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Date: 21 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 26114

icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$308,516,478,306

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

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How Washington Goaded Israel

By Stephen Zunes

There is increasing evidence that Israel instigated a disastrous war on Lebanon largely at the behest of the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14642.htm

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Uncomfortable Truths about Israel

By Larry C. Johnson

What would we be saying if Hizbullah kidnapped the Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and launched a daring raid inside Israel to disrupt a U.S. effort to resupply the Israeli Defense Force? We would be up in arms over their provocation and would be convening the UN Security Council to recommend new sanctions. Hell, we’d probably have the National Security Council in session and be ready to dispatch U.S. military forces to help Israel.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14646.htm

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The New Arab World

The Arab nation has passed a threshold, a culture of resistance rising in unity

By Hana Abdul Ilah Al Bayaty

The project for a new Middle East was stillborn and is now buried. There is a democratic renaissance sweeping the Arab world that calls for independence, an Arab Palestine, unity, justice and democracy. It cannot be stopped.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14648.htm

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NeoCons Are Busy Covering Their Asse(t)s

By Shelter from the Storm

If the Vice-President’s relentless push for a new war against Iran succeeds, and oil prices skyrocket to two or three times the previous record, with a resulting collapse of the dollar, it won’t be the Cheneys who suffer.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14644.htm

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U.S. government employs 7.7 million more people than does manufacturing.

Paul Craig Roberts

It is unclear how much longer the world will trade Americans real goods for pieces of paper that the US economy cannot redeem with tradable goods and services.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14645.htm

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Fade to Black: Another Terror Plot Unravels

By Chris Floyd

George W. Bush single handedly foiled the imminent death of thousands of people by using his super-president powers of warrantless wiretapping? (That is how the story is being pitched by Bush minions like the cadaverous Michael Chertoff and the chubby-cheeked enabler of torture Al Gonzales, right?)
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14641.htm

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4 Killed as occupation continues:

U.S. forces killed a 10 year-old boy accidentally on Sunday when they fired at a car approaching their patrol in the northern city of Kirkuk, 250 km (150 miles) north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Monday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM128582.htm

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Gunmen kill four in Iraqi capital :

Unidentified gunmen have killed three soldiers and a civilian in separate drive-by shootings in the war-torn Iraqi capital Baghdad, an interior ministry official has said.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060821/wl_mideast_afp/iraqunrestbaghdad

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Four U.S. servicemen killed in Iraq:

The U.S. military said on Monday four U.S. servicemen had been killed in action in Iraq in the past 24 hours.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L2116970.htm

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Bush Contemplates Rebirth of Dictatorship for Iraq:

The Bush Administration may be looking for an Iraqi Stroessner, or another, more reliable Saddam.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14636.htm

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SAS men get £100,000 to bribe Iraqi fighters:

BRITISH Army officers in Iraq are being handed stashes of up to £100,000 in cash for “operational expenses” without formal controls on how it is spent.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14634.htm

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In case you missed it:

John Pilger: Sinister Events in a Cynical War:

Here are questions that are not being asked about the latest twist of a cynical war. Were explosives and a remote-control detonator found in the car of the two SAS special forces men “rescued” from prison in Basra on 19 September? If true, what were they planning to do with them?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10425.htm

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“I Was a Propaganda Intern in Iraq” :

Fmr. Lincoln Group Intern Describes Paying Iraqi Press to Plant Pro-American Articles Secretly Written by U.S. Military
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14637.htm

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Nine suspected Taleban killed in NATO airstrike:

NATO forces killed around nine suspected Taleban in a ‘precision strike’ in the southern province of Helmand on Sunday, a statement said on Monday
tinyurl.com/k5a5b

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Three Policemen, Five Suspected Taleban Killed in Afghanistan :

A roadside bomb has killed three policemen in southern Afghanistan and an artillery attack by Afghan and NATO forces has killed five suspected Taleban insurgents.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-08-21-voa31.cfm

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U.K. Soldier Killed, Three Injured in Fighting in Afghanistan :

A British soldier has been killed and three others injured during peace-keeping duties in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence in London said.
tinyurl.com/kurmg

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MoD accused of covering up casualty rates:

Defence chiefs have been accused of covering up the number of soldiers injured while fighting Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.
tinyurl.com/knhvo

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Three Hizbollah fighters killed in Israel clash-TV:

Three Hizbollah fighters were killed and four Israeli soldiers were wounded in a clash in south Lebanon on Monday, Al Arabiya television reported.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L2155547.htm

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Senior IDF officers: Hezbollah hostilities liable to restart soon :

Members of the Israel Defense Forces General Staff say that “round two” between Israel and Hezbollah could begin within months or even weeks, probably over the renewal of arms deliveries to the organization from Iran and Syria.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/752773.html

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Israeli Warplanes Roar Over Lebanon:

Lebanon considers overflights a violation of the U.N. resolution that ended 34 days of fighting last week.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=2337020

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Israel puts conditions on peacekeepers:

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that countries which don’t have diplomatic relations with the Jewish state should not participate in the international peacekeeping force that will police a truce along the Lebanese border, his office said.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/4129930.html

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Lebanon will suspend deployment :

Defence Minister Elias Murr has warned that Lebanon would suspend the historic deployment of government troops to Hezbollah’s longtime bastion in the south if Israel continued to breach a five-day-old truce.
tinyurl.com/h4x8m

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UNIFIL troops permitted to open fire on armed Hezbollah militants :

United Nations troops in south Lebanon are authorized to open fire on armed Hezbollah men, a UN spokesman indicated Sunday evening.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/752252.html

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Remove Hezbollah from terror list: MPs:

The Lebanese-based militant group Hezbollah should be removed from Canada’s list of banned terrorist organizations, two Canadian MPs say.
www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2006/08/21/hezbollah-mps.html

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“Crimes against humanity.”:

A delegation of Canadian opposition parliamentarians toured the devastation of southern Lebanon yesterday and slammed Prime Minister Stephen Harper for supporting what two MPs called “crimes against humanity.”
tinyurl.com/l6vj6

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Scientists suspect Israeli arms used in South contain radioactive matter:

The National Council for Scientific Research, said on Sunday that a crater caused by an Israeli munition in Khiam contained “a high degree of unidentified radioactive materials.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14638.htm

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Arab League: Lift closure on Lebanon :

The Arab League foreign ministers who met on Sunday evening for an emergency conference in Cairo decided to call on the United Nations Security Council to pressure Israel into lifting the aerial and naval closure on Lebanon.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3293661,00.html

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Noam Chomsky: UN Security Council acts within constraints set by great powers:

UN Security Council Resolution 1701 came very late and posed a fragile ceasefire, yet there will be another war as long as the Bush-backed Israel has the pretext of “safer borders,” and Bush himself is insisting on going further in his war against terrorism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14640.htm

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US extends $9 billion credit line to Israel:

Bush administration agrees to extend by three-year loan guarantees for Israel given to Israel in 2003; Israel has used USD 4.9 billion of a total USD 9 billion. The Bush administration has agreed to an Israel demand that a loan guarantee deal be extended by an additional three years, until 2011.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14632.htm

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Bush Pledges $230 Million in U.S. Aid to Lebanon:

President Bush pledges the United States will increase its humanitarian and reconstruction aid to Lebanon to $230 million to help the country recover after weeks of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah.
tinyurl.com/kzowl

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Lamont dines with deputy Israeli prime minister:

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont attended a dinner in New York with Israel Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres on Friday night, Lamont’s campaign said.
tinyurl.com/lxbe5

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Israel and the US are still focused on the wrong issues :

Every major political issue – Lebanon, Iraq, radicalism – links back to the festering Israeli-Palestinian conflict
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1854581,00.html

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25% of Palestinian MPs detained by Israel :

Since June, Israel has arrested 49 senior Hamas officials, including the 33 parliamentarians, as an extra bargaining chip in the prisoner exchange negotiations, which are being conducted by Egyptian mediators.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14643.htm

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Iran Says It Won’t Stop Enrichment:

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that Tehran will continue to pursue nuclear technology, despite a U.N. Security Council deadline to suspend uranium enrichment by the end of the month or face the threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=2337100

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Iran’s Military Exercise and Apocalyptic Plans for Israel and World:

[Ed Note:- Debka is considered by many to be a disinformation arm of the Israeli secret service. This item should be viewed with some skepticism ]
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14639.htm

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President May Take Military Action Against Iran In 12-18 Months :

The mid- to long-term fallout from Israel-Hezbollah conflict could be a good thing because it may prompt Bush to take military action against Iran. Watch it:
thinkprogress.org/2006/08/20/gerecht-iran

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3 Minute video: Interview With Iranian Joint Chief Of Staff:

Brigadier General Abdolrahim Mousavi speaks about Iranian defense and the possibility of a U.S. Attack on Iran.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14647.htm

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The Coming Conflict:

Oil and gas supplies are becoming scarcer and more expensive. The hunt for the world’s remaining resources is creating new alliances and the danger of fresh conflicts. China is moving aggressively to sate its growing appetite for energy, potentially setting up a confrontation with the United States for the dwindling resources of the Middle East and Africa.
tinyurl.com/hss28

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The Global Battle for Natural Resources:

The global economy is booming, and experts predict it will stay healthy. But competition for natural resources will change the balance of power among the world’s nations as a new age of conflicts over energy begins.
tinyurl.com/jod9z

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‘Bomb plot’ charges announced :

Eleven of the 24 people arrested in connection with the alleged aircraft bomb plot are to face charges, the Crown Prosecution Service announced today.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14635.htm

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Police hit out at FBI over leaks :

Anti-terror police in Britain have made an angry request to their US counterparts asking them to stop leaking details of this month’s suspected bomb plot over fears that it could jeopardise the chances of a successful prosecution and hamper the gathering of evidence.
observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,,1854503,00.html

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Judge tosses one charge in Padilla “terror case”:

A federal judge on Monday threw out one count in the terror indictment against alleged al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla and his co-defendants, concluding that it improperly repeated other charges in the same document.
www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/15326872.htm

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CIA’s secret UK bank trawl may be illegal :

US effort to track jihadist money transfers faces inquiry over privacy
www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,,1854813,00.html

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Anger as ‘mob’ forces Muslim men off aircraft :

The men were forced to leave the flight after fellow passengers wrongly suspected them of being terrorists. Several people on board flight ZB 613 from Malaga to Manchester demanded their removal.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14633.htm

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Peace Activist Forced to Change T-Shirt Bearing Arabic Script Before Boarding Plane at JFK:

Iraqi blogger and activist Raed Jarrar was not allowed to board a flight at JFK airport because he was wearing a T-Shirt that said “We will not be silent” in English and Arabic.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/21/1348224

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‘Spot’ teams to spy on passengers:

The “behaviour detection squads” will patrol terminals to monitor the gestures, conversations and facial expressions of passengers. One of their aims will be to spot those who may be concealing fear or anxiety.
www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,176-2320784,00.html

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Air Marshals Across Country Warn Passengers Aren’t Safe:

Federal air marshals across the country are telling 7NEWS that airline passengers’ safety has been compromised and managers lied to Congress to cover it up
www.thedenverchannel.com/news/9552850/detail.html?taf=den

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Slightly racist?:

Texas Sheriffs Say Terrorists Entering US from Mexico:

The chief law enforcement officers of several Texas counties along the southern U.S. border warn that Arabic-speaking individuals are learning Spanish and integrating into Mexican culture before paying smugglers to sneak them into the United States.
tinyurl.com/kk3dr

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CIA allegedly abducted Muslims in Austria :

The CIA abducted at least two Muslims residents in Austria, including one with links to a former imam in Italy who was similarly abducted, Profil magazine reported in its Monday edition
tinyurl.com/fgth6

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Date: 20 August 2006

Redrawing The Middle East Map

Ralph Peters
Armed Forces Journal

How a new Middle East would look.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14626.htm

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The 155th Victim

By Uri Avnery

It has to be said aloud: every one of the 154 Israeli dead of Lebanon War II (until the cease-fire) died for the settlers on the Golan Heights.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14629.htm

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After Lebanon, Israel is looking for more wars

By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth

Israel regards the “home front” — its civilian population — as its Achilles’ heel in the army’s oppression of the Palestinians in the occupied territories, its intermittent invasions of south Lebanon, and its planned attacks further afield.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14628.htm

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Amateur Warlords

By Eric Margolis

Bush, Cheney, Blair – and now Olmert – have demonstrated they have no grasp of military affairs.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14627.htm

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Around 90 killed in bloody Afghan weekend:

Around 90 people died in a series of weekend clashes between troops and “Taliban insurgents “in Afghanistan, including more than 70 rebels killed in a battle in the south and four US soldiers
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060820/wl_asia_afp/afghanistanunrest

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British soldier killed, 3 others wounded in S. Afghanistan :

One ISAF soldier was killed and three others injured on Sunday in the southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, ISAF said in a statement, while British media confirmed the soldiers are all Britons.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-08/21/content_4985381.htm

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Final Death toll is 322 killed, injured in armed attacks in Baghdad:

Iraqi Health Ministry said on Sunday that the final death toll in armed attacks which targeted thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims in the Iraqi capital has risen to 322 killed and injured.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=897995

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Violence kills 14 as U.S. occupation continues.

Gunmen killed seven people, including two brothers in the local police force, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KHA039121.htm

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Our foreign policy is just plain wrong :

The relationship between Mr Bush and Mr Blair has done untold damage both at home and abroad
observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1854244,00.html

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Heading toward an (inevitable) war in Kirkuk:

Continued US inaction most likely will lead to civil conflict between Kurds and others in the oil-rich northern Iraqi area and possible outside intervention, top expert says
www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=51943

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Beirut fury at ‘ceasefire breach’ :

Lebanese PM Fouad Siniora has accused Israel of a “naked violation” of the five-day-old ceasefire, after a raid by Israeli commandos deep inside Lebanon.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5266688.stm

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Israel’s raid in the Bekaa Valley :

The BBC’s John Leyne, who visited the scene of the attack, said the Israelis seemed to have run into much fiercer resistance than they anticipated before they were extracted by helicopter.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5268870.stm

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Israel defiant on Lebanon raid, prepares for ‘next round’ :

Israel warned that it would keep up raids against Hezbollah to prevent the Shiite militia from getting weapons from abroad and said it would prepare for the “next round” of war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14631.htm

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Israelis lose faith in government as war with Hezbollah ends:

Hava Mendelovich returned to her damaged apartment in this scarred border town this week to clean up the wreckage left by a Hezbollah rocket, but it wasn’t only her home that was a shambles. Her faith in the government was shattered.
www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/news/world/15309460.htm

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RAF top guns and Navy frigate set for war zone as pact

A Ministry of Defence source said British ground troops would not be joining the 13,000-strong UN peacekeeping force because we are too “heavily involved” in Iraq and Afghanistan.
tinyurl.com/o66pm

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Pakistanis find no evidence against ‘terror mastermind’:

The Briton alleged to be the ‘mastermind’ behind the airline terror plot could be innocent of any significant involvement, sources close to the investigation claim.
tinyurl.com/pneun

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Pardons are forever: Prediction:

Before leaving office, President Bush will issue a shockingly large number of presidential pardons to operatives who, with the administration’s blessing, ventured far outside the law to wage Bush’s “war on terror
www.thephoenix.com/article_ektid20431.aspx

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Date: 19 August 2006

Correction

I included the following headline in yesterdays newsletter (08/18/06)

“The timing is political” – By Craig Murry – One of the alleged terrorists had made a bomb.

This item should have read “None of the alleged terrorists had made a bomb.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14608.htm

I apologize for the error.

Peace and Joy

Tom Feeley

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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 2607

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$308,143,450,526

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

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“Honor First”; The Liberation of Lebanon

By Mike Whitney

The coverage of the Lebanon fiasco in the Israeli media is alternately narcissistic and hysterical. The details of the massive destruction to Lebanon’s civil infrastructure and environment are brushed aside as inconsequential; the 1,300 civilian deaths, irrelevant.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14620.htm

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“We Were forgotten”

7 Minute Video

“The world must hear our story”

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www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14616.htm

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A land reduced to rubble

By Robert Fisk

‘These places now look like French villages did after German bombardment during the First World War’
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14624.htm

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Israel: A State built on lies

By Punyapriya Dasgupta

Israel has a history not only of trying to cover up its massacres of harmless civilians but of downright lying to camouflage every one of its dark designs. It goes back to the beginning of political Zionism and its “spiritual father”, Theodore Herzl (1860-1904)
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14621.htm

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Saved again, thank the Lord, saved again

The Anti-Empire Report

By William Blum

It is likely that the individuals arrested in the UK August 10 are guilty of what George Orwell, in 1984, called “thoughtcrimes”. That is to say, they haven’t actually DONE anything. At most, they’ve THOUGHT about doing something the government would label “terrorism”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14619.htm

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The Constitution: Checking a Would-Be King

By Ray McGovern

When questioned about the legality of President Bush’s eavesdropping program on May 8, the widely respected Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, who was director of the National Security Agency (NSA) when the FISA law was passed (and later deputy director of the CIA), said: “There clearly was a line in the FISA statutes which says you couldn’t do this … There was even an extra sentence put in the bill that said, ‘You can’t do anything that is not authorized by this bill.’”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14622.htm

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Iraq: At least 18 killed as U.S. Occupation grinds on:

Gunmen killed at least 12 civilians in Baquba and nearby towns including two university professors, students and farmers
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KHA927262.htm

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7 Shia pilgrims gunned down in Baghdad:

Seven pilgrims heading to a major Shia religious gathering were shot dead in a Sunni neighbourhood, while a vehicle ban aimed at preventing attacks during two days of ceremonies emptied Baghdad’s streets Saturday.
www.thedailystar.net/2006/08/20/d608201308123.htm

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Iranian Shells Land in Kurdish Villages in Northern Iraq, Killing 2:

Artillery shells fired from Iran have landed in remote northern villages of Iraqi Kurdistan in the past four days and have killed at least two civilians and wounded four others, a senior Kurdish official said Saturday. Dozens of families have fled the region.
fairuse.100webcustomers.com/sf/nyt8_20_06.htm

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U.S. occupation soldier killed in Iraq:

An American occupation forces soldier was killed in combat Saturday in Anbar province, the stronghold of the Sunni Arab insurgency west of Baghdad, the U.S. military announced
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060819/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_us_casualties

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U.S. Officer: Murder Of Iraqi Women And Children Routine:

The Marine officer who commanded the battalion involved in the Haditha killings last November did not consider the deaths of 24 Iraqis, many of them women and children, unusual and did not initiate an inquiry, according to a sworn statement he gave to military investigators in March.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14618.htm

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Iraqi Kids Imprisoned, U.S. Official Says:

The U.S.-led coalition is ignoring innocent children being held and sometimes abused in Iraqi juvenile prisons, a State Department official says.
tinyurl.com/o2v4m

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In a world gone crazy:

Bush: Troops in Iraq Make America Safer:

The president says he is determined to keep U.S. troops in Iraq as he says it is better to fight terrorists abroad than to fight them at home.
www.redbolivia.com/noticias/News%20in%20English/23961.html

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Left-wingers rally behind Prescott to demand Blair quits over Iraq :

Demands for Tony Blair to quit over his support for US President George W Bush in the Middle East are to be taken to Labour’s annual conference next month in a direct challenge to his leadership by left-wing Labour campaigners.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article1220294.ece

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Australia: ‘War on terror’ could last 50 yrs: Costello:

Federal Treasurer Peter Costello has said Australians must steel themselves for the fact the “war on terror” could continue for longer than the Cold War.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200608/s1719116.htm

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The De-Zionization of the American Mind :

Americans are constantly told that they have to defend themselves against people who “hate them”, but without understanding why they are hated. Is the cause our secular democracy? Our appetite for oil?
tinyurl.com/mht3c

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Four US occupation troops, two Afghans killed in Afghanistan violence:

Another six US troops were wounded in two separate clashes in the country’s east and south — areas which see the worst of the resistance launched by anti-occupation forces after the Taliban was toppled from government in 2001.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=138298

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Israel Committed to Block Arms and Kill Nasrallah :

Despite a cease-fire agreement, Israel intends to do its best to keep Iran and Syria from rearming Hezbollah and to kill the militia’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, said a senior Israeli commander.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14625.htm

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Israel Attack Violates Ceasefire:

Lebanon called the raid a “flagrant violation” of the U.N.-brokered cease-fire – Witnesses said Israeli missiles also destroyed a bridge during the raid in what would be the first such airstrike since the cease-fire took effect Monday
www.kfmb.com/stories/story.60465.html

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Annan: Baalbek operation is violation of cease-fire :

U.S. declines to condemn operation.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/752201.html

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Israeli soldier killed in Lebanon raid:

Hezbollah fighters battled Israeli commandos who landed near the militants’ stronghold deep inside Lebanon early Saturday, killing one soldier, in the first apparent large-scale violation of the U.N.-brokered cease-fire between the sides.
tinyurl.com/oor9v

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Alarm as Lebanese army urged to resist Israel:

AN INTERNAL Lebanese army statement has called for troops to stand “alongside your resistance and your people who astonished the world with its steadfastness and destroyed the prestige of the so-called invincible army after it was defeated”.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2006/08/19/1155408071409.html?from=top5

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UN chief slams Europeans for undermining UNIFIL :

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has criticized European member states for failing to send troops to expand the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) as mandated under Resolution 1701.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/752252.html

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Robert Fisk: No wonder the UN can’t find volunteers :

Israel is keen to see the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1559 and 1701, which demand the disarmament of Hizbollah – an organisation which Israel so dismally failed to disarm over the past six weeks after wrecking Lebanon and slaughtering more than a thousand Lebanese civilians.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14623.htm

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The fight reflex :

With the ceasefire, the guerrillas are returning to what is left of their homes in Lebanon. But for some, the next battle can’t come too soon
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1853691,00.html

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One in Ten Israeli Tanks Destroyed By Hezbollah :

The high toll of the war on Israel’s Armored Corps was a shock to top military brass, especially given the fact that Hezbollah has no tanks.
jta.org/page_view_breaking_story.asp?intid=4244

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Chavez: Lebanon destroyed by genocidal hand of Israel:

Venezuelan president announces nationwide fundraising drive to raise money for rebuilding Lebanon and for Palestinians; calls Lebanese ‘heroic people’
www.ynetnews.com/articles/1,7340,L-3292976,00.html

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US names spy operations ‘manager’ for Cuba, Venezuela: ;

The United States has named a special “manager” for its intelligence operations against Cuba and Venezuela, in effect putting the two Latin American nations on a par with “axis of evil” states confronted on multiple levels by the administration of President George W Bush.
www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1048118&CatID=9

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Chavez: Venezuela Captured 4 U.S Spies :

President Hugo Chavez said Friday that Venezuela has caught four people spying for the U.S. government and has turned them over to the Americans.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6025171,00.html

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Tape revives Mexican conspiracy theory:

Recording backs losing presidential candidate’s claim of plot against him
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/4127685.html

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Bolivia’s nationalisation plans in trouble :

The government remains eager to make sure the country’s poor benefit from the nation’s natural resources. But the government has also admitted setbacks.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4801233.stm

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Death fall link to ‘CIA kidnap’ :

Rome Prosecutors suspect that the apparent suicide of Italia Telecom’s head of security is linked to his helping police to investigate whether members of the Italian secret service colluded with CIA agents in the abduction in Milan of a man accused of terrorism.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2282531,00.html

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Two Strange Deaths in European Wiretapping Scandal:

European investigators are tracking the mysterious deaths of two security experts who had uncovered extensive spyware in their telecommunications firms
www.alternet.org/story/40485

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In case you missed it:

Wiretapping Found at French, German, UK EU Offices :

The countries targeted were France, Germany, Britain, Italy, Spain and Austria, the officials said.
www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0319-09.htm

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Fact or fiction?: ‘

Zawahiri kin behind UK terror plot’:

A son-in-law of Al-Qaeda number two Ayman Al-Zawahiri is believed to be the mastermind of the terrorist plot to blow up US-bound flights from UK, according to Pakistani intelligence sources.
www.hindustantimes.com/2006/Aug/19/181_1772253,001302420000.htm

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War in Lebanon may improve chances for sanctions on Iran :

Senior officials in the United States and Israel believe the sanctions will include restrictions on senior Iranian figures, and that an effort will be made to avoid, at least initially, measures that harm the populace directly.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/752254.html

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Iran stages massive war games:

Iranian armed forces held a massive military manoeuvre yesterday to test new weapons and tactics against a potential enemy, state television reported.
tinyurl.com/raysh

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Ahmadinejad roadshow seduces an adoring public :

Eyewitness report: Iran’s president arrives on a US-made helicopter – an evangelist from the sky
www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,,1853705,00.html

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The Logic of Suicide Terrorism:

It’s the occupation, not the fundamentalism
www.amconmag.com/2005_07_18/article.html

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In case you missed it:

Video: Paradise Now:

The years most insightful and unvarnished look at the motivations of terrorism
informationclearinghouse.info/article12978.htm

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Law strips Hicks of UK citizenship in hours:

DAVID Hicks was secretly made a British citizen inside his Guantanamo Bay cell last month, but spent only hours as an Englishman before his status was stripped from him
www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/08/19/1155408075077.html?from=top5

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I.R.S. Enlists Help in Collecting Delinquent Taxes :

If you owe back taxes to the federal government, the next call asking you to pay may come not from an Internal Revenue Service officer, but from a private debt collector.
tinyurl.com/rgd4n

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Date: 17 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 2597

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$305,969,558,884

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

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The real threat we face is Blair

By John Pilger

Who doesn’t believe that 52 Londoners would be alive today had the Prime Minister refused to join Bush in his piratical attack on Iraq? A parliamentary committee has said as much, as have MI5, the Foreign Office, Chatham House and the polls.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14590.htm

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Bush Is Crap, Says UK’s Deputy Prime Minister

By Colin Brown, Deputy Political Editor

John Prescott has given vent to his private feelings about the Bush presidency, summing up George Bush’s administration in a single word: crap.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14588.htm

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Every airport traveller ‘will be fingerprinted’

Airport biometric procedures to be extended after alleged terror plot

BY GERRI PEEV

“As we face the threat of mass murder we have to accept that the rights of the individual that we enjoy must, and will be, balanced with the collective right of security and the protection of life and limb that our citizens demand.” – JOHN REID, THE HOME SECRETAR.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14596.htm

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Lebanon’s pain grows by the hour as death toll hits 1,300

By Robert Fisk

Across Lebanon, they are systematically lifting the tons of rubble of old roofs and apartment blocks and finding families below, their arms wrapped around each other in the moment of death as their homes were beaten down upon them by the Israeli air force.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14589.htm

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From Mania to Depression

By Uri Avnery

The brain-washing by the military commentators and the ex-generals, who dominated the media at the time, has turned the foolish—I would almost say “criminal”—operation into a rousing victory parade. The decision of the political leadership to stop it is now being seen by many as an act of defeatist, spineless, corrupt and even treasonous politicians.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14600.htm

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Iraq: At least 27 killed as U.S. occupation grinds on:

Nine civilians, including three brothers, were assassinated in separate attacks in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L17730627.htm

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Car bomb kills 10 in Baghdad ;

U.S. officials confirmed that the number of roadside bombs directed against U.S. and Iraqi forces had increased sharply, dramatizing the threat posed by the Sunni-led insurgency despite attention directed to sectarian violence in the capital.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2006-08-17-sadr-bombing_x.htm

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US charges Marine Corps officer in Iraq assaults:

The U.S. military has charged a Marine Corps officer with assaulting three Iraqi civilians in a town west of Baghdad in April, the Marines said on Wednesday.
tinyurl.com/pbxxv

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Thanks Joe Darby:

The pictures of naked men cowering before guard dogs or arranged in a pig pile in front of two smiling American guards shocked the world. If not for one American soldier, we may never have seen them.
www.thanksjoedarby.com/?page_id=2

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One Day in Iraq, One Lifetime to Recover:

April 4 was Smith’s first and only day in Iraq. The Army private from Brookfield, N.Y., was returning from a shooting range when the Humvee he was riding in struck a roadside bomb. The explosion took both of his legs from the knee down and nearly killed him.
www.newhouse.com/archive/gifford081706.html

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US kills 12 Afghan police:

A bomb dropped by a U.S. warplane in occupied Afghanistan killed 12 border police on Thursday and wounded two more, a provincial governor said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14593.htm

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Eight anti-occupation forces killed in Afghanistan:

Eight “militants” were killed in Afghanistan after they attacked soldiers of the US-led international military coalition, a coalition statement said on Thursday.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/7598_1770408,000500020005.htm

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Occupied Afghanistan: Soldier killed in mine blast:

A coalition soldier was killed in southeastern Afghanistan when his vehicle struck a Soviet-era mine, U.S. military officials said in a statement Thursday.
www.washtimes.com/upi/20060817-121248-4035r.htm

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CIA contractor guilty in Afghan torture / assault:

Prisoner died following beating with flashlight during interrogation
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14377265/

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Video: Israeli bombs Palestinian home, kills two :

An Israeli aircraft fired a missile into a house in the southern Gaza Strip, killing a Palestinian militant and his father
tinyurl.com/lrejz

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Palestinian killed by Israeli army in Gaza:

Israeli troops have shot dead a Palestinian near the Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, medical sources have said.
tinyurl.com/lk4sq

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Abbas says reached deal with militants on “calm”:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday armed groups had agreed to stop firing rockets into Israel from Gaza, but militants said such a move would be dependent on Israel halting its offensive.
tinyurl.com/pjere

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George Bisharat : Gaza: The disengagement is actually formaldehyde:

Israel still controls the entry and exit of people and goods into the region, patrols its coast and airspace, oversees its water, fuel, electric utilities, and sewage, and enters it with military forces at will. Under international law, “effective control” determines whether a territory is occupied.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14599.htm

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Palestinian diplomat: Gilad Shalit to be released within days:

A Palestinian diplomat said in a visit to Moscow that the kidnapped soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit “is expected to be released within days in exchange for the release of 600 Palestinian prisoners.”
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3292619,00.html

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Compromise Will Allow Hezbollah to Keep Arms:

Breaking an impasse, the Lebanese government on Wednesday ordered army troops to deploy across southern Lebanon under a compromise arrangement that allows the Hezbollah militia to retain some of its arms caches near the border with Israel.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14594.htm

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Israel threatens to resume Lebanon operation:

The Israeli warning comes in reaction to reports in the Israeli media that Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Sinora reached a deal with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah allowing the militant group to retain its weapons but to refrain from exhibiting them in public.
www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=3&art_id=qw1155723302649B253

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Israel: Minister Rafi Eitan: Impossible to Uproot Hizbullah :

He emphasized that Iran is behind Hizbullah and that Tehran wants to provoke an attack on its nuclear facilities so it will have an excuse to try to destroy Israel.
www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=110196

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“Look What You’ve Done!”:

AIPAC Congratulates Itself on the Slaughter in Lebanon
www.counterpunch.org/walsh08162006.html

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The Day After / How we suffered a knockout:

Bint Jbail will turn into a symbol of the second Lebanon war. For the Hezbollah fighters it will be remembered as their Stalingrad, and for us it will be a painful reminder of the IDF’s defeat.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/750990.html

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Now recriminations begin in Israel:

The failure of the Lebanon campaign may destroy the Kadima party and its leader
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,6-2316298,00.html

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World Council of Churches: Israel planned to destroy Lebanon:

Israel’s assault on Lebanon was planned even before Hizbullah attacked and was aimed at driving a wedge between the different faiths that have been living in harmony in the country, a delegation from the World Council of Churches said on their return from a visit to Beirut and Jerusalem.
tinyurl.com/m4xho

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Hollywood stars blast Nasrallah:

Heads of the film industry in Hollywood and prominent movie stars have signed a statement blaming Hamas and Hizbullah for terror activities in the Middle East, the war in Lebanon, and for harming innocents.
tinyurl.com/q3agc

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Video: Mosaic:

Uncensored News Reports From Across The Middle East:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14598.htm

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Stephen Lendman : Venezuela Leading the Race For the UN Security Council Seat :

Chavez is committed to building an alternative to the neoliberal Washington consensus and is undeterred by the power and threats against him by his dominant northern neighbor that wants Venezuela marginalized in the region and President Chavez ousted and replaced by someone willing to serve the interests of capital.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14595.htm

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Ditch US in terror war, say 80pc of Britons :

A majority of British people wants the Government to adopt an even more “aggressive” foreign policy to combat international terrorism, according to an opinion poll conducted after the arrests of 24 terrorism suspects last week.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14597.htm

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UK: Reid looks at blocking websites in battle against terrorism:

Ministers considered “positive profiling” of passengers, carried out before flights, based on “biometric identifiers” such as iris scans or fingerprints.
tinyurl.com/lzpob

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“Terrorism” suspect released:

Scotland Yard said last night a person arrested as part of its investigation into an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic jetliners has been released.
www.edmontonsun.com/News/World/2006/08/17/1760103-sun.html

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Prescott lets slip that some suspects won’t face serious charges:

John Prescott let slip yesterday that some of the 24 people arrested last week over the alleged transatlantic terror plot will not face serious charges.
tinyurl.com/f82jn

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Police state America?: King endorses ethnic profiling:

Declaring that airport screeners shouldn’t be hampered by “political correctness,” House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King has endorsed requiring people of “Middle Eastern and South Asian” descent to undergo additional security checks because of their ethnicity and religion.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14592.htm

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Terror cases unravel; ethnic profiling alleged:

The perception of a national security threat, aired on cable news channels throughout the weekend, is unraveling, leading the FBI and at least one prosecutor to back off and provoking a storm of protest from Muslim-American groups who allege ethnic profiling.
tinyurl.com/mke56

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Behavior detection officers search more than bags at airports

Taking a page from Israeli airport security, the transportation agency has been experimenting with this new squad, whose members do not look for bombs, guns or knives. Instead, the assignment is to find anyone with evil intent.
tinyurl.com/gy837

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Federal judge nixes warrantless surveillance:

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency’s program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy as well as the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution.
tinyurl.com/qrxrj

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Chertoff discusses new security measure:

Airlines will soon be required to give the government passenger lists for all U.S.-bound international flights before takeoff, the nation’s homeland security chief said Wednesday.
tinyurl.com/n5lvj

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Bush hopes terror war trumps Iraq in ‘06:

As Republicans struggle to keep control of Congress, each new headline that relates some sign of progress in battling terrorism – President Bush’s strongest issue – is a boon.
www.csmonitor.com/2006/0817/p03s03-uspo.html

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In case you missed it:

Video: Noam Chomsky: Manufacturing Consent: :

How government and big media businesses cooperate to produce an effective propaganda machine in order to manipulate the opinions of the United States populace.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12972.htm

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Arms firm’s £60m slush fund :

Files have been seized by Ministry of Defence police alleging corruption on a massive scale by Britain’s biggest arms firm, BAE Systems. Payments totalling more than £60m to prominent Saudis are listed, a far greater amount than has been previously alleged.
www.guardian.co.uk/armstrade/story/0,10674,1209014,00.html

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Oliver Stone, 9/11, and the Big Lie :

The Big Lie, first coined by Adolf Hitler in his 1925 autobiography Mein Kampf,was made famous by Joseph Goebbels, propaganda minister for the Third Reich. The idea was simple enough: Tell a whopper (the larger the better) often enough and most people will come to accept it as the truth.
www.commondreams.org/views06/0816-33.htm

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Terror Against Its Own Population:

The White House manipulated the reports of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about the air quality in the environment of Ground Zero after the attacks and thus exposed all the relief workers, residents and employees in south Manhattan to extreme health risks.
portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/08/344173.shtml

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Date: 18 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 2604

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$307,738,055,579

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

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Bush Must Negotiate to Make America Safer, Say Former Generals

By Aaron Glantz

Twenty-one former generals and high ranking national security officials have called on United States President George W. Bush to reverse course and embrace a new area of negotiation with Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. In a letter released Thursday, the group told reporters Bush’s ‘hard line’ policies have undermined national security and made America less safe.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14614.htm

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The army is back, but don’t expect it to disarm Hizbollah

By Robert Fisk

Now you see them, now you don’t. Hizbollah weapons? None to be seen. And none to be collected by the Lebanese army. For when this august body of men crossed the Litani river yesterday, their officers made it perfectly clear that it would not be the army’s job to disarm the Hizbollah. Nor was anyone in Lebanon surprised.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14602.htm

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“Mass murder on an unbelievable scale”

The timing is political

By Craig Murry

One of the alleged terrorists had made a bomb. None had bought a plane ticket. Many did not have passports. It could be pretty difficult to convince a jury that these individuals were about to go through with suicide bombings, whatever they bragged about on the net.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14608.htm

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Why Do We Hate Them?

By Jason Miller

Western corporate media shamelessly serve the Neocons by perpetuating a virtually endless cycle of hatred and violence. They incite and feed Islamophobia and they fabricate a plethora of false justifications for the malevolent actions of Israel and the United States. But then in a fascist nation, corporations are wedded with the state, militarism is the state’s primary focus, scapegoats and enemies are essential, and the function of the Fourth Estate is to provide the propaganda to control the masses.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14603.htm

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Why Democracies evolve into Dictatorships

By James Cooke

Liberal commentators continue to respond with hysterics or dumfoundedness at the ability of Conservatives to destroy civil liberties while thus far waging three preemptive wars (yes Lebanon is a U.S. war). It should have been clear by now— with the media and Democrats suppressing or supporting the most blatant atrocities engineered by the Republicans— that larger forces are at play.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14605.htm

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Why America Needs Hezbollah

By Ted Rall

Who cares if Hezbollah is a State Department-designated terrorist organization? Unlike our worthless government, it gets things done!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14604.htm

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10 killed as violence hits restive Iraq province :

On Thursday, six people were killed in a string of shootings in and around Baquba.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060818/wl_mideast_afp/iraqunrestbaquba

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At least 7 Killed in another day of violent occupation:

Three men were killed in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, including one believed to be a member of the Kurdish Peshmerga militia, Colonel Karin Khalef said.
today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=L18816288

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First female suicide bomber attack kills at least 7 in Iraq:

At least seven were killed and more than another 20 wounded, including civilians and military personnel, al-Dar said. The US and Iraqi military did not specify the number of casualties inflicted upon their forces in this attack.
tinyurl.com/fe65b

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Iran shells Iraq’s northern frontier :

Scores of Kurds have fled their homes in the northern frontier region after four days of shelling by the Iranian army. Local officials said Turkey had also fired a number of shells into Iraqi territory.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1852843,00.html

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Iraqi govt announces two-day vehicle ban in Baghdad:

The Iraqi government announced a two-day vehicle ban in parts of Baghdad starting on Friday night as thousands of Shi’ites converged on the capital to mark the martyrdom of a revered 8th century Imam.
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2329297

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Tampering With Evidence Is Possible In Haditha, Rape – Murder Case:

It has been known that Marines who carried out the killings made false statements to investigators and that senior officers were criticized for not being more aggressive in investigating the case, in which most or all of the Iraqis who were killed were civilians. But this is the first time details about possible concealment or destruction of evidence have been disclosed.
www.theday.com/re.aspx?re=89c93e84-5615-4584-bf69-0a3f8c4d6f27

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‘Staying the Course’ In Iraq Would Increase Deficit By $1.3 Trillion Over Next Decade :

A phased withdrawal would save $416 billion on the deficit over the next four years and $1.28 trillion over the next decade. On the other hand, a strategy of “stay the course” will increase the deficit by $313 billion over the next four years and $1.3 trillion over the next decade.
thinkprogress.org/2006/08/17/iraq-deficit/

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All-night queues as Baghdad runs out of petrol :

Iraq has the third largest oil reserves in the world but yesterday drivers were forming mile-long queues outside petrol stations, knowing that they would spend the night in their cars before they could fill up.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/08/18/wirq18.xml

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16 killed as Afghan president condemns U.S. airstrike :

President Hamid Karzai condemned a U.S. airstrike Thursday that Afghan officials said killed 10 border policemen. Sixteen other people died in violence around the country, including an American soldier slain by a Soviet-era land mine.
tinyurl.com/huna3

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Coalition soldier killed in occupied Afghanistan :

A coalition solider was killed and another injured in the eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, coalition forces said in a press release on Friday.
english.people.com.cn/200608/18/eng20060818_294571.html

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Lebanon: The stench of death awaits people returning:

Behind a destroyed school, Nabil Chrara sat on a pile of rocks, crying his heart out as he watched a tractor dig up the bodies of four members of his family. “They refused to leave the house,” he said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14606.htm

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UN scrambles for troops after Paris disappoints:

U.N. officials scrambled to put together a beefed-up peacekeeping force for southern Lebanon on Thursday after France sent planning into a tailspin by offering only a token number of troops.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=1208002006

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Lebanon army reaches Israel border:

Villagers throwing rice and Hezbollah supporters holding banners have welcomed the country’s army to the south after a nearly 40-year absence.
tinyurl.com/kmta2

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Uncensored News Reports From Across The Middle East:

Hezbollah Supporters Answer their Critics – Jumblat Sharply Criticizes Assad – Future TV, Lebanon – NBN TV, Lebanon – Israel’s Military Morale in Jeopardy – IBA TV, Israel
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14611.htm

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Hizbollah stumps up cash for Lebanese war victims:

Hizbollah handed out bundles of cash on Friday to people whose homes were wrecked by Israeli bombing, consolidating the Iranian-backed group’s support among Lebanon’s Shi’ites and embarrassing the Beirut government.
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2330564

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US tries to counter Hizbollah rebuilding efforts:

Concerned that Hizbollah has an early advantage in rebuilding shattered south Lebanon, the Bush administration is trying to speed up aid and encouraging Arab states to step in quickly, U.S. officials said this week.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060817/wl_nm/mideast_usa_rebuilding_dc_1

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Hizbullah has achieved what Arab states only dreamed of :

The sixth Arab-Israeli war, as some have called it, has ended in the first real setback for Israel’s deterrent power
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14601.htm

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Israeli occupation troops kill three Palestinian resistance fighters:

Israeli occupation soldiers have killed two Palestinians in the West Bank, after a standoff there, and a third Palestinian in Gaza.
tinyurl.com/jbcho

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Israel to expropriate 275 acres near Hebron:

The Israeli government issued a military order on Thursday to expropriate some 275 acres of farmlands that belong to Palestinian farmers near Hebron, Palestinian sources reported.
tinyurl.com/huna3

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Israel: Olmert to be investigated for alleged benefits in apartment deal:

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his wife, Aliza, will soon be summoned for questioning by the State Comptroller’s Office on suspicion of receiving benefits worth some half a million dollars.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/751449.html

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Israeli Justice Minister Ramon to be tried on indecent assault charges:

Attorney General Menachem Mazuz decided Thursday to indict Justice Minister Haim Ramon on charges of indecently assaulting a female employee in his office.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/751816.html

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In case you missed it:

Charges of sexual harassment swirl around Israeli president :

Israel’s president is being dogged by allegations of sexual harassment, and the spiraling scandal has pushed the country’s violent standoff with Hamas over a kidnapped soldier off the front pages.
web.israelinsider.com/Articles/Politics/8850.htm

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Labour agrees: Bush is crap :

The Independent asked a group of Labour MPs what they though of John Prescott’s outburst
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article1220089.ece

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Iran To Launch Large-Scale Military Maneuvers:

State television quoted army deputy commander General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani as saying that the upcoming maneuvers “aim at introducing Iran’s new defensive doctrine.”
tinyurl.com/fjgyw

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Cheney receiving suspect briefings :

Intelligence officials doubt Iran uranium claims
www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Intelligence_officials_doubt_Iran_uranium_claims_0818.html

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Former Iranian President Says US Should Not Confront Iran on Nuclear Issue :

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in Tehran Friday he hopes the United States has learned enough and will not enter a new conflict which would unsettle the Middle East region.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-08-18-voa32.cfm

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Iran is going to satisfy 30%-50% of Europe’s gas demand:

Iran and Turkey have agreed to jointly finance a number of energy projects
www.regnum.ru/english/690489.html

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Ex-Bolivia President:US Won’t Clarify His Missile Scandal Role:

Bolivia’s former president says Washington is refusing to clarify that he had nothing to do with the secret removal of anti-aircraft missiles to U.S. soil – an incident that has him facing treason charges under Bolivia’s new leftist government.
tinyurl.com/ee698

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Sources: U.K. terror plot suspect forced to talk:

Rauf allegedly taken to Pakistan-Afghan border to point out training camps
msnbc.msn.com/id/14398423

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Mass murder in the skies: was the plot feasible?:

Were these guys for real, or have they, and the counterterrorist officials supposedly protecting us, been watching too many action movies?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14607.htm

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Be skeptical … be very skeptical:

Wild stories of new plots in the making are in circulation. The latest was the “breaking news” regarding the emergency landing of an aircraft in Boston on Wednesday due to the tantrums of an “unruly” woman passenger. Last weekend, Michigan police locked up three hapless Palestinian-Americans for allegedly plotting an act of terrorism. The three “terrorists” were caught red-handed purchasing 80 cell phones from a Wal-Mart store.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14609.htm

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Alleged Crazy woman wrote anti Bush column :

There are new details emerging about a Vermont woman’s bizarre behavior that forced a trans-Atlantic flight to be diverted to Logan Airport Wednesday.
cbs4boston.com/topstories/local_story_229090749.html

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UK: Ryanair threatens government over airport security :

Michael O’Leary, the outspoken chief executive of Ryanair, described the new restrictions as “farcical Keystone Cops security measures that don’t add anything except to block up airports”, as he issued the ultimatum.
www.guardian.co.uk/airlines/story/0,,1853247,00.html

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‘Jihad Jack’ conviction quashed :

An appeal court in Australia has quashed the conviction of a man known as Jihad Jack, who was convicted of receiving funds from al-Qaeda.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5262114.stm

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The CIA Torture Loophole:

U.S. soldiers testified that Passaro kicked Wali in the groin and repeatedly beat him, at times with a metal flashlight, over a period of two days. Prosecutors said Wali pleaded to be shot to end his pain. A jury on Thursday found Passaro guilty of four counts of assault.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14612.htm

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“There Are No Hereditary Kings in America” :

Judge Rules NSA Warrantless Spy Program Unconstitutional
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14613.htm

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Wiretap Ruling Threatens Telecoms :

Telecommunications and Internet companies accused of working with the Bush Administration’s domestic eavesdropping program could be in for more legal headaches, after a federal judge ruled Thursday that the warrantless wiretaps violated the constitution.
www.businessweek.com/technology/content/aug2006/tc20060818_382622.htm

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Breaking the law has consequences :

For the last four years, the Bush administration has deliberately violated multiple laws because it has adopted radical theories which vest law-breaking powers in the President. It also happens to be well on its way to obtaining the power to criminally prosecute journalists for articles they publish about the administration’s conduct.
tinyurl.com/fefzl

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Caught and forgotten in USA’s 9/11 detainee limbo :

Of the estimated 1,200 mostly Arab and Muslim men detained nationwide as potential suspects or witnesses in the Sept. 11 investigation, Benatta would earn a dubious distinction: Human rights groups say the former Algerian air force lieutenant was locked up the longest.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6022127,00.html

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Patrick J. Buchanan: Judgement day coming — for the neocons:

Bush and the GOP are in trouble, and neoconservatism is in the dock.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14610.htm

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Privacy groups slam use of CIA-backed software to index Canadian health files :

Software that will help sort millions of Canadian health records was developed by a company funded through the CIA’s venture capital partner, sparking concerns about the confidentiality of patient data.
www.cbc.ca/cp/health/060817/x081718.html

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Extremists using Internet to plot, Gonzales says:

Over 5,000 Web sites, attorney general warns
www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.gonzales17aug17,0,5797401.story

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Congress Poised to Unravel the Internet :

Lured by huge checks handed out by the country’s top lobbyists, members of Congress could soon strike a blow against Internet freedom as they seek to resolve the hot-button controversy over preserving “network neutrality.”
www.thenation.com/doc/20060828/internet_bill

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Teacher’s radical 9/11 views raise red flag:

Mr. Barrett is not a radical anarchist or a teenager peddling conspiracy theories; he’s a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, Madison – a fact that has outraged some state politicians.
news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20060818/ts_csm/abarrett

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Date: 16 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 2604

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The War in Iraq Costs
$307,236,369,269

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In the face of Bush’s lies, it’s left to Assad to tell the truth

By Robert Fisk

In the sparse Baathist drawing rooms of Damascus, reality often seems a long way away. But it was a sign of the times that President Bashar al-Assad was able to bring the great and the good of Damascus to their feet by the simple token of telling the truth – which no other Arab leader has chosen to do these past five weeks: that the Lebanese Hizbollah guerrilla army has, in effect, won this round of their war with Israel.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14569.htm

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Olmert may not survive this disastrous war

By Gwynne Dyer

The ceasefire in southern Lebanon will not hold. Israel will probably lose more soldiers killed in combat in the next month than in the past month (119). Ehud Olmert will probably no longer be prime minister of Israel by the end of this year. And it is all too likely that Binyamin Netanyahu will take his place.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14577.htm

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The Israeli debacle will affect the whole region

By Ilan Pappe

We should expect more bloodshed and more aggressive policies – if not immediately against Syria and Iran, then against the Palestinians.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14579.htm

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Lebanese deaths, and Israeli war crimes, kept off the balance sheet

By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth

During Israel’s war against the people of Lebanon, our media, politicians and diplomats have colluded with the aggressors by distracting us with irrelevancies, by concocting controversies, and by framing the language of diplomacy. In the fragile truce that is currently holding while Lebanon waits for Israel to withdraw, we are simply getting more of the same.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14582.htm

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Group Says Iran Is ‘Not a Crisis’

By Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer

Seeking to counter the White House’s depiction of its Middle East policies as crucial to the prevention of terrorist attacks at home, 21 former generals, diplomats and national security officials will release an open letter tomorrow arguing that the administration’s “hard line” has actually undermined U.S. security.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14586.htm

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U.S. continues policy mistakes in Middle East

By Patrick M. Regan

There are two mistakes to contemporary United States foreign policy in the Middle East. The first was to take a hands-off approach to the outbreak of violence; the second is to think that the roots of the problems are linked to the existence of Hezbollah and Hamas rather than the political issues that motivate these groups.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14580.htm

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The Persistence Of Fascism

By Ghali Hassan

Common in today’s parlance is that Fascism ended with the end of World War II (WW II). The reality is that Fascism did not end, but it was replaced by another variant of Fascism; one that is much more powerful and violent. Fascism violence and racial philosophy remain unaffected and were put into practice elsewhere against different nations.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14578.htm

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Asses Bearing Gold: Of Neo-Cons and Nabobs

By Chris Floyd

Under Bush II, the neo-cons were brought in as shock troops; their mindless zealotry was a perfect tool for implementing the plans drawn up by the real players in the new regime: Cheney’s notorious “Energy Task Force” and the much lesser-known “Joint Task Force on Petroleum” formed by the Council on Foreign Relations and – who else? – the James Baker Institute at Rice University.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14576.htm

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Bush’s scare tactics are no longer working

By Paul Krugman

Just two days after 9/11, I learned from congressional staffers that Republicans on Capitol Hill were already exploiting the atrocity, trying to use it to push through tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. I wrote about the subject the next day, warning that “politicians who wrap themselves in the flag while relentlessly pursuing their usual partisan agenda are not true patriots.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14584.htm

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What we know and don’t know about 9/11

By Paul Craig Roberts

Despite the dark days in which we live, some readers find optimism in recent polls that show more than one-third of the US public now disbelieve the official account of 9/11 despite the Bush regime’s propaganda faithfully trumpeted by the US media.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14566.htm

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Iraq: At least 34 killed as U.S Occupation grinds on:

Two simultaneous car bombs killed at least 13 people and wounded 43 in Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM617880.htm

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July deadliest month of U.S. Occupation: At least 3,438 civilians killed :

When the July tally for total civilian deaths is added to Iraqi government numbers for earlier months, the total indicates that at least 17,776 Iraqi civilians died violently in the first seven months of this year, or an average of 2,539 per month.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14568.htm

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Karbala locked down after clashes:

Police have locked down the Iraqi holy city of Karbala after a day of violent clashes with militiamen loyal to a local Shiite cleric left at least 18 people dead.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=137769

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Lebanon digs mass grave for war dead:

Hospital officials in the southern city of Tyre said up to 126 bodies would be buried together near an army barracks unless relatives claimed them. Seventy-two corpses were buried there on July 21 to clear overflowing hospital morgues.
tvnz.co.nz/view/page/425822/816125

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Lebanon government compromise would allow Hezbollah to keep hidden weapons in south :

A compromise agreement now being hammered out between Hezbollah and the Lebanese government would allow the Shi’ite guerillas to keep hidden weapons in south Lebanon, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Tuesday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/750448.html

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Bolton casts doubt on Lebanon force:

The Pentagon has sent a single military planner to the United Nations to begin preparations for an enhanced Lebanese peacekeeping force, a top official said. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton suggested to reporters Tuesday that other nations are not eager to commit troops to the 15,000-man force.
tinyurl.com/f9gqy

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Hizbollah defiance of Israel emboldens US foes:

By surviving a ferocious month-long conflict with Israel, Hizbollah has foiled U.S.-Israeli hopes of destroying the Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim group and emboldened its allies in Iran and Syria.
tinyurl.com/k4wkn

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Israel humbled by arms from Iran:

Abandoned Hizbollah positions in Lebanon yesterday revealed conclusive evidence that Syria – and almost certainly Iran – provided the anti-tank missiles that have blunted the power of Israel’s once invincible armour.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/08/15/wmid15.xml

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A dummy run against Hezbollah:

The intended plan was to coordinate an air campaign with Israel. An anonymous source close to the US Air Force told Hersh, “The big question for our air force was how to hit a series of hard targets in Iran successfully.” Hersh states, “And so the air force went to the Israelis with some new tactics and said to them, ‘Let’s concentrate on the bombing and share what we have on Iran and what you have on Lebanon.’
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14575.htm

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“Star Wars” agency helps Israel on rocket threat:

“We have been working with the Israelis … as they go through with development of their own indigenous capabilities for that threat,” Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry Obering told reporters after a speech at a missile-defense conference here.
tinyurl.com/jryz2

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Peretz: We should create conditions for talks with Syria :

“Every war creates an opportunity for a new political process. and I am sure that our enemies understand today they cannot defeat us by force,” Peretz said.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/750834.html

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Interview with Imad Moustapha, Syrian Ambassador to the U.S.:

Imad Moustapha, Syrian Ambassador to the U.S. discusses his recent op-ed (Syria Wants to Talk, But Bush Won’t Answer the Phone) in which he says that Syria is interested in engaging the U.S. in talks about Israel-Lebanon.

Real Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14564.htm

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George Monbiot: In a military “democracy”, it is the warriors who call the shots :

The failure of the attack on Lebanon has left the Israeli people less secure, but it has done nothing to dent the generals’ power
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/comment/0,,1844696,00.html

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You are terrorists, we are virtuous:

The IDF is the most powerful institution in Israeli society, and one which we are discouraged from criticising. Few have studied the dominant role it plays in the Israeli economy. Even while they are still serving, our generals become friendly with the US companies that sell arms to Israel; they then retire, loaded with money, and become corporate executives.
www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n16/laor01_.html

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William Rivers Pitt: Everything Old Is New:

Everything old becomes new again, or so the saying goes. Nowhere is this more evident than in the highest reaches of neo-conservative power in Washington, DC. The term itself – “neo-conservative” – is little more than a shortened version of the old maxim.
www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081506A.shtml

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“The US and Israel Stand Alone”: Spiegel Interview With Jimmy Carter:

Former US president Jimmy Carter speaks with DER SPIEGEL about the danger posed to American values by George W. Bush, the difficult situation in the Middle East and Cuba’s ailing Fidel Castro.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14565.htm

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Israeli forces demolish home with family still inside, father and son killed:

Khan Younis-Ma’an-A Palestinian father, 65 and his son, 45, were killed and another 2 seriously injured in an Israeli air strike on a home in Sheikh Nasser, east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip.
www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&Do=Print&ID=14452

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Church body condemns Israel :

Israel’s assault on Lebanon was planned before Hezbollah attacked and was aimed at driving a wedge between the different faiths in the country, a delegation from the World Council of Churches says.
tinyurl.com/ku23c

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Blair’s Middle East policy has driven me to return my MBE :

I accepted my honour on behalf of Palestinian and Lebanese colleagues. I have now sent it back, also in their name
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1850885,00.html

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Neturei Karta rabbi to Iran newspaper:

Israel will cease to exist: Rabbi David Weiss says: Israel was established in the name of Judaism but is impure and Godless
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3291956,00.html

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Hamas: Mossad assassination bid fails:

Israel’s intelligence and special operations force, Mossad, sent a team to the Syrian capital in July to carry out the killing, Hamas sources said on Wednesday quoting “Western intelligence sources”.
tinyurl.com/elwp7

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Iran wants new Mideast without US, British meddling:

Iran’s president said he wanted a new Middle East—a phrase that echoes language used by the US administration—but said his idea of a new region was one without “the hegemony of America and Britain”.
tinyurl.com/k2nd9

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Taliban fighters kill four Afghan Police:

At least four Afghan policemen were killed in two attacks by Taliban in the same region on Tuesday night, and six NATO soldiers were injured, one of them seriously, as their base was rocketed in southern Afghanistan
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=896995

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Afghans worth $5625.00 each!:

US offers to pay for strike on Afghans:

The US military has said it intends to pay $90,000 in compensation to families of victims of an air strike in May that killed at least 16 civilians in the south of Afghanistan, but only when security improves
tinyurl.com/ea4jk

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Afghan opium cultivation hits a record:

Opium cultivation in Afghanistan has hit record levels — up by more than 40 percent from 2005 — despite hundreds of millions in counternarcotics money, Western officials told The Associated Press.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060816/ap_on_re_as/afghan_opium_boom

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Somali “Islamists” seize key port:

“Islamists” in control of much of southern Somalia have seized a key port without any fighting, in a new blow to the country’s weak interim government.
tinyurl.com/jrgjz

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Russian patrol boat fires on Japan boat, one dead:

A Japanese fisherman died after a Russian border patrol boat fired on a fishing boat, apparently the first fatality in 50 years in a dispute over northern waters, Japan Coast Guard officials said on Wednesday.
tinyurl.com/fs6ku

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The price of crude can only rise while supplies dwindle worldwide :

Crude oil has reached a point where the skeptics of yore have become the proselytes of tomorrow, readying the world when crude tops $100 per barrel. That day is not far away though few saw it coming.
www.koreaherald.co.kr/SITE/data/html_dir/2006/08/16/200608160018.asp

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Is Saudi supply pushing its limit? :

Some energy analysts now warn that the fabled oil bounty no longer may be reliable — a development that, if true, would have sobering implications for the world economy.
tinyurl.com/gf8k8

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Has Bush v. Gore Become the Case That Must Not Be Named?:

The ruling that stopped the Florida recount and handed the presidency to George W. Bush is disappearing down the legal world’s version of the memory hole, the slot where, in George Orwell’s “1984,” government workers disposed of politically inconvenient records.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14581.htm

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Mexico poll protests turn violent :

Mexican riot police fired tear gas and used clubs to break up a protest by supporters of left-wing presidential challenger Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4793271.stm

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Mexican Electoral Fraud Wins Round One :

The fraud uncovered so far showed the preliminary vote totals were manipulated to allow PAN candidate Felipe Calderon to be the winner.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14574.htm

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Cuban Exiles Wage War of Terror:

Anti-Castro terrorists based in Florida have carried out thousands of attacks against civilians, often with the full knowledge and support of the U.S. government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14583.htm

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New Castro video broadcast:

An alert but tired-looking Mr Castro, who was in his bed at a hospital in Havana, with his younger brother, Raul, and the visiting Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez. Windows Media.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14571.htm

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U.S. competes with Cuba, Venezuela for influence in Latin America:

Cuba and Venezuela, officials say, make up a perilous “axis” out to subvert democracies in Latin America, threaten U.S. interests in the hemisphere and provoke mischief in the United Nations and elsewhere.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14570.htm

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Venezuela’s Chavez to Travel to China to Sign Energy Agreements :

Chavez will sign agreements for 18 oil tankers worth $1.3 billion, as well as 24 oil-drilling rigs, Energy and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said at a press conference today in Caracas.
tinyurl.com/kau7x

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Terror suspects were inexperienced – Pakistan:

Top Pakistani intelligence agents said today the alleged terror suspects arrested last week over an alleged plot to blow up a number of planes crossing the Atlantic did not have had the experience to carry out the attack.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14587.htm

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Contempt for democracy :

Most Britons, Muslim and non-Muslim, can see the link between Blair’s policies and terrorism
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1844577,00.html

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Humor: 4 Minute Video:

Jon Stewart Slams VP Cheneys Fear Mongering:

Jon Stewart reacts to Vice President Cheneys recent remarks that amounted to saying that a vote for Ned Lamont is a vote for al Qaeda.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14585.htm

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Rewriting the Geneva Conventions:

The Geneva Conventions protect Americans. If the United States changes the rules, it’s changing the rules for Americans taken prisoner abroad. That is far too high a price to pay so this administration can hang on to its misbegotten policies
www.iht.com/articles/2006/08/14/opinion/edgeneva.php#

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Iranian brothers file lawsuit in LA over 4 years of detention:

Four Iranian brothers who were detained for 41 months during an FBI terrorism investigation after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court, claiming they were held on false pretenses and were “casualties of the war on terror.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14572.htm

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1 Minute Video:

Sound Familiar?:

Bush and Hitler. Yeah, it really does sound familiar.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14573.htm

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Air Cargo Still Largely Unchecked:

Last week’s terror threat forced passengers to drop bottles of water and soda, tubes of toothpaste and hand lotion, and cans of hair spray and shaving cream into the trash before boarding jetliners. But unbeknownst to most passengers, airlines loaded aluminum containers filled with largely unchecked freight into the bellies of those same planes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14567.htm

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Terror charges tied to phones are crumbling:

Terror charges against two groups of Arab Americans arrested with hundreds of prepaid cell phones teetered in Michigan and collapsed in Ohio on Monday as authorities said they lacked evidence that the men intended to use the phones for evil.
www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006608150394

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Terror Charge Dropped in Cell Phone Case :

The families of two men originally charged with supporting terrorism after buying large numbers of cell phones say they’ve lost a sense of belonging to the country they’ve long called home.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6019039,00.html

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Accused spy carried cash, secret files, agents say:

When Ariel J. Weinmann stepped off an international flight into the Dallas airport on March 26, a federal customs agent was waiting for him.
tinyurl.com/h2lsv

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Home builders’ confidence plunges to 15-year low:

The confidence of U.S. home builders collapsed in August, falling to the lowest level since February 1991, the National Association of Home Builders said Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/fzabd

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