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 Information Clearing House  Digest 17-19 August 2005

 
 

Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2005

A big THANK YOU to everyone for your help in supporting ICH. We will manage to pay the bills for another month. Peace & Joy – Tom

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There is no telling to what extremes of cruelty and ruthlessness a man will go when he is freed from the fears, hesitations, doubts and the vague stirrings of decency that go with individual judgement. When we lose our individual independence in the corporateness of a mass movement, we find a new freedom- freedom to hate, bully, lie, torture, murder and betray without shame and remorse. Herein undoubtedly lies part of the attractiveness of a mass movement: Eric Hoffer

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“I can never forget that one of the most gifted, best educated nations in the world, of its own free will, surrendered its fate into the hands of a maniac.” Eric Hoffer, Speaking on Germany – “The True Believer,” www.erichoffer.net/

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Beat me with the truth, don’t torture me with lies: Author – Unknown

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 103 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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Strike For Peace

Petition For Peaceful Priorities

Sponsors of this action include. Noam Chomsky, Medea Benjamin, Franklin W. Stahl, Peter Phillips Ph.D., Scott Kerlin Ph.D.∑and hundreds more

In honoring our Founding principles, I must proclaim that to exploit the fears and prejudices of the common people to maintain the flow of profits from conflict˜to perpetuate a state of war for personal gain˜is treasonous to our creed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9868.htm

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A Simple Question and the Power of Shame

by Steven Laffoley

Cindy Sheehan has done something many thought not possible in America anymore: she has reminded us of shame. She has done this by asking a simple question: why did my son have to die? And by asking that question, she has revealed something that has come as a surprise to many Americans: the president has no morally defensible answer.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9860.htm

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What Does the Administration‚s Leaked Mea Culpa on Iraq Portend?

By Robert Higgs

The United States began its occupation of Germany and Japan sixty years ago, yet large U.S. military bases remain in those countries today. Does anyone really believe the Americans will walk away from their mega-bases in Iraq just because the Iraqis want the Yankees to go home?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9869.htm

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No-Win War

By Charley Reese

I heard a lecture by an Army psychologist who contended that after 90 days of combat, the casualty rate was 98 percent. Those not wounded physically were wounded psychologically. The other 2 percent were psychopaths.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9870.htm

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“Shoot to Kill”; Blair’s first Trophy

by Mike Whitney

Blair, Bush and Howard have all turned to a model of governance that justifies the absolute, unchecked authority of the state over the rights of the citizen. De Menezes is just the first casualty in this incipient struggle. He won’t be the last.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9874.htm

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Bomb attacks kill three Iraqi soldiers in Fallujah :

Two coordinated roadside bombs hit a joint US-Iraqi patrol in the center of the flashpoint city of Fallujah on Thursday, killing three Iraqi soldiers, medical source said.
english.people.com.cn/200508/19/eng20050819_203393.html

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Masked Gunmen Kill 3 Sunni Arabs in Iraq :

Masked gunmen killed three Sunni Arabs in front of horrified witnesses outside a mosque in Mosul on Friday, after grabbing them as they hung posters urging fellow Sunnis to vote in a referendum on the new constitution.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5221208,00.html

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Bomb Kills Two In Kerbala:

A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol struck a civilian car, killing two and wounding four
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L19480946.htm

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Gunmen kill city council member in northern Iraq :

Gunmen shot dead a city council member of a town near the northern oil city of Kirkuk on Friday, police said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-08/19/content_3377464.htm

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Detainee Dies After House Raid:

A 65-year-old Iraqi detainee died Aug. 18 of an apparent heart attack following a house raid south of Iskandariyah. Iraq, the U.S. military reported today.
www.defenselink.mil/news/Aug2005/20050819_2485.html

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Iraqi Government minister lashes out at U.S. troops :

A government minister has openly lambasted U.S. occupation of the country, blaming it for the upsurge in violence and rampant corruption.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9855.htm

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Shi’ite crowds denounce federalism at Baghdad demo:

Several thousand supporters of a Moqtada al-Sadr marched through Shi’ite areas of Baghdad after prayers on Friday, denouncing federalism as an attempt to divide Iraq and calling for national unity.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9872.htm

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Iraq security chief warns of civil war over federalism:

Iraq’s national security adviser said on Friday Iraq would descend into civil war if federalism was not entrenched in the constitution.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9871.htm

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Families of dead troops hope to see Blair in court :

Tony Blair could be forced to give evidence under oath after families of 17 soldiers killed in Iraq began a legal bid yesterday to secure an independent inquiry into the lawfulness of the 2003 conflict.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9857.htm

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3 U.S. service members, Afghan killed in Afghanistan:

Militants clashed with coalition forces in eastern Afghanistan, killing a U.S. Marine and an Afghan government soldier, as violence flared ahead of the nation’s key legislative elections, the U.S. military said Friday.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2005-08-19-afghan-deaths_x.htm?POE=NEWISVA

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Rockets kill 1, narrowly miss US ships in Jordan port:

Three rockets were fired at two U.S. Navy ships in Jordan’s Aqaba port on Friday, but they missed their targets and hit a warehouse and a hospital, killing a Jordanian soldier, and striking the Israeli port of Eilat.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9858.htm

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Support Said Growing for Iraq Exit Plan :

Congressman Walter Jones said Thursday he has about 50 co-sponsors on a joint resolution that calls on President Bush to announce by year’s end a plan for withdrawal from Iraq.
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U.S. Rejects Putin’s Call For Iraqi Timetable:

He also called for an international conference on Iraq by the end of the year.
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The legacy of “Johnny K”:

Fallen Philly soldier revealed the ugly truth about Iraq
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9876.htm

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‘Peace Mom’ Leaves Camp, Her Mother Sick:

The grieving woman who started an anti-war demonstration near President Bush’s ranch nearly two weeks ago left the camp Thursday after learning her mother had had a stroke, but she told supporters the protest would go on.
snipurl.com/h2vm

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Crawford Vigil Is Not Over:

Exclusive Interview with Cindy Sheehan After Mother’s Stroke: “I Want to Get Back As Soon As Possible”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9875.htm

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BBC Newsnight: Interview With Cindy Sheehan.

Only available online for next 14 hours.
www.bbc.co.uk/newsa/n5ctrl/tvseq/od/bbc2/nb/rm/video/newsnight_nb.ram

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Why Casey Sheehan Was Killed :

Since President Bush won‚t meet with Cindy Sheehan to explain why her son Casey died in Iraq, I thought I would put forward the information I have. Like Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, I was in Baghdad‚s Sadr City on April 4, 2004.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9865.htm

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Favorite Peace Vigil Photos :

Vigils to Support Cindy Sheehan
www.flickr.com/photos/moveon/sets/774501/show/

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Newswwek creates a human out of a Bush:

‘I’m So Sorry’ :

In emotional private meetings with the families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Bush offers solace˜and seeks some of his own.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8941525/site/newsweek/page/2/

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Pro-war folks’ attacks show desperation :

The rapidly dwindling minority of Americans who continue to search for some rationale for keeping U.S. troops in Iraq have been driven to the brink of breakdown by the success of Sheehan’s protest.
www.madison.com/tct/opinion/index.php?ntid=50925&ntpid=1

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Uncle Sam needs you:

Business Week reports that the army will spend more money on recruitment ads next year, about $320m up from $240m this year. As it helpfully points out this amounts to $4,000 per recruit if the army signs up 80,000 next year – more than twice what Toyota spends to woo a new customer.
blogs.guardian.co.uk/news/archives/2005/08/16/uncle_sam_needs_you.html

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SAS naked and bound in training:

AUSTRALIAN soldiers are being blindfolded, stripped naked and menaced by savage dogs for up to three hours in extreme training exercises to prepare them to resist torture.
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Homeland Security Agents Accused Of Assault, Torture:

Allegations that as many as six federal Homeland Security deportation agents assaulted and tortured a Nigerian man who was shackled at Oklahoma City’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement office are being investigated by the FBI, according to a published report.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9878.htm

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Feds probing alleged abuse of detainees :

The explosive issue of whether immigration detainees are being abused in the nation’s prisons has flared up at the Passaic County Jail. Sheriff Jerry Speziale ejected federal investigators from the jail last month
snipurl.com/h2uz

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The Road of Death: Running on fumes: A journey to the end of empire :

Perhaps, we should pull over at a rest area, as the storm gathers on the horizon before us, and we should contemplate the things that are of consequence to us˜here and now. And, if we are honest, our sorrow would swell, as the awareness arises within us of how the mindless demands of the corporate state suck the life and soul out those we love.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9867.htm

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The settlers’ retreat was the theatre of the cynical :

There was no ‘sensitivity training’ when bulldozers went into Rafah
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9866.htm

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Pay up suckers:

Israel looks to U.S. for new aid after withdrawal:

As Israeli soldiers struggle to force settlers from Gaza and parts of the West Bank, U.S. officials are quietly looking at a $2.2 billion aid request from Israel to develop the country’s Galilee and Negev regions.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N18335500.htm

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Iraq weapons fear letter was ‘buried’:

A letter written by a former senior Foreign Affairs officer setting out grave concerns over the hunt for Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction after the war was withheld from a Senate inquiry, blocking efforts to investigate US pressures on Australian personnel in Iraq, according to a new report.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9856.htm

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Australia: Nation mislead over prisoner abuse probe:

A Senate committee on Thursday released its report into whether Australian personnel interrogated prisoners and whether a report by the Iraq Survey Group (ISG), the international team looking for weapons of mass destruction, was misused to support the government’s argument to go to war in Iraq.
au.news.yahoo.com/050818/2/vkn2.html

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Planning for post-Saddam regime change began as early as October 2001:

Newly declassified State Department documents show that planning for the transition in Iraq began in October 2001, according to a “Project History”
www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB163/index.htm

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Officer: 9 / 11 Panel Told Cells Identified:

The Sept. 11 commission failed to pursue information that a secret military unit had identified two cells involved in the 2001 terrorist strikes more than a year before the attacks, an Army intelligence officer contends.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9859.htm

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German Court Convicts 9/11 Defendant:

A court in Hamburg, Germany, today convicted a Moroccan man suspected of helping the 11 September 2001 hijackers of membership of a terrorist organization.
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Update: The Taliban File :

Mullah Omar Called Washington in 1998: U.S. Provided Aid to Soviet-Era Mujahadeen, Did Not Directly Fund Bin Laden, according to declassified documents posted today by the National Security Archive.
www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB134/index2.htm

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In case you missed it:

Chris Floyd: Roberts Voted to Give Bush Dictatorial Powers
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9873.htm

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Paul Krugman: What They Did Last Fall:

In his recent book “Steal This Vote” – a very judicious work, despite its title – Andrew Gumbel, a U.S. correspondent for the British newspaper The Independent, provides the best overview I’ve seen of the 2000 Florida vote. And he documents the simple truth: “Al Gore won the 2000 presidential election.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9861.htm

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U.N. condemns ‘lynching’ in Haiti:

A spokesman for the U.N. mission in Haiti condemned on Thursday what he called the lynching of several alleged bandits by machete-wielding residents, whom witnesses said were accompanied by Haitian police.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N8I345154.htm

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U.S. revives old warnings on Latin American leftists :

Rumsfeld’s goal in Peru and in Paraguay earlier was to stitch together support for isolating Chávez, who has become bitterly anti-Washington since the Bush administration tacitly supported a coup that briefly ousted him in 2002. But in some ways the visit has served as a reminder of how resistant Latin America is to U.S. pressure.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9877.htm

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Venezuela unveils 56 bln usd investment plan :

President Hugo Chavez unveiled last night a strategic plan for the oil sector that would involve investments of 56 bln usd in 2005-2012.
www.forbes.com/business/feeds/afx/2005/08/19/afx2186263.html

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Migrants awarded vigilante’s Ariz. ranch :

Camp Thunderbird, the headquarters of a paramilitary group that vowed to use force to keep illegal immigrants from sneaking across the border from Mexico.
www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0819ariz-immig-abuse19.html

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Canadian health-care groups vow to fight move towards private system:

A move by Canada’s doctors to support a parallel, private health care system is a wake-up call to Canadians and politicians to move quickly to protect medicare
www.canada.com/health/story.html?id=854938a0-80d4-43cc-8f13-b7c5053046d9

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 08/18/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
snipurl.com/h2wk

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Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005

“Thank you.

To those of you who were able to respond to my appeal for support, Thank you. The response to yesterdays appeal was very disappointing, as a result I need to post this notice again in the hope that others may respond.

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The pioneers of a warless world are the youth that refuse military service: Albert Einstein

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Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism: Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 102 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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U.S. is approaching a spiritual death.

Redemption Within Reach for the American Empire

By Jason Miller

Our dark cabal of Neocon leaders, several of whom have held positions of great power under Reagan, Bush I, and now Bush II, are perpetuating unrestrained expansion of the American Empire while utilizing Orwellian propaganda to convince its subjects that they are still living in the “land of the free”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9849.htm

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America’s Good Germans?

A Mercenary Society

By Robert Jensen

Since the end of World War II, the U.S. power elite have done a masterful job of transforming the country into a militarized state with a permanent wartime economy. There has always been resistance to that project on the margins, but because the United States is an incredibly affluent nation — and these policies promise continued affluence — there is strong motivation for many to ignore the consequences of this militarization.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9837.htm

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America Programmed for War: Cause and Solution

“What one generation perceives as repression, the next accepts as a necessary part of a complex daily life.‰

By Brian Bogart

A single policy decision made in secluded chambers of the White House shortly after World War II explains why our financial and intellectual creativity focuses on lethal technologies, why 51% of our taxes go to defense and less than 5% to education, why there are 6000 military bases in the United States and 1000 US bases overseas, why comprehensive agendas support warfighting and weak agendas address human services and the environment, and why our top industry since 1950 remains the manufacture and sale of weapons.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9831.htm

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Fears For Free Speech

Will those who support liberation movements in, for example, Kashmir or Chechnya be denied freedom of expression?”

By John Pilger

If those who seek to understand what drives people to commit terrorist acts are vilified as “just one notch less despicable” themselves, we can say goodbye to freedom of speech.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9836.htm

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Four US soldiers killed in Iraq:

The soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in the northern town of Samarra, the US military said, taking to around 50 the US military deaths across Iraq in August
www.politicalgateway.com/news/read.html?id=4593

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U.S. Iraqi Forces Shoot Dead Three civilians:

Three civilians were shot dead after a raid on their house by U.S. and Iraqi troops in Amariya district, western Baghdad, witnesses said. There was no immediate comment from the U.S. military.
today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=L1883099

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Death of Iraqi brothers sparks anti-U.S. rage:

An angry Iraqi crowd carried coffins through a Baghdad district on Thursday and threw rocks at American soldiers, accusing U.S. troops of killing three innocent middle-aged brothers, one of them in a wheelchair.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/GEO861510.htm

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U.S. Forces Acknowledges Killing/Wounding 26 Iraqi Civilians:

Multi-National Forces in Iraq apologised Thursday for the death of civilians in central Baghdad as US helicopters tracked and engaged the terrorists on August 16th.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=761513

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Magistrate at Karkh Appeal Court, was killed by gunmen:
today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=L1883099

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The game is over: The United States has lost the Iraq war:

It’s over. For the United States to win the Iraq war requires three things: defeating the Iraqi resistance; establishing a stable government in Iraq that is friendly to the US; maintaining the support of the American people. None of these three seem any longer possible.
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2005/756/op8.htm

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2 U.S. Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan:

The two soldiers were traveling in an armored vehicle near the southern city of Kandahar, supporting a road construction project, when they were killed by a roadside bomb.
www.kten.com/article_print.asp?id=9668

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Beaten To Death:

Military jury convicts Army reservist of abusing detainee in Afghanistan
www.abc15.com/news/morenews/index.asp?did=20822

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Australian soldiers knew of Iraq prison abuses:

Australian officers were aware of the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners but did not pass their knowledge up the chain of command, a Senate inquiry has found.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9846.htm

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The primary divide

The real issue in Iraq is not the constitution but the split between those doing business with the occupation and others fighting for fundamental sovereignty
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2005/756/re11.htm

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Putin calls for Iraq troop pullout timetable:

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign military forces from Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9852.htm

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Sen. Feingold Urges Troop Withdrawal By End of ‘06:

Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) called on the White House yesterday to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of next year and criticized fellow Democrats for being too “timid” in challenging the Bush administration’s war policy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9853.htm

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Cindy Sheehan: The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford :

George Bush is responsible for killing so many people, but nobody scrutinizes anything he says, especially leading up to the war. Since there is nothing to smear me about with the truth, they have to tell lies.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9848.htm

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Nation back mother of dead soldier:

Thousands support woman at Bush ranch
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Camp Casey and Camp Carnage.

Right now, the pro-war propaganda arsenal of the world‚s only superpower is drawing a bead on Cindy Sheehan, who now symbolizes the USA‚s antiwar grief. She is a moving target, very difficult to hit. But right-wing media sharpshooters are sure to keep trying.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9850.htm

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Bad Iraq News Worries Some in G.O.P. on ‘06:

A stream of bad news out of Iraq, echoed at home by polls that show growing impatience with the war and rising disapproval of President Bush’s Iraq policies, is stirring political concern in Republican circles, party officials said Wednesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9851.htm

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Chris Floyd: Duck Soup

those writing Bush’s political obituary have “misunderestimated” him once again. For it’s becoming increasingly clear that Bush does have an exit strategy from Iraq — and it runs through Iran.
context.themoscowtimes.com/story/155469/

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Israeli Spy Affair: U.S. Diplomat Is Named in Secrets Case:

The second-highest diplomat at the United States Embassy in Baghdad is one of the anonymous government officials cited in an Aug. 4 indictment as having provided classified information to an employee of a pro-Israel lobbying group
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9835.htm

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Conyers Calls For Investigation Into Ashcroft’s Role In CIA Leak Case

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) is calling for an investigation into the role of former Attorney General John Ashcroft in the outing of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/08/18/1331249

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All Roads Lead to Rove:

In an article in the September issue of Vanity Fair (not yet online), Michael Wolff, in probing the Plame/CIA leak scandal, rips those in the news media — principally Time magazine and The New York Times — who knew that Karl Rove was one of the leakers but refused to expose what would have been “one of the biggest stories of the Bush years.‰
www.wisopinion.com/blogs/2005/08/all-roads-lead-to-rove-vanity-fair.html

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Watching the Gazan Fiasco:

A great charade is taking place in front of the world media in the Gaza Strip. It is the staged evacuation of 8000 Jewish settlers from their illegal settlement homes, and it has been carefully designed to create imagery to support Israel’s US-backed takeover of the West Bank and cantonization of the Palestinians.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9838.htm

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Israel Shamir: Gaza: Disengagement Is Sham, but the Wall of Separation Is Real :

The Israeli News agency announced that “The IDF is to build another security fence around the Gaza Strip. In the end, the system will comprise three fences, state-of-the-art electronic and optical sensors as well as remote control machine guns. The system should be completed in less than a year for a total cost of $220 million‰, naturally, paid by the US taxpayer.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9844.htm

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The risk of a third intifada :

Once the media circus is over, Israel’s melodramatic withdrawal from the Gaza Strip should be judged by how it improves Palestinian lives and the chances of a just and peaceful resolution of the conflict.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9842.htm

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Extremist mayhem:

The alliance between a cabal of American neo-conservatives and the most extreme elements of the Israeli right represents the true obstacle to peace
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2005/756/op1.htm

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The talk in Damascus is of a bitter harvest on the border :

The fear in Damascus is that the US, in desperation, might actually do something military across the border, such as create an Israeli south-Lebanon style “security zone”. It wouldn’t work, experts say, and merely add local, tribally-linked Syrian resistance to the Iraqi one.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1551288,00.html

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Saudi forces kill suspected al-Qaeda chief:

SAUDI security forces in the holy city of Medina have shot dead the suspected chief of al-Qaeda in the kingdom.
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“Intelligence Brief: Saudi Arabia” :

Both the Saudi and the Middle East’s general context will likely push Riyadh to take initiatives to counter internal fundamentalist drives and to increase the new sovereign’s charisma and prestige. In order to reach these goals, the active support from Washington is needed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9847.htm

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Excusing tyranny breeds distrust and violence:

Supporting dictators belies ‘progress’ on democracy and human rights
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9840.htm

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London police chief tried to stop shooting inquiry :

Britain’s top police officer, the Scotland Yard commissioner Sir Ian Blair, attempted to stop an independent external investigation into the shooting of a young Brazilian mistaken for a suicide bomber, it emerged yesterday.
politics.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,15935,1551416,00.html

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George Galloway: The events at Stockwell tube station :

Those who fed the initial pack of lies to the press must be exposed and sacked. And Ian Blair and the government ministers who were responsible for sanctioning the shoot-to-kill policy which produced the utterly avoidable death of this young man, must resign.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9845.htm

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Fight or flight :

As our press quotes special services sources redefining UK terrorism as “insurgency”, please consider that all those ingenious boys with no more black ops to run in Northern Ireland may want to play over here. And they’re being trained by the Israelis – so it’s entirely logical our mainland war on terror’s first victim was an innocent Catholic who looked Muslim.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9843.htm

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Alarm over forced returns to Iraq :

The Welsh Refugee Council says it is alarmed that 10 Iraqi asylum seekers living in Wales have been detained in preparation for forced removals.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/4161868.stm

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ID cards could be used for mass surveillance system :

The Government is creating a system of “mass public surveillance” capable of tracking every adult in Britain without their consent, MPs say. They warn that people who have never committed a crime can be “electronically monitored” without their knowledge.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9839.htm

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Australia: Terrorism trial to rely on coerced evidence:

After a series of court hearings over recent months, partly held behind closed doors, a young Australian worker, Jack Thomas, will go on trial next year on terrorism-related charges, with the prosecution largely relying on statements obtained from him under torture in Pakistan in early 2003.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9841.htm

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The facts regarding David Hicks:

Howard has painted himself into a corner on Hicks. Having knuckled under to everything the US said and did, he cannot now protest without the risk of generating doubts in the Bush circle as to his loyalty under pressure. Hicks is the victim of that, and this is injustice. Australians are right to protest.
www.crikey.com.au/articles/2005/08/18-1510-2512.html

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Declaration on behalf of the European Union on Iran’s Resumption of Activity at the Uranium Conversion Facility in Esfahan :

The EU calls on Iran to reconsider its decision to reject without discussion the proposals made by France, Germany and the UK, with the support of the EU High Representative. These offer the prospect of an improved relationship, on the basis of mutual co-operation
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Russia: Iran nuclear development right must be recognized:

A high ranking Kremlin official emphasized Wednesday, “Iran’s right to take advantage of nuclear power for peaceful purposes must be internationally recognized,”
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/050818/2005081839.html

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Russia and China join forces to send US message :

RUSSIA and China today launched unprecedented joint military exercises involving air, sea and land forces, aimed at sending a message to the United States about their growing influence.
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1803272005

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US officer says Pentagon prevented al-Qaida reports reaching the FBI :

A US army intelligence officer went public yesterday with claims that a secret military unit had identified Mohammed Atta and three other al-Qaida members as a potential threat a year before they carried out the September 11 attacks in 2001.
www.guardian.co.uk/september11/story/0,11209,1551268,00.html

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Indonesian military accused of calculated violence in Papua:

A damning report accuses the Indonesian military of committing systematic violence against the citizens of the Jakarta-controlled province of Papua.
www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2005/s1440745.htm

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Bush Names Defense Contractor As Navy Secretarie:

Bush has chosen Donald Winter, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, to become the Navy’s top civilian official.
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In case you missed it:

Exposed: The Carlyle Group :

I defy you to watch this 48 minute documentary and not be outraged about the depth of corruption and deceit within the highest ranks of our government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3995.htm

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Texas Border And Coast To Be Patrolled By Unmanned Predator Aircraft:

Predators are unmanned aircraft that can carry missiles and can stay airborne for 24 hours. They can be operated by ground control or satellite. They can be used to locate targets and either fire their own Hellfire missiles or be followed up by other aircraft.
www.nbc5i.com/news/4863577/detail.html?rss=dfw&psp=news

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 08/17/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 101 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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Secrets of the morgue – Baghdad’s body count

By Robert Fisk

It is clear that death squads are roaming the streets of a city which is supposed to be under the control of the US military and the American-supported, elected government of Ibrahim al-Jaafari. Never in recent history has such anarchy been let loose on the civilians of this city – yet the Western and Iraqi authorities show no interest in disclosing the details.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9814.htm

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Sacrifice? Count Me Out

If You Supported the War, Pay For It

By Ted Rall

Bush himself hasn’t given up a second of vacation or a single donated dollar, much less one of his hard-partying daughters, to the “war effort.” Sacrifice is a hard sell down here among the citizenry when we don’t see it starting where it should start, among our leaders.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9822.htm

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Officer Says Military Blocked Sharing of Files on Terrorists

By Philip Shenon

A military intelligence team repeatedly contacted the F.B.I. in 2000 to warn about the existence of an American-based terrorist cell that included the ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a veteran Army intelligence officer who said he had now decided to risk his career by discussing the information publicly.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9821.htm

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Get Ready for World War III

Bush can ignore the American public, because the Democrats, have completely collapsed as an opposition party.

By Paul Craig Roberts

Israel‚s Likud government is Bush‚s last remaining ally in his war against “Islamic terrorism.” Israel, which is loaded with nuclear weapons and is not a signatory to the nuclear pacts, is the accuser against Iran, asserting that Iran‚s nuclear energy program is just a veil behind which to produce weapons.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9824.htm

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Counting The Dead:

3 car bombs killed at least 43 people in Baghdad. Six Iraqi soldiers killed in Kirkuk. Five Iraqi police were killed in Tikrit. U.S soldier killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. A truck driver was killed by U.S troops in Baiji.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KHA729251.htm

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Three more soldiers from 48th killed in Iraq:

Three more members of the Georgia National Guard’s 48th Brigade have been killed in Iraq, bringing the total number of brigade deaths to 16 since the unit was deployed to the Middle East in May.
www.accessnorthga.com/news/hall/newfullstory.asp?ID=95109

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U.S. Soldier Killed In Mosul:

A U.S. Soldier was killed by gunfire in central Mosul Aug. 15
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20050827.txt

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Sunni Muslim scholar assassinated:

“Unidentified gunmen shot dead Sheikh Ali al Shamari soon after he left his house at 07:30 AM (local time) Wednesday,” said the statement, noting that Al Shamari is the Imam (preacher) of the Janabi mosque in Khan Bani Saad area northeast of Baghdad.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=761385

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U.S. Soldier Convicted Of Murdering Iraqi Gets 1 Year Sentence:

Horne is now set for release September 14th, after a general at Fort Hood reduced the sentence in June to one year — including time served.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9815.htm

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Beaten to death:

Beaten Afghan’s Body ‘Falling Apart’ :

An Afghan detainee who died in military custody was injured so severely that his leg muscles were split apart, an Air Force medical examiner testified Tuesday in the trial of a soldier accused in the beating.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9819.htm

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New Abuse Photos Could Spark Riots, US General Warns:

Civil libertarians and the Pentagon appear headed for yet another trainwreck in the ongoing dispute over the so-called second batch of photos from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9813.htm

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U.S. soldier chronicles abuse, hard times in Iraq:

The torture and humiliation of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops was widespread and not limited to the high-profile cases at Abu Ghraib prison, according to a former soldier who participated in an interrogation that she said “crossed a line.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9829.htm

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Parents of fallen Marine make plea to Bush:

‘Fight this war right or get out’: The day after burying their son, parents of a fallen Marine urged President Bush to either send more reinforcements to Iraq or withdraw U.S. troops altogether.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9810.htm

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“We regretfully inform you”:

Honorable Marine died in dishonorable war
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9820.htm

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The exodus of grief and anger to Crawford :

“I guess our children went and were sacrificed for us to take a look at what we let happen. We let this war happen. If nothing else, this is a huge lesson. Watch who you vote for. Watch what they’re telling you. Don’t be so afraid.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9808.htm

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Crawford Update:

We are here with Cindy Sheehan and we will be posting hourly with updates
crawfordupdate.blogspot.com/

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Candle Light Vigil Tonight ! :

Tonight, at 7:30 pm, all across this country people will be standing in the spirit of peace with Cindy Sheehan, in candle light vigils.
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Hitchens Slimes Cindy Sheehan:

Hitchens is saying that Cindy Sheehan’s effort and message is balderdash and hokem.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9811.htm

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Bush Neighbor Lets War Protesters Use Land :

An Army veteran, said he sympathizes with the demonstrators whose makeshift camp off the winding, two-lane road leading to Bush’s ranch has angered most residents. Mattlage said the group will be safer on his corner 1-acre lot.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050817/ap_on_re_us/peace_mom

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A Challenge to Reporters: It’s Time to Hawk the Chickens:

Chickenhawk after chickenhawk forcefully proclaim the legitimacy of this war. Yet in appearance after appearance on NBC, NPR, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, CSPAN, PBS, et al, I have yet to hear a media host or reporter ask any one of them the most relevant question of all: ‘Who in YOUR family is fighting in this war?
www.commondreams.org/views05/0817-33.htm

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Clear Channelling the War :

It’s pathetic how these flag-waving Bushites just want the ugly reality of Iraq to go away — for us all to pretend that it is other than a disaster — rather than admit that their support for this disgraceful war was and is wrong.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9807.htm

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The Washington Post and the Decline of the Superpower :

Expect to see a slow decline in the next 5 years of American power; a wasting away that parallels the complete dissipation of America’s moral authority. The world will not be ruled by the jailors of Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo; and you can take that to the bank.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9826.htm

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UK: Mother of soldier killed in Iraq launches bid for war legality inquiry :

The mother of a Scots soldier killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq has helped launch a legal bid to secure an independent inquiry into the legality of the war.
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Chewing on meaningless words :

The battle over the constitution is regarded by most Iraqi women, confined to their homes by the occupation, as an irrelevance
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1550325,00.html

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Six Suspected Taliban Killed In Central Afghanistan :

Afghan and U.S. forces killed six suspected Taliban fighters after militants fired at a forward operating base in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province.
www.afgha.com/?af=article&sid=50089

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Bomb kills policeman, 16 wounded in Afghanistan
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Attack ‘might have caused’ Spanish helicopter crash in Afghanistan

A helicopter crash that killed 17 Spanish troops in western Afghanistan on Tuesday may have been the result of an attack, Spanish Defence Minister Jose Bono said, qualifying an earlier statement which said it was an accident.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/163582/1/.html

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Ecuador Against Recruiting of Mercenaries:

Ecuador expressed uneasiness on Monday over the recruiting of mercenaries to serve in Iraq by a US firm operating from the coastal city of Manta.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9816.htm

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Japan voters could deal U.S. a blow in Iraq:

Japan’s election next month could end up costing the United States another ally in Iraq, a symbolic blow to Washington even if Tokyo’s overall pro-U.S. foreign policy doesn’t change, experts said on Tuesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9812.htm

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Three Palestinians shot dead by West Bank squatter: :

A Jewish squatter shot dead three Palestinians in cold blood in the West Bank on Wednesday as Israeli troops started to forcibly evacuate settlers from the Gaza Strip, medical sources said.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/163727/1/.html

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Media Serves Up Gaza Trauma and Drama:

Melancholy music prefaces CNN’s gavel to gavel coverage of the Gaza disengagement emphasizing its primary focus: the trauma Jewish inhabitants of Gaza are undergoing as they are once again being uprooted and dispersed.
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Jewish Settlers Receive Hundreds of Thousands in Compensation for Leaving Gaza :

Palestinians Working for Them Get Nothing
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9818.htm

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Israeli Spy Affair:

US analyst plead not guilty of disclosing classified data :

A Pentagon analyst and two former officials of th American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobbying group, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of conspiring to obtain and disclose classified national defense information.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9805.htm

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New claims emerge over Menezes death :

The young Brazilian shot dead by police on a London tube train in mistake for a suicide bomber had already been overpowered by a surveillance officer before he was killed, according to secret documents revealed last night.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9823.htm

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Over Kill: Mistakes led to tube shooting:

ITV News has obtained secret documents and photographs that detail why police shot Jean Charles De Menezes dead on the tube
www.itv.com/news/index_1677571.html

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Police under pressure over Menezes leak :

“It raises very, very serious questions about the shoot-to-kill policy and shows immediate questions need to be asked about whether this policy should be in operation and how dangerously wrong it can go.
www.guardian.co.uk/attackonlondon/story/0,16132,1550815,00.html

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U.S. was warned of bin Laden threat in 1996, documents show :

“The analytical side of the State Department had it exactly right – that’s genius analysis,” he said
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9827.htm

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Get Ready for World War III:

Israel‚s Likud government is Bush‚s last remaining ally in his war against “Islamic terrorism.” Israel, which is loaded with nuclear weapons and is not a signatory to the nuclear pacts, is the accuser against Iran, asserting that Iran‚s nuclear energy program is just a veil behind which to produce weapons.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9824.htm

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Iran, China discuss defense cooperation :

“Our mutual enemies possess advanced military technology, and undoubtedly they would rely on this technology in any possible future wars. Therefore, it seems necessary that both Iran and China upgrade their defense and military technology,‰ he noted.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9830.htm

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Russia says opposes use of force against Iran :

Russia warned on Wednesday against using force to stop Iran’s nuclear program, saying any such action would have grave and unpredictable consequences.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9825.htm

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Bush’s blind spot on Iran:

WE DON’T respect or understand any religious or nationalist fervor other than our own. That myopic distortion has been a persistent historical failure of U.S. foreign policy, but it has reached the point of total blindness in the Bush administration.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9828.htm

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Letter from Haitian National Penitentiary – We Hear Hope Coming:

Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste, an outspoken advocate for democracy and human rights, especially for the poor, has been in prison in Haiti without written charges since July 21, 2005. This message comes by way of Bill Quigley a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9817.htm

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