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Date: 8 April 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 2349
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$271,638,998,030
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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The Iran Plans

One of the military’s initial option plans, calls for the use of a bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapon

By Seymour M. Hersh

Air Force planning groups are drawing up lists of targets, and teams of American combat troops have been ordered into Iran, under cover, to collect targeting data and to establish contact with anti-government ethnic-minority groups. The officials say that President Bush is determined to deny the Iranian regime the opportunity to begin a pilot program, planned for this spring, to enrich uranium.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12645.htm

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Belligerent Until the Bitter End

If You Can’t Win One War, Start Another

By Paul Craig Roberts

The Bush regime currently has wars underway in Afghanistan and in Iraq and can bring neither to a conclusion. Undeterred by these failures, the Bush regime gives every indication that it intends to start a war with Iran, a country that is capable of responding to US aggression over a broader front than the Sunni resistance has mounted in Iraq.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12652.htm

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The Anti-War Movement?

By Cindy Sheehan

The anti-war movement is not on the “verge of collapse” because we are not organized, or because we don’t take a “warriors” view of attacking the neocons and the war machine using the tactics of Napoleon, or Sun Tzu—but because the two-thirds of Americans who philosophically agree that the war is wrong, BushCo lied, and the troops should come home, will not get off of their collective, complacent, and comfortable behinds to demonstrate their dissent with our government.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12649.htm

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The Century of the Self

Adam Curtis’ acclaimed series examines the rise of the all-consuming self against the backdrop of the Freud dynasty.

Part II – The Engineering of Consent

This is a must watch video

How the US government, big business, and the CIA developed techniques to manage and control the minds of the American people. Click here to view
informationclearinghouse.info/article12646.htm

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A Culture of Corruption

Let’s Save Our Democracy by Getting Money Out of Politics

By Bill Moyers

Money is choking our democracy to death. Our elections are bought out from under us and our public officials are doing the bidding of mercenaries. So powerful is the hold of wealth on politics that we cannot say America is working for all Americans. The majority may support such broad social goals as affordable medical coverage for all, decent wages for working people, safe working conditions, a secure retirement, and clean air and water, but there is no government “of, by, and for the people” to deliver on those aspirations.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12647.htm

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Iraqis mourn victims of attack on mosque:

The death toll in the brazen attack rose to 85, the Health Ministry said.
tinyurl.com/obrht

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11 bodies found :

In the southern holy city of Karbala, seven bullet-riddled bodies were received by the local hospital on Saturday. Four other bodies were found by police late Friday near Tikrit.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060408/wl_mideast_afp/iraqunrest

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At least 10 killed in continuing violence:

Six Shi’ite pilgrims were killed and sixteen wounded when a car bomb exploded near a Shi’ite shrine in the town of Musayib about 55 km (34 miles) south of Baghdad
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/RAS839202.htm

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Two Iraqi Soldiers Killed in Western Iraq :

Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and three others wounded in fierce battle between insurgents and Iraqi security forces in western Iraq on Saturday, witnesses said.
en.chinabroadcast.cn/706/2006/04/08/421@74812.htm

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U.S. Marine reported shot by Iraqi soldier:

An Iraqi soldier allegedly shot and killed a U.S. Marine at a base near the Syrian border, the U.S. military said Friday.
tinyurl.com/oha2n

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Iraqi official: ‘It’s civil war’:

A senior official in the Iraqi government has for the first time admitted the country is in a state of civil war.
www.itv.com/news/world_467275.html

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Iraq three years on: Don’t look away :

And don’t believe all that our leaders tell us about democracy. Three years after the toppling of Saddam, Iraq is a bloody mess. Yesterday 70 people were killed in an attack on a Baghdad mosque. Patrick Cockburn reports on three years of broken promises in a blighted land
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article356466.ece

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Time Running Out for Rebuilding of Iraq :

The ambitions of 2003, when President Bush spoke of making Iraq’s infrastructure ``the best in the region,’’ have given way to the shortfalls of 2006, in electricity and water supply, sanitation, health facilities and oil production.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5743067,00.html

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BBC Video Report: US veterans against War in Iraq :

Garett Reppenhagen’s experience in Iraq – where he served for a year – has changed his mind on the occupation and has led him to leave the US Army.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12653.htm

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Wisconsin voters want U.S. troops out of Iraq:

On Tuesday, folks in 34 cities and towns across Wisconsin cast their votes on referendums calling for immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops. The referendums passed in 24 out of 32 communities.
progressive.org/mag_wx040506

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Bush ‘planning nuclear Iran strike’:

Article in New Yorker says that U.S. government is preparing a massive campaign to neutralize Iranian nuclear sites. Iranian President Ahmadinejad is compared in the White House to Hitler
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3237583,00.html

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In case you missed it:

Philip Giraldi: Deep Background :

It is hardly a secret that the same people in and around the administration who brought you Iraq are preparing to do the same for Iran. The Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, has tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9639.htm

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American Democracy Indicted:

The American people are largely ignorant of political reality — deeply ignorant
www.fff.org/freedom/fd0604f.asp

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In case you missed it:

The Blue Pill People :

There are none so blind as those who will not look. If you are one of those who will look, take a look around. You are surrounded — surrounded by millions who will not look. These are the blue pill people. Who are these blue pill people and why won’t they look?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1543.htm

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Kleenex Workers :

Was it only three years ago that some of our puffed up patriots were denouncing the French as “cheese-eating surrender monkeys,” Throughout the month of March and beyond, they were demonstrating, rioting, and burning up cars to preserve a right Americans can only dream of: the right not to be fired at an employer’s whim.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12648.htm

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‘The war is illegal. I can’t pay for a government killing machine’ :

A man has vowed to go to prison rather than pay taxes which he believes would fund a “blatantly illegal war” in Iraq.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/article356034.ece

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4 Minute Video:

The Battle For America:
www.current.tv/studio/media/684.htm

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14 Palestinians killed by Israeli Occupation Force missile strikes in Gaza :

Fourteen Palestinians were killed in three separate Israel Defense Forces missile strikes in the Gaza Strip over the weekend.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/703730.html

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Israeli Bombs Gaza Strip Kills 6 Including Child :

An Israeli airstrike Friday on a car (purportedaly) carrying Palestinian militants in the southern Gaza Strip killed six people and wounded about a dozen, Palestinian security officials and medical workers said.
tinyurl.com/lgmop

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Massacre in Rafah:

This is a horrible crime, says Hamed, that the Quaret and the European Union should take note of. “This is the Israeli beginning of yet another series of massacres against the Palestinian people as the Israeli government boycotts the Palestinian government and attacks its people.”
www.pnn.ps/english/archive2006/apr/week2/080406/report3.htm

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Abbas: ‘Convergence’ will lead to war:

Abbas added that Olmert’s plan will only endanger the chances of reaching a long term agreement, since it bypasses negotiations with the Palestinians.
tinyurl.com/r8bff

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Israeli Army Murdered British Filmmaker:

“Based on the evidence laid before us, we the jury unanimously agree it was unlawful shooting, with the intention to kill Mr. James Miller. We can come to no other conclusion than that Mr. Miller was indeed murdered,” the jury concluded.
abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=1812699

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Judge denies journalists’ motion in AIPAC case :

The group wanted to file a brief arguing that AIPAC operates as a quasi-intelligence organization that infiltrates Congress and the White House.
jta.org/page_view_breaking_story.asp?intid=1590

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Michael Scheuer: Does Israel Conduct Covert Action in America? :

You bet it does
www.antiwar.com/scheuer/?articleid=8827

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Israel should continue to push its relationship with Washington to new levels :

When the prime minister visits Washington in the coming months he will have a chance to see first-hand just how worried Israel’s friends there are.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3237057,00.html

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Israel controversy threatens free speech:

Two academics who recently discussed the power of the so-called Israel lobby have come under intense fire. This episode threatens free speech—and not just on campuses.
progressive.org/mag_apb040606

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Suicide blast at Afghan NATO base; 3 killed:

A suicide attacker detonated a car filled with explosives outside a base of NATO-led peacekeeping troops in western Afghanistan on Saturday, the fourth attack on foreign troops in three days.
tinyurl.com/qy7gq

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Robert Fisk: Silent for too long, the witnesses to evil :

The mass rape and slaughter of tens of thousands of Armenian girls in 1915 can only be acknowledged in a “personal capacity”. The mass murder of Turkish Armenia’s manhood in 1915 can only be conceded in a “personal capacity”. And even then you are liable to get fired.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12651.htm

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Indian police arrest hunger striker:

India’s best-known environmentalist was in a critical condition last night after nine days of hunger strike to protest against the displacement of 35,000 families by a dam project.
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329452480-111087,00.html

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Did Bush Lie to Fitzgerald?:

What did the President tell the special prosecutor about this issue in 2004 and what is Bush’s legal status in the federal criminal probe?
www.consortiumnews.com/2006/040706.html

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Real Video : What Bush Said in Public About Leaks –
real21mt.audiovideoweb.com/ramgen/nj20real2514/leak.320.24056K.rm

Windows Media
win20ca.audiovideoweb.com/ca20win15004/leak.320.24056K.wmv

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John W. Dean: The Truth About Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s Statements to the Grand Jury :

The filing indicates that the President and Vice President departed radically, and disturbingly, from long-set procedures with respect to classified documents – and that the Vice President, in particular, exceeded his declassification authority.
writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20060407.html

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Libby, Gonzales Provide More Grounds for Censure or Impeachment:

Two blockbuster revelations on April 6 provide ample additional grounds for censuring or impeaching George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
progressive.org/mag_wx040706

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Rep. Henry Waxman’s Letter to Bush Plame Leak: pdf format: I

n a letter to President Bush, Rep. Waxman asks for a full accounting of the President’s and Vice President’s actions in authorizing leaks of classified intelligence about Iraq, while at the same time concealing the President’s knowledge of serious doubts about Iraq’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.
www.democrats.reform.house.gov/Documents/20060406152542-43479.pdf

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The Rebuking and Scorning of Cynthia McKinney:

A Washington press corps that stood idly by while Bush and Cheney plundered the country, wrecked the environment, spied on Americans without a warrant, tortured civilians and lied the country into a war that will only get worse, woke up one morning and collectively decided: “Let’s all play Get Cynthia!”
counterpunch.org/vest04072006.html

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U.S. Quits Race for Human Rights Council, Possibly Fearing Defeat:

“A country that routinely relies on the death penalty, even allowing the execution of minors and mentally disabled prisoners, does not belong on the Council,” she pointed out.
www.asiantribune.com/show_news.php?id=17552

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Local Teacher’s Run-In With Homeland Security Creates Insecurities:

Leander Pickett, a teacher’s assistant at Englewood Elementary, said he was manhandled and handcuffed by two plain clothed Homeland Security officers in front of the school Tuesday for no reason at all.
news.yahoo.com/s/wjxt/20060406/lo_wjxt/3379371

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Audit: Money From Abroad for Katrina Lost :

Federal auditors on Thursday laid out a scenario of omissions, missteps and bureaucratic nightmares that caused a loss of money and other donations sent from abroad to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
www.wibc.com/news/article.aspx?id=853183

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Increasingly Vicious Laws Push Out Homeless:

Communities nationwide appear intent on testing the lengths they can go to suppress or expel their homeless populations — anything to avoid having to see, let alone help, the least fortunate.
newstandardnews.net/content/index.cfm/items/3026

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Date: 7 April 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 2347
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$271,382,822,126
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Those ungrateful Iraqis!

By Rosa Brooks:

AT LAST, there’s consensus on who’s to blame for the mess in Iraq: the Iraqis!
informationclearinghouse.info/article12644.htm

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Iran: The Next Neocon Target

HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
Before the U.S. House of Representatives

Once again we’re unilaterally declaring a pre-emptive war against a country and a people that have not harmed us and do not have the capacity to do so. And don’t expect Congress to seriously debate a declaration of war resolution. For the past 56 years Congress has transferred to the executive branch the power to go to war as it pleases, regardless of the tragic results and costs.

Windows Video and transcript
informationclearinghouse.info/article12640.htm

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This a must watch video

The Century of the Self

How politicians and business learned to create and manipulate mass-consumer society.

The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests?

Download file – Real Media
informationclearinghouse.info/article12642.htm

– Windows Media
tinyurl.com/elqxf

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Mosque attack blast kills 79:

THREE suicide bombers, two of them disguised as women, killed at least 79 people and wounded 164 as worshippers left a popular Baghdad Shiite mosque after weekly Friday prayers overnight.
tinyurl.com/kkoeu

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10 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Police found two unidentified bodies riddled with bullets in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah neighbourhood.
www.iribnews.ir/Full_en.asp?news_id=210746

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4 More Bodies Found:

Police discovered the bodies of three members of the security forces, including an Iraqi soldier and a lieutenant-colonel. The bodies were found with their hands cut off. The decapitated body of man wearing a man in an military uniform was found in the town of al-Shahaimiya,
tinyurl.com/gwczu

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Three US troops killed in Iraq:

The US military announced Friday the death of three of its troops across Iraq over the past 24 hours.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=117848

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Marine killed in al Anbar Province :

A Marine assigned to 2/28 Brigade Combat Team died from enemy action while operating in al Anbar Province April 6.
tinyurl.com/fvl8y

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Narrow escape from Iraq ambush caught on video:

CTV has obtained dramatic video of a dangerous ambush in Iraq that shows a bullet from an insurgent flying through the windshield of a truck.
tinyurl.com/z5jek

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Iraq faces up to militia problems :

The US authorities in Iraq are trying to step up pressure on Iraqi politicians to tackle the power of armed militia groups, increasingly seen as one of the main sources of instability and violence.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4868956.stm

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US Efforts to Oust Jaafari May Backfire:

Efforts by the United States to split the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance (UIA) and deny interim Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari his claim to head the next government could well prove counter-productive to long-term U.S. objectives in both Iraq and the larger region, according to some specialists here.
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=32803

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In Notification of Army Deaths, More Pain :

After Neil Santorello heard the news that his son, a tank commander, had been killed in Iraq, from the officer in his living room, he walked out his front door and removed the American flag from its pole. Then, in tears, he tore down the yellow ribbons from his tree.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12641.htm

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Iraq: Victims of Violence :

I went to work with those afflicted by the Bosnian war because I felt compelled to understand the nature of ‘evil’. Why are people so very horribly violent towards other people and, especially, towards innocent people?
indexresearch.blogspot.com/2006/04/iraq-victims-of-violence.html

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Robert Fisk on Iraq, Palestine and the Failure of the U.S. Corporate Media :

We speak with one of the most experienced war correspondents in the world today, Robert Fisk – chief Middle East correspondent of the London Independent – about Iraq, Palestinian and Israeli elections, the corporate media and much more
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/04/07/144219

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U-S ambassador warns of threat of sectarian war to entire Middle East :

The U-S ambassador to Iraq says a conflict that could affect the entire Middle East might emerge if efforts to build an Iraqi government don’t succeed.
www.kristv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4741267

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Israel launches triple air strike on Gaza Strip:

The Israeli military launched three air raids overnight against targets in the Gaza Strip, a spokesman said.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=117752

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Hamas: EU aid freeze is blackmail:

The Hamas-led Palestinian government has denounced a move by the European Union to suspend aid payments, saying it is a form of blackmail which will only hurt ordinary civilians.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C6937144-5A6C-4652-9598-A7FD93F42862.htm

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US House Passes Palestinian Anti-Terror Act :

The House International Relations Committee on Thursday, by a vote of 36-2 (McCollum & Blumenauer voting no), approved H.R. 4681, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act, legislation that bans all non-humanitarian aid to the Hamas-run Palestinian Authority (PA).
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=101637

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Hamas denies ready for two-state solution:

Senior Hamas officials on Friday denied reports their new government was ready for a two-state solution with Israel or would present such a proposal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060407/wl_nm/mideast_hamas_dc

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Palestinian Man Says He Was Tortured After Helping Israel:

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan says Ali Mahmud Ali Shafi was kidnapped on Sept. 22, 2001, in a Palestinian Authority-controlled territory and tortured for six months.
www.wnbc.com/news/8529164/detail.html

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2 profs spark political firestorm:

Duo from U. of C. and Harvard write that a powerful lobby has been able to force U.S. foreign policy to serve the interests of Israel
tinyurl.com/lwdse

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Head of UN watchdog to visit Iran :

Mr ElBaradei will report back to the UN Security Council at the end of April on whether Iran has complied with its demand to suspend uranium enrichment.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4888652.stm

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ElBaradei: Iran nuclear program not diverted :

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei said here Thursday night his agency has not seen any indication that nuclear material in Iran has been diverted or is being diverted to develop nuclear weapons.
www.payvand.com/news/06/apr/1060.html

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US, Allies Mull Bypassing UN To Pressure Iran:

U.S. officials and allies are talking about forming a “ coalition of the willing” to bring pressure against Iran’s nuclear program, citing dimming hopes for tough action from the United Nations, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.
tinyurl.com/p669u

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U.S. Officials Are Mulling Iran Strikes, Experts Say:

Key players in the Bush administration think a military confrontation with Iran is unavoidable, leading to stepped up military planning for such a prospect, according to several experts and recently departed senior government officials.
www.forward.com/articles/7616

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Why Israel can’t wipe out Iran’s nuke plants :

IRAN still poses a threat to Israel – as well as the Western and Arab worlds. That was the message conveyed by the former Israeli ambassador to Zimbabwe, Gershon Gan, at a UJIA-arranged talk at Liverpool’s Harold House.
www.jewishtelegraph.co.uk/liver_2.html

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Moscow issues West a warning :

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, on Thursday warned the West against isolating his country from helping to broker disputes with Iran and other conflicts in the Middle East.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/04/07/news/berlin.php#

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China has U.S. anti-missile tech, via transfer from Israel :

The transfers came from U.S.-made Patriots sent to Israel to counter Iraqi missile attacks during the Persian Gulf war.
tinyurl.com/ga9nz

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2 suicide bombs in southern Afghan province, 3 Americans wounded :

Two suicide attackers exploded car bombs in separate assaults on U.S. and Afghan forces Friday, slightly wounding two U.S. military members and one U.S. civilian contractor, officials said.
tinyurl.com/oamwk

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Afghan drugs barons flaunt their wealth and power :

International initiatives battle to end immunity for kingpins of the heroin trade
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1748859,00.html

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Tribals demand withdrawal of army :

Thousands of tribesmen in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region bordering Afghanistan have demanded the Pakistan military withdraw all its forces there.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4887500.stm

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Australian man jailed on evidence derived from torture:

The judge also established a far-reaching legal precedent by explicitly sanctioning the use of evidence obtained illegally under duress. The prosecution case relied almost totally on an interview conducted with Thomas in a Pakistani jail where he was denied his right under Australian law to first seek legal advice.
www.wsws.org/articles/2006/apr2006/thom-a07.shtml

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Rice moves to block Chavez power play:

Condoleezza Rice, the American Secretary of State, is heading a concerted, but little-publicised, diplomatic effort by Washington to thwart the ambitions of Hugo Chavez, the firebrand Venezuelan President, to create and lead an anti-American axis in Latin America.
tinyurl.com/q6n3z

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White House refuses to discuss Bush’s role in Iraq war leaks :

Indicted former top White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby revealed in court papers, made public Thursday, that Bush had authorised intelligence leaks ahead of the war in Iraq.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/202100/1/.html

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Libby Sings:

For those who questioned George Bush’s modus operandi in the months leading up to the invasion of Iraq and afterwards these are perhaps not unexpected developments. But the gradual emergence of the contents of the Libby grand jury testimony is important not only because it contradicts the president’s public denials of the leaks, but also for potentially placing the president at the center of a smear campaign.
www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/04/07/libby_sings.php

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Bush, GOP Approval Ratings Hit New Lows:

President Bush’s approval ratings hit a series of new lows in an AP-Ipsos poll that also shows Republicans surrendering their advantage on national security grim election-year news for a party struggling to stay in power.
abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=1816467

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Deal allows illegals to stay:

Senate leaders reached agreement Thursday on a broad, bipartisan compromise that would put the vast majority of the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.
www.insidebayarea.com/argus/news/ci_3683381

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Immigration proposals fail in Senate test vote:

A compromise bill to overhaul US immigration law failed on Friday on its first test vote as the US Senate failed to breach the divide on measures to allow most of the country’s illegal immigrants to remain in the US legally.
tinyurl.com/rfl85

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Silence in class :

University professors denounced for anti-Americanism; schoolteachers suspended for their politics; students encouraged to report on their tutors. Are US campuses in the grip of a witch-hunt of progressives, or is academic life just too liberal?
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1746227,00.html

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BBC Video: 9/11 – The Fall of the World Trade Center:

First broadcast in March 2002, this documentary looks at the factors that caused the collapse of the twin towers, as investigated by professionally qualified structural engineers.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12643.htm

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Six months to housing hell:

Consumer debt is up to $2 trillion (not including $440 billion of revolving home equity loans and $600 billion of second mortgages). Not only do consumers owe a whopping $9 trillion in mortgage debt, but home equity extraction has reached $600 billion annually.
www.moneyweek.com/file/10891/six-months-to-housing-hell.html

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Date: 6 April 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 2327
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$271,160,098,800
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Trillion Dollar War

Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz

Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, 63, discusses the true $1 trillion cost of the Iraq conflict. The only people benefiting in this war are Bush’s friends in the oil industry. He has done the American economy and the global economy an enormous disfavor, but his Texan friends couldn’t be happier
informationclearinghouse.info/article12634.htm

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Retired CIA Official Says Bush Is A War Criminal

An in-depth interview with former high-level CIA analyst Ray McGovern; McGovern talks about his work as an advisor to Bush 1 and his belief that Bush 2 is a war criminal and should be tried for crimes against humanity.

Real audio
informationclearinghouse.info/article12628.htm

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Libby Says Bush Authorized Leaks

By Murray Waas

Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff has testified that President Bush authorized him to disclose the contents of a highly classified intelligence assessment to the media to defend the Bush administration’s decision to go to war with Iraq, according to papers filed in federal court on Wednesday by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the CIA leak case.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12638.htm

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At least 20 killed in continuing violence:

13 people were killed when a car bomb exploded near the sacred Shi’ite shrine of Imam Ali in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L06109457.htm

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Gunmen Kill 5 Truck Drivers:

South of Baghdad, gunmen in three cars ambushed five Shiite truck drivers on their way to the capital from the town of Mahawil, killing all of them and stealing their trucks.
tinyurl.com/kywcb

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40,000 Sunnis killed in Iraq during al-Jaafari’s tenure – report :

“During the time Ibrahim Jaafari has been Prime Minister, 40,000 Iraqi Sunnis have been killed”, Sheikh Hareth al-Zari, secretary general of the Association of Muslim Scholars, told the popular satellite channel al-Jazeera on Wednesday.
www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=6615

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Video Claims to Show U.S. Pilot Dragged :

Warning – This video contains images that depict the reality and horror of war and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

This video claims to show Iraqi insurgents dragging the burning body of a U.S. pilot on the ground after the crash of an Apache helicopter.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12637.htm

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Channel 4 Video Report on UK Mercenaries shooting Iraqi Civilians:

“We don’t know whether it was an innocent civilian or whether that was an insurgent – we don’t know, because we never stop”. The words of a former security consultant, explaining the story behind the video footage.
www.channel4.com/player/playerwindow.html?id=4089&vert=news

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Al-Jaafari Insists on Prime Ministry Despite Opposition :

The current Iraqi Prime Minister, Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, who faced harsh reactions from Sunnite and Kurdish groups after he was nominated as prime minister by election victors, the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance, said he will not withdraw his prime ministerial nomination despite pressure from the United States and Britain.
www.zaman.com/?bl=international&alt=&trh=20060406&hn=31718

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The tethered goat strategy :

Since the Iraqi elections in January, US foreign service officers at the Baghdad embassy have been writing a steady stream of disturbing cables describing drastically worsening conditions.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1747665,00.html

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John Kerry: Two Deadlines and an Exit :

Half of the service members listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall died after America’s leaders knew our strategy would not work. It was immoral then and it would be immoral now to engage in the same delusion.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12633.htm

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How Massacres Become the Norm:

US soldiers killing innocent civilians in Iraq is not news. Just as it was not news that US soldiers slaughtered countless innocent civilians in Vietnam. However, when some rare reportage of this non news from Iraq does seep through the cracks of the corporate media, albeit briefly, the American public seems shocked.
tinyurl.com/hr42q

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Iraqi Lullaby: Vocals by Laura Bush and Mothers of America :

Pictures provided by President G W. Bush
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7379.htm

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Noam Chomsky: Returning to the Scene of the Crime,

War Crimes in Iraq
tinyurl.com/jqpzk

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Amnesty International Report Condemns U.S. Treatment of Detainees :

A new report released Wednesday by the human rights group Amnesty International says that the CIA used private airplanes owned by front companies to send terror suspects to secret locations or to send them to countries that condoned torture.
www.elitestv.com/pub/2006/Apr/EEN4433c39dce376.html

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Full Amnesty Report: Secret flights to torture and ‘disappearance’ :

Sending prisoners overseas to extract information through water torture, removal of toenails and fingernails, beatings, and electrocution at the request of US officials is inhumane and must be stopped.- US Congressman Edmund Markey, March 12, 2005
tinyurl.com/f3p8p

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International laws hinder UK troops – Reid:

John Reid demanded sweeping changes to international law yesterday to free British soldiers from the restraints of the Geneva conventions and make it easier for the west to mount military actions against other states.
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329449669-111274,00.html

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CIA made ‘185 rendition flights through Britain’:

CIA aircraft used in secret flights to transport terrorist suspects around the world made nearly 200 calls at British airports over the past five years, according to a report released today.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2119613,00.html

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Torture around the world :

Governments are often more reluctant to discuss torture than to practice it
ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2006b/040706/040706r.htm

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Video: The Spanish Inquisition :

For years now, the Basque people of Spain have alleged that Spanish police have regularly tortured suspects, arrested for having connections with the Basque separatist group ETA. Recently, those allegations have been backed up by the UN Human Rights Commission.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12639.htm

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American Jewish Committee Pimps War With Iran:

The following advert appeared in the Financial Times: UK
tinyurl.com/ecjt2

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AIPAC Pimps War With Iran:

The video and maps below are intended to help you better understand the escalating threat that is Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.
www.aipac.org/iran/nuclear_status/escalating_threat.html

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Two B-2s could take out Iran’s nuclear assets’:

Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions will be history by the time US President George W Bush leaves office, said a report published here.
tinyurl.com/gshey

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Iran conducts fourth missile test:

Iran successfully test-fired an air-launched anti- ship missile Wednesday during war games in the Gulf, the fourth launch in six days, state television reported.
www.iranian.ws/iran_news/publish/article_14651.shtml

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Iran’s Persian Gulf oil bourse on track:

Iran is still insisting on opening a Persian Gulf oil bourse with the southern Iranian island Kish as its base, state-television reported Saturday. ‘The issue has already been agreed upon and the oil ministry has been instructed to open this bourse in the Persian Gulf island of Kish,’ Economic and Finance Minister Davoud Danesh-Jafari said.
www.iranian.ws/iran_news/publish/article_14587.shtml

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If one side in a conflict goes nuclear, the other is bound to follow suit :

The Iranian crisis can only be understood as the inevitable result of Israel’s US-backed WMD monopoly in the region
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/comment/0,,1746244,00.html

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US blueprint for 125 nuclear bombs a year:

THE Bush Administration has unveiled a blueprint for rebuilding the US’s decrepit nuclear weapons complex, including restoration of a large-scale bomb manufacturing facility
tinyurl.com/lvdgr

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Pakistan says killed 40 people near Afghan border:

Pakistani forces killed at least 40 “pro-Taliban militants” in a troubled tribal region near Afghan border, the military said on Thursday, sharply raising the tally from the previous day’s fierce fighting.
tinyurl.com/jr7k3

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Mortar blast near main US base in Afghanistan kills one:

A mortar blast near the main US military base in Afghanistan left a civilian dead while coalition forces killed an insurgent and dropped 2,000-pound bombs on a band of Taliban, officials said.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060406/wl_sthasia_afp/afghanistanattacksus

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Intelligence officers killed in Afghanistan:

Two Afghan intelligence officials have been killed in separate attacks in two of the country’s troubled provinces, news agencies reported.
www.isn.ethz.ch/news/sw/details.cfm?ID=15389

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Coalition troops wound eight Afghan policemen in ‘friendly fire’:

Afghan forces mistakenly opened fire on coalition soldiers in the early hours of Thursday, prompting return fire that wounded eight policemen, police said.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=117640

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Palestinian PM Says Hamas Gov’t Is Broke :

The coffers of the new Hamas government are empty, the Palestinian prime minister told his Cabinet Wednesday in the first public acknowledgment by the Islamic militants that they will have difficulty running the West Bank and Gaza without massive foreign aid.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5735691,00.html

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Economic and financial siege imposed on the Palestinian Authority leading toward famine :

A major leader in the Hamas party, Adnan Asfour, is expressing grave concern against the consequences of the economic and financial siege imposed imposed on the Palestinian people, which will cause the internal situation to explode.
www.pnn.ps/english/archive2006/apr/week1/060406/report5.htm

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Net closes in on Gaza fisherman:

Isreali gunboats stop Palestinians from fishing as a communal punishment or to prevent attacks
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-2120608,00.html

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Israeli soldier murdered Briton:

An award-winning British cameraman shot dead in Gaza by an Israeli soldier was murdered, a London inquest has found.
tinyurl.com/psx7g

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Film crew ‘begged Israeli soldiers to save colleague’ :

A television producer has told an inquest into the death of a British cameraman killed in Gaza how he begged the Israeli soldiers who shot his colleague to help save his life.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/article355599.ece

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Palestinian Child Day 2006:

400 in Israeli prisons, 740 killed by Israeli forces, tens of thousands injured as Israel is clearly not honoring International Treaty on Children
tinyurl.com/m2wwk

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Israel, Turkey suspend deal to ship water in huge tankers :

Israel and Turkey have suspended what was meant to be a breakthrough deal: shipping water in huge tankers from Turkey to the parched Holy Land.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/702903.html

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Bolivia: Evo Morales ‘padlocked’ in palace :

The president of Bolivia has alleged that multi-national companies are funding a campaign against his government. Newsnight’s Paul Mason has been to Bolivia to meet Evo Morales and find out more about the challenges he is facing.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12629.htm

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Video: Witness To A Revolution:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez spoke to Newsnight about his country’s oil reserves. Mr Chavez was bullish over Venezuela’s Opec standing and US policies in Latin America. Greg Palast reports from Caracas.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12635.htm

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Venezuela in Washington’s Sights :

In the face of the left-oriented shift of Latin America’s politics, the Bush administration seems to be determined to block the re-election of the Bolivarian president. It looks like the design of the FTAA, the dream of the White House, will only be a reality over the ashes of a Bolivarian counter-model that they need to destroy.
www.voltairenet.org/article136545.html

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Chinese influence in Brazil worries US;

Alarm bells ring in the US at China’s rising credibility in the developing world as a model for ending poverty.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12631.htm

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Ollanta Humala: Peru’s next president? :

Ollanta Humala – a firebrand nationalist anti-globalisation campaigner – is a front runner in the race for Peru’s presidency. For Newsnight’s Inside Latin America week, Gavin Esler caught up with Mr Humala in Lima.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12636.htm

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‘Internally Displaced Persons’ : A world of misery :

What can the UN do to protect the 24 million internally displaced persons around the world?
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/hardtalk/4879228.stm

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Helen and Sylvia, the new face of terrorism:

Two grandmothers from Yorkshire face up to a year in prison after becoming the first people to be arrested under the Government’s latest anti-terror legislation.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/article356033.ece

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Dr. David Ray Griffin:”9/11, The Myth & The Reality,”:

In this definitive presentation given on March 30th, 2006 at the historic Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, California, Griffin deconstructs nine official myths, given that day.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12630.htm

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March to Redeem the Soul of America:

The unifying themes of speakers on the first two days was the need for citizens to begin to get control of the combine of government and major corporations – not only to stop the Iraq war, but to protect human rights and civil liberties.
www.traprockpeace.org/texas_march_april_2006.html

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Sex tourism thriving in U.S. Bible Belt:

“Men fly in, are met by pimps, have sex with a 14-year-old for lunch, and get home in time for dinner with the family,” said Sanford Jones, the chief juvenile judge of Fulton County, Georgia.
today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=N03210934

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Fake TV News: Widespread and Undisclosed:

A multimedia report on television newsrooms’ use of material provided by PR firms on behalf of paying clients
www.prwatch.org/fakenews/execsummary

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Martin Luther King shooting tapes released online:

Thirty-eight years after he was assassinated on a motel balcony, photographs, recordings and police files that describe the death of Martin Luther King Jr. have been placed on the internet.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-2120209,00.html

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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 2342
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$270,185,545,245
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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How the GOP Became God’s Own Party

By Kevin Phillips

Now that the GOP has been transformed by the rise of the South, the trauma of terrorism and George W. Bush’s conviction that God wanted him to be president, a deeper conclusion can be drawn: The Republican Party has become the first religious party in U.S. history.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12617.htm

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Injustices of the West Against The Arab World

Lecture By Robert Fisk

Fisk is more determined than ever to prosecute a case against the injustices of the west against the Arab and Muslim world. Agree with him or not, his presentations are suffused with passionate belief in change for the better. This talk was recorded recently in Sydney, as part of the Sydney Ideas 2006 public lecture series organised by the University of
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12611.htm

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America’s war on the web

By Neil Mackay
Investigations editor

IMAGINE a world where wars are fought over the internet; where TV broadcasts and newspaper reports are designed by the military to confuse the population; and where a foreign armed power can shut down your computer, phone, radio or TV at will.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12609.htm

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Government in secret talks about strike against Iran

By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent

It is believed that an American-led attack, designed to destroy Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear bomb, is “inevitable” if Teheran’s leaders fail to comply with United Nations demands to freeze their uranium enrichment programme.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12603.htm

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18 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Gunmen killed six civilians, including a child, in the city of Basra, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L0390225.htm

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Three U.S. Marines, Sailor Killed :

Three Marines and one Sailor assigned to 2/28 Brigade Combat Team, died from enemy action while operating in Al Anbar Province April 2.
tinyurl.com/pz84l

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5 Marines die, 3 missing in Iraq accident:

A U.S. military truck rolled over in a flash food in western Iraq’s Anbar province, killing five U.S. Marines, injuring another and leaving three other troops missing, the military said Monday.
tinyurl.com/m6x5b

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A must watch 3 minute video.

Bushwhacked: And another soldiers dies.

Windows media and Real media.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12610.htm

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Iraq’s US/UK Permanent Bases ::

There is Pentagon and US governmental obfuscation surrounding United States permanent bases in Iraq. Whilst Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defence, continues to deny a permanent US presence there, the facts appear to contradict his statements.
tinyurl.com/md9t3

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Blix: Iran Years Away From Nuclear Bomb:

Former U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said Monday that Iran is a least five years away from developing a nuclear bomb, leaving time to peacefully negotiate a settlement.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12626.htm

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US will Find Another Excuse to Target Iran :

The United States is firm in its plans to launch a military operation against Iran, said Kazim Jalali, a spokesman for the Iranian Parliament’s Commission of Foreign Affairs, adding the United States would find another reason for its military operation even if the nuclear plants were immediately shut down.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12615.htm

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Iran to test more weapons in wargames: TV:

Iran said on Monday it would test fire a powerful torpedo and more missiles as part of a week of wargames in the Gulf, the spokesman for the naval manoeuvres told state television.
tinyurl.com/r54bt

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War pimp alert:

No more pussyfooting around Iran:

Not only is Iran arming paramilitary groups in neighbouring states, it has been implicated in terrorist actions as far afield as London and Buenos Aires. To borrow a metaphor from Lenin, Iran is exporting its internal contradictions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12616.htm

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Iran denies Swiss paper’s claim in withdrawal of Gold assets : –

An informed source in Central Bank of Iran on Friday denied the news published in a Swiss daily on withdrawal of 250 tons of Iran’s gold reserves from that country’s Credit Bank.
www.payvand.com/news/06/apr/1004.html

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Iran poses threat to dominance of the US dollar :

This week in the world of economics began with the opening of the international oil exchange in Iran. The intrigue of the situation is accentuated by the fact that trading will take place in the European currency. This in itself is setting a precedent: in modern history oil has been quoted exclusively in dollars.

[Can anyone confirm this report?]
english.pravda.ru/world/asia/21-03-2006/77628-oil-0

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Noam Chomsky Interview: Part 2

Noam Chomsky on Iraq Troop Withdrawal, Haiti, Democracy in Latin America and the Israeli Elections
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12624.htm

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“I’ve been in combat too long”:

Former Sen. Max Cleland blasts the “total folly” of Iraq — and says he still hasn’t gotten over the GOP smears that ended his political career.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12625.htm

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US ‘intoxicated’ by power: Gorbachev:

“This talk of pre-emptive strikes, of ignoring the UN Security Council and international legal obligations — all this is leading toward a dark night,” Gorbachev told Time magazine.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=116702

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Eyewitnesses: Palestinian leader Obayat was shot ‘execution-style’ by Israeli forces :

The Monday morning assassination of resistance leader Raed Obayat by Israeli special forces, eyewitnesses describe a scene of a badly beaten Obayat, and his companion Ra’ed Sulaiman Abu Joura, being dragged down four flights of stairs while crying out “I am injured! I am injured!”, after which Israeli forces shot the two in an ‘execution-style’ assassination.
www.imemc.org/content/view/17772/1/

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Exposes the full story of Israeli bulldozers burying a Palestinian alive in Hebron:

“It was not sufficient for the bulldozer to bury him alive under the garbage, for the Israelis are now denying his wife and children the simplest of human rights, which is to kiss their husband and father goodbye and bury him according to the Sharia.”
www.pnn.ps/english/archive2006/apr/week1/020406/report1.htm

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We stand on guard for powerful against weak:

Early this month, Canada was the only nation to join the U.S. in voting against a resolution on Palestinian rights at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Now it has become the first nation after Israel to cut off contacts with and aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12618.htm

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The Passionate Attachment:

U.S. Support for Aggressive Zionism, the Real Problem in the Middle East
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12620.htm

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New Christian pro-Israel lobby aims to be stronger than AIPAC :

Televangelist John Hagee told Jewish community leaders over the weekend that the 40 million evangelical Christians in the United States support Israel and that he plans to utilize this power to help Israel by launching a Christian pro-Israel lobby.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/701583.html

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Israel and The Palestinians:

Inverting 30 years of diplomatic history
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12619.htm

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In case you missed it:

Israel – Palestine: The Emerging Case for a Single-State Solution:

The debate about Israel and Palestine has taken an odd turn. The idea of a single democratic state in historic Palestine, once thought dead, has re- emerged as an option worthy of consideration.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6883.htm

More on a Bi-national state
tinyurl.com/qofxb

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Video: Greg Palast Speaks With President Chavez:

Analysis by the US Department of Energy (DoE) – seen by Newsnight – shows that at $50 a barrel Venezuela – not Saudi Arabia – will have the biggest oil reserves in Opec.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12621.htm

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Chávez seeks to peg oil at $50 a barrel :

The Guardian”Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez is poised to launch a bid to transform the global politics of oil by seeking a deal with consumer countries which would lock in a price of $50 a barrel.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12614.htm

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Analysis: How the US ‘lost’ Latin America :

There is trouble ahead for Uncle Sam in his own backyard. Big trouble.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12622.htm

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U.S. troops in Dominican Republic:

The United States hoped sending a heavily armed brigade of several thousand troops to Barahona, a small city on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic 50 miles from the Haitian border, would go unnoticed.
www.workers.org/2006/world/dominican-republic-0406/

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FBI tactics anger Puerto Ricans:

The Puerto Rico Department of Justice sued the FBI last month in federal court, saying the agency is obstructing local law enforcement investigations into the two incidents.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/3763483.html

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Continent on ascendant:

THE twenty-first century is decidedly the Asian century. Asia has already established itself as the locale for the major themes of contemporary international affairs, in the opening years of the first decade of the twenty-first century.
tinyurl.com/kkgws

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9/11 Detainees in New Jersey Say They Were Abused With Dogs:

“To hear about the use of dogs in this way within the United States is truly shocking,” said Jonathan Turley, a professor of national security and constitutional law at George Washington University, who is not involved in the case. “But Abu Ghraib didn’t spring from the head of Zeus.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12627.htm

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A Visit with the UN’s Torture Cop:

Manfred Nowak, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture, travels the world to expose human rights violations in so-called “rogue states.” Now he is directing his attention at the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12623.htm

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“Sometimes I feel like an Alien Creature”:

Video by Woody Harrelson – Flash presentation
www.voiceyourself.com/03_thoughtsfromwithin/VoiceYourselfPoem.swf

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The postwar photographs that British authorities tried to keep hidden :

For almost 60 years, the evidence of Britain’s clandestine torture programme in postwar Germany has lain hidden in the government’s files. Harrowing photographs of young men who had survived being systematically starved, as well as beaten, deprived of sleep and exposed to extreme cold, were considered too shocking to be seen.
politics.guardian.co.uk/foi/story/0,,1745690,00.html

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Supreme Court won’t review Bush’s terrorism powers:

By a 6-3 vote, the court sided with the Bush administration and refused to hear an appeal by Jose Padilla, who was confined in a military brig in South Carolina for more than three years
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12613.htm

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Increasing inequality imperils nation: Inequality Matters:

The Growing Economic Divide in America and Its Poisonous Consequences
www.sltrib.com/business/ci_3663687

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Only a constitution can save us from this abuse of power :

As Tony Blair removes more and more of our freedoms, all democrats should be campaigning for a new Bill of Rights
observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1744984,00.html

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Arundhati Roy says, Non-violent struggles are being ignored.

Author and human rights activist Arundhati Roy on Sunday said the Government these days was neither respecting nor listening to those raising their voice via non-violent means. Instead, it was inviting those leading violent struggles for talks.
www.hindu.com/2006/04/03/stories/2006040303411300.htm

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The price of being a woman: Slavery in modern Iindia :

The desire for sons has created a severe shortage of marriageable young women. As their value rises, unscrupulous men are trading them around the subcontinent and beyond as if they were a mere commodity
news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/article355334.ece

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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 2327
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$269,940,737,792
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War Against Iran, April 2006

Biological Threat and Executive Order 13292

By Jorge Hirsch

The US promised Russia and China that the UN Security Council statement just approved will not be a trigger for military action after 30 days; true to its promise, the US will attack before the 30-day deadline imposed by the UNSC for Iran to stop its nuclear enrichment activity, i.e. before the end of April. The “justification” is likely to be an alleged threat of imminent biological attack with Iran’s involvement.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12593.htm

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The Art of War for the anti-war movement

By Scott Ritter

It’s high time to recognize that we as a nation are engaged in a life-or-death struggle of competing ideologies with those who promote war as an American value and virtue.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12592.htm

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The Only Hope For the World

By Doug Soderstrom, Ph.D.

The world has gotten itself into a real jam. I mean a humdinger of a jam! As in John Paul Sartre’s existential drama, No Exit, which so nicely portrays the inescapability of self-chosen evil, the inevitability of a self-made Hell, there seems to be no way out for the world; no way for the inhabitants of planet Earth to escape what appears to be the inevitability of a hell of its own making… World War III!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12602.htm

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The Musings of A Simple Country Man

“Let The Revolution Begin…”

By Hobie Morris

American democracy—that ironically we want to impose by force elsewhere in the world—has become in many important ways a hollow, weakening sham. A cleverly orchestrated con job where the “herd” (most Americans I’m sad to say) are kept appeased and satisfied by just enough “scraps” thrown to them by the plutocracy who are gorging themselves at the table of economic plenty.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12597.htm

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A lesson from the Holocaust for us all

By Robert Fisk

This account fills one with rage that anyone could deny the reality of the Jewish genocide. C
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12601.htm

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More Than 25 Killed in Latest Violence:

Police reported the discovery of at least eight bodies, mostly young men who were shot in the head or strangled in Baghdad.
tinyurl.com/zdl8o

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U.S. Marine Among 13 Killed:

Four militants and an Iraqi army sergeant-major were killed in fighting when an army patrol stopped several men trying to steal a truck south of Baquba 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad,
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/RAS138189.htm

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American deaths fall, Iraqis’ rise:

March was the least deadly month in more than two years for American forces in Iraq, but a surge in slayings of Iraqi troops and civilians suggests that the overall death rate in the conflict is growing, according to military data.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/3763367.html

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Shias call on al-Jaafari to quit:

Senior members of Iraq’s ruling Shia Alliance bloc have for the first time openly called on Ibrahim al-Jaafari to step down as prime minister to break months of deadlock over the formation of a national unity government.
tinyurl.com/zojbc

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Leading contenders for Iraq PM post:

Ibrahim al-Jaafari’s chances of remaining Iraq’s prime minister suffered a serious setback on Saturday when leading officials within his own bloc called on him to step aside to end deadlock on forming a unity government.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KHA147080.htm

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Iranian militiamen were brought in by Britain:

MILITIAMEN from an Iranian-backed force were deliberately recruited by Britain to join the new Iraqi security services after Saddam Hussein was overthrown, the Government has admitted.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12575.htm

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Maliki: “US Will Destroy Iraq” :

Jawad al-Maliki, a member of parliament and the number two man in the Dawa Party led by Ibrahim Jaafari, launched a campaign against American policies in Iraq, blaming the US for the deterioration of the security situation and saying that it had “demolished democracy and the elections in Iraq.” He warned that the US “will destroy Iraq.”
www.juancole.com/2006/04/ayatollah-yaqubi-demands-khalilzads.html

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Iran to stage massive Gulf military exercise:

Thousands of Iranian troops will start a week-long military maneouvre in the Gulf tomorrow to ready armed forces for warding off ?threats, a senior commander announced on state television.
tinyurl.com/qcl9g

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Russian official contradicts West on Tehran:

Moments after the Western powers insisted to reporters that they were on the same page with Russia and China regarding the Iranian nuclear threat, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov contradicted them, saying he saw no evidence that Iran’s program had a military component or that it posed a threat.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12590.htm

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Stephen Lendman: The War Drums Are Sounding A Clear Message:

Iran and Venezuela have so much of the “black gold” their countries are practically floating on it. But in a world where a predatory USA can’t even breathe without it, that makes them public enemies one and two
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12594.htm

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A must read:

Iran: Scenarios of an American strike:

The risks are great if Washington’s neo-cons choose military options to prevent Iran from blocking US imperial designs for the Middle East.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12591.htm

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William Bowles : Beware the Ides of March:

As far as Iran is concerned, just as with Venezuela the first line of attack is to try and foment an ‘indigenous’ revolt, it’s not only cheaper it’s also a safer option, although outcomes cannot necessarily be as easily controlled.
www.williambowles.info/ini/2006/0306/ini-0405.html

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Leigh Brady : Don’t Worry – It’s Just Another Palestinian Child’s Death :

Her name was Akaber Adbelrahman Zaid and she was on her way to a doctor’s clinic to have stitches removed from her chin. Instead she received a barrage of bullets to the head, when an undercover Border Police unit opened fire on the car in which she was travelling with her uncle.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12595.htm

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Old hat that calls out for open debate:

Why do so few prominent people in the United States publicly criticize Israel or its American supporters? Because – modern history suggests – this is a sure, speedy route to political and professional oblivion, especially for politicians, academics, writers and others who work in the public realm.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=23418#

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The real winner in Israel:

In a sense, the real winner of the elections was Avigdor Lieberman, leader of Yisrael Beiteinu, which pushed past Likud to become one of Israel’s major political parties — turning Lieberman into a potential kingmaker. This is a remarkable development because Lieberman’s party stands for one thing: an Israel finally cleansed of the remainder of the indigenous Palestinian population.
tinyurl.com/esxll

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Fighters defy Hamas plea for calm:

Ismail Haniya, the Palestinian prime minister, vowed on Saturday in Gaza City to end the security chaos “using law and order” and by “withdrawing armed civilians from the street to end this dangerous situation”.
tinyurl.com/fo6hm

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MI5 Archives Reveal Link Between Israeli PM and Soviet Inteligence:

British MI5 counter-espionage archives reveal a link between Soviet intelligence and the sixth prime Minister of Israel Menahem Begin, the Axis Information and Analysis agency reported Friday.
www.mosnews.com/news/2006/03/31/israelipm.shtml

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Afghan Provincial Lawmaker Shot Dead:

Sayed Sadeq, the speaker of the Takhar provincial governing assembly, died in hospital after receiving multiple gunshot wounds to his body.
tinyurl.com/znm8d

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Profits surge to 40-year high:

U.S. corporate profits have increased 21.3% in the past year and now account for the largest share of national income in 40 years, the Commerce Department said Thursday.
tinyurl.com/z92qt

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Group looks at Nigeria’s effect on oil:

Wallowing in poverty, with oil profits benefiting the elite, country provides 3 percent of the world’s annual oil production
tinyurl.com/kukew

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26 Saudis to be released from Guantanamo, news reports:

Twenty-six Saudi detainees are to be released from Guantanamo Bay and transferred to Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks, the Saudi daily Al Watan reported on Saturday.
tinyurl.com/fd8fy

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Judge says enemy combatants get due process:

What the United States is doing “is probably more than other countries afford them,” he said. “But you have to balance … due process with national security and it’s a fine line. Our courts can’t interfere with the executive branch fighting a war.”
tinyurl.com/jczdm

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Nolan K. Anderson : Mass Surveillance for Dummies :

The information being gathered is all-inclusive. It is the record of the way we live our lives – the way we buy toothbrushes, the schools we attend, the amount and type of food we purchase, where and how much gasoline we buy. In the eyes of our freshly minted totalitarian system, this is the “beauty” of the system.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12596.htm

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Jason Miller: Your Huddled Masses are now my Wretched Refuse:

The United States’ increasing trajectory toward a more brutal form of Capitalism with fewer restrictions on corporations (and hence less protection for workers and consumers) coupled with a rapid acceleration of the American Empire’s quest for global hegemony will spark an influx of illegal immigrants.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12600.htm

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Immigrant Bill: vile, racist, barbaric, meanness:

This is a bill founded entirely in flagrant racism and baseness by a group of racist, evil-hearted, right-wing-activist plutocratic ideologues.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12598.htm

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Charley Reese: The Second Revolution:

The war, which the North started (we Southerners refer to it as the War of Northern Aggression), was a conflict between nationalism and federalism. Regardless of which side you agree with, the events are so important to understanding America today that you owe it to yourself to get up to speed on what really happened, as opposed to the Hollywood version.
www.lewrockwell.com/reese/reese273.html

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NY releases 9/11 emergency calls :

The words of the operators – but not the callers – were released following a lawsuit filed by the New York Times and a group of victims’ relatives.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4866208.stm

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9/11 Revisited :

Were explosives used?
youtube.com/watch?v=xs51xKHUnNs

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DeLay Former Aide Rudy Pleads Guilty in Abramoff Case:

Tony Rudy, former deputy chief of staff to Representative Tom DeLay, pleaded guilty in a case stemming from the corruption probe of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, bringing the scandal closer to the door of his one-time boss.
tinyurl.com/ntl47

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