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Date: Tues, 10 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 2210
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$232,725,116,423

See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Is Uncle Sam Reading Your Mail?

U.S. officials can open personal mail arriving from abroad

By Reuters

“Customs and Border Protection is charged with making sure that terrorists and terrorists’ weapons don’t enter the country,” said Suzanne Trevino, a spokeswoman for the customs agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11510.htm

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Good News

Iraq Celebrates Four-Day Festival of Eid :

There were no reports of violence in Iraq as of midday Tuesday.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/3576889.html

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Bremer claims he was used as Iraq Œfall guy‚:

A Pentagon spokesman on Monday confirmed that Mr Bremer had sent Mr Rumsfeld a memo based on a report by the Rand Corporation consultancy that recommended 500,000 US troops would be needed to pacify Iraq ˆ far more than were sent. But Mr Bremer‚s advice was rejected by military leaders and Mr Rumsfeld.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11520.htm
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In case you missed it:

So, Mr Bremer, where did all the money go? :

At the end of the Iraq war, vast sums of money were made available to the US-led provisional authorities, headed by Paul Bremer, to spend on rebuilding the country. By the time Bremer left the post eight months later, $8.8bn of that money had disappeared. Ed Harriman on the extraordinary scandal of Iraq’s missing billions
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11523.htm

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Powell admits errors in war:

He says lack of troops impeded U.S. success : Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday night in the Twin Cities that he harbors no regrets about the U.S. invasion of Iraq but acknowledged wartime mistakes and warned that Iraq’s eventual government might not be as broad-based as American leaders had hoped.
www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/local/13581700.htm

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Dahr Jamail : ‘Democracy’ Brings Bleak Days;

Many Iraqis see dismal days ahead in the face of rising violence and the decision by the U.S. administration not to seek any further funds for reconstruction.
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=31714

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How US troops destroyed my family home:

Audio: Iraqi journalist Ali Fadhil, who was seized in his home by US soldiers two days ago, describes his ordeal.
image.guardian.co.uk/sys-audio/Guardian/audio/2006/01/10/090106fadhil.mp3

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Two British men to be tried on charges of leaking alleged Al-Jazeera memo :

Two British men were ordered Tuesday to stand trial later this month on charges of leaking a government memo in which U.S. President George W. Bush reportedly discussed bombing the headquarters of the Arab satellite news channel Al-Jazeera.
www.cbc.ca/cp/world/060110/w011026.html

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Jailed for 30 years for criticising ‘free’ Iraq:

Kamal Sayid Qadir wrote an article criticising the US backed government in Iraqi Kurdistan and now he has been jailed for 30 years
www.socialistworker.co.uk/article.php?article_id=8100

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Abduction of American Reporter in Iraq Blacked Out By U.S. News Outlets :

The Monitor revealed that the reporter, Carroll, is a stringer for the paper who has written many stories for the newspaper for about a year, the last four or five months reporting from Iraq.
editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001808253

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US sees Iraqi oil production choked for years:

Shell’s vice-president recently stated that any auction of Iraqi’s oilfields was unlikely before 2007,” said the EIA report released late in December 2005 and carried on its website
tinyurl.com/94pzr

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Bush warns Democrats about criticizing Iraq policy :

President Bush, in full campaign mode, warned Democratic critics of his Iraq policy on Tuesday to watch what they say or risk giving “comfort to our adversaries” and suffering at the ballot box in November.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/politics/20060110-1318-bush.html

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Enough of his excuses:

Blair must be impeached over Iraq: The only way parliament can regain the trust of disaffected voters is to admit that it was wrong to support the war
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,5370711-103550,00.html

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What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Us:

There is an bill in Congress to investigate Bush for impeachable crimes. Did you know that? If not, maybe you should be asking your local media outlets why you don‚t know about it.
tinyurl.com/8zxn2

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Citizen’s Tribunal Indicts Bush Administration for War Crimes:

An unprecedented series of indictments alleging war crimes and crimes against humanity, in five separate areas, on moral, political, and legal grounds, will be delivered by a citizens’ tribunal to President Bush at the front gate of the White House this Tuesday, January 10th.
releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=59009

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MoveOn.org Surrenders:

We‚ve got a war going on and advocacy groups who allegedly oppose it should stand up to it, not pander to those who do.
brickburner.blogs.com/my_weblog/2006/01/moveonorg_surre.html

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War crimes tribunals to resume at Guantanamo:

U.S. military tribunals convene on Wednesday in the war crimes trials of two Guantanamo prisoners, a Yemeni accused of guarding Osama bin Laden and a Canadian captured in Afghanistan when he was just 15 and charged with murdering an Army medic.
tinyurl.com/an4nn

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U.S. Defends Prison Camp at Guantanamo:

The representatives of the German political parties stand completely behind Merkel and are even sending her to Washington with clear mandate:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11524.htm

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Swiss claim proof that CIA ran Europe jails :

European investigators looking into allegations of secret CIA-run prisons in Europe said yesterday that an Egyptian government message naming countries where such prisons existed could amount to indirect proof of the claims.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1682961,00.html

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CIA faces new secret jails claim:

The CIA kept 23 people in a secret prison in Romania and maintained similar facilities in Bulgaria, Ukraine, Macedonia and Kosovo, according to allegations contained in a leaked Swiss intelligence report
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11525.htm

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Rumsfeld‚s Archipelago of Gulags :

Focus on Cuban camp obscured far worse activities around the world.
tinyurl.com/8r4jp

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The Rise & Fall of Imperial Democracies:

From the Beltway to Bangkok, Moscow to Manila, elected leaders are using the threat of terror to grab more power˜and making the threat worse.
www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2006/0601.kurlantzick.html

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Indian States Monitoring Cybercafe Users:

The southern Indian state of Kerala will join two other states in requiring cybercafes to record the names and addresses of their customers in an effort to combat online fraud, virus attacks and terrorism, an official said Tuesday.
abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=1490514&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312

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Iran reopens nuclear research plant:

In defiance of protests from the West, Iran says it has removed UN seals at its nuclear facilities and resumed controversial research work.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B2FBB0F1-208B-4547-87BC-F53EEAF44109.htm

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East Arabs can vote in Jerusalem, but Hamas can’t run :

Palestinians in East Jerusalem will be able to vote in the upcoming Palestinian Legislative Council elections on January 25, but Hamas candidates will not be able to run in the elections there, Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday afternoon.

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Israeli Cabinet to Decide Palestinian Vote :

Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday the Cabinet would decide next week whether to allow Palestinians to vote in Jerusalem during Palestinian parliamentary elections.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5536877,00.html

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Ariel Sharon: The Accused :

The man who is now Israel’s Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, sent Lebanese militiamen into the Palestine refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla. When they left 36 hours later at least 800 people lay dead after a rampage of murder, torture and rape.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/panorama/1381328.stm

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UN admits civilians may have died in Haiti peacekeeping raid:

The UN has for the first time admitted that a number of innocent civilians may have become “collateral victims” and killed during a controversial raid by peacekeeping forces in Haiti.
www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=675379

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N. Korean Leader Visiting China:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has traveled to China on a rare trip outside his country, a South Korean military intelligence official said Tuesday.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060110/ap_on_re_as/nkorea_china

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Anti-War Group Has Documents Proving NSA Spied on Them :
democracyrising.us/content/view/402/164/

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Judges request surveillance details:

Judges bypassed in domestic wiretap spying program receive secret intelligence briefing
www.dailyvanguard.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2006/01/10/43c3d45cf1c1a

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In case you missed it:

Alito Defended Wiretap Protections in 1984 Memo: The attorney general should be immune from lawsuits over illegal wiretaps, Samuel A. Alito Jr., President Bush’s Supreme Court nominee, wrote in a 1984 memorandum as a government lawyer in the Reagan administration.
www.mezomorf.com/washington/news-17923.html

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Thom Hartmann: Challenging Abramoff’s “Artificial Aristocracy”:

That Jack Abramoff exclusively gave his money to conservative Republicans shouldn’t surprise us. – To understand why, we have to understand the core conservative governing principle – aristocracy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11521.htm

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Who Got What:

Jack Abramoff Lobbying and Political Contributions, 1999 – 2006:

Here is a detailed look at Abramoff’s lobbying, and political contributions from Abramoff, the tribes that hired him, and SunCruz Casinos, since 1999.
www.capitaleye.org/abramoff_recips.asp?sort=N

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By the Numbers: Lobbying in America :

Here are a few quick facts showing the size and scope of this burgeoning Washington, DC industry.
thinkprogress.org/2006/01/09/lobbying-in-america/

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From Big-Time Lobbyist to Object of Derision :

Jack Abramoff, former superlobbyist and newly convicted felon, is learning how unpleasant disgrace can be. – Mr. Abramoff’s ties to the Republican Party stretch into the executive branch, and he could implicate up to 12 members of Congress, people involved in the case said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11522.htm

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Attorney: $115,000 paid to DeLay’s wife fair :

Christine DeLay was paid the money during a three-year period by the Alexander Strategy Group, a Washington lobbying firm that is now the object of a criminal probe.
www.khou.com/news/local/politics/stories/khou060110_ac_delaywife.63267241.html

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Figuring Out Alito:

If the Judiciary Committee really wants to know where Alito stands, they’ll raise the specter of Bush v. Gore.
www.alternet.org/story/30611/

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Al Gore really did beat George W. Bush in 2000:
www.research.fsu.edu/researchr/winter2005/features/battlefield.html

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Internal Justice Dept. Document Alleges Drug Trafficking Links, Money Laundering and Conspiracy to Murder
www.narconews.com/Issue40/article1543.html

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Doctors Without Borders Aid Worker Describes Dire Humanitarian Situation in Southern Sudan:
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/10/1455255

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Why budget fixes can’t wait:

Rising longevity, healthcare costs, and federal obligations will force a reckoning in the US, experts say.
csmweb2.emcweb.com/2006/0110/p01s02-uspo.html

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Date: Sun, 8 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 2210
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$232,269,796,725

See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Bush Advisor Says President Has Legal Power to Torture Children

By Philip Watts

John Yoo publicly argued there is no law that could prevent the President from ordering the torture of a child of a suspect in custody ˆ including by crushing that child‚s testicles.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11488.htm

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Swiss may have known about secret CIA prisons

By Scott Capper

The Swiss intelligence community has allegedly been aware of secret CIA prisons in eastern Europe for nearly two months according to leaked documents.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11489.htm

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Army Won’t Try Officer in Afghan Abuse Case

The U.S. Army has dropped its case against the only officer to face criminal charges in connection with the beating deaths of two prisoners held by the U.S. in Afghanistan, a military spokesman said Saturday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11490.htm

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The Economic Costs Of The Iraq War:

Linda Bilmes

Kennedy School, Harvard University

And

Joseph E. Stiglitz

University Professor, Columbia University

We estimate that the total economic costs of the war, including direct costs and macroeconomic costs, lie between $1 and $2 trillion.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11495.htm

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The ‘Fin de Regime’?

An out-of-touch George Bush now presides over a lost foreign war and a morass of influence peddling

By Eric Margolis

China’s Taoists philosophers warned that you become what you hate. We see this paradox in Washington, where the current administration increasingly reminds one of the old Soviet Union.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11485.htm

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Marines died short of armor

By Michael Moss

A secret Pentagon study has found that as many as 80 percent of the marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to their upper body could have survived if they had had extra body armor. Such armor has been available since 2003, but until recently the Pentagon has largely declined to supply it to troops despite calls from the field for additional protection, according to military officials.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11486.htm

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US helicopter “crash” kills12:

The UH-60 Blackhawk came down just before midnight on Saturday, some 12km (seven miles) east of the town of Talafar, seen as a rebel stronghold
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4592622.stm

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Three Marines killed in Fallujah :

Three Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), were killed by small-arms fire in separate attacks .
www.mnf-iraq.com/Releases/Jan/060108a.htm

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Marine killed by IED near Ferris :

His vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against the enemy near Ferris, Jan 7.
www.mnf-iraq.com/Releases/Jan/060108c.htm

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Marine killed by IED near Al Karmah :

His vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against the enemy near Al Karmah Jan 7.
www.mnf-iraq.com/Releases/Jan/060108b.htm

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Two civilians killed in Kirkuk:

Two civilians were killed and two wounded when gunmen opened fire from their car at a crowd in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police sources said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM826169.htm

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Two killed in suicide car bomb attack in Baghdad :

A suicide car bomb struck a convoy of security officials in southern Baghdad on Sunday, killing two of them and wounding five others, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-01/08/content_4025882.htm

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Policeman killed in gunmen attack in western Baghdad :

Unidentified gunmen attacked police patrols in western Baghdad on Sunday, killing one policeman and wounding 13 others, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-01/08/content_4024827.htm

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U.S. troops raid Sunni clerics’ Iraq office:

In one room, cupboards used to store the shoes of those attending prayers had what appeared to be Christian crosses scrawled on them. Other footage showed papers strewn on office floors and windows smashed.
today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=L08746700

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Kurds nominate Talabani for Iraqi presidency:

Political sources say that Iraq’s other main parties are unlikely to try to block the Kurdish nomination.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAR831182.htm

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Sheehan Urge Supporters to Take Action :

Activist Cindy Sheehan told supporters at a peace forum Saturday that troops would get out of Iraq if millions of U.S. citizens took the simple step that she did outside President Bush’s vacation home last summer.
hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/P/PEACE_MOM?SITE=FLTAM&SECTION=US

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Stirling Newberry: “Got Impeachment?”:

Within the Democratic Party there is an argument over whether support for impeachment will marginalize the party. It will not, but it has to be handled the right way.
www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/1/6/85021/50558

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Top armyman wants Blair impeached:

A leading British Army officer believes Prime Minister Tony Blair should be impeached for his role in the war in Iraq, the Mail on Sunday reported.
dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1006396

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Zbigniew Brzezinski: The Real Choice in Iraq:

The requisite first step to that end is for the president to break out of his political cocoon. His policymaking and his speeches are the products of the true believers around him who are largely responsible for the mess in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11494.htm

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Merkel says Guantanamo should be shut ::

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in an interview published days before her first visit to the United States, said Washington should close its Guantanamo Bay prison camp and find other ways of dealing with terror suspects.
tinyurl.com/75htp

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US may move some Guantanamo inmates to Afghanistan :

The U.S. government has chosen the site of a former Soviet-era prison near the capital, Kabul, to house the prisoners, the British newspaper reported
paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=130428

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US accused of backing kidnappers of Iranian soldiers :

Iran said on Saturday that kidnappers who had taken nine Iranian border guards as hostage in the eastern parts of the country were linked to the Taliban and supported by the United States, the official IRNA news agency reported.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-01/07/content_4022965.htm

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Iran’s nuclear ambitions pose the next big test:

Israel’s acting leader has already been briefed on plans to strike at atomic facilities
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11492.htm

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War pimp alert:

Iran rejection of nuclear deal becoming clear:

Rice: Rice said she hoped “diplomacy has not been exhausted,” but added that it was “becoming clearer” Iranians are not accepting a diplomatic compromise that constrains their nuclear ambitions.
tinyurl.com/cmttn

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Iran to remove UN seals at atomic research sites:

Iran said yesterday it was preparing to remove UN seals at some nuclear research and development sites, despite strong Western opposition to its decision to resume atomic research halted over two years ago.
www.thedailystar.net/2006/01/09/d601091308108.htm

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War pimp alert:

UK cleared nuclear cargo to Iran :

Defence experts demand tightening of export regulations on potential weapon materials
observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,6903,1681851,00.html

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Bullying Iran is not an option :

Before Western leaders seek sanctions against Iran, they should put their own houses in order on nuclear weapons and nuclear power
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11491.htm

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Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities cannot be prevented by ‘doubt creating’ policy :

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Afro-Arab affairs Mohammad-Reza Baqeri said here Sunday that by raising doubts (about Iran’s nuclear program), Western nations cannot prevent Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities which are in line with international rules and regulations.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0601087628193123.htm

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‘He is the King Kong of massacres’ :

amad Shamus remembers the morning in September 1982 when the right-wing Lebanese forces and their Israeli advisers sealed the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps on the outskirts of Beirut and began to massacre the Palestinians inside.
observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,16937,1681720,00.html

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Aid to Israel is Out of Hand:

We should save our hard-earned tax dollars to support that peace, not the entrenchment of Israeli colonialism, and the future of conflict and violence it guarantees.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11493.htm

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Canada and Australia close embassies in Jordan :

The Canadian and Australian embassy in Jordan today shut their doors to the public because of an undisclosed security threat a day after Britain closed its embassy in Amman for the same reason, diplomats said.
www.newkerala.com/news.php?action=fullnews&id=81586

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Bush announces radical shift in foreign policy; No U.S. media report it:

Buried in the UK’s Financial Times – and as far as I can tell, not reported anywhere else – are the details of a State Department briefing this week in which the Bush administration very publicly said it is essentially scrapping U.S. support for NATO and the United Nations. No joke.
tinyurl.com/8tgn7

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Alito may be the worst choice:

AT THIS moment in American history, it would be hard to find a worse Supreme Court nominee than Samuel A. Alito Jr. His ideology captures everything extremist about the Bush administration. If confirmed, Alito would serve as Bush’s enabler.
tinyurl.com/cdavh

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British lawyers linked to $1m payment for favours at US Congress:

The revelations that the $1 million is thought to have originated from Russian oil and gas executives seeking to shape US legislation have fuelled pressure for a shake-up in the Republican leadership in Congress.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11487.htm

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Scottish Tories helped to convict US lobbyist Abramoff:

EVIDENCE from Conservative MSPs helped to bring down Jack Abramoff, the American lobbyist on corruption charges.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2090-1975599,00.html

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Pigs at the trough:

Dems Charge GOP Has Corrupted Congress :

“Lobbyists are now writing the bills passed by Congress,” she contended. “They have infiltrated every aspect of our government. Their money and donations shape the opinions of corrupt lawmakers in a way that public opinion no longer does.”
tinyurl.com/9w3y6

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Corruption and the College Republican :

So Jack Abramoff is now a confessed criminal, a corrupter of congress, a man who’s decision to turn state’s witness now threatens the careers of as many as 60 senators and representatives. All of which begs the question: How did Jack Abramoff become Jack Abramoff?
www.rollingstone.com/politics/nataffdaily/story/9104746?rnd=1136716394078&has-player=false

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A Darker Bioweapons Future:

One of the top developments of 2005 is a kind of genetic engineering on steroids — a new field called “synthetic biology” in which scientists are setting out to create new forms of life that have never existed before.
www.counterpunch.org/montague12312005.html

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Uranium revelation upsets isle activists:

SEVERAL environmental and native Hawaiian groups are accusing the Army of misleading the public after the groups discovered that a heavy metal known as depleted uranium was recovered at Schofield Barracks’ range complex.
starbulletin.com/2006/01/06/news/story06.html

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Date: Sat, 7 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 2193
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$232,068,321,539
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Congo’s 3.9 m victims: Deadliest crisis in 60 years

By David Blair

“Ignorance about its scale and impact is almost universal and international engagement remains completely out of proportion to humanitarian need.” The committee found that Congo’s war claimed 38,000 lives every month in 2004.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11481.htm

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Video report: US air strike kills Iraqi women and children: police :

“I absolutely confirm there were no terrorists in this house,” police chief Colonel Sufyan Mustafa told Reuters.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11480.htm

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Civilian Killed:

One civilian was killed and another wounded when U.S. soldiers opened fire on their car as it approached a checkpoint on a main road in Baiji,
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ANW727000.htm

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Doctor shot by gunmen:

Doctor Ali Hussein, an employee at Falluja hospital, was killed by gunmen in the city
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ANW727000.htm

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Insurgents clash with US troops in Fallujah :

“A sniper opened fire at a group of US soldiers, shooting four of them in al-Wahda district in central Fallujah,” a local journalist told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-01/07/content_4022682.htm

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American journalist kidnapped in Iraq:

Iraqi police officials said Saturday unidentified gunmen have kidnapped an American female journalist after killing her Iraqi translator in Baghdad.
tinyurl.com/978qy

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US generals disagree on Iraq violence:

“The country’s on the verge of a civil war,” General Sanchez told soldiers preparing to deploy to Iraq during a ceremony held in Heidelberg, Germany.
smh.com.au/news/world/us-generals-disagree-on-iraq-violence/2006/01/07/1136609984022.html

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Karen Kwiatkowski: He-Said, He-Said, and a 2006 Prediction :

The destruction of a sovereign Iraq was the primary objective of this war – and that mission has in fact been accomplished. Bush was and remains correct from the moment he famously landed on an aircraft carrier and announced, “Mission Accomplished.”
www.huffingtonpost.com/karen-kwiatkowski/hesaid-hesaid-and-a-2_b_13373.html

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Analysis: Iraq’s dark realities:

While the insurgents were motivated to play the political game and stay on their best behavior, violence around Iraq abated somewhat. However, once they had concluded that they were going to be given nothing worthwhile by the new Shiite masters of the country and their Kurdish allies, they felt free to unleash all their undiminished capabilities again.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11482.htm

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US general gloomy on future for Iraq:

Sectarian rivalries and inefficient Iraqi ministries could turn the Iraqi security forces into ‘militias or armed gangs,’ Lt. General John Vines, the senior US operational commander in Iraq, told The New York Times.
www.forbes.com/work/feeds/afx/2006/01/06/afx2432260.html

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Bremer says US did not expect insurgency in Iraq:

Paul Bremer, who led the U.S. civilian occupation authority in Iraq after the 2003 invasion, has admitted the United States did not anticipate the insurgency in the country, NBC Television said on Friday.
tinyurl.com/dhg7u

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Number of badly wounded soldiers on rise in Iraq :

Military medical advances are keeping more soldiers alive in the Iraq War but also creating a growing pool of badly wounded veterans who will need expensive, long-term medical care, the U.S. secretary of Veteran Affairs said on Friday.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060107/us_nm/iraq_veterans_dc_1

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Hassan ransom payment ‘blocked by Foreign Office’:

A MILLIONAIRE who wanted to pay a ransom for the release of Margaret Hassan, the British aid worker kidnapped in Iraq and later murdered, was allegedly intimidated into dropping his offer, writes Maurice Chittenden.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1965627,00.html

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The Whitewashing of Ariel Sharon:

From the beginning to the end of his career, Sharon was a man of ruthless and often gratuitous violence. The waypoints of his career are all drenched in blood, from the massacre he directed at the village of Qibya in 1953
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11484.htm

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Audio: Eye-Witness To Sabra-Shatila Massacare:

“The slaughter of unarmed children, women, the aged and the infirm was shocking. For me, I was doubly outraged that I had to discover the truth about a brave and generous people only through their deaths. Until then, I never knew Palestinian refugees existed. As a fundamentalist Christian, I had been a supporter of Israel, hated Arabs and saw the Palestinian Liberation Organisation as terrorists to be loathed and feared.”
www.inminds.co.uk/from-beirut-to-jerusalem.html

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Gordon Prather : On Another Planet :

Back in October 2003, after seeing what Bush and Blair did to Iraq on the pretext of destroying Iraq’s non-existent nuke programs, Iran began negotiations with France, Germany and the United Kingdom (EU/E3) with the explicit expectation of obtaining ˆ at a minimum ˆ assurances from the Europeans that Bush and Blair would not do unto them what they had just done unto Iraq.
www.antiwar.com/prather/?articleid=8357

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Them or Us: AIPAC on Trial:

In August 2004, the FBI and the US Justice Department counter-intelligence bureau announced that they were investigating a top Pentagon analyst suspected of spying for Israel and handing over highly confidential documents on US policy toward Iran to AIPAC which in turn handed them over to the Israeli Embassy.
www.counterpunch.com/petras01072006.html

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Eight security guards on border with Afghanistan killed :

Assailants armed with rockets and assault rifles attacked a newly built checkpoint near the Afghan border in Pakistan before dawn today, killing all eight security forces, officials said.
www.thenewstribune.com/news/nationworld/story/5442985p-4914226c.html

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One killed in a bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan :

A passerby was killed and a policeman injured on Saturday by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan, officials said, changing their earlier statement that it was a suicide attack.
dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1006128

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U.S. Still Force Feeding Forty Guantanamo Hunger Strikers

Merkel criticises Guantanamo Bay : German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay “should not exist”, in an interview days before she meets George W Bush.
news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=80316

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Bush using a little-noticed strategy to alter the balance of power:

President Bush agreed with great fanfare last month to accept a ban on torture, but he later quietly reserved the right to ignore it, even as he signed it into law.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/13568438.htm

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NSA chief not concerned by congressional inquiries:

A 1978 law, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, forbids domestic spying on U.S. citizens without the approval of a special court. In the wake of the September 11 attacks, Bush secretly authorized the NSA to intercept communications without court approval.
tinyurl.com/9645r

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Report disputes spy plan legality:

The non-partisan research arm of Congress on Friday questioned the legal foundation of President Bush’s decision to order eavesdropping on Americans without court warrants.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/13572257.htm

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Orwell could have a case against Bush:

Lawyers for the estate of George Orwell have announced their intention to sue President Bush for plagiarism.
www.americanpolitics.com/20051220Young.html

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The lie detector you’ll never know is there:

THE US Department of Defense has revealed plans to develop a lie detector that can be used without the subject knowing they are being assessed.
www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=mg18925335.800

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Computer chips get under skin of enthusiasts :

The computer chips, which cost about $2, interact with a device installed in computers and other electronics. The chips are activated when they come within 3 inches of a so-called reader, which scans the data on the chips. The “reader” devices are available for as little as $50.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060106/tc_nm/technology_implants_dc

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DeLay’s Decision Won’t End GOP Troubles :

Republicans worried about their party’s future have succeeded in pushing embattled former Majority Leader Tom DeLay off the stage. Even so, the Republicans’ election-year troubles are far from over.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5530519,00.html

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Officials Focus on a 2nd Firm Tied to DeLay :

Having secured a guilty plea from the lobbyist Jack Abramoff, prosecutors are entering a new phase of the corruption investigation in Washington and are focusing on a lobbying firm that may hold the key to whether Tom DeLay or other lawmakers will face criminal charges in the case.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11483.htm

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Tyco acknowledges it was source of $1.6m pocketed by Abramoff:

Tyco International, whose former CEO became a symbol of corporate corruption, acknowledged Thursday it is the Jack Abramoff client referred to as “Company A” in court documents describing the lobbyist’s scheme to funnel millions of dollars in lobbying fees to himself.
www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060106/NEWS0201/101060157

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New Job for Former Cheney Aide:

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who served as chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney until his October 28 indictment and subsequent resignation, has joined the Hudson Institute as a senior adviser, it was announced on Friday.
www.cnsnews.com/ViewPolitics.asp?Page=\Politics\archive\200601\POL20060106c.html

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Gentle Genocide: Why Kill All at Once?:

Do it gradually, while no one is watching!
villagevoice.com/news/0602,cartoons,71573,9.html

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Medicare Misery:

The new Medicare bill is about to kick in, and what it offers to seniors isn‚t pretty.
www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId=10792

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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 2193
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$231,762,848,981
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Primal smirk

The War God has his eyes on Iran ˜ can we stop him?

By ROBERT C. KOEHLER
Tribune Media Services

I ache with fresh hope and foreboding at this time of year. The time is ripe for an overarching vision of a world without war ˜ a tough, smart vision that can claim headlines and hold its own with the spin machines of government. Without it, we‚re doomed to . . . war with Iran?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11472.htm

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Pluses And Minuses

By Charley Reese

Now that President Bush has launched a new propaganda campaign to convince Americans that we are winning the war in Iraq, it’s a good idea to go back to the basics and look at the pluses and minuses of this war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11470.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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The Opposite of Good is Apathy

By Cindy Sheehan

If I hear one more rendition of “We Shall Overcome” and then watch the vigilers or marchers go home and turn on their TV’s and crack open a brewsky content in the fact that they have done something for peace that day, I am going to scream! We can’t overcome unless we take the proverbial bull by the horns and overcome!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11476.htm

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Ariel Sharon

By Robert Fisk

Israel’s Prime Minister was a ruthless military commander responsible for one of the most shocking war crimes of the 20th century, argues Robert Fisk. President George Bush acclaims Ariel Sharon as ‘a man of peace’, yet the blood that was shed at Sabra and Chatila remains a stain on the conscience of the Zionist nation. As Sharon lies stricken in his hospital bed, his political career over, how will history judge him?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11479.htm

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11 U.S. Troops Killed in One Day in Iraq : –

The U.S. military said Friday that six more American troops died in the recent surge of violence in Iraq, bringing to 11 the number of U.S. troops slain on the same day.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5527990,00.html

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2 Dead as hundreds protest unemployment in Iraq :

The demonstration turned violent as protesters armed with sticks, stones and guns were confronted by police.
www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=4327866

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Car bomb explosions kill one Iraqi and wound up to 18:

One Iraqi civilian was killed Friday and three others were wounded when a booby-trapped car went off as an Iraqi military parade passed nearby in the Zaafaranyia area , to the south of Baghdad.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=803068

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Iraqis bury bomb dead, some Shi’ites seek revenge:

Hadi al-Ameri, head of the Badr Brigades, the loosely organized Shi’ite militia allied to one of the country’s most powerful political parties, urged calm but questioned how long political leaders could keep their angry supporters in check.
tinyurl.com/c3o66

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Sniper shot that took out an insurgent killer from three quarters of a mile:

The insurgent was one of between 55 and 65 he estimates that he has shot dead in less than five months
tinyurl.com/cdc5p

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New Study: The Cost of The War: $1-2 trillion:

Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz and Harvard budget expert Linda Bilmes plan to present this week a paper estimating the cost of the Iraq War at between $1-2 trillion. This is far higher than earlier estimates of $100-200 billion.
www.tpmcafe.com/story/2006/1/5/11510/30624

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How Did the U.S. Government Annihilate $1 Trillion of American Wealth?:

Ask Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, and William Kristol. Ask Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice and Dick Cheney and George Bush. Ask the American Congress. They not only know how to extinguish vast amounts of American wealth, they have done it by attacking Iraq.
www.lewrockwell.com/rozeff/rozeff57.html

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Wife urges release of elderly UK hostage in Iraq:

The wife of a 74-year-old British hostage in Iraq called on his abductors to free him in a televised appeal on Friday, saying he was “a man of peace.”
tinyurl.com/9hurx

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In case you missed it:

The Case Against This Monstrous War:

It may sound like an exaggeration to say that just about every major claim made about Iraq and Saddam by the U.S. government since the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait has been misleading or simply false, and that the mainstream media has bought into these distortions with nary a peep of opposition
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10933.htm

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Noam Chomsky : Beyond the ballot:

THE US President Bush called last month‚s Iraqi elections a “major milestone in the march to democracy.” They are indeed a milestone ˜ just not the kind that Washington would welcome.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11477.htm

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Sheila Samples: You can’t go home again:

Those of us who know that Bush is raving mad, destructively impulsive and totally incompetent suspect he was lining up former heavyweights to take the blame when the melt-down comes. The good news is this is Alexander Haig’s last chance to be “in charge.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11475.htm

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Iran intelligence is not trustworthy :

After recent intelligence failures over WMD, editors should be doubly wary of “leaked intelligence”, its timing and the motives of those who provided the information.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11469.htm

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Iran a no-show for nuke talks?:

A defiant Iran rebuffed the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday, failing to show up for a meeting to discuss Tehran’s plans to move closer to uranium enrichment within days.
www.insidebayarea.com/argus/news/ci_3376850

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Iran Refuses To Provide Details On Nuclear Plans :

A diplomat accredited to the agency said the IAEA appeared resigned to not getting the details it had asked for before the Iranians start their work Jan. 9. He cited ElBaradei as saying he didn’t expect the high-ranking Iranian delegation to ask for a new appointment before flying back to Tehran.
tinyurl.com/cfjbq

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U.S. warns Iran over nuclear program:

“We are moving into a period of time with Iran where I think we’re going to have to, the world is going to have to make some decisions,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said.
www.tucsoncitizen.com/news/national/010606b2_iran

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Axis of Fanatics — Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad :

Using religious claims to bolster their quests for power, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Benjamin Netanyahu each stand to gain by pointing to the menacing fanaticism of the other. Yet many Iranians and Israelis recognize the grave dangers of such posturing.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11478.htm

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Iran briefs Syria on latest nuclear studies:

Minister Mohammed Reza Bagheri said here on Thursday that he has informed the Syrian leadership of the latest developments concerning the country’s nuclear studies.
www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2006/jan/1264353.htm

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Syria: Khaddam plans to topple al-Assad:

A former Syrian vice-president says he is seeking to topple the government through a popular uprising.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/806C114A-2385-4C04-B553-3FB6C6EFCFC9.htm

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US ambassador escapes Taliban suicide bomb :

The US ambassador fled a central Afghan town after a Taliban suicide bomber killed 10 people and wounded 50, further stoking fears of an Iraqi influence on the escalating insurgency.
www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,1284,1680422,00.html

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Afghan officials accused on drugs :

The security chief at Kabul airport has accused Afghan officials of colluding with drug smugglers and ordering the release of arrested suspects.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4585188.stm

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Charles Sullivan : Peak Oil and the End of Empire :

Those in power are secretly panic stricken. America‚s unequaled military firepower is utterly dependent on the life blood of cheap oil to keep the machinery of run amok capitalism running. Given the atrocities that the U.S. is inflicting with impunity around the world, there will be hell to pay when that advantage is lost.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11471.htm

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US backs India‚s quest to acquire nuke technology:

In a strong endorsement of India‚s quest to acquire technology and equipment to generate atomic power, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said that it will have to have civilian nuclear energy and not be dependent on countries posing concerns.
htinyurl.com/ahaxe

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An Imperial President? Bush Claims Right To Ignore New Law Banning Torture:

Three influential Republicans Senators are condemning President Bush for claiming he has the authority to ignore a new law banning the torture of prisoners during interrogations.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/06/1451239

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Padilla Begins Defense:

Padilla was transferred to civilian custody Thursday and made his first appearance in court. He was scheduled to return Friday to enter a plea.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/01/05/terror/main1181844.shtml

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Guantanamo Bay force feeding raises painful memories :

Former prisoners of recent British penal history recall the trauma of torture and forced feeding, now happening to Muslim hunger strikers
tinyurl.com/affrg

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Letter from Al Jazeera Cameraman imprisoned in Guantanamo:

I cannot stop asking myself this question, why do they punish me? It is becoming an obsession, but I cannot get it out of my head. All these punishments began when they put me in prison in Bagram, Afghanistan.
tinyurl.com/7n9rh

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Arcata City Council urges Bush impeachment:

A split City Council yesterday passed a resolution demanding the impeachment or resignation of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=4326198&nav=9qrx

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Jerry Texiero-Vietnam War Resister::

In its push to hold Jerry Texiero out as an example to those in today‚s military (to dissuade them from walking away from another of this country‚s unnecessary and created wars), the Marine Corps is breaking every law on the books.
jack-dalton.blogspot.com/2006/01/jerry-texiero-vietnam-war-resister_05.html

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China signals reserves switch away from dollar:

China indicated on Thursday it could begin to diversify its rapidly growing foreign exchange reserves away from the US dollar and government bonds ˆ a potential shift with significant implications for global financial and commodity markets.
news.ft.com/cms/s/f39fa8e4-7e25-11da-8ef9-0000779e2340.html

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Report: Whistle-Blower to Testify Against NSA:

Former Employee Alleges Illegal Intelligence was Conducted
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11474.htm

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NSA whistleblower asks to testify:

A former National Security Agency official wants to tell Congress about electronic intelligence programs that he asserts were carried out illegally by the NSA and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
www.washingtontimes.com/national/20060104-114052-6606r.htm

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Congressmembers write White House to ask if reporters were bugged:

The Democrats asked for information regarding whether any reporters or other members of the media have had phone calls intercepted under the NSA program.
rawstory.com/news/2005/Congressmembers_write_White_House_ask_if_0105.html

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Bush Abruptly Ended Abramoff Investigation in 2002! :

Don’t forget that Jack Abramoff’s own secretary, Susan Ralston, became Karl Rove’s Personal Assistant, and that Abramoff said he contacted Rove personally on relieving his client Tyco from having to pay some taxes and still be able to get federal contracts. Abramoff said “he had contact with Mr. Karl Rove” on Tyco.
www.dailykos.com/story/2005/12/2/103145/544

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Molly Ivins: More Texan sleaze and stink:

The DeLay Foundation for Kids was set up 18 years ago and works on behalf of foster children. But it is also a way for companies to give unregulated and undisclosed funds: It’s a way for companies to get into DeLay’s good graces or, as Fred Lewis from Campaign for People says, “another way for donors to get their hooks into politicians.”
www.freepress.org/columns/display/1/2006/1292

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`DeLay Inc.’ Lobbying Firm Has Links to Three Capital Scandals :

Representative Tom DeLay’s campaign to get Republicans to dominate Washington lobbying may have worked too well for Alexander Strategy Group.
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=arXHk9Sp9kkM&refer=us

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Political Donations From Aabramoff:

Who got what?
tinyurl.com/ey3ej

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Ties That Bind?:

The White House is moving to distance itself from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff˜who raised thousands for the Bush-Cheney campaign.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10711523/site/newsweek/

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Cunningscam: Much More Than Meets The Eye :

Abramoff isn‚t the only mega-scandal that could rock Washington this year. Two powerful committee chairmen in the House could soon find themselves ensarled in the scandal that has already taken down former Rep. Randy “Duke‰ Cunningham.
thinkprogress.org/2006/01/05/cunningscam-more

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In case you missed it:

Legal looting: Cunningham case only hints at extent of rot
www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20051208/news_lz1ed08top.html

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Close ties make Rep. Lewis, lobbyist Lowery a potent pair:

From powerful positions on the House Appropriations Committee, California Rep. Jerry Lewis has greenlighted hundreds of millions of dollars in federal projects for clients of one of his closest friends, lobbyist and former state Congressman Bill Lowery.
tinyurl.com/7atfw

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Why The Patrriot Act, Redux: Fascism Is The Here And Now:

“Fascism is a politico-economic system in which there is: total executive branch control of the government; no independent judiciary; no Constitution that embodies the Rule of Law standing above the people who run the government; no inherent rights or liberties; a single national ideology that first demonizes and then criminalizes all political, religious, and ideological opposition to it; and total corporate determination of economic, fiscal, and regulatory policy.‰
thepoliticaljunkies.net/Archived/Year%202005/Dec/Wk3-5/Jonas.htm

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Doug Ireland: Scandalous!

A Year of Republican Treachery: You could wait for the book, or check out the darkest shadows of the past 12 months right here:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11473.htm

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Medicare drug plan beset by glitches:

The program, which began Sunday, shifts the administration of Medicare prescription drug coverage to private companies that are preapproved by Medicare.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/3569069.html

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Medicare Officials’ Attendance at Lavish Contractor Meetings Probed:

Medicare officials responsible for overseeing $300 million awarded annually to private contractors regularly attended conferences sponsored by the groups at lavish beach and mountain resorts, according to a Senate panel reviewing the contractors.
tinyurl.com/bcoem

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IRS tracked taxpayers‚ political affiliation :

As it hunted down tax scofflaws, the Internal Revenue Service collected information on the political party affiliations of taxpayers in 20 states.
www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/5440902p-4912739c.html

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US satellites ‘spying’ on anti-whaling ships:

Greens leader Senator Bob Brown says he is outraged at a Japanese claim that US naval intelligence is using satellites to spy on the anti-whaling activities of Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd in the Southern Ocean
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200601/s1543032.htm

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Onward – Warriors of the Rainbow:
www.gratefulchild.org/projects/gcweb/gc/html/onward/

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