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Date: 12 June 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 2492

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$287,927,413,043
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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When Suicide becomes Resistance

By Mike Whitney

Guantanamo is the face of America under Bush. It has changed how we are perceived in the world and it has eroded our moral authority. We should be grateful to the 3 men who sacrificed their lives in the struggle against barbarity and cynicism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13587.htm

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Another U.S. Cover-Up Surfaces

By Dahr Jamail and Arkan Hamed
Inter Press Service

In the wake of the Haditha massacre, reports of another atrocity have surfaced in which U.S. troops killed two women in Samarra, and then attempted to hide evidence of their responsibility.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13591.htm

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How Not to Get Out Of Iraq

By Pat Gerber

Rep. John Murtha introduced America to the word “redeployment” during his press conference last November, when he spoke about a bill he authored that was designed to prevent the military he loves from becoming “a broken force,” to use General Helmly’s words. Rep. Murtha has never claimed that his redeployment bill was peace-oriented, and if you examine it closely, you can see that its purpose is to change the arc of the war rather than end it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13585.htm

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Showdown Looming With Iran

By Mark H. Gaffney

Our problem in 2006 is that the world can no longer afford even a single miscalculation, lest we become irradiated flakes of ash on the wasted winds.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13590.htm

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Nuking Iran

By Paul Craig Roberts

John Bolton, a notorious neocon warmonger who could not be confirmed as America’s ambassador to the UN by even the compliant and corrupt US Senate, got the job as a recess appointment. He is using the platform to push America into war with Iran.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13588.htm

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At least 34 people killed as occupation continues:

U.S. forces killed seven “militants”. Two children were also been killed.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBA228362.htm

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Eight killed in Iraq suicide attack:

A suicide car bomber slammed into a security checkpoint outside Baqouba, killing at least eight people and wounding four others, police said.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1637943.cms

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No Slowdown in Iraq’s Violence:

Over the weekend, 83 bodies were delivered to the Baghdad morgue. The figure is high even by the grim standards of a venue that has seen thousands of corpses this year.
www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5478162

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US ‘planning to keep 50,000 troops in Iraq for many years’:

America plans to retain a garrison of 50,000 troops, one tenth of its entire army, in Iraq for years to come, according to US media reports.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13580.htm

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Questions Remain About Zarqawi’s Final Minutes:

The U.S. denies accounts saying that the terrorist was beaten by American troops before he died, but confirms that a child was among the dead.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13581.htm

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The blood on our hands :

The ineffable anguish in the image of a girl running on a beach where her family lay in pieces on the sand, was shown again and again and again on Al Jazeera, but it passed swiftly from Israeli television screens
www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=725483

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Video

Death On A Gaza Beach:

A 7 year old Palestinian girl screams in horror as she watches her dead parents and other family members being removed from the beach:

– Warning -This video should only be watched by a mature audience.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13593.htm

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In pictures:

Death On A Gaza Beach:

Pictures show the destruction of a Palestinian family by Israeli bombs
tinyurl.com/k6rtc

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Mike Whitney : Funereal in Gaza :

“Don’t leave me alone.” 7 year old Palestinian Huda Ghalya, who was orphaned when an Israeli missile killed her parents and 5 siblings
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13594.htm

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US pressing EU NOT to pay Palestinian health workers :

The EU had hoped to begin paying the allowances starting July 1, but doing so could prove difficult without U.S. backing.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L11171441.htm

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The issue is not whether Hamas recognises Israel:

Hamas is determined that Palestinian recognition of Israel will not come about without Israel’s recognition of Palestinian national rights, and that only an end to the occupation and Israel’s acceptance of the principle that no changes in the pre-1967 borders can occur without Palestinian agreement (a principle enshrined in the road map that Israel pretends to have accepted) will constitute such recognition.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13583.htm

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Israel’s former PM tried to kill Adenauer: German report:

As a Zionist leader, Begin was responsible for a series of horrific terrorist attacks throughout the 1940s and 50s, among them the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem which killed 91 people.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/060612/2006061209.html

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Promises and Betrayals: : Video:

An intriguing look at how the British double-dealing during WWI ignited the conflict between Arab and Jew in the Middle East. A disturbing picture of a duplicitous wartime government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8739.htm

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Fax reveals US is flying terror suspects to Europe’s secret jails :

THE intercepted top-secret fax contained information that America never wanted the world to know – that the US was holding war-on-terror captives at clandestine “black site” prisons in eastern Europe.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13577.htm

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Nearly 40 “Taliban” believed killed in Afghanistan:

Major strikes by Afghan and coalition troops killed up to 37 Taliban fighters, including a man believed to be related to the movement’s leader, the military said.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=128148

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UK soldier killed in Afghanistan :

Two others were seriously injured in the clash in the south-west of the country.
www.theherald.co.uk/news/63864.html

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UN report accuses Afghan MPs of torture and massacres :

A controversial UN report that has been shelved for 18 months names and shames leading Afghan politicians and officials accused of orchestrating massacres, torture, mass rape and other war crimes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13582.htm

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Desperate Afghanistan mulls forming militias :

Unable to offer protection to vulnerable villagers against intimidation by Taleban fighters, the Afghan government says it is considering forming tribal militias to guard the places security forces can’t reach.
paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=146659

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‘Killing themselves was unnecessary. But it certainly is a good PR move’ :

Bush officials’ hard line provokes condemnation
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13584.htm

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I Stand In Solidarity With The Prisoners Of Guantanamo:

Because the unjust and inhumane treatment of any man or woman, diminishes me
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13589.htm

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US prison at Guantanamo condemned:

Human rights groups and politicians have called for the controversial US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to be closed after the suicides of three inmates on Saturday.
tinyurl.com/hlbgt

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Bush Iran Strategy Suffers Major Diplomatic Defeat:

The administration has suffered a decisive defeat of its effort to get international sanctions for possible military action against Iran.
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=33571

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U.S. Denies Political Motives in Blocking Russia’s WTO Bid:

Russia has angrily accused the U.S. government of injecting political questions about democracy and human rights into the trade negotiations, but Schwab this was not the case.
www.mosnews.com/news/2006/06/10/wtopolitics.shtml

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U.S. image plummets in Latin America:

Presidents of Bolivia, Venezuela toast Castro as they pledge to form a regional, socialist mini-bloc to oppose Bush
tinyurl.com/n8z2b

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Using Children as ‘God’s Army’:

A new documentary chronicles a summer camp where children, as young as six, are trained to become devout Christian soldiers.
www.alternet.org/movies/37373/

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Norway dumps Wal-Mart stock:

The huge fund that’s meant to preserve Norway’s oil wealth for future generations is pulling out of shares that don’t meet the government’s ethical standards. Among them is the Wal-Mart discount store chain.
www.aftenposten.no/english/business/article1341741.ece

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Mad cow cases in Texas, Alabama appear to be mysterious strain:

Two cases of mad cow disease in Texas and Alabama seem to have resulted from a mysterious strain that could appear spontaneously in cattle, researchers say.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/living/health/14794027.htm

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The Internet’s Future:

THE SENATE will hold hearings tomorrow on “net neutrality,” the idea that the pipes and wires that form the Internet should treat all content equally.
tinyurl.com/qxt43

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Date: 11 June 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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Propaganda and Haditha

By Dahr Jamail and Jeff Pflueger

This piece is a summary of five most commonly deployed crisis management propaganda tactics which the State and Media combine that we can expect to see in relation to the Haditha Massacre. Listed in a loose chronological order of their deployment, the tactics are: Delay, Distract, Discredit, Spotlight and Scapegoat. Each of the five public relations campaigns will here be discussed in the context of the Haditha Massacre.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13563.htm

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The Courage to Face the Consequences

By Ray McGovern

Hope is here. The cold light of truth is piercing the cloud of lies conjured by Donald Rumsfeld and others about the war in Iraq—even in the defense secretary’s own bailiwick.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13573.htm

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At least 17 killed in continuing violence:

A car bomb killed six people and wounded 42 others in Baghdad’s central Karrada district, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/GEO117259.htm

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Five dead following Iraqi gunbattle:

Insurgents set a fire in a vegetable market to lure British soldiers into a gunbattle Sunday that left five civilians dead and more than a dozen hurt by the crossfire, Iraqi police said.
tinyurl.com/s23m7

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Iraq Insurgents Post New Beheading Video:

Insurgents signaled the fight is still on after Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s death, posting an Internet video Saturday showing the beheading of three alleged Shiite death squad members in revenge for killing Sunnis.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=2062423&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312

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Bomb Kills U.S. Soldier in Northern Iraq :

A roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier and wounded another in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said Saturday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5877240,00.html

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Another Fallujah? :

Fearful citizens flee from Ramadi:

U.S. and Iraqi forces cordoned off the city Saturday and were asking civilians to evacuate, residents and Iraqi officials said. Airstrikes on several residential areas picked up, and troops used loudspeakers to warn civilians of a fierce impending attack, Ramadi police Capt. Tahseen Aldulaimi said.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003054003_ramadi11.html

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How Iraq’s ghost of death was cornered:

“We saw the bodies of two women that had been flung away from the blast. Both were dead. Another body was totally destroyed and in pieces, and then we heard a moan coming from another part of the house.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13574.htm

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Baghdad Burning: Iraqi Girl Blog:

Zarqawi…

The timing is extremely suspicious: just when people were getting really fed up with the useless Iraqi government, Zarqawi is killed and Maliki is hailed the victorious leader of the occupied world! (And no- Iraqis aren’t celebrating in the streets- worries over electricity, water, death squads, tests, corpses and extremists in high places prevail right now.)
tinyurl.com/hwc7q

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William Bowles: Pulling corpses out of the hat :

“The Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date.” — Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the U.S. military’s chief spokesman
williambowles.info/ini/2006/0606/ini-0422.html

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Eric S. Margolis: So is Iraq free now?:

Contrary to erroneous reports promoted by the US government, Zarqawi’s so-called ‘Al Qaeda in Iraq’ was not really a part of Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda movement, and he was not the leader of the anti-US resistance in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13576.htm

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Jason Miller: Bon Appétit, America :

Throughout Bush’s tenure in the White House, our Commander in Chef and his staff of gourmets have prepared a veritable smorgasbord of propagandistic delights for the psyches of those who still cling to the myth of America’s innate superiority.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13565.htm

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Scott Ritter: Blame for Haditha Lies at Bush’s Feet:

The scope and scale of our crimes, as manifested in Iraq and elsewhere, are mind-boggling. The indifference of the American people is mind numbing. And the wrath of history, which will judge all of us harshly, has yet to be felt.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13567.htm

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Storms of Horror in a Tormented Land :

Report after report of horrific atrocities — long held back by a levee of lies, fear, obfuscation and the natural confusion of war — has broken through, flooding the imperial capital with the reeking, corpse-filled backwash of the vast criminal folly committed by its grubby little Caesar.
tinyurl.com/mm2jt

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Military attempts to stop Lt. Watada from speaking against illegal war:

Lt. Watada confirmed, “I have a legal and ethical obligation to speak out against, and refuse to fight, this patently illegal war in Iraq. This has not changed.”
tinyurl.com/ogefp

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Iraq war bill deletes US military base prohibition:

Congressional Republicans killed a provision in an Iraq war funding bill that would have put the United States on record against the permanent basing of U.S. military facilities in that country, a lawmaker and congressional aides said on Friday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13569.htm

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House Aid Package Cuts Iraq, Afghan Funds :

The House voted Friday to spend $21.3 billion on foreign aid but cut money President Bush wanted for Iraq, Afghanistan and a program that rewards countries moving toward democracy and good government.
tinyurl.com/rf5kr

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Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers deserting:

Erratic pay, inadequate food and poor living conditions are driving several hundred Iraqi soldiers out of the army every month.
www.politicalgateway.com/news/read/18314

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Germany Says No to Rumsfeld Request for Help:

US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is reportedly looking for Germany to provide more assistance in Iraq. The German government, however, has declined the invitation.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,420469,00.html

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3 Guantanamo inmates commit suicide:

This was entirely predictable,’ Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch told BBC News 24. ‘There are people there [in Guantanamo] who are increasingly despairing … because they are being held lawlessly, there’s no end in sight.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13562.htm

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Alfred W McCoy: The Outcast of Camp Echo:

The Punishment of David Hicks: Stripped of all rights as an “unlawful combatant”, isolated inside a concrete cell, abandoned by his homeland and pushed to the brink of suicide, David Hicks has somehow managed to defy the world’s most powerful person, George W Bush
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13568.htm

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Were witnesses tortured in Padilla case

Jose Padilla is seeking a hearing to determine if statements from two alleged al-Qaida operatives that led to his arrest and the seizure of key evidence were obtained through torture or drugs.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13566.htm

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Cindy Sheehan: When Will We Ever Learn? :

I often have to ask myself why we, as Americans, so blindly follow our leaders down this path of violent destruction, and it has always been so. From the genocide and virtual extinction of our native population to dehumanizing black people so that they could be used as human chattel and still be oppressed, even today, to still be the only so-called “civilized nation” that executes people.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13570.htm

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Ben Metcalf: On Simple Human Decency:

Am I allowed to write that I would like to hunt down George W. Bush, the president of the United States, and kill him with my bare hands?
www.harpers.org/OnSimpleHumanDecency=1149635660.html

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Stephen Lendman : Comments on Greg Palast’s New Book Armed Madhouse :

Living in the US under a rogue administration bent on world conquest and dominance, I can easily understand what Greg might have had in mind by his title. But as he explained, he chose it from his late teacher Allen Ginsberg who wrote: “The soul should not die ungodly in an armed madhouse.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13571.htm

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Iran to make nuclear counter-offer:

The counter-offer may be a variation of the proposal made by Europe, the US, China and Russia or could be an entirely new package, the state-run Irna news agency quoted Manouchehr Mottaki, the Iranian foreign minister, as saying on Saturday.
tinyurl.com/qugf7

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US refuses to rule out attacks:

America has refused to give Iran guarantees that it will not use military force against its nuclear sites, according to a leading US official (Richard Beeston writes).
www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,175-2219342,00.html

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A New “Perle Harbor”:

Neocon Foreign Policy Architect Richard Perle reveals US War Plans in the Iranian Theater
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13564.htm

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Reid to seek ‘transparency’ on Iran nukes:

Reid said he wants to prevent possible misuse of intelligence, and plans to introduce legislation next week calling for a new national intelligence estimate for Iran — as well as an unclassified summary for release to the public.
www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20060611-013445-9189r

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Palestinian girl buries family killed by Israeli bombs:

“Don’t leave me alone.” – With those parting words, and amid a sea of tears from thousands of mourners, 7-year-old Huda Ghalya bade farewell on Saturday to her mother, father and three siblings killed when a sunny day on the beach turned into the child’s darkest day.
today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=L1067283

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President Abbas Describes Israel’s Massacres:

“Undoubtedly what happened in Gaza today are bloody pogroms against safe civilians,” said President Abbas in a statement to WAFA “Israeli is committing the biggest crimes of termination against the Palestinian people.”
tinyurl.com/eh3yr

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US supports Israel killing :

Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahmoud Az Zahar condemned the US support of Israel killing an entire family yesterday. He described the US position as one of an “accomplice to the crimes,” as the Americans do foot the bill and also give their moral support to such brutality.
www.pnn.ps/english/archive2006/jun/week2/100606/report2.htm

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Paralyzed for life :

The tangle of tubes and the artificial respirator attached directly to her windpipe cannot hide her beauty. A little 3-year-old girl lying in the pediatric intensive care unit at Sheba Medical Center, Maria Aman’s sad, brown almond eyes are wide open, her lips murmur in a whisper: “Food, I want to eat,” but all her limbs are paralyzed, forever.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/725208.html

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Hamas says will renew attacks on Israel:

The militant group Hamas, which has largely abided by a truce for more than a year, said on Friday it was renewing attacks on Israel following Israeli strikes that were reported to have killed 10 Palestinian civilians.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L09560621.htm

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Jailed Hamas men retract support of prisoners’ plan :

The Hamas prisoner who helped draft a proposal that would implicitly recognize Israel withdrew his name from the document Sunday on behalf of all Hamas prisoners, deepening Palestinian divisions ahead of a referendum on the plan.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/725495.html

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Israel braces for new “terror” war:

The IDF report outlines the army’s general assessment for the next five years. It lists Iran’s nuclear program as the top danger to Israel, followed by the threat of a renewed conflict with the Palestinians. The third level of threat is all-out war.
tinyurl.com/ke7ab

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Israel’s ‘Right’ to Exist : A question of legitimacy :

The basic fact is Israel was created in violation of international law and remains so. Israel’s illegitimacy is the point that Hamas asserts and which the world is starving and economically boycotting the Palestinians to force them to reject — by demanding they recognize Israel’s right to exist.
tinyurl.com/fqy6e

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Constitutional chauvinism:

Arab citizens have no right to a family life in their homeland, if this means granting legal status to their partners in Israel. The reason is that this changes the numerical ratio between Arabs and Jews, thus changing the status quo in Israel.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/724872.html

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US approves annual aid to Israel :

House of Representatives approves allocation of USD 2.46 billion to Israel, the largest sum received by any country;
tinyurl.com/lul3j

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Lebanon: Israel-linked suspect nabbed in Jihad killing :

Lebanon said on Saturday it had arrested a man who was a key mastermind in a car bombing that killed a senior official of a violent Palestinian terror group and who has links to Israeli intelligence.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3261094,00.html

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Israelis Fear Spread Of War Crimes Cases :

Laws passed in wake of Nuremberg trials now being pressed in Europe against Israeli generals.
tinyurl.com/jed2e

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Dahlan vows to decimate Hamas:

Former Gaza strongman Mohamed Dahlan said during a closed meeting held recently in Gaza that he would “rough up and humiliate” Fatah members or supporters who might be tempted to join the Hamas-led Palestinian government.
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2006/798/re82.htm

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The essence of colonialism:

Gabriela Becker* exposes the implications of thriving Israeli agriculture in the wake of continuous measures to annex or colonise Palestinian lands and efface the Palestinians
weekly.ahram.org.eg/print/2006/798/feature.htm

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Over 30 militants killed in Pak Army raid:

Pakistan’s Army today raised the number of militants killed in a raid on a training camp a day earlier to more then 30, including Arabs, Uzbeks and local militants who were also involved in attacks inside Afghanistan.
www.zeenews.com/znnew/articles.asp?aid=301589&sid=SAS

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15 “militants” killed, 2 captured by Afghan forces :

Fifteen suspected militants were killed and two others wounded as they engaged with Afghan national troops in the volatile southern Uruzgan province, a press release of the Defense Ministry said Saturday.
english.peopledaily.com.cn/200606/11/eng20060611_272953.html

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US soldier killed in Afghan blast :

Elsewhere in the province, gunmen shot dead three people on Saturday night, officials said. In Kandahar province four road workers were also killed.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5068882.stm

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Bomb Kills Afghanistan Politician, 2 Others -Kabul Police : –

A roadside bomb killed three people, including an Afghan politician, just south of Kabul, the Kabul police chief said Saturday.
tinyurl.com/gynyl

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Afghan violence kills more than 500:

The worst three weeks of violence since the fall of the Taliban have left more than 500 people dead, the U.S.-led coalition said Saturday.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060611/ap_on_re_as/afghanistan_violence

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Indonesia’s Defense minister scolds U.S. on terror:

Indonesia’s defense minister warned the Bush administration Tuesday that its approach for fighting terrorism is perceived as overbearing and that the United States should be sensitive to local concerns.
tinyurl.com/fcqtc

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Fall of Mogadishu leaves US policy in ruins:

It was a rout. After months of fighting that left hundreds dead Mogadishu fell suddenly this week: pick-up trucks with mounted machine-guns and young warriors scrambled to leave the city.
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329501485-103681,00.html

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Annan defends UN criticism of US:

The US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, had demanded Kofi Annan should repudiate Mark Malloch Brown’s remarks.
tinyurl.com/em3z5

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China’s thirst for oil rattles old order:

The shifting pattern of energy consumption is rattling Washington and aggravating an already intense rivalry with neighboring Japan over access to oil and gas supplies, adding to tensions in an already volatile region.
tinyurl.com/eb5fh

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Video

Oil: The Party’s Over:

Richard Heinberg, author of “The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies” and “Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World,” and professor at New College of California, discusses the end of oil as the fuel of industrial societies.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13572.htm

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China-Japan showdown is coming:

recent Pentagon report on China’s growing military power suggests the US is worried that Beijing is gearing up not only to threaten Taiwan but also to confront other US allies in the region, Japan being the most prominent among them.
tinyurl.com/khdko

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How Long Will America Lead the World?:

Americans don’t quite realize how fast the rest of the world is catching up.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13123358/site/newsweek/

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Trips buy ‘access that you and I can’t get’ :

Congressional travelers took all-expenses-paid trips worth almost $50 million over a 5?-year period, with corporations and other private sponsors picking up the tab, according to a report released yesterday.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/politics/20060606-9999-1n6trips.html

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Citizens 1, Corporations 0 :

In Northern California’s Humboldt County, voters decided by a 55-45 margin that corporations do not have the same rights — based on the supposed “personhood” of the combines — as citizens when it comes to participating in local political campaigns.
www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat?bid=1&pid=89125

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Economic Fascism:

A version of economic fascism was in fact adopted in the United States in the 1930s and survives to this day. In the United States these policies were not called “fascism” but “planned capitalism.” The word fascism may no longer be politically acceptable, but its synonym “industrial policy” is as popular as ever.
www.banned-books.com/truth-seeker/1994archive/121_3/ts213l.html

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Robert Fisk: How Racism Has Invaded Canada :

This has been a good week to be in Canada — or an awful week, depending on your point of view — to understand just how irretrievably biased and potentially racist the Canadian press has become.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13575.htm

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Beware: the new goths are coming:

“The diaspora issue is one of my biggest current concerns,” he said. “Globalisation makes assimilation seem redundant and old-fashioned . . . [the process] acts as a sort of reverse colonisation, where groups of people are self-contained, going back and forth between their countries, exploiting sophisticated networks and using instant communication on phones and the internet.”
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2220267,00.html

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London chemical bomb suspects freed:

British police say they have freed without charge two brothers who were arrested in an anti-terrorist raid in east London last week, in which one of them was shot.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/43EB5F5A-2393-4198-999A-40B648B9892A.htm

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Yard told MI5 of terror tip doubt :

Scotland Yard warned MI5 it had serious reservations about the credibility of the source whose information triggered the Forest Gate anti-terrorism raid only hours before police stormed the suspects’ house in east London.
observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1794962,00.html

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It’s Alright, Ma Bell:

Last week, as details emerged of the Justice Department’s plan to have Internet providers log customers’ Web clicks and e-mails, the method behind the Bush administration’s domestic surveillance finally became discernible.
www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId=11627

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High hopes for drone in LA skies :

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drone aircraft, are about to be launched for the first time by the police in Los Angeles.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5051142.stm

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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 2489

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$287,143,296,333
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Zarqawi’s end is not a famous victory

By Robert Fisk

So, it’s another “mission accomplished”. The man immortalised by the Americans as the most dangerous terrorist since the last most dangerous terrorist, is killed – by the Americans. A Jordanian corner-boy who could not even lock and load a machine gun is blown up by the US Air Force – and Messrs Bush and Blair see fit to boast of his demise. To this have our leaders descended. And how short are our memories.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13556.htm

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Dissecting the Zargawi Spectacle

By Danny Schechter

What a coup! What a show! And what an event for Iraqi “leaders” to show-off with terms like he has been “eliminated.” Within hours, the spinmeisters were claiming a “major victory” and pronouncing another “turning point.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13557.htm

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Impunity

By Mike Whitney

George Bush is right; Iraq is “the central battlefield in the global war on terror”. Regrettably, it is United States that is the main sponsor and supporter of that terror in the form of American-trained death squads. Death squad activity in Iraq now accounts for more than 1,000 casualties per month. The Baghdad morgue has become a conveyor-belt for American-generated carnage.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13558.htm

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War Criminal Nation

By Paul Craig Roberts

Our elected “representatives” are so in thrall to the powerful military-industrial complex that no amount of American shame, pariah status and military defeat can shut off the flow of taxpayers’ funds to the merchants of death.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13554.htm

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Troop Cuts in Iraq Won’t Meet Goal This Year, Officials Say:

Senior administration and military officials now acknowledge that there is little chance the United States can reach the milestone of reducing American troop levels in Iraq to 100,000 by December, a goal that earlier in the year had seemed within reach.
fairuse.100webcustomers.com/sf/nyt6_09_06.htm

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For the women of Iraq, the war is just beginning :

Across Iraq, a bloody and relentless oppression of women has taken hold. Many women had their heads shaved for refusing to wear a scarf or have been stoned in the street for wearing make-up. Others have been kidnapped and murdered for crimes that are being labelled simply as “inappropriate behaviour”.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article717570.ece

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Zarqawi betrayed by Qaeda insider :

As the U.S. commandos took up positions, Ismael said, someone from inside the house in the date grove began shooting. The Americans returned fire, Ismael said, but the gun battle did not last long.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13552.htm

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Greg Palast: Unreported:The Zarqawi Invitation:

They got him — the big, bad, beheading berserker in Iraq. But, something’s gone unreported in all the glee over getting Zarqawi … who invited him into Iraq in the first place?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13555.htm

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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi: Dead Again :

The reported death—and past deaths—are simply another dimension of a rather transparent psychological operations campaign run out of the Pentagon.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13553.htm

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BBC Question Time:

George Galoway on Al-Zzarqawi and the war crimes commited by Bush and Blair
tinyurl.com/qbqzd

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Was Al-Zarqawi death used as cover for the release of the US State Dept Human Trafficking Report 2006?

The report admits that slave labor has been used by US Contractors and Sub-contractors in Iraq… indentured servitude paid for with US Tax dollars.
www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2006/

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U.S. taxpayers financed human trafficking, report says:

A State Department report cataloging human trafficking across the globe includes allegations that American taxpayers financed such abuses.
tinyurl.com/zlp7n

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Families of Haditha victims may have been offered money:

Iraqi charges that the Marines offered hush money have also figured in a separate investigation of the shooting death of a disabled Iraqi man in the Baghdad suburb of Hamdaniyah on April 26.
www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/14767820.htm

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America’s Endless Race Wars and Massacres:

The United States is arguably the only country on the planet whose national personality and self-image is rooted in centuries of unremitting expansion through race war punctuated by massacre.
www.blackcommentator.com/187/187_cover_race_war_pf.html

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UK soldiers ‘killed 21 Taleban’ :

Twenty-one Taleban fighters have been killed in a clash with British soldiers in southern Afghanistan, the BBC has been told.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5062828.stm

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Afghan army kills 13 “suspected Taleban”:

Afghan troops killed 13 “suspected Taleban” rebels including two Pakistani nationals on Friday in an operation in southern Afghanistan, a commander said.
tinyurl.com/rdew8

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9 killed in Afghan violence, officials say :

Violence killed nine people around Afghanistan, including a regional security director and two Afghan aid workers, officials said Friday.
tinyurl.com/m3zb8

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Kabul should have restored to it the dignity lost over the past 25 years :

We declare war. We bomb. We conquer. We then pretend to rebuild. But there is no rebuilding, just collateral damage. In Belgrade, Baghdad and Kabul, the last three cities assaulted by Britain in war, millions may be spent on aid, but buildings are left as piles of rubble.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1793476,00.html

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Malaysia’s Mahathir warns World War 4 looming:

A new world war involving nuclear weapons may have already begun, Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said Wednesday, warning that an attack on Iran would be disastrous.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13550.htm

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Russia urges Israel against Iran attack:

Russia sent messages to Israel through US intermediaries recently, voicing opposition to a possible military attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
tinyurl.com/ohq8j

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‘Pressure on Tehran about oil not weapons’ :

Western pressure on Iran is driven not by concerns about weapons of mass destruction but by interest in the country’s oil reserves, a senior Iranian energy official said, AFP reported.
tinyurl.com/nhwxm

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Hans Blix: Don’t Forget Those Other 27,000 Nukes :

Almost all the talk these days is about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to states like Iran and North Korea, or to terrorists. Foreign ministers meet again and again, concerned that Iran has enriched a few milligrams of uranium to a 4 percent level.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13551.htm

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Bush Overture To Iran Splits Israel, Neocons:

They argue that America’s ultimate goal should be to change Tehran’s theocratic regime.
www.forward.com/main/printer-friendly.php?id=7937

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Israel kills 9 Palestinians:

Israeli airstrikes and artillery fire killed at least nine Palestinians on Friday, including six people on a crowded Gaza beach, Palestinian medics said.
tinyurl.com/qj8ub

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Israel Kills Palestinian Family Including 3 Children:

The attack destroyed a tent and scattered body parts along the beach. A crowd flocked to the area, screaming and running around in confusion. One tearful man held the limp body of what appeared to be a girl or young woman.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13223303/

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With a little help from the outside :

Israel cannot claim the boycott weapon is illegitimate. It makes extensive use of this weapon itself, and its victims are suffering under severe conditions of deprivation, from Rafah to Jenin.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/722364.html

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Fears of ‘regime change’ policy after US cancels Palestinian pay talks:

The US has cancelled talks in which ministers had been expected to approve urgent measures leading to the payment of Palestinian salaries, including those of the security forces, which were frozen after a Hamas government came to power.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article753710.ece

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U.S. warns of terror threat in China:

The United States warned on Friday of a possible terrorist threat against its interests in China, especially in the three major cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/PEK300791.htm

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Russia Shifts Part of Its Forex Reserves from Dollars to Euros:

On Thursday, June 8, Russia became the latest in the list of countries that shifted a part of its Central Bank reserves from the dollar
www.mosnews.com/money/2006/06/09/dollarshift.shtml

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America’s robot army?:

Already there are killing machines operating by remote control. Soon the machines will be able to kill on their own initiative. A new warfare is on its way.
www.newstatesman.com/200606120018

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Canada: Suspects seem strictly second-rate?:

If these guys are terrorists, they aren’t very good ones. At least that seems to be the picture that is slowly emerging of the 17 men and boys charged this week under Canada’s anti-terror laws.
tinyurl.com/mnkaj

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Defeat for net neutrality backers :

Some fear the decision will mean net providers start deciding on behalf of customers which websites and services they can visit and use.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/5063072.stm

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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 2486

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$286,879,908,291
See the cost in your community
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Other People’s Blood

By BOB HERBERT

For the smug, comfortable, well-off Americans, it doesn’t seem to matter how long the war in Iraq goes on – as long as the agony is endured by others. If the network coverage gets too grim, viewers can always switch to the E! channel (one hand on the remote, the other burrowing into a bag of chips) to follow the hilarious antics of Paris, Britney, Brangelina et al.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13539.htm

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Caped Crusaders in a Comic Book War

By Jerry Ghinelli

Fresh and well-rested after their year-long vacation, our valiant crusaders—oil executives by day, freedom fighters by night—return to the world stage once again as Batman and Robin: The Caped Crusaders in a Comic Book War.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13541.htm

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Bomb Blasts in Baghdad Kill 22 :

Iraqi police say three bombs in Baghdad killed at least 22 people and wounded several others Thursday.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-06-08-voa15.cfm

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Iraqi boy death reports investigated by MoD:

Reports that a 13-year-old Iraqi boy was killed by British troops in southern Iraq are being investigated, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed today.
tinyurl.com/fkr6q

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Iraq “Al-Qaeda chief” Zarqawi killed in air strike:

The US military said Zarqawi was killed in an air strike on a safe house north of Baghdad where he was holding a meeting with fellow militants, ending years of hunting for the country’s most wanted — and elusive — fugitive.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060608/wl_mideast_afp/iraq_060608102148

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U.S. shows video of Zarqawi killing :

A new video shows U.S. warplanes carrying out an air strike on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al Qaeda leader in Iraq.
tinyurl.com/jnavb

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Father of beheaded man blames Bush, not Zarqawi:

Asked what would give him satisfaction, Berg, an anti-war activist and candidate for U.S. Congress, said, “The end of the war and getting rid of George Bush.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13535.htm

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Audio: Will Al-Zarqawi’s Death Fuel the Insurgency or Diminish It?:

We speak with Robert Fisk, chief Middle East correspondent of the London Independent and Loretta Napoleoni, author of “Insurgent Iraq: Al Zarqawi and the New Generation.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13537.htm

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Chris Floyd: Hubub in Hibhib: The Timely Death of al-Zarqawi

Zarqawi, was head of an organization that quite fortuitously dubbed itself “Al Qaeda in Iraq” just around the time that the Bush Administration began changing its pretext for the conquest from “eliminating Iraq’s [non-existent] weapons of mass destruction” to “fighting terrorists over there so we don’t have to fight them over here.”
tinyurl.com/ebt26

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Aljazeera Video: Haditha Massacre Eyewitness Report :

Eman Waleed the child who survived Haditha massacre with English subtitles
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13536.htm

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Poll: U.S. disapproves of war in Iraq:

The poll, found that 59 percent of adults say the United States made a mistake in going to war in Iraq – the highest level yet in AP-Ipsos polling.
tinyurl.com/hy39x

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Army Lieutenant Becomes First Commissioned Officer to Refuse Deployment to Iraq:

Interview: Audio and transcript: On Wednesday U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant Ehren Watada announced his intention to disobey what he says are illegal orders to deploy to Iraq. We speak with 1st Lieutenant Watada and his lawyer, Legrand Jones.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13538.htm

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House Panel Approves $50B More for Wars:

On a voice vote, the House defense appropriations subcommittee passed a $427 billion measure for the Pentagon budget year that begins Oct. 1, including operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,100181,00.html

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The Case of the Missing $21 Billion:

Who’s Following the Iraq Money?
counterpunch.org/lindorff06072006.html

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Iraq War: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush:

Media Critic Eric Boehlert Takes on the Corporate Media
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/06/07/1420203

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Army has to turn over Halliburton docs:

A U.S. district court judge has ordered the Army to release 14 documents, including six emails, dealing with the Halliburton oil contract in Iraq.
tinyurl.com/m3b2o

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Taleban Militants Kill 5 Afghan Security Men, Wound 4 Coalition Troops :

Afghan officials say suspected Taleban militants have killed five Afghan security men in separate attacks in the south of the country.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-06-08-voa16.cfm

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Taliban shoot down US fighter plane :

A Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf while talking to Radio Tehran, said that Taliban shot down the fighter plane in Deh Chopan district of Zabul province. He however stated that so far there are no reports about casualties.
www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=98264

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War pimp alert:

Jewish leader in Germany calls Ahmadinejad ‘second Hitler’ :

The newly elected leader of Germany’s main Jewish organization said that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a “second Hitler” who should not be allowed to attend the World Cup, according to comments published Thursday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/724655.html

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War pimp alert:

Pro-Israel group pushes tough U.S. policy on Iran:

As the Bush administration pursues sensitive diplomacy, the influential U.S. pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC has sent out a fundraising letter seeking support for a tough U.S. line against Iran’s nuclear program.
tinyurl.com/k6yhz

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UN finds highly enriched uranium traces in Iran: IAEA :

A senior UN official said Thursday the new traces of highly enriched uranium that had been found were not of a high enough quality to make weapons.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060608/wl_mideast_afp/irannuclearpolitics

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Iran ready to discuss nuclear program, but not stop it: –

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that Iran was ready to discuss “mutual concerns” over his country’s nuclear program, but he refused to first suspend uranium enrichment.
www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=86642

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Iran ‘continuing enrichment work’ :

Iran slowed uranium enrichment in May but picked up the pace on the day it got an offer to abandon the work, a report by the UN nuclear agency shows.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/5061526.stm

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Bill Christison: War, War and More War is What Bush Really Wants:

We should – strongly reject any U.S.- or Israeli-initiated military actions or coup attempts against Iran. The consequence of such actions would almost certainly be a new world war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13542.htm

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3 Killed as Israeli forces continue attacks on Gaza Strip:

“Not again,” residents decry. When the Israeli settlers and military ‘withdrew’ from the Gaza Strip at summer’s end, many believed they finally had a chance for a normal life without checkpoints and attacks, but this did not happen.
www.pnn.ps/english/archive2006/jun/week2/080606/report1.htm

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Abbas to hold referendum on July 31 :

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will hold a referendum on a statehood proposal that implicitly recognizes Israel on July 31, after Hamas rejected the plan, officials said on Thursday.
tinyurl.com/grnl7

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South African union joins boycott of Israel:

Workers union representing 1.2 million extols CUPE Ontario’s boycott of Israel, which it calls ‘an apartheid nation.’
tinyurl.com/f9lju

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Middle East Wars Flare Up At Yale :

Controversial academic shot down for appointment; was campaign against him politically motivated?
www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=12578&print=yes

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Amnesty criticises US airstrikes in Pakistan :

Amnesty International has expressed grave concerns over the United States’ targeting and killings of civilians inside Pakistan and the arrest, detention and disappearance of Pakistanis by their own government in the name of war on terror.
tinyurl.com/hrht4

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Europe helped CIA run secret prisons: Probe:

“It is now clear — although we are still far from having established the whole truth — that authorities in several European countries actively participated with the CIA in these unlawful activities,” said Marty.
tinyurl.com/zyrjt

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From logistics to turning a blind eye: Europe’s role in terror abductions:

The full extent of European collusion with the CIA during operations to abduct terrorism suspects and fly them to countries where they may be tortured is laid bare today by the continent’s most authoritative human rights body.
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329498686-110878,00.html

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Warlords advance towards Somali capital-residents:

Warlords driven out of Mogadishu by an Islamist militia are advancing back towards the Somali capital from their last stronghold of Jowhar, residents said on Thursday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L08380351.htm

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Washington fury over UN attack on Bush ‘hypocrites’ :

The deputy secretary-general of the United Nations was last night accused of making “a very, very grave mistake” after calling the Bush administration hypocrites who were feeding a right-wing anti-UN frenzy in middle America.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1792679,00.html

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US infuriated by UN official’s speech :

The United States demanded Wednesday that U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan repudiate a speech in which his No. 2 official broke with tradition and accused the United States of undermining the United Nations.
tinyurl.com/hb48m

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Scepticism expressed over Canadian terrorist plot:

The Canadian terrorist conspiracy should be “treated with the utmost caution and a large degree of scepticism”
tinyurl.com/gm83d

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Daniel Ellsberg Interview:

The day after the next 9/11 our freedoms are gone.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13540.htm

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From Freedom To Fascism :

The scariest goddamn film you’ll see this year. It will leave you staggering out of the theatre, slack-jawed and trembling. Makes ‘Fahrenheit 9/11' look like ‘Bambi.’ After watching this movie, your comfy, secure notions about America — and about what it means to be an American — will be forever shattered.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13534.htm

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Russian Energy Company Eyes Gas Deal :

Russia’s state-controlled natural gas company Gazprom is considering investing around US$2 billion (euro1.56 billion) in Bolivia’s recently nationalized gas industry, the president of Bolivia’s state energy company Wednesday.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/fn/3947796.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 2482

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$286,652,094,995
See the cost in your community
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The War They Wanted, The Lies They Needed

By Craig Unger

The Bush administration invaded Iraq claiming Saddam Hussein had tried to buy yellowcake uranium in Niger. As much of Washington knew, and the world soon learned, the charge was false. Worse, it appears to have been the cornerstone of a highly successful “black propaganda” campaign with links to the White House.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13530.htm

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The Last Taboo

By John Pilger

‘It’s painful to acknowledge, but it really is quite simple,’ he said. ‘There is no basic moral difference between the soldier at the checkpoint who prevents a woman who is having a baby from going through, causing her to lose the baby, and the man who killed my daughter. And just as my daughter was a victim [of the occupation], so was he.’
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13529.htm

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1927 Again

By Greg Palast.

Huey Long was our Hugo Chávez, and he laid out a plan: a progressive income tax, real money for education, public works to rebuild Louisiana and America, Social Security old age pensions, veterans’ benefits, regulation of the big utility holding companies, an end to what he called, “rich men’s wars,” and an end to the financial royalism of the One Percent.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13531.htm

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At least 26 killed as occupation continues:

A U.S. marine was among at least 26 people killed by violence in Iraq in the past 24 hours.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/RAS719676.htm

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22 Turkmens Murdered In North Of Baghdad:

Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITC) stated that 22 Turkmens were murdered in the north of Baghdad two days ago.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=127308

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Baghdad has bloodiest month as 1,400 targeted killings add to toll :

Nearly 1,400 Iraqi civilians were murdered in targeted killings last month in Baghdad alone, and many more died in indiscriminate bomb blasts, making May the bloodiest month in the capital since the war began, Iraq’s health ministry said yesterday.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1791928,00.html

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US troops accused of new murders in Iraq :

In the latest in a string of allegations against US forces, Juburi said 29 Iraqis were killed in May in separate incidents in the towns of Latifiyah and Yusifiyah, south of Baghdad, and in the capital itself
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13560.htm

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The bloody iceberg’s tip :

Haditha is in the spotlight. But such an atrocity is unexceptional in occupied Iraq
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13524.htm

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‘U.S. Military Hides Many More Hadithas’:

In Haditha itself, he said, the U.S. military cut electricity and water to the entire city, attacked the hospital and burned the pharmacy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13527.htm

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Italian forces to leave Iraq by December :

The new Italian administration today confirmed all Italian troops would withdraw from Iraq by the end of the year.
www.guardian.co.uk/italy/story/0,,1792197,00.html

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Philippine Mercenaries Being Recruited by US Company:

A US outfit, Blackwater, has set up shop at the Subic Freeport and is now recruiting active and retired soldiers, preferably combat veterans, to help fight America’s war against Iraq.
www.malaya.com.ph/jun08/edit.htm

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Officer at Fort Lewis calls Iraq war illegal, refuses order to go :

In January, Watada told his commanders that he believed that the war was unlawful, and therefore, so were his deployment orders. He did not, however, consider himself a conscientious objector, since he was willing to fight in wars that were justified, legal and in defense of the nation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13532.htm

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White House abruptly cancels classified Iraq ‘progress’ briefing with senators :

In the letter, four U.S. Senators call on the White House to “publicly and immediately commit to making senior Administration officials available” for questioning regarding the current state of Iraq.
www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Senators_write_Bush_after_classified_Iraq_0607.html

Charley Reese: What Is The Mission? :

The Iraqis are a fierce people. No elf is going to sprinkle fairy dust on them and make them fall in love with us. Why should they? We destroyed their country and caused the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children just with the sanctions, not counting the thousands we’ve killed since then.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13526.htm

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U.S./UK Bases In Iraq:

“It is important to remember, at this point, that the UN Security Council “mandate” for the occupation troops in Iraq ended by the end of 2005. Apart from ex-prime minister Jafari’s “invitation”, they do not have any “legal” cover to stay.”
tinyurl.com/zrf9p

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Britons begin to turn away from alliance with America:

Fewer than half the public believe that America is a force for good in the world, and nearly two thirds believe that Britain’s future lies more with Europe than with the US.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-2214325,00.html

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Thirty suspected “Taliban” killed in new Afghan violence:

Twenty-five suspected Taliban were killed in a five-day sweep of a known rebel stronghold in southern Afghanistan while five more were killed in a skirmish Wednesday, military officials said.
www.politicalgateway.com/news/read/17712

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2 U.S., 3 Afghan soldiers killed:

The U.S.-led coalition confirmed today that two American soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan.
tinyurl.com/fkms9

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Two coalition soldiers die in Afghanistan:

Two foreign soldiers in the U.S.-led coalition were killed and three others were wounded in two separate attacks Tuesday as insurgents continued an offensive that has sparked some of the heaviest fighting in Afghanistan in several years.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003044445_afghan07.html

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U.S. dropping more bombs on Afghanistan:

The U.S. Air Force increased its bombing of Taliban and other insurgent targets in Afghanistan this spring, making about 750 airstrikes in May alone, Air Force officials said.
tinyurl.com/l5ys7

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Britain is the fall guy for the US retreat from Afghanistan :

The attempt to assert Kabul’s control over the country will fail – and our anti-Taliban mission is little short of suicidal
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13525.htm

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Blair is only as guilty as the party that puts up with him :

The question is not why the prime minister has drifted so far to the right, but why Labour MPs have followed him
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1791753,00.html

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Respect urges Muslims to end police co-operation :

Muslims in east London should withdraw co-operation with the police in the wake of last week’s terror raid in which a man was shot, a Respect party activist has said.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article702982.ece

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Gwynne Dyer: Terrorism: How Canada Reacted to Sikhs in 1985 Is Still Relevant :

Any terrorist attack on Canada is bound to be homegrown, because there is no shadowy but powerful network of international terrorists waging a war against the West.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13533.htm

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Iran: New Nuclear Offer Needs Clarification:

“The proposals contain a number of positive aspects, but some issues need clarification,” an Iranian television channel quoted Ali Larijani as saying.
www.postchronicle.com/news/security/article_21222090.shtml

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Israel destroys 3 generations of Palestinian family :

The Amen family’s joyful trip in a new car came to a devastating end last month when an Israeli missile aimed at a Palestinian militant hit their Mitsubishi by mistake.
tinyurl.com/zzbd2

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IOF kills Palestinian policeman:

The men hit by IOF gunfire in northern Gaza, which the army claimed were plotting a terror attack, were Palestinian security forces. The name of the man killed is Khadar Qasam, 23.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3260171,00.html

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Checkpoint witnesses:

The Israeli women of Machsom Watch keep a close eye on soldier behavior at the roughly 600 Israeli-controlled checkpoints in the West Bank.
www.csmonitor.com/2006/0607/p13s02-wome.html

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Why the Boycott of Israel is Justified:

The recent boycott resolutions of CUPE and NATFHE against Israel’s Apartheid predictably awakened Israel’s willing apologists, initiating a high pitched chorus of condemnation and self pity across the Western media, not to mention the blogosphere
www.dissidentvoice.org/June06/Ash06.htm

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The Israeli Boycott of Palestinian Education:

In the flurry of letters and comments against the boycott of Israeli academics who, according to Natfhe, are complicit through their work or silence, in the military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the reality facing the other side of the coin, that of Palestinian academics, researchers and educational institutions, has been ignored.
www.counterpunch.org/ribeiro06072006.html

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New U.S. rules allow force-feeding at Guantanamo:

The U.S. military issued medical guidelines Tuesday for the treatment of prisoners, formally directing doctors at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere to force-feed hunger strikers whose lives are in danger and granting doctors a limited role in interrogations.
www.nwherald.com/MainSection/local/286952026823011.php

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Physicians for Human Rights Condem New Rules:

The guidelines released on Tuesday, which the military said formalise existing rules and policies, drew criticism from a human rights group that said the military should not interfere with detainees who use hunger strikes as a protest and should bar experts in psychology from having any role during interrogations.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1714897,00050001.htm

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Worse Than Iraq?:

Nigeria’s president and onetime hope for a stable future is leading his country toward implosion—and possible U.S. military intervention
www.theatlantic.com/doc/200604/nigeria

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Somali Warlords Prep For More Fighting:

Fighters loyal to a U.S-backed alliance of warlords appeared to be anticipating an attack by a fundamentalist Islamic militia that had pushed them out of Somalia’s capital, witnesses said Wednesday.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/06/07/world/main1690074.shtml

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The U.S. Role in Darfur, Sudan:

Oil reserves rivaling those of Saudi Arabia?
tinyurl.com/flcex

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Europe colluded in CIA prisoner “spider’s web”:

More than 20 states colluded in a “global spider’s web” of secret CIA prisons and transfers of terrorism suspects stretching from Central Asia to Guantanamo Bay, a European rights watchdog said in a report on Wednesday.
tinyurl.com/h78zc

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Europe ‘aided US in CIA flights’ :

“…Spain, Turkey, Germany and Cyprus provided “staging posts” for rendition operations, while the UK, Portugal, Ireland and Greece were “stop-off points”, the report says.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5054426.stm

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Rendition ‘massively damaging’ to counter-terrorism effort :

The British government’s apparent support of CIA rendition flights is “massively damaging” in the battle against international terrorism, a former Foreign Office minister said today.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1792271,00.html

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Inventing Al-Zarqawi:

How a video-store clerk and small-time crook became America’s nemesis in Iraq
www.theatlantic.com/doc/prem/200607/zarqawi

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U.S. taxpayers financed human trafficking, report says:

For the first time since Congress mandated its annual publication, a State Department report cataloging human trafficking across the globe includes allegations that American taxpayers financed such abuses.
tinyurl.com/zlp7n

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Specter Won’t Subpoena Telecom Executives :

Phone company executives won’t be grilled by a Senate panel anytime soon about their roles in the Bush administration’s eavesdropping program.
tinyurl.com/pqfgc

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Documents Shed Light on CIA’s Use of Ex-Nazis :

The Central Intelligence Agency took no action after learning the pseudonym and whereabouts of the fugitive Holocaust overseer Adolf Eichmann in 1958, according to CIA documents that shed new light on the spy agency’s use of former Nazis as informers after World War II.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13523.htm

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