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Date: 20 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 2557

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$297,391,292,999
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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South Lebanon, Has Become A Killing Zone

By Ed O’Loughlin

PARKED outside the small general hospital in Tyre is a badly refrigerated lorry container in which are stacked the bodies of 91 Lebanese civilians, 55 of them children.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14094.htm

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The child lies like a rag doll – a symbol of the latest Lebanon war

By Robert Fisk in Beirut

How soon must we use the words “war crime”? How many children must be scattered in the rubble of Israeli air attacks before we reject the obscene phrase “collateral damage” and start talking about prosecution for crimes against humanity?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14077.htm

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Picture of the body of child as mentioned in Fisk article
www.videos.informationclearinghouse.info/ragdoll.gif

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Fire and Sword

Will Americans join Iraqis, Lebanese, and Palestinians as neocon victims?

By Paul Craig Roberts

What explains the indifference of the Bush administration to the slaughter of civilians in Iraq, Lebanon, and Gaza?
As of the morning of July 19, Israeli bombardments of Lebanese civilian residential districts and public infrastructure have murdered 300 Lebanese, wounded 1,000, and displaced 500,000. The Lebanese prime minister said that Israel’s attack has caused “unimaginable losses” and that his government will seek compensation from Israel .
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14080.htm

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The Most Dangerous Alliance in the World

By Norman Solomon

“In American media, the current mumbling about the need for “restraint” is little better than window-dressing for bomb-dropping. The prevalent dynamic is based on a chain of rarely spoken lies, however conscious or unconscious: none more important than the lie that a religion can make one life worth more than another; render a human death unimportant; elevate certain war-inflicted agonies to spiritual significance.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14093.htm

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Noam Chomsky – The Murder Of A Nation

Lebanon – Israel Facts the Media Isn’t Telling You

7 Minute Video and transcript. Click here to view
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14081.htm

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Israel’s historical use of violence

By Jonathan Cook

Israel may be able to drag its paymaster, the United States, deeper into the mire of the Middle East as a junior partner rather than as an honest broker, giving Israel cover while it carves up yet more Palestinian land for annexation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14084.htm

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A Conservative Estimate of Total Direct U.S. Aid to Israel: $108 Billion

By Shirl McArthur

Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. aid since World War II. The $3-plus billion per year that Israel receives from the U.S. taxpayer is about one-fifth of the total U.S. aid budget, and amounts to more than $600 per Israeli.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14083.htm

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We Can’t Make It Here Anymore

Must Watch 7 Minute Video
Will work for food. Will die for oil. This music video touches on America’s economic corporate control, struggles of workers ,conditions of veterans, war in Iraq, and the prison industrial complex.

Click here to view
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14098.htm

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The Untermensch Syndrome: Israel’s Moral Decay

By Manuel Valenzuela

07/20/06 “Information Clearing House” — — The labeling as anti-Semitic of anyone critical of the state of Israel’s policies in the continued destruction of Palestinian identity, and now Lebanese society and infrastructure, and the increasing domination into American foreign policy no longer has the sting of threat or intimidation it once mastered. For too long this masquerade has been used to silence those opposing anything Israel, shouted at anyone disseminating truth and seeking justice.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14091.htm

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Why Hezbollah is Winning… So Far

By WILLIAM S. LIND

The stakes in the Israel-Hezbollah-Hamas war are significantly higher than most observers understand. If Hezbollah and Hamas win—and winning just means surviving, given that Israel’s objective is to destroy both entities—a powerful state will have suffered a new kind of defeat.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14089.htm

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Uncensored News Reports From Across The Middle East

Video News Reports

Warning

This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

Click here to view. QuickTime
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14097.htm

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The drums of war sound for Iran:

By Jim Lobe

While Israel-centered neo-conservatives have been the most aggressive in arguing that Hezbollah’s July 12 cross-border attack could only have been carried out with Iran’s approval, if not encouragement, that view has been largely accepted and echoed by the US mainstream media.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14082.htm

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Lebanon’s 9/11 – Picture Album

What exactly do our politicians mean when the say we support Israel in its action against Lebanon? What is it that they support? Surely not this carnage?

WARNING

Graphic images depicting the reality and horror of Israel’s Invasion and destruction of Lebanon..
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14069.htm

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No Bravery

A nation blind to their disgrace

A 4 Minute Video. Click here to watch
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11799.htm

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Letter from President Saddam Hussein to the American people.

By Saddam Hussein

People of America, it still seems to me that the officials in your government are still lying to you and are not giving you true explanations of the reasons that led them to embark on their aggression against Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14079.htm

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38 Bodies Discovery in Baghdad:

Iraqi police reported today that it had made one of the most dramatic discoveries ever since sectarian violence escalated in the Iraqi capital, meaning 38 dead bodies that bore the signs of torture, in less than a 24 hour period
tinyurl.com/frtdh

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Iraq: At least 27 killed as U.S. occupation continues:

A U.S. marine died from wounds sustained in action in Anbar province, western Iraq, U.S. military said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM031564.htm

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Twelve killed after lured near Iraq car bomb :

Iraq Iraqi police say a car bomb has killed 12 people who had gathered around a vehicle after discovering a corpse inside.
www.wane.com/Global/story.asp?S=5175438&nav=menu32_2

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U.S. military says Baghdad daily attacks up 40 percent:

U.S. spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said there has been an average of 34 attacks a day against U.S. and Iraqi forces in the capital over the past five days.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13952922/

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Thousands of Iraqis flee as violence reaches new levels :

Thousands of Iraqis have fled their homes in fear of sectarian violence that has worsened since the formation of a US-backed national unity government two months ago, official data shows today.
capeargus.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=55&fArticleId=3348126

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‘Nobody cares about Arab lives’ :

Sixty-three Lebanese civilians were killed in air strikes on Wednesday
tinyurl.com/f7re6

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Third of Lebanon casualties are children, says UN :

Nearly a third of the dead or wounded were children and the wounded could not be helped because roads and bridges had been cut by Israeli air strikes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14086.htm

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Analysis: could Israel face war crimes charges?:

A UN warning that Israel’s bombardment of Lebanon may constitute war crimes has legal legs – but with the issue as much about politics as law prosecutions are unlikely anytime soon, analysts say.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-2278347,00.html

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Ralph Nader: U.S. Carries “Inescapable Responsibility” for “Israeli Government’s Escalating War Crimes”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14096.htm

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Who Are The Terrorists? :

20 year old Lebanese student describes Israel’s crimes
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14088.htm

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Annan calls for ceasefire :

The UN and the US government are on a collision course over the war in Lebanon, after the UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan, demanded an immediate cessation of hostilities.
www.guardian.co.uk/syria/story/0,,1825183,00.html?gusrc=rss

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House overwhelmingly backs Israel (slaughter) in vote :

The resolution, which was passed on a 410-8 vote, also condemns enemies of the Jewish state.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060720/ap_on_go_co/us_mideast

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Canadian government indifferent to Israel’s murder of eight of its citizens:

Canada’s Conservative government has responded to the murder of eight Canadian citizens in an Israeli air strike with a shrug of its shoulders.
www.wsws.org/articles/2006/jul2006/cana-j20.shtml

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Iraqi Prime Minister Denounces Israel’s Actions :

His stance is noteworthy because it is a significant split with American policy toward Israel.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14085.htm

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Spanish prime minister accused Israel of using “abusive force”:

Spain wants the United Nations Security Council to agree to deploy international troops to stop fighting which has claimed hundreds of lives since Israel launched bombardments nine days
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/740965.html

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Turkish PM raps US attitude to fighting terrorism:

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan rapped the United States on Tuesday for tolerating Israel’s attacks on its enemies in Lebanon while refusing to allow Ankara to crush Kurdish rebels hiding in northern Iraq.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L18332897.htm

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Juan Cole: Israel’s maximal option:

Part of Israel’s war strategy may be to push the Shiites out of Lebanon’s south. That would be a humanitarian disaster — and it won’t work.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14092.htm

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Syrians open homes to help Lebanese refugees:

“We are finding them places in private homes, mosques and monasteries,” said Bassel Hamawi, head of Banque Audi Syria, which set up a call centre along with other companies to house refugees and offer them medical help.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L18874975.htm

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U.S. Bombing ‘killed 10 Afghan civilians’ :

A US-led bombing raid in southern Afghanistan killed 10 civilians, an Afghan government inquiry has found.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5201256.stm

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One killed as blast hits vehicle in Kabul:

An Afghan man was killed on Thursday when an explosion hit a vehicle in Kabul, hours after NATO’s secretary-general arrived to discuss an expansion of the alliance’s peacekeeping mission to the violence-plagued south.
tinyurl.com/ku6uf

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Coalition soldier killed in Afghanistan :

A coalition soldier has been killed and two others hurt in fighting in southern Afghanistan.
www.wane.com/Global/story.asp?S=5169279&nav=menu32_2

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3 Palestinians killed in Israeli attack on refugee camp:

Three Palestinians have been killed and 12 wounded in the latest attack by Israelioccupation troops in Gaza’s Maghazi refugee camp.
tinyurl.com/hjq43

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17-year-old Palestinian killed by Israeli forces :

A 17-year-old Palestinian was killed on Thursday after being hit by shrapnel from an Israeli artillery shell that landed close to him in al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza Strip, medical sources said.
english.people.com.cn/200607/20/eng20060720_285146.html

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In Pictures: The Never Ending Massacre in Palestine!:

– WARNING – Graphic images depicting the reality and horror of Israel’s destruction of Gaza and the West Bank..
bubbleshare.com/album/48475/1398534/overview

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British anger at Israli terror celebration:

AS ISRAEL wages war against Hezbollah “terrorists” in Lebanon, Britain has protested about the celebration by right-wing Israelis of a Jewish “act of terrorism” against British rule 60 years ago this week.
www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,173-2277717,00.html

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The unfair politics of Palestinian prisoner releases:

Since 1967, an estimated 650,000 Palestinians have at one time or another been imprisoned by Israel. Every day Israeli troops and Israel’s Border Police add to that number, often by the dozen
tinyurl.com/ft8hw

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War pimp alert: U.S.: Iranians witnessed N. Korea missile test :

One or more Iranians witnessed North Korea’s recent missile tests, deepening U.S. concerns about growing ties between two countries with troubling nuclear capabilities, a top U.S. official said Thursday.
www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/07/20/korea.north.usa.reut/index.html

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“Israel wants U.S. to fight Iran”:

Pat Buchanan Slam Neocons For Mideast Warmongering.

Must watch.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14095.htm

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Jose Padilla convicted after refusing to turn informant:

The FBI initially sought terror suspect Jose Padilla’s cooperation to help prevent what intelligence sources indicated might be an imminent al-Qaida attack, an FBI agent testified Monday. Padilla refused and was later implicated in an alleged radioactive ‘’dirty bomb’’ plot and declared an enemy combatant.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14090.htm

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Revelations of spy links set Taiwan abuzz:

A veteran State Department officer takes up with a beautiful Taiwanese spy. FBI agents observe them in intimate circumstances in the man’s car. He gives her the lowdown on a crucial U.S.-China summit meeting.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1104AP_Taiwan_Spy_Tales.html

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Earth faces ‘catastrophic loss of species’ :

Scientists say that the earth is on the verge of a biodiversity catastrophe and that only a global political initiative stands a chance of stemming the loss.
news.independent.co.uk/world/science_technology/article1187003.ece

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Date: 19 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 2554

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$297,116,280,927
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Civil war spreads across Iraq

By Patrick Cockburn in Iraq

In the past 10 days, while the world has been absorbed by the war in Lebanon, sectarian massacres have started to take place on an almost daily basis, leading observers to fear a level of killing approaching that of Rwanda immediately before the genocide of 1994.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14066.htm

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US hawks smell blood

By Jim Lobe

Seeing a major opportunity to regain influence lost as a result of setbacks in Iraq, prominent neo-conservatives are calling for unconditional US support for Israel’s military offensives in Gaza and Lebanon and “regime change” in Syria and Iran, as well as possible US attacks on Tehran’s nuclear facilities in retaliation for its support of Hezbollah.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14061.htm

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United States to Israel: you have one more week to blast Hizbullah

By Ewen MacAskill, Simon Tisdall and Patrick Wintour

Bush ‘gave green light’ for limited attack, say Israeli and UK sources.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14056.htm

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Lebanon’s 9/11 – Picture Album

What exactly do our politicians mean when the say we support Israel in its action against Lebanon? What is it that they support? Surely not this carnage?

WARNING

Graphic images depicting the reality and horror of Israel’s Invasion and destruction of Lebanon..

Click here to view
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14069.htm

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Beirut Evacuations

By Jonathan Cook

Israel has opened “windows” for the foreign powers to evacuate their terrified nationals from Lebanon. Obligingly, the foreign media have turned these “windows” into an opportunity to avert their gaze further from the death and destruction in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14072.htm

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Paradise Lost

Robert Fisk’s elegy for Beirut

We leave the Lebanese to their fate like a diseased people and spend our time evacuating our precious foreigners while tut-tutting about Israel’s “disproportionate” response to the capture of its soldiers by Hizbollah .
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14068.htm

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Lebanon’s Expendable People

By Mike Whitney

Lebanon was the last straw. It proves that everything Bin Laden said was true: “They have come to take your land and your resources; they have come to shame your women and disgrace your culture; they have come to humiliate you in front of your children and heap ignominy on your religion.” Where was he wrong?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14064.htm

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If Israel has the right to use force in self defence, so do its neighbours

By Ahmad Samih Khalidi

Israel is staking a claim to the exclusive use of force as an instrument of policy and punishment, and is seeking to deny any opposing state or non-state actor a similar right. It is also largely succeeding in portraying its own “right to self-defence” as beyond question, while denying anyone else the same. And the international community is effectively endorsing Israel’s stance on both counts.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14054.htm

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The Politics of Proportionality

By Remi Kanazi:

In the past six days, more than 230 Lebanese have perished at the hands of Israeli forces, nearly all of whom were civilians. The scene in Gaza is equally bleak. Since the start of the month, the Israeli Occupation Force (IOF) killed nearly 100 Palestinians.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14060.htm

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“Stop that shit!”

Death, destruction. Unimaginable human suffering.

By Uri Avnery

The most disgusting sight: George Bush in a playful mood sitting on his chair in St Petersburg, with his loyal servant, Tony Blair, leaning over him, and solving the problem: “See? What they need to do is get Syria to get Hizbullah to stop doing that shit, and it’s over.” Thus spoke the leader of the world, and the seven dwarfs – “the great of the world” – say Amen.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14065.htm

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Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land

U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

How Israel manipulates and distorts American public perceptions

This is a must watch documentary. Windows Media
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14055.htm

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U.S. Occupation Death Toll Rises Above 100 Per Day, U.N. Says:

Anaverage of more than 100 civilians per day were killed in Iraq last month, the United Nations reported Tuesday, registering what appears to be the highest official monthly tally of violent deaths since the fall of Baghdad.
fairuse.100webcustomers.com/sf/nyt7_19_06_4.htm

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Iraq: At Least 57 Killed As U.S. Occupation Continues:

The bodies of 18 men with gunshot wounds, bearing signs of torture, were found on the outskirts of Mahmudiya, police said. Among the bodies were those of three policemen.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/MOU938617.htm

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Killing reaches new heights:

696 Iraqis were killed in sectarian or occupation-related violence in the first 18 days of July. That’s a sharp rise over the same period last year, when an AP count showed more than 450 Iraqis were killed.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060719/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

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Iraq PM hints at expelling anti-Iran opposition group:

Under the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, the PMOI was supplied with weapons and tanks and periodically carried out armed incursions against Iran as well as helped Iraqi forces put down rebellious Shiites in 1991.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060719/wl_mideast_afp/iraqiranpolitics

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Secrecy ruling by judge on Blair-Bush talk :

The public must be prevented from learning the contents of a conversation between Tony Blair and President George Bush about the conduct of the war in Iraq – crucial evidence in a forthcoming official secrets trial – an Old Bailey judge ruled yesterday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14063.htm

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Turkey Announces Readiness To Invade Iraq:

Turkish officials announced today that their country is now fully prepared to go into Iraq, if American, as well as Iraqi, forces do not combat Turkish Kurdish guerilla troops
news.softpedia.com/news/Turkey-Announces-Readiness-for-Iraq-30266.shtml

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Israeli air raids kill at least 49 civilians and a one Hizbollah fighter:

Israeli troops crossed the border invaded Lebanon and attacked Hizbollah posts. Al Arabiya television said two Israeli soldiers had been killed and two wounded in clashes with the Shi’ite guerrillas
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3737412a12,00.html

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300 civilians killed in Israel’s week-old bombardment:

Lebanon’s prime minister said Wednesday that 300 people have been killed, 1,000 have been wounded and a half-million displaced in Israel’s week-old onslaught on Lebanon.
www.startribune.com/722/story/561843.html

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Pigs at the trough:

Bush Supports Israel’s Attack On Lebanon:

In blunt language, President Bush yesterday endorsed Israel’s campaign to cripple or eliminate Hezbollah, charged that Syria is trying to reassert control of Lebanon, and called for the isolation of Iran.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14058.htm

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Pigs at the trough:

Congress Is Giving Israel Vote of Confidence:

Both Parties Back Ally, Court Jewish Support
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14062.htm

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2 Minute Video: Tony Snow and Helen Thomas:

“Thank You for the Hezbollah View”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14076.htm

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Rice will back demands for ceasefire – after a few more days of carnage :

“It is clear at the UN, at the G8, and at the EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels that the US has used its influence to block calls for a ceasefire,” a senior European official said yesterday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14075.htm

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Juan Cole: Call Congress!:

Ask them why we had to evacuate 25,000 Americans if civilian non-combatants are not being put in extreme danger by indiscriminate Israeli bombing?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14073.htm

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Pigs at the trough:

America’s deadly messenger :

Senator Hillary Clinton (Democrat, New York) stood at a small podium adorned with the symbol of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations to give a speech in praise of Israel.. “We will stand with Israel, because Israel is standing for American values as well as Israeli ones,” Clinton said.
tinyurl.com/omjoc

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Report: Two Israeli troops killed in Lebanon:

It has been reported that two Israeli soldiers have been killed in clashes with Hezbollah guerrillas inside the Lebanese border with Israel.
tinyurl.com/pd78g

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2 people killed in rocket attack in Nazereth:

Hezbollah rockets Wednesday slammed into this Arab-Israeli town revered as the place Jesus grew up, killing two young brothers as they played outside and wounding 18 other people, Israeli authorities said.
www.nwherald.com/MainSection/286597796992771.php

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Nasrallah Will Give Tel Aviv Residents One Hour to Flee :

Arab press sources close to the Hizbullah say that residents of Tel Aviv will be given one hour to flee before they launch a barrage of missiles at the city.
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=107746

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Abid Ullah Jan: Greater Israel: Does it make sense now?:

The blame for the current Israeli war falls entirely on Israel’s friends, who approve occupation, racism, repression and deployment of inhuman methods in the service Zionists hegemonic designs.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14057.htm

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Israeli Assault on Lebanon Inflicting “Mass Punishment on a Whole People”:

I think the massacre of the innocents must obviously apply to both sides. The Israeli dead have an equal right to that claim. But the scale — I mean, “disproportionate” is not the word for it — the scale of the response is obscene.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14059.htm

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Chris Floyd: An Imperial Edict on the Late Disturbances in Phoenicia :

We have in our imperial wisdom have decided that our most steadfast and faithful satrap, Ehud Agrippa, lord lieutenant of the province of Judea, shall be allowed to continue his destruction of the Arab rabble in Tyre, in Sidon, in Beirut – yea, in all of the Lebanon shall there be no place safe from his sword.
tinyurl.com/g35ev

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Get ready for more Arab roundups…:

FBI eyes Hizbollah in US as tensions with Iran rise:

The FBI is trying to ferret out possible Hizbollah agents in the United States amid concerns that rising U.S.-Iranian tensions could trigger attacks on American soil, FBI officials said.
tinyurl.com/zcuqf

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10,000 rally in Dearborn in support of Lebanon:

Carrying banners saying “Stop Israeli Terrorism” and chanting antiwar slogans, some 10,000 people rallied in the center of metro Detroit’s Arab-American community in Dearborn on Tuesday, demanding that the U.S. government put pressure on Israel to halt attacks in Lebanon.
tinyurl.com/n7l6c

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Help the people of Lebanon: Write to Congress NOW!:

We need a huge numbers of letters sent to congress. Here is the Link to Web sites that will give you the information of your Congress Representatives.
www.lfpm.org/forum/showthread.php?t=17235

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Information On Relief Efforts :

How to you can help support the people of Lebanon
lfpm.org/forum/showthread.php?t=17266

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Venezuela slams US for veto of Israel resolution:

Venezuela’s foreign minister on Tuesday condemned the United States for blocking an Arab-backed resolution demanding Israel halt its military offensive, saying the veto showed the United Nations was in dire need of reform.
tinyurl.com/ox5nh

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Video report: At Least 9 Palestinians Killed in Israeli Attacks Gaza :

“Many of the dead and wounded are children”
tinyurl.com/p3laa

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In pictures :

Israeli Occupation Forces Continue Attacks On Palestinian Refugees
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14067.htm

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Israeli Occupation Forces fired artillery at UN envoy’s convoy:

Israeli Occupation Forces tanks shelled a convoy which was transporting UN Mideast envoy Terje Roed-Larsen. No casualties were reported.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3278038,00.html

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Taliban Kill Two Afghan Policemen In Southern Province :

The Taliban saw the policemen in the vehicle, ordered them out and shot two dead on the spot, Khan said. The third policemen, who had a gun, was wounded after exchanging fire with the militants.
tinyurl.com/qjt5m

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Two U.S. occupation soldiers killed in Afghanistan :

Names of the troops killed in the two incidents are being withheld until their families are notified.
www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=38730

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Bush Has Killed More Americans Than Were Slaughtered On 9/11
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14074.htm

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‘Taliban-held’ districts back in Afghan government control:

Hundreds of troops were scouring southernmost Afghanistan for Taliban fighters after securing two districts the militants had overrun more than 24 hours earlier
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060719/wl_asia_afp/afghanistanunrest

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James K Galbraith: Doing maths in Mexico:

While Mexicans take to the streets over the presidential vote, democracy’s fairweather friends are standing silent.
commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/james_k_galbraith/2006/07/the_mexican_standoff.html

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India: Spy game: Big guys being shielded?:

Shiv Shankar Paul, the computer analyst at the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), who was arrested recently on charges of alleged leaking of secret documents to a US diplomat, has said in his bail application before a city court that there are “Big Guys” from the NSC behind the espionage ring, apart from him and Mukesh Saini.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1767834.cms

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Ethiopia may invade Somalia to stop Islamic militia:

Ethiopia is prepared to invade neighbouring Somalia to defend its UN-backed government against what appeared to be an imminent attack by Islamic militiamen, a government spokesman said Wednesday.
tinyurl.com/ldf8c

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Kenya sect bunkers down for doomsday :

Members of a religious sect in central Kenya are bracing themselves for a nuclear war predicted to take place no later than 12 September 2006.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/5191446.stm

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Maureen Dowd: Animal House Summit :

Reporters who covered W.’s 2000 campaign often wondered whether the Bush scion would give up acting the fool if he got to be the king.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14071.htm

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Cindy Sheehan: Me, Hugo and George :

On a recent appearance that I made on MSNBC’s Hardball which was being guest hosted by Norah O’ Donnell, she introduced me as someone who has been photographed with “dictator” Hugo Chavez.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14070.htm

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Reed Concedes Defeat Ga. Lt. Gov Primary:

Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, unable to overcome his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, conceded defeat Tuesday in Georgia’s Republican race for lieutenant governor.
abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=2209170

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Evidence Chicago Police Tortured Suspects:

The four-year investigation focused on allegations that 148 black men were tortured in Chicago police interrogation rooms in the 1970s and ‘80s. The men claimed detectives under the command of Lt. Jon Burge beat them, used electric shocks, played mock Russian roulette and started to smother at least one to elicit confessions.
abcnews.go.com/US/LegalCenter/wireStory?id=2211448

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Date: 18 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 2553

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$296,857,473,263
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Israel kills another 42 Lebanese civilians

By Juan Cole

There may be an element of ethnic cleansing in Israeli tactics.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14040.htm

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Lebanon civilian deaths morally not same as terror victims — Bolton

By Agence France Presse

US Ambassador John Bolton said there was no moral equivalence between the civilian casualties from the Israeli raids in Lebanon and those killed in Israel from “malicious terrorist acts”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14035.htm

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City mourns air strike dead

By Clancy Chassay in Tyre

Whatever the Israelis’ intended target, the bomb fell on a small water canal next to the Qasmia refugee camp, home to about 500 Palestinians. Its victims were 11 children taking an afternoon swim in the canal.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14051.htm

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Leviathan run amok

By Pepe Escobar

The perception in the Arab street – as well as for most of the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims – has been reinforced: the US/Israel axis seems to hold a license to kill Arabs with impunity.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14045.htm

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“The Insane Brutality of the State of Israel”

Atrocities in the Promised Land

By Kathleen Christison

It needs to be said now, loudly: those who devise and carry out Israeli policies have made Israel into a monster, and it has come time for all of us — all Israelis, all Jews who allow Israel to speak for them, all Americans who do nothing to end U.S. support for Israel and its murderous policies — to recognize that we stain ourselves morally by continuing to sit by while Israel carries out its atrocities against the Palestinians.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14042.htm

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Fmr. Director of the CIA calls for U.S. attack on Syria

2 Minute Video

“I think the last thing we want to do now is to start talking about ceasefires”

Click here to watch Windows Media
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14041.htm

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‘Blow up my city and I’ll blow up yours’

By Robert Fisk in Kfar Chim Lebanon

We pant like dogs as we run for the vast palace in which the Lebanese Prime Minister holds court and where the men from the United Nations have arrived to bring us Peace in Our Time.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14037.htm

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Uncensored Video – News Reports From Across The Middle East

Nassrallah: Hezbollah Missiles Can Strike Beyond Haifa – LBC TV, Lebanon

Warning

This video contains images depicting the reality and horror of war and should only be viewed by a mature audience Click here to watch.

QuickTime Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14043.htm

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One Giant Gaza Strip from the Caspian to the Red Sea

By Mike Whitney

Israel’s rationale is merely an apology for state terrorism and it’s utterly meaningless in respect to the enormous damage they’ve caused.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14036.htm

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Israel’s path to total war

By Kaveh L Afrasiabi

Despite dire warnings by certain US politicians, such as Senator John Warner, the Bush administration has failed to call on Israel to halt its offensive, opting instead to focus on Syria and Iran – reminding one of the Vietnam War when Moscow or Peking (Beijing) were often blamed for the efforts of the North Vietnamese.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14038.htm

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Writing with their children’s blood.

By Sam Bahour

Israel’s disregard for the rule of law, let alone the well-being of its own captured soldiers, coupled with the US’s blind and public support of every Israeli violation of UN resolutions and acts of aggression is the foundation that was poured to allow for Israel’s current rampage.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14039.htm

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Nearly 6,000 Iraqi Civilians Killed In May, June as U.S. occupation continues:

The report by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, which was released today, said most of the victims were killed in Baghdad.
tinyurl.com/oa7ry

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200 dead, wounded in south Baghdad car explosion, Maliki vows justice:

Death toll of the car explosion that occurred earlier Tuesday in the southern Iraqi city of Al-Kufa rose to 135 while the number of wounded mounted to 65, Iraqi Police sources said.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=887847

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Another 14 bodies found outside Iraq massacre town:

Iraqi authorities have discovered 14 bodies south of Baghdad near the town of Mahmudiyah, where 48 civilians were massacred at a market earlier this week.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060718/wl_mideast_afp/iraqunrestmahmudiyah

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Roadside bomb kills another nine Iraqis north of Baghdad:

A roadside bomb Tuesday killed nine Iraqis, including six policemen, at Howeija, 250 kilometres north of Baghdad, a police source said.
tinyurl.com/rhbht

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Two U.S. soldiers killed in attacks in Iraq :

Two U.S. soldiers were killed in two attacks in Iraq, the U.S. military said on Tuesday
english.peopledaily.com.cn/200607/18/eng20060718_284330.html

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Lebanon: Another 15 killed from air strikes in Beirut:

According to Lebanese military sources, 15 people were killed, among them 11 soldiers, and another 65 were injured following an Israeli air force attack near Beirut.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3277912,00.html

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World Health Organization: Lebanese Residents Displaced by Israeli Bombardment Expected to Top 900,000:

We go to Beirut to get a report from Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Anthony Shadid of the Washington Post.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/07/18/1442244

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‘It is madness. Why is no one doing anything to stop this?’:

A humanitarian disaster is unfolding in southern Lebanon where the Israeli war machine, determined to destroy Hezbollah once and for all, has been pounding the scruffy villages that dot these stony hills and valleys.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14048.htm

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Israeli airstrike destroys medical truck :

A truck carrying United Arab Emirates medical aid for Lebanon was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike today, an Emirates official said.
www.breakingnews.ie/2006/07/18/story268329.html

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Jonathan Cook: Notes from northern Israel:

This is all part of Israel’s claim that it is fighting George Bush’s “war on terror”. Predictably, the BBC obliged by regurgitating this piece of racist nonsense.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14052.htm

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Patrick J. Buchanan: Where are the Christians?:

Israel’s rampage against a defenseless Lebanon – smashing airport runways, fuel tanks, power plants, gas stations, lighthouses, bridges, roads and the occasional refugee convoy – has exposed Bush’s folly in subcontracting U.S. policy out to Tel Aviv, thus making Israel the custodian of our reputation and interests in the Middle East.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14044.htm

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Israeli children sign their missiles ‘with love’ :

Never have I witnessed such an appalling display of utter contempt for human life. And they’re not even ashamed to beam it across the globe, for all the world to see.
tinyurl.com/rtg3q

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Photos of War taken by Lebanese People:
www.lebanonlinks.com/special/lebanon2006_war_photos.html

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Blaming The Victim In Gaza:

Few readers will be aware that on June 24, the day before the “kidnapping”, Israeli commandos had entered the Gaza Strip and captured two Palestinians claimed by Israel to be members of Hamas.
www.medialens.org/alerts/06/060710_blaming_the_victim.php

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Michael Lerner: Middle East Violence: Neocons’ Fantasy:

The champions of American global empire are using the latest upsurge of violence in the Middle East to give new life to their discredited plan to extend the war in Iraq to Syria and Iran. The neo-con Weekly Standard has taken the lead in its July 24th cover issue, proclaiming that the current violence is “Iran’s Proxy War” against the West.
www.alternet.org/waroniraq/39048/

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Interview: Syrian President Bashar Al-Asad on U.S. Foreign Policy, the Resistance in Iraq, Syrian-Lebanese Relations:

An interview with Syrian President Bashar Al-Asad. Audio and transcript
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14053.htm

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War pimp alert:

Blair: Iran and Syria must stop Middle East crisis :

“Hizbullah is supported by Iran and Syria, by the former in weapons, weapons incidentally very similar if not identical to those used against British troops in Basra, [and] by the latter in many different ways and by both financially,” he told MPs.
tinyurl.com/qeqy2

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War pimp alert: Iran’s

Hizbollah says ready to attack US, Israel:

If America wants to ignite World War Three … we welcome it,” he said.
tinyurl.com/qrz9l

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War pimp alert:

Israel in its best position to mount air strike on Iran :

Israel is in the best position militarily in its history to mount air strikes against Iran, after a decade of buying U.S.-produced long-range aircraft, penetrating bombs and aerial refueling tankers.
tinyurl.com/proyo

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In case you missed it:

Lebanon exposes Mossad network:

Lebanese authorities have broken up an Israeli spy ring whose members have claimed responsibility for a string of killings of leading Hezbollah and Palestinian militants since 1999.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,19494999-601,00.html

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Nine rebels killed; Taliban captures southern Afghan district:

Afghan officials confirmed Tuesday that militants captured a southern district after 16 days of heavy fighting as a battle in the southern province of Uruzgan killed at least nine suspected Taliban fighters.
tinyurl.com/puuc4

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Suicide bomber kills 3 in Afghanistan :

A suicide bomber kills three people in an Afghan government compound in the southern province of Helmand.
tinyurl.com/ny5ua

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One coalition soldier killed, 11 wounded in S. Afghanistan :

One coalition soldier was killed and 11 others injured during a fierce battle against Taliban militants in the southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan, coalition forces said in a press release on Tuesday.
english.peopledaily.com.cn/200607/18/eng20060718_284304.html

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Taliban seize control of two towns in chaotic province:

A local official said Taliban forces were now ``moving freely’’ around the Garmser and the surrounding district.
tinyurl.com/s3vfo

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Rupert Cornwell: A telling insight into the one-sided relationship with Bush :

The live microphone exchanges captured yesterday between George Bush and Tony Blair offer a snapshot between an articulate but ultimately subordinate Prime Minister and the verbally stumbling President.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14046.htm

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Terror survey has frightening outlook:

Some 84 percent of the analysts disagreed with President George W. Bush’s assessment that the United States was winning the war on terror.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14049.htm

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The Ugly Truth: Our President is an Imbecile:

You don’t have to be an intellectual to see how painfully stupid our president is.
tinyurl.com/gy6ex

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U.S. is called unhelpful in probe of abduction:

Germany said Sunday that the U.S. has refused to help probe the alleged CIA abduction of a German citizen.
www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20060717/5067354.asp

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Gonzales: Bush blocked eavesdropping probe:

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday that President Bush personally blocked Justice Department lawyers from pursuing an internal probe of the warrantless eavesdropping program that monitors Americans’ international calls and e-mails when terrorism is suspected.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060718/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/eavesdropping_gonzales

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Bob Herbert: The Definition of Tyranny :

Congress is dithering and the American public doesn’t even seem particularly concerned as the administration of George W. Bush systematically trashes such fundamental American values as justice, due process, respect for human rights and submission to the rule of law.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14047.htm

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Date: 17 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 2547

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$296,137,858,911
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Israeli strikes on Lebanon kill 42

By Lin Noueihed

Israeli air strikes killed 42 people across Lebanon on Monday, raising the death toll since Israel’s offensive to 204, all but 14 of them civilian.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14028.htm

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Nothing but anti-Arab racism can fully explain the behaviour of the Israelis

By Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

As we witness the bombardment by Israel of Lebanon and Gaza – a grotesque over-reaction – and, as the death toll of Arab civilians mounts, you have to ask how the Israelis can do what they do. My only answer now is to conclude that it is racism. No political or territorial struggles can convincingly explain or excuse the maddened onslaught by the Israeli state.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14024.htm

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We’re Being Set Up for Wider War in the Middle East

by Paul Craig Roberts

The old adage, “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me” does not apply to Americans, who have shown that they can be endlessly fooled.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14026.htm

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Hezbollah, the United States and the Context Behind Israel’s Offensive on Lebanon

Democracy Now! Report

As Israeli warplanes continue to bomb Lebanon and Hezbollah fires rockets into northern Israel we get context on the crisis with two analysts: As’ad AbuKhalil, a Lebanese professor of political science at California State University and Chris Hedges, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute and the former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times.

This is a must listen report
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14031.htm

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Israelis are dying: it must be an escalation

By Jonathan Cook

Here we go again — more than 130 Lebanese dead after five days of savage aerial bombardment from at least 2,000 sorties by Israeli war planes that are making the country’s south a disaster zone and turning Beirut into a crumbling ghost town. Those dead, most civilians and many of them women and children, hardly get a mention, their lives apparently empty of meaning or significance in this confrontation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14032.htm

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‘If our Prime Minister is crying, what are we to do?’

By Robert Fisk in Beirut:

The few who were not lying in their basements ran shrieking through the streets – not gunmen, but women with screaming children, families holding suitcases, desperate to leave the heaps of broken buildings, entire apartment blocks smashed to bits, the roadways covered in smashed balconies and torn electrical wires.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14016.htm

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The Final Say

By Eric Margolis

Hezbollah, from my experience, is no mere cat’s paw of Syria and Iran, but a fiercely independent-minded movement that is Lebanon’s dominant political and military force. Though backed by Tehran and Damascus, Hezbollah pursues its own local interests, sometimes in opposition to its allies.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14018.htm

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Where is the rage? Where is the outrage?

By Michael Payne

A large segment of this society is currently in a state of conditioned silence. It watches as America is undergoing radical changes that are transforming this nation into an instrument of world domination with the objective of controlling this planet’s energy resources.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14029.htm

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Gods among Ordinary Men

By Charles Sullivan

Bush and his cadre of neo-conservatives may think that they are above the law and that they can act with impunity and without consequences. They may think of themselves as Gods who operate above the strata of ordinary mortals, as the result of their socioeconomic privilege. That is because other people have always born the cost of their wrong doing.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14023.htm

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The Caped Crusaders in a Comic Book War

By Jerry Ghinelli

When we last left off, our gallant crusaders, Bush Wayne and his trusted confidant, Dick Grayson-Cheney—oil executives by day, freedom fighters by night—had earned yet another significant victory in their divinely inspired war on terror.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14020.htm

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Iraq: At least 83 killed as U.S. occupation continues:

Gunmen stormed a crowded market in the town of Mahmudiya, 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, amid mortar or grenade explosions, the U.S. military, police and the mayor said. A local hospital put the death toll at 56
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM329798.htm

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Military leaders foresee Iraq exit in 2016:

U.S. war commanders think some level of American forces will be needed in Iraq until 2016 and those forces will receive continued support from the vast majority of Iraqis.
washingtontimes.com/national/20060717-124948-7563r.htm

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Retired soldier concludes: “We are pawns” in Iraq:

At what price would you take a job that included scraping human flesh off ambushed Humvees?
www.denverpost.com/style/ci_4037566

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Try Putting Us in Their Place:

I offer here an amended version of a July 15, 2006, report by Reuters. This version allows Americans to judge the nature and magnitude of various events in Iraq by placing them in the context of familiar persons, places, organizations, and magnitudes in their own country.
www.lewrockwell.com/higgs/higgs46.html

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The military’s disregard for the deaths of Iraqi civilians is turning friends into enemies:

In Iraq, lives differ in value – and so do deaths. In this disparity lies an important reason why the United States has botched this war.
tinyurl.com/m5cl9

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Corruption Cited in Iraq’s Oil Industry:

U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker told Congress last week that “massive corruption” and “a lot of theft going on” in Iraq’s government-controlled oil industry is hampering the country’s ability to govern itself.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14027.htm

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Israeli Ground Forces Invade Lebanon:

Israeli troops crossed the border into southern Lebanon on Monday to attack Hezbollah bases there and to push the Shiite militants out of rocket-firing range, an Israeli government spokesman said.
tinyurl.com/pm62e

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Israeli pilot, co-pilot killed in Lebanon airspace :

Pilot and co-pilot of an F-16 warplane have been killed after it was shot down in eastern Beirut.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0607171793185352.htm

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Robert Fisk Video Report From Beirut As 143 Civilians Killed: :

On the ground, I can tell you that the slaughter of innocents continues and the Israelis are well aware they’re killing many civilians. Windows Media – Video and transcript
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14021.htm

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Ten killed’ as Israel bombs vehicles :

Seventeen people died elsewhere in Lebanon on the sixth day of Israeli bombardment.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5188420.stm

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Report: Nine Lebanese soldiers killed in Israeli strikes:

Nine Lebanese soldiers were killed and many more wounded in Israeli air strikes on two army bases on the northern Lebanese coast early on Monday, a security source said.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3276952,00.html

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Lebanon: 4 civilians killed by gunboat fire:

Lebanese police say four Lebanese civilians were killed by fire from Israeli gunboats on a hilly village overlooking the Mediterranean south of Beirut.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3276942,00.html

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Dahr Jamail: Fleeing Lebanese Speak of Indiscriminate Bombing:

“Everything is being bombed,” a teacher from the United States who was on vacation in Beirut told IPS. “It’s terror. We’ve literally been terrorised.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14022.htm

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Eyewitness reports from Israel’s assault on Lebanon:

Around 60,000 refugees from the south of Lebanon and the southern suburbs of Beirut have arrived in the capital. Many of these refugees have said that the villages in the south of Lebanon are full of people who are unable to leave as roads are being bombed and bus convoys attacked.
www.socialistworker.co.uk/article.php?article_id=9247

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Barrages renewed on north:

After few-hour abatement, Hizbullah renewed rocket attacks on northern communities. Residents of eastern Galilee, Rosh Pina, Carmiel, Safed, Nahariya told to take shelter. Thus far, no casualties reported
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3277498,00.html

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Israel spurns UN call for monitors:

Israel has rebuffed a UN call for an international monitoring force to be deployed in Lebanon as it continued to attack the country.
tinyurl.com/kl93g

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Iranian leader says Hizbollah will ignorecalls to disarm:

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, said yesterday that Hizbollah, a key ally of Tehran, would not disarm, despite calls from the US and Israel.
tinyurl.com/p9lb3

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Justin Raimondo : Will We Go to War for Israel? :

Listening to Newt Gingrich bloviate on Meet the Press, advocating U.S. intervention on Israel’s behalf against Syria and Iran – and the pathetic Joe “Me Too” Biden effectively agreeing with him – one can only wonder how or why anybody listens to these crazies.
antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=9314

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Robert Dreyfuss: Neocons Rise From Mideast Ashes:

The key question: Is the Israeli offensive designed as a calculated effort to catapult the hard-right, neoconservative ideologues back to power in Washington?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14030.htm

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Americans Want U.S. Out of Mid-East War:

Many adults in the United States believe their government should not become involved in the current dispute between Israel and its neighbours, according to a poll by SurveyUSA. 55 per cent of respondents think the U.S. should not attempt to negotiate a ceasefire, and 84 per cent reject a military intervention.
www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm/fuseaction/viewItem/itemID/12567

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The west must recognise that Israel’s agenda is in conflict with its own :

Whatever else can be said for or against Israel’s escalation of military action against Lebanon, there is little prospect that it will achieve its stated objectives. If Israel couldn’t defeat Hizbullah after 18 years in which its army occupied large swaths of Lebanese territory, it is not going to succeed with air strikes and blockades, or even another occupation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14025.htm

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Senator Hillary Clinton joins thousands who demonstrate in support of Israel :

Among the speakers at the demonstration were Senator Hillary Clinton and Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Gillerman.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3277464,00.html

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Bush curses Hezbollah during G-8 luncheon :

It wasn’t meant to be overheard. Private luncheon conversations among world leaders, picked up by a microphone, provided a rare window into both banter and substance — including President Bush cursing Hezbollah’s attacks against Israel
tinyurl.com/psmfb

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In case you missed it:

Robert Dreyfuss: Syria In Their Sights :

Three years ago, the U.S. invasion of Iraq was widely viewed as the first chapter of a region-wide strategy to redraw the entire map of the Middle East. After Iraq, Syria and Iran would be the next targets, after which the oil-rich states of the Arabian Gulf, including Saudi Arabia, would follow.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11527.htm

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Israeli Police detain Al Jazeera crew members for third time :

The official cause for the brief arrests was suspicions against the crew members of reporting on the location of rocket hits in order to assist Hezbollah. Other TV networks, including Israeli news services, made similar reports without suffering from police intervention.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/739027.html

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One Palestinian killed :

According to eyewitnesses, Israeli snipers posted on the roof of one of the buildings opened fire against the Palestinian, who was near his home.
www.kuna.net.kw/home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=887368

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Israeli Occupation Forces soldier killed in Nablus :

While all eyes were drawn to the fighting in the north and to the Qassam rockets in the south, the fighting in the West Bank continued early Monday, claiming a heavy price as an IDF soldier was killed after an explosive device exploded in Nablus.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3277022,00.html

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Al-Aqsa: We kidnapped Border Guard officer in W. Bank:

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Fatah’s armed wing, claimed Monday afternoon they had kidnapped a Border Guard officer in the West Bank.
tinyurl.com/mno6q

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Israeli jet flattens Palestinian Foreign Ministry :

At least nine Palestinians were injured in the attack, which ripped through nearby homes, shops and offices. Most of the wounded were children
euronews.net/create_html.php?page=detail_info&article=369829&lng=1

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In case you missed it;

John Pilger Documentary : “Palestine is Still the Issue”:

Stateless and humiliated for so long, they’ve risen up against Israel’s huge military machine, although they themselves have no arm, no tanks, no American planes and gun ships or missiles. Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14019.htm

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Heavy Fighting in Afghanistan; 100 “Taliban” Members killed :

During Monday’s battles in the southern province of Helmand, 37 Taliban fighters were killed and 22 were wounded.
themedialine.org/news/news_detail.asp?NewsID=14406

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6 Afghan Soldiers Killed, 3 Injured In Roadside Blast : –

A roadside bomb blast killed six Afghan soldiers and wounded three more Sunday in western Herat province, an Afghan army commander said.
tinyurl.com/ptjza

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‘Suicide bomb’ in Helmand capital :

Three people died, including the top justice official in the area. Earlier, US-led coalition forces said they had killed four suspected al-Qaeda militants in eastern Khost province. Locals said the dead were civilians.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5186230.stm

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Fury as Karzai plans return of Taliban’s religious police:

The Afghan government has alarmed human rights groups by approving a plan to reintroduce a Department for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the body which the Taliban used to enforce its extreme religious doctrine.
www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=698861

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N.Korea says not bound by UN resolution: report :

North Korea said on Sunday it was not bound by a U.N. Security Council resolution, which has created “an extremely dangerous situation” and the country would “bolster its war deterrent” in every way.
tinyurl.com/f2vg5

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South Korea Divided on Missile Tests:

South Korean adults are split in their assessment of North Korea’s recent actions, according to a poll by R&R. 50.6 per cent of respondents feel threatened by this month’s missile tests, while 49.4 per cent do not.
www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm/fuseaction/viewItem/itemID/12566

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Rattled by N.K. missile launches, Japan may try to buy secretive :

U.S. fighter jet: The United States may seriously consider selling its closely guarded F-22 fighter jets to Japan
tinyurl.com/omfjl

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Containing the Military Industrial Complex:

Last month the Senate rejected, nearly along party lines, a bill to create honest contracting and impose penalties for fraud of the sort almost openly engaged in by Halliburton.
tinyurl.com/lhhb3

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UN’s Iran nuclear referral “not constructive” :

Iran said on Sunday sending its nuclear file back to the U.N. Security Council undermined prospects for talks over its atomic dispute with the West.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060716/ts_nm/nuclear_iran_talks_dc

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Powerful military explosive used in India :

Indian officials have linked the attacks that killed 182 people to Pakistan, and the use of RDX explosives is a hallmark of the militants, who get at least a degree of support from Islamabad in their fight to wrest the predominantly Muslim Kashmir from India.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060717/ap_on_re_as/india_train_bombings

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Lopez Obrador leads protest in Mexico:

Claiming fraud robbed him of the presidency, leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador led hundreds of thousands of marchers through Mexico’s capital Sunday, demanding a full recount in the disputed election apparently won by his conservative opponent.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060716/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/mexico_elections_5

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El Salvador’s war children return to their roots:

They represent a lost generation – thousands of children kidnapped by soldiers or otherwise separated from their parents during the bloody and chaotic civil war that tore apart El Salvador.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article1181669.ece

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Exclusive: FBI Paid Informants In Suspected Terror Group:

An unreleased court filing from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Miami, obtained by NBC 6, reveals compelling new details about the investigation into terror suspects arrested earlier this month in Liberty City and charged with plotting to blow up Chicago’s Sears Tower and other buildings and to “wage jihad on America.”
www.nbc6.net/news/9524121/detail.html?taf=ami

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Stranger than fiction:

Failures’ targeted at birth :

Doctors and midwives will identify all children at risk of ‘failing’ so they can be monitored by state nannies
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article1180225.ece

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Eating the Amazon:

The fight to curb corporate destruction : Huge soya farms financed by Cargill, the largest privately owned company in the world, are the rainforest’s new worst enemy
news.independent.co.uk/environment/article1181617.ece

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Drought threatens Amazon basin:

Last year the worst drought in more than a century hit the Amazon basin, drying up tributaries more than a mile wide and prompting Brazil to declare a state of emergency across the entire region.
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329531027-111023,00.html

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Stranger than fiction: Jackson mayor to set curfew on homeless:

Jackson Mayor Frank Melton said today he’s planning to amend the city’s emergency proclamation to include a 10 p.m. curfew on the homeless, beginning Friday.
tinyurl.com/glp34

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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 2547

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$296,137,858,911
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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25 Lebanese Civilians Killed in Fresh Israeli Attacks

The latest deaths mean that Israel has killed at least 130 Lebanese civilians since Wednesday.

By Aljazeera
One air strike killed at least 10 people in the coastal city of Tyre on Sunday evening. Another raid destroyed several houses near the Israeli border and killed at least 16 civilians.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14009.htm

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Only the beginning, warns Nasrallah

Nasrallah showed determination to continue to fight Israel

By Aljazeera

The leader of the Lebanese movement Hezbollah has warned that the current confrontation with Israel was only the beginning.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14011.htm

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Hizbollah’s response reveals months of planning

If Lebanese dislike Hizbollah, they hate Israelis

By Robert Fisk

It will be called the massacre of Marwaheen. All the civilians killed by the Israelis had been ordered to abandon their homes in the border village by the Israelis themselves a few hours earlier. That’s when the Israeli jets arrived to bomb them, killing 20 Lebanese, at least nine of them children. The local fire brigade could not put out the fires as they all burned alive in the inferno. Another “terrorist” target had been eliminated.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14006.htm

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Israeli is preparing the battlefield

Stratfor Intelligence Report

We are now in the period preceding major conventional operations. Israel is in the process of sealing the Lebanese coast. They have disrupted Lebanese telecommunications, although they have not completely collapsed the structure. Israeli aircraft are attacking Hezbollah’s infrastructure and road system. In the meantime, Hezbollah, aware it is going to be hit hard, is in a use-it or-lose-it scenario, firing what projectiles it can into Israel.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14005.htm

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Wildly disproportionate attack on Lebanon seems like pretext to confront Iran

By Linda McQuaig

Is it really Iran that is pushing for war? Think about it. Why would Iran want to provoke a war with Israel and the U.S. — both heavily armed nuclear powers — when it has no nuclear weapons itself?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14013.htm

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Hezbollah Rocket Attack Kills Eight in Haifa, Israel:

At least 110 Lebanese civilians, three soldiers and two Hezbollah fighters are dead, according to Lebanese police
tinyurl.com/n78vx

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U.S. Bombs On U.S. Aircraft Flown By Israeli Kills Eight Canadians:

Eight Canadians were killed in Lebanon on Sunday, Foreign Minister Peter MacKay told CTV television
tinyurl.com/pe74j

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U.S. grants Israelis a green light :

The effective U.S. green light to Israel appeared to leave the United States at odds with most of its allies
www.iht.com/articles/2006/07/16/news/policy.php

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In Pictures: Israeli Attacks Kill Civilians:

– Warning – Graphic Images
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14014.htm

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Israeli strikes are part of a broader strategy :

Israel, with U.S. support, intends to resist calls for a cease-fire and continue a longer-term strategy of punishing Hezbollah, which is likely to include several weeks of precision bombing in Lebanon, according to senior Israeli and U.S. officials.
msnbc.msn.com/id/13884768/

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12 Egyptian Sailors Rescued :

Their ship was fired on, set ablaze by an Israeli barge that was firing at random in all directions.
www.sana.org/eng/21/2006/07/15/47652.htm

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Lebanese villagers ordered out:

Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter said the move was aimed at forcing an exodus of tens of thousands of civilians in order to put pressure on the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah militia.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,19814098-23109,00.html

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Israeli army using bunker-buster bombs:

The IDF mobilized a reserve infantry division in preparation for a possible ground incursion into south Lebanon, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
tinyurl.com/gbkh5

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Lebanon blames US for UN silence:

Lebanon has accused the United States of blocking a Security Council statement calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah, and said the impotence of the UN’s most powerful body sent wrong signals to small countries.
tinyurl.com/lgobt

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UN is a US puppet, Syria charges :

The United Nations is a “puppet” of the US administration, a Syrian state newspaper said Friday, blasting the Security Council for failing to take any action on Israel’s deadly military assaults on Gaza and Lebanon.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=133709

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2,000 Israelis hold anti-war demo in Tel Aviv:

Around 2,000 people marched in Israel’s commercial capital of Tel Aviv on Sunday to demand an end to the punishing offensive against Lebanon that has left some 150 dead, organisers said.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=133833

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Anti-Americanism made in US :

Following a trend of voting at the United Nations, the US-led Western diplomacy twice recently used two UN forums to protect the military atrocities of the Israeli occupying power, in a 50-year-old pattern that has pre-empted peace, security and development in the whole Middle East region, with tragic and devastating effects on the Arab world in particular.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14010.htm

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In case you missed it:

A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm:

Is an ambitious 1996 Middle East policy paper. A Clean Break recommended toppling the government of Iraq, “rolling back” Syria and Iran, and “electrifying” support for Israel in the US Congress in exchange for new missile defense contract opportunities. Three of the eight authors have since become prominent policymakers in the U.S. government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1438.htm

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Syria vows to defend itself if Israel attack:

Syria warned that it would respond directly and by all means necessary to any Israeli attack on its territory, in its first official reaction to Israel’s offensive on neighbouring Lebanon.
tinyurl.com/oq829

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Assad pledges Syrian help for Lebanon:

Syria will put its resources at the disposal of Lebanon to help cope with Israeli attacks devastating the country, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Lebanese President Emile Lahoud by phone on Saturday.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060715/wl_nm/mideast_syria_lebanon_dc_1

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Syria ‘ready for anything’:

Syria is bracing itself for “any eventuality” as the regime nervously eyes a relentless Israeli operation over the border in Lebanon and faces up to increasingly hostile US rhetoric.
www.dawn.com/2006/07/16/int2.htm

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Statement from the General Secretary of Hizballah:

I would like to say a few words – a word to the Lebanese people, a word to the resistance fighters, a word to the Zionists, and a word to the Arab rulers.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14007.htm

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Iran: President urges world community not to close eyes to Zionists aggressions:

The president warned the Zionist regime that if they do not respond to this invitation properly, they should expect a horrible destiny.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/line-24/0607168241162731.htm

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Iran: If Muslim world must respond, Israel will regret it: Iranian news agency

‘Faras’, reported that the defense minister warned against harsh outcomes in the event of an attack on Syria or continued Israeli operations in Lebanon.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3276563,00.html

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Israel Kills 3 Palestinians In Occupied Gaza:

Israeli tanks and armored personnel carriers, backed by helicopters firing machine guns, moved in darkness into farmland near Beit Hanoun
tinyurl.com/nqdrc

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In case you missed it:

Jonathan Cook: Covering up Gaza:

The state of Israel, fearful of the truth, continues to control media coverage of its brutal occupation
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14008.htm

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George Galloway: “Recognize the Centrality of the Palestine Question”:

Palestine is the only Arab country in which there is a free vote, and in it the Islamist party won, and the response from external powers was that the party that won should immediately scrap the policy on which it won the election and adopt the policy of the party it defeated.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14015.htm

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Iraqi PM denounces ‘criminal’ strikes on Lebanon and Gaza: –

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Saturday denounced Israel’s attacks on Lebanon, calling them dangerous for the entire Middle East.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=133705

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At least 35 killed as U.S. occupation continues:

Gunmen attacked the medical detention department in Baquba main hospital and freed at least 13 prisoners and killed four policemen
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO622727.htm

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Bomber Kills 25 at Cafe in Northern Iraq :

A suicide bomber detonated explosives Sunday inside a northern Iraqi cafe popular with Shiites, killing 25 people and injuring 23, an Iraqi general said
tinyurl.com/lmlv6

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British soldier killed in Iraq operation :

A British soldier was killed and another wounded during a raid near Iraq’s main southern city of Basra
www.bakutoday.net/view.php?d=23765

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Frank Rich: From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You ‘Axis of Evil’ :

Operation Together Forward is just the latest model of the Axis of Evil gimmick. In his Rose Garden press conference last month, Mr. Bush promised that this juggernaut of crack Iraqi troops and American minders would “increase the number of checkpoints, enforce a curfew and implement a strict weapons ban across the Iraqi capital.” It’s been predictably downhill ever since.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14012.htm

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More than 30 “Taleban” killed in southern Afghan fighting:

Afghan and US-led coalition forces killed more than 30 “Taleban” in separate clashes in southern Helmand province, in a multinational offensive to crush the militant’s hold on the region, an Afghan official said on Sunday.
tinyurl.com/s36r5

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Bomber kills four in Afghan town :

A suicide bomber has killed four other people and injured 23 in the Afghan town of Gardez, capital of the troubled southern border province of Paktia.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5185282.stm

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N.K. envoy rejects UNSC resolution, warns of ‘strong physical action’ :

North Korea’s envoy to the United Nations warned Saturday his country would be forced to take “strong physical action” should it be pressured on its “self-defensive” missile launches, protesting a resolution passed unanimously by the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) condemning his government.
tinyurl.com/nzm24

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Asia going nuclear amid rising oil price:

Led by fast-growing China and India, Asia is going nuclear in a big way to feed its ravenous appetite for energy.
tinyurl.com/kh4xg

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A Former Superpower Rises Again:

Moscow’s political elite has been steadily drumming a new message into the heads of its guests from around the world, a message that has already taken hold in their own country: Russia, reborn from the ashes of the Soviet Union and newly awash in oil and gas revenues running into the billions of dollars, no longer feels compelled to play second fiddle to the world’s major powers.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0,1518,426393,00.html

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Gingrich says it’s World War III:

Gingrich said Bush should call a joint session of Congress the first week of September and talk about global military conflicts in much starker terms than have been heard from the president.
tinyurl.com/pn6d2

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Government Monitored Anti-War Group E-Mails :

Newly surfaced government surveillance reports reveal that the U.S. Department of Defense monitored anti-war and anti-military e-mails sent by UC Berkeley students in April.
www.dailycal.org/sharticle.php?id=20897

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Foreign companies buying U.S. roads, bridges that taxpayers built:

On a single day in June, an Australian-Spanish partnership paid $3.8 billion to lease the Indiana Toll Road. An Australian company bought a 99-year lease on Virginia’s Pocahontas Parkway, and Texas officials decided to let a Spanish-American partnership build and run a toll road from Austin to Seguin for 50 years.
www.startribune.com/484/story/554337.html

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