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 Information Clearing House  Digest 17-21 September 2005

 
 

21 September 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 136 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10223.htm
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Pentagon Blocks Testimony at Senate Hearing on Terrorist

By PHILIP SHENON

The Pentagon said today that it had blocked a group of military officers and intelligence analysts from testifying at an open Congressional hearing about a highly classified military intelligence program that, the officers have said, identified a ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks as a potential terrorist more than a year before the attacks.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10353.htm

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To say we must stay in Iraq to save it from chaos is a lie

This is a fiasco without parallel in recent British history. Iraqis must run their country: we’ve made enough mess of it already

By Simon Jenkins

Don’t be fooled a second time. They told you Britain must invade Iraq because of its weapons of mass destruction. They were wrong. Now they say British troops must stay in Iraq because otherwise it will collapse into chaos. This second lie is infecting everyone.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10354.htm

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No Exit; Descending into hell with George Bush

By Mike Whitney

The bodies of the mangled and bloated corpses are no where to be found on America’s news programs. Like the countless dead in Iraq they’re purged from the coverage and stripped from the public record. They’ve been replaced by the well-scrubbed visage of the Potemkin-president issuing his comforting words for his people.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10357.htm

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Nineteen bodies discovered north of Baghdad :

Iraqi police discovered 19 bodies of Iraqi border guards north of Baghdad on Wednesday,police and medical sources said.
tinyurl.com/76mb8

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12 Americans killed in Iraq:

U.S. officials reported 12 more Americans were killed – eight of them members of the armed forces, raising to more than 1,900 the number of U.S. service members who have died in the country since the invasion.
tinyurl.com/8a4vy

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Gunbattle in Baghdad kills 8:

At least eight people were killed on Wednesday in a gun battle in Baghdad between troops and insurgents and the U.S. military said a child died in a fire fight in the northern city of Mosul.
tinyurl.com/amzme

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‘Five Iraqi civilians killed’ in SAS rescue operation:

Five Iraqi civilians died in clashes surrounding the controversial operation to free two British SAS men captured in Basra, it was claimed today.
tinyurl.com/9bqbt

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Army tactics shattered by day of chaos :

Police complained the British had behaved like “terrorists”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10352.htm

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‘People here see the Iraq government has no authority’ :

The Iraqi official was visibly flustered and embarrassed when questioned in Baghdad about the storming of the police station in Basra by British troops.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10350.htm

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TV shows captured soldiers’ and their ‘arsenal’:

The two men were members of the Special Air Services regiment, the UK’s elite special forces commando unit. There was no official confirmation of that. The men were dressed in Arab clothing and driving a civilian car when Iraqi police tried to stop them.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1788849,00.html

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What is Covert Action?:

Covert Action operations are often Disinformation Operations, which are conducted in such a way as to discredit the opposition or the enemy. This is done, for example, by doing a violent action, such as a bombing, but making it look like the forces of another country or group did it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10356.htm

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Fake Terrorism Is a Coalition’s Best Friend:

Iraqi police recently caught two terrorists with a car full of explosives. Would it surprise you to learn they were British Special Forces?
tinyurl.com/dlpj8

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Security Situation in Baghdad Sinking like the Titanic:

“The situation has deteriorated in Baghdad dramatically today. Five neighborhoods (hay) in Baghdad are controlled by insurgents, and they are Amiraya, Ghazilya, Shurta, Yarmouk and Doura.
www.juancole.com/2005/09/security-situation-in-baghdad-sinking.html

tinyurl.com/apava

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Face it. It‚s time we got our army out of Blair‚s Vietnam:

British soldiers should not be required to give their lives in order to feed the vanity of an arrogant politician. This is Blair’s Vietnam, not theirs.
www.theherald.co.uk/features/47401-print.shtml

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Caught in a dilemma of our own making :

Like it or not, the British are being dragged out of cover into the limelight, and with that must come the hard questions of what we are doing there, what it is costing, and when we will get out. Unnerving though the phrase “exit strategy” might be, it is one that can no longer be avoided.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10355.htm

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US forces launch air strikes on Sunni town in Iraq :

US forces launched air strikes on the Sunni town of Dhuluiyah, an Iraqi security official said, where four US civilian contractors were killed a day earlier in an ambush on their convoy.
tinyurl.com/dopm2

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Displaced families return to devastated Talafar:

Since the fighting started, no humanitarian organisations have been authorised to enter the city. The IRCS said it had now been allowed to send its disaster team to Talafar on 23 September to make a detailed study of the situation.
tinyurl.com/8mx3l

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Buhruz Quiet Without American Patrols :

Insurgents refrain from attacking Iraqi forces so long has US troops keep out.
www.iwpr.net/index.pl?archive/irq/irq_142_2_eng.txt

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Video: Antiwar statements from U.S. Soldiers who have served in the Iraq War
video.google.com/videosearch?q=metropole&pl=1

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Sit Down in DC

Today’s King George is busy handing out thousands of death sentences to our family members in America, and to many more of our family members in Iraq. Can we ignore Saturday’s singular opportunity to say “ENOUGH!”?
counterpunch.org/ferner09212005.html

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Cindy Sheehan Takes on the Democrats, Hillary Clinton

The anti-war activist has plenty to say˜and it‚s not all about Bush
villagevoice.com/news/0538,lombardiweb,68015,2.html

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Ted Rall: Long live the war:

Iraq War, Downgraded to a Box Score, is Lost
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10351.htm

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Military judge bars release of Abu Ghraib photos:

day before the trial of Lynndie England, the U.S. soldier who held an Iraqi prisoner on a leash at Abu Ghraib prison, a military judge on Tuesday barred the release of photos which have already been published around the world.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N20370152.htm

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GEDs no longer required:

The Army is reaching out to a slice of America‚s youth long ineligible to serve: non-high school graduates who don‚t have a General Equivalency Diploma
www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1115623.php

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 09/20/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/b526u

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Seven killed in Afghan ambush :

Suspected Taliban rebels ambushed police in two southern Afghanistan provinces on Tuesday, sparking firefights that left seven people dead and four seriously injured, officials said.
tinyurl.com/bqvc6

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Kuwait urges US solution to striking Guantanamo detainees

“I told Secretary Rice about reports on the health condition and the hunger strike by the inmates and that this was unacceptable to GCC states.”
tinyurl.com/dh8e2

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A must listen

Audio: George Galloway’s Talk :

Over 1,000 people filled the Wisconsin Union Theatre on Sunday night and more 600 came to Northwestern Law School‚s Thorne Auditorium to hear George Galloway on Monday night, making it one of the largest left-wing political meetings in years in Chicago.
www.traprockpeace.org/galloway_chi_091905.html

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Gaza evacuees plan to move to new West Bank settlement :

Former Gaza settlers said Wednesday they plan to move their mobile homes to a former army post in the West Bank and that they were informally assured of government backing.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/627617.html

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Israeli firm tossed out of UK fair:

In the shadow of threats against retired Israeli generals over war crimes, organizers of one of the world’s largest international arms fairs in London tossed out an Israeli company for offering stun guns, leg irons and other “weapons of torture.”
tinyurl.com/9gbqo

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War pimp alert:

Iran to have nuclear bomb in six months, says Israel :

Israel is seeking to rally international support for a tough United Nations stand against Iran’s nuclear ambitions with a warning that it could have the knowledge to produce a nuclear bomb “within six months”.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article314008.ece

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War pimp alert:

U.S. Presses Case for Action Against Iran :

The United States on Wednesday pressed its case to have Iran hauled before the U.N. Security Council for its nuclear activities, urging fellow members of the International Atomic Energy Agency board to vote for such action in the next few days
tinyurl.com/bgx9z

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Moscow Affirms It’s Nuclear Partnership With Iran:

As Russia welcomed Iran’s top nuclear official on September 12, Moscow is sending signals that the Kremlin remains keen to strengthen its nuclear partnership with Tehran.
jamestown.org/edm/article.php?article_id=2370243

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Iran calls on UN to probe how Israel acquired nuclear weapons:

The president of Iran offered to allow other countries and private companies to participate in his country’s uranium enrichment program to prove that Tehran is not producing nuclear weapons.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/625891.html

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US-India nuclear deal under Iran gun:

India is under continuing pressure from Washington to back a Security Council referral of Iran’s nuclear transgressions, with the Bush administration signaling that any shirking on the issue will inhibit it from fulfilling its part of US-India nuclear deal.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1237146.cms

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Trial over Uzbek uprising ‘a sham’: Fifteen men pleaded guilty in Uzbekistan’s supreme court yesterday to charges linked to an uprising in May.
tinyurl.com/ex7xy

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Kyrgyzstan: US forces can stay — if they pay more:

Bakiyev said Kyrgyzstan was in talks with Washington on raising charges for its use of Manas International Airport.
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1145570

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In a world gone crazy:

Lott: Scrap Medicare drugs, pay for storm:

Congress could help pay for rebuilding efforts in Mississippi and other areas hit by Hurricane Katrina if it halted the $700 billion Medicare prescription drug program, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/76erx

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The People versus FEMA:

To members of the House and Senate, the message is clear. Fix the structure or you will lose your jobs! We cannot wait for the next disaster to find out that the U.S. Cavalry is a no-show charade directed by incompetents placed into a Hydra-headed bureaucracy by a president addicted to cronyism
www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/091805DeHart/091805dehart.html

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American dream eludes the poorest :

Why – is a black American child five times more likely to live in poverty than a white child? Why is a black American baby more likely to die in the months after birth than a Cuban baby, or one born in Beijing?
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/4265454.stm#

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Arianna Huffington: Plamegate: The John Bolton Connection :

According to two sources, Bolton’s former chief of staff, Fred Fleitz, was at least one of the sources of the classified information about Valerie Plame that flowed through the Bush administration and eventually made its way into Bob Novak’s now infamous column.
tinyurl.com/c6zuk

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19 September 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 134 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10223.htm
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Let them Die or Let them go

Mike Whitney

I have a word of advice I would like to offer Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon chieftains who currently preside over the hunger-strikers at Guantanamo Bay, 20 of whom are near death. For God’s sake, let them die.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10334.htm

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Wake Up

Hundreds of billions and tens of thousands of innocent lives wasted later, what have we achieved? Nothing.

By Cindy Sheehan

Enough, George! What is disgusting is not, as the first lady says, criticism of you, but rather the crimes you’ve committed against this country and our sons and daughters. Stop hiding behind your twisted idea of God and stop destroying this country.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10331.htm

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19 police and 2 civilians killed in fresh attacks :

Iraqi police say a suicide car bomber struck a joint U-S-Iraqi patrol (near Taji) north of Baghdad last night, killing 14 Iraqi soldiers. Another suicide bomber blew himself up today near an Iraqi police commando patrol. Five policemen and two civilians were killed.
tinyurl.com/85mg3

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Suicide bombers kill 10 as Shia pilgrimage gets underway:

Two suicide car bombers killed 10 when they struck checkpoints south of Baghdad on Monday on a road used by thousands of Iraqi Shia pilgrims making their way by foot to the holy city of Karbala.
tinyurl.com/c4weo

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Iraqi working for NYT found shot dead in Basra:

An Iraqi working as a reporter for the New York Times was found dead in the southern city of Basra on Monday after being kidnapped by masked men, family members and a doctor said.
tinyurl.com/cqskx

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Iraqi MP assassinated, 24 bodies found in Tigris:

Insurgents assassinated a Kurdish member of parliament and police found 24 bodies shot to death and dumped in the Tigris River 50 miles north of the capital
tinyurl.com/cc95g

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15 Iraqi soldiers taken hostage west of Samara.
tinyurl.com/7h4k6

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Two Britons detained in Iraq for firing at police:

Violence erupted in Basra on Monday after Iraqi authorities said they had detained two British undercover soldiers
tinyurl.com/9vchh

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British forces attack Iraqi jail, free 2 captured Britons:

British forces using tanks broke down the walls of the central jail in the southern city of Basra late Monday and freed two Britons, allegedly undercover commandos, who had been arrested on charges of shooting two Iraqi policemen.
tinyurl.com/d9c4g

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Iraq invasion radicalized Saudi fighters: report:

Hundreds of Saudi fighters who joined the insurgency in Iraq showed few signs of militancy before the U.S.-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein, according to a detailed study based on Saudi intelligence reports.
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1136691

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Bulgaria Begins Iraq Withdrawal Mid October:

Bulgaria’s troops will begin their withdrawal from Iraq in the middle of October, the Chief of General Staff of the Bulgarian Army General Nikola Kolev announced.
www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=52607

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Top Dems Ignore the Public :

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll tells us what we already know: a strong majority of Americans favor bringing troops home from Iraq. Specifically, 55% support a withdrawal, while just 36% back Bush’s position that current troop levels should be maintained
www.commondreams.org/views05/0915-35.htm

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Cindy Sheehan: What Noble Cause?

Upon reflection on the events of this past August, I have come up with two reasons why George could not meet with me: He is a coward and there is no Noble Cause.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10330.htm

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What has happened to Iraq’s missing $1bn? :

One billion dollars has been plundered from Iraq’s defence ministry in one of the largest thefts in history, The Independent can reveal, leaving the country’s army to fight a savage insurgency with museum-piece weapons.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10329.htm

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New twist on aid for Iraq: U.S. seeks donations:

Contributors have no way of knowing who’s getting the money or precisely where it’s headed because the government says it must keep the details secret for security reasons.
tinyurl.com/c8w2w

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Bishops criticise US over foreign policy and war on terror :

A group of Church of England bishops issued a report today criticising American foreign policy, the US war on terror and some American Christians’ use of biblical texts to support a political agenda in the Middle East, and accuses the US of using illegitimate and dangerous rhetoric.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10335.htm

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Canada not neutral on Iraq, crowd told:

anada needs to stop fooling itself and pretending that it’s not involved in the “illegal” war on Iraq, British MP George Galloway told a boisterous crowd gathered last night to hear him speak at the University of Toronto.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10324.htm

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History will judge Blair as a defender of Bush’s agenda above Britain’s :

The prime minister’s role has been to find excuses for America.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1573131,00.html

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Mickey Z. : Lords of War :

The Center for International Policy estimates that around 80% of U.S. arms exports to the developing world go to non-democratic regimes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10327.htm

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Mike Whitney : Let them Die or Let them go :

I have a word of advice I would like to offer Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon chieftains who currently preside over the hunger-strikers at Guantanamo Bay, 20 of whom are near death. For God’s sake, let them die.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10334.htm

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Khalilzad Threatens Syria:

The neocon program is obviously to create a string of client-states in what it calls the “Greater Middle East”---an empire dripping with oil, bedecked with U.S. military bases, spread-eagled for U.S. corporate investment, warmly receptive to Israeli advances.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10333.htm

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U.S. will support some Israeli settlements:

U.S. President George W. Bush intends to back a request by Israel to keep larger West Bank settlement areas under its control in a permanent peace agreement with the Palestinians.
web.israelinsider.com/Articles/Politics/6637.htm

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Bush Backs Israel‚s Annexation of Larger Colonies:

Bush‚s letter, also pledged that the United States will not support the Palestinian refugees‚ “right of return‰ and said that a return to the prewar borders of 1949 was unlikely, was dubbed by Palestinian officials as a “New Balfor Declaration.‰
www.palestine-pmc.com/details.asp?cat=1&id=991

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Widespread building of illegal West Bank outposts :

Touring the West Bank with senior army officials, Labor MK Ephraim Sneh said Sunday he had discovered widespread violations of the law at illegal outposts north of Ramallah.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/626214.html

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S. African ambassador sees the `loving side’ of Israelis:

South African Ambassador Major General Fumanekile Gqiba was publicly humiliated and treated in a racist manner by a border control official at Ben-Gurion Airport.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/625660.html

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Cartoon of the week:
tinyurl.com/5hqxq

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Up In Flames:

Tons of British aid donated to help Hurricane Katrina victims to be BURNED by Americans
tinyurl.com/bh76d

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Bush suggests lifting the ban on using the military domestically:

Congress has always avoided amending Posse Comitatus, the law that has kept active-duty soldiers out of civilian law-enforcement affairs since Reconstruction.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10328.htm

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Padilla and the Death of the Republic:

The Power to Hold Anyone
www.counterpunch.com/gorman09192005.html

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Frank Rich: Message: I Care About the Black Folks :

The worst storm in our history proved perfect for exposing this president because in one big blast it illuminated all his failings: the rampant cronyism, the empty sloganeering of “compassionate conservatism,” the lack of concern for the “underprivileged
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10326.htm

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Iran to insist on its nuclear right:

“Strange as it may sound, Iran is being asked to halt its legitimate nuclear program, which has long been under the full surveillance of the International Atomic Energy Agency. It is obvious that such demands have no legal basis and will never be accepted by the nation.”
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0509192095191753.htm

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IAEA chief urges talks on Iran nuke plans:

Diplomats said U.S. and European officials at a key meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency had resumed work on a draft resolution calling for Security Council involvement, to be voted on later this week by the IAEA’s 35-nation governing board.
www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/world/12685925.htm

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Iran’s President Ahmadinejad’s speech at UN :

The world is rife with discrimination and poverty. Discrimination produces hatred, war and terrorism. They all share the common root of lack of spirituality coupled with injustice. Justice is about equal rights, the correct distribution of resources in the territories of different states, the equality of all before the law and respect for international agreements.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10336.htm

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US threat to freeze N Korean assets:

The United States has threatened to freeze North Korean assets if the state does not toe the line in talks aimed at ending its nuclear weapons programme, but a new proposal from China raises hopes for progress.
tinyurl.com/853mg

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Afghanistan: Turnout lower than expected:

About half of Afghanistan`s 12.4 million registered voters cast ballots.
tinyurl.com/alojc

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Democracy Now! Interviews President Hugo Chavez:

“If the Imperialist Government of the White House Dares to Invade Venezuela, the War of 100 Years Will be Unleashed in South America” Real Audio
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10332.htm

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Frustrated U.S. Finds Few Willing to Join Anti-Chavez Coalition:

The United States slammed Chavez on Thursday for not doing enough to stop drug traffickers, and the Venezuelan used his United Nations General Assembly address to accuse the U.S. of practicing its own brand of terrorism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10325.htm

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Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 133 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10223.htm
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We have long ago lost our moral compass, so how can we lecture the Islamic world?

By Robert Fisk

It is true that most Christians, Jews and Muslims draw on the tolerant, moderate aspects of their tradition. We prefer not to accept the fact that the religions of the children of Abraham are inherently flawed in respect of intolerance, discrimination, violence and hatred.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10321.htm

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Hurricane Hugo at the U.N.

By Mike Whitney

Hugo Chavez’s performance at the UN was greeted with the bucket-loads of bile that one expects from America’s rightward-titling media. – The outpouring of venom came from all corners; appearing in many newspapers across the nation, invoking the hackneyed expressions of contempt for any foreign leader who rebuffs Washington or who follows redistributive economic policies.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10318.htm

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Car blast in Iraq kills 30 civilians near food stands :

In all, at least 52 people were killed or found dead yesterday throughout the country
tinyurl.com/ccuma

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30 killed in various attacks, explosions in Iraq
tinyurl.com/b25bp

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Gunmen assassinate Iraqi parliament member:

Insurgents killed an Iraqi member of parliament and wounded a second in an ambush north of Baghdad, police and officials said on Sunday.
tinyurl.com/92gsv

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Soldier killed by IED :

One 56th Brigade Combat Team Soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting a combat logistics patrol at about 10:50 p.m. Sept. 17, near Al Asad, Iraq.
www.mnf-iraq.com/Releases/Sep/050918a.htm

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My Son was Waiting for a Taxi, So He was Killed:

“I went. I saw [my son] lying there, shot in his chest, his stomach, his legs, his hands∑‰ he explained to us as the tears came, breaking his proud appearance and revealing a grieving father.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10323.htm

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Shootings put security contractors under scrutiny in Iraq:

Foreign workers firing on civilians, US officials say
tinyurl.com/7dqfp

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Shiite militiamen block centre of Basra demanding release of commander:

Armed members of a radical Shiite militia, which fought bloody battles with American troops in the past, blocked streets with barricades of burning tires in the southern city of Basra on Sunday demanding the release of one of their leaders, police said
tinyurl.com/bd3ed

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Iraq approves definitive draft of new constitution: –

Iraq’s parliament approved a final draft of a new constitution on Sunday and submitted it to the United Nations, which will print five million copies and distribute it around the country.
tinyurl.com/8uyb4

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Iraqi Girl Blog: Draft Constitution :

I‚ve been reading and re-reading the Iraqi draft constitution since the beginning of September. I decided to ignore the nagging voice in my head that kept repeating, “A new constitution cannot be legitimate under an occupation!‰ I put those thoughts away and decided to try to view the whole situation as dispassionately as possible.
tinyurl.com/8fetk

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Army recruiting protesters face federal trial:

Group that poured blood to protest Iraq war looking at serious charges
www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/news/ci_3040534

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American support for Iraq war at all-time low- poll:

Nearly half of all Americans are not proud of what the United States is doing in the war, the poll found.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N17209568.htm

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Plan to cut number of UK troops in Iraq is scrapped:

Secret plans by the Government to reduce troop numbers in Iraq have been shelved – and there is now no official date for the withdrawal of British soldiers
tinyurl.com/dwqtz

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This is a mess of our own making :

Tim Collins told his troops this was a war of liberation, not conquest. Now he says that he was naive to believe it
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1572844,00.html

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Blair ‘relished sending troops in’ :

“Despite all the necessary stuff about taking action ‘with a heavy heart’ I think he feels it is part of his coming of age as a leader.”
tinyurl.com/dej35

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Blair tells Murdoch: ‘gloating’ BBC is ‘full of hatred for America’ :

“If it’s an accurate record, Mr Murdoch has provided a fascinating glimpse of his private relationship with Mr Blair,” he said. “It may not come as a great surprise that the Prime Minister aims to please Murdoch but it comes as a bit of a shock he goes this far.”
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article313482.ece

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What Tony said to Rupert – and why it speaks volumes :

The PM’s extraordinary attack on the BBC has reopened old wounds and raised questions about his special relationships.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article313465.ece

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Blair gave Murdoch ‘veto’ over EU, says PM’s ex-aide :

Tony Blair promised Rupert Murdoch that he would be consulted on any change to Britain’s policy towards Europe, according to a diary kept by a former Downing Street press officer.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article313480.ece

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U.S. says Syria facilitates terror in Iraq, Israel and Lebanon :

In a spirited attack, the State Department’s spokesman accused Syria of making trouble not only for Iraq, by allowing foreign fighters to infiltrate the country, but also for Lebanon and the Palestinians.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/625873.html

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US Ambassador To Iraq Predicts US Will Go Into Syria∑ :

Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Ambassador to Iraq, made the off the record prediction that the US will go into Syria to combat insurgents that have been using the country as a staging ground for terrorist activity in Iraq.
tinyurl.com/d996h

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Pentagon: Muslim Society Does Not Seek To Be Liberated By U.S. :

“There is no yearning-to-be-liberated-by-the-U.S. groundswell among Muslim societies — except to be liberated perhaps from what they see as apostate tyrannies that the U.S. so determinedly promotes and defends,” the Pentagon board said in a report.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10320.htm

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Guantánamo strike has directors worried :

A hunger strike at the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has unsettled senior commanders there and produced the most serious challenge yet to the military’s effort to manage the detention of hundreds of terrorism suspects, lawyers and officials say.
www.iht.com/articles/2005/09/18/news/hunger.php

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Putin resists Bush on Iran:

President Bush yesterday won no support from Russian President Vladimir Putin in his bid to bring Iran before the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions and acknowledged that he has not yet forged an international consensus on how to deal with Tehran’s alleged nuclear program.
www.post-gazette.com/pg/05260/573308.stm

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News Analysis: Alliances shifting in post-Iraq world :

Countries that Bush considers partners – China, Russia and India – were banding together to stymie a U.S. and European effort to bring sanctions against Iran for its suspected nuclear weapons program
www.iht.com/articles/2005/09/18/news/global.php#

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Defiant Iran tells UN: mind your own nuclear business :

The President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared in an angry and defiant address to the United Nations last night that his country is the victim of “nuclear apartheid” and set about lambasting Western governments accusing them of being state sponsors of terrorism around the world.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10322.htm

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US Calls Nuclear Statement by Iranian President ‘Very Aggressive’ :

A senior U.S. official who spoke to reporters called the speech “very aggressive” and said Mr. Ahmadinejad’s repeated assertion of an Iranian right to enrich uranium appears to cross “red lines” set by the three European Union states that have negotiated with Tehran.
www.voanews.com/english/2005-09-18-voa10.cfm

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Iran Readying for Conflict With US:

Incredible though it may sound there are signs that Tehran may be preparing for a military confrontation with the United States, and has convinced itself that it could win.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10319.htm

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10 killed in violence during Afghan polls:-

en people were killed, including a French commando, in militant attacks, as polling began for the landmark legislative polls in Afghanistan today.
tinyurl.com/d2nuz

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Giving Democracy a Bad Name:

The United States has supposedly created new “democracies‰ in Afghanistan and Iraq, but these endeavors give democracy a bad name.
www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/647

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U.S. voices disapproval of Sharon’s warnings on Hamas:

The United States announced Saturday that it disapproves of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s statement that Israel will not allow Palestinian elections to take place in the West Bank if Hamas participates in them.
tinyurl.com/8z65h

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Sharon Feted On Sabra/Shatila Anniversary:

The twenty-third anniversary of the massacre in the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila has gone virtually unnoticed by a western press too busy feting war criminal Ariel Sharon for his “courage” in returning a fraction of stolen Palestinian lands
tinyurl.com/copru

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Higher-than-expected death toll seen in clustered New Orleans corpses:

Tentative optimism that New Orleans‚ death toll from Katrina might be far lower than first projected has given way to somber reality over the past 36 hours as search and rescue squad turn up bodies by the dozen in the hardest hit areas of the city.
tinyurl.com/9llpa

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Liar, Liar:

What would our president say if he were compelled to tell the truth.:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10317.htm

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FEMA: A Legacy Of Waste:

The handling of aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina is only the latest in a series of missteps and fraud that has plagued this tax-funded government agency. The Sun-Sentinel took a look at 20 recent disasters and found mismanagement and misallocation abound.
tinyurl.com/9kls8

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Pillaging, looting – these guys are pros:

The $200 billion that President George W. Bush has earmarked for rebuilding the Gulf of Mexico region is chum for the big-ticket, GOP contributors. It will bring in the Great White contract-seeking sharks from Maine all the way to Iraq.
tinyurl.com/cu8co

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Ron Paul: The Coming Category 5 Financial Hurricane:

Our current account deficit is more than $600 billion annually. Our foreign debt is more than $3 trillion. Foreigners now own over $1.4 trillion of our Treasury and mortgage debt. We must borrow $3 billion from foreigners every business day to maintain our extravagant spending.
www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul276.html

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Former leader says Australia a US colony:

Latham opposed the Iraq war and in February 2003 described U.S. President Bush as the most incompetent and dangerous in living memory.
feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/?sid=c8a4ec6a2cd07368

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 132 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10223.htm
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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.:

Values that makes America worth fighting for
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10313.htm

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A fatal flaw at the heart of Bush and Blair’s democratic crusade

Robert Skidelsky

President Bush‚s new security doctrine stretches US self-defence to cover defence against not just actual, but potential threats. A nuclear weapons programme (or even a civil nuclear energy programme) can be seen as a threat. So can a dictatorship. When the two are combined you have a case for preventive war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10136.htm

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An Elementary Moral Truism

By Andy Price

What is right for us is right for others: if it is right for our, Western governments to reserve the right to attack a sovereign nation for either perceived crimes committed or possible future crimes, then it is right for the enemy to do the same. In this case, Iran would be well within their rights to attack the US, pre-emptively, now.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10312.htm

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Car bomb on Baghdad’s outskirts kills 11:

A car bomb ripped through a market in a poor Shiite Muslim neighborhood on the eastern outskirts of Baghdad at sunset Saturday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 12, police said.
snipurl.com/hrbf

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16 Killed In Continuing Violence:

9 people were found bound and blindfolded. Police said they were shot in the head and chest.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ANW726365.htm

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U.S. Soldier Killed:

Lance Cpl. Shane C. Swanberg, 24, of Kirkland, Wash., died Sept. 15 from an explosion resulting from indirect fire at Forward Operating Base, Camp Ramadi, Iraq
www.defenselink.mil/releases/2005/nr20050916-4761.html

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U.S. Soldier Killed By IED:

Sgt. Alfredo B. Silva, 35, of Calexico, Calif., died in Baghdad, Iraq, on Sept. 15
www.defenselink.mil/releases/2005/nr20050916-4762.html

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Suicide car bomb hits joint US-Iraqi convoy :

All the soldiers aboard were either killed or wounded, he said,adding that the blast also killed a civilian and wounded two others.
snipurl.com/hrbg

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Residents flee Iraq’s Samara city:

Hundreds of families from the Iraqi city of Samara were fleeing their town Saturday in fear of a massive military campaign.
www.washtimes.com/upi/20050917-073044-4209r.htm

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US attack on Tal Afar virtually ignored :

While the world has been falling all over itself to remember the victims of 9ˆ11 and digging deep in its pockets to aid the wealthiest nation on the planet recovering from a natural disaster, a ferocious man-made onslaught on a town in northeast Iraq is being virtually ignored.
snipurl.com/hrbh

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U.S. worries about the toll Iraq is taking, poll finds :

Ninety percent of those surveyed, including a majority of Republicans, disapprove of Washington cutting spending on domestic programs to pay for the war
snipurl.com/hrbi

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Hear and download George Galloway’s speech at Boston’s Faneuil Hall:

“We who live in the United States or Britain, only have to answer one question, do we stand with the occupier, or with those who are resisting colonial occupation.‰
snipurl.com/hrbj

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President Chavez’s Speech to the United Nations:

The full respect towards the principles of International Law and the United Nations Charter must be, Mr. President, the keystone for international relations in today‚s world and the base for the new order we are currently proposing.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10315.htm

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Nuke ‘em if ya got ‘em:

Given the Bush Doctrine’s fondness for shooting first and asking questions later, it’s not surprising that the military brass drafted a document titled “Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations” that incorporates nuclear weapons into the mix. But outside the insular mind-set of the Pentagon, American citizens ought to be shouting, “Don’t even think about it!”
snipurl.com/hrbk

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In case you missed it:

Noam Chomsky: Audio: Propaganda and War: Iraq and Beyond
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9274.htm

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Police chief and soldiers killed in Afghan capital :

The district police chief and two soldiers of Mosawi district were killed during an ambush Friday night in Afghan capital Kabul, an Afghan official said Saturday.
snipurl.com/hrbl

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Sharon asks S. Africa to act against Iran:

Prime minister meets with South African president in U.S., asks him to act for referral of Iran nuke issue to U.N. Security Council.
snipurl.com/hrbm

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Rice urges U.N. to be tough on Iran:

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged the United Nations on Saturday to be tough with Iran which she said threatened peace hopes in the Middle East after walking away from nuclear talks.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N17200564.htm

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Iran Leader’s First U.N. Speech Has a Pretty Clear Target:

In his first speech before the United Nations, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday launched a thinly veiled attack on the United States, then proposed steps to counter America’s weight in the world body.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/latimes838.html

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Sharon snubs Blair over war crime warrants :

Ariel Sharon, the Israeli Prime Minister, has confronted Tony Blair about recent attempts by British human rights lawyers to have senior Israeli Defence Force generals arrested as they arrive in the UK, it was reported today.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1783749,00.html

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Sharon Undermining Abbas‚ Efforts to Enforce Law, Order?:

Ariel Sharon‚s government has taken three measures that would inevitably undermine President Mahmoud Abbas‚ declared determination to bring law and order to the Occupied Palestinian Territory .
www.palestine-pmc.com/details.asp?cat=1&id=990

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The New York Times and Bush‚s New Orleans speech:

What brings the leading voice of the “liberal‰ media together with the ultra-right president? Both defend the interests of the narrow layer of wealthy families at the top of American society.
www.wsws.org/articles/2005/sep2005/times-s17.shtml

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The new face of New Orleans:

The city that emerges over the next decade will likely be a lot smaller. And chances are that it will be a lot whiter.
tinyurl.com/7cvy3

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Doctor says FEMA ordered him to stop treating hurricane victims

In the midst of administering chest compressions to a dying woman several days after Hurricane Katrina struck, Dr. Mark N. Perlmutter was ordered to stop by a federal official because he wasn’t registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10314.htm

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Real Reports of Katrina Relief:

“It’s Not That the Government Isn’t Responding, They are Obstructing the Response”
www.counterpunch.org/archer09162005.html

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British aid is held up in US fiasco:

THE United States held up British emergency rations worth £4 million for five days because of fears about the safety of European meat.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,23889-1773364,00.html

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Georgie, You‚re Doing a Heck of a Job :

The last few weeks have been irrefutable proof that America is being wrecked and mismanaged by the most incompetent, dangerous and out of touch boobs ever to obtain power.
www.oldamericancentury.org/dave3_035.htm

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Deaconess, 73, Jailed for Alleged Looting:

A Sausage – Looted or Not – Has Left Elderly Church Leader in Prison Since Hurricane Katrina
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1130086

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Venezuela sends cargo of 300,000 barrels of gasoline direct to Louisiana:

Chavez Frias broke the news on arrival in the USA and has reminded reporters that the Venezuelan government had offered 8 electrical plants and drinking water supplies to help the homeless, aid which has been rejected.
www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=45995

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‘US planning invasion’ :

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he has documentary evidence that the United States plans to invade his country.
tinyurl.com/cqlm5

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Transcript: Hugo Chavez Interview:

Hugo Chavez told ABC News’ Ted Koppel today that he has evidence of a United States plan to invade Venezuela. In New York for the U.N. Summit, Chavez discussed his strained relationship with the United States government, Robertson’s comments and the United States’ dependence on Venezuela’s oil supply.
tinyurl.com/9dkaz

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Venezuela Dismisses U.S. Drug Control Decertification:

“Already last year 43 tons of drugs were captured, a fact for which Venezuela was congratulated by the U.S. government itself.”
www.venezuelanalysis.com/news.php?newsno=1758

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.:

Values that makes America worth fighting for
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10313.htm

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Medicare premium to go up 13 percent:

Many beneficiaries will pay an additional premium for the new prescription drug benefit, expected to average $32 a month, the New York Times reported.
tinyurl.com/87w9u

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