Information Clearing House  Digest April 20-27 2004
Date: 27 Apr 2004

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1 YEAR -18 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Blasts Reported in Syrian Capital :

Explosions and heavy exchanges of gunfire were heard Tuesday near the British ambassador's residence and Saudi Embassy in Damascus, two Arab TV stations reported.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4027083,00.html

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U.S. Aircraft, Tanks Hit Falluja:

"I can hear more than 10 explosions a minute. Fires are lighting the night sky," one witness told Reuters. "The earth is shaking under my feet."
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4959231&section=news

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Dozens die as US planes strafe Najaf:

Television in Najaf said wounded people were dying for lack of blood supplies and issued an urgent appeal for donors.
www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=123&art_id=qw1083067920181B262&set_id=1

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US kills tens of Iraqis on Najaf's doorstep:

Backed up with helicopter gunships, a spokesman in Baghdad claimed occupation forces had killed 43 Shia militiamen by Tuesday morning. But hospital sources said of the 28 people seriously wounded in the clashes, only six of them appeared to be militiamen
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B8CBE446-8F52-4423-8581-BB79A33EC53C.htm

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Al-Sadr calls on Muslims to defend Najaf :

"If they enter Najaf, all Muslims in Iraq must defend (the holy city), wherever they are and by any means they consider appropriate,"
www.geo.tv/main_files/world.aspx?id=15617

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US soldier killed in Baghdad:

A United States soldier was killed when his patrol came under attack in Baghdad's explosive Shiite slum of Sadr City
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1096069.htm

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Iraq Coalition Casualties:

Military Fatalities: By Month:
lunaville.org/warcasualties/Summary.aspx

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Blair: Britain has enough troops on the ground in Iraq:

His comments appear to rule out sending reinforcements in the wake of Spain's decision to withdraw its forces.
www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30100-13072131,00.html

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Gunships level minaret as US cancels assault:

An American assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah was postponed yesterday after local commanders said bloody urban warfare could provoke retaliation across the country and protests throughout the Muslim world.
tinyurl.com/3eql5

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Apartheid assassins meet match in Iraq:

SOME of the worst human rights violators of the apartheid era, including a man who helped kill 14 civilians while they slept, have been employed as security contractors in Iraq.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9400583^2703,00.html

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Three killed in raid by suspected Taliban in southern Afghanistan :

Suspected Taliban shot dead three people and injured two during a raid at an aid agency's compound near the southern city of Kandahar, officials said.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/82056/1/.html

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US sets limits to Iraqi self-rule:

The US has warned that the new government due to take power in Iraq on 1 July will have to delegate some of its powers to the coalition.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3661871.stm

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When sovereignty does not mean security:

So bad is the situation among the US-trained Iraqi security forces – many of whom refuse to fight – that Secretary of State Colin Powell warns that when the June 30 handover of sovereignty comes about, the US will have to retain control of security. Powell hopes Iraqis will understand. Iraqis hope that Powell will understand if they don't buy his line
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FD28Ak01.html

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Robert Scheer:

Face the Iraq Fiasco, Senator: Former war hero and protester John Kerry has to stop angling for position and confront Bush directly on the war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6092.htm

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White man's burden:

The war in Iraq was conceived by 25 neoconservative intellectuals, most of them Jewish, who are pushing President Bush to change the course of history. Two of them, journalists William Kristol and Charles Krauthammer, say it's possible.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=280279

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America's death wish is coming true:

What we have is a President who created a war on false premises, an uninformed public wrapped up in ass kicking and feeling real good about it, and a world filled with hatred for us.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6093.htm

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Paul Krigman: A Vision of Power:

What Mr. Cheney is defending, is a doctrine that makes the United States a sort of elected dictatorship: a system in which the president, once in office, can do whatever he likes, and isn't obliged to consult or inform either Congress or the public.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6091.htm

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'They Hate Us Because of Our Freedom':

Whenever I hear „they hate us because of our freedom‰ or "because they hate our way of life" or some other such drivel, I don‚t know whether to laugh or cry. If real people didn‚t suffer the consequences of it, such ignorance would be amusing.
www.strike-the-root.com/4/hambidge/hambidge2.html

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Jimmy Breslin : A frank talk with God:

We have a president who says he talks to God. When he was asked if he had gone to his father to discuss starting the invasion in Iraq, George Bush said, no, I talked to a higher father. What he was saying is that God personally told him it was all right to send our soldiers into Iraq and start the War of the Children.
tinyurl.com/ywonl

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Bush‚s Secrecy, and the Dumbing-Down of Conspiracy Theories:

The War Party in Washington is lucky that the American people, as obese mentally as they are physically, are interested only in stuffing their minds with reality TV.
www.balkanalysis.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=337

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Karen Kwiatkowski : Attention on Deck! Violation of Rule 17!:

Photographs and other evidence of the deaths of hundreds of young Americans are, as Rumsfeld might put it, "very unhelpful." For the State to allow their release also violates Goebbels‚ 17th rule of propaganda, which says, "Propaganda to the home front must diminish the impact of frustration."
www.lewrockwell.com/kwiatkowski/kwiatkowski71.html

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Spend Money on Aid, Not Wars, World Bank Head Says:

There is a "ludicrous" gap between the billions of dollars of global military spending and the sum spent on trying to reduce world poverty, World Bank President James Wolfensohn said on Sunday.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20040425/wl_nm/group_worldbank_dc

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Depleted Uranium: The Toxic Killer :

The Bush Administration knows about the health and the environmental consequences of using depleted uranium but it doesn't care.
www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=720

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Still on Catastrophe's Edge:

In a flash, U.S. and Russia could hurl thousands of missiles at each other.
www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-caldicott26apr26,1,1734186.story

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Greg Palast: Oil Slick Jim moves in:

I'm not one of those cynical people who thought Bush sent us into to Iraq for the oil. To me, Saddam Hussein was always a Kurd-killing cockroach with a Hitlerian mustache. I never liked the guy — not even when he worked for George Bush Sr.
www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=16822

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If Arafat harmed, recognition of Israel to be canceled: official :

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's aide Ahmad Abdel-Rahman stated on Tuesday that harming Arafat means annulling Palestinians' acknowledgement of the state of Israel.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/27/content_1443414.htm

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Israeli Myths:

"The myth that Israel is a democracy: It is not a democracy in the western sense. It is an ethnic democracy. Twenty per cent of Israel‚s citizens are Israeli Palestinians. They are entitled to vote, and they are required to pay taxes, but they do not have equal rights." usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/6507/

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Anti-Semitism falls in Europe but hostility to Israel grows:

The poll's findings could also undermine the argument, supported by some civil rights movements including the ADL itself and think-tanks in Israel and the US, that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1079420630825

tinyurl.com/28v9j

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Jews for Justice:

They call us "self-hating" Jews when we raise criticisms of Israeli policies. No wonder, that social-justice-oriented American Jews today feel betrayed by Israeli policies that seem transparently immoral and self-destructive.
www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20020520&s=lerner

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Israeli Nukes and the American Connection:

The danger of nuclear arms was the main pretext for the invasion of Iraq. Iran is threatened in order to compel it to stop its nuclear efforts. Libya has surrendered and is dismantling its nuclear installations. So what about Israel?
www.counterpunch.org/avnery04262004.html

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Iraq Official Blames U.S. for Standoff:

Iraq's current Governing Council president said Monday the United States has only itself to blame for the military deadlock at Najaf and Fallujah because it allowed its troops to change from "an army of liberation" to "an army of occupation."
www.bismarcktribune.com/articles/2004/04/26/ap/Headlines/d826noo00.txt

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Iraqi Delegation Says US Used Cluster Bombs In Fallujah :

—A spokesman for an Iraqi delegation from the violence-gripped city of Fallujah Monday accused U.S. troops of using internationally banned cluster bombs against the city and said they had asked the U.N. to mediate the conflict.
framehosting.dowjonesnews.com/sample/samplestory.asp?StoryID=2004042612400002&Take=1

tinyurl.com/yqskq

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Procuring the world's oil:

In not too many years, the United States will need to increase its energy supplies by the equivalent of the total oil consumed by China and India. To do this, existing sources will have to be ensured, and new ones found – even if this means by the barrel of a gun
www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/FD27Dj02.html

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Move to endorse Iraq plan could fail over troops:

The Bush Administration is preparing a resolution for the United Nations to endorse its plan to transfer power in Iraq, but a proposal that guarantees legal protection for foreign troops may face a tough time.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/26/1082831497184.html

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General: Marines Will Occupy Iraq For Years:

The reality, aside from the cost of war, according to Gallinetti, is that Marines will have to be in Iraq for about five years.
www.thesandiegochannel.com/news/3238230/detail.html

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We are facing death in Iraq for no reason :

A serving US soldier calls for the end of an occupation based on lies
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1045297,00.html

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A black and white case of US injustice:

The docket, No. 03-1027, bears the title "Rumsfeld vs Padilla". It may just be the most important case of its kind in half a century, in setting the limits of presidential power, and determining whether an American citizen can be denied justice in his own country.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=515684

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61 killed in fighting between the Congolese army and Rwandan insurgents:

The Rwandan rebels fled to Congo after leading the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. At least 500,000 people, most from the Tutsi minority, were killed in the slaughter orchestrated by a government of extremists from the Hutu majority that was then in power.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20040426-1300-congo-rwandarebels.html

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Diplomats rebuke PM on Middle East :

Fifty-two former British diplomats yesterday delivered a damning critique of Tony Blair's close alliance with George Bush and their "doomed" Middle East policy.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1204098,00.html

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Ambassadors' letter to Blair:

Here is the letter sent by more than 50 former British ambassadors to Tony Blair, urging him either to influence US policy in the Middle East or to stop backing it:
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3660837.stm

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UK: Anger as new ID cards to be tested in city:

ID cards would carry details of the holder's identity, including facial recognition, iris images and fingerprints. A special database would be created, storing individual iris scans and prints
www.eveningtimes.co.uk/hi/news/5025913.html

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UK: ID card scheme £2,500 fine threat:

People who refuse to register for the government's planned ID card scheme could face a "civil financial penalty" of up to £2,500, it has emerged.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3659355.stm

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Jordan parades 'chemical bombers':

Jordanian state television has aired what it says are confessions by captured supporters of al-Qaida who said they had planned to launch deadly chemical attacks.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7F3705F9-EE35-4262-AAA8-476F2EF24F71.htm

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Date: 26 Apr 2004

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1 YEAR -17 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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8 Insurgents, 3 US Soldiers Killed in Iraq:

At least eight Iraqi insurgents and one U.S. Marine were killed Monday in the Iraqi city of Fallujah in a firefight that erupted despite a supposed truce in the city.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=7F79680F-77A4-4775-81067486A8EA64EF

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US helicopters launch Falluja attack:

Speaking on behalf of the Falluja town council, Muhammad Tariq Abd Allah said, "We are facing what can be called … war crimes, and the situation can no longer bear the actions of the occupation forces who are behaving outside all international laws."
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/83DD9200-265A-47D8-83E3-D9753608DCB4.htm

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Geneva convention 'breached', agencies warn :

Aid agencies have warned that the Geneva convention is being breached in Falluja, Iraq, amid serious concern about the safety of civilians in the city where at least 600 people have been killed by coalition forces.
society.guardian.co.uk/disasterresponse/story/0,1321,1203764,00.html

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US troops threaten to cross Shia 'red line' to enter Najaf :

American troops will enter parts of the holy city of Najaf to crush the radical Shia cleric Muqtada Sadr but will avoid its sacred sites, a US general said yesterday.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=515274

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Unilateral „Negotiations‰ and Collective Punishment in Falluja:

The veil of democracy and freedom has been stripped from the face of the U.S. occupation, particularly in Falluja, where the brutality takes the form of American snipers shooting grandmothers waving white flags.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6090.htm

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U.S. Facing Opponents it Trained :

U.S. calculations that it would train a new army in Iraq have gone badly wrong. It is now up against the very people it trained.
www.ipsnews.net/print.asp?idnews=23470

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Falluja, Najaf and the First Law of Holes:

Anyone who believes that April has been the cruelest month of this Iraq war – 111 Americans killed with the total dead now at 718, hundreds upon hundreds of Iraqi civilians killed – should gird themselves for the reality that the worst, the very worst, the unimaginably awful, is still yet to come.
www.truthout.org/docs_04/042604A.shtml

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Iraqi group threatens to kill hostages unless Italians hold protests :

A statement received by the Dubai-based station from a group calling itself the "Green Brigade", said it would free the three hostages if "the Italian people organise demonstrations to protest against their government's policy in Iraq."
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/81958/1/.html

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Who Would Jesus Occupy?:

Ten Reasons to Oppose the US Occupation of Iraq
www.dissidentvoice.org/April2004/Frank0426.htm

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Majority of Thais want troops out of Iraq -poll:

The nationwide survey by Bangkok's Assumption University, showed 57.2 percent of the public wanted the soldiers to return.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/BKK102743.htm

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Survey: 75 percent want Slovak soldiers out of Iraq
www.slovakspectator.sk/clanok.asp?rub=online&cl=15874

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Gung-ho mood is gone at Camp Pendleton:

Town next to big Marine base left reeling by Iraq violence. A chill is spreading through this military town, and it's not coming from the breeze blowing in off the beach.
www.post-gazette.com/pg/04116/305556.stm

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brandonhughey.org:

Brandon Huhgey is a former member of the U.S. Army who left his country rather than participate in an illegal act of aggression.
www.brandonhughey.org/

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Scott Ritter:

„President Bush poses the greatest threat to America that we have seen in modern history,‰
www.thetowerlight.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/04/26/408c82475974a

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Is FOX News Supporting the Troops or the President?:

Pardon me, but isn‚t there a difference between Middle East terrorists who are retaliating for prior acts of U.S. foreign policy and Iraqi insurgents who are simply resisting a foreign occupation of their country?
www.fff.org/comment/com0404k.asp

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Lawyers try to gag FBI worker over 9/11:

The Bush administration will today seek to prevent a former FBI translator from providing evidence about 11 September intelligence failures to a group of relatives and survivors who have accused international banks and officials of aiding al-Qa'ida.
news.independent.co.uk/low_res/story.jsp?story=515270&host=3&dir=70

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The Basic Flaw:

If neoconservatives came from an American tradition rather than a Trotskyite tradition, they would understand that America itself is not a democracy.
reese.king-online.com/Reese_20040426/index.php

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Our Hidden WMD Program:

Why Bush is spending so much on nuclear weapons. The budget is busted; American soldiers need more armor; they're running out of supplies. Yet the Department of Energy is spending an astonishing $6.5 billion on nuclear weapons this year, and President Bush is requesting $6.8 billion more for next year and a total of $30 billion over the following four years.
slate.msn.com/id/2099425

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UK Gov't Mulls Jailing Terror Suspects' Associates:

Asserting that the war on al Qaeda is going to last for years to come, the British government has quietly begun to look at plans to jail friends and associates of suspected terrorists
www.townhall.com/news/politics/200404/FOR20040426c.shtml

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Chechen rebels kill five Russian soldiers :

Chechen rebels killed five Russian soldiers and wounded seven others over the weekend in the war-torn southern republic, news agencies reported yesterday.
tinyurl.com/3e5kr

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Georgia on the brink of civil war :

Georgia was drawn to the brink of civil war yesterday after President Mikhail Saakashvili threatened to use force against the breakaway region of Adzharia.
www.guardian.co.uk/georgia/story/0,14065,1203314,00.html

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Reporter's history of CIA-Afghanistan link chilling:

In retrospect, one now wonders how much better off the United States would have been had the CIA stopped with the ouster of the Soviet military and simply left the Russian puppet, Najibullah, in office. The Taliban might never have come to power..
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/ae/books/reviews/2524310

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20 000 Flee Christian Terrorists In Uganda:

The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has been carrying out raids on refugee camps in the area to steal food and medical supplies.
www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News/0,,2-11-1447_1517441,00.html

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Bantustan plan for an apartheid Israel:

Sharon's separation scheme is doomed to fail once it becomes clear what it means
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1203156,00.html

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Pastrami & Champagne:

Three decades ago Winston Churchill's grandson asked Ariel Sharon how Israel should deal with the Palestinians. "We'll make a pastrami sandwich out of them," he replied. "We'll insert a strip of Jewish settlements in between the Palestinians, and then another strip of Jewish settlements right across the West Bank, so that in twenty-five years' time, neither the United Nations nor the United States, nobody, will be able to tear it apart."
www.thenation.com/docprint.mhtml?i=20040510&s=careyshatz

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Diplomats slam Blair on Mid-East:

The 52 ambassadors said it was time for the prime minister to start influencing America's "doomed" policy in the Middle East or stop backing it.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3660529.stm

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Diplomats attack Blair's Israel policy :

Tony Blair's foreign policy was under scrutiny tonight after an unprecedented coalition of more than 50 former diplomats attacked his policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
politics.guardian.co.uk/foreignaffairs/story/0,11538,1203898,00.html

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Kerry jumps on Sharon bandwagon:

In an interview with NBC television, Kerry declared that he supports the separation plan, as well as President Bush's letter to the Sharon government.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/419583.html

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Mordechai Vanunu: 'I feared brain-washing…

They were out to destroy my personality' As newly released technician speaks out, Sharon comes close to admitting his country has nuclear weapons
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=514973

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Shots fired at Bulgarian president:

Shots have been fired at a motorcade carrying Bulgarian President Georgy Parvanov during an unannounced visit to Iraq.
news.ninemsn.com.au/World/story_56247.asp?MSID=6d40353f6b864cd7806381801f7fdc0a

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04/25/04: :

Yemeni president calls for "immediate" US pullout from Iraq

And warned Washington it was earning the Muslims' hatred by backing Israel in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
tinyurl.com/2h2lr

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Uphill struggle to gain Iraqi goodwill looms:

As one senior officer bluntly summed up the conflicting views of many Iraqis nearly one year after President Bush declared the end of major combat operations: "They hate us.
www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/nation/8516485.htm

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Four children shot dead in Iraq: witnesses:

Some witnesses said the children, all aged around 12, were shot dead by US troops who had opened fire randomly after the blast on Canal Street in eastern Baghdad. At least five other people were wounded.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1094514.htm

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U.S. Soldier, Two Civilians Killed in Baghdad:

A U.S. soldier was killed by a roadside bomb which ripped through his Humvee in Baghdad on Sunday and at least two civilians died in shooting afterwards
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4931164

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Congressman Ron Paul :

The Lessons of 9/11: Failing to understand why 9/11 happened and looking for a bureaucratic screw-up to explain the whole thing— while using the event to start an unprovoked war unrelated to 9/11— have dramatically compounded the problems all Americans and the world face.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6089.htm

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Vietnamese advice to U.S.: Leave Iraq:

As a divided America debates whether the U.S.-led Iraq war is "Bush's Vietnam," opinion in Vietnam is united: What the Vietnamese call the "American War" was a misguided adventure, and so is the war in Iraq.
www.southbendtribune.com/stories/thisday/nation.20040425-sbt-MICH-A3-Vietnamese.sto

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Diplomat Cautions U.S. About Use of Force:

The United Nations envoy, who is helping draft an Iraqi interim government, urged the Bush administration Sunday to "tread carefully" in besieged Fallujah and avoid alienating an already angry populace.
www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/world/8517833.htm

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Iraq spinning out of control:

Says a senior adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority: Lack of security is dooming goals of U.S., he says
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2004%2F04%2F25%2FMNGFA6AT1R1.DTL

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Howard Zinn: What Do We Do Now?:

The United States does not belong in Iraq. It is not our country. Our presence is causing death, suffering, destruction, and so large sections of the population are rising against us.
www.progressive.org/june04/zinn0604.html

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Inept actions trigger off a fear of more terrorism :

Such is the thirst for revenge and the level of frustration in the Arab and Muslim world that explosions of violence are to be expected in widely scattered locations.
gulfnews.com/Articles/Opinion2.asp?ArticleID=118848

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UK: Hundreds of army officers resign to cash in on Iraqi security boom :

THE Ministry of Defence has begged private security firms working in Iraq to stop Œpoaching‚ its best soldiers amid fears that hundreds of officers are leaving the army to cash in on the spoils of war.
news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=465802004

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I pledge allegiance to my paycheque:

When four Americans were dug out of a shallow grave on Tuesday after a convoy attack outside Baghdad, it was a replay of a strange and disgraceful moment in the evolution of modern warfare
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040424/MALL24/TPComment/Columnists

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Refugees executed in desert of Sudan:

Julie Flint reports from Darfur where state militias are killing women and children
observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1202646,00.html

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Civilians die in gunfights on border :

The deaths, not previously reported due to the remoteness of the area, will raise tensions still further in the country and make the increasingly frantic attempts by the US-led coalition to ensure security and stability even harder.
observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1202636,00.html

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Army reservist missing since April 9 convoy attack confirmed dead by military:

Another soldier and a contract worker abducted in the same attack remain unaccounted for.
www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/breaking_news/8512551.htm

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U.S. begins building public case for renewing efforts to capture Fallujah:

Top U.S. civilian and military officials also visited the base Saturday amid speculation in Washington that a decision to move against the insurgents might come as soon as this weekend.
www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/world/8512517.htm

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Extremism in the defence of liberty:

Some well-respected hawks are threatening civilisation by advocating terror tactics in the war on terror
www.lewrockwell.com/spectator/spec279.html

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Home From Iraq, and Without a Home :

A war veteran wearing a backpack, pushing a stroller and carrying a baby stayed in another strange hotel room last night, mostly because the city of her birth does not know what to do with her. Welcome home.
www.duckdaotsu.org/cominghome_homeless.html

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Date: 24 Apr 2004

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1 YEAR -15 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Boat explodes near Basra oil terminal:

At least two boats commanded by suicide attackers targeted the vital terminal, through which most of Iraqi oil exports flow, the officials said, adding that the extent of damage to the terminal was not immediately known.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=498891&section=news

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More than 40 killed in Iraq:

"There was blood and bodies everywhere," said Bassam Abdul Rahim.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=498854&section=news

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U.S. Marines Say Kill 30 Insurgents Near Falluja:

U.S. Marines killed around 30 Iraqi insurgents overnight in a firefight near the flashpoint town of Falluja, Colonel John Coleman said on Saturday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4929495&section=news

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Market attack kills many Iraqis:

More than 20 Iraqis have been killed in separate incidents across the country
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4F6EDDF4-E601-442C-8D4A-1F80DEDA0E76.htm

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Roadside Bomb Kills 14 near Baghdad:

Roadside bomb shattered a bus traveling for Baghdad, and killed at least 14.
www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=33811

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Rocket attack kills five U.S. soldiers:

Insurgents struck a U.S. military base north of Baghdad with rockets at dawn Saturday, killing five American soldiers, an official said.
www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040424.wbaghdad24/BNStory/International/

tinyurl.com/2zm8j

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Four policemen killed in north Iraq attack:

Four policemen were killed and 16 more people were wounded in a car bomb attack on Saturday near a US military base in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, police said.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_708505,00050004.htm

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War Going Well: Gen.

Richard Myers told reporters that fighting terrorism is a long-term commitment and said, "Decades is probably not unreasonable."
www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/news/local/8507044.htm

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"A horrible disaster." Report from Fallujah:

The stench of dead bodies has become overpowering. tinyurl.com/2gs2l

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Soldiers who fear they are fighting a forgotten war:

British soldiers say they are fighting a forgotten war in the south of the country, sustaining about 50 casualties every month. They report that in recent weeks attacks have become increasingly organised and determined.
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=460882004

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2,200 casualties: the true cost of UK's war in Iraq :

THE true scale of British casualties in Iraq is revealed today after the Ministry of Defence confirmed that more than 2,200 injured British military personnel have been flown home from the Gulf since the start of the campaign.
news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=461122004

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The CIA Killed Pat Tillman: Indirectly, of course.

So, how did the CIA indirectly kill Pat Tillman? It's quite simple, actually — the CIA created and provided sustenance for both the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
www.counterpunch.org/nimmo04242004.html

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US to lose more occupation support:

In interviews with media from occupation allies on Friday, Secretary of State Colin Powell acknowledged Norway, the Netherlands and El Salvador – who have almost 2000 troops in Iraq – may not be in Iraq after 1 July.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B99D0323-E43D-47B4-A4E5-06E7FEF0D91B.htm

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Operation kickback?:

Report alleges 20 percent of Iraq reconstruction costs lost to corruption. Iraq's private companies routinely pay bribes to get reconstruction contracts ˆ often to Iraqi officials but sometimes to employees of US contractors.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0423/dailyUpdate.html

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Corruption and mendacity won't rescue Iraq's occupiers:

The puppet regime's latest accusations are just a diversionary tactic. As the occupation forces sink deeper into the Iraq imbroglio and the deadline for the bogus "transfer of sovereignty" on June 30 draws nearer, those responsible are lashing out in all directions.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1202253,00.html

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US admits it will still control Iraq after transfer :

The US has made clear that the transfer of sovereignty to a provisional Iraqi government on 30 June will be a limited affair, and that ultimate authority will reside at a gigantic new US embassy in Baghdad and with the military occupation force.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=514687

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Bring out your dead:

Pictures of flag-draped coffins could kill Bush's re-election hopes
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1202246,00.html

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Saudis secretly provided U.S. help during Iraq war:

During the Iraq war, Saudi Arabia secretly helped the United States far more than has been acknowledged, allowing operations from at least three air bases, permitting special forces to stage attacks from Saudi soil and providing cheap fuel, U.S. and Saudi officials say.
www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0424IraqWarSaudis24-ON.html

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Fallujah: Eye Witness Report:

Two more bullets:

I had been shot at, not once, but twice by American soldiers after politely asking permission to transport aid to a hospital.
tinyurl.com/2fuwm

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In case you missed it:

Think of the kids:

Wondering if tonight is the night you're going to die weighs so heavy in your gut it feels constantly sick. Watching others die around you leaves you broken and empty.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6086.htm

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First Person Account of Terrorist Activity:

How Lord Cornwallis, might have reported the American war of independence to his Majesty King George
tinyurl.com/2afes

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Inquiry after Israeli forces caught using boy as shield:

A photograph of a Palestinian boy tied to an Israeli police jeep has been handed to justice officials charged with investigating complaints over the use of "human shields" against demonstrators.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=514691

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Robert Fisk: A Warning to Those Who Dare to Criticize Israel in the Land of Free Speech
tinyurl.com/235o3

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Bomb kills U.S. soldier near Baghdad:
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=498627&section=news

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Shi'ite Rebels Fight Foreign Troops in South Iraq:

Witnesses said two military vehicles were set ablaze in Kerbala, south of Baghdad, as fighters loyal to rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr traded fire with Polish or Bulgarian troops.
abcnews.go.com/wire/US/reuters20040423_90.html

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Former Dutch Prime Minister Says U.S. Is Rogue State:

Former Prime Minister Dries van Agt said that the Dutch government should bring back its troops from Iraq as soon as possible, not because of the danger but because they are participating without any UN mandate in an illegal occupation.
tinyurl.com/3dvyl

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Denmark's defence minister resigns over prewar Iraqi intelligence:

A Danish intelligence report dated March 7, 2003, concluded that there was no "certain information" that Iraq had working weapons of mass destruction.
canadaeast.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040423/CPW/58754039

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The real reason George Bush went to war:

Bush's conviction that he is a servant of God and history, chosen to liberate Iraq, bring democracy to the Middle East and make sure the United States is safe from terrorism.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/23/1082616327424.html?from=storyrhs

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Norway rejects U.S. plea to stay in Iraq:

Oslo has rejected an appeal by the United States to keep Norwegian troops in Iraq after a planned pullout in June
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=498623&section=news

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Ukraine Refuses to Send Helicopter Squadron to Iraq:

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry announced today that it has refused to send a helicopter squadron to Iraq to join Ukraine's peacekeeping force
www.rosbaltnews.com/2004/04/23/66435.html

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US soldiers to replace departing coalition troops:

American soldiers to carry out duties of Spanish, Latin American troops in Polish-led Iraq force in next 90 days.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=9773

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Date: 23 Apr 2004

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1 YEAR -14 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Majority Still Believe in Iraq's WMD, al-Qaeda Ties :

57 percent of respondents said they believed Iraq was either ''directly involved'' in carrying out the 9/11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon or had provided ''substantial support'' to al-Qaeda
www.ipsnews.net/africa/interna.asp?idnews=23438

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Neocons Try To Sabotage UN Role in Iraq:

UN reporter Ian Williams exposes how the neocons are trying to turn an Iraq scandal over the oil-for-food program into a reason why the UN should stay out of Iraq. Tariq Ali examines the growiing anti-occupation resistance in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6082.htm

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Burying Genocide – The UN "Oil For Food" Programme:

Half a million dead Iraqi children are deemed irrelevant in coverage of allegations of UN oil for food' programme corruption
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6081.htm

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Sharon won't rule out attack on Arafat:

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Friday that he was no longer bound by a promise to President Bush not to harm Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2004-04-23-israel-sharon-arafat_x.htm

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UN envoy condemns Israeli policy:

The United Nations envoy to Iraq has sparked a row after describing Israeli policy towards the Palestinians as "the big poison in the region".
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3653625.stm

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Bulgarian Soldier Killed in Iraq:

A Bulgarian soldier died of his wounds after being shot in the head in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala.
www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=33771

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Limited Iraqi Sovereignty Planned: :

The new Iraqi interim government scheduled to take control on July 1 will have only "limited sovereignty" over the country and no authority over U.S. and coalition military forces already there, senior State and Defense officials told Congress this week.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6079.htm

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Former generals of Saddams regime reinstated to new US-trained army:

Iraqi generals who fought for Saddam Hussein are being reinstated to strengthen the new US-trained Iraqi army half of whose soldiers mutinied or went home during fighting earlier this month.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=514327

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Chalabi Compares U.S. Policy on Baathists with Nazis:

A U.S. policy shift that may allow former Baathists join a new Iraqi government was akin to putting back Nazis in charge of Germany, Governing Council member Ahmad Chalabi said on Friday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4922614

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U.S. Commander Hands Ultimatum To Al-Fallujah Insurgents:

U.S. Marines surrounding the Iraqi city of Al-Fallujah are stepping up their battle preparations after urging insurgents in the central Sunni stronghold to surrender their arms or face a fresh U.S. offensive.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/4/C8D9621A-BAD4-4889-AF7B-F9F457EC6077.html

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Sunni leader warns of nationwide uprising if Fallujah is hit:

"I have an urgent message for US forces. You have overstepped the red line. Make sure you do not strike Fallujah again," Sheikh Ahmad Abdel Ghafur Samarrai said during Friday prayers at a Baghdad mosque.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20040423/
wl_mideast_afp/iraq_us_fallujah_sunni&cid=1514&ncid=1480

tinyurl.com/yu8xu

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Al-Sadr's army beats back occupation assault:

Occupation forces have clashed with fighters loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala as the Shia leader warned of martyrdom attacks against US-led troops.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/801F82F4-E91F-46F9-8A63-9E18CDE75178.htm

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Iraq: U.S. Treatment of Detainees Shrouded in Secrecy:

The United States has failed to provide clear or consistent information on its treatment of some 10,000 civilians detained in Iraq, Human Rights Watch said today
hrw.org/english/docs/2004/04/21/iraq8477.htm

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Dad … what's a terrorist?:

Surely even a child can understand the difference between good and evil.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/22/1082616260498.html

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Terrorism in historical perspective :

The route to understanding, is through making connections: between past and present, state and insurgent violence, nationalist and religious movements. The result is an incisive, rewarding survey of terrorism‚s history, current impact, and possible future.
www.opendemocracy.net/debates/article-2-103-1865.jsp

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In case you missed it?:

The secret price of terrorism:

Cash for no questions – January 1981. After 444 days, the 52 American hostages in Iran are released. Hours earlier, the US government had paid a secret (and never previously revealed) Dollars 150 million ransom. They have been trading with terrorists ever since. Do the deals work?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6080.htm

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What drugs are our leaders on?

The opposite of ecstasy, for sure. They're on the drugs of thuggery, spilling buckets of innocent blood, just like the terrorists. The collective consciousness of our leaders keeps contracting.
www.richardneville.com.au/

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Suicide Bomber:

Nations "go mad," hurtling themselves toward ruin, sick with nihilism — although this sickness is always painted in the colors of patriotism or religious zeal, or both.
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/04/23/120.html

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Proposed draft plan would be difficult to dodge:

One thing that has changed since Vietnam is a December 2001 agreement between the U.S. and Canada could be used to keep draft-dodgers from escaping to Canada.
www.berkeleybeacon.com/news/2004/04/22/Editorial/Proposed.
Draft.Plan.Would.Be.Difficult.To.Dodge-668829.shtml?page=2

tinyurl.com/37z9w

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Rape, torture, and one million forced to flee as Sudan's crisis unfolds.

Will we move to stop it?
news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/story.jsp?story=514324

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Three Palestinian children killed :

A 16-year-old boy was killed by a large-calibre bullet in his back while throwing rocks at soldiers, a girl, nine, was shot in the stomach outside her apartment complex and a four-year-old girl died of tear gas inhalation.
www.breakingnews.ie/2004/04/22/story144044.html

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Craving for cookies costs Gaza girl her life:–

A craving for cookies led nine-year-old Mona Abu Tabaq to dash outside her Gaza Strip home to a nearby grocery store.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=498470&section=news

tinyurl.com/39cfu

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In case you missed it?:

Video: Tears, Death And Israeli Terror
www.informationclearinghouse.info/tears_death_israeli_terror_video.htm

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Curtains Ordered for Media Coverage of Returning Coffins :

A White House spokesman said Bush has not attended any memorials or funerals for soldiers killed in action during his presidency
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6078.htm

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Army: War, Fallen Soldiers Hurt Recruitment :

A funeral service for a fallen soldier Thursday and the War in Iraq is taking its toll on recruitment efforts, U.S. Army officials said.
www.team4news.com/Global/story.asp?S=1809867&nav=0w0vMXfP

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More Americans fear terrorists are winning:

Half of those surveyed in the AP-Ipsos poll said they have concerns that terrorists may be winning, and a fifth of those polled felt strongly that is the case.
msnbc.msn.com/id/4805575/

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FBI wants to watch you type:

The FBI is trying to convince the government to mandate that providers of broadband, Internet telephony, and instant-messaging services build in backdoors for easy wiretapping.
zdnet.com.com/2100-1107-5194394.html

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Date: 21 Apr 2004

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1 YEAR -12 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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UK: MI5 let al Qaida in, says Shayler :

Security bosses let thousands of al Qaida members into the UK during the 1990s, former spy David Shayler has claimed.
tinyurl.com/2ncmu

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The Bible college that leads to the White House:

The campus is immaculate, everyone is clean-cut and cheerful. But just what are they teaching at Patrick Henry College? And why do so many students end up working for George Bush?
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=513495

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Privatization in Iraq: ŒContractors‚ With Guns:

American news organizations are not doing the truth a favor when they call these hired guns "U.S. military contractors." Let‚s call these people what they are, even though Americans have yet to feel completely comfortable with the idea of killing for money.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6069.htm

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Bob Woodward: Cheney Was Unwavering in Desire to Go to War :

Tension Between Vice President and Powell Grew Deeper as Both Tried to Guide Bush's Decision. This is the third of five articles adapted from "Plan of Attack"
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6070.htm

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Iraq Suicide Blasts Target Police; 68 Dead, 98 Hurt
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aiOniF5Y0xmA&refer=top_world_news

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10 people are feared dead :

At least 10 people have been killed and dozens wounded when a car bomb destroyed a Saudi Arabian security service building in the capital Riyadh, witnesses said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F565F17C-50F6-43FC-A8EE-47513C99E3CD.htm

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Ten killed, 50 wounded in Gaza during last 24 hours — Health Ministry:

The Palestinian Ministry of Health on Wednesday condemned the crime perpetrated by tank-armed Israeli occupying forces in an incursion in North Gaza Strip that killed 10 people and wounded 50 others.
www.kuna.net.kw/English/Story.asp?DSNO=624114

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Nine insurgents killed in Fallujah:

Nine insurgents have been killed and three Marines injured during a battle lasting more than two hours in the Iraqi town of Fallujah.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1092209.htm

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Dane In Iraq Found Dead:

Denmark's Foreign Ministry said it was notified about the missing Dane late last night by the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority. www.thebostonchannel.com/news/3026169/detail.html

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Pentagon Deleted Rumsfeld Comment:

The Pentagon deleted from a public transcript a statement Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld made to author Bob Woodward suggesting that the administration gave Saudi Arabia a two-month heads-up that President Bushhad decided to invade Iraq
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/washpost/20040421/ts_washpost/a28729_2004apr20

tinyurl.com/3xsga

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The „Iraqization‰ Scam:

The Bush Administration has no intention of allowing the kind of Iraqi self-rule and self-determination invoked by the president in his speeches over the last year and a half. The fear is that pulling out may prove that the Iraq experiment was a failure, as the country descends into chaos and war.
www.independent.org/tii/news/040420Gregory.html

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The terror of Bush's war on America :

Forget Bin Laden – the president's real enemies are dissenters at home
politics.guardian.co.uk/columnist/story/0,9321,1194801,00.html

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Revealed: man in charge of trying Saddam:

Saddam will be tried by seven judges appointed by Salem Chalabi, the general director of the tribunal, who is the nephew of Ahmad Chalabi.
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=448402004

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Mordechai Vanunu is free!:

Video of his statement
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6068.htm

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Vanunu Released:

He said his primary message was a call to open the Dimona nuclear reactor complex to international inspections.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=417702&
contrassID=1&subContrassID=7&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y

tinyurl.com/27obd

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Vanunu released after 18 years in Israeli prison:

A defiant Mordechai Vanunu walked out of prison today, after serving 18 years for spilling Israel's nuclear secrets, saying he was proud of his actions and complaining he was treated cruelly by his jailers.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=513720

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Verdict on Vanunu :

The Israeli armed forces now possess missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload up to 1,500 kilometres away, and are developing others with much longer range. They have acquired more than 200 nuclear-capable aircraft, and have completed the land-air-and-sea triad by buying three nuclear-capable submarines. They probably have more nuclear warheads than Britain
www.guardian.co.uk/leaders/story/0,3604,1196961,00.html

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In case you missed it:

Israel deploys nuclear arms in submarines :

Israeli and American officials have admitted collaborating to deploy US-supplied Harpoon cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads in Israel's fleet of Dolphin-class submarines, giving the Middle East's only nuclear power the ability to strike at any of its Arab neighbours.
observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1061381,00.html

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Robert Fisk : The world according to Dubya:

Bush legitimised "terrorism" last week – and everyone who loses a limb or a life can thank him. And, I fear, they can thank Tony Blair too.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6067.htm

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Press And Military:

The American press needs to end its lovey-dovey relationship with the Pentagon. The Pentagon has provided ample evidence that it can propagandize the American people without the help of a lap-dog press.
reese.king-online.com/Reese_20040421/index.php

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Senator says, Iraq may force the United States to reintroduce the military draft:

"Why shouldn't we ask all of our citizens to bear some responsibility and pay some price?"
www.spacewar.com/2004/040420154719.soi8dhtt.html

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Last man out turn off the lights:

Dominican Republic to pull troops out of Iraq early :

The Dominican Republic will pull its troops out of Iraq early, in the next few weeks, following the lead of Spain and Honduras, Gen. Jose Miguel Soto Jimenez said Tuesday.
www.boston.com/dailynews/111/world/Dominican_Republic_to_pull_tro:.shtml

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Taliban shot down US helicopter :

The Taliban fighters Tuesday shot down a US helicopter in southeastern Khowst province of Afghanistan, killing all the crew-members, a report said.
www.kuna.net.kw/English/Story.asp?DSNO=623891

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First Foreigners, Then Americans:

When Congress passed the Patriot Act in 2001, most Americans believed the powers would never be applied to them.
www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,63126,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2

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Texas Islamic Center threatened unless hostages in Iraq are freed :

The message discovered Sunday threatened to make the El Paso Islamic Center "the center of death and destruction" unless hostages in Iraq were released in three days.
www.kpho.com/Global/story.asp?S=1800543&nav=23Ku8Pn1

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Mexico backs Cuban motion on human rights inquiry into Guantanamo:

"We support and will support the position that any person detained is subjected to a fair trial," the official said in a teleconference from Geneva, headquarters of the UN Human Rights Commission.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/21/content_1432150.htm

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The human rights scandal of Guantanamo Bay:

Amnesty International welcomes consideration by the UN Commission on Human Rights of the situation of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. This is long overdue.
www.amnestyusa.org/news/document.do?id=80256DD400782B8480256E7C005BAF17

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Bush Administration Criticized for Opposition to Accountability for Business:

"Amnesty International USA welcomes the adoption today, despite intense US government opposition, of the UN Commission on Human Rights' resolution that emphasizes that companies have human rights responsibilities,"
tinyurl.com/2mule

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Several fighters killed in Falluja :

The fighting in Falluja happened despite a ceasefire designed to end a violent standoff in the town, a US officer said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/FAFE895C-2EDD-4DD6-997B-AC27ACC96CDB.htm

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U.S. pulls troops back from brink in Najaf :

U.S. troops began to withdraw from a base near the city of Najaf Monday, signaling an unwillingness to enter the Shiite holy city in pursuit of radical cleric Moqtada Sadr, whose militia the U.S.-led coalition has vowed to crush, and to capture the rebel cleric "dead or alive."
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040420-102647-4114r

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Thailand will withdraw its troops from Iraq if attacked: PM :

"We are giving priority to the safety of the soldiers. Once our soldiers are attacked, or being harmed, we will take them back. Weare there to help. But if our soldiers are getting killed why should we continue to stay?" the leader was quoted by the Thai News Agency as saying.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/20/content_1430746.htm

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Italians ready to pay ransom for release of hostages held in Iraq :

Asked if the way to get the hostages freed was to pay up, the Italian interim governor of Iraq's Dhi Qar province, Barbara Contini, said: "Everyone pays. It has been done for centuries and centuries."
www.guardian.co.uk/italy/story/0,12576,1197320,00.html

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'We Are One Hand' — Sunnis, Shiites Uniting Against U.S. in Iraq
news.pacificnews.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=9384ee3ba6fe3e8d4535443108da081a

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Russia revels in US's discomfort:

A puppet premier of Iraq in the 1950s famously commented: "You can always rent an Arab, but you can never buy him." Russian policy today is founded on letting the Iraqi battlefield serve as a reminder to the US of this warning. Moscow, after all, has time, and oil, on its side.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/FD21Ag02.html

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U.S. Says Troops Killed Iraq Journalists:

The U.S. military acknowledged Tuesday that American soldiers killed two employees of a U.S.-funded Iraqi television station
www.houmatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040420/API/404200931

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Chile guards in Iraq, a thorn for goverment at home:

Former Chilean soldiers jumped at the chance to earn big money as private security guards in Iraq, and now their government that opposed the war may face an awkward problem if they are killed or taken hostage and has tried to stop them going
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N20289332.htm

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No Child Left Unrecruited:

Army Recruiters Target High Schools:

Since 2001, the Bush administration has been requiring high schools to disclose student records to military recruiters or risk losing federal aid.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/04/20/1411229

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CNN team questioned on suspicion of filming Israeli nuclear plant:

The team's film was confiscated and the four were to be released shortly afterward.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/417596.html

Pictures of Israeli nuclear plant
tinyurl.com/2arvj

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Bush-Cheney 2000 To Pay $90,000 Civil Penalty:

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has entered into a conciliation agreement with Bush-Cheney 2000, Inc. resulting from the failure to report to the FEC receipts and disbursements associated with its recount activities. Bush ˆ Cheney 2000, Inc. has agreed to pay a $90,000 civil penalty.
www.fec.gov/press/press2004/20040420murs.html

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Date: 20 Apr 2004

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1 YEAR -11 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Mortar fire kills 21 Iraqi prisoners:

A deadly mortar barrage on a U.S.-run prison in Baghdad has killed 21 detainees and wounded more than 100, the U.S. military says.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=496502&section=news

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Bodies of three missing Halliburton workers identified:

Three of four bodies found near an attack on a fuel convoy in Iraq earlier this month were contract workers for Halliburton Co., the company said Tuesday
www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=66536

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Israeli Troops Kill Three Palestinians in Gaza :

Israeli soldiers shot dead three Palestinians in confrontations with hundreds of stone-throwers in the Gaza Strip Tuesday, Palestinian medics said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4881209

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Poland planning pull-out of troops from Iraq:

Poland is planning to withdraw its troops from Iraq in the coming months, dealing another blow to the US-led coalition forces there.
www.ireland.com/newspaper/front/2004/0420/3783682793HM1SCALLY.html

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Honduras Follows Spain, Pulls Out of Iraq:

President Ricardo Maduro announcing the pullout of his troops "in the shortest time possible," confirming U.S. fears.
www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-
iraq-coalition,0,7899343.story?coll=sns-newsnation-headlines

tinyurl.com/yw8rl

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The Arabs of Latin and South America:

What the U.S. Doesn‚t Understand About Honduras Pulling Its Troops Out of Iraq
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6066.htm

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Moqtada al-Sadr says Australians are being targeted for kidnappings :

The radical Shi'ite cleric wanted by US forces in Iraq says Australian soldiers and contractors are being specifically targeted for kidnappings.
www.abc.net.au/am/content/2004/s1090799.htm

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Fables of the Reconstruction:

A Coalition memo reveals that even true believers see the seeds of civil war in the occupation of Iraq
www.villagevoice.com/issues/0416/vest.php

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UK: Whitehall's private anger won't abate :

Military chiefs and diplomats are seething at US conduct in Iraq
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1195569,00.html

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Doubts mount over US plans to transfer sovereignty to Iraqis on June 30:

Doubts over US plans to transfer sovereignty to an interim government in Iraq on June 30 mounted after the chief US administrator, Paul Bremer, warned that US-trained Iraqi forces were not on target to ensure the country's security.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/
20040419/wl_afp/iraq_worldwrap_040419161103&e=2

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Robert Fisk: Iraq power handover 'a fraud':

Veteran Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk, of the Independent, says the much talked-about handover of power to Iraqis on June 30 is a fraud, as US military officers will be issuing commands to Iraqi security forces regardless of who seems to be running things from Baghdad.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6065.htm

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Negroponte, a Torturer's Friend:

Bush's announcement that he intends to appoint John Negroponte to be the U.S. ambassador to Iraq should appall anyone who respects human rights.
www.progressive.org/webex04/wx042004.html

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UK: Archbishop rounds on Government over Iraq war

Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, today launched a powerful and unprecedented attack on the Government over its policy in Iraq.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1-1081927,00.html

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Blair condemns Israel and opens rift with US :

Tony Blair distanced himself from Washington yesterday by pointedly condemning the Israeli assassination of the Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi at the weekend. George Bush's administration refused to criticise the killing and said Israel had a right of self-defence.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1195709,00.html

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King of Jordan cancels Bush talks over backing for Sharon:

King Abdullah of Jordan has called off a meeting with George Bush, due to take place tomorrow, after questioning America's commitment to the Middle East peace process.
news.independent.co.uk/low_res/story.jsp?story=513243&host=3&dir=75

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Jordan's Snub to Bush Is Tip of Iceberg:

When the king of Jordan postponed this week's meeting with President Bush, the snub revealed only a fraction of the humiliation felt by Washington's Arab friends.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=4880249

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Mubarak: Arabs Hate U.S. More Than Ever:

Arabs in the Middle East hate the United States more than ever following the invasion of Iraq and Israel's assassination of two Hamas leaders, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said in comments published Tuesday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&
storyID=4878918&src=eDialog/GetContent&section=news

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Creating a Bantustan in Gaza:

The political, military, and economic aspects of the plan for the Gaza Strip and the enclave in the northern West Bank are amazingly similar to the homelands, one of the last inventions of the white minority in South Africa to perpetuate its rule over the black majority.
www.haaretz.co.il/hasen/spages/416059.html

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The Sharon Annex: Evil Does Often Triumph:

It did appear that that mountainous bulk of murder and corruption, Ariel Sharon, was about to leave politics. Much as with Al Capone, authorities only caught up with him through a trail of crooked money.
www.counterpunch.org/chuckman04192004.html

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US Christian fundamentalists are driving Bush's Middle East policy :

To understand what is happening in the Middle East, you must first understand what is happening in Texas. To understand what is happening there, you should read the resolutions passed at the state's Republican party conventions last month.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6064.htm

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George Bush's global holy war threatens our Presidency- and perhaps the future of our nation

The president has led us into a war of civilizations and cultures. He says he is guided in all decisions by "the Almighty." He has done nothing that would give us reason to doubt that he truly believe this in his bones. Eerie, is it not, that the Al Qaeda killers who follow Osama bin Laden and seek to destroy the United States claim they have God on their side, too.
www.villagevoice.com/issues/0416/schanberg.php

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Calamity George:

Bush harbours no worries because God's on his side
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Calgary/Bill_Kaufmann/2004/04/19/427874.html

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God Made Me Do It :

Is Dick Cheney God? If you read the Gospel According to Woodward, it's clear that the president seems to think so.
www.tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/10267

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Bush Detention of `Enemy Combatants' Questioned by High Court :

U.S. Supreme Court justices, hearing a case stemming from the U.S. war on terrorism, questioned whether the Bush administration can hold foreign prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba without a court hearing.
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aTeI.sF.C7EM&refer=us

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The Pentagon as Global Slumlord:

The young American Marine is exultant. "It's a sniper's dream," he tells a Los Angeles Times reporter on the outskirts of Fallujah. – "To take a bad guy out," he explains, "is an incomparable 'adrenaline rush.'" He brags of having "24 confirmed kills" in the initial phase of the brutal U.S. onslaught against the rebel city of 300,000 people.
www.nationinstitute.org/tomdispatch/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=1386

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Another stolen election? :

As we learned in the last presidential election, the candidate who gets the most votes doesn't necessarily win. "Hanging chads" on punch-card ballots was thought to be the culprit in Florida, but it wasn't. The real cause has been largely overlooked.
www.lowcountrynow.com/stories/041604/LOCrose.shtml

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In case you missed it:

Video: Greg Palast: BBC Investigation Into How Voter Data Was Used To Prevent Democrats From Voting In The Last Presidential Elections.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3187.htm

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In case you missed it:

Video: Unprecedented:

The 2000 Presidential Election is the riveting story about the battle for the Presidency in Florida and the undermining of democracy in America. "George W. Bush stole the presidency of the United States∑ and got away with it. "
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5278.htm

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Pentagon raises U.S. death toll in Iraq beyond 700:

The death toll stands at 706, although fewer than 700 individuals have been identified by the Pentagon because it has not completed the required next-of-kin notifications for a number who died in recent days.
www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=66493

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Spanish troops already pulling out of Iraq – minister :

Spain has already begun pulling its troops out of Iraq and "the process will conclude swiftly," Defence Minister Jose Bono said.
www.iii.co.uk/shares/?type=news&articleid=4953436&action=article

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Honduras Considering Troop Pullout from Iraq:

Honduras is considering withdrawing its 370 troops from Iraq, worried by spiraling violence and pressured by Spain's decision to pull its forces out, the government said on Monday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4870646

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Powell Says Other Nations May Follow Spain :

Secretary of State Colin Powell said Monday that one or more countries may follow Spain's lead and withdraw peacekeeping troops from Iraq
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3996445,00.html

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The U.S. Selective Service Draft is Coming, Maybe Sooner Than Later:

America has over 700 bases in over 123 countries. This demands a lot of manpower.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6063.htm

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"Reflections on Return":

Injured Soldiers Speak About Coming Home From Iraq
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/04/19/1510234

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Report from Baghdad — Hospital Closings and U.S. War Crimes: :

While the American media talks of the great restraint and „pinpoint precision‰ of the American attack, over 700 people, at least half of them civilians, have been killed in Fallujah.
www.empirenotes.org/hospitals.html

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U.S. attempts to modify Bush's pro-Israel message :

The American administration yesterday tried to soften the pro-Israeli tone of President George W. Bush's statements, and dampen the impression that U.S. policy has tilted in favor of Israel.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/416054.html

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Israel to target Hamas in exile:

Following this weekend's killing of the Hamas leader, Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi, the Israeli Government plans to resume targeting enemies living in countries beyond its control, according to reports from the Israeli cabinet.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/19/1082357118446.html

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Suspected Israeli spy flees, police believe:

A suspected Mossad spy, thought to have falsely applied for a passport, has eluded New Zealand police who believe he may have left the country.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/19/1082357118988.html

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Welcome to America:

Passengers warned of six-hour check-ins: New security checks required by the US authorities will lead to chaos at Heathrow and Gatwick, a leading charter airline said.
www.thisislondon.co.uk/til/jsp/modules/Article/print.jsp?itemId=10318727

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