Information Clearing House  Digest January 26-31 2005
 
 

Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005

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Iraq: Who voted and who didn’t and why :

The real numbers of this election are difficult to obtain as international monitors were not allowed to observe the proceedings for “security reasons.” Even if we use the highly unreliable figures distributed by the Iraqi government and sources close to the US embassy in Baghdad, the results seemed to indicate a mixed bag, no matter what the different parties are trying to spin:
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Triumph and tragedy for Iraq

Robert Fisk

No one I met yesterday believes the insurgency will end – many thought it would grow more ferocious – and the Shi’ites in the polling stations said with one voice that they were also voting to rid Iraq of the Americans, not to legitimise their presence.
207.44.245.159/article7919.htm

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Chertoff buried early evidence of Bush’s torture campaign in Afghanistan :

“It is outrageous that Chertoff didn’t allow testimony about Lindh’s torture by American forces to come out,”

By Dave Lindorff

The nominee for new Homeland Security secretary, back in 2002, worked hard to keep the public from hearing courtroom testimony that would have revealed the Bush government‚s new campaign of torture, allowing it to spread from Afghanistan to Guantanamo to Iraq.
207.44.245.159/article7918.htm

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Stick And Stones

Video – CBC- Fifth Estate – Documentary

The United States is in the midst of a very un-civil war. It’s a war of words that’s pitting conservative against liberal, that’s already divided the country into red and blue. The new gladiators are commentators like Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter and their forum is the television studios of networks like Fox. It’s loud, it’s raucous, but does it have anything to do with the truth? Watch It Online Now!
207.44.245.159/article7914.htm

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3 US marines killed in post-election attacks:

Three US marines were killed in combat south of Baghdad, the US military said in a statement on Monday.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/5AF3FD
1D-07D2-41CD-B180-0FEB97F57228.htm

tinyurl.com/4awgn

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36 People Died on Election Day in Iraq
www.focus-fen.net/index.php?catid=138&
newsid=56851 &ch=0&datte=2005-01-30

tinyurl.com/3w594

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Bus Bombing Kills Five Iraqi Voters :

Five people were killed and 17 injured when a suicide attacker blew himself up aboard a minibus bound for a polling station in central Iraq
tinyurl.com/663fn

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U.S. Soldier Killed In Iraq:

Jim Miller, Jr., 22, was helping to guard a voting station in Ramadi against an insurgent attack during Sunday’s historic, nationwide elections.
www.channelcincinnati.com/news/4146059/detail.html

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Marine Killed In Fallujah:
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty
_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20050144.txt

tinyurl.com/6saub

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An election to anoint an occupation :

Had it been held in Zimbabwe, the west would have denounced it
207.44.245.159/article7924.htm

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Elections Are Not Democracy:

The United States has essentially stopped trying to build a democratic order in Iraq, and is simply trying to gain stability and legitimacy
msnbc.msn.com/id/6885455/site/newsweek

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Patrick Cockburn: A victory for the Shia – but an occupying force will still be in power :

“What an extraordinary election, quite extraordinary,” said Adnan Pachachi, the elder statesman of Iraq and a man not easily impressed after seeing his country convulsed by war and dictatorship for half a century.
207.44.245.159/article7923.htm

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Pepe Escobar : Why the US will not leave Iraq.

History may still reveal the case that Sunday’s elections under occupation, with rules established by the occupier, suit everyone except the long-suffering 27 million Iraqis.
207.44.245.159/article7922.htm

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The Staged Elections of 2005:

Contrary to western media, the elations were a sham and most Iraqis boycotted them. Heavily fortified polling centres were deserted and streets empty as Iraqis stayed home on Sunday, too frightened or angry to vote in these elections.
207.44.245.159/article7921.htm

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Audio: Robert Fisk on Iraq Elections:

Iraqis Voting for “Freedom From Foreign Occupation”
207.44.245.159/article7927.htm

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Iraqi in Baghdad: “The Election Was Shoved Down Our Throats”:

“What do I do with democracy? Does it allow me to walk across the street without being feared of being kidnapped or being shot at or being mugged or being stolen? Would democracy feed my children? Would democracy allow me to quench my thirst? The U.S. has not done anything at all to improve the life of Iraqi people
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/01/31/1517201

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Some Just Voted for Food;

Voting in Baghdad was linked with receipt of food rations, several voters said after the Sunday poll.
www.dahrjamailiraq.com/hard_news/archives/hard_news/000192.php

tinyurl.com/4ucsb

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About 15 UK servicemen died in Iraq air “crash”:

The Defence Ministry in London said it was investigating what caused the C-130 Hercules plane to come down without giving any details.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-01/31/content_2529242.htm

tinyurl.com/4rpbz

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SAS feared dead in Iraq air “crash”:

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash but the most likely explanation seemed to be that it had been shot down by anti-occupation forces.
tinyurl.com/3zc5f

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Iraqi group claims downing British plane:

Ansar al-Islam, an al-Qaida-linked group, posted a statement on a website claiming it downed the Hercules plane northwest of Baghdad on Sunday.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6B5F51E9-EE8B-4006-B2F2-708F831001AB.htm

tinyurl.com/5zxl9

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Video Appears to Show UK Plane Hit in Iraq:

An Arabic television channel aired a videotape Monday purporting to show insurgents firing a missile that downed a British transport plane in Iraq
tinyurl.com/6spvr

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Audit: $9 Billion Unaccounted for in Iraq :

The U.S. occupation authority in Iraq was unable to keep track of nearly $9 billion it transferred to government ministries, which lacked financial controls, security, communications and adequate staff, an inspector general has found.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4766808,00.html

tinyurl.com/6p4jv

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Harry Browne: Why I Am Obsessed With War:

Bush is not the Messiah. He can‚t bring those dead people back to life. He can not restore their ability to taste love, to enjoy fellowship, to pursue a career, to bask in the sheer joy of being alive.
207.44.245.159/article7929.htm

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More on PNAC and that Bullet-Stopper Slavery Letter:

Many believe that Luck‚s assessment will determine whether Bush will approach Congress to reinstate the draft.
kurtnimmo.com/blog/index.php?p=520

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Undermining Iraq‚s Food Security :

Under the new US Order, the saving and planting of seeds will be illegal and market will only offer plant material produced by transactional agribusiness corporations.
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Rice Arrives Just In Time To Oversee U.S. Decline :

So bizarre is American behavior ˆ so disconnected from objective facts and from international conversation and evolving human standards of conduct ˆ that Condoleezza Rice cannot escape becoming a caricature of diplomacy.
blackcommentator.com/123/123_cover_rice.html

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“The U.S. Supreme Court is AWOL on Iraq” :

In December, the Supreme Court opted not to hear the civil suit Clair Callan Vs. President George W. Bush. The plaintiff in the suit is a senior citizen and former Congressman from Nebraska.
207.44.245.159/article7913.htm

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Speaking of war criminals: John Kerry in Cambodia:

“We delivered weapons to the Khmer Rouge on the coastline of Cambodia.”
simplyappalling.blogspot.com/#110718261621239694

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Guantanamo Tribunals Ruled Unconstitutional by Judge:

Detainees Entitled to ‘Due Process of Law’
207.44.245.159/article7925.htm

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Judge slams U.S. for holding Guantanamo detainees without legal rights:

A federal judge ruled Monday that some foreign terror suspects held in Cuba can challenge their confinement in U.S. courts and she criticized the Bush administration for holding hundreds of people without legal rights.
www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/
sfl-131detainees,0,5376714.story?coll=sfla-news-sfla

tinyurl.com/485dn

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Freed Briton reveals horrors of life inside Guantanamo Bay :

THE Guantánamo detainee at the centre of allegations of torture at the hands of American officers broke his silence last night, to tell The Observer of the ‘continuing evils faced by captives illegally held’ and that he had endured ‘conditions far below those of the worst convicted criminals in the developed world’.
observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1401819,00.html

tinyurl.com/6zow5

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Palestinian Child Attending School Killed By Bullet In Head: :

A 10-year-old Palestinian girl is dead after being shot inside a U.N. school in a Gaza refugee camp.
www.theneworleanschannel.com/news/4146042/detail.html

tinyurl.com/69l2f

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Hamas Shells Illegal Gaza Settlement After Girl Killed :

The Islamic militant group Hamas said it launched five mortar bombs at an Jewish Illegal settlement in the Gaza Strip Monday, after Israeli army gunfire killed a Palestinian girl.
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section
=Breaking &storyId=983311&tw=wn_wire_story

tinyurl.com/5kou6

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Jewish squatters protest Gaza pullout plan:

Tens of thousands of Jewish squatters and their supporters protested outside parliament against Israeli plans to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank
www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1107169783053_3/?hub=World

tinyurl.com/5h3za

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Israelis use barrier and 55-year-old law to quietly seize Palestinians’ land :

The Israeli government has quietly seized thousands of acres of Palestinian-owned land in and around east Jerusalem after a secret cabinet decision to use a 55-year-old law against Arabs separated from farms and orchards by the vast “security barrier
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1402096,00.html

tinyurl.com/6rsss

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Zionism on trial :

The controversy surrounding the Jewish National Fund lands, like the dispute over the Law of Return, touches on the thin line that practical Zionism has tried to tread for more than 100 years: living in coexistence with democracy.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/533856.html

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Bush to China: “Do as I say, not as I do.” :

The Bush administration has the nerve to complain about how awful the Chinese are. Somebody needs to send them a mirror. But, of course, we’re the great and powerful United States of America
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The Case of Haiti: How Bush Brings Freedom to the World:

Now that President George W. Bush has outlined his plans to “bring freedom to the world,” it would seem urgent that the world look closely at what Bush calls his successful mission to bring freedom to Haiti in 2004.
counterpunch.org/reeves01292005.html

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Can Freedom Wear Jackboots? :

The world is remembering Auschwitz and the Holocaust. It is not paying any notice to the 200 year Holocaust still underway in Haiti.
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Canada to counter Patriot Act:

The government will revamp the wording of future federal contracts with the aim of countering U.S. powers, granted under anti-terrorism laws, to tap into personal information about Canadians.
cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2005/01/30/915085-cp.html

tinyurl.com/6ou2n

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The Global Descent of America:

The Bush Pirates have set a course that can only lead to catastrophe – for our homeland. That catastrophe has already visited Iraq, and the demons are shopping it elsewhere.
www.blackcommentator.com/123/123_american_descent.html

tinyurl.com/68gf8

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Satire:

Deal inked for 2nd Season of “Democracy in∑ Iraq.‰ :

The old plot line of “The War on Terror‰ has been replaced with “The War on Tyranny‰
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Healthcare Overhaul Is Quietly Underway:

Emboldened by their success at the polls, the Bush administration and Republican leaders in Congress believe they have a new opportunity to move the nation away from the system of employer-provided health insurance that has covered most working Americans for the last half-century.
207.44.245.159/article7928.htm

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Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2005

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This election will change the world. But not in the way the Americans imagined

Robert Fisk in Baghdad

America has insisted on these elections – which will produce a largely Shia parliament representing Iraq’s largest religious community – because they are supposed to provide an exit strategy for embattled US forces, but they seem set to change the geopolitical map of the Arab world in ways the Americans could never have imagined. For George Bush and Tony Blair this is the law of unintended consequences writ large.
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Anti-Occupation Forces Kill 8 Iraqis, U.S. Soldier :

West of the capital, in the insurgent bastion of Ramadi, five Iraqis with hands tied behind their backs were found slain Saturday on a city street.
www.kfmb.com/stories/story.4476.html

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Soldiers, child killed in car bomb in Kurdish town:

A car bomb exploded Saturday near the police headquarters in the mostly Kurdish city of Khanaqin on the Iranian border, killing three Iraqi soldiers and two civilians, including a child, a Kurdish official said on Saturday.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename
=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull &cid=1106969220042

tinyurl.com/5qsmk

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Two Americans killed in attack on U-S Embassy in Baghdad :

A rocket hit close to the building, which is located in the city’s heavily fortified Green Zone. He says four Americans also were injured in the attack.
tinyurl.com/3r76q

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Two Killed in Helicopter “Crash” :

Two Task Force Baghdad Soldiers died when their helicopter went down in the southwestern portion of the Iraqi capital about 8 p.m. Jan. 28.
www.cjtf7.com/media-information/January/050129a.htm

tinyurl.com/6ub9d

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On Campaign Trail, a Single Shot:

A single shot rang out, and 1st Lt. Nainoa K. Hoe, 27, the popular leader of the 2nd Platoon, C Company, 3rd Battalion of the 21st Infantry Regiment, fell dead in the street.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid
=1802 &e=10&u=/washpost/a42896_2005jan27

tinyurl.com/5uhyg

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Iraqi forces expected to do little to stop election day violence:

American forces will be called in to respond to any efforts to derail the election with attacks on polling places and voters.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/10751704.htm

tinyurl.com/6jd6p

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Iraqi PM Orders 30-Day Extension of Emergency Laws
www.focus-fen.net/index.php?catid=138&ch=0&newsid=56803

tinyurl.com/4f693

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International Undercover Commando Brigade to Secure the Iraqi Elections:

One third of this new force are Ex-Iraqi security troops who had been given special honors and decorations by Saddam Hussen.
207.44.245.159/article7904.htm

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The streets of Baghdad are empty.

It feels like a city preparing for war:
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=605736

tinyurl.com/542ec

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The Dead Don’t Vote:

Democracy and necrology
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2005/727/re4.htm

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Cause for celebration but only 12.5% vote :

Mohamed al-Musaried got up at 3.30am yesterday to board the coach that would take him to the polling station. It was his first opportunity in 40 years to vote for a government in Baghdad.
www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1401297,00.html

tinyurl.com/6b6dy

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Out of the loop:

Iraqis in Egypt are distressed by their exclusion from Sunday’s national vote
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2005/727/eg2.htm

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UK: Robin Cook: We must be out of Iraq within a year :

There is cross-party support for the withdrawal of foreign troops
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1401320,00.html

tinyurl.com/3tvfn

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In debt to his country :

McWilliams carries the scars of battle and three years of service in Iraq, but he came away from the experience with something more — a bill from the Defense Department for more than $3,000 and 30 days to pay it.
www.craigdailypress.com/section/frontpage_lead/story/15670

tinyurl.com/3krjx

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Payoff For UK :

Britain gets big share in $1.8bn deal to build Bush’s helicopters:

KEY PARTS for a new fleet of US presidential helicopters will be built in Somerset after the Pentagon sprang a big surprise and gave the $1.8 billion (£950 million) contract to a transatlantic consortium.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-1461644,00.html

tinyurl.com/3s49p

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Taliban landmine kills 9 Afghan soldiers:

A landmine blast has killed nine Afghan soldiers near the border with Pakistan in the bloodiest attack yet on Afghanistan’s new army.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=663233

tinyurl.com/55tka

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US says Palestinian free election results worrying:

Following Hamas’ sweeping victory in the Gaza municipal elections, a senior official in the Bush administration said Saturday the results were worrying.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/533106.html

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Israelis kill handicapped Palestinian:

A mentally handicapped Palestinian man has died after being shot by Israeli soldiers in the southern Gaza Strip, hospital sources said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/DB4D719B-BE0D-44C7-B6FC-6643C9C2EC13.htm

tinyurl.com/3leal

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Putin suggests Russia will sell missiles to Syria :

Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested Friday that a planned sale of missiles to Syria will go on as planned, despite objections by Israel and the United States.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/533432.html

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Juan Cole: Feith Resigns Under Pressure :

Having a Likudnik as the number three man in the Pentagon is a nightmare for American national security, since Feith could never be trusted to put US interests over those of Ariel Sharon.
www.juancole.com/2005/01/feith-resigns-under-pressure-of.html

tinyurl.com/5m37w

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 01/28/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/672wm

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Chinese VP in Caracas to sign deals:

Venezuela has hailed the visit of Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong as a productive trip that will yield several multi-billion trade deals, mainly in the oil and gas sectors.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/391F8A70-D6DC-4EE5-A8E4-3DA564FBAA4B.htm

tinyurl.com/3nqc5

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Straw Fears UK Being Sucked Into Another US War
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=58218&d=29&m=1&y=2005

tinyurl.com/5rao3

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Security Nominee Gave Advice to the C.I.A. on Torture Laws:

Michael Chertoff, who has been picked by President Bush to be the homeland security secretary, advised the Central Intelligence Agency on the legality of coercive interrogation methods on terror suspects under the federal anti-torture statute, current and former administration officials said this week.
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Sens. to Introduce ‘Stop Government Propaganda Act’
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ep/20050127/
en_bpiep/senstointroducestopgovernmentpropagandaact

tinyurl.com/3rm89

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Americana Mindless :

How does a nation lose its mind? Ask the ancient Romans. Ask the Nazis. Ask the Khmer Rouge, Ask Robert Mugabe. Ask George W. Bush, or the millions who voted for his gangster government
207.44.245.159/article7905.htm

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Congress proposes tax on all Net, data connections:

An influential congressional committee has dropped a political bombshell by suggesting that a tax originally created to pay for the Spanish American War could be extended to all Internet and data connections this year.
news.com.com/Congress%20proposes%20tax%20on%20all
%20Net,%20data%20connections/2100-1028_3-5555385.html

tinyurl.com/55ezr

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Bill Gates, World’s Richest Man, Bets Against Dollar:

``I’m short the dollar,’’ Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., told Charlie Rose in an interview late yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. ``The ol’ dollar, it’s gonna go down.’’
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=1000
0087 &sid=atQjxQiQeANA&refer=top_world_news

tinyurl.com/6czhg

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Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005

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A Big Mistake

by Rep. Ron Paul, MD

Video and Transcript:

“Our ill-advised presence in the Middle East and our decade-long bombing of Iraq served only to incite the suicidal attacks of 9/11. “
207.44.245.159/article7903.htm

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Iran next, then who?

George Bush’s apparent desire to create a state of perpetual war spells disaster

Gore Vidal

Symbolically, it’s interesting that regions of the US are rejecting Darwin and evolution. I can see why. We have a substantial minority in the US that hasn’t advanced much beyond the baboon. These ignorant folk are full of hatred, which is why they are currently rejecting evolution and going back to the stone age with torture, killing innocent people, attacking countries that have done us no harm. This is insupportable.
207.44.245.159/article7897.htm

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Six dead in day’s opening salvos:

Iraqi resistance detonated a car bomb and attacked voting stations and security forces in several Iraqi cities, killing at least six people as the Iraqi election campaign came to an end today.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,12079047-26618,00.html

tinyurl.com/47bon

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5 U.S. soldiers killed:

Five American soldiers were killed Friday by roadside bombs and a shooting attack in Baghdad, the U.S. military said.
www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=redn
ews/2005/01/28/build/world/35-iraq-soldierskilled.inc

tinyurl.com/53dsk

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4 Iraqi Nation Guards Killed As 2 Blasts Rock Baghdad:
www.fox23news.com/news/national/story.aspx?content
_id=1B97C35E-10D1-410C-9D95-7E80007436D6

tinyurl.com/5efnc

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US COPTER CRASHES :

The fate of the crew on board the OH-58 Kiowa copter was not immediately known, US military officials said.
www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-1169140,00.html

tinyurl.com/6gxc3

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Threats nearly paralyze Baghdad:

Baghdad kicked into panic mode three days before the election, with terrified Iraqis stockpiling food and evacuating homes near polling places on Thursday for fear that insurgents would make good on threats to disrupt Sunday’s vote with violence.
www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/10756577.htm

tinyurl.com/6r26s

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From Armored Vehicles, U.S. Troops Tell Iraqis to Vote:

Only U.S. forces, venturing out of their frequently-mortared bases, make an attempt to get the vote out, putting up posters with general information about the polls, passing out leaflets and broadcasting messages.
reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7468491&pageNumber=1

tinyurl.com/4rdoy

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Why I am not taking part in these phoney elections:

Women are the new victims of Islamic groups intent on restoring a medieval barbarity. In reality, these elections are, for Iraq’s women, little more than a cruel joke.
comment.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=605289

tinyurl.com/4u4wv

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Expatriates Face ‘Devil or Deep Blue Sea’ Election Choice:

The chance to vote in their own government has evoked mixed emotions among Iraqi expatriates living in the United Arab Emirates. This mood was reflected in the poor turnout at the registration centers in the country, with around 12,600 signing up as voters from among the estimated 100,000 Iraqis living here
www.ipsnews.net/new_nota.asp?idnews=27192

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Ex-officer describes lewd tactics at Guantanamo :

Female interrogators tried to break Muslim detainees at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with sexual touching, by wearing a miniskirt and thong underwear, rubbing a prisoner’s back with her breasts and in one case, smearing a Saudi man’s face with fake menstrual blood, according to an insider’s written account.
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A fantasy of freedom :

There is one tiny corner of Cuba that will for ever America be. It is a place where innocent people are held without charge for years, beyond international law, human decency and the mythical glow of Lady Liberty’s torch. It is a place where torture is common, beating is ritual and humiliation is routine. They call it Guantanamo Bay.
207.44.245.159/article7900.htm

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CIA’s ‘ghost prisoners’ spark rights concerns:

The official wall of silence surrounding the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) so-called ‘ghost prisoners’ who are being held at secret locations has sparked legal concerns among human rights groups that denounce the practice as abusive.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200501/s1291449.htm

tinyurl.com/4qgl2

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Michael Ratner: Gonzales “Has His Hand Deep in the Blood of the Conspiracy Of Torture”
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/01/28/1521255

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Guantanamo Australian Freed:

Egyptian-born Mr Habib flew home to Sydney on Friday and was immediately allowed to join his family. ustralian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said he was unlikely to face any charges.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4214517.stm

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‘If I run will you shoot?’ he asked. He ran. The guard shot him dead:

Vietnam draft-dodgers, Guantanamo, Iraq ˜ why do armies abuse their prisoners? A former runaway soldier describes his ordeal in the stockade
207.44.245.159/article7899.htm

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Mother of Soldier Slain in Iraq Speaks Out :

She held up family photos of her son Casey as a toddler, at his confirmation, as a 21-year-old in boot camp and then, the photo that appeared in The New York Times last April, of his coffin, his brother kissing it to say goodbye.
www.mainelincolncountynews.com/index.cfm?ID=10361

tinyurl.com/3os77

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Tell Them, ‘Because our Fathers Lied’ :

As in Vietnam, The Mexican War, the Spanish American War, the pretext for going to war was manufactured by misrepresenting facts and whipping up public fury, usually a simple task when that well known toxin – patriotism – is in the air.
www.commondreams.org/views05/0127-26.htm

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The Dangerous Gold Star Families :

Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld continues to astound us Gold Star Families with his heartlessness, callousness and disrespect in the faces of our children who are being killed in the mindless invasion and occupation of Iraq.
www.commondreams.org/views05/0124-20.htm

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Study of Iraqi deaths Ignored In U.S.:

Since the invasion, the No. 1 cause of death among households surveyed was violence. The risk of death due to violence had increased 58-fold since before the war. And more than half of the people who had died from violence and its aftermath since the invasion began were women and children.
chronicle.com/cgi2-bin/printable.cgi?article=http://chronicle.com/free/2005/01/2005012701n.htm

tinyurl.com/3htpr

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Families across USA mourn Hawaii-based Marines:

“I went in to change clothes and when I saw the Marines in the house, I prayed, ‘Let him be wounded, let him be wounded,’” said his father, William Etterling. “My heart just fell.”
www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/casualties/2005-01-27-families-mourn_x.htm

tinyurl.com/4sm3c

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Bush’s rhetoric remains high-flown, but his arguments for war have fallen apart
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=605326

tinyurl.com/5w4n5

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Is the world safer now?:

As war ended, our correspondents examined key questions about Iraq’s future. With the elections looming, the updated answers highlight the global impact of the conflict
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=605327

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N Korea has ‘bought nuclear bomb’:

NORTH Korea appears to have bought a complete nuclear weapon from either Pakistan or a former Soviet Union state, a South Korean newspaper said today, quoting a source in Washington.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/
story_page/0,5744,12076218%255E1702,00.html

tinyurl.com/5sgb9

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CIA Report: U.S. A Declining Power:

A CIA report predicts that American global dominance could end in 15 years: Who will be the first politician brave enough to declare publicly that the United States is a declining power and that America’s leaders must urgently discuss what to do about it?
slate.com/id/2112697/

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Russian officers ‘helped in plot to seize Beslan school’:

Two men holding a rank “higher than a major and a colonel” were said to be involved in the plot and had apparently deliberately not fulfilled the functions for which they are paid, presumably in exchange for some kind of bribe.
news.independent.co.uk/europe/story.jsp?story=605306

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Britain ‘sliding into police state’ :

The home secretary, Charles Clarke, is transforming Britain into a police state, one of the country’s former leading anti-terrorist police chiefs said yesterday.
politics.guardian.co.uk/attacks/story/0,1320,1400586,00.html

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The slow death of democracy in Britain?:

How has the Prime Minister survived the political fallout from Iraq, Hutton and, in particular, the Butler report?” – Are we witnessing the slow death of accountability in the UK?
comment.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=605290

tinyurl.com/4n6zz

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UK: A blow for democracy :

The new home secretary should not be looking at new laws to subvert the criminal justice system but should be looking at how to improve it so that there are more successful prosecutions of terrorist suspects. – If a person cannot be prosecuted for a terrorist charge, it means that either there is not enough evidence to convict that person or that the evidence cannot be relied upon.
www.guardian.co.uk/letters/story/0,3604,1400295,00.html

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Hamas wins overwhelming victory in Gaza vote :

Hamas won control of seven of the ten municipal councils that held elections, including the three largest ones: Dir al-Balah, Bnei Siheileh, and Beit Hanun.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/533106.html

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‘Palestinian corpse used for IDF anatomy lesson’ :

The soldier said that the Palestinian’s body had been riddled with bullets and that some of his internal organs had spilled out. The doctor pronounced the man dead and then “took out a knife and began to cut off parts of the body,” the soldier said.
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Israeli envoy: U.S. will help finance pullout:

The United States is likely to help Israel finance the military aspect of the disengagement from Gaza, Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Daniel Ayalon said yesterday.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=532453

tinyurl.com/64k7w

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Israel’s Culture of Martyrdom: In the Shadow of the Holocaust:

The Struggle Between Jews and Zionists in the Aftermath of World War II
www.thenation.com/docprint.mhtml?i=20050110&s=kimmerling

tinyurl.com/5pp2c

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US prepares invasion of Venezuela: Venezuelan ambassador :

The United States is preparing a future invasion of Venezuela to control the petroleum of the South American country as it did in Iraq, said Venezuela’s acting ambassador to Paraguay, Elmer Nino.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-01/28/content_2518406.htm

tinyurl.com/5zfbk

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FBI in Talks to Extend Reach:

The FBI is significantly expanding its intelligence-gathering activities in the U.S., including stepped-up efforts to collect and report intelligence on foreign figures and governments, a function that long has been principally the CIA’s domain, intelligence and congressional sources said Thursday.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/fbi-reach.html

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US to slap tourists with RFID :

The controversial US-VISIT scheme for those visiting the US from abroad already fingerprints holidaymakers on their way into the country and is now adding RFID to the mix in order to improve border management, the department said.
management.silicon.com/government/0,39024677,39127374,00.htm

tinyurl.com/4bk6s

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Economists warn on US debt crisis :

US consumers’ debts are an “accident waiting to happen”, a leading economist has warned.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4209527.stm

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Shilling for Bush:

It seems clear now that the disclosure that two syndicated right-wing columnists were paid shills of the Bush administration posing as journalists is really just the tip of a grimy iceberg.
www.counterpunch.com/lindorff01272005.html

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Date: Thurs, 27 Jan 2005

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Criminals the lot of us

The invasion of Iraq was a crime of gigantic proportions, for which politicians, the media and the public share responsibility

By Scott Ritter

When one looks at the situation in Iraq today, the only way that it would be possible to justify the current state of affairs – a once secular society now the centre of a global anti-American Islamist jihad, tens of thousands of civilians killed, an unending war that costs almost £3.2bn a month, and the basic principles of democracy mocked through an election process that has generated extensive violence – is if the invasion of Iraq was for a cause worthy of the price.
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Why the Children in Iraq Make No Sound When They Fall

We’ve snuffed out innocent lives in numbers that insurgents and terrorists could only dream of. But we avert our eyes.

By Bernard Chazelle

We bury our heads in the sand and turn a blind eye to our moral cowardice, thus pulling off the amazing feat of being ostriches and chickens all at once.
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Ashes to Ashes

The ashes of Auschwitz are still falling on the innocents being murdered today.

By Chris Floyd

Even the strongest democracy can be subverted by leaders bent on deception and aggression. Even the strongest democracy can give rise to a ruthless, corporate-driven war machine, to secret prisons, secret armies, torture regimens and mass slaughter.
207.44.245.159/article7896.htm

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11 Iraqis, one Marine killed in pre-election violence:

Three Iraqi civilians were killed Thursday in a house in Samarra. Another three Iraqis were killed aMahmoudiya, 20 miles south of Baghdad. An Iraqi army soldier was killed in Baqouba. A bomb killed one Iraqi, about 80 miles north of Baghdad. Another Iraqi National Guard soldier was killed while guarding a voting center at a school.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2005-01-27-iraq_x.htm

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Three US hostages held in Iraq: officials:

US officials say about five Americans are being held hostage in Iraq and some of them have been captive for months.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200501/s1290024.htm

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Video : U.S. Hostage Pleading For His Life:

Windows Media.
snipurl.com/ccj1

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US soldiers raid Baghdad mosque :

US soldiers have attacked a mosque in Baghdad’s Sadr City, violating its sanctity and arresting 25 Iraqis, Iraqi sources say.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1E8DF
B80-D120-4C6A-B2FC-17226C44EDD9.htm

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Dahr Jamail: Here comes “The Freedom‰:

With the “elections‰ just three days away, people are terrified. Families are fleeing Baghdad much as they did prior to the invasion of the country. Seeking refuge from what everyone fears to be a massive onslaught of violence in the capital city, huge lines of cars are stacked up at checkpoints on the outer edges of the city.
dahrjamailiraq.com/weblog/archives/dispatches/000186.php

snipurl.com/ccj4

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Iraqi Resistance Group Says Not to Target Elections:

Three days ahead of the controversial vote, a leading Iraqi resistance group vowed not to target polling stations or attack innocent Iraqis, saying the real battle is against the occupiers.
www.islam-online.net/English/News/2005-01/27/article05.shtml

snipurl.com/ccj5

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Prostitute used in Habib torture: lawyer:

Mamdouh Habib was the victim of atrocities fit for a concentration camp, including being tied to the ground while a prostitute menstruated on him, his lawyer said yesterday.
207.44.245.159/article7891.htm

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British Soldier Tells of Forced Sex Simulations:

The British soldier who took pictures of Iraqi detainees being abused by troops described on Thursday how captured looters were forced to simulate sex acts while laughing soldiers watched.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7452982

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Ayatollah Sistani may call the tune, but the US will still have the power:

US officials never mention today that in the months after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein they were opposed to an election, citing difficulties in identifying voters without a census and lack of security.
www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=605174

snipurl.com/ccj8

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U.S. commander in Iraq says Iraqi security forces still not ready :

A top American commander in Iraq on Wednesday said U.S.-trained Iraqi security forces were still not ready to take on the Iraqi resistance and there was no guarantee they will ever be able to defeat it on their own.
www.boston.com/dailynews/026/world/
Top_U_S_commander_in_Iraq_says:.shtml

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This Pollyanna army :

Bush will not admit that his troops are too exhausted to sustain his vengeful global missions
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1399444,00.html

snipurl.com/ccja

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Much Bigger Military Is Called For :

The Bush administration is facing new calls from Democrats and Republicans, including some of its staunchest allies, to expand the size of the Army and Marines by tens of thousands of active-duty troops over the next several years.
www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319
,FL_bigger_012705,00.html?ESRC=eb.nl

snipurl.com/ccjc

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Returning veterans paint grim picture of war’s toll :

They witnessed soldiers blown to bits and mourned the loss of others who killed themselves when they returned home — often excluded from the government’s official body count.
207.44.245.159/article7895.htm

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Insult to injury:

Some wounded soldiers back from Iraq are having to pay for meals at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Veterans’ groups say it’s another symptom of fighting a costly war on the cheap.
207.44.245.159/article7890.htm

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N Korea has ‘bought nuclear bomb’:

NORTH Korea appears to have bought a complete nuclear weapon from either Pakistan or a former Soviet Union state, a South Korean newspaper said today, quoting a source in Washington.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/
story_page/0,5744,12076218%255E1702,00.html

snipurl.com/cckb

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USAF playing cat and mouse game over Iran :

Flying American combat aircraft into Iranian airspace in an attempt to lure Tehran into turning on air defense radars, thus allowing U.S. pilots to grid the system for use in future targeting data, administration officials said.
207.44.245.159/article7889.htm

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Pentagon’s Feith, an architect of Iraq policy, to leave post:

An official working under Feith has been under investigation for allegedly passing classified information to Israel, and the Senate Intelligence Committee has been looking into Feith’s role in developing the faulty intelligence on Iraq’s weapons programs and ties to terrorism that the Bush administration used to build its case for invading Iraq.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/10742127.htm

snipurl.com/ccjg

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Rice Confirmed Despite Dems’ Criticisms :

The tally, though one-sided at 85-13, was still the largest ``no’’ vote against any secretary of state nominee since 1825.
207.44.245.159/article7884.htm

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Sen. Reid criticizes GOPs, then votes to confirm Rice:

“We’re being criticized for not rubber-stamping this nomination,” he said. [Before he rubber stamped her nomination!]
www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nevada/2005/jan/26/012610103.html

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Confirmation Condoleezza Rice:

How Did Your Senators Vote? 32 Democrats voted for the nomination of Condoleezza Rice, 12 Democrats voted against.
207.44.245.159/article7885.htm

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Boxer’s Spine Gets Her Cut Off at the Knees:

You wouldn’t know it from reading the newspapers, but Sen. Barbara Boxer served her country valiantly last week. In her grilling of Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice, Boxer finally named the elephant in the hearing room, which is more than the war itself. It’s the lies that got us there.
207.44.245.159/article7894.htm

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Never mind the body count.:

In the new America, we’re not supposed to publish pictures of the bodies of the American dead in the streets˜only the Iraqis. The president and his image makers say that showing American corpses is disrespectful. He has barred even the taking of photos of American coffins˜too upsetting. Reality only gets in the way.
www.villagevoice.com/news/0504,schanberg,60421,6.html

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Isolation, breakdowns and mysterious injections:

One of the four men who returned to Britain yesterday after three years in Guantánamo Bay allegedly suffered a series of mental breakdowns and was repeatedly injected with an unknown substance by his US captors.
207.44.245.159/article7886.htm

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Sending Fighters To Iraq Not Terror: Italian Judge:

The judge said there was no evidence of planning attacks in Europe and that sending fighters or funds to Iraq did not amount to terrorism.
www.islamonline.net/English/News/2005-01/26/article05.shtml

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Barbarity is the inevitable consequence of foreign rule
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1399445,00.html

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Feeling a Draft?: Poor kids of color fight the Pentagon:

“These recruiters psychoanalyze you and pitch you a story,” he says. “They have a quota, and if that quota isn’t met, it’s their ass. They’ll do whatever they can to get you in.”
www.villagevoice.com/news/0504,kamenetz,60395,6.html

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Anger over Iraqi war dead on Internet:

THE US Defence Department has been asked to investigate a website being used by American soldiers to post grisly pictures of Iraqi war dead.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/
story_page/0,5744,12065854%255E401,00.html

snipurl.com/ccju

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Israel refuses to rule out attack on Iran:

Israel’s Defence Minister refused to rule out a pre-empt-ive strike on Iran yesterday, claiming that Tehran was “close to a point of no return” on its suspected development of a nuclear weapon.
207.44.245.159/article7887.htm

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 01/26/05:

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

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On This Day 01/27/1945: Auschwitz death camp liberated:

Since its establishment in 1940, only a handful of prisoners have escaped to tell of the full horror of the camp.
news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/
january/27/newsid_3520000/3520986.stm

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The shadow of Auschwitz:

Birkenau, only part of the Auschwitz complex, was, among other things, a factory, a purpose-built human abattoir, an assembly line of death.
news.independent.co.uk/europe/story.jsp?story=604973

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In case you missed it:

How Bush’s grandfather helped Hitler’s rise to power : The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6963.htm

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In case you missed it:

I am an orthodox Jew who is opposed to Zionism. May I suggest you visit the following web sites which lay out the authentic Jewish position, based on the Torah and Prophets and Sages, concerning Palestine
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1637.htm

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In case you missed it:

Why Orthodox Jews are opposed to the Zionist “State”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1506.htm

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In case you missed it:

Audio: Rabbi Goldstein gives a historic overview of Zionism: As soon as it was founded [zionism], it was condemned – Jews came out and said this is atheistic, this is idol worship…”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1456.htm

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W And Dostoevsky: George W. Bush Is A man Possessed:

A fire in the mind ˆ surely, I thought, Bush’s speechwriters can’t have inserted this phrase without knowing its literary origin. It is taken from Dostoevsky’s novel, The Possessed
antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=4515

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Economist: China Loses Faith in Dollar: :

China has lost faith in the stability of the U.S. dollar and its first priority is to broaden the exchange rate for its currency from the dollar to a more flexible basket of currencies, a top Chinese economist said Wednesday at the World Economic Forum.
207.44.245.159/article7888.htm

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Ted Rall: Who Wants To Be A Malpractice Millionaire?:

Good health, a sound body, life itself are all priceless. No amount of money can compensate you for unnecessarily losing a function or body part. And that’s what the Bush Administration and its medical industry allies think too. Under their proposed “tort reform” legislation, you’ll receive virtually nothing if you’re butchered by a careless doctor.
snipurl.com/cck1

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Numerous Congress Members May Have Received Illegal Congressional Pay in 2003-2004:

Many current or former Senators and Representatives appear to have taken illegal Congressional salary payments during the current Congress, prior to the October recess
www.ntu.org/main/page.php?PageID=71

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Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005

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Democracy – It’s not God’s gift

Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of the organisation that calls itself “al Qaeda in Iraq”, says: “We have declared a fierce war on this evil principle of democracy.”

By Gwynne Dyer

Zarqawi is the bogeyman that the United States Government blames for almost everything that has gone wrong in Iraq, but he does speak essentially the same language as President Bush.
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“Standing for the Founding Principles of the Republic”

This doctrine of preemptive strikes places the sole decision of war and peace in the hands of the President and undermines the Constitutional power of Congress to declare war.

by US Senator Robert C. Byrd

Not only does this pernicious doctrine of preemptive war contradict the Constitution, it barely acknowledges its existence. The National Security Strategy makes only one passing reference to the Constitution: it states that “America‚s constitution” — that is “constitution” with a small C — “has served us well.” As if the Constitution does not still serve this country well! One might ask if that reference to the Constitution was intended to be a compliment or an obituary?
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Because There is No Cause

Into history‚s cauldron have American troops been sent to wage war and decimate cities, lands and lives.

By Manuel Valenzuela

It is time we say enough is enough, that the American people refuse to sit idly while a few miscreants destroy our nation and our world. It is time to show the world what we once were, and are capable of once again becoming. It is time we make our government accountable. It is time to end the madness of this illegal and immoral war.
207.44.245.159/article7831.htm

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Dr. Teresa Whitehurst: The Intolerance of Christian Conservatives:

Making Tolerance a Sin; Intolerance a Virtue
207.44.245.159/article7845.htm

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36 U.S. Troops Die in Iraq:

Thirty-one U.S. troops were reported killed in a helicopter crash and five more died in insurgent attacks Wednesday in the deadliest day for American forces since they invaded Iraq 22 months ago.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7437344

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Truck bomb kills 15 in Iraq:

A truck bomb has exploded near the offices of a major Kurdish party in the northwestern Iraqi town of Sinjar, killing at least 15 people and wounding 30, the local mayor says.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=661470

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Suicide Car Bombs Kill 9 Iraqis Near Kirkuk:

Police said four Iraqi policemen, two soldiers and three civilians were killed, and at least 12 people were wounded.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7435920

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One U.S. Soldier Killed, Two Wounded In RPG Attack:
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20050134.txt

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Four Iraqi soldiers kidnapped in western Iraq: police:

Four Iraqi soldiers were kidnapped Wednesday in the volatile western city of Ramadi as they were leaving a US military base, police said.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=36512

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American pleads for life in video :

An American kidnapped in November pleaded for his life in a video aired Tuesday, and at least a dozen Iraqis died in Baghdad as political violence continued to plague the country five days before Sunday’s crucial elections for a new National Assembly.
www.lmtonline.com/news/s3.htm

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Pentagon to spend 75 billion for three new brigades :

The Pentagon wants to build three new US army brigades and to train and equip Iraqi forces with 75 billion dollars requested on Tuesday, while funding deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, a top US defense official said.
sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13656621

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Two more years for U.S. troops in Iraq:

A Pentagon official says it’s likely the United States will keep about 120,000 troops in Iraq at least until 2006.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20050125-073545-6926r.htm

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Iraqi Insurgency Proves Tough to Crack:

U.S. officials no longer believe this weekend’s election will finish off the rebellion, whose disparate factions unite in hating the Americans.
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Senate Democrats said that Condoleezza Rice lied about the Iraq war:

“I don’t like impugning anyone’s integrity, but I really don’t like being lied to,” Dayton said in opposing Rice’s nomination on the Senate floor. “Repeatedly, flagrantly, intentionally.”
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Kennedy, Dems Assail Iraq Policy, Rice :

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and other Democrats assailed President Bush’s decision to go to war with Iraq Tuesday and declared they would oppose Condoleezza Rice’s nomination as secretary of state as a principal architect of a failed policy.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&e=3&u=/ap/20050125/ap_on_go_co/senate_rice

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Gonzales says: Torture treaty doesn’t bar `cruel, inhuman’ tactics:

Gonzales said the Convention Against Torture treaty, as ratified by the Senate, doesn’t prohibit the use of “cruel, inhuman or degrading” tactics on non-U.S. citizens who are captured abroad, in Iraq or elsewhere.
207.44.245.159/article7839.htm

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Gonzales Not Right Fit For GIs:

As retired professional military leaders of the U.S. armed forces, we are deeply concerned about the nomination of Alberto R. Gonzales to be attorney general. We feel that his views concerning the role of the Geneva Conventions in U.S. detention and interrogation policy and practice have put soldiers in harm‚s way.
www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=125&article=26767

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Senate to Likely Get Gonzales Nomination :

Republicans muscled Gonzales’ nomination through the panel on a 10-8 party line vote and are expected to use their 55-44 advantage to confirm him there next week at the earliest.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4757491,00.html

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“Is this torture yet?” the agents ask:

They strap the three to boards that pivot head-down into a trough of swill and excrement keep them there until they are gagging and wild with panic of drowning lever them briefly up to air down again. Torture yet?
207.44.245.159/article7837.htm

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British soldiers ‘ordered to give Iraqis a good kicking’ :

Former Sergeant Major Richard Jackson allegedly told the soldiers that it was policy at Camp Bread Basket near Basra to punish Iraqi thieves.
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Pepe Escobar : Vote or no vote, we will kill you :

The administration of George W Bush, has introduced to the world the concept of election at gunpoint. The guinea pig: Iraq, on January 30. The rules: candidates must be anonymous (otherwise they will be killed). Voters cannot go out and vote (otherwise they may be killed). Even if they wanted to vote, they wouldn’t know where, because the location of the polling stations will be known only the night before the election.
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Report: The Iraqi election “bait and switch”:

Faulty poll will not bring peace or US withdrawal.
207.44.245.159/article7841.htm

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‘The US is behaving as if every Sunni is a terrorist’ :

For centuries they have comprised the ruling class, but since the fall of Saddam everything has changed for Iraq’s Sunni Arabs. This weekend’s elections are likely only to reinforce their disaffection
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,1398464,00.html

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Iraqis To Bush – What Have We Done To Deserve This? :

Despite Bush’s endless hypocritical assertions about how we have brought freedom to Iraq, the truth is that almost all of the people in that country who have managed to survive the military attacks, have lost loved ones and had their lives ruined.
207.44.245.159/article7848.htm

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Rosa Faiz: Next Stop on the Drive-By to Armageddon:

Why fuss about torture, when we murder innocents as a matter of daily routine
207.44.245.159/article7833.htm

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Paul Craig Roberts: Does Bush Mean It?:

The Bush administration is not establishing any democracies. It is starting a war that will last a generation. That is the neocon plan. They have put their intentions in writing just as Hitler did. It is no protection that their plan is detached from reality. Robespierre was detached from reality, and that did not stop him. So were Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot.
207.44.245.159/article7840.htm

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Robert Scheer: 1600 Pennsylvania Meets Madison Ave.:

President Bush’s inaugural speech was radical, if not downright bizarre, in its insistence that the United States can and will deliver freedom to Earth’s more than 6 billion human residents. “If Bush means it literally, then it means we have an extremist in the White House,” said Dimitri Simes, president of the Nixon Center.
207.44.245.159/article7842.htm

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Audio: Seymour Hersh: “We’ve Been Taken Over by a Cult”

We hear a speech by Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh on torture from Guantanamo to Abu Ghraib to Vietnam.
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Turner Compares Fox’s Popularity to Hitler ;

Ted Turner called Fox a propaganda tool of the Bush administration and indirectly compared Fox News Channel’s popularity to Adolf Hitler’s popular election to run Germany before World War II.
207.44.245.159/article7829.htm

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It’s The Pipelines, Stupid:

How to bring down a giant, one blood vessel at a time: “There is a clear understanding [on the part of Islamist groups] that if you want to hit America or the West, you go after oil, which is right in their backyard,” says Luft. “They don’t have to go all the way to New York and deal with the INS and FBI. The market today cannot sustain any loss of production or supply. Even if they take 10,000 barrels off the market, we feel this immediately.”
www.nypress.com/18/4/news&columns/AlexanderZaitchik.cfm

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India’s US-Pakistan suspicions deepen:

Condoleezza Rice told senators that the administration of President George W Bush has a “contingency plan” to prevent “Islamic fundamentalists” from getting access to Pakistan’s nuclear weapons if “something happened” to Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf and they succeeded in capturing power.
www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/GA27Df05.html

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How the U.S. Became the World’s Dispensable Nation:

A new world order is indeed emerging – but its architecture is being drafted in Asia and Europe, at meetings to which Americans have not been invited.
207.44.245.159/article7838.htm

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Picture;

A relative cries over the body of three year-old Palestinian girl, Rahma Al-shmasy, iin the family home on January 26, 2005 in Deir Al-Balah, Gaza Strip.
editorial.gettyimages.com/source/search/details_pop.aspx?iid=52066373&cdi=0

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Three Year Old Girl Among Five Palestinians Killed By Israeli Occupation Forces:

Israeli soldiers manning an army watchtower at the nearby settlement of Kfar Dorom opened machinegun fire randomly on Palestinian homes around sunrise Wednesday.
www.albawaba.com/en/news/179331

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Israel plans to raze more Gaza homes:

The Israeli army has renewed plans to demolish hundreds of Palestinian homes in Rafah at the southern edge of the Gaza Strip, according to the Israeli media.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0B8E1585-9035-4BEC-A38F-4B58568EF966.htm

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 01/25/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/65yru

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After Israeli boycott, Columbia U. cancels meet on Mideast:

Columbia University President Lee Bollinger informed Israel’s consul general in New York, Arie Meckel, on Wednesday that a university-sponsored conference, “Revisiting the Middle East Peace Process,” scheduled to have taken place on Thursday, was postponed indefinitely.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/531980.html

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Report: Iraqi police captured, and then released, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi:

A suicide bomber from Saudi Arabia, who survived a failed attempt to blow up the Jordanian mission Baghdad in December, alleges that Iraqi police may have captured, and then released, the most wanted terrorist in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, two months ago.
www.voanews.com/english/2005-01-24-voa25.cfm

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‰Transforming Islam into is the main neoconservative project‰:

Neoconservatives‚ endeavors to create a market economy version of Islam ˆ bereft of its basic tenets – got a boost recently when Reverend James Schall, Professor of government at Georgetown University and a Jesuit priest, vigorously defended their efforts.
www.amperspective.com/html/revered_schall.html

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Darfur: Never again?:

As the world prepares to commemorate Holocaust Day, crimes against humanity are still being committed in Darfur while diplomats bicker
news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/story.jsp?story=604617

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My Husbands Moral Right To Choose Not To Kill:

My husband has laid down his gun to raise a far more powerful weapon ∑ he has made his choice to raise his hand in peace.
207.44.245.159/article7844.htm

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WARNING: Joining the Military Is Hazardous To…:

Military recruiters tour the country selling a dangerous product with glamorous ads, just like tobacco companies or drug pushers. The ads promise opportunity and adventure — but don’t believe the hype.
www.objector.org/before-you-enlist/hazardous.html

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Dr. Teresa Whitehurst: The Intolerance of Christian Conservatives:

Making Tolerance a Sin; Intolerance a Virtue
207.44.245.159/article7845.htm

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Jesse Jackson And Greg Palast: Black voters in United States disproportionally disenfranchised:

After taking his oath, the president called for a “concerted effort to promote democracy.” The president should begin with the United States.
207.44.245.159/article7834.htm

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$1.3 Trillion in Deficits Forecast Over Decade :

Cumulative total is 60% more than the estimates of just four months ago.
ktla.trb.com/news/nationworld/nation/ktla-012505budget_lat,0,7611733.story?coll=ktla-news-1

tinyurl.com/5afkj

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The Idea That Brought Slavery to Its Knees:

In 1787, British abolitionists saw a link among all humankind.
citypages.com/databank/26/1260/article12879.asp

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Everything You Know About Taxes is Wrong:

Johnston published the fruits of all that prize-winning reporting in his book Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich—and Cheat Everybody Else. A bestseller and the winner of a 2004 Investigative Reporters and Editors award, the book documents how, over the last three decades, the tax system has been twisted to subsidize the wealthiest 1 percent of the country.
citypages.com/databank/26/1260/article12879.asp

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