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 Information Clearing House  Digest April 24-26 2005

 
 

Date: Tues, 26 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 323 Days

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Up to 100,000 Iraqi’s Killed Without Reason or Consequence

Weapons Inspector Ends WMD Search in Iraq

By KATHERINE SHRADER

The CIA’s top weapons hunter in Iraq said his search for weapons of mass destruction “has been exhausted” without finding any. Nor did Charles Duelfer, head of the Iraq Survey Group, find any evidence that such weapons were shipped officially from Iraq to Syria to be hidden before the U.S. invasion.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8659.htm

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Gallup: 50% of Americans Now Say Bush Deliberately Misled Them on WMDs : Half of all Americans, exactly 50%, now say the Bush administration deliberately misled Americans about whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, the Gallup Organization reported this morning.
www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000894970

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US Soldier Died in Explosion in Iraq:

US soldier died after a roadside mine exploded at the passing of a convoy West of Baghdad
www.focus-fen.net/index.php?catid=138&newsid=62623&ch=0&datte=2005-04-26

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U.S. Army again raises enlistment bonuses :

For at least the third time in eight months, the U.S. Army again has raised enlistment bonuses to all-time highs in an attempt to reverse a national recruitment shortage, a strategy some are calling misplaced.
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Al-Jafari completes Iraqi cabinet list:

A spokesman said on Tuesday that al-Jafari went into a meeting with President Jalal Talabani and that, if the list is approved by the three-member presidential council, the prime minister will submit it to parliament for a vote.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/BC7CBD21-579E-4ACE-BDB1-FEFEDAC03891.htm

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US sees surge in Iraq attacks:

Anti occupation forces have shown improved co-ordination and greater tactical sophistication in a new surge of attacks
www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2
& item_no=34555&version=1&template_id=57&parent_id=56

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UK: The prime minister is a war criminal :

Like Chamberlain in the 30s, Blair is an appeaser of a dangerous global power. He should be in prison, not standing for election
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8663.htm

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Blair faces fresh impeachment threat over Iraq :

The Scottish National party and Plaid Cymru today pledged they would make a fresh bid to impeach Tony Blair over the Iraq war after the election.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8661.htm

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Exclusive: Labour MP defects to Lib Dems over Iraq:

A prominent Labour politician will announce today that he is defecting to the Liberal Democrats in protest at Tony Blair’s “lies” over Iraq.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=633082

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U.S. Likely to Clear GIs in Iraq Shooting :

According to Italian news reports, they disagreed with the U.S. findings and were refusing to sign it.
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Italian hostage blasts US report :

An Italian journalist who was held hostage in Iraq has criticised a US military report into the killing of the agent who helped secure her release.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4485429.stm#

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Italian Opposition Slams U.S.

Report on Iraq Killing: Italian opposition parties branded a report that cleared U.S. soldiers of blame for the killing of an Italian agent in Iraq an insult Tuesday and urged the government to press for a fuller investigation.
www.reuters.com/printerFriendlyPopup.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=8297203

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Evidence that the U.S. May Be Losing the Global War on Terror :

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice‚s office is suppressing data showing that the number of major terrorist attacks worldwide exploded from 175 in 2003 to 625 in 2004, the highest number since the Cold War began to wane in 1985.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8660.htm

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Syria completes Lebanon withdrawal:

Syrian forces have completed withdrawal from Lebanon and handed over the last military post to Lebanese forces.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/66DF4D13-48BB-42E1-A173-77AFBF087577.htm

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US Pro-Israeli Lobbyist Funded Settler Gangs with Swindled Indian Tribe Money:

A US magazine revealed today that a pro-Israeli lobbyist in close contacts with US Congressman Tom DeLay defrauded his Indian tribe clients and funneled large amounts of money in the form of paramilitary gear to Israeli settler gangs in the West Bank.
www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/print.asp?name=4218

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US prepares for nuclear stand-off with Pyongyang .

A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said: “If the United States wants so much to drag the nuclear issue to the UN Security Council, it may do so. But we want to make clear we will regard sanctions as a declaration of war.”
news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=633050

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Venezuela: U.S. considers sending more money to help oust President Chávez :

The Bush administration is weighing a tougher approach, including funneling more money to foundations and business and political groups opposed to his leftist government, American officials say.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/04/26/news/venezuela.php

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Rice to Discuss Democracy in Venezuela :

Rice said, “We’ve had concerns about the Venezuelan regime” in terms of its commitments under hemispheric agreements to stick with democratic principles.
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Dubya doesn’t like them “Mexicans down in Venezuela”.:

The U.S. government knew of a plot to oust Venezuela’s leftist president, Hugo Chávez, in the weeks before a 2002 military coup that briefly unseated him, newly released CIA documents show, despite White House claims to the contrary a week after the coup.
rising-hegemon.blogspot.com/2005/04/gee-what-could-we-have-done-to-piss.html

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The Nature of CIA Intervention in Venezuela:

Venezuela is certainly not the only country in which these operations to strengthen civil society, promote democracy, to educate people in election processes, but which is only a cover, the real purpose is to favor certain political forces over others, Venezuela is by no means the only place this is happening.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8664.htm

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Question of Permanent U.S. Bases Vexes Afghans:

“People generally would not accept it. We even now have complaints and protests about the way the Americans or coalition are conducting their operations,” said Wadir Safi, a law professor and a cabinet minister during the 1980s.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=8292182

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Another Ex-Colleague Criticizes Bolton :

A former colleague says the undersecretary of state doesn’t have what it takes to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. “Bolton has none of the qualities needed for that job,” Frederick Vreeland, a former U.S. ambassador to Morocco.
www.wjla.com/news/stories/0405/223625.html

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Saudi Arabia detains 40 Christians – newspapers:

Saudi Arabia has detained 40 Pakistani Christians for holding prayers at a house in the Muslim kingdom, where practicising any religion other than Islam is illegal, newspapers said on Saturday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?storyID=8272382&type=worldNews

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Don’t turn United States into another theocracy:

Adolf Hitler defeated the judiciary of the Weimar Republic of Germany when he set up his own courts with his own judges. This allowed the Holocaust of Jews and Christians to take root. This letter is a heads-up to religious leaders, Democrats and Republicans that our judicial system is under attack.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8662.htm

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The Frauds of the Clergy :

Why would a multi-multi-millionaire Senator, who consistently votes to harm the hungry and the poor who so concerned Jesus, join forces with religious fundamentalists to stack this nation’s highest courts?
www.commondreams.org/views05/0425-20.htm

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Call Me Unaccountable: Woodrow Wilson and George Bush:

Declaring Wilson to be “the worst president in American history,” Powell makes a strong case that the rise of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were unintended consequences of Wilson‚s arrogance.
www.lewrockwell.com/roberts/roberts100.html

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Date: Mon, 25 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 322 Days

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Proof Blair was told war could be ruled illegal

by SIMON WALTERS

The Iraq war has erupted as a major Election issue after legal advice warning Tony Blair that the conflict breached international law was sensationally leaked. The Government’s refusal to disclose the advice has been one of the most controversial issues since the war ended, but The Mail on Sunday can now reveal for the first time exactly what counsel Mr Blair received.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8658.htm

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Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It’s Off To War We Go..

This country’s most expendable commodity is its children and, with few exceptions, Americans appear to be both senseless and blind.

By Sheila Samples

They’re coming after our children — sweeping them all up — bullying them at schools, stalking them, offering them big bucks to join the military. And there’s no one to stop them. Servile Americans, even those who can still see, feel helpless. When faced with the decision to stand up and speak up, or give up their children, they are bombarded from all sides with strident demands for patriotism so, like their counterparts of empirical Rome, Americans await their fate — their children’s fate — in silent despair.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8646.htm

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The Myth of U.S. Cultural, Religious, Political, and Social Superiority

The concept of Manifest Destiny describes the 19th century conviction that God intended the continent of North America to be under the control of Christian, European Americans.

By Kristina M. Gronquist

Although the shameful concept of Manifest Destiny should be confined to history books, it has reared its ugly head, as reflected in our government‚s 21st century mission to reshape the Middle East. Of course, the psychology of Manifest Destiny ˆ the projection of Anglo-Saxon supremacy – never really went away, it has always been used to justify America‚s expansionist adventures.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8657.htm

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Four Car Bombings in Iraq Leave 21 Dead :

Two car bombs in a Baghdad market and two more in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit on Sunday, killing a total of 21 Iraqis and wounding 73 in one of the bloodiest days since Iraq’s historic elections.
www.firstcoastnews.com/news/usworld/news-article.aspx?storyid=36036

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American killed by bomb in Iraq :

The official says the blast hit the soldier’s convoy in Baghdad. Military officials say it was one of three bombs today that targeted U-S convoys.
www.wstm.com/Global/story.asp?S=3256691

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Eastern Shore Marine Killed Near Fallujah :

Pfc. Robert “Bobby” Guy, 26, died after being shot in the head, his mother, Ann Guy, told The (Salisbury) Daily Times.
www.thewbalchannel.com/news/4411350/detail.html

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Iraqi forces desert posts as insurgent attacks are stepped up:

On average 20 Iraqis and two coalition soldiers have died every day this month.
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Lest we forget the ultimate price of warfare:

We live in a national culture that glamorises soldiers, yet the sight of a military uniform with its obvious connotations of morbidity and violence provokes in me the question: “What sort of person is attracted to the killing professions?”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8643.htm

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Iraq Govt Delayed Again, Could Come Tuesday:

Lawmakers said over the weekend that the Shi’ite alliance was expected to take 17 of a likely 32 ministries, including the interior ministry. The Kurds were expected to receive eight posts and the Sunnis the rest.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=8283437

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I was tortured says Bay detainee :

Omar Deghayes, 35, also alleged Pakistani interrogators holding him on behalf of the US authorities beat and terrorised him
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=110340&Sn=WORL&IssueID=28036

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Group Says U.S. Sent Up to 150 to Possible Torture Sites:

A civil liberties group investigating allegations of prisoner abuse will report today that since the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. agents have secretly transported up to 150 detainees to countries that may practice torture.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8645.htm

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UN investigator who exposed US army abuse forced out of his job:

The UN’s top human rights investigator in Afghanistan has been forced out under American pressure just days after he presented a report criticising the US military for detaining suspects without trial and holding them in secret prisons.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8648.htm

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Rights Groups Reject Prison Abuse Findings :

Human rights groups expressed dismay yesterday over the Army’s findings exonerating U.S. generals of prisoner abuse in Iraq, and renewed requests for an independent probe to examine the culpability of senior military and civilian defense officials.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8649.htm

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Rumsfeld and Abu Ghraib:

If this is justice, in President Bush’s view of things, it comes awfully close to scapegoating. For the evidence shows that the abuses at Abu Ghraib were not isolated and aberrant acts and that, in fact, the worst perpetrators may not have been those whose faces were captured on camera.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8651.htm

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The Agony of War:

War is always about sorrow and the deepest suffering. Nitwits try to dress it up in the finery of half-baked rationalizations, but the reality is always wanton bloodshed, rotting flesh and the lifelong trauma of those who are physically or psychically maimed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8652.htm

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Losing a fighter for war’s victims:

ARMED ONLY with her humanity, Marla Ruzicka did the impossible. She moved the military without using force, galvanized official Washington without powerful connections, and motivated the press without sensationalism — just intimate connection to civilians whose deaths she documented and grieved. Her work was a triumph of the heart.
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Iran gives Lebanon civil war warning:

The Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi accused the United States of creating crisis in Lebanon
www.aljazeera.com/me.asp?service_ID=8124

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Robert Fisk: What if the UN had gone into Iraq? :

“Duty Unto Death” might suit the Indian battalion in Lebanon, but I doubt if many US troops would adopt this as their regimental motto.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8642.htm

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Uri Avnery : For Whom the Bells Toll :

For years, Israel has enjoyed a nuclear monopoly in the region. My friends and I have warned that this monopoly is temporary, and that we must use the time to achieve peace. The hubris of our leaders has prevented this.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8647.htm

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Iran poll: Brits want independence from Dubya:

86% of the British public oppose following George Bush into a unilateral attack on Iran even if intelligence reports say it is developing nuclear weapons.
www.vote4peace.org.uk/archives/2005/04/iran_poll_brits.htm

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UK: The Attorney General’s advice on the Iraq war:

Do the fresh disclosures finally prove that Tony Blair took Britain to war knowing that the conflict could be in breach of international law?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8650.htm

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UK: Blair’s evasions will catch up with him :

We’ve had enough of the prime minister’s half-truths on Iraq. Let us see his legal advice in full
politics.guardian.co.uk/election/comment/0,15803,1469563,00.html

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UK: Kennedy seeks Iraq war ‘justice’ :

Mr Kennedy said Tony Blair had taken the UK into an illegal war and voters could deliver “justice by the ballot box” at the general election.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/vote_2005/frontpage/4479625.stm

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US believes North Korea plans nuclear bomb test:

In an emergency communication sent yesterday, Washington warned Beijing that Pyongyang was possibly planning a test nuclear explosion, an unidentified US official told the Journal.
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_24-4-2005_pg4_9

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U.S. weighs move at UN :

The Bush administration, in a standoff with North Korea over nuclear weapons, is debating a plan to seek a UN resolution empowering all nations to intercept shipments into or out of the country that might contain nuclear materials or components, say senior administration officials and diplomats who have been briefed on the proposal.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/04/25/news/korea.php

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U.S. takes brakes off nuke arms race :

As hard as it might be to believe, the United States is embarked on a path that’s bound to trigger yet another nuclear arms race. Yet few in this country seem to be paying attention.
www.madison.com/tct/opinion//index.php?ntid=37398&ntpid=0

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America’s Time and Place:

The neo-conservative project of an expanding role for the US in world affairs is in trouble. Few countries are enthusiastic about a pre-eminent role for the US and at home scepticism about the government’s approach is growing.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8654.htm

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Churchill for dummies:

Winston S. Churchill is the hero of George W. Bush and the neocons. But, they know very little about the great wartime leader. If they did, they‚d be horrified
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8655.htm

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Afghan Police: Six Killed in Taliban Rebel Raid:

Two Afghan policemen and four Taliban guerrillas were killed in a rebel attack on a district headquarters in the southern province of Kandahar, police said Monday.
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5 killed in border clashes in Afghanistan:

U.S. and Afghan soldiers backed by warplanes and artillery battled suspected insurgents in clashes near the border with Pakistan, and four fighters and one Afghan soldier were killed, the U.S. military said Sunday.
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New York Times Minimizes Palestinian Deaths:

Our statistical analysis of their coverage, showed that there was startling disparity in how deaths were reported, depending on the ethnicity of the victim.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8656.htm

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Israel/Occupied Territories: Israeli Authorities Must Put an Immediate End to Settler Violence :

In recent weeks, toxic chemicals have repeatedly been spread on fields located near the villages of Tuwani, Umm Faggara and Kharruba in the southern Hebron region.
www.commondreams.org/news2005/0425-01.htm

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Relatives of Slain Chechen Leader Maskhadov to Sue Russia Over Secret Burial:

A senior Russian prosecutor said on Friday that Maskhadov had been buried secretly in line with legislation allowing authorities to refuse to release the bodies of “terrorists” to their family.
mosnews.com/news/2005/04/25/maskhadovcourt.shtml

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Fmr. Haitian Prime Minister Beaten in Prison :

Interim Gv’t Prepares to Charge Him in Connection with Political Killings
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/04/25/1342232

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Venezuela to oil firms; accept sovereignty or leave:

Chavez, a fierce critic of Washington, has ordered a review of these 1990s oil contracts he says have “robbed” the nation of income he wants to use to finance national development. Venezuela remains a major oil supplier to the United States.
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Americans Detained for Taking Pictures of Venezuelan Military Facility, Refinery:

President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that a woman linked to the U.S. military had been arrested while photographing a military installation, signs that the Washington may be plotting an invasion of his country.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB805LTX7E.html

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U.S. military tried to turn Venezuelan trainees against government: Chavez :

President Hugo Chavez says a longstanding military exchange program with the United States was cancelled because U.S. officers in Venezuela were attempting to turn the soldiers they were training against his government.
www.mytelus.com/news/article.do?pageID=world_home&articleID=1909631

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Will people power have a chance in Colombia? :

While many of the messages of solidarity and support that have come from organizations and individuals of conscience in Colombia and throughout the world describe the urgent humanitarian situation, with over 1800 people displaced, dozens of houses destroyed, dozens injured and several killed, it is very important that the words and message of the communities themselves not be lost.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8653.htm

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Toxic rain kills more than the coca :

The so-called “war on coca‰ in Colombia, backed by the United States, is destroying jungles and forests, and threatening the health of half a million peasants and indigenous peoples
www.unesco.org/courier/2001_05/uk/planet.htm

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More than 1 million rally to support Mexico City’s mayor:

Mexico City police estimated that 1.2 million protesters joined the so-called “March of Silence,” which would make the protest the largest march for democracy in Mexican history.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/krwashbureau/_bc_mexico_mayor_wa

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World armed groups ‘abduct girls’ :

A Save The Children report found more than 120,000 girls and young women have been abducted and pushed into conflict.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4478913.stm

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Armenians remember Turkish killings 90 years ago:

Hundreds of thousands of people clutching tulips, carnations and daffodils climbed a hill in Armenia’s capital on Sunday to lay wreaths and remember the 1.5 million they say were killed 90 years ago in Ottoman Turkey.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L24615652.htm

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In war’s name, public loses information:

Federal agencies under the Bush administration are sweeping vast amounts of public information behind a curtain of secrecy in the name of fighting terrorism, using 50 to 60 loosely defined security designations that can be imposed by officials as low-ranking as government clerks.
www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2005/04/
24/in_terror_wars_name_public_loses_information/

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Bush’s Most Radical Plan Yet:

WIth a vote of hand-picked lobbyists, the president could terminate any federal agency he dislikes
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Secret Service records raise new questions about discredited conservative reporter

In what is unlikely to stem the controversy surrounding disgraced White House correspondent James Guckert, the Secret Service has furnished logs of the writer‚s access to the White House after requests by two Democratic congressmembers.
rawstory.com/exclusives/byrne/secret_service_gannon_424.htm

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Police on weapon company payrolls:

Hundreds of police officers nationwide also are on payrolls of companies that supply weapons, riot gear and other equipment to the officers’ departments, creating possible conflicts of interest.
www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-04-24-tasers-police_x.htm

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Medicaid budgets undergo surgery:

Hundreds of thousands of poor people across the nation will lose their state-subsidized health insurance in the coming months as legislators scramble to hold down the enormous and ever-escalating cost of Medicaid.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002252119_medicuts25.html

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Date: Sun, 24 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 321 Days

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Terrified US soldiers are still killing civilians with impunity, while the dead go uncounted

By Patrick Cockburn

“We should end the immunity of US soldiers here,” says Dr Mahmoud Othman, a veteran Kurdish politician who argues that the failure to prosecute American soldiers who have killed civilians is one of the reasons why the occupation became so unpopular so fast. He admits, however, that this is extremely unlikely to happen given the US attitude to any sanctions against its own forces.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8641.htm

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Purple Hearts

Injured Soldiers Tell Their stories.

A story that President Bush would probably prefer not to see propagated.

In detail, they recount what happened on the day they got injured; how they arrived back home, blind or legless; how they have to try to forget the war now, in small towns around Alabama and Pittsburgh, or in Washington and L.A. Officially recognised as “heroes,‰ a Purple Heart on the uniform in the closet, most of these soldiers long to go back to an army that has no use for them anymore.

Click here to watch it now.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7799.htm

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Iraq suicide bombings kill 23, Pakistani hostage released:

Two explosions Sunday evening in a mixed Shiite-Sunni district of the Iraqi capital apparently targeted an area close to the Shiite Hussayniah al-Beit mosque, killing 16 and wounding 50.
www.bakutoday.net/afps/english/shared/int/050424203146.4pb0e9iv.html

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Bombs Kill U.S. Sailor, Two Soldiers in Iraq
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=8273910

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Iraqi police say two U-S soldiers killed in bombing :

The U-S military is confirming a bombing and casualties but won’t give other details.
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UK: Blair blow as secret war doubts revealed :

The Iraq war was thrust dramatically into the election spotlight last night after long-sought government legal advice, cautioning that the invasion could be illegal, was leaked.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8639.htm

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Robert Fisk: How Arabic text of WMD dossier was massaged by Downing St:

Translation carried out for The Independent on Sunday reveals for the first time that several references to UN sanctions were cut from the Arabic text. On one page, the words “biological agents” were changed to read “nuclear agents”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8640.htm

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Bulgaria’s Heli Air Withdraws Employees from Iraq:

A helicopter of the company was shut down by insurgents’ missile fire north of Baghdad on Thursday, killing 11 people on board.
www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=47048

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US guards at Guantanamo tortured me, says UK man:

A British resident has claimed he was tortured by US guards at Guantanamo Bay, repeated abuse by American and Pakistani interrogators over the past three years including electric shocks and sodomy by US guards.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8638.htm

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Human rights group calls for criminal investigations of Rumsfeld and Tenet:

The report, being issued Sunday by Human Rights Watch, criticizes Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former CIA Director George Tenet for allegedly trying to pass blame for the abuse to military subordinates and individual soldiers.
www.azdailysun.com/non_sec/nav_includes/story.cfm?storyID=107331

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In case you missed it:

Government Documents on Torture :

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

snipurl.com/e7vz

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UK Aides Complained To US About John Bolton –

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw complained in November 2003 to then Secretary of State Colin Powell that Bolton was making it impossible for allied nations to reach an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.
snipurl.com/e7w0

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Iran says it will resume uranium enrichment :

Iran insists its nuclear program is entirely for the generation of electricity and has offered to provide safeguards of its good intentions.
www.startribune.com/stories/484/5366378.html

snipurl.com/e7w1

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Israeli army ‘lied’ about Miller death :

Israeli soldiers stand accused this weekend of ‘lying’ and tampering with evidence in an attempt to obstruct an inquiry by military prosecutors into the death of British film-maker James Miller, according to internal army documents seen by The Observer.
observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1469096,00.html

snipurl.com/e7w3

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The Bush Family’s Favorite Terrorist:

While the Bush administration holds dozens of suspected Muslim terrorists on secret or flimsy evidence, one of the world‚s most notorious terrorists slipped into the United States via Mexico and traveled to Florida without setting off any law enforcement alarms.
www.consortiumnews.com/2005/042405.html

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Venezuela bans US military instructors :

Venezuela has ordered US military instructors to stop working with its armed forces in an abrupt cessation of a 35-year-old bilateral military exchange programme.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/15F1DB60-5E8D-42FC-BD6F-6DF5C002F4EB.htm

snipurl.com/e7w4

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US admits 2,600 weapons sent to Haiti

THE US government gave more than 2,600 weapons to bolster Haiti‚s controversial police force last year despite allegations of human rights abuses and a more than 13-year-old arms embargo, officials at the State Department and US Embassy said.
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=436352005

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A Taste for Empire: Invasion, Occupation and Colonization:

During the third week of January, 1893, a group of well-armed EuroAmerican insurgents, backed by troops landed from the U.S.S. Boston, overthrew the constitutional monarchy of Hawai’i, with which the United States had entered into several still-binding treaties of peace, friendship and commerce.
www.pnews.org/PhpWiki/index.php/AmericanEmpire

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Linda McQuaig : Moving closer to U.S. promotes war, not peacemaking
tinyurl.com/cewgm

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The Silencing of Sibel Edmonds:

Court won’t let public hear what FBI whistleblower has to say
www.villagevoice.com/news/0517,webmondo1,63324,6.html

tinyurl.com/exyhw

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Bush’s War on the Press: Make no mistake:

The Bush Administration and its ideological allies are employing every means available to undermine journalists’ ability to exercise their First Amendment function to hold power accountable. In fact, the Administration recognizes no such constitutional role for the press.
www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20050509&s=alterman

tinyurl.com/e3mts

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DeLay expenses put on lobbyist’s card:

The airfare for a plane trip to London and Scotland in 2000 for then-House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, R-Texas, was charged to an American Express card issued to Jack Abramoff, a Washington lobbyist at the center of a federal criminal and tax probe
www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=|
/20050424/NEWS06/504240492/1012/NEWS06

tinyurl.com/9z8ys

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Outrage over usage of HIV positive children as Guinea pigs:

The question is whether children in foster care settings, children who obviously have already suffered greatly in their young lives, should be given experimental treatments.
www.news-medical.net/?id=9450

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Pope ‘obstructed’ sex abuse inquiry :

Confidential letter reveals Ratzinger ordered bishops to keep allegations secret
observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1469055,00.html

tinyurl.com/cy9uc

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This Bet May Cost You Big:

The plan to reform Social Security will mean a double cut in benefits. Returns from private accounts are unlikely to cover both
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7528520/site/newsweek/

tinyurl.com/85lzc

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U.S. Prison Population Soars in 2003, ‘04 :

Growing at a rate of about 900 inmates each week between mid-2003 and mid-2004, the nation’s prisons and jails held 2.1 million people, or one in every 138 U.S. residents, the government reported Sunday.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&ncid=
716&e=3&u=/ap/20050424/ap_on_re_us/prison_population

tinyurl.com/e4jwr

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Hospital services outsourced overseas:

When patients needed urgent CAT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds late at night at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Conn., emergency room workers used to rouse a bleary-eyed staff radiologist from his bed to read the images. Not anymore.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7613914/

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