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 Information Clearing House  Digest May 16-19 2005

 
 

Date: Thurs, 19 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 346 Days

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“Catastrophe” in Iraq

Under international law it is the primary responsibility of the occupier to safeguard the citizens of the country they occupy.

Dahr Jamail

There has been a low-grade civil war going on for quite some time-but now the veil has been ripped off by the statements made by Dhari. All Sunni mosques in Iraq will be closed for three days…an ominous symbol of things to come.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8882.htm

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Cowardice In Journalism Award For Newsweek – Goebbels Award for Condi

“It’s appalling that this story got out there,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on her way back from Iraq.

by Greg Palast

What’s NOT appalling to Condi is that the US is holding prisoners at Guantanamo under conditions termed “torture” by the Red Cross. What’s not appalling to Condi is that prisoners of the Afghan war are held in violation of international law after that conflict has supposedly ended. What is NOT appalling to Condi is that prisoner witnesses have reported several instances of the Koran’s desecration.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8887.htm

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Mr. Galloway Goes to Washington:

Norm Coleman is a fool. Not an ideological nut case, not a partisan whack, not even a useful idiot — just a plain old-fashioned, drool-on-his-tie fool.

John Nichols

When Coleman started slandering foreign politicians, he exposed the dramatic vulnerability of his claims that the supposed scandal was much more than a blatant example of US corporations taking advantage of their powerful connections in Washington to undermine official US policy, harm the national interest and profit off the suffering of the poor.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8884.htm

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Video: George Galloway v The U.S. Senate

Video Of The Full Testimony Of British MP George Galloway Before The U.S. Senate

This is a must watch Video

Watch Mr. Galloway Speak Truth To Power.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8869.htm

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Nine Iraqis killed, three injured in US air raid:

Nine Iraqis were killed and three injured as a result of air raid by United States aircrafts directed at outlawed gunmen in Mosul on Thursday, said medical sources.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=734491

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Seven killed in clashes in Iraq’s Mosul:

Seven people were killed in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Thursday after Guerrillas attacked the house of a local Sunni Muslim politician, witnesses and hospital officials said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/GEO944390.htm

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Iraqi oil official gunned down in Baghdad:

In violence on Thursday, a university professor was shot dead, one Iraqi soldier was killed and nine injured in a suicide bombing and four other Iraqi soldiers were kidnapped in a separate incident.
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Gunmen kill four, including cleric; roadside bomb kills two in Baqouba:

Gunmen assassinated Shiite cleric Mohammed Tahir al-Allaq, representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in the Jurf al-Nadaf area near Madain, about 20 kilometres southeast of Baghdad, police Lt. Col. Shakir Wadi Hamoud said.
www.canada.com/fortstjohn/story.html?id=43fbe588-0b72-4113-8aaf-bd7a7c923c9c

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Sectarian tensions rise in Iraq :

A series of tit-for-tat killings has raised sectarian tension to boiling point in Iraq, where Sunni religious leaders have openly accused Shi’ite militiamen of kidnapping and murdering Sunni Arabs, including clerics.
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Sunni accuses Iraqi Shiites of killing clerics :

“I charge that the Badr Brigade is doing all these assassinations,” Dari said at a news conference in Baghdad. “Now there is no way to just stand by and watch. We will never keep silent anymore.”
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/05/19/news/baghdad.php

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The end of secularism in Iraq :

Bush admits Iraq problems: Mr Bush cited an initiative in his Budget that would create a corps of trained civilians who could be deployed on short notice to help in crises caused by war or revolution.
www.opendemocracy.net/debates/article-2-114-2516.jsp

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U.S. Claims Over Siege Challenged:

As with the siege of Fallujah six months back, U.S. claims over the siege of the Iraqi town Al Qa’im are being challenged now by independent sources.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=28742

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U.S. Offensive Causes Humanitarian Crisis, Nets Few Rebels:

While information about last week‚s counter-insurgency campaign in Western Iraq proves elusive, hospitals cite civilian deaths; thousands remain homeless as locals and some US troops challenge claims of success.
newstandardnews.net/content/index.cfm/items/1826

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U.S. generals take gloomier Iraq view :

The generals pulled back from recent suggestions – including those by some of the same officers – that positive trends in Iraq could allow a reduction in the 138,000 U.S. troops in Iraq late this year or early in 2006. One senior officer suggested Wednesday that U.S. military involvement could last “many years.”
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/05/19/news/iraq.php

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Bush admits Iraq problems:

Mr Bush cited an initiative in his Budget that would create a corps of trained civilians who could be deployed on short notice to help in crises caused by war or revolution.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,15338457%255E1702,00.html

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$1 trillion missing : Military waste under fire :

A study by the Defense Department’s inspector general found that the Pentagon couldn’t properly account for more than a trillion dollars in monies spent. A GAO report found Defense inventory systems so lax that the U.S. Army lost track of 56 airplanes, 32 tanks, and 36 Javelin missile command launch-units.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8888.htm

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Scott Ritter, on Iraq and Iran:

Iraq did not violate international law, the United States did. They didn‚t have the integrity to tell the truth to the United States people,‰ he said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8885.htm

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Dealing with the Merchant of Death :

For the war effort in Iraq, the Bush administration has hired at least one company tied to the network of Victor Bout, one of the world’s most notorious arms traffickers.
www.mojones.com/news/update/2004/09/09_413.html

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A new trauma in Iraq:

Severe brain injuries – and soldiers who live through them – increase in this war, creating challenges
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Iraq abuse allegations revealed ;

A lawyer for nine Iraqis who claimed they were tortured by UK soldiers has revealed details of their allegations of abuse at a camp in Basra in 2003.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4560881.stm

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Red Cross told U.S. of Koran incidents:

The International Committee of the Red Cross documented what it called credible information about U.S. personnel disrespecting or mishandling Korans at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and pointed it out to the Pentagon in confidential reports during 2002 and early 2003, an ICRC spokesman said Wednesday.
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Sadr urges Iraqis to trample on US flag over Koran desecration :

Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr urged Muslims across Iraq to paint US and Israeli flags at mosque entrances for worshippers to walk on in protest at the alleged desecration of the Koran at the US detention camp in Guantanamo.
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Galloway: The man who took on America:

How did one maverick MP manage to outgun a committee of senior US politicians so successfully?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8883.htm

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Gorgeous George – An Open Letter to U.S. Democratic Elected Officials:

British MP George Galloway serves as an example of why your party should be abandoned by the U.S. working class, by U.S. women, by oppressed nationalities in the United States, and by anyone who professes to be a progressive or a leftist.
stangoff.com/index.php?p=102

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No Place for US Homilies:

American officials and lawmakers seem to believe that they have the right and the obligation to instruct the leaders of China and Russia ˆ and of other alleged backward areas of the world that are not (yet) under direct US control ˆ in Democracy 101, Introduction to Human Rights, and other related topics that are included in the Freedom’s Guide to the Universe.
www.lewrockwell.com/hadar/hadar14.html

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Six Afghans working on U-S project killed in second day of attacks :

Afghanistan At least six Afghan employees of a U-S-funded anti-drug project are dead, gunned down in an attack by suspected Taliban militants.
www.ktre.com/Global/story.asp?S=3366014

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Afghanistan: Former Female TV Presenter Shot Dead In Kabul:

She moderated a popular music program that had angered conservatives before she left her job under unclear circumstances in March. Police say it is not clear yet whether her killing is related to her work
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Taliban officials brought in from the cold :

Authorities pin hopes on reconciliation effort to break insurgency
www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,1284,1487021,00.html

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Millions of Afghans left homeless:

The ebb and flow of humanity has often left refugees poor, homeless and unhealthy.
www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.php?page=national&story_id=051905b1_afghanrefugees

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Violence spreads in Uzbekistan :

Unrest was spreading across eastern Uzbekistan this week as fears grew of mass arrests and the autocratic state sought to stamp its authority on a region in revolt.
www.guardian.co.uk/guardianweekly/story/0,12674,1487665,00.html

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Uzbek troops reclaim control of border, arrest Islamist leaders :

Residents from the Uzbek portion of the town, questioned in Kyrgyzstan, said that returning government forces had arrested Bakhtiyar Rakhimov, who is believed to head pro-Islamist forces on the Uzbek side of the town, along with two of his associates.
www.iii.co.uk/news/?type=afxnews&articleid=5300761&subject=general&action=article

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Mofaz gives Israeli army free hand:

Israel’s defence chief has given the army a free hand to strike at Gaza-based Palestinian resistance groups firing mortars and rockets, as a shaky, three-month-old truce threatens to unravel
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0233941D-91D9-44C2-B86B-806D79CF0721.htm

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Three Colombians detained for allegedly helping U.S. soldiers smuggle cocaine:

Authorities arrested three Colombians, including a former serviceman, for allegedly helping American soldiers smuggle cocaine to the United States aboard a U.S. military aircraft, officials said Wednesday.
www.kristv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3363797

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Venezuelan soldier killed in Colombia border clash:

A Venezuelan soldier was killed and another wounded in a clash with an armed group in the latest incident along the country’s volatile frontier with Colombia, the army said on Wednesday
www.spa.gov.sa/newsview.php?extend.263448

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Venezuela extradites FARC member to Colombia :

The Venezuelan government extradited to Colombia a rebel who had been involved in a kidnapping there
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-05/18/content_2969699.htm

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Russia Signs Arm Agreement with Venezuela :

ITAR-Tass news agency reported that the official agreement will envisage the Venezuelan purchase of 100,000 automatic weapons from Russia.
www.zaman.com/?bl=hotnews&alt=&trh=20050519&hn=19695

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Caracas ‘to try bombing suspect’ :

Venezuela has sought to reassure the US it will not hand over a Cuban exile accused of bombing an airliner to Fidel Castro’s regime if he is extradited.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4560347.stm

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Venezuela: Airline bomber will not be given to Cuba :

Venezuela says if the U-S extradites a Cuban exile wanted in a 1976 airliner bombing, he won’t be turned over to Cuba. Instead, the country’s vice president says he’ll be held to face Venezuelan justice.
www.kvia.com/Global/story.asp?S=3362516

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What the CIA Could Learn from Venezuela: The Luis Posada Carriles Case:

Orlando Bosch was labeled a terrorist back in the 1970's by the FBI, yet today he resides freely in Miami with the blessing of the Bush family. A host of other former dictators and tortures have been given refuge in the “land of the free.” Will Posada Carriles meet the same fate?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8886.htm

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Marshalls to seek new nuclear compensation from US :

The tiny central Pacific state of the Marshall Islands will go before a US Congress hearing next week to claim more than three billion dollars compensation for the effects of nuclear testing on their islands half a century ago.
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Patriot Act expansion would let FBI bypass judges:

The proposal would let federal investigators subpoena records from businesses and other institutions without a judge’s approval if the investigators themselves declare that the material is needed as part of a foreign intelligence investigation.
snipurl.com/f0js

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World Bank Immunity Bill:

The government moves to give immunity to the World Bank will be a free license to commit mass – Why does the government want to hide the ugly face of World Bank?
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=32&ItemID=7883

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Date: Wed, 18 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 345 Days

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Did Newsweek Damage America’s Image?:

Let me make sure I heard that correctly . . . . “The image of the United States abroad has been damaged.‰
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8880.htm

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In case you missed it:

Video: George Galloway v The U.S. Senate

Video Of The Full Testimony Of British MP George Galloway Before The U.S. Senate

This is a must watch Video

Watch Mr. Galloway Speak Truth To Power. Real Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8869.htm

snipurl.com/ezkc

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Suicide car bomb kills two Iraqi police :

Two Iraqi police were killed in a suicide car bomb attack near the oil refinery town of Baiji early Wednesday morning, a police captain said.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=42194

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Mortar Attacks Kill Two in Mosul :

Mortar attacks in northern Mosul on Wednesday killed two Iraqis and injured eight others, including seven school children, police and hospital officials said.
www.wjla.com/headlines/0505/229154.html

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Iraqi Official Killed in Baghdad Shooting:

Drive-by shooters killed a senior member of Iraq’s Interior Ministry Wednesday, continuing a campaign against the new government’s administration and security infrastructure.
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Iraq Sunni cleric blames Shi’ites for killings:

A top Sunni Muslim cleric publicly accused the militia of the main Shi’ite political party on Wednesday of assassinating Sunni preachers, in the latest sign of sectarian tensions that have raised fears of civil war.
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Iraqi Girl Blog:

Baghdad has turned into a giant graveyard:

We are hearing of people being rounded up by security forces (Iraqi) and then being found dead days later- apparently when the new Iraqi government recently decided to reinstate the death penalty, they had something else in mind.
riverbendblog.blogspot.com/2005_05_01_riverbendblog_archive.html#111636281930496496

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Two Army Officers Staged Mock Executions of Iraqi Prisoners:

In one case, on July 13, 2003, a captain with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, based in Fort Carson, Colo., took an Iraqi welder out to the desert and had him dig his own grave before staging an attempt to shoot him, according to documents. The captain was looking for information on a bombing two days before.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8872.htm

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Soldier Gets Six Months in Abu Ghraib Case:

She faced a maximum of five years in prison, though prosecutors asked the jury to give her three years. With credit for time served, Harman’s actual sentence will be just more than four months.
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=766862

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White House presses Newsweek to repair U.S. image abroad:

McClellan stopped short of telling Newsweek what to write but said, ‘’The military put in place policies and procedures to make sure that the Quran was handled or is handled with the utmost care and respect. And I think it would help to point that out.’’
home.kyodo.co.jp/all/display.jsp?an=20050518043

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American Hypocrisy At Work: Did Newsweek Damage America’s Image?:

Let me make sure I heard that correctly . . . . “The image of the United States abroad has been damaged.‰
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8880.htm

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Editorial:: Newsweek: It doesn’t deserve the diatribes :

Scott McClellan flat-out said Newsweek was responsible for causing the rioting in Afghanistan that led to at least 17 deaths. Newsweek editors appear to have accepted that responsibility. They shouldn’t have; the White House is simply changing the subject from abuse at Guantanamo to Newsweek’s journalism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8874.htm

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Guantanamo prisoner tells of Koran abuse, US apology:

An Afghan who spent three years at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre a said that interrogators frequently desecrated the Koran, which prompted a hunger strike and a US apology.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200505/s1371080.htm

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Video: Shoot the Messenger Update:

Two weeks ago, Sophie brought Dateline an exclusive interview with Kevin Sites, the NBC cameraman who last November filmed that American marine shooting dead an unarmed, wounded, Iraqi in a Fallujah mosque. Here’s a reminder of that report – and Dateline reminds you that the footage is pretty graphic.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8875.htm

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There Is Blood On All Our Hands:

George Bush, and you and I have started this bloody war in Iraq, where we are fighting people who not only never attacked us, but who never even had the means with which they could have attacked us. – We don‚t even have the decency to count the number of infants we have killed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8870.htm

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A Reputation in Tatters:

George W. Bush and his gang of neocon warmongers have destroyed America‚s reputation. The only way to restore America‚s reputation would be to impeach and convict President Bush for intentionally deceiving Congress and the American people in order to start a war of aggression against a country that posed no threat to the US. America can redeem itself only by holding Bush accountable.
www.lewrockwell.com/roberts/roberts101.html

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How the oil-for-food programme was exploited:

US government turned a blind eye as Bayoil, a Texas oil company, imported Iraqi oil and paid $37m of kickbacks to the Saddam regime. Also, as a member of the Security Council, Washington did nothing to prevent Saddam sellling oil worth a claimed $8bn, to Jordan, Syria, Egypt and Turkey, in violation of sanctions.
news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=639335

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In case you missed it:

The Bayoil Indictment — the Real Scandal:

The neo-con team is brazenly acting as if Saddam did something wrong in selling Iraqi oil in violation of the United Nations embargo that we insisted by kept on for a dozen years after the 1991 Gulf War. The U.N. resolution did not prohibit Baghdad’s sale of oil!!! It prohibited its purchase by U.N. members.
www.wanniski.com/showarticle.asp?articleid=4300

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US nets the sixth al-Qaeda No 3:

The United States has netted another al-Qaeda No.3, the sixth No.3 to be downed dead or alive in its war on terrorism.
astrospeak.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1110441.cms

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Fear: The Foundation of Every Government’s Power :

The people who have the effrontery to rule us, who call themselves our government, understand this basic fact of human nature. They exploit it, and they cultivate it.
www.independent.org/publications/article.asp?id=1510

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Iraqis to seek fresh Basra abuse inquiry :

The mistreatment of civilian detainees at the camp emerged in “trophy” photographs that included images of sexual humiliation
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1486732,00.html?gusrc=rss

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Kuwait “Tortures” Australian;

Australian consular officials are confident they will soon gain access to an Australian man detained in Kuwait on terrorism charges. His mother and brother claim the Kuwait-born Australian has been tortured, and that two Westerners, possibly Australians, were present during one interrogation session.
www9.sbs.com.au/theworldnews/region.php?id=111889&region=6

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Galloway and the mother of all invective :

They were “neo-cons” and “Zionists” and a “pro-war lynch mob”, he raged, who belonged to a “lickspittle Republican committee” that was engaged in creating “the mother of all smokescreens”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8881.htm

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Israelis ‘hopeful’ on release for U.S. spy Pollard:

Israel expects imminent progress in its bid to secure the release of Jonathan Pollard, an ex-U.S. Navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying for the Jewish state in the 1980s, political sources said on Tuesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8879.htm

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Government may charge two former AIPAC staffers for spying:

There is mounting evidence that the government plans to indict Steve Rosen, AIPAC‚s former policy director, and Keith Weissman, its former senior Iran analyst.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8878.htm

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AIPAC Spy Affair: Pulling US strings on Israel :

According to press reports, in 1990 alone pro-Israel groups gave nearly US$8 million in campaign contributions
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8877.htm

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100 Israelis to testify in Florida trial of alleged Jihad fundraisers :

Some 100 survivors of terror attacks, relatives of those killed, police investigators, Magen David Adom paramedics, and ZAKA volunteers will testify in what American authorities regard as the most important terrorist trial in the United States since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/577323.html

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Al-Arian unlikely to get venue change:

With most prospective jurors saying they could be fair, the chances likely lessened Tuesday that the trial of a former college professor accused of aiding Palestinian terrorists will have to be moved out of town.
www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/11671130.htm

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2 Interested In Israel Make Al-Arian Jury Pool:

Although most jury candidates questioned in the case of Sami Al-Arian said they didn’t closely monitor events in Israel, two women said Tuesday that they have a strong interest in that part of the world.
news.tbo.com/news/MGB5QGVVU8E.html

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A Force to be Reckoned With: The New Palestinian Uprising:

The State of Israel, as Edward Said and others have long argued, existed in Zionist awareness and was deliberately transformed to become an essentially Western priority before the actual physical construction of the state on the yet to be destroyed hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages.
www.counterpunch.com/baroud05172005.html

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Israel’s defense industries account for 10% of the global market:

www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=915000&fid=942

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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.
observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1484286,00.html

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

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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Jack Dalton: The “Illusion‰ of Two “Parties‰

A stroke of the pen makes it final: President Bush signed into law the Iraq war supplemental, which includes a controversial provision giving the secretary of homeland security the power to waive all law when securing U.S. borders.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8873.htm

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Five Afghans killed in ambush in troubled south: –

Five Afghans, three of them working on an opium crop substitution project, were killed on Wednesday in a Taliban ambush, a provincial official said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ISL239272.htm

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Diplomats taken to Uzbek town, miss killing scene :

Uzbekistan’s government on Wednesday took foreign diplomats to the town where witnesses said troops shot dead hundreds of people but did not show them the actual site of the bloodshed.
snipurl.com/ezle

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Opponents denounce Musharraf move :

Pakistan’s opposition has condemned an announcement that President Pervez Musharraf will seek to stay in power after his current term expires in 2007.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4558479.stm

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A RAW deal for India :

India’s covert overseas intelligence-gathering agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), is still reeling under the embarrassing defection of a senior operative to the US last year with the help of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
www.janes.com/security/international_security/news/fr/fr050518_1_n.shtml

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U.S. “Arrests” Exile Hours After Cuban March :

Fidel Castro led hundreds of thousands of Cubans past the U.S. mission Tuesday to demand the United States arrest a Cuban exile sought in the bombing of an airliner, accusing Washington of hypocrisy in its war on terror. Hours later, U.S. officials confirmed the militant was in custody.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5013043,00.html

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Venezuela’s Interior Minister Says US Must Extradite Cuban Militant:

Jesse Chacon said that Luis Posada Carriles, a former CIA operative who was detained in Miami by U.S. authorities on Tuesday afternoon, “must pay for the crimes he committed.”
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB8LVMOU8E.html

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Colombia: Treaty with U.S. invalid:

Inspector General Edgardo Maya‚s comments to a gathering of prosecutors in Bogota late Monday came after seven American servicemen were arrested in separate drug- and arms-smuggling plots in the past three months.
www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-855538.php

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Congressman: Ex-Haiti PM’s Health Weakened :

A U.S. congressman who met Monday with Haiti’s jailed former prime minister said Yvon Neptune’s monthlong hunger strike has weakened him tremendously, contradicting government reports that the former premier is in good health.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5010577,00.html

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Marches On in Bolivia as Crucial Political Moment Arises:

The 124-mile people´s march towards La Paz entered its second day to demand changes for the legislation to guarantee that multinationals pay 50-percent taxes.
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Rift over recruiting at public high schools:

A Seattle high school bars military solicitation, touching off debate over Iraq war and free speech. The No Child Left Behind Act requires that schools receiving federal funding must release the names of its students to recruiters.
www.csmonitor.com/2005/0518/p02s01-ussc.html

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State Secret: Thousands Secretly Sterilized:

From the early 1900s to the 1970s, some 65,000 men and women were sterilized in this country, many without their knowledge, as part of a government eugenics program to keep so-called undesirables from reproducing.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8871.htm

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Senate Committee to Review Controversial Patriot Act Legislation in Secret;

Draft Legislation Hidden from Public
www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=18256&c=206

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Gloom gathers over world economy :

Investors are growing gloomier about prospects for the world economy and are expecting weaker growth, a survey of fund managers has indicated.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4555961.stm

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Forget buying — low-wage workers can barely afford rent:

In Seattle, if you’re earning the minimum wage, you have to work 90 hours a week to afford to rent an average two-bedroom unit, let alone buy one.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/224532_overextendhousing17.html

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U.S. lags in gender equality:

Many U.S. women assume they’re better off than their peers in other parts of the world. But when it comes to gender equality, U.S. women are not even in the top tier.
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Medical errors still claiming many lives:

As many as 98,000 Americans still die each year because of medical errors despite an unprecedented focus on patient safety over the last five years, according to a study released today.
www.usatoday.com/news/health/2005-05-17-medical-errors_x.htm

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Date: Tues, 17 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 344 Days

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This is a must watch 4 Minute Video – Real Video and MP3

Galloway slams U.S. justice as he rejects charges

“Now I know that standards have slipped over the last few years in Washington, but for a lawyer, you are remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice,” Galloway said.

By Sue Pleming

Galloway bluntly confronted the Republican chairman of the committee, Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, and challenged the attorney to back up claims the MP profited handsomely from the now defunct oil-for-food program. Some of his harshest remarks concerned Coleman’s support for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8866.htm

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Video Of The Full Testimony Of British MP George Galloway Before The U.S. Senate

Video: Galloway takes on US oil accusers

This is a must watch Video

Watch Mr. Galloway Speak Truth To Power. Real Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8868.htm

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The US and its ‘ special’ dictator

By Pepe Escobar

You won’t hear many in Washington calling for free elections in Uzbekistan. The former strongmen of color-coded, “revolutionary” Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan were monsters who had to be removed for “freedom and democracy” to prevail. So is the dictator of Belarus. Not Karimov. He’s “our” dictator: the Saddam Hussein of Central Asia is George W Bush’s man.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8859.htm

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Uzbek opposition says 745 killed by troops:

An Uzbek opposition leader said today that her party had compiled a list of 745 people allegedly killed by government troops in the former Soviet Republic, the highest estimate so far, and that many were shot in the back of the head.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1615899,00.html

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Refugees put Uzbek dead in thousands:

There is no way to confirm numbers offered by refugees, but it seemed likely that when the truth emerges, the massacre in Uzbekistan, an American ally in the fight against terrorism, could become the deadliest assault on civilians since the Tiananmen Square massacre in 19
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Boiling butcher’s bill is paid for by Bush :

When the West is your pal you are able, quite literally, to get away with murder. And what murder!
www.unison.ie/irish_independent/stories.php3?c
a=36&si=1397423&issue_id=12482&eid=123501

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Uzbek ruler: a new Saddam Hussein?:

Critics of the ‘tyrant of Tashkent’ say US ally makes Hussein look ‘like a choir boy.’
www.csmonitor.com/2005/0516/dailyUpdate.html

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One Million May Flee Uzbekistan For Kyrgyzstan:

“More than one million people may flee Uzbekistan,” Kyrgyzstan’s human-rights commissioner Tursunbai Bakir Uulu told a press conference today, reports the country’s Kabar news agency.
en.rian.ru/world/20050517/40366398.html

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Uzbek Opposition Urges U.S. to Stop Supporting President Karimov:

“War is just about to break out in Uzbekistan. We want them (United States) to realise this and help us,‰ he said, holding a crudely written banner reading “We demand the USA to stop supporting Karimov‚s regime‰.
mosnews.com/news/2005/05/17/uzbekusprotests.shtml

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Four Iraqi Troops Killed:

Fighters killed four Iraqi soldiers in clashes outside a power plant in a southern Iraqi town on Tuesday, army sources said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/57605C55-C718-41BE-B7C2-2C6825314555.htm

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Three corpses of Iraqi soldiers found in Qa’em:

An Iraqi Army source told reporters that two of the soldiers were shot dead, and the third was beheaded.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=733862

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Baghdad, gunmen killed a Shiite Muslim cleric.

Two missing Sunni clerics have been found shot dead.
www.thebostonchannel.com/news/4497272/detail.html

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Roadside bomb kills US soldier in Iraq:

A US soldier was killed and another wounded when a roadside bomb exploded early Tuesday north of the Iraqi capital, the US military said.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=42122

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Iraqi rebels killed nine by shooting down RAF Hercules with ‘ageing anti-aircraft gun’:

Iraqi insurgents using a rudimentary anti-aircraft weapon against an RAF transport plane are likely to have caused the biggest single loss of life in the conflict, military sources disclosed yesterday.
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Iraq to confiscate property of insurgency supporters:

New measures to fight insurgency include freezing assets, banning from speaking on the air.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=13520

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Rice warns Syria to close its borders to “terrorists”:

“Their unwillingness to deal with the crossings of their border into Iraq is frustrating the will of the Iraqi people,” and leading to the deaths of innocent Iraqis, Rice said en route home from a surprise trip to see Iraq’s new leaders.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=15153

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Syria demands US prove Iraq insurgent claims:

“What is important (for Washington) is that Syria remain under pressure in order to satisfy American neoconservatives and Israelis.”
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=42125

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Military operations fuel Iraqi opposition; :

The American effort in Iraq may be locked in a “vicious circle”, according to a new report that surveys Iraqi public opinion data and interviews with Iraqis. The report, released on Wednesday 18 May 2005 by the Project on Defense Alternatives, concludes that US military actions meant to quell the insurgency have increased its recruiting base.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8865.htm

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Galloway rejects Senate accusations:

“I gave my heart and soul to stop you from committing the disaster that you did commit in invading Iraq,” Galloway said. “And I told the world that the case for war was a pack of lies.”
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/CEA27B9A-71A9-4C89-8801-6A82F903FECB.htm

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How they forged the case against Galloway:

The central document used against George Galloway this week by the US senate committee investigating Iraq‚s oil for food programme is a forgery.
www.socialistworker.co.uk/article.php4?article_id=6511

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Bush ‘turned blind eye to Iraq deals’ :

The Bush administration knew about the illegal oil sales and kickbacks to Saddam Hussein’s regime but did nothing about them, according to a report from Democrats on a Senate committee.
www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/18682087?source=Evening

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

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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US soldiers charged with Afghan abuse :

The US Army has charged three more soldiers for alleged misconduct at an Afghanistan detention facility in 2002.
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Molly Ivins : Secret memo shows how U.S. ‘sold’ Iraq war :

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.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/
20050517/OPINION04/105170076/-1/opinion

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Newsweek retracts story on Koran under pressure:

“Based on what we know now, we are retracting our original story that an internal military investigation had uncovered Koran abuse at Guantanamo Bay,” Newsweek Editor Mark Whitaker said in a statement, a day after apologizing for the report.
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The NewsWeek Debacle: Credibility and the Koran:

One can understand how Newsweek got itself into its current jam. But the wishy-washy retraction is frustrating. It feels as though the magazine is either trying to avoid full responsibility for a mistake — or that it continues to believe in its story but is feeling outside pressure to withdraw it.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,356267,00.html

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A readers commentary:

Newsweek debacle:

The allegations of the blasphemous tossing of the pages of the Holy Koran down the toilet may well prove to be true, but the real tragedy is that we have flushed the pages of our Holy Bible down the toilet a long time ago and hypocritically claim the righteousness of our cause.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8864.htm

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Britons formerly held in US camps allege they saw guards desecrate Koran :

Several Britons who had been held at US military prisons in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba alleged Monday that they had seen their US guards desecrate the Koran.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=42096

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A Tale of Two Stories:

Here’s a question for international news hounds. Who is the ‘’son of a bitch’’ referred to in this comment by a U.S. Defence Department spokesman?
www.ipsnews.net/new_nota.asp?idnews=28710

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CIA kills in Pakistan shadows :

The killing of a suspected operative of Al Qaeda in Pakistan with a missile launched from a remotely controlled CIA aircraft was the latest such strike in a shadowy effort that both Pakistani and American officials have sought to hide, according to two former counterterrorism officials.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/05/16/news/pakistan.php

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New Shin Bet Chief Behind Killings Policy:

The man behind the contentious practice of killing Palestinian militants with missile strikes became head of Israel’s feared Shin Bet security service Sunday, taking charge of the agency at a time when it faces the additional task of watching Jewish extremists.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050515/ap_on_re_mi_ea/israel_shin_bet

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Make torture legal, say two academics:

Torture should be legalised and is a “morally defensible” interrogation method, even if it causes the death of innocent people, according to an article by two Australian academics that has sparked outrage.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8861.htm

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Global Torture Ban Under Threat:

Western governments are undermining the global ban on torture by transferring suspects to countries known for routinely torturing prisoners, Human Rights Watch and seven partner organizations said today in a joint statement.
hrw.org/english/docs/2005/05/12/eca10661.htm

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UK: Court allows terror suspect to be sent to U.S.:

Judge Timothy Workman said he was satisfied Babar Ahmad would receive a fair trial in the U.S. after the U.S. embassy promised he would not be sent to the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, or turned over to a third country for torture.
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Amnesty Report: Guantánamo and beyond:

The continuing pursuit of unchecked executive power: It seems rather contrary to an idea of a Constitution with three branches that the executive would be free to do whatever they want, whatever they want without a check.US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, 20 April 2004(3)
web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAMR510632005

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Video: Speech at Conference Assails Right Wing :

Bill Moyers denounced on Sunday the right wing and top officials at the White House, saying they are trying to silence their critics by controlling the news media.

This is a must watch video.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8860.htm

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Australia’s Deputy PM’s address angers Islamic groups:

DEPUTY Prime Minister John Anderson has come under fire for giving a speech before an anti-Muslim Christian group. Two pastors from Catch the Fire Ministries were last year found guilty of vilifying Muslims by calling them demons, liars and terrorists and suggesting they encouraged domestic violence.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8862.htm

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Australia: Anderson catches fire:

Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson last night urged Australians to find “a new relationship with God”, at a meeting of around 1000 Christians in Hoppers Crossing.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8863.htm

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The Reporters Without Borders Fraud :

The strong suspicions that have surrounded the dubious and partisan activities of Reporters without Boarders (RSF) were not unfounded.
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=45&ItemID=7851

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Make Poverty History:

Join the band of people who are taking action to make poverty history. It only needs to take you a matter of minutes every month, but it will help us to literally change the world.
www.makepovertyhistory.org/

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Your credit card payment just doubled:

The big players have raised minimum payments from 2% to 4% of your balance, meaning you’ll get out of debt much quicker. Here’s how to cope until that day.
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Howard Zinn: The Scourge of Nationalism:

Our citizenry has been brought up to see our nation as different from others, an exception in the world, uniquely moral, expanding into other lands in order to bring civilization, liberty, democracy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8858.htm

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Date: Mon, 16 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 343 Days

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The Scourge of Nationalism

Our citizenry has been brought up to see our nation as different from others, an exception in the world, uniquely moral, expanding into other lands in order to bring civilization, liberty, democracy.

By Howard Zinn

Is not nationalism—that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder—one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred? These ways of thinking—cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on—have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8858.htm

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700 Killed As Gunfire continues in Uzbekistan:

Sporadic shooting continued today in an eastern Uzbek city where an uprising sparked a crackdown by security forces that left up to 500 people dead, and a human rights group reported that clashes in another town killed an additional 200.
www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/003200505161758.htm

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Witnesses describe bloodbath outside Uzbek school:

Soldiers later moved in among “literally hundreds” of bodies, finishing off some of the wounded with a single bullet, said one witness to Friday’s killings outside School No. 15.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L15228509.htm

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Uzbek troops shut off second town

Local people went on the rampage in Korasuv at the weekend
Troops in Uzbekistan have shut off the eastern border town of Korasuv, where locals seized control on Saturday.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4549873.stm

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What drives support for this torturer :

Oil and gas ensure that the US backs the Uzbek dictator to the hilt. The bodies of hundreds of pro-democracy protesters in Uzbekistan are scarcely cold, and already the White House is looking for ways to dismiss them.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8853.htm

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Uzbekistan’s Nightmare:Made in Washington :

Why our government stands by Karimov ˆ even as he massacres his own people
www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=5958

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White House holds its fire:

THE US’s muted response to the death toll in Uzbekistan demonstrates how not all former Soviet republics are equal in the eyes of the White House.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,15308111%255E2703,00.html

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400 and counting: IRAQ‚s Grim death toll for may:

Yesterday eight Iraqis ˆ including five civilians ˆ were shot dead by US forces in Mosul, four were killed by a suicide car bomb attack in central Baghdad, and in the west of the city a hand grenade attack left one policeman dead.
www.sundayherald.com/49799

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More Bodies Found in Iraq, Total Up to 45:

Elsewhere, mortar barrages, roadside bombings and drive-by shootings killed at least 10 Iraqis, including four soldiers who died in a roadside bomb attack as they raced to a fire station that had come under mortar fire.
www.dhonline.com/articles/2005/05/15/ap/headlines/d8a4a8fg0.txt

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Mark Danner on the British Smoking-Gun Memo:

That a “smoking gun” document about the nature of the war in the making has appeared in this fashion, not in Kyrgyzstan but in England; that no one in the British or American governments has even bothered to dispute its provenance or accuracy; and that, with a few honorable exceptions like columnist Molly Ivins, that gun was allowed to lie on the ground smoking for days, hardly commented upon.
www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=2486

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What Is The Dowingstreet Memo?: The contents of the memo are shocking.

The minutes detail how our government did not believe Iraq was a greater threat than other nations; how intelligence was manipulated to sell the case for war to the American public; and how all the talk of “war as a last resort” was mere hollow pretense.
www.downingstreetmemo.com/

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Al-Sadr Demands Americans Leave Iraq :

Al-Sadr criticized the American-led occupation and called for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.
story.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050516/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_al_sadr_2

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Rice: U.S. will stay in Iraq:

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told the Iraqi government yesterday that U.S. forces would remain until the fledging nation ‘’can defend itself,’’ but more violence throughout the country suggested that was not imminent.
www.capecodonline.com/cctimes/riceu16.htm

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Paul Krugman: Staying What Course?:

America has been taken hostage. Nobody wants to take responsibility for the terrible scenes that will surely unfold if we leave (even though terrible scenes are unfolding while we’re there). Nobody wants to tell the grieving parents of American soldiers that their children died in vain.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8854.htm

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The deserters: Awol crisis hits the US forces:

As the death toll of troops mounts in Iraq and Afghanistan, America’s military recruiting figures have plummeted to an all-time low. Thousands of US servicemen and women are now refusing to serve their country.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8855.htm

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Wars Kill Empires as Well as People:

Lessons from Vietnam: US students learn a kind of patriotic mythology disguised with words like “unbiased” – as if along with critiques of US behavior in Vietnam – or Iraq — one had to present the good side of torture, mass murder and the napalming of villages.
www.counterpunch.com/landau05142005.html

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Galloway to confront US accusers :

He said: “I am going to accuse them of being involved in a huge diversion from the real issues in Iraq, which are the theft of billions of dollars worth of Iraq’s wealth by the USA and its corporations, and the deaths of more than 100,000 people in Iraq.”
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4549913.stm

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Karzai warns heavy-handed US troops as riots spread:

President Hamid Karzai insisted the Kabul government will veto US military operations after a week of hugely destructive anti-American rioting left Afghan cities and towns in flames and hospitals overflowing with casualties.
news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/story.jsp?story=638633

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Newsweek may have erred in Koran article: report:

Newsweek Editor Mark Whitaker apologized to victims of the violence triggered by the allegations of desecration.
www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1116182780658_34/?hub=World

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Newsweek Got Gitmo Right :

Contrary to White House spin, the allegations of religious desecration at Guantanamo published by Newsweek on May 9, 2005, are common among ex-prisoners and have been widely reported outside the United States. Several former detainees at the Guantanamo and Bagram prisons have reported instances of their handlers sitting or standing on the Koran, throwing or kicking it in toilets, and urinating on it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8851.htm

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Juan Cole : The Bible and the Koran :

This informed former officer has suggested the real reason for which some in the Pentagon are so angry about the Newsweek story. It may well so focus international outrage on Guantanamo that Rumsfeld will lose his little psych lab.
www.juancole.com/2005/05/guantanamo-controversies-bible-and.html

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White House bashes Newsweek report on Koran:

The White House said on Monday that a Newsweek report based on an anonymous source had damaged the U.S. image overseas by alleging that U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay.
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In case you missed it?:

Physicians for Human Rights : Comprehensive Report Documents Use of Psychological Torture by US Forces.

A new report provides extensive evidence that psychological torture was systematic and central to the interrogation process of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo.
www.phrusa.org/research/torture/news_2005-05-01.html

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New Poll: 43% of the public says the press has too much freedom:

22% say the government should be allowed to censor the press.
www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/
article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000920962

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2 soldiers killed in blast in S. Afghanistan :

Two Afghan soldiers have been killed and five others injured as their vehicle ran over a mine in southern Zabul province, a statement of US-led coalition said Monday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-05/16/content_2963731.htm

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Iran: The Bush-Bolton Plan to Bomb Bushehr :

There is a timetable that makes it urgent for Bolton to be ready for action in June in order to cripple the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as part of the plan to bomb the Iranian nuclear-power plant at Bushehr.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8852.htm

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Not Just A Last Resort?: A Global Strike Plan, With a Nuclear Option:

Early last summer, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld approved a top secret “Interim Global Strike Alert Order” directing the military to assume and maintain readiness to attack hostile countries that are developing weapons of mass destruction, specifically Iran and North Korea.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8857.htm

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In case you missed it?: US scatters bases to control Eurasia :

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

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Neoconservatives in US Planning the Next Cold War :

Few ordinary Americans would knowingly support the remilitarization of international affairs and the launch of a second Cold War merely to preserve America‚s position as the sole military superpower on the planet, but they will never be asked the question in those terms.
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Joe Sobran : It’s Still the Same Old Story : Our “reliable ally” again:

The lion’s share of American foreign aid goes to one tiny country, a very rich one (as measured by personal income) and the only one in the Middle East that has nuclear weapons. Your congressman probably votes for annual increases in that limitless largesse. Ask him what we’ve gotten in return, besides 9/11.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8849.htm

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FBI questions four reporters in AIPAC spy case:

It is not illegal for a reporter to receive classified information, but conveying such information is a crime in the U.S., one that Franklin allegedly committed.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/576265.html

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Police quiz Jewish extremists over missile plot :

Three Jewish extremists were interrogated by police on suspicion they planned to fire a missile into the Al Aqsa Mosque, Islam‚s third holiest shrine, in hopes of disrupting the planned Gaza withdrawal, police said today.
www.breakingnews.ie/2005/05/16/story202757.html

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Gaza withdrawal opponents paralyze Israeli roads:

Jewish ultranationalists, some setting tyres ablaze, paralyzed rush hour traffic in Israel on Monday in the biggest such protest against a planned withdrawal from settlements in the occupied Gaza Strip.
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Minister of Health Asserts Israel Buried 80 Tons of Nuclear Waste in oPt:

He called on the UN agencies interested in environment to halt the Israeli transgressions, which endanger both the human beings and natural resources.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8856.htm

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Carolyn Baker : The Religious Right: Pushing A Deadly Addiction:

My focus here is on fundamentalist Christianity and Dominionism as religious systems which complement and support tyrannical political systems, specifically, fascism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8856.htm

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Greg Palast: Ecuador Gets Chávez’d:

George Bush has someone new to hate. Only twenty-four hours after Ecuador’s new president took his oath of office, he was hit by a diplomatic cruise missile fired all the way from Lithuania by Condoleezza Rice, then wandering about Eastern Europe spreading “democracy.”
www.thenation.com/docprint.mhtml?i=20050530&s=palast

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Armenian Genocide Plagues Ankara 90 Years On:

This weekend, Armenians commemorated the 90th anniversary of the genocide of 1915. But Turkey has yet to recognize the crime — the first genocide of the 20th century. By refusing to use the word “genocide,” Turkey could complicate its efforts to join the European Union.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,353274,00.html

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As Nations Lobby to Join Security Council, the U.S. Resists Giving Them Veto Power:

The United States has warned four nations campaigning jointly for permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council that it will not support their cause unless they agree not to ask for the veto power that the five current permanent Council members hold, senior diplomats and administration officials said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8850.htm

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MI6 protected Nazi who killed 100 British agents:

ONE of Hitler‚s top intelligence officers, who ordered the murders of more than 100 British secret agents in concentration camps, was spared execution as a war criminal and selected to work for MI6.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1611185,00.html

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Checkpoint America :

Border Patrol checkpoints deep in the interior of the United States raise the specter of Soviet-style surveillance, and may be intended merely to habituate the public to such police intrusions.
www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.ph
p?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=1076

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Air travelers stripped bare with X-ray machine:

The agency in charge of the nation’s air security expects later this year to begin using a controversial X-ray machine that will show airport screeners a clear picture of what’s under passengers’ clothes ˜ whether weapons or just bare skin.
www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2005-05-15-airport-xray-bottomstrip_x.htm

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UK: Fast track for ID cards :

Ministers hope Tory disarray will let contested bill through
politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffairs/story/0,11026,1484811,00.html?gusrc=rss

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