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Date: 5-6 January 2008

6/1/08
 
Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq 1,163,944
www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html
 
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Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’sWar On Iraq 3,910
icasualties.org/oif/
 
The War in Iraq Costs
$483,439,870,165
 
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182
 
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Why I Believe Bush Must Go
 
Nixon Was Bad. These Guys Are Worse
 
By George McGovern
 
As we enter the eighth year of the Bush-Cheney administration, I have belatedly and painfully concluded that the only honorable course for me is to urge the impeachment of the president and the vice president.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19011.htm
 
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U.S. Considers New Covert Push Within Pakistan
 
By Steven Lee Myers, David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt.
 
President Bush’s senior national security advisers are debating whether to expand the authority of the Central Intelligence Agency and the military to conduct far more aggressive covert operations in the tribal areas of Pakistan.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19009.htm
 
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Israel to Brief George Bush on Options for Iran strike
 
Uzi Mahnaimi, Tel Aviv
 
ISRAELI security officials are to brief President George W Bush on their latest intelligence about Iran’s nuclear programme – and how it could be destroyed – when he begins a tour of the Middle East in Jerusalem this week.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19010.htm
 
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For Sale: West’s Deadly Nuclear Secrets
 
The Sunday Times
 
A WHISTLEBLOWER has made a series of extraordinary claims about how corrupt government officials allowed Pakistan and other states to steal nuclear weapons secrets. Sibel Edmonds, a 37-year-old former Turkish language translator for the FBI, listened into hundreds of sensitive intercepted conversations while based at the agency’s Washington field office.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19006.htm
 
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In the Thrall of AIPAC
 
Why Obama Can’t Save Us
 
By MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
 
Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh recently said that Barack Obama is our “only hope” to “lead a reconciliation between the Muslim countries and the US.” Why? Because Obama’s father was a Muslim.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19008.htm
 
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An American Soldiers Opinion on The war
 
9 Minute Video
 
“I am outraged at what’s going on”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19007.htm
 
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How US Business Shaft US Taxpayers
 
7 Minute Video
 
U.S. universities are aiding the arms race with China and aiding America’s industrial decline.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19012.htm
 
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Iraq: Sunday: At least 31 killed in another bloody day of US occupation:
 
A suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest killed nine people and wounded 12 others in Baghdad’s central Karrada district, a police official said
www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL0624474620080106
 
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Bomber Kills 11 at Iraqi Army Festival :
 
Three Iraqi soldiers threw themselves on a suicide attacker wearing an explosives vest at an Army Day celebration Sunday – an act of heroism the U.S. said likely prevented many more deaths. Iraqi police said at least 11 people were killed in the blast, the deadliest in a series of bombings in Baghdad.
snipurl.com/1wqm3
 
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Five Iraqi Soldiers Killed North of Baquba :
 
The U.S. military said Saturday five Iraqi soldiers were killed and two wounded by an improvised explosive device that went off as they searched a house north of Baquba.
www.voanews.com/english/2008-01-05-voa8.cfm
 
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Report: U.S. soldiers killed by Iraqi beat pregnant woman :
 
The Iraqi soldier who shot dead two U.S. soldiers opened fire because their unit refused to stop beating a pregnant woman, a hardline Sunni group said in its website Saturday night.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-01/06/content_7374949.htm
 
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McCain: ‘I Dont Think Americans Are Concerned’ If We Stay In Iraq For ‘10,000 Years’:
 
The point is it’s American casualties. We’ve go to get American’s off the frontlines, have the Iraqis as part of the strategy, take over more and more of the responsibilities
snipurl.com/1wqm6
 
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3 Civilians among 4 killed by Israeli occupation forces:
 
Palestinian hospital officials said three of the dead in the al-Bureij refugee camp were civilians – a woman, an 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old youth. The fourth was a Hamas gunman killed in battle with the Israelis.
snipurl.com/1wqm9
 
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Report: Israeli military courts automatically convict Palestinians :
 
Israel’s military court system for Palestinian suspects in the West Bank produces almost automatic convictions, an Israeli human rights group charged Sunday.
snipurl.com/1wqma
 
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Report: FBI translator says Israel planted nuclear ‘moles’ in U.S.:
 
The Times also says that Edmonds had claimed there were “senior officials in the Pentagon” who had provided assistance to Israeli and Turkish agents.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/942027.html
 
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Dimona Reactor… a Mystery Threatening Middle East:
 
“The Israeli nuclear reactor of Dimona is vulnerable to meltdown, like the Russian reactor of Chernobyl two decades ago, which caused a humanitarian and ecological catastrophe
www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0309/S00228.htm
 
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Manufacturing Consent For War With Iran:
 
Israel warns of Iranian missile peril for Europe:
 
Iran is developing nuclear missiles capable of reaching beyond its enemies in the Middle East to Europe, President George Bush will be warned when he visits Israel and the Palestinian territories for the first time since entering the White House.
snipurl.com/1wqmc
 
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Hamas official says Bush’s Mideast visit will be about Iran, not peace:
 
U.S. President George W. Bush’s upcoming visit to the Middle East is not about pushing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process forward but will instead focus on Iran, a senior Hamas official said Sunday
snipurl.com/1wqmd
 
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Bush to propose ME plan to “combat” Iran:
 
In his weekly radio address, Bush said that curtailing Iran’s “aggressive ambitions” will be one of the key aims of his trip to the region this week.
snipurl.com/1wqmh
 
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Iran says United States failing in Middle East:
 
Iran accused the United States on Sunday of interfering in the Middle East after President George W. Bush said he would press allies to help keep Iran’s “aggressive ambitions” in check during a regional trip this week.
africa.reuters.com/wire/news/usnL06458767.html
 
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Egyptian minister skeptical of U.S aid:
 
Egypt’s foreign minister restated his refusal to preconditions linked to a U.S. aid package the minister says is tied to a U.S.-based Israeli lobby.
snipurl.com/1wqmj
 
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al-Qaida’s American Seeks Bush Attacks:
 
Al-Qaida’s American spokesman called on the terror network’s fighters to greet President Bush with “bombs and booby-trapped vehicles” when he visits the Middle East later this week, according to a video posted Sunday.
www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSL06492264
 
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In case you missed it:
 
Bush-Truly not concerned about bin Laden :
 
In response to a reporters question, President Bush tells the world that he is “truly not that concerned” with catching the man who murdered 3,000 Americans just six months and two days earlier because “we’ve marginalized him.”
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PGmnz5Ow-o
 
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NATO says two civilians killed in Afghanistan :
 
Two civilians, one a child, were found dead and five others wounded after a clash between insurgents and NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said Sunday
snipurl.com/1wqmq
 
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US military ‘not welcome in Pakistan’:
 
PAKISTAN reacted angrily today to reports that US President George W Bush is considering covert military operations in the country’s volatile tribal areas bordering Afghanistan
snipurl.com/1wqmr
 
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Hillary seems to raise possibility of nuking terrorist ‘safe havens’:
 
Sen. Hillary Clinton, finding herself in an unexpectedly close race with freshman Sen. Barack Obama, flexed her national security muscles in Saturday night’s Democratic debate, raising the possibility of loosing nuclear weapons on countries that harbor terrorists who plot a nuclear attack on the US.
snipurl.com/1wqmt
 
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Taliban commander refuses dismissal order:
 
A key Taliban commander reportedly kicked out of the militia believes the dismissal order is a conspiracy against him and has not been signed off by Taliban leader Mullah Omar, his spokesman said Sunday.
snipurl.com/1wqoq
 
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Expelled British envoys tried to turn Taliban chief:
 
TWO British diplomats expelled from Afghanistan over the Christmas holiday were trying to “turn” a senior Taliban commander, it has emerged.
www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3137692.ece
 
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UK: Nuclear alert: PM’s bribe boosts dumping of waste :
 
Secret deal will be followed by £1bn move to find long-term disposal facility for the most dangerous radioactive waste, so securing the future of nuclear power plants.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article3312836.ece
 
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Watchdog Faults IMF Loan Conditions:
 
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) continues to burden its borrowers with superfluous demands despite efforts to streamline loans, an internal watchdog has found.
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=40686
 
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Car dealers close as Ford, GM, Chrysler keep cutting:
 
Having shuttered factories and eliminated hundreds of thousands of automaking jobs, Ford Motor f, General Motors gm and Chrysler are now turning their attention to weeding out weaker dealers in bigger metro markets.
abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=4078401&page=1 

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NEWS FOR 01/05/08
 
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Iraqi soldier shot dead two U.S. servicemen :
 
An Iraqi soldier opened fire on U.S. troops during a joint patrol in the northern city of Mosul on December 26, killing two and wounding three others along with a civilian interpreter, Iraqi and U.S. officials said on Saturday.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080105/ts_nm/iraq_usa_soldiers_dc_4
 
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Iraqi soldier “Caesar” killed three American soldiers :
 
Because they kicked and beat a pregnant woman
snipurl.com/1wqoy
 
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Vengeance, Blackwater Style:
 
US Military and Western Mainstream Media trying to conceal War Crimes committed in Fallujah
www.thepeoplesvoice.org/cgi-bin/blo
gs/voices.php/2008/01/05/p22346

 
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Rice and Gates divided over Iran:
 
The State Department strategy recognizes that the Mahdi Army, which poses the main threat to the George W Bush administration’s plan to maintain an indefinite US military presence in the country, is too strong to be suppressed by US or Iraqi military forces. And it would seek an end to the accusations against Iran regarding Iraqi Shi’ite militias that have been issued regularly by US civilian and military officials throughout 2007.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JA05Ak02.html
 
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Iran Ready to Repel Any Invasion :
 
“This peace-loving nation would humiliate any aggressor, regardless of its size and level so that it won’t even think of aggression again,” Khamenei was quoted as saying by state media during a visit to the central city of Yazd
www.alalam.ir/english/en-NewsPage.asp?
newsid=031030120080104231504

 
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Why U.S. strategy on Iran is crumbling:
 
The Gulf has moved away from American arguments for isolating Iran. American policymakers need to do the same.
www.csmonitor.com/2008/0104/p09s03-coop.html
 
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Iranian bank shrugs off cost of US sanctions:
 
In an interview with the Financial Times, Hamid Borhani said that of 600 foreign banks that used to do business with Bank Saderat before the US imposed sanctions in September 2006, some 200 had halted their transactions
www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7422c7a0-baf4-11dc-9fbc-0000779fd2ac.html
 
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Iran still a threat, Bush tells Israeli TV:
 
An Iranian attack on Israel isn’t imminent but Iran remains dangerous, U.S. President George Bush said in an interview with an Israeli TV station broadcast Saturday, days before Bush is slated to begin a Mideast visit.
www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/01/05/africa/ME-GEN-Israel-Bush.php
 
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Bush: U.S. would defend Israel from Iranian strike :
 
A recent U.S. intelligence report positing that Iran suspended its nuclear weapons program in 2003 did not mean that Iran no longer poses a danger, because Iran can restart the program or use its civilian nuclear program for military purposes, Bush told Israel’s Channel 2 TV.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/941778.html
 
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Israeli occupation forces kill 2 members of the Palestinian resistance in northern Gaza Strip :
 
Israeli occupation force soldiers shot at two armed militants in the northern Gaza Strip Saturday. Both were confirmed hit.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3490652,00.html
 
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Poll: 81 percent of Israelis back increasing IDF targeted killings :
 
A vast majority – 81 percent – of Israelis support increasing the targeted killings of Palestinian militants, according to a poll administered by Tel Aviv University’s “Peace Index” survey.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/941792.html
 
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Thousands protest Gaza seige in Nazarath:
 
Thousands of Arab Israelis marched through the streets of Nazareth on Saturday in protest against Israel’s sealing-off of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip
snipurl.com/1wqp7
 
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Olmert admits Israel failed to keep pledge:
 
Israel has failed to keep its pledge to stop enlarging Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert acknowledged in an interview published yesterday, addressing a criticism he expects to hear next week from President George W. Bush.
snipurl.com/1wqpa
 
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7 civilians killed as Pak army targets militants:
 
At least seven civilians were killed overnight as artillery shells fired by security forces missed militants’ position and landed in a residential area in Pakistan’s restive north-west valley of Swat, media reports said on Saturday.
snipurl.com/1wqpc
 
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Musharraf blames Bhutto for her death: .
 
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf conceded that a gunman may have shot Benazir Bhutto, but said the opposition leader exposed herself to danger and bore responsibility for her death, CBS News said Saturday.
snipurl.com/1wqpe
 
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Sharif loses cool during interview, aides seize tape:
 
Former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif lost his cool during an interview when asked about an alleged “deal” with the government for the dropping of his prison term and his aides seized the videotapes of the interaction, a TV channel claimed here.
snipurl.com/1wqph
 
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US Deaths in Afghanistan, Region :
 
As of Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at least 406 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Defense Department.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-7199776,00.html
 
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Padilla Sues Ex-Bush Official Over Memos:
 
The lawsuit claims that John Yoo, a former senior Justice Department official, wrote several legal memos that led President Bush to designate Padilla as an enemy combatant shortly after the U.S. citizen was arrested in May 2002 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on suspicion of “involvement in an al-Qaida plot.”
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,,-7199236,00.html
 
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2 election workers get 18 months for rigging presidential recount:
 
A judge suspicious of more corruption pressed two former election board workers to tell what they know and then sentenced them today to the maximum 18 months in prison for rigging the 2004 presidential election recount to make their job easier.
toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?
AID=/20070313/NEWS24/70313029

 
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Can You Count on Voting Machines? :
 
As the primaries start in New Hampshire this week and roll on through the next few months, the erratic behavior of voting technology will once again find itself under a microscope.
www.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/magazine/06Vote-t.
html?_r=3&oref=slogin&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

 
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What will we do if big two go bust?:
 
They don’t know it, but taxpayers stand to lose billions as the housing bubble bursts. And in a bipartisan effort to “do something” to save the housing market, President Bush and the Democratic Congress appear set to put taxpayers on the hook for billions more.
www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/
bal-op.fannie04jan04,0,1654729.story

 
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Recession fears stoke political debate:
 
With the latest numbers on jobs growth showing the U.S. economy deteriorating more rapidly than expected, the threat of a recession – and the measures needed to revive growth – has taken on a larger political profile.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22476544/
 
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‘War Profiteer’ Gets ‘Bulletproof’ Bail Terms:
 
Released on $400 Million Bond: David Brooks, the founder of a manufacturer of bulletproof vests for U.S. troops in Iraq, has been called a “war profiteer” by critics, was recently charged by the U.S. government with defrauding shareholders and, according to that indictment, allegedly spent $10 million in company funds on his daughter’s Bat Mitzvah.
blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2008/01/war-profiteer-g.html
 

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