Information Clearing House Archive         For the Month of August 2003 – Part 4
U.S. military may be needed for Israel-Palestinian stability, key Republican says:

The Bush administration "has to figure out who is going to go after the terrorists," Lugar said, adding that U.S. military involvement "has to be a potential possibility."

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=
/news/archive/2003/08/24/national1457EDT0489.DTL

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Palestinians seize weapon smugglers:

Under heavy pressure from Israel and the United States to wage war on the militant groups, Palestinian security chief Mohammed Dahlan also ordered his men to seal two tunnels used to smuggle weapons into the Gaza Strip from neighbouring Egypt.

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/08/24/1061663673096.html

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UK Army Expects More Attacks on Troops:

Another soldier said that a "gathering intelligence picture" suggested that local insurgents, rather than foreign Islamists or Saddam loyalists from the "Sunni Triangle" around Baghdad, were to blame for the ambush.

http://tinyurl.com/l5lg

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Over 400 women kidnapped, raped in post-war Iraq amid the lawlessness gripping the country since the ouster of Saddam Hussein, the Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq said Sunday.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_25-8-2003_pg4_1

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Analysts Doubt U.S. Claim on Iraqi Drones:

Huddled over a fleet of abandoned Iraqi drones, U.S. weapons experts in Baghdad came to one conclusion: Despite the Bush administration's public assertions, these unmanned aerial vehicles weren't designed to dispense biological or chemical weapons.

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/IRAQ_AERIAL_
WEAPONS?SITE=DCTMS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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U.S. to Send Iraqis to Site in Hungary for Police Course:

American officials here are planning to ferry as many as 28,000 Iraqis to Hungary to set up a large police academy inside an old Soviet military base there.

http://tinyurl.com/l2rm

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Censored director's warning for Britain:

The film director Oliver Stone has warned that the independence of British news media would be destroyed if US conglomerates were allowed to buy into them.

http://film.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,12589,1028945,00.html

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A Must Read

Former UN Chief: Bomb was Payback for Collusion with US:

THE reason the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad were bombed is because the UN has been taken over by the US and turned into a "dark joke" and a "malignant force", according to one of the UN's most internationally respected former leaders. Denis Halliday

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4532.htm

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Farewell America:

We have become a nation with no idea what it means to grow up in a refugee camp in the West Bank or Gaza, and no idea why people such as al-Qaeda - with whom I have no agreement at all, I hasten to add - dislike us so much.'

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4533.htm

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4 people killed in another Israeli strike on car:

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/332803.html

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Fighting Erupts In Kurdish City :

Violence has broken out in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk between ethnic Kurds and Turkmen tribesmen with at least nine deaths reported.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3176965.stm

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Homeland Imperialism: Fear And Resistance :

The creation and cultivation of fear is one of the pillars of empire both abroad and within the imperial „homeland.‰ And that fear is always accompanied by the threat of discipline, punishment, and violence.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4529.htm

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Letters From An Iraqi American:

I started writing these Emails about the war, and sending them to my personal friends, to let them know about my family in Baghdad , and about what is really happening in Iraq.

http://www.thefourreasons.org/yasmin.htm

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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.

http://www.jewsagainstzionism.com/index.html

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A Must Read

Christian Zionism: Dispensationalism And The Roots Of Sectarian Theology

A Must Read

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4531.htm

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Bookmarks for a Better World I recommend a visit to this site!

http://www.betterworldlinks.org/

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Three Iraqis Killed in Najaf Blast--Shi'ite Group:

Iraqi security guards were killed in a bomb explosion Sunday at the office of a senior cleric in the holy Shi'ite Muslim city of Najaf in central Iraq.

http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=3327587

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Red Cross to Reduce Staff in Iraq After U.N. Blast:

``The level of violence is very high and the authority in charge cannot ensure security throughout the country,''

http://tinyurl.com/l12o

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Britons flee Baghdad embassy :

The British embassy compound in Baghdad has been evacuated following a "credible threat" of attack.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3175513.stm

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Half a Million Troops Needed to Bring Iraq Under Control:

Either the intelligence assessment was deficient or George Bush and Tony Blair were willing to take an unacceptable degree of risk in this campaign."

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=436639

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Blair duped us on Iraq WMD say two thirds of the public:

More than two thirds of voters believe, that they were deceived by the Government about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.

http://tinyurl.com/l02d

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FBI has intelligence Al-Qaeda plotting to hijack jets in UK: report

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/europe/view/47476/1/.html

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AUSTRALIA named as possible al-Qaeda target

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/08/24/1061663666093.html

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Hutton Documents Released:

The documents reveal the details of Mr Blair's private meetings inside Number 10 Downing St.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3176329.stm

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Tangled Up In His Flight Suit:

For Bush, war equals good politics – so long as the war's going well, that is.

http://www.msnbc.com/news/956613.asp?0bl=-0

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The Emperor Speaks:

http://www.aoshingo.com/dubya/audio/notyou.wav

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Groping In The Dark:

Iraq may be spinning out of control, but in the Bush administration, the spin was strictly controlled. From Baghdad to the White House, administration spokesmen went to elaborate lengths to argue that the presence of terrorists in Iraq was somehow a positive development.

http://www.msnbc.com/news/956618.asp?0cv=KB10

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Will Lebanon's Horror Become Iraq's?:

As soon as I heard about the truck bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad on Tuesday, my first thought was, oh, no, here we go again, the nightmare of Beirut, 1983.

http://www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=30768&d=24&m=8&y=2003

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In the Footsteps of Tony Blair:

Tony Blair and, to a lesser extent, John Howard have added new dimensions to the word "sycophant" in their subservience to George Bush. Now the Thai Prime Minister, Taksin Shinawatra, seems to be determined to follow them on this road to folly.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4527.htm

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White House Edited EPA's 9/11 Reports:

At the White House's direction, the Environmental Protection Agency gave New Yorkers misleading assurances that there was no health risk from the debris-laden air after the World Trade Center collapse, according to an internal inquiry.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/136350_epa23.html

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Leave No Millionaire Behind:

The President and his party have cooked up the ultimate recipe for keeping political power. A nation in a constant state of anxiety -- over the thereat of terrorism, or a potential war -- is a nation off balance.

http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/2003/30/we_481_01.html

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Iraqi oil to go to Israel: The United States has asked Israel to prepare a

plan to renew the transport of oil from the Iraqi city of Kirkuk to the Haifa port.

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/332767.html

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More US Lawmakers Visiting Israel This Summer Than Ever Before:

During the month of August alone, more than 10 percent of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives will have visited here, said David Kreizelman, a foreign policy associate in Jerusalem of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewForeignBureaus.asp?Page=
/ForeignBureaus/archive/200308/FOR20030818c.html

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How the Israeli junta conspired to kill the Road Map:

The army propaganda machine is already preparing the public for the "expulsion of Arafat". "Expulsion" is a euphemism produced by the "verbal laundry" section of the army, one of its most creative departments. The intention is not to expel the leader from his Ramallah compound, nor from Palestine, but from this world.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4528.htm

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Israel rejects Palestine's truce proposal

Palestinian officials said on Saturday a new truce was possible if the Israelis formally recognised it, pulled out of occupied towns and ended their practice of "targeted killings" of militant leaders.

http://sify.com/news/international/fullstory.php?id=13232462

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From a coroner's point of view, Baghdad is as deadly as ever :

"The number of dead is absolutely unbelievable, and I'm just speaking of Baghdad alone. God knows what's happening elsewhere."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4548.htm

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Beware the bluewash:

The UN must not let itself be used as a dustbin for failed American adventures

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4547.htm

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Richard Butler: US abandoning ' defence posture':

Newly-appointed Tasmanian governor and former weapons inspector Richard Butler says the US administration believes it can operate outside the rules when it comes to weapons of mass destruction because it is the world's only superpower.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s932149.htm

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Bystander Murdered, 26 wounded in Israeli missile strike:

An Israeli helicopter fired three missiles at the car of a Hamas fugitive Tuesday, killing a bystander and wounding at least 26, doctors and witnesses said.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=
/news/archive/2003/08/26/international1234EDT0591.DTL

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Jewish terror and its sources:

The recent arrests demonstrate that the nests of terror exposed from time to time in the homes of Yesha settlers are not a marginal phenomenon.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=
332866&contrassID=2&subContrassID=3&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y

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A Basic History of Zionism and its Relation to Judaism:

Nowadays the deliberate blurring of the distinction between Zionism and Judaism, which includes a rewriting of ancient as well as modern history, is exploited to stifle any criticism of Israel's policies and actions, however extreme and inhuman they may be.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4549.htm

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1 U.S. Soldier Killed, 2 Wounded in Ambush :

The toll of U.S. troops killed in postwar Iraq surpassed the number killed in major combat on Tuesday, reaching 139.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A46549-2003Aug26.html

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Many Dead In New Liberian Massacre:

Liberians were dismayed by the departure of the US troops.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3178565.stm

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Blair To Be Saved And Hoon Sacrificed:

DEFENCE Secretary Geoff Hoon was last night being lined up as Tony Blair's sacrificial lamb over the Dr David Kelly affair.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/page.cfm?objectid=
13334551&method=full&siteid=50143

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Claims about WMD 'may have been excuse rather than reason for war':

Air Marshal Sir John Walker, a former chief of Defence Intelligence, suggested the Government's claims about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were "not the reason to go to war, but the excuse to go to war".

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=436909

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Cheney stifled energy probe:

Congressional investigators said Monday that Vice President Dick Cheney had stymied their investigation into his energy task force by refusing to turn over key documents.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4546.htm

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Rumsfeld: US Prepared To Send More Troops to Iraq If Commanders Request Them:

The United States will send more troops to Iraq "in a minute" if the top US commander in the region asks for them.

http://www.prolog.net/webnews/wed/db/Qiraq-us-forces.RHti_DaP.html

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Army foresees doubling up tours:

For the first time since the all-volunteer Army began in 1973, significant numbers of U.S. combat soldiers may have to start serving back-to-back overseas tours of up to a year.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-08-24-army-tours_x.htm

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The foot soldiers are rebelling:

We give our boys in their flag-covered coffins a suitably ceremonial farewell, but we do not question their sacrifice. They did their duty, didn't they? Why sully their memory by asking whether that tour of duty was strictly necessary?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1028759,00.html

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Iraq: Danish Soldier Was Killed By His Own Troops:

Pedersen's colleagues reportedly thought he was an enemy.

http://pub.tv2.no/nettavisen/english/article128211.ece

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Bloodshed in Iraq: A Hospital Sees It All:

"It's different from the States; you don't see these kinds of injuries there," said Dr. Benjamin Gonzalez, the chief of the emergency room. "Mine injuries that destroy the whole leg. Blood literally pouring over the floor."

http://tinyurl.com/l891

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How Does the War Party Get Away with It?

When the president and his coterie of top advisers decide to go to war, they just go, and nobody can stop them. The „intelligence‰ agencies, the diplomatic corps, and the armed forces do as they are told.

http://www.independent.org/tii/news/030825Higgs.html

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U.S. May Drop Bid for New U.N. Resolution:

After a high-profile pitch at the United Nations for more countries to send troops to Iraq, the Bush administration is encountering resistance and may not seek a Security Council resolution after all.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3070396,00.html

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Get real

"Driven by a neo-conservative dream, the US is loath to relinquish control in Iraq. But the price for Washington's stubbornness may be failure"

http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,1029595,00.html

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Imperial Racist Fantasies:

With habitually demented logic, President Bush – the unsolicited foreign invader – rails against „foreign‰ interference and „terrorist‰ attacks on US occupiers. Having packaged this act of thuggery as „liberation,‰ this administration is on the verge of discovering that the idiotic ideology of White Supremacy and global hegemony will not wash with Iraqis, for whom the real war of liberation has only just begun.

http://www.blackcommentator.com/52/52_nzito.html

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Fire officials: Islamic center fire in Savannah, Ga., was arson

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=
/news/archive/2003/08/26/national1017EDT0538.DTL

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Deficit Could Top Half a Trillion Dollars Next Year:

The Congressional Budget Office Tuesday forecast a federal budget deficit of $480 billion in 2004, a record shortfall that many in Congress say could go even higher.

http://www.msnbc.com/news/957184.asp?0cv=CA01

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China's currency is vilified as global economies slip:

With unemployment high and U.S. manufacturers reeling from three years of misery, politicians around the country have suddenly focused on a new villain to blame for their troubles:

http://www.iht.com/cgi-bin/generic.cgi?template=
articleprint.tmplh&ArticleId=107738icle&sid=480

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"What's good for Business is good for America.

" Avoiding taxes and shipping jobs overseas is not good for America, it's stealing the wealth of America.

http://www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.php?op=
modload&name=News&file=article&sid=480

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Bombay:Terror's Frankenstein on the loose:

Terrorism is rarely, if ever, random. It is undertaken by intelligent, highly motivated and trained cadres to obtain specific strategic objectives. Monday's devastating blasts in Mumbai, therefore, should be seen in this context. Not to do so will play right into the hands of the terrorists.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/EH27Df01.html

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Rabbis discourage Settlers from attacking Arabs, but some won't listen

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=
333177&contrassID=2&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y

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Suicide bombing:

Terror without borders: Israel today is a military and colonial power. According to some defense analysts, it is the fourth largest military establishment in the world. Israel uses force, torture, and state-sponsored assassination to maintain the captured territories.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4545.htm

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New York Mayor Bloomberg To Make In Depth Investigation During 7 Hour Visit To Israel:

Bloomberg will land in Israel at noon Tuesday for a lightning visit lasting only a few hours, during which he will ride the No. 2 Egged bus blown up last week by a Palestinian suicide bomber.

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/333160.html

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Edward Said: The Imperial Bluster of Tom Delay:

Dreams and Delusions The sheer number of people in the southwestern United States who think like Delay is an imposing 60-70 million and, it should be noted, included among them is none other than George W. Bush, who is also an inspired born-again Christian for whom everything in the Bible is meant to be taken literally.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4544.htm

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Colombia Boat Bomb Kills Seven:

At least seven people, including a baby, have been killed in an explosion in Colombia.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3178559.stm

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The face of Afghanistan's resistance:

The significant increase in the number and nature of attacks on US targets, as well as on the Afghan administration, provides indisputable evidence that the Taliban are back with a vengeance.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/EH26Ag01.html

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Bus Stop Blasts Hit Russian City:

Three people have died in a series of bomb attacks at bus stops in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3178917.stm

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It really is the pits

Four Billion Dollar Nuke Plant Proposed by Bush Cartel Would Make US the World's Supreme Nuclear Dictator

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4543.htm

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US and Britain may be guilty of a cover-up :

There is no doubt that the relatives of those who died at Lockerbie want justice in addition to compensation, but there can be no justice without the truth.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4541.htm

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How can intelligent citizens support George W Bush?:

Well, the verdict is in and even in the absence of Nuremberg chief prosecutor Robert Jackson, George W Bush awaits sentencing. His administration has failed our people, assaults our traditions and destroys our future.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4542.htm

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Monsanto Fined $700 Million for Poisoning People with PCBs

http://www.organicconsumers.org/Toxic/monsanto_pcbs.cfm

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Vote of confidence in Abbas government set for Monday

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/333863.html

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Hundreds demonstrate in Ramallah against Abu Mazen

http://www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=257222&lang=e&dir=news

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Arafat accuses U.S. of interfering in internal affairs

Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat accused the United States on Tuesday of meddling in internal Palestinian affairs after the White House criticized his appointment of a national security advisor.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/333576.html

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Arafat: The US Must Come to Me

What kind of power struggle is under way in the Palestinian Authority? Is it a struggle between two camps and two people - Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas? Or is it a struggle over who will follow the aging chairman?

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=
333623&contrassID=2&subContrassID=4&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y

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Aid agencies pull out as the coalition loses control

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/08/27/1061663853788.html?from=storyrhs

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PM wants to end Japan's anti-war law

The Japanese government party is drawing up proposals to change the clause in the constitution which renounces war, a party official said yesterday.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/japan/story/0,7369,1029876,00.html

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Bush raises $1.4 million in 24 minutes

http://www.startribune.com/stories/587/4062500.html

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TWO More US Soldiers Killed in Ambushes in Iraq

http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3344058

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Bremer: Iraq Effort to Cost Tens of Billions:

Iraq will need "several tens of billions" of dollars from abroad in the next year to rebuild its rickety infrastructure and revive its moribund economy, and American taxpayers and foreign governments will be asked to contribute substantial sums.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50396-2003Aug26.html

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Senator Byrd: Unprepared for Peace in Iraq:

W. Bush spoke about the need for humility from a great and powerful nation. He said, Let us have an American foreign policy that reflects American character. The modesty of true strength. The humility of real greatness." It is time for the Bush administration to swallow its false pride and return to that philosophy of humility before it is too late.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4555.htm

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How and Why Did Iraqi Die? 2 Tales of Anger and Denial:

An American soldier leaped out and ran up to Ali, firing a shot in the air to scatter the crowd, then aiming his rifle at the boy. The boy's mother, Rajaa Yousif Matti, implored the soldier not to kill him. She wept and wailed. She kissed the soldier's boots. But she could not get through to the American.

http://tinyurl.com/ld76

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Iraq Could Become US's West Bank and Gaza:

The people who will be expected to bear the burden of fighting and bleeding in Iraq might look to the Israeli experience and ask themselves: Do we really want to be fighting Arabs on their home turf for decades to come?

http://www.newsday.com/news/columnists/ny-v
ppin263429010aug26,0,6526032.column

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There will be no retreat from Iraq, insists Bush:

Mr Bush reiterated his case for America's fight against terrorism in terms of a battle between freedom and its enemies.

http://tinyurl.com/lcrh

DeJa-Vu: Excerpts from Speech Given by President Johnson April 7,1965. Our objective is the independence of South Viet-Nam, and its freedom from attack. We want nothing for ourselves only that the people of South Viet-Nam be allowed to guide their own country in their own way.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4553.htm

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Thunder of '68 Rumbles Onward:

Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia bears a warning: Superpowers that turn bully risk self-destruction.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4554.htm

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New Iraq Tape Threatens Death to Council:

An Arabic television station aired a videotaped warning from previously unheard-of Islamic groups in Iraq Tuesday threatening death to members of a U.S.-formed council and Iraqis who cooperate with U.S. troops.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=3338285

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America's double standard infuriates rest of the world

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4556.htm

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Lights, Camera, Exploitation:

The President‚s Re-Election Campaign Kicks Off With a Shameless 9-11 Docudrama.

http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0335/hoberman.php

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Soldier Morale Dips, While Fears Increase:

Contrary to reports made by senior ranking officials in the national media, morale among the troops is fast approaching an abysmal state.

http://www.publicopiniononline.com/news/stories/20030825/localnews/127885.html

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Even the Optimists Are Losing Heart as Iraq Goes from Bad to Worse:

I have returned to Iraq and so much has changed. A wave of fury and despair among Iraqis has drowned out the few voices that filled me with hope. Those of my Iraqi friends who clung resolutely to their optimistic dreams are finally losing heart.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1030002,00.html

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US Mulls International Force for PA:

The United States has been examining the prospect of organizing an international force to stop the Israeli-Palestinian war.

http://www.menewsline.com/stories/2003/august/08_27_1.html

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A Jew among 25,000 Muslims: A Must Read

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4552.htm

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Bush, Speaking to Veterans, Says Iraq May Not Be Last Strike

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/26/politics/26CND-
BUSH.html?hp=&pagewanted=print&position=

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Analysis: Mercenary as future peacekeeper?:

The controversial idea of using for-profit military forces as peacekeepers in war-torn countries is gaining momentum with nations' increasing unwillingness to man such operations.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4550.htm

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Selling bombs along with soap?

Lockheed Martin, the world's largest defense contractor, took to the airwaves recently with a radio campaign in the Washington D.C. metro market to promote its small-diameter bomb.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4551.htm

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MSNBC TV Question of the Day: Do you approve of Bush's handling of Iraq?

http://www.msnbc.com/news/778726.asp

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Blair: I take responsibility for naming of Kelly

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=437905

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Blair: 'Sexed up' allegations were a resigning issue:

Prime Minister told the Hutton inquiry today that the allegations were so serious that, if true, he would have had to resign.

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=437881

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Defense Spending Drives Economy:

Soaring defense spending is driving the U.S. economy, but not doing too much for the unemployment picture as Americans still struggled to find jobs and corporations saw their profits fall, government reports on Thursday showed.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4565.htm

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Bush: Due to attacks, federal civilians workers will get no pay raises:

Citing a national emergency that has existed since the 2001 terrorist attacks, President Bush said Wednesday he will cut the pay raises that most civilian federal employees were to receive in January.

http://www.theworldlink.com/articles/2003/08/28/news/news17.txt

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London: Power cut causes chaos:

"It seems that one of the National Grid circuits that feeds south London has failed.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/3189755.stm

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Londoners turn out to "see Blair squirm"

"Hopefully Blair will tell us how he lied about getting us into the war," she added. "But it won't happen. He's too slick."

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/24by7panews/page.cfm?
objectid=13343819&method=full&siteid=50143

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Arundhati Roy: The loneliness of Noam Chomsky:

Noam Chomsky has radically altered our understanding of the society in which we live. Rationally and empirically, he has unmasked the ugly, manipulative, ruthless American universe that exists behind the word `freedom'

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4564.htm

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IAEA conference to discuss Israeli nukes for first time

http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/breaking_3.html

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North Korea vows to declare, test nuclear weapons

http://www.heraldnet.com/Stories/03/8/28/17405828.cfm

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A deadly franchise:

The global war on terror is a smokescreen used by governments to wipe out opponents.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4563.htm

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British soldier killed, another injured:

Gunmen opened fire with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades on a British convoy trapped between two angry crowds in southern Iraq, killing one soldier and wounding another.

http://ap.yankton.net/stories/packages/iraq/20030828/1418041.shtml

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U.S. misled by bogus pre-war intelligence?:

Frustrated at the failure to find Saddam Hussein's suspected stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, allied intelligence agencies have launched a major effort to determine if they were victims of bogus Iraqi defectors who planted disinformation to mislead the West before the war.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4560.htm

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In case you missed it:

Iraqi group aided CIA intelligence: The head of the Iraqi National Congress, a group of exiles that opposed Saddam Hussein, said yesterday that his organization helped three Iraqi defectors provide intelligence to the CIA on Iraq's weapons programs.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4561.htm

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Iraq Set to Swallow Up Countless Billions as Costs Soar U.S. Admits:

The US government, which is spending $4bn a month keeping its troops in Iraq, admitted yesterday that the cost had risen rapidly, and that the price of reconstruction was "almost impossible to exaggerate".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1030528,00.html

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Seized Iraq Funds All but Gone, U.S. Says:

To help stem violence and alleviate the cash crunch, congressional sources said, the White House was considering making an extra $2-billion-to-$3-billion appropriation request in the near future.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-
funds27aug27,1,4893657.story?coll=la-headlines-world

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Is This The Reason Bush Is Our President?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4562.htm

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Neoconservatives and Their Blueprint For US Power

http://www.csmonitor.com/specials/neocon/index.html?story

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Bush May Ask Congress for Extra Iraq Funds Sooner Than Expected

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=
/news/archive/2003/08/27/national1655EDT0717.DTL

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US troops quit Saudi Arabia: The last American military unit has left the desert kingdom.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4559.htm

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Taliban guerrillas retake areas of southern Afghan:

Elusive Taliban fighters have recaptured some areas of a southern Afghan province despite a ongoing massive joint operation by government troops and US-led coalition forces.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2003-08/28/content_1048717.htm

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Fisherman By Day "Terrorist" By Night :

"I catch fish in the morning and Americans at night," he said. "Catching Americans is easier than catching fish."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4557.htm

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Tuning Out the Dead:

Dover is home to the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs -- the largest Department of Defense Mortuary. It's where America brings its dead soldiers home, and these days, it's busy.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4558.htm

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Historians: Postwar Iraq Is No Germany

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-
werewolves27aug27,1,2434380.story?coll=la-headlines-world

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The jihad all-stars:

We decided to conquer an Arab country and drive the Muslim fanatics so crazy that they'd storm in, and then we'd kill them all? That‚s the latest Bush rationale for going into Iraq?

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/abs_news_body.asp?section=Opinion&OID=31830

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Straw warns Iran to end its nuclear programme:

Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, will tomorrow make clear to Teheran that the time for prevaricating over its pursuit of a nuclear capability is over.

http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/06/28/wiran28.xml

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In case you missed it:

UK ' sells' bomb material to Iran: British officials have approved the export of key components needed to make nuclear weapons to Iran and other countries known to be developing such weapons.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/2275249.stm

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In case you missed it:

Russia adds to Iran nuclear row A British company has denied Russian suggestions that it provided uranium enrichment equipment to Iran.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/russia/article/0,2763,924333,00.html

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Arafat urges calm from militants to try to restore peace plan:

Israel, which has tried to sideline Arafat from the peace process, dismissed his appeal as empty rhetoric and said the army would keep rounding up terror suspects and hunting down their leaders.

http://www.canada.com/news/world/story.asp?id=
10ABECC2-7B30-4592-A70F-F7EEA70720F5

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Government Arrests 20 for Plotting Assassination of President:

France said on Monday that it had arrested several people who were planning to use mercenaries to destabilise Cote d'Ivoire. The former French colony in West Africa.

http://allafrica.com/stories/200308270245.html

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Report Card on the Bush Administration's "War on Terrorism"

When bombs purposefully kill civilians, the U.S. government labels it terrorism; when a U.S.-led economic embargo does the same, it is justified as needed to make a despotic leader meet Western demands.

http://www.independent.org/tii/news/030828Eland.html

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Hiding the Body Count

Every few days the U.S. Department of Defense issues a terse press release of US military deaths in Iraq from non-combat causes. These lack drama or narrative so they are hardly ever noted in newspapers or television newscasts in places other than the hometowns of the newly dead.

http://www.counterpunch.org/jackson08272003.html

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Inside the Ring: Israel has ready a plan to bomb Iran's Bushehr nuclear-power plant.

http://www.washtimes.com/national/inring.htm

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Fierce Fighting Reported in Afghanistan:

Afghan soldiers were waging a fierce battle with entrenched Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan after a night of heavy U.S. bombing that left many Taliban fighters dead, an Afghan intelligence chief said Friday.

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AFGHAN_FIGHTING?SITE=
DCTMS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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Suspected Taleban Fighters Kill 3 Afghan Soldiers:

The attacks took place overnight, following raids on Thursday by a joint U.S.-Afghan force that killed four suspected Taleban fighters in southeastern Afghanistan.

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=
774AD74D-0824-43AB-A99E93C3C25BD037

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Blix Felt U.S. Intimidating Him Before Iraq War

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4571.htm

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At least 82 killed, 229 hurt in Najaf car bomb blast: doctors

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=
/afp/20030829/wl_mideast_afp/iraq_najaf_blast_toll_030829153729

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Pictures from the bomb site at Najaf

http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?p=najaf&n=100&c=news_photos

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Background: Sayed Mohamad Baqir al Hakim Biography:

Although now part of the U.S. led coalition against Saddam Hussein, Al-Hakim had earlier publicly condemned the United States, stating that "we do not put confidence in the Americans, they have always acted against the interests of the Iraqi people."

http://www.iraqinews.com/people_hakim.shtml

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Background: Hakim:

We want Iraqi people to govern themselves: Returning Iraqi Shiite leader rallies supporters, calls on Iraqis to stand together against imperialism

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=5507

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Iraq Guerrillas Kill US Soldier in Convoy Ambush:

The death brings to 65 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in attacks since Washington declared major combat operations over.

http://publicbroadcasting.net/wnyc/news.newsmain?action=
article&ARTICLE_ID=539568

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Wounded, Weary And Disappeared

No hordes of television cameras await the planeloads of wounded soldiers being airlifted back to the states, unloaded at Andrews Air Force Base, and stuffed into wards at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other facilities. We see few photos of them undergoing painful and protracted physical rehabilitation. The men and women injured in Iraq and Afghanistan have become the new disappeared.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4570.htm

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Family of Soldier Displaying Outrage At President:

To show their disdain, the Vogels have hung a sign outside their business, Assured Staffing, on Main Street, stating: "Proud of our soldier! Ashamed of our president!"

http://archives.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/archives/
localnews/2003/ba/08-21-03-91378.html

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Every Arab Country Is In Danger:

I say that every Arab country is in danger, and that they are all going to face the same situation that Iraq is witnessing today, unless we all stand together in the face of Israel and its agents in the U.S. administration

http://english.daralhayat.com/column/08-2003/Article-20030828-
48cbe8b6-c0a8-01ed-002a-cc1400e99085/story.html

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An Open Letter To President George W. Bush: Mr. Hwaidi is a writer and a former Egyptian minister of defense.

http://english.daralhayat.com/opinion/08-2003/Article-20030829-
4d334842-c0a8-01ed-002a-cc1479420525/story.html

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Iraqi resisters are patriots:

The longer we keep patting ourselves on the back, the more we tell ourselves that the Iraqi resistance is a bunch of evil freedom-haters, the deeper we‚ll sink into this quagmire. It‚s time to get real.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4569.htm

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Alastair Campbell resigns:

Alastair Campbell is to resign as the Government's director of communications and strategy, Downing Street said today.

http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0600uk/content_objectid=
13347837_method=full_siteid=50082_headline=
-News-Flash--Alastair-Campbell-resigns-name_page.html

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US Admits It Miscalculated Security For Iraq:

Some defense officials said privately in interviews that the plan in place for security after Baghdad's fall has been an utter failure.

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20030827-114516-5938r.htm

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White House Alters Webpages About Iraq Combat

http://www.thememoryhole.org/pol/iraq-combat/

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Afghan General: US presence cause of growing Taliban's attacks

http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=36589

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Taliban Giving Tough Time to US, Afghan Govt:

Operating in growing numbers, the Taliban and their allies have succeeded in destabilizing large parts of Afghanistan and creating conditions that could undermine the US military and central government.

http://www.dawn.com/2003/08/27/int13.htm

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Peru's Guerrilla War Killed 69,000 People In 20 Years:

"The last two decades of the 20th century were marked by horror and dishonour for Peruvian society."

http://www.news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=950632003

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Billions, Trillions, Who Cares?:

For those of us who balance our checkbooks to the penny, government finance exists on another planet.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/billions.html

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Lockheed Martin to Pay $38 Million for Overbilling Air Force

http://www.spacewar.com/2003/030827213051.yuysn61a.html

 

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Bomb Wounds Four US Soldiers in Falluja:

Hundreds of local people marched in the town of Falluja after the attack, chanting slogans praising ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and denouncing President Bush.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58948-2003Aug28.html

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Halliburton and Bechtel Win More Deals:

Halliburton, the world's second -largest oil field service company, could make hundreds of millions more dollars than earlier disclosed for services such as maintaining Iraqi oil fields under a US Army Corps of Engineers contract.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/08/28/1062050603425.html

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Chalabi Group Rules Out More US Troops:

http://www.washtimes.com/world/20030827-092213-4271r.htm

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Palestinian PM Fights for Political Survival:

Abbas may stake his future on vote of confidence in parliament as Arafat backs his attempts to revive ceasefire.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1030575,00.html

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Uri Avnery: The military's classic putsch:

The roadmap is dead, because Sharon was against it from the beginning. Bush saw it only as a photo-op in a nice background and Abu-Mazen did not get from Israel and the US anything that he could present as a Palestinian achievement.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4567.htm

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Poll: Iraq War Makes US Less Safe:

A new survey shows more Americans now believe the war in Iraq will make the U.S. less, not more, safe from terrorism, representing a reversal of public opinion in recent weeks.

http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=34313

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Witnesses testify to beating of Iraqi prisoners by four soldiers:

The case has caused an uproar in Pennsylvania, where relatives of the accused have enlisted the help of politicians, veterans' groups and friends to support the four reservists.

http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/world/6640333.htm

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A MUST READ

A Costly Friendship: The story of how Israel and its American friends came to exercise a profound influence on American policy toward the Arab and Muslim world. A Must Read

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4566.htm

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Few Arabs shedding tears over U.S. losses in Iraq:

As American deaths mount in Iraq, there is little sympathy in the Arab world for the plight of the U.S. occupiers.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/08/28/MN70454.DTL

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Hamas rejects Arafat appeal to renew truce

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/08/28/1062050598867.html?from=storyrhs

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Two US Troops Killed in Afghan Fighting

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=
/nm/20030831/ts_nm/afghan_usa_soldiers_dc&e=1

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Confessions of a Terrorist:

A suspected al-Qaeda leader made explosive allegations while under interrogation.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4581.htm

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September 11th And The Bush Administration: Compelling Evidence for Complicity

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4582.htm

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UN Weapons Chief:

UK Dossier Nothing Like Reality: Inspectiors had found no evidence to support US and British accusations that Saddam possessed an arsenal capable of widespread death and damage.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/09/01/1062268481856.html

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Palestinian schoolgirl shot dead:

AN eight-year-old Palestinian girl shot dead by Israeli troops in the central Gaza Strip was killed while showing off her new school uniform to friends.

http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,7127339^1702,00.html

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Robert Fisk: Unless The White House Abandons It Fantasies Civil War Will Consume Iraq

So who wanted Ayatollah Mohamed Bakr al-Hakim dead? Or, more to the point, who would not care if he died?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4578.htm

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Chaos reigns as Saddam's plan unfolds:

What we all are asking now is whether this audacious and destabilising attack will plunge the country into a maelstrom of violence, from which what many now call the Saddam network can emerge victorious.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4579.htm

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Mid-East papers predict chaos after killing:

Press reviews and news reports from around the Middle East.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3193813.stm

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Ayatollah Hakim's Last Sermon:

Extracts from the sermon delivered by, Ayatollah Mohammed Baqr al-Hakim, prior to his death in a car bomb attack in the holy city of Najaf.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3193341.stm

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History, religion, power: understanding Iraqi Shiites:

Were the Shiites pro-American or anti-American? Why did they have so many leaders? Did they look for direction to the Shiite religious leaders in neighboring Iran? What did they want?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4580.htm

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Shiite Suspends Membership In Iraqi Governing Council

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2003-08/30/article09.shtml

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Canada: Case Of 19 Terrorists Unravelling:

The case made headlines around the world as the news media quoted a government official's now infamous words: "I guess the easiest way of putting it is there is a suggestion they might, in fact, perhaps be a sleeper cell for Al-Qaeda."

http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM
.20030830.uterr0830/BNStory/National/

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A Failed Israeli Society Collapses While Its Leaders Remain Silent:

The Israeli nation today rests on a scaffolding of corruption, and on foundations of oppression and injustice. As such, the end of the Zionist enterprise is already on our doorstep.

http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.08.29/oped3.html

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iraqi Police Deny Bombers Were Foreigners:

Four suspects were detained, the police said, but they rejected reports quoting anonymous police sources that the suspects had been carrying identification cards from the former intelligence services or were foreigners.

http://tinyurl.com/lqgp

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Civilian War Deaths in Iraq:

The report on civilian FATAL casualties in a nation of 23 million is staggering, the equivalent in percentage terms of 460,000 civilian deaths if such havoc were wrought in the US.

http://www.wanniski.com/showarticle.asp?articleid=2855

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Don't worry it!: They're not Americans:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/poster08_30_03.htm

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Ayatollah's Death Deepens U.S. Woes :

If the car bomb was planted by Hussein loyalists, it shows a telling recognition of the weaknesses of the U.S. occupation, which to many here seems increasingly isolated.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2291-2003Aug29.html

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Killing of Ayatollah Is Start of Iraqi Civil War:

The bombing of one of Islam's holiest shrines not only killed an important Shi'a leader, it also signals the first shot in an Iraqi civil war that Middle East experts warned would ensue if Saddam were removed without careful planning.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4574.htm

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"Death To America·Death To Israel," Hakim‚s Mourners:

"The responsibility of Hakim's death lies with the British and American forces because they neglected security," the marchers shouted.

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2003-08/30/article01.shtml

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Blast suspects linked to bin Laden, Saddam:

Najaf governor Haidar Mehdi Matar said the four suspects were two Iraqis from Saddam Hussein's fallen regime and two Arab nationals, categorised as Sunni Muslim radicals.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/08/31/1062194761688.html

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Deja VU:

Long forgotten by Americans, but still alive in the minds of thousands of Mideast peoples, our CIA's William Casey, attempting to murder Sheik Muhammed Fedlallah (spiritual leader of Lebanese Shiites), which a truck bomb placed outside a Beirut mosque, killed 81 innocent bystanders and injured hundreds.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4576.htm

More on this topic

http://tinyurl.com/lpe7

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Exit Strategy For Iraq:

If Iraq were to become a UN-approved and managed mission, the outcome would be disastrous for all concerned. The troops˜including many Americans˜would stay until the job of „nation-building‰ is complete, that is to say for ever .

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4577.htm

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1 Killed As Israel Fires on Car in Gaza:

Israeli helicopters fired four missiles at a car traveling in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday, killing at least one Palestinian.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3088456,00.html

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Jews Keep Building The Land:

A new neighborhood in Kedumim - Mitzpeh Yishai - will be officially dedicated this Sunday. Thirty housing units are already occupied, another 70 are under construction, and yet another 400 are in the planning stages.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=48889

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Frankensteins in the Pentagon: So how does the Bush DARPA seek to 'enhance' human performance?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4572.htm

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The hand of history is pointing to the door: Tony Blair Must Go!

http://www.spectator.co.uk/article.php3?table=old&section=current&issue=2003-08-30&id=3448

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Greg Palast: The Grinch That Stole Labor Day:

In celebration of the working person's holiday, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao has announced the Bush Administration's plan to end the 60-year-old law which requires employers to pay time-and-a-half for overtime.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4575.htm

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Loyalty Day: I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2003, as Loyalty Day. I call upon all the people of the United States to join in support of this national observance.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/04/20030430-26.html

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Iraq: Halliburton Reaping Huge Profits from War

http://www.corpwatch.org/news/PND.jsp?articleid=8228

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Russia Denies N. Korean Threat to Nuclear Test:

Russia’s top negotiator on North Korea denied on Friday that Pyongyang had threatened to conduct a nuclear test during crisis talks on its standoff with Washington.

http://jang.com.pk/thenews/aug2003-daily/30-08-2003/world/w1.htm

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N.KOREA says no choice but to beef up deterrent

http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=4182600

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Republicans Outsources Fund-Raising To India:

A team of operators will man the phones in call centers set up in Noida and Gurgaon, India to telephone people in the United States and solicit their support for President George W. Bush and a donation for the Republican cause as a part of a fund-raising blitz.

http://www.buzzflash.com/contributors/03/08/30_gop.html

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Voting machine controversy:

The head of a company vying to sell voting machines in Ohio told Republicans in a recent fund-raising letter that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4573.htm

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US decree strips thousands of their jobs: Anti-Ba'athist ruling may force educated Iraqis abroad

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1032172,00.html

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"War Criminals Hire War Criminals to Hunt Down War Criminals."'

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2003/08/29/120.html

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