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Date: Wed, 25 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 2237
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$236,226,510,412
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Iran’s new bourse may threaten the dollar:

By Linda S. Heard

A growing number of experts believe Iran’s new oil bourse is more of a threat to US interests than nuclear missiles.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11668.htm

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Unhitching our Wagons

New Blood, New Visions, and a New Political Party.

By Charles Sullivan

Working class people, especially progressives, must come to understand that our interests are not being served by hitching our political wagons to either the Democratic or the Republican Party. The Republicrats represent a capitalist system that has given rise to class division, the unequal distribution of wealth, private ownership, and a system of wage slavery that does not serve democracy, but plutocracy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11659.htm

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U.S. invasion responsible deaths of over 250,000 civilians in Iraq :

New studies make the Bush administration’s “liberation” argument for a ‘pre-emptive’ war against Iraq seem questionable.
www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Iraq_war.php

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TV Camera Man Among 4 Killed:

A cameraman working for Baghdad Satellite Channel was killed on Tuesday in clashes between U.S. forces and insurgents. Witnesses said the cameraman was wounded in the firefight and then killed in a U.S. air strike.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM537958.htm

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Three killed in attack in Ramadi :

Three Iraqis were killed on Wednesday and four other people injured during fierce clashes that erupted between unidentified gunmen and American forces in Ramadi city west of Iraq.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=808292

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U.S. Marine killed in al Karmah :

A Marine assigned to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed in action by small-arms fire while conducting combat operations against the enemy in al Karmah, Jan 24.
www.mnf-iraq.com/Releases/Jan/060125a.html

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Study: Army stretched to breaking point:

Andrew Krepinevich, a retired Army officer who wrote the report under a Pentagon contract, concluded that the Army cannot sustain the pace of troop deployments to Iraq long enough to break the back of the insurgency.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11661.htm

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U.S. forces must learn to fight ‘Long War’:

“This generation of servicemembers will be in what we’re calling the Long War,” the general said. “Our estimate is that for at least the next 20 years, part of our focus will be on how do we deal with the extremist networks that will continue to threaten the United States and its allies.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11663.htm

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Pentagon Planning Document Leaves Iraq Out of Equation:

A four-year blueprint for the military reflects a view that the war is an anomaly. There’s talk of robots and drones, but no force buildup.
fairuse.100webcustomers.com/news2/latimes2.htm

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The Unseen War in Iraq:

When troops are cut, we’ll still be bombing the hell out of the place
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11666.htm

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EXCLUSIVE – “Fallujah: The Real Story,”

Documentary by Iraqi Journalist Captures the Horrors of the U.S. Siege:

Whole neighborhoods were attacked and relief workers were denied access. When the dust had settled, 10,000 buildings were destroyed with thousands more seriously damaged. At least 100,000 residents were permanently displaced and over 70 U.S. soldiers were killed. The Iraqi death toll remains unknown, but is well into the hundreds.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/25/155226

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The life and death of an Iraq veteran who could take no more :

By his own admission Douglas Barber, a former army reservist, was struggling. For two years since returning from the chaos and violence of Iraq, the 35-year-old had battled with his memories and his demons, the things he had seen and the fear he had experienced.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article340826.ece

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Fight inside as battle fades:

Not all soldiers end up on the front lines, but for those who do, the ones who witness the horrific reality of war, how can life ever be the same?
www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/news/opinion/13707004.htm

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British soldiers take MoD to court over ‘medical negligence’ :

The mental scars suffered by those who have experienced the horrors of the Iraq conflict have been exposed in a series of medical studies and legal actions.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/article340827.ece

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Please, Help Me!:

Please help me my friends, who lived through war, who experienced war around the world. Please tell me the way in which I can pass on this horrible experience to others. Please also tell me, explain to me why many of us still, as my friend observes, keep “quiet and cower.”
www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/chuong4.html

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Audit Describes Misuse of Funds in Iraq Projects :

Much of the material in the latest audit is new, and the portrait it paints of abandoned rebuilding projects, nonexistent paperwork and cash routinely taken from the main vault in Hilla without even a log to keep track of the transactions is likely to raise major new questions about how the provisional authority did its business and accounted for huge expenditures of Iraqi and American money.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11667.htm

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Iraq’s Oil Bust:

The Bush ad˜ministration dreamed of liberating the country on the cheap. Billions in untapped oil reserves would pay for reconstruction and nation-building. But hundreds of billions of American tax dollars later, Iraq’s oil still isn’t flowing at prewar levels.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10965520/site/newsweek/

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Fact or fiction?

Bush offered Blair chance to pull out of Iraq:

President George W Bush has revealed he offered Tony Blair the chance not go to war in Iraq, but the Prime Minister turned it down.
tinyurl.com/7ggmu

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Appointee linked to Iraq kickbacks:

A BUSINESSMAN appointed by the Howard Government to the US-led occupation government in Iraq personally sanctioned kickbacks to Saddam Hussein’s regime, according to evidence uncovered by the inquiry into the oil-for-food scandal.
tinyurl.com/e4b9l

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Saddam to sue Bush and Blair:

Defence lawyers for Saddam Hussein Wednesday distributed copies of a lawsuit against President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair for destroying Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11672.htm

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Iran ‘positive’ on Russian uranium enrichment plan:

Iran expressed qualified support for a plan to enrich its uranium on Russian territory but vowed to start industrial-scale enrichment at home if it is hauled before the UN Security Council.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=105058

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Bolton: Bush won’t tolerate nuclear Iran:

According to Bolton, Bush worries that a nuclear-equipped Iran under its current leadership could well engage in a nuclear holocaust, “and that is just not something he is going to accept.”
tinyurl.com/cyxbj

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Patrick J. Buchanan: Bush’s Dilemma: Iran vs. Israel :

If America does not strike, Mofaz is saying, Israel will. Yet, as that could produce the same results as an American attack, without the same assurance of success, Bush may have to restrain Israel, if he does not want a wider war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11664.htm

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Tehran claims Britain behind bombings in Ahvaz:

Iran directly accused Britain of of equipping and directing those behind a twin bomb attack in the oil city of Ahvaz that killed eight people and wounded dozens more.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=105069

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UK’s murky role in Cyprus crisis :

Evidence has emerged that British undercover forces were involved in fomenting the conflict between Greek and Turkish Cypriots ten years before the 1974 partition of Cyprus.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4632080.stm

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U.S. To India: Shun Iran Or Lose Nuclear Help:

A landmark nuclear deal between India and the United States will “die” in Washington if New Delhi supports Iran at the upcoming meeting of the U.N. atomic watchdog agency, the U.S. ambassador said Wednesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11669.htm

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Paul Craig Roberts : US Orders Syria To Do the Impossible:
Is there a person anywhere in the world who still thinks there is an ounce of sanity in the Bush administration? If so, let that person read John Bolton‚s orders to Syria in the January 24 online edition of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11665.htm

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CIA flights likened to the work of gangsters :

The United States was accused of “gangster tactics” yesterday, and European governments were accused of turning a blind eye to the “outsourcing of torture”, as a human rights watchdog concluded that the CIA conducted illegal anti-terror activities in Europe.
news.independent.co.uk/europe/article340818.ece

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EU governments condoned torture, Swiss investigator says:

European governments have silently condoned the practice of abducting suspected terrorists and transporting them from European airports to countries in which torture is used, a Council of Europe (CoE) investigation has revealed.
euobserver.com/?aid=20749&rk=1%20

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Video: Chomsky On the Iraq War and Rendition Flights:

Irish government guilty of war crimes? Real Media
dynamic.rte.ie/av/2108180.smil

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Bertie Ahern and “shoe shining ‰

Chomsky’s Irish Times Interview
www.ireland.com/focus/chomsky/interview.htm

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Poll Shows Fatah Ahead, Hamas Second:

A pollster who spoke on condition of anonymity because the results were to be officially announced later said Fatah won more than 42 percent of the vote and Hamas more than 34 percent, based on a survey of 6,500 voters with a margin of error of 5 percentage points.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2006/01/25/international/i102151S49.DTL

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Hamas cannot be part of Palestinian Authority – Ohmert :

Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said that Israel “cannot allow” the radical Islamist faction Hamas, in its current form, to become part of the Palestinian Authority.
tinyurl.com/93rvl

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Olmert: We must set borders in line with demographic reality:

There is no doubt that the most important and dramatic step we face is the determination of permanent borders of the State of Israel, to ensure the Jewish majority in the country.”
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/674331.html

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Amira Hass : The obligation of the occupied

Sixty percent of West Bank land, the primary physical resource of the Palestinian people, are under total Israeli control, and no Palestinian government will be able to do with them what sovereign entities do in their territory: sow and plant, build, develop, maintain.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/674639.html

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Spy With a Heart of Gold? :

Was an American spy for Israel trying to “help” his country?
www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=8441

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Video: Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs:

Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Barak persuaded US President Bill Clinton to devote his last 18 months in office to helping make peace with Yasser Arafat. But after tense negotiations the deal was never made. Then Ariel Sharon made a controversial visit to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in East Jerusalem, a site which is also holy to Jews.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11662.htm

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US diplomat: Chávez is meddling in other countries’ affairs:

US ambassador to Peru James Curtis Struble Wednesday said Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez “is meddling a lot in other countries’ affairs.”
english.eluniversal.com/2006/01/25/en_pol_art_25A661381.shtml

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Cindy Sheehan Writes from Venezuela:

There were tens of thousands of people in the antiwar, anti-imperialsm march in Caracas yesterday. Fernando Suarez (anotther member of GSFP) and I were among the people who led the march.
www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/7100

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Sizing Up Hugo Chávez:

The poor, who have been the maids, gardeners and delivery boys, but never the fellow-citizens of the privileged, now feel the country belongs to them. That‚s why the opposition is so fierce.
www.tompaine.com/articles/20060125/sizing_up_hugo_chvez.php

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Argentina gives residency to 1 million foreigners:

The immigrants from Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay will thus be able to legally work in and travel freely into and out of the country.
www.thedailyjournalonline.com/article.asp?ArticleId=219061&CategoryId=14093

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The case against Alito:

If the Senate accepts President Bush’s nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court, our nation will undergo profound legal changes, resulting in its transformation from a democratic republic to a corporatist dictatorship
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11670.htm

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Pentagon and CIA refer detainee-abuse cases to DOJ:

Twenty cases of detainee abuse allegations against CIA and Defence Department employees have been referred to the Justice Department for possible prosecution, a senior U.S. official said in a letter released on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/829bt

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TSA and FBI Ordered to Pay $200,000 to Settle “No Fly” Lawsuit :

Case Brought on Behalf of Two San Francisco Peace Activists Who Were Detained at an Airport
www.aclu.org/safefree/general/23926prs20060124.html

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NSA DIRECTOR, GENERAL MICHAEL HAYDEN CONTRADICTS HIS 2002 TESTIMONY TO THE JOINT INQUIRY OF CONGRESS:: NSA

Director Hayden—One Needle in a Growing Bush “Hay”stack of Lies:
www.huffingtonpost.com/kristen-breitweiser/nsa-director-haydenone-_b_14361.html

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NSA Accused of Psychologically Abusing Whistleblowers:

Five current and former National Security Agency (NSA) employees have told Cybercast News Service that the agency frequently retaliates against whistleblowers by falsely labeling them “delusional,” “paranoid” or “psychotic.”
tinyurl.com/8yfmd

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New Frontiers for the Police State:

A provision in the “Patriot Act” creates a new federal police force with power to violate the Bill of Rights. You might think that this cannot be true as you have not read about it in newspapers or heard it discussed by talking heads on TV.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11660.htm

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Censorship at the Border :

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging a provision of the Patriot Act that is being used to deny visas to foreign scholars whose political views the government disfavors. The lawsuit charges that the provision, known as the “ideological exclusion” provision, is being used to prevent United States citizens and residents from hearing speech that is protected by the First Amendment.
aclu.org/safefree/general/23582prs20051110.html

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Pentagon Spied on Houston Anti-Halliburton Activists:

A Houston-based anti-Halliburton group was spied on by a top-secret Pentagon counter-intelligence agency in 2004, according to a report in Newsweek magazine.
www.postchronicle.com/news/breakingnews/article_2124259.shtml

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Bush’s Constitutional Time Machine:

America revisits 17th Century England in turmoil
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11673.htm

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UK: Police stop and search 100 people a day under new anti-terror laws :

Campaigners will mount a legal challenge in the House of Lords today, as they attempt to limit the laws giving police sweeping powers to stop people even if they have no grounds to suspect them of a crime.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/article340820.ece

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Katrina vanden Heuvel : Saving Our Democracy :

On a glorious Saturday in New York, a spirited crowd of close to eight hundred people gathered inside the cavernous, subterranean Great Hall at New York’s Cooper Union to hear Representative John Conyers and a dozen other eloquent speakers—address the gravest issue of our time: How do we save our imperiled democracy?
tinyurl.com/8ugj2

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Isikoff Confirms Abramoff Shopped Bush Photos :

Appearing on MSNBC, Newsweek correspondent Michael Isikoff reported that it was indeed Abramoff who floated the photographs to Washingtonian. Watch the video:
thinkprogress.org/2006/01/24/update-isikoff-confirms-abramoff-shopped-bush-photos/

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Newspaper loses Galloway libel appeal :

If the newspaper had won the case at the Court of Appeal, the Respect MP would have faced a legal bill estimated at around £2 million and bankruptcy.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/article340917.ece

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Date: Tues, 24 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 2236
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$236,013,101,114
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Investigator: U.S. ‘Outsourced’ Torture

By JAN SLIVA
The Associated Press

The head of a European investigation into alleged CIA secret prisons in Europe said Tuesday that evidence pointed to the existence of a system of “outsourcing” of torture by the United States, and that it was highly likely European governments were aware of it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11657.htm

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The Re-Declared War on Terror

By Noam Chomsky

“Terror” is a term that rightly arouses strong emotions and deep concerns. The primary concern should, naturally, be to take measures to alleviate the threat, which has been severe in the past, and will be even more so in the future. To proceed in a serious way, we have to establish some guidelines. Here are a few simple ones:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11655.htm

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7 U.S. troops among 18 killed in Iraq :

Gunmen kill 3, abduct 20 : Also today, bodies of eight Sunni Arabs were found in a field north of Baghdad — five days after they were seized on their way home by bus after being rejected for admission to the police academy in the capital
tinyurl.com/dsq2m

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Sunnis urged to defend themselves amid tension:

Iraq’s biggest Sunni political party called on Sunnis on Tuesday to use all “appropriate means” to defend themselves after police stirred up sectarian tensions with a raid on a Baghdad neighbourhood.
tinyurl.com/caoyc

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Soldier gets reprimand for killing Iraqi general:

A military jury at Fort Carson, Colorado, has ordered a reprimand for an Army interrogator convicted of killing an Iraqi general.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11656.htm

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Former Abu Ghraib MP says top brass ducks blame :

One of the original seven MPs singled out by the Pentagon for their roles in abusive techniques, Ambuhl is speaking out because she believes the truth has been obscured by high-ranking officials intent on covering up a policy of abuse.
www.thenewstribune.com/news/nationworld/story/5478519p-4941696c.html

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HRW: U.S. Policy of Abuse Undermines Rights Worldwide :

New evidence demonstrated in 2005 that torture and mistreatment have been a deliberate part of the Bush administration‚s counterterrorism strategy, undermining the global defense of human rights, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2006
www.hrw.org/english/docs/2006/01/13/global12428.htm

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Jordan: Parliament Should Reject U.S. Impunity Deal:

Jordan‚s parliament should reject an agreement that would shield U.S. citizens and personnel under Jordan jurisdiction from ICC prosecution for war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today.
hrw.org/english/docs/2005/12/07/jordan12159.htm

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Sanitised images hide truth about war, says Fisk :

The sanitised images of war broadcast on television are a “lethal weapon” masking atrocities which demonstrate that conflict can “never be justified,” an Independent debate was told last night.
news.independent.co.uk/media/article340618.ece

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Lithuania cuts troops in Iraq:

In the course of the coalition forces working in Iraq, the Lithuanian defense ministry announced on Monday it will not permit 50 soldiers of its 110 troops to return back to Iraq.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/060124/2006012417.html

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International Law, the United Nations, and the War in Iraq:

The U.S. representative claimed his country’s actions were authorized by previous council resolutions (as many in the Bush administration are arguing again today). The British delegate similarly argued that because Iraq had not complied with the terms of Resolution 687, military force was justified.
www.worldpress.org/Mideast/2230.cfm#down

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Troubled Saddam trial postponed again:

The trial of Saddam Hussein was delayed again on Tuesday, with judges apparently divided after a series of setbacks that defence lawyers said proved political interference with the U.S.-sponsored Iraqi court.
tinyurl.com/9c5dk

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Saddam’s new judge is native of massacred Kurd town:

The Iraqi Special Tribunal yesterday named Raouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman, a Kurd from Halabja, where 5,000 died in a gas attack during an offensive by Saddam‚s forces, to succeed Rizgar Amin.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-2006535,00.html

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Scott Ritter: Let history judge:

Mr. Bush has not taken well to any criticism of his role in over-selling the case for war, and in his speech was quick to attack those who dared hold him to account
www.alternet.org/module/printversion/31200/?type=blog

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War pimp alert:

Bush commits US to defence of Israel in face of Iran threat:

“Israel’s our ally. We’re committed to the safety of Israel, and it’s a commitment we will keep.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11658.htm

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The wolf, the goat, and Iran’s revived nuclear program:

U.S. policy toward Iran has a lot less to do with democracy or terrorism or Hizbullah or human rights – or nuclear weapons, for that matter – than it does with serving the needs of Israel.
tinyurl.com/brhv5

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War pimp alert:

Bush says sees risk of Iranian nuclear blackmail:

U.S. President George W. Bush said on Monday he was concerned a future nuclear-armed Iran could blackmail the world.
tinyurl.com/cxxfw

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Cartoon of the week:

Me Trying
harpers.org/CartoonMeTrying.html

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Eight killed in double bomb attack in Iran:

Situated close to the border with British-controlled southern Iraq, Ahvaz has been hit by a wave of deadly unrest over the past year, including ethnic riots in April 2005 and a string of car bombings prior to Iran‚s presidential election last June when Ahmadinejad scored a shock victory.
tinyurl.com/aptha

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MP says enemies behind Ahvaz explosions:

An MP from Dasht-e Azadegan here Tuesday linked the two bomb explosions in the southwestern city of Ahvaz to foreign-based enemies and counter-revolutuonaries.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/line-22/0601240563123413.htm

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Iranian report: Mossad agent arrested on border with Turkey:

Iranian intelligence agents arrested a man who worked for Iran’s Gachsaran oil company some 20 years ago. Fourteen years ago, the man allegedly hijacked an Iranian plane and landed it in Israel. Farda News reported “the Zionist regime granted the man asylum and recruited him to work as a spy.”
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/673818.html

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In case you missed it:

Chris Floyd: Into the Dark:

The Pentagon Plan to Foment Terrorism
collectioncf72.blogspot.com/2005/04/into-dark-pentagon-plan-to-foment.html

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The Raid On Iraq :

This Is How It Happened In Iraq: And How It’ll Happen In Iran
www.unitedstatesgovernment.net/theraidoniraq.php

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Currency market wary of Iran:

The dollar could feel a sting, analysts said, if the move by Iran influences other major crude exporters or further inflame the geopolitical standoff between Western nations and the world’s fourth largest oil exporter over its nuclear ambitions.
tinyurl.com/87354

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Pakistan backs Iran pipeline despite U.S. objections:

Pakistan said on Tuesday that a plan to build a natural gas pipeline from Iran to India through its territory should go ahead as scheduled, despite strong opposition from the United States.
tinyurl.com/bsfy4

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What will China do? :

Weeks ago, Chinese officials pledged to veto any U.S. or European attempt to impose UN sanctions on Iran. But since Ahmadinejad began to ratchet up tensions and the West responded with threats of its own, China has kept its intentions to itself.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/01/24/opinion/edbremmer.php#

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Israeli defense minister threatens use of force against Lebanon:

Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has claimed Hizbullah receives $100 million a year from Iran and accused the group of channeling some of these funds to Palestinian factions engaged in a violent confrontation with the Jewish state.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=2&article_id=21632

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Hezbollah urges Lebanon to deflect UN pressure to disarm group :

Lebanon should respond to UN Security Council pressure to disarm Hezbollah by firmly stating it is a group defending the country against Israel, not a militia, Hezbollah’s first cabinet minister said on Tuesday.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/674295.html

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Hizb Allah warns plotters:

The leader of Lebanon’s Shia group Hizb Allah has warned that no one should conspire with the United States against his organisation.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9FB03E6C-32B1-4889-801C-5E82A2B7972E.htm

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Palestinian youth, 13, killed by IOF gunfire near Ramallah :

An initial report indicated soldiers opened fire in the direction of two children building a stone barrier across a road.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/673731.html

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East Jerusalem Arabs watch election from afar:

“The whole process is a farce,” Mahmoud, a shop owner said, complaining about Israel’s ban on Hamas candidates running in the East Jerusalem ballot.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060123/wl_nm/mideast_jerusalem_dc

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Fatah struggles with tainted image :

Corruption and incompetence in Yasser Arafat’s faction are helping Hamas win support in run-up to Palestinian election
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1693341,00.html

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Palestinian refugees will hold mock PLO elections in Brussels and Paris:

Six million Palestinians exiled in Arab states, Europe, the Americas and elsewhere, and Palestinian citizens of Israel, have remained stripped of their right to participate in Palestinian democratic decision making and are denied their right to return.
electronicintifada.net/v2/article4414.shtml

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U.S. ordered to reveal IDs of detainees:

A federal judge has ordered the Pentagon to release the names and nationalities of hundreds of prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, rejecting the government’s argument that it would be a violation of their privacy and expose them to retaliation by terrorist groups.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/01/24/MNGQ4GS4J71.DTL

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Defending Spy Program,

General Reveals Shaky Grip on 4th Amendment :

he former national director of the National Security Agency, in an appearance today before the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., today, appeared to be unfamiliar with the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
tinyurl.com/9rxy6

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How Close Are We to the End of Democracy?:

No president in over 200 years of our history has ever before claimed the “unitary powers” that Bush claims are his. Not President Lincoln during the Civil War, not President Wilson during World War I, not President Roosevelt during World War II, not President Truman during Korea, and not Presidents Johnson and Nixon during Vietnam.
www.huffingtonpost.com/martin-garbus/how-close-are-we-to-the-e_b_14171.html

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Impeachment hearings:

The White House prepares for the worst : “A coalition in Congress is being formed to support impeachment,” an administration source said.
www.insightmag.com/Media/MediaManager/impeachment.htm

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Bush on Trial for Crimes against Humanity:

The International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration convened last weekend in New York City’s Riverside Church.
www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012406Z.shtml

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Expulsion of U.S. Envoy Sought in Pakistan :

Lawmakers in northwestern Pakistan on Monday demanded the government expel the American ambassador to Pakistan in response to a U.S. airstrike that killed 13 people.
tinyurl.com/9hde6

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East Timor truth commission finds U.S. “political and military support were fundamental to the Indonesian invasion and occupation” :

Report estimates 100-180,000 Timorese killed or starved 1975-1999
www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB176/index.htm

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The Federal Government Has Damaged Our Country:

The irony is that the invasion of Iraq was simply part and parcel of what the federal government has been doing to people overseas for many, many years.
www.lewrockwell.com/hornberger/hornberger71.html

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NSA Expert Jim Bamford on Domestic Wiretapping:

The Bush Administration Has “Decided Simply to Violate the Law”
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/24/1516253

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The Real Story of John Walker Lindh:

After years of almost total silence on his son’s arrest and imprisonment, Frank Lindh sets the record straight about the ‘American Taliban.’
alternet.org/story/31211/

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11 killed in Nigeria oil raid:

An armed gang dressed in police uniforms has attacked the offices of Agip oil company, a unit of Italy’s ENI, in Nigeria, killing 11 people, security and government sources said.
tinyurl.com/94l5k

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Venezuela vice president to Sen. McCain: ‘Go to hell’:

Venezuela’s vice president derided Sen. John McCain for suggesting that “wackos” run the South American country, saying Monday that the United States should focus on its own problems.
tinyurl.com/afdg5

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Chavez says end is near for U.S. “empire”:

“The empire has entered the phase of desperation, like a vampire who sees dawn approaching and realizes that he still has not sucked enough blood,” the outspoken leftist said in a long speech after receiving an honorary degree from San Andres University in La Paz.
www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2006/01/23/1307345.htm

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Venezuela’s Chavez hosts World Social Forum :

Leftist leaders are increasingly popular across Latin America, while Chavez’s own “revolution” for the poor has become an inspiration for like-minded activists everywhere.
tinyurl.com/a4fdh

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BECHTEL VS. BOLIVIA: THE PEOPLE WIN!:

The Cochabamba water revolt ˆ which began exactly six years ago this month ˆ will end this morning when Bechtel, one of the world‚s most powerful corporations, formally abandons its legal effort to take $50 million from the Bolivian people.
www.ww4report.com/node/1528

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Castro offers eye care for US poor :

Fidel Castro, the Cuban president, has offered free eye operations to impoverished Americans and asked the US government to let them travel to his country for treatment.
tinyurl.com/9bxqd

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Senate-passed Medicare bill changed by GOP deal:

House and Senate GOP negotiators, agreed on a change to Senate-passed Medicare legislation that would save the health insurance industry $22 billion
www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060124/NEWS06/601240489/1012

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Supreme Ethics Problem?:

What Was Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Doing on Day of Supreme Court Swearing-In?
tinyurl.com/aasya

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U.S. Senate panel endorses Alito :

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted strictly along party lines today to endorse Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. for a seat on the Supreme Court, sending the nomination to the full Senate, where confirmation is all but certain.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/01/24/america/web.stout.php

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Airline captain adds NSA to TWA Flight 800 case:

More than five years ago, retired United Airline Capt. Ray Lahr began his FOIA (Freedom Of Information Act) petition to discover why TWA Flight 800 blew up on the night of July 17, 1996, off the coast of Long Island.
www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=48470

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New super-gun to be tested in Feb:

Next month a new high-explosive munition will be fired in Singapore and then tested again by the U.S. Army, heralding what may be a sea change in weaponry: a family of guns that can fire at speeds of up to 240,000 rounds per minute, albeit in short bursts.
upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=20060120-070112-5273r

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Consevatives win in Canadian election:

Conservative Stephen Harper pledged to quickly carry out his campaign promises to cut taxes, get tough on crime and repair strained ties with Washington after his party won national elections and ended 13 years of Liberal Party rule in Canada.
tinyurl.com/auuxl

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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 2229
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$235,757,263,105
See the cost in your community
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Hunger strikers close to death

By Sarah Baxter

 
DESPITE force feeding by the American military, several hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay may be close to death, according to lawyers acting for the detainees.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11644.htm

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Many abducted Iraqis found dead :

Iraqi security officials have discovered the bodies of 23 police volunteers kidnapped last Monday.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4637824.stm

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Three U.S. Servicemen, Three Iraqis Killed :

A suicide car bomber killed at least three Iraqis Monday near the Green Zone housing the U.S. Embassy and Iraqi government, and the U.S. military said three American servicemen died in a roadside bombings.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5564836,00.html

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3 More killed in continuing violence:

Two people were killed and five wounded when a suicide car bomber attacked a police patrol outside the Iranian embassy in Baghdad. A woman working as a cleaner at a US base was shot dead in Dawr, near Saddam’s hometown of Tikrit.
www.metimes.com/articles/normal.php?StoryID=20060123-083438-6087r

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Attacks in Iraq jumped in 2005:

Insurgents launched 34,131 attacks last year, up from 26,496 the year before, according to U.S. military figures released Sunday.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2006-01-22-iraq-statistics_x.htm

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Al-Qa’eda supporters win seats in local polls:

Supporters of al-Qa’eda in Iraq have used the elections staged by the United States to gain positions of political power, the American military believes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11647.htm

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Powell: US will pull troops out this year:

Former Bush aide who urged caution over Iraq signals start of withdrawal by end of 2006
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1692158,00.html?gusrc=rss

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Resistance And Occupation:

Resistanc to occupation cannot be defeated. Victory may be very long in coming, but come it will, because time is on the insurgents‚ side. Occupation forces always withdraw, one way or another∑
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11560.htm

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American contractors leaving Iraq:

American private contractors are preparing to leave Iraq as US money runs out and government ministries take charge of the reconstruction effort
tinyurl.com/d87xf

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Troops return from Iraq with money to burn:

Several soldiers interviewed estimated they earned an extra $700 to $800 per month while in Iraq, totaling up to an extra $9,600 for some from their year overseas.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1110AP_Soldier_Spending_Spree.html

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Nothing depleted about ‘depleted uranium’:

Currently, more than 50 percent of Iraqi cancer patients are children under the age of 5, up from 13 percent. Children are especially vulnerable because they tend to play in areas that are heavily polluted by depleted uranium.
tinyurl.com/adoq2

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Israel Hints at Military Action Against Iran:

Israel is threatening to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear program. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has hinted that Israel is preparing for military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
www.defencetalk.com/news/publish/article_004747.php

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Rice says time for talking with Iran is over:

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday there was strong international consensus against Iran’s nuclear plans and time had run out for talking to Tehran.
tinyurl.com/8aevc

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Iran threatens to restart full-scale enrichment if referred to U.N. Security Council :

Iran will immediately retaliate if referred to the U.N. Security Council next week by forging ahead with developing a full-scale uranium enrichment program, a senior envoy said Monday.
tinyurl.com/b4f49

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Senator Hillary Clinton Takes Money from Pro-Regime Iranians:

Senator Hillary Clinton yesterday accused President George W. Bush of mishandling the threat from Iran while she’s been accepting money from supporters of the renegade Iranian regime.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11649.htm

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Hillary Clinton, War Goddess :

She wants permanent bases in Iraq ˆ and threatens war with Iran
www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=8428

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Joe Lieberman: U.S. Prepared for Iran Strike:

Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday that the U.S. is prepared to deal with the Iranian nuclear crisis militarily – even if the war in Iraq continues to require a substantial American troop commitment.
tinyurl.com/a4ktc

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Military assault on Iran could cost U.S. dearly :

Diplomats around the world keep repeating the mantra: There is no military option when it comes to slowing, much less stopping, Iran’s presumed ambitions to get the Bomb.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/01/22/news/strike.php#

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Iran’s Really Big Weapon:

This could be a far more profoundly punishing blow to American interests than Iran’s ability to manufacture a crude atom bomb that would have little credibility until it became small and stable and reliable enough to be delivered on some putative target.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11653.htm

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Mike Whitney : Iran‚s Oil-exchange threatens the Greenback :

This is why Bush and Co. are planning to lead the nation to war against Iran. It is straightforward defense of the current global system and the continuing dominance of the reserve currency, the dollar.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11654.htm

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U.S. tells Israel it will shun PA gov’t that includes Hamas :

The American administration has promised Israel that the United States will not recognize any Palestinian government in which Hamas participates, government sources in Jerusalem have said.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/673474.html

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U.S. Spent $1.9 Million to Aid Fatah in Palestinian Elections :

American and Palestinian officials who spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to speak to reporters said that the program, which started in August, was intended to help defeat Hamas
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11648.htm

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Fatah attacked for taking US funds: “

This is a clear violation of the election law,” he said. “Receiving money from foreign sources is forbidden and the PA and Fatah ought to clarify their position in this regard.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/ED428660-01C9-43DC-B6ED-924CE279B4BE.htm

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Hamas sees possible indirect talks with Israel:

A senior Hamas official raised the possibility on Monday of indirect negotiations with Israel, softening the Islamic militant group’s stance ahead of this week’s Palestinian election
tinyurl.com/beg3v

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Israel killed Arafat, says Assad:

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has caused outrage by accusing Israel of assassinating former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, whose death 14 months ago remains a mystery.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,17904974%255E2703,00.html

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Video: The Wall Of Hate:

Your tax dollars at work. Windows Media. 7 minutes
www.thewallofhate.org/film/thewall.wmv

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Pakistanis Stopped From Protesting U.S. :

Pakistani security forces on Monday stopped hundreds of hard-line Islamists from heading to northwestern Pakistan to protest against a fatal U.S. missile attack, the first time authorities have tried to quell mounting anti-American sentiments.
tinyurl.com/ey6j3

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Sympathy for al-Qaida Surges in Pakistan :

Sympathy for al-Qaida has surged after a U.S. airstrike devastated this remote mountain hamlet in a region sometimes as hostile toward the Pakistani government as it is to the United States.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060122/ap_on_re_as/pakistan_al_qaida_attack

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Bin Laden: Where is he? Who’s protecting him? Why can’t we find him? :

The latest audiotape proves the al-Qa’ida figurehead has pulled off one of the most remarkable disappearing acts in history.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11645.htm

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Russia displays ‘spying rock’ :

A programme aired on state television said four British diplomats used a hi-tech version of the “dead letter drop” of spy novel fame – a dummy rock by the roadside that could receive information electronically and beam it to a hand-held computer on demand.
today.reuters.com/tv/videoStory.aspx?isSummitStory=
false&storyId=4751ba38487d71f3181810a8498c91826081e2bd

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Russia blamed for ‘gas sabotage’ :

Georgia’s president has accused Moscow of serious acts of “sabotage” after gas blasts on Russian pipelines cut off supplies to Georgia and Armenia.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4637034.stm

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Experts see $100 a barrel oil:

Geopolitical conflicts taking their toll : Iran issue alone could cause disruption
tinyurl.com/acsyo

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Saudi King Signs Energy Deal With China :

China has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia that may boost Beijing’s purchases of Saudi oil. The deal came during a visit by Saudi King Abdullah to the Chinese capital.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-01-23-voa22.cfm

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McCain says the U.S. can’t rely on `wackos’ oil:

A top Republican lawmaker said Sunday that the U.S. must explore alternate energy sources to avoid being held hostage by Iran or by “wackos” in Venezuela — an apparent reference to Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s populist president.
tinyurl.com/ey6uo

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Activists find a home from home:

Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, is to host one of the world’s largest anti-globalisation, anti-war events, starting this week.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/77C9319A-29A0-40FB-9239-7990EACA4EC5.htm

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Bolivian leader sworn in as the Left advances on US doorstep:

Evo Morales, a former llama herder and coca farmer, was sworn in yesterday as Bolivia’s first indigenous Indian president, the latest in a string of Leftists sweeping to power across Latin America in a backlash against US-backed free-market policies.
tinyurl.com/8mafk

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Thousands throng streets as Bolivian leader sheds tears:

Warning to US as Morales threatens to turn to China
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1692648,00.html

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U.S. Gvt. Channels Millions Through National Endowment for Democracy to Fund Anti-Lavalas Groups in Haiti:

Anthony Fenton, joins us to discuss the National Endowment for Democracy – the US government-funded group – that is pouring millions of dollars into trying to influence Haiti’s political future.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/23/1441204

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Held in 9/11 Net, Muslims Return to Accuse U.S. :

Physical abuse, the lawsuit says, began the moment they arrived, chained and shackled. As Yasser described it, guards supervised by Lieutenant Pray slammed his brother face-first into a wall where an American flag T-shirt had been taped, then did the same to him.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11651.htm

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Crime Of Compassion :

Although the government continues to characterize Dhafir as a criminal supporting terrorism, the only context in which this case makes any sense is the overwhelming humanitarian crisis created by the brutal U.S. sanctions on the country of Iraq
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11646.htm

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Free Rafil Dhafir:

He is a political victim of an overzealous government that is willing to bend the rules-as we show on this web page— to win a trophy in the war on terrorism.”
www.jubileeinitiative.org/FreeDhafir.htm

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U.S. anti-war activist gets 6 months for protest at military recruiting station :

A peace activist was sentenced Monday to six months in jail for splattering his own blood at a military recruiting station to protest the then-looming war in Iraq.
www.mytelus.com/news/article.do?pageID=world_home&articleID=2150183

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Paul Craig Roberts: Cheney’s War Workshop Plots Another Attack:

2006 is a dangerous year for Americans. The Bill of Rights and Americans’ civil liberties are being sacrificed on the alter of unaccountable executive power, as is the separation of powers, the foundation of our constitutional system.
www.counterpunch.org/roberts01232006.html

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Bush Aide Says Abramoff Photos Coincidence:

An adviser to President Bush said Monday that Bush’s photographs in the company of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff amount to a coincidence and shouldn’t be interpreted any more seriously than that.
tinyurl.com/bkt3c

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Bush and Abramoff˜Say Cheese?:

Abramoff would tell prosecutors, if asked, that not only did he know the President, but the President knew the names of Abramoff‚s children and asked about them during their meetings. At one such photo session, Bush discussed the fact that both he and Abramoff were fathers of twins.
www.washingtonian.com/capital_comment/2006/PowerPlayers/02.html

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Will Abramoff‚s Deep Throat Swallow God‚s Mouthpiece?:

Evidence is mounting that former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed Jr., along with a former leader of the Texas Christian Coalition, may have illegally lobbied Texas state officials on behalf of crooked federal lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his clients.
www.texasobserver.org/showForPrint_new.asp?ArticleID=19

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Wayward Christian Soldiers:

What will it take for American evangelicals to recognize our mistaken loyalty?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11652.htm

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Bush nominee broke law:

A federal judge nominated to the U.S. Circuit Court owned stock in corporations involved in lawsuits brought before him.
www.salon.com/news/feature/2006/01/23/payne/index_np.html

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U.S. 28th in environmental performance:

The United States trailed most Western European nations, as well as Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Costa Rica and Chile in meeting environmental goals in such areas as safe drinking water and low ozone levels
www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20060123-110903-6378r

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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 2225
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$235,527,055,017
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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The Enduring Threat: A Brief History

Iranian Nuclear Ambitions and American Foreign Policy

By Terence M. Gatt

The controversial issue of Iranian ambitions for a civilian nuclear energy project ironically began with the assistance of the United States during the reign of Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlevi. In 1957, Iran signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement with the United States as part of the United States Atoms for Peace Program. Additionally, under this program Iran purchased a research nuclear reactor from the United States that was put into operation in 1967.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11634.htm

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I will not support Hillary Clinton for president

By Molly Ivins

Enough. Enough triangulation, calculation and equivocation. Enough clever straddling, enough not offending anyone This is not a Dick Morris election. Sen. Clinton is apparently incapable of taking a clear stand on the war in Iraq, and that alone is enough to disqualify her.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11633.htm

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Video: “Terrorism, Globalization and Conspiracy”

Dr. Michael Parenti

Globalization is an attempt to extend corporate monopoly control over the whole globe. Over every national economy. Over every local economy Over every life.

A must watch / listen video / audio
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11635.htm

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Iraq Insurgent Attacks Kill At Least 13:

Bomb blasts, shootings and rocket-propelled grenade attacks killed at least 13 people throughout Iraq, including a policeman’s four children, officials said Sunday.
www.wral.com/apworldnews/6333839/detail.html

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Bombings, shootings kill eight Iraqis, :

A spate of bombings and shootings across Iraq killed at least eight Iraqis on Saturday, and Britain announced the death of a British security worker in a roadside blast.
www.newspress.com/Top/Article/article.jsp?Section=WORLD&ID=564668151061939316

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US troops kill three Iraqi soldiers :

U.S. troops opened fire at civilian cars Saturday night in Baiji town, some 200 km north of Baghdad, killing three people, who turned out to be U.S.-trained Iraqi army soldiers
www.iribnews.ir/Full_en.asp?news_id=206136&n=38

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Suicide car bomb kills two US Marines:

A suicide car bomber has killed two US Marines in western Iraq, the military said on Saturday.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=104392

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US Soldier Convicted in Death of Iraqi General :

The military court found Lewis Welshofer Junior guilty of negligent homicide, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of three years’ imprisonment.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-01-22-voa7.cfm

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CIA Role a Mystery at Army Court-Martial:

Last August, The Washington Post reported that documents it examined said Mowhoush was severely beaten by a CIA-sponsored Iraqi paramilitary group two days before he died.
tinyurl.com/cpg6g

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Horse-trading begins after Iraq result:

Disputes both inside the Shia-led United Iraqi Alliance and between ethnic and sectarian groups, however, mean that the formation of a government is probably weeks, if not months, away.
news.ft.com/cms/s/f108a492-8a22-11da-86d1-0000779e2340.html

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Religion retains grip on Iraqi political life :

An alliance of religious Shiite parties swept the Shiite heartland south of Baghdad, claiming 128 seats and emerging as the strongest bloc. Two Sunni Arab factions fared well in the Sunni strongholds north and west of the capital. The Kurdish alliance maintained its hold in the northern Kurdish area.
www.columbiatribune.com/2006/Jan/20060121News019.asp

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Walking Wounded:

Soldiers are a risk PR-wise, the wounded a liability. No one can tell what they might say, and conspicuous dismemberment is bad for recruiting. An enlisted man in front of a camera is dangerous. He could wreck the governmental spin apparatus in five minutes. It is better to keep soldiers discreetly out of sight.
amconmag.com/2005_01_31/article1.html

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US to free six Iraqi women amid silence on hostage:

“The six will be released within a week,‰ according to the justice ministry official who declined to be named. “The Americans don‚t want their release to coincide with the ultimatum given by the kidnappers of the journalist.‰
tinyurl.com/a6mra

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Fact or fiction?

Zarqawi Œsleeps in suicide belt‚:

IRAQ‚S most wanted man, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, goes to sleep every night wearing a suicide belt packed with explosives, according to a leading insurgent who met him two weeks ago.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2003822,00.html

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Eric Margolis: Silencing the tyrant:

Saddam’s Soviet-style show trial is a travesty of justice designed to justify Iraq invasion
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11641.htm

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“Fixed” Intelligence from Feith’s “Gestapo Office,” :

Inspired by Mossad, Feith’s rogue intelligence cell appears to have solicited, reexamined, digested and regurgitated evidence from the programmed liars put forward by Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress – evidence that the Intelligence Community already had considered, before dismissing as unreliable
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11631.htm

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War pimp alert:

Tehran plans nuclear weapon test by March:

Tehran is planning a nuclear weapons test before the Iranian New Year on March 20, 2006 says a group opposed to the regime in Tehran.
tinyurl.com/7ulb6

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Iran: Israeli military strike against nuclear program would be ‘fatal mistake’ :

Iran on Sunday said Israel would be making a “fatal mistake” if it resorted to military action against Tehran’s nuclear program, and dismissed comments on the issue made by Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz as a “childish game.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11640.htm

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Iraq’s Sadr says his militia will support Iran:

Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has assured Iran that his Shi’ite Muslim militiamen will support the Islamic Republic if it comes under attack, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11642.htm

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Iran’s Bomb:

There’s been a lot of talk recently about Israel and/or the United States bombing the nuclear facilities in Iran. I wouldn’t worry about that. I believe they are both bluffing.
www.lewrockwell.com/reese/reese256.html

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Iran will be taught a lesson: Burns:

US Undersecretary of State R Nicolas Burns has called Iran “a threat to world peace‰ and vowed to “teach it a lesson‰.
tinyurl.com/7lqrq

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Talk Of Military Action As Iran Nuclear Standoff Continues:

Israel’s defense minister hinted Saturday that the Jewish state is preparing for military action to stop Iran’s nuclear program
www.wsbtv.com/news/6317172/detail.html

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Iran’s conventional forces remain key to deterring potential threats:

The minimum force packages required for an Israeli or US strike would vary widely. An Israeli strike on even a single Iranian nuclear facility would stretch Israel’s nascent long-range strike capability and require innovative basing and airborne refuelling solutions
www.janes.com/defence/news/jir/jir060120_2_n.shtml

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U.S. Still Short in Iran Security Council Push:

The United States has been unable to win international support to officially report Iran to the U.N. Security Council, despite two years of diplomatic efforts and defiant new actions by the country to resume uranium enrichment research
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11638.htm

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Italy Min Warns Against Any Israeli Action Vs Iran : –

Italian Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini warned Friday that any pre-emptive strike by Israel on Iranian nuclear facilities would have potentially disastrous consequences for the Middle East and the world.
tinyurl.com/7addw

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Gordon Prather: Currency War :

The Iranian Bourse will be competing directly with London‚s International Petroleum Exchange and New York‚s Mercantile Exchange, both of which are owned by US corporations, and whose transactions are denominated in Dollars.
www.antiwar.com/prather/?articleid=8426

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Iran shifts billions from banks in Europe amid fears of UN sanctions : ·

Tehran’s nuclear stand-off intensified by transfers
www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,,1691730,00.html

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Iran Denies Shifting Assets From Europe :

Iran on Saturday denied it has shifted funds out of Europe due to fears of economic sanctions over its nuclear program after a swirl of contradictory reports on whether such transfers had taken place
www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,1864047,00.html

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Hillary Outflanks W.on Iran—On the Right:

Ms. Clinton lambasted the Bush administration ˆ not for its threats against Iran, but for weakness. In particular, she hit the administration for going along with the European-led negotiations over Iran‚s nuclear research, accusing Bush of “outsourcing‰ U.S. Iran policy.
robertdreyfuss.com/blog/2006/01/hillary_outflanks_won_iranon_t.html

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Egypt: West ignores Israeli nukes:

Egypt told U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney it supported efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons in the Middle East but slammed the West for turning a blind eye to Israel’s atomic program, one official said.
tinyurl.com/7eyps

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Iran and Israel: The Ambiguous Nuclear Weapons:

For more than fifty years Israel has been directly and illegitimately funded and aided in its nuclear weapons production by France, the United States, Britain, Germany and Norway yet maintaining “ambiguity”. During that time, Israel has also refused to sign or negotiate any commitment against the use of biological weapons
www.palestinechronicle.com/story.php?sid=012006234222

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Robert Fisk: My challenge for Steven Spielberg:

‘Munich’ suggests for the first time on the big screen that Israel’s policy is immoral
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11632.htm

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Palestinian killed in missile strike:

The latest death raised to 4935 the number of people killed since the outbreak of the Palestinian intifada in September 2000. More than three-quarters have been Palestinians.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,17907123-23109,00.html

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Former analyst gets 12 years for giving secrets to Israel:

The sentence given to the analyst, Lawrence A. Franklin, 59, by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III in court in Alexandria, Va., was at the low end of the federal sentencing guidelines.
www.sltrib.com/nationworld/ci_3423874

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Jewish groups monitor US lawmakers’ lobby-sponsored trips to Israel:

AIPAC has sent numerous lawmakers to Israel over the years through the American Israel Education Foundation. In recent years, the group has sponsored separate trips of Democratic and Republican members of the US House of Representatives
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11643.htm

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U.S. Funds Enter Fray In Palestinian Elections: –

The Bush administration is spending foreign aid money to increase the popularity of the Palestinian Authority on the eve of crucial elections in which the governing party faces a serious challenge from the radical Islamic group Hamas.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11636.htm

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Carter: Hamas involvement in PA elections good:

Former US president Jimmy Carter expressed optimism Friday over Hamas’s participation in next week’s Palestinian parliamentary elections.
tinyurl.com/9st54

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Uri Avnery: Pity the orphan:

Time for Israel to talk to Hamas
www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/uavnery145.htm

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Pakistan PM: No evidence of al-Qaida dead:

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said security agencies in the area of Damadola “have not found any tangible evidence that a particular group or any individual was there.”
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1104AP_UN_Pakistan_Al_Qaida.html

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Militants reign in border area:

Pakistani officials who know the area say the military campaign is bogged down, the local political administration is powerless and the militants are stronger than ever.
tinyurl.com/9fhek

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Al Qaeda’s No. 2 Follows bin Laden’s Lead and Resurfaces :

The Central Intelligence Agency confirmed today that the voice on the 18-minute audiotape, posted on an Internet forum that has carried Al Qaeda communiqués before, was Mr. Zawahiri’s.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11629.htm

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Extraordinary renditions:

Osama bin Laden, who, like Bush, is the privileged son of an oil dynasty, was once the good friend of the United States. Now the commander-in-chief has turned his guns on this one- time ally in a repetitive mantra of demonology.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11630.htm

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Decoding the latest “bin Laden” tape :

Ah, yes, another low-quality tape from bin Laden’s secret cave complex. Pardon my skepticism
www.charm.net/~profpan/2006/01/decoding-latest-bin-laden-tape.html

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Rove: GOP to Use Terror As Campaign Issue :

Embattled White House adviser Karl Rove vowed Friday to make the war on terrorism a central campaign issue in November. He also said Democratic senators looked “mean-spirited and small-minded” in questioning Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.
tinyurl.com/9pze9

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Manufacturing Fear : .

Bush benefits from the presence of bin Laden whenever events become too overwhelming for him. In the climate of moral degeneracy that is so rampant in the Bush cabal, bin Laden can easily be trotted out onto the stage and presented as an imminent threat to America.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11639.htm

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Bush Leads Defense of NSA Domestic Spying :

The Bush administration is opening a campaign to push back against criticism of its domestic spying program, ahead of congressional hearings into whether President Bush has the legal authority to eavesdrop on Americans.
tinyurl.com/87gcw

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Kennedy resolution demands Bush wiretap probe:

“If President Bush can make his own rules for domestic surveillance, Big Brother has run amok,” Kennedy said yesterday. “We need a thorough investigation of these activities. Congress and the American people deserve answers, and they deserve answers now.”
www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_3424691

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The War on Dissent Gets Creepy:

“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty.
www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/ferner5.html

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U.S. accused of spying on those who disagree with Bush policies:

“Agents rummaged through the trash, snooped into e-mails, packed Web sites and listened in on phone conversations,” Hersh charged. “We know that address books and activist meeting lists have disappeared.”
www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/politics/13675006.htm

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Belafonte: Bush administration backs Gestapo tactics:

“We’ve come to this dark time in which the Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended,” Belafonte told thousands of people at the annual meeting of the Arts Presenters Members Conference.
www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny—belafonte-bush0121jan21,0,2415767.story

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The Other Big Brother:

The Pentagon has its own domestic spying program. Even its leaders say the outfit may have gone too far.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10965509/site/newsweek

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Mystery firm linked to US lobbyist scandal:

Among the likely subjects of interest here is a previously unknown company called Rose Garden Holdings. In May 2002, Abramoff notified the US Senate that Rose Garden had hired him and Greenberg Traurig, his firm at the time, to represent Rose Garden’s “interests before federal agencies and [the] US Congress.”
tinyurl.com/dqe9d

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Libby lawyers to subpoena reporters in CIA leak:

Libby’s lawyers also said that it may be necessary for the defense to issue subpoenas to government agencies but they did not indicate which agencies.
tinyurl.com/b54up

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John Lindh not a traitor, father argues :

He says he didn’t fight U.S., but was rescued
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/01/20/BAGNKGQ4DS1.DTL

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U.S. losing edge in world market, Edwards says at poverty forum:

With China and India aggressively investing in math and technology, the United States needs leaders who think about how to keep the nation competitive for coming generations, John Edwards, a former Democratic vice presidential candidate, said yesterday.
tinyurl.com/ag8pg

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Bolivia’s Morales Urges Unity, Strength:

To roars from the crowd of tens of thousands, Morales _ the first Indian to be elected as Bolivia’s president and a fierce critic of the U.S. _ called his landslide election a victory for indigenous populations around the world, saying it was evidence that poor countries can rise up to challenge richer ones.
www.townhall.com/news/ap/online/headlines/D8F9AJB00.html

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Sometimes you just got to laugh:

U.S.: Venezuela Overspending on Military:

Venezuela is planning a “buying spree” for military equipment that goes beyond the country’s legitimate needs, the State Department said Friday.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2006/01/20/national/w125633S14.DTL

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In case you missed it:

Plan Colombia – Cashing In on the Drug War Failure
video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5218840557646758100&q=iraq

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Mental patients hard hit by Medicare drug mix-ups:

On the seventh day of the new Medicare drug benefit, Stephen Starnes began hearing voices again, ominous voices, and he started to beg for the medications he had been taking for 10 years. But his pharmacy could not get approval from his Medicare drug plan, so Starnes was admitted to a hospital here for treatment of paranoid schizophrenia
www.timesargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060121/NEWS/601210362/1002

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Medicare D: Thousands having to pay much more for prescription drugs:

“That’s the deal right now, its either rent or medicine”
www.tampabays10.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=24173

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