Information Clearing House  Digest May 19-23 2004
Date: 23 May 2004

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1 YEAR & 44 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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34 Killed In Bloody Overnight Clashes:

U.S. air strikes and fighting between U.S. troops and Shi'ite militia around the Iraqi shrine city of Najaf have killed at least 34 people
overnight and wounded dozens, hospital staff and the U.S. military say.
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U.S. military says it killed 32 militiamen in Iraqi city of Kufa:

U.S. troops battled fighters loyal to a radical Muslim cleric in his stronghold of Kufa, and at least 32 insurgents and three civilians
were killed, the military and witnesses said.
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040523.wkufa0523/BNStory/International/

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Five Iraqis killed in Basra mortar attack:

Five Iraqis, including two children, were killed by a mortar attack in Basra, a medic in the southern port city said.
www.geo.tv/main_files/world.aspx?id=19651

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Two U.S soldiers killed in Iraq, 5 injured

Two U.S. soldiers were killed and five others were wounded Sunday in a suicide attack near the city of Fallujah, in Western Iraq.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040523-012007-7633r.htm

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Top General Witnessed Prison Abuse :

A military lawyer for a soldier charged in the Abu Ghraib abuse case stated that a captain at the prison said the highest-ranking U.S. military officer in Iraq was present during some “interrogations and/or allegations of the prisoner abuse,” according to a recording of a military hearing obtained by The Washington Post.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6236.htm

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U.S. Denies Report That General Saw Abuse:

The U.S. military command on Sunday denied a report that the top U.S. general in Iraq was present during some interrogations at the Abu Ghraib prison and witnessed some of the abuse of Iraqi inmates.
www.timesdaily.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040523/API/405230513

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Marines admit abuse at second prison :

While world attention was focused on the scandal at Abu Ghraib prison, two Marines were court-martialed May 14 for abusing an Iraqi prisoner with electricity, it was disclosed yesterday.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20040522-9999-1n22marines1.html

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Prisoner was beaten and left to die:

A military investigator has concluded that low-ranking Marines repeatedly struck two defenseless Iraqis at a makeshift prison camp
last June, and one of the detainees died after he was left disabled and naked under a scorching sun.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news1/marines-death.html

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'Spray and slay': are American troops out of control in Iraq?:

'The Independent on Sunday' has uncovered proof of US troops deliberately and indiscriminately shooting civilians. Here we examine new evidence that suggests the lawlessness in the American military was never confined to the prison camps and torture rooms but extended to the streets and homes of Iraq
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6237.htm

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Iraq: The Wedding Party Massacre:

The villagers from the tiny desert community of Makr al-Deeb were fast asleep, exhausted after a day spent celebrating a wedding. By the time the bombing had stopped and the advancing GIs had finished marauding and shooting their way through the remains of the village, the Americans had killed at least 42 innocent people.
www.sundayherald.com/42229

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The Marine's tale: 'We killed 30 civilians in six weeks.

I felt we were committing genocide': During 12 years in the US Marines, including three years putting new recruits through boot
camp, Staff Sergeant Jimmy Massey hardly questioned his role. But what he saw in Iraq changed that.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6239.htm

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Ordinary Iraqis killed: 11,500 and not counting:

America and Britain have not only declined to count the number of civilians killed, but have obstructed any attempts to discover the
total. The Iraqi Health Ministry tried to collect data on deaths several months ago, but was ordered to stop.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=523991

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Brutal interrogation in Iraq:

Brutal interrogation techniques by U.S. military personnel are being investigated in connection with the deaths of at least five Iraqi
prisoners in war-zone detention camps.
www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~11676~2157003,00.html

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Skipped autopsies in Iraq revealed:

Autopsies were not performed on at least five Iraqi prisoners who died of mysterious causes at Abu Ghraib prison and other detention camps, according to Pentagon records. And the lack of forensic investigations may conflict with international standards, including the Geneva Conventions, for the handling of war-detainee deaths.
www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~6439~2162097,00.html

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In a world gone mad!:

U.S. Disputed Protected Status of Iraq Inmates:

Presented last fall with a detailed catalog of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison, the American military responded on Dec. 24 with a
confidential letter asserting that many Iraqi prisoners were not entitled to the full protections of the Geneva Conventions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6234.htm

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Double Standards?

A Justice Department memo proposes that the United States hold others accountable for international laws on detainees˜but that
Washington did not have to follow them itself
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5032094/site/newsweek/

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Professor Denounced for POW Memo for Bush :

Some graduating University of California law students used their commencement Saturday to denounce a professor who helped the
Bush administration develop a legal framework that critics say led to the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-4121975,00.html

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New allegations of systematic abuse of Iraqis by British troops:

Evidence that soldiers of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment carried out systematic torture of Iraqi civilians under the direction of an
officer is to be put before the High Court.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=524032

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UK memo slams American tactics:

A leaked memo from Britain's foreign ministry has blasted “heavy-handed” tactics by the US military in Iraq and soldiers' abuse of
prisoners.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/23/1085250870944.html

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Iraqis lose right to sue troops over war crimes:

British and American troops are to be granted immunity from prosecution in Iraq after the crucial 30 June handover, undermining
claims that the new Iraqi government will have 'full sovereignty' over the state.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6238.htm

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Noam Chomsky Interview:

If George Bush were to be judged by the standards of the Nuremberg Tribunals, he'd be hanged.

Video and transcript
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6235.htm

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When War is Swell:

Bush's Crusades and the Carlyle Group: Amid the wreckage, there remain opportunities for profit and plunder. Halliburton and
Bechtel's triumphs in Iraq have been chewed over for months. Less well chronicled is the profiteering of the Carlyle Group, a company with ties that extend directly into the Oval Office itself.
www.counterpunch.com/stclair05222004.html

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In case you missed it:

Exposed: The Carlyle Group:

A Must Watch Documentary.

I defy you to watch this 48 minute documentary and not be outraged about the depth of corruption and deceit within the highest ranks of our government and the first family.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3995.htm

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UK: Bush is a war criminal, Livingstone tells rally:

Ken Livingstone yesterday demanded that President Bush be prosecuted for war crimes over Iraq in an outburst bound to embarrass Tony Blair.
politics.guardian.co.uk/elections2004/story/0,14549,1222834,00.html

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Unit Prepares Fallen Troops for the Journey Home:

Marine mortuary unit performs the difficult duty of returning comrades' remains.
www.duckdaotsu.org/cominghome_brothershelp.html

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Rumsfeld bans camera phones:

MOBILE phones fitted with digital cameras have been banned in US army installations in Iraq on orders from Defence Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld, The Business newspaper reported today.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9643950^401,00.html

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Will Iraq's new prime minister have a country to run? :

Within a matter of days, the identity of the man the allies have chosen to run Iraq after 30 June will be revealed. There are three ways that the fractured nation could go
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1222727,00.html

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Gen. Zinni: 'They've Screwed Up':

Accusing top Pentagon officials of “dereliction of duty,” retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni says staying the course in Iraq isn't a
reasonable option.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/05/21/60minutes/main618896.shtml

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Bill Clinton attacks Bush over Iraq:

Bill Clinton said yesterday that the UN, not America, should be taking Iraq towards democracy, and that George Bush erred in forcing out UN weapons inspectors and going to war without UN support.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=524022

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In Iraq, the Job Opportunity of a Lifetime: No Experience Required.

Managing a $13 Billion Budget With No Experience: Six of the new young hires found themselves managing the country's $13 billion budget, making decisions affecting millions of Iraqis.
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A48543-2004May22?language=printer

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UK insists it will boycott trial if Saddam faces death penalty:

Britain's near-total support for the United States' policy in Iraq is about to break down over the question of whether Saddam Hussein
and other senior members of the Baath party should face execution.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=524014

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Saudi prince says the kingdom is at a crossroads:

A letter was sent to President George W. Bush weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks. The letter, “quite plainly told President Bush that we are coming to a fork in the road. We can either cross that fork together and move in one direction, or we can separate,” said
Faisal.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=4065

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Eleven Letters Honor POW's Hidden Wound:

Brother Sought Inclusion On Wall After Pilot Came Home and Killed Himself
www.duckdaotsu.org/E_Alan_Brudno.html

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Dozens killed in Kashmir blast:

Twenty-eight people, including 19 Indian soldiers have been killed and several others injured after their bus blew up in a landmine
explosion in Kashmir.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/CA5BA144-2F14-4537-A604-7D4AB69FCAC8.htm

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Palestinians still unable to bury Rafah dead:

The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA has urged Israel to give relatives permission to leave Tel al-Sultan for the burials.
But so far the families have been unable to do so.
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Rafah Today: “Ghosts Town.” That is simply what Rafah looks like these days.

Enormous destruction and devastation all around. Markets and shops are still closed in mourning, tents are spread in different parts, schools are closed, there is no food, water or medicine.
Warning: Report includes graphic images
www.rafahtoday.org/news/todaymain.htm

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Official Compares Israeli Action to Nazi's :

An Israeli Cabinet minister on Sunday said the army's demolition of Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip reminded him of actions the Nazis took against his family during World War II and called for a halt to the policy of destroying homes.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4122599,00.html

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Homes Destroyed, Death Toll Mounts: Where's Kerry?:

Even if he turns out to be the second worst president in US history, John F. Kerry will still be better than our sitting president. At least many liberal and progressive Americans are stating as much in order to justify their support for the leading Democrat.
www.dissidentvoice.org/May2004/Frank0520.htm

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U.N.: 128 Palestinians killed last 30 days:

“The statistics make grim reading,” said U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast. “The Israeli army demolished hundreds of Palestinian homes, in breach of its obligations under international law,” he said.
www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20040521-061833-2015r.htm

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IDF troops raid UN office in Jenin:

Israel Defense Forces troops raided the office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the West Bank town of Jenin, threatened a UN official and detained him for three hours, an UNRWA statement said Sunday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/430985.html

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Why I Burned My Israeli Military Papers:

“If we have “returned to Zion‰ in order to subjugate, humiliate, and dispossess its indigenous inhabitants then we have turned our backs on our religious obligations and should cooperate with this evil enterprise no longer.”
world.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/6981

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Suspicious moving van prompt Kings Bay lockdown:

Military officials locked down Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base for security reasons after two Israeli men were detained for questioning.
onlineathens.com/stories/052304/new_20040523079.shtml

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US isolated as Russia moves to back Kyoto:

President George Bush's bid to stop international action to combat global warming faces failure this weekend, as he is left more isolated than ever before both at home and abroad.
news.independent.co.uk/world/environment/story.jsp?story=523978

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Critics Galvanized by Oregon Lawyer's Case:

His arrest and release in the Madrid bombings show that the U.S. ignores civil liberties in pursuit of terrorists, some legal experts say.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news1/oregon-madrid.html

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Bush's super fundraisers join the queue for favours:

Since 1998, Bush has raised at least $296 million (£175m) in campaign contributions. It is believed up to half of that huge sum has come from just 630 people.
observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1222706,00.html

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Working…And Poor:

In today's cutthroat job market, the bottom rung is as high as most workers will ever get. But the political will to help them seems a long way off
businessweek.com/magazine/content/04_22/b3885001_mz001.htm

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22/05/04

Ugandan rebel attack kills 41: The attack was attributed to the Lord's Resistance Army, an eccentric Christian group with no clear objectives except to discredit Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni

5 Afghans killed; 4 from U.S. hurt: 2 policemen among the victims in clashes; meanwhile, Pakistan decries U.S. incursion.

Blast in Baghdad kills five: The blast damaged the home of Abdul-Jabbar Youssef al-Sheikhli, one of three deputy interior ministers and a member of the Shi'ite Muslim Dawa party. A ministry official, said al-Sheikhli was not seriously injured.

Military Has 8 New Death Cases in Iraq : The Pentagon said Friday the military has undertaken 33 criminal investigations of deaths of detainees held by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan — eight more cases than it had reported two weeks ago.

Abu Ghraib: inmates raped, ridden like animals, and forced to eat pork: Just when it appeared the shockwaves of the scandal might be levelling off, the new details sent fresh outrage around the Arab world and further rocked the Bush administration - already floundering after a week in which US forces killed dozens of guests at a wedding party in Iraq, having mistaken them for insurgents.

US general linked to Abu Ghraib abuse : Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, head of coalition forces in Iraq, issued an order last October giving military intelligence control over almost every aspect of prison conditions at Abu Ghraib with the explicit aim of manipulating the detainees' "emotions and weaknesses"

Continuing the Cover-Up?: A witness who told ABCNEWS he believed the military was covering up the extent of abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison was today stripped of his security clearance and told he may face prosecution because his comments were "not in the national interest."

Elite force threatened detainees with drowning and suffocation; Rumsfeld knew about the tactics

Soldier quits over nude shower pics: A US Army captain accused of taking nude photographs of female soldiers as they showered while on duty at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison has resigned to avoid a court-martial.

Iraq: The Picture Gets Worse : Two pictures put up in an internet café in Baghdad make for a vivid statement how Iraqis have come to see U.S. occupiers. One shows a woman in the United States hugging her dog. A second shows a hooded Iraqi prisoner sitting on the ground, hands tied behind his back. A soldier holds a gun to his head.

The good news about Abu Ghraib: I cannot imagine a follower of Christ looking for legal loopholes out of the Geneva Conventions. I cannot imagine a follower of Christ’s teachings using foreign aid to pressure other countries to sign agreements not to try U.S. Citizens in the International Criminal Court.

Recognize Bush's lies; show world we disagree: I look out at a world in dire need of a U.S. president who is compassionate and wise and loving and bright, and then I think of what we've got: a Yee! Ha! reactionary who has no conscience or common sense and is prone to tell lies. A man who yells "Bring it on!" to the whole wide world right before our eyes.

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Is torturing war prisoners a betrayal of U.S. values?: James Inhofe, the Oklahoma senator, may still believe that the only practitioners of degradation and torture in the U.S. military were seven isolated misfits at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison. However, stories suggesting something much different continue to pile up:

Video of wedding attack shows survivors sifting through debris: Fragments of musical instruments, tufts of women's hair, and a large blood stain are among the scenes in Associated Press Television News film of a destroyed house that survivors say U.S. planes bombed during a wedding party.

Can Iraq Get Any Worse?: The sad answer is, yes. After the June 30 hand-off, the lines of authority could become less clear in Iraq. There will be a caretaker government supposedly composed of non-politicos. How much leeway will the new government provide the US forces? After the recent "wedding party" attack, will these Iraqi leaders permit the US to strike at will?

US force 'risks catastrophe': Richard Lugar, right, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, criticised the Bush Administration and Congress for failing to take diplomatic and economic steps to deter terrorism and focusing on military force instead.

'I have not killed but, God willing, I soon will': Julius Strauss meets the Mahdi army as it takes on American forces in and around the Shia holy city of Najaf

Juan Cole: A Shiite International?: In his unwise decision to try to get Muqtada al-Sadr dead or alive and to send GIs into Shiite holy places with heavy firepower, Bush is in the process of turning the Shiite world decisively against the US and perhaps creating new centers of anti-American paramilitary action.

Over 200,000 rally against attacks on Iraq holy sites : Tens of thousands of Shiite Muslims, mostly supporters of the militant Hezbollah, turned out in Beirut Friday in a massive show meant as a strong warning to the United States against attacking holy sites in Iraq.

Anti-US demonstrations shake Bahrain: Bahrain's interior minister has been sacked after police attacked protesters angry at the presence of US-led forces in Shia Muslim holy cities in Iraq.

Trucks made to drive without cargo in dangerous areas of Iraq: Twelve current and former truckers said that they risked their lives driving empty trucks while their employer, a subsidiary of Halliburton Inc., billed the government for hauling what they derisively called "sailboat fuel."

Jordan Tip Exposed Chalabi As Israeli Spy: An explosive dossier that the Jordanian monarch recently brought with him to White House sessions with President Bush detailed Mafia-style extortion rackets and secret information on U.S. military operations being passed to Iran, diplomats said. Background on Chalabi

Chalabi raid leads to civil war? : Former Pentagon official thinks 'Bremer has gone mad'

Agency: Chalabi group was front for Iran: "Iranian intelligence has been manipulating the United States through Chalabi by furnishing through his Information Collection Program information to provoke the United States into getting rid of Saddam Hussein," said an intelligence source Friday who was briefed on the Defense Intelligence Agency's conclusions

History's Fools: In the wake of Iraq, the term "neo-conservative" may come to mean "dangerous innocence about world realities"

Israeli forces kill 3 year old Palestinian child: : Rawan Abu Zaid was shot twice in the head in her home in Rafah's Brazil neighbourhood on Saturday

West Bank Suicide Bombing Injures Four: A suicide bomber blew himself up at a West Bank army checkpoint on Saturday, injuring an Israeli soldier and three Palestinians, military sources said.

Some of the bodies were put two to a box: For some 20 minutes, ambulances with loud sirens were either reversing out the yard or trying to enter and off-load the wounded - many of them children, some unconscious, one conscious and crying

A Policy of Silence Amid Slaughter: Moral Failure of the "Free World" in Gaza: The Western world and the U.S., champions of human rights and freedom, regularly witnessing with silence Israeli bulldozers, tanks and helicopter gunships tearing Palestinian houses and Palestinian bodies.

An old refrain that stabs the heart : The sights of Rafah are too difficult to bear - trails of refugees alongside carts laden with bedding and the meagre contents of their homes; children dragging suitcases larger than themselves; women, draped in black, kneeling in mourning on piles of rubble

Mosaic: Middle East TV News Reports For 05/21/04: The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. Providing American viewers with rare insight into the diversity of Middle East perspectives.

Libya Withdraws from Arab Summit Over Agenda: Libya withdrew from an Arab summit in Tunis on Saturday in protest at the agenda and at the Arab League's failure to take up Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's proposal for a single Israeli-Palestinian state.

Turks question alliance with Israel after Gaza carnage: Turkish PM Erdogan leads army of critics condemning as ‘state terror’ killings of civilians in Rafah.

International Response to the Bush Declaration on the Palestinian Right to Return: Note: The following is an international response to the declaration made by President George W. Bush on vital issues regarding the Palestinian people, particularly their right to return. On May 15, 2004, this response will be sent to all members of the United Nations General Assembly and other relevant parties.

Date: 21 May 2004

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1 YEAR & 42 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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18 Killed In Iraqi City Of Karbala:

Much of the fighting was near the city's Imam Hussein and Imam Abbas shrines, which U.S. forces allege are being used by militiamen as firing positions or protective cover. Mansoor said the shrines were not damaged.
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Al Jazeera Newsman among 10 killed in Clashes in Iraq:

Al Jazeera said on Friday one of its employees was killed overnight in clashes between U.S. forces and militiamen loyal to radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. The Qatar-based news network also demanded the U.S. Army conduct a full and quick investigation into the death of 38-year-old Rashid Hamid Wali.
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U.S. Bombing Kills Three Afghan Civilians-Mayor:

At least three Afghan civilians have been killed and several more wounded in a U.S. air attack in Afghanistan's southeastern province of Khost, an official said on Friday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5214239

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'US soldiers started to shoot us, one by one' :

Survivors describe wedding massacre as generals refuse to apologise
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1221658,00.html

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One incident. Forty dead. Two stories. What really happened?:

Another blanket is opened; inside are the bodies of a mother and child. The child, six or seven years old, is lying against his or her mother, as if seeking comfort. But the child has no head.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=523356

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Lies about crimes:

When Iraqis are blown apart in Baghdad by a car bomb, or Israelis in Haifa by a suicide bomber, these are instantly and correctly labelled as terrorist attacks. However when American helicopters or Israeli tanks cause death to innocent civilians on a similar scale, there is always an alternative version on offer.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1221511,00.html

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Video From Abu Ghraib Prison :

Images in this video may be disturbing because of their violent or graphic nature.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6223.htm

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Videos Amplify Picture of Violence :

The new pictures and videos go beyond the photos previously released to the public in several ways, amplifying the overt violence against detainees and displaying a variety of abusive techniques previously unseen.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6224.htm

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Photo Gallery:

Images obtained by The Washington Post reveal more about treatment of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison.
tinyurl.com/29sl7

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New Details of Prison Abuse Emerge :

Previously secret sworn statements by detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq describe in raw detail abuse that goes well beyond what has been made public, adding allegations of prisoners being ridden like animals, sexually fondled by female soldiers and forced to retrieve their food from toilets.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43783-2004May20.html

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Sworn Statements by Abu Ghraib Detainees:

These documents are the offical English translations of previously secret sworn statements by detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. :

Some of the descriptions in these statements may be disturbing because of their sexually explicit or graphic nature.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6229.htm

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Reuters Stands by Iraq Abuse Reports, Releases Timeline on Incident
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New front in Iraq detainee abuse scandal?:

The target is a top-secret site near Baghdad‚s airport. The battlefield interrogation facility known as the “BIF‰ In the BIF‚s six interrogation rooms, Delta Force soldiers routinely drug prisoners, hold a prisoner under water until he thinks he‚s drowning, or smother them almost to suffocation.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5024068/

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Mosaic: World TV News Reports From The Middle East For 05/20/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.

A Must Watch
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Australia Probes Alleged U.S. Jail Abuse :

Australia is investigating allegations that the United States abused two Australian terror suspects, Prime Minister John Howard said Friday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4116082,00.html

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Chalabi: America's 'Best Friend' A Spy?:

Senior U.S. officials told 60 Minutes Correspondent Lesley Stahl that they have evidence Chalabi has been passing highly-classified U.S. intelligence to Iran.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/05/20/iraq/main618637.shtml

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In case you missed it: 02/19/04:

Ahmad Chalabi and His Iranian Connection: The United States is struggling over the question of how U.S. intelligence was so deeply mistaken about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. One of the points that is consistently brought up is that much of the intelligence flowed through the Iraqi National Council, an opposition group led by Ahmad Chalabi. It is now well known that Chalabi's sources were not ideal. What is less well known is the close, long-term relationship that Chalabi, a favorite of Washington's, had with Iran.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5709.htm

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One Day, Cock Of The Walk, The Next a Feather Duster:

Pentagon protege humiliated as US and Iraqi police raid Baghdad villa.

“I am America's best friend in Iraq. If the coalition provisional authority finds it necessary to direct an armed attack against my home, you can see the state of relations between the CPA and the Iraqi people.”
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1221611,00.html

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Martin and Malcolm, Chalabi and Muqtada:

An informed Iraqi Shiite writes: “ Chalabi is setting himself up to be Martin Luther King to Muqtada's Malcolm X. I predict he will head to Najaf soon to mediate.”
tinyurl.com/397rl

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FBI Issues Homeland Suicide Bomber Warning:

The FBI is warning law enforcement agencies to be on the alert for the possibility that suicide bombers may attempt to strike inside the United States.
www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,640684,00.html

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American linked to Madrid blasts freed :

An American lawyer held for alleged links to the Madrid train bombings has been freed after evidence against him was found to be false.
tinyurl.com/yvpuc

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Michael Berg: George Bush never looked into Nick's eyes:

Even more than the murderers who took my son's life, I condemn those who make policies to end lives
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1221644,00.html

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Invitation to a Beheading: Why Bush Needs to Watch the Berg Video:

This man in the White House, for whom war appears to be no more real than a video game, for whom war's toll, blood and death, brings forth teenage outbursts of “Bring 'em on!”; this man does not understand the horror of war, the sick violence that is begat and unleashed.
www.counterpunch.com/leon05152004.html

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Berg beheading: No way, say medical experts:

According to both a leading surgical authority and a noted forensic expert who spoke to Asia Times Online, the video depicting the decapitation of American businessman Nicholas Berg at the hands of Muslim radicals appears to have been staged. And Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who US officials claim did the killing, was himself in all likelihood killed long before the video was made.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FE22Ak03.html

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John Pilger Interview: “Trail of blood” :

“Nothing more vividly sums up the horrific situation in Iraq than what happened on Wednesday of this week when American helicopters attacked a wedding party in the west of Iraq killing 40 mostly women and children, a massacre. How long is the world going to stand for this? When I say the world I'm talking about civilized humanity.” Audio and transcript.

A must listen
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6226.htm

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Chris Floyd: Global Eye: We should never lose sight of one simple fact:

Deep down, these guys are nothing but cheap hoods, two-bit chiselers hustling for loot, thug-brained goons with no more grandeur about them than the meanest pack of Mafia knee-breakers. Two recent stories, both obscured by the blood and thunder of the Iraqi crack-up, illustrate this ugly truth.
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/05/21/120.html

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A line has been crossed :

Yesterday's front page describing the crimes of the US military in Iraq and the Israeli military in Palestine denote for me, late in the day, a crossing of the Rubicon. These are not “military actions”, but crimes against humanity. The occupations in both cases have no basis in law. They amount to the brutal repression of civilian populations.
www.guardian.co.uk/letters/story/0,3604,1221399,00.html

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Molly Ivins: How fascism starts:

It's pretty easy to get to the point where you don't want to hear any more about Abu Ghraib prison and what went on there. But there are some really good reasons why Americans should take a look at why this happened.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6227.htm

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A call to conscience:

The diplomat who quit over Nixon's invasion of Cambodia asks Americans on the front lines of foreign service to resign from the “worst regime by far in the history of the republic.”
victoria.indymedia.org/news/2004/05/26105.php

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Bush: Dumb Like A Bullet:

Is Dubya both a bumbling simpleton *and* a shrewd manipulator who smirked at tortures in Iraq?
tinyurl.com/2z9w6

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Scott Ritter: Iraq sarin shell is not part of a secret cache
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0521/p09s01-coop.html

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Palestinian doctors despair at rising toll of children shot dead by Israeli army snipers :

The tiny hole buried under Asma Mughayar's thick black hair, just above her right ear, is an illusion, according to the Israeli army. But their corpses tell a different story, as do the bodies of other children brought to Rafah's hospital and makeshift mortuaries even before yesterday's carnage
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6221.htm

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ICRC calls on Israel to respect international humanitarian law:

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday urged Israel to respect the rules of international humanitarian law as its three-day military offensive in the Gaza Strip left a trail of death and destruction in the Rafah camp.
www.jordantimes.com/fri/homenews/homenews5.htm

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Genocide By Public Policy:

“Unable to recover from the Holocaust trauma and the insecurity it caused, the Jewish people, the ultimate victim of genocide, is currently inflicting a symbolic genocide upon the Palestinian people∑What is symbolic genocide?
electronicintifada.net/v2/article2703.shtml

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Omar Barghouti: No More Tears: An Open Letter to the American Public:

Your country is way too powerful now for anyone to have the guts to drag it to the international criminal court, where most of your leaders ought to stand trial; but if Rome is any example, I would not take solace in that transient strength. You have a clear moral, legal and political obligation to change your country's course.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6228.htm

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Israeli court convicts resistance leader:

In a classic trial of the “occupied” by the “occupier”, a Tel Aviv court on Thursday convicted imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghuthi on five accounts of murder.
tinyurl.com/ywatr

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Reuters death 'due' to U.S. military flaws:

In an extensive report on the death of cameraman Mazen Dana, Reuters said the tragedy was preventable and rejected the findings of a U.S. Army investigation that the shooting was justified.
tinyurl.com/2bubd

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GI: Boy mistreated to get dad to talk:

A military intelligence analyst who recently completed duty at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq said Wednesday that the 16-year-old son of a detainee there was abused by U.S. soldiers to break his father's resistance to interrogators.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6222.htm

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Pentagon's Feith in the eye of another storm:

Although it will take weeks, if not months, to sort out precisely who was responsible for what increasingly appears to have been the systemic abuse by US soldiers of Iraqi detainees, it should be no surprise if Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith is found to have played an important role.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FE21Aa02.html

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George W. Bush and his millionaire supporters don't know the meaning of the word shame:

If, say, the Chinese came in to rescue us—Operation American Freedom—how long would any of us, left-wing or right, put up with an occupying army teaching us Chinese-style democracy?
www.indyweek.com/durham/current/news.html

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Italian MPs reject Iraq pull-out:

Correspondents say there is growing public pressure for a withdrawal of the Italian contingent, the third largest force in the US-led coalition.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3733241.stm

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More U.S. troops will likely be required in Iraq after handover :

For months, U.S. officials have warned that the insurgency in Iraq would grow deadliest as the June 30 political transition drew near. Now, they're warning the violence might get even worse once the handover is completed.
www.theworldlink.com/articles/2004/05/20/news/news07.txt

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House Approves $422 Billion Defense Bill :

The House voted 259-162 to delay base closings, now set for next year, by two years. Within minutes. the White House issued a statement repeating that the defense secretary would recommend the president veto any bill that ``weakens, delays or repeals'' the base closing authority.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4113528,00.html

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Senate OKs $5.6B for Chemical Defense :

The Senate, on a 99-0 vote, approved “Project BioShield” legislation to pay for research, production and stockpiling of vaccines and antidotes for bioterror agents. The House already has approved the legislation, and lawmakers on both sides say they hope to soon have it to President Bush for his signature.
tinyurl.com/32kmk

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Denied Entrance to Bush Event in Dubuque:

On May 7, George W. Bush came to Dubuque to speak at the convention center. It was billed as a public event, but it was anything but. Only self-proclaimed Bush supporters could get in. Republican organizers excluded even a World War II vet and the former commander of the local American Legion chapter.
www.progressive.org/mcwatch04/mc051904.html

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Army does about-face on call-up readiness :

Thousands of recent U.S. Army veterans nationwide were told to choose by Monday a new assignment in the Army Reserve or National Guard — meaning a potential return to active duty — or the military would decide for them. The Army now says the order was a mistake.
tinyurl.com/ywljq

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A world watches our shame
www.duckdaotsu.org/world_watches.html

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Who let bin Ladens leave U.S.?:

The Bush administration has refused to answer repeated requests from the Sept. 11 commission about who authorized flights of Saudi Arabian citizens, including members of Osama bin Laden‚s family, from the United States immediately after the attacks of 2001.
www.thehill.com/news/051804/binladen.aspx

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You Can't Mock the President or Say “Balls”:

The Most Important Thing I Learned in School This Year
www.counterpunch.com/wilson05202004.html

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1 YEAR – 41 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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5 US soldiers killed in Iraq:

Attacks in central Baghdad, Samara, Miqdadiya, Al-Anbar claim lives of more US troops.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=10034

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More Photos Surface:

Spc. Charles Graner and Spc. Sabrina Harman posing over the body of a detainee who was allegedly beaten to death by CIA or civilian interrogators in the prison's showers. The detainee's name was Manadel al-Jamadi.

Warning – Graphic images
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6217.htm

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U.S. to Investigate Iraqi Inmate's Death :

The Justice Department is investigating the death of an Abu Ghraib prison detainee whose body, packed in ice, is documented in photos that also show two American soldiers posing nearby with thumbs up, a U.S. official said Thursday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4112472,00.html

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Shamed:

A Panorama Special reports on the scale of the abuse and torture of prisoners in Iraq and elsewhere. Jane Corbin investigates who had command responsibility for American and British forces implicated in this scandal and asks which officers, diplomats and politicians knew what, when.

Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6218.htm

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Brutal interrogation in Iraq:

Brutal interrogation techniques by U.S. military personnel are being investigated in connection with the deaths of at least five Iraqi prisoners in war-zone detention camps, Pentagon documents obtained by The Denver Post show.
tinyurl.com/3afmb

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'They made us break law' :

A US army infantryman who grew morally opposed to the war after six months of fierce combat in Iraq was brought before a court martial for desertion yesterday, in a case that has become a talisman for America's peace movement.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1220721,00.html

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Shocking Details on Abuse of Reuters Staffers in Iraq :

“It should be noted that the bulk of their mistreatment — including their humiliating interrogations and the mental and physical torment of the first night which all agreed was the worst part of their ordeal — occurred several hours AFTER I had informed the 82nd Airborne Division that they were Reuters staff. I have e-mail proof of this.”
tinyurl.com/2udz4

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The women prisoners:

The scandal at Abu Ghraib prison was first exposed not by a digital photograph but by a letter. In December 2003, a woman prisoner inside the jail west of Baghdad managed to smuggle out a note. Its contents were so shocking that, at first, Amal Kadham Swadi and the other Iraqi women lawyers who had been trying to gain access to the US jail found them hard to believe.
www.guardian.co.uk/women/story/0,3604,1220673,00.html

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3 CIA cases to Justice :

The CIA has sent three cases to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution against agency personnel accused of involvement in the deaths of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Justice official said.
www.abqtrib.com/archives/news04/052004_news_iraq.shtml

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US seeks war crimes exemption extension:

The United States has circulated a draft Security Council resolution to give US peacekeeping troops another one year exemption from prosecution by the world court at The Hague.
tinyurl.com/2room

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Amnesty: International Criminal Court:

Security Council renewal of unlawful Resolution 1487 providing impunity for peace-keepers would be a further set-back for international justice. : The unlawful attempt by the Security Council to give US citizens permanent impunity from international justice.
tinyurl.com/34pob

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In case you missed it?:

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

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

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Sidney Blumenthal: The religious warrior of Abu Ghraib:

Saving General Boykin seemed like a strange sideshow last October. After it was revealed that the deputy undersecretary of defence for intelligence had been regularly appearing at evangelical revivals preaching that the US was in a holy war as a “Christian nation” battling “Satan”, the furore was quickly calmed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6220.htm

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Poll: US are occupiers, not liberators:

Nearly nine out of 10 Iraqis see US forces as occupiers rather than liberators or peacekeepers
tinyurl.com/3gau8

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U.S. Troops Raid Chalabi's Headquarters in Iraq:

U.S. troops raided a house used by Governing Council member Ahmad Chalabi and searched his party offices in Baghdad on Thursday, piling pressure on the former Pentagon favorite now increasingly shunned by Washington.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5204911

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The Truth About Ahmed Chalabi: Why the US Turned Against Their Former Golden Boy—

He was Preparing a Coup! What He Did as a Catspaw for Tehran: How He Nearly Bankrupted Jordan; the Billions He Stands to Make Out of the New Iraq
www.counterpunch.com/chalabi05202004.html

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Israeli Occupation Forces kills 8 Palestinians at Rafah rally :

Eight Palestinians were killed and dozens were wounded yesterday afternoon when IDF tanks fired shells at a crowd of protesters in Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. Four of those killed were children under 14.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/429687.html

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Children dismembered in Israeli attack on refugees :

The bloodshed sparked international outrage. But despite the outcry, Israel fired three more missiles from helicopters last night, witnesses said.
www.thestar.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=132&fArticleId=2083623

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Palestinian boy killed in W. Bank :

A 13-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by Israel Occupation Forces fire in the Fawar refugee camp near the West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/429951.html

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Home demolitions in Rafah: Welcome.

My name is Mohammed, I'm a student and I live in Rafah. On this website, I present photos and reports about my home town. About our life, our community, the home demolitions, homeless families, the children in our camp.. About the tragedies that happen here every day.
www.rafahtoday.org/index.htm

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US abstains, UN Security Council criticises Israel over Gaza :

The Palestinians hailed the vote by the council, where the United States has frequently blocked resolutions critical of Israel, but the Israeli ambassador quickly said the measure would not halt the crackdown in the Gaza Strip.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/85924/1/.html

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Settler Rabbi: Killing innocent people in war is allowed if saves lives:

Rabbi Dov Lior, chairman of the settler‚s rabbinical council ruled that killing civilians during warfare is permitted if it will save lives.
www.maarivintl.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=printArticle&articleID=7626

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A Remarkable Jewish Woman Speaks Out:

She warns against the disintegration of Israeli society (”gross insensitivity”), and states: “I am beginning to understand why a whole nation (the Germans) was able to say: `We did not know.”
www.thehandstand.org/archive/may2004/articles/aloni.htm

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Jews For Justice In The Middle East:

The origin of the Palestine- Israeli conflict
www.mediareviewnet.com/JewsForJustice.htm

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Israel's assault on Rafah :

I am Palestinian and I wept for Tali and her children, not because she was killed by Palestinian fighters, but because she was let down by the Israeli government that encouraged her to settle on stolen Palestinian land.
www.guardian.co.uk/letters/story/0,3604,1220501,00.html

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Strategic miscalculations:

The neo-conservatives and Christian Right wanted to shift the balance of power decisively in the Middle East in favor of Israel, so that it could in effect impose peace terms on the Palestinians and Syria and anyone else who resisted US regional hegemony or Israel's legitimacy and territorial claims.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FE21Ak02.html

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Democratic Senator Accused of Anti-Semitism:

U.S. Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings (D-SC) is under fire for remarks he made in an opinion column where he accused President Bush of going to war in Iraq “to secure Israel.”
www.gopusa.com/news/2004/may/0520_dem_senator_remarks.shtml

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Apocalypse Now in the White House:

Rick Perlstein of the Village Voice acquired a damning memo demonstrating the hold the looney Christian far Right has on Bush Middle East policy.
www.juancole.com/2004_05_01_juancole_archive.html#108495214839380743

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The “Gestapo office”:

Feith, participated in a private study by a right-wing Israeli think-tank that called for ousting Saddam Hussein as a way to transform the balance of power in the Middle East in such a way that Israel could ignore pressure to trade “land for peace” with the Palestinians or Syria.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FE21Aa02.html

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U.S. Aircraft Reportedly Kills 40 Iraqis:

Associated Press Television News footage showed a truck containing bloodied bodies, many wrapped in blankets, piled one atop the other. Several were children, one of whom was decapitated.
tinyurl.com/2afao

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UK: Carelessness 'defies belief' in US attack on Iraqi wedding:

The slaughter in Iraq is “the last thing we need right now,” said one minister last night. “It‚s like a nightmare – every time you think it can't get any worse, the Americans come up with another disaster.”
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=573492004

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Mosaic TV News For 05/19/04:

Daily news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. These broadcasts, watched by over 280 million people all over the Middle East, provide American viewers with rare insight into the diversity of Middle East perspectives.

QuickTime Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6219.htm

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Terrorism begins at home:

What are the root causes of terrorism, and why was the United States attacked that fateful morning? Nobody wants to truly examine these questions, the blame for September 11th falls almost solely on U.S. government policies.
www.cjonline.com/stories/051704/opi_stoner.shtml

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The Un-Civilization:

We” are the civilization of liberators and freedom and “they” are the civilization of barbarians and despots. “We” are immersed in the tempering love of Jesus Christ. “They” are crazed fundamentalists, driven insane by the martial religiosity of the prophet Muhammad
hartfordadvocate.com/gbase/News/content?oid=oid:66446

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Hard lesson for U.S.:

Nothing has been more disheartening than polls that show many Americans sharing two false beliefs: that Saddam Hussein participated in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and that “weapons of mass destruction” have been found there. Where on earth do these people get their information? From talk radio, that‚s where.
www.nwanews.com/adg/story_Editorial.php?storyid=65278

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The diseases of a troubled nation:

America's problems are structural. Even if Kerry replaces Bush in January 2005, America will still have one child in six living in poverty; America will still have two million people in jail; America will still have military installations in 50 countries. It's time we looked at the structure behind America's problems.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/20/1084917702632.html

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Mini Nukes:

A new generation of nuclear weapons ˆ mini nukes is being planned by America. According to the US military, they need miniature nukes in the war against terrorism.
www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/s1112492.htm

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Rudy Giuliani: Camera hog, not a hero:

He was a nowhere guy until the planes hit the World Trade Center buildings. He was a failed mayor, was Rudy Giuliani. He had a commissioner named Harding stealing so obviously that at first people couldn't believe their eyes
tinyurl.com/29d65

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UK: Dad speaks up to boost Bush campaign:

As every high spending teenager knows, when the overdraft gets big it is best to call in Dad. And so it was that George Bush senior brought a presidential outreach project to London last night in a bid to drum up more dollars for his son's presidential re-election campaign
www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/story/0,13918,1219976,00.html

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10 Reasons Bush Wants To Ban Moore Film:

..like it could make him lose the next election. A NEW film is sending shockwaves through the United States in general and the White House in particular – and it hasn't even been released yet.
tinyurl.com/3yuna

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Helen Thomas: Message To Kerry: Time To Protest War Again:

One step he should take to dramatically frame his candidacy would be to make a total break with Bush's failing policy in Iraq.
www.thebostonchannel.com/helenthomas/3324642/detail.html

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White House's Medicare Videos Are Ruled Illegal:

The agency said the videos were a form of “covert propaganda” because the government was not identified as the source of the materials, broadcast by at least 40 television stations in 33 markets
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/20/politics/20medicare.html?hp

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Services for the elderly in a `total breakdown':

The commission's 14-page review focuses on the state's weak response to elder abuse, neglect and exploitation in El Paso, where health officials videotaped a man so ignored by caseworkers that his rotting ear was covered in maggots.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2580786

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Texas Executes Mentally Ill Man for Murder:

The state of Texas has put a diagnosed schizophrenic to death by lethal injection for two 1992 murders
tinyurl.com/24roa

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USA: Amnesty International appalled at execution of mentally ill man:

Amnesty International is appalled at Governor Rick Perry's decision to allow the execution of Kelsey Patterson to go ahead in Texas.
tinyurl.com/2otnl

Man ends 30 wrongful years behind bars today:

A Boston man who spent 30 years in prison on a wrongful murder conviction and was once ordered to die in the electric chair is slated to walk out of court this morning into the arms of his 81-year-old mother.
news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=28624

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A girl gave Rove a bloody nose:

Mr. Rove was attracted to the kind of politician who leaves office one step ahead of the impeachment posse.
tinyurl.com/26lu8

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1 YEAR – 40 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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U.S. strike kills 40 at Iraqi wedding party:

A U.S. helicopter fired on a wedding party early Wednesday in western Iraq, killing more than 40 people, Iraqi officials said. The U.S. military said it could not confirm the report and was investigating.
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-wowedd0520,0,6828667.story?coll=ny-nation-big-pix

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33 killed in Israel's bloodiest raid in Gaza in years:

Israeli media said at least 22 bodies, most of them school children, had been counted after the strike in the Rafah camp
www.forbes.com/home/newswire/2004/05/19/rtr1377078.html

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22 Palestinians killed in Rafah raid:

At least 22 Palestinians are reported killed and around 50 injured in an Israeli helicopter strike on a demonstration in the southern Gaza refugee camp of Rafah.
www.rte.ie/news/2004/0519/mideast01.html

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Israelis massacre kids: :

The hospital stairs and floors were drenched in blood and staff treated the wounded on the floors after running out of beds.
www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2004231101,00.html

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10 Killed As Israeli Occupation Forces Fire On Palestinian Protestors:

Forces fired tank shells, helicopter missiles and machine-guns Wednesday on a large crowd of Palestinians demonstrating against an Israeli invasion of a neighboring refugee camp, killing at least 10 people, the majority of them children
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5004007/

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Palestinian parliament accuses Bush of encouraging Israeli 'massacres':

“These Israeli massacres against our people in Rafah and elsewhere would not be taking place without the US administration's alignment with the position of the Sharon government and President Bush's support for his policies,” it said in a statement.
www.iii.co.uk/shares/?type=news&articleid=4979274&action=article

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Palestinian Brother and sister gunned down as they collected washing:

A Palestinian brother and sister, aged 13 and 16, were killed by Israeli fire in a Gaza refugee camp today as they took down the washing from a rooftop clothesline, their family said.
212.2.162.45/news/story.asp?j=104603078&p=yx46x3784&n=104603838

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“One hundred and forty thousand people, 40 beds and a war. It makes you laugh,” said the anaesthetist at Rafah's only hospital.

“We received calls that there are dead in the streets, in the houses, in the mosques but we can't reach them,” said Dr Tafesh. “Our ambulances are trapped and a target for the Israelis if they move.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1219817,00.html

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Link TV: Mosaic: World News From The Middle East:

Compilation of daily news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East including, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, and Iran, among others. These broadcasts, watched by over 280 million people all over the Middle East, provide American viewers with rare insight into the diversity of Middle East perspectives.

Quick Time Video Report
tinyurl.com/2rtq9

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Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Western Iraqi Province:

Two U.S. soldiers were killed in fighting in al-Anbar province in western Iraq, Agence France- Presse reported, citing a U.S. military statement.
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aCBBLGREUYKk&refer=us

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ŒUS troops allowed to mistreat Afghan POWs‚:

US troops in Afghanistan have written permission to use threats, dogs and the firing of mortars near prisoners to help extract information during interrogations, a German news weekly reported on Tuesday
jang.com.pk/thenews/may2004-daily/19-05-2004/world/w4.htm

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Accused US Army deserter says he saw Iraqi prisoner mistreatment:

A US Army soldier to be tried on charges of deserting from the Iraq war claimed Tuesday that he saw civilians die and Iraqi prisoners mistreated.
www.spacewar.com/2004/040518194613.j301xkje.html

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UK: Straw tells of 10,000 dead:

As many as 10,000 Iraqis have been killed since the start of the invasion, Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, said yesterday. But Mr Straw said the coalition had not kept records of casualties.
tinyurl.com/3c7gn

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Torture 101:

“We‚re going to ask you some questions. If you give an answer we like, we‚ll let you smoke. If we don‚t like the answer, we‚ll burn you. The anticipation was worse than the burns.‰ – A CIA agent and his goon squad torturing an American nun Diana Ortiz, by burning her 75 times with a cigarette.
www.guerrillanews.com/human_rights/doc4492.html

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Torture Photos, Videos a Time-Honored CIA Tradition:

Sen. John Kerry is now being attacked for having told Congress about this, truthfully, in 1971. In Kerry‚s words at the time, fellow soldiers at the so-called “Winter Soldier‰ investigation had “told stories that at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power.‰ It was more customary then to kill the prisoners (who were often civilians) after they had been tortured.
www.berkeleydaily.org/text/article.cfm?issue=05-18-04&storyID=18888

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Soldier sentenced to year in prison:

A special court martial Wednesday sentenced Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits to a maximum penalty of one year in prison, reduction in rank and a bad conduct discharge for his role in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse case.
www.marinecorpstimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-2931923.php

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Shamed: A Panorama Special reports on the scale of the abuse and torture of prisoners in Iraq and elsewhere.

[NOTE: If you have the ability to record this item and forward it to tom@informationcleringhouse.info. I would be very grateful ]
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/panorama/3708441.stm

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Where an Assassination Is Celebrated :

Motorists honked in celebration in this western Iraqi town as news spread of the assassination of the president of the Iraqi Governing Council Ezzidin Salim Monday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6210.htm

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One Iraqi killed, seven wounded in Karbala clashes :

One Iraqi was killed and seven wounded Wednesday after heavy clashes between fighters loyal to radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and US troops broke out overnight in the holy city of Karbala, local sources said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/19/content_1479279.htm

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Fallujah: In The Hands Of Insurgents:

One of the gunmen wears a suicide belt. Over tea and kebabs, they explain why they're waging their jihad.
msnbc.msn.com/id/4988506/

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U.S. Faces Growing Fears of Failure :

The Bush administration is struggling to counter growing sentiment — among U.S. lawmakers, Iraqis and even some of its own officials — that the occupation of Iraq is verging on failure, forcing a top Pentagon official yesterday to concede serious mistakes over the past year.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6212.htm

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We must withdraw :

When you are in a hole, stop digging. That is the maxim that should now be applied to the war in Iraq. All of my life I have watched as Britain and America have become embroiled in conflicts, only to find that a purely military solution is rarely available.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1219937,00.html

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Molly Ivins: Killing people for their own good:

Time to cut our losses; time for the UN and NATO to take over Iraq. It's quite difficult to convince people you are killing them for their own good. That's our basic problem in Iraq.
www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=16966

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Ted Rall: Fire The War Pimps:

Zero Tolerance for Iraq War Pundits
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6213.htm

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Where Have We Come To? :

We took a severe blow on September 11, 2001. But an often heard comment that day was to the effect — “we can‚t let this affect the way we live! If we do, then the terrorists will have won.‰ We have changed, in remarkable ways, since that sad day.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6215.htm

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Israel kills another 19 Palestinians in Gaza raid:

Medics say the 19 deaths overloaded Rafah Hospital's morgue and five bodies were shifted to vegetable freezers in a nearby market for preservation.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1111023.htm

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Global outrage over Israeli Œwar crimes‚:

“What is taking place now in Gaza is something that we have to condemn and to condemn very strongly,‰ EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said
www.timesofoman.com/newsdetails.asp?newsid=56956

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UN envoy 'alarmed' by ongoing Israeli military operation in Gaza:

The top United Nations envoy for the Middle East, Terje Roed-Larsen, said today he is alarmed by the death and destruction caused by the ongoing Israeli military operation in the southern Gaza Strip, and called on Israel to protect the civilian population.
www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=10783&Cr=middle&Cr1=east

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In a world gone mad!

Bush: Israel Has Right To Defend Itself:

Cheered with chants of “four more years,” President Bush told a Jewish audience Tuesday that Israel “has every right to defend itself from terror” and that Palestinians must renounce violence and reject failed leaders.
www.kfmb.com/topstory25402.html

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Israel and the Occupied Territories Under the rubble:Amnesty International Report:

Executive Summary: In the past three and half years the Israeli army has carried out extensive destruction of homes and properties throughout the West Bank and Gaza which is not justified by military necessity. Some of these acts of destruction amount to grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention and are war crimes.
web.amnesty.org/library/index/engmde150402004

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Pigs At The Trough: Pres.

Bush Speech at American Israel Public Affairs Committee Conference.

As Israeli Occupation Forces Murder Palestinians Our President Debases Himself And America In Search Of Zionists Votes And $'s. Real Video.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6208.htm

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Hollings defends his statements on Israel:

In the face of charges of anti-Semitism, U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings on Tuesday defended a newspaper column he wrote alleging President Bush went to war in Iraq to defend Israel and please American Jews.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6214.htm

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The Jesus Landing Pad:

Bush White House checked with rapture Christians before latest Israel move. It was an e-mail we weren't meant to see.We're not supposed to know the National Security Council's top Middle East aide consults with apocalyptic Christians eager to ensure American policy on Israel conforms with their sectarian doomsday scenarios.
www.villagevoice.com/issues/0420/perlstein.php

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Serving Two Flags: Neocons, Israel and the Bush Administration :

Some skeptics, noting the neo-cons‚ past academic and professional associations, writings and public utterances, have suggested that their underlying agenda is the alignment of U.S. foreign and security policies with those of Ariel Sharon and the Israeli right wing.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6211.htm

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UN mulls Israel resolution:

But the measure, which diplomats said had broad support on the council, was met with a counter-proposal by the United States, which has regularly blocked council action criticising its close ally Israel.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/19/1084917631588.html

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Powell Distances Himself From President :

With President Bush‚s approval rating hitting record lows and worries about the U.S. occupation of Iraq growing, Secretary of State Colin Powell has been carefully distancing himself from the administration.
www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/5/17/211348.shtml

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Defector lied to U.S. about weapons:

Officials used claims to build war support : The Bush administration helped rally public and congressional support for an Iraq invasion by publicizing the claims of an Iraqi defector, although a lie-detector test indicated he was lying and U.S. intelligence agencies had rejected him as unreliable months earlier.
www.freep.com/news/nw/snitch18_20040518.htm

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U.S. Cardinal Accuses Bush of Moral Failure in Iraq:

A senior American cardinal in the Vatican has accused the U.S. administration of “moral failure” and deception in Iraq and warned the war had severely compromised future relations with the Arab world.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=5180232

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Twelve Russian Soldiers, Police, Killed in Chechnya:

Chechen rebels killed eight Russian soldiers and four pro-Moscow police in a double ambush in the restive province, security officials said on Tuesday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5174359

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ŒDefinitely a Cover-Up‚:

Former Abu Ghraib Intel Staffer Says Army Concealed Involvement in Abuse Scandal
abcnews.go.com/sections/WNT/Investigation/abu_ghraib_cover_up_040518-1.html

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Planners And Abusers Should Be Accountable:

The Pentagon's SAP program allowed Geneva Convention violations in order to terrorize, humiliate, and otherwise torture prisoners of the war in Afghanistan. The primary attribute of this unconscionable and inhumane treatment is its “legitimized” authorization via secrecy in reaction to the need for national security.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6209.htm

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Army, CIA want torture truths exposed :

Efforts at the top level of the Bush administration and the civilian echelon of the Department of Defense to contain the Iraq prison torture scandal and limit the blame to a handful of enlisted soldiers and immediate senior officers have already failed: The scandal continues to metastasize by the day.
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040518-064124-9605r

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For once, it flows uphill: Abu Ghraib meets Guantanamo Bay:

According to Pentagon officials, a very deliberate effort began last autumn to try to figure out why interrogators at Guantanamo Bay extracted far more useful intelligence from captives than those in Iraq.
msnbc.msn.com/id/4962140/

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The Stanford Prison Experiment revisited:

It was one of the most controversial psychological experiments ever done. The infamous Stanford Prison Experiment took only a few days to turn 12 regular men into sadistic prison guards. In fact, the experiment was so shocking, that the leading psychologist asked it never be repeated again.
www.radio.cbc.ca/programs/asithappens/STEAM/prison_050702.htm

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Fake Iraqi Sovereignty:

The US-appointed “Iraqis‰ will have to ask the occupying powers to remain in Iraq to protect them from the Iraqi masses. Indeed, Secretary of State Colin Powell and his State Department “anticipate‰ such request. Most Iraqis consider those appointees as irrelevant traitors serving U.S. interests.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6216.htm

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Power and vainglory: Iraq isn't another Vietnam – it's much worse.

The images of abused prisoners demonstrate not just American depravity, says the philosopher John Gray, but the folly of waging war as a moral crusade
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=522568

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Iraqi Leaders Demand More Powers from Washington:

Iraqi leaders and some of the United States' closest allies in the occupation demanded on Tuesday that Washington relinquish more powers than it intended to the Iraqi government due to regain sovereignty next month.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5183320

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Iraq's 'Sovereignty' Mirage :

What Washington has in mind for Iraq after June 30 doesn't resemble any traditional definition of “sovereignty,” and even key administration officials are disagreeing over such basic questions as whether this “sovereign” government can order foreign troops to leave its territory.
www.consortiumnews.com/2004/051804.html

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Raiding Iraq's Piggy Bank:

If the Bush administration is truly committed to the nation's sovereignty, it should let Iraqis retake control of their own oil revenues.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news1/salon12.htm

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Fewer Iraqis Working on Reconstruction:

Fewer than 25,000 Iraqis are working on projects in the U.S. reconstruction effort, tempering expectations that more than $18 billion in American spending would jump-start Iraq's economy and trigger a surge in goodwill toward the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6207.htm

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Army may send special reserves to active duty involuntarily:

The U.S. Army is scraping up soldiers for duty in Iraq wherever it can find them, and that includes places and people long considered off-limits.
www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/news/politics/8696975.htm

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To the president from a father: Shame on us:

FOR TWO GUYS about the same age, George W. Bush and I do not have much in common. There are, however, two realities we do share: His daughter Barbara and my son Michael both attend Yale. And neither one is about to join the United States armed forces in Iraq. Why not?
www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/05/19/to_the_president_from_a_father_shame_on_us/

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IRS May Help DOD Find Reservists :

The Defense Department, strapped for troops for missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, has proposed to Congress that it tap the Internal Revenue Service to locate out-of-touch reservists.
www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,FL_irs_051804,00.html

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The Shame:

Look, if Americans can be convinced that the President of the United States is even barely literate, they can be convinced of anything.
www.dissidentvoice.org/May2004/Petersen0518-2.htm

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How India funds Bush's campaign:

Until recently, there was a band of more than 100 dedicated call-center executives who were handling Bush's fundraising and vote-seeking campaign for the Republican Party from the outsourcing hubs of Noida and Gurgaon, which adjoin the national capital Delhi.
www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/FE19Df04.html

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Factory Bush Touted Closes; 1,300 Ohioans Jobless:

Last April, President Bush visited a Timken Company manufacturing plant in Ohio to press for passage of new tax cuts that he said would spur the economy. During the speech Bush said that “the future of this company is bright and therefore, the future of employment is bright for the families that work here”1. Less than a year after the tax cuts for the wealthy passed, that same factory is shutting down
www.misleader.org/daily_mislead/Read.asp?fn=df05182004.html

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3 government soldiers, 1 suspected Taliban, killed in battles in Afghanistan
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/cpress/20040518/ca_pr_on_wo/afghan_fighting&cid=2149&ncid=2149

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