Information Clearing House  Digest February 26-29 2004
Date: 29 Feb 2004

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301 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Aristide Flees Haiti; Judge Claims Power:

Haiti's beleaguered President Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned and flew into exile Sunday. Gunfire crackled throughout the capital as it fell into chaos, and the United States said international peacekeepers ˜ including Americans ˜ would be deployed soon.
tinyurl.com/3ytv2

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U.S. Marines to Go to Haiti to Keep Order:

The State Department announced on Sunday that U.S. Marines were being sent to Haiti to help keep order in the chaotic Caribbean nation and said other countries also will join an international force.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4462619

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Hands-off policy toward Haiti is simply wrong:

By refusing President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's pleas for international help, the Bush administration has made it clear it is siding with a group of rebels.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/8067873.htm

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Estonian Soldier Killed in Iraq:

An Estonian soldier trying to defuse a roadside bomb was shot and killed by insurgents in Iraq, an Estonian government spokesman said today.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2590612

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Clare Short: Was Attorney General leant on to sanction war? :

In her own words, the former cabinet minister questions the legality of conflict
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5785.htm

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Revealed: Attorney General changed his advice on legality of Iraq war:

Lord Goldsmith believed that a 'further UN resolution was needed'. Blair under increasing pressure to publish full legal case for Iraq war
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=496269

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US told UK Attorney General to alter legal advice on Iraq war:

The attorney general initially told Tony Blair that an invasion of Iraq would be illegal without a new resolution from the United Nations and only overturned his advice when Washington ordered Downing Street to find legal advice which would justify the war.
www.sundayherald.com/40318

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Army chiefs feared Iraq war illegal just days before start :

Britain's Army chiefs refused to go to war in Iraq amid fears over its legality just days before the British and American bombing campaign was launched.
observer.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12239,1158859,00.html

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Beware smoking Guns :

While the legal basis for war with Iraq remains a secret, Tony Blair is one leak away from resignation
observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,6903,1158635,00.html

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The whistleblower, the loose cannon and the case for war:

A week that began with extraordinary and embarrassing revelations about British spying at the UN in the run-up to the Iraq war has ended with the far more damaging suspicion that the Government is attempting to withhold evidence that may reveal there was no legal justification for the invasion in the first place.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5787.htm

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Rebel MP vows: I'll take Blair with me:

RENEGADE British MP Clare Short has vowed to topple Prime Minister Tony Blair if she is forced to quit amid an outcry over her sensational claims that Western intelligence agencies bugged the office of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in the lead-up to the war in Iraq.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,8829432%255E2703,00.html

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Translated from Libération (Paris): Espionage:

"Plumers" And Big Ears: Planting microphones and eavesdropping are common practices
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5784.htm

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In case you missed it:

Revealed: US dirty tricks to win vote on Iraq war:

Secret document details American plan to bug phones and emails of key Security Council members
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1783.htm

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Iraqi National Congress faces growing number of investigations:

The Iraqi National Congress, long championed by officials at the White House, Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, is facing a growing number of investigations into its provision of bogus intelligence on Iraq and whether some of its members may have tried to cash in on the fall of Saddam Hussein.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/8060399.htm

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In Iraq, America Gets The Opposite Of Its Wish:

The United Nations is about to save the Americans from themselves in Iraq. In doing so, ironically and most embarrassingly, at the same time as revelations that Britain and America spied on the U.N. secretary-general and U.N. diplomats in the weeks leading up to the invasion of Iraq.
tinyurl.com/24qw2

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A Family in Baghdad: Blog:

The power in the US is in the hands of the wealthy and these like to direct things according to their interests and destroy everything in their path. We and the American public will be the losing victims.
afamilyinbaghdad.blogspot.com/

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Tariq Ali: The price of occupying Iraq:

The whole world knows that US President George Bush and British PM Tony Blair lied to justify the war, but do they know the price being paid on the ground in Iraq?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5789.htm

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British army to face Iraq lawsuits:

Britain's Ministry of Defence is facing a series of lawsuits relating to the deaths of civilians killed by British troops in southern Iraq.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7236F10A-86E8-4A2C-AD52-AF75EE853B44.htm

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UK: Officers failed us in Iraq, say soldiers:

The most notorious example of the planning failures involved the death of Sgt Steve Roberts, who died after he was ordered to hand over his body armour to an infantry soldier.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/02/29/nmod29.xml

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'I've gotta get out of this country':

It is a sentiment shared by the thousands of American soldiers who are nearing the end of their year-long duty in Iraq and preparing to make way for fresh units.
tinyurl.com/36fcu

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Video: Hot Talk: Karen Kwiatkowski:

The retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. discusses policy decisions leading to the Iraq war. "Reality has never been a constraint" to Neoconservatives. "They are not the kind of people that America as a nation are proud of."
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5790.htm

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Iraq more than Bush bargained for :

The best laid plans of mice and men . . . And of generals and secretaries of defense. . . No one has ever wanted a long war. Those who start wars assume that they will win quickly and easily.
www.suntimes.com/output/greeley/cst-edt-greel27.html

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Zbigniew Brzezinski: A geostrategy for Eurasia :

Eurasia is the world's axial supercontinent. A power that dominated Eurasia would exercise decisive influence over two of the world's three most economically productive regions, – What happens with the distribution of power on the Eurasian landmass will be of decisive importance to America's global primacy and historical legacy.
www.comw.org/pda/fulltext/9709brzezinski.html

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Dom Stasi: The Sword Of Damoclese:

"This should be of profound concern to every U.S. citizen. The officers and program managers involved in developing the antimissile system have taken oaths to defend the nation. Yet they have concealed from the American people and Congress the fact that a weapon system paid for by hard-earned tax dollars to defend our country cannot work." — Theodore Postol, professor of science, technology, and national security policy at MIT.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5791.htm

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U.S. escalates its pursuit of bin Laden:

The Central Intelligence Agency has moved at least two unmanned aerial vehicles, both armed with Hellfire missiles, from Iraq to Afghanistan, and that the military's Central Command is moving an unspecified number of special forces soldiers from Iraq to Afghanistan.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/8068466.htm

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Eric Margolis: Campaign checklist – first, find Osama … :

Bush must find al-Qaida leader before November election
www.canoe.ca/Columnists/margolis_feb29.html

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Maureen Dowd: Sorry, Right Number:

After trying to kill the commission and then trying to put Dr. Strangelove-Kissinger in charge, President Bush and Dick Cheney have done their best to hamper the panel that's the best hope of the 9/11 widows, widowers and orphans to get justice.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5786.htm

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Giuliani: Bush's dream ticket :

US PRESIDENT George Bush is ready to pull off the biggest shock of this year‚s election campaign by naming Rudy Giuliani as his running mate at the Republican convention in Manhattan in September.
scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=237002004

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Serving Two Flags: Neo-Cons, Israel and the Bush Administration:

Appointees should be rejected who have demonstrated, in their previous government service, a willingness to sacrifice U.S. national security interests for those of another country, or an inability to distinguish one from the other.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5788.htm

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Three Palestinians killed in Israeli strike:

An Israeli aircraft hit a car in Gaza, killing three people and wounding at least 15 others, medical workers said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0BE94D40-403F-4769-94B3-A55C765AA433.htm

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U.S. has lost its moral right to preach:

Look who's preaching to Israel: Last Wednesday, the U.S. State Department released its annual report on the state of human rights around the world. The chapter devoted to Israel makes the usual detailed and gloomy reading.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/399256.html

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Why Israel boycotted the International Court hearing on West Bank wall:

Israel‚s refusal to appear before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) hearing on the West Bank security wall demonstrates its longstanding contempt for the United Nations and flouting of international law.
www.wsws.org/articles/2004/feb2004/isra-f28.shtml

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Chavez Supporters Protest U.S. Meddling, Reject Vote:

Tens of thousands of supporters of President Hugo Chavez marched on Sunday to protest what they criticized as U.S. meddling and rally support for the leftist leader as he battles an opposition referendum challenge.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4462577

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Kiss your taxless Net goodbye:

An effort by states to collect sales taxes on cyber purchases is likely to unleash a tax onslaught.
money.cnn.com/2004/02/25/commentary/wastler/wastler/index.htm?cnn=yes

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Date: 27 Feb 2004

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299 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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U.S. forces to pull out from Baghdad:

A senior U.S. army commander in Iraq said U.S. forces will be pulled out from Baghdad gradually as of the beginning of April.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040226-104839-2860r.htm

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Shiite cleric calls for Iraq elections by year's end:

In a statement from his office in Najaf, Grand Ayatollah Ali al Husseini al Sistani said he would accept the assumption of power by an unelected administration when the United States returns sovereignty to Iraqis on June 30, but he called for a U.N. Security Council resolution to guarantee that elections would be held soon afterward.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/8049364.htm

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Bush to Limit Interview with 9/11 Panel to an Hour:

The panel investigating the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States will get one hour to ask President Bush what he knew about events leading up to the suicide airline hijackings, the White House said on Friday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4456767&section=news

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Senate Panel Presses Bush On War's Plan:

Faced with a refusal by the Bush administration to provide certain documents related to prewar intelligence on Iraq, the Senate intelligence committee voted in a closed session on Thursday to move toward a possible subpoena
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5781.htm

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Uncle Sugar:

George W. Bush, his family and their silky ilk — the higher hustlers, in search of easy money — have used bloodshed, hatred and deceit to turn public policy, and public treasuries, into engines of private gain. War profiteering is inevitable, inescapable — even laudable — in the waking nightmare of corruption and death they've helped foist upon the world.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5778.htm

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In case you missed it:

Exposed: The Carlyle Group:

Shocking documentary uncovers the subversion of Americas democracy. I defy you to watch this 48 minute documentary and not be outraged about the depth of corruption and deceit within the highest ranks of our government and the first family.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3995.htm

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A lesson in 'disappearing the dead' :

Since casualties are inevitable, special pains must be taken to explain them away. But how to do so? The Bush administration has taken spin to a new level.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5777.htm

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Report: Disappearing the Dead: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Idea of a "New Warfare":

War and Perception: the battle to enable American power.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5776.htm

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Audio: Scott Ritter Press Conference:

In the wide ranging and hard hitting press conference, Ritter described and denounced major media's role in deceiving the American people into war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5780.htm

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Baghdad Burning: Angry Arabs and American Media…:.

I wish everyone could see Al-Hurra- the new 'unbiased' news network started by the Pentagon. The news and reports are so completely biased, they only lack George Bush and Condi Rice as anchors.
riverbendblog.blogspot.com/2004_02_01_riverbendblog_archive.html#107766142597313625

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When the Punch Line is War:

If you take George W. Bush at his word – a dubious and risky prospect, at best – in the space of twenty-four hours he made it clear he has more respect for the sanctity of marriage than for the sanctity of human life.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5779.htm

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Who'll spend $18.6 billion?:

Charles A. Krohn, the U.S. Army's top civilian public affairs officer, is back at the Pentagon after three months in Baghdad. Krohn now provides the details of a nearly successful money-grab by Washington-based agencies.
www.townhall.com/columnists/robertnovak/rn20040226.shtml

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US 'may hold cleared detainees':

Pentagon officials have confirmed that Guantanamo detainees may still be kept in detention, even if they are found not guilty by a military tribunal.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3487958.stm

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UN chief stood in way of war plans :

In the last few weeks before the invasion of Iraq it became clear that President George Bush, with Tony Blair in tow, was bent on war – and one of the key people standing in his way was the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1157528,00.html

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Duplicity, evasions – but no answers :

The revelations of Katharine Gun should not have come as too big a surprise. After all, we have come to expect the worst of our security services when they are guided by men and women of little principle. Yet when we bug our allies to undermine them at the UN, we are plumbing new depths.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/comment/0,12956,1157482,00.html

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Spying On UN Sec General Part Of Larger Campaign To Undermine UN Missions In Iraq
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5774.htm

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Blix's phone tapped: sources:

The British or US intelligence services monitored former United Nations chief weapons inspector Hans Blix's mobile phone whenever he was in Iraq, sources have told the ABC.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1054505.htm

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How Britain and the US keep watch on the world:

Nothing politically or militarily significant, whether mentioned in a telephone call, in a conversation in the office of the secretary general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, or in a company fax or e-mail, escapes its attention.
news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=495514

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Britain's spying shame:

Fury at claims Britain spied on UN: There was speculation at Westminster last night that the bugging was carried out by American security services but that Mr Blair did not wish to say so for fear of upsetting the Bush administration.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=495525

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Australian spy circle tied to UN bugging:

Australia was privy to the phone-tapping operation on the United Nations figures Kofi Annan and Hans Blix before the Iraq war, receiving transcripts under the intelligence-sharing arrangement with the US and Britain.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/02/27/1077676969778.html

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Powell Questions Aristide Tenure in Haiti :

Secretary of State Colin Powell on Thursday openly questioned whether President Jean-Bertrand Aristide can continue to serve effectively as Haiti's leader.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3794412,00.html

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Kerry says U.S. fueled conflict in Haiti:

John Kerry is pointing to the worsening crisis in Haiti as an example of failed Bush administration foreign policy.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/politics/8054087.htm

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Bush, Call Off Your Dogs!:

In willful ignorance and with every bad intention, the U.S. corporate media ask the ridiculous question, Should the US intervene in Haiti, or not? The bloody answer screams back from the Haitian mountains and cities: Washington has already intervened militarily in Haiti, through its surrogates‚ armed invasion from the Dominican Republic.
www.blackcommentator.com/79/79_haiti_dogs.html

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Haiti: Different Coup, Same Paramilitary Leaders:

For a closer look at what is happening right now on the ground in Haiti, we look back at the involvement of the U.S. in the 1991-1994 coup period with veteran investigative journalist Allan Nairn who broke a number of stories that proved the direct links between US intelligence agencies and Haitian paramilitary death squads in the early 1990s.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/02/26/1612211

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Washington's Hand Against Democracy in Haiti:

Who will come to the support of the Haitian people under siege, in this, Haiti's 200th anniversary from European enslavement? Where are the voices for human rights and Haitian democracy in the U.S?
www.blackcommentator.com/79/79_haiti_laurent.html

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Truth and the cold warrior:

We can only hope that there is power in truth, and that the American people will take off their blinders, escape their apathy and demand that this administration be held responsible for its lies. We then need to uncover the lies that have become part of our national story and to rewrite our textbooks to reveal the truth
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5772.htm

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Video: "The Panama Deception" :

This film shows how the U.S. attacked Panama and killed 3 or 4 thousand people in an invasion that the rest of the world was against. (Sound familiar?) It won the Academy Award for best documentary.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4078.htm

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Bush Tightens Rules on Travel to Cuba :

President Bush tightened U.S. travel restrictions against Cuba on Thursday, a move likely to strengthen his election-year standing in politically important Florida and heighten tensions with Fidel Castro's communist regime.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3794513,00.html

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In case you missed it:

The Bush dynasty and the Cuban criminals :

The brother of President George Bush, the Florida governor, Jeb Bush, has been instrumental in securing the release from prison of militant Cuban exiles convicted of terrorist offences, according to a new book. The Bush family has also accommodated the demands of Cuban exile hardliners in exchange for electoral and financial support, the book suggests.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5773.htm

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In case you missed it:

Operation Northwoods: Acts of terrorism that never happened:

In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3140.htm

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In case you missed it:

The U.S. Iran-Contra Secret Government Rears its Ugly Head in Today‚s Bush Administration: The repercussions of Iran-Contra did not stop in the 1980s. American taxpayers are still paying for all of the banks and S&Ls that failed due to the fraud. Americans are still financing the illegal and immoral adventures in the Middle East and Latin America of this "secret government,"
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2976.htm

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The Oliver North File:

His Diaries, E-Mail, and Memos on the Kerry Report, Contras and Drugs
www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB113/index.htm

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Jakarta accuses US over human rights report:

The Indonesian Government says a US State Department report critical of its human rights record last year is "totally without credibility".
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/27/1077676961394.html

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State Department Report on Human Rights "Missing an Entry on the US," According to over 100 US Human Rights Groups
www.ushrnetwork.org/page3.cfm

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In case you missed it:

Video: Take No Prisoners:

Another proud moment in U.S. Military History. U.S. Marines execute an Iraqi to the cheers of fellow marines
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5365.htm

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U.S. Won't Sign Anti-Land Mine Treaty::

The Bush administration will not join the 150 nations that have signed an anti-land mine treaty.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3795750,00.html

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Two Russian Agents Charged With Killing Chechen Leader Zelimkhan Yanderbiyev:

Yanderbiyev, whose extradition from Qatar had been demanded by Moscow, was killed in a bomb attack on his car in Doha Friday, February 13.
www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-02/26/article08.shtml

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Russia demands release of agents from Qatar:

Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said on Thursday that three Russian intelligence agents had been arrested in Qatar on suspicion of involvement in the killing of former separatist Chechen president Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, and he flatly rejected the allegation.
jang.com.pk/thenews/feb2004-daily/27-02-2004/world/w13.htm

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Moscow's terminators retain their deadly skills :

The killers of the former KGB have not been idle since the Cold War when they and their Eastern bloc allies strolled the streets of European capitals meting out summary justice.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/
02/27/wqatar127.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/02/27/ixworld.html

tinyurl.com/33zax

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Reagan approved sabotage to wreck Soviet economy:

In 1982, US president Ronald Reagan approved a CIA plan to sabotage the Soviet Union's economy through covert transfers of technology that contained hidden malfunctions, including software that later triggered a huge explosion in a gas pipeline, according to a former White House official.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/27/1077676960916.html

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U.S. Grand Strategy In East Asia :

It doesn't have any oil. Its economy has practically bottomed out. The population is a mere 22 million, a significant portion of whom are malnourished. Why on earth is the United States so fixated on regime change in North Korea?
www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2004-02/21feffer.cfm

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New Dominionist Bill Limits the Supreme Court's Jurisdiction:

We wrote about it before it happened, we called them by their own name, Dominionists, and we told you that Dominionists in Congress were about to fire their first guns for reformation of the American government.
www.yuricareport.com/Dominionism/ConstitutionRestorationAct.htm

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The New Messiahs: T

his is not a „conspiracy theory‰; it is the recording of the actual conspiracy˜the actual plans of how a group of ambitious religious leaders became purveyors of a new and secular fundamentalism whose political beliefs are now being enacted to the detriment of all Americans.
www.yuricareport.com/Art%20Essays/The%20New%20Messiahs%20Excerpts.htm

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The end of the world:

When David got home from school, the third grader looked everywhere for his mom and sisters. They couldn't be found in the house or the yard. Suddenly the youngster panicked. What he'd been taught in church must have happened – they'd disappeared in the "rapture," and he'd been "left behind."
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0218/p11s01-lire.html

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Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism :

If my email is any indication, a goodly number of folks wonder if they're living in America in 2003 or Germany in 1933. All this emphasis on nationalism, the militarization of society, identifying The Leader as the nation, a constant state of fear and anxiety heightened by the authorities, repressive laws that shred constitutional guarantees of due process, wars of aggression launched on weaker nations, etc. etc.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5775.htm

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Video: Despotism & Democracy :

Measures how a society ranks on a spectrum stretching from democracy to despotism. Explains how societies and nations can be measured by the degree that power is concentrated and respect for the individual is restricted. Where does your community, state and nation stand on these scales?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4971.htm

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Investigation Zeroes in on DeLay's PAC :

Prosecutors want to know whether $152,000 in payments amounted to influence-buying, and whether DeLay's PAC, Texans for a Republican Majority, was used to violate campaign finance law in other ways as well.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3794440,00.html

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Mass layoffs set record in January:

There were more mass layoffs in January in the United States than in any previous January for the nine-years that such records have been kept.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040226-040956-6165r.htm

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Congress abandons millions of jobless:

Over 8 million workers are unemployed. In December, 1.9 million workers had been unemployed for 26 weeks or more. Two million unemployed stand to exhaust their benefits by June, the largest number in history
www.pww.org/article/articleview/4839/1/204

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'Alan Greenspan, class warrior':

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told lawmakers on Wednesday that Congress should extend the cuts indefinitely ˆ at a cost of $1.5 trillion over the next ten years ˆ and pay for it by slashing Social Security.
www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=17969

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Billionaires bounce back: Economy, euro fatten net worths:

"After two years of significantly falling fortunes, we really saw an uptick for just about everybody on the list," said Luisa Kroll, an associate editor who oversaw the project.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2422831

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The Untold Story Of The Great Land Grab:

Israel is once again mixing apples and oranges when it declares that the deplorable suicide attack in Jerusalem this week is the reason for building the separation, or more aptly, the apartheid wall and the Palestinian case against the wall. This is a cover-up for a major land grab.
www.gulfnews.com/Articles/opinion.asp?ArticleID=112125

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Robin Hood, meet Mr. Sharon:

Call it Operation Robin Hood. On Wednesday, Israeli troops invaded the Palestinian city of Ramallah. Aided by two computer experts they had detained the night before, the Israelis entered two branches of the Arab Bank and a branch of the Cairo Amman bank and emptied their vaults.
www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TP
Story/LAC/20040227/COKUTTAB27//?query=daoud

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Date: 26 Feb 2004

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298 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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White House's limits upset 9/11 panel :

President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have placed strict limits on the private interviews they will grant to the federal commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/02/26/MNGQN58I701.DTL

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Rice refuses panel's request to testify publicly about 9/11:

The federal commission reviewing the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks expressed disappointment Wednesday with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice's refusal to testify in public.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2420656

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9/11 panelist may quit over Bush secrecy :

Frustrated by Bush administration restrictions, a former senator said yesterday he might quit the special commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
www.nydailynews.com/news/wn_report/story/168092p-146920c.html

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Bush misused Iraq WMD report to justify war: Kay :

"Politicians don't go around picking their weakest arguments," Kay said.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/articleshow?msid=520810

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U.K. spied on UN chief:

Report: British intelligence agents spied on United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan in the run up to the Iraq war, a former member of Prime Minister Tony Blair's cabinet said today
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1077793867059&call_pageid=968332188854&col=968350060724

tinyurl.com/37d47

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UK: Spy case casts fresh doubt on war legality :

Dramatic new evidence pointing to serious doubts in the government about the legality of the war in Iraq was passed to government lawyers shortly before they abandoned the prosecution of the GCHQ whistleblower Katharine Gun.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1156540,00.html

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UN calls British spying on Annan illegal:

The United Nations has termed as illegal Britain's spying on its chief Kofi Annan in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8AB4B6BF-AF6A-4E5B-AD7E-9C5E8B5C4498.htm

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UK: How a US bugging operation was exposed by one lone whistleblower :

Katharine Gun's, arrest for disclosing an unethical – and potentially illegal – US-British bugging operation against friendly countries raises new questions about the events running up to the Iraq war, the behaviour of the intelligence services, and the validity of the legal advice given by the attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, to the government.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1156475,00.html

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The spy who wouldn't keep a secret :

The email, was marked "top secret". As much of the world now knows, it requested British help with what amounted to a dirty tricks campaign: a plan for the bugging of offices and homes in New York belonging to UN diplomats
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1156452,00.html

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In case you missed it:

US plan to bug Security Council: The text: Online document:

The text of the memorandum detailing the US plan to bug the phones and emails of key Security Council members
observer.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12239,905954,00.html

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Spying and Evasions of American Journalism :

Tony Blair and George W. Bush want the issue of spying at the United Nations to go away. That‚s one of the reasons the Blair government ended its prosecution of whistleblower Katharine Gun on Wednesday.
www.williambowles.info/media/evasions.html

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An Unholy Alliance of Spooks:

A dark underside to the ongoing cooperation between British and American spy agencies ˆ an alliance that could subvert the constitutional protections of citizens.
www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=17913

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Ukraine Stops Man With Uranium:

Ukrainian border guards stopped a man trying to take nuclear bomb-making materials into Hungary on Tuesday, an official said.
www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2004/02/25/018.html

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Haiti's terrorists got a free pass:

Bush's moral indignation and crusading zeal were nowhere in evidence as Haiti fell prey to terror. Until yesterday, when Bush belatedly mused about despatching an international "security presence," Aristide's foes had a free pass to wreak mayhem.
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=
Article&cid=1077750607910&call_pageid=968256290204&col=968350116795

tinyurl.com/2kb4t

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'HAITI: Rhetoric versus reality:

In the scheme of things you wouldn't think a place as poor and as small as Haiti would be worth bothering with ˆ the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and now pretty well 'officially' a 'failed state'.
www.williambowles.info/ini/ini-0199.html

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More attacks in Iraq :

Iraqi police say a bomb planted in a police car parked outside a restaurant killed a police officer and injured eight other people.
www.kfor.com/Global/story.asp?S=1671160

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UN says Iraqi security is worsening:

The United Nations' special representative for Iraq says security has worsened since his previous visit to the country last July and this would keep the UN away.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6B46DD84-ED9D-4C91-803D-FB3C556F8E04.htm

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Dutch troops 'may not use guns in Iraq' :

The simmering controversy over the death of an Iraqi at the hands of a Dutch soldier grew on Wednesday as MPs demanded answers about a prosecution letter declaring that troops may not fire even warning shots in Iraq.
www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=19&story_id=5076

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U.N. Joins Debate Over Iraq Government :

Rather than breaking the impasse over how to form a new government, a much-awaited U.N. report has simply told the Iraqis it's up to them to determine how to form an administration to take power from the Americans on June 30.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3787312,00.html

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Demonstrations in southern Iraq over U-S selection of local leaders:

Along with violence, there's been a new wave of civil unrest in Iraq — as coalition leaders and Iraqi officials work to create a successful formula for establishing a new government.
www.fox6.com/news/world/story.aspx?content_id=CD62C217-B397-45D1-B67E-0450F3164EBA

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Mid-East conflict is fuelling support for terrorists: Jakarta:

Indonesian intelligence has warned of a threat posed by a "new Jemaah Islamiah", which it says is building support because of conflict in the Middle East.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/02/26/1077676842815.html

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Five Afghan civilians killed in ambush:

Five Afghan aid workers have been killed and two wounded in an ambush on a road north-east of Kabul. Another aid worker is still missing after Wednesday night's attack, said Interior Minister Ali Ahmad Jalali.
www.matamat.com/fullstory.php?gd=16&cd=2004-02-26

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Taliban Capture 15 Afghan Soldiers :

The Taliban have captured 15 Afghan soldiers along with two military vehicles in Zabol. The captured soldiers are considered prisoners of war.
paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=56209

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Rat Leaves Sinking Ship: (Sorry! I could not help myself: LOL: Tom )

Perle Resigns:

"We are now approaching a long presidential election campaign, in the course of which issues on which I have strong views will be widely discussed and debated," Perle wrote. "I would not wish those views to be attributed to you or the President at any time, and especially not during a presidential campaign."
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5767.htm

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Female GIs report rapes, assaults by fellow troops :

The U.S. military is facing the gravest accusations of sexual misconduct in years, with dozens of servicewomen in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere saying they were sexually assaulted or raped by fellow service members
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/02/26/MNGQN58L121.DTL

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New torture claim shows Arar's case isn't unique:

A Canadian citizen ˜ apparently innocent of any crime ˜ had been deported to Syria from the U.S. and tortured for 10 months. Yesterday, another Canadian citizen ˜ this one of Iraqi descent ˜ met reporters to tell his story of torture at the hands of the Syrians.
www.thestar.ca/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=
Article&cid=1077750609899&call_page=TS_World&call_pageid=968332188854&call_
pagepath=News/World&pubid=968163964505&StarSource=email

tinyurl.com/2el2r

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Second Canadian Details Torture in Syrian Prison:

"A Syrian official told me that I would not see the sun again," traumatized Canadian tells press conference.
www.montrealmuslimnews.net/syriantorture.htm

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Israeli army blocks entrance to Arafat HQ:

Israeli army jeeps have blocked entry to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah for the first time in a year, witnesses say.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=465114&section=news>

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Two Palestinians killed by IDF during anti-fence protest:

At least five of the injured Palestinians, including a 75-year-old man and a ten-year-old, were wounded by bullets. Dozens were hurt by teargas or were beaten by security forces. Three Border Police troops were lightly wounded in the clashes. Two were reportedly beaten by Palestinians and one was hit by a rock.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/398721.html

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Israeli nuclear arsenal a mystery to UN:

The extent of Israel's atomic weapons program is a mystery to the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the agency's chief said in an interview broadcast yesterday.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/25/1077676838996.html

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The Hole in the Doughnut :

It isn't that they hate our freedom, quite the contrary. It isn't that Islam is entering a clash of civilization with the West, that is nonsense. It isn't even that they think we're just seeking control of the world's number one petroleum source. That's a secondary factor at best. They see us as accomplices to a crime, and as lying in our teeth in our attempts to prove otherwise.
www.jerusalemites.org/articles/press/press1/1.htm

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Russia Tests New Wonder Weapon :

Russia has successfully tested a hypersonic anti-Star Wars weapon capable of penetrating any prospective missile shield, a senior general said.
www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,62350,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_7

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Canada seeking new treaty on space weapons:

Canada is trying to get the United States and other countries to agree to a treaty banning weapons in outer space.
www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040224.wxmissile24/BNStory/Front/

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Fight for Canadian drugs heats up:

Criminal inquiry urged in the U.S. : A growing coalition of U.S. governors, congressional leaders and local officials have upped the ante in their battle to win the right to import Canadian prescription drugs, calling for a criminal investigation into drug companies choking supplies to the Canadian market. www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1077664212609&call_pageid=968332188854&col=968350060724

tinyurl.com/yrj3g

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Illinois Couple Sues Over U.S. Drug Import Ban :

An elderly Illinois couple, saying they are unable to pay as much as $1,000 each month for prescriptions, plans to venture into the war over drug imports today by filing a lawsuit against the government, arguing it is unconstitutional to prevent them from purchasing life-saving drugs at a lower price in Canada.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5771.htm

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Drug Price Fight Heats Up:

A top priority for Democrats – and some Republicans – is repeal of the section of the measure that bars the Secretary of Health and Human Services (news – web sites) from directly negotiating with drugmakers for lower prices.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=571
&ncid=751&e=8&u=/nm/20040127/hl_nm/drug_prices_dc

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AARP Statement in Response to Greenspan's Proposal to Cut Future Social Security Benefits:

"Americans are not saving enough for retirement and half of Americans working today have no pension coverage. "
releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=143-02252004

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I need your help to offset the costs associated with site hosting and bandwidth usage. If you find this site informative please help by clicking here
www.informationclearinghouse.info/support.htm

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Slamming Entitlement:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt must be turning in his grave. Entitlement programs, hogwash. Medicare, phooey. Medicaid, who the hell cares? After-school programs, let them take care of themselves. Social Security, let Œem cake. The New Deal is a dead deal
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5768.htm

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In case you missed it:

Paul Krugman: Stating the Obvious:

The Financial Times suggests that "more extreme Republicans" actually want a fiscal train wreck: "Proposing to slash federal spending, particularly on social programs, is a tricky electoral proposition, but a fiscal crisis offers the tantalizing prospect of forcing such cuts through the back door."
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3541.htm

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In case you missed it:

A Form Of Looting": Der Spiegel, Interviews George A. Akerlof, co-winner of the Nobel Prize in economic sciences.

"Future generations and even people in ten years are going to face massive public deficits and huge government debt. Then we have a choice. We can be like a very poor country with problems of threatening bankruptcy. Or we're going to have to cut back seriously on Medicare and Social Security."
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4292.htm

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In case you missed it:

Bush Wants To Bankrupt America:

The plan is very simple, but not obvious on first blush. Make sure that all the money is gone from the U.S. treasury, make sure the deficits are so great that all social and educational programs are cut, increase the military and security budgets to "protect our nation" with all these monies going to corporations and security firms
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3977.htm

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How Americans Are Short-Changed as the Cronies Cash In:

How the Bush Administration shortchanges most Americans while benefiting major corporations:. President Bush and his Republican allies have taken at least $74 million in hard and soft money contributions from the drug industry since 2000. That's about $48,000 per day or $2,033 per hour, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to President Bush since 2000 – a hefty salary
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5766.htm

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Make Work:

Politicians contribute nothing. They provide no value to either work or money. They connive, extort, swindle and steal. When one immediately assumes these truths about politicians, the problems we as a society are experiencing are quickly understood. Let‚s look at how politicians sabotage the invisible hand of the free market
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5769.htm

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Trickle Down Outsourcing – A Brave New World:

Trickle-Down economics just isn't what it used to be. That $ trillion Bush pumped into the economy last year is trickling overseas. With cheap foreign labor, a new US tax code, trade policies and modern technology all encouraging US companies to expand overseas, why would US companies create jobs in the US?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5770.htm

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Where America's white-collar jobs go: It's not just India:

In 2003, US firms struck $119 billion worth of million-dollar-plus outsourcing deals – up 44 percent from 2002, according to Gartner, a research firm based in Stamford, Conn. In 2004, Gartner projects there will be 30 percent more US firms doing outsourcing than last year.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0226/p01s03-wogi.html

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Loss of good jobs hits Montanans hard :

Bush's trade and economic policy is creating jobs, but it's creating them in Shanghai, not in Forsyth or Miles City, Colstrip, or Glendive. Bush's trade agreements encourage U.S. companies to move overseas in search of cheaper labor.
www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=rednews/2004/02/26/build/opinion/40-guest.inc

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India: Strike hits banking, insurance sectors :

An estimated 50 million people ˜ including Government employees ˜ observed a nationwide general strike today, demanding a review of the Supreme Court judgment on the right to strike and reversal of the Government's economic policies.
www.thehindu.com/2004/02/25/stories/2004022504720100.htm

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Gas Prices Could Soar to $3 Per Gallon:

Experts predict prices will spike to record levels in a few months.
tv.ksl.com/index.php?nid=5&sid=77444

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The Impending World Oil Shortage:

Global oil production will probably reach a peak sometime during this decade. After the peak, the world's production of crude oil will fall, never to rise again. The slowdown in oil production may already be beginning; the current price fluctuations for crude oil and natural gas may be the preamble to a major crisis.
pup.princeton.edu/chapters/s7121.html

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Fire at Texas Mosque 'Intentionally Set':

The Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked federal law enforcement authorities for their quick action in investigating a fire at a Texas mosque that is believed to have been "intentionally set."
releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=130-02252004

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U.S. Muslim Runs For Congress:

He will vie in the March 2nd Primary against fellow Democrats Tom Lantos and Rohit Khanna.
www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-02/25/article02.shtml

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Spreading Western Values By The Sword:

Old European fables of Muslims spreading Islam by the sword are reinvented to convey the impression that Muslims are extremely dangerous, highly irresponsible and pay scant regard to human life. Hence the mantra of disarming Muslim countries of WMD has become the rallying cry of the West directed against the Muslim world.
www.world-crisis.com/more/437_0_1_0_M/

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Rome and Jerusalem revisited :

A crucial goal of Zionism since its inception was to transform European (and later other) Jews into European Christians culturally, while continuing to call them Jews.
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/678/op2.htm

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George Soros: Correcting The Misuse Of American Power":

You probably know George Soros as the wealthy financier that the Bush Cartel has targeted. In the eyes of the Bush oligarchy, Soros is a dangerous traitor. What are Soros' sins?
www.buzzflash.com/interviews/04/02/int04012.html

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In case you missed it: George Soros: Prophet of an "Open Society"

Let‚s take a closer look to see what is motivating Soros. – What of the NGOs Soros established and finances? Who are the other leaders of these groups? – Who are Soros‚s business partners at the Carlyle Group---one of the world‚s largest private equity funds, which makes most of this profit from defense contracts?
www.globalresearch.ca/articles/TAL307A.html

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