Information Clearing House  Digest March 8-13 2004
Date: 13 Mar 2004

„The Matrix,‰ Neo asks?

You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes; it is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.‰

And Neo asks, „What truth?‰

„That you are a slave Neo, like everyone else, you were born into bondage; born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch; a prison for your mind. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to experience it for yourself.‰
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314 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Explosion in Tikrit kills two, wounds four U.S. soldiers :

An explosion early Saturday in Saddam Hussein's hometown killed two American soldiers and wounded four, the U.S. military said.
www.boston.com/dailynews/072/world/Explosion_in_Tikrit_kills_two_:.shtml

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Iraqi Police Suspected of Killing U.S. Civilians:

Four Iraqi police were being held on suspicion of killing two American civilians and an Iraqi translator, all of whom worked for the U.S.-led administration, in an attack this week, a military spokesman said Friday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4558229

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Looking for signs of patriotism in America:

Remote war leaves many complacent about toll of conflict on those who serve. American soldiers are dying at the rate of roughly one a day in Iraq, more than 500 since the war began last March 19.
tinyurl.com/3f5ro

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Second Guantanamo Briton Tells of Beatings :

Concerns were mounting over human rights abuses at Guantanamo Bay today as another British former detainee said he suffered gunpoint interrogations and beatings.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2643835

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Australia Won't Fight for Detainees:

Two Australians are being held without charge by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay. But their government says it can't and won't bring them back for trial ˜ even though citizens of other countries have been sent home from the prison camp.
tinyurl.com/36yvy

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Al Jazeera Goes to Jail:

Once inside the sprawling prison, Hassan says, he was greeted by US soldiers who sang "Happy Birthday" to him through his tight plastic hood, stripped him naked and addressed him only as "Al Jazeera," "boy" or "bitch."
www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040329&s=parenti

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Spanish PM plays up politics of blame:

Finding ETA guilty would help Aznar win re-election
www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=6c28cf18-c924-4984-95e5-739e48afcd71

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ETA denies attacks as Spain grieves:

The Basque separatist group ETA has denied responsibility for the train bombings that killed nearly 200 people in Spain.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/DDCF4FF4-F277-45BD-9344-54F4FDB846CD.htm

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Der Spiegel: Spanish ambassadors told to spread ETA guilt theory:
www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,290496,00.html

Computer translation here.
tinyurl.com/2s3sd

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Homage to the dead:

Mr Bush has made his "war" a personal and a partisan one, when the response to al-Qaida should be neither.
www.guardian.co.uk/leaders/story/0,3604,1168548,00.html

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U.S. Unloading WMD in Iraq :

A reliable source from the Iraqi Governing Council, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Mehr News Agency that U.S. forces, with the help of British forces stationed in southern Iraq, had made extensive efforts to conceal their actions.
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=3/13/2004&Cat=4&Num=011

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US revealed to be secretly funding opponents of Chavez:

Washington has been channelling hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund the political opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez – including those who briefly overthrew the democratically elected leader in a coup two years ago.
informationclearinghouse.info/article5838.htm

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Through These Trees, I See Haiti's Murderous Army Reborn:

A mayor from northern Haiti currently in hiding says that the Haitian army is back in force, shooting people and burning homes. How could this happen, he asks — and where are they getting the all the heavy weaponry?
news.pacificnews.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=aa16f14906179637bcdc408755cce7e5

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Haiti "Leader" Slams Jamaica Over Aristide Visit:

Haiti's new leader fired a diplomatic broadside at Jamaica on Friday for allowing ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to visit, while U.S. and French troops came under renewed attack by gunmen.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4559901

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Canada detains Aristide's former security chief:

Canadian authorities have arrested Oriel Jean, the security chief to ousted Haitian leader Jean Bertrand Aristide, after he flew in from the Dominican Republic, an immigration official said yesterday.
tinyurl.com/2tfws

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How can you relate to evil, when your so good:

Cartoon
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Briton suspected of leading mercenaries in coup plot 'paid £100,000 for weapons':

A British man detained with 66 others in Harare on allegations of plotting a coup in Equatorial Guinea could face the death penalty under possible terrorism charges, Zimbabwean sources said yesterday.
news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/story.jsp?story=500702

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Rent-a-Coup: Who's Who:

The men behind the alleged Equatorial Guinea coup plot represent a who's who of South Africa's mercenary market – but key players also have links to the American and British security establishments.
allafrica.com/stories/200403120716.html

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Rocket attack kills one in Afghanistan:

Unidentified men fired at least two rockets overnight at a governor's house in Afghanistan's eastern Laghman province, killing one person, Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) reported today.
www.deepikaglobal.com/latestnews.asp?ncode=13758

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White House Intimidation:

A Brief History of Threats and Defamation: A look at the historical record shows that the Bush Administration has summarily fired, threatened, intimidated and defamed anyone who has had the courage to tell the truth about major policies facing America.
www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=37732

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FBI pushes for broadband wiretap powers:

A far-reaching proposal from the FBI, made public Friday, would require all broadband Internet providers, including cable modem and DSL companies, to rewire their networks to support easy wiretapping by police.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4515410/

Dom Stasi: George & Martha–

A Modern Twist On The Same Old Story
informationclearinghouse.info/article5837.htm

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Rumsfeld Kept 9-11 Souvenir:

The Justice Department investigation that criticized FBI agents for taking souvenirs from the World Trade Center site also found that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld "has a piece of the airplane that flew into the Pentagon."
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/politics/8173296.htm

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Army sent mentally ill troops to Iraq :

The Army appears to have "inappropriately" deployed soldiers to Iraq who already were diagnosed with mental problems, according to documents obtained by United Press International.
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040312-042634-9733r

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Rwanda President blamed for killings:

The incident that triggered the Rwandan genocide was the work of Paul Kagame, the Tutsi rebel leader now President Paul Kagame, according to the newspaper Le Monde.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/12/1078594561582.html

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A grotesque choice:

Israel's repression of the Palestinian people is fuelling a resurgence of anti-semitism
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1166637,00.html

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Zionists Do Not Represent Jews:

This site was created to provide historical documentation refuting the misconception that all Jewry supports Zionism (the existence of the so-called "State of Israel") for website visitors seeking information on the history of Zionism, its historical and current day impact on the Jewish community worldwide and the danger it presents to us all.
www.jewsagainstzionism.com/

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Demographic Wars:

"You Will Not Live on This Land for Long"
www.counterpunch.com/gordon03122004.html

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Zambia holds two men in custody over uranium find :

ZAMBIA has detained two men suspected of possessing a cache of what police believe could be weapons-grade uranium.
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=290752004

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Demand in China fuels oil price :

China's soaring economy was driving up world consumption, the IEA said, estimating that Chinese oil demand in January hit a record 6.09m bpd, second only to the United States.
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313 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Two Afghan soldiers killed, three wounded in landmine blast:

Two Afghan soldiers were killed and three others wounded overnight after their vehicle ran over a landmine in Afghanistan's eastern Khost province.
www.deepikaglobal.com/latestnews.asp?ncode=13728

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Bremer Sees Threat of Iraq Attacks Next Month:

Terrorist attacks in Iraq will increase as the date for a U.S. handover of power nears and there are fears a religious event next month could be a target, the U.S. governor of Iraq said on Thursday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4548047&section=news

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Europe rethinks war on terror:

The Madrid bombings are not on the scale of 9/11. But they are marked by the same ruthless savagery and intent to inflict maximum harm.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3500958.stm

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Analysis / Al-Qaida's Spanish vendetta:

"The war against Iraq will not eradicate the threat of terror but, perversely, it may bolster it." That was the comment, on the eve of the United States-led invasion of Iraq, of Spanish left-winger Balthazar Garzon, one of the most tireless campaigners against Al-Qaida.
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Purported al-Qaida statement:

The following is the translation of the purported al-Qaida linked group which is claiming responsibility for yesterday's Madrid bombings. The statement was published in Arabic in the London based newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/2CDD53D6-7AF7-40C7-AF88-32A16072F81B.htm

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Pepe Escobar: Spain's 3-11: Basques, bin Laden, or both?:

Progressive minds in the European Union already worry whether this tragic 3-11 might turn Spain – not yet a police state – into an Iberian mirror of a neo-conservative-driven America shorter on civil liberties and longer on social paranoia. This was never an effect ETA intended. But it may well suit the international jihad.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5834.htm

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Anger and sorrow over atrocity:

One theory suggests it is significant the attack came 911 days after the September 11 assault on the US.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,8951322%255E401,00.html

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Spain now paying price for Iraq involvement:

Foreign policy expert: Is the bombing in Madrid a form of payback for Spain being one European nation, along of course with Britain and Poland, sending troops to Iraq?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5836.htm

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Bush's Iraqi Terrorism Laboratory; Was it Worth it? :

Ask the Spaniards, Phillipinos, Moroccans, Saudis, Turks and the rest of the nations that have been victims of explosion in terrorism since the Iraq Invasion if the world is a safer place thanks to George Bush.
www.opednews.com/kall031104_bush_terrorism_lab.htm

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The Empire Backfires:

Iraq as a whole, far from being a model for anything, is a cautionary lesson in the folly of imperial rule in the twenty-first century. To weigh the full cost, one must look not just at the war itself but away from it, at the progress of the larger policy it served, at things that have been done elsewhere—some far from Iraq or deep in the past—and, perhaps above all, at things that have been left undone.
www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040329&s=schell

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Some military families rethink war against Iraq:

On the night last month he learned that his son had died in Iraq, Richard Dvorin couldn't sleep. He lay in bed, "thinking and thinking and thinking," got up at 4 a.m., made a pot of coffee. Then he sat down at the kitchen table and wrote a letter to the president.
msnbc.msn.com/id/4501347/

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Bensalem family grieves for son:

Although she heard the two soldiers knocking, something kept Margaret Ann Brabazon from opening the door. "I knew it was bad news," she said last night, but her husband told her she had to let them in.
www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/8167075.htm

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U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq:

As of Thursday, March 11, 554 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=540&ncid=
721&e=7&u=/ap/20040312/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_us_deaths

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Ted Lang: War Was For A Reason:

Wars are now being initiated by "we the people" not to secure our protection and well being, but to generate profits for the warmongering capitalists and their representatives and stakeholders in Washington, D.C.
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My Hell In Camp X-Ray:

A BRITISH captive freed from Guantanamo Bay today tells the world of its full horror – and reveals how prostitutes were taken into the camp to degrade Muslim inmates.
tinyurl.com/29w34

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Terror Of Torture In Cuba Camp:

Jamal says: 'I was beaten by special squad in show of force. Guards chant while kicking and punching"
tinyurl.com/2zxge

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I Was In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time:

"When I was interrogated, the Americans used to say 'How come you're so clean? We've put your name and face through Interpol and we can't even find a speeding ticket'.
tinyurl.com/28tjo

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No plans to re-interview five Guantanamo prisoners, say police:

The evidence passed on to the UK authorities by the Americans could not support a case against the men. Sir John Stevens, the Commissioner of the Met, said yesterday there were "no plans" to question further the four British Muslim men about terrorist matters.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/story.jsp?story=500349

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Gitmo travesty is beneath U.S. :

Guantanamo isn't about justice at all. Like money launderers, Pentagon officials have found an offshore haven where men and boys can be questioned away from prying eyes and legal advice, in a clear affront to the laws of war this nation helped draft.
www.cleveland.com/search/index.ssf?/base/opinion/1079001325190853.xml?ocsul

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Role in Haiti Events Backfiring on Washington:

Last week's U.S.-backed ''regime change'' in Haiti could yet backfire against the administration of President George W Bush, according to independent analysts and Democrats who are describing the U.S. role as another major foreign-policy blunder—or worse.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/oneworld/20040312/wl_oneworld/4536814481079096587&e=2

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United States may not be able to count on Colombia as an ally in covert invasion plans for Venezuela:

US professor and researcher James Petras says the United States is prioritizing a Plan Venezuela and Plan Ecuador in parallel with its already launched Plan Colombia in an aggressive geopolitical strategy to unilaterally impose Washington's will on developing nations south of the Rio Grande.
www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=16330

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Mercenary leader goes on TV to describe plot to kidnap president:

A plot to abduct the long-serving president of the small, oil-rich west African nation of Equatorial Guinea has been unveiled on national television by the alleged leader of a group of mercenaries.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/11/1078594500274.html

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US denies Africa coup plot allegations:

The US has rejected allegations by Zimbabwe that it was involved in a suspected coup plot in Equatorial Guinea, saying it had no link with the men or the aircraft they had travelled in.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8DB0387C-D090-4323-BC27-5B026C67FEA1.htm

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Bodies donated to New Orleans medical school were sold to army for landmine tests:

Bodies donated to a university medical school were sold to the army who then blew them up in tests involving land mines, escalating the controversy over the unregulated use of human body parts.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=500326

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Bush administration ordered Medicare plan cost estimates withheld:

The government's top expert on Medicare costs was warned that he would be fired if he told key lawmakers about a series of Bush administration cost estimates that could have torpedoed congressional passage of the White House-backed Medicare prescription-drug plan.
www.gazettetimes.com/articles/2004/03/12/news/nation/frinat03.txt

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Jimmy Breslin: Not to touch the earth:

For days now, the job at Eisenhower Park in Nassau County has been to follow the order from the White House through the Secret Service and down to the park workers: "The president's feet are not to touch the dirt."
www.newsday.com/mynews/nyc-bres0311,0,7581053.column

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Worker Suspended for Anti-Bush Message:

A state maintenance worker was suspended after he displayed a sign with the word "traitor" on a snowplow while helping provide security for President Bush's motorcade, the Ohio Department of Transportation said.
tinyurl.com/2h3df

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Hardline Shi'ites Denounce Iraq's New Constitution:

Around 2,000 supporters of a hard-line Shi'ite Muslim group gathered in Baghdad Friday to denounce the country's new interim constitution, in the latest show of strength by Shi'ites demanding greater influence.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4557279

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Pin Heads: T

he ignorant barbarians in Washington are pushing a law through Congress that would "acknowledge God as the sovereign source of law, liberty [and] government" in the United States. What's more, it would forbid all legal challenges to government officials who use the power of the state to enforce their own view of "God's sovereign authority." Any judge who dared even hear such a challenge could be removed from office.
www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2004/03/12/120.html

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"God" is Starting to Scare Me!:

If those people with sincere and passionate religious beliefs who ALSO believe in a secular government don't start speaking up, these nuts are going to turn America into a Uber-Christian, intolerant and ignorant theocracy that would make the 1970's Iran look like an epitome of religious tolerance and ecumenical understanding.
www.dissidentvoice.org/Mar04/Ballinger0311.htm

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'Americans are tools':

The heavy hands that are wrenching on our lives, liberties and pursuits of happiness happen to be those of the very government we elect to ensure our hallowed freedoms.
www.hellermountain.com/h_031104.html

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First They Came for the Shock Jocks: :

We tell our kids that America learned from McCarthyism, but a new version of the Red Scare is being born in this new century.
www.commondreams.org/views04/0311-08.htm

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Medium Rare:

While many have serious doubts about the suicide verdict by Lord Hutton in the death of microbiologist David Kelly, a close reading of the testimony of the two key forensic experts, on whose testimony Hutton based his verdict, reveals they also had doubts.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5833.htm

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Pillar Fight: The "New" U.N. Blames the Poor:

587 billionaires are worth more than 170 countries. Nearly 4 billion people around the world earn less than $1,500 (US) a year. The new U.N. has nothing better to offer than the celebration of free (sic) market consumerism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5835.htm

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Two US soldiers killed in Iraq :

Two US occupation soldiers have been killed in volatile Iraq after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9E5480CE-A7C9-45F5-8794-29CF23E5E561.htm

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Two dead at Haiti protest:

Gunfire broke out in Port-au-Prince killing two people and injuring six others after police broke up a rowdy demonstration calling for the return of ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=474347&section=news

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Jamaican Official Says Haiti's Aristide Plans Visit:–

Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who fled into exile in Africa last month, plans to visit Haiti's Caribbean neighbor Jamaica soon, a Jamaican official said on Thursday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4551030

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Try Bush As A Global Pirate:

The world searches for terminology to describe the high crimes of the Bush regime in Haiti and the Central African Republic, and of course, Iraq – even as endless additional criminal contingencies take shape in the planning rooms of the Pentagon. The Bush men seem determined to methodically teach the planet that Washington is a threat to the very concept of international order – that they are Pirates.
www.blackcommentator.com/81/81_cover_haiti.html

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'Al-Qaida letter' claims Spain bombings:

A letter purporting to come from al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for the grisly train bombings in Madrid, calling them strikes against "crusaders".
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8FE71593-885E-48E2-9B7F-AE0D4C817D9D.htm

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Cuba Captive Tells of Guantanamo 'Torture' :

A Briton detained at Guantanamo Bay spoke for the first time today about his ordeal, accusing the US military of punishment beatings and psychological torture.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2639432

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Freed Guantanamo prisoner denounces camp:

A Briton flown home from U.S captivity in Guantanamo Bay says conditions were so inhuman that animals in the prison camp were given better treatment than the detainees, the Daily Mirror newspaper reports.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=474371&section=news

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Trauma fear for freed detainees:

"The advice we have from those who are expert in returning hostages is that the appearance at the beginning is deceptive, and that one has to provide support of the kind that will help them and their families deal with all the unexpected reactions that begin to kick in.
tinyurl.com/35hh8

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Hicks's US lawyer dismisses Pentagon criticism:

The United States military lawyer representing Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks has dismissed Pentagon reaction to his criticism of his client's trial process.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1064643.htm

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Hicks is a good Aussie:

Mori: Australian terror suspect David Hicks was a "good Aussie" and there was no legal basis to stop his return home, his US-appointed military lawyer said.
www.seven.com.au/news/topstories/65459

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Harare prepares charges :

Sixty-four suspected mercenaries allegedly hired to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea will be prosecuted, together with their three-man flight crew, the Zimbabwean attorney general, Bharat Patel, said last night.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1167870,00.html

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Plot thickens around alleged soldiers of fortune :

Authorities in three countries foiled an alleged coup plot by hired guns in the small, oil-rich West African state of Equatorial Guinea. South Africa alerted authorities there about 15 alleged mercenaries, who local authorities say wanted to topple President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasongo, who himself seized power in a 1979 coup.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1078381718911

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Equatorial Guinea TV to air 'mercenary' confession:

Equatorial Guinea's state television plans to air a second interview in which a suspected South African mercenary confesses to involvement in a plot to topple the country's government.
www.sabcnews.com/africa/central_africa/0,2172,75666,00.html

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Aid agency accuses Russians over Chechnya kidnap :

Médecins sans Frontières has accused Russian government officials of involvement in the kidnapping of one of their aid workers, who was abducted near Chechnya in August 2002 and is thought to be still alive.
www.guardian.co.uk/russia/article/0,2763,1167584,00.html

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Police Coverup Alleged After Mass Arrests :

D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey and other police officials conspired to deflect blame and cover up evidence of their wrongdoing during the mass arrests of anti-globalization demonstrators in September 2002, according to a D.C. Council committee that investigated the incident.

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Iran: 'We're not going to take it anymore'

PRAGUE – More threats and demands are coming out of Iran, with the Middle East nation now threatening to end its cooperation with the United Nations' nuclear watchdog as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is set to release its damning new resolution on Iran's nuclear program.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FC12Ak03.html

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The tale of two very different armies

Palestinians are suffering at the hands of heavily armed, highly trained Israelis
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/12/1078594560993.html

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U.N. Finds 1994 Rwanda Crash Black Box

In what Secretary-General Kofi Annan called a "first-class foul-up," the United Nations said Thursday it has discovered a black box sent from Rwanda after a 1994 plane crash that unleashed a genocide in the east African nation.
www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=@@2004403120701

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In case you missed it:

UN and Canada Complicit in Rwanda Cover-Up

Senior officials of the United Nations and Canadian government were involved in covering up important details and evidence concerning the April 6, 1994 attack on the aircraft carrying the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, according to former UN investigators who looked into the affair. The dual assassination resulted in a genocide and counter-genocide that resulted in the deaths of possibly one and a half million Tutsis, Hutus, and others.
www.globalresearch.ca/articles/MAS109A.html

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In case you missed it

Africa: U.S. Covert Action Exposed

Corporate greed, combined with a desire to never allow the "throne of civilization" to unite and become self-sufficient, continues to join at the hip the U.S. Government, the United Nations and corporate cartels in a persistent war on Africa, a recent congressional hearing concluded.
www.corpwatch.org/news/PND.jsp?articleid=116

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Russia: Moscow, Qatar In Heated Standoff Over Yandarbiev Assassination

Tensions are rising between Russia and the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, which are engaged in a heated standoff over the fate of two Russian special agents detained in connection with last month's assassination of former Chechen separatist President Zelimkhan Yandarbiev.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/3/F5C27613-6DDB-4150-BF50-76668747C67D.html

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Date: 11 Mar 2004

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312 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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186 killed in commuter carnage:

POWERFUL explosions ripped through three busy Madrid train stations, killing at least 186 rush-hour commuters and wounding more than 600 in Spain's worst terrorist attack ever. The government blamed the armed Basque separatist group ETA.
dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story.jsp?sectionid=1258&storyid=1029522

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Madrid blasts: Who is to blame?:

There has been no claim of responsibility and a spokesman for the radical Basque separatist party Batasuna, which was banned by the Spanish Supreme Court almost exactly a year ago, has said he refuses to believe the attacks were carried out by Eta.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3501364.stm

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8 people killed in clashes of Iraq police with Shiite armed unit:

Four Iraqi policemen and four civilians were killed in the clash in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya on Thursday. Police tried to storm the security service headquarters of a Shiite organisation but met with fierce resistance.
www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=527805&PageNum=0

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2 More Translators Killed In Iraq:

Gunmen killed two Iraqi women working as translators for the British army, a day after the slaying of two American coalition officials and their translator by attackers disguised as police in southern Iraq, officials said Thursday.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/03/11/iraq/main605250.shtml

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Roadside bomb kills U.S. soldier in Iraq:

Gunmen also fatally shoot 2 coalition laundry workers in Basra, as FBI opens probe into slayings of American staffers, translator in attack yesterday
www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/iraq/bal-iraq0311,0,5201640.story?coll=bal-home-headlines

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Is the Army stretched too thin?:

More than 320,000 troops stationed in 120 countries
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4489450/

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Pentagon won't give war costs:

Pressed to estimate the cost of future operations in Iraq, the Pentagon has repeatedly said it's just too hard to do. Now the ranks of disbelievers are growing — in Congress and among private defense analysts.
www.azdailysun.com/non_sec/nav_includes/story.cfm?storyID=83526

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Pentagon finance manager resigns:

A study by the Defense Department's inspector general found that the Pentagon couldn't properly account for more than a trillion dollars in monies spent.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/635B6007-9DD0-436C-BFF6-E6521520B1C7.htm

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Rumsfeld Says Full Funding Needed to Continue Terror War:

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned March 9 here that progress toward democracy in Iraq should not be interpreted as a sign that the terrorist threat is under control and that the military can now endure budget cuts.
www.emilitary.org/article.php?aid=354

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Nuke bunker-buster budget puzzling:

A report by a nonpartisan congressional research group says sharp increases in the proposed budget to build a "bunker buster" nuclear bomb raises questions about whether the controversial program is only a study, as U.S. officials have contended.
www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82~1865~2010503,00.html

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CIA chief plays dumb on neo-con intelligence:

Was Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director George Tenet really the last person in Washington to find out that both the president and vice president were being fed phony or "sexed up" intelligence about prewar Iraq by a Pentagon office staffed by ideologically driven neo-conservatives?
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FC12Ak01.html

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This is a must read

Karen Kwiatkowski: The new Pentagon papers:

A high-ranking military officer reveals how Defense Department extremists suppressed information and twisted the truth to drive the country to war.

This is a must read
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5829.htm

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In case you missed it:

Karen Kwiatkowski, 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."

A Must Watch Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5790.htm

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In case you missed it:

Noble lies and perpetual war: Leo Strauss, the neo-cons, and Iraq:

Danny Postel interviews Shadia Drury ˆ a leading scholarly critic of Strauss ˆ and asks her about the connection between Plato‚s dialogues, secrets and lies, and the United States-led war in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5010.htm

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In case you missed it:

Strong Must Rule the Weak, said Neo-Cons' Muse:

Is U.S. foreign policy being run by followers of an obscure German Jewish political philosopher whose views were elitist, amoral and hostile to democratic government?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5790.htm

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In case you missed it:

Fire Paul Wolfowitz:

The following article will help in providing some under standing in relation to the Bush Cabal, their history and plans for Americas future. Follow the links with the article for greater depth.
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Then comes Chalabi:

Chalabi's history has been well-documented. He was 13 in 1958 when his family, Shiite Muslims and members of the Iraqi elite, fled to the west after a revolution overthrew the monarchy. Educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he received a doctorate in mathematics at the University of Chicago (his doctoral thesis was on the theory of knots) under Albert Wohlstetter, one of the original neoconservative theorists.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4183.htm

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In case you missed it:

The Despoiling of America: How George W. Bush became the head of the new American Dominionist Church/State.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5646.htm

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Pentagon is paying Iraqi group for intelligence of dubious value:

A political organization led by Ahmed Chalabi, a member of the interim Iraqi government with close ties to the Bush administration, is getting paid $340,000 a month for `intelligence collection.'
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/8156686.htm

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The U.S. Press and the 'Heroes in Error':

Despite recent articles about the role of defectors in misleading U.S. intelligence agencies over the alleged presence of WMD in Iraq, not a single national newspaper saw fit to follow up on a damning admission by Ahmad Chalabi in The Daily Telegraph of London
www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/columns/shoptalk_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000458620

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American Citizen Charged With Spying :

An American citizen was arrested Thursday on charges she acted as an Iraqi spy, prosecutors said. Susan Lindauer, 41, was arrested in her hometown of Takoma Park, Md., and was to appear in court later in the day in Baltimore, authorities in New York said.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3848609,00.html

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Aristide to file suit against U.S.:

Ousted president illegally deposed, lawyer says. `Coerced to leave; now under virtual house arrest'
tinyurl.com/yv8y9

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In-Depth: The Full Story of Aristide's Kidnapping:

Kim Ives, an editor of the Haitian newspaper Haiti-Progres, discusses the events surrounding President Aristide's overthrow. Ives spoke with Aristide his native Creole and was able to piece together what is probably the most comprehensive picture of what Aristide says happened to him and his wife the morning they were forced out of Haiti.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/03/11/1538244

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UK accused of mercenaries plot :

Zimbabwe yesterday said 64 suspected mercenaries aboard a plane seized in Harare could be executed for what it claimed was a western plot to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea.
www.guardian.co.uk/zimbabwe/article/0,2763,1166958,00.html

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Weapons found in seized aircraft :

The department of foreign affairs says that their investigations indicate that there were weapons on board an aircraft impounded in Harare, Zimbabwe.
www.sabcnews.com/africa/southern_africa/0,2172,75576,00.html

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All detainees returned from Cuba released :

All five Britons released from Guantánamo Bay are enjoying their freedom today after the four who had been questioned by anti-terrorist officers were released without charge late last night.
www.guardian.co.uk/guantanamo/story/0,13743,1166826,00.html

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Scandal of the detainees :

Serious questions were asked today over how four Britons could be held for two years in Guantanamo Bay – but completely cleared by British police in just 24 hours.
www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/9592785?source=Evening%20Standard

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The life and unexplained death of a Palestinian militant:

Mohamed Aboul Abbas, the 'Achille Lauro' planner, said he never intended passengers to be held hostage or anyone to be killed, and apologised for it. The US and Israel allowed him back to Gaza. So why was he in a US prison in Iraq?
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=499955

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Squandering the trauma of September 11:

"Lucky me, I hit the trifecta," said George Bush in the immediate aftermath of September 11, according to his budget director. War, recession and national emergency liberated him to soar in the political stratosphere.
www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/comment/story/0,14259,1166864,00.html

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Israel: Between Bush and Netanyahu:

Netanyahu is demanding Sharon bring an impressive "compensation package" from the Americans.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/403437.html

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Why seeking justice for the Palestinians is the Jewish cause:

I was recently asked a question I've been asked many times before, mostly by fellow Jews: Why do I spend so much time seeking justice for the Palestinians instead of directing my efforts and passions toward fighting for some noble "Jewish" cause.
electronicintifada.net/v2/article2487.shtml

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Venezuela to denounce US interference at OAS meeting :

Venezuelan representative to the OAS Jorge Valero said Venezuela would submit to the OAS Permanent Council evidence indicating the United States had provided financial and logistic support to the opposition bent on ousting President Hugo Chavez.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-03/11/content_1358989.htm

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311 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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'We face climate disaster:

The Government's chief scientist today set out an "apocalyptic vision" of global warming bringing back the conditions which drove the dinosaurs to extinction.
www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/9567967?source=Evening%20Standad

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Iraq Firefight Kills Four Police, Italian Wounded:

Four Iraqi policemen were killed in a midnight firefight which ended when Italian Carabinieri paratroopers stormed the offices of a security militia in Nassiriya, a coalition official said Wednesday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4536093

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Two Americans, One Iraqi Killed :

Gunmen posing as police at a makeshift checkpoint south of Baghdad killed two American civilians and their Iraqi translator ˜ all employees of the U.S.-led coalition, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040310/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

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CIA director disputes Cheney assertions on Iraq:

CIA Director George Tenet on Tuesday rejected recent assertions by Vice President Dick Cheney that Iraq cooperated with the al-Qaida terrorist network and that the administration had proof of an illicit Iraqi biological warfare program.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5824.htm

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Spy Unit Skirted CIA on Iraq:

A special intelligence unit at the Pentagon privately briefed senior officials at the White House on alleged ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda without the knowledge of CIA Director George J. Tenet, according to new information presented at a Senate hearing Tuesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5825.htm

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Robert Fisk: The better things are the worse they get, as history is made in Iraq :

Twenty-five local leaders – most television reports spared viewers the uncomfortable "American-appointed" qualification – dutifully signed their new and temporary constitution. Veiled ladies and tribal sheikhs, some good men and true but also a convicted fraudster, Ahmed Chalabi, scribbled their signatures in front of the US proconsul Paul Bremer on Monday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5828.htm

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A Must Watch

Video: Pilger on the US and terrorism:

Veteran journalist and activist John Pilger has claimed previously that the United States is the biggest terrorist organisation in the world. Recently he said that the world must depend on the Iraqi resistance to defeat the US. But some analysts say he has gone too far.

A Must Watch
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5827.htm

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Sharon says U.S. should also disarm Iran, Libya and Syria:

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said yesterday that Iran, Libya and Syria should be stripped of weapons of mass destruction after Iraq. "These are irresponsible states, which must be disarmed of weapons mass destruction, and a successful American move in Iraq as a model will make that easier to achieve," Sharon said to a visiting delegation of American congressmen.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=263941

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Neocons' Iraq Strategy Now Focused on Syria:

Getting out of the political quicksand of Iraq, or at least burying the bloody occupation as an embarrassing daily news item, is mission number one for the Bush campaign.
www.lewrockwell.com/orig4/barry-tom2.html

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Bomb Hits SCIRI Offices In Iraq:

Officials with the largest Shi'a political party in Iraq, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), say a bomb exploded near their offices in Baquba today, injuring a number of people.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/03/20735cda-8c29-4c1e-98a8-41e5db46c0e8.html

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US should do the honorable thing in Iraq, admit defeat :

Is it any wonder Shiites blame the US for what has happened to them in Iraq? Already the right of political representation they have so long craved has been unreasonably delayed, and now the lack of coalition control on the situation in Iraq has left more Shiites dead.
www.dailystar.com.lb/opinion/10_03_04_c.asp

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Iraq: U.S. Scrambles To Set Up World's Biggest Embassy In Baghdad:

With some 4,000 staff members. The sheer size of the project is proving an organizational challenge — and raising questions about America's future intentions in Iraq.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/3/3DA877C0-EFB8-49D6-BD72-B5C96D968CE1.html

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Marines kill two Haitians in gun battles:

U.S. Marines shot and killed two gunmen who opened fire on them, a spokesman said Wednesday, bringing to four the number of Haitians to die this week at the hands of the peacekeepers.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2004-03-10-haiti-marines_x.htm

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S. Florida TV host named premier of Haiti:

Gerard Latortue, a critic of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was chosen after two days of painstaking deliberations by a U.S.-backed ''council of sages''
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/americas/8148674.htm

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Port-Au-Prince:

I was living in the gutter, dressing in old clothes and begging at the airport when President Aristide took office in 1990. One of the first things Titid [as President Aristide was popularly known] did when he moved into the National Palace was invite a group of children who sleep in the streets to visit the palace and speak out about the conditions of the street children.
www.zmag.org/content/print_article.cfm?itemID=5121&sectionID=54

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Venezuela‚s „Matrix‰:

How to Turn a Government into a Pariah:
www.venezuelanalysis.com/articles.php?artno=1121

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OPEC to study possibility of another output cut, says Venezuela's oil minister :

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will consider cutting its production by another 1 million barrels per day, Venezuela's oil minister said Tuesday.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/03/09/financial1714EST0287.DTL

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Rove Admits Smear Campaign Against Wilson:

President Bush's chief political adviser, Karl Rove, told the FBI in an interview last October that he circulated and discussed damaging information regarding CIA operative Valerie Plame with others in the White House, outside political consultants, and journalist.
www.prospect.org/webfeatures/2004/03/waas-m-03-08.html

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Britain arrests terror suspects:

4 held, 1 freed after release by U.S.
tinyurl.com/33723

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A Must Watch

Experts call for re-opening of inquest into death of Dr Kelly.

Video: BBC Channel 4 Investigates:

A Must Watch
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5826.htm

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U.S. Media Performance on Iraq Slammed in Report:

Major U.S. newspapers failed to challenge government assertions about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, both before and after the 2003 war, according to a study by the University of Maryland released on Tuesday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=4532300

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Pentagon finance manager resigns:

Rabbi Dov Zakheim's refused to tell journalists the exact reason for his departure on Wednesday. A former adjunct economics professor at New York's Yeshiva University, Rabbi Zakheim has spent more than 30 years working in various jobs at the Pentagon. But he has also worked in private industry, specifically as a consultant to McDonnell Douglas and Boeing.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/635B6007-9DD0-436C-BFF6-E6521520B1C7.htm

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Blowback: U.S.- and Israeli-Style:

Israel and its imitator, the United States, have both launched an aggressive „war on terrorism‰ that is liable to undermine their long-term security.
www.independent.org/tii/news/040309Eland.html

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Israel: PM's name erased from summary of comptroller's report:

The Likud yesterday used its coalition majority on the Knesset State Control Committee to erase Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's name from a summary of a 10-month-old State Comptroller's Report that was highly critical of Sharon's intervention in an Israel Lands Administration decision that could have benefited his family.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/402953.html

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Zimbabwe Says Western Agencies Aided 'Mercenaries':

"They were aided by the British secret service, that is MI6, …. American Central Intelligence Agency and the Spanish secret service," Zimbabwe's Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi told a news conference, reading from a prepared statement.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4539361

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'SA man' tells of coup plot:

The leader of a group of suspected mercenaries arrested in Equatorial Guinea said on national television on Wednesday their mission was to abduct President Teodoro Obiang Nguema and force him into exile.
www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,6119,2-7-1442_1496297,00.html

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South Africa Confirms Link Between Plane And Coup Plot:

South African Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma confirmed on Wednesday that the plane held by Zimbabwean authorities and an alleged coup plot in Equatorial Guinea were linked.
allafrica.com/stories/200403100558.html

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PNG: behind the Sandline mercenary affair:

The political crisis provoked by the deal between the Papua New Guinea government and the mercenary outfit Sandline International has provided a revealing insight into a new global scramble for mineral wealth.
www.wsws.org/news/1997/apr1997/png-a28.shtml

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U.S. Military Outpost Attacked In Afghanistan:

A remote U.S. military outpost in eastern Afghanistan has been attacked with rockets and heavy machine-gun fire by unknown assailants.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/3/2618B6B8-06A3-4525-BDC9-91CEA17F730F.html

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Abbas widow says US 'killed' him:

The widow of Abu Abbas, the Palestinian leader who died in US custody in Iraq, has accused the United States of "killing" her husband, and vowed to bury him on Palestinian soil.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A58EDE93-460A-487E-874A-101130B1D633.htm

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Former British Hostage Likens 5-Year Solitary Confinement in Lebanon To Guantanamo Bay:

Democracy Now! interviews Terry Waite, who was held captive for almost five years by Islamic militants in Lebanon from 1987 to 1991, about the conditions and legal rights of the more than 650 prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/03/10/1537255

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Sen. McCain Open to Being Kerry's VP:

McCain said he would consider the unorthodox step of running for vice president on the Democratic ticket ˜ in the unlikely event he received such an offer from the presidential candidate.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040310/ap_on_el_pr/kerry_mccain

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Bush fund-raisers among overnight guests :

President Bush opened the White House and Camp David to dozens of overnight guests last year, including foreign dignitaries, family friends and at least nine of his biggest campaign fund-raisers, documents show.
www.mlive.com/newsflash/lateststories/index.ssf?/base/politics-2/1078921741109781.xml

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Harvard Prof Recalls Bush the Right-Winger

"I still vividly remember him. In my class, he declared that 'people are poor because they are lazy.' He was opposed to labor unions, social security, environmental protection, Medicare, and public schools. To him, the antitrust watch dog, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Securities Exchange Commission were unnecessary hindrances to 'free market competition.' To him, Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal was 'socialism.'
www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/3/10/105602.shtml

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New leak probe: GOP suspects that Thursday‚s blunder was intentional: Senate Sergeant at Arms Bill Pickle is to investigate whether a confidential report on leaked Democratic memorandums was itself improperly leaked, potentially damaging the careers of more than 20 Senate staffers.

Black Box Backlash: Bev Harris of Renton created a firestorm with her national Internet campaign against electronic voting. Now she's trying to persuade people in the real world that their democracy is on the line.

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U.S. Intelligence Misread Zarqawi's Letter

The misreading of the Zarqawi letter is another example of the weakness of the U.S. intelligence community to understand Arabic and Islamic text.
www.geostrategy-direct.com/geostrategy-direct/secure/2004/3_16/me.asp

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Global Warming as a Weapon of Mass Destruction

Weather is the story; climate is the plot. We are carbonizing the oceans, with dire implications for life in them. As the 21st century dawned, carbon-dioxide levels were rising in the oceans more rapidly than any time since the age of dinosaurs.
www.zmag.org/ZMagSite/Mar2004/johansen0304.html

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Terrorism and cookies

My mother had a birthday coming up, and she loves English cookies. So we boxed up a selection, all under the irreproachable Duchy Originals hallmark of Prince Charles's Prince's Trust, and set out to mail them to Massachusetts.
www.iht.com/ihtsearch.php?id=509390&owner=(IHT)&date=20040310141938

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310 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Grenade attack, shootings in Iraq kill 5, wound 12:

Police said the attack may have been aimed at several U.S. soldiers who had been in the building earlier but left before the grenade was thrown.
tinyurl.com/32cje

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Roadside bomb kills American soldier in Iraq:

An American soldier was killed Tuesday morning after a roadside bomb exploded while his convoy was passing by, the U.S. military said.
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0304/09iraqdeath.html

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Al-Sistani: Constitution not yet legitimate:

Iraq's most influential Shia cleric has criticised the nation's newly signed interim constitution, saying it will not have legitimacy until it is approved by an elected body.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C81286E1-DA83-428E-9F30-258CE90E56AD.htm

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US pressured me, says Blix:

The United Nations' former chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix, has claimed that the United States tried to pressure him to tell the Security Council that Iraq was in violation of UN resolutions just two weeks before Baghdad was attacked.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/09/1078594361094.html

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American troops arrest current, former members of U.S.-trained defense force :

The troops detained the former soldiers at a house in downtown Tikrit late Monday night on suspicion of stealing and selling weapons of the U.S.-trained force.
www.boston.com/dailynews/068/world/American_troops_in_Iraq_arrest:.shtml

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Chalabi, Bush's shadowy man in Baghdad:

Before America gives yet more power to this man, it should ask a few questions about him.The alternative intelligence, marshalled to make the case for war, came overwhelmingly from Chalabi's Iraqi National Council and its carefully coached "sources".
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/08/1078594295479.html

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Marines Kill Driver at Haiti Checkpoint: U.S.

Marines shot and killed the driver of a vehicle speeding toward a military checkpoint, the second reported fatality at the hands of the peacekeepers.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040309/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/haiti_040309075219

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I'm still president, says a defiant Aristide:

Jean-Bertrand Aristide insisted yesterday he was still the legitimate president of Haiti and accused the United States of acquiescing in a coup d'état .
news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/story.jsp?story=499373

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Haiti Situation a "Nightmare," Says Archbishop:

According to Archbishop Constant, "the number of victims is difficult to estimate." Observers speak of "about 100" people killed in the country since the rebellion broke out Feb. 10 and forced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to flee into exile. Estimates of material damage range up to $1 billion.
www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=50277

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Haiti's interim leader begs for calm:

Haiti's interim president Boniface Alexandre took the reins of his country's shattered government yesterday as supporters of Jean-Bertrand Aristide shouted demands for the ousted leader's return.
tinyurl.com/2qno7

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Aristide's 'removal' from Haiti 'unconstitutional': African Union:

The African Union, which groups 53 states on the continent, has described Jean-Bertrand Aristide's "removal" as president of Haiti as "unconstitutional," in a statement received by AFP
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20040309/wl_afp/haiti_aristide_africanunion_040309154326

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US looking for new prime minister for Haiti: Powell :

The United States is working to find a replacement for Haitian Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, US Secretary of State Colin Powell acknowledged late on Monday.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_604972,00050001.htm

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U.S. Delegation Meets With President Aristide:

Aristide reveals details of coup
www.internationalanswer.org/news/update/030804haiti.html

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Aristide Lawyers Demand U.S. Prosecute "Kidnappers" Of Aristide:

Lawyers representing Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide today are serving Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell with papers asking that the US prosecute the people involved in what they call the kidnapping of Aristide and his wife Mildred, who is a US citizen.
www.pacifica.org/programs/dn/040309.html

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Aristide Lawyer: Bush Getting Even In Haiti:

Ira Kurzban Says Deposed Leader May Bring Criminal Charges Against US.
www.sacobserver.com/news/030804/aristide_lawyer_accuses_bush.shtml

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U.S. Scolds Aristide for Saying He Still Leads Haiti:

The White House on Monday scolded ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrande Aristide for insisting he was still the president of his Caribbean country and warned him not to stir up divisions there.
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Noam Chomsky : US-Haiti :

Those who have any concern for Haiti will naturally want to understand how its most recent tragedy has been unfolding. The crucial issue for us is what we should be doing about what is taking place. And even more so because the course of the terrible story was predictable years ago — if we failed to act to prevent it. And fail we did. The lessons are clear, and so important that they would be the topic of daily front-page articles in a free press.
www.zmag.org/content/print_article.cfm?itemID=5115&sectionID=11

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US plane 'carrying soldiers' is seized in Harare:

Zimbabwe has seized a US-registered cargo plane carrying 64 suspected mercenaries of various nationalities and a consignment of military gear. Sources said members of the Zimbabwe government feared a "foreign-sponsored invasion", and the discovery prompted President Robert Mugabe to order an investigation.
news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/story.jsp?story=499369

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Mugabe officials had deal with mercenaries:

OFFICIALS within Zimbabwe's intelligence services and the army knew about the plane that has been seized in Harare after the government claimed it was carrying mercenaries.
www.newzimbabwe.com/pages/plane7.1519.html

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Mercenaries Aircraft's Registration " N4610" Shows Plane Owned By U.S. Airforce
www.jetairliners.com/boeing/727a.htm

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US faces opposition to resolution on Iran:

The United States faces stiff opposition from the UN nuclear watchdog as it pushes for a tough resolution on Iran to insist on applying a "trigger mechanism" for cracking down on non-proliferation violations.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8486C9E5-FAC5-4424-ACF6-8A013C99853A.htm

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RNC Tells TV Stations Not to Run Anti-Bush Ads:

The Republican National Committee is warning television stations across the country not to run ads from the MoveOn.org Voter Fund that criticize President Bush, charging that the left-leaning political group is paying for them with money raised in violation of the new campaign-finance law.
www.truthout.org/docs_04/030804C.shtml

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Bush‚s Insider Connections:

George W. Bush made money over the years with a little help from his friends. But new details show that he served on an energy corporation‚s board and was able to realize a huge profit by selling his stock in the corporation because an accounting sleight-of-hand concealed it was losing large sums of money. Shortly after he sold, the stock price plummeted. That profit helped make him a multimillionaire.
www.public-i.org/story_01_040400.htm

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The Presidential Library Connection:

Former President Bush Involved with Donation to Group with Terrorist Connections
www.counterpunch.org/jensen03082004.html

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The brains :

He masterminded George Bush's transformation from boozing brat to national leader, and has been called the most powerful adviser in the White House. Now Karl Rove is in charge of the $150m campaign to re-elect Bush. Who is the man the president calls his 'boy genius'?
www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/story/0,13918,1165126,00.html

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U.S. Urged To Take Lead In issuing Biometric Passports:

The State Department should begin issuing passports with chips containing biographic information later in the year; an assistant secretary of state says the United States needs to take the lead encourage other nations to issue similar passports
www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=18300032

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Is Military Creeping Into Domestic Law Enforcement?:

IN A LITTLE-NOTICED side effect of the war on terrorism, the military is edging toward a sensitive area that has been off-limits to it historically: domestic intelligence gathering and law enforcement.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5823.htm

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Job Growth Only Due To Hiring By State Governments:

Last month, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics, payrolls expanded by only 21,000 — far less than most of the experts expected. If it hadn't been for public employment, there would have been no net job creation at all.
www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/opinion/8139510.htm

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Kerry shifts his views on Arafat:

John Kerry says he no longer considers Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to be a statesman, but rather "an outlaw to the peace process" in the Middle East who has been rightly shuffled aside.
www.boston.com/news/politics/president/kerry/articles/2004/03/09/kerry_shifts_his_views_on_arafat/

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Kerry: Meeting with Jewish leaders eases fears:

John Kerry met privately with 50 Jewish leaders yesterday amid concerns about whom he would pick as a Mideast envoy and his stand on Israel's security, sources said.
www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/story/169143p-147763c.html

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Palestinian mother shot dead in Israeli raid:

A young Palestinian mother has been shot dead and a journalist wounded by Israeli occupation troops during an invasion into the northern West Bank town of Jenin.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/24870FCE-1332-422A-89EA-9CEDB2F39467.htm

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Vanunu significant danger to state security :

Certain restrictions should be placed on Vanunu in order to prevent him from carrying out his stated intention of revealing additional information on Israel's nuclear secrets, Mazuz said.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/402854.html

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Police suspect third involved in Haifa Jewish terror cell:

Police suspect that a third individual is involved in the Jewish terror cell that targeted Arab residents of Haifa, according to testimony presented Tuesday to the Haifa Magistrate's Court.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/402888.html

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A Political and Military Biography of Colin Powell:

"If a helo [helicopter]spotted a peasant in black pajamas who looked remotely suspicious, a possible MAM [military age male] the pilot would circle and fire in front of him. If he moved, his movement was judged evidence of hostile intent, and the next burst was not in front, but at him. Brutal? Maybe so."
www.nowarcollective.com/powellbio.htm

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International Election Monitors Take on Florida:

An international group that usually monitors elections in developing democracies said Monday it would take up posts at Florida precincts in November in hopes of averting another debacle when voters pick the next U.S. president.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=4521972

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Equatorial Guinea Says Arrests 'Mercenaries':

Some 15 suspected mercenaries have been arrested Equatorial Guinea, sub-Saharan Africa's third-biggest oil producer, after a widespread clampdown on foreign nationals, the government said Tuesday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4528046

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Military Spending Sparks Warnings

A sharp jump in military spending under President Bush (news – web sites) has lifted defense budgets to levels not seen since the height of the Reagan buildup of the early 1980s, prompting warnings by lawmakers and defense analysts that the surge may no longer be sustainable in a time of deepening deficits.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/washpost/20040308/ts_washpost/a38812_2004mar7

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Constitution signed but outlook bleak

The ink was hardly dry on Iraq's wobbly interim constitution when the country's majority Shiites made it clear that the document falls short of their cherished ambition to run the country in which they have been oppressed for centuries.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/09/1078594361091.html

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Stand up to US, Blix tells Howard

The United Nations' former chief weapons inspector Hans Blix has called on Australia to be more independent of the United States when deciding "questions of war and peace".
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/09/1078594363563.html

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Tom Ridge: Crackdown overrode liberty:

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said yesterday that some of the tough measures imposed in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks – including racially-based checks on foreign visitors to the US – had been unfair.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/09/1078594362827.html

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Nuclear-capable missile tested

Pakistan yesterday test-fired an intermediate-range, nuclear-capable ballistic missile, which could reach all the cities in neighbouring India. State-owned Pakistan Television said the missile could travel 2000 kilometres and carry all kinds of warheads.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/09/1078594362836.html

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In His Own Words:

President Aristide Speaks To Democracy Now!:

His comments represent the most extensive English-language interview Aristide has given since he was removed from office and his country.

Text And Audio
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5821.htm

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Haiti's Aristide defiant in exile:

Haiti's exiled president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, has insisted he remains the elected head of his country. "In one word it was a kidnapping… You can say coup d'etat." news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3543355.stm

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The ouster of democracy:

In Haiti, Washington confirmed a foreign policy that is driven by self-interest and delivered through force. What happened was not a revolution but a coup. And no simple domestic overthrow either. This was the kind of regime change that the French and the US could sign up to. www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1164195,00.html

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Chavez warns United States against invading Venezuela :

President Hugo Chavez on Sunday vowed to freeze oil exports to the United States and wage a "100-year war" if Washington ever tried to invade Venezuela. www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/03/07/international2020EST0566.DTL

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Blasts as Iraqi politicians sign interim constitution:

Members of Iraq's Governing Council today signed a landmark interim constitution after resolving a political impasse sparked by objections from the country's most powerful cleric. news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=499085

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Robert Fisk: 'It's the same old Iraq:

Each time I return to Iraq, it's the same, like finding a razor blade in a bar of chocolate. The moment you start to believe that "New Iraq" might work – just – you get the proof that it's the same old Iraq, just a little tiny bit worse than it was last month. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5819.htm

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Blair's vision of a new world order is critically tainted:

The legacy of Iraq is that intervention will be seen as vigilantism www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1164264,00.html

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Inspectors knew Hussein had no weapons: Iraqi scientist :

The father of Iraq's nuclear bomb program, called Monday for a UN probe of what nuclear inspectors knew before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and denied Saddam Hussein had tried to restart his atomic program. tinyurl.com/2gjb2

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Grieving and angry:

When U.S. troops kill Iraqi civilians, the rules on compensation leave many families bitter www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-woiraq073698882mar07,0,3213699.story?coll=ny-worldnews-headlines

tinyurl.com/393s7

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Greg Palast: The Forgotten Soldiers of Operation "Iraqi Freedom":

Maurice, Victor, Steve, and Rob are just a few of the thousands of GI's returning from Iraq — often with one or more limbs amputated, flown in with little notice under the cover of night and brought to Walter Reed military Hospital in Washington, D.C. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5852.htm

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Kerry: Bush Stalling Iraq, 9/11 Probes:

Kerry Accuses Bush of 'Stonewalling' Intelligence Inquiries Into Iraqi Weapons and 9/11 Attacks abcnews.go.com/wire/Politics/ap20040307_1285.html

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Afghanistan: Explosions kill three civilians and wounded three U.S. soldiers:

District police chief Gulam Haider said the civilian casualties were caused by U.S. and Afghan soldiers who opened fire after the explosion. www.usatoday.com/news/world/2004-03-08-afghanistan_x.htm

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UK: Scientist 'gagged' by No 10 after warning of global warming threat :

Downing Street tried to muzzle the Government's top scientific adviser after he warned that global warming was a more serious threat than international terrorism. news.independent.co.uk/uk/environment/story.jsp?story=499013

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N.Y. Rep. King Criticizes Muslim Leaders:

Leaders of 85 percent of the nation's mosques are involved in terrorist activities, and some have made irresponsible statements about the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, said Rep. Peter King, a Long Island Republican. apnews.excite.com/article/20040307/D815JNG00.html

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US gave uranium to 43 nations:

The U.S. has given weapons-grade uranium to 43 countries including Pakistan since the 1950s under the Atoms for Peace programme and is making little effort to get them back, a government department reported. timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/544522.cms

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Israel refusing to return enriched uranium received from U.S.:

The Nahal Sorek nuclear reactor was bought from the Americans and began operating in 1960, using enriched uranium provided by the U.S. In 1978 the American Congress passed a law forbidding providing nuclear fuel to countries which have nuclear facilities that are not internationally monitored. www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/402043.html

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Tehran calls for nuclear file to be closed :

Hassan Rowhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, on Sunday called for the Iranian nuclear file to be closed by the International Atomic Energy Agency, a day before the nuclear watchdog's governing board begins considering a new resolution on Tehran's nuclear controversy. news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1078381579612

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Enough is Enough: Why is Apartheid Touted as a Solution?:

As I write this, Israeli occupation forces have just finished killing 14 and injuring 80 Palestinians in a five hour "sweep" in Gaza. Four of those killed and 26 of those injured were children (ages 10-16). www.counterpunch.com/qumsiyeh03082004.html

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Witnesses: "Aristide Under Lock & Key":

Sunday a.m. in the Central African Republic: Haiti President Is Cut Off from Attorney, Delegation www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5817.htm

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US Using "Terrorist" Methods in Guantanamo, Says Terry Waite :

Former British hostage Terry Waite, who was held in captivity by Islamic extremists for almost five years in Lebanon, said yesterday that the United States was using terrorist methods in its treatment of detainees at a prison camp in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5818.htm

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US forces accused of looting, torture and death in Afghanistan:

American forces in Afghanistan have been accused of flouting international law with arbitrary arrests, torture and killing of prisoners in a report by a civil rights watchdog. news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/story.jsp?story=499002

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Under U.S. Watch, Iraq Warms to Former Enemy Iran:

With the ouster of Saddam Hussein, Iraq has begun a new friendship with Shiite Iran, a move that upends decades of U.S. policy that sought to keep the two Persian Gulf nations apart. ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGACYD21IRD.html

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Suicidal Policy In War On Terror:

Why Blair‚s pro-war posturing was always going to backfire www.sundayherald.com/40393

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Hans Blix: Bush and Blair behaved as if they were on a 'witch hunt' over Iraqi weapons:

Mr Blix, the former chief UN weapons inspector, smiles as he cites examples of the Prime Minister's "faith-based" approach to intelligence. news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/story.jsp?story=498992

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Election body agrees to give Venezuela opposition recall vote data :

The election authority gave the Democratic Coordinator a part of the data base that led it to draw the conclusion that so many signatures were unreliable, said opposition spokesman and lawmaker Nelson Rampensad. www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/74346/1/.html

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3 civilians, 1 child, killed in clash with US forces in Afghanistan:

Three Afghan civilians, one a child, were shot in a clash with US-led forces in troubled central Afghanistan after a convoy carrying US troops hit a landmine, an official said Sunday www.arabtimesonline.com/arabtimes/breakingnews/view.asp?msgID=5038

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After Haiti, Venezuela is wary of US interference:

The US response in Haiti has divided Latin Americans over US policy – especially in politically torn Venezuela. www.csmonitor.com/2004/0308/p07s01-woam.html

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What's really happening in Caracas?:

When the signature gathering drive was completed, the National Elections Council, whose five members had been approved by all concerned, invalidated more than one million of the three million signatures. www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=16245

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