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 Information Clearing House  Digest March 17-21 2005

 
 

Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 288 Days

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Information Clearing House Exclusive

Interview with “Unembedded” Journalist Dahr Jamail

“Without a doubt the pentagon is lying everyday”

Watch It Now – Real Video
tinyurl.com/6dmty

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In a warped reality

Two years on, the occupiers justify the war by embracing the irrelevant and ignoring the inconvenient

Gary Younge

This is a tale of one war, two anniversaries, three different demonstrations – and inconsistencies, contradictions and civilian deaths that are too numerous to count.
tinyurl.com/5sf2l

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Resurgent Russia challenges US

International terrorism has been strengthened after three years of war as evidenced by the upsurge in terrorist strikes worldwide.

By Jephraim P Gundzik

Washington’s “war on terrorism” is designed to militarily establish United States economic and geopolitical hegemony on a global scale. Rather than subduing Russia, the “war on terrorism” is encouraging Moscow to strengthen its relations with Washington’s prominent foes. The war is also supercharging Russia’s economy. Over the next four years, Russia will increasingly challenge the foreign policy goals of the Bush administration.
tinyurl.com/4thun

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Recruiter-turned-peacenik hits nerve

He left a Marine recruiter and returned a peacenik.

By Rick Hampson

This is the story of a veteran and the town to which he returned ˜ a town that no longer recognizes the man who once preached the leatherneck gospel and now has a whole different sermon.
tinyurl.com/5x69j

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24 anti occupation forces reported killed in attack against coalition forces near Baghdad:

Iraqi resistance attacked coalition forces Sunday on the outskirts of Baghdad, and the resulting clashes left 24 militants dead and six soldiers wounded, the U.S. military said.
tinyurl.com/63ltc

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7 Civilians, 3 Iraq Troops Die in Attacks :

In the deadliest attack Monday on civilians, a roadside bomb killed four women and three children in Aziziyah, 35 miles southeast of Baghdad, police Capt. Falah al-Muhmadawi said.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4881240,00.html

tinyurl.com/5rhwm

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Street battle erupts in western Iraqi city of Ramadi :

In addition, a roadside bomb hit an American SUV, commonly used by foreign contractors, near Fallujah on Sunday night, killing all occupants and destroying the vehicle
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-03/21/content_2726224.htm

tinyurl.com/6yrne

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Kentucky Guardsman killed, three others wounded in clashes:

A Kentucky Army National Guard soldier was killed in Iraq and three others were wounded in separate clashes
www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/breaking_news/11192639.htm

tinyurl.com/6rc7j

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Iraq’s Jaafari aims for Sharia rule:

IRAQ’S frontrunning Shiite candidate for prime minister, Ibrahim Jaafari, said in an interview he aimed to introduce sharia Islamic law and federalism
tinyurl.com/65g2a

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Rumsfeld Cautions Iraqis on New Government:

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned Iraqi politicians today to be “darned careful” in forming a new government that they not weaken Iraqi security forces. He also indirectly blamed Turkey for the persistent strength of the Iraqi insurgency.
tinyurl.com/5p8p8

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US Ambassador to Turkey quits:

The US Ambassador to Turkey Eric Edelman resigned yesterday from his post in Ankara and also from the U.S. foreign service.
turkeydailynews.com/?c=45&a=1216

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U.S. Using Anti-Terror War to Gain World Oil Reserves ˜ Soviet Intelligence Chief:

Referring to his meeting with an unnamed al-Qaeda expert at the Rand Corporation, a nonprofit research organization in the U.S., Shebarshin said: “We have agreed that [al-Qaeda] is not a group but a notion.‰
tinyurl.com/43zc2

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U.S. Broadcast Exclusive:

Secret U.S. Plans For Iraq’s Oil Spark Political Fight Between Neocons and Big Oil
tinyurl.com/5jq7e

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Two years later, military is depleted :

Two years after the United States launched a war in Iraq with a crushing display of power, a guerrilla conflict is grinding away at the resources of the U.S. military and casting uncertainty over the fitness of the all-volunteer force, according to senior military leaders
tinyurl.com/3nq3g

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Army’s top civilian leader says service to pull out all stops to boost force :

The Army is offering more incentives and boosting the number of recruiters by one-third to entice men and women to join the active-duty Army, National Guard and Reserve, Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey said on Saturday.
www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=27892

tinyurl.com/5uoa2

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Dying in Iraq is Not a Job Opportunity :

Last Wednesday at City’s job fair about twenty students stood in front of the National Guard table and began chanting anti-war slogans when, within moments, they were outnumbered by security, said Tiffany Paul, a City College student who participated in the protest.
tinyurl.com/5zt4f

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Campus Antiwar Network

Formation and growth of the US independent, democratic and grassroots antiwar student movement
www.traprockpeace.org/campus_antiwar.html

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UK: Hundreds of injured veterans are facing the sack :

HUNDREDS of British soldiers are expected to be sacked because wounds or injuries suffered in Iraq have left them unfit for frontline service
www.theherald.co.uk/news/35635.html

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US Seal in the dock for Iraqi death:

Court martial proceedings are set to begin against a US Navy Seal officer in connection with the death of an Iraqi prisoner in custody.
tinyurl.com/6bdlk

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Guantanamo abuse ‘videotaped’:

The full story of abuse at Guantanamo Bay would not be told until the tapes were released, but they could be as damaging as the images of Iraqi prisoners being abused by US soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,12613005-29277,00.html

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Iranian Leader Says He’s Ready to Battle to Death:

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday he was ready to don combat fatigues and give his life in battle if his country were attacked, accusing Washington of seeking any excuse to start a war.
tinyurl.com/42l93

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ElBaradei: Iran Needs US Security Guarantees :

The head of the U.N. nuclear agency says Iran will eventually need security assurances from the United States in exchange for guarantees not to develop nuclear weapons.
www.voanews.com/english/2005-03-21-voa20.cfm

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Stiglitz warns of violence if Wolfowitz goes to World Bank:

Joseph Stiglitz, the former chief economist of the World Bank and one of the world’s most influential economic thinkers, has launched a savage attack on US plans to appoint Paul Wolfowitz as the World Bank’s new president.
tinyurl.com/469kw

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3 Killed as UN troops, ex-soldiers clash in Haiti :

UN troops fought the bloodiest clash of their 10-month mission in Haiti on Sunday when a raid to remove armed ex-soldiers from a police station erupted into a gun battle that left three people dead, including one peacekeeper. Three peacekeepers were also wounded.
tinyurl.com/5smjt

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Haiti Killing Children For Sport :

Haitians are desperate to live in peace and security and to lead normal, productive lives. That is why the main task is to establish the rule of law, including finding a just solution for the more than 1,000 detainees currently awaiting trial.
tinyurl.com/4p7x3

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tinyurl.com/66dp9

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Israeli plan for new West Bank homes angers Palestinians :

Israel plans to build 3,500 new homes in the West Bank to cement its hold on Jerusalem, government sources said on Monday, drawing a Palestinian warning that peace efforts were at risk.
tinyurl.com/4jof9

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Who will prevent the pogrom? :

Last week, Palestinian laborers were attacked by settlers in what the Israel Defense Forces described as an “attempted lynching.” At various locations throughout the West Bank, Jewish hooligans have used guns, iron bars and hammers in an attempt to ignite the territories.
tinyurl.com/5n722

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MI5 warns of heightened risk of mainland attacks by IRA :

MI5 has increased the level of its warning of attacks by the Provisional IRA and by dissident republican paramilitary groups on mainland Britain
www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1442250,00.html

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North Korea rejects US nuclear offer:

“It is a daydream for the US to contemplate forcing the DPRK to lay down arms first under the situation where both are in a state of armistice and at war technically,”
tinyurl.com/4nkhg

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N.Korea says boosted nuclear weapons:

North Korea says it has increased its nuclear arsenal to help prevent a U.S. attack on the reclusive communist state, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports.
uk.news.yahoo.com/050321/325/feos8.html

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Did Washington Lie to Seoul?:

Washington fabricated the story of a direct sale from Pyongyang to Tripoli to step up pressure on North Korea, the report said.
english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200503/200503210040.html

tinyurl.com/5fx8b

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U.S. shielded Pakistan in report on N. Korean sale of nuclear material
www.startribune.com/stories/484/5302817.html

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Taiwan defies safety warnings and installs reactor at nuclear power plant:

The Japanese-built 1,000-tonne reactor has been on site since June 2002, the first of two planned.
www.spacewar.com/2005/050320080558.ssk056xk.html

tinyurl.com/7x29l

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CIA probed for spying in U.S., failing to share intelligence with FBI:

The presidentially appointed WMD Commission was created to investigate the CIA’s failures on assessing Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, but surprised many by also probing the agency’s post-Sept. 11 intelligence gathering on American soil.
tinyurl.com/65g2a

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Negroponte’s Time In Honduras at Issue :

The selection of Negroponte for the new post of national intelligence director has focused renewed attention on the question of how much he knew about the Honduran military’s involvement in nearly 200 unsolved kidnappings during the 1980s, and what he did about it.
tinyurl.com/4klz8

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Global Bully Goes to Guatemala:

The United States, has just coerced Guatemala, its latest victim, into repealing an important law to lower the price of pharmaceuticals and promote generic competition. The U.S. ambassador to Guatemala said — U.S. commercial interests in the form of Big Pharma demanded that the law go.
www.counterpunch.org/mokhiber03182005.html

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Blockade to Cuba is Genocide, UN Rapporteur Asserts:

The pugnacious blockade the US government has kept over Cuba for over four decades is a genocide, the United Nations for Food rapporteur Jean Ziegler has asserted here Sunday.
tinyurl.com/3kc8s

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Economists: Federal deficit a bigger risk than terrorism:

The budget deficit has overtaken terrorism as the greatest short-term risk to the U.S. economy, and concern about the current gap is rising, a survey of U.S. businesses shows.
tinyurl.com/4nrsl

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America Smells the Coffee :

History is replete with examples of leadership tests that pit a nation‚s military prowess against its economic base. Yale historian Paul Kennedy has long argued that great powers typically fail when military reach outstrips a nation‚s economic strength. In that vein, there‚s little doubt that America is extending its reach in this post-9/11 world.
tinyurl.com/3vabg

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GM’s woes one more blow to housing bubble:

Low interest rates from the failed Fed let GM’s finance arm offer cheap loans that helped owners use homes as ATMs. With rates rising and its own troubles, that party is over.
moneycentral.msn.com/content/P111845.asp

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Date: 20 March 2005

Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 287 Days

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Blair was told US ‘Fixed’ case for war

The head of Britain’s foreign intelligence agency told the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, that the case for war in Iraq was being “fixed” by Washington to suit US policy, a BBC documentary will claim today.

Sydney Morning Herald

Richard Dearlove, head of MI6, briefed Blair and a group of ministers on the United States’ determination to launch the invasion nine months before hostilities began in March 2003, the Sunday Times reported, citing the BBC program, which is due to be aired later in the day.
tinyurl.com/3z576

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U.S. misled allies about nuclear export

N. Korean material landed in Pakistan, instead of Libya

By Dafna Linzer

In an effort to increase pressure on North Korea, the Bush administration told its Asian allies in briefings earlier this year that Pyongyang had exported nuclear material to Libya. That was a significant new charge, the first allegation that North Korea was helping to create a new nuclear weapons state.
tinyurl.com/47ycf

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Weekend Video

The Power of Nightmares

In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares.

The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares.

This is a must watch documentary –

Click here to view it.
tinyurl.com/4e2w7

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UPDATED WITH NEW VIDEO 03/18/05

Secret U.S. Plans For Iraq’s Oil
“We saw an increase in the bombing of oil facilities and pipelines [in Iraq] built on the premise that privatisation is coming”

By: Greg Palast – Reporting for BBC Newsnight

The industry-favored plan was pushed aside by yet another secret plan, drafted just before the invasion in 2003, which called for the sell-off of all of Iraq’s oil fields. The new plan, crafted by neo-conservatives intent on using Iraq’s oil to destroy the Opec cartel through massive increases in production above Opec quotas.
tinyurl.com/52w4g

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Iraq Suicide Bomber Kills 3 in Mosul:

A suicide bomber attacked police headquarters in Mosul, Iraq, on Sunday, killing three people, including city’s anti-corruption chief
tinyurl.com/56skc

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GI Killed In Bomb Attack :

A bomb blast killed a U.S. soldier and wounded three others Sunday in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.
paramountstations.com/wbfs/topstories/topstories_story_079105810.html

tinyurl.com/5qujn

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Bomb Blast Near US Embassy in Qatar, Briton Killed, 12 Wounded
www.kashar.net/compleat.asp?id=1580

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Two Jordanian students killed in Iraq:

The killing was apparently in retaliation of an attack, allegedly carried out by a Jordanian national, in Hilla last month that killed 125 people and injured 150 others.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=715404

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Orphans of Tall Afar: What 15 seconds did to the Hassan family:

The Hassan family might have vanished into the war’s statistics if Chris Hondros hadn’t been at the scene that evening.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7245228/site/newsweek/

Background on this topic
tinyurl.com/4cgu9

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Iraq recalls ambassador to Jordan in revenge move :

Iraq is recalling its ambassador to Jordan in a revenge move after Jordan withdrew its top diplomat,a foreign ministry official said Sunday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-03/21/content_2722088.htm

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US frees Iraqi kidnappers:

US intelligence and military police officers in Iraq are routinely freeing dangerous criminals in return for a promise to spy on insurgents, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=621845

tinyurl.com/3veda

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Iraq toll keeps climbing:

Two years after the invasion of Iraq the rate of US soldiers being killed is averaging 18 a week, almost double the rate in the first year after the war. Between 40,000 and 50,000 US military personnel are in Iraq despite serious medical conditions that should have ruled them out of combat
tinyurl.com/6prol

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Another Shameful Navy Cover-Up:

Family members of the dead reservists are furious that heads have not rolled. Their specific target is Kubic, whom they hold responsible for the loss of their loved ones even though he now denies giving the fatal order.
tinyurl.com/5d885

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Growing number of US troops refusing to return to Iraq :

‘They can’t train you for the reality of Iraq. You can’t have a mass grave with dogs eating the people in it’
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1441289,00.html?gusrc=rss

tinyurl.com/624de

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Bush’s Bureaucracy Stiffs Wounded Vets:

Not only did he completely miscalculate the number of troops required to pursue his ideologically-motivated mission˜but now we learn that he rushed America into the hell of war without preparing for the medical needs of thousands of soldiers who are coming home with severe wounds.
www.alternet.org/columnists/story/21549/

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Army experiments with raising maximum age for Reserve recruits :

Dubbed a three-year “test,‰ the new policy will bump up the maximum age for new enlistments from 34 years to 39 years, according to an Army announcement.
www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=27871

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Exposing the Coming Draft:

Young Americans need to be clear: both parties—Republicans and Democrats—are parties of war and parties of empire. Likewise, both ideological stances—liberal and conservative—rationalize and memorialize war and empire, each with a particular bent and emphasis.
www.counterpunch.org/reeves03192005.html

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Sam Hamod: 2 Years Of Death And Destruction

Time for Bush & his band to send their own kids to war
tinyurl.com/4chkz

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Norman Solomon: MoveOn.org: Making Peace With the War in Iraq

Sadly, it has come to this. Two years after the invasion of Iraq, the online powerhouse MoveOn.org — leadership has decided against opposing the American occupation of Iraq.
tinyurl.com/55w7m

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U.S. Policy OKs First Strike:

Two years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon has formally included in key strategic plans provisions for launching preemptive strikes against nations thought to pose a threat to the United States.
tinyurl.com/59jt9

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Worldwide protests mark Iraq war :

Protests have been taking place across the world marking two years since the start of the war in Iraq.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4364305.stm

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US protesters hold anti-Iraq war demonstrations :

The American crowds ranged from 350 in Times Square in New Yorkto several thousands in San Francisco.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-03/21/content_2722078.htm

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In pictures: Iraq protests
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/4364573.stm

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Ex-MI5 officer Shayler seeks anti-war vote to oust Blair in Sedgefield :

David Shayler, the former MI5 officer, announced yesterday that he intends to stand against Tony Blair in Sedgefield in the general election.
www.guardian.co.uk/guardianpolitics/story/0,3605,1441278,00.html

tinyurl.com/5ws6x

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Treason on Downing Street:

About this time last year, Britain’s Channel 4 News broadcast the results of an opinion survey which indicated that nine in ten Britons recognised Prime Minister Blair as a liar and a fraud. Given the revelations since then it would be mighty surprising if the public’s opinion of his character has improved. He is probably the most universally despised PM in living memory.
www.counterpunch.com/hastings03192005.html

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Juan Cole : The Democracy Lie:

President Bush and his supporters are taking credit for spreading freedom across the Middle East. Middle East expert Cole disputes the domino theory in the region and labels Iraq˜at best˜a failed state. Where changes are genuinely occurring they have nothing to do with the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
www.tompaine.com/articles/the_democracy_lie.php

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Syria, US: Honeymoon and heartbreak:

In December 1990, US secretary of state James Baker described Syria as “a major Arab country who happens to share the same goals as we do”. In December 2004, US President George W Bush said, “Syria is a very weak country, and therefore it cannot be trusted.”
atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GC19Ak02.html

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Arab leaders to condemn US sanctions against Syria:

Arab leaders, to meet here on March 22-23, would reject US sanctions against Syria and tackle Arab League financial crisis.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=715382

tinyurl.com/5qfz7

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Arroyo vows to crush Al Qaeda group:

Philippines President Gloria Arroyo has vowed to crush the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf after the group claimed three Valentine’s Day bombings which killed 12 people and left more than 130 injured
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200502/s1303487.htm

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EU’s Chechnya silence ‘unconscionable’:

Human Rights Watch has described the European Union’s decision to break with the past and not seek censure of Russia over Chechnya at the United Nation’s top human-rights body as unconscionable.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/EC677D1A-30F1-4E43-A131-842180C94E75.htm

tinyurl.com/4w3s4

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Development, Debt and Obedience to Empire:

The World Bank: a Bigger Problem Than Wolfowitz
www.counterpunch.com/weisbrot03192005.html

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Militarism and the war on drugs:

The number of drug offenders imprisoned in the United States has increased 800% since 1980, helping the US achieve the highest imprisonment rate in the industrialized world: 550 per 100,000. Under the banner of the war on drugs, a kind of creeping totalitarianism tramples more human rights and civil liberties each
www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/GC18Aa01.html

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News article for 03/19/05 here
tinyurl.com/3hnsw

Headlines include.

Scott Ritter Says Get Ready For The Draft:

Army vice chief of staff Cody worried about future of all-volunteer military :

Department of Defense Releases the National Defense and the National Military Strategies:

and more: tinyurl.com/3hnsw

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Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 285 Days

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America’s Agenda for Global Military Domination

The Pentagon has released the summary of a top secret Pentagon document, which sketches America’s agenda for global military domination.

by Michel Chossudovsky

The document explicitly acknowledges America’s global military mandate, beyond regional war theaters. This mandate also includes military operations directed against countries, which are not hostile to America, but which are considered strategic from the point of view of US interests.
tinyurl.com/3w58b

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Weekend Video

The Power of Nightmares

In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares.

The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares.

This is a must watch documentary – Click here to view it.
tinyurl.com/4e2w7

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UPDATED WITH NEW VIDEO 03/18/05

Secret U.S. Plans For Iraq’s Oil

By: Greg Palast – Reporting for BBC Newsnight

The industry-favored plan was pushed aside by yet another secret plan, drafted just before the invasion in 2003, which called for the sell-off of all of Iraq’s oil fields. The new plan, crafted by neo-conservatives intent on using Iraq’s oil to destroy the Opec cartel through massive increases in production above Opec quotas. Windows Media.
tinyurl.com/52w4g

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Ten Iraqi police men killed:

Ten Iraqi police men and army members were killed in different attacks that took place on Thursday in al-Dajil, Beiji, Balad, al-Touz all to the north of Baghdad
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/050318/2005031817.html

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Two Iraqi policemen killed, four wounded in attack:

Two Iraqi policemen were killed and four were wounded in an attack on a police checkpoint by anonymous gunmen south of Baghdad on Friday.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=714697

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Cleric killed outside mosque :

A Sunni Muslim cleric was killed in a drive-by shooting in Iraq last night.
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=107011&Sn=BNEW&IssueID=27363

tinyurl.com/5c3y6

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Iraqi resistance number 20,000 in Iraq:

Anti occupation forces in Iraq could number around 20,000 people, the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency says.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20050318-093102-3216r.htm

tinyurl.com/6fzkw

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Roads out of Baghdad become no-go zones:

Nearly two years since President Bush declared an end to major combat operations in Iraq, Baghdad is still one of the most dangerous cities in the world. It is ringed in peril.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=2326&e=19&u=/csm/operil

tinyurl.com/5uarj

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Permanent force reduction in Iraq unlikely until between 2006 and 2008:

The military is planning a staggered rotation of soldiers and large units that will be in Iraq between 2006 and early 2008.
tinyurl.com/64kzb

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Playing the Democracy Card :

How America furthers its national interests in the Middle East. The United States flaunts the banner of democracy in the Middle East only when that advances its economic, military, or strategic interests.
tinyurl.com/4xdkm

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Iraqi Arabs, Turkmen rally againt Kurdish designs on Kirkuk:

Turkmen and Arab Shiites demonstrated Friday in the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk against the Kurdish push to annex the city
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=38995

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Journalists tell of US Falluja killings:

All is quiet in Falluja, or at least that is how it seems, given that the mainstream media has largely forgotten about the Iraqi city. But independent journalists are risking life and limb to bring out a very different story.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6890A8DA-AF79-45AD-BB4F-42C060978A07.htm

tinyurl.com/59g7m

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Independent Media: Enemy Target :

Although, there is no “evidence‰ of a systematic policy to kill journalists, it seem that a policy of preventing independent media reporting from the war is the US administration top priority.
tinyurl.com/6bx64

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Uncle Toms And Turncoats:

America has no shortage of sell outs and traitors. Traitorous Democrats in Congress help corporations enslave us through an atrocious bankruptcy bill. The media sell us out every day when they choose to tell us all about the latest celebrity divorce but ignore the Bush meltdown in the international community or the death toll in Iraq.
www.blackcommentator.com/130/130_fr_uncle_toms_and_turncoats_pf.html

tinyurl.com/5m4xs

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Counting the dead in Iraq:

None of the coalition of the willing keep ˆ or admit to keeping ˆ a count of Iraqi deaths. This is in striking contrast to the anxiety that there be a scrupulous accounting of deaths attributable to Saddam Hussein.
207.44.245.159/article8305.htm

tinyurl.com/4pv4r

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Chris Floyd: Filter Tips :

A relentless degeneration of American society is taking place. Brutality and atrocity are becoming normalized, systemized and rewarded.
tinyurl.com/6wtbd

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The Age of Missing Information:
The Bush administration’s campaign against openness:

What follows is a representative selection of categories of data that have been withdrawn from public access in the Bush years, with reflections on what they mean.
slate.msn.com/id/2114963/

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CIA, White House Defend Transfers of Terror Suspects:

It is illegal under U.S. and international law to send someone to a country where torture is likely.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002211400_goss18.html

tinyurl.com/6gfnv

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We Have Become What We Claim To Loathe.:

“Extraordinary Rendition”? Let us call it what it is: the outsourcing of torture. Having other countries do our dirty work for us. And it stinks to high heaven.
tinyurl.com/6crc2

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Responsibility for prisoner mistreatment has gone AWOL : ‘

‘To suggest that senior officials were blameless in fostering the command climate that led to the behavior of those junior guards at the prison is simply not credible,’’ retired Army general officer John Johns told Knight Ridder.
www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_2611737

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Iran slams UNHCR for ignoring US detainee abuse:

Iran has hit out at the United Nations for ignoring abuses by US forces of detainees at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, as well as their assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200503/s1326226.htm

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Uranium Equals Kryptonite for Bush Nominee:

President Bush’s U.N. Ambassador designate, John Bolton, participated in promoting the administration’s phony story about Saddam Hussein negotiating to buy uranium for nuclear weapons from the African country of Niger
tinyurl.com/5anto

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The Clash of the Cults:

The war on terrorism declared by the United States on radical Islamists is little more than a proxy battle in a war between two cults.
www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/2002/

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Over 725 Protests Planned to Mark Second Anniversary of Iraq Invasion:

Saturday, March 19th, marks the second anniversary of the Iraq invasion.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/03/18/1450226

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Your Guide to a Weekend of Resistance:

On the second anniversary of Shock and Awe, the anti-war movement wants you
www.villagevoice.com/news/0512,ferguson1,62240,5.html

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In case you missed it:

Howard Zinn: The Optimism of Uncertainty:

In this awful world where the efforts of caring people often pale in comparison to what is done by those who have power, how do I manage to stay involved and seemingly happy?
tinyurl.com/43jv2

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Decorated U.S. veterans cope with Iraq war:

More than 11,000 soldiers have been injured in the past two years in Iraq. “I was willing to die because I thought I would be protecting my family back home and I‚d be serving my country,‰ says 22-year-old U.S. Army Specialist Darrell Anderson of Lexington, Ky.
msnbc.msn.com/id/7229226/

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Halliburton exec on fraud charges :

A former employee of a Halliburton subsidiary has been indicted on charges of defrauding the US military of more than $3.5m for fuel in Iraq.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4359765.stm

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GIs must begin paying at pumps in Kuwait:

The days when a U.S. Army truck could fill up for free at a gas station in this oil-rich state are ending. Kuwait’s energy minister said yesterday U.S. troops are going to have to start paying for fuel.
www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.php?page=national&story_id=031805b1_kuwait_us_freegas

tinyurl.com/4nlud

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Is Iraq becoming the world’s biggest cash cow?:

Corruption wastes money, bankrupts countries, and costs lives.
admin.corisweb.org/index.php?fuseaction=news.view&id=116893&src=dcn

tinyurl.com/6uk3w

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Why graft thrives in postconflict zones:

A report issued Wednesday said Iraq could become ‘the biggest corruption scandal in history.’
www.csmonitor.com/2005/0317/p06s01-wogi.html

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Islamabad makes a tradeoff:

Before Rice’s whirlwind visit to India, Pakistan and Afghanistan Washington was abuzz with talk that the Bush administration had convinced Musharraf to lend support to American action against Iran for its alleged nuclear weapons program.
tinyurl.com/5ykxy

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Washington Sees Iran as a Major Security Threat, but Not Nuclear Brazil:

Despite the Bush administration‚s bellicose demands that Iran give up its uranium enrichment program, Washington has dismissed any cause for alarm over a somewhat similar nuclear program in Brazil.
tinyurl.com/7y8fs

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Why has this documentary never been shown on American TV ?:

Israel’s Secret Weapon : This film is the story of the bomb, Vanunu and Israel’s wall of silence.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6558.htm

tinyurl.com/4uyz6

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Jewish ‘plot over Temple Mount’ :

Jewish extremists are plotting to take over the Temple Mount in an attempt to thwart Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, an Israeli TV station has reported.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4357719.stm

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 03/17/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/54b8v

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Pakistan clashes leave many dead:

Clashes between Baluchi tribesmen and the Pakistani army in Baluchistan have left 50 people dead and scores injured, an Aljazeera correspondent in Islamabad said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3B711472-F32D-43B5-A328-AF0E624403B3.htm

tinyurl.com/5tsq3

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Report: Two AIPAC officials take paid leave over U.S. spy probe :

Two senior officials at the pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), who were investigated for allegedly passing classified information from the Pentagon, have taken a paid leave of absence from the group
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/553695.html

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Bush to Host Sharon at Texas Ranch:

Israeli officials had earlier expected the meeting to take place in Washington. Bush uses meetings at his Prairie Chapel ranch to reward important allies and court others.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20050318/pl_nm/mideast_bush_dc

tinyurl.com/4bqoq

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UN sees East Congo as worse crisis than Darfur:

Eastern Congo is suffering the world’s worst current humanitarian crisis, with a death toll outstripping that in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region, a top United Nations official said on Wednesday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L16114229.htm

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Dutchman in Iraq genocide hearing:

A Dutch businessman accused of complicity in genocide for selling chemicals to Iraq in the 1980s knew that Saddam Hussein might use them as weapons, prosecutors have said at his first public hearing.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/93EF3695-94AA-4F5F-8771-70CE89796851.htm

tinyurl.com/4vso4

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Judge dismisses Vietnamese suit over Agent Orange:

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Thursday charging that American chemical companies committed war crimes against about 4 million Vietnamese citizens by making Agent Orange
www.usatoday.com/money/world/2005-03-10-agent-orange_x.htm

tinyurl.com/3oopf

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US cancels Agent Orange study in Vietnam:

The research “could have been definitive” in a class action brought by Vietnamese plaintiffs against US manufacturers of Agent Orange, including Monsanto and Dow Chemicals. Carpenter says the ongoing legal action would have “increased the reluctance of the US government to fund this project”.
www.newscientist.com/channel/opinion/mg18524914.200

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Report: China, Russia To “Rehearse Invasion Of Taiwan”:

The initial plans were to practice operational teamwork in combating terrorism during the exercise. However, Beijing, skillfully changing the format of the exercise, has tried to re-orient the two countries’ armies to practicing an invasion of Taiwan.
tinyurl.com/4q5ae

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US House condemning anti-secession law :

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution on March 16th demanding that the Bush Administration voice serious concern over China¡œs passage of its anti-secession law.
www.ettoday.com/2005/03/17/11195-1766275.htm

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Trail of blood leads from Colombia to U.S. :
The world can follow the trail of blood from the massacred farmers and human rights workers and teachers and journalists and labor leaders in Colombia. That trail of blood leads to our door.
tinyurl.com/6l8ny

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General Wesley Clark calls for U.S. military return to Haiti:

He says the roughly 76-hundred U-N troops and policemen in Haiti need U-S help. Clark says the force can only deal with “the surface problems.”
www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=3090163

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No Child Left Unrecruited:

Rep. Jim McDermott Seeks to Protect Students From Military Recruiters: We speak with Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) who is backing a bill that would make it easier for parents to block military recruiters from gaining access to their high school-aged children.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/03/18/1450217

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Survey: Third of Americans are overworked:

One in three American workers are chronically overworked, with job-related stress varying significantly by age, employment situation, and demands at home, according to a new survey.
www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-03-16-overworked_x.htm

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Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005

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Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 284 Days

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Secret U.S. Plans For Iraq’s Oil

“We saw an increase in the bombing of oil facilities and pipelines [in Iraq] built on the premise that privatisation is coming”

By: Greg Palast – Reporting for BBC Newsnight

The industry-favored plan was pushed aside by yet another secret plan, drafted just before the invasion in 2003, which called for the sell-off of all of Iraq’s oil fields. The new plan, crafted by neo-conservatives intent on using Iraq’s oil to destroy the Opec cartel through massive increases in production above Opec quotas.
tinyurl.com/4uac3

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Cheerleading War and Slaughter

The assumption that one nation has the right to forcefully change the culture of another negates the concept of “principle” based on morality. It is on its face anarchy.

By William A. Cook

How many of us after all have the opportunity to change cultures, to redirect whole countries to adjust to the Capitalistic forces that define modernity, to send a nation to war by fabricating reasons to pit the greatest military force the world has ever known against an enfeebled nation subjugated to 12 years of sanctions.
tinyurl.com/44prv

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When The War Music Stops

This rage to march in lockstep to the war music is a fundamentalism of thought that enslaves America

By Luciana Bohne

A day will come when this crazed war music will stop, and the American people will hear the judgment that the Germans heard at Nuremberg˜that, in Justice Robert Jackson’s words, they had supported a regime which had committed “acts which have been regarded as criminal since the time of Cain.”
tinyurl.com/64eap

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Naming The Real Killers

The UK government finds it convenient to blame Colombia’s huge murder rate on the drugs trade. The reality is that most of the killings are being done by a regime it supports.

By John Pilger

The basic role of the state is to marginalise the popular forces and ensure that Colombia’s resources – notably oil – remain in the correct hands. [US andUK] strategy is to support this . . . The “war on drugs” is a cover.
tinyurl.com/3tjy7

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Charge Him or Release Him:

by Jacob G. Hornberger

Make no mistake about it: The governmental power exercised in the Padilla and al-Marri cases will be a back door to military control of our nation. While the American people might not realize that, Pentagon officials most certainly do.
tinyurl.com/5cqtj

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At Least Five Killed in Kandahar Blast — Officials:

A blast rocked the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Thursday, killing at least five people and wounding more than 30, security officials there said.
tinyurl.com/4nuoa

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12 killed in Iraq attacks :

Twelve people, including a US soldier, were killed on Wednesday in car bombs and other attacks across Iraq.
www.paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=97946

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U.S. Soldier killed by IED explosion
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_
Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20050312.txt

tinyurl.com/4rj36

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U.S. Army Captain Convicted In Iraqi Assaults:

An Army captain accused of terrorizing an Iraqi town’s residents with threats, a pistol and a baseball bat was convicted Wednesday of three counts of assault on Iraqis
www.thedenverchannel.com/news/4293532/detail.html

tinyurl.com/6ex8v

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New Iraq assembly descended into farce :

Despite calls for the meeting to be held outside the heavily protected Green Zone, to demonstrate parliament‚s independence from its American protectors, the threat was such that the deputies had no choice but to meet there in a vast convention centre.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1528314,00.html

tinyurl.com/4nfmr

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Analysis: Berlusconi’s non-pullout announcement:

It was British Prime Minister Tony Blair to the rescue on Wednesday when he distanced himself from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s announcement of a phased withdrawal of Italy’s forces from Iraq starting in September.
about.upi.com/products/perspectives/UPI-20050316-032838-1205R

tinyurl.com/6jfqp

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Berlusconi under fire at home after Iraq withdrawal climbdown:

Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi took a battering from the press and opposition parties, after being forced into an ignominious climbdown by his more powerful allies over his stated intention to withdraw Rome’s troops from Iraq
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1514&ncid=
732&e=4&u=/afp/20050317/wl_mideast_afp/italyiraqtroops

tinyurl.com/5qy6l

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MP Expelled from Commons after Blair Remark :

An MP was expelled from the Commons chamber today after he claimed that Tony Blair had “misled‰ Parliament over the war with Iraq.
www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/17326477?source=PA

tinyurl.com/464wd

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Australians Against New Iraq Deployment :

Many adults in Australia reject their government‚s decision to send more soldiers to Iraq, according to a poll by AC Nielsen. Only 37% of respondents support the deployment of 450 troops.
www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewItem&itemID=6341

tinyurl.com/65qf7

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Bulgaria to Pull Out of Iraq: Official:

Bulgaria will gradually withdraw its troops from Iraq by the end of this year, Minister of Defense Nikolay Svinarov said Thursday.
www.bgnewsnet.com/story.php?lang=en&sid=19758

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US Army seeks longer enlistments as recruitment falters :

The US Army has asked Congress to allow it to extend enlistment contracts offered to future soldiers by two years in order to “stabilize the force,” as top defense officials warned that key recruitment targets for the year could be missed.
news.inq7.net/world/index.php?index=1&story_id=30824

tinyurl.com/6sc67

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The St. Patrick’s Four and Resistance to the War in Iraq :

The St. Patrick’s Four were four people from the Catholic peace movement who, on St. Patrick’s Day last year, poured their blood around at a military recruiting station in Ithaca, New York, and they were put on trial. And the jury refused to convict.
tinyurl.com/6wxz3

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Wolfowitz To Rule the World (Bank):

In 1967, Robert McNamara, the captain of the Vietnam tragedy, left his post as secretary of defense to become president of the World Bank. So Bush is establishing a bipartisan tradition: you screw up a war, you get to run the World Bank. With this announcement, the impoverished of the world have less reason for hope.
www.thenation.com/capitalgames/index.mhtml?bid=3&pid=2265

tinyurl.com/4n85j

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Wolfowitz to spread neo-con gospel :

By nominating Paul Wolfowitz to be head of the World Bank, President George Bush appears to be sending a message to the world that he intends to spread into development policy the same neo-conservative philosophy that has led his foreign policy.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4358045.stm

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Democrats for Wolfowitz :

Senator Joe Biden isn’t the only Democrat supporting Paul Wolfowitz for president of the World Bank.
www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/005/363ubjiw.asp

tinyurl.com/58fvw

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A Perfect Fit: Wolfowitz at the World Bank:

If you want to know how Professor Wolfowitz got the job, follow the money.
www.counterpunch.com/wanniski03172005.html

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UK: Short savages Wolfowitz nomination:

Former International Development Secretary Clare Short has savaged the nomination of Paul Wolfowitz as head of the World Bank.
www.itv.com/news/world_2081891.html

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Europe Alarmed by Wolfowitz Nomination :

In Germany, Michael Müller, the Social Democrats deputy parliamentary leader, described the choice as “horrifying.”
www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,1564,1521182,00.html

tinyurl.com/53uh4

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Wolfowitz Pick for World Bank Prompts Head-Scratching:

As with his fellow-neo-conservatives, Wolfowitz also has special concerns about the fate of Israel, where he lived during part of his teenaged years and which now is his sister’s home.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=27902

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Israel pleased with choice of Wolfowitz:

The World Bank is expected to supervise the implementation of hundreds of million of dollars worth of projects to rebuild Gaza. One official said that Wolfowitz would likely ensure that the Palestinians fulfill strict conditions regarding reform and democratization in order to get the money.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=
JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1110943128218

tinyurl.com/62fgk

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Israel: A Call for Divestment:

From 1986 to 1991 I served in the Israeli army in the occupied territories. During this period I was shocked and disgusted at what my comrades and I were repeatedly ordered to do to Palestinian civilians.
www.thenation.com/docprint.mhtml?i=20050328&s=leibowitz

tinyurl.com/6979s

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Hizbollah Says Will Not Lay Down Weapons:

“I’m holding on to the weapons of the resistance because I think the resistance … is the best formula to protect Lebanon and to deter any Israeli aggression,” Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said in a live television interview with Hizbollah’s al-Manar station.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7923594

tinyurl.com/6v3f4

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Yeshiva students attack Palestinians, wound at least five :

Some 40 yeshiva students from a West Bank settlement attacked a group of eight Palestinian laborers on Thursday morning, wounding at least five of them.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/553474.html

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Rafah marking Corrie anniversary :

Palestinian children have marked the second anniversary of the death of US activist Rachel Corrie, killed during an Israeli army operation in Gaza.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4359325.stm

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Annan’s Bow at Arafat’s Grave Sparks Outrage in City:

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s decision to lay a wreath at the grave of Yasser Arafat while on his way to the dedication of a Holocaust museum in Israel is infuriating New York politicians and Jewish leaders.
www.nysun.com/article/10695

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In case you missed it:

Irgun:

The Irgun was considered to be a terrorist organization by the British, amongst others, but many Jews regarded its members as freedom fighters. Its best known activity was the bombing of King David Hotel in Jerusalem in 1946, which killed close to a hundred people.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irgun

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In case you missed it:

Video: BBC Interview With Rafik Hariri:

HARDtalk spoke to Mr Hariri in November 2001 when he was still the country’s prime minister. They talked about the war on terror, the situation in the Middle East and relations with neighbouring Syria.
tinyurl.com/43l7o

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 03/16/05:

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

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In case you missed it:

None Of Us Are Free – If One Of Us Is Chained
tinyurl.com/559lj

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Chavez followers get paramilitary training:

The start of training for “Popular Defense Units” marks a more confrontational stage in U.S.-Venezuelan relations.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2005-03-16-venezuela-chavez_x.htm

tinyurl.com/6rxyp

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The Venezuelan prosecutor general indicted twenty former officers.

The admirals and generals are accused of rebellion and disobedience of the laws of the country, for their role in the coup that removed President Hugo Chavez from power for about 48 hours.
www.misna.org/news.asp?lng=1&id=130505

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Paul Craig Roberts: America’s Has-Been Economy:

Outsourcing is rapidly converting US corporations into a brand name with a sales force selling foreign designed, engineered, and manufactured goods. Whether or not they realize it, US corporations have written off the US consumer market.
tinyurl.com/3qk82

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Bush Defends Packaged News Stories from Government:

President Bush said on Wednesday that the U.S. government’s practice of sending packaged news stories to local television stations was legal and he had no plans to cease it.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7923729

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In case you missed it:

Video: Despotism & Democracy:

Measures how a society ranks on a spectrum stretching from democracy to despotism. Where does your community, state and nation stand on these scales?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4971.htm

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