Information Clearing House  Digest March 20-25 2004
Date: 26 Mar 2004

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327 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Three children among eight civilians killed in Iraq:

U.S. forces fought running battles with insurgents in the Iraqi town of Falluja on Friday and a television cameraman and eight civilians, including three children, were killed, a hospital official said.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040326/ts_nm/iraq_clashes_dc

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Another TV cameraman killed by US fire in Iraq: doctors :

An Iraqi cameraman was killed by a bullet to the forehead when US troops fired in the direction of journalists during clashes in the flashpoint town of Fallujah, doctors and witnesses told AFP.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20040326/wl_mideast_afp/iraq_us_unrest_fallujah

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Blair 'delayed US strike on Iraq':

According to a former British ambassador to Washington, the US president had come under intense pressure from some in his own military to attack Saddam Hussein in the days after the 2001 terrorist outrages in the US www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5944.htm

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Trust Clarke: He's right about Bush:

More than two years after the worst terrorist attack in history, the President still does not understand the threat we confront, say security experts
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/
LAC/20040326/COCLARKE26/TPComment/TopStories

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Rice to testify – but not under oath:

The White House said on Thursday that Dr Rice would go before the panel again, but only in private and not under oath.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/26/1079939849861.html

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Striking Where Bush Is Weakest:

If the Bush administration had gone after Osama bin Laden with anything akin to the energy it is expending to discredit Richard Clarke, the story of America's response to terrorism might have been dramatically different.
www.thenation.com/thebeat/index.mhtml?bid=1&pid=1337

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Running scared :

The swiftness and ferocity of the Bush White House's attack on Richard Clarke tells you two things: his story may be largely true, and the Bush administration is terrified that the American people will believe it.
www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/comment/story/0,14259,1178658,00.html

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MIA WMDs—For Bush, It's a Joke:

Over 500 Americans and literally countless Iraqis are dead because of a war that was supposedly fought to find weapons of mass destruction, and Bush is joking about it.
www.thenation.com/capitalgames/index.mhtml?bid=3&pid=1336

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Bush jokes about search for WMD, but it's no laughing matter for critics:

"If George Bush thinks his deceptive rationale for going to war is a laughing matter, then he's even more out of touch than we thought. Unfortunately for the president, this is not a joke." John Kerry
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1178547,00.html

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Paying for dictators :

Presidents Mohamed Suharto of Indonesia, Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines and Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire are the top three members of a particularly unpalatable premier league. All three were, for much of their careers, supported politically and militarily by the west, particularly by the United States and its allies including Britain and France
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5946.htm

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In case you missed it:

Archive exposes Rumsfeld's Iraq mission:

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was told to assure Iraqi leaders that Washington wanted close relations when he went there in 1984, despite public condemnation of Iraq's use of chemical weapons, a declassified document shows.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1013996.htm

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In case you missed it:

When Donald Met Saddam:

Video Clip: "Shaking Hands with the enemy," Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, then special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2038.htm

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El Salvador vote recalls cold-war power play:

On the stump the right-wing presidential candidate touts his tight relations with the United States government and warns of a communist threat. The left-wing party is running a former guerrilla commander and avowed communist. The US is taking sides.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0319/p07s02-woam.html

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U.S. Officials Fashion Legal Basis to Keep Force in Iraq:

With fewer than 100 days to go before Iraq resumes its sovereignty, American officials say they believe they have found a legal basis for American troops to continue their military control over the security situation in Iraq.
www.nytimes.com/2004/03/26/international/middleeast
/26IRAQ.html?ex=1081270688&ei=1&en=e8f14d4c7c9ac352

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Iraq oil line on fire after sabotage:

Saboteurs have set a secondary crude oil pipeline feeding southern Iraqi export terminals on fire, witnesses say.
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US soldiers face charges of prisoner abuse:

The US military has charged six more American soldiers with assault, indecent acts, cruelty, and maltreatment in connection with the alleged abuse of as many as 19 detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0326/p02s01-usmi.html

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Ukraine Says Hundreds of Missiles Missing :

Several hundred decommissioned Soviet-built surface-to-air missiles are unaccounted for in Ukraine's military arsenal, the defense minister told a newspaper.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040326/ap_on_re_eu/ukraine_missing_missiles

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U.N. Urged to Probe U.S. Role in Haiti :

Caribbean leaders said the U.N. General Assembly should investigate Jean-Bertrand Aristide's claims that the United States staged a coup in Haiti and forced the ouster of the country's first democratically elected president.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3906147,00.html

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Israel gets licence to kill:

Palestinians have accused the United States of granting Israel a licence to kill by vetoing UN condemnation of its assassination of Hamas leader Shaikh Ahmad Yasin.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/FD5C5229-33A5-4D82-9862-E4332CCED56A.htm

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Street protests against Yasin murder:

Protesters in cities across Iraq, Iran and Turkey have staged belligerent demonstrations against the Israeli assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Shaikh Ahmad Yasin.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/05A4C11D-7E8A-434B-9EC6-B9E89635652A.htm

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Pepe Escobar: Sharon's 'final solution: Road map to hell:

By creating a shaheed (martyr) through the assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Yassin, Israel may have signaled a war not only against all Palestinians, but against all Islam. This is the essence of the "clash of civilizations" as dreamed by American neo-conservatives and endorsed by the Likud Party in Israel.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5945.htm

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The Bush Road Map will be paved with Palestinians. Sharon will see to that.

At his present clip of 2800 Palestinians (killed) every three years, though, he'd better pick up the tempo. There's 3 million more "obstacles to peace" in the West Bank and Gaza that will make his job uphill the rest of the way.
www.counterpunch.org/whitney03262004.html

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Palestinians Killed Attacking From Sea :

Two armed Palestinians in wetsuits and flippers emerged from the Mediterranean and fired toward a beachfront Israeli settlement before being killed by Israeli troops in a gun battle, the army said Friday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3905545,00.html

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At Rwanda Memorial, Annan Takes Blame for U.N.:

Secretary-General Kofi Annan (news – web sites) on Friday opened a memorial conference on the 1994 Rwanda genocide by accepting institutional and personal blame for the slaughter of 800,000 civilians that was initially ignored by world leaders.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040326/wl_nm/rwanda_un_dc_1

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In case you missed it:

US warned about Rwanda genocide:

Newly declassified documents show that the United States knew in advance that the 1994 Rwandan genocide was likely to happen but nevertheless insisted that United Nations peacekeepers should be withdrawn.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/1502708.stm

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In case you missed it:

Africa: U.S. Covert Action Exposed:

During the hearing, Ms. McKinney said the legacy of former Pres. Clinton and his foreign policy toward Africa is one of grave deceit. She charged that not only did his administration turn a deaf ear to the genocide that occurred in Rwanda under his watch, but that everyone who aided in the silencing were rewarded with promotions.
www.corpwatch.org/news/PND.jsp?articleid=116

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Uranium mined illegally in Congo:

Thousands of self-employed miners are pounding away at rocks and descending into makeshift shafts at a mine that provided uranium for the first atomic bombs. They are quarrying illegally and the dangerous raw material is being exported without control, industry experts say.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/26/1079939849819.html

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It's a Lobbyists' Paradise in Washington:

Several lobbyists told The Associated Press they need to raise at least $10,000 to lure a freshman lawmaker to one of their events, at least $15,000 for veterans and $50,000 for a congressional committee chairman or leader. And the longer a lawmaker stays, the more money they're expected to raise.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3906105,00.html

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At Least 25 Killed in Ivory Coast Clashes:

It was the worst violence in the main city of Abidjan since September 2002, when a coup attempt triggered civil war. The conflict was declared over in July but Thursday's clashes showed peace has not taken root in the world's biggest cocoa producer.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4663333

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Al-Qaida urges Pakistan revolution:

A senior al-Qaida leader has urged Pakistanis to overthrow their government in an exclusive audio message broadcast on Aljazeera.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0BFF5F2B-F96F-4790-89D6-E67757045AD0.htm

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Al-Qaeda double agent duped MI5:

One of al-Qaeda's most dangerous figures has been revealed as a double agent who fooled MI5, raising intense criticism from European governments who had repeatedly called for his arrest.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5943.htm

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Afghan withdrawal 'astonishing':

The Australian National University's director for the centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Amin Saikal, questioned why Australia had hundreds of troops in and around Iraq and only one in Afghanistan.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9080784%255E1702,00.html

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Marines in Persian Gulf plan to join US-led offensive in Afghanistan :

Defense officials say the contingent is from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit now aboard ships in the Persian Gulf. They'll go ashore to join in the new U-S-led offensive in Afghanistan.
www.kctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1738798

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Karzai wants to postpone Afghan polls until September: diplomats:

President Hamid Karzai has told foreign diplomats he wants to delay elections until September, just days ahead of a major international donors conference for Afghanistan in Berlin.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/77147/1/.html

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Resolution condemning killing of Hamas leader defeated by US veto :

The resolution, sponsored by Algeria and Libya, garnered 11 tallies in favour, with the United States casting the sole vote against it. Germany, Romania and the United Kingdom abstained.
www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=10209&Cr=palestin&Cr1=

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In Rare Video, Hamas Military Issues Warning To Israel:

Referring to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the statement said: "We say to the pig Sharon that we will pound your fortresses and make you curse yourself 1,000 times for merely thinking of the assassination of our leaders."
framehosting.dowjonesnews.com/sample/samplestory.asp?StoryID=2004032521370002&Take=1

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"Why, Oh Why?":

Why, if the Bush Administration has nothing to hide and claim to have so much integrity, are they so reluctant to share with the American people the truth about their actions, their inactions and their failures before and after the 9/11 attacks, to simply answer a few questions honestly without passing the blame onto someone else?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5942.htm

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SA denies granting Aristide asylum:

Jean Bertrand Aristide, the former Haitian president, had not requested asylum from South Africa, Ronnie Mamoepa, the spokesperson for the department of foreign affairs, said today.
www.sabcnews.com/politics/government/0,2172,76588,00.html

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Date: 25 Mar 2004

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326 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Three U.S. soldiers die in ambushes:

On Thursday morning, a roadside bomb exploded near the town of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of the capital, killing one U.S. soldier and wounding two. www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=483180&section=news

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Richard Clarke: "Your government failed you" :

Richard Clarke, the former counterterrorism director under Presidents Clinton and Bush, faulted the Bush administration for failing to take the al Qaeda threat as seriously as the Clinton administration. www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/03/21/terror/main607659.shtml?cmp=E

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Silent Genocide:

"After the Americans destroyed our village and killed many of us, we also lost our houses and have nothing to eat. However, we would have endured these miseries and even accepted them, if the Americans had not sentenced us all to death." www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5941.htm

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Fog of war still hasn't lifted:

The truth is, in a manner of speaking, U.S. President George W. Bush gassed his own people. He, and his administration, did it with hot air about how Iraq posed "a threat of unique urgency'' and how Saddam Hussein had "reconstituted nuclear weapons." tinyurl.com/2v3yp

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Was It All Planned? Iraq and Empire-Builders:

Leaving Iraq festering in misery for 10 years, leaving 10,000 troops based in Saudi Arabia to aggravate fundamentalist Muslims, and undermining the Palestine Israel Oslo peace accords it couldn't have been planned better to engender the monstrous enemy we now have. antiwar.com/utley/?articleid=2189

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Pin The Tale On The Donkey:

One year, 570 fallen American soldiers and tens of thousands of dead Iraqis later, the widespread realization that the war against Iraq is a failure is reducing George W. Bush's popularity to that of raw liver. tinyurl.com/2yx2p

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Report: Israel Wrong on Iraq Weapons:

Prior to the American-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the Israeli services reported Iraq had large amounts of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological agents. www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-israel-iraq,0,6389675.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

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Palestine is now part of an arc of Muslim resistance:

Across the Middle East, western-backed occupations are fuelling terror www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1177331,00.html

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Turkey accuses ally Israel of 'terrorism':

Turkey, which has close ties with Israel, has accused the Jewish state of "terrorism" after the assasination of Hamas spiritual leader Shaikh Ahmad Yasin. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7AB4F619-C0F4-4315-A60C-20055C58A4BD.htm

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Robert Fisk:

The Chilling Implications Of This State Killing www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5939.htm

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Twilight Zone / A dead man walking:

If it depends on the Israeli security forces, his days are numbered. On the other hand, if it depends on his talent for survival and on his luck, the cat with nine lives will continue to have meetings and hold interviews. www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/408746.html

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'God curse those who sent baby-faced bomber':

Palestinian militants faced a public backlash on Thursday for using youths as suicide bombers after Israeli troops caught and persuaded a 16-year-old to take off an explosives vest at a checkpoint. www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=123&art_id=qw1080228061227B253&set_id=1

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Israel 'fabricated' child-bomber story:

Palestinian leaders have accused Israel of fabricating a story about a 14-year-old Palestinian boy who planned to blow himself up. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8C7BCBC3-CA2C-4F33-B27D-80AF0AF830E2.htm

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Condoleezza Rice Threatens Jamaica Over Aristide:

National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice is telling the Jamaican government if Aristide is not immediately expelled from the country and anything happens to American forces in Haiti, consequences would be exacted against Jamaica in full force by the U.S. www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/03/25/1537236

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US major attacks Guantánamo justice:

Lawyer chosen by Pentagon says detainees face unfair trial www.guardian.co.uk/guantanamo/story/0,13743,1177277,00.html

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FBI Warns Texas Oil Industry of Possible Attack:

An FBI official said the advisory, based on intelligence the FBI has received, went to the industry and law enforcement officials in Texas "out of an abundance of caution." www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=4660936

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Zapatero holds firm over Iraqi pullout :

Tony Blair's hopes of wooing the incoming Spanish prime minister suffered a setback yesterday when he was told in blunt terms that Madrid will press ahead with plans to withdraw its troops from Iraq. politics.guardian.co.uk/foreignaffairs/story/0,11538,1177483,00.html

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US appeal to Latham: back off on troops:

The United States has urged Opposition Leader Mark Latham to reverse his plan to pull Australian troops out of Iraq, calling it short-sighted and an invitation to more terrorist attacks. www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/24/1079939717516.html

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DOJ Asked FBI Translator To Change Pre 9-11 Intercepts:

In a 50 reporter scrum in front of some 12 news cameras, Edmonds said "Attorney General John Ashcroft told me 'he was invoking State Secret Privilage and National Security' when I told the FBI I wanted to go public with what I had translated from the pre 9-11 intercepts". tomflocco.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=50

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Terror Experts "Almost Quit" In Frustration With Bush:

Two veteran CIA counter-terrorism experts were so frustrated in summer 2001 that they considered resigning and making public their fears about an imminent terrorist strike against US targets. news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=504776

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Bush's brand new enemy is the truth:

Clarke's claims have shaken the White House to its foundations www.guardian.co.uk/september11/story/0,11209,1177418,00.html

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France: Bomb found on rail line :

TERROR fears on the continent were raised last night after the discovery of an explosive device half buried in the bed of a railway line in France. thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=343462004

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Please, no second term for the Iraq-obsessed Bush:

With a little help from the United States, the people of El Salvador have decided on a president. tinyurl.com/2job6

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Afghanistan Not Secure Enough for Credible Elections, UN Says:

Credible national elections in Afghanistan can't be held at mid-year unless the security situation improves, United Nations officials said two weeks after a U.S. general said three-quarters of the country is safe. quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000080&sid=aqorbYtq7.0Y&refer=asia

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Shirley Williams : Sharon throws more oil on the flames:

What Sharon is seeking from the United States is the legitimization of this conquest-by-stealth. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5940.htm

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Increase in Palestinians 'a time-bomb':

One of Israel's leading demographers, Professor Arnon Sofer, recently predicted that by 2020, Jews will account for only 42 per cent of the population in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/24/1079939715405.html

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Tenet admits CIA might have prevented 9/11:

During questioning by the national commission investigating the attacks, Tenet said the CIA might conceivably have been able to prevent the attacks, but they failed to "integrate all the data" and intelligence information was not fully shared.. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8155E79A-DC5C-45EE-BA34-AFC6E674BFE1.htm

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Date: 24 Mar 2004

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325 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Tenet admits CIA might have prevented 9/11:

During questioning by the national commission investigating the attacks, Tenet said the CIA might conceivably have been able to prevent the attacks, but they failed to "integrate all the data" and intelligence information was not fully shared..
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8155E79A-DC5C-45EE-BA34-AFC6E674BFE1.htm

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Insurgents Attack U.S. Convoy; Three Dead :

Insurgents attacked a U.S. military patrol west of Baghdad early Wednesday and an ensuing fight left three civilians dead and two U.S. soldiers injured, the U.S. military and Iraqi hospital officials said.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3897971,00.html

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Naomi Klein: Terror as a weapon of occupation:

On June 30, the occupation won't end, it will simply be outsourced to a group of hand-picked Iraqi politicians with no democratic mandate or sovereign power. With its new Iraqi face, the government will be free from the ugly perception that Iraq's national assets are being auctioned off by foreigners
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5933.htm

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Robert Fisk: "Who's in Room 106?":

The day the 1st Armoured Division, with guns at the ready, came to check on our man in Baghdad
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5934.htm

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The forgotten victims of the war in Iraq:

LAST WEEK at the White House, President Bush marked the first anniversary of the Iraq invasion by saying: "The murders in Madrid are a reminder that the civilized world is at war. And in this new kind of war, civilians find themselves suddenly on the front lines." There was no mention of Iraqi civilians killed by American bombs and bullets in the invasion and occupation.
www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/arti
cles/2004/03/24/the_forgotten_victims_of_the_war_in_iraq/

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Dick Clarke Is Telling The Truth

Why He's Right About Bush's Negligence On Terrorism
slate.msn.com/id/2097685/

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9/11: The shocking evidence of secret deals, missed chances and fatal misjudgements:

The report's greatest impact will be to undermine the credibility of President George Bush and his platform for fighting terrorism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5937.htm

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Hamas: US threat claim is cynical diversion:

Hamas has flatly denied American accusations that the resistance group has threatened US interests after the assassination by Israel of Shaikh Ahmad Yasin.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1C830F58-8D5A-4F19-9F9C-F8AD559ECF1D.htm

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Arafat opposes attacks on Israeli civilians:

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat said yesterday that he opposed attacks on Israeli civilians, amid calls by militants to avenge the killing of Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/24/1079939726574.html

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Israeli Official: Yassin Offered Israel a 30 Year Truce :

Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin, assassinated in an Israeli air strike, offered Israel a 30-year truce in 1997, the mediator who arranged Yassin's release from prison said Tuesday.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040324/ap_on_re_mi_ea/israel_yassin_1

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U.S. Prevents U.N. Rebuke of Israel for Assassination:

As a result, the Arab Group called for a two-day open meeting of the Security Council beginning Tuesday to discuss the Israeli murder. The group plans to introduce a resolution condemning Israel at the conclusion of the session.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5935.htm

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UN Hamas Resolution:

Russia supports a call for the UN Security Council to condemn Israel's killing of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Deputy Foreign Minister Yury Fedotov said Tuesday.
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/03/24/031.html

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UN rights watchdog votes overwhelmingly to condemn Israel for Yassin killing:

By a 31-2 vote, the UN Human Rights Commission backed a resolution put forward by the Organization of the Islamic Conference – which groups Muslim countries – and by Cuba and Zimbabwe. The United States and Australia were the two countries that voted against.
www.940news.com/news/news.cfm?dir=world&file=w032429A&n=1

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'An act of bestiality':

A leader of Morocco's Jewish community on Wednesday condemned the "arrogant" killing by Israel of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of Hamas, calling it "an act of bestiality" driven by state terrorism.
www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1502735,00.html

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Hamas says it may target Sharon:

Palestinian militant group Hamas says it has the right to target Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to avenge Israel's killing of a Hamas leader but has reassured the United States it is not in the firing line.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=482293&section=news

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The International Laws of Belligerent Occupation:

As matters of fact and of law, the gross and repeated violations of Palestinian rights by the Israeli army and Israeli settlers living illegally in occupied Palestine constitute war crimes. Conversely, the Palestinian People are defending themselves and their Land and their Homes against Israeli war crimes and Israeli war criminals, both military and civilian.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5936.htm

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In case you missed it:

"Palestine, Palestinians, and International Law": "The Palestinian people actually living under this criminal occupation have the perfect right under international law to resist the Israeli army by the use of force, just as the French Resistance did against Nazi forces occupying France during the Second World War,"
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5092.htm

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Robert Fisk: The man who knew too much:

He was drugged, kidnapped and locked up for 18 years after revealing Israel's nuclear secrets to the world.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5938.htm

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Venezuela will not take Kerry's criticism seriously: official:

A Venezuelan government official said his country would not take seriously the criticism by US Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry against the Venezuelan government and its president, saying it is just Kerry's strategy to get more votes.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-03/24/content_1382063.htm

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He served in Iraq, loses job back home :

Today, Beaudine finds himself in the company of thousands of other citizen soldiers who ˜ despite federal law ˜ are struggling to get back or keep the jobs they left behind.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2001886624_guard24.html

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Gulf troops' babies 'are 50pc more vulnerable':

Babies whose fathers served in the first Gulf war are 50 per cent more likely to have physical abnormalities than those born to soldiers not sent to the region, according to a study published today.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004
/03/24/ngulf124.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/03/24/ixnewstop.html

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Report: Black, White Disparities Abound :

Black Americans are less likely than white Americans to own homes, don't earn as much as whites, don't live as long, and don't do as well in school, according to a report by the National Urban League.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3896664,00.html

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Don't Get Duped Out Of Your Social Security :

Even with Social Security, many seniors find themselves choosing between eating and heating, paying the mortgage or paying for medicine.
www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2004-03/21sklar.cfm

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Israeli helicopters attack in south Lebanon, two people killed:

Palestinian fighter shot dead in Gaza Strip
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=273315&lang=e&dir=news

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Bush Defends Israel, Takes Hamas Threat Seriously:

"I'm worried about terrorist groups targeting America," Bush said when asked about possible threats by Hamas against the United States."
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=4637836

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In case you missed it: Israel to kill in U.S., allied nations :

Israel is embarking upon a more aggressive approach to the war on terror that will include staging targeted killings in the United States and other friendly countries, former Israeli intelligence officials told United Press International.
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20030115-035849-6156r

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Enough is enough:

How long will the world sit idly by while Israel claims in the name of "self defense" an unlimited capacity to inflict unmentionable human suffering?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5932.htm

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Fighting resumes between Pakistan army, militants:

Heavy artillery boomed in Pakistan's remote tribal region of South Waziristan on Tuesday in an apparent resumption of fighting between the army and suspected al Qaeda militants, residents said
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4636381

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A Hamas blow for Pakistan :

News of Yassin's death spread like wildfire across Pakistan, including the tribal areas on the border with Afghanistan where thousands of Pakistan troops have encountered fierce resistance from tribal fighters as they attempt to track down al-Qaeda fugitives and Afghan resistance members.
atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/FC24Df01.html

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49 Pakistani troops dead or missing so far in Al-Qaeda offensive:

Sixteen troops were killed, 22 injured and 12 went missing when a paramilitary unit was surprised on March 16, the first day of the ongoing battle, by a fierce onslaught from scores of well-armed fighters, military spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan has said.
www.spacewar.com/2004/040323135454.z2g9rc1b.html

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Australia: I'll bring troops home:

Mark Latham has pledged to bring home Australian troops from Iraq by Christmas if Labor wins the election, describing the war as an "act of folly" that increased the risk of terrorism.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/23/1079939646153.html

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Engineering consent: The New York Times' role in promoting war on Iraq:

Regarded as a neo-conservative with a deep sympathy for the Bush administration‚s agenda and a vocal supporter of Saddam‚s overthrow, Miller has close links with the pro-Israeli camp, some of whom have channelled Israeli intelligence through her work.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5931.htm

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14 `enduring bases' set in Iraq :

From the ashes of abandoned Iraqi army bases, U.S. military engineers are overseeing the building of an enhanced system of American bases designed to last for years.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/chitribts/2004032
3/ts_chicagotrib/14enduringbasessetiniraq&cid=2027&ncid=1473

tinyurl.com/ytzpl

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Venezuela Court Overturns Recall Ruling:

A chamber of Venezuela's Supreme Court dealt a blow Tuesday to opponents of President Hugo Chavez by overruling fellow justices on a petition for recalling him from office.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/8258364.htm

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Hamas names new leaders after Yassin killing :

Khaled Meshaal, chief of the politburo of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, has been named the faction's overall leader, replacing slain Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin, a Hamas source says.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=481621&section=news

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Israel Seeks to Kill All Hamas Leaders :

Israel will strike at more Hamas leaders, the defense minister said Tuesday, and the Islamic militant group named hard-liner Abdel Aziz Rantisi as its top leader in Gaza.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3894790,00.html

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'Al-Qaeda' calls for attacks on US:

A STATEMENT purportedly issued by an Islamic militant group that claims to be part of al-Qaeda calls on Palestinian militants to attack America, saying the United States is their "real enemy", and it accuses Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat of being a sellout.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9060422%255E1702,00.html

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15 Pakistani soldiers killed:

Two rocket attacks have been launched on Pakistani troops in an area where government forces are engaged in a bloody offensive against Al Qaeda militants, raising fears the crackdown may be met by a wider backlash
tinyurl.com/2f2cv

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Date: 23 Mar 2004

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324 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Hamas names new leaders after Yassin killing :

Khaled Meshaal, chief of the politburo of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, has been named the faction's overall leader, replacing slain Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin, a Hamas source says. www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=481621&section=news

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Israel Seeks to Kill All Hamas Leaders :

Israel will strike at more Hamas leaders, the defense minister said Tuesday, and the Islamic militant group named hard-liner Abdel Aziz Rantisi as its top leader in Gaza. www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3894790,00.html

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Hamas threatens strikes outside Israel:

THE Palestinian Islamic group Hamas will strike "inside and outside" Israel to avenge the Jewish state's killing of its spiritual guide Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, a senior Hamas official warned today. www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9060417%255E1702,00.html

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'Al-Qaeda' calls for attacks on US:

A STATEMENT purportedly issued by an Islamic militant group that claims to be part of al-Qaeda calls on Palestinian militants to attack America, saying the United States is their "real enemy", and it accuses Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat of being a sellout. www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9060422%255E1702,00.html

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15 Pakistani soldiers killed:

Two rocket attacks have been launched on Pakistani troops in an area where government forces are engaged in a bloody offensive against Al Qaeda militants, raising fears the crackdown may be met by a wider backlash tinyurl.com/2f2cv

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Insurgents Kill 11 Police in Day of Unrest in Iraq:

Insurgents shot and killed 11 Iraqi police and police trainees in two daylight attacks Tuesday, the latest deadly strikes against Iraqis working with the U.S.-led occupation. wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=839740&tw=wn_wire_story

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Sistani says Iraq constitution a 'dead end':

Iraq's top Shiite leader threatens not to cooperate if UN endorses interim constitution. www.csmonitor.com/2004/0323/dailyUpdate.html?s=entt

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Panel calls for Rice to appear:

Members of the federal panel that's been looking into 9/11 say they're not hearing from everyone they want to hear from. – The ten-member panel had invited National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to testify. She declined, with the White House citing concerns about separation of powers. news.bostonherald.com/national/view.bg?articleid=1489

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9/11: Internal Government Documents Show How the Bush Administration Reduced Counterterrorism:

The Bush Administration actually reversed the Clinton Administration's strong emphasis on counterterrorism and counterintelligence. www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=39039

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An Accuser's Insider Status Puts the White House on the Defensive:

We told them. The C.I.A. told them. The F.B.I. told them. They did know better. And the tragedy here is that Americans went to their death in Iraq thinking that they were avenging Sept. 11, when Iraq had nothing to do with Sept. 11. I think for a commander in chief and a vice president to allow that to happen is unconscionable." www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5926.htm

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Kay implores US to admit mistakes in Iraq:

The former chief US weapons inspector in Iraq warned yesterday that the United States is in "grave danger" of destroying its credibility at home and abroad if it does not own up to its mistakes in Iraq. www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/03/23/kay_implores_us_to_admit_mistakes_in_iraq/

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US business group slams Bush 'deception' over Iraq war:

A US business group that monitors federal spending took out a full-page advert in The New York Times, likening President George W. Bush to a corrupt chief executive officer who has forfeited public trust www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5927.htm

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A must read

Roots Of The Neo-Con Junta:

The "wise", as the natural elite, will do what is of the ultimate "good" for society. This may mean that certain "noble lies" are told to the "unwise masses" in order to secure their consent. Once that consent is obtained, any level of tyrannical power can be wielded to further the aims of the "wise". A must read www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5928.htm

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When Ignorance Becomes Mendacity: George W. Bush's "War On Terror":

When they're caught in their lies, they just keep on lying. George W. Bush and his gang find the truth about the war in Iraq so troubling they avoid it at whatever cost, knowing that making their lies live is the only possible way they can stay in power www.niagarafallsreporter.com/gallagher157.html

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A must read

The Revival of the American Blood Cult:

What could cause so many in this nation, by their support or silence, to become party to our government's ruthless campaign against the weakest among the population of the world? A must read www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5929.htm

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Bush's 9/11 myths endanger U.S.:

The first myth – that there was no hint the American homeland would be targeted by al-Qaida, and nothing that could have prevented the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks – was propagated that very morning. "No warnings," former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer told reporters aboard Air Force One. www.newsday.com/news/columnists/ny-vpcoc233719621mar23,0,2658275.column

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Rumsfeld: Caught On tape:

Lies and the lying liars who tell them.
www.moveon.org/censure/caughtonvideo/

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Analysis: Iraq Charges Against Bush Begin to Mount:

Criticism of President Bush's motives and decision-making in attacking Iraq last year may be acquiring critical mass with voters following criticism by former top counterterrorism official Richard Clarke. www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=4635293

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It Takes a Nitwit:

The synonym of nitwit is "fool," or a "simple-witted person." When used as a verb, fool means to "trick, dupe or delude." It could be argued that Bush owns that particular word… www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_5769.shtml

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When Rupert Murdoch Calls…Condoleezza Rice Answers:

Bush Administration officials answer Rupert's call ˆ even when they are supposedly preoccupied with national security concerns. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5924.htm

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Militants attack Pakistani military convoy, killing 12:

Attackers ambushed a Pakistani army convoy as it moved to join a counterterrorism offensive against al-Qaeda militants near the Afghan border, killing at least 12 soldiers and wounding 15, officials said Tuesday. www.usatoday.com/news/world/2004-03-23-pakistan-alqaeda_x.htm

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Pepe Escobar: The al-Zawahiri fiasco:

al-Qaeda's brain and Osama bin Laden's deputy was never there in the first place. And even if he was, as Taliban-connected sources in Peshawar told Asia Times Online, he would choose to die as a martyr rather than be captured and paraded as a US trophy. www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/FC24Df05.html

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'US, Benazir, killed my father', claims Zia's daughter:

The US had killed former Pakistan President Zia-ul Haq because he was working for an "Islamic bloc" which would have made the Islamic world strong, something Washington did not want, his daughter Rubina Salim has claimed. www.webindia123.com/news/showdetails.asp?id=34256&cat=World

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Avoiding Osama's Abyss:

The first of June 2002 does not mean anything to Spaniards. On that day a 1.000 kilogram bomb launched from a US warplane against a crowd attending a wedding resulted in 40 people dead and over 100 wounded, most of them children and women. www.counterpunch.org/velloso03202004.html

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China Puts Army on Alert Over Taiwan Crisis -Paper:

China has ordered its army on combat alert, ready to strike Taiwan if the island's election dispute intensifies, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post said on Monday. news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040322/wl_nm/taiwan_election_china_army_dc_1

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Soldiers' accounts reveal new details:

'depleted' uranium rounds devastated US troops at An Nasiriyah. "It's bad enough to be shot, but to be shot with a depleted uranium round that basically turns you into a hand full of mush." – Col. Reed Bonadonna, field historian, talking to NPR's Jackie Northam www.traprockpeace.org/du_friendly_fire.html

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John Kerry Statement on Venezuela:

Throughout his time in office, President Chavez has repeatedly undermined democratic institutions by using extra-legal means, including politically motivated incarcerations, to consolidate power. In fact, his close relationship with Fidel Castro has raised serious questions about his commitment to leading a truly democratic government. www.johnkerry.com/pressroom/releases/pr_2004_0319d.html

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A Rebuttal to Senator Kerry‚s Statement on Venezuela:

If relationships with undemocratic rulers are enough to question a leader‚s commitment to democracy, then the commitment to democracy of just about every president in U.S. history must be questioned. www.venezuelanalysis.com/print.php?artno=1136

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The case against Judge Moore:

Judges are supposed to be impartial, their first obligation is to the Constitution and the law, if Roy Moore wants to lead a life in service of the Ten Commandments, I suggest he seek employment where he doesn‚t put on a black robe everyday, but instead dons a more priestly garb. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5930.htm

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U.S. Debt Burden Is Higher Now than During Depression, Study Says:

The total amount owed ˆ by consumers, businesses, governments and financial institutions ˆ totaled $34.4 trillion at the end of 2003, according to the Federal Reserve. That makes the nation's debt triple its gross domestic product. In 1933, debt was about 2 1/2 times GDP, according to a study by the Gabelli Mathers mutual fund. www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/business/national/8192892.htm

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US gasoline pump prices hit all-time high:

U.S. retail gasoline prices rose to their highest level on record Tuesday, spelling pain at the pumps for the nation's 200 million motorists, the American Automobile Association said on Tuesday. www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=economicNews&storyID=4637022

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Blood on their hands :

The three rocket missiles that were fired yesterday from a US-supplied Israeli helicopter at the break of day, on a procession of 15 Palestinians returning home after dawn prayers in a nearby mosque, may have brought to an end any prospect of peace in the Middle East. www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1175547,00.html

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Killing Yassin saved Sharon:

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon examined the intelligence assessments on Palestinian society when he asked the security cabinet to approve the execution of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, so Sharon knew that by doing so he was sealing the fate of a few dozen Israelis. www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/407592.html

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Zionism & the Politics of Assassination:

As the fourth strongest army in the world, Israel could have arrested the quadriplegic and partially blind spiritual elder of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas). But history shows that such extrajudicial executions (200 so far) create instability and a cycle of revenge that is calculated to serve Zionist colonization efforts. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5925.htm

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Israel Survey:

61% support Yasin killing, 43% want Arafat killed www.maarivintl.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article&articleID=5055

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Arafat could be next, says general:

The chief of the Israeli army suggested yesterday that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah would eventually be assassinated by Israel. www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/23/1079939644393.html

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Activist's family launch legal bid :

The family of a peace activist from north London shot dead by Israeli troops are launching a legal challenge to gain access to full details of the investigation into his killing, it has been revealed. www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/9793354?source=PA

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In Yassin slaying, Arabs see US hand:

Israel's strike solidifies view that Bush administration has given tacit approval to Sharon. www.csmonitor.com/2004/0323/p04s01-usfp.html

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In case you missed it:

Liberating America From Israel :

Nine-eleven would not have occurred if the U.S. government had refused to help Israel humiliate and destroy Palestinian society. Few express this conclusion publicly, but many believe it is the truth. I believe the catastrophe could have been prevented if any U.S. president during the past 35 years had had the courage and wisdom to suspend all U.S. aid until Israel withdrew from the Arab land seized in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5640.htm

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In case you missed it:

30 Years Of U.S. UN Vetoes: How the U.S. has Voted // Vetoed- See any bias – See any pattern ? www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2000.htm

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Murdered At Daybreak:

Sharon and the Israeli right wing need the Palestinians, they need them oppressed and humiliated, they need their terror. Israeli right wing hegemony is fed by terror. And now there is a new need emerging. Israel is facing a demographic disaster. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5922.htm

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In case you missed it:

Robert Fisk: Travels in a Land Without Hope:

In his 25 years as a foreign correspondent, Robert Fisk has reported from many of the world's worst trouble-spots; few have filled him with such foreboding as Gaza. These are his impressions of a region convulsed by hatred www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5923.htm

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Third Intifada launched in Gaza :

Hundreds of thousands of angry Palestinians participated in the biggest-ever funeral in Gaza City as Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and eight other Palestinians killed in an Israeli missile attack were buried Monday. www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040322-060029-4289r

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Date: 22 Mar 2004

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323 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Third Intifada launched in Gaza :

Hundreds of thousands of angry Palestinians participated in the biggest-ever funeral in Gaza City as Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and eight other Palestinians killed in an Israeli missile attack were buried Monday.
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040322-060029-4289r

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Palestinians mourn Yasin:

The body of Hamas spiritual leader Shaikh Ahmad Yasin has been carried through the streets of Gaza City by resistance fighters at the start of his funeral.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7482479F-B537-46A7-907C-89B651E86DDC.htm

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Hamas has new means to fight Israel: senior leader :-

Senior Hamas leader in Gaza Mahmoud Azzahar announced Monday that the movement has new methods and means to fight Israel in retaliation for the killing of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-03/23/content_1378868.htm

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Hamas: Sharon has opened the gates of hell:

Hamas leaders on Monday vowed to "cut off" the head of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, after their spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was killed in a missile strike.
www.rediff.com/news/2004/mar/22hamas1.htm

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UK condemns 'unlawful' Yassin killing :

Tony Blair today condemned Israel's assassination of the Hamas spritual leader, Ahmed Yassin, calling it a "setback" for the peace process.
politics.guardian.co.uk/foreignaffairs/story/0,11538,1175312,00.html

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Annan condemns Yassin killing; U.N. Council consults :

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan condemned Israel's assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin on Monday and said it would do nothing to help Middle East peace efforts.
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:405f2c1f:597919
5614b016f3?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4624489

tinyurl.com/2uzko

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EU condemns Hamas leader killing
www.menafn.com/qn_news_story.asp?StoryId=Cqf5Y0eidBwLKzwfZDc12Aw9Szw5Jzs1LDq

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Turkey condemns killing of Sheik Yassin
www.ntvmsnbc.com/news/262648.asp

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Mubarak condemns Israeli assassination of Yassin
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-03/22/content_1378740.htm

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Chirac condemns Israel's killing of Hamas leader
www.eubusiness.com/afp/040322174358.nd6tj5o8

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Bulgaria Condemns Killing of Hamas Leader Yassin
www.novinite.com/newsletter/print.php?id=32519

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Vatican condemns killing of Sheikh Yassin
www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en58286&F_catID=&f_type=source

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SA condemns assassination of Hamas founder
www.sabcnews.com/south_africa/general/0,2172,76368,00.html

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Indonesia condemns Hamas killing
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9049118%255E1702,00.html

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European Jews for a Just Peace: Statement on the assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin:

We wish to express our feelings of outrage and horror at the targeted killing of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin by the Israeli army.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5921.htm

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Gush Shalom Condemns Assassination:

The assassination of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, with its concomitant careless killing of passers-by, is a mad provocative act by a government which lost all restraint.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5919.htm

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White House has not condemned the assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin: Denies Involvement:

The United States strongly denied any involvement in the assassination on Monday of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and appealed for calm in the region following his death.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=4620771

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Hamas threatens US and Israel :

The militant Hamas says Islamic groups around the world will join together to retaliate for the killing of Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin and implied the United States could be a target.
www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1501673,00.html

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Full text: Hamas vows revenge:

The military wing of Palestinian militant group Hamas, the Ezzedin al-Qassam Brigades, has issued a statement promising to avenge the death of its founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. It says Israel would not have carried out the killing without US approval and threatens retaliation. Here is a translation of the statement:
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3557445.stm

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Palestinian general strike after Yassin killed:

A Palestinian general strike in the West Bank has been declared from mosque loudspeakers after Israel assassinated Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in an air attack.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=480412&section=news

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Terror Analyst: Yassin Killing 'A Bad Mistake':

„The effect of this escalation would be that militants will have reasons to continue their war against Israel and its supporters, and the symbolism of Sheikh Yassin‚s Œmartyrdom‚ would inspire many more suicide bombers,‰ he said.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2683686

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Israeli reporters with dual citizenship banned from Gaza :

The Israeli government on Monday banned correspondents holding dual Israeli and foreign citizenship from entering Gaza to cover the aftermath of the assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/407527.html

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In case you missed it:

Human Dust:

Israel's deep-pockets sugar daddy, arguably a co-conspirator to destroy the Palestinian presence under the name of the War-Against-Terror, and packed with neo-conservative Zionist Middle East advisors… I mean, can this Bible-thumping Bush administration be serious? Sadly, they probably are.
www.oz.net/~vvawai/sw/sw47/human-dust.html

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Bombs kill several Iraqis, 2 Finns and GI in Iraq:

A car bomb blew up near a U.S. Air Force base north of the capital Monday, killing two Iraqi civilians and wounding 25 others, an Iraqi security official said. The U.S. military said a bomb killed a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi interpreter in Baghdad.
www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0322Iraq22-ON.html

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13 British soldiers injured in blasts:

Thirteen British soldiers were wounded today by two explosions in the southern Iraqi city of Basra during a demonstration, officials said.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=503965

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Anniversary of disaster:

Iraq is on a knife edge. The US must back down on the UN role or risk escalation of the conflict
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1174813,00.html

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President Carter savages Blair and Bush:

'Their war was based on lies': He said: That was a war based on lies and misinterpretations from London and from Washington, claiming falsely that Saddam Hussein was responsible for [the] 9/11 attacks, claiming falsely that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5916.htm

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Iraqis united in their fury toward U.S.:

What does the future hold for Iraq's 25 million people and, by extension, all Arabs and indeed the larger Muslim world of 1.3 billion, especially their toxic relationship with America?
tinyurl.com/3d7qd

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Patrick J. Buchanan: "Mr. Bush's War":

A year has elapsed since President Bush ordered U.S. forces to invade Iraq. Since that March day, 2003, it has become clear as crystal: Operation Iraqi Freedom was an unnecessary war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5918.htm

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Failures Of Intelligence:

The plan to attack Afghanistan had also been formulated prior to September 11 2001, although the attacks were publicly justified as a response to Al Queda's alleged involvement in the events of September 11.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5920.htm

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Two missing ITV journalists were killed by US troops :

ITN cameraman Fred Nerac and translator Hussein Osman are believed to have been blasted by tanks or helicopter gunships as Iraqis tried to take them to safety in a pick-up.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5917.htm

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Teenagers who stand for honesty, decency and sanity:

The refusal of five patriots to serve in the army is a beacon of hope for Israel
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1174825,00.html

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100 people have been killed after Afghan minister dies:

More than 100 people have been killed in fighting in the western Afghan city of Herat after the death of the civil aviation minister, a government commander blamed for the minister's killing says.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=480280&section=news

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Journalist says al-Qaeda has black market nuclear bombs:

Osama bin Laden's terrorist network claimed to have bought ready-made nuclear bombs on the black market, the al-Qaeda chief's biographer has said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5915.htm

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War on Islamic militants is a stunt, say Pakistan tribal leaders:

A new offensive against Islamic militants living in the lawless tribal areas of Pakistan was dismissed by tribal leaders yesterday as a stunt aimed at "appeasing America".
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/0
3/22/wpak122.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/03/22/ixnewstop.html

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Pak's Osama ruse duped US:

Pakistan hasn't yet delivered al-Qaeda No 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri to the United States in exchange for its recognition as a major ally, but the diplomatic bonanza will yield rich pickings, including arms and ammunition, in the coming days.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/572853.cms

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U.S. Will Retain Power in Sovereign Iraq :

The United States says Iraq will be sovereign, no longer under military occupation, on June 30. But most power will reside within the world's largest U.S. Embassy, backed by 110,000 U.S. troops.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3887544,00.html

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Spain demands 'radical change' in Iraq strategy:

"Either there is a deep, radical change in the strategy being pursued in Iraq, a hand over to the United Nations including a modification in the command of occupation forces, or Spanish troops will be repatriated," he said.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1070456.htm

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Iraq's Sistani Warns UN Not to Back Constitution:

The United Nations must not endorse Iraq's U.S.-backed interim constitution because it could lead to the break-up of the occupied country, Iraq's most influential Shi'ite Muslim cleric said.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=578&e=1&u=/nm/20040322/ts_nm/iraq_un_sistani_dc

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In case you missed it:

Al Qaeda terrorist worked with FBI:

A former U.S. Army sergeant who trained Osama bin Laden's bodyguards and helped plan the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya was a U.S. government informant during much of his terrorist career.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2001/11/04/MN117081.DTL

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Months Before 9/11, Justice Department Curtailed Highly Classified Program to Monitor Al Qaeda Suspects in the U.S.:

'They Came in There With Their Agenda and [Al Qaeda] was not on it,'
biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040321/nysu007a_1.html

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What next for Muslims – YELLOW STARS?:

THE GOVERNMENT of President Macapagal-Arroyo has endorsed a program requiring Muslims in Metro Manila to carry identification cards to help thwart terrorist attacks in the metropolis.
www.inq7.net/brk/2004/mar/21/brkoth_9-1.htm

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Israelis suspected of smuggling arms to Iran:

Two Israelis are currently under suspicion – for the third time in the last decade – of smuggling arms to Iran, police and Defense Ministry sources told Haaretz over the weekend.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/406789.html

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Top Reforrm Jewish rabbi opposes Israeli settlements:

„Not all settlers are extremists. But their leaders are trying to impose an endless war on Israel and the Jewish people. For these zealots, their right to live anywhere in the historic Land of Israel takes precedence over Israel‚s democracy and, indeed, over her very existence.
www.acjna.org/article_view.asp?article_id=313

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Ireland Lawmakers Want Unarmed Bush Visit:

Left-wing politicians opposed to a planned visit by President Bush called Monday for his Secret Service agents to be disarmed while in Ireland.
www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/news/world/8248671.htm

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500 Maoists killed in shootout, Nepal claims:

The Nepalese military claimed yesterday that government forces had killed about 500 Maoist rebels during a 12-hour battle in what would be the bloodiest single clash since the revolt against the country's constitutional monarchy began in 1996.
tinyurl.com/yw95f

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Date: 21 Mar 2004

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322 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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41 Killed, 100 Nabbed In Anti-Terrorist Operation In Pak :

At least 41 people, including 16 suspected foreign terrorists and 25 civilians were killed during the past 24 hours in what was described as the bloodiest day in the five-day-old military operation against local and foreign terrorists in South Waziristan, according to reports here on Sunday. www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=032004102633

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US directing operations in Pakistan border battle:

Americans are involved in directing operations against suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters in the tribal region of South Waziristan, a senior Pakistani Army official said. www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/21/1079823239701.html

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Israel kills five Palestinians in Gaza:

Israeli occupation troops have raided a Gaza Strip village, killing three resistance fighters and two bystanders. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4FDF0522-F200-4DF6-98B3-4CEB60449C67.htm

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Insurgents Kill Two U.S. Soldiers, Three Iraqis:–

Anti-U.S. guerrillas fired rockets into the middle of Baghdad in a rare daylight salvo Sunday, killing two civilians and wounding six people, including an American soldier, a U.S. military spokesman said. www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4612962

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Former counterterror adviser slams White House, Rumsfeld:

Richard Clarke, the former White House counterterrorism coordinator accuses Bush of doing "a terrible job on the war against terrorism." www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5907.htm

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Dictator's ouster fails to halt terrorist threat:

"You can't fight an idea by invading countries," "To fight an idea, you have to discredit the idea. Instead of doing that, the United States is doing the exact opposite. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5908.htm

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What exactly does al-Qaeda want? :

They are fighting in self-defence and understand, as we in the West also believe, that self-defence can justify using tactics that might be frowned on in other circumstances. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5914.htm

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Ted Kennedy: Iraq war will cost Bush his presidency:

America went to war in a dishonest way that alienated key allies, divided and weakened the United Nations, outraged the world community, made us more hated in the world and made the war on terrorism more difficult to win. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5910.htm

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The Bush doctrine has been turned on its head:

There have been at least as many terrorist operations in the past year as there were in the previous 12 months, and that is with an estimated two-thirds of al-Qaeda's known leadership dead or behind bars. www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/21/1079823239710.html

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Iraq: Blair and Bush seek new UN backing :

The United Nations is to be given a lead role in post-occupation Iraq under British and American plans to shore up crumbling international support for the continuing military presence in the country. www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1174596,00.html

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Iraq war chest 'will be empty by July':

UK: A war chest of £3.8bn for military operations in Iraq is set to run out within three months, official figures released last week indicate. news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=503462

Chris Floyd: Night Sweats:

We will see more Guananamos, more Madrids, before this long, dark night is over. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5906.htm

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US allies committed massacre:

American experts find that Northern Alliance warlords slaughtered prisoners of war www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5913.htm

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In case you missed

Video: Convoy of Death:

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. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3267.htm

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US Soldiers Charged in Abuse of Iraqis :

Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said the 800th Military Police Brigade officers were charged with six crimes including cruelty and maltreatment of prisoners, assault, and indecent acts with another, as well as conspiracy and dereliction of duty www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/8240822.htm

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Millions protest against Iraq war:

From Sydney to London to New York and San Francisco and across hundreds of other cities and towns, millions of protesters poured into the streets to condemn what they believed an "unjust, illegitimate" war. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0DA4B617-E6A9-4032-865A-DFB1AB9F1941.htm

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Langston Hughes :

Let America Be America Again: From The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5912.htm

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Let America be America Again!:

Flash presentation
www.ericblumrich.com/pax.html

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Ask No Questions:

The US press may finally be realising it was hoodwinked over the war ∑ but the coverage of Madrid proves it hasn‚t learned. www.sundayherald.com/40672

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Is this any way for a civilized nation to act? :

It is troubling that the leader of the world's lone superpower would, like some overmatched, tinhorn, paranoid pip-squeak of a nation, consent to order the murder of a man poorly identified on a blurry videotape – an alleged, albeit notorious, suspect not yet indicted, convicted or put on trial. www.newsday.com/news/opinion/columnists/ny-vpay213715398mar21,0,5199307.column

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They seemed normal but plotted to kill thousands:

Paul Harris reports from Noonday, Texas, on how the FBI stumbled upon right-wing cyanide bombers www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1174639,00.html

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In case you missed it:

WMD Plot Uncovered In East Texas: At least one weapon of mass destruction – a sodium cyanide bomb capable of delivering a deadly gas cloud – has been seized in the Tyler area. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5350.htm

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In case missed it:

U.S. Uncovers Weapons of Mass Destruction, Not in Iraq But in Texas & the National Media Ignores The Story www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5351.htm

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Haiti: New PM flies in to praise rebel gang:

Haiti's new Prime Minister yesterday flew into the chaotic city where an armed revolt began six weeks ago, hailing as "freedom fighters" the ragtag gang that helped oust President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/21/1079823237671.html

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Time for Kerry to Step Up on Haiti:

Jean-Bertrand Aristide did not resign, and the vast majority of Haiti is demanding his return as their elected leader. www.blackcommentator.com/82/82_cover_haiti.html

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For Black America, The Thrill of Powell and Rice Is Gone:

"Are these two conspirators (Powell and Rice) fit to speak at any black gathering, ever again in life?" "Who in the black community will debase their organizations with the presence of such `role models'?" www.newhousenews.com/archive/tilove031104.html

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'Why remain in a country that sent our son to an unjust war?':

Ann Lawrence and her husband George are planning to emigrate. Almost exactly a year ago, they lost their only son during the Iraq war. They believe they have now given Britain enough. news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/story.jsp?story=503450

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Taiwan Opposition Wants Inquiry Into Shooting:

Taiwan's high court sealed ballot boxes on Sunday as defeated candidate Lien Chan demanded a recount in the island's closest-ever presidential election and an inquiry into an attack on the president that swung the vote. www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4613244

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Dire straits in Taiwan:

Was Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian lucky to dodge an assassin's bullet on Friday, or was he lucky — too lucky — to have it happen just one day before an election that he narrowly won? In other words, was it all a conspiracy? blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/buzz/archives/002464.html

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Taiwan's Democracy is Dying:

A Readers Commentary
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5911.htm

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Afghan offensive: Grand plans hit rugged reality:

The plan to eradicate the Afghan resistance was straightforward: The plan's implementation began with the launch of operation "Mountain Storm" around March 15. The insurgents have a plan of their own, which they have revealed to Asia Times Online. www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/FC20Df02.html

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Why I am a Puerto Rican "Independentista":

The purpose of this article is to outline why I think that becoming a state of the American Union or remaining a commonwealth (even an "enhanced" one) are not solutions to the Puerto Rican political status problem. members.tripod.com/gngseries/independentista-03-20-2004.html

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Date: 20 Mar 2004

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Pakistan attack kills 13 civilians near border:

Up to 13 civilians died in western Pakistan on Saturday when their vehicles were fired upon, a senior security official said. www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SP145139.htm

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Afghan civilians killed in US bombing:

At least six Afghan civilians have been killed and seven others injured in a US air-strike in Afghanistan's central province of Uruzgan. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1F17E8C6-0CA9-4B7B-A579-DFAC58D71BC5.htm

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U.S. Chopper Attacks Pakistan by Mistake, Wounds 3:

A U.S. helicopter gunship mistakenly strayed into Pakistani territory from Afghanistan while chasing militants and wounded three civilians in an attack, a Pakistani security official said on Saturday. www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4611665

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Blair's credibility 'destroyed':

Former cabinet minister Tony Benn said, "The Iraq war was an example of armed globalization. You go into a country… take their oil and send somebody in who allows all the Iraqi assets to be privatised." news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/03/20/ubenn.xml

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History will damn them:

We must not accept our leaders' illegal occupation of a sovereign state. Two of the world's most sophisticated armed forces brushed aside a tinpot army of soldiers without boots, smashed Iraq's cities to pieces, killed thousands of civilians and captured Iraq's oil more or less intact. There were, as any intelligent observer could have told them, no WMD, no centre of world terrorism, no aggressive intent. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5903.htm

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Robert Fisk: New Iraq? Hooded Protest And Masked Statistics:

The US military searches of Iraqi Sunni villages, the Israeli-style battering down of doors and houses, the constant American killing of innocents is embittering a new generation of Iraqis. And soon we will have "democracy" in Iraq. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5902.htm

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Al-Qaida-linked group warns of future target:

"Our brigades are getting ready now for the coming strike,' said the statement dated March 15. "Whose turn will it be next? Is it Japan, America, Italy, Britain, Saudi Arabia or Australia?' www.pasadenastarnews.com/Stories/0,1413,206~24533~2026780,00.html

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French foreign minister says Iraq war led to more dangerous world :

The world is a more dangerous place because of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, which may have toppled Saddam Hussein but also unleashed postwar violence and an upswing in terrorism, the French foreign minister said. www.boston.com/dailynews/079/world/French_foreign_minister_says_I:.shtml

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Getting Together to Defeat Terrorism: Step 1: Look in the Mirror:

I think a crucial step forward in coming to grips with terrorism requires that we ask ourselves why individuals, some of them young, rational people with their whole lives ahead of them, would hate the US and its allies so much that they would commit acts of massive destruction and end their own lives as well. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5905.htm

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In case you missed it: BOY BOMB VICTIM STRUGGLES AGAINST DESPAIR:

With tears running down his face he asked: "Can you help get my arms back? Do you think the doctors can get me another pair of hands? If I don't get a pair of hands I will commit suicide. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2781.htm

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In case you missed it: Video: John Pilger: "Breaking The Silence"

A hard hitting special report into the "war on terror" www.informationclearinghouse.info/pilger_breaking_the_silence_35mb.htm

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GI's suicide shows failure by all of us:

The United States military began washing its hands of William Howell's death long before he died. denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E27772%257E2024918,00.html

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U.S. helicopter is shot down in Iraq:

A U.S. military helicopter was downed by rebel fire west of Baghdad, but there were no injuries, the U.S. military said Saturday. seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Iraq+Downed+Helicopter

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Madrid suspects accused of 190 murders:

Three Moroccans detained after the Madrid train bombings have been accused in court of 190 murders, but they have denied any links to al Qaeda and say they were asleep at the time of the attacks. www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=479717&section=news

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Spain 'overlooked' terror warnings:

A HIGH-level Moroccan official said today that Spain did not pay enough attention to intelligence and security warnings from Morocco before deadly terror bombings in Spain. www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9021196%255E1702,00.html

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Palestinian girl, 7, dies after being shot by IOF in Gaza www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/406744.html

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Gunmen evict family at dawn from home in King David's city:

Israeli settlers use force to take over homes belonging to Palestinians in east Jerusalem www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5900.htm

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Israeli writer: Sharon is a liar and he always stalls peace process :

I say it again: Sharon is lying. It's his speciality to start seemingly sensational initiatives and to run a new duck through the village, like we say in Israel. But in reality, he has always stalled peace proposals coming from the US, Europe or from Saudi Arabia. www.gulfnews.com/Articles/news.asp?ArticleID=114810

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John Pilger: "Palestine is Still the Issue" :

Why Has This Documentary, Never Been Broadcast On U.S. Media ? www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3499.htm

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Burning Books Before They Are Written:

House Resolution 3077 Passed the House∑Will the Senate Save our First Amendment, or will debate in our Universities become the Occupied Territory of a foreign government? www.couplescompany.com/Features/Politics/2004/HR3077.htm

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Unwise decision by Haiti regime:

The reality is that the George Bush administration has gone on the offensive to foment division within CARICOM on the issue. But it will not succeed. www.nationnews.com/StoryView.cfm?Record=48272&Section=Life&Current=2004-03-19%2000%3A00%3A00

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Top U.S. officer tells Aristide to keep quiet:

Calling on ousted Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide to "keep his mouth closed," the head of the U.S. Southern Command said international intervention in Haiti was necessary to avoid a Rwandan-like situation. www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/caribbean/sfl-319aristide,0,4983371.story?coll=sfla-news-caribbean

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Aristide's former security chief extradited to U.S. :

Oriel Jean, the former security chief for Haiti's ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, has been deported to the U.S from Toronto. www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/03/19/canada/jean040319

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Chomsky backs 'Bush-lite' Kerry :

He describes the choice facing US voters in November as "the choice between two factions of the business party". But the Bush administration was so "cruel and savage", it was important to replace it. www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/story/0,13918,1174017,00.html

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Charges Dropped Against Muslim Chaplain:

All charges have been dropped against the Army Muslim chaplain accused of mishandling classified documents at Guantanamo Bay, which houses suspected terrorists, the Army said Friday. apnews.excite.com/article/20040320/D81DP83G0.html

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The Pentagon‚s Diabolical Intelligence Operation in Afghanistan:

Kidnapping and deporting Civilians to Guantanamo, providing Safe-haven to Al Qaeda Fighters globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO403D.html

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Coroner rejects inquest into death of Dr. David Kelly:

In an extraordinary move, Oxford Coroner Nicholas Gardiner has ruled that there will be no resumption of an inquest into the death of top weapons inspector and whistleblower Dr. David Kelly. www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=1621

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