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Date: 22 September 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 2687

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$315,815,096,141

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

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Bush Rages: “I am not Beelzebub, Lord of Sulfur”

By Mike Whitney

Plucky Chavez, – publicly throttled the Global Emperor in front of 6 billion people and left his bruised and bloodied carcass splattered across the canvas like Roberto Duran in Round 9 of the middleweight championship match…
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15049.htm

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In case you missed it

Rise Up Against the Empire

President Hugo Chavez, Address to the United Nations

Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the world.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15041.htm

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In Case You Missed It

Noam Chomsky on Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest For Global Dominance

Audio and Transcript

“If you repeat it loudly enough it will become the truth” – MIT institute professor of linguistics and author Noam Chomsky speaks out on U.S. hegemony, controlling the domestic population through fear and the historical parallels of current U.S. foreign policy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15052.htm

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Imperialism 101 – The US Addiction to War, Mayhem and Madness

By Stephen Lendman

The US is now at a dangerous watershed moment struggling to save the tattered republic and our sacred constitutional rights. Unless we reverse the present course, our future may be the one Orwell foresaw when he wrote: “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face…forever…” Like the totalitarian state of Oceania led by Big Brother in his best known book 1984, we’re waging a permanent long war; no one is safe anymore.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15051.htm

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Like Taking Candy From A Baby

By Manuel Valenzuela

Knowing the absolute ignorance, gullibility and lack of critical thinking of the American masses, those in power are able, once more, in what has become all too familiar throughout the annals of history, to skew the decision, mentality and vote of large segments of the population by simply reaching to the primitive instincts of human nature and manipulating emotions, psychology and the instinct of survival prevalent in every living organism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15050.htm

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Is This What Motivates U.S. Foreign Policy?

The Doomsday Code

The people with powerful political friends in the White House, who are trying to bring about the end of the world. Julia Bard reports.

Channel 4 (UK) Video Documentary

The leaders of the End Time movement are rich, well-connected and very powerful. Though the USA constitution enshrines the separation of church and state End Timers are frequent visitors to the White House.

Click to view – Real Video and Windows Media.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15032.htm

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Joe Stalin is Alive and Living on Pennslyvania Avenue

By Danny Schechter

Just as the Neo-Nazis are back as newly elected respectable members of governments in Eastern Germany, abandoning the skinhead look for suits and ties and softer rhetoric, our Neo Cons have moved from left to hard right wrapped in burkas made of the American flag.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15058.htm

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UN: Nearly 6,600 civilians killed in Iraq in two months:

In July at least 3,590 people were killed and in August 3,009 died in bloody attacks on civilians, according to the UN human rights report.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=17535

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U.S. Occupation Forces Among At least 33 killed :

“Insurgents” killed six policemen and wounded two others when they attacked a police station in western Baghdad’s Sunni Amiriya district, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L21430391.htm

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Anti Occupation Forces Gain Alarming Support Among Iraq’s Sunni Muslims :

A confidential Pentagon assessment finds that an overwhelming majority of Iraq’s Sunni Muslims support the insurgency that has been fighting against U.S. troops and the Iraqi government
abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=2470183&page=1

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Analysts say violence will continue to increase:

Violence in Iraq will continue despite different reconciliation plans being proposed because insurgency and militia actions are a response to the US-led occupation.
snipurl.com/wso2

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Halliburton ambush in Iraq caught on video:

The video, by KBR truck driver Preston Wheeler, shows what initially appears to be a routine convoy of sixteen-wheeler trucks delivering supplies to U.S. troops. Three KBR truck drivers were killed.

– WARNING – This video contains images that depict the reality and horror of war. It should only be viewed by a mature audience.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15059.htm

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US troops in Iraq are Tehran’s ‘hostages’:

Three and a half years after the occupation began, the US military is no longer the real power in Iraq. As the chief of intelligence for the US Marine Corps revealed in a recent report, US troops have been unable to shake the hold that Sunni insurgents have on the vast western province of al-Anbar.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HI22Ak01.html

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Torture reaches new depths in Iraq:

Torture in Iraq is reportedly worse now than it was under deposed president Saddam Hussein, the United Nations’ chief anti-torture expert said Thursday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15047.htm

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Musharraf: US threatened to bomb Pakistan after 9/11:

President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan said that after the September 11 attacks the United States threatened to bomb his country if it did not cooperate with America’s war campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
snipurl.com/wso8

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5 Killed In Israeli Attack On Occupied Gaza: :

Israeli occupation forces backed by a transport helicopter killed a woman in a raid on a house in the southern Gaza Strip.
snipurl.com/wso9

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Israeli High Court questions lack of IOF probe into shooting of U.S. activist :

The High Court of Justice on Wednesday questioned the Israel Defense Forces’ decision not to launch a criminal investigation into an incident in the West Bank city of Jenin in 2003, during which an American peace activist was shot in the face.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/765449.html

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Livni rejects Palestinian right to return home:

Tzipi Livni, the Israeli foreign minister, has used a speech at the United Nations to tell Palestinian refugees that they should not expect to be allowed to return to their homes in Israel.
snipurl.com/wsoe

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Israel: Most residents of north stayed in north during Lebanon war :

Eight-five percent of men surveyed never left their home during the war, while an additional 9 percent left for a few days, despite the war-time perception that most most residents had fled south.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/765525.html

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War pimp alert: Israeli

“Expert”: Tactical nukes needed to blast Iranian defenses:

Mofaz argued that any preemptive action – not necessarily launched by Israel – against Iran’s nuclear facilities would need to employ tactical nuclear weapons.
snipurl.com/wsol

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War pimp alert:

Iran could cut West’s oil supplies in event of war, warns American chief in Gulf:

Iran could trigger a global terrorist campaign and choke the West’s oil supplies in the event of war with America, the top US commander in the region has warned.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/09/21/woil21.xml

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Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media :

Video: 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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Arab states urge IAEA to slam Israel for atomic arsenal :

Israel again rebuffed two resolutions in what has become an annual Arab effort to get the International Atomic Energy Agency to press it to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty arms-control pact and help set up a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/765538.html

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Press Conference: Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran :

Video and transcript:

The president of Iran – Press Conference at the United Nations 09/21/06
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15055.htm

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Michael T. Klare: Taking Oil Out Of The Equation:

If it weren’t for our dependence on Middle Eastern oil, we wouldn’t project such a conspicuous and over-bearing presence in the Middle East—and it is this presence, more than anything else, that has generated the toxic anti-Americanism on which al-Qaida feeds.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15053.htm

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Press Conference:

Mr. Hugo Chavez Frias, President of Venezuela:

Video: United Nations Press Conference
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15046.htm

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Leading democrat calls Chavez a “thug”:

“Hugo Chavez fancies himself a modern day Simon Bolivar but all he is an everyday thug,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a news conference, referring to Chavez’ comments in a U.N. General Assembly speech on Wednesday.
snipurl.com/wsoz

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4 “militants” killed, 5 others captured in occupied S Afghanistan :

At least four “Taliban insurgents” have been killed and five others detained in clashes in the southern Zabul province of Afghanistan
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-09/21/content_5122127.htm

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VT Cong Candidate Calls For Arrest of Bush and Cheney by U.S. Military :

Former Army Lieutenant and a candidate for Congress in VT, Dennis Morrisseau of W. Pawlet, today called for the arrest of President Bush and Vice President Cheney by the American military “if necessary” to prevent an unauthorized attack upon the nation of Iran.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15056.htm

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CIA ‘refused to operate’ secret jails;

The Bush administration had to empty its secret prisons and transfer terror suspects to the military-run detention centre at Guantánamo this month in part because CIA interrogators had refused to carry out further interrogations and run the secret facilities
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15057.htm

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Panels barely OK anti-terror bills :

House measures affect interrogations, expanded spying
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/09/21/MNG38L9ELG1.DTL

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Judge Orders More Gitmo Papers Unsealed:

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Department of Defense to release documents detailing mistreatment or disciplinary action taken against detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and other information sought by The Associated Press
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6094165,00.html

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German police shadowed man before CIA seized him: witness:

German police were shadowing Khaled el-Masri and exchanging information on him with U.S. authorities before he was seized by the CIA and taken to Afghanistan, a German federal policeman said on Thursday.
snipurl.com/wsp9

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Canada: House apologizes for Arar’s treatment:

Motion passes unanimously in Commons; names removed from terrorism watch list
snipurl.com/wspc

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Padilla’s alleged recruiter wants wiretaps tossed :

In court papers, Hassoun’s lawyers seek disclosure of secret FISA applications and warrants to determine whether they hold up under legal scrutiny.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15045.htm

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An Interview With Howard Zinn:

We have done too many bad things in the world. You know, if you look at the way we have used our armed forces throughout our history: first destroying the Indian communities of this continent and annihilating Indian tribes, then going into the Caribbean in the Spanish-American War
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15054.htm

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Pentagon to release report on September 11 claims:

The Pentagon’s inspector general will release a report in the coming days that is expected to refute claims that an Army intelligence unit had information that could have thwarted the September 11 attacks, officials said on Wednesday.
snipurl.com/wspj

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Jesus Camp: 3 Minute Video –

ABC new report about the documentary ‘Jesus Camp’
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15048.htm

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VA Underestimates Care Costs:

The government used prewar data to estimate the cost of caring for veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, contributing to a $3 billion budget shortfall at the Veterans Affairs Department since 2005, congressional investigators say.
www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,114339,00.html

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Duma to Consider Putin Bill:

The State Duma Council has put a bill that would allow President Vladimir Putin to stand for a third term on the agenda for November
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2006/09/20/020.html

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Date: 20 September 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 2691

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$316,089,357,141

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

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Rise Up Against the Empire

President Hugo Chavez, Address to the United Nations

Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the world.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15041.htm

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Israelis in Iraq : Could Their Target Be Iran?

A BBC Newsnight Exclusive

We have obtained the first pictures of Kurdish soldiers being trained by Israelis in Northern Iraq. The sensitivities for the Kurdish authorities are serious, since their political enemies have long accused them of being in cahoots with Israel. The Kurdish authorities have previously denied allowing any Israelis into northern Iraq.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15033.htm

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The Surprising End of the New American Century

By Mike Whitney

Iran has no choice but to take Bush’s saber rattling seriously and prepare for war. The administration’s stated goal of “regime change” poses a credible “existential threat” to current Iranian government and they must plan accordingly.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15042.htm

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Iraqi captive died with 93 injuries

By New Zealand Herald

Captive Iraqis were beaten with iron bars, kicked, starved, and forced to drink their own urine during abuse which led to the death of a prisoner, the first court martial of British troops accused of war crimes was told yesterday.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15039.htm

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Before You Enlist!
15 Minute Video

Straight talk from soldiers, veterans and their family members tells what is missing from the sales pitches presented by recruiters and the military’s marketing efforts.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15043.htm

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Iraq: At least 61 Killed As Bloody U.S Occupation Grinds On:

A total of 35 bodies were found in the last 24 hours in Baghdad, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM916348.htm

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Four US soldiers die across occupied Iraq:

Another four US soldiers have died in series of incidents across Iraq, the US military reported on Tuesday.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=142845

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No One Dares to Help: The wounded die alone on Baghdad’s streets.

An offer of aid could be your own death sentence, an Iraqi reporter writes.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15038.htm

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U.S. general says attacks against American troops have increased :

The attacks against U.S. troops were mostly carried out by suicide car bombers or roadside bombs. He added that the number of killings by death squads also had increased in the past week.
snipurl.com/wqgl

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Did the U.S. choose the correct puppet?:

oubts Rise on Iraqi Premier’s Strength :

Senior Iraqi and American officials are beginning to question whether Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki has the political muscle and decisiveness to hold Iraq together as it hovers on the edge of a full civil war.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15036.htm

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Time running out for Iraqis, study group leaders warn:

Iraq’s government has only until the end of 2006 to make major progress in curbing violence and improving basic services before the country’s situation turns even more dire, the two leaders of a bipartisan, blue-ribbon study group on U.S. policy in Iraq warned Tuesday.
snipurl.com/wqgn

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UK soldier ‘enjoyed’ Iraqis’ pain :

A British soldier “enjoyed” hearing Iraqis call out in pain as they were kicked and punched while in a detention centre, a court martial has heard.
snipurl.com/wqgr

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The Ground Truth: Iraq War Veterans Speak Out :

Drill instructors are shown dehumanizing recruits as part of the process of training them to dehumanize the adversary. Rare video footage from Iraq, accompanied by first-hand accounts from soldiers featured in the film, reveal the ways their training to “Kill, kill” leads them to target Iraqi civilians.
www.commondreams.org/views06/0919-29.htm

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Israelis trained Kurdish troops in Iraq-BBC report:

Former Israeli special forces soldiers entered Iraq from Turkey in 2004 to train two groups of Kurdish troops, one of the former Israeli trainers told the BBC’s “Newsnight” programme.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L1979854.htm

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Where is the seat of global justice?:

Address by His Excellency Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad President of the Islamic Republic of Iran before the 61 st Session of the United Nations, General assembly. Full text
informationclearinghouse.info/article15040.htm

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Israeli ambassador criticizes U.S. for granting Iran`s leader a visa :

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations criticized the U.S. administration on Wednesday for granting an entrance visa to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and allowing him to address the UN General Assembly.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/765050.html

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Jewish leaders press concernsas potential U.N. heads reach out:

As the U.N. General Assembly opens, diplomats vying to be the world’s top peacekeeper are taking the time to consult with a group that has emerged as a critical constituency: American Jewish leaders.
snipurl.com/wqh3

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Robert Scheer: Rendering Unto Syria:

What an outrage for the president to invoke the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in his address to the United Nations, a day after a Canadian government commission accused the U.S. of rendering a Canadian to Syria for torture. Did no one on his staff inform the president that Article 5 of that declaration explicitly states, “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”?
snipurl.com/wqh7

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President Bush Addresses United Nations General Assembly :

Full Text and Video
www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/09/20060919-4.html

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EU Parliamentarians Establish an “Israel Lobby” :

300 European Union parliamentarians and supporters took part this week in a gala celebrating the establishment of a European “Israel Lobby”, the first of its kind.
www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=112356

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Israeli Police: Enough evidence found to indict president on sex charges :

The team investigating President Moshe Katsav for alleged rape and other charges presented its intermim findings to Attorney General Menachem Mazuz on Tuesday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/764451.html

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Thirty-four insurgents reported killed in occupied Afghanistan :

Clashes and bombings left up to 34 Taliban fighters and one policeman dead in five separate incidents in central and southern Afghanistan, officials said today
www.breakingnews.ie/2006/09/20/story277576.html

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5 Afghan women killed, 18 injured by grenade thrown at wedding party:

An outdoor wedding celebration north of the Afghan capital was attacked by assailants who threw a grenade, killing five women and wounding 18, an official said.
snipurl.com/wqhf

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Simon Jenkins: The inhumane folly of our interventionist machismo:

The outside world has not the slightest intention of taking military action in Sudan. The Sudanese government knows this and gives not a fig for other sanctions
www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,1876418,00.html

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Belarus Clinches Billion-Dollar Military Contracts with Venezuela :

Belarus has signed military contracts with Venezuela worth “over $1 billion” plus a cooperation agreement on oil extraction, security council secretary Viktor Sheiman said on Sept. 18.
snipurl.com/wqhi

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World Bank Profits From Poor Countries – Report:

The World Bank receives more from developing countries than what it disburses to them says a new report released Tuesday as finance ministers endorsed a controversial new Bank plan to tackle corruption in developing countries.
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=34780

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Pope expresses ‘deep respect’ for Islam:

“I hope that my deep respect for great religions, in particular for Muslims, who worship the one God and with whom we are engaged in defending and promoting together social justice, moral values, peace and freedom for all men, has emerged clearly,” Benedict said during his weekly audience at the Vatican.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2010915.cms

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Pope Benedict Not Really All That Sorry:

Pope Benedict’s comments last week about Islam should be weighed in the context of earlier statements and actions
informationclearinghouse.info/article15035.htm

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Gary North: Why Bush Will Become the Textbooks’ Worst President:

Any President who can start and then lose two brushfire wars, thereby revealing for the whole world to see that the American empire is a spent force, can’t be all bad.
www.lewrockwell.com/north/north477.html

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Guantanamo detainee mistreated, lawyers say:

Shaker Aamer, a 37-year-old resident of Britain, was placed in isolated confinement Sept. 24, 2005 and has been beaten by guards, deprived of sleep and subjected to temperature extremes, according to the motion filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15034.htm

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U.S.: Bush Justifies CIA Detainee Abuse: –

President George W. Bush’s defense of abusing detainees betrays basic American and global standards, Human Rights Watch said today.
hrw.org/english/docs/2006/09/06/usdom14139.htm

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Is The Doctrine Behind the Bush Presidency Consistent with a Democratic State?:

Americans need to decide whether we are still a country of laws – and if we are, we need to decide whether a President who has determined to ignore or evade the law has not acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government.
writ.lp.findlaw.com/commentary/20060109_bergen.html

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Gonzales: ISPs must keep records on users:

“We need to figure out a way to have ISPs retain data for a sufficient period of time that would allow us to go back and retrieve it.”
news.com.com/Gonzales+ISPs+must+keep+records+on+users/2100-1028_3-6117455.html

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Date: 19 September 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 2687

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$315,815,096,141

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

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What Would War Look Like?

By Michael Duffy

A flurry of military maneuvers in the Middle East increases speculation that conflict with Iran is no longer quite so unthinkable. Here’s how the U.S. would fight such a war—and the huge price it would have to pay to win it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15020.htm

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Retired U.S. Col. Says U.S. Are Conducting Military Operations Inside Iran

4 Minute Video and transcript.

Air Force Col. Sam Gardiner (Ret.) said, “We are conducting military operations inside Iran right now. The evidence is overwhelming.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15022.htm

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Ties to GOP Trumped Know-How Among Staff Sent to Rebuild Iraq

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran

A 24-year-old who had never worked in finance — but had applied for a White House job — was sent to reopen Baghdad’s stock exchange. The daughter of a prominent neoconservative commentator and a recent graduate from an evangelical university for home-schooled children were tapped to manage Iraq’s $13 billion budget, even though they didn’t have a background in accounting.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15025.htm

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Senate Bills Would Allow for Lifelong Detention Without Trial, Torture Without Accountability

Audio and transcript

Both proposed bills in the Senate strip away the right to habeas corpus and cut back the ability of rape survivors of to hold their perpetrators accountable. We speak with Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15027.htm

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Bush’s Cruel and Degrading Presidency

By Mike Whitney

Washington is a moral swamp. When the chief executive can stand at the presidential podium and make an unabashed appeal for torture, then the American dream is dead.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15026.htm

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Rogue Nation

Time to change the course of U.S. history

By Peter Stern

It is time for the American people to take back their nation from irresponsible and lackluster special interest-motivated elected officials. Impeaching top members of the Bush administration may be in order.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15028.htm

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Fighting Capitalism One Essay at a Time

By Angie Tibbs

If enough people who care and know the issues do not come forward and demand an end to this madness, dissent will be criminalized. We are at a critical crossroads in our civilization. We have a responsibility to future generations to do better, and time is running out.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15000.htm

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Occupied Iraq: Rocket Attack in Baghdad Kills 10 People:

A rocket attack on a Shiite neighborhood in southern Baghdad Tuesday killed 10 people and wounded 19, police said.
snipurl.com/wohy

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At least 9 Killed As U.S. Occupation Continues:

The United States military reported the deaths of two U.S. soldiers in two different attacks in Baghdad, one by small-arms fire and the other by a roadside bomb.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM916348.htm

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Journalist shot dead in Baghdad: Report:

Militants murdered a Baghdad TV journalist in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi, the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported on Tuesday.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1800605,00050004.htm

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U.S. Resorting to ‘Collective Punishment’:

Ahmad, a local doctor who withheld his last name for security purposes told IPS. “This city has been facing the worst of the American terror and destruction for more than two years now, and the world is silent.”
ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=34756

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Gen. says U.S. may boost forces in Iraq :

The U.S. military will likely maintain or possibly even increase the current force levels of more than 140,000 troops in Iraq through next spring, the top US. commander in the Middle East said Tuesday in one of the gloomiest assessments yet of how quickly American forces can be brought home.
www.heraldnewsdaily.com/ViewArticle.aspx?id=7971&source=2

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There is more than one triangle of resistance:

What the occupiers of Iraq still refuse to accept is that the resistance is supported and protected by Iraqis.
tinyurl.com/lr4le

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British soldier admits Iraqi war crime:

The guilty plea was entered as seven British soldiers went on trial in connection with events in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15019.htm

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Turkey official warns on Iraq federalism:

“The core of the problem is that if Iraq is divided, definitely there will be civil war and definitely neighboring countries will be involved in this,” Abdullah Gul said. “The Middle East can’t shoulder this. It’s too much.”
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/4197045.html

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Kurdish party to get shut down in Iraq :

The Iraqi government said Tuesday it will shut down all offices belonging to the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, around the country.
tinyurl.com/pcjo7

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Police kill 11 suspected Taliban in occupied Afghanistan:

The renewed violence came a day after three bombings killed at least 20 people, including four Canadian soldiers, across Afghanistan.
tinyurl.com/ow2tw

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Deepening catastrophe in Afghanistan:

The Nato occupation of Afghanistan is facing growing resistance after almost five years. Jonathan Neale looks at the crisis facing US and British troops in the region
www.socialistworker.co.uk/article.php?article_id=9708

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Iran says enrichment suspension idea misunderstood :

Iran said on Monday the idea it was prepared to shelve uranium enrichment for a limited time had been misunderstood by the West, the government spokesman said.
tinyurl.com/qvocq

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Bush and Iran president to face off:

President Bush and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will face off at a distance over Middle East democracy and nuclear weapons when both address the United Nations on Tuesday.
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2461553

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Gordon Prather: Outrageous and dishonest:

The IAEA formal complaint refutes the report’s assertion that Iran is producing “weapons-grade” enriched uranium.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15030.htm

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Senator compares Iran’s president to Hitler:

“Ahmadinejad — I call him Ahmad-in-a-head — I think he’s a Hitler type of person,” Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich said during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2006/9/19/135836.shtml

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Nonaligned nations slam Israel, support Iran:

Representatives of 118 Nonaligned Movement nations condemned Israel’s attacks on Lebanon and supported a peaceful resolution to the U.S.-Iran nuclear dispute in the final declaration Saturday of a summit that brought together some of the world’s staunchest American foes.
www.chinapost.com.tw/detail.asp?ID=90646&GRP=A

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UN condemns Israeli cluster bomb use:

The UN says it estimates that 350,000 unexploded cluster bomblets remain in southern Lebanon, leaving a deadly legacy for civilians.
tinyurl.com/lwvfk

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Gaza: The children killed in a war the world doesn’t want to know about :

Nayef Abu Snaima says his 14-year-old cousin Jihad had been sitting on the edge of an olive grove talking animatedly to him about what he would do when he grew up when he was killed instantly by an Israeli shell.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15029.htm

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U.S. Pressuring Abbas Not To Compromise With Hamas :

The Bush administration has pressured Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas not to make any agreement with the Hamas faction unless it includes recognition of Israel
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=112328

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Canadian Was Tortured and Falsely Accused, Panel Says:

Canadian intelligence officials passed false warnings and bad information to American agents about a Muslim Canadian citizen, after which U.S. authorities secretly whisked him to Syria, where he was tortured, a judicial report found Monday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15021.htm

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How Canada failed citizen Maher Arar:

Mr. Arar, a Canadian citizen who was deported from the United States to Syria — where he was tortured as a terrorist suspect — has suffered “devastating” mental and economic consequences as a result of his ordeal, Mr. Justice Dennis O’Connor says in a report released yesterday.
tinyurl.com/fwpno

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Judge, jury, and torturer:

``TRUST US. You’re guilty. We’re going to execute you, but we can’t tell you why.” That is how Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, characterized the Bush administration’s recent proposal for a draconian new trial system to deal with accused terrorists.
tinyurl.com/oxuop

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Ret. military leaders & frmr DOD officials say Detainee Treatment Act poses a grave threat to American service-members: :

Detainee Treatment Act violates the core principles of the Geneva Conventions and poses a grave threat to American service-members, now and in future wars.
www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2006/09/mil-060912-sasc01.htm

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From his office in clouded cockoo land:

Cheney Says Hopes of World Rest on U.S. :

Vice President Dick Cheney cast the global war on terror on Tuesday as a ``war of nerves,’’ borrowing a phrase Harry Truman used to describe the Cold War. Cheney asserted that the hopes of the civilized world depend on a U.S. victory.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6090925,00.html

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Sidney Blumenthal : How Bush Rules: Torture and The Quest For Unfettered Power:

The Bush administration’s new torture policy prompted the export of torture technique from Guantanamo to Abu Ghraib.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15023.htm

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Harry Reid : Not a single terrorist has been brought to justice :

“Five years after September 11, not a single terrorist has been brought to justice under the President’s flawed policy.
democrats.senate.gov/newsroom/record.cfm?id=263124&

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List of countries describes as “Terrorist breeding grounds” increases:

“Fragile” countries, whose deepening poverty puts them at risk from terrorism, armed conflict and epidemic disease, have jumped to 26 from 17 since the report was last issued in 2003.
tinyurl.com/k9fed

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U.S. assailed for `protecting terrorists’:

“[That’s] a strange way to remember the victims of Sept. 11,” Alarcón said at a news conference, noting both the plea bargain and bid to free Posada came on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.
tinyurl.com/oo7ck

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10 Peace Prize Winners Take Aim at U.S. :

Ten Nobel Peace Prize laureates called for world peace and took aim at U.S. policy makers, asking an enthusiastic crowd of 7,000 youth to demand that the United States pull back its military, spread its wealth and offer aid to developing countries.
tinyurl.com/k8wcv

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US jails ‘powerless as terror trainees recruited’ :

The US’ prisons are becoming major breeding grounds for “Islamic” terrorists, but states and local authorities are too cash-strapped to prevent or monitor recruiting, a new report says today.
www.irishexaminer.com/breaking/story.asp?j=83767250&p=8376755z

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Bush blocks campaign to put pressure on Sudan over Darfur :

The Bush administration and big business interests have been accused of undermining efforts to exert financial pressure on the Sudanese government to stop the killing in Darfur.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article1619247.ece

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State of emergency declared in Thailand :

The Thai prime minister today declared a state of emergency amid rumours of an imminent military coup.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1876216,00.html

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Thai Counter-Insurgency Officials Charged With Coup :

Opponents of the pro-American prime minister — including Bangkok’s wealthy elite and pampered middle-class, Thai media, white-collar business executives, students and others — suspect the car bomb and coup plot is an dangerous charade by Mr. Thaksin to win an election scheduled for Oct. 15
www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0609/S00116.htm

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Church experts say Pope is ‘unrepentant’:

Church experts have claimed that, far from having made a mistake, it is extremely unlikely that the Pope would have inflamed the feelings of so many Muslims without realising what he was doing.
tinyurl.com/pz4y7

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FBI triples its Capitol Hill corruption squads:

There is so much political corruption on Capitol Hill that the FBI has had to triple the number of squads investigating lobbyists, lawmakers and influence peddlers, the New York Daily News has learned.
tinyurl.com/gzekj

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Date: 18 September 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 2684

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$315,575,076,978

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

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This is how US will attack Iran

By Yitzhak Benhorin

It will take a few days, with thousands of sorties, satellite and laser-guided bombs will be aimed at targets – 1,500 already planned by Pentagon – and will try to infiltrate armed concrete, under which some of nuclear sites are hidden. Meanwhile, Washington launches diplomatic blitz in attempt to promote sanctions on Tehran
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15010.htm

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Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder-A Glimpse Into Israeli Collective Psychosis

By Gilad Atzmon

The Israelis somehow fail to read the message on the wall. Rather than looking at the mirror and spotting out their obvious faults that have already matured into severe moral bankruptcy, the Israelis prefer total submission to the materialist fantasy of Nuclear Judeocide.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15015.htm

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War Criminal at Bay

By Paul Craig Roberts

President George Bush, betrayed by the neoconservatives whom he elevated to power and by his Attorney General, Torture Gonzales who gave him wrong legal advice, is locked in a desperate struggle with the Republican Congress to save himself from war crimes charges at the expense of America’s reputation and our soldiers’ fate.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15009.htm

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What if they gave a War?

By Charles Sullivan

We must think beyond geopolitical borders, beyond political parties; past the familiar labels of liberal and conservative. Working class conservatives and working class liberals alike are exploited by those in power. We must set aside the petty differences that keep us apart and seek common ground to defeat our common enemy—corporate Plutocracy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15016.htm

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Ending the Dollar’s Tyranny

By Mike Whitney

The dominance of the greenback has created a global empire which is controlled by a small group of corporatists and autocrats who depend on bullying and brute force to maintain their supremacy. The only way to restore the republic is to topple the empire, dislodge the dollar from its lofty perch, and even the playing field with the other currencies.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15014.htm

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Iraq: At least 69 killed in ongoing U.S. occupation:

Fourteen bodies, tortured and with bullet holes in the head, were found in different districts of Baghdad on Monday, a Ministry of Interior source said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO840395.htm

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Bullets and Bodies In Baghdad :

As I was walking back outside, gunfire erupted all around us. It turns out the Ministry of Health FPS had gotten into a firefight with nearby FPS officers from the Ministry of Electricity
snipurl.com/wmc4

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4 Canadian Occupation Force Soldiers among 17 Killed In Afghanistan:

A suicide bomber on a bicycle killed four Canadian occupation troops and wounded at least 27 civilians in southern Afghanistan on Monday, while two other blasts in the capital and in the western part of the country killed a total of 13 Afghans, officials said.
snipurl.com/wmc5

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NATO Faces Growing Hurdle As Call for Troops Falls Short:

Alliance Casualties Hit 5-Year High in Occupied Afghanistan.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15013.htm

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Painful Deception In Palestine:

To avoid death by strangulation and malnutrition, the Palestinians must practice diplomatic submission and subservience to Israel-American positions.
www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/09/18/painful_deception_in_palestine.php

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Daniel Gavron : The great escape :

Two peoples inhabit this land, we have lived here in the past, and we will continue to live here in the future. We have to work out some way of living together. We have to work out a formula for sharing our territory. We have to establish a means of cooperating to preserve our environment. We have to find a way to govern our population.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/763276.html

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Israeli Military Intelligence knew about Hezbollah kidnap plans:

Military Intelligence had clear information about an impending kidnap attempt by Hezbollah shortly before the Lebanese group carried out its cross-border raid on July 12, according to an internal inquiry conducted by the Israel Defense Forces.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15007.htm

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Deadly harvest: The Lebanese fields sown with cluster bombs :

Lebanese villagers must risk death in fields ‘flooded’ with more than a million Israeli cluster bombs – or leave crops to rot
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article1616665.ece

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Hezbollah rejects Bush’s call to disarm:

“We are being asked to disarm so that Lebanon remains defenceless. Our force is protecting Lebanon,” Sheikh Nasrallah said in a televised debate on Wednesday. “The core of the problem is that the United States and Israel want to disarm Hezbollah.”
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1282918,00050004.htm

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War pimp alert:

Only a “few months” before a nuclear Iran: Israeli FM :

Livni said the world “cannot afford” for Iran to have nuclear weapons.
www.zeenews.com/znnew/articles.asp?aid=323424&sid=WOR

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In a replay of Iraq, a battle is brewing over intelligence on Iran:

Several former U.S. defense officials who maintain close ties to the Pentagon say they’ve been told that plans for airstrikes – if Bush deems them necessary – are being updated.
snipurl.com/wmcd

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Chirac: Iran should not be referred to Security Council during talks :

“I think that Iran is a great nation and that we can find solutions through dialogue.”
snipurl.com/wmcf

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A Date With a “Dangerous” Mind:

EXCLUSIVE: Face to face with Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the man whose swaggeris stirring fears of warwith the U.S.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15011.htm

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Car bomb, gunfight in Somalia kills 11:

A car bomb killed five people and wounded several others outside parliament in Somalia’s provincial capital Baidoa on Monday in an assassination attempt on President Abdullahi Yusuf.
snipurl.com/wmci

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In case you missed it:

U.S. accused of covert Somolia ops:

A British newspaper Sunday said the United States was conducting illegal mercenary operations to support the U.N.-backed interim government in Somalia.
www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20060910-110944-6549r

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Ortega Gets 15-Point Edge in Nicaragua:

Former head of state Daniel Ortega is the clear frontrunner in Nicaragua’s presidential election, according to a poll by Zogby International and the University of Miami School of Communication.
snipurl.com/wmcn

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Chávez Could Get New Term in Venezuela:

Hugo Chávez maintains a high level of support in Venezuela, according to a poll by Datanálisis. 58 per cent of respondents would vote for the incumbent head of state in this year’s election
snipurl.com/wmco

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Karen Armstrong: We cannot afford to maintain these ancient prejudices against Islam :

The Pope’s remarks were dangerous, and will convince many more Muslims that the west is incurably Islamophobic
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15012.htm

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4 Minute Video: Peace Train by Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)

Anti war message from Yusuf Islam
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15018.htm

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UK accused of Guantánamo collusion :

More than 100 senior doctors today accused the government of colluding in war crimes by refusing to give medical aid to British residents detained at Guantánamo Bay.
politics.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,,1875367,00.html

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Attorney general warns US on torture bill :

The attorney general warned the US at the weekend that its bill to try to limit its obligations under the Geneva convention while interrogating and trying detainees risked international condemnation.
politics.guardian.co.uk/foreignaffairs/story/0,,1874783,00.html

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Paul Krugman: King of Pain :

Why is Mr. Bush so determined to engage in torture?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15017.htm

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When the truth is a stranger to fiction :

Did Monica Lewinsky cause the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States? Anyone who watched The Path to 9/11, the ABC two-parter about the events leading up to September 11, might be forgiven for thinking so.
media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,,1874584,00.html

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The 13 most corrupt members of Congress

In the following report, CREW documents the unethical activities of thirteen Members of Congress: 10 House Members and three Senators.
www.netscape.com/viewstory/2006/09/17/the-13-most-corrupt-members-of-congress/

Major State Union Switches To Lamont:

One of the state’s largest labor unions has dropped its endorsement of U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman and switched its support to Democratic primary winner Ned Lamont.
www.courant.com/news/local/hc-lamont0918.artsep18,0,7835676.story

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Jump ship or pink slip for some realtors :

Now that the glory days of the most recent U.S. housing market are over, its deterioration is taking a toll on employees who profited from its record-breaking five-year run.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060918/bs_nm/economy_brokers_dc

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Sick but Insured? Think Again :

Lawsuits accuse insurance companies of retroactively dumping families that rack up large bills. Firms defend their policies, but the state is investigating.
ktla.trb.com/news/la-fi-revoke17sep17,0,6255507.story?coll=ktla-news-1

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Congress Considering Strip Searching Students:

Imagine an America in which school officials could strip search every student in their school based on the unsubstantiated tip that one of them might have a joint. Congress is voting on a bill Tuesday or Wednesday that could make these police state tactics more common.
www.drugpolicy.org/news/091806stripsearch.cfm

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Date: 17 September 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 2684

icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$315,145,524,071

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

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The American Military’s Cult of Cruelty

The change to ‘warrior’ creed is encouraging soldiers to commit atrocities

By Robert Fisk

In the week that George Bush took to fantasising that his blood-soaked “war on terror” would lead the 21st century into a “shining age of human liberty” I went through my mail bag to find a frightening letter addressed to me by an American veteran whose son is serving as a lieutenant colonel and medical doctor with US forces in Baghdad.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14993.htm

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West Won’t Win Afghan War

By Eric Margolis

As Canadian, American and British soldiers continue to die in Afghanistan, it is time the truth be told about this ugly little war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15004.htm

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Popular resistance from Caracas to Cairo

By George Galloway

The struggle for justice and prosperity in the Arab world and everywhere depends upon popular resistance to US imperialism and its local clients.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14996.htm

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Imperialism 101 – The US Addiction to War, Mayhem and Madness

By Stephen Lendman

There’s no longer a dispute that the US pursues an imperial agenda. What once was hidden behind a politically correct facade and would never be admitted publicly is now seen as something respectable and even an obligation to advance “western civilization.” How different is today from the past? Not much for those who know the country’s true history that’s quite different from the proper and polite version of it taught in school at all levels.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14995.htm

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So Guantanamo wasn’t needed after all

By Alasdair Palmer

President Bush’s policy on how to treat people captured in the course of the war on terror is unravelling fast. In order to comply with a Supreme Court ruling, he has to get new rules for military tribunals for the suspects held at Guantanamo through Congress.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14994.htm

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Outlawed

I defy you to watch this short documentary and still tell me “Your proud to be an American.’
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14989.htm

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Why I hate America

By Mickey Z.

It seems what offends flag-wavers most is when someone like me makes use of the freedom they claim to adore. According to their twisted logic, I am ungrateful for my liberty if I have the audacity to exercise it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14998.htm

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What if Halliburton’s CEO came clean?

One Minute Video

Halliburton CEO David Lesar has refused to come clean about his war profiteering, so we thought we’d help him out a bit. From the producers of ‘Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers’
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15005.htm

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At least 52 killed as U.S. occupation grinds on:

Four blasts killed 23 people and wounded 23 in the ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk on Sunday
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO737293.htm

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US. Sailor killed in Al Anbar:

One Sailor assigned to U.S occupation forces died September 16 from wounds sustained by enemy action while operating in Al Anbar Province.
snipurl.com/wk8g

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Another 47 Bodies found as U.S. occupation forces vows to secure Baghdad:

Iraqi police have found the bodies of 47 more death squad victims in Baghdad, the latest in a wave of sectarian killings which prompted the United States to divert troops from other parts of Iraq to the embattled capital.
snipurl.com/wk8v

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At least 17 kiled as U.S. occupation continues:

A roadside bomb killed three policemen and wounded another when it blew up as a police patrol was passing in the restive town of Baquba, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO636128.htm

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U.S.-Iraqi offensive tries to steer clear of Shiite militia :

The U.S. military says there are 6,000 to 10,000 Mahdi Army militiamen in Iraq’s capital. And they are well-armed, said Col. Talib Abdul Razzaq, commander of an Iraqi battalion in Baghdad.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2006-08-14-mahdi-army_x.htm

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U.S. wartime prison network grows into legal vacuum for 14,000 :

In the few short years since the first shackled Afghan shuffled off to Guantanamo, the U.S. military has created a global network of overseas prisons, its islands of high security keeping 14,000 detainees beyond the reach of established law.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15003.htm

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Frank Rich: The Longer the War, the Larger the Lies :

If the safety of America really depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of Baghdad, then our safety is in grave peril because we are losing that battle.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15002.htm

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Bomb kills 3 aid workers on highway south of Kabul:

Three Afghan aid workers were killed Saturday when their vehicle hit a bomb on a highway just south of the capital
snipurl.com/wk93

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Two dead and five wounded in Afghan bomb attack:

A suicide bomber has killed one person and injured five others after an attack on a Canadian military convoy in southern Afghanistan.
snipurl.com/wk95

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17 “insurgents”, coalition soldier killed occupied Afghanistan :

The rebels were killed on Friday night on a road close to an ISAF base in the southern Uruzgan province when they were placing roadside bombs, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-09/17/content_5099861.htm

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4 “Taliban militant” die in occupied Afghanistan :

The “militants” attacked a checkpoint near the district police headquarters, and NATO and Afghan soldiers came to the aid of the police, Zahir said. He said there were no casualties among the Afghan security forces or NATO.
paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?154424

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Afghanistan body count raises skepticism:

NATO’s estimate of Taliban killed this month has created skepticism and worry in Afghanistan, with local officials saying that either the militant force has grown bigger than imagined – or too many innocent Afghans are being killed.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1104AP_Afghan_Casualty_Count.html

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UK: ‘Our boys are so shattered’ … families plead for more Afghanistan troops :

Defence Secretary to call for reinforcements from Nato amid claims that British soldiers are just too tired to fight
observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1874327,00.html

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400 more Australian occupation troops arrive in Afghanistan:

A contingent of 400 Australian occupation forces soldiers has landed in Afghanistan to operate in the country’s southern Uruzgan province under the command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=905378

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Canada To Send More Occupation Force Troops To Afghanistan:

Canada will send 200 to 500 more soldiers and a squadron of German Leopard battle tanks to Afghanistan to fight resurgent Taliban fighters, officials said.
www.postchronicle.com/news/breakingnews/article_21239772.shtml

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Nato backs down over Pakistan ultimatum :

Key Nato countries have decided not to issue a diplomatic ultimatum to Pakistan which demanded that it ends its support for the Taliban and arrests leaders living in Pakistan.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/09/16/wafg116.xml

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Bush reaffirms hard line approach to Iran:

“They need to understand we’re firm in our commitment and that if they try to drag their feet or, you know, get us to look the other way, that we won’t do that,” said Bush.
snipurl.com/wk9k

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Patrick Seale : Pressures mount on Bush to bomb Iran:

President George W Bush is coming under enormous pressure from Israel – and from Israel’s neoconservative friends inside and outside the US administration – to harden still further his stance toward Iran. They want the American president to commit himself to bombing Iran if it does not give up its program of uranium enrichment
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14992.htm

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Ultimately, the U.S. will attack Iran:

“Israel doesn’t have the military strength to attack all of Iran’s nuclear installations. Only the United States can do that.”
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/763287.html

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Iran threatens to shift some reserves out of dollars after US move on bank :

Iran has vowed to take legal action to challenge US sanctions on Iranian lender Bank Saderat and has said it is considering shifting some of its foreign exchange reserves out of US dollars.
snipurl.com/wk9o

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Ahmadinejad to meet with Venezuela’s Chavez Sunday:

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that he and Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez are like “brothers” in a great global struggle, and Chavez promises to advocate for Iran’s nuclear program if he wins a rotating seat on the U.N. Security Council in a vote next month.
snipurl.com/wk9q

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Hezbollah sends UN peacekeepers veiled warning:

Hezbollah said it would have no problem with UN peacekeepers as long as they stick to defending Lebanon against Israel, two days after the French general who leads the troops hinted they would disarm the Shiite group if the Lebanese army does not.
snipurl.com/wk9v

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Nasrallah: No demilitarized area, Israel lying:

In al-Jazeera interview, Hizbullah secretary-general says no one will prevent his people from remaining on their lands in southern Lebanon with their weapons.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3303719,00.html

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Neocons Amid Lebanon’s Rubble:

A Challenge to Krauthammer’s Israel-as-Strategic-Asset Argument
www.nationalinterest.org/Article.aspx?id=12062

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Abbas freezes talks with Hamas on unity govt:

Hamas said it was not aware negotiations had been frozen and said while there were some differences of opinion, formation of the unity coalition was “irreversible.”
www.thedailystar.net/2006/09/18/d60918014129.htm

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Condemned to desolation:

On the brink of starvation, Gazans wonder if the world is blind as well as deaf
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2006/812/re61.htm

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In Pictures: : Sabra and Shatila:

The unforgettable massacre of Palestinians – 1982: There’s another significant anniversary this week, but not one that’s attracted the sort of attention the 11 September commemorations have.
sabbah.biz/mt/archives/2006/09/15/sabra/

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In case you missed it:

Robert Fisk : Remembering Sabra and Shatila :

We found the bodies of five women and several children. The women were middle-aged and their corpses lay draped over a pile of rubble. One lay on her back, her dress torn open and the head of a little girl emerging from behind her. The girl had short dark curly hair, her eyes were staring at us and there was a frown on her face. She was dead.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4733.htm

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In case you missed it;

Ariel Sharon: The Accused :

Ariel Sharon, sent Lebanese militiamen into the Palestine refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla. When they left 36 hours later at least 800 people lay dead after a rampage of murder, torture and rape.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6403.htm

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US warns Nicaraguans not to back Ortega:

The US ambassador to Nicaragua has issued a vigorous warning to this small Central American country’s electors against supporting Daniel Ortega, the veteran leftwing Sandinista leader and the frontrunner in November’s presidential election.
snipurl.com/wgm4

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Mexico’s left sets up parallel government :

Supporters of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s left-wing presidential runner-up, voted on Saturday to make him the leader of a parallel government
snipurl.com/wka6

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Fighting Capitalism One Essay at a Time: An interview with Charles Sullivan :

What we have in America is the ideology of Robin Hood in reverse. The rich are robbing the poor. No one should be permitted to get rich on the misery of others.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15000.htm

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Bush hints at use of force in Darfur :

Diplomatic pressure on Sudan to allow 20,000 UN peacekeepers into the Darfur region was mounting last night, with President George Bush threatening to ignore Khartoum’s refusal to allow the force in.
snipurl.com/wkab

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Sudan deputy backs UN troops:

Salva Kiir Mayardit, one of Sudan’s two vice-presidents and head of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), said in remarks published on Saturday by the daily Al-Sudani that the Sudanese government was incapable of protecting civilians in Darfur, and called on the United Nations to intervene.
snipurl.com/wkag

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Darfur: Waiting for the slaughter :

300,000 have died already. Now there are fears Sudan is preparing a brutal ‘final solution’ in Darfur
news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/article1603856.ece

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Have we the will to use force to save the people of Darfur? :

The worst humanitarian crisis on the planet is on the tipping point of massacre and almost no one has been paying heed.
observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1874225,00.html

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Pope apologises for Islam remarks :

Pope Benedict has said he is sorry for offending Muslims in a speech this week in which he implicitly linked Islam and violence.
snipurl.com/wkan

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Read the Pope’s speech [Pdf]
news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/15_09_06_pope.pdf

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The unmistakable whiff of Christian triumphalism :

This was no casual slip. Beneath his scholarly rhetoric, the Pope’s logic seemed to be that Islam is dangerous and godless
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1873758,00.html

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Tariq Ali: Papal Insults: A Bavarian Provocation:

Violence was and is not the prerogative of any single religion as the continuing Israeli occupation of Palestine demonstrates. During the Cold War the Vatican, with rare exceptions, supported the imperial wars.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15001.htm

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‘’Such insults are as old as Islam’ :

“It is difficult to see anything positive coming from these comments. What was the Pope aiming to do by promoting the words of what he termed an “erudite” emperor who claimed that everything that Muhammad provided was “evil and inhuman”?
www.guardian.co.uk/pope/story/0,,1873922,00.html

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Derelict On Detainees:

On closer inspection, it turns out the bill that came out of committee is, in most important respects, practically a blank check when it comes to executive detention authority.
www.tompaine.com/print/derelict_on_detainees.php

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Torture and the Content of our Character:

At stake in this standoff between the President and the Senate are legal and moral issues central to the Constitution and the character of the American people: the right to a fair trial, the use of torture, the accountability of high government officials for war crimes.
www.thenation.com/doc/20061002/brecher

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Is There Still a Terrorist Threat?:

The massive and expensive homeland security apparatus erected since 9/11 may be persecuting some, spying on many, inconveniencing most, and taxing all to defend the United States against an enemy that scarcely exists.
snipurl.com/wkbu

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How likely are you, statistically speaking, to die from a terrorist attack?:

In fact, your appendix is more likely to kill you than al-Qaida is.
www.wired.com/news/technology/1,71743-0.html

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4 Minute Video: What We Are
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14999.htm

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Video; How to steal an election:

Princeton University: Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine
itpolicy.princeton.edu/voting/

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The ID Chip You Don’t Want in Your Passport:

If you have a passport, now is the time to renew it — even if it’s not set to expire anytime soon.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/15/AR2006091500923_pf.html

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FCC ordered TV study destroyed:

The Federal Communications Commission ordered its staff to destroy all copies of a draft study that suggested greater concentration of media ownership would hurt local TV news coverage, a former lawyer at the agency says.
www.kentucky.com/mld/heraldleader/news/nation/15523655.htm

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IRS Investigating Liberal Calif. Church:

The IRS is investigating whether All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena violated the federal tax code when its former rector, Rev. George F. Regas, delivered an anti-war sermon on the eve of the last presidential election.
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2452447

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