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Date: 4 August 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 2584

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$301,132,559,319

See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Bombing is backed by most American voters

From Tom Baldwin in Washington

ISRAEL’s military campaign in southern Lebanon is still being backed by most American voters, according to a survey published yesterday that shows public opinion in the US once again sharply at odds with views in Europe.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14365.htm

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For Israel, innocent civilians are fair game

Peter Bouckaert
International Herald Tribune

Israel’s claims about pin-point strikes and proportionate responses are pure fantasy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14372.htm

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More Time To Bomb

Blair and Bush: Killing To Go On Until We Find A Plan.

5 Minute Video

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www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14258.htm

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Blair, Olmert and Bush are murderers

By George Galloway MP

George Bush, with Tony Blair at his heel, is backing Israel to the hilt because the US wants Hizbollah’s resistance in Lebanon smashed as a prelude to an attack on Iran. In Washington, Blair alluded to such a war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14376.htm

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Civilian deaths ‘should be seen as war crime’

By Leonard Doyle, Foreign Editor

Israel’s defence forces were yesterday condemned for systematically and deliberately targeting civilians in Lebanon, acts which the respected New York organisation Human Rights Watch described as “serious violations of international law” or war crimes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14368.htm

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Blood on his hands

By John Kampfner

Blair knew the attack on Lebanon was coming but he didn’t try to stop it, because he didn’t want to. He has made this country an accomplice, destroying what remained of our influence abroad while putting us all at greater risk of attack.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14367.htm

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Ground to a Halt

Evidence of the broad nature of Hezbollah’s resistance to Israeli occupation can be seen in the identity of its suicide attackers.

By Robert Pape

Israel has finally conceded that air power alone will not defeat Hezbollah. Over the coming weeks, it will learn that ground power won’t work either. The problem is not that the Israelis have insufficient military might, but that they misunderstand the nature of the enemy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14370.htm

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Brzezinski: The Beginning of the End for Israel

By Daniel M Pourkesali

“The lessons of Iraq speak for themselves. Eventually, if neo-con policies continue to be pursued, the United States will be expelled from the region and that will be the beginning of the end for Israel as well”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14371.htm

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The Sound of One Domino Falling

New York Times Editorial

It’s been obvious for years that Donald Rumsfeld is in denial of reality, but the defense secretary now also seems stuck in a time warp. You could practically hear the dominoes falling as he told the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday that it was dangerous for Americans to even talk about how to end the war in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14273.htm

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Uncensored News Reports From Across The Middle East

TV News Reports

Warning

This video contains images depicting the reality and horror of war and should only be viewed by a mature audience.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14374.htm

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Lebanon: 57 killed – buried under rubble :

Lebanese security officials and the state news agency reported that Israeli air strikes on two villages in south Lebanon on Friday flattened two houses, and 57 people were reported buried in the rubble.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14361.htm

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Israeli Attack Kills 40 Civilians:

The air strike hit a farm near Qaa in the Bekaa Valley where workers, mostly Syrian Kurds, were loading plums and peaches on to trucks, local officials said. Most of the dead and 20 wounded were taken to nearby Syria.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14360.htm

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3 Israeli troops killed:

Two soldiers and an officer of the Golani Brigade were killed overnight Friday by an anti-tank rocket fired by Hizbullah, the army said.
tinyurl.com/n5xyx

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Lebanon: Israel wages war of starvation:

Israel is waging a “war of starvation” on Lebanon’s civilians in an effort to force the government to agree to Israel’s demands, Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said in a statement issued Friday.
www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/world/15198153.htm

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Traumatised and afraid – 300,000 children who want to go home :

“I don’t want to die. I want to go to school,” says Jamal, a four-year-old Lebanese boy scarred by the Israeli bombing of his country. Home for Jamal is now a “displacement centre” in the southern town of Jezzine, where his family fled in fear for their lives.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article1212793.ece

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Reporter sees no choice but to help in Lebanon:

Minutes after our convoy of five press cars rolled into town, women, children, elderly men and disabled people began emerging from the ruins, pleading for escape from the bombing.
www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/world/15178152.htm

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Help save Lebanon’s children :

The Independent and Save the Children are launching an appeal for the children of Lebanon, for urgent food, medicine and clothing desperately needed as the violence continues to escalate.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article1211692.ece

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3 weeks in, Hezbollah surprises with its might:

Three weeks into its war with Israel, Hezbollah has retained its presence in southern Lebanon, and its ability to keep firing rockets has been a source of surprise and dismay to Israeli commanders, officials and the public.
tinyurl.com/n35s2

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William S. Lind: Hezbollah outmaneuvers Israel :

Slowly, reluctantly, Israel has been forced toward a ground invasion of Lebanon, for which Hezbollah devoutly prays. When air power fails, what other choice did Israel have?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14362.htm

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Robert Pape: Tackling Hezbollah in Lebanon:

We look at the long-term challenge posed by Hezbollah with Joel Greenberg, who’s on the border between Israel and Lebanon for the Chicago Tribune and political scientist Robert Pape at the University of Chicago.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14369.htm

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Hezbollah Backgrounder : Video and transcript:

When Israel first invaded Lebanon back in 1978, and then again in 1982, their objective was to remove the old PLO from its northern border. They got rid of the PLO but their incursion into Lebanon gave rise to a new and equally defiant foe we now know as Hezbollah
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14375.htm

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Justice Is Dead, If You’re Born an Arab:

I still feel a shudder of deja-vu at the irony with which I wrote last week about the ‘generosity’ of the US government’s gift of 2,000 rolls of plastic sheeting to the Lebanese as it rushed precision guided missiles to its henchmen in Israel.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14377.htm

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Jordans U.S. puppet “king”: Israel must end offensive:

“The Arab people see Hezbollah as a hero because it’s fighting Israel’s aggression,” he said Thursday. “This is a fact that the U.S. and Israel must realize: As long as there is aggression, there’s resistance and there’s popular support for this resistance.”
tinyurl.com/s5vdg

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Venezuela pulls out Israel ambassador:

Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, said he had recalled his country’s ambassador to Israel to show his “indignation” over the military offensive in Lebanon.
tinyurl.com/kwqey

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Mutiny grows as Blair admits Cabinet dissent:

TONY BLAIR admitted yesterday that the Cabinet was split over his handling of Lebanon but continued his refusal to condemn Israel for its military tactics.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-2298573,00.html

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The delusions that shape Mr Blair’s world view :

How convenient it would be for Mr Blair if we all acquiesced in this theory of a global, unified terrorist conspiracy. It would mean that no foreign policy adventure, however extreme, could be criticised; no attack on British troops abroad, no botched intervention, could be blamed on the Prime Minister’s judgement.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14366.htm

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The War on Lebanon and the Battle for Oil:

Is there a relationship between the bombing of Lebanon and the inauguration of the World’s largest strategic pipeline, which will channel more a million barrels of oil a day to Western markets?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14233.htm

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Israel kills three Palestinians in Gaza:

Medics and witnesses said two Palestinian men were killed and another was wounded when a tank shell landed near a house in Rafah shortly after daybreak on Friday.
tinyurl.com/n5xyx

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Statement on Gaza by United Nations Humanitarian Agencies :

We are concerned that with international attention focusing on Lebanon, the tragedy in Gaza is being forgotten. We estimate that since 28 June, 175 Palestinians have been killed, including approximately 40 children and eight women, and over 620 injured in the Gaza Strip.
www.unicef.org/media/media_35226.html

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‘Outrage’ at ‘morally unconscionable position’ :

by The Jewish Women’s Committee to End the Occupation
www.rabble.ca/press_release.shtml?x=51607

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At least 29 killed as U.S. occupation grinds on:

Ten people, including three policemen, killed when a suicide car bomber drove into a crowd of spectators at a football match
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/BUL423733.htm

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Another 24 killed by car bombs in Mosul:

Insurgents detonated a series of car bombs in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul today, killing at least 24 people, including a senior policeman.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2299300,00.html

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Roadside bomb kills couple en route to maternity hospital:

In the early hours of the morning, a roadside bomb killed a pregnant Iraqi woman and her husband as they raced to hospital to deliver her child.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060804/wl_mideast_afp/iraqunrest

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U.S. soldiers describe comrades killing blindfolded Iraqi men:

Two American soldiers Thursday described in gruesome detail how their comrades allegedly killed three blindfolded Iraqi detainees, one of whom was covered in brain matter and another who spit blood during his dying moments.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14363.htm

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6 Marines Charged in Iraq torture case:

It details incidents where Marines are accused of extracting information from suspected insurgents, or “high-value individuals.” – “The charges are going to be about the nature and method with which these Marines obtained information,” Casas said. “It will probably be that they used physical force.”
tinyurl.com/mz3ms

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US troops ‘war criminals’ says prosecutor:

A MILITARY prosecutor branded four US soldiers who have been accused of murdering Iraqi prisoners “war criminals” on Friday and demanded they face a court martial.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14364.htm

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Baghdad Burning: Iraqi Girl Blog

Summer of Goodbyes…

In the last month we’ve had two different families staying with us in our house, after having to leave their neighborhoods due to death threats and attacks. It’s not just Sunnis- it’s Shia, Arabs, Kurds- most of the middle-class areas are being targeted by militias.
tinyurl.com/gfvvx

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Iraqi protesters march in support of Hezbollah:

Hundreds of thousands of Shias marched through the streets of Baghdad chanting “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” on Friday in support for Hezbollah.
www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2006/08/04/iraq-protests.html

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US forces trying to prevent mass rally in support of Lebanon :

The US occupation forces attempted to prevent Iraqi demonstrators from reaching Baghdad for participation in public protests on Lebanon, scheduled for tomorrow, by opening fire on the bus that was taking them from Najaf to the capital. One demonstrator was killed and 16 injured.
www.arabmonitor.info/news/dettaglio.php?idnews=15210&lang=en

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Four Canadian soldiers killed in Afghan attacks:

Canadian forces suffered their worst loss yet in Afghanistan after roadside attacks on Thursday killed four soldiers and injured 10 in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar province, officials said.
tinyurl.com/lt7hj

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Moscow slams U.S. sanctions against two Russian state companies :

Moscow has condemned a move by the United States to impose sanctions on two state-owned Russian companies over their alleged cooperation with Iran, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Friday in a statement.
en.rian.ru/russia/20060804/52287780.html

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JAMES BAMFORD : Iran: The Next War :

Even before the bombs fell on Baghdad, a group of senior Pentagon officials were plotting to invade another country. Their covert campaign once again relied on false intelligence and shady allies. But this time, the target was Iran.
www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/10962352/iran_the_next_war

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638 ways to kill Castro :

The CIA’s outlandish plots to bump off the Cuban dictator would put 007 to shame … poison pills, toxic cigars and exploding molluscs. Once he even offered to shoot himself
www.guardian.co.uk/cuba/story/0,,1835930,00.html

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Billion Dollar Wall Parts US, Mexico:

The US Senate allocated near two billon dollars to build a triple fence on the border with Mexico despite wide rejection from the Hispanic community.
tinyurl.com/ql2xc

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Hackers Clone E-Passports: –

A German computer security consultant has shown that he can clone the electronic passports that the United States and other countries are beginning to distribute this year
www.wired.com/news/technology/1,71521-0.html

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Americas Gulag: Guantanamo detainees may remain indefinitely: :

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said the US government could “indefinitely” hold foreign ‘enemy combatants’ at sites like the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
tinyurl.com/fsjuh

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Petty officer held in secret for 4 months:

A petty officer has been in the Norfolk Naval Station brig for more than four months facing espionage, desertion and other charges, but the Navy has refused to release details of the case.
home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=108646&ran=180358

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Military Waste In Our Drinking Water:

The U.S. military is poisoning the very citizens it is supposed to protect in the name of national security.
www.alternet.org/story/39723

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Date: 3 August 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 2582

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$300,863,974,802

See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Entire Lebanese family killed in Israeli attack on hospital

By Robert Fisk

An attack on a hospital, the killing of an entire Lebanese family, the seizure of five men in Baalbek and a new civilian death toll – 468 men, women and children – marked the 22nd day of Israel’s latest war on Lebanon.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14341.htm

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Human Rights Watch Accuses Israel of War Crimes

By Jim Lobe

The 50-page report, “Fatal Strikes: Israel’s Indiscriminate Attacks Against Civilians in Lebanon,” detailed nearly two dozen cases of IDF attacks in which a total of 153 civilians, including 63 children, were killed in homes or motor vehicles.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14343.htm

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Israel, not Hizbullah, is putting civilians in danger on both sides of the border

By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth

“The image that Israel has promoted of such [human] shielding as the cause of so high a civilian death toll is wrong. In the many cases of civilian deaths examined by Human Rights Watch, the location of Hezbollah troops and arms had nothing to do with the deaths because there was no Hezbollah around.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14349.htm

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What International Law?

Ambulances hit by Israeli forces

Another challenging report from ITN, this time on ITV. This one on the Israeli attack on ambulances in Tyre Lebanon.

Click here to view
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14352.htm

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War crimes and Lebanon

By Professor Steve Trevillion

The deliberate and systematic destruction of Lebanon’s social infrastructure by the Israeli air force was also a war crime, designed to reduce that country to the status of an Israeli-US protectorate. The attempt has backfired.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14355.htm

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Illogical, illegal and ill-fated

By Nasim Zehra

The Arab hostility towards Israel was inevitable given that its creation was at the cost of the Palestinian homeland. But instead of neutralising the Arab hostility by working for a Palestinian homeland Washington has sought to wean away the Arab regimes from the Palestinian cause. With a festering Palestinian wound, the undying resistance and an aggressive and insecure Israeli state, a stable Middle East will be an illusion.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14340.htm

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Pulling the Plug on Israel

No Peace Without Justice, No Justice Without Truth

By David Himmelstein

Whether or not it has reached critical mass, there exists a heterogeneous agglomeration of Jewish people around the world— e.g., moi—for whom the state of Israel has come to represent an 800-pound albatross that needs to be pried from our necks before it drags us over a cliff.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14354.htm

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U.S. to Supply Food with One Hand, Arms with Other

By Thalif Deen

The United States says it stands ready to provide food, medicine and humanitarian assistance to the thousands of internally displaced Lebanese caught in the crossfire. But Washington has also decided to accelerate the supply of lethal weapons to Israel — “perhaps intended to kill the very Lebanese the United States is planning to feed and shelter,” says one Arab diplomat at the United Nations.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14348.htm

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Uncensored News Reports From Across The Middle East

Video News Reports

Warning

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

Click here to view
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14350.htm

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The neocons’ next war

By Sidney Blumenthal

By secretly providing NSA intelligence to Israel and undermining the hapless Condi Rice, hardliners in the Bush administration are trying to widen the Middle East conflict to Iran and Syria, not stop it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14351.htm

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Lobbying For Armageddon

By Sarah Posner

Bush and other leading Republicans have lined up behind a growing movement of Christian Zionists for whom a European Antichrist figures prominently in an end-times scenario.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14346.htm

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Weapons of Mass Destruction Discovered Here:

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and North Dakota

By Bill Quigley

On August 6, 1945 the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Three days later, the US dropped another atomic bomb on Nagasaki. These nuclear weapons killed over 100,000 people, almost all civilians, and injured many tens of thousands more.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14342.htm

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At least 38 killed as U.S. occupation grinds on:

The Iraqi army killed 15 “insurgents” in the past 24 hours in different cities of Iraq, the army said on Thursday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L03898948.htm

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Motorcycle bombing kills 12 in Baghdad:

A bomb strapped to a motorcycle exploded in the center of the capital Thursday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 29, police said.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/4092102.html

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US Gen. Abizaid says civil war possible in Iraq :

The head of the U.S. Central Command on Thursday said sectarian violence in Baghdad was as bad as he has ever seen and could lead to a civil war.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060803/ts_nm/iraq_civilwar_abizaid_dc

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Report: British diplomat warns of Iraq civil war:

A confidential report from Britain’s outgoing ambassador to Iraq warned the country is sliding toward civil war and is likely to divide eventually along ethnic lines, according to a news report Thursday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14344.htm

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US probe suggests coverup in Iraqi shootings:

Military investigators believe that there is enough evidence to suggest that members of a Marine Corps unit deliberately gunned down 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha last year, and that their commanders tried to cover it up
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14347.htm

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US troops accused of killing Iraqi detainees refuse to testify:

Four US soldiers accused of killing three Iraqi prisoners refused to give evidence as a military hearing heard that one of the captives’ brains were blown out as he lay injured.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14345.htm

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Iraq war’s hidden toll: civilians killed accidentally by U.S. troops :

Americans have scant idea of how often such episodes occur. The Pentagon releases no figures on Iraqi civilians killed by U.S. fire. Each of these unsung civilian deaths creates enmity toward U.S. troops from the friends, family and tribe of the dead.
www.kurdmedia.com/articles.asp?id=12833

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US troops fire on Sadr supporters: police:

U.S. troops opened fire on a convoy carrying supporters of radical Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr at a checkpoint south of Baghdad on Thursday, wounding at least 16 people, Iraqi police said.
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2269689

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Iraq’s Shia in ‘million man march’:

Shias from southern and central Iraq have begun travelling to Baghdad in answer to Muqtada al-Sadr’s call for a “million man march” in support of Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
tinyurl.com/nw5mr

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21 Afghans killed in marketplace blast:

A suicide bomber has killed more than 20 people in a marketplace in southern Afghanistan today in the deadliest attack of its type since January.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2297865,00.html

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Afghanistan: Three more NATO soldiers killed:

THREE NATO soldiers were killed in Afghanistan in an ambush by Taliban insurgents in the same area where a bomb killed a Canadian soldier earlier, NATO’s military force said.
tinyurl.com/na9hz

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One Canadian soldier killed, one injured in south Afghanistan bombing
tinyurl.com/msn3y

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40 Lebanese dead in Israeli strikes :

Three weeks into the fighting, Israel’s battle looked likely to be bitter and long. In Lebanon, villagers wept as heavy machinery carried off the bodies of those killed in the overnight raid against a Hizbollah stronghold, while across northern Israel, forests and fields lay scorched from rocket fire.
www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=2327

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Hear Our Voices – “We’ve lost so much”:

An extended family came under Israeli fire as they were fleeing Marwahin in south Lebanon on 15 July. Of the 27 people in the truck, 23 died. Maya Abdallah, 18, lost many family members in the attack.
tinyurl.com/gqaqv

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Little respite in Lebanon — even for the dead:

From a refrigerator truck, soldiers and civil defence workers removed the bodies of 80 civilians and laid them out in the car park.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2006/08/03/1154198268168.html

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Thirteen “Hezbullah Activists” Killed:

13 “Hezbullah activists” were killed in operation of Israeli army in the region of the villages Shihin and Radjameen in Southwest part of Lebanon, Yedioth Ahronoth reports
tinyurl.com/p69lg

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Hizbollah rockets kill 8:

Hizbollah guerrillas killed eight people in Israel in a rocket barrage on Thursday. Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said the war had killed 900 people in Lebanon and wounded 3,000, with a third of the casualties children under 12.
tinyurl.com/s9do3

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3 Israeli Soldier Killed In Fighting In Lebanon – Army :

The soldiers were killed when an anti-tank rocket hit their tank in during fighting, the army said.
tinyurl.com/rsgsa

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Hezbollah’s Top Ally in Israel:

“Israel is doomed,” said a friend of mine some months ago, returning to the U.S. after a trip to Israel. I asked him why, and my friend, who spent twenty years working at a high level in the Pentagon, answered, “They’ve put in an Air Force man as chief of the General Staff.”
www.counterpunch.org/cockburn08032006.html

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Nasrallah: If Israel bombs Beirut, Hezbollah will attack Tel Aviv :

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned on Thursday that if the Israel Defense Forces attacks Beirut proper, his guerillas would launch rockets that would hit Tel Aviv.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/746178.html

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Israel warns of consequences of Tel Aviv attack:
tinyurl.com/q4h7n

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No ceasefire if single Israeli soldier still in Lebanon: Hezbollah :

Hezbollah will reject a ceasefire with Israel until the Jewish state pulls all its troops out of Lebanon, the militant Shiite movement’s spokesman said today.
www.forbes.com/business/feeds/afx/2006/08/03/afx2925446.html

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IDF can stay in Lebanon:

While the IDF needs until the end of the week to deal Hizbullah a fatal blow, the military is prepared to remain in southern Lebanon for as long as it takes, even several months, until a multinational force takes control of the territory, IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky told The Jerusalem Post Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/qo57f

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Israeli envoy: US will not stop operation in Lebanon:

Israeli ambassador to US says that American government not intending to pressure Israel to stop military operation. US secretary of state declares in interview with Fox News that Hizbullah will surrender
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3285123,00.html

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U.S. To Install Puppet Army

U.S. to Help Train, Equip Lebanon Army:

The United States plans to help train and equip the Lebanese army so it can take control of all of the nation’s territory when warfare between Israel and Hezbollah eases, the State Department said Thursday.
tinyurl.com/oy7dx

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HRW: Some Israeli Attacks Amount to War Crimes: Full report.

The pattern of attacks in more than 20 cases investigated by Human Rights Watch researchers in Lebanon indicates that the failures cannot be dismissed as mere accidents and cannot be blamed on wrongful Hezbollah practices. In some cases, these attacks constitute war crimes.
hrw.org/english/docs/2006/08/02/lebano13902.htm

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Blair signals no objection to arms flights:

Prime Minister Tony Blair signalled on Thursday that he did not object to the United States using British airports to depatch weapons to Israel, provided procedures were obeyed.
tinyurl.com/rnyag

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Is America Watching a Different War?

American, Lebanese and Israeli Panel on How the US Media is Covering the Invasion of Lebanon
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/03/1359222

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Uri Avnery: Knife in the Back:

AFTER THE war, the enthusiasm will simmer down, the inhabitants of the North will lick their wounds and the army will start to investigate its failures. Everybody will claim that he or she was against the war from the first day on. Then the Day of Judgment will come.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14353.htm

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Index On Illegal US Weapons In Lebanon:

Since the war started, there has been much discussion concerning the use of (US) cluster bombs, bunker-busting bombs and chemical weapons – all illegal – presently being used in Lebanon. Some have also said illegal bombs are also being used in Palestine.
indexresearch.blogspot.com/2006/07/index-on-illegal-us-weapons-in-lebanon.html

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Gaza: Israeli attack leaves at least 8 Palestinians dead including 8 year old boy:

Israeli invaded southern Gaza early today, killing at least eight Palestinians, including four resistance fighters and an 8-year-old boy
tinyurl.com/lkeh5

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Almost half the fatalities in the Gaza Strip in July were civilians :

In July, the Israeli military killed 163 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, 78 of whom (48 percent) were not taking part in the hostilities when they were killed.
tinyurl.com/pjofq

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Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem :When Prayer Is Not Enough:

My plan is that I will be able to go to Lebanon next week, to bury the dead, and comfort the victims of war. Perhaps as others have you will ask, “What can I do?”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14339.htm

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Gaza: Israeli occupation forces kill 7 Palestinians :

Including a 10-year-old boy. Video and text
tinyurl.com/mdt49

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Detainees accuse Israel of abuses :

Hamas officials who were detained in the West Bank during an Israeli clampdown in June have accused Israel of maltreating them in custody.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5239526.stm

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UK: Deported MP attacks ‘outrageous’ treatment by Israeli officials :

A Labour MP deported from Israel while attempting to deliver books to a children’s library in Ramallah today attacked the “outrageous” interrogation she was subjected to.
politics.guardian.co.uk/foreignaffairs/story/0,,1834228,00.html

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UK: Cameron faces revolt over Israel:

DAVID CAMERON is facing the first serious revolt within his party after senior Tories disowned frontbench criticism of Israel’s “disproportionate” bombardment of Lebanon.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,17129-2297096,00.html

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Iran warns oil could reach $200 on sanctions:

Global oil prices could hit $200 per barrel if the United States pursues international sanctions against Iran, an Iranian official said on Thursday, although analysts passed the comment off as saber rattling.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060803/ts_nm/energy_iran_prices_dc

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US to keep enrichment tech out of N-deal ambit:

The US has said that it does not envisage cooperation with India involving enrichment, reprocessing and heavy water production technologies as part of the civilian nuclear deal.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1759918,001301790001.htm

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Mexico election protesters dig in :

Mexico City has suffered a second day of traffic chaos as supporters of the left-wing candidate in the country’s disputed election block a key street.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5236884.stm

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Lost paraguayos: The Yankees are coming :

President Nicanor Duarte has been allowing US troops on Paraguayan soil since mid-2005.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/HH04Aa01.html

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White House Asks Congress to Define War Crimes:

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has pressed Congress to refine the definition of war crimes prohibited under the Geneva Conventions, as the Bush administration and lawmakers continue to debate the rules for treatment and trials of terrorism suspects.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/08/03/news/detain.php

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Doug Ireland: Will the French Indict Cheney? :

Yet another sordid chapter in the murky annals of Halliburton might well lead to the indictment of Dick Cheney by a French court on charges of bribery, money-laundering and misuse of corporate assets.
www.thenation.com/doc/20040112/ireland

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New poll shows Lieberman losing ground:

Millionaire businessman Ned Lamont has extended his lead against veteran Sen. Joe Lieberman less than a week before Connecticut’s Democratic primary, according to a new poll released Thursday.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060803/ap_on_el_se/connecticut_senate_1

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Scripps poll: One-third see U.S. hand in 9/11

More than a third of the American public suspects that federal officials assisted in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks or took no action to stop them so the United States could go to war in the Middle East, according to a new Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll.
tinyurl.com/l3v2k

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9/11 Live: The NORAD Tapes:

How did the U.S. Air Force respond on 9/11? Could it have shot down United 93, as conspiracy theorists claim? Obtaining 30 hours of never-before-released tapes from the control room of NORAD’s Northeast headquarters, the author reconstructs the chaotic military history of that day—and the Pentagon’s apparent attempt to cover it up.
www.vanityfair.com/features/general/060801fege01

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Date: 2 August 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 2580

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$300,622,780,734

See the cost in your community
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Let The Slaughter Of Civilians Continue

U.S. Insists Cease-Fire Must Await Plan to Disarm Hezbollah

By JIM RUTENBERG and THOM SHANKER

The United States firmly reiterated its position on Tuesday that there can be no cease-fire in the Middle East until there is a solid plan in place to disarm Hezbollah.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14330.htm

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Fetch, Heel, Stall

By Maureen Dowd

The president told technicians to make sure his real thoughts would not be overheard this time, but somehow someone forgot to turn off the feed to my office. As a public service, I’d like to reprint the candid under-their-breath mutterings they exchanged in between their public utterances.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14333.htm

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Hizbullah’s attacks stem from Israeli incursions into Lebanon

By Anders Strindberg

As pundits and policymakers scramble to explain events in Lebanon, their conclusions are virtually unanimous: Hizbullah created this crisis. Israel is defending itself. The underlying problem is Arab extremism. Sadly, this is pure analytical nonsense.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14323.htm

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The refugees’ fury will be felt for generations to come

By Karma Nabulsi

Israel is seeking to cast itself as the victim even as it expels the people of Lebanon and Gaza from their homes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14332.htm

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A War Crimes Tribunal May be the Only Deterrent to a Global War

By Francis A. Boyle

The United Nations General Assembly must immediately establish an International Criminal Tribunal for Israel (ICTI) as a “subsidiary organ” under U.N. Charter Article 22. The ICTI would be organized along the lines of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY), which was established by the Security Council.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14327.htm

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Uncensored News Reports From Across The Middle East

Video News Reports

Warning

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

Click here to view
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14338.htm

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When You Care Enough To Do The Very Least

By Ted Rall

Even though 63 percent of Americans say they approve of their own government’s use of torture, 86 percent continue to believe that “promoting and defending human rights in other countries” as a U.S. foreign policy goal is “important.” An August 2002 Investor’s Business Daily/Christian Science Monitor poll found that 81 percent think that “the impact the U.S. has on the rest of the world [on] democratic values and human rights” is a positive one.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14336.htm

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Psychologists, Guantánamo, and Torture

By Stephen Soldz

The Global War on Terror, launched after 9-11, provided an opportunity to experiment with behavioral science-based torture techniques. The establishment of a detention center at Guantánamo for those detained during the Afghanistan war and other battles in the “Global War on Terrorism” provided a particularly favorable environment.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14329.htm

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At least 53 killed in ongoing U.S. occupation:

Fifteen “insurgents” and three policeman were killed in fighting near Madaen, south of Baghdad, Iraqi police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L0259044.htm

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Thousands of Shi’ites march in Baghdad:

The crowd included members of the Badr Organization, one of the armed Shi’ite groups Sunni Arabs accuse of running militia death squads, a charge they deny.
tinyurl.com/z4e9w

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Sectarianism, crime tainting Iraq police: official:

Almost a quarter of Iraq’s national police are led by men suspected of crimes or sectarian violence and should be replaced, a senior coalition official said on Wednesday.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060802/wl_nm/iraq_police_dc

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Report to suggest Marines shot unarmed Iraqi women and children :

Evidence collected on the deaths of 24 Iraqis in Haditha supports accusations that U.S. Marines deliberately shot the civilians, including unarmed women and children, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/15180243.htm

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Soldier says comrades threatened him:

A U.S. soldier testified Wednesday that four of his colleagues accused of murdering three Iraqis during a raid threatened to kill him if he told anyone about the shooting deaths.
tinyurl.com/e8pn7

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U.S. Army commander investigated in Iraq killing spree :

Col. Michael Steele, whose heroics were portrayed in the movie “Black Hawk Down,” is under investigation for allegedly encouraging his men to go on a killing spree
abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=nation_world&id=4423503

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Israel ready for massive invasion

Special forces target Hizbullah official as troops plan push in south
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,1835303,00.html

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Israeli commandos kill at least 12 civilians in Bekaa Valley:

At least 11 civilians were killed when Israeli air strikes hit the village of Jammaliyeh near Baalbek. Security sources said five family members were found dead in the rubble of their house. Six other villagers were killed and two wounded. One civilian was killed by an air strike in Hermel to the north.
tinyurl.com/gfntq

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Man killed on kibbutz as record number of rockets slam into Israel:

An Israeli man was killed Wednesday when a Katyusha struck Kibbutz Saar, north of Nahariya, as Hezbollah marked the resumption of strikes on northern Israel with a record number of some 210 rockets.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/745563.html

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IDF commandos complete Baalbek raid, reportedly capture five Hezbollah militants :

The IDF reportedly captured five junior Hezbollah militants and killed several others before completing the operation and safely returning to Israel.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/745276.html

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Heavy equipment used to bury the dead :

The village’s dead were shrouded in white cloth and carried to the cemetery in the bucket of a backhoe. The mayor, Hussein Jamaleddin, lost his son, brother and five other relatives. He broke down crying and pulled at the limbs of the dead hanging out of the scoop.
tinyurl.com/kd6mg

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Israel sends 10,000 troops into southern Lebanon; commandos destroy hospital:

They said at least seven people were killed as Israeli planes staged more than 10 bombing runs around the hospital, as well as on hills in eastern and northern Baalbek where Hezbollah’s supporters live.
www.news1130.com/news/international/article.jsp?content=w080202A

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Stench of death hangs over south Lebanon villages:

In Aynata, a youth showed journalists to places where bodies remained buried beneath the rubble, with no one able to remove them under fire. Locals left signs to mark where they lay.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14324.htm

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‘You go a bit crazy when you see little body after little body coming up out of the ground’ :

Huge numbers of children are being killed, injured or displaced in south Lebanon. Why are so many suffering in this conflict?
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1835152,00.html

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Video: Cease Fire Now!:

This video is dedicated to the children who have lost their lives because The US, UK and Israel have willingly stopped a ceasefire resulting in the deaths of many civilians in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank.

– Warning – This video contains images depicting the reality and horror of war and should only be viewed by a mature audience.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14337.htm

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Britons and Americans are watching two different wars.

The overwhelming emphasis of television and press coverage in the UK was the civilian casualties in Lebanon. Day after day, those were the “splash” stories. The smaller number of civilian casualties from Hizbullah rockets in northern Israel was also covered but rarely made the top headlines or front pages.
commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/julian_borger/2006/08/post_279.html

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Gwynne Dyer: End game between Israel and Hezbollah :

The real trick, in terms of keeping American and British public opinion on side, is to blur the sequence of events that led to the war and present it as a desperate Israeli struggle against an unprovoked onslaught by thousands of terrorist rockets.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14326.htm

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News on a Platter:

Propaganda is part of every war, just like bombs and soldiers. Still, it’s remarkable how professionally Israel deals with foreign journalists, catering conscientiously to all their needs. Lunch included.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0,1518,429105,00.html

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Fighting ‘has sunk hope of a free Lebanon’:

Walid Jumblatt, leader of the most powerful clan in Lebanon’s Druze community, said on Tuesday the conflict between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas had dealt a fatal blow to Lebanese hopes of a strong independent state, free of Iranian and Syrian influence.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14325.htm

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‘Some Arab states supporting Israel’ :

Qatar’s foreign minister accused some Arab states of supporting the Israeli offensive on Lebanon to dismantle Hezbollah.
www.gulfnews.com/region/Lebanon/10056888.html

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Blair returns to growing backlash on Lebanon :

A senior official at the United Nations joined Labour backbenchers in expressing dismay that Mr Blair had refused to back international calls for an immediate ceasefire.
www.guardian.co.uk/syria/story/0,,1835542,00.html

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UK: News blackout imposed on American arms flights refuelling at British bases:

The Government refused last night to give details of the flights entering Britain containing American arms destined for Israel.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/08/02/nbombs02.xml

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Robert Scheer: Israel’s Dependency on the Drug of Militarism:

Those who mindlessly support Israel, right or wrong, from President Bush on through the cheerleaders in Congress and the media, betray the security of the Jewish state. They are enablers who have encouraged Israel’s dependency on the drug of militarism as a false escape from the difficult accommodations needed to bring peace to the Middle East.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14334.htm

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EU rebuffs US : Won’t put Hezbollah on terror list:

The EU presidents remarks came as a response to a letter signed by 213 members of the US Congress, sent to EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, demanding that the EU follows the US in branding Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14331.htm

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Israeli Refusnik interview:

“Our pacifist struggle in a country wanting war”
peacepalestine.blogspot.com/2006/08/israeli-refusnik-interview-our.html

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Israeli occupation forces kill 7-year-old Palestinian girl:

Israel keeps Rafah crossing sealed: The Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip remained closed on Tuesday despite Israel’s pledge to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice it would open to traffic.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/745141.html

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America will attack Iran, Syria in October: Gul :

The former chief of ISI, Maj. Gen (R) Hameed Gul has “predicted” that America would definitely attack Iran and Syria simultaneously in October.
www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=100487

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NATO-led raid kills 18 “Taliban guerrillas”:

In another province in the Taliban’s southern heartland, 15 police surrendered as the rebels were about to attack their post, the Taliban said.
tinyurl.com/f5sm7

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Explosion leaves one dead, one wounded in Kabul :

One person was killed and another injured as a car laden with explosive material detonated in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Wednesday, Interior Ministry spokesman Yusuf Stanikzai said.
english.peopledaily.com.cn/200608/02/eng20060802_289256.html

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Gwen Dyer: Perfect storm brewing in Horn of Africa:

Washington decided that the Union of Islamic Courts was a threat, and in February CIA planes delivered large amounts of money and guns to the three warlords who dominated Mogadishu. They named themselves the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism, and started trying to suppress the UIC.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14328.htm

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Evidence of Election Fraud Grows in México:

As the U.S. media distorts the aftermath of the July 2 election, evidence suggests there may be an attempted theft in progress.
www.alternet.org/story/39763

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Exclusive From Havana:

Cuban National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon Says Castro is “Very Alive and Very Alert”; Condemns US Plans for Post-Castro Cuba and Bush’s Meeting With Exiles Advocating Cuba’s Violent Overthrow
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/02/1434239

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Bush seeks expanded military tribunal role:

The White House is seeking legislation that would allow people not affiliated with terrorism to be prosecuted in military commissions — with far fewer rights than afforded civilians.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/15176692.htm

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We’re All Enemy Combatants Now:

Most American residents would be shocked to hear that the military has power to lock them up without an opportunity to prove their innocence before an independent judge.
tinyurl.com/kde6o

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9/11 Panel Suspected Deception by Pentagon:

Suspicion of wrongdoing ran so deep that the 10-member commission, in a secret meeting at the end of its tenure in summer 2004, debated referring the matter to the Justice Department for criminal investigation, according to several commission sources.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14335.htm

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Senate Approves More Offshore Drilling:

The Senate voted Tuesday to open 8.3 million acres of federal waters in the central Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling, setting up a confrontation with the House which wants even more drilling in waters now off-limits.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/08/01/politics/main1857893.shtml

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US court overturns convictions in Enron case:

A federal appeals court has overturned most of the convictions against four former Merrill Lynch bankers concerning a bogus deal with Enron Corp.
tinyurl.com/hz9dk

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Pepsi and Coke under fire again :

An Indian non-governmental organisation says samples of Coca-Cola and Pepsi products are showing even worse levels of pesticides than in a previous study.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5239758.stm

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Date: 1 August 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 2579

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$300,353,745,889
See the cost in your community
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A Nato-led force would be in Israel’s interests, but not Lebanon’s

By Robert Fisk

How come the people of southern Lebanon have not been consulted about the army which is supposed to live in their lands? Because, of course, it is not coming for them. It will come because the Israelis and the Americans want it there to help reshape the Middle East.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14309.htm

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Israeli Cabinet approves expanding ground operations

Security-political cabinet ministers give IDF green light to widen ground offensive in south Lebanon to banks of Litani River in north

By Ronny Sofer

The aim of the widened offensive is to attain real achievements on the ground in weakening Hizbullah before the window of opportunity closes this weekend when the UN Security Council is expected to decide on ceasefire conditions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14304.htm

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Stop The Band-Aid Treatment

By Jimmy Carter

There will be no substantive and permanent peace for any peoples in this troubled region as long as Israel is violating key U.N. resolutions, official American policy and the international “road map” for peace by occupying Arab lands and oppressing the Palestinians.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14313.htm

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Israel’s Wall of Horrors

By Chris Hedges

We have ignored and disregarded the decades of repression, the crushing weight of occupation, the abject humiliation and violence, unleashed on Lebanese and Palestinians by Israel because of our silence and indifference. It is the Israeli penchant for violence and occupation that slowly created and formed these frightening groups.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14314.htm

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Exclusive International Reports on Qana Massacre

Video News Reports

American news is often sanitized and presented in the familiar “infotainment” format. International news reports offer other perspectives on the tragedy. This video contains three segments telling the story of the Qana massacre from the search for survivors through Isreal’s 48-hour partial ceasefire in Southern Lebanon.

Click here to view
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14315.htm

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Our moral culpability for Qana

By Patrick J. Buchanan

If Israel is not in violation of the principle of proportionality, by which Christians are to judge the conduct of a just war, what can that term mean? There are 600 civilian dead in Lebanon, 19 in Israel, a ratio of 30-1 – though Hezbollah is firing unguided rockets, while Israel is using precision-guided munitions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14311.htm

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“Supporters of Hezbollah”

By Dahr Jamail

There was Khuder Gazali, an ambulance driver, whose left arm was blown off by a rocket fired by an American-made Apache war helicopter while he was rescuing civilians whose home had been bombed. The ambulance then sent to rescue the rescuer was bombed, everyone in it killed. Miraculously, the third ambulance was able to retrieve him, only because the Apache had left.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14306.htm

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Was Racism and Fundamentalism a Factor?

The Massacre at Qana

By OMAR BARGHOUTI

“Is the value of human life in Lebanon less than that of the citizens of other countries?”[1] The answer, at least as far as Israel is concerned, is an unambiguous “yes!” Israel’s latest bloodbath, which claimed the lives of dozens of children and women hiding from the relentless bombing in what they hoped was a secure basement in Qana, betrays not only Israel’s criminal disregard for the value of Arab human life, a typical colonial attitude towards natives, but also its increasingly fundamentalist perception of Gentiles in general as lesser humans.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14318.htm

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Dear Kofi

By Mike Whitney

It is up to you, Mr. Secretary, to put an end to this farce and restore the credibility of the institution. Prove to the world that the medic at the Qana massacre was wrong when he said that the UN was nothing more than a “gravedigger”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14317.htm

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Sadly, the Plural of “Fiasco” Requires No “E”

By Ray McGovern

Who led our march into this modern-day Valley of Death?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14321.htm

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Iraq: At least 52 killed in ongoing U.S. occupation:

A roadside bomb went off near a bus carrying Iraqi soldiers, killing 20 of them and wounding 13 near Tikrit
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L01894288.htm

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Roadside bomb, gunmen kill 20 Iraqi soldiers in northern Iraq :

A roadside bomb blast followed by a gunmen attack targeted an Iraqi army convoy near the northern Iraqi town of Baiji on Tuesday morning, killing 20 Iraqi soldiers and wounding 13 others, a source in the local U.S. and Iraqi liaison office told Xinhua.
tinyurl.com/kmynb

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Car bomb kills 14 in Baghdad:

A suicide car bomb ripped through the middle class Baghdad neighbourhood of Karrada, killing 10 soldiers and four civilians, according to defence ministry and hospital sources.
tinyurl.com/jgouk

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Reed: Iraq is headed toward ‘existential crisis’:

“If 50,000 troops, including several thousand Americans, cannot end the violence in Baghdad, why are we not committing a significantly larger force?” he said.
tinyurl.com/z5wk2

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Iraqi official calls for Shia region :

Al-Hakim repeated his claim for a Shia federal region consisting of nine Iraqi governorates stretching from Babylon, 100km south of Baghdad, to Basra at the tip of southern Iraq.
tinyurl.com/joylc

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U.S. accused of kidnappings in Iraq:

Congress demands that the Pentagon release documents that could show U.S. forces kidnapped family members of terror suspects.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14308.htm

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Four British soldiers killed :

Three UK soldiers were killed in Afghanistan today and one in southern Iraq in one of the deadliest single days for British troops since the “war on terror” began.
www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,,1834807,00.html

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Britain blocks EU’s ceasefire call :

Britain has blocked moves by the European Union to call for an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14322.htm

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Israeli raids kill 828, injure 3,200 in Lebanon in three weeks – official :

‘These are identified bodies, and the toll does not count the people still believed to be under the rubble,’ he said.
www.forbes.com/business/feeds/afx/2006/08/01/afx2918966.html

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Over 40 bodies of civilians uncovered in south Lebanon rubble :

Thousands of Lebanese civilians fled the battered border villages in the south Monday, taking advantage of a 24-hour window from Israel to leave the area and allow aid to reach the worst-hit villages.
haaretz.com/hasen/spages/744783.html

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10 Hezbollah Guerillas and Three Israeli Soldiers Killed

“Three soldiers were killed today when an anti-tank missile hit the house they occupied in the town of Aita al-Shaab,” an army spokeswoman said.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/745131.html

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Fighting rages in Lebanon border village:

Heavy ground fighting raged Tuesday near a Lebanese border village, and Israel resumed frequent airstrikes after it decided, in a major expansion of its offensive, to send thousands more troops deeper into Lebanon.
tinyurl.com/hlltl

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Israel admits : There were no rocket launches from Qana on the day of the strike:

It now appears that the military had no information on rockets launched from the site of the building, or the presence of Hezbollah men at the time.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/745185.html

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‘No Hezbollah Rockets Fired from Qana’:

Red Cross workers and residents of Qana, where Israeli bombing killed at least 60 civilians, have told IPS that no Hezbollah rockets were launched from the city before the Israeli air strike.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14320.htm

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Qana bombs an Israeli ‘war crime’ :

A human rights group says the Israeli air strike on Qana that killed 54 civilians is a “war crime”. It said the failure to distinguish between civilians and combatants could be judged as a war crime, and called for an UN probe into the conflict.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5232434.stm

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Assad tells Syrian army to get ready:

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told the Syrian military to raise its readiness, pledging not to abandon support for Lebanese resistance against Israel.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14305.htm

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Israel rejects pressure to end Lebanon war:

Israel rejected mounting international pressure on Monday to end its war against Hizbollah and launched a new incursion into Lebanon, as world powers squabbled over the urgency of a cease-fire.
tinyurl.com/koaup

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Amnesty: 48 Hours Not Enough As War Crimes Continue :

“It is utterly shameful that governments who have influence over Israel and Hizbollah and who could help end this crisis, continue to prioritize political and military interests over innocent lives of civilians.”
www.commondreams.org/news2006/0731-03.htm

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Israeli generals angry at Olmert’s restraint:

Ehud Olmert awoke yesterday to criticism from his own generals for agreeing to a 48-hour suspension of air strikes in Lebanon without their knowledge.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/08/01/wmid101.xml

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Interview with Robert Fisk in Lebanon :

The key thing now is that Arabs are not afraid any more. Their leaders are afraid, the Mubaraks of this world, the president of Egypt, King Abdullah II of Jordan. They’re afraid. They shake and tremble in their golden mosques, because they were supported by us. But the people are no longer afraid.

Real audio and transcript
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14316.htm

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Hizbollah digs in for long fight:

Hizbollah militants were on Monday digging in in the expectation of prolonged fight with Israel in southern Lebanon, and were in no mood to discuss conditions under which they might lay down their weapons.
www.ft.com/cms/s/a98e122e-20b7-11db-8b3e-0000779e2340.html

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Dahr Jamail: Lebanese Red Cross Repeatedly Targeted:

“The night of July 23 we were called to rescue a family whose home was bombed,” Kassem Shaulan, a 28-year-old medic with the Lebanese Red Cross in Tyre told IPS. “Just as I finished loading the three injured people in my ambulance, it was struck by a rocket and all of us were injured.”
www.dahrjamailiraq.com/hard_news/archives/lebanon/000446.php

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‘Please show the reality’ say Lebanon’s affected:

Volunteers and staff from a Christian Aid-supported organisation working to help those displaced by the conflict in Lebanon say the world needs to understand the depths of the humanitarian crisis unfolding there.
www.christianaid.org.uk/news/stories/060728s2.htm

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UK helping to kill Lebanese civilians:

US weapons flights through Prestwick will continue: US FLIGHTS carrying weapons to Israel will continue to call at British airports, including Prestwick, a minister said yesterday.
news.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=1112012006

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4 Minute Video: Apologists For Murder:

A valid effort by CNN anchor to expose Israeli propaganda
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14310.htm

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Yesha Rabbinical Council: During time of war, enemy has no innocents:

All of the discussions on Christian morality are weakening the spirit of the army and the nation and are costing us in the blood of our soldiers and civilians,” the statement said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14307.htm

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Syrian Foreign Minister: US Position on Cease-Fire “Totally Unacceptable”:

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, 65, says America’s rejection of an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon is “totally unacceptable.” He denies that Syria has been supplying arms to Hezbollah and says an international force in Lebanon will only work if it isn’t perceived as merely protecting Israel.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0,1518,429424,00.html

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Baghdad Burning: Iraqi Girl Blog: Qana Massacre…:

The UN is beyond useless. They’ve gone from a union of nations working for the good of the world (if they ever were even that), to a bunch of gravediggers. They’re only good for digging mangled bodies out of the ruins of buildings and helping to identify and put them into mass graves.
tinyurl.com/f8zjh

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Israeli Airstrike Kills 14-year-old Boy In Northern Gaza :

Israel’s air force fired missiles in northern Gaza Tuesday, killing a 14-year-old boy and wounding four others, Palestinian officials said.
tinyurl.com/j7sz5

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Israeli Missiles Kill Palestinian Woman:

Since the end of June, Israeli airstrikes and artillery fire in Gaza have killed more than 150 Palestinians
www.voanews.com/english/2006-08-01-voa17.cfm

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Nothing has changed: The plight continues:

Pictures from 1948 Palestine:
weekly.ahram.org.eg/1998/1948/unirva.htm

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Primary foe rips Hillary Clinton on Israel :

“She, and a broad segment of our political leadership, bear responsibility for the deaths ofthese children,” Democrat Jonathan Tasini said in a statement. – “Rather than call for restraint, Hillary Clinton stopped just short of declaring, ‘Let the bombs fall.’”
www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/story/439685p-370408c.html

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Bush Baggage Could Cost Lieberman Primary :

Connecticut Democrats fume at his centrism and unbending support for the war. A poll shows the senator’s rival surging. The vote is next week.
ktla.trb.com/news/la-na-lieberman1aug01,0,7078852.story?coll=ktla-news-1

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Koreas exchange fire along DMZ:

Border guards of the two Koreas briefly traded fire Monday but there were no South Korean casualties, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Tuesday.
english.yna.co.kr/Engnews/20060801/630000000020060801074420E2.html

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Iran Rejects U.N. Deadline :

“My words are the words of the Iranian nation. Throughout Iran, there is one slogan: ‘The Iranian nation considers the peaceful use of nuclear fuel production technology its right,”’ Ahmadinejad said.
abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=nation_world&id=4420269

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Sandbagging the peace pipeline:

The key to preventing the international proliferation of nuclear weapons is the “safeguarding” of “source” or “special nuclear” material.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14312.htm

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US begins building treaty-breaching germ war defence centre :

Construction work has begun near Washington on a vast germ warfare laboratory intended to help protect the US against an attack with biological weapon, but critics say the laboratory’s work will violate international law and its extreme secrecy will exacerbate a biological arms race.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1833795,00.html

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Bush’s fondness for fundamentalism is courting disaster at home and abroad :

Affinity with the Christian right has led to banning stem cell research and turning a blind eye to civilian deaths in Lebanon
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14319.htm

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Castro steps aside after surgery :

Cuban leader Fidel Castro has undergone surgery and temporarily handed power to his brother Raul.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5233556.stm

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Canadian Security Intelligence Service has spy networks in mosques :

Places of worship are only investigated if suspicious individuals are known to frequent them, former employees of the spy agency and the RCMP said Monday in response to media reports that said CSIS has infiltrated virtually every mosque in Toronto.
tinyurl.com/pfxqb

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The Coming Housing Crash:

All the economists who missed the stock bubble—this is almost all economists—are just about to be embarrassed again. Several reports released this week provide the strongest evidence yet that the housing bubble may finally be deflating.
www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/07/31/the_coming_housing_crash.php

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Las Vegas marshals ticket 7, arrest 3 amid homeless protests :

City marshals blocked a radio personality from feeding homeless people at a City Hall park Monday, and issued summonses to a television news crew covering a publicity protest against a ban on “mobile soup kitchens.”
www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nevada/2006/jul/31/073110578.html

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Let America be America Again!:

Flash presentation
www.ericblumrich.com/pax.html

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