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Date: 17 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 2450

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$281,385,241,678
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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This isn’t Policy; its barbarism

By Mike Whitney

Politics is a murky business which rarely presents clear moral choices. That’s what makes the humanitarian crisis in Palestine so exceptional; there is no gray-area whatsoever. The withholding of food, medical supplies and resources is manifestly immoral, and those who support that policy, even by their silence, are participating in a grave injustice.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13082.htm

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Bowing To The Police State

By Ray McGovern

Is Congress aiding and abetting the creation of a police state?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13091.htm

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Support Our Troops, Anybody?

By Dahr Jamail

Last week the Government Accountability Office announced that “less than one quarter of the US military’s Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who show signs of post-traumatic stress are referred for additional mental health treatment or evaluation, according to a government study.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13084.htm

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Exclusive Venzuela’s Hugo Chavez asserts America is trying to kill him

By: Channel 4 – UK

He says he is protecting himself against US aggression – and says he may join forces with Tehran in their plan to undermine the US dollar by selling their oil in Euros.

Click here to watch. Windows Media
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13080.htm

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11 Killed in Latest Violence:

A bombing and shooting attack killed four people and wounded 11 in the religiously mixed city of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, police said.
today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=L17159702

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Basra carnage escalates as one person killed every hour :

One person is being assassinated in Basra every hour, as order in Iraq’s second city disintegrates, according to an Iraqi Defence Ministry official.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article485489.ece

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UK: Browne signals Iraq withdrawal:

Speaking on his first visit to the embattled country since becoming defence secretary, Mr Browne dismissed claims that Basra and the rest of the UK’s military command in the south of Iraq were unstable as “ridiculous”.
news.viewlondon.co.uk/Browne_signals_Iraq_withdrawal_17119494.html

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Baghdad mortuary overwhelmed by rising numbers of dead:

An average of 70 civilians are killed in Baghdad every day
tinyurl.com/fdwy9

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Iraqis to Present Cabinet on Saturday :

Prime Minister-designate Nouri al-Maliki will present his Cabinet to parliament on Saturday, signaling a possible end to months of uncertainty after legislative elections, Shiite and Sunni deputies said.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060517/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_cabinet

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‘’Iraq’s Impending Fracture to Produce Political Earthquake in Turkey’’:

The birth of an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq will end Turkey’s E.U. accession hopes. The collapse of the accession process will strongly undermine the legitimacy of the ruling Justice and Development Party (A.K.P.), making it increasingly vulnerable to political attacks from Turkey’s secular establishment. These attacks could prompt the disintegration of the Erdogan government as soon as the end of 2006.
tinyurl.com/fv9on

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Murtha Renews Call for U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Iraq:

Congressman John Murtha says President Bush has no plan for victory in Iraq, and U.S. troops should leave.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13087.htm

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A blast from the past:

Pete Seeger: Bring Them Home:

3 Minute Video: If you love your uncle Sam? Bring them home, bring them home.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13085.htm

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Ahmadi-Nejad: Nothing can stop Iran from nuclear right:

“We have so far been complying with all relevant laws and those accusing us of violating laws should themselves act according to laws as a first step.”
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/060517/2006051704.html

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War pimp alert:

Iran Enlists Allies in Nuke Program Battle :

The move has prompted Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Dan Gillerman to declare that “a dark cloud is looming above our region, and it is metastasizing as a result of the statements and actions by leaders of Iran, Syria and the newly elected government of the Palestinian Authority
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060517/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_allies

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Israel assassinates two Jihad activists:

Eyewitnesses told KUNA that during an incursion into Nablus, a large Israeli army force besieged a house in Rafidiyah neighborhood, and confrontations occurred with resistance fighters inside the house during which Othman Sadaqa and Mustafa Abdulghani were killed.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=866739

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Palestinians Send Militant Force Into Streets:

The Palestinians’ defiant Hamas-led government sent a new militant force into the streets of Gaza on Wednesday, disregarding President Mahmoud Abbas’ order banning the creation of the security body and raising the stakes in their deepening power struggle.
tinyurl.com/j8nz2

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Fmr. US Pres. Carter Called Convergence Plan “Illegal” :

Former US President Jimmy Carter has called Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s unilateral Convergence Plan “illegal” and a violation of the Camp David Accords he brokered between Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1978. Carter further characterized the plan to retain large Jewish communities under Israeli sovereignty as a “confiscation of land”.
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=103814

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US to Israel: Don’t request funds for convergence:

Olmert did not plan on asking the US administration for any economic support for the future West Bank pullout plan on this trip.
tinyurl.com/kfrgo

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The convergence bluff :

The new Israeli prime minister’s “convergence plan” is a Trojan horse, Ehud Olmert’s record in office shows that he is not preparing for peace.
tinyurl.com/j5266

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Palestinian art exhibit (banned by Brandeis Univ):

One wonders why this was banned?
student.cs.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/glosses/BrandeisExpo1

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Clashes Kill 11 People In Northwest Pakistan:

At least 11 people are killed in clashes between militants and security forces in northwest Pakistan.
www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7003601192

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Rivals’ pact turns up heat on Musharraf:

PAKISTAN’S two most famous politicians have struck a pact that turns up the heat on President Musharraf.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2181848,00.html

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Four Taliban killed in southern Afghanistan :

US led coalition forces killed at least four Taliban fighters in an air strike in Afghanistan’s southern province of Urguzgan, according to a coalition statement issued late Tuesday.
english.bna.bh/?ID=44973

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‘Bomber’ killed in Afghan attack :

A suspected suicide bomber has been killed in an attempted attack on a UN convoy in southern Afghanistan, officials say.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4989156.stm

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Canadian female soldier killed in Afghanistan :

A female Canadian soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, as the country’s parliament debated whether to extend Canada’s military mission in the war-torn nation.
tinyurl.com/efytb

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Dr. Bulent Gokay: Iraq, Iran and the end of petrodollar:

The waning influence of the USA in the Asian century
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13089.htm

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Venezuela ‘may swap oil currency’ :

Venezuela has hinted it could price its oil exports in euros rather than US dollars, further weakening its links to the US.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4990302.stm

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War pimp alert:

Chavez accused of ties to terrorists:

Venezuela has allowed its intelligence service to become a clone of Cuba’s while it shelters groups with ties to Middle East terrorists and allows weapons from its official stockpiles to reach Colombian guerrillas, a senior U.S. official said yesterday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13088.htm

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Chavez in London: Transcript of press conference:

Mr. President, is the government of Venezuela disposed to cut the flow of oil to the United States in the case that the United States attacks Iran?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13083.htm

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Venezuela, China Sign $1.3 Billion Tanker Deal :

Venezuela has signed a $1.3 billion agreement with China to purchase 18 oil tankers to facilitate the south American country’s expanding Asian market.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-05-11-voa47.cfm

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Venezuela’s Chavez meets with Gadhafi in Libya:

Gadhafi, his face partly covered by a large brown scarf draped over his Arab tribal robe, welcomed Hugo Chavez at his house, scarred with bullet holes and showing damage to some of the crenelated concrete at the top of the building from a 1986 U.S. bombing raid.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12837050/

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The Real Libya Model :

Here is the real story on Libya, corroborated by multiple sources. Kaddafi cut his deal in 2003 only after the British and Americans assured him that Bush would settle for “policy change”—that is, giving up his nukes—rather than regime change.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13086.htm

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Bolivia unveils plan to distribute land to poor:

Bolivia outlined on Tuesday its plan to redistribute idle land to the country’s poor peasants, ruling out mass expropriations and proposing instead the swift distribution of state-owned property.
tinyurl.com/z4ptq

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George Monbiot: When two poor countries reclaimed oilfields, why did just one spark uproar? :

The outcry over Bolivia’s renationalisation and the silence over Chad’s betrays the hypocrisy of the critics
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13090.htm

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Mexico Voters Fear Nation on Edge of Chaos:

Police enraged by the kidnapping of six officers club unarmed detainees. A bloody battle between steelworkers and police leaves two miners dead. Drug lords post the heads of decapitated police on a fence to show who’s in charge.
tinyurl.com/zqm22

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Killings, beheadings in new Somali violence :

Islamist gunmen overran a compound held by a United States-backed warlord alliance outside the lawless Somali capital on Wednesday, killing seven fighters and decapitating several, witnesses said.
tinyurl.com/gjnsg

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Somalis rally for peace, new attack kills 5:

Chanting anti-American slogans, hundreds of Somalis protested for peace in lawless Mogadishu on Wednesday after militia battles that killed 150 people — but a fresh attack claimed five more lives
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L17707369.htm

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Is U.S. backing warlords against Somali Islamists? ::

Officials of Somalia’s interim government and some U.S. analysts of Africa policy say the United States has returned to the African country, secretly supporting secular warlords who have been waging fierce battles against Islamic groups for control of the capital, Mogadishu.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13081.htm

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Report: Thousands rounded up in Zimbabwe:
The detention of an estimated 10,000 of what the report called squatters, vagrants and street youths, comes nearly a year after the government demolished tens of thousands of shanty dwellings
tinyurl.com/gulv4

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Ward Churchill :

The University of Colorado’s report on the investigation of Ward Churchill’s alleged scholarly misconduct has just been released. Churchill was found guilty of deliberate false assertions, misrepresentation of sources, and plagiarism.
news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20060517/cm_huffpost/021132

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Ward Churchill: Punishing Free Speech:

A Travesty of an “Investigation”:
www.counterpunch.com/churchill05162006.html

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FBI Secret Probes: 3,501 Targets in the U.S.:

The Department of Justice says it secretly sought phone records and other documents of 3,501 people last year under a provision of the Patriot Act that does not require judicial oversight.
blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2006/05/3501_americans_.html

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U.S. opens assault on wiretap suit : AT&T is accused of aiding surveillance :

The Bush administration has launched a multipronged attack on a lawsuit that accuses AT&T of collaborating with the U.S. government in illegal electronic surveillance, arguing that customers can’t prove their phones were tapped or that the company or the government broke the law — and that, in any event, the entire case endangers national security.
tinyurl.com/ftocm

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Dow Plunges More Than 145 Pts. on CPI Data :

Stocks plunged Wednesday after a stronger-than-expected rise in consumer inflation fueled Wall Street’s fear that interest rates will keep climbing. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 145 points.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060517/ap_on_bi_st_ma_re/wall_street_38

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Even China cannot feed a permanent bull:

Beware: all of this has bubble written all over it. It is a time of extreme danger for the unwary, with all the sadly familiar tell-tale signs of trouble ahead. There is the sense of supreme optimism that this time the permanent bull market is for real. There is always a reason why it’s different this time, and this time that reason is China.
business.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329480140-108725,00.html

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Dollar Falls on Speculation Central Banks Are Reducing Holdings :

A U.S. report yesterday showed foreign central banks were net sellers of Treasury notes for the first time in six months.
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=amgOOewlUgy4&refer=europe#

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U.S. Housing Starts Fell 7.4% in April :

Builders in the U.S. broke ground on the fewest homes since November 2004 as higher borrowing costs eroded demand, a government report showed.
tinyurl.com/jvvrq

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Pension Deficit, Now $500 Billion,:

The $500 billion deficit in U.S. company retirement plans is about to bite corporate bond investors.
tinyurl.com/g6vju

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Date: 16 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 2448

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$281,154,641,019
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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US spells out plan to bomb Iran

By IAN BRUCE, Defence Correspondent

The main plan calls for a rolling, five-day bombing campaign against 400 key targets in Iran, including 24 nuclear-related sites, 14 military airfields and radar installations, and Revolutionary Guard headquarters.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13066.htm

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The Real Assault on America

By Paul Craig Roberts

It has become commonplace to hear Americans dismiss the Bush regime’s illegal and unconstitutional exercise of power on the grounds that only those implicated in terrorism have anything to fear. These Americans need to ask themselves why, if only evil doers have anything to fear from government, the Founding Fathers bothered to write the Constitution?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13070.htm

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America the Fearful

By Bob Herbert

In the dark days of the Depression, Franklin Roosevelt counseled Americans to avoid fear. George W. Bush is his polar opposite. The public’s fear is this president’s most potent political asset. Perhaps his only asset.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13075.htm

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Orwell Rolls in His Grave

A must watch

This chilling documentary film “Orwell Rolls in His Grave” examines the relationship between the media, corporate America, and government. In a country where the “top 1% control 90% of the wealth”, the film argues that the media system is nothing but a “subsidiary of corporate America.” Click here to view. Real video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13062.htm

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US government releases new 9/11 video footage

BBC NEWS REPORT

The US government has released a video of the plane crashing into the Pentagon on 11 September 2001, for the first time. The flight crashed into the US military headquarters after it was hijacked as part of an al-Qaeda plot. Adam Brookes reports. Click here to view.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13076.htm

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A Silver Lining in Bush’s New CIA Pick?

By Scott Ritter

If the Republican Party won’t seek to heal itself by reigning in the abuses of power conducted by the Bush administration, then it clearly demonstrates that it, as an institution, places partisan politics above constitutionally mandated checks and balances between the executive and legislative branches of government. And if the Democrats who are in power aren’t willing to step into the void, then perhaps it’s time a new generation of Democrats was elected in their stead.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13063.htm

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Solidarity Street Demonstrations To Demand US Keep Hands Off Venezuela and Cuba

By Stephen Lendman

Maybe it’s just a coincidence that just days before an international expression of solidarity demanding the US keep its hands off Venezuela and Cuba, Rep. Dan Burton (a right wing Republican in good standing) introduced an anti-Venezuelan resolution in the US House of Representatives.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13071.htm

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3 U.S. Marines among 25 killed in continuing violence:

The bodies of three people, bearing signs of torture and with gunshot wounds in the head, were found in different districts in Baghdad, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM637333.htm

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Baghdad bombing, shooting attack kills 19: police :

Nineteen people were killed in a shooting and bombing attack at a bus garage in eastern Baghdad on Tuesday, police said.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060516/wl_nm/iraq_bomb_dc

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At least 14 killed in Baghdad market bombing:

Several women and children were among the dead in the attack, which targeted a mixed Sunni-Shiite area of the capital.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200605/s1640157.htm

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Iraq War Images Uncensored:

This collection of photos is the most complete we are aware of. Many of them are being made public here for the first time. Many of them are extremely gruesome. These must not be censored, because this is what a war really looks like, and that is something citizens need to see in order to cast informed ballots and lobby our representatives for or against war.

Warning – Thes images are extremely gruesome.
www.afterdowningstreet.org/uncensored

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In Iraq war, time is a weapon :

U.S. forces in Iraq, locked in a war that cannot be won by military force alone, are facing a weapon that tends to favor insurgents — time.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060516/us_nm/usa_war_time_dc_2

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3 Pakistani security men among 11 killed in clashes :

Pakistani security forces clashed with militants in the restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing eight of them,
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-05/16/content_4554732.htm

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Afghanistan Attacks Leave 8 Dead, 13 Hurt:

Militants attacked a police post and a government office, and a gunbattle later broke out in Afghanistan’s rugged eastern border with Pakistan on Tuesday, killing four people and injuring 13, officials said.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060516/ap_on_re_as/afghan_violence

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Irish Officials to Meet Afghan Hunger Strikers :

Irish officials have agreed to meet with representatives of about 40 Afghan asylum seekers on a hunger strike in Dublin’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral after being denied permission to remain in Ireland.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-05-16-voa56.cfm

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US spells out plan to bomb Iran :

The main plan calls for a rolling, five-day bombing campaign against 400 key targets in Iran, including 24 nuclear-related sites, 14 military airfields and radar installations, and Revolutionary Guard headquarters.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13066.htm

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Iran not interested in EU carrots :

Foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi also expressed “surprise” that the European Union was still working on putting such a proposal together given that Iran has consistently stated its refusal to agree to a suspension of nuclear work.
tinyurl.com/gejab

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Russia, China rule out use of force against Iran:

Russia and China will “definitely not” approve the use of force against Iran over its nuclear programme, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said here yesterday after meeting with China’s leaders.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13065.htm

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US asks Pak to abandon gas project with Iran:

The US has asked Pakistan to abandon the seven billion dollar gas pipeline planned to Pakistan and India ahead of next week’s visit by a high-level Iranian delegation, a newspaper reported on Monday.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1531447.cms

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Iran to require oil payments in euros:

Iran has also proposed establishing a euro-based Iranian oil bourse to compete with NYMEX and the IPE. The proposal was first put forward in the beginning of the Third Development Plan (2000-2005), and began to receive serious attention in 2005.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13067.htm

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Putin proposes creation of ruble-denominated oil, gas exchange :

President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that a ruble-denominated oil and natural gas stock exchange should be set up in Russia.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13060.htm

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The Reemergence Of The Cold War:

The reality of the matter is that the U.S. has never abandoned its plans to fight and win a nuclear war, first with the Soviet Union, beginning with the Reagan administration, and with every president up to the present Bush regime.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13061.htm

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Cheney is no Churchill and Putin is no Stalin:

It would be logical to expect Russia after some time to have strategic interests near U.S. borders. After all, doesn’t Ms. Rice talk today about U.S. strategic interests at the Russian borders? The U.S. is certainly right about globalization.
en.rian.ru/analysis/20060510/47934816.html

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Walter C. Uhler : Russian Identity and the Prospects for Democracy in Putin’s Russia:

Ignorance falls easy prey to political deception. Witness the ease with which the Bush administration was able to persuade 51 percent of Americans, in March 2003, that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Vice President Cheney never tired of falsely linking Saddam and al Qaeda. Yet he remains in office. Where’s the accountability?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13073.htm

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US is creating climate to attack Venezuela:

The Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Ministry Monday issued a communiqué expressing that “the government of the United States climbs to new heights of cynicism and shamelessness, when it tries to tie Venezuela to its particular vision of international terrorism.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13069.htm

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Jilted Venezuela may sell its U.S. jets to Iran:

Even before the United States announced the ban on arms sales Monday, Washington had stopped selling Venezuela sensitive upgrades for the F-16s.
www.yakima-herald.com/page/dis/350566625892131

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Ken Livingstone: Not a difficult choice at all :

Chávez and Venezuela deserve the support of all who believe in social justice and democracy
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13068.htm

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U.S. history lesson: stop meddling:

In the last 100 years, the U.S. has ousted the governments of at least 14 countries and forcibly intervened in dozens of others — to what end?
fairuse.100webcustomers.com/sf/latimes5_13_06.htm

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Abbas warns of Palestinian anger “explosion” on aid
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L16155389.htm

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Israeli sources: U.S. working behind scenes to bolster Abbas ;

The United States administration is working behind the scenes to bolster the security forces under the control of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, according to Israeli sources.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/716270.html

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Fatah official: Israel poisoned Arafat who sought peace:

The Secretary of Fatah’s Intifada movement in Lebanon Abu Fadi Hamad today said that the prospect for solving the Palestinian issue is not bright due to the policies and plans of the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/060516/2006051606.html

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Norway grants entry permits to 2 Hamas delegates:

In early May Israel warned Norway that if it grants entry to the Hamas members, the move will be considered a “political gesture” to the Hamas government
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3251766,00.html

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Army Rules Put on Hold:

The revised field manual seeks to permit harsher interrogations of terror suspects, which some lawmakers say violates the ban on torture.
tinyurl.com/gycx9

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Mike Whitney : Send us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses; just no Mexicans, please :

Whatever happened to “Mission Accomplished Bush”, the strutting barnyard rooster, glowing and confident; or flight-deck George blowing kisses to the troops while he strode to the presidential podium in a snugly-fitted jumpsuit?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13072.htm

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Aids and a lost generation: Children raising children :

Ruth Nakabonge crouches on the ground clutching a handful of earth to fling over her father’s coffin. She is too distressed to cry, her tiny body contorted by grief as a relative gently strokes her forehead.
news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/article484993.ece

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Pentagon plans cyber-insect army :

The Pentagon’s defence scientists want to create an army of cyber-insects that can be remotely controlled to check out explosives and send transmissions.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4808342.stm

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In case you missed it:

US ‘plans stealth shark spies’ :

They want to remotely control the sharks by implanting electrodes in their brains, The New Scientist says.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4767428.stm

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Freedom of the Press Under Attack:

Government Begins Tracking Phone Calls of Journalists
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/16/145201

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Pentagon PSYOP: “Terror Mastermind” Abu Musab Al Zarqawi is “Incompetent”:

The Pentagon has released yet another mysterious video allegedly discovered in April by US forces in a hideout in the Al-Yusufiyah neighborhood of southern Baghdad. The video portrays “Terror Mastermind” Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi acting in a “foolish” and “incompetent” fashion.
tinyurl.com/e7629

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Danny Schechter: Hail The Surveillance State

The corporate world lurks in the shadows here. They are the “men behind the curtain.” It is our job as concerned citizens to take crises like the ones now surfacing and raise bloody hell before their new technologies take us backwards into the future.
www.mediachannel.org/affalert417.shtml

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Charles Sullivan : Remembering the Haymarket Martyrs :

Every now and then events transpire that cut through the rhetoric, the carefully contrived images purveyed in the press and historical texts, and reveal a nation’s dark soul in ghastly detail. Such an event occurred in the streets of Chicago on May 4, 1886, and continued through November 11 of 1887. They were set in motion years before.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13074.htm

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Darpa’s Far-Out Dreams on Display:

Darpa, the Pentagon’s far-out research arm, may have publicly abandoned its creepiest programs, like Total Information Awareness. But the agency, as shown at its DarpaTech conference, still has a project to make you run full-speed into your bunker
www.wired.com/news/technology/0,62646-0.html?tw=wn_story_mailer

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US: selling to the worried well :

US pharmaceutical companies have long known that the potential market for their products is limited by the finite number of sick people; so they have turned to the healthy for further expansion of their markets, using exploitative, fear-inducing advertising techniques.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13064.htm

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Pigs at the trough: IRA Swaps Could Cost U.S. Billions in Tax Revenue :

President Bush is scheduled to sign into law on Wednesday an extraordinary deal for high-income people with retirement savings accounts.
www.nytimes.com/2006/05/16/business/16tax.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

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Hate: The Clear Channel Game:

Hate IS Clear Channel’s game.
nohateradio.org/

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Date: 15 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 2442
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$280,903,096,870
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Appealing to the United States is not very appealing

By William Blum

With his recent letter to President Bush, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has become part of a long tradition of Third-World leaders who, under imminent military or political threat from the United States, communicated with Washington officials in the hope of removing that threat. Let us hope that Ahmadinejad’s effort doesn’t result in the equally traditional outright US rejection.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13046.htm

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Will the Real Traitors Please Stand Up?

By Frank Rich

If Democrats – and, for that matter, Republicans – let a president with a Nixonesque approval rating install yet another second-rate sycophant at yet another security agency, even one as diminished as the C.I.A., someone should charge those senators with treason, too.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13045.htm

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Starting over when Bush is gone

By Mike Whitney

The American dream has ripened into a menacing delirium, teeming with torture, violence, and murder. We have become everything we profess to hate.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13047.htm

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One More Clue That the American Empire Is Waning

By Karen Kwiatkowski

Empire is never just about the emperor. The enablers of empire – the big purple socialist hegemonic American state – include not just a slavish and well-paid royal military, but also corporate interests, state-funded educational institutions, and an ever-devoted media.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13053.htm

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At least 65 Killed ( including 3 marines) In continuing violence:

15 suspected al Qaeda-linked militants were killed during a series of raids near Latifiya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM529851.htm

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Iraq Sunnis Accuse US of Killing 25 Civilians:

“We hold the Iraqi government and the occupiers responsible for this brutal atrocity,” the Muslim Clerics Association said in a statement.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13057.htm

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Remains of 11 people found in Baghdad :

Iraqi police found eleven bodies of Iraqi citizens who were shot dead after having sustained injuries due to torture in different areas of Karbala in south of Baghdad.
english.bna.bh/?ID=44835

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Insurgents Down U.S. Helicopter, Killing 2 :

Insurgents shot down a U.S. helicopter south of Baghdad and killed two soldiers, the U.S. military said Monday. Their deaths, along with those of three other soldiers and two Marines, brought the weekend toll to seven U.S. service members
tinyurl.com/ehhou

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After seven British deaths in a week, Basra’s police chief is linked to ‘terrorists”:

Fears that Basra is slipping beyond control were fuelled at the weekend when the governor suspended the city’s police chief, who is a strong supporter of British attempts to purge the force of militia elements.
tinyurl.com/jtjs7

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Shi’ite dissenter puts Iraqi government talks in jeopardy:

Efforts to create a national unity government in Iraq stumbled Sunday as a member of an influential Shi’ite alliance bloc threatened to form a new government unilaterally if rival groups did not scale back their demands. Sunnis said they may withdraw from the process entirely.
www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060515/NEWS07/605150387/1009

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Violence robs Iraq of Christian heritage:

The flight of religious minorities escaping violence in post-war Iraq is threatening to rob the country of its once diverse Christian heritage.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/AB5235D8-1578-4A92-BFEE-EA540BD2F5E2.htm

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Back From Iraq:

You don’t tell them what it’s like to kill a man or to have one of your buddies blown up. You just don’t go there.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13048.htm

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Chris Floyd: Smoke Alarm: Yet More Evidence for War Crimes :

Here’s yet another smoking gun revealing the fireless smoke of lies that the Bush Regime spread across the land to justify its outright war of aggression in Iraq. How many more times do we have to be shown glaring evidence that the war was a con job from the word go
tinyurl.com/kduzl

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Italian Pay-off From Niger Forgery?:

What did the Italian government, under then-Prime Minister Berlusconi, get in return for providing Bush with a smoking gun to attack Iraq?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13052.htm

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Inspector: Politics stunted ‘biotrailer’ findings:

A year after Bush administration claims about Iraqi ‘’bioweapons trailers’’ were discredited by American experts, U.S. officials were still suppressing the findings, according to a senior member of the CIA-led inspection team.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13054.htm

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A Must Listen: Greg Palast “Armed Madhouse :

Is the war in Iraq for oil? Yes, it’s about the oil, but not for the oil. In my investigations for Armed Madhouse, I ended up with a story far more fascinating and difficult than I imagined. We didn’t go in to grab the oil. Just the opposite. We went in to control the oil and make sure we didn’t get it. It goes back to 1920, when the oil companies sat in a room in Brussels in a hotel room, drew a red line
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13055.htm

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West Point Graduates Against The War:

We members of West Point Graduates Against The War stand appalled at the deceitful behavior of the government of the United States and, in particular, its widely known malefactors.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13056.htm

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Soldiers Rights:

This site is for those who are lost in the military system of destruction, deceit, and corruption.
www.soldiersrights.com/

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3 Minute Video Us and Them:

“Forward” he cried, from the rear… and the front rank died!
tinyurl.com/of4ha

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They did it their way – so they have no one to blame but themselves :

If democracy is supposed to represent the will of the people, then there is either something wrong with the democracies or something wrong with the people on both sides of the Atlantic.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1774734,00.html

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Spies ‘hid’ bomber tape from MPs:

MI5 is being accused of a cover-up for failing to disclose to a parliamentary watchdog that it bugged the leader of the July 7 suicide bombers discussing the building of a bomb months before the London attacks.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13050.htm

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6 Palestinians Killed and 16 Others Wounded by IOF in Qabatya and Jenin:

On Sunday, 14 May 2006, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed six Palestinians and wounded sixteen others, including seven children and a journalist, in Qabatya village and Jenin town in the north of the West Bank.
www.pchrgaza.org/files/PressR/English/2006/48-2006.htm

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Where is the global outcry at this continuing cruelty? :

Nearly 60 years after most Palestinians were first forced from our homes, the killings and blockades carry on with impunity
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1774765,00.html

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‘Racist’ marriage law upheld by Israel:

Israel’s High Court has narrowly upheld a law denying Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza married to Israeli citizens the right to live in the country with their spouses.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article484122.ece

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Israel at 58: A Failing Experiment :

One of Israel’s founding Ministers of Education and Culture, Professor Ben-Zion Dinur (1954), said it most sharply. “In our country there is room only for the Jews. We shall say to the Arabs: Get out! If they don’t agree, if they resist, we shall drive them out by force.” (History of the Haganah.)
tinyurl.com/zbpb5

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Palestinian Refugees :

The Palestinian refugee problem arose not from a conflict in which, as claimed, the Zionist forces overcame overwhelming odds against the Arab armies and the Palestinian population voluntarily left. But from a systematic policy of ethnic cleansing.
www.miftah.org/Display.cfm?DocId=10241&CategoryID=4

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Palestinians mourn ‘day of catastrophe’:

Palestinians have been marking the worst day in their history – the day of Israel’s creation – determined to lift damaging economic sanctions and warning that Israeli unilateralism could kill a two-state solution.
tinyurl.com/hsbnn

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War pimp alert:

Report: Pakistan supplied nukes to Syria : –

U.S. intelligence agencies suspect Syria was offered and received nuclear weapons technology from the covert Pakistani supplier group headed by A.Q. Khan, according to an intelligence report.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13051.htm

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War pimp alert:

Ex-Military Intelligence chief Ze’evi warns of impending world jihad ‘tsunami’ :

Ze’evi, speaking at a Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies conference in Tel Aviv University, said that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinijad has been overheard promising the “end of history in two or three years.”
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/716146.html

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US ‘must beware’ rise in al-Qaeda oil strikes:

The US and its Arab allies must expect an increase in attacks on their oil infrastructure in the next phase of the war by al-Qaeda targeting the US economy, the former Central Intelligence Agency official who was responsible for hunting down Osama bin Laden warns on Monday.
msnbc.msn.com/id/12786605/

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Conditional EU nuclear offer to Iran :

Europe to help Iran develop a ‘’proliferation-proof’’ nuclear power programme if it quits enriching uranium on its own soil.
tinyurl.com/zqqr5

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Iran Rejects EU Bid to Halt Enrichment:

Iran’s president said Sunday it was pointless for Europe to devise an incentive package if it required Tehran to stop enriching uranium — effectively thwarting the latest international diplomatic effort before it even began.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060514/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_nuclear

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Chavez warns US over Iran policy :

Mr Chavez, on a two-day trip to the UK, called for a socialist new world order and said nations were cowards for not standing up to the “American empire”.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4771229.stm

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Chávez warns on oil production cuts:

Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s radical president, said on Sunday he expected Iran would cut oil production if attacked by the US in the dispute over nuclear technology, adding: “We would do the same if we were attacked. We would cut off our oil.”
tinyurl.com/j2uns

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U.S. Imposes Arms Ban on Venezuela :

The United States is imposing a ban on arms sales to Venezuela because of what it claims is a lack of support by President Hugo Chavez’s leftist government for counterterrorism efforts, a State Department official said Monday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13049.htm

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Four police, 10 Taliban killed in southern Afghanistan:

Four Afghan police and more than 10 people loyal to the ousted Taliban regime were killed in a firefight in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, police said Monday.
tinyurl.com/k6dal

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French soldier killed, Canadians injured in Afghanistan ? :

A French soldier was killed and two Canadians ??sustained injuries in two separate mine explosions in Afghanistan on Monday. ?
www.kuna.net.kw/English/Story.asp?DSNO=866204

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Pentagon Releases Gitmo Detainees’ Names :

he Pentagon gave The Associated Press on Monday the first list of everyone who has been held at Guantanamo Bay, more than four years after it opened the detention center in Cuba. But none of the most notorious terrorist suspects were included, raising questions about where America’s most dangerous prisoners are being held.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5823948,00.html

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Weak US dollar weighs on markets :

Weakness in the US dollar has continued to overshadow global stock markets as investors offloaded exporters on fears that corporate earnings will decline.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4771495.stm

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Why China’s money matters to you:

At stake, should the repercussions of China’s policy be negative, is the possibility of a global recession, warns Ben Carliner, research director of the Economic Strategy Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C.
www.csmonitor.com/2006/0515/p16s02-cogn.htm

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IMF acts to avoid markets meltdown :

The International Monetary Fund is in behind-the-scenes talks with the US, China and other major powers to arrange a series of top-level meetings about tackling imbalances in the global economy, as the dollar sell-off reverberates through financial markets.
observer.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,,1774162,00.html

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Federal Source to ABC News: We Know Who You’re Calling:

A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we (Brian Ross and Richard Esposito) call in an effort to root out confidential source
blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2006/05/federal_source_.html

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Rove Said Unfazed by Chance of Charges :

Rove’s fate for now is in the hands of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who must decide whether he thinks Rove lied or just forgot to tell a grand jury about a conversation with a reporter.
www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2006/05/15/ap2747060.html

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How Accurate Was the ‘Rove Indicted’ Story?

On Saturday afternoon, we ran a breaking story titled, “Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying to Investigators.” We assumed that we were well ahead of the mainstream media and that we would be subsequently questioned. Right on both counts.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13038.htm

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Is Bush Ready to Fire Cheney? :

Handwritten notes may link vice president to Valerie Plame leak
tinyurl.com/fbrzv

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Climate change a ‘deadly threat’ :

The Christian Aid charity has warned that 184 million people in Africa alone could die as a result of climate change before the end of the century.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4771399.stm

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Controversial Experimental Weather Modification Bill in US Congress:

Weather Modification may adversely impact agricultural crops and water supplies. If the weather is changed in one state, region or county it may have severe consequences in another region, state or county. And who is going to decide the type of weather modification experimentation and who it will benefit or adversely impact?
www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=PET20060511&articleId=2423

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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 2437
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$280,666,929,484
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying to Investigators

By Jason Leopold

Fitzgerald served attorneys for former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove with an indictment charging the embattled White House official with perjury and lying to investigators related to his role in the CIA leak case, and instructed one of the attorneys to tell Rove that he has 24 hours to get his affairs in order, high level sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said Saturday morning.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13038.htm

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“Comrade Wolf” And The Mullahs

By Patrick J. Buchanan

When the U.S.? military has been so busy it is said to be overstretched and exhausted, Iran has invaded not one neighbor and fought but one war: an eight-year war with Iraq where she was the victim of aggression.? And in that war of aggression against Iran, we supported the aggressor.?
informationclearinghouse.info/article13024.htm

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The long shadow of the United States

By Robert Fisk

America set up military bases in the north of Brazil without waiting for authorisation
informationclearinghouse.info/article13029.htm

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The Freefalling Dollar and Bush’s war on the Middle Class

By Mike Whitney

America is being readied for economic “shock therapy” and “structural readjustment”, the vile remedies for ailing economies. When the bottom drops out, the snoozing American middle class will finally stir from their slumber and get their first look at the new world
informationclearinghouse.info/article13028.htm

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Chávez is a threat because he offers the alternative of a decent society

By John Pilger

Venezuela’s president is using oil revenues to liberate the poor – no wonder his enemies want to overthrow him.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13026.htm

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Sir! No Sir!

The full length feature documentary.

The Suppressed Story of The GI Movement to end the war in Viet Nam

Click here to view: Windows Media
informationclearinghouse.info/article13036.htm

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Fanning the Flames of Dissent

By Charles Sullivan

The government has fallen so completely under the spell of the corporations that it is virtually indistinguishable from them. The people have been shut out of the process and are left to fend for themselves, much like the victims of Hurricane Katrina last year.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13023.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. C
informationclearinghouse.info/article12998.htm

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41 die in Iraqi attacks:

Up to 26 were killed in Baghdad and 15 in the south of the country, including two British soldiers.
u.tv/newsroom/indepth.asp?id=73308&pt=n

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U.S. Soldier among nine killed as violence continues:

The bodies of three Iraqis who had been kidnapped and tortured also were found in the capital of Iraq, police said.
cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2006/05/13/1578188-ap.html

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Blast kills two American soldiers in Eastern Baghdad :

Two US soldiers were killed on Sunday due to a bomb blast that targeted their Army vehicle in East Baghdad, said a statement by the US forces.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=865909

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Crying Wolf: Who is behind the Death Squads in Iraq?:

Viewers should be &aware that due to the nature of the subject, some images within this movie are of a disturbing nature. The implications of the evidence are even more disturbing.
www.cryingwolf.deconstructingiraq.org.uk/index.html

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Clashes Erupt Between Two Iraqi Army Units :

Clashes erupted Friday between two Iraqi army units following a roadside bombing north of the capital, and Iraqi police said a Shiite solder was killed in an exchange of fire with a Kurdish unit.
tinyurl.com/o9mel

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Report: Suicidal troops sent into combat:

U.S. military troops with severe psychological problems have been sent to Iraq or kept in combat, even when superiors have been aware of signs of mental illness, a newspaper reported for Sunday editions.
msnbc.msn.com/id/12777489/

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Pair help Iraq veterans ‘survive peace’:

An Iowa couple’s son killed himself while suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. ‘We can’t ignore the others,’ they say.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13309.htm

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Military seeks more air bases :

“We’ll be in the region for the foreseeable future,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Allen Peck, deputy air commander of U.S. Central Command, which oversees the region. “Our intention would be to stay as long as the host nations will have us.”
informationclearinghouse.info/article13040.htm

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On Mother’s Day in a Time of War:

On this Mother’s Day, my thoughts go out to First Lady Laura Bush. – She will never feel the pain that so many Iraqi mothers feel when their babies are blown to bits for Bush’s agenda. And she will never feel the pain of all those American mothers of dead soldiers.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13042.htm

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Ex-WMD Inspector: Politics Quashed Facts :

A year after Bush administration claims about Iraqi ``bioweapons trailers’’ were discredited by American experts, U.S. officials were still suppressing the findings, says a senior member of the CIA-led Iraq inspection team.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13037.htm

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Words of Mass Deception:

Rod Barton blew the whistle on Australian, US and British lies about Iraq’s hidden weapons cache. And the Australian Government has made sure he pays a high price for his stand. Hamish McDonald reports
informationclearinghouse.info/article13031.htm

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In case you missed it:

Arundhati Roy : The algebra of infinite justice :

The US prepares to wage a new kind of war: If it doesn’t find its enemy, for the sake of the enraged folks back home, it will have to manufacture one. Once war begins, it will develop a momentum, a logic and a justification of its own, and we’ll lose sight of why it’s being fought in the first place.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13044.htm

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Standing on the bodies:

At Falwell’s University, McCain Defends Iraq War :

With the Rev. Jerry Falwell at his side, Senator John McCain offered a spirited defense of the Iraq war on Saturday, telling graduating students at Liberty University that victory there was crucial to world security.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13034.htm

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Standing on the bodies:

Analysts say McCain wooing religious right:

When he ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, Senator John McCain denounced religious right leader Jerry Falwell as an ‘’evil” force whose message of ‘’intolerance” hurt the GOP and America.
tinyurl.com/m7ood

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Iran and Turkey fire salvo over Iraq:

Both Turkey and Iran have been launching military raids into northern Iraq against a Kurdish paramilitary group that is based there, posing a dangerous new threat to stability both within Iraq and to the region.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HE13Ak03.html

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Iran to conduct nuclear activities under UN control – Ahmadinejad :

“The international community should not be nervous since Tehran’s nuclear program is absolutely peaceful. Iran is ready for talks with all the countries of the world except Israel,” he said. “Tehran will never succumb to outside pressure, like it or not.”
en.rian.ru/world/20060513/48076190.html

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US must address Iran security concerns::

“Iran is surrounded by countries that have nuclear weapons, Russia has nuclear weapons, Pakistan has nuclear weapons, Israel has nuclear weapons, Iraq has used chemical weapons against them. There is a sense of insecurity,” he said.
tinyurl.com/ebqkj

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An Iranian offer that America must heed:

The Ahmadinejad letter is an invitation to dialogue as well as a reminder of the dangers posed by the Bush administration
informationclearinghouse.info/article13032.htm

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Iran: Euro to replace dollar as oil currency:

he switch, first mooted months ago, was expected but Ahmadinejad’s decision comes just as Washington is stepping up pressure on other United Nations Security Council members to act against Tehran for flouting agreements taken with the UN’s nuclear watchdog.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13030.htm

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Russia and US trade angry words over Iran at UN dinner:

The American secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, and her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, traded barbs during bad-tempered talks at a foreign ministers’ summit in New York on Iran’s nuclear programme.
tinyurl.com/jfhu9

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Haniyeh stresses right of return:

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas says right of return for Palestinian refugees is ‘holy’ for Palestinian people; Hamas will make no concessions on issue to international peace brokers, he hints
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3250260,00.html

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Haifa mayor: I agree to refugees’ return :

In interview to Israeli-Arab newspaper, town’s Head Yahav says he does not object to Palestinians going back to Haifa in framework of peace deal between Israel and PA
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3250019,00.html

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Hamas and Israel’s “Right to Exist”:

To the great consternation of most of the world, the European Union, followed now by Norway and Canada, has halted payments to the Hamas-led government of the Palestinian Authority (PA). The stated reason is that Hamas has not recognized Israel’s “right to exist” or “renounced violence,” but the action so violates all common sense that its logic requires our closer scrutiny.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13025.htm

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MK Barakeh: Court gave racism an alibi:

Law blocks entry of Palestinians to marry Israeli citizens; MK: It is unbelievable Israeli, Jewish judges accept law based solely on racism
tinyurl.com/pgbbr

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The Wall Of Hate 7 Minute Video:

When the occupied is portrayed as violent and the occupier as victim then democracy and justice have to be redfined. Windows Media
informationclearinghouse.info/article13041.htm

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Israel, U.S. to start discussing convergence plan this week :

The working assumption among senior Israeli officials is that the administration supports the plan and views it as “the only game in town.”
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/715457.html

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Why Americans Can’t Support “Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act” :

AIPAC’s 290 Congressional co-sponsors and staffers are facing massive opposition in their bid to pass punitive legislation on Palestinians.
www.irmep.org/hr4681.htm

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Pigs at the trough:

Pro-Israel congresswoman addresses AIPAC:

Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Congresswoman discusses the Iran Freedom Support and Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Acts in Boston
tinyurl.com/pcmwv

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Noam Chomsky: Hezbollah’s insistence on keeping its arms is justified:

Noam Chomsky the famous US intellectual anti Israel and US foreign policies visits Hezbollah’s Headquarters and meets Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in the South suburb of Beirut which was once called by the former US Secretary George Shultz as the plague of the Middle East.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13033.htm

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2 UN employees killed in Afghanistan :

Unknown armed men targeted a vehicle of local employees of the United Nations in the western Herat province, killing two persons and injured another on Friday, an official at the office of Interior Ministry spokesman confirmed Saturday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-05/13/content_4541816.htm

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One killed, seven injured in Afghanistan:

A senior Afghan intelligence officer was gunned down by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, while a bomb blast in a northern province injured seven, police said Sunday.
tinyurl.com/onqrm

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Huge crowds at Pakistani funeral :

At least 30,000 people have gathered in Pakistan for the funeral of a man accused of planning to attack the offices of a German newspaper. Amir Cheema, 28, was found hanged in his cell while in custody in Berlin at the start of May.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4768615.stm

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Rice, Rumsfeld block access to secret detainees-ICRC:

The United States has again refused the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) access to terrorism suspects held in secret detention centers, the humanitarian agency said on Friday.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13027.htm

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U.S. Argues to Block Suit Against CIA :

The government urged a federal judge on Friday to block a lawsuit filed by a German national who says he was illegally held in a CIA-run prison in Afghanistan for four months and tortured.
tinyurl.com/z5lyd

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No Rules, Just Might:

Last Friday, delegates from the United States stood up before the international community and defended their nation’s practices on torture. Their inconsistent performance bodes ill for America’s efforts to sustain moral and practical leadership in global counterterrorism effort
www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/05/12/no_rules_just_might.php

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Agent Orange still ravages Vietnam, GIs:

“A huge number of children in Vietnam are suffering birth defects and deformities from their parents’ exposure to Agent Orange and other chemical agents. The Vietnamese are asking: ‘How many generations will be facing these birth defects?’”
www.pww.org/article/articleview/9124/1/321/

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Algerian Rebels Threaten U.S. Military Bases:

Algerian rebels have threatened to strike U.S. military bases in north Africa and the Sub-Sahara region.
www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7003536535

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Chavez preaches socialism to European summit :

Hugo Chavez, yesterday paved the way for a politically-explosive visit to London this weekend as lambasted Tony Blair’s brand of free market economics and said Europe should note the rise of socialism in Latin America.
news.independent.co.uk/europe/article364641.ece

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Transnational Corporations Stand Condemned:

The governments of Argentina and Bolivia joined civil society organisations, in the Austrian capital, to accuse European companies of disregarding laws on the environment, civil rights and labour in their operations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13043.htm

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Rove Informs White House He Will Be Indicted :

Within the last week, Karl Rove told President Bush and Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, as well as a few other high level administration officials, that he will be indicted in the CIA leak case and will immediately resign his White House job when the special counsel publicly announces the charges against him, according to sources.
www.truthout.org/docs_2006/051206Y.shtml

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William M. Arkin : Telephone Records are just the Tip of NSA’s Iceberg:

The National Security Agency and other U.S. government organizations have developed hundreds of software programs and analytic tools to “harvest” intelligence, and they’ve created dozens of gigantic databases designed to discover potential terrorist activity both inside the United States and overseas.
tinyurl.com/n5ts5

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NSA Whistleblower To Expose More Unlawful Activity:

‘People…Are Going To Be Shocked’
thinkprogress.org/2006/05/12/more-unlawful-activity/

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Cheney Pushed U.S. to Widen Eavesdropping :

In the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, Vice President Dick Cheney and his top legal adviser argued that the National Security Agency should intercept purely domestic telephone calls and e-mail messages without warrants in the hunt for terrorists, according to two senior intelligence officials.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13035.htm

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U.S. moves in secret to quash suit against AT&T :

The Bush administration is filing secret arguments with a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit against AT&T over its alleged participation in the government’s electronic surveillance program, a privacy-rights group said Friday.
tinyurl.com/lfecs

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Spy Agency Watching Americans From Space :

Privacy advocates wonder how much the agency picks up — and stores. Many are increasingly skeptical of intelligence agencies with recent revelations about the Bush administration’s surveillance on phone calls and e-mails.
tinyurl.com/zmqny

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Government has long history of abusing personal information:

The government has a long track record of abusing personal information that’s gathered in the name of national security. From the Red Scare in the 1920s to illegal wiretaps during the Nixon era, Americans have struggled to find the right balance between individual rights and collective security.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/14567056.htm

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Doctors puzzled over bizarre infection surfacing in South Texas:

If diseases like AIDS and bird flu scare you, wait until you hear what’s next. Doctors are trying to find out what is causing a bizarre and mysterious infection that’s surfaced in South Texas.
tinyurl.com/pg485

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Date: 12 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
$276,409,716,763
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Federal agents raid home of CIA’s former No. 3 boss

By Jerry Kammer and Marcus Stern
COPLEY NEWS SERVICE

Federal agents Friday morning raided the home of Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, who stepped down this week from the No. 3 post at the CIA amid accusations of improper ties to a defense contractor named as a co-conspirator in the bribery case of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13021.htm

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The Times and USA Today have Missed the Bigger Story — Again

By Greg Palast

Worried about Dick Cheney listening in Sunday on your call to Mom? That ain’t nothing. You should be more concerned that they are linking this info to your medical records, your bill purchases and your entire personal profile including, not incidentally, your voting registration. Five years ago, I discovered that ChoicePoint had already gathered 16 billion data files on Americans — and I know they’ve expanded their ops at an explosive rate.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13022.htm

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Fanning the Flames of Dissent

By Charles Sullivan

The government has fallen so completely under the spell of the corporations that it is virtually indistinguishable from them. The people have been shut out of the process and are left to fend for themselves, much like the victims of Hurricane Katrina last year.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13023.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 –
informationclearinghouse.info/article12999.htm

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Third Reich Tyrants

By Cindy Sheehan

Most of our kids did not volunteer to go to Iraq to guard special contractors or kill innocent people to cushion the retirement of the CEO of Exxon. And, newsflash, our recruiters are still lying to our young people telling them that if they enlist they won’t have to go to Iraq and other despicable lies.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13019.htm

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Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism”

By Michelle Goldberg

Across the United States, religious activists are organizing to establish an American theocracy. A frightening look inside the growing right-wing movement.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13017.htm

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15 killed in continuing violence:

Four Iraqi soldiers were killed and seven civilians were wounded in clashes between the Iraqi army and insurgents in the town of Dhuluiya, 40 km (25 miles) north of Baghdad
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L12680396.htm

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Bombs and bullets claim another 13 lives:

An Iraqi soldier was killed and five wounded in an attack on their patrol in Balad, north of Baghdad, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/MOU242518.htm

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Four US soldiers killed in Iraq:

The US military has announced the deaths of four soldiers, including three in two separate roadside bombings southwest of Baghdad.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060511/wl_mideast_afp/iraqusunrest

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Al-Sistani orders mosques closed after killing of Sunni leader:

In a bid to stop sectarian violence, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric ordered all Shiite mosques to close for three days in a town in southern Iraq where a local Sunni Arab leader was assassinated.
www.kare11.com/news/national/national_article.aspx?storyid=124726

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The nightmares that fill the Baghdad night:

In the ‘new Iraq’ beloved of Bush and Blair, women can be arrested just for complaining.
tinyurl.com/k597h

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Displaced Iraqis ‘living like animals’:

The spiralling violence in Iraq has led to sustained “sectarian cleansing” with many families forced to take refuge in squalid camps.
tinyurl.com/pytap

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Caught in the Crossfire: The Untold Story of Falluja :

Video:

The American attack on Falluja, and the subsequent costs to the people there, has been a humanitarian, social, moral and ethical disaster; yet the American government and media have largely ignored the plight of the innocent victims. The refugees of Falluja risked their lives in order to tell their story to the world through the groundbreaking new documentary film, Caught in the Crossfire.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13020.htm

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US in secret gun deal :

The Pentagon has secretly shipped tens of thousands of small arms from Bosnia to Iraq in the past two years, using a web of private companies, at least one of which is a noted arms smuggler blacklisted by Washington and the UN.
www.guardian.co.uk/armstrade/story/0,,1773106,00.html?gusrc=rss

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600 Ugandans reportedly abused while working in Iraq :

A senior U.S. officer has been working to restore the morale of some 600 Ugandan guards, most of them serving abroad for the first time, following the allegations that they were sexually abused while working with the U.S. forces in Iraq.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-05/12/content_4539340.htm

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UN finds uranium traces at Iranian site:

“It is not clear if this is contamination from centrifuges that had been previously found (from imported material) or something new,” said one diplomat close to the IAEA.
tinyurl.com/sycyg

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Russia Will Produce and Deliver Nuclear Fuel to Iran:

Tehran and Moscow have finalized legal and technical preparations for Russian production and delivery of nuclear fuel to the Bushehr power plan
mosnews.com/news/2006/05/12/russiairanexperts.shtml

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A New Gesture From Iran?:

A top Iranian official, in an open letter given to TIME, offers what could be a starting point for negotiations
www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1192578,00.html

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Ahmadinejad: Iran will defend legal rights of all free nations:

Turning to nuclear technology as one of the world’s most advanced and most updated technology and a collection of various sciences, he said that any country wishing to reach the peak of progress should access such a technology.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/line-24/0605112125162657.htm

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Iran Nuclear Conflict Is About U.S. Dominance:

The history of the conflict and the private strategic thinking of both sides reveal that the dispute is really about the administration’s drive for greater dominance in the Middle East and Iran’s demand for recognition as a regional power.
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=33210

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Groups to Bush: Drop Iran-Israel Linkage:

Jewish community leaders have urged the White House to refrain from publicly pledging to defend Israel against possible Iranian hostilities, senior Jewish activists told the Forward.
www.forward.com/articles/7764

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Ahmadinejad: Israel will fall without West’s support:

“No government that practices oppression can remain in power for so long,” he said, adding that it “is doomed to crumble.” The nature of the Zionist regime is that it thrives on threats and intimidation, the president said.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/line-24/0605111164145011.htm

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Israel crosses the threshold :

The Kennedy and Johnson administrations fashioned a complex scheme of annual inspections at Dimona to assure that Israel would not develop nuclear weapons. But the Israelis were adept at concealing their activities. By late 1966, Israel had reached the nuclear threshold, although it decided not to conduct an atomic test.
www.thebulletin.org/print.php?art_ofn=mj06cohen

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In case you missed it:

Secret sale of UK plutonium to Israel :

The UK supplied Israel with quantities of plutonium while Harold Wilson was prime minister, BBC Newsnight can reveal.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/4789832.stm

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In case you missed it:

Britain’s dirty secret :

Secret papers show how Britain helped Israel make the A-bomb in the 1960s, supplying tons of vital chemicals including plutonium and uranium. And it looks as though Harold Wilson and his ministers knew nothing about it.
www.newstatesman.com/200603130011

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Israel Kilsl Nine Palestinians, Injures 31 Others:

A recent report monitoring the Israeli violations against the Palestinian people asserted that Israeli occupation forces have killed nine Palestinians and injured 31 others during the last week, in 768 violations
www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/details.asp?name=15928

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Muslim Scholars Threaten Boycott Over Palestinian Aid:

Leading Muslim scholar threatened to rally Muslims to boycott countries that refuse to deal with the Hamas-led government.
www.palestinechronicle.com/story.php?sid=05120620637

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Norway announces 50 percent boost for UN Palestinian aid :

Norway on Friday announced a 50-percent hike in its funding for United Nations Palestinian relief efforts to help ease an economic crisis in the occupied territories after a Hamas-led government took office
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/715378.html

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Gideon Levy: Not without my daughter:

She was a communist in her youth and an Islamic Jihad activist when she grew up, whose brother was beaten to death by soldiers in 1976 and whose uncle was shot and died in her father’s arms in their lost village of Hulda in 1948.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=715026

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The only way out: It is the time of decision.

Mustafa Barghouti makes an impassioned call for national unity and the end to internal Palestinian conflicts
weekly.ahram.org.eg/print/2006/794/op37.htm

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Israeli leaders avoid subject of anti-Arab racism:

The IDI survey, which showed that only 28% of the Israeli public oppose efforts which encourage the emigration of the Arab sector, Azaiza queried the place of the Arab population in Israeli democracy.
tinyurl.com/oosb3

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Rabbi Bruce Warshal: ‘Israel Lobby’ bad for Israel, the U.S. :

Beware of these self-appointed guardians of Israel and Jewish values. In the end they will destroy everything that makes Judaism a compassionate religion, and if in their zeal they do not destroy Israel, they certainly will not make it more secure.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13014.htm

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The great catastrophe :

In the last week of April 1948, combined Irgun-Haganah forces launched an offensive to drive the Palestinian people out of the beautiful port city of Jaffa, forcing the remaining inhabitants to flee by sea; many drowned in the process.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13015.htm

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Israeli general skips U.K. trip over arrest fears:

The Israeli Army scrapped plans Thursday to send one of its generals to a course at a British military academy over fears he could be arrested on war-crime allegations, military sources said.
tinyurl.com/kh4d4

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Innocents Butchered In Somalia:

Islamic militia and gunmen loyal to US-backed warlords swarmed the streets of Mogadishu in a battle which left at least 130 dead – mostly passers-by.
tinyurl.com/qos39

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Two killed, one hurt in attack on Afghan UN car:

Two people were killed and one seriously wounded in a rocket attack on a U.N. vehicle in northwestern Afghanistan on Friday, a U.N. spokesman said.
tinyurl.com/r6ehq

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Video lecture: War, Geopolitics, and History:

Noam Chomsky and Robert Fisk: This is a must watch:
forum.wgbh.org/wgbh/ram.php?id=3076&size=lo

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Top physicists speak out against Bush Administration policies in the war on terror:

“I think everyone should be concerned that the US, without even a real debate, has abandoned our historic principles and values,”
www.seedmagazine.com/news/2006/05/a_second_scientific_opinion.php?page=all&p=y

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Get ’Em While They’re Young :

The No Child Left Behind Act made sure that public schools knew who was boss — the feds. The law requires that the military be given the same access to students as any other recruiters, including those from colleges. Schools that barred military recruitment on campus were threatened with loss of federal funding.
www.fwweekly.com/content.asp?article=3899

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Bush may have crossed the line by tracking every US phone call:

PRESIDENT BUSH faced new and potentially damaging allegations about the secret surveillance of Americans last night after reports that his Administration has covertly collected domestic phone records of tens of millions of citizens.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2176605,00.html

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Chris Floyd: Bush Spy Program a Pale Echo of Echelon :

Once again, we must ride to the rescue of President George W. Bush, who is being unfairly maligned by a few malcontents unhappy with his secret program to capture and data-mine every single phone call made by anyone anywhere in the United States.
tinyurl.com/q4q3v

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NSA Stymies Justice Dept. Spying Probe :

The government has abruptly ended an inquiry into the warrantless eavesdropping program because the National Security Agency refused to grant Justice Department lawyers the necessary security clearance to probe the matter.
informationclearinghouse.info/article13016.htm

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The Spook in Your Phone :

Gen. Michael V. Hayden, nominated by President Bush to head the CIA, is the man responsible for the most extensive attack ever on the privacy of US citizens.
www.thenation.com/doc/20060522/scheer0509

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CIA Nominee Hayden Defends NSA Programs :

CIA director nominee Gen. Michael Hayden on Friday defended the secret surveillance programs he oversaw while head of another spy agency as lawful and designed to “preserve the security and the liberty of the American people.”
tinyurl.com/r88no

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In case you missed it:

The White House says spying on terror suspects without court approval is ok. :

In the dark days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a small group of lawyers from the White House and the Justice Department began meeting to debate a number of novel legal strategies to help prevent another attack. Soon after, President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to begin conducting electronic eavesdropping on terrorism suspects in the United States, including American citizens, without court approval.
www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/060327/27fbi.htm

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Pelosi: No Impeachment:

Seeking to choke off a Republican rallying cry, the House’s top Democrat has told colleagues that the party will not seek to impeach President Bush even if it gains control of the House in November’s elections, her office said last night.
www.tnr.com/blog/theplank?pid=17172

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In case you missed it:

Gonzales: NSA may tap ‘ordinary’ Americans’ e-mail:

Agents operating a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program may have inadvertently spied on the e-mails and phone calls of Americans with no ties to terrorists, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Monday.
news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6035637.html?tag=sas.email

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Reach Out and Track Someone:

Your mobile phone lets companies and the government know where you are, even when you’re not making a call.
www.alternet.org/story/36151

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Police State America:

Short video explores surveillance of U.S. citizens who participate in Anti-War protest
informationclearinghouse.info/article13018.htm

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Stop ATT From Taking Your Web:

The House is preparing to vote on an Orwellian act of government that would severely limit democracy on the internet as we know it.
www.alternet.org/story/36145

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Telcos Seek to Deceive Bloggers with Cartoon :

It’s the latest in the ongoing campaign by large phone companies to pull the wool over the eyes of the American public.
mediacitizen.blogspot.com/2006/05/telcos-seek-to-deceive-bloggers-with.html

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US dollar takes a pounding over deficit: T

he US dollar suffered a severe sell-off on Friday, taking it to its weakest level against a trade-weighted basket of currencies since October 1997, as fears about the US current account deficit crossed world markets.
news.ft.com/cms/s/42c48634-e1e4-11da-bf4c-0000779e2340.html

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Bankruptcy filings soaring again:

If filings continue to rise at anything like this rate — which is not a given, but certainly a possibility — we could see close to 1 million filings by the end of the year.
moneycentral.msn.com/content/Banking/bankruptcyguide/P143823.asp

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Foreclosures help bury metro area in unsold inventory:

The number of unsold homes on the Denver-area market hit a record 29,045 in April, according to reports released Thursday. Rising foreclosures were the driving force for the skyrocketing inventory, which is 19.2 percent higher than a year ago, experts said.
tinyurl.com/zbehu

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