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Date: 11 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 2433
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$279,896,650,833
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Looting By Another Name

The Corporate Takeover of Iraq’s Economy

By Kevin Zeese

The story of the invasion of Iraq and theft of the Iraqi economy is part of a larger story of multi-national corporations and corporate globalization affecting much of the world. Under the guise of “free trade” economic policies that make multinational corporations more powerful than governments. Laws favoring corporations are put in place:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13006.htm

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The Corporation

One of the best and most important documentary films to be made in many years.

This Is A Must Watch

This is an extraordinary film about the creation of the American corporation, its legal organizational model, its global economic dominance and its psychopathic tendencies, and its incredible ambition to influence every aspect of culture in its unrelenting pursuit of profit.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12998.htm

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Sir! No Sir

If you ever wanted to end a war. You need to know this story.

A must watch short flash video – Click here to view
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12999.htm

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NSA has massive database of Americans’ phone calls

By Leslie Cauley

The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13011.htm

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Law Prof. Francis A. Boyle on Impeachment

Audio and transcript

Professor Boyle argues for the use of impeachment to remove Bush, Cheney, Gonzales and Rumsefeld before they can take us into another war in Iran and farther along into an American police state.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13000.htm

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Starving Palestinians into Submission

By Dr. Elias Akleh

The American alleged noble goal of spreading freedom and democracy in the Arab World has been scandalously exposed when the American administration, who encouraged Palestinian election (declared by international observers to be free, honest and fair), has rejected the people’s choice, and is attempting to starve the whole nation as a punishment for exercising their democratic right.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13004.htm

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Ahmadinejad: Is he John Locke or John Brown?

“ By Mike Whitney

President Ahmadinejad’s 18 page letter won’t soften attitudes in Washington or deter the western press from slandering him as the “new Hitler”, but it may dispel the illusion that he is a fanatical jihadi who is endangering the free world.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13009.htm

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9 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Four street cleaners were killed and another wounded when a roadside bomb went off in the Mansour district in west-central Baghdad, police said.
tinyurl.com/om543

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3 U.S.Soldiers Killed As Shi’ite in-fighting delays Iraq govt :

Shi’ite in-fighting over who should head Iraq’s vital oil ministry is delaying efforts by the prime minister-designate to form a unity government aimed at averting a slide toward civil war, officials said on Thursday
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060511/wl_nm/iraq_dc

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Marine dies from injuries in Iraq:

Sgt. Alessandro Carbonaro, 28, of Bethesda, Md., died Wednesday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany after being injured in combat in Al Anbar province, Iraq on May 1
www.newsobserver.com/102/story/438389.html

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Baghdad clerics must be approved by Iraqi gov’t:

Clerics will need official sanction to lead congregations in Iraq’s capital and Iraqi forces will only be allowed to raid mosques in the presence of US troops
tinyurl.com/mkmfb

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Zinni on Iraq: ‘We’re not withdrawing’:

Don’t count on the U.S. ever withdrawing completely from Iraq, a retired Marine general said Tuesday. Anthony Zinni, the four-star who commanded U.S. Central Command before retiring in 2000, said when the U.S. commits forces to a country now, it means a long-term commitment. Iraq is no different.
www.armytimes.com/print.php?f=1-292925-1765707.php

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Juan Cole: Saving Iraq: Mission impossible:

Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite hard-liner distrusted by his foes, will almost certainly be unable to stop Iraq’s slide to chaos.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13007.htm

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Adviser: Iraq ‘civil war’ places U.S. in reactive role:

Iraq is embroiled in a “low-level civil war” that is forcing the United States to react to events on the ground rather than shape them, according to a former U.S. military adviser who spent two years there studying the insurgency.
www.airforcetimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1764639.php

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Bill Shifts Oversight of Some Iraq Aid:

The Senate last week approved $109 billion in additional spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including $1.5 billion in added Iraq reconstruction money.
online.wsj.com/article_print/SB114722433890748480.html

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Former diplomat says many in government view Iraq war as crazy:

A former diplomat from Arkansas, who said she resigned from the U.S. Foreign Service in part as a protest against the war in Iraq, says many people in the government believe the war is crazy, but are afraid to speak out.
www.pbcommercial.com/articles/2006/05/11/ap-state-ar/d8hhev6o0.txt

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U.S. Army policy denies reserve officer resignations :

The U.S. Army Reserve, taxed by recruiting shortfalls and war-zone duty, has adopted a policy barring officers from leaving the service if their field is undermanned or they have not been deplo yed to Iraq, to Afghanistanor for homeland defense missions
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-05/11/content_4536124.htm

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US military, intelligence officials raise concern about possible Iran strike:

According to military and intelligence sources, an air strike on Iran could be doable in June of this year, with military assets in key positions ready to go and a possible plan already on the table.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13012.htm

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War pimp alert:

Olmert to ask US act against Iran :

Olmert to point to link between Tehran nuclear threat, Hamas terror, demand Americans move against Iran
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13002.htm

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Israeli Official: Time Running Out on Iran :

“Be careful with your threats,” Peres told Channel 1 TV. “Those who threaten to destroy are in danger of being destroyed.”
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/3854658.html

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Israel seen as world’s sixth nuclear power:

The Jewish state is widely regarded as owning at least 200 atomic warheads, making it the only nuclear power in the Middle East.
www.zeenews.com/znnew/articles.asp?rep=2&aid=294095&sid=WOR

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Scott Ritter: US considers attacking Iran through Azerbaijan :

Ritter said that it is enough to look through military maps, if one wants to realize how important it is for the United States to dislocate its military forces in Azerbaijan.
en.apa.az/news.php?id=9599

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K Gajendra Singh: The Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty Is Dead:

Mirror, mirror on the wall , who are the greatest proliferators of them all!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13005.htm

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The nuclear hypocrites:

ERIC RUDER examines the hypocrisy of the U.S. government’s case for war against Iran.
www.socialistworker.org/2006-1/588/588_04_Hypocrisy.shtml

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US freeze on medical aid takes its toll :

The United States has stopped providing medical supplies to Palestinian hospitals as part of Washington’s sanctions against Hamas.
tinyurl.com/m8r9o

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Emergency aid may be too little, too late for Palestinians trying to survive a crisis :

Zarifa Abdel Khadr came in secret to Gaza City’s jewellery souk this week to sell the two gold rings she has owned for half a century.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article363793.ece

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Banks told to process Palestinian funds:

A leading Islamic scholar has threatened to call for a boycott of Arab banks that refuse to process funds meant for the new Hamas-led Palestinian Authority.
tinyurl.com/ekjzj

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Hamas decries strings to aid:

“The government appreciates the efforts deployed by the international parties to alleviate the economic siege imposed on the Palestinian people … but deeply regrets the Quartet’s insistence on attaching pre-conditions to the Palestinian government.”
tinyurl.com/rbjs5

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Prisoners soften stance on Israel:

Jailed members of Hamas and Fatah have developed a peace plan that accepts of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, Mahmoud Abbas says. However, it was unclear whether Hamas, particularly the group’s leaders abroad, would back the proposals.
tinyurl.com/psbwq

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Abbas strikes petrol deal:

Mujahed Salameh, the head of the Palestinian Petroleum Agency, said on Thursday that the deal was reached after Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter to Dor Alon guaranteeing to send funds within 10 days.
tinyurl.com/p6frh

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Israeli Poll: Gov’t should help Arab citizens emigrate :

Some 62 percent of Israelis believe the government should encourage the country’s Arab citizens to emigrate, according to a survey by the Israel Democracy Institute that will be published today as part of its annual Democracy Index project.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/714099.html

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Israeli rabbis awarded Japan peace prize:

Israel’s Rabbis for Human Rights, which has built up a reputation for battling abuses by soldiers and settlers in the Palestinian territories, was honoured in Japan with a leading peace prize.
tinyurl.com/ootdx

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U.K. academics to back sweeping boycott of Israeli universities :

The largest university and college lecturers union in Britain is likely to decide shortly to recommend that its 67,000 members boycott Israeli lecturers and academic institutions that do not publicly declare their opposition to Israeli policy in the territories.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/713681.html

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Mogadishu ceasefire collapses, nearly 100 dead:

Heavy militia battles erupted in Mogadishu on Wednesday after a brief truce collapsed, bringing the death toll to almost 100 after four days of fighting in the Somali capital.
tinyurl.com/rs63q

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Blasts hit Pakistan police school :

At least six policemen have been killed in a series of explosions at a police training academy in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4760463.stm

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Taliban Regrouping In Southern Afghanistan:

The Taliban is regrouping in the mountains of southern Afghanistan, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday.
www.postchronicle.com/news/security/article_21218236.shtml

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Sept. 11 widows support Afghan women who lost husbands to war :

The two American women walk down a fly-infested alley where sewage from mud huts drains onto the dirt walkway. In a tiny backyard, they find two dozen chickens, five children and one Afghan war widow.
tinyurl.com/osnd2

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US rejects calls for Guantánamo closure :

The US state department today rejected Lord Goldsmith’s calls for the Guantánamo Bay detention camp to be closed down.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1772633,00.html

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UN Human Rights Council Begins with Violations :

The US, known for its poor record on human rights, voiced its opposition to the appointment of representatives of Cuba, China, and Saudi Arabia to the council.
www.zaman.com/?bl=international&alt=&hn=33029

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Ray McGovern Is Going to Rumsfeld’s House:

Ray wants answers, and he’s taking his demand to Donald Rumsfeld’s house in Washington, D.C.
www.afterdowningstreet.org/rumsfeld

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1918 Montana patriots like Bush cheerleaders:

Seventy-five men and three women were arrested in Montana and charged with sedition, with 41 of them sent to prison for terms of up to 20 years, for speaking out against the war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13008.htm

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The German Anti-War Movement, 1943:

A measure of the effectiveness of U.S. propaganda during the World Wars is the enduring popular view that the German people are by nature submissive to authority, or worse, bent on aggression
www.lewrockwell.com/orig7/rosinger2.html

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Video: Beyond Treason :

Depleted Uranium weapons and the Golf War Syndrom! What the Department of Defense doesn’t want you to know
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13003.htm

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Report: London Transit Bombers Acted Alone :

British government reports into the July bombings on London’s transit network conclude the four attackers acted without the assistance of foreign terrorists, officials and lawmakers said Wednesday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5813275,00.html

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London bombers were known to MI5:

British security services had come across two men who went on to carry out last year’s July 7 bomb attacks on London but did not believe them to be urgent threats, a parliamentary committee has reported
tinyurl.com/hjtoy

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Lone war protester told it’s time go:

Brian Haw’s one-man protest is almost as much a part of Parliament Square as the great, brooding statue of Sir Winston Churchill standing next to it.
tinyurl.com/z6vnc

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Chagos families win right to return :

A group of British citizens evicted from the Chagos Islands 40 years ago to make way for a military base won a new victory in the high court today in their legal bid to return home.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1772729,00.html

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Cold War Talk Prompts Russian Call for ‘World

Russian Foreign Secretary Sergueii Lavrov called for the establishment of a world government, bringing together the United States and Russia. Lavrov’s call comes at a time of a chilling of relations between Moscow and Washington and amidst signs of a new Cold War
www.watchingamerica.com/elaph000001.shtml

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Chávez to snub No 10 on private visit to Britain:

HUGO CHÁVEZ, the President of Venezuela and one of Tony Blair’s most vocal critics abroad, arrives in London this weekend on a whirlwind visit during which he will be fêted by Ken Livingstone, Labour MPs and the TUC but will avoid contact with the Prime Minister and his Government.
www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,173-2174962,00.html

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NSA Call-Tracking Program Sparks Alarm:

A USA Today report that says the National Security Agency has been secretly using records provided by the three largest American telephone companies to build a massive database of foreign and domestic phone calls. The program was launched shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13010.htm

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Seventy two in Congress join battle against wiretaps :

Seventy two members of Congress filed papers late Wednesday seeking to end President George W. Bush’s warrantless NSA eavesdropping program
tinyurl.com/n5l8y

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Phone Companies Accused of Letting Government Spy on Consumers :

The Beltway was abuzz Thursday with fallout from a “USA Today” report that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting phone data on millions of Americans since Sept. 11, 2001.
www.newtelephony.com/news/65h11104742.html

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NSA Whistleblower Alleges Illegal Spying :

Russell Tice, a longtime insider at the National Security Agency, is now a whistleblower the agency would like to keep quiet.
abcnews.go.com/WNT/Investigation/story?id=1491889&WNT=true

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In case you missed it:

EFF Files Evidence in Motion to Stop AT&T’s Dragnet Surveillance:

“The evidence that we are filing supports our claim that AT&T is diverting Internet traffic into the hands of the NSA wholesale, in violation of federal wiretapping laws and the Fourth Amendment,” said EFF Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston.
www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?SESSIONID=&aId=12298

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Security agency doubled procurement spending in four years :

The National Security Agency has doubled procurement spending since 2000 and will do so again by the end of this decade, according to Harry Gatanas, the organization’s senior acquisition executive.
www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0604/060104g1.htm

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Hard-core conservatives fleeing Bush’s side:

Concerns over spending, immigration policy running high, experts say
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12729893/

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The Welfare Kings:

At a time when tens of millions of workers are struggling to pay for gas for their car, electricity for their home, and medical care for their families, the Republicans have stepped forward with a plan to help. They want to give another $20 to $30 billion in tax cuts to the rich.
www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/05/10/the_welfare_kings.php

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Ted Rall: America, You Lost: The Railroading of Zacarias Moussaoui :

It’s official. 9/11 has driven America utterly bat-guano mad. Don’t believe it? Consider the following:
news.yahoo.com/s/ucru/20060510/cm_ucru/americayoulost

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Jeb would make ‘great’ US president, says Bush:

“I would like to see Jeb run at some point in time, but I have no idea if that’s his intention or not,” said the president
tinyurl.com/f56p7

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The Death of The Internet?:

This short Video is about the current threat to Internet Freedom and how we can hold on to the open Internet and our right to communicate. The only way the telecommunications companies will be successful is if we fail to raise awareness about this situation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13001.htm

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Date: 10 May 2006

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“They say that we are disturbing the peace, but there is no peace. What really bothers them is that we are disturbing the war”: Howard Zinn
informationclearinghouse.info/article12987.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 2428
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$279,684,748,848
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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All of Us Participate in a New Iraq

By Dahr Jamail

It is only when more people in the US begin to fathom the totality of the destruction in Iraq that one may expect to hear the public outcry and uprising necessary to end the occupation and bring to justice the war criminals responsible for these conditions. Until that happens, make no mistake: all of us participate in a new Iraq, our hands dyed in the blood of innocents.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12989.htm

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Howard Zinn – You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train

This is a must watch video

Following his early days as a shipyard labor organizer and bombardier in World War II, Zinn became an academic rebel and leader of civil disobedience in a time of institutionalized racism and war. His influential writings shine light on and bring voice to factory workers, immigrant laborers, African Americans, Native Americans and the working poor.

Click here to view. Windows Media
informationclearinghouse.info/article12987.htm

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Liar

Rumsfeld is a pathological liar.

By Mike Whitney

The American people have been ripped off big-time by Rummy. From the onset, it’s been one wretched excuse after another. Nothing is ever his fault; not the occupation; not the lack of soldiers; not the looting in Baghdad, not the faulty-armor, not the resistance, nothing. Ever!
informationclearinghouse.info/article12988.htm

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The Fog of War

Video: Errol Morris’s Oscar-winning 2003 documentary

This brilliant work by director Morris is the stuff of life. And death. It arouses the most basic moral and immoral questions of being human through an enormously complex and yet simple man, Robert Strange McNamara. It seems no coincidence, his middle name, as we get to know him in all his cleverness and contradictions. Morris subtly illuminates, literally through McNamara’s eyes, what it means to have power over life and death. Watch it here. Real Video
informationclearinghouse.info/article12990.htm

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In case you missed it:

Full Text : The President of Iran’s Letter To President Bush

Mr George Bush,

President of the United States of America

For sometime now I have been thinking, how one can justify the undeniable contradictions that exist in the international arena — which are being constantly debated, specially in political forums and amongst university students. Many questions remain unanswered. These have prompted me to discuss some of the contradictions and questions, in the hopes that it might bring about an opportunity to redress them.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12990.htm

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1,091 killed in Baghdad in April:

At least 1,091 people were killed in Baghdad alone last month in ongoing sectarian violence, President Jalal Talabani said in a statement.
tinyurl.com/pjq7d

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At leat 39 killed in continuing violence:

Gunmen killed 11 people while they were heading to their work at an electrical equipment factory near Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad
today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=L10336380

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Beheaded corpses among Iraqi dead :

12 mutilated bodies were discovered, security officials said
tinyurl.com/ln7hm

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Have 200,000 AK47s Fallen Into The Hands Of Iraqi “Terrorists”? Fears over U.S. arms shipment:

SOME 200,000 guns the US sent to Iraqi security forces may have been smuggled to terrorists, it was feared yesterday.
tinyurl.com/oges8

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Alarmed by Raids, Neighbors Stand Guard in Iraq:

As evidence mounts that Shiite police commandos are carrying out secret killings, Sunni Arab neighborhoods across Baghdad have begun forming citizen groups to keep the paramilitary forces out of their areas entirely.
tinyurl.com/ojyth

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Ghali Hassan: Reshuffling the cards in Iraq:

Contrary to the myth played and promoted by the Western so-called “Left” and “Right” and the corprorate media that the “US failed [in Iraq] because of poor planning” and “incompetence,” the U.S. planned the war and the occupation (military and economic) of Iraq months before the illegal invasion took place. The U.S. failed in Iraq for the following reasons
informationclearinghouse.info/article12995.htm

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Who Will Perish if Iraq War Continues:

The Human Cost of War exhibit highlighting lives that will be lost if Congress does not take action to end the war in Iraq.
www.commondreams.org/news2006/0510-03.htm

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SYRIA: Damascus opens doors to Palestinian refugees on border:

Some 244 Palestinian refugees, the majority of whom had been stranded at the Iraq-Jordan border for nearly two months after fleeing violence in Iraq, have been allowed to cross into Syrian territory.
tinyurl.com/my5ka

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Five policemen killed in southern Afghanistan:

Ousted Taliban members on Wednesday claimed to have killed five Afghan policemen and injured four others, while the Afghan police were reported to have killed three insurgents in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand.
tinyurl.com/pobm8

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Afghan police battle Taliban, kill three :

Afghan police killed three Taliban insurgents who ambushed a patrol in a southern province where British troops are overseeing security, a provincial official said
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3663801a12,00.html

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Patients die as doctors run out of drugs to treat them :

Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, an independent medical charity, warned yesterday that the Palestinian health system faced collapse if aid continued to be withheld.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12997.htm

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Cash-strapped Gaza hospital cuts dialysis, cancer treatments :

At least four people suffering from kidney diseases died in the Gaza Strip in April, after the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority Health Ministry cut the Shifa Hospital’s budget for the necessary dialysis treatments.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/714071.html

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Palestinian Pain, One Kid at a Time :

Every day, world leaders think of new ways to punish the Palestinians for electing Hamas. But the people who suffer most are children like my daughter, Lina.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12992.htm

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Israeli petrol company, Dor Alon, halts fuel supplies to PA :

Dor Energy, the Israeli company that provides fuel to the Palestinian areas, is cutting off supplies due to growing debts, Palestinian officials said Wednesday, warning the move would deepen a humanitarian crisis brewing in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/714488.html

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America bows to EU pressure to allow aid for Palestinians :

The United States has bowed to pressure from the European Union and agreed to find a “temporary international mechanism” to channel humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article363144.ece

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Payout plan to bypass Hamas:

KEY international peace brokers will pay the salaries of cash-strapped Palestinian civil servants by setting up a trust fund through the office of President Mahmoud Abbas that bypasses the Hamas Government.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,19096598-2703,00.html

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Israeli Ambassador Ayalon: We’ll oppose paying PA workers :

Israel will oppose paying salaries to Hamas government employees in the Palestinian Authority (PA), via the humanitarian mechanism that the Quartet (the US, UN, EU and Russia) announced yesterday, Israel Ambassador to the US Daniel Ayalon told “Globes” last night.
tinyurl.com/kflhh

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A Response to Critics of ‘The Israel

We wrote “The Israel Lobby” in order to begin a discussion of a subject that had become difficult to address openly in the United States. We knew it was likely to generate a strong reaction, and we are not surprised that some of our critics have chosen to attack our characters or misrepresent our arguments.
www.alternet.org/story/35925

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US, Iran standoff grows tenser

Despite rare letter, Washington sees no reason to engage Tehran as the UN considers action.
www.csmonitor.com/2006/0510/p01s01-wome.html

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Iran’s president says nuclear program is peaceful:

The fiery Iranian leader raised hopes of a breakthrough with the United States just days ago by sending a letter to President George W. Bush, the first such letter to an American leader in 27 years.
tinyurl.com/g9ys4

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UK, Paris and Berlin offer Iran new deal:

France, Germany and the UK yesterday decided to make Iran a fresh offer to resolve the dispute over its nuclear programme, less than 24 hours after foreign ministers from the world’s big powers failed to agree a common stance on the issue.
news.ft.com/cms/s/85d93b7a-dfc0-11da-afe4-0000779e2340.html

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Brazil Officially Starts First Uranium Enrichment Facility: –

Brazil has inaugurated its first uranium enrichment facility to produce the type of fuel for nuclear power plants that Iran is running into trouble for attempting to produce.
www.ens-newswire.com/ens/may2006/2006-05-08-04.asp

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Putin: arms race with US is not over:

In an unexpectedly belligerent state of the nation address on Russian TV, the Russian president accused the US of putting its own interests before its democratic ideals, and compared the country to a voracious wolf.
tinyurl.com/jhlfz

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Putin calls for defence boost: T

he Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has called for a massive boost to Moscow’s defence spending to bring it into line with other nuclear powers.
www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2006/s1635648.htm

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Lethal arms vanishing “without a trace”:

There is more likelihood of being able to trace a suitcase or a GM tomato than lethal weapons, according to new research released today by the Control Arms campaign
tinyurl.com/jw7u2

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Saudi Arabia to privatize bourse, set up financial district:

Saudi Arabia announced plans to turn its stock market into a shareholding company open to the private sector and to establish the Middle East’s largest financial district
tinyurl.com/hwje8

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Britain’s top lawyer demands closure of Guantanamo Bay:

The Attorney General this evening launched Britain’s most outspoken attack yet of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre, demanding the closure of what he described as an international symbol of injustice
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-2174520,00.html

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Robert Fisk: A policeman’s lot is not a happy one:

A frightening, inspiring film has just come from Germany. Sophie Scholl – the Final Days, directed by Marc Rothemund, recounts the last day of freedom – and the few short days before her guillotining – of the 21-year-old Munich University student who in 1943, together with her brother Hans, decided – as part of a tiny undergraduate movement called the White Rose – to start a student revolution against the Nazis.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12991.htm

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At least 90 die in 4 days in Somalia :

At least 90 people have been killed and nearly 200 wounded since fighting flared up in the capital Sunday, said Dr. Mohamed Hassan of Ayaan Hospital, citing reports from Mogadishu’s main hospitals.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-05-10-somalia-fighting_x.htm?ord=1

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F. William Engdahl: America`s Geopolitical Nightmare:

Future of the Bush Doctrine in the balance
www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net/Geopolitics/Nightmare/nightmare.html

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House of War: James Carroll on the Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power:

We speak with James Carroll – one of Boston’s best-known writers – about his new book, “House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power.” In it, Carroll examines the growth of the military industrial complex since World War II and his personal connection to the Pentagon. Real audio and transcript
informationclearinghouse.info/article12994.htm

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Charley Reese: Capitalism Wasn’t Working In Bolivia:

How else can you explain that a nation rich in oil, gas and minerals is the poorest nation in South America? Obviously, the nation’s wealth was not flowing to the people.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12993.htm

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Mike Davis, Turning a Planet into a Slum:

A billion people currently live in slums and more than a billion people are informal workers, struggling for survival. They range from street vendors to day laborers to nannies to prostitutes to people who sell their organs [for transplant]. These are staggering figures, even more so since our children and grandchildren will witness the final build-out of the human race
www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=82655

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U.S. Federal Reserve hikes key interest rate:

Interest rates are rising again in the United States and the Federal Reserve hinted Wednesday that its two-year-long campaign to boost rates may not be over.
www.cbc.ca/story/business/national/2006/05/10/usrate.html

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House to Vote on $70B Investor Tax Cuts:

House Republican leaders are ready to move forward on tax breaks worth $70 billion over five years to investors and some middle-income families now that they’ve sorted out a disagreement among themselves.
tinyurl.com/hvmb9

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Cunningham said to be uncooperative:

Cunningham pleaded guilty in November to bribery and tax evasion, admitting he took more than $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors.
tinyurl.com/pp4hj

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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 2427
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$279,431,185,713
See the cost in your community
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Full Text : The President of Iran’s Letter To President Bush

Mr George Bush,

President of the United States of America

For sometime now I have been thinking, how one can justify the undeniable contradictions that exist in the international arena — which are being constantly debated, specially in political forums and amongst university students. Many questions remain unanswered. These have prompted me to discuss some of the contradictions and questions, in the hopes that it might bring about an opportunity to redress them.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12984.htm

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We the People’: Don’t Want To Hear It!

Give us liberty to live in denial

By Don Nash

We don’t want to hear about dying and death. We don’t want to hear about ethnic cleansing. We don’t want to hear about detention or torture and we don’t want to hear about atrocity. We don’t want to hear about napalm or uranium be it depleted or otherwise. We don’t want to hear about terrorists, even when the terrorists are our own creation. Remember 9/11 and Flight 93 and give us a rousing myth we can cherish.

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And We Think We Are Free

By Nolan K. Anderson

Why are we Americans not afraid as we watch our freedoms evaporate – not concerned – not interested in stopping the erosion of the rights that our forefathers fought and died to achieve? Why is it so hard to understand that the way we deal with enemy prisoners today will be the way our government will deal with Americans when the time comes to “re-define” the “enemy.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12983.htm

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21 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Twelve bodies bearing signs of torture and gunshot wounds were found in various areas of Baghdad, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO935484.htm

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Iraq suicide bombing kills 17:

Police say at least 17 people are dead after a suicide truck bomber hit an Iraqi market in Tal Afar.
www.tampabays10.com/news/national/article.aspx?storyid=30736

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Eleven bodies found in Tigris near Baghdad:

The bodies of 11 Iraqis, including the headless corpse of a 10-year-old boy, were found dumped in the Tigris river south of Baghdad on Tuesday, police sources said.
tinyurl.com/jv6ld

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Iraqi judge shot dead in western Baghdad :

An Iraqi judge was shot dead on Tuesday by unidentified gunmen on a main road in western Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-05/09/content_4527338.htm

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Key Obstacle in Forming Iraq Govt Resolve:

Iraq’s prime minister-designate said Tuesday the main stumbling blocks to forming a new Cabinet have been overcome and he expects to present his team to parliament for approval by the end of the week.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060509/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_060509094906

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Afghanistan, Iraq Near Top Of Infant Mortality Table :

A new study says Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq are among the countries with the highest death rates for newborns in the world.
tinyurl.com/kysx9

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IRAQ: UN report cites vast under-nutrition among children:

One in three Iraqi children is malnourished and underweight, according to a report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
informationclearinghouse.info/article12981.htm

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Recruiting Abuses Mount as Army Struggles to Meet Goals
www.newhousenews.com/archive/roberts050806.html

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Feingold: Democrats Must Stand Up to Bush :

``We must get out of our political foxholes and be willing to clearly and specifically point out what a strategic error the Iraq invasion has been,’’ Feingold, D-Wis., told a National Press Club audience.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5809944,00.html

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War pimp alert: Israeli official:

Iran to have nukes by 2010: he head of Israeli military intelligence predicted Tuesday that Iran will produce nuclear bombs within four years.
tinyurl.com/gxnsn

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War pimp alert:

Israel will hit Iran in the next few months:

Israeli official: Israel will strike Iran’s nuclear facilities in the next “month or two or three,” an Israeli official has been quotedas saying.
tinyurl.com/ju7mc

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Key Security Council Nations to Present Iran with Choice of Benefits or Sanctions:

Key Security Council nations agreed Tuesday to present Iran with a choice of incentives or sanctions in deciding whether to suspend uranium enrichment, a move which will delay a U.N. resolution to curb Iran’s nuclear program, a European official said.
www.kfwb.com/pages/33734.php?

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Iran president awaits reaction to US letter :

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran said yesterday he was awaiting a reaction to a letter he sent US President George W Bush, although US officials have called it a diversion in a dispute over Tehran’s nuclear plans.
www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=2&ObjectID=10381075

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Iran Ready to Form Nuclear Alliance with Russia:

Ahmadinejad defined Russia as an ally and the relations between Tehran and Moscow – as “friendly and constantly developing”.
tinyurl.com/fqe4v

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The Oil Boil:

Are the Iranian president’s blustering statements towards Israel really the cause for this ominous proclamation from the US president? Or is it Iran’s nuclear ambitions that have caused it? Or is the oil boil finally reaching its global critical temperature? The answer most probably lies in events likely to unfold in the very near future in a tiny Iranian island by the name of Kish.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12985.htm

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Kucinich Asks Tough Questions of Bush, Rumsfeld:

Kucinich wrote, “Any military deployment to Iran would constitute an urgent matter of national significance. I urge you to report immediately to Congress on all activities involving American forces in Iran.”
tinyurl.com/gq8cs

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Noam Chomsky: A just war? Hardly:

Actions in the real world all too often reinforce the maxim of Thucydides that “The strong do as they can, while the weak suffer what they must” — which is not only indisputably unjust, but at the present stage of human civilisation, a literal threat to the survival of the species.
tinyurl.com/fudq6

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Civil war in the Gaza strip: Channel 4 Video report: :

As aid runs dry, the guns and pent-up frustrations of factions for and against Hamas have taken to the streets of Gaza. Video may take a moment to load.
www.channel4.com/player/playerwindow.html?id=4919&vert=news

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President Abbas Sends a Letter to the Quartet Demanding Support to PNA:

A new World Bank report warns that the authority might collapse if the salary issue is not resolved quickly.
www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/details.asp?name=15870

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Haniyeh to Jihad: End rocket attacks:

Hamas leader reportedly pleads with Islamic Jihad to cease Qassam attacks against Israel
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3248754,00.html

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More than half of Israelis favor ethnic cleansing: :

More than half of Israelis think the government should encourage its Arab citizens to emigrate from Israel, according to an annual survey by the Israel Democracy Institute.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/714005.html

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Arab MK: Israel world’s most racist state:

Israeli Arab Knesset members slam results of Israel Democracy Institute’s survey showing 62 percent of Israelis want to encourage Arab emigration;
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3248807,00.html

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Condemning and discriminating :

If Avigdor Lieberman didn’t exist, then Ehud Olmert, Amir Peretz and an entire battalion of politicians would have had to make him up. Lieberman’s big mouth gives them pearls of wisdom. He emits a bunch of nonsense regarding Arab Knesset members, flavors his comments with a bit of Holocaust, everyone seriously condemns him and continues to screw the Arabs.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/713274.html

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Patrick J. Buchanan: Why Are We Baiting Putin?:

Cheering Cheney on is John McCain, front-runner for the GOP nomination, who has urged President Bush to snub Putin by boycotting the G-8 summit. What the GOP is thus offering the nation right now is seven more years of in-your-face bellicosity in foreign policy.
www.lewrockwell.com/buchanan/buchanan41.html

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Associated Press Falsely Portrays Chavez as Seeking 25-Year Term:

A little scrutiny of a recent Associated Press report about Venezuela provides a lesson in how the English-language press often gets the story wrong. Take the first sentence: “President Hugo Chavez said Saturday that Venezuelan voters should have the chance to decide whether he should govern the country for the next 25 years.”
www.venezuelanalysis.com/print.php?artno=1723

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As Cuba plans offshore wells, some want U.S. to follow suit :

With only modest energy needs and no ability of its own to drill, Cuba has negotiated lease agreements with China and other energy-hungry countries to extract resources for themselves and for Cuba.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/05/09/america/web.0509.cuba.php

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Brussels in hot pursuit of new law-and-order powers:

BRITAIN is preparing to give up the national veto on EU law-and-order legislation after Brussels demanded that national governments surrender control of key policies to combat terrorism and organised crime.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2171230,00.html

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U.S. to prohibit “water-boarding”:

The U.S. Army will prohibit “water-boarding” — the controversial practice of submerging a prisoner’s head in water in an effort to make him talk — when it issues its new interrogation manual, the State Department’s legal adviser told the U.N. Committee Against Torture on Monday.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002981306_torture09.html

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Chicago’s Abu Ghraib:

UN Committee Against Torture Hears Report on How Police Tortured Over 135 African-American Men Inside Chicago Jails
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/09/1415210

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Learning About Racism:

One can find hundreds of white separatist towns throughout the United States, though they are not considered as such
www.counterpunch.org/reed05082006.html

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Congress For Sale: Who Else Was Bribed With Limos, Cash and Prostitutes?:

The newest scandal involves allegations that multiple members of Congress and high-ranking CIA officials were bribed with free limo rides1, hospitality suites at hotels in Washington, and prostitutes to induce them to steer federal contracts to undeserving businesses.
www.workingforchange.com/activism/action.cfm?itemid=20766

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Molly Ivins: The Best Little Whorehouse in Washington:

If you expect me to pass up a scandal involving poker, hookers and the Watergate building with crooked defense contractors and the No. 3 guy at the CIA, named Dusty Foggo (Dusty Foggo?! Be still my heart), you expect too much.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12986.htm

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The Loss of Goss:

Why did the CIA’s chief resign so abruptly
harpers.org/sb-loss-of-goss-3025720.html

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Vaccine makers helped write Frist-backed shield law:

Vaccine industry officials helped shape legislation behind the scenes that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist secretly amended into a bill to shield them from lawsuits, according to e-mails obtained by a public advocacy group.
tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060508/NEWS02/605080356

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The President’s New Helicopters costs $6.1 Billion:

The goal: to fit a mobile Oval Office into the tight quarters of a chopper. The new fleet will consist of 23 VH-71 aircraft, each of which will have 200 square feet of cabin space, nearly double the Sea King’s 116.
www.livescience.com/technology/060507_marine_one.html

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Must watch 4 minute video:

“Dear Mr. President”: (feat. PINK and Indigo Girls)
informationclearinghouse.info/article12980.htm

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U.S. Newborn Survival Rate Ranks Low :

America may be the world’s superpower, but its survival rate for newborn babies ranks near the bottom among modern nations, better only than Latvia.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/health/3850137.html

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Half of new U.S. teachers quit within 5 years: study:

According to a new study from teachers’ union the National Education Association, half of new U.S. teachers are likely to quit within the first five years because of poor working conditions and low salaries
tinyurl.com/nrod3

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Congress’ Budget Will Put America Deeper In Debt:

A $2.7 trillion budget plan pending before the House would raise the federal debt ceiling to nearly $10 trillion, less than two months after Congress last raised the federal government’s borrowing limit.
freeinternetpress.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=6846

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The housing bubble has popped:

Reports of falling sales and investors stuck with properties they can’t sell are just the beginning. Property owners should worry; so should their lenders.
moneycentral.msn.com/content/P149596.asp?Printer

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More than half of US streams polluted: EPA:

The survey found activities such as farming and logging helped raise the levels of nitrogen and phosphorous in the water
tinyurl.com/gmt6h

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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 2420
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$279,192,844,338
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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New U.S. Foreign Policy for Palestine; Starvation

By Mike Whitney

The United States and Israel have finally agreed on a plan to resolve the decades-long Israel-Palestine conflict. Israel will continue lobbing missiles into civilian areas of Gaza and the West Bank while the US cuts off food and other vital aid to the territories. That way they can maximize the human suffering while preparing the people for a violent death.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12976.htm

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Paradise Now

Video: The years most insightful and unvarnished look at the motivations of terrorism

Very powerful film that goes beyond the obvious, delivering a strong insight into a difficult subject, while maintaining a tension and drama that makes it impossible not to be stirred by the film. Delivering a film without falling into the pitfalls of political correctness or propaganda is an achievement in itself.

Click here to watch. Windows Media
informationclearinghouse.info/article12978.htm

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Life in the Bush Economy: Fat, Drunk and Broke

A Nation of Waitresses and Bartenders

By Paul Craig Roberts

Social Security and Medicare are in financial trouble, as are many company pension plans. Decide for yourself—is this the economic picture of a superpower that can dictate to the world, or is it the picture of a second-rate country dependent on foreigners to finance its consumption and the operation of its government?
informationclearinghouse.info/article12977.htm

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Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

Required Viewing for every citizen in the Free World.

How government and big media businesses cooperate to produce an effective propaganda machine in order to manipulate the opinions of the United States populous.

Click here to view. Windows Media
informationclearinghouse.info/article12972.htm

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32 Killed In Continuing Violence:

The bodies of six people bearing signs of torture and with gun wounds to their heads were found in different areas in Baghdad, a Ministry of Interior source said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L08546532.htm

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Bombs Kill 7 Iraqis and U.S. Soldier:

Bombs killed a U.S. soldier and seven Iraqis on Monday as politicians haggled over key posts in the new Cabinet, officials said. Another American died the day before in northern Iraq, according to a U.S. statement.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5807704,00.html

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At Baghdad morgue, a daily influx of bodies:

Scores of people make grim trip to morgue each day to look for loved ones kidnapped or killed in sectarian violence.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=16403

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Slated for killing: More than 450 Iraqi intellectuals fear for their lives:

A militia group with immense power in Iraq has issued names of 461 intellectuals which it says it has ordered its armed men to assassinate.
www.azzaman.com/english/index.asp?fname=news\2006-05-08\178.htm

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‘No one knows what we are going through’ :

Women in Iraq are living a nightmare that is hidden from the west. Now one has turned film-maker to give us a window on to what they endure. She tells Natasha Walter what she saw
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1769815,00.html

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My Meeting With Rumsfeld:

A graphic reminder for those wishing to spread some truth around that we have our work cut out for us. We have to find imaginative ways to use truth as a lever to pry open closed minds.
www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/05/08/my_meeting_with_rumsfeld.php

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The neocons strike again :

It wouldn’t be the first time that the Bush administration has played an important role in persuading Tony Blair to sack his foreign secretary.
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1769900,00.html

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Olmert: We will ensure Jewish majority:

The obligation of the national leadership is to be responsible to the vision of Herzl and to ensure a Jewish majority in the State.”
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3248515,00.html

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World Bank says underestimated depth of Palestinian crisis :

The World Bank warned donors on Sunday that the financial crisis gripping the Palestinian Authority since Hamas won election was deeper than it first thought and could render the West Bank and Gaza ungovernable.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/713239.html

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Israeli Arabs send 250 tons of food, medicine to West Bank :

Israeli Arabs on Monday transferred 250 tons of food and medical supplies to the Palestinians in the West Bank via the Jalama roadblock, at the northern entrance to Jenin.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/713637.html

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EU plans to go it alone with aid for Palestinians:

The EU is preparing to go it alone and channel emergency funds to the Palestinians if talks with the US, Russia and United Nations on setting up an international mechanism for easing their financial plight fail this week, senior officials indicated at the weekend.
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329474674-103552,00.html

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Norman Solomon: Gag and Smear: The Misuses of “Anti-Semitism”:

Routinely, the American news media have ignored or pilloried any strong criticism of Washington’s massive support for Israel
www.counterpunch.org/solomon05082006.html

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Audio Documentary – Palestinian refugees. :

Listen to a radio documentary on Burj el-Shemali refugee camp, located on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese city of Tyre and home to upwards of 20 000 Palestinian refugees.
electronicintifada.net/v2/article4686.shtml

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3 killed in Afghanistan:

Taliban militia fighters ambushed a police patrol in southern Afghanistan, sparking an hour-long gunbattle that left two policemen and one attacker dead.
tinyurl.com/onvzq

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Southern Afghanistan is swarming with Taliban ahead of U.S. pullout :

The Taliban appear to be moving their insurgency into a new phase, flooding the rural areas of southern Afghanistan with men and weapons.
paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=143022

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Iran president sends letter to Bush :

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written to George W Bush proposing “new solutions” to their differences in the first letter from an Iranian leader to an American president in 27 years, government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said today.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article362804.ece

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Dear George… :

Iran’s leader writes to President Bush saying he wants to resolve the ‘delicate situation in the world’ but America remains sceptical about. Channel 4 Video Report
www.channel4.com/player/playerwindow.html?id=4909&vert=news

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Russia says UN plan for Iran is ‘first step to war’ :

Russia will seek the removal tonight of the core of a UK-sponsored draft United Nations resolution on Iran because it fears that it could pave the way to unilateral military action to curb the Iranian nuclear programme.
news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/article362745.ece

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Iran: We’ll build more reactors:

The Iranian energy minister said that his government agreed to the construction of four reactors to create electricity in northwest Iran. He said that in the meantime, construction on two cores would begin this year already, with an investment of over Euro 800 million, through the help of investment companies.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3246389,00.html

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Pepe Escobar : Iran impasse:

The United States is behind attempts by Britain and France to draw up a UN resolution that would declare Iran in violation of international law if it does not suspend uranium enrichment. They want to invoke Chapter 7 of the UN Charter that would authorize economic sanctions or even military action. Russia and China, the other two permanent Security Council members, oppose such action.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12975.htm

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America’s Geopolitical Nightmare and Eurasian Strategic Energy Arrangements:

By drawing attention to Iraq and the obvious role oil plays in US policy today, the Bush-Cheney administration has done just that: They have drawn the world’s energy-deficit powers’ attention firmly to the strategic battle over energy and especially oil.
tinyurl.com/k2sgo

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Aid staff abusing Liberian children, charity says:

Liberia is facing an epidemic of child prostitution, with more than half of children engaged in selling sex in some parts of the country, a children’s charity warned today
www.guardian.co.uk/westafrica/story/0,,1770234,00.html

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Turkey recalls ambassadors to Canada:

Turkey has recalled its ambassadors to Canada and France for “a short time” to protest moves in both countries that recognize the mass killings of Armenians as genocide, the Foreign Ministry announced Monday.
cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2006/05/08/1569656-ap.html

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Ex-Guantanamo detainees ‘did nothing wrong’

Defense lawyers urged a Kuwaiti judge Sunday to acquit five former inmates of Guantanamo, arguing the trial was politically motivated to appease the emirate’s major ally the United States.
tinyurl.com/nldyw

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Dean: No Impeachment Plans for Bush :

Dean dismissed the idea that Democrats would seek to impeach President Bush if they won back control of Congress — a possibility floated by Republicans looking to galvanize their base.
abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/story?id=1933534&page=1

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David Corn: Bugging the Democrats:

Hayden, ran the NSA when Bush authorized domestic warrantless wiretapping of American citizens and residents.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12973.htm

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In case you missed it

Gen. Michael Hayden refused to answer question about spying on political enemies:

At a public appearance, Bush’s pointman in the Office of National Intelligence was asked if the NSA was wiretapping Bush’s political enemies. When Hayden dodged the question, the questioner repeated, “No, I asked, are you targeting us and people who politically oppose the Bush government, the Bush administration?
informationclearinghouse.info/article12974.htm

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EXCLUSIVE: CIA Nominee Hayden Linked to MZM:

While director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Michael V. Hayden contracted the services of a top executive at the company at the center of the Cunningham bribery scandal, according to two former employees of the company.
www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/000581.php

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Potential Evidence Surfaces of Bush’s Illegal Spying:

An Oregon attorney may have the first concrete proof of Bush’s domestic spying operation — which means the illegal program’s days might be numbered.
www.alternet.org/story/35807/

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The Spy Master Cracks the Whip:

How John Negroponte won control of the CIA, and what he plans next to consolidate rival agencies and his power.
tinyurl.com/pe33d

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In case you missed it:

America’s Secret Police?:

A threatened turf grab by a controversial Pentagon intelligence unit is causing concern among both privacy experts and some of the Defense Department’s own personnel.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12290187/site/newsweek

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In case you missed it:

Pentagon’s Intelligence Authority Widens:

The Pentagon’s newest counterterrorism agency, charged with protecting military facilities and personnel wherever they are, is carrying out intelligence collection, analysis and operations within the United States and abroad.
tinyurl.com/e33kl

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In case you missed it:

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

A Pentagon intelligence agency that kept files on American anti-war activists hired one of the contractors who bribed former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., to help it collect data on houses of worship, schools, power plants and other locations in the United States.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/news/nation/14126125.htm

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In case you missed it:

Suit Claims Defense Dept. Data Use Illegal:

The Defense Department is violating the privacy of millions of high school students nationwide with a detailed database it uses for military recruitment, a federal lawsuit filed Monday claims.
abcnews.go.com/US/LegalCenter/wireStory?id=1885571

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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 2418
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$278,915,340,085
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Jimmy Carter: Punishing The Innocent Is A Crime

By Jimmy Carter

Innocent Palestinian people are being treated like animals, with the presumption that they are guilty of some crime. Because they voted for candidates who are members of Hamas, the United States government has become the driving force behind an apparently effective scheme of depriving the general public of income, access to the outside world and the necessities of life.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12965.htm

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The Last Gasp of the Dollar?

Iran bourse opens next week

By Mike Whitney

Overnight the story of Iran’s proposed oil bourse has slipped into the mainstream press exposing the real reasons behind Washington’s ongoing hostility towards Tehran.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12960.htm

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Raid On Nuclear Fuel Market

By Rudo de Ruijter

In the background of the political joust about Iran, a few countries are reshaping the world. They are taking possession of the global nuclear fuel market. New IAEA regulations should keep newcomers away. The US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, China and Japan will become world’s nuclear filling stations.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12964.htm

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The Real Oil Story: The Oil in Iraq

By Walter Simpson

Oil is pretty slippery stuff. The press is playing up $3 a gallon gasoline, record oil company profits, and the $400 million retirement package for Exxon’s former CEO. But these stories are trivial compared to the oil story they have ignored all along.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12962.htm

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Series of Attacks Kills More Than 90 in Iraq:

Car bomb killed more than 30 Iraqis as Iraqi Interior Ministry sources said 51 bodies had been found since Saturday in the capital.
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Five servicemen die as anti-occupation forces in Iraq bring down UK helicopter:

Five British servicemen died yesterday when an Army helicopter crashed in southern Iraq apparently after being hit by an insurgent missile.
tinyurl.com/lu3os

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British soldiers die as helicopter is shot down.

Then Basra erupts in bloody gun battles
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1769503,00.html

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Iraq’s Shiites Now Chafe at American Presence:

A visitor need not go far or search hard to hear and see the anti-American venom that bubbles through this ancient shrine city, which once welcomed U.S. forces as liberators.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12961.htm

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Part of me died when I saw this cruel killing:

EVEN by the stupefying standards of Iraq’s unspeakable violence, the murder of Atwar Bahjat, one of the country’s top television journalists, was an act of exceptional cruelty.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12969.htm

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Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush :

Cowardly and clueless, the U.S. media abandoned its post as Bush led the country into a disastrous war. A look inside one of the great journalistic collapses of our time.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12970.htm

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War pimp alert:

US could attack Iran next month :

Tehran’s vow to hand nuclear technology to its allies gives Bush a powerful reason to act
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War pimp alert:

Bush: ‘Specific Threat’ to Israel from Iran :

U.S. President George W. Bush said on Sunday that Iran has made “a specific threat on a partner of the U.S. and Germany,” during an interview with German newspaper Bild.
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=103197

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Iran “will not halt” uranium enrichment: FM spokesman :

“Any action by the Security Council will have a negative influence on our cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),” Asefi told a weekly press conference.
english.peopledaily.com.cn/200605/07/eng20060507_263631.html

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Iran will change policies if IAEA asks:

President : Iran would change its policies if asked to do so by the UN nuclear monitor the IAEA, hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in Baku, according to the translation of his comments, AFP reported.
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Iran threatens not to recognize NPT if its rights not accepted :

The nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has “no validity” if Iran’s rights to carry out peaceful nuclear research were not accepted, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday.
english.peopledaily.com.cn/200605/07/eng20060507_263641.html

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UN’s Iran draft needs ‘major changes’: Russia :

The UN Security Council’s draft resolution on Iran nuclear issue, legally requiring Tehran to stop sensitive nuclear fuel work, needs to be fundamentally changed, Russian news agencies quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak as saying on Saturday.
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UN eyes vote next week on Iran nuclear demand :

Many of the council’s 15 members left the Saturday discussions acknowledging it would take a miracle to agree on a text before Monday’s arrival in New York of foreign ministers of the council’s five permanent members plus Germany.
tinyurl.com/zemw4

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Gwynne Dyer: Raising the stakes on Iran:

The draft resolution on Iran’s nuclear activities that the United States, Britain and France presented to the United Nations Security Council this week is designed to fail.
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New Chief Will Find C.I.A. Is Hobbled on Iran :

As the Central Intelligence Agency undergoes its latest round of turmoil, legislators and former intelligence officials say that serious gaps in the United States’ knowledge of Iran are among the most critical problems facing a new director of the spy agency.
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Iran: Euro To Replace Dollar As Oil Currency:

In July Iran will ditch the dollar in favour of the euro as the currency in which it will accept payments for its oil and natural gas exports, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Friday.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12957.htm

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Iran sees oil bourse in two months :

Iran plans to launch an oil bourse on the Gulf island of Kish within the next two months, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday.
tinyurl.com/poreg

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Brazil joins world’s nuclear club :

Brazil has joined the select group of countries with the capability of enriching uranium as a means of generating energy.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4981202.stm

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Spot the rogue

The countdown to a massive aerial bombing of Iran, possibly using bunker busting nuclear weapons, has begun. In strict adherence to a script written jointly by the British and US foreign offices and exposed by The Times of London some two months ago
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1690822,00120001.htm

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The two crucial mistakes that cost Straw his job :

Jack Straw made two crucial mistakes in his dealings with Tony Blair: one involved the prime minister’s relationship with Gordon Brown and the other Iran.
www.guardian.co.uk/guardianpolitics/story/0,,1768840,00.html

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Did Bush Force British Minister Out?

Two London papers have speculated this weekend that complaints by President George W. Bush forced a British minister from his post because of his opposition to the use of nuclear force against Iran.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/05/07/politics/main1596108.shtml

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Israel shuts down all crossings on Israel-Gaza borders :

Director of Palestinian Crossing Security Salim Abu Safiea told reporters in Gaza that the Israeli side has closed Karni commercial terminal and forced Palestinian workers and merchants out.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-05/07/content_4518956.htm

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Israel Prevents Patients from Receiving Treatment :

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) prevented 274 patients from passing through Beit Hanoun (Erez) checkpoint for receiving critical medical treatment in hospitals of West Bank and Israel.
english.wafa.ps/body.asp?id=6204

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Amira Hass: Hungry and Shell-Shocked:

Hamas is busy trying to quell false rumors that abound in the streets. One such rumor is that salaries were paid but only to those who support Hamas.
www.palestinechronicle.com/story.php?sid=042506230831

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Diana Buttu: On Journalism and Media:

Watching Western television or reading newspaper reports of Palestine always leaves me perplexed. If I did not live in Palestine and bear witness to Israel’s military occupation, I would be left with the impression that Palestinians and Israelis are equals – with no occupation existing – and that this conflict simply requires “concessions” on both sides.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12966.htm

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U.S.-Israel-Jordan Pact Created Near-Slavery Conditions:

Major U.S. companies, including Wal-Mart, Gloria Vanderbilt, Target, Kohl’s, Victoria’s Secret and L.L. Bean, are buying apparel from sweatshops in Jordan under a three-way trade deal that binds the Arab nation to Israel and the United States, according to a new report.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12967.htm

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The fall and fall of Afghanistan:

Foreign contractors “make as much as US$1,000 a day, while the Afghans they employ make $5 per day,” the report charged.
www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/HE06Df04.html

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Congo’s tragedy: the war the world forgot

In a country the size of Western Europe, a war rages that has lasted eight years and cost four million lives. Rival militias inflict appalling suffering on the civilian population, and what passes for political leadership is powerless to stop it.
news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/article362215.ece

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Is Darfur horror spreading to Chad?

BBC Video Report: Tim Whewell reports from Chad where there is evidence the Janjaweed are extending their programme of terror.
tinyurl.com/jalau

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Miren Gutierrez: A World Addicted to Hunger:

According to Oxfam International, a confederation of anti-poverty organisations, more than 850 million people suffer from chronic hunger. Is Ethiopia condemned to suffer hunger regularly? Are others?
informationclearinghouse.info/article12971.htm

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Cuban, Venezuelan Aid Streams Into Bolivia :

Gladys Melani was nearly blind from cataracts. Juana Mamani was illiterate. Sharon Mayra didn’t officially exist. What these three Bolivians had in common was poverty, and help from Cuba and Venezuela in solving their problems.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/3845506.html

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Ice-capped roof of world turns to desert :

Scientists warn of ecological catastrophe across Asia as glaciers melt and continent’s great rivers dry up
news.independent.co.uk/environment/article362549.ece

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CIA in disarray as Rumsfeld starts turf war with rival :

It appears that the President will turn to a close ally of his National Intelligence Director, John Negroponte, to fill the position. White House sources were quoted yesterday as saying that Air Force General Michael Hayden, Mr Negroponte’s senior deputy, is likely to get the nod.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article362541.ece

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DeLay Office Knew Abramoff Arranged Trip :

Prosecutors have e-mails showing Rep. Tom DeLay’s office knew lobbyist Jack Abramoff had arranged the financing for the GOP leader’s controversial European golfing trip in 2000 and was concerned ``if someone starts asking questions.’’
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5804725,00.html

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Sex, Lies, and Government Contracts:

A corruption scandal involving Republicans in Congress, CIA officials, prostitutes on Capitol Hill, and defense contracts has begun to spread.
informationclearinghouse.info/article12963.htm

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“Nine Fingers,” Poker-Playing CIA Man, I.D.’d:

Newsweek magazine is the first to identify Nine Fingers as Brant Bassett, whom they also say is “a former Goss aide.”
www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/000578.php

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Military PR flies friendly skies: Pentagon pays United to show in-flight video

United Airlines has begun showing an in-flight video about military glamor jobs that was produced and funded by the Department of Defense—a fact passengers do not learn from watching it.
tinyurl.com/zzzs8

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The new ‘red scare’:

A NEW requirement that applicants for state jobs in Ohio swear that they don’t support terrorism strikes us as more a matter of paranoia than protection.
toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060504/OPINION02/605040370

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Surveillance society: The DNA files:

Police files hold the DNA of more than 50,000 children who have committed no offence. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg – Britain now has the largest DNA database in the world.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/article362543.ece

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Australians Obtaining Organs From Executed Prisoners:

Prison inmates in China. Australian doctors have said Australians have gone to China to receive organ transplants from executed prisoners.
www.theepochtimes.com/news/6-5-4/41062.html

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Mexico welcomed fugitive slaves and African American job-seekers :

New perspectives on the immigration debate
www.sfbayview.com/042606/mexicowelcomed042606.shtml

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