Information Clearing House  Digest February 23-28 2005

 
 

Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005

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Heads roll at Veterans Administration

Mushrooming depleted uranium (DU) scandal blamed

by Bob Nichols

“Out of the 580,400 soldiers who served in the first Gulf War, 11,000 are now dead! By the year 2000, there were 325,000 on Permanent Medical Disability. This astounding number of ŒDisabled Vets‚ means that a decade later, 56% of those soldiers who served have some form of permanent medical problems!” The disability rate for the wars of the last century was 5 percent; it was higher, 10 percent, in Viet Nam.
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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

How the U.S. Uses Globalization to Cheat Poor Countries Out of Trillions

We speak with John Perkins, a former respected member of the international banking community. In his book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man he describes how as a highly paid professional, he helped the U.S. cheat poor countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars by lending them more money than they could possibly repay and then take over their economies.

Watch it now! Real video and transcript.
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Iraq suicide bomb kills 125:

A suicide bomber has detonated a car near police recruits and a crowded market south of Baghdad, killing 125 people and wounding 130 in the single bloodiest attack in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews
& storyID=681467&section=news&src=rss/uk/topNews

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Iraqis, US soldiers killed in blasts:

Four Iraqi civilians and a policeman have been wounded after a car bomb exploded near a taxi and minibus station in the town of Musayib in Babil governorate, police and hospital sources say.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0BA260AB-D59E-4DF1-9E5F-12E790780F74.htm

tinyurl.com/3pj4x

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Four People Shot Dead in Iraq’s Mosul:

Gunmen killed four people and wounded two in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the U.S. military said late on Sunday.
iraq.headliner.org/headliner.php?c=us&id=199480&abbr=reuters

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Soldier Injured In Deadly Blast In Iraq: Wife:

Spc. Andrade Has Legs Amputated
www.ksat.com/news/4237774/detail.html

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Trauma of war in Iraq haunts vets:

Thousands of soldiers return home with emotional wounds
www.thedesertsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050228/NEWS11/502280323/1208

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Concern over mines in Iraq :

Human Rights Watch raised a red flag on Monday over US plans to deploy a new system of remote-controlled anti-personnel mines in Iraq.
iafrica.com/news/worldnews/419708.htm

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UK: The blame for the Iraq war lies with our supine cabinet :

Why did our ministers not question the attorney general’s legal advice?
politics.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,9115,1427023,00.html

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UK troops ‘beat relatives of Camp Breadbasket captives’:

Relatives of Iraqis tortured by British soldiers revealed last night how they were also arrested and brutally beaten simply for asking questions.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=615205

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Within C.I.A., Worry of Prosecution for Conduct:

There is widening unease within the Central Intelligence Agency over the possibility that career officers could be prosecuted or otherwise punished for their conduct during interrogations and detentions of terrorism suspects, according to current and former government officials.
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Torture:

Post 9/11, the interrogation methods the US administration are using in their ‘war on terror’ are said by human rights groups to be nothing short of illegal torture. Channel 4 looks at how US actions are betraying the very values they claim to be defending.
www.channel4.com/news/microsites/T/torture/index.html

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Bob Herbert: It’s Called Torture:

As a nation, does the United States have a conscience? Or is anything and everything O.K. in post-9/11 America? If torture and the denial of due process are O.K., why not murder? When the government can just make people vanish – which it can, and which it does – where is the line that we, as a nation, dare not cross?
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,344019,00.html

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Halliburton could get $1.5bn more Iraq work :

Halliburton, under scrutiny for its contracts in Iraq, would receive an extra $1.5 billion as part of the Bush administration’s additional war spending proposal for fiscal 2005, a senior US Army budget official said.
www.tradearabia.com/tanews/newsdetails.asp?Article=83037&Sn=CONS&Cnt=

tinyurl.com/68aut

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Halliburton: $9.6 billion in Iraq so far :

Halliburton’s logistics contract with the U.S. Army in Iraq has been worth at least $9.6 billion since the start of the war and is mounting at a cost of about $6 billion a year, according to Army documents and officials.
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In case you missd it: Exposed: The Carlyle Group :

I defy you to watch this 48 minute documentary and not be outraged about the depth of corruption and deceit within the highest ranks of our government.
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Lawmakers Told About Contract Abuse in Iraq:

A government contractor defrauded the Coalition Provisional Authority of tens of millions of dollars in Iraq reconstruction funds and the Bush administration has done little to try to recover the money, an attorney for two whistle-blowers told Democratic lawmakers
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Lawsuit claims politically connected firm defrauded millions in Iraq:

A politically connected start-up firm, awarded a no-bid contract to provide security for Baghdad’s airport, defrauded U.S. taxpayers of tens of millions of dollars, two top former workers charge in a lawsuit unsealed Friday.
www.macon.com/mld/macon/news/nation/9872408.htm

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Report: Air Force wasted $1 million on detectors:

A Defense Department report says the Air Force wasted $1 million on unreliable hand-held chemical agent detectors that could have put at risk any airmen who depended on the equipment
www.indystar.com/articles/9/225651-3719-010.html

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Qaeda regrouping: Defence secretary:

LAHORE: Defence Secretary Lt Gen (r) Hamid Nawaz said on Saturday that Al Qaeda was reorganising and spreading, Geo news channel reported.
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_27-2-2005_pg1_6

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Iran and Russia sign nuclear deal:

Iran and Russia on Sunday signed a landmark nuclear fuel accord that paves the way for the firing up of the country’s first atomic power station, a project the United States alleges is part of a cover for weapons development.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=13042

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McCain: Bar Russia Over Iran Deal:

The United States should seek to bar Russia from this year’s G8 summit to protest actions by Moscow, including its deal on Sunday to provide Iran with nuclear fuel, senior U.S. Senator John McCain said.
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2005/02/28/016.html

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EU Supports Iranian-Russian Deal On Bushehr
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2005/2/00038BE5-B218-47EF-A675-F3BB30409F53.html

tinyurl.com/6f3ed

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Dangerous doctrine:

A U.S. policy of preemption and a push for new nuclear weapon designs could be a recipe for disaster that makes proliferation more likely, not less.
www.thebulletin.org/article.php?art_ofn=ma05speed

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Israel ‘to show Damascus guilt’ :

Israel says it will explain to foreign diplomats why it believes Syria was responsible for Friday’s suicide bomb in Tel Aviv that killed five people.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4301851.stm

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Assad predicts US onslaught on Syria:

“The language of the White House leads one to predict a campaign like that that preceded the conflict against Saddam,” he said.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=12835

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Syrian President Says Attack By U.S. Possible:

Syrian President Bashar Assad says in a newspaper interview that he suspects the United States might eventually take military action against Syria.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2005/2/D149A4C9-C018-4FDB-ACC0-D407C9B54255.html

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In case you missed it:

Israel wants strike on Syria while iron’s hot
www.veteransforpeace.org/Israel_wants_strike_041703.htm

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In case you missed it:

Serving Two Flags: Neo-Cons, Israel and the Bush Administration:

Have the neo-conservatives˜many of whom are senior officials in the Defense Department, National Security Council and Office of the Vice President˜had dual agendas, while professing to work for the internal security of the United States against its terrorist enemies?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5788.htm

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Death in the afternoon:

The assassination of Rafiq Hariri invited recollection of another Sidon native assassinated almost exactly thirty years ago in February 1975, Marouf Saad. The anniversary of Saad‚s death has a meaning that cannot have escaped the notice of Hariri‚s killers. His assassination is generally accepted as the event that precipitated the Lebanese civil war.
www.sandersresearch.com/sanders/newsmanager/shownewsgen.aspx?newsid=848

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Lebanese ministers resign office :

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Omar Karami has announced he and his government are resigning, two weeks after the murder of former PM Rafik Hariri.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/4305927.stm

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Celebrations in Beirut Streets as Government Falls:

As thousands of flag-waving demonstrators cheered outside, Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karami announced the resignation of his pro-Syrian government in parliament tonight.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4191168

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Syria hands land back to Jordan:

SYRIA agreed today to hand back to Jordan a huge tract of land along their border, heralding a new era in ties with Amman after disagreements over the Middle East peace process and US policy in Iraq.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,12407043-23109,00.html

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Potemkin World∑ or the President in the Zone:

“American presidential trips abroad increasingly remind me of the vast, completely ritualized dynastic processionals by which ancient emperors and potentates once crossed their domains and those of their satraps. Our President’s processionals are enormous moving bubbles that shut cities, close down institutions, turn off life itself.
www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=2222

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Putin to Bush: ‘We Didn’t Criticize You When You Fired Those Reporters at CBS’:

When George W. Bush confronted Vladimir Putin last week about the freedom of the press in Russia, Senior White House Correspondent Richard Wolffe reports, Putin shot back with an attack of his own
biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050227/nysu017_1.html

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2 Russian Reporters Challenge Bush:

Incensed by U.S. talk of a lack of press freedom in Russia, two Russian reporters tried to turn the tables on U.S. President George W. Bush during his news conference with President Vladimir Putin.
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2005/02/28/003.html

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Censorship and the Empire:

When power becomes blatantly criminal, it’s time to make people shut up. That time seems to have come throughout the Empire. Freedom of speech is increasingly threatened, both in the United States and in “old Europe”, although the attacks come from quite different angles.
www.counterpunch.com/johnstone02282005.html

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Maureen Dowd : W.’s Stiletto Democracy :

The administration has given a whole new meaning to checkbook journalism, paying a stupendous $97 million to an outside P.R. firm to buy columnists and produce propaganda, including faux video news releases.
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US to broadcast Arabic TV to Europe:

The US plans to begin Arab-language television broadcasts to Europe later this year to try and win the hearts and minds of Arab Muslims there, officials say.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C46CF566-EB57-490C-829D-B63FF75C4C85.htm

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Gannon-gate: Where’s the outrage?:

If you suspect the media are guilty of a double standard when it comes to covering the White House, you’re right. It’s now clear, without a doubt, that White House reporters are as easy on President Bush as they were hard on President Clinton. Consider the case of phony White House reporter Jeff Gannon.
www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/opinion/10994178.htm

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Palestinians Slam Israeli Threats as Counterproductive:

The Palestine National Authority (PNA) has slammed as counterproductive and “a recipe for more violence” the Israeli Prime Minister‚s threats to escalate military actions against the Palestinian people, resume extra-judicial killings of anti-occupation activists
www.palestine-pmc.com/details.asp?cat=1&id=810

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Calls to Kill Sharon Spiral Before Pullout :

The head of Israel’s intelligence agency told Cabinet Ministers on Sunday that the number of calls for the death of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is increasing sharply ahead of this summer’s planned pullout from Gaza and part of the West Bank.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4830277,00.html

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Simhon warns of lethal asbestos if settler homes razed :

Environment Minister Shalom Simhon warned Monday that highly carcinogenic asbestos could pose severe health risks if Israel demolished settlers homes prior to handing over evacuated Gaza and West Bank settlements to the Palestinian Authority.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/545674.html

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Haitian Police Open Fire on Nonviolent March for Democracy :

People around me were huddled under stairs and crying. The group from St. Clare’s pulled me into a corner and we we rolled into a ball until the booms stopped.
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Chaos and Bloodshed Grip Haiti One Year After the Coup

One year ago today, the democratically-elected government of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was overthrown in what he called a modern-day kidnapping in the service of a coup d’etat backed by the United States. We go back and take a look at the events surrounding the coup and we look at the chaos and bloodshed that have gripped the country over the past year.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/02/28/1456233

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Tabaré Vázquez to take office on Tuesday:

Uruguayans will celebrate the inauguration of a progressive government Tuesday, thus breaking with a nearly 180 year-old tradition of conservative administrations. When socialist Tabare Vazquez wears the ceremonial sash, he will be doing it with the support of a new Parliament -elected last October 31- and an unprecedented leftwing majority.
www.plenglish.com/Article.asp?ID=%7B6441E9A5-DBCC-4253-97DE-FE0CE2869F15%7D&language=EN

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United States to request extradition of alleged FARC ringleader captured in Venezuela:

Naranjo praised the work conducted by Venezuelan authorities in the detention of Patińo, who was found in possession of 600 kilograms of cocaine and is involved in the kidnapping of Maura Villareal, the mother of big leaguer Ugeth Urbina.
www.eluniversal.com/2005/02/28/en_pol_art_28A536695.shtml

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Bolivian lawmakers reject Chávez remarks:

During his radio and TV show “Hello, President!”, Chávez said that the Bolivian oligarchy “pushed by Washington, is trying to take Bolivia to pieces,” and charged those groups with “eluding the constituent assembly” to reform the constitution.
www.eluniversal.com/2005/02/28/en_pol_art_28A536677.shtml

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Navy commander underestimates deployment of US ships in Curacao:

Navy Commander Armando Laguna Laguna maintained that Venezuela ordered to escalate air and sea surveillance North Venezuela after detecting the deployment of US ships towards Curacao.
www.eluniversal.com/2005/02/28/en_pol_art_28A536679.shtml

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Venezuela Chavez: Minimum Wage Likely To Rise 25% in 2005 :

Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said Friday his government will likely increase the minimum wage 25% to 400,000 bolivars ($1=VEB1,920) this year.
framehosting.dowjonesnews.com/sample/sam
plestory.asp?StoryID=2005022520290001&Take=1

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Venezuelan official due in Tehran :

The Venezuelan official is scheduled to arrive in Iran at the official invitation of Iranian judicial officials for talks on ways of strengthening Tehran-Caracas relations.
www.iribnews.ir/Full_en.asp?news_id=188041

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US bankruptcy bill faces rough ride :

The measure, first considered in 1997, would make it more difficult for consumers to wipe out their debt by declaring bankruptcy.
news.ft.com/cms/s/1b5919ec-88f4-11d9-b7ed-00000e2511c8.html

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News for 02/27/05 Here.
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Date: Sat, 26 Feb

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Operation Hollywood

“You must glorify war in order to get the public to accept the fact that your going to send their sons and daughters to die.”

Weekend Movie – Real Video

The inside story of the cozy relationship between big box office American war movies and the Pentagon.

Watch it online now!
207.44.245.159/article8163.htm

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Ten killed, 11 kidnapped in Iraq:

Police said 11 people, including four women, a policeman and two civil servants, have been kidnapped in a string of abductions since Friday in the area south of Baghdad known as the “triangle of death”.
tinyurl.com/6cy9n

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US marine killed in Al-anbar:

A US marine was killed during military operations in Al-anbar governorate yesterday, the multinational force (MNF) said Saturday.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=708350

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Body of an Iraqi Journalist Found in Mosul:

According to her husband, she was shot dead in the head
www.focus-fen.net/index.php?catid=1
38&newsid=58597&ch=0&datte=2005-02-26

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Trial set for captain accused of killing badly-injured Iraqi :

Prosecutors are expected to introduce a 10-minute video of the incident and the events preceding it. An unmanned aerial vehicle operating at the time near the Iraqi cities of Kufa and Najaf apparently captured the shooting on tape.
www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=27413

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Cleric Endorses Al-Jaafari PM Nomination :

The endorsement from Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani came after members of the clergy-backed alliance openly questioned its decision Tuesday to nominate the 58-year-old leader of the conservative Islamic Dawa Party as its candidate for prime minister following Iraq’s Jan. 30 elections.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=540&ncid
=736&e=2&u=/ap/20050225/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_politics

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Helen Thomas: $9B Goes Missing In Iraq:

Huge Sum Disappears Without A Trace: Profiteering from the Iraq war is not a surprise, especially in light of the Bush administration’s pandering to the military-industrial complex. – This money was to have been used for humanitarian aid and reconstruction for Iraq.
www.thewgalchannel.com/helenthomas/4228758/detail.html

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In case you missed it:

The Handover That Wasn’t:

Before his departure, CPA chief Paul Bremer issued 100 Orders to dramatically restructure Iraq’s economy to fit free-market ideals. And no Iraqi, including future elected officials, can undo them.
www.alternet.org/story/19293/

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Battle losses in Iraq, Afghanistan total 570 million dollars: army:

Replacing military hardware lost in battle in Iraq and Afhganistan, including 18 combat helicopters, will cost the US Army 570 million dollars this year, senior army officials said.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1521&u=/afp/
20050225/pl_afp/usiraqafghanistan_050225211423&printer=1

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Lucrative security job draws officer to Iraq:

Experienced soldiers can earn upward of $500 a day, compared with $1,200 a month earned by entry-level Army soldiers.
www1.pressdemocrat.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID
=/20050226/NEWS/50226001/1033/NEWS01

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Graham offers sobering assessment on Iraq:

South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, back from a weeklong journey overseas, offered the sobering assessment Friday that American troops will be in Iraq for years and casualties are likely for some time to come.
www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/
20050225/APN/502250825&cachetime=3&template=dateline

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Powell criticises Iraq troop levels and rift with Europe:

Colin Powell, the former US secretary of state, has for the first time publicly criticised troops levels in Iraq and spoken of the rifts between himself and Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, that undermined his role as architect of American foreign policy.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/02/
26/wpowell26.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/02/26/ixportaltop.html

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Colin Powell: ‘I’m very sore’:

This is the first real interview I’ve given,” says Colin Powell. “I want to let time pass.”
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/
news/2005/02/26/wpowell126.xml

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Iraq’s “liberation” comes with a ballooning price tag:

Bush never addressed the question of cost. From the start, the administration has been, and continues to be, evasive about the costs of war in Iraq.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=12944

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UK: War advice came from me, says Goldsmith:

The Attorney General fought for his political survival last night by denying he had been leant on by Downing Street over his advice on the legality of the war on Iraq.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=614926

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UK: All too brief :

Tony Blair’s abruptness at his press conference yesterday said it all. With an election looming, Labour does not want to talk about the Iraq war and Mr Blair had no intention of feeding this week’s renewed debate.
www.guardian.co.uk/leaders/story/0,3604,1425785,00.html

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Government unsure how many shoulder-fired missiles are missing :

The State Department estimates that about 1 million shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles have been produced worldwide since the 1950s. The number believed to be in the hands of “nonstate actors,” such as terrorist groups, is “in the thousands,” the department says.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/terror/20050224-1435-missilethreat.html

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Suicide bombing at Tel Aviv club kills up to 5:

A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of young Israelis waiting outside a nightclub near Tel Aviv’s beachfront promenade just before midnight Friday, killing at least four other people
www.azdailysun.com/non_sec/nav_includes/story.cfm?storyID=104167

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Islamic Jihad claims Friday bombing in Tel Aviv :

The Damascus-based leadership of the militant Palestinian Islamic Jihad Saturday claimed responsibility for the Friday Tel Aviv suicide bombing that killed four Israelis.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/545147.html

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Palestinians make bomb arrests:

Palestinian forces, under pressure for tough action after a suicide bombing killed four Israelis, have arrested at least three Palestinians but suggest Lebanon’s Hizbollah group was behind the attack.
www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5565311

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Hezbollah denies involvement in Tel Aviv suicide bombing:

Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah says it had nothing to do with an overnight suicide bombing in Tel Aviv that killed four Israelis and wounded 53 people.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200502/s1311862.htm

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Tel Aviv bomber’s brothers arrested:

Israeli invaded the West Bank village of Deir al-Ghoson before dawn, grabbing five men, including two brothers of the suspected bomber.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200502/s1311812.htm

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Haitian violence leaves 18 dead:

AT least 18 people died in shootings on Thursday and Friday around Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, a police source said.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story
_page/0,5744,12377949%255E1702,00.html

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US keeps up the heat on N Korea:

THE US will refuse North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il’s demand for a guarantee of “no hostile intent” to get Pyongyang back into negotiations over its nuclear weapons programs.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/
story_page/0,5744,12373535^2703,00.html

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Paul Martin insists U.S. must consult Canada before firing missiles:

The top American envoy to Canada – Paul Cellucci – says Canada would be “outside of the room” while the U.S. decided whether to fire at incoming missiles.
start.shaw.ca/start/enCA/News/NationalNewsArticle.htm?src=n022502A.xml

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Venezuelan warns of U.S. overthrow :

“There have been lots of attacks against Venezuela from the United States recently, and we have lots of prior experience with this sort of thing,” Rodriguez said, citing successful CIA-influenced overthrows of leftist leaders in Guatemala in 1954, the Dominican Republic in 1965 and Chile in 1973.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/
chronicle/archive/2005/02/26/MNGGLBH9LA1.DTL

tinyurl.com/5ozme

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Venezuela’s Agrarian Land Reform:

More like Lincoln than Lenin: President Hugo Chavez‚s plan is fundamentally different from other Latin American attempts at land reform. The proper historical parallel is President Lincoln‚s Homestead Act.
www.venezuelanalysis.com/articles.php?artno=1384

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History of US Interventions
www.cooperativeresearch.org/project.jsp?project=us_interventions_project

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Riggs Bank to Pay $8 Million to Pinochet Victims:

A U.S. bank that ran into serious trouble for helping foreign officials hide money has agreed to settle a Spanish lawsuit by paying $8 million into a fund for victims of former client Chilean ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet, the bank said on Friday.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=586&e=
1&u=/nm/20050226/wl_nm/financial_riggs_pinochet_dc

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Russia considering renewed arms sales to Palestinians :
Moscow is considering resuming sales of military equipment to the Palestinian Authority, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/545130.html

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Death penalty in Cole bombing upheld:

An appeals court has upheld one death sentence against an alleged al-Qaida member and commuted another to 15 years in prison for the 2000 bombing of the US Navy destroyer Cole in Yemen.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6F8C7
153-9252-4421-895B-C2615893C713.htm

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Suspect’s parents object to access rules :

The parents of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, the American student accused of plotting the assassination of President Bush, charged yesterday that the government was restricting their access to their son by limiting what they could tell the public about their jailhouse conversations.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/printer2/index.asp?ploc=t&refer=
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/attack/213500_plot25.html

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Soldier shocked by pupils’ letters :

A teacher has apologised for letters sent by his sixth-grade students to an American soldier, accusing the US military of killing civilians and destroying Iraqi mosques in a futile war on terror.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1424024,00.html

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US deficits risk crash: Australian Treasury:

PETER Costello’s closest adviser fears the US is heading for a devastating financial crash that could ravage Australia’s economic growth.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/
story_page/0,5744,12364202^601,00.html

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Aussie official: U.S. dollar may collapse :

A top Australian treasury official is warning of a global financial tsunami if there is a U.S. dollar and government bond sell off.
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Bahrain sees growing role for euro:

International currency reserves could diversify away from Dollar
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=3&article_id=12885

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Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2005

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Iraq’s Right to Resistance and Self-Determination

By Ghali Hassan

The Resistance should make no illusions about the leaders of the “anti-war” movement, and the Left/Liberal elites “opposition” to the War and Occupation. Their “activism” is an empty slogan; it is merely a way “to salve people’s consciences without having to think or do anything”. They are imperialism’s tools of propaganda. Without their “feel-good” life-style activism, Western “democracy” is a form of naked tyranny. They provide sugar-coated delusion and tranquilliser for the disfranchised masses.
207.44.245.159/article8164.htm

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Operation Hollywood

“You must glorify war in order to get the public to accept the fact that your going to send their sons and daughters to die.”

The inside story of the cozy relationship between big box office American war movies and the Pentagon.

Weekend Movie: Watch it online now! : Real Video
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At Least 22 Killed in Renewed Afghan Violence:

Gunmen killed nine Afghan troops in southern Helmand province near the border with Pakistan, a provincial government official said on Friday
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=531061

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The good luck of traumatised Afghanistan :

One woman dies from pregnancy-related causes approximately every 30 minutes. One in five children dies before the age of five from diseases that are 80% preventable.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldbriefing/story/0,15205,1424801,00.html

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Nigerian civilians killed in army raid:

Nigerian troops have killed at least 14 people in a raid on a remote village in the oil-producing Niger Delta, a local community leader has said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C5E9DC54-080B-4B64-945E-3289A1D1D476.htm

tinyurl.com/3jwp4

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Nine UN peacekeepers killed in Congo :

Unidentified militiamen ambushed UN peacekeepers on patrol in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Friday, leaving nine of the troops dead, a UN official said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-02/26/content_2621228.htm

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Three U.S. soldiers killed in northern Iraq :

Residents saw about a dozen injured U.S. soldiers lying on blood-splattered ground after the attack.
www.freenewmexican.com/news/10967.html

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US planes attack targets in Mosul :

Two men inside a passing car were killed in a section of Mosul as US helicopters targeted the car, said the witnesses
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=708208

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US soldier killed in western Iraq :

A US marine has been killed while US and Iraqi forces continued their offensive in western Iraq, and the interim government announced the capture of an alleged al-Qaida-affiliated group leader.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/5EACBDEC-AE3C-4784-8F7F-994D4BFCC2FB.htm

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US soldier to be tried in murder of Iraqi civilian:

A U.S. soldier accused of shooting an Iraqi civilian last year and then trying to make it falsely appear like an act of self-defense will be tried in a military court on a murder charge
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N24469.htm

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Armed Rebels Blocked the Main Road, Connecting Baghdad to Southern Regions of Iraq
www.focus-fen.net/index.php?catid=138&newsid=58552&ch=0&datte=2005-02-25

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Ukraine plans Iraq pullout by year end:

Ukraine’s new defence minister has said his country plans to pull out all of its 1650 troops in Iraq by the end of this year.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/006AED08-E85F-4908-8C3D-206025B11396.htm

tinyurl.com/4ztu2

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Iraq to be a Vietnam: retired general:

Major General Alan Stretton said the Government would eventually bow to public pressure and withdraw the troops, leaving behind a bloody mess.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,12356131-29277,00.html

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‘Two people were beaten to death’ :

Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg tells C4 news what he saw
www.channel4.com/news/2005/02/week_4/24_begg3.html

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Italy probes possible CIA role in abduction:

An Italian prosecutor investigating the apparent kidnapping of a suspected Islamic militant in the streets of Milan served military authorities this week with a demand for records of flights into and out of a joint U.S.-Italian air base in northern Italy.
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Marine Suicides Rise Dramatically:

The suicide rate for U.S. Marines rose a dramatic 29 percent in the past year
www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/2/25/84626.shtml

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Ex-Soldier Kills Two of Wife’s Young Kids:

A former soldier fatally stabbed two of his wife’s young sons with a hunting knife and wounded her three other children before committing suicide, police said.
www.wjla.com/news/stories/0205/209664.html

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US Army pays Halliburton big bonus:

The US Army has awarded defence contractor Halliburton more than $9 million in bonuses for some of its work supporting the military in Kuwait and Afghanistan.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F1C74716-CF50-4F46-90A7-B8F06235A5A1.htm

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Bush’s ‘priceless’ war :

The war and ongoing resistance could cost the United States between US$461 billion and $646 billion by 2015
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GB25Ak01.html

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Patrick J. Buchanan: The Anti-Conservatives:

Who convinced the president that our democracy depends on a worldwide crusade?
www.amconmag.com/2005_02_28/buchanan.html

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In case you missed it:

Noam Chomsky: Dominance and Its Dilemmas :

The Bush administration’s Imperial Grand Strategy
207.44.245.159/article8162.htm

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Juan Cole: The Downside of Democracy:

What if the U.S. doesn’t like what the voters like in the Mideast and beyond?
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/latimes540.html

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Blair rejects calls to publish war advice :

Tony Blair today angrily rejected repeated calls for the government’s legal advice on the Iraq war to be published in full, after a member of Lord Butler’s inquiry broke ranks to demand the document be aired.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1425381,00.html

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Australia: former leading intelligence official exposes government lies:

Like all regimes involved in criminal activity, systematic lying is now the modus operandi of the Howard government.
www.wsws.org/articles/2005/feb2005/bart-f25.shtml

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Now Syria is at the top of the bad guys’ league table :

Neocon pressure for regime change in Damascus is building up
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1424833,00.html

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Lebanon Says Syria Will Withdraw Troops :

The Lebanese defense minister said Thursday that Syria has decided to withdraw troops from the coast and mountain areas to the eastern Bekaa Valley on the Syrian border, but he gave no timeframe.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4822861,00.html

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PM Says Quick Syria Pullout Would Unsettle Lebanon:

A quick Syrian troop withdrawal from Lebanon as demanded by the United States and France would destabilize the country, Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karami said Thursday.
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Lebanon guided by the Nasrullah factor :

It may be easy for the United States to get Syria to leave Lebanon, it will be more difficult, if not impossible, to disarm or weaken the Shi’ites.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GB26Ak03.html

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Lebanese army fires on marauding Israeli jets :

Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace over the south of the country Thursday, drawing retaliatory anti-aircraft fire from the Lebanese army, police said.
www.brunei-online.com/bb/fri/feb25w34.htm

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Russia defends missile sale to Syria :

Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov said the air defence missiles that Moscow plans to sell to Syria could not threaten Israel
www.breakingnews.ie/2005/02/25/story191098.html

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Russia’s energy chief flies to Iran to seal nuclear deal :

Russia’s atomic agency chief, Alexander Rumyantsev, has flown to Iran to sign a vital agreement, on the return of nuclear fuel, that will finally allow Russia to launch the Islamic state’s first nuclear power plant.
www.iii.co.uk/news/?type=afxnews&articleid=5221732&action=article

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Ex-Israel Air Chief’s Appointment Fuels Speculation Over Iran Strike:

With the appointment of former air force supremo Dan Halutz as new chief of staff, Israel has put the ideal man in charge of the military for any potential air strike against Iranian nuclear facilities.
www.spacewar.com/news/iran-05l.html

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U.S. May Give EU Till June to Coax Iran on Nukes:

In its drive to stop Iran gaining any ability to make nuclear weapons, the United States is ready to give European allies only until June to cajole Tehran before Washington seeks U.N. sanctions, U.S. diplomatic documents show.
www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2005/02
/25/us_may_give_eu_till_june_to_coax_iran_on_nukes/

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In case you missed it:

Scott Ritter Says U.S. Plans June Attack On Iran:

Ritter said plans for a June attack on Iran have been submitted to President George W. Bush, and that the president has approved them.
207.44.245.159/article8130.htm

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The Real Threat Coming from Iran:

Iran is proposing to develop something far more threatening to Bush interests than nuclear capability, WMD’s, or even terrorists. Iran has been planning to set up an international oil exchange denominated in the Euro currency.
blog.lewrockwell.com/lewrw/archives/007485.html

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Professor criticizes U.S. foreign policy:

Stephen Zunes agrees with President Bush that democracy in Iran would be a good thing. He just finds it ironic that the country had a democratic government until 1953, when a CIA-led coup ousted it.
www.insidebayarea.com/dailyreview/localnews/ci_2584361

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Former UN chief weapons inspector warns of possibility of new arms race:

US plans to build new nuclear weapons could trigger another arms race, former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix warned Friday.
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Peace Movement Gears Up for Global Protests :

At Fort Bragg, the largest U.S. army installation in the world and home to the famed 82nd Airborne Division, the mood is not exactly buoyant.
www.ipsnews.net/new_nota.asp?idnews=27609

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Report: Israel to expand settlements:

Israel plans to build more than 6000 homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank this year, an Israeli newspaper has said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1DE47AEB-FDFC-464C-ABD2-4AB6D46EEA11.htm

tinyurl.com/5tenc

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 02/24/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/6wua5

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War Surgery in Haiti:

When surgeon Jean-Paul Dixmeras, MD, received a call from Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontičres (MSF) in late December he assumed it was to help victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. Instead, days later he was performing emergency surgery on wounded civilians who were caught in the crossfire of gang warfare on the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
www.doctorswithoutborders.org/publications/voices/2005/haiti_02-2005.shtml

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US demand for return of seized spy ship adds twist to Korean nuclear saga:

As diplomatic efforts to end a nuclear standoff between Washington and Pyongyang make little headway, a resolution has been introduced in the US Senate demanding North Korea return an American intelligence ship seized by the hardline communist state 37 years ago.
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Sidney Blumenthal: Lost in Europe:

The president doesn’t seem to realize it, but the Europeans still don’t buy his neocon vision — and they’ve backed him into a corner on Iran.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1425020,00.html

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Robin Cook: Pass laws have no place in Britain:

House arrest by ministerial order is an affront to the rule of law
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1424831,00.html

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Bigotry Targets Muslims in the U.S. :

There is no justification for racism or denial of civil liberties ˜ not in 1942 and not in 2005
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news3/latimes26.html

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Bush Gets Stoned by the World Media:

President Bush all but admits to illicit drug use for the first time. Overseas it’s the stuff of headlines. At home, the U.S. press has generally downplayed the story
www.truthout.org/docs_2005/printer_022405Z.shtml

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World: Signs Grow Of Dollar Losing Favor As World’s Reserve Currency:

For years, central banks around the world have held most of their foreign currency reserves in U.S. dollars. Now, there are signs that central banks are shifting away from dollar assets and into other currencies, such as euros.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2005/2/A490AE39-7C94-4193-8648-AAC6EC3C9B9D.html

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Warning from the markets :

If George W. Bush were half the capitalist he claims he is, he would listen to what the markets are telling him.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/02/24/opinion/eddollar.html

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Rocket Fuel Chemical Found in Breast Milk of Women in 18 States:

A toxic component of rocket fuel has been found in breast milk of women in 18 states and store-bought milk from various locations around the country.
www.livescience.com/humanbiology/050224_rocket_fuel.html

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Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2005

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Why are we welcoming this torturer?

Europe is tacitly condoning the Bush regime’s appalling practices

Victoria Brittain

George Bush is this week having an extravagantly orchestrated series of meetings with Europe’s leaders, designed to show a united front for the creation of democracy around the world. Tony Blair talks of our “shared values”. No one mentions the word that makes this show a mockery: torture.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8157.htm

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Core Values

By Chris Floyd

Here, where there should be thunderous denunciations of the Bush regime’s rape of American honor — a litany of sins that includes aggressive war, the decimation of cities, vile acts of torture, kidnappings, “renditions,” imprisonment without charges, indefinite detention, assassinations, war profiteering and the exaltation of presidential power above the reach of law — there has been only silent acquiescence, or the rare, decorous, timorous murmur, or, increasingly, enthusiastic support.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8161.htm

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“No Tyrant Can Stand Forever”

Least we forget the crimes, the pain, the death!

Bring These People To Justice Now!

6 Minute Video: Watch It Online Now – Windows Media.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8159.htm

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The Evolution of Revolution

Expelling the Demons of the Opiate

By Manuel Valenzuela

If you must believe in something, then believe in humanism, in compassion, in peace, love and togetherness. Believe in the Earth and the splendors of her surface. Believe in nature and in saving it from ourselves.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8158.htm

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Car Bomb Attack Kills 15 Iraqi Policemen :

At least four other police were killed in separate attacks across the country
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4822532,00.html

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3 People Killed and Another 8 were Injured in an Attack in Southern Baghdad
www.focus-fen.net/index.php?catid=138&newsid=58456&ch=0&datte=2005-02-24

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10 Iraqis, 2 US Soldiers Killed in Separate Attack:

The U.S. military says the soldiers were killed in bomb blasts in the towns of Qaryat and near Samara.
www.voanews.com/english/2005-02-24-voa3.cfm

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Ramadi residents flee city after latest US-led attacks:

Residents of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province some 100 km east of Baghdad, have started to flee the city following the latest offensive launched by US Marines and the Iraqi army.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IRIN/f088ccb9258d6720ea36591a9abb5b37.htm

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US Marine who killed unarmed Iraqi prisoner won‚t be charged:

A US marine, captured on film shooting a wounded Iraqi at point blank range during last year’s assault on Falluja, will not be formally charged.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/5C41ABE7-A613-47D1-AB91-C5298491BBFA.htm

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In case you missed it:

Unarmed And Wounded POW Shot In The Head By U.S. Marine
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7296.htm

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Where is al-Zarqawi?:

Asked if he thought al-Zarqawi escaped during last month’s U.S. assault on Fallujah, Majid smiled, took a drag on his cigarette and said, “Who knows that al-Zarqawi was ever in Fallujah?”
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War Crimes:

Congress dozes while detainees are sent to other countries to be tortured
www.villagevoice.com/news/0508,hentoff,61345,6.html

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Smearing an Anti-War Politician: The Galloway Saga:

“They can charge me with incitement to disaffection! I’ve already stated, many a time, that when my life ends I want the words to be chiselled on my gravestone: ‘He spent his life inciting them to disaffection; disaffection with war, disaffection with the capitalist system, disaffection with injustice!’”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8160.htm

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18 more UK troops face trial for Iraqi abuse :

Charges are set to be made against 11 more soldiers, as well as seven from the Parachute Regiment who have been accused of killing an 18-year-old Iraqi.
www.eveningtimes.co.uk/hi/news/5035964.html

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Court: Closure of soldier hearing illegal:

An Army officer illegally closed a December hearing on the alleged suffocation death of an Iraqi general and must keep open as much of the rest of the hearing as possible, a military appeals court ruled Wednesday.
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/10974862.htm

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Russia ‘committed Chechnya abuse’ :

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia committed serious abuses, including torture and extra-judicial killing, in Chechnya.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4295249.stm

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Kurds name their price for putting Shia party in power:

The Kurds are to stick to their demand for the oil city of Kirkuk and a degree of autonomy which is close to independence as negotiations begin to form the next Iraqi government.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=614128

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Ukraine ‘to withdraw Iraq troops’:

UKRAINE plans to pull out its 1650 troops currently serving in Iraq, the sixth-largest contingent in the US-led coalition forces, by the end of this year, the country’s new defence minister said today.
tinyurl.com/5lw63

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Churches attack Iraq troop plan:

A Christian alliance has savaged the Government’s decision to send more troops to Iraq as “scandalous”, saying the Prime Minister had broken trust with the Australian people.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/smh53.html

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Guard facing troop shortage for Iraq in 2006:

The Army National Guard will run short of troops for Iraq in 2006 unless the situation there improves or the 24-month limit on callups is changed, its top general said Wednesday.
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Pentagon seeks new anti-terror operation:

The Pentagon is promoting a global counterterrorism plan that would allow Special Operations forces to enter a foreign country to conduct military operations without explicit concurrence from the U.S. ambassador there, administration officials familiar with the plan said.
www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/nation/10977106.htm

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Iraqi TV airs tape of purported Syrian intelligence officer involved in insurgency:

“We received all the instructions from Syrian intelligence,‰ said the man, who appeared in the propaganda video along with 10 Iraqis who said they had also been recruited by Syrian intelligence officers.
tinyurl.com/4kugt

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Juan Cole: Show Trials and Phony Confessions Target Syria:

It is embarrassing that Allawi thought he could peddle this horse manure to the Iraqi and American publics.
www.juancole.com/2005/02/show-trials-and-phony-confessions.html

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Plan Behind Orchestrated Campaign Against Syria:

The tide is turning against Syria and it is turning fast. Both Israel and the United States are up in arms to bring an end to Syria‚s hegemony over Lebanese affairs. But one must not be too hasty to believe that the American-Israeli action is motivated by their earnest concern for Lebanese sovereignty.
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=59419&d=23&m=2&y=2005

tinyurl.com/4eabs

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Lebanon: Syrian troops pulling back :

“The Lebanese and Syrian leadership have met and decided on the sixth redeployment of the Syrian forces in Lebanon,” Murad said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/979E4920-18AD-4C1E-9C55-AA1AF21649F6.htm

tinyurl.com/5hpvl

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German Protesters Call Bush ‘No. 1 Terrorist’:

The official rally, which was twice as big as expected, never got within earshot of President Bush, but a small group of protestors rushed toward his car as he left to visit a U.S. base in nearby Wie
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Cartoon of the week
www.cristianfleming.org/index.php?d=2/22/05

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Witness in plot to kill Bush is dead:

The disclosure that a potential witness in the case is no longer alive could complicate the prosecution of Abu Ali on terrorism charges.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/213389_plot24.html

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Missile rejection perplexes U.S.:

Canada’s apparent decision to stay out of a North American missile-defence system has dumbfounded Americans as an unnecessary giveaway of sovereignty, Washington’s envoy to Ottawa said Wednesday.
cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2005/02/23/940281-cp.html

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UK: New evidence shows No 10 ‘push to war’ :

The Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, was at the centre of a deepening row today over his advice on the legality of the Iraq war.
www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/16847366?source=Evening%20Standard

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Even cowboys need friends :

Bush and Blair’s illegal war in Iraq has not made the world a safer place – only respect for international law can do that
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1423816,00.html

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Blair limits damage after terror rebellion :

The prime minister moved quickly today to defend his home arrests bill following last night’s rebellion by more than 30 Labour MPs, saying he “rejected completely” that it was a fundamental attack on long-standing civil liberties.
politics.guardian.co.uk/attacks/story/0,1320,1424303,00.html

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Brits, Yanks, Asleep as Ancient Liberties Fade:

Law after draconian law, has been placed on the statutory books in both countries that rip the revered “Rights of Englishmen,‰ the cherished U.S. Constitution, and the hallowed Bill of Rights to shreds.
usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/13354

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Qurei gains Parliament’s approval of his cabinet :

The Palestinian Parliament on Thursday approved a new cabinet composed largely of professionals and technocrats supposed to institute changes in Palestinian political life.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/02/24/news/ramallah.html

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Sharon’s List: The doomed settlements, a guide :

When Ariel Sharon began singling out settlements for future eviction, he knew just where to look.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=
543597&displayTypeCd=1&sideCd=1&contrassID=2

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Church council seeks pressure on Israel:

The governing body of the World Council of Churches has asked its members to consider bringing economic pressure on companies that benefit from Israeli policy in the Palestinian territories. American Jewish leaders have condemned the recommendation as biased.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apus_story.asp
?category=1110&slug=Christians%20Israel

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Anti-Zionist rabbis speak out in Beirut :

U.S. and British rabbis participating in a Beirut conference on Palestinians’ right of return said they did not recognize Israel, founded on Palestinian land.
www.menafn.com/qn_news_story.asp?StoryId=CqH1FueidBgvIyw5VBI1YywjIAxm

tinyurl.com/6kbff

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Reports: Indians Offer $25Bln in Russian Investments:

India has offered the government the prospect of $25 billion in investments into Russia’s oil and gas industry as New Delhi seeks to secure supplies and a stake in Yuganskneftegaz, Russia’s two leading business dailies reported Tuesday.
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2005/02/24/041.html

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Lawyer/activist speaks on human rights in Haiti :

Fanfan told of entire portions of the poor parts of major cities being evacuated or many people thrown in jail following the ouster of elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide in last year’s coup. A U.S.-backed government has run the country since.
www.courierpub.com/articles/2005/02/24/lincoln
countyweekly/local_news/n4lawyer.txt

tinyurl.com/47fmj

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Growing Protests Condemn Ottawa’s Role In Haiti Coup And Repression :

Growing numbers of people in Canada and around the world are raising their voices against the February 29, 2004 coup against the constitutional government of Haiti and the bloody repression that has reigned on that island ever since.
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=55&ItemID=7306

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Alí Rodríguez reports on plot against Chávez’ government:

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Alí Rodríguez Wednesday at the Organization of American States warned the international community against a likely plot “to physically liquidate” President Hugo Chávez.
english.eluniversal.com/2005/02/23/en_pol_art_23A535367.shtml

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Venezuelan blasts U.S. in speech:

In a speech to the OAS, Venezuela’s foreign minister repeated charges that the White House is trying to undermine Hugo Chavez’s government, including a plot to kill him.
www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/nation/10980861.htm

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Accused bombers won’t be extradited

United Press International (UPI) is reporting from Miami (Florida, USA) that a Miami immigration judge has barred the deportation of two former Venezuelan National Guard (GN) lieutenants accused of two bombings in Caracas.
www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=25854

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Russia, Brazil arms deals called defensive move:

Venezuela’s foreign minister yesterday denied his country was a destabilizing influence in the region and defended weapons deals with Russia and Brazil as purely defensive in nature.
tinyurl.com/5xz2a

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Venezuela denies arms race :

Venezuela‚s Foreign Minister has denied rumours that the current negotiations to purchase four oil tankers from Spanish shipbuilder Izar are part of an arms race.
www.motorship.com/currentnews/article.asp?ARTICLEID=3007

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Venezuela probes ex-Guatemala ruler sought by Spain:

Venezuelan authorities said on Wednesday they were investigating whether a former Guatemalan military ruler sought by Spain was living in Venezuela and would consider his extradition if requested
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N23221963.htm

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Company’s Work in Iraq Profited Bush’s Uncle:

The Iraq war helped bring record earnings to St. Louis-based defense contractor Engineered Support Systems Inc., and new financial data show that the firm’s war-related profits have trickled down to a familiar family name ˜ Bush.
tinyurl.com/4t4ka

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Nepal War Hits Stalemate for Rebels, Army :

The rebels control most of the countryside but are unable to gain control of Katmandu and other cities in this nation of 23 million.
tinyurl.com/3vtlf

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Valerie Plame and 30 Pieces of Silver:

Bribing and Twisting Amerian Journalists:
www.counterpunch.com/cloughley02242005.html

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Maureen Dowd: Swifties Slime Again:

Instead of trying to destroy AARP, Republicans should be signing up the seniors’ lobby to find Osama.
tinyurl.com/45lgl

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US bankruptcies Œto surge‚ amid junk bond deluge:

THE US is heading for a surge in bankruptcies and a dramatic increase in corporate debt default as the number of companies with bonds rated at the lowest end of the junk bond scale reaches record levels.
business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,16849-1497723,00.html

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Benderman Faces Court Martial:

“Seeing how dehumanizing it is for our men and women in order to get along in that environment takes away all our humanity,” he said in a Feb. 7 interview.
www.wtoctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=2989802&nav=0qq6WjvS

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Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2005

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Revealed: the rush to war

Richard Norton-Taylor

The attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, warned less than two weeks before the invasion of Iraq that military action could be ruled illegal. The government was so concerned that it might be prosecuted it set up a team of lawyers to prepare for legal action in an international court.
207.44.245.159/article8146.htm

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The Bigger They Are…

“Actually, it’s a lot of fun to fight. You know, it’s a hell of a hoot. … It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right upfront with you, I like brawling.” – Lt. Gen. James Mattis; USMC Feb 2, 2005

By Dom Stasi

What makes some guys like to fight? Why is it a hell of hoot?
207.44.245.159/article8152.htm

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12 dead in northern Iraq attacks:

Violence in Iraq killed 12 people in a spate of attacks in the northern part of the country, including a US soldier, local police and the US army said.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200502/s1309627.htm

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Iraqis killed as marines enter town:

“A pickup truck drove towards the building. Iraqi soldiers waved at it to stop but they didn’t stop. They didn’t pay attention. They turned around, and that’s when we shot them,” said Major Richard Seagrist.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7A1BD40C-B4AC-4635-B343-8FFBA52E0B0A.htm

snipurl.com/d05s

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Car Bomb In Mosul Kills Two, Wounds 14 : –

A car bomb exploded Wednesday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing two people and wounding 14 others, the U.S. military said.
www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,FL_bomb_022305,00.html

snipurl.com/d05t

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Beheaded Female Body Found in Northern Iraq:

Police say the body might of the journalist who was kidnapped two days ago in the town of Mosul.
www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=44934

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Pentagon probes rape of prisoner in Iraq:

Claims of sexual misconduct by US military personnel surfaced last year during the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, but this is the first known case of a soldier being accused of raping a detainee.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200502/s1309580.htm

snipurl.com/d05u

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Sunni clerics seek to form united front against occupation of Iraq:

A powerful group of Sunni Arab clerics in Iraq is forming a common front with groups who boycotted last month’s elections. They are aiming to force foreign troops out of Iraq through “political activism”.
news.ft.com/cms/s/560dbece-8478-11d9-ad81-00000e2511c8.html

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What the CIA’s Nazi Files Can Tell Us About Iraq:

Since the attacks of 11 September 2001, the American public has endured an astounding avalanche of official lies, half truths, pseudo-events and sheer balderdash that will surely enter the Guinness Book of Records.
207.44.245.159/article8150.htm

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Lebanese government dismisses U.S. and EU calls for prompt Syrian pullout:

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal cautioned the international community against blaming Syria for Hariri’s murder and dismissed calls for an immediate international probe into the case.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=12912

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Syria minister warns of Bush ‘plot’:

“What has happened in Lebanon is an inseparable part of the plan to restructure the Middle East. This causes real worries to the people of this region,” Shaban told Aljazeera.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4EE5CB31-3106-4A23-A07D-1E8A7FE51CD2.htm

snipurl.com/d05y

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After Iraq will the US attack Syria next?:

The history and consequence of imperial interventions in Syria and Lebanon
207.44.245.159/article8145.htm

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Justin Raimondo : They’ve Only Just Begun… :

The War Party’s agenda: Syria, Iran, and beyond
antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=4933

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Patrick Seale: Who killed Rafik Hariri? :

If Syria killed Rafik Hariri, Lebanon’s former prime minister and mastermind of its revival after the civil war, it must be judged an act of political suicide.
207.44.245.159/article8153.htm

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Our Friends, The Torturers:

The administration is trying to have it both ways in its so-called war on terror. It claims to be fighting for freedom, democracy and the rule of law, and it condemns barbaric behavior whenever it is committed by someone else. At the same time, it is engaged in its own barbaric behavior, while going out of its way to keep that behavior concealed from the American public and the world at large.
207.44.245.159/article8147.htm

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Secrecy reaches absurd level in detention:

Attorneys for the Justice Department appeared before a federal judge in Washington this month and asked him to dismiss a lawsuit over the detention of a U.S. citizen, basing their request not merely on secret evidence but also on secret legal arguments.
www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/news/editorial/10960904.htm

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U.S.-Held Prisoners Transferred Abroad Subjected to Torture :

Despite repeated denials from President Bush and others in his administration that the U.S. government does not engage in torture or hand over prisoners to nations that do, a number of eyewitness accounts and press reports contradict those White House assertions.
207.44.245.159/article8148.htm

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Interrogation tool defiles all involved:

The sexual humiliation of the detainees is sexual humiliation of the women as well.
207.44.245.159/article8149.htm

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Not in our name, Mr. President:

It won‚t be a pretty sight when Bush‚s dedicated supporters reach the breaking point. Make no mistake they will finally realize that lowering ourselves to the methods of our enemies damages the ultimate cause. As one former FBI agent is quoted in a recent magazine article, “Brutalization doesn‚t work. We know that. Besides, you lose your soul.‰
www.annistonstar.com/opinion/2005/as-editorials-0221-editorial-5b18q4103.htm

snipurl.com/d062

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British soldiers guilty of Iraq abuse :

A military jury convicted two British servicemen Wednesday on charges of involvement in abusing Iraqi civilians.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/02/23/europe/web.2302iraqtrial.html

snipurl.com/d064

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Grilling Canadian teen at Guantanamo Bay necessary, Canadian spy agency says:

His lawyers want the Federal Court to order an end to the interrogations and instead force Ottawa to provide him “real and substantive” consular help in Cuba.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1845&ncid=73
7&e=4&u=/cpress/20050221/ca_pr_on_na/khadr_abuse

snipurl.com/d065

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Bush: Iran Must Renounce Nuclear Ambitions:

“We absolutely agree that Iran must say no to any kind of nuclear weapons.” Schroeder said. “Iran must not have any nuclear weapons. They must waive any right to the production thereof.”
www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/w-eur/2005/feb/23/022301139.html

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Iran to Bush: Don’t Meddle with Our Independence:

“America does not like an independent Iran, the question is how far they can (take away Iran’s independence), and … what price they would have to pay to achieve that end,” he told a news conference after a weekly cabinet meeting.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=H34TV
T3ZPLNLOCRBAELCFEY?type=worldNews&storyID=7712450

snipurl.com/d068

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Bush or Bushehr? Russia puts its money on Iran:

A triangulation of interests has emerged in which Russia is keen on bolstering ties with the U.S., while signing defense contracts with Iran. – According to Izvestia, more than 1,500 Russian engineers are scheduled to bring Bushehr online by 2006.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=3&article_id=12884

snipurl.com/d069

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Russia torn:

Despite US concerns, and in an apparent affront to Washington, Russia insists on pursuing its nuclear-energy cooperation with Tehran, and its security ties with Damascus.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/GB23Ag01.html

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If Bush pushes criticism, Putin will push back :

In written answers to questions submitted by The New York Times before Bush left for Europe, Ushakov said Putin would likely respond to Bush’s criticism by raising “our own concerns about the situation in the United States and certain troubling aspects of Washington’s policies.”
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/02/22/news/diplo.html

snipurl.com/d06a

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In case you missed it:

Israel’s Secret Weapon :

This film is the story of the bomb, Vanunu and Israel’s wall of silence.
207.44.245.159/article6558.htm

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N.Korea to Return to Talks if Conditions Right:

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il told a Chinese envoy that his country would return to six-party nuclear talks if the conditions were right and the United States showed sincerity
snipurl.com/d06c

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Martin will reject missile defence: report:

Prime Minister Paul Martin will reject Canadian participation in the U.S. missile defence program.
www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2005/02/22/mckenna-missile050222.html

snipurl.com/d06e

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UK: How could attorney general support such a weak and dismal argument? :

The following is an extract from Lawless World: America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules.
207.44.245.159/article8154.htm

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John Major: Labour’s half-truths and spin are a cancer in the body politic:

Since leaving office, I have not sought publicity. Even when provoked I have usually kept my counsel. Yet the changing character of the way politics is conducted is an issue on which it would be wrong to remain silent.
snipurl.com/d06h

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Ignore the vanity of the Bushites, America’s might is draining away:

America‚s modesty in 1945 understated its muscle, just as Bushite vanity overstates it today. He has over-reached. His country is overstretched, losing economic momentum, losing world leadership, and losing the philosophical plot. America is running into the sand.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1065-1451138,00.html

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Gulf states a terror target:

“We’re aware of a new level of activity that targets not only Kuwait and other Persian Gulf states such as Qatar and Oman,” one administration official said.
www.wpherald.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20050223-111158-4929r

tinyurl.com/58xxm

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US has paid Pakistanis $57m for Qaeda tips:

The United States has given away the staggering sum of $57 million to informants in Pakistan who provided information about Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups and individuals, according to a senior US official.
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_23-2-2005_pg1_2

snipurl.com/d06i

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Aristide, Was Told Resign Or Die:

President Jean Betrand Aristide names two high level French emissaries who threatened him to resign or be killed.
207.44.245.159/article8151.htm

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Venezuela shows: Che’s spirit lives!:

Venezuela is a resource-rich nation. It is the fifth largest supplier of oil in the world and, according to the February 1 Wall Street Journal, the US depends on Venezuela for 11% of its oil imports. Despite this, by the time Chavez came to power in 1998, 80% of Venezuelans lived in poverty.
www.greenleft.org.au/back/2005/616/616p28.htm

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Why butchers from Mainz are not allowed to speak with the President: :

The German State Dept. in Berlin rejected a town meeting in which the questions were previously agreed upon, so now Bush is meeting with hand picked leaders of American institutions in Mainz/Frankfurt.

Translated from German.
207.44.245.159/article8155.htm

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Bush Drops Town Hall Meeting with Germans:

The main highlight of George W. Bush’s trip was meant to be a “town hall”-style meeting with average Germans. But with the German government unwilling to permit a scripted event with questions approved in advance, the White House has quietly put the event on ice.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,343281,00.html

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Thousands of Germans March to Protest Bush Visit :

Demonstrators pulled a float portraying a prisoner being beaten at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison through the German city of Mainz on Wednesday. The float featured a woman in military fatigues whipping a “prisoner” in an orange jumpsuit — a replication of abuse by US troops at the Baghdad prison.
tinyurl.com/6wemp

 
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FBI abandons whistleblower secrets claim:

Paving the way for a court case that will air embarrassing allegations about incompetence, poor security and possible espionage in the translation unit of the Bureau’s Washington Field Office.
www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20050222-072936-1680r.htm

snipurl.com/d06j

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In case you missed it?:

The Secret Government:

From The Archives: Bill Moyers, documents U.S. support of terrorist regimes and the brutality of Americas foreign policy.
207.44.245.159/article3281.htm

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Will there be a draft?:

As military recruiting stumbles and needs grow, some say draft may be impossible to ignore.
csmonitor.com/2005/0222/dailyUpdate.html

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George Monbiot: UK: Protest as harassment :

If you want to know how a leaflet could be seen as a criminal weapon, take a look at the new crime bill
www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,5673,1419908,00.html

snipurl.com/d06m

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Programs Bush Wants to Reduce or Kill :

The 154 programs that President Bush proposed to eliminate or cut in his 2006 budget.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=544&nci
d=693&e=4&u=/ap/20050222/ap_on_go_pr_wh/hit_list_list

snipurl.com/d06n

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Markets fall as Asian banks move away from dollar assets:

Financial markets reversed yesterday on concerns that Asian central banks were diversifying out of US dollar assets and that demand for oil would remain persistently strong.
news.ft.com/cms/s/24ccb72a-8540-11d9-a172-00000e2511c8.html

snipurl.com/d06p

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Dollar drops on reserves concerns :

The US dollar has dropped against major currencies on concerns that central banks may cut the amount of dollars they hold in their foreign reserves.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4287413.stm

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Swift boat adviser targets AARP on reform :

A conservative lobbying organization has hired some of the same consultants to orchestrate attacks on one of President Bush’s toughest opponents in the battle to overhaul Social Security.
www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0221socsec-battle21.html

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Our Godless Constitution:

Our Constitution makes no mention whatever of God. The omission was too obvious to have been anything but deliberate
www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20050221&s=allen

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