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 Information Clearing House  Digest May 25-31 2005

 
 

Date: Tues, 31 May 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 23 Days

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So This Is How Liberty Dies?

How has our system degenerated so badly that those advocating authoritarian policies are outspoken and arrogant while those supporting our freedom are wishy-washy and pathetic?

by Steven LaTulippe

An agent of the executive branch paraded into the Senate Chamber with a proposal that directly trashes one of the most important protections in our Bill of Rights, and the esteemed legislator‚s only reply was that he cannot say if it is “right or wrong”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8993.htm

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Operation Desperation; Rumsfeld’s Baghdad fiasco

“I think they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.” Vice President Dick Cheney; assessing the strength of the insurgency on CNN’s Larry King 5-30-05

by Mike Whitney

It’s clear now that the size and strength of the insurgency has surpassed all the previous predictions and that the civilian leadership of the occupation forces is lashing out in desperation to quell the violence. Iraq has quickly degenerated into the most poorly executed military campaign in American history.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8990.htm

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The ‘I’ word

THE IMPEACHMENT of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution, should be part of mainstream political discourse.

By Ralph Nader and Kevin Zeese

President Clinton was impeached for perjury about his sexual relationships. Comparing Clinton’s misbehavior to a destructive and costly war occupation launched in March 2003 under false pretenses in violation of domestic and international law certainly merits introduction of an impeachment resolution.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8991.htm

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Military Confirms 5 Killed:

A military spokesman says four U.S. Air Force personnel and an Iraqi have been killed in a plane crash near Baghdad.
www.fox19.com/Global/story.asp?S=3410829

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Four bodies of dead Iraqi policemen found in western Iraq:

The four policemen were handcuffed and executed by shooting, noting that a lieutenant colonel was among them.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=738578

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Iraq Governor Killed :

The governor of western Iraq’s Anbar province has been killed during clashes between US forces and his abductors.
www.kten.com/article.asp?id=8330

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Basra out of control, says chief of police :

Families can still stroll but militia gangs hold power in port city
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1495667,00.html

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This is a must listen – Audi Report

60,000 Iraqis ‘Disappeared’ into US Camps

Dahr Jamail Back in the area after a brief US visit, hear Dahr’s latest astounding update —with Fintan Dunne

Audio file
www.kathymcmahon.utvinternet.com/mrn/audio/InsideTrackNews050530a.mp3

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Website:
www.BreakForNews.com/

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Congressman John Conyers :

100,000 Signatures Needed on Downing Street Memo: Please forward widely!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8983.htm

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A reminder of duplicity in Iraq war :

The prospect of dying in Iraq has made recruitment so difficult that the Army expects to have only 10 percent of the 80,000 troops it will need to replace those in Iraq and Afghanistan next year in place by this fall.
www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=365510

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Fewer and Fewer Latinos Willing to Die in Iraq:

A total of 215 Latino soldiers serving in the U.S. army have already died in Iraq, but according to anti-war activists, this bad news comes with a silver lining: an ever smaller number of young people of Latin American descent are enlisting in the armed forces.
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=28887

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Vietnam Vets Protest Against Iraq War:

“The only time they care about us is on Memorial Day, when they’re putting wreaths on our graves,” one veteran said to the crowd. “But if they have to spend a dime to keep us alive or to keep us sane, they don’t want it on TV.”
www.nbc5.com/news/4547634/detail.html?rss=chi&psp=news

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Iraq Strategy: Addition by Distraction:

Nothing like a celebrity trial to distract people from their problems. Apparently, that’s the latest strategy from the Bush regime’s puppet administration in Baghdad.
villagevoice.com/blogs/bushbeat/archive/000967.php

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Elite Australian troops ‘killed innocent Afghans’:

Australian SAS soldiers were part of a patrol that killed 11 innocent tribesmen and wounded 16 in a bungled operation during the war on terror in Afghanistan
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8985.htm

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Cartoon Of The Week:
villagevoice.com/news/0522,sutton,64499,9.html

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Nine Afghan anti occupation forces killed:

Afghan resistance fighters launched three nearly simultaneous attacks on US and Afghan government positions and up to nine attackers were killed, the US military said today.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,15472088-38201,00.html

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Afghan Women No Better Off After Taliban: Amnesty : ˆ

Women are raped, murdered and abused with impunity all over Afghanistan despite the overthrow of the Taliban that was supposed to have ushered in a new era of women rights, Amnesty International said on Monday
www.islamonline.org/English/News/2005-05/31/article01.shtml

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Afghanistan Harvests Another Bumper Opium Crop :

Afghanistan produced an estimated 4,200 metric tons of raw opium last year, amounting to 87 percent of world supply, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
www.ens-newswire.com/ens/may2005/2005-05-31-03.asp

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The New Great Game: Blood and Oil In Central Asia:

Crude oil, once seen as a wealth-creating blessing for mankind, is fast turning into the “devil‚s tears‰. The struggle to control the world‚s remaining energy reserves increasingly culminates in bloody conflicts and the killing of innocent civilians, with the war in Iraq only being the latest example.
www.newgreatgame.com/

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Six burnt alive as protesters torch US fast food outlet in Pakistan:

Six people were burnt alive when a mob protesting a suicide bombing of a mosque torched an outlet of an American fast food chain in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, police said Tuesday.
nation.com.pk/daily/may-2005/31/latest.php

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Franklin admits he disclosed classified information in Israel / AIPAC spy affair :

A Virginia grand jury is expected to indict Franklin for giving classified information to representatives of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in the coming days.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8984.htm

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Israeli firms ‘ran vast spy ring’ :

At least 15 Israeli firms have been implicated in the espionage plot, with 18 people arrested in Israel and two more held by British police.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4594255.stm

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Israeli planner says don‚t rule out Osiraq-like strike on Iran:

Military action would not stop Iran‚s nuclear programme but could be a last resort to delay any quest for an atomic bomb, the mastermind of Israel‚s 1981 air strike on the Iraqi reactor at Osiraq said on Monday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8987.htm

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Iran tests new solid fuel rocket:

Iran has tested a new missile using solid-fuel technology that matches the range of its Shahab-3 rocket, its defence minister says.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E1B6C897-D424-4E1B-B4DF-E9F2B8CCA8BA.htm

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Hamas to boycott repoll:

Hamas had made a strong showing in recent municipal elections only to see victories in three Gaza Strip towns quashed by a court after Fatah allegations of fraud.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/CBB3976C-A8D9-4E67-95F7-ED1E7D371859.htm

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Israel’s ‘Mr. TV’ assails occupation of West Bank:

“Since 1967, we have been brutal conquerors, occupiers, suppressing another people,”
www.iht.com/articles/2005/05/31/news/jerus.php

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Bolton: Secrets Spilled? :

The bitter debate about John Bolton’s nomination to the United Nations may have called unwelcome attention to the spying practices of the National Security Agency. Bolton told Congress last month that he asked the NSA for the names of Americans in raw intel reports. NSA rules prohibit the agency from spying on Americans
www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STOR
Y=/www/story/05-29-2005/0003734580&EDATE=

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CIA widens war on terror with secret flights :

Behind a surprisingly thin cover of rural hideaways, front companies and shell corporations that share officers who appear to exist only on paper, the CIA has rapidly expanded its air operations since 2001 as it has pursued and questioned terrorism suspects around the world.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8986.htm

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Blowing the whistle on the Iraq War charade :

The following are a few of many issues which should have rung alarm bells in the lead up to the war.
www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=3504

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America’s mess, not Bush’s:

Democrats and liberals blame George W. Bush for the American mess, but it is worse than that. In sum, the immoral and futile war in Iraq, increasingly disapproved in polls but steadily unopposed by politicians, belongs not just to our feckless president, but to the nation.
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“I’m The Guy Called Deep Throat”

At age 91, W. Mark Felt, number two at the F.B.I. in the early 70s, is finally admitting to that historic, anonymous role. In an exclusive, JOHN D. O‚CONNOR puts a name and face to one of American democracy‚s heroes, learning about the struggle between honor and duty that nearly led Felt to take his secret to the grave.

pdf format
www.vanityfair.com/pdf/pressroom/advance1.pdf

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Ex-FBI official claims he was ‘Deep Throat’ :

Felt made his revelation to an attorney, John D. O‚Connor, who wrote up an article for Vanity Fair. The magazine doesn‚t hit California news stands until June 14, but Vanity Fair sent out a press release about the story today.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/05/31/throat31.TMP

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President trades silence on Darfur for terrorist information from murderous Sudan:

More than 2,000 villages have been burnt. The scale of looting, raping and torture is horrible.” Yet there is no discernible horror, or even concern, among most Americans. After all, the victims are just black Africans. If there were concerted pressure on Bush to stop the atrocities, churches and synagogues across the nation would be bursting with fiery sermons, and there’d be marches on Washington.
villagevoice.com/news/0522,hentoff,64426,6.html

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A game of double bluff :

The UK and EU are keeping the poorer nations exactly where they want them: beholden to their patrons
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1495676,00.html

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Geldof invites Pope, Mandela and Dalai Lama to Live 8:

Bob Geldof has asked the world’s most prominent figures, including Pope Benedict XVI, the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela to take part in the anti-poverty rally and Live 8 charity concert this summer to mark the first day of the G8 Summit of world leaders.
breakingnews.iol.ie/entertainment/story.asp?j=144588094&p=y445888xx

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Date: Mon, 30 May 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 22 Days

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Bush Opts for Civil War in Iraq:

Considering reports that 80% of Sunnis support the insurgency passively if not actively, it looks as if extermination of Sunnis will be required if the US is to achieve “victory” in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8981.htm

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Death and Humiliation

“This is the freedom and democracy that America has brought us.”

Dahr Jamail

Abdul Hamid refused their apology in the Arab media, and stated that he was humiliated when US soldiers held their boots on his head for 20 minutes. It was also stated that he accused American soldiers of removing items from his home, including a computer. This is standard operating procedure with home raids-I can’t tell you how many Iraqis I’ve interviewed after their homes were raided who complained of money, jewelry and other belongings being looted by American soldiers.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8982.htm

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Do The People Of Iraq Have A right To Resist U.S. Occupation?

The American antiwar movement is disunited on the important question of whether or not to support the right of the Iraqi people to resist U.S. aggression as best they can, including by force of arms.

Jack Smith

This is a right Americans unquestionably would invoke were their country invaded and occupied by a foreign power. They would take whatever measures were necessary to defeat the enemy and force it to withdraw.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8968.htm

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Bombers Attack Iraq Police; Up to 30 Dead :

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up Monday in a crowd of police officers south of Baghdad, killing up to 30 people and wounding dozens
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5041033,00.html

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Iraq hit with new violence:

The largest Iraqi-led counterinsurgency operation since the downfall of Saddam Hussein set off a violent backlash on Sunday across Baghdad. At least 20 people were killed in the capital, 14 of them in a battle lasting several hours when insurgents launched sustained attacks on several police stations and an army barracks.
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Iraqi helicopter crashes, killing all five on board :

An Iraqi helicopter crashed today in Jalulaa region of eastern Iraq’s Diyala province, and the Iraqi pilot, as well as a US officer and three soldiers were killed,”
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-05/31/content_3023769.htm

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Gunmen In Car Kill 2 Iraqi Police Sergeants
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British soldiers face war crimes charges :

Father tells of grief that followed death of Iraqi while in custody
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1495344,00.html

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U-S military says it mistakenly detained Sunni leader :

The man who was arrested is the head of Iraq’s largest Sunni Arab political party and once served as president of the U-S-backed Iraqi Governing Council, which has since been dissolved.
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Iraqi PM orders probe into arrest of Sunni leader:

“We believe there are parties that are benefiting from such raids on prominent Sunni leaders who have been supporting the political process and democracy in Iraq.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L3029728.htm

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Insurgency, Terrorism or Civil War? :

At what point does the claim that violence in Iraq is “merely” the work of a bunch of terrorists lose its tenability?
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,358228,00.html

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Bush Opts for Civil War in Iraq:

Considering reports that 80% of Sunnis support the insurgency passively if not actively, it looks as if extermination of Sunnis will be required if the US is to achieve “victory” in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8981.htm

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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi flees Iraq for emergency surgery:

He has suffered from bouts of high fever since being wounded by a missile that struck his convoy three weeks ago as he fled an American offensive near the town of al-Qaim in northwestern Iraq, the commander said.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-1632576,00.html

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Iraq Minister Warns Of Fuel, Power Hikes:

The Iraqi government may decrease subsidies for fuel and electricity, despite a severe shortage of both in the country, the electricity minister said Sunday as he warned Iraqis to prepare for more blackouts this summer.
www.wral.com/apbusinessnews/4545597/detail.html

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Hospital in Germany copes with heavy flow of wounded from Iran, Afghanistan
cbsnewyork.com/international/Iraq-TheWounded-ai/resources_news_html

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Iraq veterans’ unspoken epidemic :

It is the injuries you cannot see that are beginning to worry the Pentagon. : “My nightmares are so intense I woke up one night with my hands round my fiancee’s throat,” says Lt Julian Goodrum.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4474715.stm

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Retired lieutenant colonel gives scathing speech on Iraq policy:

Bowman told the audience that the biggest threat to the American way of life comes from within the country. He said instead of the battle lines being overseas, they were right here at home.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8980.htm

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Gitmo Prisoners Told Panel About Abuse :

One Guantanamo prisoner told a military panel that American troops beat him so badly he wets his pants now. Another detainee claimed U.S. troops stripped prisoners in Afghanistan and intimidated them with dogs so they would admit to militant activity.
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10 suspected Taliban and an Afghan soldier killed in fighting:

Fighting between Afghan troops and suspected Taliban rebels Monday in the country’s troubled south left at least 10 insurgents and a soldier dead, a government
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Nato compound attacked in Kabul:

An Afghan police officer outside the compound, said a rocket struck inside the heavily fortified base, which is near the US embassy and other diplomatic missions in central Kabul.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/784BE5FE-69DB-4C6E-88BC-BE669A370608.htm

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NATO sends F-16s to disperse Afghan protesters :

NATO peacekeepers sent F-16 fighter jets to a northeastern Afghanistan province on Monday in a show of force to disperse thousands of protesters, police said.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20050530-1030-afghan-nato-protests.html

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See No Evil:

Bassiouni offends the U.S. by telling truth on abuses
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8977.htm

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Israel strikes Gaza refugee camp :

Witnesses said two Palestinian civilians were hurt when the aircraft fired three missiles at the camp.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4592417.stm

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Power, propaganda and the promised land:

Euphemisms thwart understanding and resolution of Israeli/Palestinian issue
www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20050529/news_mz1e29power.html

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State land, state people:

Israeli land grab threatens Palestinian village of Wadi Foqeen
www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/foqeen.htm

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Justice Dept. to indict two AIPAC staffers under U.S. Espionage Act :

The U.S. Justice Department is expected to file indictments against two former senior American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) staffers – Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman – and, according to sources familiar with the affair, the charges will be subsumed under the Espionage Act.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8975.htm

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Why Did Feith Resign? :

Could it have had something to do with the Larry Franklin spy scandal?
www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=6137

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Foxman vs Farrakhan:

A decade ago, Foxman and the ADL used their influence to discourage many black leaders from attending the MMM, and last week wrote a letter to 30 prominent black leaders urging them to boycott the October event as long as Farrakhan was part of it, again referring to him as an anti-Semitic hatemonger.
www.wanniski.com/showarticle.asp?articleid=4383

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Musharraf sets bomb ticking among Iranians :

Iran today demanded an explanation of comments attributed to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf saying Iran was eager to develop a nuclear bomb.
www.telegraphindia.com/1050530/asp/foreign/story_4803716.asp

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Russia ready to supply Iran nuclear power industry with fuel:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said that Russia “is ready to guarantee fuel supplies for the Iranian nuclear power industry in such a way that all this will be done under IAEA control”.
www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=2084651&PageNum=0

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Iran Studying Iran-Iraq-Syria Oil Pipeline:

Iran has begun feasibility studies on the construction of a pipeline that would take Iranian crude oil through Iraq to Syria’s Mediterranean coast, said a senior Iranian Oil Ministry official Monday.
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Low turnout mars Hariri election win in Beirut:

Pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud blamed Lebanon’s electoral law on Monday for the low turnout in parliamentary polls in Beirut, but stayed silent on the sweeping win scored by his slain political rival’s son Saad al-Hariri.
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Why do they hate us?: George Santayana wrote:

“Those who forget the past are condemned to relive it,” or words to that effect, and many believe him, allowing the caveat that the principle also applies to those who never learned history in the first place.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8979.htm

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Venezuela warns U.S. over judge’s canceled visa:

Venezuela may stop allowing visits by American officials after U.S. immigration authorities canceled the tourist visa of the Venezuelan Supreme Court president, the country’s vice president said.
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US Rejects Venezuelan Request on Posada :

Posada, is wanted by Venezuelan authorities for his alleged role in the bombing of a Cuban passenger plane in 1976 that killed 73 people.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-5036883,00.html

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Venezuela to Continue to Seek Posada’s Extradition:

Venezuela said it will continue to seek the extradition of terrorism suspect Luis Posada Carriles, even after the Bush administration rejected a provisional request that he be arrested.
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000086&sid=aE0jrmFFPn_w&refer=latin_america

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Cuban militant worked for U.S. in covert Contra supply network:

Shortly after escaping from a Venezuelan prison twenty years ago, Luis Posada Carriles turned up as “Ramon Medina” at a Salvadoran airfield that was part of a secret White House project to funnel weapons to U.S.-backed Contra rebels waging war against Nicaragua’s Sandinista government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8976.htm

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Oil giants owe more than $2 billion to Venezuela:

Most of the 22 foreign oil companies that owe back taxes to the Venezuelan government have agreed to pay up, the country’s tax agency chief said.
www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/business/11773000.htm

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Chávez leads the way :

In using oil wealth to help the poor, Venezuela’s leader is an example to Latin America
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1495260,00.html

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French Reject European Constitution :

In a stunning reversal of roles, France went from champion of European integration to staunch defender of French nationalism.
www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.php?op
=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=1089

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The EU Constitution; don’t believe the BS :

The EU constitution provides an excellent example of the underlying dangers facing democracy in the modern world. The insidious influence of corporations far surpasses the danger of international terrorism; at risk, are the institutions that protect personal liberty and national independence.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8978.htm

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‘No’ camp ahead as Dutch prepare to have their say:

The Netherlands, one of the EU’s founder members and the nation where the Maastricht Treaty was signed, is poised to reject the European constitution in a referendum on Wednesday, opinion polls indicate.
news.independent.co.uk/europe/story.jsp?story=642640

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Librarian stands up to FBI:

Refuses to turn over list of users who checked out bin Laden book
www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=44445

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Date: Sun, 29 May 2005

The War Prayer

by Mark Twain

“O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle — be Thou near them! With them — in spirit — we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it — for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.

(*After a pause.*) “Ye have prayed it; if ye still desire it, speak! The messenger of the Most High waits!”
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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 21 Days

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Do The People Of Iraq Have A right To Resist U.S. Occupation?

The American antiwar movement is disunited on the important question of whether or not to support the right of the Iraqi people to resist U.S. aggression as best they can, including by force of arms.

Jack Smith

This is a right Americans unquestionably would invoke were their country invaded and occupied by a foreign power. They would take whatever measures were necessary to defeat the enemy and force it to withdraw.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8968.htm

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They Also Serve Who Stand for Peace

by Barb Guy

I honor the people who have fought righteous battles to keep me free and I also honor my father-in-law who risked his life to keep from taking another. That act of courage, of sanity, added value to my world. Those who cling to their own peaceful hearts amid pressure to do violence are heroes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8969.htm

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The old lie: Dulce et decorum est – Pro patria mori

By: Kristina M. Gronquist

Currently, our government has chosen to pursue an endless, perpetual “War on Terror,‰ which uses the terror of war against Muslims and Middle Easterners. Tributes to past wars help underline the real reason for meaning in our lives. If you are a true blue American, that meaning is found in our ability to try to “kick ass‰ anywhere we want, anytime. Who‚s next – Iran? Syria?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8970.htm

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Amnesty International Wants U.S. Officials Arrested and Investigated

Governments should arrest any official who enters their territory and begin legal proceedings against them,” said William Shulz, executive director of the U.S. branch of the international human rights agency.

By Bob Dart

Amnesty International USA urged foreign governments Wednesday to use international law to investigate Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other alleged American “architects of torture” at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay and other prisons where detainees suspected of ties to terrorist groups have been interrogated. Continue. Video and text.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8956.htm

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45 Iraqis, GI Killed in 2 Days of Attacks :
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5038626,00.html

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Car Bomb Attack Kills Nine Iraqi Soldiers: :

Meanwhile, severe clashes erupted today between joint Iraqi, US forces and gunmen in Ameriya area in western Baghdad.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=737880

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British serviceperson killed in Iraq :

The Ministry of Defence can confirm that there has been a hostile action against British Forces from Task Force Maysan in South-Eastern Iraq at around 0900 local time on Sunday 29 May 2005, which has resulted in a fatality and a number of injuries.
news.mod.uk/news_headline_story.asp?newsItem_id=3265

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Eleven UK soldiers face war crimes trial:

At least four, thought to be privates and NCOs, face specific charges of murder and abuse over Mr Mousa’s death from heart failure and asphyxia, allegedly due to multiple injuries, on 15 September 2003. But alongside another seven soldiers and officers, the four alleged assailants also face wider war crimes charges.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8965.htm

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Death penalty returns to Iraq, with a vengeance :

Seven convicted Iraqi criminals and “insurgents” are currently on death row and although the sentences have yet to be carried out, the interior ministry have vowed that the first hangings will take place next month.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=42796

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Long Jailings Anger Iraqis:

A large proportion of inmates at Abu Ghraib and another facility are held months without charges. Critics urge a transfer to Iraqi custody.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8973.htm

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Myers defends treatment of Gitmo prisoners:

Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. has done a good job of humanely treating detainees
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RAF bombing raids tried to goad Saddam into war:

THE RAF and US aircraft doubled the rate at which they were dropping bombs on Iraq in 2002 in an attempt to provoke Saddam Hussein into giving the allies an excuse for war, new evidence has shown.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8974.htm

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Downing Street Memo: Coverup Then, Coverup Now:

Almost as scandalous as the searing evidence that the Cheney and Blair regimes decided in early 2002 to invade Iraq without justification and then cook up the justification later is the U.S. press’s reaction.
villagevoice.com/blogs/bushbeat/archive/000964.php

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In case you missed it:

Remind Us: Why did the United States Invade Iraq?

Flash presentation.
www.peacecandy.com/gwbush/remindus/

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The extraordinary pleas of Saddam’s right-hand man :

Letters from Iraq’s former deputy PM Tariq Aziz insist he is innocent and claim he is being held illegally
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8972.htm

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Listen to Thom Hartmann’s interview with George Galloway

This British Parliamentarian has been taking the President (and British Prime Minister) to task on the Iraq war.

Audio and transcript
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8971.htm

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In case you missed it:

Video – Galloway v The U.S. Senate
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8869.htm

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Dying in Iraq is not a career choice :

The GI Rights Hot Line, a not-for-profit organization with an 800 number set up to offer information, received over 32,000 calls last year from soldiers who do not want to go to Iraq, or go back to Iraq for a second or third deployment.
pww.org/article/articleview/7135/1/271/

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Battle Scars:

When soldiers follow the flag overseas, their families go to war, too. When they return, life is never the same.
www.fresnobee.com/local/story/10582158p-11371543c.html

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Bush strategy lacks clarity, report asserts:

A newly published US Army War College assessment concludes that more than three years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Bush administration has failed to define the overall aim of the war on terrorism.
www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2005/05/29/bush_strategy_lacks_clarity_report_asserts/

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Review May Shift Terror Policies:

The Bush administration has launched a high-level internal review of its efforts to battle international terrorism, aimed at moving away from a policy that has stressed efforts to capture and kill al Qaeda leaders since Sept. 11, 2001, and toward what a senior official called a broader “strategy against violent extremism.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8967.htm

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Pakistani Tribal Leader Killed in Ambush :

Three people, including a prominent tribal leader, were killed when their vehicle was ambushed in north-western Pakistan today. Khan, a former government minister and member of the Pakistani senate, was travelling to the town of Tank, the official said.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4619968

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Top Cleric Killed in Southern Afghanistan :

Mullah Abdul Fayaz, a supporter of U.S.-backed President Hamid Karzai, was shot while driving in the center of Kandahar city, said deputy police chief Gen Salim Khan.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5038928,00.html

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Forcing Iran into a Nuclear Corner:

Why Are Nukes OK for You, But Not for Us?
www.counterpunch.com/cloughley05282005.html

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U.S. urged to rethink training of Uzbek troops:

The U.S. government has trained and equipped Uzbek troops and police ˜ the same forces who opened fire without warning on some 2,000 demonstrators this month in this eastern city. Now international groups are urging Washington to reconsider its aid and involvement.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/headline/world/3202432

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General fired for saying Romania to host U.S. bases:

A senior Romanian general has been removed from his job after telling the press Romania would provide U.S. forces with bases near the Black Sea, the Defense Ministry said on Sunday.
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South Korean Students Hold Anti-U.S. Rally :

Thousands of South Korean students rallying Sunday against the U.S. military’s five-decade presence clashed with police after trying to enter the American base, and at least 12 people were injured and more than 20 were arrested.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5039156,00.html

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Uri Avnery: Buying off the settlers:

When the police are faced with right-wing rioters they never use tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, salt bullets or water cannon – which are routinely used against Jewish peace demonstrators, not to mention Arab ones, who may be confronted with live rounds too.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8966.htm

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Date: Fri, 27 May 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 19 Days

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Amnesty International Wants U.S. Officials Arested and Investigated

Governments should arrest any official who enters their territory and begin legal proceedings against them,” said William Shulz, executive director of the U.S. branch of the international human rights agency.

By Bob Dart

Amnesty International USA urged foreign governments Wednesday to use international law to investigate Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other alleged American “architects of torture” at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay and other prisons where detainees suspected of ties to terrorist groups have been interrogated.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8956.htm

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Bentagon vs. Newsweak

American soldiers flushing the Koran down the drain?

By Ted Lang

The Koran is treated with care, but Iraqis, Afghanis, Muslims and Arabs can be beaten to death, have electric shock treatment administered to their genitals, have their faces smeared with fake menstrual blood, can be made to crawl while naked and chained wearing a dog‚s collar and led on a leash by a wimpy female “soldier,‰ and can be forced into a river by Coalition heroes where non-swimmers are drowned. But this, by no means at all, should lead anyone to the erroneous conclusion that the great United States of America, and its “duty-honor-country‰ military, would ever condone any display of contempt or disdain for the venerable Holy Koran!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8954.htm

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Suicide explosion at shrine kills 25:

The death toll in a suicide explosion at a Shrine in Pakistani capital on Firday has increased to 25, hospital sources said.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=737153

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US Soldiers Opened Fire at a Bus in Baghdad:

Three civilian Iraqis travelling in a minibus were killed, reportedly shot dead by US forces, AFP reported, citing officials.
www.focus-fen.net/index.php?catid=138&newsid=64732&ch=0&datte=2005-05-26

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U.S. Chopper Shot Down Near Baghdad; 2 GIs Dead:

Two American soldiers were killed Thursday night when their helicopter was shot down near Baghdad, while another chopper was hit but landed safely, the U.S. military said.
www.nbc11.com/news/4534103/detail.html

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Soldier acquitted of murder in Iraqi’s death :

Werst testified earlier Thursday that he doesn’t regret gunning down Ismail because the man lunged toward another soldier’s weapon, but he admitted that trying to make it look like self-defense was wrong. “I would still to this day fire on that man, sir,” said Werst, 32.
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Navy SEAL accused of assaulting Iraqi detainee takes stand :

A Navy SEAL says he never punched an Iraqi detainee, even though he signed a statement saying he did. The suspected insurgent died in Abu Ghraib prison shortly after being handed over to the C-I-A.
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Army investigates shooting of Iraqi prisoner:

The U.S. military has launched an investigation into the death of an Iraqi inmate who was shot on Friday at the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib jail
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Inquiry finds Koran ‘mishandling’ :

The US military says it has identified five incidents in which the Koran was mishandled by American personnel at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4585281.stm

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Charley Reese: Brass And Chutzpah :

Now, it’s those scoundrels at Newsweek who are causing all of our troubles. Newsweek is denying you the kisses and hugs of 1 billion Muslims by reporting that one of our guys – some of whom don’t hesitate to kill, maim and humiliate prisoners – dropped a Quran in a toilet.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8957.htm

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Judge: Public Has Right to See Abuse Photos :

Judge Alvin Hellerstein, finding the public has a right to see the pictures, told the government Thursday he will sign an order requiring it to release them to the American Civil Liberties Union, the lawyers said.
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About 6,000 Soldiers Deserted From Iraq War; 150 Fled To Canada:

“I went to fight for my country. To me, the Army, they lied to me from the beginning,” Key said.
www.wesh.com/news/4534806/detail.html

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House Kills First Vote on Iraq Withdrawal:

The House of Representatives voted down a measure, by a 128 to 300 vote, that called on President Bush to devise a plan for a withdrawal from Iraq.
www.globalpolicy.org/security/issues/iraq/occupation/2005/0526withdrawal.htm

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The House votes on withdrawing troops from Iraq:

Now we know where they stand :

The historic debate and vote on the Lynn Woolsey amendment
www.onlinejournal.com/Commentary/052705Zeese/052705zeese.html

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5 ships ordered to ‘’surge’’ to support war on terror:

The Navy has ordered five ships and 2,800 sailors to deploy on unexpected missions to support anti-terrorism efforts in the Balkans and Middle East. Four of the ships will leave today.
home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=86917&ran=157050

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Chris Floyd: Road to Damascus: Next Step for the Crawford Caligula? :

Syria is in the cross-hairs: It’s not about terrorism, it’s not about “keeping America safe” — it’s about the brutal expansion of elite power.
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Iraq Living Conditions Tragic – Report :

Nearly one-fourth of Iraqi children aged between six months and five years are chronically malnourished, meaning they have stunted growth, the report says. Among all Iraqi children, more than one in 10 suffer from general malnutrition, meaning they have a low weight for their age.
www.ipsnews.net/africa/interna.asp?idnews=28665

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Bush extends US legal immunity in Iraq :

In an almost unnoticed move, President Bush on Thursday May 19 extended for one year the blanket immunity from legal action conferred on US corporations doing business in Iraq
deepblade.net/journal/2005/05/bush-extends-us-legal-immunity-in-iraq.html

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‘Father’ of Malaysia savages Bush and Blair :

Mahathir Mohamad, modern Malaysia’s founding father and moderate Islam’s self-styled champion, denounced the Bush administration yesterday as a “rogue regime” bent on terrorising innocent civilians. He also said he was disappointed that Tony Blair, who he called a “proven liar”, had won re-election after joining the US invasion of Iraq.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1493443,00.html?gusrc=rss

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Mr. Sharon goes to Washington :

Israel‚s true power lies with Jewish lobby in U.S.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3091240,00.html

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Pentagon Analyst In Israel Spy Case Is Called a ‘Patriot’ :

A Pentagon analyst charged with mishandling classified information at first cooperated with an FBI probe of two lobbyists for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee when he allowed the bureau to surveil a meeting with Aipac lobbyist Keith Weissman in July 2004.
www.nysun.com/article/14523

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Nancy Pelosi Gives A Pep Talk To AIPAC:

Pelosi makes it clear that in her view the Palestinian leader Abbas‚ real job is to serve as policeman for Israel. Evidently, his legitimacy largely depends on this. Looking after the best interests of his own people comes in a distant second.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8955.htm

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Sharon aide: Bush rejects Abbas call for final-status talks:

The Israeli official insisted that there was nothing new in Bush’s statements about the settlements, and also expressed satisfaction over the fact that Bush did not give Abbas any written document similar to his letter to Sharon last April.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/581314.html

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Israelis must abide by road map: Bush:

Bush demanded Israel remove unauthorised outposts and stop settlement expansion in the West Bank.
www.bahraintribune.com/ArticleDetail.asp?ArticleId=70727&CategoryId=0

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UK academic union ends Israel boycott:

The council of the 40,000-member Association of University Teachers decided on Tuesday in a special session to overturn the boycott immediately. The measure, which had drawn vocal criticism, was put in place last month.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/83200953-49AA-4EA5-B1C4-8C8A3C86E964.htm

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Uzbek Unrest Shines Light on Leader’s Ties to Jewry:

The recent violence in Uzbekistan has cast a spotlight on the cozy relationship between the authoritarian regime of President Islam Karimov and Israel and its American supporters.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8953.htm

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Group accuses Uzbeks of coverup:

A US-based rights group accused the Uzbek government yesterday of covering up the truth about a violent crackdown in the city of Andijan, and it urged Western governments to push harder for an international inquiry.
www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2005/05/27/group_accuses_uzbeks_of_coverup/

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Karzai’s Rude Awakening: Afghanistan, the Forgotten Occupation:

Where are those congressional leaders who vowed never to forget? Does it occur to none that the welfare of Afghanistan is now America’s burden? Under the circumstances, it was imperative for Karzai to submit the solemn truth:
www.counterpunch.com/random05262005.html

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Canadian Security Intelligence Service visited Syria as Arar sat in prison:

Mr. Arar, a 34-year-old Ottawa computer engineer, was arrested in New York in September of 2002 and within weeks deported to Syria, where he was imprisoned for a year and tortured. The Syrians eventually released him, saying they had no case against him.
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Uncovering a DOJ Coverup:

The FBI, the Torture and Murder of Kenneth Trentadue and Advanced Knowledge of the Oklahoma City Bombing
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8959.htm

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Americans Warned of Continued Haiti Danger :

The State Department warned Americans on Thursday that travel to Haiti was dangerous and that it had ordered all U.S. personnel whose jobs were not essential to depart.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5034542,00.html

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Haiti’s ex-PM appears before a judge :

Neptune, whose detention has prompted expressions of concern from human rights organizations and the United Nations, was so weak that he could not walk.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20050526-1150-haiti-neptune.html

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Democrats block Bolton vote:

Senators who support John R. Bolton to be President Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations last night failed in a dramatic 56-to-42 vote to end a filibuster called because the Bush administration refuses to turn over top-secret documents related to the nominee that Democrats sought.
www.post-gazette.com/pg/05147/511359.stm

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Senate Intelligence Committee Considers Patriot Act Expansion Bill in Secret:

The American Civil Liberties Union denounced today‚s closed-door votes by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence of legislation designed to reauthorize – and expand – the Patriot Act.
www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=18333&c=206

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US wants to be able to access Britons’ ID cards:

The United States wants Britain’s proposed identity cards to have the same microchip and technology as the ones used on American documents.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=641731

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The Answer Is Fear:

Americans are trying to figure out how their country went from a democratic republic to a modern-day empire based on a cult of personality and a faith-based rejection of reason.
www.consortiumnews.com/2005/052605.html

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Non-citizen mother of slain U.S. soldier rejected by Gold Star organization:

Everyone agrees that Ligaya Lagman is a Gold Star mother, part of the long, mournful line of women whose sons or daughters were killed in combat for the U.S. armed services.
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America’s broken nuclear promises endanger us all :

Bush has done his utmost to frustrate talks on the non-proliferation treaty
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1493347,00.html

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Turmoil as Chirac plots to disregard ‘non’ vote:

PRESIDENT CHIRAC of France is preparing to throw Europe into confusion and put Britain on the spot by backing moves to keep the European constitution alive if it is rejected in Sunday‚s referendum.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13509-1629946,00.html

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Scandal of ‘phantom’ aid money:

Western consultants and companies benefiting from aid system which sees less than 40p in every pound help to eradicate poverty in the developing world, says report.
www.guardian.co.uk/debt/Story/0,2763,1493584,00.html

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Date: Thu, 26 May 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 18 Days

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Nine Iraqis, including three policemen killed :

A man working as a translator for the US military, was killed in a separate attack in Baghdad today, police officials said.
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Car bomb kills 3 in Baghdad; Shi’ite assassinated:

In another district of southern Baghdad, professor Moussa Salum, a deputy dean at Baghdad’s Mustansiriya University, was gunned down as he was going to work, police and doctors said. Three of his bodyguards were also killed.
www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5819111&cKey=1117092049000

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Senior industry ministry official killed in Baghdad:

Insurgents shot dead a senior official in Iraq’s ministry of industry and minerals in an ambush in Baghdad on Thursday, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/MAR645502.htm

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Marine killed in latest US Iraq offensive:

The latest offensive in western Iraq has claimed the life of a US Marine. A company commander says one of two Marines wounded in the launch of Operation New Market on Wednesday has died from his injuries.
www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3394901

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Army’s recruitment crisis deepens:

The Army’s dilemma is maintaining an all-volunteer service when volunteering means going in harm’s way in Iraq.
www.suntimes.com/output/novak/cst-edt-novak26.html

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US Passes 491 Billion Defense Bill :

The House defeated an amendment that would have compelled the administration of President George W. Bush to lay out a specific timetable for pulling out from Iraq, by a vote of 300-128.
en.chinabroadcast.cn/2239/2005-5-26/138@240728.htm

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Iraqi govt to deploy 40,000 troops in Baghdad:

Iraq’s defence minister announced a massive security operation on Thursday that will see more than 40,000 Iraqi troops deployed in the capital to hunt down insurgents and their weapons.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L2674852.htm

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Zarqawi ‘replaced by deputy’ :

Speculation over the fate of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the insurgent leader in Iraq, grew today as a statement on a militant website said a deputy had been appointed to take over his duties.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1492946,00.html?gusrc=rss

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Murder charges droped against U.S. Marine:

Prosecutors alleged Pantano intended to make an example of the men by shooting them 60 times and hanging a sign over their bodies ˜ “No better friend, no worse enemy,‰ a Marine slogan.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7991262/

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FBI Records Cite Quran Abuse Allegations:

Terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay prison told U.S. interrogators as early as April 2002, just three months after the first detainees arrived, that military guards abused them and desecrated the Quran, declassified FBI records say.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8951.htm

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US terror laws ‘creating a new generation of the disappeared’:

The United States is condoning torture and abuse in the name of the war on terror, setting up a latter-day Gulag and creating a new generation of the “disappeared”, according to Amnesty International.
news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=641433

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Is the U. S. guilty of Crimes against Peace? :

To many Americans, the idea that U. S. leaders could be prosecuted for war crimes comes right out of left field.
www.warcrimestrial.us/

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Australia below-par on human rights: Amnesty:

The Australian Government has been accused of encouraging terrorism and fuelling instability around the world by betraying international standards on human rights.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200505/s1377182.htm

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Ted Rall : America’s Terrorist Ally:

Uzbekistan’s Dictator Makes Saddam Look Good
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8952.htm

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Al-Kidwa: Bush must solve Palestinian problem or forget his plans for Mideast :

Palestinian Foreign Minister Nasser al-Kidwa warned U.S. President George W. Bush to resolve the Palestinian problem or risk the failure of his plans to democratize the Middle East.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/580877.html

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‘No re-entry’ for Palestinian refugees:

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Tuesday ruled out the return of any Palestinian refugees to Israel or the loss of three major blocs of Jewish settlements in the West Bank under any peace deal.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2005-05-24-sharon-aipac_x.htm

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Israel blocks Islamic Movement’s participation in London meet :

Israel has prevented the deputy chairman of the Islamic Movement’s northern branch, Sheikh Kamel Khatib, from taking part in a conference on the right of return, which is scheduled to take place in London this weekend.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/580917.html

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Sharon guard arrested as security threat :

A security guard at Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s Sycamore Ranch and two right-wing activists, all residents of Sderot, were arrested by the Shin Bet and police, under suspicion of having collected intelligence about the security arrangements around the residence of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/579985.html

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Lenni Brenner: What did the Zionists do for the Jews? :

Zionism’s shameful politics during Jewry’s desperate hour.
www.counterpunch.org/brenner05252005.html

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The Fascist View of Public Intellectuals:

Policy is being fixed around the facts of corporate America‚s insatiable lust for profits, desire to control world oil supply, and to maintain Israel as a key ally facing interminable Arab rejection.
www.dissidentvoice.org/May05/Leupp0525.htm

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Iran warns latest nuclear deal could still unravel:

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Hassan Rohani warned on Thursday that an agreement with the European Union reached on Wednesday to provide a two-month breathing space in nuclear talks could still unravel if Iran’s leadership objects.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=792591

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Iran gets immediate reward after renewing no-nuke pledge:

The reward to Iran for renewing its pledge to refrain from developing nuclear weapons came swiftly Thursday; Tehran won approval to begin talks aimed at membership in the World Trade Organization.
thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2005/5/26/latest/20050526205204&sec=Latest

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A Revolution in American Nuclear Policy:

In a shocking innovation in American nuclear policy, the administration has created and placed on continuous high alert a force whereby the President can launch a pinpoint strike, including a nuclear strike, anywhere on earth with a few hours’ notice.
www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=2837

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The U.S. removes the nuclear brakes :

Ever since the terror attack of September 11, 2001, the Bush administration has gradually done away with all the nuclear brakes that characterized American policy during the Cold War. No longer are nuclear bombs considered “the weapon of last resort.”
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/580533.html

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Taliban claim Afghan blast, two NATO troops hurt:

A roadside blast wounded two NATO peacekeepers in northern Afghanistan Thursday, police said, and a Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the explosion in an area in which they do not normally operate.
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In Afghanistan, mistrust of U.S. in black and white:

Across ethnic, tribal, age and gender lines, the reporters and editors I worked with staunchly oppose permanent U.S. military bases here. One reporter told me that U.S. troops should stay for three to four years “maximum.” And several Afghans wished that their president could, just for once, stand up to the Americans.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/editorial/outlook/3198676

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Afghanistan “sold to U.S.”: message said from Omar:

Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar accused Afghanistan’s Western-backed president of selling the country to the United States and urged Afghans to resist, a Pakistan-based news agency said on Wednesday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ISL328634.htm

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Norman Solomon: The Silent Media Curse of Memorial Day:

Memorial Day weekend brings media rituals. Old Glory flutters on television and newsprint. Grave ceremonies and oratory pay homage to the fallen. Many officials and pundits speak of remembering the dead. But for all the talk of war and remembrance, no time is more infused with insidious forgetting than the last days of May.
www.yubanet.com/artman/publish/article_21208.shtml

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Sidney Blumenthal: Bush’s war comes home :

His dream of dominating every government institution in tatters, the US president is already plotting his revenge
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1492436,00.html

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GOP Confident Bolton Will Get U.N. Post :

Republicans face another showdown vote but seem confident of muscling John R. Bolton’s nomination to be U.N. ambassador through the Senate, giving the post to the man President Bush says will reform the world organization.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5032889,00.html

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UK: By 2013 everyone over 16 will have to own ID card :

Improved technology allows physical details to be linked to central database
www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1492289,00.html

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Editorial: Giving in to blackmail :

Four years of successful efforts by civil rights, women’s rights, religious and consumer groups to prevent confirmation of the right-wing extremist were undone Wednesday, as the Senate voted 56-43 to confirm a nominee whose judicial activism on the Texas Supreme Court was so reckless that another member of that court, Alberto Gonzales, who now serves as the nation’s attorney general, referred to her actions as “unconscionable.”
www.madison.com/tct/opinion/index.php?ntid=41363&ntpid=10

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Date: Wed, 25 May 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 17 Days

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Amnesty: U.S. leads global human rights violations:

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International accused the United States of violating human rights, ignoring international law and sending a “permissive signal to abusive governments”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8950.htm

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Abu Ghraib as Normalcy

The message Bush is sending to his shock troops in the gulag is clear: If by some freak chance your torture duties are uncovered, you will be gently removed from the scene with only nominal punishment – as long as you don’t rat out your superiors, of course.

By Chris Floyd

The young soldier thought she’d been sent to fight for democracy and freedom, but it was a lie. Instead she found herself in Hell, committing crimes, violating her own nature, her sense of duty perverted by leaders who twisted it into a weapon to serve aggressive war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8947.htm

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Four killed in Iraq attacks:

Four Iraqis, mainly members of the security forces, were killed in attacks around the country on Wednesday, officials said, adding to a daily drumbeat of violence that has killed more than 600 people this month.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=42675

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4 Task Force Baghdad Soldiers killed :

Three Soldiers were killed when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device exploded near their convoy at 1:30 p.m. About 30 minutes later, another Soldier at an observation post was shot in a drive-by shooting.
www.mnf-iraq.com/Releases/May/050524i.htm

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Police chief of northern Iraqi town killed :

The police chief of the northern Iraqi town of Sharqat was killed by gunmen who ambushed his car on Wednesday, police and hospital officials said.
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US forces raid Iraqi city; At least three resistance fighters killed :

The assault, called Operation New Market, focused on the city of Haditha. According to initial reports, three armed men were killed during several fierce gun battles that broke out after U.S. occupation forces entered this town before dawn
www.albawaba.com/en/countries/Iraq/184054

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US: al-Zarqawi “aides” arrested:

US and Iraqi forces say they have arrested two “top aides” to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a day after the country’s most wanted man was reportedly wounded.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D4516F63-E5EC-4A5E-84DE-EDC59BA0BEAC.htm

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Blowing up an assumption:

The presumed connection between suicide terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism is misleading, and it may spur American policies that are likely to worsen the situation.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/05/18/opinion/edpape.php

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House panel backs $45 bln for Iraq :

A House of Representatives subcommittee on Tuesday approved another $45 billion for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, which would bring the costs of the U.S. military operations there to more than $300 billion.
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An Iraqi’s Last Words: “USA Good”:

An unarmed Iraqi cooperated with American troops searching his house and said “USA good” minutes before he was shot to death, a former U.S. soldier testified Wednesday at his one-time squad leader’s murder trial.
www.gadsdentimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article
?AID=/20050525/APA/505250942&cachetime=5

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CIA man saw detainee abuse:

A CIA official testified he witnessed the “pummelling” of a detainee at a Navy Seal base in Baghdad in 2003, but a former Seal who beat the prisoner said he was acting on instructions from the CIA.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8946.htm

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Amnesty accuses US over ‘torture’ :

In Iraq some of the violence could be blamed on armed groups but the report also blamed US-led coalition forces for “unlawful killings, torture and other violations”. “Torture and ill-treatment by US-led forces were widely reported,” it added.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4578627.stm

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Amnesty Takes Aim at ‘Gulag’ in Guantanamo:

Amnesty International branded the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay a human rights failure Wednesday, calling it “the gulag of our time” as it released a report that offers stinging criticism of the United States and its detention centers around the world.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050525/ap_on_re_eu/britain_amnesty_report

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Amnesty International Report 2005 – Introduction:

Pdf format
news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/25_05_05_amnestyintro.pdf

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Terror suspect ‘had nails pulled out’:

An Australian facing the death penalty after being charged with being a member of a terror group has told a Kuwaiti court his fingernails were pulled out by state security officers.
seven.com.au/news/nationalnews/83195

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Israelis weigh Iranian “nuclear threat”:

A senior Israeli defense official said Tuesday that Israel could not allow a situation in which Iran would have a nuclear bomb.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20050524-043712-5381r.htm

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AIPAC’s Big, Bigger, Biggest Moment:

Perle provoked cheers from the crowd when he favored a military raid on Iran, saying that “if Iran is on the verge of a nuclear weapon, I think we will have no choice but to take decisive action.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8943.htm

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AIPAC Wants You to Die in Iran :

So here‚s what Richard Perle and AIPAC are not telling you: if Iran is invaded (or simply bombed) it will respond in kind and this will necessitate a more robust military response by the United States, i.e., more bullet-stoppers will need to be thrown into the mix.
kurtnimmo.com/blog/index.php?p=676

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Pentagon Analyst Seized in Israeli – AIPAC Spy Case :

A Pentagon analyst previously accused of leaking top-secret information to a pro-Israel group was charged Tuesday with illegally taking classified government documents out of the Washington area to his West Virginia residence.
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Amnesty Accuses Israel of War Crimes:

Amnesty International report on human rights violations, accuses Israel Defense Forces soldiers of war crimes, including unlawful killings, torture, destruction of property, obstruction of medical assistance and targeting of medical personnel.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/580293.html

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Israel and the Occupied Territories:

The Israeli army killed more than 700 Palestinians, including some 150 children. Most were killed unlawfully ˜ in reckless shooting, shelling and air strikes in civilian residential areas; in extrajudicial executions
web.amnesty.org/report2005/isr-summary-eng

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Amnesty A-Z summary of key countries:

Pdf format
news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/25_05_05_amnesty.pdf

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US call to end Israel boycott :

An American scientists’ group has urged Britain’s biggest university teachers’ union to repeal its boycott of two Israeli universities.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1491713,00.html?gusrc=rss

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Both Palestinians and Israelis will benefit from a boycott :

In the occupied territories, Israel maintains a strict racial and colonial segregation between Israeli Jewish settlers and the native Palestinians (Muslims and Christians). The former group enjoys economic benefits, special roads, heavily subsidised and more heavily protected housing, and full political rights. Even under apartheid there were never whites-only roads.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8942.htm

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Israeli attempt to discredit Abbas?:

The Palestinian Authority has accused Israel of fabricating stories about Palestinian boys carrying explosive belts on their way to carry out attacks against Israeli targets.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/92B516BA-7579-4F52-A669-51367BDC93F7.htm

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U.S., NATO nuclear policies ‘immoral’ – McNamara:

U.S. and NATO nuclear policies are immoral, dangerous and destructive for the global nuclear non-proliferation regime, a former Defense Secretary from the Vietnam War era, Robert McNamara, said on Tuesday.
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Voinovich continues campaign against Bolton nomination:

The Republican senator who snubbed the White House by opposing John Bolton’s nomination for US ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday took the unusual move of asking his colleagues to vote against Mr Bolton.
news.moneycentral.msn.com/provider/provid
erarticle.asp?feed=FT&Date=20050524&ID=4841897

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Shame on the Army:

Mary Tillman said, ‘’Pat had high ideals about the country. That’s why he did what he did. The military let him down. The administration let him down. It was a sign of disrespect. The fact that he was the ultimate team player and he watched his own men kill him is absolutely heartbreaking and tragic. The fact that they lied about it afterward is disgusting.”
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Pentagon report to portray China as emerging rival:

The Pentagon is preparing to release a report on the Chinese military that warns the US that it should take more seriously the possibility that China might emerge as a strategic rival to the US, according to a senior government official.
news.ft.com/cms/s/e1d67dda-cc83-11d9-bb87-00000e2511c8.html

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Adding Insult to Injury : Halliburton Contractors Denied Insurance Benefits:

Mark Baltazar was between jobs operating heavy construction equipment when he heard he could make $84,000 doing the same work in Iraq. When he took the job, his plan was to save up the tax-free money and then buy a new home for his family back in Texas. A suicide bomber near Mosul changed all that last December
www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=12286

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US dependence on foreign oil growing – experts:

U.S. dependence on foreign crude will keep growing despite efforts to spur domestic production, as demand in the world’s largest energy consumer outpaces output, industry and government experts said Tuesday.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050525/us_nm/energy_oil_imports_dc

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In Moscow, U.S. Strives for Greater Share of Oil Exports:

Samuel W. Bodman, United States energy secretary, met with Kremlin officials Tuesday to relay the concerns of American energy companies about Russia’s investment climate, and added that Russian oil exports to the United States should be “10 times” what they are currently.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8948.htm

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The pipeline that will change the world:

It is 42 inches wide, 1,090 miles long and is intended to save the West from relying on Middle Eastern oil. Nothing has been allowed to stand in its way – and it finally opens today
news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/story.jsp?story=641172

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In case you missed it?:

Video: Peak Oil – A Turning Point for mankind –

C.J. Campell C.J. Campell explains it in detail. Good documentary.
novakeo.com/?p=154

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Egypt votes on election changes :

Observers say it is too early to judge whether voters have heeded opposition calls for a boycott on the grounds that the changes are meaningless.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4577817.stm

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Put U.S. soldiers on trial in Colombia, some urge:

After drug-trafficking and gunrunning scandals hit the U.S. military in Colombia, some Colombians are seeking to change an agreement on immunity of U.S. soldiers.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8949.htm

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Death and despair plague Haitians:

Like most residents of Cité Soleil, Marie-Maude Fabien knew enough to stay close to home when she heard gunfire. But the morning of April 23 was quiet, and she felt it was safe to fetch water being sold a few blocks away.
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Promoting Freedom Or Fueling Conflict:

U.S. Military Aid and Arms Transfers Since September 11 : Perhaps no single policy is more at odds with President Bush‚s pledge to “end tyranny in our world” than the United States‚ role as the world‚s leading arms exporting nation.
www.worldpolicy.org/projects/arms/reports/wawjune2005.html

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EU doubles aid for world’s poor :

The unexpected success in Brussels will intensify pressure on other rich countries, notably the United States, to increase their own efforts to “make poverty history”.
www.guardian.co.uk/hearafrica05/story/0,15756,1491632,00.html

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Cartoon of The Week:
www.guardian.co.uk/cartoons/0,7371,337484,00.html

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Youths Take On Homeland Security:

Can the government detain an American citizen for six hours without an explanation? 20-year-old Asmaa Elshinawy and other plaintiffs are suing the Department of Homeland Security to find out.
www.alternet.org/wiretap/22077/

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Foreign Policy Threatens Our Freedom:

There are four important pending U.S. terrorism legal cases, which separately and together present ominous and dangerous threats to the freedom of the American people.
www.fff.org/comment/com0505f.asp

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The Great Power Grab and All for the “Good‰ of the American People:

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.‰ James Madison, Federalist Paper 47
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8945.htm

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Bad Deal on Judges :

As the showdown on the so-called “nuclear option” approached, polls showed that the American people opposed scheming on the part of Senate GOP leaders to eliminate judicial filibusters by an overwhelming 2-to-1 margin.
www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat?bid=1&pid=2757

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Brain Dead Democrats:

Anytime you have someone like Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), a cheerleader for the War on Iraq, a stalwart backer of the worst Zionist excesses of the Israeli state, lining up with Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a guy who headed up the House impeachment campaign against President Bill Clinton, a staunch conservative in moderate clothing, progressives need to worry.
www.counterpunch.com/lindorff05252005.html

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Religious right vows payback for brokers of filibuster pact:

Representatives from conservative Christian groups who made the filibuster their signature issue suggest a severe price might be paid by the 14 Democrats and Republicans who brokered the last-minute deal.
www.denverpost.com/ci_2755930?rss

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N.C. church stands by sign saying Quran “should be flushed”:

The pastor of a small Baptist church has refused calls to take down a sign posted in front of his church reading “The Koran needs to be flushed,” saying Tuesday he has nothing to apologize for.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8944.htm

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Moscow Times probes business dealings of North Carolina congressman :

A North Carolina congressman who once pushed for the creation of a home-mortgage program in Russia was quietly giving out loans with interest rates as high as 60 percent
rawstory.com/aexternal/moscow_times_charles_taylor_525

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