Information Clearing House  Digest July 12-16 2004
Date: 16 Jul 2004

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1 YEAR & 97 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Iraqi PM – Allawi shot prisoners in cold blood: witnesses: :

Iyad Allawi, the new Prime Minister of Iraq, pulled a pistol and executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station. Video and text
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6498.htm

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Iraqi civilian caught in a crossfire west of Baghdad:

An entire family of five, including a baby, has been killed in shelling at Hilla, south of Baghdad.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/5BC8D891-46C6-4BE2-BC16-DF6FC33986C6.htm

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Second headless corpse found in Iraq:

A second headless corpse dressed in an orange jumpsuit has been found by Iraqi police in the Tigris river and handed over to US forces.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D05412C3-8706-412F-BA1F-EF0F4762B829.htm

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Robert Fisk: Coffin bomb ends another macabre day in 'new' Iraq:

A few hours before Lord Butler of Brockwell was attesting to the “good faith” of Tony Blair over the invasion of Iraq, Sabr Karim paid the price for working for “new Iraq”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6499.htm

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Chalmers Johnson: Sailing Toward a Storm in China:

U.S. maneuvers could spark a war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6497.htm

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House Votes to Block Aid for Saudi Arabia;

Lawmakers cheered as the House of Representatives voted on Thursday to strip financial assistance for Saudi Arabia from a foreign aid bill because of criticism that the country has not been sufficiently cooperative in the U.S. war on terror.
news.myway.com/top/article/id/415308|top|07-15-2004::23:47|reuters.html

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Jealousy in CIA over 'gentlemanly' rebuke :

Scott Ritter, a former UN weapons inspector who also worked for US intelligence while in Iraq, disagreed. “It wasn't an intelligence failure. It was an intelligence success. The job was to provide intelligence that would support the policy of regime change,” he said.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1262642,00.html

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Missing link :

The role played by US intelligence has been predictably omitted from the Butler report
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1262585,00.html

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UK: The Damning Evidence; Revealed:

Government witnesses knew September dossier was unsafe – but did not tell Hutton
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=541514

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Blair's Labor Party Shaken in British Elections:

The Labor Party of British Prime Minister Tony Blair has lost one seat and nearly lost another in elections to fill two vacancies in parliament. A key factor was a large turnout of Muslim voters opposed to Britain's involvement in the Iraq war.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=ECEB4AF5-4FBC-40AA-B1FE86D1CFDD7673

tinyurl.com/552e6

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US accused of audit ploy:

The US Government is withholding information from UN-sanctioned auditors examining more than $US1 billion in contracts awarded to Halliburton and other companies in Iraq without competitive bidding
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/07/16/1089694556429.html

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Philippines orders partial Iraq pullout :

The Philippines says it would withdraw the head of its force in Iraq and 10 other members of the contingent for securing the release of a Filipino being held captive there.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/72606A0B-45CF-450F-A4EF-EA27901ECD84.htm

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Buying time:

“The Philippine contingent in Iraq had been down to 43 even before the abduction of De la Cruz.” I asked the Malacañang official what the government is up to. Do they think the Arab militants holding Angelo de la Cruz are stupid and would not find out their lie?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6503.htm

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Philippines playing dangerous games over Iraq hostage: diplomats:

THE PHILIPPINE government is playing a dangerous game in its attempt to free a Filipino hostage in Iraq by using language deliberately couched in ambiguity, diplomatic sources say.
www.inq7.net/nat/2004/jul/16/nat_3-1.htm

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Philippines face loss of big deals in Iraq :

NOT ONLY a drastic cut in US aid but also the loss of big contracts in the multibillion-dollar reconstruction of Iraq is bound to result from the Philippine government's decision to pull out troops from that violence-wracked country.
www.inq7.net/nat/2004/jul/16/nat_4-1.htm

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Iraqi Foreign Ministry security chief killed in attack:

The ambush occurred at about 3:30pm local time close to the town of Al-Audhaim, 130 kilometres north of Baghdad, as unidentified gunmen in a grey Opel sprayed the convoy with bullets
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1155063.htm

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Real Audio

Robert Fisk On Sovereignty, Martial Law, and Continuing Violence in the New Iraq:

Audio: We go to Baghdad to speak with Robert Fisk, Chief Middle East correspondent for the London Independent, about the continuing violence in Iraq, house raids and phone tapping, and the unelected prime minister Iyad Allawi.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6500.htm

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Senate Report on Iraq Intel Points to Role of Jerusalem:

Cooperation between Israel and the United States helped produce a series of intelligence failures in the lead up to the Iraq war, according to separate reports issued by members of the Senate and the Knesset.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6502.htm

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Former CIA director used Pentagon ties to introduce Iraqi defector:

A former CIA director who advocated war against Saddam Hussein helped arrange the debriefing of an Iraqi defector who falsely claimed that Iraq had biological-warfare laboratories disguised as yogurt and milk trucks.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/9165361.htm

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U.S. House wants aid cut to countries that hand Americans to war crime courts :

U.S. economic aid could only flow to countries that have agreed not to surrender Americans to a world court for prosecution of war crimes, under a measure the U.S. House of Representatives approved Thursday.
www.cbc.ca/cp/world/040715/w071572.html

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Overstating the Zarqawi threat:

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was originally thrust into the spotlight as the Bush administration's evidence that Saddam Hussein's former Baath regime in Iraq was supporting Al-Qaeda. Yet the facts available on Zarqawi are not as clear as the administration claims.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?article_ID=6262&categ_ID=5&edition_id=10

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Coup d'Etat in America?:

Based on so-called “credible” reports, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has warned that Osama is now “planning to disrupt the November elections”. A large scale attack on American soil is said to be planned by Al Qaeda during the presidential election campaign
globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO407B.html

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Terrorism and the election:

No postponement, just bedlam at the polls and a low turnout on the West Coast is Bush's plan for 'victory': You have to give the right-wingers credit. The fear tactics they learned from arch-Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels remain at the front of their political playbook.
www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/071504Madsen/071504madsen.html

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Eyes Wide Shut :

So here we are, frightened in a way we have never been before, disgusted, and disillusioned. So, what should we do about this ferocious anger eating a crater in our hearts?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6501.htm

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Iraq Pipeline Attacks Halt Turkey Exports :

Saboteurs attacked two oil pipelines Thursday, halting exports to Turkey, hours after insurgents assassinated a guard with the state oil company in a renewed spate of attacks on Iraq's crucial industry.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4314940,00.html

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 07/15/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/5oymc

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Democrats endorse some key pro- Israel positions in their platform :

It negates a Palestinian refugee “right of return” to Israel and says the armistice line ending Israel's 1948 War of Independence – known as the Green Line – cannot be the basis for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, implicitly recognizing some Israeli claims to the West Bank.
www.clevelandjewishnews.com/articles/2004/07/15/news/world/adems0716.txt

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Tutu: No security without justice:

Palestinians are urged, rightly, to trade terrorism for non-violence. When they do, as in turning to the International Court of Justice regarding Ariel Sharon's wall in the West Bank and Jerusalem, they are told that the ruling means nothing
tinyurl.com/54tqx

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US bank helped dictator hide millions:

A respected American bank discretely helped former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to hide millions of dollars over an eight-year period, even after he was arrested in London in 1998 and a court froze his assets, a US Senate report said today.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/16/1089694539404.html

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CIA contractor's guns taken from girlfriend's home:

The same day a federal magistrate denied bail for a former CIA contractor accused of beating an Afghan detainee who later died federal agents searched his girlfriend's home and seized guns, cash, and computer equipment, according to search warrants.
www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ct—prisonerabuse-cia0715jul15,0,1258076.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

tinyurl.com/4jlwk

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Flaws Cited in Powell's U.N. Speech on Iraq:

Days before Secretary of State Colin L. Powell was to present the case for war with Iraq, State Department analysts found dozens of factual problems in drafts of his speech, according to new documents contained in the Senate report on intelligence failures released last week.
tinyurl.com/6lpqz

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'These people are treating us like idiots' :

The family of a military policeman killed on duty in Iraq today strongly criticised Tony Blair and branded the Butler report “another whitewash”.
www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/11976331?source=Evening%20Standard

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The Price of Imperial Folly:

Lost in the Beltway debate over intelligence failure is the enormous price we – Americans, Iraqis, the world – are paying for the Bush administration's self-serving war.
www.alternet.org/story/19236/

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“They Don't Want To Know The Truth”:

Video: Whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds speaks with Daniel Ellsberg
www.villagevoice.com/video/vvideo.php?clip=sibel-07-14-04

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Four on Ethics Panel Accepted DeLay Money ;

Four of the five House ethics committee Republicans investigating Majority Leader Tom DeLay have accepted money in the past from the fund-raising operation involved in the complaint against him.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4316543,00.html

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Afghanistan's sinful Westerners:

Westerners buy caviar and cigars from the supermarket while Afghans struggle to buy bread.
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040716.wxafghan0716/BNPrint/Front/

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Officials Accuse Each Other in Prison Scandal

A top MP officer and the commander of military interrogators each gave testimony blaming the other for abuses at Abu Ghraib.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/latimes225.htm

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Lawyers Seek Release of 15 Guantanamo Prisoners:

Lawyers representing 15 Yemeni prisoners at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, filed a lawsuit in federal court on Thursday seeking their release.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5684702

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Mossad Risks Slip-Ups in Race Against Qaeda, Iran:

Two Israelis jailed by an Auckland court Thursday for trying to obtain a New Zealand passport by assuming the identity of a wheelchair-bound cerebral palsy victim displayed the rashness of intelligence agents under pressure to perform, experts say.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5683578

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Al-Jazeera for Canada:

Canada will allow Al-Jazeera TV to be broadcast in Canada, over protests from Jewish groups.
www.jta.org/brknews.asp?id=114122

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Norway still the world's best place to live:

For the fourth year in a row, the United Nations has ranked Norway as having the highest standard of living in the world. Sweden, Australia and Canada are next in line, while the United States is further down the scale.
www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article828724.ece

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Halt Ordered to Classified Los Alamos Work :

Another security breach at Los Alamos National Laboratory prompted the lab to halt all classified work Thursday while officials conduct a wall-to-wall inventory of sensitive data.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4314863,00.html

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Date: 15 Jul 2004

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1 YEAR & 96 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Iraq car bomb kills 10:

A car bomb has killed 10 people including several Iraqi policemen in a town northwest of Baghdad, a day after a powerful blast tore through the capital and a top regional official was assassinated.
www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5086996

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Fresh wave of violence in Iraq kills 22 :

A suicide car bomb killed 10 people outside the Iraqi government's compound in Baghdad on Wednesday while a dozen others, including the governor of Mosul, died as a fresh wave of violence swept Iraq.
sify.com/news/international/fullstory.php?id=13522154

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Iraqi official gunned down:

UNKNOWN gunmen have shot dead a senior official from Iraqi's industry ministry as he left his home in Baghdad to go to work, a spokesman for the ministry of interior said.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10142625%255E1702,00.html

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2 killed, 1 injured in Afghan clash :

At least two militias were killed and another security guard injured in Chagcharan, the provincial capital of northwest Ghor province in Afghanistan Wednesday night as local militias clashed with Afghan National Army
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/15/content_1603226.htm

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Cleric's army quietly takes control:

From directing traffic to organizing blood drives, the militia overseen by firebrand cleric Muqtada al Sadr is taking control of Baghdad's largest neighborhood even as Iraqi and U.S. officials demand that the group disband.
www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/9148866.htm

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Seymour Hersh : The US has videotapes of boys being sodomized at Abu Ghraib prison.

“The worst is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking,” the reporter told an ACLU convention last week.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6492.htm

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Robert Fisk: Bloodshed in Baghdad as insurgents try to isolate government:

Lord Butler told us yesterday that Tony Blair acted in good faith. So that's all right then. At the al-Yarmouk hospital in Baghdad yesterday morning, there was blood on the walls, blood on the floor, blood on the doctors, blood on the stretchers.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6493.htm

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Fallugah: Losing it : Inside The Iraqi Resistance:

US forces have not set foot in Fallujah since early May.The Iraqi city is firmly in the hands of a determined anti-US resistance, which now includes the very man the Americans sent in to solve their problem in the first place.
atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FG16Aa02.html

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Pepe Escobar : The new Saddam, without a moustache :

In Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, Washington has exactly the man it wants in Iraq. But such 19th-century-style colonialism gambits are doomed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6490.htm

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There is now no doubt that Blair misled the Commons :

We went to war against the wishes of the majority of the UN. At least 11,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed. Islamist terrorists, who had no foothold in Iraq before, are more dangerous than ever. A bloody insurgency still burns in the country, punctuated by car-bombings and grisly videotaped beheadings.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1261600,00.html

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Robin Cook: Britain's worst intelligence failure, and Lord Butler says no one is to blame.

Everyone behaved perfectly properly and nobody made a mistake. Poor things, they were let down by the system and institutional weaknesses. John Scarlett gets his very own specially printed Get Out of Jail Free card.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6495.htm

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The Butler Report :

The Butler Report was released yesterday, and the American media were apparently handed a talking-points memo along with their copy, so they‚d know how to write the news
simplyappalling.blogspot.com/2004/07/butler-report-bullet-1.html

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Accusers become the accused as intelligence backfires:

In the US, in Australia, and now in Britain, it is a matter of official finding, and not just political accusation, that the main rationale for war had no sound basis in fact.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/15/1089694431729.html

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Learn the code:

The Senate's report is very revealing about Bush and his apostles – but the clues are buried deep. The Senate intelligence committee report is the Da Vinci code of the Iraq war. Some of the clues are in plain sight but unless one knows how to read them they remain cryptic.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1261608,00.html

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Kerry Didn't Read Iraq Report Before Vote — Aides;

Democratic candidate John Kerry, whose campaign demanded to know on Wednesday whether President Bush read a key Iraq intelligence assessment, did not read the document himself before voting to give Bush the authority to go to war, aides acknowledged.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=5672933

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Oak Ridge Boy and His War:

Bush didn't have to take the word of a madman. He could have taken the word of the U.N. weapons inspectors, but he chose not to.
www.progressive.org/webex04/wx0713a04.html

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Jimmy Breslin: As the list grows, Bush is unmoved:

As they die in battle in the Middle East, Bush doesn't even notice. This man of limited mind and unlimited arrogance is unmoved by deaths that have put blood on his hands for all time.
www.nynewsday.com/news/local/newyork/columnists/ny-nybres
153893324jul15,0,2772239,print.column?coll=ny-ny-columnists

tinyurl.com/568zr

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Let Bush And Kerry Demonstrate The Morality Of These Wars:

It is clear that if Bush really believes in sacrifice for Iraq and Afghanistan, he should send his daughters Barbara and Jenna to Iraq and Afghanistan as soldiers. If Kerry wants to lead, he should do the same.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6491.htm

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JK Galbraith: A cloud over civilisation :

Corporate power is the driving force behind US foreign policy – and the slaughter in Iraq
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6496.htm

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Bill Moyers: Democracy in the Balance:

How do we nurture the healing side of religion over the killing side? How do we protect the soul of democracy against bad theology in service of an imperial state?
www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&issue=soj0408&article=040810

tinyurl.com/662qo

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Time's up in blame game:

The essence of democracy is that elected officials must be judged on the basis of their performance. No attempt should be made to cover up any wrong-headed decisions, for all such endeavors are nothing but an unadulterated sabotage of democracy
atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FG13Aa01.html

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Bush shrugs off reports critical of flawed pre-Iraq-War intelligence :

President Bush says he knows he did the right thing in Iraq, even though two investigations have now concluded he went to war on the basis of faulty intelligence.
www.kcautv.com/Global/story.asp?S=2041887

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Dr Hans Blix, told Blair “ we were not impressed with the intelligence.”–

“Yes a spin is a distortion, the public doesn't get the whole truth.”
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/hardtalk/3893683.stm

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 07/14/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/6dnqs

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Swede Held at Guantanamo Claims Torture:

“It was always mental torture, but during the last month it was more physical torture they used against me,” Ghezali, 25, told Swedish public radio in an interview.
www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/news/world/9153161.htm

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Philippine hostage says he's coming home:

A Filipino hostage held hostage in Iraq has told his family in a videotaped message he will be returning home and has thanked the Philippine government for its decision to withdraw its forces from Iraq.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=547958&section=news

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Manila's tough choice on Iraq :

Faced with a possible backlash from the public that could imperil her political and economic agenda in the next six years, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo had no choice but to withdraw her troops from Iraq – The move could damage the country's relationship with the United States, its closest economic and security ally, analysts and a U.S. diplomat said.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=529570.html

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Saudi Firm to Quit Iraq to Save Egyptian Hostage:

A Saudi company said on Wednesday it would pull out of Iraq to meet the demands of kidnappers holding an Egyptian truck driver hostage.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5673920

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US-led Iraq coalition grows more unwilling to stay:

With four countries already gone, another four due to leave by September and others now quietly making known their intention to wind down or depart before the political transition is complete next year
www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0715iraq-coalition15.html

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The massive heist:

Looting of Iraq is theft from Iraqi and American taxpayers that, according to several new reports, dwarfs the crimes of Adelphia and Ken Lay
www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?ItemID=17260

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GI gets jail time for stealing nearly $68,000 from Iraqi bank :

A 1st Infantry Division soldier will spend the next two years in jail after pleading guilty to stealing nearly $68,000 from an Iraqi bank he was guarding.
www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=23274

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Idaho GIs Told to Talk About 'Themes' :

The Idaho National Guard has told soldiers to use five approved ``themes'' when talking to the media, including support for war in Iraq and confidence in the superiority of American troops.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4312913,00.html

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Peacekeepers in Afghanistan Fooled by US Bounty Hunters:

A spokesman for the peacekeeping mission says the multinational force unwittingly aided three U.S. nationals who were allegedly running their own self-styled counter-terrorism operations last month.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=F2B219C3-AAC1-4673-B31541875811CDB3

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Israeli 'spies' get 6 month sentences in passport scam ;

The case has sent shockwaves through the already fragile relationship between New Zealand and Israel — and brought a virtual end to diplomatic relations between the countries.
www.nbr.co.nz/home/column_article.asp?id=9629&cid=15&cname=Politics

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New Zealand Outraged after Israeli Spies are Jailed :

New Zealand‚s prime minister launched a blistering verbal attack and slapped diplomatic sanctions on Israel today after two suspected Mossad agents were imprisoned for six months for illegally trying to obtain a New Zealand passport.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3206769

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In case you missed it: :

Canada probes Israel passport claim :

The Canadian Foreign Minister, Lloyd Axworthy, has ordered an investigation into allegations that Israeli secret service members are still using Canadian passports for covert operations.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/208368.stm

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In case you missed it:

Israel Is Spying In And On The U.S.?
These items have since been removed from the FOX News web site:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5133.htm

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Kerry's brother reassures Israel of strong support:

The brother of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry met Israeli leaders on Wednesday in an apparent attempt to ease any concerns about the U.S. senator's commitment to the Jewish state.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArtVty.jhtml?sw=kerry&itemNo=451522

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Robert Fisk: Iraqi academics targeted in murder spree:

Only six weeks ago – virtually unreported, of course – the female dean of the college of law in Mosul was beheaded in her bed, along with her husband.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6494.htm

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Stop the killing in Darfur :

In the Darfur province of western Sudan, a slow-motion genocide has been taking place while the rest of the world either pretends not to notice or finds excuses for refusing to intervene.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=529559.html

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Operation Summer Pulse '04:

US NAVY deploys 7 carrier group task forces around the globe in Operation Summer Pulse 04
www.cffc.navy.mil/dodrelease.htm

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Republican governor criticizes own party:

The government doles out money “based on who will vote for us or for our party: in effect, we buy votes,” Romney said in remarks prepared for delivery. “We fund programs that don't work. We tolerate abuse and cheating in the multiples of billions of dollars.”
www.boston.com/news/politics/president/articles/2004/07/14/republican_governor_criticizes_own_party/

tinyurl.com/3mets

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'Homeland Security' Beyond U.S. Borders:

In the novel '1984' George Orwell depicts a world where powerful and secretive authorities — “Big Brother” — scrutinise the intimate details of citizens' personal lives. That fiction may be closer to reality than most people think.
www.oneworld.net/article/view/90008/1/

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Neo-conservative Withdraws Bush Support :

Famous academic Francis Fukuyama, one of the founding fathers of the neo-conservative movement that underlies the policies of US President George W. Bush's administration, said on July 13 that he would not vote for the incumbent in the November 2 US Presidential election.
www.zaman.com/?bl=international&alt=&trh=20040714&hn=10372

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George W. Bush: Presidential or Pathological?:

“Bush on the Couch,‰ uncovers a man suffering from megalomania, paranoia, a false sense of omnipotence, an inability to manage his emotions, a lifelong need to defy authority, an unresolved love-hate relationship with his father, and the repercussions of a history of untreated alcohol abuse.
ariannaonline.com/columns/column.php?id=722

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Hello, God? It's Me, Dubya:

Lord? Bush here. I'm confused. Why won't you crush Kerry and smite the heathens? Hello?
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2004/07/14/notes071404.DTL&nl=fix

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Date: 14 Jul 2004

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1 YEAR & 95 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Baghdad blast kills 11:

A suspected suicide car bombing has killed 11 people and wounded 30 in the first big guerrilla attack in Baghdad since an interim Iraqi government took over from U.S.-led occupiers on June 28.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=547298&section=news

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9 Afghan soldiers killed :

Nine Afghan soldiers including a police chief and his driver were killed in isolated attacks in Afghanistan. Two Taliban fighters were also killed as they waged a campaign to disrupt presidential polls set for October 9.
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_14-7-2004_pg7_9

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Attackers Kill Governor of Iraqi City of Mosul:

Gunmen killed the governor of the Iraqi city of Mosul and two of his bodyguards on Wednesday as he was driving in a convoy of vehicles toward Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5670410

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Hostage 'safe' as Philippines pulls troops out of Iraq:

A spokesman for the Philippines air force said the military had two C-130 transport aircraft ready to fly to Iraq to evacuate the remainder of the contingent, but was awaiting final orders.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/07/14/1089694422243.html

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'Open to doubt and seriously flawed' :

British intelligence reports on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction in the run up to the Iraq war were “open to doubt” and “seriously flawed”, the Butler Inquiry said today.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1261261,00.html

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Butler report: key findings :

In March 2002 the intelligence available was “insufficiently robust” to prove Iraq was in breach of the United Nations' resolutions.
www.guardian.co.uk/butler/story/0,14750,1261204,00.html

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Full text: the Butler report (pdf)
image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Politics/documents/2004/07/14/butler.pdf

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A failure of the system:

A government cannot go to war on a false pretext. Either Blair apologises – or there must be a change of leader
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1260734,00.html

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In case you missed it:

British officers knew on eve of war that Iraq had no WMDs :

UK intelligence learned just before war that Iraq had not assembled chemical weapons. Mossad “knew 45-minute claim was an old wives‚ tale” – but did not tell UK or US
news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=132&id=136082004

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In case you missed it:

Blair's secret weapon:

A covert project, set up by the UK government, 'cherry-picked' intelligence to fit the hidden agenda of justifying war with Iraq,
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3703.htm

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Bush and C.I.A. Won't Release Paper on Prewar Intelligence:

The White House and the Central Intelligence Agency have refused to give the Senate Intelligence Committee a one-page summary of prewar intelligence in Iraq prepared for President Bush that contains few of the qualifiers and none of the dissents spelled out in longer intelligence reviews
www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040714/ZNYT03/407140415

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Ray McGovern: The CIA and Iraq: An Intelligence Debacle…and Worse:

In our various oral and written presentations on Iraq my veteran intelligence officer colleagues and I took no delight in sharply criticizing what we perceived to be the corruption of intelligence analysis at CIA. Nothing would have pleased us more than to have been proven wrong. It turns out we did not know the half of it.
www.counterpunch.com/mcgovern07132004.html

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Torture as Due Process:

After 9/11, the word of the president was supposedly the only protection that the rights and liberties of the American people needed. After 9/11, President Bush granted himself unlimited, unchecked power over anyone in the world suspected of being a terrorist.
www.fff.org/freedom/fd0407c.asp

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In case you missed it? :

From Hitler to Bush:

The editor of La República del Uruguay replies to the US ambassador, Martin Silverstein, ( Uruguay ) who had complained about the comparisons the newspaper had drawn between Hitler and Bush.

This is a must read
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6481.htm

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Ten Reasons to Fire George W. Bush:

And nine reasons why Kerry won't be much better
www.reason.com/links/links071304.shtml

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Ted Rall: Boycott The Military:

I'd rather sleep under a bridge, eating trash out of a Dumpster, than murder human beings for Halliburton.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6483.htm

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Bring My Brother Home!: Class, War and Education:

“The way we fund education, that's at the heart of how this military recruits,” said Erin Murphy, whose 20-year old brother is serving in Iraq. “Without that leverage they would not be able to recruit people in such numbers.”
www.counterpunch.org/weill07142004.html

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Advocates of War Now Profit From Iraq's Reconstruction:

Lobbyists, aides to senior officials and others encouraged invasion and now help firms pursue contracts. They see no conflict.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6489.htm

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CIA's Acting Chief Says Threat Highest Since 9/11 :

“This is about as serious a threat environment as I have seen since 9/11,” said McLaughlin
www.maconareaonline.com/news.asp?id=7555

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Danger Will Robinson! Osama has Nukes! :

Williams‚ book claims Osama has “six or seven‰ suitcase nukes already in-country and he‚s biding his time, waiting for the right moment to light the match. “They want the most bang for the buck, and that is nuclear,‰ Williams told NewsMax
kurtnimmo.com/blog/index.php?p=236

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Iraq war 'a gift' to bin Laden, says CIA veteran:

A CIA official who has written a book claiming the West is losing the global war on terrorism said in an interview on British television today that the US-led war in Iraq was a gift to Osama bin Laden.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6485.htm

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The Misunderstood Osama:

How to read Imperial Hubris.: Osama Doesn't Hate Our Freedom
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6487.htm

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Bush Rebounds on Terrorism :

The survey found that 55 percent of all Americans currently approve of the way Bush is handling the campaign against terrorism, up 5 points in the past three weeks.
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A48870-2004Jul14?language=printer

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Europeans Refuse to Play Bin Laden Deadline Game:

An ultimatum from Osama bin Laden to European governments will expire this week, but security officials say they do not see it as an immediate trigger for fresh attacks.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5666376

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Arms Spending Fueled by Iraq Conflict:

World military spending in 2003 increased by about 11% in real terms. “A remarkable rate of increase,” it commented, coming after the 6.5% rise a year earlier. Spending in 2003 reached $956 billion. The United States counts for almost half of the world total of military spending.
www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=55194

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Greg Palast: Black Voters Are Expendable:

In the 2000 presidential election, 1.9 million Americans cast ballots that no one counted. “Spoiled votes” is the technical term. The pile of ballots left to rot has a distinctly dark hue: About 1 million of them — half of the rejected ballots — were cast by African Americans although black voters make up only 12 percent of the electorate.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6482.htm

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'Potential felons' list that was scrapped cost Florida almost $2 million:

It spent at least $125,000 in attorney fees to a GOP-linked law firm in a failed effort to keep the list secret, even though the state's chief lawyer, Attorney General Charlie Crist, said it was not worth defending.
www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-felons14jul14,0,7739356.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

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In case you missed it?:

Hail To The Thief: Greg Palast:

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

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US moves to cut off aid to Uzbekistan:

Uzbekistan, whose leader famously had a jailed opponent boiled to death, is to lose the bulk of its American aid because of its human rights abuses
news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/story.jsp?story=540647

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In case you missed it:

Our Presidents New Best Friend Boils People Alive
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3943.htm

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Chemical weapons antidotes shipped:

New York and Boston, sites of the upcoming political conventions, are among the first areas to receive the “chem-packs.”
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2679202

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Sen. Ernest F Hollings: Now we know: It's our Mideast policy that's creating enemies:

It's time to stop this wag of people “hating us” and against us “because of our values.” It's not our values or people, but our Mideast policy they oppose. We need to return to evenhandedness and active negotiations in the Mideast.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6484.htm

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Israelis fire on UN food convoy:

A United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) convoy delivering food to a besieged Palestinian town has come under Israeli fire in the occupied Gaza Strip.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F70D002B-3152-4CD5-805F-74E278413D73.htm

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What you get in 20 seconds :

Television coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict tends to reflect Israeli perspectives, while leaving most viewers alarmingly ill-informed
www.guardian.co.uk/analysis/story/0,3604,1260733,00.html

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 07/13/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/5g5cq

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The Selective Justice of America And Its Allies:

Is it any wonder that Israel continues to flout all the UN Security Council Resolutions that call for the Jewish state's withdrawal from the Palestinian land? As usual, where American interest is concerned, there is a set of rules for America and its friends, and another set for the rest of the world
allafrica.com/stories/200407140276.html

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Report concerning maltreated children in the torture-prison
www.traprockpeace.org/iraqi_child_prisoners.htm

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Militants Kill One Bulgarian Hostage in Iraq -TV:

A militant group led by suspected al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi killed a Bulgarian hostage and vowed to execute a second Bulgarian it was holding within 24 hours, Al Jazeera television said on Tuesday
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5659862

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Bring me the head of Silvino Herrera:

“Us versus them” and other “modern” myths of war and civilization

A Must Read
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6486.htm

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Macedonia admits assassination of illegal immigrants :

Macedonian police confirmed on Sunday that six Pakistanis and one Indian, killed two years ago as “Mujahideen terrorists”, were in fact illegal immigrants executed for political purposes by the government of the time.
tinyurl.com/4feyu

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Battling “evil-doers” Begets Evil:

Macedonian police commanders were dispatched to lure seven impoverished Muslim immigrants from Pakistan into their country. The van parked, the driver opened his door and fled, and a special terrorist unit of the police command opened fire, slaughtering all seven of the immigrants.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6479.htm

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Hearts and minds at any cost :

The story of Jonathan Idema, the ex-Green Beret arrested in Kabul for running his own private Abu Ghraib, would be comic if it were not so grotesque
www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/comment/story/0,11447,1259960,00.html

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Pride, prison shadow Idema:

Jonathan Keith Idema sits in an Afghanistan prison, accused of abusing detained Afghans by hanging them by their feet.
www.fayettevillenc.com/story.php?Template=news&Story=6446821

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Plausible deniability:

Plausible deniability involves the creation of power structures and chains of command loose and informal enough to be denied if necessary.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plausible_deniability

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US Lawmakers: Genocide Taking Place in Sudan:

U.S. senators have introduced a resolution saying genocide is taking place in Sudan. They hope the measure will spur the international community and the Bush administration to do more to respond to the violence and humanitarian crisis in Sudan's western Darfur region.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=02DC75E0-B558-44F7-97E4B0478CBC0D05

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Racism at root of Sudan's Darfur crisis:

The Darfur pogrom is part of a historic continuum in which successive Arab governments have sought to entirely destroy black Africans in this biracial nation.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0714/p09s02-coop.html

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Chavez Warns Andean Nations Against Trade Deal with US:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has warned other Andean leaders against pursuing a trade agreement with the United States, accusing Washington of having “imperialist” intentions in the region.
tinyurl.com/3u68h

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Venezuelan President Chavez again accuses US of backing campaign to unseat him:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez restated his long-time contention that Washington is behind a campaign for a “yes” vote in an August 15 recall referendum aimed at removing him from power, in order to control Venezuela's oil.
www.terra.net.lb/wp/Articles/DesktopArticle.aspx?ArticleID=167449&ChannelId=4

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In case you missed it:

Greg Palast: Warning to Venezuelan leader :

“The dependence of the US on oil is increasing progressively. And Venezuela is one of the most important suppliers of the US. And the 'stability' of Venezuela is very important for the US.” Video and text
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6478.htm

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US in talks over biggest missile defence site in Europe :

The US administration is negotiating with Poland and the Czech Republic over its controversial missile defence programme, with a view to positioning the biggest missile defence site outside the US in central Europe.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1259903,00.html

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US considers keeping key air base in Bosnia after NATO pullout:

The United States is considering keeping a key military air base in Bosnia-Herzegovina after NATO wraps up its peace mission there as part of a new force projection concept designed to facilitate the war on terror, military officials said Monday.
www.spacewar.com/2004/040713021505.f61ive4x.html

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Barroso criticises 'arrogant' America :

José Manuel Barroso, the outgoing Portuguese prime minister who has been nominated as president of the European Commission, on Tuesday criticised the US for its occasional “arrogance”
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Tennessee May Use GPS on Parolees :

Seven contractors have expressed interest in the state's $2.5 million pilot project that would use a global positioning system, or GPS, to keep track of violent sex offenders that have been paroled.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=624&u=/ap/20040713/ap_on_sc/sex_offenders_gps&printer=1

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US political parties fight for Jewish votes:

The caricature blurs the community's complexity but nevertheless, in the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore won 80% of the Jewish vote. But could it be a different story this time around?
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3878891.stm

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Israel up against the wall :

People who attack the World Court for its July 9 opinion on the Israeli wall in the Occupied Territories should beware.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FG14Ak01.html

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1 YEAR & 94 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Pakistan: 10 civilians killed in Shakai crossfire:

Details of the reports reaching from Shakai said that six persons including a woman were killed when an artillery shell hit the residence of Qayyum Khunyakhel in Khunyakhel village. Four persons including two children were also reported killed when a shell hit another house.
www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en69463&F_catID=&f_type=source

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Taleban launch fresh Afghan raids, five dead:

Taleban guerrillas, who have vowed to disrupt Afghanistan‚s October 9 election, launched several raids across the south and east and five people were killed, including a police commander
tinyurl.com/567ew

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Two more U.S. soldiers killed in attack by insurgents in Iraq;

Two U.S. soldiers died and another three were injured during an attack by the resistance in the northern city of Samarra, according to a report by the occupation troops‚ central command released here today.
www.granma.cu/ingles/2004/julio/lun12/29domas.html

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U.S. Criticizes Ally Philippines Over Leaving Iraq:

The U.S. criticized the Philippine government's stated intention to leave Iraq in the face of a death threat against a captured Filipino fuel truck driver, warning it could encourage more terrorism.
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aQw7Vh4zDLj0&refer=top_world_news

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US Warns Manila Not to Give In To Iraq Kidnappers:

The Bush administration warned the Philippines on Tuesday against bowing to pressure from kidnappers and withdrawing the country's troops from Iraq ahead of schedule.
www.bgnewsnet.com/story.php?sid=6042

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Suspected al-Qaida militant surrenders to Saudis:

A wanted al-Qaida militant, identified as Khaled bin Ouda bin Mohammed al-Harby, also known as Abu Suleiman al-Makky, said to have fought alongside Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan has turned himself in to Saudi diplomats in Iran. He has been flown to Saudi Arabia.
www.wate.com/Global/story.asp?S=2033543

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Robert Fisk: Echoes of occupation of 1920 in latest effort to bring Iraqis to heel :

The Americans could learn a lot from Sheikh Jouwad Mehdi al-Khalasi. A tall, distinguished man who speaks with eloquence and humour, he has the same forehead and piercing eyes of his grandfather – the man who led the Shia Muslim insurrection against British occupation in 1920.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6473.htm

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Blair sexed up the evidence to justify his own decision:

To put the blame for war on the intelligence services would be a travesty
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1259805,00.html
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CIA Aide Cites Policy Failures in Afghanistan, Iraq:

An active CIA officer raised eyebrows by contending in a book that the United States is losing the war on terror. In his second NPR interview, the author of Imperial Hubris says U.S. policymakers made important mistakes in Afghanistan and Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6472.htm

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Doubts on Informant Deleted in Senate Text:

Among the passages deleted from the public version of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on Iraq is a detailed assessment that casts doubt on the credibility of an Iraqi defector whose claims about Iraq's mobile biological weapons laboratories have been discredited, according to government officials.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6474.htm

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COMPLETE REPORT ON THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S PREWAR INTELLIGENCE ASSESSMENTS ON IRAQ: .

pdf format
web.mit.edu/simsong/www/iraqreport2-textunder.pdf

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Bush goes to work with the whitewash:

The Bush administration's strategy is clear: After taking the United States into war-based on a lie, get Americans to forget the lie. Playing the humanitarian card just won't do.
www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/geted.pl5?eo20040712db.htm

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The Incredible Lying BushCo:

This just in: More irrefutable proof that Dubya's is the slimiest administration in 100 years. Like you even needed more proof.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5115.htm

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America — we need to talk.:

I hate to say this, but it looks as if Bush is only here for the killing. He's finally found something he's good at and so far — thanks to target-eyed flag-waving Americans — destroying all those who are either with us or with the enemy has been as easy as sticking firecrackers in a frog's mouth.

A must read
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6476.htm

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Brain Injuries Common Among U.S. Soldiers In Iraq:

The centers report that traumatic brain injuries now make up as much as 20 percent of casualties for those who survive combat.
www.wpxi.com/health/3519855/detail.html

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Coping with the stress of war:

Many troops returning home from Iraq with mental health disorders
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5425543

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Family stands by injured Marine:

A tear trickled down Marine Sgt. Jake Rhinehart‚s cheek as he rolled his head to one side while otherwise lying motionless in a military hospital bed.
www.newsok.com/article/1278001/?template=home/main

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“No one is going through what we are going through”:

Sgt. Reggie Butler saw his gunner buddy die inches away from him as they patrolled in Sadr City. “I'll do everything I can to bring all the soldiers back,” he says. “Anything.”
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Military Developments Bode Ill For Our Future Security:

A number of dangerous developments in our military have suddenly come together — pushed forward by the war in Iraq — that should give Americans grounds for worry about the future security of our nation.
tinyurl.com/3buwj

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Kerry-Edwards Stonewall:

Both Sens. Kerry and Edwards voted yes on the resolution authorizing the war in Iraq. And now they refuse to say whether they would have supported the resolution if they had known what they know today. Both say they can't be bothered with “hypothetical questions.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6477.htm

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You Calling Me An Unpatriotic Wimp? :

When Americans opposed to Bush are called unpatriotic wimps, a disabled veteran in a wheelchair goes on the attack.
www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=801

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Greasing up to power :

A US comedian brings us closer to the truth than the BBC. Most of our journalists fail us
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1259861,00.html

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Private militias 'now a bigger threat than Taleban' :

New action is needed to disarm the militias, says Karzai after he puts off polls because of security fears
straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,261140,00.html

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A warning from Yemen, cradle of the Arab world:

Impoverished, tribal Yemen – the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden, considered natural territory by Al-Qaeda but governed by an earnest ally in the “war-on-terror” – is facing its worst domestic crisis since 1994, when the government crushed a southern secession bid that sparked a two-month civil war.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=6182

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 07/12/04:

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

QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/6ave3

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Israel up against the wall :

People who attack the World Court for its July 9 opinion on the Israeli wall in the Occupied Territories should beware.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FG14Ak01.html

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Torn Apart: Families split by discriminatory policies:

A new law passed by the Israeli parliament on 31 July 2003 bars family unification for Israelis who are married to Palestinians from the Occupied Territories. The Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law(1) explicitly discriminates against Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
web.amnesty.org/library/index/engmde150632004

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Homeland Security Confirms Election Delay Talks:

The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that the Bush administration has discussed possibly delaying the November presidential election if there is a new terrorist attack.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=A41ADD95-19AA-405F-AE96EBE4E548F781

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Could Bush Cancel the Election?:

The Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security have begun examining ways to postpone November's presidential election in the event of an attack near election day. This according to a report in Newsweek.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/07/12/1345243

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Bush Administration “Guidelines” for Postponing or Canceling the November Presidential Elections
globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO407C.html

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U.S. Notifies Guantanamo Prisoners of Court Rights;

The Pentagon notified Guantanamo prisoners on Monday they have the right to go to court to challenge their detention and will face a military hearing on their “enemy combatant” status, officials said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5648583

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Administration continues to show contempt for Guantánamo detainees' rights:

The US administration continues to show contempt for basic human rights standards in its treatment of the Guantánamo detainees, Amnesty International said today.
news.amnesty.org/mav/index/ENGAMR511132004

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Red Cross says U-S may be holding detainees in secret locations :

The International Red Cross fears U-S officials are holding terror suspects secretly in locations around the world.
www.wmtw.com/Global/story.asp?S=2031288

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Israeli interrogators in Iraq – An exclusive report:

The USA employed Israeli security service (Shin Bet) experts to help their US counterparts 'break' their captives.
www.janes.com/security/international_security/news/fr/fr040707_1_n.shtml

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Civil rights groups still concerned about purged voters:

Civil rights organizations say the state's scrapping of a controversial list of possible felons was a victory for voters, but counties must still ensure that information they receive from other sources is accurate before purging their voter rolls.
www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040712/NEWS/40712011

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Bush's AIDS 'Gift' Has Been Seized by Industry Giants :

Fighting AIDS was supposed to show George Bush's softer side. “Seldom has history offered a greater opportunity to do so much for so many,” he said in his State of the Union address in January. He has since reconsidered, deciding instead to offer a few more opportunities to the few
www.commondreams.org/views03/1013-10.htm

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Army post candidate has ties to Carlyle:

Let's meet the man who may soon be the newest player in the top ranks of the military-industrial complex.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/07/11/BUGMD7IR071.DTL

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Keeping America safe from foreign writers:

American journalists working abroad, especially in free countries, are not accustomed to monitoring of this kind. By requiring foreign journalists to obtain special visas, the United States has aligned itself with the likes of Iran, North Korea and Cuba
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=529086.html

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Indian minister strip-searched in US :

India's former defence minister was twice strip-searched at Washington airport while on official business, according to the former US deputy secretary of state, Strobe Talbott.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1259028,00.html

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Russia Steps in to Aid Banking Crisis :

After last week's run on one of Russia's biggest private banks and the near-collapse of a second, the Russian parliament and Central Bank stepped in to calm frightened depositors, a move that analysts said Monday was long overdue.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040712/ap_on_bi_ge/russia_banking_crisis

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Recovering a hijacked faith:

How did the faith of Jesus come to be known as pro-rich, pro-war, and pro-American? What has happened? How do we get back to a historic, biblical, and genuinely evangelical faith rescued from its contemporary distortions?
www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/07/13/recovering_a_hijacked_faith?mode=PF

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1 YEAR & 93 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Insurgents kill 3 U.S. soldiers in Iraq:

Insurgents killed three U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi civilian in separate attacks, and a militant group threatening to kill its Filipino hostage extended until Tuesday its deadline for Manila to agree to withdraw peacekeepers early.
www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0712Iraq12-ON.html

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Iraq to pardon killers of coalition soldiers :

Iraq's interim president, said the full pardon would apply to political prisoners “who have not committed too many atrocious acts,” including people in Baghdad who “killed 10 soldiers” as the U.S.-led coalition battled for control of the city last year.
www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/07/12/world/iraq_amnesty040712

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How dodgy tip-offs led to war:

The day before US Secretary of State Colin Powell delivered his critical speech to the United Nations, claiming Iraq possessed mobile biological weapons laboratories, a US intelligence agent warned the CIA that the evidence had come from an Iraqi defector called Curve Ball who was unreliable and possibly an alcoholic.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/07/11/1089484243248.html?oneclick=true

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The United States Has Lost its Moral Authority:

Iraq , as a threat to the United States , was all contrived. Richard Clarke stated in his book, Against All Enemies, with John McLaughlin of the CIA confirming, that there was no evidence or intelligence of “Iraqi support for terrorism against the United States “ from 1993 until 2003 when we invaded.
www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2004/06/23_hollings_moral-authority.htm

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Blair on the rack as spy chiefs attack Iraq claims :

BRITAIN's intelligence community united today in a series of astonishing attacks on Tony Blair and his handling of the run-up to war in Iraq.
www.eveningtimes.co.uk/hi/news/5028465.html

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Blair and Scarlett told me Iraq had no usable weapons :

This is the most extraordinary failure in the history of British intelligence
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1259186,00.html

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BBC: Panorama Investigates:

A failure of intelligence: In his Iraq dossier, the Prime Minister said he believed the intelligence showed “beyond doubt” that Saddam Hussein was producing chemical and biological weapons. The intelligence was mostly wrong. So should the buck be passed to the intelligence services?

Video and transcript. A must watch video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6468.htm

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In case you missed it:

Bush, Blair, Zionism, Armageddon and the corruption of Christianity
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1588.htm

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'Iraq's daily death toll much higher than reported' :

“Neither the Iraqi government nor the American forces are interested in getting the exact figures. It's politically against their interests.”
www.thedailystar.net/2004/07/12/d407121303103.htm

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Iraqi Shiite cleric Sadr stabbed, injury not dangerous :

Sources close to Moqtada Al Sadr, a young Iraqi Shiite cleric, said that Sadr was stabbed by one of his office members after a quarrel over his authorities, and the injury was not dangerous
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/13/content_1594290.htm

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Beneath the Hoods:

Many of the tortured at Abu Ghraib were common criminals, not terrorists
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5412316/site/newsweek/

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Hell On Earth:

Life in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, newly available documents show, would have made Satan quake
www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/040719/usnews/19prison.htm

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Charley Reese: Legal Nonsense:

I love the sharp tongue of the British. A former legal adviser to the British Foreign Office has said George Bush's war on terrorism is “legal nonsense” and confers no more power on the United States to detain people than the war against obesity.
reese.king-online.com/Reese_20040712/index.php

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In case you missed it:

Army kept whistle-blower in locked ward :

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

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'Collaborator' has eye gouged out:

AN Iraqi man who owns a laundry and a restaurant on a US military base in this northern Iraqi city was found with his hands cut off and an eye gouged out, the police said today.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10085938^1702,00.html

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In Iraq, no power for the people:

It can happen at any time ˜ when you're in the shower, on the computer, in an elevator or on the toilet. Power outages.
www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040711.wxiraq0712/BNStory/Front/

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These Dogs Don't Hunt:

A Pentagon inspector‚s defense of Halliburton is a textbook example of the cronyism of Bush's so-called watchdogs.
www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId=8076

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US distances self from “vigilante”:

The arrest last week of Idema and the two other Americans – bounty hunters who passed themselves off as US special forces – comes at a difficult time for the Afghan government and for US diplomats here.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0712/p07s01-wosc.html

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Elderly Palestinian crushed to death :

An aged paraplegic Palestinian has been crushed to death when Israeli occupation troops demolished his home in the southern Gaza Strip.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/FB99DB4C-3DFC-4D08-8D1A-FA7C4C82A298.htm

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Historic ruling on Israeli 'occupation' :

FOR the first time, an international court has ruled that land captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war is occupied territory. The decision by the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands referred to the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories and Israeli settlements in these areas as a violation of the Geneva conventions.
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=791432004

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Statement by John Kerry on International Court of Justice Ruling:

“I am deeply disappointed by today‚s International Court of Justice ruling related to Israel‚s security fence. The fence is an important tool in Israel‚s fight against terrorism. It is not a matter for the ICJ.
www.johnkerry.com/pressroom/releases/pr_2004_0709a.html

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The case for sanctions against Israel:

What worked with apartheid can bring peace to the Middle East
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1259087,00.html

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Uri Avnery: There Are Judges in the Hague:

These are profoundly ideological reasons, mostly unconscious, for the building of the wall. On the surface, it seems to be a practical response to a real and present danger. An ordinary Israeli will say: “Are you nuts? What are you talking about? What has this to do with Herzl? He died a hundred years ago!‰ But there is a direct connection.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6469.htm

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Jewish Woman Banned from Israel for Supporting Palestinians :

A Jewish American has been denied entry to Israel because she belongs to a pro-Palestinian group, her lawyer said today.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3190330

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Zionists Do Not Represent Jews:

From the inception of the Zionist State and particularly in recent times, the impression has been created in the World that there is some connection between the State, which falsely calls itself Israel, and the Jewish people as a whole. Therefore, we who continue to uphold the never-changing tradition of the Jewish people find it proper to again clarify the following points:
www.jewsagainstzionism.com/NotZionists.html

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www.informationclearinghouse.info/support.htm

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U.S. Mulling How to Delay Nov. Vote in Case of Attack:

A senior House Democratic lawmaker was skeptical on Sunday of a Bush administration idea to obtain the authority to delay the November presidential election in case of an attack by al Qaeda
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5637434

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Voting Commission Head Calls for More Security for Electronic Voting:

Soaries said the issue of paper ballots that voters can verify – perhaps the most-debated aspect of the controversy over electronic voting – requires more study and that calling for such receipts by November would be unrealistic.
www.blackboxvoting.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=195

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Bush's Secret Weapon:

We sell the voting machines, we program the voting machines, and we count the votes. You can trust us. We are the Republicans.
www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=800

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Pentagon seeks way around high court on Guantanamo detainees:

The Pentagon wants to circumvent a US Supreme Court ruling allowing inmates at a US base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to challenge their detention in US courts by creating military tribunals, analysts said.
www.spacewar.com/2004/040711072526.2uz6ls53.html

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At Odds:

Both the FBI and civil-liberties groups are worried that Edwards, and possibly Kerry, will use their campaign to promote the formation of a new domestic spy agency
msnbc.msn.com/id/5388509/site/newsweek/

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Five Minutes Œtil Midnight:

Our wanton Immorality allows our Country to feel superior to other nations and has brought our once great Nation into the Shadows. We deride anyone who doesn‚t look like Us, talk like Us, act like Us. We call upon Our God to prevail against Their God so that We can live beyond our means.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6470.htm

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Proposal floated for North American ID card :

Such a card would require the creation of the largest database of biometric data in the world ˜ potentially to include digital images of a person‚s face or eye, or electronic fingerprints.
www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentID=72685&catname=Local+News

tinyurl.com/3jxax

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HIPAA And Other Assaults Upon Our Civil Liberties:

How better served might we be if our elected officials actually read all the pertinent documents before they voted on enacting law that would affect their constituency: us.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6471.htm

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Foreclosure rates in Pa. at crisis level:

The fallout continues across Pennsylvania — with sheriff's sales hitting record levels in some areas and homeowners like Lett resorting to desperate measures to save their homes.
www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/9130446.htm

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Area foreclosures on the rise:

From January through June, Boulder County registered 264 foreclosures, a 17 percent increase from 225 in 2003.
www.bouldernews.com/bdc/local_business/article/0,1713,BDC_2461_3022460,00.html

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VA home foreclosures plague city:

While there may be various reasons for so many unpaid mortgages, Fort Campbell officials worry young soldiers may be buying homes they ultimately can't afford.
www.theleafchronicle.com/news/stories/20040712/localnews/827998.html

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