Information Clearing House  Digest April 1-7 2004
Date: 7 Apr 2004

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339 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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200 dead in Iraq's bloodiest days:

More than 200 people, including 170 Iraqis and about 30 coalition troops, have died in attacks in seven cities across the country
www.thewest.com.au/20040408/news/general/tw-news-general-home-sto122924.html

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130 SOLDIERS KILLED IN IRAQ – REPORTS:

A Pentagon source has said up to 130 US troops have been killed in fierce fighting in Iraq.
www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-1130577,00.html

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52 Iraqis dead as Falluja engulfed in fighting:

Fierce street battles are raging in Falluja between resistance fighters defending the town and US occupation forces, who are launching missile attacks in and around residential areas.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6008.htm

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U.S. hits mosque in Iraq, reportedly killing up to 40:

U .S. forces battling Sunni insurgents in this violent city apparently hit a mosque filled with people today, and witnesses said as many as 40 people were killed.
www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/iraq/bal-iraq-mosque0407,0,912102.story?coll=bal-news-breaking

tinyurl.com/39c9g

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14 U.S. SOLDIERS DIE AS SHIITES REVOLT:

Also on Tuesday, the U.S. Army said one soldier was killed in Baghdad. An informal count found that at least 23 Americans have died since Sunday.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/8374179.htm

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US troops kill eight demonstrators in Kirkuk as helicopter crashes northeast of Baghdad :

At least eight Iraqis were shot dead Wednesday and 12 wounded in an exchange of gunfire with US occupation forces during a demonstration west of Kirkuk to protest US raids on Fallujah, police and medics said.
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=274362&lang=e&dir=news

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Four Iranian pilgrims shot dead in Iraq by US forces :

A vehicle carrying 11 Iranian pilgrims enroute from Najaf to the holy city of Kerbala, was targeted by US military forces, Hossein Vaezi said regretting that the four passengers were killed and three others were injured.
www.payvand.com/news/04/apr/1045.html

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Aljazeera – Pictures Of Death: Falluja – 04/07/04:

Real children, Real pain, Real Blood, Real DEATH.

-WARNING- These pictures should only be viewed by a mature audience.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6010.htm

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Aljazeera – Video: Falluja – 04/07/04:

-WARNING- This video should only be viewed by a mature audience.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6013.htm

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Top Iraqi aide says Iraqis have captured coalition soldiers:

A top aide to the militant Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said his supporters had captured a number of soldiers from the US-led coalition during clashes currently taking place across a large swath of Iraq.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/07/1081326803448.html

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Ukraine troops pull out of Kut:

Ukrainian troops Wednesday withdrew from the Iraqi city of Kut, south of the capital Baghdad, after heavy fighting with supporters of radical Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr who now control the city, the defence ministry said.
www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,6119,2-10-1460_1509636,00.html

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Korean soldiers in Iraq told to stay in barracks:

Surging violence in Iraq has prompted South Korea to confine its troops to a base in the southern part of the country, halting their work to supply medical and engineering help to Iraqis.
joongangdaily.joins.com/200404/07/200404072321475079900090309031.html

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Sadr aide says Iraqis capture coalition soldiers:

A top aide to the militant Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Wednesday that his supporters had captured a number of soldiers from the U.S.-led coalition during clashes currently taking place across a large swathe of Iraq.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L07168927.htm

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Iraq's Sadr urges Kuwaitis to expel U.S. forces-TV:

"I call on our neighbour Kuwait to ask that American and other bases be removed so that this state may stand hand in hand with us to remove the big nightmare and great Satan from Iraq, whose people are suffering from the occupation," Sadr said in a statement
www.bgnewsnet.com/story.php?lang=en&sid=4498

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Cleric Al-Sadr Warns Iraq Could Become A Vietnam For US:

"I call upon the American people to stand beside their brethren, the Iraqi people, who are suffering an injustice by your rulers and the occupying army, to help them in the transfer of power to honest Iraqis," "Otherwise, Iraq will be another Vietnam for America and the occupiers."
news.nasdaq.com/news/newsStory.aspx?&cpath=20040407\
ACQDJON200404071244DOWJONESDJONLINE000673.htm

tinyurl.com/235dq

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Arrest Warrant For Sadr 'Illegal':

Iraqi Judges: As the Iraqi Governing Council Wednesday, April 7, urged investigations into the American military use of "deliberate" force against civilians, the Iraqi Jurists Association said the arrest warrant against Shiite leader Muqtada Sadr is "illegal and based on a lie".
www.islamonline.org/English/News/2004-04/07/article03.shtml

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Wanted Iraqi cleric 'willing to die' :

Radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said today that he was willing to die resisting any attempt to capture him, as US-led occupying forces struggled to contain insurgencies on two separate fronts.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1186896,00.html

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Battles rage across Iraq:

Almost 200 people have died in clashes and attacks during the last three days in battles between occupation forces and supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr in at least nine towns and cities.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/660FF109-9E21-4AF8-BCA3-C39E0FE67917.htm

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Support grows for firebrand Iraqi Shiite cleric in Baghdad:

Many of Baghdad's Shiite and Sunni Muslims rallied behind embattled firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr whose banned militia is facing a nationwide assault by US-led coalition forces.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1515&ncid=1515&e=6&u=/afp/20040407/wl_
mideast_afp/iraq_unrest_us_shiites_baghdad_040407141027

tinyurl.com/2logz

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Nearly 3 Million Iraqis, Sunni and Shiite, Approve of attacks on Americans
www.juancole.com/2004_04_01_juancole_archive.html#108122739953940588

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Norwegian troops to withdraw from Iraq?:

Norway is studying the option of pulling its troops from Iraq after ending its mission due to the worsening of the security situation, Ministry of Defense's Spokesman Kaare Helland-Olsen told KUNA on Wednesday.
www.kuna.net.kw/English/Story.asp?DSNO=619467

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Kazakhstan troops to quit Iraq in May -minister:

Kazakhstan will pull its troops out of Iraq when the tour of its present contingent ends in May, Defence Minister Mukhtar Altynbayev said on Wednesday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L07264729.htm

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Arab rulers' worst fears on Iraq come true:

As U.S. forces battle on a new front in Iraq, Baghdad's Arab neighbours watch the escalating violence with alarm and a message that affords them only the grimmest satisfaction: "We told you so."
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L07167959.htm

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US caught in 'trap' a year after Saddam's fall:

"They did not take any advice, they did not want to understand – or they underestimated – the complexities of Iraq, they are in big trouble, they are trapped," he said.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=9555

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Uprising in Iraq could derail Bush:

As US forces suffer another bloody day, Republicans turn on president
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1187437,00.html

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The war on terror misfired.

Blame it all on the neocons: The legitimate grievances of Muslims were never listened to by the west. Far from striking a blow against terrorism, the invasion of Iraq has unleashed the very forces of extremism it was supposed to destroy.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/comment/0,12956,1187326,00.html

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How war is giving power to forces of international terror:

First it was Osama Bin Laden; then it was Saddam Hussein; now we have a new sinister face on George W Bush's "wanted" list: Moqtada al Sadr, head of the al Mahdi militia. Another Iraqi public enemy No 1. Another turbaned image of Islamic terror to hunt down, dead or alive. Lock and load, people
www.theherald.co.uk/features/13528-print.shtml

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The More We Try, the Worse Iraq Gets:

It is the beginning of the end for the United States in Iraq. No amount of glib optimism from Bush administration soothsayers can conceal that reality. Sure, the U.S. possesses the military might to hang on indefinitely, but only through the continuous sacrifice of lives in a reckless venture that never had an honestly stated purpose.
www.commondreams.org/views04/0406-03.htm

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Exposing Bush the liar, the mass murderer, the war criminal:

The crude and cruel truth about Iraq.
english.pravda.ru/mailbox/22/98/387/12429_Iraq.html

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Robert Fisk: Saddam moved to US base in Qatar:

The United States has secretly flown Saddam Hussein out of Iraq and imprisoned him under high security in a Gulf Arab state.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6009.htm

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Convicted 9/11 suspect ordered released :

The only Sept. 11 suspect convicted was ordered freed by a court Wednesday, pending the outcome of his retrial on charges of aiding the Hamburg al-Qaida cell that included three of the suicide pilots.
www.mlive.com/newsflash/lateststories/index.ssf?/base/international-6/108134065383711.xml

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Pakistan Tells America To Keep Off Its Soil:

Reacting strongly to the US threat to enter Pakistani territory as part of the operation against the Al-Qaeda terror network and the Taleban militia, Islamabad has warned Washington to keep off its soil.
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=040604085950

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Palestinians tell US to mind own business:

Negotiations minister asks Washington to keep out of internal affairs over Hamas integration in political fold.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=9558

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Axis of execution: American justice ranked alongside world's most repressive regimes :

America is just one of just four countries responsible for 84 per cent of executions around the world last year, a report released yesterday by Amnesty International said.
news.independent.co.uk/low_res/story.jsp?story=509209&host=3&dir=508

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Dasht-E Leili :

In his 2002 documentary describing this „Massacre at Mazar,‰ based on numerous interviews with observers, officials, participants, human rights and forensic specialists, and survivors, and visits to the grave sites, Irish film-maker Jamie Doran concludd that somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 men were killed in this container truck operation and its aftermath.
www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2004-04/07herman.cfm

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In case you missed it:

Convoy of Death: Why have US television stations refused to broadcast this documentary?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3267.htm

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US troops train for urban warfare against North Korea:

US troops have trained this week in South Korea for possible urban warfare against North Korean guerrillas or terrorists, military officials said Tuesday.
www.spacewar.com/2004/040406133743.ue0andir.html

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Over 60 Percent of Corporations Didn't Pay Taxes:

More than 60 percent of U.S. corporations didn't pay any federal taxes for 1996 through 2000, years when the economy boomed and corporate profits soared, the investigative arm of Congress reported.
www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/8374471.htm

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Date: 6 Apr 2004

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338 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Iraq Clashes Kill 66 Iraqis, Seven American Soldiers :

Seven American soldiers died in separate incidents today and yesterday in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and in the western province of Al Anbar, the U.S. military said. As many as 66 Iraqis died in clashes in the past two days with coalition forces
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=ai_.uDdrAifA&refer=us

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20 GIs, 100 Iraqis Killed Since Weekend :

Coalition forces fought on two fronts Tuesday, battling a Shiite-inspired uprising in southern Iraq and Sunni insurgents in the violent city of Fallujah in clashes that have killed 20 American troops and at least 100 Iraqis since the weekend
www.elkodaily.com/articles/2004/04/06/ap/Headlines/d81pepq80.txt

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Ukrainian peacekeeper killed in Iraq, five wounded :

A Ukrainian peacekeeper was killed in Iraq during a battle for a bridge over the Tigris, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry press service reported on Tuesday.
www.interfax.kiev.ua/eng/go.cgi?31,20040406005

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Clashes between Italian troops and Iraqi insurgents turn deadly in southern Iraq:

Fighting has erupted between Italian troops and Iraqi gunmen in the southern city of Nasiriyah (nah-sih-REE'-uh). A coalition spokeswoman tells Italian media that at least 15 Iraqis were killed.
www.arkansasnbc.com/Global/story.asp?S=1765394

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Defiant al-Sadr vows uprising will continue:

The revolt by supporters of Iraqi leader Muqtada al-Sadr will continue until occupying troops are withdrawn from populated areas and prisoners are released.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/5F79E495-C18B-4F11-A554-CD4F679B50D9.htm

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Baghdad Sunnis, Shi'ites unite:

SUNNI and Shi'ite residents of two Baghdad suburbs, once fierce enemies, said overnight they had put their differences aside to unite in their fight to oust the US occupying force from Iraq.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,9214701%255E1702,00.html

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In Baghdad district, U.S. forces no longer welcome:

Many Iraqis were filling plain wooden coffins with the corpses of their kin, killed in a firefight with the U.S. forces that now patrol their impoverished neighborhood.
www.iht.com/articles/513577.html

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Shiite cleric Sadr ends sit-in, moves to holy city of Najaf:

Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr,wanted by coalition forces in Iraq, ended his sit-in at a mosque in Kufa Tuesday and travelled to the holy city of Najaf to prevent more bloodshed.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/06/content_1404552.htm

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Radical sheikh throws down gauntlet:

The Grand Mosque of Kufa has now become the grand arsenal. Sheikh Sadr has barricaded himself inside the golden brick walls, refusing to surrender. "If they come for our leader, they will ignite all of Iraq."
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/06/1081222467488.html

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Robert Fisk: Iraq on the brink of anarchy:

"Things are getting very bad and they're going to get worse," a special forces officer said close to the airport yesterday. "But no one is saying that – either because they don't know or because they don't want you to know."
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6006.htm

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The battle the US wants to provoke:

Bremer is deliberately pushing Iraq's Shia south into all-out chaos
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1186566,00.html

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Iraq Intifada: U.S. Faces New Resistance Front As Shiites Join Armed Uprising:

The U.S. is facing a nightmare scenario in Iraq, fighting on two fronts against both Sunni and Shia militants after Shiite Iraqis staged an armed uprising against occupying forces this past Sunday. We go to Baghdad to speak with independent journalist and author Naomi Klein and we speak with Middle East expert Professor As'ad AbuKhalil.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/04/06/1354213

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In case you missed it:

This is a must read. PDF

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Sadr's Men Begin Broadcasting, Fallujans Feel Squeeze:

Iraqi sources have revealed that cleric Muqtada Sadr's Mahdi army militia have seized the television broadcast building in the central town of Kut and started to broadcast pre-recorded messages from the young Shia now wanted by U.S. forces.
www.yellowtimes.org/article.php?sid=1847

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Private Guards Repel Attack on U.S. Headquarters:

Blackwater Security Consulting, sent in its own helicopters amid an intense firefight to resupply its commandos with ammunition and to ferry out a wounded Marine, the sources said.
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A53059-2004Apr5?language=printer

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What the law says about the recent killings in Iraq:

Non-combatants enjoy the greatest protection of any category of persons under international law. No atrocity may be used to justify an act of retribution against non-combatants.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6007.htm

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Contractor tells why he left Iraq:

The former Oak Ridge mayor says he was even more eager to get out of that troubled country, which he says is descending into chaos and likely civil war.
www.knxv.com/shns/story.cfm?pk=IRAQ-CONTRACTOR-04-05-04&cat=AN

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No More Australian Troops To Iraq:

PM: AUSTRALIA has no plans to send more troops to Iraq, despite growing clashes between United States forces and Shi'ite Muslim groups, Prime Minister John Howard said today.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9207781%255E1702,00.html

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Humanity is first casualty of war:

When reporters hold back on the horrors of war, they serve neither the public nor the truth.
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar%2FLayout%2FArticle_Type
1&c=Article&cid=1080993667768&call_pageid=968867495754&col=969483191630

tinyurl.com/2smch

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Caught on video:

State Sponsored Terrorism. Real player
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6005.htm

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Are we losing the war?:

Now the US is creating a new secret police force – employing former members of Saddam's intelligence services. Abuses identified by Amnesty will continue: Iraqis shot dead during demonstrations; arbitrary arrests; house demolitions; and the ill-treatment of detainees.
www.guardian.co.uk/letters/story/0,3604,1186424,00.html

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US Nation-Building Is A Failed Policy:

In the run-up to his White House tenure, President George W. Bush had blasted Bill Clinton for his use of United States troops in Somalia and Haiti in what he termed "nation-building" missions, and indicated that nation building didn't figure on his future agenda. Judging by his lack of success, he should have stuck to his word and kept his troops at home.
www.gulfnews.com/Articles/Opinion2.asp?ArticleID=117047

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Kennedy Compares Bush to Richard Nixon :

Iraq has become ``George Bush's Vietnam,'' Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said Monday, calling the president deceitful and for the first time comparing him to former President Nixon, who resigned in disgrace.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3943673,00.html

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GAO Says Army on Road to Ruin:

A new congressional report is alleging that the Future Combat Systems program is poised for major delays and a financial train wreck. Worst of all, the report claims, the Army knew this was going to happen all along.
www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,62931,00.html?tw=wn_polihead_2

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Pentagon report on Afghanistan criticises war strategy: report :

A retired army colonel commissioned by the Pentagon to examine the war in Afghanistan concluded the conflict created conditions that have given "warlordism, banditry and opium production a new lease on life,"
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southasia/view/78653/1/.html

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The Hijacking Of The "War On Terror":

Have you noticed how Israeli government spokespersons, when asked to defend their country's aggressive stance toward the Palestinians, invariably invoke the US "war on terror"?
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=42615&d=6&m=4&y=2004

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US flags charges against exiled Aristide :

A suggestion by Colin Powell, the US secretary of state, that the US might charge Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the ousted Haitian president, with corruption appears to further a US effort to dissuade Mr Aristide from attempting to regain power in Haiti.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1079420194306

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Haiti's Occupation:

The American occupation of Haiti has begun again, now that Jean-Bertrand Aristide has been neatly pushed out. Again, there are 3,000 foreign troops on Haitian soil. Again, the Haitian premier has been handpicked by outsiders. And again, the Haitian people have been excluded from their own governance.
www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040419&s=wilentz

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A real humanitarian intervention::

Several years ago, between coup d'etats and U.S. occupations of Haiti, Fidel Castro called for a foreign invasion of Cuba's Caribbean neighbour, stating that „Haiti does not need invasions of soldiers, it needs an invasion of doctors, and Cuba is ready to give this aid.‰
www.sevenoaksmag.com/commentary/07_cuba.html

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Video: Oliver Stone's Comandante:

Never before seen by a U.S. audience: Comandante was banned from the New York Tribeca film festival and HBO postponed its broadcast stating that current events made the film 'incomplete'.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6004.htm

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White House vetting could delay 9/11 report until after election:

The chairman of an independent commission looking into US counterterrorism activities prior to the September 11 attacks said he could not guarantee that the panel's report will be released before the November presidential election because of a protracted White House vetting process.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=%2Fafp%2Fus_attacks_probe_vote

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Iraqis killed in US Apache air strike:

At least five people have been killed and several others injured after two US Apache helicopters launched an air strike targeting an al-Sadr bureau in al-Shula area of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3E23D7FF-3065-48E5-9810-BD63DDCB03EA.htm

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One US soldier, one marine killed in Iraq attacks :

A US soldier and a Marine were killed in separate attacks by guerrillas in Iraq, the US army said Monday.
www.nzherald.co.nz/latestnewsstory.cfm?storyID=3559126&thesection=news&thesubsection=world

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US, Iraqis surround Fallujah:

Explosions and gunfire were heard from the city's centre, and troops briefly exchanged fire with gunmen on the city's outskirts in the evening. It was not clear if there were any casualties. A US Marine was killed in the area early Monday.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/06/1081017133850.html

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Shiite Uprising Signals Double Trouble for U.S. – Experts :

Independent analysts, such as Anthony Cordesman of the conservative Centre for Strategic and International Studies here, have long warned that active opposition by the Shiite population would doom the occupation and make Iraq ungovernable.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=23189

Do you feel a draft?

U.S. studies ways of adding troops in Iraq:

U.S. military commanders have begun studying ways they might increase troops in Iraq should violence spread much more widely, a senior officer said today.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/2487333

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The U.S. And Murdering Arafat:

Ariel Sharon did not mention murdering the Palestinian President accidentally or within a situation analysis. He has been obsessed with killing Arafat for years, and he had often expressed so. Moreover, he regretted that he did not seize the opportunity to do so in 1982.
english.daralhayat.com/OPED/04-2004/Article-20040405-bc7c424f-c0a8-01ed-0051-064e963d0e13/story.html

tinyurl.com/25jrs

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Dynamite theft unsettles Norway:

Thieves have stolen 660kg (1400lb) of dynamite from an unstaffed storage depot in Norway, say police.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3602209.stm

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Date: 5 Apr 2004

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337 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Video: Oliver Stone's Comandante:

Never before seen by a U.S. audience: Comandante was banned from the New York Tribeca film festival and HBO postponed its broadcast stating that current events made the film 'incomplete'.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6004.htm

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U.S. declares radical Shiite cleric an outlaw after clashes kill dozens:

The top U.S. administrator in Iraq declared a radical Shiite cleric an outlaw Monday after his supporters rioted in Baghdad and four other cities in fighting that killed at least 52 Iraqis, eight U.S. troops and a Salvadoran soldier.
www.cjad.com/content/cjad_news/article.asp?id=w040515A

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White House: Iraq's Sadr Is Allied with Terrorists:

White House spokesman Scott McClellan sought to cast the uprising among Sadr's followers as an isolated development rather than a Shi'ite rebellion with sweeping public support.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040405/ts_nm/iraq_usa_shiites_dc

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Apaches swoop on Shia militiamen:

US helicopter gunships have been firing at targets in a Shia Muslim district of Baghdad on the second day of a revolt across Iraq by a religious militia.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3599771.stm

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Shia militia rules streets of Baghdad slum:

U.S. helicopter gunships opened fire as tanks rumbled through Baghdad's sprawling Shuala district on Monday, but teenage militiamen with guns and knives were firmly in control when the clashes ended.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/
StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1079420154984

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Robert Fisk: Bloodbath a bad omen for coalition forces:

Bremer, it seems, has now helped to bring that confrontation about. A newspaper that was ignored by millions of Iraqis, but whose sarcastic criticism of Bremer is said to have personally annoyed him, might henceforth be known as the paper which started a Shi'ite insurrection. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6000.htm

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34 killed after Shia call to revolt :

Violence in Iraq yesterday left at least 34 people dead, including nine allied soldiers, after a radical Shi'ite leader called for an uprising. Seven US soldiers were killed and more than 24 wounded in clashes with Shia militiamen in Sadr City.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/
04/05/wirq05.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/04/05/ixnewstop.html

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Phase II of the Anti-Occupation Struggle Begins:

Earlier Muqtada Al-Sadr, the movement leader, had called on his forces to avoid violence against Coalition forces. As of Sunday, he has decided that the Coalition means permanently to exclude his group from power, and has decided to launch an uprising.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5993.htm

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David Kay: I knew in days U.S. 'wrong' on WMD:

David Kay, with whom the Bush administration placed its hopes of finding Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction, sent a startling E-mail to CIA Director George Tenet in early July 2003.
www.nydailynews.com/news/wn_report/story/180602p-156891c.html

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US senators warn of Iraq civil war:

The Bush administration has received a warning from two senior senators that Iraq faces the possibility of civil war.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3599909.stm

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White House Sticking to Iraq Timetable:

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sunday raised the prospect of extending the Bush administration's June 30 deadline for turning over power in Iraq, questioning whether the country would be ready for self-rule.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3941893,00.html

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Robert Fisk: Dust off the flak jacket. Lay low. And stay off the streets…:

What would happen if the Americans left tomorrow? – Chaos. Anarchy. So we cannot leave. We have to protect the Iraqi people. Ergo, the Iraqi people don't want us to leave. We are protecting them from civil war. We are saving them from themselves. The problem is that many Iraqis would prefer to have the responsibility to look after themselves without our presence.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6001.htm

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Australians must go: Shiite official:

THE chief lieutenant of radical Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr today called for Australia to withdraw from Iraq.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9192881%255E1702,00.html

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Broadcast Exclusive: U.S. Soldiers Contaminated With Depleted Uranium Speak Out:

Four of nine soldiers of the 442nd Military Police Company of the New York Army National Guard returning from Iraq tested positive for depleted uranium contamination. They are the first confirmed cases of inhaled depleted uranium exposure from the current Iraq conflict.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/04/05/1356248

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"Maybe God thought you had seen enough killing."

Jeremy Feldbusch, twenty-four years old, a sergeant in the Army Rangers, who was guarding a dam along the Euphrates River on April 3 when a shell exploded 100 feet away, and shrapnel tore into his face.
www.duckdaotsu.org/cominghome_betrayed.html

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Dahr Jamail: Entering the Inferno:

While a large portion of the Shia are now openly fighting against the occupiers, Operation Vigilant Resolve is being launched against the city of Falluja. Now all we need is for Bremer to drag the Kurds into this somehow, after he has already called Al-Sadr an 'outlaw.'
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6003.htm

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Back From Hell:

Students back from Iraq tell of horror of war and occupation against Iraq
www.traprockpeace.org/can_northeast_3april04.html

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I Won‚t Kill For You:

44 percent of currently enlisted soldiers said that they do not plan to reenlist, and at this point reserves are all but dried up. The draft is not only inevitable, steps are being taken right now to guarantee that it will be fully operational by June 2005.
media.humboldt.edu/~merge/modules.php?op=modload&name=PagEd&file=index&page_id=280

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Iraq's history already written :

US chief administrator L Paul Bremer unveiled Iraq's 25-member governing council in Baghdad on Sunday. It now looks like the beginnings of the rule by the British Governor Sir Percy Cox in the 1920s, after the British had carved out three provinces of the Ottoman empire after its collapse in World War I
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EG15Ak01.html

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Afghanistan: A soldier killed, five wounded:

One Afghan soldier was killed and five wounded when their joint convoy with US-led troops hit a roadside bomb in southeastern Afghanistan, a US military official said Monday.
www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en60078&F_catID=&f_type=source

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Seymour Hersh: Why Bush‚s Afghanistan problem won‚t go away:

Clarke told me in an interview last week that the Administration viewed Afghanistan as a military and political backwater˜a detour along the road to Iraq, the war that mattered most to the President.
www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?040412fa_fact

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Spain threatened with inferno:

Unless troops withdrawn from Afghanistan, Iraq
www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=d238d7d3-70b2-498f-a5a8-6f81ace6d455

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Why Muslims Hate America:

Last week, an American reader fired a question at me: "I need to know why in hell people would murder in the name of Islam and take such apparent joy in it."
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=42492&d=4&m=4&y=2004

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Arafat fair game for assassination: Sharon:

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said his pledge to the United States not to harm Yasser Arafat no longer holds, declaring that the Palestinian president and the head of Lebanon's Hezbollah are potential targets for assassination.
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article
_Type1&c=Article&cid=1081116610745&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968705899037

tinyurl.com/2uvxz

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Top Palestinian official Œconvinced' Arafat will be slain:

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said Saturday he was convinced Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat would be assassinated by Israel.
www.brunei-online.com/bb/mon/apr5w34.htm

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Sharon Again Plays Agent Provocateur:

One of the world's leading agent provocateurs has added one more notch to his dubious tally. With this latest move, however, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has clearly made his gravest mistake yet
www.gulfnews.com/Articles/Opinion2.asp?ArticleID=116832

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Welcome to Their Nightmare:

Orwell and Kafka in Israel/Palestine
www.counterpunch.org/davidson04032004.html

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White House has final say on 9/11 report:

The White House will review the text of a report examining whether the Sept. 11 attacks could have been prevented and could determine when the report will be released.
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-04-04-terror-report_x.htm

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Sheila Samples: Is this Commission independent or what?:

You play Cheney's game, you play by Cheney's rules and with Cheney's stacked deck. That's the deal — take it or leave it
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6002.htm

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Hiding in the White House :

Why can't the culprit of the vindictive and criminal leak of a CIA agent's identity be found? Is someone in the White House keeping secrets from the boss? What does the president know? Is the guilty party too high up? Isn't there anyone down the line willing to fall on his sword?
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/04/05/EDGHK600GD1.DTL

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Bush Loyalists Pack Iraq Press Office:

One-third of the U.S. civilian workers in the press office have GOP ties, running an enterprise that critics see as an outpost of Bush's re-election effort with Iraq a top concern.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3939818,00.html

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Condi Rice's other wake-up call:

Former Sen. Gary Hart says he, too, warned Rice about an imminent terror attack on two occasions before 9/11.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5995.htm

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Rice Never Spoke About Al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden Before 9/11, Investigation Shows:

Clarke was right. Our government failed us. Worse, they lied!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5994.htm

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In case you missed it: Pandering to Anti-Castro Hardliners: Democracy or Oligarchy?
www.counterpunch.org/crumpacker11142003.html

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Bush attacks environment 'scare stories' :

Secret email gives advice on denying climate change
observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1185292,00.html

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Date: 4 Apr 2004

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Have not I myself known five hundred living soldiers sabred into crows' meat for a piece of glazed cotton, which they call their flag; which had you sold it at any market-cross, would not have brought above three groschen?: Thomas Carlyle, "Sartor Resartus"

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336 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Iraq, 24 dead:

24 people, including four Salvadoran soldiers, were killed today and 200 people wounded as Spanish-led troops clashed with backers of a Shi'ite radical leader outside this shrine city, while two US Marines were killed in western Iraq.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9192156%255E1702,00.html

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Bush and Blair made secret pact for Iraq war :

British Ambassador to Washington: President George Bush first asked Tony Blair to support the removal of Saddam Hussein from power at a private White House dinner nine days after the terror attacks of 11 September, 2001.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5988.htm

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Bush is the 'most corrupt president', says Nixon aide :

Mr Dean says that it has created potentially the most corrupt, unethical and undemocratic White House in history.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5991.htm

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Blair told US was targeting Saddam 'just days after 9/11':

Mr Blair and Mr Bush have all but admitted that the WMD claims which were used to justify war in Iraq were exaggerated or wrong
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5989.htm

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Robert Fisk: Fallujah atrocity and the genesis of hate :

On Friday morning, I sat in a Baghdad home with a poor old man and his daughter who were mourning their son and brother, who was killed by American soldiers.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5990.htm

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The Fallujah Massacre:

Our Western concepts of good and evil, right and wrong, are only applied within our borders. Outside, in the real world, the gloves are off, and morality, ethics, and basic principles of justice and fair play simply don‚t exist. The lies that are told to us by our leaders maintain the illusions that they serve the greater good.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5992.htm

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Iraqi police 'were too scared' to help Americans in Fallujah:

Iraqi police fear being hit by US 'friendly fire'
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/04/04/wirq04.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/04/04/ixnewstop.html

tinyurl.com/yq4d5

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Poisoned? :

Four soldiers from a New York Army National Guard company serving in Iraq are contaminated with radiation likely caused by dust from depleted uranium shells fired by U.S. troops
www.nydailynews.com/front/story/180333p-156685c.html

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Five policemen killed in Karachi:

At least 10 gunmen stormed into a police station in the southern Pakistan city of Karachi early on Sunday, killing at least five policemen and wounding one.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A568DA52-0357-4136-B7AE-1D8ED35693A4.htm

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US tanks crush Iraqi protesters: police:

At least two followers of Shiite Muslim radical leader Moqtada Sadr have been killed after throwing themselves in front of US tanks during a demonstration in central Baghdad.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1080574.htm

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Evangelical group spreads Gospel in Iraq:

An evangelical Christian ministry in Duluth is on a mission to seek converts among Muslims in Iraq. The nonprofit Equip plans to train 1 million Christian ministers and lay leaders outside the United States by 2008.
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/atlanta_world/0304/24mission.html

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Arabs Bought Their Way Out of Wana‚:

Officials said two low-ranking intelligence officers were taken into custody on suspicion of helping Al-Qaeda‚s No. 2 Ayman Al-Zawahiri escape.
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=42475&d=4&m=4&y=2004

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Alleged ringleader of Madrid bombings dies:

THE man believed to be the ringleader of the Madrid train bombers was among four men who chanted in Arabic as they fired on the Spanish security forces who had them surrounded, before they killed themselves and a police officer in a massive suicide blast.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9190917%255E601,00.html

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US denies violence on rise after soldier shot in Afghanistan:

ONE US soldier was shot by a sniper while on patrol in Afghanistan and a militant was killed after a hand-grenade attack on a convoy in the same area near the Pakistani border
canberra.yourguide.com.au/detail.asp?class=news&subclass=
international&category=general%20news&story_id=297557&y=2004&m=4

tinyurl.com/242fq

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Bin Laden a target of U.S. plans prior to 9-11 :

But first came the ground rules: A CIA officer read Massood a document spelling out the precise, legal terms under which Massood's Northern Alliance could – or could not – attack bin Laden.
morningsun.net/stories/040404/usw_20040404038.shtml

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Japan's new army to the rescue of US forces?:

Japan's soldiers will be able to fight alongside their United States' comrades in and beyond Asia – at least that's the idea behind the recent package of proposed national security laws aimed at equipping the country's military to fight evil at home and abroad. The Self-Defense Forces may even be renamed the "army".
atimes.com/atimes/Japan/FD03Dh02.html

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Powell blames bad intelligence in Iraq invasion:

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Friday for first time directly criticized the intelligence community for giving him apparently flawed information he used to justify the invasion of Iraq.
www.startribune.com/stories/484/4702623.html

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Israel rebuffs US for comments on Arafat:

Internal Security Minister Tsahi Hanegbi said in an interview with Israel Radio that „it seems to me that it (the US) should be the last one that can preach to us about how to implement our right to self-defence‰.
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_4-4-2004_pg7_8

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Israel threatens Arafat, invades West Bank:

Israeli occupation forces have invaded Palestinian cities and refugee camps in the occupied West Bank as Israel keeps up its intimidation campaign against Palestinian President Yasir Arafat.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/84D4DA3F-9342-4E56-98CA-984CF7614792.htm

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Sharon "made 13 attempts to assassinate me," says Arafat:

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat revealed yesterday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has tried to assassinate him 13 times during the past 34 years,Palestinian sources at Arafat's office said.
english.eastday.com/epublish/gb/paper1/1228/class000100022/hwz189067.htm

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Israelis 'back more assassinations':

More than two-thirds of Israelis are in favour of the continuation of "targeted killing operations" after the assassination of Hamas spiritual chief Shaikh Ahmad Yasin, a poll has found.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6B151604-7D88-4EB5-B9D2-92981C721EC8.htm

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Physicists warn PM of missile defence problems:

Taking a rare public stance, Canada's physicists have warned Prime Minister Paul Martin that the proposed U.S. missile defence system has little scientific chance of working and could endanger Canadian lives and property.
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type
1&c=Article&cid=1081034705553&call_pageid=968332188774&col=968350116467

tinyurl.com/322hp

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U.N. cites Oakland police for being too forceful at rally:

U.N. human rights officials have written up the United States for child prostitution and pornography, criminal executions, poor treatment of migrant workers and violence against women.
www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82%257E1726%257E2060660,00.html

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04/03/04: Powell: Iraq testimony based on 'flawed' intelligence:

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has said some of his testimony to the U.N. Security Council about the mobile laboratories of the nuclear weapons before the start of the war in Iraq was apparently based on "flawed sources" and appeared not to be "solid."
www.geo.tv/main_files/world.aspx?id=12365

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In case you missed it:

Powell had serious doubts over Iraqi weapons claims: Jack Straw and his US counterpart, Colin Powell, privately expressed serious doubts about the quality of intelligence on Iraq's banned weapons programme at the very time they were publicly trumpeting it to get UN support for a war on Iraq, the Guardian has learned.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3578.htm

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In case you missed it:

Reviewing The Lies:

Video: Colin L. Powell, Remarks to the United Nations Security Council.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3710.htm

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Thailand considering withdrawing troops from Iraq :

Thailand may withdraw its forces from Iraq earlier than planned due to concerns about violence in the country after the United States transfers power to Iraqis on June 30, a government spokesman said Saturday. "
www.boston.com/dailynews/094/world/Thailand_considering_withdrawi:.shtml

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US Doubts Resolution Will Keep Spain Troops in Iraq:

The United States raised doubts Friday that an expected U.N. resolution will go far enough to stop Spain from withdrawing its troops from Iraq.
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/reuters20040402_294.html

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Nato allies clash over Iraq role:

US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Nato should consider an expanded role in Iraq. But the German and French foreign ministers – who met Mr Powell and other Nato counterparts in Brussels on Friday – immediately rejected the call.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3595501.stm

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Fallujah poses problem for US troops:

The ill feeling against the Americans in Fallujah actually goes back to '91 when the place was bombed and a hundred people were killed in a marketplace there.
www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2004/s1080163.htm

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Mercenaries 'R' U.S.:

Private Pentagon contractors are paying soldiers of fortune from Chile and South Africa up to $4,000 per month for stints in Iraq
www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=16701

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The Mentality of the Colonized:

Why Fallujah's lynchings occurred: The only way to "win" would be to "level towns" and commit genocide on the Iraqis, a course of action that is not open to us, as a "civilized" nation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5986.htm

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Anti-US Sentiment Intense In Fallujah Area :

In the province that includes Fallujah, seven in 10, or 71%, said attacks on coalition forces are acceptable political action. Among all Iraqis
news.nasdaq.com/news/newsStory.aspx?&cpath=20040402%5
CACQDJON200404021317DOWJONESDJONLINE000800.htm

tinyurl.com/2y67h

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Gwynne Dyer: Iraq: "A Slight Uptick" :

Surely not all of the people in those jeering crowds in Falluja can be terrorists? Is it possible that they really don't want us there? Then why are our kids being sent there to die?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5983.htm

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Bremer has destroyed my country:

Even the pro-US manager of Iraq's Pepsi plant feels betrayed by an occupation which has spawned fear, hatred and chaos
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1184900,00.html

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Let's Make Enemies:

They should try finding a hotel room in this city, where the US occupation has unleashed a wave of anti-American rage so intense that it now extends not only to US troops, occupation officials and their contractors but also to foreign journalists, aid workers, their translators and pretty much anyone else associated with the Americans.
www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040419&s=klein

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Families Mourn 5 Soldiers Killed in Iraq :–

Five Fort Riley-stationed soldiers who died in a single day this week in Iraq were all in their early 20s but had backgrounds as varied as their hometowns, which stretched from Idaho to Maryland.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3934925,00.html

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Broken US troops face bigger enemy at home:

A stretched Pentagon is sending unfit soldiers back to Iraq long before they are ready to serve again
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1184960,00.html

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Marines limit public information about attacks on troops in Iraq :

Citing a need to protect the troops, the Marine Corps operating in Fallujah and elsewhere in the volatile Sunni Triangle of central Iraq is restricting the information it releases about insurgent attacks that kill Marines.
www.boston.com/dailynews/093/wash/Marines_limit_public_informati:.shtml

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Independent Journalism Under Occupation in Iraq:

Today in Iraq, like in the U.S., there is a horrendous disparity between what is really occurring on the ground and what the Western corporate media chooses to report.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5985.htm

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'US Foreign Policy: A Media Mystery':

Why won't the corporate media tell us what's going on? Why do I have scrabble around the Internet looking for answers? Why won't my local print, tv and radio tell me why, yet again, the US is orchestrating a coup d'etat against Venezuela?
www.williambowles.info/ini/ini-0218.html

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U.S. Funds Aid Venezuela Opposition:

Some 2,000 pages of newly disclosed documents show that the little-known National Endowment for Democracy is financing a vast array of groups: campesinos, businessmen, former military officials, unions, lawyers, educators, even an organization leading a recall drive against Chávez.
www.venezuelanalysis.com/articles.php?artno=1148

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Americas trade plan 'dead' -Venezuela's Chavez:

"Rest in peace, thank God, it's for the good of our people," the left-wing Venezuelan leader said. He has long condemned the hemisphere-wide trade plan as an "imperialist" plot to extend U.S. domination across Latin America.
www.forbes.com/markets/newswire/2004/04/02/rtr1322819.html

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In the words richest nation:

The average age of a homeless person is 9 years old: National statistics on homelessness indicate that families comprise the fastest growing group of homeless persons across America today
stlouis.missouri.org/5yearstrategy/background/homeless.html

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A Toxic Cover-up? :

A government whistle-blower says the Bush administration covered up the reasons for a toxic coal slurry spill in Appalachia that ranks among the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/04/01/60minutes/main609889.shtml

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America's Tibet:

Few American citizens are aware of the true status of our vacation paradise. We are oblivious to the consequences of our colonization and economic and cultural rape of Hawaii. We are ignorant of the devastating price Hawaiians continue to pay as inhabitants under occupation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5987.htm

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John Pilger: Once Again, East Timor Betrayed:

For more than 60 years, Australia's relations with its tiny, vulnerable neighbour have been distinguished by enduring betrayal, bullying and greed, the antithesis of the self-adulating Australian myth of "fair go".
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5984.htm

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US can deter any North Korean attack, says US military commander in S Korea:

General Leon Laporte said 70 percent of North Korea's ground force of almost one million active duty soldiers were currently deployed south of Pyongyang, capable of attacking its southern neighbour with "little tactical warning."
www.spacewar.com/2004/040331231446.frzbb95i.html

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U.S. Military Moves in S. Korea Assailed:

The U.S. is waiting for a chance to invade the DPRK after deploying various latest military hardware and equipment in south Korea and its surroundings while betraying its intention to stifle the DPRK with strength.
www.kcna.co.jp/item/2004/200404/news04/03.htm#11

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Spain Bomb Matches Material From Attacks :

A bomb that was found under a high-speed rail line in Spain was made of the same brand of dynamite used in the Madrid commuter train attacks that killed 191 people, a Spanish minister confirmed Saturday.
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V0772.AP-Spain-Bombings.html

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The British response: a booklet in every home:

A booklet instructing people what to do in the event of a terrorist attack is to be sent by the Government to every home in Britain, the Financial Times reported on Friday.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/03/1080941726798.html

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White House moves to defend Rice:

The Bush administration has released a previously classified document about its plan to attack Osama bin Laden in an effort to protect its beleaguered National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, against claims that she failed to recognise the threat posed by al-Qa'ida.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=507863

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Secret Anthrax Report:

The cleanup cost taxpayers billions of dollars
www.wjla.com/news/stories/0404/136845.html

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Sudan: Massive Atrocities in Darfur:

Almost One Million Civilians Forcibly Displaced in Government‚s Scorched-Earth Campaign
hrw.org/english/docs/2004/04/02/sudan8389.htm

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Hamas vows to destroy Israeli parliament:

The military wing of Hamas pledged during a rally in this northern Gaza Strip refugee camp on Friday to destroy the Israeli parliament in retaliation for the assassination of the Islamist movement‚s founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.
jang.com.pk/thenews/apr2004-daily/03-04-2004/main/main9.htm

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Date: 2 Apr 2004

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334 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Eight killed in Iraq attacks:

Six Iraqis, including three policemen, and two US soldiers were killed in various incidents across the occupied country.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4D6446F4-C204-485E-B2A3-378CC474AA87.htm

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Suicide attack kills 2 in Iraq :

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a town hall in northern Iraq on Friday, police said. Two bystanders were killed in the blast. www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/04/02/world/iraq_attacks040402

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Calls for revenge as fear hits home to Americans in Iraq:

Behind the machinegun nests and coiled razor wire of Baghdad's "Green Zone", American civilian contractors appear more furious and frightened than at any time since they began the task of rebuilding Iraq.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/04/02/wirq102.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/04/02/ixnewstop.html

tinyurl.com/ytxap

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U.S. general vows to 'pacify' Fallujah after American contractors killed:

A U.S. general vowed an ''overwhelming'' response to the murder and mutilation of four American contractors www.thebatt.com/news/2004/04/02/News/U.General.Vows.To.pacify.Fallujah.After.American.Contractors.Killed-649347.shtml

tinyurl.com/2wfuz

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Scared half to death:

The security forces lock themselves behind the barricades
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1184316,00.html

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An Iraqi Discusses Fallujah Violence:

"This incident happened in Fallujah where two days before that, the American army shot many many people, women and children, on the streets, and --- in a bizarre shooting incident that was unjustified, killing many people. "
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/04/01/1621223

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No Iraqi shock over slaying of Americans :

"The Americans may think it is unusual but this is what they should expect. They show up in places and shoot civilians so why can't they be killed?" Falluja shop worker Amir said on Thursday.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/WireFeed/WireFeed&c=WireFeed&cid=1080804778363

tinyurl.com/3ya3g

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Need an Army? Just Pick Up the Phone:

Blackwater USA, provides the American government with soldiers for hire: former Green Berets, Army Rangers and Navy Seals. In February it started training former Chilean commandos ˜ some of whom served under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet ˜ for future service in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5980.htm

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Germans accuse US over Iraq weapons claim:

German officials said that they had warned American colleagues well before the Iraq war that an Iraqi defector nicknamed Curveball information was not credible – but the warning was ignored.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1184172,00.html

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As death toll mounts, Americans change views on Bush, war:

Leo Diaz, a young Marine from Texas based here at Camp Pendleton, went to Iraq full of faith in the president who sent him. Today, he is burdened by the horror of what he saw and shocked at Bush's "frat boy" mentality in starting the war.
www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/nation/8334062.htm

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Sovereignty or 'sovereignty':

The recently signed interim constitution is really designed to make sure the upper hand is stamped 'U.S.'
www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpeis013733576apr01,0,7910254.story?coll=ny-viewpoints-headlines

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US Agrees to Seek New UN Resolution on Iraq:

The United States said for the first time on Thursday it expects a new U.N. resolution over Iraq before a sovereignty handover in response to Western allies' pressure for Washington to seek a U.N. mandate.
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_2-4-2004_pg1_6

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'I saw papers that show US knew al-Qa'ida would attack cities with aeroplanes':

She said the claim by the National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, that there was no such information was "an outrageous lie".
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5978.htm

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" Pentagon Mass Casualty Exercise":

The Pentagon Mass Casualty Exercise, as the crash was called, was just one of several scenarios that emergency response teams were exposed to Oct. 24-26, 2000 in the Office of the Secretaries of Defense conference room.

This is a must read
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3533.htm

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" Pentagon Mass Casualty Exercise II":

A plane crash is simulated inside the cardboard courtyard of a surprisingly realistic-looking model Pentagon.

This is a must read
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3534.htm

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Condoleezza's Crimes:

Thanks to former Treasury Secretary Paul O‚Neill and others, we know that Rice and the rest of the oil-slicks at the White House chose to spend their pre-9/11 quality time studying petro-maps of Iraq.
www.blackcommentator.com/84/84_cover_condi.html

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Condoleezza's nonsense about democracy:

Condoleezza Rice wants to bring democracy to the Middle East. Ms. Rice, an expert on what is now an obsolete subject, the Soviet Union, believes this can be done the way the United States brought democracy to Chile or Iran or Afghanistan˜that is, by violently overthrowing governments.
www.onlinejournal.com/Commentary/040104Chuckman/040104chuckman.html

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Bush Aides Block Clinton's Papers From 9/11 Panel:

Three-quarters of the nearly 11,000 pages of files the former president was ready to offer the commission have been withheld by the Bush administration.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5979.htm

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In case you missed it:

Bush administration had forewarning of terror attacks:

In response to inquiries from CBS News over why Ashcroft was traveling exclusively by leased jet aircraft instead of commercial airlines, the Justice Department cited what it called a "threat assessment" by the FBI, and said Ashcroft has been advised to travel only by private jet for the remainder of his term.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5977.htm

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Washington Pinocchios and the lifting of the veil :

In Washington, noses continue to grow, minds continue to be devoid of intelligence and hearts have yet to be found. Such is the calamity that is the group of liars who comprise the Bush administration, nothing more than an amalgam of unscrupulous beings molded out of the same bed of clay.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5982.htm

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Israeli forces storm al-Aqsa mosque compound:

The occupation forces raided the compound, Islam‚s third holiest site, as worshippers were leaving after Friday prayers, reported Aljazeera's correspondent Shireen Abu Aqla.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/81430B2D-7880-4FE9-9EEC-52C32B96B79D.htm

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Sharon says Arafat may be marked man:

Sharon made the remark during a series of news interviews ahead of next week's Jewish holiday of Passover.
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type
1&c=Article&cid=1080819488846&call_pageid=968332188774&col=968705899037

tinyurl.com/yucf7

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BBC accused of bias against Israel:

Israeli officials boast that they now have only to call a number at the network's headquarters in Atlanta to pull any story they do not like.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1183300,00.html

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Sharon: 'We'll expel illegal Arabs from Israel':

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said yesterday that once the separation fence is completed, the government will act vigorously to expel Palestinians living illegally within Israeli Arab communities
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/411608.html

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The Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party:

"The Republican Party of Texas affirms that the United States is a Christian nation."
www.theocracywatch.org/

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Pat Robertson analyzes foreign policy:

Robertson targeted Iran as the single largest contributor to the terrorist organization Hezbollah and warned against Iranian nuclear capabilities in relation to Israel.
www.jhunewsletter.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/04/02/406ccd07b4bd6

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'Confronting the 'stupid' question':

A reader from Vienna, Austria has written to ask if a majority of the American public is „∑really so stupid∑that they don‚t realize what kind of people [Bush] and his war lovers are?‰
www.cuttersway.com/

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In case you missed it:

In 1998, I sat and cheered as we dropped bombs on Baghdad.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4193.htm

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Towel Boy:

The man who calls himself the president decided that some of the lowliest laborers in America should be left to sicken or die from forced exposure to filthy rags dripping with toxic waste. Why? Because their bosses paid him money.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7981.htm

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Canadian inquiry may reveal CIA secrets on outsourcing torture:

One of America's key counterterrorism tools, and has now expanded in scope to include the transfer of terrorism suspects by U.S. intelligence agents to foreign countries for interrogation˜and, say some insiders, torture prohibited inside this nation's borders.
www.villagevoice.com/issues/0413/fahim.php

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When Democracy Failed: The Warnings of History:

"This fire," he said, his voice trembling with emotion, "is the beginning." He used the occasion – "a sign from God," he called it – to declare an all-out war on terrorism and its ideological sponsors, a people, he said, who traced their origins to the Middle East and found motivation for their evil deeds in their religion.
www.paranoiamagazine.com/democracyfailed.html

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"Ghosts of Rwanda"

"Never again' was said after the Nazis. It was said after the killing fields of Cambodia. It was said after Rwanda,"
www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/ghosts/

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333 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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American dead butchered ' like sheep':

Jubilant crowds dragged the burnt and mutilated bodies of four Americans through the streets of Fallujah yesterday amid some of the most horrific scenes witnessed since the invasion of Iraq.

– WARNING – This video should only be viewed by a mature audience www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5972.htm

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Robert Fisk: Atrocity In Fallujah:

The men were dragged from their car, begging for their lives. "They had gasoline splashed on them and were set alight," he said.." www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5974.htm

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Mutilating the Dead Bodies in War :

It is to be noted that Islam prohibits torturing living people and mutilating the dead even if they are non-Muslims. By law, people who do any of these two things are considered war criminals. www.islamonline.net/fatwaapplication/english/display.asp?hFatwaID=112837

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NC firm was providing mercenaries for food delivery in Iraq :

The four civilians killed in Iraq on Wednesday worked for a North Carolina security firm that hires former military members from the United States and other countries. www.wvec.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D81LKASG0.html

More On Blackwater Security Consulting
tinyurl.com/yw95z

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In case you missed it:

Robert Fisk: Occupiers Spend Millions on Private Army of Security Men:

An army of thousands of mercenaries has appeared in Iraq's major cities, many of them former British and American soldiers hired by the occupying Anglo-American authorities and by dozens of companies who fear for the lives of their employees. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5976.htm

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In case you missed it:

Private Contractor Tests New Illegal Ammo By, Killing An Iraqi www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5335.htm

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Mercenaries flock to fill vacuum

Private security operators now make up the third largest armed force in Iraq www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/01/1080544627082.html

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U.S. Turns to Mercenaries:

The four "civilians" killed, burned, and dragged through the streets of Fallujah, Iraq, on Wednesday morning werenât really civilians. Or were they? www.villagevoice.com/issues/0414/mondo6.php

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Contract work in Iraq pays well, but is perilous:

The former police officers and special-operations soldiers who work for Blackwater USA in northeastern North Carolina find themselves playing a controversial role in the occupation of Iraq. www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/8327955.htm

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Iraqi Police Fire On Protesters In Basra, Killing One :

Iraqi security forces in the southern city of Basra Thursday fired on protesters demanding jobs as policemen, killing one demonstrator and wounding two others, officials said. framehosting.dowjonesnews.com/sample/samplestory.asp?StoryID=2004040110250001&Take=1

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Three U.S. Troops Injured in Iraq Attack:

A roadside bomb injured three American troops in a U.S. military convoy on Thursday near Fallujah www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3928404,00.html

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Robert Fisk: Things Are Getting Much Worse.

It's Not Just A "Spike" Or An "Uptick" In Violence www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5975.htm

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Medical evacuations in Iraq war hit 18,000 :

In the first year of war in Iraq, the military has made 18,004 medical evacuations during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Pentagon's top health official told Congress Tuesday. www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040330-051545-6818r

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8% of Iraqi academics have Fled,

1000 Professionals Assassinated in past Year www.juancole.com/2004_03_01_juancole_archive.html#108075979351404215

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U.S. allowed Japan-Iran oil for SDF dispatch: congressman:

A U.S. House of Representatives member said Tuesday the U.S. administration allowed Japan to invest in a major oil field project in Iran in exchange for its dispatch of Self-Defense Forces troops to Iraq. www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&id=293439

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John Pilger: We can win a peaceful world!:

This is the scale of the crime committed ãin our nameä. By every meaning of the word terrorism, the invasion of Iraq was a massive act of terrorism. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5973.htm

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Bush Counsel Called 9/11 Panelist Before Clarke Testified:

President Bush's top lawyer placed a telephone call to at least one of the Republican members of the Sept. 11 commission when the panel was gathered in Washington on March 24 to hear the testimony of former White House counterterrorism chief Richard A. Clarke www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A40578-2004Mar31?language=printer

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Clarke says al-Qaeda threat on rise:

The risk of a terrorist attack by radical Islamic extremists has grown in Canada and elsewhere because the United States and its Western allies failed to crush al-Qaeda completely during the war in Afghanistan, says Richard Clarke www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040331.wxclarke0331/BNStory/International/

tinyurl.com/yv4zb

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The Dogs That Didn't Bark:

Why Colin Powell And George Tenet Aren't Bashing Richard Clarke slate.msn.com/id/2098067/

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US to impose Iran 'WMD' sanctions :

The US yesterday stepped up pressure over Iran's suspected development of weapons of mass destruction, saying it would soon announce sanctions on 13 companies suspected of supplying weapons technology to the Islamic republic. news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1079420042441&p=1012571727162

tinyurl.com/2mowh

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U.S. official says Cuba still 'terrorist threat' :

Repeating and strengthening previous allegations about Cuba's alleged weapons-of-mass-destruction program, a Bush administration official yesterday told Congress in written testimony that the island "remains a terrorist and (biological weapons) threat to the United States." seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001891915_cuba31.html

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Cuba rejects U.S. bioweapons charge

Cuba has rejected a renewed accusation by a senior U.S. official that it is developing biological weapons and said the charges were an attempt to seek a pretext to invade the communist-run island. www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=486558&section=news

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Aliens in their own country :

Buying milk at his local supermarket he and his American flatmate of Pakistani origin were approached by a loud, white English shopper, who yelled in the middle of the dairy aisle: "Are you terrorists?" www.guardian.co.uk/race/story/0,11374,1183413,00.html

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Analysis: Europeans reject data deal :

The European Parliament has voted by a narrow margin to declare illegal a deal reached between Europe and the United States on the controversial question of access to airline passengers' personal data. www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040401-080409-1228r

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Court: U.S. Violated Mexicans' Rights :

The International Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that the United States violated the rights of 51 Mexicans on death row and ordered their cases be reviewed. www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3924718,00.html

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Israel: Bush to assure PM: Israel won't have to retreat to Green Line :

The United States will assure Israel that it will not have to withdraw to the Green Line in a future permanent settlement with the Palestinians. www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/411103.html

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Palestinians riot as Israeli settlers gain new foothold:

Armed Israeli settlers moved into this populous and largely rundown Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem yesterday as they opened a new front in their co-ordinated – and bitterly contested – effort to establish Jewish footholds in Arab districts of the city. news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=507131

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How Israel promotes terror in the occupied territories:

According to international law, the execution of any person in an occupied territory is not allowed. During its 37 years of occupation, Israel has already violated every article of the Geneva convention. But what it did now is unprecedented. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5970.htm

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Brazil Marks 40th Anniversary Of Military Coup:

Declassified documents shed light on U.S. ROLE www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB118/index.htm

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Dumped and stateless on Manus Island:

Julian Burnside explained how Australia was committing crimes against humanity, "when judged by our own laws." www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/01/1080544608721.html

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Why OPEC Is Cutting Its Production:

American politicians have instituted a campaign to tell Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Indonesia and Venezuela how to ãreformä their governments, and in the case of Venezuela, America has been supporting the anti-government, anti-democratic group that wants to kick out the democratically elected president, Chavez. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5971.htm

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