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Date: 27 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 2621

icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$310,007,253,586

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

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The Planned Assault on Iran

By Gary Leupp

“How can the deployment of the expanded UN force in southern Lebanon, brought about by Israel’s attack on its northern neighbor, facilitate the broader goal of achieving regime change in Iran?”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14714.htm

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America’s Rottweiler

By Uri Avnery

The Second Lebanon War is considered by many as a “War by Proxy”. That’s to say: Hizbullah is the Dobermann of Iran, we are the Rottweiler of America. Hizbullah gets money, rockets and support from the Islamic Republic, we get money, cluster bombs and support from the United States of America.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14717.htm

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Can Anything Be Done?

Paul Craig Roberts

A group of scientists, engineers, and university professors are trying to start a debate about the collapse of the three World Trade Center buildings. I reported one of their findings: There is an inconsistency between the speed with which the buildings collapsed and the “pancaking theory” used to explain the collapse.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14718.htm

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At least 28 killed in occupied Iraq:

One day after Maliki won a promise from tribal leaders to rein in Iraq’s violent factions, bombers targeted the busy heart of Baghdad and a state-run newspaper seen as friendly to the government.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060827/wl_mideast_afp/iraq

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20 bodies found in Baghdad :

Police said 20 bodies had been found in various districts of Baghdad on Saturday. Some bore signs of torture and most had been killed by gunshots to the head, a typical feature of the communal bloodshed between the Shi’ite and Sunni sects.
tinyurl.com/l5ukv

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Call for autonomy as Iraqi tribes demand peace :

A powerful Iraqi politician called yesterday for the Shi’ite south of the country to become an autonomous region as tribal leaders vowed to work together for peace.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14715.htm

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For an Iraq Cut in 3, Cast a Wary Glance at Kurdistan :

Children are not required to learn Arabic in schools, which means an entire generation is growing up without the ability to communicate with other Iraqis. Arabs arriving from other parts of the country have to register with local security forces.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14716.htm

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Reuters seeks Pentagon probe on journalist’s “unlawful”. death:

Reuters news agency urged the U.S. military on Sunday to investigate the killing of one of its journalists by American troops in Baghdad a year ago.
tinyurl.com/hdxa3

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You wouldn’t catch me dead in Iraq:

Scores of American troops are deserting — even from the front line in Iraq. But where have they gone? And why isn’t the US Army after them? Peter Laufer tracked down four of the deserters
www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-531-2318643-531,00.html

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Israeli Occupation Forces Kill Two Palestinians:

Israeli attack helicopters sprayed buildings in eastern Gaza City with machine gun fire.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20268156-1702,00.html

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Israeli army kills Palestinian teen:

Witnesses said soldiers fired on Palestinians throwing stones at them in the city of Nablus, killing a 16-year-old boy and wounding five others, one seriously.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060826/ts_nm/mideast_dc

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Israel seizes another Hamas MP:

The Israeli army has seized a Hamas member of the Palestinian parliament in the West Bank.
tinyurl.com/f7t9f

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Fox News journalists freed:

The Hamas-led government had called for the men to be freed while several prominent resistance groups in Gaza denied involvement and also said the men should be freed.
tinyurl.com/hm46q

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Italian FM: UN Troops in Lebanon Will Not Aim to Destroy Hezbollah :

Italy’s foreign minister says the goal of the expanded U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon will not be to destroy the Hezbollah militant group, which fought a month-long war with Israel.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-08-27-voa14.cfm

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Nasrallah: Talks on prisoners deal underway:

Hizbullah leader tells Lebanese TV station that Italy is trying to play active role in negotiations on prisoner exchange between Israel and terror group
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3296297,00.html

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Toll from unexploded Israeli bomblets in Lebanon grows:

Three children and a man were wounded Sunday by cluster bombs in southern Lebanon, medical sources said, bringing to almost 60 the number of people hurt by the controversial explosives since a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah two weeks ago.
tinyurl.com/ktj7x

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Pigs at the trough:

Lantos: Withhold aid to Lebanon until troops secure border :

U.S. Representative Tom Lantos said Sunday that he would ask the U.S. administration to freeze the U.S. $230 million aid package to Lebanon proposed by President George W. Bush until the Lebanese government takes control of its borders with Syria and prevent arms smuggling to Hezbollah guerrillas.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/755334.html

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UN: 202 Palestinians killed since operation ‘Summer Rain’ :

The report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the territories also says that 44 children are among the dead.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/755273.html

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The Jerusalem Declaration On Christian Zionism:

We categorically reject Christian Zionist doctrines as false teaching that corrupts the biblical message of love, justice and reconciliation.
www.j-diocese.com/DiocesanNews/view.asp?selected=238#slbl238

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Diaspora Jews urged to find collective voice:

Prominent Melbourne barrister Robert Richter, QC, has called on the Jewish community to speak out when Israeli Government policies adversely affect the Jewish diaspora.
tinyurl.com/hkwjj

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British soldier, 10 Taliban killed in occupied Afghanistan:

A British soldier was killed and another NATO troop wounded in attacks in Afghanistan while police said they killed 10 Taliban who tried to capture a district headquarters.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=139409

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Iran to continue uranium enrichment to produce nuclear fuel :

Iran will continue uranium enrichment to produce nuclear fuel, said Sunday Ali Larijani, secretary general of the National Security Council.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=899833

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Juan Cole: Ahmadinejad: We are Not a Threat to Any Country, Including Israel: –

Believe it, don’t believe it, that’s up to you. But at least we should know what exactly he said, which is not something our US newspapers will tell us about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech on Saturday:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14720.htm

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Humor : Let’s Bomb Iran! :

3 Minute Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14721.htm

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Chad orders oil companies to leave:

Chad’s president on Saturday ordered oil companies Chevron Corp. and Petronas to leave the country, saying neither has paid taxes and his country will take responsibility for the oil fields they have overseen.
tinyurl.com/k8k4n

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Chad’s President Suspends 3 Ministers :

Oil Minister Mahmat Hassan Nasser, Planning Minister Mahmat Ali Hassan and Livestock Minister Mockhtar Moussa were suspended because they negotiated the terms of the agreements with Chevron and Petronas.
tinyurl.com/ef482

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U.S. “Pleased” by Creation of South American Intelligence Center

The United States is “pleased” by the creation of a new South American regional intelligence center designed to fight transnational crime and corruption emanating from the tri-border region of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, says the U.S. State Department.
tinyurl.com/f3m3w

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UK: Cameron: we got it wrong on apartheid :

David Cameron dramatically denounced one of Margaret Thatcher’s flagship foreign policies last night, saying that she was wrong to have branded Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress as ‘terrorists’ and to have opposed sanctions against the apartheid regime in South Africa.
observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,,1859409,00.html

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James Bovard: Modest Proposal: Waterboard Congress:

The White House wants military tribunals hearing the cases of terrorism suspects to be able to use “coerced” confessions. As Acting Asst. Atty. Gen. Steven Bradbury helpfully assured Congress last month, “there are gradations of coercion much lower than torture.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14719.htm

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Profiting from Disaster:

Fraud, Scandal and Greed Has Crippled the Gulf Coast’s Recovery, But Made Some Very, Very Rich
www.counterpunch.org/green08262006.html

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Date: 26 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 2622

icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$309,829,584,609

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

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Why should Europeans protect Israel?

By Robert Fisk

The Americans and the British want no part of this mess. After Iraq and Afghanistan, they have no stomach to defend Israel, let alone Lebanon. Their job is to push the European masses into the bog they have created by their injustice and cowardice in the Middle East.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14708.htm

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Empire, and resistance to it, is the central issue of our time

From Iraq and Lebanon to Afghanistan, the Anglo-American attempt to remake the world by force is failing

By Andrew Murray

Despite Blair’s determined green light to Israel’s attack on Lebanon, the “long, strong arm of the US” in the region – as the Israeli commentator Sima Kadmon describes his country – has had to retreat with its objectives unmet. No one seems to be rushing to pick up the white man’s burden there either.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14710.htm

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Not a Clue

By Charley Reese

What have you gotten for your $300 billion, your 2,600 dead, your 8,000 seriously maimed in Bush’s ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Stability? Don’t make me laugh. Security? America is hated in more parts of the world today than at any time in its history. What has Bush done right?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14705.htm

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Cooking intelligence – again

By Gordon Prather

The members of the Cheney Cabal continue to forcefully assert – without offering any proof whatsoever – that Iran has a nuclear weapons program that has already “reached a point of no return.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14706.htm

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Hoekstra’s Hoax: Just When You Thought You’d Seen Everything

By Ray McGovern

Hoekstra’s release of this paper is no innocent caper. Rather it is another sign pointing in the direction of a US attack on Iran. Tehran is now being blamed not only for inciting Hezbollah but also for enhanced improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq that are killing and maiming US forces—not to mention Iran’s nuclear development program.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14713.htm

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The Liquid Bomb Hoax: The Larger Implications

By James Petras

An analysis of the current state of the investigation raises a series of questions regarding the governments’ claims of a bomb plot concocted by 24 Brits of Pakistani origin.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14709.htm

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Protection Racket: Judicial Cover for Crony Contractors

By Chris Floyd

Just last week, a federal judge – appointed by Ronald Reagan, no less – issued a bold ruling that offers shield and succor to a small, despised minority on the fringes of American society. War profiteers.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14707.htm

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Afghanistan: 29 Taliban militants, 2 French soldiers killed :

The U.S.-led coalition forces killed 16 “Taliban militants” including a known commander in the central Khod valley of the southern Uruzgan province, the coalition force said in a statement.
tinyurl.com/j2xmw

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Nato pilots accused of killing 13 Afghan civilians including children :

Nato pilots have been accused of killing 13 Afghan civilians, including nine children, during an attack close to the British base at Musa Kala in Helmand province.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14703.htm

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Two US-led occupation soldiers killed in eastern Afghanistan :

The U-S military says two U-S-led coalition soldiers were killed and another two were wounded in a bomb attack Saturday in eastern Afghanistan.
www.wyowtv34.com/news/full_story.php?id=41980

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Canadian occupation forces kill Afghan cop in friendly-fire shooting:

Canadian soldiers killed an Afghan National Police officer and injured six others Saturday in two apparent friendly-fire shooting incidents in southern Afghanistan
cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2006/08/26/1777919-cp.html

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Iraq: At least 13 killed as U.S. occupation continues:

Gunmen in the town of Baquba 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad attacked a Shi’ite family, killing two women and two children and wounding 11.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KHA632654.htm

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Three US soldiers killed in Iraq:

One was shot dead by gunmen who attacked his patrol. Another was killed by a roadside bomb. And a third fell during a raid the military says was aimed at capturing “foreign terrorists” — two of whom were also killed in a firefight.
www.kare11.com/news/national/national_article.aspx?storyid=133254

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Gunmen kill translator in Basra:

Gunmen in a speeding car opened fire Saturday on two sisters working as translators for the British consulate, killing one of them and seriously wounding the other, police said.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060826/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_translator_killed

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Ex-officer admits kickbacks in Iraq :

A former U.S. Army Reserve officer from Spotsylvania County admitted yesterday that he steered millions of dollars in Iraq-reconstruction contracts in trade for jewelry, computers, cigars and sexual favors.
fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2006/082006/08262006/216968

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Israel appoints coordinator of possible war with Iran: :

Israeli Army Chief of Staff Dan Halutz has appointed a top Israeli officer to be in charge of preparing a possible war with Iran, the Ha’aretz daily reported Friday, quoting a security official.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14700.htm

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Iran inaugurates new atomic project: –

ran inaugurated a heavy-water plant Saturday, expanding its nuclear program only days before a U.N. deadline that threatens sanctions unless Tehran curbs activities the West fears are meant to make atomic weapons.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14523587/

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Iran nuclear response leak reveals demands :

The US would have to lift decades-old sanctions against Iran and probably give assurances that it has no policy of regime change towards the Islamic republic to settle Iran’s nuclear dispute with the west, according to leaks of the Iranian response.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14702.htm

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Russia blocks sanctions against Iran :

Russia ruled out imposing economic sanctions on Iran yesterday, delivering a blow to America’s efforts to isolate Teheran’s regime in protest over its nuclear programme
tinyurl.com/eopln

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U.S. May Curb Iran:

If the U.N. Security Council won’t penalize Tehran for its nuclear program, the White House may forge an alliance to do so.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14701.htm

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Two Palestinian Killed as Israeli Forces Kidnap Hamas Leader in Khan Younis:

Israeli occupation forces continued their aggressions in the Gaza Strip, killing two Palestinians in the city of Khan Younis, and nabbing leader in Hamas from the city.
www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/details.asp?name=17155

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Israel attacks Reuters car:

According to witnesses, a Reuters cameraman and a freelance cameraman working for an Arabic network were standing outside the vehicle in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza filming a nearby Israeli raid when the missiles hit the car.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060826/ap_on_re_mi_ea/gaza_airstrike

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Fatah agrees to unity government:

Fatah leaders have given Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, the go-ahead to form a national unity government with Hamas.
tinyurl.com/hq2zc

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Hamas expects ‘good news’ about kidnapped journalists:

Palestinian officials said today they expected to have “good news” about the two Fox News journalists kidnapped in Gaza City within two days and believe they are unharmed.
tinyurl.com/emvfp

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Wife of kidnapped Fox journalist appeals for release :

The wife of one of the Fox News journalists kidnapped in Gaza today appealed for their release and said they should not be punished for the suffering in Palestine.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,1857636,00.html

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Beirut rejects deployment of UN troops on border with Syria:

“Only the Lebanese army is in charge of controlling the borders with Syria and it is out of the question to deploy the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL),” he said Friday.
tinyurl.com/r2t4d

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Israel Urges Some Muslim Nations to Send Troops :

Israel, objects to nations that do not recognize the Jewish state, saying such troops would make it impossible for Jerusalem to share intelligence with the U.N. force. That would exclude Indonesia, Bangladesh and Malaysia, which have offered troops
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6039218,00.html

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Chavez Slams Israel and USA During Beijing Visit :

Chavez compared the Israeli aggression to the acts of Adolf Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany, and said Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for genocide before the International Court of Justice.
www.zaman.com/?bl=hotnews&alt=&trh=20060825&hn=36005

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Documents reveal details of U.S. aid stirring suspicion in Venezuela :

Chavez, however, believes the United States is campaigning – overtly and covertly – to undermine his leftist government, which has crusaded against U.S. influence in Latin America and elsewhere.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14712.htm

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Venezuela says US was smuggling :

The authorities in Venezuela have accused the US embassy in Caracas of importing cargo illegally after halting lorries carrying diplomatic baggage
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5288214.stm

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The CIA-Contra-Crack Connection, 10 Years Later:

TEN YEARS AGO today, one of the most controversial news articles of the 1990s quietly appeared on the front page of the San Jose Mercury News. Titled “Dark Alliance,” the headline ran beneath the provocative image of a man smoking crack — superimposed on the official seal of the CIA.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14704.htm

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Sophie McNeill : Standoff At The Zocalo:

Five weeks ago, the conservative PAN candidate Felipe Calderon was reported to be the winner of Mexico’s presidential elections by 243 thousand votes, a slim victory of just 0.58 percent in this country of over 100 million.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14711.htm

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N Korea warns of ‘counter-measures’ against US financial sanctions:

North Korea has warned the United States it will take “all necessary counter-measures” against Washington for ratcheting up the pressure on the communist state through financial sanctions, state media said
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060826/wl_afp/nkoreanuclearweapons

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Robert Kuttner: The Cheney presidency:

The press buys the pretense of Bush being ``the decider,” and relentlessly covers Bush — meeting with world leaders, cutting brush, holding press conferences, while Cheney works in secret, largely undisturbed.
tinyurl.com/zbabp

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War Profiteer Blackwater Faces Trial:

In a major blow to one of the most infamous war profiteers operating in Iraq, Afghanistan and New Orleans, a federal appeals court has ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the mercenary firm Blackwater USA can proceed in North Carolina’s state courts.
www.alternet.org/story/40853

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American Gulag:

Five Guantanamo Detainees Transferred to Afghanistan:

Action leaves about 445 still at U.S. gulag site in Cuba
tinyurl.com/z4xlx

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Date: 25 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 2619

icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$309,530,993,689

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

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Bush and Saddam Should Both Stand Trial, Says Nuremberg Prosecutor

By Aaron Glantz,

A chief prosecutor of Nazi war crimes at Nuremberg has said George W. Bush should be tried for war crimes along with Saddam Hussein. Benjamin Ferenccz, who secured convictions for 22 Nazi officers for their work in orchestrating the death squads that killed more than 1 million people, told OneWorld both Bush and Saddam should be tried for starting “aggressive” wars—Saddam for his 1990 attack on Kuwait and Bush for his 2003 invasion of Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14699.htm

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“Folks, We Are Being Set Up Again!”

Iran’s Nuclear “Threat”

By JUAN COLE

We are beset by instant experts on contemporary Iran, like the medievalist Bernard Lewis, who wrongly predicted that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would attack Israel on August 22, based on Lewis’s weird interpretation of his alleged millenarian beliefs.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14698.htm

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Why Bush will Choose War Against Iran

By Ray Close

This is why I reluctantly believe today that Bush will indeed launch an attack on Iran before the expiration of his term of office:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14694.htm

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The terrorism theory Bush refuses to hear

By Mark Coultan Herald

Invading Iraq was not the way to combat terrorism? “The invasion of Iraq created far more enemies than it could ever have stopped. And so the invasion of Iraq was exactly the way to cause suicide terrorism to surge.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14689.htm

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Iraq: At least 19 killed as U.S. occupation continues:

U.S. tanks shelled a mosque in the Sunni stronghold of Ramadi after coming under attack from gunmen inside the building, the U.S. military said. A doctor at Ramadi hospital said three people were killed and 22 wounded by U.S. fire.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/MOU528836.htm

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Poll: Iraqi’s Want U.S. Occupation Forces Out Of Iraq:

91.7% of Iraqis oppose the presence of coalition troops in the country, up from 74.4% in 2004.
abuaardvark.typepad.com/abuaardvark/2006/08/what_the_iraqi_.html

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‘I can’t go to Iraq. I can’t kill those children’ –

Suicide soldier’s dying words to his mother
news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article1221649.ece

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Shays Urges Iraq Withdrawal:

Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), once an ardent supporter of the war in Iraq, said yesterday that the Bush administration should set a time frame for withdrawing U.S. troops. He added that most of the withdrawal could take place next year.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14692.htm

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Hillary Still Hiding on War; Time Warner Provides Cover :

The cover story in the new issue of TIME, the flagship publication of the Time Warner media empire, informs readers that Hillary Clinton has “virtually nonexistent opposition for her senate seat.”
www.commondreams.org/views06/0824-33.htm

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Cost of Iraq war: $1,075 each:

The National Priorities Project has calculated the cost of the Iraq war by congressional district, city, state and even household. – You owe $1,075.
washtimes.com/upi/20060823-051747-8542r.htm

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Is Iran Running Militias in Iraq?:

Iraqi politicians say the growing U.S. claims of a clear link between Shi’ite militias and Tehran is pure scapegoating. And renewed Tehran-bashing in Washington could further complicate its efforts to end the civil war
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14688.htm

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Priming us for war with Iran :

After their failure in Iraq, and a brief exile in the wilderness, the neocons are riding high again – and that means endless troubles for us all …
antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=9603

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Israel feels US will not attack Iran:

The (Israeli) defense official blasted the US for “not doing enough” to stop Teheran’s race to the bomb. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, he said, was leading the State Department in the direction of “appeasement.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14691.htm

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New York Times Propaganda :

Wanted: Scarier Intelligence :

It’s obvious that Iran wants nuclear weapons, has lied about its program and views America as an enemy. We enthusiastically agree that the United States needs every scrap of intelligence it can get on Iran.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14690.htm

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Iran rejects ‘language of force’ over nuclear program:

Iran is ready for unconditional talks over its nuclear program but rejects the West’s “language of force” over the issue, one of the Islamic republic’s religious leaders said.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060825/wl_mideast_afp/irannuclearpolitics

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Russia rules out U.N. sanctions against Iran for now:

Russia on Friday rejected any talk for now of sanctions against Iran and France warned against conflict with Tehran, raising doubt whether it will face swift penalties for not halting nuclear work by an Aug. 31 deadline
asia.news.yahoo.com/060825/3/2oznt.html

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Russia and Central Asian Allies Conduct War Games in Response to US Threats:

These war games, officially tagged as part of a counter terrorism program, are in direct response to US military threats in the region including the planned attacks against Iran.
tinyurl.com/sy3pz

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US rallying allies, partners on Iran:

Bush telephoned the leaders of Germany and Italy, while US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called her Russian and German counterparts as well as EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, US officials told reporters.
tinyurl.com/qdpoj

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War with Iran?: Interview with Former US ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk :

Zbigniew Brzezinski said this, “I think of war with Iran as the ending of America’s present role in the world, that they will be dragged into a war that could last 20 to 30 years and that no-one could do it without destroying America’s position on the planet.” Windows media and transcript
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14686.htm

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The battle of Aita al-Shaab:

Here locals held them off, firing out of windows, shop fronts and doorways. The buildings along the central street are punctured by thousands of bullet holes, rockets and heavy machine gun fire.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14685.htm

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Israeli bombs keep on killing:

Figures from the Lebanese military show that eight people, including several children, have been killed and a further 38 wounded by cluster bomb explosions since the start of a ceasefire on August 14 to end a month-long conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.
tinyurl.com/hq7z7

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Report: US probing Israel use of cluster bombs:

“We have heard the allegations that these munitions were used, and we are seeking more information,” said Gonzalo Gallegos, a State Department spokesperson.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/1,7340,L-3295547,00.html

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Hezbollah warns Blair: you’re not welcome in Beirut:

A senior member of Hezbollah’s politburo has told The Times that Mr Blair should stay away from the country because he was “up to his ears in the blood of Lebanese women and children”.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-2326426,00.html

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US rabbis urge change in IDF war code:

“All types of Christian morality weaken the spirit of our army and our nation and cost us the lives of our soldiers and citizens.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14684.htm

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I guess the Rabbinical Council of America missed these reports:

Video Report From Qana Massacre: Elderly, women and children were among those killed in the raid, which wrought destruction over a wide area.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14684.htm

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In case you missed it: Lebanon’s 9/11 : Picture Album:

What exactly do our politicians mean when the say we support Israel in its action against Lebanon? What is it that they support? Surely not this carnage? – WARNING – Graphic images depicting the reality and horror of Israel’s Invasion and destruction of Lebanon.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14069.htm

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Israel’s Foes as Beasts and Insects:

“But They’re Not Human Beings, They are Not People, They are Arabs!”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14687.htm

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Amnesty accuses Israel of war crimes:

Israel committed war crimes by targeting Lebanese civilian infrastructure during the conflict with the Shiite Hezbollah militia, Amnesty International claimed Wednesday.
tinyurl.com/ms54g

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Dr. CÚsar Chelala : Amnesty International’s Severe Critism Of Israel’s Tactics:

Many of the actions described are war crimes, and those responsible are subject to criminal accountability anywhere in the world through the doctrine of universal jurisdiction.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14696.htm

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Jewish People Cry Out Against Israeli War Crimes: 5 Minute video:

From Iraq To Palestine, Occupation Is a crime
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14697.htm

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French U-turn on Lebanon force:

Jaques Chirac, the French president, said in a televised address on Thursday: “Two thousand French troops will thus be placed under the United Nations in Lebanon. France is ready, if the United Nations wishes, to continue commanding this force.”
tinyurl.com/gxbgw

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The importance of place:

If Hizbullah’s 12 July capture of Israeli soldiers took place on the Lebanese side of the Blue Line, as some say, everything changes
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14695.htm

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Uncensored News Reports From Across The Middle East

– Warning – This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war and should only be viewed by a mature audience
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14655.htm

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Witness: Taliban dead may be civilians:

Nato’s claims to have killed 11 Taliban who were preparing an ambush in Afghanistan have been disputed by local people who have said that the dead were civilian grape-pickers.
tinyurl.com/hjewp

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Afghan president orders inquiry into U.S. raid:

Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered an investigation Friday into the deaths of eight people in eastern Afghanistan during a raid that U.S. forces claimed targeted al Qaeda members, according to a government statement.
tinyurl.com/ge57y

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Exclusive: The Pentagon Plans for an African Command:

The Pentagon is close to approving a command for Africa, where poverty and corruption make it a vulnerable area for extremists and terrorists
www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1328840,00.html

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Sudan Rejects UN Proposal for Peacekeeping Force in Darfur:

The Sudanese government rejected a draft UN resolution which called for a 17,000-member international security force to be deployed to Darfur.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/25/142257

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Terror fears as radicals reopen vital port :

“Islamic radicals” who have seized most of southern Somalia yesterday celebrated the reopening of Mogadishu’s main seaport, a key gateway between the Horn of Africa and the Arab world. The strategically crucial harbour had been largely unused for 11 years.
tinyurl.com/k65eu

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Venezuela’s Chavez woos China with oil ambitions :

Venezuela, seeking to diversify its crude exports and ease reliance on the US market, hopes to increase oil sales to China by six times to 1 million barrels a day in the next decade, President Hugo Chavez said on Thursday.
www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=138342

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Israel becomes fodder in US congressional war:

When is asking “is it good for Israel” not so good for Israel? Democrats and Republicans, politicking hard ahead of midterm elections that could end Republican control of the US Congress, are battling over which party was more supportive of Israel in its war with Hizbullah in Lebanon.
tinyurl.com/ghqzu

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Democrat cowers before Israeli lobby:

U.S. lawmaker drops links to Arab sites:

The links were removed following recent inquiries by the Jewish weekly. Dingell’s spokesman told the Jewish News the sites also had information on immigration issues, but he removed the links “because they are voicing sentiments about the conflict” that Dingell “strongly disagrees with and that are offensive to Mr. Dingell” and some of his constituents.
jta.org/page_view_breaking_story.asp?intid=4338

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Wake up, America! Israel is no friend of yours:

The fact is that while Americans benefit hugely from the Arab world, little do they know they are on the losing end when it comes to Israel.
tinyurl.com/feaw4

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Who Are the Real Fascists? :

The racist and extremist ideas and beliefs that are stuffed in the minds of the president and his band of merry men are leading the world from one crisis to another.
christianity.rinf.com/?p=259

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Blair’s foreign policy is now a threat to national security :

A new prime minister who wants to defuse domestic extremism will need to rethink the relationship with Washington
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1857775,00.html

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Most Americans don’t feel safer from terror:

Most Americans do not believe the United States is safer now from terrorism than before the September 11, 2001 terror strikes, a new poll found.
tinyurl.com/h9ex3

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It was mid-air paranoia, not terror :

What provoked the panicky reaction and detention? Apparently, an exchange of mobile phones among the 12 passengers.
tinyurl.com/n3msv

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In case you missed it:

Daniel Ellsberg Interview:

The day after the next 9/11 our freedoms are gone.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13540.htm

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Chris Floyd : Karl Rove’s Blood Libel :

The warrantless surveillance program is being used for something other than monitoring the communications of terrorist suspects and those connected to them.
tinyurl.com/e9v9c

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Detainee report ‘too damning’ to release? :

Nearly 60 percent of the estimated 21,000 federal immigration detainees are currently held at county jails and privately run detention facilities
tinyurl.com/kykx2

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Man accused of providing Hezbollah TV to New Yorkers:

A Pakistani man was due to appear in court in New York, accused of providing a banned Hezbollah-linked television station to viewers in the city, prosecutors said.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060824/ts_alt_afp/mideastuslebanon

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Lebanon rebuilds, New Orleans waits:

In the Middle East, after a month of Israeli bombing, the people of Lebanon are digging themselves out from the rubble and struggling to return to their homes. In the United States, a full year after Hurricane Katrina, the people of New Orleans are still fighting to do the same thing: return home.
www.workers.org/2006/world/two-crises-0831/

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Exclusive: Whistleblowers Say State Farm Cheated Katrina Victims:

State Farm Insurance supervisors systematically demanded that Hurricane Katrina damage reports be buried or replaced or changed so that the company would not have to pay policyholders’ claims in Mississippi, two State Farm insiders tell ABC News.
tinyurl.com/nxtk3

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E.P.A. Whistle-Blower Says U.S. Hid 9/11 Dust Danger :

A senior scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency has accused the agency of relying on misleading data about the health hazards of World Trade Center dust.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14693.htm

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Local Foreclosure Rates Skyrocketing :

Sacramento County Foreclosures Up 118 Percent
www.kcra.com/money/9734571/detail.html?rss=sac&psp=news

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What would a housing recession mean?:

July sales were down 21.6 percent from the year before, and the nationwide number of new homes with “For Sale” signs in the front yard hit a record 568,000 – up 104,000 from the same time last year.
tinyurl.com/jwpr4

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Of traitors and warlords: Why Bush is coy about his Irish links :

Tapestry artist reveals ancestors of US president as murderous bunch
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1399353,00.html

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Date: 24 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 2617

icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$309,152,620,297

See the cost in your community
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Hizbollah’s reconstruction of Lebanon is winning the loyalty of disaffected Shia

By Robert Fisk

Hizbollah has made it clear that it has no intention of disarming under the UN Security Council’s 1701 ceasefire resolution and yesterday afternoon, Major-General Alain Pellegrini, the commander of the UN Interim Force in southern Lebanon – which the Americans and British are relying upon to seize the guerrilla army’s weapons – personally confirmed to me at his headquarters in Naqoura that “the Israelis can’t ask us to disarm Hizbollah”. Describing the ceasefire as “very fragile” and “very dangerous”, he stated that disarming Hizbollah “is not written in the mandate”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14672.htm

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The ‘New Middle East’ Bush Is Resisting

By Saad Eddin Ibrahim

President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may be quite right about a new Middle East being born. In fact, their policies in support of the actions of their closest regional ally, Israel, have helped midwife the newborn. But it will not be exactly the baby they have longed for. For one thing, it will be neither secular nor friendly to the United States. For another, it is going to be a rough birth.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14670.htm

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On the US-Israeli Invasion of Lebanon

By Noam Chomsky

The standard Western version is that the July 2006 invasion was justified by legitimate outrage over capture of two Israeli soldiers at the border. The posture is cynical fraud.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14681.htm

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You Call Me “Terrorist”, I Call You Coward

By Manuel Valenzuela

The lunacy that is the so-called “war on terror” has taken us into a bizarre and alternate world, one that is as dangerous to the human race as any time in our brief history. We are on the verge of disaster, of immersing ourselves into the self-fulfilling prophesy of our most archaic myths. If we do not put a stop to this madness, then surely it will put a stop to us.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14674.htm

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Where Bush’s Arrogance Has Taken Us

By Jim Hightower

An illegal war, a long list of eroded rights, and a country run by and for the benefit of corporate campaign donors — all courtesy of the imperial presidency.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14665.htm

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A Little Poverty Never Hurt Anybody

By Jason Miller

Wage slaves and sweat shop laborers have supplanted serfs and chattel slaves. Five major corporations comprise 90% of the mass media in the United States. What are their specialties? Shaping public opinion to maintain the illusion that one of the world’s most rapacious and bellicose nations is a “benevolent superpower”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14664.htm

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Are FOX News Employees really “Noncombatants”?

By Mike Whitney

The journalists who participate in the Murdoch-system are mere functionaries in a corporate news-militia. They deserve the same treatment as any other POW, nothing more.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14675.htm

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At least 18 killed as U.S. occupation grinds on:

Police found the bodies of three people, handcuffed and with gunshot wounds, in Kut, 170 km (105 miles) southeast of Baghdad, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO427510.htm

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3 U.S. Soldiers Among Fatalities in Iraq :

A series of attacks across Iraq killed more than a dozen people, including three U.S. soldiers, authorities said Thursday. The killings came despite assurances from U.S. officials that progress was being made to improve security in the capital.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6035600,00.html

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Iraq PM bans TV from showing attacks :

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has banned television channels from broadcasting gory images of daily bloodshed in the country, the interior ministry said in a statement.
tinyurl.com/zhrsh

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At least 19 killed in occupied Iraq:

Iraqi police pulled out six bodies from a small river near Latifiya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad on Tuesday, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM329576.htm

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2,500 Marines Face Involuntary Recall:

The number of troops in Iraq has climbed back to 138,000 — the prevailing number for much of last year.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/08/22/national/main1925647.shtml

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UK troops to stay in Iraq ‘to protect investment’ : –

A force of around 4,000 British troops will stay behind in Iraq for an indefinite period, even after all provinces controlled by the UK are handed over to the Baghdad government in nine months’ time, senior defence sources said yesterday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14671.htm

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McCain Faults Admin. For Painting Iraq As ‘Some Kind of Day At the Beach,’

Ignores Own Rosy Rhetoric
thinkprogress.org/2006/08/22/mccain-hypocrisy

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The Kurds’ fight for oil rights:

In Iraq, striking oil workers have shut the main pipeline supppling Baghdad with refined oil prodcuts.
tinyurl.com/zmsbs

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An interview with an Iraqi insurgent:

The night before Jill Carroll was released, Abu Nour, her chief captor who claims to be a leader of the Sunni insurgency, ordered her to do one final interview.
www.csmonitor.com/2006/0822/p11s02-woiq.html?s=t5

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War pimp alert:

S General Says Iranian Forces Do Training in Iraq :

A senior U.S. military spokesman says Iranian forces have infiltrated Iraq to provide training, money and equipment to Shi’ite extremists and fuel their insurgency. The officer went farther than others have in detailing Iran’s alleged role in Iraq’s violence.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-08-23-voa58.cfm

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War pimp alert:

Graham gloomy on state of world:

The S.C. Republican, a former military lawyer, bitterly criticized what he described as the world community’s tepid response to Iran’s bid to build nuclear weapons. And he accused France of reneging on its pledge to send troops to Lebanon to enforce an international buffer zone between Israel and Hezbollah fighters observing a fragile ceasefire.
tinyurl.com/l4396

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US interventions have boosted Iran, says report :

The US-led “war on terror” has bolstered Iran’s power and influence in the Middle East, especially over its neighbour and former enemy Iraq, a thinktank said today.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14669.htm

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Israel may ‘go it alone’ against Iran:

Israel is carefully watching the world’s reaction to Iran’s continued refusal to suspend uranium enrichment, with some high-level officials arguing it is now clear that when it comes to stopping Iran, Israel “may have to go it alone,” The Jerusalem Post has learned.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14680.htm

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Bush Ensured Iran Offer Would Be Rejected:

Even before Iran gave its formal counter-offer to ambassadors of the P5+1 countries (the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China) Tuesday, the George W. Bush administration had already begun the process of organising sanctions against Iran.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14668.htm

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Russia committed to Iran nuclear dialogue, new talks possibility ;

New consultations might be needed to discuss Iran’s response to international proposals to resolve the dispute over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, but Russia remains committed to dialogue, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.
en.rian.ru/russia/20060823/53026516.html

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U.S. Cold War gift: Iran nuclear plant :

Now cited as evidence of weapons activity, facility was provided to Shah’s government
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14683.htm

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War pimp alert:

Prepare for Iranian strike, Israelis told : Israel yesterday said it should prepare for a missile attack from Iran as a likely leader of peacekeeping in Lebanon called for Israeli troops to stop their shooting.
www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10397577

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Syria threatens to close Lebanon border:

“They will close their borders for all traffic in case U.N. troops will be deployed along the Lebanon-Syria border,” Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja said after meeting his Syrian counterpart Walid Moallem in Helsinki
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060823/ap_on_re_mi_ea/finland_mideast

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UN permits wide use of force in Lebanon;

New rules of engagement for U.N. troops in Lebanon permit soldiers to shoot in self-defense, use force to protect civilians and resist armed attempts to interfere with their duties, a U.N. document says.
tinyurl.com/htdoo

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Robert Fisk: Untold story of the massacre of Marjayoun :

A 16-year old Christian girl screaming “I want my Daddy” as her father’s mutilated body lay a few metres away from her; the town mukhtar discovering that his wife, Collette, had been decapitated by one of the Israeli missiles; the Lebanese Red Cross volunteer who went into the darkness of wartime Lebanon to give water and sandwiches to the refugees and was cut down by another missile, and whose friends could not reach him to save his life.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14661.htm

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Amnesty: Israel deliberately hit civilian targets

Human rights group accuses Israel of indiscriminate attacks against civilians, civilian infrastructure in Lebanon during war, says Jewish state may be guilty of war crimes. Third of war casualties were children, Amnesty reports.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14662.htm

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Amnesty Report: Israeli attacks on civilian infrastructure:

The briefing that follows summarizes Amnesty International’s initial assessment and concerns on the massive destruction of civilian infrastructure in Lebanon that has taken place during the conflict. It is based on first-hand information from a field mission which has visited Lebanon
web.amnesty.org/library/print/ENGMDE180072006

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Deir Yassin Remembered : Video:

Early in the morning of April 9, 1948, commandos of the Irgun (headed by Menachem Begin) and the Stern Gang attacked Deir Yassin, a village with about 750 Palestinian residents. – In all over 100 men, women, and children were systematically murdered.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14676.htm

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3 Lebanese Soldiers Die Clearing Shells:

Three Lebanese soldiers were killed yesterday while clearing unexploded Israeli shells in southern Lebanon, underscoring the dangers of a region awaiting the deployment of thousands of UN peacekeepers
tinyurl.com/kpuma

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IDF soldier killed, three others hurt, in southern Lebanon:

The incident apparently occurred when the tank in which the three were traveling ran over an old IDF mine, planted before the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/753992.html

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Israelis protest at war effort: Video:

In an exclusive interview with Channel 4 News – a senior tank commander says at the height of the offensive he disobeyed orders – refusing to send his men into high-risk battle because they just weren’t ready.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14667.htm

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Shin Bet chief slams ‘system collapse’;

Yuval Diskin blasts government over its conduct during Lebanon war, says government systems completely collapsed, northern Israel abandoned by officials
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3295035,00.html

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Rationality and Israeli violence:

As we witness the unfolding spectacle of ferocious, indiscriminate violence, destruction, and brutality in Gaza and Lebanon, it’s difficult to resist the conclusion that there is something terribly wrong with the Israeli state and society
weekly.ahram.org.eg/print/2006/808/op13.htm

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Palestinian killed as Israelis invade Gaza:

Israeli occupation forces killed a Palestinian and detained a senior member of the governing Hamas movement in a raid in southern Gaza, witnesses said.
tinyurl.com/pn7mu

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Kidnappers to US: Release all Muslim prisoners or we will kill journalists;

A group calling themselves the Holy Jihad Brigades, a faction which was not previously known in Gaza, has threatened to kill the two Fox News journalists kidnapped 9 days ago, if the United States does not release all Muslim prisoners in its jails within the next 72 hours.
tinyurl.com/puhdm

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Amira Hass: The occupier defines justice:

Every Palestinian prisoner’s personal history is an expression of the freedom Israel allows itself in the implanting of an extreme subculture of double standard, discriminating blood from blood, human being from human being, nation from nation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14663.htm

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Conversations with History: Occupation and Terrorism, with Amira Hass :

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Israeli journalist Amira Hass for a discussion of the Israel occupation, Palestinian terrorism, and the consequences of the conflict for the daily lives of both Israelis and Palestinians. Series: “Conversations with History”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14678.htm

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UK ‘assisted in acts of terror’:

Britain was accused in court on Tuesday of knowingly assisting in “acts of terrorism” by Israel during its month-long conflict with the Shi’ite militia Hezbollah in Lebanon.
tinyurl.com/p4wth

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Exclusive: Israel buys 2 German subs:

The navy already has three Dolphin-class submarines. They are the most expensive weapon platforms in the IDF’s arsenal. Germany donated the first two submarines after the first Gulf War and split the cost of the third with Israel.
tinyurl.com/nr7zw

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George Monbiot: Promoting peace is for wimps – real governments sell weapons :

How on earth did BAE Systems manage to sell 72 Eurofighters to Saudi Arabia on Friday?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14673.htm

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Video: Why We Fight :

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8494.htm

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Shashi has the vision :

One man is capable of strengthening the UN’s ability to be a genuinely effective global player
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1855316,00.html

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American Gulag:

Downgrading Padilla:

The case against accused ‘’dirty bomber’’ Jose Padilla was problematic from the start. First, the government labeled him an ‘’enemy combatant,’’ holding him in the military brig without charges for three years. Then, before the Supreme Court could put a stop to this dubious process, he was suddenly indicted on criminal charges — but they failed to mention the ‘’dirty bomber’’ allegations.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/15337759.htm

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30 killed in Afghan clashes :

Afghan soldiers fought back “Taliban” who stormed an isolated outpost yesterday, killing 18 rebels, while Nato forces bombed 11 more who were moving into position for attack..
tinyurl.com/qes43

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Canadian occupation forces kill 10 year old Afghan boy:

The body of a 10-year-old boy shot and killed by a Canadian soldier in southern Afghanistan was returned Wednesday to his grieving parents.
tinyurl.com/lorr8

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27th Canadian occupation forces soldier killed in Afghanistan :

A Canadian soldier was killed and three others injured on Tuesday in a suicide attack in southern Afghanistan, local officials said.
english.people.com.cn/200608/23/eng20060823_296049.html

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Afghans vent anger at Canadians: Death of boy, 10, stirs support for bombers: Witness :

Some want foreign troops to get out of the country
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14679.htm

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Rebel group funded congressman’s trip to Sri Lanka, sources say:

Illinois congressman Danny Davis and an aide took a trip to Sri Lanka last year that was paid for by the Tamil Tigers, a group that the U.S. government has designated as a terrorist organization for its use of suicide bombers and child soldiers, law enforcement sources said.
www.macon.com/mld/macon/news/nation/15344904.htm

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Eight years ago it was meltdown.

Now pride has been restored: IF ANYTHING underlines the popularity of President Putin with ordinary Russians, it is the sense that their country can hold its head up after years of tugging the forelock to foreign creditors.
business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,16849-2322845,00.html

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Recession will be nasty and deep, economist says:

Housing is in free fall, pulling the economy down with it, Roubini argues
tinyurl.com/j8q6g

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Ted Rall: “The Plot”:

Attention, citizens of the national community: stay tuned for a HomeSec alert! A fiendish plot has been uncovered! Terrorists loyal to the sinister forces of Eastasia have been apprehended! It is another glorious victory for the homeland! All hail Oceania!
www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=1163

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Dutch Gov’t: Incident Not Terror-Related:

Prosecutors on Thursday interrogated 12 men who were handcuffed and taken off a U.S. airliner in Amsterdam because U.S. air marshals and the crew believed they were acting suspiciously, a spokesman said.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=2351078

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JFK illegally targeting Muslims, groups say:

Muslim, Arab and South Asian passengers are being profiled by Homeland Security officers at Kennedy Airport, civil liberties groups said Wednesday, citing a New Jersey family that was detained and interrogated after a flight from Dubai last week.
tinyurl.com/nyysu

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Russ Baker: The Top 10 Corporate Democrats-For-Hire:

They claim to be ‘centrists,’ but these D.C. Dems — whose corporate agendas aren’t too different from Bush administration policies — are living proof that the system needs fixing.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14677.htm

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Americans Concerned About Election Transparency and Security:

A majority of Americans—61%—are aware of news reports of flaws in electronic voting machines and want members of the general public to be able to watch votes be counted following an election, a new Zogby International poll shows.
www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=1163

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Spin : Video:

Using the 1992 presidential election as his springboard, documentary filmmaker Brian Springer captures the behind-the-scenes maneuverings of all of politicians and newscasters in the early 1990s. Pat Robertson banters about “homos,” Al Gore learns how to avoid abortion questions, George Bush talks to Larry King about halcyon — all presuming they’re off camera. Composed of 100% unauthorized satellite footage, Spin is a surreal expose of media-constructed reality.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14682.htm

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Date: 22 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 2611

icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$308,778,494,445

See the cost in your community
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7 Facts You Might Not Know about the Iraq War

By Michael Schwartz

Here, is a little guide to understanding what is likely to be a flood of new Iraqi developments — a few enduring, but seldom commented upon, patterns central to the dynamics of the Iraq war, as well as to the fate of the American occupation and Iraqi society.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14657.htm

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Restarting the 34 Day War

By Mike Whitney

The penchant among the Israeli high-command for resolving political issues with brute force doesn’t bode well for Lebanon. Israel wants to settle accounts with Nasrallah and reestablish its dominance in the region, but that can only be accomplished by dealing a knockout blow to Hezbollah.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14652.htm

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Israel Must Win

By Gilad Atzmon

The IDF is a spoiled, confused and tired army that is specializing solely in terrorizing civilian populations while being engaged in constant tactical withdraw. This Israeli Army is not trained to win wars anymore. Instead, its tank battalions are mainly engaged in daily shelling of schools and hospitals.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14656.htm

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Free in our Time…

By Bill Noxid

While we in this country are subjected to endless coverage of fake bomb plots and a ten year old dead white girl case, the 33 Day War has dramatically altered the Middle East and the World. The slaves of Lebanon took the full wrath of their master and did not blink. This is a powerful turning point in the balance of power and marks the beginning of the end of subjugation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14649.htm

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At least 16 killed in occupied Iraq:

Bodies of eight fruit traders were found with their throats slit on the roadside in Madaen, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, Ahmed Diabil, a spokesman for Najaf province, said on Tuesday.
today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=KAM228050

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Iraqi Panel Launches Own Rape-Slay Probe:

An Iraqi investigative panel has launched an independent probe into the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl allegedly by American soldiers currently in U.S. custody, who will be tried in absentia if necessary, an official said Tuesday.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=2341038

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Bush: Iraq Had ‘Nothing’ To Do With 9/11:

Bush Now Says What He Wouldn’t Say Before War. Watch it.
thinkprogress.org/2006/08/21/bush-on-911/

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Marines to issue involuntary call-ups:

Corps faces shortage of volunteers for deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan
msnbc.msn.com/id/14468245/

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Israeli soldiers kill 3 Palestinians as Israeli tanks invade Gaza :

Israeli soldiers killed three militants and wounded several other Palestinians in clashes across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the army and Palestinian medics said.
tinyurl.com/mcjuw

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Gaza swelters through summer without power:

Ever since Israel bombed the new power station in the center of the Strip, the heat has become unbearable. The bombing has disrupted the supply of electricity to some 1.5 million residents; food in refrigerators goes bad, the patients in the hospitals groan, industry and work are paralyzed, traffic is gridlocked and there is a severe water shortage.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=753203

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UN warns of ‘security vacuum’ in Lebanon:

European Union president Finland called a meeting of the bloc’s foreign ministers for Friday in Brussels to discuss pledges of troops, which have so far been meagre.
tinyurl.com/njntl

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UN troops on Lebanon-Syria border a ‘hostile’ act: Assad;

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warns that a deployment of international troops along Lebanon’s border with Syria as demanded by Israel would be a hostile act, Dubai Television said Tuesday.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=138743

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U.S. resolution would disarm Hezbollah :

The United States is planning to introduce a new U.N. resolution on disarming Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, but U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said Monday this should not hold up the quick deployment of U.N. peacekeepers.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060821/ap_on_re_mi_ea/mideast_un_1&printer=1

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Unexploded Israeli cluster bombs:

Four dead as mine-clearing teams fear death toll from Israeli weapons could soar
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,1854715,00.html

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Grieving Relatives of Qana Massacre Emerge From the Rubble to Bury Their Dead:

We speak with longtime peace activist Kathy Kelly who attended the Qana funeral as well as a Michigan man who lost over 20 members of his family in the Israeli attack on the town.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/22/1421207

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Video: “Hezbollah” Fighter Fires Missile?.

Knocking Down Israeli Helicopter
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14654.htm

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The War Was Not Supposed to End This Way:

Israel is not better off strategically than it was at the beginning of the war; this in itself is a Hizballah victory. Israel must prepare to win the next round decisively.
www.jcpa.org/jl/vp546.htm

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Olmert, Minister in Clash Over Returning the Golan to Syria:

Dissent within Israel’s war Cabinet appeared to spill into the open yesterday with the country’s minister for internal security defying an order from Prime Minister Olmert and publicly saying that if Syria was interested, he would endorse negotiating the return of the Golan Heights to the Baathist regime in Damascus in exchange for peace.
www.nysun.com/article/38316?access=691710

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Olmert’s coalition hit by row :

Tensions flared after members of Olmert’s top coalition partner, the left-leaning Labor party, balked at supporting a two billion shekel ($459 million) budget cut to cover military expenses and help northern Israel recover from the war.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060822/wl_nm/mideast_olmert_dc

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War pimp alert:

Minister says Israel must be ready for any Iranian attack :

A week after the end of the war with Hezbollah, Minister Rafi Eitan warned Tuesday that Israel should prepare for the possibility of a missile attack from Iran.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/753483.html

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Iran denies U.N. inspectors site access :

Iran turned away U.N. inspectors from an underground site meant to shelter its uranium enrichment program from attack, diplomats said Monday, while the country’s supreme leader insisted Tehran will not give up its contentious nuclear technology.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060822/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_nuclear

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Romanian oil rig occupied by Iranian troops:

A Romanian oil rig off the coast of Iran came under fire Tuesday from an Iranian military warship and was later occupied by Iranian troops, a company spokesman said.
tinyurl.com/syhcp

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Iran Official: Romania Rig Co Failed to Follow Contract :

The Romanian operator of an oil platform offshore Iran which has been occupied by the Iranian military failed to follow contractual procedures, according to an Iranian official.
tinyurl.com/lfyug

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Uncensored Video News

Reports From Across The Middle East
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14655.htm

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What the U.S. Government No Longer Wants You to Know about Nuclear Weapons During the Cold War:

The Pentagon and the Energy Department have now stamped as national security secrets the long-public numbers of U.S. nuclear missiles during the Cold War
www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB197/index.htm

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15 militants killed in volatile S Afghanistan :

At least 15 insurgents have been killed by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan’s volatile southern Helmand province, a local official told Xinhua on Tuesday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-08/22/content_4994522.htm

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Doubts about Karzai growing in Afghanistan :

Corruption is so widespread, the government apparently so lethargic, and the divide between rich and poor so great, that Karzai is losing public support, warn officials like Ahmad Fahim Hakim, vice chairman of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/08/22/news/karzai.php

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India: Armed men seen near Kakrapar atomic plant :

Two armed men have been spotted in the vicinity of the Kakrapar Atomic Energy Centre near surat. The men reportedly entered the 1.6 kilometer high security exclusive zone between 3:00-4:00 pm today.
ndtv.com/topstories/showtopstory.asp?id=20093

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Islamic militants backed by Pakistan’s ISI trying to attack Indian nuclear plant? :

Kakrapar nuclear power station complex near Surat, India is under attck from Pakistani jihadists. Indian security forces are in hot pursuit of militants and ellite commandoes are in place to defend the nuke plant.
www.indiadaily.com/editorial/12944.asp

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Bill Quigley: New Orleans a Year After Katrina:

Homeowners in Louisiana, have not yet received a single dollar of federal housing rebuilding assistance to rebuild their severely damaged houses back into homes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14658.htm

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Cuba exports health :

Some 14,000 Cuban doctors now give free treatment to Venezuela’s poor and 3,000 Cuban medical staff worked in the aftermath of last year’s Kashmir earthquake. Cuba has plans to heal those poorer than itself.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14651.htm

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Russia wipes $22bn off its debts:

RUSSIA has finally paid off its Soviet-era debts to the Paris Club of wealthy nations in a dramatic display of the country’s new-found economic clout.
business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,16849-2322844,00.html

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Defaults rise in California:

Foreclosure activity in California in the second quarter jumped by 67 percent over the year-earlier period, according to figures released Monday
www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=2790

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7 Minute Video: We Can’t Make It Here Anymore :

Will work for food. Will die for oil.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14098.htm

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Judge Taylor Makes It Clear: Bush Is a Criminal:

Judge Taylor’s decision not only puts the Administration on notice. It puts Congress and all of us as citizens on notice: Bush is a law-breaker of the highest order.
progressive.org/mag_wx082106

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10 minute video: Despotism & Democracy :

Measures how a society ranks on a spectrum stretching from democracy to despotism. Where does your nation stand on these scales?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14653.htm

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Video: Orwell Rolls in His Grave

“Could a media system, controlled by a few global corporations with the ability to overwhelm all competing voices, be able to turn lies into truth?…”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13062.htm

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British intelligence knew about the liquid explosives on airlines long before the actual raid –

Who traded the airline stocks before and after and with information from whom?
www.indiadaily.com/editorial/12725.asp

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Changing chairs on the Titanic: :

Tories open nine-point lead as Labour drops to 19-year low :

David Cameron is on course for a possible general election win, according to a Guardian/ICM poll published today that shows support for the Conservatives climbing to a lead that could give them a narrow majority in the Commons, while Labour has plunged to a 19-year low.
politics.guardian.co.uk/conservatives/story/0,,1855568,00.html

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War is terror:

Former Mossad boss steels West for ‘third world war’ :

He argues that the threat of international terrorism is growing, leaving Western democracies no choice but to team up and aggressively root out terrorists wherever they can be found.
tinyurl.com/fmg3r

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Acknowledging an inability to defeat terrorism!:

War on terror is a perpetual fight, says minister :

A government minister today gave a stark warning that the “war on terror” was a war without end, telling a community meeting that the fight against extremists was likely to be “perpetual”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14659.htm

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Officials Seek Broader Access to Airline Passanger Data :

The U.S. and European authorities, looking for more tools to detect terrorist plots, want to expand the screening of international airline passengers by digging deep into a vast repository of airline itineraries, personal information and payment data
www.iht.com/articles/2006/08/22/news/airlines.php

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Calendars show Armitage met reporter: The No. 2 State Department official met with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in mid-June 2003, the same time the reporter has testified that an administration official talked to him about CIA employee Valerie Plame.

Video: They Want Your Soul:

Most people think that blindly believing what out government tells us is patriotism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14650.htm

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