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Date: 20 October 2006

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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s War? As Many As 655,000
informationclearinghouse.info/article15266.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2785

icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$335,445,839,575

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

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Australian Treasurer Seeks Orderly Withdrawal From U.S. Dollar

By John Garnaut
Economics Correspondent

Central banks in China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong have channelled immense foreign reserves into American government bonds, helping to prop up the US dollar and hold down American interest rates. Mr Costello said “the strategy had changed” and Chinese central bankers were now looking for alternative investments.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15346.htm

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Striking the US where it hurts

By Victor N Corpus

A decision by China to shift a major portion of its reserve to the euro or the yen or gold could trigger other central banks to follow suit. Nobody would want to be left behind holding a bagfull of dollars rapidly turning worthless. The herd psychology would be very difficult to control in this case because national economic survival would be at stake.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15347.htm

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One Crime Too Many

By Mike Whitney

In Baghdad, “liberation” has become a permanent state of martial law where one can never be certain if his door will suddenly be kicked in and he will either be shot or dragged off to some remote prison for torture.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15359.htm

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Upon Red Rivers of Genocide

Living Inside Hell on Earth

By Manuel Valenzuela

The Iraq Genocide is a curse upon us all, a shame for all humanity, a crime of the highest order that should bring those responsible to deserved justice. In a more perfect world, there would be confidence that criminals and murderers and malfeasant authoritarians would be brought to justice. In the real world, however, they are promoted, elected and made much more powerful.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15356.htm

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Perception Management

By Stan Goff

The United States is not suffering from some collective personality disorder called compassion fatigue. We are suffering from the most well-funded thought-control experiment in history, more sophisticated and deadly by many orders of magnitude than anything contrived by Kim Jong Il—the latest bete noir of American public discourse.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15354.htm

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The Ground Truth : The Human Cost Of War

Sometimes the greatest act of courage is to tell the truth

Must Watch Video

Click to watch. Real video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15360.htm

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America’s Greatest Threat

By Keith Olbermann

We have lived as if in a trance. We have lived. as people in fear. And now – our rights and our freedoms in peril – we slowly awake to learn that we have been afraid of the wrong thing.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15360.htm

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Reflections on the Eve of Another Rigged Election

By Ernest Partridge

The Bush administration can not allow the Democrats to take control of either house of Congress. And they are in a position to prevent it, regardless of the will of the American voters.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15349.htm

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Iraq: At least 81 killed as U.S. occupation grinds on:

Six suicide bombers in vehicles, including one in a fuel truck, attacked Iraqi police and U.S. patrols, and insurgents fired mortars and clashed with police, U.S. officials and police said. The violence killed at least 20 people in the city 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO932840.htm

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Another 18 killed in Bomb Attacks:

Eight people have died in a attack on an Iraqi bank in Kirkuk, while earlier in Mosul an explosive-laden truck was blown up near a police station killing at least 10 people.
tinyurl.com/yzj3g7

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Shiite militias battle in southern Iraq:

The family of the murdered chief of police intelligence in the southern Maysan province struck back today against his suspected killers, kidnapping the teenage brother of a local militia commander and vowing not to free him unless the culprits are turned over, police said.
tinyurl.com/yakgzv

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US army concedes failure in Baghdad:

American and Iraqi efforts to improve security in Baghdad have failed to reduce bloodshed in the increasingly violent Iraqi capital, the senior US military spokesman in Iraq acknowledged on Thursday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15358.htm

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Cynicism on Iraq:

A Marine friend just back from Ramadi said to me, “It didn’t get any better while I was there, and it’s not going to get better.” Virtually everyone in Washington, except the people in the White House, knows that is true for all of Iraq.
www.upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=20061019-104408-1976r

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Troops will be out of Iraq in 16 months, Blair tells Commons:

Tony Blair set a 16-month limit for keeping British troops in Iraq yesterday as he admitted for the first time that they would be a “provocation” if they stayed too long.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15345.htm

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Iraq a ‘catastrophic blunder’:

The war in Iraq has been a “catastrophic blunder” that has substantially increased the terrorist threat to Australia, one of the nation’s most distinguished former diplomats said today.
tinyurl.com/yk7qtd

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Paul McGeough: Civil war reveals bankrupt Iraq policy:

DEMOCRACY in Iraq is meaningless until an end is brought to the civil war now tearing the country apart.
tinyurl.com/yhj98a

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Diplomat lashes out at pro-US stance:

A PROMINENT former diplomat has labelled the war in Iraq a “disaster” and flayed the Howard Government for undermining Australian democracy.
tinyurl.com/yh4mqq

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Iraq: What Does “Job Done” Mean?:

The mantra, since the bloody and illegal war in Iraq started, has been: “we will leave Iraq when the job is done.” What exactly does this mean? Why doesn’t anyone ask Mr Bush/Blair what ‘job done’ means?
tinyurl.com/ylzj6v

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U.S. building huge military airfield in Iraq:

Following hints U.S. troops may remain in Iraq for years, the United States is reportedly building a massive military base at Arbil, in Kurdish northern Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15344.htm

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Riverbend is back: Iraqi girl blog:

The Lancet Study…:

This has been the longest time I have been away from blogging. There were several reasons for my disappearance the major one being the fact that every time I felt the urge to write about Iraq, about the situation, I’d be filled with a certain hopelessness that can’t be put into words and that I suspect other Iraqis feel also.
riverbendblog.blogspot.com/

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U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Built by Trafficked Workers in Squalid Working Conditions:

One longtime supervisor claims that 50 to 60 percent of the laborers regularly complain that First Kuwaiti “treats them like animals,” and routinely reduces their promised pay with confusing and unexplained deductions.
www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=14173

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Residents killed as Nato occupation forces bombs rips through village:

“If the foreign soldiers were so smart that they knew there were Taliban here, why didn’t they see the women and children who were sleeping? Why do they want to kill us? How can they help us rebuild if they want to kill us? Maybe they should leave.”
www.theherald.co.uk/news/72471.html

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Afghan Suicide Bomber Kills 2 Children and One Policeman:

A suicide bomber in southern Afghanistan killed two children and wounded several other people, including British soldiers Thursday, as the country’s president called on NATO occupation forces to use caution during military operations.
tinyurl.com/ymoq2l

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At least 2 Nato occupation force soldiers killed in Afghan blast:

Witnesses and an army officer said a suicide bomber threw himself at Nato occupation force troops in the main bazaar of Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, on Thursday.
tinyurl.com/yzz6d8

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Putin cool to Olmert’s Iran plea:

An Israeli appeal to Russia that it should help block Iran’s acquisition of a nuclear bomb appears to have failed, with Russia not offering any public pledge.
tinyurl.com/yebjns

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UK refuses to back cluster bomb ban as extent of use in Lebanon revealed : ·

Global ban also opposed by China, US and Russia: · Unexploded devices still killing three people a day
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1925561,00.html

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Carter Book Slaps Israel With ‘Apartheid’ Tag, Provides Ammo to GOP :

As Republicans step up their efforts to paint Democrats as increasingly hostile toward Israel, former President Jimmy Carter is releasing a book on the Middle East, titled “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.”
tinyurl.com/ykp4jr

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BBC poll: World against torture, Israel in favor :

Poll of 25 countries reveals that the majority of world’s population opposes torturing prisoners suspected of terror involvement. In Israel, over half of Jewish population supports using torture to get information from terrorists, while most Muslims oppose it
www.ynetnews.com/articles/1,7340,L-3316939,00.html

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Heated debate over use of torture:

A sizeable majority of people around the world are opposed to torture even if its purpose is to elicit information that could save innocent lives from terrorist attack.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6063800.stm

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North Korean General: ‘War Is Inevitable’:

If President Bush continues to ask North Korea to “kneel,” war “will be inevitable,” and it would begin on the Korean Peninsula, North Korean
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15352.htm

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Signs point to Korea blockade:

The United States, whose 7th Fleet is based in Japan, has already mobilised vessels, including the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk and its strike group, for exercises in the region. Guided missile carriers and destroyers were also in the deployment, according to the US Navy.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2006/10/19/1160851066708.html

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China’s Economic Growth Slows on Investment Controls:

China’s soaring trade surplus has flooded the world’s fourth-largest economy with cash, funding an investment binge that may result in idle factories and bankruptcies. Foreign exchange reserves have surged to almost $1 trillion, fueled by exports that the U.S. and Europe say are unfairly supported by an undervalued currency.
tinyurl.com/yc89t5

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US turns space into U.S. colony:

President George W Bush signed an executive order creating a new National Space Policy on Wednesday. The most crucial feature of this policy is that it “rejects future arms-control agreements that might limit US flexibility in space and asserts a right to deny access to space to anyone ‘hostile to US interests’.”
www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/HJ20Aa02.html

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Moazzam Begg: Abandon Hope, All Who Enter Here:

A falsely accused “enemy combatant” describes his imprisonment in Guantanamo.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15355.htm

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Democracy Now! Interview: Ghost Plane:

The True Story of the CIA Torture Program
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/19/1347246

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Bush says he may ignore new war-funding law: I

n a “signing statement” released when he signed the 2007 Defense Authorization Act on Oct. 17, the president listed two dozen provisions in the act that he indicated he may or may not abide by.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15353.htm

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Tom Engelhardt : November Surprise?:

Why Hasn’t Mainstream Media Connected the Dots Between Saddam’s Judgment Day and the Midterm Elections?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15351.htm

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Date: 19 October 2006

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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s War? As Many As 655,000
informationclearinghouse.info/article15266.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2782

icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$335,182,488,420

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

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The Republic is Dead, Long Live the Republic.

By Juan Cole

Bush and a supine, cowardly Congress shredded the US Constitution on Tuesday, abolishing the right of a court review (habeas corpus) for some classes of suspect. Suspect, mind you, not proven criminal.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15339.htm

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A Time Of Shame

National yawn as our rights evaporate’

By Keith Olbermann – Anchor, ‘Countdown’

First thing this morning, the president signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which does away with habeas corpus, the right of suspected terrorists or anybody else to know why they have been imprisoned, provided the president does not think it should apply to you and declares you an enemy combatant.

Video and transcript.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15342.htm

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Sowing the Seeds of Fascism in America

By Stan Goff

Author Stan Goff, a retired 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, sounds a warning call that many of the historical precursors of fascism—white supremacy, militarization of culture, vigilantism, masculine fear of female power, xenophobia and economic destabilization—are ascendant in America today.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15340.htm

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Bush’s Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq’s Oil

By Joshua Holland

Even as Iraq verges on splintering into a sectarian civil war, four big oil companies are on the verge of locking up its massive, profitable reserves, known to everyone in the petroleum industry as “the prize.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15337.htm

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20 Bodies found in occupied Baghdad : Most of the bodies “were unidentified and some bore torture marks while most were killed with gunshots in different parts of the body,”
tinyurl.com/y44pwu

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U.S. military says 11 soldiers killed in Iraq By Ibon Villelabeitia :

Eleven U.S. soldiers were killed on Tuesday, the U.S. military said on Wednesday, in one of the sharpest spikes in attacks on American forces battling soaring sectarian violence and a Sunni Arab insurgency.
tinyurl.com/tzz5q

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Study of Iraqi Dead Shocking, But Sound Science :

The Statistical Assessment Service a non-profit, non-partisan media research organization – finds the study estimating 650,000 excess Iraqi casualties since American forces entered the country to be methodologically sound.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15335.htm

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Over 650,000 excesive Iraqi deaths during war and occupation:

The scientific community is in agreement over the statistical methods used to collect the data and the validity of the conclusions drawn by the researchers conducting the study.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15336.htm

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8 courts-martial ordered in rape, murder cases :

4 U.S. soldiers face charges over 14 year old girl’s death in Iraqi town of Mahmoudiya
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15320226/

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Gunmen in Iraq’s Ramadi announce Sunni emirate:

Dozens of “al Qaeda-linked” gunmen took to the streets of Ramadi on Wednesday in a show of force to announce the city was joining an Islamic state comprising Iraq’s mostly Sunni Arab provinces, Islamists and witnesses said.
tinyurl.com/y588jn

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Saudi Arabia speaks out against bill to divide Iraq:

“The Cabinet hopes the leaders of Iraq, the wise men and ‘ulema’ [religious scholars], appreciate that their duty is to stand against attempts at partition under whatever disguise.”
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=76261

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English translation of Saddam Hussein Letter:

I know the heart of the freedom fighter and love to his nation, his people after his love to God, I expect you to heal the wounds and not to open new wounds.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15334.htm

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Iraq orders US to release Shia activist:

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki ordered the release Wednesday of a leading member of radical Shia cleric Moqtada Al Sadr’s political organisation who was detained by US troops, state television said.
tinyurl.com/y2g2jo

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Slovakia to pull troops from Iraq in February:

Slovakia was a staunch supporter of the U.S.-led military campaign in Iraq under the centre-right government of Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda. He lost power in a June election and the new leftist administration of Prime Minister Robert Fico has long opposed Slovakia’s presence in Iraq.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L1825061.htm

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Simon Jenkins: America has finally taken on the grim reality of Iraq :

America must leave Iraq without preconditions and hope that its neighbours, hated Syria and Iran, can clear up the mess. This advice comes not from some anti-war coalition but from the Iraq study group under the former Republican secretary of state, James Baker
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1924736,00.html

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21 killed as occupation forces kicks off “Operation Eagle” in Afghanistan:

As many as 20 Taliban fighters have been killed in a clash with Afghan and NATO forces in the southeastern parts of Afghanistan as the alliance announced a countrywide anti-insurgent operation on Tuesday.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=914103

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More than 20 civilians killed in Afghan attacks :

NATO occupation forces air strikes killed nine civilians and wounded 11 others Wednesday, a provincial governor said, while 13 other civilians reportedly were killed in a firefight with suspected Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan.
tinyurl.com/y4fo2z

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NATO occupation forces rocket kills 13 Afghan civilians during battle:

Abdul Rehman, a resident in the village, said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press that a rocket launched from an aircraft landed on a home and killed 13 people inside.
tinyurl.com/wk87t

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Troops may occupy Afghanistan for 20 years says commander :

The commander of British forces returning from Helmand, Afghanistan, said that his forces were having to make up for the time lost by the decision of the United States and Britain to invade Iraq instead of concentrating on post-Taleban Afghanistan.
www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10406588

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Two Palestinians killed as Israel attacks Gaza:

Two Palestinians have been killed as Israeli tanks invaded the southern Gaza Strip this morning
tinyurl.com/wpnpn

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Palestine Observer to UN Warns of Israeli attack on Gaza Strip :

The Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council, Mansour said Israel, the occupying Power, has stepped up its illegal campaign of extrajudicial killings, carrying out a number of attacks in the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the killing of 23 Palestinians.
english.wafa.ps/body.asp?id=7754

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Talking with Marwan Barghouthi:

Marwan Barghouthi is a member of the Revolutionary Council of Fateh. He is currently serving a life sentence in an Israeli jail, but is viewed by all observers, including Israelis, as a potential future Palestinian leader. His imprisonment is seen as a political act and his release will constitute a substantial part of any future political breakthrough.
www.pij.org/details.php?id=820

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America Accuses Israel of Discriminating Against ‘American Palestinians’ :

Acting on direct orders from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the US has filed a discrimination complaint with the Israeli Embassy in Washington.
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=113752

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Court Rules Against Israeli Extremists:

The U.S. government had sufficient basis to designate an Israeli extremist group a foreign terrorist organization, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/y5hcgd

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Israel Lobby Initiates Hispanic Strategy:

Israel lobby objectives to legitimize population separation by religion, retain conquered and occupied territory, regional military domination and wall building are not natural or easy policy “sells” to a Hispanic viewership.
tinyurl.com/yxxxgf

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Iran warns against U.N.sanctions :

“Resorting to arm-twisting through the Security Council would be considered a security threat to Iran and will change (Iran’s) behavior,”
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061018/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_nuclear

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Action on Iran must be “proportionate”: Russia:

“The IAEA is not reporting to us about the presence there of a threat to peace and security.”
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2580654

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The Politics of Fear:

The recently released staff report on Iran issued by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee and the new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on global terrorism conclude that the threats to U.S. national security are grave and increasing.
www.counterpunch.org/barry10182006.html

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N.Korea plans series of nuclear tests: :

U.S. officials say North Korea’s military has informed China it intends to carry out a series of underground nuclear tests, NBC News reported on Tuesday.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061017/ts_nm/korea_north_test_dc

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China Not Informed of 2nd Nuke Test:

China has not received any information on the possibility of an additional nuclear test by North Korea, the Yonhap News Agency in Seoul reported yesterday.
times.hankooki.com/lpage/200610/kt2006101817410753460.htm

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US adopts tough new space policy :

“The United States will preserve its rights, capabilities, and freedom of action in space… and deny, if necessary, adversaries the use of space capabilities hostile to US national interests,” it says.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6063926.stm

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Spain backs off aircraft deal with Venezuela :

Spain’s foreign minister said Wednesday that a Spanish deal to sell military aircraft to Venezuela had been canceled because U.S. government objections made it unfeasible.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/10/18/news/spain.php

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Battle over UN council seat drags on :

Latin American nations were unable Wednesday to break the deadlock for the region’s seat on the UN Security Council, with Venezuela refusing to pull out of the race against Guatemala, which is backed by the United States.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/10/18/news/nations.php

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CIA Spy Operations in Mexico:

The declassified U.S. documents reveal CIA recruitment of agents within the upper echelons of the Mexican government between 1956 and 1969. The informants used in this secret program included President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz and future President Luis Echeverría
www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB204/index.htm

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Officials skeptical of threat against stadiums:

Web site says 7 facilities to be hit with radiological dirty bombs in weekend
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15320622/

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In case you missed it:

Ridge reveals clashes on alerts:

The Bush administration periodically put the USA on high alert for terrorist attacks even though then-Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge argued there was only flimsy evidence to justify raising the threat level, Ridge now says.
tinyurl.com/bcua9

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A terror raid that doesn’t make the headlines – despite chemical explosives and a rocket launcher
www.socialistworker.co.uk/article.php?article_id=9882

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In case you missed it:

WMD Plot Uncovered In East Texas:

At least one weapon of mass destruction – a sodium cyanide bomb capable of delivering a deadly gas cloud – has been seized in the Tyler area.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5350.htm

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Documents Shed New Light on Pentagon Surveillance of Peace Activists: –

Documents released today by the American Civil Liberties Union reveal new details of Pentagon surveillance of Americans opposed to the Iraq war, including Quakers and student groups.
www.aclu.org/safefree/spyfiles/27050prs20061012.html

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FBI tried to entrap Ramsey Clark :

Yousry, told ABC News that the FBI offered him a chance to avoid indictment — if he would wear a hidden microphone to gather evidence against Stewart and Clark, who was also part of the blind sheik’s defense team
license.icopyright.net/user/viewFreeUse.act?fuid=MTgzNTAw

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FBI director wants ISPs to track users:

FBI Director Robert Mueller on Tuesday called on Internet service providers to record their customers’ online activities.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15338.htm

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Payback’s a Bitch for Weldon:

The FBI raided the homes of Weldon’s lawyer friend who did business in Russia and the Soviet Union, another friend who ran a public relations firm, and his daughter—she’s a lobbyist whom authorities allege Weldon helped land lucrative deals, including $1 million contracts from two Russian energy firms
www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2006/10/paybacks-a-bitch-for-weldon.php

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America’s Dumbest Congressmen:

Radar ranks the 10 biggest fools on the Hill
tinyurl.com/yk9wfj

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Judge Allows 9/11 Lawsuits to Go Forward :

A federal judge on Tuesday refused to toss out claims by thousands of emergency workers who sued New York City and about 150 private contractors after the workers were sickened by dust at the World Trade Center site.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6154404,00.html

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New Poll: Americans Question Bush on 9/11 Intelligence:

Only 16 per cent of respondents say the government headed by U.S. president George W. Bush is telling the truth on what it knew prior to the terrorist attacks, down five points since May 2002.
www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm/fuseaction/viewItem/itemID/13469

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LAPD is cracking down on the city’s poorest residents.:

“It’s like we are dogs,” said Melvin, an elderly homeless man in a wheelchair, as tears streamed down his cheeks.
newstandardnews.net/content/index.cfm/items/3777

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Food From Cloned Animals Could Hit Supermarket Shelves:

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it was moving closer to approving meat and milk from cloned animals, and some consumer groups are outraged.
www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/print?id=2580885

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Date: 18 October 2006

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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s War? As Many As 655,000
informationclearinghouse.info/article15266.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2771

icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$334,899,987,539

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

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Why Bush Smiles: Victory is at Hand in Iraq

By Chris Floyd

Yes, victory. You wonder why Bush and his minions maintain the seemingly irrational belief that “things are going well” in Iraq, that “we’re making progress,” etc.? That’s because things are going well in the war they are fighting: the war for money and power.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15328.htm

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The worst in Iraq is still to come

By Simon Tisdall

In the US, Iraq is now primarily an electoral rather than a nation-building, humanitarian or counter-terrorism issue. With the Republicans fighting to retain control of Congress in next month’s midterm polls, George Bush’s Middle East freedom mission has become a hard-nosed numbers game.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15323.htm

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Iraq: Leave Or Be Forced Out

By Gareth Porter

The United States is not militarily capable of preventing the worse war yet to come, and trying to do so would only start a new war between the United States and the Shiites who want the U.S. to leave. Since we cannot prevent sectarian violence, the only question is whether we leave before the inevitable confrontation with Shiites—a battle U.S. troops would certainly lose.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15331.htm

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The propaganda of our times

By Paul R. Dunn

J.B. Priestly in the Root Is Fear wrote: “Almost all propaganda is designed to create fear. Heads of governments and their officials know that a frightened people are easier to govern, will forfeit rights it would otherwise defend, are less likely to demand a better life, and will agree to millions and millions being spent on ‘defense’.” Between now and Election Day we’ll see Karl Rove’s minions flaunt the Islamic Fascist line repeatedly and unabashedly to garner votes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15329.htm

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The Ground Truth : The Human Cost Of War

Sometimes the greatest act of courage is to tell the truth

Must Watch Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15319.htm

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Stewart in Leg-irons; the latest victory in the war on terror

By Mike Whitney

So far, Bush’s only triumph in his muddled war on terror has been locking up the two Stewart Sisters, Lynne and Martha. (They’re not really sisters) Neither posed any threat to national security, but that’s beside the point. Their arrest sends a chilling message to “home-decoration mavens” and 67 year old cancer patients that they’d better “watch their step” or they’ll find themselves in prison-pinstripes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15330.htm

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Iraq: At least 73 killed as U.S occupation rages on.

65 bodies were found in different districts of Baghdad since Sunday night, an Interior Ministry source said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO731144.htm

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Surge of sectarian violence leaves nearly 100 dead in Iraqi town north of the capital:

Four days of sectarian slaughter killed at least 91 people by Monday in Balad, a town near a major U.S. air base an hour’s drive north of the capital. Elsewhere, 60 Iraqis died in attacks and 16 tortured bodies were found.
tinyurl.com/yyjjxo

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Iraq Goes Deeper Into Division :

A partition would leave Iraq with a weak central government and largely independent states run by Kurds in the north, Shiites in the south and Sunnis in the center and west – giving impetus for still more violence and still further population upheaval.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6149377,00.html

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Saddam: Kurds dividing Iraq for Israeli benefit:

“This will only serve the separation,” Saddam said, referring to the deepening division among Iraqis as shown by the rising death toll in the insurgency and sectarian fighting.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/1,7340,L-3316173,00.html

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Blame the Iraqi’s:

Dennis Ross: A plan for Iraq:

Staying the course is a prescription for avoiding reality. But simply setting a deadline and withdrawing might also constitute a form of denial — denial of what will happen in the region after a precipitous pullout.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15321.htm

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The Iraq Study Group:

A bipartisan conspiracy against the American and Iraqi people
www.wsws.org/articles/2006/oct2006/isg-o17.shtml

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Iran and Iraq have agreed to share intelligence:

Officials said the two countries have established a panel meant to launch an intelligence exchange. They said the group would also explore security cooperation.
www.menewsline.com/stories/2006/october/10_18_2.html

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More than 3,000 Iraqi police sacked: ministry spokesman:

Brigadier General Abdel Karim Khalaf told reporters that 1,228 had been sacked for breaking the law while nearly 2,000 more were dismissed for dereliction of duty.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=146978

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The courts are starting to accept that the war against Iraq is a crime :

In Britain and Ireland, protesters who have deliberately damaged military equipment are walking from the dock
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1924178,00.html

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Iraqi Judge Sentences U.S. Citizen To Death After U.S. Military “Demanded” the Man Be Executed:

An Iraqi-born US citizen is in a battle to save his life as he tries to avoid execution in Baghdad. But he’s not up against insurgents groups – he’s up against the Iraqi and US governments.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/17/1439239

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44 suspected “Taliban” killed in occupied Afghanistan: :

A U.S.-led coalition airstrike killed a suspected midlevel “Taliban commander” and up to 15 other militants in southern Uruzgan province. Three 500-pound bombs were dropped early Tuesday on a compound in the Khod Valley
tinyurl.com/yfkpob

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The War in Afghanistan: Drugs, Money Laundering and the Banking System:

It must also be recognized that the insurgency is also partially and genuinely a resistance movement in many parts of Afghanistan. The media “erroneously” calls this movement the “Taliban.” On the ground in Afghanistan, however, NATO troops term the Afghan insurgents as Anti-Coalition Militias (ACMs).
tinyurl.com/yghxxu

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Four Palestinians killed by Israeli Occupation Forces in West Bank:

Border Policemen fired at Palestinian stonethrowers in Qabatiya, killing one and moderately injuring another, according to the IDF.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/objects/pages/PrintArticleEn.jhtml?itemNo=775854

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Gaza doctors say patients suffering mystery injuries after Israeli attacks :

Doctors in occupied Gaza have reported previously unseen injuries from Israeli weapons that cause severe burning and deep internal wounds often resulting in amputations or death.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,1924524,00.html

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Abbas lacks majority in Fatah to oust Hamas government :

Most Fatah leaders are opposed to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ initiative to dismiss the Hamas government. Consequently, the Fatah Central Committee has postponed a meeting scheduled to discuss the Abbas proposal.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/775934.html

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Israel rejects Syrian offer on the Golan Heights:

Syrian President Bashar Assad has offered to end his conflict with Israel if it gives back the disputed territory it’s held for nearly 40 years.
tinyurl.com/yl564r

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Israeli PM arrives in Moscow for talks on Iran:

Olmert told journalists aboard his airplane Tuesday that international efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear programme would be at the top of the agenda in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other officials.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061017/wl_mideast_afp/russiaisraeldiplomacy

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U.N. sanctions on Iran to exempt Russia project:

To dissuade Moscow from blocking U.N. action against Iran, Russia would be permitted to work on a nuclear reactor in Iran even if the U.N. Security Council imposes sanctions on Tehran for its nuclear program, U.S. and European officials said.
tinyurl.com/yz2227

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Russia Demands U.S. Lift Sanctions Against Arms Exporter and Aircraft Maker:

Russia demanded that the United States lift sanctions against two Russian companies accused of making deals with Iran involving sensitive technology. Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin hinted that a U.S. refusal could affect negotiations on UN sanctions resolution against Tehran.
mosnews.com/money/2006/10/17/russiasanctions.shtml

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North Korea on war footing:

The U.N. sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear test are a declaration of war, and the country will ``deal merciless blows” if the nation’s sovereignty is violated, the North’s central government said Tuesday in its first response to the U.N. measures.
tinyurl.com/ybaj3k

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Pyongyang Vows Merciless Measures:

North Korea yesterday rejected the U.N. Security Council resolution imposing nonmilitary sanctions on the communist state for its nuclear test and vowed to take appropriate countermeasures.
times.hankooki.com/lpage/nation/200610/kt2006101717265411990.htm

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US Reviews War Plan on N. Korea:

According to the report, the United States is considering a plan against North Korea to neutralize Pyongyang’s nuclear capability with overwhelming use of the U.S. Air Force.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15322.htm

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Mickey Z: Nukes: Iran and North Korea are not the problem :

Thanks to the nuclear aspirations of North Korea and Iran, there’s no shortage of rhetoric along these lines: “We can’t let rogue nations have nukes. They might use them.” Absent from the discussion are two elementary questions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15324.htm

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30 more countries could have nukes soon:

The head of the U.N. nuclear agency warned Monday that as many as 30 countries could soon have technology that would let them produce atomic weapons “in a very short time,” joining the nine states known or suspected to have such arms.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/4262584.html

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UN investigates mercenaries :

Over the past three years, Latin Americans have been contracted more and more by private security companies to fight in armed conflict zones, a disturbing trend that has caught the attention of the United Nations (UN).
www.latinamericapress.org/Article.asp?lanCode=1&artCode=4841

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UN Security Council seat battle enters 2nd day:

Round 10 ended with 77 votes for Venezuela to 110 for Guatemala, leaving Guatemala short of the two-thirds majority required.
www.radiojamaica.com/news/story.php?category=6&story=29166

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Chavez, Chomskey and State Terrorism:

In Guatemala, the commission appointed by the United Nations concluded that 93 percent of the terrorist acts, including 92 percent of the murderous ones and 91 percent of forced disappearances were committed by the government or its agents.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15326.htm

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Noam Chomsky defends Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’ foreign policy :

Noam Chomsky Monday defended Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’ foreign policy and justified nuclear tests by North Korea as “an act of survival.”
english.eluniversal.com/2006/10/16/en_pol_art_16A791411.shtml

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Tariq Ali on Hugo Chavez, the Axis Of Hope :

Ali examines Hugo Chavez’s influence and his legacy and how Chávez’s views have polarized Latin America and examines the aggression directed against his administration. Together Ali argues Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba form an “Axis of Hope.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15333.htm

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Count failure mires Ecuador election:

The probable candidates in Ecuador’s presidential runoff vote have begun trading blows, but the collapse of the electoral counting system means some votes are yet to be counted and has angered voters.
tinyurl.com/yleayh

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Human rights workers attacked :

Amnesty International released a report Sept. 7 blasting the Colombian government for giving a “green light” for attacks against human rights workers in the country.
www.latinamericapress.org/article.asp?lanCode=1&artCode=4838

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Bush signs law authorizing “harsh” interrogation:

Bush signed a law on Tuesday authorizing tough “interrogation” and prosecution of terrorism suspects and took an indirect, election-year swipe at Democrats who opposed the legislation.
tinyurl.com/y8s9sm

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Under Bush’s law, guilty until confirmed guilty :

Graham and other supporters of this dreadful legislation seem to have forgotten that American justice does not merely deliver swift punishment to the guilty. It also protects the innocent
www.iht.com/articles/2006/10/16/opinion/edcourts.php

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Bush’s S.S. Grills 14 Year-Old:

Two super-sized adult male U.S. Secret Service (”S.S.”) agents banged on the front door at 14 year-old Julia Wilson’s home last Thursday during school hours, but Julia wasn’t home. Predictably (except to the S.S. agents), the straight-A student was in her microbiology class at school.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15325.htm

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Web could be terror training camp in U.S., politician says

Disaffected people living in the United States may develop radical ideologies and potentially violent skills over the Internet and that could
present the next major U.S. security threat, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Monday.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061016/ts_nm/security_chertoff_dc

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Former FDA Chief Lester Crawford to Plead Guilty in Fraud Case :

Former FDA chief Lester Crawford will plead guilty for failing to disclose a financial interest in companies his agency regulated, his lawyer said.
www.fox28.com/News/index.php?ID=6438

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Lone Wolf Takes on the Pharma Pack: The Whistleblower:

Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman , Rost compares corporate culture to running with a wolf pack. “Everyone helps out and is friendly as long as it benefits the group,” he writes, “but each wolf cares only about himself and will do anything to survive.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15327.htm

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US ponders market manipulation:

The long-run economic problems are nothing new. Although growth has been excellent, inflation has been running well above target and with the balance of payments deficit being so large, the dollar is in continual danger of tanking. Personal savings are nil and the US is, in effect, being financially supported by China.
www.financialnews-us.com/?page=uscomment&contentid=1045631696

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China to Pass US in Total Broadband Lines:

China is poised to overtake the USA in broadband lines by the third quarter of 2006 to become the most wired country in the world.
www.optimizationweek.com/issues/70/

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Date: 16 October 2006

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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s War? As Many As 655,000
informationclearinghouse.info/article15266.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2768

icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$334,638,987,403

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

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Scott Ritter on “Target Iran

The Truth About the White House’s Plans for Regime Change”

Audio interview

Former UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter: “The path that the United States is currently embarked on regarding Iran is a path that will inevitably lead to war. Such a course of action will make even the historical mistake we made in Iraq pale by comparison.”

Click to listen
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15312.htm

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Voting against nuclear war with Iran

By Jorge Hirsch

The outcome of the November election is likely to determine whether or not the US goes to war with Iran before President Bush leaves office. For multiple reasons recounted below such war will with very high probability include the US use of tactical nuclear weapons. In casting or not casting a vote in November, each of us will contribute to determine events of potential consequences immensely larger than local taxes, illegal immigration or even the Iraq war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15318.htm

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America Moves Toward War with Iran

By William R. Polk

After careful study of recent moves and statements by the Bush Administration, I have concluded that there is at least a 10% chance of an American attack on Iran before the November 7 Congressional elections and about a 90% chance before the administration’s end in 2008.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15313.htm

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Iraq Through a Rebel’s Eyes

By Andrew Greene

Thomas Jefferson was a rebel, as so many of his comments demonstrated. He also was a gun enthusiast, and not the bird-shooting kind. His gang of insurgents fought the British with the eighteenth century equivalents of assault rifles, RPGs, and roadside bombs — and that is why they are worth recalling when our conversation turns to Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15310.htm

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More Deadly Than Saddam

By GWYNNE DYER

The final indignity, if you are an Iraqi who was shot for accidentally turning into the path of a U.S. military convoy (they thought you might be a terrorist), or blown apart by a car bomb or an airstrike, or tortured and murdered by kidnappers, or just for being a Sunni or a Shiite, is that U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair will deny that your death happened.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15316.htm

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America’s “Other” War Party

By Mike Whitney

The giddiness among Democrats about their prospects for a sweep in both Houses of Representatives has reached a level of absolute euphoria. But what exactly are the voters are hoping for?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15309.htm

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Iraq: More than 77 killed as U.S. occupation grinds on:

A total of 46 bodies, with gunshot wounds and bearing signs of torture, were found in Baghdad since Saturday night, an Interior Ministry source said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO631031.htm

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Two car bombs kill 20 in Baghdad:

Two near simultaneous car bombs killed 20 people and wounded 17 in a mixed neighborhood in northern Baghdad on Monday, an Interior Ministry source said.
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2573055

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Seven US troops killed in Iraq:

Seven more US troops have been killed in action in Iraq, bringing the number of American troops to have died this month to 57.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061016/wl_mideast_afp/iraqusunresttoll_061016152611

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Brother of Saddam prosecutor killed:

The brother of the top prosecutor in the second trial of Saddam Hussein was shot dead in front of his wife at his home in the capital Monday
tinyurl.com/y2l92t

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Saddam Says Iraq ‘Liberation Is at Hand’:

Saddam Hussein issued an open letter Monday, saying Iraq’s “liberation is at hand” and calling for an end to sectarian killings.
tinyurl.com/ul7qc

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Iraq rebels say they will only negotiate with US:

Iraqi nationalist insurgents have told AFP they have begun talks with US forces, after a weekend meeting of Sunni tribal sheikhs called for the restoration of ousted leader Saddam Hussein.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061016/wl_mideast_afp/iraq

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Top US inquiry to call for Iraq policy change :

US policy in Iraq is not working and George Bush should consider radical changes, according to a top-level panel backed by the president.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1923778,00.html

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Suicide attack on Canadian occupation troops kills four Afghans :

A suicide bomber rammed a Canadian convoy and killed four civilians in Afghanistan, while security forces foiled another such bombing after a desperate chase through the capital Kabul.
www.bakutoday.net/view.php?d=28042

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NATO occupation troops kill 4 “insurgents” in E Afghanistan :

The NATO-led International Occupation Force killed four “insurgents” in the eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan Sunday
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-10/16/content_5211064.htm

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UK’s Afghanistan mission “could take another 20 years,” says MP: –

British troops could be in Afghanistan for another 20 years, according to a main opposition Conservative MP and Territorial Army soldier who has just returned from a tour of duty there
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=913762

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France to Withdraw Special Forces from Afghanistan:

France plans to withdraw around 200 special forces from southern Afghanistan at the start of next year following a recent surge in violence, reported the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche on Sunday.
www.india-defence.com/reports/2609

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Scores killed in Sri Lanka suicide blast:

Sri Lanka has suffered its worst ever suicide attack, when suspected Tamil Tiger rebels detonated an explosives-packed truck next to a convoy of sailors, killing at least 102 people and wounding 150 more.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200610/s1766197.htm

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Israel calls for tough UN action on ‘demented’ Iran:

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations urged the Security Council to take tough measures against “demented” Iran for its nuclear program in the wake of North Korea’s declared atomic test.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061015/wl_afp/iranisraelunnuclear

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Confronting the War Pushers.:

U.S. support of the Israeli destruction of the Lebanese infrastructure, its homes (tens of thousands), its factories, its roads and bridges was led by the AIPAC lobby.
tinyurl.com/y23gaw

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Canada blocks bid by Arab countries for vote on Israel’s nuclear capabilities:

More than a dozen Arab countries were blocked by a Canadian motion in their bid to have a vote on a resolution labelling Israel’s nuclear capabilities a threat on the final day of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s annual meeting.
tinyurl.com/y8vklf

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Persian Gulf states joint US exercises :

The Persian Gulf states will for the first time participate in a US-led exercise designed to stop Iran from obtaining ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons, World Tribune reported.
tinyurl.com/yyek5n

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Israel, Palestine ‘should be one’ State: :

The State of Palestine had already accepted the two-state solution with Israel where it could live in peace, but ultimately one state embracing both Jews and Arabs was the best option, Palestinian Ambassador Ali Ahmed Halimeh said on Monday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15311.htm

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Israeli bombs ‘major threat’ to Lebanese children: UNICEF:

Unexploded Israeli bomblets littering southern Lebanon pose the greatest threat to children, according to a stark warning from the UN children’s agency on the same day that public schools reopened after the devastating war with Hezbollah.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061016/wl_mideast_afp/mideastconflictlebanon

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Audio Interview : Nawaf Moussawi, Hezbollah’s head of international relations, talks to the BBC:

This is a rare chance to hear a frank and personal interview with a prominent member of the Lebanese political party, Hezbollah.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15317.htm

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Police say Israeli President should face rape charge:

AFTER a lengthy investigation in which President Katsav of Israel endured days of questioning over a sex scandal, the police recommended last night that he faces charges of raping and assaulting women.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-2406021,00.html

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Steep drop in travel spending after congressional scandals :

The American Israel Education Foundation, has emerged as the new top sponsor despite its close ties to the most powerful pro-Israel lobbying group in Washington. The foundation spent $583,131, sponsoring 62 trips to Israel for lawmakers, their relatives and staff from July 2005 to July 2006.
tinyurl.com/yyol5c

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Venezuela stumbles in bid for UN seat:

Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez on Monday appeared headed for a personal political defeat at the hands of US-backed Guatemala in his long-held goal to win a temporary seat at the United Nations Security Council.
www.ft.com/cms/s/7ffc2842-5d39-11db-9d15-0000779e2340.html

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Admirer of Venezuela’s Chavez is front-runner to lead Ecuador :

Having forced their last three elected presidents from office, Ecua-doreans are choosing a new one today, and the favorite is a leftist pledging to lead a “citizens’ revolution” against a political establishment widely seen as corrupt and incompetent.
www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/151179

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Bolivia to nationalize mines following deadly clash by miners :

President Evo Morales on Sunday announced plans to nationalize Bolivia’s mines as part of an overhaul of the South American country’s mining regulations after a violent clash earlier this month between rival miners’ groups that killed 16 people.
www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/10/16/america/LA_GEN_Bolivia_Mines_Nationalization.php

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UK: Teachers asked to root out Islamic extremists :

As part of the campaign the Department for Education has prepared plans to ask university staff and lecturers to inform police of Muslim and “Asian-looking” students they suspect of involvement in supporting terrorists.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2406457,00.html

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Attorney Lynne Stewart, Facing Up To 30 Years in Prison Speaks Out :

Stewart was convicted of five counts of conspiring to aid terrorists and lying to the government. Stewart’s case has reverberated with defense attorneys around the country. Many argue that the government’s aim is to discourage them from representing unpopular clients.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/16/143257

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Lawyer gets 28 months jail for aiding terrorism:

Lynne Stewart, 67, was convicted in February 2005 of helping her imprisoned client, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, to contact the Islamic Group, which is listed by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization.
tinyurl.com/y3kl9a

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Questionable justice during ‘terror sting’ trial :

Under the current regulations, jurors could neither hear nor consider the evidence that prompted the sting operation in the first place; the validity of the FBI’s “suspicions” must be taken on faith.
tinyurl.com/ybnv5p

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Stranger than fiction:

Saddam Verdict Is Expected on Nov. 5 :

Two days before U.S. election: A verdict against Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants charged with crimes against humanity in connection with an anti-Shiite crackdown in the 1980s will be announced Nov. 5, a senior court official said on Monday.
apnews.myway.com/article/20061016/D8KPMFNO1.html

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Twelve ways Bush is now stealing the Ohio vote:

The Republican “November Surprise” to steal the 2004 election is in full force here in Ohio. With polls showing a dead heat, the GOP is staging an all-out attack on a fair vote count in the Buckeye State.
www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2004/810

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Date: 14 October 2006

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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s War? As Many As 655,000
informationclearinghouse.info/article15266.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2755

icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$333,620,861,729

See the cost in your community
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Breaking the Silence of the Night

By Ron Kovic

Like many Americans who served in Vietnam and those now serving in Iraq, and countless other human beings throughout history, I had been willing to give my life for my country with little knowledge or awareness of what that really meant. I trusted and believed and had no reason to doubt the sincerity or motives of my government. It would not be until many months later at the Bronx Veterans Hospital in New York that I would begin to question whether I and the others who had gone to that war had gone for nothing.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15295.htm

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Lied Into War – An Interview With Daniel Ellsberg

Video & Transcript

The most famous whistleblower of the Vietnam era, former State and Defence Department official, Daniel Ellsberg, is speaking out, calling on Bush Administration officials to do what he did with the Pentagon papers more than 30 years ago and leak secret documents and war plans to the public. Ellsberg claims President Johnson lied to take America to war in Vietnam. He accuses President Bush of lying to take America to war with Iraq and he believes secret groundwork is being laid for a war with Iran.

Click to view
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15291.htm

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Don’t Go!

The Ballad Of Ho Chang

Video animation a classic anti-war story.

Click to view . Real Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15292.htm

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Bush’s Willing Legislators

By Paul Craig Roberts

The Case for Impeachment And Why It Won’t Happen.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15294.htm

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American Prison Camps Are on the Way

By Marjorie Cohn

Kellogg Brown & Root, a Halliburton subsidiary, is constructing a huge facility at an undisclosed location to hold tens of thousands of Bush’s “unlawful enemy combatants.” Americans are certain to be among them.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15290.htm

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Documents Reveal Scope of U.S. Database on Antiwar Protests

By ERIC LICHTBLAU

Internal military documents released Thursday provided new details about the Defense Department’s collection of information on demonstrations nationwide last year by students, Quakers and others opposed to the Iraq war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15293.htm

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At least 40 killed in ongoing U.S. occupation:

The bodies of 14 workers, their throats slit and their hands and legs bound, were found in an orchard near Dhuluiya, a town 40 km (25 miles) north of Baghdad
tinyurl.com/yndrn9

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9 Killed as curfew imposed in Mosul :

A curfew was imposed in the northern city of Mosul after fierce overnight clashes left eight insurgents and one police lieutenant dead, said police Colonel Abdel Karim al-Juburi.
tinyurl.com/ydj7m2

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Two British “contractors” killed in bombing south of Baghdad:

Two British “security contractors” were killed after an explosive device targeted the US military engineering team they were accompanying between the cities of Karbala and Najaf, said an Iraqi security source on Friday.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=912938

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Iraq loses 25 police to violence each day:

Violence in Iraq forces the interior ministry to budget a loss of 25 police officers each day to death or permanent injury, a US security advisor said.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061013/wl_mideast_afp/usiraqunrestpolice

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9 Marines Killed In occupied Iraq Identified:

Defense Department Says All Died Fighting In Anbar Province Within The Last Week
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/10/12/iraq/main2085341.shtml

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U.S. Casualties Surge Amid Worsening Iraq Occupation:

At least 44 U.S. troops have been killed so far in October. At the current pace, the month would be the deadliest for U.S. forces since January 2005.
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2559501

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U.S marines accused of murdering British journalist:

A Coroner is to ask the UK’s attorney general to consider bringing charges against US troops who killed ITN reporter Terry Lloyd in southern Iraq.
tinyurl.com/yczlwc

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Democracy Now! Interview:

Co-Author of Medical Study Estimating 650,000 Iraqi Deaths Defends Research:

Les Roberts joins us now from Syracuse, New York — He is one of the main researchers of the study. He was with Johns Hopkins when he co-authored the study but has just taken a post at Columbia University.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/12/145222

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Why is the American press silent on the report of 655,000 Iraqi deaths?:

By any objective standard, the report merits front-page coverage in every major newspaper in the country and extensive discussion and reporting on television news broadcasts. Yet the response of the US press has been to virtually ignore the report and limit its coverage to news accounts on inside pages
www.wsws.org/articles/2006/oct2006/iraq-o13.shtml

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Kathy Kelly: When Evil Doing Comes Like Falling Rain:

UN reports estimate that one out of every four Iraqi children suffers from acute malnourishment. The colloquial word for this condition is “wasting.”
electroniciraq.net/news/2525.shtml

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British Army Chief Says Troops Should Be Pulled Out Of Iraq :

Tony Blair has received a public warning from the country’s most senior military commander that the British presence in Iraq is threatening disaster there and in the UK.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15288.htm

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UK Government stunned by Army chief’s Iraq blast:

General Sir Richard Dannatt said troops should come home within two years – flatly contradicting the Prime Minister’s policy that the military will stay “as long as it takes”. In unprecedented comments he warned that the Army could ‘break’ if British soldiers are kept too long in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15289.htm

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General Clarifies Iraq Comment:

After suggesting that British troops be withdrawn from Iraq, Gen. Richard Dannatt, is backpedaling through the firestorm his comment caused.
tinyurl.com/yfarwb

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25 “militants”, US occupation forces soldier killed in southern Afghanistan:

The NATO-led Occupation Force claimed killing 25 Taliban fighters following a clash in southern Afghanistan on Thursday
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=912877

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Suicide bomb in occupied Afghanistan kills NATO soldier, eight civilians:

A suicide car bomb has hit a NATO convoy in Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar, killing a foreign soldier and eight civilians in the latest in a campaign of Taliban attacks.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/235345/1/.html

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Pakistan foils coup plot :

A plot to stage a coup against Pakistan’s President General Pervez Musharraf soon after his recent return from the US has been uncovered, resulting in the arrest of more than 40 people.
www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/HJ14Df02.html

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Israeli Attacks Kill 8 In The Occupied Gaza Strip:

Those killed include a 13-year-old boy and a two year old child.
tinyurl.com/yfz4n3

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Palestinians clash with Israeli police outside occupied Jerusalem :

Clashes erupted Friday at several checkpoints outside Jerusalem as Palestinians protested against an Israeli restriction on their entry to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in the city for Friday prayers.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-10/13/content_5200890.htm

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Palestinian PM Rules Out Ever Recognizing Israel :

“ Resistance is a legitimate right…We will not give up our right to defend ourselves.”
tinyurl.com/yb9nrp

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Olmert Courts Hard-Line Party in Israel :

Olmert is scrambling to shore up his rickety coalition by courting a hard-line party that favors redrawing Israel’s borders to exclude Arab citizens.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6143141,00.html

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US launches $42 Million plan to help Hamas opponents:

US Officials and consultants say the effort is being conducted without fanfare in order to protect the Palestinians who are receiving US Help — some already branded by Hamas leaders as collaborators with Washington and Israel.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3314563,00.html

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Former Weapons Inspector, Experts Warn Against Military Action Toward Iran :

“Iran does not today, and in my judgment will not for some time, pose a nuclear threat to the United States or the state of the [Middle East] region,” Kay said.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-10-12-voa47.cfm

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Security Council agrees on North Korea sanctions resolution, to vote Saturday :

Both the United States and Russian indicated that more tinkering would have to be done Friday before the resolution goes to the 15-nation body.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20061013-1127-koreas-nuclear.html

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North Korea Warns of New Tests As Nuclear Standoff Intensifies:

This is a must listen report for background on N. Korea – U.S. relationship.

Audio and transcript.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15285.htm

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Price of a broken deal :

In a deal brokered by China on September 19 2005, Kim Jong-il’s regime pledged to give up its atomic weapons, abandon existing nuclear programmes and rejoin the UN Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that it had repudiated in 2003. Then the US treasury department stuck its oar in.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldbriefing/story/0,,1922182,00.html

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No ‘extreme sanctions’ on N Korea :

Moscow and Beijing are both opposed to “extreme sanctions” on North Korea, Russia’s foreign minister says.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6046550.stm

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PM ready to send navy to cut off N Korea:

AUSTRALIAN warships are likely to join any internationally sanctioned blockade of North Korea, says the Prime Minister, John Howard
tinyurl.com/ybzvw3

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Michael T. Klare: Beware Empires in Decline:

Just as an empire on the rise, like the United States on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, is often inclined to take rash and ill-considered actions, so an empire on the decline, like the British and French empires after World War II, will engage in senseless, self-destructive acts. And I fear the same can happen to the United States today, as we, too, slip into decline.
www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/3596

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Noam Chomsky: U.S. Intervention in Venezuela and in Latin America:

Keep your eyes on Ecuador,[Rafael] Correa was recently asked what he would do with the big Manta US airbase in Ecuador and his answer was, well he’d allow it to stay if the United States agreed to have an Ecuadorian airbase in Miami.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15297.htm

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Intervention and Exploitation:

Map Of US and UK Government International Actions Since 1945
www.us-uk-interventions.org/

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Shameful legacy:

In the early 1950s, Mau Mau rebels murdered 32 people in an uprising against colonial rule in Kenya. Britain’s response was brutal: 150,000 Kenyans were detained in camps where, survivors claim, prisoners were beaten, tortured, sexually abused and even murdered. Fifty years on, a handful of them are suing the British government.
www.guardian.co.uk/kenya/story/0,,1921282,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=1

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‘Cops tortured Chechen for terror confession’ :

The last article written by murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was an account from a Chechen man who said police passed electric shocks through his fingers until he confessed to terrorism.
tinyurl.com/yabvhq

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The Bush administration’s torture of U.S. citizen Jose Padilla :

The Bush administration insisted it had the right to abduct and detain U.S. citizens indefinitely and deny them access to any courts or even to any lawyers, to either contest the validity of their detention or the legality of their treatment. That is still the Bush administration’s position, and the Congress less than two weeks ago purported to give the President the legal authority to do virtually all of that.
tinyurl.com/fdmzr

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Congressman Shays: Abu Ghraib Wasn’t torture:

2 Minute Video: At an October 11, 2006 Debate at Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport, CT, Chris Shays states that what happened in Abu Ghraib was a sex ring, not torture.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15296.htm

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Shays defends comments on Abu Ghraib:

“This is outrageous for a sitting congressman,” said Joshua Rubenstein, Northeast regional director for Amnesty International. “The photographs did not only depict humiliating and degrading treatment of prisoners. They showed prisoners who were killed.”
tinyurl.com/y4uy5n

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US law experts question timing of Qaeda treason charge:

The first treason charge against an American since the World War II era has puzzled some law experts who suspect that political motives were behind the move less than a month before congressional elections.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/usattacksjusticeqaeda

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Rep. Ney pleads guilty; :

Rep. Bob Ney pleaded guilty Friday in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling investigation, the first lawmaker to confess to crimes in an election-year scandal that has stained the Republican-controlled Congress and the Bush administration.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061013/ap_on_go_co/ney_corruption

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Frist’s Charity Under Scrutiny: (AP)

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s AIDS charity paid nearly a half-million dollars in consulting fees to members of his political inner circle, according to tax returns providing the first financial accounting of the presidential hopeful’s nonprofit.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/12/17/politics/main1134721.shtml

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U.S. agents question teen: Girl ran anti-Bush page on MySpace:

Julia Wilson, 14, got a surprise visit from two Secret Service agents Wednesday at McClatchy High after the words “Kill Bush” appeared on MySpace.com.
mparent7777.livejournal.com/13413108.html

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China’s Foreign Currency Reserves Surge to Almost $1 Trillion :

China’s foreign-currency reserves surged to almost $1 trillion, the most ever held by a single country, driven by a record trade surplus that U.S. critics blame on an artificially undervalued yuan.
tinyurl.com/yl7x8r

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