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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 2288
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$243,402,318,292

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

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Mike Whitney : Whose Bombs were they? :

Is the Bush administration inciting civil war as part of an exit strategy?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12063.htm

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‘The cheapest thing in Iraq is a human life’

By Anthony Loyd, Ali Hamdani, and Ali al Khafaji in Baghdad

He walked slowly into the mortuary with his brother and a nephew, looking down at the long line of corpses. He stopped abruptly. Though he had feared the worst, nothing had prepared him for the sight of his dead son‚s face. “Tortured!‰ he cried as he turned to his weeping cousin. “How can one imagine? They have pulled out his eye and teeth.‰
informationclearinghouse.info/article12066.htm

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Looking for troubles

By Simon Hattenstone

Moazzam Begg wanted to help his fellow Muslims – in Bosnia, Chechnya, Afghanistan. In the eyes of the CIA and MI5, that made him an enemy combatant.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12067.htm

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Rumsfeld Zeros in on the Internet

By Mike Whitney

The War Department is planning to insert itself into every area of the Internet from blogs to chat rooms, from leftist web sites to editorial commentary. Their rapid response team will be on hair-trigger alert to dispute any tidbit of information that challenges the official storyline.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12060.htm

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56 Killed In Escalating Violence:

Iraq’s most prominent Sunni cleric, blaming Shi’ite police for attacking his home, said live on pan-Arab television during the gunbattle: “This is civil war declared by one side.”
tinyurl.com/pgxj4

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Juan Cole: Violence in Baghdad, Samarra :

‘Iraqi police today found at least 29 bodies scattered in Baghdad. Each corpse was handcuffed and had single gunshots to the head, in the style often attributed to Shiite death squads believed attached to the Ministry of Interior. ‘
tinyurl.com/ouppo

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Gunmen Attack Mosque in Western Baghdad:

Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque in western Baghdad on Saturday despite an unusual daytime curfew aimed at curbing a wave of sectarian violence, police said.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1661153

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Iraqi Government warns of ‘endless civil war’:

Iraq’s Defence Minister warned yesterday of a “civil war” that “will never end” and said he was ready to put tanks on the streets as sectarian violence flared despite a second day of curfew in Baghdad.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12064.htm

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Iraq extends curfew until Monday :

In a televised announcement Saturday morning, Interior Minister Bayan Jabr said all vehicles will be banned from driving in Baghdad and the neighbouring areas, from Sunday morning to Monday morning.
tinyurl.com/lkbwc

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Iraq shrine bombing was specialist job: minister:

The bombing of a revered Shiite shrine which sparked a wave of violence in Iraq was the work of specialists, Construction Minister Jassem Mohammed Jaafar said Friday, adding that the placing of the explosives must have taken at least 12 hours.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12070.htm

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Arianna Huffington: Civil War in Iraq: Murtha Told Us So :

He was willing to see the inevitable — unlike far too many of his fellow Democrats who continue to be blinded by the fear of not appearing strong on defense, and unlike President Bush who continues to be blinded by his fanatical belief that we’re bringing democracy to Iraq. True, it’s Fanatical Belief 4.0, since the earlier versions didn’t pan out, but it’s a fanatical belief nonetheless
tinyurl.com/pjlvx

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From One To None: Iraqi army’s capabilities a mixed bag :

The number of Iraqi army battalions judged by their American trainers to be capable of fighting the insurgency without U.S. help has slipped from one to none since September, Pentagon officials said Friday.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12065.htm

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Blame the Iraqi’s:

William F. Buckley: It Didn‚t Work:

“I can tell you the main reason behind all our woes ˜ it is America.” The New York Times reporter is quoting the complaint of a clothing merchant in a Sunni stronghold in Iraq. “Everything that is going on between Sunni and Shiites, the troublemaker in the middle is America.”
www.nationalreview.com/buckley/buckley200602241451.asp

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Pimping a war?

Bombing Iran’s nuclear installations: It could be done in one night
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/686984.html

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Iranian advisor: We’ll strike Dimona in response to U.S. attack :

If the United States launches an attack on Iran, the Islamic republic will retaliate with a military strike on Israel’s main nuclear facility.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/687022.html

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Iran Allows Inspectors, Pushes Ahead:

As Iran allows nuclear inspectors more access, it is openly processing enriched uranium as a political show against U.S.-led demands for sanctions.
www.postchronicle.com/news/breakingnews/article_2128180.shtml

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Palestinian prime minister :

If Israel withdraws to ‘67 borders, we’ll establish peace in stages
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3220865,00.html

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US to maintain aid to Palestinians:

A senior US diplomat says the United States will continue to give humanitarian aid to ease the plight of the Palestinians despite Hamas’s victory in elections.
tinyurl.com/qpsqn

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Watching the Dissolution of Palestine:

For those who haven’t noticed, Israel opposes a two-state solution. It has been doing everything in its power to prevent a Palestinian state from emerging and will continue to do so as long as it can count on the complicity of its powerful friends and on abundant popular indifference.
www.counterpunch.org/loewenstein02242006.html

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Archbishop Defends Decision to Disinvest :

In response to criticism from Jewish leaders over the General Synod‚s vote to withdraw investment from companies profiting from the occupation of Palestine, the Archbishop of Canterbury has described the move as “ethically‰ motivated.
tinyurl.com/n4gun

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My years in captivity :

Moazzam Begg was abducted and handed over to US forces. Here he tells of endless interrogations, of torture – and one bright moment
informationclearinghouse.info/article12068.htm

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Arms dealer is freed after FBI refuses to disclose key evidence:

A BRITISH arms dealer walked free from the Old Bailey yesterday after a multimillion-pound terrorist trial collapsed when FBI agents refused to reveal vital information about their “sting‰ operation to capture an arsenal of weapons.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12061.htm

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Mike Kress: 9-11: Can the Truth Set Us Free?:

9/11 is the excuse for every military operation and diminishment of our Constitutional freedoms during the last four and a half years. It‚s the trump card that the Bush administration wields to stop all argument and to stifle all dissent. 9/11 is the psychological sledgehammer that allows them to rule like a monarchy.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12062.htm

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In case you missed it:

9/11 :Pentagon Mass Casualty Exercise:

The information is reproduced from a U.S. Military web site. The article is dated Nov. 3, 2000, some 10 months prior to the attack on the Pentagon of 9/11/01.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3533.htm

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Afghanistan more dangerous than Iraq :

Despite purported military success in Afghanistan, the U.S. Institute of Peace says the country in 2005 was more dangerous for American troops per capita than Iraq
paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=135343

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Death penalty for Afghan spy head :

Sarwari, 64, headed the intelligence department set up under the communist government in 1978. He was arrested 13 years ago but not tried until 2005.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4750726.stm

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Emergency order unsettles press :

President Gloria Arroyo’s declaration of a state of emergency in the Philippines gets a worried response in the country’s newspapers
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4749944.stm

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Ford Motor charged as accomplice in Argentina‚s “dirty war‰:

Ford Motor Company has been charged in an Argentine court with playing a direct part in the illegal detention, torture and “disappearances‰ of its own workers under the dictatorship that ruled the South American country from 1976 to 1983.
www.wsws.org/articles/2006/feb2006/ford-f25_prn.shtml

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Homeland Security objected to ports deal:

The Homeland Security Department objected at first to a United Arab Emirates company’s taking over significant operations at six U.S. ports. It was the lone protest among members of the government committee that eventually approved the deal without dissent.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/terror/20060225-0727-portssecurity.html

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Harris Got Illegal Donations:

A defense contractor who pleaded guilty Friday to bribing a California congressman told federal authorities he also funneled illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris of Longboat Key, who’s running for the U.S. Senate.
tinyurl.com/znsyq

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Dave Lindorff: Useless Democrats:

The past few weeks have amply demonstrated why the Democratic Party is headed for history’s scrap heap.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12069.htm

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The General: Another Measure of American Desperation:

When liberals and some progressives offered their enthusiastic support for front-running Democratic presidential contenders Wesley Clark and Howard Dean during the peak of the primary season 2004, it became evident that oppositional politics were in a dismal state in these United States of America.
brickburner.blogs.com/my_weblog/2006/02/the_general_ano.html

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Why’s a Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel on the “No-Fly” List? :

When Dr. Robert Johnson, a heart surgeon who did his active duty with the U.S. Army Reserve before being honorably discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, arrived at the Syracuse airport near his home in upstate New York last month for a flight to Florida, he was told he could not travel.
www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat?pid=63406

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National ID cards on the way?:

A recent vote in Congress endorsing standardized, electronically readable driver’s licenses has raised fears about whether the proposal would usher in what amounts to a national ID card.
tinyurl.com/qgoux

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Americans work more, seem to accomplish less :

Most U.S. workers say they feel rushed on the job, but they are getting less accomplished than a decade ago, according to newly released research.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060223/hl_nm/life_work_dc

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Date: Fri, 24 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 2287
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$240,888,746,378
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Refusing To Fly The Flag

By John Pilger

Hicks became a Muslim and drifted through Kosovo, then on to Afghanistan, where he was kidnapped by the Americans and sent to their concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay. Not a shred of evidence exists that Hicks fought for al-Qaeda, or is a terrorist.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12056.htm

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Cheney’s Vice-like Grip

By Sidney Blumenthal

On March 25 2003 President Bush signed executive order 13292, a hitherto little-known document that grants the greatest expansion of the power of the vice-president in US history.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12055.htm

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Corpses in the Garden

By Charles Sullivan

Knowing what I know about the history of my country, it is often difficult for me to fathom how my fellow countrymen have shaped their views. I have come to believe that they have created a mythical America that is not a real place. The perceived necessity of substituting a fantasy world for the real world suggests there is something terribly wrong with the American psyche
informationclearinghouse.info/article12059.htm

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Shi’ite militia, insurgents clash in Baghdad :

Twenty bodies of people who were killed overnight and this morning have been brought to the morgue, a police source said.
www.metronews.ca/reuters_international.asp?id=132608

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Ten imams murdered in Iraq as sectarian killings intensify :

Gunmen at a makeshift checkpoint south of Baghdad murdered 47 people who had been demonstrating against the destruction of the Shia shrine at Samarra, bringing Iraq close to a sectarian bloodbath.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article347384.ece

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Iraq’s most influential Shiite leader calls for Shiite-Sunni unity, condemns killings :

Religious leaders summoned Iraq’s Shiites and Sunnis to joint prayer services amid an extraordinary daytime curfew aimed at halting attacks on Sunni mosques that followed the destruction the golden dome of the Shiite Askariya shrine in Samarra
tinyurl.com/f94y3

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Juan Cole: : Dozens of Mosques Attacked, Over 100 Dead, Thousands Protest :

There will be a curfew in the core Sunni Arab areas, including Baghdad, to prevent the worshippers from rioting afer the Friday prayers ceremony.
www.juancole.com/2006/02/dozens-of-mosques-attacked-over-100.html

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Exit without a strategy :

The popular response to Iraq’s latest atrocities has been to blame the occupation, not rival sects
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1716598,00.html

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New York Times, changes Iraq conflict from ‘civil war’ to having ‘endangered future’:

The New York Times declared on its website early Friday in a headline that the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, had warned to U.S. was on the “precipice of full-scale civil war.” Within an hour and without explanation, the Times yanked the headline in favor of “U.S. Envoy Says Sectarian Violence Threatens Iraq’s Future.”
tinyurl.com/h4j6z

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Norman Solomon: The Unreal Death of Journalism:

Pallid coverage of the dying is especially routine in U.S. news media when a war is underway and the deaths are caused by the U.S. government.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12046.htm

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Ted Koppel in ‘NYT’: Iraq for U.S. Is ‘About the Oil’ :

In a surprisingly strong Op Ed on Friday, Ted Koppel, the former “NIghtline” host who is now an occasional columnist for The New York Times, argues that when it comes right down to it, the U.S. adventure in Iraq is, as some charge, “about the oil.”
tinyurl.com/h5g9h

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Blogger bares Rumsfeld’s post 9/11 orders :

The actual notes suggest a focus on Saddam. “Best info fast. Judge whether good enough [to] hit SH at same time – not only UBL [Pentagon shorthand for Usama/Osama bin Laden],” the notes say.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12049.htm

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Germany admits its spies helped US in Iraq war:

The German government released a report that said two German spies in Iraq provided the United States with intelligence but rejected allegations it aided the U.S. bombing campaign during the 2003 invasion.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12051.htm

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Comments On Iraq War Ad:

An advertisement supporting the war in Iraq has sparked a lot of criticism and questions from viewers. Watch the video.
www.wcco.com/video/?id=14822@wcco.dayport.com

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Victim of U.S. Invasion of Iraq:

The invasion of Iraq mirrors the invasion of the rights of Dr. Dhafir and the Muslim community of which he was a member.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12047.htm

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Iran Offers IAEA Secret Atomic Info :

Diplomats familiar with the report said the IAEA was basing its concerns on several pages of U.S. intelligence that was recently declassified and shared with agency officials so that they could confront the Iranians with it.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12050.htm

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George Bush Accuses Iran of Financing Terror Groups:

US President George Bush accused Iran of financing terror groups, AFP reported. According to Bush, Iran is “the main sponsor of terrorism‰.
tinyurl.com/ja85m

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Measuring response to propaganda?

Poll: Americans see Iran as enemy no.1 :

Iran has replaced Iraq as the country Americans consider to be their greatest enemy, according to a Gallup Poll. Canada and Great Britain were ranked as America’s best friends.
www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/news/breaking_news/13953083.htm

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Taleban kill four Afghan soldiers in ambush:

Taleban guerrillas killed four Afghan soldiers in an ambush in the restive southern province of Helmand where British troops have begun setting up bases as part of an expanded NATO deployment.
tinyurl.com/gz25n

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Further Evidence That Senior Officials Approved Abuse of Prisoners at Guantánamo :

The American Civil Liberties Union today released newly obtained documents showing that senior Defense Department officials approved aggressive interrogation techniques that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents deemed abusive, ineffective and unlawful.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12052.htm

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Pentagon Told to Release Gitmo Transcripts:

A federal judge ordered the Pentagon on Thursday to release the identities of hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to The Associated Press, a move which would force the government to break its secrecy and reveal the most comprehensive list yet of those who have been imprisoned there.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/guantanamo_ap_lawsuit

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UK MP’s: Guantanamo ‘damages terror fight’ :

The Commons foreign affairs committee urged ministers to make UK opposition to the camp “loud and public”.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/4741780.stm

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Blair condones Amin-style tactics against terrorism, says Archbishop:

TONY BLAIR was accused last night by the Archbishop of York of helping the US to run “Idi Amin-style‰ tactics in the war on terror.
www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,174-2056210,00.html

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Balata Refugee Camp under invasion again :

19 year old Ibrahim Saadi was shot dead while throwing a stone at the Israeli armored jeeps in the Odakhiya neighbourhood. Israeli newspaper ‘Ha’aretz’ reported that Ibrahim was throwing a firebomb – this is not true.
www.balatacamp.net/website/balata.htm

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Ex-Shin Beth chief: No immunity for Haniya:

Palestinian prime minister designate Ismail Haniya would be a legitimate assassination target in the event of an attack by Hamas, a senior member of Israel’s ruling party said in an interview Friday.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=15845

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UN lobbies for Palestinian aid despite Israel:

The U.N. is urging donors to provide funds to keep the Palestinian Authority running after Israel starts withholding tax revenues next week, rebuffing the Jewish state’s appeal for a suspension of aid, diplomats said on Friday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/114080160420.htm

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EU ponders bypassing Hamas on aid :

The European Union is considering direct payments to the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, as a way of supporting the moderate Palestinian leader while trying to maintain financial pressure on Hamas
www.iht.com/articles/2006/02/23/news/hamas.php#

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Hamas determined:

Defying brazen and frantic US-Israeli efforts to destabilise its upcoming government, Hamas has been holding intensive consultations with the leaders of various Palestinian factions in an effort to form the next government.
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2006/783/re101.htm

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Car bombers attack Saudi oil plant:

On Friday, bombers in two cars attempted to attack the facility but were stopped by guards. One car exploded damaging a pipeline, Al-Arabiya TV reported.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D14508DD-5D4E-41CD-BB7C-1E27B88A0C56.htm

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Emergency declared in Philippines:

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the president of the Philippines, has declared a state of emergency after a reported coup plot and a possible repeat of the revolts that ousted two of her predecessors.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6239DDC7-10E4-4639-ADEF-AED1B8011B55.htm

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Venezuela cuts US airline flights :

Venezuela is cutting flights by US airlines as relations between the two countries continue to deteriorate.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4747828.stm

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Venezuelan-Owned Citgo Faces Congressional Inquiry For Offering Discounted Oil to U.S. Poor
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/02/24/1513213

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Red State, Meet Police State:

A federal employee gets hassled by Homeland Security for antiwar stickers on his car. Is it a mistake, a new rule, or the part of a trend of the First Amendment being bullied out of existence? Read the transcript, read the rules and decide for yourself
www.boiseweekly.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A158729

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A Global Infrastructure for Mass Surveillance :

The worst that individuals have to fear from the global system of mass surveillance is something far darker than “mere” loss of privacy, civil liberties, freedom of movement, or loss of democratic patrimonies. (They face indefinite detention in a global gulag).
informationclearinghouse.info/article12048.htm

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Obedient Slaves Have Nothing to Fear:

Get used to surveillance gadgets mounted above every intersection or inside every store. Soon enough, surveillance cameras will be “on downtown streets and in apartment complexes, shopping malls and even private homes to fight crime during a shortage of police officers,‰ as presaged by Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12054.htm

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Consultations With Padre Kino:

I have decided to become a drunk and live under a bench, maybe in a radiation suit. It only makes sense. The times are dire. Dark shapes twist in the international fog. The US, in the hands of puzzled children of low moral character, flaps about like a damp rag in a high wind. Anything could happen.
lewrockwell.com/reed/reed89.html

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UAE terminal takeover extends to 21 ports:

A United Arab Emirates government-owned company is poised to take over port terminal operations in 21 American ports, far more than the six widely reported.
www.upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=20060223-051657-4981r

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Watchdog Group Questions 2004 Fla. Vote :

An examination of Palm Beach County’s electronic voting machine records from the 2004 election found possible tampering and tens of thousands of malfunctions and errors, a watchdog group said Thursday
tinyurl.com/gtuba

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Bill Moyers: Restoring The Public Trust:

“We are standing for the great fundamental rights upon which all successful free government must be based. We are standing for elementary decency in politics. We are fighting for honesty against naked robbery.
www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/02/24/restoring_the_public_trust.php

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – Video:

Sometimes, a good documentary is all about being in the right place at the right time. It does not get much better for Kim Bartley and Donnacha O’Briain, who, in late 2001 began filming a documentary about Hugo Chavez, the controversial President of Venezuela.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11167.htm

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Video: 9/11 Revisited –

Were explosives used?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=psP_9RE0V2I

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To combat hunger, more in US turn to soup kitchens:

In 2005, it found more than 38 million Americans lived in “hungry or food insecure” households, an increase of 5 million since 2000.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12053.htm

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Firms see U.S. paying retirees’ drug costs :

America’s largest companies expect the U.S. government to pay them about $4 billion over the next four years to help keep their retiree health plans alive at a time when such benefits are increasingly on the chopping block, according to a new study by Credit Suisse First Boston.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/02/24/business/retire.php

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Date: Thurs, 23 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 2287
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$243,000,413,187
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Iraq on brink as sectarian violence kills over 130:

The main Sunni political group said it pulled out of U.S.-backed talks on forming a coalition after December’s parliamentary election and leading clerics traded unusually frank sectarian criticisms that may do little to calm passions.
tinyurl.com/nvb4r

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Victims of War Are Not To Be Seen Or Heard Or Mentioned

By Robert Weitzel

Joseph Bonham was an American soldier. He lost both of his arms and legs and all of his face to an artillery shell. He could not see or hear or speak. Other than that he was healthy and lucid. That was Joe’s nightmare. He could be kept alive a long time.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12036.htm

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Bush and Blair have brilliantly done Bin Laden’s work for him

By Simon Jenkins

Not a day passes without some new sign of Bin Laden‚s mesmeric grip on the governments of Britain and America. His deeds lie behind half the world‚s headlines. British policy seems obsessed with one word: terrorism. The West is equivocating, writhing, slithering in precisely the direction most desired by its enemy. He must be roaring with delight.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12043.htm

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America’s Shame: Torture in the Name of Freedom

By Der Spiegel

The crimes committed by US soldiers in the name of freedom and human rights, documented in unalterable photographs, appear to confirm the suspicion that America’s true aim is something entirely different — that the US is primarily interested in imposing its own world order and preserving its dominance.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12045.htm

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Bodies burnt in open after Nigeria riots kill 138:

Christian youths burnt the corpses of Muslims on Thursday on the streets of Onitsha in southeastern Nigeria, the city worst hit by religious riots that have killed at least 138 people across the country in five days.
tinyurl.com/mtmnw

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78 killed: Iraq forces on alert as killings mount:

The main Sunni political group pulled out of U.S.-sponsored talks on joining a national unity government. The main Sunni religious authority made an extraordinary public criticism of the Shi’ites’ most revered clerical leader, accusing him of fuelling the violence by calling for protests.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12032.htm

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46 Bodies Found in Wave of Iraqi Violence :

Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr slammed the Iraqi government and U.S. forces for not protecting the Samarra shrine, also known as the Golden Mosque, and ordered his militia to defend Shiite holy sites across Iraq.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5641384,00.html

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Pushcart bomb kills 16 Iraqis northeast of Baghdad :

A pushcart bomb blew up near an Iraqi army foot patrol in a popular market in Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, on Thursday, killing 16 people, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-02/23/content_4218813.htm

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Roadside bombs kill 7 US soldiers in Iraq:

Seven U.S. soldiers were killed in two separate incidents in Iraq on Wednesday when roadside bombs struck the vehicles in which they were traveling, the U.S. military said on Thursday.
tinyurl.com/s4ur7

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Five Irqi Civilians Killed By U.S. Troops:

Five Iraqis attempting to enter conflict-ridden Samarra, 110 kilometers north of Baghdad, were killed by a US army patrol on Thursday after a security cordon was placed on the city.
tinyurl.com/r53ja

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Bodies of 3 Iraqi Journalists Found:

The bodies of three Iraqi journalists, including a well-known correspondent for Al-Arabiya television, were found Thursday near Samarra, police and the network said.
wcbstv.com/topstories/topstories_story_054125221.html

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Juan Cole: Sistani threatens to turn to Militia :

Astonishingly, Sistani seems to be threatening to deploy his own militia
informationclearinghouse.info/article12034.htm

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Fear of civil war: Militias and security forces operating in Iraq:

While there has been a low-level sectarian conflict across the country for more than a year, with Sunni insurgents attacking Shi’ite neighbourhoods and Shi’ite forces targeting Sunnis, Wednesday’s attack in Samarra greatly raised the stakes.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L23705158.htm

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A new plot to divide Muslims :

This is a critical juncture for the vigilant Islamic world. Shias certainly know that such moves are not the work of their Sunni brothers but are directed by the hands of the enemies of Islam.
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=2/23/2006&Cat=2&Num=012

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Attacks On U.S. Forces Increase:

An average of 41 attacks, mostly roadside bombs and small arms fire, are aimed at the divisions soldiers per day throughout their 17,000-square-mile battle space. Thats up from 31 attacks per day on average last month.
www.kdhnews.com/docs/daily/headlines.aspx?sid=4

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Within hours, we had left our home to find refuge.

Things will get very bad: There was no argument from my wife. She knew as I did what the sight of the destroyed dome meant.
tinyurl.com/r5l38

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Eight Detainees Tortured To Death By U.S. :

“People are dying in US custody and no one’s being held to account,” said Deborah Pearlstein, who heads the Human Rights First US law and security program.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12038.htm

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Soldier cleared of charges in Afghanistan prisoner abuse case :

A military jury Thursday acquitted an Army reservist on charges of abusing prisoners in Afghanistan.
tinyurl.com/n32bp

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U.S. admits force feeding at Guantanamo:

Lt. Col. James Marshall, said that restraint chairs had been used in the feeding of 35 of the detainees, and that three were still being fed that way.
www.wpherald.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20060222-110247-3059r

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Shameful: This is the world’s view on Guantanamo. :

What happens at the US-run detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba is torture, and the place should be shut down “without further delay”. That is the conclusion of an independent panel of experts commissioned by the United Nations.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12037.htm

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Straw risks US fury over ‘gulag’ Guantanamo:

The confusion within the Government over Britain’s attitude to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp deepened yesterday when Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, compared it to a Soviet-style “gulag”.
tinyurl.com/pha93

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US Dollars for Islamic Goodwill :

The United States is worried about its image abroad. Particularly in the Muslim world. But a massive propaganda offensive worth billions of dollars seeks to address the problem.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0,1518,402130,00.html

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Two killed in Afghanistan as UN asks for calm:

Two people, including a would- be-suicide bomber and a senior officer, were killed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday as special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Afghanistan Tom Koenigs urged Taliban to shun violence and adopt political means for resolution of problems.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=832512

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Formenting A Coup?

US marines probe tensions among Iran‚s ethnic minorities:

The intelligence wing of the US marines has launched a probe into Iran‚s ethnic minorities at a time of heightened tensions along the border with Iraq and friction between capitals.
news.ft.com/cms/s/ed436938-a49d-11da-897c-0000779e2340.html

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Is Anyone Listening?:

Since human lives are at stake ˆ ˆ those in the military ought to be more diligent than the average American in finding out about the justness of a war. And American soldiers who claim to be Christians ought to be even more thorough in their investigation. Is anyone in the military listening?
www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance70.html

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Gilad Atzmon: Re-Arranging the 20th Century: Allegro, non Troppo:

Once Blair or Bush feel the urge to flatten an Arab country, all they have to do is to provide their supportive media outlets with some painful personal accounts of an exiled dissident voice who would willingly and enthusiastically share with us some horrendous graphic details of his troubles at home.
www.gilad.co.uk/html%20files/rearrangepaper.html

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The Semi-comatose State Of The American Left :

Through the looking glass of the American “left” lies a desert of sorts, a deafening silence, a cosmic ideological void that, for a reader of Whitman or Thoreau, is thoroughly enigmatic.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12039.htm

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Peace groups under watch:

In the post-9/11 world, some unlikely figures have attracted the attention of local police and federal agents: the Raging Grannies, known for musical satire, and Quaker peace activists, known for non-violence.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12042.htm

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How Neo-Cons Sabotaged Iran’s Help on al Qaeda:

The United States and Iran were on a course to work closely together on the war against al Qaeda and its Taliban sponsors in Afghanistan in late 2001 and early 2002 — until Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld stepped in to scuttle that cooperation, according to officials who were involved at the time.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12041.htm

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India spreads its net for gas, any gas:,

India has virtually decided to join the US-backed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) pipeline, in part because of the geopolitical difficulties involved in the $7 billion Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) pipeline that Washington opposes.
www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/HB23Df01.html

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Ghana to host US military base?:

The United States of America is seriously considering the establishment of a military base in Ghana for the sole purpose of protecting its access to West African oil reports the Insight newspaper
www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=99811

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Norwegian Bourse Director wants oil bourse – priced in euros:

Bourse Director Sven Arild Andersen is fed up with Norwegian oil having to be traded in London and wants to have a commodities and energy bourse in Norway.
www.energybulletin.net/13081.html

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The State Department Begins to Pick Off South America‚s Pink Tide:

Bolivia joins Venezuela on Washington‚s pariah list. U.S. embassy in La Paz refuses to honor a Bolivian Senator‚s visa.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12044.htm

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Aristide can return, Haiti’s president-elect says:

Haitian president-elect Rene Preval said on Wednesday that exiled president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, his former mentor, was entitled under Haiti’s constitution to return to the Caribbean country.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060222/wl_nm/haiti_dc_2

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Five Palestinians shot dead in Israeli incursion:

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas strongly condemned what he called an escalation and called on Israel to end to its “aggression.”
www.bakutoday.net/afp/english/shared/int/060223181917.eu0dvof0.php

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Saudis Reject U.S. Plan to Isolate Hamas:

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday became the second Arab ally in as many days to reject the U.S. strategy of financially isolating Hamas if the militant group does not moderate its policies as leader of the Palestinians.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060222/ap_on_re_mi_ea/rice

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Amira Hass: Forbidden to Go Home Together: Separate and Unequal:

The signs are hung alongside the road and at the military checkpoint, and say, in Hebrew and Arabic, “Passage is for Israelis only. Transporting and/or movement of people who are not Israelis is forbidden through this passage.”
counterpunch.org/hass02232006.html

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It’s the Jordan Valley’s turn to be swallowed whole by Israel:

The explicit prohibition regarding entry to the Jordan Valley by all Palestinians except a small minority is relatively new
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=22385

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Israel claims al Qaeda plans mega-attack :

Israeli security officials assess that 2006 is the “target year” set by the global al-Qaeda network to carry out a mega-attack in the country, Israel’s leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Thursday.
www.albawaba.com/en/news/195040

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Iran leader faces Holocaust case :

An Israeli lawyer, Ervin Shahar, says he has asked Germany to charge Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with denying the Holocaust.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4741042.stm

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Robert Scheer: In Defense of Free Thought:

The news on Monday that an Austrian court has sentenced crackpot British historian David Irving to three years‚ imprisonment for having denied the Holocaust 17 years ago should have alarmed free speech advocates ˜ particularly at a time when Muslim fundamentalists are being lectured as to the freedom of expression that should be afforded cartoonists.
www.truthdig.com/report/item/antisemitic_cartoon_holocaustdenial_20060221/

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S. Dakota legislature passes abortion ban :

South Dakota became the first U.S. state to pass a law banning abortion in virtually all cases, with the intention of forcing the Supreme Court to reconsider its 1973 decision legalizing the procedure.
tinyurl.com/z9pzq

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How Bush looks after our veterans:

Higher health costs proposed for some military retirees: ,

President Bush’s proposal includes higher prescription drug co-payments for all beneficiaries of military health care except those on active duty, and increased annual enrollment fees for military retirees under age 65.
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-02-21-pentagonhealthcosts_x.htm

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Molly Ivins: It’s the Corporation, Stupid:

Regarding the UAE port deal: the people running this country are perfectly willing to outsource American jobs, wages, and health and safety standards for the holy grail of free trade. Why would it surprise us that national security is ditto?
informationclearinghouse.info/article12040.htm

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Average American Family Income :

The average income of American families, after adjusting for inflation, declined by 2.3 percent in 2004 compared to 2001
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060223/ap_on_bi_ge/family_finances

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‘Big Brother’ watching e-mail, computer data: US report :

Fast-evolving Internet and communications technology is outpacing privacy laws and leaving a treasure trove of personal data prey to government surveillance, a new report warned.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/usjusticeinternet

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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 2279
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$242,774,532,836
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Report: Nearly 100 dead in US custody

US soldiers face accusations of murder in Iraq and Afghanistan

By AFP

At least 98 deaths occurred, with at least 34 of them suspected or confirmed homicides – deliberate or reckless killing – the group of US lawyers told BBC television on Tuesday.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12019.htm

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Slicing Away Liberty: 1933 Germany, 2006 America

By Bernard Weiner

I must confess that I’m utterly baffled by the lack of sustained, organized outrage and opposition from Democratic officials and ordinary citizens at the Bush Administration’s never-ending scandals, corruptions, war-initiations, and the amassing of more and more police-state power into their hands.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12022.htm

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War Corporatism: The New Fascism

A Video by Simon Robson

A look at War Corporatism, unleashed upon the world by Bush and the PNAC as stated in the September 2000 document Rebuilding America’s Defenses.

Click here to view : Flash presentation
informationclearinghouse.info/article12017.htm

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There Are Lives in the Balance

Today is day eight of our 34-day fast for peace at the U.S. Capitol,

 
By Mike Ferner

No matter what any of us has done, there is something more that we can do. If we believe this war is a criminal abomination, an ongoing atrocity in which we are each complicit, we simply must do more.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12023.htm

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It‚s Munich In America. There Will Be No Normandy

by David Michael Green

This is it, folks. This is the scenario our Founders lost sleep over. This is the day they prepared us for.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12030.htm

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Large explosion in Iraq heavily damages golden dome of revered Shiite shrine:

The country’s most revered Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, sent instructions to his followers forbidding attacks on Sunni mosques. He called for seven days of mourning.
tinyurl.com/kj23k

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Dozens of Sunni mosques attacked throughout Iraq :

The Iraqi Islamic Party, the country’s largest Sunni political group, said at least 60 mosques were attacked, burned or taken over by Shiites.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/02/22/news/web.0222iraq2.php

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Juan Cole: An apocalyptic day in Iraq:

The hardline Shiite Mahdi Army has come out of Sadr City and is all over Baghdad. They are clashing with Sunnis in Basra.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12020.htm

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Shiite leader cites U.S. in shrine blast:

A Shiite political leader said Wednesday that U.S. Zalmay Khalilzad shares some of the responsibility for the bombing of a major Shiite shrine because of his criticism of Shiite-led security forces
tinyurl.com/evyoq

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In pictures: Iraq shrine bombing
news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4740000/newsid_4740000/4740030.stm

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In pictures: Reaction to Mosque Bombing In Samara:

An Iraq Shiite cleric weeps as he takes part in a demonstration near the house of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in the holy city of Najaf south of Baghdad, to protest against the bombing of the holy shrine of al-Hadi in the Iraqi northern city of Samarra.
tinyurl.com/lg52k

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Sunni cleric Among 7 killed :

Two children and a woman were killed and four people wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a primary school in al-Mashrugiya
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L22171256.htm

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EXCLUSIVE: Al Jazeera Reporters Give Bloody First Hand Account of April ‚04 U.S. Siege of Fallujah:

Please be warned some of the images you are about to see are graphic.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12027.htm

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Francis Fukuyama: Neoconservatism has evolved into something I can no longer support :

How did a group with such a pedigree come to decide that the “root cause” of terrorism lay in the Middle East’s lack of democracy,
informationclearinghouse.info/article12024.htm

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Cartoon of the week:

Jack Straw delivers advice to al-Jaafari:
www.guardian.co.uk/cartoons/stevebell/0,,1715240,00.html

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Horrors of Camp Delta are exposed by British victims :

“What’s most shocking isn’t the torture or the shackling, it’s that Guantanamo Bay exists at all. I think it should be closed down, and last week the United Nations said it should be closed down.”
informationclearinghouse.info/article12026.htm

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Reports Find Tenuous Terror Ties at Guantanamo:

Amid the millions of words journalists have written about Guantanamo Bay during the past few years, the mainstream press has largely ignored these new reports.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12025.htm

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Germans investigate CIA kidnap of innocent citizen :

Munich state prosecutors have launched an investigation to determine whe-ther Germany secretly helped the CIA in the abduction of one of its citizens who was held and tortured in a US “renditions” jail in Afghanistan after being mistaken for a terrorist suspect.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12028.htm

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We cannot allow torture :

Europe must ensure that CIA activities here comply with human rights laws, now and in the future
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1714876,00.html

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Jane Mayer: The Memo:

How an internal effort to ban the abuse and torture of detainees was thwarted.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12029.htm

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24 killed as riots rock Nigeria

Christian and Muslim mobs rampaged through two Nigerian cities yesterday, killing at least 24 people in violence that followed deadly protests against caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed over the weekend.
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=136162&Sn=WORL&IssueID=28339

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Mayhem in Onitsha – 15 killed, mosques burnt :

All the mosques in Onitsha were burnt down, while some of the non-indigenes managed to escape to police and army barracks for protection.
www.tribune.com.ng/220206/news01.htm

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15 killed in Somalia clashes:

At least 15 people are reported killed and 23 wounded in fighting between armed men loyal to warlords controlling the Somali capital and Islamic court security militia.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0096D45A-BEE8-4E59-BBC8-4A2DC315409E.htm

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2 killed, 14 injured in bomb explosion in Afghanistan :

Two persons were killed and 14 others injured including a German soldier Wednesday in Afghan northern province of Kunduz, a local official said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-02/23/content_4214625.htm

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Bomb attack on NATO peacekeepers’ convoy kills one Afghan, 12 injured :

A bomb exploded near a NATO peacekeeping convoy in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing one Afghan civilian and wounding 12 people, including a German peacekeeper, officials said.
tinyurl.com/m3tkm

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Michel Chossudovsky: Is the Bush Adminstration Planning a Nuclear Holocaust?:

Will the US launch “Mini-nukes” against Iran in Retaliation for Tehran’s “Non-compliance”?
tinyurl.com/nnpru

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Iran Has No WMD ˜ Russia‚s Intelligence Chief:

“We have no data that Iran has any nuclear warheads or sufficient amount of plutonium for constructing them,‰ he said.
www.mosnews.com/news/2006/02/22/noweapons.shtml

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Iran offers to fund Hamas government:

Iran has offered to help finance the Palestinian Authority under a government run by the militant group Hamas, Iranian state radio reported on Wednesday.
tinyurl.com/rjeem

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Iran comes to Hamas’s aid, as Egypt refuses to back Washington:

Egypt rejected US efforts to win its support for a clampdown on aid to the Palestinian Authority when Hamas – officially invited to form a government – takes power.
tinyurl.com/mglt8

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Reaction to Hamas victory is gift to Iran’s leaders :

Its regional influence fortuitously boosted by the US invasion of Iraq and the advent of a Shia-dominated government in Baghdad, Iran’s leadership is contemplating another unintended gift from Washington: the chance to become a power in Palestine.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldbriefing/story/0,,1715106,00.html

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Olmert: Hamas is not a threat to Israel :

Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Wednesday that Hamas is not a strategic threat to the Jewish state, even as the Islamic militant group struck a deal to receive financing from Iran.
tinyurl.com/qzn3q

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Fatah agrees in principle to join new Palestinian cabinet :

Azzam el-Ahmad, head of Fatah movement in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), announced on Wednesday that his movement agrees in principle to join the new government led by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-02/22/content_4213988.htm

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In case you missed it:

Video: Interview with Gore Vidal :

I would say that, in the long run, the world will be saved American despotism by the coming bankruptcy of the country. Now, that will have awful fallout for everybody. I don’t even want to look into that crystal ball.
207.44.245.159/article8512.htm

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Video: 911 Eyewitness :

What happened at the World Trade Center on 9.11.2001 from eyewitness testimony and scientific analysis
informationclearinghouse.info/article12018.htm

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Australia: PM denies knowing of bribes:

Prime Minister John Howard has rejected claims the government knew of kickbacks paid by AWB to Saddam Hussein’s former regime in Iraq.
tinyurl.com/s3p53

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Turning a Blind Eye to Genocide:: Real Holocaust Denial:

The jailing of Holocaust denier David Irving in Austria is a reminder of how easy it is to imitate evil even as one excoriates it. The law that convicted Irving is of the sort the Nazis would have invoked, albeit for far different purposes, and was a routine offense in Orwell’s 1984.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12021.htm

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Bush vs. Constitution:

President Bush’s conception of his own powers is even more dangerous than his specific abuses.
www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewPrint&articleId=11188

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Press Can Be Prosecuted for Having Secret Files, U.S. Says
informationclearinghouse.info/article12031.htm

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Former Senate chief Dole hired to lobby for Dubai port deal:

“The 1996 Republican presidential candidate was “engaged” by Dubai Ports World shortly after lawmakers on both sides of the aisle began expressing their strong opposition to the deal, said Mike Galloway, an aide to the retired senator
rawstory.com/news/2005/Former_Senate_chief_Dole_hired_to_0222.html

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Truth About UAE Port Security Scandal Quietly Leaks Out:

The more you read about the UAE port security scandal, the more it becomes patently obvious this is about far more than just one deal with one company or one country. The harsh reaction from the Bush administration to the proposal to rescind the deal should be a red flag.
htinyurl.com/na3gc

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Chris Floyd: Ship of Fools:

Free Trade Fundamentalism Trumps National Security
chris-floyd.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=495&Itemid=1

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Mesdames Ambassadors:

Two very rich Eastside Republican donors are suddenly faces of America abroad.
www.seattleweekly.com/news/0608/ambassadors.php

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Reports: Drug prices rise under US Medicare plan:

Prices for some of the most popular medicines used by seniors have jumped an average of 4 percent under the new Medicare drug benefit since it began last month, according to a report released on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/hs9ll

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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 2277
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$242,533,316,996
See the cost in your community
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Iran was not referred to the Security Council for Noncompliance

By Mike Whitney

The public should not be worried about Iran, rather, it should be concerned about the implications of allowing one nation to arbitrarily repeal internationally-accepted treaties and dictate how the world will be run.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12002.htm

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Neocon Architect says: ‘Pull it down’

By Alex Massie

Francis Fukuyama, who wrote the best-selling book The End of History and was a member of the neoconservative project, now says that, both as a political symbol and a body of thought, it has “evolved into something I can no longer support”. He says it should be discarded on to history’s pile of discredited ideologies.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12006.htm

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Pandora‚s Box Opened in Iraq: Looking Backward, Forward, And Beyond

By Daniel Jordan and Neil Wollman

The fable of Pandora‚s Box applies well to Iraq. War supporters wish us to judge the invasion and war on the removal of the brutal Saddam Hussein. A broad up-to-date analysis yields a disturbingly more negative assessment, with implications reaching far into the future.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12016.htm

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Video Iraq : The Reckoning

The consequences of our misadventure in Iraq:

Channel 4 – UK

Peter Oborne, political editor of the Spectator, reports on the West’s exit strategy for Iraq. He believes the invasion of Iraq is proving to be the greatest foreign policy failure since Munich. Oborne argues that the plan to transform Iraq into a unified liberal democracy, a beacon of hope in the Middle East, is pure fantasy.

Click here to watch
informationclearinghouse.info/article11999.htm

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Check Your Conscience at the Door: We’re Building an Empire

By Jason Miller

To keep the citizens of the Empire complacent and fulfilled, we will continue to burnish unbridled consumption into their psyches. Alluring advertising from Madison Avenue, easy credit, and the commercialization of virtually every aspect of our culture.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12015.htm

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Bomb kills 21 as Iraqi leaders urged to unite:

A car bomb killed at least 21 people in Baghdad on Tuesday hours after Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari angrily dismissed U.S. warnings to shun sectarianism in the country’s new government.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12001.htm

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Seven Iraqis killed in separate attacks in Iraq:

Two Iraqis, including a 12-year-old boy, were killed and two others were wounded on Tuesday when an armed group attacked their mini bus on its way from Kanaan to Baaquba, 60 kilometres north-east of Baghdad, medical and security sources said.
tinyurl.com/kmwmw

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3 Police Among 6 Killed :

Two police commandos were killed and four people wounded, including a civilian, when a roadside bomb went off near their patrol in southern Baghdad, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM130738.htm

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US ‘aware’ of Iraq torture: “

Yes, torture is happening now, mainly in illegal detention places. Such centres are mostly being run by militia that have been absorbed by the police force,” says John Pace, who retired last week as human rights chief for the UN assistance mission in Iraq.
www.timesofmalta.com/core/article.php?id=215387

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Police Tied to Death Squads:

U.S. military officials say they suspect Iraq’s highway patrol, staffed largely by Shiites, is deeply involved in torture and killings.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12011.htm

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Khalilzad Warns Iraq: No Unity Gov’t, No Money :

The US Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad said if no unity government is formed in Iraq, the United States will cut financial aid to the country.
www.zaman.com/?bl=international&alt=&hn=30006

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Juan Cole: The Ambassador Versus the Ayatollah:

On Monday, the stage was set for an epic struggle between the two forces behind the scenes in Iraqi politics, US Ambassadro in Baghdad Zalmay Khalilzad and Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani of Najaf, the spiritual leader of Iraq’s majority Shiites. In every previous such contest, Sistani has handily won against his American opponent.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12005.htm

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Spokesman for Sunni Arabs is found dead:

THE spokesman for a Sunni Arab political group was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds three days after he disappeared from Baghdad’s Ghazaliyah district, family and associates said today.
news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=269422006

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U.S. Still Planting Stories in Iraq Media :

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was mistaken when he said last week that the U.S. military had stopped the controversial practice of paying to plant stories in the Iraqi news media, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12010.htm

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War costs irk Congress:

Few lawmakers care to risk not supporting US troops or first responders, making these must-pass bills. As such, they’re attracting add-ons that lawmakers deem “emergencies.”
csmweb2.emcweb.com/2006/0221/p01s03-usfp.html

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Emergency war supplemental hides millions:

Buried in last week’s $72.4 billion emergency supplemental appropriation bill for the war on terror is nearly half a billion dollars worth of military construction.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12013.htm

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Military plots a ‘long war’ on terror:

Joint Chiefs of Staff planners have produced a 27-page briefing on the war on terror that seeks to explain how to win the “long war” and says Islamic extremists may be supported by 12 million Muslims worldwide.
www.washingtontimes.com/national/20060220-121019-1000r.htm

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Paul Craig Roberts: Superpower as Global Dependent:

According to Bush and his neoconservatives, the only way to make America safe from terrorists is to force democracy upon the Middle East. Only ideologues completely ignorant of the Middle East could come to that conclusion.
www.counterpunch.org/roberts02212006.html

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In case you missed it: Video: Sky Television ˆ Conspiracies: Iraq :

Simon Reeve investigates the real reasons for the war in Iraq. Starting with oil and the contracts set up between Saddam and non-American/British companies. The latter part of the film looks at the petro-dollar cycle and how OPEC members can threaten US power by using the euro to trade oil – could Iran be next?
informationclearinghouse.info/article12000.htm

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Pimping a war:

US accuses Iran of arming militia: IRAN is providing weapons and training to militias and extremist groups in Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Ambassador to Iraq, said today.
theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,18215941%255E1702,00.html

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Plan to enrich uranium: Iran, Russia agree on common formula:

Iran and Russia have agreed on the principles of a “common formula” in negotiations in Moscow on a plan to enrich uranium on Russian soil, the head of the Iranian delegation told state television Tuesday.
nation.ittefaq.com/artman/publish/article_25791.shtml

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Gordon Prather: March madness:

How to explain the adoption this week ˆ by a vote of 404-4 ˆ of House Concurrent Resolution 341 “condemning the government of Iran for violating its international nuclear nonproliferation obligations and expressing support for efforts to report Iran to the United Nations Security Council.” In particular, what “violations” are they talking about?
informationclearinghouse.info/article12003.htm

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Iran nuke plant ‘would survive attack’:

IRAN’S uranium enrichment facilities, built in underground bunkers, would survive any military strikes, the Islamic republic’s nuclear program director said today.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,18234099-23109,00.html

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Meshal: Iran’s role in Palestine to be expanded :

Hamas’ top political leader Khaled Meshal said Tuesday that Iran would play an increasing role in Palestinian affairs and the political future of Palestine.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/685524.html

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Palestinian Teen Shot For Throwing Stones:

Sixteen year old Kamal Khalili was shot in his chest with live ammunition at 11:00 this morning in Balata Camp while throwing a stone at Israeli soldiers. He is now brain dead.
www.palsolidarity.org/main/2006/02/21/update-on-balata-refugee-camp/

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Amira Hass: Palestinians are being robbed by Israel:

The Palestinian Authority cannot compensate for the “lost” ˜ or perhaps it would be more accurate to say “stolen” ˜ tax revenues.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12014.htm

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Sweden increases Palestinian aid:

Sweden’s state-run aid group on Monday pledged more than five million euros in additional aid to the Palestinian territories as Israel and the United States halted much of their funding following Hamas’s election victory.
www.thelocal.se/article.php?ID=3096&date=20060220

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Top Secret American Military Installations in Israel :

“Code Names,‰ by William M. Arkin, exposes information about at least five US Army bases at secret locations throughout the Jewish State, including one at Ben Gurion Airport and another in Herzliya Pituah.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12012.htm

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Straw faces a torturous spell in the witness box :

Twenty-five years after he hung up his barrister’s wig, Jack Straw faces the unwelcome prospect of returning to court. Craig Murray, our former Ambassador to Uzbekistan, intends to call the Foreign Secretary to give evidence in any legal action over his forthcoming memoirs.
news.independent.co.uk/people/pandora/article346740.ece

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Oil militants attack again:

Nigerian militants who have kidnapped nine foreign oil workers said they had blown up a military houseboat and an oil pipeline manifold on Monday, the latest attacks in a campaign that has cut exports by a fifth.
www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News/0,,2-11-1447_1884569,00.html

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Stephen Zunes : An Open Letter to my Danish Friends :

This is a letter of apology from an American who has witnessed in horror the extreme anti-Danish reaction in parts of the Islamic world. While the spark may have originated in your country, the tinderbox which caused that spark to explode in such a violent conflagration is largely a result of the policies of the United States.
www.commondreams.org/views06/0221-22.htm

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Outrage grows over Police harrassment of “Road to Guantanamo” actors:

Mr Ahmed also alleges that he was verbally abused by a police officer and had his mobile phone taken from him for a short period.
www.craigmurray.co.uk/archives/2006/02/outrage_grows_o_2.html

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Ex-Malaysia PM: Abramoff Was Paid $1.2M :

Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said disgraced U.S. lobbyist Jack Abramoff was paid $1.2 million to organize a meeting between him and President Bush in 2002, but denied the money came from the Malaysian government.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12009.htm

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Washington reluctantly concedes Préval is Haiti‚s president-elect:

The attempt of Haiti‚s traditional elite and elements in and around the Bush administration to prevent René Préval, the clear winner of the country‚s February 7 presidential election, from being proclaimed president-elect has failed.
wsws.org/articles/2006/feb2006/hait-f21.shtml

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Ohio Terror Suspects Had ‘Means’ To Strike:

A federal grand jury has indicted three Ohio men on charges of planning attacks on U.S. military personnel in Iraq, according to an indictment.
www.newsnet5.com/news/7292871/detail.html

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Bush says Dubai port deal should go forward:

Bush told reporters traveling back to Washington with him from Colorado that he would veto legislation to stop the deal from going through.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/WBT004834.htm

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Dubai company set to run U.S. ports has ties to administration:

The Dubai firm that won Bush administration backing to run six U.S. ports has at least two ties to the White House.
www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/politics/13922695.htm

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Arab Americans see bigotry behind ports uproar:

Arab-Americans contended on Tuesday that bias and bigotry, not security concerns, lay behind the uproar over a deal that would place commercial operations at six U.S. ports in the hands of an Arab company.
tinyurl.com/m2ega

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The Seekers: The birth and life of the ‘9-11 Truth movement’:

Essentially, it’s all about physics and common sense. Cut steel, and buildings fall. Crash a plane, and the Earth gets scarred. Fire a missile; see a hole. What’s up must come down, cause makes effect, and for the truth to set you free, it must be freed itself.
villagevoice.com/news/0608,murphy,72254,6.html

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Bush’s Mysterious ‘New Programs’:

Recent developments suggest that the Bush administration may already be contemplating what to do with Americans who are deemed insufficiently loyal or who disseminate information that may be considered helpful to the enemy.
www.consortiumnews.com/2006/022106a.html

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An Upside-Down Media:

The gravest indictment of the American news media is that George W. Bush has gutted the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Geneva Conventions and the United Nations Charter ˆ yet this extraordinary story does not lead the nation‚s newspapers and the evening news every day.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12004.htm

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U.S. Reclassifies Many Documents in Secret Review :

n a seven-year-old secret program at the National Archives, intelligence agencies have been removing from public access thousands of historical documents that were available for years, including some already published by the State Department and others photocopied years ago by private historians.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12008.htm

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When it won’t need a tyranny to deprive us of our freedom :

It received just a few column inches in a couple of papers, but the story I read last week looks to me like a glimpse of the future.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12007.htm

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Guess who the big loser is under Bush health plan:

Heads up, Americans. The Bush administration is now greasing the skids for employers to drop your health coverage. This is a biggie.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/3672813.html

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Medicaid cuts hit working poor:

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen cuts 191,000 low-income people from the struggling health plan
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/business/national/13912704.htm

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