Information Clearing House  Digest May 24-28 2004
Date: 28 May 2004

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“ They know we own their country. We own their airspace…We dictate the way they live and talk. And that's what's great about America right now. It's a good thing, especially when there's a lot of oil out there we need.” : US Brig. General William Looney (sic), Washington Post, 24/6/1996

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1 YEAR & 49 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Six allied troops killed during battle in Afghanistan:

At least six allied troops were shot dead by unknown assailants in Paktia province of Afghanistan on Friday during a fierce gunbattle in the border area.
paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=66252

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Five Killed in Clashes with U.S. Forces in Najaf:

Five Iraqis were killed and 14 wounded in clashes between U.S. troops and Shi'ite militiamen in the holy city of Najaf and in nearby Kufa Friday, hospital sources said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5287746

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Two Japanese reporters 'killed' in Iraqi ambush:

Two Japanese journalists have been killed today by militants who ambushed their car with rocket-propelled grenades near Baghdad, according to witnesses.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1-1126264,00.html

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U.S. soldiers attacked during Abu Ghraib prisoner release:

U.S. soldiers escorting a convoy of prisoners released from the Abu Ghraib facility briefly exchanged fire with unknown assailants today after they stopped in the middle of a highway outside the Iraqi capital.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/topstory2/2596969

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Governing Body, U.S. Pick CIA Link Allawi as Iraqi PM

United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, whom Washington had asked to form a new Iraqi government, confirmed the choice of the British-educated neurologist through a spokesman.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5289570

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New Iraqi PM named:

Iyad Allawi, a member of Iraq's U.S.-appointed Governing Council with long-time links to the CIA, has been chosen as prime minister in Iraq's interim government. “There was a meeting of the Governing Council and Dr. Allawi was unanimously chosen as prime minister,” Hani Adris said on Friday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6260.htm

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Colin Powell declined to confirm whether Iyad Allawi will be Iraq's new prime minister:

Other U.S. officials said there was no consensus yet on who would be the prime minister, the key role in a caretaker government that is expected to rule only until elections due by January 2005.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5289225

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Former Iraqi intelligence officer chosen as new leader:

Mr Allawi, is a relative of Ahmad Chalabi, a former Pentagon favourite who has fallen out with Washington, but the two are not regarded as particularly close.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1-1126468,00.html

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In case you missed it:

Iraq Council Member Spends To Win Influence In Washington :

Mr Allawi, a member of Iraq's interim council with long ties to the CIA is undertaking an expensive, carefully crafted strategy to spread his views to influential Americans, an example of how those seeking power in Iraq continue to curry favor in the U.S.
framehosting.dowjonesnews.com/sample/samplestory.asp?StoryID=2004012400040000&Take=1

tinyurl.com/287r7

More on Iyad Allawi
tinyurl.com/2qfkk

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Chalabi-gate: None Dare Call It Treason :

Neocons behind bars? Sounds good to me∑.
antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=2683

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US wants open-ended Iraq commitment:

The US says it will oppose attempts by other members of the United Nations Security Council to set a date for coalition forces to leave Iraq.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1118552.htm

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On the threshold of failure in Iraq :

Can you win in Iraq? I asked one of the key people in the Pentagon. “There's no such concept as victory in the war being waged today in Iraq,” he replied. That differs from what was heard in the past in the Pentagon.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/432496.html

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Bush-lite:

Kerry Calls for More Troops to Bolster U.S. Military:

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry called for increasing the U.S. military by 40,000 troops, probably for a decade, in order ``to match its new missions'' in the war on terror.
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=a9fnN_LBplLs&refer=us

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Suspicion Surrounds Death of Iraqi Scientist in U.S. Custody:

Dr. Qaiss Hassan, who performed the autopsy at Iraq's Forensic Medical Institute, noted in his report that Alazmirli had a massive amount of blood under his scalp.
www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-fg-dead28may28,1,1174224.story?coll=la-headlines-frontpage

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Catch-22 revisited :

The horrors of American military conduct are being documented every day. But one aspect of the leaked US report into prison abuse in Iraq has been little noticed. General Taguba, head of the investigation, painted a picture of an army which can be not only brutal, but is also riddled with incompetence.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1226638,00.html

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Abuses in liberty‚s name:

The fight against terrorism is being carried out purportedly in defense of liberty and democracy. Unfortunately, the biggest victims of this war on terror have turned out to be liberty and democracy.
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=Opinion&OID=52001

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The death-dealing duo :

As he never ceases to remind us, Bush is a bold, decisive leader. He wasn't about to be thwarted in his urgent crusade to sink the United States into a festering pit of depraved brutality — the ideal condition for sustaining the power and privilege of a rapacious elite that regards itself “appointed by God”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6261.htm

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'The American military violence must stop':

A leading Iraqi politician who survived an ambush by gunmen that may have killed her son blamed American troops on Friday for spiralling violence gripping the country.
www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&click_id=2813&art_id=qw1085747760271B262&set_id=6

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Poland denies troop abuse claims:

Records of interviews by US army criminal investigation division agents, obtained by AP, include allegations that forces, including Polish personnel, had beaten prisoners before turning them over to US authorities.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1226972,00.html

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Can't find Iraqis taped in arms plot, Powell says:

“We can't find those guys. I don't know who those guys were. But the tapes were real tapes. We didn't make them up,” Powell said in an interview
www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.powell27may27,0,5688129.story?coll=bal-news-nation

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The arrest of Abu Hamza: So is he a dangerous terrorist – or just a political pawn?

Downing Street was forced to correct a comment made yesterday by Mr Ashcroft, who said that if the cleric was convicted of the hostage-taking charge he could be executed.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/story.jsp?story=525677

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Mosaic: World News Reports FromThe Middle East TV For 05/27/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/2vg3v

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Gold eyes $400 as investors shun dollar:

Gold is firmly back in vogue, with analysts expecting more price gains towards $400 an ounce as a sinking dollar and security worries highlight the metal's status as a safe-haven for investors.
www.forbes.com/markets/newswire/2004/05/27/rtr1386806.html

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Israeli troops kill Palestinian farmer in Gaza:

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian farmer and wounded another woman, Palestinian medics said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/28/content_1496494.htm

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Palestinian Killed in Suicide Car Bombing in Gaza:

A Palestinian militant was killed in a suicide car bombing against an Israeli convoy in an army-patrolled corridor on the Egypt-Gaza border on Friday, officials and witnesses said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5285247

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Turkish PM: Israel a 'terrorist' state:

Turkey's prime minister has labelled Israel a “terrorist” state during a meeting with an Israeli minister in Ankara.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A81ADBFD-6289-4CD2-9AC3-594F0C8702DE.htm

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Don't give up 1967 lands, DeLay tells Israel lobby:

House Majority Whip Tom DeLay suggested that Israel should not withdraw from territory captured in the 1967 war, and he equated Israel's struggle against the Palestinians with the U.S. war on terrorism.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2002/04/24/aipac.htm

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Apocalyptic Revelations:

Why do all of the professionally self- proclaimed Christians — the ones who, like the hypocrites Jesus warned against, pray so loudly in public — prefer the harsh first half of the Bible to the entirely Christian second book?
www.thenation.com/outrage/index.mhtml?bid=6

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Briton says he was held in Israeli dungeon :

A British journalist released from Israeli custody yesterday said that he had been held in a dungeon with excrement on the walls following his arrest on suspicion of espionage.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1226520,00.html

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Pakistan confirms junior officers held in attempt to kill Musharraf:

It was the first official confirmation that anyone from the military was implicated in the attacks
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040528/PAKISTAN28/TPInternational/Asia

tinyurl.com/3fqrc

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Pinochet stripped of immunity:

A Chilean court stripped the country's former dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, of his immunity from prosecution today, paving the way for his trial on human rights charges.
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4935099-111580,00.html

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Italy warns of Bush unrest threat:

Italy has warned of “serious threats” when US President George W Bush visits Rome next week.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3757625.stm

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Ashcroft's job: Scare people into voting for Bush:

Enter John Ashcroft ˆ Mr. Doom and Gloom, himself ˆ with another of his now-familiar warnings about terrorists about to strike the United States.
www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=38696

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Bush shifting terror alarm onto Iraq:

TWO DAYS after President Bush declared Iraq “the central front in the war on terror,” Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller announced that major terrorist attacks are possible this summer — not from Iraq but from operatives of l Qaeda who are already inside the United States.
www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/05/28/bush_shifting_terror_alarm_onto_iraq/

tinyurl.com/399o6

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Some Republicans fear Iraq will color campaigns:

Conn. congressman not afraid to put distance between himself, president
www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20040528/6243868s.htm

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Govt Computer Surveillance Rings Alarm Bells:

Nine months after Congress shut down a controversial Pentagon computer-surveillance program, the U.S. government continues to comb private records to sniff out suspicious activity, according to a congressional report obtained by Reuters.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=569&u=/nm/20040527/tc_nm/tech_surveillance_dc&printer=1

tinyurl.com/2dmnn

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Report: 1 of Every 75 U.S. Men in Prison :

America's inmate population grew by 2.9 percent last year, to almost 2.1 million people, with one of every 75 men living in prison or jail.
www.cbn.com/CBNNews/Wire/040528i.asp

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Absentee ballot law is a joke that isn't funny:

By taking away the witness requirement, the governor and the Legislature not only made it easier for corruption to take place — which in itself is a fairly amazing feat — but they have also made it more difficult to catch.
tinyurl.com/2hbxl

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Getting All Veterans to the Voting Booths:

As veterans we leave the military with medals, ribbons and a national debt of gratitude for our service. However, as result of post-traumatic stress that results high rates of alcoholism, poverty and other collateral hardships, many veterans also find ourselves faced with a felony conviction.
www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=18812

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3 Killed as soldiers fire to disperse Lebanese strikers:

Soldiers fired to disperse an anti-government demonstration, killing three people and wounding eight others yesterday, security and hospital officials said.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/27/1085641654273.html

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US retreats after failing to capture militia chief:

United States forces agreed to withdraw from the Shia holy city of Najaf and end fighting with the militia of the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. In a climbdown by the Americans, who had vowed to kill or capture Sadr, it now appears he will be allowed to remain free. His Army of Mehdi militia will also withdraw under the deal.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=525673

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U.S. troop deaths in Iraq reach 800:

The official death toll of U.S. troops in Iraq reached 800 on Thursday during a month that ranks as the deadliest for National Guard and reserve troops since the war began.
www.knxv.com/shns/story.cfm?pk=IRAQ-DEATHS-05-27-04&cat=AN

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Military Says Oregon Guardsman Was Executed:

Walters was killed by Fedayeen rebels who held him for a couple of hours before pulling him into a room separate from his fellow soldiers and shooting him twice in the back.
www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=67728

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U.S. Will Retain Command of Its Forces in Iraq, Powell Says:

Secretary of State Colin Powell says that after the transfer of sovereignty from the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) to an interim Iraqi government U.S. Forces will work with their Iraqi counterparts but remain under U.S. command.
tinyurl.com/yuue8

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Rhetoric vs. Reality in Iraq:

One of America's biggest problems in Iraq is its enormous credibility gap with Iraqis. Unfortunately, President Bush widened that disconnect this week by promising “full sovereignty” to an interim government on June 30.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0528/p08s01-comv.html

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Preventive Warriors:

We play an excerpt from the new documentary “Preventive Warriors” examining how Bush has rewritten the rules of war. We hear from Chomsky, Chalmers Johnson, Tariq Ali and others.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6259.htm

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U.S.: Cleric Tried to Start Terror Camp :

A fiery Muslim cleric was arrested Thursday in Britain and accused of trying to build a terrorist training camp in Oregon. The United States will almost certainly have to rule out the death penalty to get England to hand Abu Hamza al-Masri, 47, over for trial.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-4140115,00.html

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Drug causing GIs permanent brain damage :

Six U.S. soldiers have been diagnosed by the military with permanent brain damage from an anti-malaria drug used in Iraq and Afghanistan, and health officials must reassess its safety, a U.S. senator said.
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040526-105156-8460r

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Reserve recruiters' tactic may skirt edge of deception:

Bryan Martinez thought his military service was over when he left the Army Reserves in 2000. But on Monday, the 26-year-old boat rigger from Fort Walton Beach got a phone call that threatened to shatter the life he and his wife had built together.
www.sptimes.com/2004/05/27/State/Reserve_recruiters__t.shtml

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Some Question Florida National Guard's Recruiting Methods:

Some Florida National Guard recruiters are warning inactive reservists that they risk being reactivated and sent to Iraq unless they enlist in their local Guard unit, a controversial tactic also being reported in other states trying to bolster their enlistment numbers.
www.news4jax.com/news/3354532/detail.html

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National Guard's Family Assistance Centers:

America‚s Second Harvest today announced a new collaborative effort with the National Guard to make sure that the families of active National Guard units and families needing food assistance can find information about local hunger-relief agencies at Family Assistance Centers across the country.
www.secondharvest.org/site_content.asp?s=595

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Anti-war activists ordered away from school:

Mills High School officials on Wednesday morning ordered an anti-war organization urging high school students to say “no” to military recruiters to leave the sidewalk in front of the school, where the group was passing out flyers to teens.
www.sanmateocountytimes.com/Stories/0,1413,87~11268~2175412,00.html

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Looking the other way from Gaza destruction:

The Bush administration's war in Iraq has been the perfect cover for Israel's move against the Palestinian refugee camps in Gaza.
www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20040527/news_lz1e27golds.html

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Filmmaker Moore says he has Berg footage:

The footage, of an interview with Berg, “is approximately 20 minutes long. Neither Moore nor his representatives would describe the nature or contents of the interview with Berg, who held staunch pro-war views.
www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-05-27-moore-berg-footage_x.htm

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1 YEAR & 48 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Three Marines killed in action in western Iraq:

A statement from the command said the deaths occurred in Anbar province “while conducting security and stability operations.” No further details were released due to security, the statement added.
www.magicvalley.com/news/worldnation/index.asp?StoryID=9048

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$191B for Wars:

President Bush and Congress have so far provided $191 billion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and defensive military operations at home, and about two-thirds of the money has been spent or is owed, White House figures show.
www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/news/breaking_news/8767404.htm

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Bush Plan Eyes Cuts for Schools, Veterans:

The Bush administration has told officials who oversee federal education, domestic security, veterans and other programs to prepare preliminary 2006 budgets that would cut spending after the presidential election, according to White House documents.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4139732,00.html

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UN fury over Bush attempts to install PM:

The Bush administration was accused yesterday of undermining the work of the UN envoy attempting to put together an interim Iraqi government
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=525308

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Richard Perle: U.S. war policy 'grave error':

This public criticism of U.S. policy from one of the leading advocates of the war ˜ and a firm political ally of U.S. President George W. Bush ˜ indicates just how much Bush's political fortunes are being damaged by post-war chaos.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6254.htm

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The Bush orthodoxy is in shreds:

At a conservative thinktank in downtown Washington, and across the Potomac at the Pentagon, FBI agents have begun paying quiet calls on prominent neoconservatives, who are being interviewed in an investigation of potential espionage, according to intelligence sources. Who gave Ahmed Chalabi classified information about the plans of the US government and military?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6255.htm

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Iraqi dissidents: Down, far from out:

US friend-to-foe Ahmad Chalabi is now being blamed for Washington's poor intelligence leading up to the Iraq war. This overlooks the fact that the leading candidate for Iraq's premiership, Hussain al-Shahristani, should also shoulder some blame.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FE28Ak02.html

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The price of empire :

What began on the wings of lofty moral tones is crashing into the mountain of war‚s hideous debris, much of it — from the deaths of yet uncounted civilians and soldiers to the abuse of prisoners — singularly immoral.
ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2004b/052804/052804y.php

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Shooting itself in the foot:

Does the American neocon junta have any idea at all as to what is happening in Iraq, and to the Iraqi people? If they have any sense of what the Iraqis are going through, and what they feel
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_27-5-2004_pg3_4

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The fall of the vulcans :

Iraq may spell the end of an evangelical belief in American military power. Iraq has turned into a disastrous defeat for America and Britain. All the current debate is essentially about damage limitation.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1225390,00.html

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Al-Sadr army pullout from Najaf on hold:

Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr's offer to withdraw his troops from the holy city of Najaf is on hold until US occupation authorities agree to truce terms.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3A281A63-CA34-4258-8E22-3C175AEFE5BE.htm

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New photos show Abu Ghraib tactics:

Naked Iraqis interrogated aggressively in images: In one of the photos, a U.S. soldier can be seen pressing his knee into the neck of one of the three prisoners, who have been forced to huddle together on the floor.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5032107/

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Rape at Abu Ghraib:

Practically ignored in the Abu Ghraib torture scandal are the Iraqi female prisoners who have told their attorneys they were raped by U.S. soldiers.
www.villagevoice.com/issues/0421/mondo2.php

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In case you missed it:

Bush calls for Saddam execution:

“I mean, he is a torturer, a murderer, they had rape rooms. This is a disgusting tyrant who deserves justice, the ultimate justice.”
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3326311.stm

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Opposition Growing to U.S. Exemption on Global Court:

The United States may not have enough U.N. votes to exempt American soldiers from prosecution by a new global criminal court, with China now questioning the action in view of the prison scandal in Iraq, diplomats said on Thursday
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5277445

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Thirty-five percent of Americans say torture is acceptable :

50% believe the U.S. government, uses torture as a matter of policy
dailynews.att.net/cgi-bin/news?e=pub&dt=040527&cat=frontpage&st=frontpagetorture_poll_040527&src=abc

tinyurl.com/3b8m7

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“The Bright Side of War” :

It is certainly nice to know that even though people are being killed, maimed, and made to act out scenes from porn videos, American workers in small towns are prospering making vehicles, equipment, and clothing for the troops.
baltimorechronicle.com/052604FalseReasoning.shtml

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Kissinger records offer parallels to war in Iraq:

Transcripts reveal effort to suppress atrocities by U.S.: News had just broken of an unimaginable atrocity committed by U.S. soldiers, and the secretary of defense and the national security adviser debated whether there was any way to stop newspapers and TV news programs from showing graphic photos of the victims.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2594306

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America Has Put Us All In Danger:

GEORGE Bush's war on terror has caused the worst human rights abuses in 50 years, campaigners claimed yesterday.
tinyurl.com/35q4d

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John Pilger: Another fake:

Will journalists allow Blair to get away with yet another charade? Or will they ask why Article 7 of the statute of the International Criminal Court, to which Britain is a signatory, is not being invoked? This makes clear that British and American behaviour in Iraq is categorised under “crimes against humanity”, for which the ultimate responsibility lies, as ever, at the top.
www.newstatesman.com/site.php3?newTemplate=NSArticle_People&newDisplayURN=200405310014

tinyurl.com/2n9ju

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Soldier left brain damaged after playing unruly prisoner at Guantánamo :

A UNITED States soldier claims he was left brain damaged by a beating he received while posing as an un-cooperative prisoner at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp in Cuba.
thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=602732004

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America's Only Decent Way Out Of Iraq:

I believe America can get out of Iraq and save face at the same time; it‚s not that difficult.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6258.htm

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Ashcroft: al Qaeda 90 percent ready to attack:

Terrorists will 'Hit the United States hard'
abclocal.go.com/wjrt/news/052604_AP_r2_impending_terror_attack.html?DCMP=EMC-wjrt

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Background information On Ashcrofts summer “suspect” list:
inn.globalfreepress.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=290

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Al-Qaeda's strength highlights urgent need for changes in US policy:

Before the United States invaded Iraq, wise heads warned that far from being a decisive blow in the US-led global “war on terror,” this latest adventure would only fuel international terrorism.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&article_id=4484&categ_id=17

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Chalmers Johnson: The Sorrows of Empire Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic:

Former CIA analyst and retired University of California professor Chalmers Johnson examines the concept of blowback — the unintended costs and consequences of American imperialism and how it is connected to the Sept. 11 attacks.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/26/150229

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Analysts Say U.S. Threat Warning Is Back-Covering:

Stung by accusations that the Bush administration ignored key intelligence in the run-up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, officials may now be issuing warnings to prove to Americans they are on the ball this time, say terrorism analysts on both sides of the political fence.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040526/pl_nm/security_threat_politics_dc_1

tinyurl.com/2yjtw

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More “Washington whispers‰ about possible pre-election terrorist attack:

Two pieces published in the press in recent days point to a continuing discussion within the political elite in the US about the electoral consequences of a pre-election terrorist attack. Top officials ponder how such an attack would affect the outcome of the elections.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6256.htm

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In case you missed it?:

Calculating the Politics of Catastrophe :

It is the nightmarish, unpredictable event that both the Bush and Kerry campaigns obsess about in private, yet rarely discuss in public. How would another terror attack before the presidential election, even one that proves a pale shadow of Sept. 11, affect the way voters view the president or his challenger?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6257.htm

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Terrorism now a growth industry:

Unfazed, the Bush administration forges ahead with its “war on terrorism”, and its master terror watch list has swollen to 5 million names. Yet the real terrorist threat has been mostly fueled by US policies.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FE28Ak03.html

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Envoy: Iraq Scientist Doesn't Want PM Job :

With only a few days left, the U.N.-led hunt for candidates to fill the 30 posts in a new interim Iraqi government heated up Wednesday, but a nuclear scientist who had been jailed by Saddam Hussein took himself out of the competition for the top job of prime minister.
www.fredericksburg.com/News/apmethods/apstory?urlfeed=D82QGLK01.xml

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The New Draft U.N. Resolution Allows for Perpetual Occupation:

Fox to Guard Henhouse – Subject to Periodic Review by Fox
www.commondreams.org/views04/0526-09.htm

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'From Mistake to Mistake':

A leading Shiite cleric discusses Iraq, suicide bombers, U.S. elections˜and why he thinks George W. Bush should see a psychiatrist
msnbc.msn.com/id/4961854/

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Bush administration has used 27 rationales for war in Iraq, study says:

If it seems that there have been quite a few rationales for going to war in Iraq, that‚s because there have been quite a few ˆ 27, in fact, all floated between Sept. 12, 2001, and Oct. 11, 2002, according to a new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
www.news.uiuc.edu/news/04/0510war.html

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Uncovering the Rationales for the War on Iraq:

The Words of the Bush Administration, Congress, and the Media from September 12, 2001 to October 11, 2002‰
www.pol.uiuc.edu/news/largio.htm

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UK: MPs 'gagged' over radical cleric

An inquiry is being launched into claims MPs are being stopped from discussing the possible deportation of controversial Muslim cleric Abu Hamza.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3664707.stm

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Amnesty slams 'bankrupt' vision of US in damning report:

The United States has proved “bankrupt of vision and bereft of principle” in its fight against terrorism and invasion of Iraq, human rights group Amnesty International charged
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/26/1085461837418.html

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Mosaic: World News Reports FromThe Middle East TV For 05/26/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East
tinyurl.com/2trst

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Sarin Shells Made Before 1991 War:

The 155-mm shells containing sarin gas that exploded in Iraq May 17 were manufactured before 1991, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.
www.wokr13.tv/news/national/story.aspx?content_id=83E2BD4A-5F1C-4E84-9166-4E3A8E847643

tinyurl.com/28zf8

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Bush's Iraq: almost unrecognizable :

The Iraq that bleeds all over our newspapers and TV screens all day is a place of bitter, brutal divisions that go back hundreds of years and seem to be getting deeper daily. But in the country the president talked about, “Iraqis are united in a broad and deep conviction.
www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/david_sarasohn/index.ssf?%2Fbase%2Feditorial%2F1085572918161311.xml

tinyurl.com/2sxmv

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Bush and Sharon: The Oil Connection:

On its face, President George Bush's recent endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's land grab in the occupied territories makes little sense.
www.counterpunch.com/hallinan05262004.html

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How Palestine is dying in Iraq:

“The more aggressive the [Iraq] attack is, the more it will help Israel against the Palestinians. The understanding would be that what is good to do in Iraq, is also good for here.” Gideon Ezra, Israeli cabinet minister
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FE27Ak01.html

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Israeli troops kill Palestinian in Gaza:

Israeli troops have shot dead two unarmed Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in separate incidents, Palestinian witnesses and medics say.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=518124&section=news

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Israel lays claim to Palestine's water :

Under an agreement signed a decade ago as part of the Oslo accord, four-fifths of the West Bank's water is allocated to Israel, though the aquifers that supply it are largely replenished by water falling onto Palestinian territory.
www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99995037

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Remarks by Al Gore:

George W. Bush promised us a foreign policy with humility. Instead, he has brought us humiliation in the eyes of the world. He promised to “restore honor and integrity to the White House.” Instead, he has brought deep dishonor to our country .
www.moveonpac.org/goreremarks052604.html/

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Win Without War Calls for End of U.S. Occupation, Setting of Date for Withdrawal of Troops from Iraq:

Fire Rumsfeld and Others, Let People of Iraq Govern Selves, Says Nation‚s Largest Anti-War Coalition
www.commondreams.org/news2004/0527-01.htm

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Conspiracy to Commit War Crimes:

President George W. Bush knew for over two years that his administration has been promoting policies that qualify as war crimes under the 1996 federal War Crimes Act, the international Third Geneva Convention, and the Torture Convention.
www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=750

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In case you missed it:

US finds strange bedfellows in UN vote on torture:

April 19, 2002 : — PARIS – The United States has aligned itself with some of its fiercest and least democratic enemies in opposing efforts to strengthen an international treaty that outlaws torture, according to diplomatic sources.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1019.htm

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More on Morons and War Crimes:

There are two big things going on simultaneously, they are related, and they are a basis to believe that accusing the US Government's top-ranking morons of war crimes is worth the time and effort. They are:
www.counterpunch.com/stephens05262004.html

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New Transcripts Point to U.S. Role in Chile Coup:

Henry Kissinger told President Richard Nixon days after the 1973 coup in Chile the United States helped create the conditions for the ouster of socialist President Salvador Allende, newly declassified transcripts showed on Wednesday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5267482

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Rights group: Genocide in Sudan :

The Sudanese government is continuing a campaign of ethnic cleansing in the western region of Darfur, an international rights group has claimed.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/25E374F3-9E2F-475E-9656-BEB625635FBB.htm

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Pending Draft Legislation Targeted for Spring 2005:

There is pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills: S 89 and HR 163) which will time the program's initiation so the draft can begin at early as Spring 2005 — just after the 2004 presidential election.
www.congress.org/congressorg/issues/alert/?alertid=5834001&content_dir=ua_congressorg

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National Guard living in unprotected tents at Iraq base:

Regular Army soldiers in Iraq sleep in fortified accommodations while National Guard troops are in unprotected tents and using filthy showers, according to e-mail messages from several North Carolina soldiers.
www.wilmingtonstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040526/APN/405260687&cachetime=5

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Countries under scrutiny:

Amnesty International reports human rights abuses in the following countries in its 2004 annual report
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1225028,00.html

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Bush's health care scam:

IF THE MESS in Iraq and the high price of oil were not crowding out other election year issues, health care would top the list. Premium costs keep increasing, out-of-pocket charges keep being shifted onto consumers, and the number of uninsured is at an all-time high.
www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/05/27/bushs_health_care_scam/

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Taliban fighters killed in US raid:

At least 20 suspected Taliban fighters have been killed in US air strikes in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials have said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F713FCBB-062D-45B2-B997-1A1CBCA4392A.htm

tinyurl.com/2lfk9

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Nine killed in Iraq fighting:

At least nine Iraqis were killed and 19 injured, mostly civilians, in fighting between US forces and fighters loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Najaf and neighboring Kufa.
tinyurl.com/2rnn8

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4 killed in attack on bus near Baghdad :

Two Russian civilian contractors were among four people killed and another six Russian workers were wounded when their bus was attacked by unknown militiamen near Baghdad today, the Foreign Ministry said here.
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/003200405261824.htm

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Three Iraqis killed in car blast as US forces nab al Sadr brother-in-law :

Three Iraqis were killed and 18 others injured, including a senior police officer, when a car bomb detonated at Balad Ruz, 75 kilometres northeast of Baghdad.
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=277630&lang=e&dir=news

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Bomb blast at Pakistan port kills two people, injures five:

A parcel bomb exploded Tuesday at a checkpoint in the port area of the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, killing at least two people and injuring five
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2004-05-25-pakistan-blast_x.htm

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US snubs Blair call for Iraqi veto on attacks:

Tony Blair's call for a new Iraqi government to have a veto over coalition military operations after a hand-over of power at the end of next month was rebuffed in Washington last night.
tinyurl.com/2z2jq

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Talk of independence but US wants to keep Iraq on a leash:

Behind the rhetoric, one thing is clear: the Americans intend to retain control
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/26/1085461830629.html

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Dead were civilians, Israeli army admits:

The Israeli army admitted last night for the first time that at least seven of the people killed in last Wednesday's demonstration here were unarmed civilians.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=524676

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100 Palestinian children killed by Israeli Occupation Forces in 2003:

Amnesty International's newly-released annual report charged Wednesday that the Israeli Occupation Forces killed some 600 Palestinians, including more than 100 children, between January and December 2003.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/431892.html

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Palestine, occupation and self-criticism:

Israeli politicians have for decades been known to severely criticise their own government's heavy-handed approach to Palestine.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9810F710-617B-4CB3-BEC4-71060CEF21F0.htm

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Through the heart:

Israel's 100km 'security barrier' makes life a misery, and a two-state solution a virtual impossibility
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1224701,00.html

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Wider Iraqi abuse shown:

Pentagon memos portray assaults: A wider range of Iraqi detainee abuses by American soldiers across the Iraq war zone is chronicled in Pentagon records obtained by The Denver Post, from electric shocks to threats of execution using gun play.
www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~11676~2171751,00.html

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Iraq abuse insider disciplined:

Unlike early reports suggesting the abuses were failings by individual soldiers, Provance said that interrogators at the prison viewed sleep deprivation, stripping inmates naked and threatening them with dogs as normal ways of dealing with “the enemy”.
dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story.jsp?sectionid=1274&storyid=1389734

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Robert Fisk: Follow torture trail at Abu Ghraib:

The re-writing of Iraqi history is now going on at supersonic speed
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6251.htm

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General Is Said To Have Urged Use of Dogs :

A U.S. Army general dispatched by senior Pentagon officials to bolster the collection of intelligence from prisoners in Iraq last fall inspired and promoted the use of guard dogs there to frighten the Iraqis, according to sworn testimony by the top U.S. intelligence officer at the Abu Ghraib prison.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55703-2004May25.html

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US general overseeing prisons says she was 'set up,' suspended:

Karpinski said she was notified in an e-mail yesterday that she was being suspended from duty, but has not yet been given a formal explanation.
tinyurl.com/2uq8h

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Soldiers Reprimanded for Abusing Iraqis :

Four U.S. soldiers have been reprimanded for forcing Iraqi prisoners to jump in the Tigris River last year, a military spokesman said Tuesday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4131565,00.html

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Welcome To The Gulag:

Army kept whistle-blower in locked psychiatric ward :

The Army kept a soldier whistle-blower in a locked psychiatric ward at its top medical center for nearly two weeks despite concern from some medical staff that he be released, according to medical records. The Army then charged him nearly $6,000 for the stay at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, billing records show.
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040525-111343-1697r

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U.S. using some Iraqis as bargaining chips:

Iraqi woman says U.S. imprisoned her husband – and said he'd go free when her father surrenders
tinyurl.com/2by3z

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A continuing education at Abu Ghraib University:

Shocking images are teaching hubristic Americans an overdue lesson: the difference between guilt and shame
www.taipeitimes.com/News/edit/archives/2004/05/26/2003157028

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'Kill 'em all: It's open season on 'military-age males' in Iraq': MAMs Are Back:
www.counterpunch.org/goff05242004.html

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Amnesty condemns 'War on Terror':

Amnesty International charged the US on Wednesday with sacrificing basic human rights in the blind pursuit of security.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/EEE7ED4B-2E82-45DA-84C7-13CB95C9E907.htm

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Gore To Call For Resignation Of Bush Team:

Former Vice President Al Gore will deliver a major foreign policy address in New York City on Wednesday, sponsored by MoveOn PAC, calling for the resignation of five members of the Bush Administration team and one member of the military command responsible for the failed policy and abuse of prisoners in Iraq.
www.algoredemocrats.com/news/gnn/EplVVppyFpiBavEuYB.shtml

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Impeach Bush, Nader says :

Bush's actions “rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors,” Nader said in a speech Monday to the Council on Foreign Relations in Manhattan, employing the language in the U.S. Constitution that provides the grounds for removal of a president.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=521793.html

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$4,000: This is Your Bill for the War :

“At a time when civilian budgets are being cut at every level, when clinics are closing and professors at our public universities have to pay for their own photocopying because there's allegedly not enough money, it's amazing how much we're spending,”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6253.htm

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Bush Sr.'s Iraq-Iran Secrets:

Former President George H.W. Bush should sit down his son, George W. Bush, and level with him about the real history of U.S. relations with Iraq, Iran and Israel‚s Likud Party ˆ even if the father has to admit to illegal and unethical conduct in the process.
www.consortiumnews.com/2004/052504.html

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Terrorists Planning Summer Attack:

U.S. officials have obtained new intelligence deemed highly credible indicating al-Qaida or other terrorists are in the United States and preparing to launch a major attack this summer, The Associated Press has learned.
www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/bw-exec/2004/may/25/052505443.html

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U.S. to Release Photos of Possible Attack Planners:

The U.S. will release photos of suspected terrorists as it girds against potential al-Qaeda attacks within the U.S. in coming months, according to a government official.
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aDmKztO17XwA&refer=us

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Drug Smuggler Claims He May Have Snuck 9/11 Hijackers into US:

An Iranian man recently convicted of drug trafficking, is also suspected of money laundering and smuggling people from Iraq, Iran, Syria and Jordan into the United States. According to federal court documents
tinyurl.com/yve23

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Al-Qaeda has more than 18,000 potential terrorist around the world, think tank warns :

Far from being crippled by the U.S.-led war on terror, al-Qaeda has more than 18,000 potential terrorists scattered around the world and the war in Iraq is swelling its ranks, a report said Tuesday.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/terror/20040525-1410-al-qaida.html

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Occupation made world less safe, pro-war institute says:

The US and British occupation of Iraq has accelerated recruitment to the ranks of Osama bin Laden's terrorist network and made the world a less safe place, according to a leading London-based think-tank.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=524939

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Strategic Survey 2003/4:

John Chipman, Director of the IISS, presented the highlights and some of the main arguments of the new edition of Strategic Survey
www.iiss.org/

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Mehdi Army Grows as Tempers Rage Over ŒWedding Massacre‚ :

Men in the Sadr City area of Baghdad rushed yesterday to join the Mehdi Army, a militia force loyal to rebel cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr. The recruitment surge followed bloody overnight fighting here that left many Iraqis dead.
newstandardnews.net/content/?action=show_item&itemid=406

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“In Our Name‰ in Solidarity with the Iraqi People:

The global peace movement who courageously opposed the invasion of Iraq should declare its solidarity with the Iraqi people in fighting a colonial occupation army, and U.S. imperialism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6252.htm

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Mosaic: World News Reports FromThe Middle East TV For 05/25/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East
tinyurl.com/24qmt

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Australia: Hear no evil, see no evil, don't look hard and cover up the mess:

An Australian military lawyer in Baghdad knew as early as October about allegations of prisoner abuse in Iraqi jails and had reported it to his superiors.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/26/1085461836378.html

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Burma tells US to 'stop lecturing':

Burma's military leaders have said the United States must stop lecturing them about democracy.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3742955.stm

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Classmates on trial for 'torture' of pupil:

The 11 pupils, aged between 16 and 18, went on trial yesterday, facing between them a 31-page list of charges that include beating, kicking and sexually humiliating their victim, identified only as Dieter, 18.
www.guardian.co.uk/germany/article/0,2763,1224766,00.html

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Chalabi 'boasted of Iranian spy link' :

Iraqi accused by CIA made claim in 1997, says Scott Ritter.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1224916,00.html

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Here's how Iran might triumph in Iraq:

My plan is working well. When I, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the ruler of Iran, launched my plan to get you Americans to do our work for us – to destroy our personal enemy, Saddam Hussein, and also to destroy our historic enemy, the country of Iraq – I could only pray that my plan would work so quickly. Our weapon of mass destruction, of course, was Ahmad Chalabi.
tinyurl.com/2ltt2

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New York Times: we were wrong on Iraq :

The New York Times today issued an extraordinary mea culpa over its coverage of Iraq, admitting it had been misled about the presence of weapons of mass destruction by sources including the controversial Iraqi leader Ahmad Chalabi.
media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,14173,1225090,00.html?=ticker

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This Made Ashcroft Gag:

Details of a Florida drug case may well shed light on the claims of an FBI translator who says the agency covered up evidence warning of the 9-11 attack.
www.villagevoice.com/issues/0421/mondo1.php

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U.S. Nearing Deal on Way to Track Foreign Visitors:

The Department of Homeland Security is on the verge of awarding the biggest contract in its young history for an elaborate system that could cost as much as $15 billion and employ a network of databases to track visitors to the United States long before they arrive.
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/24/politics/24VISI.html?th

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Green Card Recruits Get a Raw Deal, Critics Say :

‰It was not speculative that he felt forced to participate in war crimes,‰ said Todd Ensign, one of Mejia's attorneys. ‰He was there for five months, seeing these things first-hand. He had a duty under international law not to return to the Gulf.‰
www.ipsnews.net/africa/interna.asp?idnews=23899

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Poland to cut Iraq troops presence early next year: minister:

Poland wants to “significantly reduce” its military presence in Iraq after next January
www.spacewar.com/2004/040525103235.vffgcxk7.html

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Phony “War on Terrorism” :

The so-called “War on Terrorism” is predicated on the assumption that the attack of 9/11 was a simple wanton act of baseless terror, instead of a retaliatory attack against the United States for financing 50 years of the wholesale murder of Palestinians and theft of their land.
tinyurl.com/2no2x

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Democrats dodge anti-war bullets:

The majority of Colorado Democrats at the party's state convention over the weekend rejected a resolution to bring American soldiers home from Iraq now.
www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~417~2169307,00.html

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Pakistan foils US bid to recruit security men for Iraq:

Pakistan has closed down two illegal recruitment facilities in Lahore and Rawalpindi allegedly being used by some US civil and military contractors to recruit Pakistani ex-servicemen for non-combatant security operations in Iraq
www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en65746&F_catID=&f_type=source

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Kissinger tape: Nixon too drunk to take call:

Five days into the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, with the superpowers on the brink of confrontation, President Nixon was too drunk to discuss the crisis with the British prime minister, according to newly released transcripts of tape recordings.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2593361

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Federal Court OKs Oregon's Assisted Suicide Law:

A federal appeals court ordered the Bush administration not to meddle with a state's assisted suicide law, ruling today that doctors in Oregon may prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients.
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-052604oregon_wr,1,5701914.story?coll=la-home-headlines

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Nevada Nuclear tests might resume :

Local and national military watchdogs say all indications are that President Bush, if re-elected, would begin testing some types of nuclear weapons before the end of the decade at the NTS, located about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas and upwind of Utah.
deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,595064453,00.html

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Spanish police: We told the FBI the fingerprints weren't Mayfield's :

Spanish police told the FBI all along that they doubted the fingerprints on a plastic bag containing detonators like those used in the Madrid train bombing belonged to the Oregon lawyer wrongly arrested in the case, an official said today.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001939067_webmayfield26.html

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Senior Iraqi Politician Assassinated in Kirkuk:
A senior politician representing Iraq's minority Turkmen population was assassinated by gunmen late on Monday as he left his office in the tense Iraqi city of Kirkuk, police said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5245412

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Iraqi leader says plan from U.S. falls short :

The president of the Iraqi Governing Council said that a proposed U.S.-British blueprint submitted to the United Nations for a postoccupation Iraq fell short of expectations.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=521643.html

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Iraq: No ŒSovereignty Lite‚:

“There is no such thing as Œsovereignty lite.‚ If the new Iraqi government doesn‚t have ultimate authority and responsibility for the security of the Iraqi people, then it is not truly sovereign.”
www.hrw.org/english/docs/2004/05/24/iraq8613.htm

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Reuters reveals details of journalists abused in Iraq:

The account of what happened to the Reuters journalist and a fellow NBC cameraman at the military camp near Fallujah makes for shocking reading and paints a picture of widespread and systematic abuse of prisoners taken by US forces in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6246.htm

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Ex-U.S. Marine: I Killed Civilians in Iraq:

Ex-Marine Staff Sergeant Jimmy Massey talks about his time in Iraq where he admitted the U.S. treatment of Iraqi civilians is fueling the Iraqi resistance. In a recent interview he said “I felt like we were committing genocide in Iraq.” Audio and transcript
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/24/148212

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Soldier claims he was beaten as part of training at Guantanamo:

A former military police officer said in a television interview broadcast Monday that he was severely beaten while posing as a detainee during a January 2003 training exercise at Guantanamo Bay.
cbs11tv.com/national/Soldier-Guantanamo-aa/resources_news_html

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Israeli Agents Believed Involved in Abu Ghraib:

It was explained that the Israelis involved have been assigned as “civilian contractors” to work with Coalition forces in interrogating Iraqi POWs.
www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/5/24/131401.shtml

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Sanchez to get his marching orders:

An article in The Washington Post on Sunday quoted a military lawyer as saying that a captain at the jail was expected to testify that General Sanchez was at the prison during some “interrogations and/or allegations of the prisoner abuse”
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/26/1085461768378.html

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Opposition grows against U.S. demand for war crimes prosecutions exemption :

The United States faces growing opposition to its request for a new exemption for American peacekeepers from international prosecution for war crimes, with human rights groups arguing that it is not only illegal but unjustified in the face of the prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq.
www.cbc.ca/cp/world/040522/w052206.html

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'Gaps and Discrepancies':

In a letter obtained by NEWSWEEK, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence committee questions the 'candor and accuracy' of Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller's testimony about Iraqi prisoner abuse
msnbc.msn.com/id/5052743/site/newsweek/

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Still wrong :

Somewhere there is a ticking timebomb, about to explode and kill several thousand innocent civilians. Is it at the airport? On a crowded train? Time is running out. If you torture the suspect – cut off his fingers, beat him, or slice open his nostrils – he may “crack” and tell you where the other bomb is. So, should you prepare to maim your prisoner in the search for the truth?
www.guardian.co.uk/leaders/story/0,3604,1223782,00.html

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America's brutal culture of unseen oppression:

The maltreatment of Iraqi detainees and Muslim “terrorists” dehumanises not just those who man the cages and take the callous photos, but also the society in whose name the cages were built and the guards recruited. The moral values of governments bear directly on the reputations of all citizens.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6249.htm

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Andy Rooney: Our Darkest Days Are Here :

In the history of the world, several great civilizations that seemed immortal have deteriorated and died. I don't want to seem dramatic tonight, but I've lived a long while, and for the first time in my life, I have this faint, faraway fear that it could happen to us here in America as it happened to the Greek and Roman civilizations.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6250.htm

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US on path of self-destruction :

Americans are blind to sane advice as they are power-hungry to the core. Is America on the fast lane of losing its sole authoritarian voice and military strength? We will wait for a decade or so. The Kalachakra is smiling at emerging powers China and India.
newstodaynet.com/25may/ss1.htm

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Zinni: Criticism of Iraq war not spurred by anti-Semitism:

Retired General Anthony Zinni, the Bush administration's former envoy to the Middle East, charged this week that the administration launched the war in Iraq partly for Israel's sake.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/431562.html

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Iraqis fail to regain control of oil revenue:

The latest Iraqi attempts to recover control of the country's oil revenues from the United States appear to have hit a dead end with a special delegation being rebuffed in its bid to secure UN help.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9E21D088-7317-45DF-BE62-7CE8BEB830B1.htm

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Iraqis Say U.S. Soldiers Steal During House Raids:

“It's a huge problem, almost everyone has something to say about gold, money and other valuables going missing and they don't believe they'll ever get them back,”
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5250466

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Her Son Was Told by the Recruiter He Wouldn't See Combat; Now He's Dead:

Seth, who had no training with explosives, was assigned to find enemy remote-controlled bombs. He would then call in experts to deactivate them.
www.counterpunch.org/weill05222004.html

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US intelligence fears Iran duped hawks into Iraq war :

An urgent investigation has been launched in Washington into whether Iran played a role in manipulating the US into the Iraq war by passing on bogus intelligence through Ahmad Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress, it emerged yesterday.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1224075,00.html

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Exit Chalabi: The diplomatic art of dumping friends :

The fall from grace of Ahmad Chalabi, is being described as an error of judgment belatedly corrected. But this is not an isolated incident of the United States making a mistake in its choice of overseas friend, nor of deserting him.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=521681.html

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Did the Washington Post Create Ahmed Chalabi:

When Iraqi and US agents sift through documents and computer files from Thursday‚s raid of Ahmed Chalabi‚s home and Iraqi National Congress office in Baghdad, it‚s likely that they will find plenty of communications with the Washington Post and New York Times.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6245.htm

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Revisited – The Real Reasons for the Upcoming War With Iraq:

Although completely unreported by the U.S. media and government, the answer to the Iraq enigma is simple yet shocking — it is in large part an oil currency war.
www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/RRiraqWar.html

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Afghanistan, the war the world forgot:

Three years after the overthrow of the Taliban and George Bush's declaration of victory in the first conflict in the war on terror, Afghanistan is a nation on the edge of anarchy.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=524675

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Mosaic: World News Reports FromThe Middle East TV For 05/24/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6248.htm

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40 die in trail of devastation:

Residents here are surveying the devastation from a week-long Israeli offensive which left more than 40 people dead and scores of homes destroyed. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) said that more than 1650 Rafah residents were homeless.
www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,9661692%255E912,00.html

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Uri Avnery: All This…for What?:

The Rape of Rafah: What evil spirit possessed the Prime Minister and the Chief of Staff to start a big military operation in a territory that the army is supposed to leave at any moment?
jang.com.pk/thenews/may2004-daily/25-05-2004/world/w6.htm

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They must pay the price :

On a day when bodies of children were being stuffed into a big refrigerator used to store potatoes, and when thousands of homeless people were fleeing for their lives, life in Israel went on as usual, as though what was happening in Rafah was not being done in the name of the country's citizens.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/430575.html

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U.S. Congressman Lantos defends IDF raid on Rafah:

A visiting U.S. Democratic legislator on Monday defended Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip and praised Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from Gaza.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/431499.html

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Iraq and the Christian Zionists:

To understand what is happening in the Middle East, wrote George Monbiot in The Guardian of London recently, you must first understand what is happening in the U.S., where evangelical Christians are driving President Bush's policies.
www.palmbeachpost.com/opinion/content/auto/epaper/editions/sunday/opinion_04ead84b048462c10012.html

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In Line for the Rapture:

It was an e-mail we weren't meant to see. Not for our eyes were the notes that showed White House staffers taking two-hour meetings with Christian fundamentalists
www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=18780

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Oregon Lawyer Speaks Out About His Ordeal :

For the first time since his arrest, Brandon Mayfield spoke of the humiliation he underwent as he sat for two weeks in jail, falsely suspected of being involved in the Spain terrorist attacks.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-4130114,00.html

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Fascism “can't happen here”:

Americans labor under the delusion that fascism “can't happen here” because of the nation's history as an open, democratic society.
dneiwert.blogspot.com/2004_05_16_dneiwert_archive.html#108529693168032263

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Go to Hell, Bush!!! :

Bush is as insane as Hitler was. Recent articles have confirmed this. Those articles reveal Bush sees himself as a great Christian warrior in Armageddon. It is evident every time he speaks about the axis of evil.
www.cmaq.net/fr/node.php?id=16912

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US journalists face credibility gap:

How financial pressures affect journalists
media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,14173,1224127,00.html

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Of Rats and Men:

For some time, right-wing commentators have been watching troubled waters slop over the gunwale of our foundering ship of state. They are finally deserting. Their collective retreat to safety and sanity began like all nervous stampedes: just a few scurrying tails, rapidly swelling to a me-too swarm.
hnn.us/articles/5287.html

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UN troops buy sex from teenage refugees in Congo camp:

Teenage rape victims fleeing war in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being sexually exploited by the United Nations peace-keeping troops sent to the stop their suffering
news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/story.jsp?story=524674

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More Prisons Make Inmates Pay for Stay:

In some places, inmates are charged for their stay while they are still behind bars; other places bill them after they get out.
www.katc.com/Global/story.asp?S=1888838&nav=EyAzNLmp

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Date: 24 May 2004

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1 YEAR & 45 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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32 Killed as U.S. forces storm mosque :

In a major push, U.S. forces killed at least 32 backers of renegade cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in fierce fighting in Kufa Sunday.
deseretnews.com/dn/view/1,1249,595065386,00.html

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Four Killed in Baghdad Explosion :

An explosion destroyed a civilian car with armor plating Monday near an entrance to the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition, killing four people. The British Foreign Office said two of the dead were British citizens.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4126486,00.html

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1 Norwegian soldier killed, another injured in Kabul rocket attack :

A rocket attack on an international peacekeepers' vehicle in the Afghan capital killed one Norwegian soldier and wounded another Sunday, Norway's Defence Ministry said.
www.cbc.ca/cp/world/040523/w052352.html

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U.S. Text on Iraq Gives Troops Control of Security :

The U.S. and U.K. presented a resolution to the United Nations Security Council that, while granting Iraqis ``governing authority'' by June 30, gives U.S. military forces full control over the nation's security.
tinyurl.com/2o2v8

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U.N. Iraq Draft Gives No Exit Date for Foreign Force:

A new U.S.-British drafted U.N. Security Council resolution endorsing sovereignty for an Iraqi caretaker government approves the presence of the U.S.-led force there but sets no date for the troops to leave.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5238354

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If June 30 handover goes badly, it could mean mission failure in Iraq:

``We're going to be there no matter what,'' Gen. John Abizaid, commander of American troops in the Middle East, told Congress.
news.bostonherald.com/national/view.bg?articleid=29041

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'Wedding video' clouds US denials:

Videotape which purports to show before-and-after footage of a wedding which Iraqis say the US bombed, killing about 40.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6240.htm

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'I will always hate you people' : Family's fury at mystery death:

Dr Izmerly's sudden death after 10 months in American custody left his family stunned. The family commissioned an independent Iraqi autopsy. Its conclusion was unambiguous: Dr Izmerly had died because of a “sudden hit to the back of his head”
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1223358,00.html

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Abuse Suspected in Iraqi General's Death:

After stating last year that the man had died of a heart attack during interrogation, the Pentagon has ruled it a homicide.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news1/latimes155.htm

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Afghan Deaths Linked to Unit at Iraq Prison:

A military intelligence unit that oversaw interrogations at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq was also in charge of questioning at a detention center in Afghanistan where two prisoners died in December 2002 in incidents that are being investigated as homicides.
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/24/politics/24ABUS.html

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Some U.S. prison contractors may avoid charges:

The U.S. civilian interrogators questioning prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq work not under a military contract but on one from the Department of the Interior, a bureaucratic twist that could complicate any effort to hold them criminally responsible for abuse of detainees or other offenses.
tinyurl.com/2qr75

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Closing in on Tenet: The Senate may deliver a harsh assesment of the CIA director.

'Another big stack of pages is causing concern over at the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is investigating abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. The report they got after Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's testimony on May 7 had at least 2,000 pages missing.
www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101040531-641078,00.html

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Abu Ghraib is a blow to human rights across globe :

The first victims of U.S. prison abuse at Abu Ghraib were Iraqis. But those who will pay a price also live in Libya and Hong Kong, Venezuela and Burma, and anywhere else human rights are in jeopardy.
tinyurl.com/2boq4

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Sweden: Expulsions carried out by US agents, men tortured in Egypt:

Report and documentation: Revelations by Swedish TV4 in a documentary, “The broken promise”, on 17 May 2004 showed that the expulsion of two men – ordered by the Cabinet – to Egypt on 18 December 2001 was carried out by hooded US agents.
www.statewatch.org/news/2004/may/12sweden.htm

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Zinni on What Went Wrong:

In the wake of Gen. Anthony Zinni's 60 Minutes appearance, it is worth looking in detail at his recent essay on what went wrong.
www.juancole.com/2004_05_01_juancole_archive.html#108502981094613888

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Prison Torture Scam Is Tipping Point In The Anglo- American Occupation Of Iraq:

The dramatic collapse of the Bush Administration‚s moral authority, as illustrated by the hideous treatment of the Iraqi detainees, coincided with the failure of its military machine to impose its will on the Sunni city of Falluja, or to capture or kill al Sadr.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/aarticle6244.htm

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Susan Sontag: What have we done? :

You ask yourself how someone can grin at the sufferings and humiliation of another human being – drag a naked Iraqi man along the floor with a leash? force shackled hooded prisoners to masturbate or commit sexual acts with each other? beat prisoners to death? – people do these things to other people. Not just in Nazi concentration camps and in Abu Ghraib when it was run by Saddam Hussein. Americans, too, do them when they have permission.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1223344,00.html

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Iraq war's costs spiral beyond 1991 Gulf War:

The price of the bloodier-than-predicted war and occupation of Iraq is nearing twice that of the 1991 Gulf War, and the economic consequences are complex and far-reaching, analysts have said.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/23/1085250859967.html

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The myth of the reluctant occupier:
Iraq is a strategic prize in the Arab world with huge reserves of oil. America will stay put.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/23/1085250865579.html

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Saudi Envoy: Iraq War Was 'Colonial' and About Oil :

The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was a colonial war and there were some in the United States who saw it as a means of getting their hands on Iraqi oil, a senior Saudi ambassador was quoted as saying Monday.
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=868913&tw=wn_wire_story

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Michael Berg: Let Those Who Love Nick Berg Demand an End to War, Violence :

People ask me why I focus on putting the blame for my son‚s tragic and atrocious end on the Bush administration. They ask: “Don‚t you blame the five men who killed him?‰ I have answered that I blame them no more or less than the Bush administration,
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6243.htm

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The Covert Kingdom: Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Texas:

Tens of millions of hardworking, earnest American Christians see a war, the goal of which is complete world conquest, or put in Christian terminology, “dominion.‰ They will have no less than the “inevitable victory God has promised his new chosen people,‰
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6242.htm

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Conquest Games: Just when Iraq gets ugly, neocons talk of taking over the world
www.laweekly.com/ink/04/26/david-corn.php

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Survey of voters in 3 states shows support of war slips:

When President Bush first ordered American troops to Iraq, Janis Sanders was behind him. But a year later, with her 23-year-old soldier son expected to be sent there, Sanders has changed her mind about the military mission
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2588179

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Australia: Big drop in war support, despite PM's reassurances:

Support for the Iraq war and occupation has plummeted, with a clear majority believing the conflict was not justified despite an address on the issue last week by the Prime Minister, John Howard.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/24/1085389337424.html

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Conservatives' anger over US line in Iraq :

Conservative pundits in Denmark, once strenuous defenders of American policy in Iraq, are now openly criticizing the United States, following reports of the widespread torture and humiliation of Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison.
cphpost.sites.itera.dk/get/78640.html

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'Its best use is as a doorstop' :

Brian Whitaker explains why a book packed with sweeping generalisations about Arabs carries so much weight with both neocons and military in the US.
www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,1223525,00.html

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Thousands of Palestinians bury 23 killed in Rafah:

Thousands of angry Palestinian mourners on Monday buried 23 of those killed by Israeli soldiers in the southern Gaza town of Rafah during a large-scale operation carried out since last Tuesday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/24/content_1487964.htm

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A story about generals :

On the face of it, this is a story about 14-year-old Mohammed Shaqfa from Block O in Rafah, whose house was destroyed by an IDF bulldozer on May 13. One of some 70 homes completely demolished in two days there.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/431063.html

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Sudan's Darfur crisis prompts calls for world to act:

The last week has brought warnings of mass starvation, reminders of widespread human rights atrocities, accusations of ceasefire violations, veiled threats of United Nations sanctions, and a call for international military action.
tinyurl.com/2zvmq

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