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 Information Clearing House  Digest May 12-15 2005

 
 

Date: Sun, 15 May 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 342 Days

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Iraq: how we were duped

All three leaders of the “Coalition of the Willing” – the United States, Australia and Great Britain – had survived politically after a war that divided citizens and challenged long established principles of international law.

By Gary Hughes

The three leaders survived despite evidence – still emerging – that now seems to prove that the detailed justifications for the war were not only wrong, but in many cases known to be wrong or uncertain before the war began. This is the second battle for Iraq – the battle for the truth.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8839.htm

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Iraq is a bloody no man’s land. America has failed to win the war. But has it lost it?

“The battlefield is a great place for liars,” Stonewall Jackson once said on viewing the aftermath of a battle in the American civil war.

By Patrick Cockburn

The great general meant that the confusion of battle is such that anybody can claim anything during a war and hope to get away with it. But even by the standards of other conflicts, Iraq has been particularly fertile in lies.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8845.htm

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Weekend Video: The Power of Nightmares

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

The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares. Click here to watch this documentary.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/video1037.htm

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Massacre in Uzbekistan:

Up to 500 protesters feared dead. In a severe rebuke to London and Washington’s approach to the region, Britain’s former ambassador to the country yesterday said the countries had swallowed Uzbek propaganda that sought to portray the democracy movement as a brand of Islamic extremism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8841.htm

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Uzbek president defends firing on crowd; 300 believed killed:

Soldiers were seen by witnesses pulling up four trucks and a bus to load the bodies of men, women and children shot to death by Uzbek troops in the eastern city of Andijan.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8837.htm

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Anger as US backs brutal regime :

Heated criticism was growing last night over ‘double standards’ by Washington over human rights, democracy and ‘freedom’ as fresh evidence emerged of just how brutally Uzbekistan, a US ally in the ‘war on terror’, put down Friday’s unrest in the east of the country.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8844.htm

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Fraud, nepotism and torture mark Karimov’s reign :

President Islam Karimov was born in the historic town of Samarkand in 1938, and rose to become first secretary of the Communist party in Uzbekistan and then the country’s first president in 1990, writes Nick Paton Walsh . A series of fraudulent elections and referendums have extended his rule.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1483690,00.html

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In case you missed it:

Video: Just Who Is Our New Best Friend:

This 29 minute video explores the reality of life in Uzbekistan.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3944.htm

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More on “Uzbekistan”
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Iraqi police find 30 bodies as Rice makes surprise visit:

The bodies of 34 men shot execution-style were found in three locations in less than 24 hours, police said Sunday, a day when drive-by shootings and suicide bombings killed at least eight Iraqis, including a senior Industry Ministry official and a top Shiite cleric.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2005-05-15-iraq_x.htm

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US troops kill Iraqi civilians:

US troops have shot and killed eight Iraqis, including five civilians, during an attack on a patrol.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/BF6890
67-A19A-46C5-BE05-601CBDE17FB1.htm

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Trigger-happy US troops ‘will keep us in Iraq for years’:

The officer said: “US troops have the attitude of shoot first and ask questions later. They simply won’t take any risk. – “I explained that their tactics were alienating the civil population and could lengthen the insurgency by a decade. Unfortunately, when we ex-plained our rules of engagement which are based around the principle of minimum force, the US troops just laughed.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8842.htm

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Dahr Jamail’: A “Welcome Parade‰ of Blood and Seething Anger

As if to add insult to injury, with over 400 Iraqis killed in violence during the first two weeks of the newly sworn in Iraqi “government,‰ USSecretary of State Condoleeza Rice made a surprise one day visit to the newest US colony.
dahrjamailiraq.com/weblog/archives/dispatches/000242.php

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More nasty surprises await U.S. troops in Iraq:

The last couple of weeks have been among the bloodiest since the U.S. invasion, with more than 420 people killed. The insurgents have been mounting an average of 70 attacks a day, compared to 30 or 40 in March.
www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-05
05150447may15,1,3336523.column?coll=chi-news-col

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Bin Laden henchman Œseriously wounded‚:

IRAQ‚S most wanted terrorist, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has been seriously wounded, according to a doctor who claims to have treated him last week.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-1613016,00.html

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Iraq rebels ‘flushed out by US’ :

“I left al-Qaim with nothing. My five-year-old son was killed in the clashes,” Hassan al-Kubaissi, 34, told the news agency.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4548109.stm

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Deadly firefight in a desert town shocks marines:

Last week insurgents across Iraq killed more than 100 people. Yet it was a battle the insurgents lost that may have worried coalition commanders most.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-1612884,00.html

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Syria officials worried over US troops on border:

Syrian sources have expressed their grave concern about the massing of US troops on their country‚s border with Iraq under the pretext of targeting Iraqi insurgents in the border town of Al Qaem.
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Dahr Jamail: Amman, Iraq, and Al-Qaim:

Of course it behooves the military to claim they are battling “foreign fighters,‰ because as in Fallujah and elsewhere, it doesn‚t look good in the press to admit that they are fighting Iraqis who are fighting for their independence from the occupiers of their country.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8840.htm

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Mosul Diary: “They Destroyed Everything”:

US influence is on the retreat in Nineveh province, as it is in the rest of Iraq. There are few troops on the ground: no more than six thousand American soldiers remain in an area with a population of nearly three million.
www.counterpunch.org/patrick05132005.html

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In pictures: Iraq Uncensored :

Iraq Uncensored photographers present insights and subtleties beyond what daily news reporting can provide.
www.mothers-milk.org/IraqUncensored/iuindex.html

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Dubyaman’s Free Reich :

In democracy, Bush has found a self-legitimising tool for world domination
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8848.htm

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Marines’ Families Await Word From Iraq : `

`I need to be strong so I don’t fall apart,’’ she said, her voice breaking. Lima Company has about 160 members, and most of their families have not heard from them because they are still fighting.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5006638,00.html

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Families frustrated in quest for the truth:

They paid the ultimate price on the battlefields of Iraq — some killed by the enemy, others by their own side. For that sacrifice, some families of slain troops say the U.S. military has paid them back in lies and a lack of information.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8838.htm

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A hard march for the volunteer Army:

Given the expressions of patriotism and jingoism that accompanied our invasion of Iraq and assault on the Taliban in Afghanistan, you’d think the military would be so deluged with volunteers that it would have to turn kids — and greybeards too — away.
newsobserver.com/news/story/2405435p-8783252c.html

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MI6 boss ‘tried to sex up’ Iraq study :

Sir John Scarlett, head of MI6, has been accused of trying ‘to sex up’ a report by the Iraq Survey Group, the body charged with finding weapons of mass destruction after Saddam Hussein was toppled.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8846.htm

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The Democrats have No Clothes: ‘Leaders’ Silent on The British Memo :

Both parties in Congress are pretending the revelations from The Memo are not that significant, when in fact this information is THE SMOKING GUN! Planning this war in 2002 then lying to us about it is worthy of immediate impeachment.
benfrank.net/nuke/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=317

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Iranians Call for End to Nuke Negotiations:

Iranian hard-liners on Sunday called for an end to nuclear negotiations with European powers and said they opposed any deal imposing limitations on Iran’s nuclear program.
story.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050508/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_nuclear

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Pimping a war:

AIPAC campaigns for Iran sanctions:

As Iran appears to move closer to resuming nuclear activities, support has been quietly building in Congress for new US sanctions, including penalties that could affect multinational companies and recipients of US foreign aid.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename
=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1116037299455

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Palestinians mark day of catastrophe:

Palestinians have observed the blackest day in their history with warnings that there will be no Middle East peace until they get independence and the plight of their refugees is solved.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/13EDC
EDD-8574-455C-BAFC-8FC29FFA615A.htm

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What does Condoleezza know? :

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice lavished praise on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in an interview she gave Larry King on the eve of Independence Day. Rice said Sharon was admirable for the leadership he is displaying in his willingness to divide the land of Israel.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/575903.html

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Senate are out to smear me, says George Galloway as he faces ‘kangaroo court’:

This Tuesday’s event carries echoes of the McCarthy era of the 1950s, when witch-hunting senators, led by Joe McCarthy, interrogated film-makers, actors, writers, soldiers, civil servants and trade unionists for being suspected Communists.
news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=638539

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Mexico Spies On Muslims for U.S.:

Mexico’s government is keeping tabs on the country’s tiny Islamic community as part of cooperation arrangements with U.S. authorities, the federal attorney general’s office says.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8843.htm

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Arab American prosecutions symbolize the new American Gulag:

If anyone in the Arab World has any doubts about the bankruptcy of the American pledge to bring Democracy and freedom to their country, all they need do is examine the case of Sami Al-Arian.
www.amin.org/eng/uncat/2005/may/may12.html

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U.S. concealed information on the sabotage of the Cuban passenger plane:

PRESIDENT Fidel Castro last night charged the US government of conniving with terrorism, by protecting and concealing information on the sabotage of a Cuban aircraft off the coast of Barbados on October 6, 1976
www.granma.cu/ingles/2005/mayo/vier13/21oculto.html

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Man who tried to kill Castro is in hiding and waiting on Bush:

How to classify the former CIA agent, convicted in the past of trying to assassinate Mr Castro and of killing 73 civilians by bombing a Cuban airliner, is proving a major dilemma for George Bush.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=638521

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America’s drug plan collapses in chaos:

Washington’s “war on drugs” in Colombia is collapsing in chaos and corruption, and the drug producers are winning. The so-called Plan Colombia, which has cost the US more than $3bn (£1.6bn) in the past five years, is being abandoned, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has announced.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=638590

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A bad plan in Colombia :

BOGOTÁ After pouring $3 billion into Plan Colombia, the United States is about to be betrayed by one of its closest allies in the fight against drugs and terror. The Colombian government is putting the final touches on a scheme to launder the criminal records of top paramilitary commanders – including some of the country’s most powerful drug lords – while allowing them to keep their wealth and maintain their control over much of the country.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/05/15/opinion/edviva.php

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Sibel Edmonds: Gagged, But Not Dead:

In the past three years, I have been threatened; I have been gagged several times; I have continuously been prevented from pursuing my due process; all reports and investigations looking into my case have been classified; and every governmental or investigative authority dealing with my case has been shut up.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8847.htm

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Congressional letter to save the life of Haitian Prime Minister Yvon Neptune:

Congresswoman Waters and 14 other members of congress urge President Bush to seek the immediate release from prison of Haitian Prime Minister Yvon Neptune
www.haitiaction.net/News/MW/5_13_5.html

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Millions to link up for world’s poor :

Up to 20 million Britons are expected to protest against world poverty as part of the biggest mobilisation against global inequality ever seen.
observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,6903,1484342,00.html

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Former Chechen vice president killed in Grozny:

Former Chechen vice president Vakha Arsanov was killed Sunday when Russian forces raided a house in Staropromyslovsky district in the Chechen capital Grozny, reported the Russian television.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=733203

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Correcting an error: On 05/13/05 I posted an item titled “Satire: John Cleese : Declaration of Revocation “ I have since learned that this article was incorrectly attributed to John Cleese. I apologize for the error.

Please see
Revocation of Independence: Claim: Monty Python member John Cleese penned a satirical piece announcing the revocation of America’s independence. Status: False.
www.snopes.com/politics/satire/revocation.asp

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Date: Sat, 14 May 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 340 Days

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`America kept in dark’ as carnage escalates:

U.S. TV accused of ignoring situation – Iraq on brink of civil war, analysts say

TIM HARPER

While American TV viewers turn to runaway brides, fast-food fingers and the daily Michael Jackson aberration, they are missing the

story of an increasingly massive foreign policy failure.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8836.htm

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Stop the Crime of the Century

In Iraq, there is a crime of breathtaking proportions taking place. Breathtaking, but not necessarily surprising. We know from the historical record that governments will lie and deceive, and we’ve rarely seen one as immoral and venal as the Bush administration.

by David Michael Green

What has turned this crime into an astonishing demonstration of the depth of American democracy’s decay is the complicity of the media establishment in hiding the original crime, and in thus doing so, ripping a gaping hole in the fabric of our political system.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8834.htm

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Weekend Video: The Power of Nightmares

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

The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares. Click here to watch this documentary. Real Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/video1037.htm

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As Many as 200 Killed in Uzbekistan:

Dozens of civilians were killed when Uzbek government troops opened fire on protesters, many but not all of them unarmed, in the eastern city of Andijan Friday evening.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8833.htm

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Journalists expelled from Uzbekistan:

Journalists are being expelled from the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan, as police and soldiers set up a tight security cordon around the city.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/BCAD89
DE-7C81-49A3-8BC6-F48A625B7E16.htm

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Soldiers load bodies onto a bus in Uzbekistan after blocking families from collecting them:

Soldiers loaded dead bodies onto a bus in eastern Uzbekistan on Saturday after blocking families from collecting them, a witness said, as gunfire echoed across the city a day after troops opened fire on thousands of demonstrators.
thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2005/
5/14/latest/20050514113408&sec=Latest

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19 killed in anti-US protests in Afghanistan :

19 persons were killed and more than 50 injured in Afghanistan on Friday in new protests against American interrogators’ desecration of Islamic holy book Quran, local police and residences said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-05/14/content_2955606.htm

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Qur‚an Desecrators Must Be Punished: IAMS:

The International Association of Muslim Scholars (IAMS) has demanded the Bush administration severely punish American soldiers responsible for desecrating the Noble Qur‚an at the notorious prison in Guantanamo Bay.
www.islamonline.org/English/News/2005-05/14/article02.shtml

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Bombs Kill Nine In Iraq:

At least nine people were killed in bombings, as fierce fighting between US troops and rebels near the Syrian border claimed the lives of four marines.
www.politicalgateway.com/news/read.html?id=3729

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Four killed in Iraq suicide blast :

At least four people have died in a suicide car bomb attack targeting a police convoy in central Baghdad.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4546961.stm

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Nine U.S. Troops Killed :

The U.S. military said on Saturday nine of its troops were killed in an offensive against “insurgents” and “foreign fighters” in western Iraq, and guerrillas struck again in Baghdad, leaving at least five people dead.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L14706795.htm

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US forces encircle Iraqi town:

A local doctor says five people were wounded when shells hit a house. He describes the situation as “catastrophic,” saying the hospital lacks medicines and there’s concern ambulances could come under fire.
www.kfty.com/news/national/story.aspx?content
_id=61C8BE42-3903-429D-8FF0-91268A35558E

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“War Crimes” 51 House members call on Gonzales to appoint special counsel on alleged U.S. ‘war crimes’:

Congressman John Conyers will be issuing a letter cosigned by roughly 50 House members calling for a special prosecutor to investigate claims that the U.S. has violated the War Crimes Act at secret detention facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8832.htm

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Probe clears US marine accused of Iraqi prisoners‚ murder: reports:

Prosecutors had claimed that Pantano, 33, a former Wall Street trader, executed the prisoners as they knelt with their backs turned. He faced a maximum penalty of death on charges of dereliction of duty and murder.
www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/focus
oniraq/2005/May/focusoniraq_May96.xml&section=focusoniraq

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Report: U.S. makes mistake on Iraq:

The escalating insurgency wreaking havoc in Iraq was made significantly worse by major mistakes of U.S.-led forces, a report from a leading Washington security think tank concluded.
www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20050513-013549-9704r.htm

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British Intelligence Warned of Iraq War:

Blair Was Told of White House’s Determination to Use Military Against Hussein
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8835.htm

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$50 billion more asked for Iraq, Afghan wars:

The Senate Armed Services Committee has recommended a further $50 billion be set aside to fund U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the U.S.-declared global war on terrorism.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050513/pl_nm/iraq_congress_funding_dc_1

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War cost nears $250bn :

The proposed new war spending for fiscal 2006, which starts on October 1, would push the cost of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and its aftermath toward $250bn, far ahead of initial expectations voiced by the Bush administration.
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The Nobility of Slaughter: Tom Friedman, the Imperial Chronicler:

“The war in Iraq is the most important liberal, revolutionary US democracy- building project since the Marshall Plan. It is one of the noblest things this country has ever attempted abroad.” (New York Times)
www.counterpunch.com/whitney05132005.html

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Pakistan denies killing of al Qaeda operative:

Pakistan on Saturday denied a media report that an unmanned CIA Predator aircraft killed a senior al Qaeda operative near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border earlier this week.
www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1116074226051_6/?hub=World

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New Amnesty International report on USA’s “war on terror” detentions:

Thousands of detainees in US custody in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, and secret locations elsewhere remain at risk of torture or ill-treatment.
www.amnestyusa.org/news/document.do?id=80256DD400782B8480256FFE005E4969

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Italy sent troops to Iraq to secure oil deal:

Italian troops were sent to Iraq to secure oil deals worth 300 billion dollars, and not just for post-war humanitarian purposes, an Italian television report by RAI claimed on Friday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8831.htm

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Aussie allies catch a break in war bill with generous visas:

Buried on Page 91 of the $82 billion military spending bill passed by Congress this week is an extraordinary provision for Australia. A passage near the end of the bill for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan creates a new class of visa just for Australians.
www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-05051
30312may13,1,2838689.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

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Ex-marine claims nuclear weapons stored at Nfld. base:

An American veteran who says he guarded a secret stash of nuclear weapons in Newfoundland claims his government would rather see him dead than admit to violations of international law.
www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2005/05/10/argentia-cancer050510.html

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Appeals court OKs forced military extensions:

The U.S. military has the right to keep soldiers in the service beyond their original contracted time by issuing so-called emergency stop-loss orders, a U.S. appeals court said on Friday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=8490834

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Turkish soldiers kill Kurdish rebels:

Turkish soldiers have killed nine Kurdish rebels in a military operation in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, authorities said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E7E79C78-B39F-485D-9D32-52271D62FBC8.htm

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Israel May Have 400 Atomic Weapons, Says Pentagon Whistle Blower
www.adnki.com/index_2Level.php?cat=Security&loid=8.0.166437780&par=0

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FBI Probe: More Questions Than Answers:

Many Jewish communal leaders believe that dismissing Rosen and Weissman before Aipac’s upcoming policy conference and before Franklin’s arrest was a smart move that has helped the organization dissociate itself from the scandal.
www.forward.com/main/printer-friendly.php?ref=nir20050511933

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Fired AIPAC Official Foresees Indictment :

Along with AIPAC‚s former senior Iran analyst, Keith Weissman, and former Pentagon Iran analyst Larry Franklin, Rosen has been targeted by the FBI‚s counterintelligence division for allegedly verbally passing classified information to Israel.
www.jewishjournal.com/home/preview.php?id=14101

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Call for May 23rd Protest of AIPAC Annual Conference:

The drumbeat against Iran will be a main theme at the AIPAC policy conference. They claim Iran is only months away from a nuclear weapon, an amazingly similar charge to that made by Israeli strategic thinkers before the current Iraq war.
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Pimping A War:

Iran could be only months away from the atomic bomb.
www.aipac.org/stratTourEmail/stratTour_teaser3.htm

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Boxer’s hold another hitch in Bolton vote :

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California has erected a roadblock against John Bolton, President Bush’s embattled nominee for U.N. ambassador, in a fight with the administration over access to documents.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/05/14/MNGE8CP85U1.DTL

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Date: Fri, 13 May 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 340 Days

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The family released a statement…

“Mass round-ups and detentions of innocent civilians, torture and abuse of prisoners and detainees, America‚s honor and prestige at the lowest point ever, and investigations that whitewash the president‚s men and blame it all on the enlisted personnel.

by Michael Gillespie

The obscene spectacle of the grieving families at funerals forced by the president‚s dishonesty to defend the honor of their dead even as they mourn: Small wonder that the president, desperately attempting to hide behind a façade of rigid religiosity that glorifies war and false patriotism that exalts the very evils it claims to despise, never attends the funerals of those who have died in the line of duty. How could he?”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8830.htm

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Miami Vice

By Chris Floyd

The next president of the United States was on the road last week, throwing red meat about “moral issues” to a baying crowd of Bushist Party faithful — while simultaneously trying to cut off medical support for a 6-year-old girl his agents had previously tried to kill
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8824.htm

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Ohio Squad Takes Heavy Hit in Iraq :

Six Marines were reportedly killed and 15 were wounded from one central Ohio squad involved in a U.S. offensive near Iraq’s border with Syria.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5002776,00.html

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Suicide attack claims 3:

Two Iraqi soldiers and a civilian were killed when a suicide bomber drove his car packed with explosives into a truck carrying 40 soldiers on Friday in Baquba, central Iraq
www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_1704547,00.html

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One policeman killed, three wounded in Baghdad shooting
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=42007

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US denies copters downed in Iraq:

An Iraqi official said two US helicopters have been shot down in northwest Iraq, near al-Qaim, but the US military has denied the report.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B68DA4D6-4F17-4FEF-A612-0F55159F0CCF.htm

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Attacks intensify as Iraqi anger grows:

Bomb have killed nearly 400 people in the past fortnight:
www.dawn.com/2005/05/13/int6.htm

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Seventeen U.S. soldiers killed since Saturday :

The U.S. military is reeling from escalating casualties in Iraq. Since last Saturday at least 15 troops have died in combat in Iraq, mostly from explosions. Another two died in action in Afghanistan.
feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/?sid=544037879da82fae

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Human Tragedy Unfolds in Iraq‚s Al-Qaim:

The Red Crescent warning that the US offensive has turned the city into a “big disaster‰, as local inhabitants complained about the stench of dead bodies laid on the streets or beneath the rubble of houses as a result of the fierce US offensive.
www.islamonline.org/English/News/2005-05/13/article03.shtml

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New Iraqi gov’t extends state of emergency for 30 days:

Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari announced he was extending for 30 days a state of emergency throughout the country, except for the three Kurdish provinces in the north.
www.bakutoday.net/afps/english/shared/int/050513150633.i99qb4ug.html

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Losing hearts and minds:

On Wednesday, National Public Radio broadcast a piece that made it appallingly clear that we have not cleaned up our character in Iraq. Humiliation remains a primary weapon. For all the soldiers who have a heart, a lot also appear to have lost their minds.
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ABC News: We’re Not Interested in Covering the Iraq War
www.davidsirota.com/2005/05/abc-news-were-not-interested-in.html

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Nine killed as Afghans rage at US :

At least nine more people – including civilians and policemen – have been killed in a fourth day of anti-US protests in Afghanistan, officials say.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4544833.stm

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Afghan riots bode ill for US long-term plans:

Riots and protests that have spread from Jalalabad to the Afghan capital in the wake of a report that US interrogators had desecrated the Koran have taken a political turn, with students demanding the government reject US intentions to create a permanent military presence there.
www.isn.ethz.ch/news/sw/details.cfm?ID=11287

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Anti-US protests grow after Quran report:

Demonstrations have also been held in Pakistan and Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/608E1737-47A0-4D74-87EF-FCCD954189A4.htm

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Saudi ire at Koran ‘desecration’ :

Saudi Arabia has voiced “deep indignation” at reports that a copy of the Koran was desecrated at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4543373.stm

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Army offers 15-month hitch:

The Army, faced with a severe and growing shortage of recruits, began offering 15-month active-duty enlistments nationwide Thursday, the shortest tours ever.
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-05-13-army-short-tour_x.htm?csp=34

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No jail time for sailor’s refusal to board ship:

This is an affirmation of every sailor’s and military person’s right to speak out and follow their conscience.”
www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20050513-9999-7m13paredes.html

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New Hearing Ordered for Objecting Soldier :

The court-martial of an Army mechanic who refused to deploy to Iraq came to a sudden halt Wednesday when a military judge ordered a new investigative hearing for the soldier.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4999566,00.html

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Wounded Marine returns from Iraq ready to share his view on life :

“I came from almost being dead to walking and talking,” he continued. “I’ve had 24 surgeries in the past eight months. I’ve got an acrylic forehead, one glass eye; I’m going to get another surgery done in my left eye orbit so it can hold a glass eye also. I took some shrapnel to my hand, some shrapnel to my knee. I’ve limited use of my right hand, but it’s getting better by the day.”
www.abcactionnews.com/stories/2005/05/050512marine.shtml

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Video: Purple Hearts: Back from Iraq. Quicktime.

The reality hits home for those injured in the invasion of Iraq
www.purpleheartsbook.com/vid.php

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Obama Amendment to Pay for Wounded Soldiers‚ Food Passes Senate:

An amendment offered by U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) to ensure that wounded veterans recovering in military hospitals don‚t have to pay for their own meals passed the Senate yesterday
www.suntimesnews.com/2/news_archive/may_05/0512obama.htm

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Bush questioned over papers leaked in UK:

The White House is being pressed by congressional Democrats to explain leaked British documents which suggest that President George Bush and Tony Blair had basically decided to invade Iraq as early as July 2002.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=637950

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Molly Ivins: More evidence on why the Iraq war is a George Bush folly:

At least it finally settles this ridiculous debate about how Dear Leader Bush just wanted to bring democracy all along and we did it all for George Washington.
www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-0505120037may12,1,4263103.story

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US-held detainees at risk of torture:

Amnesty International: Prisoners detained by the United States in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere are still at risk of torture and ill-treatment, Amnesty International said on Friday.
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Head of Abu Ghraib Prison Speaks Out:

“All the way up to the top of the Pentagon, they have a long-standing mindset about Reservists and National Guard soldiers, and we are considered disposable,” Karpinski said
abcnews.go.com/Nightline/IraqCoverage/story?id=751870&page=1

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Galloway to face US hearing :

MP to fly to Washington to deny profiting from oil for food scandal : In a rapid-fire series of interviews with TV channels and the press, he denounced the Senate subcommittee on investigations which made the allegations as “a lickspittle Republican committee, acting on the wishes of George W Bush”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8828.htm

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I’m going to give Senate both barrels, says defiant Galloway:

GEORGE GALLOWAY will confront a US Senate committee in Washington next week over its charge that he received an allocation of 20 million barrels of oil from Saddam Hussein‚s Iraq.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1610109,00.html

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Galloway hounded by AIPAC cell within U.S. Congress;

Bolton tied to same cell: These charges, which later were proven false, first surfaced in the neoconservative controlled London-based Daily Telegraph, owned by the Hollinger Corporation, a company that had financial ties to arch- neoconservative Richard Perle.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8829.htm

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How allies of Britain and America benefited :

UN officials said the US and Britain, both members of the security council, were aware of illicit trade in oil to Iraq’s neighbours, Jordan, Turkey and Syria, but opted to turn a blind eye to it.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1483112,00.html

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U.S. Embassy Rejects Spying Allegations:

The United States on Friday sharply rejected allegations by Russia’s security chief that Washington had used non-governmental organizations and the Peace Corps for espionage and to promote political upheaval in the former Soviet republics.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050513/ap_on_re_eu/russia_spies_us

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Bush Administration Vows To Boycott Hamas Militants Elected in Territories:

The Bush administration “will neither recognize nor engage with” members of Hamas or Hezbollah who are elected to office unless the two militant groups disarm, a top American diplomat told the Forward.
www.forward.com/articles/3154

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Hizb Allah, Israeli forces trade fire:

Israeli forces have retaliated with a barrage of artillery fire and an airstrike after Hizb Allah fired on Israeli positions in the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms border area, in the heaviest exchange in months between Israel and the Lebanese group.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/AFA71DA8-E3F8-4522-B0CD-1BF9BE49EFA4.htm

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 05/12/05:

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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Dozens Reported Killed in Uzbekistan:

Soldiers opened fire on thousands of protesters in eastern Uzbekistan on Friday after demonstrators stormed a jail to free 23 men accused of Islamic extremism. At least 50 people may have been killed in clashes with police and security forces, a protest leader said.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/arch
ive/2005/05/13/international/i074321D38.DTL

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Uzbekistan: Protesters demand the government’s resignation:

“The streets are littered with cars with burnt bodies inside. People in civilian clothes carrying automatic weapons are seen among protesters in the city center. They are allegedly maintaining order,” Fergana.ru reports.
en.rian.ru/world/20050513/39975892.html

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What lies behind Uzbek protests? :

Andijan has been particularly hard hit by the Uzbek government’s continuing crackdown against Islamic groups.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4543847.stm

More on “Uzbekistan”
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Senior al-Qaeda suspect won’t immediately be handed to U.S. :

An alleged terrorist reputed to be al-Qaeda’s No. 3 will face trial in Pakistan before Islamabad considers handing him to the United States, Pakistan’s foreign minister said Thursday.
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Ousted Haitian PM Yvon Neptune Enters 25th Day of Hunger Strike:

The Caribbean Community, known as CARICOM, has officially called on the provisional Haitian government to release Neptune immediately.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/05/13/1437240

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ANC intensify campaign for Aristide’s return to Haiti:

THE ANC intensified its campaign today for the return to Haiti of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the ousted president, as part of a drive to restore order and end bloodshed in the Caribbean country.
www.sabcnews.com/politics/the_parties/0,2172,104367,00.html

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Bolivia : The Brewing Rebellion Over Gas :

It seems likely now that by Monday morning protests coming out of El Alto will start to shut down road access into La Paz, with calls for President Mesa‚s resignation and a new gas law that returns control of the country‚s petroleum reserves to the government.
www.democracyctr.org/blog/2005/05/update-on-brewing-rebellion-over-gas.html

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Law Protecting Soldiers Undermines War on Terror:

What happens to U.S. soldiers who are charged with aiding and abetting an international terrorist organization?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8826.htm

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A Terrorist Comes Home to Roost:

The sudden and untimely arrival on U.S. territory of a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) asset and admitted terrorist, Luis Posada Carriles, poses an embarrassing challenge to the credibility of the Bush administration’s war on terrorism.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=28658

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China Says U.S. Impeded North Korea Arms Talks:

A senior Chinese diplomat on Thursday accused the Bush administration of undermining efforts to revive negotiations with the North Korean government and said there was “no solid evidence” that North Korea was preparing to test a nuclear weapon.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8827.htm

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Russia to send first fuel to Iranian nuke plant:

Russia plans to make its first delivery of nuclear fuel to Iran at the end of the year or early next year under a landmark agreement to fire up the country‚s first atomic power station
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Pimping a war:

Israel says Iran will have nuclear bomb know-how soon:

Iran will have the technological know-how within six to nine months to build a nuclear bomb, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said on Friday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/HEL336081.htm

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Arming an Israeli Attack on Iran: Why the US should cancel “Bunker Buster” Bombs for Israel:

Faulty Intelligence, WMD Hype and a New Trigger for War
www.irmep.org/GBU.htm

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Russian Official Calls Iran‚s Nuclear Development “Legitimate‰:

Iran‚s intention to restart sensitive nuclear activities earlier frozen under a deal with the European Union is “legitimate‰ and will not alter Russia‚s nuclear cooperation with the Islamic state.
www.mosnews.com/news/2005/05/12/russiairannuclear.shtml

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The Iranian Nuclear Issue in a Global Context:

In 2000 the U.S. government pledged to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty but has not done so yet and shows no signs that it will. It also promised to sign a verifiable accord to end the production of new fissile material for nuclear weapons but has failed to do so.
www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=2452

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33 Major U.S. Bases Would Close Under Plan :

Rumsfeld’s plan calls for a massive shift of U.S. forces that would result in a net loss of 29,005 military and civilian jobs at domestic installations.
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On History And Self Defence:

Before we Can Claim our Future, We Have to Confront our Past: Dominant media in the real world works to keep most of the population in a state of manufactured amnesia
www.blackcommentator.com/138/138_think_street.html

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Satire: Kosovo:

Rock video
www.big-boys.com/articles/kosovo.html

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Soviets Planned Nuclear First Strike to Preempt West, Documents Show:

New Volume of Formerly Secret Records Published on 50th Anniversary of Warsaw Pact
www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB154/index.htm

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Satire: John Cleese : Declaration of Revocation :

To the citizens of the United States of America, in the light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today.
www.stephaniemiller.com/declarationofrevocation.htm

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Rich-poor gap widens in U.S:

The reality of mobility in America is more complicated than the myth. As the gap between rich and poor has widened since 1970, the odds that a child born in poverty will climb to wealth — or a rich child will fall into the middle class — remain stuck.
www.post-gazette.com/pg/05133/504149.stm

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 339 Days

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Let’s face it – the state has lost its mind

The media coverage of this past election was a pastiche. Our right to know what our rulers are doing to people the world over is being lost in the new propaganda consensus.

By John Pilger

Dr Les Roberts study found that “at least” 100,000 civilians had died violently, the great majority of them at the hands of the “coalition”: women, children, the elderly. He also described how American military doctors had found that 14 per cent of soldiers and 28 per cent of marines had killed a civilian: a huge, unreported massacre.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8821.htm

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Good War Myth: 60 Years is Enough

By Mickey Z.

After whipping the original axis of evil in a noble and popular war, the US and its allies can now wave the banner of humanitarianism and intervene with impunity across the globe without their motivations being severely questioned…especially when every enemy is likened to Hitler.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8815.htm

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The Religious Right – An Anti-American Terrorist Movement

By Carolyn Baker

The religious right of twenty-first century America is anti-American, inherently violent, and a cruel, tyrannical, punitive, force of death and destruction. In its mindset, adult human lives do not matter because the human condition itself is inherently evil resulting in eternal and everlasting punishment in hell unless its members are redeemed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8816.htm

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Car bomb kills 17 in Baghdad:

A car bomb exploded near a busy local market and cinema in eastern Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 17 people and wounding 65, police said.
www.macon.com/mld/macon/11628153.htm

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Seven bodies found in Iraq, seven more killed in clashes with insurgents :

Seven decomposed bodies were fished out of Lake Tharthar north of the Iraqi capital on Thursday and another seven people were killed in clashes with insurgents, security sources said.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=41936

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Car bombs went off today in the northern city of Kirkuk, killing at least two people.

And two security officials were assassinated in Baghdad.
www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3333891&nav=0RceZlLB

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Three U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq attacks:

Three U.S. soldiers were killed in separate bomb attacks in Iraq on Thursday, the U.S. military said in statements.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L1228889.htm

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Two Marines Killed:

Two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), were killed 11 May when their amphibious assault vehicle struck an explosive device in Al Qa‚im during Operation Matador.
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty
_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20050514.txt

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“Zarqawi” group claims murder of police colonel in Baghdad: :

The group of Al-Qaeda’s leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, claimed responsibility for an attack Thursday in which a police colonel was gunned down in Baghdad, in a statement posted on the Internet.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=41950

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Explosion effectively finishes off squad:

In 96 hours of fighting and ambushes in far western Iraq, the squad had just ceased to be. Every member of the unit — one of three squads that make up the 1st Platoon of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Regiment — had been killed or wounded, Marines here said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8817.htm

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Leaks plague battle against Iraqi “insurgents”:

“It’s tough to get the people, it’s very hard to keep the word from getting out. Everybody knows each other,” he said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/MAR222206.htm

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People flee al-Qaim as fighting continues:

“More people are desperately trying to leave the town and according to our information US troops have closed all exit points
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IRIN/4
de4ea413692eb9b4e7225878c779adf.htm

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Iraqi Families Take Refuge in the Desert:

On the first day of a major U.S. offensive, two shells landed in Um Mazin’s house. Grabbing what she could, she fled with four other

women and 21 children. “We ran away from the American bombings,” said Um Mazin, as the wind picked up, sending sand swirling

around her. “The Americans do not hit the gunmen, they hit the houses of civilians.”

story.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050512/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_refugees

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Lawless Iraq is ‘key drug route’ :

Drug smugglers exploiting internal chaos in Iraq have turned the country into a transit route for Afghan heroin, an influential drug agency says.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4541387.stm

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Sailor Who Refused Deployment Convicted:

A sailor who demonstrated his opposition to the war in Iraq by refusing to board the USS Bonhomme Richard as it deployed from San Diego in December and could be sentenced to a year of confinement and a bad conduct discharge.
www.10news.com/news/4481258/detail.html

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Indignation Grows in U.S. Over British Prewar Documents:

Critics of Bush call them proof that he and Blair never saw diplomacy as an option with Hussein.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8822.htm

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Bush Asked to Explain UK War Memo:

Eighty-nine Democratic members of the U.S. Congress last week sent President George W. Bush a letter asking for explanation of a secret British memo that said “intelligence and facts were being fixed” to support the Iraq war in mid-2002.
www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3335541

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One of These Days :

In my humble opinion, we need two exit strategies: one to get our forces out of Iraq, and another to get George W. Bush out of the White House and into a cellblock in The Hague. Save a bunk for Mr. Blair, too. Criminals belong in prison.
www.truthout.org/docs_2005/051105A.shtml

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Sidney Blumenthal: The veneer of fraternity :

Tony Blair is not the first British prime minister to embrace a US president’s mendacity, but he could well be the last
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8820.htm

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‘Torture led to US al-Qaida confession’:

A US citizen who confessed to plotting to assassinate President George Bush while in Saudi custody has said FBI agents ignored his claims that the confession was extracted under torture.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7405FBD9-2C8F-49DC-A062-C39BF21FD8BA.htm

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US soldier pleads not guilty to wiring Iraqi:

She is accused of posing before a pyramid of naked Iraqi prisoners, photographing them as they were forced to masturbate and placing wires on an Iraqi detainee and telling him he would be electrocuted if he stepped off a box
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N12276675.htm

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The people vs. Bush‚s war : Put the war on trial :

TESTIMONY FROM: Pablo Paredes | Monica Benderman | Howard Zinn Dr. Salam Ismael | Jo Wilding | Justin Alexander Monique Dols | Dahr Jamail | Bill Davis
www.socialistworker.org/2005-1/543/543_06_WarOnTrial.shtml

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 05/11/05:

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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Taliban claims killing seven coalition troops in Afghanistan :

Afghan Taliban claimed on Wednesday they killed seven coalition forces’ troops in a clash in the southern Paktika province, local newspaper Outlook reported Thursday.
english.people.com.cn/200505/12/eng20050512_184760.html

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Three More Killed as Anti-US Demonstrations Spread in Afghanista:

Violent anti-American protests continue to roil Afghanistan, days after a magazine report alleged U.S. soldiers in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba desecrated copies of the Koran. Three more people were killed Thursday as the violence continued.
www.politinfo.com/articles/article_2005_05_12_1609.html

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Anti-U.S. Riot Turns Deadly in Afghanistan :

Afghan students burned an American flag and shouted slogans against the U.S. military on Thursday, as protests at reported abuse of Islam’s holy book at the U.S. jail in Guantanamo Bay spread to the capital and into Pakistan.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5000444,00.html

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Military lowers death toll from battle to 15 :

Initial reports had indicated 23 militants died, and now that number is revised downward to 15. Two U-S Marines were also killed in that firefight in eastern Afghanistan.
www.wavy.com/Global/story.asp?S=3333591

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Mofaz: Gaza plan ‘to save W Bank’ :

Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz has said the withdrawal of Jewish settlers from Gaza will allow Israel to extend its borders into the West Bank.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4537229.stm

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Two illegal settler marches pass through West Bank Palestinian towns :

Settlers entered two Palestinian villages on Thursday, then refused to leave when ordered to do so by the Israel Defense Forces.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/574890.html

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Arabs, S. Americans back Palestinians, condemn Iraq terror :

Israel should withdraw from all territories occupied since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and dismantle settlements, including those in East Jerusalem, it said.
www.dailynews.lk/2005/05/13/wld04.htm

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White House Draws Fire From Congress, Officials Over Leak of FBI Probe:

The White House is drawing criticism from congressmen and Jewish communal officials over the FBI investigation into allegations that officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee illegally transferred secret information to Israel.
forward.com/main/article.php?ref=nir20040909324

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Pigs at the trough:

The Pro-Israel Lobby Holds Its Annual Policy Conference in Washington :

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual Policy Conference is the most important event of the year for America’s pro-Israel community. In less than four weeks, nearly 5,000 people will travel to Washington D.C. to lobby Congress in support of the U.S.-Israel relationship.
releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=47208

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Blair Backs U.N. Intervention for Iran :

Hasan Rowhani, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, said negotiations with key European powers were not balanced and were costly for Tehran.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5000694,00.html

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American Exceptionalism and the Multilateral Pretence:

Or, John Bolton and the New Lawlessness : John Bolton’s nomination to the position of US envoy to the United Nations signals that for the US, multilateralism now means little else than the unquestioning acquiescence of the world to the demands of a military superpower that is heady with its own strength and accountable to none. The international community has ample reason to worry.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8819.htm

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Bolton’s Yellowcake:

What role did John Bolton play in the Bush administration’s efforts to manufacture the intelligence needed to justify the invasion of Iraq? As it turns out, a hidden but important role. Remember the “yellowcake from Niger?”
www.tompaine.com/articles/20050511/boltons_yellowcake.php

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Change Lincoln Chafee’s mind on John Bolton! :

Senator Chafee has decided to reluctantly support the Bolton nomination, I need you to do 2 things right now to personally lobby Senator Chafee to change his mind:
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US probes soldiers’ links to Colombian terrorists

The US military is investigating what has gone wrong with its operations in Colombia, where troops have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling drugs and selling arms to far-right militias, a senior US officer said on Wednesday.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200505/s1366870.htm

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The film US TV networks dare not show :

Adam Curtis has recut his explosive war on terror documentary The Power of Nightmares into a feature film – and is taking it to the festival.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8818.htm

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E-Mails Show Prosecutors Feared Part of Detroit Terror Case Was Weak, ‘vindictive’:

The e-mails revive questions about the fairness, thoroughness and conduct of a government case that once was hailed by the Bush administration as a major victory in the war on terror before it collapsed.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB9W5PKM8E.html

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An Attack on Liberty: What is the REAL ID Act?

Simply put it is an erosion of freedom, balance of powers, and states rights under the guise of safety.
www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/smith-h1.html

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U.S. bill sets tight driver’s license rules:

The Senate approved legislation Tuesday mandating tough new federal standards for driver’s licenses, requiring at least four categories of identification for drivers to obtain or renew their licenses.
www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-050511
0247may11,1,4149186.story?coll=chi-news-hed

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US real wages fall at fastest rate in 14 years:

Stingy pay rises mean many Americans will have to work longer hours to keep up with the cost of living, and they could ultimately undermine consumer spending and economic growth.
news.ft.com/cms/s/f269a8f4-c173-11d9-943f-00000e2511c8.html

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Paul Craig Roberts: America is Losing:

More Phony Jobs Hype: Careless journalists and commentators are hyping the 274,000 new April payroll jobs as evidence of the health of the US economy. An examination of the details of the new jobs puts a different view on the matter.
www.counterpunch.org/roberts05122005.html

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