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Date: 23 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 2456

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$282,892,439,207
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Easily Dispensable: Iraq’s Children

By Dahr Jamail

If, as I would like to believe, the above quote suggests all children and not merely those born in Western democracies, I am no longer certain that we live in a civilized society.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13165.htm

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Bush has his hand in the Monkey Trap

By Abid Ullah Jan

“If the U.S. administration, the pundits in the “mainstream” media, their allies in the non-Muslim world and the puppets in the Muslim world believe that they will remain the same despite their crimes against humanity, they are totally out of their mind like a monkey in the Indian trap. Silencing one Macbeth or one liar posing as Macbeth can hardly hide the reality of the U.S. crimes against humanity that are still underway. “
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13169.htm

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Former U.S Navy Senior Council

Says Bush Administration Open To War Crime Charges

BBC Newsnight

Albert Moro, in his first broadcast interview. Click here to view Real Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13155.htm

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Amnesty attacks US ‘disappearances’

By Peter Walker

Washington had failed to bring to account those potentially guilty of war crimes or crimes against humanity, it added.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13163.htm

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Time for Abbas to Retire

By Mike Whitney

Abbas is exactly the president that Israel wants, a feeble, ineffective bureaucrat who gets his marching-orders from Tel Aviv and poses no threat to Israel’s territorial ambitions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13166.htm

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OECD warns rebalancing of US deficit may drive dollar down sharply

By AFX

The OECD has warned that the eventual rebalancing of the US current account gap ‘looks increasingly unavoidable’ and will send shock waves across the globe, starting with a slump in the dollar’s exchange rate. The OECD said in its world economic outlook that the depreciation faced by the dollar could be ‘of the order of one-third to one-half.’
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13167.htm

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Slaves to the “Free Market” Unite

By Jason Miller

When laws in the United States began making it prohibitive for the Social Darwinists to exploit employees and the environment to the extent that it engorged their bank accounts, they began moving their operations to countries which did not have these “harsh constraints”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13159.htm

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Iraq violence kills 2500:

ACTS of violence have killed nearly 2500 people and forced more than 85,000 to flee their homes in Iraq, the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq said today in a March-April report on the human rights situation.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,19240109-23109,00.html

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At least 22 killed in Iraq unrest:

At least 22 people were killed Tuesday in attacks including a car bombing on a busy Baghdad street, marring the first week of Iraq’s new cabinet which has set restoring security as top priority.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200605/s1645751.htm

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Bomb kills another eleven outside Shiite mosque in Baghdad :

BAGHDAD, Iraq A security official in Iraq says a bomb on a motorcycle has exploded in the courtyard of a Shiite (SHEE’-eyet) mosque in northern Baghdad, killing eleven people.
www.kristv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4937916

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Mutilated and killed, Iraqi boy is sectarian victim:

The youngster, with a bullet hole in his head and another through the chest, was blindfold and his hands bound. He had been whipped with cables, tormented by electric drills and his body dragged through the streets behind a car.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13156.htm

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Insurgents keep U.S. at bay in Ramadi:

Whole neighborhoods are lawless, too dangerous for police. Some roads are so bomb-laden that U.S. troops won’t use them. Guerrillas attack U.S. troops nearly every time they venture out – and hit their bases with gunfire, rockets or mortars when they don’t.
www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/world/14641994.htm

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New Iraqi leader wants troops out:

Nuri al-Maliki, the new Iraqi prime minister, said British troops would hand over responsibility in two provinces to Iraqi security forces by next month and that he expected US, British and other foreign troops out of 16 of the country’s 18 provinces by the end of the year, a much speedier and more ambitious schedule than the US and Britain have so far admitted to.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13157.htm

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Boeing unveils new light-weight bomb fit for urban combat :

Boeing Co. on Monday unveiled a line of small, lightweight bombs that the U.S. Air Force will use in urban combat situations like the war in Iraq.
tinyurl.com/jcmq7

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Iraq doctor brings evidence of US napalm at Fallujah:

EVIDENCE to support controversial claims that napalm has been used by US forces in Iraq has been brought to Australia by an Iraqi doctor.
tinyurl.com/ghsj6

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War Provoking Terror, Amnesty Says:

The war on terror is provoking more terror, Amnesty International secretary-general Irene Khan told IPS in an interview Tuesday at the launch of the human rights group’s 2005 annual report.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13168.htm

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Insurgent attacks kill nearly 20 more in Afghanistan:

Fresh insurgent attacks across Afghanistan claimed nearly 20 more lives, officials said on Tuesday, adding to the death toll of around 300 killed in some of the heaviest fighting since the fall of the Taliban.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200605/s1645754.htm

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Taleban Guerrillas Kill 3 Police Officers in Southern Afghanistan :

Afghan officials say Taleban guerillas have ambushed a police convoy in southern Afghanistan, killing three officers.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-05-23-voa18.cfm

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Border village celebrates sons killed by ‘the infidel’ :

Maulana Abdul Ghani, a 75-old-cleric who is dean of Al Jamia Islamia, one of Chamman’s largest madrassas, said he believed many of his 3,000 students had gone willingly to fight in Afghanistan. “The situation is fast changing in Afghanistan in favour of the Taleban,” he said.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2192232,00.html

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Concern Mounts over Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan :

Villagers have insisted that dozens of civilians were killed in a coalition strike in Afghanistan, as rights groups voiced concern about mounting civilian casualties in days of fighting.
www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0523-03.htm

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Afghan president to summon top US commander over civilian deaths:

Kandahar’s provincial governor has said at least 16 civilians were killed in the operation that started late Sunday in Panjwayi district but villagers say the number of civilian dead is far higher.
tinyurl.com/ftqfy

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Stratfor Afghan Report: The Other Theater of Operations:

Unable to subdue insurgents in Afghanistan; the United States — with perhaps a tenth of the number of forces that the Soviets had there — doesn’t have a chance.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13170.htm

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Hamas PM Haniyeh: Withdrawal to 1967 borders will bring peace :

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh told Haaretz Monday that the Hamas government is prepared to agree to an extended cease-fire if Israel withdraws to the 1967 lines.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13164.htm

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World Council of Churches slams Israel:

Israel bears the burden of responsibility for the present crisis in the Middle East, the World Council of Churches has announced, following a meeting of its Executive Committee in Geneva from May 16-19.
tinyurl.com/ecdwf

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In a world gone crazy: House votes to cut aid to Palestinians:

The measure was approved 361-to-37. It would cut off aid to non-governmental groups working in the West Bank and Gaza except for health programs and would deny visas to members of the Palestinian Authority.
www.wreg.com/Global/story.asp?S=4937398

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Israel’s UN ambassador praises U.S. envoy Bolton :

Gillerman, addressing a New York meeting of B’nei Brith International, a Jewish humanitarian organization, heaped praise on U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, jokingly describing him at one point as “a secret member of Israel’s own team at the United Nations.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13161.htm

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Israel turns blind eye to attacks on Palestinians: Amnesty: –

Israeli security forces and settlers are being allowed to perpetrate abuses against Palestinians with no real fear of being brought to justice, Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/kxeb9

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Israel junket courts the cool kids:

As part of a novel approach to try to improve Israel’s image abroad, a coalition of groups sponsored this press junket to generate positive media coverage of Israel
www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?intarticleid=16633&intcategoryid=1

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War pimp alert:

Peres: : Others Would Follow If Iran Obtained Nuclear Arms :

He said the solution is a coalition of the U.S., Europe, China, India, Japan, Russia and Pakistan to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
tinyurl.com/l3tv2

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Gordon Prather: Another ‘Coalition of the Willing’?:

According to Bush – the problem is that the NPT “has a loophole which has been exploited by nations such as North Korea and Iran. These regimes are allowed to produce nuclear material that can be used to build bombs under the cover of civilian nuclear programs.” Wrong!
www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=50300

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Will Elena Benador Start World War III? :

Joseph Cannon [1] rightly calls our attention to Elena Benador, the woman who played a crucial role in brainwashing millions of Americans into supporting the invasion of Iraq – and is trying to do the same in Iran.
www.democrats.com/node/9012/print

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Nigeria: Niger Delta: Militants Threaten Fresh Attack On Oil Instalations:

Militants in the Niger Delta yesterday threatened to renew attacks on oil installations in the Delta region even as they also threatened to attack dubious politicians in the region whom they accuse of subverting the Niger Delta interest.
allafrica.com/stories/200605220069.html

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Shell fined $18 Million for Niger Delta damage:

Shell refused to pay and has since been targeted by Ijaw militants who have attacked the company’s workers and facilities. The fine was upheld this week by the Nigerian Federal High Court.
carpoint.ninemsn.com.au/car-review/1779480.aspx

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Soldier killed in Timor gun battle:

One soldier has been killed and five injured in a fierce fire fight between government forces and renegade soldiers on the outskirts of the East Timorese capital, Dili.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200605/s1645688.htm

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Montenegro Splits From Serbia, Redrawing Europe’s Map:

Citizens of Montenegro voted Sunday to cut ties with neighboring Serbia, crumbling the last vestige of communist-era Yugoslavia, according to early results released today.
news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/05/060522-montenegro.html

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Democracy Now Interviews Arundhati Roy :

On India, Iraq, U.S. Empire and Dissent
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/23/1358250

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2 in CIA to testify Libby lied on leak :

Two top CIA officials will bolster prosecutors’ charge that Vice President Cheney’s chief aide lied to them, court papers show.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13160.htm

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U.S. mortgage firm to settle earnings-fraud case :

Fannie Mae, the giant buyer of U.S. mortgages, was expected to pay more than $400 million Tuesday as part of a settlement to resolve charges that executives manipulated earnings in the 1990s so they could receive bigger bonuses, according to two people briefed on the situation.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/05/23/business/fannie.php

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Capital Exchange Controls For The U.S.?:

If the U.S.$ declined substantially, it could lead to Capital Controls to protect against foreign governments’ withdrawal of their investments in the U.S.A. – The U.S. would be particularly likely to impose Capital Controls because of the huge volumes of externally owned U.S. currency.
tinyurl.com/ewfvq

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Money plus secrecy equals trouble:

Lawmakers and executives are making out like bandits while taxpayers and company shareholders are getting ripped off.
tinyurl.com/hnosq

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Date: 22 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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Confessions Of An Iraqi War Veteran

“What we are doing over there is wrong”

Jessie Macbeth -Former Army Ranger and Iraq War Veteran, Tell it like it is
“She was begging me, begging me to save her and to save her kids, but, I didn’t you know. I wanted to be , ah, I killed them. You know?

This 20 minute video will change your life. Click here to watch
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13140.htm

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“Come Out of the White House with Your Hands Up!”

By William Blum

The United States has been pushing the UN Security Council to invoke Chapter VII of the UN Charter against Iran because of its nuclear research. Chapter VII (”Action with Respect to Threats to the Peace, Breaches of the Peace, and Acts of Aggression”) can be used to impose sanctions and take military action against a country deemed guilty of such violations (except of course if the country holds a veto power in the Security Council).
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13150.htm

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The beasts who would destroy us

By Sheila Samples

We are a confused nation, beset on all sides by fear and paranoia. After the orchestrated 9-11 attack on New York City and Washington D.C., and its follow-up anthrax attack on Democratic legislators, Americans of all stripes rushed en masse to George Bush’s Fools’ Gate to trade their morality and compassion for empty promises of security.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13148.htm

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Vladimir Putin and the rise of the petro-ruble

By Mike Whitney

Russia is planning a preemptive strike on the United States that is likely to trigger a market meltdown and economic disaster in America.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13141.htm

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Update On Rove Indictment?

By Marc Ash

“What We Believe” – Rove may be turning state’s evidence. We suspect that the scope of Fitzgerald’s investigation may have broadened – clearly to Cheney
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13142.htm

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Fruit of the Poison Tree

By Charles Sullivan

Every aspect of American politics is enacted within the shell of Plutocratic corporate rule. Therefore, the Plutocratic tree will continue to bear the fruit of Plutocracy, regardless of which party is in power. During the past fifty years of the American experiment the difference between Democrat and Republican has become increasingly subtle. In essence there is only one party—that of wealth and privilege.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13135.htm

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U.S. Bombs Kill 80 Suspected Taliban, At Least 16 Civilians:

Bloodied men, women and children who streamed into a nearby hospital using vehicles that withstood the bombing said dozens of civilians died and scores more were wounded.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13143.htm

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Video Report:

Warplanes attack Taliban kill 16 civilians
tinyurl.com/lrcxa

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Paul Craig Roberts: The Administration That Won’t Stop Lying:

The Bush Regime has killed tens of thousands of people in Iraq and Afghanistan, mainly women and children.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13152.htm

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US sets up £215m deal for Afghan arms – from Russia:

American defence officials have secretly requested a “prodigious quantity” of ammunition from Russia to supply the Afghan army in case a Democrat president takes over in Washington and pulls out US troops.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13144.htm

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Bush’s War Consunmes Another 29 Lives: A car bomb went off in a crowded street in southeastern Baghdad, killing six civilians and wounding three, an army officer at the scene said

Baghdad blasts kill at least 18, injure 15:

Ten civilians were killed in the central Baghdad neighbourhood of al-Keradah when a roadside bomb, apparently targeting a passing US patrol, detonated. No further details were available.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM229175.htm

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U.S. Marine Killed in Western Iraq :

A U.S. Marine was killed in action in western Anbar province, the U.S. Command said Monday.
www.620ktar.com/?nid=46&sid=150723

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An Iraqi Mother’s Most Dreaded Mission:

Search for Missing Son in Baghdad Only Adds to Loss and Uncertainty
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13146.htm

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Army suicides up since Iraq war :

The number of U.S. Army soldiers who took their own lives increased last year to the highest total since 1993, despite a growing effort by the Army to detect problems and prevent suicides.
tinyurl.com/p7h2j

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Iran insists on right to uranium enrichment :

Government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham, “The right to enrichment within the framework of the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) and under the surveillance of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) is an absolute right,” he told reporters
tinyurl.com/qpj3t

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War pimp alert:

Iran may already have nuclear bomb:

Expert: Iran may already possess a nuclear bomb but is “smart” enough to pretend to be on the way to achieving nuclear capability so that it could induce concessions from the international community, an Israeli nuclear expert has claimed.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1702808,001301970000.htm

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War pimp alert:

Olmert: Iran near nuke ability:

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says Iran is only months away from its first nuclear weapon.
www.wpherald.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20060522-115251-6276r

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War pimp alert:

US wants new base in Europe to counter possible missiles from Iran:

THE Bush Administration is moving to establish a new anti-missile site in Europe that would be designed to stop attacks by Iran against the United States and its European allies.
tinyurl.com/otzwv

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War pimp alert:

Hezbollah may be planning U.S. attack:

Quoting law-enforcement and intelligence officials, the newspaper said about a dozen hard-core supporters of Hezbollah have been identified in recent weeks as operating in the New York area. The Iranian Mission to the United Nations also is being watched.
tinyurl.com/p3snn

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Hizbollah sees no need to aid Iran if U.S. strikes:

Lebanon’s Hizbollah, a close ally of Iran, would not jump to Tehran’s defence if the U.S. launched a strike against its nuclear programme but would step in if the conflict spread to Lebanon, its deputy chief said on Monday.
tinyurl.com/nruj3

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War pimp alert:

No security guarantee for Iran, Rice says :

The U.S. has not offered a guarantee against attacking or undermining Iran’s hard-line government in exchange for having Tehran curtail its nuclear program, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday.
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-05-21-rice-iran_x.htm

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Britain confirms meeting of world powers on Iran:

Senior officials from the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany will meet in London on Wednesday to discuss the next steps on Iran’s disputed nuclear programme, a British official confirmed on Monday.
tinyurl.com/q37u4

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Israeli firm suspected of trying to smuggle drones to China:

The police and the Defense Ministry are conducting an investigation into suspicions that an Israeli company sought to smuggle defense-related reconnaissance drones to China.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/718556.html

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Olmert snubs Palestinian talks ahead of US visit :

Israel’s Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, resisted fresh calls yesterday for early and substantive negotiations to end the conflict with the Palestinians with a declaration that their President, Mahmoud Abbas, was “powerless” to speak for his people.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article549813.ece

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The incredible shrinking Palestine:

Israel is whittling away at Palestinians’ land again, but it needs the U.S. to sharpen the knife.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13151.htm

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Failed State? Yes, but for other reasons.:

Musharraf regime is feeling jittery since the American journal Foreign Policy has put Pakistan in the top ten failing states.
www.icssa.org/failed_state.html

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US covert operations underway in Somalia; resource conflict escalates over Horn of Africa
onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_822.shtml

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Russian bourse to start trading oil, oil products, gold on June 8 :

Exporting nation, should establish its own oil exchange to trade crude and petroleum products for rubles.
en.rian.ru/russia/20060522/48434383.html

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Target Russia?:

Beating up on Russia’s shrinking democracy has become a geopolitical blood sport from Vice President Dick Cheney down to unreconstructed cold warriors who gleefully say, “I told you so.” They see no contradiction in berating Vladimir Putin’s governing style and imprecatory Bush administration diplomatic efforts to enlist the Russian president’s support to persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
www.washtimes.com/commentary/20060516-085751-5428r.htm

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James Petras: Latin America, the European Union and the US:

The New Polarities: With “friends of the Bolivian people” like these, who needs imperialists to exploit the poorest country in Latin America?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13149.htm

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Jan Allen: Straussism: The Philosophy Directing The Age Of Tyranny:

The purpose of this document is to present the principles of Straussism as a rosetta stone to give one the knowledge to decipher and translate the rhetoric and behavior of the George Bush neocon administration into some degree of coherent meaning.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13145.htm

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Decline and fall in the US: Iraq, healthcare, a possible Bush impeachment.

The Republicans are in trouble on all fronts
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13147.htm

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Zogby Poll: Over 70 Million American Adults Support New 9/11 Investigation :

Less than half of the American public trusts the official 9/11 story or believes the attacks were adequately investigated.
news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20060522/bs_prweb/prweb388743_4

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Whistle-Blower’s Evidence, Uncut:

AT&T’s Implementation of NSA Spying on American Citizens
www.wired.com/news/technology/0,70944-0.html?tw=wn_story_mailer

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Homeland Security Seeks Deportation Aid:

It will take nearly 35,000 more jail beds to end a much-criticized “catch and release” program for dangerous illegal immigrants in the United States, but the Bush administration has not budgeted enough to do that, the Homeland Security Department’s internal watchdog said Friday.
tinyurl.com/pyjg9

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Seymour M. Hersh: National Security Department: Listening In:

The N.S.A.’s carefully constructed rules were set aside.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13153.htm

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Police State?

Supreme Court Backs Police in Emergencies :

The Supreme Court reaffirmed Monday that police can enter homes in emergencies without knocking or announcing their presence.
tinyurl.com/ld7k9

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U.S. report: 2.2 million now in prisons, jails:

Racial disparity persists
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12901873/from/RSS/

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Chris Floyd: Gates of Eden: A Nation in Chains :

The International Centre for Prison Studies at King’s College London released its annual World Prison Population List. And there, standing proudly at the head of the line, towering far above all others, is that shining city on the hill, the United States of America
tinyurl.com/ogbmt

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In case you missed it: :

Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons:

Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8451.htm

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BBC VIDEO: History of Guantanamo Bay:

US officials have described riots at Guantanamo Bay as the most intense outbreak of violence since if opened in 2002. But Guantanamo has been in existence for more than a decade. Peter Marshall reports on its last forgotten prisoners
tinyurl.com/onldl

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BBC Report: Fingerprints in the dock:

Can fingerprints at a crime scene still be considered infallible evidence? Panorama investigates.
tinyurl.com/nfkcx

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I need your help to offset the costs associated with site hosting and bandwidth usage. If you find this site informative please help by clicking here
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Date: 21 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 2455

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$282,418,537,484
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Fruit of the Poison Tree

By Charles Sullivan

Every aspect of American politics is enacted within the shell of Plutocratic corporate rule. Therefore, the Plutocratic tree will continue to bear the fruit of Plutocracy, regardless of which party is in power. During the past fifty years of the American experiment the difference between Democrat and Republican has become increasingly subtle. In essence there is only one party—that of wealth and privilege.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13135.htm

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Paranoia, depression, or a world of hope:

By Stephen Soldz

The country that proportionally consumes more of the world’s resources than any other is concerned that others want to steal from us, to take away the resources we stole fair and square. And every once in a while our defenses weaken and we glimpse the environmental destruction that awaits us if we do not change the path we are on.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13136.htm

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Star Wars In Iraq

Is The U.S. using new experimental “Tactical High Energy Laser” weapons in Iraq?

RAI – Italian TV Investigation

“ It was a very strange and horrible situation. In the roof of the car there were parts of the body: intestines, brains, all parts of the body. It was a very very very miserable situation.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13129.htm

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Robert Fisk: You’re talking nonsense, Mr Ambassador

By Robert Fisk:

All the while, new diplomatic archives are opening to reveal the smell of death – Armenian death
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13121.htm

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Video Documentary:

Their film records what was probably history’s shortest-lived coup d’état. It’s a unique document about political muscle and an extraordinary portrait of the man The Wall Street Journal credits with making Venezuela “Washington’s biggest Latin American headache after the old standby, Cuba.”

Click here to watch:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13119.htm

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At least 22 killed in continuing violence:

Thirteen people were killed and 18 wounded when a bomb exploded inside a Baghdad restaurant popular with police, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM127983.htm

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Iraq is Disintegrating:

Across central Iraq, there is an exodus of people fleeing for their lives as sectarian assassins and death squads hunt them down. At ground level, Iraq is disintegrating as ethnic cleansing takes hold on a massive scale.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13139.htm

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Blair wants troops out of Iraq next year:

The prime minister believes that his best chance of securing his place in the history books is with a legacy as a “peacemaker” after his reputation with the left was damaged by the Iraq war and power sharing in the province collapsed.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2190151,00.html

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Franks: GI Deaths Is the Cost of Security:

Those who count the increasing number of American soldiers killed in Iraq are missing the bigger picture, retired Gen. Tommy Franks said Saturday night.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060521/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/franks_iraq

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Father’s Mission:

Hours after he buried his soldier son, David Timmons Sr. said yesterday that people should ask questions about the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
tinyurl.com/j66v8

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9 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban territory:

Nine Afghan soldiers who were trapped in Taliban-held territory following an ambush were killed after holding out against the rebels for nearly a day, an army commander said yesterday.
www.thedailystar.net/2006/05/22/d605221306117.htm

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Car Bomb in Kabul Kills 3 More Afghan:

A car bomb possibly targeting a convoy of coalition forces killed three people in the Afghan capital Sunday while officials added 12 Afghan troops and one coalition soldier to the toll of those killed in violence a day earlier.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060521/ap_on_re_as/afghanistan

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Four killed, including child, mother, grandmother, in Israeli airstrike in Gaza :

Four Palestinians were killed in an Israeli ‘targeted assassination’ on Saturday, and four more seriously injured. Three of those killed were a child, his mother, and his grandmother, travelling in a car behind the ‘targeted’ vehicle, which was hit by two missiles fired from a helicopter by the Israeli airforce.
www.imemc.org/content/view/18764/1/

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Israeli occupation forces shoot 48 year old woman in head, killing her instantly:

Israeli forces killed 48 year old Aisha Abu Muslim in eastern Nablus’ Balata Refugee Camp. Israeli forces have invaded and reinvaded the northern West Bank city almost daily for weeks, months, years on end since the beginning of the Intifada.
www.pnn.ps/english/archive2006/may/week3/210506/report2.htm

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War pimp alert:

Olmert: Iran’s Atomic Bomb Not Far Off :

Iran is just a few months away from acquiring the technological know-how that will allow it to build an atomic bomb, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,196368,00.html

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War pimp alert:

West urged to halt Iran:

Israeli general warns of proliferation: Time running out to stop Tehran’s plans
tinyurl.com/gvave

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Peretz approves expansion of four West Bank settlements :

Defense Minister Amir Peretz has approved expansion of four West Bank settlements, the first such approvals under his tenure.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/718145.html

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Ohio County purchases $ 5 million in Israel Bonds:

Rokakis’s investment may not be an outright political statement, but Guttman believes the purchase to be a “testament to the enduring strength of the state of Israel.”
www.clevelandjewishnews.com/articles/2006/05/18/news/local/bonds0519.txt

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Who’s singling out Israel?:

Supporters of the Palestinian cause are wrongly accused of anti-semitism.
commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/mike_marqusee/2006/05/whos_singling_out_israel.html

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Inside story of the Guantanamo uprising :

The camp commander’s claims of a co-ordinated revolt are challenged by new details of the violence.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13130.htm

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The New York Times Versus Chavez:

You can tell that the US-led campaign against Hugo Chávez has reached a critical stage when the New York Times starts providing rhetorical cover for Condoleezza Rice’s and Donald Rumsfeld’s increasingly desperate efforts to isolate the Venezuelan president.
www.counterpunch.com/grandin05202006.html

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Noam Chomsky : Venezuela’s oil and Massachusetts’ chimneys :

“How Venezuela Is Keeping the Home Fires Burning in Massachusetts,” reads a recent full-page ad in major U.S. newspapers from PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, and CITGO, its Houston-based subsidiary.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13138.htm

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UK: Soldiers to get life in jail for refusing to act as occupiers:

SOLDIERS who object to taking part in a military occupation of a foreign country will face life in prison under measures due to be rubber-stamped in the House of Commons on Monday.
news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=742682006

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UK: Voters want Blair in the dock over loan scandal:

Tony Blair should face criminal charges over the “cash for honours” scandal if Scotland Yard’s investigation finds that Labour broke the law, voters believe.
tinyurl.com/eh3oc

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UK: Cabinet’s golden pension pot :

Ministers will enjoy multi-million packages – and retire at 60 – while telling others to work for longer
observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,,1779786,00.html

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Markets ‘are like 1987 crash’:

CONDITIONS in the financial markets are eerily similar to those that precipitated the “Black Monday” stock market crash of October 1987, according to leading City analysts.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2095-2189601,00.html

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FBI search of Jefferson’s office “outrageous”:

Attorney: Jefferson. an eight-term congressman, is under investigation for his role in helping a Nigerian company with an Internet venture. He has maintained his innocence, but a Kentucky businessman pleaded guilty earlier this month to bribing Jefferson in the venture.
tinyurl.com/zphjn

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Congress Faces Multiple Criminal Probes :

“We have an entire generation who imagines their member of Congress in an orange jumpsuit,” said Paul Light, a New York University professor of public service, referring to the common prison uniform. “It‘s like members of Congress don‘t have any shame.”
www.leadingthecharge.com/stories/news-00188510.html

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Ex-deputy secretary of state new figure in CIA leak probe :

Armitage’s testimony could hurt Vice President Cheney’s indicted former chief aide Lewis (Scooter) Libby, or President Bush’s political guru, Karl Rove.
www.nydailynews.com/news/wn_report/story/419364p-354152c.html

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US could prosecute reporters for leaks: Gonzales:

The federal government appears to have the authority to prosecute journalists or newspapers for publishing classified information, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Sunday.
tinyurl.com/ftn7s

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ABC’s Ross: Surveillance of Journalists ‘Makes Me Feel…

As If We Are Drug Dealers or Terrorists’
thinkprogress.org/2006/05/21/ross-surveillance/

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Law-Enforcement Demands Information About Customers, Suppliers:

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, law enforcement efforts to secure corporate information about clients and suppliers have reached such levels that some companies have had to create special units that do nothing but deal with these demands, a process often called “subpoena management.”
tinyurl.com/l3xdy

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NEWS FOR 5/20/06

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46 Killed In Continuing Violence:

A bomb killed 19 people in east Baghdad among a crowd of Shi’ite labourers gathered to look for work on Saturday, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO020772.htm

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Inside Iraq’s hidden war :

As a new ‘national unity’ government prepares to take power in Baghdad, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad reports from behind the lines of a vicious sectarian conflict rapidly spiralling towards civil war
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1779414,00.html

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Carnage greets new Iraqi Government :

Video report :Iraqi parliament finally approves the country’s government of national unity as fresh sectarian violence leaves dozens dead
tinyurl.com/hr2g8

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Iraqi parliament approves government without security minister:

Maliki proceeded to read his political program to the assembly and members will need to approve his national plan before his rise to the premiership is official.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060520/wl_mideast_afp/iraqpoliticsgovernment

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List of Iraqi Cabinet Ministers :

Iraq’s new 39-position national Cabinet, which includes four women:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13117.htm

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Japan making arrangements on Iraq troops pullout:

Japan has begun making arrangements with the United States, Britain and Australia on a possible withdrawl of its troops from Iraq beginning in June, a press report has said.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060520/wl_mideast_afp/iraqjapanmilitary

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“Baghdad ER” brings Iraqi horrors to US audience :

“Baghdad ER,” a documentary airing on the cable TV network HBO, features graphic scenes from a combat hospital emergency room, including an amputation and footage of Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Mininger dying despite the exhaustive efforts of the medical staff.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13118.htm

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33 Killed as Afghan fighting rages: 25 militants, 5 Afghan soldiers, 2 French troops, and GI killed:

Six American soldiers also were wounded. The latest bloodletting comes just days after a 24-hour storm of violence across Afghanistan killed some 120 people. The fighting was among the heaviest since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001 and has raised fears for this country’s future.
www.thedailystar.net/2006/05/21/d605211301104.htm

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Heavy casualties feared as 50 Afghan soldiers caught in Taleban territory:

About 50 Afghan soldiers were isolated in Taleban-held territory Saturday after coming under attack in southern Afghanistan, a military commander said, fearing heavy casualties.
tinyurl.com/f3nm7

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Afghan hunger strikers again refuse water :

Thirty eight of the men are still inside St Patrick’s Cathedral this evening. They are now refusing water as well as food.
www.online.ie/News/News.aspx?newsId=346871

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Israeli strike kills Palestinians :

Four Palestinians have been murdered and several injured in an Israeli air strike on a car in Gaza City.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5001038.stm

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Palestinian government: Israeli government involved in terror:

“This assassination and the operations in the field prove that this is a criminal government, a government of terror, assassinations and killing.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3253051,00.html

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Clashes break out in Gaza : Raw Video:

Clashes break out in Gaza following apparent assasination attempt on Palestinian intelligence chief loyal to Abbas.
tinyurl.com/k6g7l

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Uri Avnery: Who’s Guilty? The Victim, Of Course:

This false news item would, perhaps, deserve no special mention, if it were not typical of the whole media coverage, not only of this specific demonstration, but of all joint demonstrations of Israeli peace activists and Palestinians.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13124.htm

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War Pimp Alert: Knesset Member: Strike Iran Now :

Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee member MK Effie Eitam believes that Israel and the international community should consider carrying out strategic strikes now against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=103938

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Sources: Main issue on Olmert’s visit to Washington is Iran crisis :

Senior foreign ministry sources said that the main issue Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will raise with the U.S. government in his visit to Washington next week is the crisis with Iran, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/717173.html

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Split emerges in West’s front against Iran: diplomats:

The European Union and Washington are split over an EU proposal to offer Iran a generous package of incentives including nuclear reactors and security pledges if it stops enriching uranium, diplomats said on Saturday.
tinyurl.com/felos

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Iran Rejects Plan Floated by Sec. Council :

“Where appropriate, these measures would be adopted under Chapter VII, Article 41 of the U.N. Charter,” says the draft, referring to provisions that add the implicit threat of military force to a Security Council resolution.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060520/ap_on_re_eu/nuclear_agency_iran

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Brzezinski: Military Option not a Profitable Course of Action :

Political scientist Zbigniew Brzezinski believes the US should reconsider its Mideast policies
www.dw-world.de/popups/popup_printcontent/0,,2025167,00.html

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Dilip Hiro : Derailing democracy: :

The recent floating of partitioning Iraq by some American defence experts has provided powerful ammunition to authoritarian Arab regimes resistant to political reform. They warn that the American model of democracy will tear apart national identity and create divisive sectarian and ethnic identities, turning the region into mini-states along the post-Yugoslavia model.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13122.htm

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American Gulag: Close the prison camps:

A UNITED Nations committee report released yesterday has condemned US treatment of suspected terrorists. It has also called for the closing of the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and secret terrorist detention centres.
www.sundaytelegraph.news.com.au/story/0,9353,19202485-28779,00.html

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Censorship in USA?: Poster for Guantanamo Documentary Is Censored:

The Motion Picture Assn. of America has censored a poster advertising a film about the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13127.htm

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Lieberman wins nomination, but Lamont forces primary:

Sen. Joe Lieberman was nominated for a fourth term by state Democrats Friday night, but his anti-war challenger garnered enough delegates to force a primary in August.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13123.htm

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MP to investigate Dr Kelly’s death :

A backbench MP is to investigate the “unanswered questions” from the official inquiry into the death of weapons scientist Dr David Kelly.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13120.htm

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Libby lawyers oppose Cheney notes as evidence:

Defense attorneys argue vice president’s ex-aide hadn’t seen document
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12700605/

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Police powers ruling likely will hinge on Alito’s vote:

The Supreme Court held a rare mid-May oral argument Thursday on the power of police to search private homes without knocking first—a major privacy-rights case likely to be decided by the vote of the court’s newest member, Justice Samuel Alito.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13125.htm

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Scalia tells Congress to mind its business:

Adding a new dimension to an old debate, Justice Antonin Scalia said Thursday that Congress should stay out of a Supreme Court battle over the use of foreign law in interpreting the Constitution.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13126.htm

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Date: 19 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
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nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Pentagon report said to find killing of Iraqi civilians deliberate

By Drew Brown

A Pentagon report on an incident in Haditha, Iraq, where U.S. Marines shot and killed more than a dozen Iraqi civilians last November will show that those killings were deliberate and worse than initially reported, a Pennsylvania congressman said Wednesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13114.htm

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You got your damn war

By Joshua Holland

It looks like “a mother and young child bent over as if in prayer, shot dead”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13113.htm

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Make Me an Instrument of Peace

By Cindy Sheehan

Not too long ago, I was listening to Air America when a caller to the religious right of war supporter/evangelist Pat Robertson said it didn’t bother him that George Bush doesn’t follow the law of our land because when we have a man who is a “Christian” in office, we don’t need the rule of law!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13115.htm

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What happened to the “what” or the “why”?

By John Pilger

I watched the BBC Ten O’Clock News (May 17). – It wasn’t so much news as a series of pronouncements by the spokespeople of the spokespeople, to paraphrase Orwell or Brecht.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13110.htm

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Orwell Rolls in His Grave

“Could a media system, controlled by a few global corporations with the ability to overwhelm all competing voices, be able to turn lies into truth?…”

Director: Robert Kane Pappas – Run Time 1 Hour 46 Minutes

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. Windows Media
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13062.htm

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Viva Chavez:

By Mike Whitney

Hugo Chavez is a self-made man. He wasn’t piggy-backed into Harvard on a legacy grant (Affirmative Action for plutocrats) or shoehorned into the White House by corporate gangsters. He grew up in a two-room thatched palm-leaf house with his five siblings and dreamt of moving to New York to play baseball for the Yankees. At age 18 he chose to make the most of his meager opportunities by enlisting in the military.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13116.htm

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Iraq Attacks Kill 10; Hostage Released :

Roadside bombs and other attacks Friday killed 10 Iraqis and wounded 26 people, including a U.S. soldier riding through Baghdad in a minesweeper.
tinyurl.com/j8gut

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Military may send soldiers from Kuwait to Iraq :

The U.S. military is considering sending hundreds of soldiers from a force held in reserve in Kuwait into Iraq to provide extra security as Iraq prepares to seat a new government, a defense official said on Friday.
tinyurl.com/kfktz

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The Iraqi resistance: ‘Why we fight’:

Call them terrorists, call them resistance fighters. By whatever their name, they have their own reasons for fighting the Americans in Iraq. Abu Ayoub, a 35-year-old living in Baghdad, is a member of the Islamic Army. He spoke in the Adhamiya neighborhood about why he joined the fight.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HE19Ak03.html

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Tom Hayden: Hawks for Withdrawal:

Democrats are slowly but surely uniting around a plan for military withdrawal designed by the Center for American Progress, a think tank linked to Clinton-era Democrats and headed by former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta.
www.thenation.com/docprint.mhtml?i=20060529&s=hayden

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Opposition to Iraq War at 62% in U.S.:

For the first time since the conflict began, fewer than four-in-ten Americans believe the war with Iraq was worth fighting.
www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm/fuseaction/viewItem/itemID/11939

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Must watch video report: Mother’s Day Call for Peace:

Hundreds of mothers, some with their children while others were mourning the loss of theirs, spent this Mother’s Day in Washington, DC, calling for an end to the war in Iraq.
www.truthout.org/multimedia.htm

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House Panel Cuts Foreign Aid And Iraq Reconstruction Funds:

It also would make available $2.3 billion for the military in Israel and $120 million for economic assistance to that country, the amounts the president wanted.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060519/ap_on_go_co/congress_foreign_aid

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Some Iraq war vets go homeless after return to US

On any given night the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) helps 200 to 250 of them, and more go uncounted. They are among nearly 200,000 homeless veterans in America, largely from the Vietnam War.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060519/us_nm/iraq_homeless_veterans_dc

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Five Police, Eight Taliban Killed In Afghan Fighting :

An Afghan provincial governor today said that five Afghan policemen and eight suspected Taliban militants were killed in two separate clashes in Afghanistan’s southern Ghazni Province.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2006/05/b33f9b10-4582-47b4-a14f-c0492c1207cf.html

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Taliban’s new commander ready for a fight:

The Taliban’s military offensive has begun in earnest in southern Afghanistan, with many key districts already captured by the militia that retreated from power in 2001 after the US-led invasion.
www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/HE20Df02.html

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Pakistan sheltering Taliban, says British officer: –

A senior British officer accused Pakistan of allowing the Taliban to use its territory as a “headquarters” for attacks on western troops in Afghanistan as insurgents struck on multiple fronts yesterday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13109.htm

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Pakistan rejects British military statement on Taliban presence:

Pakistan on Friday described as ludicrous remarks by British Colonel Chris Vernon, Chief of Staff for Southern Afghanistan, that Pakistan is allowing Taliban to use its soil for attacks in Afghanistan.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0605197647195133.htm

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Corruption plaguing Afghanistan :

BBC video report:

David Loyn reports on the alarming levels of corruption and the concerns over the way reconstruction money is being spent.
tinyurl.com/zsoma

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UN body urges US to shut Guantanamo, “secret jails”:

The United Nations top anti-torture body told the United States on Friday that any secret jails it ran for foreign terrorism suspects, along with the Guantanamo Bay facility, were illegal and should be closed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13107.htm

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Four prisoners attempt suicide at Guantanamo camp:

Four Guantanamo prisoners tried to commit suicide on Thursday and several others attacked guards who rushed in to halt one of the attempts, a camp spokesman said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13106.htm

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Full list of Guantanamo detainees:

Names, ages and country of origin of those held in Guantanamo
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13108.htm

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Rival Gaza forces in shoot-out :

At least four people were wounded in the gun battles that witnesses said erupted when members of a new Hamas-led security force surrounded the main police station in Gaza city.
tinyurl.com/k2skw

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Hamas MP caught with cash :

‘’I was carrying money from our families abroad for our people here, but unfortunately some Palestinian workers seized these funds at the border.’’
tinyurl.com/jszu7

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Managing cruelty:

Real hunger is beginning to strike the Palestinians as the boycotting of Hamas continues and the elected movement in government stands firm
weekly.ahram.org.eg/print/2006/795/re81.htm

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Letter to Palestinian Americans:

Some people want to make ‘nice’ with the Israelis while our medical volunteers are getting beat up with rifles from thugs in the IOF and while seventy-four year old men have their houses demolished on top of them.
umkahlil.blogspot.com/2006/05/letter-to-palestinian-americans.html

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US fumes as Iraq backs Israel boycott:

Liaison officers from 14 countries met for four days this week to discuss ways of intensifying the Arab embargo against Israel. Among those taking part were delegates from several ostensible US allies, such as Iraq, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait.
tinyurl.com/gdjmx

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Israel should face sanctions :

The Palestine crisis is now more dramatic even than apartheid, but it is the victims who are punished
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/comment/0,,1778714,00.html

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Open Letter from Palestinian Academics :

Open Letter from Palestinian Academics under Israel’s Occupation to International Participants in the Conference on International Humanitarian Law.
www.pacbi.org/letters_more.php?id=186_0_3_0_C

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Officials: Israel-Italy love affair over:

Massimo d’Alema, who once referred to Israel as a ‘terror state,’ sworn in last week as Italy’s new foreign minister. Associates: He’ll change Italy’s pro-Israel policy
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3252286,00.html

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Israel censures China over invitation to Hamas :

Israel has issued an unusually strong rebuke to China over its decision to invite a senior Hamas minister to attend a Sino-Arab conference in Beijing later this month.
tinyurl.com/lyppu

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I call it an apartheid state:

The recent ruling by Israel’s high court denying Palestinian citizens from granting citizenship to their spouses is blatantly racist.
tinyurl.com/gh8xt

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Anti-Zionist rabbi forges Hamas links :

Orthodox rabbi Moishe Arye Friedman, of Austria, said his congregation would “do everything in practical terms to help the Palestinian people,” including sending money.
www.jewishtelegraph.co.uk/world_4.html

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Jordan Plays Hardball With Hamas:

Behind the crackdown is the fear in the kingdom, a close U.S. ally with a peace treaty with Israel, that it is threatened by a rising tide of radical Islam it sees originating from Iran and encompassing its Arab neighbors.
tinyurl.com/ew5wj

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AIPAC Threatens to Defeat Minnesota Democrat:

The Storm over the Israel Lobby
www.nybooks.com/articles/19063

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Iran now enriching home processed uranium: source:

Iran initially enriched uranium from China but is now using domestically processed uranium in its nuclear programme, an Iranian diplomat said on Friday after some doubts were cast on his country’s recent enrichment claims.
tinyurl.com/jzhuz

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U.S. Moves to Weaken Iran:

The Bush administration, shunning pressure from allies for direct dialogue with Iran, is shifting toward a more confrontational stance and intensifying efforts to undercut the country’s ruling clerics.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13111.htm

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Democrats ask Bush for intelligence update on Iran:

Senate Democrats asked President George W. Bush on Friday to order a new U.S. intelligence report on Iran to avoid the errors that plagued prewar assessments on Iraq.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060519/pl_nm/security_iran_dc

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US, Zionists behind killings southeast Iran:

Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani on Friday held the US, especially CIA, and Zionists responsible for recent cold blood killings southeast of Iran, saying enemy has targeted the country’s border security, economy, universities and science.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/line-24/0605199523153912.htm

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‘’Intelligence Brief: Brazil’s Nuclear Ambitions’’:

Brazil’s Science and Technology Minister Sergio Rezende told the press on May 6 that Brasilia has launched a uranium enrichment center for fueling its power plants. Brazil’s first nuclear enrichment facility, will “save Brazil millions of dollars it now spends to enrich fuel at Urenco, the European enrichment consortium,” the minister said. Brazil’s move has great industrial, geopolitical, and financial significance.
www.pinr.com/report.php?ac=view_printable&report_id=491&language_id=1

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N.Korea may be preparing missile launch: reports:

North Korea may be preparing to launch a long-range ballistic missile that could reach parts of the United States, Japanese media reports said on Friday
tinyurl.com/h4ax7

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Is US using enemy to fight a proxy war?:

HAS the US stepped back on to the scene of one of its most memorable military disasters — and chosen to back the kind of warlords who humiliated it?
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-2187524,00.html

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Rebel attack downs key Colombia oil pipeline: –

Left-wing guerrillas have bombed Colombia’s Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline and halted its crude pumping operations in an attack just a days before presidential elections, the army said on Friday.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060519/ts_nm/energy_colombia_attack_dc

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Ecuador accuses US of ‘blackmail’ as oil dispute worsens:

Ecuador accused the United States of “blackmail” after Washington abruptly suspended free-trade talks with the South American nation in the wake of its cancellation of a US oil company’s exploration rights.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/usecuadoroiltradesched4thlead

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US Sends More Military to Caribbean:

Three more US warships with 2,000 troops aboard left for the Caribbean Wednesday, to join the combat fleet there since April, at which regional governments and social groups look with a jaundiced eye.
tinyurl.com/kwvjw

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House Approves Proposal to Recover $10 Bln From Oil Producers :

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a Democratic plan to renegotiate Gulf of Mexico oil leases and take back $10 billion in incentives granted to Exxon Mobil Corp., ConocoPhillips and other producers.
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000006&sid=aKXSVAnftvqk&refer=home

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Oil wealth bypasses ordinary Chadians:

“Our oil is refined far away, and when it comes back to us, we can barely afford to buy it, except in small amounts. That’s why it’s sold in bottles,” said Mr. Suileman, who, even with gasoline selling at $6 a gallon, barely can afford to support his wife and six children.
www.washingtontimes.com/world/20060517-100828-3579r.htm

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Collapse of the Petrodollar Looming:

The announcement by President Putin of a Russian bourse trading oil and gas in Roubles threatens the stability of the US Dollar far more than Iran’s bourse alone would do, and continues the slide in relations between the old Cold War foes.
home.austarnet.com.au/davekimble/peakoil/petrodollars.htm

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The End of Suburbia? : Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream:

Video: Despite all the warnings that we are headed for an ecological and environmental perfect storm, many Americans are oblivious to the flashing red light on the earth’s fuel gauge. Many feel the “American way of life” is an entitlement that operates outside the laws of nature.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13105.htm

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Real Oil Crisis:

What would happen if the world were to start running out of oil? ABC Australia Video Report: Windows Media and Real Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13112.htm

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Global Food Supply Near the Breaking Point:

The world is now eating more food than farmers grow, pushing global grain stocks to their lowest level in 30 years.
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=33268

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Jeremy Scahill: In the Black(water) :

The environment is devastated. People are disenfranchised. Financial resources, desperate residents are told, are scarce. But at least New Orleans has a Wal-Mart parking lot serving as a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center with perhaps the tightest security of any parking lot in the world.
www.thenation.com/doc/20060605/scahill

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John W. Dean : How Does President Bush Compare with Other Wartime Presidents With Respect to Free Speech Issues? :

The Bush Administration has been talking of using the Espionage Act of 1917 to prosecute the New York Times and the Washington Post. Yet these veteran newspapers’ “crimes” consist merely of publishing Pulitzer-Prize-winning articles on the CIA’s secret prisons, and the NSA’s secret surveillance programs.
writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20060519.html

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Senate blocks effort to limit benefits to immigrants:

The U.S. Senate blocked an effort on Thursday to limit Social Security benefits for illegal immigrants who would become permanent residents under a sweeping immigration overhaul being debated by lawmakers.
tinyurl.com/rermc

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U.S. Infant Mortality Among Worst in Industrialized Nations:

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.livescience.com/humanbiology/ap_060509_infant_mortality.html

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Date: 18 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 2454

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$281,680,799,420
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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The High Cost of Democratic Elections in Palestine

By Dianne Monroe

“In my village, starvation and for real,” says the woman in halting English. The overseas connection makes her voice sound faint and almost ethereal. In front of me is a glass of cold lemonade. Across the table is a tin of homemade pastries.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13104.htm

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Bush Is Certifiable

George W. Bush is suffering from a peculiar but not that uncommon form of madness.

By Paul Levy

Bush literally feels himself above human morality, as he is under the self-generating delusion that he is the supreme moral arbiter, not realizing in the slightest that he has fallen into his unconscious, whose dark side he is acting out. Because of his pathological condition, he is the last person who should be the judge of morality, the very last person on earth choosing justices for the Supreme Court.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13100.htm

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Oil Diplomacy

By Robert Dreyfuss

Nothing the Bush administration ever does is about oil. It didn’t invade Iraq because that country might have more oil than Saudi Arabia. It isn’t threatening Iran because Iran has a tenth of the world’s oil and one-sixth of its natural gas. And the United States isn’t cozying up to autocrats in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan because the Caspian Sea is a mini-Persian Gulf in the middle of Central Asia, either.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13101.htm

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Congo’s tragedy: the war the world forgot

By Johann Hari

This is the story of the deadliest war since Adolf Hitler’s armies marched across Europe. It is a war that has not ended. But is also the story of a trail of blood that leads directly to you: to your remote control, to your mobile phone, to your laptop and to your diamond necklace.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13094.htm

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105 Killed In Afghanistan, Including Canadian Soldier, American Civilian:

Some of the fiercest violence since the Taliban’s ouster in 2001 erupted across southern Afghanistan, with militants battling coalition forces, detonating car bombs and attacking a small village. Up to 105 people were killed, officials said Thursday
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13093.htm

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Iraq Attacks Kill at Least 24 :

Attacks by insurgents Thursday killed at least two dozen people, including four U.S. soldiers, while an Iraqi police chief narrowly escaped an assassination attempt.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060518/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

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Marines killed Iraqi civilians ‘in cold blood’::

A US lawmaker and former Marine colonel accused US Marines of killing innocent Iraqi civilians after a Marine comrade had been killed by a roadside bomb.
tinyurl.com/lq8a5

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Rumsfeld won’t promise Iraq troop cut :

Rumsfeld, testifying before a Senate appropriations subcommittee, faced questions from senators about when the Pentagon planned to reduce the U.S. military presence in Iraq more than 3 years into a war in which about 2,450 U.S. troops have died.
tinyurl.com/z6zhb

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‘Why did my son die in vain?’:

In Iraq, a soldier is killed; in Baltimore, his father is angry
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13097.htm

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In case you missed it:

Video: A Message From The “Iraq Resistance” :

“We are simple people who chose principles over fear.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7468.htm

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Prodi says Iraq war ‘grave mistake’, pledges troop withdrawal :

Italy’s new Prime Minister Romano Prodi has told lawmakers in the Senate that the war in Iraq was a “grave mistake”, pledging his centre-left government would withdraw Rome’s troops from the country he described as under “occupation”.
tinyurl.com/heyx6

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Rumsfeld Seeks Extra Funds for War Bills :

With war bills to pay, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is calling on Congress to pass President Bush’s request for an extra $65 billion to cover costs in Iraq and Afghanistan this year.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5827250,00.html

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Video Report: Food Not Bombs :

Food Not Bombs protests against war by feeding the homeless and the hungry, and while the FBI may have managed to silence some anti-war campaigners, the co-founder of Food Not Bombs just won’t shut up, even when he’s accused of being part of a “domestic terror group”. Dateline’s Elizabeth Tadic caught up with him, almost predictably in poverty-stricken Nigeria.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13098.htm

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Canada has spent more than $4.1 billion on Afghan missions:

Canada contributes only 59 military personnel to UN missions around the world, while about 2,200 troops are stationed under U.S. command in Afghanistan, the group said.
tinyurl.com/e6bfo

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Europe Shames U.S. Congress?:

CIA war crimes in Europe are now under official investigation there, but not here
www.villagevoice.com/news/0620,hentoff,73206,6.html

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The Pentagon’s ghost investigation:

Nearly two years ago, a top general urged a probe into illegal “ghost detainees” held at Abu Ghraib prison. But according to the Pentagon, it never happened — and never will.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13096.htm

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Films on Guantánamo and Iraq face war of cuts :

Two new films which expose unpleasant truths about Guantanamo and the battle for Iraq are coming under pressure from censors in the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13095.htm

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Pentagon launches Guantanamo PR campaign:

Officials from the Joint Chiefs of Staff Detainee Affairs Section have worked up a new briefing and made presentations in recent months to some 3,000 people, including media representatives and members of Congress, stressing the strategic value of detainees at the prison camp.
tinyurl.com/lyfq7

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No security guarantee for Iran: US :

The United States will not give Iran security guarantees in exchange for forfeiting its nuclear programme, state department spokesman Sean McCormack said on Wednesday.
tinyurl.com/z99q8

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A pretext for blocking technological advancement :

The West is currently using the pretext of security concerns in an attempt to control the nuclear activities of the countries of the global South.
tinyurl.com/g9lae

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US-Iran ties: is the pen mightier than the sword?:

Secret talks may be in progress in an attempt to ward off a potential military confrontation
business-times.asia1.com.sg/sub/views/story/0,4574,195383,00.html

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David Halpin: Siege of 1.4 Million Souls in Gaza v International Law:

The US has driven this policy of isolation with the clear intention of destabilising the elected government so that it is overturned.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13102.htm

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Remi Kanazi: The Existing Question:

One cannot expect the Palestinian Authority to recognize Israel’s “right to exist.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13103.htm

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Palestinian PM defends new force :

Palestinian PM Ismail Haniya has defended the setting up of a new security force dominated by militants.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4993480.stm

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Rival Palestinian forces parade through Gaza:

Security forces from rival Palestinian factions paraded through the streets of Gaza on Thursday, sometimes within feet of one another, intensifying fears of a showdown between the heavily armed groups.
tinyurl.com/j3lgb

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U.S. urges Olmert to take lower profile on convergence plan :

As Prime Minister Ehud Olmert prepares for his first official trip to Washington next week, he appears to be taking a step back from vocally advocating the convergence plan.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/717182.html

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Aipac Case Impacting Security Clearance:

The Pentagon is invoking the prosecution of two pro-Israel lobbyists and a Defense Department analyst for illegal use of classified information as a basis for stripping security clearances from government contractor employees who have dual citizenship in America and Israel or family members living in the Jewish state.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13092.htm

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Appointment of monitor adds teeth:

The U.S. State Department just added a set of teeth to its fledgling office monitoring anti-Semitism.
tinyurl.com/euyqv

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Egypt: Police Assault Demonstrators, Journalists :

Thousands of Egyptian security forces sealed off much of downtown Cairo on Thursday and violently attacked protestors attempting to demonstrate in support of reformist judges, Human Rights Watch said today.
tinyurl.com/jlt9o

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A welcome at the White House:

Why is Bush cosying up to the Egyptian president while government thugs are beating up demonstrators in Cairo?
tinyurl.com/gzp74

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Turkey in shock, government under fire after attack on top court:

Turkey was in shock on Thursday after a Muslim fundamentalist gunman’s shooting spree that left one judge dead and four wounded at the country’s top administrative court, while the Islamist-rooted government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan came under a barrage of criticism.
www.metimes.com/print.php?StoryID=20060518-063329-1490r

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The Scariest Predators in the Corporate Jungle:

The world’s oil, gas and mining industries account for nearly two-thirds of all violations of human rights, environmental laws and international labor standards, according to a soon-to-be-released United Nations study.
www.asiantribune.com/index.php?q=node/139

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Update on the Rove Indictment Story:

For the past few days, we have endured non-stop attacks on our credibility, and we have fought hard to defend our reputation. In addition, we have worked around the clock to provide additional information to our readership. People want to know more about this, and our job is to keep them informed. We take that responsibility seriously.
forum.truthout.org/blog/story/2006/5/17/125248/099

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Patriot Act e-mail spying approved:

The Justice Department asks a judge to approve Patriot Act e-mail monitoring without any evidence of criminal behavior.
tinyurl.com/kapfx

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In case you missed it:

Bush shuns Patriot Act requirement:

When President Bush signed the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act this month, he included an addendum saying that he did not feel obliged to obey requirements that he inform Congress about how the FBI was using the act’s expanded police powers.
tinyurl.com/fycoz

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An American idea shatters :

The reawakening of a virulent nationalism is tearing apart Bush’s conservative coalition
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1777429,00.html

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Bush turns to big military contractors to gain control of U.S. borders :

The quick fix may involve sending in the National Guard. But to really patch up the broken border, President George W. Bush is preparing to turn to a familiar administration partner: giant military contractors.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/05/18/news/bush.php

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Chris Floyd : Border Lords: Immigration Plan is Crony Pork Bonanza :

Isn’t this a surprise! It turns out that George W. Bush’s “Secure Border Initiative” to “control illegal immigration” is actually just a great big pork trough for his cronies and benefactors in the weapons biz to cash in big-time off the suffering and poverty of dusky foreigners
tinyurl.com/kzoog

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House ethics panel to probe several lawmakers:

The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct said it would investigate Ohio Republican Rep. Bob Ney and Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson, who are enmeshed in separate bribery scandals.
tinyurl.com/jzugj

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Ex-Official Gets 10 Mos. in Phone-Jam Plot :

A former Republican National Committee official was sentenced Wednesday to 10 months in prison for his role in the jamming of New Hampshire Democrats’ telephones on Election Day 2002.
www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/text/2006/may/17/051708097.html

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In case you missed it:

The Madness Of George W. Bush: George W. Bush is ill.

He has a psycho-spiritual dis-ease of the soul, a sickness that is endemic to our culture and symptomatic of the times we live in. It’s an illness that has been with us since time immemorial. Because it’s an illness that’s in the soul of all of humanity, it pervades the field and is in all of us in potential at any moment, which makes it especially hard to diagnose
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13099.htm

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Hope for the best, expect the worst:

The fall in the dollar over the last few days and the knock-on consequences for the stock markets around the world make everybody feel queasy because those in the know are aware that we can’t go on like this.
commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/will_hutton/2006/05/post_94.html

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BBC: Pentagon video ignites debate :

The release of the video has ignited the debate over 11 September conspiracy theories. Newsnight’s Mark Urban reports.
htinyurl.com/gn34o

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