Information Clearing House  Digest July 22-27 2004
Date: 27 Jul 2004

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1 YEAR & 108 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Two dead in Gaza City dawn raid:

Two Palestinians have died, and five others were injured, in a raid by Israeli troops on the eastern outskirts of Gaza City.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3928947.stm

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Mortar Attack Kills Iraqi, Injures 14 :

Gunmen also killed a hospital official south of the capital.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4356185,00.html

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Six wounded in blast as Jordanian firm quits Iraq in order to secure release of employees :

A blast Tuesday damaged a house outside Fallujah and wounded six Iraqis, hospital officials said. The blast hit a home in the village of Niemieyah, south of the city, The AP reported.
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=281877&lang=e&dir=news

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Hostages' relatives threaten to kill company owner if Iraq operations continue :

Relatives of two Jordanian drivers abducted in Iraq threatened Tuesday to behead the director of the company the hostages work for and to kill all the firm's employees if the director fails to immediately comply with the kidnappers' demands to cease operations in Iraq.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/a/2004/07/27/international0806EDT0499.DTL

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U.S. “outposts” hold line in Ramadi:

Hunkered down in the turquoise-domed Islamic Law Center, a dozen Marines wait for the enemy to make its inevitable move. Insurgents equipped with Soviet-made sniper rifles keep the building in their cross-hairs.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001988427_ramadi26.html

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US security alert in Kuwait after arrests of alleged Iraq-bound fighters:

The United States has told US citizens in Kuwait to boost security precautions in the Gulf state following the arrests of 11 people in connection with a purported campaign to recruit volunteers to fight US forces in Iraq
www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/
2004/July/middleeast_July699.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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U.S. Gives France 4 Guantanamo Suspects :

The United States has turned over four Guantanamo Bay suspects to France and is negotiating with Paris for the transfer of three others
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4356343,00.html

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I wasn't told he had no windows, says father of Guantanamo Briton:

Azmat Begg, a retired banker from Birmingham, said he had not been aware that his son, Moazzam Begg, was being kept in a cell without any natural light.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/story.jsp?story=545093

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 07/27/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
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Muslim charity Holy Land Foundation indicted in Dallas: accused of dealing with terrorists :

A Muslim charity shut down by the U.S. government in the aftermath of Sept. 11 was charged along with seven men Tuesday with supporting terrorists by funneling money to Hamas.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/07/27/national1232EDT0585.DTL

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U.S. Issues Veiled Warning to Warlords :

The United States on Tuesday issued a veiled warning to Afghanistan's jilted defense minister not to undermine the country's fragile security.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4356523,00.html

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Iraq sets up committee to impose restrictions on news reporting :

The restrictions – known as “red lines” – had yet to be finalised, but would include unwarranted criticism of the prime minister. He singled out last Friday's sermon by Moqtada al-Sadr, a firebrand Shia cleric, who mocked Mr Allawi as America's “tail”.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/
StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1087374001384

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Zeibari threatens to close al-Jazeera office in Baghdad:

The Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zeibari criticized the Doha based al-Jazeera TV and described its coverage of events in Iraq as biased and deviated.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/040727/2004072704.html

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Democracy a tool in neo-con hands:

Of the delusions that US neo-conservatives perpetrated in their drive to take the United States to war in Iraq, the most durable has been the notion that they are committed to the spread of Wilsonian democracy.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FG27Ak02.html

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First U.S. officer charged with murder in Iraq faces hearing in Germany:

The first U.S. soldier charged with murder in Iraq is maintaining his innocence as he faces hearings that could lead to his court-martial for the shooting of a man during the hunt for Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
news.bostonherald.com/international/view.bg?articleid=37437

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Why Americans Believe Only American Deaths Count in Iraq:

From the 1902 “liberation” of the Philippines to the 2003 “liberation” of Iraq, tens (and sometimes even hundreds) of thousands of civilians died (and continue to die) by U.S. bombs and guns. Hardly do these deaths enter the American popular imagination, our cultural narrative, or our commemorations of war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6557.htm

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In case you missed it:

Despotism & Democracy :

Explains how societies and nations can be measured by the degree that power is concentrated and respect for the individual is restricted. Where does your community, state and nation stand on these scales?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4971.htm

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Yemen Denies Bin Laden Contact to Free Operative:

A commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States said in a report released on Friday that Bin Laden had personally intervened with a Yemeni government official in 1999
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=48947&d=27&m=7&y=2004

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US 'protects' Iran rebels in Iraq:

The US has granted “protected status” under the Geneva Conventions to 3,800 members of an Iranian opposition group interned in Iraq.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3928499.stm

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US war on terror is “void” after decision to protect Mujahedeen: :

Iran hit out at the US decision to grant protected status to the Iraq – based People's Mujahedeen, the main Iranian armed opposition group, saying it proved Washington's war on terrorism was a sham.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/
20040727/wl_mideast_afp/iran_us_opposition_iraq

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America used Islamists to arm the Bosnian Muslims :

The Srebrenica report reveals the Pentagon's role in a dirty war
www.guardian.co.uk/yugo/article/0,2763,688327,00.html

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In case you missed it?

Bystanders to Mass Murder :

Last week, for the first time in history, a Western government resigned because it was a bystander to genocide. But on this side of the ocean, the move was greeted by silence — a silence that is in fact the trademark of American policy before, during and after genocide
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=
article&contentId=A18709-2002Apr20&notFound=true

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Report Omits Key Player˜Foreign Policy:

The panel avoided the most important question surrounding the attacks˜their underlying cause.
www.independent.org/tii/news/040727Eland.html

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Iran‚s Response To Israeli Threats Will Crush Zionist Entity: General :

Following the Zionist regime‚s recent threats claiming that it is preparing a plan to attack Iran‚s nuclear installations, General Mas‚ud Jazayeri, the director of the Armed Forces Public Relations and Publications Office, said on Monday that Tehran‚s response to the threats would go as far as overthrowing the entire Zionist entity.
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=7/27/2004&Cat=2&Num=011

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Whether It‚s Bush or Kerry, Israel‚s Laughing:

“The Jewish community also points out that during all his years in the Senate, he [Kerry] had a Œperfect AIPAC record‚. In other words he always voted in accordance with the pro-Israel lobby on matters related to Israel and the Middle East.
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=
48986&d=27&m=7&y=2004&pix=opinion.jpg&category=Opinion

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In case you missed it?:

A Must See. BBC Documentary :

“Israel's Secret Weapon”

This film is the story of the bomb, Vanunu and Israel's wall of silence.
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McGovern: Dick Cheney Is 'a Menace':“

With regard to Cheney – and I say this thoughtfully,” McGovern told WABC Radio's Steve Malzberg on Sunday, “I think he's the worst vice president in American history and a great menace to the security and well-being of this country.”
www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/7/25/220127.shtml

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A President, Not A Date:

You are making a mockery of self-government if you allow your vote to be influenced by concerns for a foreign country. And yes, I'm directing this to the Israel-first crowd, both Jew and Christian. The election in November is for the president of the United States, not the deputy prime minister of Israel.
reese.king-online.com/Reese_20040726/index.php

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Israel expands West Bank settlements :

Aerial photos reveal extent of land grab, say peace groups
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1269880,00.html

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Scorched earth in Gaza :

As happens almost every week, Palestinians, including children, were killed in IDF operations. On Sunday night, Border Police killed six Palestinians in Tul Karm.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/456498.html

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Jackie Mason calls Islam 'murderous' religion:

“The Quran … is 50 versions of hate, venom, hostility, and murder … dedicated to terrorism,” he added. “ … I don't know how we can call it a religion in the traditional sense. It should be called a murderous organization that's out to kill people.”
worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=39651

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Jewish Leader Warns of 'Growing US Moslem Community':

In an interview with Israel's Maariv newspaper, Hoenlein seemed to indicate that he viewed the growth of the Muslim community in America as a threat.
www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&
STORY=/www/story/07-26-2004/0002218296&EDATE=

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Clark took tough line in spy case:

New Zealand's Prime Minister, Helen Clark, prevented the Security Intelligence Service from doing any deal with Israel's Mossad spy agency to hush up their passport fraud in New Zealand, an Israeli strategic affairs commentator says.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/26/1090693902644.html?oneclick=true

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Kiwi caper is worst of many blunders :

The Mossad has been entangled overseas in messy affairs over the years involving the use of foreign passports, but the current New Zealand debacle has taken on unusual proportions because the New Zealand police claim that local Jews are involved
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/455472.html

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America‚s proxies:

To Howard, Downer et al., all we need to say is, remember Iran-Contra? Remember that scandal in the mid-1980s when the Americans delivered 1,500 missiles to Iran in a bid to secure the release of seven U.S. nationals abducted by Shiite guerrillas in Lebanon? Enough of this bovine dung.
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?oid=55980&Section=Opinion

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The fallacies of military transformation:

After reading the report, it is easy to understand why military officials would not want to see it publicly disseminated. Its conclusions contradict the conventional belief that Operation Iraqi Freedom proved the wisdom of transforming the US military into a lighter, high-technology force that relies on speed, precision, and situation awareness.
atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FG28Ak01.html

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In case you missed it:

“Toppling Saddam: Iraq and American Military Transformation”:

“Distribution Limited: Not to Be Released Outside of the US Army” pdf file.
www.fas.org/man/eprint/biddle.pdf

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Mrs. Heinz – Kerry, did say un-American:

Video
mfile.akamai.com/8186/wmv/vod.ibsys.com/2004/0726/3576483.200k.asx

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Bush administration shortchanging UN programs:

The administration is withholding $34 million from the United Nations Population Fund.
www.chron.com/CDA/umstory.mpl/editorial/2702733

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The All-Volunteer Illusion :

First a crooked draft, then a cunning economic draft, and now an obscene mercenary force. Why can't America devise a fair, equitable system to recruit its soldiers?
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Date: 26 Jul 2004

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1 YEAR & 107 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Soldiers tell stories about Iraq :

“We shot a man with his hands up,” he said, “We even shot women and children.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6556.htm

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Egyptian diplomat released by militants in good condition:

An Egyptian diplomat held hostage by militants in Iraq for three days was released Monday in good condition, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said.
www.wokr13.tv/news/world/story.aspx?content_id=C8155770-A5FB-49DA-8D96-D5B40D4D3D69

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Iraq Attacks Kill Official, 7 Others in Three Cities :

Musab al-Awadi, who worked for the Interior Ministry's Department of Tribal Affairs, and two of his bodyguards were killed early today by unidentified gunmen.
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=ap_5LvGe6XA8&refer=top_world_news

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Militants attack Pakistani post, kill two soldiers:

Militants linked to Al Qaeda killed two Pakistani paramilitary soldiers in a remote tribal region close to the Afghan border, officials said on Monday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ISL317743.htm

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Israeli troops kill schoolgirl:

A 12-year-old Palestinian schoolgirl was shot dead by Israeli soldiers at a refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip today, medical sources said.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10259261%5E1702,00.html

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Bomb Injures 3 U.S. Troops in Afghanistan:

A bomb exploded Monday near a U.S. military vehicle in southeastern Afghanistan, injuring three American soldiers and their interpreter, the military said.
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040726_1002.html

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Terror Group Sentences Hostages to Death :

An Iraqi militant group announced it had taken hostage two Pakistanis working for US forces and had sentenced them to death because their country was discussing the possibility of sending troops to Iraq
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3254666

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Two Jordanians Kidnapped in Iraq -Videotape:

On the tape, the militants said they would kill the two in 72 hours if their Jordanian company, Rami al-Ouweiss, did not stop doing business with the U.S. military.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5772777

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Robert Fisk: Terror by video:

How Iraq's kidnappers drew their inspiration from horrors of Chechnya
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6554.htm

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British MPs Call for World Court Ruling on Iraq War:

Forty British parliamentarians have asked U.N Secretary-General Kofi Annan to seek the opinion of the U.N.'s International Court of Justice on the legality of the Iraq war
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5766556

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Poll reveals Arabs' true feelings on US:

In yet another blow to the Bush administration's efforts to counter anti-American sentiments in the Middle East, a new poll shows rising bitterness in the region toward US foreign policy.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F3820449-07BB-4478-B435-9765B80EFD43.htm

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An interview with CIA expert “Anonymous,‰ :

How to Lose the War on Terror: You suggest that al-Qaeda would be delighted to have George Bush stay in the White House because nothing could be better for their international objectives.
amconmag.com/2004_08_02/article.html

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Manipulating US elections is not an Al-Qaeda goal:

While Al-Qaeda is constantly trying to prepare massive acts of horror on US soil, replacing the Bush administration is not likely to be one of its objectives. Broadly, there are two possible goals for Al-Qaeda as an organization.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?article_ID=6608&categ_ID=5&edition_id=10

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Dom Stasi: Alone And Unknown:

America is not a military dictatorship yet.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6555.htm

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Iraq: What Went Wrong?:

Crime sweeps Iraq. Murders, kidnapping abound. The Baghdad morgue fills up with hundreds of corpses of murdered Iraqis each week. The occupation authorities resolutely respond, by banning reporters from entering hospitals or mortuaries without permission
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6551.htm

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Iraqi unemployment rate reaches 70%:

A study by the college of economics at Baghdad University has found that the unemployment rate in Iraq is 70%.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A66151CB-2105-418B-BFAA-73211A631611.htm

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The Path of Evil:

Because the U.S. army and Israeli military have indiscriminately targeted Arab and Muslim civilians, Bin Laden, feels that US civilians should bear responsibility for having chosen a government that conducts such atrocities.
www.dissidentvoice.org/July2004/Petersen0724.htm

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War Pimp Alert:

Charles Krauthammer: Strike before Iran's nukes get hot
www.nydailynews.com/news/ideas_opinions/story/214698p-184881c.html

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UK: 'Don't panic' plea as terror leaflet issued :

HOME Secretary David Blunkett today issued a “Don‚t panic” plea as the Government launched an £11 million campaign to help the public prepare for a terrorist attack. Advice leaflets will be sent to every UK household and a series of radio and television adverts will be broadcast from tonight.
news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=855602004

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An Army Whitewash :

On Thursday, while the media and political worlds were focused on the report of the Sept. 11 commission, the Army inspector general released a 300-page summary of an investigation of “detainee operations” in Iraq and Afghanistan. The probe concluded that the crimes did not result from Army policy and were not the fault of senior commanders but were “unauthorized actions taken by a few individuals.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6552.htm

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Full Text: Army Inspector General Inspection Report on Detainee Operations:

pdf file
www4.army.mil/ocpa/reports/ArmyIGDetaineeAbuse/DAIG%20Detainee%20Operations%20Inspection%20Report.pdf

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US admits imprisoning adolescents in Iraq :

The Iraqi adolescents are held in the prisons of Abu Ghraib and”Camp Bucca” and the length of their average imprisonment is half a year, Johnson said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/27/content_1653018.htm

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Video: U.S. Military, Inc. – The New Military Industrial Complex :

This installment of The Active Opposition examines the forces that are influencing our current military and foreign policies, and how the growing military budget is changing priorities for America at home.
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In The Land Of The Free:

U.S. 'Correctional Population' Hits New High:

The number of Americans under the control of the criminal justice system grew by 130,700 last year to reach a new high of nearly 6.9 million. This is about 3.2 percent of the adult population in the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6553.htm

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Terror fears put city in state of siege:

Uniformed soldiers and heavily-armed police turned the site of the Democratic convention into an armed camp yesterday in scenes more reminiscent of Baghdad than Boston.
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Democrats remove Aljazeera banner:

Organisers at the Democratic Party convention in United States have removed Aljazeera's logotype banner from its skybox without assigning reasons.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9FD55FF1-CD66-40BC-8453-C65D9CE709BE.htm

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Humor–

This Land: Flash Presntation.
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Six Palestinians killed in Israeli raid:

An Israeli undercover unit backed by tanks and jeeps stormed the northern West Bank town of Tulkarim on Sunday night and assassinated six Palestinians, eyewitnesses and medics said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/93AC6FC1-94EC-43C5-A6FC-281FAC6E2E5E.htm

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Israel plant a second Chernobyl:

Vanunu: Israel's nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu has warned that the Middle East is at risk of a “second Chernobyl” in the event of an accident at the Jewish state's aged Dimona plant, a newspaper reported.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6550.htm

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Temple Mount activist says blowing up Dome of Rock is “worthy act‰ :

“Blowing up the Dome of the Rock is a worthy act‰, Yehuda Etzion, one of the leaders of the Movement of the Temple Mount Loyalists and a former convicted member of the “Jewish underground‰, has told Army Radio this (Sunday) morning.
www.maarivintl.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article&articleID=10153

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US Involved In Secret Suspects' Deportation: Report :

US security agents have been involved in forcible secret deportation of “terror suspects” before and after the 9/11 attacks from different countries to their homelands, where they can be detained or interrogated without all the legal protections available in their host countries
www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-07/25/article03.shtml

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A Secret Deportation Of Terror Suspects:

The deportation was carried out swiftly and outside Sweden's normal legal channels
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1802&ncid=1802&e=2&u=/washpost/20040725/ts_washpost/a11976_2004jul24

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Former CSIS chief knew U.S. sent terror suspects for questioning abroad :

Canada's former chief spy, said he knew about the controversial American practice of sending suspected terrorists for questioning in foreign countries.
ottawa.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/View?filename=ot_arar20040623

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Philippines blasts Australia over Iraq withdrawal criticism:

Instead of looking for scapegoats, Australia and other countries in the coalition that invaded Iraq should re-examine why the insurgency there has persisted and intensified in recent months despite efforts to quell it militarily and politically
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/25/1090693836435.html

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The complex politics of lying:

The question of lying in politics is, unfortunately, considerably more complicated than is generally supposed.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/07/25/1090693832197.html?from=storylhs&oneclick=true

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Mystery of 9-11 financing remains :

Despite nearly three years of digging through the “money trail” in the September 11 attacks, investigators are still largely in the dark about who financed the deadly assault on the United States.
www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3&art_id=qw1090765620385B221

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Fmr. CIA Analyst and FBI Whistleblower Dissect Final 9/11 Commission Report:

As the bipartisan Commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks releases its much-anticipated final report, Democracy Now take an in-depth look at what it says and what it doesn't say with former CIA analyst Ray McGovern and FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6549.htm

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CIA scrapped plan to kidnap bin Laden in 1998 as too risky :

Under the plan, developed from satellite photographs and on-the-ground intelligence, Afghan operatives would have executed a daring kidnapping and then hand bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda, over to the CIA.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=531064.html

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In case you missed it?:

Bin Laden's, CIA roots. How We Created Our Own Terror:

This article, republished from 1998 sheds light on how Bin Laden became a “reliable‰ partners of the CIA in its war against Moscow. The story reflects how public perceptions have been manipulated in the 5 fears since its original publication.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1245.htm

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In case you missed it?:

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6304.htm

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In case you missed it?:

September 11th And The Bush Administration:

In this article, I outline twenty-two items of evidence and questions, each one sufficient reason to demand an investigation into why September 11th was not prevented. Together, these items suggest that the most plausible explanation of events is that the Bush Administration was complicit in the terrorist attacks.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4582.htm

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Unfair and Unbalanced :

A free and independent press is vital to democracy. Political partisans cannot be allowed to falsely represent themselves as journalists. That's why we believe: “The Federal Trade Commission and Congress must act to prevent Fox News from using the deceptive and misleading trademark 'Fair and Balanced.'” Video
www.moveon.org/fox/

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Iraqi forces aim at each other :

THE first raid by all-Iraqi security forces on suspected terrorist hide-outs in Baghdad descended into chaos when members of the two teams involved turned their guns on each other, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.
scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=850372004

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Uganda rebels launch Sudan attack:

The Sudan People's Liberation Army says that a Ugandan rebel group has attacked and killed several of its fighters in the south of the country.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3923629.stm

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Sudan to 'fight' military intervention :

Sudan will physically resist any attempt at outside military intervention in the crisis-torn Darfur region, a top Sudanese politician has said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/538334F3-380C-4FC1-8FD6-8382BF009156.htm

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Date: 25 Jul 2004

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1 YEAR & 106 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Unclear casualty toll in Baquba fighting:

US military officials say Iraqi security forces killed 13 “insurgents” on Sunday – a considerably higher toll than the one given by Iraqi medics.
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U.S. Soldier Killed, Another Wounded in Iraq Attack :

One U.S. soldier was killed and another was left in critical condition following a roadside bomb attack on their vehicle north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Sunday.
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Former Iraqi Official Killed in Baghdad:

Gunmen killed a former regional official who worked under Saddam Hussein's government and his son in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad early Sunday, Iraqi police said.
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/9239319.htm?1c

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Eight Afghan soldiers wounded by U-S forces :

The Afghan defense ministry says eight Afghan soldiers were mistakenly wounded by U-S led forces in a Taliban stronghold.
www.wstm.com/Global/story.asp?S=2085580

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Iraq hostage crisis spirals:

Two Pakistanis working for a Kuwait-based company are feared kidnapped as Iraq's hostage crisis deepened, with at least 22 countries affected by the wave of abductions.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1161409.htm

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Allegations that cannot be ignored:

The man the United States has put in charge of Iraq, the Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, is accused of the cold-blooded murder of up to six young men just days before he took power. The accusation has not been lightly made and cannot easily be swept aside.
www.smh.com.au/editorial/index.html?from=lhsnav

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Kuwait police find attack plans:

“A plan to assassinate Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi was uncovered in documents seized … and related to suspects,” the source told AFP, requesting anonymity.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10248084%255E1702,00.html

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UK: Expert who criticised PM 'sacked' :

John Morrison said in a television interview that the Prime Minister's claims on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction were met with disbelief in Whitehall.
www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/story/0,1271,-4350214,00.html?gusrc=ticker-103704

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Britain forms new special forces unit to fight al-Qaeda:

The Reconnaissance and Surveillance Regiment will work closely with the Special Air Service and the Special Boat Service. Its mission will be to penetrate groups, either directly or by “turning” terrorists into double agents.
tinyurl.com/6ekcs

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Iraqi Sources Reportedly Say Chief of Staff of New Iraqi Army Dismissed :

Informed sources at the Iraqi Defence Ministry said that a ministerial decision was issued dismissing five ranking officers including Gen Amir Bakr al- Hashimi, the chief of staff of the new Iraqi Army.
www.troyrecord.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=12468465&BRD=1170&PAG=740&dept_id=226968&rfi=6

tinyurl.com/6t6rc

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Robert Fisk: 'America is not a charitable organisation – they came to steal from Iraq'
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6548.htm

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They died in Basra's squalor.

At last the truth begins to emerge in a London court
news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/story.jsp?story=544410

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Iraq: Sergeant's court-martial :

Williams is to appear Monday at Fort Campbell in Kentucky for a court martial on charges of armed robbery and willful dereliction of duty. The father of two and veteran of both Iraq wars faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
www.azdailysun.com/non_sec/nav_includes/story.cfm?storyID=91238

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US report on prison abuse a 'whitewash':

“The authors of this 300-page whitewash say they found no 'systemic' problem – even though there were 94 documented cases of prisoner abuse, including some 40 deaths, 20 of them homicides
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1161215.htm

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Abducted, beaten and sold into prostitution: two women's story from an Iraq in turmoil
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=544122

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Antiwar veterans vying to be heard :

“Getting rid of [Saddam] Hussein has shredded our credibility,” said Ritter, who resigned from his inspection position in 1998. “George [W.] Bush is a domestic enemy of the Constitution.”
www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/07/25/antiwar_veterans_vying_to_be_heard/

tinyurl.com/6ws68

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Butler 'wrong' on Iraq uranium link:

A leading nuclear expert has pointed out a technical error in the Butler report on WMD intelligence in Iraq, and criticised the committee's finding that intelligence on Saddam Hussein seeking uranium from Africa was “credible”.
news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=544436

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Australia: Downer blames Iraq pullouts for threat:

The Government has blamed decisions by the Philippines and Spain to withdraw troops from Iraq for a terrorist threat to turn Australia into “pools of blood”.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/25/1090693835808.html?oneclick=true

tinyurl.com/4vchg

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Eric Margolis : Iran new U.S. whipping boy:

Those who deceived America into attacking Iraq may be at it again.
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/Eric_Margolis/2004/07/25/556378.html

tinyurl.com/3rtun

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Business of war / How much of the Iraq mission is about profit?:

Ever since military suppliers gouged the nascent American government on gunpowder and uniforms during the Revolutionary War, this nation has had an uncomfortable relationship with businessmen who profit excessively from conflict
www.post-gazette.com/pg/04206/350956.stm

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In case you missed it:

Exposed: The Carlyle Group:

Shocking documentary uncovers the subversion of Americas democracy. I defy you to watch this 48 minute documentary and not be outraged about the depth of corruption and deceit within the highest ranks of our government
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3995.htm

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Selling war to a willing public:

The average American has probably spent more time researching an automobile purchase than they did researching the validity of their government‚s evidence for war.
cuttersway.com/

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Among Troops, Growing Doubts About Mission, Leaders Who Sent Them :

Asked whether most Americans have an idea of how bad the security situation is in Ramadi, Sgt. Maj. John Jones said recently that he was annoyed every time he heard analysis about Iraq from politicians and journalists on TV.
www.veteransforcommonsense.org/newsArticle.asp?id=1806

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Looking for an Iraq precedent? Try Honduras :

If Prime Minister Allawi, our former CIA asset, wants to know how to turn his General Security Directorate into an effective death squad, he knows where to go for advice and information.
www.suntimes.com/output/orourke/cst-edt-rour25.html

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Effect of Iraq war, support for Israel go unaddressed:

While the top Democrat on the Sept. 11 commission praised the comprehensiveness of its final report Thursday, experts said there were serious omissions in the document.
tinyurl.com/6rcle

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UN flees from Gaza as food shortages loom:

THE recent upsurge in violence and the threat of a Palestinian civil war in Gaza has prompted the United Nations to order senior staff to leave the area amid fears for their safety.
www.sundayherald.com/43630

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Gideon Levy: Death in a cemetery :

Salam heard three shots. Khaled fell silent. She would never hear his voice again. Inside the room, the terrifying red laser ray pranced across the walls.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/455097.html

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Uri Avnery: The Skin of the Bear:

On the one side, the Palestinian war of liberation is far from over. It is at its height. It can well be said that never has the very existence of the Palestinians ˆ both as a nation and as individuals ˆ been in greater danger than now.
www.palestinechronicle.com/story.php?sid=2004072507542271

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Rafah Today: Home demolitions in Rafah. Bulldozers erase densely populated areas, to make room for the new “iron wall”. The families lose everything.

www.rafahtoday.org/

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Land in the Grip of Death ;

The US Congress Calls It Genocide. The Government of Sudan Denies It is Happening. Hilary Andersson, Whose Reports Brought the Hidden Suffering in the Camps of Darfur to Our Screens, Fears the World Has Woken Up Too Late
www.troyrecord.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=12475000&BRD=1170&PAG=740&dept_id=226956&rfi=6

tinyurl.com/4asgm

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Her life as a fake: bestseller's lies exposed:

Khouri became a standard-bearer for oppressed Arab women and triggered a publishing trend of similar books.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/23/1090464854793.html?oneclick=true

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The “Demonstration Zone” :

An “Irretrievably Sad” Affront to the First Amendment
www.truthout.org/docs_04/072504A.shtml

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Jimmy Breslin: In 1773, they risked lives to speak out
www.nynewsday.com/news/local/newyork/columnists/ny-nybres253906301jul25,0,3694336,print.column?coll=ny-ny-columnists

tinyurl.com/4gbyg

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Radicals may blow up Temple Mount mosques:

Internal Security Minister Tzahi Hanegbi warned Saturday that Jewish extremists may try to carry out an attack against Arabs on Jerusalem's Temple Mount in order to torpedo Israel's planned unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1090653171374&p=1006688055060

tinyurl.com/6vm5g

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Four Afghan Soldiers Killed In Ambush:

24 July 2004 — Four Afghan soldiers have been killed in an ambush by suspected Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/07/52e6f5e0-876f-4660-bd2d-01d5a6dbfa76.html

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2,000 U.S. troops killed in Iraq: Russian expert :

The United States suffers far heavier casualties in Iraq than it officially admits, a Russia military diplomat claimed.
www.hindu.com/2004/07/24/stories/2004072402401400.htm

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www.informationclearinghouse.info/#07-24-04

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1 YEAR & 104 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Egyptian Diplomat Seized by Militants in Iraq:

Militants have seized an Egyptian diplomat in Baghdad and demanded that Egypt should not cooperate with U.S.-led forces
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5760798

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U.S. Falluja air strike targets Zarqawi men:

The military did not say if anyone was killed in the operation that targeted the courtyard of a house. Residents in the town, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, said at least five people were wounded, two of them children.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=552620&section=news

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Most wanted: answers on Zarqawi:

Zarqawi has gone from a prison tough guy to the terrorist mastermind behind some of the beheadings in Iraq, the US says. But people who know him are not so sure, writes Jeffrey Gettleman.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/07/23/1090464855904.html

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Roadside bomb kills US soldiers:

TWO US soldiers were killed and one wounded when their convoy hit a roadside bomb outside the rebel city of Samarra north of Baghdad, the US military said today.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10221798%255E1702,00.html

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Retired Iraqi general killed by unknown gunmen :

Major General Salim Majeed Blesh had been a top commander in the Iraqi army. He also had worked for the former U-S occupation government.
www.wavy.com/Global/story.asp?S=2080263

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Two Iraqi Regional Officials Resign Amid Death Threats :

Two officials from Iraq's main southern governorate resigned on Friday in the face of death threats, three days after one of their colleagues was killed.
www.turkishpress.com/turkishpress/news.asp?ID=23049

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Iraqi Shiite Leader Moqtada Sadr Reappears To Condemn Allawi :

“You have proven that you are just an extension of the occupation,” said Sadr, as young men raised their fists in the air and cheered his name.
www.turkishpress.com/turkishpress/news.asp?ID=23047

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Al-Sadr gives first sermon in two months:

Iraqi Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr gave his first public sermon in nearly two months, saying he he will not allow any attack on neighbours Syria or Iran from Iraqi territory.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4424B681-13CC-4745-B9DD-BEFDC596793B.htm

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9 Die As U.S. Tank Crashes With Van In Iraq:

A van carrying Iraqi civilians collided with a U.S. tank in northern Baghdad, killing nine people and injuring 10, the U.S. military said Friday.
www.thebostonchannel.com/news/3568481/detail.html

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Trucking firm plans pullout to save hostages :
www.gulfnews.com/Articles/Region2.asp?ArticleID=126921

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Afghan car bomb wounds four US soldiers:

A powerful car bomb exploded near Kandahar city as a US military convoy was passing, seriously wounding four American soldiers.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/AC97F26F-2494-4FB4-8654-AAAF324F946A.htm

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Congress Debates $100 Billion Iraq Cost :

As the costs of fighting and rebuilding in Iraq keep mounting by the billions, lawmakers and policy makers are debating how much more will be needed and whether money used so far was well spent.
www.wjla.com/news/stories/0704/161206.html

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Two sides of the same coin:

The flagrant illegality of the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the flint-hearted brutality with which it was executed should offend every intelligent human being's sense of decency. The imposition of a pro-American client regime in Baghdad through direct foreign aggression was an act as illegitimate as the Soviet take-over of Afghanistan in 1979.
jordantimes.com/wed/opinion/opinion5.htm

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An Occupation by Any Other Name:

The U.S. occupation of Iraq has officially gone underground. The Bush administration is indeed putting an “Iraqi face” on the occupation by keeping its operations outside the media spotlight. Since the White House can't come up with a strategy to actually get out of Iraq, it is now hoping that voters will simply forget we're over there.
www.alternet.org/module/printversion/19316

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Stopping the next attack :

Three of the hijackers were on terrorist watch lists, four more listed the same address as those on the watch list, three more had made frequent telephone calls to those addresses, and two more had used Mohammed Atta's frequent-flier number.
www.guardian.co.uk/september11/story/0,11209,1267438,00.html

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9/11 Report – Chapter 8: The System Was Blinking Red:

On June 22, (2001) the CIA notified all its station chiefs about intelligence suggesting a possible al Qaeda suicide attack on a U.S. target over the next few days. pdf format.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6544.htm

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9/11 report in full: pdf format.
image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Guardian/documents/2004/07/22/0721911Report..pdf

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Search the 9/11 report
vivisimo.com/search?v:project=911-nyt&v:sources=911&v:file=viv_911full_nyt&num2=4000

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U.S. policy on Israel key motive for 9/11 attack:

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the man who conceived and directed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was motivated by his strong disagreement with American support for Israel, said the final report of the Sept. 11 commission.
www.kentucky.com/mld/heraldleader/news/nation/9222612.htm

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David Corn: The 9/11 Report: Bad News for Bush:

Although Republicans in recent days have been highlighting the mistakes of the Clinton years, it is not inappropriate for voters to focus on what report tells us about Bush and his administration. As a public service, here is a look at several of those critical portions.
www.thenation.com/capitalgames/index.mhtml?bid=3&pid=1594

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War on Terror Criticized for Lack of Focus : T

he Sept. 11 commission report offers a broad critique of a central tenet of the Bush administration's foreign policy — that the attacks have required a “war on terrorism.”
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A7181-2004Jul22?language=printer

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Report details Qaeda's skill in faking passports :

At times verging on a how-to guide for sneaking across international borders, the newly released report of the Sept. 11 commission details the ease with which terrorists obtained, faked and doctored passports to hoodwink immigration services around the world.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=530797.html

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Arizona was al-Qaida hotbed:

Osama bin Laden's top agent for procuring weapons of mass destruction was among several key al-Qaida figures who attended the University of Arizona or lived in Tucson during the 1980s and early 1990s, according to the Sept. 11 commission's final report, released Thursday.
www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/07239-11report23.html

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Kerry: I can do better than Bush on fighting terrorism :

“I'll do a better job of reducing the threat to Israel and the rest of the world.”
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/455328.html

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'Time to put US interests first' :

US law forbids foreign aid to governments that violate human rights and promote one religion or a religious group at the expense of another. We send Israel nearly $5 billion per year. Every single human rights organisation, and even our own State Department, document gross Israeli violations of human rights.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6542.htm

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Muslims Portrayed:

Islam has always been seen in the West as violent, barbaric, anti-democratic, anti-human, anti-rational, etc. The aim is to turn Muslims into an enemy people, to be regarded collectively with contempt and scorn.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6545.htm

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The Syrian Wayne Newton:

The man inadvertently behind a scare in the skies.

Annie Jacobsen's recent piece for WomensWallStreet.Com made waves. Her article captures her sickening sense of both uncertainty and inevitability as what might possibly have been the next 9/11 unfolded around her.
nationalreview.com/comment/taylor200407211921.asp

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www.informationclearinghouse.info/support.htm

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Chris Floyd: Hard Reign :

“God be praised!” cried the interior minister, as the Leader's bodyguards tossed the dead men into the back of a pickup truck. Within hours, the story had spread through the capital: A hard man was now in charge; the iron hand had come again. The bodies were buried in the desert wastes near the torture center of Abu Ghraib.
context.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/07/23/120.html

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Aznar paid a Washington “lobby” with public funds to obtain the USA's Congressional Gold Medal. :

The government of José María Aznar contracted a well known law firm in Washington for two million dollars, to promote the image of the ex-president of the Spanish government in the United States and to obtain the necessary signatures required for the granting of the Congressional Gold Medal.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6543.htm

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Anti-French prejudice, Burying more bad news and others:

Thanks to Sir Brian Barder and Clare Short for setting the record straight on the British government's scapegoating of France over Iraq – surely one of Downing Street's more disgraceful propaganda exercises, even by its own sorry standards.
argument.independent.co.uk/letters/story.jsp?story=543710

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Warlord to challenge for Afghan presidency:

A powerful warlord in northern Afghanistan announced yesterday that he intends to stand for president in the election scheduled for October, presenting a new challenge to incumbent Hamid Karzai.
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040723/WORLD23-2/TPInternational/Briefs

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In case you missed it?:

US Afghan allies committed massacre: American experts find that Northern Alliance warlords slaughtered prisoners of war
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5913.htm

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In case you missed it?:

Convoy of Death:

In Afghanistan, filmmaker Jamie Doran has uncovered evidence of a massacre: Taliban prisoners of war suffocated in containers, shot in the desert under the watch of American troops.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3267.htm

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GOP Seeks Catholic Parish Directories:

The Republican National Committee has asked Bush-backing Roman Catholics to provide copies of their parish directories to help register Catholics to vote in the November election, a use of personal information not necessarily condoned by dioceses around the country.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-4342081,00.html

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Bush accused of pressuring countries to stop producing generic drugs :

The United States has come under fire for pressuring developing countries to give up their right to produce cheap, generic anti-AIDS medicines in return for bilateral trade agreements that strengthen protection of costlier, brand name drugs.
bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/329/7459/192

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Persecuted Russia minorities head to U.S.:

Krasnodar regional authorities said more than 5,000 Meskhetian Turks intend to leave.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apeurope_story.asp?category=1103&slug=Russia%20US%20Refugees

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Cynthia McKinney Gets A Big Win:

The big story is the return of Cynthia McKinney to the U.S. Congress. Voters of the 4th District gave her the nod with 51 per cent of the vote. McKinney bested a field of five other candidates. McKinney will face Republican Candidate Catherine Davis in the fall, but is favored to win the heavily Democratic District.
www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=12419002&BRD=1077&PAG=461&dept_id=237827&rfi=6

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'Army bungled management of support contract worth billions' ;

So far, the military has agreed to pay Halliburton more than $5 billion on the contract in question.
www.jordantimes.com/fri/news/news12.htm

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Senate approves defense bill totaling $417.5 billion:

“The administration has fallen down on the job in budgeting for these wars, and its budget projections simply are not to be trusted,” said Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2697005

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In Context: U.S. Military Spending Versus Rest of the World:

The US military budget is almost as much as the rest of the world's.
www.globalissues.org/Geopolitics/ArmsTrade/Spending.asp#InContextUSMilitarySpendingVersusRestoftheWorld

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In case you missed it?:

Hired Guns with War Crimes Past: Due to the Coalition Provisional Authority's 'outsourcing' of privatized security services, South African ex-hit men and Serbian mercenaries find gainful employment in Iraq.
www.alternet.org/story/18588

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1 YEAR & 103 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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U.S. marines kill 25 guerrillas in Iraq:

The statement on Thursday said 13 U.S. marines and one soldier were wounded in the clashes but none of the injuries were life-threatening.
www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5099065

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'They can have it' U.S. pulls back from turbulent province:

After losing dozens of men to a “voiceless, faceless mass of people” with no clear leadership or political aim other than killing American soldiers, the U.S. military has had to re-evaluate the situation, said Army Maj. Thomas Neemeyer
www.sunjournal.com/news/national/20040721058.php

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Armed group threatens Allawi:

Al-Jazeera said the group urged Iraqi police and military “to steer clear from the path of the mujahedeen (holy fighters) because they are not primary targets”.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10221232%255E1702,00.html

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War funds dwindling, GAO warns:

Pentagon needs billions more in Iraq, Afghanistan
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5480046/

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Kenya citizens 'must leave Iraq':

The Kenyan government has urged all its citizens to leave Iraq immediately.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3917399.stm

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Number of countries with troops in Iraq dwindles:

The group of countries once known as the “Coalition of the Willing” is shrinking, with two more nations slipping out of the multinational force in July and 11 others facing the end of their deployments during the next eight months
www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/news/politics/9217931.htm

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Poland 'warned by Al Qaeda' :

A group claiming to be the European wing of Al Qaeda yesterday threatened Bulgaria and Poland with attacks if they did not pull troops out of Iraq.
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=87421&Sn=WORL&IssueID=27124

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Headless Body Found in Iraqi River :

Iraqi police have found a decapitated body in an orange jump-suit on the banks of the Tigris River north of Baghdad.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3240049

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U.S. Reports 94 Cases of Prisoner Abuse :

The U.S. military has found 94 cases of confirmed or alleged abuse of prisoners by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan
ap.washingtontimes.com/dynamic/stories/U/US_PRISONER_ABUSE?SITE=DCTMS&SECTION=HOME

tinyurl.com/6eumo

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CBS held the Abu Ghraib photos on principle, right? :

At the Pentagon‚s behest, the network sat on exclusive, shocking photographic evidence that American military guards had been abusing Iraqi inmates. Then, after holding the piece for two weeks
cjr.org/issues/2004/4/voices-hanson.asp

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U.S. Took Prisoner From Americans in Afghan Trial:

The U.S military held an Afghan prisoner for a month after taking him from three Americans now on trial in Kabul on charges of hostage-taking and torture
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=ahoJUz1RD67o&refer=top_world_news

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Accused torturers claim Pentagon support:

The ringleader of three Americans on trial for torturing Afghans at a private jail in a freelance counter-terror mission denies any wrongdoing and claims they had active support from the US Defence Department.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/07/22/1090464788496.html

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Rumsfeld Relegated to Less Visible Role :

Burdened by the Iraq prisoner abuse scandal and constrained by the presidential election campaign, the Pentagon chief who spearheaded the Afghanistan and Iraq wars has been relegated to a less visible role.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=536&u=/ap/20040715/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/where_s_rumsfeld_1&printer=1

tinyurl.com/3uydh

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Annan Rejects Bush Claim That World Is Safer Now:

The world is no safer than it was three years ago, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Wednesday, countering President Bush's claims he had made the world a safer place.
news.myway.com/top/article/id/416368|top|07-21-2004::14:51|reuters.html

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Sept. 11 Panel Finds 10 `Missed Opportunities' Before Attacks :

The commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks found 10 ``missed opportunities'' that might have helped uncover the terrorist plot
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=a9YL72oyWETk&refer=top_world_news

tinyurl.com/3kugr

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9/11 commission full report

 
Full text of 9/11 commission report. All files are PDF.
www.cnn.com/2004/US/07/22/9.11.full.report/index.html

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Video Shows 9/11 Hijackers :

Washington Dulles Airport surveillance video shows four of the five hijackers being pulled aside to undergo additional scrutiny after setting off metal detectors.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6538.htm

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The Pakistan connection :

There is evidence of foreign intelligence backing for the 9/11 hijackers. Why is the US government so keen to cover it up?
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1266317,00.html

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The Oft-Asked Question: Why Do They Hate Us?:

Never in their wildest dream did Americans imagine that a calamity of such magnitude would take place on their soil. Americans lost their sense of security and, for the first time, experienced feelings of fear and vulnerability, long known to many in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=48732&d=22&m=7&y=2004

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In case you missed it?:

Full text: bin Laden's 'letter to America' :

Some American writers have published articles under the title 'On what basis are we fighting?' . Why are we fighting and opposing you? The answer is very simple:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6537.htm

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In case you missed it:

Does U.S. Intervention Overseas Breed Terrorism?

The Historical Record
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1568.htm

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UN vote repeats US double standards on law, democracy:

Late on Tuesday, the United Nations General Assembly voted resoundingly against Israel's West Bank separation barrier. The wall, a symbol of division and of the spoils of war, was condemned by a democratic voice of global unity, 150-6. Israel and, of course, the United States, voted against the resolution calling for the wall's demolition.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&article_id=6489&categ_id=17

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White House Dismisses UN Ruling on West Bank Barrier:

White House spokesman Scott McClellan says the non-binding U.N. resolution is one-sided and fails to recognize the need to solve the dispute politically.
www.politinfo.com/articles/article_2004_07_21_2217.html

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Obeying the law :

Once again Israel has vowed to flout a United Nations resolution and once again America will let it
www.guardian.co.uk/leaders/story/0,3604,1266170,00.html

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Israel warns Britain over UN barrier resolution:

A senior British diplomat was among three EU ambassadors summoned by Israel yesterday to be warned that the EU had put in jeopardy its role in the Middle East peace process by backing UN condemnation of the 450m separation barrier.
www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=543444

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In case you missed it:

Still waiting for No 242 :

Resolution 242 referred to the seizure and occupation in the 1967 six-day war by Israeli military forces of lots of other countries' land inhabited in the main by Palestinians. Resolution 242 called for the “withdrawal of Israel's armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict”
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,838764,00.html

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Lobbying for the pro-Israel candidates:

Former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who is pro-Palestinian, is trying to get re-elected, and once again there is debate over the power of the pro-Israeli lobby in Washington.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/447265.html

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Paul Findley: Liberating America From Israel :

On Capitol Hill, criticism of Israel, even in private conversation, is all but forbidden. – The continued absence of free speech was assured when those few who spoke out-Senators Adlai Stevenson and Charles Percy, and Reps. Paul “Pete” McCloskey, Cynthia McKinney, Earl Hilliard, and myself-were defeated at the polls by candidates heavily financed by pro-Israel forces.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5640.htm

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In case you missed it?:

The Screwing of Cynthia McKinney:

Re-lynching Cynthia McKinney
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4198.htm

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 07/21/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/5otu8

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Third man in NZ passport fraud was Israeli diplomat:

A man who began the passport fraud that resulted in the jailing of two suspected Israeli spies last week has been confirmed as an Israeli diplomat.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/22/1090464800751.html

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Mossad agent linked to Asia scam:

The fugitive Israeli Mossad intelligence agent Zev Barkan has been dealing with Asian criminal gangs to obtain Australian and other passports stolen in Asia, a New Zealand aid worker has said.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/18/1090089038600.html

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Annan warns of international intervention if Sudan doesn't disarm Arab militias:

“The urgency is there and the Sudanese government doesn't have forever,” Annan told a news conference after Pronk briefed the U.N. Security Council on the latest situation in Darfur.
www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?tl=1&display=rednews/2004/07/22/build/world/80-sudan-darfur.inc

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Kick Bush out of office or we'll be invading Iran next;

Lately the president has been making overtures about Iran being involved in 9/11, thus furthering the master plan going back since the mid-1990s (Project for the New American Century).
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6541.htm

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Professor Thomas Naylor on Iran-AlQaeda Red Herring:

This is certainly not the first time these tales about Iran cooperating with al-Qa'idah have surfaced. About two years ago U.S. spooks floated via the Washington Post and other outlets some silly stories about al-Qa'idah involved in the underground traffic in gold
www.juancole.com/2004_07_01_juancole_archive.html#109044887342331691

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Cheney Lobbied Congress To Ease Sanctions Against Terrorist Countries While He Was CEO Of Halliburton
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6540.htm

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Grand Jury Steps Up Inquiry Into Possible Halliburton Ties to Iran:

A Halliburton controversy erupted Tuesday, fueled by a grand jury investigation into whether the oil services giant violated federal sanctions by operating in Iran while Vice President Dick Cheney was running the company.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/latimes230.htm

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Profits of war :

Halliburton has become a byword for the cosy links between the White House and Texan big business. But how did the company run in the 90s by Dick Cheney secure a deal that guaranteed it millions in profit every time the US military saw action? In this exclusive extract from his new book, Dan Briody reveals how the firm made a killing on the battleground
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1266328,00.html

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In case you missed it:

Blind Loyalty to an Empire of Greed: The Corruptions of Patriotism
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5534.htm

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The Right of Civil Resistance to Prevent State Crimes :

One generation ago the peoples of the world asked themselves: Where were the “good” Germans? Well, there were some good Germans. Today the peoples of the world are likewise asking themselves: Where are the “good” Americans?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6536.htm

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