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 Information Clearing House  Digest June 22-25 2005

 
 

Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 48 Days

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This is how fascism comes.

Bush administration officials join ranks of tyranny

By Robert Zaller

It comes through creating legal nonpersons of citizens and noncitizens alike. It comes through violating human rights standards, sanitizing torture, and condoning murder.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9272.htm

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“Good night America, how are you?‰

No doubt like yourself, I love this country. I love her with all my heart and soul and mind and sinew.

By Dom Stasi

So. I for one will not stand idly by and watch it all brought to its knees in the gutless coup our current “leadership‰ and their treasonous puppeteers are attempting. Will you?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9271.htm

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Eight policemen, five Shiite poultry vendors killed in Iraq :

The bodies of eight Iraqi policemen and five Shiite poultry vendors were found in two separate areas near the capital, said security sources and relatives.
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Iraqi Police Find Eight Beheaded Bodies :

Six of the bodies belonged to Shiite farmers taken from their home in Hashmiyat, 10 miles west of Baqouba, by an armed group wearing Iraqi army uniforms
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Suicide Car Bomber Kills Six in Iraq :

A suicide car bomber blew himself up Saturday outside an Iraqi police officer’s home north of Baghdad, killing at least six people and wounding at least a dozen, police said.
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Iraqi Reporter Shot Dead By U.S. Troops:

An Iraqi reporter working for an American news organization was shot and killed in Baghdad by U.S. troops after he apparently did not respond to a shouted signal from a military convoy, witnesses said.
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Iraqis Fear Era of Relentless Chaos, Cruelty:

The mood darkens among residents as a wave of bombings swells the death toll. The new violence quiets talk of success against rebels.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9273.htm

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Iraq Shi’ite leader wants insurgents wiped out:

One of Iraq’s most powerful Shi’ite leaders, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, ruled out any dialogue on Friday with insurgents who, he said, had declared all out war on his community and “must be terminated”.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/MAC454670.htm

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Iraq: The carve-up begins:

As the costs of the Iraq occupation spiral, British and American oil companies meet in secret next week to carve up the country’s oil reserves for themselves. Tom Burgis reports
www.thelondonline.co.uk/theline/article.php?articleID=437

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US caused more deaths in Iraq than Saddam, says anti-war tribunal :

The World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI), a grouping of NGOs, intellectuals and writers opposed to the war in Iraq, on Friday accused the United States of causing more deaths in Iraq than ousted president Saddam Hussein.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/154590/1/.html

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Iraqi oil workers lament lack of jobs :

“We believe American forces must withdraw immediately,” Al Asade said outside the Port’s Terminal 6. “We want to rebuild our country as Iraqis.”
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Iraq’s power struggle as supplies falter :

Speak to any Iraqi and they will tell you their standard of living has not improved since the toppling of Saddam Hussein two years ago. Many will tell you it has got worse.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4618359.stm

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Republicans join critics of war in Iraq:

In a worrying sign for the White House, which has tended to paint war critics as unpatriotic, Republican senators appear less reluctant to raise concerns about the way the administration is running the campaign in Iraq.
news.ft.com/cms/s/d1b746e8-e43c-11d9-a754-00000e2511c8.html

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America turns on Bush over Iraq:

Three in five want troops out as President vows to stay
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=649440

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Did U.S. Soldiers Shoot Iraqi Kids and Plant Weapons On Their Bodies?

Warning

This reports contain images that should only be viewed by adults.
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Our loved ones deserve an Iraq inquiry :

Our loved ones gave their lives in the service of this country. They all died in the Iraq war. When they went to that war they believed they were being sent to defend our country. They were told it was their duty to disarm the Saddam regime of its weapons of mass destruction.
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Potential Recruits List Critical to ‘All-Recruited’ Force:

The term “all-volunteer force” is a misnomer, a senior Defense Department personnel official said here June 23. In truth, the U.S. military is an “all-recruited force,” and its success depends on recruiters having access to potential recruits, David S. C. Chu, undersecretary for personnel and readiness, told reporters in the Pentagon.
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Other Nations Uncivilized, Says Cheney:

``There isn’t any other nation in the world that would treat people who were determined to kill Americans the way we’re treating these people.’’
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5096907,00.html

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Cheney Checks Into Vail Hospital…:

Vice President Dick Cheney was taken to the cardiac unit of the Vail Valley Medical Center Friday.
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Rape earns dubious distinction as a weapon of war:

According to a report prepared by the International Committee of the Red Cross, titled “Women and War” and based on two years of research from 1998 to 1999, approximately 80 percent of war victims are women and children.
www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?fl20050625a1.htm

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No sign of Taliban commanders as Afghan offensive winds down :

A group of top Taliban commanders appeared to have slipped the net as Afghan and US forces wrapped up one of the bloodiest offensives since the fall of the regime.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/154551/1/.html

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America’s neo-conservative world supremacists will fail :

Current US megalomania is rooted in the Puritan colonists’ certainties
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9270.htm

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In case you missed it:

Noam Chomsky: Propaganda and War: Iraq and Beyond:

Audio lecture
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9274.htm

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U.S. bars Spanish bid to question a Qaeda suspect :

The Bush administration has refused to allow the Spanish authorities to interview a man accused of being a Qaeda operative whose testimony could be crucial to the prosecution of two men on trial here charged with helping to plan the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Spanish officials say.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9275.htm

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Italy charges CIA agents in abduction case :

In rare act by ally, officials seek arrests of U.S. agents in kidnapping of imam who allegedly was tortured in Egypt
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9276.htm

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Tehran mayor wins Iranian presidential runoff:

The ultraconservative Tehran mayor won Iran’s presidential runoff, the Interior Ministry announced today ˜ a stunning upset by a man reformers fear will take Iran back to the restrictions of the Islamic Revolution.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/3240333

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Why did Iran elect Ahmadinejad?
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/4091508.stm

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The answer is no:

Palestinian expectations were low before the meeting between Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas — they are now non-existent
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2005/748/re2.htm

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Anglican group pressures firms backing Israeli occupation :

A leading body for Anglican Christians urged churches on Friday to put pressure on firms that support Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/592027.html

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Palestinians keep dream of return alive:

“It was so real. After 57 years in exile, I was finally returning home.”
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D45F508B-11C2-4A7E-B18E-180FDC7D769B.htm

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Israeli / AIPAC Spy Affair: Something is bothering the FBI :

It is a mistake to think the FBI has concluded its investigations after indictments were served against Pentagon employee Lawrence Franklin for leaking classified security material to people close to Israel.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/591644.html

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UN Envoy Calls for Release of Former Haitian Prime Minister :

The U.N. special envoy to Haiti has called on Haitian authorities to release former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, jailed for a year without trial for allegedly masterminding the killings of political opponents in 2004.
www.voanews.com/english/2005-06-24-voa8.cfm

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Noriega’s attack’s on Aristide:

We Haitian pro-democracy, peace and justice advocates demand an apology and request that the Bush Administration not only censure Mr. Noreiga for his unfounded statements but demand his immediate resignation.
www.haitiaction.net/News/HLL/6_24_5.html

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Tsunami aid ‘went to the richest’ :

Six months after the Asian tsunami, a leading international charity says the poorest victims have benefited the least from the massive relief effort.
news.yahoo.com/i/721

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House Cuts Labor Programs :

Funding for job training, rural health care, low-income schools and help for people lacking health insurance would face big cuts under a bill passed Friday by the House
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5096924,00.html

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Taiwan Reimposes Ban on U.S. Beef Imports:

Taiwan on Saturday reimposed a ban on imports of American beef after the United States confirmed its second case of mad cow disease. Chen Lu-hung of the Heath Department’s Food Control Section said the ban would take effect immediately.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20
050625/ap_on_re_as/taiwan_us_mad_cow

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Monsanto corn study raises safety questions:

According to the study, rats that were fed MON 863 had smaller kidneys and elevated levels of white blood cells and lymphocytes compared to those that were fed conventional corn. In the United States and Canada, farmers have been growing MON 863 corn since 2003.
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The Economist: The Global Housing Boom :

“The worldwide rise in house prices is the biggest bubble in history. Prepare for the economic pain when it pops “
www.economist.com/finance/displayStory.cfm?story_id=4079027

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Getting driver’s license could take days :

New anti-terror law may affect time, cost
www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/
news/1119691955225521.xml&coll=2&thispage=1

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Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

“I should, indeed, prefer twenty men to escape death through mercy, than one innocent to be condemned unjustly.” — Sir John Fortescue English Jurist Source: De Landibus Legum Angliae, 1740

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 47 Days

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US acknowledges torture at Guantanamo; in Iraq, Afghanistan – UN

By AFX News

06/24/05, GENEVA (AFX) – Washington has, for the first time, acknowledged to the United Nations that prisoners have been tortured at US detention centres in Guantanamo Bay, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq, a UN source said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9266.htm

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U.S. doctors linked to POW ‘torture’

Such tactics are considered torture by many authorities, the authors note.

Tanya Talaga And Karen Palmer

“Since late 2003, psychiatrists and psychologists (at Guantanamo) have been part of a strategy that employs extreme stress, combined with behaviour-shaping rewards, to extract actionable intelligence from resistant captives,” it states.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9256.htm

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Voluntary Amnesia in the Service of War

Forget it!

by Norman Solomon

While American viewers, listeners and readers are apt to be aware that in 1979 some radical Iranians took American diplomats hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held them for more than a year — other historical facts tend to be hazy or entirely absent. That suits the White House just fine. From a Machiavellian standpoint, the best remedy for unpleasant historical facts — distant or recent — is silence about them.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9257.htm

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Child Abuse

When the public liars sat down togethe, it is unlikely they gave any thought to the most vulnerable targets of their war crime: the children.

By Chris Floyd

Like all murderers, they did whatever they had to do to get what they wanted, regardless of the consequences for others. Like all terrorists, they rationalized their atrocities with noble rhetoric, citing the unassailable righteousness of their cause as justification for the unspeakable evil they were unleashing. And like all abusers of innocent children, they covered up their baser motives with self-serving lies.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9260.htm

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6 Americans killed in Iraq car bombing:

A suicide car bomber slammed into a 7-ton U.S. military vehicle in Fallujah, killing five Marines and a Navy sailor, Marine Corps sources told NBC News, adding that at least three of the dead were female Marines and that 13 others were wounded.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8202434

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At least five al-Qaida-linked militants killed in – Baghdad
www.thedailytimes.com/sited/story/html/210561

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Four dead in Iraq bomb, assassination:

Police said two soldiers were among the dead in the blast that cut through a convoy of 10 military vehicles in the village of Bouzayla.
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Violence in Iraq reaps more dead, injured victims:

Police in the Alexandria province said today that they had discovered in a village the murdered bodies of four men who had previously been thought to have been kidnapped by armed gunmen in a car.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=745739

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Americans go from delusion to denial to depression:

The majority of Americans has gone from delusion to denial to the awareness, now just dawning, that they were misled and that the war is a tragic mistake.
www.progresoweekly.com/index.php?progreso=Max_Castro&otherweek

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Pepe Escobar ; The first, not the last throes

“The insurgency in Iraq is in its last throes.” Vice President Dick Cheney, in May : Even the Central Intelligence Agency now admits that Iraq is the new Afghanistan – breeding a new, lethal generation of jihadis. Iraq has also been the new Vietnam since the day the resistance was born, April 18, 2003, in front of the Abu Hanifa mosque in Baghdad.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GF25Ak04.html

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Two years on, the echoes of Vietnam are getting louder :

There is no hint of shared purpose, mutual sympathy and respect between the armoured columns rolling along the roads, intermittently belching fire, and the hapless mass of local people, caring only for survival.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1513338,00.html

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In case you missed it:

The road to Baghdad was paved by ‘Scoop’ Jackson:

Overseeing the CIA’s “black budget”, he was one of a handful of senators who gave a nod to two U.S.-backed coups in Iraq, one in 1963 and again in 1968. Those plots brought Saddam Hussein to power amid bloodbaths in which the CIA, exacting the price for its support, handed Saddam and his Baath Party cohorts lists of supposed anti-U.S. Iraqis to be killed
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9258.htm

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In case you missed it:

War critics astonished as US hawk admits invasion was illegal:

International lawyers and anti-war campaigners reacted with astonishment yesterday after the influential Pentagon hawk Richard Perle conceded that the invasion of Iraq had been illegal.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5259.htm

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Censorship:

So the American government is pressuring foreign countries to censor their news. Aside from the fact that this act is the height of arrogance by the United States, it makes it exceedingly clear why so many Americans who rely on the corporate media for their news continue to be so misinformed/un-informed about the goings on in Iraq.
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World Tribunal On Iraq: Opening Speech Arundhati Roy :

Saddam Hussein is being tried as a war criminal even as we speak. But what about those who helped to install him in power, who armed him, who supported him – and who are now setting up a tribunal to try him and absolve themselves completely?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9259.htm

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What Do the American People Know and When Did They Know It?:

A profound sense of disappointment with the American people greeted me here in Istanbul where the final session of the World Tribunal on Iraq, investigating and documenting war crimes in Iraq, modeled on the Bertrand Russell Vietnam War Tribunal of 1967, is convening.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9268.htm

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Blair’s “Minutes” Belies Bush’s Motives:

During the past week there has been gossip generated in blogsphere and in main stream media, to the effect that the reporter Michael Smith, destroyed the original minutes from the meeting at Downing Street. This may be a ploy intended to discredit the validity of the memo’s information. I can say with confidence that this gossip is not true.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9269.htm

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Ray Mc Govern: The Downing Street Fixation:

Michael Smith, the Sunday Times reporter who broke he story thinks he knows what “fixed” means.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9267.htm

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Dead recruit’s father wages campaign against ‘green card Marines’ :

Prospect of careers, citizenship not worth the danger, he warns
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Recruiters Sink to New Lows:

While the stunning list of recruiting abuses has received some needed media attention, it’s worth reviewing the extremes to which the military has gone to fill its ranks.
www.thenation.com/blogs/edcut?bid=7&pid=3705

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Gallup: Those Opposed to Military Draft Hit Record High :

Gallup has found that Americans opposed the return of the military draft by overwhleming numbers, with 85% against it, the highest level ever.
www.mediainfo.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000967815

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Italy Judge Orders Arrest of 13 CIA Agents :

The agents are suspected in the seizure of an Egyptian-born imam identified as Abu Omar on the streets of Milan in February 2003, according to the official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9261.htm

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Government admits Australian left to languish in US prison in Iraq :

In question time Greens Senator Kerry Nettle raised the plight of Australian and Adelaide resident Ahmed Aziz Rafiq who has been imprisoned without charge by US forces in Iraq for over a year.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9263.htm

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Karen Kwiatkowski: Neoconservatives Speechless!:

Neoconservatives from the left, right and middle, including George W. Bush, believe that they create their own reality, live in their own world, and make their own history.
www.lewrockwell.com/kwiatkowski/kwiatkowski115.html

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Neocons Have Their Gazes Fixed on Syria:

Neocons and their influential Israeli spouses, now tell us that Iraq will make a nice base from which to launch that Pentagon plan, described by former US general and presidential candidate Wesley Clark in his book, as “Seven Middle East countries in Five Years.”
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Israeli killed in drive-by attack :

Palestinian militants have killed an Israeli in a drive-by shooting outside the West Bank city of Hebron, Israeli army and rescue service officials say.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4619899.stm

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Israeli Spy Affair: AIPAC Can Place You by the Elbow of the President :

AIPAC, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee is not an organization to be trifled with. Everybody in Washington understands that this Likudnik lobby can make and break politicians.
www.dissidentvoice.org/June05/Amr0623.htm

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 06/23/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
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Taliban rebels kill Afghan election candidate:

Taliban rebels have killed a candidate for Afghanistan’s provincial council elections and two of his bodyguards.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/7598_1410045,000500020005.htm

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Congress Mulls Support For Anti- Iranian “Terrorist” Group:

Congress has been examining the prospect of granting U.S. support to an Iranian opposition group on the State Department’s terrorist list.
www.menewsline.com/stories/2005/june/06_24_1.html

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“Chechen” militants have tried to steal nuclear weapons twice, says Russian security chief:

There are some 60 warehouses scattered across the country, containing some 1,000 strategic nuclear warheads, and just under 5,000 tactical nuclear weapons, including portable warheads known as “nuclear briefcases”.
news.independent.co.uk/europe/story.jsp?story=649228

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Survivors of Uzbekistan massacre may be sent home to torture, UN warns:

At least 29 people who escaped the massacre in Andijan will be sent back to their home country within a week, Kyrgyzstan’s top prosecutor said yesterday, defying international pressure to protect the survivors.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9262.htm

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U.N. failed in Milosevic genocide case, experts say:

When U.N. prosecutors opened their case against Slobodan Milosevic two years ago, they set out to get him convicted of genocide. The consensus today is, they failed.
www.sptimes.com/2004/02/29/Worldandnation/UN_failed_in_Milosevi.shtml

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China more popular than U.S. :

The United States’ image is so tattered overseas two years after the Iraq invasion that China, which is ruled by a communist dictatorship, is viewed more favorably than the U.S. in many countries, an international poll found.
msnbc.msn.com/id/8324290/

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Gwynne Dyer: US in dangerous game over India:

The Bush Administration is trying to woo New Delhi into a close military and strategic relationship.
www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=2&ObjectID=10332349

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Ecuador: Colombia drug plan has gone bad:

Ecuador’s interior minister criticized Colombia’s U.S.-sponsored drug eradication program saying it bred violence and corruption.
washingtontimes.com/upi/20050623-113417-2065r.htm

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Plan Colombia up for a vote:

Take the opportunity to say no to a forgotten, senseless war
www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?ItemID=19251

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Democrats Demand Rove Apologize for 9/11 Remarks:

Leading Democrats reacted furiously to remarks by Karl Rove that liberals had responded to the Sept. 11 attacks by wanting to “offer therapy and understanding for our attackers,” with some Democrats calling for him to apologize or resign as a White House adviser.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9264.htm

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Pass It On! :

The Whispering Campaign is your chance to help accelerate the spread of information from the blogosphere to the rest of the country.
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Protesters Win a Case Over I.R.S.:

The federal government’s campaign against income tax protesters suffered a major setback yesterday when a federal jury in Sacramento acquitted a former Internal Revenue Service investigator on charges of helping to prepare false tax returns.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9265.htm

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If Congress Has It’s Way, This Site Could Be Cause for Arrest—Yours and Mine :

Warren Apel, a civil libertarian, has produced a website, The Burning Flag Page, which does an excellent job of explaining the threat to liberty that is posed by the Congressional move to ban flag -burning
www.thiscantbehappening.net/2005.06.01_arch.html#1119620877240

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Billions in States’ Homeland Purchases Kept in the Dark:

“More than we value public oversight, we fear a nebulous terrorist threat, and it’s really changing the character of American political life.”
www.cq.com/public/20050622A_homeland.html

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The Economist: The Global Housing Boom :

“The worldwide rise in house prices is the biggest bubble in history. Prepare for the economic pain when it pops “
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Date: Thurs, 23 Jun 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

“Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” : Henry David Thoreau – (1817-1862)

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 46 Days

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The Real News in the Downing Street Memos

Bush and Blair began their war not in March 2003, as everyone believed, but at the end of August 2002, six weeks before Congress approved military action against Iraq.

By Michael Smith
Sunday Times of London

The real news is the shady April 2002 deal to go to war, the cynical use of the U.N. to provide an excuse, and the secret, illegal air war without the backing of Congress.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9248.htm

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We shelter behind the myth that progress is being made

The reality – unimaginable for the Americans and their self-deluding allies, tragic for the Iraqis themselves – is that Iraq is a hell-disaster

By Robert Fisk

So we are going to support the myth. As the headless bodies are found along the Tigris, as the mortuaries fill up, as the American dead grow far beyond 1,700 – and, let us remember, the Iraqi dead go into the tens of thousands – Europe and the rest of the world still support the American project.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9247.htm

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Bush War On Terror? More like Bush’s War Creates Terror!

The Evidence File

By LynnTheDem

You’ve made us all less safe now, while killing tens of thousands of innocent people, including Americans.

Read the evidence file.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9246.htm

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Guantanamo; the new-world icon

Guantanamo is emblematic of a militarized world stripped of humanity or justice. It looms as the salient icon of the new world order.

by Mike Whitney

To fully appreciate the depravity of the Bush claque, we only need to visit the Rush Limbaugh web site, where the drug-addicted spokesman for the administration is currently hawking T-shirts (Orange; “I got my free Koran and Prayer Rug at G’itmo” or, orange baseball cap reading “Camp G’itmo”) and baseball caps in an public relations scheme to trivialize the horrors of systematic torture of detainees in US custody.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9243.htm

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The Bill of Rights: The Rights of the Accused

Is the Sixth Amendment relevant today? You bet it is

by Jacob G. Hornberger

Make no mistake about it: If the feds treat foreigners accused of terrorism in this way, they‚ll do the same to Americans. Just ask Jose Padilla, an American whom the Pentagon has held in a military dungeon for over three years and whom they have denied all the rights enumerated in the Sixth Amendment.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9255.htm

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Afghans say 132 Taliban dead, four commanders under siege:

The brother-in-law of fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is one of the key figures under siege in a mountain hideout, the Afghan defence ministry said Thursday. The claim could not be independently confirmed.
www.bakutoday.net/afps/english/shared/int/050623143342.6pgunr2g.html

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Russia concerned over terrorist training camps in Afghanistan :

“We are seriously concerned that terrorist training bases are still operating on Afghan territory, including with the immediate participation of certain secret services,” Putin said
en.rian.ru/russia/20050623/40751063.html

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30 dead in Baghdad bombs:

Four car bombs shook Baghdad after dawn on Thursday, killing at least 17 people and wounding dozens in the second wave of attacks within hours, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L22706115.htm

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Three U.S. soldiers killed in combat west of Baghdad:

Three U.S. soldiers were killed by small-arms fire during combat operations west of Baghdad, the military announced Wednesday.
www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-932143.php

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Two Iraqis killed, 10 injured in car bomb explosion in Kirkuk:

Iraqi police sources said, the car exploded early today in front of a gas station killing two Iraqis, one of them was a police officer, and ten others were injured and transported to the hospital.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=745492

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Japan Suspends Mission in Iraq:

The government of Japan has decided to suspend the mission of the Japanese contingent in Iraq, announced the Secretary General of

Japan‚s Government Hiryuki Hosoda
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CIA says Iraq is now a terrorist training ground:

The CIA believes the Iraq insurgency poses an international threat and may produce better-trained Islamic terrorists than the 1980s Afghanistan war that gave rise to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, officials said on Wednesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9244.htm

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Iraq, the new Afghanistan:

It’s virtually impossible for US President George W Bush’s Iraq to be “on its way to democracy” when real unemployment reaches a staggering 50% (a scarier prospect for most people than car bombs or snipers), 25% of children under five years old are malnourished, 78% of the households in the country (and 92% in Baghdad) have electricity only a few hours a day, only 37% of urban households (and a mere 4% in the countryside) have sewage-disposal systems, only 61% have access to drinking water.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9249.htm

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Top Commander Says Insurgency Still Strong :

The top American commander in the Persian Gulf told Congress on Thursday that the Iraqi insurgency has not grown weaker over the past six months, despite a claim by Vice President Dick Cheney that it was in its “last throes.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9253.htm

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UN experts say accounts detail Guantanamo torture:

U.N. human rights experts said Thursday they have reliable accounts of detainees being tortured at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9245.htm

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U.N. Expert Says U.S. Stalling on Request to Visit Guantanamo Detainees:

Manfred Nowak, the U.N. special investigator on torture, said that he and three other experts would use a news conference later Thursday to voice their complaints that Washington has not responded to their mid-April request to check on the conditions of the detainees.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB0IPKTAAE.html

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Senior aides refuse to testify against Saddam:

Senior Iraqi aides currently in U.S. custody have refused to testify against former leader Saddam Hussein when recently questioned by magistrates.
www.azzaman.com/english/index.asp?fname=news\2005-06-21\10416.htm

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Military Compiles Database Of Students For Recruiting:

The Defense Department, faced with enlistment shortfalls, has reportedly begun assembling a database of young people as a recruiting aid.
www.thecarolinachannel.com/news/4642865/detail.html

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UK backs oil firm despite bribery inquiry :

The controversial oil firm Halliburton has been awarded new British government backing, despite being at the centre of a bribery investigation
politics.guardian.co.uk/economics/story/0,11268,1510898,00.html

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U.S. Spy Plane Pilot Dies in South West Asia “Crash”:

U.S. Central Command said the crash occurred in ``southwest Asia,’’ a term that can be a substitute for the Middle East.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5091786,00.html

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Was the U-2 Spying On Iran?

U.S. spy plane crashed in United Arab Emirates:

An anonymous Pentagon official said, that the U-2 crashed in the Emirates while approaching the base to land
newsfromrussia.com/accidents/2005/06/23/60432.html

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Russia to Deliver Nuclear Fuel for Bushehr Power Plant in Few Months:

The 1,000 MW reactor is 84 percent complete and commissioning will start by the end of 2006
mosnews.com/news/2005/06/23/iranrusfuel.shtml

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Blix: Iran Years Away From Nuke Weapons:

Former chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix said Thursday it would take many years for Iran to achieve the capability to produce highly enriched uranium needed for an atomic bomb.
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Israeli Soldiers “Getting Away With Murder” – HRW:

Israeli soldiers have killed an average of more than one Palestinian civilian per day since the current intifada uprising began in 2000, but only a handful of cases have even been investigated, according to a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9251.htm

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White House declines to criticize Israel assassinations:

The White House on Wednesday declined to criticize Israel for resuming an assassination policy against Islamic Jihad militants and called on the Palestinian leadership to do more to combat “terrorist” groups attempting to derail peace efforts.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N22692399.htm

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Israel: Detainee blinded during interrogation :

Lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, Fahmi Shqeirat, reported that detainee Salama Mohammad Rashaida, 30, from Bethlehem, lost his sight as a result of torture in Asqalan detention.
www.imemc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11956&Itemid=1

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Church may black firms over Israeli ‘occupation’:

The Anglican Church is expected to back a report tomorrow urging it to disinvest in companies that “support the occupation” of Palestinian lands
news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/06/23/nchur23.xml

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Confronting Israeli Myth-Making:

Propagandists on behalf of Israel – become increasingly deceptive and malign — and increasingly effective ˆ with time.
www.counterpunch.org/christison06222005.html

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 06/22/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
snipurl.com/fsk8

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Terror suspect freed in Mexico:

Mexico on Wednesday cleared a Lebanese-born, British citizen of wrongdoing, setting him free mere days after his arrest because of suspected links to September 11 terror groups.
www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1725795,00.html

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Showdown: Washington Threatens Ecuador, Demands Immunity for U.S. Troops: :

Ecuador’s President Alfredo Palacio has decided not to sign an immunity treaty for U.S. military and civilian officials before the World Court. Washington is now trying to blackmail Ecuador’s new (60-days-old) President, Alfredo Palacio with threats of cutting aid.
narcosphere.narconews.com/story/2005/6/23/1446/60713

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John Pilger: Power is accountable to the people, not to the “free market”:

Africa’s imperial plunder and tragedy have been turned into a circus for the benefit of the so-called G8 leaders due in Scotland next month and those of us willing to be distracted by the barkers of the circus: the establishment media and their “celebrities”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9254.htm

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Supreme Court Rules Cities May Seize Our Homes:

The Supreme Court today effectively expanded the right of local governments to seize private property under eminent domain, ruling that people’s homes and businesses — even those not considered blighted — can be taken against their will for private development if the seizure serves a broadly defined “public use.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9250.htm

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Consent of the Governed: The reign of corporations and the fight for democracy .

Having achieved extensive control over so many facets of our lives — from food and clothing production to information, transportation, and other necessities — corporate institutions have become more powerful than the sovereign people who originally granted them existence.
www.oriononline.org/pages/om/03-6om/Kaplan.html

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The Chauffeur’s Dilemma:

Bush used his war policies to create votes, so he converted an economic program aimed at strip-mining America into a program for winning blue-collar hearts and minds.
www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=3779

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House again passes flag-burning amendment :

The House voted today to approve a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the power to ban desecration of the American flag, a measure that for the first time stands a chance of passing the Senate as well.
www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=15459

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House roll call on flag amendment :

How did your congress person vote?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9241

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Chinese oil company offers $18.5 billion for Unocal
www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=3509731

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Charge Him or Release Him

“Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” : Henry David Thoreau

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 45 Days

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A War Waged by Liars and Morons

What is Bush’s Agenda in Iraq?

By Paul Craig Roberts

In his June 18 weekly radio address last Saturday, Bush again lied to the American people when he told them that the US was forced into invading Iraq because of the September 11 attack on the WTC. Bush, the greatest disgrace that America has ever had to suffer, actually repeated at this late date the monstrous lie for which he is infamous throughout the world:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9230.htm

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Bush Administration Psychological Warfare Against the U.S.?

An Interview with (ret.) Colonel Sam Gardiner
By Kevin Zeese

I find it amazing that there is now a growing interest in the marketing the war. There is absolutely no question that the White House and the Pentagon participated in an effort to market the military option. The truth did not make any difference to that campaign.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9239.htm

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Americans inching closer to a reckoning

Do you want to know?

By Robert Steinback

Either you want to know if you’ve been lied to, or you don’t.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9232.htm

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“I think there are going to be more assassinations”

Robert Fisk

I don’t think there’s going to be democracy in the Middle East and I don’t really think we want democracy. One of the problems of democracy in the Middle East is that, if it really exists, the Arabs may not do what we want them to do, and it’s much more easy to have dictators, generals, businessmen running countries on our behalf. Continue.

Real Video and Transcript
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9228.htm

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In the name of security

We now have the latest anti-terrorist legislation, which permits house arrest and detention without a jury trial – eroding principles going back to the Magna Carta.

Tony Benn

Constituents who visit the Commons, now policed by men with machine guns, can only observe those whom they have elected through a transparent bullet proof screen, which only emphasises the widening gap between government and governed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9235.htm

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25 people killed and 60 injured in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Eighteen people were killed on Wednesday when five car bombs exploded in Baghdad, drowning out cheers from an international forum in Brussels that trumpeted support for the new Iraq.
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Six killed, including former judge :

Gunmen on Wednesday killed a former judge, officials said. Separately, a Filipino hostage was released after almost eight months in captivity.
www.albawaba.com/en/news/185317

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Prominent Sunni lawyer shot dead :

A Sunni Muslim lawyer who had been invited to join a committee that will draft the Iraqi constitution has been shot dead with his 15-year-old son.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4120180.stm

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U.S. Soldier Killed:

A Soldier assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed in action June 21 by small-arms fire.
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U.S. was big spender in days before Iraq handover:

Cash was loaded onto giant pallets for shipment by plane to Iraq, and paid out to contractors who carried it away in duffel bags.
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US ‘concealing’ Saddam’s secrets :

“There should be transparency and there should be frankness, but there are secrets that, if revealed, won’t be in the interest of many countries,” Mr Shandal said. “Who was helping Saddam all those years?”
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4115976.stm

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Rejection of Iraq War Continues in U.S. :

According to a poll by Gallup released by CNN and USA Today. 59 per cent of respondents oppose the war with Iraq, a 12 per cent increase since March.
www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewItem&itemID=7750

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The Beginning of the End?:

It’s finally over. My despair is over. Something has happened these last ten days that has revived the antiwar issue. It has to do with public opinion polls and casualties and Republicans like Walter Jones and more Democrats standing up. I won’t say how optimistic I am. But something is coming together—you can feel it.”
news.yahoo.com/s/thenation/20050619/cm_thenation/73614

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Court Backs Soldier’s Anti-Iraq War Stance :

A German court ruled Wednesday that a soldier, who refused to follow orders because he did not want to support the US-led war in Iraq, had every right to do so.
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In a desperate attempt to divert attention from the U.S. disaster in Iraq, congressmen release :

Memos: U.N. Knew Saddam Violated Sanctions :

The U.N. Security Council had detailed knowledge of how Saddam Hussein was violating U.N. sanctions, but was so divided that many violations went largely unchecked, according to documents released Tuesday by a congressional panel.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9225.htm

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Aljazeera Guantanamo inmate ‘abused’:

An Aljazeera cameraman who has been incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay since 2001 has suffered extreme physical, sexual and religious abuse, his lawyer has said.
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Hicks at breaking point, says lawyer:

The new Australian civilian lawyer for Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks says he is shocked by his client’s appearance and mental health, after their first meeting.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9234.htm

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W. House rebuffs independent probe of Guantanamo:

The White House on Tuesday rebuffed Democratic calls for creation of an independent commission to investigate treatment of foreign terror suspects at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N21584490.htm

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Sen. Durbin’s Regret for Remarks Not Enough for GOP:

Durbin said that had he read from the report without disclosing that it was about an American-run prison, “you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9237.htm

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How does Guantanamo compare to the Soviet Gulag?:

From Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag: The Simplest Methods which Break the Will :

An excerpt on interrogation methods from Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9236.htm

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What happens when you draw attention to the possibility that Israel has an undue influence on American foreign policy.

The Democrats Sign on with Anti-Semites:
frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=18474

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Bush Administration Psychological Warfare Against the U.S.? :

An Interview with (ret.) Colonel Sam Gardiner
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9239.htm

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In case you missed it:

Colonel Sam Gardiner. It was not bad intelligence.

It was much more. It was an orchestrated effort. It began before the war, was a major effort during the war and continues as post-conflict distortions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9240.htm

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Afghan Fighting Kills 60 Rebels, 12 Others:

American warplanes pounded a suspected Taliban safe haven in the mountains of southern Afghanistan during an assault that killed up to 60 insurgents and 12 security forces, officials said Wednesday. Five American soldiers were wounded.
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William S. Lind: The Other War:

It is easy to forget that we are fighting, and losing, not one Fourth Generation war but two. Five U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan last week.
www.military.com/Opinions/0,,Lind_062105,00.html

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Uzbekistan: Andijan Residents “Tortured‰ :

Locals said to have suffered beatings and sexual abuse during police questioning following May uprising.
www.turkishweekly.net/news.php?id=13207

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Israel revives assassination policy :

“The attempt yesterday to kill an Islamic Jihad leader in Gaza signaled the resumption of the targeted killing policy,” an Israeli security source told Reuters.
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Sharon: “Israel to transfer Bethlehem, Qalqilia to P.A within 2 weeks‰ :

Meanwhile, Sharon said that the Israeli army “will have no more restraint‰ and will target members of the Islamic Jihad claming that the movement did not halt its attacks against Israeli targets, and is not committed to the truce.
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Israel carries out West Bank arrests :

Israel has arrested more than 50 Palestinians in an apparent turnaround on its pledge to show restraint during the ceasefire.
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Withdrawal is a prelude to annexation :

US hypocrisy is not new but Condi Rice has taken it beyond chutzpah
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9226.htm

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Judge slams Israel for inaction over probe into Israeli Arabs deaths :

Retired Supreme Court Justice, Theodore Or accused the state of Israel of ignoring the findings of the probe into the deaths of 13 Arab citizens of Israel by the Israeli police in October 2000.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9223.htm

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 06/21/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
snipurl.com/froa

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Mexico Arrests Suspected 9/11 Group Member:

Mexico said it has detained a man believed linked to the groups that carried out the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.
snipurl.com/frob

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Mexico Soldiers Become Cartel Hit Men :

Residents and law enforcement officials say the men are the feared Zetas, former members of a military intelligence battalion sent to the border to fight drug trafficking. Instead, they joined the Gulf Cartel, one of Mexico’s top drug gangs.
snipurl.com/froc

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Mexican drug commandos expand ops in 6 U.S. states:

Feds say violent, elite paramilitary units establish narcotics routes north of border
worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=44899

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G8 ‘still sells arms to regimes’ :

Countries from the G8 group of wealthy nations have been accused of continuing to sell arms to regimes using them to abuse human rights.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4117854.stm

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Tariq Ali: “They think God runs the IMF.” :

Latin America is today in revolt against social engineers of the IMF and other US subsidiaries.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9227.htm

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Bitter Harvest: How EU sugar subsidies devastate Africa:

“One is an English aristocrat worth 35m with 9,000 acres and an 18th century manor house; the other earns less than 300 a year cutting sugar cane for 12 hours a day in rural Mozambique to support his parents and four brothers.
news.independent.co.uk/world/environment/story.jsp?story=648740

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Jeremy Rifkin: Capitalism’s future on trial :

The European Union’s crisis has obscured the fact that it has come closest to balancing market dynamism and social protection.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9229.htm

snipurl.com/froj

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Sibel Edmonds ˆ An Appeal to the Internet Community :

Sibel Edmonds is the perfect example of why Felt did the right thing when he leaked to the Post: those “proper channels of authority” in the Nixon administration were corrupt. Those “proper channels” were active co-conspirators themselves.
www.oldamericancentury.org/dave3_033.htm

snipurl.com/frok

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Bill Moyers: State media:

“The Radical Right Wing is Very Close to Achieving a Longtime Goal of Undermining the Independence of Public Broadcasting”
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/06/22/1347234

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Police plea to keep more suspects‚ DNA :

SENIOR Scottish police officers have asked for new powers to store the DNA and fingerprints of people who have been arrested, but are innocent of any crime, prompting fears that the public’s rights are under threat.
www.theherald.co.uk/politics/41601.html

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