Information Clearing House  Digest February 12-17 2005

 
 

Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2005

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How The U.S. Murdered a City

Fallujah: The Truth at Last

Doctor Salam Ismael took aid to Fallujah last month. This is a first hand account of his visit.

A wave of hate had wiped out two-thirds of the town, destroying houses and mosques, schools and clinics. This was the terrible and frightening power of the US military assault.
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U.S.A, Inc.

Like any corporation, the United States chooses profit over humanity.

Jeremy R. Hammond

“The United States is unique in that it operates less like Unocal or Halliburton and more like the mafia, complete with “hits‰ upon any competitors which might threaten the existing order (”nothing personal, just business‰). But even the most violently diabolical members of organized crime can only drool with envy at the military might the U.S.A., Inc. has at its disposal to enforce its will upon the world.”
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Where Flags Do Not Rise

The division of peoples based on super-tribes has always led to battles, fights and wars.

By Manuel Valenzuela

We are all in this together, forged out of one common African ancestor. We are human, one and all, born without flags, without borders and without nations, spawned naked to politics and in harmony with nature. The nation is man-made, as is patriotism and nationalism, creations of our animal selves. Our loyalty should be to the Earth and one another, not to the intangible fantasies of division or the imaginary lines of control.
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Iraqi politician seized, police killed:

Armed fighters have kidnapped an official of interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s party while four Iraqi policemen have been killed in violence north of Baghdad, security sources say.
tinyurl.com/4fswe

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Iraq’s Shiite Alliance Wins Slim Majority in New Assembly:

The Iraqi Electoral Commission confirmed today after reviewing returns from the Jan. 30 election.
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William Blum: “What do the imperial mafia really want?” :

It’s questionable whether the United States cares all that much about who makes up the Iraqi government. Whoever it is will not have much power to place obstacles in the way of Washington’s goals, particularly concerning oil, military bases, the care and feeding of American corporations, and catering to Israel’s needs.
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War Helps Recruit Terrorists:

“Islamic extremists are exploiting the Iraqi conflict to recruit new anti-U.S. jihadists,” CIA Director Porter J. Goss told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
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What US Citizens Can Do To Stop Terrorism :

President George says we have to go after the terrorists wherever they are — find them and sniff them out or something like that. I want to be a good citizen so I’ve been doing my own sniffing around. And I think I’ve found something.
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Syria is indirectly responsible for Beirut bomb, Rice says :

Rice said Syria should be held at least indirectly responsible, “given their continued interference in Lebanese affairs.”
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/02/17/news/rice.html

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“To Change the World…”:

“[Condoleezza Rice] forgot, above all, to tell us whether the leaders of a country who have lied to their own people, to their friends, and to their allies to justify their military intervention by the presence in Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, whether, in consequence, those leaders are the best placed to provide an example to civilizations judged inferior.‰
www.truthout.org/docs_2005/021605H.shtml

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From Baghdad to Beirut:

Blame it on Syria. Blame it on al-Qaeda. Better yet, blame it both on Syria and al-Qaeda. Without a shred of evidence – or perhaps profiting from “intelligence” amassed by the Pentagon, the Israeli Mossad, or both – the Bush administration immediately blamed Syria for the bombing that killed “Mr Beirut”, former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
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Robert Fisk: In death, Hariri unites the Lebanese against Syria:

Never has a Lebanese government been so shunned by its people. Never have the Syrians faced such united opposition from the people they claim to “protect’’ with their 15,000 troops and their intelligence services.
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US May Use Proxy To Attack Iran, Says Dr Mahathir:

He believed the US would urge Israel to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities just like what the Tel Aviv regime did to Iraq initially before Washington launched the full-scale war in Iraq.
www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v3/news.php?id=119443

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Iran calls blast scare “psychological warfare”:

Iran says a brief worldwide scare over a blast near its only nuclear reactor was engineered by Washington as part of “psychological warfare” against Tehran and its nuclear programme.
uk.news.yahoo.com/050217/325/fcp6p.html

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Iran Says Nuclear Fuel Deal with Russia Imminent:

Russia will sign a deal with Iran next week to start nuclear fuel shipments for the Russian-built reactor there, an Iranian official said on Thursday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7662396

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Moscow supports Tehran`s right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes :

Head of Russia`s Security Council Igor Ivanov here on Thursday emphasized Iran`s right to find access to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
www.irna.ir/?SAB=OK&LANG=EN&PART=_NEWS&TYPE=HE&id=20050217180446

tinyurl.com/6vxwo

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Russia and China become part of strategic alliance ˆ

Putin now looks at BRICS alliance (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa)
www.indiadaily.com/editorial/1627.asp

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Charley Reese: Same Mistake:

The Bush administration is making the same mistakes with Iran that it made with Iraq. It makes allegations unsupported by facts, refuses to negotiate and threatens sanctions or military action, neither of which is feasible. In short, it has no rational Iran policy.
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Robert Fisk: Blame for Beirut assassination falls upon Syria:

This also served Israel’s interests—a substantially demilitarised Lebanon, the disarmament of the Hizbollah guerrilla movement and the humiliation of Syria—was never allowed to become part of the narrative.
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Bush Nominates Negroponte As Intel Chief:

President Bush on Thursday named John Negroponte, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and currently the administration’s top representative in Iraq, to be America’s first national intelligence director.

sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/02/17/national/w065701S27.DTL

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More On Negroponte
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FBI foils plot to kill Pak diplomat:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has claimed that it had foiled a “possible terrorist plot” to kill a Pakistani diplomat in New York, by arresting a suspected al-Qaeda activist and busting a terrorist network in America.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1023387.cms

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US Democrats to back additional war spending:

Democrats on Tuesday pledged to support the measure in spite of complaints about faulty estimates of war costs and lax oversight of Pentagon spending.
news.ft.com/cms/s/dab5e2da-7fb1-11d9-8ceb-00000e2511c8.html

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“They are Arabs and you can’t trust them”:

The Kurdish fighters who dominate Mosul, the mixed city that may provide a preview of Iraq’s future, call local Sunnis “dogs” and “terrorists” — and they don’t like the Shiites, either.
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Robert Fisk on the Beirut Bombing, U.S.-Syrian Relations and the Iraqi Elections:

“Bush is lining up Syria in his sites.”

Audio and Transcript. Real audio
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Camilo Mejia Released from Prison

We were delighted to receive a phone call yesterday, February 15, from Camilo Mejia, letting us know that he has just been released from prison. Some of you might remember Camilo, a courageous soldier who spent more than 7 years in the military, 8 months fighting in Iraq, came home for a 2-week furlough, and decided that he could not˜in good conscience˜return to Iraq.
www.codepinkalert.org/National_Actions_Camilo.shtml

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Israeli journalist: IDF goad Palestinians, then kill them :

Amira Hass, who writes for the Israeli daily Ha’aretz, criticised the exoneration of an Israeli soldier who murdered a Palestinian school child last October.
www.aljazeera.com/me.asp?service_ID=6988

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Italian attacked by illegal Jewish squatters:

An Italian peace activist has suffered a broken jaw and concussion after being attacked by a group of illegal Jewish squatters in the southern West Bank, a peace groups says.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/68D95395-42C6-447F-8A8A-7B47092A97DF.htm

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Israel: Getting tight with the Bible Belt :

MK Benny Elon (National Union) invests more time and effort than perhaps any other Israeli in nurturing the relationship with Evangelical Christians in the U.S.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/540774.html

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 02/16/05:

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

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Pentagon prepares to build 70bn robot army:

The Pentagon is spending 70 billion on a programme to build heavily-armed robots for the battlefield in the hope that future wars will be fought without the loss of its soldiers’ lives.
tinyurl.com/6r8wk

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Venezuela is a potentially unstable country, according to CIA:

Though CIA director made clear that US’s top enemy is Al Qaida, he also expressed the agency concerns about the current situation in several Latin American countries.
www.eluniversal.com/2005/02/16/en_pol_art_16A533269.shtml

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Washington Amps Up the Rhetoric:

Oil-Flush Chavez Begins to Strut His Stuff
www.counterpunch.org/leight02162005.html

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Energy secretary pushes to ramp up U.S. ability to test nuke bombs :

Although scientists continue work on simulating nuclear bomb tests by computer, Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said Tuesday that the Nevada Test Site’s ability to resume actual underground warhead detonations must be enhanced.
www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_2569845

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Amnesty International: Nepal on brink of ‘human rights catastrophe’ :

Amnesty International [official website] said Thursday that the recent imposition of emergency rule in Nepal by King Gyanendra [BBC profile] has taken the country to the “brink of disaster” and that the human rights crisis in the country could turn into a “catastrophe”.
jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2005/02/amnesty-international-nepal-on-brink.php

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Nepal: Arrests of Politicians and Journalists Continue:

There is a deep sense of fear and insecurity in the Himalayan nation of Nepal as politicians and journalists continue to be arrested, after King Gyanendra’s seizure of power and the imposition of a state of emergency.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=27493

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Nepal: Extremist strategy :

The Maoists, who have built a strong base in the countryside using ideology and strategy, now feel that a broad political front against the King is a “historical necessity”.
www.frontlineonnet.com/fl2204/stories/20050225005813200.htm

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Where’s the Outrage About Pat?:

Buchanan Does a Ward Churchill
www.counterpunch.com/mccarthy02162005.html

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Ward Churchill is right. Partly.:

Let us speak truth to ourselves. The United States is a global empire that is taking over the world, and most conservatives are in favor of it.
www.americanthinker.com/articles.php?article_id=4261

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The Courage of Ward Churchill:

Very few scholars had the courage of Ward Churchill. He accurately relates the crimes of the US government against defenceless people like the Iraqi people to the crimes of the 9/11 attacks.
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Gwynne Dyer ; Kyoto comes into effect :

Despite the best efforts of the Bush administration to sabotage the treaty entirely by persuading other countries not to ratify either, they almost all did. Only four of the original 34 developed countries at the talks ˜ the US, its faithful sidekick Australia, and Monaco and Liechtenstein ˜ have refused to take part.
www.menafn.com/qn_news_story_s.asp?StoryId=80460

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A hireling, a fraud and a prostitute :

Bush’s agent in the press corps has given spin a new level of meaning
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1416370,00.html

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Canadian Peace Alliance Calls Protests for Haiti Coup Anniversary – February 26-28
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Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005

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Why we must lose this war

by Jack Lessenberry

“The United States needs to lose the war in Iraq as soon as possible. Even more urgently, the whole world needs the United States to lose the war in Iraq. What is at stake now is the way we run the world for the next generation or more, and really bad things will happen if we get it wrong.‰
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U.S. contractors in Iraq allege abuses

Four men say they witnessed shooting of unarmed civilians

By Lisa Myers & the NBC investigative unit

There are new allegations that heavily armed private security contractors in Iraq are brutalizing Iraqi civilians. In an exclusive interview, four former security contractors told NBC News that they watched as innocent Iraqi civilians were fired upon, and one crushed by a truck. The contractors worked for an American company paid by U.S. taxpayers. The Army is looking into the allegations.
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Legacy of Fallujah

Video Report From Fallujah

This amateur video was shot on the first day of one of the biggest festivals in the Muslim year. But instead of buying new clothes for their children and visiting family and friends, the men of Falluja are digging graves.

Watch it online now!
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Video: Shocking and Awful:

Dance of Death

What is life like for a U.S. Soldier In Occupied Iraq.

The American military in Iraq: Lambs led to slaughter or centurions for the Empire? Soldiers and their families speak out against the war and their lost loved ones.
207.44.245.159/article8074.htm

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Police find 8 bound, gagged corpses north of Iraqi capital :

Police on Wednesday found the bodies of eight Iraqis, mostly civilians who’d been working at a U.S. military base, gagged and shot in the back of the head north of the Iraqi capital.
www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=
rednews/2005/02/16/build/world/50-iraqviolence.inc

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Three US soldiers die in Iraq:

Three US soldiers have died in Iraq, including one killed in action and two involved in accidents, the US military said Wednesday.
www.politicalgateway.com/news/read.html?id=2921

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Two Iraqi security officers killed in northern Iraq :

“Unknown gunmen shot down two officers as they were patrolling along the main road between Tikrit and Kirkuk, close to the Hemreen oilfields
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-02/16/content_2584585.htm

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Gunmen kill Iraqi intelligence officer:

Attackers opened fire on 1st Lt. Ghazi Hoshi as he was getting into his car to go to work in Baghdad’s volatile Dora district, said a police spokesman.
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Italian hostage pleads for life in video:

On the tape she said: “Everyone must withdraw from Iraq. No one should come to Iraq any longer because all foreigners, all Italians are considered enemies. Please do something for me.
tinyurl.com/6qkjm

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Iran, Syria ‘form common front’ :

“We are ready to help Syria on all grounds to confront threats,” Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref said after meeting Syrian PM Naji al-Otari.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4270859.stm

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Iran, Syria Missiles Can Target U.S. Intrests:

A senior U.S. official said Iran and Syria have developed ballistic missiles that can destroy U.S. targets in Iraq as well as in nations aligned with Washington.
www.menewsline.com/stories/2005/february/02_16_4.html

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Hundreds of U.S. Nuclear Warheads in Europe:

The targets for these weapons are most likely in Russia, Iran and Syria, according to NRDC experts.
www.usabroad.org/2005/02/hundreds_of_us_.html

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Iran six months from having knowledge to build nuclear bomb: Israel :

Iran’s nuclear programme was a problem that must be tackled by the entire world, said Shalom, who arrived in London late Tuesday from Paris. “Terrorism and Iran were Israel’s problem for a very long time,” he said.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/132859/1/.html

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Powerful blast in Iran, witnesses report seeing missile fired:

A powerful blast occurred near Iran’s Gulf port of Daylam, Iranian television reported, as witnesses said they saw a missile being fired from an unidentified plane.
www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=050216145242.3cky2kul.xml

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Iran explosion ‘caused by falling fuel tank’ :
An explosion near an Iranian nuclear power facility is now thought to have been caused by a falling fuel tank from an aircraft.
www.channel4.com/news/news_story.jsp?storyId=1213163

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U.S. spies on Iran‚s nuclear sites, Intelligence official says :

The United States has been flying spy drones over Iran‚s nuclear sites, Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi said today, responding for the first time to reports of U.S. unmanned surveillance craft over Iran.
www.columbiatribune.com/2005/Feb/20050216News034.asp

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US demands Syrian troop withdrawal from Lebanon :

The United States demanded on Tuesday Syria withdraw its troops from Lebanon and stop its alleged support of terror.
english.peopledaily.com.cn/200502/16/eng20050216_173671.html

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Robert Fisk : Israeli spies, Syrian obsession and a peace that had to break
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Who benefits from al-Hariri’s death?:

I think al-Hariri’s death is part of the plan to divide the region into tiny helpless sectarian states. This plan has started in Iraq and it will continue to hit all other Arab countries.”
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7EFAB726-9014-495D-8939-187E68035462.htm

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Israel Welcomes Pressure on Syria;

Campaigns to Stop Russian Missile Deal
www.voanews.com/english/2005-02-16-voa33.cfm

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Syria accuses Israel of killing Al Hariri:

While the opposition to the pro-Syrian government in Beirut claimed that Syria was behind the assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Al Hariri, the Syrian media on Tuesday pointed the finger of suspicion at Israel.
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Why Is The Bush Administration Quickly Fingering Syria For Yesterday’s Assassination In Lebanon?:

The Bush Administration has not told us yet what evidence they have that Syria was involved, and why they would immediately recall our ambassador.
www.theleftcoaster.com/archives/003721.php

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In case you missed it:

Bob Woodward On U.S. Covert Action:

In ‘85, they propose training foreign intelligence agents to go out kind of as hit teams and destroy the terrorists. This did not work. And finally Casey in 1985 worked out with the Saudis a plan to use a car bomb to kill Sheik [Mohammed Hussein] Fadlallah in Beirut.
www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/target/interviews/woodward.html

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In case you missed it:

U.S. Intervention in the Middle East: A list of the invasions, bombings, assassinations, coups and other interventions by the U.S. government, its allies, or its client states, nor does it fully document the U.S.’s economic domination and exploitation of the region’s people and resources.
207.44.245.159/article6308.htm

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In case you missed it:

Robert Fisk: How we denied democracy to the Middle East:

We created this place, weaned the grotesque dictators. And we expect the Arabs to trust Bush’s promise?
207.44.245.159/article5177.htm

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Russia confirms plan to arm Syria:

“Negotiations are now taking place on delivery to Damascus of the Strelets close-range anti-air system,” Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed senior defence ministry official as saying.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,12276340-38201,00.html

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Russia to sell missiles to Syria:

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he had sent a letter to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin calling on Russia to cancel its planned sale of advanced missiles to Syria. Sharon said his office received a reply, and while he had not seen it, “I understand that they are going to sell this kind of weapon to the Syrians.”
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1108437731374

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 02/15/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/729et

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CIA, FBI Warn Panel of Top Threats to U.S. :

Al-Qaida and associated groups top the list of threats to the United States, leading government intelligence officials told Congress on Wednesday in a grim assessment that also highlighted Iran’s emergence as a major threat to American interests in the Middle East.
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Why the Iranian Opposition Should Not Trust the Bush Administration:

As things heat up around Iran-with Condoleeza Rice recently touring Europe and making noises about Iran’s nuclear energy program and George Bush making similar noises in DC it seems to be an appropriate time to look at the role these groups play in this tempest.
www.counterpunch.org/jacobs02162005.html

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PA: Israel is violating truce:

“It is either that the Israeli government can’t rein in its terrorist army, or the government itself is instructing the army to keep up the killing in order to provoke the Palestinians to retaliate,” said Palestinian Authority (PA) spokesman Abd Allah Abd Allah.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/86710D21-6C02-41FE-A4EA-5D184226CB08.htm

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Uri Avnery: A Real Peace Process Must Present a Truthful Representation of Reality:

If one listened to all the speeches, one could get the impression that the root problem is “Palestinian terrorism”, and that if this stops, everything will be alright.
www.counterpunch.com/avnery02152005.html

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Netanyahu incident staged for the press :

Journalist Amnon Abromovitz, who exposed Avishai Raviv as an agent of the General Security Services code-named “Champagne” revealed tonight on Israel Television Channel Two that the headline- making incident in which Minister Netanyahu was “attacked” was staged for the media.
web.israelinsider.com/Articles/Briefs/4992.htm

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Six bodies, six grieving families, more accusations against troops:

“We saw the soldier kneel and fire – it was done very quickly,” said Mr Bahir’s widow Jamilla. “He did not bleed. The upper part of his body became a strange blue colour and yellow from his stomach down to his feet. He died very quickly. The soldiers just disappeared.”
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=611487

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Stop appeasing Putin in Chechnya :

Three years ago, the U.S. president gave Putin the green light for his plan of Chechen pacification, which consisted of draconian measures against the civilian population, the installation of a puppet government and a propaganda campaign in the West that portrayed the Chechen independence movement as Islamic terrorists.
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Robert Scheer: What We Don’t Know About 9/11 Hurts Us:

Not since the Soviets first detonated an atomic bomb more than half a century ago has a single event so affected decision-making in this country, yet the main questions as to how and why it happened remain mostly unanswered.
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Historians in cahoots :

“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality … we’ll act again, creating other new realities … We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1415471,00.html

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Robot soldiers might one day replace real thing:

The American military is working on a new generation of soldiers, far different from the army it has.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/212243_robots16.html

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Off Duty U.S. Customs officer shoots unarmed 19-year old Arab-American in head:

Authorities state that officer committed no wrong-doing and did not even book him for questioning
www.livejournal.com/community/anarchists/698557.html

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Learn to spy on your neighbors:

Public offered class on terror spotting:

It’s going to take more than all the law enforcement officers in the country to keep America safe from terrorist attacks. We’ll need our neighbors, too.
www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/local/crime_courts/10900940.htm

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ID checks to toughen for Americans re-entering country : I

n three years, U.S. citizens and Canadians will have to show passports or a federally issued ID cards linked to Homeland Security databases to re-enter the country from across the border.
www.mysanantonio.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D889OO4G1.html

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Australia: Dirt dossier included citizens:

THE Northern Territory Government is keeping a secret database of people who criticise the Government or its policies, it was learned last night.
www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,12265841%255E421,00.html

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Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2005

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The US Stands Accused of Kidnapping

By Georg Mascolo and Holger Stark

The case is extremely sensitive. A German citizen may have been kidnapped by American agents and illegally taken to Afghanistan. Now, German authorities are quietly investigating the case. But no one here wants it to interfere with US-German rapprochement.
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Secrets and Lies:

An Australian intelligence insider reveals how key dossiers on Iraq‚s weapons of mass destruction were censored, and how his early reports to Canberra about prisoner abuse were ignored.
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Britain Wanted A ‘Sexier’ Iraqi Weapons Report Claims Scientist :

An Australian scientist involved in the US search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq today said the CIA censored his reporting so that it suggested the weapons existed.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4130247

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U.S. Withdraws Ambassador From Syria :

Before departing, U.S. Ambassador Margaret Scobey delivered a stern note, called a demarche in diplomatic parlance, to the Syrian government, said an official who discussed the situation only on grounds of anonymity.
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Robert Fisk: The killing of ‘Mr Lebanon’:

This was a bomb that took a long time to construct, a long time to plan. Parked outside the wall of an empty hotel, few would have looked at the car or noticed that it was weighed down on its axles by the weight of explosives, as it must have been.
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Robert Fisk Interview : Car bomb kills former Lebanese prime minister:

Robert Fisk is a journalist for the Independent newspaper based in Beirut. He knew Rafik Hariri and was one of the first people to get to the site of the attack. Real Audio
207.44.245.159/article8065.htm

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War pimp alert:

Finger-pointing begins as nations ask, ‘Who?’ :

The United States will consult with other governments “about measures that can be taken to punish those responsible for this terrorist attack,” and “to restore Lebanon’s independence, sovereignty and democracy by freeing it from foreign occupation,” the White House press secretary, Scott McClellan, said.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/02/14/news/react.html

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Blast cited by U.S. in anti-Syria move :

The Bush administration, condemning the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri, is suggesting that Syria is to blame and moving to get a new condemnation of Syria’s domination of Lebanon at the UN Security Council.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/02/15/news/lebanon.html

tinyurl.com/46a63

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Mob Blames Syria for Hariri Assassination:

An angry mob attacked Syrian workers in southern Lebanon Tuesday and another group threw stones and set fires outside a Syrian government office in Beirut, blaming Damascus for the bomb that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=500960

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Hariri`s consultant: Hariri`s assassination by Mossad aimed at creating tension in Lebanon :

The late Lebanese politician Rafiq Hariri`s consultant Mustafa al-Naser told IRNA Monday evening, “Assassination Hariri is the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad`s job, aimed at creating political tension in Lebanon.”
www.irna.ir/?SAB=OK&LANG=EN&PART=_NEWS&TYPE=HE&id=20050215030858

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Battlefield in a larger conflict:

Lebanon is used by and against Syria in this struggle for power
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1414875,00.html

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Who killed Rafiq al-Hariri?:

Commentators said Syria would most likely be blamed for the killing and as a result feel the repercussions hardest. But many of them wondered what Damascus stood to profit from having a hand in al-Hariri’s death.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/AA19EA2C-3683-4980-BFC6-666C15B07D41.htm

tinyurl.com/4lj6b

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‘Qaeda’ Says Jihadists Didn’t Kill Hariri:

A statement attributed to al Qaeda and posted on the Internet on Tuesday denied Islamists had killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, saying Lebanese, Syrian or Israeli intelligence were behind the attack.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7630327

tinyurl.com/5e3ng

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Analysis: A powerful message that could boomerang:

“It’s totally illogical that Syria would do it,” said Prof. Eyal Zisser, a Syria expert at the Dayan Institute for Middle East Studies at Tel Aviv University. “It would be such a stupid move on their part.”
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/
JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1108353358867&apage=1

tinyurl.com/6hja9

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Thirteen Iraqi security personnel and one American soldier killed:

One American soldier was killed and 13 members of the Iraqi security forces including two senior officers were also killed during the 24 past hours in operations most of them concentrated against the security forces.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/050215/2005021508.html

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Five die in Iraq violence:

FIVE Iraqis were killed and nine others wounded in a string of attacks across the country.Two soldiers were killed and another wounded when a bomb exploded near the restive Sunni town of Dhuluiyah, north of Baghdad
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,12265929-23109,00.html

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Iraq war was illegal, British court told:

British opponents of the Iraq war arrested for breaking into military bases were denied justice because the conflict itself was illegal, a court case with potentially far-reaching implications was told.
tinyurl.com/4un3y

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Iraq agency ‘run like Wild West’ :

The senators described the management of the CPA’s multi-billion dollar reconstruction programme as a “scandal”.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4266231.stm

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Iraqi Shiite coalition names Jafari as PM candidate :

Iraq’s Shiite coalition that won the country’s Jan. 30 elections on Tuesday named interim Vice President and leader of Dawa party Ibrahim al-Jafari as candidate for prime minister, the Dubai-based al-Arabiya TV channel reported.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-02/16/content_2581034.htm

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Jaafari tipped to become Iraq’s PM:

Shi’ite politician and former exile Ibrahim al-Jaafari has emerged as the front-runner to become Iraq’s new prime minister as horse-trading to decide who gets what job in the next government enters its final stages.
tinyurl.com/6c3pf

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Shia victory is blow to US line on Iran’s N-arms:

The victory by Shia clerics in Iraq’s elections is likely to complicate US efforts to press Iran to dismantle its nuclear programme.
news.ft.com/cms/s/bb316aaa-7e2c-11d9-ac22-00000e2511c8.html

tinyurl.com/5z7fg

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India wants gas pipeline extended to China :

“It is possible that Iranian gas would be made available to China by extending the proposed Iran- Pakistan- India pipeline to South China,” he said.
www.dawn.com/2005/02/15/top9.htm

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Kerry calls for 40,000 new troops:

Kerry said he plans to file legislation to increase the size of the military by 40,000 — 30,000 in the Army and 10,000 in the Marines — to help support the country’s efforts in Iraq and the larger war on terrorism.
tinyurl.com/5brvj

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In case you missed it:

Video: Tariq Ali: Empire and Resistance:

Tariq Ali speaks out on the crisis in the Middle East, the war on terror, and the resurgent militarism of the American Empire.
207.44.245.159/article8070.htm

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An Anti-Democracy Foreign Policy:

Guatemala: Unfortunately, the CIA “success‰ in Iran, which produced the CIA‚s ouster of Iran‚s democratically elected prime minister, bred a CIA “success‰ in another part of the world, Latin America.
www.fff.org/comment/com0502f.asp

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Two Fugitives From Russia at Bush Event:

Two Russian businessmen wanted by Russia’s government were among the thousands of guests attending a high-profile prayer breakfast with President Bush on Thursday.
207.44.245.159/article8063.htm

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U.S. Missile Defense System Flunks Test :

A test of the national missile defense system failed Monday when an interceptor missile did not launch from its island base in the Pacific Ocean, the military said. It was the second failure in months for the experimental program.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050214/ap_on_go_ot/missile_defense

tinyurl.com/3ugwc

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Spy reveals Soviet attack plans:

Scientist Alexander Kouzminov said agents were ready to poison military figures, civilian settlements and political leaders with lethal bacteria should war break out between the Soviet Union and the West, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=21316

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US accused of plan to muzzle al-Jazeera through privatisation:

America and its key ally Saudi Arabia are being accused of quietly seeking to muzzle al-Jazeera, the Arab satellite news station that has often incurred Washington’s ire for its coverage of Iraq and President George Bush’s “war on terror”.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=611218

tinyurl.com/6swed

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Israel Plans New W.Bank Settlement After Gaza Exit :

Israel has plans to build a new settlement in the West Bank that could take in settlers uprooted from Gaza, officials said Tuesday, drawing protest from Palestinians who fear losing land for a state they seek.
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=990858&tw=wn_wire_story

tinyurl.com/4nsdp

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Court: Reporters Must Testify in CIA Leak Case:

“There is no First Amendment privilege protecting the evidence sought,” Judge David Sentelle wrote in the opinion that went against the two journalists. The decision upheld a ruling by a federal judge that Miller and Cooper were in contempt of court and should be jailed for refusing to testify about their confidential sources.
abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=501100

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Border talks called `disturbing’:

An influential tri-national panel has considered a raft of bold proposals for an integrated North America, including a continental customs union, single passport and contiguous security perimeter.
207.44.245.159/article8069.htm

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U.S. stands in way of POWs’ compensation from Iraq :

The Bush administration is fighting the former prisoners of war in court, trying to prevent them from collecting nearly $1 billion from Iraq that a federal judge awarded them as compensation for their torture at the hands of Saddam Hussein’s regime.
www.southcoasttoday.com/daily/02-05/02-15-05/a02wn837.htm

tinyurl.com/3qpep

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Lies, Damned Lies And Rice:

A few months ago they told our senators and representatives that their bogus Medicare prescription drug bill would cost $400 billion over the next 10 years. Now that the bill has become law, they’ve revised their estimate: Now it’s $724 billion.
tinyurl.com/64ytl

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Letter Says Donor Was Promised Ambassadorship:

“Jack Oliver told me several weeks ago that he was informed that I would not receive one of the eight major ambassadorships but would be receiving an ambassadorship,” Acklie wrote.
207.44.245.159/article8071.htm

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Cheney’s Daughter Named to Mideast Post :

Elizabeth Cheney, will coordinate U.S. efforts to promote democracy and economic progress in the Middle East and Northern Africa, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Monday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4802225,00.html

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The Great American Job Sell Out:

Americans are being sold out on the jobs front. Americans’ employment opportunities are declining as a result of corporate outsourcing of US jobs, H-1B visas that import foreigners to displace Americans in their own country, and federal guest worker programs
www.counterpunch.org/roberts02152005.html

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Ex-aide says Bush failing poor:

A former White House official said Monday that President Bush has failed to deliver on his promise to help religious groups serve the poor, the homeless and drug addicts because the administration lacks a genuine commitment to its “compassionate conservative‰ agenda.
www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/news/nation/10904290.htm

tinyurl.com/6ax67

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$14.1 billion rise ordered for schools in N.Y. City :

The 44 percent increase in operating aid for the schools ordered by State Supreme Court Justice Leland DeGrasse of Manhattan would permit the hiring of more teachers and staff to provide additional services and improvements such as smaller class sizes.
www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20050215/1067210.asp

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CIA prisoners ‘tortured’ in Arab jails:

A former CIA official has confirmed suspicions that terror suspects have been flown to jails in Middle Eastern countries where torture is routinely practised, and without reference to courts of law. Real Audio
207.44.245.159/article7977.htm

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Video: Oil, Power, and Empire::

Larry Everest speaks at Berkeley, CA. Introduction by Daniel Ellsberg. Why is the U.S. in Iraq. What’s the global agenda driving this war. Watch it 0nline now
207.44.245.159/article8056.htm

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US fights back against ‘rule by clerics’:

The US-armed and supported militias in the south will comprise former members of the Ba’ath Party, which has already split into three factions, only one of which is pro-Saddam Hussein. They would be expected to receive assistance from pro-US interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s Iraqi National Accord.
207.44.245.159/article8062.htm

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Allawi Presses Effort to Bring Back Baathists:

Seeking to speed the return of senior officials of the former ruling Baath Party into the government, Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has tried to dismantle a powerful independent commission that was established after the American invasion to keep such people from power.
www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041013/ZNYT03/410130453

tinyurl.com/52bnk

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Israel and/or America Implicated in Killing of Rafik Harriri? :

“This is the work of an intelligence service, not a small group,” said Rime Allaf, Middle East analyst at London’s Royal Institute of International Affairs.
207.44.245.159/article8060.htm

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Secrecy, Torture, Propaganda Mark New American Politburo Practices:

Comrades Cheney and Bush get away with their propaganda with the unflinching support of the American Pravda — right-wing talk radio, the Fox News Channel, televangelists and the hallelujah chorus of evangelical preachers who use their pulpits to preach the party line.
207.44.245.159/article8061.htm

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Video: OUTFOXED :

Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, have been running a “race to the bottom” in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public’s right to know.
207.44.245.159/article7798.htm

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Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005

US fights back against ‘rule by clerics’:

The US-armed and supported militias in the south will comprise former members of the Ba’ath Party, which has already split into three factions, only one of which is pro-Saddam Hussein. They would be expected to receive assistance from pro-US interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s Iraqi National Accord.
207.44.245.159/article8062.htm

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Allawi Presses Effort to Bring Back Baathists:

Seeking to speed the return of senior officials of the former ruling Baath Party into the government, Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has tried to dismantle a powerful independent commission that was established after the American invasion to keep such people from power.
www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041013/ZNYT03/410130453

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Israel and/or America Implicated in Killing of Rafik Harriri? :

“This is the work of an intelligence service, not a small group,” said Rime Allaf, Middle East analyst at London’s Royal Institute of International Affairs.
207.44.245.159/article8060.htm

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Secrecy, Torture, Propaganda Mark New American Politburo Practices:

Comrades Cheney and Bush get away with their propaganda with the unflinching support of the American Pravda — right-wing talk radio, the Fox News Channel, televangelists and the hallelujah chorus of evangelical preachers who use their pulpits to preach the party line.
207.44.245.159/article8061.htm

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Video: OUTFOXED :

Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, have been running a “race to the bottom” in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public’s right to know.
207.44.245.159/article7798.htm

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Hi HO, HI Ho, It's Off To War We Go!:

The headline in the Seattle Times reads: “Military Calls Iran War Plans Routine.” When war planning becomes a “routine” matter you may rest assured that this nation has now come full circle and has become the very “monster‰ it has always professed to be fighting.
oldamericancentury.org/dalt1052.htm

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Israeli soldiers murder boy in Hebron:

Israeli occupation soldiers have shot and killed a Palestinian boy in downtown Hebron, alleging that he tried to attack soldiers with a sharp object.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/133CA257-CE27-40A9-AE43-426519E1302B.htm

tinyurl.com/48fhh

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Dyer: Sorry, but peace isn’t breaking out all over in the Middle East

The mainstream Western media are sometimes pathetically easy to manipulate. President Bush gives a couple of speeches in which he declares yet again that “freedom is on the march” in the Middle East, there are elections (of a sort) in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Israeli and Palestinian leaders shake hands – and suddenly the talk is all of “windows of opportunity” and “democratic transformation” in the region.”
www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_2566913

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More Defense contracts under scrutiny as part of Druyun scandal ;

The Defense Department announced Monday it is investigating eight additional Air Force contracts worth about $3 billion that may have been improperly manipulated by the service’s former top career acquisition official Darleen Druyun.
govexec.com/dailyfed/0205/021405g1.htm

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Iraq winners more than U.S. bargained for:

Many in newly elected government are closely allied with Iran
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6965081/

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US fights back against ‘rule by clerics’

To head off this threat of a Shi’ite clergy-driven religious movement, the US has, according to Asia Times Online investigations, resolved to arm small militias backed by US troops and entrenched in the population to “nip the evil in the bud”.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GB15Ak02.html

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Oil, Power, and Empire II

Larry Everest

Larry Everest speaks at Berkeley, CA. Introduction by Daniel Ellsberg. Why is the U.S. in Iraq. What’s the global agenda driving this war. Why is the resistance embedded in the nature of the U.S. occupation and what should people do about it all. Everest is the author of the new book Oil Power and Empire, published by Common Courage Press

Watch it 0nline Now: Real Video
207.44.245.159/article8056.htm

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CIA prisoners ‘tortured’ in Arab jails

The BBC’S File On Four Investigates

A former CIA official has confirmed suspicions that terror suspects have been flown to jails in Middle Eastern countries where torture is routinely practised, and without reference to courts of law.

Click here to listen. Real audio.
207.44.245.159/article7977.htm

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Former PM Hariri dies in Beirut blast:

A car bomb has killed at least nine people, including former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri, on Beirut’s seafront, Lebanese police said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1C00C5D5-80DD-4550-A801-DD991E0DB8E1.htm

tinyurl.com/5tlhl

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Roadside Bomb Kills Three Iraqi Guardsmen: Two senior police officers killed in Baghdad
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=498039

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Five U.S. soldiers are killed in Iraq
www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/special_packages/iraq/10896040.htm

tinyurl.com/3s5st

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Freed Aussie terror suspect alleges being tortured by US forces :

Australian former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib said yesterday that he was beaten and subjected to electric shock torture in Pakistan and Egypt and degraded by US forces in Cuba during his almost three years in detention.
tinyurl.com/6242f

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Australia concedes ex-Guantanamo detainee was tortured in Egypt:

The Australian government has conceded allegations by former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mamdouh Habib that he was tortured in Egypt may be true.
tinyurl.com/463vh

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This is a must watch interview:

Under suspicion:

60 Minutes Australia Interviews Habib Mamdouh: After more than three years in prison, he tells his story of terrorism and torture. Windows Media. Video may take a moment to load.
tinyurl.com/4epqo

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Transcript: Under suspicion:

Transcript Of 60 Minutes interview with Mamdouh Habib
sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/sixtyminutes/stories/2005_02_13/story_1293.asp

tinyurl.com/6ee9z

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Former spy claims Australian government covered up Iraq prisoner abuse :

A former Australian spy contradicted government claims that no Australian was involved in interrogating Iraqi prisoners, saying he himself witnessed and reported the alleged abuse of Iraqis by their US captors.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/132367/1/.html

tinyurl.com/3tzxb

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AMS: Iraq election lacked legitimacy:

The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq has said the country’s elections cannot be accepted as they were conducted while under occupation. Election officials announced the results earlier in the day, saying 47% of eligible voters took part in the 30 January vote.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/037265CD-CB74-417D-8C2E-DB957A0390D1.htm

tinyurl.com/3ma5l

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Turkey criticises Iraq poll results:

Turkey has criticised the landmark elections in neighbouring Iraq, saying they have failed to produce a parliament truly representative of the people because of low turnout and “manipulation” of votes in some areas.
tinyurl.com/6nz68

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Before the breakup, the breakdown:

Some parts of the world say this is an exercise in democracy. Other, larger parts of the world fear this is an exercise in blood – and God – for oil. No matter what, the Iraqi elections reality show must and will go on.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GB15Ak04.html

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Iraqi vote gives Shia parties a mandate for Islamic law:

A coalition of Shia religious parties has won the Iraq election, taking almost half the votes and raising the spectre of Islamic law finding its way into the country’s new constitution.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=610875

tinyurl.com/6r6z4

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When losers are winners:

In Anbar province, for example, turnout was reported to be less than 2%. Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s group garnered 13% of the vote. Still, the real “provisional” winners appear to be Sunni Arabs and insurgents, for different reasons.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GB15Ak03.html

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Australia: Labor attacks Govt over Iraq civilian death tally:

The Federal Opposition and the Government have clashed over whether anyone has been monitoring the number of civilian casualties in Iraq.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200502/s1302688.htm

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U.S. officials in postwar Iraq paid a contractor… :

By stuffing $2 million worth of crisp bills into his gunnysack and routinely made cash payments around Baghdad from a pickup truck, a former official with the U.S. occupation government says.
www.boston.com/dailynews/044/wash/WASHINGTON_AP_U_S_officials_inP.shtml

tinyurl.com/6j37a

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Remembering The First Siege Of Fallujah:

Excerpts From Testimony Submitted To The World Tribunal On Iraq
207.44.245.159/article8058.htm

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In case you missed it:

U.S. Charged With War Crimes: The Evidence File

– WARNING – The video and pictures in this report contain images and descriptions, depicting the reality and horror of the U.S. – UK invasion of Iraq
207.44.245.159/article3450.htm

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Ray McGovern: We Need the Oil, Right? So What’s the Problem? :

Such openness is rare; it set me back on my heels.
207.44.245.159/article8059.htm

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Moscow ŒClose‚ To Possessing Unique Nuclear Weapons:

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov announced yesterday that Moscow will soon have a unique new generation of nuclear weapons “not possessed by any country in the world.”
207.44.245.159/article8057.htm

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Tehran protests at US use of drones:

The US has been flying surveillance drones over Iran since last year to look for evidence of nuclear weapons programs and examine air defences.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/
story_page/0,5744,12236390^2703,00.html

tinyurl.com/56d7u

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Bush and Bin Laden use similar language: Khatami :

“The words and deeds of Bush and Bin Laden are alike, producing the sound of violence and waging war against the world. In fact, the words used by Bush and Bin Laden are almost exactly the same,‰
www.mehrnews.ir/en/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=157526

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Attorney General ‘distanced himself from war advice’:

The Government’s most senior law officer distanced himself from the decision to invade Iraq by asking for an 11th-hour personal assurance from Tony Blair that Saddam Hussein was flouting the ban on developing weapons of mass destruction.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=610888

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U.S. develops North Korea ‘tool kit’:

Classified strategies focus on halting sources of income
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/211933_nkorea14.html

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‘Pakistani tried to sell N-arms to Al Qaeda’:

Federal investigators have charged a Pakistani businessman, who ran an import business in the US with urging al Qaeda to acquire 50 nuclear weapons for use against American troops.
us.rediff.com/news/2005/feb/14pak1.htm

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Judge may reveal report on FBI:

A federal judge is weighing whether to make public a secret Justice Department report that officials say is sharply critical of the FBI for failing to piece together terrorism leads before the Sept. 11 attacks.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/3037164

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Chavez: US is a terrorist state :

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has branded the United States a terrorist state while rejecting Washington’s criticism of Caracas for its arms purchase from Russia.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E903D3CD-F65A-45B8-91CE-9956EE5C0169.htm

tinyurl.com/7xlxh

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Lula and Chavez to boost alliance :

Brazil’s president opens talks with his Venezuelan counterpart in Caracas shortly with the aim of cementing what both sides call a strategic alliance.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4263025.stm

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Video: Gore Vidal :

Projecting American power will always make a situation worse.

Real Video & Windows Media
www.abc.net.au/lateline/

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Pentagon Spy Agency’s Leader Quits After Disclosures;

The leader of a new Pentagon espionage unit has resigned shortly after public disclosure that the Defense Department is expanding into clandestine operations traditionally undertaken by the CIA.
tinyurl.com/4foa8

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National Lawyers Guild Condems Verdict In Lynne Stewart Trial:

Urges Defense Attorneys to Continue Representing Unpopular Clients.
www.nlg.org/news/statements/LynneStewart0205.htm

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Hallucinations linked to drug given to troops:

Malaria medication can cause paranoia, other mental side effects
msnbc.msn.com/id/6947472/

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Red tape snarls injured soldiers:

Hurt troops are back but can’t go home
tinyurl.com/6xqbz

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National Guard to try new recruitment tactics:

The Connecticut National Guard, facing a large enlistment shortage, is planning a cable television show, a magazine for young people and more recruiters as part of a new plan to boost its ranks.
www.wfsb.com/Global/story.asp?S=2942207

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Video: The Next Tsunami :

Last year a scientist called Dr Kerry Sieh actually warned the Indonesian Government that a tsunami was on the way. He even handed out brochures to villagers, showing them how to save themselves. The trouble is, no-one in authority took the slightest bit of notice.
tinyurl.com/4epqo

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Date: Sat, 12 Feb

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In Case You Missed It? : A Must Watch Video:

Ellsberg & Zinn Speech

Veterans for Peace National Convention

Daniel Ellsberg, best known for his release of the Pentagon Papers which helped bring an end to the Vietnam war, along with professor, historian and life long activist Howard Zinn, address the Veterans For Peace National Convention in Boston, July 23, 2004. They provide their unique perspectives on the war in Iraq, the Bush administration, and the November elections. Watch it online now! Real Video
207.44.245.159/article8046.htm

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17 Killed South Of Baghdad As Attacks Continue:

Police say the strike south of the capital killed at least 17 people and wounded another 16. They say it hit just outside of a hospital.
www.thehawaiichannel.com/news/4191767/detail.html

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Six more bodies found in Iraq as attacks continue :

A hospital official in the Iraqi city of Mosul says officials have found the bodies of six Kurds who apparently worked as security guards.
tinyurl.com/3vt68

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Car bomb targeting U-S convoy kills Iraqi woman :

U-S soldiers targeted in a car bombing in Baghdad have escaped injury but an Iraqi woman was killed and three others hurt.
tinyurl.com/4e56g

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Iraqi judge assassinated by gunmen in Basra:

Member of the Court of Appeal in this southern Iraqi city Judge Taha Al-Ameer was assassinated Saturday by gunmen.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=704367

tinyurl.com/6dqma

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In pictures: Week of violence in Iraq :

Scores of Iraqis have died in a week of attacks. Correspondents say violence is returning to pre-election levels.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/4259657.stm

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Americans more upbeat about Iraq:

Americans are a bit more optimistic about Iraq’s future, a bright spot for the administration in an Associated Press poll that indicates many are souring on President Bush’s job performance.
www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.php?page=national&story_id=021205b1_bush_appoll

tinyurl.com/4wcwt

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Survey: Only 4 in 10 Americans know how many U.S. troops killed in Iraq:

Most Americans guess wrong when asked to estimate how many troops have died in the U.S. occupation of Iraq, a sign that many are giving scant attention to the nation’s most dangerous military operation since the Vietnam War.
www.abqtrib.com/albq/nw_national/article/0,2564,ALBQ_19860_3541168,00.html

tinyurl.com/56mnl

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Americans try to paint over Iraqi ethnic tensions:

This is “Team Paint”, set up by the U.S. military to obliterate many of the flags, symbols and slogans that cover the walls of Iraq’s most ethnically diverse city.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNe
ws&storyID=671433&section=news&src=rss/uk/topNews

tinyurl.com/4fwce

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The most powerful man in Iraq is an ayatollah with a website:

Grand Ayatollah Ali al- Sistani has never met an American official or soldier. He did not vote in Iraq‚s elections last month. And yet this religious recluse could wield more influence over Iraq‚s destiny than all the foreign troops and Iraqi politicians put together.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1480594,00.html

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Lawyer: Contractor Beat Afghan As His Duty :

A CIA contractor charged with beating an Afghan detainee who later died was protecting the nation against terrorists and should not be prosecuted because he was following directives from the president and his administration, his lawyers argued in filings released this week.
tinyurl.com/52ja9

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Analysis: U.S., Iran face off in Munich:

Diplomatic fireworks may light up Bavaria this weekend with Pentagon hawks and Iran’s deputy foreign minister attending the 41st Munich Security Conference.
www.wpherald.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20050211-021353-9638r

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Memo from former Counterterrorism Chief Richard Clarke:

The former Counterterrorism Chief warns that “al Qida is not some narrow, little terrorist issue,‰ but an organization that “affects centrally our policies in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Central Asia, North Africa and the GCC.‰
news.lp.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/clarke/clrk2rice12501mem.html

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December 2000 Clinton-Era Report:

One of two reports attached to former Counterterrorism Chief Richard Clarke‚s January 25, 2001 memo to former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice warning that “al Qida is not some narrow, little terrorist issue.‰
news.lp.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/terrorism/dec2000aqmem9.html

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War is Peace; Slavery is Freedom: Democracy According to Elliott Abrams:

Why has an admitted perjurer, a facilitator of death squads and an arms broker to Islamic terrorists just been appointed to be deputy national security adviser to President Bush?
207.44.245.159/article8045.htm

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The Pentagon’s ‘NATO Option’ :

During the Cold War, European governments and secret services conspired with a NATO-backed operation to engineer attacks in their own countries in order to manipulate the population to reject socialism and communism.
www.commondreams.org/views05/0210-22.htm

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Washington’s New World Order “Democratization” Template:

Ukrainian Post Modern Coup completes testing of New Template
globalresearch.ca/articles/MOW502A.html

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FBI’s bid to recruit foreign spies heightens turf feud with CIA :

An ambitious new effort by the FBI to recruit foreigners in the United States and deploy them as spies overseas has stirred frictions with the CIA
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/02/10/news/intel.html

tinyurl.com/7xdk5

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ROMANIA: Intelligence Head Received $150,000 “from the US”
www.seeurope.net/en/Story.php?StoryID=54730

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In case you missed it:

Video Documentary: ‘Preventive Warriors’

The film examines a bold new foreign policy paper introduced by the White House in September 2002 entitled: “The National Security Strategy of the United States.‰ The film features many of the leading thinkers and intellectuals of our time including Noam Chomsky, Chalmers Johnson, Tariq Ali and more.

Real Video.
207.44.245.159/article6268.htm

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Russian arms sale to Chavez irks U.S.:

The Bush administration has lodged a formal protest with Russia for agreeing to provide the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez more than 100,000 AK-47 rifles that U.S. officials believe could be used to aid left-wing uprisings in Latin America.
washingtontimes.com/national/20050210-123420-3113r.htm

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Russia Says It’s Ready to Arm Saudi Arabia:

Moscow is preparing its first major defense contract with Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest arms buyer that has traditionally spent its petrodollars on U.S.-made weapons.
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2005/02/10/043.html

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A Handshake Without Meaning:

Optimism is misplaced as long as Israel is exploiting Palestinians.
207.44.245.159/article8044.htm

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Danish PM Says It’s OK for Israel to Violate UN Resolutions:

One would expect a member of the UN Security Council to respect UN decisions. But apparently this is not always so.
www.counterpunch.com/sohn02092005.html

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The Schoolgirl Who “Needed to Be Killed‰:

Iman never made it to school, because she was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers, who riddled her body with bullets.
www.wrmea.com/archives/Jan_Feb_2005/0501009.html

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Mall kiosk probe ends in Israelis’ deportation:

Federal authorities have deported an Israeli man and his employees after busting a scheme in which officials said he staffed Nebraska shopping mall kiosks with illegal “tourist” workers.
www.omaha.com/index.php?u_np=0&u_pg=1638&u_sid=1331091

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Sex spy ring bust:

ASIO has uncovered a sex spy ring in Canberra after tailing a diplomat and suspected agent from the Israeli Embassy.
www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/
story_page/0,5936,12231663%255E911,00.html

tinyurl.com/6x4ap

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The health care systems for the military and veterans are utterly broken.

Additionally, our leadership is ignoring the psychological and physical problems faced by returning veterans.
www.veteransforcommonsense.org/index.cfm?Page=Article&ID=2803

tinyurl.com/5tfvt

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VFW Fulfilled Injured Soldier’s “Unmet Needs”:

A U.S. Marine injured while serving in Iraq is getting some help. It’s because of a little-known VFW program designed to help military families.
www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=2936190&nav=51s7WHRM

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Bush cuts hit Democratic states, analysis finds:

Massachusetts and other traditionally Democratic states would see their share of federal grant money shrink under President Bush’s 2006 budget, compared to Republican states
www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2005/
02/12/bush_cuts_hit_democratic_states_analysis_finds/

tinyurl.com/4bduj

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Rep. Ron Paul, MD: A National ID Bill Masquerading as Immigration Reform:
www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul234.html

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