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Date: 25 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 2390
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$275,905,133,201
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Hostile Takeover

The Corporate Control Of Society and Human Life

By Stephen Lendman

Corporations – decide who will govern and how. We may think we do, but it’s not so and never was. Those national elections, especially the last two, only looked legitimate to most people, but not to those who know and understand how the system works. Here’s how it really works.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12842.htm

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The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time

Democracy Now!

Democracy Now speaks with Antonia Juhasz about her new book, “The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time.” The book tracks the radical neo-liberal economic program the Bush administration has tried to impose on Iraq, which threatens to leave Iraq’s economy and oil reserves largely in the hands of multinational corporations.

Real audio and transcript.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12844.htm

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Slaughterhouse

By Mike Whitney

The civil war storyline is intended to divert attention from the bloody subjugation of the Iraqi people by a foreign military. This is the real story of the Iraqi conflict.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12845.htm

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Wars, Debt and Outsourcing

The World is Uniting Against the Bush Imperium

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

Is the United States a superpower? I think not. Consider these facts.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12843.htm

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Inhuman Behavior

A chaplain’s view of torture

By Kermit D. Johnson

The paradox is that patriotism can transmute individual unselfishness into national egoism. When this happens, when the critical attitude of the individual is squelched, this permits the nation, as Niebuhr observed, to use “power without moral constraint.” – I believe this has been the case, particularly since 9/11, in the treatment of prisoners under U.S. custody.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12833.htm

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32 Kidnapped recruits found shot :

There have now been at least 70 killings since Jawad al-Maliki was formally appro-ached on Saturday to head a national unity government.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-2150207,00.html

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At Least 15 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Gunmen killed four people, including an eight-year-old girl, in separate incidents in religiously mixed Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO524946.htm

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Robert Dreyfuss : A Paper Lid On Iraq’s Volcano:

Jawad al-Maliki is the final nail in Iraq’s coffin.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12835.htm

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Shiite militias move into oil-rich Kirkuk :

Hundreds of Shiite Muslim militiamen have deployed in recent weeks to this restive city — widely considered the most likely flash point for an Iraqi civil war — vowing to fight any attempt to shift control over Kirkuk to the Kurdish-governed north
informationclearinghouse.info/article12840.htm

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Turkish military action in Iraq will take place if needed:

According to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency, Ozkok said since article 51 of the UN Charter allows beyond-the-border military action, Turkey might enter Iraq to eliminate Kurdish separatists.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=855776

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Insurgents cripple Iraq oil sector – inspector:

Insurgents have succeeded in crippling Iraq’s energy industry and the government has ignored calls for help in the battle against corruption and smuggling, the oil ministry’s inspector general said on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/nhowz

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Al-Zarqawi mocks U.S. in new video:

He also mocked the U.S. military in Iraq for what he called suicides, drug-taking and mutinies, and he warned that “worse” attacks were to come.
tinyurl.com/rskng

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Build your own Iraqi police squad for a little cash :

Iraq. Military uniforms, guns and even police vehicles are easily available to all comers in the markets of Baghdad.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060425/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_iraq_uniforms

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U.S. finds itself fighting the enemy within :

After the project had burned up all of the $75.7 million allocated to it, the work came to a complete halt.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/04/24/news/rebuild.php

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U.S. ambassador warns of long stay in Iraq:

Khalilzad, predicted the long-term American effort to “shape the future of this region” will continue regardless of which party controls the White House, how many troops remain in Iraq and what tactics and strategies are employed.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12839.htm

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We’re Staying! :

The Evidence Shows the US Isn’t Leaving
www.dissidentvoice.org/Apr06/Zeese24.htm

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US will go for other states after Iran and Iraq, says Margolis:

Renowned American journalist Eric Margolis has said that the US will “go for” Pakistan and Saudi Arabia after Iraq and Iran.
tinyurl.com/lhkbd

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Rumsfeld : Iraq and Afghan occupation key to containing Iran:

US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Monday that the United States must persevere in Iraq and Afghanistan to contain “the extreme impulses that we see emanating from Iran.”
informationclearinghouse.info/article12838.htm

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War pimp alert: Iran ‘greatest threat to Jews’ :

The Israeli defence minister today said Iran’s nuclear programme was the biggest threat to Jews “since Hitler”.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,1760447,00.html

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War pimp alert:

U.S. terrorism finance expert arrives in Israel: :

An official U.S. terrorism finance expert arrives here Tuesday to discuss economic measures against Iran and the Palestinian Hamas government. The official, Stuart Levey, is Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence in the Department of the Treasury.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12386.htm

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William Arkin: Iran should know about the very real U.S. plans for military intervention:

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.
tinyurl.com/mpd3j

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Pepe Escobar : What’s really happening in Tehran:

There are reasons to believe the leadership is misreading an avalanche of US signs related to the military and psychological preparation for a possible war.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HD26Ak02.html

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Missile exports to Iran alarm US :

Washington has asked Moscow to reconsider selling Iran anti-aircraft missiles as the crisis over its nuclear programme continues.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4932814.stm

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Iran to shun IAEA if sanctions imposed:

“How are you going to prevent our activities by imposing sanctions? If you impose sanctions, Iran will suspend its relations with the agency (IAEA),” chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani told a conference on nuclear issues in Tehran. “Suspension means we will accelerate our activities.”
tinyurl.com/pw5z2

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Israel launches satellite to monitor Iran’s nuclear program:

Russia on Tuesday launched an Israeli satellite from a cosmodrome in its Far East that the Israel Defense Forces says will be used to spy on Iran’s nuclear program, the Russian space forces said.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/objects/pages/PrintArticleEn.jhtml?itemNo=709278

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Israel’s nuclear ambitions:

It’s a pity that the Israeli experts, instead of proposing to “invest more heavily” in reponses to nuclear threats, appear to not have considered the much simpler and cheaper option of making the whole of the Middle East a nuclear-free zone.
commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/brian_whitaker/2006/04/israels_nuclear_ambitions.html

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Gaza: severe food shortage :

Nothing is entering or leaving Gaza, and now the funds to purchase what is available there are also drying up, bringing the dire situation of its people to a new and febrile crisis.
www.thehindu.com/2006/04/17/stories/2006041701931500.htm

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Phased Ethnic Cleansing:

The international community has an imperative moral obligation to pressure countries that are currently aiding Israel.
palestinechronicle.com/story.php?sid=042306230812

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Touching the third rail:

Israel was born at midnight (local time) May 14, 1948. US recognition followed 11 minutes later. A geopolitical honeymoon lasted until 1956 when Israel, France and Britain secretly joined forces, without informing president Eisenhower, to invade Egypt to wrest back control of the Suez Canal nationalized by president Nasser
informationclearinghouse.info/article12841.htm

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In case you missed it:

Truman Adviser Recalls May 14,1948 US Decision to Recognize Israel :

With US President George Bush increasingly frustrated by the Israeli-Palestinian problem, a new generation of Americans is asking an old question: Why must the US deal with this seemingly intractable dispute?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4077.htm

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In case you missed it:

U.S. Intervention in the Middle East:

This partial chronology of U.S. intervention in the Middle East illustrates the lengths to which the U.S. power structure has gone to gain and maintain U.S. domination of the Middle East—a region considered key to the U.S.’s standing as an imperialist world power.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6308.htm

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In Moscow, buzz over arms race II :

An article in the current issue of US journal “Foreign Affairs” rang alarm bells in Moscow this month. “The Rise of US Nuclear Primacy” argues that the deterioration of Russia’s nuclear arsenal, coupled with recent US technology breakthroughs, means Russia can no longer count on deterring the US with its nuclear capabilities.
news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20060424/wl_csm/orussnuke_1

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8 Taleban and 1 Policeman Killed in Afghanistan :

A military statement says an airstrike by U.S.-led forces hit a Taleban camp with missiles and a bomb Monday in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-04-25-voa21.cfm

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Militants ambush Pak army convoy; 7 killed:

Pro-Taliban militants ambushed a Pakistani army convoy in the restive North Waziristan tribal region, killing seven soldiers and rebels, officials said on Tuesday.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/7598_1682895,000500020000.htm

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Media to be barred from covering repatriation of Canadian soldiers’ remains :

Miltary sources say reporters will not be be allowed to cover the repatriation of the remains when the aircraft lands at the base Tuesday evening.
tinyurl.com/r4faq

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This is no rah-rah revolt :

Nepalese have lost their fear of repression and are making a genuine, old-fashioned revolution
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1760502,00.html

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Sri Lanka launches air strikes on Tamil rebels :

Sri Lanka launched air and naval strikes on Tamil rebels in retaliation for a failed assassination attempt on the army chief that left 10 people dead and risked returning the country to war.
tinyurl.com/qwtsv

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US Government Working to Prevent Ortega Victory in Nicaraguan Election :

Support for Ortega is growing, and many expect him to win the race. The US has called on Nicaraguans to not vote for Ortega.
upsidedownworld.org/main/content/view/266/1/

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Clashes in Athens as Rice visits :

Athens police have fired teargas during a clash with anti-war demonstrators protesting against a visit by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4941822.stm

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Peace Takes Courage:

A must watch 3 minute video – Generates hate mail for 15 year old producer.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12837.htm

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Mike Whitney : Preparing for the Economic Typhoon :

After 6 years of looting the public till, the cupboard is just about bare. Bush has chalked up another $3 trillion of public debt which sounds the death-knell for Social Security, public education, and the social safety net.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12846.htm

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Heading toward a deficit disaster:

Last year, the “official” federal budget deficit was $319 billion, bringing D.C.’s total public debt to $4.6 trillion.
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/opinion/14406624.htm

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Debt is cheating our children’s future:

If we think we have it bad, our children and grandchildren face potential tax and financial burdens that will be crippling if nothing is done to reduce our nation’s growing debt.
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/opinion/14406626.htm

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Retirement Insecurity:

United Airlines, Bethlehem Steel, Motorola, Lockheed Martin, IBM, Hewlett Packard, along with many other pillars of our economy, have frozen their pension plans, insisting they cannot afford to keep their promises.
www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/04/24/retirement_insecurity.php

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The 10 Worst Corporations of 2005:

2005 was a good year for bad corporations. There were no U.S. elections to worry about, with their troubling possibility of politicians running on the popular platform of curbing corporate power.
www.multinationalmonitor.org/mm2005/112005/mokhiber.html

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Resolution to push Bush impeachment :

State Rep. Karen Yarbrough (D-Maywood) has sponsored a resolution calling on the General Assembly to submit charges to the U.S. House so its lawmakers could begin impeachment proceedings.
www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-impeach24.html

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Bush to Suspend Oil Reserve Deposits:

Bush also announced steps to ease environmental standards governing fuel grades.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2006/04/25/national/w073738D86.DTL

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Tony Soldo: Warporations:

It’s time for Washington D.C. to give big oil some tough love…
informationclearinghouse.info/article12834.htm

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Pentagon Strike:

What hit the Pentagon On 9/11
www.pentagonstrike.co.uk/flash.htm#Main

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Date: 24 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 2389
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$274,930,301,614
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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All War-All The Time

Anti-Empire Update

By William Blum

Whatever ambiguity may remain about the role of the Israel lobby in the invasion of Iraq, it’s clear that if and when the sociopaths who call themselves our leaders attack Iran, Israeli security will be the main reason.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12819.htm

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In case you missed it

Hijacking Catastrophe

Documentry – 9/11, Fear, and the Selling of American Empire.

Hijacking Catastrophe is powerful, understated, straightforward and educational. In a single meticulously organized hour of evidence and analysis, viewers are treated to a thoughtful explanation of modern American empire, neo-conservatism as a driving force for the current Bush administration.

Click here to watch
informationclearinghouse.info/article6895.htm

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Transforming the World into a War-zone

By Mike Whitney

The military is being hijacked in full view of the American people and turned into the world’s most-lethal security apparatus. Under Rumsfeld’s direction, special units operating clandestinely around the globe will perform criminal renditions, assassinations, sabotage, and acts of piracy all in the name of corporate profiteering.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12826.htm

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On Waking Up Sleepless in the Middle of the Night

By John Brown

Because of your Iraq invasion, thousands of U.S. enlisted personnel are maimed, physically and mentally, for life. What can you tell these victims of your war? That you’re honored by their duty towards you, our “mission-accomplished” commander-in-chief?
informationclearinghouse.info/article12825.htm

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California Becomes Second State to Introduce Bush Impeachment

By David Swanson

04/24/06 — -Joining Illinois, California has become the second state in which a proposal to impeach President Bush has been introduced in the state legislature. And this one includes Cheney as well.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12824.htm

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Thirty killed as blasts shake Egyptian resort :

Three explosions shook the Egyptian Sinai resort of Dahab early today, killing at least 30 people and wounding 150, a security official said.
www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=2&ObjectID=10378862

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At Least 29 Killed As 6 Bombs Exolode In Baghdad:

Police in Abu Ghraib, just outside Baghdad, found a small truck containing the bodies of 15 men who had been tortured in captivity, said police Lt. Maitham Abdul Razzaq. Two other corpses were found in southwest Baghdad; one appeared to have been hanged
www.wral.com/apworldnews/8951155/detail.html

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Eight U.S.troops killed in Iraq, 1 in Afghanistan:

Seven U.S. troops have been killed by improvised explosive devices in Iraq, while a Marine in Iraq, and a soldier in Afghanistan, have died in gunbattles
story.irishsun.com/p.x/ct/9/id/0d7bd49fc3750870/cid/2411cd3571b4f088/

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US calls in Paras for Baghdad secret war:

British paratroopers secretly operating in support of the SAS in Iraq are using American uniforms, weapons and vehicles as part of their cover
informationclearinghouse.info/article12822.htm

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Inspectors Find More Torture at Iraqi Jails:

Top General’s Pledge To Protect Prisoners ‘Not Being Followed’
informationclearinghouse.info/article12821.htm

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Commander: Contractors violating U.S. trafficking laws:

The top U.S. commander in Iraq has ordered sweeping changes for privatized military support operations after confirming violations of human-trafficking laws and other abuses by contractors involving possibly thousands of foreign workers
www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/news/politics/14413048.htm

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Unembedded —

Stunning photography exhibit by four photojournalists displays civilian life in Iraq since the war
www.unembedded.net/main.php

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Albright warns of Iraq disaster:

Madeleine Albright, the former US secretary of state, has warned that the invasion of Iraq may end up as one of the worst disasters in American foreign policy.
tinyurl.com/fpvgr

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A Spy Speaks Out :

When no weapons of mass destruction surfaced in Iraq, President Bush insisted that all those WMD claims before the war were the result of faulty intelligence. But a former top CIA official, Tyler Drumheller — a 26-year veteran of the agency — has decided to do something CIA officials at his level almost never do: Speak out.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/04/21/60minutes/main1527749.shtml

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Zbigniew Brzezinski: Been there, done that:

Talk of a U.S. strike on Iran is eerily reminiscent of the run-up to the Iraq war.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12829.htm

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War pimp alert:

Iran’s president recruits terror master: I

RAN’S president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, attended a meeting in Syria earlier this year with one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, according to intelligence experts and a former national security official in Washington.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2147683,00.html

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War pimp alert:

Top secret report: Iran could tempt other Mideast states to go nuclear :

The comprehensive 250-page report, addressing strategic issues for the next decade, is considered top secret; only an elite few will be allowed to read its entire contents. After it has been redacted, it will be highly classified.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=708438

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Tehran insider tells of US black ops:

A former Iranian ambassador and Islamic Republic insider has provided intriguing details to Asia Times Online about US covert operations inside Iran aimed at destabilizing the country and toppling the regime – or preparing for an American attack.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12832.htm

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Iran slams Israeli life threat on Iranian President :

An Iranian newspaper on Sunday dismissed alleged Israeli plot to assassinate Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as state terrorism.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12828.htm

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Robert Skidelsky: The madness of bombing Iran:

THERE IS no doubt that Western opinion is being softened up for a US or Israeli strike against the Iranian centrifuges at Natanz.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12827.htm

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Iran: US to be humiliated if it attacks:

Iran’s defense minister said on Monday that any U.S. military attack over its nuclear programme would result in a humiliating defeat for the United States, the official IRNA news agency reported.
www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2006-04/24/content_575733.htm

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Iran says it may quit nuclear treaty:

Iran’s president has hinted that his nation was considering withdrawing from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and predicted the UN Security Council would not impose sanctions on Tehran.
tinyurl.com/f5egx

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Swedes tried for spying in Iran:

Two Swedish nationals detained in Iran for photographing military installations have been tried for espionage and a verdict is expected in “due course”, the ISNA news agency reported on Monday.
www.thelocal.se/article.php?ID=3635&date=20060424

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US and UK develop “democracy” strategy for Iran:

The US and UK are working on a strategy to promote democratic change in Iran, according to officials who see the joint effort as the start of a new phase in the diplomatic campaign to counter the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme without resorting to military intervention.
msnbc.msn.com/id/12425707/

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Iran to cancel 960 mln euro petrochemical deal with Linde, Hyundai, Technip:

Iran plans to cancel a 960 mln eur contract with companies from France, Germany and South Korea to build a new petrochemical plant, an oil ministry report said Monday.
tinyurl.com/k87ye

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Jordanian King to Israel: Give Up Your Nukes

Jordan’s King Abdullah said Monday that Israel should disarm its nuclear weapons in the wake of international pressure on Iran to end its uranium enrichment program.
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=102446

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UN official warns prospects for Mideast two-state solution have receded:

“Both parties are on quite different trajectories from those they were on when the Road Map was drawn up, and much has happened on the ground in the meantime. It is no exaggeration to say that prospects for achieving a two-state solution along the lines envisaged in the Road Map have receded through a combination of factors,”
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=855873

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Israel’s state-sponsored terrorism :

Haaretz stated that the final decision on the assassination of Ahmadinejad and Haniya would be taken upon the approval of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
www.mehrnews.ir/en/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=315508

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Hamas rejects bin Laden message:

Hamas and a Sudanese rebel group have distanced themselves from a statement from Osama bin Laden condemning the West for its actions in both countries.
tinyurl.com/e6hb2

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Transcript: Bin Laden accuses West :

The following is an edited translation of an audiotape attributed to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, parts of which were aired by Aljazeera on April 23, 2006.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12830.htm

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Robert Fisk: All change in the Temple of Truth:

And they call this place, I keep reminding myself, the Axis of Evil.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12818.htm

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The threat to a fistful of petrodollars:

This weekend, Alexei Kudrin, Russia’s finance minister, dropped a bombshell in Washington. Kudrin caused his American hosts discomfort by openly questioning the dollar’s pre-eminence as the world’s “absolute” reserve currency.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12831.htm

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In case you missed it:

William Blum: A Brief History of U.S. Interventions – 1945 to 1999: –

The engine of American foreign policy has been fueled not by a devotion to any kind of morality, but rather by the necessity to serve other imperatives, which can be summarized as follows:
informationclearinghouse.info/article12820.htm

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China pledges help to stabilise the Middle East:

PRESIDENT Hu Jintao signalled yesterday that Beijing would play a greater role in the affairs of the Middle East when he paid a historic visit to Saudi Arabia, the main supplier of oil for China’s growing economy.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-2149424,00.html

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Saudi might set up strategic oil reserve in China :

The plan was raised during Hu’s talks with King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz. The reserve would be on top of the oil supplies Saudi Arabia exports to China for its daily needs, and which reached some 22.18 million tons last year.
www.almanar.com.lb/story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=648592

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Oil fight in Nigeria reaches turning point:

A militant group that has been attacking Nigeria’s oil pipelines and helping to drive up world oil prices added a new tactic last week by detonating a car bomb in a major oil city to publicize its standing threat to shut down the country’s entire crude output.
tinyurl.com/hxnqw

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The Struggle For Oil:

The Niger Delta struggle has a long history
www.independentng.com/sunday/ccapr230603.htm

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Peak oil “:

he vast extent of U.S. oil shale resources, amounting to more than 2 trillion barrels, has been known for a century. In 1912, the President, by Executive Order, established the Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves. This office has overseen the U.S. strategic interests in oil shale since that time.
www.energybulletin.net/15262.html

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The Peak Oil Crisis :

There is little doubt the effects of peak oil will someday soon radically change the political landscape in America—and nearly everywhere else for that matter
www.fcnp.com/607/peakoil.htm

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Venezuela Plans to Raise Trade Barriers Against Colombia, Peru :

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he will raise trade barriers against Colombia and Peru because the neighboring Andean countries reached free-trade agreements with the U.S.
tinyurl.com/zthku

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Date: 23 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 2389
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$275,419,123,995
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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The urgency of stopping the next US war in the Middle East.

The US has drawn up plans to level a massive aerial assault against Iran.

By Dr. Jorge E. Hirsch

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/article12813.htm

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Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq

By Stephen Kinzer
“The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was not an isolated episode. It was the culmination of a 110-year period during which Americans overthrew fourteen governments that displeased them for various ideological, political, and economic reasons.”
informationclearinghouse.info/article12805.htm

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The Generals Revolt

A Symptom Of U.S. Malaise

By K Gajendra Singh

The retired generals’ revolt only highlights the malaise in the US polity which has crept in , specially in recent decades. The disconnect between an arrogant, ill informed Administration and the military executors of its policies in Iraq has opened a Pandora’s box which hopefully might become the tipping point for much needed changes in US polity.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12814.htm

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And We Think We Are Free

By Nolan K. Anderson

What happened to us? Why do we refuse to learn from history? How similar are we to those who put their clothes and valuables into neat piles before stepping into the “showers” of the 40's? What dichotomy allows our American military to act like Hitler’s SS troops and their parents to be so weak that they allow their president to assume dictatorial powers without giving so much as a whimper?
informationclearinghouse.info/article12815.htm

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3 U.S. Soldiers Among 20 Killed:

A rocket landed on a car park, killing seven civilians and wounding eight in Baghdad’s central Karrada district, the Defence Ministry said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM342554.htm

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5 US soldiers Killed: –

Five US soldiers were killed Saturday, including four whose vehicle hit a roadside bomb while patrolling south Baghdad, the military said.
tinyurl.com/z6rsj

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Iraqi president expresses concern over Turkish and Iranian troop concentrations on the border:

Turkey has called on the United States to crack down on rebel bases in northern Iraq, but U.S. commanders, struggling to battle Iraqi insurgents elsewhere, have been extremely reticent to fight the rebels, who are based in the remote mountain areas in one of the few stable parts of the country.
www.freenewmexican.com/news/42659.html

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Bush admits he offered Blair way out of the Iraq Invasion and occupation:

The Prime Minister insisted he would rather risk losing office than retreat
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,,1759426,00.html

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Stuck in the Hot Zone:

The U.S. military is in Iraq for the long haul.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12441799/site/newsweek/

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War pimp alert: Israel:

Iran Nukes Threaten Western Civilization :

Interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday urged the international community to work against the Iranian nuclear program, saying Tehran’s ambitions threaten not only Israel but all of Western civilization.
www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,192742,00.html

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A Silly Pretext:

No Arab or Islamic country armed even with the smallest of atomic bombs will be ready to hit Israel. And that, is because Israel is a small country interwoven and surrounded by Palestinian and Arab nations. The explosion of an atomic bomb will kill the Palestinians and Arabs too. The radio-active fallout will reach the entire Middle-East including Iran itself.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12812.htm

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Iran chalks U.S. threats up to failure to build coalition:

Iran on Friday dismissed a U.S. warning it could strike Iranian nuclear installations in the name of self-defense, with the foreign ministry arguing the threat was a sign of frustration in Washington. “America is angry because no other country has taken its side,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi was quoted as saying
tinyurl.com/eppnb

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Russian split with US on Iran widens:

The United States raised the ante last week, signalling that it intends to exact a price if Russia persists in its refusal to jump aboard an accelerating US diplomatic bandwagon for quick and tough international steps to isolate Iran.
www.thedailystar.net/2006/04/24/d60424012718.htm

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Bush Meets Privately With Think Tank Promoting Military Strike On Iran :

This tidbit about President Bush’s schedule was buried in today’s Washington
thinkprogress.org/2006/04/22/bush-hoover-iran/

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Protesters force Bush to move Stanford meeting:

Bush’s caravan was forced to reroute their trip and had to meet with Hoover officials off campus
www.indybay.org/news/2006/04/1816996.php

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The tragedy that followed Hillary Clinton’s bombing of Iran in 2009 :

In retaliation, suicide bombers trained by Tehran massacred civilians in Tel Aviv, London and New York
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1757027,00.html

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Hamas Rescue PA Health Minister :

Hamas loyalists, backed by Palestinian Authority police, rescued the new PA Health Minister late Sunday after Fatah supporters charged into the Health Ministry building in Gaza City, shooting and injuring three people.
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=102378

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US pressure on banks choking Hamas:

US officials have warned that the Bush administration can take action against financial institutions that help provide money or services directly to the new government.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/86BAB710-29C9-462A-B537-A483E77B97E3.htm

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Mike Whitney : Why Israel must Renounce Violence:

It is foolish to blame the victims of oppression as the perpetrators of violence. Occupation is the supreme act of violence from which all the smaller acts are mere tributaries.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12816.htm

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Israeli Crimes Blanked Out:

Is killing people with high explosives a crime only when the perpetrator doesn’t survive? If they go home for a cup of tea afterward and watch TV with their own children, does that make child-murder any less of a crime? Tony Blair and the BBC certainly think so.
www.gupsuk.com/IsraeliCrimes.htm

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Israel court calls Palestinian Authority a ‘state’ outside Israeli legal jurisdiction :

The Jerusalem District Court issued a landmark decision Sunday saying that the Palestinian Authority meets the legal requirements needed to be considered a state and that therefore Israel has no legal jurisdiction over it.
jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2006/04/israel-court-calls-palestinian.php

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Squatters from Texas anticipate orders to leave West Bank:

He and his family have lived here for four years frontier pioneers in their own eyes, usurpers of the land to Palestinians
www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2006/04/22/1597547.htm

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Uri Avnery: Who’s the dog? Who’s the tail?:

The influnece of the Israel lobby in the USA
www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/uavnery155.htm

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New Plans Foresee Fighting Terrorism Beyond War Zones:

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has approved the military’s most ambitious plan yet to fight terrorism around the world and retaliate more rapidly and decisively in the case of another major terrorist attack on the United States, according to defense officials.
tinyurl.com/pukz5

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US-Israel counter-terror plan proposed:

For years, American law enforcement and security experts have been looking to Israel for the latest in homeland security practices. Now Congress is hoping to work with Israel and other at-risk countries to develop science and technology applications to fight terrorism
tinyurl.com/hzsq9

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Sheila Samples: We Are The Deciders:

Rumsfeld, like Dick Cheney does when he needs to “catapault the propaganda,” picked up the phone and called the drug-addled, dangerously ignorant “El Rushbo” to reassure millions of panting dittoheads that those who oppose him or criticize his handling of the war are being manipulated by terrorists like Zarqawi, Bin Laden and Zawahiri.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12817.htm

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In case you missed it:

They Thought They Were Free:

“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11845.htm

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Bin Laden: West waging a crusade:

During the recording bin Laden also said the Western public shared responsibility for the actions of their governments, particularly for what he called their attacks on Islam.
tinyurl.com/jxc9q

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Hu builds on China’s oil deals with Saudis:

THE Chinese President, Hu Jintao, arrived in Riyadh on his first state visit to Saudi Arabia, in a sign that the sands are shifting in the oil-rich Persian Gulf region.
tinyurl.com/httnx

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Oil fight in Nigeria reaches turning point:

A militant group that has been attacking Nigeria’s oil pipelines and helping to drive up world oil prices added a new tactic last week by detonating a car bomb in a major oil city to publicize its standing threat to shut down the country’s entire crude output.
tinyurl.com/hxnqw

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Lowest and Highest Gas Prices In Your Area:

Detailed Pricing Information
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Almost 70 lawmakers sign Bush impeachment letter:

Almost 70 Vermont legislators have signed a letter urging Congress to begin an investigation of President Bush’s domestic surveillance program and the reasons for the war in Iraq and, which would lead to impeachment proceedings, if warranted.
tinyurl.com/j26fo

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U.S. tells IMF to butt out of health care issue:

The U.S. government issued a barbed riposte yesterday after the IMF suggested Washington institute health insurance for all Americans and balance its budget faster than planned.
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20060420.RIMFSIDE20/TPStory/TPBusiness/

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America: From Freedom to Fascism
www.freedomtofascism.com/

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Date: 21 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 2380
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$274,930,301,614
See the cost in your community
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A Path to Peace with Iran

By Scott Ritter

The problems that plague Washington DC on the issue of Iran are the same problems that haunt America overall regarding Iraq — no clear understanding of why we as a nation are doing what we are doing where we are doing it, and absolutely no system of accountability for those who are implicated, directly through their actions or indirectly through abrogation of duties and responsibilities, in embroiling America in such senseless conflict.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12803.htm

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1Million Dead Iranians

By Chris Floyd

When this attack comes — either as a stand-alone “knock-out blow” or as the precursor to a full-scale, regime-changing invasion, like the earlier aggression in Iraq — there will be no warning, no declaration of war, no congressional hearings, no public debate. The already-issued orders governing the operation put the decision solely in the hands of the president. He picks up the phone, he says, “Go,” and in 12 hours’ time, up to 1 million Iranians will be dead.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12801.htm

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Don’t Impeach Bush. Commit Him

A Maniacal Messianic Prepares to Fulfill His Destiny

By Ted Rall

Until I read Seymour Hersh’s expose in The New Yorker and subsequent follow-up coverage by other journalists about the Bush Administration’s plans to start a war against Iran, I had dismissed talk of George W. Bush’s messianism as so much Beltway chatter. True, he hears voices, even claiming that God and Jesus Christ talk to him. “I believe God wants me to run for president,” he told a friend in Texas. Eschewing mainstream religion, he routinely parrots the apocalyptic ravings of fringe Christianist cults:
informationclearinghouse.info/article12800.htm

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White House knew there were no WMD: CIA

By AAP

“The CIA had evidence Iraq possessed no weapons of mass destruction six months before the 2003 US-led invasion but was ignored by a White House intent on ousting Saddam Hussein, a former senior CIA official said, according to CBS.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12809.htm

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America’s Terror-war in Iraq

By Mike Whitney

What’s really taking place is that American armed and trained death squads are attacking Sunnis and Shiite alike to facilitate a break-up of Iraq which Pentagon planners and right wing ideologues have sought from the very beginning.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12802.htm

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The Great Revulsion

By Paul Krugman

“I have a vision — maybe just a hope — of a great revulsion: a moment in which the American people look at what is happening, realize how their good will and patriotism have been abused, and put a stop to this drive to destroy much of what is best in our country.” C
informationclearinghouse.info/article12806.htm

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Raging Grannies and Raging Americans

By Cindy Sheehan

Every American who has ears to hear the “decider” lie and everyone who has eyes to watch him figuratively defecate on our Bill of Rights should use their voices to scream against the cruelty of BushCo, use their feet to march in solidarity with other Americans who repudiate the cruelty, and use their butts to sit down in front of places of power to demand that our leaders quit using our names to imprison people indefinitely without trials and torture them as they hypocritically accuse other governments of violating human rights.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12808.htm

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Iraq: 9 Bodies Found:

Eleven policemen were wounded when two roadside bombs targeting police patrols separately exploded in al-Qadisiya district, western Baghdad
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO126655.htm

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Five police among 7 killed:

he five police commandos, were ambushed and shot dead by gunmen who opened fire on their car,. A baker in Baghdad and a policeman in Baquba were also shot and killed in separate incidents, defense and interior ministry officials said.
tinyurl.com/pyntk

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6 Iraqi soldiers captured, shot to death:

Six off-duty Iraqi soldiers were captured and shot execution-style outside a restaurant in northern Iraq on Friday, police said.
www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/news/breaking_news/14396079.htm

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4 Police Killed By IED:

Four policemen were killed when their patrol hit a roadside bomb, police said.
www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/003200604211652.htm

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Rumsfeld jokes as generals get angry over GI body count :

“I am driven to action now by the missteps and misjudgments of the White House and the Pentagon, and by my many painful visits to our military hospitals,” Newbold wrote “The cost of flawed leadership continues to be paid in blood.
tinyurl.com/jlk7v

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Poor planning, equipment to push Iraq war costs to 1 trillion dollars::

“When the administration submitted its original budget for the Iraq war, it didn’t provide money for continuing the war this year or any other. We could end up spending up to one trillion (dollars) in supplemental budgets for this war,” he said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-04/21/content_4459003.htm

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Shiites Nominate Al-Jaafari Ally for PM

Shiite politicians agreed Friday to nominate Jawad al-Maliki as prime minister, replacing the incumbent in a bid to clear the way for a long-delayed new government.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1872962&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312

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Iraq says ready to negotiate oilfield contracts:

Only small oil firms, such as Norway’s DNO (DNO.OL: Quote, Profile, Research), have ventured into Iraq, home to the world’s third largest oil reserves. The majors are eager to take a stake in the industry but are waiting for security and the political process to stabilize as well as an investment law.
tinyurl.com/jeah6

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Turkish Army Sends 40,000 Troops to Southeast:

Turkey has sent nearly 40,000 troops to the southeast to prepare for an expected rise in Kurdish rebel incursions from northern Iraq, a senior military official said on April 20.
www.defencetalk.com/news/publish/article_005652.php

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Iran shells Iranian Kurdish positions in Iraq-PUK:

Iranian forces shelled Iranian Kurdish rebel positions inside mountainous northern Iraq on Friday to repel an attack, an Iraqi Kurdish official said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L21121431.htm

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Cheney has tapped Iranian expatriate, arms dealer to surveil discussions with Iran:

Speaking on condition of anonymity, three intelligence sources identified the Iran-Contra middleman as having been put back on the payroll, acting as a human intelligence asset and monitoring any movement in discussions about Iran’s alleged burgeoning nuclear weapons program.
tinyurl.com/flevh

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Iran years away from having nukes’:

US intelligence chief John Negroponte has said Iran’s resumption of uranium enrichment is “troublesome” but the country is still years away from having enough fissile material to make a nuclear weapon.
www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=66431

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Russia toughens opposition to Iran sanctions :

Hardening its opposition to sanctions against Iran, Russia said on Friday the U.N. Security Council should only consider such measures if it had proof the Islamic Republic was trying to build nuclear weapons.
tinyurl.com/kxufy

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Russia backs Iran’s nuclear programme:

Russia today offered its most outspoken support yet of the controversial nuclear programme in Iran, its neighbour and trading partner.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-2145200,00.html

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Russia Will Not Agree to Iran Sanctions Without Proof :

Russia says again it will not agree to sanctions against Iran until Moscow sees hard evidence that Tehran’s nuclear program is not for peaceful purposes
www.payvand.com/news/06/apr/1177.html

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Taking matters in hand:

Ali Larijani, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator and head of the Supreme National Security Council, tells Amira Howeidy that Iran does not need nuclear weapons to promote its influence in the region and that punishing Iran for pursuing a nuclear programme will damage everyone
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2006/791/re6.htm

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6 Police, 1 U.S. Soldier Killed in Afghanistan:

Taliban insurgents attacked a police post on Friday killing six policemen as gunmen opened fire on a patrol in a separate incident, killing a U.S. soldier, officials said.
tinyurl.com/hp52h

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Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq:

“The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was not an isolated episode. It was the culmination of a 110-year period during which Americans overthrew fourteen governments that displeased them for various ideological, political, and economic reasons.”
informationclearinghouse.info/article12805.htm

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Israel Preparing To Kill Palestinian Cabinet and Reoccupy Gaza?:

In a growing barrage of Israeli pressure against Hamas, a senior military commander said Israel is actively preparing to reoccupy the Gaza Strip and a powerful lawmaker said the entire Palestinian Cabinet could be targeted for assassination .
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/04/21/world/main1526377.shtml

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Hamas preparing for independent Palestinian economy:

The Hamas-led Palestinian government is preparing a long-term plan aimed at achieving separation from the Israeli economy.
www.wpherald.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20060420-111026-6967r

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Amira Hass: Hungry and shell-shocked:

Where will the next blow land? That is the question. Not if it will come, but rather when, and on whom will it land, and what kind will it be?
www.haaretz.com/hasen/objects/pages/PrintArticleEn.jhtml?itemNo=707941

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The Sinister Meaning Olmert’s “Hitkansut”:

The grand land theft will be sold to the world as a painful withdrawal of Jewish settlers, even if the great majority (probably 80 per cent) are left in place and only the most remote settlements are dismantled.
www.counterpunch.org/cook04212006.html

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More muscle, with eye on China:

The Pentagon is engaged in an extensive buildup of military forces in Asia as part of a covert strategy to strengthen and position U.S. and allied forces to deter — or defeat — China.
www.washingtontimes.com/national/20060420-121646-9379r.htm

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A monarch willing to kill his own people to save his skin :

Hidden away in his palace in the midst of a city in chaos, King Gyanendra of Nepal appeared desperate to cling to power – and prepared to shoot down his own unarmed subjects in the streets to do it.
news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/article359124.ece

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Chavez issues warning to U.S.:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez yesterday warned his government would blow up its own oilfields if the United States ever were to attack — the latest in a series of warnings to Washington.
lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/International/2006/04/20/1541612-sun.html

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Chavez says U.S. won’t give Morales a honeymoon:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused his arch-enemy Washington on Thursday of trying to destabilize Bolivia’s leftist government, which took office three months ago.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N20325684.htm

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Venezuelan president blames U.S. for high oil prices :

“It could reach $100 … It is up to the United States,” Chavez told reporters as he arrived in southern Brazil on a trade mission. He attributed the already-high price to American “bellicose statements and the American president’s threats against Iran.”
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20060420-1500-venezuela-oil.html

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Energy drives higher Halliburton profit:

Halliburton Co. reported first-quarter net earnings rose nearly 34% to $488 million, or 91 cents a share, from $365 million or 72 cents a share a year earlier.
tinyurl.com/me89d

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New Gasoline Study Shows Profits, Are Driving Pump Price Spike:

A new study of rising gasoline prices in California found that corporate markups and profiteering are responsible for spring price spikes, not rising crude costs or the national switchover to higher-cost ethanol, as the oil industry claims
www.consumerwatchdog.org/energy/pr/?postId=6133

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Peak Oil And The Political Economy Of Terrorism:

A Straits of Hormuz blocked by sunken tankers either way will immediately reduce global oil supplies by 20-25 per cent per day. Perhaps more, depending on which estimates you have been reading.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12807.htm

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In Terror War, Not All Names Are Equal:

A major government watchdog group is charging that Muslim charities are being shut down for supposedly backing terrorist causes, while giant firms like Halliburton are receiving the full protection of U.S. law for allegedly breaking government sanctions against doing business with Iran — a country designated as a sponsor of terrorism.
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=32949

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Sidney Blumenthal: Revolt of the generals :

The denunciation of the administration’s handling of Iraq by former US army chiefs is unprecedented
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1758033,00.html

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Humor :

I’m The Decider: I am the Egg Head: (Koo-Koo-Ka-Choo)
decider.cf.huffingtonpost.com/

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John W. Dean: If Past Is Prologue

George Bush Is Becoming An Increasingly Dangerous President
writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20060421.html

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The Worst President in History? :

One of America’s leading historians assesses George W. Bush
tinyurl.com/s7lkm

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Grand Jury Hears Evidence Against Rove :

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald met with the grand jury hearing evidence in the CIA leak case and introduced additional evidence against Rove, attorneys and other US officials close to the investigation said.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12799.htm

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Apartheid, Bush style:

The Republican rape of New Orleans
informationclearinghouse.info/article12804.htm

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Woman who acted as ‘human shield’ in Iraq is fighting U.S. government fine:

fter she returned to the United States, Karpova was fined $6,700 by the Treasury Department for violating U.S. economic sanctions. Fines ranging from $6,700 to $8,000 were levied against three other human shields.
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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 2378
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$274,385,089,784
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Does Iran’s President Want Israel Wiped Off The Map – Does He Deny The Holocaust?

This is a must read

By Anneliese Fikentscher and Andreas Neumann

Translation to English: Erik Appleby

How Media Have Distorted the Facts in Support of an Attack on Iran.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12790.htm

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When “Diplomacy” Means War

By Norman Solomon

One of the nation’s leading pollsters, Andrew Kohut of the Pew Research Center, wrote a few weeks ago that among Americans “there is little potential support for the use of force against Iran.” This month the White House has continued to emphasize that it is committed to seeking a diplomatic solution. Yet the U.S. government is very likely to launch a military attack on Iran within the next year. How can that be?
informationclearinghouse.info/article12785.htm

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Lock him away to stop the next war

By Phillip Adams

WE cannot wait any longer for the impeachment of George W. Bush. Far more efficient to have Bush certified. There is no need for further debate on his mental state. The US President is bonkers.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12786.htm

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Stop Us Before We Kill Again!

By Bernard Weiner

So, if you’re wondering whether the U.S. will back off from attacking Iran, or whether corporations will no longer be given the ability to dictate Administration environmental policy, or whether domestic spying on U.S. citizens will cease, or whether Scalia might recuse himself on cases he’s already pre-judged — if you still harbor any or all of those illusions, forget about it.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12784.htm

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Forget the Middle East:
North America Harbors the World’s Most Dangerous Terrorists

By Jason Miller

A Messiah complex, severely stunted emotional intelligence and profound ignorance are the defining characteristics of the man capable of making nuclear holocaust a reality within minutes.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12787.htm

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19 Killed as 2 Teachers gruesomely slain in day of violence:

Five people were killed in a car bomb attack in the northern city of Baiji. Also in Baquba, a police officer was shot dead, while two civilians were wounded in a roadside bombing. In another attack, three security guards at a power station in Baghdad’s notorious al-Dura neighbourhood were shot dead by gunmen, while three street sweepers were also killed in a separate shooting in the same area
tinyurl.com/kfh59

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9 Bodies Discovered : Three university professors shot dead :

Gunmen opened fire on staff members at a university in north-central Iraq on Wednesday, killing three professors and seriously wounding another, as police announced the discovery of nine corpses with bullet wounds near Baghdad.
tinyurl.com/g8uft

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U.S. Tank Shells Kill 4 Civilians:

Among the victims were small children and women, the source added.
english.bna.bh/?ID=43906

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Iraq Police Deny Report of Teachers Killed:

Militants killed two people at elementary schools in a mainly Shiite district of Baghdad on Wednesday, the government said. But police in the neighborhood denied any attack occurred.
www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/93-04192006-643768.html

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Roadside Bomb Kills U.S. Soldier:

Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldier died from wounds sustained when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad April 18.
tinyurl.com/ogl9s

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Fears grow over Sunni backing for Iraq insurgency:

Sunni politicians on Tuesday condemned government forces who battled guerillas in a Baghdad neighbourhood, feeding fears that rising sectarian violence and Shia militia activity may be pushing Iraq’s Sunni population toward supporting the insurgency.
news.ft.com/cms/s/9df6e086-cf03-11da-925d-0000779e2340.html

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Kurds in Iraq appoint own oil minister:

The creation of an oil ministry in the region has angered the central government which has so far stopped the Kurds short from spreading their full control over the oil-rich region of Kirkuk.
www.edinarfinancial.net/news/?quer=&nm=&ny=&nn=303

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Time to plan for US withdrawal from Iraq, says Brzezinski :

He said that the US needs to recognize that ‘its intervention in Iraq is becoming part of a wider, dangerous collision between America and the Muslim world’.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/line-20/0604195910173124.htm

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16 Afghan civilians killed or wounded by U.S. troops :

More than 16 Afghan civilians have been reported killed or wounded this week by U.S. soldiers as troops battled an outbreak of insurgent activity in warmer spring weather, according to Afghan officials.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/04/19/news/afghan.php#

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Infant Reportedly Among Afghans Injured By U.S. Military :

Reports from Afghanistan say a number of civilians, including a newborn baby, were injured after a U.S. military patrol opened fire on their vehicle in the southeastern Afghan province of Khost.
tinyurl.com/lnz6u

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US, Afghan Forces Kill 5 “Militants” In Kunar Province : –

U.S. and Afghan soldiers have killed five militants during a large-scale operation targeting Taliban and al-Qaida fighters in a volatile eastern region of the country near Pakistan, the U.S. military said Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/pxwx9

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French sapper killed in mine accident on Tajik-Afghan border :

The French mine-clearing instructor was badly wounded when an anti-personnel mine exploded. He died in the hospital.
en.rian.ru/world/20060419/46621189.html

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Real bad news in Afghanistan:

Taliban regains control of much of country
wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=49807

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David Michael Smith : The U.S. War in Afghanistan:

As hundreds of millions of people in Central Asia and the Middle East watch their oil and natural gas being extracted and transported for the profit of Western companies, the prospects for a massive, violent backlash against the U.S. and its client regimes are likely to grow. As horrific as the September 11 attacks were, they may only be the beginning.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12789.htm

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Chris Floyd: The Really Real “Long War” :

Savvy players in the military-industrial racket know that the “War on Terror” is just short-end money: fat and sweet, sure, but it doesn’t really have legs. “Islamofacism” is too empty a concept to sustain the kind of decades-long looting of the public treasury that the dear old Cold War used to provide
www.chris-floyd.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=603&Itemid=1

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British Euro-MP condemns Israel’s apartheid policies:

“We should be honest. These are the racist policies of apartheid, yet Israel continues to pose as a victim,” Liberal Democrat MEP for northwest England Chris Davies said.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/line-20/0604190398165151.htm

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Israeli forces arresting wives and mothers of “wanted” Palestinian men to force them to “surrender”:

Throughout the morning dozens of Nablus women have disappeared. Several elderly and young women are included in the list of the arrested.
www.pnn.ps/english/archive2006/apr/week3/190406/report3.html

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The little king runs scared:

Hamas: ordan fabricated arms story:

Hamas says Amman has wrongly accused the group of arms smuggling because it is being influenced by the US to boycott the new Palestinian government.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8F873379-36A6-45F5-A27F-89421BAAE4FD.htm

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Saudi Arabia Pledges Palestinian Aid:

Saudi Arabia announced plans Tuesday to donate $92 million to the Palestinian Authority.
www.postchronicle.com/news/breakingnews/article_21215133.shtml

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France rules out cutting off Palestinian relief aid:

Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy told French radio that while the European Union had cut funding to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority it had no plans to end relief aid.
tinyurl.com/rbzzo

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‘Even though I am suffering, my suicide bomber son was a hero’:

THE ISRAELI soldiers arrived before dawn but the suicide bomber’s father and furniture had already gone.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2140887,00.html

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Exclusive: Ismail Haniyeh interview:

In his first interview with British TV the Palestinian Prime Minister tells us why he thinks it is legitimate to attack Israel .
www.channel4.com/more4/news/news-opinion-feature.jsp?id=225

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Most Americans Do Not Trust Bush on Iran: .

54 per cent of respondents say they do not trust George W. Bush to make the right decision about whether the country should go to war with Iran or not.
www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm/fuseaction/viewItem/itemID/11612

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US to call for freeze on Iran assets and visa curbs:

The US is pressing other world powers to consider what it called targeted sanctions against Iran as an April 30 United Nations deadline looms for Tehran over its nuclear program.
tinyurl.com/pa2tw

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Iranian official’s presence in U.S. queried:

The Bush administration yesterday was at a loss to explain the rare presence in Washington of an Iranian government official who slipped into the United States under mysterious circumstances, apparently to attend a scholarly conference.
www.wpherald.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20060419-111937-2883r

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U.S. envoy: Iran sanctions discussed:

A U.S. diplomat said Tuesday that envoys from the five permanent Security Council members plus Germany discussed sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, but failed to reach agreement on how to proceed further.
www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/world/14364483.htm

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“New urgency” to curb Iran – U.S. official:

Russia said on Wednesday it wanted to refrain from taking action before a U.N. deadline set for Tehran to halt uranium enrichment expired, but a top U.S. official believed other countries were inching towards action.
tinyurl.com/q9u4t

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The U.S. Nuclear Bunker Buster:

3 Million will die as result of attack:

Flash presentation. Must watch
tinyurl.com/p43yr

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Russia will deliver air defense systems to Iran – top general :

At the end of 2005, Russia concluded a $700-million contract on the delivery of 29 Tor M1 air defense systems to Iran.
en.rian.ru/russia/20060419/46622413.html

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China, Russia welcome Iran into the fold:

“The real intention behind the US fueling the Iran issue is to prompt the UN to impose sanctions against Iran, and to pave the way for a regime change in that country.”
www.atimes.com/atimes/China/HD18Ad02.html

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. . . as the US and China face off over oil supplies:

China’s oil industry has wooed countries that the US has tried to isolate for political reasons – such as Sudan, Iran and Burma – potentially undermining the isolation efforts. Three major China oil companies have been pursuing long-term supply arrangements in such places as Venezuela, Nigeria, Gabon and Angola.
afr.com/articles/2006/04/19/1145344146402.html

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America meets the new superpower :

The visit of President Hu to Washington underlines the inevitable loss of America’s economic supremacy to China
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article358568.ece

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Russia says seminar in U.S. “urged new terrorist attacks” :

The Foreign Ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador in Moscow Tuesday to hand him a note of protest against a seminar in Washington which it said called for new terrorist attacks in Russia.
en.rian.ru/world/20060418/46572875.html

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Venezuela blasts U.S. decision not to extradite bombing suspects :

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Ali Rodriguez issued a statement on Tuesday criticizing the United States for not deporting two Venezuelans linked to 2003 bomb attacks on the Colombian and Spanish embassies in Caracas.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-04/19/content_4447084.htm

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Chavez says US warships threaten Venezuela, Cuba : –

President Hugo Chavez, who accuses Washington of planning to invade Venezuela, said on Tuesday recent deployment of U.S. warships in the Caribbean Sea threatened his country and its ally Cuba.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060418/wl_nm/venezuela_usa_dc_1

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Stephen Lendman: The U.S. Now Planning A Fourth Attempt To Oust Hugo Chavez:

The US Navy sent an aircraft carrier strike group of four ships, 60 aircraft and 6,500 marines to the Caribbean and South American waters for a “major” training exercise. It’s holding it now about 50 kilometers from Venezuelan territory (about 30 miles).
informationclearinghouse.info/article12788.htm

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Death squad allegations threaten to derail Bush’s last Latin ally :

Colombia’s leader denies using death squads to wipe out opponents
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article358339.ece

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At least 4 Nepalese protesters killed

Nepal’s crisis grew bloodier Wednesday when security forces fatally shot four pro-democracy protesters as the government imposed a curfew in the capital to prevent a huge rally urging the king to loosen his grip on power.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/14374377.htm

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Rumsfeld Linked to Guantanamo Torture:

A leading international human rights group is calling for the Bush administration to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the alleged involvement of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other senior Pentagon officials in the torture of a prisoner at Guanatanamo Bay some three years ago.
us.oneworld.net/article/view/131172/1/4536

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U.S. general to testify in Iraq detainees abuse case :

A military court in Washingtonhas ordered a U.S. army general to appear as a defense witness in the trial of a military dog handler accused of abusing detainees in Iraq, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-04/19/content_4450142.htm

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UN torture panel presses US:

THE United Nations committee against torture has demanded that the United States provide more information about its treatment of prisoners at home and foreign terrorism suspects held in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,18858580-38200,00.html

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Belafonte warns of accelerating Neo-Fascism :

“We’ve come to this dark time in which the new Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended,” Belafonte
www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Frontpage/2006/03/06/01170.html

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Senator expects seven lawmakers to go to jail:

U-S Senator Tom Coburn isn’t naming names, but he expects six congressmen and a fellow senator will go to jail.
www.kten.com/Global/story.asp?S=4773216

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The four deficits confronting U.S.:

What we have going are the elements of a perfect storm — a potent mix of ignorance, apathy and inaction in all sectors of American society. If we continue on our present course, a fiscal crisis is not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when.’
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/opinion/14352021.htm

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Natylie Baldwin : The Twilight of Capitalism:

When political and economic systems become ends unto themselves rather than means to serve humanity and its interdependent life webs, it is time for a change.
peacejournalism.com/ReadArticle.asp?ArticleID=8518

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