vidal says, “If the United States does go abroad to slay dragons in the name of freedom, liberty and so on, she could become dictatress of the world, but in the process she would lose her soul.” Real audio
207.44.245.159/article7828.htm

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The Hidden Passages in Bush‚s Inaugural Address:

Bush‚s Inaugural Address contained many explicit references to God, but there were even more hidden allusions to the Bible that may have been lost to many in his audience, as they were to me, before I did some research.
www.progressive.org/webex05/wx012105.html

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Barbara Boxer: Hold Condoleezza Rice Accountable!:

The debate about Dr. Rice’s confirmation must not be a rubber stamp of President Bush’s appointment. The Senate must take its “advice and consent” role seriously.
ga4.org/campaign/ricehearings/step1.tcl

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Chertoff’s Skeletons: Terror baggage?:

The bizarre terror connections of Bush’s choice for Homeland Security Czar
www.gnn.tv/articles/article.php?id=1089

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Ethnic Cleansing Of Universities Is The New Mantra In America:

American neo-conservatives and followers of President George W. Bush pride themselves on taking no prisoners in their ideological quests. Now they seem to have set their sights on a new target: the stifling of academic freedom in the United States.
www.gulfnews.com/Articles/OpinionNF.asp?ArticleID=149203

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Gov’t Releases $855 Billion Deficit Forecast:

The Congressional Budget Office is predicting the government will go another $855 billion into debt over the next decade, excluding the costs of President Bush‚s Social Security plan and ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
cbsnewyork.com/campaign/politicsnational_story_025103422.html

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Bush Is Bankrupting America :

President Bush is bankrupting America and the Congress is helping him get away with it.
207.44.245.159/article7826.htm

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Like Nero, Bush and GOP fiddle while Iraq burns

Americans struggle to make ends meet.
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The Greatest Presidential Reflection Since Lincoln? :

The neocons have spun into fits of Lincolnite hysteria over President Bush‚s inaugural speech, in which he promised to rid the planet of tyranny. William Kristol informed a Fox News Channel audience that it was the best presidential speech “since Lincoln freed the slaves.”
www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo89.html

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History Untold!: The American Indian And The “Great Emancipator” :

The false sainthood and adulation afforded Lincoln has its basis in the incorrect assumption he fought the war to free an enslaved people. To believe this propaganda one must ignore most everything Lincoln said about the Black race and his continued efforts at colonization. Lincoln’s treatment of the American Indian has been very much ignored, though not exactly misrepresented.
www.unitednativeamerica.com/issues/lincoln.html

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Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2005

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Divided We Fall

A man named Scott Ritter once said, “I can train a monkey to wave an American flag. That does not make the monkey patriotic.”

By Dom Stasi

The $40 million inauguration extravaganza ˆ the most expensive ever – symbolically urinates upon the graves of the over 1300 young Americans who‚ve died for Bush‚s lies, mistakes, and corporate greed. That money would buy one helluva lot of body armor for our troops. But that $40 mil will instead buy martinis, hookers, influence, and contracts here in America.
207.44.245.159/article7808.htm

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Purple Hearts

A story that President Bush would probably prefer not to see propagated.

Video Documentary

A photo series that the New York-based Nina Berman made of wounded Iraq veterans led to the making of this documentary. In detail, they recount what happened on the day they got injured; how they arrived back home, blind or legless; how they have to try to forget the war now, in small towns around Alabama and Pittsburgh, or in Washington and L.A. Officially recognised as “heroes,‰ a Purple Heart on the uniform in the closet, most of these soldiers long to go back to an army that has no use for them anymore.

Watch It Online Now! – Real Video
207.44.245.159/article7799.htm

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Four Months on Planet bin Laden:

French journalist George Malbrunot spent 124 days as a hostage of Islamic fundamentalists in Iraq. The experience nearly broke him, but it also offered him stunning insights into the way jihadist groups operate. He returned convinced of one thing: America’s policy is doomed.
207.44.245.159/article7805.htm

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Ten Iraqis killed in violence north of Baghdad:

Ten Iraqis, including a mother and her child, were killed Sunday in attacks north of Baghdad, while insurgents dynamited a voting centre, a government building and a police station around the country.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200501/s1287507.htm

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Baghdad Suicide Bombing Injures Three Iraq Policemen:

A group led by al-Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said it carried out the attack near the offices of interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi’s Iraqi National Accord party
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087
& sid=awQ5QvIxZwsU&refer=top_world_news

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Arab candidates pull out of Iraq vote in multi-ethnic Kirkuk :

Arab candidates running in Kirkuk`s provincial election have pulled out of the race in protest at the government`s decision to grant displaced Kurds the right to vote, the head of the Arab electoral list told AFP Monday
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=36375

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Iraq says 2 Zarqawi aides captured :

The Iraqi interim government on Monday announced the capture of two aides of Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, whose group has claimed a series of deadly attacks in the war-torn country.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-01/24/content_2502564.htm

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‘Robot soldiers’ bound for Iraq :

The US military is planning to deploy robots armed with machine-guns to wage war against anti occupation forces in Iraq.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4199935.stm

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Secret Unit Expands Rumsfeld’s Domain:

The Pentagon, expanding into the CIA’s historic bailiwick, has created a new espionage arm and is reinterpreting U.S. law to give Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld broad authority over clandestine operations abroad
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Source confirms clandestine intelligence unit :

The official said Congress had been notified about the formation of “this kind of activity,” but might have been told of the program several months ago when it had a different name.
www.indiadaily.com/breaking_news/22086.asp

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CIA in decline, Pentagon on the rise:

The recent revelation that the Department of Defense has been operating its own espionage arm for the last two years confirms Rumsfeld‚s success in sidelining the CIA.
www.isn.ethz.ch/infoservice/secwatch/details.cfm?id=10626

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Democracy doctrine faces doubt abroad:

With his eye on history, Bush wants to change the world. The rest of the world is not necessarily so eager to be changed.
www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/news/nation/10714886.htm

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Bush Pulls ‘Neocons’ Out of the Shadows:

In the unending struggle over American foreign policy that consumes much of official Washington, one side claimed a victory this week: the neoconservatives, that determined band of hawkish idealists who promoted the U.S. invasion of Iraq and now seek to bring democracy to the rest of the Middle East.
207.44.245.159/article7812.htm

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Freedom’s Jihad:

So it‚s clear from the speech: The next four years will be four more years of Christian jihad.
www.tompaine.com/print/freedoms_jihad.php

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Noam Chomsky: ‘Controlling the oil in Iraq puts America in a strong position to exert influence on the world’
207.44.245.159/article7806.htm

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Ghali Hassan : Imperial Misadventures:

It is only a matter of time before the peoples of the world will watch the last US helicopter hastily evacuating the last US officials from Baghdad, and end the last act of US imperial misadventure.
207.44.245.159/article7809.htm

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A fantasy of freedom :

If Bush wanted to tackle tyranny, he could start with regimes under US control. But liberty clearly has limits
207.44.245.159/article7810.htm

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UN on Holocaust: Evil Wins When the Good Are Quiet:

Those who incite hatred and mass murder are not always extremists but men of culture, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told world leaders in opening the first-ever General Assembly commemoration of the World War II Holocaust.
reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7411262

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Mary Shaw: Torture is a Problem, Not a Solution :

How can we possibly justify the risk of torturing innocent suspects, as we’ve seen happen at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere?
207.44.245.159/article7813.htm

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Walking Wounded:

A colostomy bag is a sorry companion on a wedding night.
amconmag.com/2005_01_31/article1.html

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Soldier seeks federal insurance law for fellow combat amputees :

After losing a limb, mobility or eyesight to bullets or bombs in Iraq, some of the most gravely wounded U.S. soldiers face financial devastation.
jewishworldreview.com/0105/amputees.asp

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Jack Dalton: To War or Not to War, That is the Question:

If there is one thing I understand it is simply this, once one “sees‰ war up close and personal and you look into the abyss, that “Heart of Darkness‰ of war; you are forever changed—period.
207.44.245.159/article7811.htm

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Bending it:

Kevin Benderman is a mechanic who is trained to fix Bradley armored vehicles. On December 20, 2004, he applied for conscientious objector status. Yesterday he made time to talk with us about his decision.
www.dahrjamailiraq.com/covering_iraq/archives//000180.php

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War Pimp Alert:

Egypt, Syria have nuclear programs, as well as Iran :

The head of the Mossad intelligence service, Meir Dagan, warned Monday that there are signs that several Middle East states other than Iran – including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria – are at varying stages of development of nuclear programs.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/531273.html

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Putin pledges to drop Syria arms deal:

Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that he will not sign a contract to sell SA-18 surface-to-air missiles to Syria, according to an Israeli daily.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/989716E7-F1BC-497F-9D2D-6E8431FB5622.htm

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Palestinian militants tell Abbas they will halt attacks :

Militant groups have agreed to suspend attacks as they near a formal truce deal with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and await Israel’s response, a senior Palestinian official said Monday.
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Netanyahu: Israel need not give Abbas anything for truce :

Speaking to Army Radio from Florida, where he has been raising funds for Israel Bonds, Netanyahu turned aside statements from senior IDF officers praising Abbas as having taken steps in the right direction and acting with consistency and candor.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/530942.html

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US Media’s Desperate Wishful Thinking on Palestine/Israel:

Ariel Sharon’s tactic of throwing fine sand in the air as he plows forward with his time-tested, time-honored strategy of establishing facts-on-the-ground, is working to perfection — at least on the US mainstream media.
www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Bouzid0124.htm

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All Jews Are Not Zionists:

Although there are those who refuse to accept the teachings of our Rabbis and will continue to support the Zionist state, there are also many who are totally unaware of the history of Zionism and its contradiction to the beliefs of Torah-True Jews.
www.jewsagainstzionism.com/

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Central banks shift reserves away from US;

Central banks are shifting reserves away from the US and towards the eurozone in a move that looks set to deepen the Bush administration’s difficulties in financing its ballooning current account deficit.
news.ft.com/cms/s/9ef63678-6d7d-11d9-9b69-00000e2511c8.html

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Central banks ‘shunning dollar’ :

The US is running a budget deficit of close to $500bn a year, funded largely by China and Japan buying large amounts of US government bonds.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4200811.stm

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Forbes: Doom For The Dollar:

The dollar’s fall is more a symptom than a cause. The real problem is that the U.S. is producing too little—and spending too much—and the result is likely to be far worse than the happy-talkers on Wall Street will ever let on.
www.forbes.com/economy/2005/01/10/cx_da_0110doomdollar.html

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Dollar at mercy of central banks:

During the past few years the US has become dependent, not so much on millions of investors around the globe but on a few individuals in a few of the world’s central banks.
news.ft.com/cms/s/bd52ee06-6dad-11d9-ae0d-00000e2511c8.html

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Failing Upwards: The Rise of Michael Chertoff:

Only in the gravity-defying world of G.W. Bush, where reality is routinely run through a public relations shredder, would a bungler like Chertoff reach the top-spot at Homeland Security. Even so, his appointment should come as no surprise to the wary American public. It’s just one more horse-nugget added to an already ample mound of political manure.
www.counterpunch.org/whitney01222005.html

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Countdown to global catastrophe:

Climate change: report warns point of no return may be reached in 10 years, leading to droughts, agricultural failure and water shortages
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FBI Grills Jack Kemp About Iraqi Contact:

The former vice presidential candidate has been connected to the Iraqi-American businessman who was indicted this week in the Oil-for-Food scandal. Kemp denies any wrongdoing.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6845383/site/newsweek/

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Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2005

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Kennedy: Fascist America :

“The Republicans are 95 percent corrupt and the Democrats are 75 percent corrupt,” Kennedy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7804.htm

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Zbigniew Brzezinski: Bush Inauguration Speech: A “Vacuous Sermon,” A “Global Crusade” Against “Defenseless States”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7797.htm

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Howard Zinn: Support Our Troops: Bring Them Home: We must withdraw our military from Iraq, the sooner the better. The reason is simple: Our presence there is a disaster for the American people and an even bigger disaster for the Iraqi people.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7795.htm

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Seven, die in blasts, shooting:

Three teachers from an oil technical college and a mother and daughter were killed in a pair of roadside bombings around the refinery town of Baiji north of Baghdad, police said Sunday, while an Iraq soldier was also killed in an ambush east of Tikrit.
www.albawaba.com/en/news/179199

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US soldier killed in Mosul:

Twenty US soldiers have died in Mosul since 21 December when a bomber blew himself up in an army mess hall, killing 22 people, including 14 US troops.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/59706E87-1D69-4E3F-931C-AFFFFF576CD5.htm

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In Pictures: American Justice?:

Disturbing pictures appear to show an Iraqi man arrested and then executed by U.S. troops
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7802.htm

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Go home Yanks, says PM in waiting:

THE Shi‚ite Muslim cleric tipped to become prime minister after next Sunday‚s election in Iraq has said it will be the duty of the new government to demand the withdrawal of American forces “as soon as possible‰.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7800.htm

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3 Years For Murder: U.S. Soldier Sentenced in Iraqi’s Killing:

A U.S. military court found a 1st Cavalry Division soldier guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an Iraqi translator and sentenced him to three years in prison, reduction in rank and a bad conduct discharge.
www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/breaking_news/10710138.htm

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In One Night, Iraqi Turns From Friend to Foe :

By all accounts, Imaad, 32, was a typical, mild-mannered college graduate who spoke English well and had quietly supported the U.S. presence in Iraq — until Jan. 5, the night the soldiers came.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7801.htm

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Baghdad residents face water crisis:

Most of the Iraqi capital – particularly the western districts – has been without water for the past seven days.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/CF37A1C0-C838-4B87-BD73-E2604EAD90AF.htm

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Riverbend: Iraqi Girl Blog: Bleak Eid…

I‚m sure people outside of the country are shaking their heads at the words Œcollective punishment‚. “No, Riverbend,‰ they are saying, “That‚s impossible.‰ But anything is possible these days. People in many areas are being told that if they don‚t vote- Sunnis and Shia alike- the food and supply rations we are supposed to get monthly will be cut off.
riverbendblog.blogspot.com/2005_01_01_riverbendblog_archive.html#110640049776566608

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The Invasion of Falluja: A Study in the Subversion of Truth :

Falluja should go down in history as a case study on how truth is subverted, co-opted, buried, and ignored. The first US-led siege of Falluja, a city of 300,000 people, resulted in a defeat for Coalition forces.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7883.htm

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Report: U.S. can’t win Iraq war:

An analysis of a U.S. newspaper group concludes the United States is headed toward defeat in the Iraqi war.
washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20050122-094419-5388r.htm

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Did George Bush Write Zarqawi Speech?:

Al-Zarqawi Said to Declare ‘Fierce War’: The speaker said democracy was based on un-Islamic beliefs and behaviors such as freedom of religion, rule of the people, freedom of expression, separation of religion and state, forming political parties and majority rule.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=435225

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Iraqi interior minister refuses to say whether terror chief is in custody :

‘’I wouldn’t like to comment for the time being,’’ Interior Minister Falah al-Naqib said when asked about rumors that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been arrested. ‘’Let’s see. Maybe in the next few days we will make a comment about it.’’
www.boston.com/dailynews/022/world/Iraqi_interior_minister_refuse:.shtml

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UK: Army faces new claims over Iraq brutality :

Lawyers weigh charges over nine fresh allegations as government faces demands for full public inquiry
observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1396626,00.html

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Voices from Abu Ghraib:

The following is excerpted testimony from a videotaped deposition of Hussein Mutar, entered into evidence by the prosecution in the court martial of Spc. Charles Graner.
www.counterpunch.com/torture01202005.html

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Abuse at Guantanamo hasn’t stopped, say Kuwaiti prisoners :

Eleven Kuwaiti prisoners held by American forces at the prison at the Guantanamo Bay naval base show signs of poor diet and physical and psychological abuse, and are held in conditions “worse than those for the worst convicted murderers or rapists in the United States,”.
www.kuwaittimes.net/today/localNews_s3.php

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Bush appoints a fox to guard henhouse again:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice helpfully explained it all for us. The problem is that we are living in an alternative reality. What we think we know is not true. – The president has condemned torture, so what else is there to say? – Secretary Rice also condemns it, so why raise questions about the fact that she wrote a letter to get an anti-torture clause in the intelligence appropriation bill taken out?
www.qctimes.com/internal.php?story_id=1044113&t=Opinion&c=22,1044113

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End of Iraq’s nightmare … or the start :

Violence threatens to plunge the country into civil war as the beleaguered Sunni minority prepares to boycott this month’s polls
observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1396502,00.html

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Secret unit expands Rumsfeld’s domain:

The Pentagon, expanding into the CIA’s historic bailiwick, has created a new espionage arm and is reinterpreting U.S. law to give Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld broad authority over clandestine operations abroad, according to interviews with participants and documents obtained by The Washington Post.
msnbc.msn.com/id/6856550/

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King George: The USA on the road to new depths of ugliness and brutality:

Uri Avnery reflects on the symbiotic relationship between the USA and Israel – mutual colonies of one another – and on the coronation of George Bush, “a very simple, very violent person with very extreme views, as well as being very much an ignoramus”. He warns that, in Bush’s second term, the USA “may reach new depths of ugliness and brutality”.
www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/uavnery113.htm

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British dossier argues against a military strike on Iran :

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has drawn up a report stating Britain’s case against a military strike on Iran. According to media reports, in his 200 page dossier Straw argues against an attack on Iran amidst rising fears that President Bush may seek support for this new conflict.
www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=6835

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Israeli joker in the Iranian poker game :

Cheney refrained from talking about Israeli nuclear capability. Had he done otherwise, he would have implicitly raised the question of why Iran is forbidden to do what Israel is allowed to do
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/530512.html

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In case you missed it:

Next year in Tehran:

For the past three years the central war game of the U.S. armed forces has been centered on Iran. But what exactly will await them there, even they do not purport to know.
www.w3ar.com/a.php?k=1302

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In case you missed it;

Redefining combat:

Current operations shape Army wargame: Among the hard lessons the U.S. Army is learning in Iraq is that the line between “major combat‰ and “stability operations‰ is blurred, at best, and that the enemy gets to decide when the war is finally over.
www.tradoc.army.mil/pao/Web_specials/UQ04/NatlDef1.htm

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Gov’t decision strips Palestinians of Jerusalem lands :

The law means that thousands of Palestinians who live in the West Bank will lose ownership of their property in East Jerusalem.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArtVty.jhtml?sw=jerusalem&itemNo=530407

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Bush forces UN refugee chief to go :

The Bush administration has blocked the reappointment of the United Nations’s Palestinian refugee agency chief, Peter Hansen, after a campaign by conservative and Jewish groups in the United States, and the government in Jerusalem which accused him of being an “Israel hater”.
snipurl.com/c8dh

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I need your help to offset the costs associated with site hosting and bandwidth usage. If you find this site informative please help by clicking here
www.informationclearinghouse.info/support.htm

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Kennedy: Fascist America :

“The Republicans are 95 percent corrupt and the Democrats are 75 percent corrupt,” Kennedy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7804.htm

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Ultra-secret troops poised at inaugural :

These elite forces were deployed under a 1997 authorization that was updated and enhanced after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, but it nonetheless departs from how the military has historically been used on American soil.
www.startribune.com/stories/484/5200163.html

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Supreme Court is key to new Bush term:

The clearest pointer to the course of the second Bush administration at last week’s inauguration was not the soaring presidential pledge to end global tyranny – a mismatch between rhetoric and reality if every there was one.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=603726

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Jazz Funeral bfor Democracy – New Orleans, January 20, 2004 :

As George Bush placed his left hand on a bible to purger himself on the steps of our nation’s capital, fifteen hundred mourners took to the streets of New Orleans in upbeat defiance in the Jazz Funeral for Democracy: “A Wake for Peace”.
www.traprockpeace.org/jazz_funeral_20jan05/

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Schwarzenegger ‘damages Austria’ :

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Austrian citizenship should be ended over the execution of a convicted killer in the US, a politician in Austria has said.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4198633.stm

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Report of the National Intelligence Council‚s 2020 Project:

Based on consultations with nongovernmental experts around the world. .pdf format
www.foia.cia.gov/2020/2020.pdf

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News for 01/22/05 here
www.informationclearinghouse.info/#01-22-05

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Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2005

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In Pictures:

Iraqi Children Witness Killing Of Parents By U.S. Occupation Forces

U.S. soldiers opened fire on a car as it approached their checkpoint in Iraq, killing two civilians in the vehicle’s front seats. Six children in the backseat were unhurt.
207.44.245.159/article7784.htm

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American Terror

By Chris Floyd

More than two years ago, we wrote here of a secret Pentagon plan to foment terrorism by sending covert agents to infiltrate terrorist groups and goad them into action — in other words, committing acts of murder and destruction. The purpose was two-fold: first, to bring the terrorist groups into the open, where they could be counterattacked; and second, to justify U.S. military attacks on the countries where the terrorists were operating.

This plan is now being activated.
207.44.245.159/article7786.htm

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The emperor of vulgarity:

By Mike Carlton

George Bush’s second inaugural extravaganza was every bit as repugnant as I had expected, a vulgar orgy of triumphalism probably unmatched since Napoleon crowned himself emperor of the French in Notre Dame in 1804.
207.44.245.159/article7788.htm

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A Nuremberg Lesson

Torture scandal began far above ‘rotten apples.’

By Scott Horton

“This so-called ill treatment and torture in detention centers, stories of which were spread everywhere among the people, and later by the prisoners who were freed ∑ were not, as some assumed, inflicted methodically, but were excesses committed by individual prison guards, their deputies, and men who laid violent hands on the detainees.”

Most people who hear this quote today assume it was uttered by a senior officer of the Bush administration. Instead, it comes from one of history’s greatest mass murderers, Rudolf Hoess, the SS commandant at Auschwitz. Such a confusion demonstrates the depth of the United States’ moral dilemma in its treatment of detainees in the war on terror.
207.44.245.159/article7790.htm

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Attacks Kill at Least 21 at Iraq Wedding :

A car bomb exploded outside a Shiite mosque packed with worshippers celebrating a major Muslim holiday Friday, and a suicide driver blew up an ambulance at the wedding of a Shiite couple south of the capital. At least 21 people died and dozens were wounded ˜ including the bride and groom.
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Six including 5 Iraqi soldiers die in Samarra attack:

The attack targeted a military convoy in central Samarra. Four soldiers were killed and four wounded,‰ a lieutenant colonel, Mahmud Mohammed, told AFP.
www.pakistantimes.net/2005/01/21/top4.htm

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U.S. forces kill 5 suspected rebels in raids near Mosul:

Iraqi forces sealed off main routes into Baghdad a day after a wave of deadly car bombings.
www.denverpost.com/framework/0,1413,36~6439~2664928,00.html

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One U.S. Soldier Killed, One Wounded:

One 1st Infantry Division Soldier was killed and one was wounded in an operation near Ad Duluiyah on Jan. 21 at about 2:10 a.m.
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20050128.txt

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Italian soldier killed in Iraq:

A member of the Italian military contingent in Iraq has been killed in the city of Nasiriyah when his helicopter came under fire.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200501/s1286729.htm

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Police station blown up:

A dozen gunmen stormed a police station north of Baghdad on Friday and blew it up, police said. No one was hurt in the attack.
www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_1650484,00.html

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Street fighting worsens in Baghdad :

Vicious urban fighting continues in the Haifa Street area of Baghdad, with teams of US special forces struggling to crush resistance ahead of this national elections.
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=102367&Sn=WORL&IssueID=27307

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Iraq Intends to Arrest Ahmad Chalabi After Eid -TV:

Iraq’s interim defense minister said on Friday the government would arrest Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmad Chalabi after the Eid al-Adha holiday for allegedly maligning the defense ministry.
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Possible War Crime Charges Force Rumsfeld To Cancel Trip:

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld cancelled a planned visit to Germany after a US human rights organisation asked German authorities to prosecute him for war crimes, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) has learned.
207.44.245.159/article7792.htm

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Race To War:

Cheney Says Iran Tops U.S. List, Warns Israel
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=7385089

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Next Stop, Tehran?: “Real men want to go to Tehran.”

So went the mordant barroom quip—variously attributed to Undersecretary of State John Bolton and other neoconservative hawks—during the —long buildup to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
www.progressive.org/feb05/toen0205.html

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USA Secretly Entering 10 Sovereign Countries?
freepress2005.blogspot.com/2005/01/usa-secretly-entering-10-sovereign.html

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60 Second Video:

Rosie O’Donnell – War 4 Real :

QuickTime video
207.44.245.159/article7785.htm

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Paul Craig Roberts: Our Troops Are Dying for Sycophants:

In her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, “Condi” Rice personified the Bush administration‚s delusion-based “war against terror.” Whenever a senator‚s question penetrated to the harsh reality, Condi waffled and evaded, choosing to protect at the expense of her reputation the neocon delusion that invading Iraq was the “right thing to do.”
207.44.245.159/article7781.htm

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Women Being Forced Into Combat:

Doing the job of the media, Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness (CMR) broke a significant scoop. Donnelly had obtained information, including official briefing documents, indicating that the Pentagon is moving to force female soldiers into new land combat brigades.
www.theconservativevoice.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=2151

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Renditions pro and con:

The story of a suspected Australian terrorist being flown from U.S. custody in Pakistan to a prison cell in Egypt where he was tortured has recently brought to light the practice among the CIA and FBI officials called “rendition.”
207.44.245.159/article7782.htm

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Bush, Gonzales Revive Nazi Legal Arguments:

Judge Gonzales seems to be driven by one particular fear: prosecution of members of the administration for War Crimes. Based on what has happened, it certainly seems his concern is well founded.
207.44.245.159/article7783.htm

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Amnesty International: “Human rights not hollow words” :

An appeal to President George W. Bush on the occasion of his re-inauguration
web.amnesty.org/library/index/ENGAMR510122005

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In case you missed it?:

Our Presidents New Best Friend Boils People Alive:

In his inaugural speech, Bush vowed to end tyranny around the world but has he forgotten that one of his new best friends since 9/11 boils people alive?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3943.htm

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Unusual Suspects: What happened to the women held at Abu Ghraib? :

The government isn‚t talking. But some of the women are.
207.44.245.159/article7789.htm

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I need your help to offset the costs associated with site hosting and bandwidth usage. If you find this site informative please help by clicking here
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In the Penal Colony:

There is no reason to doubt that torture has been systemic and pervasive, or that authorization can be traced up the chain of command, or that this has seriously damaged not only the immediate victims but also our national institutions and America’s image abroad. Yet top officials in the Bush Administration are still doing what torturing regimes do: denying the facts and blaming “rogue” officers.
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Troops hurt in bombing blamed on abuse pictures:

A bomb attack at a British base in Iraq, which injured nine soldiers, was in revenge for the alleged abuse of prisoners by British troops, Islamist insurgents said yesterday.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=603057

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Torture and Civilian Deaths in Iraq:

The Nuremberg Principles Today
www.counterpunch.org/oden01192005.html

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Danish soldiers charged with Iraqi abuse:

A Danish intelligence officer and four military policemen have been charged with abuse of Iraqi prisoners in southern Iraq.
www.rte.ie/news/2005/0121/iraqabuse.html

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Cartoon: Bush: Blood On His Hands
207.44.245.159/article7787.htm

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Fireworks in Washington, despair around the world :

The Bush administration is in denial about its disastrous failure in Iraq
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1395462,00.html

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The wealth and weight of Empire:

The homeless veterans of past wars should have been invited to Bush‚s re-inauguration to remind both Bush and the flag-waving zombies who support this empire-rising that pain and anguish are not just things that America delivers to other lands and other peoples.
207.44.245.159/article7791.htm

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Video: Dostum escapes suicide bomb attack, 23 hurt:

Warning Video contains horrific images..
snipurl.com/c740

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Hamas recognizes 1967 borders for first time:

Hamas has distributed a document outlining a joint Palestinian leadership program in which the organization, for the first time in its existence, unequivocally recognizes the 1967 borders and adopts the main principle guiding Fatah: the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/530313.html

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Israel plans big Jerusalem land grab:

The Sharon government intends to strip thousands of West Bank Palestinians of their property in occupied East Jerusalem, according to the Israeli press quoting newly released government documents.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0B317D0C-9689-43F0-B773-E6A833C8F296.htm

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 01/20/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
snipurl.com/c744

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Sen. Nelson on Haiti Coup:

“Hard to Say We Support Democracy and Elections and then We Go and Push [Aristide] Out”
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/01/19/1510217

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Russia operates largest field hospital in Aceh :

The Russian military is running the largest field hospital in Aceh with enough supplies and equipment for one month, Russian military attache Col. Vitaly Geraschenko said on Thursday.
www.thejakartapost.com/detaillatestnews.asp?fileid=20050120174308&irec=5

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JPMorgan: Predecessors Linked To Slavery: –

JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Thursday filed a disclosure statement with the city of Chicago acknowledging that two of its predecessor banks had received thousands of slaves as collateral prior to the Civil War.
www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/sns-ap-jpmorg
an-slavery,1,3299038.story?coll=chi-news-hed

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Date:Thurs, 20 Jan 2005

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The Salvador option

By any standard, the ongoing American occupation of Iraq is a disaster.

By Scott Ritter

The highly vaunted US military machine, laurelled and praised for its historic march on Baghdad in March and April of 2003, today finds itself a broken force, on the defensive in a land that it may occupy in part, but does not control.
207.44.245.159/article7769.htm

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Let’s attack Iran!

By GWYNNE DYER

The talk is still macho, but the performance is not there to back it up. What the US public gets for all the taxes it pays on defence – currently around $2,000 a year for every American man, woman and child- is armed forces that are barely capable of holding down one middle-sized Arab country.
207.44.245.159/article7763.htm

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Why the emperor has no clothes

By Andre Gunder Frank

Uncle Sam has reneged and defaulted on up to 40% of its trillion-dollar foreign debt, and nobody has said a word except for a line in The Economist. In plain English that means Uncle Sam runs a worldwide confidence racket with his self-made dollar based on the confidence that he has elicited and received from others around the world, and he is a also a deadbeat in that he does not honor and return the money he has received.
207.44.245.159/article7778.htm

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Satire: France Invades US, part 7

“The Cause”

By Jerry Ghinelli

George Bush, Chirac claimed, had links to terrorist groups. He also invaded his neighbors, used lethal chemical weapons against prisoners while governor of Texas, and even tortured, killed and humiliated prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, said Chirac.
207.44.245.159/article7764.htm

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Gonzales excludes CIA from rules on prisoners:

Officers of the Central Intelligence Agency and other nonmilitary personnel fall outside the bounds of a 2002 directive issued by President George W. Bush that pledged the humane treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody, Alberto Gonzales, the White House counsel, said in a document.
207.44.245.159/article7765.htm

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What Is Wrong with Torture:

Not a single senator, Democratic or Republican, has announced the intention to filibuster the nomination of White House Legal Counsel Alberto Gonzales, thus assuring that the face of legalized torture is attached to the position of Attorney General of the United States.
www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=2136

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Five Iraqi soldiers killed, Brazilian missing:

Five Iraqi soldiers and a civilian have been killed in attacks north of Baghdad, police said, while a Brazilian is reported missing after an ambush that killed a British security worker.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4DAC69D9-671E-49BD-ADF8-4E9A3CD979D8.htm

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Al-Qaida linked group kills Briton, Swede in Iraq: website:

The group “kidnapped two agents … working for an intelligence service of the infidel forces in the region of Beiji” and executed them, said the statement
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-01/20/content_2488425.htm

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Support for War in Iraq Hits New Low:

Most No Longer Back the Administration’s Basis for Invading, but a Majority Say U.S. Troops Should Stay Longer to Assist With Stabilization
207.44.245.159/article7766.htm

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Norman Solomon: A Shaky Media Taboo – Withdrawal from Iraq:

Recent opinion polls show that most of the U.S. public has a negative view of the war — but Americans seem to be all over the map about what to do now.
www.yubanet.com/artman/publish/article_17275.shtml

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Zarqawi warns insurgents victory may take years:

An audio tape purportedly from Al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has urged militants to prepare for a lengthy holy war against US-led forces in Iraq, saying victory could take months and years.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200501/s1285976.htm

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Iraqi Children Witness Killing Of Parents By U.S. Occupation Forces:

U.S. soldiers opened fire on a car as it approached their checkpoint in northern Iraq, killing two civilians in the vehicle’s front seats, the military said Wednesday. Six children riding in the backseat survived the attack.
207.44.245.159/article7768.htm

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‘Why did they shoot? We have no weapons’:

“Civilians!” someone shouted, and soldiers ran up. More children – it ended up being six all told – started emerging, crying, their faces mottled with blood in long streaks.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=602608

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Baghdad‚s Checkpoint Madness:

Probably no single aspect of the American presence in Iraq has so infuriated Iraqis as their treatment at these checkpoints.
msnbc.msn.com/id/6848133/site/newsweek

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Why did these men die Mr. Bush?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/images/whydiel.gif

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Dahr Jamail : The Face of War:

Of hundreds of photos taken for identification of the dead, I selected these in order to show the face of war. Due to most media outlets in the west continuing to not show the daily horrific images in Iraq-of wounded and dead soldiers, civilians and fighters, I decided to put these on my site. I did so because I believe it is important for people to see what war looks like.
dahrjamailiraq.com/weblog/archives/dispatches/000176.php

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U.S. Contractor Slain in Iraq Had Alleged Graft:

The weapons dealer had accused officials in the Defense Ministry of a kickback scheme.
207.44.245.159/article7767.htm

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Wealthy Iraqis seek safety abroad :

Iraqis are increasingly seeking safety in foreign countries for their families and businesses in response to a security situation that has been worsening since the March 2003 US invasion.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D0485740-433E-4D7B-8C51-2173E5693A32.htm

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Cuba Tells US to Stop Guantanamo Bay Prisoners ‘Abuse’ :

Cuba today accused the United States of lying to the world about its treatment of prisoners at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, saying torture was a daily occurrence at the prison camp for terror suspects.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4022528

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Iraq: New War, Old Tactics?:

A new Red Cross report concludes that abusive practices were still occurring last fall at Guantanamo Bay, well after Graner was charged, NEWSWEEK has learned.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6831898/site/newsweek/

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Robert Steinback: Drop the ‘Bush Doctrine’ :

The Bush administration last week admitted having committed what may be the most astounding miscalculation in American military history — and most of America barely blinked.
207.44.245.159/article7777

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The Nuremberg Principles : War Crimes:

Violations of the laws or customs of war which include, but are not limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation of slave-labour or for any other purpose of the civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war or persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.
207.44.245.159/article7770.htm

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Israeli troops kill boy in Jenin;

Israeli occupation troops patrolling the West Bank village of Tubas have shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian boy.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/350067C9-3E2D-498E-AA07-29FADF65131F.htm

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Faking it:

The discovery that ancient artefacts sacred to Jewish history are forgeries has sent shockwaves through the museum world. But was the gang behind the scam only interested in cash, or did they have other motives? Rachel Shabi investigates
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1394205,00.html

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Israel in the Iran fray, too:

The essential aspect of Israel’s position on the subject is that no Middle Eastern country, save itself, has the right to possess nuclear weapons.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GA20Ak01.html

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 01/19/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
snipurl.com/c66a

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Iran Launched Hunt Operations To Find U.S. Commandos:

Iranian authorities have launched a massive, but discrete operation aimed at finding and arresting possible American commandos that an American investigative journalist said are now operating inside Iran.
www.iran-press-service.com/ips/articles-2005/january/iran_us_nuke_20105.shtml

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Iran issues sharp warning to US over any military action:

Iran accused the United States of trying to disrupt its nuclear negotiations with the European Union by evoking the threat of a military strike, and warned Washington it would respond to any “unwise measure.”
sg.news.yahoo.com/050119/1/3pydi.html

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Iran media scorn New Yorker story :

Iranian media commentators are refusing to take seriously a claim in the American news magazine The New Yorker that US special forces are operating in Iran targeting military sites as a prelude to a possible military strike
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4188801.stm

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Europe united on Iran as Bush refuses to rule out military action :

If the Iraq war divided Europe, the continent is united in calling for continued negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program after US President George W. Bush refused to rule out possible military action.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/128416/1/.html

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World fears new Bush era:

A poll of 21 countries published yesterday – reflecting opinion in Africa, Latin America, North America, Asia and Europe – showed that a clear majority have grave fears about the next four years.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1394393,00.html

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Europe Must Work with Bush, Says Ex-Envoy :

Europe must abandon its “schizophrenic‰ attitude to American power and work with President George Bush to tackle international problems, a former British ambassador to the United States urged today.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4025520

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Inauguration: Lifestyles of the Rich and Heartless:

A look at this week’s festivities by the numbers
207.44.245.159/article7779.htm

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Imperialism Vs. Freedom – An Analysis of the 2004 Inaugural Address:

A counter-analysis of Bush’s speech
207.44.245.159/article7780.htm

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Loophole Allows Inaugural Spending Binge :

Corporate wining and dining of public officials and large cash contributions are normally prohibited under ethics laws, but as with the Democratic and Republican conventions, there is an exemption for inaugural week.
abcnews.go.com/WNT/Inauguration/story?id=426152

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Crazy President, Crazy Nation:

We know the Bush story. A mediocre man was pushed along into schools, jobs and businesses that he simply wasn‚t qualified to handle. Living up to the Peter Principle he rose to the level of his own incompetence and became president
www.blackcommentator.com/122/122_fr_crazy_president.html

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Condi Rice/Steady on, toward disaster :

You’d have thought from the way committee members treated Rice that she’d just arrived in Washington and had no part to play in, and no real knowledge of, the foreign-policy disaster that was President Bush’s first term.
www.startribune.com/stories/1519/5195168.html

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Rice says Chavez is a ‘destabilising influence’:

Reinforcing a barrage of US criticism of Chavez over the last few days, Rice warned the firebrand populist was a destabilising influence in the region who had rejected US overtures to improve ties in recent months.
www.sabcnews.com/world/south_america/0,2172,96021,00.html

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Venezuela Says Will Not Tolerate U.S. Meddling:

The U.S. government must respect Venezuela’s sovereignty and stop meddling if it wants to improve ties with its fourth-largest oil supplier, Foreign Minister Ali Rodriguez said on Wednesday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=XWQCHM
IHRE052CRBAELCFFA?type=worldNews &storyID=7372993

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In case you missed it:

Why does Senator Feinstein support War?: Army contract for Feinstein’s husband Blum is a director of firm that will get up to $600 million
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/04/22/MN310531.DTL

snipurl.com/c66f

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US Army Sergeant Kevin Benderman Charged With Desertion
www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Finnegan0120.htm

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The U.S. Army Has Formally Charged Sgt. Kevin Benderman:

Sgt. Kevin Benderman, who recently refused deployment a second time to Iraq and had filed Conscientious Objector status paperwork, has been today formally charged with violation of articles 85 and 87 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice by the U.S. Army.
oldamericancentury.org/dalt1045.htm

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Canada, here they come…:

They threatened to run for the border if Bush was re-elected. But how many did? Today, as the President is sworn in on the steps of the Capitol, Andrew Buncombe meets the Americans who are choosing to begin new lives in self-imposed exile
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=602513

snipurl.com/c66j

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Warren Buffett sees no way but down for US dollar:

The dollar cannot avoid further declines against other major currencies unless the US trade and current account deficits improve, legendary investor and businessman Warren Buffett said.
sg.news.yahoo.com/050119/1/3pyjn.html

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Social Security: A New Deal to scupper a presidency:

To achieve this conservative dream, the public must first be convinced that social security is “bankrupt”. The administration, Wehner writes, must “establish an important premise: the current system is heading toward an iceberg
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1394435,00.html

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