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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 2242
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$237,397,964,921
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Alito – It’s the Constitution That’s At Stake

The vote this week about Samuel Alito is not a vote about Republicans versus Democrats. It’s a vote about the future of democracy in the United States of America.

By Thom Hartmann

As our legislators vote, we must carefully note their positions on this issue. Their oath of office is not to the President or even to “protect the people,” but to the Constitution. And it is the Constitution – and the future of our democratic republic – that is at stake here.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11718.htm

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Rank Ignorance Reigns:

By Paul Craig Roberts

Just as there was no evidence that Iraq was developing nuclear weapons, there is no evidence that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. There is nothing but unproven assertions, assertions, moreover, that are contradicted by the evidence that does exist. Americans, it would appear, are so anxious for wars that they welcome being fooled into them.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11723.htm

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Petrodollar Warfare

Interview With William R. Clark, Author “Petrodollar Warfare: Oil, Iraq and the Future of the Dollar”

The notion that Iraq was invaded to prevent the development of weapons of mass destruction, or to combat terrorism, has long been discredited. But a growing consensus believes that Iraq’s oil was surely a prime reason for US actions. However, author William Clark argues convincingly in Petrodollar Warfare that the rationale for intervening was not just for control of the oil fields, but also for control of the means by which oil is traded in global markets. Click here to listen. Real Audio
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11715.htm

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6 Killed As Violence Continues Across Iraq :

In Baghdad, police say they found the bullet-riddled bodies of two bound and gagged men.
www.whotv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4428659&nav=2HAB

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Three Iraqi soldiers killed in Kirkuk:

Three Iraqi soldiers were killed on Monday in northern Iraq’s Kirkuk city by unknown gunmen, police said.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=809691

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Suicide bomber kills 2 policemen in southern Iraq:

Two policemen were killed and 20 people were wounded when a suicide bomber in a car attacked a barracks in the southern city of Nassiriya on Monday, police said.
tinyurl.com/av2b5

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British soldier shot dead in Iraq :

A British soldier has been killed in Iraq after coming under small arms fire, the Ministry of Defence said. The incident happened in Maysan Province at 0840 GMT on Monday, the ministry said.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4663538.stm

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“Marlboro Man.” : The War Within:

He’s quieter now — easier to anger. He turns to fight at the sound of a backfire, can’t look at fireworks without thinking of fire raining down on a city. He has trouble sleeping, and when he does, his fingers twitch on invisible triggers. The diagnosis: post-traumatic stress disorder.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/01/29/MNGMHGVCEV1.DTL

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Audit: U.S.-Led Occupation Engaged In Fraud and Squandered Aid :

Iraqi money gambled away in the Philippines. A U.S. government audit found American-led occupation authorities squandered tens of millions of dollars that were supposed to be used to rebuild Iraq through undocumented spending and outright fraud.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11717.htm

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Military Hides Cause of Women Soldiers’ Deaths

In a startling revelation, the former commander of Abu Ghraib prison testified that Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, former senior US military commander in Iraq, gave orders to cover up the cause of death for some female American soldiers serving in Iraq
www.truthout.org/docs_2006/013006J.shtml

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UK: The Ministry of Defence accused of hiding real cost of Iraq war –

MOD issues misleading figures on number of military injuries in Iraq – Genuine figure may be closer to 800 rather than 230
news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=147612006

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Planted Articles May Be Violation:

A secret U.S. military program that pays Iraqi newspapers to publish articles favorable to the American mission appears to violate a 2003 Pentagon directive, according to a newly declassified document released Thursday.
www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=13181

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Is America actually in a state of war?:

The so-called ‘’insurgents,” who wreak such havoc, are not America’s enemy. They are not our rivals for territory. They are not our ideological antagonists. Abstracting from the present confrontation, they have no reason to wish us ill.
tinyurl.com/9ojhm

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Al-Zawahri calls Bush a ‘butcher’ in video:

Al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri said in a videotape aired Monday that President Bush was a “butcher” and a “failure” because of a deadly U.S. airstrike in Pakistan targeting the bin Laden deputy, and he threatened a new attack on the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11724.htm

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US copter violates airspace, says army :

Pakistan had to warn off an American helicopter which violated its airspace above its northern border with Afghanistan, the military said yesterday.
tinyurl.com/bjw6n

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The man who holds the CIA accountable doesn’t:

Currently, one man decides whether to criminally prosecute CIA operatives and civilian contractors for detainee abuse: Paul McNulty. And so far, he has found no one worthy of pursuit.
tinyurl.com/bjw6n

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Israel’s shooting of young girl highlights international hypocrisy, say Palestinians :

They do not know precisely what happened, but the Israeli army later said Aya was behaving in a suspicious manner reminiscent of a terrorist – she got too close to the border fence – and so a soldier fired several bullets into the child, hitting her in the neck and blowing open her stomach.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11726.htm

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Palestinian aid in peril under Hamas, says US:

ISRAELI officials have sought support for an international boycott of a Palestinian government that includes Hamas, as leaders of the radical Islamic group initially said they did not expect the US would end funding once they formed a cabinet.
tinyurl.com/8pgwa

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Rice to Press for Isolation of Hamas-led Government :

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will press U.S. allies today in London to deprive the incoming Hamas-led Palestinian government of financial support unless it abandons terrorism and accepts the existence of Israel.
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=a0Hkx0ihnm_Y&refer=top_world_news

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Israel Leaning to Fund Hamas This Week :

While U.S. President George Bush says the U.S. won’t provide funding for a Hamas-led PA, Ehud Olmert’s government is apparently planning to forward tax monies to the PA this week.
www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=97486

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The Cost of Israel to US Taxpayers:

Recently Americans have begun to read and hear that “Israel receives $3 billion in annual U.S. foreign aid.‰ That’s true. But it’s still a lie.
www.ifamericansknew.org/stats/cost_of_israel.html

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Hamas will make a deal :

If Israel withdraws from the territories it occupied in 1967, the movement will end armed resistance
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11719.htm

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New Paradigm After the Victory of Hamas :

After trying all possible non-violent methods to jerk the international community, particularly the U.S., into assuming its responsibility toward a people under occupation (as per the Geneva Conventions) have been left naked to take on their occupier single-handily, all the while, being coerced into becoming totally dependent on the crumbs and political agendas of donor aid.
tinyurl.com/ajmua

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Israeli Spy Affair: U.S. Jewish leaders consider financially assisting fired AIPAC officials :

U.S. Jewish leaders are considering providing financial support to Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, two former American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) employees on trial for their entanglement in a high-profile affair involving the possession and transfer of classified information.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/676174.html

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Remembering with Shame and Horror:

To label a holocaust as a “unique experience‰ is odd: The genocide that was wreaked on the Original Peoples of the western hemisphere numbers up to 100,000 million. [1] But the corporate media of Turtle Island seldom mentions the number and the genocide. Moreover, there are no well known museums dedicated to the genocide of the Original Peoples.
www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan06/Petersen30.htm

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Bush to say wants Iranians to have greater freedom:

President George W. Bush will offer words of support on Tuesday in his State of the Union address to Iranians who want greater freedom as U.S. diplomats push for sanctions over the Islamic republic’s nuclear program.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N30290443.htm

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Satire:

President Bush: In an Emergency State Of The Union Speech.

Audio
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1427.htm

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Iran gives UN inspectors access to nuclear site:

UN nuclear inspectors have visited sites related to the former Lavizan military complex in Iran in what is a key concession in the UN investigation of the Islamic Republic’s contested nuclear program, diplomats have told AFP.
tinyurl.com/d9r73

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Iran has inalienable right to nuclear energy :

Iran has an “inalienable right” to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes such as the production of electric energy and the enrichment of uranium for its nuclear reactors. Could it be that Iran’s plan for an oil exchange trading in euros is the real issue? Or is it Israel?
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=1/24/2006&Cat=14&Num=001

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Pat Buchanan: Does Bush Doctrine lead to Islamism?

The neoconservatives who dreamed up the Bush Doctrine — promoting “democracy” would be the U.S. mission in the Middle East — may be about to hold yet another “Seconds Thoughts” conference.  
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11720.htm

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Kenyans want to know why we’re feeding corruption :

Why are the World Bank and British government conspiring in top-level fraud, spelled out in a whistleblower’s dossier?
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1697705,00.html

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UN unveils plan to release untapped wealth of…$7 trillion :

The most potent threats to life on earth – global warming, health pandemics, poverty and armed conflict – could be ended by moves that would unlock $7 trillion – $7,000,000,000,000 (£3.9trn) – of previously untapped wealth, the United Nations claims today.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11722.htm

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The Cloning Of Enron: Propagating Economic Collapse:

It is now painfully obvious that the preponderance of U.S. corporations, the federal government and state and local governments have adopted the Enron template for destroying the prosperity of the nation and its citizens.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11716.htm

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Enron: The Bush Administration’s First Scandal:

For many people familiar with the high-flying energy company’s meteoric rise and sudden downfall four years ago, Enron and the company’s crooked “E” logo have come to represent corporate greed, corruption and excess.
www.truthout.org/docs_2006/013006Z.shtml

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Exxon profit tops $10 billion, capping record year :

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, on Monday reported a quarterly profit of $10.7 billion, capping a year of record earnings dominated by surging oil and gas prices.
finance.myway.com/ht/nw/bus/20060130/hlm_bus-waa000163.html

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Hagel Urges Bush to Explain Spy Program :

A Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday that President Bush has more explaining to do on his domestic spy program and cast doubt on the administration’s assertion of broad executive power.
tinyurl.com/7lnvy

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Harry Belafonte on Bush, Iraq, Hurricane Katrina :

He joins us in our firehouse studio to talk about why he recently called President Bush “the world’s greatest terrorist;” racism and Hurricane Katrina; Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement and wars of imperialism and resistance.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/30/157217

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Holding Bush Accountable for His Crimes:

Opening Remarks to the culminating session of the International Commission of Inquiry On Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration, Riverside Church, New York, January 20, 2006.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11727.htm

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Gandhi behind the headlines:

An assassin‚s bullet cut down Mohandas Gandhi 58 years ago today. Gandhi‚s spirit is still alive today, but one will have to look deep into international headlines to find it.
www.mndaily.com/articles/2006/01/30/66861

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Video: “One Life on the Edge”:

Jaime Elizalde is supposed to be executed tomorrow for a crime he has NOT committed. “One life on the Edge” (26 min) is a documentary concerning Jaime Elizalde, born in 1971 in Texas and sentenced to die on January 31. 2006.
www.life-on-edge.info/index.php?p=show_en_low

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Official Warned Abramoff, Filing Alleges :

The Bush administration’s former chief procurement official tipped off lobbyist Jack Abramoff that the government was about to suspend the federal contracts of an Abramoff client, newly filed court papers say.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,,-5580182,00.html

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Abramoff Scandal Forces Republican Reversal on New Ethics Laws :

U.S. Representative David Dreier once tried to torpedo an effort to limit corporate political donations. He voted to allow charities to fly lawmakers to their events and to let Republicans keep their leadership posts even if indicted
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=audoIi_YSaz0&refer=us

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Federal tax cuts leave state’s at-risk residents with less:

Congress voted to cut $40 billion from vital health care and education programs in the wee hours of Dec. 19. A day later, the Senate approved $27 billion in tax cuts for the richest people in the country.
www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060129/OPINION/601290362/1030

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Budget Bill To Hurt Medicaid’s Neediest, Report Says:

Millions of low-income people would have to pay more for health care under a budget bill worked out by Congress. Some of them would forgo care or drop out of Medicaid because of the higher co-payments and premiums, the Congressional Budget Office says in a new report.
news.tbo.com/news/nationworld/MGBQSE7B2JE.html

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Millions Of Beneficiaries Would Be Harmed By Medicaid Provisions In Budget Bill:

Under the conference agreement, states would be permitted to increase co-payments substantially and to impose premiums on many beneficiaries, including some children.
www.cbpp.org/1-29-06health.htm

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Waxman: Medicare drug plan too complicated:

“Instead of using Medicare, which seniors and persons with disabilities have relied on for years, the program was turned over to hundreds of private insurers who can charge what they want, cover what drugs they want, and change what they cover at will.”
www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/01/29/news/politics/14_12_261_28_06.txt

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Congress May Cut $12.7 Billion in Student Loan Aid:

Florida students could have to pay $1,663 more in college loans if Congress passes a measure Wednesday to cut spending, according to a new report released Monday by the research arm of the Campaign for America’s Future.
www.wesh.com/news/6590520/detail.html

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Norma Sherry : A Child’s Delimma:

We may not labor as our parents did, but we work hard and our pennies seem to go less far. Our parents skimped and saved and readied themselves for that rainy day. We, on the other, hand, live for the moment, spend more than we make and fulfill our heart‚s desire as the desire arises. Perhaps this is what sets us apart from the generation that came before. Better or worse, it‚s who we‚ve become.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11725.htm

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Date: Sun, 29 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 2242
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$237,181,933,346
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Blair in Secret Plot with Bush to Dupe U.N.

By Simon Walters

A White House leak revealing astonishing details of how Tony Blair and George Bush lied about the Iraq war is set to cause a worldwide political storm. A new book exposes how the two men connived to dupe the United Nations and blows the lid off Mr. Blair’s claim that he was a restraining influence on Mr. Bush.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11703.htm

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Beating Around the Bush By the Bourse

By Ingmar Lee

Only the uninformed believed Bush when he said it was WMD’s that made him attack, invade, occupy and massacre Iraq. Most of us thought it was to steal Iraq’s oil, but we were only partly right. What totally terrorized the tyrranical Texan tycoon was when Saddam played the oil bourse card in November, 2000. When Saddam started selling Iraqi oil in euro’s, he jeopardized the U.S. dollar’s hegemony as the world’s supreme foreign exchange transaction currency. – The oil grab is a sideshow. The main feature is the oil bourse.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11704.htm

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Their power derives from us

Yet we are subjugated by the authority we have given them.

By Troubled Neighbor

Unaccountable, our public servants have acquired the license of angels and conduct themselves like gods to be obeyed. They have supplanted justice and liberty with standards of their own making.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11697.htm

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Polls Show Many Americans are Simply Dumber Than Bush

By Paul Craig Roberts:

Americans need desperately to comprehend that if Bush attacks Iran and Syria, as he intends, terrorism will explode, and American civil liberties will disappear into a thirty year war that will bankrupt the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11696.htm

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U.S. Soldier Among 20 Killed As Sunni Leader Says: Iraq Descending Into Turmoil :

Five coordinated car bombings targeted the Vatican mission and at least two churches in Baghdad and two churches in the northern city of Kirkuk within about 20 minutes.
tinyurl.com/dwhhc

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Bomb kills 11 in sweet shop:

The bomb, which had been planted just outside the shop, also wounded five people, the police said.
tinyurl.com/97nyj

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Exclusive: Direct Talks˜U.S. Officials and Iraqi Insurgents :

The talks are taking place at U.S. military bases in Anbar province, as well as in Jordan and Syria.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11701.htm

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Iraq’s oil minister set to leave job again:

Iraq’s demoralised oil minister is set to leave his job for a second time, industry sources said on Sunday, and he will not attend Tuesday’s OPEC meeting.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAR948618.htm

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Baghdad begs for help in saving Siamese twins:

DOCTORS in Baghdad have appealed for international help in saving at least one of the Siamese twins born to an Iraqi mother last week. She “begged the world‰ to save her children.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2014465,00.html

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US Army forces 50,000 soldiers into extended duty:

The U.S. Army has forced about 50,000 soldiers to continue serving after their voluntary stints ended under a policy called “stop-loss,” but while some dispute its fairness, court challenges have fallen flat.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N196487.htm

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G.I. Is Guilty of Abusing Afghan Prisoners:

An American soldier has been found guilty of mistreating Afghan detainees and a court-martial demoted him and sentenced him to four months in detention without pay, the United States military said on Saturday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11709.htm

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Chaos Erupts as Saddam Trial Resumes:

Former Iraqi Leader Ejected After Shouting ‘Down With Traitors’
articles.news.aol.com/news/article.adp?id=20060129042209990002

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Activists plan mock Bush, Blair trial:

nternational activists and lawyers involved in the defence of Saddam Hussein say they will hold a mock trial of George Bush, the US president, and the British and Israeli prime ministers for alleged war crimes committed in Iraq and the Palestinian territories.
tinyurl.com/934jo

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Blair and Bush ‘conspired to go to war regardless of United Nations’ :

President Bush was only going through the motions – and, the paper adds: “Mr Blair not only knew it, but went along with it.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11705.htm

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Pentagon Can Now Fund Foreign Militaries:

Congress has granted unusual authority for the Pentagon to spend as much as $200 million of its own budget to aid foreign militaries, a break with the traditional practice of channeling foreign military assistance through the State Department.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11698.htm

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CIA Broadens Assassination Abilities:

Expands Use of Drones in “Terror War”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11707.htm

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Revealed: UK’s role in deadly CIA drone :

Targeted assassinations by Predators break international law, says Amnesty International
observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1697399,00.html

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U.S. Using Anti-Terror War to Gain World Oil Reserves ˜ Soviet Intelligence Chief:

Using the anti-terrorist cause as a cover the United States has occupied Afghanistan, Iraq and will soon move to impose their “democratic order‰ on the Greater Middle East, Shebarshin said.
www.mosnews.com/news/2005/03/21/shebarsh.shtml

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Petrodollar Warfare: Oil, Iraq and the Future of the Dollar:

Iran’s plan to launch an energy trading exchange supports its desire to establish a geopolitical bloc with a Eurasian epicentre, anchored by Iran, China, Russia, and Europe, preferably including India (which is why America is bribing India with nuclear technology).
www.raisethehammer.org/index.asp?id=235

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Interview: Iran, War, and Sanctions :

Professor Abbas Edalat is a founding member of the newly formed Campaign against Sanctions and Intervention in Iran (CASMII). He recently travelled to the US and spoke at MIT and San Francisco regarding the coming hostilities against Iran.
www.payvand.com/news/06/jan/1234.html

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Calculating the Risk of War in Iran:

In the past weeks media reports have speculated that Washington is Œthinking the unthinkable,‚ namely, an aggressive, pre-emptive nuclear bombardment of Iran, by either the United States or Israel, to destroy or render useless the deep underground Iranian nuclear facilities.
tinyurl.com/8yg5t

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India in touch with IAEA on Iran:

A day after US Ambassador to India David C Mulford’s controversial remarks, India today said it has called for respecting Iran’s right to develop peaceful uses of nuclear energy for its development consistent with its international obligations and urged all concerned parties to avoid confrontation.
news.webindia123.com/news/showdetails.asp?id=233649&cat=India

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India: SP demands immediate recall of US Ambassador:

Taking strong umbrage at American envoy David Mulford’s statement that India must vote against Iran on the nuclear issue, the Samajwadi Party today demanded his immediate recall by the Bush administration, saying the remarks were ‘’a slight on India’s sovereignty and unacceptable to the people’’.
news.webindia123.com/news/showdetails.asp?id=233871&cat=India

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Charles Sullivan: Standing at the brink: .

So much of written history has been fictionalized to make martyrs of the worst kind of human beings. What is happening in America today has parallels to events that unfolded in other nations in modern history; and always with catastrophic results for humankind.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11699.htm

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The rumor is that Iran will carry out a nuclear experiment in March… :

Teheran is getting ready to counter a “preemptive strike‰ by USA and Israel. The Air Force Command of the Revolutionary Guard has ordered its Shahap-3 Missile Units to keep their mobile missile ramps in motion in preparation for such an attack.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11714.htm

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Eric Margolis: Nuclear Iran feared :

President George Bush claims Iran‚s limited but growing nuclear program poses “a grave threat to the security of the world.‰ What he really means is that Iran could one day challenge Israel‚s Mideast nuclear monopoly
tinyurl.com/8u2zy

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PA ministers with “terror” ties not immune to assassination :

Former Shin Bet chief and political newcomer Avi Dichter said on Sunday that Israel should hunt down wanted Hamas leaders even if they become ministers in a newly elected Palestinian government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11713.htm

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Apocalypse Now: Israel’s Hamasteria:

Only the arrival of the Anti-Christ would have received more “shock and awe‰ publicity throughout the world media, but especially in the United States, than the free democratic election of Hamas, a legitimate Palestinian resistance movement to free their people from the bloody boot of Israel.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11702.htm

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Steven Spielberg: “I Would Die For Israel”

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL he talks about the moral aspects of dealing with terrorism and responds to critics who claim he’s betrayed the Jewish people.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0,1518,397378,00.html

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Face to Faith : Not only defeated nations commit atrocities in war:

What the Turks did to Armenians in the first world war showed Hitler what could be done. Turkey is still largely in denial. Nations cover up their histories. Now in the global war on terror no holds are barred. The murderer and the torturer are back on the official payroll – both theirs and ours.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11700.htm

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History makes statesmen of terrorists?:

Another Bomb In Jerusalem: 91 DEAD:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1457.htm

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Fact or propaganda?

Syrian official: Assad, Bush deal in works: :

Senior source in Damascus tells Ynet Syrian leader Assad interested in deal that would allow him to stay in power; the price: Incriminating senior officials behind Hariri killing, cutting aid to anti-U.S. fighters in Iraq. Assad still refusing to dismantle Hizbullah
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3207425,00.html

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Syria: Hamas victory was a result of Israel’s rejection of peace:

It said the election caused a “worldwide earthquake,” noting what it saw as the paradox of the West, the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush in particular, being “unable to accept the results of democracy or to respect the peoples’ choice.”
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/675790.html

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If America Prevails Over Syria, Other Arab Nations Will Be Next:

Angry at Syria for not complying with its demands before the Iraq War, Washington has sought to ‘lay siege to, isolate and impose sanctions’ on it ever since.
www.watchingamerica.com/yementimes000008.shtml

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Russia arrests two spies working for Britain-report:

Russian security services have arrested two spies working for British intelligence, the Interfax news agency reported on Saturday, citing the former head of Russia’s state security service.
tinyurl.com/a2gq5

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By jingo, our brave boys are off to tame the Afghan. And they’ll fail:

Britain cannot kick the Afghanistan habit. Those snow-capped passes, exotic valleys and turbulent tribes have always posed a challenge to London‚s can-do crusaders.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2088-2014614,00.html

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Mixed message from U.S. cited in Haiti’s chaos:

As his plane lifted off the runway here in August 2003, Brian Dean Curran rewound his last, bleak days as the U.S. ambassador in this tormented land.
www.registerguard.com/news/2006/01/29/a1.haiti.0129.p1.php?section=nation_world

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In Haiti, politics and gunfire engulf UN force :

Blasts from tanks and machine guns go on for hours almost every day around Cité Soleil, a steamy slum of concrete hovels and canals of raw sewage at the capital’s northern edge. No one knows for sure how many civilians have been killed inside, because the bodies of the slum-dwellers and local gangsters rarely make it to morgues.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/01/24/news/haiti.php

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King‚s Dream Profaned by US Den in Havana:

Establishing a relationship between Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and internal subversion in Cuba is not only an act of aggression against the Cuban revolution but also a dirty manipulation of the most democratic traditions of the American people.
www.periodico26.cu/english/opinion/king012606.htm

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France’s Colonial Blowback:

There is the creed of the French Republic. And then there is the reality: riots that convulsed the nation for 3 weeks last fall. The roots of the crisis go back to the labor shortage of the sixties.
www.cs.princeton.edu/~chazelle/politics/france.html

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Video Exclusive:

Cindy Sheehan on Running for Senate Interview by Chris Hume and Sari Gelzer
www.truthout.org/multimedia.htm

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Palace Revolt:

They were loyal conservatives, and Bush appointees. They fought a quiet battle to rein in the president’s power in the war on terror. And they paid a price for it. A NEWSWEEK investigation.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11079547/site/newsweek/

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On the Executive Branch :

An honest and logical study of the executive branch will show even the most casual observer that it has always been a source of the People’s oppression; from its support of slavery, to its extra-judicial impositions in the war on drugs and the poorly-named war on terror. It is the principal evil we face today, and in the future.
www.populistamerica.com/populist__21

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Official Tipped Abramoff on Client’s Case, Filing Says :

Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist at the center of a widening influence-peddling investigation, used a contact in the federal government to give an early warning to Tyco International, one of his clients, that its subsidiaries were about to be suspended from doing business with the government, according to a court filing.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11710.htm

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Taft aide funneled Noe cash:

A lobbyist and former high-ranking aide to Republican Governors George Voinovich and Bob Taft, took $1,960 from Tom Noe and illegally funneled the money to three GOP Supreme Court candidates in 2004, state investigators alleged yesterday in a complaint filed with the Ohio Elections Commission.
www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060128/NEWS24/601280437

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Congressional pet projects boom — in secret:

Lobbyists with Hill ties key to record funding: A review of Senate records shows that the secretive earmark process has also become a boon for lobbyists, who sell clients on their ability to persuade members to insert pet projects into the budget.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11706.htm

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Why Google helps China to censor online searches:

Google’s sellout to Beijing is a threat to every person who ever used Google anywhere in the world. That means all of us.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/13722980.htm

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Sea energy to power Britain :

Waves and tides could generate 20 per cent of electricity and replace nuclear fuel, report says
www.guardian.co.uk/renewable/Story/0,,1697465,00.html

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Help us pass the “Read the Bills Act‰ (RTBA):

Most Congressmen are lawyers, and many others are businessmen. They know what “fiduciary responsibility‰ is. For Members of Congress, fiduciary responsibility means reading each word of every bill before they vote.
www.downsizedc.org/read_the_laws.shtml

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Date: Sat, 28 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 2239
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$236,904,545,058
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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The problem with democracy

And now, horror of horrors, the Palestinians have elected the wrong party to power

By Robert Fisk

We British would never talk to the IRA, or to Eoka, or to the Mao Mao. But in due course, Gerry Adams, Archbishop Makarios and Jomo Kenyatta came to take tea with the Queen. The Americans would never speak to their enemies in North Vietnam. But they did. In Paris.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11694.htm

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Polls Show Many Americans are Simply Dumber Than Bush

By Paul Craig Roberts:

Americans need desperately to comprehend that if Bush attacks Iran and Syria, as he intends, terrorism will explode, and American civil liberties will disappear into a thirty year war that will bankrupt the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11696.htm

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22 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Police patrols found six bodies blindfolded and with their hands tied behind their backs in a deserted area 20 km (12 miles) east of Kerbala. All had been shot, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ANW840582.htm

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Two U.S. soldiers killed west of Baghdad: witnesses :

Insurgents fought U.S. troops on Saturday in a restive town near Fallujah, killing two U. S. soldiers and wounding another, witnesses said.
english.people.com.cn/200601/28/eng20060128_239109.html

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Kidnappers say they’ll kill 4 activists :

Kidnappers threatened in a new videotape broadcast Saturday to kill four Christian peace activists unless all Iraqi prisoners were released, saying they were giving the U.S. and Iraqi governments a “last chance” to save the hostages.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2006-01-28-iraq-rdp_x.htm

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German Iraq hostages urge Berlin to help free them :

Two Germans held hostage in Iraq appeared in a video on Friday urging their government to help secure their release and German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to do everything in her power to free the men
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060127/ts_nm/iraq_dc_5

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Documents Show Army Seized Wives As Tactic :

The U.S. Army in Iraq has at least twice seized and jailed the wives of suspected insurgents in hopes of “leveraging” their husbands into surrender, U.S. military documents show. In one case, a secretive task force locked up the young mother of a nursing baby, a U.S. intelligence officer reported.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11690.htm

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Iraq war leaves mental scars for civilians, US troops alike :

The Iraq war is reaping a fierce psychological toll, exposing a mental health crisis inside Iraq, and searing hundreds of thousands of US troops with combat trauma, experts warned.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060127/hl_afp/usiraqwarhealth_060127192100

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Short Video: When your used up, where do you go. Soldier :

Windows Media –
afsc.org/iraq/cray/video-wmv.htm

Quick Time
afsc.org/iraq/cray/video-qt.htm

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Saint Patrick‚s Four: Blood On Our Flag:

People who join the military, like those in the posters, will be made ugly and perverse by war. And as far as the flag-some of the blood dripped down on the flag-we didn‚t pour it on the flag to start. But when I saw the blood get on the flag, I decided to add more-because there really is blood on our flag now.‰
dahrjamailiraq.com/weblog/archives/dispatches/000354.php

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Mystery surrounds dead U.S. contractor:

There are fortunes to be made in Iraq, where seemingly everything is broken or looted or blown up. The fortunes come from fixing those things; there is no shortage of cash to hire the fixers.
www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/breaking_news/13736727.htm

More on this topic
tinyurl.com/75whu

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United States Senate unanimously passes resolution condemning Iran :

UN nuclear chief calls on U.S. to provide Iran with reactors
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11689.htm

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Poll: 51 percent of Americans support air strike in Iran
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3207160,00.html

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Read The FOX News poll In Full

Pdf format
www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/poll_012606.pdf

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Iran to fire missiles if attacked:

Iran would launch medium-range missiles if attacked, a military leader said, accusing Britain and the United States of arming rebels as international pressure mounts on Tehran over its nuclear plans.
tinyurl.com/7d98m

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Iran nabs ten bombing suspects :

Eight people were killed and 46 wounded in the blasts, and the regime has pointed the finger at Britain, which has a large contingent of troops just across the border from Ahvaz in southern Iraq.
tinyurl.com/djhdt

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Iran Claims Evidence Of British Involvement In Ahvaz Bombings :

Iran said today it would hand over evidence to Britain that proved British involvement in bombings in the southern Iran city of Ahvaz earlier this week.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2006/01/f7103bce-33f8-4f2d-8890-c5850acf908f.html

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Iran says Moscow agrees to expland plan to enrich uranium in Russia:

He refused to elaborate on what country or countries might be included. However, a top Iranian nuclear official was just in Beijing to discuss the Russian plan, which is designed to ensure that Tehran does not attempt to produce fuel for nuclear weapons.
tinyurl.com/7gukz

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India changes tune, defends Iran:

India on Friday distanced itself from US-led calls to isolate Iran at next week‚s meeting of the IAEA after controversial remarks on the issue by Washington‚s envoy to Delhi enraged the nation as seldom seen before.
www.dawn.com/2006/01/28/top2.htm

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Chalmers Johnson: Militarism and the American Empire :

Distinguished social scientist and public intellectual Chalmers Johnson, joins host Harry Kreisler for a conversation on the nature of the American Empire and its costs and consequences for the future of American democracy and power in the world. Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6379.htm

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In case you missed it:

Constant Conflict:

A look behind the philosophy and practice of Americas push for domination of the worlds economy and culture. First published From Parameters, Summer 1997, pp. 4-14: US Army War College
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3011.htm

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‘Hamas ready to form Palestinian army’:

Khaled Mashaal, Hamas politburo chief, tells news conference in Damascus group ready to merge armed factions, including its military wing, to form army to defend Palestinian people
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3207422,00.html

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Israel to restrict Hamas movements:

Israel will prevent Hamas lawmakers, elected in this week’s Palestinian election, from travelling freely between the Gaza Strip and West Bank, a senior defence official has said.
tinyurl.com/c59cl

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Bush says US will cut aid to the Palestinians unless Hamas changes
www.wchstv.com/newsroom/nnews/news6.shtml

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Smashing interviews! Hamas’s Supreme Leader and Fatah Leader:

Interview with Khaled Meshal ˆ Supreme Leader of Hamas
tinyurl.com/95qlu

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U.S. tells India to back off Syria oil deal :

Taking strong exception to India’s recent decision to buy a Syrian oilfield in partnership with China, the United States has asked the Manmohan Singh Government to “reconsider” its proposed investment.
www.thehindu.com/2006/01/28/stories/2006012813250100.htm

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Bush ‘a terrorist’: Chavez :

At a rally against imperialism, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has told thousands of cheering activists at the World Social Forum that the US government is a vile “empire‰ and its president a ‰terrorist‰.
www.breakingnews.ie/2006/01/28/story242058.html

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Venezuela says U.S. spying:

Venezuela has said it would throw in jail any U.S. official caught spying on its military.
www.washtimes.com/upi/20060128-080837-8762r.htm

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US diplomat flees Venezuela rather than face charges of CIA espionage:

The naval attache of the US Embassy in Venezuela, John Correa, has left the country after his participation in an espionage case involving several Venezuelan low-ranking officers was revealed.
www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=47770

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Chávez reiterates plans to purchase planes from Russia or China:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Friday reiterated he would purchase aircrafts from Russia or China, following a US veto on the sale of Brazilian and Spanish planes with US technology to Caracas, DPA reported.
english.eluniversal.com/2006/01/27/en_pol_art_27A662439.shtml

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US wants Venezuela on terror sponsor list: Chavez:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Friday Washington planned to brand Venezuela a sponsor of terrorism as he used the World Social Forum to vent against U.S. imperialism and the Iraq war.
tinyurl.com/dhst4

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Building the socialism of the 21st century :

“We are building socialism of the 21st century, socialism with participatory democracy,‰ the young political science student told me at the beginning of the opening demonstration of the seventh World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela.
www.rabble.ca/news_full_story.shtml?x=46206

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Morales gives longtime outsiders of Bolivia a place in Cabinet:

The Evo Morales era began this week in Bolivia as the new president promised it would, with long days, new faces and quick decisions sure to anger the establishment.
www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/nation/13720302.htm

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Swindling the Sick: The IMF Debt Relief Sham :

“It was the worst thing I‚ve seen in Nicaragua,‰ Blanca cried. Such words should not be taken lightly from someone who‚s seen her country dominated by a US-backed dictator, crushed by a US-funded contra war, and strangled by a US-imposed economic embargo.
www.commondreams.org/views06/0127-32.htm

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Bush claims authority on war, eavesdropping:

President Bush yesterday said he has exclusive authority over a broad range of issues — including forbidding White House officials to testify before Congress about the government’s Hurricane Katrina response and ordering warrantless electronic surveillance within the United States.
www.washingtontimes.com/national/20060126-104448-4528r.htm

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An indictment of America :

When Human Rights Watch, a respected organization that has been monitoring the world’s behavior since 1978, focuses its annual review on America’s use of torture and inhumane treatment, every American should feel a sense of shame. And everyone who has believed in the United States as the staunchest protector of human rights in history should be worried.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/01/27/opinion/edrights.php#

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Impeach or Indict Bush and Cheney:

The year 2006 will be historic for the nation, and probably for humanity. Texans Bush and Rove and their conspirators in the second Bush presidency have disgraced American democracy at home and in the world with debasements of our nation and our values that have now entered their climactic phase.
www.texasobserver.org/showArticle.asp?ArticleID=2117

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White House kicks scandal investigator upstairs:

DEMOCRATS accused the White House yesterday of tampering with the investigation into the disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff after the prosecutor in charge of the inquiry was offered a federal judgeship by President Bush.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-2013558,00.html

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Bob Herbert: United States Is Faced With A Chief Executive Who Can Do No Right:

Fantasy may be in fashion. Reality may have been shoved into the shadows on Mr. Bush’s watch. The truth is that he is the worst president in memory, and one of the worst of all time.
tinyurl.com/73du6

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Tired of Fear:

Whose visions have we been led to follow, and why? What national interest has become more important than the sovereignty, dignity and the very life of another people for the sake of our own comfort.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11692.htm

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Australia: Govt agrees to fund Hicks’s lawyer’s Cuba visit:

In a last minute decision, the Federal Government has decided to fund a trip to Cuba by Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks’s Australian lawyer, after initially refusing legal aid
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200601/s1557032.htm

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Canada issues warning to US over Arctic passage:

Canada’s Prime Minister- elect has issued a blunt “hands off” warning to the US over territorial rights in the Arctic – increasingly coveted now that global warming threatens to open up new waterways in the once solidly frozen far north.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article341518.ece

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Cindy Sheehan to Dianne Feinstein: Fillibuster Alito or I‚ll Challenge Your Senate Seat:

Gold star mother Cindy Sheehan has decided to run against California Senator Diane Feinstein if Feinstein does not filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito.
www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/7241

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Click here to support the fillibuster on Alito:
tinyurl.com/8gf3h

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When Republicans Loved a Filibuster:

Supporters of George W. Bush are lambasting Sen. John Kerry for a threatened filibuster against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. But 15 years ago, their attitude was different as backers of George H.W. Bush wielded the filibuster to block a probe into Republican secret dealings with Iran that could have doomed the Bush Dynasty.
www.consortiumnews.com/2006/012706.html

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Katrina death toll rockets to 1417:

Twenty-five new deaths discovered in the last week
www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/31343/

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2 FEMA employees arrested in bribe case:

Two FEMA disaster assistance employees working in New Orleans were arrested Friday on federal bribery charges, accused of accepting $10,000 each in exchange for letting a contractor submit inflated reports on the number of meals it was serving at a Hurricane Katrina relief base camp there.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/3618886.html

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Most polled see bribery as way of life in Washington:

Many Americans view the bribing of lawmakers by lobbyists in Washington as business as usual, and public disapproval of Congress is at a 10-year high, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll.
tinyurl.com/aw2gv

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The Educational System Was Designed to Keep Us Uneducated and Docile:

In his 1905 dissertation for Columbia Teachers College, Elwood Cubberly˜the future Dean of Education at Stanford˜wrote that schools should be factories “in which raw products, children, are to be shaped and formed into finished products…manufactured like nails, and the specifications for manufacturing will come from government and industry.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11693.htm

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US plans to ‘fight the net’ revealed :

A newly declassified document gives a fascinating glimpse into the US military’s plans for “information operations” – from psychological operations, to attacks on hostile computer networks.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11691.htm

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BYU professor’s group accuses U.S. officials of lying about 9/11:

Last fall, Brigham Young University physics professor Steven E. Jones made headlines when he charged that the World Trade Center collapsed because of “pre-positioned explosives.” Now, along with a group that calls itself “Scholars for 9/11 Truth,” he’s upping the ante.
deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,635179751,00.html

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Date: Fri, 27 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 2239
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$236,545,016,437
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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57% Americans favor military action in Iran:

Despite persistent disillusionment with the war in Iraq, a majority of Americans supports taking military action against Iran if that country continues to produce material that can be used to develop nuclear weapons, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found.
tinyurl.com/9cd3m

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Who will tell the people

By Sheila Samples

George Orwell wrote that people who neither read nor ask questions will ultimately lose all desire to question “Big Brother.” What is so frightening as we descend into the new world order fascism is not that we no longer read — it’s that we no longer can read.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11684.htm

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Understanding Root Causes

By Charles Sullivan

Consider the difference between George Bush and John Kerry in the last presidential election was more a matter of semantics than of substance. Both men are the product of wealth and privilege; neither of them represents the great majority of the people, the working class. Neither do their cohorts in Congress, an increasing number of which are millionaires. The appearance of choice is only an illusion, designed to deceive and to paralyze.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11685.htm

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The Killing Fields: Ghosts of the Walking Dead

By Manuel Valenzuela

Iraq‚s Killing Fields are as real as the sun, as dangerous as a nuclear weapon, as devastating as any plague. The devastation taking place inside it is anathema to humanity, a war crime and crime against humanity, a malfeasant manifestation by Machiavellian miscreants. If the world entire were made aware of its seriousness, of its criminality and of the callousness of American leaders the backlash would be a giant tsunami of anger.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11680.htm

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A New World Is Possible

By Cindy Sheehan

It is our governments who want to demonize and marginalize other cultures, religions, races and ethnic groups. George Bush and his cold-hearted cronies and his easily misled and willingly blind followers want to “fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here!” Who are these “thems” that we are fighting over there?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11688.htm

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15 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Also, the governor of the southern city of Basra threatened to stop dealing with British forces unless they release five Iraqi men detained Tuesday, including policemen suspected of links to local killings and kidnappings
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/01/27/ap/world/mainD8FD25U01.shtml

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Ten bodies found in Iraq :

Ten bodies of unknown people were found in south east Baghdad on Thursday by Iraqi police, Iraqi media reports said on Friday, quoting an Interior Ministry source
english.bna.bh/?ID=40465

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Gunmen kidnap 16 people in Baghdad: source :

Gunmen wearing police commando uniform stormed houses in Baghdad’s northern neighborhood early on Friday, kidnapping 16 civilians, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-01/27/content_4108439.htm

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Documents Show Army Seized Wives As Tactic

The U.S. Army in Iraq has at least twice seized and jailed the wives of suspected insurgents in hopes of “leveraging” their husbands into surrender, U.S. military documents show.
tinyurl.com/88d7n

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Iraq war veteran’s suicide a cry for helping others, friend says:

“He just wanted people to know what he was dealing with and didn’t want anyone else to go through the same thing.” He had waged a private and public battle to get the care he needed.
tinyurl.com/7v6vg

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Murtha: U.S. should leave Iraq and its ‘civil war’ by year’s end:

U.S. military involvement in Iraq should wind down by the end of the year, because American troops are trying to fight what is now an Iraqi civil war, U.S. Rep. John Murtha said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11683.htm

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Spoils of war:

Halliburton swings to $1.1 billion profit:

The income reversed a loss from a year earlier for Houston-based Halliburton, the company once led by Vice President Dick Cheney. Its KBR unit has become known for its support work for troops stationed in the Middle East.
tinyurl.com/a5rnq

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Israeli FM urges international community not to recognise Hamas government:

Israeli Acting Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said on Friday terrorist groups “cannot whitewash the results of the parliamentary elections in the Palestinian Authority.‰
www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=2874856&PageNum=0

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Barghouthi: Israel no longer only democracy in Middle East:

Dr. Barghouthi stated that legislative elections were the culmination of a democratic revolution that had begun with last year‚s presidential and local council elections, and that Israel could not longer claim to be the only Œdemocracy‚ in the Middle East.
www.ramallahonline.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2366

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Hamas to talk ‘partnership’:

A senior member of Hamas says he will meet Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, in the coming days to discuss forming a “political partnership”.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/5C207FCD-1C61-41B6-A88D-FA063C43B956.htm

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Palestinians Face Possible Cash Crunch:

The grim existence of many Palestinians might be about to become even bleaker. They now face the prospect of having western aid cut in response to the resounding victory handed to Hamas in parliamentary elections on Wednesday.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,397637,00.html

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Biden says US money to the Palestinians must be cut off:

Senator Joseph Biden says the U-S should stop giving money to the Palestinians now that the militant group Hamas is in power.
www.abc15.com/news/morenews/index.asp?did=24330

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Carter calls for funding Palestinians:

The Palestinian Government is destitute, and in desperate financial straits. I hope that support for the new government will be forthcoming,” Carter said at a Jerusalem press conference.
tinyurl.com/7ot2t

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Mr. President, The Terrorists Have Won :

The White House staff would have had the singularly uncomfortable task of informing President Bush that, in spite of all his Evangelical Zionist beliefs, the terrorists had in fact won the free and fair parliamentary elections in the Palestinian territories.
www.commondreams.org/views06/0126-31.htm

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Juan Cole: How do you like your democracy now, Mr. Bush?:

He sounds like a spokesman for Hamas, underlining the irony that Bush and his party have given Americans the least honest government in a generation, have drastically cut services, and have actively opposed extension of healthcare to the uninsured in the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11686.htm

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Hamas Election Victory: A Vote for Clarity:

In Israel’s conception the Palestinian Authority was supposed to crush Palestinian resistance to make the occupied territories safe for continued Israeli colonization. Hamas will certainly not allow that to continue, but whether it will be able to tranform the Authority into an arm of the struggle against Israel is by no means certain.
www.indybay.org/news/2006/01/1798356.php

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Uri Avnery: Why Did Hamas Win?:

In the end, everybody will agree that a peace, in which Hamas is a partner, is better than a peace with Fatah alone. Let’s pray that not too much blood is spilled before that point is reached.
www.ramallahonline.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2367

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Profiles of key Hamas leaders:

MESHAAL, Hamas’s politburo chief, survived a 1997 Israeli attempt to kill him in Jordan by injecting him with a drug in a botched daylight attack on an Amman street.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L27763833.htm

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Fourteen of Newly elected Palestinian MPs Are in Israeli Prisons
tinyurl.com/cavoe

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How Middle East Media Cover Hamas Victory:

Mosaic Compiles Arab T.V. News for U.S. Audience
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/27/1451238

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I Feel So Proud For Palestine Tonight:

Whatever one thinks about Hamas, the majority of Palestinians, by voting for Hamas, showed that they still have some fight in them, and that they still resist.
umkahlil.blogspot.com/2006/01/i-feel-so-proud-for-palestine-tonight.html

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In case you missed it:

Video; Promises and Betrayals: Britain and the Struggle for the Holy Land :

An intriguing look at how the British double-dealing during WWI ignited the conflict between Arab and Jew in the Middle East. A disturbing picture of a duplicitous wartime government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8739.htm

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Mordechai Vanunu: Today’s Trial:

Today, Jan 25th, the trial against me began in the lower court of Jerusalem.
peacepalestine.blogspot.com/2006/01/vanunus-trial-what-happened.html

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Iran: Russian offer not sufficient:

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator has described Russia’s proposal to enrich uranium for the Islamic republic as insufficient for Iran’s needs, while not ruling it out entirely.
tinyurl.com/cvuqo

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Bush admits key countries not behind U.S. on Iran :

The Bush administration renewed its claim Wednesday that the United States and European allies have enough support from other countries to take Iran before the U.N. Security Council but also indicated some key nations have not committed to that course.
www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-iran26.html

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Musharraf Says Iran Should Not Have Nuclear Weapons :

Speaking during a session at the World Economic Forum, President Musharraf defended his own country’s acquisition of nuclear weapons in 1998 as a legitimate act of defensive deterrence.
www.payvand.com/news/06/jan/1230.html

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War pimp alert:

Prepare yourself for the unthinkable:

War against Iran may be a necessity
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,19269-2011570,00.html

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57% Americans favor military action in Iran:

Despite persistent disillusionment with the war in Iraq, a majority of Americans supports taking military action against Iran if that country continues to produce material that can be used to develop nuclear weapons, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found.
tinyurl.com/9cd3m

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Afghan Police Say Seven Insurgents Killed As Violence Continues :

Afghan police today said that seven neo-Taliban fighters were killed this week and five policemen wounded when the insurgents attacked a district police headquarters in southern Afghanistan.
tinyurl.com/c87fh

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Taliban kill two more Afghan policemen:

Two Afghan policemen were killed and as many wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the southern Afghanistan on Friday.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=808796

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The next Afghan war :

The deployment of more British troops to Afghanistan underlines the seriousness of an escalating conflict.
www.opendemocracy.net/themes/article.jsp?id=2&articleId=3219

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EU panel probing alleged prisons may call on Cheney, Rumsfeld:

British Liberal Democrat Sarah Ludford, a member of the EU parliament and vice president of the investigative committee, said “very senior people” would be asked to answer questions about the alleged prisons.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-01-26-eu-prisons_x.htm

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Doing Dirty Work Abroad:

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Council of Europe announced the results of its long-awaited, months-long investigation into the possibility that torture victims have been shuttled around Europe to clandestine interrogation centers
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11687.htm

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Fake Passport Ring With Terror Ties Busted :

Colombian has dismantled a false passport ring with links to al-Qaida and Hamas militants, the acting attorney general said Thursday after authorities led dozens of simultaneous raids across five cities in collaboration with U.S. officials.
tinyurl.com/8l7nw

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Pinochet‚s daughter detained at D.C. airport :

The elder daughter of former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet requested asylum in the United States yesterday after being taken into custody at Dulles International Airport, Chilean and U.S. officials said.
www.columbiatribune.com/2006/Jan/20060126News014.asp

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State closes in on deal for cheap oil from Venezuela:

Vermont is close to a deal to obtain discounted fuel oil from Venezuela ˜ a deal that would save low-income Vermonters precious dollars off their home heating bills this winter.
tinyurl.com/co6yg

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Bolivia leader halves his own pay ;

The Bolivian new left-wing President, Evo Morales, has cut his salary by more than a half to a little over $1,800 (£1,012) per month.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4652940.stm

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Haiti – A coup regime, the hidden hand of Washington:

Ben Terrall examines Haiti‚s coup regime, human rights abuses, the sham of planned elections and the complicity of Washington on a military and diplomatic level.
tinyurl.com/94lbe

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Kerry, Kennedy press for filibuster:

Several prominent Democratic senators called Thursday for a filibuster of Samuel Alito’s Supreme Court nomination, exposing a rift in the party.
tinyurl.com/c7pey

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Senate Democrat says can’t block Alito:

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said on Friday he and fellow Democrats lack the votes to block President George W. Bush’s nomination of conservative appeals judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.
tinyurl.com/a4fjb

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Washington‚s new ways spawn more pork:

An explosion of special interest funding engineered in part by lawmakers with close ties to lobbyists is drawing increased scrutiny as Congress moves to address concern about corruption that already has led to the conviction of a Republican House member and former GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
msnbc.msn.com/id/11037674/

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K St. counteroffensive :

Big trade associations ˜ lobbyists ˜ are getting ready to fight the sharp tightening of lobbying regulations.
www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/012506/news1.html

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Exposed: The Carlyle Group :

I defy you to watch this 48 minute documentary and not be outraged about the depth of corruption and deceit within the highest ranks of our government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3995.htm

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Study Finds Rich-Poor Income Gap Growing :

The disparity between rich and poor is growing in America as the federal minimum wage has remained flat for years, union membership has declined and industries have faced global competition, according to a study released Thursday
tinyurl.com/apell

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Pulling apart: A state-by-state analysis of income trends:

State-specific fact sheets containing information on income inequality over the past two decades, including the changes in average incomes and income ratios, are provided through the links below.
www.epi.org/content.cfm/studies_pulling_apart_2006

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Broadcaster says serious news at risk:

Many Americans on the left and the right aren’t interested in the truth, but simply want news that confirms their viewpoints.
www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/content/news/brown0126.html

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Savings Accounts for Health Costs Attract Wall St.:

When it comes to medical benefits, millions of Americans already have a health insurer. Soon, many will also have a debit card and a bank tied to their medical plan.
www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060127/ZNYT02/601270741

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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 2239
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$236,545,016,437
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Video: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
ByJohn Perkins

Since world war two we’ve managed to create history’s first truly global empire. This has been done by the corporatocracy, which are a few men and women who run our major corporations and in doing so also run the U.S. government and many other governments around the world.

Real video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11681.htm

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The Killing Fields: Ghosts of the Walking Dead

By Manuel Valenzuela

Iraq‚s Killing Fields are as real as the sun, as dangerous as a nuclear weapon, as devastating as any plague. The devastation taking place inside it is anathema to humanity, a war crime and crime against humanity, a malfeasant manifestation by Machiavellian miscreants. If the world entire were made aware of its seriousness, of its criminality and of the callousness of American leaders the backlash would be a giant tsunami of anger.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11680.htm

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2 U.S. Soldiers Among 15 Killed in Continuing Violence:

ndustry Minister Osama Abdel-Aziz al-Najafi escaped an assassination attempt when a roadside bomb hit his convoy near Balad, 90 km (55 miles) north of Baghdad. Three of his bodyguards were killed and another was wounded.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/COL653212.htm

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How US lost billions in Wild West gamble to rebuild Iraq:

AN AUDIT of US reconstruction spending in Iraq has uncovered spectacular misuse of tens of millions of dollars in cash, including bundles of money stashed in filing cabinets, a US soldier who gambled away thousands and stacks of newly minted notes distributed without receipts.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-2010424,00.html

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Gore Vidal: President Jonah:

Not since the glory days of Watergate and Nixon‚s Luciferian fall has there been so much written about the dogged deceits and creative criminalities of our rulers.
www.truthdig.com/dig/item/20060124_president_jonah

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Warriors and Wusses:

I DON’T SUPPORT our troops. This is a particularly difficult opinion to have, especially if you are the kind of person who likes to put bumper stickers on his car. I’m not for the war. And being against the war and saying you support the troops is one of the wussiest positions the pacifists have ever taken ˜ and they’re wussy by definition.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11677.htm

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Former Pentagon chief sees damage to U.S. military:

The U.S. military’s ground forces are so stretched – that potential adversaries may be tempted to challenge the United States, a group headed by former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry said on Wednesday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N25366533.htm

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When Will US Women Demand Peace? :

Whenever I travel to international gatherings to talk about the war in Iraq, economic development and women’s rights, the question I get asked most frequently is: “Where are the women in the United States? Why aren’t they rising up?”
www.thenation.com/doc/20060206/benjamin

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PM quits, says Hamas must form governmemt:

Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qorei announced his resignation and said the radical Islamist group Hamas must form the next government after the general election.
tinyurl.com/b6rsj

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Hamas scores stunning win – but what happens now? :

Securing 76 of the 132 seats in the parliament whose existence it opposed for almost a decade, Hamas’s unexpectedly overwhelming victory challenged almost every assumption about the Middle East and plunged the Israel-Palestinian conflict into another period of unpredictability.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article341263.ece

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After the Hamas earthquake :

Bush and Tony Blair, who set such store by promoting democracy in Iraq and (selectively) elsewhere in the Middle East, should be delighted. The only problem is the result:
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/comment/0,,1696094,00.html

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Israel decides not to negotiate with Hamas :

Israeli emergency cabinet meeting decided Thursday night that Israel would not negotiate with Hamas until it renounced violence and recognized Israel’s right to exist.
english.peopledaily.com.cn/200601/27/eng20060127_238838.html

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The Palestinians’ democratic choice must be respected :

The excuses given for refusing to deal with Hamas will not wash. This is a chance for Europe to have an independent role
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/comment/0,10551,1696158,00.html?gusrc=rss

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Arabs see US and Israel changing stance on Hamas

Israel and the United States will eventually adapt to the reality of an electoral victory by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, opening new opportunities for Middle East peace talks, Arab commentators said on Thursday.
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006\01\27\story_27-1-2006_pg4_7

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Gilad Atzmon – Where to now, Palestine? Some reflections:

The consequences of today‚s Hamas victory aren‚t yet clear, however the election results have revealed beyond doubt some fundamental information about Palestine and the Arab world:
peacepalestine.blogspot.com/2006/01/gilad-atzmon-where-to-now-palestine.html

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How Israel and the United States Helped to Bolster Hamas:

We take a look at the little-known rise of the militant group with investigative journalist Robert Dreyfuss, author of the new book “Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam.” In it, Dreyfuss reveals how the U.S. looked the other way when Israel’s secret service supported the creation of Hamas.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/26/151252

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Hamas Victory Good for Israel? :

Can Hamas’ stunning success in the recent PLO election provide a reprieve for the Jewish state? Israeli national radio.
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=97368

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In case you missed it:

Hamas history tied to Israel :

Israel and Hamas may currently be locked in deadly combat, but, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10456.htm

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A six per cent democracy :

Just over 6% of the Palestinian electorate in occupied East Jerusalem were granted the opportunity to vote in their city in the second Palestinian parliamentary elections. Israel tried to score points internationally by allowing elections in East Jerusalem, while trying to choke the life out of them.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11676.htm

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Why don‚t we know what is going on in Israel & Palestine?:

Recent studies of U.S. media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reveal that the media reported Israeli children‚s deaths at rates 7 to 40 times greater than Palestinian children‚s deaths. Some typical examples:
www.ifamericansknew.org/media/clues.html

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Lawmakers concerned about lobbying reform :

A Minnesota senator said he was concerned that congressional trips to Israel could be cut under lobbying reform proposals.
jta.org/page_view_breaking_story.asp?intid=1063

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Sharon‚s Vision: An Israel From Nile to Euphrates:

Have Zionist goals changed? No, because the gang that has ruled Israel since it was planted in the Arab world have been terrorists and war criminals. The goal of colonizing has not changed since the establishment of Israel.
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=76890&d=27&m=1&y=2006

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Eye on Iran as U.S. shapes alliances in Iraq:

“The Americans are focusing on the Sunnis and trying to get them into the political process even at the expense of others,” said an official in the Shi’ite Alliance bloc, which won a near majority in the parliament elected last month.
tinyurl.com/9ga9f

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Ex UN Arms Chief: US Should Offer Iran Some Inducements :

Speaking at the 25th anniversary of the Arms Control Association, a private group, Blix criticized the Bush administration as putting arms control in reverse in many ways.
tinyurl.com/buz6q

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Iran vows to put Israel into ‘eternal coma’ if attacked :

Were Israel to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iran would respond so strongly that it would put the Jewish state into “an eternal coma” like Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s, the Iranian defense minister said yesterday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/674909.html

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Iran: We’ll Shut Down Straits of Hormuz:

If Europe does not act wisely with the Iranian nuclear portfolio and it is referred to the U.N. Security Council and economic or air travel restrictions are imposed unjustly, we have the power to halt oil supply to the last drop from the shores of the Persian Gulf via the Straits of Hormuz,” said Mohammed-Nabi Rudaki, deputy chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.
www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2006/1/26/92748.shtml?s=ic

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Iran accuses U.S., Britain and Israel of role in 2 plane crashes:

Iran said Thursday it had information that the United States, Britain and Israel had a role in two deadly military plane crashes in the last two months
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/675428.html

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Iran – a threat to the petrodollar?:

The proposal to set up the IOB was first put forward in Iran’s Third Development Plan (2000-2005). Mohammad Javad Assemipour, who heads the project, has said that the exchange will strive to make Iran the main hub for oil deals in the region and that it should be operational by March 2006.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C1C0C9B3-DDA9-42E2-AE9C-B7CDBA08A6E9.htm

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U.S. backs off envoy‚s threat to India:

Ambassador had said nuclear deal would Œdie‚ if India supported Iran
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11020498/

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Two Afghan soldiers killed, tanker blown up: :

Suspected Taliban fighters ambushed an army post in southeastern Afghanistan and killed two local soldiers, while a bomb destroyed a tanker supplying fuel to US-led troops, defence officials said Thursday.
tinyurl.com/92ddm

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UK: Afghan troop levels to hit 5,700 :

The majority will be sent to the south, to the volatile Helmand area, which Mr Reid admitted was “more demanding” than other regions in Afghanistan.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/4650372.stm

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Germany may need own nuclear weapons: Scholz :

Germany may need to build its own nuclear weapons to counter the threat of nuclear bombs falling into the hands of a terrorist state, a former German defence minister said Thursday.
tinyurl.com/btxtm

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Venezuela officers ‘spied for US’ :

The Venezuelan government says several military officers have been caught passing state secrets to the US.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4650232.stm

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A Loud, Multicoloured ‘No’ to Imperialism and War:

The overarching World Social Forum theme “Another World Is Possible” and opposition to “imperialism” and war are the common denominators among the broad range of organisations and individuals gathered in Caracas this week
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=31911

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Bianca Jagger: One death every minute

The arms trade makes big money for the richest nations while fuelling conflict across the world
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11682.htm

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Sidney Blumenthal: A call to the faithful :

Karl Rove has once again proved his ability to obliterate history in the cause of his president
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1694797,00.html

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U.S. posts wrong photo of Œal-Qaida operative‚:

After year and a half, wrong man’s photo removed from wanted page
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11042211

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Rumsfeld’s Roadmap to Propaganda:

A secret Pentagon “roadmap” on war propaganda, personally approved by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in October 2003, calls for “boundaries” between information operations abroad and the news media at home, but provides for no such limits and claims that as long as the American public is not “targeted,” any leakage of PSYOP to the American public does not matter.
www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB177/index.htm

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Democrat support for Alito likely dooms Kerry filibuster threat:

Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito’s confirmation seemed all but certain Jan. 26, as two more Democrats announced their support for him, apparently giving Republicans the 60 votes required to overcome a filibuster attempt supported by Sen. John Kerry.
www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?ID=22530

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Senators in need of a spine :

Senate Democrats, who presented a united front against the nomination of Alito in the Judiciary Committee, seem unwilling to risk the public criticism that might come with a filibuster
www.iht.com/articles/2006/01/26/opinion/edalito.php#

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Attorney will not be allowed to represent Padilla:

U.S. Magistrate denied attorney Donna Newman’s request on Monday. Newman, who has previously represented Padilla, filed a motion to join two other lawyers already representing Padilla
www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/breaking_news/13712528.htm

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Don’t Let Them Spy On Us: Call for a Special Counsel:

Use the form to send an email to your senators telling them to insist that the Department of Justice appoint a special counsel to investigate and prosecute any and all crimes committed.
tinyurl.com/celcw

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A must watch: Video:

New Orleans-Black Rage:

Australian TV : SBS Dateline’s Nick Lazaredes in New Orleans, with the sorry racial fallout from Hurricane Katrina and the story of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is not a pretty one.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11675.htm

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ACLU Releases Government Photos:

Two documents relating to anti-war and anti-government protests, and a vegan rally, prove the agencies have been “spying” on Georgia residents unconstitutionally, the ACLU said
www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=75151

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‘Suicide Seeds’ Could Spell Death of Peasant Agriculture,:

Groups fighting for the rights of peasant communities are stepping up pressure on governments to ban the use of genetically modified ‘’suicide seeds’’ at UN-sponsored talks on biodiversity in Spain this week.
news.yahoo.com/s/oneworld/45361262181138209610

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