Information Clearing House  Digest March 29-31 2004
Date: 31 Mar 2004

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332 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Three dead in Parliament suicide bombing:

An angry miner blew himself up in Bolivia's Congress, killing two police officers and wounding 10 others. La Paz police chief Guido Arandia said the bomber stormed into Congress around midday on Tuesday. www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/31/1080544553992.html

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Papers prove US knew of genocide in Rwanda:

US president Bill Clinton's administration knew Rwanda was being engulfed by genocide in April 1994 but buried the information to justify its inaction, classified documents made available for the first time reveal. www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/31/1080544556703.html

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U.S. weapons hunt shifts Iraq goalposts:

The White House now says the war, in which more than 500 U.S. troops and thousands of Iraqis have died, was justified by Saddam's alleged intent to build and use such weaponry. www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=4834297

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Attacks kill 9 in Falluja area :

Five troops died when a bomb exploded under their military vehicle west of Baghdad on Wednesday. At least four foreign nationals, including an American, were killed in a separate attack and some of the bodies were burned, beaten and hung from a bridge. www.iht.com/articles/512768.html

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Another Roadside bombs kill 2 U.S. soldiers www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/8316366.htm

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Iraqis drag U.S. corpses through streets:

Jubilant residents dragged the charred corpses of four American contractors through the streets Wednesday and hanged them from the bridge spanning the Euphrates River www.kvia.com/Global/story.asp?S=1752374&nav=AbC0Lwl9

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Robert Fisk: "Most Of The People Dying In Iraq Are Iraqis":

Veteran Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk reports live from Baghdad. Fisk describes the "grotesque, gruesome, terrible" attacks in Fallujah. Real Audio informationclearinghouse.info/article5969.htm

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Iraq war fed terror threat, says UN official:

The Iraq war increased the danger of global terrorism by alienating moderate Muslims and diverting resources from the hunt for terrorists. www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/31/1080544556309.html

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Solving Mideast, Iraq strife key to tackling terrorism:

Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission: "The success of our strategy to combat international terrorism depends on peace in the Middle East," Prodi said. Prodi warned that force alone would not defeat terrorism. Governments must forge a political strategy to understand and resolve the underlying causes of terrorism, he stressed. informationclearinghouse.info/article5968.htm

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Where's The Freedom, Mr. President?:

George Bush promised democracy and liberty, one year later Iraq has repression and violence. www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=697

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Iraq: Newspaper ban plays into radical's hands:

By slapping a 60-day ban on al-Hawza newspaper, the mouthpiece of radical Iraqi Shi'ite leader Muqtada Sadr, United States officials, far from silencing the outspoken cleric, are likely only to increase the number of his supporters and the potency of his message. www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FC31Ak01.html

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Who counts the civilian casualties?:

How many civilian casualties – "collateral damage," to use the antiseptic phrase – have resulted from the war, and the subsequent occupation in which people are killed and wounded nearly every day?
csmonitor.com/2004/0331/p15s01-wogi.html

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Vast majority of Portuguese want troops in Iraq withdrawn: poll:

Nearly three in four residents of Portugal, or 71 percent, want the country's 128-strong contingent of national guards in Iraq to be withdrawn from the war-ravaged country, a poll published Monday found. www.spacewar.com/2004/040329150923.hzh7eool.html

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The First Bush War: S

ince so many of the people involved in preparations for the war against Iraq (Cheney, Powell, and Wolfowitz being the most prominent) worked in the first Bush administration and had a hand in crafting Desert Storm in 1991, there is renewed speculation as to whether that war was a put-up job by Bush senior. www.villagevoice.com/issues/0413/mondo2.php

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Bin Laden Hunt Hurt by U.S. Disrespect of Afghans, Experts Say:

By disrespecting Pashtun tribal culture in Afghanistan, the United States may have failed to gain a vital ally in its search for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/03/0330_040330_peltoninterview.html

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Afghanistan: Return of the jihadis:

Many Central Asian Islamic militants – with Pakistani and US assistance – have been trained in Afghanistan, before being sent back to their homelands to lie low pending a call to arms. That call has now come. And the destination is Afghanistan. www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/FD01Ag02.html

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Maybe none of them are terrorists :

Consider this theoretical possibility: if no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, is it also possible that there are no al-Qaida terrorists in Guantánamo? www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1182349,00.html

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Who Vetted Clarke's Book?:

Richard Clarke claims that he could have published Against All Enemies back in December, but that the book's release was delayed by the White House's security review process. Why was Clarke compelled to have his book vetted by administration officials, and how does the review process work? slate.msn.com/id/2097995/

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Kerry Author: Stolen FBI Files Were 'Very Explosive':

FBI files documenting Sen. John Kerry's anti-war activities that were reported stolen over the weekend could have damaged the likely Democratic nominee's presidential bid, the San Francisco author who obtained the records said Monday. www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/3/30/130857.shtml

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Twenty-first Century Gunboat Diplomacy:

What the Pentagon refers to as its "lily pads" strategy is meant to encircle and nail down control of this vast set of interlocking regions — the thought being that, if the occasion arises, the American frogs can leap agilely from one prepositioned pad to another, knocking off the "flies" as they go. www.nationinstitute.org/tomdispatch/index.mhtml?pid=1344

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Weapons in space may be the next frontier for the U.S. military:

Now there appears to be a new emphasis. Officials in the Bush administration and the Department of Defense are actively pursuing an agenda calling for the unprecedented weaponization of space. abcnews.go.com/sections/SciTech/US/space_weapons_040330.html

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US accused of training Haitian rebels in Dominican Republic :

The United States armed and trained in the Dominican Republic the groups that rose against former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a preliminary report issued in the Dominican Republic indicated Monday. news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-03/30/content_1390551.htm

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With friends like Uzbekistan … :

A series of terror attacks over the past days that have left scores of people dead, and a damning report of widespread imprisonment, torture and repression of dissenters. Food for thought for the country's Western allies, of which the United States is the most important, over their expedient support of the regime. www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/FD01Ag01.html

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In case you missed it:

Uzbekistan: Our Presidents New Best Friend Boils People Alive
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3943.htm

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Never mind the torture and political prisoners, he's Bush's man:

In the rogues' gallery of Soviet dinosaurs, the rulers of the central Asian states have pride of place. news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/story.jsp?story=506773

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Twenty-first Century Gunboat Diplomacy:

What the Pentagon refers to as its "lily pads" strategy is meant to encircle and nail down control of this vast set of interlocking regions — the thought being that, if the occasion arises, the American frogs can leap agilely from one prepositioned pad to another, knocking off the "flies" as they go. www.nationinstitute.org/tomdispatch/index.mhtml?pid=1344

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McKinney, seen as a foe of Israel, to run for her old seat in Congress :

Jewish fund-raisers are looking for ways to prevent former Rep. Cynthia McKinney from returning to Congress. www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?intarticleid=13941&intcategoryid=3

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Jewish defections irk Dems:

Senate Democrats are seeking to counter defections by some major Jewish donors to the Republicans by stressing their party‚s pro-Israel stance. The lawmakers met privately last Thursday with nearly 80 Jewish interest groups to make their case. www.thehill.com/news/033004/jewish.aspx

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Hate Mail Over an Assassination:

"Justice Cannot Be For One Side Alone, But Must Be for Both":

My email box is full of hate messages again. It usually happens to anyone who writes an article that opposes the Israeli occupation of the Territories and the consequent oppression of the Palestinians. www.counterpunch.com/jacobs03302004.html

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Jewish Settlers Spark Clash in Arab Area :

Jewish settlers with assault rifles slung over their shoulders moved into two buildings in a crowded Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem on Wednesday, setting off clashes between Israeli troops and Arab residents. story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040331/
ap_on_re_mi_ea/israel_palestinians&cid=540&ncid=716

tinyurl.com/36ab3

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Jewish settlement removal a 'big lie':

Palestinians have dismissed Israeli claims that it dismantled a Jewish settlement near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron as a "big lie". Under international law, all Jewish settlements are illegal, a stance not recognised by Israel. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/18CBDE5A-5813-4B12-AC8C-A1FE5ADCE175.htm

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North Korea: Defector 'faked' gas chamber documents:

North Korea has put on show four people who said they helped a defector forge documents purporting to show political prison camp inmates being consigned to fatal gas chamber experiments. www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/31/1080544553995.html

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U.S. a nation divided: the wimps and the warriors, senator says:

The Senate's lone Democrat to endorse Bush for re-election, denounced former Bush counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke, who has criticized the president as being slow to act against the al-Qaida terrorist network.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/03/30/national1914EST0804.DTL

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Poll: Privacy a Concern Among Americans :

Americans seem willing to surrender some personal information to the government for improved security against terrorism, but nearly three-fourths of adults expressed strong concerns that government can't be trusted with such information, according to a survey. www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3922603,00.html

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Tax cuts boost joblessness, encourage outsourcing :

Why, economists ask, is this recovery jobless? No one seems to know. But the answer is right there in the Bush tax acts, which many economists have apparently never read. www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/0304/29equal.html

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Opec heavyweights back production cut :

Leading oil producer Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, another heavyweight in the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, lined up on Tuesday to support the implementation of 1m barrels per day of production cuts in April. news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/
FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1079420010822&p=1012571727085

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Date: 30 Mar 2004

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331 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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UN: Israeli restrictions prevent food distribution in Gaza:

The UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) says it provides supplementary food aid for 600,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3582617.stm

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Arms hunter to tell congress no Iraqi WMD found:

Duelfer will brief the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Tuesday about his initial impressions of the hunt for unconventional weapons after six weeks in Iraq. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5966.htm

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Attack in Iraq Kills Coalition Soldier:

A bomb attack west of Baghdad killed a soldier in the U.S.-led coalition and wounded another Tuesday, a U.S. military spokesman said. www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4700188

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One Dead, Seven Hurt in Iraq Car Bombing:

A suicide bomber blew up explosives in his car outside the house of a police chief south of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing himself and wounding seven others, officials said. story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040330/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

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Two California soldiers die from wounds inflicted in Iraq:

On Sunday, in separate interviews, those who knew them well remembered both Vega and Taylor as wonderful men serving their country. www.napanews.com/templates/index.cfm?template=story_full&id=BF2CB04C-F03A-406A-8CA5-46E7AD85EAF1

tinyurl.com/2wznm

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Five hurt as jobless Iraqis clash with Spanish troops :

Five people were injured in clashes pitting hundreds of jobless people against Spanish soldiers serving in the US-led coalition and Iraqi policemen in the central city of Najaf, police said. story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20040330/wl_mideast_afp/iraq_unrest_spain

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U.S. delivers 1st grim outlook on Iraq security :

Paul Bremer told local officials Monday that it will take at least a year for the country to hire, equip and train enough police and border guards to meet its needs. www.freep.com/news/nw/iraq30_20040330.htm

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Understanding the real costs of Iraq war:

The invasion, had real costs and consequences because of its nature and timing. Instead of assaulting the messenger, the Bush White House would help the stumbling president's political fortunes much more if it faced these consequences squarely and stopped denying the obvious. www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/03/30/understanding_the_real_costs_of_iraq_war/

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Rice to testify in public, under oath:

Bush, Cheney also will go before full 9/11 panel www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4623066/

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Paul Krugman: This Isn't America:

Even in Israel, George Bush's America has become a byword for deception and abuse of power. And the administration's reaction to Richard Clarke's "Against All Enemies" provides more evidence of something rotten in the state of our government. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5967.htm

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Chalabi's road to victory:

Chalabi, barely a year since he returned to his homeland after 45 years of exile, has emerged as the power behind a vacant throne. He also appears to have impressive amounts of cash at his disposal and a say in which companies get the nod for some of the $18.4 billion earmarked for reconstruction. www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040329-094918-2616r

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After legal missteps, apologize to Capt. Yee :

His treatment is a sober reminder about granting authorities the benefit of the doubt in dangerous times. One can never be casual or lazy about freedom and liberty. seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorialsopinion/2001890096_chaped29.html

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Gun tragedy soldier 'had no training':

The parents of a soldier who died in Iraq have been told he was killed while trying to release a jammed bullet in a weapon on which he had not received any training. www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/03/30/ncraw30.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/03/30/ixnewstop.html

tinyurl.com/2efoa

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UK plays roulette with Iraqi refugees:

The British government may have gone to war to defend human rights in Iraq, but it is playing fast and loose with the lives of thousands of Iraqis living on its own doorstep. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/60C1E1E9-892B-4EE1-A86D-D33C4922FD20.htm

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Explosive Ingredients Found in UK Terror Raids:

Police seized a large amount of explosive material and arrested eight men across London and southeast England on Tuesday in Britain's largest anti-terror operation for years. www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4698464

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US admits killing Arab journalists in Iraq:

The US military has acknowledged it was responsible for killing two journalists working for Dubai-based satellite channel al-Arabiya who were shot close to a checkpoint in the Iraqi capital earlier this month. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/64BEFBCA-210E-4E39-B8CD-A2EC8E0EB2F1.htm

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Uzbekistan says 20 Militant Suspects Killed:

Authorities in Uzbekistan say at least 20 terror suspects have been killed during a raid by the security forces near the residence of President Islam Karimov in Tashkent. www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=32753407-CC64-4C66-AE3E14EEFB6CE47A

More on Uzbekistan
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Two Pakistanis executed by al Qaeda fighters:

The two district officials were among 14 government men captured by al Qaeda fighters and other militants in a Pakistani offensive launched on March 16. www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ISL248821.htm

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Pakistan: No al-Qaida leader killed:

Pakistan's military says that an "al-Qaida fighter" killed in an operation near the Afghan border was just a local intelligence operative and not the organisation‚s spy chief. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A81016B4-9646-4CFF-8EF7-6BBC3FAE3DE9.htm

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Irish link to Madrid bombings:

One of those charged with the Madrid train bombings had lived and been educated in Ireland. www.politics.ie/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=4216

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Philippines says foils major attack:

The Philippines says it has foiled a "Madrid-level" terror attack on shops and trains in the capital Manila by arresting four suspected Islamic militants and seizing a large amount of explosives. uk.news.yahoo.com/040330/325/epurs.html

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Alleged Philippine Bomber Says He Hid TNT:

A suspected Muslim extremist told police interrogators he planted TNT in a television set on a ferry that caught fire last month, killing more than 100 people, a security official said Tuesday. story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040330/ap_on_re_as/philippines_ferry_fire

tinyurl.com/2poyd

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Rebel Leader Threatens to Kill Aristide :

Monday's events in Cap-Haitien were the latest example of the instability that prevails in Haiti one month after the hasty departure of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the arrival of U.S.-led peacekeepers. story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=589&ncid=721&e=8&u=/ap/20040330/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/haiti

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Bush Flip-Flop on Patients‚ Bill of Rights May Have Been Driven by Campaign Donors:

The prominence of health insurance industry executives among Bush campaign bundlers suggests that special interests played a part in President Bush‚s flip-flop on patients‚ rights to sue HMOs, Public Citizen charged today. www.citizen.org/pressroom/release.cfm?ID=1674

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Contributors & Paybacks:

Bush's Big Donors Lick Their Chops over Medicare Law and Malpractice Bill www.whitehouseforsale.org/contributorsandpaybacks/

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Drug Cards Dissected:

The prescription cards purport to provide seniors with discounts on their medications. However, no such discount is guaranteed, and the legislation may help pharmaceutical and insurance companies a lot more than the elderly. www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=18248

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Drivers License: A Matter of Religious Freedom:

A number of states around the country have already passed laws stating that a young man between the age of eighteen and twenty-six cannot obtain a driver's license without having registered for the draft. www.nisbco.org/UAA/03262004.htm

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Guerrillas Kills U.S. Soldier in Iraq; Riots in Basra:

Guerrillas killed a U.S. soldier in a bomb attack west of Baghdad Monday, and British troops used batons and rubber bullets to beat back a crowd of furious protesters in the southern city of Basra. www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4690184

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Iraq War Launched to Protect Israel – Bush Adviser:

The statements are the first to surface from a source closely linked to the Bush administration acknowledging that the war, which has so far cost the lives of nearly 600 U.S. troops and thousands of Iraqis, was motivated by Washington's desire to defend the Jewish state. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5965.htm

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Israel enjoys broad-based, bipartisan support on Capitol Hill:

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations said Thursday after meetings with more than 40 senators in Washington. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5962.htm

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Amber light from Washington:

US officials insisted they had no prior knowledge of Israel's plan to assassinate Yassin, even though it was approved by the Israeli cabinet at least a week earlier. But neither did the US stop it. Israel's defence minister publicly announced their intention to kill Yassin in January. www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/26/1079939849389.html

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America's Voices in Israel:

Strengthening American support for Israel by inviting US-based radio talk-show hosts to broadcast their programs live from Israel. "The most efficient and effective way for Israel to tell its story," according to Min. Ehud Olmert. info.jpost.com/C002/Supplements/AmericasVoices/

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In case you missed it:

Pro-Israel PAC Contributions to 2000 Congressional Candidates 1999-2000 Cycle www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5963.htm

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A Conservative Total for U.S. Aid to Israel: $91 Billion˜and Counting www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5964.htm

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Jews Against Zionism:

The idea that Zionism and the State of „Israel‰ is the protector of Jews is probably the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the Jewish People. Indeed, where else since 1945 have Jews been in such physical danger as in the Zionist state?! www.jewsagainstzionism.com/opposition/cannonfodder.htm

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"Hope is the Fuel of Progress":

Former British MP and Leading Antiwar Voice Tony Benn On Imperialism and Resistance Real Audio www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/03/29/1548259

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Date: 29 Mar 2004

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330 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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19 Killed in Uzbekistan Terror Attacks :

A series of bombings and attacks linked to Islamic militants, including the first known suicide missions in Uzbekistan, killed 19 people and injured 26, officials said Monday in this key American ally in the war on terrorism.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3916804,00.html

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U.S. soldiers kill four insurgents in Mosul:

Iraqi minister escapes attack : U.S. soldiers in the northern city of Mosul shot and killed four rebels suspected of involvement in attacks in the region, the military said Monday. Two American soldiers were wounded in the firefight.
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/a/2004/03/29/international0328EST0439.DTL

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Two Afghans killed in Taliban raid:

Taliban fighters have raided an Afghan army post in a volatile central province, killing at least two soldiers, an official in the area has said. Ten soldiers were missing, he said.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=484285&section=news

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Two Iraqis killed over expat deaths:

US occupation forces have killed two armed Iraqis believed responsible for the death of two British nationals in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A4320E73-6927-4048-A9A0-62968F66F293.htm

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U.S. troops thwart Afghan suicide bomber:

U.S. troops in Afghanistan have shot dead a suspected suicide bomber after the man drove a taxi loaded with explosives into a U.S. military convoy.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=484775&section=news

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British Troops in Basra Street Battle:

British troops in riot gear fought with dozens of anti-coalition Iraqis who resisted eviction from a government-owned building in the southern city of Basra today. At least four Iraqis were injured.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2713392

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Iraqi defector behind America's WMD claims exposed as 'out-and-out fabricator':

A detailed investigation in the Los Angeles Times revealed that the source claiming to have seen mobile bioweapons labs was the brother of one of the senior aides to Ahmed Chalabi, the leader of the Iraqi National Congress
informationclearinghouse.info/article5996.htm

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Investigators to inquire into Chalabi‚s use of US money:

The investigative branch of the US Congress is looking into whether Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmad Chalabi broke the law in using US money to attempt to sway US opinion in favour of ousting Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_29-3-2004_pg7_47

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Iraqi detentions fuel anti-US sentiment:

The American military is holding some 8,000 Iraqi security detainees without trial or formal charges, most of them in a prison where at least six US guards have been criminally charged with abusing inmates.
www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2004/03/28/iraqi_detentions_fuel_anti_us_sentiment?mode=PF

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Ban on a newspaper angers Iraqis:

American soldiers shut down a popular Baghdad newspaper and padlocked the doors after the occupation authorities accused it of printing lies that incited violence.
www.iht.com/articles/512383.html

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Shifts from bin Laden hunt evoke questions:

In 2002, troops from the 5th Special Forces Group who specialize in the Middle East were pulled out of the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan to prepare for their next assignment: Iraq. Their replacements were troops with expertise in Spanish cultures.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2004-03-28-troop-shifts_x.htm?csp=24

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Patrick J. Buchanan: Israel's Isolation ˆ and America's:

President Bush must begin to realize that his blind solidarity with Sharon, who has shown himself contemptuous of America's interests in the larger region, is among the greatest crosses we have to bear in the war on terror.
informationclearinghouse.info/article5997.htm

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Prelude to an Attack on Syria?:

The Yassin Assassination: I truly hope my imagination has gotten the better of me, that I am a false prophet, and that what I describe will not come to pass.
informationclearinghouse.info/article5998.htm

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The Yassin Assassination: A Monstrous Insanity Blessed by the US:

Where is the United States Congress and Senate condemnation on behalf of its people of such a heinous act by a government that we support to the tune of 10 billion a year?
informationclearinghouse.info/article5999.htm

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40 U.S. senators supported Israel‚s assassination of Hamas‚ leader:

The senators met Thursday with officials from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
informationclearinghouse.info/article5957.htm

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In case you missed it:

If This Is Freedom, What Exactly Is Dictatorship?:

The president now has the unrestricted power to kill American citizens abroad solely on the basis of his certification that the killed Americans are „terrorists,‰ as he did to Ahmed Hijazi, the American who was killed with a U.S.-fired missile in Yemen.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3384.htm

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Sharon's son must yield probe papers:

The Israeli Supreme Court has ordered Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's son to hand over documents crucial to investigating corruption scandals that could topple the Israeli leader and sideline his Gaza withdrawal plan.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=484828&section=news

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Bush under Fire over Sharon Invitation :

A senior Jewish MP today launched an attack on US President George Bush‚s decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to the White House. The invitation amounted to a „presidential seal of approval‰ for Sharon‚s Likud Government, which was responsible for „indiscriminate‰ killings of Palestinians, said Mr Kaufman.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2709796

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The loss of moral authority :

Ariel Sharon has lost the moral authority and public standing required to continue leading the country.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/409679.html

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50,000 Yemeni students call for trying Sharon: Egypt's students deplore postponement of Arab summit:

The Egyptian universities witnessed yesterday more acts of protests over the assassination of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, sparked in particular by the postponement of the Arab summit which was due in Tunisia today.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/040329/2004032912.html

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British MP wants economic sanctions against Israel:

A British Member of Parliament from the ruling Labour party, Gerald Kaufman, has called for economic sanctions against Israel, including cutting off arms supplies, to force it back to the negotiating table with the Palestinians.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1075727.htm

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THE ARAB LEAGUE:

„IRRELEVANT‰ TO ARABS AND AMERICA

www.unobserver.com/layout5.php?id=1540&blz=2

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White House Whitewash:

A conflict of interest at the heart of the US 9/11 Commission hearings has been exposed by the families of the Twin Towers victims.
www.sundayherald.com/40876

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A Must Read

Dom Stasi: The Entertainers:

"My son was killed in Iraq. Last night I saw George Bush laughing about that." —Jorge Medina, father of US Army Spc. Irving Medina, 22, KIA 14 NOV 03, Baghdad, Iraq
informationclearinghouse.info/article5960.htm

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Nader, Kerry Will Meet to Discuss Ways to Beat Bush:

While stressing that he is still a competitor in the race, the independent presidential hopeful said he views his candidacy as a "second front against Bush, however small."
www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_4312.shtml

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Poll: Kerry 48%, Bush 46%; With Nader It's a Tie:

Bush Preferred If Terror Hits US
www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=812

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Dem complaints pay off with nine probes:

They range from an inquiry on the cost of the new Medicare law to multiple probes on the alleged failure of intelligence in monitoring Iraq‚s weapons programs.
www.thehill.com/news/032504/complaints.aspx

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In case you missed it:

Medicare analyst confirms he was ordered to withhold unfavorable cost estimate :

The nation's top Medicare cost analyst confirmed yesterday that his former boss, Thomas Scully, ordered him to withhold from lawmakers unfavorable cost estimates about the Medicare prescription-drug bill. He said the estimates exceeded what Congress seemed willing to accept by more than $100 billion.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001878119_medicare13.html

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In case you missed it:

Department memo told park heads to spin cuts : A retired superintendent of Utah's Dinosaur National Monument released internal National Park Service memos Wednesday that coached park bosses on ways to hide the true nature of Bush administration cutbacks in park services from the public.
www.sltrib.com/2004/mar/03182004/utah/148937.asp

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Deception through silence:

Shhh. That's the mantra of George W. Bush. He can pronounce it correctly, it keeps the citizenry from knowing things he thinks it has no need to know and what the citizenry doesn't know, therefore, won't play a part in what it thinks.
www.bouldernews.com/bdc/opinion_columnists/article/0,1713,BDC_2490_2762015,00.html

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Gangsters in the White House:

Whenever the Bush Administration gets criticized, it responds like Tony Soprano, and Bush's capos put a hit out on whoever dares to question the don.
www.progressive.org/webex04/wx032904.html

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Surge in US military spending:

In 2003, the five largest defence contractors all generated significant boosts in revenue from prime government contracts, according to figures from the Department of Defence.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1EEBDE26-37EE-4DEF-88DB-515D114A2132.htm

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Federal Auditors Track Wasteful Spending In Iraq:

Uncle Sam's "cost detectives" are following the billions of taxpayers' dollars the Bush administration is spending to rebuild Iraq, and that makes some people nervous.
www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=rednews/2004/03/29/build/nation/35-iraq-spending.inc

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Musharraf left counting the cost:

The army, and Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf, are left with far bigger problems than when they first embarked on the mission into the tribal region nearly two weeks ago.
www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/FC30Df01.html

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Africa: Oil, al-Qaeda and the US military:

The US has a keen interest in Africa's oil resources – perhaps its only interest in the Dark Continent. And as US military involvement and/or cooperation with countries across the Maghreb and Sahel regions is being ratcheted up, so too is alleged al-Qaeda activity.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FC30Aa02.html

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In case you missed it:

Colin Campbell on Oil:

Perhaps the World's Foremost Expert on Oil and the Oil Business Confirms the Ever More Apparent Reality of the Post-9-11 World
www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/102302_campbell.html

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In case you missed it:

The Imminent Peak Of World Oil Production:

Presentation to a House of Commons All-Party Committee
www.hubbertpeak.com/campbell/commons.htm

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$30 oil props up OPEC economies as reforms stagnate:

Oil revenues in the largest OPEC producer Saudi Arabia rose last year to an estimated $85 billion, versus the average $58 billion earned annually between $1998-2002. It recorded budget surpluses in 2002 and 2003 for the first time since 1982
www.forbes.com/business/newswire/2004/03/29/rtr1315329.html

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UK: Half of all recruits to Army read at level of 11-year-olds:

A confidential study into the educational standards of soldiers has revealed that half of all new infantry recruits only have the reading and writing skills of 11-year-olds.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/03/28/nmil28.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/03/28/ixhome.html

tinyurl.com/3fml4

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Court Opens Door To Searches Without Warrants :

It's a groundbreaking court decision that legal experts say will affect everyone: Police officers in Louisiana no longer need a search or arrest warrant to conduct a brief search of your home or business.
www.theneworleanschannel.com/news/2953483/detail.html

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Police monitored anti-war protests, chief says:

When opposition to the war in Iraq began to mount last year, city police sent undercover officers to anti-war meetings and rallies, collecting intelligence about the aims of activists, the department's chief confirmed.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8299281.htm

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Aristide supporters in Haiti report continuing threats, killings :

Nearly a month since ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide fled Haiti, many of his followers said they're still being harassed, threatened and killed.
www.cbc.ca/cp/world/040327/w032766.html

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