Information Clearing House  Digest June 18-23 2004
Date: 23 Jun 2004

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1 YEAR & 75 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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22 killed in Iraq violence:

Two U.S. soldiers were killed Wednesday and 20 Iraqis slain or wounded in separate incidents across Iraq.
tinyurl.com/2uash

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Five soldiers killed in Afghanistan landmine explosion :

Five Afghan soldiers were killed and two wounded on Wednesday when their vehicle was hit by an explosive device in an attack that Afghan officials blamed on the ousted Taliban.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_844824,00050004.htm

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Baghdad's view on Korean beheading: he deserved it:

On the streets of Baghdad, there was little sympathy for South Korean Kim Sun-Il, beheaded by his captors and dumped on the road between Baghdad and Fallujah.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/23/1087845010202.html?oneclick=true

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Iraq combat: What it's really like over there:

This Army lieutenant sums up the combat experience better than many a grizzled veteran:
www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/news/editorial/8992746.htm

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Iraq ministers told only US can impose martial law :

The US-led occupation authority in Baghdad has warned Iraq's interim government not to carry out its threat of declaring martial law, insisting that only the US-led coalition has the right to adopt emergency powers after the June 30 handover of sovereignty.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1087373185393

tinyurl.com/2r78b

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The pretence of an independent Iraq:

The new government has a few cards in its hands, but the resistance to the occupation is growing
argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=533904

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The struggle for sovereignty:

Democracy in Europe grew out of popular action against unrepresentative rule; the resistance in Iraq is part of the same story
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1245135,00.html

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Saddam Suddenly Looks Innocent:

Can it be that there is nothing that Saddam has done all these years that cannot be justified as the permissible acts of a head of state acting in defense of his people.
wanniski.com/showarticle.asp?articleid=3643

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Turkey Asks United States To Make An Explanation For Turkish Driver Shot Dead By U.S. Soldiers:

Sources said that according to primary information they had received, U.S. soldiers who had opened fire were drunk, which proved that the U.S. army deployed in Iraq faced a serious problem.
www.turkishpress.com/turkishpress/news.asp?ID=21492

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Muqtada al-Sadr followers decline invitation to join national conference :

An al-Sadr spokesman said the cleric declined to participate because his movement has thousands of followers but was only offered one seat at the July conference, which is supposed to discuss Iraq's challenges and its political future as well as select a 100-member National Council.
www.boston.com/dailynews/175/world/Radical_Shiite_cleric_s_follow:.shtml

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U.S. Stuck In Iraq :

Wolfowitz said a continued U.S. presence in Iraq is likely to cost taxpayers as much as $60 billion through the end of next year, twice what Congress has approved.
www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,FL_iraq_062304,00.html

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Afghan detainees routinely tortured and humiliated by US troops :

The nature of the alleged abuse indicates that what happened at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq was part of a pattern of interrogation that has been common practice since the US invasion of Afghanistan.
www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,1284,1245236,00.html

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Bush reserved right to torture:

President Bush claimed the right to waive anti-torture laws and treaties covering prisoners of war after the invasion of Afghanistan, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized guards to strip detainees and threaten them with dogs, documents released yesterday show.
www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.php?page=national&story_id=062304b1_iraq_detainees

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Saudi Shiite leader recounts ordeal at Abu Ghraib:

A Saudi just freed from Iraq‚s infamous Abu Ghraib prison said in remarks published on Wednesday he had seen prisoners tortured and others die from lack of medical treatment or from shelling of the facility.
tinyurl.com/2xuf8

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'They said this is America . . .

if a soldier orders you to take off your clothes, you must obey'
www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,1284,1245055,00.html

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Harvard Law's Impeachment Letter:

“We write to register our objection to the systematic violation of human rights practiced or permitted by authorities of the United States within occupied Iraq during recent months
www.iraq-letter.com/

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Torture Trail:

This story˜which may, if followed up by the media, be the most damaging illumination yet of lawless acts by the Bush administration in the war on terrorism
www.villagevoice.com/issues/0425/hentoff.php

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U.S. drops effort to shield troops from world court :

Under increasing criticism of abuses of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States was facing a diplomatic defeat in the 15-nation council over the U.S.-sponsored text. Instead, it is now pressing for a resolution that would shield U.S. personnel from prosecution only through June 2005.
tinyurl.com/2aybv

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UK: Blair Criticises US War Prosecutions Immunity Bid :

American efforts to protect its soldiers from international prosecution for war crimes were attacked as “misjudged‰ by the Prime Minister today.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3105238

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Amnesty International: Human rights fall victim to the “War on Terror”:

Governments in the region and the US government have treated nationals and residents of the area with a disturbing disregard for the rule of law and fundamental human rights standards.
web.amnesty.org/library/index/engmde040022004

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The predatory policies of the world's de facto government :

That the US operates outside the law, as a de facto world ruler, has been amply evident for some time, and is hardly specific to the Bush presidency. No man-made law binds the US military machine and the country's intelligence apparatus.
www3.sympatico.ca/sr.gowans/predatory.html

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US 'losing fight against terror':

Iraq's alleged links with al-Qaeda were among reasons advanced by the Bush administration for its invasion of Iraq – an operation the book brands as an “avaricious, premeditated, unprovoked war against a foe who posed no immediate threat”.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3832913.stm

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A Child's ABCs of Terrorism:

A is for Al Qaeda and amnesia. Are you old enough to remember when the war on terror was being fought against people who actually attacked us?
citypages.com/databank/25/1227/article12184.asp

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Afghans Behead Taliban in Revenge for Beheadings:

Afghan soldiers beheaded four Taliban fighters after guerrillas cut off the heads of an Afghan interpreter for U.S.-led forces and an Afghan soldier, a government commander said on Tuesday.
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/reuters20040622_328.html

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Beheading of Taliban Would Be War Crime:

The reported beheading of Taliban captives by Afghan forces this week would be a war crime and the troops and commanders responsible should be put on trial, a U.S.-based human rights group said Wednesday
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5494860

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Statement on Taliban Beheadings Retracted :

A senior Afghan militia commander said Wednesday that troops from Afghanistan's U.S.-trained national army beheaded four Taliban fighters to avenge the similar slaying of an Afghan soldier and a military interpreter. He later retracted his statement after a strong government denial.
www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040623/API/406230689

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We have always spent Iraqi money on that:

It turns out our oft-repeated generosity towards Iraq mainly involves using Iraqi money distributed as cash in $100 bills by American military teams roaming the country — all the while spending very little of the actual aid money designated by Congress as Iraqi reconstruction funds
www.underthesamesun.org/content/2004/06/we_have_always.html

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 06/22/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/2rr3s

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Satire:

Coalition: Vast Majority Of Iraqis Still Alive:

Bremer said Tuesday. “As anyone who's taken a minute and actually looked at the figures can tell you, the vast majority of Iraqis are still alive˜as many as 99 percent. While 10,000 or so Iraqi civilians have been killed, pretty much everyone is not dead.”
www.theonion.com/news/index.php?issue=4025

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Did Ashcroft brush off terror warnings?:

FBI officials have contradicted testimony by Attorney General John Ashcroft to the 9/11 commission about whether he brushed off terrorism warnings.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5271234/

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Rev. Moon holds coronation at Capitol:

More than a dozen lawmakers attended a congressional reception this year honoring the Rev. Sun Myung Moon at which Moon declared himself the Messiah and said his teachings have helped Hitler and Stalin be “reborn as new persons.”
www.sunherald.com/mld/thesunherald/news/world/8988597.htm

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In case you missed it?:

Rev. Moon, the Bushes & Donald Rumsfeld :

George W. Bush‚s choice of Donald Rumsfeld to be U.S. defense secretary could put an unintended spotlight on the role of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon ˆ a Bush family benefactor ˆ in funneling millions of dollars to communist North Korea in the 1990s as it was developing a missile and nuclear weapons program.
www.commondreams.org/views01/0103-07.htm

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Grim times in Sudan:

Food and water are scarce, women have been gang-raped, disease is rife. In the Darfur conflict, even an experienced aid worker can be taken aback by the hardships suffered – but will the rest of the world hear Sudan's pleas for help?
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/3830095.stm

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Sudan Facing Worst Humanitarian Disaster in the World:

The US-occupation of Iraq is daily headline news around the world. But one conflict that is rarely mentioned, especially by the US media, is Sudan which faces the worst humanitarian disaster anywhere in the world.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/06/23/140223

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On the humanitarian crisis in Sudan:

An estimated 10 million people are reported to be currently undergoing unprecedented humanitarian crisis described as the worst in the world, arising from the deadly confloct in the Western Darfur region in Sudan.
www.dailytimesofnigeria.com/DailyTimes/2004/June/23/On.asp

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Sudan may be next for genocide:

The dictionary defines genocide as “the systematic killing of a racial or cultural group.” The U.S. government is reviewing whether Darfur qualifies for the designation.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apus_story.asp?category=1110&slug=A%20New%20African%20Genocide%3F

tinyurl.com/2lk48

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8 Detained British Sailors Freed:

Iran says it's keeping the three boats on which the Britons had traveled, along with some unspecified equipment.
www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=1963392&nav=0s3dO8iL

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North Korea offers to freeze nuke programmes :

North Korea today offered to freeze its nuclear programmes if the US abandoned its “hostile” policies towards it as the third-round of six-party talks on the vexed Korean nuclear issue commenced here
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/001200406232063.htm

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Russian Repression Triggers Backlash In Ingushetia:

Local commentators are virtually unanimous in their conclusion that this week's guerrilla raids on strategic targets in Ingushetia in which around 90 people were killed were the deliberate response to the Kremlin's policy.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/06/faac0611-65a2-4541-b2c4-3f1ae886916e.html

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House approves defense spending bill:

The House on Tuesday approved a $417 billion defense spending bill that includes an initial $25 billion for U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus billions of dollars for major weapons systems.
www.airforcetimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-3034251.php

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Peak Oil Revisited ˆ The Bill Collector Calls:

George Bush and Dick Cheney may have meant it when they said that the American way of life is not negotiable. But it most certainly is on life-support and being sustained by cruelty, brute force and lies.
www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/062104_berlin_peak.html

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Bush's Monica Moment :

When Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 opens, we will see George W. Bush's Monica Lewinsky moment.
www.theatlantic.com/unbound/polipro/pp2004-06-23.htm

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Molly Ivins : Rationalizing administration deficiencies:

It was all Saddam's fault that we thought he had WMD. The wily coot fooled us by repeatedly denying that he had any, a fiendishly clever ploy.
www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/opinion/8991624.htm

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Fox News Spins 9/11 Commission Report :

The conservative cable network eagerly defended the Bush administration and criticized the rest of the media for mishandling the story.
www.fair.org/activism/fox-commission.html

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Australia: Media Lies :

The role of The Australian newspaper in pushing the war agenda was essential. Like every other Murdoch newspaper around the world, dutifully pushing their master's wishes
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/23/1087844983212.html

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Fuzzing It Up:

By the time American tanks rumbled across the Kuwaiti-Iraqi border, 70 percent of Americans thought we were avenging 9/11. Someone's been fuzzing like a madman, but the media has merely been taking dictation.
www.uexpress.com/tedrall/

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House ethics panel decides to proceed with DeLay inquiry:

The panel could have held off until a related criminal investigation in Texas runs its course, and may still do so.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/politics/2642180

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Say Good-bye to the Attorney-Client Privilege:

Once upon a time the US Department of Justice respected the legal rights that make law a shield of the innocent rather than a weapon in the hands of government. No more.
www.lewrockwell.com/roberts/roberts53.html

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Inside the Federal Government's 'Star Chamber':

Each and every weekday, 11 federal judges meet in secret in Washington and review FBI and Department of Homeland Security requests for warrants to spy on Americans.
www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_4724.shtml

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IOF Kills Two Palestinians, Wounds Others in Gaza and Nablus :

Eyewitnesses asserted that the Israeli occupying forces (IOF) while bulldozing and razing lands east of Beit Hanun, opened gunfire early this morning at Abu Sa'deh, killing him instantly.
www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_e/ipc_e-1/e_News/news2004/2004_06/147.html

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Israeli military abuses on display:

The Israeli army has grilled a group of ex-conscripts over a photo exhibition they say documents abuses of Palestinians by troops and Jewish settlers in the West Bank.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/21AF121E-7D8F-4E5D-8CB9-D0D6CB320B7A.htm

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Another U.S. Air Strike Kills Four in Iraqi Town of Falluja:

A U.S. air strike in the flashpoint Iraqi town of Falluja killed four people Tuesday, witnesses and a hospital official said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5485847

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Ex-spy chief lifts veil on torture:

Canada's spy agency deals with foreign services suspected of using torture, its former head has admitted.
tinyurl.com/3xf9s

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Saddam‚s Prison Letter:

The captive Iraqi tells his family to Œsay hello to everyone‚˜and his lawyer claims that the former dictator‚s human rights are being violated in jail
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5270914/site/newsweek/

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Coffin photos remain taboo as Senate backs Pentagon policy :

Yesterday's 54-39 vote to continue the ban came as the American death toll in Iraq reached 837.
www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=13549

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AP Sues for Access to Bush Guard Records:

There are questions as to whether the file provided to the news media earlier this year is complete, says the lawsuit, adding that these questions could possibly be answered by reviewing a copy of the microfilm of Bush's personnel file in the Texas archives.
www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/breaking_news/8985661.htm

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Mid-East coverage baffles Britons:

UK television news coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is confusing viewers and favouring the Israeli position, a new report says.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3829967.stm

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UN Hoping to Pass Anti-Semitism Resolution :

Israel is hoping for a new United Nations (UN) commitment to fight growing anti-Semitism. This comes on the heels of the UN 's first-ever conference dedicated to combating anti-Jewish hatred around the world.
www.cbn.com/CBNNews/News/040622c.asp

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1 YEAR & 74 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Headline Article

The Secrets of Occupation:

Scott Taylor, returned from a volatile Iraq with more harrowing tales of the “liberated‰ country under occupation rule. In this interview, Taylor presents new evidence of how the US Army is trying to evade responsibility for its actions- and how some soldiers hope to cash in from the chaos.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6368.htm

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At least 57 die in Chechen rebel attack:

The attacks underscored the Russian military's failure to defeat separatists in neighboring Chechnya after five years of fighting, and raised new fears of spreading violence in southern Russia.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Russia%20Attack

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Chechnya's 200-year independence struggle:

The war in the north Caucusus has its origins in a 200-year old struggle of Chechen people to shake off Russian rule.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0AB12B04-9133-4929-A8C1-A2C69AC4F035.htm

tinyurl.com/36xxu

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Lecturer and her husband murdered in Iraq: police:

Suspected assassins killed a university lecturer and her husband in the latest attacks on prominent Iraqis in the northern city of Mosul, police said on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/yvt28

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2 children killed in car bomb blast west of Baghdad :

Two children were killed in a car bomb explosion in western suburb of Baghdad on Tuesday, witnesses said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-06/22/content_1540673.htm

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Two US soldiers killed

TWO US soldiers were killed and one wounded last night in a small arms attack near Balad, 75km north of Baghdad, the US military said.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9929091%255E1702,00.html

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Blast kills Iraq minister's bodyguard :

A bodyguard of Iraqi minister of state Adnan al-Janabi was killed in the blast along with a six-year-old boy. Janabi himself was not in the area.
tinyurl.com/2te2o

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U.S. Soldier Killed in Baghdad:

A mortar attack in Baghdad and two assaults on U.S. forces northeast of the capital killed one soldier and wounded nine others, the military said Tuesday
www.abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040622_227.html

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Afghans Behead Taliban in Revenge for Beheadings

Afghan soldiers beheaded four Taliban fighters after guerrillas cut off the heads of an Afghan interpreter for U.S.-led forces and an Afghan soldier, a government commander said on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/2zt5h

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Iraqi Militants Behead Korean Hostage:

An Iraqi militant group has beheaded its South Korean hostage, Al-Jazeera television reported Tuesday. The South Korean foreign ministry issued a statement confirming the report.
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040622_946.html

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Seoul plans pullout of civilians:

South Korea has said it will evacuate all of its nationals doing business in Iraq while South Koreans awaited word on a countryman held captive there and threatened with beheading.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/964D8B9E-5936-47FE-BF51-7452C9525DC6.htm

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(Un)Covering Torture :

Iraqi doctors who treated Zoman shortly after his release confirmed there were point burns on his feet and hands, lash marks on his back, bruises on his arms and a blunt force injury to the back of his head.
newstandardnews.net/content/?action=show_item&itemid=579&printmode=true

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CIA: No Iraqi officer link in al-Qaida meeting:

White House official denies commissioner's statement that tied Saddam's Fedayeen unit to al-Qaida
tinyurl.com/33yfh

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UN slams US over spending Iraq funds :

United Nations-mandated auditors have sharply criticised the US occupation authority for the way it has spent more than $11bn in Iraqi oil revenues and say they have faced “resistance” from coalition officials.
tinyurl.com/2mabq

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'No top terrorists at Guantanamo' :

Senior American intelligence and military officials directly contradicted the Bush administration yesterday, saying not a single detainee at Guantanamo Bay was a high-ranking terrorist.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6364.htm

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Flurry of Suicide Attempts at Guantanamo:

Flurry of Suicide Attempts at Guantanamo Came After New General Took Charge
www.abcnews.go.com/wire/Politics/ap20040622_408.html

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Bush Faces Major Test at UN on Exemption from War Crimes Court:

Washington must secure at least nine votes from the 15-member Council, but indications so far are that it is likely to fall short of that goal.
www.oneworld.net/article/view/88577/1/

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Security firm's $293m deal under scrutiny:

A private British firm that won a $293 million contract from the Pentagon for coordinating security in Iraq is headed by a retired British commando with a reputation for illicit arms deals in Africa and for commanding a murderous military unit in Northern Ireland, human rights activists and security analysts said yesterday
www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2004/06/22/security_firms_293m_deal_under_scrutiny/

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Iran to put 8 British crewmen on trial :

“The vessels were 1,000 meters inside Iranian territorial waters,” the broadcast said. “'The crew have also confessed to having entered Iranian waters.”
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=526053.html

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US offers compromise on Saddam custody :

It said it would retain physical custody of Saddam but legal custody would go to Baghdad. The deal would allow Iraqi defence and prosecution lawyers access to the prisoner to prepare for his trial.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1244818,00.html

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Mutually Assured Pre-Emption:

According to the logic of the new Bush Doctrine, and indeed under established international law, whatever we may think about Saddam Hussein, Iraq had every right to take pre-emptive measures to counter the imminent U.S. threat posed by Bush's war preparations.
www.counterpunch.org/lindorff06222004.html

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Turns out peaceniks were the real patriots all along:

It is patriotic to question the government.
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/CalgarySun/News/2004/06/22/509164.html

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Powell gave U.N. 'ambiguous' data on Iraqi weapons, NSA chief says:

General says in new book that audiotapes offered as evidence are inconclusive
tinyurl.com/2ltro

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Wolfowitz Defends Chalabi to House Panel :

Wolfowitz, the No. 2 Defense Department official, said Chalabi's group, the Iraqi National Congress, had supplied useful information to U.S. forces.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4233016,00.html

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U.S. Doubles Number of Terrorism Deaths in 2003:

International terrorism killed 625 people last year, more than double the 307 deaths the Bush administration cited in a faulty report used to argue it is winning the war on terrorism, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/security_usa_terrorism_dc

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Bush's Ratings Erode as Anti-Terror Fighter:

Public confidence in President Bush's ability to fight terrorism has significantly eroded, in a challenge to his re-election campaign as a “war president,” according to a poll released on Monday
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=5476960

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Dry-Drunk President Losing His Grip?:

The lies, delusions and deceptions of George W. Bush have reached a point where the “dry drunk” madness and the “stinking thinking” in his frighteningly flawed mind are what drives all his remarks on the bogus al-Qaida-Iraq connection and the president's rigid, judgmental world view.
www.niagarafallsreporter.com/gallagher169.html

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Paul Krugman: Noonday in the Shade:

F.B.I. agents discovered a weapons cache containing fully automatic machine guns, a chemical weapon ˜ a cyanide bomb ˜ big enough to kill everyone in a 30,000-square-foot building. Strangely, though, the attorney general didn't call a press conference to announce the discovery of the weapons cache, or the arrest of William Krar, its owner. He didn't even issue a press release.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6366.htm

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Without A Hearing:

Padilla's case raises probably the starkest civil liberties questions that have come with the war on terrorism: Do the law and the Constitution permit the government to imprison a U.S. citizen indefinitely, without the benefit of a lawyer or a court hearing, merely on the president's word that this American is a potential terrorist?
www.bouldernews.com/bdc/insight/article/0,1713,BDC_2494_2974339,00.html

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Criminal Representation:

Did Congress quietly make it a crime for lawyers to defend terror suspects?
www.reason.com/0406/fe.jd.criminal.shtml

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Audience gasps as judge likens election of Bush to rise of Mussolini:

The 71-year-old judge declared that members of the public should, without regard to their political views, expel Mr. Bush from office in order to cleanse the democratic system.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6367.htm

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Fascism Anyone?

The 14 identifying Characteristics Of Fascism:
www.secularhumanism.org/library/fi/britt_23_2.htm

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Destroying World Order: U.S. Imperialism in the Middle East Before and After September 11:

This book explains how September 11, ominously like the Reichstag Fire in Weimar Germany, as Boyle himself points out, is often the pretext the United States uses to justify its Machiavellian power plays in the Middle East and Central Asia, areas of extreme strategic importance.
www.onlinejournal.com/Books___Reviews/062204McLellan/062204mclellan.html

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Uri Avnery: Sharon‚s ŒPalestinian state‚:

The walled enclaves will lead, of course, to bloodshed on an unbelievable scale. No people on earth will submit to such a life. For thousands and thousands of young Palestinians, a martyr‚s death will be preferable
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6365.htm

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The story TV news won't tell:

Since the Palestinians began their armed uprising against Israel's military occupation three years and eight months ago, British television and radio's reporting of it has been, in the main, dishonest – in concept, approach and execution.
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4951749-103552,00.html

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Nader criticizes US bias to Israel:

Ralph Nader, vehemently criticized the American policies towards the Middle East and Washington's full bias to Israel.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/040619/2004061905.html

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Nader: US should disengage from Israel:

No diplomatic plan can be acceptable unless it allows for the right of return for Palestinian refugees and a full Israeli withdrawal to 1967 borders, a spokesman for US Presidential candidate Ralph Nader told the Jerusalem Post.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1087891958064&p=1006688055060

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 06/21/04:

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Sudan – Darfur: Many Displaced Are Attacked Or Raped:

In Mornay, for example, five percent of the population had been killed during that period. A further 10 percent have either disappeared or have fled to other areas for safety.‰
www.voanews.com/EnglishtoAfrica/article.cfm?objectID=AC744BD4-9766-4C67-9900519E171CBCC3

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Donors fail to deliver for people of Darfur, Sudan

International agency Oxfam today attacked donor governments for failing to deliver enough funding to help an estimated two million people affected by the crisis in Darfur, western Sudan.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/fromthefield/108792864954.htm

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Religious urge protests against Bush visit:

A group of leading Irish religious representatives came out in support of protests against the forthcoming visit of US President George Bush to Ireland.
212.2.162.45/news/story.asp?j=145790800&p=y4579y75x&n=145791787

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Shooting death angers Iraqi family:

Only after the soldiers left with what appeared to be a prisoner did Bawi's brother find his bloodied body, shot five times and stuffed behind a refrigerator underneath a pile of mattresses.
www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2004/06/21/shooting_death_angers_iraqi_family/

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Pakistan's long-range missile may trigger Israeli pre-emptive strike :

Some time this month will see the first test flight of Pakistan's longest-range missile, the Ghauri III missile, which can strike at targets 2,175 miles away.
www.sltrib.com/2004/Jun/06212004/commenta/commenta.asp

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64% of Israeli Jews support encouraging Arabs to leave :

45.3 percent of those polled said they supported revoking Israeli Arabs' right to vote and hold political office.
tinyurl.com/2gtbd

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20 Palestinians wounded by Israeli troops near Selfit? :

As many as 20 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli troops on Monday as they were demonstrating against the separation wall near Selfit.
www.kuna.net.kw/English/Story.asp?DSNO=642770

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Did Ashcroft “Behead” an Innocent Man in an Ohio Election-Terror Scam?:

The ghastly court appearance here in Columbus, Ohio, of Nuradin Abdi has underscored the high likelihood that the Bush Administration used variations of torture to break this impoverished Somali immigrant.
www.dissidentvoice.org/June04/Wasserman-Fitrakis0621.htm

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Headline Article

New Sexual Abuse Charges:

Classified sections of the military's prisoner abuse report detail sexual assaults on women detainees
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6354.htm

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Roadside bomb kills 10 Iraqis, injures 12:

U.S. forces clashed with insurgents north of Baghdad in a battle that killed 10 Iraqis and wounded 12 others, police and hospital officials said today
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Seven killed in gunbattle in Afghanistan:

Government office attacked by 60 Taliban insurgents
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Five police killed in US air attack:

Five police officers were killed and three were injured in a US air attack early today in the Iraqi city of Samarra, according to police reports.
www.deepikaglobal.com/newlatest.asp#17117

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Marine Killed in Iraq's Anbar Province:

The Marine, who was not identified by name or unit, was killed Saturday, the command said. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.
www.xposed.com/headline_news/54_ds_592798.aspx

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Iraq: US Attack in Fallujah Killed Only Civilians:

Iraqi military officers in the city of Fallujah say there is no sign any insurgents were in a house flattened during a U.S. attack that reportedly killed at least 20 civilians.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=6E2040E2-F7DD-404D-8C50B5AD2AF7D63C

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Iraq's Allawi defends U.S. strike that killed 22:

“We inspected the damage, we looked through the bodies of the women and children and elderly. This was a family,” Brigadier Nouri Aboud of the Falluja Brigade told Reuters.
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=WORLD&oid=53500

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New Sexual Abuse Charges:

Classified sections of the military's prisoner abuse report detail sexual assaults on women detainees
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6354.htm

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The Iraqi who sold his life to the Americans :

It is a morally equivocal tale; a dark insight into one of Iraq's most hidden worlds – a place circumscribed by disgrace and fear. The names of all those involved have been changed at the family's request to protect their safety.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1243085,00.html

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UK: MoD probes reports its troops abused Iraqi bodies:

The Ministry of Defence says it is investigating reports that its soldiers mutilated the bodies of Iraqi civilians after a vicious gun battle last month.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=532434&section=news

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UK: Ministry of Defence accused of 'buying silence of families' over civilian deaths:

The Ministry of Defence has been accused of “buying off” families of Iraqi civilians in whose deaths British troops have been involved by making them sign waivers in exchange for compensation payments and “charitable donations”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6344.htm

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US Lacks Votes for Immunity from War Crimes Court:

The Bush administration on Friday still lacked the required nine votes to renew the measure that would give U.S. troops immunity from the new International Criminal Court. The previous resolution expires on June 30.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=574&e=3&u=/nm/20040619/wl_nm/un_court_usa_dc_12

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Feels Like the Third Time:

Newly unearthed, once-classified documents remind us that Abu Ghraib is hardly the first time that torture became policy. Those who have studied techniques that American interrogators taught and used in Vietnam, Latin America, and elsewhere during past decades felt only a grim sense of recognition.
www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId=7829

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Noam Chomsky: USA Already Looks for Alliance with BAAS:

The USA has implemented a large-scale state terrorism for years. Reagan was proved by an international juridical body guilty of world terrorism ˆ on the US military operation in Nicaragua. The UN Security Council denounced the operation in Nicaragua,
www.focus-fen.net/index.php?catid=136&newsid=42195&ch=0&datte=2004-06-20

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Harvard Law Professors Urge Congress to Review Interrogation Policy and Hold Executive Branch Accountable:

A group of more than 450 professors of law, international relations, and public policy, today sent a letter calling on Congress to hold accountable, through impeachment and removal if appropriate, civilian officials from the top of the Executive Branch on down for policies developed at high levels that have facilitated the recent abuses at Abu Ghraib.
www.law.harvard.edu/news/2004/06/16_congressletter.php

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Saddam‚s Daughter To Run For President Of Iraq:

The elder daughter of Saddam Hussein Raghad intends on running for the post of a president of Iraq on coming elections
www.focus-fen.net/index.php?catid=138&newsid=42137&ch=0&datte=2004-06-19

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Security is mainly for the Americans:

Why, they ask, when the American's have fortified their own bases, have so many Iraqis who work for them been left exposed to the terrorists?
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/06/18/wirq118.xml

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Iraq Is a Hub for Terrorism, However You Define It:

In Iraq, some of the same conditions that nurtured terrorism in the mountains of Afghanistan have emerged in the power vacuum created by the American occupation, Iraqis and terrorism experts say.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6348.htm

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No Saudi Payment to Qaeda Is Found:

The staff of the Sept. 11 commission has put forward what amounts to a major revision of a widely held perception in Washington that top Saudi officials gave money to Al Qaeda.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6343.htm

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The Arab backlash the militants didn't expect :

Jason Burke, an expert on al-Qaeda, detects a growing revulsion in the Muslim world against the random atrocities committed by its self-appointed champions and sees in it a promise of terrorism's defeat
www.guardian.co.uk/alqaida/story/0,12469,1243343,00.html

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Getting Screwed By Stop Loss?:

A group of San Francisco attorneys are seeking military service-members who'd be interested in participating as plaintiffs in a legal action contesting the Department of Defense's policy of using “stop-loss” orders to prolong military enlistments indefinitely. Their prospectus follows…
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'A ways to go':

Former soldier Tyrone Roper's road home from Iraq follows many twists and tormenting turns. Once praised by fellow soldiers for his lethal ways with a machine gun, he is still coping with mental injuries from a war that nearly drove him to fratricide and suicide.
www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.soldier20jun20,0,5124763.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines

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Kurds Advancing to Reclaim Land in Northern Iraq:

Thousands of ethnic Kurds are pushing into lands formerly held by Iraqi Arabs, forcing tens of thousands of them to flee to ramshackle refugee camps and transforming the demographic and political map of northern Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6346.htm

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Christians want a Birthright program, too :

A Christian version of Birthright – a program in which young Jews can receive a free trip to Israel – may sound like a strange proposal to some, but Adam Watson, a senior at George Washington University, certainly doesn't think so.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/440547.html

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Video webcast: Dr. Norman Finkelstein: Is Criticism of Israel Anti-Semitic?:
www.workingtv.com/main12.html

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Return of Diego Garcia islanders blocked :

The British government has summarily barred thousands of Indian Ocean islanders from returning to the homes they were cheated out of more than 30 years ago to make way for a US air and naval base.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1240409,00.html

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American Empire Is Squeezing Out American Democracy:

Outside the United States lies “Overseas America,” which, led by a largely unaccountable Pentagon, resembles more and more an empire.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6347.htm

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Dick Cheney and the $5 Million Man:

The Securities and Exchange Commission has finally opened a formal investigation into allegations that Halliburton (in partnership with French petro-engineering company Technip) funneled $180 million into a slush fund to pay bribes in the construction of a $6 billion Nigerian gas refinery—a scandal that French authorities have been probing for a year
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6350.htm

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Prosecutors seeking Lay indictment:

Federal prosecutors plan to ask a grand jury to indict Ken Lay on charges relating to the last few months he was at the helm of Enron as the company spiralled into its stunning 2001 collapse
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/printstory.mpl/front/2635540

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Candidates Strive to Overcome Privilege:

High social standing has played different roles in Kerry's and Bush's political careers. “These people are definitely in the American hereditary upper class,” said Gary Boyd Roberts, a Boston genealogist who has traced Bush's and Kerry's lineages and discovered they are distantly related.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6351.htm

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Whose side is God on this time?:

He won't be on the ballot on Nov. 2, but God is being hauled around to campaign stops all across America as the presidential election heads into its summer stretch.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6349.htm

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Greg Palast : Lost Votes:

In the 2000 presidential election, 1.9 million Americans cast ballots that no one counted. “Spoiled votes” is the technical term. The pile of ballots left to rot has a distinctly dark hue: About 1 million of them — half of the rejected ballots — were cast by African Americans although black voters make up only 12 percent of the electorate.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6353.htm

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In case you missed it?:

Greg Palast: Hail To The Thief:

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

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Financially ailing companies point to Iraq war:

Hundreds of companies blame the Iraq war for poor financial results in 2003, many warning that continued U.S. military involvement there could harm this year's performance.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6345.htm

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We're awash in debt. Does that spell trouble? :

A look at debt in Canada and the United States reveals some eye-popping numbers: In both countries, the level of debt to disposable income is at about 115 per cent, meaning residents owe more than their entire available annual income. A decade ago, that ratio was closer to 85 per cent
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040619.wmath0619/BNStory/Business

tinyurl.com/3dash

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The Sudan crisis is the world's to care about:

A humanitarian crisis of proportions unimaginable to the average American has developed in a part of Africa that requires the attention of every kindly-disposed soul on this island we call Earth and our particular part of it.
www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-pe.column20jun20,0,7155187.story?coll=bal-oped-headlines

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The desperate plight of refugees in Darfur:

Reports from the region indicate that villages have been torched, women raped and cattle stolen during the 16-month conflict, which the UN's under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs — Jan Egeland — has apparently said amounts to ethnic cleansing.
www.mg.co.za/Content/l3.asp?ao=117534

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Sudan's President Orders Crackdown on Armed Groups in Darfur :

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has ordered the disarmament of all fighters in the Darfur region, including those backed by the Sudanese government. Not everyone is convinced his order will be followed.
english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200406/200406200012.html

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Sudanese rebels say take control of wider area:

One of the two main rebel groups in Sudan's western region of Darfur said on Sunday it had extended its control to areas abandoned by government forces since a ceasefire agreement signed in April.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L20549034.htm

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News Headlines for 06/19/04 can be found here.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/#06-19-04

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US Air Raid Kills 22 In Falluja
: "They brought us 22 corpses, children, women and youth," Ahmed Hassan, a cemetery worker, said after the blast.

US air strike on Fallujah poses new threat to Iraqi handover
: Yesterday's raid on Fallujah is troubling because of the raw memories it has stirred up of the hundreds of Iraqi civilians killed there by the Americans in April. It bore the hallmark of a revenge attack straight out of the Israeli book - engendering an incensed reaction similar to that of Palestinians on the receiving of Israeli air raids in Gaza and the West Bank.

Human Rights Watch: U.S.: Pentagon Should Probe Civilian Deaths
: The U.S. military should conduct thorough and impartial investigations above the level of Commander’s Inquiry into incidents of civilian deaths caused by the possible wrongful or unlawful use of force.

US troops, militia clash in Sadr City
: Around 20 Iraqi resistance fighters have been killed or wounded in a day of clashes with US occupation soldiers in Baghdad.

Armed Kurds abduct 10 taxi drivers
: Armed Kurds have abducted 10 taxi-drivers from Samarra to avenge the murders there last week of five Kurdish Iraqi army recruits, a police spokesman said.

Bush told he is playing into Bin Laden's hands
: Al-Qaida may 'reward' American president with strike aimed at keeping him in office, senior intelligence man says

Simon Henderson: Why Osama backs Bush
: Picture the scene: in November, as polls close across the United States, an anxious Osama bin Laden awaits the first predictions of the result. If President Bush loses, will the world's most famous terrorist claim victory? No. He will more likely be despondent.

A Progressive Declaration Against Terror
: Those of us who oppose the disastrous foreign policy of the current administration must make a strong statement both to terrorists who think they would be better off without President Bush and to conservatives trying to manipulate this situation for political gain

Leaders of 9/11 Panel Ask Cheney for Reports
: The leaders of the Sept. 11 commission called on Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday to turn over any intelligence reports that would support the White House's insistence that there was a close relationship between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda.

The "Long Established" Link...: Iraq, al-Qaeda and al-Zarqawi:
If al-Zarqawi did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him. The “Jordanian-born” militant (variously described as “Palestinian” or “Bedouin”) is the link posited by the Bush administration between Saddam Hussein, the secularist, and bin Laden, the Islamic fundamentalist.

Think Again: No Link? Who Knew?
: "You can't distinguish between al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror." - President George W. Bush, September 2002

A war sold on deception
: Two crucial rationales used by President Bush to justify a pre-emptive strike against Saddam Hussein have crumbled. Now it falls to the American people to judge whether the war was sold on falsehoods or wishful exaggerations.

US kept some Iraq intelligence from allies:
: "Before we knew it, our political leaders had created a mythical Iraq, one where every factory was up to no good." Australia, England and the United States have all conducted inquiries into the intelligence each government had prior to the war.

Leo Strauss and the Noble Lie
: The Neo-Cons at War: As our Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld once noted in an off the cuff remark, strategic truths sometimes need be defended by a “bodyguard of lies.”

In case you missed it: Chalmers Johnson Interview
: Chalmers Johnson, former CIA analyist, UC professor and author of Blowback, speaks about the dangers of American Imperialism.

Three-Month-Old Baby Ali Dies in Iraq
: Baby Ali's suffering illustrated the plight of Iraq's children, who are still lacking proper medical care after more than a year of U.S. military occupation.

In case you Missed it?: A Selfish Memorial Day
: The following will come as a shock to readers with U.S. citizenship: The other 95 percent of the world's population doesn't value American lives and limbs higher than those belonging to Afghans, Iraqis or anyone else

O'Reilly: Iraqi people are "primitive," "prehistoric group"
: Radio host and FOX News Channel host Bill O'Reilly told listeners that he has "no respect for" the Iraqi people; that he thinks "they're a prehistoric group"; that they are "primitive"; and that the lesson from the Iraq war is that "we cannot intervene in the Muslim world ever again. What we can do is bomb the living daylights out of them."

The Torturer-in-Chief
: Cloaking themselves in the "War on Terror," Bush and his minions methodically wove an intricate web of deception to convince the American people that Saddam was about to launch the "mushroom cloud," ending civilization as we know it.

Here Come the Death Squad Veterans
: If José Miguel Pizarro has his way, he will recruit 30,000 Chileans as mercenaries to protect American companies under Pentagon contract to rebuild Iraq. And undoubtedly, within those ranks will be former members of death squads that tortured and murdered civilians when dictatorships ruled in Latin America.

Controversial ex-British army officer given key Iraq role
: A controversial former British army officer has been given an unprecedented security role in Iraq, disseminating previously classified information to competitor security companies, according to private contractors in Baghdad.

US Army covers up an ‘embarrassment
’: Many US women soldiers in Iraq are leaving the frontline and returning home, but the Pentagon does not want to reveal their numbers as the “embarassing” statistic includes unwed mothers, media reported on Wednesday.

Israel: MPs come under machine gun fire
: Israeli defence forces have been accused of shooting at a group of British politicians.

Syria plans U.S. Accountability Act
: The Syrian parliament is planning a law banning economic dealings with the United States in response to U.S. sanctions under the Syria Accountability Act.

Bush plans to screen whole US population for mental illness
: While some praise the plan's goals, others say it protects the profits of drug companies at the expense of the public.

Al Qaeda Confirms Killing of Leader in Saudi
: Al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia confirmed Saturday the killing of its leader Abdulaziz al-Muqrin and three other militants by Saudi security forces in Riyadh, the al-Qalaa Web site said.

US widens warning to entire Gulf
: The US is extending its warning to Americans in Saudi Arabia to Westerners in the entire Gulf region.

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1 YEAR & 70 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Body of dead U.S. hostage found:

The body of U.S. engineer Paul Marshall Johnson, who was beheaded by al Qaeda, was found in the Saudi capital Riyadh, according to a Saudi Web news site.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=world
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Hostage family learn the worst:

THE family of Paul Johnson, the US national taken hostage by al-Qaeda gunmen in Saudi Arabia, remained behind closed doors today after news broke of his execution.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,9890667%255E1702,00.html

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Statement, photos show that American hostage in Saudi Arabia has been killed :

One of the three photographs posted on the Internet site showed a man's head, face toward the camera, being held by a hand. The other two showed a beheaded body lying prone on a bed, with the severed head placed in the small of his back.
www.cbc.ca/cp/world/040618/w061856.html

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Pictures Purporting To Show The Body Of Paul Johnson After His Barbaric Murder:

– WARNING – THE PICTURES ON THIS PAGE ARE OF A PARTICULARLY HORRIFIC NATURE AND SHOULD ONLY BE VIEWED BY A MATURE AUDIENCE.
www.homelandsecurityus.com/t14d-Members.jpg

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Paul Johnson‚s brother: “He didn‚t deserve it.‰:

From the beginning, Wayne Johnson believed it was inevitable: that his brother would be killed by the extremists holding him hostage in Saudi Arabia.
www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/local/8958616.htm

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Rebel militias capture Afghan provincial capital; 10 reported killed:

Warlords overran a provincial capital in central Afghanistan, officials said Friday, forcing the governor to flee and reportedly leaving 10 people dead in the latest burst of infighting in this war-fractured nation.
www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=3f50c9c0-a6fb-482d-a11c-db80269e5ca6

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Taliban leader dies in Pakistan mortar attack:

Pakistani forces have killed a former Taliban fighter and four suspected al-Qa'eda militants in a mortar attack near the country's border with Afghanistan.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/06/18/
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British Soldiers Kill Two in Clash with Rebel Cleric's Militia :

British forces clashed with gunmen loyal to rebel cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the south-eastern Iraq for a second day, killing at least two insurgents.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3083007

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Pressure at Iraqi prison detailed:

The officer who oversaw interrogations at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad testified that he was under intense “pressure” from the White House, Pentagon and CIA last fall to get better information from detainees, pressure that he said included a visit to the prison by an aide to national security adviser Condoleezza Rice.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6338.htm

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Republicans defeat effort to subpoena Justice documents on torture:

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday defeated a Democratic-sponsored effort to subpoena documents on torture and interrogation practices from the Justice Department.
www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/politics/8949351.htm

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Bush Says Iraq Posed Threat Because of Terror Link:

President George W. Bush said ``numerous contacts'' between Iraq and the al-Qaeda terrorist network justified the U.S.-led war on Saddam Hussein's regime.
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=71000001&refer=top_world_news&sid=azMEdM2f.xzQ

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Cheney, Still Without Proof Of A Saddam-Al Qaeda Connection, Blames The Media:

He goes further and reintroduces the red herring that it was possible that Saddam had something to do with 9/11. And he did this last night, like a drunk who can‚t quit the bottle.
www.theleftcoaster.com/archives/002078.html

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Putin Says Russia Warned U.S. on Saddam:

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in comments sure to help President Bush, declared Friday that Russia knew Iraq's Saddam Hussein had planned terror attacks on U.S. soil and had warned Washington.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5457972

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Russia 'Warning' on Saddam Puzzles U.S. :

Putin's remarks looked certain to help President Bush, but officials at the State Department expressed bafflement, saying they knew of no such information from Russia.
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=880933&tw=wn_wire_story

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Ray McGovern: Consequential Lies:

As the notion evaporates that the United States could implant democracy in Iraq at gunpoint or that “weapons of mass destruction‰ will ever be found, the Bush administration has resurrected the argument that Saddam Hussein had longstanding ties to Al Qaeda.
www.tompaine.com/articles/consequential_lies.php

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The big lie:

What jumped out at me was that the war had little to do with weapons of mass destruction and almost nothing to do with al-Qaeda. We were on the cusp of waging an unjustified war on the basis of a preposterous lie. Blair and Howard knowingly recycled the US's case for invading Iraq so as to stay in step with Bush. They understood the broader US agenda and were sympathetic to much of it.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/18/1087245110240.html?oneclick=true

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Robert Fisk: Iraq, 1917 :

There are no kings to impose on Iraq today, so we have installed Iyad Allawi, the former CIA “asset”, as prime minister in the hope that he can provide the same sovereign wallpaper as Faisal once did. Our soldiers can hide out in the desert, hopefully unattacked, unless they are needed to shore up the tottering power of our present-day “Faisal”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6337.htm

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Blood of Victory :

George W. Bush has accomplished exactly what he set out to do in launching his aggression: the installation — of a client state in Iraq, led by a strongman who will facilitate the Bush Regime's long-term (and long-declared) strategic goal of establishing a permanent military “footprint” in the key oil state, while also guaranteeing the short-term goal of opening the country to exploitation by Bush cronies and favored foreign interests.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6336.htm

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Charley Reese: Hypocrisy:

The biggest single problem the federal government has is its hypocrisy. It talks one way and acts another. It talks of spreading democracy while supporting dictators; it blathers about human rights while violating them; and it claims to promote the rule of law while scoffing at laws it considers inconvenient.
reese.king-online.com/Reese_20040618/index.php

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 06/17/04:

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

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“In A World of Shit”:

A remarkable briefing yesterday at the Middle East Institute by Ahmed S. Hashim, a Naval War College professor just returned from Iraq, painted in broad outlines the potentially catastrophic situation that the Bush administration faces in Iraq
www.tompaine.com/articles/in_a_world_of_shit.php

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US holding thousands in secret jails':

The centres are in Iraq, Cuba, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Jordan and on two US ships, said the human-rights group. They fail to meet obligations under US and international law on the treatment of prisoners, said the report entitled Ending Secret Detention.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/EF07FE60-A288-4814-8179-EC4716D740F2.htm

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Senate Votes to Add 20,000 Troops to Army :

Defying the Bush administration, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to add 20,000 troops to an Army stretched thin by the war in Iraq and other commitments around the world.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=512&e=5&u=/ap/20040618/ap_on_go_co/army_troops

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Long live the King:

On last week‚s test case of the PATRIOT Act — in which a jury resoundingly vindicated a University of Idaho student, but only after our government destroyed his life
www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?ItemID=17139

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Pentagon seeks OK to spy on Americans:

New bill would allow Pentagon to gather intelligence on US residents without their knowledge.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0617/dailyUpdate.html

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Patriot Act Provision Invoked, Memo Says :

The FBI asked the Justice Department last fall to seek permission from a secret federal court to use the most controversial provision of the USA Patriot Act, four weeks after Attorney General John D. Ashcroft said that part of the law had never been used, according to government documents disclosed this week.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6339.htm

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Creeping fascism:

It is just one lie after another, one cover-up after another, one egregious tromping of our Constitution after another, and yet almost half the population supports the Bush Regime.
www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/061804Wolf/061804wolf.html

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Video: Despotism & Democracy :

Measures how a society ranks on a spectrum stretching from democracy to despotism. Explains how societies and nations can be measured by the degree that power is concentrated and respect for the individual is restricted.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4971.htm

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Haiti and Abu Ghraib:

A U.S. prison consultant sent last year to “reform” Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, now world infamous for the torture U.S. soldiers there inflicted on Iraqis, is doing the same job now in Haiti.
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=55&ItemID=5727

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Interview with Ralph Nader, a dreamer at the White House:

Civil liberties and due process of law are eroding due to the “war on terrorism” and new technology that allows easy invasion of privacy.
www.zabrinskypoint.org/NaderInterview.html

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The Perle-Hersh Transcript Watch:

Richard Perle promised us a 90-page Sy Hersh dossier. So, where is it?: Fifteen months ago, Richard N. Perle very publicly promised to sue Seymour M. Hersh for libel in an English court over Hersh's investigative profile, “Lunch With the Chairman,” published in The New Yorker.
slate.msn.com/id/2102577/

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Israel plans 'remote-control' Gaza border :–

The Israeli army envisions a “remote control” border for the Gaza Strip after a troop withdrawal, including unmanned patrol cars and computerised observation posts that would automatically spot and kill attackers, a military official said on Friday.
www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=79&art_id=qw1087552801121B253

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A Tale of Two Ethnic Cleansings:

Intra-ethnic fighting between the North and the South has for decades beset Sudan. News coming out of Sudan indicates that government-backed Arab militias have ethnically cleansed up to 120,000 members of Black tribes in the western Dafur region of Sudan. The reports of devastation are horrible and the term genocide is properly being wielded.
www.dissidentvoice.org/June04/Petersen0617.htm

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Sudan: how you can help :

We provide a directory of charities coordinating aid to the African country hit by a humanitarian crisis the UN describes as the world's worst
www.guardian.co.uk/sudan/story/0,14658,1242074,00.html

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US army officer charged for murder of Sadr follower:

A US army officer has been charged over the murder of an Iraqi follower of Shiite Muslim radical cleric Moqtada Sadr, the US military said Thursday.
www.spacewar.com/2004/040617201449.3yuvrec8.html

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Annan Against U.S. War Crimes Exemption:

Defying the United States, Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to stop shielding American peacekeepers from international prosecution for war crimes.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4215827,00.html

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Report Says U.S. Has 'Secret' Detention Centers:

The United States is holding terrorism suspects in more than two dozen detention centers worldwide and about half of these operate in total secrecy, said a human rights report released on Thursday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=5450783

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In case you missed it:

Hiding the gulag: Things have gotten so bad, the Bush administration is lying even to its own lawyers
www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/news_features/other_stories/multi-page/documents/03866773.asp

tinyurl.com/3fark

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Bush has a Lot to Answer for on Iraq Torture :

The War Crimes Act of 1996 punishes any U.S. national, civilian or military, who engages in a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions. A grave breach means the “willful killing, torture or inhuman treatment” of prisoners. If death results, the act imposes the death penalty.
www.commondreams.org/views04/0616-02.htm

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John Pilger: Breaking The Silence:

A hard hitting special report into the “war on terror”

A Must Watch Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/pilger_breaking_the_silence_35mb.htm

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New Information Shows Bush Indecisive, Paranoid, Delusional:

The carefully-crafted image of George W. Bush as a bold, decisive leader is cracking under the weight of new revelations that the erratic President is indecisive, moody, paranoid and delusional.
www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_4704.shtml

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Poll Shows Iraqis Would Feel Safer Without Occupiers:

The poll, conducted in May and obtained by Reuters on Thursday, found only 10 percent of Iraqis had confidence in U.S.-led forces — down from 28 percent in January. Fifty-five percent would feel safer if those troops left Iraq immediately.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=586&ncid=586&e=9&u=/nm/20040617/wl_nm/iraq_poll_dc

tinyurl.com/36qqa

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Poll suggests American public's views on Iraq improve; Bush gains ground:

Almost six in 10, 57 per cent, said the situation in Iraq is going well, up from 46 per cent a month earlier. Almost that many, 55 per cent, said military action in Iraq was the right decision, up slightly from 51 per cent a month earlier.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/cpress/
20040617/ca_pr_on_wo/us_campaign_poll&cid=2149&ncid=2149

tinyurl.com/3e3h2

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House approves $155 billion in corporate tax breaks:

The House on Thursday passed legislation providing $155 billion in tax breaks to U.S. corporations
www.fxstreet.com/nou/noticies/afx/noticia.asp?pv_noticia=1087502679-9e32d306-39388

tinyurl.com/2nd5s

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Saddam agents arrested over murder:

TWO veterans of Saddam Hussein's defunct security service were arrested in Kirkuk for murdering the security chief for Iraq's northern oil field, Ghazi Talabani, and his bodyguard, the Kirkuk police chief said today.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9880376%255E1702,00.html

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Raucous bar scene emerges in Baghdad‚s sealed-off Œgreen zone‚:

In a city where few people drink, Baghdad‚s sealed-off green zone counts at least seven bars, including a Thursday night disco, a sports bar, a British pub, a rooftop bar run by General Electric, and a bare-bones trailer-tavern operated by the contractor Bechtel.
www.gwinnettdailyonline.com/GDP/archive/article8AD6AA276B314E5180DDAFC707180BB0.asp

tinyurl.com/3c9b4

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Australia: Abuse reports went unread :

Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer has revealed that no one in his office read an Amnesty International report into abuse of Iraqi prisoners by United States forces at Abu Ghraib prison despite the report being on the internet last July.
www.thewest.com.au/20040618/news/general/tw-news-general-home-sto126742.html

tinyurl.com/38kw8

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Australia: Morality lost, as Australia refuses to acknowledge its implication in torture:

We cannot accept an ally's rationale for prisoner abuse, then condemn foes for similar actions
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/16/1087244980222.html

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Forgive me, I was wrong on Iraq:

Bishop Tom Frame supported the invasion. Now he seeks God's forgiveness.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/06/17/1087245036392.html?from=storyrhs

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Stymied in Iraq, Hawks Still Positioning US as Globocop :

The planned redeployments, are all part of a global strategy to build, in Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld's words, a ''capability to impose lethal power, where needed, when needed, with the greatest flexibility and with the greatest agility''.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=24211

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