Information Clearing House  Digest June 24-30 2004
Date: 30 Jun 2004

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1 YEAR & 82 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Four killed in Saudi gunfight:

Two Saudi policeman and two suspected Islamic terrorists have been killed in clashes in eastern Riyadh.
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Iraqi insurgents attack U.S. base:

Insurgents fired at least 10 mortar rounds at a U.S. base on the outskirts of Baghdad International Airport today, wounding 11 soldiers, two of them seriously, and starting a fire that burned for well over an hour.
tinyurl.com/3bqx7

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Afghan Taliban Burn Trucks, Kidnap 12 Locals:

Suspected Taliban guerrillas attacked a convoy of trucks carrying food for U.S. forces in a southern province and kidnapped 12 Afghan drivers and workers, a provincial military commander said on Wednesday.
tinyurl.com/3fec3

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Marine Hostage's Beheading Deadline Nears:

Wednesday is the day that Iraqi insurgents claimed that they would execute a Camp Pendleton Marine who was taken hostage last week.
www.nbcsandiego.com/news/3477506/detail.html

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Born Under a Cloud of Irony:

The New, Free Iraq May Officially be in the Hands of a Former Terrorist
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6408.htm

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Shut up, Saddam: Iraqi judge:

“Saddam said good morning and asked if he could ask some questions,” said Salem Chalabi, who heads the tribunal that will try the former dictator.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10005371%255E2703,00.html

tinyurl.com/39vr9

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Britain thinks Saddam will be executed :

Britain accepts that Saddam Hussein is likely to be executed by the Iraqi government for war crimes, senior Government sources have revealed.
www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/11666413?source=Evening

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US military police raid Iraqi detention centre to stop abuse of prisoners:

American military police yesterday raided a building belonging to the Iraqi ministry of the interior where prisoners were allegedly being physically abused by Iraqi interrogators.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1250526,00.html

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Iraq re-instates death penalty: I

n an interview published in a local Arabic newspaper, President Ghazi al-Yawar said the decision was taken shortly after the transfer of power from occupying forces.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200406/s1144101.htm

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Iraqi police impose curfew in holy city of Najaf:

Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has said the interim government, which formally took over sovereignty from the United States on Monday, might impose emergency law in parts of the country racked by an insurgency.
tinyurl.com/2ut4e

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Bush Urges All Autocrats to Yield Now to Democracy:

President Bush called on Muslim nations on Tuesday to embrace democracy and warned Middle East autocrats, including those who are American allies, that they “must recognize the direction of events of the day.”
www.nytimes.com/2004/06/30/international/europe/30PREX.html?pagewanted=print&position=

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Angry Kurdish leaders demand federal state :

Kurdish officials warned yesterday that the unity of Iraq could be at stake if the country's permanent constitution fails to enshrine Kurdish demands for a federal state.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1250517,00.html

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Iraq is worse off than before the war began, GAO reports:

The 105-page report by Congress' investigative arm offers a bleak assessment of Iraq after 14 months of U.S. military occupation.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/9041465.htm

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Dictator-in-Waiting?:

Iraq‚s new prime minister will do whatever needs doing to impose order on the current chaos. Let‚s not pretend he‚s a nascent democrat
msnbc.msn.com/id/5326366/site/newsweek/

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Hand power back to Americans, too:

Bush made America a remorseless killer. Bush's rallying cry in his so-called war on terrorism has been the 3,000 innocents who died on Sept. 11, 2001. The estimates of Iraqi civilians killed by us, range from 3,200 up to 11,300, nearly four times as many civilians who died on 9/11.
tinyurl.com/2xq5e

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IRAQ: Mom shares grief:

Media allowed to view arrival of slain soldier's coffin
www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.php?page=national&story_id=063004b1_iraq_mom

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Blair begins to sidle away from his US ally:

It was during a two-hour interview with Channel 4 News that Mr Blair gave the first signals. He did not start to attack the US president: far from it. This is a more nuanced operation. The Prime Minister has decided to answer questions which, not so long ago, he would have avoided.
news.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=746472004

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Republican senator rips Bush on Iraq strategy:

Hagel says war hurt U.S. in terror battle: Hagel, also said the United States is going to have to consider restarting the draft to maintain its many military commitments abroad.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/06/30/MNGTS7E5RK1.DTL

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Patrick J. Buchanan: The war we're losing:

The war on Iraq into which his neo-conservative advisers prodded the president seems to have ignited the very “war of civilizations” between Islam and America that the president said he wanted to avoid.
www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=39199

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Project for the New American Century;

The power behind the Bush throne: One of the major groups setting foreign policy, especially in the Middle East, is the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). Founded by William Kristol, PNAC has become a major influence on the military policy of the U.S. government through two of its leading members, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Defense Policy Board member Richard Perle.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6413.htm

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Is retired terrorist in Iraq?:

Wolfowitz alleges that notorious Palestinian is making bombs designed to kill Americans, but other officials say there is no evidence
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Australia: Throw Howard out!:

The message is clear: If re-elected, the Coalition government will drag Australia into more US-led wars of aggression.
www.greenleft.org.au/back/2004/587/587p14.htm

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Abu Ghraib, Stonewalled:

While piously declaring its determination to unearth the truth about Abu Ghraib, the Bush administration has spent nearly two months obstructing investigations by the Army and members of Congress.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6414.htm

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UK: Archbishops condemn Iraq jail abuse :

The archbishops and bishops of the Church of England have written to the prime minister, Tony Blair, protesting about the behaviour of US-led forces in Iraq, it emerged today.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1250647,00.html

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Guantanamo: Military hearing for Hicks cast in doubt:

The Pentagon says the military commissions can proceed despite the Supreme Court decision.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/30/1088488031061.html

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Report: Guantanamo Prisoners May Move to U.S:

Pentagon and Justice Department officials said they were considering moving all the prisoners from the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a conservative judicial district within the United States, according to the newspaper.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5552986

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Blair admits UK breached Geneva rules :

Prisoner hooded during interview
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1250472,00.html

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I am back in this s—t hole”:

Bryce Syverson is a tank a gunner on a Bradley fighting vehicle with the 1st Armored Division. Here, Traveling Soldier reprints an email from Bryce to his father on the extension of his deployment.
www.traveling-soldier.org/6.04.syverson.php

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Inside America's secret new justice system :

It took no more than a week for James Wynne, a veteran FBI investigator, to confirm the harmless truth, and now, two years later, he is ready to talk about it:
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=527278.html

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Cleared of Terror, Pakistani Faces Deportation on Felony:

Mahmood, 26, was taken into custody in October 2001 after being observed taking a tourist photograph of a mountain scene. A water-treatment plant was in the background, and he was reported to the FBI as a possible terrorist suspect.
www.democratandchronicle.com/news/0630V64OMKO_news.shtml

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Ashcroft: Tougher Patriot Act needed:

Saying the Patriot Act has helped prevent further terrorist attacks on America, Attorney General John Ashcroft yesterday called for even tougher law-enforcement tools.
www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=39214

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'Chicken George' in Ireland:

George W. Bush won't fondly recall this weekend's close encounter with Ireland—and the feeling is mutual.
counterpunch.org/browne06292004.html

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 06/29/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/28hum

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Israel: Court orders changes to West Bank wall :

“The route that the military commander established for the security fence … injures the local inhabitants in a severe and acute way while violating their rights under humanitarian and international law.”
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1250608,00.html

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The Jewish Divide on Israel:

AIPAC and the Conference of Presidents, along with their powerful fellow travelers, Christian Zionists, have forged a bipartisan consensus in Washington that Middle East policy must privilege the “special relationship” between the United States and Israel.
www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040712&s=kaplan

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2004 Top Ten Career Recipients of Pro-Israel PAC Funds
www.wrmea.com/archives/May_2004/0405026b.html

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Molly Ivins: In faith and politics, beware of hypocrites:

Historically, the Bible has been used to justify some stupefying crimes, including slavery and genocide. I see no indication we are any better at divining the Lord's intent now than we ever were.
www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/opinion/9040811.htm

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The “Quiet” Christians:

You will not see these “quiet” Christians shouting prayers on the street corners or placing huge stones engraved with the Ten Commandments in public buildings, though you may see them, as ordinary citizens, marching on the streets with signs in opposition to what they consider an immoral and unjustified war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6412.htm

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US plans huge show of force in Pacific :

Seven aircraft carriers to move within striking distance of China to register a point with Beijing.
straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/topstories/story/0,4386,259015,00.html

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U.S. Seeks Arms Embargo on Sudan Militias:

The proposed U.N. resolution, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, does not call for any action against the Sudanese government, which the United States and humanitarian groups accuse of backing the militias, known as the Janjaweed.
tinyurl.com/ypfjj

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US talks tough, tells Sudan to control ethnic massacre:

The United States is considering organising an international force to stop the massacre of Africans and their expulsion from their homes in Sudan if the country will not stop the government-supported Arab militia.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/759958.cms

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What drives US policy in Sudan? :

The US Secretary of State is in western Sudan to see for himself an area where more than a million people have been forced from their homes.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3853671.stm

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Russian agents given life for Chechen leader's assassination:

A Qatari court has sentenced two Russian intelligence agents to life imprisonment for assassinating a former Chechen leader earlier this year.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200406/s1144173.htm

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Cuba sanctions come back to bite Bush:

Tough new US sanctions against Fidel Castro's regime designed to shore up the Cuban-American vote in the critical electoral state of Florida have rebounded on the Bush Administration.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/06/30/1088488024354.html

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US airports on alert for Pak terrorists:

At least six airports in the US have been put on alert to look out for travellers from Pakistan, who show signs of having undergone training in terrorist camps.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow/759172.cms

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Voting Official Seeks Terrorism Guidelines :

The government needs to establish guidelines for canceling or rescheduling elections if terrorists strike the United States again, says the chairman of a new federal voting commission.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040625/ap_on_el_ge/election_terrorism_1

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Who's on the list?:

Sam Heyward has voted in almost every election for the past decade or so. But according to the Florida Division of Elections, he's a possible felon who should be struck from the voter rolls.
www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/news/local/9022099.htm

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Justice Department Says It Can't Share Lobbying Data Because Computer System Will Crash:

The Bush administration is offering a novel reason for denying a request seeking the Justice Department's database on foreign lobbyists: Copying the information would bring down the computer system.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGBDP9DE2WD.html

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Filmmaker Describes Humiliation and Sexual Abuse of Iraqi Families in U.S. Raids:

Urban Hamid, who was embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq for two and a half months, describes Iraqis being bound, hooded, humiliated and sexually abused by U.S. troops in neighborhood raids. The rarely-seen footage is broadcast on Democracy Now!
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/06/29/1420223

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Poll: 80% of Iraqis want US to stop patrolling cities :

Forty-one per cent would feel safer if the forces left Iraq altogether, and only 32% would feel less safe.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1249700,00.html

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Unravelling of a nation 'liberated' by the West:

Hamid Karzai has appealed for more Nato troops to maintain security during the Afghan elections. His plea reminds the West that removing a regime does not solve everything. Kim Sengupta examines the state of his nation
news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/story.jsp?story=536593

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Tribunal named to try 3 Guantanamo detainees:

The Pentagon announced today that it has formed a five-member military tribunal to try three terrorism suspects held at this U.S. naval base.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/headline/world/2653412

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Russia releases 7 that U.S. returned as terror suspects:

Seven Russians who were returned to their homeland for investigation and detention after being held by U.S. authorities in Guantanamo Bay prison have been released, Russian prosecutors confirmed yesterday.
www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.hoot29jun29,0,7076972.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines

tinyurl.com/yscmg

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George W. Bush Fought the Law, But the Law Won! :

The U.S. Supreme Court has left pie on G. W. Bush's face. Pulling in the reigns on King George's fantasy that American military can detain hordes of people indefinitely, at their will, without charges or counsel, “interrogating” or torturing them, you choose the language, but in all reality, denying them the basic rights America touts and prides itself upon.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6409.htm

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Don't look other way in Iraq:

In Central America, Negroponte left a trail of blood. In the '80s more than 200,000 people were killed in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Negroponte's role was that of a White House policy enforcer.
tinyurl.com/3bcz3

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Tariq Ali: Intelligent and vigilant citizenry needs to make sure its leaders do not get away with murder:

It is the courage of the poor of Baghdad, Basra and Fallujah that has exposed the political leaders of the West who supported this enterprise.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/06/27/1088274624411.html?from=storylhs

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Futility of war set to haunt US for years:

With more than 80 per cent of Iraqis now wanting the occupying forces to leave, the Bush Administration's claims to moral virtue, political decency and leadership in the struggle for democracy and human rights do not ring true to most Arabs and Muslims.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/28/1088392603559.html?from=storylhs

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Empire Builders: Neocon quiz: Are you a neoconservative?

Take this quiz to find out.
www.csmonitor.com/specials/neocon/quiz/neoconQuiz.html

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Palestinian rockets land close to Sharon in southern Israel :

Rockets fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip landed around 200 metres (yards) from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as he was visiting the southern town of Sderot, witnesses and a senior official said.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/92838/1/.html

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Gaza wipe-out threat from Israeli official:

A senior figure in the Israeli government has said his country could wipe out the Gaza Strip in response to armed Palestinian groups' attacks on Israeli soldiers and Jewish squatters.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/34864ECF-64D2-499E-B0C1-DB16BB24179E.htm

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Israel: More than a million bullets :

It turns out that during the first few days of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, soldiers in the territories fired 1,300,000 bullets.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/444992.html

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Mbeki: Free Arafat:

Israel must allow Yasser Arafat to freely lead the Palestinians or there will be no peace, South Africa‚s president said.
www.jta.org/brknews.asp?id=112367

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Army bracing for worst as squatters threaten to resist withdrawal plan :

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon faces a new obstacle to his plan to evacuate squatterss in the Gaza Strip and West Bank: Right-wing rabbis who have ruled that dismantling illegal squater towns contravenes Jewish law.
www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=Settlers+threaten+to+resist&intcategoryid=5

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U.S. Expels 2 Guards at Iran U.N. Mission:

They were the third set of Iranian guards caught taking pictures
www.journalstar.com/articles/2004/06/29/ap/headlines/d83gpnso0.txt

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Video: Muslim Vote In 2004:

Ralph Nader, Eugene Bird, Hassan Ibrahim, Imad Ad-Deen Ahmad, Edward Peck.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6411.htm

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Date: 29 Jun 2004

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1 YEAR & 81 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Nine killed on first day of Iraq government, Turkish hostages freed :

Three US soldiers and six Iraqis were killed in violence on the first day of business for Iraq's new government after it formally regained sovereignty from the US-led coalition.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/92795/1/.html

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Baghdad Blast Kills 3 U.S. Marines, Injures 2, Military Says :

Three U.S. Marines were killed and two were injured when their convoy was attacked in a roadside bombing in the Iraqi capital, the military said in a statement.
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=all1b_BlNw2w&refer=top_world_news

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British civilian killed in Iraq ambush:

A British man working as a security consultant in Iraq has been killed in an ambush on his vehicle, the Foreign Office says.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=538090&section=news

tinyurl.com/2vf3s

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Purported Iraqi group executes US soldier:

In videotaped and written statements mailed to Aljazeera, a previously unknown Iraqi group has claimed it has executed a US soldier it captured in April
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4E4D8BDF-ED99-40F1-8C9C-E98BAFC543C6.htm

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Three Turkish hostages released in Iraq :

A masked man said in a video recording aired by the channel “Jama'at al-Tawhid and Jihad announces the release of the Turkish hostages for the sake of Muslims in Turkey and their demonstrations against US President George W. Bush.”
www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews&showcomments=1&id=26054

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Tragic Soldier Was Just 'Bit of Meat' – Mother :

The heartbroken mother of a British soldier killed in Iraq , said her son Gordon, who died in Basra yesterday, was nothing more than “a bit of meat‰ to the Premier and Mr Hoon.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3140463

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Robert Fisk: Restoration of Iraqi sovereignty – or Alice in Wonderland? :

So, in the end, America's enemies set the date. The handover of “full sovereignty” was secretly brought forward so that the ex-CIA intelligence officer who is now premier of Iraq could avoid another bloody offensive by America's enemies.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6406.htm

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Iraqis have lived this lie before :

The British transfer of sovereignty in the 20s was equally meaningless
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1249508,00.html

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Prisoner 27075 learns limits of sovereignty :

Iyad Akmush Kanum, 23, learnt the limits of sovereignty on Monday when US prosecutors refused to uphold an Iraqi judges' order acquitting him of attempted murder of coalition troops.
tinyurl.com/2sbsa

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A cut-and-run transition:

“ A few quick, polite lies (L. Paul Bremer III: “I have confidence that the Iraqi government is ready to meet the challenges that lie ahead”), a few seconds of polite clapping by the attendees. That was it. Sovereignty transferred. The end.
www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=1520

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Juan Cole: Bremer Flees Iraq Two Days Early:

It is just speculation on my part, but I suspect that the Americans must have developed intelligence that there might be a major strike on the Coalition Provisional Headquarters on Wednesday if a formal ceremony were held to mark a transfer of sovereignty.
www.juancole.com/2004_06_01_juancole_archive.html#108843853517271330

tinyurl.com/36luj

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William Rivers Pitt : Tuck Tail and Run :

The American people are not comfortable dealing with words like “total failure” and “ruined credibility,” but these are words that all of us are going to have to become accustomed to.
www.truthout.org/docs_04/062904A.shtml

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Iraqi transition an illusion, says father of beheaded US civilian:

The removal of Saddam's regime had not brought stability to Iraq and “11,000 plus Iraqi citizens have been killed,” Berg said. “Each one of them is as affected as I was.”
tinyurl.com/ywhvu

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Sovereignty: Now the games really begin:

Three actors – Iran, Turkey and Israel – are already involved in a dangerous game of promoting their clashing strategic presence and agendas.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FF30Ak01.html

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A clean break for Israel:

Why in the post-Saddam Iraq has Israel chosen to dramatically escalate the nature of its involvement with Kurdish militants, and in so doing, risk its strategic alliance with Turkey
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FF30Ak07.html

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US hands over power in Iraq:

Daniel Pipes and Tariq Ali, interviewed on Australia's ABC – Lateline.

Real Video
www.abc.net.au/reslib/200406/r24222_59882.ram

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Embedded Filmmaker Who Shot “Fahrenheit 9/11" Iraq Footage Describes Humiliation and Sexual Abuse of Iraqi Families in U.S. Raids

Swedish-Iraqi filmmaker Urban Hamid, who was embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq for two and a half months, describes Iraqis being bound, hooded, humiliated and sexually abused by U.S. troops in neighborhood raids. The rarely-seen footage is broadcast on Democracy Now!
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/06/29/1420223

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War takes big toll on reserves:

The Iraq war is taking a growing toll on soldiers of the National Guard and Reserve, which have suffered more deaths since April 1 than in the previous seven months combined.
www.azdailysun.com/non_sec/nav_includes/story.cfm?storyID=89743

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Thai troops may withdraw from Iraq:

Thailand's troops will be withdrawn early from Iraq if unrest worsens following the handover of power by the US-led coalition, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/06/29/1088487957431.html

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5,600 Retired And Discharged Soldiers To Be Recalled:

– The Army is preparing to notify about 5,600 retired and discharged soldiers who are not members of the National Guard or Reserve that they will be involuntarily recalled to active duty for possible service in Iraq or Afghanistan, Army officials said Tuesday.
www.komotv.com/stories/31947.htm

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US to call up more soldiers:

The US army is planning to mobilise thousands of reserve troops to maintain adequate force levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, defence officials have said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/748113BB-1DD5-4145-AF99-0E4E1C3ECE00.htm

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 06/28/04:

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

QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/2g47z

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Bush voices support for an Iraqi martial law declaration :

President George W. Bush said Monday that coalition forces in Iraq would support a possible decision by the new Iraqi leadership to declare martial law to deal with escalating violence and terror attacks.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=527062.html

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Amnesty: US Iraq detentions illegal:

“If, as the UN resolution [1546] proclaims, occupation effectively ends with the handover, then international humanitarian law requires that all prisoners of war, detainees and internees must be released by the occupying powers.”
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/23F47D6F-2EC2-43DD-8467-665F17329B7A.htm

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The Insanity of Man Knows No Bounds:

I have a real serious problem with wanna be dictators, religious zealots regardless of who they are, and just plain old thugs and extortionists˜I don‚t care what flag or banner they proclaim and wrap themselves in, a thug is a thug˜that includes those that now hold the life of a single Marine in their hands as well as those that are responsible for that Marine being there in the first place.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6405.htm

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What Did Bush Know?:

The inside story of the official manual on how to torture without being prosecuted
www.villagevoice.com/issues/0426/hentoff.php

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Russia releases 7 that U.S. returned as terror suspects:

In an action that apparently confounded U.S. officials, who were given no advance notice, the seven men accused of having been Taliban supporters in Afghanistan were released from a pretrial detention center in the North Caucasus region and allowed to return to their homes.
tinyurl.com/yscmg

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Abu Ghraib, USA:

Donald Rumsfeld said of the abuse when he visited Abu Ghraib on May 13, “It doesn't represent American values.” But the images from Iraq looked all too American to me.
www.duckdaotsu.org/us_prisons.html

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Paul Krugman: Who Lost Iraq?:

If the occupiers often seemed oblivious to reality, one reason was that many jobs at the C.P.A. went to people like Simone Ledeen, whose father, Michael Ledeen, a prominent neoconservative, told a forum that “the level of casualties is secondary” because “we are a warlike people” and “we love war.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6407.htm

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The Wrong War : Backdraft:

How the war in Iraq has fueled Al Qaeda and ignited its dream of global jihad.
www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2004/07/07_401.html

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In case you missed it:

Robert Fisk: Ask All You Like about 9/11, But Just Don't Ask Why?:

In this talk, Robert Fisk takes on the American press for over reporting on the “what and where” of the events of September 11th, and its inability to broach the question “why”? He is scathing in his criticism of the Bush administration's change of focus from pursuing Osama Bin Laden to Saddam Hussein.

Real Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6404.htm

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Padilla lawyer pleased by Supreme Court rulings despite need to refile lawsuit:

Attorney Donna Newman said the decisions Monday will allow her client, Jose Padilla, to get his day in court even though the Supreme Court ruled that his case must be refiled .
www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny—scotus-padilla0628jun28,0,5768554.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

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Hamdi, Padilla and Rasul v. Rumsfeld and Bush: Who Really Won?:

Forget what the media's talking heads have told you about these three Supreme Court decisions that tested the power of George W. Bush. The President won far more than he lost
www.counterpunch.org/cassel06292004.html

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How Hitler Became a Dictator:

The Nazis implemented a legal concept called Schultzhaft or “protective custody‰ which enabled them to arrest and incarcerate people without charging them with a crime
www.fff.org/freedom/fd0403a.asp

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John Nichols: Pampered Bush meets a real reporter :

On the eve of his recent sojourn in Europe, President Bush had an unpleasant run-in with a species of creature he had not previously encountered often: a journalist.
www.madison.com/captimes/opinion/column/nichols/77302.php

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The 'Prop-Agenda' at War :

Is the U.S. government above propaganda? Well, it is not. As former Salvadoran guerrilla leader Joaquin Villalobos put it in an interview with IPS, winning wars is also about winning the minds of people.
ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=24386

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Col. David H. Hackworth : Sack ŒEm and Rack ŒEm:

America would be a whole lot safer if the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Myers, was flying for Virgin Airlines, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was competing on “Survivor.‰ Both war leaders have done so miserable a job honchoing the military side of our critical conflict against global terrorism, and in the process so jeopardized our national security, that they should be sacked for dereliction of duty.
tinyurl.com/2b3o7

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Kashmir, where beheadings also strike fear:

On Friday, militants in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K)killed an Indian engineer and his brother by slitting their throats. The two had been taken hostage two days earlier, along with two other locals – both Muslims – who were subsequently freed.
atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/FF30Df03.html

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Palestinian teenager shot dead:

Ahmad Abu Eid died after being shot in the chest by shots fired from an army position just outside the Jewish settlement of Neve Dkalim, the sources said. He was standing on the roof of his house feeding pigeons at the time he was shot, they said.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9995340%255E1702,00.html

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Israel major supplier of arms to Beijing:

Advanced technology originally came from United States
www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=39192

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U.S. Official Warns of 1 Million Deaths in Sudan:

Up to 1 million African refugees could die this year in Sudan's Darfur region due to government-supported ethnic cleansing, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5539624

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UN 'not worried' by Iran nuclear project:

The UN‚s nuclear chief on Tuesday said he was unconcerned by Russia's construction of a nuclear reactor in Iran, brushing aside US allegations that the facility could be used to develop nuclear weapons.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F9318581-05EB-42F3-ADBE-A64F30C3015F.htm

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Security watchdog censors Arar report:

A report with all 89 pages blacked out is what the federal government has released to the public concerning the involvement of Canadian intelligence officials in the deportation and detention of a Canadian citizen.
tinyurl.com/2m39j

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Michael Moore: The Google Whip :

An investigative look into manipulating public perception.
www.michael-moore-review.com/

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Movie giant hits back with heart:

Movie giant Walt Disney Corp is unveiling a “patriotic” film this week, seen by many as a counter-attack to the anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,9993267%255E663,00.html

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Rep. Ron Paul: Why Can‚t Congress Stop Spending?:

The pressure to go along with the herd in Congress is intense, regardless of which party is in control. Every member knows that thwarting his party‚s leadership, particularly on budget matters, is risky. Any opposition to spending bills can result in veiled or even outright threats to cut funding for the member‚s district, to limit the member‚s committee assignments, and to bury the member‚s legislation.
www.house.gov/paul/tst/tst2004/tst062804.htm

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Humor:

Follow The Money
www.andyfoulds.co.uk/amusement/bushv2.htm

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One British soldier killed as “sovereignty” is handed to Iraq 48 hours early:

Mr Bremer left Iraq this morning, coalition officials said.
news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=741372004

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A Pseudostate Is Born:

With nearly 140,000 American troops on Iraq's soil, plus tens of thousands of additional foreign soldiers and civilian security guards armed with everything from submachine guns to helicopters, most military power will not be in Iraqi hands, nor will the power of the budget, largely set and paid for in Washington.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6400.htm

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Iraq's problems passed on :

Legal niceties, are unlikely to cut much ice with the insurgents – so long as foreign troops remain, they will provide both a sitting target and a rallying point for discontent.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1249241,00.html

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Iraq Gov't Must Abide by U.S.-Made Laws :

The U.S. led-coalition, has put in place major legal revisions that would , ban certain people from holding office and place American contractors above the law.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4251691,00.html

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Arabs unimpressed by Iraq power transfer:

The transfer of authority to an Iraqi government has failed to impress Arab analysts, who predict violence against U.S. troops will continue and Arab governments will withhold full diplomatic recognition.
uk.news.yahoo.com/040628/325/ewua8.html

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A rush to join the insurgency:

U.S. commanders acknowledge that military might alone cannot defeat the insurgency; in fact, the frequent use of force often spurs resistance by deepening ill will.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=526961.html

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US military to to guard Iraq PM after handover:

“Number one on the priority list is the survival of this government. We need to offer protection to this new Iraqi government,” said Lieutenant General Thomas Metz.
jang.com.pk/thenews/jun2004-daily/28-06-2004/world/w5.htm

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Chirac Raps Bush:

In a further upset to a carefully fostered image of renewed transatlantic harmony, French President Jacques Chirac rapped President Bush for his support of Turkey's bid to join the European Union, saying it was none of his business.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5532242

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Kidnapped US marine faces Iraq beheading:

IRAQ was thrown into a new hostage crisis last night after militants said they had kidnapped a United States marine, whom they would behead unless the coalition released Iraqi prisoners.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6399.htm

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Family of Captive Marine Asks for Prayers:

Hassoun's family issued a brief statement late Sunday confirming that the Marine, who is a Muslim of Middle Eastern origin, was the same soldier shown blindfolded with a sword held over his head.
www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/news/9031442.htm

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Military: Kidnapped Marine May Have Been Going To Lebanon
www.wsbtv.com/news/3468566/detail.html

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Another Missing Soldier May Be Dead:

Two sources, a Cincinnati TV station and an Arabic Web site, both cites sources close to the Maupin family as saying that Maupin has been shot.
www.onnnews.com/Global/story.asp?S=1973676&nav=LUELM9Nu

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Mother Allows Photos Of Soldier's Coffin To Protest Media Ban:

The mother of a soldier killed in Iraq summoned news outlets to photograph her son's flag-draped casket arriving at Sacramento International Airport to protest a Pentagon policy banning media coverage of America's war dead.
www.nbc4.tv/news/3467974/detail.html

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Terror Suspects Win Right to U.S. Courts:

The court refused to endorse a central claim of the White House since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 2001: That the government has authority to seize and detain suspected terrorists or their protectors and indefinitely deny access to courts or lawyers while interrogating them.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4254778,00.html

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Supreme Court Decides Terror Case on Technicality:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided the case of a terror suspect Jose Padilla on narrow procedural grounds and ruled a federal court in New York lacked jurisdiction over the case, a decision that sidestepped whether President Bush has the power to detain him.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5531739

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The Logic of Torture:

I came across prisoners who signed what they were ordered to sign, only to get what the interrogator promised them. He did not promise them their liberty. He promised them — if they signed — uninterrupted sleep!”
hrw.org/english/docs/2004/06/28/usint8967.htm

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U.S. Readies for Draft :

Despite denials that the U.S. plans to re-institute the draft, the Pentagon has stepped up preparations for a new Selective Service System that could allow for a full-blown draft by next year.
www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/6/24/104815.shtml

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Sheila Samples: Truth And Freedom, Slip-Sliding Away:

It's a new experience for those of us who once revered the Times as the epitome of solid journalism to read it now with a grain of salt, and even then we can't keep the truth from slip-sliding away. Does this country's “newspaper of record” not have fact checkers? Editors?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6401.htm

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Former terrorism czar calls Iraq invasion 'enormous mistake' :

The invasion of Iraq was an ''enormous mistake'' that is costing untold lives, strengthening al-Qaida and breeding a new generation of terrorists, former White House counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke said Saturday.
www.boston.com/dailynews/178/nation/Former_terrorism_czar_calls_Ir:.shtml

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Iraq chaos a result of blinkered arrogance:

This is my third trip to Iraq since the war, and the situation is the worst I've seen.
www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/news/editorial/9031657.htm

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The 'evil empire' is next door, youth say:

A new poll shows a significant number of young Canadians would use “evil” to describe their U.S. neighbours.
www.canada.com/ottawa/ottawacitizen/soundoff/story.html?id=9848cd3a-c74a-41ee-8595-ddaa9c40ba0e

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Reports: Billions of Iraqi Funds Missing:

Billions of dollars belonging to Iraq is not accounted for by the Coalition Provisional Authority, which was given responsibility by the United Nations for the country's finances, British lawmakers and aid activists said Monday.
www.timesdaily.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040628/API/406280628

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Insurgents Kill 7 Policemen in Afghanistan:

In a separate incident, U.S.-led anti-terror forces are said to have killed five Taleban insurgents and captured what they describe as two “mid-level” insurgents.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=FBFEF217-3114-4D14-BF3251777C898C1A

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Violence kills at least 10 as officials say Saddam Hussein will be charged with war crimes:

At least 10 people — a US soldier, another American, two Iraqi children and six Iraqi National Guardsmen — were killed in separate attacks across Iraq
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1512&ncid=723&e=10&u=/afp/20040627/wl_afp/iraq_worldwrap

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Israeli soldiers killed at Gaza checkpoint:

At least one Israeli occupation soldier has been killed and six wounded in an explosion at an Israeli army post in the Southern Gaza strip
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/2477978C-C8DD-4157-8AEC-BEBB60F0B60E.htm

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Two Dead in Palestinian Rocket Attack on Israel:

Palestinian rockets fired from the Gaza Strip on Monday killed people in Israel for the first time, killing a three-year-old boy and a man in a deadly battle of wills in anticipation of an Israeli pullout.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5526965

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Syria debates imposing sanctions on US:

Syrian legislators have began debating a draft law that would prohibit trade dealings with American companies in response to US sanctions imposed on the Arab country last month.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/EB2151B0-834D-47CB-BD69-DD1396B88F1A.htm

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Sudan: Africa‚s hidden war:

Approximately 1 million people have been driven from their homes, almost every village in rural Darfur has been destroyed, and 100,000-350,000 people are at risk of starving to death.
www.greenleft.org.au/back/2004/587/587p21.htm

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Refugees say government is trying to silence them:

The Sudanese government dispatched 500 men, some dressed in civilian clothes, others in military uniforms, who warned the refugees to keep quiet about their experiences when Secretary of State Colin Powell and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan visit the region this week.
www.qctimes.com/internal.php?story_id=1030121&t=Nation+%2F+World&c=26,1030121

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The Nuclear Arms Race:

The administration of George W. Bush has restarted the nuclear arms race. It did so by abandoning the START II treaty, by withdrawing from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and by expanding NATO to the borders of Russia.
reese.king-online.com/Reese_20040628/index.php

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Car bombs in Iraq kill 23 civilians:

Two car bombs exploded near a mosque late Saturday in the southern Iraqi city of Hilla, killing at least 23 Iraqi civilians and wounding 58 others.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040627-111240-2844r.htm

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Taliban kill 16 Afghans carrying voter cards:

Taliban guerrillas kidnapped and then killed 16 people in an Afghan province after finding them with voter registration cards for the country's September elections, officials said on Sunday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ISL153573.htm

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Guardsmen die in checkpoint attack

SIX National Guardsmen were killed today in an attack on a checkpoint northeast of the Iraqi capital by unknown gunmen armed with anti-tank rockets, a provincial police chief said.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9975754%255E1702,00.html

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Mortar strike kills 5 Iraqis:

“Five were killed including a child. They had just finished swimming in the Tigris when two mortar shells burst,” said major Majid Mohammed.
www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,6119,2-10-1460_1548916,00.html

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U.S. Transport Plane Hit in Iraq; 1 Dead :

A U.S. Air Force C-130 transport plane was hit by small arms fire after taking off Sunday from Baghdad, killing at least one person and forcing the plane to return to the airport, U.S. officials said.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4251265,00.html

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Another Hostage Taken

 
Masked gunmen in Iraq have kidnapped a Pakistani driver and are threatening to behead him within three days unless Iraqi prisoners are released.
www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-13141379,00.html

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Turkey rejects kidnappers' demands in Iraq:

Followers of the most wanted Islamic militant in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, announced yesterday they had kidnapped three Turkish workers and threatened to behead them after 72 hours unless Turkish companies stop doing business with American forces in Iraq
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More Than 40,000 Protest Bush in Turkey :

Tens of thousands of Turks chanting anti-Bush slogans demonstrated against the president's visit to their country on Sunday and a NATO summit.
www.wtopnews.com/index.php?nid=105&sid=216850

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U.S. Edicts Curb Power Of Iraq's Leadership:

Some of the orders signed by Bremer, which will remain in effect unless overturned by Iraq's interim government, restrict the power of the interim government and impose U.S.-crafted rules for the country's democratic transition.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6385

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Bush's man in Baghdad :

It is a vital job. America needs a strong, stable Iraq – not necessarily a democratic one – in order to bring its troops home. And stability and strength (not necessarily democracy) is John Negroponte's speciality.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1248383,00.html

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Negroponte `looked the other way':

U.S. ambassador to Iraq under fire for rights record: Twenty years ago, he served as envoy to Honduras
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Guatemala and the Forgotten Anniversary:

Fifty years ago, on June 17, 1954, the government of the United States supported the overthrow of the legitimate and democratically-elected government of Guatemala.
www.fpif.org/commentary/2004/0406guatemala.html

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New Iraqi police fight US troops who trained them:

First Lt Omar is sworn to uphold the law and fight the insurgency that threatens Iraq's evolution into a free and democratic state. Instead, he is exploiting his knowledge of US tactics to help the rebel cause in Fallujah.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6387.htm

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Tension rises in Fallujah:

The U.S. military said Saturday that 15 people were killed in Friday's airstrike, but the area's mayor, Hussein Ali, said the house was empty. “If this animal is a member of the al-Zarqawi group, then I congratulate the Americans on their victory,” said Ali, pointing at the Kanash family pet, a black rabbit lying dead in the front yard.
morningsun.net/stories/062704/usw_20040627004.shtml

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The bin Laden of Baghdad :

Jason Burke on how Abu al-Zarqawi has become public enemy number one
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1248364,00.html

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Shackled Saddam in court 'in days'

A HANDCUFFED and chained Saddam Hussein would be hauled in front of an Iraqi judge within days to hear his arrest warrant, Iraq's national security advisor Muwaffaq al-Rubaie said today.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9975757%255E1702,00.html

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War zone revisited:

Mercury News photojournalist Pauline Lubens captured images near Basra during the first weeks of the war in Iraq. She returned this month to locate the people in her photographs. ``Has that day left a permanent mark on them as it did on me?'' she wonders.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/9026382.htm

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The Cost of Liberty:

In a Chaotic New Iraq, A Young Widow Turns to Prostitution
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6386.htm

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Battle Scars:

These men — and, as a matter of fact, a couple of women I know — sacrificed everything. Some gave their lives. Most gave their futures.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6392.htm

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Irish President Warns Bush Over Torture Of POWs :

President Mary McAleese voiced strong concerns over the maltreatment of Iraqi POWs by coalition forces during a private meeting with George Bush yesterday.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1248432,00.html

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‚Torture in a good cause‚:

US armed forces are now realising that crushing military superiority is not enough to save them from hostage-taking, ambushes and other deadly assaults. For soldiers on the ground the occupation of Iraq is fast becoming a descent into hell.
mondediplo.com/2004/06/01leader

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Bush and Hitler: What The 'Torture Memos' Reveal:

In the Spring of 1941, Adolf Hitler issued an infamous edict which has become known as the “Commissar Order,” to govern the conduct of German armed forces on the Eastern Front. This order provides a largely-unnoticed precedent for the “legal” rationalizations found in a number of hitherto-secret Bush Administration legal memoranda, which have recently come to light.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6396.htm

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Reagan aide slams neo-con policies:

The Iraq war has demonstrated the limits of American power, not the capabilities, according Stefan Halper, a policy aide under Ronald Reagan's presidency.
www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20040625-035014-6662r.htm

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John Pilger: ŒAmerica will wake up to the deaths of their children in Iraq'
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6388.htm

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Bin Laden Aimed To Link Plot to Israel:

In an interim staff report released last week, the presidential commission investigating the September 11, 2001, attacks shed new light on the role of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Al Qaeda's worldview.
forward.com/main/article.php?ref=perelman200406251258

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Making The World Less Safe For Americans:

On Wednesday, June 23, the Congress of the United States passed an incredible resolution. Stripped of any polite language, this resolution is a total commitment of the President and the Congress of the United States to creation of the Zionist dream of a greater Israel.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6397.htm

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Israel should talk about nuclear-free Mideast :–

Israel should start talking seriously about ridding the Middle East of nuclear weapons, whether it admits to having them or not, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Sunday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=444036&
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Annexation Plans:

On Wednesday, June 23, 2004, the U.S. House of Representatives, in an overwhelming bipartisan vote, endorsed right-wing Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon‚s efforts to colonize and annex large sections of the Palestinian West Bank, seized by Israel in the June 1967 war.
www.fpif.org/commentary/2004/0406sharon.html

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U.S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings: The United States Has Lost its Moral Authority :

In 1996, a task force was formed in Jerusalem including Richard Perle, Douglas Feith and David Wurmser. They submitted a plan for Israel to incoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Clean Break. It proposed that negotiations with the Palestinians be cut off and, instead, the Mideast be made friendly to Israel by democratizing it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6398.htm

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How the Press was Manipulated :

Ahmed Chalabi. Last February, he declared to the “Daily Telegraph”: “We have totally succeeded: the tyrant Saddam is gone and the Americans are in Baghdad. Whatever was said before is not important!”
www.truthout.org/docs_04/062504H.shtml

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The Covert Kingdom: Thy Will be Done, On Earth as It is in Texas:

Any significant liberal and progressive support is limited to a few urban pockets on each coast and along the upper edge of the Midwestern tier states. Most of the rest of the nation, the much vaunted heartland, is the dominion of the conservative and charismatic Christian.
www.counterpunch.org/bageant05252004.html

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Gore Vidal: America at Last?:

There are two subjects that we are not permitted to discuss with any seriousness ˜ race and religion, and how our attitudes toward the first are rooted in the second. Since these two subjects are taboo, we are never able to get to the root of our problems.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6395.htm

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Are They Losing It?:

This week, it's not just Democrats who are questioning whether Vice is losing it. Now, even some in the White House are saying it's bizarre that he chose a class photo-op on the Senate floor to suggest that Senator Patrick Leahy do something that you won't even find described in Bill Clinton's “My Life.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6393.htm

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'Fahrenheit' Is Casting a Wide Net at Theaters:

Anti-Bush sentiment runs high at showings of the documentary, which has had a strong opening weekend on 868 screens.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6394.htm

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Classified Letters Regarding FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds:

The following three letters were recently declared classified. They regard Sibel Edmonds, the former FBI translator who charges that the FBI's translation service 1) is incompetent and corrupt and 2) received specific warnings about 9/11 before the attacks.
www.thememoryhole.org/spy/edmonds_letters.htm

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Clinton, Kerry and Kosovo: The Lie of a “Good War”:

For U.S. politicians, if all wars are good, some are better than others. Democrats prefer Clinton wars and Republicans prefer Bush wars. But in the end, they almost unanimously come together to support all wars. The differences concern the choice of official rationale..
www.counterpunch.org/johnstone06242004.html

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Iran 'covered up nuclear spill'

Western intelligence officials are examining reports that Iran's Revolutionary Guards attempted to cover up a nuclear accident that occurred during the delivery of a secret shipment of weapons-grade uranium from North Korea.
tinyurl.com/2sytr

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UN faces Darfur dilemma:

Senior United Nations officials have condemned the killings in the Darfur region of western Sudan – but have stopped short of describing it as genocide.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3817519.stm

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DR Congo's shameful sex secret:

Faela is 13 and her son Joseph is just under six months old. “If I go and see the soldiers at night and sleep with them then they sometimes give me food, maybe a banana or a cake,” she explains.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3769469.stm

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9 Killed As Iraqi Guerrilla Attacks Continue:

Insurgents launched attacks in the strife-ridden city of Baqouba today, and nine people died, six of them insurgents, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. Attacks occurred in other cities north and south of Baghdad.
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Two Afghan Poll Workers Killed, 17 Hurt in Blast:

Two women working to register voters for Afghanistan's elections were killed and 17 female election workers wounded when a blast wrecked their bus in the eastern city of Jalalabad Saturday, police said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5520091

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Two Palestinian killed, two seriously wounded by Israeli troops enforcing curfew in Nablus :

In one incident, members of a Palestinian family were hit by army fire on their balcony, killing a 19-year-old man and seriously wounding his father and brother with shots to the head and face, witnesses and medics said
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US soldier killed in rocket attack in Baghdad:

Shiite militia loyal to Sadr fire on US military convoy
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=10435

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Iraq Insurgency Showing Signs of Momentum:

Iraq's insurgent movement is increasingly potent, riding a wave of anti-U.S. nationalism and religious extremism. Just days before an Iraqi government takes control of the country, experts and some commanders fear it may be too late to turn back the militant tide.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6383.htm

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Where Children Laugh at Bombs:

During all of my five months in Iraq from my two trips here, the only two times I‚ve been shot at have both been by US troops. Yesterday was yet another example of this, when our car was shot at five times by troops in a Bradley which sat in a nearby palm field as we passed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6384.htm

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Iraqis killing Iraqis:

Even in a country torn by 15 months of war, the scene was horrific: a woman's head had been placed on a box containing the ashes of her cremated body. This was her punishment for working as an interpreter for U.S. forces.
www.abqtrib.com/archives/news04/062604_news_danger.shtml

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Iraq war 'will cost each US family $3,415' :

As of June 16, before yesterday's nationwide attacks, up to 11,317 Iraqi civilians and 6,370 Iraqi soldiers or insurgents had been killed, according to the report, which is titled Paying the Price: The Mounting Costs of the Iraq War.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1246876,00.html

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US lashes out in Fallujah as new leader Allawi defies insurgents:

Mr Allawi has grandiose plans for a beefed-up Iraqi security force, but at the moment he has little armed strength. He must depend on the 138,000 US troops in the country for the foreseeable future.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=535313

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US restricts new Iraqi Army's capabilities:

US occupation forces are taking measures to ensure that the emerging Iraqi Army remain a small defensive force with limited capabilities and no armour.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7411AE9A-F168-4D26-B655-7479D7808C84.htm

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Angry White House pulls RTE interview :

THE White House has lodged a complaint with the Irish Embassy in Washington over RTE journalist Carole Coleman's interview with US President George Bush.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6380.htm

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Carole did us a service by dishing up an Irish grilling for George :

In the US, both the print and broadcasting media approach their political leaders with a deference that's often indistinguishable from obsequiousness, and that's the antithesis of what journalism should be.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6381.htm

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Naomi Klein: The multibillion robbery the US calls reconstruction:

The shameless corporate feeding frenzy in Iraq is fuelling the resistance
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6382.htm

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This is a must watch documentary

Video: Breaking The Silence:

A hard hitting special report into the “war on terror” Award winning journalist John Pilger.

This is a must watch documentary
www.informationclearinghouse.info/pilger_breaking_the_silence_35mb.htm

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Charley Reese: White House Counting on Public Apathy :

You know, of course, that the alleged handover of Iraqi sovereignty on June 30 is a phony-baloney public-relations stunt. The armed forces will remain in the country. A U.S. embassy with 1,000 employees will open. In other words, it will be a continued occupation with an Iraqi face.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6390.htm

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Bush should 'fess up about sovereignty:

Whatever he wants to give Iraq next week, it comes with strings attached – and he should be honest about America's continuing control
www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpetz253866120jun25,0,1272746.story

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 06/25/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/3ed8h

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Guantanamo Detention Dilemma:

On Nov. 13, 2001, with no advance notice to Congress, President Bush signed a military order that gave the Pentagon the power to try, sentence, and even execute anyone he identifies as an “illegal combatant”
abcnews.go.com/sections/2020/US/2020_guantanamo_040625-1.html

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Indians carry horror tales from US camps:

More Indian workers are returning from Iraq with distressing tales of torture and human rights violations in the military camps of the United States.
www.rediff.com/news/2004/jun/25iype.htm

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Ashcroft‚s big con:

False confessions, coerced pleas, show trials ˜ the Justice Department‚s reliance on Soviet-style tactics has turned the war on terror into a Potemkin village
www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/news_features/top/features/documents/03936976.asp

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Paul Krugman: Errors on Terror:

The Bush administration has cooked the books in many areas, including budget projections, tax policy, environmental policy and stem cell research. Why wouldn't it do the same on terrorism?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6391.htm

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Uzbekistan:U.S. must balance rights, security in offering aid

The State Department and private human rights groups have detailed widespread human rights abuses under Mr. Karimov, from torture and the jailing of political and religious dissidents to strict control of the press and persecution of opposition political parties.
www.washtimes.com/world/20040625-085732-4924r.htm

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In case you missed it?:

U.S. ignores human rights record of new best friend

The Bush administration's shameful tryst with Uzbekistan shows how the faux “war on terrorism” has allowed some U.S. allies and vassals to massively abuse human rights under the banner of fighting terrorism.
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/Eric_Margolis/2004/04/04/407740.html

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Koreas Sidestep U.S. to Forge Political and Pragmatic Links:

The Koreas are entering more than a summer of détente. Quietly ignoring Bush administration efforts to isolate North Korea, South Korea has become North Korea's largest source of aid, trade and tourism. It is also North Korea's most consistent diplomatic advocate.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6389.htm

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Bush Bargains Badly:

President Bush finally put a proposal˜a set of incentives for disarmament˜on the negotiating table. The remarkable thing is, the deal is practically identical to the accord that President Clinton signed with Pyongyang in 1994˜an accord that Bush condemned and scuttled from the moment he took over the White House.
slate.msn.com/id/2102963/

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Screams of Sudan's starving refugees:

To see humanity stripped to its barest bones. To see people so traumatised that they stutter from their memories, or wail at night, and now so destitute that they simply have nothing
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/3840427.stm

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Children Starve: BBC Video Report From Darfur, Sudan :

Real Video
news.bbc.co.uk/media/video/40250000/rm/_40250219_darfur06_andersson_vi.ram

tinyurl.com/3ceo6

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10 villagers killed in Kashmir:

The dead included a woman and a child. Twelve people were wounded, four of whom were in a critical condition, police said.
economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/754736.cms

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Iraq Violence Takes Toll on Civilians :

Second-grader Ali Talmasan Qassim sobbed as he sat beneath a palm tree outside a hospital, nursing a gunshot wound in his arm. A few miles away, the body of a young woman in a black chador lay in a pool of blood near a smoldering car.
tinyurl.com/34c8s

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'This is the only fun the kids get – shooting at the US sitting ducks' :

Who exactly are the Iraqi resistance? In a remarkable essay, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad joins the front-line anti-American fighters in Kerbala, Falluja and Sadr City, and discovers that they are not always the well-trained, highly motivated fanatics we imagine
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1246771,00.html

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Security a shambles ahead of handover :

With one week to go, 30,000 police officers face the sack amid serious shortages of staff and equipment
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1246074,00.html

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Iraq, Afghan Wars Will Cost Up to $60B Next Year:

The projection by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is more than double the $25 billion President Bush has so far requested for the wars for 2005.
tinyurl.com/2bron

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Iraq War Analysis Paints Grim Picture :

Unless you own a lot of stock in Halliburton or other big defence, security, or construction companies, chances are the Iraq war has turned out to be a pretty bad investment, both in human lives and taxpayer dollars, according to a new assessment by a progressive Washington-based think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies
ipsnews.net/print.asp?idnews=24346

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9/11 Commission Misses FBI's Embarrassing Al Qaeda Dealings:

It is clear that the commission did nothing when a Justice Department official, in commission testimony last week, brazenly covered up the embarrassing relationship of the FBI to a senior al Qaeda operative, Ali Mohamed.
news.pacificnews.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=2e24aeacc97518c20d3136c87d457910

tinyurl.com/226mn

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What behind US setback in seeking war crimes court immunity:

The United States has rarely been forced to abandon a UN measure it draws up. The latest exception was in March 2003, when it failed to win the council's approval for waging war on Iraq.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-06/26/content_1547856.htm

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Iran Says It Will Renew Nuclear Efforts:

The decision does not violate international treaties that allow Tehran to make centrifuge parts for peaceful nuclear energy.
tinyurl.com/2j4ff

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Berlin, London Condemn Iran Over Centrifuge Parts:

Germany and Britain Friday condemned Iran's decision to resume production of centrifuge parts and said they would work with France on a response.
tinyurl.com/2axzp

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Israel and Iran chart collision course:

The United States and its European allies may be self-indulging in a Wilsonian “greater Middle East” project or discourse frowned on by the region's politicians and intellectuals, yet there is little doubt about the operation of Israeli power well beyond her tiny borders pushing for a “greater Israel”.
atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FF26Ak01.html

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In case you missed it?:

Will Iran Be Next?:

Those who have hoped that a U.S. military victory in Iraq would somehow bring about a more peaceful world are in for a rude awakening.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3288.htm

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El Al suspends all Turkey flights:

The dispute follows weeks of growing tension between the two countries' governments, after Turkey's prime minister criticised Israel's treatment of Palestinians.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3840133.stm

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Client Was “Stripped of His Identity” While in Federal Custody.:

“His jailers addressed him as John Doe and any correspondence he received was addressed to John Doe,” Sheriff said. “His family … and all other relatives were not allowed to see or visit with him despite their efforts to do so.”
www.wtrf.com/home/headlines/849802.html

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Bahrain protestors demand trial of torturers:

Hundreds of people have demonstrated in Manama to demand the trial of those held responsible for torture and human rights violations in the country over the past decades.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/91673A8D-CAF7-431C-9156-7CE042FAA397.htm

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In plot worthy of silver screen: Paraguay vice president's `slaying' likely faked:

Dead men tell no tales – except in Paraguay, where one is telling a whopper.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/9004336.htm

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Bombs Away!

Anti-War Music Video: Is this what we have become?

– Warning – Contains Graphic Images Of War
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www.darkwingbird.com/bombs-away4.wmv

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Iraq Attacks Kill Over 100, Wound 320:

The heaviest fighting raged northeast of the capital in Baqouba, where American tanks and aircraft drove back black-clad guerrillas who seized a government office complex and roamed the deserted streets brandishing rocket launchers and automatic weapons.
www.azdailysun.com/non_sec/nav_includes/story.cfm?storyID=89582

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U.S. Air Strike on Iraq “Safe House” Kills 20-25:

A U.S. air strike on a suspected “insurgent safe house” in the town of Falluja on Friday killed between 20 and 25 people, a senior official in the U.S.-led coalition said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5517590

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More police killed in Iraq :

Another four Iraqi policemen have been killed in separate attacks
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E5FE0180-DCC9-4EB4-BAF8-8F49012945F5.htm

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Two U.S. Marines Killed, One Wounded in Afghanistan:

Two U.S. Marines were killed and one wounded when their patrol was ambushed during an operation against Islamic militants in eastern Afghanistan, military officials said on Friday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5515718

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Dozens dead in hunt for Yemen cleric:

Yemen says nine police officers and 46 followers of a cleric they accuse of inciting violence have been killed in clashes with security forces in the last five days.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/334F2E77-A8F1-48B8-B62C-B3FC1D283ADF.htm

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Explosions, fighting rock Fallujah, roadside bomb kills policeman in Baghdad :

Explosions and gunfire rocked the turbulent city of Fallujah for a second day Friday, after co-ordinated attacks in other Iraqi cities a day earlier killed about 100 people less than a week before Iraq's new government takes power.
www.cbc.ca/cp/world/040625/w062520.html

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Adversary's Tactics Leave Troops Surprised, Exhausted :

The 1st Infantry Division soldiers who walked off the battlefield Thursday, exhausted by the frantic pace of combat and a baking summer sun, had seen nothing like it in their three months here.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6378.htm

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Baqouba Sealed Off as U.S. Forces Lose Control of City :

A sergeant with the 1st Infantry Division, whose fatigue label said Johnson, said resistance fighters ambushed a US patrol in the city at 5:30 this morning, killing two soldiers and wounding seven others. This was later confirmed by a Multi-National Corps Iraq Press Release. Sergeant Johnson said his unit called in tanks for support after the initial attack.
newstandardnews.net/content/?action=show_item&itemid=605

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Iraq war 'will cost each US family $3,415' :

As of June 16, before yesterday's nationwide attacks, up to 11,317 Iraqi civilians and 6,370 Iraqi soldiers or insurgents had been killed, according to the report
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1246876,00.html

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Full Report: Paying the Price:

The Mounting Costs of the Iraq War: A Study by the Institute for Policy Studies and Foreign Policy In Focus
www.ips-dc.org/iraq/costsofwar/

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In case you missed it?:

Chalmers Johnson: Militarism and the American Empire:

Distinguished social scientist and public intellectual Chalmers Johnson, joins host Harry Kreisler for a conversation on the nature of the American Empire and its costs and consequences for the future of American democracy and power in the world.

A Must Watch Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6379.htm

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Iraq: Time For A 'Showdown':

Iraq's interim leaders on Friday vowed stern action ˜ including possible martial law ˜ against insurgents, a day after a wave of attacks that killed 100 people.
kutv.com/topstories/topstories_story_177112719.html

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Powell: Martial Law Would Make Task Harder in Iraq:

The U.S.-led coalition's task in Iraq will become harder if the new Iraq administration imposes martial law after it takes over on June 30, Secretary of State Colin Powell was quoted Friday as saying.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5513408

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Europe supports U.S. on Iraq, Bush tells Irish TV in tense interview:

President Bush defended his decision to invade Iraq and insisted most of Europe backed the move during a tense interview Thursday on Irish television.

Video and text
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6376.htm

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Irish Army deploys 2,000 troops at Shannon Airport To Protect President Bush:

Mr Bush is due to arrive in Ireland tomorrow for this weekend's EU-US summit at Dromoland Castle in Co Clare.
www.rte.ie/news/2004/0624/iraq01.html

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Army officers to be charged:

Fort Carson-based pair to face 2 counts in alleged suffocation of Iraqi general
www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E27059%257E2231069,00.html?search=filter

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GIs to Testify in CIA Prisoner Abuse Case:

Three U.S. soldiers will testify that a former CIA contractor beat an Afghan detainee with a heavy flashlight 10 to 30 times and kicked the man so hard he came off the ground and later begged to be shot, a prosecutor said Friday.
abcnews.go.com/wire/Politics/ap20040625_623.html

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Testimony: Leaders knew of abuse:

The company commander of the U.S. soldiers charged with abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison testified Thursday that the top military intelligence commander at the prison was present the night a detainee died during an interrogation and efforts were made to conceal the details of his death.
pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/national/s_200518.html

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Officials: Abuse probe must hit brass:

Several members of Congress, reacting to news that two Fort Carson intelligence officers face involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide charges in the interrogation death of an Iraqi prisoner, said the military's inquiry should not stop with prosecuting the two soldiers, but move up the chain of command.
www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E27059%257E2233851,00.html

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U.S. Lawyers Use Legalisms to Cover Lawlessness:

Consider this reasoning in a classified March 6, 2003, memo from Pentagon lawyers, available on the National Public Radio Web site. It says a soldier can legally inflict severe pain on a detainee ``if causing such harm is not his objective.''
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000039&refer=columnist_woolner&sid=aJEp1ExaMybo

tinyurl.com/26cel

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End the EU's embarrassing silence on US torture:

In an Open Letter released on the eve of the EU-US summit in Ireland, Amnesty International calls on the Irish Presidency of the European Union to end the EU's embarrassing silence in the face of the United States' ongoing breaches of fundamental human rights and humanitarian law principles in the pursuit of its “war on terror” and in Iraq.
news.amnesty.org/mav/index/ENGEUR016242004

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Congressional report warns CIA is heading over 'proverbial cliff':

The report paints a devastating picture of the CIA division that sends clandestine agents overseas, recruits foreign spies, steals secrets and provides covert commandos for the war on terrorism.
www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.quark24jun24,0,1205199.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines

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Majority says Iraq war 'mistake':

FOR the first time, a majority of Americans say they think the US made a mistake sending troops to Iraq, according to a poll.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9950375%255E1702,00.html

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Anonymous and Angry:

A new book written by a senior CIA official using the pseudonym “Anonymous” offers a scathing indictment of how the United States is fighting the war on terror.
abcnews.go.com/sections/WNT/World/anonymous_cia_book_040623-1.html

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Scott Ritter: U.S. must exit Iraq now:

“We got into this war on a lie, and the foundation of our involvement is corrupt,” he said. “Therefore, whatever we try to build in Iraq is doomed to collapse.”
www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/state/9010488.htm

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In case you missed it?:

BBC Interview: Jeremy Paxman Talks With Noam Chomsky:

If George Bush were to be judged by the standards of the Nuremberg Tribunals, he'd be hanged.
Video and transcript
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/3732345.stm

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Cheney in firing line over Nigerian bribery claims :

A British lawyer is emerging as a key witness in a $180 million bribery investigation that could lead to the indictment of US vice president Dick Cheney.
observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1243393,00.html

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Mr. Vice President Your Pants Are On Fire:

This is a must watch video.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6377.htm

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Cheney obscenity shocks senators:

US Vice President Dick Cheney has resorted to the use of obscenities to defend his former employer Halliburton. The terse discussion between the two ended with Cheney finally telling Leahy to “f--- off” or “go f--- yourself,” the aides said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3AA684D0-8986-4D14-A3CC-68A9640FFDD5.htm

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Negroponte sworn in as US ambassador to Iraq:

Negroponte, who was serving as the envoy to the United Nations till yesterday, was sworn in by US Secretary of State Colin Powell. He will take the post after the interim government takes office in Baghdad on July 1.
www.deepikaglobal.com/ENG4_sub.asp?ccode=ENG4&newscode=58470

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Noam Chomsky on John Negroponte's Career From the Death Squads of Honduras to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/06/24/1423212

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Everything you ever wanted to know about John Negroponte:
www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=John_Negroponte

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Killed soldier felt deceived over war:

A SOLDIER murdered in Iraq along with five colleagues had told his family that he and others felt “completely deceived” by the reasons for going to war, it has been revealed.
tinyurl.com/yunje

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U.S. Army told not to use Israeli bullets in Iraq:

Israeli-made bullets bought by the U.S. Army to plug a shortfall should be used for training only, not to fight Muslim guerrillas in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. lawmakers have told Army generals.
uk.news.yahoo.com/040625/325/ewnum.html

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 06/24/04:

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

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Al-Qaeda: blowing up the numbers:

Can it really be the case that after 9/11, after the Afghan war of 2001/2002, after the transfer of 600-odd suspected terrorists from Afghanistan to the cages of Camp X-Ray, after raids, arrests and shootings by counter-terrorist cops in Pakistan over the past 18 months, al-Qaeda is 18,000-strong and ready to pounce on an unsuspecting West?
www.spiked-online.com/Articles/0000000CA5A2.htm

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Bush Questioned at White House on CIA Leak :

Bush was interviewed for 70 minutes on Thursday by U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the headeral crime.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-4243652,00.html

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CIA planned guerrilla campaign in Iran to counter communists in 1953: documents:

The US Central Intelligence Agency planned a sustained guerrilla campaign in Iran in case its 1953 plan to ouster the government of Mohammad Mossadegh fell through and communists increased their sway over the country, according to newly declassified US government documents.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/us_iran_mossadegh

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US Criticized for Withholding News of Kim Abduction:

Speculation that the U.S. didn¡¯t inform Seoul of the kidnapping in order to enable the South Korean government to press ahead with its confirmation of the dispatch plan.
times.hankooki.com/lpage/200406/kt2004062216314653460.htm

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New mystery arises in killing of Kim Sun-il:

In a mounting controversy, South Korean Foreign Ministry officials came under intense pressure yesterday from legislators to explain when they first learned of the abduction of Kim Sun-il, the Korean national beheaded in Iraq by Islamic militants, and what they tried to do to save him.
joongangdaily.joins.com/200406/24/200406242326355309900090309031.html

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Seoul blocks access to Internet of Sun-Il beheading:

South Korean Internet service providers blocked access Thursday to web sites suspected of carrying graphic images of the beheading of a Korean hostage in Iraq, officials said Thursday.
www.sarawaktribune.com.my/publish/article_35273.shtml

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French Filmmaker Takes Own Stab at Bush:

When “Fahrenheit 9/11" was selected for the Cannes Film Festival, another documentary about George W. Bush was waiting in the wings in case Michael Moore's film wasn't ready in time.
au.news.yahoo.com/040623/11/p/plkt.html

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Movie Trailer: The World According To Bush
62.210.163.39/www.flashfilm.com/liste_video.php?type=docu&lang=en

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Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn Plan to Vote for Ralph Nader:

Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn have stated many times that they favor ousting Bush this election, even if John Kerry is “Bush-lite.‰ However, Chomsky and Zinn, both residents of John Kerry‚s home state of Massachusetts, say they plan to vote for Ralph Nader.
www.counterpunch.org/bates06252004.html

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Israel: Army fury at Hebron soldiers' brutality exhibition :

Echoes of Abu Ghraib in photos showing 'banal evil' of occupation
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1245950,00.html

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Evidence clearly shows that Sharon took bribes :

The evidence paints a “clear and grim” picture of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon accepting bribes from contractor and Likud power broker David Appel, former state prosecutor Edna Arbel wrote in her recommendation to indict Sharon in the so-called Greek island affair.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/443152.html

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Report: Turkish FM leaked story of Mossad in Kurd regions :

Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is apparently the source of the leak to New Yorker correspondent Seymour Hersh that dozens of Israeli Mossad agents are ostensibly in northern Iraq.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/443112.html

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U.S. Officials Investigating Allegations of Genocide in Darfur, Sudan:

The question of whether genocide is taking place in the Darfur region of Sudan is “not a matter of debate” for the U.S. government, a senior official in the Bush administration said June 24, it is merely a matter of confirmation.
allafrica.com/stories/200406250002.html

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Pentagon Downplays Prospects for US Military Intervention in Sudan:

Speaking to reporters at the Defense Department, Mr. Di Rita sidestepped a question Thursday about whether the Pentagon opposes direct American military intervention in Sudan just as declassified documents show it initially opposed action in Rwanda during the genocide there 10 years ago.
www.truthnews.net/daily/2004060350.htm

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Sudan accused of using hunger as a weapon:

The Sudanese Government, accused of arming and encouraging the militias that slaughtered civilians in the western region of Darfur, is now accused of using hunger as a weapon of war.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/25/1088144978175.html?oneclick=true

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Insecurity, lack of funds hit U.N. aid to Sudan:

At least 300,000 people driven from their homes in Sudan's violent Darfur region may go without food this month because insecurity and lack of funds have hit United Nations aid operations, a spokeswoman said on Friday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L25309587.htm

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USAID provides airlifts to west Sudan:

So far this year, the agency has contributed more than $50 million in assistance to western Sudan, including the latest airlift.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040625-110845-6222r.htm

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'Embedded Patriots':

The most intriguing story in Washington these days is a subterranean conflict that reporters cannot cover because some of them are involved. A potent guerrilla insurgency has formed in and around the Bush presidency—a revolt of old pros in government who strike from the shadows with devastating effect. They tell the truth.
www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040712&s=greider

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New rules on travel to Cuba rile voters:

The idea was to squeeze Cuban President Fidel Castro and lock in some exile votes on the way, but new U.S. restrictions on travel to the communist-ruled island have infuriated many Cuban-Americans who would otherwise support President Bush.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/politics/2645999

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Supreme Court refuses to overturn death penalties:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Thursday that its 2002 decision declaring Arizona's death penalty statute illegal is not retroactive. That means only about 30 inmates who have not exhausted their direct appeals are entitled to be resentenced under a new — and legal — scheme involving a jury.
www.azdailysun.com/non_sec/nav_includes/story.cfm?storyID=89574

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Since 9/11, Federal Spending Under Bush Increases at Fastest Rate in 30 Years
www.independent.org/tii/content/press_rel/press_040624.html

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1st-Quarter Growth Slashed, Inflation Up:

The Commerce Department surprised economists with a downward revision to first-quarter gross domestic product, cutting economic growth to a 3.9 percent annual rate from the 4.4 percent reported a month ago.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID=5517522

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Our $8 trillion headache :

That the national debt limit needs to be raised because we are borrowing so much money is no great secret, but Republicans in Congress want to raise that limit with as little public notice as possible.
www.cincypost.com/2004/06/25/edita062504.html

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Date: 24 Jun 2004

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1 YEAR & 76 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Iraq: 70 Killed And 250 Wounded:

Iraqi police have suffered the highest number of fatalities, but US soldiers have also been killed and an occupation force Cobra helicopter has been brought down near Falluja.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/78657592-15F6-4274-90AC-0ADFAF8C4EF9.htm

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US launches air strikes on Baquba amid heavy fighting:

Military and hospital sources said 17 Iraqis and a US soldier were killed
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200406/s1139831.htm

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Afghanistan: 7 US troops Killed in Khost Ambush in Afghanistan:

In an ambush at the new Khost airport Afghanistan, Wednesday at least seven American marines were killed and many others seriously injured, reports from Afghanistan say.
www.pakistantimes.net/2004/06/24/top8.htm

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India: Bus bomb blast kills five, injures 17 in India's northeast:

A bomb exploded in a crowded bus, killing at least five people and critically wounding 17 on Thursday in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, police said.
news.bostonherald.com/international/view.bg?articleid=33173

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Four die as bomb rips apart Istanbul bus:

At least four people have been killed and seven injured in an explosion that ripped apart a bus in Istanbul.
news.bostonherald.com/international/view.bg?articleid=33173

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Army to file charges against pair for alleged suffocation of iraqi general:

U.S. Army officials plan to file negligent-homicide and manslaughter charges against two Fort Carson-based military intelligence officers who allegedly suffocated an Iraqi general during an interrogation in November
www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~6439~2231069,00.html

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Iraq Trust Gap: You've got a credibility problem, Mr. President:

A time comes in most administrations when supporters tell the president he has a problem. We find ourselves in that position with President Bush and the war in Iraq. We supported his presidential candidacy. We backed the war in Iraq. But we now wonder: What happened?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6370.htm

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'The liberation of Baghdad is not far away' :

Former Saddam Hussein generals turned members of the elite of the Iraqi resistance movement have abandoned their clandestine positions for a while to explain their version of events and talk about their plans. According to these Ba'ath officials, “the big battle” in Iraq is yet to take place.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6372.htm

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– WARNING–

Savage Beheading of South Korean hostage Kim Sun-il:

– WARNING – The video and images on this page depict the savage murder of South Korean hostage Kim Sun-il. This page should only be viewed by a mature audience.

– WARNING–
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6369.htm

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The beheadings of Paul Johnson and Kim Sun-il :

The beheadings of two hostages by Islamic jihadist terrorists within the space of five days are depraved actions that underscore the deeply reactionary nature of all those groups that associate themselves with Al Qaeda. The brutal and inhuman methods of these organizations bespeak not liberation, but provocation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6371.htm

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Iraqi Civilian War Casulties: Covering the period of March 21 – July 31, 2003:

Each one of these thousands has a life, memories, hopes. Each one had his moments of sadness, moments of joy and moments of love. In respect to their sacred memory, I would appreciate it if you could spend some minutes reading the database file: read their names, and their personal details, and think about them as human beings, friends, and relatives — not mere figures and numbers.
civilians.info/iraq/

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Pictures Of The Fallen:

These photos were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act
www.antiwar.com/doverimages/gallery.htm

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In case you missed it?:

February 24th, 2001: Powell Admits Saddam, “has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5502.htm

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In case you missed it?:

Reviewing The Lies: Colin L. Powell, Remarks to the United Nations Security Council
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3710.htm

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In case you missed it?:

Reviewing The Lies: President Bush Outlines Iraqi Threat:

Tonight I want to take a few minutes to discuss a grave threat to peace, and America's determination to lead the world in confronting that threat. The threat comes from Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3711.htm

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CIA insider says U.S. fighting wrong war:

A career CIA officer claims in a new book that America is losing the war on terror, in part because of the invasion of Iraq, which, he says, distracted the United States from the war against terrorism
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5279743/

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Americans were 'bushwhacked,' weapons inspector Ritter says:

Ritter is unusually pessimistic about the ultimate outcome for the United States.
www.napanews.com/star/templates/index.cfm?template=story_full&id=E599000F-1A87-4DB9-8D82-B7AC9241D79F

tinyurl.com/2zrsc

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A Bloody Stupid War:

Camp Delta, one of several locations where the United States is holding those it labels as “unlawful enemy combatants‰ in its self-described “war on terror,‰ exemplifies the strange new geographies of empire in the twenty-first century.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6373.htm

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Iraq‚s ŒSovereign‚ Government to Have Little Control Over Oil Money :

A last minute spending spree by the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and language in the UN Security Council resolution setting the conditions for Iraqi sovereignty appear likely to limit the interim government‚s ability to exercise meaningful control over the country‚s oil revenues.
newstandardnews.net/content/?action=show_item&itemid=592

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www.informationclearinghouse.info/support.htm

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House defeats bid to free more prison documents :

The votes capped a day of often-bitter debate after Democrats accused the White House of trying to cover up its possible involvement in abuses at Abu Ghraib by releasing documents that only referred to Afghanistan and the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20040624/1044214.asp

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Torture: Bush Reaps What Kennedy Sowed:

New photos of American soldiers raping and killing Iraqis will likely emerge in the coming days, as Secretary Rumsfeld obliquely warned us weeks ago. Far more graphic than any images we have yet seen, they will again drag Team Bush through the mud, further mocking their claims to uphold human rights and mucking up their celebration of “Iraqi sovereignty.”
www.truthout.org/docs_04/062404A.shtml

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U.S. extends its own Iraq immunity:

U.S. administrator Paul Bremer is expected to extend by at least six months an order that gives all foreign personnel in the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority immunity from “local criminal, civil and administrative jurisdiction and from any form of arrest or detention.”
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040624-064145-3001r.htm

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Peacekeeping without the US:

The United States may decide not to take part in future peace-keeping missions. Washington's veiled threat comes in response to the absence of sufficient backing within the ranks of the United Nations Security Council for a resolution that would protect US nationals from the possibility of facing prosecution at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
www.rnw.nl/hotspots/html/us040624.html

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Reliving my torture: An American supervised it :

On November 2, 1989, I was abducted by Guatemalan security forces and taken to a clandestine prison, where I was burned with cigarettes more than 111 times, raped repeatedly, and subjected to other forms of torture. While there, I met the man my torturers referred to as their boss. He was an American.
www.nyu.edu/globalbeat/syndicate/ortiz062104.html

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 06/23/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/2ww8d

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Chinese not killed by militants – Afghan minister:

Business rivalry, not Islamic militancy, was the most likely reason behind the killing of 11 Chinese road workers in northern Afghanistan this month, Afghan officials said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ISL227243.htm

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Cheers as Afghan army retakes provincial town:

Combatants said 18 people had been killed or wounded in the fighting.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ISL103398.htm

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It's now just a matter of time before terrorists strike with a nuclear weapon.

Documentary from “Dateline” SBS, Australia.
Real Video
203.15.102.143:8080/ramgen/media/dl_230604a.rm

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Iraq prison scandal dooms US bid for war crimes immunity:

In an embarrassing defeat on the UN Security Council, Washington withdrew its controversial attempt to get another one-year renewal of immunity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1512&ncid=723&e=10&u=/afp/20040623/wl_afp/un_iraq_us_prisoners_icc

tinyurl.com/ytytr

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Ukrainians were ''treated like dogs'' in Abu Ghraib prison :

Two seamen recently freed from Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison have told the Ukrainian official responsible for securing their release that U.S. guards at the facility treated them like dogs'', but much better than Iraqi prisoners.
www.deepikaglobal.com/ENG4_sub.asp?ccode=ENG4&newscode=58307

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General promised quick results if Gitmo plan used at Abu Ghraib:

The general who pushed for more aggressive interrogation tactics at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison predicted better intelligence within a month if his strategies were adopted, according to a copy of his classified plan obtained by USA TODAY.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-06-22-abuse-usat_x.htm

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Lawyer Unable to Meet Guantanamo Client :

A U.S. military lawyer representing a terror suspect at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba said he hasn't met with his client for two months because of delays getting security clearance for an interpreter.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040623/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/guantanamo_interpreter_3

tinyurl.com/2u7wg

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Iraq force may grow by 25,000:

Possible mix of U.S. reservists, regulars would bolster security; 'We may need more people,' officer says
www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/iraq/bal-te.troops23jun23,0,7220861.story?coll=bal-home-headlines

tinyurl.com/39qxh

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A young soldier's last battle :

One U.S. death in Iraq shows the heartbreak behind headlines
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5271959/

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In case you missed it:

The Economic Colonization of Iraq: Illegal and Immoral:

The Bush Administration is using the military invasion and occupation of Iraq to advance a corporate globalization agenda that is illegal under international law.
www.ifg.org/analysis/globalization/IraqTestimony.html

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In case you missed it:

Noam Chomsky on Hegemony or Survival:

America‚s Quest For Global Dominance: “If you repeat it loudly enough it will become the truth‰ – MIT institute professor of linguistics and author Noam Chomsky speaks out on U.S. hegemony, controlling the domestic population through fear and the historical parallels of current U.S. foreign policy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5052.htm

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Reality is unravelling for Bush :

Even negative attacks on Kerry no longer seem to be working
www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/comment/story/0,14259,1246033,00.html

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Venezuela: US wants Chavez out:

The departing US envoy to Latin America and the Caribbean said the Bush administration would like to see the removal of the Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
www.bbc.co.uk/caribbean/news/story/2004/06/printable/040619_reich-chavez.shtml

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20 rebels claimed killed in clash in Chechnya :

Russian troops combated a large group of Islamic militants southeast of the Chechen capital Grozny overnight, killing about 20 of them by today morning, news reports said.
www.deepikaglobal.com/ENG4_sub.asp?ccode=ENG4&newscode=58303

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Chechnya abuses 'go unpunished':

Human rights violations continue to go unpunished in Chechnya, rights group Amnesty International says in a report. The group says Russian security services in the republic are responsible for extrajudicial killings, “disappearances”, torture and rape.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3831913.stm

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House Endorses Bush's Position on Israel :

The resolution, passed 407-9 with three lawmakers voting present, said Congress strongly endorsed the principles laid down by Bush in an April 14 letter to Sharon. That included the belief it was unrealistic to expect Israel to pull back to borders that existed before the 1967 Mideast war because of the large Jewish populations that had settled in contested areas.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4238168,00.html

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In case you missed it?:

02/17/04: A Bush-Sharon doctrine? : Washington's “Likudniks”

Ariel Sharon's powerful backers in the Bush administration ˜ have been in charge of U.S. policy in the Middle East since President Bush was sworn into office.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1408.htm

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Reports: Sharon Plans to Confine Arafat in Ramallah 'for Next 45 Years':

Reports from Israel say Mr. Sharon made the comment in a meeting with the Israeli defense and foreign ministers Wednesday.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=C56E3F23-59FD-490D-B8687AD0AA616E74

tinyurl.com/23zs4

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America, Israel and the Middle East: I

nterview With Middle East Scholar Avi Shlaim: Avi Shlaim is a fellow of St. Antony's College and a professor of international relations at the University of Oxford.
www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040628&s=attapatu

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US Offers North Korea Energy Aid, Security Guarantees:

Washington's plan is meant to break a deadlock in a dispute in which the United States had demanded the unconditional dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons programs.
tinyurl.com/2b6me

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