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Date: 25 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 2804

icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$337,008,587,795

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

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We have turned Iraq into the most hellish place on Earth

By Simon Jenkins

Armies claiming to bring prosperity have instead brought a misery worse than under the cruellest of modern dictators.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15402.htm

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Selling Satan: Iraqi War Dead and the Collateral Damage to America’s Soul

By Phil Rockstroh

History reveals: What a nation inflicts upon the world — its own people will, sooner or later, inflict upon each other. There is no need to warily scan the horizon line for its arrival, because we’re already living in the midst of the angst and emptiness we have wrought. Ergo, when dreams mean nothing — when words and images are rendered meaningless — our lives reflect these dismal states.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15401.htm

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Bush’s Useful Idiots

The Strange Death of Liberal America

By Tony Judt

The alacrity with which many of America’s most prominent liberals have censored themselves in the name of the War on Terror, the enthusiasm with which they have invented ideological and moral cover for war and war crimes and proffered that cover to their political enemies: all this is a bad sign.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15407.htm

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Stealing the Midterms and the Power of Myth

By Mike Whitney

There are only two weapons in the imperial tool-chest; force and deception. I expect that the anticipated Democratic landslide will be preempted by massive voter fraud accompanied by some type of “searing event”; that way the fantastical outcome of a GOP victory can be neatly folded into a larger and all-pervasive “myth”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15398.htm

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Recipe for a Cooked Election

By Greg Palast

A nasty little secret of American democracy is that, in every national election, ballots cast are simply thrown in the garbage. Most are called “spoiled,” supposedly unreadable, damaged, invalid. They just don’t get counted. This “spoilage” has occurred for decades, but it reached unprecedented heights in the last two presidential elections. In the 2004 election, for example, more than three million ballots were never counted.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15403.htm

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America Freedom to Fascism

Video

Aaron Russo’s “America Freedom to Fascism” presents startling facts about our laws, raising critical issues that Americans must consider if they are to be a free people.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15399.htm

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Out of the shadows: Israel’s Minister of Strategic Threats

By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth

Lieberman, a Russian immigrant, is every bit the populist and racist politician he is portrayed as being. Like many of his fellow politicians, he harbours a strong desire to see the Palestinians of the occupied territories expelled, ideally to neighbouring Arab states or Europe. Lieberman, however, is more outspoken than most in publicly advocating for this position.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15405.htm

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Iraq: More than 26 killed in ongoing U.S. occupation:

U.S. forces killed 12 people they said were insurgents preparing to plant a roadside bomb in the western city of Ram
today.reuters.co.uk/news/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=IBO552777

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Iraqi leader blasts military raid that killed 5 in Shiite area :

The defiant al-Maliki also slammed the top U.S. military and diplomatic representatives in Iraq for their Tuesday news conference at which they said his government needed to set a timetable to curb violence ravaging the country.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15409870/

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U.S. occupation forces reports the deaths of four service members in Iraq :

The U.S. military on Tuesday announced the deaths of four U.S. service members in fighting in Iraq.
tinyurl.com/ycqrn7

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More U.S. Troops May Be Needed In Baghdad :

To increase combat forces further might require calling in some troops on standby in the region or extending the tours of units nearing the end of their 12-month tours in Iraq, which in turn could mean calling up reserves.
www.theday.com/re.aspx?re=b3e0f45d-1854-4ebf-b667-bc13c11177a3

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Mike Whitney : Charnel House :

Will we destroy the city to liberate it? How many doors will be kicked in? How many buildings will be reduced to rubble? How many innocent people will be dragged off to interrogation-centers and filthy prisons? How many tens of thousands of people will be killed?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15408.htm

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U.S. official: Britain seeks Iraq pullout in a year:

The official’s comments offered the first hint Britain’s military may have a timetable for withdrawal in mind. “It’s about a year, give or take a few months,” the official said.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061024/ts_nm/iraq_britain_troops_dc

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Some contracts in Iraq spend over 50% on overhead :

Halliburton unit cited in U.S. report on reconstruction
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/10/25/MNGBOLVFER1.DTL

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Chris Floyd: Blood and Gravy II: The Jackal’s Feast Goes On :

War profiteering by favored corporate cronies was one of the primary benefits envisaged by the Bush Regime as it drove so relentlessly and deceitfully toward the baseless and unprovoked attack.
tinyurl.com/yf4w48

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Heather Wokusch: How the Bush Family Makes a Killing from George’s Presidency:

An estimated 655,000 dead Iraqis, over 3,000 dead coalition troops, billions stolen from Iraq’s coffers, a country battered by civil war – but Halliburton turned a profit, so the results are very good.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15396.htm

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Missing U.S. soldier kidnapped on family visit:

A U.S. soldier who went missing on Monday was kidnapped by gunmen while visiting a relative’s house in Baghdad outside the Green Zone, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/ya8vex

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Grass-Roots Group of Troops Petitions Congress for Pullout From Iraq:

More than 100 U.S. service members have signed a rare appeal urging Congress to support the “prompt withdrawal” of all American troops and bases from Iraq, organizers said yesterday.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/24/AR2006102401154_pf.html

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US soldier to voice Iraq conflict opposition :

Sergeant Liam Madden – who was against the war even before being sent to Iraq with his unit in late 2004 – is one of more than 100 soldiers on active duty who have organised the petition drive through a website called Appeal for Redress.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1931212,00.html

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An electoral prism that distorts the abject reality :

America’s mission in Iraq has been manipulated at every turn to suit the US domestic political agenda. Each one was stage-managed to convince the public in America that progress was being made.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15406.htm

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‘US withdrawal from Iraq would be disastrous for Israel’:

As talk of an American withdrawal from Iraq heats up, some local experts say the removal of a strong US military presence there could be disastrous for Israel.
tinyurl.com/y7w8vh

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US will have to fight ‘dirty’ in new wars:

THE US could defeat any enemy with overwhelming power but any new conflict would involve more brute force and civilian casualties than in Iraq, the top US general said today.
www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,20641712-5005962,00.html

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NATO occupation forces kill 38 suspected militants: :

NATO-led occupation troops killed 38 suspected insurgents in two separate confrontations in southern Afghanistan, and Western troops and Afghan police elsewhere seized more than 9 tons of marijuana from a truck, officials said Wednesday.
tinyurl.com/tuhvl

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‘A lot of nervousness’ about British deal in Afghanistan: US Ambassador :

The US ambassador to Afghanistan has questioned Britain’s deal to pull out of a previously insurgency-hit town, saying there is “a lot of nervousness” about it,
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061025/wl_sthasia_afp/britainusafghanistanmilitary

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Elizebath Rubin: In the Land of the Taliban :

I went to Afghanistan and Pakistan this summer to understand how and why the Taliban were making a comeback five years after American and Afghan forces drove them from power. What kind of experience would lead Afghans to reject what seemed to be an emerging democratic government? Had we missed something that made Taliban rule appealing?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15397.htm

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Militias defy peace deal to impose Taliban rule on Afghan border:

Taliban militias in Pakistan have set up offices, introduced taxes and taken control of justice in the tribal agency of North Waziristan, where last month the government signed a peace agreement with militants.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/10/25/wafg125.xml

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Arundhati Roy: ‘And His Life Should Become Extinct’ :

The Very Strange Story of the Attack on the Indian Parliamet
tinyurl.com/yjkssw

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Iranian news agency: Iran has activated new cascade of enrichment centrifuges :

Iran has expanded its controversial nuclear work by starting a second cascade of centrifuges to enrich uranium, a semiofficial news agency reported Wednesday.
tinyurl.com/tjjtx

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EU, US at odds on Iran draft text, more disagreement expected with Russia, :

Frustrated by the lack of progress on their talks with the US which wants a “tougher” draft resolution on Iran for its nuclear programme, the EU3 – UK, France and Germany – circulated a Security Council draft text to Russia and China, and more disagreement looms ahead, a council diplomat said on Wednesday.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=915739

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Russian nuclear project snags Iran sanctions deal:

The current U.N. Security Council draft from the Europeans exempts “construction” of Bushehr and appears to allow some 1,500 Russians to continue working at the site, said one European diplomat.
tinyurl.com/y7last

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Michel Chossudovsky: US naval war games off the Iranian coastline:

A provocation which could lead to War?
tinyurl.com/ybbgfa

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Putin Says Pressuring North Korea Could Backfire:

Russian President Vladimir Putin says North Korea should not be backed into a corner over its nuclear weapons program.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-10-25-voa31.cfm

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N Korea warns S Korea’s against participation in U.S. sanctions :

“If the South Korean authorities end up joining U.S.-led moves to sanction and stifle, we will regard it as a declaration of confrontation against its own people … and take corresponding measures,” the statement said.
english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/167295.html

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South Korea successfully tests long-range cruise missile:

Report: South Korea has successfully tested a new longer-range cruise missile, which has not only North Korea but also parts of China and Japan within range, a news report said on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/u9s5o

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Ali Abunimah: World silent as fascists join Israel government:

It is dismaying that the European Union, a key international actor, seems set to maintain warm, normal relations with this extremist government, thus giving it encouragement and legitimacy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15400.htm

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‘Syria increasing preparedness following IDF maneuvers’:

According to one source, Syria expressed concern over the “the unusual military maneuvers” conducted by the IDF in the Golan Heights.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3319344,00.html

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Report: FBI, Justice Dept. probe American Israel Public Affairs Committee:

US Justice Department and FBI prosecutors are examining whether Representative Jane Harman of California and t AIPAC may have violated the law in a scheme to get Harman reappointed as the top Democrat in the House Intelligence Committee, according to a Time magazine report
tinyurl.com/sdsyq

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Oil leaps after OPEC cuts and US fuel stocks fall:

Oil prices leapt nearly two dollars higher on Wednesday after other OPEC members, including its second biggest producer Iran, followed Saudi Arabia’s lead in enforcing output cuts and U.S. fuel stocks unexpectedly fell.
tinyurl.com/ye8gru

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Hunting Hugo:

In late June, U.S. Southern Command, the arm of the U.S. military in Latin America, concluded that efforts by Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia to extend state control over their oil and gas reserves posed a threat to U.S. oil supplies. While Latin America produces only 8.4 percent of the world’s oil output, it supplies 30 percent of the oil consumed in the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15404.htm

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Venezuela, Guatemala to seek new U.N. candidate:

The Venezuelan and Guatemalan foreign ministers intend to meet in New York on Thursday to try to agree on a consensus candidate for the seat, one of two earmarked for Latin America on the 15-nation council, the diplomats said.
tinyurl.com/yzgjdt

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US embarrassed by terror suspect :

A former CIA operative wanted for trial for acts of terrorism against Cuba is stuck in legal limbo in a Texas jail. Luis Posada, 78, who has allegedly taken part in plots to assassinate Fidel Castro and bomb Havana hotels, is being described as a test case of the US government’s commitment to fighting terrorism.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1930704,00.html

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Report: Pinochet Gold Stash in Honk Kong Bank:

A Hong Kong bank has a multimillion-dollar gold deposit registered to Augusto Pinochet, the government said Wednesday. Newspapers put the total at some $160 million, but a lawyer and spokesman for the former Chilean dictator denied it.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=2605585

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John Pilger: exposing the rotten heart of the empire:

Journalist and film-maker John Pilger spoke to Charlie Kimber about his new book and the global resistance to imperialism, war and neoliberalism
www.socialistworker.co.uk/article.php?article_id=9989

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Report Warns of Potential Voting Problems in 10 States

Two weeks before the midterm elections, at least 10 states, including Maryland, remain ripe for voting problems, according to a study released yesterday by a nonpartisan clearinghouse that tracks electoral reforms across the United States.
tinyurl.com/tf4np

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Video the Vote 2006

Our goal is to protect the vote by being the eyes and ears where ballots are cast and counted on Election Day. We will document and report any irregularities that occur at polling places and boards of elections while they are happening, enabling the media and public to watch-dog the electoral process across our country.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaEECHjWptU

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London mayor: Veil debate redolent of Nazism:

London Mayor Ken Livingstone said Tuesday that the public debate over whether or not Muslim women should be allowed to wear veils is redolent of Nazi Germany.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3319361,00.html

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Rising tide of global warming threatens Pacific island states :

While rich nations tinker with policies that may shave their carbon dioxide emissions, low-lying South Pacific nations such as Kiribati are sinking beneath the waves.
news.independent.co.uk/environment/article1927131.ece

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Date: 24 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 2802

icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$336,743,693,121

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

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Why War Fails

By Howard Zinn

I suggest there is something important to be learned from the recent experience of the United States and Israel in the Middle East: that massive military attacks are not only morally reprehensible but useless in achieving the stated aims of those who carry them out.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15395.htm

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The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

British MP George Galloway Interviews Israeli Historian Ilan Pappe

In his new book “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine ,” Ilan Pappe investigates the fate suffered by the indigenous population of 1940s Palestine at the hands of the Zionist political and military leadership.

Click to listen
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15394.htm

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Advertising Terrorism

By Keith Olbermann

You have adopted bin Laden and Zawahiri as spokesmen for the Republican National Committee!

Video and transcript
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15393.htm

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Iraq: At least 10 killed in ongoing occupation:

Two U.S. Marines were killed on Monday due to enemy action while operating in western Anbar province, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO436696.htm

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US troops kill 4 Iraqi firemen by mistake:

“The people inside the truck exited quickly and Coalition Forces thought they were armed. Coalition Forces engaged what they thought were armed insurgents with small arms fire,” it said, adding that all four were killed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15387.htm

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In vendetta, militias stalk Shiite police :

Militiamen loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr re-emerged yesterday in the southern city of Amarah, hunting down and killing four policemen from a rival militia in a brutal Shiite-on-Shiite settling of scores.
www.southcoasttoday.com/daily/10-06/10-24-06/02world-nation.htm

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U.S. Soldier Listed As Missing In Baghdad:

A U.S. military spokesman said Tuesday there had been no word on the fate of a U.S. Army solider reported missing in Baghdad, as troops continued door-to-door searches in the central Karradah district.
www.thedenverchannel.com/news/10141679/detail.html

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U.S. Planing Coup against Maliki Government:

Iraqi army officers are reportedly planning to stage a military coup with U.S. help to oust the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15388.htm

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So much for an independent and democratic Iraq!”:

Bush tells Maliki government to tackle militias or face penalties :

The White House confirmed yesterday that it had set “benchmarks and milestones” for the Iraqi government to disarm militias and take other concrete steps to stabilise the country.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15392.htm

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Shiite leader calls for southern Iraq autonomy:

The leader of Iraq’s largest Shiite bloc has called for the country to be divided into federal zones, to the dismay of minority Sunnis who fear losing out on Iraq’s vast oil wealth.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061024/wl_mideast_afp/iraqpoliticsshiite

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Iraq war could be judged a disaster, Beckett admits:

IRAQ could break up into different parts eventually, Margaret Beckett, the Foreign Secretary, said yesterday as she acknowledged the limitations to what could be achieved by coalition forces.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2417832,00.html

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U.S. Officials: Iraqi Security Could Be Ready in 12-18 Months:

Top U.S. officials in Iraq today predicted that Iraqi security forces could be largely self-sufficient within 12 to 18 months and said the Iraqi government is building a timetable for disarming militias, quieting insurgents and solving ongoing struggles for economic and political power.
tinyurl.com/unpb7

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Iraq: The Real Story: 8 Minute Video:

Watch his haunting observational film that explodes the myth around the claims that the Iraqis are preparing to take control of their own country.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15389.htm

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British hope of handover to Iraqi forces dismissed:

THE Iraqi police force is unlikely to be ready to take responsibility for security if coalition forces begin to withdraw in a year’s time, senior Iraqi police officials and US advisers said yesterday.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2418477,00.html

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Stranger than fiction:

U.S. blames Iran, Syria for Iraq violence:

America’s civilian and military leaders in Iraq linked Iran and Syria with al Qaeda on Tuesday as forces trying to tear the country apart and prevent the United States from establishing a stable democracy.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061024/ts_nm/ciraq_usa_neighbours_dc

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Iraq: The British people have their say. And It’s bad news for Blair :

Demands for an urgent Commons debate on pulling British troops out of Iraq were stepped up last night at Westminster after an opinion poll found that 62 per cent of voters support a withdrawal before the country has been made stable.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15390.htm

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Despair of Baghdad turns into a life of shame in Damascus :

Young women fleeing war and poverty fall prey to sex traffickers
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15391.htm

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Saddam Hussein’s “guilty” conviction announcement planned for two days before elections :

“In my experience, everything that comes out of Baghdad is very carefully prepared for American domestic consumption,” he said.
tinyurl.com/yfok9r

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Occupation Forces Kill 3 Children In Afghanistan:

An Afghan police officer on Tuesday said three Afghan children were killed by the test firing of occupation forces in the eastern Kunar province, while the forces said only one local was killed.
english.peopledaily.com.cn/200610/24/eng20061024_314806.html

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Taliban leader warns of fierce fighting to come:

Taliban video obtained by Reuters this month shows fighters well-armed and equipped in the mountains of Uruzgan in the south. Omar said President Hamid Karzai would face Islamic justice for cooperating with Washington
tinyurl.com/yce6gf

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Taliban and NATO in talks to pull out of several areas:

Talks are underway between the Taliban and NATO forces – through tribal elders – over the pullout of troops from 12 districts along the Pakistan Afghan border, providing the Taliban make concessions to the NATO forces and agree not to attack their bases in those Afghan provinces where the deal is signed
tinyurl.com/yz5s75

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UK: MoD bans TV news access to warzones:

In an unprecedented move that risks accusations of censorship, the Government has withdrawn co-operation from ITV News in warzones after accusing it of inaccurate and intrusive reports about the fate of wounded soldiers.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2417831,00.html

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Iran condemns US Gulf exercises :

Reports say the US is to hold naval exercises at the end of October with Bahrain, Kuwait, France and Britain.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6080204.stm

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US Wants UN To Ban Missile Sales To Iran – Diplomats :

The U.S., France and the U.K. are pushing for U.N. Security Council bans on the sale of missile and nuclear technology to Iran and an end to most technical aid programs from the International Atomic Energy Agency, diplomats said Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/yfmq3t

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Simon Tisdall: Time for Bush to talk to Iran and Syria :

Whatever else James Baker may recommend in his much-anticipated report on future US strategy in Iraq, it seems certain he will urge George Bush to open direct, high-level talks with Iran and Syria.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldbriefing/story/0,,1930453,00.html

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Olmert pins hopes on Lieberman to stop Iran:

Lieberman as Deputy Prime Minister, will serve as Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s right-hand man to liquidate Iran’s nuclear bomb before it is created.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/1,7340,L-3318962,00.html

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Labour threatens to quit Israel coalition:

Labour, with 19 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, is the main partner in Ehud Olmert’s 67-member coalition. Its departure could bring down the government.
tinyurl.com/yjm32h

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Report: Illegal W. Bank construction up :

Israel reportedly has suppressed a government report revealing large-scale illegal settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.
jta.org/page_view_breaking_story.asp?intid=5257

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China denies reports of NKorean apology for nuclear test:

North Korea is not planning a second nuclear test and is willing to return to six-party talks under certain conditions, but warned that it would take action if it felt pressured, China’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2006/10/24/2115047-ap.html

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China may back coup against Kim:

THE Chinese are openly debating “regime change” in Pyongyang after last week’s nuclear test by their confrontational neighbour.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/printpage/0,5942,20587473,00.html

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‘Coup Possible in Pyongyang’:

A ``Beijing-friendly palace coup’’ may happen in North Korea to drive out the North’s ``dear leader’’ Kim Jong-il, a U.S. weekly magazine reported in its latest issue.
tinyurl.com/ygsyg2

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EU shocked as Putin comes out fighting :

Mr Putin’s response was sharp. He told the Europeans Russia would set its own terms on energy supplies, and not sign the Energy Charter Treaty, as they asked.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6077344.stm

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Niger orders expulsion of Arabs

The government of Niger has ordered around 150,000 Arabs who live in the east of the country to leave.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6081416.stm

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Ortega leads Nicaragua presidential election polls :

Daniel Ortega, candidate of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), leads presidential polls in Nicaragua with 34.2 percent of the votes, polling firm GCM said on Monday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-10/24/content_5241701.htm

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North warns against Ortega vote : :

“My hope is that the people of Nicaragua are not going to return to that. That’s not good for your country. That’s not good for my country.” Mr North visited a memorial for fallen Contra rebels.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6080172.stm

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Blowout! Chávez Holds Huge Lead in Venezuela Reelection Bid:

Support is more than double that of nearest challenger—U.S. Gov’t held in very low esteem by Venezuelans
www.zogbyworldwide.com/news/ReadNews1.cfm?ID=771

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US waives law for Chin refugees :

The US has waived a security regulation to let thousands of refugees from Burma’s Chin state request asylum. Strict laws passed after the 11 September 2001 attacks prevent people who have provided “material support” to armed groups from resettling in the US. Many Chin refugees had provided such help to rebel groups such as the Chin National Front and Chin National Army.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6068740.stm

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Australia: US told Hicks delay ‘not satisfactory’:

THE Federal Government is concerned David Hicks has been behind bars at Guantanamo Bay for five years without facing trial, Federal Justice Minister Chris Ellison has said.
tinyurl.com/yjzenl

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We sentenced Japanese for this:

Flanked by the panjandrums of shame and the dirty hands gang, including the current attorney general and the vice president, President Bush on Tuesday signed into law the Military Commissions Act, a law that will go down in history as an obscenity against liberty and decency.
www.sptimes.com/2006/10/22/Columns/We_sentenced_Japanese.shtml

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Governments say they follow U.S. on jail treatment:

Some countries try to refute criticism over their treatment of prisoners by saying they are only following the U.S. example on handling terror suspects, a U.N. human rights expert said on Monday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N23410381.htm

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Judge strikes down part of Canada’s anti-terrorism law:

A judge Tuesday struck down a portion of Canada’s anti-terrorism law, ruling that the clause dealing with the definition of terrorism violates the country’s bill of rights.
www.helenair.com/articles/2006/10/24/national_top/000terror.txt

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Former CIA spy branded a traitor wants to clear his name:

He was hurtling into history as one of this nation’s most infamous traitors until three years ago — when a federal judge concluded he’d been buried with the help of government lies.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/289584_fallenspy23.html

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Drinkers to leave prints for pints:

Drinkers could be asked to leave their fingerprints at the bar every time they buy a pint in a pub or club. They may also need to show a passport or a driving licence and their details will be held on a database available to police.
www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=22277&in_page_id=34

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Date: 23 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 2800

icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$336,487,204,158

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

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Bush’s Absolute Power Grab

By Carla Binion

On October 17, George W. Bush signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006. This new law gives Bush power similar to that of Stalin or Hitler, and grants agencies within the executive branch powers similar to those of the KGB or Gestapo.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15379.htm

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The Limits of Liberty: We’re All Suspects Now

By Henry Porter

Identity cards. Number-plate surveillance. CCTV. Control orders. The list of ways in which the Government has sought to manipulate and define the limits of our liberty grows ever longer. Ten years ago, the novelist and polemicist Henry Porter would have felt silly speaking out about human rights in Britain. But that was before the most fundamental assault on personal freedom ever undertaken. Now, he argues, it’s time we woke up to reality.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15378.htm

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Israel / Palestine: The Two State Solution Is Dead

An interview with Ali Abunima

Ali Abunimah, reveals the bankruptcy of the two-state approach, takes on the objections and taboos that stand in the way of a binational solution, and demonstrates that sharing the territory will bring benefits for all.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15383.htm

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Leaset we forget the victims killed prior to Bush Invasion of Iraq

Paying The Price: Killing The Children Of Iraq

A documentary film by John Pilger

Sanctions enforced by the UN on Iraq since the Gulf War have killed more people than the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945, including over half a million children – many of whom weren’t even born when the Gulf War began.

Click to watch
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15385.htm

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Iraq: At least 30 kiled as bloody U.S. occupation continues:

The U.S. military said its forces killed five suspected insurgents, including four who were in a building that was destroyed in an airstrike south of Balad.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/PAR320707.htm

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11 US troops killed in Iraq:

Iraq’s most violent Ramadan ends in bloodshed as 86 US troops killed in first three weeks of October
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=17966

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US offers amnesty in secret talks:

AMERICAN forces are negotiating an amnesty with Sunni insurgents in Iraq to try to defuse the nascent civil war and pave the way for disarmament of Shia militias
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15380.htm

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US ‘cannot stay course’ in Iraq :

The US is not winning in Iraq and will not be able to stay the course in the long-term, a US state department insider has said.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6075424.stm

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Ike Skelton, who backed Iraq war, now wants U.S. to withdraw:

The spiraling violence is “deeply disturbing,” Skelton said in a conference call with reporters, during which he called for the redeployment of U.S. troops out of Iraq.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/15817001.htm

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Active-Duty Troops Launch Campaign to End U.S. Occupation of Iraq:

For the first time since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, active- duty members of the military are asking Members of Congress to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq and bring American soldiers home.
releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=74796

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Iraqi Forced To Drink Urine By British Occupation Forces:

An Iraqi civilian detained by British troops in Iraq told a military court Monday that he was beaten and forced to drink urine by his captors.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15381.htm

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The Exodus: 1.6m Iraqis have fled their country since the war :

Iraq is in flight. Everywhere inside and outside the country, Iraqis who once lived in their own houses cower for safety six or seven to a room in hovels.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article1919327.ece

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UK warned against invasion :

On the day after the September 11 terrorist attacks, senior British intelligence officials told their American counterparts that they would not support retaliatory action against Iraq, a new book claims.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1928874,00.html

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Alleged corrupt arms deals cost Iraq US$800M:

Iraq’s former finance minister alleged in a U.S. television report aired Sunday that up to US$800 million meant to equip the Iraqi army had been stolen from the government by former officials through fraudulent arms deals.
cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2006/10/22/2103532-ap.html

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Many military families rely on donated goods:

They were waiting for day-old bread and frozen dinners packaged in slightly damaged boxes. These families are among a growing number of military households in San Diego County that regularly rely on donated food.
tinyurl.com/yh4tdx

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Halliburton’s 3Q Income Rises 22 Percent :

The Houston-based oilfield services conglomerate Sunday posted $611 million, or 58 cents per share, in net income for the June-September quarter, including a $4 million charge from discontinued operations.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/fn/4279402.html

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Taliban video: –

Taliban sources release footage of what they say shows recent campaigns in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province.
tinyurl.com/yyykva

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Afghanistan clash leaves 27 dead:

Fighting between forces loyal to two pro-government warlords in western Afghanistan Sunday left at least 12 people dead, while NATO said its forces killed 15 suspected militants who launched an attack on an alliance convoy in the south.
tinyurl.com/y2jmwk

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US, Afghan troops leave area after another deal::

US and Afghan soldiers pulled out of an area in eastern Afghanistan under a deal clinched with tribal elders, a second in a week, a Taliban spokesman said on Sunday.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0610233213093327.htm

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There is never going to be a Nato victory in Afghanistan :

The military option is going nowhere. The way forward is to emulate Pakistan by withdrawing troops and making deals
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1926818,00.html

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Afghan militants ‘plan UK attacks’ :

Afghan militants are for the first time plotting to attack westerners in Britain and the rest of Europe, a Taliban commander has claimed.
www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/story/0,,-6166110,00.html

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1.9 mln USD for slush fund in Afghanistan burned as plane on fire :

The money, packed into two four-wheel-drive vehicles being carried on the British Hercules C-130 plane, was reportedly intended to “buy off” local warlords against the Taliban.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-10/23/content_5238961.htm

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Israeli troops kill seven Palestinians, wound 14 in occupied northern Gaza:

Israeli troops shot and killed seven Palestinians, including three brothers and two of their cousins, in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday
www.helenair.com/articles/2006/10/23/national/000gaza.txt

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Abbas says Gaza deaths are massacre:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday condemned the IDF’s killing of six Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip, describing the incident as a “criminal massacre.”
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3318516,00.html

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Extreme right-winger to join Israeli government:

A FAR-RIGHT politician dubbed “the most dangerous politician in the history of Israel” because of his anti-Arab and authoritarian views last night looked set to join the Israeli government.
thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1565582006

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Israel Downplays Russia’s Comments on Hamas:

Israel’s prime minister on Sunday downplayed the Russian foreign minister’s comments that it was “unrealistic” to demand that Hamas immediately recognize Israel and disarm, the Associated Press news agency reports.
mosnews.com/news/2006/10/23/israelvsrussa.shtml

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Michael Phillips: Under Occupation:

An American who was kidnapped in West Bank shares his experiance
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15384.htm

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Peace, Propaganda & The Promised Land:

This video carefully analyzes and explains how—through the use of language, framing and context—the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied terrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14034.htm

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Mossad angry over British espionage series? :

British daily ‘The Sunday Express’ reports senior Israeli agents arrived in London to view episode of BBC drama ‘Spooks’ where Mossad agents are depicted shooting bound prisoners in the back
www.ynetnews.com/articles/1,7340,L-3318106,00.html

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Eight more doctors suspected of illegal human experiments :

Eight more doctors from the Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot and the Hartzfeld Geriatric Hospital in Gedera are suspected of involvement in experiments on human beings, Chief Superintendent Meir Cohen, told the Knesset Labor and Welfare Committee on Monday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/778407.html

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Olmert: Our soldiers will be trained to face Iranian “threat:” .

Our soldiers will be trained to face all the threats against Israel, topped by the Iranian threat. We have already begun the work.”
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3318245,00.html

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Iran won’t retreat from atomic rights – president:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday Western powers were wrong if they thought Iran would retreat under political pressure from its nuclear plans, even as the country faces possible sanctions.
tinyurl.com/yxt5dg

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Iran expands nuclear program:

A senior diplomat familiar with U.N. nuclear inspections in Iran said Tehran remained a long way from “industrial scale” capacity that would signal its emergence as a nuclear power, as North Korea showed on October 9 by detonating an atomic device.
tinyurl.com/yyaosx

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Military Build-up in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf:

Israel and NATO sign Framework Agreement
tinyurl.com/wx59z

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Helen Caldicott : The Way the World Ends:

With all the hype about North Korea, we’re forgetting that the world is still staring down the barrels of thousands of U.S. and Russian ICBMs
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15382.htm

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Sudan: Ex-Janjaweed fighter speaks : BBC Video:

A former member of the Janjaweed, now living in London, says the Sudanese goverment gave orders to his unit. “Ali” spoke to Newsnight’s Tim Whewell about his group’s activities in the Darfur region, which included killings and rape. Viewers may find some of the images contained in this report disturbing
tinyurl.com/yxauk3

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Venezuela achieves objective against U.S. in UN: Chavez

Venezuela has achieved its objective within the United Nations despite trailing Guatemala, a U.S.-backed candidate, in previous rounds of voting for a UN Security Council seat, President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday.
english.people.com.cn/200610/23/eng20061023_314381.html

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Bush Signs the Reichstag Fire Decree:

With a flip of the wrist, Bush signed into law the anti-Habeas Corpus, pro-torture law (cleverly repackaged as the Military Commissions Act of 2006), signaling with it the end of American democracy.
www.huffingtonpost.com/larisa-alexandrovna/bush-signs-the-reichstag-_b_32295.html

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Date: 22 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 2787

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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The Next War

By Daniel Ellsberg.

10/22/06 “Harpers” — — A hidden crisis is under way. Many government insiders are aware of serious plans for war with Iran, but Congress and the public remain largely in the dark. The current situation is very like that of 1964, the year preceding our overt, open-ended escalation of the Vietnam War, and 2002, the year leading up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15371.htm

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Robert Fisk: We’ve all been veiled from the truth

By Robert Fisk

We are supposed to look through the veil which Lord Blair placed in front of our eyes so that lies will become truth, so that what is true will become untrue. And thus we will be separated from the truth. Which is why Blair himself now represents that “mark of separation”. O tempora! O mores!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15375.htm

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Putin Gets Mugged in Finland

By Mike Whitney

Most people won’t pay any attention to this week’s energy summit in Lahti, Finland, but they should. It is particularly instructive for anyone who is interested in the latest developments in the global resource war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15377.htm

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Iraq: At Least 41 Killed As U.S Occupation Grinds On:

Sunni and Shi’ite tribes clashed between Madaen and Suwayra, south of Baghdad, on Saturday, police said. On the Shi’ite side, six people were killed and three wounded, and three Sunnis were also killed
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/PAR230535.htm

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Bloody battle for Amarah a glimpse of future :

The militia headed by the radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr yesterday took over the southern Iraqi city of Amarah, recently vacated by British forces, after a day of heavy fighting which left dozens killed, almost 100 injured and widespread damage to buildings
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article1916342.ece

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Three million uprooted Iraqis face “bleak future”, UNHCR says:

UNHCR estimates that more than 1.5 million Iraqis are internally displaced in Iraq, including some 800,000 who fled their homes prior to 2003 and 750,000 who have fled since. A further 1.6 million Iraqis are refugees in neighbouring countries, the majority in Syria and Jordan.
tinyurl.com/yfup9g

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U.S. official admits “arrogance” in Iraq:

The United States has shown “arrogance” and “stupidity” in Iraq, a senior U.S. diplomat said in an interview aired on Sunday, after U.S. President George W. Bush said he was flexible on tactics, if not strategy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15372.htm

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Iraqi youth want U.S. troops to withdraw :

Majorities of Iraqi youth in Arab regions of the country believe security would improve and violence decrease if the U.S.-led forces left immediately, according to a State Department poll that provides a window into the grim warnings provided to policymakers.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15373.htm

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Andrew Sullivan: Iraq is no Vietnam – it’s far worse than that:

A political solution, the only secure way to achieve peace in Iraq, has slipped across the horizon, as Sunni Arabs, Shi’ite Arabs and Sunni Kurds recoil into the protection of the clan, the tribe and the ethnic or religious family. After each round of violence a cycle of revenge follows.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,29449-2415267,00.html

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Iraq mayhem triggers hunt for exit strategy in US and UK :

Foreign Office urges talks with Syria and Iran, as militia seize city left by British
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1928037,00.html

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Now we know what we know, why is Blair still in office? :

As more evidence of his role in the Iraq debacle emerges, it beggars belief that the Prime Minister hasn’t been impeached
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1928634,00.html

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Millions Stolen From Iraq’s Treasury:

More than half a billion dollars earmarked to fight the insurgency in Iraq was stolen by people the U.S. had entrusted to run the country’s Ministry of Defense before the 2005 elections, according to Iraqi investigators.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/10/19/60minutes/main2109200.shtml

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NATO occupation forces kill 15 “militants” in S Afghanistan :

“An ISAF convoy came under fire of some militants in Deh Chopan district of Zabul province on Saturday. The forces returned fire and killed 15 “insurgents,” Maj. Luke Knittig said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-10/22/content_5235391.htm

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1.9 million Afghans need food assistance due to drought:

The Afghan government and the United Nations appealed on Sunday for US$43 million (?34 million) in aid for 1.9 million people facing food shortages because of severe drought.
tinyurl.com/ymthvs

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Palestinian Fatah official shot dead:

A member of the Palestinian security services has been killed in Gaza during clashes with forces loyal to the Hamas-led government.
tinyurl.com/ycnwsx

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Israel insists on Lebanon overflights:

Sources in the Israeli military say that Israel would bomb Unifil sites in southern Lebanon if Israeli warplanes are intercepted.
tinyurl.com/y9tstw

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Israel admits using phosphorus bombs in Lebanon:

Israel admitted for the first time to using controversial white phosphorus shells against military targets in Southern Lebanon, an Israeli newspaper reported on Sunday.
tinyurl.com/ycgn48

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Feds Probe a Top Democrat’s Relationship with AIPAC:

The Department of Justice is investigating whether Rep. Jane Harman and the pro-Israel group worked together to get her reappointed as the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15370.htm

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Weary Israel loses faith in its leaders :

The rape allegations against the President are just the latest in a long line of political scandals
observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,1928362,00.html

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Israel founded using fake British banknotes:

MORE than £130m worth of British banknotes forged by the Nazis was used by the Jewish underground to help establish the State of Israel.
scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1563532006

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Putin to Israeli PM: Using force against Iran could end in disaster :

Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced any military operation against Iran in a meeting last week with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Putin told Olmert in the Moscow meeting that foiling Iran’s nuclear program could end in disaster for the world.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/777807.html

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Iran vows to respond to any sanctions over nuclear program:

An Iranian official warned today that Tehran would not remain passive if the West imposes sanctions against it over its disputed nuclear program, but did not say how the country would respond.
www.startribune.com/722/story/758793.html

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Up to 2,000 refugees a day flood into Darfur’s camps of despair :

The humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur is worsening by the day, as dramatic increases in fighting and militia raids on villages force thousands of people to flee their homes.
news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/article1919109.ece

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Video: Chinese Soldiers Shoot Tibetan Pilgrims:

Footage of Chinese border guards shooting Tibetans on pilgrimage to the Dali Lama in India
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15369.htm

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‘El Comandante’ poised to lead Nicaraguans once again:

Ortega, dressed in new political outlook, aims for first-ballot win in vote next month
tinyurl.com/yheu7r

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Bolivia for Single, Free Health Care:

The Bolivian government pledged its commitment to a single and free health system in which all citizens have the same rights, according to a proposal presented to the Constituent Assembly on Saturday.
tinyurl.com/yj78wt

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Ex-German leader: Bush’s stance as ‘God-fearing’ president provoked suspicion :

While meetings with Bush at that time were friendly, Schroeder said he could not reconcile himself with the feeling that religion was the driving force behind many of the Bush’s political decisions.
tinyurl.com/ydfk96

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Law allows torture, even if Bush doesn’t call it that :

Flanked by the panjandrums of shame and the dirty-hands gang, including the current attorney general and the vice president, President Bush on Tuesday signed into law the Military Commissions Act, a law that will go down in history as an obscenity against liberty and decency.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15374.htm

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UK: Our dirty little torture secret:

Officially, Britain disapproves of rendition, the CIA’s shadowy capture and transport of terror suspects. In reality we have helped, writes Stephen Grey
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2092-2415275,00.html

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William Blum: Who Said Clinton Didn’t Kill Anybody?:

As Bill Clinton parades around the country and the world associating himself with “good” causes, it’s enough to evoke yearnings in many people on the left who should know better. So here’s a little reminder of what Clinton’s foreign policy was composed of.
www.counterpunch.com/blum10202006.html

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Pigs at the trough:

Bush’s family profits from ‘No Child’ act:

A company headed by President Bush’s brother and partly owned by his parents is benefiting from Republican connections and federal dollars targeted for economically disadvantaged students under the No Child Left Behind Act.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15376.htm

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Rocket launcher ‘found at dentist’s house’:

Police found rocket launchers, chemicals, British National Party literature and a nuclear or biological suit at his home.
www.nwemail.co.uk/news/viewarticle.aspx?id=420965

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Do ‘computer police’ have too much power?:

On Saturday morning, Sept. 23, 2006, many police vehicles appeared in our driveway. Men in black with flak jackets ran to and around our house.
www.wpcva.com/articles/2006/10/19/chatham/opinion/opinion01.txt

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Cracking up: Ice turning to water, glaciers on the move – and a planet in peril:

Nothing else quite like it has happened at any time in the past 10,000 years. In just over a month an entire Antarctic ice shelf, bigger than a small country, disintegrated and disappeared, altering world atlases for ever.
news.independent.co.uk/environment/article1919117.ece

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UN says number of ocean ‘dead zones’ rising fast:

The number of “dead zones” in the world’s oceans may have increased by a third in just two years, threatening fish stocks and the people who depend on them, the U.N. Environment Programme said on Thursday.
tinyurl.com/ybuz7t

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Date: 21 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 2787

icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$335,699,824,535

See the cost in your community
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After Pat’s Birthday

By Kevin Tillman

Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002. Pat was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. Kevin, who was discharged in 2005, has written a powerful, must-read document.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15365.htm

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Medics beg for help as Iraqis die needlessly

By Jeremy Laurance

Half of all deaths preventable, say country’s medics Reconstruction seen as disaster More than 2,000 doctors and nurses are killed 18,000 more leave the nationEven the most basic treatments are lacking.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15368.htm

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At Least 15 Killed As Shiite Militia Seizes Control of Iraqi City :

The takeover of Amara by the militia, the Mahdi Army, was a broad act of defiance against the authority of the central government, which has been trying to impose order and curb sectarian violence. The incident also raised questions about whether Iraq’s militias can be reined in.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15362.htm

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Three U.S. occupation force soldiers killed in Iraq :

Three U.S. soldiers killed in separate incidents in occupied Iraq during the past 48 hours, the U.S. military said in statements on Friday
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-10/20/content_5229120.htm

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Iraq ‘hiding true casualty figures’:

THE Iraqi Government has told medical authorities not to reveal to the UN the true extent of civilian casualties in the country’s conflict, French newspaper Le Monde said today.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15361.htm

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Patrick Cockburn: Hospitals now a battleground in the bloody civil war :

Iraqi hospitals are dangerous places. Policemen and soldiers carry their wounded comrades into operating theatres and demand immediate treatment, forcing doctors at gunpoint to abandon operations on civilians before they are completed.
comment.independent.co.uk/commentators/article1904932.ece

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The End of Maliki?:

Will a Coup Unravel Iraq
www.tomdispatch.com/indexprint.mhtml?pid=130805

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Former Top Bush Administration Official Calls For Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Iraq:

Richard L. Armitage — who served as deputy secretary of state from 2001-2005 — is advocating a phased withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. From the New Jersey Express-Times:
thinkprogress.org/2006/10/20/armitage-iraq-withdrawal/

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Are You Afraid?:

Watch his haunting observational film that explodes the myth around the claims that the Iraqis are preparing to take control of their own country. Contains some strong language. Flash presentation
www.guardian.co.uk/video/page/0,,1927660,00.html

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White House Resists Major Course Change in Iraq:

President Bush will resist election-year pressure for a major shift in strategy in Iraq, the White House said on Friday, despite growing doubts among Americans and anxiety over the war among Republican lawmakers.
tinyurl.com/y639nm

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A Soldier’s Duty? The Ehren Watada Story: Video:

On June 22, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren K. Watada became the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse deployment to the unlawful Iraq War and occupation. For the first time since 1965, the military is prosecuting an objector for his opinions. He faces over eight years in prison – over six years for First Amendment speech alone!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15366

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Eight Afghan workers executed:

Gunmen ambushed a car carrying Afghan civilians working on a remote U.S. military base in eastern Afghanistan and killed eight of them execution-style, a police official said Friday.
tinyurl.com/wuyzf

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NATO Occupation Forces Accused of Executing Afghan Civilians:

“When they saw my son in wounded condition, they shot him and killed him in front of my eyes.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15364.htm

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Bombers hit Afghanistan ahead of major holy day:

A suicide bomber killed an Afghan soldier and wounded seven more in an eastern province bordering Pakistan on Friday, the army said.
tinyurl.com/tjkp3

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Marine killed in occupied Afghanistan named:

The MoD said Wright, 22, died on Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself up next to a vehicle in which Wright was patrolling in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern province of Helmand.
tinyurl.com/y37fbr

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Assassination attempts on Afghan leaders spike:

Taliban adopts tactics seen in Iraq in bid to undermine government
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15332540/

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War pimp alert:

Regime Change Only Solution for Iran, Israeli Expert Says:

The Iranians “need to fear” the consequences if they continue in their nuclear pursuits, Olmert said, adding that he did not discuss specifics of what Israel would or would not do.
tinyurl.com/y7lbow

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‘US might consider Iran strike’:

With North Korea threatening more nuclear weapons tests, officials in Washington have placed the option of a military attack back on the table as they consider ways to prevent Iran from developing atomic weapons, experts say
tinyurl.com/u2jb2

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War pimp alert:

Ultimately, the U.S. will Attack:

Attacking will not provide a fundamental solution to the (nuclear) problem…only delay it. In order to bring about a halt to the nuclear program, there has to be a regime change (that) can take place…in less time than it takes the regime of the ayatollahs to obtain nuclear weapons.”
www.infoisrael.net/cgi-local/text.pl?source=4/b/iv/181020061

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Ahmadinejad: Attempts to strengthen fake Zionist regime doomed to fail :

Addressing the supporters of this corrupt regime, he said, “As an option, I recommend you to comply with your claims to democracy and let the Palestinians determine their own destiny through a free and legal election.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/line-17/0610208270162424.htm

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Force may be needed to guard Lebanese airspace -UN:

U.N. peacekeepers may at some point resort to force to prevent repeated Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace, the commander of the U.N. force in southern Lebanon said on Thursday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N19275977.htm

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Palestinian Prime Minister unscathed after militants open fire on his convoy in Gaza :

Haniyeh had just finished making a speech at a Gaza mosque, where he said that his movement would reject any moves by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to call fresh elections or sack the Islamist government as a way to break a political deadlock.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/777447.html

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Why Israel should grab Hamas’ truce offer:

Hamas is the only party now in Palestine that has the legitimacy and the capacity to enforce a truce with Israel. Such a truce would likely generate strong pressures from its Palestinian constituency to keep moving in the direction of a permanent peace agreement.
tinyurl.com/yy96xf

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Peace Now: 43% of illegal squatter camps are built on stolen Palestinian land :

According to a survey by Peace Now, some parts of 75 of the 102 outposts in the West Bank are on private Palestinian land. The survey, carried out by the organization’s settlement monitoring team, found that the total area of the outposts is 16,196 dunams, out of which about 43 percent are on private Palestinian land (6,986 dunams);
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/777212.html

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Talks Could Lead to Israeli Approval of Illegal West Bank Squatter Outposts:

Illegal squatter outposts in the West Bank would get official government approval under a deal Israel’s defense minister is working out, government officials and squatters said Thursday.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/19/AR2006101901835_pf.html

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Furor Over Carter’s South Africa Analogy :

Use of the word — apartheid — and some of the book’s content are quickly leaking out, and Jewish Democrats were scrambling this week to limit the impact on closely fought congressional races only weeks away.
www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=13147&print=yes

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Jewish political partisans in U.S.:

In their campaigns for the Jewish vote on Nov. 7, Republicans are pitching support for Israel and anti-terrorism, as they have for years. Democrats are reminding voters of the party’s traditional support for Israel but are emphasizing health care, keeping church separate from state and supporting reproductive rights, as they have for years.
www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?intarticleid=17180&intcategoryid=3

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No more N Korea nuke tests – China:

North Korea’s Kim Jong-il tells Chinese envoy that Pyongyang is not planning to conduct further nuclear tests.
tinyurl.com/y7bpqq

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South Korea prepares for attack:

The South Korean army shot missiles at targets during a firing demonstration to prepare for military aggression from North Korea.
tinyurl.com/yxv7ur

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N.Korea ship being tracked by U.S. intelligence :

The “CBS Evening News,” quoting U.S. intelligence sources, reported that a North Korean ship possibly carrying military equipment banned by U.N. sanctions had left that country for an unknown destination.
tinyurl.com/wbbnj

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Seven in Ten Americans Favor Congressional Candidates Who Will Pursue a Major Change in Foreign Policy:

U.S. Public Wants Less Emphasis on Military Force, More on Working Through U.N. A Majority Supports Direct Talks with North Korea and Iran
tinyurl.com/tmr2g

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CIA approached terrorism trial defendant about job as spy:

A former university professor charged with plotting to bankroll Hamas terrorists was once asked by the Central Intelligence Agency if he wanted a job as a spy, his attorney told a jury Thursday.
www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/news/politics/15800916.htm

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Video: Chinese Shoot Tibetan Pilgrims:

Footage of Chinese border guards shooting Tibetans on pilgrimage to the Dali Lama in India.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15369.htm

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Nicaragua’s Ortega Could Win in First Round:

Former head of state Daniel Ortega is the clear frontrunner in Nicaragua’s presidential race,.
www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm/fuseaction/viewItem/itemID/13514

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William Blum: Operation Because We Can:

For 27 years, the most powerful nation in the world has found it impossible to share the Western Hemisphere with one of its poorest and weakest neighbors, Nicaragua, if the country’s leader was not in love with capitalism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15367.htm

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Venezuela’s UN Ambassador Accuses Bush Administration of Blackmailing Other Countries Over Contested UN Seat:

Guatemala has won every round of voting but has failed to secure the needed two-thirds majority.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/20/1434200

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Britain to defy US over UN resolution on arms trade :

The UK is next week expected to push through the United Nations a resolution to open the way for a landmark arms trade treaty, in spite of opposition from the US, Russia and China.
www.guardian.co.uk/armstrade/story/0,,1926722,00.html

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The limits of liberty: We’re all suspects now :

Ten years ago, the novelist and polemicist Henry Porter would have felt silly speaking out about human rights in Britain. But that was before the most fundamental assault on personal freedom ever undertaken. Now, he argues, it’s time we woke up to reality
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article1902830.ece

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The International Committee of the Red Cross “concerned” over US anti-terrorism law :

The president of Swiss-run humanitarian body, Jakob Kellenberger, said that there were questions over its compliance with the Geneva Conventions on the conduct of war.
www.swissinfo.org/eng/swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=7179717

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Court Told It Lacks Power in Detainee Cases:

The administration has formally notified the U.S. District Court here that it no longer has jurisdiction to consider hundreds of habeas corpus petitions filed by inmates at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15363.htm

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John Yoo: Sending a Message : Congress to courts: Get out of the war on terror:

The military commission bill, which President Bush signed into law on Tuesday, most of the press and the professional punditry missed the big story. In the struggle for power between the three branches of government, it is not the presidency that “won.” Instead, it is the judiciary that lost.
www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110009113

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Congress’ shameful retreat from American values:

None of the men and women who voted for this bill has any right to speak in public about the rule of law anymore, or to take a high moral view of the Third Reich, or to wax poetic about the American Ideal. Mark their names
www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-0610040035oct04,1,2100411.column

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Fear-mongers running rampant:

Most elected federal-officials think “we the people” do not need the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Why? We have a president who, with a signing statement, declares the laws of the land do not apply to him. How can this happen?
tinyurl.com/yeq2xl

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Padilla Was Drugged, Threatened by Authorities, His Lawyers Say : –

Lawyers for accused terrorism supporter Jose Padilla say U.S. authorities drugged him with LSD or PCP, filled his cell with ``noxious fumes’’ and threatened to slash him with a knife while he was being held without charges.
tinyurl.com/ykwa5s

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Most of U.S. spending monitors sacked:

Most private contractors keeping tabs on billions of dollars in governmental spending for the U.S. House Appropriations Committee have been let go. With about 60 investigators gone, the shakeup leaves only 16 full-time employees in the unit, USA Today reported.
upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20061020-115849-8276r

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