Information Clearing House  Digest February 1-6 2005
 
 

Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2005

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How I entered the hellish world of Guantanamo Bay

Martin Mubanga went on holiday to Zambia, but ended up spending 33 months in Guantanamo Bay.

By David Rose

He comes back with a mop and dips it in the pool of urine. Then he starts covering me with my own waste, like he’s using a big paintbrush, working methodically, beginning with my feet and ankles and working his way up my legs. All the while he’s racially abusing me, cussing me: “Oh, the poor little negro, the poor little nigger.” He seemed to think it was funny.’
207.44.245.159/article7980.htm

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Oh Lord, ain’t it hard

By Sheila Samples

Most Americans seem hesitant to question Bush’s grand scheme to fight terror by creating even more terror with his “doctrine” of assassination and collateral damage. Only a few have dared to approach him with even a tentative suggestion that perhaps the public deserves an explanation for the heinous torture, abuse and even murder of those unfortunate enough to be scooped up and detained in prisons such as Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo Bay. And, sadly, nobody seems to notice the growing daily death toll of American citizens in Iraq.
207.44.245.159/article7983.htm

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The BBC Investigates

Iraq reconstruction funds missing

The BBC’s File On 4 programme has learnt that out of over $20bn raised in oil revenues during US-led rule, the use of $8.8bn is unaccounted for. The missing $8.8bn is more than 40% of Iraq’s oil revenues.

Click here to listen to this report online
207.44.245.159/article7977.htm

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23 killed in Iraq:

Iraqi resistance have killed 21 Iraqis and two US soldiers in recent assaults, showing there has been no respite in the fight against US-led forces and their allies since Sunday‚s election.
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_6-2-2005_pg7_1

tinyurl.com/3tn8m

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US agents ‘kidnapped militant’ for torture in Egypt:

ITALIAN police are investigating allegations that American intelligence agents kidnapped an Islamic militant in Milan and transported him to Egypt, where he was tortured.
207.44.245.159/article7985.htm

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Guantanamo man ‘suing government’ :

A British terror suspect held captive in Guantanamo Bay for 33 months plans to sue the government, it is reported.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4240107.stm

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UK troops `murdered Iraqi man:

UP to seven British paratroopers are to be charged with murdering an Iraqi civilian, military sources revealed yesterday.
www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story
_page/0,5936,12143574%255E912,00.html

tinyurl.com/425qg

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Iraqi Shia leaders demand Islam be the source of law:

Iraq‚s Shia leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani and another top cleric on Sunday staked out a demand that Islam be the sole source of legislation in the country‚s new constitution.
tinyurl.com/5ths6

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Sadr Group Says Future Government “Illegitimate‰ :

“In Mr. Sadr‚s words: ŒThe occupiers are doctoring the election results,‚ and therefore we don‚t believe in the fairness of the polls,‰ he added.
www.islam-online.net/English/News/2005-02/06/article02.shtml

tinyurl.com/4kdjt

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Cartoon:
www.metimes.com/images/photos/full/20050201-024651-8383.jpg

tinyurl.com/3lvge

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Kurds accused of rigging Kirkuk vote:

Turkmen and Arab political parties in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk have accused Kurds of fixing the result of provincial elections held on the 30 January.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/563D3875-FE1D-4C26-9146-F91377A4FB19.htm

tinyurl.com/6ag4h

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“Iranians Would Rather Fight in Baghdad, Than in Tehran”

Sistani’s Triumph; Allawi’s Bust
www.counterpunch.org/patrick02052005.html

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Manufacturing consent:

Does hype and spin make the Iraqi elections successful?
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2005/728/fr2.htm

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U.S.-Israel plan to strike Irans nuclear sites finalized :

Experts from the U.S. Defense Department, the Pentagon and Israel have put final touches to a plan to launch a military strike targeting Iran‚s nuclear facilities, experts at the European Commission based in Brussels, revealed on Sunday.
www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/
middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=6945

tinyurl.com/6p2jy

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Israel, US Spying on Iran From Iraq: Report :

The Israeli intelligence services (Mossad) has set up in cooperation with US occupation troops radars and spying devices near the southern Iraqi city of Basra to monitor Iranian military and security activities, well-placed Iranian sources have revealed.
www.islamonline.org/English/News/2005-02/06/article03.shtml

tinyurl.com/6wc9q

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Solana warns against Iran strike :

A military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be “a mistake”, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, has warned.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4240261.stm

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Rice issues tough warning to Russia over reforms :

America fired a shot across the bows of its former foe yesterday as Condoleezza Rice warned Russia it must renew its commitment to democracy and said she had concerns over the direction of the former Soviet Union.
observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1406859,00.html

tinyurl.com/4od84

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Russian Central Bank Switches to Euro-Dollar Basket:

The Bank of Russia said in a statement it had begun targeting a dual currency basket ˜made up of 90 U.S. cents and 10 euro cents˜ as of Feb. 1 and would gradually raise the weighting of euros.
www.mosnews.com/money/2005/02/04/currencybasket.shtml

tinyurl.com/556bq

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War Pimp Alert:

US Seeks Latin American Initiative on Venezuela

A top State Department official says the United States wants to mobilize Latin American countries to deal with what the Bush administration considers to be Venezuela’s threat to regional stability.
www.voanews.com/english/2005-02-04-voa64.cfm

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Overheard conversations convey reality of troops’ lives:

“He says he’s got one of his artificial legs, and when he gets the next one he’ll be able to run again.” “Did he mention his hand?” No.”
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002172302_soundbites06.html

tinyurl.com/5ne56

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Their dog-eat-dog world:

The cabal that four years ago took over the White House brought with them a philosophy of power which ought to be consigned to the dustbin of history
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/706/op60.htm

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Paranoia grips the U.S. capital:

This week, former military intelligence analyst William Arkin revealed a hitherto unknown directive, with the Orwellian name “JCS Conplan 0300-97,” authorizing the Pentagon to employ special, ultra-secret “anti-terrorist” military units on American soil for what the author claims are “extra-legal missions.”
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/
Toronto/Eric_Margolis/2005/02/06/922316.html

tinyurl.com/5bzwj

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Chuck Baldwin : Freedoms Lost Under G.W. Bush:

Anyone who dares to oppose or even question Bush must be regarded as enemies of America or even as enemies of God.
baltimorechronicle.com/020105ChuckBaldwin.html

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Robert Fisk: The sins of our fathers, the folly of man and the art of documenting history:

Today we use telephones – or e-mails – but my telexed messages to London in those terrible years of war tell their own tales
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Israel to receive $50-80m of PA aid :

Israel will get $50-80 million of the special aid package U.S. President George Bush promised the Palestinian Authority
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/536415.html

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In case you missed it:

The Jesus Landing Pad:

Bush White House checked with rapture Christians before latest Israel move
www.villagevoice.com/news/0420,perlstein,53582,1.html

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U.S. to examine censorship in Israel :

American officials have begun collecting information on the activities of the military censor, in preparation of the annual State Department report on human rights in various countries.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/536399.html

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Army red-faced over new prison antics :

Female soldiers stripped to their skivvies for a mud-wrestling bout, and sergeants allegedly were lending their rooms to G.I.s for sex last year at the Army’s Camp Bucca prison in Iraq.
nydailynews.com/02-06-2005/front/v-echo/story/278075p-238272c.html

tinyurl.com/65umm

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Pentagon sites: Journalism or propaganda?:

At first glance, the Web pages appear to be independent news sites. The sites are run by U.S. military troops trained in “information warfare,” a specialty that can include battlefield deception.
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Ward Churchill Kind of Day:

In the midst of errands today, I made the mistake of turning on the car radio twice. Both times somebody was ranting about Ward Churchill, the University of Colorado professor about to lose his job for telling the truth.
www.counterpunch.com/nimmo02052005.html

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Ward Churchill: Lessons Not Learned and the War on Free Speech:

In the last few days there has been widespread and grossly inaccurate media coverage concerning my analysis of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, coverage that has resulted in defamation of my character and threats against my life.
www.dissidentvoice.org/Feb05/Churchill0203.htm

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Warning: More hate speech from W. Churchill :

Alert O’Reilly…send word to both the limo liberals and the Soldier of Fortune crowd…Pataki, Zahn, and Hannity take note…we have another repugnant quote from W. Churchill:
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Tapes reveal Enron’s secret role in California’s power blackouts :

Newly discovered tapes have revealed how the energy corporation Enron shut down at least one power plant on false pretences, deliberately aggravating California’s crippling 2001 blackouts with the aim of raising prices.
www.guardian.co.uk/enron/story/0,11337,1406480,00.html

tinyurl.com/6osyq

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Why Bush is wrong :

His Social Security reforms are neither ‘social’ nor ‘secure’
nydailynews.com/02-06-2005/front/v-echo/story/278301p-238324c.html

tinyurl.com/7yrku

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NEWS For 02/05/05:

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Eight Iraqi Soldiers Killed as Violence Simmers:

Police said four Iraqi Army soldiers were killed by a bomb in the southern city of Basra. Four other Iraqi servicemen died in three separate incidents in Samarra
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7546587

tinyurl.com/5qrwr

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Five Iraqi’s and Two U.S. Soldiers killed:

Iraqi Resistance launched fresh attacks, killing five Iraqis and two U.S. soldiers, and officials said Saturday that final results will be released within five days from Iraq’s historic election, in which a Shiite alliance with ties to Iran has been rolling up a big lead.
www.silive.com/newsflash/international/index.ssf?/base/
international-21/1107606741191020.xml &storylist=international

tinyurl.com/3nz54

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Sunni clerics want troops withdrawal timetable for drafting constitution:

Iraq‚s leading Sunni religious authority on Saturday made its participation in the upcoming constitution-drafting process conditional on the announcement of a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops.
tinyurl.com/6d7fc

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Early Iraqi returns show Allawi losing :

Partial results from Sunday’s Iraqi election suggest that Prime Minister Ayad Allawi’s coalition is being roundly defeated by a list endorsed by the most powerful Shi’a cleric in the country, diminishing Allawi’s chances of retaining his post in the next government.
www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-20/1107500776181070.xml

tinyurl.com/4tpxr

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Turkey Warned Not to Intervene in Iraq:

A leading Iraqi Kurd told Turkey it had no right to meddle in Iraq‚s affairs and said any military intervention by Ankara aimed at stalling the creation of a Kurdish state would end in “disaster”.
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=
58523 &d=5&m=2&y=2005&pix=world.jpg&category=World

tinyurl.com/4jfkr

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The Painful Truth :

The Iraq war is a new kind of hell, with more survivors – but more maimed, shattered limbs – than ever.
www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.02/pain.html

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Iraqi Refugees Overwhelm Syria:

U.N. officials say they are witnessing the exodus they had expected 22 months ago, when the United States and its allies invaded, and the Syrian government and international aid agencies say they are seeing the first worrisome social effects of the migration.
www.aina.org/news/2005020392135.htm

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Canadian troops may be deployed to Iraq: report:

Canadian troops may be deployed to Iraq to help with reconstruction if Prime Minister Paul Martin agrees to the anticipated request from U.S. President George Bush.
www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1107615996404_26/?hub=TopStories

tinyurl.com/63swg

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Rice lavishes praise on Britain – but attacks ‘loathed’ Iran :

She said the US and Britain had fought together in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the war on terror was not yet done. “We have done so much together and we still have so much to do together,” she said.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1406522,00.html

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Rice talks language of diplomacy – but it has alarming echoes:

Labour MPs who opposed the war in Iraq said last night that the assurances by Ms Rice were “unconvincing” and they remained deeply concerned that Tony Blair will be dragged into a second Middle East conflict by the Bush administration
news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=607948

tinyurl.com/4fguk

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Israeli envoy secretly expelled:

A senior diplomat based in Canberra was forced to leave the country, according to a report in the Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv. The report said the expulsion had been covered up for several weeks and could be linked to a scandal last year in which two alleged agents of the Israeli spy service, Mossad, were arrested in New Zealand.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,12158121-29277,00.html

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Expulsion of Israeli envoy covered up:

Australia has secretly forced a senior Israeli diplomat to leave the country, for reasons that neither government will divulge.
207.44.245.159/article7979.htm

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 02/04/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video
tinyurl.com/6v7mj

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3 Guantanamo Detainees Ordered Released :

The U.S. military has ordered three detainees at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay to be freed and 25 others to remain as secret hearings were held into the cases of more “terror” suspects.
tinyurl.com/65n5e

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No monopoly on modernity :

American dominance is bound to wither as Asia’s confidence grows
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1406484,00.html

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Documents reveal CIA recruited five of Eichmann’s associates :

Five of Adolph Eichmann’s Nazi assistants were recruited and employed by the Central Intelligence Agency after World War II, according to recently declassified intelligence documents.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/536364.html

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The CIA and Nazi War Criminals:

National Security Archive Posts Secret CIA History Released Under Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act
www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB146/index.htm

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.Bush Plan Would Up Defense, Cut Farm Funds :

President Bush will propose a nearly 5 percent increase for next year’s defense spending while calling for cuts in payments to farmers and work on a nuclear waste storage site in Nevada, according to documents and federal officials.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4779727,00.html

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Star Wars Faces a Budget Hit:

As the American program struggles, other countries are making headway in pursuing new technologies. Scott Ritter, the former arms inspector in Iraq who correctly concluded Baghdad had no weapons of mass destruction, now says Russia has tested an SS-27 Topol-M mobile ballistic missile that would render the current Star Wars scheme useless.
www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/feb2005/nf2005024_2337_db038.htm

tinyurl.com/6h2j9

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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State: U.S. ‘Can Adjust’ to No Venezuelan Oil:

Roger Noriega today told the Voice of America (VOA) that Venezuelan President Chavez “has said some strange things recently about oil.” Noriega cautioned that such an action may have unintended consequences.
www.voanews.com/english/About/Noriega-4Feb2005.cfm

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What the Rest of the World Watched on Inauguration Day :

A soldier decked out in battle gear, holds a large automatic weapon on the four children, all potential enemies, all possible suicide bombers, apparently, as they cling traumatized to one another in the back seat and the child on the ground goes on screaming in her parent’s blood.
www.commondreams.org/views05/0128-35.htm

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Some troops got anthrax shots after judge banned them:

The US military gave anthrax shots to more than 900 soldiers after a federal judge ordered a halt to the mandatory vaccination program last October, according to news reports this week.
tinyurl.com/6wjry

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Canadians Fight For Privacy:

British Columbians are fighting to halt an outsourcing contract recently signed by their government that could place millions of their health records in the hands of a private American company.
www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,66497,00.html

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Who was the Iraqi Woman in the balcony?:

This cursory investigation demands a deeper look into Ms. Sofia Taleb Al Souhail. Held up as a shining example of why we’ve spent $200 billion and wasted 1,500 lives and counting, it looks upon first glance that she doesn’t live in Iraq, has been affiliated with right-wing organizations, her father was killed in Lebanon while planning a coup against Saddam, and her family claims the US was complicit in his assassination.
www.dailykos.com/story/2005/2/3/61911/26777

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The Propaganda President:

George W. Bush Does His Best Kim Jong-Il
207.44.245.159/article7978.htm

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Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2005

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1-0 in the propaganda war

How the right played the fascism card against Islam

Albert Scardino

Fascism is coming back into fashion, at least in the propaganda wars. For the right, it comes in the shape of a new word: “islamofascism”. That conflates all the elements into one image: suicide bombs, kidnappings and the Qur’an; the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan; Iranian clerics and Hitler.
207.44.245.159/article7974.htm

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A Culture of Secrecy

What has happened to the principle that American democracy should be accessible and transparent?

By Charles Lewis

Investigators found that nearly every one of the 10 largest contracts awarded for work in Iraq and Afghanistan went to companies employing former high-ranking government officials
207.44.245.159/article7967.htm

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Nine Iraqis killed in attacks north of Baghdad:

Insurgent attacks in a region north of Baghdad left eight Iraq civilians and one rebel dead.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200502/s1296499.htm

tinyurl.com/3l7bb

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Iraqi resistance kill 2, ambush 50-strong Iraqi police convoy:

Iraqi resistance have staged a major ambush on a road near Baghdad, killing two policemen, wounding 14 and leaving at least 16 missing on the worst day of violence since last Sunday’s election.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200502/s1295596.htm

tinyurl.com/4vwlt

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US casualties in Iraq attack:

One US soldier has been killed and seven wounded in a roadside bombing near the key northern Iraqi oil refinery town of Baiji, the US military said.
tinyurl.com/6w6va

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Female Journalist Kidnapped in Baghdad :

Giuliana Sgrena, a journalist for the newspaper Il Manifesto, was seized shortly before 2 p.m. by gunmen who blocked her car near the Baghdad University compound at the Jadriyah bridge, located across the Tigris river from the Green Zone, police said.
www.wjla.com/headlines/0205/204966.html

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Daughter of U.S. hostage in Iraq pleads for his release: ‘His family needs him’:

The daughter of a contractor being held hostage in Iraq pleaded for his release and said she wants his captors to see a photo of his 7-year-old granddaughter so they understand he has a family that wants him home.
cbsnewyork.com/national/IraqHostage-Daughter-aa/resources_news_html

tinyurl.com/6vl4n

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Iraqi security, US forces suffer losses:

Iraqi fighters have staged major attacks in and around Baghdad in the worst day of violence since the elections.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/66BF7ED2-DA98-4CBE-A1AB-ADFA56D6DD48.htm

tinyurl.com/6934v

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Wolfowitz says no nationalist insurgency in Iraq:

Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declined to give McCain an estimate of the size of the insurgency in public testimony, but said there were about 1,000 “foreign fighters.”
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N03655524.htm

tinyurl.com/66etu

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Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani’s Party Maintains Big Lead In Iraqi Election Count:

Sistani, the country’s Shiite spiritual leader, had 2.212 million votes. The list of interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi remained second with 579,000 votes.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200502/s1296500.htm

tinyurl.com/3ssbf

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Top Shiites push for an Islamic constitution :

Large vote turnout boosts aspirations of religious coalition
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/
2005/02/02/MNGMUB49GN1.DTL &type=printable

tinyurl.com/6qw9c

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Supporters of radical cleric ‘win province’:

Followers of radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr are poised to win control of a province in Iraq, according to predicted election results.
www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/16366421?source=Evening%20Standard

tinyurl.com/5qmlb

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Elections‚ Aftermath:

Mainstream media and western pundits sold the elections as the Œroad toward democracy‚. The opposite is true. The purpose of the elections was to persuade the outside world, particularly the US citizens, to support the occupation and US foreign policy.
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Moqtada al Sadr “Troops Must Go:

Iraqi rebel cleric Moqtada al Sadr his called for a date to be set for the withdrawal of US troops. He has also criticised the recent elections in Iraq saying he boycotted them so as not to become a stooge of the West.
www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-13295657,00.html

tinyurl.com/54qg2

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Al-Sadr demands date for US Iraqi pullout :

raqi Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr has called on his community’s senior religious leaders to insist on a timeline for a US troop withdrawal.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D693FE03-4608-4C4E-929F-43399EB31BF1.htm

tinyurl.com/5y546

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Bush’s liberty song echoes Vietnam tune:

Bush talked of a now “free and sovereign Iraq” ˜ although that probably comes as a surprise to the overwhelming majority of Iraqis who want the U.S. occupiers, who are building permanent bases there, out.
207.44.245.159/article7971.htm

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Special forces offered $150,000 to reenlist:

The cash bonuses are meant to help retain skilled soldiers who are in high demand by private security companies with lucrative contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
207.44.245.159/article7968.htm

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Iraq To Be Testing Ground For New Weapon: :

The Active Denial System uses millimeter-wave electromagnetic energy that can be directed at targets at a range of 1 kilometer. The ADS causes the skin to burn, causing the people to run away.
www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/05/breaking2453405.0868055555.html

tinyurl.com/5zrs7

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80 Billion For What?:

The Iraq War currently costs American taxpayers $1.5 billion a week. With 1,438 US fatalities and calls for withdrawal surfacing, the Bush Administration wants an additional $80 billion to maintain the occupation.
www.thenation.com/blogs/outrage?pid=2168

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Deputy Defense secretary warns of ‘substantial’ supplemental request :

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told senators Thursday they can expect a “substantial request for supplemental funding in fiscal 2006,” in addition to the anticipated $100 billion in supplemental funds the Defense Department will receive in fiscal 2005.
govexec.com/dailyfed/0205/020305cdpm1.htm

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Bush to Seek $419.3 Billion for U.S. Defense-Officials:

That 2006 Pentagon request, part of a proposed federal budget expected to total about $2.5 trillion, does not include the cost of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those costs in the current year are provided for by supplemental funding expected to total $105 billion.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=7533743

tinyurl.com/3mfnm

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No Disciplinary Action for U.S. General Who Likes To Shoot People:

The statement praised Gen Mattis as a brave and brilliant military leader and it seems there will be no disciplinary action
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Wounded in action :

The forgotten casualties of the war : Haunted by his experiences as an army medic in Iraq, David McGough couldn’t cope with life after his tour of duty. Yet it took two failed suicide attempts before he was diagnosed as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
207.44.245.159/article7973.htm

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Senate Approves Of Torture As It Confirms Gonzales For Attorney General:

“Mr. Gonzales was at the heart of the Bush administration’s notorious decision to authorize our forces to commit flagrant acts of torture in the interrogation of detainees,” said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-02-03-gonzales_x.htm

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The Six Democrats Who Voted For Gonzales Are:

Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, Ken Salazar of Colorado, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Bill Nelson of Florida, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.
207.44.245.159/article7969.htm

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Gonzales Nomination, Faith Leaders Seek Forgiveness:

Church Folks for a Better America, today offered prayers seeking forgiveness for the US government’s complicity in torture and for confirming a man who contributed to such an inconsistent policy.
tinyurl.com/5ccxo

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A tortured defense:

Gonzales believes that its not torture unless the “mistreatment caused the kind of pain associated with “organ failure, impairment of bodily functions or even death,”
207.44.245.159/article7972.htm

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Torturers’ Tales:

A new book about the defendents at the Nuremberg Trials has chilling resonance to discussions of prisoner abuse today.
207.44.245.159/article7975.htm

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Iran-Contra Ex-Con to Lead Democracy Efforts Abroad:

Elliott Abrams, who pleaded guilty in 1991 to withholding information from Congress in the Iran-contra affair, was promoted to deputy national security adviser to President Bush.
207.44.245.159/article7966.htm

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Democracy Now: Iran-Contra Figure Elliot Abrams :

We speak with veteran investigative journalist Robert Parry who exposed Iran-Contra in the 1980s.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/02/04/1537247

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Iran attack ‘not on US agenda at this time’ :

Ms Rice insisted that Iran “engages in activities that are destabilising the region” and that its support of “terrorism” was aimed at undermining the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1405854,00.html

tinyurl.com/3mxm6

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Rice: No US role in Iran talks :

European officials have repeatedly asked Washington for closer cooperation in dealing with the programme.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4235121.stm

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Iran and Syria hit back at Bush :

President’s vow to target Tehran and Damascus in push for peace and democracy causes anger and fear in region
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1405522,00.html

tinyurl.com/4atrf

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EU court decries Turkish torture :

The European Human Rights Court has condemned Turkey for subjecting a prisoner to electric shocks and beatings in a remand centre.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/BDC2497A-CDF6-4064-920B-B31E4A299735.htm

tinyurl.com/6qvuo

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Sign the Impeach Blair Petition Online:

Impeachment is an action taken by Members of Parliament to bring another member to the Court of Parliament to defend him or herself against a charge of wrong-doing or dereliction of duty.
www.impeachblair.org/petition.shtml

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Britain implicated in oil-for-food scandal, damning report says:

The British Government became directly involved in subverting the process for choosing companies to assist in the management of the United Nations’ oil-for-food programme, intervening in 1996 on behalf of a London-based company that was ultimately granted the work, a report claimed yesterday.
news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=607603

tinyurl.com/67ryc

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Record Shell $17 billion profit spurs windfall tax calls :

Shell was last night fighting calls for a windfall tax as it recorded the biggest profits by a British company. The £9.4bn earned in 2004 from oil and gas – £1m an hour and equal to nearly 1% of the Britain’s GDP – came after the prices of UK domestic gas, electricity and petrol soared.
www.guardian.co.uk/oil/story/0,11319,1405766,00.html

tinyurl.com/6mdft

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Shell denies knowing about kickbacks from middleman under oil-for-food program :

The Royal Dutch/Shell Group denied Friday that it had any knowledge of kickbacks paid by a Geneva-based middleman it used to buy oil from Iraq under the UN oil-for-food program.
www.mytelus.com/news/article.do?pageID=world_home&articleID=1836736

tinyurl.com/3qj4y

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Enron Schemes Caught On Tape:

During the West Coast Power crisis homes went dark and streetlights were out in California ˜ causing injuries and accidents. But the danger didn’t stop Enron’s energy traders from having a good laugh.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/02/03/eveningnews/main671618.shtml

tinyurl.com/6f3p4

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Two men, including ex-congressman, found guilty of fraud:

A former Oregon congressman and another man defrauded investors in the St. Louis area of more than $2 million, a jury has ruled.
www.oregonlive.com/newsflash/regional/index.ssf?/base/
news-9/1107441161134640.xml &storylist=orlocal

tinyurl.com/3mup5

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Book reveals secret U.S. military presence in Israel :

A newly published book in the United States, written by U.S. military analyst William M. Arkin, reveals information about the American military presence in Israel.
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=2/2/2005&Cat=4&Num=002

tinyurl.com/44h6m

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Israel’s latest land grab is part of an old strategy:

The latest legal maneuvers by the Israeli government to confiscate Palestinian land in East Jerusalem have rightly caused outrage, even among senior Israeli officials.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=12359

tinyurl.com/6qyrp

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Look for a future Palestine in the past:

This is the history of the establishment of Israel that is often forgotten in the United States — but is stubbornly remembered by Palestinians.
electronicintifada.net/v2/article3595.shtml

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Tort Reform:

The Big Payoff for Corporations, Curbing the Lawsuits that Hold them Accountable
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/02/04/1537236

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Murder or Suicide? An Unresolved Question:

Aaron Munoz, age twenty-one, who had given crucial testimony in the conviction of an Oregon Youth Authority Case Worker, was found hanged in a prison cell at the Oregon State Penitentiary.
207.44.245.159/article7976.htm

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Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2005

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Criminal World

Chertoff’s involvement in Bush’s chamber of horrors goes beyond an advisory capacity.

By Chris Floyd

Another day, another accomplice in the construction of the Bush Regime’s torture chambers revealed. Nothing new there; the perp walk of top Bushists colluding in torture could stretch a mile. But the remarkable thing about the latest case is that it exposes an even greater depth of official criminality than hitherto suspected — no mean feat, given the rap sheet of this crew.
207.44.245.159/article7965.htm

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Rebels kill 12 Iraqi soldiers:

The 12 soldiers were travelling back from their jobs guarding oil pipelines when they were ambushed on the road between the villages of Azab and Zaraquiya, 85km west of Kirkuk, said General Anwar Amin.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,12135000-23109,00.html

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Five Iraqis shot dead:

Four civilians were killed Wednesday in a drive-by shooting south of Baghdad. An Iraqi motorist was shot dead on the main desert highway west of Baghdad on Wednesday
www.albawaba.com/en/news/179651

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Two Iraqi policemen and a soldier were killed in two attacks in the city of Baquba:

The two policemen were killed in a drive-by shooting while shopping, and died instantly. The soldier was killed near a city hospital
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/CDE
6C27E-962B-48F1-B0E3-D29812909472.htm

tinyurl.com/6h5k5

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Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and three wounded in a bomb attack
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/66B
F7ED2-DA98-4CBE-A1AB-ADFA56D6DD48.htm

tinyurl.com/6934v

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Second Marine Killed In Fallujah:

A Marine assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force was killed in action on Feb. 2, bringing to two the number of Marines who died while conducting security and stability operations in the Al Anbar Province.
tinyurl.com/6gcsn

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American Woman Killed In Mortar Attack In Iraq:

The Department of Defense Wednesday announced that Barbara Heald was killed in a mortar attack at the Republic National Palace in Baghdad on Saturday. She was a civilian employee of the U.S. Army.
www.nbc30.com/news/4157762/detail.html

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UK Troops face court martial over Iraq death:

Seven soldiers are to face a court martial for the murder of an Iraqi civilian in May 2003
www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=top
News &storyID=666211&section=news&src=rss/uk/topNews

tinyurl.com/66quh

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Kurds demand autonomy :

About 70,000 Kurds converged on local government headquarters in Sulaymaniya in northeastern Iraq calling for the oil-rich city of Kirkuk – outside the Kurdish region – to become the capital of a Kurdish nation.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3AE0E
9D0-1307-4FD6-8009-90C723A777AD.htm

tinyurl.com/6ldcy

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Kurdish party says self-rule inevitable:

Kurdish self-rule is inevitable if not imminent, according to Kurdistan Democratic Party chief Masud Barzani.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/350DA932
-63C9-4666-9014-2209F872A840.htm

tinyurl.com/644pe

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Robert Fisk: Baghdad, the city that dreams of death :

Suicide bombs are now daily occurrences in Iraq. But what of those who escape death? Robert Fisk recounts the story of Abu Ali, who survived an attack that killed eight
207.44.245.159/article7959.htm

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Juan Cole: The Shiite earthquake:

With non-Sunni Muslims poised to take power for the first time, a new Iraq is being born. Will it survive its infancy?
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/salon50.html

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Fear of a Shia Planet:

Ronald Reagan’s old enemy becomes George Bush’s new friend in Iraq
www.villagevoice.com/news/0505,mondo1,60657,6.html

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Allawi’s government decried as corrupt ;

A top Shia leader tipped to become Iraq’s next prime minister has branded Iyad Allawi’s interim government the most corrupt in the country’s history.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/37FF5
0AE-F3C8-4ED7-828D-594411718E28.htm

tinyurl.com/4g2wv

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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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Bush in warning to Iran and Syria :

PRESIDENT George Bush today promised America would confront Iran and Syria if they continued to back terrorists or pursue weapons of mass destruction.
www.eveningtimes.co.uk/hi/news/5035244.html

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Iran, Syria reject terrorism allegations
www.adn.com/24hour/world/story/2085366p-10149178c.html

tinyurl.com/4xpqu

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There He Goes Again :

I wanted to point out some facts, some realities that Bush had better face˜for the sake of our country, before he makes even more of a mess of things in the world and at home.
www.todaysalternativenews.com/index.php
?event=link,150&values[0]=&values[1]=2212

tinyurl.com/5gesm

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Bush to Seek $2.52 billion in military and economic aid for Israel

and $350 million to help the Palestinian economy and security forces.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=540&
ncid=736&e=3&u=/ap/20050203/ap_on_re_mi_ea/us_mideast

tinyurl.com/3mro9

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Bush leaves Palestinians unimpressed:

Palestinians have reacted with scepticism to President George Bush’s State of the Union Address, saying actions speak louder than words.
tinyurl.com/5mg73

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The ball is in Europe‚s court:

Palestinian Loss Of Land 1946 – 2000.
www.kibush.co.il/show_file.asp?num=553

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 02/02/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/4vpst

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John Pilger Fear and silence in Australia:

Australia, once the land of the “fair go”, has collaborated with Guantanamo more closely than any other western government and is guilty of human rights abuses of its own.
207.44.245.159/article7964.htm

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Supreme Chickens?:

The high court’s Gitmo confusion comes home to roost: Judge Green paints a truly chilling picture of the Kafka-esque “hearing” of Mustafa Ait Idr˜who kept begging his judges to simply tell him the name of the al-Qaida member he was alleged to have conspired with.
slate.msn.com/id/2113003/

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Rumsfeld Mulls German Visit Amid Concern Over Possible War Crimes Prosecution:

Concern that US leaders and military personnel risk prosecution in Germany for alleged war crimes has become a factor in deciding whether US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will attend an international security conference in Munich, a Pentagon spokesman said.
www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0202-09.htm

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White House Fears That the Enemy Is … the CIA:

Administration politicos cite a series of developments during last year’s campaign as evidence that CIA careerists were out to get President Bush
msnbc.msn.com/id/6884903/site/newsweek/

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CIA urged to release Nazi records :

Released documents show links between US intelligence and Nazi war criminals.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4225629.stm

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Emails from the Fourth Reich:

Aliens in their own land. Why can‚t a huge mass of contemporary Americans perceive the distorted values that their current leaders radiate at a frequency that has in no time sunk this great country to murky depths unprecedented in its past?
207.44.245.159/article7958.htm

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Bill Moyers: There Is No Tomorrow :

One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe, to sit in the seat of power in the Oval Office and in Congress. For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington.
207.44.245.159/article7960.htm

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In case you missed it:

Apocalypse Soon:

Evangelicals in the US believe there is a biblical basis for opposing the Middle East road map
207.44.245.159/article3716.htm

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The end of days: a self-fulfilling prophecy :

The Last Days theme has also become a major motor in US foreign policy. Just as in Reformation Europe, the Christian right believes we need to sort out the world before the Last Days arrive.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1401181,00.html

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Audio: Gore Vidal Interview :

Renowned author and commentator Gore Vidal speaks about the birth of the Republic and how far from the origins of the Constitution the US has traveled since 911.
207.44.245.159/article7961.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
207.44.245.159/support.htm

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There Is No Longer Any Room For Doubt :

I watch in disgust as the freedom to dissent is regularly treated with contempt and jingoistic violence at the same time as it is rhetorically praised. And I watch with shame the paltry responses from all of us at these frightening events, making us complicit in what is to come, as well as what is occurring now.
www.dissidentvoice.org/Feb05/Tirado0202.htm

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Top military officials say forces strained:

The Army is coming up short in its recruiting of National Guard forces, and staffing the next rotation of guardsmen and reservists to serve in Iraq will be difficult, top military officials told lawmakers Wednesday
www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/breaking_news/10799786.htm

tinyurl.com/3r5lt

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Marines come up short on recruits :

Service fails to attain monthly quota for first time in a decade
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=
/c/a/2005/02/03/MNGM2B50V61.DTL

tinyurl.com/453oh

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Judge: Yale Can Block Military Recruiters :

A federal judge has ruled that Yale Law School can block military recruiters from campus without fear of losing federal funding.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4774316,00.html

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Military Recruiting Office Vandalized:

Police still have no arrests in a vandalism case. Anti-war protesters targeted a local military recruiting office by painting an obscenity, and throwing a bucket of manure at the building.
www.wtol.com/Global/story.asp?S=2887448

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African Union Offers to Help Aristide:

The African Union‚s chairman has called the Caribbean island of Haiti ‘’an African country outside Africa’’ and said the Union is ready and willing to help restore democracy there, after the president was deposed last year.
www.amsterdamnews.com/News/article/
article.asp?NewsID=3688 &sID=12

tinyurl.com/4xz9m

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Venezuela’s Chavez Considers Sale of U.S. Refineries ;

``Not one Venezuelan works at these refineries,’’ Chavez said in Buenos Aires yesterday, according to Venezuela’s Communication and Information Ministry. ``They don’t give us one cent of profit. They don’t pay taxes in Venezuela. This is economic imperialism.’’
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=1000008
6 &sid=aP3vwKnY0rNU&refer=latin_america

tinyurl.com/5epct

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Rebel at centre of Venezuela-Colombia dispute speaks of US involvement:

Rodrigo Granda said he was kidnapped December 13 in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, by Colombian police assisted by “corrupt Venezuelan colleagues.” US agents assisted in the operation, Granda said.
tinyurl.com/3ttuq

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The New Bush Agenda:

A Debate on Social Security with Paul Krugman vs. the American Enterprise Institute.

Audio and transcript
207.44.245.159/article7962.htm

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America’s Seniors Are Not Cowards:

The Democrats are being accused of “trying to scare the old folks” by opposing the eventual destruction of the most successful social program in our history. It is said that the nation’s senior citizens are afraid of losing their benefits and that fear is leading to the opposition by the AARP and all other senior organizations. Nothing could be further from the truth!
207.44.245.159/article7963.htm

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Global warming: scientists reveal timetable:

A detailed timetable of the destruction and distress that global warming is likely to cause the world was unveiled yesterday.
news.independent.co.uk/world/environment/story.jsp?story=607254

tinyurl.com/6evcm

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Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2005

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Top U.S. Marine General, it is “fun to shoot some people.”:

The comment, made by Lt. Gen. James Mattis, came in reference to fighting insurgents in Iraq. Some Audience Members Clap.
207.44.245.159/article7956.htm

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American Police State

Abandoning Liberty; Gaining Insecurity

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

02/01/05 — Should Americans have to give up the Bill of Rights in order to be “safe” from terrorists? Actually, it doesn’t matter what Americans think. The trade has already been made—and without any input from the people. The “democracy” that America is exporting is in fact a Homeland Security State with more surveillance powers than Saddam Hussein.
207.44.245.159/article7951.htm

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Speaking out about Israel to save the Jewish soul

Cecilie Surasky

“We cry when we see the myriad ways the occupation has dehumanised the occupier as well as the occupied. And yet, we remain silent, too afraid to speak the words out loud. We say nothing to our families, our friends, our colleagues, our rabbis, our congregations.”
207.44.245.159/article7954.htm

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Robert Fisk: “Free” Iraqis Still Waiting for the Wind of Change:

Tahrir—”independence”—is a word which a lot of people voted for on Sunday; not for “democracy” as the Western media would have it, but for freedom; freedom to speak, freedom to vote, freedom from the Americans.
207.44.245.159/article7945.htm

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Juan Cole: Religious Shiites claim Victory:
207.44.245.159/article7950.htm

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Dahr Jamail : Casualties of Polling:

He writhes in pain, moaning with every other breath. The Iraqi police colonel‚s chest is covered in bandages, his legs from the knees down nearly completely hidden from view due to thick bandages holding what is left of his shins together.
tinyurl.com/63duy

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Video: Is The Iraqi Election Valid?:

Juan Cole, Professor of Modern Middle East History at the University of Michigan, discusses the Iraqi elections and the participation of the Shiites and other political factions.
207.44.245.159/article7949.htm

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In case you missed it:

09/04/1967: U.S. Encouraged by Vietnam Vote :

Officials Cite 83% Turnout Despite Vietcong Terror : United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in South Vietnam’s presidential election despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting. According to reports from Saigon, 83 per cent of the 5.85 million registered voters cast their ballots yesterday. Many of them risked reprisals threatened by the Vietcong.
207.44.245.159/article7943.htm

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Noam Chomsky: The Future of Iraq and the US Occupation:

What I’ve just read from the business press the last couple of days probably reflects the thinking in Washington and London: “Uh well, okay, we’ll let them have a government, but we’re not going to pay any attention to what they say.” In fact the Pentagon announced at the same time two days ago: we’re keeping 120,000 troops there into at least 2007, even if they call for withdrawal tomorrow.
207.44.245.159/article7952.htm

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CIA ordered to turn over prisoner records:

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the CIA to comply with the Freedom of Information Act and turn over to watchdog groups records concerning the treatment of prisoners in Iraq.
207.44.245.159/article7957.htm

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The Uglier American:

When a country takes upon itself the task of setting things right in a distant place simply because the ruler there tried to “kill my dad,” one of George W. Bush’s explanations for invading Iraq, then the blood-soaked aftermath can leave no winners.
207.44.245.159/article7944.htm

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Guantánamo tapes show teams punching, stripping prisoners :

Videotapes of riot squads subduing “troublesome terror” suspects at the U.S. prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, show the guards punching some detainees, tying one to a gurney for questioning and forcing a dozen to strip from the waist down, according to a secret report.
207.44.245.159/article7948.htm

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Cartoon: And Bush Created Democracy.
www.guardian.co.uk/cartoons/stevebell/0,7371,1403140,00.html

tinyurl.com/4bjzy

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In case you missed it:

Satire: President Bush: In an Emergency State Of The Union Speech To Congress
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1427.htm

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Banning, house arrests – it all sounds eerily familiar :

If, in the name of defending democracy against terrorism, we permit these changes to our law, then it is the terrorists who can boast that they have won.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1403576,00.html

tinyurl.com/4muaj

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Where the missing $9 billion went:

Widespread corruption, including paying salaries to “ghost” employees, and led to the eventual disappearance of $8.8 billion between early 2003 and mid-2004.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GB02Ak03.html

tinyurl.com/6tsh5

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Decorated soldier avoids second tour:

“I started to think … what‚s it really for? I was willing to die for my country. I thought I was going over there to defend my country. But that‚s not what I was doing,‰ Anderson said by telephone from Toronto on Monday.
207.44.245.159/article7946.htm

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‘Pakistan helped US hit terror targets’ :

Pakistani troops have recently helped direct US artillery fire at suspected terrorist hideouts inside Pakistan, a senior US military officer told reporters in Washington on Tuesday.
www.dawn.com/2005/02/02/top12.htm

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God and the Oval Office: Bush’s Brand of Christianity:

One is hard pressed to see how the perspective of Osama bin Laden, that he and his followers are delivering God’s wishes for the United States, is much different from Bush’s perspective that the United States is delivering God’s wishes to the Taliban or Iraq.
207.44.245.159/article7953.htm

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Ted Rall: What Would Republican Jesus Do?:

Miracles of the Trickle-Down Messiah
207.44.245.159/article7955.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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Mr. Frank’s Fatwah:

New Republic Calls for Death and Torture of Arundhati Roy and Stan Goff
www.counterpunch.org/zirin01312005.html

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Together, Again: Judith Miller and Ahmad Chalabi:

How did the New York Times botch the weapons of mass destruction story so magnificently? According to the editors’ mini culpa of May 26, 2004, many of the stories the Times published during in the run-up to the war∑ shared a common feature.
slate.com/id/2112900/#ContinueArticle

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Gonzales OK could be seen as OK for torture rules : .

If Gonzales is confirmed, which appears likely, the Bush administration is likely to claim that Congress has given a firm mandate for its interrogation policies, just as President Bush said his re-election victory in November was a new mandate for his policies on Iraq.
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/
2005/02/02/MNGMUB49FL1.DTL &type=printable

tinyurl.com/5wjm7

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Democrats Won’t Delay Vote on Gonzales :

``How can the Senate possibly approve the nomination of Mr. Gonzales as attorney general of the United States, the official who symbolizes our respect for the rule of law, when Mr. Gonzales is the official in the Bush administration who, as White House counsel, advised the president that torture was an acceptable method of interrogation” asked Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4771572,00.html

tinyurl.com/6655v

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Putin Opposes Media Restrictions in Anti-Terror Bill:

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a statement to the State Duma, or lower house of parliament, attacking part of an anti-terror bill that would restrict media coverage of terrorist attacks and calling it unconstitutional.
www.mosnews.com/news/2005/02/02/putinmedia.shtml

tinyurl.com/66ar4

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Iraqi officials admit vote irregularities:

Tens of thousands of Iraqis ˆ mainly Sunni Arabs ˆ may have been denied their right to vote on Sunday because of insufficient ballots and polling centres, officials have said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B410
976F-73A0-496F-A62A-CB01C3FAE6C5.htm

tinyurl.com/5nu5m

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Was ‘Abducted’ U.S. Soldier a Toy?:

A picture of an “abducted” U.S. soldier in Iraq appeared on a Web site on Tuesday, but suspicion grew it was a hoax after a U.S. toy maker said it appeared to show a model soldier made by the company.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7505095

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Experts doubt video, divided over cause of deadly British crash in Iraq
www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=050201181658.r9tz5syg.xml

tinyurl.com/43xwe

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Israel arrests US peace activist:

A week after his arrest and detention with no formal charges, American peace activist Patrick O’Connor remains in Israeli custody and faces deportation
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/96D
AAEBB-9CA3-488C-8D84-2B1A29943F7B.htm

tinyurl.com/4aan6

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Canadians don’t share Ottawa’s pro-Israel tilt :

Israel is no longer the land of kibbutzim and Labour, but of tanks, militant settlers and a Likud-led government.
207.44.245.159/article7947.htm

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Making America as “Secure” as Israel:

It seems time to examine a growing trend in this country. American officials still reeling from 9-11 and its escalating after-shocks are increasingly turning for help to Israeli “security experts.”
www.counterpunch.com/weir02012005.html

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 02/01/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/6fenr

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Ukraine: Kyiv Accused Of Selling Weapons To Iran In 2002:

Ukrainian lawmaker Hryhoriy Omelchenko has alleged in a public letter to President Viktor Yushchenko that Ukraine illegally sold cruise missiles to Iran in violation of international nonproliferation treaties.
tinyurl.com/44s5c

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Russia, China Confirm Plans for Joint Military Exercises in 2005:

Russian First Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Belousov confirmed the war games during talks in Beijing, the newspaper said.
www.mosnews.com/news/2005/02/01/chinagames.shtml

tinyurl.com/5b2y2

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Study: Illness, medical bills account for half of bankruptcies:

Costly illnesses trigger about half of all personal bankruptcies, and health insurance offers no protection against ending up in bankruptcy court.
www.wrgb.com/news/regional/regional.asp?selection=article_27656

tinyurl.com/3pwwp

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Psycho Feds Target Children:

Every parent in America should be made aware of a presidential initiative called the “New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.‰ This commission issued a report last year calling for the mandatory mental health screening of American schoolchildren
www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul232.html

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Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005

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“The U.S. military presence has become part of the problem, not part of the solution.”

Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.)

The Administration told us the financial costs would be paid with Iraqi oil dollars, but it is being paid with billions of American tax dollars. Another $80 billion bill for the black hole that Iraq has become has just been handed to the American people.
Real Audio and Transcript.
207.44.245.159/article7930.htm

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U.S. guards shoot dead 4 inmates in Iraq prison riot:

There were no serious injuries among the Americans during 45 minutes of rioting
www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2005-02/01/content_413992.htm

tinyurl.com/6blfw

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Rebels threaten to behead captured US soldier :

Iraqi militants are claiming to be holding an American soldier hostage and have threatened to behead him in 72 hours unless the US release Iraqi prisoners.
www.breakingnews.ie/2005/02/01/story187365.html

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100,00 dead as : CIA Corrects Itself on WMD:

The new report from the CIA, which is dated Jan. 18, retreats from the agency’s prewar assertions on chemical weapons on almost every front. It concludes that “Iraq probably did not pursue chemical warfare efforts after 1991.”
207.44.245.159/article7938.htm

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The Vietnam turnout was good as well :

On September 4 1967 the New York Times published an upbeat story on presidential elections held by the South Vietnamese puppet regime at the height of the Vietnam war. Under the heading “US encouraged by Vietnam vote: Officials cite 83% turnout despite Vietcong terror”, the paper reported that the Americans had been “surprised and heartened” by the size of the turnout “despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting”.
207.44.245.159/article7935.htm

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Dahr Jamail: What They‚re Not Telling You About the “Election‰:

Every Iraqi I have spoken with who voted explained that they believe the National Assembly which will be formed soon will signal an end to the occupation.
207.44.245.159/article7940.htm

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Gorbachev Calls Iraqi Elections “Fake‰:

In an interview with the Interfax news agency, he said the elections are “very far from what true elections are. And even though I am a supporter of elections and of the transfer of power to the people of Iraq, these elections were fake.‰
www.mosnews.com/news/2005/01/31/gorbacheviraq.shtml

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Audio: British MP George Galloway: Elections in Occupied Iraq “Flawed Beyond Redemption”:

This is a festival, a farce that’s been held to validate the American-British invasion and occupation of Iraq.
207.44.245.159/article7939.htm

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Kurds set to win two-thirds of vote in tense Iraq oil city:

The main Kurdish alliance is set to win two-thirds of the vote in Iraq’s tense northern oil centre of Kirkuk, fanning Turkish fears about Kurdish ambitions for the ethnically divided city.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/
afp/20050201/wl_mideast_afp/iraqvotekurds

tinyurl.com/52nbc

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Turks to Kurds: hands off oil town:

In an early sign of the ethnic tensions that will shape – or plague – post-election Iraq, reaction to the poll in neighbouring Turkey was far from enthusiastic.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/
0,5478,12122624%255E401,00.html

tinyurl.com/72br6

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Video of Purported UK Plane Shootdown By Iraqi Resistance:

Windows Media.
tinyurl.com/5op4r

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Death in the wilderness: what really happened?:

The security of military flights in Iraq was under urgent review last night after Islamic militants claimed they had shot down a British transport plane carrying special forces with a ground-to-air missile.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=606557

tinyurl.com/4hl65

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Fallujah in Pictures :

If our cause is just, we should not fear witnessing its cost. This is not the whole truth, just a side that is rarely seen elsewhere.

– Warning – Pictures depict the reality and horror of war.
airamericaradio.com/shows/randirhodes/fallujah/crisis/criinfal/2005/01/fal1.htm

tinyurl.com/6vt3g

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Gonzales Added To War Crimes Complaint In Germany:

The Center For Constitutional Rights Says Attorney General Designate‚s Testimony before the Senate Confirms His Rolein Abu Ghraib Torture
207.44.245.159/article7934.htm

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U.S. human rights lawyers ask German court to expand war crimes probe of U.S. officials :

A group of American human rights lawyers asked German prosecutors Monday to investigate U.S. Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales on allegations of war crimes as part of a requested probe of U.S. officials’ actions in Iraq, the group said.
www.freenewmexican.com/news/9946.html

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Religion At Guantanamo: An American Disgrace?:

The parallel universe of Guantanamo inverts the American tradition that serves as the root of accommodation and tolerance. Even prisoners in our system of law and tradition are protected by our founding document
207.44.245.159/article7936.htm

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207.44.245.159/support.htm

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Guantanamo military tribunals illegal, federal judge rules:

The administration also rejected Green’s ruling that some detainees have rights under the Geneva Conventions, the international treaty that spells out how prisoners of war must be treated.
www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/news/politics/10782646.htm

tinyurl.com/5b2q9

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The Inquisition Strikes Back: In ‘Guantanamo:

What the World Should Know,’ it’s hard to say which is more disgusting, the descriptions of the torture or the bone-chilling analyses of how the president gave himself the powers of an absolute military dictator.
www.alternet.org/rights/21105/

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Audio: British Human Rights Lawyer Gareth Pierce Says Torture “Is the Recipe for the Destruction” of International Human Rights.

This is a must listen interview
207.44.245.159/article7941.htm

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British soldier ‘threatened naked Iraqi prisoners :

Corporal Jonathan Petrice, said the act was of such an “untasteful nature” that he walked away, telling another soldier that “war crimes” were being committed.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1403392,00.html?gusrc=rss

tinyurl.com/5tajm

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Alleged “terror suspect” freed from UK jail :

A foreign terror suspect held in the UK without trial or charge since December 2001 has been freed from jail, Home Secretary Charles Clarke has confirmed.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4226097.stm

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Wounded Kentucky Soldier Flees To Canada:

A soldier from Lexington wounded in Iraq says he fled to Canada rather than return to his Army unit.
www.wkyt.com/Global/story.asp?S=2883920

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US Military facing budget gap with Halliburton: report:

The top US commander in Baghdad is facing a budget gap of at least $4 billion between what Halliburton Co. HAL.N says it will cost to provide services for US troops for a year and what the government has budgeted
tinyurl.com/5k6mw

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US to spend $1.5bn on new Iraq embassy :

The United States has selected a spot in Baghdad’s top security Green zone and will spend more than $1.5 billion to build a new, fortress like embassy in the Iraqi capital, the State Department said.
www.dawn.com/2005/01/31/int3.htm

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Noam Chomsky: It should have been one of the easiest military occupations in history:

Chomsky interviewed by David McNeill
207.44.245.159/article7932.htm

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Soldiers demoted for robbing Iraqi store:

Other charges involving nine 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment soldiers who allegedly robbed Iraqis they stopped at a checkpoint near their base in western Iraq were not prosecuted because Army investigators could not find the alleged Iraqi victims
www.armytimes.com/print.php?f=1-292925-621821.php

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Law Gives Spending Power to Special Operations Forces:

The new law authorizes the secretary of defense to spend as much as $25 million a year through 2007 “to provide support to foreign forces, irregular forces, groups or individuals” who help Special Operations missions
207.44.245.159/article7937.htm

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Why an attack on Iran is inevitable:

US and British policy has ensured that the EU will itself be in such turmoil over the next year that it will not be able to respond in any meaningful sense to a new act of Anglo-American aggression. There are four reasons for this.
207.44.245.159/article7933.htm

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Jerusalem land seizures ‘illegal’ :

The legislation entitles Israel to take Arab-owned land without compensation.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4226497.stm

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 01/31/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/4z37l

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The Trojan Horses of Nuclear War:

An essential resource concerning uranium weapons.
www.traprockpeace.org/depleted_uranium_hamburg03.html

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If China Shuns Dollar, Look Out U.S. Bonds:

The plot thickens when you consider how such a shift away from the dollar would jibe not only with comments from top Malaysian officials, but trends throughout Asia.
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000039&
refer=columnist_pesek&sid=aEBBmwvtNuxA

tinyurl.com/53n6w

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Bush Flogs Phony Social Security Crisis:

The Bush formula for governing is now quite predictable: Keep them scared, everything you want should be framed as a “crisis,” encourage focus on messianic missions like sending our Christian soldiers to spread “freedom” and “liberty” and stamp out “tyranny” wherever it grows — except, of course, in China, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
www.niagarafallsreporter.com/gallagher200.html

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US teens ‘reject’ key freedoms :

Half the students polled wrongly believed the US government had the right to censor the internet, while two-thirds believed it was illegal to burn the US flag – another misconception.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4225013.stm

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U.S. students say press has to much freedom:

One in three U.S. high school students say the press ought to be more restricted, and even more say the government should approve newspaper stories before readers see them, according to a survey being released today.
tinyurl.com/5goau

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Perilous Times::

In wartime, dissent comes with a price tag some Americans, especially political leaders, are usually unwilling to pay.
www.chicagotribune.com/features/booksmags/chi-0501
290227jan30,1,1576286.story?coll=chi-leisurebooks-hed

tinyurl.com/4judj

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Lockheed Martin to build President’s helicopters:

The company was chosen to build the next fleet of presidential helicopters, a $6.1 billion contract.
news10now.com/content/all_news/central_new_york/?ArID=35781&SecID=86

tinyurl.com/58qzs

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More Texans turn to food stamps:

Officials report 75 percent rise since 2000
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/3016725

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President Bush’s 2006 Budget to Request Boost for IRS Enforcement:

President Bush’s 2006 budget will request an additional $500 million for IRS enforcement activities. This represents a 7.8% increase in funding over FY 2005.
www.treas.gov/press/releases/js2224.htm

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