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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s War? As Many As 250,000
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11674.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2318
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$248,822,016,155
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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U.S. Companies Profited As Iraqi Children Died

By Callum Macrae and Ali Fadhil

A financial scandal that in terms of sheer scale must rank as one of the greatest in history.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12408.htm

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The 50 Billion Dollar Robbery:

Where has the 50 billion dollars of reconstruction money gone?

By BBC

Following the Iraq war, billions of dollars of Iraq’s money was directed to American companies to rebuild the country. But much of it remains unaccounted for, and Peter Marshall has been investigating startling allegations of post war profiteering.

Real Video – 14 Minutes
informationclearinghouse.info/article12389.htm

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Killing Children: The “My Lai phase” of the Iraq war

by Mike Whitney

What goes through George Bush’s mind when he sees the dead bodies of Iraqi women and children loaded on the back of a pickup truck like garbage? Is there ever a flicker of remorse; a split-second when he fully grasps the magnitude of the horror he has created?

WARNING – GRAPHIC PICTURES
informationclearinghouse.info/article12404.htm

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The bodies are piling up

By Cindy Sheehan

Today George said that the temptation to abandon “our” commitments is strong. Did he have a mouse in his pocket? I never made a commitment to preemptive war. I didn’t authorize Congress to abrogate their responsibilities to declare war. I didn’t give the orders to invade a country that was absolutely no threat to the USA. I also didn’t give the orders to use depleted uranium and wmd in Iraq. I wasn’t the one who devoted myself to torture and imprisoning people without due process.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12422.htm

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Dark Pearl

By John S. Hatch

It’s quite normal for a son to want to follow in his Daddy’s career footsteps and to dream of exceeding the accomplishments of the old geezer. But what if you’re Genghis Jr., or Attila Jr., or George II? That can complicate matters a little. How to outdo Daddy’s deeds when he was so devilishly good at what he did? How many people can a Vlad Jr. impale? You almost have to have a plan. In modern times you need a PNAC.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12423.htm

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Iraq: 26 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Gunmen shot and wounded four pilgrims in Mahmudiya, just south of Baghdad, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/GEO061594.htm

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Did Marines Commit Crime in Iraq Civilian Deaths?:

A bloody videotape shot by a local Iraqi journalism student has prompted the Pentagon to launch a criminal investigation into an incident that left at least 15 Iraqi civilians dead in the city of Haditha.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12421.htm

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One Morning in Haditha”:

U.S. Marines killed 15 Iraqi civilians in their homes last November. Was it self-defense, an accident or cold-blooded revenge? A TIME exclusive
www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1174682,00.html

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Iraqi police say U.S. troops executed 11, including baby:

Iraqi police have accused U.S. troops of executing 11 people, including a 75-year-old woman and a 6-month-old infant, in the aftermath of a raid Wednesday on a house about 60 miles north of Baghdad.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12409.htm

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10 bodies found in Baghdad, including 13-year-old girl:

The 10 bodies were the latest gruesome discoveries tied to the underground sectarian war being conducted by Shiite and Sunni Muslims as they settle scores in the chaos that grips the Iraqi capital
tinyurl.com/j9kf5

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Death squads on the prowl in a nation paralysed by fear :

Unseen by the outside world, silent populations are on the move, frightened people fleeing neighbourhoods where their community is in a minority for safer districts.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article352362.ece

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Two Wounded Iraqi Children and Their Fathers Tell Their Stories:

After being caught in crossfire and 3 year-old Alaa Khalid Hamdan was seriously injured when a U.S. tank opened fire on her family’s home.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12419.htm

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Howard Zinn: America’s Blinders:

What is the idea of our moral superiority based on? Surely not on our behavior toward people in other parts of the world.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12414.htm

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Mike Whitney : Baker’s Latest Assignment; tell Bush we lost:

After years of struggle, Baker and company have finally created the one-party system of their dreams with a government that is unaccountable to the people, the law, or its political base. Unfortunately, he’s about to learn what others have known for some time; the nation is in the vice-like grip of homicidal maniacs who have no intention of relinquishing power or admitting defeat.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12411.htm

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Greg Palast : Bush Didn’t Bungle Iraq, You Fools:

The Mission Was Indeed Accomplished
informationclearinghouse.info/article12424.htm

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Paul Craig Roberts: A Collapsing Presidency:

Neocons are Jacobins. They are a foreign import and do not share our American values. Neocons are a grave danger to the United States and to the world. Neocons have led America into two gratuitous on-going wars that cannot be won, and they are determined to lead us into more wars. It is our duty to defend our country and to oppose these evil people.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12415.htm

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Decline and fall :

Kevin Phillips, no lefty, says that America — addicted to oil, strangled by debt and maniacally religious — is headed for doom.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12413.htm

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Why the war is a waste :

Speaking truth to tyranny is the place to start. Otherwise, we will learn directly, not just from history books, that just as empires rise, they also fall, brought down by their own hubris.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12412.htm

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U.S. War Spending to Rise 44% to $9.8 Bln a Month, Report Says:

Spending will rise to $9.8 billion a month from the $6.8 billion a month the Pentagon said it spent last year, the research service said. The group’s March 10 report cites ``substantial’’ expenses to replace or repair damaged weapons, aircraft, vehicles, radios and spare parts.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12410.htm

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Media Avoids Covering Vote on Permanent Bases:

Something is happening in Iraq that most Americans have never heard about, but many Americans think the war is being fought for: the United States is building what look like permanent military bases.
www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/9190

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Polls show public want Australian troops out of Iraq :

A new opinion poll out today suggests that almost two thirds of people in this country want Australian troops to leave Iraq within the next couple months.
www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2006/s1595909.htm

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Seven die in Pakistan blast :

Dera Ismali Khan is close to the Waziristan tribal region which has been the theatre of conflict between Pakistani forces and the suspected Al-Queda and Taliban militants for over three years.
www.hindu.com/2006/03/20/stories/2006032004741400.htm

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Four Afghan policmen killed in motorbike ambush:

Suspected Taliban gunmen on motorbikes shot and killed four Afghan policemen today in a lawless southern province where 3,300 British troops will soon be based, a provincial official said.
tinyurl.com/jj6db

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Iranian police kill 10 ‘bandits’ near Afghan border:

“On Saturday evening, some armed bandits and agents who were trying to enter the country and create insecurity were spotted by… border troops,” a police commander, Eskandar Momeni, was quoted as saying in the report late Sunday.
www.thedailystar.net/2006/03/21/d60321130695.htm

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War pimp alert: Iran set to step up enrichment:

“Iran is on the verge of operating a 164-centrifuge cascade with UF6 (uranium hexafluoride gas),” a Western diplomat said, referring to machines arrayed in series, known as cascades, used to produce fuel for nuclear power reactors or material for the explosive core of an atom bomb.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,18546583-23109,00.html

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Iran: Time To Leak:

Where are the whistleblowers about Iran?
www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/03/20/iran_time_to_leak.php

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Who is the rogue state really?:

Iran is not guilty of abdicating or reneging on its obligations as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT). Under the terms of that treaty, Iran has an inalienable right to develop research, production, and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12425.htm

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Bush Repeats US Would Use Military To Protect Israel :

“I made it clear, and I’ll make it clear again, that we will use military might to protect our ally Israel,” Bush said during a question and answer session after a speech in Cleveland.
tinyurl.com/fwln9

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Palestinians losers in Mideast water war:

Israel is believed to monopolise around 75 percent of Palestinian water resources in a region where rainfall is infrequent and water a strategic asset.
tinyurl.com/ezj23

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Baruch Marzel: IDF must assassinate left-wing activist Uri Avnery :

National Jewish Front leader Baruch Marzel, now campaigning for the March 28 Knesset election, said Monday the leaders of the Kadima party are “traitors” and “criminals” and called on the Israel Defense Forces to assassinate the far-left leader of the Gush Shalom movement Uri Avnery.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/696472.html

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“To Hell With All of You”: The Power of Saying No:

As the new Hamas government is sworn into power in the Palestinian Authority, we might ask: What would bring a people, the most secular of Arab populations with little history of religious fundamentalism, to vote Hamas?
www.counterpunch.org/halper03202006.html

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Jimmy Carter: It’s not too late for lasting peace in the Middle East :

Israel should withdraw from the occupied territories, and its right to exist must be recognised by all Arabs
informationclearinghouse.info/article12417.htm

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Guantanamo protest in SF halts traffic downtown, 17 arrested: –

Police arrested 17 protesters and pulled several others wearing orange jumpsuits from a makeshift prison cell Monday in the heart of the city’s financial district.
www.fresnobee.com/state_wire/story/11954502p-12719132c.html

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Australia: Suspected terrorist abused in custody, court told:

The lawyer for one of the eight terrorism suspects rounded up in Sydney last year has told a court his client was being abused and was denied medical treatment while in custody.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200603/s1596011.htm

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Chavez blasts Bush as “donkey” and “drunkard”
informationclearinghouse.info/article12420.htm

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Secret loans: Blair warned but gave the go ahead:

TONY Blair’s intimate involvement in sanctioning the loans which have rocked his government is exposed today, after one of his closest confidantes confirmed that he “knew exactly what was going on” and was aware of the risks from the start.
news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=433082006

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This misadventure has alienated most of the world from Bush :

Since going to war, the president has managed to make himself almost as unpopular with US voters as he is with Iraqis
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1734805,00.html

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Pictures: Anti-War Protest Columbus, Ohio
members8.clubphoto.com/michael472642/4155844/guest.phtml

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“An Evening of Conversation” with Harry Belafonte :

We hear from legendary musician, actor and humanitarian Harry Belafonte on why he was disinvited from speaking at the funeral of Coretta Scott
informationclearinghouse.info/article12418.htm

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Pentagon hired contractor to advise on collecting information on churches, mosques, other U.S. sites:

A Pentagon intelligence agency that kept files on American anti-war activists hired one of the contractors who bribed former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., to help it collect data on houses of worship, schools, power plants and other locations in the United States.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12416.htm

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Rewriting The Science:

As a government scientist, James Hansen is taking a risk. He says there are things the White House doesn’t want you to hear but he’s going to say them anyway.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/03/17/60minutes/printable1415985.shtml

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Date: 18 March 2006

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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s War? As Many As 250,000
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11674.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2317
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$248,302,671,361
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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The farcical end of the American dream

The US press is supposed to be challenging the lies of this war

By Robert Fisk

Mr Welshofer, it transpired in court, had stuffed the Iraqi General Abed Hamed Mowhoush head-first into a sleeping bag and sat on his chest, an action which – not surprisingly – caused the general to expire. The military jury ordered – reader, hold your breath – a reprimand for Mr Welshofer, the forfeiting of $6,000 of his salary and confinement to barracks for 60 days.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12395.htm

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To bleed and to die in the dust

By Charles Sullivan

Ask yourself: Does the president behave like a servant of the people; or does he resemble an emperor? Ask the same question of Bill Frist, Hillary Clinton, and all of our so called public servants. Who do their policies benefit? Who is working for whom? Do they live like you? What kind of health insurance do they have? How do their benefits compare to your own? Do they have money worries? Are their children getting killed in Iraq? How do their retirement pensions compare to your own? .
informationclearinghouse.info/article12394.htm

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Pledging to Vote for Peace

By The Nation

How many Americans would pledge to cast their votes in November only for candidates who want to end the war in Iraq?
informationclearinghouse.info/article12397.htm

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Organizing Voters to End War

Protests and Petitions are Not Enough

“I will not vote for or support any candidate for President or Congress who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq, and preventing any future war of aggression, a public position in his or her campaign.?

Click here to make a difference.”
www.votersforpeace.us/content.jsp?content_KEY=1470

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24 Killed in Continuing Violence:

The bodies of 16 victims of shootings were found in different areas of the capital, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/GEO842761.htm

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Car bomb kills 20 in Baghdad:

Twenty Iraqis were killed or injured in a car bomb blast Saturday in a Baghdad suburb.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=839897

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Bombs, bullets meet Shiite pilgrims in Iraq:

The Muslim pilgrims’ road to the holy city of Karbala was a highway of bullets and bombs for Shiites on Friday. Drive-by shootings and roadside and bus bombs killed or injured 19 people, ratcheting up the sectarian tensions gripping Iraq.
tinyurl.com/mdcqf

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Four U.S. Soldiers Die, Four Others Wounded in Explosion in Iraq: .

The explosion occurred near a checkpoint of the Iraqi police in the region. According to the information U.S. troops have closed the area and arrested ten Iraqi policemen, guarding the checkpoint.
www.focus-fen.net/index.php?catid=138&newsid=84670&ch=0&datte=2006-03-18

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Soldiers killed by indirect fire :

Two U.S. Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division were killed and another wounded in an indirect fire attack on Contingency Operating Base Speicher, northwest of Tikrit
www.mnf-iraq.com/Releases/Mar/060318a.htm

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US soldier killed in Samarra offensive:

The US military said one US soldier was killed and about 30 people detained by the end of the second day of their assault on Samarra.
tinyurl.com/ldzzz

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US Marines investigated for Iraq war crimes:

About a dozen US Marines are being investigated for possible war crimes after the deaths last year of 15 Iraqi civilians caught in the crossfire during a gun battle with insurgents.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-2090849,00.html

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Cost of Iraq war could surpass $1 trillion :

One thing is certain about the Iraq war: It has cost a lot more than advertised. In fact, the tab grows by at least $200 million each and every day.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12393.htm

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Charley Reese : Consequences of a War State :

War consists of killing people and destroying property. That’s all there is to war. Any honest soldier will tell you the same thing: His job is to kill people and destroy property. That’s true of all branches of the service.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12398.htm

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Global Protests Mark Iraq War Anniversary :

Anti-war protesters marched in Australia, Asia, Turkey and Europe on Saturday in demonstrations that marked the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq with a demand that coalition troops pull out.
tinyurl.com/n6rdj

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Must Watch 7 Minute Video

Cindy Sheehan – Camp Casey

“They can’t kill hope and the can’t kill love”
informationclearinghouse.info/article12401.htm

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Click Here to Find An Anti-War Event In Your Area:

There are currently 438 events planned in 49 states and counting…
www.afsc.org/3years/

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A Powerful New Voting Block Emerges:

The Anti-War Movement Becoming a Political Force That Cannot Be Ignored
informationclearinghouse.info/article12400.htm

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Saddam Was Trying to Capture Zarqawi:

Newly released documents from the captured Iraqi archives show that Saddam had put out an APB for Zarqawi and was trying to have him arrested as a danger to the Baath regime!
www.juancole.com/2006/03/saddam-was-trying-to-capture-zarqawi.html

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8 killed in eastern Afghanistan:

Militants ambushed an influential former governor near his home Saturday, killing him and four others, while three suspected Taliban rebels died in a botched attack on a current governor, Afghan officials said.
tinyurl.com/qa44c

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Girl, 8, is killed in Israeli raid :

An eight-year-old Palestinian girl was shot dead by the Israeli military in the northern West Bank last night. Iqbar Zayed was riding in a car driven by her uncle in Yamun, east of Jenin, when she was hit, Palestinian hospital sources said.
tinyurl.com/lpjcb

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Abbas to accept Hamas cabinet lineup:

The Palestinian president will accept Hamas’ cabinet line-up, but will press the group to make changes to its government agenda, which calls for resistance by any means to end Israeli occupation, aides say.
tinyurl.com/rvrhz

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Abbas urged to quit, scrap government:

Fatah officials have asked the Palestinian president to resign, dissolve the Palestinian Authority and return responsibility for the occupied territories to Israel in protest against Tel Aviv’s actions.
tinyurl.com/np7s5

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Iran links Britain to shooting of 21 officials :

Iran accused Britain of trying to stir religious and ethnic unrest in its eastern border region yesterday after armed rebels ambushed a party of government officials and killed 21.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1733655,00.html

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China requires IAEA report on Iran at Security Council :

China backed by Russia have argued that the IAEA chief should first report to his 35-nation board, which would diminish the role of the UN Security Council.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0603184704193121.htm

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Britain breaks with the US over Iran:

Britain has told the United States that it will not take part in any armed action against Iran’s nuclear sites, according to diplomatic sources in London. Already facing huge public criticism for his participation in the Iraq war, Prime Minister Tony Blair is seeking to distance himself from America’s belligerent rhetoric towards Iran.
www.jang.com.pk/thenews/mar2006-daily/18-03-2006/world/w3.htm

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Oil shortage threatens military:

A grim view of the nation’s energy future, and its implications for the military, emerges in a just released report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/060315/15natsec.htm

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Australia: Phone taps won’t be random: Ruddock:

Mr Ruddock today rejected claims that proposed new telephone interception powers could be randomly used to tap the phones of anonymous callers to the National Security Hotline.
tinyurl.com/o5x3o

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France braces for mass protests:

France braced for mass protests on Saturday against a new employment law as unions said more than 1 million people would march to increase pressure on the government to repeal the measure.
tinyurl.com/jxqbw

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NYC police used covert tactics, `proactive arrests’ at protests:

Among the most effective strategies, one police captain wrote, was the seizure of demonstrators on 5th Avenue who were described as “obviously potential rioters.”
tinyurl.com/lk3rh

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Dissent was once a cherished American value:

The Pittsburgh advocacy group, which spends much of its time opposing war and violence, released federal documents this week that it says proves the FBI was spying on peace activists here.
www.post-gazette.com/pg/06077/672466.stm

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The real meaning of 9/11:

There is a rush to replace the World Trade Center with something or other but inaction to replace the houses of the hundreds of thousands who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12399.htm

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GOP gives only lip service to fiscal discipline:

Senate approves billions in election-year deficit spending
tinyurl.com/pm522

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Pigs at the trough: House GOP leader well traveled:

The Center for Public Integrity said that Boehner accepted 42 privately sponsored trips from January 2000 to December 2005. That put him on the road to other countries and “golfing hotspots,” often with his wife, Debbie, for about half a year, “only nine days of which he listed as being ‘at personal expense,’ “ the center said.
msnbc.msn.com/id/11886906/

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Congressmen get in fight, spew racial epithets :

Congressional debate about immigration has gotten ugly, according to Thursday’s edition of Roll Call.
tinyurl.com/n7u4o

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The star-spangled fantasyland of the fake and home of the bogus :

US politicians aim for rugged, macho images because insecure voters want to feel that real men are in charge
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1733675,00.html

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Industry decries clean-air ruling :

A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a clean-air regulation issued by the Bush administration that would have let many power plants, refineries and factories avoid installing costly new pollution controls when they modernize.
tinyurl.com/ozmf9

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Date: 17 March 2006

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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s War? As Many As 250,000
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11674.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2315
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$248,126,707,087
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Video horror captures more sectarian massacres in Iraq

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The video images of a series of massacres in Iraq mark a new level of horror in the sectarian killing. A warning that this story contains graphic images of corpses, including some which have been mutilated.

Click to view
informationclearinghouse.info/article12376.htm

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5 Children Shot In Head as US raid on home killed 11 family members

By Amer Amery

A senior Iraqi police officer said autopsies on the bodies, which included five children, showed each had been shot in the head. Community leaders said they were outraged at the killings and demanded an explanation from the U.S. military.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12379.htm

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What Did You See at the War, Jimmy?

By Michael Slenske,

We demonized the Iraqi people and we were given carte blanche to shoot first and ask questions later. I think that the truth hurts. I think when a lot of Marines read this book it’s going to bring to their point of view the violations of the Geneva Conventions. Can you win a war with continued violations of the Geneva Conventions and International Law?
informationclearinghouse.info/article12391.htm

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The End Of Civilization

By Dave Eriqat

I had a mild epiphany the other day: it’s not President Bush who’s living in a fantasy world, it’s most of his critics who are. I’m no apologist for Bush – I neither like nor dislike him. He’s no more significant to me than a fly buzzing around outside my window. So permit me to explain my reasoning.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12381.htm

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The central battlefield in the global resource war

By Mike Whitney

Once we observe the sharp black outline of America’s newest battlefield, the illusions of the “war on terror” are quickly dispelled. This is the geographic reality of the present conflict. The war on terror is merely public relations fluff.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12388.htm

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Pink Slips Abound for Prosecutors and Therapists:

Humanity Suffers the Savagery of the American Empire’s Post 9/11 Worldview

By Jason Miller

Karl Rove, the mastermind of Bush II’s ascension to America’s seat of power, is a man of great distinction. Despite his decidedly porcine features, Mr. Rove’s Machiavellian lust for power, narcissistic lack of empathy, sycophantic devotion to the Bush crime family, deceitful nature, and conniving mind coalesce to leave the Prince looking like a pauper.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12383.htm

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“It’s far easier to fight for principles than to live up to them.”

A must watch 5 minute video
informationclearinghouse.info/article12372.htm

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5 shot bodies found in Baghdad:

The victims, all men who had been shot, were discovered in both Shiite and Sunni Muslim neighbourhoods, said Lt. Col. Falah al-Mohammedawi, an official with the ministry that oversees police
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=400672006&format=print

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US raid on home killed 11 family members:

A senior Iraqi police officer said autopsies on the bodies, which included five children, showed each had been shot in the head.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12379.htm

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9 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Three bodies were found with signs of torture and bullet holes in the head. Two were found in the eastern Sadr City and one in western Baghdad,
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ANW740987.htm

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Iraqi Kurd killed in riot on Halabja anniversary :

A 14-year-old boy was killed when security guards fired into a massive crowd of Kurds protesting local corruption in Halabja on Thursday on the anniversary of “Saddam Hussein’s gas attack” on the Kurdish town.
tinyurl.com/lax2n

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Death Squads Terrorize Baghdad:

Shiite death squads are spreading fear in Baghdad’s Sunni neighborhoods. Meanwhile, politicians and police are growing powerless as the outbreak of a civil war becomes ever more likely in Iraq.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12374.htm

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How Operation Swarmer Fizzled

Not a shot was fired, or a leader nabbed, in a major offensive that failed to live up to its advance billing
www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1174448,00.html

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Al-Sadar Forms Shadow Government:

The source explained that the Mahdi Army, has transformed the rundown Sadr city into an independent district with its security forces and its own courts which do not only judge local residents but also Shiites from other areas of the capital.
tinyurl.com/rx7e8

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Brzezinski calls for Iraq pull out:

One of America’s most respected elder national security statesmen called for a full pull-out from Iraq Thursday. – It would take a U.S. commitment of half a million troops to make a significant difference in fighting the Iraqi insurgency, Brzezinski said. But, “We are not in a position to do this,” he said.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12375.htm

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Saddam Hussein turns the tables at US-run show trial:

Hussein asked, “What about those who are dying in Baghdad? Are they not innocents? Are they not Iraqis? … Just yesterday, 80 bodies of Iraqis were discovered in Baghdad. Aren’t they innocent?”
www.asiantribune.com/show_article.php?id=3070

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The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq:

Almost three years to the day after the war started, a new book titled “Cobra II” details the inside story of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. The book is written by Michael Gordon, chief military correspondent for The New York Times, and retired Marine general Bernard Trainor. Audio and transcript
informationclearinghouse.info/article12378.htm

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This is a must watch

Video: The 50 Billion Dollar Robbery: :

Following the Iraq war, billions of dollars of Iraq’s money was directed to American companies to rebuild the country. But much of it remains unaccounted for, and the BBC’s Peter Marshall has been investigating startling allegations of post war profiteering.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12389.htm

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The time for accounting :

The case against the Iraq war and occupation has been entirely vindicated. It must be brought to an end
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1732815,00.html

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Video: Tony Benn Rallies Support for Anti-War Marches:

Former Labour Government minister Tony Benn speaks in Manchester at a rally aimed at building support for the international day of action against war on 18th March 2003. This is the third anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Demos against war will take place in over 60 ciites araound the world on this date.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12386.htm

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Father who took up Iraq machine gun to avenge dead son is ready to go home :

Johnson admits he does not “really have love for Muslim people.” And he says he’d be lying if didn’t admit wanting some revenge for his son, Justin.
www.wane.com/Global/story.asp?S=4647075

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Australia: PM denies lying about kickbacks:

Mr Howard failed to explain why the nation’s top spy agencies never passed on the explosive intelligence about Australian companies breaking United Nations sanctions in Iraq as long as eight years ago.
tinyurl.com/qlx54

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Manufacturing Consent for war:

US accuses Iran of “unhelpful activities” in Iraq:

U.S. officials in Iraq on Friday again accused Iran of meddling in its neighbour’s internal affairs, saying the Islamic Republic was carrying out “unhelpful activities” there.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/HAF741559.htm

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Greg Moses: The Bush Doctrine of Nuclear Preemption:

Do You Feel Safe With This Man’s Finger on the Button?
informationclearinghouse.info/article12382.htm

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Americans slightly favor plan to censure :

A new poll finds that a plurality of Americans favor plans to censure President George W. Bush, while a surprising 42% favor moves to actually impeach the President.
tinyurl.com/mlhm6

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Blair finally calls for Guantanamo to close :

Tony Blair joined the growing calls for the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay to be closed after he was questioned about the claims of torture by two British residents held there.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12380.htm

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Gunmen kill 21 people in southeastern Iran near border with Afghanistan, Pakistan :

Iranian police called the assailants ‘’rebels.’’ But there are no well-known political opposition groups operating in southeastern Iran, a region known for gangs of drug traffickers who have frequently clashed with security forces and occasionally kidnapped people.
tinyurl.com/oc7pk

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Six Afghan police killed in landmine blast:

At least half a dozen policemen were killed and as many wounded Friday when a roadside bomb flipped over the vehicle they were aboard, in southern Afghanistan. The policemen arrived in the area to retrieve bodies of four foreigners killed by Taliban earlier this week.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=839670

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Gunmen on motorcycle kill ex-police chief in southern Afghanistan:

Gunmen firing from a motorcycle killed a former police chief as violence surged in a southern Afghanistan Taliban stronghold, police said Friday.
tinyurl.com/mur36

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Pakistan supplied American missiles to Taliban:

It is claimed that the missiles – originally supplied to the Afghan Mujaheddin by the US during the war against the Russians – have been fitted with new battery packs allegedly provided by the Pakistani intelligence service, ISI, in the last four months.
www.india-defence.com/reports/1519

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Pepe Escobar : In the heart of Pipelineistan:

Pipelineistan actors are actively discussing the possibility of limited US strikes against, for instance, the Bushehr plant, as was implied by a recent belligerent statement of the US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HC17Ak03.html

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Israeli forces to step up assassinations: Mofaz :

Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz instructed forces on Thursday to step up targeted killings and anti-terror operations in the West Bank.
tinyurl.com/o4xvt

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Fatah stays out of Hamas cabinet :

The Fatah movement of the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, has refused to join a government being formed by Hamas.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4816738.stm

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Amnesty International Calls On Israel to End Settlements and Constructing Apartheid Wall:

“ These practices are regarded as a violation of human and international laws and that settlements and the Wall are against international law and a violation for the Palestinians’ basic human rights.”
www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/details.asp?name=14491

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Gaza is still a prison:

US-brokered agreements on Gaza are as worthless as every other lie the Palestinians have been told,
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2006/786/re2.htm

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Charley Reese : Check Your Beliefs :

Let’s play a fantasy game to check on our belief in human rights.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12385.htm

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The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy :

Why has the US been willing to set aside its own security and that of many of its allies in order to advance the interests of another state? One might assume that the bond between the two countries was based on shared strategic.

A must read.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12384.htm

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Look at the latins:

In resisting the abuse of US power the Middle East has a lot to learn from Latin America
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2006/786/op33.htm

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Chavez pours oil on troubled waters :

He is offering poor Americans hundreds of thousands of gallons of cut price fuel to help them heat their homes – Venezuela’s response, he says, to the events of Hurricane Katrina.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4813998.stm

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Secessionists threaten Venezuela’s unity:

“It’s new evidence for a destabilization plan that North American imperialism, through the fascist government of George W. Bush, is carrying out in our country to torpedo and sabotage the revolutionary process.”
www.pww.org/article/articleview/8755/1/313

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Latin America Unchained:

For decades the International Monetary Fund (IMF) served as one of the key pillars of the “Washington Consensus.” Dominated by the White House, the Fund allowed successive administrations to control the economic policy of poorer countries in this hemisphere and beyond.
www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/03/16/latin_america_unchained.php

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Cuba Demands America Return Guantanamo Bay :

In 1823, John Quincy Adams, the U.S. secretary of state, articulated the “ripe fruit” thesis, holding that Cuba would inevitably fall into U.S. hands as soon as it was no longer a Spanish colony
www.watchingamerica.com/granma000004.shtml

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Police attack Papuan students:

“The Papuans, have been taken and beaten, kicked, hit with guns and threatened,” he said.
tinyurl.com/s553f

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Embargoes on global arms trade have been total failure, says UN :

Despite the UN naming hundreds of companies – including those in Britain – for allegedly violating embargoes imposed on countries engaged in bloody conflicts and repression, the system for bringing them to book has abjectly failed.
news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/article351535.ece

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Pigs at the trough: Former top U.S. general gets $200,000-a-year board gig :

Recently retired Gen. Richard Myers, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who led the Pentagon into war with Iraq, hasn’t stayed out of work long.
tinyurl.com/nkkbe

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More pigs at the trough: The Matthews Speaking Fee Controversy :

The National Venture Capital Assocation (NVCA) confirmed that Matthews spoke at its 2005 Annual Meeting. NVCA told Think Progress that it booked Matthews through the Washington Speakers Bureau and that he received a fee of approximately $35,000. He received speaking fees from NCVA on at least two other occasions.
thinkprogress.org/2006/03/15/matthews-speaking-fees/

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GOP senators introduce eavesdropping bill:

The ACLU said in a statement that the bill would allow “Americans’ phone calls and e-mails to be monitored for 45 days without any court oversight and makes court review after that period optional” — in violation of the Fourth Amendment’s guarantees against unreasonable searches.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12373.htm

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US evangelicals warn Republicans :

Prominent leaders from the Christian right have warned Republicans they must do more to advance conservative values ahead of the US mid-term elections.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4815912.stm

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For folly, billions; for survival, pennies:

Bush bankrupts the nation paying for a needless war — while cutting budgets that could protect us against catastrophes like bird flu.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12390.htm

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Lawmakers attempt to block Tricare fee increases for retirees:

With the backing of 13 military associations, a bill blocking the Bush administration’s planned Tricare free increases for military retirees was introduced Wednesday.
www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1602107.php

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Bomb Parts Pass Checkpoints at 21 U.S. Airports:

Government investigators conducting undercover tests at 21 U.S. airports were able to get bomb materials through screening machines at all of them
informationclearinghouse.info/article12377.htm

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Sheila Samples: With Friends Like These:

Most Americans are critically aware of the importance of security in the wake of 9-11. But with best friends and partners like the United Arab Emirates, the Carlyle Group and Halliburton controlling the house — we have little time to worry about enemies at the gate.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12359.htm

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Quick! Vote while the black people are gone:

Somehow, it seemed like a fair idea for Bush’s Justice Dept. to allow elections to go forward in New Orleans before many of the refugees (overwhelmingly black and therefore overwhelmingly Democratic) have returned.
www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/33698/

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Audio: Bill Moyers in Greensboro:

Bill Moyers speaks to an audience in Greensboro about the challenge of covering religion, the importance of the environment, and the controversy surrounding his public battle with Kenneth Tomlinson, former chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Moyers spoke as part of the Bryan Series, presented by Guilford College
www.ibiblio.org/wunc_archives/sot/audioarchive//sot031606.mp3

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Comedy Centeral: Motion Censure:

Clearly Bill Frist knows that revenge is a dish best served with confusing parliamentary rhetoric.
tinyurl.com/lmd3t

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Date: 16 March 2006

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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s War? As Many As 250,000
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11674.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2314
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$247,894,864,925
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Nuclear Bunker Buster Bombs against Iran?: This Way Lies Madness

By Stephen M. Osborn

The “bunker buster” is a cute sounding name for a nuclear horror. Air bursts are horrible enough, doing incredible destruction through heat, shock and high initial radiation. The fallout from an air burst is registered around the world. A surface or subsurface burst is even deadlier and more long lasting.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12363.htm

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Is Another 9/11 in the Works?

By Paul Craig Roberts

If you were President George W. Bush with all available US troops tied down by the Iraqi resistance, and you were unable to control Iraq or political developments in the country, would you also start a war with Iran? Yes, you would.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12366.htm

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Hiroshima – Where Denial Meets Reality

The Lies – The Deaths – The Future?

Must watch flash presentation
informationclearinghouse.info/article12364.htm

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Shocking Guantánamo Suicide Letter Just Declassified and Released by The U.S.

In his letter, Jumah seeks to make his “voice heard by the world from the depths of the detention centers” and implores the “fair people of America to look again at the situation and try to have a moment of truth…”
informationclearinghouse.info/article12370.htm

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Iraq: 21 Killed in continuing violence:

Four college students were shot dead by gunmen in Mosul 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L16763848.htm

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Two US soldiers killed in western Iraq:

Two US soldiers have been killed in fighting in Iraq’s restive western Al Anbar province, US military authorities said Wednesday
www.politicalgateway.com/news/read.html?id=6551

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U.S. launches largest air assault since invasion of Iraq:

“More than 1,500 Iraqi and Coalition troops, over 200 tactical vehicles, and more than 50 aircraft participated in the operation,” the military statement said of the attack designed to “clear a suspected insurgent operating area northeast of Samarra,” 60 miles north of Baghdad.
tinyurl.com/h5wke

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Video Purports To Show Iraqi Children Playing With Body Of U.S. Soldier:

The camera hones in to show what one boy is holding: torn fabric, the colour of the camouflage fatigues worn by US troops. The next scene shows the same children holding aloft a human leg, shreds of the same camouflage fabric hang from it and the foot is clad in a military-style boot. The children trample the leg and kick it around in the dust.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12361.htm

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Fight the invaders, Saddam urges Iraqis from dock :

“I call on the people to start resisting the invaders instead of killing each other,” he said.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1731949,00.html

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Terrorists or Resistance Fighters: America’s Dilemma in Iraq :

When your homeland is occupied by foreign troops, extraordinary courage seems to come naturally.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12355.htm

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Iraqi PM offers to step down :

He made the comments at a news conference shortly after Iraq’s parliament met for the first time since the landmark national elections three months ago.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1732250,00.html

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Iraq parliament ends in deadlock:

The first session of Iraq’s new parliament has concluded with no real business conducted as Shia, Sunnis, Kurds and others remain deadlocked over the posts of speaker, president, prime minister and cabinet members.
tinyurl.com/kraq5

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5 minute video: How Many Dead Children Will It Take To Free Iraq?

Where is the outrage?

Warning – Video contains images depicting the reality and horror of the U.S. invasion of Iraq
informationclearinghouse.info/article12368.htm

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Bob Herbert: Stop Bush’s War :

Most of the people who thought this war was a good idea also thought that the best way to fight it was with other people’s children. That in itself is a form of depravity.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12371.htm

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Iraqis escape ruined country:

Some Iraqis have lost hope that their country can be rebuilt
tinyurl.com/zr7w4

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Shut Down the Prisons and Shut Up the Warmongers:

Guess what? Those stories were just another piece of disinformation. According to the US Department of Defense news service DefenseLink
tinyurl.com/peynp

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Why Journalists Are Being Murdered In Iraq:

One of those killed was Yasser Salihee. He was shot dead as he approached a US checkpoint on June 24 last year. In the previous weeks, Salihee had documented, for the Knight-Ridder news agency, dozens of cases of men being dumped at morgues after having been detained by the Wolf Brigade, the most notorious unit among the Special Police Commandos, and under the direct command of a US officer.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12360.htm

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Rice steps up rhetoric against ‘troubled state’ Iran:

Condoleezza Rice on Thursday raised the diplomatic temperature over the nuclear stand-off with Iran, accusing the country of lying about its activities and again calling it a “central banker to terrorism”.
tinyurl.com/s5akp

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US restates strike-first policy, warns Iran :

Making no apologies for the war in Iraq, the United States reaffirmed its strike-first policy of preemption and warned that Iran may pose the biggest threat to US national security.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12362.htm

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Video: John Bolton Interview:

Will the U.S. attack Iran?
www.bbc.co.uk/newsa/n5ctrl/progs/06/hardtalk/bolton13mar.ram

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Phyllis Bennis: New War Dangers: Iran, the U.S. and Nukes in the Middle East:

The Bush administration’s rapid escalation of anti-Iran rhetoric in the last few months should not be dismissed as posturing.
www.ips-dc.org/comment/Bennis/tp39newwar.htm

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Launch of Iranian oil trading hits wall: :

Despite repeated reports over the past 18 months or so that the planned bourse would finally open for business on March 20, 2006 — and go head to head with the New York Mercantile Exchange and the ICE Futures Exchange in London — the start date has been postponed by at least several months and maybe more than a year.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12356.htm

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America’s nuclear hypocrisy undermines its stance on Iran:

Even as he was telling Iran not to produce nuclear weapons, President Bush was urging Congress to pay for a new nuclear weapon designed to destroy underground military facilities
tinyurl.com/mybmw

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Canadian troops kill Afgan civilian:

Canadian forces opened fire on a vehicle, apparently in the belief it was a suicide bomb attempt, killing a passenger, a Canadian forces spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
tinyurl.com/qaf4y

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Afghan Taliban chief vows “unimaginable” violence:

Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar vowed a ferocious offensive against U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, saying on Thursday they would soon face unimaginable violence.
tinyurl.com/obno6

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MI5, Camp Delta, and the story that shames Britain :

There is no evidence in the record, classified or unclassified, which supports the military’s determination that these are enemy combatants. None.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article351561.ece

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Probe: IDF Soldier likely killed by friendly fire:

An initial IDF probe into the killing of an IDF soldier in Jenin on Thursday morning has ruled that Staff Sergeant Ido Shapira, 20, was killed by friendly fire.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3228740,00.html

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Israel and US are Above Law?:

Palestinian journalists and human rights activist refuted what was mentioned in the US annual report released on March 8, 2006. The US report told that Israel is not one of the countries that violate human rights laws.
www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/details.asp?name=14485

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‘Israel subjected US detainees to traumas’ :

Americans have repeatedly suffered physical and psychological trauma while detained by Israeli security forces, a US court was told Tuesday during a hearing about the alleged torture of a man accused of funnelling money to Hamas.
www.jordantimes.com/thu/news/news8.htm

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We warned of prison attack, says Israel : ·

UK and US told what to expect if they pulled out
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1731754,00.html

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Lebanese forces stifle anti-US protest:

Thousands of Lebanese security forces mobilised outside the US embassy to block a demonstration against “American-British collusion” with Israel in a prison raid in Jericho earlier this week.
tinyurl.com/r22z7

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A Palestinian View:

A practical guide to a successful nonviolent strategy
www.palestinenet.org/english/articles/sami.htm

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Packed Finkelstein talk draws ‘real outrage’:

Finkelstein, the son of two Holocaust survivors who teaches political science at DePaul University in Chicago, spoke about his views of the “fabricated, concocted, illegitimate” Israeli-Arab conflict, while outside at least 150 members of the local Jewish community quietly protested the event.
www.normanfinkelstein.com/article.php?pg=11&ar=163

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Pro-Israel Activists Block U.S. Travel Reform:

Jewish organizations played a leading role in defeating the effort, launched in response to the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, to ban privately funded trips for members of Congress.
www.forward.com/articles/7506

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Papua mine protesters hack police to death:

It was the third day of violent protests in the Indonesian province of Papua, a region where tensions are already running high in a separatist rebellion.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,25689-2088712,00.html

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Burma’s forgotten Muslims :

They have been called one of the world’s most persecuted people. Some argue that they are also one of the most forgotten.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4793924.stm

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U.S. Votes Against U.N. Human Rights Council:

The new Human Rights Council is meant to replace the 53-member Commission on Human Rights founded in 1946 to censure countries abusing their own citizens.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12357.htm

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America can’t block UN’s new human rights body:

AGAINST strong American opposition the United Nations has overwhelmingly voted to establish a new body to promote human rights around the world.
tinyurl.com/nak5u

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The U.S. Gulag Prison System :

The shame of a nation and a crime against humanity
informationclearinghouse.info/article12358.htm

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Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons:

Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8451.htm

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Moussaoui judge asked to allow FAA testimony:

Prosecutors seeking the death penalty for al Qaeda terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui yesterday asked a judge to reconsider her ban on testimony from aviation security specialists coached by an outside lawyer.
washingtontimes.com/national/20060315-105901-1454r.htm

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Chris Floyd: Bush Puts America on Death Row :

In yet another of those momentous degradations of public morality that go unremarked by the ever-vigilant watchdogs of the national media, Bush slipped a measure into the revamped “Patriot (sic) Act” he signed last week that will allow him to expedite the death penalty process across the land, the Austin American-Statesman reports.
www.chris-floyd.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=542&Itemid=1

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Sheila Samples: With Friends Like These:

Most Americans are critically aware of the importance of security in the wake of 9-11. But with best friends and partners like the United Arab Emirates, the Carlyle Group and Halliburton controlling the house — we have little time to worry about enemies at the gate.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12359.htm

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Don’t know if I should laugh or cry: : :

Helms – Couldn’t Hackett: Ed Helms takes a look at a candidate who isn’t ball-less enough for the Democratic party.
www.comedycentral.com/sitewide/media_player/play.jhtml?itemId=60271

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Senate Votes to Raise Debt Limit :

The Senate, on a 52-48 vote, sent to President Bush a bill raising the ceiling on the national debt to nearly $9 trillion and preventing a first-ever default on U.S. Treasury notes
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/politics/3728137.html

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Date: 15 March 2006

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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s War? As Many As 250,000
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11674.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2314
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$247,647,194,727
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Ordinary Iraqi families getting ready to fight

They’re stockpiling weapons, food and fuel
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/03/15/MNG6MHOD1T1.DTL

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Global Economic Hegemony: A New Kind of Warfare?

By Kaleem Hussain

In the year 2000, Iraq had decided that it was no longer going to accept dollars for oil being sold under the UN’s Oil For-Food Program and decided to switch to the Euro as Iraq’s oil export currency. The result was a military strike by the U.S. and it’s allies and subsequently in ample time the dollar was restored as Iraq’s oil export currency.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12346.htm

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Feingold Accuses Democrats of ‘Cowering’

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold accused fellow Democrats on Tuesday of cowering rather than joining him on trying to censure President Bush over domestic spying.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12351.htm

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Mass grave find fuels sectarian tension in Iraq :

Iraq moved closer to sectarian civil war as police found the bodies of 87 men killed in Baghdad, many of them showing signs of torture. The dead appear to be Sunni Muslims killed in retaliation for the bombs that slaughtered 58 people and wounded 200 when they exploded in crowded markets in the strongly Shia area of Sadr City.
tinyurl.com/fqlvr

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18 dead in Iraqi violence :

Up to 18 people have been killed in violence in the central Iraqi cities of Balad, Baquba and Baghdad
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4809160.stm

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Iraq: U.S. military kills five children, two men and four women:

Major Ali Ahmed of the Ishaqi police said U.S. forces had landed on the roof of the house in the early hours and shot the 11 occupants, including the five children
informationclearinghouse.info/article12341.htm

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U.S. military airstrikes significantly increased in Iraq:

American forces have dramatically increased airstrikes in Iraq during the past five months, a change of tactics that may foreshadow how the United States plans to battle a still-strong insurgency while reducing the number of U.S. ground troops serving here.
tinyurl.com/hvpwf

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American arrested with weapons in Iraq:

The man it described as a security contractor working for a private company, possessed explosives which were found in his car. It said he was arrested on Tuesday.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12342.htm

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In case you missed it:

‘The Salvador Option’:

The Pentagon may put Special-Forces-led assassination or kidnapping teams in Iraq
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6802629/site/newsweek/

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Military officers say U-S to send more troops into Iraq:

The armored unit may spend as little as 30 days in Iraq. The move contrasts with the Bush administration’s stated goal of substantially cutting U-S forces in Iraq this year.
www.abc25.com/Global/story.asp?S=4635170&nav=menu213_2

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Remi Kanazi: Accepting Reality: America Lost the War in Iraq:

The chance for victory vanished long ago with the hearts, minds, arms, legs and lives of the Iraqi people.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12348.htm

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US ‘may want to keep Iraq bases’:

The United States may want to keep a long-term military presence in Iraq to bolster moderates against extremists in the region and protect oil supplies, the army general overseeing US operations in Iraq has said.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12340.htm

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Electricity Hits Three-Year Low in Iraq :

Electricity output has dipped to its lowest point in three years in Iraq. The Iraqis, in fact, may have to turn to neighboring Iran to help bail them out of their energy crisis – if not this summer, then in years to come.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12344.htm

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In case you missed it:

Secret U.S. Plans For Iraq’s Oil :

The Bush administration made plans for war and for Iraq’s oil before the 9/11 attacks sparking a policy battle between neo-cons and Big Oil, BBC’s Newsnight has revealed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8307.htm

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‘I am still the head of state’ :

Saddam Hussein insisted today that he was still Iraq’s president and called on Iraqis to stop fighting each other and rise up against US and British troops as he gave evidence for the first time at his trial.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1731557,00.html

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Iraq War Resisters Stage 241-Mile Peace March Across U.S.-Mexico Border
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/03/15/158256

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US general says no proof Iran behind Iraq arms:

President George W. Bush said on Monday components from Iran were being used in powerful roadside bombs used in Iraq, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said last week that Iranian Revolutionary Guard personnel had been inside Iraq.
tinyurl.com/r4owy

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Bush ready to initiate ‘regime change’ for the mullahs:

Buoyed up by achieving its initial goal of dragging Teheran before the United Nations Security Council, which is to debate Iran this week, officials are now promoting several measures reminiscent of the American approach towards Moscow in the Cold War.
tinyurl.com/q54lw

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Russia warns US on Caspian buildup :

Russia cautioned the United States on Tuesday against raising its military presence in the strategic Caspian sea region bordering Iran, saying buildup of forces from “outside” would destabilize the region, Itar-Tass news agency said.
www.iribnews.ir/Full_en.asp?news_id=209370

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The Abu Ghraib files:

279 photographs and 19 videos from the Army’s internal investigation record a harrowing three months of detainee abuse inside the notorious prison — and make clear that many of those responsible have yet to be held accountable.
www.salon.com/news/abu_ghraib/2006/03/14/introduction/

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I Refuse To Answer :

Major General Geoffrey Miller, the officer sent from Guantanamo Bay to Iraq to teach the MP’s and intel teams at Abu Ghraib how to interrogate prisoners Gitmo-Style, has invoked his Article 31 right not to testify in the courts-martial of several dog handlers who are now being prosecuted. Shame shame General!
www.politicalcortex.com/story/2006/3/13/15212/5488

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UK: Taking prisoners to the edge of drowning ‘not torture’ says Foreign Office:

FORCING a prisoner’s head under water until they believe they are drowning does not necessarily constitute torture or abusive treatment, the Foreign Office has said.
news.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=367282006

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Mike Whitney: The Changing Face of Terror

September 11 has been the most abused and manipulated public relations scam in history. It is trotted out in every presidential speech, every executive press conference, and every appearance by an administration official. It is routinely used to undermine the rule of law and to vindicate the despotic powers of the president.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12354.htm

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Edward S. Herman : Uncle Chutzpah and His Willing Executioners on the Dire Iran Threat:

Uncle Chutzpah and his willing executioners-the media, UN and coalition of the cowardly and bribed-have isolated Iran and set her up for possible destabilization and aggression. One wouldn’t think this possible given the remarkable parallels in argument and (phony) evidence in this case and that of the failed aggression in Iraq, but the power of the aggressor and subservience of the media and international community are apparently boundless.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12350.htm

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The elite effort to subvert democracy: public opinion does not guide domestic or foreign policy and we won’t be leaving Iraq anytime soon.

The vice president said that the “War on Terror” is a “war which will not end in our lifetimes.”
www.napavalleyregister.com/articles/2006/03/14/opinion/commentary/iq_3343837.txt

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Chris Floyd: The Black Mud of Bush/Blair Propaganda :

It is not enough for those gentlemen of rectitude, the oh-so-Christian Coalition of George Bush and Tony Blair, to snatch innocent people from around the world and plunge them into a black hole of torture and anguish for years on end.
tinyurl.com/ppjul

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In case you missed it:

Nazis of the Nineties:

In his book “The Road to Serfdom,” Friedrich Hayek warned Americans in 1944 that despite their military war against Nazis, they were travelling the philosophical and economic road to that the Nazis were travelling. The Americans ignored that warning. Now along the Americans we are left with the consequences that are coming home to roost
informationclearinghouse.info/article12347.htm

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In case you missed it:

Howard Zinn: Machiavellian Realism and U.S. Foreign Policy:

Means and Ends: For the United States, as for others countries, Machiavellianism dominates foreign policy, but the courage of a small number of dissenters suggests the possibility that some day the larger public will no longer accept that kind of “realism.” Machiavelli himself might have smiled imperiously at this suggestion, and said, “You’re wasting your time. Nothing will change. It’s human nature.”
informationclearinghouse.info/article12349.htm

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Abbas condemns Israel raid as unforgivable crime:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday condemned Israel’s raid on a West Bank prison and seizure of a militant leader as a crime that would not be forgiven.
tinyurl.com/qr8bg

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Hamas threatens to abduct soldiers, PFLP vows retaliation:

Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), Fathi Hammad, stated that the movement will retaliate to the arrest, and military operation in Jericho, against Sa’adat, who is also a newly elected member of the PLC
www.palestinenet.org/english/archive2006/mar/week3/150306/report1.htm

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U.S. may veto bid for UN condemnation of jail siege :

The threat of a U.S. veto hovers over planned closed-door deliberations Wednesday over Qatar’s bid for a UN Security Council to condemn Israel’s Jericho jail siege and its capture of the killers of former cabinet minister Rehavam Ze’evi.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/694459.html

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Israel starts work on new settlement :

The Israeli government has begun to develop facilities for what eventually could be the largest settlement project in the West Bank since 1967.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/595CADDE-2C44-4252-9B53-523E1C451F1D.htm

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Chicago court hears chilling tales of torture :

In federal court in Chicago Tuesday, chilling stories about the torture of political prisoners by Israeli police.
abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=investigative&id=3992878

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Five Afghan cops killed in battle with Taliban:

A two-hour gun battle with suspected Taliban militants killed five police and two militants in Afghanistan, a government official said yesterday.
www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2006/03/15/1488867-sun.html

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Robert Fisk: Robert Fisk: Algerian under a death sentence fights deportation :

Pouring sweet tea for his guests, he does not look like the potential “terrorist” that New Zealand’s under-staffed Security Intelligence Service claims him to be.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12353.htm

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Arab central banks move assets out of dollar :

Middle Eastern anger over the decision by the US to block a Dubai company from buying five of its ports hit the dollar yesterday as a number of central banks said they were considering switching reserves into euros.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12343.htm

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Chalmers Johnson : No Longer the “Lone” Superpower:

Alice-in-Wonderland Policies and the Mother of All Financial Crises
informationclearinghouse.info/article12345.htm

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30 Days As A Muslim In America

Morgan Spurlock, director of the documentary Supersize Me! sends David Stacy, a practicing Christian from Virginia, to “work, eat, and sleep” as a Muslim in “the heart of Muslim America, Dearborn, Michigan.”
informationclearinghouse.info/article12330.htm

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Video: 9/11 – : Professor Steven E Jones Lecture On The Collapse of WTC Buildings:

Physics professor and founder of Scholars For 9/11 Truth Steven E Jones presents his presentation on the collapse of WTC Buildings 1,2, and 7 on 9/11. A very informative and scientific presentation that raises serious questions about the official account of the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers and Building 7.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12352.htm

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200,000 people are listed in terror suspect database:

The list contains an additional 150,000 records that have only partial names, Bucella said.
www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-03-14-terrorism-names_x.htm?POE=NEWISVA

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FBI took photos of antiwar protesters:

An FBI agent in Pittsburgh photographed members of an antiwar activist group in 2002, according to documents released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union, which said the disclosure marks the latest incident in which the FBI has monitored left-leaning groups.
tinyurl.com/j9app

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