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Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006

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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In America’s War 100,000 +
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7170.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2187
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$231,575,160,866
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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The Quiet Death Of Freedom

By John Pilger

Bush has carried out the recommendations of a Messianic conspiracy theory called the “Project for a New American Century”. Written by his ideological sponsors shortly before he came to power, it foresaw his administration as a military dictatorship behind a democratic façade: “the cavalry on a new American frontier” guided by a blend of paranoia and megalomania.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11462.htm

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A Cult of Presidential Power

The Unrestrained President

By Tom Engelhardt

While much has been made of feverish Christian fundamentalist support for the President, the real religious fervor in this administration has been almost singularly focused on the quite un-Christian attribute of total earthly power.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11459.htm

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The Army of Good Americans

By Manuel Valenzuela

One day, in the not too distant future, in the middle of the night, a knock will come at their door, it being not a dream nor a fantasy, its noise an ominous reminder of the police state now upon America, coming to serve power on those who thought they had nothing to fear by sacrificing liberty and freedom for so-called security.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11460.htm

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When Sharon Meets His Maker

By Gilad Atzmon

A peaceful man is on his way to meet his Creator. The Lord may ask him, just as he enters the gate of heaven, “Hey Grandpa Arik, why are your hands so red?‰
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11464.htm

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Seven U.S. Soldiers Among 132 Killed In Iraq:

A suicide bomb attack in the city of Ramadi killed more than 70 and wounded 65, said Mahmoud al-Dulaimi, a doctor at Ramadi’s main hospital.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ANW523066.htm

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Iraqi Girl Blog: Baghdad Burning:

Here we are in the first days of 2006. What does the Œ6‚ symbolize? How about- 6 hours of no electricity for every one hour of electricity? Or∑ 6 hours of waiting in line for gasoline that is three times as expensive as it was in 2005? Or an average of six explosions per day near our area alone?
tinyurl.com/74tj8

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IMF Occupies Iraq, Riots Follow:

Bad enough that the U.S. military is occupying Iraq. Now the IMF is occupying the country.
progressive.org/mag_wx010306

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George Bush Might Call Me a Defeatist:

I‚m telling you we are not even close to winning Bush‚s war in Iraq. We have been in Iraq almost three years, and American troops are still in a lock down. No American trooper can take a stroll down the streets of Baghdad or any other Iraqi city.
www.lewrockwell.com/glaser/glaser48.html

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Out of Iraq Events Planned in Over 130 Cities:

Local organizations have planned over 130 Out of Iraq events around the country on or about January 7th. Most of the events are town hall forums, and several will feature members of Congress, including Bobby Scott, Diane Watson, Jim McDermott, Adam Smith, Bob Filner, Martin Sabo, Jim Moran, Marty Meehan, and John Murtha
www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6393

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CIA had plenty of evidence Iraq had no illegal weapons, book reveals:

THE CIA had evidence from 30 Iraqi weapons scientists that Saddam Hussein had abandoned its weapons of mass destruction programs long before the US invaded, an explosive new book on America’s spying operations says.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/01/04/1136050496872.html

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UK: Anger as Britain admits it was wrong to blame Iran for deaths in Iraq :

MPs and soldiers’ families have demanded an explanation from the Government after a U-turn over claims that Iran was complicit in the killing of British soldiers in southern Iraq.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article336567.ece

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Rice Says Patience With Iran Waning:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signaled Thursday that time is running out for Iran to avoid being hauled before the U.N. Security Council over its disputed nuclear program, and she denied that the threat is mere “saber rattling.”
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2006/01/05/national/w080902S64.DTL

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Michel Chossudovsky: Nuclear War against Iran:

The launching of an outright war using nuclear warheads against Iran is now in the final planning stages. Coalition partners, which include the US, Israel and Turkey are in “an advanced stage of readiness”.
tinyurl.com/7lepw

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Bomber kills 10 in Afghanistan:

A suicide attacker detonated explosives strapped to his body during a visit by the U.S. ambassador Thursday, killing 10 Afghans and wounding 50, Afghan officials said.
tinyurl.com/bhste

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Afghanistan: The NATO Quagmire :

The New York Times, in a recent article said that “Britain and the Netherlands will join Canada in assuming control in the south, along with a much smaller contingent of American support troops.‰ This is incorrect.
indexresearch.blogspot.com/2006/01/afghanistan-nato-quagmire.html

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Supreme Court Says U.S. Can Move Padilla :

The Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to let the military transfer accused “enemy combatant” Jose Padilla to Miami to face criminal charges in at least a temporary victory for the Bush administration.
www.forbes.com/entrepreneurs/feeds/ap/2006/01/04/ap2427868.html

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Pentagon loses legal round on Guantanamo names:

A federal judge rejected the U.S. Defense Department’s argument for not disclosing the names of detainees at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but stopped short of ordering that the names be released.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11463.htm

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Surveillance Court Is Seeking Answers:

Some judges who spoke on the condition of anonymity yesterday said they want to know whether warrants they signed were tainted by the NSA program. Depending on the answers, the judges said they could demand some proof that wiretap applications were not improperly obtained.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11461.htm

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Rep. Harman says reports to Congress violated law :

The briefings on the program under which Americans and other people in the United States are selected for eavesdropping without court warrants were limited to the so-called Gang of Eight.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/01/05/MNG1LGHHF81.DTL

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Did Bush wiretap CNN’s Christiane Amanpour? :

New York Times reporter James Risen first broke the story two weeks ago that the National Security Agency began spying on domestic communications soon after 9/11. In a new book out Tuesday, “State of War,” he says it was a lot bigger than that.
americablog.blogspot.com/2006/01/did-bush-wiretap-cnns-christiane.html

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Israeli election to go ahead on March 28 despite Sharon’s illness :

Israeli elections will be held as scheduled on March 28 despite Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s massive stroke, the attorney general said Thursday.
www.cbc.ca/cp/world/060105/w010568.html

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Political Hemorrhaging :

While those in the West and Israel naively labeled Sharon a new “man of peace” and fresh corruption charges surfaced, his political career was strong as ever. Major polls showed the premier was a shoe-in, but now the question becomes which direction Israel will be headed politically.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11465.htm

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Sharon: Bribery: Publish Everything:

A document presented to the court indicated that police have prima facie evidence that brothers Martin and James Schlaff were involved in the transfer of $3 million to the prime minister’s family, and that there is evidence showing that the money was paid as a bribe.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/666439.html

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The truth you don’t hear:

The on-the-ground reality of Israel’s moral bankruptcy in its genocidal policies towards the Palestinians remains as clear as ever
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2005/771/op2.htm

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What Hillary Clinton “Doesn’t Know” About Palestine:

In mid-November, Hillary Clinton visited Israel and, following a meeting with Ariel Sharon, in remarks that presaged the praise being heaped on the now-comatose Sharon, began her campaign for president by praising the Israeli as a “courageous” man who had taken “an incredibly difficult” step by withdrawing from Gaza.
www.counterpunch.com/christison01052006.html

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Fund-Raising: Take It to the (West) Bank:

Money meant for the inner city went to fight the intifada. What donors to Jack Abramoff’s charity didn’t know.
msnbc.msn.com/id/7615249/site/newsweek/

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Abramoff says he could implicate 60 lawmakers:

It is commonplace for lawmakers to solicit campaign donations from lobbyists, who routinely offer them in hopes of gaining advantage. Yet Mr. Abramoff also went far beyond routine practice by furnishing lawmakers with lavish trips, free meals and entertainment as well.
rawstory.com/news/2005/Abramoff_says_he_could_implicate_60_0104.html

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Abramoff Lobbying Scandal: Big Timber Falls Hard:

Republican Dennis Hastert, speaker of the House, yesterday shed himself of tainted campaign contributions totaling $70,000. He gave the money to an unspecified charity.
www.villagevoice.com/news/0601,ridgeway,71514,6.html

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Bush to Give Up $6,000 In Abramoff Contributions:

Abramoff raised more than $100,000 for the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign, making him an honorary Bush “Pioneer.” But the campaign is giving up only $6,000, which came directly from Abramoff, his wife and one of the Indian tribes the lobbyist represented.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11468.htm

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In case you missed it:

The Pimping of the Presidency :

Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist Billing Clients for Face Time with G.W. Bush
www.texasobserver.org/showArticle_new.asp?ArticleID=13

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Branded : “I’m sorry, sir,” she said.

“There seems to be a problem. You’ve been placed on the No Fly Watch List.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11467.htm

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4-Year-Old Boy on Government ‘No-Fly’ List :

“I don’t want to be on the list. I want to fly and see my grandma,” the 4-year-old boy said, according to his mother.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060105/ap_on_re_us/terror_list_preschooler

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Greek paper prints photo of ‘MI6 agent’:

A photograph purporting to be Britain’s top MI6 agent in Greece was published today on the front page of an Athens newspaper, as controversy continues over the alleged role of British agents in the arrest and supposed abuse of a group of Pakistanis living in Athens.
tinyurl.com/a9kaz

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DNA of 37% of black men held by police :

The DNA profiles of nearly four in 10 black men in the UK are on the police’s national database – compared with fewer than one in 10 white men, according to figures compiled by the Guardian.
www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,16518,1678168,00.html

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Peru recalls ambassdor to Venezuela :

The Peruvian government announced on Wednesday that it will recall its ambassador to Venezuela, in response to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s public support to Peruvian leftist presidential candidate Ollanta Humala.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-01/05/content_4013914.htm

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Former “Economic Hit Man”

John Perkins on “The First Truly Global Empire‰ and its Impact on Latin America
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/03/1435206

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Australia: The Defence Materiel Organisation employees under cloud over payments to defence contractor:

The Defence Watchdog has uncovered serious issues linked to an $8 million contract for army jackets.
www.abc.net.au/am/content/2006/s1542099.htm

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Reid says Chertoff should resign :

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called for the resignation of Homeland Security Department Secretary Michael Chertoff on Wednesday, one day after the government dropped Las Vegas from a list of cities considered potential high-risk targets eligible for special anti-terrorism grants.
www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2006/Jan-05-Thu-2006/news/5212776.html

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Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2006

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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In America’s War 100,000 +
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7170.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2182
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$231,310,151,426
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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55 killed in Iraq violence

The funeral attack was the bloodiest single incident since the vote, killing 36 and wounding 40 in the town of Miqdadiya, 100 km (60 miles) northeast of the capital
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1677843,00.html

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U.S. Bombs Kill Women and Children:

Enrages Iraqi Officials: United States warplanes killed nine members of an Iraqi family, including women and young children, during a bombing strike Monday night that obliterated a home near the northern industrial city of Bayji, Iraqi officials said today.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11448.htm

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Insurgents burn 19 fuel tankers north of Baghdad :

Insurgents attacked a convoy of fuel tankers escorted with police commando in north of Baghdad on Wednesday, setting 19 tankers ablaze and destroying three military vehicles, a police source told Xinhua.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-01/04/content_4009250.htm

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Jobless Iraqis clash with police:

Clashes have broken out in Nasiriya in southern Iraq between jobless protesters and police.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C28596F2-F5AF-4F7F-BA67-57EE6814617F.htm

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Iraqi V.P. Says No New Gov’t Until April:

Administration officials and supportive lawmakers have argued that the United States gives the detainees unprecedented access to U.S. courts, in some cases more than U.S. military personnel who have been convicted of crimes by military courts.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5520676,00.html

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“The country‚s on the verge of a civil war,‰:

Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, V Corps commander since 2003
www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=34094

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Scott Ritter : Elections in 2005, Civil War in 2006?:

When Paul Bremer signed into law his dictate that banned the Ba’ath Party, he forgot the age-old notion that the enemy has a vote. In this case the enemy was the two-million plus members of the Ba’ath party who were suddenly disenfranchised from any legitimate role in determining the future of Iraq.
www.alternet.org/blogs/themix/30299

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Iraq Wants U.S. Choice Out As Chief Of Brigade:

Over the strong objections of U.S. commanders in Baghdad, the Iraqi government has nominated a new leader for a brigade that is set to assume control over some of the capital’s most sensitive areas. This dispute appears likely to postpone an already overdue handover by American forces for at least another month.
www.aina.org/news/20060104113923.htm

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In case you misseed it:

Draft Iraq Indictment:

The 2003 U.S. invasion and its ongoing occupation of Iraq are illegal, immoral and unjust, aimed at furthering U.S. imperialist aims in the Middle East and the world, not liberating the Iraqi people, but rather subjecting them to new, more brutal and direct forms of foreign domination and turning Iraq into a platform for further aggression and imperial maneuvers.
www.bushcommission.org/iraq.htm

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Billion Dollar Bunker:

U.S. plans Baghdad embassy more secure than Pentagon
tinyurl.com/96785

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Iraq to give $3bn worth of bonds to Saddam-era creditors:

NEARLY $3 billion worth of bonds bearing the name of the Republic of Iraq are scheduled to begin trading in London on January 19, in a private placement that will mark the troubled country‚s first appearance in the international debt markets.
business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,9063-1969496,00.html

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US threatens action if Iran resumes N-fuel works :

“Our view is that if Iran takes an further enrichment-related steps, the international community will have to consider additional measures to constrain Iran’s nuclear ambitions,” McCormack told reporters.
tinyurl.com/e4ffj

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Iran to brief U.N. on atomic research plan – diplomats:

Iran says its atomic work aims solely to generate electricity and years of IAEA inquiries have found nothing to clearly disprove this.
tinyurl.com/dnzjq

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War pimp alert:

Secret services say Iran is trying to assemble a nuclear missile :

The Iranian government has been successfully scouring Europe for the sophisticated equipment needed to develop a nuclear bomb, according to the latest western intelligence assessment of the country’s weapons programmes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11449.htm

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Iran’s nuclear capacity ‘can be destroyed’:

Israeli military chief Dan Halutz on Tuesday said that Iran’s nuclear program “can be destroyed,” Israel’s Army Radio reported.
tinyurl.com/8v7vm

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War pimp alert:

Make them drink their sea of oil:

Oil makes people crazy, especially if they are world leaders. Oil is what drove the president and the vice president to the lost-cause war in Iraq, and oil is what is now preventing them from removing the bomb from the stalls of the Persian market.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/665418.html

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Patrick J. Buchanan : Time to Talk to Tehran :

Does President Bush intend a preventive war, early this year, to effect the nuclear castration of Iran? Or are we rattling sabers?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11450.htm

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CIA Gave Iran Bomb Plans, Book Says:

The CIA in 2004 intentionally handed Tehran some top-secret bomb designs laced with a hidden flaw that U.S. officials hoped would doom any weapon made from them, according to a new book about the U.S. intelligence agency.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11458.htm

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Iran Elbows Afghanistan From Pipeline Project With Turkmenistan:

The US will be dismayed as its oil and gas company UNOCAL’s efforts to pass gas pipeline from Turkmenistan via Afghanistan to Pakistan had been delayed because India and Pakistan have opted to sign an accord with Iran, analysts say.
tinyurl.com/apu2x

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3 killed in explosion in southern Afghanistan :

A suicide bomb explosion rattled Afghanistan‚s southern Kandahar province, the former stronghold of Taliban
paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=130264

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Militants behead headmaster in S. Afghanistan :

“Armed militants entered the house of the headmaster of the Shikh Mati Lycee in Zabul’s provincial capital Qalat last night and brutally beheaded him in front of his children,”
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-01/04/content_4008097.htm

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At least five die of cold-related ailments in Pakistan :

Freezing temperatures have claimed the lives of least five Pakistani earthquake survivors, a U.N. health official said Wednesday, as a trickle of villagers descended from mountain settlements in Kashmir to seek shelter on lower ground.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20060104-1050-southasia-quake.html

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US presses Syria on al-Hariri inquiry:

John Bolton said, “Syria’s record to date has been one of obstructing the investigation, of tampering with the evidence and not making witnesses available in a timely fashion.”
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F651DB94-EC80-4628-B1BD-814F241754EE.htm

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It is ‘showtime’ for Syria – UK :

The current international pressure on Syria is “entirely deserved” and it is now “showtime” for its president, UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4579442.stm

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Blair’s Cynical Policy on Palestine:

The British Government likes to portray itself as an honest broker’ in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, seeing “blame on both sides”. Perhaps because such a position finds no basis in international law, the Government dislikes international institutions getting too involved — as seen when it tried to prevent the International Court of Justice ruling on the illegality of the Separation Wall 18 months ago.
www.counterpunch.com/dearden01042006.html

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Rights group urges US to cut Israel aid:

A prominent US human rights organisation has called on the Bush administration to cut back its direct foreign aid to Israel until the latter complies with calls to stop settlement expansion and work on the separation wall.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/198C6D92-9EB1-46F9-BEFD-C42BBACC422C.htm

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New evidence in Sharon corruption case:

According to the late Tuesday report, Sharon‚s family may have received a bribe from Australian billionaire Martin Schlaff in connection with a scandal involving illegal campaign contributions in 1999.
www.isn.ethz.ch/news/sw/details.cfm?ID=14171

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Increasing Calls for PM Sharon to Step Down :

Calls directed at Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, to step down from office, are resonating from many prominent political personalities following a Channel 10 News report on Tuesday night that the prime minister received a $3 million payment
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=96000

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Bush could bypass new torture ban:

When President Bush last week signed the bill outlawing the torture of detainees, he quietly reserved the right to bypass the law under his powers as commander in chief.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11457.htm

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Justice to Try to Toss Gitmo Challenges :

The Justice Department will seek dismissal of lawsuits from more than 300 Guantanamo Bay detainees fighting the legality of their confinement, using a new law that the Bush administration says sharply limits existing challenges. Advocates for detainees quickly registered their opposition Tuesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11453.htm

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The coverup begins:

NSA acted on its own to expand surveillance:

Agency moved without directive from Bush after 9/11, declassified documents show
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/3563662.html

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Something to Hide:

As the Bush administration downplays its illegal wiretapping, the New York Times’ chiefs keep quiet about their role in the scandal.
www.alternet.org/story/30352/

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They don’t tell him anything:

Turns out thousands of Americans and resident foreigners have been or are being monitored and recorded by the NSA. It’s more like information-mining, which is what, you may recall, the administration said it would not do. But now Bush has to investigate The New York Times because Bush has been breaking the law, you see?
www.freepress.org/columns/display/1/2006/1290

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Bush to Give Away Abramoff Donations:

President Bush’s re-election campaign will give the American Heart Association thousands of dollars in campaign contributions connected to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the White House said Wednesday, as the government pressed forward with a broad-ranging corruption investigation.
tinyurl.com/ac7nf

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Juan Cole: Abramoff and al-Arian: Lobbyist’s “Charity” a Front for Terrorism:

Abramoff’s dense network of illicit finances and phony charities might end some political careers in the United States. But the investigation into his activities by the FBI also shed light on the ways in which rightwing American Jews have often been involved in funding what are essentially terrorist activities by armed land thieves in Palestinian territory.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11456.htm

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Abramoff Money Halted Sweat Shop Legislation:

East Bay Congressman George Miller just couldn’t understand why his legislation to end sex and textile sweat shops in the Northern Mariana Islands — a U.S. protectorate in the Pacific — was being blocked in the House of Representatives. Now, he has his answer.
www.ktvu.com/news/5839523/detail.html

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To Russia, Love Tom DeLay :

Jack Abramoff’s plea is just the beginning. DeLay’s dealings with Russia should be one of the biggest stories of the year.
www.tompaine.com/articles/20060104/to_russia_love_tom_delay.php

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The $4bn industry that is America’s guilty secret :

Lobbying is Washington’s grubby secret. Some say lobbying is part of the democratic process. Others claim it is legalised bribery, even corruption. But love it or loathe it, it is the way Washington works.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article336396.ece

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The man who bought off Washington :

Lobbyist’s guilty plea set to expose bribery scandal at the heart of US political system
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article336400.ece

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In case you missed it:

Foundation’s Funds Diverted From Mission :

Records Detail Spending By GOP Lobbyist Abramoff : Tax and spending records of the Capital Athletic Foundation obtained by The Washington Post show that less than 1 percent of its revenue has been spent on sports-related programs for youths.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11455.htm

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Lobbying Plan Was Central to GOP’s Political Strategy:

The corruption investigation surrounding lobbyist Jack Abramoff shows the significant political risk that Republican leaders took when they adopted what had once seemed a brilliant strategy for dominating Washington: turning the K Street lobbying corridor into a cog of the GOP political machine.
tinyurl.com/c2a83

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On Father’s Day, Send Your Cards to Tom Instead of George:

Our history books tell us that George Washington was the father of the abomination America has become. Many around the world, including some Americans, have written off the possibility that the United States is capable of acting with morality and sanity. Yet hope remains on the horizon for our country.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11454.htm

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Roberts, Alito regarded as allies to business on high court:

One represented corporate interests as a private attorney; the other often sided with employers in lawsuits filed by workers
tinyurl.com/8ubwz

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Business will support Alito:

Corporate America should find some cheer in Alito’s strictly conservative judicial philosophy.
money.cnn.com/2005/10/31/news/economy/alito_nomination/

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U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Alito Seen as Ally by Businesses :

U.S. business groups, already cheered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s appointment, anticipate getting another ally in Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito Jr.
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=washingtonstory&sid=IPD4YP076GHT

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Eminent domain now big business:

One day at the age of 82, Irene Angell received an unexpected letter. The city of Des Plaines needed her home and planned to use eminent domain to force her to sell it.
tinyurl.com/7uhol

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Date: Tues, 3 Jan 2006

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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In America’s War 100,000 +
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7170.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2179
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$231,122,621,687
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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CIA Ignored Info Iraq Had No WMD

By Associated Press

New York Times reporter James Risen uses the anecdote to illustrate how the CIA ignored information that Iraq no longer had weapons of mass destruction. His book, “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration” describes secret operations of the Bush administration’s war on terrorism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11439.htm

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Commit War Crimes

By Cindy Sheehan

I believe Bush and Blair are too far gone for redemption. They both need to be removed from their power and tried for their war crimes and betrayals. Until they are removed, the murder and the mayhem will continue.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11440.htm

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A Life, Wasted

Let’s Stop This War Before More Heroes Are Killed

By Paul E. Schroeder

Two painful questions remain for all of us. Are the lives of Americans being killed in Iraq wasted? Are they dying in vain? President Bush says those who criticize staying the course are not honoring the dead. That is twisted logic: honor the fallen by killing another 2,000 troops in a broken policy?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11445.htm

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Domestic Spying Program Is Sign the U.S. is Decaying Into a “Police State‰

Democracy Now!

Former NSA intelligence agent Russell Tice condemns reports that the Agency has been engaged in eavesdropping on U.S. citizens without court warrants. Tice has volunteered to testify before Congress about illegal black ops programs at the NSA. Tice said, “The freedom of the American people cannot be protected when our constitutional liberties are ignored and our nation has decayed into a police state.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11442.htm

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Iraq official: US bombs kill family of 14:

A US air attack has killed 14 members of one family in the oil-refining town of Baiji in northern Iraq.
tinyurl.com/9zuwa

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Baqubah car bomb kills three:

Three Iraqi Police were killed and 14 others wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle-borne IED alongside a bus in Baqubah today.
www.mnf-iraq.com/Releases/Jan/060103a.htm

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Gunmen Kill Three:

Gunmen attacked a car carrying construction workers in western Baghdad, killing three and wounding two
tinyurl.com/8nnve

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2 Said Killed in U.S. Copter Crash in Iraq:

A U.S. helicopter crashed Tuesday northeast of Baghdad, killing the two Americans aboard, Iraqi police said.
tinyurl.com/b8k7l

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Senior Offical Killed:

A senior official in a government auditing body was killed when gunmen opened fire on his car as he headed to work, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM323887.htm

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The New Iraq War Strategy:

More Bombings, More Civilian Deaths, Less Likelihood of Success
www.lewrockwell.com/orig7/schwartz1.html

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Sunni Arab group agrees on outlines of coalition government:

Iraq’s main Sunni Arab group made an unprecedented trip north to see the Kurds and agreed Monday for the first time on broad outlines for a coalition government ˜ possibly opening a way out of the political turmoil that has gripped the country since disputed elections.
tinyurl.com/akdl3

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U.S. military ‘shuts down’ soldiers’ blogs:

Nowadays, milbloggers “get shut down almost as fast as they’re set up,” said New York Army National Guard Spc. Jason Christopher Hartley, 31, of upstate New Paltz, who believes something is lost as the grunt’s-eye take on Tikrit or Kabul is silenced or sanitized.
tinyurl.com/79wro

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Man who posted casualty photos released:

Wilson, 28, was arrested on obscenity charges in October for operating a Web site which sparked national attention for giving soldiers free access to pornography in exchange for posting pictures from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1443637.php

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Support for Bush drops among armed forces: Poll :

The support for the President’s Iraq policy is only at 54 per cent or a drop from 63 per cent a year ago, according to the Military Times.
tinyurl.com/a9fzf

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US Rep. Murtha says he wouldn’t join military now:

Rep. John Murtha, a key Democratic voice who favors pulling U.S. troops from Iraq, said in remarks airing on Monday that he would not join the U.S. military today.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N02252209.htm

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Chalabi likely to succeed in new Iraq government, despite controversy:

The former exile who helped spur the U.S.-led invasion by feeding false intelligence to Washington about Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, and who returned to Iraq after Saddam’s fall to craft himself into a political leader, still has more cards to play.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/13535019.htm

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The Guerilla War on Iraqi Oil :

As America continues to tighten its grip on the world‚s dwindling hydrocarbon resources, we can expect that the successes of the Iraqi resistance will offer a model to the other disparate groups who have no chance of beating the United States in open battle, but hope to bring the empire to its knees by making the costs of war too great to sustain.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11441.htm

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U.S. Reconstruction Money Exausted: Iraq must rebuild itself:

Realisation that the last of the US money will be allocated by the summer, with work continuing well into 2007, will dismay ordinary Iraqis. Millions remain frustrated at what they see as a paucity
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1967506,00.html

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Noam Chomsky : A Tale of Two Quagmires:

The Bush administration has succeeded in making the United States one of the most feared and hated countries in the world. The talent of these guys is unbelievable. They have even succeeded at alienating Canada. I mean, that takes genius, literally.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11446.htm

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Damage to Israel-Turkey relations feared:

Foreign Ministry sends calming messages to Ankara following publication on contracts won by Israeli companies to train Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq, claiming companies acted on their own initiative
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3178918,00.html

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In case you missed it:

Israelis trained Kurds in Iraq:

A number of Israeli companies have won contracts with the Kurdish government in northern Iraq to train and equip Kurdish security forces and build an international airport, Yedioth Ahronoth reports; al-Qaeda warning of attack prompts hasty exit of all Israeli instructors from region
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3177712,00.html

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Torture: The Israeli Denial :

As the U.S. methods of torture are exposed around the world, Israeli methods of systematic torture on the Palestinians remain unbroken taboo.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11444.htm

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A Glossary of Dispossession:

During 2005 the Israelis and most main media trumpeted the “disengagement” from Gaza, and claimed that bold steps had been taken to resolve the conflict. Despite these claims, the reality is that more Palestinian land has been stolen, many have been dispossessed, and ethnic cleansing has been exacerbated especially in Jerusalem.
www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan06/DeRooij02.htm

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Look over there ˆ a real terrorist :

It‚s a charter trip that better than anything else captures our age, not just in Israel. The fear, the alienation ˆ not to say the hate ˆ against the Muslim world, and an overshadowing belief in weapons, fences and rougher laws. Us against them, the clash of civilizations
altahrir.blogspot.com/2006/01/look-over-there-real-terrorist.html

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Police find ‘Sharon bribe clues’ :

Israeli police have evidence that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s family received $3m in bribes, it has been alleged on an Israeli television channel.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4579156.stm

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Is Sharon in legal trouble?:

Dramatic development: Police raid home belonging to parents of James Schlaf, brother of casino magnate Martin Schlaf; officials tell court evidence recovered may point to USD 3 million transfer to Sharon family
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3194582,00.html

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Iran tells IAEA atom research to resume:

“The Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran has decided to resume, from January 9, 2006, R&D (research and development) on the peaceful nuclear energy programme which was suspended as part of its expanded voluntary and non-legally binding suspension” agreed earlier with the European Union, the message said.
tinyurl.com/9azdh

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Irans president criticizes Iran’s past foreign policy:

Iranian President blasts policy of Œentente‚ with the West implemented in past 16 years, says it achieved nothing.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=15389

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Hillary Clinton, AIPAC and Iran:

AIPAC‚s hypocrisy is stomach-turning, to say the least. The goliath lobbying organization wants Iran to be slapped across the knuckles while the crimes of Israel continue to be ignored. And who is propping up AIPAC‚s hypocritical position? Senator Hillary Clinton of New York.
www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan06/Frank03.htm

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UN wants to question Assad over bombing:

A UN commission is seeking to interview Bashar Assad, the President of Syria, in light of revelations that implicate him in the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the former Lebanese Prime Minister.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-1967505,00.html

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Ghazali ready to quit if ordered:

Rustum Ghazali, erstwhile head of the Syrian military intelligence in Lebanon who has been implicated in the murder of Rafiq al-Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister, says he is ready to step down if asked by his president.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A68E342B-D58F-4C06-A408-F235847354FD.htm

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Syria: a concerted offensive :

All eyes are on Syria as it stands accused of being behind the murder of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. Even before the UN commission of inquiry was completed, the US was planning – with France – a concerted offensive against the Syrian regime. But destabilising President Bashar al-Assad could lead to regional chaos, given the fragility of Lebanon and near civil war in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11443.htm

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UN Agency Blamed for Sudanese Refugee Deaths:

Arab and Middle East civil society groups are accusing a United Nations agency of collaborating with Egyptian police in action which caused the deaths of at least 25 Sudanese refugees in a downtown Cairo park on Friday.
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=31635

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Washington’s outrage over Nour’s sentence rings hollow:

In light of recent revelations concerning the US government’s human rights abuses, the statement smacks of the pot calling the kettle black.
onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_382.shtml

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Chris Floyd: Gas Pains :

Russia is being universally condemned by the Bush Regime and European leaders for the heinous crime of∑.practicing hard-nosed market capitalism. And for ˆ horror of horrors! ˆ mixing business and politics. Whoever heard of such a thing? Oh, those Scythian savages!
www.chris-floyd.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=385&Itemid=1

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At a crossroads, looking away from America:

Last year witnessed a decisive turn in Latin America. A growing number of countries in the region now seem determined to pursue their interests, regardless of what the United States desires.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11447.htm

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Venezuela Oil Fields Back in State Control :

Venezuelan oil minister Rafael Ramirez on Sunday applauded the return of state control over 32 privately operated oil fields with the start of the new year.
www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2006/01/01/ap2422602.html?partner=alerts

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Abramoff Pleads Guilty, Will Cooperate :

Embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud, agreeing to cooperate in an influence-peddling investigation that threatens powerful members of Congress.
tinyurl.com/77g32

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Britons in debt to the tune of £1.13 trillion : Two-thirds of EU credit card debt is British;

Watching as the world vanishes : This is a crime against nature, and this fanaticism is economic — the belief that money and profit should outweigh all other considerations, including survival of the species. If we maintain our current rates of consumption and environmental strategies, by the end of this century, one-half of the species now alive on earth may be extinct.

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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In America’s War 100,000 +
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7170.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2179
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$230,848,358,581
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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A Gestapo Administration

by Paul Craig Roberts

Bush has actually declared it treasonous to reveal his illegal behavior! His propagandists, who masquerade as news organizations, have taken up the line: To reveal wrong-doing by the Bush administration is to give aid and comfort to the enemy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11435.htm

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Car bomber kills Iraq police recruits:

At least 16 people have been killed in Iraq, including seven police recruits blown up by a car bomber as they travelled on a bus.
tinyurl.com/dfj8c

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Do They Think It‚s Worth It?:

This twenty-year-old young man was trapped for twenty minutes in a fiery ammunition truck in Iraq. He was left with disfiguring burns on his face, head, arms and legs. This is what he looks like after more than two dozen surgeries.

-Warning – Images reflect the reality and horror of war.
www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance66.html

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Iraq Oil Minister Resigns Under Pressure :

Iraq’s oil minister said Monday he resigned after the government last week gave him a forced vacation and replaced him with Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi following criticism about fuel price increases.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5517606,00.html

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Iraq oil exports hit post-war low :

Iraq’s oil exports in December fell to their lowest level since the official end of the conflict in 2003, Iraqi interim government figures have shown.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4574954.stm

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Puppet State Brought Down By Price Controls?:

The mystery to explain is why a country that is incredibly oil rich ˆ with the 2nd largest oil reserves in the world ˆ would face a massive shortage of all oil products. If you knew nothing more than this detail, and you knew something about the history of economic debacles, you might guess: price controls. You would be right.
www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/puppet-state.html

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No new funds sought for rebuilding Iraq:

The Bush administration does not intend to seek any new funds for Iraq reconstruction in the budget request going before Congress in February, officials say.
www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/13533625.htm

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Howard Zinn: After the War:

The war against Iraq, the assault on its people, the occupation of its cities, will come to an end, sooner or later. The process has already begun. The first signs of mutiny are appearing in Congress. The first editorials calling for withdrawal from Iraq are beginning to appear in the press.
progressive.org/mag_zinn0106

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Iraq‚s Sunnis religious scholars paid to assist US:

US contractor pays some Sunni religious scholars $144,000 for assistance with propaganda work in Iraq.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=15373

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Iran rejects Russia nuclear plan

 
Iran says its nuclear programme is for purely peaceful purposes
Iran has dismissed a proposal that it conduct uranium enrichment in Russia as a way out of an impasse in talks over its controversial nuclear programme.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4574226.stm

Why we should stop the Pentagon from bombing Iran?:

Why is every decent American citizen not jumping to denounce the likely invasion of Iran? (And, down the road, the threatened invasion of Syria and North Korea?) Insularity and laziness are not the explanation, in my opinion.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11438.htm

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Iran threatens ‘crushing’ response to U.S. or Israeli attack :

“Iran has prepared itself…they will get a crushing response if they make such a mistake,” Larijani said on Iranian television late Sunday.
www.cbc.ca/cp/world/060101/w010152.html

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Iran president likens Zionism to fascism:

“Zionism is a Western ideology and a colonialist idea … and right now it massacres Muslims with direct guidance and help from the United States and a part of Europe … Zionism is basically a new (form of) fascism,” he added.
tinyurl.com/9ckfb

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Israel’s Sharon aims to scrap peace plan:

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon plans eventually to scrap a U.S.-led “road map” to peace with the Palestinians and instead seek Washington’s blessing for annexing occupied West Bank land, a newspaper said on Monday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L02599635.htm

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Israel death toll lowest in years :

Forty-five Israelis were killed in Palestinian militant attacks in 2005, the Israeli internal security agency Shin Bet has reported.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4574720.stm

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War pimp alert:

N Korea gears up to make nukes:

NORTH Korea is working to restart a reactor that would produce enough plutonium to make 10 atomic bombs a year, a leading US nuclear scientist has warned.
tinyurl.com/brzdu

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War pimp alert:

America off guard as dominoes begin to tumble once more:

While intervening ineptly in the Middle East, the US has failed to uphold the fundamental principle of its foreign policy: the Monroe Doctrine, reserving South America as its own sphere of influence.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11434.htm

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Chicago Turns Down Discounted Venezuelan Oil:

The Chicago Transit Authority is refusing an opportunity to alleviate commuting costs for hundreds of thousands in the Windy City’s low-income neighborhoods. Instead of accepting deeply discounted fuel from the Venezuela-owned Citgo Petroleum Corporation, the city is instead raising fares to solve budget shortfalls.
www.venezuelanalysis.com/news.php?newsno=1858

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3 killed in explosion in southern Afghanistan :

Three people including the suicide attacker were killed in a suicide explosion in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-01/02/content_4000617.htm

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Afghan Gov’t Orders Barriers Dropped :

The government said Monday it has ordered the U.S. Embassy, the U.N. and other organizations to remove security barriers that are blocking streets in Afghanistan’s capital and causing traffic jams.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5517581,00.html

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UK: A not very happy new year for freedom and the rule of law

Who would have thought, only a few years ago, that our much maligned conservative, allegedly out-of-touch, government-lackey judiciary would be the main defenders of our liberties and the rule of law against an executive (Labour, what’s more) hell-bent on destroying them?
www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,5673,1676570,00.html

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Jonathan Schell: The Hidden State Steps Forward:

The alarming argument is that as Commander in Chief he possesses “inherent” authority to suspend laws in wartime. But if he can suspend FISA at his whim and in secret, then what law can he not suspend? What need is there, for example, to pass or not pass the Patriot Act if any or all of its provisions can be secretly exceeded by the President?
www.thenation.com/docprint.mhtml?i=20060109&s=schell

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Bolton Testimony Revealed Domestic Spying :

It turned out that Bolton was just one of many government officials who learned the identities of Americans caught in the NSA intercepts. The State Department asked the NSA to unmask the identities of American citizens 500 times since May 2001.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11436.htm

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Dozens send back lobbyist’s donations:

Members of Congress who once counted on super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff to help finance their campaigns have begun returning the cash they got from him and his clients, signaling a growing worry that ethics — and the scandal surrounding Abramoff — will become issues that could affect close House and Senate races in next year’s midterm elections.
tinyurl.com/da9bo

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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In America’s War 100,000 +
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7170.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2179
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$230,617,079,120
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Israel: Likud members: Bomb Iran:

About 400 Likud members, who took part Saturday evening in a conference organized by Agriculture Minister Yisrael Katz in the town of Hod Hasharon, voted by a large majority to “bomb Iran’s nuclear reactor before it is too late,” in the words of Likud member
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3193102,00.html

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NSA Gave Other U.S. Agencies Information From Surveillance

Fruit of Eavesdropping Was Processed and Cross-Checked With Databases

By Walter Pincus

Information captured by the National Security Agency’s secret eavesdropping on communications between the United States and overseas has been passed on to other government agencies, which cross-check the information with tips and information collected in other databases, current and former administration officials said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11428.htm

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U.S. Soldier among 10 killed in Iraq:

The bodies of four people were found bound and shot near Rutba, near the Syrian border, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM133608.htm

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Two Suicide Car Bombs Hit US, Iraqi Forces :

A roadside bomb struck an Iraqi army patrol on Sunday in the western flashpoint city of Fallujah, killing four soldiers, witnesses and medical sources said.
en.chinabroadcast.cn/2239/2006-1-1/135@290872.htm

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Three US troops killed as 12 car bombs explode across Iraq :

Three American soldiers were killed and others wounded when a US patrol hit by a bomb in Miqdadia in east Baghdad on Sunday
www.albawaba.com/en/news/193210

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Security forces kill 2 protesters in Iraq – police:

Security forces killed two people and wounded three when they fired on protesters in Rahinawa near the northern oil city of Kirkuk on Sunday, police said
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/BAB148402.htm

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Fuel shortages, darkness greet Iraqis in 2006:

Much of Iraq ushered in the new year under a near blackout Sunday as a week-old power crunch worsened across huge sections of northern and central Iraq.
www.theeagle.com/stories/010106/world_20060101034.php

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US forces step up Iraq airstrikes:

The number of airstrikes in 2005, running at a monthly average of 25 until August, surged to 120 in November and an expected 150 in December, according to official military figures.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11429.htm

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The Iraqi endgame is about to begin:

The good news is that 2006 will see the effective end of the western occupation of Iraq. It will end because everyone will be exhausted: the Americans, the British, the Iraqis and their neighbours. It will end because all justification for its continuance will have evaporated.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11430.htm

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Imperialism and its young admirers:

Democracy talk was a sham, and realists in Washington are getting worried as the vacant character of the neo-cons is exposed for what it is: adolescent, dangerous bravado
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11433.htm

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BBC Radio – Craig Murray and the Letters from Tashkent :

In an interview with BBC radio’s PM programme Craig talks about his decision to release key confidential documents on the internet and the implications for the UK government.
www.craigmurray.co.uk/archives/2006/01/bbc_radio_craig.html

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British, Greek Intelligence Agents Accused of Torture:

Several Greek and British intelligence agents may be subpoenaed to appear in court in Greece to testify in a lawsuit alleging that almost 30 Pakistanis were abducted, transported to Greece, and were beaten and tortured. It’s alleged that this occurred right after the July terrorist bombings in London.
www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=4526

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Justice Dept. official resisted spy program :

A top Justice Department official objected in 2004 to aspects of the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program and refused to sign on to its continued use amid concerns about its legality and oversight, according to officials with knowledge of the tense internal debate.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/01/01/news/spy.php

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Behind the Eavesdropping Story, a Loud Silence :

THE New York Times’s explanation of its decision to report, after what it said was a one-year delay, that the National Security Agency is eavesdropping domestically without court-approved warrants was woefully inadequate. And I have had unusual difficulty getting a better explanation for readers, despite the paper’s repeated pledges of greater transparency.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11431.htm

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Impeachment is Now Real :

We shall soon see the consequences of those warrantless searches, the consequences of the government‚s five years of secrecy, and even the citizens of the “Red States‰ will be outraged.
www.huffingtonpost.com/martin-garbus/impeachment-is-now-real_b_12972.html

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Leak Hypocrisy:

The Bush Administration’s new offensive against leakers just reminds us that when the President’s political standing is at stake all is fair if the purpose is to protect the Pres…, er I mean the nation. Too bad George Bush did not express the same outrage when Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, and others in his employ, told eager journalists that Joe Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA operative.
noquarter.typepad.com/my_weblog/2005/12/leak_hypocrisy.html

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UK: Prescott satellite to spy on your home :

John Prescott has told tax inspectors to use satellites to snoop on householders’ attempts to improve their homes.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article335970.ece

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Mike Whitney : Skirmishes in the Information Wars:

The newly minted “Dept of Strategic Information‰ is an attempt to institutionalize lying as a basic function of government. It conflates perfectly with administration theories on propaganda, deception and perception-management.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11432.htm

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Egypt’s press decries refugee killings:

“Shame on Egypt,” thundered the headline in the Al-Arabi newspaper on Sunday, as relatives held funerals across Cairo for the dead, who included women and children.
tinyurl.com/9lvas

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Iran takes major nuclear step:

Iran has developed technology to separate uranium from its ore, reinforcing the Islamic republic’s self-sufficiency in the nuclear fuel cycle, state television has reported.
tinyurl.com/bsthe

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Israel: Likud members: Bomb Iran:

About 400 Likud members, who took part Saturday evening in a conference organized by Agriculture Minister Yisrael Katz in the town of Hod Hasharon, voted by a large majority to “bomb Iran’s nuclear reactor before it is too late,” in the words of Likud member
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3193102,00.html

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American Jews’ split personality :

The attack by AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby in the U.S., on the Bush administration over its handling of the Iranian nuclear question, is unprecedented
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/664556.html

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‘US planning strike against Iran’

The United States government reportedly began coordinating with NATO its plans for a possible military attack against Iran.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1135696369601&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

tinyurl.com/9lvas

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The Spoils of War: Israel’s Corruption was Inevitable:

You can’t have war without corruption. The history of war is inseparable from histories of corrupt power and social debasement. War attracts corruption like corpses attract flies. When a country elects “to remain on a wartime footing,” the rot can get pretty deep. Americans should know all about this.
www.counterpunch.com/brooks12312005.html

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Oil riches bring blood to Nigerian villagers :

The conflict has left dozens dead and wounded, sent hundreds fleeing their homes and roiled this once-quiet part of the Niger Delta. It has also laid bare the desperate struggle of impoverished communities to reap crumbs from the lavish banquet the oil boom has laid in this oil-rich yet grindingly poor area.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/01/01/news/nigeria.php

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Ukrainian premier heading gas cut-off HQ :

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov is heading a headquarters established after Russian energy giant Gazprom cut natural gas deliveries to the country this morning, Ukrainian national natural gas company Naftogaz said Sunday.
en.rian.ru/world/20060101/42817569.html

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It’s an affront to the Constitution, and the rights of American Muslims:

For instance, because two Muslim men, both of them U.S. citizens speaking with Arab accents, complained to an apartment manager about the apartment complex’s sales staff, the FBI approached the men.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/3546863.html

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Documents Detail British, U.S. WWII Views :

Black British troops – most from colonial outposts – shared facilities with their white counterparts, but white American soldiers ate and slept separately from their black comrades.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5515353,00.html

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