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 Information Clearing House  Digest March 26-30 2005

 
 

Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2005

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Let’s lecture the world on “Democracy” while we put our own citizens in jail without trial or charges.

Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 296 Days

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Sleepwalking to disaster in Iran:

By Scott Ritter

The American media today is sleepwalking towards an American war with Iran with all of the incompetence and lack of integrity that it displayed during a similar path trodden during the buildup to our current war with Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8408.htm

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Seven Iraqis killed in attacks, Britain apologises for raiding Iraqi MP’s home:

Seven people were killed in attacks in central Iraq Wednesday, as the British army apologised for a raid in the southern port of Basra on the home of a new Iraqi MP.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1538&
ncid=732&e=8&u=/afp/20050330/wl_uk_afp/iraqunrest

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Six Iraqis killed :

Anti occupation forces have opened fire on a U.S. military patrol in Mosul and six people have been killed in a subsequent exchange of gunfire, including a woman and child, Iraqi police say.
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Two Iraqis killed in separate incidents:

Iraqi security forces and US troops on Wednesday killed an Iraqi gunman in the town of Balad north of the Iraqi capital.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=718389

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General approved extreme interrogation methods :

The US administration has maintained any abuse was the result of improper individual action and was not sanctioned by leaders.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1448282,00.html?gusrc=ticker-103704

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New Torture Memo Implicates Top US General:

A newly released memo shows that US General Ricardo Sanchez authorized illegal interrogation techniques in Iraq just months before the Abu Ghraib abuses. Colin Powell, meanwhile, regrets misinforming the UN about Iraq WMDs.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8406.htm

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Gen. Sanchez committed perjury when testifying before Congress:
www.livejournal.com/users/insomnia/547941.html

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Documents: ACLU Obtains September 2003 Memo Central to Abu Ghraib Story
www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=17852&c=206

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Powell: “Some of this information was wrong” :

Powell said he was “furious and angry” that he had been misinformed about Iraq’s stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction when he laid out the case for war before the United Nations Security Council in February, 2003.
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U.N.: Iraq kids suffer from malnutrition:

Almost twice as many Iraqi children are suffering from malnutrition since the U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein, a U.N. monitor said Monday.
www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/
2005/03/30/un_iraq_kids_suffer_from_malnutrition/

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Two Weeks In Falluja :

They see absolutely no justification for this war and were constantly asking me to explain how the American people can support these acts against a civilian population. For the first time in my life, I was ashamed to be an American.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8407.htm

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Number of People Held by US in Iraq Doubled in 5 Months .

And, there are more allegations of prisoner abuse in detention facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
www.kten.com/article.asp?id=7258

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Zarqawi planning chemical attack in Europe: :

Iraq’s most wanted man, the fugitive Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has been planning a chemical weapons attack in Europe, a German magazine said on Wednesday, citing intelligence sources.
www.eubusiness.com/afp/050330103318.mtprfsnv

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6 Iraqis Detained At Mexican Border:

Authorities said six Iraqis were recently detained in Mexicali, Mexico, with false, altered or questionable passports.
www.nbcsandiego.com/news/4329897/detail.html

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Federal judge rules in favor of Guantanamo detainees :

A federal judge in Washington has barred the government from moving 13 Yemenis from Guantanamo Bay to other countries without at least 30 days notice. The judge says the prisoners need a chance to challenge the transfer.
www.wavy.com/Global/story.asp?S=3144254&nav=23ii2Pmv

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38 Guantanamo detainees found eligible for release :

Thirty-eight detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been declared not to be “enemy combatants‰ and are therefore eligible for release, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8409.htm

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Torture Suit by Detainee on Transfer to Syria Finds Support in Jet’s Log:

Maher Arar, a 35-year-old Canadian engineer, is suing the United States, saying American officials grabbed him in 2002 as he changed planes in New York and transported him to Syria where, he says, he was held for 10 months in a dank, tiny cell and brutally beaten with a metal cable.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8409.htm

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Scott Ritter: Sleepwalking to disaster in Iran:

The American media today is sleepwalking towards an American war with Iran with all of the incompetence and lack of integrity that it displayed during a similar path trodden during the buildup to our current war with Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8408.htm

snipurl.com/dqyh

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Iran opens secret nuclear plant :

Journalists have been allowed to accompany Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on his first official visit to the Natanz nuclear facility.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4394177.stm

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How Bush Learned To Love the Bomb:

United States President George W. Bush is talking tough about nukes in Iran and North Korea. But critics say by illegally testing and building nuclear weapons, the U.S. is fueling a new arms race
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,348779,00.html

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Jimmy Carter: Non-Proliferation Treaty needs push for renewal :

Renewal talks for the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty are scheduled for May, yet the United States and other nuclear powers seem indifferent to its fate.
www.madison.com/tct/opinion//index.php?ntid=34173&ntpid=3

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Pak refuses Rice’s request for US access to AQ Khan:

Pakistan rejected US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s request to allow Americans to question disgraced scientist AQ Khan over his alleged role in Iran’s nuclear programme, a report said in Washington on Tuesday.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1299217,00050001.htm

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Carlyle Closes Record Capital-Raising:

The Carlyle Group has completed the world’s largest corporate buyout capital-raising at $10 billion to finance mega-sized deals on both sides of the Atlantic, the private equity firm said on Tuesday.
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In case you missed it?:

Exposed: The Carlyle Group :

I defy you to watch this 48 minute documentary and not be outraged about the depth of corruption and deceit within the highest ranks of our government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3995.htm

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Scott Ritter: Neocons as Parasites:

Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter says neocons are parasites “that latch onto democracy until it is no longer convenient.”
www.alternet.org/waroniraq/21631/

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Ambulances transport Israeli troops:

THE Israeli army uses ambulances to move troops and weapons in operations against Palestinians, a violation of the Geneva Conventions
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,12698897^1702,00.html

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IDF fires outlawed Flachette shells in Gaza :

Israel Defense Forces tanks stationed close to the Jabalya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip fired a number of outlawed Flachette shells Friday evening at a soccer field in the eastern section of the camp. Children and adults were playing there at the time, continued the sources, and nine Palestinians were injured.
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New report reveals misery of Palestinian women’s lives under occupation :

Israeli and Palestinian authorities must take urgent steps to end the suffering of Palestinian women living under occupation and conflict, Amnesty International said today (31 March), as it published a new report on the issue.
www.amnesty.org.uk/news/press/16028.shtml

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 03/29/05:

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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Take action on San Jose de Apartado massacre:

In late February, eight members of the San Jose de Apartado Peace Community in northwest Colombia, most of them women and children, were massacred. Their assassins were identified by witnesses as members of the Colombian military.
home.maryknoll.org/index.php?module=
MKArticles&func=display&id=380&office=alert

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More Colombians fleeing to Venezuela’s cities, says UNHCR:

Rising numbers of refugees and asylum seekers are moving to urban Venezuela, citing security concerns and economic difficulties in the border region.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/UNHCR/
eabf6d9194296e7b303bb44739b2b66b.htm

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Colombia: Twenty Thousand Children Under Age 5 Die Every Year:

About 20,000 children less than five years old die every year in Colombia due to diseases that are preventable and curable according to the Panamerican Health Organization
www.misna.org/news.asp?lng=1&id=131149

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Summit: Lula defends Venezuela from U.S.:

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva emphatically supported neighboring Venezuela Tuesday in light in recent criticism from U.S. officials.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20050329-064244-7937r.htm

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Pro-Aristide protesters burn effigy of Haiti’s interim leader:

Protesters demanding the return of ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide burned an effigy of Haiti’s interim leader Tuesday and shouted insults at United Nations peacekeepers who blocked marchers from reaching the national palace.
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Ukraine Thanks Cuba For Chernobyl Children Care:

Cuba has treated 18,153 children victims of the radiation fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, Ukraine’s Health Minister Nykola Polischuk said on Tuesday.
www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/30132/story.htm

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Two-thirds of world’s resources ‘used up’ :

The human race is living beyond its means. A report backed by 1,360 scientists from 95 countries – some of them world leaders in their fields – today warns that the almost two-thirds of the natural machinery that supports life on Earth is being degraded by human pressure.
www.guardian.co.uk/life/science/story/0,12996,1447921,00.html

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Mahathir warns of a dollar catastrophe :

SHARP-tongued Mahathir Mohamad, scourge of currency traders worldwide, has said the US dollar is headed for a ‘catastrophe’ and will never regain its old strength.
www.thisislondon.com/news/business/articles/timid399280?source=

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Bush’s hypocrisy truly unbearable:

As Texas governor, George W. Bush presided over 152 executions, more than took place in the rest of the country combined. In at least a few of these cases, reasonable doubts were raised about the guilt of the condemned.
www.news-press.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2
F20050329%2FOPINION%2F503290390%2F1015

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Private convictions vs. public displays:

Am I the only person in the United States getting fed up with moral exhibitionism?
www.nwanews.com/story.php?paper=adg&section=Editorial&storyid=112109

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Alma Mater As Big Brother:

The government’s plan is to track students individually and in full detail as they complete their post-secondary education. The threat to our students’ privacy is of grave concern, and the government has not satisfactorily explained why it wants to collect individual information.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8410.htm

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Secret Service investigating removal of three from Bush visit :

Because of a bumper sticker on their car that read: “No More Blood for Oil.”
www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20050329-1241-bushcolorado.html

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Date: Tue, 29 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 295 Days

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A Time to Break Silence

For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.

By Rev. Martin Luther King

“I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government.”

Listen to this speech in full
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2564.htm

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Militant Group Kills Three Arab Drivers in Iraq:

The Army of Ansar al-Sunna shot dead three Arab drivers in Iraq and posted an Internet videotape of the killings on Tuesday.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=622127

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US admits killing Arab journalists in Iraq:

The US military has acknowledged it was responsible for killing two journalists working for Dubai-based satellite channel al-Arabiya who were shot close to a checkpoint in the Iraqi capital earlier this month.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8396.htm

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US soldier faces 20 years in jail for killing Iraqi driver :

A US soldier went on trial in Germany yesterday accused of killing a critically injured Iraqi man.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1447213,00.html

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U.S. Soldiers Accused Of Raping Iraqi Women Escape Prosecution:

The soldiers were from the same military unit whose troops fired on the car carrying freed Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8399.htm

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“I can’t go back to Iraq”: says Anderson.

“You can’t have a normal life after killing innocent people.”
dominionpaper.ca/accounts/2005/03/28/i_cant_go_.html

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Sunni Leader Insists on Timetable for U.S. Withdrawal:

Mr. Dari made clear that he would continue to view the armed resistance as legitimate until the American military offered a clear timetable for its withdrawal – a condition very unlikely to be met.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8400.htm

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Radical Iraqi Cleric’s Follower Calls for Million-Strong Anti-US Demo:

A follower of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr called for a million-strong demonstration in Iraq to demand a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops.
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Iraqi parliament in uproar over stalemate :

Iraq’s parliament erupted in acrimony at its second sitting on Tuesday and journalists were thrown out after lawmakers berated leaders for failing to agree on a new government, two months after historic elections.
www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3&art_id=qw1112097963493B262

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Iraqi Parliament Adjourns in Disarray :

Government Fails to Form Two Months After Elections
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8401.htm

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Journalists kicked out of Iraqi parliament:

Prime Minister Iyad Allawi walked out of a meeting of Iraq‚s parliament on Tuesday after angry scenes erupted, with assembly members berating Shiite and Kurdish leaders for failing to agree on a government. The speaker of parliament ordered journalists to leave and declared the meeting would be held in secret
www.keralanext.com/news/indexread.asp?id=166637

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A Life Changed by War:

In surgery, his carotid artery burst, leading to a massive stroke. An infection caused swelling, and doctors were forced to remove the right side of his brain.
the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2005/Mar/06/ln/ln05p.html

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Report Assails C.I.A. for Failure on Iraq Weapons:

The report particularly ridicules the conclusion that Mr. Hussein’s fleet of “unmanned aerial vehicles,” which had very limited flying range, posed a major threat. All of those assertions were repeated by Mr. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other senior officials in the prelude to the war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8397.htm

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Fight To Survive :

This site is the mouthpiece for a group of soldiers who are fighting in a war they oppose for a president they didn’t elect while the petrochemical complex turns the blood of their fallen comrades into oil
ftssoldier.blogspot.com/2004/11/holiday-in-falluja_19.html

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Iraq Veterans Against the War:

We, the veterans of the war, now know all of these reasons for invading the sovereign country of Iraq were false, and we have paid a heavy price for these lies.
www.ivaw.net/

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Approaching Spiritual Death : Martin Luther King, Jr. foresaw Americas spiritual death.

Dr. King was right about a lot of things, including his prophecy that America was losing its soul. Violence of all types in epidemic, especially the violence of poverty. Gun violence, from homicide to suicide, is all too common.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8405.htm

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Iraq War Is Top Problem For Americans :

According to a poll by CBS News. 26 per cent of respondents say the military operation is the most important problem facing the country today.
www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewItem&itemID=6525

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Romanians Kidnapped in Iraq Sent Desperate Message
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Romanians Want Soldiers Withdrawn From Iraq :

Many Romanians believe their country‚s participation in the Iraq war must come to an end, according to a poll by the Centre for Urban and Regional Sociology. 55 per cent of respondents believe Romania should not have a military presence in Iraq.
www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewItem&itemID=6533

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U.S. confirms officials met with exiled Syrian dissidents :

The State Department has confirmed that U.S. officials met with exiled Syrian dissidents here last week but denied that the talks had focused on prospects for replacing the Damascus regime.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/03/29/news/oppose.html

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Lebanon PM Expected to Resign in Two Days:

Lebanon’s pro-Syrian prime minister is expected to step down this week after he failed to persuade opposition figures to join a government that could run the country until elections in May.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=8024703

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Rice Alarms Reformist Arabs with Stability Remarks:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has alarmed many reformist Arabs with comments suggesting a new U.S. approach that promotes rapid political change without regard for internal stability.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politics
News&storyID=8022839&src=rss/ElectionCoverage

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US draws up list of unstable countries:

US intelligence services are drawing up a secret watch-list of 25 countries in which instability might lead to US intervention
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8395.htm

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US scatters bases to control Eurasia :

The United States is beefing up its military presence in Afghanistan, at the same time encircling Iran. Washington will set up nine new bases in Afghanistan in the provinces of Helmand, Herat, Nimrouz, Balkh, Khost and Paktia.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/GC30Ag01.html

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Our new nightmare: the United States of America:

Australians are as just as concerned about United States foreign policy as Islamic extremism and regard the US as more dangerous than a rising China, according to a new poll.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8398.htm

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Military Pollution:The Quintessential Universal Soldier:

As children, we were taught that the military protected us in times of war. We learned about soldiers being killed and wounded by ‘the enemy’, and how people died if they got shot or if a bomb landed on them. Sometimes innocent people got killed during a war, but the fact that most victims were civilians was carefully hidden from us by our elders
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8394.htm

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59 American Ex-Diplomats Oppose Bolton:

Challenging the White House, 59 former American diplomats are urging the Senate to reject John R. Bolton’s nomination to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=620746

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Netanyahu slams pullout, urges formalized control of W. Bank :

Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly criticized the disengagement plan Tuesday, saying it set a precedent for withdrawing without receiving anything in return, and advocated a formalization of Israeli control over the West Bank.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/558385.html

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Israel: Their best defence :

Israel has no choice but to withdraw from the West Bank – not to indulge the Palestinians but to save itself
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8403.htm

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Israel maintaining ‘strangulation’ policy in Gaza Strip :

The report, titled “One Big Prison,” documents what the organization says are Israel’s violations of human rights and international law in the Gaza Strip.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/558349.html

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177 Palestinian Prisoners Killed Since 1967:

Planning and Statistics Department of the Ministry said in ,a statistical report, 69 Palestinian prisoners (39%) were killed due to being liable to severe torture whilst 37 prisoners (20.9%) died due to the lack of medical health care.
www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/details.asp?name=3554

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Absolute monarchy to absolute democracy :

King Gyanendra has taken the people of Nepal on a disastrous course, using the excuse of fighting an insurgency to compromise democracy.
www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/GC30Df06.html

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Gunmen ambush police in Haiti‚s capital, killing two officers and a driver:

The charred remains of one officer sat inside the car, while the bullet-riddled bodies of another officer, his pants burned off his body, and the driver lay on the ground nearby.
www.haiti-info.com/article.php3?id_article=3499

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Chilean leader calls for more flexible OAS:

Chile’s socialist president has called for a radical overhaul of the Organisation of American States, saying the most important regional organisation in the Americas must be “faster, more responsive and more flexible‰.
www.falkland-malvinas.com/Detalle.asp?NUM=5353

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Brazil: “No longer to subordinate to IMF‰:

Brazil announced Monday that it will not renew the stand-by credit agreement it signed with the IMF in September 2002 because the good shape of the national economy makes it superfluous
www.falkland-malvinas.com/Detalle.asp?NUM=5351

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Report: No proof Annan knew of deal bid:

Investigators of the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq said Tuesday there was not enough evidence to show that Secretary-General Kofi Annan knew of a contract bid by his son’s employer.
www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/breaking_news/11258153.htm

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A weak man who bends to power, not political vision :

Tony Blair is psychologically incapable of building a fairer society
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1447014,00.html

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UK trebles military exports to China :

THE value of UK arms exports to China has more than trebled to more than 100m in the past three years alone, it emerged last night.
news.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=323812005

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Paul Krigman: What’s Going On?:

We can’t count on restraint from people like Mr. DeLay, who believes that he’s on a mission to bring a “biblical worldview” to American politics, and that God brought him a brain-damaged patient to help him with that mission.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8402.htm

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In case you missed it:

Playing God :

Given the vehemence with which he has been fighting to prolong Terri’s life, it is a little surprising to learn that Robert decided to turn off the life-support system for his mother.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1077219,00.html

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US court mulls death row Mexicans :

The US Supreme Court is hearing a case that could decide the fate of 51 Mexicans on death row who say that their rights were denied.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4388419.stm

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Spying on citizens:

The American tradition of free speech is under attack across the country, as law enforcement agencies — under the guise of the war on terror — intimidate ordinary citizens into silence.
tinyurl.com/4ak7e

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Date: Mon, 28 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 294 Days

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Is No One Accountable?

Lawlessness should never be an option for the United States.

By Bob Herbert

The Bush administration is desperately trying to keep the full story from emerging. But there is no longer any doubt that prisoners seized by the U.S. in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere have been killed, tortured, sexually humiliated and otherwise grotesquely abused.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8391.htm

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When Weeping For Religious Martyrs Leads To The Crucifixion Of Innocents

By Robert Fisk

Passion and redemption were probably essential parts of our parents‚ religious experience. But I believe it would be wiser and more human in our 21st century to reflect upon the sins of our little human gods, those evangelicals who also claim we are fighting for “good” against “evil”, who can ignore history and the oceans of blood humanity has shed – and get away with it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8386.htm

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Empire Builders

by Murray Polner

The doctrine of preemptive war threatens Iran, Syria, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, and sooner or later China and anyone else who dares stand in the imperial way.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8382.htm

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The Long Emergency

What’s going to happen as we start running out of cheap gas to guzzle?

By James Howard Kunster

Carl Jung, one of the fathers of psychology, famously remarked that “people cannot stand too much reality.” What you’re about to read may challenge your assumptions about the kind of world we live in, and especially the kind of world into which events are propelling us. We are in for a rough ride through uncharted territory.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8380.htm

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Shia politician among Iraq dead:

At least 16 Iraqis, including a Shia political party official, have been killed in the country’s latest incidents of violence.
tinyurl.com/4lda7

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Rebel Attacks on Police Leave Eight Dead Across Iraq :

As negotiators haggled over Cabinet posts, debate raged over religion‚s place in Iraq‚s much-anticipated new government.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4318090

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Wave of bomb attacks sweeps Iraq:

A car bomber has blown up his vehicle near a crowd of Shia Muslim pilgrims south of Baghdad, killing at least seven people and wounding nine.
tinyurl.com/43xgw

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Iraqi police major shot dead by U.S. troops :

While approaching a checkpoint on the wrong side of the road, Najaf’s police chief said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?storyID=8013633&type=worldNews

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U.S. Soldier Pleads Not Guilty At Trial For Killing Wounded Iraqi:

A military court was shown shaky video from a surveillance drone aircraft as a court-martial began Monday for a U.S. tank commander accused of killing an Iraqi man who witnesses have said was critically wounded
www.ksdk.com/news/illinois_article.aspx?storyid=77297

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Iraq Official Discourages Demonstrations:

Iraq’s interior minister warned citizens Monday not to hold protests, saying the gatherings were an invitation for a large-scale terrorist attack. His comments came a day after government bodyguards opened fire on a group of employees demanding higher wages, killing one person.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=619107

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UN Reports Irregularities in Iraq Elections:

Two months after an election described as “historic,‰ a new United Nations report revealed irregularities in the legislative election process.
www.islamonline.org/English/News/2005-03/28/article02.shtml

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Report On The current situation in the city of Fallujah :

Presented to the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8390.htm

tinyurl.com/4y6by

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Al-Arabia correspondent detained with Falluja films:

Iraqi police have arrested a correspondent of Al-Arabia television network with film tapes shot in the town of Falluja in his possession at Baghdad International Airport
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=717698

tinyurl.com/54lur

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Coming to your town soon?:

Tracking locals with the BAT of an eye :

Biometrics Automated Toolset, otherwise known as BAT, is being used throughout Afghanistan and Iraq to keep a database of the local population and detainees.
www.usmc.mil/marinelink/mcn2000.nsf/0/B7B7503183F0615C85256FD100583AD3?opendocument

tinyurl.com/6ar75

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A Daily Look at U.S. Deaths in Iraq :
As of Sunday, March 27, 2005, at least 1,527 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war
tinyurl.com/6j2k8

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In Pictues : The Wounded.
tinyurl.com/7xmyp

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Iraq’s Most-Wanted ‘Terrorist Surrounded’ :

Iraqi security forces have surrounded Iraq‚s most-wanted “ terrorist, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the country‚s interior minister said today.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4318492

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Tony Blair. You are charged with leading Britain into an illegal war…

How do you plead?
www.sundayherald.com/48646

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U.S. to Upgrade Air Bases in Afghanistan :

The United States is spending $83 million to upgrade its two main air bases in Afghanistan, an Air Force general said Monday, the latest indication that American forces will remain in the country for years.
tinyurl.com/47zvr

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American nightmare:

When the likes of Bolton sit in the UN and Wolfowitz presides over the World Bank we know that the “new American century project” has moved well beyond the planning phase. We had better gird ourselves, for the nightmare is just beginning.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8389.htm

tinyurl.com/5emug

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Video: Why America Must Stop John Bolton:

Think Bolton’s the right man for the job of UN Ambassador? Take a look and decide for yourself Windows Media.
www.stopbolton.org/

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Jailed War Resister Camilo Mejia on His 9-Month Jail Sentence, Torture inIraq and Why He Refused to Fight
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/03/28/1434222

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Draft Needed To Bail Out the Cakewalk War:

A case for the draft as the only way “America can remain the world‚s superpower.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8384.htm

tinyurl.com/5csoz

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The Case for the Draft:

America can remain the world’s superpower. Or it can maintain its current all-volunteer military. It can’t do both.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8385.htm

tinyurl.com/49d4p

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Should U.S. Recruit Non-citizens?:

Those who enlist in his proposed “Freedom Legion‰ would be disposable cannon fodder: “U.S. politicians, wary (and rightly so) of casualties among U.S. citizens, might take a more lenient attitude toward the employment of a force not made up of their constituents.‰
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8383.htm

tinyurl.com/5v3hv

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Cut in U.S. Aid to Manila Linked to Iraq Pullout:

Nearly a year on, the ripples from the Angelo de la Cruz decision has come back to haunt relations between the United States and the Philippines.
news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=98ed9c74df92bd276a1ff329b6956d43

tinyurl.com/4dygl

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Communist rebels say U.S. troops could come under attack in Philippines, as in Iraq:

Communist guerrillas on Monday renewed their threat against U.S. troops on training missions in the Philippines, saying the deaths of American soldiers in Iraq prove they can be killed despite their superior military power.
www.wkrc.com/news/world/story.aspx?content_id=AB6E37DA-7725-46E3-A550-C1CFC7A27613

tinyurl.com/3phfr

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White House Must Lead by Example for Department of State’s Democracy Report to be Effective :

Amnesty International USA warns that as long as the White House continues to flout international law and blatantly disregard the Geneva Conventions, many of its policies to promote democracy and human rights will be greeted with deep skepticism.
www.commondreams.org/news2005/0328-06.htm

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Sgrena Sets the Record Straight: “There was No Checkpoint; No Self-Defense”:

With Terri Schiavo and Michael Jackson to cover, it is pretty difficult for most media outlets to find the time to report on any of the more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians killed since the beginning of the invasion 2 years ago.
www.counterpunch.com/scahill03282005.html

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Look Who’s Not Talking˜Still:

A new report says U.S. intelligence agencies haven’t learned to share information, despite lessons of 9/11.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7306163/site/newsweek/

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Sharon: We can’t expect explicit U.S. okay to build in settlements :

The large blocs of settlement in the West Bank “will remain in Israel’s hands and will fall within the (separation) fence, and we made this position clear to the Americans. This is our position, even if they express reservations,” he said.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/557472.html

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Israel to defy US and keep large West Bank settlements:

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hastened to declare that President George W. Bush had indeed declared last April it would be “unrealistic” to expect Israel to vacate all of the West Bank in view of the creation of major Israeli population centres in that area during the past three decades.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,12686874^2703,00.html

tinyurl.com/6ufoc

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Will final settlement include an apology?:

The alternative to the traditional and alternative view for solution to the Israeli -Palestinian problem is for Israel to formally apologise for the dispossession of the Palestinian people. It must compensate all who have suffered in the process. It must hand back all land not provided for at the end of British Mandate and gained through war and terror.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8388.htm

tinyurl.com/5yfke

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Israel: Budget for cancer mapping doesn’t extend to Israeli Arab sector :

“Only mapping Jewish communities violates constitutional rights, anchored in the Basic Law on Human Dignity and Freedom,”
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/557476.html

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Iran: Arguments just don’t square up:

Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and outgoing Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz held key national security posts when the administration of Gerald Ford made the opposite argument 30 years ago.
www.energybulletin.net/4928.html

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Zimbabwe archbishop calls on nation to rise against Mugabe:

A senior Zimbabwean clergyman has issued an unprecedented plea for a peaceful Ukraine-style “popular mass uprising” to remove President Robert Mugabe after elections this week.
news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/story.jsp?story=624261

tinyurl.com/6gqcr

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Group Rallies Against Pakistan President :

Thousands of opposition activists rallied Monday in this city in northwestern Pakistan, chanting ``Death to dictatorship!’’ in the latest demonstration against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s grip on power.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4896796,00.html

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Weaponizing the Subcontinent: F-16s to Pakistan:

A sucker is born every minute. It may not always be obvious who the sucker is. Pakistan is negotiating with the United States to buy some airplanes.
www.counterpunch.org/brauchli03262005.html

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Pakistan bought U.S. nuclear wares in secret, feds find:

A federal criminal investigation has uncovered evidence that Pakistan has made clandestine purchases of U.S. high-technology components for use in its nuclear-weapons program in defiance of U.S. law.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002220518_paknukes26.html

tinyurl.com/6roff

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India takes a swipe at America:

India indirectly criticised the United States on Monday for focusing on Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programmes while soft-pedalling on ally Pakistan’s suspected supply of nuclear technology to them.
www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=43972

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Venezuela VP Responds to Rumsfeld:

U.S. Wants to Destroy Latin American Unity
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=45&ItemID=7538

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The Dawn of a New Oil Era?:

China is the world’s second-largest consumer of oil. It has about 20 million cars and trucks now. By the year 2020, that may be 120 million.
msnbc.msn.com/id/7304437/site/newsweek/

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Stopping the killing in Darfur:

We spoke with thousands of witnesses — women who had been gang-raped and families that had lost fathers, people who plainly and soberly gave us their accounts of the slaughter.
www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/opinion/11237522.htm

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David Corn: Jeb Bush’s Expert Undercuts DeLay et. al. on Schiavo…and W’s Hypocrisy
www.davidcorn.com/2005/03/jeb_bushs_exper.php

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Killing For Compassion:

In Italian, Schiavo means slave, and that is just what we have done to her. If we are just going to complacently sit by and literally watch this woman shrivel up and die, at least let it not be in vain.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8387.htm

tinyurl.com/5exbp

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Right to Life backed law that irks wife:

Jannette Nikolouzos is angry with the Texas law that allows St. Luke’s Hospital to unhook her husband from life support. “I’m so ashamed of my state that it executes civilians without criminal history,” she told reporter Todd Ackerman.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/printstory.mpl/metropolitan/3079622

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Date: Sat, 26 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 292 Days

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Noam Chomsky Edinburgh Lecture

Entitled “Illegal but Legitimate: a dubious doctrine for the times.”

Noam Chomsky delivered the last in the Gifford Lecture series at Edinburgh University‚s McEwan Hall on Tuesday, 03/22/05

Watch It Now. Real Video.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8377.htm

tinyurl.com/3qaoo

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Weekend Video

National Teach-In on Iraq: “How Can We End This War?”

Speakers Naomi Klein, journalist and author, Phyllis Bennis from the Institute for Policy Studies, Celeste Zappala, founding member of Gold Star Families for Peace, Anas Shallal from Iraqi Americans for Peaceful Alternatives, Michael Hoffman from Iraq Veterans Against the War, and others talk about “National Teach-In on Iraq: How Can We End This War?”

Watch it online now!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8379.htm

tinyurl.com/6escr

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America’s Dangerous Mideast Assumptions

Syria sees Washington’s policies as driven by fallacies and misinformation.

By Bouthaina Shaaban

I’m afraid that Americans don’t know what’s really going on in the Middle East today. Apparently it doesn’t come through from your “embedded journalism.” What is happening today is that Palestinian groups are being dismembered, the Lebanese resistance is being disarmed and the Syrian government is being demonized ˜ all while Israel continues to occupy the Arab lands it has held since 1967 in violation of all U.N. resolutions calling for its withdrawal.

www.informationclearinghouse.info/

tinyurl.com/6escr

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Land mine Kills Four U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan:

A Taliban spokesman, Mullah Dadullah, told Reuters via satellite telephone that Taliban fighters had planted the mine.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1535&ncid=
731&e=6&u=/afp/20050326/wl_sthasia_afp/afghanistanusblasttoll

tinyurl.com/448rc

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Car bomb kills 2 U.S. soldiers; Marine dies in fighting:

A car bomb struck a U.S. military patrol Saturday in the Iraqi capital, killing two U.S. soldiers and injuring two others, and a Marine died in action in a restive central province, the military said.
www.omaha.com/index.php?u_pg=54&u_sid=1370162

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Wave of violence across Iraq leaves 21 dead:

Suicide bombers killed 15 Iraqi soldiers, a senior commander was assassinated and five women were murdered in an ambush in a wave of violence across the country.
www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=623906

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Army: 27 People Killed From 2002-2004 While In U.S. Custody: :

Twenty-seven detainees were killed in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan in suspected or confirmed homicide cases between August 2002 and November 2004, the Army said Friday
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8370.htm

tinyurl.com/4bzz4

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Report: Army Won’t Prosecute 17 Soldiers :

Army officials have decided not to prosecute 17 soldiers involved in the deaths of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, a military report says.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8372.htm

tinyurl.com/4hy2v

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U.S. Troops Tortured Iraqis in Mosul, Documents Show:

American soldiers tortured Iraqi prisoners at a military base in Mosul but nobody was court martialed over the abuse, U.S. army documents say.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8373.htm

tinyurl.com/6nw9h

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Army Probe Finds Abuse at Base Near Mosul :

An Army investigation found systematic abuse and possible torture of Iraqi prisoners at a base near Mosul just as top military officials became aware of abuse allegations at the Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad, documents released Friday showed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8371.htm

tinyurl.com/49oc6

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Blows were taught, reservist testifies at hearing:

An Army reservist accused of killing a detainee in Afghanistan told investigators that the blows that caused the man’s death were commonly used to deal with uncooperative prisoners and said his superiors approved of the technique.
www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/nation/11237898.htm

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Flight to torture: where abuse is contracted out:

ON THE night of December 18, 2001, a Gulfstream jet, tail number N379P, landed at Bromma Airport in Stockholm carrying eight hooded Americans in business suits.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-1542390,00.html

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UK Lawmakers Accuse U.S. of Grave Rights Violations:

The United States has committed “grave violations of human rights” against prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan and Iraq, the Foreign Affairs Committee of Britain’s parliament said in a report on Friday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=8000617

tinyurl.com/59zk3

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Human rights and Cuba :

The government of the US has no moral authority to elect itself as the judge over human rights in Cuba, where there has not been a single case of disappearance, torture or extra-judicial execution since 1959
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8374.htm

tinyurl.com/4tbay

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UK panel faults gov’t position on torture:

A House of Commons committee faulted Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government Friday for not saying whether it uses information extracted through torture in other countries.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8375.htm

tinyurl.com/53lxq

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Goss says CIA ban excludes “terrorists:”

CIA Director Porter J. Goss told lawmakers that the ban on assassinations by U.S. intelligence is still in force, but that it does not prohibit the agency from killing the “terrorist” enemies of the United States.
www.washingtontimes.com/functions/print.php?StoryID=20050324-114414-9779r

tinyurl.com/5lsr6

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The U.S. is Becoming a ŒFailed State‚ :

The Bush regime has summoned the failed state chicken home to roost, with a vengeance, as it attempts to strip away every social obligation of the state to the people.
www.blackcommentator.com/131/131_cover_failed.html

tinyurl.com/579cm

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Blair ignored them all : MI6, Jack Straw, defence staff:

His public assertions on Iraq were at odds with what he was told in private
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1445965,00.html

tinyurl.com/6dpte

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UK: Goldsmith ‘failed duty to MPs’ by withholding advice on war :

Lord Goldsmith was warned yesterday that he could face an inquiry by Parliament’s watchdog if he ignores MPs’ demands to publish the background to his advice that war would be legal.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=623798

tinyurl.com/68uqh

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Tariq Ali: For one day only, I’m a Lib Dem :

We must take the politics of the anti-war front into the electoral arena
politics.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,9115,1446019,00.html

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The Missing WMD Report:

It seems that Pat Roberts, the Republican chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, wants to break the promise he made last year to investigate whether the Bush administration misrepresented the prewar intelligence on WMDs. What a surprise.
www.davidcorn.com/2005/03/the_missing_wmd.php

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Bush Administration Reaching Out to Syrian Opposition :

Washington’s action is the result of a discussion between President Bush and French President Jacques Chirac, in which Mr. Chirac cautioned that Syria’s government is not likely to survive the withdrawal of its troops from Lebanon.
www.voanews.com/english/2005-03-26-voa17.cfm

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US discusses ‘weakening Syrian regime’ with dissidents: report:

US officials held an “unpublicised‰ meeting with exiled Syrian dissidents in Washington to discuss ways of “weakening the Syrian regime,‰ a pan-Arab newspaper reported on Saturday.
tinyurl.com/6uqvq

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France Threatens Military Action Against Syria over Lebanon!:

“France has long resisted calls for directly attacking Syria. So do not push us into a situation where we have to change our stance.”
tinyurl.com/6r5ju

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Lebanese defence capability doubted:

Lebanon’s defence minister has warned that the country’s forces will be incapable of filling the void left by the Syrian army if it withdraws completely.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/2BCD4026-64EC-4794-99A2-0B7CA5A8A5F3.htm

tinyurl.com/4rh43

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Kyrgyzstan in chaos as riots sweep capital :

Newly declared head of state struggles to impose order as looters smash stores and exiled leader denounces revolution
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1445917,00.html?gusrc=rss

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Report Reveals U.S. Plan to Destabilize Kyrgyzstan :

“Our primary goal ˜ according to the earlier approved plans ˜ is to increase pressure upon Akaev to make him resign ahead of schedule.”
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news4/kabar1.html

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Iranian stockpile scares U.S. :

Arms needed to fight drugs, nation insists.
www.columbiatribune.com/2005/Mar/20050326News017.asp

tinyurl.com/6mk52

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A Legacy of Violence and Counter-Violence: Israel’s Record is “Not Reassuring”:

Palestinians are victims, and their rights, security and welfare should be the priority of the international community. Israel has no right to demand security from its victims; it lost that right the moment it breached international law when its tanks rolled onto Palestinian land.
www.counterpunch.com/baroud03262005.html

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US plan to make India world power:

THE United States unveiled plans to help India become a “major world power in the 21st century” even as it announced moves to beef up the military of New Delhi’s nuclear rival, Pakistan.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,12662629-23109,00.html

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Ex-soldier says he was asked to kill Haitian leader

Someone from interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue‚s office asked him last month to murder fellow inmate Yvon Neptune. Neptune is the deposed prime minister who served under exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. He has been jailed for nearly a year without trial.
www.pww.org/article/articleview/6676/1/259

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Different Strokes For Different Folks:

Mr. Bush is on a roll. He’s so happy he’s thumbing his nose at the world. He’s got away with Abu Ghraib, with Fallujah and Haiti and everywhere the rent-a-crowd counter-revolutions just seem to go rolling along.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8376.htm

tinyurl.com/5fg6d

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For some soldiers, battle reaches home front :

Time spent serving overseas can prove costly to military personnel caught up in custody cases
timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=345358
& category=REGIONOTHER&BCCode=HOME&newsdate=3/26/2005

tinyurl.com/5u2ku

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From Hero To Homeless:

“I fought for this country,” he said. “I shed blood for this country. I watched friends die.” And like so many, Herold Noel came home a hero, but he wound up homeless.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/03/25/eveningnews/main683247.shtml

tinyurl.com/57qa7

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The God Racket, From DeMille to DeLay

Mr. Bush who couldn’t be bothered to interrupt his vacation during the darkening summer of 2001, not even when he received a briefing titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.,” flew from his Crawford ranch to Washington to sign Congress’s Schiavo bill into law.
www.commondreams.org/views05/0325-31.htm

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Starve the voters: the human cost of Mugabe’s election:

Four million people are starving in Zimbabwe, a quarter of the population, and thousands of Robert Mugabe’s political opponents are being turned away empty-handed from emergency food stations
news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/story.jsp?story=623782

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Is This A New Dark Age? :

Little proof to the contrary that we are indeed in a very long, bleak tunnel. Is there any light?
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/g/a/2005/03/25/notes032505.DTL&type=printable

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Foes of War in Iraq Rally for Teach-In:

Perhaps some of the most compelling remarks last night came from panelist Celeste Zappala, founding member of Gold Star Families for Peace, whose son, Sgt. Sherwood Baker, 30, was killed in Baghdad last year.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8378.htm

tinyurl.com/5hacb

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Rally Against War – Fayetteville, NC – March 19, 2005 : Hear the Rally (most speakers), with photos and links
www.traprockpeace.org/fayetteville_rally_1.html

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