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Date: 1-5 November 2007

  

5/11/07 

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq 1,102,800
www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html
 
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Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’sWar On Iraq 3,849
icasualties.org/oif/
 
The War in Iraq Costs
$466,063,512,285
 
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?
option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

 
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The Iraq War Has Become a Disaster That We Have Chosen To Forget
 
By Madeleine Bunting
 
With the media subdued, governments have not been held to account for the biggest political calamity of our time.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18669.htm
 
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Stock Market Mayhem and Bush’s Moral Swamp
 
By Mike Whitney
 
The real reason that the subprime swindle mushroomed into a humongous economy-busting monster is that the markets are no longer policed by any agency that believes in intervention.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18668.htm
 
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Pakistan Shakes Off US Shackles
 
By M K Bhadrakumar
 
It is on occasions such as this that the incomprehensible alchemy of the US-Pakistan relationship fleetingly surfaces. Clearly, it stands to reason that Musharraf took care to consult Washington and Britain before announcing his move. But what was the nature of these consultations? .
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18665.htm
 
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French President Sarkozy Accused of Working for Israeli Intelligence
 
Furl the flag
 
By Gamal Nkrumah
 
As if his marital challenges were not enough cause for concern, “Sarco the Sayan” has suddenly emerged as the most infamous accolade of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The influential French daily Le Figaro last week revealed that the French leader once worked for — and perhaps still does, it hinted — Israeli intelligence as a sayan (Hebrew for helper), one of the thousands of Jewish citizens of countries other than Israel who cooperate with the katsas (Mossad case-officers).
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18664.htm
 
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Warning… This Film Could Make You Angry
 
By Robert Fisk
 
So is truth stranger than fiction? Or is Hollywood waking up – after Syriana and Munich – to the gross injustices of the Middle East and the shameless and illegal policies of the US in the region? Go and see Rendition – it will make you angry – and remember Arar. And you can take a beautiful woman along to share your fury.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18666.htm
 
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A “Paper Coup”
 
By Naomi Wolf
 
I have argued that in the closing stages of a `fascist shift’, events cascade. I am hearing about them, even across the globe.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18667.htm
 
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Iraq: At Least 17 killed in another bloody day of US occupation:
 
Four bodies, all shot, were found in Baghdad
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L05618046.htm
 
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2007 Toll Nears Highest for US in Iraq :
 
At least 847 American military personnel have died in Iraq so far this year – the second-highest annual toll since the war and occupation began in March 2003, according to Associated Press figures.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-7049915,00.html
 
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Dems Poised To Give Bush A Blank Check For Iraq:
 
Despite their rhetoric about not wanting to hand President Bush another “blank check” for the Iraq War, Democrats appear poised to give him exactly that — enough cash to keep the war going full steam for as long as six months, no strings attached.
snipurl.com/1t6tc
 
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Don’t mention the war:
 
The head of MI5 has made headlines with a speech warning of teenaged terrorists, but what’s missing is any analysis of their motivation.
snipurl.com/1t6td
 
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Inevitable Turkey-Iran-Syria-Russia alliance :
 
The US has failed to keep its promise to Turkey to confront the PKK. Turkey now feels that it has no choice but to attack the PKK’s sanctuaries in northern Iraq together with Iran.
www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/yazarDetay.do?haberno=126286
 
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Former leader of Kurd rebels reveals retreat into Iran :
 
Turkish Kurd guerrillas are leaving Iraqi Kurdistan for Iran in order to avoid an attack by the Turkish army according to a former leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article3129674.ece
 
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I’m a US friend, but no French poodle: President Sarkozy:
 
One of the most pro-American French leaders in decades, Mr Sarkozy is aiming to make Mr Bush forget the bitterness caused by the opposition of his predecessor, Jacques Chirac, to the Iraq war.
snipurl.com/1t6tf
 
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World Bank suspends payments to Iran:
 
The World Bank, newly caught up in the Bush administration’s campaign against Iran, has had to suspend payments for earthquake relief, sanitation and other projects there in response to new American sanctions on leading Iranian banks, World Bank officials say.
www.iht.com/articles/2007/11/04/africa/sanctions.php
 
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Israeli Foreign Ministry head: IAEA is a hindrance in effort against Iran :
 
Foreign Ministry Director-General Aharon Abramovich criticized the International Atomic Energy Agency and its chief, Mohamed El Baradei, calling it a “hindrance” in the battle against the Iran’s nuclear armament.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3468086,00.html
 
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No exceptions :
 
How can a country, which according to endless foreign reports has kept secret for years several atomic weapons, manage to rally the international community in a struggle against a neighboring country that insists on acquiring nuclear energy?
snipurl.com/1t6th
 
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Moran raps Jewish groups on Iran :
 
U.S. Rep. James Moran (D-Va.) again rapped Jewish groups for misrepresenting the views of U.S. Jews, this time on Iran.
www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/breaking/105068.html
 
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Mashaal: ME summit US ‘distraction’ for war with Iran:
 
The leader of Hamas on Monday dismissed a US-sponsored Mideast peace conference planned for later this year, saying it was meant to distract the region as Washington prepared for an attack against Iran. He also warned Palestinian leaders against making concessions to Israel during the meeting.
snipurl.com/1t6tj
 
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Lebanese paper: US okays large IDF Gaza op:
 
The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported Saturday morning that “credible diplomatic sources” had said American approval for a broad operation in Gaza had come after Israeli intelligence impressed on US officials the importance of such an incursion as an answer to the unprecedented level of arms smuggling to Gaza from Sinai.
snipurl.com/1t6tk
 
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Friends and enemies:
 
Jews would be well advised not to regard evangelical American Christians as their allies in a battle against Muslims.
snipurl.com/1t6tl
 
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Musharraf denies he is under house arrest:
 
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has said rumours sweeping through the country that he has been placed under house arrest are untrue.
snipurl.com/1t6to
 
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Thousands Face Down Pakistani Police :
 
Police fired tear gas and clubbed thousands of lawyers protesting President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s decision to impose emergency rule, as Western allies threatened to review aid to the troubled Muslim nation. Opposition groups put the number of arrests at 3,500, although the government reported half that.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-7051842,00.html
 
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Alarmed US warns Pakistan relationship will change:
 
The United States warned Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf Monday that “our relationship will not remain the same” unless he reverses course on a state of emergency and steers back to democracy.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20071105/wl_afp/pakistanpoliticsus
 
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US support for Pakistan’s counterterrorism efforts to continue:
 
The United States support for Pakistan’s counterterrorism efforts will continue unhindered despite proclamation of emergency in the South Asian country, which provides key help in combating terrorism in region, the American media, citing officials, reported Monday.
snipurl.com/1t6tq
 
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UK says it will not cut off Pakistan aid:
 
Britain is not considering cutting off aid to Pakistan despite President Pervez Musharraf’s declaration of emergency rule, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said on Monday.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3468106,00.html
 
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Taliban the big winners:
 
The emergency’s first target is not the extremists terrorising northern Pakistan, but the democratic, secular elite. Dozens of judges, lawyers and human rights workers have been arrested while more have gone underground to avoid arrest. Journalists and the media are being targeted and harassed in an unprecedented manner.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?
xml=/news/2007/11/05/wpak405.xml

 
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Taliban capture third western Afghan district:
 
Taliban insurgents have captured a third district in western Afghanistan, local officials said on Monday, defying Western assertions the rebels are unable to mount large military offensives.
snipurl.com/1t6tt
 
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S Korea announces to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan :
 
The South Korean Defense Ministry said on Monday that it will complete the withdrawal of all the 210South Korean troops in Afghanistan by mid-December
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-11/05/content_7016009.htm
 
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Putin says Russia threatened by “Unipolar World”:
 
“Some people are constantly insisting on the necessity to divide up our country and are trying to spread this theory,” Putin told military cadets during a speech in Moscow on Sunday, Russian news agencies reported.
snipurl.com/1t6tu
 
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Australia implicated in Fiji assassination attempt:
 
Mr Downer today joined New Zealand political leaders in rejecting suggestions the two countries were helping finance an assassination attempt on the Fijian leader.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/11/05/1194117906234.html
 
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Center-leftist beats general in Guatemala election:
 
Center-leftist Alvaro Colom won Guatemala’s presidential election on Sunday, denying power to a retired general who had sought to unleash the army to fight a violent crime wave.
snipurl.com/1t6tv
 
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Condoleezza Rice forced to testify in pro-Israel lobbyists’ spy trial:
 
The US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, and 14 other Bush administration officials will be compelled to testify in the espionage trial of pro-Israel lobbyists, a judge in Washington ruled yesterday.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,2204654,00.html
 
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Impeach Cheney Now!:
 
Congressman Dennis Kucnich, whose bill to impeach Cheney has 22 sponsors, will introduce a resolution on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6. Another congress member will move to table (kill) the resolution. The vote will come on the 6th, 7th, or 8th. We need you to ask your representative to vote No on tabling, Yes on giving impeachment a chance.
www.afterdowningstreet.org/cheney
 
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Top US legal adviser refuses to rule out ‘torture’ technique:
 
Aide to Rice declines to denounce waterboarding during Guardian America debate
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2205187,00.html
 
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Foreclosure wave sweeps America :
 
A wave of foreclosures and evictions is about to sweep the United States in the wake of the sub-prime mortgage lending crisis
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7070935.stm
 
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Crash is coming, warns top investor:
 
THE man responsible for investing $41 billion of the State’s money has warned mum-and-dad investors to prepare for a massive sharemarket crash.
snipurl.com/1t6tx
 
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Citi chief quits as sub-prime losses rocket:
 
The financial impact of the sub-prime crisis on Citigroup has spiralled to as much as $17bn (£8.5bn) in a matter of weeks, plunging the world’s biggest bank into turmoil and prompting the resignation of chief executive Charles Prince.
www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?
xml=/money/2007/11/05/bcnciti105.xml

 
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Here Comes the Next Big Screw Over :
 
Citigroup has decided that it’s time to seek a political, rather than financial solution to problems resulting from the collapse of the housing bubble, the sub-prime mortgage meltdown and the global credit crunch. Rubin’s appointment is a sign that Citigroup knows it can’t keep going without the help of the American taxpayer.
www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/11/4/91929/3698
 
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Shocking: 18 Years on and Exxon Still Won’t Pay $2.5 Billion for Valdez Oil Spill:
 
And now the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Exxon try to explain why it shouldn’t pay.
www.alternet.org/workplace/66647/
 
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PetroChina is world’s first $1 trillion company:
 
China’s biggest oil and gas producer, PetroChina, overtook Exxon Mobil Corporation to go on record as the first global company to be valued at $1 trillion.
www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/136600.html 

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04/11/07 

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq 1,099,372
www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html
 
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Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’sWar On Iraq 3,849
icasualties.org/oif/
 
The War in Iraq Costs
$465,766,239,559
 
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182
 
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Experts: No Evidence of Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program
 
Jonathan S. Landay
 
Despite President Bush’s claims that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons that could trigger “World War III,” experts in and out of government say there’s no conclusive evidence that Tehran has an active nuclear-weapons program.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18661.htm
 
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Déjà Vu All Over Again
 
By Ian Williams
 
The US is smearing IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei for not finding evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons. Sound familiar?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18658.htm
 
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Drink It.
 
By Layla Anwar
 
Bring Arabs, to their knees — secularists, islamists, monarchs and paupers alike… Arabs will have to be dominated — ruled by an iron fist, especially that they are historically known to be the most unruly people around. And Saudi Arabia being what it is — can only but cower like the faithful dog that it is.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18660.htm
 
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Democrats Cave In On Torture
 
Key senators back attorney general nominee
 
By Bill Van Auken
 
Two key Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced Friday afternoon that they will support the Bush administration’s nominee for attorney general, former federal judge Michael Mukasey, virtually assuring his confirmation as head of the US Justice Department.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18659.htm
 
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Torture By Waterboarding
 
7 Minute Video
 
“On Friday’s Countdown Keith Olbermann talked to Newsweek’s Richard Wolfe and Former Nixon White House Counsel, John Dean, about Senators Feinstein and Schumer’s inexcusable caving on President Bush’s Attorney General nominee and an ABC News report that claims former acting Assistant Attorney General Daniel Levin was forced out of the DoJ when he declared waterboarding to be torture – after allowing himself to be waterboarded.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18663.htm
 
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US Cannot Be Said To Be Said To Be Good
 
By Philip J Cunningham
 
George W. Bush may indeed be the worst president ever, and Dick Cheney the worst vice-president imaginable but that does not exonerate the American people because Americans have the constitutional right and responsibility to remove miscreants from office.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18662.htm
 
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Iraq: Sunday: At least 26 killed in another bloody day of US occupation:
 
A parked car bomb targeting a police patrol on Saturday killed four people and wounded 11, including a number of policemen, in southern Samarra
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ANW420899.htm
 
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Mass grave containing remains of 40 found in W Iraq :
 
Iraqi police and anti-Qaida fighters have discovered some 40 corpses buried in a mass grave in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, a provincial security source said on Sunday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-11/04/content_7010542.htm
 
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Kurds Vow To Teach Turkey ‘Unforgettable Lesson’:
 
A defiant spokesman for the rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party said Saturday that if Turkey attacks the group’s bases in Iraq’s rugged northeastern mountains, the clandestine organization’s fighters “will teach the Turks an unforgettable lesson.”
cbs11tv.com/national/topstories_story_307202318.html
 
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Iraq scraps oil deal; Russia threatens to retaliate:
 
Guided by American legal advisers, the Iraqi government has canceled a controversial development contract with the Russian company Lukoil for a vast oil field in Iraq’s southern desert, freeing it up for potential international investment in the future.
snipurl.com/1t50j
 
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At least 25 Taliban reported killed in occupied Afghanistan:
 
“The bodies of the dead were left at the battlefield,” it said, adding that a Taliban commander was seriously hurt.
snipurl.com/1t50k
 
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Taliban kills 6 civilians, police officer in occupied W Afghanistan :
 
“We have been able to confirm that Taliban insurgents brutally killed these innocent people because they suspected them of working with the government,” the statement quoted Hakim Asher, chief of Media and Public Relations for the MOI, as saying.
english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90851/6296115.html
 
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Afghan man, woman found beheaded :
 
Afghan police have found the beheaded bodies of two Afghan civilians in Ghazni province, south-west of the capital Kabul, the provincial police chief said yesterday.
snipurl.com/1t50l
 
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Dutch occupation force soldier killed by roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan;
 
Merkel pledges more help to Afghan police
www.arabtimesonline.com/client/
pagesdetails.asp?nid=7513&ccid=11

 
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211 Pakistani troops exchanged for 28 militants:
 
Militants freed 211 Pakistani soldiers Sunday in exchange for the release of 28 insurgents from government custody, including some allegedly connected to suicide attacks, officials said.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2007
-11-04-pakistanexchange_N.htm

 
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Musharraf Consolidates His Control With Arrests:
 
About 500 opposition party workers, lawyers and human rights activists were arrested today as the government of General Pervez Musharraf tried to consolidate its control after imposing emergency rule.
snipurl.com/1t50p
 
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Former ISI chief Hamid Gul arrested:
 
Former chief of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Hamid Gul was arrested here on Sunday in continuing crackdown by the government in emergency-ruled Pakistan.
snipurl.com/1t50s
 
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Pakistan Stifles Media, Cuts Phone Lines:
 
As Pakistanis awoke Sunday to a strict new political reality, the most visible sign of emergency rule was the harsh clampdown on the private media.
abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=3818088&page=1
 
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Pakistan elections under threat after state of emergency :
 
Pakistan’s US-backed “transition to democracy” sustained a further blow on Sunday as Shaukat Aziz, the prime minister, warned that general elections due in the first half of January could now be delayed for up to a year under the recently-declared state of emergency.
www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1032479a-8af0-11dc-
95f7-0000779fd2ac.html?nclick_check=1

 
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Musharraf Adopts Bush-Cheney Doctrine of “Lawfare”:
 
One of the curious aspects of General Musharraf’s speech last night (by the way, it is General, not President, as he first annulled the constitution and then invoked one of its provisions to declare an Emergency, acting not as president but as Chief of Army Staff), at least to this observer, was the general’s thoroughly un-self-conscious invocation of two major threats to the security and integrity of Pakistan: terrorism and “judicial activism.”
icga.blogspot.com/2007/11/musharr
af-adopts-bush-cheney-doctrine.html

 
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US to review financial aid to Pakistan:
 
The United States will have to review its financial aid to Pakistan after President Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today.
www.ireland.com/newspaper/breaking/2007/1104/breaking27.htm
 
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U.S. unlikely to halt Pakistan aid:
 
Washington probably will continue to scold Musharraf but won’t risk alienating a key ally in its war on terrorism.
snipurl.com/1t50z
 
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Musharraf has support of US, UK:
 
Clearly, it stands to reason that Musharraf took care to consult Washington and Britain before announcing his move. Benazir Bhutto’s abrupt departure for Dubai against the advice by her party leaders also suggests that Musharraf took her into confidence.
ia.rediff.com/news/2007/nov/04guest.htm
 
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No evidence of Iranian nuclear-weapons program, experts say:
 
Despite President Bush’s claims that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons that could trigger ‘’World War III,’’ experts in and out of government say there’s no conclusive evidence that Tehran has an active nuclear-weapons program.
www.miamiherald.com/news/world/story/294914.html
 
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Israeli Occupation Forces Missiles Kill 4 Palestinians In N. Gaza:
 
The attacks came just hours before U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was to meet Israeli officials and Palestinian leaders from Fatah, Hamas’s rival faction, to discuss a planned peace conference later this year.
www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00127.htm
 
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Haneya slams Abbas for being alongside with Israel, U.S. on Gaza siege :
 
“The enemy (Israel) and the U.S. administration are the first two sides to be blamed for Gaza closure, but of course we don’t discharge some Palestinian leaders from taking part in the siege,” Haneya said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-11/04/content_7011628.htm
 
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War is a racket:
 
Arms makers winning war on terrorism:
 
ARMS manufacturers are making record profits from the war on terrorism and unprecedented spending on weapons programs.
snipurl.com/1t511
 
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UK: City fears second bank is heading for credit crisis:
 
The City was swept by rumours yesterday that another British bank was in trouble after Northern Rock indicated it was not the only bank borrowing from the Bank of England’s rescue fund.
business.guardian.co.uk/banking/story/0,,2204473,00.html 

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2/11/07  

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq 1,099,372
www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html
 
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Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’sWar On Iraq 3,845
icasualties.org/oif/
 
The War in Iraq Costs
$463,556,529,445
 
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?
option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

 
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US Bombed Syria: Report
 
 USAF Struck Syrian “Nuclear” Site
 
 By JPOST.COM STAFF
 
The September 6 raid over Syria was carried out by the US Air Force, the Al-Jazeera Web site reported Friday. The Web site quoted Israeli and Arab sources as saying that two strategic US jets armed with tactical nuclear weapons carried out an attack on a nuclear site under construction.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18652.htm
 
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Missing Nukes: Treason of the Highest Order
 
By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
 
What adds intrigue to an understanding of the missing nukes, are the international events and war games taking place just after the “lost” nuclear weapons incident, not to mention the President’s ongoing threats to attack Iran with nuclear weapons and Vice President Cheney’s repeated warnings that a second large scale terrorist attack on America is under preparation, with the support of Iran.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18655.htm
 
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Hegemony’s Cost
 
By Paul Craig Roberts
 
When he departs the White House on 20 January, 2009, the current resident will bequeath to the American people and the next administration an interminable war in the Middle East and a depreciated currency. And that’s the good news.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18654.htm
 
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Behind the Facade of Incompetence
 
By Charles Sullivan
 
The storm clouds of World War Three are looming on the horizon. These are extraordinary times that demand something from every one of us.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18653.htm
 
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They Met The Iraqi Resistance
 
By Mike Ferner
 
Meeting Resistance, portrays a side of the Iraqi insurgency President Bush doesn’t want the world to see.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18657.htm
 
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Destroyed Homes, The Media and Public Knowledge
 
By David Halpin FRCS
 
The media are determined to shield the populations from the grotesque excesses of the Israeli state (and the ‘coalition of the willing in Iraq and Afghanistan’), whilst they fill the screens and thus the minds with loss by fire of eighteen hundred homes – by act of God. Evil is the act of demolishing one home in the remnants of Palestine. Is it the lesser evil for the western media to hide that?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18656.htm
 
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Twenty killed including two NATO occupation force soldiers, three wounded in eastern Afghan attack:
 
Occupied Afghanistan – Officials in Afghanistan say insurgents ambushed NATO-led forces in the eastern part of the country leaving two alliance troops dead and three others wounded. They also say a coalition airstrike in the south killed 18 suspected militants on Friday.
snipurl.com/1t2kv
 
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Taliban overrun another Afghan district :
 
TALIBAN fighters have overrun a second district in western Afghanistan, a district governor said today, warning the rebels could be planning to sweep into his area.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story
/0,25197,22695369-12335,00.html

 
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10 Pakistan “militants” killed in missile attack near Afghan border: Pakistan:
 
A missile destroyed a suspected militant hide-out in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border Friday, killing 10 people inside and wounding 11, security officials said.
www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/11/02/
asia/AS-GEN-Pakistan-Missile-Attack.php

 
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Seven Pakistani Officers Among Dead :
 
The death toll from a suicide bomb attack on a Pakistani air force bus has been raised to 10 people, seven of them officers, it was reported Friday.
www.postchronicle.com/news/breaki
ngnews/article_212112780.shtml

 
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Dozens Die As Pakistani Troops Battle “Insurgents”:
 
The surging violence and the uncertainty surrounding Musharraf’s future have revived speculation that he will declare a state of emergency, allowing him to postpone parliamentary elections planned for early 2008.
snipurl.com/1t2lw
 
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Iraq: At least 14 killed as US occupation grinds on:
 
U.S. forces killed 10 “gunmen” and arrested three others during operations in central and northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L02639258.htm
 
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Polish soldier killed by mine in Iraq, 3 hurt-media:
 
A Polish soldier was killed and three were injured in Iraq after their convoy drove onto a mine, Polish media reported on Friday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L02611905.htm
 
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Bush broke promises to Turkey, says former envoy:
 
The retired general who served as George Bush’s special envoy to deal with the Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK) today said the US has failed to keep its promises to Turkey to confront the Kurdish group
www.guardian.co.uk/turkey/story/0,,2204251,00.html
 
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Senators warn Bush has no authority on Iran:
 
Thirty US senators wrote to President George W. Bush, warning he had no authority to launch military action against Iran, and expressing concern about the administration’s “provocative” rhetoric.
snipurl.com/1t2m1
 
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The Easy Way to Stop the Looming US Attack on Iran:
 
Sen. James Webb (D-VA) and 29 other US Senators who oppose such a mad plan have done what? They’ve written a letter to the president telling him that he cannot attack Iran without express approval in advance from the Congress. A letter! Boy, that’ll stop him. What’s the matter with these people?
www.counterpunch.org/lindorff11022007.html
 
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Rafsanjani calls for direct, unconditional Iranian-US talks :
 
Head of Iran’s Assembly of Experts Ali Rafsanjani said the US should hold direct talks with Iran without any preset conditions.
snipurl.com/1t2m4
 
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Obama says US must try talking to Iran :
 
Sen. Barack Obama said Friday that as president he would personally negotiate with Iran, offering economic incentives and a chance for peaceful relations if Iranian leaders would forgo pursuit of nuclear weapons and support of terrorists.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071102/ap_po/obama_iran
 
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The Confrontation With Iran In The Calculations Of Us Presidential Candidates:
 
American candidates in the primaries, despite the grandstanding among them, all hope that the Iran crisis is dealt with in one way or another and that they do not inherit the Iranian issue as it stands today. Some of them, such as Democrat Barack Obama, avoid providing a clear answer about what to do with Iran. Some, like Republican Rudy Giulani, make fiery statements and surround themselves with neo-conservative advisors
snipurl.com/1t2m6
 
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Israel now leads lobby against Iran:
 
In a major policy change, Israel has launched a high-profile diplomatic initiative to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions following President Bush’s warning that a nuclear Iran could produce World War III.
snipurl.com/1t2m7
 
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London conference on one-state solution to Palestinian conflict:
 
A two-day conference opens in London on Saturday challenging attempts to impose a two-state solution on Israel’s 60 year occupation of Palestine.
www2.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0711028942194153.htm
 
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In case you missed it:
 
A one-state solution:
 
A unitary Arab-Jewish homeland could bring lasting peace to the Middle East.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4861.htm
 
More on this topic
snipurl.com/1t2ma
 
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Rice to Face Subpoena in Spy Case :
 
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other senior intelligence will be subpoenaed to discuss their discussions with pro-Israel lobbyists, a federal judge ruled Friday in an espionage case.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-7045494,00.html
 
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Battles rock Mogadishu:
 
Battles broke out in the Somali capital again on Friday, killing at least one person and stoking a humanitarian crisis after nearly 90,000 people fled fighting earlier this week.
snipurl.com/1t2me
 
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Dennis Kucinich Calls For Impeachment of President And Vice President:
 
2 Minute Video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztpq16eGzqk
 
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Presstitute alert:
 
The Ron Paul Revolution:
 
His message, even if packaged in obscure economic lectures, is that there is something very corrupt, very Halliburton-Blackwatery going on with our military-industrial complex, and that can attract some pretty weird followers.
www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1678661-2,00.html
 
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This November 5th – :
 
Ron Paul Mass Donation Day
www.thisnovember5th.com/ 

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1/11/07

Read this newsletter online tinyurl.com/dy6yy
 
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Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq 1,099,372
www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html
 
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Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’sWar On Iraq 3,845
icasualties.org/oif/
 
The War in Iraq Costs
$463,272,509,619
 
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182
 
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Revealed: Rumsfeld memos urged staff to ‘keep elevating the terrorism threat’
 
From the Desk of Donald Rumsfeld.
 
By Robin Wright
 
In a series of internal musings and memos to his staff, then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld argued that Muslims avoid “physical labor” and wrote of the need to “keep elevating the threat,” “link Iraq to Iran” and develop “bumper sticker statements” to rally public support for an increasingly unpopular war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18647.htm
 
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Double-Crossing in Kurdistan
 
By Pepe Escobar
 
The George W Bush administration would not flinch to betray its allies in Iraqi Kurdistan if that entailed a US “win” in the Iraq quagmire. And it would not flinch to leave its Turkish North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies in the wilderness as well – if that entailed further destabilization of Iran. Way beyond the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) vs Turkey skirmish, one of these two double-crossing scenarios will inevitably take place.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18648.htm
 
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Stop the Insanity: No War With Iran
 
Gov. Bill Richardson
 
It is a tragedy that in the midst of one failed war in Iraq, George Bush and Dick Cheney are pushing a second front of failure and gearing up to attack Iran. The “unilateral sanctions” recently imposed will hurt diplomatic progress in the region, and I find it disconcerting that so many Democrats supported President Bush in his saber-rattling.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18649.htm
 
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Voting As Political Narcotic
 
Joel S. Hirschhorn
 
America’s political system is a large and complex criminal conspiracy. Most voters enable it without benefiting from it. Voting is a ploy of the two-party power elites to keep the population docile, delusional and duped. Our government has been hijacked in plain sight, despite elections.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18650.htm
 
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I Should Pay More Tax, Says US Billionaire Warren Buffett
 
By Andrew Clark in New York
 
Warren Buffett, the famous investor known as the “Sage of Omaha”, has complained that he pays a lower rate of tax than any of his staff – including his receptionist. Mr Buffett, who is worth an estimated $52bn (£25bn), said: “The taxation system has tilted towards the rich and away from the middle class in the last 10 years. It’s dramatic; I don’t think it’s appreciated and I think it should be addressed.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18651.htm
 
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78 killed in Pakistan violence:
 
A suicide bomber killed eight Pakistan air force personnel while 70 militants died in clashes, amid mounting fears that President Pervez Musharraf could declare emergency rule.
www.herald.co.zw/inside.aspx?sectid=26609&cat=2
 
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8 Air Force employees killed in Pakistan:
 
A suicide bomber on a motorcycle rammed into a Pakistan Air Force bus on Thursday, killing at least eight men and wounding about 40, the latest in a wave of attacks against the military, officials said
www.mercurynews.com/ci_7335791?nclick_check=1
 
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Over 700 killed as militancy spirals in Pakistan:
 
More than half of the 700 people killed since July have died in suicide attacks and bomb blasts. Here is a chronology showing some of the worst bomb attacks.
in.reuters.com/article/topNews/idI
NIndia-30272120071101?rpc=401&

 
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Another Fifty Taliban killed in occupied western Afghanistan: police:
 
Afghan forces said Thursday they had killed 50 more Taliban militants in the heaviest fighting in a western province since the fall of the Islamist regime in 2001.
snipurl.com/1t143
 
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5 policemen killed, 3 others wounded in S Afghanistan battle :
 
A group of Taliban insurgents attacked one police post early Thursday in southern Afghan province of Helmand, killing five policemen and injuring three others, provincial police chief Mohammad Hussein Andiwal said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-11/01/content_6991350.htm
 
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At Least 430 Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans Have Committed Suicide:
 
According to the VA, at least 283 combat veterans who left the military between the start of the war in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 and the end of 2005 took their own lives. In addition, 147 troops have killed themselves in Iraq and Afghanistan since the wars began bringing the government count to 430.
snipurl.com/1t146
 
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Iraq: At least 36 killed in another bloody day of US occupation:
 
A roadside bomb exploded near an administrative building, killing six people and wounding seven in Binoog district of northern Baghdad
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM136189.htm
 
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At least 887 Iraqis killed in October:
 
At least 887 Iraqis were killed in Iraq in October, ministry data showed on Thursday, slightly higher than September which saw a total of 840 people killed across the nation.
snipurl.com/1t148
 
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US troops will be in the Middle East for next 50 years, says Abazaid:
 
US troops could be in the Middle East for another 50 years, according to the longest serving commander of the Qatar-based US Central Command.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2203337,00.html
 
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A day late and a dollar short!
 
Faulty Intel Source “Curve Ball” Revealed
 
60 Minutes has identified the man whose fabricated story of Iraqi biological weapons drove the U.S. argument for invading Iraq. It has also obtained video of “Curve Ball,” as he was known in intelligence circles, and discovered he was not only a liar, but also a thief and a poor student instead of the chemical engineering whiz he claimed to be.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/1
1/01/60minutes/main3440577.shtml

 
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In case you missed it:
 
Key Iraqi informant was ‘crazy,’ U.S. was told before war :
 
 Prewar claims by the United States that Iraq was producing biological weapons were based almost entirely on accounts from a defector who was described as “crazy” by his intelligence handlers and a “congenital liar” by his friends.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8425.htm
 
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Turkey closes airspace to N.Iraq flights – NTV:
 
Turkey has closed its airspace to flights to and from northern Iraq, NTV television said on Thursday, as part of economic sanctions targeting groups supporting Kurdish militants operating in northern Iraq
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ANK000337.htm
 
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Who are the PKK?:
 
Abdullah Ocalan founded the party in 1974 and it was formally named the Kurdistan Workers Party in 1978, a Marxist-Leninist insurgent group fighting for an independent Kurdish state.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L01326664.htm
 
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IAEA gets all necessary information on Iran program – Vaeedi:
 
Iran has supplied “all necessary information” on key elements of its nuclear program to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Javad Vaeedi, head of the Iranian negotiating team said here after four-day talks with IAEA representatives.
www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html
?NewsID=12029148&PageNum=0

 
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U.S. diplomat Burns calls on Europe to step up sanctions against Iran:
 
A top U.S. diplomat on Wednesday pressed Europe to slap new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, stepping up a push by Washington to hold Tehran accountable for defying U.N. demands.
snipurl.com/1t14a
 
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Iranian president warns Europe will see economic retaliation for following U.S. sanctions :
 
“If they plan to cooperate with the enemy of the Iranian nation, we cannot interpret this as a friendly behavior. We will show reaction,” the radio quoted Ahmadinejad as saying of the Europeans. “You, Europeans, know well what will happen in the economic sphere if Iran takes a serious move in this matter,” the Iranian leader said.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world
/20071101-0507-iran-nuclear.html

 
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Russia, China have blocked tough Iran sanctions: U.S.:
 
A senior U.S. official said on Thursday Russia and China had been blocking tough U.N. sanctions against Iran for months but there would be a push to impose them if Tehran had not suspended nuclear activity within two weeks.
snipurl.com/1t14d
 
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Let there be doubt:
 
I don’t remember anyone questioning the intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war. In hindsight we could have done with a heavy dose of scepticism.
commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/john_w
illiams/2007/11/let_there_be_doubt.html

 
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‘IDF can destroy Iran’s nuclear program’:
 
“Delay can also be helpful,” he said. “We have to be prepared for any eventuality,”
snipurl.com/1t14f
 
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McCain: Iraq Pullout Bad For Israel:
 
In a message to the majority of American Jews who oppose continued U.S. presence in Iraq, Arizona Sen. John McCain on Tuesday told the community’s largest umbrella group that a “surrender” now would harm Israel’s security.
snipurl.com/1t14l
 
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Arabs cold shouldered by US candidates:
 
While senior US government officials stream annually to AIPAC conference, they don’t rush to the Arab-American leadership parley
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3466562,00.html
 
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Lebanon: Israel is violating 1701:
 
Lebanon is accusing Israel of repeatedly violating the terms of UN resolution 1701 – the cease-fire agreement put in place following last summer’s Second Lebanon War.
snipurl.com/1t14n
 
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Israel says Hezbollah can hit Tel Aviv :
 
“Israel also claims that Hezbollah has tripled its shore-to-sea C-802 missiles and have established an air defense unit armed with ground-to-air missiles,” Ban said.
snipurl.com/1t14q
 
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The siege of Gaza is going to lead to a violent escalation:
 
Far from helping settle the Middle East conflict, the US and Europe are fuelling it with their contempt for democracy
www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,2202895,00.html
 
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90th Anniversary Of Balfour Declaration:
 
This Friday, Jews across the world will recall one of the most important documents in the history of modern Zionism
snipurl.com/1t14r
 
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In case you missed it:
 
Truman Overrode Strong State Department Warning Against Partitioning of Palestine in 1947:
 
On Sept. 22, 1947, Loy Henderson strongly warned Secretary of State George C. Marshall that partition of Palestine into Arab and Jewish states was not workable and would lead to untold troubles in the future
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7060.htm
 
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In case you missed it:
 
Origin of Arab-Israeli Conflict: [PDF] – —
 
The conventional wisdom is that, even if both sides are at fault, the Palestinians are irrational “terrorists” who have no point of view worth listening to. Our position, however, is that the Palestinians have a real grievance: their homeland for over a thousand years was taken, without their consent and mostly by force, during the creation of the state of Israel. And all subsequent crimes – on both sides – inevitably follow from this original injustice.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/
pdf/OriginoftheArab-IsraeliConflict.pdf

 
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Warning of Somali ‘catastrophe’ :
 
The UN says about 90,000 have fled occupied Mogadishu since Saturday and the worsening security means relief cannot be given to them.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7070750.stm
 
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Biofuel rush harmful, Oxfam warns :
 
Oxfam warns poor farmers risk being forced off their land as industrial farmers cash in on the biofuel bonanza.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7072386.stm
 
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CIA chief backs rendition flights :
 
The director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, General Michael Hayden, has defended the methods it uses to interrogate terror suspects.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7070483.stm
 
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Gulf Arabs could drop dollar pegs in unison:
 
A region-wide shift could catch investors unawares after months of market speculation that the United Arab Emirates or Qatar would break ranks with their neighbors and unshackle their currencies from the dollar as Kuwait did this year.
www.reuters.com/article/reutersEdge/idUSL3068734920071030
 
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Oil leaps to $96 high on U.S. inventory drop:
 
Oil leaped nearly 2 percent to top $96 for the first time on Thursday, extending the previous day’s 5 percent surge after an unexpected sharp fall in U.S. crude stocks and data showing strong economic growth.
snipurl.com/1t14w
 
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Oil Traders Increase Bets on $125 Crude as Options Trades Jump :
 
Oil traders increased bets that December futures will reach $125 a barrel because of possible disruptions to Middle East supplies and rising demand.
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=2060
1087&sid=av_HNRVcENRI&refer=home

 
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Foreclosure filings soar in 3Q :
 
A soaring number of U.S. homeowners struggled to make mortgage payments in the third quarter, with properties in some stage of foreclosure more than doubling from the same time last year, a mortgage data company said Thursday.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071101/ap_on_bi_ge/foreclosure_rates
 
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Dow dives more than 360 points:
 
New woes at Citigroup, Credit Suisse
snipurl.com/1t14z
 
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Chrysler cuts up to 10,000 hourly jobs:
 
The company also said it will cut between 8,500 and 10,000 hourly workers relating to the shifts that will be shut down across five North American assembly plants. The reductions will also include 1,000 salaried employees and more than a third of its contract workers.
www.economicsbriefing.com/2007/
11/dow-closes-down-364-points.html

 
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The U.S. Is Unhappy with Its Health Care:
 
A new survey shows the percentage of Americans who want wholesale system reform is higher than in six other industrialized countries
www.businessweek.com/technology/co
ntent/oct2007/tc20071031_742029.htm

 
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U.S. poll: 72 percent dissatisfied: –
 
Exactly 12 months before the next federal election, 72 percent of U.S. citizens said they are unhappy with the country’s course, a USA Today/Gallup poll showed.
www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2007/11/
01/us_poll_72_percent_dissatisfied/5254/

 
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