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Date: 5 November 2006

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

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2831
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$339,970,199,217

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

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Bush & Blair: The Iraq Fantasy

Neither will admit that Iraq is a disaster. But while their state of denial may cost votes in Washington and London, on the frontline in the Middle East, it continues to cost lives

By Patrick Cockburn

“When does the incompetence end and the crime begin?” asked an appalled German Chancellor in the First World War when the German army commander said he intended to resume his bloody and doomed assaults on the French fortress city of Verdun.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15514.htm

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Rough Justice;

Prowling Baghdad with a sidearm and a defective bulletproof-vest

By Mike Whitney

None of the people who started this war will ever be held accountable. In fact, the cabal of militarists, think-tank sycophants, and genocidal nutbars, who operate covertly behind the scenes, are probably devising their next bloodbath already. Unless we root them out, the cancer will persist.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15513.htm

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Fourteen Senators Face Voters for the First Time since Authorizing Iraq War

By Stephen Zunes

It should be remembered that it was the Democrats who controlled the Senate in the fall of 2002 when the Senate voted to authorize the invasion of Iraq. Majority leader Tom Daschle and assistant majority leader Harry Reid led the majority of their fellow Senate Democrats in voting to launch a war of aggression against a country that, despite their claims to the contrary, was no threat to the security of the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15510.htm

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Bush Plans Post-Election Call Up Of National Guard And Reserves

By Brent Budowsky

Plans are secretly underway for a suprise new call up of National Guard and Reserves to be announced sometime after the election.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15511.htm

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U.S. says terror suspect shouldn’t talk to civilian lawyer

By Associated Press

A suspected terrorist who spent years in a secret CIA prison should not be allowed to speak to a civilian attorney, the Bush administration argues, because he could reveal the agency’s closely guarded interrogation techniques.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15512.htm

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87 Bodies Found In Occupied Baghdad:

Police discovered the bodies of 87 torture victims around the city yesterday as Iraqi bloodshed escalated in the lead-in to the expected sentencing of Saddam Hussein.
www.nypost.com/seven/11052006/news/worldnews/87_bodies_found_in_baghdad_worldnews_.htm

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At least 10 killed in another day of U.S. occupation:

U.S. helicopters struck the town of Balad, killing two people and wounding five, including two policemen
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/PAR521057.htm

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1999 war games foresaw problems in Iraq :

The U.S. government conducted a series of secret war games in 1999 that anticipated an invasion of Iraq would require 400,000 troops, and even then chaos might ensue.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15517.htm

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Neo Culpa:

As Iraq slips further into chaos, the war’s neoconservative boosters have turned sharply on the Bush administration, charging that their grand designs have been undermined by White House incompetence
tinyurl.com/ydgpdc

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Saddam Hussein sentenced to hang:

Saddam’s sentence will be automatically appealed and reviewed by a panel of appeal judges, who will decide whether or not to allow a retrial. If the judgement stands, however, Saddam must be executed within 30 days of the appeals panel delivering its verdict, the chief prosecutor has said.
tinyurl.com/ycsa7m

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In case you missed it: :

Iraqi president will not sign death warrant for Saddam :

Iraq’s new rulers split yesterday over whether to execute Saddam.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15508.htm

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Saddam urges Iraqis to not take revenge:

Saddam Hussein urged Iraqis on Sunday to reject the sectarian violence ripping his country apart and to “not take revenge” on “invading” forces, his chief lawyer said after the ousted leader was sentenced to death.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/4311603.html

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Judgment: Statement of Saddam Hussein’s Defense Lawyers :

This is a trial which has a political purpose to convict President Saddam Hussein in order to keep pace with the occupying invader’s policy to get use of such a decisions (of conviction) and to utilize it for electoral objectives as been illustrated by President Saddam Hussein in a letter he sent to the Court on the 22nd of October 2006
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15509.htm

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Baghdad Burning: When All Else Fails…… Execute the dictator.

It’s that simple. When American troops are being killed by the dozen, when the country you are occupying is threatening to break up into smaller countries, when you have militias and death squads roaming the streets and you’ve put a group of Mullahs in power- execute the dictator.
tinyurl.com/yjjxav

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Saddam verdict date ‘rigged’ for Bush :

“This court is a creature of the US military occupation, and the Iraqi court is just a tool and rubber stamp of the invaders,” insisted Dulaimi.
www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=2&ObjectID=10409222

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World differs on Saddam’s sentence:

Islamic leaders warned that executing Saddam could inflame those who revile the U.S., undermining President Bush’s policy in the Middle East and inspiring terrorists.
tinyurl.com/ymosmf

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EU: Saddam should not hang:

The European Union urged Iraq on Sunday not to carry out the death sentence passed on Iraq’s former leader Saddam Hussein after his conviction for crimes against humanity.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/1,7340,L-3324076,00.html

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War Criminals, Beware :

On November 14 a group of lawyers and other experts will come before the German federal prosecutor and ask him to open a criminal investigation targeting Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales and other key Bush Administration figures for war crimes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15516.htm

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War Crimes : The Case Against Secretary Rumsfeld :

Our effort to gain information vitiated 200 years of history. International obligations didn’t matter, nor did morality or humanity. “
www.humanrightsfirst.org/us_law/etn/lawsuit/index.asp

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Israeli snipers continue Gaza executions:

Israeli snipers killed two Palestinians in occupiedGaza on Saturday, one of them a 12-year-old girl, Palestinian sources said.
tinyurl.com/yjtyak

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Five more Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks on Occupied Gaza:

Palestinian officials said the deaths bring the toll since Wednesday to nearly 50.
www.rte.ie/news/2006/1105/mideast.html

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Gideon Levy : Listen to Maj. Gen. Stern :

A brigade commander tells his soldiers, who killed 12 people in one day: “You’ve won 12:0,” and the soldiers grin broadly. This is the moral nadir we have reached, following a long slide down a slippery slope: Human life has become cheap.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15515.htm

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Hamas lawmaker says Haniyeh will not head new govt:

Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah group have reached a deal on forming a unity government that will not be headed by current Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, a lawmaker from the Islamist movement said on Sunday.
tinyurl.com/yjaqh7

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Pentagon targets Kim’s nuclear sites:

THE Pentagon is speeding up plans for possible military strikes on North Korea’s nuclear programme as concern mounts that Arab states are also looking to acquire nuclear technology
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2437937,00.html

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Perry: U.S. might use force on DPRK

Former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry warned Saturday that the United States might be forced to take military action against North Korea if China and South Korea do not agree to apply “coercive action” in urging North Korea to scrap its nuclear ambitions.
www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/world/20061105TDY01005.htm

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U.S. Wants Filmmaker’s Suit Dismissed :

“I found it disturbing that their position is that American citizens can be treated with impunity by American officials without a recognition that the constitution applies,” Rosenbaum said.
tinyurl.com/yg7mek

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Cheating possible on vote machine:

Pushing yellow button on device could reset machine, let someone cast ballot multiple times
www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/localnews/ci_4590136?source=email

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Republican dirty tricks:

Repeat calls not from Hodes :

Democratic field offices received dozens of phone calls and e-mails from frustrated voters upset about repeated automated phone calls they thought were coming from Democratic candidate Paul Hodes – though the calls were paid for by a Republican group instead.
tinyurl.com/yenwhp

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5 Minute Video:

The U.S. Constitution Explained
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15519.htm

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Medicaid Wants Citizenship Proof for Infant Care :

Under a new federal policy, children born in the United States to illegal immigrants with low incomes will no longer be automatically entitled to health insurance through Medicaid, Bush administration officials said Thursday.
tinyurl.com/ylugwc

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Date: 4 November 2006

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

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2829
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$339,706,263,808

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

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U.S. speeds attack plans for North Korea

By Bill Gertz

The Pentagon has stepped up planning for attacks against North Korea’s nuclear program and is bolstering nuclear forces in Asia, said defense officials familiar with the highly secret process.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15497.htm

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The Case for Engagement

By Scott Ritter

I recently returned from a trip to Iran, where over the course of a week I made the journey from the northern suburbs of Tehran to the gates of the Natanz enrichment facility, and in doing so had my eyes opened. The Iran that I witnessed was far removed from the one caricatured in the US media. I left with the frustrating realization that, as had been the case with Iraq, America was stumbling toward a conflict, blinded by the prejudice and fear born of our collective ignorance.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15507.htm

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Iraq War Will Cost More-than-$2-Trillion

By Linda Bilmes and Joseph E. Stiglitz

In January, we estimated that the true cost of the Iraq war could reach $2 trillion, a figure that seemed shockingly high. But since that time, the cost of the war – in both blood and money – has risen even faster than our projections anticipated.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15499.htm

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U.S. seeks silence on detainees

By Carol D. Leonnig and Eric Rich

The Bush administration has told a federal judge that terrorism suspects held in secret CIA prisons should not be allowed to reveal details of the “alternative interrogation methods” that their captors used to get them to talk.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15503.htm

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While poverty persists, there is no freedom

By Nelson Mandela

Millions remain enslaved and in chains at a time of breathtaking advances in technology and wealth.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15506.htm

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Homeland Security Tightens Grip on International Travel

By Ezekiel

The Department of Homeland Security proposed new rules back in July that would fundamentally undermine the right of American citizens to travel abroad. Public carriers—airlines, cruise lines, even fishing boats—will be required to submit the names of all passengers to Homeland Security prior to departure and to obtain permission from Homeland Security to board those passengers. These new rules will take effect January 14, 2007.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15504.htm

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Just Try Voting Here:

11 of America’s Worst Places to Cast a Ballot (or Try)

By Sasha Abramsky

Machines that count backward, slice-and-dice districts, felon baiting, phone jamming, and plenty of dirty tricks.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15502.htm

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Iraqi police find 56 bodies scattered around occupied Baghdad :

Most of the bullet-riddled bodies were bound, blindfolded and showing signs of torture, the source said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-11/03/content_5287073.htm

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Iraqi police kill 53 “terrorist” suspects in Baghdad :

Iraqi security forces killed 53 insurgents and detained 16 others in fierce gunbattle in southeastern Baghdad on Saturday, Iraqi official television reported.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-11/05/content_5290820.htm

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At least 29 killed as brutal U.S. occupation continues:

Mortar rounds killed seven people and wounded 20 in Baghdad’s western Adhamiya district on Saturday night
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/RAS440835.htm

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Poll: 70% Of Iraqi’s Want U.S Occupation Troops Withdrawn Within A Year :

78 percent said the U.S. presence provokes more conflict than it prevents; 84 percent said they had little or no confidence in the U.S military.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15496.htm

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Iraq Imposes Curfew in Capital, Four Provinces:

Iraqi officials on Saturday announced an all-day Sunday curfew in Baghdad and four provinces, fearing that the expected announcement of a verdict in the trial of former leader Saddam Hussein could inflame nationalist and sectarian passions and escalate the daily deluge of violence.
tinyurl.com/y4dlub

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Verdict in trial of Saddam Hussein due Sunday :

Iraqis and human rights advocates have questioned the timing of the verdict in the Dujail case — two days before midterm elections in the United States — and whether it is intended to boost President Bush and his Republican allies.
www.dailytidings.com/2006/1104/stories/1104_saddam.php

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Juan Cole: Top Ten Ways we know We have Lost in Iraq
www.juancole.com/2006/11/top-ten-ways-we-know-we-have-lost-in.html

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Rats Jump Ship:

Richard Perle: Iraq War Decision Wrong:

Richard Perle, a leading proponent of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, now says devastating dysfunction within the Bush administration has turned U.S. policy there into a disaster.
www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2006/11/4/150148.shtml?s=ic

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Rats Jump Ship:

Neocons turn on Bush for incompetence over Iraq war:

Several prominent neoconservatives have turned on George Bush days before critical midterm elections, lambasting his administration for incompetence in the handling of the Iraq war and questioning the wisdom of the 2003 invasion they were instrumental in promoting.
www.guardian.co.uk/midterms2006/story/0,,1939472,00.html

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Israel Gaza attack kills 43 :

Seven people, including a teenager and five resistance fighters, were killed in the Gaza Strip Saturday as Israel pressed an attack on anti occupation forces that has left 43 Palestinians and one soldier dead in four days.
www.jordantimes.com/sun/news/news1.htm

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Palestinians: Saturdays Death toll up to 11;

Palestinian sources reported that an additional Palestinian was killed and another wounded from Israeli occupation forces fire near Beit Hanoun in occupied northern Gaza.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3323622,00.html

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Number of dead in occupied Gaza reaching historic levels: –

Malki Shahwan silently picks at the peach tissue she’s using to dab at the tears in the corners of her opaque eyes, eyes that her family says have gone blind from grief.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/15924320.htm

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Palestinian PM: Israeli operation is massacre:

Demands international intervention
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3323352,00.html

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Gaza’s pain::

Muhammad Zakout’s 14- year-old son, Alaa, leaked blood on to a hospital pillow as his family gathered around the bed, incredulous that after repeated warnings to stay out of trouble he had been shot while throwing stones at Israeli tanks.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2436922,00.html

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Palestinian Cabinet minister warns Israel’s offensive in Gaza could kill Israeli soldier held there:

Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip could endanger the life of an abducted Israeli soldier and is an impediment to his release, the Palestinian foreign minister told Egypt’s state-run news agency on Saturday.
www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/11/04/africa/ME_GEN_Egypt_Palestinians.php

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Blast shuts down Kuwait refinery:

Kuwait has shut down its Shuaiba oil refinery after an explosion hit the 200,000 barrel-per-day plant, a Kuwaiti energy official said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4C0C421F-D093-4E93-8C37-ACFA676B9A7D.htm

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Six Arab states join rush to go nuclear:

Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, UAE and Saudi Arabia seek atom technology
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2436948,00.html

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Nuclear Lab Breach Could Be ‘Devastating’: :

Data Found In Drug Raid Contains Weapons-Design Secrets
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15498.htm

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U.S. Web Archive Is Said to Reveal a Nuclear Primer :

Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who had said they hoped to “leverage the Internet” to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam Hussein.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15500.htm

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7 Taliban “militants” killed in S. Afghanistan :

Afghan and NATO occupation forces killed seven Taliban “insurgents” and injured 30 others on Saturday in Helmand province of southern Afghanistan, the provincial police chief told Xinhua.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-11/04/content_5290570.htm

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Taliban kill two in attack on US convoy in occupied Afghanistan:

Taliban fighters ambushed a convoy supplying logistics and goods to a US base in southeastern Afghanistan, killing two Pakistani drivers and wounding an Afghan, police said.
tinyurl.com/t6s6b

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Afghan politician flays U.S., Britain roles in Afghanistan :

“The continued illegal stay of foreign forces and the criminal behavior of the U.S. and the UK troops would cause more crises in Afghanistan,”
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-11/04/content_5289681.htm

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C.I.A. Review Highlights Afghan Leader’s Woes :

A recent Central Intelligence Agency assessment found that the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, had been significantly weakened by rising popular frustration with his American-backed government, American officials say.
www.nytimes.com/2006/11/05/world/asia/05afghan.html

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Kabul: Mock execution of child:

Germany’s army was hit by fresh allegations of misconduct on Saturday when a newspaper reported peacekeeping soldiers in Afghanistan staged the mock execution of a local child in 2002.
tvnz.co.nz/view/page/488120/880012

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German military challenges newspaper over terrorizing Afghan boy :

The German Defense Ministry challenged a newspaper Saturday to provide proof for a claim that German soldiers terrorized a little Afghan boy in 2002 by holding a gun to his head.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-11/05/content_5290847.htm

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Time for Pakistan Army to Arrest its Chief:

Who should Pay for 83 Killed at Khar in Bajaur?
www.icssa.org/arrest_musharraf.html

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Ex-CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Talks About 9/11 :

7 Minute Video: Interview with Ex-CIA Analyst Ray McGovern. He talks about running into ex-Secretary of the Department of Transportation Norman Mineta and confronting him regarding his testimony before the 9/11 Commission.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15505.htm

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One Minute Video: Video:

Rev. Ted Haggard Puts Foot In Own Mouth:

Ted Haggard stepped down from his church, amid allegations of paying for sex with a man and doing methamphetamine with him.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15501.htm

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Rick Perlstein: The Odd Couple: Nixon and Lieberman:

Richard Nixon said one thing and did another. So, it seems, does Joseph Lieberman.
www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/2900/

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Test Spits Out Wrong Results At Board Of Elections:

During a test using an optical scanner, officials discovered that the machine was providing incorrect election results
news.yahoo.com/s/wews/20061103/lo_wews/10234918

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UK: Insolvencies jump 55%:

The number of people becoming insolvent has jumped by 55% over the past year, official figures revealed today, in the latest evidence of Britain’s mounting personal debt problems.
business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,1938803,00.html

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Google ‘will be able to keep tabs on us all’:

The internet will hold so much digital data in five years that it will be possible to find out what an individual was doing at a specific time and place, an expert said yesterday.
www.guardian.co.uk/humanrights/story/0,,1938474,00.html

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Tracked In America: Stories from the History of U.S. Government Surveillance:

This documentary Web site explores more than two centuries of surveillance in America. Included are two hours of audio interviews, 300 photographs and 25 personal stories beginning in 1917.
www.trackedinamerica.org/

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Ocean Life on the Brink of No Return:

Every single commercial fishery in the world will be wiped before 2050 and the oceans may never recover if over-fishing continues at its current rate, a four-year scientific investigation has found.
ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=35349

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No more fish to eat in 40 years:

Fish stocks are declining so rapidly that scientists have predicted that they will disappear by the middle of the century unless radical measures are taken to protect them
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2435290,00.html

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Date: 3 November 2006

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

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2826
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$339,367,819,446

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

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Blood and money

By John Pilger

The United States promised a democracy when the Civil Rights Act became law in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act the following year finally ended slavery. For the next decade, the civil-rights movement joined the great popular movement to end the slaughter in Vietnam, and Congress legislated to restrain the CIA’s secretive parallel power. It was a fleeting intermission.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15493.htm

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I Want To Hurt Somebody

By Greg Palast

It was pure war-nography. The front page of the New York Times yesterday splashed a four-column-wide close-up of a blood-covered bullet in the blood-soaked hands of an army medic who’d retrieved it from the brain of Lance Cpl. Colin Smith.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15486.htm

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Baghdad is Surrounded: “The American Era in the Middle East has ended”

By Mike Whitney

After 3 and a half years of violence and mayhem we still know as little about the Iraqi resistance as we did in March 2003. This is inexcusable. In addition, there’s been no attempt to engage the representatives of the resistance in political dialogue. How can we possibly reach a political solution without dialogue and negotiation?
informationclearinghouse.info/article15488.htm

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American Prison Planet

The Bush Administration as Global Jailor

By Nick Turse

The American gulag is so much more than Guantanamo and so much worse. The combination of U.S. “homeland” prisons, where “one in 140 Americans, or as many people as live in Namibia, or nearly five Luxembourgs” are locked away, the offshore imperial detention facilities, the shadowy CIA black sites, and the ever-shifting outsourced detention facilities operated by other nations adds up to something new in history — the makings of a veritable American prison planet.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15495.htm

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The Consequences of the Death of Empathy

By Robert Jensen

One of the most devastating consequences of unearned privilege — both for those of us on top and, for very different reasons, those who suffer beneath — is the death of empathy.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15491.htm

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British believe Bush is more dangerous than Kim Jong-il

By Julian Glover

America is now seen as a threat to world peace by its closest neighbours and allies, according to an international survey of public opinion published today that reveals just how far the country’s reputation has fallen among former supporters since the invasion of Iraq.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15485.htm

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It’s Always Darkest, Right Before … It Goes Completely Black

By Phil Rockstroh

While I harbor little affection for nor feel any affinity with the corrupt establishment of the Democratic Party, I don’t believe, as is the case with the present leadership of the Republican party, they’re a klavern of insane, death-smitten apocalypticists. However, I do believe that a craven desire for power and privilege has transformed them into morally bankrupt, lickspittle, corporate stooges.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15480.htm

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The Election Farce

By David Pérez

The only reason the Democratic Party is against the fiasco in Iraq is because the U.S. is losing the war. It’s all about “bad planning,” or “bad timing,” or whatever. If Bush and Co. had easily subjugated the nation and controlled the oil fields, the entire U.S. ruling class and their paid politicians would be joyous.
informationclearinghouse.info/aticle15484.htm

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“Hey America, Stop your Bellyaching and get to Work”

By Mike Whitney

What can we expect in the midterm elections? The real question is: What should we NOT expect in the elections. We should not expect dramatic change from our present trajectory. Whether Karl Rove engineers another electoral-coup or not, is beside the point. The system has been reshaped to meet the needs and aspirations of the ruling mandarins.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15487.htm

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Foreclosure USA

By Joel S. Hirschhorn

We the people once owned our democracy. We elected “representatives” to run it for US. Have you noticed? Somewhere along the way we lost our democracy. It was foreclosed by wealthy and power elites that corrupted our “representatives” who literally sold us out. Our homeland was foreclosed right in plain sight.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15483.htm

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Collective Punishment

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

It is the aim of the United States to inflict collective punishment on the Iranian people. The Bush White House, successfully invoked Chapter VII, Article 41 of the Charter of the United Nations stipulating a threat to peace (the pot calling the kettle black) subjecting Iran to sanctions. The compliant United Nations Security Council drafted the Iran Resolution, paragraph 15 of which is as follows:
informationclearinghouse.info/article15481.htm

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A cacophony of fundamentalism

By Noam Chomsky and Gilbert Achcar

In the United States, what we call fundamentalism has very deep roots, from the early colonists. There’s always been an extreme, ultra?religious element, more or less fundamentalist, with several revivals.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15492.htm

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Islamic Fascism?

By Ismael Hossein-zadeh

The Bush administration’s labeling of radical Islamic movements and leaders as fascist, or “Islamofascism,” is sheer nonsense. It betrays either blatant demagoguery, or shameful ignorance, or most probably, both.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15482.htm

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The Power of the Israeli Lobby in the US

Audio

An interview with James Petras, author, “ The Power of Israel in the United States”. Click to listen
informationclearinghouse.info/article15494.htm

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Iraq: More than 83 killed as U.S. occupation continues:

Police found 56 bodies and a severed head scattered around occupied Baghdad over the last 24 hours, an Interior Ministry source said
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/PAR331049.htm

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7 U.S. occupation soldiers killed in Iraq:

Three U.S. soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad and four Marines were killed in “enemy action” in Iraq’s western Anbar province on Thursday, the U.S. military said on Friday.
tinyurl.com/y9yr73

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U.N.: Nearly 100,000 Flee Iraq Monthly :

The agency says an additional 50,000 Iraqis a month are fleeing their homes but remaining within Iraq, which classifies them as “internally displaced” rather than as refugees who have crossed an international border.
tinyurl.com/y4oj5r

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US spy chief on secret Iraq mission:

John Negroponte, the US national intelligence director, has made an unannounced visit to Baghdad for talks with Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/AD3F126B-7C78-48BD-BB5C-C8B99461FF5C.htm

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Election looming, U.S. general urges Iraq patience:

A senior U.S. general compared Iraq on Thursday to a work of art in progress and played down incessant violence and friction with Iraqi leaders as “speed bumps” on the road to stability.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/PAR257355.htm

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Paul Krugman: As Bechtel Goes:

Baghdad received less than six hours a day of electricity last month, and much of Iraq’s population lives with untreated sewage and without clean water. But Bechtel, having received $2.3 billion of taxpayers’ money and having lost the lives of 52 employees, has come to the end of its last government contract.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15490.htm

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U.S. spending watchdog on Iraq closed down by Republicans:

Pink slip for overseer mysteriously added to big spending bill
tinyurl.com/t4339

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Israeli occupation forces kill, 23 Palestinians :

Palestinian medics said on Friday that 23 people, including militants, women and children, were killed as the Israeli army ground military operation called “Cloud of Autumn “ went on in northern Gaza Strip.
english.people.com.cn/200611/03/eng20061103_318109.html

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Israel occupation forces kill women at mosque siege:

Two Palestinian women have been killed during a stand-off near a Gaza mosque while they were trying to rescue about 60 Palestinian men besieged inside.
tinyurl.com/ux8wa

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Israel kills 25 Palestinian in 72 hours:

In the West Bank, Israeli occupation troops also arrested a Palestinian cabinet minister in the internationally boycotted Hamas-led government, shot dead two Palestinian youths and wounded another two people
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=18132

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Israeli sniper shoots dead a 14-year old boy in Balata refugee camp:

A teenage Palestinian boy was killed and his older brother injured during an attack by Israeli occupation forces into Balata refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday evening.
www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&Do=Print&ID=16730

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4-year-old boy among 9 Palestinians killed in occupied Gaza:

A 4-year-old boy and 40-year-old woman were among four Palestinian civilians killed Friday during an Israel Defense Forces operation in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanun, Palestinian sources said.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/783577.html

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Israel occupation forces kill 4 in Gaza missile attack:

Four members of Hamas’s armed section have been killed by an Israeli missile fired on their car as they were going to pray in the Gaza Strip.
tinyurl.com/w9veq

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Must listen Democracy Now! Report:

Casualties Mount in New Israeli Attack on Gaza:

The dead include a 70 year-old Palestinian man who was shot in the head by Israeli troops when he went onto the balcony of his home to take his disabled son inside.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/02/1451201

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Annan urges Israel to restraint, protect civilians:

Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Friday urged Israel to do their utmost to protect civilians and to refrain from further escalating an already grave situation.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=918178

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Kissinger meets with Jewish leaders on Iranian threat to Israel :

Kissinger had accepted an invitation from the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute to be one of a group of leaders tasked with setting strategic goals for improving the situation of the Jewish people. Last week’s discussion centered on the Iranian threat to Israel.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/783573.html

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Iran Says Missile Tests Send ‘Strong Signal’ To U.S. :

A senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, Brigadier General Ali Fadavi, told state radio that the tests should send a strong message to the United States to cease military maneuvers in the area.
tinyurl.com/wvrk2

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Rice Says Iran Understands Consequences of Its Missile Threat :

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, while Iran was trying to show it is ``tough’’ by test- firing a ballistic missile able to hit Israel, any use of the weapon would invite consequences understood by Iranian leaders.
tinyurl.com/wh85z

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Russian Foreign Minister: Says EU Draft On Iran Goes Too Far :

Sergei Lavrov says a European draft resolution to impose UN sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program went far beyond what had been agreed.
tinyurl.com/y986rt

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Iran: Official says UN draft resolution is illegal:

“NPT is a valuable document, and the Islamic Republic abides by its commitments on the treaty.” Larijani stipulated that countries such as the US are trying to form a monopoly club for use of nuclear technology and supervise nuclear energy in the coming years.
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/line-22/0611034273202118.htm

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US posted Iraqi nuclear bomb documents on Internet: report:

The US government hurriedly closed down an official website this week after a newspaper reported it contained Iraqi documents that included details for building a nuclear bomb, officials said Friday
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=149618

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Six Afghan police killed in Taliban attacks:

Six Afghan police and a soldier were killed and eight NATO troops injured in three separate attacks by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, officials and the military say.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200611/s1781110.htm

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Pakistani Taliban behead “US spy”:

Pakistani Taliban fighters beheaded a tribal cleric accused of being a US spy in the Waziristan region bordering Afghanistan, a security official in the restive tribal region said.
tvnz.co.nz/view/page/411319/879286

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Occupation of Afghanistan could last 10 years:

NATO operations will likely continue in Afghanistan for another 10 years, a high-ranking Canadian soldier said Thursday.
tinyurl.com/tp25j

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Thousands protest over school airstrike:

Thousands of angry tribesmen and Islamists protested today across Pakistan against an airstrike that killed 80 people at a religious school near the Afghan border this week.
www.eecho.ie/news/bstory.asp?j=85682836&p=85683y38&n=85683216

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Pakistan airs bombed madrasa video:

Pakistan has broadcast a government surveillance footage, taken a week before the military raided a madrasa which was believed to have links with al Qaeda.
informationclearinghouse.info/article15489.htm

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Amnesty expresses concern over arrest of former Guantanamo inmate in Pakistan:

Dost’s “whereabouts are now unknown and he is at risk of torture,” Amnesty said in a statement.
www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/11/03/asia/AS_GEN_Pakistan_Human_Rights.php

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US to deploy inspectors at Pakistani ports:

The United States will soon deploy inspectors at Pakistani ports and airports to monitor passengers and cargo ships in a bid to prevent terrorist attacks
www.pakistanlink.com/Headlines/Nov06/03/12.htm

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Letter in Support of the People of Oaxaca:

A new sign-on support letter has been drafted. Signatories include Tariq Ali, Noam Chomsky, Eve Ensler, Danny Glover, Eduardo Galeano, Michael Moore, Arundhati Roy, Alice Walker, Howard Zinn, and many others.
tinyurl.com/t36xa

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Heather Wokusch: Bush’s Permanent War Economy Must Crash:

The Bush administration’s military adventurism and the economy are two issues expected to impact next week’s US midterm vote. We ignore their interplay at our peril.
www.heatherwokusch.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=88

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Gloves come off! :

Bush hints Dems love terrorists in late push
www.nydailynews.com/front/story/467905p-393668c.html

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Greenhouse gases hit record high :

This is expected to lead to melting of polar ice caps and glaciers, rising sea levels and more extreme weather events such as storms and floods.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6114250.stm

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Date: 2 November 2006

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

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2819
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$339,124,262,879

See the cost in your community
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Bush : U.S. Must Stay In Iraq To Control Oil

By Raw Story

During an interview with conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh, US President George Bush expressed deep concerns about the possibility of the United States leaving the Middle East, raising fears that extremists could topple governments to “control oil resources.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15473.htm

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Are the neo-conservatives losing their influence?

Stephen Sackur talks to a leading neo-conservative, Norman Podhoretz.
Must watch BBC Interview

Podhoretz, provides insights into the racism, and fascists ideology that fuels Neo-Conservatives.

Click to view
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15477.htm

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Fascists

By John T. Flynn

when fascism comes it will not be in the form of an anti-American movement or pro-Hitler bund, practicing disloyalty. Nor will it come in the form of a crusade against war. It will appear rather in the luminous robes of flaming patriotism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15478.htm

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Howard Zinn: “We Live In An Occupied Country”

Audio

Historian Howard Zinn spoke on “The Occupation of the United States” at Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois.

Click to listen
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15479.htm

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Evil Is As Evil Does

By Paul Craig Roberts

Perhaps Americans don’t notice, but the rest of the world does see the double standard applied when Saddam Hussein is put on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity, while US, UK, and Israeli government officials commit far greater crimes by illegally invading countries, targeting civilian populations, and torturing detainees.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15475.htm

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More Troops—or Less Empire

By Patrick J. Buchanan

15 years after the Cold War’s end, to begin dissolving old alliances and shedding commitments dating to a time when a Soviet Empire bestrode Europe and Asia like a colossus?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15474.htm

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The Spoils of Corruption

By Charles Sullivan

The mainstream media, like organized religion, is used to program public perceptions-to steer us away from truth and to perpetuate fairy tales that extol the virtues of bribery, violence, and greed. It makes useful idiots of those who cannot think for themselves and persuades them to act like fools in the eyes of the world.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15469.htm

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Iraq: More than 41 killed in another day of U.S. occupation:

A motorcycle bomb killed seven people and wounded 45 when it exploded in a crowded market in Baghdad’s Shi’ite Sadr City district, an interior ministry source said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L02802275.htm

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Iraqi armed group in missile claim :

Iraq’s Islamic Army has claimed that it has produced a surface-to-surface missile: “The missile will allow the resistance fighters to perform attacks miles away from the target, which is safer for them.
tinyurl.com/y57wzh

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Rumsfeld OKs increase in Iraqi forces:

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Tuesday endorsed a proposal to spend at least $1 billion to expand the size and accelerate the training and equipping of Iraqi security forces.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061101/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_iraq

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Talabani wants US troops to stay in Iraq:

Iraqi President wants presence of US army on his country’s soil for three more years, says Iraq is not in civil war.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=18110

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In case you missed it:

John Pilger: Why Bush lies about Iraq:

US President George Bush’s plans to invade Iraq have nothing to do eliminating “weapons of mass destruction”, preventing terrorism or ending human rights abuses. An attack on Iraq will be the first phase of a pre-existing strategy to increase US control of the world’s oil supplies.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15476.htm

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With Iraq Driving Election, Voters Want New Approach:

A substantial majority of Americans expect Democrats to reduce or end American military involvement in Iraq if they win control of Congress next Tuesda
www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061102/ZNYT02/611020870

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It’s Iraq, Stupid :

Johnstown is a small working-class town, not the kind of place you would expect to find an anti-war rally.
tinyurl.com/vyu5d

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Bechtel ends Iraq rebuilding after a rough 3 years:

Instead of the nearly $3 billion originally budgeted, Bechtel finally received about $2.3 billion, a figure that includes money the company spent on projects as well as its undisclosed profit.
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/11/01/BECHTEL.TMP

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Death toll rises to 13 as Israel presses occupied Gaza attack:

Israel continued an attack into Gaza which has killed 12 Palestinians and a soldier in little over a day in one of its largest operations since militants seized a soldier in June.
tinyurl.com/to4rs

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Israeli killings resume in Gaza Strip:

Israeli occupation forces are reported to have killed four Palestinians in northern Gaza, two of them civilians including a 75-year-old, in one of its biggest operations in the coastal strip in months.
tinyurl.com/skm82

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An international force in Gaza is long overdue:

The establishment of such a force has been requested several times by Palestinian leaders in order to protect civilians from various acts of violence carried out by the Israeli military.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=76491

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U.S. trial: Israeli agent scoffs at Hamas defendant’s torture claims:

An Israeli security agent scoffed at a Chicago grocer’s claim that he was deprived of sleep, forced to wear a foul-smelling hood and otherwise tortured after his arrest on charges of bankrolling terrorists.
www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/11/02/america/NA_GEN_US_Hamas_Trial.php

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Stranger than fiction?: Christians: Here to serve Israel:

“We as Christians are living in a time in which we must wake up. We must organize ourselves and become a lobby for these people. That’s why we are here,” Ellssel added.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/1,7340,L-3322711,00.html

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Israeli racism?: Ethiopians outraged over blood disposal:

Ethiopian communities respond with rage at Channel 2 report that revealed blood donated by Ethiopians is frozen and disposed of.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3322247,00.html

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Are Israelis gearing up to bomb Iran?:

The appointment of Israel’s new deputy PM raises fears of a new catastrophe
www.thefirstpost.co.uk/index.php?menuID=2&subID=1061

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Bush gives green light for Israeli attack on Iran:

Bush “would understand” Israeli strike on Iran :

President Bush reportedly said he would “understand” a preemptive Israeli strike against Iran´s nuclear sites.
tinyurl.com/yec5vh

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Iran test fires dozens of missiles after US Gulf exercise:

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards test-fired dozen of missiles today, including some that are capable of reaching Israeli and American forces in the Middle East, at the start of ten days of war games.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-2434252,00.html

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Russia, China Won´t Back Iran Sanctions :

Russian and China indicated that they will not support a draft U.N. resolution imposing tough sanctions on Iran for its refusal to halt its nuclear enrichment program.
www.wlfi.com/dsp_story.cfm?storyid=63437

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The US role against militants in Pakistan :

Monday’s aerial attack on a seminary in Pakistan’s tribal area of Bajaur that killed 80 people has again triggered a debate about who is actually carrying out such attacks
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6108674.stm

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Big Brother Britain 2006:

‘We are waking up to a surveillance society all around us’
news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/article1948209.ece

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Britain condoning torture:

Since Sept. 11, 2001, Blair’s government has at least once sought to use evidence extracted under torture in legal proceedings, has signed agreements to deport prisoners to countries where they may be tortured, and has turned a blind eye to U.S. mistreatment of prisoners and secret movement of suspects to countries where they could be abused, Human Rights Watch states.
www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/11/02/europe/EU_GEN_Britain_Torture_Report.php

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Kidnapping of Egyptian in Italy shines light on U.S. “extraordinary renditions”:

Some think a trial in the abduction could uncover high-level collusion between the Italian government of Silvio Berlusconi, then in power, and the U.S. administration.
www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/11/02/africa/ME_FEA_GEN_Egypt_Italy_CIA_Kidnapping.php

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Don’t Look Too Closely:

Bush’s Record on Anti-Terrorism
www.counterpunch.org/landau11012006.html

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Swiss Find Evidence of CIA Spy Attempt:

Swiss authorities have found enough evidence to seek a full investigation into allegations the CIA was trying to obtain personal details of about 500 labor union members, most of them Arabs, officials said Friday.
tinyurl.com/y2l93c

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U.S. Near The Bottom In Privacy Study:

U.S. privacy protections rank among the worst in the democratic world, a London-based privacy organization said Wednesday.
redtape.msnbc.com/2006/11/us_near_the_bot.html

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There is something terribly wrong with this country:

An interesting edit of some scenes from the movie V For Vendetta
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14615.htm

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How to hack the vote: :

Professor Avi Rubin demonstrates how electronic vote machines can be hacked
video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3074338748583195498&hl=en

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A way to restore confidence:

Voters in the United States are denied the one powerful technique that might restore confidence in election results — an independent exit poll.
www.sun-sentinel.com/news/elections/sfl-pn.pre.7a4oct30,0,4018585.story

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Civil rights groups ‘outraged’ by absentee voting problems:

Civil rights groups say they are distressed that officials will not be able to supply absentee ballots for all residents who want them.
tinyurl.com/y2hkog

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Date: 1 November 2006

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

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2818
icasualties.org/oif/

Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$338,850,717,485

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

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“There has never been an American army as violent and murderous as the one in Iraq”

Pulitzer-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh slams Bush at McGill address

By Martin Lukacs

Hersh described video footage depicting U.S. atrocities in Iraq, which he had viewed, but not yet published a story about. He described one video in which American soldiers massacre a group of people playing soccer.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15456.htm

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Baghdad is under siege

By Patrick Cockburn in Arbil, Northern Iraq

Sunni insurgents have cut the roads linking the city to the rest of Iraq. The country is being partitioned as militiamen fight bloody battles for control of towns and villages north and south of the capital.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15465.htm

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Saudi study: Iraq a ‘lost battle’:

By Stephen Collinson

Damning analysis says all indications point to current state of civil war, disintegration of Iraqi state.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15458.htm

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Military Charts Movement of Conflict in Iraq Toward Chaos

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

The slide shows Iraq as moving sharply away from “peace,” an ideal on the far left side of the chart, to a point much closer to the right side of the spectrum, a red zone marked “chaos.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15459.htm

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In the US Empire “Truth is Treason”

The Fear Merchants – An audio essay by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Must listen – Two minute audio
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15468.htm

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The Spoils of Corruption

By Charles Sullivan

The mainstream media, like organized religion, is used to program public perceptions-to steer us away from truth and to perpetuate fairy tales that extol the virtues of bribery, violence, and greed. It makes useful idiots of those who cannot think for themselves and persuades them to act like fools in the eyes of the world.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14569.htm

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“Starving The Beast.”

By Thom Hartmann

How the Corporatocracy Sets the Rules of the “Game” To Create Peons.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15455.htm

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“American Blackout”

Video Documentary – Directed by Ian Inaba

Kicking off with the detailed argument that black voters in Florida were systematically disenfranchised in the 2000 presidential election, the film then pulls double duty: It’s a fine-tooth examination of both the continued, unconstitutional marginalization of black voters in America and the attempts by various political and media machines to crush McKinney in retaliation for her outspokenness on that subject and on the illegality of the war in Iraq.

Click to view
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15454.htm

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US-Latin American Relations

By James Petras

Measuring The Rise or Fall of US Power : A realistic analysis demonstrates that political interventions, class conflict and international markets play a major role in shaping US-Latin American relations and more particularly the ascent and decline of US imperial power, social revolutionary forces and the other political variants in between.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15464.htm

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The Enlightenment of Resistance

By Manuel Valenzuela 

. Resistance will begin when the many begin the healing of civilization and the planet, when a massive movement commences to purge warmongering leadership from our midst, when a tidal wave of humanity floods the concrete jungles and steel canyons we live in, marching to the drumbeats of peace, non-violence and universal harmony. That is Revolution at the dawn of the 21st century
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15471.htm

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Iraq: More than 20 killed as bloody U.S. occupation continues:

The bullet-riddled bodies of three people who had been blindfolded and bound at the wrists were found dumped in eastern Baghdad, and five more bodies were pulled from the Tigris River near Suwayrah, 25 miles south of the capital.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20061101-0825-iraq.html

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U.S. Soldier Charged With Premeditated Murder of 3 Iraqi Detainees:

The case is one of two involving soldiers from the division accused of killing Iraqis during a deployment to Iraq that ended in September.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15460.htm

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Child victims of Iraq’s war trouble U.S. medics:

Staff at the U.S. military hospital in Baghdad are used to horrific injuries but when the limp, bullet-riddled body of a 5-year-old Iraqi boy was zipped up in a grotesquely oversized bodybag, it was different. It got worse when they heard he was shot by an American.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15470.htm

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A Real American Hero:

Revealed: U.S. Soldier Killed Herself After Objecting to Interrogation Techniques

The true stories of how American troops, killed in Iraq, actually died keep spilling out this week. Now we learn, thanks to a reporter’s FOIA request, that one of the first women to die in Iraq shot and killed herself after objecting to harsh “interrogation techniques.”
tinyurl.com/yektuz

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Dahr Jamail: U.S. Military Adopts Desperate Tactics:

Increased violence is being countered by harsh new measures across the Sunni-dominated al-Anabar province west of Baghdad, residents say.
tinyurl.com/yea4vk

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U.S. deaths in Iraq for October hit 104:

The U.S. military reported the death of a soldier in fighting yesterday in volatile Anbar province west of Baghdad, raising to 104 the number of American service members killed in combat in October — the fourth deadliest month since the war began.
www.washtimes.com/world/20061101-124337-8649r.htm

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Iraqi Militants score a political victory:

Iraqi Shiite militants won a major political victory Tuesday when Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered US and Iraqi units to lift a blockade around the flashpoint suburb of Sadr City.
tinyurl.com/yk5aue

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US force storms Allawi’s Home:

An Iraqi security source disclosed Wednesday that the US forces stormed the home of former Iraqi Premier Iyad Allawi who leads the Iraqi list, one of the biggest Iraqi parliament blocs, and arrested eight of his bodyguards.
tinyurl.com/vsmdz

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Pentagon admits extent of Iraq disorder: The US military has confirmed Iraq is close to chaos, in a classified briefing prepared just two weeks ago, which gives a stark assessment of the country.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15466.htm

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665,000 Iraqi’s Killed Since U.S Invasion: Lancet Report Co-Author Responds To Question:

A recent study published in The Lancet medical journal estimated that 655,000 Iraqi people have been killed as a result of the March 2003 US-UK invasion of Iraq.
www.medialens.org/alerts/index.php

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U.S. “blunders” in Iraq are staggering :

U.S. officials on the bases paid cash to fly-by-night Iraqi agents to cart away new vehicles and spare parts – along with generators – that had been left behind by Saddam’s army. The Iraqis then sold the valuable equipment in Syria and Jordan and paid kickbacks to the U.S. officials.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15457.htm

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Robert Scheer: A truly scary Iraq scenario :

The astounding arrogance that underwrites Bush’s smug determination to keep killing and maiming tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands of people is no different than that of Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. Both knew the war was a failure, but determined to “stay the course” for a decade out of a misguided belief in protecting an image of American infallibility that was paired with shameful political motives.
tinyurl.com/wdu6v

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Depleted uranium risk ‘ignored’ :

UK and US forces have continued to use depleted uranium weapons despite warnings they pose a cancer risk, a BBC investigation has found.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6105726.stm

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Allen L Roland : America’s Greatest Crime:

Military Use Of DU: American Use Of DU is “A crime against humanity which may, in the eyes of historians, rank with the worst atrocities of all time.” US Iraq Military Vets “are on DU death row, waiting to die.”
blogs.salon.com/0002255/2006/10/31.html

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Bahrain clamps down on talks of ‘spy’ allegations:

Bahrain has censored local and foreign Internet sites for discussing a report by an alleged British spy who claimed to have uncovered a plot to maintain Sunni domination of the Gulf kingdom,
tinyurl.com/y4gmpc

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Afghan Bomb Kills 3 NATO Occupation Force Soldiers:

A roadside bomb ripped through a NATO vehicle, killing three soldiers on patrol in a mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan.
www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,118082,00.html

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Three “Insurgents” Killed, Two NATO Occupation Force Soldiers Wounded in Afghanistan :

Meanwhile, NATO’s top commander in Afghanistan, British General David Richards, told the Financial Times that he doesn’t have enough forces to defeat the Taleban within the next six months.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-11-01-voa26.cfm

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Report: U.S. led Pakistan school attack that killed 80:

A senior Pakistani intelligence source told the network Pakistani helicopters joined Monday’s operation after an unmanned drone fired two missiles at the Islamic school near the Afghanistan border.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15461.htm

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Residents linking U.S. to deadly attack in Pakistan:

A day after Pakistan’s deadliest attack of the “global war on terror,” residents say that U.S. surveillance drones fired at least some of the missiles that killed an estimated 80 people in a religious school near the Afghan border.
tinyurl.com/wf2wv

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Over 80 people victims of possible extrajudicial execution in Pakistan:

Amnesty International is concerned that at least 82 people in a madrassa (religious school) may have been extrajudicially executed in an aerial attack at dawn of 30 October in Bajaur. No attempt appears to have been made to arrest the victims who were described by army spokesman Major-General Shaukat Sultan as some 70 to 80 “militants”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15462.htm

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Inquiry urged into Pakistan raid :

Human Rights Watch has urged Pakistan to allow an independent inquiry into Monday’s bombing of an Islamic school in which 80 people were killed.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6106716.stm

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“Taliban” deal still gives Pak trouble:

Despite the agreement with the tribal elders, the “hot pursuit” across Afghanistan into the tribal areas in Pakistan has created a storm, with the Pakistani media claiming that the attack involved the Pakistani military and Nato forces.
tinyurl.com/yyjy7j

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9 Killed as Israel launches major attack on occupied Gaza:

Some 60 people were wounded as troops, backed by tanks and helicopter gunships, carried out the raid.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6104858.stm

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Video Shows Unarmed Palestinian Shot By Israeli Occupation Forces:

2 Minute video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15463.htm

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Israeli Minister: Treat Gaza like Chechnya :

Lieberman’s cabinet debut: ‘Emulate Russia’s treatment of Chechnya
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3322366,00.html

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Pause for Peace :

HERE in Gaza, few dream of peace. For now, most dare only to dream of a lack of war. It is for this reason that Hamas proposes a long-term truce during which the Israeli and Palestinian peoples can try to negotiate a lasting peace.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15467.htm

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Zionists seek to silence critics of US policy toward Israel:

Prominent Zionist groups and individuals in the US are conducting a campaign of intimidation against liberal and left-wing critics of the Israeli regime and Washington’s policy toward Israel.
www.wsws.org/articles/2006/nov2006/judt-n01_prn.shtml

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Israel’s New Arsenal:

What bizarre science-fiction horrors have to occur before the American media wakes up to the strange war that Israel is prosecuting against Palestinian and Lebanese civilians?
electronicintifada.net/v2/article5917.shtml

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Syria switches to the Euro due to US sanctions:

Source say country intends to switch foreign currency surplus from dollars to euros, in order to pay external debts and combat US economic sanctions
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3322316,00.html

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US issues Lebanon ‘plot’ warning :

The United States has said there is “mounting evidence” that Syria, Iran and Hezbollah are planning to topple the Lebanese government.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6107224.stm

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Building a Pretext for Waging War on Iran :

The US navy has conducted military exercises (30th of October) 20 miles outside Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf. The war games were perceived by Tehran as an act of provocation. Iranian patrol boats came very close to US and coalition warships in the Persian Gulf.
tinyurl.com/y5emrb

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Iran announces plan to hold ‘war games’ in Gulf region :

Iran unexpectedly announced on Wednesday that it would be holding military maneuvers in the Persian Gulf region this week, only days after international navies led by the Unites States held exercises in the same waterway.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/782634.html

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Mixed reception for Iran’s ex-president :

The former president of Iran, Mohammad Khatami, has begun a visit to the UK by calling for dialogue between civilisations to prevent religious wars
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6104638.stm

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Another terror plot hoax:

British Court Frees Airline Plot Suspects :

Two brothers charged in an alleged plot to blow up U.S. bound airliners were released Wednesday after a British court ruled the evidence against them was insufficient to warrant a trial
www.columbian.com/news/APStories/AP11012006news72432.cfm

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Alleged al Qaeda agent Padilla claims torture:

Presiding U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke on Monday gave the U.S. attorney’s office until November 14 by to respond to Padilla’s allegations, according to an order released by the court.
tinyurl.com/vs7c2

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Stranger than fiction?: Guantanamo strikers’ force-feeding adapted to Ramadan:

U.S. medical officers at the Guantanamo Bay detention center adjusted the force-feeding schedule for two long-time hunger strikers so they could fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, doctors at the U.S. navy base said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N01332622.htm

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British universities encouraged to spy on ‘Asian-looking’ students:

Lecturers and staff at British universities will be asked to spy on “Asian-looking” and Muslim students they suspect of supporting terrorist acts and involvement in Islamic extremism
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061016/wl_uk_afp/britainpoliticsislamuniversity

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Former” terrorist” accepts Amnesty International’s top human rights award:

Former president Nelson Mandela on Wednesday accepted the Ambassador of Conscience Award, the most prestigious honour given each year by the human rights group Amnesty International.
tinyurl.com/w9qqj

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Maine activist arrested while wearing terrorist costume, carrying toy gun:

The lawyer who divulged President George W. Bush’s drunken-driving arrest days before the 2000 election was arrested Tuesday after he was spotted on a highway overpass wearing an Osama bin Laden Halloween costume and holding a toy gun.
tinyurl.com/y3nn6o

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The theft of American elections is a media issue: .

ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox and the AP own the exit polls and have defied John Conyers’ request for the raw data, keeping that data secreted from even qualified independent researchers.
freepress.org/departments/display/16/2006/2205

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