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Date: 4 July 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 2527
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$293,423,616,564
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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The Occupation of Iraqi Hearts and Minds
By Nir Rosen

Imagine how many Iraqi homes have been destroyed. How many families have been traumatized. How many men have disappeared into American military vehicles in the night. How many crimes have been committed against the Iraqi people every single day in the course of the normal operations of the occupation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13848.htm

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Bombs Bursting in Air

By Cindy Sheehan

The flag represents so much lying, fixed elections, profiting by the war machine, high gas prices, spying on Americans, rapid erosion of our freedoms while BushCo literally gets away with murder, torture and extreme rendition, contaminating the world with depleted uranium, and illegal and immoral wars that are responsible for killing so many. A symbol which used to represent hope to so many around the world now fills so many with disgust.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13843.htm

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Patriotism & The Fourth of July

By Howard Zinn

In celebration of the 4th of July there will be many speeches about the young people who “died for their country.” Let’s be honest about war. Those who gave their lives did not die for their country, as they were led to believe but for their government. The distinction between country and government is at the heart of the Declaration of Independence, which will be referred to again and again on July 4, but without attention to its meaning.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13850.htm

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The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies

In Congress, July 4, 1776

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. —That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13846.htm

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A New Declaration of Independence

By Emma Goldman

When, in the course of human development, existing institutions prove inadequate to the needs of man, when they serve merely to enslave, rob, and oppress mankind, the people have the eternal right to rebel against, and overthrow, these institutions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13849.htm

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Lou Dobbs on the North American Union

4 Minute Video

President Bush signed a formal agreement that will end the United States as we know it, and he took the step without approval from either the U.S. Congress or the people of the United States.

Click here to watch
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13854.htm

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The Plot To Overthrow FDR

America’s Hidden History

The Plot To Overthrow FDR reveals how, inspired by political trends in Germany and Italy, this group conceived of a plan to either overthrow the newly-elected president or force him to take orders from them. They envisioned a paramilitary organization of disgruntled WWI veterans as the force to intimidate the government. The man they chose to inspire and lead this veteran’s army was retired Marine General Smedley D. Butler.
Click here to watch. Windows Media
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13844.htm

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Is Cheney betting on Economic Collapse?

By Mike Whitney

Wouldn’t you like to know where Dick Cheney puts his money? Then you’d know whether his “deficits don’t matter” claim is just baloney or not.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13851.htm

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At least 11 killed as U.S. occupation of Iraq Grinds On
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO432809.htm

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Iraq seeks oversight of rape-slaying case:

Iraq’s justice minister demanded Tuesday that the U.N. Security Council ensure a group U.S. troops are punished for allegedly raping and murdering a young Iraqi and executing her family, calling the attack “monstrous and inhuman.”
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060704/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_060704095528

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Iraq’s Hakim says amnesty should include killers of US troops

Iraqi Shiite leader Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, the head of parliament’s largest bloc, has told AFP that he favours extending an amnesty to insurgents who may have killed US troops.
sg.news.yahoo.com/060703/1/41vi7.html

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Paul Craig Roberts: The Reality Beneath the Flag-waving:

Americans who get their propaganda from Fox “News” or are told what to think by right-wing talk radio hosts are outraged at news reports that US troops planned and carried out the rape and murder of a young Iraqi woman. They are not outraged that the troops committed the deed; they are outraged that the media reported it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13852.htm

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Kidnapped minister freed:

AN Iraqi deputy minister and his 19 bodyguards were kidnapped by gunmen in broad daylight to day and held for 10 hours before being released. It was the second high-profile abduction in a week despite a massive security crackdown in Baghdad.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,19690691-23109,00.html

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Military Records Show Doctors Tortured Detainees:

10 Minute Video Report: Pentagon records detail various detainee abuses by military doctors according to a new book by Medical Ethicist Dr. Stephen Miles.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13842.htm

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Bush Directed Cheney To Discredit War Critic :

Bush told federal prosecutors during his June 24, 2004, interview in the Oval Office that he had directed Cheney, as part of that broader effort, to disclose highly classified intelligence information that would not only defend his administration but also discredit Wilson, the sources said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13847.htm

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CIA disbands Bin laden unit :

Nearly five years after George Bush vowed to bring Osama bin Laden to justice “dead or alive”, it’s the end of the line for the CIA’s Alec Station, the unit dedicated to the hunt for the al-Qaida leader.
www.guardian.co.uk/alqaida/story/0,,1812598,00.html

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Bomb in Kabul wounds six, 12 “Taliban” killed in clash:

A bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul wounded more than six people on Tuesday and 12 “Taliban insurgents” were killed in a clash in the south where NATO forces are set to take control.
tinyurl.com/lrbrj

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Five labourers killed in Afghanistan ambush:

Militants ambushed and shot dead five Afghan labourers and wounded another as they brought construction wood to a US military base in eastern Afghanistan, police said today.
tinyurl.com/obbxr

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Israel ignores deadline, no news about soldier:

Palestinian militants holding an Israeli soldier angrily said on Tuesday that they would not release any information about the serviceman’s condition after Israel ignored a deadline to begin releasing Palestinian prisoners. But as diplomatic efforts continued, the militants said they would not kill the soldier.
tinyurl.com/p9b2q

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Israel bombs university in Gaza:

Israel continued destruction of civilian Infrastructure
tinyurl.com/mzh79

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Bordering on chaos :

Efforts to secure the release of captured soldier Gilad Shalit and to keep the Qassam rockets away from northern Negev communities have evolved over the past few days into an all-out campaign against the government of the Palestinian Authority.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/733776.html

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Gaza in the Dark:

Israel is not content with its occupation and total military domination of Palestine. No, Israel has proven that it wants to assure the Palestinians continue to live in the most dire poverty, a poverty created by a near-total lack of affordable energy. That truth was made clear by the Israeli military’s recent bombing of the Gaza City power plant, the only electric power station inside Palestinian territory.
counterpunch.com/bryce07032006.html

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Palestinian poll: Faith in Hamas government is on the rise :

According to a recent poll of Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, residents of the Palestinian Authority have faith in the new Hamas government.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/734228.html

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Visiting US official evades querieson Mossad-backed terror network:

“All I’m doing is talking about the United States and what we do, and we’re setting it as an example”
tinyurl.com/pq6oo

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In case you missed it:

Israel Is Spying In And On The U.S.? :

Fox News has learned some U.S. investigators believe that there are Israelis again very much engaged in spying in and on the U.S., who may have known things they didn’t tell us before September 11. Fox News correspondent Carl Cameron has details in the first of a four-part series. QuickTime video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7545.htm

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Iran President slams UN over Mideast violence :

Condemning the “Zionist regime’s crimes,” the president said: “If the Islamic states and international organizations keep silent about these (Israeli) measures, divine revenge will strike through the hands of nations.”
tinyurl.com/pws2z

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Iran Again Says No Reply ‘Til Mid-August:

Iran rejected calls Tuesday for a quick answer to the package of Western incentives aimed at persuading it to suspend its uranium enrichment program, insisting that it will come up with a formal response by mid August.
www.wral.com/apworldnews/9467033/detail.html

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Moscow urges further diplomacy to resolve Iran nuclear problem :

Russia insists that political and diplomatic efforts be continued to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem, a deputy foreign minister said at a meeting with high-ranking Israeli officials Tuesday.
en.rian.ru/world/20060704/50894400.html

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Taking on Iran’s air force:

If, God help us, the stand-off does turn violent, U.S. air power will play a critical role. For months pundits have predicted a massive bombing campaign to target Iran’s nuclear facilities, and perhaps even to attempt regime change.
www.defensetech.org/archives/002554.html

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U.S. Army orders Excalibur guided shells:

Raytheon has received a $42.7 million order for its Excalibur precision-guided artillery shells from the U.S. Army.
www.informationliberation.com/?id=12808

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North Korea fired Taepodong missile which failed:

North Korea launched a long-range Taepodong-2 missile and two small Scud-type missiles within a two-hour period, but the long-range missile appears to have failed, a diplomatic source told Reuters on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/odcox

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Patrick J. Buchanan: An independent republic still?:

This is not the road on which the Founding Fathers set out, but it is a familiar road, one taken before by every empire in history.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13853.htm

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Secrets & lies:

While researching Kenya, she found shocking truths about the British empire
fairuse.100webcustomers.com/fairenough/bost19.html

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Are all lives equal?

How much is an Iraqi life worth? Answer: A lot less than an American or British life, according to the amount of compensation paid to the relatives of victims.
www.csmonitor.com/2006/0703/p09s01-coop.html

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An interview with Evo Morales:

The US, Bolivia, and Venezuela
www.zmag.org/content/print_article.cfm?itemID=10518&sectionID=52

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Why the Bush administration values Joe Lieberman :

He just spent 18 years helping Republicans hijack the Constitution and pick on little guy after little guy
tinyurl.com/mzooh

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Born on the Fourth of July :

It is appropriate that we, – declare our independence from more modern forms of repression over our God-given freedoms and redouble our commitment to a vision for “life, liberty and happiness” for all people of the United States and the world.
civillibertarian.blogspot.com/2006/07/give-get-nation-born-on-fourth-of-july.html

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Date: 3 July 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 2527

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$291,875,368,544
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Raped And Murdered: Victim Was 15 year Old Child

Details emerge in alleged atrocity by U.S. troops

By Ellen Knickmeyer

He found Abeer sprawled dead in a corner, her hair and a pillow next to her consumed by fire, and her dress pushed up to her neck.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13828.htm

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Orwell in Iraq: Snow Jobs, Zarqawi and Bogus Peace Plans

By Dahr Jamail

With the plan to secure Baghdad, “Operation Forward Together,” now three weeks old, and the so-called terror leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, killed, the security situation has only continued to deteriorate.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13840.htm

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Obstacles to the abolition of war

By John J. Neumaier

In spite of the ever growing inhumanity of war, people the world over tend to take the fighting of future wars for granted. All too many accept their governments’ recourse to war as “normal”, as a legitimate tool of a nation’s foreign policy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13826.htm

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Bush’s Assault on Freedom: What’s To Stop Him?

By Paul Craig Roberts

Republicans are “outraged” that “liberal judges” have prevented Bush from “protecting us from terrorists.” In the U.S. Senate, Majority Leader Bill Frist said that Republicans will propose legislation to enable Bush to get around the Supreme Court’s decision.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13825.htm

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Shadows On The Wall

By Sheila Samples

And so we sit, shackled by self-imposed chains of fear, captivated by shadowy forms that move discordantly across the walls of our perception. Once again we are eager to accept appearance for reality. The Supreme Court ruling last week rejecting George Bush’s military commissions to try Guantanamo detainees casts a huge shadow on the wall. Many are saying it not only curbed Bush and Cheney’s unlimited presidential power grab, but absolved us of the responsibility of having to do anything about it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13841.htm

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This Fourth of July is yours, not mine

By Frederick Douglass

Go search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13837.htm

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Finding Bolivar’s Heir

A special report by independent journalist Greg Palast

The report offers a never-before-seen interview with Chavez, insight into Chavez’s relationship with the U.S. as well as Chavez’s plans for Venezuela, perspectives from opposition party members and raw footage from the slums of Caracas.

Click here to watch. QuickTime video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13830.htm

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At least 11 killed Including U.S. marine:

Five people, including a policeman, were killed and 28, including four policemen, wounded when a car bomb went off in a crowded market in the northern city of Mosul
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO330009.htm

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10 killed and dozens wounded as Sunni legislators boycott parliment:

The lawmaker and seven of her bodyguards were seized Saturday after her convoy was stopped by gunmen at a checkpoint in a Shiite area of eastern Baghdad, just a few miles from where a huge car bomb struck an outdoor market, killing 66 and wounding about 100.
tinyurl.com/zsgvc

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Iraqi armed groups reject Maliki plan :

“How can they ask us to disarm and to attend negotiations with a government appointed by the occupation?
tinyurl.com/qfabb

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Al-Zarqawi had phone numbers of senior Iraqi officials stored in his cell phone:

Abdul-Latif did not give names of the officials. But he said they included ministry employees and members of parliament.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13839.htm

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Former US soldier charged with Iraq rape and murder :

Green allegedly shot and killed an man, a woman and a 5-year-old girl. After raping a second female, described as an adult, Green shot and killed her, the statement said.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-2254401,00.html

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Brian Cloughley: When Liberation is Worse Than Oppression:

Of greatest concern is the pronouncement by Bush that Iraq and Afghanistan “are now democracies and they are allies in the cause of freedom and peace.” If he truly believes this to be a fact, then there is no hope for either Iraq or Afghanistan. And there isn’t much hope for America, either.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13838.htm

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Supreme Court ruling troubles GOP senators:

McConnell, R-Ky., the second-ranking GOP leader in the Senate, said the 5-3 court decision “means that American servicemen potentially could be accused of war crimes.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13832.htm

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Mick Youther : The Big Waste:

What we could have purchased with the same amount of money that is wasted in just one day of Mr. Bush’s War
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13835.htm

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Lieberman says he’ll collect signatures for independent campaign:

Facing a stronger-than-expected Democratic primary challenge and sagging poll numbers because of his support of the Iraq war, Sen. Joe Lieberman said Monday he’ll collect signatures to run as an unaffiliated candidate if he loses next month’s primary.
news.newstimes.com/story.php?id=86743&category=Regional

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Poll: Britons see US as vulgar empire builder:

As Americans prepare to celebrate the 230th anniversary of their independence tomorrow, the poll found that only 12 per cent of Britons trust them to act wisely on the global stage. This is half the number who had faith in the Vietnam-scarred White House of 1975.
tinyurl.com/hlcwn

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Stranger than fiction?:

Alan Dershowitz: Should we fight terror with torture? :

The United States’ Supreme Court has ruled that military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay breach the human rights of inmates. But in an age of suicide bombings and mass civilian casualties, do our laws themselves need to be rewritten? Are we just ignoring the unpalatable truth: that the survival of our society may depend on the legalised torture of terror suspects?
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article1154084.ece

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Israeli premier rejects ultimatum:

On Monday, the Palestinian groups that abducted the soldier gave Israel until 0300 GMT on Tuesday to meet their demands, threatening unspecified consequences if it refused.
tinyurl.com/jnpoe

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Patrick Seale : Anything but Negotiation:

Palestinian moderates are Israel’s real enemies, so it deliberately drives them from the scene
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13831.htm

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Switzerland says Israel violating international law in Gaza Strip

Switzerland said Monday that Israel has been violating international law in its Gaza offensive by heavy destruction and endangering civilians in acts of collective punishment banned under the Geneva conventions on the conduct of warfare.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/734173.html

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MK Sharoni baits Arab MKs, says Israel should obliterate Gaza :

Shouting matches broke out in the Knesset on Monday afternoon during a charged debate on three no-confidence motions filed by Arab parties regarding Israel’s military response to the kidnapping of a soldier by Palestinian militants.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/734126.html

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Peres: Hamas officials to be tried:

Israel arrested dozens of Hamas members, including eight ministers and more than 20 politicians, in raids in the West Bank. One-third of the Palestinian cabinet, including the finance minister, Omar Abdel-Razeq, are being held.
tinyurl.com/z96lj

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Clash, blasts, kill 24 in Afghanistan:

More than 1,100 people, most of them militants, have been killed in Afghanistan since January. Nearly 60 foreign troops have been killed.
tinyurl.com/goaxn

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Girl student killed by time bomb in Afghan university :

One girl student was killed and six others injured by a time bomb on Monday morning in Herat University in western Afghanistan, a local police officer told Xinhua.
english.people.com.cn/200607/03/eng20060703_279577.html

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‘Have you ever used a pistol?’:

“If we get overrun I’ll save the last bullet for myself,” said Private Kyle Deerans, a handsome South African of 23. With his black floppy hair, I was sure had broken a string of hearts.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13836.htm

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6 Pakistani Soldiers Killed in Bus Blast :

A roadside bomb blast struck a military convoy Monday in northwestern Pakistan, killing six soldiers and wounding five, officials said.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/4020845.html

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Greg Palast: Dispatch from Mexico City:

As in Florida in 2000, as in Ohio in 2004, the exit polls show the voters voted for the progressive candidate, but the race is “officially” too close to call. But they will call it — after they steal it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13834.htm

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Bolivia: Leftists win big in assembly:

Supporters of Bolivian President Evo Morales appear to have won a majority in the new assembly that will write the country’s new constitution.
www.washtimes.com/upi/20060703-015243-4406r.htm

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World Bank writes off 1.5 billion dollars debt for Bolivia :

The World Bank has decided to forgive a debt of 1.5 billion U.S. dollars for Bolivia, according to reports reaching in Lima from Bolivia on Friday.
english.people.com.cn/200607/02/eng20060702_279257.html

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Greg Palast: The Assassination of Hugo Chávez:

On August 26, 2005, the Lord spoke to His servant on cable television and His servant told the faithful watching in TV land: “Hugo Chávez thinks we’re trying to assassinate him. I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13829.htm

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Journalists besieged over Iraq, terror news:

Media advocates are alarmed at what they see as a mounting assault on press freedom in country after country, arguing it is potentially chilling the pursuit of truth as U.S. and European leaders pursue wars on terror and in Iraq.
www.thestate.com/mld/mercurynews/news/14952486.htm

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MI5 conducts secret inquiry into 8,000 al-Qa’ida ‘sympathisers’ :

Up to 8,000 suspected al-Qa’ida sympathisers are being investigated by MI5 and the police in an operation to identify future terrorists, The Independent has learned.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/article1155174.ece

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Corporations Aren’t People:

Here’s a not-so-modest proposal to start: abolish the concept of corporate ‘personhood.’
www.alternet.org/story/38406/

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Stephen Lendman: Dirty Secrets of the Temple –

How the Federal Reserve Runs the US
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13833.htm

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From Freedom To Fascism

Aaron Russo’s America: 14 minute video
video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4035648463442185390

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Postwar German government and CIA shielded Adolf Eichmann:

The recent publication of some 27,000 pages of secret CIA documents has brought to light new details regarding the close ties between the political elite in post-war Germany and leading Nazis who survived the collapse of the Third Reich.
www.wsws.org/articles/2006/jul2006/nazi-j03.shtml

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I need your help to offset the costs associated with site hosting and bandwidth usage. If you find this site informative please help by clicking here
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Date: 2 July 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 2537

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$292,895,446,071
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Last Stand

The military’s problem with the President’s Iran policy.

By Seymour M. Hersh

The generals and admirals have told the Administration that the bombing campaign will probably not succeed in destroying Iran’s nuclear program. They have also warned that an attack could lead to serious economic, political, and military consequences for the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13819.htm

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Iran Deadline Looms; U.S. Military Ready to Intervene

Interview With Seymour Hersh

The United States set a July 5 deadline for Iran to respond to a proposal to end its nuclear program. But the Iranian government says it won’t do so until August. In the meantime, the Bush administration has military plans drawn up in anticipation of having to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities. Host Liane Hansen speaks with the New Yorker’s Seymour Hersh about what the military might face in Iran.

Click here to listen
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13820.htm

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Israel’s Infrastructure Warfare

By Mike Whitney

Israel is now openly engaged in infrastructure warfare, the wanton destruction of the basic platforms of human survival. The bombing of the electric power plant has thrust the world’s most densely populated area into darkness; cutting off the vital flow of energy to hospitals, assistance centers, and the pumping stations which provide the city’s water. At the same time, Israel has bombed large sections of the main roads, government buildings, water lines and bridges. The Associated Press said, “Israeli tanks and bulldozers crossed the Gaza Strip and began razing farmland east of Khan Younis”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13817.htm

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Morning Came :

A letter from Palestine. Please forward widely.

While the world discusses the moral or strategic aspects of armed resistance, there is no confusion about these issues here. Undefended, dignity, and the land, would be lost, and death would be better. With or without your permission, they will continue to fight.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13824.htm

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Israel’s act of war is inexcusable

By Will Hutton

The brutal reaction to Corporal Shalit’s kidnap has implications far beyond the Middle East.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13822.htm

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True Lies

By Taalam Acey

A Must Watch 3 Minute Video.

Click here to view
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13816.htm

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Put away the flags

By Howard Zinn

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13823.htm

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Let America Be America Again

By Langston Hughes

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4004.htm

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77 Killed in Massacre at Market in Iraq:

A suicide car bombing at a crowded open-air market Saturday killed 77 people and wounded 96 in the deadliest single attack since the Iraqi government was formed six weeks ago. Other violence brought the day’s toll to 92 even as authorities announced the discovery of 26 bodies.
fairuse.100webcustomers.com/fairenough/latimes235.html

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At least 16 killed as vilolence continues:

MAHMUDIYA – Four people were killed and 22 wounded when a bomb exploded in a market in a town just south of Baghdad, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM223252.htm

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Saddam’s Wife, Daughter Put On Wanted List :

Al-Rubaie told reporters the government was releasing the most wanted list “so that our people can know their enemies.”
cbs2.com/topstories/topstories_story_183153936.html

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Charges against Saddam wife and daughter ‘baseless’:

The lawyer leading Saddam Hussein’s defence team dismissed as baseless Sunday charges that the deposed leader’s wife and eldest daughter supported the insurgency in Iraq.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=131565

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Afghanistan: At least 23 killed in an attack on British base :

The two British soldiers died after their base was hit by small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades Saturday night . military officials said at least 20 “militants” died during clashes and coalition airstrikes.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-07-02-aghanistan-british-troops_x.htm

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‘More set to die’ in Afghanistan :

The leader of the British army in Afghanistan has said more troops are likely to be killed in the battle against Taleban forces.

We face defeat in Afghanistan, Army chiefs warn Blair: Army chiefs have warned Tony Blair that British forces face defeat in Afghanistan unless more troops and equipment are sent out immediately, it has been claimed.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/5139090.stm

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Eric Margolis : No Place for Canada:

Foreign invaders will never control the fierce Pashtun tribesmen of Afghanistan
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13821.htm

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Israel bombs Palestinian PM’s office:

The pre-dawn strike on Haniyeh’s empty office in the Gaza Strip followed warnings from Israel that no-one in the Hamas-led government is immune from attack.
tinyurl.com/keoey

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Hamas vows revenge after Israel hits PM’s office:

The armed wing of Hamas threatened to retaliate by resuming attacks inside Israel, predicting the region would sink in a “sea of blood” if the Israeli offensive continued.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=131546

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Gideon Levy : A black flag :

A black flag hangs over the “rolling” operation in Gaza. The more the operation “rolls,” the darker the flag becomes. The “summer rains” we are showering on Gaza are not only pointless, but are first and foremost blatantly illegitimate.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/733427.html

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Egypt deploys 2,500 along Gaza border:

More than 4,000 Palestinians were stranded on the Gaza-Egypt border Saturday, unable to return home amid an Israeli assault on the coastal strip.
www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20060701-021313-7538r

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‘When Will You Ever Learn,’ Rabbi Lerner?:

Imagine, rabbi of peace and love, how different things would be if today the Israeli government said, “We will immediately implement the inalienable right as stated in Article 13, Section 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
umkahlil.blogspot.com/2006/07/when-will-you-ever-learn-rabbi-lerner.html

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Iran threatens to retaliate if US auctions off treasures:

Iran has threatened to retaliate if the United States moves to auction off invaluable ancient Persian artefacts to compensate victims of a Hamas bombing in Israel.
tinyurl.com/nwqny

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US doubts over Iran attack plans:

SENIOR military officers have warned the US administration that bombing raids against Iran would fail to destroy the country’s nuclear program due to a lack of reliable intelligence
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,19664904-23109,00.html

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African Summit Fosters Anti-US Sentiment:

A summit of African leaders opened yesterday with a special welcome for the firebrand presidents of Iran and Venezuela, each visiting the poorest continent to win support for their anti-American agenda.
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=84722&d=2&m=7&y=2006

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Ahmadinejad slams West’s ‘bullies’:

“People see that the bullies of the world get angry because of the technical and scientific advancement of other countries and they wish to keep the countries and nations backward,” he told a session of an African Union
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,19657735^1702,00.html

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Somalia Warlord Surrenders Weapons to “Islamist” Group:

A powerful warlord has surrendered his weapons to Mogadishu’s Islamists rulers as the group continues to assert its authority across the Horn of Africa country, officials said yesterday.
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=84692&d=2&m=7&y=2006

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WTO talks collapse :

The World Trade Organisation talks collapsed here on Saturday as Trade Ministers of 60 key countries failed to arrive at a common ground on agriculture and industrial tariffs with an upset Commerce Minister Kamal Nath stating that he saw ``no negotiating space.’’
www.hindu.com/2006/07/02/stories/2006070212040100.htm

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$1.3 billion crop subsidies shelled out to nonfarmers:

Nationwide, the government has paid at least $1.3 billion in subsidies for rice and other crops since 2000 to individuals who do no farming at all, according to an analysis of government records by the Washington Post.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/07/02/MNG9AJO43V1.DTL

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Guatemala : ‘Our Guantanamo,’ Funded by Washington:

We make a fuss over how the gringos [the Americans] deal with terrorist suspects at Guantanamo, when we ourselves help Washington deny freedom to hundreds of undocumented migrants
www.watchingamerica.com/prensalibre000013.shtml

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Democrats urge broader view of Bush war powers :

Sen. Charles Schumer (news, bio, voting record) of New York accused the White House of acting as if Bush’s power is “infinite and unchecked by anybody” and sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez seeking a review of “all their other arrogations of power.”
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060702/pl_nm/security_guantanamo_dc

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Mike Ferner: Has This Country Gone Completely Insane?:

Yesterday afternoon, drinking a cup of coffee while sitting in the Jesse Brown V.A. Medical Center on Chicago’s south side, a Veterans Administration cop walked up to me and said, “OK, you’ve had your 15 minutes, it’s time to go.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13818.htm

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Now, it’s even considered seditious to read my article :

Mr Jago, who will appear in court in September on charges of mounting an illegal demonstration prohibited by the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (Socpa ), was searched and found to have three copies of an article from Vanity Fair.
observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1810937,00.html

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UK: New laws to punish whistle blowers:

JOHN REID, the home secretary, is planning a new official secrets law to punish intelligence officers who blow the whistle on government policy by leaking secret information.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2252720,00.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 2536

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$292,624,548,948
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Did Bush commit war crimes?

Supreme Court’s decision in Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld could expose officials to prosecution.

By Rosa Brooks

The real blockbuster in the Hamdan decision is the court’s holding that Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention applies to the conflict with Al Qaeda — a holding that makes high-ranking Bush administration officials potentially subject to prosecution under the federal War Crimes Act.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13814.htm

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When art is incapable of matching life

By Robert Fisk

Violence has now become so close to all our lives that art sometimes seems incapable of matching the reality. Indeed, actors might be losing their credibility. After all, wasn’t the 43rd President of the United States all dolled up in a jumpsuit when he mouthed the greatest lie of all? Mission accomplished?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13813.htm

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The Big Buy – Tom Delay’s Stolen Congress

Video

The film is a warning about how easy it is for American democracy to be hijacked by a combination of relentless ambition and corporate millions. It makes the case that DeLay built a “custom-made Congress” that is still providing votes for his agenda.

Click here to watch
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13803.htm

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Iraq car bombing kills 66 in Baghdad market:

A US military vehicle which attempted to approach the blast scene withdrew in a hail of stones thrown by angry residents.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=131398

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At least 21 killed as occupation grinds on:

Police found the bodies of four Iraqi soldiers near Kirkuk, 250 km (150 miles) north of Baghdad. They had been kidnapped on Friday
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/RAS118431.htm

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Baghdad morgue out of space:

More than 100 bodies are being held at room temperature because morgue refrigerators are full, inspector-general of Iraq’s health ministry Adil Abdul Muhsin told Al-Mada news.
www.upi.com/InternationalIntelligence/view.php?StoryID=20060630-105901-2126r

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Baghdad attacks higher since security crackdown:

“Insurgent” attacks in Baghdad have risen despite a recent security crackdown that added thousands of troops and new checkpoints to the streets of Iraq’s capital, a U.S. commander said on Friday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N30147659.htm

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GIs may have planned Iraq rape, slayings :

Investigators believe a group of U.S. soldiers suspected of raping an Iraqi woman, then killing her and three members of her family plotted the attack for nearly a week, a U.S. military official said Saturday.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060701/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_us_investigation

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Moqtada al-Sadr Calls For End Of U.S. Occupation:

“We demand that the occupiers leave and offer a timetable for their withdrawal and not extend their stay here,” Sadr said, adding that de-Baathification must be activated fast and “their leader executed”.
tinyurl.com/jwjt6

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Palestinian Official: Israeli Cpl. Alive:

The soldier whose abduction sparked Israel’s invasion of Gaza is in stable condition from his wounds, a Palestinian official said Saturday, while President Mahmoud Abbas warned the coming hours were “critical, sensitive and serious” for calming the crisis.
www.wral.com/apworldnews/9458554/detail.html

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Group Claims Second Israeli Soldier Held:

Palestinian fighters have kidnapped a second Israeli soldier and threatened to kill him unless Israel ends its military offensive in the Palestinian territories, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades announced overnight on Friday.
palestinechronicle.com/story-07010613948.htm

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Israel rejects militant demands as jets strike Gaza:

Israel has rejected Palestinian demands to free 1,000 prisoners as its warplanes pounded the Gaza Strip for a fourth straight night in a deepening crisis over a captured soldier.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=131366

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Channel 4 Report From Gaza:

Overnight, Israeli bombers pounded targets across Gaza, including the only power station and Palestinian government offices
www.channel4.com/player/playerwindow.html?id=5786&vert=news

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Hamas refuses to trade arrested ministers : :

As the United Nations warned that the destruction of a power plant in Israeli air raids was posing an imminent humanitarian crisis
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article1152033.ece

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Israel Threatens to Hit Damascus :

Israel holds Khaled Mashal, the leader of Hamas’ Syrian branch, responsible for the abduction of two Israeli soldiers and wants Syria to expel Palestinian leaders from the country.
www.zaman.com/?bl=international&alt=&hn=34399

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Thousands in Egypt rally for Palestinians:

Several thousand protesters at one of Cairo’s main mosques called Friday for holy war against Israel to help the Palestinians in their conflict with the Jewish state.
tinyurl.com/o2kz9

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Thousands of Turks protest Israeli actions:

Thousands of angry Turks burned an Israeli flag Friday and chanted “Murderer Israel, Get out of Palestine!” to protest Israel’s offensive into the Gaza Strip.
www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/world/14938796.htm

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Demonstrators rally in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria:

Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah told some 5,000 worshippers at a mosque in southern Beirut that Arabs and Muslims must support “the Palestinian people who are strongly standing fast against western racism that is backing Jewish racism.”
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/733358.html

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Arab states keep Israel in U.N. human rights dock:

Arab and Muslim states on Friday put the occupied Palestinian territories on the permanent agenda of the U.N. Human Rights Council, overcoming Israeli and Western objections to singling out alleged abuses by the Jewish state.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L30350867.htm

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War pimp alert:

MI6 warns of Iran threat to UK:

MI6 has warned that Iran could direct terrorist attacks on British interests, if talks over its nuclear programme fail.
news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=952472006

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War pimp alert:

Frist: Europe Missile-Defense Site Needed :

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist urged President Bush on Friday to intensify efforts to put interceptor missiles at a site in Europe to protect against potential attacks from Iran.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5923251,00.html

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MP: US intends to corner Iran in future nuclear talks:

“In addition to its attempts to corner Iran and exerting further pressure on it in nuclear talks, the US intends to misuse the situation to divert public opinion away from the country’s nuclear issue by setting a deadline for Iran’s response.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0607012635183142.htm

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Russia says Ukraine sold banned missiles to Iran, China :

A Ukrainian firm supplied China and Iran with six long-range cruise missile in 2000-2001, Russia’s defense minister said Friday.
en.rian.ru/russia/20060630/50710729.html

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At Guantanamo, Dying Is Not Permitted:

The Supreme Court handed the prisoners at Gitmo a victory, but authorities there continue to use harsh methods to break one of their most common methods of protest — the hunger strike
www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1209530,00.html

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‘Real cases’ rare in Guantanamo:

THE Guantanamo camp may have only 30 to 40 “real” cases and the US detention centre should be shut down by 2007, the president of the Belgian Senate, who headed a European inspection team there, said overnight.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,19647969-23109,00.html

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Blair loses ruling in terror case :

Throwing down a new challenge to the British government’s tactics against terrorism, a High Court judge ruled Wednesday that so-called control orders – a form of house arrest without trial – were incompatible with European human rights laws.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/06/28/news/brits.php

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Rupert Murdoch is effectively a member of Blair’s cabinet :

Only a spin doctor would deny that the media baron has a say in all major decisions taken in Downing Street
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1810266,00.html

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U.S. to bolster forces of old Somali regime :

The Bush administration will work to bolster the police force and other security troops of Somalia’s government in exile in the hope of marginalizing the Islamic militias now controlling much of the war- torn country, a senior U.S. official told Congress.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/06/30/news/briefs.php

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Bin Laden says will take fight to America:

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden said his group reserved the right to fight the United States on its land and warned Washington and the world community against sending forces to Somalia, according to an Internet audio tape.
tinyurl.com/g5adt

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Spy Agency Sought U.S. Call Records Before 9/11, Lawyers Say :

The U.S. National Security Agency asked AT&T Inc. to help it set up a domestic call monitoring site seven months before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, lawyers claimed June 23 in court papers filed in New York federal court.
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=abIV0cO64zJE

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Ex-president arrested in ‘68 massacre :

The arrest of Echeverria, who is 84 and in poor health, came after two failed attempts by a special prosecutor to charge him with the deaths and disappearances of dozens of students and leftist dissidents in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a period known here as the dirty war.
tinyurl.com/gjtsd

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US gears up for post-Castro era in Cuba

The report, which was ordered by President George W. Bush and is due to be released next week, also recommends a new U.S. “democracy fund” for communist-run Cuba worth $80 million over two years to boost opposition to Castro.
tinyurl.com/ppns4

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Chavez urges Africa to unite against U.S.:

Citing the example of Venezuela and Bolivia, he urged Africa to seize greater control of its energy resources. He described the low royalty payments made by some foreign oil companies as “robbery”.
tinyurl.com/kfzf5

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Oil-rich Russia makes rouble convertible :

The Russian rouble, riding high on Moscow’s burgeoning status as an energy superpower, becomes fully convertible from tomorrow as the petrodollar giant unleashes on the world a currency to match its growing economic clout
www.guardian.co.uk/russia/article/0,,1809924,00.html

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State’s security office tracked protests : –

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office in charge of protecting California against terrorism has tracked demonstrations staged by political and anti-war groups, a practice that senior law enforcement officials say is an abuse of civil liberties.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/07/01/BAG7GJNUJT1.DTL

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Report: Abramoff Had FBI Data:

Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff improperly obtained a top-secret FBI document and tried to use the information to aid his clients in the Pacific Island territories, according to a report released Friday by the Justice Department’s inspector general
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13812.htm

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Shock acquittal for ‘Mafia cops’ :

A judge has overturned a racketeering murder conviction against two former policemen, despite acknowledging they are guilty of the “heinous” crimes.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5135522.stm

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In case you missed it:

Mafia Cops?:

Stephen Caraccappa and Louis Eppolito, two highly decorated former detectives, were convicted last month of murdering eight people – murders committed on the orders of a vicious mob boss.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/01/05/60minutes/main1180833.shtml

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Edwards calls for U.S. war on poverty:

Former vice presidential candidate John Edwards, who is mulling over a run for the presidency in 2008, called for withdrawal from Iraq within the next 18 months, and for the U.S. government to launch another war – on poverty
tinyurl.com/jc2sc

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