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Date: 29 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 2460

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$284,421,197,660
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Marine ‘Massacre’ in al-Haditha: Eye Witness Report

From Ali Hamdani in al-Haditha and Ned Parker in Baghdad

Iman Hassan, a 10-year-old Iraqi girl, told The Times how she had watched US marines kill her mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, four-year-old cousin and two uncles.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13414.htm

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Iraq: The Hidden War

Images of Iraq dominate our TV news bulletins every night but in this film, Channel4 news presenter Jon Snow, questions whether these reports are sugar-coating the bloody reality of war under the US-led occupation

A Must Watch Video

Video Iraq: The Hidden Story shows the footage used by TV news broadcasts, and compares it with the devastatingly powerful uncensored footage of the aftermath of the carnage that is becoming a part of the fabric of life in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13420.htm

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Is the Bush Regime a Sponsor of State Terrorism?

The Evil Within

By Paul Craig Roberts

Is the Bush regime a sponsor of state terrorism? A powerful case can be made that it is. In the past three years the Bush Regime has murdered tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians and an unknown number of Afghan ones.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13418.htm

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Iraq: The Women’s Story

Must Watch Video

The invasion of Iraq heralded promises of freedom from tyranny and equal rights for the women of Iraq. But three years on, the reality of everyday life for women inside Iraq is a different story.

Click here to view. Real media
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13419.htm

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War Is A Racket

A Real American Hero- Major General Smedley Butler, USMC

At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War.

How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

Audio and text
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4377.htm

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U.S. Bombs Kill More Than 50 In Afghanistan:

Maj. Quentin Innis, a coalition spokesman based in Kandahar, confirmed that coalition aircraft had dropped two 500-pound bombs on a Taliban compound, causing “a lot” of casualties
www.forbes.com/technology/feeds/ap/2006/05/29/ap2778938.html

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20 Dead in Afghan Riots:

Rioters set police cars on fire and shops all over Kabul closed down stemming from the violent crowds moving through the capital city’s streets shouting “death to America” after the troop convoy was said to have killed seven civilians involved in the accident.
www.axcessnews.com/modules/wfsection/article.php?articleid=9770

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Afghans riot after US troops kill four civilians:

Riots and gunfire broke out in the Afghan capital on Monday with people feared dead in violent demonstrations that erupted after US troops shot dead at least four civilians, witnesses said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13413.htm

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A look at Afghanistan abuse cases:

A look at the cases against 15 soldiers accused of abusing Afghan detainees, including two who later died. The trials have been held at Fort Bliss, Texas.
www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/state/14694075.htm

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At Least 46 killed Including 2 British Soldiers:

Twelve people were killed and 24 were wounded when a car bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol detonated in Adhamiya district, northern Baghdad
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L29750800.htm

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6 Beheaded Bodies Found:

Police found six beheaded corpses wearing military uniforms in the small towns of Numaniya, Suwayra and Shihaimiya near Kut, 170 km southeast of Baghdad
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/GEO850242.htm

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Two British journalists killed in Baghdad:

A correspondent for American network CBS News was critically injured and her two-man British crew killed in one of the bloodiest days in Iraq for several weeks.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2201961,00.html

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Two British Soldiers Killed:

Two Soldiers from the Queen’s Dragoon Guards were killed in what appears to have been an attack by an improvised explosive device in Basra
www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/FactSheets/OperationsInIraqBritishFatalities.htm

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‘US is an expert in killing’:

Despite US military denials, many Iraqis believe the killing of civilians at the hands of careless or angry American soldiers is common.
www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_1940981,00.html

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3 Minute Video:

Roger Water’s – The Bravery of Being Out of Range:
www.gratefulchild.org/projects/gcweb/gc/html/video/

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Iraq govt alarmed at Basra tension:

Factional struggles among ruling Shi’ites could flare into warfare over Iraq’s vital southern oilfields, officials said on Monday as the new, Shi’ite-led government prepared to send a top-level peace mission to Basra
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAR949491.htm

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`No question’ Iraq killing was murder:

`Iraq’s My Lai’ hushed up: Critic Top brass to testify at Marines’ probe
tinyurl.com/kesuq

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Video: Rob Newman’s History of Oil:

Robert Newman gets to grips with the wars and politics of the last hundred years – but rather than adhering to the history we were fed at school, the places oil centre stage as the cause of all commotion.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13416.htm

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Three Pakistani girls killed in landmine blast:

Three Pakistani girls were killed by a landmine explosion on Monday in a trouble-plagued region on the border with Afghanistan, a government official said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ISL234674.htm

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World powers weigh nuclear ‘guarantee’ for Iran, Russia says:

World powers are prepared to guarantee Iran’s right to develop nuclear energy provided Tehran eases international concerns over its nuclear intentions and cooperates fully with the UN atomic watchdog, Russia said.
sg.news.yahoo.com/060529/1/416jh.html

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U.S. Urges Financial Sanctions On Iran:

Developed by a Treasury Department task force that reports directly to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the economic measures go far beyond the diplomatic pressure exerted by the Bush administration to date, both in scope of action and in objective.
freeinternetpress.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=7047

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What did Bush signal? :

Did President Bush give Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert a red light or a green light for his plan to unilaterally annex parts of the Palestinian West Bank?
tinyurl.com/l3p32

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Punishment of Palestinians will create a crucible of trouble for the world :

George Bush’s policies helped build Hamas; now a dangerous linkage with Iran and Iraq threatens a mega-crisis
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13417.htm

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Tamimi: Israel breaches international & human law against the Palestinians:

He called upon international community to support the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and to reconsider their stances regarding suspension of aid, warning at the same time against a humanitarian catastrophe in the Palestinian Territories.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/060529/2006052911.html

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Here’s why they call it the ‘Jewish state’:

In recently approving an effective ban on marriages between Israelis and Palestinians, Israel’s Supreme Court has shut tighter the gates of the Jewish fortress the state of Israel is rapidly becoming. The judges’ decision, in the words of the country’s normally restrained Haaretz daily, was “shameful.”
tinyurl.com/jo5jj

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US Paying Somali Warlords to Fight Islamists:

Somalia is erupting in violence again. And with little warning, Americans find themselves once more in the middle of battles they only dimly comprehend—and may well be losing.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13008291/site/newsweek/

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PM ‘ignored’ East Timor problem:

PRIME Minister John Howard had ignored the difficult task facing East Timor in the wake of the ruinous Indonesian occupation, Australian Democrats Leader Lyn Allison said today.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,19284023-29277,00.html

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Chavez says US working for coup in Bolivia By David Mercado :

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday bluntly accused the U.S. ambassador to Bolivia of trying to stir up military rebellion against his leftist ally Bolivian President Evo Morales.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060528/ts_nm/venezuela_usa_bolivia_dc

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Victorious Colombian Uribe faces high expectations:

Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe on Sunday scored a landslide re-election victory that handed him a solid mandate for four more years as Washington’s closest ally in Latin America.
tinyurl.com/ghd53

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Bush ‘planted fake news stories on American TV’ :

Federal authorities are actively investigating dozens of American television stations for broadcasting items produced by the Bush administration and major corporations, and passing them off as normal news. Some of the fake news segments talked up success in the war in Iraq,
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13415.htm

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Universal National Service Act of 2006 (Introduced in House):

To provide for the common defense by requiring all persons in the United States, including women, between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes.
thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.4752.IH:

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Cheney aide is screening legislation :

The office of Vice President Dick Cheney routinely reviews pieces of legislation before they reach the president’s desk, searching for provisions that Cheney believes would infringe on presidential power, according to former White House and Justice Department officials.
tinyurl.com/r8w7c

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BBC Video: McDonalds faces its biggest critic : F

or the first time anywhere in the world a McDonalds executive has faced the author of Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser. Steve Easterbrook, the boss of McDonalds in the UK, entered into debate with the company’s sternest critic.
tinyurl.com/ewb3q

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Date: 28 May 2006

For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out. Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC: War Is A Racket
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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 2464

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$284,158,553,915
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Revealed: How US Marines Massacred 24

Sarah Baxter, Washington
Hala Jaber and Ali Rifat, Baghdad

The killings are emerging as the worst known American atrocity of the Iraq war. At least seven women and three children were among those killed. Witness accounts obtained by The Sunday Times suggest the toll of children may be as high as six. “This one is ugly,” a US military official said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13409.htm

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The Few, The Proud, The Murderers

By Pierre Tristam

Of course the first line of defense, for those craven enough to defend atrocities just because Americans commit them, is to say that Iraqis do worse.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13408.htm

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Memorial Day Special:

The Documentary “Preventive Warriors”

The film examines a bold new foreign policy paper introduced by the White House in September 2002 entitled: “The National Security Strategy of the United States.”

Click here to view
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6268.htm

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What People Believe

By Charley Reese

Clearly, it is not in a man’s self-interest to go to a foreign country and fight in a war, the outcome of which won’t affect him or his family. So how do you persuade him to do it?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13410.htm

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At least 7 killed in continuing violence:

Gunmen hurled three severed heads out of their car when they were driving through a village 20 km (12 miles) north of Baquba, a senior police source said, giving no further details.
today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=MOU827267

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Gunmen Kill Iraqi Tribal Leade and Bodyguard :

In other violence in Baghdad, two roadside bombs killed three people and wounded 17 others.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-05-28-voa9.cfm

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Five U.S. troops killed in Iraq, 2 missing:

In Iraq two Marines are missing following Saturday’s helicopter crash, while three soldiers and two Marines died in separate incidents Thursday and Friday.
tinyurl.com/j298g

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At least 1,000 UK soldiers desert :

The news comes as Parliament debates a law that will forbid military personnel from refusing to participate in the occupation of a foreign country.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5024104.stm

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World is blind to real situation in Iraq: activists:

An Iraqi journalist and a Japanese human rights activist said the public has a poor idea of the situation in Iraq and warned of an impending health catastrophe as more Iraqis contract cancer from exposure to depleted uranium shells used by the U.S. and Britain.
search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20060527a8.html

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Iranian-backed militia groups take control of much of southern Iraq:

Southern Iraq, long touted as a peaceful region that’s likely to be among the first areas returned to Iraqi control, is now dominated by Shiite Muslim warlords and militiamen who are laying the groundwork for an Islamic fundamentalist government, say senior British and Iraqi officials in the area.
tinyurl.com/zdd37

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Iraq will never be a party to any military aggression on Iran:

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said here Friday evening that Baghdad will never take part in any military aggression on Iran.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0605273115104258.htm

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Iran Pledges $1b for Iraq Projects:

“We are planning seven projects in the fields of oil, electricity, hospital construction and other services,” he told reporters during his visit to the Shiite holy city of Najaf, south of Baghdad
www.iran-daily.com/1385/2574/html/economy.htm#s148455

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Russia opposes use of force against Iran over nuclear issue :

Visiting Russian National Security Council chief Igor Ivanov said on Sunday that Moscow opposed any use of force against Iran over its disputed nuclear program, the state-run Iranian television reported.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-05/28/content_4612163.htm

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Leila banned in the US:

CHANNEL 9 personality Leila McKinnon was banned from a US nuclear research facility while filming a new show because she was born in Iran.
tinyurl.com/fsgrx

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Two dead in Lebanon border clash:

Clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters in Lebanon following a rocket attack on Israel have left at least two people dead.
tinyurl.com/l5j36

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Abbas loyalists threaten Hamas with civil war:

FORCES loyal to Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, are preparing for an onslaught against the military wing of the Islamist rival group Hamas in a desperate attempt to sustain his waning power.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2200174,00.html

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Mike Whitney : Is Abbas a Traitor?

Are the scraps from Israel’s table so tantalizing that he would willingly sell out his own people?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13412.htm

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Gordon Prather: The best Congress money can buy:

Ehud Olmert – who assumed the office of prime minister of Israel earlier this month – has just addressed a joint session of what some cynics have been referring to lately as The Best Congress Money Can Buy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13411.htm

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Enough Is Enough : People have had it up to here with The Lobby :

Perhaps Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) didn’t quite realize what she was getting into when she voted against the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006, so-called, which would cut off all aid to the Palestinians, impose economic sanctions, and make it impossible for any entity, public or private, to operate in Palestine. Or maybe she’s just brave.
antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=9045

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Countdown to Apartheid:

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s address to both houses of Congress was perhaps the most skilled use of Newspeak since George Orwell invented the term in his novel /1984/
www.counterpunch.com/halper05252006.html

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Afghan forces, militants clash:

7 die A gunbattle pitting dozens of Taliban fighters against Afghan security forces left four militants dead on Sunday as authorities found the beheaded bodies of three police missing for days dumped in a field, the police and officials said.
tinyurl.com/kje6r

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Civilian deaths could fuel Taliban support:

Afghan officials and human rights activists say a U.S. airstrike that killed at least 16 civilians this month — possibly as many as 34 — undermines President Hamid Karzai and boosts support for the resurgent Taliban.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060528/ap_on_re_as/afghan_civilian_deaths

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Father chastises Harper in eulogy to dead soldier:

In an emotional eulogy for his daughter, the father of the first Canadian woman to die in combat issued a stern rebuke to Prime Minister Stephen Harper Friday, criticizing him for barring the media from his child’s homecoming.
tinyurl.com/jjjvu

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The children of Guantanamo Bay :

The notorious US detention camp in Guantanamo Bay has been hit by fresh allegations of human rights abuses, with claims that dozens of children were sent there – some as young as 14 years old.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article620704.ece

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Cindy Sheehan: ‘Stop this bullshit war for profit’:

Cindy Sheehan, a softly spoken and courageous US anti-war activist, took Australia by storm on a whirlwind tour of Australia last week.
www.greenleft.org.au/back/2006/669/669p9.htm

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Thousands flee streets of East Timor :

A week of bloodshed has killed at least 27 people, probably more, raising concerns that the young nations was plunging into a civil war, seven years after its traumatic break for independence from Indonesia’s iron-fisted
tinyurl.com/h5cyj

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Date: 27 May 2006

And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfillment. : On Freedom : The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran
www.columbia.edu/~gm84/gibtable.html

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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 2464

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$283,944,713,065
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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In Haditha, Memories of a Massacre

By Ellen Knickmeyer
Washington Post Foreign Service

Witnesses to the slaying of 24 Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines in the western town of Haditha say the Americans shot men, women and children at close range in retaliation for the death of a Marine lance corporal in a roadside bombing.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13402.htm

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Baghdad ER

HBO Documentry Video – 60 Minutes

12-time Emmy® Award winner producer/director Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill capture the humanity, hardships and heroism of the US Military and medical personnel of the 86th Combat Support Hospital, the Army’s premier medical facility in Iraq. Sometimes graphic in its depiction of combat-related wounds, BAGHDAD ER offers an unflinching and honest account of the realities of war.

Click here to watch. Windows media
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13192.htm

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Olmert should have stayed Home

By Mike Whitney

Ehud Olmert never should have been invited to Washington. He shouldn’t have been given a platform to spout his defiance of UN resolutions. The Bush administration does the country a disservice by rewarding leaders who ignore the international community and carry out their own self-serving agenda.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13401.htm

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More than 20 killed in bloody 24 hours in Iraq : –

U.S. soldiers kill civilian. Video report
tinyurl.com/s989x

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U.S. marine amongst at least 13 People killed in continuing violence:

At least four people were killed and 15 wounded when a mortar round landed in a crowded market in southern Baghdad
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/RAS733924.htm

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Copter down in Iraq; 2 Marines missing :

A U.S. Marine AH-1 Cobra helicopter crashed in an insurgent stronghold in western Iraq on Saturday, and two crew members were missing, the U.S. military said. Hostile fire was not suspected as the cause.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060527/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_helicopter_down

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Photos are said to show Iraqi victims:

The pictures are said to show wounds to the upper bodies of the victims, who included several women and six children. Some were shot in the head and some in the back, according to congressional and defense officials.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13407.htm

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Marines accused of cover-up after Haditha killings :

A military investigation has reportedly concluded that US Marines embarked on the “methodical” killing of two dozen Iraqi civilians – including women and children – in what may be the worst incident of its kind since the 2003 invasion.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13403.htm

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Italy to pull 1,100 troops from Iraq:

“In June we will reduce our troops from 2,700 to 1,600,” Foreign Minister
tinyurl.com/q2wl5

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Scott Ritter: The hardest word:

Perhaps the advisors of Bush and Blair thought they were going to put a human face on two leaders who had been so vilified over the Iraq debacle. If so they failed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13404.htm

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Galloway stands by Blair comments : BBC radio interview:

Respect MP George Galloway says he stands by his comments that it could be “morally justified” to assassinate Tony Blair. He told Radio Four’s PM the Iraqi people had a right to resist their occupation by targeting those giving the orders.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13406.htm

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10 Taliban, 4 policemen killed :

Four policemen and 10 Taliban were killed in a fresh battle in Afghanistan on Saturday
tinyurl.com/n3gue

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Coalition strike in Afghanistan kills 5:

Nearly a dozen people were killed in fresh clashes Friday between police and Taliban militants on Friday, while a human rights group estimated that 34 civilians died earlier this week in a U.S. airstrike on a southern village — double the official toll.
paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=145039

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Palestinians face catastrophe — Arab physicians Union:

A delegation from the Arab Doctors Union warned on Saturday of a humanitarian catastrophe that will face Palestinians if the Israelis continue their blockade of the West Bank and Gaza Strip
tinyurl.com/nwmqf

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Kathleen Christison: Surrender vs. the Right to Exist:

“The Palestinians Must Pay a Price for Their Choice”
www.counterpunch.org/christison05272006.html

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Breaking democracy’s back in Palestine:

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was in Washington doing the seasonal Israeli-American love dance and celebrating the virtues of shared democratic values. At the same time, the Israeli and American governments were killing democracy in Palestine by sending money, guns and political support to shore up beleaguered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
tinyurl.com/mlufu

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Israeli Occupation Forces fires at Palestinian ambulance:

IDF troops shot a Palestinian ambulance that was carrying a pregnant woman in labor early Saturday
tinyurl.com/qsh5a

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Papers Show U.S. Courted Arabs in Mid-70s :

The transcript of Kissinger’s meeting with Hammadi in Paris sheds light on a little known maneuver that spoke to America’s broader effort to win friends in the Arab world even as it was giving military support to the Jewish state.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13400.htm

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In case you missed it:

When US turned a blind eye to poison gas :

America knew Baghdad was using chemical weapons against the Kurds in 1988. So why, asks Dilip Hiro , has it taken 14 years to muster its outrage?
observer.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,,784313,00.html

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Gonzales Said He Would Quit in Raid Dispute :

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, and senior officials and career prosecutors at the Justice Department told associates this week that they were prepared to quit if the White House directed them to relinquish evidence seized in a bitterly disputed search of a House member’s office, government officials said Friday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13405.htm

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Canada: Man detained for nearly five years on hunger strike: :

Matthew Behrens, co-ordinator of Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada, a group advocating for better treatment of the detainees, said the conditions at the holding centre make it a “Guantanamo North.’’
tinyurl.com/nuskh

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Police state looms as Vancouver engages in the War on Terror :

Vancouver Police Chief Jamie Graham last week breezily invoked the American-invented War on Terror to justify his proposal to install police video cameras around the city’s public spaces.
www.republic-news.org/archive/139-repub/139_kevin_potvin_police.htm

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Date: 26 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 2460

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$283,394,491,190
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Steering Into a Third Intifada:

By Patrick J. Buchanan

The suffering of the Palestinian people under the U.S.-Israeli sanctions regime will further radicalize them into hating us as they do Israel. The struggle between Hamas and Fatah over diminishing aid and resources will intensify, degenerating into civil war. Iran will move into the vacuum. Eventually, with aid cut off and no hope of negotiations, Hamas will revert to terror and the third intifada will begin.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13193.htm

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Tragedy in the Holy Land – The Second Uprising

Edward Said and Noam Chomsky

This documentary film addresses the core issues of land and identity – It probes the evolution of the seemingly incurable conflict i Palestine from a historic perspective that is typically unknown to American audiences.

Click here to watch Windows Media
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13199.htm

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The Busheviks

By Bill Gallagher

Warrantless searches, phone trolling, torture, kidnapping, indefinite imprisonment without charges, denial of legal representation, you name it. It’s all legal. Just ask Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. If the president says it’s legal, it’s legal. When we’re at war, the Constitution, the Congress and civility are out the door.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13198.htm

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Inquiry points to atrocity by marines

By Thom Shanker, Eric Schmitt and Richard A. Oppel Jr.

A military investigation into the deaths of two dozen Iraqis last November is expected to find that a small number of marines in western Iraq carried out extensive, unprovoked killing of civilians, according to congressional, military and Pentagon officials.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13191.htm

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At least 14 Killed In continuing violence:

A car bomb exploded in central Baghdad, killing at least nine people and wounding 31, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/RAS621065.htm

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14 bodies, including two children, brought to Tikrit Morque:

U.S. soldiers brought 14 bullet-riddled bodies, including those of two children, to the morgue in Saddam Hussein’s former hometown late Thursday. It was unclear who had killed them.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12983758/from/RSS/

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Iraqis dread new night callers, flee homes in droves:

A midnight visit from the secret police was the great anxiety in what was dubbed the “Republic of Fear” under Saddam Hussein; now Iraqis dread waking to find someone has scrawled “Go or die” on a note by the gate or daubed it on a wall.
today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=MAC413372

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Shi’ite faction menaces Iraq’s Basra oil export:

Iraq’s new government risks being held to ransom by a dissident Shi’ite faction using its local clout in Basra to hobble vital oil exports, Iraqi officials and senior political sources said on Friday.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060526/wl_nm/energy_iraq_basra_dc

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Human Rights Group Says U.S. Killed 34 Afghan Civilians :

A human rights group estimated that 34 civilians died earlier this week in a U.S. airstrike on a southern village _ double the official toll.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13194.htm

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Afghan Civilian Casualties. A Case Study of the U.S. Assault upon Hajiyan”:

A growing disconnect exists between the daily reality of war experienced by the common Afghan and how this war is represented to the American general public by the corporate media. Pdf document
www.traprockpeace.org/marc_herold_hajiyan_24may06.pdf

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At least 18 dead in fresh fighting in Afghanistan:

At least 12 suspected Taliban rebels and two Afghan policemen were killed in fighting in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, reports said Friday.
tinyurl.com/j9duf

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Taliban ambush Afghan police, five killed:

Three Taliban militants and two policemen were killed in a clash in southwestern Afghanistan on Friday, a provincial official said.
tinyurl.com/jkcx3

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Iraq Says It Backs Iran’s Right to Nuclear Program:

Iraq supports Iran’s right to use nuclear technology for peaceful means and wants a diplomatic solution to the standoff between the Islamic Republic and the U.S. over uranium enrichment, the Iraqi foreign minister said.
tinyurl.com/z29vq

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Russia to Sell Anti-Aircraft Missiles to Iran:

Russian defense minister Sergei Ivanov Friday reiterated Moscow’s commitment to supply Iran with sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles, Interfax news agency reported.
www.mosnews.com/news/2006/05/26/russiatoiran.shtml

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Putin revives energy row with US :

The Russian president Vladimir Putin yesterday returned to his feud with the US over energy supplies when he declared that Washington is in no position to deliver lectures after the invasion of Iraq.
tinyurl.com/gohl8

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Russia Cools to Dollar As it Invests in Stability :

Russia has raised the share of euros in its growing central bank reserves, a top central banker said on Thursday, confirming Moscow’s cooling to the dollar as a dependable store of value.
www.times.spb.ru/index.php?action_id=2&story_id=17702

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Israeli shells ‘kill four Gazans’ :

Four Palestinians have died in Gaza in what hospital officials say were separate Israeli artillery attacks.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/5021666.stm

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Israel Provides Arms To Help Abbas Take On Hamas:

Israel’s transfer of a limited amount of weapons and ammunition to the Palestinian Authority’s presidential guard will enable PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to “contend with Hamas,” senior Defense Ministry official Amos Gilad said Friday.
tinyurl.com/fbv4p

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Haniyeh: US, Israel conspiring against us: In an address to Palestinian parliament; Palestinian PM speaks of ‘international network’ conspiring with Israel ‘to suffocate and starve us’
tinyurl.com/htrdw

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The Full Text of the National Conciliation Document of the Prisoners :

By Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails (representing FATEH, HAMAS, Islamic Jihad, PFLP, and DFLP)
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13196.htm

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US approves aid to Israel, Egypt:

The budget includes aid for Israel (USD 2.4 billion) and Egypt (USD 1.7 billion).
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3255291,00.html

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Interview with Prof. Norman Finkelstein: :

Prof. Finkelstein, in your estimation why does it seem that when someone challenges Israel on its policies towards the Palestinians they are accused of anti-Semitism?
electronicintifada.net/v2/article4739.shtml

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Galloway says murder of Blair would be ‘justified’ :

The Respect MP George Galloway has said it would be morally justified for a suicide bomber to murder Tony Blair.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13197.htm

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Galloway responds to Blair ‘assassination’ row :

“Like the Prime Minister’s wife commenting on suicide bombings in Israel I understand why such desperate acts take place and why those involved might believe such actions are morally justifiable.
www.respectcoalition.org/?ite=1086

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“The United States has become a world leader in avoiding human rights accountability;

A case in point is the reliance of the United States government on private military contractors, which has helped create virtually rules-free zones sanctioned with the American flag and firepower,” said Larry Cox the executive director of Amnesty International’s US Chapter
www.asiantribune.com/index.php?q=node/280

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Inflation and unemployment fall, minimum wage rises in Venezuela :

Venezuela’s economic boom has continued into the first part of 2006, with consumer inflation and unemployment down and a 10 percent minimum wage hike.
www.sfbayview.com/052406/inflation052406.shtml

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Poverty Rates in Venezuela: Getting the Numbers Right:

The following is a sample of statements appearing in major media or foreign policy journals that deny and/or misrepresent the decline in poverty that has taken place in Venezuela under the present government.
www.veninfo.org/downloads/ceprpov.htm

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Chavez and Morales in trade deals :

On Friday, Venezuela also signed a deal – delayed by pressure from the US – for eight military patrol boats from Spain.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/5021064.stm

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Enron: The Bush Connection:
What you have here is economic political gangsterism, which has now seized control of the government. You can’t look at it any other way. We have a system in which basically, instead of — that basically, just like the mob, is able the rewrite the laws, pick the judges.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/26/1410248

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Greg Palast: Lay Convicted, Bush Walks:

Don’t kid yourself. If you think the conviction of Ken Lay means that George Bush is serious about going after corporate bad guys, think again.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13195.htm

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Time magazine ordered to turn over docs in CIA leak case::

A federal judge has ordered Time magazine to turn over documents to a former White House aide to use in his defense in the CIA leak case, according to a media report Friday
tinyurl.com/htrdw

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Army to open new detainee training camp:

The U.S. Army is opening a mock detention facility in Missouri on June 2 to improve training of soldiers for detainee operations.
tinyurl.com/kgj9m

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Top 10 Signs of the Impending U.S. Police State:

From secret detention centers to warrantless wiretapping, Bush and Co. give free rein to their totalitarian impulses.
www.alternet.org/rights/36553/

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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 2460

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$283,394,491,190
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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“Victory”? Forget it

By Sidney Blumenthal

Bush is trying to keep Americans from abandoning his disastrous war by claiming victory is at hand. But even his own generals know that’s a lie.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13182.htm

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“It is a puppet government nothing more or less”.

Haifa Zangana is an Iraqi, she is also a writer and an activist for women’s rights in her savagely battered homeland. She was an opponent of Saddam Hussein and his regime; indeed, she was imprisoned and tortured by the dictator.

A must watch:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13183.htm

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A glimpse of freedom

By John Pilger

Out of the new spirit in Latin America, the Bolivians (with the Venezuelans) have come closest to forging revolutionary change. The government of “Evo” is on notice.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13178.htm

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Eavesdropping, Gagging, and the Constitution

By Ray McGovern

Is the National Security Agency being “turned against the people,” as the Congressional committee led by Sen. Frank Church warned might happen? We the people cannot know; it’s classified.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13179.htm

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Unconstitutional : The War On Our Civil Liberties

Unconstitutional explicitly reveals details of the shocking way that the civil liberties of American citizens and immigrants alike have been infringed upon, curtailed and rolled back since 9/11 and the USA Patriot Act.

A must watch video. Windows Media
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13176.htm

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At least 18 killed in continuing violence:

Four corpses were found in different districts in Baghdad, police said. The bodies showed signs of torture and had gunshot wounds in their heads.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM520371.htm

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British soldier cleared in Iraqi’s death :

A military judge Thursday cleared a British soldier of killing a 15-year-old Iraqi who drowned after allegedly being forced into a canal.
tinyurl.com/j6tck

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A dozen Marines may face courts-martial for alleged Iraq massacre:

At least seven of the victims were women and three were children.
marinetimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1823925.php

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Marine Corps to probe Iraq civilian deaths :

The top Marine general said Thursday that he feared, based on two recent cases of alleged killings of civilians in Iraq, that some Marines could become “indifferent to the loss of a human life.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13180.htm

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UK: War legality advice to be disclosed :

The Attorney General’s office has been ordered to disclose information leading to his advice on the legality of invading Iraq in 2003.
www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/story/0,,-5844860,00.html

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War pimp alert:

‘Iran believes Israel to strike within year’:

Iran estimates Israel will strike Tehran’s nuclear facilities within a year, and has been planning retaliatory attacks against Israeli, American and British interests, according to senior Lebanese political sources.
www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=50356

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Bolton to resume work on UN resolution targeting Iran:

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton on Thursday said he planned to resume work on a Chapter 7 UN resolution that would legally require Iran to comply with demands that it freeze all uranium enrichment activities.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=869721

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Ghali Hassan: Iran has the right to self-defence:

If there is a country that constitutes a classic threat to international peace and security, it is the U.S. The U.S. has been involved in many conflicts and wars that resulted in unnecessary killings of millions of innocent people. From Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia to Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq, millions of innocent people have been massacred by U.S. forces.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13181.htm

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Iran Proposal to U.S. Offered Peace with Israel:

The two-page document contradicts the official line of the George W. Bush administration that Iran is committed to the destruction of Israel and the sponsorship of terrorism in the region.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13185.htm

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Several Azerbaijanis killed in rally in Tabriz, Iran, identified:

The demonstrators, who were protesting against the caricature published by the newspaper ‘Iran’, burnt the newspaper bureau in Urmiya.
www.today.az/news/society/26506.html

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Abbas Issues Hamas 10-Day Ultimatum:

In a dramatic announcement, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he will call a national referendum on accepting a Palestinian state alongside Israel if Hamas does not agree to the idea within 10 days.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/05/25/world/main1654394.shtml

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Israel agrees on arms transfer to Abbas’ presidential guard :

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz accepted recommendations from defense officials to allow for the transfer a limited amount of weapons and ammunition to the Palestinian Authority’s presidential guard in light of growing threats to Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ life.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/719885.html

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U.S. House Calls Palestinian Authority a ‘Terrorist Sanctuary’ :

It also recommends withholding U.S. contributions to the United Nations proportional to the amount the world body provides the authority.
www.defensenews.com/story.php?F=1821412&C=mideast

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Jim Lobe: Right-Wing Israel Lobby Seizes on Olmert Visit:

On his maiden visit to the United States as Israel’s prime minister, Ehud Olmert received a first-hand look at the political muscle of the right-wing “Israel Lobby”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13177.htm

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The Palestinian 18-point plan:

The document, negotiated by senior members of the leading Palestinian factions currently being held in prison by Israel, has 18 main proposals.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13181.htm

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‘How can people live, I wonder?’ :

Eight months ago, the Palestinians were celebrating the end of Israel’s military occupation of Gaza. But the artillery shells keep falling, factions are fighting each other and the economy is on its knees as Israel blockades exports. Has anything changed for the better?
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1782415,00.html

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Alleged AIPAC informant promoted :

The Bush administration promoted David Satterfield, an alleged informant for a former AIPAC lobbyist facing trial in a classified information case.
jta.org/page_view_breaking_story.asp?intid=2793

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Six killed in Afghanistan as Karzai preaches peace:

At least six people, including two policemen, a religious scholar and three truck drivers, have been killed as Afghan President Hamid Karzai makes another offer of peace to the hardliner Taliban
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=869704

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Endless Jihad:

Tonight, fresh from the Afghan capital, Kabul, insurgent video footage that shows both the Taliban and al-Qa’ida have been recruiting for another battle, one that could well be against Australian troops.

Must watch video report. Real video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13184.htm

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The battle spreads in Afghanistan:

Thousands of Taliban have emerged in the provinces of Helmand, Ghazni, Urgzan, Kandahar, Kunar and Zabul, and in all of them the story is the same: where allied forces have taken on the Taliban, the ANA holds the “fort”. In places beyond the access of allied forces, the Taliban are in control.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13186.htm

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Afghanistan in Turmoil: 330+ Killed in One Week, U.S. Bombing Raids Continue, Taliban Seizing Control in Southern Region:

We speak with an Afghan human rights activist who was forced to flee the country because of his work documenting human rights abuses committed by U.S. forces.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/25/1413204

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About 3,000 flee Afghan fighting :

Up to 3,000 villagers caught in the crossfire of heavy battles between Taliban and security forces in southern Afghanistan have fled their homes, the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) said on Thursday.
tinyurl.com/p5cpj

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Millions of Afghans could go hungry as lack of funds forces UN food agency to cut aid:

Due to a critical shortage of funds and resources, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will soon be forced to abandon plans to provide around 2.7 million of the poorest and most vulnerable Afghans with vital food aid to help them through the winter, the agency said today.
www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=18614&Cr=afghan&Cr1=

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East Timor Soldiers Kill 9 Unarmed Police, Wound 27, UN Says :

East Timorese soldiers killed nine unarmed police officers and wounded 27 other people in violence yesterday in the nation north of Australia, according to the United Nations.
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000080&sid=avNHXtE3qql4&refer=asia

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Commandos arrive in East Timor:

Australian commandos have arrived in East Timor after gun battles in the capital claimed more lives and kept residents off the streets.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0CF78264-0134-47F6-A337-C05FE8BCFA13.htm

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Putin Criticizes Cheney’s Remarks: `

`We see how the United States defends its interests, we see what methods and means they use for this,’’ Putin said at a news conference
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5845407,00.html

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Russian Missiles More Than a Match for U.S. ‘Shield’: General :

The head of the Russian military’s general staff gave a sharp response May 24 to U.S. proposals to set up a network of “interceptor” missiles in central Europe to ward off potential attacks.
www.defencetalk.com/news/publish/article_006133.php

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U.S. visitor issues Chen administration one of the bluntest warnings :

Washington policy makers are worried that Taiwan will push for independence through constitutional reform in a “nightmare scenario, a former U.S. official said yesterday, in one of the bluntest warnings to be issued from an American visitor.
www.chinapost.com.tw/i_latestdetail.asp?id=38504

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Chris Floyd: Bush’s China Syndrome: Hypocrisy, History and Twelve Kinds of Hell:

Sometimes a particularly choice piece of hypocrisy comes along, a wrenching juxtaposition between reality and sham righteousness so sublime in the totality of its horse-hockeyness that it cries out for special recognition.
tinyurl.com/r7pha

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India in global deal to emulate power of sun :

India, along with six other partners — the EU, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea and the US, made history by signing the International Thermo Nuclear Energy Reactor (ITER) agreement today.
www.telegraphindia.com/1060525/asp/nation/story_6267294.asp

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BBC Video Report: Facing extinction: How a tribe is being wiped out by civil war :

The Nukak Indians are the only nomadic tribe remaining in South America. Phil Rees reports from the edge of the Amazon basin. – Warning – Some viewers may find this report disturbing
tinyurl.com/ljp5g

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Cuba: A Clean Bill of Health :

Over the years of its isolation, Cuba has made major medical breakthroughs and now has a health system that’s the envy of most of its neighbours, including the mighty US. Real Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13187.htm

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Bush Orders Evidence Seized From Congressional Office Sealed :

Bush took the step today after leaders of both parties complained that the Federal Bureau of Investigation overstepped the constitutional separation of powers by searching the government office of a member of Congress.
tinyurl.com/omt83

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Libby prosecutor may call Cheney to testify in CIA leak case :

US Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald suggested Wednesday that Vice President Dick Cheney may be a witness in the government’s case against former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby
tinyurl.com/pohlv

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Ken Lay—Guilty. George Bush—Guilty. :

The man who paid many of the biggest bills for George Bush’s political ascent, Enron founder Kenneth Lay, has been found guilty of conspiracy and fraud almost five years after his dirty dealings created the greatest corporate scandal in what will be remembers as an era of corporate crime.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13189.htm

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Three banks in $6.6B Enron settlement:

U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon approved the settlements by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. CIBC settled for $2.4 billion, JPMorgan Chase for $2.2 billion and Citigroup for $2 billion in the Wednesday court action.
washingtontimes.com/upi/20060525-113402-6120r.htm

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House OKs Alaska Oil Drilling :

Citing the public outcry over $3-a-gallon gasoline and America’s heavy reliance on foreign oil, the House on Thursday voted to open an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, knowing the prospects for Senate approval were slim.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/05/25/politics/main1656620.shtml

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Humor: Jumping The Fence:

Bush speaks on illegal immigration.

Must See One Minute Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13190.htm

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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s War? As Many As 250,000
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11674.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2459

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$283,226,598,047
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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65 killed in Afghan fighting

Sixty Taliban and five Afghan security forces members were killed in a new clash in Afghanistan on Wednesday as the US-led coalition defended itself against mounting criticism of civilian deaths.
tinyurl.com/jlvmp

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At least 39 killed in continuing violence:

Clashes that erupted between two tribes killed 16 people and wounded 18 near the town of Suwayra, 40 km south of Baghdad, police said on Wednesday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L24399663.htm

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US Soldier killed in Iraq :

A US army soldier died when his patrol was attacked by small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades in Iraq, the military said Wednesday.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3254850,00.html

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Criminal probe ordered into alleged killing of Iraqi civilian by US marines:

A US commander ordered a criminal investigation into allegations marines killed an Iraqi man in April in an area west of Baghdad, the US military said Wednesday.
www.politicalgateway.com/news/read/15148

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Iraqi forces could stand alone in 2007, new PM says:

Iraqi forces will be ready to take over from coalition troops by November 2007, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said, while pledging to fill his cabinet’s security posts by the weekend.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060524/wl_mideast_afp/iraq

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Amnesty urges U.S. on Iraq contractor:

The United States is riding roughshod over human rights by outsourcing key anti-terror work in Iraq to private contractors, who operate beyond Iraqi law and outside the military chain of command, Amnesty International said Tuesday.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060524/ap_on_re_eu/human_rights_5

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Update On “Confessions Of An Iraqi War Veteran – Video:

This item has been removed – Some readers suggest Jessie Macbeth, may not be as he portrays himself.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13140.htm

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U.S. is urged to stop paying Iraqi reporters :

A Defense Department investigation of Pentagon-financed propaganda efforts in Iraq warns that paying Iraqi journalists to produce positive stories could damage American credibility and calls for an end to military payments to a group of Iraqi journalists in Baghdad,
www.iht.com/articles/2006/05/24/news/press.php

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Eyeing Iran, Israel seeks cruise missiles: sources:

Israel has speeded up efforts to develop long-range cruise missiles of a type that could be used should the Jewish state try to strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities
tinyurl.com/fhl7q

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Iran asks for direct talks with U.S. on its nuclear program : Tehran —

Iran has followed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent letter to President Bush with explicit requests for direct talks about its nuclear program, according to U.S. officials, Iranian analysts and foreign diplomats.
tinyurl.com/fabhy

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U.S. refuses direct talks with Iran :

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack confirmed that Iran has been showing interest in holding talks with the United States through intermediaries, but he said the United States has not replied.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20060524-1319-us-iran.html

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Tehran has repeatedly announced readiness to hold talks with US unconditionally: :

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi on Wednesday referring to the recent claims made by the US President George W Bush about Iran’s nuclear activities stressed that Tehran has repeatedly announced its readiness to hold talks without any precondition.
tinyurl.com/h92tt

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Iran deploys its war machine:

From several interviews with Iranian officials, researchers and foreign diplomats, it is clear that the Iranian army considers itself ready to repel a US land offensive and increasingly sees itself as the main regional power.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HE24Ak05.html

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Olmert: Bush and I are in full agreement on how to confront Iran :

There is full agreement between Israel and the U.S. on how to confront the Iranian nuclear issue, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Israeli journalists early Wednesday, hours after his White House meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/718626.html

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War Pimp Alert:

PM urges U.S. to end threat of nuclear Iran :

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told a joint meeting of the United States Houses of Congress on Wednesday that a “nuclear armed Iran is an intolerable threat to the peace and security of the world,” which “cannot be permitted to materialize.”
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/719102.html

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War pimp alert:

European banks bow under US pressure to cut Iran ties:

Four of Europe’s biggest banks have been strong-armed by the US into cutting ties with Iran in what some western media are calling anti-nuclear sanctions through the “back door.”
euobserver.com/9/21671/?rk=1

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War pimp alert:

Iran Test Launches Shihab-3 :

Iran has conducted a test launch this evening of the Shihab-3 (”Comet”) intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), with a range capable of striking Israel, all US forces in the region and Iran’s Arab rivals
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=104161

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War pimp alert:

U.S. Will Aid Israel In Event Of Attack:

President Bush announced with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Tuesday that the U.S. would defend Israel in the event of an attack from Iran.
www.tradingmarkets.com/tm.site/news/FOREX%20NEWS/263367/

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Israelis kill 3 civilians, wound at least 50 more in Ramallah raid:

A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused the Israeli occupation army of trying to undercut future negotiations with the raid in Ramallah that wounded at least 50 people.
tinyurl.com/zgluy

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Olmert’s health offer is hypocritical:

I must, reluctantly, tip my cap to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his propaganda machine for their sheer audacity. The more that Israeli troops, settlers and official occupation policies injure and kill Palestinians and make life miserable for the whole population, the more eloquently Israeli officials praise their own humanitarianism in front of the world.
tinyurl.com/hpvzr

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Hamas Considers Palestinian Task Force:

The Hamas-led government is open to the idea of joining a Palestinian task force that would support negotiations with Israel, the deputy prime minister from Hamas said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1999928

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Bush backs Israel’s border plan :

In a policy shift, the White House has praised Israel’s plan to set its borders with the Palestinians and is convinced those boundaries could create side-by-side states if a negotiated solution proves elusive.
www.hindu.com/2006/05/25/stories/2006052508001300.htm

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Democracy Now: President Bush Embraces “Bold” Israeli Plan To Annex West Bank Settlements:

President Bush condemned Hamas and said he believes a negotiated settlement could still be reached between Israel and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/24/1435247

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Can Olmert Pay For Pullout? :

But if Israel could prove to the U.S. that the unilateral withdrawal would advance negotiations toward a final settlement, U.S. aide would be both appropriate and necessary, he said.
www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=12489&print=yes

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65 killed in Afghan fighting

Sixty Taliban and five Afghan security forces members were killed in a new clash in Afghanistan on Wednesday as the US-led coalition defended itself against mounting criticism of civilian deaths.
tinyurl.com/jlvmp

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Attack on civilians in Afghanistan ‘unfortunate,’

PM Harper says : n air attack by coalition forces that killed a number of civilians in Afghanistan this week was an “unfortunate accident,”
tinyurl.com/zzg2w

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Canada out of Afghanistan:

This has nothing to do with peacekeeping.
thetyee.ca/Views/2006/05/19/OutOfAfghanistan/

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First Female Conscientious Objector Sentenced for Refusing Deployment to Afghanistan :

Army National Guard Specialist Katherine Jashinski received a bad conduct discharge today and was sentenced to 120 days confinement after pleading guilty to the charge of “refusal to obey a legal order.
www.commondreams.org/news2006/0524-12.htm

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A Taliban comeback? : A

s unprecedented Taliban violence sweeps across southern Afghanistan, four players in the region — Afghanistan, Pakistan, the US and NATO — are locked in a tense standoff rather than cooperating to defeat the terrorists
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006\05\25\story_25-5-2006_pg3_2

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Amnesty slams world powers on rights abuses:

The tide has turned against countries that abuse human rights in the name of anti-terrorism policies, says the head of Amnesty International, Irene Khan.
tinyurl.com/er5dr

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How Much Longer Can the Dollar Reign Supreme?:

Gulf nations, in particular the UAE and Qatar, are said to be suffering inflationary pressures due to the weakened dollar and there is discussion as to whether the dirham and the riyal should be released from their longtime hinge to the greenback. Some economists are making the case for Gulf currencies to be linked to a basket of foreign currencies instead.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13175.htm

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Speaker Hastert Protests to Bush Over Raid:

The FBI’s raid on a congressman’s office is rippling through Capitol Hill, with majority Republicans in the House complaining to President Bush and predicting a constitutional showdown in the Supreme Court.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5842166,00.html

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In case you missed it:

Vanity Fair Reports on Alleged Turkish Bribes of Hastert:

A senior official at the Turkish Consulate is said to have claimed in one recording that the price for Hastert to withdraw the resolution would have been at least $50,000.?
talkleft.com/new_archives/011738.html

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Intelligence Czar Can Waive SEC Rules:

President George W. Bush has bestowed on his intelligence czar, John Negroponte, broad authority, in the name of national security, to excuse publicly traded companies from their usual accounting and securities-disclosure obligations.
tinyurl.com/ouvyw

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Web inventor warns of ‘dark’ net :

He warned that if the US decided to go ahead with a two-tier internet, the network would enter “a dark period”.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/5009250.stm

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