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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 2252
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$238,807,334,810
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Powell’s Former Chief of Staff Says Pre-War Intelligence a ‘Hoax”

By NOW

“I participated in a hoax on the American people, the international community, and the United Nations Security Council,” says Wilkerson.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11797.htm

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Bush‚s Tyranny for a Bankrupt Nation

By Mike Whitney

The Bush master-plan is no different than the economic shock-therapy the United States has directed at the third world for decades. The strategy is simple and straightforward, but virtually foolproof in achieving its objectives; the crushing of the middle class and the subsequent shifting of the nation‚s wealth to the “oligarchy of racketeers‰ who run the system.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11798.htm

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The Failure of Citizenship

By Charles Sullivan

We allow the most atrocious lies uttered by political and moral prostitutes to go unchallenged. These lies are endlessly recycled in the commercial media until they become ingrained in the public conscience as truth. Worse than burying our heads in the sand, we bury them up our collective ass. How do you like the view?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11786.htm

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No Bravery

A nation blind to their disgrace

A must watch 4 minute video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11799.htm

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9 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Gunmen killed two Iraqi policemen in Kirkuk, 250 km (150 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM534026.htm

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2,000 British troops to withdraw from Iraq :

Britain plans to begin withdrawing 2,000 troops from Iraq, starting this spring, according to a secret blueprint agreed with allies
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article343306.ece

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Revealed: secret plan to keep UK troops permanently in Iraq

BRITAIN is laying secret plans to maintain a permanent military presence in Iraq.
scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=183752006

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Little Testimony Ties Saddam to Crackdown:

After four months and 26 witnesses, prosecutors in the Saddam Hussein trial have offered little credible testimony directly linking the former leader to the killings and torture for which he’s charged.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1580531

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Iran Ends Voluntary Cooperation With IAEA :

It means Iran will resume uranium enrichment and will no longer allow snap IAEA inspections of its nuclear facilities ˜ voluntary measures it had allowed in recent years in a gesture to build trust.
pakistantimes.net/top02060609.htm

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Iran bans oil tankers’ Gulf passage if oil exports sanctioned — MP:

“If a ban is imposed on our oil exports, we will not allow oil tankers to sail in the Gulf waters,” Mehr news agency quoted Sulaiman Jaafar Zadeh, member of the national committee for security and foreign policy in the Shura council, as saying.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=811257

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Will Iran’s ‘petroeuro’ threat lead to war?:

If Iran does open an oil bourse next month, we should expect the warplanes will soon thereafter begin to fly.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11789.htm

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Iran nuclear file a non-NPT issue, says Veteran UK politician:

The Iran issue has nothing to do with the Non-Proliferation Treaty, said Tony Benn a former minister in the labour administration.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11793.htm

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War pimp alert:

Frist says military action a posssibility against Iran:

Asked whether Congress had the political will to use military force against Iran if necessary, First said: “The answer is yes, absolutely.”
www.kctv5.com/Global/story.asp?S=4457018

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War pimp alert:

Iraq errors show West must act fast on Iran: Perle:

Richard Perle, a key architect of the U.S.-led war against Iraq, said on Saturday the West should not make the mistake of waiting too long to use military force if Iran comes close to getting an atomic weapon.
tinyurl.com/dqnjm

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Israel predicts Iran will pay ‘heavy price’ for nuclear defiance :

Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert voiced confidence on Sunday that Iran would pay “a very heavy price” by resuming full-scale uranium enrichment after being reported to the UN Security Council over its nuclear program.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/678518.html

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The hidden stakes in the Iran crisis:

At the end of this operation, Washington should have complete control over the world‚s main hydrocarbon production and reserves. It will control the world economy without the need to share power.
tinyurl.com/9cqox

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We’d better learn to empathize with the enemy :

When will we ever learn? – Terrorism is a product of fanaticism and we embraced it in Afghanistan for short-term gain in the late 1970s. We embrace it whenever it fulfils our strategic needs, come hell or high water.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/articlke11791.htm

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Seven Afghan police killed in attacks:

SEVEN policemen have been killed in new attacks in southern Afghanistan as security forces search for suspected Taliban insurgents after fierce battles killed more than 40 people
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,18053364-23109,00.html

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Afghan governor killed:

A district governor and two policemen were killed by Taliban rebels fleeing a battle that left 25 dead in Afghanistan, while a bomb killed two civilians on Saturday, an official said.
www.dawn.com/2006/02/05/top14.htm

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Afghanistan fighting spreads to Pakistan: .

At least 19 people were killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan on Saturday.
tinyurl.com/9k3ep

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Bus bomb explosion kills at least 13 in southwestern Pakistan :

A bomb blasted through a passenger bus in Pakistan today, killing at least 13 people and wounding more than a dozen others
www.wavy.com/Global/story.asp?S=4458235

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Rockets Kill eight near Pakistan’s main gas Field :

Tribal militants fired more than 100 rockets into a town near Pakistan’s largest gas field in the province of Baluchistan, killing eight people, officials said on Sunday.
pakistantimes.net/top02060605.htm

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‘The new Afghanistan is a myth. It’s time to go and get a job abroad’ :

As British troops prepare to tackle the Taliban’s remnants, hundreds of thousands of jobless Afghan refugees who returned home to start a new life are queueing up to leave again
observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,1702513,00.html?gusrc=rss

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The problem is Israel, not Hamas:

Hamas’s rise to power is only a problem if Israel remains wedded to its colonial policy of stealing Palestinian lands and terrorising its people
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2006/780/re12.htm

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Magazine shuts down after controversy :

An economics magazine will be shut down after running an anti-Semitic article.
jta.org/page_view_breaking_story.asp?intid=1227

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When Freedom of Expression Becomes a Weapon:

Our news sources informed us that due solely to these images “outrage sweeps across the Muslim world.‰ Such coverage has elicited miles of text and a Babel of blather denouncing those who would dare threaten OUR freedom of speech because it offends THEIR “backward‰ beliefs
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11790.htm

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Chavez aims to repel US ‘invasion’:

“The imperialist, mass-murdering, fascist attitude of the president of the US doesn’t have limits,” Chavez said. “I think Hitler could be a nursery baby next to George W. Bush.”
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=184612006

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In case you missed it:

Venezuela coup linked to Bush team :

Specialists in the ‘dirty wars’ of the Eighties encouraged the plotters who tried to topple President Chavez
observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,688071,00.html

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Let Rumsfeld bark, says Chavez:

The president of Venezuela has hit back at the US defence secretary for comparing him to Adolf Hitler, calling him a “dog of the empire” who is right to be concerned by Latin America’s tilt to the left which is threatening the “weakening” US “empire”.
tinyurl.com/c4k4v

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In case you missed it:

Venezuela keeps hope alive:

When Latin American leaders declare their intention to redistribute wealth downward in their countries, a Pavlovian bell rings in Washington. Like the dog in Russian scientist‚s experiments, the U.S. national security gang respond with aggressive intervention to the very mention of taking some of the ill-gotten gains from the filthy rich and distributing them to the miserably poor.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11796.htm

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Bolivia: The military plan and wait :

Evo Morales and his Movement Towards Socialism still have plenty of opponents in and out of Bolivia: the separatist white elite in the rich oil and gas regions, army factions, multinationals, and the government of the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11794.htm

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A more democratic world rejects Bush’s globalism:

Even in Iraq, whose election was held under direct American tutelage, our preferred henchmen were decisively ousted.
tinyurl.com/86yyn

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Cuba‚s war against terrorism :

The UN General Assembly has condemned the United States embargo on Cuba 14 times. The US also supports various illicit acts committed against Cuba in contravention of international law. This has been made explicit by the trial of five Cubans in Florida.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11795.htm

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Posada‚s presence epitomizes the U.S. double standard :

In 1976, already the Hemisphere‚s leading terrorist, Posada with Orlando Bosch plotted the bombing of a Cuban airliner over Barbados. They both claimed that this act represented war against the Castro regime. Seventy-three civilian passengers and crew members died.
www.rprogreso.com/index.php?progreso=Landau&otherweek=

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Exclusive: Can the President Order a Killing on U.S. Soil?:

In the latest twist in the debate over presidential powers, a Justice Department official suggested that in certain circumstances, the president might have the power to order the killing of terrorist suspects inside the United States.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11180519/site/newsweek/

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McCain Calls for Boycott of G8 Summit in Russia:

In a speech to the Munich international security conference, McCain said that President Vladimir Putin had rolled back reforms in Russia and did not share the democratic values of the U.S. and Europe.
www.mosnews.com/news/2006/02/05/geightboycotte.shtml

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Does Britain’s new weapon break Geneva Convention? :

Britain is to spend around £50m on a new shoulder-fired “bunker-buster” to bolster the infantry’s street-fighting capability. The new weapon fires grenades able to punch through reinforced concrete from a distance of around 550 yards.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article343308.ece

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Wiretap Debate: Déjà Vu: Electronic Surveillance:

From the Cold War to Al-Qaeda
www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB178/index.htm

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Domestic Agencies Face Cuts in Bush Budget :

Domestic priorities like federal aid to schools and health research are squeezed under President Bush’s proposed budget for next year, but funding for the Pentagon, the war in Iraq and anti-terrorism efforts get impressive increases.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,,-5594452,00.html
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Date: Sat, 4 Feb 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 2250
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$238,529,723,334
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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The Failure of Citizenship

By Charles Sullivan

We allow the most atrocious lies uttered by political and moral prostitutes to go unchallenged. These lies are endlessly recycled in the commercial media until they become ingrained in the public conscience as truth. Worse than burying our heads in the sand, we bury them up our collective ass. How do you like the view?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11786.htm

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Sunni leader says Interior Ministry killed 24 Sunnis in Baghdad:

The bodies of 24 Sunni Arabs found Friday to the west of Baghdad were killed ‘in cold blood’ by forces from the Interior Ministry, Secretary General of the Sunni Iraqi National Dialogue Council Khalaf al-Olayan told a press conference Saturday.
tinyurl.com/85ca4

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Sunni chiefs condemn killings of 14 Iraqis:

The bullet-riddled bodies of 14 Sunni Arab men purportedly seized by Shiite-led forces last week were found in Baghdad, and a prominent Sunni politician accused the government Saturday of pushing Iraq toward “civil war.”
www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/13792336.htm

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7 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Iraqi and U.S. soldiers killed four insurgents after they came under fire during a patrol along the Euphrates River south of Hit on Friday, the U.S. military said on Saturday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ANW439478.htm

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Prisoner, civilian dead in Iraq unrest :

Iraqi police said they shot a prisoner dead during a jail break in ousted president Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit Saturday while a civilian was killed in roadside bombing just outside Baghdad.
tinyurl.com/7hs9a

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U.S. Building Permanent Military Bases in Iraq:

A U.S. Navy construction battalion fresh from Hurricane Katrina relief duty is battling the elements and daily insurgent attacks to build permanent bases in the dangerous Anbar province.
tinyurl.com/8ey5b

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On democracy, Arabs mistrust the American messenger:

A very large majorities of Arabs – three out of every four persons – believed that the main motives of American policies in the Middle East were “oil, protecting Israel, dominating the region, and weakening the Muslim world.”
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=21968#

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Two Yemenites Dying in Guantanamo:

Two Yemenite hunger strikers at the US military base in Guantanamo are dying despite their jailers” efforts to forcefully feed them, claim their attorneys.
tinyurl.com/9w36l

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Judge rules CIA contractor can argue duty:

He’s accused of beating Wali with a metal flashlight and kicking him. Wali was interrogated for two days and died on the third day.
www.wwaytv3.com/Global/story.asp?S=4452920&nav=menu70_2

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Iran to start uranium enrichment after vote :

“Commercial scale uranium enrichment will be resumed in Natanz in accordance with the law passed by the Parliament.” Vaeidi said, referring to Iran‚s main enrichment plant.
tinyurl.com/c2dyb

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India voted against Iran at IAEA:

The resolution was adopted 27-3 with five abstentions. Cuba, Syria and Venezuela voted against the resolution while Algeria, Belarus, Indonesia, Libya and South Africa abstained.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=811299

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Russia on referring Iran’s nuclear file to UNSC: “only a warning”
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=811305

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War pimp alert:

McCain urges Iran sanctions, outside UN if needed:

U.S. Senator John McCain, a top member of President George W. Bush’s Republican Party, urged the world on Saturday to impose economic and other sanctions on Iran, bypassing the United Nations if needed.
tinyurl.com/8ow7w

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War pimp alert:

Iran Referal Not All Good News: With Tehran warning it will speed up its nuclear enrichment program and will prevent U.N. weapons inspectors from visiting key nuclear sites, the likelihood of a missile strike is increased if anything, TML analysts added.
themedialine.org/news/news_detail.asp?NewsID=12642

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Iran threatens to close Hormuz in retaliation:

Iran also threatened retaliation against any country providing the US with bases or other means to launch its military campaign.
www.india-defence.com/reports/1301

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US Director of National Intelligence warns of threat to oil supplies from potential political chaos in Nigeria:

Rising global oil prices are bolstering the power of America’s enemies around the world, strengthening the regimes in Iran, Syria, Sudan and Venezuela and increasing Russia’s assertiveness in eastern Europe, US intelligence agencies said on Thursday.
www.finfacts.com/irelandbusinessnews/publish/printer_1000article_10004758.shtml

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Time to Scrap the NPT:

The IAEA should focus its attention on those states that have a clear record of territorial aggression, military intervention, or who consistently violate United Nations resolutions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/artice11782.htm

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Destabilizing Missiles?:

For the first time since intercontinental ballistic missiles were “captured” in arms control treaties 40 years ago as unique and potentially destabilizing weapons, the United States will muddy the waters by modifying an existing nuclear weapon for use in day-to-day warfare.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11787.htm

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Two days of fighting across Afghanistan, Pakistan kill 41 :

Militants attacked government offices and a police convoy Saturday, continuing a series of assaults that has left at least 41 people dead in the region over two days, government officials said.
www.newspress.com/Top/Article/article.jsp?Section=WORLD&ID=564676466118624237

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Three Pakistani soldiers killed in blast near Afghan border:

Three Pakistani soldiers were killed and one injured on Saturday when suspected militants detonated an explosive device in the rugged tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said.
tinyurl.com/8xbqq

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Latin America: Hamas Plans Mission:

Brazilian daily, O Estado de Sao Paolo, quoting Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Kuhri, says the delegation is seeking to win backing from the populist leaders who have shaken up the geopolitics of South America
www.adnki.com/index_2Level.php?cat=Politics&loid=8.0.260141370&par=0

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Chavez reveals US Œoperation‚:

The United States expelled a senior Venezuelan diplomat on Friday in a swift tit-for-tat move against President Hugo Chavez, who has an increasingly antagonistic relationship with the superpower.
www.dawn.com/2006/02/04/int6.htm

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Robertson again calls for Chavez’s assassination: :

During the February 2 edition of Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes, Christian Coalition founder and 700 Club host Pat Robertson reiterated his call for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
mediamatters.org/items/200602030003

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Detained Galloway can enter Egypt :

Outspoken Respect MP George Galloway has finally been allowed into Egypt after being detained and spending the night in a cell
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4680628.stm

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Syria protestors set Danish embassy on fire over cartoons:

Hundreds of Syrian demonstrators set the Danish embassy on fire on Saturday to protest the printing by a Danish newspaper of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, a Reuters witness said.
uk.news.yahoo.com/04022006/325/syria-protestors-set-danish-embassy-fire-cartoons.html

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What Would Jesus Do?:

Picture this: A cartoon of Jesus, with his pants down, smiling, raping a little boy. The caption above it reads “Got Catholicism?‰ : I wonder if people around the world would just consider this free speech?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11788.htm

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Charley Reese: Government Informants:

This is a short preface to the current problem of domestic spying. The Bush administration says it only intercepts calls from terrorists. OK, how does the Bush administration know that somebody in Europe or the Middle East is a terrorist? Terrorists don’t walk around the street with little name tags identifying them and their organization. They don’t call people and say: “Hi, al-Qaida calling. Can I interest you in a bomb-making kit?”
www.lewrockwell.com/reese/reese259.html

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Some confessions the government alleges it got from Jose Padilla:

Some admissions made by accused terror operative Jose Padilla during his 3 1/2 years of military custody that are not included in the criminal indictment against him, according to Defense Department and Justice Department documents.
www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/13789139.htm

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When Two Worlds Collide :

Why Karl Rove will eventually fall before Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11785.htm

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More Allegations of Libby Lies Revealed: T

he special prosecutor in the CIA leak case alleged that Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff was engaged in a broader web of deception than was previously known and repeatedly lied to conceal that he had been a key source for reporters about undercover operative Valerie Plame, according to court records released yesterday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11784.htm

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Friends Raise $2 Million for Libby Defense :

The fund’s steering committee includes a few Democrats and several Republicans. Former Ambassador Mel Sembler is its chairman.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,,-5592291,00.html

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Ralph Reed’s First Try for Office Falters :

For a while, former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed looked almost unstoppable in his bid for lieutenant governor of Georgia. Then he got tripped up by the Jack Abramoff scandal.
tinyurl.com/dc88u

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Bush gets bill slashing foster care aid :

A bill awaiting President Bush’s signature includes provisions to cut off federal foster care benefits for hundreds of California children living with low-income relatives after being removed from the homes of abusive or neglectful parents.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2006/02/04/BAGM8H2NL61.DTL

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Brutalized & Arrested in Cleveland for Posting “Bush Step Down” Posters :

One of the cops says to me, “Shut up or I will kill you!”, “I am sick of this anti-Bush shit!”
worldcantwait.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=842&Itemid=184

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How I stalked my girlfriend :

For the past week I’ve been tracking my girlfriend through her mobile phone. I can see exactly where she is, at any time of day or night, within 150 yards, as long as her phone is on. It has been very interesting to find out about her day. Now I’m going to tell you how I did it.
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1699080,00.html

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Date: Fri, 3 Feb 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 2249
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$238,325,697,922
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Iraq, Niger, And The CIA

By Murray Waas, special to National Journal

 
Vice President Cheney and his then-Chief of Staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby were personally informed in June 2003 that the CIA no longer considered credible the allegations that Saddam Hussein had attempted to procure uranium from the African nation of Niger, according to government records and interviews with current and former officials.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11778.htm

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Pentagon Database Leaves No Child Alone

By Mike Ferner

All over the country, organized citizens are fighting to restrict the military‚s presence in schools. But having recruiters troll high schools cafeterias is just one way the Pentagon inundates our youngsters with messages to “Go Army!‰
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11783.htm

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Revolutionary Movements and Leadership

By Charles Sullivan

Creative and visionary ways must be found to bring groups of people together in common causes that may appear to be unrelated, but which are in fact interrelated. I will leave that to minds more brilliant than my own, but I will participate.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11781.htm

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Afghanistan: Fierce fighting in Kandahar:23 Killed:

US-led coalition planes bombed Friday an area of southern Afghanistan where a fierce battle had erupted between Taliban-linked militants and police, leaving about 23 dead, officials said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11776.htm

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2 successive blasts kill 16 in Iraq :

Two car bombs detonated in quick succession near a crowded market in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 16 people and wounding 90 in one of the worst attacks the capital has seen in weeks.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/02/03/news/iraq.php#

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Bomb Kills U.S. Soldier:

A translator working with the U.S. army was shot dead by gunmen in Hawijah, 70 km (43 miles) southwest of Kirkuk
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L03617794.htm

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Blair-Bush deal before Iraq war revealed in secret memo :

PM promised to be ‘solidly behind’ US invasion with or without UN backing
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11771.htm

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Bush, Blair made war ‘deal’:

US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair were ready to go to war against Iraq with or without a second United Nations resolution, it was reported today.
snipurl.com/m7ha

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Military Releases Partial Iraqi Civilian Casualty Numbers:

The report shows that, in the past 14 months, more than 5,800 people have been killed or wounded in Iraq, including U.S. military personnel and Iraqi security forces. More than half were Iraqi civilians.
snipurl.com/m7hb

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The killing has got to stop:

I write as a veteran who has a special love for our troops and their families, and as the father of Lt. Benjamin Colgan, who was killed in action in Baghdad on Nov. 1, 2003
seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/257833_veterandad02.html

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The “long war,”: Pentagon to Release 20-Year Plan Today:

The United States is engaged in what could be a generational conflict akin to the Cold War, the kind of struggle that might last decades as allies work to root out terrorists across the globe and battle extremists who want to rule the world, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11774.htm

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Iraq war is costing $100,000 per minute:

The cost of military operations in 2006 is $35 billion higher than what Congress had estimated a few months ago that the Defense Department would need this year
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2002780385_spending03.html

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Robert Dreyfuss : Washington’s Iraq Blindness:

The Iraq that exists in President Bush‚s imagination and the real Iraq, the one in which 160,000 U.S. troops occupy a nation sliding into civil war, have never seemed further apart.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11777.htm

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U.S. officials warn of greater threats from terrorists:

Top U.S. intelligence and military officials said Thursday that the threat of terror attacks against American interests might be greater than ever, despite progress against al-Qaida and the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11775.htm

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Bush to Request $439.3B Defense Budget :

The figures did not include about $50 billion that Bush administration officials said Thursday they would request as a down payment for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007. The administration said war costs for 2006 would total $120 billion.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11773.htm

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Whatever happened to what‚s-his-name?:

ŒScourge of Western civilisation‚, Œleader of the insurgency‚, Œal-Queda in Iraq‚, ŒUsama‚s right-hand man‚, the Scarlet Pimpernel of ŒIslamic fundamentalism‚, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. For the past couple of years we were bombarded by the mythical man‚s dastardly deeds, then all of a sudden-he disappeared from the headlines.
williambowles.info/ini/2006/0206/ini-0391.html

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Ugly phrase conceals an uglier truth:

Behind the US Government’s corruption of language lies a far greater perversion, writes Salman Rushdie
snipurl.com/m7hi

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IAEA Vote Concerning Iran‚s Nuclear Program Delayed until Saturday
snipurl.com/m7hl

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Iran threatens to abandon Russian compromise :

The deputy head of the national security council, Javad Vaeidi, said his country would no longer consider a plan to shift its uranium enrichment programme to Russia if the International Atomic Energy Agency referred Iran to the UN security council.
www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,,1701892,00.html?gusrc=rss

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China’s UN Envoy: Won’t Support Sanctions Against Iran :

China would never support sanctions against Iran as a “ matter of principle,” the Chinese ambassador to the U.N. said Friday, adding that his nation still prefers a low-key approach in confronting Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
snipurl.com/m7hm

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Russian MP: US-Israeli anti-Iranian moves, premeditated assassination of Iranian nation:

He said, “Having the full cycle of producing nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes, too, is Iran’s natural right, and it is neither logical, nor possible to deprive your country of that legal right resorting to unreasonable pretexts.”
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/060203/2006020323.html

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War pimp alert:

Report: Iran Carried Out Nuke Tests:

Iran Experiments with high explosives, possibly linked to future nuclear weapons tests, were carried out as recently as 2003 in Iran, sources tell CBS News.
cbs2.com/topstories/topstories_story_032204406.html

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Iran has no bomb but it will hit back, US told:

IRAN’S clerical regime is supremely confident, has a firm grip on power and is ready to retaliate against attacks by the US or Israel with missiles or by activating terrorist allies, the latest American intelligence assessment says.
snipurl.com/m7hp

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Charley Reese: Guess The Politician :

A politician recently assessed the challenges and threats facing the people of the world in the 21st century. See if you can guess from his remarks who he is:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11779.htm

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Scott Ritter warns of US-Iran war :

“There is nothing to prevent the president from going to war in Iran. He has no respect for checks and balances. We’re heading toward Tehran unless we get representatives in Congress who respect the constitution of the United States,” he said
snipurl.com/m7hq

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Turkey will construct own nuclear power plant with US support:

On February 9, during a visit of Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler in the US, he will discuss participation of American companies in construction of a nuclear power plant in Turkey.
www.regnum.ru/english/584196.html

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Astounding Hypocrisy:

Few in the Middle East will have heard George W. Bush‚s State of the Union address without feeling exasperation and anger that this belligerent president appears to have no idea of how US policy in the region is riddled with double standards.
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=77193&d=2&m=2&y=2006

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Hamas ponders truce with Israel:

Hamas will never recognise Israel’s right to exist but it could negotiate terms for a long-term truce with it, a senior Hamas leader has said.
snipurl.com/m7hs

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The gap between U.S. rhetoric and reality :

The victory of Hamas in the Palestinian elections ought to lead to a fundamental rethinking of U.S. strategy in the Middle East, especially since it follows electoral successes for Islamist parties in Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/01/30/opinion/edlieven.php#

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Confirmed: Israelis kill 15-year-old inside Lebanon:

Lebanon and the United Nations confirmed Thursday Israeli troops killed a 15-year-old shepherd inside Lebanon, after investigations were carried out by peacekeeping forces along the Lebanese-Israeli border.
snipurl.com/m7hx

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FBI Probes AIPAC Leak of Iran Docs to NYT :

The FBI is probing an effort by two former employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to disclose classified information to the New York Times. This appears to have been part of an effort to cultivate Times reporters in order to selectively leak classified Iran WMD documents.
www.dailykos.com/story/2006/2/2/14024/94613

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Evangelicals to launch ‘Christian AIPAC’:

A leading US evangelist is forming an umbrella organization under which all pro-Israel Christians in America can speak as one in support of the Jewish state
snipurl.com/m7i0

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UK considers curbing citizens’ right to arrest alleged war criminals :

The government is considering weakening laws designed to capture alleged war criminals and torturers who enter Britain, after pressure from the Israeli government, the Guardian has learned.
www.guardian.co.uk/humanrights/story/0,,1701276,00.html

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Iraqi militants active in Afghanistan‚:

Several Al Qaeda militants are coming from Iraq to take part in the insurgency in Afghanistan; a provincial governor said on Thursday after interrogating an Iraqi caught sneaking into the country illegally.
www.dawn.com/2006/02/03/top16.htm

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Rumsfeld Likens Chavez’s Rise to Hitler :

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld likened Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to Adolf Hitler, reflecting continuing tension in relations between the United States and the Latin American government.
snipurl.com/m7i1

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Rumsfeld and Negroponte Amp Up Attacks on Chavez: :

Clearly, the Bush Administration has decided Venezuela and President Chávez represent a “severe threat” to U.S. domination in the region and U.S. control over energy resources in the hemisphere. Venezuela may very well be next on the list for a “preemptory war” in the style of Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11780.htm

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Venezuela expels US naval ‘spy’ :

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is expelling a US official accused of spying with Venezuelan officers.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4675572.stm

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Venezuela Chavez To Receive Unesco Award In Cuba -Report :

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was to travel to Cuba to receive an award from the U.N. and inaugurate an international book fair in the capital, Cuba’s state-run media reported Thursday.
snipurl.com/m7i5

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Maxine Waters urges the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate the Coup d’État in Haiti
www.haitiaction.net/News/MW/2_2_6.html

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Massacre of 6 moves Sulu villagers to tears :

They were used to violence but the sight of the bullet-riddled body of a baby girl lying on top of her equally dead mother was too much and the residents could not help but cry.
news.inq7.net/nation/index.php?index=1&story_id=65077

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US begins quest for approval for UN Darfur force:

A U.S.-drafted Security Council statement calls for U.N. peacekeepers to be sent to Sudan’s violent Darfur region and asks United Nations to draw up plans for an eventual takeover from an African Union force.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N02290462.htm

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Sen. Roberts Backs Domestic Spying :

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts on Friday strongly endorsed the Bush administration’s argument that the president has the authority to conduct warrantless electronic surveillance in the U.S. in pursuit of terrorists.
snipurl.com/m7i6

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Judge Sets Trial for Libby in CIA Leak :

A federal judge on Friday set former White House aide I. Lewis ``Scooter’’ Libby’s trial date for January 2007, two months after the midterm congressional elections.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,,-5591548,00.html

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Cindy Sheehan terrorizes Bush and his trained clapping seals :

Diabolic∑ Cindy Sheehan armed with a concealed T-shirt boldly snuck into Bush‚s State of Disunion Speech.
www.freepress.org/departments/display/20/2006/1767

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USA Patriot Act extended through March 10:

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in a statement said, “Democrats … continue to support the reauthorization of the Patriot Act now with modest improvements.
www.washtimes.com/upi/20060203-101221-1189r.htm

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Judge Orders Padilla’s Shackles Removed :

U.S. officials who want terror suspect Jose Padilla to wear handcuffs and ankle chains during open court appearances must first show he poses a direct safety threat, a federal judge said Friday.
www.forbes.com/entrepreneurs/feeds/ap/2006/02/03/ap2498858.html

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Hundreds of Mentally Ill to Be Executed in America: Amnesty:

Ten percent of the first 1,000 people executed in the United States since 1977 suffered from illnesses ranging from schizophrenia to post-traumatic stress disorder and brain damage
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11772.htm

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World Tracker turns anyone into a cellphone spy:

Just enter the number you want to track into the service’s handy Google Maps-based interface, and you’ll be able to zoom in on the device’s location, with accuracy somewhere between 50 and 500 meters.
snipurl.com/m7ia

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The End of the Internet? :

The nation’s largest telephone and cable companies are crafting an alarming set of strategies that would transform the free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online.
snipurl.com/m7ib

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JPMorgan faces $2.2 billion fraud lawsuit over bonds:

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) faces a civil racketeering lawsuit accusing the No. 3 U.S. bank of defrauding bond investors and others out of at least $2.2 billion over more than 20 years.
snipurl.com/m7id

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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In America’s War 250,000 or more
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11674.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2248
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$238,114,893,537
See the cost in your community
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Revealed: Secret Memo Exposes How Bush and Blair Tried To Lure Saddam Into War.

The White House memo

By: Gary Gibbon

Channel 4 News tonight reveals extraordinary details of George Bush and Tony Blair’s pre-war meeting in January 2003 at which they discussed plans to begin military action on March 10th 2003, irrespective of whether the United Nations had passed a new resolution authorising the use of force.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11766.htm

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President Carter: “We did not need to go into Iraq.”

“We went in there under false pretenses”

Larry King Live

What I believe is that there are people in Washington now, some of our top leaders, who never intend to withdraw military forces from Iraq and they’re looking for ten, 20, 50 years in the future…
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11761.htm

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Iran and the jaws of a trap

By Paul Levian

Judging from the rather frantic behind-the-scenes efforts of Russia and China in Iran, they seem to appreciate that the Iranian leadership is in for a big and probably deadly surprise.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11767.htm

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The Next Act

By William S. Lind

The fact that Osama made a truce offer should have set off alarm bells in Washington. So far, from what I can see, it hasn‚t.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11764.htm

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Hellfire and Damnation: The Washington Consensus for Murder :

By Chris Flody

 
Last month, President George W. Bush murdered four children. This is not a controversial statement. There is no dispute about the facts. Indeed, Bush’s own minions fully acknowledge ˆ even celebrate ˆ the deed. Nor has the political opposition or the national media offered the slightest objection to the principle of presidential murder.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11768.htm

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The Pestilent Presidency

By Manuel Valenzuela

George W. Bush is a corporatist without intelligence, an unknowing, incurious, detached and ignorant human beings, a puppet to much brighter individuals, a tool for the corporate world. He does not care for the unenlightened souls that see him as Dear Leader, nor the soldiers he sends to either die or sacrifice mental health.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11756.htm

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Police find 14 bodies:

Police discovered 14 bodies showing signs of torture in Baghdad on Thursday and were digging for others, said an Interior Ministry source.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM230656.htm

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Two car bombs kill 12 in Baghdad:

The sources said one car bomb exploded in a market and the other in a petrol station. Hospital sources said they expected the number of casualties to rise.
tinyurl.com/8f5xb

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Roadside Bomb, Firefights Claim 5 U.S. Soldiers:

A U.S. Marine was fatally wounded in combat in the western city of Fallujah on Thursday. Three soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb blast south of Baghdad, and a fourth died Wednesday from wounds sustained during a small-arms-fire attack on his unit in southwestern Baghdad
www.channeloklahoma.com/news/6675165/detail.html

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US forces battle Sadr militia in Baghdad:

Sadr‚s militia and US forces clash in heavy gunbattle in Baghdad’s Sadr City, killing four Iraqis
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=15632

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Bomb Kills 3 Iraqi army soldiers :

A roadside bomb blew up in another Baghdad neighborhood, killing three Iraqi army soldiers in a convoy.
www.kristv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4444884

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U.S. Rocket Kills Woman:

U-S commanders confirm that an American helicopter fired rockets into a crowded shiite neighborhood today after it was fired on by gunmen.
www.kristv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4444884

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Bush to seek $120 billion for wars, sources say :

Money would pay for conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan into next fiscal year
msnbc.msn.com/id/11145948/

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U.S. Official to Plead Guilty in Iraq Scheme :

A former U.S. occupation official in Iraq has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to steal more than $2 million in reconstruction money and award contracts to a businessman in exchange for more than $1 million in cash and goods.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/politics/3628153.html

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Bush told Blair we’re going to war, memo reveals :

A memo of a two-hour meeting between the two leaders at the White House on January 31 2003 – nearly two months before the invasion – reveals that Mr Bush made it clear the US intended to invade whether or not there was a second resolution and even if UN inspectors found no evidence of a banned Iraqi weapons programme.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,,1700881,00.html

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Administration backs off Bush’s vow to reduce Mideast oil imports:

One day after President Bush vowed to reduce America’s dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn’t mean it literally
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/13767599.htm

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Shell posts $23bn record profit :

The Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell today announced record profits for a British company of $22.9bn ( £12.9bn) on the back of soaring oil prices.
www.guardian.co.uk/oil/story/0,,1700408,00.html

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Robert Newman: It’s capitalism or a habitable planet – you can’t have both :

Our economic system is unsustainable by its very nature. The only response to climate chaos and peak oil is major social change
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11763.htm

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U.S. Intel Chief Doubts Iran Has Nukes:

National Intelligence Director John Negroponte told Congress on Thursday that Iran probably does not yet have nuclear weapons, nor has it obtained the material central to producing them.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11759.htm

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Nuclear chief tells Iran: you have a month to co-operate:

Dr ElBaradei said today that the current timetable of action still allowed Iran time to co-operate: “There is a window of opportunity,” he said. “We still have a month… I hope that Iran will continue to co-operate. I have been told it is willing.”
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-2021703,00.html

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Iran’s message to the west: back off or we retaliate :

The escalating crisis could further destabilise the Middle East by intensifying US and British difficulties in Iraq and Afghanistan, and could spell an end to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, which seeks to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11754.htm

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Text of IAEA’s draft resolution on Iran:

The text of the draft resolution on Iran submitted to the 35-nation board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Wednesday, the eve of a key meeting on the nuclear standoff with Tehran:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11758.htm

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Bush Œcalling for Iran regime change‚:

A direct appeal by President George W. Bush to the Iranian people to “win your own freedom‰ was a barely disguised call for regime change in Iran, raising the question of whether the US will turn to covert action to support internal opposition, analysts said on Wednesday.
news.ft.com/cms/s/d3a86bf0-9358-11da-a978-0000779e2340.html

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Iran‚s real crime?:

If Iran starts its own euro-denominated oil bourse and it takes off, the US dollar ˜ already an ailing currency due to huge deficits in the US economy ˜ will be marginalised as the global currency.
tinyurl.com/afnj4

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Five Killed In Afghan Suicide Attack :

The Afghan Defense Ministry says that a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a checkpoint in Afghanistan, killing himself, three soldiers and a civilian
www.afgha.com/?af=article&sid=51471

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U.S. Marine dies after Afghanistan blast :

A 21-year-old Hawai’i-based Marine on his first combat deployment died three weeks after getting to Afghanistan, family and officials said.
tinyurl.com/8jnf6

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Mike Whitney : Afghanistan Five Years Later :

Afghanistan illustrates the shortcomings of a foreign policy that depends entirely on war to achieve its objectives. Neither peace nor security can be achieved under occupation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11760.htm

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14 US House Reps Want Bush Impeach Probe:

17 Total Call for Bush to Resign or Be Impeached
tinyurl.com/8rx5v

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Syria moots Arab aid for Palestinians:

Syria plans proposing to Arab nations to compensate the Palestinians for any aid Western powers might cut after the election victory of Islamist group Hamas
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E9E90911-77C9-417F-8F67-E63C7CB3C45D.htm

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Patrick J. Buchanan: In defense of foreign aid ˆ for Hamas:

Ever since President Bush, sometime after 9-11, converted to neoconservatism, his Middle East policy has suffered from the triple defects of that subspecies of the Right: hubris, ideology and immaturity.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11757.htm

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Open Letter: ‘Just Be Fair With Us’:

My message to the West˜to America, to Europe, to everybody˜is this: Hamas wants peace. We hate bloodshed and killing. We don’t want to fight.
msnbc.msn.com/id/11080944/site/newsweek/

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Omar Barghouti : Israeli Apartheid – Time for the South African Treatment:

By now, most Palestinians recognize Israel‚s entrenched system of colonialism, racism and denial of basic human rights as a form of apartheid. In fact, Palestinians are far from alone in holding this view of Israel
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11762.htm

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Hamas and America’s Erroneous Grasp of Middle East Reality :

Policy makers in Washington lack experience for understanding the political changes that have changed the map of the Arab world. The reality is that oppressive American policies that are blindly biased toward Israel, the U.S. occupation of Iraq and its pressure on Syria, are injustices that inflame the people of the region.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11765.htm

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Translating the Emperor‚s Speech:

Although not quite as slickly eloquent as Willy before him, Dubya, like his predecessor, is proficient and experienced in the art of speaking one thing and meaning another.- Below are highlights from his State of the Union speech, translated into clear and candid English.
www.lewrockwell.com/gregory/gregory107.html

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To spread democracy abroad, respect the law at home:

George W. Bush entered the White House in 2001 with an expansive view of the presidential power that Johnson had lost. The most important manifestation of this has now come with his assertion of the power to order warrantless intercepts of the communications of people in the United States suspected of connections with terrorist groups.
csmweb2.emcweb.com/2006/0202/p09s01-coop.html

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Maureen Dowd: Didn’t See It Coming, Again :

The more the White House tries to force-feed democracy to tempestuous parts of the world, the more it discovers that you may be able to spin and scare voters in the U.S., but the Middle East is not so easy to manipulate.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11770.htm

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Political opposites aligned against Bush wiretaps:

Despite coming from opposite ends of the political spectrum, they agree on one other major issue: that the Bush administration’s program of domestic eavesdropping by the National Security Agency without obtaining court warrants has less to do with the war on terror than with threats to the nation’s civil liberties.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/01/26/MNG24GTB8O1.DTL

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Fitzgerald says White House may have destroyed some emails
tinyurl.com/bngd8

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House Bans Former Colleague-Lobbyists :

A rules change that passed 379-50 bars from the House floor or the members’ gym ex-representatives who now work as lobbyists. The restriction also applies to former members’ spouses who are lobbyists:
tinyurl.com/af8hl

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Daley: Cameras will make us safer :

Mayor Daley on Monday embraced a radical plan to require every licensed Chicago business open more than 12 hours a day to install indoor and outdoor cameras.
www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-camera31.html

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In case you missed it:

Howard Zinn: War Is the Health of the State:

Excerpted from a “People’s History of the United States”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11752.htm

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Howard Zinn: Empire and the People:

Excerpted from a “People’s History of the United States”. Theodore Roosevelt wrote to a friend in the year 1897: “In strict confidence . . . I should welcome almost any war, for I think this country needs one.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11751.htm

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The Northern Slave Trade:

The hidden history of slavery in New York calls myths of American morality into question
www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/2457/

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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
$237,888,584,809
See the cost in your community
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The New Geopolitics

The Spanish-American War was an intentional device by which the United States acquired an empire.

By Michael Klare

The war against Iraq was intended to provide the United States with a dominant position in the Persian Gulf region, and to serve as a springboard for further conquests and assertion of power in the region. It was aimed as much, if not more, at China, Russia, and Europe as at Syria or Iran. It is part of a larger process of asserting dominant U.S. power in south-central Eurasia, in the very heartland of this mega-continent.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11747.htm

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Annexing Khuzestan; battle-plans for Iran

By Mike Whitney

Step by step, Iran is being set up for war. What difference does the provocation make? The determination to consolidate the oil reserves in the Caspian Basin was made more than a decade ago and is clearly articulated in the policy papers produced by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC)
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11743.htm

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The US has become a rogue nation.

Gentle reader, if you prefer comforting lies to harsh truths, don’t read this column.

By Paul Craig Roberts

The state of the union is disastrous. By its naked aggression, bullying, illegal spying on Americans, and illegal torture and detentions, the Bush administration has demonstrated American contempt for the Geneva Convention, for human life and dignity, and for the civil liberties of its own citizens. Increasingly, the US is isolated in the world, having to resort to bribery and threats to impose its diktats. No country any longer looks to America for moral leadership. The US has become a rogue nation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11746.htm

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An Interview With William Blum, Author “Rogue State”

William Blum, “Rogue State,” Was recently cited by Osama bin Laden as one Americans should read.

We are faced with the fact that any number of countries would be justified in issuing a list of Americans barred from entry because of “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11742.htm

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What Really Happened

By Cindy Sheehan

As most of you have probably heard, I was arrested before the State of the Union Address tonight. I am speechless with fury at what happened and with grief over what we have lost in our country.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11745.htm

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Suicide bomber kills at least eight Iraqi laborers in eastern Baghdad :

The attack happened Wednesday in Eastern Baghdad where a group of men were waiting for daily work at a construction site
www.kctv5.com/Global/story.asp?S=4438350

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U.S. troops fire at Canadian vehicle in Baghdad:

The U.S. military in Baghdad fired shots at the Canadian ambassador’s car on Tuesday but there were no injuries, a U.S. State Department official said.
tinyurl.com/8928x

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State of the War? U.S. Support Fades:

The survey finds the nation sharply divided over the Iraq conflict, with 49% agreeing with the proposition that America cannot win the war in Iraq and that Iraqis should be left to sort out their own future without U.S. or allied intervention. However, just as many oppose that view.
www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=1066

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White House eyes billions for Iraq maintenance:

The Bush administration is considering asking Congress later this year for at least $2 billion in new reconstruction money, primarily for maintaining completed Iraqi facilities.
www.washingtontimes.com/national/20060130-113747-9568r.htm

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Women bear brunt of poverty in post-invasion Iraq:

A recent study by the United Nations Development Program and International Monetary Fund shows that 20 percent of the population has fallen below the international poverty line of $1 per day per person.
metimes.com/articles/normal.php?StoryID=20060126-081440-7329r

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Angry US slams Iraq bribe denials:

THE chairman of a powerful US Senate committee is demanding Australian ambassador to Washington Dennis Richardson explain the Howard Government’s role in the Iraqi wheat affair, saying he is “deeply troubled” by an apparent attempt to cover up the scandal.
tinyurl.com/7d43w

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Military linked to Iran nuclear program:

THE International Atomic Energy Agency says it has evidence that suggests links between Iran’s ostensibly peaceful nuclear program and its military work on high explosives and missiles.
tinyurl.com/7rnzg

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War pimp alert:

Iran building secret nuke tunnel: claim: –

Iran is building a secret tunnel in Tehran for nuclear weapons research and development, an Iranian dissident has claimed.
www.upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=20060131-054739-1310r

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Here we go again:

British lawmakers rally behind Iran dissidents :

An array of British parliamentarians and distinguished jurists called on the British government to cease its “policy of appeasement‰ towards the government of hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and remove the proscription of Iran‚s main opposition group as a terrorist organisation.
www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=5561

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Iran Incapable of Building Nuclear Bomb ˜ Russian Expert :

Iran is not capable of building its own nuclear weapons, the former head of a nuclear power plant and current regional leader in southern Russia said Wednesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11744.htm

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Iran vows ‘crushing response’ if its nuclear facilities are attacked :

Iran would deliver a ‘’crushing response’’ to any nation that attacked its nuclear facilities, its defense minister warned Wednesday.
www.newspress.com/Top/Article/article.jsp?Section=WORLD&ID=564674696592098429

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Iran’s president lashes out at Bush:

Nuclear energy is our right, and we will resist until this right is fully realized,” Ahmadinejad told the crowd in the southern Iran city of Bushehr, the site of Iran’s only nuclear power plant.
www.saukvalley.com/news/304678351151218.bsp

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Russia Min: Russia, China Have Same Views On Iran -Report
tinyurl.com/bgpx7

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Russia-China visit to Iran no form of pressure – official :

The Wednesday visit of high-ranking Russia and Chinese diplomats to Tehran cannot be viewed as a form of pressure on Iran over its controversial nuclear programs, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
en.rian.ru/russia/20060201/43276291.html

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Iran’s president says Bush should face ‘people’s tribunal’ :

“You who support the Zionist puppet regime, you who support the destruction of Palestinian homes, you have no right to talk about liberty or human rights,” Ahmadinejad said in comments directed at the US president.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/191093/1/.html

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Bush says U.S. would defend Israel against Iran:

U.S. President George W. Bush vowed on Wednesday the United States will rise to Israel’s defense if needed against Iran and denounced Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for “menacing talk” against Israel.
tinyurl.com/dgdgy

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Palestinians Awarded NIS 2.4 Million For Torture by Israeli Security Forces:

One of the plaintiffs, Benan Oudeh, 31, of Qalqilya, arrested a few years ago for throwing stones, told Haaretz yesterday that his testicles were beaten so badly in the interrogation room that they had to be amputated.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11748.htm

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U.S. Congress moves to legislate against Hamas-led PA :

The bill, co-sponsored by Democratic Congressman Tom Lantos, from California, includes a number of extremely harsh measures against the radical Islamic movement.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/677122.html

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Israel halts Palestinians’ tax payments:

Israel has halted monthly tax payments to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority one week after the election victory of Hamas, but the militant group said it has been promised financial support from the Arab world.
tinyurl.com/7sd47

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Saudis, Qatar Pledge $33M to Palestinians:

Israel has frozen this month’s transfer of $45 million in tax rebates and customs payments to the Palestinian Authority, and a senior Palestinian official said Saudi Arabia and Qatar pledged Wednesday to transfer millions to ease the crisis.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1565285

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EU extends aid to Palestinians in bid to prevent ‘mini Iran’:

The ministers refrained from quick moves to slash its aid to the Palestinians, amounting to •500m a year, following last week‚s shock election victory of the islamist Hamas movement which is on the EU‚s list of terrorist organizations.
euobserver.com/?aid=20805&rk=1

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‘75% of Hamas voters oppose destruction of Israel’:

The Palestinian Authority’s Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda daily survey stated that 84% of Palestinians support a peace deal with Israel. More than 75% of the peace-deal supporters voted for Hamas.
tinyurl.com/8b8p7

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The Hamas Victory: Green Dawn, Red Dusk?:

The wide scale dehumanization and racism pitted against Islamist movements since September 11th across the world has been so successful that wide sections of the US Left will likewise fall prisoner to similar logic
electronicintifada.net/v2/article4434.shtml

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Israeli Troops, Jewish Squatters Clash:

Thousands of club-wielding riot police began evacuating this illegal Israeli outpost Wednesday, pulling stone-throwing squatters from rooftops in the fiercest confrontation over squater camps since Israel’s pullout from the Gaza Strip last summer.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060201/ap_on_re_mi_ea/israel_outpost

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Racist State?

Polls: Peretz’s Moroccan roots deter Ashkenazi voters :

Two months ago, after he won the Labor Party chairmanship, Amir Peretz declared enthusiastically in his victory speech that the demon of ethnic discrimination had been “disconnected from life support” and “buried.” But the demon, as demons are wont, has refused to die.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/677447.html

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Pakistan: US involvement in civilian deaths :

Amnesty International today wrote to US President George Bush to express its concern that between 13 and 18 people were killed on 13 January 2006, when missiles were fired into three houses in Damadola in Bajaur Agency, a federally administered tribal area. Reports indicate that “Hellfire‰ missiles were fired from an unmanned Predator drone probably operated by the CIA.
web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGASA330022006

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Simon Tisdall: Resistance grows to US assumption of primacy :

A string of foreign policy setbacks has highlighted growing flaws in Washington’s long cherished assumption of international primacy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11749.htm

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Soldiers sue over out-of-pocket costs:

They have filed a class-action lawsuit claiming they are owed $73 million in food, lodging, and commuting expenses they paid out-of-pocket while activated under state orders to protect sites such as military bases and reservoirs from terrorist attacks.
csmweb2.emcweb.com/2006/0201/p03s02-usmi.html

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Panic Along the Border:

“The bullets and shell casings were falling like hail” in the Ecuadorian village of Barranca Bermeja near the Colombian border during a recent incursion by the Colombian air force, said terrified local residents.
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=31999

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Police remove and arrest Cindy Sheehan from Bush speech:

Activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested in the House chamber on Tuesday shortly before President Bush gave his State of the Union address because she refused to cover up an anti-war slogan on her shirt.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11745.htm

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Cindy Sheehan : What Really Happened :

As most of you have probably heard, I was arrested before the State of the Union Address tonight. I am speechless with fury at what happened and with grief over what we have lost in our country
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11745.htm

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Charges against Sheehan to be dropped:

“We screwed up,‰ a top Capitol Police official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. He said Sheehan didn’t violate any rules or laws
msnbc.msn.com/id/11120353/

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ACLU Chief Calls on President to Shut Down Illegal Spying on Americans:

“The State of Our Union Cannot be Strong if the President Continues to Violate the Law,” Says Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU
aclu.org/safefree/spying/23978prs20060131.html

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AT&T sued over NSA spy program:

The lawsuit, scheduled to be filed Tuesday in San Francisco’s federal district court, charges that AT&T has opened its telecommunications facilities up to the NSA and continues to “to assist the government in its secret surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans.”
news.com.com/AT38T+sued+over+NSA+spy+program/2100-1028_3-6033501.html

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Official: Army Has Authority to Spy on Americans:

“Contrary to popular belief, there is no absolute ban on [military] intelligence components collecting U.S. person information,‰ the U.S.Army‚s top intelligence officer said in a 2001 memo that surfaced Tuesday.
cqpolitics.com/cq.com/www.cq.com/public/20060131_homeland.html

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In case you missed it:

Collecting information on U.S. persons – Brief Article:

This article is extracted from a memorandum, Subject: Collecting Information on U.S. Persons, dated 5 November 2001, and signed by LTG Robert W. Noonan, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11750.htm

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Removal of the Abramoff Prosecutor was a Political Deal to Scuttle Investigation :

We now know there was a political deal between the Bush Administration and New Jersey Democrats to get rid of the Abramoff prosecutor, Noel Hillman, by offering him a federal judgeship in New Jersey.
www.huffingtonpost.com/martin-garbus/proof-that-bushs-removal_b_14818.html

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Abramoff client gave $50,000 to GOP after meeting with Bush, DeLay, Hastert and Lott:

Abramoff firm gave $50,000 more to GOP congressional campaigns seven months after visits
rawstory.com/news/2005/Multimillion_dollar_Abramoff_client_who_gave_0201.html

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Teacher Awaits Day in Court:

“It didn‚t dawn on me that people would object to me saying peace was an option to war,‰ she says. “I didn‚t even think it was controversial.‰
progressive.org/mag_mc012506

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House approves $39 billion cut to Medicaid, student loans:

The bill passed by a vote of 216-214, largely along party lines. Republicans hailed the five-year, $39 billion budget-cutting bill as an important first step to restoring discipline on spending. Democrats attacked the measure as an assault on college students and Medicaid patients and said powerful Washington lobbyists had too much influence on it.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2006/02/01/national/w143034S38.DTL

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The Truth About Universal Health Care:

What’s the biggest obstacle in achieving health care for all? It may just be our misplaced skepticism
www.alternet.org/wiretap/31196/

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