Information Clearing House  Digest March 14-19 2004
Date: 19 Mar 2004

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320 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Bin Laden's right-hand man slips net:

A BULLETPROOF LandCruiser at high speed bursting out of a tribal compound in Pakistan's South Waziristan region was just the latest infuriating setback in the US's quest to bring down the top of the al-Qa'ida tree.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5896.htm

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Bin Laden deputy 'may have escaped'::

Officials have speculated that Osama bin Laden's No 2, Ayman Al-Zawahiri , may have narrowly escaped the South Waziristan tribal village during heavy clashes three days ago which left at least 15 soldiers and 24 militants dead.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5897.htm

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Taliban spokesman:

Osama Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri safe in Afghanistan:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5898.htm

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Taliban talk tough as US moves in:

"We will attack American forces if they launch attacks in these areas, on both sides of the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan," said the spokesman, identified as Mulla Abdul Latif Hakimi.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9021087%255E1702,00.html

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Pakistan army pounds encircled militants

"They are surrounded and they are trying to break the cordon and get away." : Pakistani forces say they are fighting a fierce battle with 300-400 foreign militants and Pakistani tribal allies after encircling them near the Afghan border.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=479707&section=news

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Zapatero rejects Kerry call on Iraq troops :

Prime Minister-elect Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero tonight rejected US Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry‚s call for him to reconsider plans to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq.
www.breakingnews.ie/2004/03/18/story138844.html

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Two U.S. Marines killed in Iraq:

Insurgents killed two U.S. Marines who were on patrol in Iraq, a U.S. military statement said Friday.
www.boston.com/dailynews/079/world/Two_U_S_Marines_killed_in_Iraq:.shtml

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Violence in Iraq: 'no one is safe anymore':

The day after a bomb hit a Baghdad hotel, nine more Iraqis are killed as attacks continue on civilians
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-woiraq
193714003mar19,0,7744865.story?coll=ny-worldnews-headlines

tinyurl.com/2hmzj

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Britain's Iraq envoy sees "bad days" ahead:

Iraq faces "unbelievably bad days" ahead with more suicide bombings and devastating attacks that U.S.-led forces may be powerless to prevent, according to Britain's envoy to the occupied country.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=top
News&storyID=479246&section=news&fromEmail=true

tinyurl.com/2ey6n

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Journalists protest deaths of colleagues:

A group of Arab journalists outraged after US soldiers shot dead two colleagues walked out of a press conference held by US Secretary of State Colin Powell in protest.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/30E895C5-79E1-4A46-B1A2-15F6C8A0E6B4.htm

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Journalists Find Many Ways to Kill Truth in Iraq :

Truth dies, just as people die, every day in Iraq. Sometimes the people are killed by Americans paid with our tax dollars. But we rarely hear about it, thanks to other Americans, the ones who kill truth: the journalists. There are different ways to send truth to its grave, as two current examples prove.
www.commondreams.org/views04/0318-04.htm

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It is essential we admit we were wrong:

There comes a point in every nation's life when its people and their leaders have to admit to and atone for a mistake in order to be able to continue as a functioning part of the international community. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5887.htm

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Iraqis unite to condemn interim constitution:

Thousands of Muslim Sunni and Shia gathered after Friday prayers in al-Adhamya and al-Kadhimya districts in Baghdad to demonstrate against the interim Iraqi constitution.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B90497BA-C408-4E65-8ED7-5301CBBF841A.htm

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John Pilger: The crime committed in our name:

The coalition of the willing perpetrated an act of terrorism on the Iraqi people
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5891.htm

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Robin Cook: The invasion of Iraq was Britain's worst foreign policy blunder since Suez.

A fitting way to mark the anniversary would be to drive a stake throughthe doctrine of pre-emptive strike
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5893.htm

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Patrick Seale: Painful stings are unavoidable when a hornet's nest is stirred:

I believe it is vital to listen to the terrorists and seek to grasp what they are trying to achieve. How else can one identify the roots of terror? Vengeful, fanatical and murderous they may be, but to ignore their grievances is to bury one's head in the sand.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5892.htm

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Why aren't the Americans accused of terrorism?:

Is the US going to admit that the Marquis de Lafayette of France who was a volunteer during the American Revolution and the so-called American patriots of the period, like George Washington et al were nothing more than terrorists?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5899.htm

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Paul Krugman: Taken for a Ride:

Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." So George Bush declared on Sept. 20, 2001. But what was he saying? Surely he didn't mean that everyone was obliged to support all of his policies, that if you opposed him on anything you were aiding terrorists.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5895.htm

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Enemies of the States:

If you're against Bush, you're against America.: If you oppose George Bush's policies, or if you're supported by anybody who opposes George Bush's policies, you're anti-American.
slate.msn.com/id/2097369/

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The Problem Is With Product, Not Packaging

The United States government persists in its disrespect for Arabs. Its frequent attempts to win their "hearts and minds", through wars, state-of-the-art radio and TV stations and "reform" initiatives often lead to new follies, further insults.
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=41463&d=19&m=3&y=2004

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Galloway Accepts Damages over Iraq Libel :

MP George Galloway accepted undisclosed High Court libel damages and a public apology today over an article which said he had opposed the conflict in Iraq because he had been paid by Saddam‚s regime.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2670782

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UK: Defeat for Blunkett as judges free detainee :

A Libyan man held for almost 16 months without charge or trial was released from Belmarsh high security prison last night after three appeal court judges ruled that the home secretary had acted "inappropriately" and "unlawfully" in certifying him as an international terrorist.
politics.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4883602-110247,00.html

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The American right strikes back:

A matter of days after the event branded Europe's September 11, and American conservatives – including some of the very people who were so outraged by the criticisms hurled at the US in September 2001 – have started whacking not just Spanish policy, but the Spanish people.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/18/1079199360164.html

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St. Patrick, Rid US Of The Snakes:

We need St. Patrick to drive from our land and high offices the vipers of war, greed and intolerance. Topping the list of serpents more than ready for a slithering exit from the public scene are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
www.niagarafallsreporter.com/gallagher156.html

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A Bad Dream, Home on the Range:

George assumed that all the other countries, the ones with the white hats, would join him and help Good defeat Evil.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5894.htm

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The Evangelical Roots of American Unilateralism:

The Christian Right's Influence and How to Counter It
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5889.htm

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On the run again:

During the Vietnam war, I hid deserters – and watched it unravel as the GI movement grew. Iraq could go the same way
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1173091,00.html

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More dead, more spin :

When U.S. military forces arrived to help rescue victims of Wednesday's massive bombing in central Baghdad, they were confronted by angry Iraqi citizens who tried to turn them away.
www.madison.com/captimes/opinion/editorial/70428.php

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S Korea cancels plans to send troops to northern Iraq:

South Korea says it has cancelled plans to send troops to northern Iraq because of security concerns and was considering deploying them to other areas in the war-torn country.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1069467.htm

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Taiwan President, VP Injured in Shooting:–

President Chen Shui-bian and his vice president were shot and slightly wounded Friday in an assassination attempt as they rode in an open vehicle while campaigning a day before an election that could be a turning point in Taiwan's tense relationship with China.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=516&e=2&u=/ap/20040319/ap_on_re_as/taiwan_president

tinyurl.com/2f9jy

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John Pilger on terror in Palestine:

No front pages in the west mourn victims of the enduring bloodbath in occupied Palestine, the equivalent of the Madrid horror week after week, month after month
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5888.htm

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If Palestinians Were Killed By Suicide Bombings:

"Is that the problem? Palestinians are not being killed by suicide bombings and therefore their deaths are not going to warrant reactions of horror? .."
www.palestinechronicle.com/story.php?sid=2004031905325971

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Seeking Answers from Israel:

YEAR AGO this week, my daughter Rachel Corrie was killed in Rafah in the Gaza Strip. She was run over by an Israeli bulldozer manned by two soldiers. The Israeli government exonerated the soldiers, closed the case, and refuses to release to the US government the complete report on the military police investigation into Rachel's killing.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5890.htm

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Shame on Sharon:

Rachel Corrie's death remains unjustified before law or world opinion. It can never be justified
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/682/op3.htm

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The 'non-foreign policy' of the US:

I cannot recall the number of articles and comments which wagered heavily on the success of US President George Bush's commitment, just over a year ago, to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
electroniciraq.net/news/1405.shtml

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Spanish al-Qaeda cell linked to Indonesia:

The Spanish al-Qaeda cell, which is a suspect in the Madrid bombings, had links to militant training camps in Indonesia , an expert said on Thursday.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/articleshow?msid=567957

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Police probe London link to Madrid bombings:

Anti-terrorist police are investigating a "definite link" between perpetrators of the Madrid train bombings and Islamic hardliners in Britain, the nation's most senior police officer says.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1070018.htm

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New bill calls for G.I. Jane draft:

With legislation requesting the reinst atement of the draft to include women, equal rights may enter a new war zone come next year.
www.datelinealabama.com/article/2004/03/14/5576_news_art.php3

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Many Pakistani soldiers killed in offensive:

Fifteen Pakistani soldiers have been killed in heavy fighting with a group of fighters, possibly including a top al-Qaida member, on the Afghan border.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A72C39DA-EA71-4ED8-B535-78A50CB6897A.htm

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Pakistan, US agreed to release over 640 Pak prisoners held in Cuba, Afghanistan :

Pakistan and the United States of America Thursday agreed to release Pakistani prisoners detained in Guantanamo, Cuba and Afghanistan subject to screening process of the US authorities.
www.nni-news.com/current/main/news-01.htm

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Saudi 'arrested' for TV comments:

Saudi authorities have jailed a lawyer a day after he criticised the arrest of several top intellectuals in a television interview, sources say.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3521672.stm

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Two American soldiers killed in fighting in central Afghanistan, U.S. military says:

In a brief statement, U.S. Central Command said the American soldiers were accompanied by troops of the Afghan National Army when they were attacked by "anti-coalition militia" in a village near Tarin Kowt.
9news.com:8080/storyfull.aspx?storyid=25665

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Taliban appoints new area chief:

THE Taliban has appointed former commander Mullah Dadullah to lead operations against US and Afghan forces in the country's south, a spokesman for the ousted militia said today
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,8999725%255E401,00.html

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Afghan warlords to field common candidate against Karzai :

Afghanistan‚s powerful mujahideen politicians are holding talks on fielding a candidate to challenge President Hamid Karzai in elections later this year, party officials said yesterday.
tinyurl.com/2cov9

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Afghanistan's elections may be as late as August :

President Hamid Karzai said that national elections planned for June could be held as late as August, and that even this goal depended on the success of a major voter registration push to be held in May.
www.iht.com/articles/510859.html

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Pakistan Believes al-Qaida No. 2 Is Close:

Pakistani troops believe they have surrounded al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri in an operation near the Afghan border, three senior Pakistani officials told The Associated Press on Thursday.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040318/ap_on_re_as/pakistan_al_zawahri

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Bin Laden reward doubled:

THE US House of Representatives, amid an intensifying hunt for leaders of the al-Qaeda terrorist network, voted unanimously today to double the reward for Osama bin Laden's capture to $US50 million
www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,9011413%255E1702,00.html

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al Qaeda number two leader visited Australia: report

Osama bin Laden's biographer says the Al Qaeda leader's deputy visited Australia in the early 1990s in an attempt to establish a global terrorist network.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1070026.htm

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Date: 18 Mar 2004

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319 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Pakistan Believes al-Qaida No. 2 Is Close:

Pakistani troops believe they have surrounded al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri in an operation near the Afghan border, three senior Pakistani officials told The Associated Press on Thursday.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040318/ap_on_re_as/pakistan_al_zawahri

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Bin Laden reward doubled

THE US House of Representatives, amid an intensifying hunt for leaders of the al-Qaeda terrorist network, voted unanimously today to double the reward for Osama bin Laden's capture to $US50 million
www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,9011413%255E1702,00.html

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US troops shoot dead journalist in Baghdad:

US occupation forces have shot dead al-Arabiya cameraman Ali Abd al-Aziz and injured two others working for the station in Baghdad.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/30E895C5-79E1-4A46-B1A2-15F6C8A0E6B4.htm

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NATO bolsters force after 22 die in Kosovo:

NATO sent reinforcements to Kosovo on Thursday after 22 people were killed and hundreds wounded in fighting between Serbs and ethnic Albanians in the worst violence since the province's 1998-99 war.
www.iht.com/articles/510881.html

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Car bomb kills 5 in southern Iraqi city :

A car bomb exploded Thursday as a British military patrol passed by in the southern city of Basra, killing five Iraqi bystanders
pennlive.com/newsflash/lateststories/index.ssf?/base/international-12/1079613541228950.xml

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TV crew members and soldiers killed in wave of attacks:

Three people were killed and 10 were wounded north of Baghdad in an attack on a bus transporting the crew of an Iraqi television station funded by the US-led coalition, hospital sources said.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/18/1079199362898.html

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Two U.S. soldiers killed, six wounded in mortar attack in Iraq: Mortars fired at a U.S. base near Baghdad killed two American soldiers and wounded six others, the military said Thursday.

U.S. Helicopter Comes Down in Iraq – Witnesses:

A U.S. helicopter came down on Thursday south of the flashpoint Iraqi city of Falluja, west of Baghdad, witnesses said. Z
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4597729&section=news

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Kerry Asks Spain to Keep Soldiers in Iraq, El Mundo Reports :

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry asked Spanish Prime Minister-elect Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to reconsider a campaign promise and keep his country's troops in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5879.htm

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Al-Qaeda group calls truce in Spain: report:

A group claiming to have links with al-Qaeda said today it was calling a truce in its Spanish operations to see if the new government would withdraw its troops from Iraq, a pan-Arab newspaper said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5880.htm

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General sacked by Bush says he wanted early elections :

Jay Garner, the US general abruptly dismissed as Iraq's first occupation administrator after a month in the job, says he fell out with the Bush circle because he wanted free elections and rejected an imposed programme of privatisation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5884.htm

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Rumsfeld Hedges on June 30 Iraqi Sovereignty Date:

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Tuesday he could not be sure that a June 30 date would be met for ending the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq and handing sovereignty over to Iraq.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4582540

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Polish President: We were 'taken for a ride' about Iraq's WMD:

"That they deceived us about the weapons of mass destruction, that's true. We were taken for a ride," Kwasniewski said.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=9310

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Last rites for the Bush doctrine:

Events in Spain have intensified the ideological war in America
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1171937,00.html

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Robert Fisk: 'If I am told to go, I will go.':

Spanish soldiers prepare to return to home front: Ask the three Spanish soldiers atop their troop transporter if they want to stay or go home, and they roar with laughter amid the Iraqi traffic jam.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5885.htm

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Spain: an example for us all:

Supporters of the U.S. war on Iraq are portraying Spain's expected withdrawal of troops as a major victory for terrorists. Indeed, even those who don't support the Iraq war worry that Spain's action will embolden terrorists to try intimidating other nations. The reality is the opposite:
www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040317.wxlone17/BNStory/International/

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Homage to Castilla: "Appeasement" in Spain:

The bodies were barely cold from the attacks of "11-M" in Madrid, the ballots from Sunday's national election barely counted, but American pundits were already competing furiously to heap insult upon injury.
www.reason.com/links/links031704.shtml

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Jimmy Breslin: Irish eyes won't smile when Bush pays visit:

The Irish Herald newspaper printed that Bush will have 700 people with him, and the American security people have asked for immunity for anybody who shoots and kills a protester. This could be a standard request, but it looks like hell to see it in print in Ireland.
www.newsday.com/news/columnists/ny-nybres183711653mar18,0,2338687.column

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Exclusive: Pakistani Plot Exposed

A plot to replace Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf with the nuclear engineer who sold the country's secrets to America's self-avowed enemies is being organized by politico-religious leaders, said one of the leaders present.
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040318-024708-5371r

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How the US set Pakistan aflame:

The spark was provided by United States pressure on the government of President General Pervez Musharraf to help in Washington's "war on terror", but ironically, the only gainer will be the anti-US Afghan resistance.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5886.htm

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Exploring The Depths And Roots Of Anti-Americanism:

Why does much of the world look at American policies with suspicion and resentment, as a recent survey suggests?
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/3/35ECBE52-56C9-475B-9336-48B360637587.html

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Returnee from Iraq kills self in Colo.:

Just three weeks home from Iraq, a decorated Fort Carson Green Beret shot himself to death Sunday, moments after his wife frantically called 911 for help.
www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~6439~2022182,00.html

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Haddad breaks his silence:

The Muslim cleric was jailed for 19 months. Secret evidence branded him a terror threat. His entire family was deported. Now they are reunited in Lebanon, and he is speaking out for the first time.
www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=6041

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New Haitian Cabinet excludes Aristide supporters:

Haiti's new U.S.-backed Cabinet took office Wednesday without a single member of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's Lavalas Family party, setting the stage for a showdown before the government even gets to work.
www.theargusonline.com/Stories/0,1413,83~1968~2025323,00.html

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Aristide Talks With Democracy Now!

About the Leaders of the Coup and U.S. Funding of the Opposition in Haiti.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5883.htm

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Haiti's History:

Noam Chomsky Traces Underpinnings Of Aristide's Ouster Back To 1991-1994 Coup
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5882.htm

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Venezuela's Constitutional Chamber orders halt to referendum process :

The Venezuelan Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) on Wednesday ordered the Electoral Chamber to "halt all the processes of the presidential recall referendum."
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-03/18/content_1371982.htm

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Venezuelan Opposition Attempts a Breakdown of Institutions:

The international press has already carried the opposition‚s version of the March 15 ruling by the Electoral Chamber of Venezuela‚s Supreme Court, validating the more than 800,000 signatures that had been set aside for re-verification by the National Elections Council based on suspected fraud.
venezuelanalysis.com/articles.php?artno=1131

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'Mercenary not tortured to death':

South Africa has denied reports that Nick du Toit, the alleged leader of a group of mercenaries arrested in Equatorial Guinea, died under torture.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3524172.stm

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Nuke claims: Khatami chastises US:

Iran says it will cooperate with the UN nuclear agency to prove its nuclear programme is peaceful as long as "plots led by the US" to declare Iran in breach of the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty remain ineffective.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/92A14680-06F7-4F2B-8732-B00738721001.htm

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UK: MPs criticise Israel over treatment of Palestinians:

Two boys, aged 14 and 15, died in a missile attack on Rafah, close to Gaza's border with Egypt, in another day of violence which began when an Israeli helicopter fired two missiles overnight into a group of Palestinians, killing a gunman and a 45-year-old bystander.
news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=502308

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Two Occupations :

Some in the antiwar movement have been reluctant to take up demands around the occupation of Palestinian lands, fearing it will alienate some of those who opposed the invasion of Iraq or who might today be won to opposing its occupation.
www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2004-03/12arnove.cfm

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By any means necessary:

It is not simply Israel's current hardline government that is to blame for the subjugation of Palestinians, but Zionism itself
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5881.htm

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Fury of Kelly widow over inquest:

Their attack came as a coroner ruled that there was no need to reconvene an inquest into Dr Kelly's death, which Lord Hutton concluded was suicide.
www.femail.co.uk/pages/standard/article.html?in_article_id=209921&in_page_id=2

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A CEO's Story.

Send jobs to China and India, and then campaign cash to Bush
www.campaignmoney.org/spotlight/sis03_17_04.htm

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Out-of-state money pours into Toomey-Specter race:

Rex Sinquefield gave all the campaign donations he could to U.S. Rep. Patrick Toomey, the Republican trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter. But he did not stop there.
www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/8212585.htm

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David H. Hackworth: Batten Down the Mosquito Netting:

1 percent to 4 percent of our soldiers in Iraq can expect to be hit by this potentially deadly parasite, delivered by the bite of infected sand flies as common in the Middle East as fleas on a wild dog.
tinyurl.com/36sub

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US To Deploy Unmanned Drones In Skies Over Mexican Border:

The drones will be flown remotely above the border under the ABC (Arizona Border Control) program in a bid to beef up border security, explained Asa Hutchinson, Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security
www.spacedaily.com/news/uav-04o.html

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Iraq: One year on the human rights situation remains dire

A year after US-led forces launched war on Iraq, the promise of improved human rights for Iraqis remains far from realized. Most Iraqis still feel unsafe in a country ravaged by violence.
web.amnesty.org/library/print/ENGMDE140062004

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Date: 17 Mar 2004

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318 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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March 20: The World Still Says No to War:

Protests in More Than 50 Countries Over 500 Groups Endorse Call to Action www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=2136

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UK: National Demonstration: No More LIES Mr Blair!

Saturday 20 March: Assemble 12 Noon Hyde Park (nearest tube Marble Arch) Marching to Trafalgar Square www.stopwar.org.uk/

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27 dead in Iraq hotel blast:

Iraqi police and US soldiers said a car bomb destroyed the five storey Hotel Jabal Lebanon. Residents, however, said a rocket struck the building. tinyurl.com/3xsw7

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Honduras to Withdraw Troops From Iraq :

Honduras, following the lead of Spain, will withdraw its 370 troops from a Spanish-led humanitarian and peacekeeping brigade in Iraq by the end of June, Defense Secretary Federico Breve said Tuesday. informationclearinghouse.info/article5868.htm

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Bush could try UN resolution to save coalition :

THE White House indicated yesterday it might seek a new United Nations resolution on Iraq in an attempt to persuade Spain not to abandon the coalition by withdrawing its troops. news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=308862004

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Brits fear attack due to Iraq role:

Seventy-five per cent of Britons feel vulnerable to attack because of their nation's role in Iraq, a new opinion poll reveals. www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/17/1079199272699.html

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Terrorist attack on Australia inevitable, warns FBI expert :

A terrorist attack on Australia was inevitable, and the nation was clearly more of a target because of its alliance to the United States, a senior FBI counter-terrorism expert said today. informationclearinghouse.info/article5869.htm

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Australia: Howard at end of credibility line on Iraq:

Why won't John Howard admit that our participation in the invasion of Iraq increased the risk that Australia will be targetted for a terrorist attack? www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/16/1079199216732.html

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Linda S. Heard: We're all losers in Bush's 'War on Terror' :

While we sat glued to our screens horrified at the agony of blood soaked survivors of Madrid with the death toll rising by the minute, were we able to say the "war on terror" has been a success? informationclearinghouse.info/article5863.htm

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Living In Fear Abroad:

So this is the safer world that Bush and Blair promised us? informationclearinghouse.info/article5866.htm

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Majority Say U.S. Goal Is Domination Not War Against Terrorism:

When people in the nine countries – including Britain and the United States – were asked if the campaign against terrorism was a sincere effort to reduce international terrorism, majorities in France, Germany and the four Muslim-majority countries felt it was not. informationclearinghouse.info/article5872.htm

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The Burden of Empire:

According to the Department of Defense, the United States has troops in 135 countries. Here is the list: informationclearinghouse.info/article5876.htm

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„Military interventions are the tip of the imperialist iceberg‰:

„Almost certainly those European governments, such as Spain and Italy, that have supported the US against the clear wishes of their peoples will fall‰David Harvey, „The New Imperialism‰ www.williambowles.info/ini/ini-0209.html

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Robert Fisk: Iraq: a year of war:

The invasion of Iraq would, we were told, rid the world of mortal danger. One year on, the only people who feel safer are those who prefer not to think for themselves informationclearinghouse.info/article5877.htm

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A Year After Iraq War :

Mistrust of America in Europe Ever Higher, Muslim Anger Persists people-press.org/reports/display.php3?ReportID=206

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Return of the Moor:

The Spanish press has finally confirmed it: Since the morning of March 11, hours after the bombings took place, journalists at the Spanish news agency EFE knew that the official version blaming Basque separatists from ETA was false. www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FC18Aa01.html

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Spain got the point:

By defaming the Spanish while Madrid weeps, the Bushites display a sneaking contempt for democracy informationclearinghouse.info/article5870.htm

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Justice Not Murder:

The Tragic Symmetry of Terrorism. 200 innocent Spaniards were murdered because of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar elected to disregard the will of 85% of his people and join the Bush Crusade into Iraq. informationclearinghouse.info/article5874.htm

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Patrick J. Buchanan: One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

Looking back over the 20th century, no fewer than three Israeli prime ministers have been accused of terrorism. informationclearinghouse.info/article5873.htm

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Lack of weapons of mass destruction comes back to haunt Bush:

Was it really an intelligence failure? Or was it a failure by the policymakers and battle planners in the White House and Pentagon who used the intelligence to make the case for war? Or even deliberate deception, as some have charged? www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/03/17/INTEL.TMP

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Bush camp exposed as 'serial liars':

US President George Bush and his four top advisers made a combined total of 237 misleading public statements on the threat posed by Iraq. The claim was made in a congressional report released on Tuesday. informationclearinghouse.info/article5875.htm

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Iraq on the Record: Database Containing The Bush Administration's Public Statements on Iraq :

A comprehensive record of the statements made by the five Administration officials most responsible for providing public information and shaping public opinion on Iraq: President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. www.house.gov/reform/min/features/iraq_on_the_record/

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A Must Read

Our Nation Betrayed: The Iraq WMD Intelligence Deception:

If we are to maintain a viable federal government, President George W. Bush and the officials who orchestrated this deception must be held accountable to the American citizens. A Must Read informationclearinghouse.info/article5878.htm

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Military Families Urge Censure for Bush as Congress Marks Iraq Anniversary tinyurl.com/242r3

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For Iraqis in Harm's Way, $5,000 and 'I'm Sorry':

Nearly a year ago, Ali Kadem Hashem watched his wife burn to death and his three children die after an American missile hit his house. Last week, he got $5,000 from the United States government and an "I'm sorry" from a young captain. informationclearinghouse.info/article5870.htm

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Robert Fisk: Al-Qa'ida Attacks Intensify, But Iraqi Police Say: "Let Them Come":

Not a single suicide bomber, in fact, has ever been formally identified as a non-Iraqi, despite the Bush administration's repeated assertions that "foreign fighters" are behind the attacks on the Iraqi police. informationclearinghouse.info/article5865.htm

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Venezuela offers Aristide refuge:

Mr Chavez said he did not recognize Haiti's new government, led by Prime Minister Gerard Latortue, he said oil-rich Venezuela was offering humanitarian aid to Haiti, including supplies of fuel oil. informationclearinghouse.info/article5867.htm

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Venezuela Does Not Recognize New Haitian New Government:

Jamaica says it may issue a decision on whether to recognize the new Haitian administration after next week's Caribbean Community regional summit in Saint Kitts and Nevis. www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=EBDA645A-9B85-4348-BE9298802C40CAD7

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'Haiti will hurt itself':

Jamaica yesterday warned Haiti's interim leader, Gerard Latortue, that he is more likely to hurt his own country than the region by his declared freeze on relations with the Caribbean Community (Caricom). www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20040316T220000-0500_57262_OBS_FREEZE_A_BAD_IDEA__PJ_TELLS_HAITI_PM.asp

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US stalls on Iranian offer of reform deal :

The US has for 10 months been stalling over an Iranian offer of landmark talks that would see the Islamic republic address Washington's concerns on nuclear weapons, terrorism and Israel – because of divisions within the Bush administration. informationclearinghouse.info/article5864.htm

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Latest clash between Kurds and Syrian security forces leave 8 dead :

Syrian security forces fought with rioting Kurds in northern Syria as clashes spread to the nation's second-largest city. A Kurdish politicians and a witness said Wednesday at least five Kurds and three policemen were killed. www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?tl=1&display=rednews/2004/03/17/build/world/80-kurds-syria.inc

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Ugandan Massacre Death Toll at Least 337:

Rebels killed at least 337 people last month in Uganda's worst massacre in years story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040316/wl_nm/uganda_dc

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Israeli onslaught begins ahead of pullout:

Six Palestinians are now dead after a series of missile strikes by Israeli aircraft on the densely populated Gaza Strip english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/5AC98E86-DB9C-43E7-A40A-3312051CBBA9.htm

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Israel: Minister Katz Calls for Ousting Arafat & Eliminating Yassin www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=59555

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Saudi arrests five reformers:

Five Saudi reformers, advocating a constitutional monarchy, have been arrested by security officers. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D6E294F7-34B7-4AD6-B831-1E6A95F596E6.htm

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Venezuela: Independence of the Electoral Chamber Threatened www.vcrisis.com/index.php?content=letters/200403170432

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Bush Has a New Top Career Patron:

MBNA surpasses Enron as the president's top lifetime contributor. The Delaware-based company has given Bush $605,041 over his career, while Enron ($602,625) slipped to second, according to a recent supplement to "The Buying of the President 2004," www.publicintegrity.org/bop2004/report.aspx?aid=220&sid=200

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Law and Order: Department of Justice:

The FBI alumni association working at credit card giant MBNA Corp. grew larger last week when Lewis D. Schiliro, head of the FBI's New York office and a close friend of FBI Director Louis J. Freeh, announced he was leaving the bureau to go to work for the company. informationclearinghouse.info/article5871.htm

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Medicare Trust Fund Faces Earlier Insolvency:

A new government report to be released to Congress next week will show that the long-term outlook for Medicare is extremely bleak and that the program is heading for insolvency earlier than previously forecast. www.thehill.com/news/031704/fund.aspx

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Date: 16 Mar 2004

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317 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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32 dead in al-Qaeda hunt:

AT least eight Pakistani paramilitary troops died and more than 24 foreign and local militants were believed killed overnight during an operation to hunt al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects in a tribal territory near the Afghan border, an official statement said.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,8991504%255E1702,00.html

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Iraq gunmen kill eight civilians:

The coalition is investigating if civilians are being targeted Gunmen have killed eight people in three shooting incidents in Iraq.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3516910.stm

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Two die in Israeli army raid:

The Israeli army went into action tonight after being ordered by the government to assassinate Palestinian terror leaders.
breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=97860072&p=9786x778

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Spanish police 'identify' train bombers:

Spanish police believe they have identified six Moroccans as the bombers who blew up four commuter trains in Madrid last week.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/554C1C4A-1B83-4BDF-A29B-5D1B3E0F510B.htm

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Spain's PM ups pressure on Blair: 'You can't organise a war with lies':

Spain's incoming Socialist Prime Minister, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the unexpected victor in Sunday's general election, launched a withering attack on Tony Blair and George Bush yesterday over their decision to go to war in Iraq.
news.independent.co.uk/europe/story.jsp?story=501661

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A brutal lesson for Blair:

They had told us al-Qaida was so weakened it could only mount attacks soft targets in Bali, Istanbul and Tunisia. That too was a dangerous miscalculation. And what happened to the " fly paper" theory – the idea that the front line in Iraq would draw all jihadists to a sticky end?
www.guardian.co.uk/leaders/story/0,3604,1170016,00.html

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Tony Blair will not be forgiven:

We see the Palestinian suicide bomber as a terrorist – but not Sharon, the overseer of the massacres of Shatila and Sabra. We abhor the killers of Omagh, but not yet those of Bloody Sunday. We rightly condemn the killing fields of Pol Pot, but not the murderous attacks of Nixon and Kissinger. To many in the third world, the hypocrisy of the west is beyond belief.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1170115,00.html

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The Return of Spanish Democracy:

The Spanish election was the return of Spanish Democracy, a precious commodity that had been sidelined, shamefully, at the time of Aznar's commitment to Bush's war (despite 90% opposition). From that moment on, Aznar's government had become illegitimate and surviving only on the manipulation of information and deception of the populace.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5860.htm

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Noam Chomsky: Bring Them to Justice!:

There's little support for the government's efforts to maintain what amounts to a powerful, permanent, military and diplomatic presence in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5861.htm

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London attack 'inevitable', says police chief:

Sir John Stevens said while anti-terror officers were "working three times harder than ever" to defend against atrocities such as that committed in Madrid last week, it would be a matter of time before "some sort of attack gets through".
www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,12780,1170514,00.html

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Bush appeals to Europeans not to pull out of Iraq:

Asked about Dutch calls for a withdrawal, he said the Dutch should "think about the Iraqi citizens, who don't want people to withdraw — because they want to be free."
www.wtkr.com/Global/story.asp?S=1714701&nav=0oa8AfMQ

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Australia Says It Stands by the U.S.:

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer urged Spain's new prime minister not to pull its 1,300 troops from Iraq, as he has promised to do unless the United Nations takes over peacekeeping by June 30.
www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/breaking_news/8199314.htm

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Pepe Escobar : The emergence of hyperterrorism:

According to intelligence estimates in Brussels, there may be an invisible army of up to 30,000 holy warriors spread around the world, which begs the question: how will Western democracies be able to fight them?
www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FC17Aa04.html

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US foes set to pounce:

As the US offensive gets under way on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, anti-US forces are said to be preparing their own series of attacks on the US and its allies, not just on the battlefield but around the world.
www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/FC17Df03.html

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US government faked Bush news reports :

TV news reports in America that showed President George Bush getting a standing ovation from potential voters have been exposed as fake, it has emerged.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5862.htm

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Two GIs in Iraq Seek Objector Status:

Two U.S. Army medics in Iraq have applied for conscientious objector status and want to be honorably discharged from the military because the idea of killing is "revolting" to them, their company commander said Tuesday.
www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/breaking_news/8199381.htm

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Iraq war based on lies, says soldier:

"I am saying no to war – I have chosen peace," Staff Sergeant Mejia said before turning himself in yesterday at the Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,8991356^401,00.html

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Is this our Hola camp?:

British troops are said to have killed 23 innocent Iraqis, and yet the British people and government remain silent.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/comment/0,12956,1169399,00.html

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Aristide Talks With Democracy Now About His Return to the Caribbean:

President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, speaking on board of a chartered Gulfstream jet as he made his way to Jamaica about his return to the Caribbean.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/03/16/1712208

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Afghans allege Guantanamo mistreatment:

Twenty-three Afghan men freed from Guantanamo Bay have accused the US of mistreating them during the two years they have been kept behind bars.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1067297.htm

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Iraqi exile group fed news media false information:

U.S. officials and others who supported a pre-emptive invasion quoted the allegations in statements and interviews without running afoul of restrictions on classified information or doubts about the defectors' reliability.
www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/8194183.htm

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Israel to Step Up Assassination Attacks :

Israel‚s security cabinet today approved an army plan to intensify targeted killings of Palestinian militants, including leaders, and send more troops into the Gaza Strip for ground operations.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2656955

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Israel invades Gaza City:

Israeli occupation troops have invaded the occupied Gaza Strip, demolishing a college building and injuring two Palestinian policemen.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7B4AD209-3BF6-4050-9D59-0113BDFA22B3.htm

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In case you missed it:

Rabbi Goldstein gives a historic overview of Zionism:

The Muslims people basically got involved in the fight against zionism when it started effecting them on a political bases which is 1917 for the Palestinians or afterwards for some of the other Arab countries, We [religious Jews] were in this fight from the 1890 roughly… As soon as it was founded [zionism], it was condemned – Jews came out and said this is atheistic, this is idol worship…"
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1456.htm

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RighteousJews.org was begun in 2003 as a way to commemorate the memory of those Palestinians who have been, and continue to be depopulated, dispossessed, humiliated, tortured, and murdered in the name of political Zionism and its quest to create a Jewish state in the lands between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River.
www.righteousjews.org/

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Twenty-six freed from Guantanamo:

Twenty-three Afghans and three Pakistanis held at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay have been freed, the American military has said.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3514852.stm

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Judges may overturn Bali convictions:

Seven of Indonesia's most senior judges have retired to consider their verdict in a case that could result in convictions against all leading Bali bombers being overturned. The verdict also has implications for soldiers convicted of gross human rights abuses.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/16/1079199222721.html

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A murderous dictator, his rapper son and a $700m-a-year oil boom:

The grounding of a mystery plane, allegedly carrying mercenaries, has focused attention on the West African state of Equatorial Guinea and its despotic leader.
news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/story.jsp?story=501665

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Army Says Its Lawyers and Intelligence Officers Overstepped Their Authority in Texas Inquiry:

U.S. Army lawyers and intelligence agents were out of order when they attended a conference on Islam last month at the University of Texas at Austin's law school
chronicle.com/temp/email.php?id=bju0jnau96sq62ivhbj1sijo17igoz9u

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Gunmen Kill 3 U.S. Civilians, Wound 2 in Iraq:

Gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying U.S. civilians in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul Monday, killing three and wounding two, police at the scene said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4571121

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U.S. confirms skirmish at Iranian border:

U.S. forces in Iraq skirmished with what appeared to be Iranian border guards on the Iran-Iraq frontier at the weekend, a U.S. military spokesman said today, but Iran denied there was any such encounter.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/2449892

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They Can Already Taste blood and They are Ready to Kill… Our America:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5856.htm

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U.S. should stop thinking it's right, and just do what's right:

Reinhold Niebuhr, arguably America's greatest theologian, often observed that it is not the bad people we have to worry about but the good people. By "good people" Niebuhr meant those who are so convinced of their own righteousness as to be blind to their capacity for evil. These are the ones who really ought to concern us.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5857.htm

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Democracy – Not "The Free Market" – Will Save America's Middle Class:

The conservative belief in "free markets" is a bit like the Catholic Church's insistence that the Earth was at the center of the Solar System in the Twelfth Century. It's widely believed by those in power, those who challenge it are branded heretics and ridiculed, and it is wrong.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5859.htm

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Gwynne Dyer: Spain wants to be safe but not at any cost :

Terrorism is a technique, not an ideology. It is equally available to the extreme left and the extreme right, to religious and to secular fanatics, to national minorities of every kind – and Europe has seen them all.
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?reportID=1162635&storyID=3554940

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Beware instant democracy :

Amid all the talk about bringing democracy to the Middle East, it is worth recalling that the first multi-party elections in the Arabian peninsula were held in Yemen almost 11 years ago. The elections took place in April 1993 amid great celebrations but in May 1994, just over a year later, the country plunged into civil war.
www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,1169776,00.html

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Intelligence chiefs had no hint of al-Qaeda bomb plot:

THE absence of any prior intelligence about a planned Islamic attack in Madrid is now one of the biggest causes of concern among security chiefs in both Europe and the United States.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,12589-1038896,00.html

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U.S. Harbored Terrorists to Bolster Its Case:

It was a tad misleading to demand Hussein's ouster on grounds that he "harbors a deadly terrorist network" — when it was not Hussein, but a Taliban-like crowd of Islamic radicals in the U.S. Air Force-protected north, doing the harboring.
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/03/15/007.html

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Both Houses of Parliament – One Question:

There is now a call in both British Houses of Parliament to report the United States to the United Nations Security Council for breaching the Geneva Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention by supplying Saddam Hussein with the very biological materials which were the basis for war in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5858.htm

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Furious at Jamaica welcoming Aristide, Haiti freezes diplomatic ties :

Haitian ex-president Jean Bertrand Aristide arrived in Jamaica, provoking the ire of authorities in Haiti, who froze ties with the neighboring nation and warned the visit could fuel violence in Port-au-Prince, where a US Marine was shot and wounded overnight.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/75598/1/.html

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Koevoet, 32 battalion and the coup plot…

The alleged plan to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea was hatched on farm in Walkerville, about 40km south of Johannesburg.
www.iol.co.za/index.php?art_id=ct20040314091038442P430771&set_id=1&click_id=139&sf=]

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Date: 15 Mar 2004

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You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty: Mahatma Gandhi

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316 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Furious voters oust Spanish government:

Socialists gain power as Aznar is punished for bloodshed www.guardian.co.uk/spain/article/0,2763,1169404,00.html

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New Spanish PM promises Iraq withdrawal:

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, whose socialist party yesterday won a sensational election victory, today vowed to pull Spanish troops out of Iraq. www.guardian.co.uk/spain/article/0,2763,1169726,00.html

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New Spanish leader lashes out over Iraq war:

Spain's prime minister-elect has hit out at United States President George W Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair on their decision to launch a war against Iraq. www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1066490.htm

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Robert Fisk: The West was warned. Now it is paying the price of the 'war on terror':

Civilians are now to die in Europe as brutally as they have died in Bali and Tunisia and Istanbul and – let us, for a moment, see the world through another prism – as they have been torn to pieces by our bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5852.htm

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UK: George Galloway: You have to adopt a cost-benefit analysis. :

The costs can be calibrated in a hundred different ways, starting with the number of Iraqi people who were slaughtered (we don't know how many they were, because nobody was counting and, indeed, the US administration openly boasts that it can't be expected to count the number of Iraqis it killed). www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/voices/story/0,12820,1162935,00.html

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A Must Read.

The American elections, the future of alliances and the lessons of Spain: www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5854.htm

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The United States caught in a trap:

George W. Bush is confirming that formal sovereignty over Iraq will be transferred on June 30, 2004. According to a poll published Feb. 21, only 2% of Iraqis accept that this should be the present Governing Council. The parody of "democratization" that seems promised can only strengthen those in the resistance…

Translated from Le Monde diplomatique
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5853.htm

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Iraq Shooting Kills 3 Iraqis, Hurts 2 U.S. Civilians:

Three Iraqis were killed and two American civilians injured today in a shooting in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=email_us&refer=us&sid=ayzdb0rxOIVI

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Iraq woos Iran and US grows insecure:

The eagerness of post-Saddam Iraq to reach out to its Shiite neighbours in Iran, a sworn enemy of the United States, has become a new pressure point as Iraq's Shiite majority stonewalls in the face of US attempts to dictate the shape of a new government in Baghdad. www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/15/1079199161445.html

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Bush lied to justify Iraq war, Canada right to stay out: poll:

Canadians overwhelmingly believe President George W. Bush lied to justify the Iraq war and their own government was wise to stay out of the conflict, a new poll suggests. www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040314.wiraq0315/BNStory/Front/

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Citizens find Bush guilty of Afghan war crimes:

A citizens' tribunal Saturday in Tokyo found U.S. President George W. Bush guilty of war crimes for attacking civilians with indiscriminate weapons and other arms during the U.S.-led antiterrorism operations in Afghanistan in 2001 www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20040314a5.htm

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INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR AFGHANISTAN

AT TOKYO
THE PEOPLE
Versus GEORGE WALKER BUSH
President of the United States of America

The Prosecution has presented a formidable Indictment against the Defendant, George Walker Bush, President of the United States and Commander -in-Chief of US military forces for serious crimes ; waging a war of aggression on Afghanistan, war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Afghan people, against prisoners of war ; and the use of radioactive depleted uranium weapons of mass destruction , against the people of Afghanistan ; with serious fall out effects on the military personnel of the United States ,UK and other forces deployed ; and on countries, in and around the region .

Charges. Evidence and Verdict
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5855.htm

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In case you missed it:

U.S. Charged With War Crimes: The Evidence File:

Court case against General Franks in Brussels. WARNING: The video and pictures in this report contain images and descriptions, depicting the reality and horror of the U.S. – UK invasion of Iraq www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3450.htm

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Robert Fisk: Iraqi Recruits Put In The Firing Line While Americans Retreat To Safety Of Barracks:

The Americans aren't leaving on 30 June, of course; they are retreating to secure barracks. The airport will become an Iraqi responsibility. Iraqis will risk their lives to defend it from the "resistance". www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5850.htm

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William Rivers Pitt: Three Days in Spain:

The winds of change are blowing furiously through Spain today, as terrorism and war take center stage for the first time since September 11 as the determining factors in a democratic election. www.truthout.org/docs_04/031504A.shtml ===

Graffiti attack on Australian Navy ship in Wellington :

An Australian Navy tanker has been daubed with the words "John Howard – US boot licker" while berthed at Wellington's Overseas Passenger Terminal. www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3554965&thesection=news&thesubsection=general

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AWOL soldier plans to fight court-martial:

600 soldiers in the Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard have gone AWOL or deserted since two-week leaves began for 60,000 troops in Iraq last year, the Army said. www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/nation/8190384.htm

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Police defuse huge bomb near US Consulate in Pakistan:

The thwarted attack came ahead of a scheduled visit to Pakistan by the US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who is due to arrive in the country on Wednesday. news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/story.jsp?story=501404

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Nuclear Bombshell: The Truth that John Kerry Knows:

Before long, we will know whether the presidential campaign clashes between Kerry and Bush in the coming days will bring out the truth about the A Q Khan affair or the US establishment will close ranks to bury the issue to protect the CIA and many leading personalities. timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/559873.cms

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U.S. Marine Shot, Wounded in Haiti:

A U.S. Marine was shot and wounded in the Haitian capital, the first American peacekeeping casualty since the ouster of the Caribbean nation's president two weeks ago, a U.S. military official said Monday. story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040315/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/haiti_marines

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Defying Washington: Haiti's Aristide Heads Back to the Caribbean:

Preceding Aristide's departure, there was a several-hour-long stand-off in Bangui that raised serious questions about whether the Haitian leader would be permitted to leave Africa. The events also suggest that the US or other foreign governments may have attempted to prevent or delay Aristide from leaving. www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/03/15/1615213

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US sends special forces into north Africa :

US special forces troops have arrived in several north African countries over recent months amid Pentagon warnings that the region runs the risk of becoming an al-Qaida recruiting ground and a possible back door into Europe. www.guardian.co.uk/alqaida/story/0,12469,1169511,00.html

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Government secrecy growing since Sept. 11 terrorist attacks:

Since the 2001 terrorist attacks, federal, state and local governments are shutting down access to public records in what some experts say is the most expansive assault on open government in the nation's history. www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/auto/epaper/editions/today/news_0435ddecb14fc0f10009.html

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Government Continues Assault on American Freedoms:

The government is quietly pressing ahead with research into high-powered computer data-mining technology without the two most advanced privacy protections developed to police those terror-fighting tools. www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_4226.shtml

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Did the Bush administration pay people to pose as journalists in medicare news tapes?:

Federal investigators are scrutinizing television segments in which the Bush administration paid people to pose as journalists praising the benefits of the new Medicare law, which would be offered to help elderly Americans with the costs of their prescription medicines. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5851.htm

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If Ashcroft Were Uninsured…:

According to the Chicago-based group, Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), 41 million Americans don't have any health insurance and the majority of them, the group says, aren't necessarily unemployed. www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=18120

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Greenspan's Con Job:

Using his exalted status as economic wizard, the Federal Reserve chairman regularly corrupts the political dialogue by sowing outrageously false impressions among gullible members of Congress and adoring financial reporters. www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040322&s=greider

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In war without front lines, women GIs caught in chaos:

The stories of Nichole Frye and Gussie Jones, 2 of the 16 female soldiers who have died in Iraq, reveal much about a woman's role in the modern military www.duckdaotsu.org/women_war.html

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Venezuela Court OKs Recall Signatures:

Venezuela's Supreme Court gave a major boost Monday to opponents of President Hugo Chavez, ruling that signatures on recall petitions need not be validated. www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040315/API/403150778

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Like Machines, Nearly Two Million U.S. Farmworkers Labor Without Rights

In the United States nearly two million farmworkers, mainly immigrants, toil without rights, earn sub-living wages and exist in dehumanizing conditions. The piece rate paid to tomato pickers in Florida, for example, has dropped by 65 percent over the past twenty five years. In the fields of Florida, California, North Carolina and other states, one million farmworkers earn less than $7,500 per year. releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=122-03152004

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Date: 14 Mar 2004

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31 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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10 killed in apparent double suicide attack at Israeli port of Ashdod:

Two explosions killed ten people at the Israeli seaport of Ashdod on Sunday, and police said it was apparently a double suicide bombing
cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2004/03/14/382358-ap.html

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Witnesses' accounts of the Ashdod port bombings

Never in my life did I think that such a thing could happen here, with all of the security www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/404552.html

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Roadside bombs kill 6 U.S. soldiers :

Four American soldiers died in two bomb explosions in Baghdad, the coalition said Sunday, raising to six the number of U.S. troops killed in roadside bombs this weekend.
www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=rednews/2004/03/14/build/world/50-roadsidebombs.inc

tinyurl.com/24cny

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Six Iraqis killed in attack on village:

Family members on Sunday blamed US troops, saying soldiers had heard people shooting into the air on Saturday to celebrate a wedding nearby and had fired back from their tanks.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/53416CF3-92F0-47F9-8027-DCA875828181.htm

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U.S. Aims to Keep Iraq Military Control:

On Saturday, a U.S. official said Iraq's future Defense Ministry will have fewer than 100 employees, led by a civilian staff approved by Iraq's U.S. overseer, L. Paul Bremer.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=540&ncid=
736&e=4&u=/ap/20040313/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_after_occupation

tinyurl.com/36y3t

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Bush-speak redefines Œsovereignty‚:

Colin Powell, on behalf of the Bush administration and the provisional authority in Iraq said that „sovereignty‰ is to be returned to the Iraqi people on June 30. Returned? Sovereignty surely is not something that can be seized and returned. It remains with the Iraqis but has been negated not destroyed by the war and occupation.
www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/mar142004/nanporia.asp

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Rule of the death squads: Iraq one year on–

The shooting isn't just between occupying forces and guerrillas. The Iraqi Governing Council is "killing people one by one".
informationclearinghouse.info/article5841.htm

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Robert Fisk: Happy first birthday, war on Iraq:

Try to explain the crimes against humanity of September 11, 2001 and we were anti-American. Warn readers about the crazed alliance of right-wingers behind Bush, and we were anti-Semites. Report on the savagery visited upon Iraqi civilians during the Anglo-American air bombardment, and we were anti-British, pro-Hussein, sleeping with the enemy.
informationclearinghouse.info/article5845.htm

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White House Marks Invasion Anniversary:

The White House will mark this Friday's first anniversary of the invasion of Iraq with a week-long media blitz arguing that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein was essential to combating global terrorism and making the United States safer.
informationclearinghouse.info/article5846.htm

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U.S. Families Protest War:

"Anyone who has been killed over there has died in vain," Niederer said. "What are we there for?
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1079219409840&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968793972154

tinyurl.com/266sw

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The expatriate:

I am a member of the U.S. military whose unit deploys to Iraq next week. I do not want to be a pawn in the government's war for oil, and have told my superiors that I want out of the military.
www.duckdaotsu.org/expatriate.html

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Eric Margolis: Bush's war is a financial disaster :

The famous words of King Pyrrhus of Epirus after the bloody battle of Heraclea in 280 BC are as appropriate for America's conquest of Iraq: "One more such victory and we are ruined."
www.canoe.ca/Columnists/margolis_mar14.html

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In case you missed it:

Video: Breaking The Silence:

A hard hitting special report into the "war on terror" Award winning journalist John Pilger
www.informationclearinghouse.info/pilger_breaking_the_silence_35mb.htm

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Bush Draws Line in Sand with Iran :

It may turn out to be the next foreign policy crisis, on par with the Cuban Missile Crisis and America‚s recent showdown with Iraq.
www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/3/13/233654.shtml

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In case you missed it: Will Iran Be Next?:

Those who have hoped that a U.S. military victory in Iraq would somehow bring about a more peaceful world are in for a rude awakening. In the coming months the United States and its ally Israel will either accede to the existence of an Iranian nuclear power program, or take steps to prevent it.
informationclearinghouse.info/article3288.htm

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U.S.-led coalition to close Iraq-Iran border crossings:

The U.S.-led coalition announced yesterday that it would close most of Iraq's border crossings with Iran as it moves to tighten frontier controls to try to keep out foreign insurgents.
www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.iraq
14mar14,0,1576511.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines

tinyurl.com/2pqqr

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Cracks appear in mighty war machine:

U.S. resources strain to meet demands: Are there limits to American might? If so, are we reaching them?
www.nola.com/news/t-p/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1079251054300490.xml

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Videotape Claims Al-Qaeda Behind Madrid Bombings:

Spain's government announced it received a videotape claiming to be from al-Qaeda that said the terrorist group was behind the Madrid bombings
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=aXFI_r0vEd_g&refer=europe

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Norwegian researchers find possible al-Qaida link in Madrid attack :

Norwegian researchers have found documents that could link the al-Qaida network to terror bombings that killed 200 people in Madrid, Spain.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/03/13/international0654EST0467.DTL

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'Bush's failed war on terror comes to Spain':

THE chilling pictures from Madrid tell us one stark and terrible truth. President Bush's War against Terror in Iraq has become an Age of Terror – where the innocent Madrid or London train commuter is just as much at risk as the battlefield soldier.
www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/content_objectid=14047196_method=full_
siteid=50143_headline=-THE-CHILLING-NEW-EVIL-IN-OUR-MIDST-name_page.html

tinyurl.com/37d8b

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Bombings have effects on Spanish elections:

Protesters shouted "murderer" at the ruling party candidate as he cast his ballot.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2448844

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Al-Qaida Claim for Thursday's Terror Bombings Overshadow Spanish Election:

The Madrid bombs were in retaliation for Spain's cooperation with what he called "the Bush criminals" and their actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. He threatened more such attacks.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=65F906C5-B9BF-4516-924541BB21D6722B

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Spanish embassies were ordered to blame ETA:

Is government leader Aznar ordering a one-sided investigation because of Sunday's elections? According to [Spanish newspaper] El Pais the Spanish cabinet is set on putting responsibility for the attacks of 11 March with ETA. Spain's embassies have been chosen to spread the ETA theory.
informationclearinghouse.info/article5849.htm

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Spain Announces Five Arrests in Bombings:

Spain's interior minister Saturday announced the arrest of five suspects in the Madrid bombings, including three Moroccans. . The other two suspects had Indian passports, a ministry spokesman said.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/spain_bombings_arrests

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In case you missed it:

Terrorists 'helped by CIA' to stop rise of left in Italy : US intelligence services instigated and abetted rightwing terrorism in Italy during the 1970s, a former Italian secret service general has claimed.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,462976,00.html

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Australia will experience terrorist attack:

Madrid blasts are likely to be because of Spain's position on the war in Iraq, and that has implications for Australia.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1065567.htm

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Blair: 'We must be prepared for the terrorists to strike':

It emerged last night that Mr Blair has convened Whitehall's emergency nerve centre as Britain braces itself for a possible terrorist strike.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=501049

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Russia warned of new attacks:

A senior Arab field commander has warned of a new wave of attacks in Russia in retaliation for Moscow's abuses in Chechnya.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0CDDB551-16C1-4AE8-A6D4-59208BBEF14C.htm

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Robert Fisk: Focus: One year on – war without end:

Saddam may be gone but peace has not come.
informationclearinghouse.info/article5848.htm

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Afghan police: Taliban attack leaves four dead at border
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2004-03-14-taliban-attack_x.htm

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Soldier killed in drugs clash:

A PAKISTAN army soldier was killed and five others were injured in a clash with drug smugglers in a remote southwestern town bordering Afghanistan, officials said Sunday.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,8968341%255E1702,00.html

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Video: Convoy of Death:

Why have US television stations refused to broadcast this documentary?

In Afghanistan, filmmaker Jamie Doran has uncovered evidence of a massacre: Taliban prisoners of war suffocated in containers, shot in the desert under the watch of American troops.
informationclearinghouse.info/article3267.htm

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'Special skills military draft' on drawing board:

The government is taking the first steps toward a targeted military draft of Americans with special skills in computers and foreign languages.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/03/13/MNG905K1BC1.DTL

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Revealed: the full story of the Guantanamo Britons:

The Observer's David Rose hears the Tipton Three give a harrowing account of their captivity in Cuba
informationclearinghouse.info/article5847.htm

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Tipton man: MI5 held gun to my head:

Three British men released from Guantanamo Bay last week have accused MI5 officers of trying to force them into making false confessions – including using a handgun held to their heads during an interrogation.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/story.jsp?story=501055

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This creeping sickness:

So now we know: torture is routinely used by the US in Guantánamo Bay
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1168452,00.html

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Major Michael Mori Interview:

Leading David Hick's defence is his US military lawyer, Major Michael Mori. As a US military appointment, Major Mori has surprised many here and in the US with his damning condemnation of the legal process that David Hicks will be facing.
informationclearinghouse.info/article5844.htm

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For some defendants, an American gulag:

In Bernard Malamud's masterpiece The Fixer, inmate Yakov Bok was subjected to psychological torture in a Soviet gulag through the humiliations of constant shackling and repeated strip searches.
www.sptimes.com/2004/03/14/Columns/For_some_defendants__.shtml

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The Return Of President Aristide:

Democracy Now!'s Exclusive Reports on the Haitian President's Return to the Caribbean
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/03/13/1835255

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Anger rises in Haiti as two shot:

U.S. Marines said on Saturday they killed two more gunmen after coming under fire in Haiti, bringing to six the number of people killed by U.S. forces.
www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,8966945%255E912,00.html

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Top US military commander touches down in Haiti:

Violence will not be tolerated and will dealt with," Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said after visiting with US troops in Port-au-Prince. He made clear he did not expect Haiti to be stabilised quickly, saying, "This is a process that will take time".
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/14/1079199081165.html

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Mercenaries aimed to topple oil-rich despot:

The inside story of the ties that bind President Obiang and powerful American interests
news.independent.co.uk/low_res/story.jsp?story=501017&host=3&dir=69

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Israeli soldiers kill three Palestinians:

The deaths bring to 3833 the number of peopled killed since the September 2000 outbreak of the Palestinian intifada, or uprising, including 2879 Palestinians and 886 Israelis.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/378C859F-D2A5-48A0-B378-6CB52A08D5B7.htm

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Victory of brutality:

A new species of officer is achieving greatness in the Israel Defense Forces. These people did most of their service as occupation officers, and their excellence is a function of the degree of violence and brutality they exercise against the Palestinians.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/404272.html

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Two states, too little, too late:

In attempting to take it all by force, successive Israeli governments killed the two-state solution, leaving only the principled, just, democratic and counter-Zionist one-state solution left.
informationclearinghouse.info/article5840.htm

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The Difference Between Judaism and Zionism:

For over 60 years I have fought Zionism. For those who have been in this fight for only the last ten or twenty years, what I have to say may be surprising or even shocking. Nevertheless these matters must be stated clearly and openly, because unless the disease of Zionism is diagnosed accurately, it cannot be cured.
www.jewsnotzionists.org/differencejudzion.html

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When war‚s writ runs deep:

An estimated 300,000 children, some 12 or younger, are currently serving as soldiers or guerilla fighters in conflicts around the globe.
www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/mar132004/f3.asp

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Feinstein's spouse owns stake in firm fixing energy grid:

Dianne Feinstein's husband, landed a $500 million contract Friday to repair southern Iraq's electricity grid.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/03/13/BUGIJ5JL7E1.DTL

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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
informationclearinghouse.info/article3995.htm

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Secret at the heart of Putin's rise to power:

Riding a wave of nationalist fervour, in eight months he went from being a virtual political unknown to winning the presidency by an easy margin.
news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/03/13/wruss13.xml

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