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 Information Clearing House  Digest 20-24 August 2005

 
 

Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 108 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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Who Would Jesus Assassinate?

Hugo Chavez and the Men Who Claim to Speak for Jesus?

By Ron Jacobs

Ever since Chavez began his popular upheaval in Venezuela he has been under attack by the Catholic hierarchy in that country. In fact, members of Opus Dei were involved in the failed coup of 2000 and have been instrumental in the CIA-funded opposition movement since the coup, just as they were intimately involved in the murderous CIA-sponsored coup in September 1973 in Chile.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9952.htm

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Counting The Dead:

BAGHDAD – 3 killed in heavy fighting between insurgents and Iraqi police in western Baghdad. KHALIS – Four Iraqi people were killed and seven were wounded when gunmen attacked their bus in Khalis. MUSAYYIB – An Iraqi soldier was killed and another wounded when two mortars landed on a check point at Musayyib, south of Baghdad
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L24700771.htm

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Four killed, six wounded in failed attempt to kill Iraqi justice official
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=763050

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3 dead, 10 hurt in Iraq police attacks:

Insurgents attacked Iraqi police patrols Wednesday in western Baghdad with three car bombs and small arms fire, killing at least three people and wounding 10, police said.
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Insurgents attack police checkpoints in Baghdad:

Around 40 insurgents, some of them wearing masks, could be seen brandishing weapons in the streets of Hay al-Jamma, a district in the west of the city
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/BAK441659.htm

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Iraqi base attack leaves 13 dead :

Three members of an Iraqi special forces unit in the area were killed in error by US troops, Iraqi police added.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4177648.stm

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Vermont Guardsman killed by sniper in Iraq:

Sgt. 1st Class Chris S. Chapin, 39, of Proctor was on a civil-affairs mission at about 1 p.m. local time — 5 a.m. in Vermont — when the sniper fired, Guard commander Maj. Gen. Martha Rainville said. The bullet pierced Chapin’s heart, and comrades could not save him, the general said.
www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050824/NEWS01/508240310/1009&theme=

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Soldier from the 278th Dies in Iraq:

“I shook hands with Joey right before he went back this last time, and he said, ‘I’ll be seeing you.’ So, you never know,‰ said Bob Wheeler, family friend.
www.fox61tv.com/news/articles/article_11070.asp

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Iraq: The unseen war:

The grim reality of Iraq rarely appears in the American press.

WARNING

The following photo gallery contains graphic and shocking images of death and devastation in Iraq.
www.salon.com/news/feature/2005/08/23/iraq_gallery/iraq.html

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Partial Text of the Iraqi Constitution: Article (1):

The Republic of Iraq is an independent, sovereign nation, and the system of rule in it is a democratic, federal, representative (parliamentary) republic.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9946.htm

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Iraq war approaching the tipping point :

A Vietnam veteran offers an interesting and telling incident summing up his personal feelings about the war
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9956.htm

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Vietnam and Iraq, the Heartland Experience:

On the April day in 2003 when American troops first entered Baghdad, historian Marilyn Young suggested that Operation Iraqi Freedom was “Vietnam on crack cocaine.”
www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=16068

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Cindy Sheehan: Coming Back to Crawford :

I’m coming back to Crawford because — now and forever — this is my duty for my son, for my other children, for other parents, and for my country.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9960.htm

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Anti-Iraq war parents to take protests across nation:

Parents of soldiers killed in Iraq plan to follow President George W. Bush around the country in the coming months, hoping to generate nationwide anti-war sentiment after camping out at his Texas ranch.
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Patrick J. Buchanan : The Sheehan Movement:

In the long run, the Democratic Party stands to lose far more from this war than a GOP whose president led us into it. How can that be?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9958.htm

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Stan Goff: Containing the Anti-War Movement:

Cindy Sheehan’s squatter’s camp has re-energized the antiwar movement, but just as it has done so, it has also re-energized the herd dogs of the Democratic Party who fear nothing more than an independent mass movement.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9954.htm

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Dismay and Horror:

An open letter to Cindy Sheehan from a supporter in India.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9951.htm

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Memorial to those Killed In Action Has Been Desecrated:

He has spat on the troops coming home in the most cowardly way possible.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9939.htm

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Bush Approval at All-Time Low in U.S. :

George W. Bush is losing public backing in the United States, according to a poll by American Research Group. 36 per cent of respondents approve of their president‚s performance, down six points since July.
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15 Chinese detainees still in limbo at Gitmo :

Five were people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, some of them picked up by Pakistani bounty hunters for U.S. payoffs. The other 10 were deemed low-risk detainees whose enemy was China’s communist government ˜ not the United States.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/3322943

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Abu Ghraib General Lambastes Bush Administration :

“I had been hesitant to speak out before because this Administration is so vindictive. But now I will … Anybody who confronts this Administration or Rumsfeld or the Pentagon with a true assessment, they find themselves either out of a job, out of their positions, fired, relieved or chastised. Their career comes to an end.” Janis Karpinski,.
www.truthout.org/docs_2005/082405Z.shtml

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Reuters calls for US to release Iraqi cameraman :

“We are very concerned and dismayed by this unexplained and prolonged detention of a journalist working for us and urge the US military either to release him or provide a full account of the accusations against him,” Mr Schlesinger said.
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With pullout past, IDF moves to fence Ma’aleh Adumim :

The Israel Defense Forces and the Civil Administration began issuing land expropriation orders this weekend for construction of the separation fence around Ma’aleh Adumim. – The United States strongly opposes construction of a fence around the large West Bank settlement
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/616334.html

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Palestinians can play the Israeli game :

Two profound assumptions underlie Ariel Sharon’s withdrawal from Gaza. The first is that Israel’s overriding value is the preservation of its Jewish character and majority. The second is that the conflict with the Palestinians is not amenable to a final agreed resolution, now or in the foreseeable future.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1555000,00.html

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Amira Hass : The remaining 99.5 percent

 
For the sake of about half a percent of the population of the Gaza Strip, a Jewish half-percent, the lives of the remaining 99.5 percent were totally disrupted and destroyed – worthy of wonderment indeed.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/616309.html

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Six suspected Taliban killed in raid on Afghan bomb store:

U.S. and Afghan government soldiers killed six suspected Taliban militants and seized bombs in a raid on a rebel storehouse, a provincial official said on Wednesday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ISL13766.htm

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Osama Bin Laden Reported Injured:

The injury was to the left leg and claiming it was sustained “when the Sheikh went out onto the battlefield to lead the expedition during which the Spanish base was attacked and which was named the Al-Khulud expedition.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9959.htm

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Video: Pakistan – U.S. Relationship :

Qazi Hussain Ahmad is the leader of the main Islamic party in Pakistan. He talks to Stephen Sackur in Islamabad about why he is determined to reverse Pakistan’s relationship with the United States. “The Zionists must be behind the attacks as they were the only beneficiaries of the September 11 incident,” he said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9945.htm

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U.N.: Uranium Brought To, Not Made in Iran :

Iran claimed vindication Tuesday after the U.N. nuclear agency concluded that traces of highly enriched uranium found on centrifuge parts entered this country on imported equipment and did not result from Iranian enrichment activities.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9944.htm

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US: Iran cannot be let off hook over nuclear charges :

The United States said that Iran should not be let off the hook although an independent probe has reportedly showed no evidence of clandestine atomic weapons activities in the Islamic republic.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9955.htm

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Iran: Tough talk and temptresses:

“The uranium we enrich in the fuel cycle is only 3% to 4% rich while for an atomic bomb it should be enriched up to 99%. – We want our own fuel production for our nuclear plant but they [the West] tell us to purchase fuel from them so that we would eventually become dependent on them.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9947.htm

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Iran in the Crosshairs:

Iran’s danger to America is not its nuclear program but its plan to introduce a euro-based energy exchange.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9936.htm

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K Gajendra Singh: War Over Silk Routes And Petro-Bourses – Would History Repeat Itself :

“ 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/article9943.htm

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Peter Hollings: Iran Next, by way of Charleston? :

The Bush administration’s obstacles to initiating overt war are resolved in the STRATCOM plan contingent on another 9/11-type attack. Another 9/11 event could create a “new reality” with potentially immense public support for war
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9938.htm

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An awful sense of déjà vu:

The most important objective is to persuade the domestic populations to accept the horrifying destruction of civilian populations as the Œprice‚ that has to be paid to preserve civilisation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9949.htm

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In case you missed it:

Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism :

If my email is any indication, a goodly number of folks wonder if they’re living in America in 2003 or Germany in 1933.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5775.htm

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In case you missed it:

Benito Mussolini: What is Fascism?:

War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have courage to meet it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9948.htm

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In case you missed it:

Fascism Anyone?:

“When facism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the American flag.” – Huey Long
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4113.htm

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Homeland Security’s Casualties:

In early August alone, a number of disturbing articles suggested that measures designed to protect Americans are seriously undermining the most basic civil rights of both citizens and guests in this country˜in an ostensibly still-free society.
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Ernest Partridge: The Bombs in the Basement:

Our job as responsible citizens is to pull away the curtain and expose the wizard as soon as possible, to minimize further damage to our country ˆ to its economy, to its international reputation, to its honor.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9950.htm

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The Preacher’s Fatwah on Chavez:

What Robertson has to say is based on a paradigm from the most conservative voices in this country, and those voices have no God except themselves and no soul except their selfish point of view!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9953.htm

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Chavez offers Americans cheap fuel:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, popular with the poor at home, has offered to help needy Americans with cheap supplies of petrol.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/998CE86F-D4B3-4C71-8CD0-1533DD28659C.htm

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Good Things Happening in Venezuela

Chavez charges that the United States government is plotting to assassinate him. I can believe it.
www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Parenti/GoodThings_Venezuela.html

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Homeland Security’s Casualties:

In early August alone, a number of disturbing articles suggested that measures designed to protect Americans are seriously undermining the most basic civil rights of both citizens and guests in this country˜in an ostensibly still-free society.
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‘’The Pentagon’s Bid to Militarize Space’’:

A series of Pentagon initiatives aimed at space militarization and at the creation of new types of armament — capable of precisely striking small targets in every corner of the world and of neutralizing most of today’s anti-aircraft defenses — will likely result in a new power battlefield in the near future.
www.pinr.com/report.php?ac=view_report&report_id=347

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Date: Tues, 23 Aug 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 106 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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Iraqi Doctors Warn Of Humanitarian Crisis

U.S. marines invaded the town of Rawa and carried out air strikes bombing many buildings and homes

By Dr. Salam Ismael

Doctors for Iraqi is calling for an independent investigation into the serious breaches of the Geneva Convention, the alleged killing of civilians and obstructing medical personal from carrying out there work.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9925.htm

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Christian Minister In Televised Call For Murder Of Venezuela’s President

Rev, Robertson, host of Christian Broadcasting Network’s The 700 Club and founder of the Christian Coalition of America, called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Click here to view Quick Time video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9918.htm

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In case you missed it

Living Under Fascism

The style of governing into which America has slid is most accurately described as fascism

By Rev. Davidson Loehr

Pat Robertson and his Christian Reconstructionists, or Dominionists. Long dismissed by most of us as a screwball, the Dominionist style of Christianity which he has been preaching since the early 1980s is now the most powerful religious voice in the Bush administration.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9926.htm

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Example Of Fascism In America

Video of Police Attack On Utah Rave

This was one of the scariest things I have ever witnessed in person. I can’t even begin to describe how surreal it was. Helicopters, assault rifles, tear gas, camouflage -wearing soldiers… why?

Click here to view . Windows Media
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9931.htm

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My Response to George

The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford – Day 17

By Cindy Sheehan

Why don’t you channel some courage from my son and come down and face me. Face the truth. Your house of cards built on smoke and mirrors is crumbling and you know it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9935.htm

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To What Is Cindy a Threat?

She has been referred to as a “crackpot,” an “America hater,” a “tragedy slut,” a “media whore,” an “anti-Semite,” and a “traitor

By Butler Shaffer

If wars can be started by nineteen men, armed with nothing more than box-cutter knives, perhaps peace can be precipitated by a lone woman standing alongside a road in Texas, demanding that a president be accountable for his actions. Don‚t think for a moment that the established order is unaware of and not fearful of just such a possibility.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9927.htm

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Counting The Dead:

BAQUBA ˆ Eight policeman were killed and 11 were wounded. NAJAF ˆ Two policemen were killed and another wounded by insurgents. BAQUBA ˆ One policeman was killed when gunmen burst into his house. BAGHDAD ˆ A U.S. soldier was killed in a rocket attack in southern Baghdad on Monday afternoon. BAGHDAD ˆ A U.S. soldier was killed in a rocket attack in southern Baghdad on Monday afternoon
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7 Killed In Suicide Blast:

5 Iraqi’s, a U.S. soldier and an American contractor were killed Tuesday when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in a city north of Baghdad
kyw.com/news/topstories_story_235113532.html

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Five Iraqi policemen killed, others wounded including three civilians:

Five Iraqi policemen, including two officers, were reported killed on Tuesday and a booby-trapped car blew up in western Iraqi city of Ramadi.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=762855

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U.S. Marine Killed By IED:

A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team-8, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed in action Aug. 21st by an improvised explosive device.
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20050836.txt

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U.S. Marine Killed By IED Near Fallujah:

A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team-8, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed in action Aug. 22 when the vehicle he was in was struck by an improvised explosive device.
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20050835.txt

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Iraqi Minister attacked in Baghdad is safe :

Iraq’s Environment Minister Narmin Othman escaped an assassination attempt when gunmen attacked her convoy north of Baghdad wounding three bodyguards, a police official said Tuesday.
newsfromrussia.com/world/2005/08/23/61578.html

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Triple car bombs target U.S. troops in west Iraq:

It was not clear if any U.S. troops were wounded or killed in the attack
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Two extra US battalions to Iraq:

THE Pentagon plans to deploy two additional battalions to Iraq amid rising insurgent attacks ahead of an anticipated referendum on a constitution, US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,16367071-23109,00.html

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People‚s Petition on Iraq Urges Bush to Shift Strategies :

Peace Action Education Fund and the Progressive Democrats of America are offering ordinary Americans and other interested groups the opportunity to provide leadership for the politicians in Washington
www.peace-action.org/home/8.16.05petition.html

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Iraq assembly gets charter draft, Sunnis upset :

Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government ruled out major concessions on Tuesday over a draft constitution that parliament looks set to pass this week in the teeth of minority Sunni objections that it could ignite civil war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9919.htm

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Juan Cole: Coup in Baghdad :

Unfinished Constitution Presented, vote Delayed
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9920.htm

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Iraq’s Assembly Is Given Charter, Still Unfinished:

In a legal sleight of hand, the Iraqis decided to give themselves three additional days to close the gaps. – That left some Iraqis on the 275-member National Assembly wondering whether they were still in charge, and some Sunni leaders asserting that the delay was illegal.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9921.htm

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Sunnis threaten civil war as Iraq constitution deadline extended:

Sunni leaders reacted with fury at the proposition, claiming that it would inflame the insurgency and trigger civil war and vowed to defeat the charter at a national referendum later this year unless demands for federalism were dropped.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9922.htm

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Is Iran the True Victor of the Iraq War?:

Iran has benefited from the downfall of the Saddam regime like no other country. Now Iran’s mullahs are pressing for more influence — and are apparently using terror as a means to that end.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9932.htm

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Bush Tells Veterans That Iraq Policy Will Make U.S. Safer:

“Terrorists in foreign lands still hope to attack our country,” he said. “The lesson of Sept. 11, 2001, is that we must confront threats before they fully materialize.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9923.htm

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Norman Solomon: Bush’s Option to Escalate the War in Iraq :

George W. Bush and his top aides seem to believe in red-white-and-blue violence with a fervor akin to religiosity. For them, the Pentagon’s capacity to destroy is some kind of sacrament. And even if more troops aren’t readily available for duty in Iraq, huge supplies of aircraft and missiles are available to step up the killing from the air.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9924.htm

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Sheila Samples : Yet, at Camp Casey…:

I saw NO religious leaders striding bravely through the shimmering Texas heat in an effort to stem the flow of innocent blood. Where are the peace-loving Christians?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9934.htm

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Mike Whitney : Turning Sheehan’s Victory into Defeat :

The lack of faith in the Bush administration is not limited to confirmed liberals who spend their time on Leftists web sites. The men at the top of the corporate food-chain are not fools. They understand failure and they know when to cut their losses. The Bush ship-o-state is rudderless and adrift and the media is just helping them to the nearest reef.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9928.htm

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More Images Of Abu Ghraib:

The images reportedly depict “assault, coerced sexual activity, rape, even dead bodies.” Some may have originated outside of Abu Ghraib. Rep. Jane Harman said she saw videos of a prisoner banging his head against a wall and a group of men masturbating. “Some of the videos are more disturbing than the still photos that you’ve seen,” added Sen. Bill Nelson.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9929.htm

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Sharon pledges to expand in West Bank :

As Israeli forces removed residents from the last Jewish settlement still to be cleared in the Gaza Strip yesterday, Ariel Sharon sought to win back support from the Israeli right by promising continued expansion of Israel’s West Bank colonies and no more unilateral pullouts.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1554337,00.html

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News flash!! A settler finds his conscience!
peacepalestine.blogspot.com/2005/08/news-flash-settler-finds-his.html

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Venezuela Slams Robertson Over Remarks :

Venezuela’s vice president has accused religious broadcaster Pat Robertson of making “terrorist statements”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9930.htm

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Venezuela Oil Shipments to China Up Markedly, State Oil Firm Says:

Venezuelan oil shipments to China increased fivefold this year, surpassing 68,000 barrels a day on average, the state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. said Tuesday.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB1WGH9QCE.html

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All Hell Breaks Loose in Utah – 2000+ Protest Bush (Video)
www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/8/22/202433/261

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President Bush: Anti-War Protestors Weaken America:

President Bush Tuesday said anti-Iraq-war protesters like Cindy Sheehan are “advocating a policy that would weaken the United States.”
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How the G8 lied to the world on aid :

The truth about Gleneagles puts a cloud over the New York summit
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9933.htm

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Trading with the ‘schoolyard bully’:

Last week, the U.S. government reneged on that agreement, and its successor, the 1993 North American free-trade agreement, by declaring that it would simply ignore the unanimous ruling of the ultimate free trade tribunal — a ruling that said the Americans had no right to impose tariffs on the import of Canadian softwood lumber.
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/
TPStory/LAC/20050820/NAFTA20/TPNational/Email

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 08/22/05:

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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Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 106 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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The Terrorist of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

By Doug Thompson

It is no longer Osama bin Laden and his fanatical followers who pose the greatest threat to the future of this country. It is George W. Bush and his equally-fanatical, zoned-out legions who buy into his destructive, anti-American actions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9909.htm

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The next World War starts in Iran

There is no evidence that Iran has a nuclear weapons program.

By Mike Whitney

This is not a detail that you should expect to see in the western media. Of the hundreds of articles I’ve combed through on Iran only 1% to 2% even casually mention this salient fact. The reasons for this are fairly obvious to those who watched the media carefully build the case for war with Iraq based entirely on false information.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9908.htm

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People torn to pieces, relatives scream – another week in the theme park of death

Robert Fisk reports from beyond the Coalition’s concrete walls

There are now two Baghdads. One is the Green Zone, where US and Iraqi officials live in a protected realm; the other is the danger zone, where everyone else lives.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9896.htm

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Hypocrites and Liars

Where are the pro-war people

By Cindy Sheehan

If you fall on the side that is pro-George and pro-war, you get your ass over to Iraq, and take the place of somebody who wants to come home. And if you fall on the side that is against this war and against George Bush, stand up and speak out.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9894.htm

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Counting The Dead:

TARMIYA – Ten Iraqis, eight of them policemen, were shot dead by gunmen. BAGHDAD – Police found four bodies in a western Baghdad district near a Sunni mosque. KIRKUK – Gunmen assassinated a counter-terrorism security official, Captain Ibrahim Saeed, and his wife . SAMARRA – One Iraqi policeman was killed when insurgents sprayed his vehicle with gunfire
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L2253638.htm

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Gunmen Kill Two Drivers:

Gunmen shot dead two truck drivers 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Baquba
www.timesofoman.com/newsdetails.asp?newsid=18931

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Two Iraqi’s Killed By Roadside Bomb:

Two Iraqis were killed when a roadside bomb exploded near a passing US army patrol, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Baquba, police said.
www.timesofoman.com/newsdetails.asp?newsid=18931

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U.S. Soldier Killed By IED:

A 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat)(Airborne) Soldier was killed Aug. 21 in Ad Dwar when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.
www.mnf-iraq.com/Releases/Aug/050821d.htm

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Baghdad civilian death totals are extreme:

Civilian deaths in Baghdad in July were more than New York City had in all of 2004, and that’s excluding car bombings and suicide bombings.
www.washtimes.com/upi/20050821-110618-6132r.htm

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Iraq constitution submitted, but no vote held

“pending points” need to be resolved within the next three days before a vote can be held, said Parliament speaker Hajim al-Hassani.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9005694/

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Iraqis divided on constitution as deadline looms :

The ruling Shia delegation in Iraq’s parliament said a new constitution had been agreed but MPs from the Sunni minority said they did not accept the draft.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9915.htm

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Sunnis pledge to vote down constitution ‘conspiracy’:

“It‚s a religious obligation to vote against the constitution because it‚s the work of the occupiers,‰ he said.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1745286,00.html

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Sunnis appeal to the world community:

A day before the deadline for the new constitution, Sunni Arabs appealed on Sunday to the United States to prevent Shi’ites and Kurds from pushing a draft through Parliament without their consent, warning it would only worsen the crisis in Iraq.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1468622,001300180001.htm

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Bush’s Other Iraq Invasion:

The Bush administration has succeeded in maintaining a stranglehold on issues such as public versus private ownership of resources, foreign access to Iraqi oil and U.S. control of the reconstruction effort — all of which are still governed by administration policies
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9911.htm

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Under US noses, brutal insurgents rule Sunni citadel :

For politicians and diplomats in Baghdad’s fortified green zone the constitution is a means to stabilise Iraq and woo Sunni Arabs away from the rebellion. For Haditha, 140 miles north-west of the capital, whether a draft is agreed is irrelevant. Residents already have a set of laws and rules promulgated by insurgents.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9905.htm

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Bush to face protests as he defends Iraq policy :

“Our troops know that … if we do not confront these evil men abroad, we will have to face them one day in our own cities and streets, and they know that the safety and security of every American is at stake in this war,” he said in his weekly radio address.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9911.htm

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Mr Bush must start to tell America the truth :

Given the awfulness of the situation, the least we are entitled to expect from the war’s architects is some honesty. Instead the Bush team has peddled ludicrous optimism while surreptitiously rubbishing those who supported the war but are now worried about where it is going as wimps and turncoats.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9907.htm

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Congress must probe whether president lied us into war:

President Bush says the mission in Iraq is to spread democracy in the Middle East. It would be bizarrely ironic if the administration knowingly hoodwinked Americans and thereby subverted a basic tenet of democracy in the name of advancing it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9912.htm

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Leaderless on the left :

“Sheehan has revealed both the strength and the weakness of the left. We have a political agenda that can command considerable mainstream support; yet we do not have a political leadership willing or able to articulate those agendas. We wield political influence; we lack legislative power.‰
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9906.htm

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Time to Break the Silence

What mythic view of American righteousness and omnipotence blurred the vision of Bush supporters when they bought a story that millions of people in the United States, Canada, France, England, Germany, India, Spain, Japan, Australia and elsewhere saw through from the start?
www.commondreams.org/views05/0822-23.htm

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Cindy’s Crawford’s Camp Casey Continues to Grow Despite Sheehan’s Absence:

I’m Minnesota State Senator, Becky Lourey. My son, CW-4, Matthew Scott Lourey, a wonderful American hero, died on May 26, saving his colleagues’ lives in Iraq. And I’m reading you a letter written by all of us here.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9917.htm

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The Trillion-Dollar War:

If the American military presence in the region lasts another five years, the total outlay for the war could stretch to more than $1.3 trillion, or $11,300 for every household in the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9916.htm

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Video: Steve Earle’s “Rich Man’s War”

www.artemisrecords.com/media/SteveEarle-RichMansWarVid.ram

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Charley Reese :

No Accountability: Excuse me. You want me to believe that you love a people ˜ who for 13 years we bombed and impoverished with sanctions ˜ so much that you will gladly spend 2,000 American lives to relieve them of a dictator the U.S. once supported? This is insane.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9904.htm

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Tony Blair to join Carlyle Group?:

The job could net Mr Blair up to £500,000 a year for only a few days work a month giving speeches and making “networking” trips on behalf of the company.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9913.htm

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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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Britons willing to trade civil liberties for better security: poll:

Almost three quarters of Britons are willing to give up some civil liberties in return for better security, according to a poll conducted since the deadly bombings on London‚s transit system.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9914.htm

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Gaza Stripped: But the Occupation Remains:

Despite U.S. mainstream media reports that the 38-year-occupation of Palestinians within Gaza has “ended,” the Israeli military still controls water, the Palestinians’ passage through checkpoints and air space.
www.counterpunch.com/nettnin08222005.html

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Illegal Occupation and Israeli Apartheid:

Is disparity in media coverage between the United States and the rest of the world due to editors sympathetic to Zionism, or is it due to Palestinians’ having brown skin and Jewish settlers’ being European and American Ashkenazi (white)?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9903.htm

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Four murdered Palestinians not considered newsworthy during disengagement:

Not only does the reaction to the shooting, the second such attack on Palestinians in recent weeks expose the hypocrisy of the Israeli military, but it also demonstrates the low priority the Western press gives to Palestinian suffering.
electronicintifada.net/v2/article4115.shtml

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China: U.S. must not interfere in agreements with Israel :

China demanded on Saturday that the United States not interfere in agreements under which it is to buy weapons from Israel. Beijing also commented on international tensions caused by Iranian nuclear projects.
www.interfax.cn/showfeature.asp?aid=4823

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Nigeria: Obasanjo Affirms Torture, Killing by Police:

An unprecedented statement by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo that Nigerian police officers have committed killings and torture must be followed up by concrete action, Human Rights Watch said today
hrw.org/english/docs/2005/08/22/nigeri11650_txt.htm

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Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2005
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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 105 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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Headlines For 08/20/05 Here
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9902.htm

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People torn to pieces, relatives scream – another week in the theme park of death

Robert Fisk reports from beyond the Coalition’s concrete walls

There are now two Baghdads. One is the Green Zone, where US and Iraqi officials live in a protected realm; the other is the danger zone, where everyone else lives.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9896.htm

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Hypocrites and Liars

Where are the pro-war people

By Cindy Sheehan

If you fall on the side that is pro-George and pro-war, you get your ass over to Iraq, and take the place of somebody who wants to come home. And if you fall on the side that is against this war and against George Bush, stand up and speak out.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9894.htm

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When Tyranny is Law, Revolution is Order

The stress on the need for more and more laws gives us the impression as if it was the lack of laws that lead to “terrorism‰ in the first place.

By Abid Ullah Jan

Even a cursory analysis shows that the target of the proposed terror laws is the basic principles that ensure justice and fairness.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9893.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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Counting the Dead:

An Iraqi family of five were killed by gunmen late on Saturday in the northern Iraqi town of Samarra. A six-year-old child was killed by a Katyusha rocket that landed on his home in the northern Iraqi town of Seeniya. One Iraqi civilian was killed by a roadside bomb as he travelled in his car near the volatile town of Latifiya
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KHA119566.htm

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U.S. Soldier Killed by Roadside Bomb in Iraq:

A U.S. soldier was killed Sunday when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in northern Iraq, the military said.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB4QSMMNCE.html

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U.S. troops bomb Tel Affar despite parliament speaker‚s warning :

The residents described the U.S. shelling of their city “as fires of hell.‰ International media organizations, whose representatives have shut themselves up in luxury hotels in Baghdad for fear of kidnapping, have apparently imposed a news blackout on the situation in Tel Affar, our correspondent says.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9901.htm

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Iran blames US for Iraq bombings:

Iran‚s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday denied fresh US allegations that the Islamic republic was linked to bombings in Iraq, and instead pointed the finger at US occupying forces.
www.dawn.com/2005/08/20/top17.htm

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U.S. concedes ground to Islamists on Iraqi law :

U.S. diplomats, who have insisted the constitution must enshrine ideals of equal rights and democracy, declined comment.
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Bush Caves In To Islamist Constitution — And The U.S. Press Blows The Story:

If the Bush administration brokered a deal in Occupied Iraq to enshrine Islamic law as the guiding principle of the new Iraqi Constitution, you’d think it would be headline news in the U.S. media, wouldn’t you?
direland.typepad.com/direland/2005/08/bush_caves_in_t.html

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Juan Cole: Islamic Law Primary in Iraqi Constitution :

Thousands demonstrate against Federalism. Kurdish Masses demand right to Secede
www.juancole.com/2005/08/islamic-law-primary-in-iraqi.html

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US “may” keep troop level in Iraq for 4 more years:

US Army Chief of Staff Peter Schoomaker told US media that the level of the troops could be maintained above 100,000 through 2009, although it may be cut down somewhat from the current size of 138,000.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-08/21/content_3382777.htm

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Hagel says Iraq war looking like Vietnam :

Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, who received two Purple Hearts and other military honors for his service in Vietnam, reaffirmed his position that the United States needs to develop a strategy to leave Iraq.
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War on terror good for defense firms in US:

US defense contractors are riding high these days, buoyed by rising Pentagon spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the high cost of homeland security in the US-declared war on terror.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9899.htm

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“My Son Died for Nothing” :

“My son died for nothing,” Sheehan raged, “He was sent to fight in a war that had no basis in reality and was killed for it. I say my son died for lies. George Bush LIED to us and he knew he was LYING.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9898.htm

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Can Cindy Sheehan End the War?:

Gold Star moms like Cindy Sheehan could be leading sit-ins at military recruitment offices across the country and in the home district congressional offices of Democrats and Republicans. How about Cindy Sheehan moving Camp Casey from Crawford to Hillary Clinton’s offices in Washington or New York.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9889.htm

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What to do if they call you an anti-Semite:

Well, it finally happened, as I knew it surely would: A pro-Israel publication, Israpundit.com, hauled out that old, misused mudball – “anti-Semite” – and threw it at Cindy Sheehan.
metimes.com/print.php?StoryID=20050815-095319-6672r

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Frank Rich : The Swift Boating of Cindy Sheehan:

The 24/7 cable and Web attack dogs can keep on sliming Cindy Sheehan. The president can keep trying to ration the photos of flag-draped caskets. But this White House no longer has any more control over the insurgency at home than it does over the one in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9900.htm

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US TV station rejects anti-war ad:

“A Utah television station is refusing to air an anti-war ad featuring Cindy Sheehan, whose son’s death in Iraq prompted a vigil outside President George Bush’s Texas ranch.
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Robert Fisk: What Does Democracy Really Mean In The Middle East? :

Whatever The West Decides:

It makes you want to scream. I have been driving the dingy, dangerous, oven-like streets of Baghdad all week, ever more infested with insurgents and their informers, the American troops driving terrified over the traffic islands, turning their guns on all of us if we approach within 50 meters.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9888.htm

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American violence in Iraq: Necrophilia or savagery?:

Concentrating on the Iraq war is a fundamental prerequisite to the understanding of the new wars of colonialist conquests ushered in by the United States under Bush.
www.onlinejournal.com/Commentary/081605Petersen-1/081605petersen-1.html

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Wars Need to Be Prevented, Not Stopped:

No matter what the evidence of lies, no matter what the “intelligence” really said, no matter what the damage to the nation and its citizens and soldiers, warmongers will be warmongers.
metimes.com/articles/normal.php?StoryID=20050815-084045-4860r

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Walking the Wrong Way:

The Bush administration has announced plans for a Freedom Walk on Sept. 11, which will start at the Pentagon and end at the National Mall, and include a country music concert. The event is an ill-considered attempt to link the Iraq war to the terrorist attacks of 2001, and misguided in almost every conceivable way.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9897.htm

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Afghanistan Bombs Kill 4 US Soldiers, Wound 2 American Officials :

A roadside bomb in southern Zabul province killed the four soldiers and wounded three others early Sunday. Hours later, in the western outskirts of Kabul, a roadside bomb went off near a convoy of U.S. Embassy vehicles, slightly wounding two embassy officials.
www.voanews.com/english/2005-08-21-voa15.cfm

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New Taliban proves to be formidable foe:

Nearly four years after a U.S.-led military intervention toppled them from power, the Taliban has re-emerged as a potent threat to stability in Afghanistan.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9892.htm

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Taliban told US in 1998 to liquidate Osama:

When Ahmed suggested that the US kill Bin Laden, he added that if Washington decided to go ahead and did it with a cruise missile or other means, the Taliban could do little to prevent it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9890.htm

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US Held Secret Meetings with Taleban in 1998 :

Declassified documents reveal the U.S. State Department held secret meetings with top Taleban officials in 1998 and discussed assassinating or expelling al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden from Afghanistan.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9891.htm

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Uri Avnery : This Was The Day:

This was the day when the settlers’ ideology collapsed. If there is a God in heaven, He did not come to their rescue. The messiah stayed at home. No miracle occurred to save them.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9895.htm

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600 Gaza settlers to move to W Bank:

At least 600 Jewish settlers to be evacuated from the Gaza Strip will move to a West Bank settlement, an official in the settlement said on Sunday.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3A23EAF1-13B6-41E9-9C96-9704C7687D56.htm

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Israeli Spy Affair: Satterfield named in AIPAC indictment :

David Satterfield, a former senior State Department official who is deputy to the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, is mentioned in the indictment against former AIPAC official Steve Rosen as one of the senior American officials who discussed classified material with the defendant
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/614603.html

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Police who tailed shot Brazilian didn’t think he was a threat: report:

Quoting senior police sources, it said three surveillance officers who followed Jean Charles de Menezes into a south London subway station where he died on July 22 did not feel he was armed or about to set off a bomb.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=66435

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‘Disgusted’ parents reject Met’s offer of £15,000 compensation for dead son :

The parents of the Brazilian electrician shot dead by police were offered £15,000 in compensation for the loss of their son, raising allegations that the family were being bought off.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/article307384.ece

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Saudi royals destroying home of Muhammad:

The home of the Prophet is to make way for a parking lot, two 50-storey hotel towers and seven 35-storey apartment blocks; Yet despite this outrage, not a single Muslim country, no ayatollah, no mufti, no king, not even a Muslim Canadian imam has dared utter a word in protest.
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Venezuela State Oil Company to Open First Asia Office in China:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has promoted a closer relationship with China, India and other Asian countries in an effort to secure new markets for oil aside from its current No. 1 buyer, the United States.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGBLDA1ZLCE.html

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Senator takes Rumsfeld to task over Chávez criticism:

During a visit to South America this week, Mr Rumsfeld warned that Mr Chávez and Cuba’s Fidel Castro were trying to destabilise Bolivia, where unrest has led to the departure of two presidents in the last two years
news.ft.com/cms/s/caee41a8-1101-11da-adc0-00000e2511c8.html

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Paraguayan president defends relations with Cuba and Venezuela:

Nicanor Duarte, president of Paraguay, has defended the relations of his government with Cuba and Venezuela to Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. defense secretary, according to Paraguayan Defense Minister Roberto Gonz lez.
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Diplomatic Assurances — Worthless:

Countries that rely on Œdiplomatic assurances‚ that other countries won‚t torture transferred prisoners “are either engaging in wishful thinking or using the assurances as a figleaf to cover their complicity,‰ a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) charges.
civillibertarian.blogspot.com/2005/08/diplomatic-assurances-worthless.html

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The wealth of the west was built on Africa’s exploitation :

Britain has never faced up to the dark side of its imperial history
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1552921,00.html

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Darfur – Far From Hope.
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Two War Protesters Injured During March:

One woman who would not leave was subdued with a Taser. He also confirmed that a police dog bit another woman on the leg when she refused police orders to disperse.
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U.S. asks court to dismiss ex-soldier’s injury lawsuit :

The federal government is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by a former soldier from Kentucky who is suing the Army and Navy for injuries he received during a training exercise at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AI
D=/20050821/NEWS0104/508210477/1008/NEWS01

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