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Date: 22 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 2511

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$290,395,047,829
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Kicking Open the Gates of Hell

By Mike Whitney

In 3 years of unrelenting bloodshed, the Bush administration has never pursued a political solution. No dialogue, no diplomacy, no negotiations. There’s still the naïve belief that violence alone can achieve their objectives and that America will prevail in any conflict. The administration’s arrogance has set them up for a crushing defeat.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13721.htm

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Great Moments in the History of Imperialism

By William Blum

I was moved to compile a list of the many kinds of misfortune which have fallen upon the heads of the Iraqi people as a result of the American liberation of their homeland. It’s depressing reading, and you may not want to read it all, but I think it’s important to have it summarized in one place.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13719.htm

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Frontline: The Dark Side

Video – Runtime 90 Minutes

The damning 90-minute exposé stops short of laying those bodies at Vice President Dick Cheney’s feet. But it does finger Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld — through more than 40 interviews with CIA veterans, journalists, politicians and others — as the ones who ignored, suppressed and manipulated intelligence after the 9/11 attacks to lead us into war with a country that had nothing to do with our attackers.

Click here to watch
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13728.htm

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Terrorism Myth: Muslims Look for Responsible Journalism

By Mahboob A. Khawaja, Ph.D.

The “War on Terrorism” is flourishing business for the corporate world – a 21st century fantasy on its own, where facts live in denials and predetermined dogmas cover all aspects of Muslims and Islam.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13720.htm

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Australia builds its empire

By John Pilger

Arriving with a force of 2,000, an Australian brigadier flew by helicopter straight to the headquarters of the rebel leader, Major Alfredo Reinado – not to arrest him for attempting to overthrow a democratically elected prime minister but to greet him warmly. Like other rebels, Reinado had been trained in Canberra.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13718.htm

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Iraq: At least 25 killed as occupation continues:

Fourteen bodies of workers in an electricity plant were found in the city morgue.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L22239683.htm

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At least 25 people found executed in Mosul

At least 25 people have been executed gangland-style in Iraq’s third-largest city this week, with residents gunned down in ones and twos and bodies found scattered throughout Mosul.
tinyurl.com/g62qv

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Iraqi troops find another 7 bodies after workers abducted:

Iraqi soldiers said on Thursday they had found several bodies in a violent area north of Baghdad where factory workers were abducted by gunmen a day earlier.
tinyurl.com/pytfb

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Four Marines Killed In Al Anbar Province:

Three Marines were assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 and died after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. One Marine was assigned to 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and died after being attacked while conducting security operations.
tinyurl.com/hfvwz

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U.S. Soldier Killed By Roadside Bomb:

The U.S. Soldier died at approximately 11:30 a.m., June 21, when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb south of Baghdad.
tinyurl.com/lkra3

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Fury after Australians occupation forces shoot shoot Iraqi bodyguard :

The Iraqi Trade Minister threatened today to impose a national boycott on Australian wheat and other exports after Australian soldiers mistakenly shot dead one of his bodyguards.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-2237847,00.html

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Military says at least one of kidnapped soldiers was beheaded:

At least one and possibly both of the soldiers who were mutilated and killed in Iraq last weekend was beheaded, a U.S. military official said Wednesday.
www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/state/14869888.htm

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Norman Solomon : Their Barbarism, and Ours :

When journalists maintain a flagrant double standard in their language — allowing themselves appropriate moral outrage when Americans suffer but tiptoeing around what is suffered by victims of the U.S. military — the media window on the world is tinted a dark red-white-and-blue, and the overall result is more flackery than journalism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13727.htm

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Al-Qaeda Group Says Kidnapped Russian Diplomats Killed:

The posting was by a group called the Mujahedeen Shura Council, SITE said on its own Web site. Two days ago the group gave the Russian government 48 hours to pull out of Chechnya and free Muslim prisoners in Russian jails
www.mosnews.com/news/2006/06/21/diplomatsslain.shtml

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Iraqi hostages freed in raid:

Iraqi police have stormed a farm north of Baghdad and freed at least 17 people who were taken captive a day earlier in a mass kidnapping of about 85 workers and family members from a factory
tinyurl.com/pxwcc

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Japan pulls ground troops from Iraq:

Expand the mission of its Air Force: However, in a sign of growing military boldness, Japan will expand the mission of its Air Self-Defence Force from its present role of providing transport between Kuwait and Samawah, southern Iraq. Japan will commit its fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters to the risky task of airlifting United Nations personnel and multinational troops in and out of Baghdad
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,25689-2234575,00.html

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Senate Rejects Calls on Iraq Troop Pullout :

``Withdrawal is not an option. Surrender is not a solution,’’ declared Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, who characterized Democrats as defeatists wanting to abandon Iraq before the mission is complete.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5904671,00.html

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Maximum enlistment age upped to 42:

The Army has again raised its age limit for active-duty and Army Reserve recruits in hopes of expanding its pool of potential soldiers.
www.armytimes.com/print.php?f=1-292925-1886067.php

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Saddam lawyer’s murder blamed on interior ministry :

A lawyer in Saddam Hussain’s defence team blamed the Iraqi ministry of the interior for the assassination of his colleague Khamis Al Obaidi yesterday and said that the killing was meant to silence the defence team.
www.gulfnews.com/region/Iraq/10048665.html

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Saddam Hussein on Hunger Strike Protest at Murder:

The former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his seven co-defendants went on an indefinite hunger strike to protest at the killing of an Iraqi attorney who sits on the defence team, the online edition of Al Jazeera TV reported.
tinyurl.com/ow56e

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Four US soldiers, three Taliban killed in Afghanistan:

The four U.S. soldiers who were killed died in combat Wednesday in eastern Nuristan province while conducting security operations to block the movement of enemy forces, a coalition statement said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13725.htm

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Suicide Attack On Occupation Forces Convoy Kills 3 Afghan Civilians :

A suicide attacker hit a occupation convoy Wednesday in southern Afghanistan, killing at least three people, an Afghan official said.
tinyurl.com/qh77o

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Karzai says 600 Afghan deaths ‘not acceptable’:

Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged the international community to reassess its approach to the war on terror Thursday, saying the deaths of hundreds of Afghans in fighting with U.S.-led forces was “not acceptable.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13724.htm

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Afghans must rise against U.S- Zawahri :

“Al-Qaeda’s No. 2 leader” issued a new videotape Thursday calling on Afghans to rise up against U.S. and other coalition forces in Afghanistan in the wake of rioting last month in Kabul.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13726.htm

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Rights group condemns Afghanistan press restrictions :

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday demanded that Afghanistan revoke recent National Security Directorate rules that restrict the freedom of the press and effectively ban journalists from writing about Afghanistan’s failing security situation.
jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2006/06/rights-group-condemns-afghanistan.php

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A bloody day in Kandahar:

Six Canadian occupation soldiers hurt in attacks : Several explosions hit Canadian occupation forces armoured vehicles on the roads of southern Afghanistan yesterday, wounding six soldiers and causing civilian casualties on a tough day for Canadians in the intensifying conflict with Taliban militants.
tinyurl.com/owgfq

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Pakistani Taliban claim shooting down army helicopter:

The anti-government local Taliban in Pakistan’s restive North Waziristan tribal region have claimed shooting down an army helicopter on Wednesday, which had killed four soldier
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0606228586181638.htm

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Former Defense Officials Urge U.S. Strike on North Korean Missile Site:

Former defense secretary William J. Perry has called on President Bush to launch a preemptive strike against the long-range ballistic missile that U.S. intelligence analysts say North Korea is preparing to launch.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1722.htm

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U.S. rejects N.Korea bid for missile talks:

“North Korea as a sovereign state has the right to develop, deploy, test fire and export a missile,” he told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. “We are aware of the U.S. concerns about our missile test-launch. So our position is that we should resolve the issue through negotiations.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13723.htm

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U.S. begins rare war games off Guam:

As tensions with North Korea rise, three U.S. aircraft carriers filled the skies with fighters Tuesday for one of the largest U.S. military exercises in decades off this small island in the Pacific.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/274682_guam21.html?source=mypi

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Tokyo official says N. Korean missile incapable of carrying nuclear warheads:

A Japanese Foreign Ministry official said on Thursday that North Korea does not seem to have a technology to load nuclear warheads onto its long-range missile now standing ready for a test launch.
tinyurl.com/nz2qc

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Iran nuclear response ‘in August’ :

Iran has said it will respond by mid-August to a package of incentives on its nuclear programme offered by UN Security Council nations plus Germany.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/5102544.stm?ls

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Iran must respond before August to N-proposals: US:

US President George W. Bush warned yesterday that Iran must respond before August to a proposed deal to stop making nuclear fuel amid fears that it wants to build atomic weapons.
tinyurl.com/romfp

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Congress quietly holds classified briefings on Iran:

The amendment indicates that few in Congress have received access to US intelligence on Iran. Democrats’ comments also signal that key lawmakers have yet to be briefed with regard to Administration policy
tinyurl.com/qckrs

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Iran rejects US ‘pressure’ on nuclear issue :

The US is determined to topple Iran’s Islamic government whether or not the crisis over the country’s nuclear activities is resolved, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, said today.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13729.htm

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‘Iran’s Possession of Nuclear Weapons Cannot be Tolerated’ :

Iran should not cross the red line; under no circumstances will Iran’s possession of Nuclear Weapons be tolerated , Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said.
www.zaman.com/?bl=hotnews&alt=&trh=20060622&hn=34224

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Israeli air raid kills pregnant Palestinian :

The first meeting between Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas today was overshadowed by the death of a pregnant Palestinian woman during a failed Israeli air strike in Gaza.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-2238785,00.html

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Palestinian intelligence official killed by IOF
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3266273,00.html

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Climbdown as Hamas agrees to Israeli state :

Hamas has made a major political climbdown by agreeing to sections of a document that recognise Israel’s right to exist and a negotiated two-state solution, according to Palestinian leaders.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13717.htm

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Netanyahu: We Can Wipe Out Gaza, But Choose Not To :

“The IDF has the firepower to wipe out an entire population if we want to,” he told an audience at the 35th Zionist Congress, “but we are not doing this.”
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=105864

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An Old Base (Friendship) Gets a Facelift:

Russia’s fleet is returning to the Mediterranean as the Kremlin sends military advisors and weapons to Syria.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0,1518,422911,00.html

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U.S. denies sending troops to Bolivia :

President Evo Morales drew a sharp denial from the U.S. Embassy when he claimed in a speech that the United States is sending soldiers disguised as students and tourists to Bolivia.
www.heraldnewsdaily.com/stories/news-00196942.html

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A dangerous precedent:

Australian man convicted of “preparing terrorism”: In a case that sets a number of disturbing precedents for the political use of Australian “counter-terrorism” laws, a Sydney Muslim man faces life imprisonment after being convicted on circumstantial evidence of preparing to commit an unspecified terrorist act.
www.wsws.org/articles/2006/jun2006/terr-j21.shtml

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AT&T rewrites rules: Your data isn’t yours

AT&T has issued an updated privacy policy that takes effect Friday. The changes are significant because they appear to give the telecom giant more latitude when it comes to sharing customers’ personal data with government officials.
tinyurl.com/on53q

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Tom Ridge: War on Terror to Last Decades :

Former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge, speaking at the opening of a new RAND Corp. office, said the war on terror is likely to last for decades, much like the Cold War
newsmax.com/archives/ic/2006/6/22/122808.shtml?s=ic

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5 Minute Video: : Katrina Plus Ten Months –

Over 7,200 family dwellings sit empty throughout New Orleans. No, not FEMA trailers. These are solid brick public housing projects that survived Katrina. They only require interior repairs, and thousands of displaced low income families want to move back in.:
www.truthout.org/multimedia.htm

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Test Tube Meat Nears Dinner Table:

What if the next burger you ate was created in a warm, nutrient-enriched soup swirling within a bioreactor?
www.wired.com/news/technology/0,71201-0.html?tw=wn_index_1

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Date: 21 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 2500

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$288,379,228,502
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Picture of Palestinian Children in the aftermath of Israeli attack on refugee camp
www.videos.informationclearinghouse.info/gazachild.jpg

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Israel kills – sister, brother:

An Israeli Air Force strike killed two people and wounded eight more, members of a family who were eating dinner in their home. The wounded, were identified as Abed al-Kader Ahmad, his wife, mother and three children – two of them less than five years old.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3265784,00.html

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Iraq: US may be asked to leave

By Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor

THE level of violence in some areas of Iraq is worsening dramatically and US forces may soon be asked to leave by the Iraqi Government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13716.htm

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It’s Time to break up the Media

By Mike Whitney

Dismantling America’s media monopoly should be a central part of any progressive political platform. Democracy is impossible where information can be controlled by a few powerful corporations that shape the narrative to suit their own self-serving objectives.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13713.htm

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Another 7 people killed as U.S. occupation continues:

Two people were killed and six wounded when a car bomb exploded in a crowded market in the Shi’ite district of Sadr city in eastern Baghdad, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L21542527.htm

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US soldiers accused of killing 15 Iraqi farmers:

Iraqi police have accused the US military of killing 15 farm workers during a raid near Baquba, north of Baghdad.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13712.htm

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US troops get murder charges in killing civilian:

The incident took place in the town of Hamdania and is a separate case from the November 19 killing of 24 civilians in Haditha in which other Marines are suspected.
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2102738

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Australian mercenaries kill Iraqi trade minister’s bodyguard:

Australian security guards protecting a trade delegation shot dead a bodyguard of Iraq’s trade minister and wounded three others in Baghdad after mistaking them for insurgents, witnesses and police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L21542527.htm

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Report: Marine leaders missed ``red flags’’ after Iraq killings:

``Virtually no inquiry at any level of command was conducted into the circumstances surrounding the deaths,’’ Bargewell wrote, according to the Times. ``There were, however, a number of red flags and opportunities to do so.’’
cbs4boston.com/nationalwire/HadithaInvestigation-aa/resources_news_html

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Iraqi Troops Killed 2 U.S. Soldiers:

Two California soldiers shot to death in Iraq were murdered by Iraqi civil-defense officers patrolling with them, military investigators have found.
abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=2100508

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Third Saddam lawyer killed:

One of Saddam Hussein’s lawyers was killed yesterday after he was abducted in Baghdad by men wearing police uniforms, court officials said.
tinyurl.com/pbkst

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Dozens of Iraqi factory workers abducted: police:

Five busloads of employees of the state-owned Great Victory factory at Taji were commandeered by dozens of gunmen in at least five cars, the officials said. One source put the number of those kidnapped at least 100 and possibly many more.
tinyurl.com/o8593

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Sadr calls on foreign troops in Iraq to follow:

“The withdrawal of Japanese troops is a good step and I hope that all countries with occupation forces in Iraq would follow suit in a quick and organised way that would not hurt the Iraqi people,”
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060621/wl_mideast_afp/iraqjapanmilitarysadr

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21,000 Troops Notified for Iraq Occupation Deployment :

The Pentagon has notified about 21,000 Army soldiers and Marines that they are scheduled to be sent to Iraq late this year.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5900391,00.html

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Combat stress cases on pace to hit 20,000:

The Department of Veterans Affairs is on a pace to see nearly 20,000 new cases of post-combat stress this year among service members who’ve served in Iraq or Afghanistan, more than six times the number of cases that officials had expected.
tinyurl.com/nwycd

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Crucial Vote :

When John Kerry, Barbara Boxer and Russ Feingold offer an amendment to the defense spending bill Wednesday calling on US troops to leave Iraq by July 1, 2007, only a handful of Senators voted with them.
www.thenation.com/blogs/notion?pid=93804

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Helen Thomas turns on ‘gullible’ press pack :

85-year-old Thomas has focused attention on her fellow reporters, accusing them of failing in their duties in the run-up to the Iraq war. “I ask myself every day why the media have become so complacent, complicit and gullible,”
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article1093512.ece

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The Death of News :

Our very lives and liberty are at unprecedented risk because our press has long since disappeared into “the media”—a mammoth antidemocratic oligopoly that is far more responsive to its owners, big shareholders and good buddies in the government than it is to the rest of us, the people of this country.
www.thenation.com/doc/20060703/crispinmiller

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40 killed as occupation rages in Afghanistan:

There will likely be more significant fighting in southern Afghanistan in the coming months, the US-led coalition said Wednesday as 40 people, mostly Taliban, were killed in fresh violence.
www.thedailystar.net/2006/06/22/d606221302127.htm

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Six killed, 10 trucks burned in Afghan bomb blast :

A bomb fixed to a tanker supplying fuel to US occupation forces in Afghanistan exploded as the vehicle crossed over from Pakistan, killing six people and destroying 10 trucks, police said today.
www.zeenews.com/znnew/articles.asp?aid=303870&sid=SAS

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U.S. kills 3 Afghan police ‘by mistake’ :

Three Afghan policemen have been killed after US-led coalition troops shot at their vehicle by mistake in eastern Kunar province, the US military says.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5101584.stm

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Afghan Press Told Not To Criticise Occupation Troops:

A 24-point guideline paper, possibly from the intelligence department, has been issued to local and foreign media organisation asking them to abide by the rules mentioned in paper.
tinyurl.com/gbchp

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Bomb kills 3 Pakistani troops, 4 die in crash:

A roadside bomb in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region on the Afghan border killed three paramilitary troops and wounded three on Wednesday, a government official said.
tinyurl.com/kp8uu

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Israel missile kills two civilians in Gaza :

Two Palestinians, a woman and a man, have been killed in the Gaza Strip in a blast blamed on an Israeli air strike.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/5103464.stm

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Palestinian woman killed in Israeli air strike :

The strike brought to 13 the number of Palestinian civilians killed in recent Israeli air attacks, a death toll that has brought international criticism and pushed Israel to defend its tactics.
tinyurl.com/kbc24

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Three Palestinians children killed in Israeli airstrike :

Three Palestinians children were killed and 11 others wounded Tuesday evening in an Israeli airstrike on a car north of Gaza City, medics said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-06/21/content_4724260.htm

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U.N. again urges Israel to cease targeted killings:

“We would like to once again underscore the need for Israel to cease targeted killings, which continue to claim civilian lives,” Ibrahim Gambari, the U.N. undersecretary-general for political affairs, told the Security Council.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N21227417.htm

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Palestinian Prime Minister: Killing of three children in Gaza is ‘slaughter of girls’:

“In the Palestinian territories there are not human rights, there is slaughter of children. Israel has always been the reason behind the wars and the lack of stability in the region,” Haniyeh said
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3265599,00.html

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Group Calls For Renewed Attacks On Israel:

A Palestinian militant group announced plans for retaliatory attacks on Israel Wednesday and called on other armed groups to join them.
www.postchronicle.com/news/breakingnews/article_21224344.shtml

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Torture of Mentally Ill Prisoner Led Administration To Pursue False Leads :

Bush “was fixated on how to get Zubaydah to tell us the truth,” Suskind writes, and he asked one briefer, “Do some of these harsh methods really work?”
thinkprogress.org/2006/06/20/torture-mentally-ill-prisoner

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Yemen: Gitmo detainee’s body emptied prior to repatriation :

Najeeb Ghanem, former Minister of Health, declared that Salah Addin’s body was emptied of all that could provide information about his death, including his blood vessels, bowels, brain, heart and liver, which he alleged U.S. specialists intentionally removed.
yementimes.com/article.shtml?i=956&p=front&a=3

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Bush wrongfooted as Iran:

Iran is pursuing its own policy of regional engagement. And to Washington’s growing unease, it seems to be working.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldbriefing/story/0,,1801636,00.html

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Putin aide dismisses N.Korean missile reports as “psycho factor” :

“Let them launch it first and then we will see whether it will fly, where it will fly, and whether it can reach its target in the first place,” Igor Shuvalov said.
en.rian.ru/world/20060620/49798947.html

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The money is running out at the UN:

Under sustained attack from America, the UN could collapse.
tinyurl.com/pvbew

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Belarus Calls Assets Frozen in U.S. “Mythical”:

Belarus’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed Washington’s imposition of a freeze on its assets in the U.S. as meaningless and suggested that the “mythical funds” be sent to families in need.
www.mosnews.com/news/2006/06/21/belarusanswer.shtml

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Is the NSA spying on U.S. Internet traffic?:

Two former AT&T employees say the telecom giant has maintained a secret, highly secure room in St. Louis since 2002. Intelligence experts say it bears the earmarks of a National Security Agency operation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13714.htm

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Don’t Let Congress Ruin the Internet:

Right now Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the First Amendment of the Internet — a principle called “network neutrality” that preserves the free and open Internet. Congress needs to hear from you today or they will hand over control of what you do online to companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.
action.freepress.net/campaign/savethenet

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UK’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia probed :

A former UK Defence minister has claimed that Britain’s long standing arms trade with Saudi Arabia was founded on bribery. BBC Reports. Runtime 12 minutes
tinyurl.com/zkrgx

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U.S. role as top Turkish arms supplier jeopardized :

Turkey is going through a low point in defense relations with Washington following its refusal to host U.S. troops for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. It has actively sought out other potential arms suppliers, making Turkey’s business less attractive for U.S. companies.
tinyurl.com/esr84

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The Iron Triangle: U.S. Military – Industrial Complex: Video:

The Active Opposition examines the forces that are influencing our current military and foreign policies, and how the growing military budget is changing priorities for America at home. QuickTime video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13711.htm

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Exposed: The Carlyle Group :

I defy you to watch this 48 minute documentary and not be outraged about the depth of corruption and deceit within the highest ranks of our government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3995.htm

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Cheney mum, but his money talks:

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance a printed an analysis under the provocative headline, “Cheneys betting on bad news?”
tinyurl.com/j629d

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Jail Fees a Cruel Twist to ‘Paying Your Dues’:

Inmates are charged a $20 processing fee to be booked in and $20 dollars a day for every day they remain in the jail. A visit to the jail doctor runs $20, and $5 for a visit to the jail nurse.
tinyurl.com/h6dqj

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9/11 Vendetta: 8 Minute Video:

A 9/11 “Truth” video, drawing parallels to the movie “V for Vendetta”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13715.htm

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Date: 20 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 2506

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$289,854,039,082
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Juan Cole: Dems Back Phased Withdrawal :

Senate Democrats have come up with two resolutions, with most of the coalescing around the vaguer one.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13706.htm

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Killing Iraqi Children

By Jacob G. Hornberger

Killing Iraqi children and other such “collateral damage” has long been acceptable and even “worth it” to U.S. officials as part of their long-time foreign policy toward Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13702.htm

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“Frontline” documentary makes case that Cheney used 9/11 to go to war

Last week’s grim milestone of 2,500 American military deaths in Iraq will look even grimmer after tonight’s “Frontline” documentary, “The Dark Side.”

By Mark Rahner

The damning 90-minute exposé stops short of laying those bodies at Vice President Dick Cheney’s feet. But it does finger Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld — through more than 40 interviews with CIA veterans, journalists, politicians and others — as the ones who ignored, suppressed and manipulated intelligence after the 9/11 attacks to lead us into war with a country that had nothing to do with our attackers.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13695.htm

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Israel as an Extension of American Empire

By icahd
Although Israel began as a progressive state, the need to mobilize support for its Occupation, coupled with a self-serving “alliance” with the US, has led Israel to become a center for the global right-wing forces that seek American-Christian hegemony.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13705.htm

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The Strange Language of Capitalism

By Charles Sullivan

If we treasure anything above our own selfish comfort; if we believe in the ideals of freedom and democracy for people; if we believe in peace and justice, we must not sit by idly and allow these good men to be overthrown or assassinated by illegitimate Plutocratic henchmen. We must take our country back and give it to the people.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13707.htm

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Unconstitutional – The War On Our Civil Liberties

Video – 60 Minutes – Windows Media

This new film, written, directed and produced by Nonny de la Peña, details 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.

Click here to watch.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13176.htm

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Iraq: US forces killed 15 in Baqaba:

US forces killed 15 gunmen in raids north of Baghdad on Tuesday, the US military said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13693.htm

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Thirteen Iraqis, including child, killed in ‘US air strike’:

US troops were dropped to the ground after the strike. The troops then opened fire at the two farm houses, he added.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13692.htm

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Another 9 killed as occupation grinds on:

Iraqi police retrieved the bodies of seven people from the Tigris river on Monday in Suwayra, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. The bodies were handcuffed, blindfolded and bearing signs of torture, police added.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/GEO023350.htm

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Car bomb kills seven in Baghdad market: police:

The bomb exploded among morning shoppers in the market in the eastern district of Jamila, a police source told Reuters.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=2096512

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Bodies of Missing GI’s Recovered:

Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for killing the Soldiers, and said the successor to slain terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had “slaughtered” them, according to a Web statement that could not be authenticated.
www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,101939,00.html

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Iraqi’s used for target practice?:

U.S. soldiers charged with murder in Iraq:

The three soldiers are accused of deliberately allowing three men detained during a raid on a former chemical factory to flee so they would have an excuse to shoot them, said a defence official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13691.htm

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Residents Struggle to Survive, In and Out of Ramadi :

A week spent in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province west of Baghdad, reveals that residents are suffering from lack of water, electricity, cooking gas and medical supplies for the hospitals.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13700.htm

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Japan orders withdrawal of ground troops from Iraq :

Japan ordered the withdrawal of its ground troops from Iraq Tuesday, declaring the humanitarian mission a success and ending a groundbreaking dispatch that tested the limits of its pacifist postwar constitution.
tinyurl.com/ft8bz

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Australia should follow Japan out of Iraq: ALP:

LABOR has called for the immediate withdrawal of Australian troops in southern Iraq following the Japanese Government’s decision to to recall its reconstruction taskforce.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,19538594-2702,00.html

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Juan Cole: Dems Back Phased Withdrawal :

Senate Democrats have come up with two resolutions, with most of the coalescing around the vaguer one.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13706.htm

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K Gajendra Singh: U.S. Dunkirk In Iraq; The Tipping Point:

The current ‘coalition of the willing’ in Iraq bribed or coerced into joining the invasion, is slowly melting away , leaving the ‘opened Iraqi grenade ‘ in US – UK hands.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13697.htm

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24 killed in Afghanistan as occupation continues:

Fourteen were killed in two clashes in separate districts of Paktika, on the border with Pakistan, that were launched at about 2:00 am, the provincial governor and an army corps commander said.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/214703/1/.html

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Coalition Forces Kill 5 “Taliban Fighters” in Afghanistan :

Coalition forces killed five Taliban fighters and wounded eight others in a helicopter attack in southern Afghanistan, according to local police.
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=105738

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Turkish driver, three Afghan guards killed in Afghanistan attack:

More than a dozen gunmen ambushed a road construction company’s convoy in Afghanistan and killed a Turkish driver and three Afghan guards on Tuesday, police and the embassy said.
www.metimes.com/articles/normal.php?StoryID=20060620-051213-5298r

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Video: Deadly roadside bomb kills Romanian soldier in Afghanistan :

Major Quentin Innes said the blast struck a car in the convoy on the road leading to the airport killing one and wounding four other Romanian soldiers.
tinyurl.com/h63j4

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Beaten, robbed and exiled: life on the frontline of someone else’s war :

They grabbed Jamal Ludin as he left for morning prayers. The 32-year-old grape farmer said he had been lined up beside a ditch with 50 other men and thrashed with wooden poles and an electric cable. “They said, ‘Tell us where are the Taliban’,” he said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13708.htm

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US makes missile defense system operational:

Amid concerns over an expected North Korean missile launch, the United States has moved its ground-based interceptor missile defense system from test mode to operational, a U.S. defense official said on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/gfd7u

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US: If N. Korea Launches Missile Without Notice, Can’t Assume it is Test :

Spokesman Bryan Whitman, says if there is a launch without any advance notice from the government in Pyongyang, there will be no basis on which to assume it is only a test.
voanews.com/english/2006-06-19-voa52.cfm

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U.S. Keeps Mum on Warships in East Sea :

The U.S. has declined to tell the South Korean military if one of its Aegis destroyers is plowing the East Sea with a view to intercepting a long-range ballistic missile North Korea is allegedly planning to launch
english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200606/200606190031.html

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US 3-Carrier Drill Aimed at N.Korea?

Between June 19 and 23, the U.S. will conduct a massive military drill that includes three aircraft carriers, 28 naval vessels, and 22,000 troops on the ocean nearby Guam. – The Japanese prime minister, announced in a press meeting yesterday that “if North Korea launches the missile, we can’t help taking strong measures to respond in cooperation with the U.S.”
english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?bicode=050000&biid=2006062046408

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In case you missed it:

Rumsfeld was on ABB board during deal with North Korea :

Donald Rumsfeld, the US secretary of defence, was on the board of technology giant ABB when it won a deal to supply North Korea with two nuclear power plants.
www.swissinfo.org/eng/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=1648385

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In case you missed it::

US grants N Korea nuclear funds:

In releasing the funding, President George W Bush waived the Framework’s requirement that North Korea allow inspectors to ensure it has not hidden away any weapons-grade plutonium from the original reactors.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/1908571.stm

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Nobel laureates urge US to lift sanctions on N Korea :

A GROUP of 15 Nobel Peace Prize winners called on the United States to lift financial restrictions on North Korea to help end the impasse over the communist nation’s nuclear weapons program.
tinyurl.com/z43l3

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Michael Carmichael: Bush’s America opposes verifiable ban on fission

In a vote of the Disarmament Committee of the United Nations (UN), one and only one nation voted against El Baradei’s proposal – George Bush’s America.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13704.htm

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Russia’s Putin, Bush Discuss North Korea Missile Program, Iran:

U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone and agreed to close ranks on Iran and North Korea, a White House official said.
tinyurl.com/fu5eh

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Iran Ready For International Talks, No Preconditions -Foreign Min :

Iran’s foreign minister reiterated Tuesday that Tehran was ready to enter international talks over a package of incentives aimed at resolving the standoff over its nuclear program, but without any preconditions.
tinyurl.com/z46f6

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Ahmadinejad ‘has 70% approval rating’ :

The popularity of Iran’s controversial leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is surging almost a year after he unexpectedly won closely contested presidential elections, Iranian officials and western diplomats said on Tuesday.
www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,,1801867,00.html

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Exposing the CIA’s Italian Kidnapping Plot: :

Italian investigators are continuing to probe Italy’s role in America’s anti-terrorist war, particularly the rendition and torture of U.S.-wanted terrorist suspects.
www.alternet.org/story/37638

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Calipari case: “it is a political crime” :

Italy will charge the US soldier who killed the Italian agent in Iraq, as a political crime.
tinyurl.com/hvnuc

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The Guantánamo Peril:

Death is typically a moment of truth. But the occasion of three suicides at the Guantánamo Bay—where almost 500 men and boys have been held without trial for up to four years now—have only proved how poorly the Administration grasps the facts of today’s terrorism challenge.
tinyurl.com/hh4fs

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Guantanamo desperation ‘revealed’:

“These documents are the latest evidence of the desperate and immoral conditions that exist at Guantanamo Bay,” American Civil Liberties Union executive director Anthony Romero said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13709.htm

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ACLU Report Condemns U.S. for Failing to Uphold Civil and Political Rights:

The report, Dimming the Beacon of Freedom: U.S. Violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, documents the U.S. record on human rights in five areas: national security, women’s rights, racial justice, immigrants rights and religious freedom.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13710.htm

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Heather Wokusch : Pariah President:

Bush arrives in Austria today and will be greeted by scorn and widespread protests, not to mention Cindy Sheehan. Random posters have been up across Vienna since April, depicting Bush’s face and a German-language caption reading “A mass murderer is coming.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13696.htm

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Israeli Airstrike Kills Palestinian Teen, 2 Children:

Israeli aircraft fired missiles at a car in this Palestinian refugee camp Tuesday, killing a teenager and two children and wounding nine other people, the military and hospital officials said.
www.startribune.com/722/story/504341.html

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Israeli Officials Call to “Decapitate” Hamas Leaders!:

The array of barbaric statements made by Israeli officials and military generals against the Palestinian people continued today, by demanding to decapitate the heads of the Hamas movement
www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/print.asp?name=16580

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America deaf to Palestinian screams:

The screaming of 11 year old Palestinian Huda Abu Ghalia from Gaza seems not to have reached American officials. – The US was the only major power which not only refused to condemn the incident, but described it as “self defense.” Afterwards, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called Israel’s army the “most moral” in the world.
electronicintifada.net/v2/printer4827.shtml

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Jonathan Cook: Israel Engineers Another Cover-Up:

Leaving the Truth Buried in Gaza’s Sands
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13699.htm

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Israel can no longer rely on the support of Europe’s Jews:

Israel is discovering that it can no longer frighten non-Jews out of opposing its policies merely by accusing them of anti-semitism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13701.htm

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Hamas, Fatah agree on Israel’s right to exist :

A senior Hamas official stressed on Tuesday that his group has reached an agreement with the rival Fatah movement on most items of the “prisoners’ document” that is the basis of a pending referendum that would effectively recognise Israel’s right to exist.
www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3&art_id=qw1150803722286B253

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Tensions Rise in Horn of Africa :

Tensions are rising in the Horn of Africa amid unconfirmed reports that several-hundred Ethiopian troops have crossed the border into Somalia to confront an Islamic group that controls large areas of southern Somalia, including Mogadishu.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-06-20-voa38.cfm

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The Supersonic Shape-Shifting Bomber:

With a shift of its wing, the Pentagon’s next attack drone goes from long-range endurance flyer to Mach-speed assassin
tinyurl.com/lfnt9

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LA’s spy-in-the-sky drone sparks privacy concerns:

The future of law enforcement was launched into the smoggy Los Angeles skies at the weekend in the form of a drone aircraft intended to bring spy-in-the-sky technology to urban policing.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article1090864.ece

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Federal contracts up 86% under Bush; Halliburton rises 600%:

Waxman claims that overcharging — by mistake or outright fraud — has been a frequent occurrance. In all, the report identifies 118 federal contracts worth $745.5 billion that have been found by government officials to include significant waste, fraud, abuse or mismanagement
tinyurl.com/rzg3y

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GOP Kills Bill to Police Halliburton:

Republicans in Congress have made it clear they’re willing to fight for military contractors’ right to lie, cheat and defraud taxpayers.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13698.htm

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Ex-Bush aide convicted in D.C. corruption case:

Safavian found guilty on 4 counts of obstruction, making false statements
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13436161/

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In case you missed it:

The Corporation :

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

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Ethnic cleansing?:

Thousands of New Orleans Public Housing Units to be Destroyed :

200,000+ Low-Income Residents Remain Displaced
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13703.htm

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Defense lawyers shut out as war on terror spawns courtroom secrecy:

Witnesses used bogus names, the public was barred from the courtroom and part of the hearing was behind closed doors in the judge’s chambers with defense lawyers shut out.
tinyurl.com/okfk2

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Police Got Phone Data From Brokers :

Numerous federal and local law enforcement agencies have bypassed subpoenas and warrants designed to protect civil liberties and gathered Americans’ personal telephone records from private-sector data brokers.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/fn/3985098.html

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Academics give a scholarly stamp to 9/11 conspiracy theories:

In recent months, interest in September 11-conspiracy theories has surged. Since January, traffic to the major conspiracy Web sites has increased steadily. The number of blogs that mention “9/11" and “conspiracy” each day has climbed from a handful to over a hundred.
chronicle.com/temp/email2.php?id=g2MHknwgHjf8shMwsm9nytg5dvYhnWwt

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Date: 19 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 2503

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$289,672,724,597
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Murtha on Iraq, Rove and Staying The Course

Must watch 4 minute video

“He’s in New Hampshire. He’s making a political speech. He’s sitting in his air-conditioned office on his big, fat backside-saying stay the course. That’s not a plan!”

Click here to watch Windows media and transcript
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13686.htm

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“Operation Forward Together”: Deeper Into the Quagmire

By Dahr Jamail

On Tuesday, June 13th, while Mr. Bush spent a brave five hours in the “green zone” of Baghdad with puppet Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, at least 36 people were killed across Iraq amidst a wave of bombings. 18 of those died in a spasm of bombings in the oil city of Kirkuk in the Kurdish north.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13688.htm

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Bush’s Baghdad Photo-op

By Mike Whitney

The media gobbled up Bush’s photo-op with their customary zeal. The visit was yet another successful Rove-coup that probably nudged Bush’s approval ratings upward, but achieved nothing substantive. The pictures of smiley-faced politicians glad-handing and chest-thumping appeared on the front pages of every newspaper in the country.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13690.htm

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In case you missed it

Operation Saddam – America’s Propaganda War

Video – 50 Minutes

Documentary focusing on the tactics used by the U.S and it’s allies in the build up to,and during, the Iraq War, featuring Ray Mcgovern and Seymour Hersh amongst others. Click here to watch.

Real video and transcript.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11054.htm

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US rejected Iranian overtures in 2003

By JPost.com Staff

06/18/06 “Jerusalem Post” — — Officials in US President George W. Bush’s administration turned down a 2003 Iranian offer to begin talks with the US, recognize Israel, and end support of Palestinian terror organizations.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13689.htm

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A negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis is within reach

By Noam Chomsky

The European Union and Iran struck a bargain: Iran would temporarily suspend uranium enrichment, and in return Europe would provide assurances that the United States and Israel would not attack Iran. Under US pressure, Europe backed off, and Iran renewed its enrichment processes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13679.htm

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Taliban kill 32 in Afghanistan:

Taliban militants killed 32 friends and relatives of an influential lawmaker in southern Afghanistan and 10 others are missing, the legislator said.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060619/wl_afp/afghanistanattacks

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7 Taliban militants killed in southern Afghanistan :

The rising violence in Afghanistan, especially in the south, has claimed over 400 lives over the past month.
english.people.com.cn/200606/19/eng20060619_275261.html

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At least twenty-one killed in spate of attacks in occupied Iraq :

Twenty-one people were killed and eight others injured Monday in a spate of attacks across Iraq, police and security sources said.
tinyurl.com/mj8jt

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Bomb Strikes Iraqi Army Convoy, Killing 5 :

A parked car bomb struck an Iraqi army convoy on Monday, killing five people and wounding nine, police said.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5896228,00.html

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US soldiers charged with “murder” of Iraqi prisoner:

The U.S. military said on Monday three U.S. soldiers had been charged over the deaths of three male prisoners north of Baghdad on May 9.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13684.htm

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U.S. Forces Attacks Ramadi:

Helicopters flew over the Iraqi town of Ramadi and warplanes could be heard overhead
newsnow.co.uk/newsfeed/?name=Iraq&search=&type=&Page=3

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SOS Ramadi:

The first heavy attack on Ramadi by the American and Iraqi forces was launched last Friday, the 9th of June. Ramadi is the capital of the Anbar province and is situated about 100 km west of Baghdad, on the Euphrates.
www.brusselstribunal.org/SosRamadi.htm

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Group claims it has kidnapped two missing U.S. troops:

The group, called the Mujahedeen Shura Council, also claimed it had kidnapped four Russian diplomats and killed a fifth in Baghdad on June 3.
www.wkyt.com/Global/story.asp?S=5049150&nav=menu181_2

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Rome seeks trial for US marine who killed Italian agent in Iraq:

Rome prosecutors Monday called for US marine Mario Lozano to be tried for the shooting of Italian intelligence officer Nicola Calipari in Baghdad, the Italian news agency Ansa reported.
www.politicalgateway.com/news/read/19940

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Iraq plans insurgent amnesty:

The amnesty plan, which apparently includes insurgents who allegedly have staged attacks against Americans and Iraqis, calls for the creation of a national committee and local subcommittees to welcome insurgents, according to a version of the plan published in an Iraqi newspaper Saturday.
www.heraldnet.com/stories/06/06/18/100wir_a3iraq001.cfm

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From the Embassy, a Grim Report:

This cable, marked “sensitive” and obtained by The Washington Post, outlines in spare prose the daily-worsening conditions for those who live outside the heavily guarded international zone: harassment, threats and the employees’ constant fears that their neighbors will discover they work for the U.S. government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13682.htm

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US Representative Maxine Waters and “Out of Iraq” Congressional Caucus Launch Campaign to Bring US Troops Home :

To accomplish its goals, the “Out of Iraq” Caucus will work with other Congressional Caucuses and national organizations to hold hearings, press conferences and town hall meeting to educate the American people and pressure the Administration to conclude the war in Iraq.
tinyurl.com/p5w2y

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Iran shuns talks with U.S. over Iraq:

“Because we respected Mr. Hakim’s opinion, we accepted his request to talk to the United States but the Americans showed unreasonable and inappropriate behaviour that made the talks impossible,” Asefi said.
tinyurl.com/gvph8

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Blix: Iran may be able to produce nuclear bomb by 2010 :

“It is a matter of will,” Hans Blix said in Jakarta, Indonesia, adding that while Iranian leaders now say they have no desire to build atomic arms and want UN inspectors to oversee their facilities, “they might change their mind”.
tinyurl.com/lmkmc

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Bush warns Iran on “nukes”:.

Bush warned Iran of “progressively stronger political and economic sanctions” if Tehran refuses to freeze sensitive nuclear activities in return for talks.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,19528436-23109,00.html

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Proof lacking on Iran weapons:

The hostile policy of the Bush administration toward Iran, with sanctions imposed and the threat of possible military action, is based solely on suspicion.
tinyurl.com/s35zb

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U.S. Is Aiming to Block Venezuela’s Bid for U.N. Role :

The Bush administration fights the nation’s pursuit of a seat on the Security Council, saying that President Hugo Chavez’s influence could disrupt moves against Iran.
ktla.trb.com/news/ktla-vene,0,154488.story?coll=ktla-news-1

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Reports: N. Korea on verge of missile test:

S. Korean officials said there were signs a test-firing was imminent. The North accused the U.S. of provoking war.
tinyurl.com/pawzc

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Rice warns N. Korea against missile test :

Unlike other preparatory steps the United States has tracked, the fueling process is very difficult to reverse, and most likely means the test will go ahead, one senior administration official said.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060619/ap_on_re_as/nkorea_missile

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US still main threat to stability in European eyes:

Europeans remain deeply suspicious of US foreign policy in spite of President George W. Bush’s concerted attempts since the start of his second term to improve transatlantic relations.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13685.htm

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Dr. Stephen Sniegoski on the Neocon Agenda :

8 Minute Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13687.htm

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Democratically elected: Hamas leaders to be targeted?:

In meeting at Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Defense Minister Peretz says ‘Israel operating to convey diplomatic messages to Hamas leaders, but if that doesn’t help we definitely plan to step up operations’
tinyurl.com/pvyhn

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Former Dutch Ambassador Calls for Sanctions if Israel Refuses to Comply with International Law:

The media in Israel provide a platform for unpunished, insane calls for murdering peoples and a nation. An example is offered by Professor Arnon Sofer talking about Palestinians living in closed-off Gaza
electronicintifada.net/v2/printer4825.shtml

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Justin Raimondo : The Assassins :

From character assassination to physical assassination, the Lobby and its agents ruthlessly pursue their agenda
www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=9170

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Jews lobby Presbyterian Church over divestment:

The committee also heard from members and guests who supported divesting from Israel, among them Professor Norman Finkelstein, who said that Israel “has a horrendous record on human rights”
tinyurl.com/rjout

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Pro-Israel Neocons Torpedo Juan Cole Academic Appointment at Yale:

The fact of the matter is that the Aipac crowd can’t muzzle dissent in Israel, but sure can (try to) do so here in the States and has rather remarkable record of success on that score.
tinyurl.com/ogks9

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Military’s role in massacre stuns Colombians, leader:

On a dirt road dotted with country homes near the western city of Cali, three trucks carrying an elite squad of anti-narcotics police pulled up to the gates of a psychiatric center for a planned raid about an hour before dusk.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/14847576.htm

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Why U.S. Has Stake in Mexican Election

The outcome could alter relations between the North American neighbors. And a disputed vote could lead to political chaos.
tinyurl.com/nzywn

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Kicked out of Gitmo:

A Times reporter’s struggle to get the truth about America’s island prison just got tougher.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13683.htm

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Gabriele Zamparini: Darkness and Light:

Centuries of darkness and misery are now called the history of civilization.
www.thecatsdream.com/blog/2006/06/darkness-and-light.htm

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In case you missed it:

Video: Howard Zinn: The Myth of American Exceptionalism:

Today, says Zinn, we have a president, who more than any before him, claims a special relationship with God. Zinn worries about an administration that deploys Christian zealotry to justify a war against terrorism, a war that in reality seems more about establishing a new beachhead in the oil-rich Middle East.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8632.htm

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Lesson from ISI’s killing of a Journalist in Pakistan:

On June 16, 2006, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) silenced another journalist, Hidayatullah Khan, forever. He was handcuffed and shot from behind after experiencing unknown torment at the hands of his abductors for six months.
www.icssa.org/isi_murder.html

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Somalia claims U.S. urged Ethiopian incursion :

The leader of the Islamists who now control most of southern Somalia accused the United States on Saturday of orchestrating what he called a border incursion by hundreds of Ethiopian troops.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/06/18/africa/web.0618somalia.php

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Somali “Islamists” impose Sharia on former warlord stronghold:

Somalia’s dominant Islamist militia on Monday imposed Sharia law in the former warlord stronghold of Jowhar, making good on their vows to bring Islamic theocracy to the shattered Horn of Africa nation.
tinyurl.com/r7tp9

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Bolivia to spend 6.8B to fight poverty :

Bolivian President Evo Morales‘ leftist government says it will fight poverty, hunger and homelessness in South America‘s poorest nation by investing $6.8 billion through 2010, much of it with ambitious public works projects.
www.heraldnewsdaily.com/stories/news-00195719.html

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Paul Krugman on the New Class War in America:

In case you haven’t noticed, modern American politics is marked by vicious partisanship, with the great bulk of the viciousness coming from the right. It’s clear that the Republican plan for the 2006 election is, once again, to question Democrats’ patriotism.

Audio and transcript
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13680.htm

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Chris Floyd: Patriotic Pork: Give Me That Old-Time Corruption :

This is good old-fashioned, down-home graft just like Mother used to make when she ran Tammany Hall.
www.chris-floyd.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=705&Itemid=1

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Homeland security officials leave government for high-paying jobs:

Dozens of members of President Bush’s security team assembled after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are now working for companies that sell security products and services to the government agencies they once helped manage.
www.startribune.com/587/story/500154.html

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Date: 18 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 2500

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$289,442,668,764
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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FBI says, it has “No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11"

“Bin Laden has not been formally charged in connection to 9/11.”

By Ed Haas

“In the case of the 1998 United States Embassies being bombed, Bin Laden has been formally indicted and charged by a grand jury. He has not been formally indicted and charged in connection with 9/11 because the FBI has no hard evidence connected Bin Laden to 9/11.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13664.htm

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When the horror of Iraq become to much for a soldier to bear?

By Neil Makay

MORE than 6000 men and women have deserted from the US army since the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. In the British forces, the figure stands at around 1000. The soldiers are leaving because they are sickened by the bloodshed in Iraq; because they believe the war is illegal; because they are on the verge of nervous breakdown;
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13677.htm

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The Struggle to Recapture our Soul

By Mike Whitney

The “moral squalor” of our political system has never been more evident, and the empty rhetoric of our leaders’ never more vile. It’s more than just a matter of extracting ourselves from the battlefield. Now, it’s a struggle to recapture our soul.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13675.htm

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A Plea for Net Neutrality

By Charles Sullivan

The supporters of the telecommunications bill making its way through Congress are shameless promoters of predatory capitalism and they should be impeached.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13672.htm

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Interview: John Pilger

Real Audio 24 Minutes

Pilger talks about the wars and occupations in Iraq and Palestine, and the pathetic state of Western journalism.

Click here to listen
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13678.htm

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U.S.-led offensive kills 90 “militants” in Afghanistan :

“Taliban” militants killed five people in an ambush Sunday while U.S.-led coalition troops moved deeper into Afghanistan’s southern mountains in an offensive that has killed about 90 insurgents in less than a week, officials said.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-06-18-afghanistan_x.htm?POE=NEWISVA

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British troops kill 6 “Taliban” attacking power plant:

British troops said Sundaythey had killed six Taliban rebels who had been firing mortars at one of Afghanistan’s few functioning hydro-electric dams.
www.thedailystar.net/2006/06/19/d606191302142.htm

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US airstrikes in Afghanistan surge::

Washington carried out 340 airstrikes in that time frame, “more than twice the 160 carried out in the much higher-profile war in Iraq”, the report said
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=129088

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Iraq: At least 15 killed as occupation grinds on:

Ten bodies were found overnight in different parts of the capital, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/DAH824924.htm

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In pictures: Baghdad attacks :

A string of bomb and mortar attacks was launched in and near Baghdad, killing about 30 people, injuring scores and leaving scenes of devastation.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/5090686.stm

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Witness: U.S. Troops in Iraq Taken Captive:

A farmer claiming to have witnessed an attack on a U.S. military checkpoint said Sunday that insurgents swarmed the scene, killing the driver of a Humvee before taking two of his comrades captive.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5894762,00.html

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Troops surround Iraqi rebel bastion as Qaeda claims bombings

US and Iraqi forces were surrounding the Sunni rebel bastion of Ramadi with new checkpoints on all the town’s entry and exit roads as Al-Qaeda said it carried out Baghdad bombings that killed 36 people.
sg.news.yahoo.com/060618/1/41kwy.html

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Iraqi detainees held in box-like cells for days: US probe :

Iraqi detainees were held with their eyes taped shut in tiny box-like cells for up to seven days at a time while loud music blared at a special operations holding facility, a US military investigation found.
tinyurl.com/eawkl

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Horror show reveals Iraq’s descent:

THE morning rush had begun at the health ministry’s morgue in Baghdad, and by 9.30am last Thursday 36 coffins already lined the street outside.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2230672,00.html

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From the Embassy, a Grim Report:

From the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, a stark compendium of its local employees’ daily hardships and pressing fears
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/16/AR2006061601768.html

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US military honoured in secret by Britian :

It has emerged that Riley Bechtel, billionaire boss of the US-based Bechtel Corporation, which has won big transport and nuclear contracts in Britain and made a fortune from the Iraq war, was secretly awarded a CBE in 2003.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13670.htm

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How US hid the suicide secrets of Guantanamo :

As despair grows within the camp, so too does outrage mount at its brutal and secretive regime
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13671.htm

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Hamas calls for probe into arms transfer to Abbas:

Hamas on Saturday called on the Palestinian Legislative Council to launch an investigation into the transfer of rifles and ammunition to forces loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, charging that the move was intended to trigger civil war among the Palestinians.
tinyurl.com/m2pwg

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In case you missed it:

Desmond Tutu: Apartheid in the Holy Land .

I’ve been very deeply distressed in my visit to the Holy Land; it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/comment/0,10551,706911,00.html

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Amnesty: Microsoft helped Israeli Police in Vanunu probe:

Human rights group says company complied with request by Israel police to hand over information on nuclear whistleblower
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3256136,00.html

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In case you missed it:

Israel’s Secret Weapon :

This film is the story of the bomb, Vanunu and Israel’s wall of silence.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6558.htm

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Israeli Weapons:

The estimated $4.5 billion dollar F-16I deal ($45 million per aircraft) will be financed by the annual U.S. military aid package and concludes the largest Israeli military purchase in history. Each F-15 cost approximately $84 million.
www.israeli-weapons.com/weapons/aircraft/f-16i/F-16I.html

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The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy:

The fear of being charged with anti-Semitism outranks all other worries that bedevil politicians, and the lobby has marketed it so efficiently that a wall of silence shields the American people from awareness of the lobby’s activities and U.S. complicity in Israel’s longstanding abuse of international law and Arab human rights
www.wrmea.com/archives/May-June_2006/0605018.html

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Burning Cole :

In an article in the Yale Herald, Campus Watch, a pro-Israel group that monitors scholars’ statements about the Middle East, was quoted as saying that Cole lacked a “penetrating mind,” and suggesting that Yale was “in danger of sacrificing academic credibility in exchange for the attention” Cole would generate.
www.thenation.com/doc/20060703/weiss

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Israeli hero known as a plunderer:

Stunning military victories made Israel’s Gen. Moshe Dayan an iconic figure on the international stage, but his reputation for looting antiquities is little known outside the country where his myth was born.
tinyurl.com/pezua

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Iran: U.S. Making Nuke Talks Difficult :

Iran accused the United States on Sunday of steering Europe away from a possible compromise on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5895046,00.html

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Taunted and jeered, Bolton bolted :

Amidst a rising chorus of taunts, jeers, hisses and outright denunciations, Bolton was swiftly surrounded by his entourage of three American security agents and whisked out the door of the seminar room at Oriel College on Friday, the 9th of June.
tinyurl.com/otb3u

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U.S. Warns N Korea Over Missile Test – But tested own missile last wedensday!:

The US has warned the DPRK of unspecified but negative consequences should it proceed with the test, which may have been scheduled for this weekend.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13673.htm

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US outflanked in Eurasian energy politics:

Curiously and quietly the United States is being outflanked in its now-obvious strategy of controlling major oil and energy sources of the Persian Gulf, Central Asia’s Caspian Basin, Africa and beyond.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13674.htm

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Putin: Russia’s reserves to exceed debts:

We don’t need to borrow abroad any more. We are repaying our debts on time and even ahead of schedule,” Putin said.
www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=46113

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Secretive society’s big names include Kissinger, Rockefeller and a queen:

Among prominent attendees at this year’s conference of the Bilderberg group, a secretive society that includes some of the world’s most powerful people:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13676.htm

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