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 Information Clearing House  Digest April 15-19 2005

 
 

Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 316 Days

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Torture: The Dirty Business

Torture is a multinational industry ˆ but its headquarters is in the USA.

In this programme Andrew Gilligan examines the CIA‚s practice of abducting terrorist suspects and transferring them to states such as Egypt and Syria, where torture is routine. The programme also exposes the British government‚s refusal to condemn the use of torture by the government of Uzbekistan, for the sake of the Œevidence‚ it produces: ‘selling our souls for dross’, in the words of the former British ambassador.

Click here to view. Real Video
informationclearinghouse.info/article8580.htm

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How Rich is Too Rich For Democracy?

At what point does great wealth held in a few hands actually harm democracy, threatening to turn a democratic republic into an oligarchy?

by Thom Hartmann

It’s a debate we haven’t had freely and openly in this nation for nearly a century, and last week, by voting to end the Estate Tax, House Republicans tried to ensure that it wouldn’t be had again in this generation. But it’s a debate that’s vital to the survival of democracy in America.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8592.htm

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At least12 people killed in Iraq violence:

Resistance fighters opened fire on members of Iraq’s National Guard in Khaldiya, west of Baghdad, killing five people and wounding four. In Baghdad, a suicide car bomber killed four National Guards in the Athamiya district
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200504/s1349031.htm

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Two Iraqi generals were gunned down in separate attacks
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=13258

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Legislator Allegedly Mistreated by U.S. :

“What happened to me represents an insult to the whole National Assembly that was elected by the Iraqi people. This shows that the democracy we are enjoying is fake.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8591.htm

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Marines Recount Dramatic Assault At Base Near Syria :

The attack “demonstrates an extremely mature and capable insurgency,” said Maj. John Reed, executive officer for the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, which commands U.S. troops here. “It showed its ability to mass a very complex attack very quickly.”
informationclearinghouse.info/article8585.htm

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Soldiers’ ‘Wish Lists’ Of Detainee Tactics Cited:

Intelligence officials to develop a list including open-hand strikes, closed-fist strikes, using claustrophobic techniques and a number of “coercive” techniques such as striking with phone books, low-voltage electrocution and inducing muscle fatigue.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8584.htm

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Casualties of Colonial Wars: :

To justify its continuing occupation of Iraq, Washington has endeavored to portray itself as the selfless protector of the Iraqi people who are menaced by ruthless terrorists. The corporate media has obliged.
montages.blogspot.com/2005/04/casualties-of-colonial-wars-kenya-and.html

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A Math Lesson: The Killing of Nicola Calipari:

According to the U.S. military, they fired warning shots within 2.7 seconds of flashing a warning light, and used “deadly force” 2.3 seconds after that.
www.counterpunch.org/stephens04182005.html

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Before You Mindlessly Tie Another Yellow Ribbon Round That Old Oak Tree:

He died for our freedom? I wish someone would help me understand how killing innocent people in Iraq (and Afganistan) is keeping us free.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8583.htm

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Counter-Recruiting in the Red Zone :

With the military‚s enlistment numbers dropping and a “counter-recruitment‰ movement becoming increasingly active in college towns and major urban centers, the battle for the hearts and minds of possible enlistees is spreading to the more conservative parts of the country, where the military draws a substantial amount of recruits.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8588.htm

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Oregon Bill Would Require New Drivers to Automatically Register For Selective Service :

House Bill 2575 would automatically register young men for Selective Service when they sign up for licenses or state identification cards.
rncwatch.typepad.com/counterrecruiter/2005/04/oregon_bill_wou.html

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National Guard Seeks to Pay $6M For Naming Rights of Major DC Sports Stadium:

In its latest effort to boost the number of new recruits, the National Guard has reportedly signed a $6 million deal to buy the naming rights of Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.
rncwatch.typepad.com/counterrecruiter/2005/04/national_guard_.html

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‘The biggest corruption scandal in history.’:

In Iraq, allegations range from petty bribery to large-scale embezzlement, expropriation, profiteering and nepotism. The TI report says it could become “the biggest corruption scandal in history.”
www.csmonitor.com/2005/0317/p06s01-wogi.html

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The Bayoil Indictment — the Real Scandal:

The neo-con team is brazenly acting as if Saddam did something wrong in selling Iraqi oil in violation of the United Nations embargo that we insisted by kept on for a dozen years after the 1991 Gulf War.
www.wanniski.com/showarticle.asp?articleid=4300

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Almost 11 million children in developing countries die each year before the age of 5 :

Most of them from causes that are preventable in wealthier countries, the World Bank said in a report released Sunday.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB3GHGSN7E.html

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Wolfie’s War on Poverty:

Just wait till our oil companies’ profits dip. You’ll hear the sound of our tanks over there, and I don’t mean gas tanks.
villagevoice.com/blogs/bushbeat/archive/000851.php

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Drive the Wolf back to BUSH! :

“Wolfowitz will kill more people from his position at the World Bank than he has done at the Pentagon!‰
informationclearinghouse.info/article8590.htm

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Source: Moussaoui Offers to Plead Guilty :

Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person in the United States charged in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks, is offering for a second time to plead guilty and a federal judge is evaluating whether to accept the plea, a legal source said Tuesday.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u
=/ap/20050419/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/moussaoui

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Taliban kill eight Afghan soldiers, one driver
paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=102134

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World terror risk ‘on the rise’ :

Danger has risen in 31 nations, many of them in western Europe, insurance broker Aon says in a new risk map.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4457705.stm

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Secret FBI Report Highlights Domestic Terror:

A secret FBI report, obtained by ABC News, identifies 22 domestic terror organizations as the current subjects of 338 active FBI field investigations.
www.abcnews.go.com/WNT/Investigation/story?id=681288&page=1

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In case yoyu missed it?: WMD Plot Uncovered In East Texas:

Three people linked to white supremacist and anti-government groups are in custody. At least one weapon of mass destruction – a sodium cyanide bomb capable of delivering a deadly gas cloud – has been seized in the Tyler area.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5350.htm

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Colin Powell’s Former Chief Of Staff Calls John Bolton An “Abysmal” Pick To Be UN Ambassador
informationclearinghouse.info/article8587.htm

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Air Safety: Extending the No-Fly Zone :

Aviation sources say the list has grown to more than 31,000, up from 19,000 last September. And a little noticed incident on April 8, involving a Dutch KLM 747 flight from Amsterdam to Mexico City, may result in the list being used even more aggressively.
www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1050224,00.html

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Homeland Security memo reveals terrorism records are being sanitized:

The memo, issued on March 28 by a high-ranking official with DHS‚ Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), essentially orders supervisors in the field to sanitize terrorism-related case files maintained in a major law-enforcement computer system called TECS
narcosphere.narconews.com/story/2005/4/7/232329/3516

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Israel faces U.S. warning over plans to build 50 new homes in the West Bank:

As Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon confirmed that he was postponing the start of withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=14395

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 04/18/05:

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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Argentine ‘dirty war’ suspect convicted and sentenced to 640 years in prison:

His trial was Spain’s first under a law that says crimes against humanity can be tried in this country – even if they are alleged to have been committed elsewhere.
www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/world/11432509.htm

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Outreach To Islam :

Delays in launching U.S. effort: The Bush administration’s outreach to the Islamic world is in no hurry. And it includes no Muslims.
www.theunionleader.com/articles_showa.html?article=53518

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9th Circuit OKs Suit Against Vatican Over Holocaust:

Just in time for the picking of a new pope, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Monday that Holocaust survivors can pursue the Vatican Bank for profiting from a Nazi puppet regime.
biz.yahoo.com/law/050419/013ad13cd912619796965d12db96f758.html?.v=1

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Sudan says “abundant” oil found in war torn Darfur:

Drilling for oil has begun in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region after preliminary studies showed there were abundant quantities of oil, a spokesman for the country’s Energy Ministry said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L18708185.htm

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Evangelicals Cool to Bush’s Focus on Social Security Accounts :

``How come he’s not stumping across America defending marriage?’’ said Burress, 63, an evangelical Christian and president of Citizens for Community Values in Ohio. ``Marriage is a whole lot more important than Social Security.’
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aJGrWeqv.cFQ&refer=us

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General Motors Reports $1.1 Billion First-Quarter Loss:

The world’s largest automaker, said Tuesday it lost $1.1 billion in the first quarter, clobbered by rising health care costs, lukewarm response to some new models and special charges
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGBN96Q4Q7E.html

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Housing Starts Plunge:

U.S. housing starts posted their steepest drop in more than 14 years in March, suggesting some cooling in the long-hot housing market, while producer prices rose steeply on surging energy costs.
www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID=8225976

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Riding the Real-Estate Tsunami:

The housing bubble, like the dot-com boom before it, has temporarily masked a mess of economic contradictions. As a result, the second term of George W. Bush may hold some first-class Shakespearian surprises.
www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=2329

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Wholesale Prices Jump 0.7 Percent in March:

It was the biggest jump in five months.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGBPRQT3Q7E.html

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Dow Chemical Buys Silence in Michigan:

Union Carbide’s (now Dow’s) pesticide plant exposed a half million people to the gases. It remains the worst industrial accident of all time, with an estimated 7,000 deaths and 190,000 injuries the first few days and over 15,000 claims of deaths to date.
www.counterpunch.org/mckenna04182005.html

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Forty public policy groups have this in common:

They seek to undermine the scientific consensus that humans are causing the earth to overheat. And they all get money from ExxonMobil.
www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2005/05/some_like_it_hot.html

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How Companies Pay TV Experts For On-Air Product Mentions:

Plugs Come Amid News Shows And Appear Impartial; Pacts Are Rarely Disclosed
online.wsj.com/article_email/0,,SB11138602
5685009961-IBjgINplal4mpymbX6HcK6Gm4,00.html

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Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 315 Days

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Apologizing To Torturers

By John Pilger

Can you imagine the BBC and other major broadcasters apologizing to a rogue regime which practices racism and ethnic cleansing; which has “effectively legalized the use of torture‰ (according to Amnesty International); which holds international law in contempt, having defied hundreds of UN resolutions and built an apartheid wall in defiance of the International Court of Justice; which has demolished thousands of people’s homes and given its soldiers the right to assassinate; and whose leader was judged “personally responsible‰ for the massacre of more than 2000 people?
informationclearinghouse.info/article8573.htm

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Iraq Tony And The Truth:

This is the story of what Mr. Blair did not tell us before sending British troops into battle.

On the second anniversary of the Iraq war, Panorama reveals how several of the claims he made in public during the build up to the war – and afterwards – conflict with what we now know was going on behind the scenes, as evidenced for instance by government officials and documents.

Real Video Click here to view.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8579.htm

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Orwell Rolls In His Grave:

“Could a media system, controlled by a few global corporations with the ability to overwhelm all competing voices, be able to turn lies into truth?…”

This is a must see documentary. Click here to watch it now! Real Video.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8560.htm

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Group says it killed three Iraqis:

The Army of Ansar al-Sunna has said it abducted and shot dead three Iraqis working at a US base.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/5F17128B-19D1-497F-ACCA-2B110316F43D.htm

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Two Iraqi policemen killed and six injured:

A roadside bomb exploded as their two patrol vehicles drove through Basra in southern Iraq
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/
ap/20050418/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq&cid=540&ncid=1478

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One Soldier Killed, One Injured from IED Attack
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualt
y_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20050420.txt

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People Around the World Mourn Marla Ruzicka’s Tragic Death:

It is with deep sadness and regret that I am writing to inform you that Marla died yesterday at the age of 29 in a suicide bomb attack. Faiz, her Iraqi partner, was also killed.
www.civicworldwide.org/#

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Video On Demand:

Rita Williams Interview With Slain Activist Marla Ruzicka From Earlier This Year
www.ktvu.com/video/4387272/detail.html

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U.S. forces abuse and torture female detainees in Iraq :

Iraqi female detainees say that they have been illegally detained, raped and sexually humiliated by U.S. occupation forces.
www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/
middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=7681

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No sign of hostages in Iraq’s al-Madain:

“The whole city is under control. We’ve secured houses where people said there were hostages. We could not find any. I don’t think we’ll find any,” said Iraqi Brigadier-General Muhammad Sabri Latif on Monday.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/861E7D8E-EA22-4631-90BD-2DC8361DC6F2.htm

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Sadr warns Iraq against ‘foolish action’ over Madain:

The three-day standoff around Madain, fueled by rumors, suspicion and sharply conflicting reports, had threatened to spiral into all-out national crisis as Sunnis and Shiites negotiate on the formation of a new government.
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Riverbend: Iraqi Girl Blog: The Hostage Crisis…:

We have an Iraqi government that bans news channels and newspapers because they *insist* on reporting about such routine things as civilian casualties and raids, yet the Puppets barely flinch over media sources spreading a rumor as dangerous and provocative as this one.
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Iraq militias ‘could beat rebels’ :

Iraq’s new president has said the insurgency could be ended immediately if the authorities made use of Kurdish, Shia Muslim and other militias.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4454985.stm

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In Iraq, Security in Name Only:

The new police force is largely untrained, frequently unreliable, and all too ready to abuse civilians. How can U.S. troops hand over control?
www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/apr2005/nf20050418_5596.htm

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U.S. Troops Engage in War of Words in Iraq :

It’s just spray-painted graffiti, but the writing on the wall gets the attention of U.S. troops: “Warning to all policemen: You will be killed.” Soldiers then storm into the compound, demanding the owners erase the death threat against the Americans’ Iraqi allies.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/iraq_war_of_words&cid=540&ncid=1478

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Shiite Bloc Want Saddam-era officials removed:

Part of a purge that the United States fears could oust thousands of the most capable Iraqis from military and intelligence forces it has spent more than $5 billion rebuilding.
www.theunionleader.com/articles_showa.html?article=53517

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Fire Bombs in Iraq: Napalm By Any Other Name:

This briefing examines the continuing use of incendiary weapons by the US military in Iraq. US officials have been forced to admit using the MK-77 incendiary, a modern form of napalm, at least during the initial fighting stage of the war.
www.politicalaffairs.net/article/articleview/966/1/32/

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The Purveyors of Violence; The NY Times in Falluja :

The truth about Falluja is far different than the bogus reports in the AP and Times. The fact that even now, a full 6 months after the siege, camera crews and journalists are banned from the city, tells us a great deal about the extent of America’s war crimes.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8578.htm

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Not There: Iraqi Vetran Speaks Out:

QuickTime Movie
69.31.93.156/NotThere.mov

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UN must reform or die, says Rice :

She said John Bolton, a long-time critic of the UN and nominated as the next US ambassador to the body, would help update, reform and strengthen it.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4450941.stm

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Succeeding in the Bush White House:

It appears the easiest route to success in the Bush White House was to be at the centre of a war that was waged under false pretences, then mismanaged from the day Saddam’s statue was toppled two years ago.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8574.htm

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Wanted: Complete Bully for U.N. Ambassador:

John Bolton has left a trail of alienated colleagues and ridiculed ideas. He’s a shoo-in for Senate confirmation.
www.alternet.org/story/21770/

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Bolton often blocked information, officials say:

Iran, IAEA matters were allegedly kept from Rice, Powell
msnbc.msn.com/id/7538323/

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‘He behaved like a madman: My horrifying John Bolton story’:

Melody Townsel was stationed in Kyrgyzstan on a US AID project. During her stay there, she became embroiled in a controversy in which John Bolton was a key player. She described the incident in a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee members who are reviewing the Bolton nomination.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8577.htm

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UK: War: the great unknown among election issues :

Last week’s Guardian poll showed a measly 3% of voters citing the Iraq conflict as the main factor in determining their choice.
www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1462150,00.html

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U.S. welcomes Cuban terrorist:

In 1976, Posada allegedly plotted with another exile now living comfortably in the U.S., Orlando Bosch, to bomb a civilian Cubana jetliner; 73 passengers and crew members were blown to bits.
www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/news/editorial/11418368.htm

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Cuba requests independent probe into US detention center at Guantanamo:

The Cuban resolution also calls for the United States to allow UN special envoys on torture and arbitrary detention to visit detention facilities at the naval base.
www.politicalgateway.com/news/read.html?id=3520

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Released Kuwaiti Describes Imprisonment at Camp Delta:

Nasser Nijer Naser Al-Mutairi says he survived three years at the US Naval Base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, amid hunger strikes, beatings, harsh interrogations and suicide attempts
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=62143&d=15&m=4&y=2005

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Soldiers who killed Rafah youths didn’t aim at legs :

The soldiers who killed three Palestinian youths in Rafah nine days ago shot to kill and did not aim their weapons at the lower parts of the victims’ bodies as military sources originally claimed, according to the findings of a probe conducted by the Israel Defense Forces.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/566062.html

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Israel: Reactor employees seek damages:

Workers from the Dimona and Sorek nuclear reactors are claiming they are getting sick with cancer due to negligence by administrators at the reactors and violations of safety regulations.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3073724,00.html

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Israel resumes use of naked screening:

Israeli occupation forces in the southern Gaza Strip have resumed a controversial method of screening Palestinians travelling through the Rafah border crossing.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F5FB5FAA-FBE3-4397-B1EC-7BAFC84AF0E0.htm

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Israelis: U.S. Derailed Jet Development :

The United States has frozen Israel out of the development of a prestigious jet fighter as punishment for its military cooperation with China, Israeli defense industry executives said Sunday.
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ADL Poll: Americans Want to Kill Iranians :

Polls are curious things. You can achieve the desired result if you word questions a certain way. Consider the following paragraph:
kurtnimmo.com/blog/index.php?p=632

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Bush administration ‘broke its own embargo to sell arms to Haiti police’ :

Human rights groups say the police carry out routine executions of dissidents and weapons are often illegally funnelled to armed militia.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=630156

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The UN Security Council Goes To Haiti To Stop The Call For Resignation Of The Latortue Regime :

Will the U.N. Security Council hear the people of Haiti or turn a deaf ear, blind eye and unwisely and undemocratically continue pushing for an election the Haitian majority has said it will not stand for unless President Aristide is physically returned to Haiti,
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=55&ItemID=7658

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Guard recruiters shunned :

The National Guard clearly has become a hard sell. Because of the war in Iraq, the free tuition and other benefits are no longer attractive. Instead of a relatively safe, part-time commitment, it’s viewed as a one-way ticket to the battlefield. Some critics have labeled it the “backdoor draft.”
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Jeremy Hinzman Leads Way For War Resisters In Canada:

Initial Denial of Refugee Status Only a Bump in the Road
www.duckdaotsu.org/hinzman_leads_way.html

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Torment lingers in OK City:

Congress left us high and dry, families say: What is the value of an American life claimed by terrorists? The answer, it turns out, depends on where and when you die
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US study finds H-bomb tests still causing cancer:

A US study has found that the number of cancers caused by hydrogen bomb testing in the Marshall Islands is set to double, more than half a century after the tests were conducted in the tiny Pacific nation.
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Redundant Ridge retools for RFIDs:

The increasing blur between big business and government (think Cheney/Halliburton and Bush Snr/Carlyle Group) has been made more hazy with the recent appointment of Tom Ridge, the former minister of fear – or secretary for homeland security – to the board of directors at radio frequency identification manufacturers Savi Technology.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8576.htm

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Marriage Made On K Street: –

Since 1998, Savi Technology has won more than $100 million in Pentagon contracts for battery-powered radio-frequency identification tags to track military shipments, according to the Center for Public Integrity, an independent watchdog group.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8575.htm

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Corporate welfare:

The Bush administration has no problem holding public schools accountable for their performance. It should be at least as vigilant in measuring and disclosing the results of giving away the public’s money to big business.
www.sptimes.com/2005/04/17/Opinion/Corporate_welfare.shtml

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Students paid for tattling on peers:

Students can earn up to $500 for alerting school officials about firearms. They can get up to $100 for fingering classmates involved in vandalism, theft or drugs.
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Battlespace America :

The new Pentagon can peruse intelligence on U.S.citizens and send Marines down Main Street.
www.motherjones.com/news/outfront/2005/05/battlespace_america.html

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Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2005

Correction:

I included an article titled

“Soldier boy :
In an effort to increase its ranks for coming wars, the U.S. military is recruiting – and paying – children as young as 14 years old for future combat duty.”
www.pointblank-dm.com/archive/2005/mar/033105/cover.shtml

in Fridays newsletter. It appears that this was an April fools joke. A reader advises.

“I took the liberty of calling ((515) 953-4822) this periodical and spoke to a gal at the editor’s desk. The story was indeed an April Fool’s joke … apparently the print issue noted that at the bottom of the page, but the disclaimer didn’t carry over to the website.

But doesn’t it say something about the current state of affairs that some of us (me included) would not consider Soldier Boy past the current administration?”

I apologize for including that item in the newsletter.

Peace & Joy – Tom Feeley

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 314 Days

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Secret Agent: Rumsfeld Sneaks Off to Baku

Unreported in U.S. press, he stalks oil and Iran in Azerbaijan

So, all you families out there, get ready to send your kids to Iran to fight for “democracy”˜and to keep China from getting all that oil so that our oil companies can continue to prosper.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8564.htm

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Orwell Rolls In His Grave

“Could a media system, controlled by a few global corporations with the ability to overwhelm all competing voices, be able to turn lies into truth?…”

Director Robert Kane Pappas‚ “Orwell Rolls In His Grave” is the consummate critical examination of the Fourth Estate, once the bastion of American democracy. Asking whether America has entered an Orwellian world of doublespeak where outright lies can pass for the truth, Pappas explores what the media doesn‚t like to talk about: itself.

This is a must see documentary. Click here to watch it now! Real Video.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8560.htm

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Roadside bomb kills three Iraqis north of Baghdad :

“The bomb blasted at 8:00 a.m. (0400 GMT) in the town of Duluiyah as a civilian car passed by, killing two police officers and a civilian,”
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-04/17/content_2841585.htm

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Three people including U.S. Aid worker killed in Baghdad:

AN American humanitarian worker was among three people killed in a suicide car bomb attack on a convoy travelling on Baghdad’s airport road, the US embassy said.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,15004326-23109,00.html

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Three U.S. Troops Killed in Iraqi City of Ramadi:

Seven servicemen were also wounded in the attack, three of them seriously, the military said in a statement.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=8202396

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Iraqi troops call halt to Maidan assault:

Iraqi troops battling in a town near Baghdad to rescue Shia hostages held by Sunni fighters, have halted their offensive after meeting fierce resistance, government officials said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C2627EEB-4186-4872-BDE9-0948C2EC830B.htm

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Mystery Shrouds Hostage Crisis in Iraqi Town:

US-backed Iraqi troops launched on Sunday, April 17, an operation to rescue Shiites reportedly held hostage by militants in Al-Madaen town, with some locals charging the whole thing was a fabricated prelude for a Fallujah-like onslaught.
www.islamonline.org/English/News/2005-04/17/article02.shtml

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Intelligence reports undercut US claims of Iraq-Qaeda link: top US senator:

A top Democratic senator released formerly classified documents that he said undercut top US officials’ pre-Iraq war claims of a link between Saddam Hussein’s regime and the Al-Qaeda terror network.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8568.htm

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In case you missed it:

Tony Benn: Time for change:

It is beginning to become apparent that the greatest threat to world peace may not really be individual terrorists but the United States Administration itself
www.tonybenn.com/time.html

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Lesser-Evilism Grips Britain:

The Chancellor of the Exchequer and pretender to the throne, has, according to his biographer Richard Peston, told Blair that, “There is nothing you could say to me now that I could ever believe.”
www.counterpunch.com/waraich04162005.html

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Don’t mention the war :

New Labour is churning out misinformation about Iraq as the election nears
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/comment/0,12956,1461888,00.html

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With poison in their souls :

The demonisation of the ricin suspects by politicians and the media smacks of Salem
observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,6903,1461663,00.html

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Robert Fisk: Our presidents and prime ministers are poseurs. Where are the Great Men of today?

Bush may think he is Churchill, but he cannot really compare himself to his dad, let alone to our Winston
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8570.htm

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Draft Them All Now:

“The only way to change the minds of flag-waving American patriots would be the maiming or death of their own children in Bush‚s insane foreign adventures.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8569.htm

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Reports Rock Support for U.N. Nominee:

Confirmation for John R. Bolton seems less sure after new charges arise that he tried to have an analyst fired. Democrats are probing more cases.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8562.htm

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Is The U.S. Vulnerable In The Persian Gulf:

The myth of US invincibility
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8558.htm

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Bush‚s Vision Of Arab Democracy Vs Two Reports:

Two new reports on economics (”Arab World Competitiveness Report 2005‰) and politics (”Towards Freedom in the Arab World,‰ launched in Amman, Jordan on April 5, 2005) in the Arab states dramatized what all astute observers already knew: the Arab region is a mess and US policies have exacerbated the situation.
www.zmag.org/content/print_article.cfm?itemID=7649&sectionID=22

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Indonesians Hold Anti-Israel Protests :

More than 100,000 people held anti-Israel protests Sunday in the Indonesian capital and several other cities, calling for protection of Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site – the disputed Al Aqsa Mosque compound.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4943377,00.html

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A wall’s a wall :

The US president knew very well that he had to go through the exercise of publicly admonishing Sharon while being fully aware that Israel does only what it wants and would brush aside American pressure ˜ if there indeed such a thing ˜ and go about its way.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8563.htm

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Apartheid Wall and Settlements – On The Ground Realaties:

Israeli peace activist and documentary producer Jeff Halper, addresses the current situation. Using charts and maps he delves into what it is that Sharon has actually been up to, why, and how this determines the solutions to the conflict that are now possible. You are going to be surprised by what he says.

This is a must watch. Real Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8565.htm

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Uri Avnery: The Hundred Days of Abu Mazen :

Bush needs Abu Mazen no less than Abu Mazen needs Bush. The American president must prove to his public that his military adventures have created a new, free and democratic Middle East.
www.amin.org/eng/uri_avnery/2005/apr16.html

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Egyptian MPs Sue Sharon:

Members of the Egyptian Parliament filed on Wednesday a lawsuit against Israel and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon demanding compensation for the killings and torture of thousands of Egyptian prisoners of war during the 1956 and 1967 wars.
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Tehran says Israel in no position to threaten action against Iran :

Iran on Sunday rejected calls by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for an international coalition against Iran, saying Israel was not in a position to threaten Iran.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/565969.html

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The Case Against Alan Dershowitz :

Alan Dershowitz is particularly outspoken and taken quite seriously within certain segments of the North American mainstream. Whether he deserves to be taken seriously is another issue altogether.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8559.htm

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Anonymity is the road to nothingness :

Victims in the Iraq war are daily “dampened down” and categorised as collateral damage. Give them personality, shape, name and a reference point in society and in conscience you couldn’t bomb them. Killing somebody’s daughter, mother, girlfriend or baby cuts too near the bone.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8566.htm

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The CIA’s Kidnapping Ring:

U.S. ally Uzbekistan teaches interrogators how to boil suspected terrorists to death
www.villagevoice.com/news/0516,hentoff,63104,6.html

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In case you missed it:

Our Presidents New Best Friend Boils People Alive:

– WARNING – Pictures should only be viewed by a mature audience
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3943.htm

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Taliban bomb trucks carrying oil for U.S. military: –

A bomb planted by Taliban rebels destroyed five trucks carrying oil for the U.S. military in Afghanistan and wounded three drivers, a senior Afghan army official said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ISL16355.htm

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U.S. cleric is being tried in nation’s terror court:

The defendant maintains his innocence, and his supporters argue the charges are clear evidence of an anti-Muslim bias by the government.
pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/trib/regional/s_325049.html

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William Pfaff : Empty threats over China:

Taiwan would be more likely to face an Israeli than a European menace, since Israel has for some years been China’s most important supplier of advanced military technology.
iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/04/15/news/edpfaff.html

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Koreans expose US plan of action:

SOUTH Korea’s National Security Council has disclosed it recently vetoed a US plan to mobilise a joint military operation in the event of North Korea’s internal collapse.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/
story_page/0,5744,12871186^2703,00.html

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Chavez Frias warns that CIA plans to stop him winning in 2006:

US Joint Chief of Staff, General Myers’ visit last week to Colombia is part of the plan, Chavez Frias quips, and his declaration that the USA had no plans to invade Venezuela is more dangerous that if he had said the opposite
www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=30482

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Venezuela tightens grip on Western Oil Companies ˆ tax evasion charges planned :

According to media reports from Venezuela, the Venezuelan Energy Ministry said on April 14th that it is beginning a full-scale tax investigation into all foreign firms operating in the oil industry and is expecting to get some $2 billion back once the “tax evasion” investigations are complete
www.indiadaily.com/editorial/2321.asp

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Nicaraguan Banana Workers Poisoned : Tell Dow, Shell and Dole to Pay Up:

A Nicaraguan court ruled on December 11, 2002, that Dow, Shell and Dole had to pay US$490 million to affected banana workers from the Department of Chinandega, but the companies have yet to pay one cent to the plaintiffs.
www.nicanet.org/labor/nemegon-follow-up.php

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Castro urges US to deny asylum to Cuban militant :

Cuban leader Fidel Castro urged on Thursday the US government not to give asylum to a Cuban militant involved in a Cuban plane bombing that killed 73 people in 1976, local reports said Friday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-04/16/content_2836897.htm

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Australia softens illegal immigration laws :

The government’s tough stand against illegal immigration and people smuggling has helped Howard win four straight elections and has become a model policy for Britain’s opposition Conservative Party.
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/manawatustandard/0,2106,3225517a6408,00.html

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Morally bankrupt?:

AMERICA leads the world in many fields, but perhaps most commandingly in bankruptcy. Last year, in Britain, which enjoys Europe‚s most debtor-friendly bankruptcy laws, 35,898 people filed for bankruptcy protection. In the United States that figure was 1.6m˜around nine times higher per capita
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8567.htm

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A Bankrupt Way To Do Business:

They put huge deficits on plastic for our grandkids to pay. They sell us out to predatory lenders. They’re the Credit Card Congress.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7528519/site/newsweek/

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Florida Privatizes Child Welfare Programs :

The deal Friday with Our Kids Inc. gives the group the right to handle all foster care, adoption and child welfare licensing operations in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, where about 5,000 children are now under state care.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4942659,00.html

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Decoded at last:

The ‘classical holy grail’ that may rewrite the history of the world: Scientists begin to unlock the secrets of papyrus scraps bearing long-lost words by the literary giants of Greece and Rome
news.independent.co.uk/world/science_technology/story.jsp?story=630165

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News Headlines for Saturday 04/16/05 here
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8572.htm

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 312 Days

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Exclusive – Iraqi Resistance Video, Transcript and Documents

Further Evidence Regarding the Killing of ( CIA Director – Iraq )Dale Stoffel

The following video and information is purported to be from the Iraqi Resistance.

Click here to view. Windows Media.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8545.htm

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Exclusive – Iraqi Resistance Video, Transcript and Documents

How The CIA Looted $40 Billion Of Military Equipment From Iraq

The following video and information is purported to be from the Iraqi Resistance

Click here to view Windows Media.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8546.htm

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Scare stories about terrorist threat blown away

Evidence prosecution lawyers tried to link to Afghanistan and al-Qaeda in trials of terrorist suspects has been shown to be false.

by Duncan Campbell

Colin Powell does not need more humiliation over the manifold errors in his February 2003 presentation to the United Nations. But on Wednesday a London jury brought down another section of the case he made for war – that Iraq and Osama bin Laden were supporting and directing terrorist poison cells throughout Europe, including a London ricin ring.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8551.htm

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Bombs kill six in northern Iraq:

Roadside bombs kill three Iraqi soldiers in Balad, two policemen near Tuz, foreign truck driver in Al-Dujail.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=13242

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Roadside bombs kill one, injure eight in Iraqi capital :

Militants exploded three bombs Friday in the Iraqi capital, killing at least one civilian and wounding eight others
www.boston.com/dailynews/105/world/Roadside_bombs_kill_one_injure:.shtml

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Marine killed by enemy mortar fire
www.mnf-iraq.com/media-information/April/050415e.htm

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What I Didn’t See in Iraq:

“Trust me when I tell you things are so much better in Iraq,” said one US military official to me on my recent visit to that war-ravaged country. I didn’t know whether to scream or pull the remaining two strands of hair out of my head.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8549.htm

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“Once We were Ruled by a Dictator; Now We are Ruled by Clowns”:

The President, who maintains a supermodel’s appetite for reading, has no recognition of history that most Arabs possess.
www.counterpunch.org/landau04142005.html

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Military Recruiting Slips Among Foreigners :

The number of foreign nationals enlisting in the U.S. military is dropping, even though service now provides a fast track to American citizenship
www.wjla.com/news/stories/0405/220873.html

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Soldier boy :

In an effort to increase its ranks for coming wars, the U.S. military is recruiting – and paying – children as young as 14 years old for future combat duty.
www.pointblank-dm.com/archive/2005/mar/033105/cover.shtml

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Iraqi refugees in mortal fear at home can’t get entry into United States:

Alyaa hoped to find a haven in the United States but discovered the State Department isn’t resettling refugees from Iraq. She’s lost her faith in the country she once loved.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/11385699.htm

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Terrorists don’t want WMDs:

Terrorist groups cannot and don’t want to make weapons of mass destruction, former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said yesterday.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/printpage/0,5481,12866422,00.html

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In case you missed it:

Secrets And Lies:

Former Australian Intelligence Officer Goes Public
abc.net.au/4corners/special_eds/20050218/default_2.htm

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Sharon: Won’t attack Iran’s nuke program:

Sharon told CNN he did not see “unilateral action” as an option. He said Israel does not need to take a leading role in attempts to deny nuclear weapons to Iran and called again for an international coalition to deal with the issue.
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Rice Hews to Diplomatic Approach on Iran:

Taking the issue to the U.N. Security Council could mean imposing economic penalties on Iran, but the United States could be blocked by a veto.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/04/14/national/w131851D20.DTL

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Kurds prepare for guerrilla war in Iran :

Kurdish fighters dedicated to overthrowing the Iranian Government are hiding out in the mountains of northern Iraq, waiting for a chance to strike at Tehran.
www.gulf-news.com/Articles/RegionNF.asp?ArticleID=160707

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US and UK blamed for oil scandal :

The US and Britain are partly to blame for the scandal enveloping the UN oil-for-food programme, Secretary General Kofi Annan has said.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4447165.stm

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Italy, U.S. Disagree Over Agent Shooting :

The U.S. State Department said the investigation was ongoing and denied an NBC report that the U.S.-Italian commission had completed a preliminary report clearing the Americans of any wrongdoing in the killing.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4938939,00.html

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Negroponte gets committee’s nod :

Under the intelligence restructuring law, Negroponte will have control over the national intelligence budget, which is roughly 70 percent of the $40 billion the United States spends on intelligence
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/04/15/MNGFIC91RC1.DTL

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Covert diplomacy :

Dark past of Bush‚s new national intelligence director recalled in Central America
www.lapress.org/article.asp?IssCode=&lanCode=1&artCode=4184

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John Bolton vs. Democracy:

“Im with the Bush-Cheney team, and I’m here to stop the count.” Those were the words John Bolton yelled as he burst into a Tallahassee library on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000, where local election workers were recounting ballots cast in Florida’s disputed presidential race between George W. Bush and Al Gore.
www.thenation.com/thebeat/index.mhtml?bid=1&pid=2320

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Members of Congress Adress MEK Convention:

The MEK has been listed as a terrorist organization by the State Department since 1997
agonist.org/story/2005/4/14/173853/410

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Detained Without Charge:

Several weeks ago, two 16 year-old Muslim girls, one from Bangladesh and the other from Guinea, were arrested in New York City on the specious grounds that they were potential suicide bombers. Neither of the girls has been formally charged with any crime, but both have been detained indefinitely in facilities far away from their homes and families.
www.thenation.com/blogs/actnow?bid=4&pid=2322

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Canada cited for deporting to torture states:

Governments that deport suspected terrorists to countries known to torture detainees are either breathtakingly naive or complicit in the abuse if they rely on promises of humane treatment, a new report concludes.
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/EdmontonSun/News/2005/04/15/998304-sun.html

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West Nations Try to Deport Terror Suspects:

The United States, Britain, the Netherlands and Canada rely on “flimsy” diplomacy in attempts to send foreign terror suspects back to countries that routinely use torture against their prisoners, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Friday.
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UN group condemns Israeli settlements :

The UN Human Rights Commission has passed a resolution condemning Israel’s settlement of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, saying Israel should reverse the policy.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A3BB1562-B452-41D3-B308-C2B4192361F4.htm

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Who has the time to hear of hunger in the Gaza Strip?:

The eve of Passover is nigh, and there’s shopping to be done for the holiday feast; who has the time for unemployment and idleness among the Arabs, or talk of hunger that is driving the Strip youth to acts of despair?
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Hanan Ashrawi: The Changing Palestinian Political Landscape:

“Palestinians expect the American president to develop a political backbone [so as] to tell Israel it has gone too far,”
www.thejerusalemfund.org/images/fortherecord.php?ID=231

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U.S. Suspends Israel from Warplane Project – Paper:

The United States has suspended Israel from joint efforts to produce a new warplane, in protest at the Jewish state’s defense dealings with China
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=8182881

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Syrian gunman infiltrates IDF outpost on the Golan Heights:

It was later reported that his shotgun may have been loaded with blanks.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagen
ame=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1113533075610

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UK: Democracy in danger :

Almost without question, there will be frauds committed and again, almost without question, the overwhelming majority of these frauds will favour the Labour party.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8548.htm

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Italian Government in Danger of Collapse :

Italy’s longest post-war government risks collapse. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is in trouble after two small parties withdrew their support from the governing center-right coalition
www.voanews.com/english/2005-04-15-voa30.cfm

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Greetings from Mexistan:

As democracy goes south of the border, the Bush administration is notably silent.
www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId=9506

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Bush silent as top terrorist seeks US asylum:

“If you harbor terrorists, you are a terrorist,‰ But the Bush administration is itself harboring a notorious terrorist, wanted for the mid-flight bombing of a Cuban civilian airliner as well as other deadly attacks on civilian targets and attempted assassinations.
www.wsws.org/articles/2005/apr2005/posa-14a_prn.shtml

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A stick to beat Cuba :

US bullying of the UN human rights group must stop
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1460236,00.html

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Washington Focuses on Southern ‘Axis of Evil’:

To some critics, the campaign against Chavez and other radicals could well prove counter-productive.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=28016

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The Rise of Disaster Capitalism:

If anything, the stories of corruption and incompetence serve to mask this deeper scandal: the rise of a predatory form of disaster capitalism that uses the desperation and fear created by catastrophe to engage in radical social and economic engineering.
www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20050502&s=klein

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U.S. Representatives Vote For Debt-Slavery Bankruptcy Bill :

If Democrats really want their party’s behavior to advance the interests of the American people instead of the elite corporate bribeocrats, we must hold our Representatives and Senators personally accountable for every vote cast in favor of this terrible bankruptcy bill.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8550.htm

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Bankruptcy Bill Opponents –

Hold Accountable Those Who Voted For This Bill
elandslide.org/elandslide/index.cfm?campaign=debt

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Screw you, Paul Volker :

“I don’t know whether change will come with a bang or a whimper, whether sooner or later. But as things stand, it is more likely than not that it will be financial crises rather than policy foresight that will force the change” Former Federal Reserve Chairman, Paul Volker
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8552.htm

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Is America going broke?:

The United States of America’s public finances are a shambles. They’re getting rapidly worse. And if something major isn’t done soon to solve the country’s intractable budget problems, the world will face an economic shakeup unlike anything ever seen before.
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Drug prices outstrip inflation: Compared with 2003 wholesale prices, the average 2004 price increase was 2∏ times the general inflation rate
www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-04-12-drug-prices_x.htm

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