Information Clearing House  Digest March 8-11 2005

 
 

Date:Fri, 12 Mar 2005

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The Rendering

U.S. knowingly sending prisoners to be tortured in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan

By Chris Floyd

In the heady months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the chickenhawks of the Bush Regime were eager to flash their tough-guy cojones to the world. Led by the former prep-school cheerleader in the Oval Office, swaggering Bushists openly bragged of “kicking ass” with macho tactics like torture and “extraordinary rendition.”
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Global sheriff is slowly gaining on the US and its cavalier way with the law

Simon Tisdall

In the opinion of many legal experts, the US government broke international law when it waged war on Iraq without explicit UN backing. Unrepentant, it has reserved the right to take similar action again, unilaterally if need be. But another key pillar of global jurisprudence – laws concerning individual liberty, dignity and human rights – is proving harder for Washington to ignore: like a sheriff with a posse of deputies, international law is slowly catching up with the Bush administration.
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Land of “Murka‰

The Fundamentalist Threat

By Manuel Valenzuela

Once the right buttons are pushed, once new Pearl Harbors are manufactured, the Establishment has little problem bringing out their mobilized army of hypnotized primates, millions of citizens mutated by fear, hatred and anger, conditioned into them by the same elite that will begin exploiting their emotions, in short order bringing to the surface the ever dangerous, never thinking, blood-thirsty and always self-destructive human animal.
207.44.245.159/article8227.htm

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Prisoners at Abu Ghraib included children, commander says:

Children held by the U.S. Army at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison included one boy who appeared to be only about 8 years old, the former commander of the prison told investigators, according to a transcript.
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Further Evidence of Brutal U.S. Army Abuses :

The latest chapter in the torture and abuse of detainees held in U.S. custody includes a report of a formal agreement between the Army and the CIA to hide “ghost detainees” and an atmosphere of “releaseaphobia” that prevented innocent detainees from being freed.
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Documents Describe U.S. Pact on Iraq Ghost Detainees:

The U.S. military in Iraq and the CIA signed an agreement on keeping “ghost detainees” off the books and concealed from international observers, Pentagon documents made public on Thursday indicated.
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Government Documents on Torture :

Below are documents the government did not want the general public to read — including an FBI memo (pdf) stating that Defense Department interrogators impersonated FBI agents and used “torture techniques” against a detainee at Guantanamo.
www.aclu.org/International/International.cfm?ID=13962&c=36

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The Resort to Torture :

A recently released army documents detail ongoing sadistic abuse, torture and murder of Iraqi Prisoners of War (POW) and Iraqi detainees by US and British forces in occupied Iraq.
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Pentagon gets out the whitewash:

Pentagon not to blame for abuse:

The report resisted faulting senior military and civilian commanders for the abuse, although it acknowledges they failed to take swift action when torture allegations first came to light.
about.upi.com/products/perspectives/UPI-20050310-064724-7595R

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Democrats slam report that clears Pentagon:

Democrats on Thursday lambasted a Pentagon investigation into abuses at Abu Ghraib and other US military prisons, which found that no Pentagon policy was responsible for abusive treatment of prisoners.
news.ft.com/cms/s/0dc91e80-9191-11d9-8a7a-00000e2511c8.html

tinyurl.com/4jzw2

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British agents ‘broke rules’ in Abu Ghraib:

British intelligence officers sometimes broke the Geneva Convention while interrogating terror suspects held overseas in controversial US-run prisons, MPs warned today.
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Britain failed to properly press US over prisoner mistreatment:

MPs: Britain failed to properly investigate reports by its own intelligence officers about the abuse of prisoners in US custody in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, an influential lawmakers’ committee said.
tinyurl.com/58f4b

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After the War Comes Cancer :

Information collected for a German project investigating the use of uranium-charged ammunition in Iraq shows that when Iraqi women fear for their children’s health, it is with good reason.
www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,1564,1510710,00.html

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Iraq allies accused of failing to investigate civilian deaths :

Experts in public health from six countries, including the UK, today castigate the British and American governments for failing to investigate the deaths of civilians caught up in the conflict in Iraq.
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Half of prisoners at Guantanamo may be relocated :

The Pentagon is seeking to cut by more than half the population at its detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in part by transferring hundreds of suspected terrorists to prisons in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Yemen
www.sltrib.com/nationworld/ci_2604566

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Annan attacks erosion of rights in war on terror :

The UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, launched a fierce attack on Britain and the US yesterday for weakening human rights in the name of the war on terror.
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Annan hints US handing victory to terrorists :

UN chief Kofi Annan yesterday took a veiled swipe at the United States in a speech in which he said some countries were violating human rights in their fight against terrorism.
www.todayonline.com/articles/39474.asp

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14 Defining Characteristics Of Fascism:

Flash Presentation.
bushflash.com/14.html

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Publisher Says Bush Told Him in May 2000 He Planned to “Take Out” Iraq:

George W Bush told him in May 2000 – before he was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate – that he is going to “take out” Iraq and Saddam Hussein.
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Scott Ritter, Former UN weapons inspector on Iran, Iraq:
rawstory.com/news/2005/index.php?p=170

 
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Which War Is This Anyway?: Are We in World War IV?:

To listen to the neoconservatives and their various allies now embedded in the top ranks of the Bush administration (or in well-connected think tanks and front groups scattered inside Washington DC’s Beltway), we are in fact enmeshed in nothing less than “World War IV” today.
www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=2251

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Spanish clerics issue fatwa against bin Laden :

Clerics representing the majority of Spain’s one million Muslims have issued what they say is the world’s first fatwa against Osama

bin Laden.
www.mytelus.com/news/article.do?pageID=cbc/world_home&articleID=1869029

tinyurl.com/4n3zr

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50 killed in Mosul bombing :

At least 50 Iraqis were killed and 100 wounded when a suicide bomber blew up at a Shi’ite funeral in Mosul yesterday.
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=106459&Sn=WORL&IssueID=27356

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Rebel Mortar Attack Kills Two Iraqi Troops:

Rebels launched Friday a mortal shell attack against an Iraqi military base in Dhuluiya, 43 miles north of this capital, killing two Iraqi troops and wounding others
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Headless bodies found in mass graves:

A new wave of horror swept across Iraq yesterday after police discovered 41 headless or bullet-scarred corpses at two separate mass graves.
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UK went to war on one page of legal advice :

The cabinet secretary yesterday astonished politicians by disclosing that Britain went to war against Iraq on just one page of legal advice from Lord Goldsmith, the attorney general.
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UK: Anti-Terror Bill: Deadlock Broken :

Mr Blair insisted that did not amount to the “sunset clause‰ demanded by Tories which would automatically see the powers lapse.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4244098

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UN envoy to give ultimatum to Syria’s Assad on Lebanon withdrawal :

“If he doesn’t deliver, there will be total political and economic isolation of his country. There is a steel-hard consensus in the international community,” a senior UN official said.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/136866/1/.html

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Translated text of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s speech made before the People’s Assembly in Damascus
www.cggl.org/scripts/document.asp?id=46223

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Reading the tea leaves in Beirut:

The highlight of the event was the speech by Hassan Nasrallah and it is worth paying attention to what he said.
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U.S. denies it’s ready to accept Hezbollah political role :

“The report suggests that our view has changed on Hezbollah. It has not,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters traveling with President George W. Bush to Louisville, Kentucky.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/550729.html

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EU brands Hizbullah a terror group:

The EU is under pressure from the United States and Israel to add the Iranian-backed Hizbullah to its list of outlawed terrorist organizations, obliging member states to seize its assets and take action against its members.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3056692,00.html

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US and EU agree on joint Iran approach :

After months of dispute, with the United States agreeing to offer modest economic incentives and the Europeans agreeing to take the issue to the UN Security Council if negotiations fail, senior U.S. officials said.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/03/11/news/iran.html

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Pakistan Opposition Halts Parliament Over Iran Nuclear Controversy:

Pakistan’s political opposition stormed out of parliament Friday over government statements that a top Pakistani nuclear scientist provided Iran with centrifuges.
www.voanews.com/english/2005-03-11-voa30.cfm

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Iraq War Compels Pentagon to Rethink Big-Picture Strategy:

Something happened on the way to the wars of the future: The Pentagon became bogged down in an old-fashioned, costly and drawn-out war of occupation.
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Marines miss recruiting goals for second month :

Marine Corps recruiters are having an unusually hard time finding enough young people who want to be one of “the few, the proud.”
www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20050310-1509-cnsmarines.html

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US’s $5 billion nuclear gamble with China:

On the surface, it’s the biggest deal in the history of the Export-Import Bank of the United States – US$5 billion to finance the building of Chinese nuclear power plants by US firms in the energy-starved economic giant.
www.atimes.com/atimes/China/GC11Ad05.html

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Iranian President arrived in Venezuela:

Tehran and Caracas are expected to sign several crude oil, gas, maritime transportation, housing construction, and agrarian agreements.
www.eluniversal.com/2005/03/10/en_pol_art_10A540179.shtml

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Venezuela Chavez Says Iran Has Right to Atomic Energy
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Venezuela signed a contract with Russia:

Venezuela signed on Thursday a contract with Russia on the delivery of 10 helicopters worth 120 million US dollars.
www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=1819818&PageNum=0

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Bolivia on the Brink:

Blockades, Protests and Meddling by the US
www.counterpunch.org/ledebur03112005.html

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US risks losing the plot over Cuba :

Unrelenting United States pressure on Cuba, is testing relations between the Bush administration and a new generation of centre-left Latin American leaders.
www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=199379&area=/insight/insight__international

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Haiti’s Prime Minister Yvon Neptune rushed to hospital in critical condition:

Yvon Neptune, Haiti‚s prime minister under President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, on a hunger strike since Feb. 20, has fallen into critical condition and was rushed to a hospital by U.N. soldiers Thursday evening
www.haitiaction.net/News/HAC/3_11_5.html

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U.S. budget deficit widens to record $113.94 billion in February:

The United States posted a record $113.94 billion budget deficit in February, above most Wall Street forecasts, as higher government receipts were not enough to cover a spending increase.
www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=bondsNews&storyID=7869195

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China’s Foreign Reserves Fall :

China cut the share of its foreign reserves held in U.S. dollar assets last year, suggesting that the United States might no longer be able to rely on Asia to finance growing deficits.
www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2005/03/11/ap1878397.html

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China, Greenspan rub saltin dollar wound:

The US dollar was struggling near a two-month low against the euro on Friday as the market braced for fresh trade data that were likely to show a further widening of the trade gap.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/GC12Dj01.html

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Paul Craig Roberts: So Much for the New Bush Economy:

The February payroll jobs figures released last Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show a continuation of America’s descent into a third world service economy.
www.counterpunch.org/roberts03102005.html

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Congress considers easing toll restrictions:

The legislation, backed by the Bush administration, would give states greater authority to impose tolls.
www.insidebayarea.com/sanmateocountytimes/news/ci_2604376

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Debt bill toughens the course for filers:

The Frank McBride family of Waukegan would have had to significantly reduce their monthly living expenses if he filed for bankruptcy protection under changes passed by the Senate Thursday.
www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-0503110
332mar11,1,5708207.story?coll=chi-business-hed

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Running Away to Retire:

Americans retiring to other countries where the prices are low and the living is easy. Hot spots like Costa Rica, Panama and Belize look like Florida circa 1970
msnbc.msn.com/id/7102314/site/newsweek/

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Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2005

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Land of “Murka” Part II

The Fundamentalist Threat

By Manuel Valenzuela

Once the right buttons are pushed, once new Pearl Harbors are manufactured, the Establishment has little problem bringing out their mobilized army of hypnotized primates, millions of citizens mutated by fear, hatred and anger, conditioned into them by the same elite that will begin exploiting their emotions, in short order bringing to the surface the ever dangerous, never thinking, blood-thirsty and always self-destructive human animal.
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The invisible wounded

By Mark Benjamin

Injured soldiers evacuated to the U.S. never arrive in the light of day — and the Pentagon has yet to offer a satisfactory explanation why.
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“Sacrifices,” the Cost of War and “War-Resistance” in the Ranks

By: Jack Dalton

When was it the state gained the power to dictate to any of us when, where, how and if, we will participate in the killing of other human beings? When was it the state gained the power over us to tell anyone of us we will go to jail if we are not willing to participate in the mass murder that is war, let alone one launched behind deliberate lies and disinformation as this one in Iraq?
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Funeral Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 36 :

A suicide bomber blew himself during a funeral in the courtyard of an Iraqi Shiite mosque today, killing at least 36 people and injuring 25.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4237047

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5 Policemen killed in Baghdad shootings :

Five people, including two police chiefs, were killed in a series of shootings in Baghdad today.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1434569,00.html

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Iraq violence continues unabated:

A booby-trapped corpse exploded south of Baghdad, killing four Iraqi police officers.
www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews&id=82719

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US soldier killed by roadside bomb north of Baghdad:

One US soldier died and another was injured in a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq Wednesday, a statement by the multi-national force said.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=711947

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Shia, Kurd strike deal to form govt:

Iraq’s Shia-dominated United Iraqi Alliance and a Kurdish coalition have struck a deal that will allow a new government to be named when the National Assembly convenes next week.
tinyurl.com/6cvn3

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Seven Polish soldiers arrested after returning from Iraq :

Five Polish army officers and two civilian contractors who served in Iraq have been arrested on suspicion of taking bribes for contracts to rebuild the country, the military police said on Thursday.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20050310-0715-iraq-poland-arrests.html

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Secret FBI Report Questions Al Qaeda Capabilities:

No ‘True’ Al Qaeda Sleeper Agents Have Been Found in U.S. A secret FBI report obtained by ABC News concludes that while there is no doubt al Qaeda wants to hit the United States, its capability to do so is unclear.
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Troops Who Fired On Hostage Were Protecting U.S. Ambassador
www.nbc4.tv/news/4271539/detail.html

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Berlusconi contradicts US friendly-fire account :

The Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, said today the driver of the car in which an Italian agent was killed by US forces in Iraq last week had obeyed orders to stop.
www.guardian.co.uk/italy/story/0,12576,1433938,00.html

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US troops get training to avoid friendly-fire attacks on British:

Thirty-two “blue-on-blue” attacks on British and other coalition vehicles have been logged in the past twelve months in southern Iraq, Britain‚s area of responsibility.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1517327,00.html

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Pakistan: Khan supplied Iran centrifuges:

A nuclear scientist who is at the heart of an international nuclear black market investigation gave centrifuges to Iran, but Pakistan’s government knew nothing about the transfer, the information minister has said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E5839FCB-16FC-4015-A3A5-3CF5208737C4.htm

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Richard Butler : Heavily armed duo in no position to lay down law on proliferation:

Thwarting Iran’s nuclear ambitions would be easier if the US and Israel kept their side of the bargain
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Sam Nunn: US not example for nuclear non-proliferation:

“It’s awfully hard to ask countries around the globe to do a lot more to fight against the North Koreans or the Iranians getting nuclear weapons if we ourselves seem to be increasing our dependence on nuclear weapons,” Nunn said.
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Syrian Troops Continue Withdrawing from Lebanon :

Almost half of Syrian’s 14,000 troops in Lebanon were involved in the withdrawal, which will take up to 10 days, according to Lebanese defense Minister Abdul Rahim Mrad.
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=78232

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Syrians rally around their leader:

THE relief on President Assad‚s face was visible, as the young Syrian leader waved from a balcony to tens of thousands of his cheering supporters who turned out on the streets of Damascus yesterday to give the beleaguered regime a badly needed boost.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-1518520,00.html

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US called ready to see Hezbollah in Lebanon role:

The administration‚s shift was described by American, European and United Nations officials as a reluctant recognition that Hezbollah, besides having a militia and “sponsoring attacks” on Israelis, is an enormous political force in Lebanon that could block Western efforts to get Syria to withdraw its troops.
news.ft.com/cms/s/4ec52cf2-913d-11d9-8a7a-00000e2511c8.html

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Karami pledges unity government:

Reappointed pro-Syrian Prime Minister Umar Karami has risked a fresh battle with the opposition that had forced the Sunni Muslim politician to quit only 10 days ago.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4CFA01F9-5310-413E-B638-75CB8A3FED45.htm

tinyurl.com/6co5s

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U.S. Raps Israel Over Lebanon Remarks :

The United States has asked Israel to stop making statements about the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon, believing the comments undermine American interests
www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=10620

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Patriot crews heading to exercise in Israel :

U.S. Patriot missile crews stationed in Germany are once again headed to Israel to participate in a joint exercise with the Israeli military.
stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=27624

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Israeli study: Government violated law on outposts:

The Israeli government is funding and building Jewish settlement outposts across the West Bank in violation of its own laws and international mandates, according to a government-sanctioned report

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Sharon’s cellmate :

If my prime minister is a war criminal, so is Tony Blair
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1434053,00.html

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Family of British Cameraman Accuses Israeli Forces of Cover Up :

The family of James Miller, the British cameraman killed in Rafah City, south of Gaza Strip, accused the Israeli occupation forces of covering up for the soldiers who killed him, vowing to prosecute the Israeli army in court.
www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/details.asp?name=3165

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Bush‚s choice for United Nations comes with strong pro-Israel record
tinyurl.com/4aqfk

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Sidney Blumenthal: The enemy within :

How an Americanist devoted to destroying international alliances became the US envoy to the UN
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It is not democracy that’s on the march in the Middle East :

Managed elections are the latest device to prop up pro-western regimes
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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 03/09/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
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Taiwan issue could lead to war, says China:

CHINA is demanding that the Howard Government review its 50-year-old military pact with the US, warning that the ANZUS alliance could threaten regional stability if Australia were drawn into Sino-US conflict over Taiwan.
www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/common/
story_page/0,5936,12477132%255E421,00.html

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Gwynne Dyer: The secret of ballistic missile defence :

The notion that North Korea might fire one or two ballistic missiles at the US, even if it had a few long-range missiles and nuclear warheads to put on them, is ludicrous.
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=3/9/2005&Cat=14&Num=001

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Chávez: “Washington has done all it can to topple my government”:

In a press conference in Paris, Chávez reminded the audience “how the Bush administration plotted and staged a coup against Venezuela and my government”.
www.eluniversal.com/2005/03/09/en_pol_art_09A539691.shtml

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Statements Indicate Chávez May Indeed Be in Somebody’s Crosshairs :

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has repeatedly claimed that the U.S. government has plans to assassinate him, recent statements by the top U.S. official in Venezuela appear to back up his fears of a plot against his life.
www.ipsnews.net/africa/interna.asp?idnews=27799

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US Not Seeking Confrontation With Venezuela’s Chavez :

In congressional testimony, Ms. Rice said U.S. officials are concerned about whether Mr. Chavez intends to govern democratically, and about his relationship with Cuba’s President Fidel Castro.
www.voanews.com/english/2005-03-09-voa73.cfm

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Noriega: Chávez’ Venezuela does not help to improve democracy in Latin America:

In relation to Chávez, Noriega said that the Venezuelan President’s “efforts to concentrate power at home, his suspect relationship with destabilizing forces in the region, and his plans for arms purchases are causes of major concern.”
www.eluniversal.com/2005/03/09/en_pol_art_09A539717.shtml

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Chavez seeks Iran economic ties :

The presidents of two leading oil producing nations, Venezuela and Iran, are due to meet to discuss closer economic co-operation.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4336169.stm

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Seven Pillars of International Power of Hugo Chávez :

This remarkable document might serve to wake progressive U.S. citizens up to the fact that all South America is moving to get out of the ruinous situation in which we are all involved and that, if we don‚t wake up, too, we will be left behind.
207.44.245.159/article8221.htm

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Haiti’s Aristide Says Will Return:

Ousted Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide said Wednesday he expected to return to his country as president, but added he did not know when and denied involvement in recent protests aimed at restoring him.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7855281

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In the shadow of Aristide:

On March 2, Haitian police fired on a peaceful demonstration in the capital slum of Bel-Air, killing three and wounding several more, bringing the death total to nearly 30 in just five days.
tinyurl.com/6kfv3

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Four U.S. senators call for Haiti’s jailed former premier to either be charged or released
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Agent Orange Case for Millions of Vietnamese Is Dismissed:

A federal judge in Brooklyn today dismissed a damage suit filed on behalf of millions of Vietnamese that claimed American chemical companies committed war crimes by supplying the military with the defoliant Agent Orange.
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Disabled veterans protest budget proposal for health care :

Hundreds of disabled veterans booed and jeered Republican House members on Tuesday for their budget proposal for veterans‚ health care, which critics call inadequate to deal with the future needs of current troops.
www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=27651

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‘Remember his love for life’ :

Wife and 3-year-old daughter mourn death of soldier in Iraq
www.sunnews.com/news/2005/part1/0310/SWOBLER.htm

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Burlington Votes to Bring the Troops Home Now! :

“A town meeting revolt over the Iraq war” is what The Christian Science Monitor called Vermont’s historic votes for anti-war resolutions in 49 of 57 cities and towns. The resolutions passed not only in traditional liberal strong holds, but also in rural areas usually dismissed as conservative.
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=1&ItemID=7407

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Court hears antiwar protestor acted ‘on philosophies of Isaiah’:

Mr O‚Reilly said, in reply to his counsel, that Shannon Airport had become “a pit stop for death” and by damaging the aircraft he wanted to prevent the death of thousands of Iraqis
212.2.162.45/news/story.asp?j=136341308&p=y3634zxy4&n=136342068

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London peace camp to protest against US targeting of Iran :

“The ‘war on terror’ continues with the sights now set on Syria and Iran together with an unprecedented attack on civil liberties,” MFAW said in announcing the three-day peace camp starting next Wednesday.
www.payvand.com/news/05/mar/1083.html

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Military hopefuls called anti-social:

Young Canadians interested in joining the military tend to lack life goals, feel alienated and accept violence to achieve ends, says an internal army study
tinyurl.com/5jh2w

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Tougher bankruptcy bill gains in Senate:

The Republican-controlled Senate cleared the way for a final vote as early as Wednesday on an industry-backed bill to make it harder for consumers to wipe out debt through bankruptcy.
www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-05030903
15mar09,1,4542629.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

tinyurl.com/48ope

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Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2005

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Senator Byrd is Correct to Equate Bush With Hitler

by Harvey Wasserman

The U.S. Senate’s senior Constitutional scholar has correctly equated Bush with Hitler, and the usual attack dogs are howling. But they are wrong, and Americans must now face the harsh realities of an increasingly fascist and totalitarian GOP.
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Butt Prints In The Sand

By Sheila Samples

Face it. Bush gets away with murder for just one reason — because the media allows it, encourages it, and spends big bucks producing it. Bush’s war-on-evildoers-turned-war-on-terror-turned-regime-change-turned-crusade
-for-freedom-and-democracy is a media-orchestrated production, complete with banners, flag backdrops, bells and whistles. In case you haven’t noticed what the rest of the world knew at the outset — the illusion of Bush as a strong, principled leader is also a media creation. Totally.
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Security forces find 41 corpses in Iraq:

Iraqi officials said today that 41 bodies ˜ some bullet-riddled, others beheaded ˜ have been found at two separate sites, and they believe some of the corpses are Iraqi soldiers who had been kidnapped and killed.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/3076445

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Truck bomb kills 4 in Baghdad:

A suicide bomber detonated a garbage truck packed with explosives outside the Agriculture Ministry and a hotel used by Western contractors, killing at least three people, officials said. The bomber also died.
www.boston.com/dailynews/068/world/Security_forces_find_41_corpse:.shtml

tinyurl.com/3m22e

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Bomb Kills Two and Another Four are Injured in Basra
www.focus-fen.net/index.php?catid=138&newsid=59315&ch=0&datte=2005-03-09

tinyurl.com/6hte9

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U.S. Soldier Killed In IED Attack:

A Task Force Baghdad Soldier died March 9 when his patrol was hit by an improvised explosive device around 3:30 p.m.
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Repo
rt.asp?CasualtyReport=20050305.txt

tinyurl.com/4gdph

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After the War Comes Cancer :

The number of cancer cases and children born with deformities has skyrocketed after the two Gulf Wars.
www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,1564,1510710,00.html

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Returning US marines prepare for the battle to retain sanity:

The emotional toll is real. Sixteen per cent of army personnel who served in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 report combat related mental illness. There has been a marked rise in the number of broken marriages, car accidents, fights and alcohol and drug abuse.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/
03/08/wirq108.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/03/08/ixworld.html

tinyurl.com/6nbw3

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Protests Planned Across the U.S.

Bring the Troops Home Now!
www.commondreams.org/news2005/0309-21.htm

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UK: Blair broke code to keep war advice from Cabinet:

Tony Blair is facing calls for a formal investigation after it emerged that he breached the official code of conduct for ministers by failing to show the Attorney General’s full advice on the legality of the Iraq war to the Cabinet.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=618151

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Clare Short: How ministers were misled on the legality of Iraq invasion:

I have gone over in detail the process by which Blair gave his advice on the legality of the war. I have concluded that he failed to comply with the Ministerial Code when giving his advice to the Cabinet and that he misled the Cabinet about his legal advice.
comment.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=618099

tinyurl.com/3nt8c

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US threatens to take actions against Iran :

The United States warned of Iran on Tuesday that it will consider possible actions against Iran if Iran does not fulfill its obligations to stop its sensitive nuclear activities.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-03/09/content_2671031.htm

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Iranians threaten to break off negotiations with EU3:

Tehran insists it is intended solely to generate electricity and has rejected an EU demand to end its uranium enrichment program, which could be used to produce fuel for nuclear power plants or atomic weapons.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=13256

tinyurl.com/7yayo

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Intelligence about Iran for Bush is called weak :

A presidential commission due to report to President George W. Bush this month will describe American intelligence on Iran as inadequate and not complete enough to allow firm judgments about that country’s illicit weapons programs
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/03/08/news/intel.html

tinyurl.com/5q9x3

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Robert Fisk: Half a million gather for pro-Syrian rally to defy vision of US:

It was a warning. – Lebanon can no longer be taken for granted. The “cedar” revolution now has a larger dimension, one that does not necessarily favour America’s plans.
207.44.245.159/article8217.htm

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Syria vows complete withdrawal before may:

The Syrian ambassador in Washington Imad Mustafa said that Syria started to withdraw its forces from Lebanon as from Tuesday and that the withdrawal will be completed before May.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/050309/2005030912.html

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George W. Bush – The 13th Shi’a Imam :

It is now clear that the Bush administration has done more than any other American leader to advance the interests of Shi’a Islamic political leadership in Iran and indeed, in the rest of the Middle East.
www.truthout.org/docs_2005/030805F.shtml

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Patrick J. Buchanan: The Stillborn Empire:

For America 2005, unlike the America we knew not long ago, has become a newly dependent nation, dependent on the Gulf for oil to run our economy, on imports for the necessities of our national life, on Beijing and Tokyo to buy the bonds to subsidize our self-indulgent lifestyles.
amconmag.com/2005_03_14/buchanan.html

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Chalmers Johnson: The Largest Covert Operation in CIA History:

The Central Intelligence Agency has an almost unblemished record of screwing up every “secret” armed intervention it ever undertook. From the overthrow of the Iranian government in 1953 through Ronald Reagan’s Iran-contra war against Nicaragua, there is not a single instance in which the agency’s activities did not prove acutely embarrassing to the United States.
207.44.245.159/article8218.htm

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In case you missed it:

Chalmers Johnson: Militarism and the American Empire:

Chalmers Johnson, on the nature of the American Empire and its costs and consequences for the future of American democracy and power in the world. Real Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6379.htm

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John Bolton, Neoconman

I hope you’re enjoying the second term of the Cheney Administration. If you needed any more evidence that Cheney and the neocons are running the show, look no further than John Bolton
www.progressive.org/webex05/wx030805.php

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Ten Questions the Senate Should Ask John Bolton at his Confirmation Hearing, But Probably Won’t
www.ips-dc.org/comment/Bennis/boltonquestions.htm

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From Right to Left: -or, How I Discovered W‚s Plan for Global Domination:

It frightens me to think that the very same people who re-elected W, blindly supported the war and vilified those who questioned it, are no longer talking about the whereabouts of Iraq‚s WMDs, but of the threat coming from Iran and Syria.
207.44.245.159/article8220.htm

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The last of the utopian projects :

Perestroika plunged Russia into social ruin – and the world into an unprecedented superpower bid for global domination
www.guardian.co.uk/russia/article/0,2763,1433430,00.html

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Israel ‘funded illegal outposts’ :

Israeli state bodies have been secretly diverting millions of dollars to build illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank, an official report has revealed.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4328817.stm

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Bush’s guru

Uri Avnery looks at how George W. Bush’s mentor, Anatoly “Natan” Sharansky, has achieved notoriety in Israel as an uncompromising activist against the human (and any other) rights of the Palestinians in the occupied territories.
www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/uavnery117.htm

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Ex-Marine Says Public Version of Saddam Capture Fiction:

A former U.S. Marine who participated in capturing ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said the public version of his capture was fabricated.
207.44.245.159/article8219.htm

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Chechen Rebels Vow to Fight on After Chief Killed:

Chechen guerrilla leader Aslan Maskhadov was killed by Russian security forces, giving a boost to President Vladimir Putin, but supporters vowed their fight for Chechnya’s independence would go on.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7844315

tinyurl.com/5ohys

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Chavez: Our oil reserve does not belong to Mr. Bush:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Monday accused the United States of planning to portray his country as a security threat in order to capture its vast oil reserves.
www.energybulletin.net/4656.html

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Haiti bars Miami lawyer with Aristide ties:

Haitian authorities at the Port-au-Prince airport refused to let Miami attorney Ira Kurzban enter the country Monday because of his close ties to former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/haiti/11077232.htm

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U.S. Envoy Says IRA Must Disband:

The U.S. envoy to Northern Ireland called Wednesday for the IRA to disband and its allied Sinn Fein party to accept the legitimacy of the police force.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/03/09/world/main678993.shtml

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Spy Agencies Fear Some Applicants Are Terrorists:

U.S. counterintelligence officials are increasingly concerned that Al Qaeda sympathizers or operatives may have tried to get jobs at the CIA and other U.S. agencies in an effort to spy on American counterterrorist efforts.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news3/latimes31.htm

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FBI Warns of ‘Special Interest’ Aliens:

FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress on Tuesday that people from countries with ties to al-Qaida have crossed into the United States from Mexico, using false identities.
start.earthlink.net/article/top?guid=20050308/
422d3150_3ca6_1552620050308-2101505453

tinyurl.com/6jqz6

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Singapore Surpasses U.S. As Top Tech Nation :

The U.S. drops from first to fifth in the rankings, which measures the propensity for countries to exploit the opportunities offered by information and communications technology (ICT).
www.forbes.com/home/technology/2005/03/09/cx_0309wef.html

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Bad News on Bankruptcy Bill:

Democrats broke ranks to vote for cloture, including many of the usual suspects — Biden, Lieberman, Nelson, etc., even Herb Kohl. It is deeply disappointing that this sop to the credit card companies will be getting passed.
www.politicalstrategy.org/archives/001214.php

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Hospitals can end life support:

A patient’s inability to pay for medical care combined with a prognosis that renders further care futile are two reasons a hospital might suggest cutting off life support
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/3073295

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Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005

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Twisting the Minds of the American People

More War Crimes

By Brian Cloughley

The attitude of millions of Americans is exactly that of the German supporters of fascism in the 1930s and early 1940s. – The present wave of hysterical intolerance in the US makes the McCarthy years of persecution look benign, because the idea has been planted by Bush and his people that US citizens are superior in every possible way. There can be no admission of frailty, and no acceptance of equality. International law and treaties are ignored or treated with contempt, and human dignity has become irrelevant. Hysterical ultra-nationalism is thriving and gathering pace.
207.44.245.159/article8214.htm

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The Resort to Torture

There’s no justification for kicking an enemy [POW] when he‚s wounded on the ground in front of you and about to die‰

By Ghali Hassan

A recently released army documents detail ongoing sadistic abuse, torture and murder of Iraqi Prisoners of War (POW) and Iraqi detainees by US and British forces in occupied Iraq.
207.44.245.159/article8215.htm

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The Way Tyranny Works

Opposing It Is Unpatriotic!

Theodore E. Lang

Politics conveys and legitimizes the power to steal, kill, transfer rightfully-owned wealth and property wrongfully to others, and to kidnap and incarcerate those who oppose the “legitimate authority‰ of the corrupt politicians.
207.44.245.159/article8213.htm

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Senior Iraqi official slain, 15 headless corpses found :

“Al-Qaeda militants” gunned down a senior Iraqi offical Tuesday and soldiers discovered 15 beheaded bodies as the furore over the US shooting of an Italian intelligence agent threatened to carve a deep rift between Washington and Rome.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=38252

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US troops clash with Iraqi insurgents :

At least seven people were reported to have been killed in violence in Iraq today
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1433112,00.html

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RAF Hercules that crashed killing 10 ‘was hit by missile’:

A missile fired by insurgents from the ground probably destroyed an RAF Hercules C-130 cargo plane in Iraq with the loss of 10 British special operations servicemen, an interim report by Ministry of Defence accident investigators has revealed.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=617839

tinyurl.com/3l9vb

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Army report: U.S. lost control in Iraq three months after invasion :

The report was authored by Maj. Isaiah Wilson, the official historian of the U.S. Army for the Iraq war. He deemed the military performance in Iraq mediocre and said the army could lose the war.
www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/05/breaking2453436.980555556.html

tinyurl.com/42tcs

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Iraq – A Quarterly Report:

Are you one of the millions of delusional Americans who believe things are “getting better” in Iraq? You can hardly be blamed.
207.44.245.159/article8216.htm

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‘Ramadi Madness’: Scene by scene:

Scene 12: Titled ‘Bloodclot’: Nighttime outdoors. A detainee who appears to have been shot is moaning. Soldier holding a gun looks at the camera and says, “This (expletive) shot at me.” Soldier appears to kick wounded detainee.
www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/news/
epaper/2005/03/06/m16a_videoscene_0305.html

tinyurl.com/5493m

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Creating Another Fallujah Horror Show:

Two new pictures of Zarqawi issued as net tightens:

They became public as the city of Samarra was surrounded by United States troops and Iraqi army soldiers after intelligence reports that Zarqawi was hiding in the insurgent stronghold north of Baghdad.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/
2005/03/08/wirq08.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/03/08/ixworld.html

tinyurl.com/5ojqy

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“Foreign Forces Must Leave Iraq as Soon as Possible,” Declares the Head of the Shiite Alliance:

No one in Iraq desires the establishment of permanent foreign bases on our land. The United Nations Security Council resolutions are clear: it will be up to the elected Iraqi government, when the time comes, to give those forces a specific departure date. As soon as possible.”
www.truthout.org/docs_2005/030705I.shtml

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Over million Lebanese take to the street in support of Syria:

They condemned “the US and French interference in Lebanon’s affairs and shouted that Resolution 1559, “which serves Israel’s interests, is aimed at undermining the Lebanese resistance.”
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=711601

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Hezbollah supporters cram Beirut to support Syria:

Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese swarmed into Beirut today for a mass rally called by the Shia Muslim group Hezbollah to denounce Western interference in the country and global demands for Syria to pull out its troops.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1516631,00.html

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Arab nations see Bolton nomination as signal of tough U.S. line on Iran, Syria:

Some in the Middle East saw Bolton’s nomination, announced Monday, as a sign that hard-liners in favor of a more aggressive U.S. policy abroad are becoming stronger in Washington.
cbsnewyork.com/international/UN-USAmbassador-World-ai/resources_news_html

tinyurl.com/6h9vc

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Hopes dim for early Syrian exit from Lebanon :

Damascus summit agrees only on pullback to east
www.guardian.co.uk/syria/story/0,13031,1432623,00.html

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Syria Says Lebanon Pullout to Include Intelligence:

“The fact that security forces were not mentioned in the statement is merely because they move along with the armed forces. It is a given. The withdrawal is of all Syrian forces,” the source told Reuters.
www.focus-fen.net/index.php?catid=138&newsid=59240&ch=0&datte=2005-03-08

tinyurl.com/3jldj

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Giuliana Sgrena: My truth:

The Italian journalist who was injured by U.S. fire on her release in Iraq give her account of what occurred.
www.onlinejournal.com/Media/030605Sgrena/030605sgrena.html

tinyurl.com/6cvvr

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U.S. Rejects Italy Journalist’s Claims :

“It’s absurd to make any such suggestion, that our men and women in uniform would deliberately target innocent civilians. “That’s just absurd,” McClellan repeated.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=544&ncid
=703&e=6&u=/ap/20050307/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_italian_journalist

tinyurl.com/6u26v

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Pentagon memo blames Italians for Iraq shooting:

The US military has said its forces gave ample warning to the driver of Ms Sgrena’s car, which they said was approaching at speed when they opened fire.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200503/s1318993.htm

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George Soros says US approach to terrorism creates hate:

US billionaire financier George Soros on Tuesday slammed as dangerous Washington’s strategy to fight terrorism, saying it was creating anger and resentment around the world.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=38250

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The Strange Case of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali:

The case is far from as open-and-shut as the FBI might suggest. Indeed, a number of aspects of the prosecution are deeply troubling.
writ.news.findlaw.com/cassel/20050307.html

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In case you missed it:

Our Presidents New Best Friend Boils People Alive :

Let me introduce you to our presidents new best friend, President Karimov of Uzbekistan.
207.44.245.159/article3943.htm

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Is US losing moral authority on human rights?:

Experts say prisoner abuses, war in Iraq undermine effectiveness of State Department human rights report.
www.csmonitor.com/2005/0307/dailyUpdate.html

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How a Contractor Cashed In on Iraq:

A $33,000 food order in Mosul was billed to the U.S.-led interim government of Iraq at $432,000. Electricity that cost $74,000 was invoiced at $400,000. Even $10 kettles got a 400 percent markup.
biz.yahoo.com/law/050304/a9b875664d6d13df15d108085092e6f9_1.html

tinyurl.com/3rjao

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 03/07/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/4var3

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‘Counter-recruiters’ shadowing the military :

Jim Murphy is a “counter-recruiter,” one of a small but growing number of opponents of the Iraq war who say they want to compete with military recruiters for the hearts and minds of young people.
www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-03-07-counter-recruiters_x.htm

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British Worker Shot Dead in Afghanistan
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=560281

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Russians ‘kill’ Chechen leader :

Mr Maskhadov, a former Soviet general, led the Chechen separatists who fought Russian forces to a standstill in the 1994-96 war. He became the republic’s president after the Russian military withdrew, leading Chechnya during a brief period of independence.
www.guardian.co.uk/chechnya/Story/0,2763,1433137,00.html

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Former US ambassador warned about plot to kill Chavez :

Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel revealed in an interview published Sunday in a Peruvian newspaper that former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela Charles Shapiro warned him of a possible plot to kill President Hugo Chavez.
www.falkland-malvinas.com/Detalle.asp?NUM=5213

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Murder or Ouster for Chavez?:

Unnamed U.S. officials have branded the charge of Venezuela‚s president, Hugo Chavez, that the U.S. government plans to oust him from office through assassination as “ridiculous.‰ Ridiculous? Maybe those particular unnamed U.S. officials aren‚t familiar with a government organization known as the Central Intelligence Agency
www.lewrockwell.com/hornberger/hornberger27.html

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Aggression against Venezuela would lead to crude price rise: energy official :

An aggression against Venezuela by the United States could lead to an increase in the petroleum market to up to 100 dollars per barrel, warned Energy and Petroleum Minister Rafael Ramirez.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-03/08/content_2665164.htm

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U.S. Politician Urges Haiti to Free Former Premier:

Former Haitian Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, who started a hunger strike 16 days ago to protest his imprisonment, should be released immediately, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters said on Monday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7832078

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Bolivian Congress to Reject President’s Resignation:

Bolivia’s main political parties planned to reject President Carlos Mesa’s resignation when Congress meets Tuesday, calling his leadership a “necessary evil” to avoid total chaos.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7840398

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Bolivia’s political tug of war:

Since early January, this Andean nation of 8 million has been plagued by recurring protests over fuel prices, the power of the central government, and the role of multinational companies in the economy.
www.csmonitor.com/2005/0308/p04s01-woam.html

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Chile: Head Of Chile’s Secret PoliceCharged With Torture:

Judge Alejandro Solís on Monday notified Manuel Contreras, the former head of Chile‚s secret police, that he will be prosecuted for tortures he help commit during the 17-year reign of U.S. supported ex-dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
www.tcgnews.com/santiagotimes/index.php?nav=story&story_id=8510&topic_id=1

tinyurl.com/43h2h

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Chile: Nationwide Mourning for Communist Leader Gladys Marín:

Political and social sectors of every stripe are mourning the death of Gladys Marín, the veteran leader of Chile’s Communist Party and a major force in the struggle against the 1973-1990 dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.
www.ipsnews.net/new_nota.asp?idnews=27759

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War crimes charge for Kosovo PM :

The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, has resigned after being charged with war crimes by the UN tribunal in The Hague.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4328613.stm

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Foreigners targeted by Homeland Security:

America has unjustly detained more than 5,000 foreign nationalists since December 2001, without charging any of them with a terroristic crime, said David Cole, a law professor at Georgetown University.
tinyurl.com/635zb

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Dozens of terror suspects buy guns legally in U.S:

Dozens of terrorist suspects on federal watch lists were allowed to buy firearms legally in the United States last year, according to a congressional investigation that points up major vulnerabilities in federal gun laws.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/03/08/news/guns.html

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McCain Group Got Big Cable Donation While Senator Promoted Company Policy:

Sen. John McCain pressed a cable company’s case for pricing changes with regulators at the same time a tax-exempt group that he co-founded solicited $200,000 in contributions from the company.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGBJN82716E.html

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Senate Defeats Minimum Wage Increase:

“I believe that anyone who works 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year should not live in poverty in the richest country in the world,” said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (news, bio, voting record), D-Mass., arguing for the Democratic proposal to increase the minimum wage by $2.10 over the next 26 months.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20050308/ap_on_go_co/minimum_wage

tinyurl.com/3vyhn

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Commodity Prices Rise to 24-Year High on Rallies in Copper, Oil :

Copper reached a 16-year high, and oil rose near an all-time high in New York, extending the rally in the Reuters-CRB Index of 17 commodities to the highest since January 1981
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000006&sid=aWY57_rGFJWM&refer=home

tinyurl.com/58qs8

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In case you missed it:

Tsunami bomb NZ’s devastating war secret :

Top-secret wartime experiments were conducted off the coast of Auckland to perfect a tidal wave bomb, declassified files reveal.
www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?ObjectID=14727

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