Information Clearing House  Digest June 07-11 2004
Date: 11 Jun 2004

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1 YEAR & 63 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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50 Dead In Pakistan Army-Al-Qaeda Ultras Clashes :

Over 50 persons, including 14 Pakistani soldiers and more than 35 Al Qeada terror network activists were killed as the army raided terrorist hideouts in the tribal South Waziristan region bordering Afghanistan on Friday
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=061104034600

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Clashes overnight in al-Sadr City :

One Iraq fighter has been killed and several children seriously wounded in a Baghdad suburb following clashes overnight between followers of Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr and US occupation troops.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A326830F-A080-4570-ABB0-75D56D055A45.htm

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Kurds threaten to secede from Iraq:

Before the war to oust Saddam Hussein, the US counted on the Kurdish minority in northern Iraq as its closest ally. But now some Kurdish leaders say Washington has betrayed them.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/11/1086749893894.html?oneclick=true

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End this lawlessness:

Without legal sanction, British troops will continue to torture and kill Iraqi civilians with impunity
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1235232,00.html

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Local election 'kicking' for Blair: ·

Labour loses over 380 council seats.: Tony Blair suffered an electoral “kicking” as Labour limped into third place in local elections, losing control of key heartlands including Leeds, Doncaster and Newcastle.
politics.guardian.co.uk/elections2004/story/0,14549,1236480,00.html

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Poll: Voters Say Iraq Didn't Merit War :

Voters are increasingly concerned that Iraq is a quagmire America cannot escape, and they are doubtful that a democratic government will be established there, according to the poll published in Friday editions of the Times.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040611/ap_on_re_us/iraq_poll_3

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Annan urges application of international law to Iraq:

Annan criticized the U.S. decision to attack Iraq without authorization from the U.N. Security Council.
cbs4boston.com/massachusetts/MA—Harvard-Annan-gn/resources_news_html

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Report Documents Extensive U.S. War Crimes In Iraq:

The Bush Administration is committing war crimes and other serious violations of international law in Iraq as a matter of routine policy, according to a report released today by the Center for Economic and Social Rights.
www.cesr.org/beyondtorture.htm

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Iraq dog use 'ordered by US intelligence':

A military intelligence interrogator also told investigators that two dog handlers at the prison were “having a contest” to see how many detainees they could make involuntarily urinate out of fear of the dogs
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1BC56B64-8101-4B14-9AA0-A66339D485CE.htm

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At least five soldiers objected last fall to abuses they saw at the Abu Ghraib prison :

Up the chain of command, the noncommissioned officers who heard such complaints did little to stop the mistreatment, according to Army records obtained by The Associated Press
www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/8900696.htm

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Colombia Journal: 'I too was tortured':

It was hard to see the photos of the torture in Iraq because I too was tortured. I saw myself naked with my feet fastened together and my hands tied behind my back. I saw my own head covered with a cloth bag. I remembered my feelings – the humiliation, pain…
www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=news.display_archives&mode=current_opinion&article=CO_040609_mondragon

tinyurl.com/2kogt

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Maverick colonel blames US army's 'sycophantic' culture and heavy-handedness for failures in Iraq:

“To conduct house-to-house searches, to conduct heavy-handed raids, to run checkpoints that were extremely humiliating, to arrest people in front of their families, put bags over their heads, handcuff them and treat them with extreme disregard for human dignity, was a serious mistake – and it was not necessary.”
tinyurl.com/24tqu

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The Rich Have Been Warned to Leave Baghdad:

For the Poor There is No Escape from Crime…Or Trigger Happy US Troops
www.counterpunch.com/patrick06092004.html

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Controversial Commando Wins Iraq Contract:

Occupation authorities in Iraq have awarded a $293 million contract effectively creating the world's largest private army to a company headed by Lieutenant Colonel Tim Spicer, who has been investigated for illegally smuggling arms and planning military offensives to support mining, oil, and gas operations around the world.
www.corpwatch.org/print_article.php?&id=11350

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Patterns of Global Terrorism:

“The body counts in 2002 and 2003 were at the highest levels in history.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6307.htm

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Powell Blames Terror Error on New System : `

`I can assure you it had nothing to do with putting out anything but the most honest, accurate information we can,'' he said.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4191071,00.html

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Hicks' family stunned by charges :

After two-and-a-half years in detention at Guantanamo Bay, David Hicks now knows what he's alleged to have done. The charges include conspiracy to commit war crimes, aiding the enemy and attempted murder.
www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2004/s1130328.htm

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Ransom: Nine Million Bucks and no Raid:

Your government has paid a ransom: nine million dollars. Everyone here knows it.
prweb.peacereporter.net/free.html

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U.S. bioterrorism research leaps past defensive tactics :

Scientists now able to explore creating genetically engineered superbugs, plus the means to mass-produce and spread them
www.oaklandtribune.com/cda/article/print/0,1674,82%257E1865%257E2199592,00.html

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Army Withholds Chemical Attack Antidote :

The government is refusing to provide U.S. communities an antidote controlled by the Army and stockpiled by other countries to treat victims of a chemical terror attack. The product, won Food and Drug Administration approval in 2003 and is sold in other NATO countries for neutralizing sarin, mustard gas and other chemical agents.
customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CHEMICAL_ATTACKS_ANTIDOTE
?SITE=1010WINS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

tinyurl.com/3f252

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50,000 troops in Gulf illness scare :

All 50,000 troops who served in the first Gulf war might have been exposed to low levels of chemical warfare agents during the fighting and its aftermath, a US investigation has suggested.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1236426,00.html

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Tampa International Airport now verifies flight of Saudis:

The government has long denied that two days after the 9/11 attacks, the three were allowed to fly.
www.saintpetersburgtimes.com/2004/06/09/Tampabay/TIA_now_verifies_flig.shtml

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Pentagon runs up a $100 million bill for unused air tickets:

The Pentagon wasted $100 million buying airline tickets that were never used then failed to seek a refund for them, the US Senate was told yesterday.
tinyurl.com/2zxjk

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Bush says he doesn't recall seeing memo on conditions of torture:

Asked repeatedly about it, Bush sidestepped a question about whether he thought torture was immoral, saying that his instructions were “to adhere to law. … We're a nation of law” and “you might look at those laws.”
www.klrt.com/news/national/story.aspx?content_id=C9A65AFD-AAB3-480F-BBD0-361EC2E34345

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A Plunge From the Moral Heights:

It is commonly said that we are a nation of laws, not men. And we are. But beyond the laws, we are also a nation of men and women with a common ethic. Some things are not American. Torture, for damned sure, is one of them.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6310.htm

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Molly Ivins : The day the Constitution died :

We have put ourselves on the same moral level as Saddam Hussein, the only difference being quantity. Quite literally, the president may as well wear a crown — forget that “no man is above the law” jazz. We used to talk about “the imperial presidency” under Nixon, but this is the real thing.
www.workingforchange.com/printitem.cfm?itemid=17092

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Is U.S. like Germany of the '30s?:

Can this model be useful to understand how contemporary America is engaged in a criminally unjust war that has turned much of the world against it, a war in which torture and murder have become routine?
www.suntimes.com/output/greeley/cst-edt-greel11.html

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'Barbarous thinking comes easily, and right-wingers fuel fire':

There seem to be two common characteristics for a country to descend into barbarism. The first is the relentless human tendency to classify the world as “us” versus “them,” and then to reduce “them” to sub-human status.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6309.htm

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Standing up to America :

Many in Europe will find themselves cheering Mr Chirac on as he gives his old sparring partner in the White House the brush-off, although it is always sensible to ask oneself: what is Mr Chirac's greater purpose ?
www.guardian.co.uk/leaders/story/0,3604,1236216,00.html

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Reagan's Osama Connection:

How he turned a jihadist into a terrorist kingpin.
slate.msn.com/id/2102243/

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Reagan and the Russians :

The Cold War ended despite President Reagan's arms buildup, not because of it—or so former President Gorbachev told the authors
www.theatlantic.com/politics/foreign/reagrus.htm

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He lied and cheated in the name of anti-communism :

From Iraq, Reagan didn't look so freedom-loving. Although Saddam was still a junior figure, it is a matter of record that the CIA station in Baghdad aided the coup which first brought the Ba'athists to power in 1963. But it was Reagan who, two decades later, turned US-Iraqi relations into a decisive wartime alliance.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1236211,00.html

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Chris Floyd: Global Eye:

Yes, Reagan indeed changed the world. It's a harsher, uglier, more unjust, more violent, more ignorant and fear-ridden place because of his leadership.
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/06/11/120.html

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Who is Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi?:

Counterterrorism and war propaganda are intertwined. The propaganda apparatus feeds disinformation into the news chain. The terror warnings must appear to be “genuine”. The objective is to present the terror groups as “enemies of America.”
globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO405B.html

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In case you missed it:

U.S. Intervention in the Middle East:

This partial chronology of U.S. intervention in the Middle East illustrates the lengths to which the U.S. power structure has gone to gain and maintain U.S. domination of the Middle East—a region considered key to the U.S.'s standing as an imperialist world power.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6308.htm

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 06/10/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/36ebp

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Soldiers improperly involved in Bush rally, group says:

The Army needs “to send the message that we don't endorse political candidates,” said Al Novotne, a retired Army major and ethics counselor at Fort McCoy, who said he was speaking out as a private citizen, not on behalf of the military.
www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/news/local/8887275.htm

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John Pilger: The Liberal Warriors And Airbrushers:

To the judges at Nuremberg, there was no distinction; any unprovoked aggression “is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime [that] contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6306.htm

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Cooking Up Excuses With the Pentagon :

How to torture alleged terrorists and get away with it.
slate.msn.com/id/2102203/

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Calif. Guardsman Alleges Abuse in Iraq :

A California National Guardsman says three fellow soldiers brazenly abused detainees during interrogation sessions in an Iraqi police station, threatening them with guns, sticking lit cigarettes in their ears and choking them until they collapsed.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-4186228,00.html

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Lawyer says Saddam tortured: :

Mohammed Rashdan said he had a copy of a January 21 report by the International Committee of the Red Cross that said the detainee's health was good but that he was “slightly wounded.”
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/06/10/1086749812954.html?oneclick=true

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2 Palestinians killed in West Bank:

A 13-year-old boy was shot in the head in the city of Nablus, medics said.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/437807.html

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“This is what I saw.”

What Nirgad describes should be known by every Israeli man or woman who reads newspapers and watches television.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/437878.html

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`Do not have children if they won't be healthy!' :

A shocking new study reveals how key figures in the pre-state Zionist establishment proposed castrating the mentally ill, sterilizing the poor and doing everything possible to ensure reproduction only among the `best of people.'
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=437879&sw=%20Tamara%20Traubmann

tinyurl.com/ywwvr

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Security experts dismiss 'bomb Three Gorges Dam' suggestion :

Security experts in Taiwan have dismissed a US Pentagon report which suggested the island bomb China's Three Gorges Dam to deter a possible invasion by its political rival.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/eastasia/view/89220/1/.html

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China to attack Taipei in 2006?:

A top Taiwanese defense official and an expert on the Chinese military both said yesterday Beijing is ready, willing and able to attack the island soon.
www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=38876

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Saving Private Ivan :

What American has ever heard of Operation Bagration?:

In the struggle against Nazism, approximately 40 “Ivans” died for every “Private Ryan”. Scholars now believe that as many as 27 million Soviet soldiers and citizens perished in the second world war.
www.guardian.co.uk/secondworldwar/story/0,14058,1236290,00.html

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Egregious E-mail:

The Secret Service comes calling after a St. Louisan pens a message wishing bin Laden would eliminate Bush
www.riverfronttimes.com/issues/2004-06-09/news.html

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No Real Choice:

Once more, the Democratic Party is proving that it is not really a party of opposition, but rather a tweedledee to the Republican tweedledum.
reese.king-online.com/Reese_20040609/index.php

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What Appalachia says about U.S. :

The reality of poverty in America. Most poor people are not on welfare; they work every day. They are not African American. They tend to be white, young, female and single. They take the work they can get. They do the hard jobs.
www.suntimes.com/output/jesse/cst-edt-jesse08.html

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1 YEAR & 62 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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20 Killed as Pakistan Fights Militants in Tribal Area:

Pakistani troops battled al Qaeda-linked militants in a remote tribal region bordering Afghanistan for a second day on Thursday after the military said it had killed more than 20 fighters in fierce fighting.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5389965

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Attack kills 11 Pakistanis :

Pakistan Gunmen opened fire on a motorcade carrying the top military official in the volatile city of Karachi on Thursday, killing at least 11 people and wounding eight, but failing to injure the official.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=524350.html

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Second round: Worse than the first:

Prodded by an impatient United States, Pakistani paramilitary troops have gone on the offensive in the hunt for foreign fighters in the tribal areas on the border with Afghanistan. Pakistan has been extremely reluctant to use troops again. But US pressure has been relentless, and US officials were even seen in a Pakistani army camp in Wana involved in directing the latest operations.
atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/FF11Df04.html

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Eleven Chinese killed, 4 others injured in attack in Afghanistan :

Eleven Chinese road construction workers were killed and 4 others injured in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan on Thursday.
www.vnagency.com.vn/NewsA.asp?LANGUAGE_ID=2&CATEGORY_ID=34&NEWS_ID=103635

tinyurl.com/ywku8

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Fighting in Najaf kills 5 :

Gunmen loyal to Sadr attacked a police station near the city's Revolution of 1920 Square after authorities tried to arrest suspected thieves, the police and witnesses said. Sadr's spokesman, Qais al-Khazali, said the police shot first and that the fighting continued because family members of one slain fighter sought revenge.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=524349.html

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Gunmen take police station in Najaf;

U.S. military plans to scale down operations
www.boston.com/dailynews/162/world/Gunmen_take_police_station_in_:.shtml

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The street speaks – Iraq's UN-backed government is made up of CIA pawns:

There was no echo yesterday on the streets of Baghdad of the optimism on display in New York as the UN Security Council voted unanimously to endorse a sovereign Iraqi government.
argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=529920

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The number of terrorist incidents increased last year:

The State Department is scrambling to revise its annual report on global terrorism to acknowledge that it understated the number of deadly attacks in 2003, amid charges that the document is inaccurate and was politically manipulated by the Bush administration.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=2026&ncid=716&e=
28&u=/latimests/20040609/ts_latimes/uswillrevisedataonterror

tinyurl.com/3y3b9

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Dane claims he witnessed killing of prisoners:

Denmark said today it opened an investigation into claims by a translator for Danish and U.S. troops in Afghanistan that he witnessed incidents of torture and killing of prisoners in American custody two years ago.
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1086863805803&call_pageid=968332188854&col=968350060724

tinyurl.com/2ryxt

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Human Rights Groups Sue Over Iraq Abuses :

One person, identified in court documents only as a prisoner named Rasheed, told lawyers his tongue was shocked with electricity and his toenails pulled out. Another person, identified only as a prisoner named Ahmed, said he was forced to watch while his 63-year-old father, Ibrahiem, was tortured to death.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4188964,00.html

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An American in The Hague?:

If American officials are not held legally accountable, the damage abroad could be severe. Part of the terrible legacy of Abu Ghraib may be that the United States will find it difficult to prosecute foreign war criminals if it refuses to accept for itself the legal standards it accuses them of breaking.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6301.htm

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Did a Government Lawyer “Aid and Abet” Possible War Crimes By Writing a Crucial Memo?:

The Controversy Surrounding Berkeley Law Professor John Yoo
writ.news.findlaw.com/hilden/20040608.html

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The torturers among us:

It is unambiguously clear that the torture of prisoners in Afghanistan, at Guantanamo, and at Abu Ghraib was official policy.
www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/06/09/the_torturers_among_us/

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Bush the Would-Be Torturer:

It's all falling into place. The Wall Street Journal has revealed that Bush's lawyers told him he can order that torture be committed with impunity. It is now official that George W. Bush is above the law.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6303.htm

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War crimes: US seeks protection, two firms sued:

After securing a unanimous United Nations Security Council resolution supposedly granting “full sovereignty” to Iraqis, the United States is shifting its focus to winning a second decision that would protect its troops from possible war-crimes prosecution.
atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FF11Aa01.html

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How innocent Iraqis came to be abused as terrorists :

The bad-apple theory can't explain a scandal of such magnitude. The rights group suggests a more plausible reason: After 9/11, the military's long commitment to the Geneva Conventions eroded under an aggressive Bush-administration plan to deal with terrorists.
www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20040610/6274434s.htm

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Rumsfeld 'told officers to take gloves off with Lindh':

John Walker Lindh, the so-called American Taliban, was stripped naked and tied to a stretcher during interrogation after the office of Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ordered intelligence officers to “take the gloves off” when questioning him.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=529921

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Ashcroft revives the fine art of stonewalling :

The memos, which originated in part from your Justice Department, appear to redefine torture, discount the Geneva Conventions and try to widen presidential powers in wartime. They already have been leaked to the press.
www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/elizabeth_sullivan/
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Justifying torture brings shame to U.S.:

The Bush administration, breaking with a practice of openness that had lasted for decades, it has classified as secret and refused to disclose the techniques of interrogation it is using on foreign detainees at U.S. prisons at Guantanamo Bay and in Afghanistan and Iraq.
tinyurl.com/ytgfu

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Bush just doesn't get it … :

The industrial allies of the US are meeting under the auspices of the G8 in the US state of Georgia to discuss, inter alia, the US-sponsored Middle East initiative of democratizing the region. However, only a few Arab sycophants of America are present at that summit in order to create a semblance of dialogue
atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FF11Ak03.html

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Impeaching unstable presidents :

Bush's vulgar language makes a mockery of his supposed Christian politics that would shame the true Christians among his supporters
www.onlinejournal.com/Commentary/061004Crockett-Lawrence/061004crockett-lawrence.html

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Allies warn Bush that stability in Iraq demands Arab-Israeli deal:

President Bush yesterday was bluntly told by European and Arab allies alike that a serious new push for a Palestinian-Israeli peace solution was vital if his vision of a stable Iraq at the heart of a reformed Middle East were to have any chance of success.
news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=529922

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U.S. force in Iraq to grow :

The Pentagon will increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to about 145,000 this summer, from the current 140,000, in recognition of the continued difficulty coalition forces are having in providing security leading up to the hand-over of political power to Iraqis on June 30.
www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20040609/6270289s.htm

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U.S. General: Iraq Police Training a Flop:

Misguided U.S. training of Iraqi police contributed to the country's instability and has delayed getting enough qualified Iraqis on the streets to ease the burden on American forces, the head of armed forces training said Wednesday.
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-
iraq-fixing-security,0,5806843.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

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Allawi organised sabotage in Iraq:

Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, under the CIA‚s direction, ran an organization that carried out a bombing campaign in Iraq in the 1990s aimed at toppling dictator Saddam Hussein
jang.com.pk/thenews/jun2004-daily/10-06-2004/world/w6.htm

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Italian hostages' home to a mixed reception :

Italians' delight over the hostages' release has been tempered by suspicions that their presence in Iraq was illegal. The law bans Italian citizens from undertaking armed missions overseas.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1235183,00.html

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Defending Our Freedom :

It breaks my heart to hear “they died defending our freedom‰ used to eulogize US service women and men who die in Iraq. Those who send them into battle often use that phrase as false advertising, to garner support for much less noble causes.
www.commondreams.org/views04/0609-11.htm

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A Soldier’s Mother Blasts Pro-War Conservatives :

The mother of a soldier lashes out at conservatives who, while supporting the Iraq War, do not support our troops—and who then attack those opposed to the war, accusing them of not supporting the troops.
www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=768

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U.S. government is not `us':

While Arabs generally express good feelings toward Americans and their society (or did until the Abu Ghraib revelations), they express disdain for U.S. government policy toward their region. This shows a discrimination that our so-called leaders need to learn.
www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/news/editorial/8859308.htm

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When Ignorance Isn‚t Bliss:

Here are five congressional votes that everyone in America should know about. They come straight from the you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up file, and capture how soundbite politics hide the troubling reality behind conservatives‚ bumper-sticker slogans.
www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/when_ignorance_isnt_bliss/

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Scientists Say Dirty Bomb Would Be a Dud:

The ``dirty bomb'' allegedly planned by terror suspect Jose Padilla would have been a dud, not the radiological threat portrayed last week by federal authorities, scientists say.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6305.htm

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Richard Armitage – the connections behind his attack on Latham:

So now we have Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage wading into local Australian politics with the latest Bush administration attack on the ALP's Iraq withdrawal plan
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/10/1086749826916.html

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Ex-Marine Mobilizes 10,000 Observers To Palestine:

A former U.S. marine is mobilizing up 10,000 Westerners to be dispatched to the occupied Palestinian territories in September to act as international observers and help bring peace with Israel.
www.islamonline.net/English/News/2004-06/10/article01.shtml

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al Jazeera awakens the Arab world:

During a period when virtually every Middle Eastern country is ruled by unelected and dictatorial figureheads, al-Jazeera has brought a dose of truth to the steady diet of government approved propaganda frequently fed to the Arab world.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/09/1086749772562.html?oneclick=true

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CONTROL ROOM, award-winning Arab-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim (co-director of Startup.com) travels to the Qatar headquarters of Al Jazeera during the onset of the Iraq war to present a complex and surprising portrait.
www.controlroommovie.com/site/01.html

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Ghost Wars: How Reagan Armed the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan:

During Reagan's 8 years in power, the CIA secretly sent billions of dollars of military aid to the mujahedeen in Afghanistan in a US-supported jihad against the Soviet Union. Audio
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6304.htm

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The u-turn that saved the Gipper :

Anti-terrorism laws and congressional resolutions had been wilfully violated. Eventually 11 people were convicted of felonies. In less than a week, Reagan's approval rating plunged from 67% to 46%, the greatest and quickest decline ever for a president.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1235299,00.html

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U.S. to give personal data to G8 nations :

The official did not say exactly what data about U.S. citizens might be made available to G8 partner nations but said it would be more data than is currently exchanged with the European Union.
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040609-071042-3981r

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Coke Benefiting From Child Labor in Sugar Cane Fields :

Coca-Cola and other large businesses are indirectly benefiting from the use of child labor in sugarcane fields in El Salvador
www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0610-01.htm

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Date: 9 Jun 2004

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1 YEAR & 61 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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The number of significant terrorist incidents increased last year

The State Department is scrambling to revise its annual report on global terrorism to acknowledge that it understated the number of deadly attacks in 2003, amid charges that the document is inaccurate and was politically manipulated by the Bush administration.
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Rebels Kill 12 Iraqi Security Troops in Fallujah, Reuters Says :

Insurgents in Fallujah killed 12 members of the Iraqi city's security force in a mortar attack, the first time the Fallujah Brigade has been struck since taking over peacekeeping duties from the U.S.-led coalition last month
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aubxKYUEFIvg&refer=top_world_news

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8 foreigners killed in clash with Pakistani forces :

The clash took place after the foreigners fired rockets on several military posts and an army colony in South Waziristan, security chief in the tribal region Brigadier Mehmood Shah said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-06/09/content_1517106.htm

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14 U.S. soldiers killed in attack, says Taliban :

Taliban insurgents claimed to have killed 14 U.S. soldiers in an overnight attack in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province, the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) reported today.
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/thscrip/print.pl?file=2004060911101700.htm&date=2004/06/09/&prd=th&

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Iraq mortar fire kills six Polish troops:

Enemy mortar fire caused the munitions dump explosion in Iraq that killed six soldiers from Poland, Slovakia and Latvia who were defusing Saddam-era ordnance, a special military commission said Wednesday.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apeurope_story.asp?category
=1103&slug=Europe%20Iraq%20Soldiers%20Killed

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Occupation tanks poised to enter Falluja:

US tanks have taken up positions around Falluja and appear to be preparing to enter the Iraqi city.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E8E5D69B-FF87-4E8C-9CF8-637197702743.htm

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Suspected Bomb Blast Hurts 17 in Germany :

A bomb apparently packed with nails exploded in a shopping street Wednesday, injuring 17 people, police said. Authorities said there was no immediate evidence of a terrorist attack
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040609/ap_on_re_eu/germany_explosion

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Saboteurs Blow Up Key Iraqi Pipeline :

Saboteurs blew up a key northern oil pipeline Wednesday, forcing a 10 percent cut on the national power grid as demand for electricity rises with the advent of Iraq's broiling summer heat.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4186828,00.html

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Ex-C.I.A. Aides Say Iraq Leader Helped Agency in 90's Attacks:

Iyad Allawi, now the designated prime minister of Iraq, ran an exile organization intent on deposing Saddam Hussein that sent agents into Baghdad in the early 1990's to plant bombs and sabotage government facilities under the direction of the C.I.A., several former intelligence officials say.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6297.htm

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Bush Still Screwing Iraq and America :

Not only did Bush succeed in putting his puppets back into the governance of Iraq, he also stabbed Brahimi and the UN in the back˜all to the detriment of Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6299.htm

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Interrogator: White House sought info from Abu Ghraib:

The head of the interrogation center at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq told an Army investigator in February that he understood some of the information being collected from prisoners there had been requested by “White House staff,” according to an account of his statement obtained by the Washington Post.
www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0609iraq-prison09.html

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The Pinochet Principle:

Bush Defends Torture in the Name of National Security
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/06/09/1444252

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Bush ignored Pentagon lawyers over tactics in war on terror:

The Bush administration routinely bypassed or overruled Pentagon experts on international law and the Geneva convention to construct a sweeping legal justification for harsh tactics in the war on terror
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6295.htm

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U.S.'s Ashcroft Won't Release or Discuss Torture Memo :

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, warned that he might be risking a contempt citation from Congress, told lawmakers he won't release or discuss memoranda that news reports say offered justification for torturing suspected terrorists.
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=a7STpDlieNrY&refer=us

tinyurl.com/2leas

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Full Text of March 6, 2003 Defense Department Memo regarding justification for torturing suspected terrorists.

.pdf format.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/military_0604.pdf

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Army Never Reported Abuse:

The federal government didn‚t crack down on an intelligence firm that provided civilian interrogators to Abu Ghraib prison last fall because the Army never reported any kind of problem, an official said Tuesday.
www.the-signal.com/News/ViewStory.asp?storyID=4798

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Defender of the Lash & the Cattle Prod: Alan Dershowitz, Professor of Torture:

The essay, “The Rules of War Enable Terror”, employs the Harvard professor's rhetorical skills to undermine the legal barriers that restrict the use of torture. It is a assault on the fundamental principles of human decency.
www.counterpunch.com/whitney06092004.html

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COUP D'ETAT: The Real Reason Tenet and Pavitt Resigned from the CIA :

Bush, Cheney Indictments in Plame Case Looming?
www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/060804_coup_detat.html

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Is the world's oil running out fast?:

If you think oil prices are high at $40 a barrel then wait till they are four times that much.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3777413.stm

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Break out the bicycles:

Oil is running out, but the west would rather wage wars than consider other energy sources
www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,5673,1233738,00.html

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Beware the petrodragon's roar:

The decision last week by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to raise oil output by 2.5 million barrels per day was largely aimed at countering market fears of an impending oil shock.
www.atimes.com/atimes/China/FF10Ad05.html

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Bob Barr: Outside View: Intelligence adrift:

The United States does not need a military person as head of Central Intelligence. Yet, at perhaps no time in recent history, has the power of the military establishment been better poised to do just that
www.bobbarr.org/default.asp?pt=newsdescr&RI=527

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G8 harmony shattered, as France and US again at loggerheads over Iraq :

The new spat ignited after Bush, bolstered by the United Nations Security Council green light for his bid to remake Iraq, went on the offensive, calling at the Group of Eight summit for a greater NATO role in the country.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/89285/1/.html

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Egypt, Saudi rebuff G8 summit:

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have formed an Arab front against US President George Bush's initiative for reform in the Middle East, boycotting the G8 summit where he was set to unveil the plan on Wednesday.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B83CED69-6CAC-4FB1-87FB-656126B3E37F.htm

tinyurl.com/2862p

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 06/08/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/ys87f

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Cautious welcome for Iraq UN resolution:

The international community has given a guarded welcome to a UN resolution confirming Iraq's new interim government but authorising US-led troops to continue their occupation.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/CF052889-F2EB-47A8-9CE9-EFB00D05A5C4.htm

tinyurl.com/29fd4

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Iraq's Kurds angered by U.N. vote:

Kurdish members of Iraq's government will resign if called upon to do so by their leaders after the failure of the latest U.N. resolution to recognise Kurdish autonomy, a senior Kurdish minister says.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=world
News&storyID=525959&section=news&fromEmail=true

tinyurl.com/2kpok

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Bin Laden Has Mole Deep Within The White House:

Osama bin Laden has a secret agent working for him in the United States and you definitely know who he is. He is able to recruit members for Osama's fantical Islamic cause.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6298.htm

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In case you missed it: Exposed: The Carlyle Group:

Shocking documentary uncovers the subversion of Americas democracy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3995.htm

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Global military spending hits $956B in 2003:

Worldwide military spending surged during 2003, reaching $956 billion (U.S.), nearly half of it by the United States as it pays for missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terror
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I need your help to offset the costs associated with site hosting and bandwidth usage. If you find this site informative please help by clicking here
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'A Time To Weep':

This is a cry from the heart, a lamentation for the loss of this country's goodness and therefore its greatness. Future historians studying the decline and fall of America will mark this as the time the tide began to turn — toward a mean-spirited mediocrity in place of a noble beacon.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6300.htm

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War on Terrors' Cost: $3550 Per Family of Four:

In just 3 short years Bush has increased the national debt $1,506,750,024,695.01 a 26.5% increase. To bring it home, Bush has added $5125 per person to the national debt, and for our happy little family of four? That is $20,500.
www.independent-media.tv/itemprint.cfm?fmedia_id=7638&fcategory_desc=Under%20Reported

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Our kind of dictators :

Twenty-six million people live in beleaguered Uzbekistan, almost exactly the same number of people who live in Iraq. President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan is a dictator who has perfected many of the techniques of repression developed by Saddam. There are at least 5,000 people unjustly imprisoned in Uzbekistan, many of them for their political or religious views
www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,5673,1234507,00.html

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Home affairs' link to al-Qaeda confirmed;

Al-Qaeda operatives arrested in London recently were definitely in possession of fraudulent South African passports.
www.iol.co.za/index.php?art_id=vn20040609031539663C948845&set_id=1&click_id=15&sf=

tinyurl.com/3ggj5

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Dom Stasi: An American In Y‚urp :

Red And Blue In Black And White: Reflections On America From An Ocean Away
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6294.htm

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Reagan and Saddam: The Unholy Alliance:

The Senate Banking Committee reported in 1994 that the U.S. Commerce Department had traced shipments of biological materials identical to those later found and destroyed by U.N. inspectors. These shipments continued at least until November 1989.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6296.htm

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Stepford America:

This week, it is virtually impossible to read, watch or listen to any mainstream media that is not extolling the godlike status of Ronald Reagan, one of the most egregious war criminals and mass murderers in American history.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6293.htm

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Florida elections division chief quits amid controvery on voter rolls:

The head of Florida's elections division resigned Monday amid reports he was feeling political heat over a push to purge thousands of suspected felons from the state's voter rolls.
www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/florida/sfl-felection08jun08,0,2424064.story?coll=sfla-news-florida

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How Big Brother Is Watching, Listening and Misusing Information About You:

Welcome to America, 2004, where the actions of more than 150 million citizens are monitored 24/7 by the TIA, the Terrorist Information Awareness (originally called Total Information Awareness) program of DARPA, DHS and the Department of Justice.
www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_4656.shtml

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Sharon loses majority as far-right ministers quit:

Two extreme right-wing ministers deprived Ariel Sharon of his guaranteed parliamentary majority yesterday when they resigned in the first political backlash against this week's cabinet acceptance of his plan to disengage from Gaza.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=529555

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What is a kidney worth?:

Every day, 17 Americans die of organ failure. In Israel, the average wait for a kidney transplant is four years. In response, a global gray market has bloomed. In India, for example, poor sellers are quickly matched with sick buyers from Taiwan. Critics call it “transplant tourism.”
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0609/p01s03-wogi.html

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Saddam trial lacks 'smoking gun' evidence, witnesses: report:

Prosecutors are struggling to build a case against Saddam Hussein because they lack both witnesses and evidence to prove the ousted Iraqi dictator is guilty of atrocities.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1514&u=/afp/20040608/wl
_mideast_afp/iraq_saddam_justice_040608000035&printer=1

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Date: 8 Jun 2004

House Foreign Affairs Committee: July 31st 1990, two days before the invasion.

CAIRMAN LEE HAMILTON: “Do we have a commitment to our friends in the Gulf in the event that they are engaged in oil or territorial disputes with their neighbours?”

KELLY: (assistant Secretary of State) “As I said, Mr. Chairman, we have no defence treaty relationships with any of the countries. We have historically avoided taking a position on border disputes or on internal OPEC deliberations, but we certainly, as have all administrations, resoundingly called for the peaceful settlement of disputes and differences in the area.”

HAMILTON: “If Iraq, for example, charged across the border into Kuwait, for whatever reason, what would be our position with regard to the use of US forces?”

KELLY: “That, Mr. Chairman, is a hypothetical or a contingency, the kind of which I can't get into. Suffice it to say, we would be extremely concerned, but I can not get into the realm of 'what if…' answers.”

HAMILTON: “In that circumstance, is it correct to say, however, that we do not have a treaty commitment which would obligate us to engage US forces?”

KELLY: “That is correct.”

– Question and answer session between US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs John Kelly and Representative Lee Hamilton, July 31st 1990, two days before the invasion. This exchange was broadcast on the BBC World Service and heard in Iraq.
www.wanniski.com/showarticle.asp?articleid=3182

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“Obviously, I didn't think, and nobody else did, that the Iraqis were going to take ALL of Kuwait.”: April Glaspie, interview with The New York Times, seven weeks after the invasion

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1 YEAR & 60 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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14 Iraqi's and 7 coalition soldiers killed in explosions
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Clashes Near Falluja, 11 Iraqis Killed: Hospital

Eleven Iraqis, including women and children, were killed on Tuesday in clashes between U.S. forces and insurgents near the Iraqi flashpoint city of Falluja, hospital sources said.
www.bgnewsnet.com/story.php?lang=en&sid=5433

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Guard, Reserve Death Toll Rising in Iraq

In the first week of June, nine of the 13 announced U.S. troop deaths in Iraq were National Guard or Reserve soldiers, an extraordinarily high toll on part-time troops
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4182682,00.html

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Four killed in Afghan faction fighting:

At least four fighters loyal to rival Afghan factions have been killed in a clash in northern Afghanistan, an Interior Ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday.
www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=126&art_id=qw108667782098B212&set_id=1

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Karzai Shows He'll Cast Lot With a Corps of Warlords:

His move has dismayed many Afghans who were hoping that the nation's first democratic elections would herald an end to the power of the warlords, who have dominated politics for the past decade.
www.nytimes.com/2004/06/08/international/asia/08afgh.html?ex=1087662265&ei=1&en=1b858527f0b3d2ee

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IOF kills three Palestinian civilians :

Three Palestinian civilians, including a man crippled in the first intifada and a mentally handicapped youth, were killed by the Israel Defense Forces in separate incidents in the territories during the past 48 hours.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/436368.html

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Israeli airstrike lands within 12 miles of Lebanese capital
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=529317

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Israeli Squaters to be compensated according to family, house size::

Knowledgeable sources say that the current assessment is that every evacuated family will receive an average of $300,000 in compensation.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/436660.html

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Poverty Amongst Palestinians Triples From 20% to 60% Since 2000 :

Senior United Nations officials Monday urged donors meeting in Geneva to financially support relief efforts aimed at helping millions of Palestine refugees
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Turkey snubs Israel, recalls envoy:

Turkey has temporarily recalled its ambassador to Israel for consultations following sharp exchanges over an increase in Israeli violence in the Middle East.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9ECC62F1-6042-4218-8B1A-150CD3A1A08E.htm

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US citizen killed in Riyadh:

A US citizen has been shot dead in the Saudi Arabia, less than 48 hours after gunmen killed a BBC cameraman and seriously injured one of the corporation's correspondents.
www.4ni.co.uk/nationalnews.asp?id=29986

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Saudi flights are our target says al Qaida:

AIRLINES in Saudi Arabia are now a priority target for al Qaida, a statement on an Islamist website claimed today.
www.eveningtimes.co.uk/hi/news/5027331.html

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Four Hostages Freed in Iraq, 2 Turkish Taken:

Three Italians and one Polish citizen kidnapped in Iraq have been freed in a military operation by coalition forces.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=8C58BFE3-BB30-4104-B42CA58F85FA6BC1

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Sadr City's 'daily massacre' rages as death toll soars :

U.S. military officials estimate they have killed more than 800 Iraqis in Sadr City over the past nine weeks ˜ nearly a dozen a day
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001950733_sadrcity08.html

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US bans cleric from Iraq elections :

Moqtada al-Sadr, the radical Shia leader whose militiamen have been fighting the US occupation forces in several Iraqi cities, was banned yesterday from standing in Iraq's forthcoming democratic elections.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1233652,00.html

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Bush backs UK plan for debt relief:

US agrees to big boost for poor nations in return for G8 support on rebuilding Iraq
www.guardian.co.uk/g8/story/0,13365,1233795,00.html

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Revised Iraq resolution set for vote:

The UN and Iraq's president will have no say on security issues
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/EBD66E0C-78E2-477A-8EF4-56F666A75242.htm

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New leaders in Iraq have deep ties to U.S. :

Links to the United States run deep among many in the interim Iraqi government, even as the diverse, 33-member body gears up to assert its independence from the U.S. government.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=523878.html

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Fake Sovereignty:

Iraqis are denied the right to manage their own affairs. Democracy and human rights have been denied to Iraqis, not because Iraqis do not like democracy and human rights, but because the U.S. feared democracy. The U.S. considered sovereignty as the duty of the U.S. to take possession by conquest.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6290.htm

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Blair changes tack on WMD … again :

The Prime Minister shifted tack on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction again today – fuelling doubts that hard evidence of their existence will ever be found.
www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/11216315?source=Evening%20Standard

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The ominous price of American failure in Iraq:

The West created the Israel settler-state at the Palestinians' expense, and any peace settlement should, so far as possible, have redressed that historic injustice.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=4879

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Rep. Ron Paul: Superpower or Superdebtor?:

American intervention abroad- installing the Shah of Iran in the fifties, killing Diem in South Vietnam in the sixties, helping Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein in the eighties, and propping up dictators in many Arab countries- has had serious repercussions for American interests including the loss of American life.
www.house.gov/paul/tst/tst2004/tst060704.htm

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 06/07/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/2o8pg

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This is a must listen

Remembering the Dead: Reagan Foreign Policy From the Target End:

“Reagan Was the Butcher of My People:” Fr. Miguel D'Escoto Speaks From Nicaragua: Congressional Medal of Honor Winner: Reagan Was “An Accomplice to the Death of Literally Thousands and Thousands of People”: Journalist Allan Nairn: Reagan Was Behind “One Of The Most Intensive Campaigns Of Mass Murder In Recent History.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6289.htm

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Making the Myth, Forgetting the Man: Media Amnesia — Reagan's Record Goes Unmentioned
www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2004-06/08schechter.cfm

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Reagan: A contrary view:

The 40th president led a sustained attack on programs of importance to African Americans
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5158315/

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The terrible legacy of the Reagan years :

I don't think I'll be watching Ronald Reagan's state funeral as Margaret Thatcher's taped tribute is played. It'll be too painful. I'll go and sit on broken glass for a while instead.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1233816,00.html

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Collective Amnesia or Collective Alzheimer's: America 'Remembers' Ronald Reagan :

To remember Ronald Reagan as one of the greatest Presidents of the twentieth century, to replace FDR on the dime with Reagan's profile as Republicans wish to do, we are being asked to forget too much.
www.commondreams.org/views04/0607-10.htm

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Mourning puts focus on Bush:

The death of Ronald Reagan, the spiritual father of the sitting president, is a potential wild card in the U.S. election campaign, inviting comparisons between Bush and the man being canonized this week as the founder of the modern Republican party.
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In case you missed it:

Reagan blasts Bush:

“My father crapped bigger ones than George Bush,” says the former president's son, in a flame-throwing conversation about the war and the Bush administration's efforts to lay claim to the Reagan legacy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6292.htm

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Ban on torture overruled in Pentagon:

A leaked Pentagon memo cast serious doubt yesterday on the Bush administration's insistence that its treatment of prisoners was bound by laws and treaties banning torture.
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Bush 'was advised he could ignore torture laws':

“It's doing away with international law,” said Reed Brody of the New York-based group Human Rights Watch. “It's one more piece that shows this pattern of abuse at Abu Ghraib…”
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=529316

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Forced Nudity of Iraqi Prisoners Is Seen as a Pervasive Pattern, Not Isolated Incidents
tinyurl.com/yq925

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Lockdown on Sea Island

The body bags have been shipped in, locals are running scared, and foreigners are being arrested and deported. Organisers of this week's G8 Summit are taking no chances with security.
news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=529162

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Just How Bizarre Have Things Become?

Take This Quiz and Find Out
www.buzzflash.com/farrell/04/06/far04019.html

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Satire:

Bush Resigns:

I would to like express my deepest apologies to my fellow citizens of the world, for the mistakes I made as President of the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6291.htm

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Army guard on food if fuel crisis flares :

Hundreds of troops will be deployed to defend vital supermarket depots in the event of fresh fuel protests in the autumn.
observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1232432,00.html

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Supreme Court will not hear case of Illinois Muslim leader barred re-entry into U.S.:

Samirah had lived in the United States for 15 years before he was barred from entering in January 2003. He is a Jordanian citizen whose wife is employed in the United States, and the couple have three children who are U.S. citizens.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/06/07/national1108EDT0540.DTL

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Kurds Threaten to Pull Out of Iraqi Government:

The main Kurdish political parties are threatening to pull out of Iraq's interim government unless a new United Nations Security Council resolution on Iraq endorses Kurdish autonomy.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=F2FA5681-25A3-43AA-9A3F1BBF419423D0

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Top Iraq Cleric Offers Caution on U.N. Resolution:

Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, warned Monday any U.N. resolution on Iraq that mentions an interim constitution endorsing autonomy for Kurds would have “dangerous consequences.”
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5364453

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America could kill Iraq democratically:

Would somebody please tell Bush and the United Nations that their democratic recipe could kill Iraq?
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=4916

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Northern Iraq: Calm like a bomb:

By its short-sighted, ad hoc approach to Iraq's complicated situation, first using the Kurds and then casting them aside, the United States may have sealed both its own and Iraq's fate: it has let loose a “monster” that will prove impossible to contain.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FF09Ak03.html

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Militia won't leave Najaf shrine until 2005:

Shia militiamen loyal to leader Muqtada al-Sadr have vowed not to withdraw from the most sacred shrine in the holy city of Najaf until a democratic Iraqi government takes power in January 2005.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9571D061-73D4-4F35-AF85-BFC27F8BAC51.htm

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Iraqi Foreign Minister Says Sovereignty Must Be “Unambiguous”:

Hoshyar Zebari said the U.S.-British draft resolution on the June 30 transfer of authority, which is before the council, needs to be amended “so the resolution may correspond more fully to the wishes and aspirations of the Iraqi people.”
www.oneworld.net/external/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.unwire.org%2FNews%2F328_426_24549.asp

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U.S. Refuses to Accommodate France on Iraq Military:

The United States and Britain on Monday rejected an attempt to give Baghdad a virtual veto over major American military operations after the occupation ends officially on June 30.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5364676

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Military families protest Iraq services:

“They've been deployed for a very long time. They're tired, and they feel like they've done their part,”
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apus_story.asp?category=1110&slug=Iraq%20Military%20Families

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Richard Clarke: Threat of instability in Saudi Arabia more worrying than Iraq :

Clark said in Madrid today that government instability in Saudi Arabia deserves special attention. He warns of a repeat of the situation in Iran following the fall of the U-S-backed shah in 1979.
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Anxiety runs high at G-8 summit site:

Heightened security, potential for violence prompt residents of Sea Island, Ga., to flee before talks
www.detnews.com/2004/nation/0406/07/a03-175855.htm

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Delays, Purge Hit Voter Rolls:

For the second straight presidential election, Florida's law against former felons voting, a law grounded in Old South racism, may prevent thousands of people from voting.
news.tbo.com/news/MGB7TQUZ5VD.html

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In case you missed it:

Unprecedented:

The 2000 Presidential Election is the riveting story about the battle for the Presidency in Florida and the undermining of democracy in America
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5278.htm

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Bush's Hispanic Support May Be Weakening :

President Bush's policies toward Fidel Castro's regime and the war in Iraq are threatening to fray traditionally solid Republican ties to Cuban-American voters
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4179069,00.html

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America's ignorance is a threat to humanity :

In the case of a superpower, ignorance is not bliss; it is a threat to Americans and to humanity.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=523792.html

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Israel: A ŒUnique‚ Democracy and Its US Admirers:

Unlike other democracies, true democratic principles of “one person, one vote‰ are something that the Israeli leader fears above all else.
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=46434&d=8&m=6&y=2004

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In case you missed it:

Officers Say U.S. Aided Iraq in War Despite Use of Gas :

A covert American program during the Reagan administration provided Iraq with critical battle planning assistance at a time when American intelligence agencies knew that Iraqi commanders would employ chemical weapons in waging the decisive battles of the Iran-Iraq war
www.commondreams.org/headlines02/0818-02.htm

Date: 7 Jun 2004

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1 YEAR & 59 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Iraq: Fake Cops Murder 7:

SEVEN Iraqi policemen were gunned down in a raid at their HQ at the weekend. The slaughter came after eight terrorists wearing police uniforms stormed into the building.
www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=14309134&
method=full&siteid=89488&headline=fake-cops-murder-7-name_page.html

tinyurl.com/26rrd

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Retaliation by Kurdish rebels: 4 Turkish soldiers die :

Two separate retaliations by the Kurdish HPG (People´s Defence Forces) killed 4 Turkish soldiers in the provinces of Dersim and Amed in northern Kurdistan
www.dozame.org/article.php?story=20040606134255560

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Kurds Threaten to Pull Out of Iraqi Government

 
The main Kurdish political parties are threatening to pull out of Iraq's interim government unless a new United Nations Security Council resolution on Iraq endorses Kurdish autonomy.
tinyurl.com/3cmnf

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Blast Hits Kufa Mosque:

At least three people were killed and 12 wounded, Reuters said, citing witnesses and hospital workers.
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aEntbtRQhork&refer=top_world_news

tinyurl.com/ywnor

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One US soldier killed, two wounded in Iraq:

A US soldier was killed and two were wounded Monday in a roadside bombing near Iskandariyah, 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of the Iraqi capital
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=10208

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Another Puerto Rican soldier killed in Iraq :

This is the 16th Puerto Rican soldier killed in the United States‚ war on terror.
tinyurl.com/3yc5m

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Iraq Official Slain:

A party aide says gunmen killed Shahir Faisal Shahir, a senior official in Iraq's biggest Shiite political party. It's called the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.
www.wmtw.com/Global/story.asp?S=1923314

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Iraq militias 'agree to disband':

However the pact does not cover the Mehdi Army militia loyal to radical cleric Moqtada Sadr and observers say it is unlikely to affect the uprising.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3782787.stm

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US won't set date for army to quit Iraq :

US President George Bush's chief military adviser General Richard Myers has said he is unable to provide a date for the withdrawal of occupation forces from Iraq.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/ED413CD4-7E48-40C1-AF9B-72735F4AF9C0.htm

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Iraqi newspaper editor in Bush protest plea :

The editor of an Iraqi newspaper has appealed to Irish people to take to the streets during George Bush‚s forthcoming visit and march against the ongoing US-led occupation.
www.breakingnews.ie/2004/06/07/story151219.html

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13 Taliban insurgents killed in US raids :

Thirteen Taliban insurgents were killed and 10 injured in an air raid by US forces in the southern Afghan province of Urozgan.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_809610,00050004.htm

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Two students killed, two wounded in grenade attack in eastern Afghanistan :

Two students of a religious seminary were killed and two seriously injured in a grenade attack by unidentified rebels in Afghanistans eastern Khost province
www.kuna.net.kw/English/Story.asp?DSNO=638832

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US soldier killed by blast in southern Afghanistan:

A US soldier was killed and two others wounded after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, a US military spokeswoman said.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/88909/1/.html

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Governor escaped unhurt, guards injured in south Afghanistan :

The governor of southern Uruzgan province escaped unhurt but his bodyguards were injured as his vehicle came under attack by suspected Taliban, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman said Monday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-06/07/content_1512785.htm

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Four U-S soldiers reported hurt in Afghanistan :

The official says an American jeep was blown up with a remote-controlled bomb on a road in Uruzgan province.
tinyurl.com/2kmr4

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U.S. Warplanes Pound Afghan Insurgents :

American warplanes pounded dozens of insurgents holed up in caves in southern Afghanistan after a gunbattle between the militants and U.S. troops, the military said Monday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4177447,00.html

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Violence flares in Baghdad :

Violence flared in Baghdad and other areas capping a bloody week that saw 71 people die in attacks.
www.abc.net.au/am/content/2004/s1126049.htm

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Dying in squalor, the children betrayed by broken promises:

Baghdad doctors despair at hospital's filthy conditions and lack of drugs
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/
06/05/whosp05.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/06/05/ixworld.html

tinyurl.com/2namz

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Global Poll Finds Pessimism, Linked to U.S. Power :

A majority of people in 19 key countries are pessimistic about the world's current direction, says a just-released survey, which found a high correlation between that feeling and the belief that U.S. influence is increasingly negative, particularly as compared to Europe.
ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=24042

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Australia: Labor digs in on Iraq pullout:

LABOR would refuse to keep Australian troops in Iraq even if there was a request to stay from the country's new Government.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9780415%255E421,00.html

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U.S. forces not wanted:

The use of U.S. forces in Southeast Asia to fight terrorism would fuel Islamic fanaticism in the region and potentially generate social and political instability, Defense Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia said Sunday.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=523668.html

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Beating Specialist Baker:

The prison abuse scandal refuses to die because soothing White House explanations keep colliding with revelations about dead prisoners and further connivance by senior military officers˜and newly discovered victims, like Sean Baker
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=OPINION&oid=52521

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Pentagon Report Set Framework For Use of Torture :

The report seemed “designed to find the legal loopholes that will permit the use of torture against detainees,” said Mary Ellen O'Connell, an international-law professor at the Ohio State University who has seen the report. “CIA operatives will think they are covered because they are not going to face liability.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6288.htm

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Report: US 'not bound by torture laws':

The report contended that the president, as commander-in-chief, has the authority to approve almost any physical or psychological actions during interrogation, including torture, the newspaper reported.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3783869.stm

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Iraq jail abuses tied to Aussie:

AN Australian military lawyer drafted a letter for the discredited head of prisons in Iraq that allowed guards to ignore the Geneva Convention.
www.thesundaymail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,9776729%255E421,00.html

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Senate committee still missing key documents in prisoner abuse case:

Among the missing documents is a report to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld from Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the head of prison operations in Iraq, on rules for interrogating prisoners.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/8842408.htm

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Rumsfeld fears U.S. losing long-term fight against terror :

The United States and its allies are winning some battles in the terrorism war but may be losing the broader struggle against Islamic extremism that is terrorism's source, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Saturday.
www.suntimes.com/output/terror/cst-nws-rums06.html

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Anti-terror ploys :

The bankruptcy of fear-mongering as policy : If there is any doubt that the Bush administration poses a greater threat to liberty as we know it than al-Qaida, Attorney General John Ashcroft dispels that doubt regularly.
www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/Opinion/Editorials/03OpOP02060404.htm

tinyurl.com/24o85

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Muzzling a Marine:

The Pentagon orders the military spokesman featured in the acclaimed documentary “Control Room” not to talk — and now he plans to walk.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/muzzling.html

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Five brothers had been accused of aiding terror, but focus has changed:

Eighteen months ago, Attorney General John Ashcroft hailed the indictments of five brothers as a milestone in the Bush administration's efforts to eliminate sources of terrorist financing. But the case in a Dallas federal court bears only a passing resemblance to the grandiose scheme outlined by Mr. Ashcroft.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6287.htm

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Chief wants FBI to have a domestic spy division :

The division would be largely independent from the rest of the FBI and have its own budget. It would include all the bureau's intelligence-gathering resources. The chief would report directly to Mueller.
www.dailystar.com/dailystar/news/24786.php

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Under the Banner of the 'War' on Terror:

An important question remains for Americans to ponder: Why have most people submitted so willingly to a new political order organized around fear? Other nations have confronted terrorism of a more sustained nature without coming thoroughly unhinged.
www.thenation.com/docprint.mhtml?i=20040621&s=greider

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FBI Stops Train En Route To Washington:

An Amtrak train heading to Washington from Chicago was stopped and searched at the Cumberland yard in western Maryland after a member of the U.S. military reported that two men of Middle Eastern descent were acting suspiciously.
www.nbc4.com/homelandsecurity/3388401/detail.html

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Here Is the Latest News From Neocons:

News reports suggest US troops will deploy to Saudi Arabia to “save‰ Saudi oil fields from “Al-Qaeda‰ attacks. And because “Al-Qaeda‰ militants killed an American there last Saturday.
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=46283&d=5&m=6&y=2004

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Noam Chomsky: Doctrines And Visions:

Who Is To Run The World, And How?: The phrase “new imperial grand strategy” is not mine. It has a much more interesting source: the leading establishment journal, Foreign Affairs, the journal of the Council on Foreign Relations. The invasion of Iraq was virtually announced in Sept 2002, along with the Bush Administration's National Security Strategy
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=40&ItemID=5660

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Circle of self-interest hides the truth:

When I started reporting politics in the late 1980s, prime ministers and ministers lied as a last resort. Fifteen years later, government deceit is just another way to win a political debate or destroy a political opponent. How come?
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/05/1086377185352.html#

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US military eyes northern Australian bases:

The United States is close to deciding whether to spend tens of millions of dollars establishing permanent joint training facilities in northern Australia for its military forces.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/06/1086460175823.html

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Australia: Desperate to avoid the truth:

The chief of the defence force General Cosgrove has been caught misleading the people yet again. He told Senate Estimates this week that Australia had an agreement with the Americans that they would detain POWs in Iraq on our behalf so we could avoid our responsibilities under the Geneva Conventions to ensure they were not tortured.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/03/1086203570793.html#

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Defiance at Barghouti sentence:

The sentencing by an Israeli court of Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti to five consecutive life terms provokes a defiant response in many Arabic papers.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3782815.stm

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Jordan rejects Barghouti's sentences :

Jordan Monday said the five life sentences plus 40 years handed down by an Israeli court to Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti Sunday are illegal.
feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/?sid=aa5d5cf954629c4e

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Start with freedom for the Palestinians :

For the last three years, Arab youth has been mesmerized by two leaders, the radical fanatic Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and the secular democrat Marwan Barghouti in Palestine. Israel, which has lumped the two together as terrorists, condemned Barghouti to life imprisonment on Sunday. This will prove not only morally reprehensible, but also a setback for the struggle between freedom and fanaticism in the Middle East.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=523741.html

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Uri Avnery: To drink from the sea of Gaza:

Perhaps Abraham Lincoln was right that you can't fool all the people all the time, but a lot of people can surely be fooled for a long, long time. Just look at Ariel Sharon.
www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/uavnery87.htm

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Pentagon has lost track of exported missiles:

Terrorists could use anti-aircraft Stinger missiles, critics say
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/06/02/MNGT26VCPB1.DTL

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Democracy Now! : Ronald Reagan 1911-2004:

Noam Chomsky, Helen Caldicott, Robert Parry Discuss Reagan's Policies. The network and newspaper coverage of his death has brought forth a chorus of praise from Democrats and Republicans. Much of the reporting and commentary has represented a dramatic revision of the history of the Reagan years in office
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6286.htm

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Planet Reagan : In this mourning space, there must be room made for the truth.

Writer Edward Abbey once said, “The sneakiest form of literary subtlety, in a corrupt society, is to speak the plain truth. The critics will not understand you; the public will not believe you; your fellow writers will shake their heads.” The truth is straightforward:
www.truthout.org/docs_04/060704A.shtml

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66 (Unflattering) Things About Ronald Reagan:

A cheat sheet for those who dare to point out the Reagan presidency was not all that glorious and was more nightmare in America than morning in America.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6285.htm

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