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18 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 Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2377
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$274,151,537,424
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Bush won’t rule out nuclear strike on Iran By Edmund Blair

President Bush refused on Tuesday to rule out nuclear strikes against Iran if diplomacy fails to curb the Islamic Republic’s atomic ambitions.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060418/wl_nm/nuclear_iran_dc

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Senate Hearings on Bush, Now

Should Republicans on the Hill take the high road and save themselves come November?

By Carl Bernstein

There was understandable reluctance in the Congress to begin a serious investigation of the Nixon presidency. Then there came a time when it was unavoidable. That time in the Bush presidency has arrived.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12776.htm

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President Bush Now Caught In The Tangled Web He Spun

By Bill Gallagher

President George W. Bush’s character is diseased. Serial lies spew from his forked tongue as the result of a damaged mind and personality that will not permit him to face the truth. He lies about leaks and leaks about lies.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12783.htm

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Robbery, not reconstruction, in Iraq

By Derrick Z. Jackson

The great liberator of Iraq was actually the hyena that cleaned out the nation.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12770.htm

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Theocons and Theocrats

By Kevin Phillips

As a great power, a large heterogeneous nation like the United States goes about as far in a theocratic direction as it can when it meets the unfortunate criteria on display in George W. Bush’s Washington: an elected leader who believes himself in some way to be speaking for God.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12782.htm

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10 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Police said they found the bodies of four unidentified men with multiple gunshot wounds and showing signs of torture northeast of Yusufiya, 15 km (9 miles) south of Baghdad.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L18186950.htm

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Bomb Under Couch at Baghdad Cafe Kills 7:

A bomb exploded Tuesday at a Baghdad cafe frequented by policemen, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 20, police said. In the southern city of Basra, a policeman was gunned down in a drive-by shooting.
www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/93-04182006-642996.html

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Six killed, 32 injured, Baath officials dismissed in Iraq:

Five people were killed and 22 others injured when a bomb exploded in a car parking in the Cairo district of Baghdad.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=852394

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Clashes Force Closure Of Baghdad District:

Sporadic clashes broke out Tuesday between gunmen and Iraqi security forces in a Sunni Arab district of northern Baghdad as soldiers sealed off streets and manned checkpoints a day after a major gunbattle there.
www.wral.com/apworldnews/8793920/detail.html

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Dahr Jamail: The Ongoing War on Truth in Iraq:

The armed wing of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the Badr Organization, and Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mehdi Army have been launching ongoing attacks against fighters in the neighborhood. There is a shorter version of this description. Civil war.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12777.htm

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Baghdad street battle smacks of open civil war:

Snipers held rooftop positions as masked Sunni Arab insurgents said they were gearing up for another open street battle with pro-government Shi’ite militiamen in Baghdad’s Adhamiya district on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/qw8p7

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U.S. ignored Shiite militias, focused on Sunni insurgency:

U.S. officials were warned for more than two years that Shiite Muslim militias were infiltrating Iraq’s security forces and taking control of neighborhoods, but they failed to take action to counteract it, Iraqi and American officials said.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/14364039.htm

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US Bases in Iraq:

The deliberate obfuscation of permanent bases in Iraq by the US and UK governments illustrates the myth of “freedom of information.” Many of the US bases in Iraq already have, or are now building, facilities which will keep the US government happy for the foreseeable future.
indexresearch.blogspot.com/2006/04/us-bases-in-iraq-part-i-baghdad.html

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Sectarian violence continues to spur displacement:

“Nearly 70,000 displaced Iraqis, especially from the capital, are living in deteriorating conditions,” said ministry spokesman Sattar Nawruz.
tinyurl.com/f2r2k

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Ministry copes with rising numbers of orphaned children:

Although there are seven orphanages in the capital, Baghdad, and another 16 in other provinces, “they aren’t enough to provide assistance to all the orphans in the country”,
tinyurl.com/zqx4z

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Gallup: 57% Say U.S. Won’t Win in Iraq :

In a surprise, the new poll found that 44% of Republicans now back withdrawing some or all troops from Iraq
tinyurl.com/kccpt

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U.S. refuses to denie report of Iran strike plans:

The Pentagon declined to comment Monday on a report that US military planning for Iran began in 2002 and has been continually updated since.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=119385

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Gordon Prather: Busting empty bunkers:

Military planners told the White House that if they wanted to be sure to destroy the underground uranium-enrichment bunker at Natanz – which is to eventually hold those 50,000 gas-centrifuges, but is now empty – they’d have to nuke it.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12766.htm

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Prominent U.S. Physicists Send Warning Letter to President Bush:

Thirteen of the nation’s most prominent physicists have written a letter to President Bush, calling U.S. plans to reportedly use nuclear weapons against Iran “gravely irresponsible” and warning that such action would have “disastrous consequences for the security of the United States and the world.”
informationclearinghouse.info/article12769.htm

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Fallout: The human cost of nuclear catastrophe:

Flash presentation
www.guardian.co.uk/flash/page/0,,1748554,00.html

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Manufacturing consent for war:

Israel Warns of New ‘Axis of Terror’:

Ambassador Dan Gillerman cautioned that a new “axis of terror” Iran, Syria and the Hamas-run Palestinian government was sowing the seeds of the first world war of the 21st century.
www.abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1853302

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Lieberman: US could attack Iran’s nukes:

The US is probably incapable of completely destroying the Iranian nuclear program, but as a last resort it could attempt to knock out “some of the components” in order to “delay and deter it,” Senator Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice presidential candidate and a serving member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has told The Jerusalem Post.
tinyurl.com/og989

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Israel may have to go it alone on Iran: report :

The head of the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party, poised to enter the next cabinet, said Monday that Israel may have to take its own pre-emptive action to stop Iran acquiring nuclear weapons
tinyurl.com/z6xwa

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Eric Margolis : Countdown Over Iran:

It’s both fascinating and dismaying watching the manufactured `crisis’ over Iran reach new intensity each week. Iran poses no real military threat to anyone, but listening to the Bush Administration or the US media one would think that that Tehran was about to unleash a nuclear holocaust on the world.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12768.htm

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Report – IAEA informed of Iran’s P-2 centrifuge programmes:

The New York Times had quoted United States security officials as saying Iran’s use of P-2 centrifuges was worrisome as the process would not only accelerate the enrichment process but production of an atomic bomb.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12771.htm

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Congressman Ron Paul: Sanctions against Iran :

We cannot underestimate the irrational, almost manic desire of some neoconservatives to attack Iran one way or another, even if it means crippling a major source of oil and destabilizing the worldwide economy.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12773.htm

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Jason Leopold : State Department Memo: ‘16 Words’ Were False :

The revelation of the warning from the closely guarded State Department memo is the first piece of hard evidence and the strongest to date that the Bush administration manipulated and ignored intelligence information in their zeal to win public support for invading Iraq.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12767.htm

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Rumsfeld’s Fall Drags Hawks in Its Wake:

While the unprecedented calls by six retired generals for his resignation have focused primarily on his competence, management style and strategy for invading and occupying Iraq, Rumsfeld’s departure would almost certainly cripple the coalition of neo-conservative and aggressive nationalist war hawks in and around the administration for the remainder of Bush’s term.
ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=32918

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Charley Reese : Another War For Israel:

The Israeli lobby pushing America to fight yet another war for Israel reminds me of what the French ambassador to Great Britain said at a party: “Why does the world allow this (expletive deleted) little country to cause so much trouble?”
informationclearinghouse.info/article12778.htm

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Israeli Bomb Kills 16 Year Old Palestinian :

The youths were standing in an open field in the northern part of Beit Lahiya when they were hit by the shell. Ovayed was critically wounded and died of his wounds two hours later.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/706729.html

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Israeli Forces Storm Several West Bank Towns, Make Dozens of Arrests:

Security sources said that Israeli forces raided the house of Sameeh Hamad, father of Sami Hamad who carried out the Tel Aviv bombing attack on Monday. The soldiers arrested Hamad and forcibly evicted the house, prior to demolishing it. The father, in his fifties, was then led to an undisclosed location.
www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/details.asp?name=15406

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Hamas blames Israel for bombing:

Hamas member in Jerusalem tells Ynet Israel, occupation are to blame for bombing; Says decision to revoke his citizenship is arrogant decision because Israel stole his land and is seeking to evict him
tinyurl.com/hn2db

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Gush Shalom on the Tel Aviv bombing:

“Any comment on the latest terror attack assholes?”
jewssansfrontieres.blogspot.com/2006/04/gush-shalom-on-tel-aviv-bombing.html

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Least we forget:

In the last two and a half weeks (since the previous suicide bombing) Israeli forces have killed at least 26 Palestinians — at least 5 of them children — and injured 161 Palestinian men, women and children. A college student lost her right eye today after being shot by an Israeli sniper last week.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12774.htm

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Dispatch from Gaza: The Earth is Closing in on Us:

The shells keep falling. They’ve gotten inside my head, so that it’s not just my house shaking but but my brain throbbing.
www.counterpunch.org/haddad04172006.html

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Israel’s Policy: Starve the Palestinians:

Israel exists as a major military force in the world and a silent member of the nuclear club. Yet it cries wolf that Hamas threatens its existence.
www.ifamericansknew.org/cur_sit/policy-starve.html

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Muslims, Arabs Raise Funds for Palestinians: –

With millions of Palestinians hardly able to make ends meet, several Arab and Muslim countries offered aid to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority while local fund-raising campaigns have been launched across the Muslim world to counter international aid freeze.
www.islamonline.net/English/News/2006-04/17/article06.shtml

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Israel refuses to give the government a chance to achieve a state of calm:

In a Tuesday declaration, Hamad said that Israel will not cease its attacks long enough for Palestinian parties and resistance factions to have a chance to even speak about another ‘period of calm.’
www.pnn.ps/english/archive2006/apr/week3/180406/report3.htm

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Israel, real threat to world – Zarif :

Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Javad Zarif Tuesday called for respect and support of the international community for the rights of the Palestinian people.
www.iribnews.ir/Full_en.asp?news_id=211485

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Gwynne Dyer: US support for moving borders is just a charade:

“WE have a very tight timetable for drawing Israel’s final borders, because we seek the support of the US administration and President Bush. It has to be done by November, 2008,” Yoram Turbowicz said last week.
www.bordermail.com.au/news/bm/columns/183389.html

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‘Iran’ calls on every Muslim to donate one euro to Palestine :

“All Islamic nations should know that their prestige and dignity lies in their strong objection to the bullying of big powers.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0604178909185628.htm

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5 “insurgents” killed in east Afghanistan :

Five “insurgents” were killed by the U.S.-led coalition forces in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar Monday night, the coalition said Tuesday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-04/18/content_4443581.htm

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Infant among Afghans wounded by US patrols:

U.S.-led troops in southeastern Afghanistan wounded a new born baby girl, her mother, a five-year-old boy and three other Afghans, when they opened fire on cars that had ignored instructions to stop, police and residents said on Tuesday.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12775.htm

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Karzai calls for restraint as Afghans killed by coalition fire :

Hamid Karzai, Afghan president, yesterday demanded restraint from coalition forces after more than a dozen Afghan civilians and police were killed in two possible friendly fire incidents.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12772.htm

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Taliban regroup in Afghanistan:

Several thousand have entered country
www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2006/04/17/pf-1537330.html

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Bush’s Destabilizing Nuclear Deal with India ~

An Idiotic Tango Begets Irradiated Mangos
tinyurl.com/pavp7

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US plans to open three military bases in Turkey:

wo locations have been already set apart in the seaports of Iskenderun at the Mediterranean and Urla at the Aegean Sea. The third base will probably be situated in the seaport of Mordogan, near Izmir.
tinyurl.com/lh4bd

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Must watch: 3 Minute Video Fom Ben Cohen:

On the Military Budget or Why we don’t have free health insurance
informationclearinghouse.info/article12779.htm

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Katrina Vanden Heuvel: $13,700 an Hour: –

The New York Times recently reported that—for the first time—a full-time worker earning minimum wage cannot afford a one-bedroom apartment anywhere in America at market rates
informationclearinghouse.info/article12780.htm

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Harris injects $3 million into Senate campaign :

U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris raised slightly more than $1 million for the first quarter of this year and pumped another $3 million of her own money into her campaign for the U.S. Senate, according to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission.
tinyurl.com/ok8ex

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Paul Craig Roberts: Another Grim Jobs Report: How Safe is Your Job?:

Is your job safe? Not if it can be done abroad. The only safe jobs are in domestic services that require a “hands-on” presence, such as barbers, hospital orderlies, and waitresses.
www.counterpunch.org/roberts04182006.html

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OPEC believes oil prices are too high: delegate:

OPEC believes oil prices are too steep, after setting a fresh record high above $70 a barrel, and the rise is not justified by market fundamentals, a senior OPEC delegate said on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/fk8z5

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“If We’re at War, President Bush Should Limit Oil Profits”:

Maybe we are engaged in a global war. If that’s the case, then there is ample precedent for Mr. Bush to limit oil profits. Americans expect the president to do something that will lower the cost of gasoline.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12781.htm

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Diagnosing the U.S. ‘national character’: Narcissistic Personality Disorder:

We are 5 percent of the world’s population and consume about a quarter of the world’s energy. This state of affairs is clearly unjust, made possible by coercion and violence, not some natural superiority of Americans.
tinyurl.com/ontpt

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We are globalised, but have no real intimacy with the rest of the world:

We live in a world that we are much more intimate with and yet, at the same time, also much more intolerant of – unless, that is, it conforms to our way of thinking.
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329458822-103677,00.html

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Chernobyl death toll grossly underestimated: —

A new Greenpeace report has revealed that the full consequences of the Chernobyl disaster could top a quarter of a million cancers cases and nearly 100,000 fatal cancers.
www.greenpeace.org/international/news/chernobyl-deaths-180406#

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9/11 survivor’s toxic clothing sparks cancer fear :

THIS deadly 9/11 shirt contains so much asbestos it is feared thousands of the disaster’s survivors could be hit with cancer.
tinyurl.com/g2nz7

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In case you missed it: “Loose Change 2nd Edition” :

This film purports to show direct connection between the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the United States government
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12233.htm

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Date: 17 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 Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2376
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$273,900,088,786
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Bombs That Would Backfire

By RICHARD CLARKE and STEVEN SIMON

The parallels to the run-up to to war with Iraq are all too striking: remember that in May 2002 President Bush declared that there was “no war plan on my desk” despite having actually spent months working on detailed plans for the Iraq invasion. Congress did not ask the hard questions then. It must not permit the administration to launch another war whose outcome cannot be known, or worse, known all too well.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12761.htm

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The US, Iran and the End of the International Order

By Jussi Sinnemaa

As the IAEA has repeatedly acknowledged, Iran is not in violation of any of her legal obligations as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). In fact, Iran has allowed far more intrusive international inspections of her nuclear facilities than required by the NPT. Iran remains the only country to have done so.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12762.htm

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Zarqawi; the Pentagon’s ongoing war of deception

By Mike Whitney

In more than 3 years of war, there has never been a positive citing of alleged terror mastermind Abu Musab al Zarqawi. This has led many to believe that he is merely a creation of Pentagon propagandists working with their agents in the western press. Colonel Derek Harvey strengthened those suspicions last week.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12760.htm

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Blood On Our Hands

By Craig Winters

This country, my country, has already become a fascist police state. Our government lies to the people, spies on citizens, kidnaps, imprisons without trial, engages in torture, and is leading the country to ruin. Incredibly, all of this is done with the support of its citizens. How is this possible? How can a democratic government abandon the people it serves and squander blood, treasure, and traditions in an irrational pursuit of global domination?
informationclearinghouse.info/article12765.htm

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The Most Evil People in the World?

By Doug Soderstrom, Ph.D.

I have come to the conclusion that the Christian fundamentalists, also known as the religious right, are the most evil people in the world. Others (such as those of various Islamic terrorist groups) were considered, but after due consideration, the Christians won…… hands down. In fact it was no contest.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12759.htm

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Twelve shooting victims found around Baghdad:

The bodies of 12 shooting victims, some of them tortured, were found in different areas of of the Iraqi captial Baghdad on Monday, Interior Ministry sources said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/GEO744380.htm

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Car bomb kills 11 in Iraq:

A car bomb exploded near a market in a town south of Baghdad, killing at least 11 people and wounding 23, police said.
www.itv.com/news/world_1552582.html

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Another 6 people killed in continuing violence:

The body of the brother of top Sunni politician Saleh al-Mutlak was found in the Baghdad morgue, three weeks after he was kidnapped.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L17701162.htm

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Five U.S. Marines, 1 British soldier, killed in Iraq:

In two separate announcements Sunday the U.S. military said four Marines had been killed during combat on Easter Saturday in the Anbar province west of Baghdad.
story.irishsun.com/p.x/ct/9/id/b862a98545e76bfc/cid/2411cd3571b4f088/

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US assault on Fallujah leaves three Iraqi civilians dead:

A US assault on the district of Jebail to the south of Fallujah, 50 kilometres west of Baghdad, resulted in the deaths of three Iraqi civilians and the injury of 10 others Monday, Iraqi security sources said.
tinyurl.com/nr4yb

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Clashes erupt in Baghdad district:

Heavy clashes erupted overnight in the Sunni Arab district of Adhamiya in Baghdad and heavy casualties were feared, residents said on Monday.
www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2006-04/17/content_569473.htm

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U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Hits 47 for April :

More sectarian fighting broke out Monday after efforts to form a unity government suffered a new setback. Leaders again failed to agree on a prime minister and postponed a parliament session to give the religiously and ethnically based parties more time to negotiate.
www.wjla.com/headlines/0406/319879.html

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The Disintegration of Iran :

The US intends to separate the oil rich province of Khouzestan from Iran and establish a small government in that region in its drive to control Middle-East oil. But is this fear realistic, or just part of the imagination of some Iranians?
www.iran-press-service.com/ips/articles-2006/april-2006/iran_disintegration_17406.shtml

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Eric Margolis: A war of nerves:

The Bush Administration has used Iran’s gleeful announcement that it enriched uranium to 3.5 per cent (83 per cent is needed for nuclear weapons), to generate a major US-Iranian crisis seven months before national mid-term elections.
tinyurl.com/r793k

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Retired Colonel Sam Gardiner on Iran War Plans:

“The Issue is Not Whether the Military Option Would Be Used But Who Approved the Start of Operations Already”
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/04/17/143241

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Rafsanjani says Gulf countries will not assist U.S. if it attacks Iran :

“Reports about plans for an American attack on Iran are incorrect. We are certain that Americans will not attack Iran because the consequences would be too dangerous,” former president Hashemi Rafsanjani said in an appearance in the Kuwait parliament.
www.freenewmexican.com/news/42360.html

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U.S. could attack Iran next year – Russian expert :

“If [the U.S.] ventures a military operation, it will conduct it next year after thorough political, military and propaganda preparations,” Alexei Arbatov, head of the International Security Center in Moscow, told RIA Novosti.
en.rian.ru/russia/20060417/46525489.html

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In case you missed it:

Ahmadinejad Did Not Say – “Wipe Israel Off The Map”:

Let’s fill in the Blanks in the Speech of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
informationclearinghouse.info/article12763.htm

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No U.S. nuclear facilities in Romania :

The U.S. cannot launch attacks from their military facilities in Romania without our approval, President Traian Basescu pointed out on Sunday during a television talk show.
www.daily-news.ro/article_detail.php?idarticle=25226

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Tel Aviv blast kills nine:

A suicide bomb attack on a crowded restaurant in Tel Aviv has left nine people dead including the bomber, Israeli police say.
tinyurl.com/mh8qp

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IDF accused of ‘knowingly risking Palestinian lives’ :

Six human rights organizations appealed the High Court on Sunday to cancel a regulation which allows Israel Defense Forces artillery to fire shells at targets up to 100 meters away from Palestinian houses.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/706309.html

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Qatar pledges $50m aid to Palestinians :

Qatar has offered $50 million in aid to the financially stricken Hamas-led Palestinian government.
tinyurl.com/lmf26

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U.S. looking into killing of Afghans :

Seven civilians were reported killed in one battle. In the other battle, civilians were reported killed or wounded, and four Afghan police officers were said by villagers to have been killed by U.S. fire.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/04/17/news/afghan.php

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Beheaded “U.S. spy” found on Pakistani border:

Residents of a troubled Pakistani border region found the beheaded body of a man with note saying he was an American spy and a warning others would face the same treatment, an official said on Sunday.
tinyurl.com/o3mwh

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Blair gets away with his assault on liberty, because we let him :

Lord Steyn’s attack on the Prime Minister is a wake-up call to those who think their own freedoms are unaffected
observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1754813,00.html

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Justices Reject Gitmo Detainees’ Appeal :

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from two Chinese Muslims who were mistakenly captured as enemy combatants more than four years ago and are still being held at the U.S. prison in Cuba.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5760852,00.html

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Russia, US slipping into familiar ‘chill’?:

In a recent poll, 57 percent of Russians regard the US as a ‘threat to global security.’
www.csmonitor.com/2006/0417/p06s02-woeu.html

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Lessons of a Left Victory in France:

France’s leading bureaucrats, from President Jacques Chirac on down, have been defeated. French neo-liberalism — the dismantling of its welfare state in favor of business — has suffered a serious blow.
mrzine.monthlyreview.org/wolff120406.html

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“Unbridled Capitalism Will Lead to Very Real Problems”:

Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff discusses the dangers of unbridled capitalism, the greed of corporate CEOs and a fundamental problem with the United States economy.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12764.htm

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Dollar Falls Sharply in Asian Trading:

The dollar fell sharply against the euro and yen in Asia Monday on a media report suggesting that China might reduce its purchases of U.S. Treasury holdings, and amid speculation that U.S. interest rates may have peaked.
www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techinnovations/2006-04-13-robot-soldiers_x.htm

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U.S. Tourism Industry On The Decline:

The US market share of international tourism trade is at an all-time low and has dropped 35% since 1992, according to the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA).
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D06E796B-1429-4F2E-A84A-FC2114ADD8B5.htm

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Scientists Say They’re Being Gagged By Bush :

Scientists doing climate research for the federal government say the Bush administration has made it hard for them to speak forthrightly to the public about global warming. The result, the researchers say, is a danger that Americans are not getting the full story on how the climate is changing.
tinyurl.com/m5sml

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An Inconvenient Truth – :

Video Trailer for Al Gore’s new film
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUiP6dqPynE

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The Touchable and the Untouchable:

A Tale of Two Members of Congress and the Capitol Hill Police

Neil Young sets his sights on Bush : He is country rock’s biggest icon, and he is angry. Recorded in secret, his forthcoming album savages the war in Iraq. One track says it all: ‘Impeach the President’
www.counterpunch.org/blankfort04172006.html

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Date: 16 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 2376
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$273,688,574,001
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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U.S. backup plan: invade Iran by land, air, water strikes

By Maxim Kniazkov

The United States began planning a full-scale military campaign against Iran that involves missile strikes, a land invasion and a naval operation to establish control over the Strait of Hormuz even before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, a former US intelligence analyst disclosed on Sunday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12753.htm

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U.S. strike on Iran could make Iraq look like a warm-up bout

TIM HARPER

WASHINGTON BUREAU

Poison-laced missiles raining down on U.S. troops in Iraq or Afghanistan, the downing of a U.S. passenger airliner, suicide bombers in major cities, perhaps unleashing their deadly payload in a shopping mall food court. It could be 9/11 all over again. Or worse.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12747.htm

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Iran suicide bombers ‘ready to hit Britain’

By Marie Colvin, Michael Smith and Sarah Baxter

IRAN has formed battalions of suicide bombers to strike at British and American targets if the nation’s nuclear sites are attacked. According to Iranian officials, 40,000 trained suicide bombers are ready for action.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12752.htm

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Iran was not ordered to Stop Enrichment

By Mike Whitney

It’s easy to get confused about developments in Iran because the media does everything in its power to obfuscate the facts and then spin the details in way that advances American policy objectives. But, let’s be clear; the Security Council did NOT order Iran to stop enriching uranium.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12757.htm

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What President Ahmadinejad Said About Israel and Iran’s Nuclear Program

Full text of President’s Ahmadinejad address

“Palestine is the meeting point of right and wrong. Freedom for Palestine is the present aspiration of humanity. We must believe that good will prevail and evil will disappear. We must believe that Palestine will be free soon.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12758.htm

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U.S. Program Is Directed at Altering Iran’s Politics

By STEVEN R. WEISMAN

As the Bush administration confronts the Tehran government over its suspected nuclear weapons program and accusations that it supports terrorism, a newly created office of Iranian affairs in the State Department is poring over applications for a rapidly expanding program to change the political process inside Iran.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12748.htm

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4 U.S. Marines Among 47 Killed In Latest Violence:

Gunmen killed seven labourers in the city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad. A police official said he suspected they were killed because they worked for the police department.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO622716.htm

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Car Bomb Kills 10 South of Baghdad :

A car bomb exploded Sunday near a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and wounding 25, police said.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5758801,00.html

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Fallujah deja-vou:

US plots ‘new liberation of Baghdad’:

THE American military is planning a “second liberation of Baghdad” to be carried out with the Iraqi army when a new government is installed.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2136297,00.html

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Ethnic cleansing grows in Iraq:

The Shiite refugees have fled their predominantly Sunni neighborhoods where, before the U.S. occupation and subsequent terrorist activity, they lived in peace, the newspaper said.
www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20060415-013306-2989r

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U.S. arming of Iraq cops skates close to legal line:

U.S. officials are doling out millions of dollars of arms and ammunition to Iraqi police units without safeguards required to ensure they are complying with American laws that ban taxpayer-financed assistance for foreign security forces engaged in human-rights violations
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12749.htm

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SAS soldier quits Army in disgust at ‘illegal’ American tactics in Iraq:

He said he had witnessed “dozens of illegal acts” by US troops, claiming they viewed all Iraqis as “untermenschen” – the Nazi term for races regarded as sub-human
tinyurl.com/oq8x8

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Tribute To A National Hero:

RAF Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith, having refused to serve in Iraq: Despite all the pompous huffing and puffing from a few military wallahs rolled-out for the occasion the fact remains that, according to the Geneva Convention, Dr Kendall-Smith was perfectly entitled to refuse service
chimesofreedom.blogspot.com/2006/04/tribute-to-national-hero-raf-flight.html

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Making war academic:

I disagree with the need for military recruitment altogether. If society deems that military action is the right decision, the society must commit to that vision and force conscription and draft people from all walks of life, not just target those who are poor and want to go to college.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2002930931_satrdr15.html

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Generals versus Rumsfeld:

The search for scapegoats has begun in earnest. Who shall bear primary responsibility for this shipwreck, the civilian officials who conceived the war or the generals charged with waging it?
tinyurl.com/p7rep

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Billion-Dollar Start Falls Short in Iraq:

On the southern outskirts of Baghdad, a sewage treatment plant that was repaired with $13.5 million in U.S. funds sits idle while all of the raw waste from the western half of Baghdad is dumped into the Tigris River, where many of the capital’s 7 million residents get their drinking water.
tinyurl.com/ml3wk

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US firms suspected of bilking Iraq funds:

American contractors swindled hundreds of millions of dollars in Iraqi funds, but so far there is no way for Iraq’s government to recoup the money, according to US investigators and civil attorneys tracking fraud claims against contractors.
tinyurl.com/q4xaq

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U.S. backup plan: invade iran by land, air, water strikes :

The United States began planning a full-scale military campaign against Iran that involves missile strikes, a land invasion and a naval operation to establish control over the Strait of Hormuz even before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, a former US intelligence analyst disclosed on Sunday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12753.htm

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William M. Arkin: The Pentagon Preps for Iran:

In early 2003, even as U.S. forces were on the brink of war with Iraq, the Army had already begun conducting an analysis for a full-scale war with Iran.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12754.htm

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Blair refuses to back Iran strike:

TONY Blair has told George Bush that Britain cannot offer military support to any strike on Iran, regardless of whether the move wins the backing of the international community, government sources claimed yesterday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12751.htm

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General says Iran’s military ready “to project its power” :

A top Iranian military commander said on Friday that the Islamic Republic’s Army and Revolutionary Guards “are today in a situation to make the Oppressor World [the United States and its allies] feel the great powers that are at Iran’s disposal”, the state-run news agency Mehr reported.
www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=6780

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Bush’s Insane First Strike Policy:

If You Don’t Want to Get Whacked, You’d Better Get Your Nation a Nuke
www.counterpunch.org/lindorff04122006.html

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General Bush’s lose-lose Iranian war options:

There is something unreal about the bellicose statements coming from some sources in the Bush administration towards Iran.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12750.htm

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U.S. Bombs kills at least 7 Afghan civilians :

U.S.-led coalition forces using warplanes and artillery clashed with a small band of militants holed up in a house and a cave complex in eastern Afghanistan in fighting that killed seven Afghan civilians and wounded three, the military said Sunday.
tinyurl.com/fmba8

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Afghan district governor killed in Taliban ambush:

Taliban insurgents gunned down an Afghan district governor in troubled southern Afghanistan on Saturday in an ambush in insurgency-hit Helmand province, police said.
hindustantimes.com/news/7598_1675645,000500020005.htm

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Coming soon? The Taliban’s new country:

Last Monday, the Taliban offered Islamabad peace — from within Pakistani territory. From Waziristan, a mountainous tribal area on the Afghanistan border that’s just a bit bigger than Tripura but that has become the epicentre of the USA’s War on Terror. It’s also become another war against the Pakistani state from within, joining Balochistan, Gilgit, and Karachi.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1676077,0035.htm

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Gideon Levy : Who is a terrorist? :

The scenes from Gaza are heartbreaking. Heartbreaking? – The sight of the Aben family from Beit Lahiya mourning its 12-year-old daughter Hadil last week did not stir any particular shock in Israel.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12755.htm

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Gaza on brink of implosion as aid cut-off starts to bite :

The end of Western funding and Israel’s crossing closure sharpen Palestinian divisions
observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,1754847,00.html

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Haniyeh: We’ll eat salt:

Palestinian prime minister says the PA won’t flinch from cut off of international financial aid, won’t bow to pressure to drop violence and recognize Israel; ‘We are ready to eat salt and olives but we won’t be humiliated,’ he said
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3239771,00.html

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Iran promises $50 M for Palestinians:

Iran has decided to give the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority $50 million US, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Sunday.
tinyurl.com/ecv45

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Haniyeh accuses Abbas of paralyzing Hamas government :

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has leveled unprecedented criticism at Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, accusing the “presidential institution” of trying to deny the elected Palestinian government its powers and present it as lacking the ability to govern.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/706023.html

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Ilan Pappe: Ingathering:

From left to right, the manifestos of all the Zionist parties during the recent Israeli election campaign contained policies which they claimed would counter the ‘demographic problem’ posed by the Palestinian presence in Israel.
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=107&ItemID=10094

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Pollard’s lawyer: U.S. demanding document held by Rafi Eitan :

Jonathan Pollard’s attorney said Sunday that the United States would release the convicted spy if Pollard’s onetime handler, Rafi Eitan, handed over a secret document which details broad Israeli government involvement in the affair.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/705976.html

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Pollard-Barghouti release deal may be on horizon :

Israeli officials believe that in several months, when the chaos in the Palestinian Authority increases, the United States will agree to release convicted spy Jonathan Pollard in exchange for the release of Tanzim leader Marwan Barghouti, who is serving time in an Israeli jail.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/705976.html

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Barghouti: Olmert doesn’t want peace:

Jailed Fatah leader blasts Olmert’s diplomatic plan, says convergence aims to deepen occupation; Barghouti charges Israeli society failed to give rise to genuine peace partner.
www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3240028,00.html

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Robert Fisk : Traitors, martyrs or just brave men?:

The leaders of the Easter Rising suffered Western Front punishment
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12756.htm

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Americas Gulag: Spy Chief: CIA Detainees Will Be Held Indefinitely: Exclusive:

John Negroponte says accused Al-Qaeda members will remain in secret prisons as long as ‘war on terror continues’
www.time.com/time/nation/printout/0,8816,1183242,00.html

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Gwynne Dyer: U.S. immigration ballyhoo:

It’s all about keeping illegal labour plentiful and unskilled wages low
tinyurl.com/kxvfw

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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 2372
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$273,412,276,025
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Britain took part in mock Iran invasion

Pentagon planned for Tehran conflict with war game involving UK troops

By Julian Borger in Washington and Ewen MacAskill

British officers took part in a US war game aimed at preparing for a possible invasion of Iran, despite repeated claims by the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, that a military strike against Iran is inconceivable.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12742.htm

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Governor: 41 “Taliban” killed in battle:

Forty-one Taliban and six police officers were killed in a battle in southern Afghanistan in an area where the Taliban’s leader once lived, a governor said on Saturday.
tinyurl.com/zjh33

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Ambush of police convoy leaves dozen missing:

The Taji police source said at least 20 officers were killed, while Karim claimed the toll was at least 30 dead.
tinyurl.com/fgdxg

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Nine Killed In Continuing Violence:

In Baghdad, a roadside bomb killed three Iraqi soldiers and wounded eight others on Sunday in al-Doura suburb
tinyurl.com/hukur

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2 civilians killed in shoot-out in N. Baghdad :

Iraqi police exchanged fire with a group of gunmen at a checkpoint in a northern Baghdad district on Saturday, killing two civilians and wounding four others
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-04/15/content_4428084.htm

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Reporter said killed in Baghdad raid:

When U.S. and Iraqi forces arrived in armored vehicles, Anbar hid in one home, but was shot through the right cheekbone when he tried to flee
www.washtimes.com/upi/20060415-115151-9002r.htm

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DoD Identifies Marine Casualties :

Both were killed due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq on April 13.
www.defenselink.mil/releases/2006/nr20060415-12829.html

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Iraq: Pictures from the front line:

What the U.S. Press Won’t Show You.
www.infoshop.org/inews/article.php?story=2006041322552586

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Army report on al-Qaida accuses Rumsfeld :

Donald Rumsfeld was directly linked to prisoner abuse for the first time yesterday, when it emerged he had been “personally involved” in a Guantánamo Bay interrogation found by military investigators to have been “degrading and abusive”.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12746.htm

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U.S.: Rumsfeld Potentially Liable for Torture:

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld could be criminally liable for the torture of a detainee at Guantanamo Bay in late 2002 and early 2003, Human Rights Watch said today.
tinyurl.com/ryb5g

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Torture? What Rumsfeld knew:

In a sworn statement to the inspector general, Schmidt described Rumsfeld as “personally involved” in the interrogation and said that the defense secretary was “talking weekly” with Miller.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12738.htm

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Patrick J. Buchanan : The Generals’ Revolt :

This is a vote of no confidence in the leadership of the U.S. armed forces by senior officers once responsible for carrying out the orders of that leadership. It is hard to recall a situation in history where retired U.S. Army and Marine Corps generals, almost all of whom had major commands in a war yet underway, denounced the civilian leadership and called on the president to fire his secretary for war.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12739.htm

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A warning to Pentagon: Does this look familiar?:

A now-retired three-star Marine Corps general who was the chief operations officer for the military in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq has a message for his colleagues who still report for duty at the Pentagon. Speak out. Do not hide your doubts about misguided policies promoted by the ideologically driven civilian leadership at the Defense Department.
tinyurl.com/hjms6

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Sidney Blumenthal: The slow-motion trap:

His presidency was built on secrecy and, we now know, on lies. The more Bush struggles to free himself, the more his past deceptions bind him.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12744.htm

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More Americans feel US should mind its own business: poll

Nearly half of Americans believe their government should mind its own business internationally and only one third approves of how US President George W. Bush is handling Iraq
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060414/ts_alt_afp/uspolitics

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Rice hints at Iran attack:

THE United Nations must consider action against Iran which could lead to the use of military force, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said last night.
www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006170340,00.html

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Retired colonel claims U.S. military operations are already ‘underway’ in Iran :

During an interview on CNN Friday night, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Sam Gardiner claimed that U.S. military operations are already ‘underway’ inside Iran
tinyurl.com/s8s5n

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Israel’s Peres Says Iran Leader Will Meet Saddam’s Fate: –

Former Israeli premier Shimon Peres says the president of Iran is destined to meet the same fate as Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi leader deposed in a U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2006/04/6972b70d-948e-4a2a-847c-f72f44bc9f43.html

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Iran: ‘Israel will be annihilated by one storm’:

MAHMOUD Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president, caused further international outrage yesterday by calling Israel a “rotten, dried tree” which he predicted would be annihilated by “one storm”.
thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=573202006

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Iran Issues Warning to US:

“You can start a war but it won’t be you who finishes it,” said General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the head of the Revolutionary Guards and among the regime’s most powerful figures.
www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,94378,00.html

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Rice: US seeks enforcement power against Iran:

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the UN Security Council’s handling of the Iranian nuclear issue will be a test of the international community’s credibility.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/060415/2006041524.html

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Russian Military Chief Says Iran Far From Nuclear Bomb :

Russia’s chief of military staff says that he is confident that Iran’s current nuclear activities will “not allow it the possibility, either in the near or distant future, to make a nuclear weapon.”
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2006/04/4773fb40-f649-4d58-98ac-ace56e3a8151.html

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Duma member: US, Israel enemies of Iran nuclear program:

Member of Russian State Duma Victor Alksnis said today that Israel and the United States are real enemies of Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/060415/2006041502.html

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Russia offers aid to Palestinians:

Russia says it had promised emergency aid to the Palestinian Authority, breaking with the EU and Washington, which have stopped funding to try to force Hamas to recognise Israel.
tinyurl.com/flsza

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‘We would rather starve’:

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has said the country’s Hamas government would not be brought down by financial pressure from what he called an “unholy alliance” led by the United States.
www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1916890,00.html

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Defending Palestine, top priority of Islamic world,:

An Iranian official said here Thursday night defending the oppressed Palestinian people would be the most important issue of the Islamic world.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-236/0604144558161350.htm

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Hamas tells Arabs to honour aid pledge:

The Palestinian foreign minister has called on Arabs to fulfil their promises of financial assistance to the Palestinian government.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0222FF98-FDF9-4581-8E63-56660469E024.htm

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US business ban on Hamas-led PA :

The United States has banned its nationals from doing business with the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority, a Treasury spokesperson says.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4910860.stm

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Aid workers fear America now sees them as terrorists:

International help for the occupied territories was close to paralysis yesterday because aid workers, including many Britons, fear that the United States now sees them as terrorists.
tinyurl.com/qz5hq

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An Israel Accountability Act:

The House Bill, modeled on the one designed by AIPAC against Palestine, HB4681 (the Palestine Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006) would have imposed measures to “defund” the newly elected government of Israel (once it is formed with Kadima as the party in control) unless it met the following requirements:
www.counterpunch.com/cook04152006.html

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Arab is murdered for selling to Jews:

AN ARAB man accused of selling his property in the fiercely contested region of east Jerusalem to Jewish settlers was buried in a traitor?s grave yesterday after Palestinian police found his body riddled with bullets in a burnt-out car.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-2134917,00.html

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Once we were slaves, now we’re slavers :

“When I started the job, M.R. told me that I had to work a year without pay to repay the many expenses he had in bringing me to Israel,”
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/705920.html

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Ex-Professor in Terror Case to Be Deported:

Federal authorities have decided to deport a former Florida professor and longtime Palestinian rights activist after failing to convict him on charges he helped finance terrorist attacks in Israel.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2006/04/14/national/w134247D40.DTL

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Bush said to be open to release of Israeli spy:

The wife of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard says President Bush is willing to release him if there is a formal request for it from Israel.
www.wpherald.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20060412-110953-5484r

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End of story: Israel triumphant:

No serious politician in either the Republican or Democratic camp can ignore the resurgence of Zionism in US politics.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HD13Ak03.html

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Berlusconi loses bid to hold power:

ITALIAN Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s last-ditch attempt to cling to office by trying to change the law to force a recount of more votes from the national election has been rejected by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,18818131-2703,00.html

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US Military Exercise Seeks to Intimidate Progressive Governments:

Former Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister William Izarra told TeleSur on Wednesday that US military operations in the Caribbean are geared to intimidate the progressive governments of the region.
www.ain.cubaweb.cu/idioma/ingles/2006/abr13venezuela-maniobras.htm

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Alexander Cockburn: Courtroom bumps for the war on terror:

A terrorism trial of two Muslims in federal court in Sacramento has thus far left the FBI looking manipulative, credulous, and prodigiously extravagant.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12743.htm

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A boxer in the visa line :

When he was in the spotlight during the 2004 Olympics, the State Department was only too happy to exploit him for propaganda purposes. But when he applied four times for a student visa to study in this country, that same State Department found reasons to turn him down.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/04/14/opinion/eddude.php

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AT&T pulled into domestic spying controversy :

A former employee claims firsthand knowledge of AT&T’s cooperation in “wholesale” monitoring of Americans’ communications.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12741.htm

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Ward Reilly: The Failure Of The U.S. “Free Press”:

Television is a wonderful tool used responsibly. It is a nation-killer if used improperly, as it is today.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12740.htm

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3 degrees: Chief scientist warns temperature will put 400 million at risk:

The world’s temperature is on course to rise by more than three degrees Centigrade despite efforts to combat global warming, Britain’s chief scientist has warned.
news.independent.co.uk/environment/article357783.ece

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A window into a world of need:

When an economist and her three children gave up their lifestyle to live on a welfare budget for 40 days, they did not bargain for what they would find out
tinyurl.com/km5tg

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Homeless arrests in L.A. ruled unconstitutional:

A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that a Los Angeles city policy of arresting homeless people found sitting, lying or sleeping in public access areas is unconstitutional
tinyurl.com/zgpr6

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Mentally Ill Woman Shot Dead By Police:

“Twelve or 13 shots went off and we all hit the floor,” Thomas said. “I’m afraid to open the door and see what’s out there.”
www.times-standard.com/local/ci_3714756

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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 2370
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$273,136,991,594
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Dead Cities

By Chris Floyd

Of all the war crimes that have flowed from the originating crime of President George W. Bush’s unprovoked invasion of Iraq, perhaps the most flagrant was the destruction of Fallujah in November 2004. Now, as ignominious defeat looms for Bush’s Babylonian folly, some of the key players in fomenting the war are urging that the “Fallujah Option” be applied to an even bigger target: Baghdad.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12734.htm

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Coming home — disillusioned

By Christopher H. Sheppard

Three years ago, I was a Marine Corps captain on the Iraqi/Kuwaiti border, participating in the invasion of Iraq. Awestruck, I heard our howitzers thunder and watched artillery rockets rise into the night sky and streak toward Iraq — their light bathing the desert moonscape like giant arc welders.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12736.htm

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Cheney Authorized Leak Of CIA Report, Libby Says

By Murray Waas, National Journal

Vice President Dick Cheney directed his then-chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, on July 12, 2003 to leak to the media portions of a then-highly classified CIA report that Cheney hoped would undermine the credibility of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson,
news.nationaljournal.com/articles/0414nj3.htm

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“Countdown to Jesus”

The Crucifixion of Christ, American Style

By Jerry Ghinelli

Vindication for the faithful, rejoicing for the true believers, it was the second coming of Christ—and he was coming to America. Not to bring Armageddon, but to save mankind from Armageddon.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12731.htm

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At Least 49 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Interior Ministry and police sources said they feared that at least 30 policemen were either dead or missing after they were hit by a roadside bomb while transporting police vehicles on Thursday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L14598151.htm

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Nearly 90 Sunnis had been reported abducted or killed:

In one incident, up to 25 men just released from detention were reportedly whisked away by gunmen in SUVs. The Sunnis also allege that 20 corpses turned up in Baghdad, all people reportedly abducted by security forces on the morning of April 4.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002929526_iraq14.html

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At least 17 Iraqi police officers killed in ambush:

Gunmen ambushed a large police convoy in a rural area north of the capital on Thursday, killing at least 17 officers, according to a police lieutenant.
www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/nation/14341496.htm

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Eleven building firm workers killed in Iraq:

Eleven employees of a building company in the southern Iraqi city of Basra have been kidnapped and killed, a police official said on Friday.
tinyurl.com/krl6z

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6 Iraqi policemen slain, dozens missing:

Dozens of policemen were missing Friday and at least six were dead after insurgents ambushed a police convoy near a U.S. base, officials said.
www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/14338317.htm

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Three Fort Hood soldiers killed, another seriously injured in Iraq :

The soldiers were assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, First Brigade Combat Team.
www.kcentv.com/news/c-article.php?cid=1&nid=9419

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Baghdad Morgue Overflowing Daily: –

As sectarian killings continue to rise in Iraq, the central morgue in Baghdad is unable to keep up with the daily influx of bodies.
ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=32897

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US allies are behind the death squads and ethnic cleansing :

Iraq’s American overlords at last seem to have grasped the danger posed by their friends’ militias. But it may be too late
informationclearinghouse.info/article12732.htm

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Iraqi Interior Minister denies running Shia death squads :

A 150,000-strong private security force, raised and trained by the US, is linked to the murderous death squads stalking Iraq, the country’s Interior Minister claimed yesterday.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article357425.ece

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Iraq unrest forces 65,000 to flee :

At least 65,000 Iraqis have fled their homes as a result of sectarian violence and intimidation, according to new figures from the Iraqi government.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4905770.stm

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War pimp alert:

Iran Leader: Israel Will Be Annihilated:

Iran President Ahmadinejad Lashes Out at Israel Again, Saying It’s ‘Heading Toward Annihilation’
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1843031

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To Battle Stations! To Battle Stations!:

Led by a familiar clutch of neo-conservative hawks, major right-wing publications are calling on the administration of Pres. George W. Bush to urgently plan for military strikes — and possibly a wider war — against Iran
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=32889

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US-Iran Clash Ahead:

The United States and Iran seem to have firmly set on a path that leads to the hell of war.
www.nationalledger.com/artman/publish/article_27264942.shtml

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The West can do nothing:

Iran yesterday vowed to expand its nuclear program dramatically, despite the international condemnation that followed its claim of being able to enrich uranium fuel.
www.dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story/0,20281,18807358-5001027,00.html

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U.S. Outsourcing Special Operations:

The Pentagon is bypassing official US intelligence channels and turning to a dangerous and unruly cast of characters in order to create strife in Iran in preparation for any possible attack, former and current intelligence officials say.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12727.htm

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Silent Nuclear Submarines Add to Iran Tensions:

The silent submarine forces of the United States, Israel and Iran are all ramping up for a hot war, adding yet more tension to an already volatile Middle East – made all the more uneasy by Iran’s relentless march to become a nuclear power.
www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2006/4/12/222400.shtml

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42 Percent:

That is the percentage of your federal income taxes that went to pay for past wars and the military in fiscal year 2005 (FY05), the year for which we are now filing our income tax returns.
www.fcnl.org/issues/item.php?item_id=1731&issue_id=18

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‘I feel like I did in the Vietnam days –

I hate to pay taxes just so they can go and bomb more people’
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1753799,00.html

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Retired general’s call puzzles Rumsfeld aides:

Of the smattering of retired generals who have called on Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to resign, none has surprised the Pentagon’s inner circle more than retired Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste.
washingtontimes.com/national/20060413-113036-4341r.htm

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Is America A Radical Republic?: C

ol. Larry Wilkerson (Ret.) Former Chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, talks about ideology and Middle East foreign policy.

Must watch
informationclearinghouse.info/article12730.htm

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U.S. blocks UN draft pressing Israel to end attacks:

The United States on Thursday blocked a U.N. Security Council statement drafted by Arab nations and aimed at putting pressure on Israel to stop military strikes.
tinyurl.com/mjqm3

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Peace can only be the fruit of justice:

Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Ismail Haniyeh outlines the basis for comprehensive peace
informationclearinghouse.info/article12733.htm

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Abbas calls aid cut-off illegal:

Palestinian Pres-ident Mahmoud Abbas conferred yesterday with Jordanian Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit and labelled the Israeli boycott of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the cut-off of financial aid to the Palestinians as “illogical and illegal.”
tinyurl.com/l2sx9

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Palestinian analyst warns Government will collapse:

Palestinian analyst Ali al-Jerbawi has warned that the Hamas-led Palestinian government will collapse in three months unless it pays the salaries of 140,000 government employees.
tinyurl.com/l6gc5

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‘Democracy’ at work:

International aid freezes threaten to strangle the democratically elected Hamas-led government
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2006/790/re61.htm

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Video: The Women of Hamas :

Dateline’s Chris Hammer took off to the troubled Gaza Strip to find out why so many Palestinian women voted for the militants.
news.sbs.com.au/dateline/index.php?page=archive&daysum=2006-04-12#

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The Lobby and the Bulldozer:

For several decades, to the present moment, Israel’s treatment of Palestinian people has amounted to methodical and despicable violations of human rights. Yet criticism of those policies from anyone (including American Jews such as myself) routinely results in accusations of anti-Jewish bigotry.
www.counterpunch.com/solomon04132006.html

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Roadside bomb kills 3 Afghan policemen :

Suicide attacker wounds 3 British soldiers
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20060414-0525-afghan-violence.html

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Stolen military data for sale in Afghanistan:

Among the photos of Americans are pictures of individuals who appear to have been tortured and killed, most too graphic to show. NBC News does not know who caused their injuries. The Pentagon would not comment on the photos.
msnbc.msn.com/id/12305580/

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Afghan Horror Story Confirmed by NBC :

“The drives also included deployment rosters and other documents that identified nearly 700 U.S. service members and their Social Security numbers, information that identity thieves could use to open credit card accounts in soldiers’ names.”
tinyurl.com/ltm4g

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US Enlists Mercenaries to Track Down “Al Qaeda”:

The United States is enlisting the help or armed militiamen and factional leaders in its campaign to track down five al Qaeda members in hiding in Somalia.
aawsat.com/english/news.asp?section=1&id=4510

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Car Bombs with Wings:

A History of the Car Bomb (Part 2)
www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=76824

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Anger as ban on glorifying terror comes into force :

Controversial anti-terror measures planned in the aftermath of the July 7 bombings and brought into force yesterday have been given a hostile reception by MPs and civil liberty lawyers who branded them absurd and a curtailment of free speech
news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/article357665.ece

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.Israelis unveil next generation in security :

A new system developed by an Israeli company utilises physiological and psychological responses assessed by a computer, rather than a human. It is due to go on trial at both a West Bank crossing point and a US airport, which is deliberately not being identified, later this year.
tinyurl.com/enm8p

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US to use Bulgarian military bases:

A defence co-operation agreement enabling the United States to use military bases in Bulgaria for training purposes is expected to be officially signed this month.
tinyurl.com/jqer6

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Venezuela tightens oil grip:

Powering ahead with stringent nationalist reforms, Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela is showing multinational oil firms little mercy.
www.csmonitor.com/2006/0414/p06s01-woam.htm

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Charley Reese: Viva Chavez :

“Stability” is one of the cow-manure words most favored by the imperialists who share Washington with all the lobbyists and special-interest groups. When they have no evidence of any wrongdoing whatsoever, they can always accuse a foreign government they don’t like of “creating instability in the region.”
informationclearinghouse.info/article12734.htm

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Thirst for profit :

The corporate hijack of water is on and if the current trend continues, India’s water sources will be in private hands beforewww.flonnet.com/fl2307/stories/20060421005000400.htm

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China’s organ supply questioned as transplants soar:

Various human rights groups — such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Laogai Research Foundation — say donated organs in China often come from executed prisoners, and there are concerns that prisoners’ wishes are not always respected.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/14332620.htm

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China has carried off the world’s largest reduction in poverty:

China is about to adopt its 11th five-year plan, setting the stage for the continuation of probably the most remarkable economic transformation in history, while improving the wellbeing of almost a quarter of the world’s population.
www.guardian.co.uk/china/story/0,,1752851,00.html

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Government Spending Hits Record in March:

Government spending hit an all-time high for a single month in March, pushing the budget deficit up significantly from the red-ink level of a year ago.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060412/ap_on_go_ot/monthly_budget_3

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Helen Thomas : Bush is Against Leaks – Except When He Leaks:

President Bush is piously opposed to leaks, unless he’s the person doing the leaking.
www.fcnp.com/606/thomas.htm

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A Call to Shed `Poison Pill’ Immigration Rule:

Republican leaders say they tried to change a House bill that would make felons of illegal immigrants but that Democrats balked.
tinyurl.com/kkqh9

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Terrorist ‘lookalike’ wins $27.5m :

In a victory for critics of racial profiling, a jury in El Paso, Texas, ordered Southwest Airlines to pay damages to Samantha Carrington for false imprisonment and malicious prosecution after she was bundled off a flight and arrested because flight attendants found her appearance suspicious.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1752799,00.html

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Indiana signs lease for toll road:

In the biggest highway privatization deal in U.S. history, state officials Wednesday signed an agreement Wednesday to turn the 157-mile Indiana Toll Road over to a foreign consortium that will operate it for a profit for the next 75 years.
tinyurl.com/pwoud

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