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Date: 6 May 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 2417
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$278,618,851,557
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Not One Drop

By Mike Whitney

The real reason Iran has been unfairly singled out is because they’ve committed the inexcusable crime of controlling their own resources. This makes them a potential threat to Israel’s ever-expanding territorial ambitions and America’s insatiable thirst for oil. The nuclear issue is a red herring with no merit whatsoever.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12952.htm

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Robert Fisk : Another brick in the wall

By Robert Fisk

We have been conned again. The Israeli elections, we are told, mean that the dream of “Greater Israel” has finally been abandoned. West Bank settlements will be closed down, just as the Jewish colonies were uprooted in Gaza last year. – But it is a lie.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12953.htm

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Pro-American = Anti-Bush

By Cindy Sheehan

We the people of the United States, in order to secure a more perfect union, need to vociferously and with everything we have stand up to the traitors in power and redefine, if not reclaim, what it means to be Americans.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12955.htm

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Video: Rumsfeld Forced to Swallow His Own Lies

Ray McGovern, a retired CIA analyst with 27 years of experience ask Rumsfeld, “Why did you lie to get us into a war that was not necessary, that has caused these kinds of casualties? why?” Click here to watch. QuickTime and Wwindows Video
informationclearinghouse.info/article12950.htm

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Interview With Ray McGovern Who Asked Rumsfeld “Why Did You Lie? “

Democracy Now!

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld comes under fire from retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern at a speech in Atlanta on Thursday. Rumsfeld was interrupted by protesters several times in his address. We speak with McGovern and play excerpts from the event.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12954.htm

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Iraq: 19 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Police on Saturday found six bodies in different parts of Baghdad with signs of torture and gunshots to the head, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO623809.htm

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Five US soldiers killed in Iraq:

Roadside bombs kill three US soldiers in Babil province, another two in south-central Baghdad.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=16392

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British helicopter shot down in Iraq:

Fire fighters said they had found four charred bodies in the wreckage.
tinyurl.com/ky9ko

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4 Killed as Iraqis Cheer Crash of British Helicopter :

British troops shot into the air trying to disperse the crowd, then shooting broke out between the British and Iraqi militiamen, Khazim said. At least four people, including a child, were killed and 31 wounded, he said. Two of the fatalities were adults shot by British troops while driving a car in the area, Khazim said.
tinyurl.com/fd3gr

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Helen Thomas: Where are all the leaders of faith?:

Three years into the war against Iraq, the silence of the clergy is deafening, despite U.S. abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib and a reported American policy of shipping detainees to secret prisons abroad where, presumably, they can be tortured.
tinyurl.com/zg7je

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Chris Floyd: Blood Pact: American Hegemony and the True Bush “Base”:

It is indeed very difficult to remain dispassionate while watching a mass murder take place.
www.chris-floyd.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=633&Itemid=1

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American patriot:

Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter takes aim at Bush, Clinton, the CIA, Cindy Sheehan — and you
www.csindy.com/csindy/2006-05-04/cover.html

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10 die in US helicopter crash in Afghanistan: –

A U.S. military helicopter crashed while on combat operations in eastern Afghanistan, killing all 10 U.S. service members on board, the U.S. military said on Saturday.
tinyurl.com/jhtx9

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Taliban claim helicopter kill:

The Taliban claim to have shot down a US helicopter in Afghanistan, killing all those on board.
tinyurl.com/emd5k

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Clash leaves 4 militants dead in S. Afghanistan :

Four suspected Taliban militias were killed as they encountered with government troops in the restive Zabul province on Friday morning, a military official said Saturday
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-05/06/content_4514459.htm

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2 Italian soldiers killed, 4 wounded in Afghanistan:

A roadside bomb killed two Italian soldiers and wounded four yesterday as they were travelling to help Afghan police hurt in another attack near the capital, officials said.
tinyurl.com/ebf2w

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Kurd rebels promise hit-and-run attacks on Iran :

A top Kurdish guerilla on Saturday threatened to launch hit-and-run attacks on Iran, saying the Shiite country planned to bomb his group’s positions inside Iraq to gain Turkey’s support against the US, AFP reported.
tinyurl.com/gzd9z

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Israeli air strike kills 5 Palestinians:

The air strike scattered body parts and left pools of blood in a field just metres away from the home of Moumtaz Dourghmush, the top commander in the PRC.
tinyurl.com/gb3zq

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US ‘blocks’ Palestinian aid plan :

European diplomats say the US is blocking a plan to resume direct financial aid to the Palestinians.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4976368.stm

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U.S. Congress to vote on bill outlawing funding for Hamas :

The U.S. Congress on Tuesday will be presented with a bill aimed at prohibiting direct American funding of the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/712874.html

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The Storm over “the Israel Lobby”:

Is It Possible to Have a Civilized Discussion About the Role of Israel in American Foreign Policy?
informationclearinghouse.info/article12956.htm

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Israeli spy affair:

AIPAC defendants ask Jews for support:

The defense team of former AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) employee Keith Weissman launched an effort to get the US Jewish community to support the case of the two AIPAC staffers charged with communicating classified information to Israeli diplomats and others.
tinyurl.com/g55wg

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Israeli spy affair:

Feds seek muckraker’s files in AIPAC case :

The FBI is casting its net at least as far back as the 1980s in its attempt to prove a pattern in the government’s classified information case against two former Jewish lobbyists.
tinyurl.com/hqtcm

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Israeli mayhem in the Jordan Valley:

I have just returned from the Jordan Valley – an area that takes up 30% of the West Bank but is almost entirely annexed by Israel.
tinyurl.com/z8fr6

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Bush: US must ensure Israel’s security:

US President George W. Bush said Thursday at the American Jewish Committee conference in Washington that the United States had a strong and inalienable obligation to ensure the security of Israel, referring to the threats Iran had made against the Jewish state.
tinyurl.com/g8rbc

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China opposes Chapter 7 on Iran:

Russia and China on Friday opposed key provisions in a U.N. draft resolution that orders Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions, making an agreement unlikely before ministers come to New York next week.
www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2006-05/06/content_583219.htm

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Gordon Prather: Dolts – or liars? :

ElBaradei has made yet another report to the IAEA Board – and forwarded a copy to the UNSC – that he can find no undeclared proscribed materials in Iran and no indication that any such materials have ever been used in furtherance of any military purpose.
tinyurl.com/hp26o

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Iran: Consequences Of War:

This briefing paper provides a comprehensive analysis of the likely nature of US or Israeli military action that would be intended to disable Iran’s nuclear capabilities. It outlines both the immediate consequences in terms of loss of human life, facilities and infrastructure, and also the likely Iranian responses, which would be extensive
www.iranbodycount.org/

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Iran seeks euro-denominated oil market :

Iran’s Oil Ministry took a step toward establishing an oil trading market denominated in euros, rather than the US dollar, by granting a license for the bourse, Iranian state-run television reported.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12951.htm

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Iran’s proposed euro-denominated oil market not cause for alarm, analysts say:

Iran took a step on Friday toward establishing an oil market denominated in euros, a plan analysts described as highly unlikely to materialize but which in theory could have serious consequences for the U.S. economy.
tinyurl.com/far9d

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The fallout from a falling dollar:

As foreign buyers shun the currency, it could be harder to finance the US trade deficit.
www.csmonitor.com/2006/0505/p01s02-usec.html

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Bush calls terror fight WWIII:

US President George W. Bush has said the September 11 revolt of passengers against their hijackers on board Flight 93 had struck the first blow of “World War III”.
tinyurl.com/mhprf

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“Terror War” Begets Devil’s Bargains:

U.S. Pres. George W. Bush’s “global war on terror” has produced the unintended consequence of bringing the United States ever-closer to some of the world’s most repressive regimes.
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=33123

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Invisible in Plain Sight: CIA Torture Techniques Go Mainstream:

Critical loopholes in the McCain amendment show that the once-clandestine practice of torture is now an official weapon in the War on Terror.
www.amnestyusa.org/magazine/invisible_in_plain_sight.html

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U.S. defends rights record before U.N. panel in Geneva :

American officials appeared before an international legal panel Friday to argue that the United States had not violated its treaty obligations to prevent the torture of prisoners in its fight against terrorism.
www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0506iraq-terror0506.html

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A World Without Borders:

An interview with Howard Zinn
zmagsite.zmag.org/May2006/barsamian0506.html

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Britain loses appeal, must act on Hicks:

THE British Government can no longer legally deny David Hicks his claim for British citizenship.
tinyurl.com/zhjnt

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Defeated councillors tell Blair: The sooner you go, the better :

Defeated Labour councillors have called for Tony Blair to quit immediately, after their party received a hammering in the local elections.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article362350.ece

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Spain accepts Bolivia gas plans :

A Spanish delegation says it has reached a “good understanding” with Bolivian President Evo Morales over his energy nationalisation programme.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4979398.stm

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Bolivia wins first round of gas battle after Brazil backs down :

Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva suggested the state-owned energy company Petrobras could reverse its earlier decision to freeze investment in Bolivia after the takeover.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article362292.ece

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Hookers involved in Goss resignation?:

In addition to speculation about prostitutes on Capitol Hill and fumbling ineptitude in office, rumors are flying that Goss is headed for a Senate run.
www.alternet.org/bloggers/evan/35899

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CIA’s Goss at Cunningham’s Hooker Parties? :

Who would have thought any member of Congress would be so stupid as to accept hookers from a lobbyist?
www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/4/27/212534/995

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FBI Counterterrorism Unit Spies on Peace Group:

The ACLU released evidence Thursday showing that the FBI has been monitoring the peace group, School of Americas Watch.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/05/1432207

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U.S. defends new Internet wiretap rules in appeals court:

A U.S. appeals panel challenged the Bush administration Friday over new rules making it easier for police and the FBI to wiretap Internet phone calls.
www.startribune.com/484/story/414221.html

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Ridicule and contempt :

An imperial president is smothering the system of checks and balances, imperiling free speech
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1766835,00.html

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House panels add billions more to proposed defense budget:

Congressional committees prepared
home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=103931&ran=182812

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Second autopsy finds boy at boot camp died of suffocation by guards :

A 14-year-old boy kicked and punched by guards at a juvenile boot camp died because the sheriff’s officials suffocated him, a medical examiner said Friday, contradicting a colleague who blamed the death on a usually benign blood disorder.
www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-05-05-bootcampdeath_x.htm

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Guilty until proven innocent :

Capital punishment in the US is under the microscope and lawyers using the latest forensic science techniques have found justice wanting
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article361812.ece

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Date: 4 May 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 2392
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$278,187,950,541
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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The Salvador Option has been invoked in Iraq

By John Pilger

The real news, which is not reported in the CNN “mainstream”, is that the Salvador Option has been invoked in Iraq. This is the campaign of terror by death squads armed and trained by the US, which attack Sunnis and Shias alike. The goal is the incitement of a real civil war and the break-up of Iraq, the original war aim of Bush’s administration. The ministry of the interior in Baghdad, which is run by the CIA, directs the principal death squads.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12945.htm

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Success is not the transition to death by electric drill

By David Clark

The argument of last resort for those who supported regime change has always been that at least Saddam has gone and the torture chambers have been closed. Even that has turned out to be an illusion, with the news that the director of the Baghdad morgue has had to flee Iraq under threat of death for revealing that thousands of Iraqis are being killed by death squads, many of them linked to the interior ministry.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12947.htm

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“Our Descent Into Hell Has Begun”

By TONY SWINDELL

In Iraq, our descent into hell, our “Apocalypse Now” moment, has begun. First there was Gitmo, then the global rendition program, then Abu Ghraib, then the pulverizing of Fallujah, and now trigger-happy raids that are filling multitudes of sandy graves with men, women and children.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12948.htm

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Over Thirty People Killed In Violence Across Iraq ;

Two U.S. soldiers and two Iraqi police officers were killed in separate bomb blasts.
tinyurl.com/k597y

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18 dead bodies found in Iraqi cities of Babylon, Tikrit :

Iraqi police said on Thursday that they had found 18 unidentified dead bodies in the cities of Tikrit and Babylon.
tinyurl.com/gguby

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US air assault kills 13 civilians in Iraqi: medics:

“US planes bombed a house in Aziziyah area of Ramadi city centre, killing 13 civilians,” Ali al-Obeidi, a medic at the Ramadi hospital told AFP, adding that four people were wounded.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12944.htm

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US Accused Of Killing Children:

Muhannad al-Fahadawi, a doctor at the main hospital, said two girls and a boy aged 8 were among at least 11 people he believed had been killed in the violence.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12943.htm

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U.S. Releases New Zarqawi Images :

The U.S. military command Thursday released previously unseen images of a video purportedly posted by al-Qaida in Iraq ‘s leader, showing him decked out in American tennis shoes and unable to operate his machine gun.
tinyurl.com/k8uzu

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Ex-CIA analyst condemns Bush ‘manipulation campaign’ on Iraq:

A former Middle East specialist of the US Central Intelligence Agency has condemned what he called an organised campaign of manipulation by the Bush administration to justify the Iraq war.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060504/wl_mideast_afp/iraqusciaattacks

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War pimp alert:

Iraqi president: Syria exporting terror, Iran great danger:

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani accused Syria of exporting terrorism to Iraq and Iran of posing a great danger to his country.
tinyurl.com/fzu92

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Report: Iran Makes Fuel Rods for Reactors:

It said these Iranian-produced rods were already in use in a 5-megawatt reactor built by the United States — before Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution — at the nuclear research center in Tehran.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060504/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_nuclear

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UN resolution on Iran: full text of draft:

Full text of a draft UN Security Council resolution put forward by Britain, France, the United States and Germany as the council’s proposed response to Iran’s nuclear programme.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12946.htm

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US Seeks Targeted Sanctions If Iran Won’t End Enrichment :

Bolton said targeted sanctions would also likely include “restricting trade in dual use and other sensitive items.” He didn’t rule out tougher sanctions at some future date.
tinyurl.com/z2lv2

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Iran Military Denies Israel Is 1st Target If US Attacks :

The Iranian military on Wednesday rejected a statement from a top Revolutionary Guards commander that Israel would be Iran’s first retaliatory target in response to any U.S. attack, according to an Iranian news agency.
tinyurl.com/z77cu

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Ahmadinejad: Lost in translation :

What if the pronouncements by Ahmadinejad that cast him as this season’s baddie incarnate had been a) mistranslated and b) taken out of context?
informationclearinghouse.info/article12949.htm

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Interview with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Ambassador to the U.N.

Real Video
informationclearinghouse.info/article12941.htm

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In case you missed it:

Setting the Record Straight about Iran’s Nuclear Program:

Before the international community is lead to another “crisis of choice”, it is imperative that the public knows all the facts and is empowered to make an informed and sober decision about an impending catastrophe.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12942.htm

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US threats make their mark on Iranians:

“On the one hand the Americans say the issue with Iran is our nuclear programme, and on the other they allocate $70m for overthrowing the Islamic Republic,” he said, referring to president George Bush’s decision to fund groups wanting regime change in Tehran.
news.ft.com/cms/s/167fbcf2-da9f-11da-aa09-0000779e2340.html

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Stephen Zunes : Iran stands in the way of US designs:

The latest US National Security Strategy document, published this year, labeled Iran as the most serious challenge to the United States posed by any country.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HE04Ak04.html

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Iranian author arrested in Tehran :

A leading Canadian-Iranian intellectual, Ramin Jahanbegloo, has been arrested at the airport in Tehran.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4970120.stm

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Israeli Occupation Forces Kill Palestinian Taxi Driver:

IOF spokesmen Thursday evening said they are investigating reports from Palestinian Authority (PA) sources that soldiers shot and killed an Arab taxi driver
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=103070

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Olmert warns Israel ready to rewrite Mideast map:

Olmert said that it was vital to maintain its Jewish majority by separating from the Palestinians.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=16382

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Palestinian Government: Olmert’s Speech a ‘Declaration of War’ :

The Palestinian Authority (PA) said Thursday afternoon that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s speech launching his new administration is a “declaration of war.” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu-Zuhri was referring to Olmert’s position of retaining several Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=103054

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Lieberman: Arab MKs who talk with Hamas should be executed:

Israel Our Home Chairman Avigdor Lieberman said that the law should be enforced on Arab Knesset Members who travel to Arab countries and meet with representatives of Hizbullah and Hamas.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3247038,00.html

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Hamas: We’ll move toward peace if Israel leaves occupied lands :

Hamas could reciprocate moves toward peace if Israel agrees to withdraw from all lands occupied in 1967 and recognizes Palestinian rights, the group’s leader Khaled Meshal said on Wednesday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/712083.html

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Hamas: US blocking PA funds :

The new Palestinian prime minister has charged the US with blocking money to pay 165,000 of its public sector workers.
tinyurl.com/fhlto

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Three police killed in Pakistani border region:

Three Pakistani policemen were killed in a suspected Taliban attack on a checkpoint near the Afghan border in the latest violent response to government efforts to rid the region of militants.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=665812006

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It’s showdown time in Pakistan:

Across the jihadi world, there is a strong conviction that by the end of this year Taliban leader Mullah Omar will be back in power in Afghanistan, from where he was driven by US-led forces in 2001.
www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/HE05Df02.html

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Afghan General Says al-Qaida Still Active:

The al-Qaida terrorist network is training Arab militants in southern and southeastern Afghanistan in the use of roadside explosives and in ambush tactics, a senior Afghan general said Thursday.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060504/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_afghanistan

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American Torturer Sues U.S. Over Afghanistan Arrest:

An American released Sunday after serving time in Afghanistan on charges of torturing people in an illegal jail appeared in federal court Thursday to press a lawsuit that accuses the State Department and FBI of instigating his arrest and conviction.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060504/ap_on_go_ot/afghan_us_prisoners

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Somali President Says U.S. Backs Warlords :

The leader of a U.N.-backed transitional government that is trying to assert control over Somalia said Wednesday he believes the United States is funding an alliance of warlords fighting radical Islamic militias in his country and should be working directly with his administration instead.
www.forbes.com/business/feeds/ap/2006/05/03/ap2719187.html

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S.Korean protesters clash with police over US base:

South Korean riot police fought pitched battles with anti-U.S. protesters and farmers on Thursday, as authorities moved to clear two rural townships to pave the way for a new U.S. military base.
tinyurl.com/pt2nr

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Bolivia’s Radical Realignment:

Morales Serves Notice of the New Latin America
www.counterpunch.org/burbach05042006.html

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Venezuela on Alert as US Continues Military Maneuvers in the Caribbean :

Venezuela is ready to drive back any threat or aggression, reiterated General Raul Isaias Baduel, the Commander of the Venezuelan Army, in reference to US military maneuvers in the Caribbean.
www.periodico26.cu/english/news_world/venezuela050306.htm

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Zapatista Leader Reaches Out to Neglected Minorities:

Sporting his trademark black ski mask and military-style outfit, Marcos said his six-month tour of Mexico, which began in January, is the seed of “a great movement that will rise up to put an end to the hypocrisy” of the political parties, the government and “the powerful.”
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=33113

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A new weapon in the ‘war of ideas’:

A global war of ideas is set to begin and Anglo-American dominance of international TV news about to end. Arab and Muslim perspectives will get wider play after Al-Jazeera introduces a global television channel that will telecast news in English.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HE04Ak01.html

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U.S. Torture and Abuse of Detainees:

Each day brings more information about the appalling abuses inflicted upon men and women held by the United States in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere around the world.
hrw.org/campaigns/torture.htm

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US: Government creating “climate of torture”:

Amnesty International today made public a report detailing its concerns about torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners and detainees both in the US and in US detention sites around the world.
web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAMR510702006

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‘Aggressive action’ urged against Saudi Arabia :

A United States Congress-mandated commission called on the government to take “aggressive action” against Saudi Arabia for alleged religious-freedom violations and warned that religious rights were under threat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
tinyurl.com/fgu76

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Our monarch, above the law:

HAS GEORGE W. Bush come to believe he’s king?
tinyurl.com/fadco

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A Cornered Administration: Dangerous Times Ahead:

The noose is tightening around George Bush and his gang of White House crooks and liars, with prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald reportedly getting closer to an indictment of Karl Rove
www.counterpunch.org/lindorff04242006.html

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US Republican laments lonely fight over wiretapping:

Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate judiciary committee, had hoped his criticism of President George W. Bush’s domestic wiretapping programme would be like the fight his colleague, John McCain, waged to prohibit the torture of detainees: a moment when the Republican-controlled Congress stood up to the White House.
news.ft.com/cms/s/094dc204-dad6-11da-aa09-0000779e2340.html

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Faulty Testimony Sent 2 to Death Row, Panel Finds:

Faulty evidence masquerading as science sent two men to death row for arson in Texas and led to the execution of one of them, a panel of private fire investigators concluded in a report released Tuesday in Austin.
tinyurl.com/p8s3a

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Feds to Fund Unproven Faith-based Prisoner ‘Rehab’:

The administration plans to grant $3 million to private contractors to develop inmate rehabilitation programs centered on a single faith.
newstandardnews.net/content/index.cfm/items/3119

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Immigrants Tell Stories of Detention and Deportation:

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been conducting widespread deportation raids and immigration roundups. We speak with two young immigrant women who tried to follow the path to citizenship and were subsequently jailed. One of them was deported and has been separated from her three year-old son.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/04/146251

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Oh, Say, Can You See Xenophobia in a Land of Immigrants?:

Throughout history, fascism is closely associated with xenophobia, but then we find many other unpleasant aspects of fascism—from illegal spying to recording what people read in libraries, from torture to illegal invasion—feature in George Bush’s America.
baltimorechronicle.com/2006/050306Chuckman.shtml

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Date: 3 May 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 2406
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$277,870,070,692
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Cut and Run? You Bet.

Why America must get out of Iraq now.

By Lt. Gen. William E. Odom

Tied down like Gulliver in the sands of Mesopotamia, we simply cannot attract the diplomatic and military cooperation necessary to win the real battle against terror. Getting out of Iraq is the precondition for any improvement.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12926.htm

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Beyond Incompetence: Washington’s War in Iraq

By Jonathan Cutler

Are neo-conservatives bumbling crackpot idealists who unwittingly opened Pandora’s box in Iraq by substituting idealistic dreams of democracy ahead of realist Machiavellian statecraft?
informationclearinghouse.info/article12935.htm

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Exclusive: Return Of The Shah

Shah of Iran’s Heir Plans Overthrow of Regime

By Human Events

He believes the cause is urgent because of the prospect that Iran may soon develop a nuclear weapon or the U.S. may use military force to preempt that. He hopes to offer a way out of this dilemma: a revolution sparked by massive civil disobedience in which the masses in the streets are backed by elements of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12939.htm

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Bolton Refuses To Answer Kucinich’s Questions About US Troops In Iran

By Doug Gordon

While Ambassador Bolton refused to answer questions about US troops in Iran, Bolton did state that the US was prepared to move against Iran, with or without the UN Security Council.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12933.htm

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Beating about the Bush? Not with Hersh

He is about all we have left to frighten the most powerful man in the world

By Robert Fisk

Bush has a messianic vision – and intends to go down in history (probably he has chosen the right direction) as the man who will have “saved” Iran. “So we’re in a real American crisis … we’ve had a collapse of congress … we have had a collapse of the military … the good news is that when we wake up tomorrow morning, there will be one less day (of Bush). But that is the only good news.”
informationclearinghouse.info/article12928.htm

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Once more unto the breach

The current ‘crisis’ regarding Iran’s nuclear ambitions is nothing more than a facilitator for war.

By Scott Ritter

The best thing the Europeans could do at this time would be to join ranks with the Russians and Chinese to take up the Iranian offer, defusing a very tense and dangerous situation that, as it currently stands, seems to be spinning close toward yet another needless war in the Middle East.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12927.htm

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This high-octane rocket-rattling against Tehran is unlikely to succeed

By Tariq Ali

Ringed by nuclear states, Iran’s atomic programme is scarcely unreasonable. So why has Washington manufactured this crisis?
informationclearinghouse.info/article12927.htm

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The Inevitable Collapse of the Greenback

By Mike Whitney

Bush has purposely generated another $3 trillion in debt ensuring that the dollar will fall mightily and working class people be left with a trifling of their life savings.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12931.htm

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51 killed in continuing violence:

A suicide bomber blew himself up while standing in a line of recruits outside Fallujah’s police headquarters, killing 15 people and wounding 30, said police 1st Lt. Omar Ahmed. Thirteen of the dead were recruits and two were policemen
tinyurl.com/hycdv

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Dozens of bodies surface as Iraq parliament meets:

Iraqi police have found 36 bullet-riddled bodies of men shot dead in apparent sectarian killings as lawmakers convened the first working session of parliament since it was elected in December.
tinyurl.com/zy6ls

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US mercenary kills Baghdad ambulance crewman:

Asked about the incident, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said: “The Americans killed the ambulance driver. They just killed him and left. They did not stop to check.”
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/MAC231727.htm

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US softens tactics in Iraq:

American commanders are ordering marines and soldiers manning checkpoints or travelling in convoys to be less trigger-happy
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1766292,00.html

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In case you missed it:

4 Minute Video: No Bravery:

A nation blind to their disgrace
informationclearinghouse.info/article11799.htm

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Dahr Jamail: “Reason for Their Death Is Known”:

Know what it is like when scores of your fellow citizens are being killed every single day while the world proceeds unheedingly on? Try it out: be an Iraqi for a day, into your fourth year of being occupied, humiliated, tortured and killed, doing all you can just to survive.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12940.htm

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Iraqi, 15, ‘drowned after soldiers forced him into canal’ :

The soldiers watched as Ahmed Jabar Karheem, 15, who was unable to swim, began to struggle when he was ordered into the Shatt al-Basra canal in May 2003. After the boy disappeared below the surface, the soldiers drove away. His body was recovered two days later.
www.guardian.co.uk/military/story/0,,1766302,00.html?gusrc=rss

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UK uses Freedom of Information laws to avoid releasing casualty figures :

A series of FOI requests has revealed that the Ministry of Defence was wrong to say there was no way of knowing how many soldiers have been injured in Iraq.
tinyurl.com/k9wyc

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In the chaos of Iraq, one project is on target:

THE question puzzles and enrages a city: how is it that the Americans cannot keep the electricity running in Baghdad for more than a couple of hours a day, yet still manage to build themselves the biggest embassy on Earth?
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2162249,00.html

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A Must Watch 3 Minute Video:

Lives In The Balance (Exclusive Video): From Jackson Browne
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11924.htm

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Chalmers Johnson: Exporting the American Model:

Peddling Markets and Democracy
informationclearinghouse.info/article12938.htm

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Iraq, Afghanistan on ‘failed states’ index :

Despite large-scale U.S. support, Iraq and Afghanistan rank among the world’s 10 most vulnerable states, according to a private survey being released Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/kgs82

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War pimp alert: Israel won’t allow Iran to carry out threats :

Israel will never allow Iran to acquire the power to wipe out the Jewish state, Ehud Olmert said.
tinyurl.com/hgsve

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Iran Enriches Uranium to Fuel Reactors :

Iran’s nuclear chief said Wednesday his nation had enriched uranium to the upper end of the range needed to make fuel for reactors, further defying U.S. and European demands to stop those efforts.
tinyurl.com/kgbm5

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US to form anti-Iran coalition if UN rejects sanctions: Bolton:

The United States is ready to form a coalition of countries to take sanctions against Iran if the UN Security Council does not agree measures, the US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton said.
www.zeenews.com/znnew/articles.asp?aid=292493&sid=WOR

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Addicted to war:

“House of War” author James Carroll says the Pentagon is out of control, the Cold War was unnecessary — and it’s good that we’re failing in Iraq.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12936.htm

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In case you missed it:

War Corporatism: The New Fascism :

A look at the dogs of War Corporatism unleashed upon the world by Bush and the PNAC as stated in the September 2000 document Rebuilding America’s Defenses
informationclearinghouse.info/article12017.htm

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A Must Read: Juan Cole: : We don’t Want Your Stinking War! :

I call on university students across America to begin holding antiwar rallies. The only way you can have a war on Iran is to draft the young people. It is you who are on the line. Demonstrate! Demonstrate against the very hint of war
www.juancole.com/2006/05/hitchens-hacker-and-hitchens.html

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Tell Congress to Stop a Bush-Cheney Attack on Iran:

George Bush is considering attacking Iran, including using nuclear bombs to do so. Such an attack would be illegal and disastrous. Congress can prevent it, but only if Congres asserts its Constitutional right to decide whether or not the United States goes to war
www.afterdowningstreet.org/391

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Torture “widespread” under U.S. custody: Amnesty:

Torture and inhumane treatment are “widespread” in U.S.-run detention centers in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cuba and elsewhere despite Washington’s denials, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12934.htm

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George W. Bush: An American Hitler:

In George W. Bush’s petty, pathetic, partisan world, laws he doesn’t agree with don’t have to be obeyed, Congressional actions that differ from his political agenda can be ignored and the Constitution of the United States is just a “goddamned piece of paper.”
www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_8534.shtml

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Hamas: We’ll move toward peace if Israel leaves occupied lands:

Hamas could reciprocate moves toward peace if Israel agrees to withdraw from all lands occupied in 1967 and recognizes Palestinian rights, the group’s leader Khaled Meshal said on Wednesday.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12937.htm

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Gaza hospital fights for life after international aid cuts:

“If this continues, the majority of our services will cease to operate in two weeks’ time,” said Jumaa Al Saqqa, the spokesman at the impoverished Gaza Strip’s main hospital.
tinyurl.com/e4w8g

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This is outrageous: A Must Watch:

Gaza without aid: Channel 4 Video Report:

Some clinics now have no money to pay for drugs, and their doctors and nurses – along with other public sector workers – missed their second monthly payday yesterday.
www.channel4.com/player/playerwindow.html?id=4817&vert=news

tinyurl.com/kpqs7

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Palestinian blames U.S. for lack of money:

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas said Wednesday that U.S. pressure foiled the latest attempt to pay 165,000 government workers by transferring money from abroad directly into their accounts. Haniyeh also appealed to Arab nations to counter the U.S. moves.
tinyurl.com/zbzut

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In case you missed it:

One State Solution: A greater Palestine?:

Perhaps “Palestine” should be declared to include Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and Jordan
informationclearinghouse.info/article12874.htm

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BBC’s coverage of Israeli-Palestinian conflict ‘misleading’ :

The BBC’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is “incomplete” and “misleading”, including failing to adequately report the hardships of Palestinians living under occupation, an independent review commissioned by the corporation’s board of governors has found.
www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,1766364,00.html

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Brandeis pulls artwork by Palestinian youths : ‘

‘This is outrageous,” Halperin said yesterday. ‘’This an educational institution that is supposed to promote debate and dialogue. Let’s talk about what it is: 12-year-olds from a Palestinian refugee camp. Obviously it’s not going to be about flowers and balloons.”
tinyurl.com/fmn86

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Four militants, and one solider killed in Afghan gun battle :

Four suspected Taliban militants and an Afghan soldier were killed in a gun battle in southern Afghanistan, the Defence Ministry said today.
www.zeenews.com/znnew/articles.asp?aid=292498&sid=SAS

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Senior judge killed in W. Afghanistan :

An Afghan senior judge was killed Tuesday night in the western province of Farah, an official confirmed Wednesday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-05/03/content_4505219.htm

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US does not consider Taliban terrorists:

Even as the Taliban attacks US, Canadian, and British forces, organization is left off terrorist list in ‘political’ decision.
www.csmonitor.com/2006/0502/dailyUpdate.html

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Taliban threat is said to grow in Afghan south :

Each spring with the arrival of warmer weather, the fighting season here starts up, but the scale of the militants’ presence and their sheer brazenness have alarmed Afghans and foreign officials far more than in previous years.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/05/03/asia/taliban.php#

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Evo Morales Joins Chavez As US Target :

When the heat is turned up against US interests, this country won’t go quietly into the night. The plans are well underway now for a fourth attempt to oust Hugo Chavez that may include assassinations and possibly an armed assault by US invading forces.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12932.htm

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Pepe Escobar : The axis of gas :

At a recent summit meeting at a Sao Paulo hotel, presidents Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil and Nestor Kirchner of Argentina further progressed to consolidate the giant gas pipeline following “strategic lines of cooperation, integration and South American unity”, in the words
www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/HE03Aa03.html

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Indian, Coca Farmer, Bolivian President:

Bolivian President Evo Morales has become a symbol for the left and for anti-American sentiment the world over. But is he really a socialist? A closer look at the peasant in the striped sweater.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0,1518,414036,00.html

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CIA: the terrible history of the terrorists within:

There is a terrorist organisation operating in Britain today with the full knowledge and support of Tony Blair and the New Labour government.
www.socialistworker.co.uk/article.php?article_id=8759

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Spies Among Us:

Despite a troubled history, police across the nation are keeping tabs on ordinary Americans
informationclearinghouse.info/article12929.htm

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Social Security, Medicare Trust Funds Sink :

The trust fund for Social Security will be depleted in 2040, a year before expected, and Medicare will exhaust its trust fund reserves just 12 years from now, trustees for the programs said Monday.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12930.htm

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Bush Forcing Permanent Tax Cuts :

The President summoned his minions to the Oval Office yesterday for some action on extending the 2003 tax breaks for the wealthy. Looks like he may succeed. He met, of course, only with Republican leaders.
www.politicalcortex.com/story/2006/5/3/143719/0689

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Senate votes to save pork projects by slipping them into an Iraq funding bill
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/politics/3837617.html

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U.S. flu report predicts chaos :

A White House report on pandemic flu paints a grim picture of the social and economic chaos that could overtake the country in a serious outbreak, including widespread illness and 40% absenteeism, potential school closures and travel restrictions.
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-05-02-bird-flu_x.htm

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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 2405
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$277,626,390,096
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Once more unto the breach

The current ‘crisis’ regarding Iran’s nuclear ambitions is nothing more than a facilitator for war.

By Scott Ritter

The best thing the Europeans could do at this time would be to join ranks with the Russians and Chinese to take up the Iranian offer, defusing a very tense and dangerous situation that, as it currently stands, seems to be spinning close toward yet another needless war in the Middle East.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12919.htm

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American Hostages…

By Riverbend – Iraqi Girl Blog

If you live in Iraq- you know America’s hands are tied. Just as soon as Washington makes a move against Tehran, American troops inside Iraq will come under attack. It’s that simple- Washington has big guns and planes… But Iran has 150,000 American hostages.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12920.htm

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Bush’s hand in the Terror War

By Mike Whitney

There is no civil war in Iraq; it’s all been fabricated to split the country apart. The violence we see is emanating in waves from its ultimate point of origin…1600 Pennsylvania Ave; the epicenter of global terrorism.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12923.htm

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Documents Reveal US approved torture before Abu Ghraib scandal

By Raw Story

New Army documents released by the American Civil Liberties Union today reveal that Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez ordered interrogators to “go to the outer limits” to get information from detainees. The documents also show that senior government officials were aware of abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan before the Abu Ghraib scandal broke.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12922.htm

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Endgame for the Constitution

By Paul Craig Roberts

Unless Bush is impeached and turned over to the war crimes court in the Hague, Americans will never reclaim their liberties from an executive branch that has established itself as the sole judge of the limits of its powers.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12916.htm

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US, Iraqi forces kill over 100 “insurgents” in Ramadi:

U.S. and Iraqi forces killed more than 100 “insurgents” last week in the town of Ramadi in the rebel heartland of Anbar province, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12911.htm

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Gunshot Victims Fill Morgue:

An official at Yarmouk hospital in Baghdad said its morgue was full after receiving 65 corpses over the past three days of people who mostly died from gunshot wounds. Some others were beheaded. The victims included three schoolteachers who were gunned down in the capital.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L0231011.htm

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U.S. Soldier Killed as Official Urges Iraqis to Renounce Violence:

15 Bodies Found:
tinyurl.com/hypn8

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7 US soldiers killed in Iraq:

The Department of Defense announced today and yesterday the death of 7 US soldiers in Iraq
tinyurl.com/eo64q

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Four Killed By Bombs In Baghdad:

Police in Baghdad recovered four bullet-riddled bodies, while two more were found between ousted president Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit and the northern oil centre of Kirkuk.
tinyurl.com/jqvn7

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Suicide bomber attacks Iraqi governor, 3 dead:

A local government official said there was no word on the fate of governor Maamoun Sami Rasheed after the attack in the centre of the city
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/MAC247802.htm

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U.S. Contractor Kills Ambulance Crewman:

U.S. private security contractors shot dead an Iraqi ambulance crewman as the ambulance approached a site in northern Baghdad where the contractors’ armoured vehicle had been hit by a roadside bomb, a U.S. military spokesman said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L0231011.htm

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Tape shows Iraqis allegedly abusing body :

An Arab television station aired videotape Monday of what it said was Iraqi men kicking and stepping on the corpse of a prime minister under Saddam Hussein linked to the suppression of Shiites following the 1991 Gulf War
tinyurl.com/r5gl5

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Billions wasted in Iraq, says US audit :

A US congressional inspection team set up to monitor reconstruction in Iraq today publishes a scathing report of failures by contractors, mainly from the US, to carry out projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1765048,00.html

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Senator Russ Feingold Calls For Redeployment of U.S.

Troops from Iraq: We simply cannot continue to avoid asking the tough questions about Iraq. We should not be appropriating billions of dollars for Iraq without debating – and demanding — a strategy to complete our military mission there.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12917.htm

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Most young Americans can’t find Iraq on map – study:

Fewer than 4 in 10 Americans aged 18-24 in a survey could place Iraq on an unlabeled map of the Middle East, a study conducted for National Geographic found. Only about one-quarter of respondents could find Iran and Israel on the same map.
tinyurl.com/pt3f2

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War pimp alert:

Iranians accused in Iraq bombing deaths of soldiers:

Iranian agents were accused yesterday of masterminding a bomb attack that killed three Italian soldiers in Iraq last week and intensified political pressure for the incoming government to speed up its withdrawal of troops from that country.
www.washingtontimes.com/world/20060501-121449-7319r.htm

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War pimp alert:

Iran a ‘threat to Arabs and Israel’:

Moshe Katsav, the Israeli president, has told Aljazeera that Iran poses a threat to Arabs and his country.
tinyurl.com/r37do

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Iran prepared for US attack :

Iranian minister says his country faces possibility of U.S. attack as Iran prepares to confront UN powers over its controversial nuclear programme.
tinyurl.com/rfwma

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US diplomat predicts tough Iran resolution :

The US diplomat leading talks on Iran’s nuclear programme today predicted European governments would propose a tough UN resolution that could allow the use of sanctions or force against Tehran.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12912.htm

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Iran says Russia and China will not back sanctions :

Iran’s foreign minister was quoted on Tuesday as saying that Russia and China had officially informed Tehran they would not support sanctions or military action over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12915.htm

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Strikes on Iran too risky, says US general:

His comments are a rare public statement from the US military on what is the most contentious international issue of the day.
tinyurl.com/r7dut

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Patrick Seale: Power Makes Men Mad:

The war in Iraq, ruthlessly promoted by pro-Israeli neocons, has resulted in a strategic catastrophe for the United States – with the painful end still not in sight. A war in Iran would set the region on fire; unleash a world-wide wave of anti-U.S. and anti-Israeli terror; expose U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan to devastating attack
informationclearinghouse.info/article12919.htm

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Iran decries U.S. refusal to rule out nuclear strike:

Iran denounced the United States on Monday for contemplating possible nuclear strikes against Iranian targets and urged the United Nations to take urgent action against what it called a dangerous violation of international law.
tinyurl.com/r5yjm

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Iran Threatens Israel if U.S. Attacks :

A top Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said Tuesday that Israel would be Iran’s first retaliatory target in response to any U.S. attack.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12914.htm

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Israeli: World has means to stop Iran:

The world has the military might to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, Israel’s military chief said in comments published Tuesday
tinyurl.com/quosu

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Brzezinski: Entire nation would respond to a military attack :

“Iran is capable of harming U.S. interests in Iraq and Afghanistan; it has very high capabilities and can halt oil exports. All this could be damaging to the United States.”
www.mehrnews.ir/en/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=319959

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Outed CIA agent was working on Iran :

According to current and former intelligence officials, Plame Wilson, who worked on the clandestine side of the CIA in the Directorate of Operations as a non-official cover (NOC) officer, was part of an operation tracking distribution and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction technology to and from Iran. Video and transcript
informationclearinghouse.info/article12910.htm

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36 Palestinians Killed: 300 Arrested:

A report based on data collected from Palestinian humanitarian centers and press agencies revealed that Israeli soldiers shot and killed 36 Palestinians, including three children, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during the month of April; at least 300 residents were arrested in several areas in the West Bank
www.imemc.org/content/view/18404/1/

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Blast kills two at Palestinian national security headquarters in Gaza town:

The Israeli army denied any involvement in the explosion. Israel has been firing artillery shells into northern Gaza in recent weeks in response to Palestinian rocket
www.startribune.com/722/story/406441.html

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Mourning a West Bank wife :

Eitas Zalat was a mother of five. She was killed at dawn by an Israeli army bullet while sitting in her living room.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4963598.stm

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IDF chief: I will resist demands to reenter Gaza :

“We were in Gaza for 38 years. In all the years of fighting in Gaza, we never managed to cut the number of Qassams to zero.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/711789.html

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Quartet envoy questions Palestinian aid cuts:

International envoy James Wolfensohn, in his final report to Middle East mediators after stepping down, sharply questioned the decision of Western powers to cut off aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian government.
tinyurl.com/qmz26

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A “Quiet Triumph” for Israel Activists at UC Berkeley:

It is the pro-Israel students, in fact, who are winning the battle on campus against Israel’s detractors. Our success, though, even at a place such as UC Berkeley, will continue to be a quiet triumph.
tinyurl.com/mn83z

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James Petras : AIPAC: Lobbies and Whistleblowers :

The arrest of two leading members of the principal pro-Israel lobby AIPAC for procuring confidential information from a leading Pentagon official and passing it to an Israeli spymaster seems to be an open and shut case of espionage.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12913.htm

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UK troops ‘doomed to fail’ in Afghanistan:

A report published by the Senlis Council, an independent think tank that monitors Afghanistan’s drugs trade, paints a depressing picture of the prospects for the deployment of 3,300 British troops to southern Afghanistan later this month.
news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=653252006

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Bush in ‘ceaseless push for power’:

President George W. Bush had shown disdain and indifference for the US constitution by adopting an “astonishingly broad” view of presidential powers, a leading libertarian think-tank said on Monday.
tinyurl.com/ptjo9

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Calls for resignation are meaningless without any changes in policy :

The Guantánamo abuses wouldn’t stop were Donald Rumsfeld to go – politicians must be made accountable in other ways
www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,1764971,00.html

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36 US House Reps Want Bush Impeachment Probe:

36 US House Representatives have signed on as sponsors or co-sponsors of H. Res 635, which would create a Select Committee to look into the grounds for recommending President Bush’s impeachment, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.
www.atlantaprogressivenews.com/news/0049.html

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Bolivia Nationalizes Natural Gas Industry :

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales decreed the nationalization of the country’s natural gas industry today, following through on an election pledge to increase control over the energy industry.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12908.htm

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Bolivia orders troops to seize gas and oil supplies :

“The time has come, the awaited day, a historic day in which Bolivia retakes absolute control of our natural resources,” Mr Morales said in a speech at a natural gas field operated by a Brazilian company. After he spoke, a soldier unfurled a Bolivian flag at the top of the installation.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12909.htm

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Bolivia gas move met with shock:

Brazil and Spain have reacted sharply to a decree from Bolivia’s President Evo Morales which asserts state control over the country’s energy industry.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4964300.stm

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The Sins Of Venezuelan President Chavez:

The oil rich despots of Saudi Arabia , the Gulf States and Kazakhstan use the oil wealth of their people to enrich themselves and their ruling elites , set up Swiss bank accounts and in the case of the Royal Saud Family,.finance terrorism. Democratic activists and thinkers are persecuted.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12921.htm

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U.S. use of secret warrants climbed 18 pct in 2005:

The number of court-approved warrants allowing the Bush administration to conduct intelligence searches and electronic surveillance inside the United States climbed 18 percent to 2,072 in 2005, the Justice Department said on Monday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N01193247.htm

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Who’s buying cell phone records online? Cops:

Net sellers tell Congress they supply law enforcement officials with call lists
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12534959/

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#3 guy at the CIA denies prostitutes…:

Clinton didn’t inhale, and Kyle “Dusty” Foggo didn’t engage with prostitutes at card parties hosted and sponsored by two federally indicted arms contractors. He just played cards, he said. Justin Rood at Muckracker spills the goods:
www.alternet.org/bloggers/frel/35730

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Red Lights on Capitol Hill:

I reported last Thursday that Shirlington Limousine and Transportation, Inc., a firm allegedly used by defense contractor Brent Wilkes to provide prostitutes to ex-Rep. Duke Cunningham, is headed by a man who has a long criminal rap sheet and is also a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
harpers.org/sb-red-lights-followup-21985.html

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In case you missed it:

Top CIA Official Under Investigation :

The CIA inspector general has opened an investigation into the spy agency’s executive director, Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, and his connections to two defense contractors accused of bribing a member of Congress and Pentagon officials.
abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=1684086&page=1

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Are U.S. Trade Policies & NAFTA Causing An Influx of Undocumented Workers in U.S.?:

Longtime labor journalist David Bacon examines the negative impact Washington’s trade policies have had on Mexico and the rest of Latin America.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/02/1352240

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Dollar drops as great sell-off looms:

Gold leapt to a 25-year high of $660.95 an ounce on fears the dollar decline could spiral out of control, disrupting the global financial system.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12924.htm

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Study Shows Americans Sicker Than English:

White, middle-aged Americans — even those who are rich — are far less healthy than their peers in England, according to stunning new research that erases misconceptions and has experts scratching their heads.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060502/ap_on_he_me/sick_america

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Medicare Asks U.S. Elderly to Pay 11% More Toward Medical Bills :

Medicare intends to charge a monthly premium of $98.20 in 2007, up from $88.50 this year, the trustees said. The premium has more than doubled from the $45.50 charged in 2000.
tinyurl.com/ltzw6

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Foreclosure activity hits highest level in two years:

Foreclosure activity across the Bay Area and California ticked up to its highest level in two years in the first quarter as the pace of home price gains slackened, according to a real estate information firm.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/05/02/BUG21IJ8D33.DTL

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52 year old grandmother deployed to Iraq :

Janet Grass, 52, had planned to retire from the military in about 10 months after spending 19 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Instead, she has been ordered to leave her job as a special-education teacher in Cascade to do security work in the Middle East.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12581184/

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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 2400
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$277,429,060,471
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Why Shouldn’t Iran Have Nuclear Weapons?

Israel has American warheads ready to fire

By James C Moore

As international political powers seek Iran’s capitulation on nuclear weapons development, little notice is given to what the Americans and the British have done to create this crisis nor what steps the Israelis might eventually take to make it profoundly more complicated.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12894.htm

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US ‘Allowed Zarqawi To Escape’

By Chris Evans

The claim, by former US spy Mike Scheuer, – “Mr Bush had Zarqawi in his sights almost every day for a year before the invasion of Iraq and he didn’t shoot because they were wining and dining the French in an effort to get them to assist us in the invasion of Iraq,” he told Four Corners.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12893.htm

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Take Back the Oil Companies

By Mike Whitney

2,400 American servicemen and 100,000 Iraqis have now sacrificed their lives on the altar of corporate profiteering. Bush has spread his energy war from Central Asia to the Middle East; increasing the incidents of terrorism by 4 fold. At the same time, the American middle class has been crushed by government malfeasance and diminishing civil liberties even though well-heeled oil moguls are raking in the largest profits in history.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12898.htm

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Destroying to Save

The Not so Hidden Agenda in Administration Policies

By Daniel Jordan and Neil Wollman

The Neo-Con’s vision of a “New American Century” has dragged us into an Anti-American Century in which our children will pay dearly for our mistakes. Destroying our country and others is not a form of salvation, but of mass suicide.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12895.htm

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Mission Accomplished Day

By Cindy Sheehan

The Mission Accomplished Day (or, Operation Codpiece) public relations’ dream for the presidential pelvic zone has turned into a frighteningly real nightmare for so many people around the world who have had sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and oftentimes entire families wiped out and devastated by the strutting and smirking terrorist who was feeling mighty “chipper” last night at the Washington Correspondent’s annual dinner as the 2400 th soldier was being killed.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12904.htm

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Sen. Biden: Iraq should be divided into 3 regions:

Iraq should be divided into three largely autonomous regions — Kurd, Sunni Arab and Shiite Arab — with a weaker central government in Baghdad, Sen. Joseph Biden said on Monday.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12897.htm

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Juan Cole: Settling Iraq before it Blows Up :

Personally, I am against breaking up Iraq. I don’t think it is more unworkable than Nigeria or Lebanon. And, the consequences are unforeseeable and potentially very, very dangerous
www.juancole.com/2006/05/settling-iraq-before-it-blows-up.html

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Iraq: On the Verge of Collapse:

The British and the Americans are guarding Iraq’s Persian Gulf oil platforms — the troubled country’s only real sources of revenue — like crown jewels. But Iraqi oil is flowing sluggishly at best, while hoped-for investments haven’t materialized and the Iraqi oil industry is on the verge of collapse — both technical and political.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12899.htm

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Turkish Armed Forces Strike Kurdish Camps in North Iraq:

The Northern Iraqi cities of Amedi and Zaho, sheltering Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) militants, were hit with mortar attacks in “Operation Crescent.”
www.aina.org/news/20060429184038.htm

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Turkish special forces go 8 km inside Northern Iraqi territory :

Reports have been confirmed that it was actions taken by Turkish troops this past Saturday which were the spark for specific complaints from Baghdad about increased Turkish military presence and action along the Northern Iraqi border.
www.turkishweekly.net/news.php?id=30830

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Mine explosion kills Turkish soldier in southeast:

A mine blast killed one soldier and injured another in Turkey’s troubled, mainly Kurdish southeast region on Monday, security officials said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L01732118.htm

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Iran shells rebel border area in Iraq:

Iranian forces again shelled a border area used by Iranian Kurdish rebels, forcing some families to flee their homes Monday but causing no casualties, a Kurdish official said.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1107AP_Iraq_Iran_Shelling.html

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Iran denies its troops entered Iraq to attack Kurds:

Iran on Monday denied Baghdad’s accusation that Iranian soldiers had shelled Kurdish positions on the Iraqi border and ventured five kilometers (three miles) into Iraq to attack Kurdish rebels.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060501/wl_nm/iran_iraq_dc_1

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War pimp alert:

We may have to bomb Iran:

There doesn’t seem to be much doubt that their intention is to produce nuclear weapons; a handful every year, perhaps.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2088-2157918,00.html

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US deceiving world on Iran nuclear program: official:

The US is trying to deceive the world on Iran’s nuclear program by making it appear that the program has objectives beyond civilian ones, said Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad-Javad Zarif today.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/060429/2006042904.html

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Rice: U.S. may press Iran not only via UN on nuclear issue :

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned on Sunday the United States might take steps outside the UN Security Council to pressure Iran to stop its nuclear program.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/711267.html

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The Untold Story of Israel’s Bomb:

Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird wrote in March 1969, these “developments were not in the United States’ interests and should, if at all possible, be stopped.” Above all, the Nixon administration was concerned that Israel would publicly display its nuclear capabilities.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12896.htm

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In case you missed it:

Video: Israel’s Secret Weapon :

This film is the story of the bomb, Vanunu and Israel’s wall of silence.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6558.htm

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Palestinian woman killed in Israeli raid in West Bank:

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian woman during an arrest raid in the West Bank city of Tulkarm Monday morning, the Israeli army and Palestinian witnesses said.
tinyurl.com/jm68j

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Arab League to pay Palestinian salaries:

The Arab League, which has collected $70 million for the Palestinians, will pay the salaries of civil servants straight into their bank accounts.
tinyurl.com/fmt9v

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Hamas warns of new intifada if Palestinian rule fails:

A senior Hamas official has warned that attempts to bring down the Palestinian government could provoke the dissolution of the Palestinian Authority and lead to a new, more violent uprising.
tinyurl.com/kplsc

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Ultra-orthodox party grants Olmert his majority:

THE religious Shas Party has given Israeli prime minister-elect Ehud Olmert a workable majority, joining his coalition without committing itself to the evacuation of many Israeli settlements from the West Bank.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,18996284-2703,00.html

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At least 27 militants, Afghan army sergeant killed in fighting :

Canadian and Afghan forces killed as many as 27 militants and captured three in fighting throughout Afghanistan over the weekend, and Afghan army sergeant also was killed, officials said Monday.
tinyurl.com/jxbgs

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Three soldiers killed in Afghanistan :

Three soldiers were killed and three wounded yesterday when a roadside bomb ripped through their vehicle in troubled southern Afghanistan, the military said.
tinyurl.com/jm7m4

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US torturer released from Afghan jail:

A US journalist sentenced to two years imprisonment for torturing Afghans in a private Kabul jail has been released two months before the end of his sentence.
tinyurl.com/j7l7k

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Horror continues in Sudan’s Darfur :

Take a ride through southern Darfur and you will find plenty of evidence of the horrors unfolding in Sudan’s war-torn region.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4962722.stm

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Hindus killed in Kashmir attack:

Suspected separatists have shot dead at least 22 Hindu villagers in Indian-administered Kashmir.
tinyurl.com/gff7l

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Eighteen dead in Tiger infighting, says Sri Lankan military :

At least 18 rebels were killed and many wounded when Tamil Tiger guerrillas launched a major attack against a breakaway faction in eastern Sri Lanka, military and rebel sources said.
tinyurl.com/g85gt

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US Imperialism Will Die This Century, Hugo Chavez Predicts :

This century will see the end of the US empire, said Hugo Chavez on Saturday during a rally in Havana, where he highlighted the progress of Latin American integration efforts.
tinyurl.com/k7ffh

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García fires back; compares Chávez with Saddam Hussein:

“He is a meddler who is breaking fundamental international principles. What does he think he is? Is he a Saddam Hussein who, because of having oil can take ownership of other countries?” García commented based on Chávez’ support of Nationalist candidate Ollanta Humala.
english.eluniversal.com/2006/05/01/en_pol_art_01A701757.shtml

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Eric Margolis: Chill over China:

Managing China’s arrival as the world’s second superpower will demand consummate diplomatic skills. The United States must devise ways of living with China’s economic competition, surging demand for resources, and inevitable growing geopolitical influence in Asia and the western Pacific while avoiding confrontation.
tinyurl.com/kcvxb

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Depleted Uranium – Far Worse Than 9/11:

Depleated Uranium Dust – Public Health Disaster For The People Of Iraq and Afghanistan
informationclearinghouse.info/article12903.htm

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Bush challenges hundreds of laws :

President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/04/30/america/web.0430bush.php

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Cheney exempts his own office from reporting on classified material:

As the Bush administration has dramatically accelerated the classification of information as “top secret” or “confidential,” one office is refusing to report on its annual activity in classifying documents: the office of Vice President Dick Cheney.
www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/news/politics/14462039.htm

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Video: Must Watch:

Colbert Roasts Bush:

Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondent Dinner
informationclearinghouse.info/article12900.htm

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US former FDA head under investigation over financial improprieties :

Dr. Lester Crawford, former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is under federal investigation amid accusations of financial improprieties and making false statements to Congress.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-04/30/content_4494604.htm

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Dollar starts the big slide against major currencies:

THE dollar has embarked on a big decline that will see it fall against all leading currencies, according to analysts. The plunge is being prompted by America?s $800 billion (?438 billion) current-account deficit, they say.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2095-2157799,00.html

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Video: Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve :

Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson understood “The Monster”. But to most Americans today, Federal Reserve is just a name on the dollar bill. They have no idea of what the central bank does to the economy, or to their own economic lives; of how and why it was founded and operates; or of the sound money and banking that could end the statism, inflation, and business cycles that the Fed generates
informationclearinghouse.info/article12906.htm

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Humor: Video: Every Breath You Take :

Columbia Business School’s Dean Glenn Hubbard sings about wanting Alan Greenspan’s job that went instead to New Fed Chair Ben Bernanke. Parody created by Columbia Business School students.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12905.htm

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“Day Without Immigrants” highlighted with rallies across state: –

From Brockton to the Berkshires, illegal immigrants and their supporters rallied for immigration reform Monday as part of a nationwide day of demonstrations, boycotts and walkouts.
tinyurl.com/qt757

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How to spot a terrorist:

I really had no idea how to spot a terrorist until I studied the manuals published by the Phoenix FBI, the state employees of Virginia, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Now that I have absorbed these manuals, I not only know how to spot a terrorist, but I have discovered that I probably am a terrorist.
tinyurl.com/orogf

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