Information Clearing House  Digest August 8-12 2004
Date: 12 Aug 2004

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1 YEAR & 124 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Slaughter as US forces attack Najaf:

Violence across Iraq since Wednesday morning killed at least 172 Iraqis and injured 643, the Health Ministry said
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6724.htm

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US bombing of Kut kills civilians: :

Many of the dead and wounded were women and children, he added.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6723.htm

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Troops raid Sadr's empty home:

“This is a peaceful house and not a military barracks,” Sheikh Shaibani said. “We feel great anger.”
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10429694%255E1702,00.html

tinyurl.com/5y5ja

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Al-Sadr group seeks Arab intervention:

“I call on the Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS) to issue a fatwa preventing the the US occupation from entering the shrine,” he said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6722.htm

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Iraqi leader calls on US troops to leave Najaf:

The unelected Iraqi vice-president on Wednesday called on foreign troops to leave the holy Shia city of Najaf, as American commanders said they were readying US and Iraqi forces for a final push against the rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
news.ft.com/cms/s/16ce4778-eb6d-11d8-82f7-00000e2511c8.html

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Iraqis protest as US plans assault on Najaf:

As US occupation forces announce they are preparing a final assault on Najaf, thousands of Iraqis have been protesting against the interim Iraqi government and the joint US-Iraqi forces' actions.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8FCE7CEC-2517-41B0-B07F-1FC8462608AB.htm

tinyurl.com/6sx42

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Iran leader calls to stop US ''savagery'' in Iraqi city of Najaf:

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, said on Wednesday that the “crimes” going on in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf “send shivers to the hearts of all Muslims.”
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=282848&lang=e&dir=news

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Muslims will not forgive US for Œatrocities‚ in Iraq:

Iran‚s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the United States on Wednesday that Muslims would not forgive it for “atrocities‰ committed in Iraq‚s Shiite holy city of Najaf.
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_12-8-2004_pg4_18

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Iraq's phase II: Deadlier than ever :

From Iran's perspective, there is little question what happens in Najaf is its business. Any damage there cannot leave a single Iranian ruler the option of remaining neutral, regardless of whether they are among moderates or hard-liners. The Shiite religious heritage is a shared one between Iraq and Iran.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6732.htm

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Iraq Muslim Cemetery Becomes Battlefield:

Hundreds of thousands – perhaps millions – are buried in the graveyard, which covers nearly 5 square miles sprawling out from the outskirts of the Imam Ali shrine, one of the holiest in Shia Islam.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4412092,00.html

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Schwartz on Americans rolling the dice in Najaf:

What's wrong with this picture? The United States invaded Iraq to “liberate,” above all others, that country's oppressed Shiites. So who are we killing now — and whose dead bodies are we counting up with a certain pride? Iraqi Shiites.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6708.htm

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U.S. Risks Alienating Millions Across Muslim World with Major Attack on Holy City of Najaf:

Audio Report : Democracy Now!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6734.htm

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British soldier killed in Iraq:
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=563941&section=news

tinyurl.com/428ec

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Al-Qaeda computer geek nearly overthrew US:

Update A White House with a clear determination to draw paranoid conclusions from ambiguous data has finally gone over the top.
www.theregister.co.uk/2004/08/11/al_q_geek_us_overthrow_plot/

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Oil hits record high:U.S.

light crude rose 65 cents to $45.45 a barrel (24.95 pounds), the highest price in 21 years of trade on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5141222

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Saddam 'gave up WMDs in 1991':

“There was no capability. There was no chemical or biological or any what are called weapons of mass destruction,” said Mr Jaffar in what BBC television called his first-ever broadcast interview.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6721.htm

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This is a must watch.

Saddam Had No WMD's:

A world exclusive first interview with the father of Iraqi nuclear programme.

This is a must watch.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6720.htm

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War? What war? :

The level of violence in Iraq has been escalating since the handover of sovereignty in June, but Americans are being exposed to less reporting and analysis about it
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6730.htm

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Washington Post admits to media biases in Iraq war coverage :

“We should have warned readers we had information that the basis for (the war) was shakier” than widely believed. “Those are exactly the kind of statements that should be published on the front page.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6731.htm

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Iraqi authorities won't arrest Ahmad Chalabi:

The court on Saturday ordered the arrest of Chalabi on counterfeiting charges and of his nephew Salem Chalabi on murder charges.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6728.htm

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Saddam, Chalabi, and Allawi Epitomize U.S. Foreign Policy:

It would be difficult to find a better example of the moral bankruptcy and hypocrisy of U.S. foreign policy ˜ and why it has stirred so much anger, hatred, and terrorism against the United States ˜ than the relationship of U.S. officials with Saddam Hussein, Ahmad Chalabi, and Iyad Allawi.
www.fff.org/comment/com0408e.asp

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The corruption is thick in Iraq:

The charges now made against Ahmed and Salem Chalabi sound shocking, but similar charges could be made against almost all the triumphant opposition who returned to Baghdad on the top of American tanks.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6717.htm

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Tariq Ali : The withdrawal of foreign troops is the only solution :

The media-hyped fiction of a handover of power in Iraq is designed for US voters
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6719.htm

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GIs in Iraq are asking: Why are we here? :

Four months into their tour of duty at one of the most dangerous American bases in Iraq, young marines say the slow pace of progress is shaking their faith in their mission.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=533600.html

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Well, it's official: We really did invade Iraq to liberate Halliburton:

George W. Bush has never used the word “reprisal” to mean that we should be afraid of retaliation on our home soil because of our government's invasion of Iraq. Terrorists will attack us, says Bush, because they are “evil.”
www.villagevoice.com/thebushbeat/

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Thanks To Some REAL National Heroes :

While our president rushed us into an unnecessary war, many people around our nation worked to expose the truth about what was to come in Iraq—citizens of great character,and a deep love of our nation
baltimorechronicle.com/080904WardReilly.shtml

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Justice Disputes Key Terror Case Evidence :

The Bush administration's already troubled case against an accused terror cell in Detroit is being dealt another blow with revelations that a witness came forward after the trial to undercut a key piece of video evidence presented to jurors.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6733.htm

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Denmark halts prisoner hand-overs in Iraq after death penalty reinstated:

“We will not hand over anyone until we are sure that they (the prisoners) won‚t risk being sentenced to the capital punishment,‰
www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/theworld/2004/August/theworld_August245.xml&section=theworld&col=

tinyurl.com/6hsg5

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Evidence gained by torture allowed by British judges:

Two of the country's senior judges granted the Home Secretary the right to hold terror suspects on the basis of intelligence from tortured prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other US detention camps.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/story.jsp?story=550499

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British Court Decision Undermines Global Torture Ban :
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6729.htm

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Al Qaeda hit squads to kill UK leaders: report :

Al-Qaeda hit squads are planning to assassinate British politicians and other international leaders closely linked with US President George Bush, according to a Pakistani intelligence source.
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/003200408121911.htm

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– Warning–

Beheading Video Of Purported CIA Agent in Iraq

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This video contains graphic footage of the slaughter and murder of an a purported CIA agent. – Warning – This video should only be viewed by a mature audience.

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Windows Media
216.117.171.171/video/american.wmv

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Web site carries tape appearing to show militants beheading purported CIA agent
www.boston.com/dailynews/224/world/Web_site_carries_tape_appearin:.shtml

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Beheaded man 'not CIA agent':

“The man depicted in the video is not a CIA official,” the official said, on condition of anonymity.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10419016%255E1702,00.html

tinyurl.com/6qwcs

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US wants to build network of friendly mercenaries to combat terrorism:

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of the Iraq war, told the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday the money would be used “for training and equipping local security forces — not just armies — to counter terrorism and insurgencies.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6716.htm

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In case you missed it?:

How American power girds the globe with a ring of steel: New bases take Pentagon's armed presence far and wide.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3046.htm

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Iran tests upgraded medium-range missile:

Iran on Wednesday tested an upgraded version of its conventional medium-range Shahab-3 missile, two weeks after Israel tested its Arrow II anti-missile missile, the official IRNA news agency has reported.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/08/11/1092102530123.html

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GI's Will Come Home To A Slow Death:

The amount of DU used in Iraq in 2003 equals nearly 250,000 Nagasaki bombs. Just as the Gulf War vets and their families have been imperiled by their service in Gulf War I, those veterans about to return from the Iraq war will undoubtedly face similar consequences.
www.coastalpost.com/04/08/01.htm

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“The Doctors, The Depleted Uranium and the Dying Children”:

The grisly realities of the cancer ward are vivid and provide an appropriate alarm that could help to stop the use of these weapons unless it is shown they will not harm civilians for generations to come.
www.traprockpeace.org/depleted_uranium_iraq.html

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Video: US marines accused of Afghan abuse:

American authorities have reportedly launched an inquiry into allegations of sexual and physical abuse by US marines against 35 villagers in central Afghanistan.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6709.htm

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White House For Sale:

Immigration plan envisions 'incentives' to illegal aliens: Millions of illegal aliens in the United States would be free from arrest and deportation, have access to tax-deferred savings accounts and Social Security credits, and get unrestricted travel to and from their home countries under President Bush's guest-worker program.
www.washingtontimes.com/national/20040810-123433-8727r.htm

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President Bush woos the Jewish vote:

Only 19 percent of American Jews voted for President Bush in the 2000 election, and since then Republicans have been making a significant effort to woe the Jewish vote on November 2.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/463545.html

More on this topic
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US Congressman´s Appeal On Behalf Of Israeli Spy :

American Congressman and Democratic Whip Anthony D. Weiner, representing New York's Queens and Brooklyn boroughs, is requesting that the White House pardon jailed Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard.
www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=67252

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Filmmaker Moore Quotes Goss on Lack of CIA Credentials:

“I couldn't get a job with CIA today. I am not qualified,” the Florida Republican told documentary-maker Michael Moore's production company during the filming of the anti-Bush movie “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=5944517

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What the Supreme Court Really Said about Jose Padilla:

Jose Padilla will have to be released — unless the government somehow conjures up charges of treason or criminal acts.
www.cato.org/dailys/08-09-04-2.html

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Bill Maher: Bush blew it the morning of 9/11 :

This is an issue about the ultimate presidential duty, acting in an emergency. If nothing else in Washington is nonpartisan, this should be.
www.nydailynews.com/front/story/221323p-190107c.html

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How Far Will Bush Go? :

Having freed themselves from the moral qualms that restrained even the Nixon Administration, Team Bush can do things that lesser mortals would never dream of. They have cast themselves as Supermen.
www.truthout.org/docs_04/081204A.shtml

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Arrests for all offences proposed:

Police in England and Wales could be given powers to arrest people for minor offences such as graffiti or litter.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3557266.stm

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Date: 11 Aug 2004

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1 YEAR & 123 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Iraqi south threatens secession:

Basra Deputy Governor Salam Uda al-Maliki has said he is to announce the separation of some Iraqi southern governorates from the central Baghdad government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6711.htm

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U.S. Forces, Close to Attack in Najaf, Suddenly Pull Back:

After spending today preparing for a major attack against insurgents loyal to the rebel Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sar, American forces called off the attack as it was about to begin.
www.nytimes.com/2004/08/11/international/middleeast/11CND-IRAQ.html?
ex=1249963200&en=c494a29f67a8ef9e&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

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Najaf offensive postponed

“Preparations to do the offensive are taking longer than initially anticipated,‰ Marine Maj. David Holahan. “It doesn‚t matter now, they know we‚re coming.‰
www.airforcetimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-300255.php

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Cemetery Fight Haunts Some U.S. Soldiers:

“There's nothing good that can come of it,” said an Army operations officer, laying out the possible outcome of any strike on the mosque. “We win, we lose. We lose, we lose.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6715.htm

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Iraq Violence Kills at Least 32 in Center, South, Officials Say :

Violence in central and southern Iraq has killed at least 32 people since 9 a.m. yesterday, including a top official of the Shiite Muslim Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq party
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aHnhSbKIGKeU&refer=top_world_news

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Ten Iraqi militiamen killed in British operation:

A British military spokesmen said on Wednesday two British soldiers were wounded during the operation, launched to stop insurgents from firing mortars at troops in the town of Amara.
www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/focusoniraq/
2004/August/focusoniraq_August110.xml&section=focusoniraq

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Six killed in Iraq market blast :

At least six Iraqis died and nine were injured when a bomb exploded in a busy market today. The blast came as violence swept the country and the radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr issued a fresh challenge to US-led forces.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1280872,00.html

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Leading Shiite killed in Iraq:

Gunmen killed a regional leader of one of Iraq's largest Shiite parties in a drive-by shooting south of Baghdad Wednesday.
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040811.wiraq0811/BNStory/International/

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Iraq: Sadr calls on loyalists to continue fighting occupiers even if he dies
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=282831&lang=e&dir=news

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Britons Join Al-Sadr's Army :

Interviewed by the newspaper in the shrine of Imam Ali in Najaf, they insisted that they were ready to die alongside their fellow Muslims
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3324611

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U.S. Military Wounded Numbers More Than 6,000, Wash. Post Says :

The U.S. war on terrorism has wounded about 6,120 soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aDEW.UoxkdBo&refer=us

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The failed occupation :

A TV station ban, 160,000 foreign troops, trumped up charges: is this the free society Iraqis were promised?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6706.htm

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They saw no evil, heard no evil, and certainly will not speak of it:

Americans are refusing to do anything about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners under the regime they appointed
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6710.htm

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No security in fear :

Has Saddam Hussein been replaced with Saddam Alawi?
www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/Opinion/Editorials/03OpOPN90081003.htm

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Osama Calling for Qaeda Attacks – Pakistan Sources:

Osama bin Laden has called for attacks on targets in the United States and Britain, Pakistani intelligence sources said on Wednesday, but it was not clear if his appeal was accompanied by more detailed orders.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6713.htm

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Bin Laden hints major assassination:

U.S. intelligence officials say a high-profile political assassination, triggered by the public release of a new message from Osama bin Laden, will lead off the next major al Qaeda terrorist attack
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6707.htm

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US marines accused of Afghan abuse:

Former prisoners alleged US marines used the tactic of sexual humiliation, which Baranowska described as similar to that which occurred at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Video and text
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6709.htm

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War Killed My Peter:

A veteran of the war in Iraq who is thought to have committed suicide at his Carlisle home was a “broken man‰ after the war, his distraught widow has revealed.
www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/viewarticle.aspx?id=123472

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Iran tests upgraded medium-range missile:

Iran on Wednesday tested an upgraded version of its conventional medium-range Shahab-3 missile, two weeks after Israel tested its Arrow II anti-missile missile, the official IRNA news agency has reported.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/08/11/1092102530123.html

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Alexander Cockburn: Bush v. Kerry?: Not Even a Dime's Worth of Difference
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6708.htm

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This is a must read.

“The Ghost of Orwell is Upon us”:

A rather sad state of affairs has risen out of the propaganda-laced, nationalism-spewing, draped-in-the flag-espousing and testosterone-filled Democratic National Convention that would have made Joseph Goebbels proud. The party of peace and progress has mutated into one of warmongers and military might, whoring itself to the evils of war and violence in order to regain power.

This is a must read.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6714.htm

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Anti-Kerry Book Scribe Sorry for Slurs :

One of the authors of a new anti-John Kerry book frequently posted comments on a conservative Web site describing Muslims and Catholics as pedophiles and Pope John Paul II as senile.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=694&u=/ap/20040810/ap_on_el_pr/anti_kerry_book_1&printer=1

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A Disturbing Look at America—in Kansas :

Where you see “going out of business‰ signs side by side with placards supporting George W. Bush.
www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=829

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Can You See Them Now? : Congressman Ron Paul Can!:

How many articles have jumped out of your computer display screen and grabbed your attention screaming: “America is a police state?!”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6712.htm

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Cheney's Old Company Can't Account for $1.8 Billion:

Pentagon auditors have concluded that Halliburton Co., the company that Vice President Dick Cheney headed before joining the Bush Administration, failed to adequately account for more than $1.8 billion of work in Iraq and Kuwait, a Pentagon report says.
www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_5017.shtml

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Is a USA Economic Collapse Due in 2005?
globalresearch.ca/articles/ENG407A.html

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U.S. to Give Border Patrol Agents the Power to Deport Illegal Aliens
www.nytimes.com/2004/08/11/politics/11immig.html?ex=12
49876800&en=1c3097b493216958&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

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A Global Perspective on Defeating Bush :

The effects of U.S. government policies are so enormous across the planet that some people have suggested — with more than a little justification — that every person on Earth should get to vote in U.S. presidential elections.
www.commondreams.org/views04/0810-14.htm

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New York lockdown:

While anti-Bush activists in New York are adopting new techniques to try and disrupt the Republican party convention later this month, the police have got some new strategies of their own
politics.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4990915-113899,00.html

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Greg Palast: Venezuela Floridated:

Will The Gang That Fixed Florida Fix the Vote in Caracas this Sunday?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6704.htm

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In case you missed it:

How Hate Media Incited The Coup Against President Chávez: Venezuela‚s press power
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6705.htm

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Fury over Pentagon cell that briefed White House on Iraq's 'imaginary' al-Qaeda links:

The allegations about Douglas Feith, the number three at the Department of Defence, are made in a supplementary annexe of the committee's review of the intelligence leading to war in Iraq, released on Friday.
news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/07/11/wsept11.xml

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Checkpoint Bomb Near Jerusalem Kills 2, Wounds 19:

A bomb exploded between two Israeli army checkpoints on a busy transit route outside Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing two Palestinians and wounding 19 people in the first such attack for six months.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5940544

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Palestinian killed, two Israelis injured in West Bank :

A Palestinian teenager was shot dead on Tuesday by Israeli troops in the northern West Bank town of Nablus
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_11-8-2004_pg7_41

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Breakthrough' for shot activist's family:

Mr Hurndall, of north London, had been shepherding Palestinian children to safety at a checkpoint in Rafah refugee camp when he was shot.
www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1280685,00.html

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'Speak Hebrew or shut up' :

Israel's official code of ethics says troops can only use force if threatened. But at a checkpoint near Nablus, Israeli author Etgar Keret witnessed another code of behaviour in operation…
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1280376,00.html

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U.S. Denies Key Witness At German 9/11 Retrial :

The U.S. decision casts doubts on the new proceedings.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6701.htm

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Defense cites 'US torture' as German Sept 11 retrial begins :

Defense lawyers for the only man convicted over the September 11, 2001 attacks called on the opening day of his retrial for the case to be quashed on the grounds key witnesses had likely been tortured.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6700.htm

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American Bar Association denounces way Bush administration is handling detainees :

The ABA criticized what it called “a widespread pattern of abusive detention methods.” Those abuses, it said, “feed terrorism by painting the United States as an arrogant nation above the law.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6697.htm

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U.S. forces demand militants in Najaf lay down arms or face death:

The call came as U.S. helicopter gunships pummeled a multistoried building 400 yards from the gold-domed Imam Ali Shrine with rockets
www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=rednews/2004/08/10/build/nation/25-iraq.inc

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British prisoners could be executed:

Prisoners taken by British forces will be liable for execution by the Iraqi authorities despite the government's declaration that it opposed the decision by the interim government in Baghdad to restore the death penalty
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=550114

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Bush's choice for new CIA head ran spy rings in Central America, Europe:

He worked in Haiti, Santo Domingo and Mexico – all tumultuous countries during that decade of the Cold War.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=2149&
ncid=2149&e=1&u=/cpress/20040810/ca_pr_on_wo/goss_profile

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Bush Rips Kerry's New Pro-War Stance:

“After months of questioning my motives and even my credibility, Senator Kerry now agrees with me that even though we have not found the stockpiles of weapons we all believe were there … he would have voted to go into Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein from power,” Bush said.
www.kron4.com/Global/story.asp?S=2156289

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Nuclear Tests Vindicate Iran So Far :

New findings by the U.N. atomic agency appear to strengthen Iran's claim it has not enriched uranium domestically and weaken U.S. arguments that the country is hiding a nuclear weapons program, diplomats said Tuesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6696.htm

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Iran uranium source revealed :

Now, the sources say, the inspectors believe they can confirm that a sample of uranium enriched to 54%, found at one Iranian site, has come from Pakistani equipment.
www.janes.com/security/international_security/news/jdw/jdw040810_1_n.shtml

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Pakistani Held for Videotaping Skyscrapers :

A Pakistani citizen is in federal custody after being arrested by a police officer who spotted him videotaping the 60-story Bank of America headquarters and another skyscraper in downtown Charlotte.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6703.htm

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FBI warns top US legislators could be targetted :

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned that top US legislative officials could be targetted by Al-Qaeda in Washington or on their trips around the country
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6702.htm

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'The war on terrorism makes Bush dangerous' :

The distressing thing about Bush is he has taken the world and the American people for a ride. Within months Bush seized on the atrocity of September 11 to reinvent himself as a radical nationalist intent on revolutionising the US domestically and in its role in the world.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6698.htm

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Prying in a Terrorized World:

One particular Internet service provider received 16,000 subpoenas˜orders to produce information˜from law enforcement in 2002. ISPs, of course, maintain information on people‚s surfing and chats.
www.villagevoice.com/issues/0432/lee.php

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Guess What?

September 2004, will be “National Preparedness Month”:

During National Preparedness Month, coalition partners will promote the basic steps all Americans can take to prepare for emergencies through a variety of activities.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6699.htm

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Sept. is Preparedness Month:

Look for nationwide announcement on September 9 by Department of Homeland Security(DHS) Secretary Tom Ridge declaring September as National Preparedness Month
redcrosssecure.org/greaterbeverly/?articleID=12

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Poll: Older Americans Unhappy with Medicare Changes:

Older Americans are confused and unhappy about upcoming changes in the federal Medicare health program, according to a nonpartisan survey released on Tuesday
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=5928575

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Date: 10 Aug 2004

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1 YEAR & 122 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Car bombing, attacks kill 17 in Iraq:

In Sadr City the Iraqi government decided to impose a curfew in the impoverished suburb between 4 pm and 8 am
jang.com.pk/thenews/aug2004-daily/10-08-2004/main/main11.htm

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Hundreds Of Armed Young Men Control Baghdad's Sadr City :

Hundreds of gun-toting young men controlled the streets of Baghdad's Sadr City on Tuesday as an aide to radical Shiite cleric

Moqtada Sadr urged Iraqis to join their war against the Americans.
www.turkishpress.com/turkishpress/news.asp?ID=24171

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Civilians urged to leave Najaf:

US troops last night urged Iraqi civilians to leave the combat zones in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, raising speculation of an imminent

full-scale offensive against rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and his Medhi Army militia.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10405550%255E401,00.html

tinyurl.com/49fjp

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US forces pound Iraqi militia in Najaf:

U.S. forces are pounding Shi‚ite militia from the air and ground in the holy Iraqi city of Najaf, and are using loudspeakers to urge the

entrenched fighters to lay down their weapons.
news.ft.com/cms/s/d22d6c1e-eadd-11d8-91ae-00000e2511c8.html

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Deaths mounting, as is indifference:

We didn't hear about the lives of Spec. Justin Onwordi or Pfc. Harry Shondee Jr. at the Democratic convention. And I doubt we'll hear

much about their deaths when the Republicans gather in New York this month.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6695.htm

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Saudi prisoner escapes U.S. detention camp:

Johnson said the man was not a “high-value detainee,'' a term the military uses to describe senior ranking former regime officials or

militants.
thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/8/10/latest/18409Saudipris&sec=latest

tinyurl.com/6k257

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Chalabi calls Iraqi judge a U.S. puppet:

“It's neither Allawi nor the judge behind this,” said Mithal al-Alusi, a member of Chalabi's group, the Iraqi National Congress. “It's the

American advisers who did this.”
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=533318.html

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Deviate From the US Line and End Up Like A Kleenex

Beware of US officials bearing gifts! America‚s friendship is self-interested and strictly utilitarian. And nobody is immune to its sudden

reversal to which Ahmad and Salem Chalabi, still reeling from their own reversal of fortunes, will no doubt attest.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6690.htm

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New generation of al-Qaeda ready to terrorise West:

Mr Bush has often claimed that much of al-Qaeda's leadership has been killed or captured; the new evidence suggests that the

organisation is regenerating and bringing in new blood.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/08/10/1092102446819.html

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Gen. Tommy Franks: Threat on Israel justified pre-emption :

The threat of a missile attack on Israel was one reason justifying a pre-emptive strike against Iraq, Gen. Tommy Franks said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6692.htm

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In case you missed it?:

Iraq War Launched to Protect Israel – Bush Adviser
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6694.htm

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Diplomacy sidelined as US targets Iran:

The US charge sheet against Iran is lengthening almost by the day, presaging destabilising confrontations this autumn and maybe a

pre-election October surprise.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6693.htm

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Rep. Goss Nominated to Lead Embattled CIA

Retired Adm. Stansfield Turner, who was CIA chief during the Carter administration and supports Sen. John Kerry's presidential bid, said Goss' selection marked ``a bad day for the CIA.'' Goss was chosen simply ``to help George Bush win votes in Florida,'' he said.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4407222,00.html

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Reporter From Time Is Held in Contempt in C.I.A. Leak Case:

The potential jailing of a journalist represented perhaps the most significant clash between federal prosecutors and the news media

since the 1970's. The case is one of several making their way through federal courts in which journalists have been ordered to reveal

their sources.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6686.htm

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Rep. Ron Paul : Police State USA :

Liberty is lost through complacency and a subservient mindset. When we accept or even welcome automobile checkpoints, random

searches, mandatory identification cards, and paramilitary police in our streets, we have lost a vital part of our American heritage.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6686.htm

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Ray McGovern : Not Scared Yet? Try Connecting These Dots :

When John Ashcroft fired the opening shot in this campaign to raise the specter of a “pre-election‰ terrorist event, it seemed to me

that the administration might be beginning to prepare the American people to accept postponement or cancellation of the November

election as a reasonable option.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6687.htm

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Ad campaign urges employers, families to plan for emergency:

The Homeland Security Department is enlisting allies in its effort to prepare the nation for another terrorist attack: your kids and your

boss.
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-08-08-terrorism-ads_x.htm

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U.S. athletes not to display Stars and Stripes in Olympic village:

“We are not allowed to display the American flag outside of our apartments. I guess they obviously don't want us to be a target,”
portal.tds.net/newsreader.php?id=41899

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al-Jazeera Ban : Freedom for the press :

“Let freedom reign”, President Bush scrawled on the bottom of the note that told him Iraq had regained its sovereignty just over a

month ago.
www.guardian.co.uk/leaders/story/0,3604,1279587,00.html

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The Real Abu Ghraib Scandal :

Pfc. Lynndie England, faces 38 years, virtually the rest of her life in a cage, while the people who created the circumstances she fell

into sip Dom Perignon and sample fois gras at all the right DC and high-level officer club parties.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6691.htm

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Research details use of religion to help sell war on terror, Iraq:

As Bush makes his case for a second term, the research by David Domke documents how during his first term the president

effectively linked religious terminology with political goals in the turbulent months after the Sept. 11 attacks.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6688.htm

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Kerry's big idea? There isn't one:

Desperation shouldn't blind us to the faults of Bush's challenger
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6689.htm

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Kerry‚s Right to Return:

In Kerry‚s estimate, the idea of honoring the internationally recognized Palestinian right to return is a Œnon-starter‚. Since he is so

generous in dispensing with other people‚s rights, perhaps the Democratic nominee should set an example by renouncing his own

entitlement to Œreturn‚ to Israel.
world.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/8793/

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Israel: Ethics committee to probe racist comments made by MKs :

Speaking at a ceremony marking the 26th anniversary of a terror attack on bus traveling the coastal highway near Pi Glilot, said

Palestinian terrorism emanates from a genetic flaw.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/462459.html

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IDF legalizes vehicle confiscation in W. Bank :

For the first time since the outbreak of the intifada, the Israel Defense Forces has made it legal to confiscate the vehicles of

Palestinians in the West Bank.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/462777.html

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John Pilger: Video: “Palestine is Still the Issue” :

Why Has This Documentary, Never Been Broadcast On U.S. Media?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3499.htm

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 08/09/04:

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

Video.
tinyurl.com/3j7ay

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Blair faces vote of no-confidence over war:

Labour activists are circulating a resolution of no confidence in Tony Blair for next month's annual party conference because of a loss

of trust in him over the war over Iraq.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=549868

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Poland yields to US in Iraq zone:

Polish troops in Iraq have handed over military authority in two provinces to US marines because of worsening security in the holy city

of Najaf.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3549842.stm

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Poland Faces Pressure to Pull Iraq Forces:-

Facing pressure to withdraw his troops, Poland's prime minister told President Bush on Monday that “no one wants to stay in Iraq

forever.”
www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/science/9357581.htm

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Crude Oil Jumps to Record After Iraq Cuts Shipments to Tankers :

``There is no limit to how high crude oil can go,'' said Carl Larry, an associate director of energy futures at Barclays Capital Inc. in

New York.
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000006&sid=az_OCs38rvG8&refer=home

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Kerry: Still Would Have Approved Force for Iraq:

Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry said on Monday he would have voted for the congressional resolution authorizing force

against Iraq even if he had known then no weapons of mass destruction would be found.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6685.htm

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The Iraq Reconstruction Fiasco:

Very little has actually been built in Iraq, and most of what has been done has been paid for out of Iraq's own revenues. This is more

than an embarrassing case of dysfunctional aid management and shifty accounting. It helps explain why so many Iraqis have come to

resent the American occupation
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6679.htm

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Pakistan protests over US sting :

Pakistan has protested to the United States over what it says was an FBI sting operation involving a fake plot to kill Pakistan's UN

envoy. Islamabad called the operation bizarre and mind-boggling.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6681.htm

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We should send Bush to be Iraq‚s president:

The solution to the entire situation is to send Georgie Boy to Iraq as the interim president. He wanted a democracy; let him do the

job.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6680.htm

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The Broken Promises of George W. Bush: Rhetoric vs. Reality:

President Bush made a lot of promises during his 2000 presidential campaign. The record shows it was all talk.

This is a must read
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6684.htm

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Audio: President Bush Speaks On Tribal Sovereignty.

QuickTime
www.majorityreportradio.com/weblog/archives/Bush%20-%20Tribal%20Sovereignty.mp3

tinyurl.com/4dust

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The Most Important Election Ever (In Venezuela):

Why are members of the Venezuelan elite and significant sectors of the middle classes apoplectic at the thought of Chavez finishing

out his term in office?”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6682.htm

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Chavez raps US imperialism :

The US is the biggest single buyer of Venezuela's oil, but Mr Chavez accuses President George W. Bush of trying to topple him and

has threatened to cut off shipments if the US intervenes in its affairs. Washington rejects these accusations.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6683.htm

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In case you missed it?:

Video: Greg Palast: Warning to Venezuelan leader :

“The poor marched on the city centre”
informationclearinghouse.info/article6478.htm

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CIA executives in contingency plot to overthrow Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez:

El Mundo says the CIA plan appears to concede a Chavez Frias victory next weekend “for good or bad” and that Langley spooks are

already working on a strategy to “neutralize” Chavez Frias by fair means or foul.
www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=22356

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Israeli group says transportation policy in West Bank apartheid-like :

A leading Israeli human rightsgroup on Monday criticised Israel's transportation policies in the West Bank, saying the policies are

reminiscence of the apartheid regime in South Africa.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/10/content_1748559.htm

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9 people killed, several injured in two Karachi explosions:

Karachi was rocked again on Sunday evening by two separate bomb blasts in which, at least nine people were reported killed and dozens injured.
www.webindia123.com/news/showdetails.asp?id=45134&cat=Asia

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Bomb: Seven policemen killed:

A car bomb exploded northeast of the Iraqi capital on Monday, killing at least seven police officers in an apparent attempt to assassinate the deputy governor of Diyala province, officials said.
www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_1570181,00.html

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One U.S. Marine killed in action Iraq :

A U.S. Marine was killed in action in western Iraq, the military said Monday.
www.boston.com/dailynews/222/world/One_U_S_Marine_killed_in_actio:.shtml

tinyurl.com/5hc6x

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Fighting rages in Najaf for fifth day:
Witnesses said explosions rocked the city and machinegun fire echoed in the heart of Najaf, home to one of the most sacred sites for Shi'ite Muslims, as U.S. aircraft flew overhead.
www.deepikaglobal.com/latestnews.asp?ncode=18869

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Radical Iraqi cleric vows to fight Najaf 'occupation':

Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has vowed to fight the “occupation of Najaf” until his “last drop of blood”, as clashes continued between his militiamen and US forces for a fifth day.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6668.htm

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The battle for Najaf:

A first-hand account by the only Western reporter in Najaf as major fighting broke out late last week
csmonitor.com/2004/0809/p25s01-woiq.html

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Iraqi police chief seized as curfew imposed:

Aljazeera has aired a videotape showing a group of masked armed men belonging to a Shia Muslim resistance group holding an Iraqi police officer captive in Baghdad.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10383646%255E2703,00.html

tinyurl.com/69tn5

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Militants Behead Man in Video on Internet :

Four masked, black-clad men who said they belong to a group that has claimed responsibility for kidnappings and killings in Iraq beheaded a man identified only as a Bulgarian in a video posted on the Internet Monday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6677.htm

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Abuse claims rock Iraqi regime:

IRAQ'S interim Government faces fresh allegations of brutality against its own people after US soldiers reported seeing dozens of prisoners being abused at the Interior Ministry in Baghdad.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10383646%255E2703,00.html

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Beatings in Baghdad:

New Photos:

Warning: photos are graphic.
tinyurl.com/6mlvo

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Abu Ghraib Victims Speak:

Most recent polls show between 80 percent and 90 percent of Iraqis call Americans not liberators, but occupiers. And by a clear majority, Iraqis want Americans to leave the country as soon as possible. How did America lose the Iraqis' support? For many Iraqis, the answer is Abu Ghraib.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6667.htm

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Iraq issues warrants for Chalabis :

An Iraqi judge says he has issued two arrest warrants for former Governing Council member Ahmed Chalabi and his nephew, Salem. Ahmed Chalabi is wanted on counterfeiting charges
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6660.htm

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Chalabi says will return to Iraq to face warrant:

Chalabi, was on holiday in Iran when he heard a U.S.-appointed Iraqi judge has issued a warrant against him in connection with counterfeiting dinars and against his nephew for alleged murder.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6661.htm

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In case you missed it:

US Alternative To Saddam Has Criminal Record
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1433.htm

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Saddam trial chief faces Iraqi murder charge:

Salem Chalabi, the man organising the trial of Saddam Hussein, was facing a murder charge himself last night after an Iraqi judge issued a warrant for his arrest.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6664.htm

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Iraqis Denounce US-made 'Bloodbath' In Najaf:

Sunni and Shiite leaders slammed what they saw as a “bloodbath” and called upon the international community to step in to rein the Americans.
www.islamonline.net/English/News/2004-08/08/article02.shtml

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Korean Troops Hiring Kurd Militia Mercenaries :

It has been revealed that Korean troops in Arbil in southern Iraq are using Kurd militia fighters as mercenary soldiers to guard Korean civilians in the area.
english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?bicode=050000&biid=2004080953868

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Iraq Stops Pumping Oil In South: Official :

Iraq's Southern Oil Company has stopped pumping oil after militia threatened to attack local oil infrastructure, a company spokesman said Monday.
www.turkishpress.com/turkishpress/news.asp?ID=24078

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Three killed in western Afghanistan turf war :

Forces of Ibrahim Malikzada, governor of Ghor province, launched attacks overnight on Chesht district of neighbouring Herat province in an attempt to dislodge the local commander
www.arabtimesonline.com/arabtimes/breakingnews/view.asp?msgID=6808

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Daughters given up to pay opium debts:

The fight against the destructive drug cycle will be long, as farmers fall farther behind in repaying their loans.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6658.htm

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Casualty Ward:

These are real doctors and nurses at the Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany, facing horrors seldom seen by the American public ˜ already over 12,000 battlefield casualties from Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6672.htm

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Back Home, Disabled Vets Fight Injuries, Red Tape:

The yellow ribbons are faded and fraying outside the neatly appointed house where Jay Briseno lies tethered to a respirator, his nearly motionless, 21-year-old body a shrunken shadow of the young man who last year went marching off to war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6652.htm

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Paul Krugman: Media coverage 'Afghanizes' Iraq: One thing is clear:

Calls to “stay the course” are fatuous. The course we're on leads downhill. American soldiers keep winning battles, but we're losing the war:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6653.htm

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Sheila Samples: Open Letter To CNN:

Since you have no problem going back to the 60's to dig up trash about Senator Kerry, let's see some “coverage” of Bush's cocaine habit, 40 years of being nothing but a falling-down-drunk, abandoning his duty station in time of war, his fraudulent stock dealings.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6665.htm

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Impervious Shield Elusive Against Drive-By Terrorists

11 years after Muslim extremists used an explosives-laden van to attack the World Trade Center and nearly three years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, even senior federal agents acknowledge that the country has virtually no defense against a terrorist barreling down the street with a truck bomb.
tinyurl.com/632xt

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Dangers from terrorism scant compared to other risks, experts say :

“My grave concern is that we are hyping ourselves into a state of panic which is going to discredit us internationally even if it has some utility in the short run for the administration,” Brzezinski said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6654.htm

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Superiors Hindered Terror Prosecutors :

Prosecutors in the first major terror trial after Sept. 11 were hindered by superiors from presenting some of their most powerful evidence, including testimony from an al-Qaida leader and video footage showing Osama bin Laden's European operatives casing American landmarks, Justice Department memos show.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6669.htm

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Big Business Becoming Big Brother:

The government is increasingly using corporations to do its surveillance work, allowing it to get around restrictions that protect the privacy and civil liberties of Americans
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6678.htm

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Japan Nuke Plant Accident Kills 4 People:

A nonradioactive steam leak killed four people and injured seven Monday in the worst-ever accident at a Japanese nuclear power plant, officials said.
www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/sns-ap-japan-nuclear-accident,1,6935777.story?coll=chi-news-hed

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US out to sabotage Iran's atom bomb programme:

The urgency stems, in part, from “increasingly strong private statements” by Israeli counterparts that they may be forced to take military action to stop Iran achieving its dream of a nuclear arsenal.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6666.htm

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Iran on nuclear hit list:

THE US could not rule out taking covert action against Iran to disrupt its nuclear weapons program, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said yesterday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6676.htm

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Edited highlights of the Zarif interview:

Text of Financial Times interview with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian ambassador to the United Nations
news.ft.com/cms/s/fd5a0d5c-e9f7-11d8-a22e-00000e2511c8.html

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Israel begins distribution of radiation protection pills in towns near nuclear reactor:

Distribution began Sunday in Dimona, where one reactor is located, and in other nearby towns and villages in southern Israel's Negev desert, a military statement said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6663.htm

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In case you missed it?:

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.
informationclearinghouse.info/article6550.htm

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Bush's policy endangers U.S. security :

The Bush administration has thwarted a 10-year effort by the international community to lure Pakistan, India and Israel into accepting some oversight of their nuclear production programs.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6670.htm

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Spinning A War With Iran:

Rice Says World Is Determined to Prevent a Nuclear-Armed Iran
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6659.htm

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61 Palestinians killed by Israel in July:

The Palestinian Health Ministry said an estimated 61 Palestinians were killed and 465 wounded by Israeli action in Gaza and West Bank in July.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6673.htm

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Ex-deputy Mossad director accuses IDF of losing its morality:

There is a feeling among the public that the IDF under your command has entirely lost the sacred value of military ethics following the death and destruction the IDF is spreading at checkpoints”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6674.htm

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Foreign observers to audit election:

The Bush administration has invited a team of international monitors to observe the U.S. presidential election in November, but the group will not come from the United Nations, as some congressional Democrats had urged.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6662.htm

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Bush-backers-only policy riles voters at RNC rallies:

A Republican National Committee practice of having people sign a form endorsing President Bush or pledging to vote for him in November before being issued tickets for RNC-sponsored rallies is raising concern among voters.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6675.htm

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Dom Stasi: Take This, Jeb, And Shove It:

“My brother Jeb has assured me the state of Florida,‰ If you think that the upcoming presidential election is beyond being rigged by the Republicans again, you are dead wrong. You are dead wrong. You are dead wrong!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6657.htm

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Agent Orange, the Next Generation:

One suit filed on behalf of as many as four million Vietnamese says their land and people were so poisoned by Agent Orange that supplying it to the military amounted to war crimes by the chemical companies.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6656.htm

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A People Behind Walls:

When the news broke in 2002 of Israel‚s intention to build a Wall, whimsically referred to by the Israeli government as “a fence‰ stretching the length and breadth of Occupied Palestinian lands to separate Palestinians from the West Bank from illegal Jewish settlers and post 1967 Israel, some thought it a joke.
www.duckdaotsu.org/080704-lane-wall.html

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SUDAN: Oil profits behind West's tears for Darfur
www.greenleft.org.au/back/2004/593/593p17.htm

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Police station attacked in Iraq, four killed 24 wounded:

A police station in the town of Amara in Southern Iraq was attacked on Saturday. According to medical sources, four Iraqis were

killed, including two policemen and 24 wounded.
www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=1109182&PageNum=0

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Clashes in Sadr City Kill Four and Injure Seven
www.focus-fen.net/index.php?catid=138&newsid=45249&ch=0&datte=2004-08-08

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Roadside bomb kills child:

A SEVEN-year-old Iraqi child was killed and three others injured when they were caught in a roadside

bombing today, while an Iraqi national guardsman was killed and another injured in a similar attack near Baghdad.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10383011^1702,00.html

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Intelligence analyst questions U.S. efforts in Iraq :

“A good 90 percent of the guys we were fighting were guys that just wanted us out of their country,‰ McGerald said. “If we had a foreign army here, it would be the same.‰
nsnlb.us.publicus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040808/NEWS01/208080396/-1/news

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“Iraqi Government” Won't Grant Cease-Fire:

U.S. commanders, who said they were acting under orders from the new Iraqi

government, gave little sign that they intended to heed appeals for a cease-fire from clerics and others claiming to represent al-Sadr.
www.kentucky.com/mld/heraldleader/news/world/9348015.htm

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Iranian diplomat taken captive in Iraq:

An Iranian diplomat, accused of inciting sectarian strife in Iraq, has been taken captive, Iranian state television in Tehran has reported.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/82DEC101-CDCA-4349-9196-7D1ADE2BEF11.htm

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Iran-Iraq ties strain further:

Relations between Iran and Iraq have worsened after Tehran said it would not discuss serious issues with

Baghdad's interim authorities and an Iraqi Islamic group kidnapped an Iranian diplomat.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4F2564A3-FD71-42CC-A211-BEEE68A63260.htm

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Coded letters from Briton in Guantanamo reveal 'regime of violence':

The letters from Martin Mubanga, one of the last remaining British detainees in Guantanamo Bay, were carefully written to escape the military censors
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=549064

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Iraq reinstates death penalty:

Capital punishment was suspended after the toppling of Saddam Hussein in April last year. The official

said the death penalty would go into effect once it had been published in a government gazette.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=561239&section=news

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Resistance raise stakes in Iraq:

The US presidential election campaign is now entering its vital phase: a further collapse of the American project in Iraq could doom the re-election chances of George W. Bush.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10384634^401,00.html

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Why Bush could be a fan of terror :

America won't turn against its President this November, not as long as al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden stay on the front pages
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6650.htm

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Al Qaeda seeking to launch new US attacks::

“They want something bigger than 9/11, they want a catastrophic attack,” Frances Townsend, US President George W Bush's homeland security adviser, told the Fox News Sunday program.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200408/s1171553.htm

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Bush campaign is crying wolf :

The first thing to notice about the elevated orange terror alert is that it is confined to Democratic stronghold cities and states. The next is to realize that no battleground states will be subjected to formal elevated alerts, lest the security interruptions sour the swing voters residing therein.
www.suntimes.com/output/orourke/cst-edt-rour08.html

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The Anatomy of “Terror Experts”:

The Terrorist Experts are the “set-up” people, the motivators.
counterpunch.org/petras08072004.html

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Biographer claims tape shows Nixon prolonged war:

1972 recording reveals president weighed election in policy talks
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Neoliberalism and the Demise of Democracy:

Free market fundamentalism rather than democratic idealism is now the driving force of economics and politics in most of the world
www.dissidentvoice.org/Aug04/Giroux0807.htm

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 08/06/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/3rfl6

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'Broke' Iraq too poor to pay UN:

Iraq's US-installed interim government, which is planning to spend about US$2 billion on its military this year, has declared it is too poor to pay the $14.6 million it owes the United Nations.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6651.htm

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Australia accused of lying about Iraq:

A group of more than 40 former Australian diplomats and defence chiefs has accused Prime Minister John Howard's government of deceiving the Australian people about the reasons for invading Iraq.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7608FF24-9C52-40FA-A793-5E007EB3E14A.htm

tinyurl.com/3l3xd

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Eric Margolis :The lies that led to war:

New information from European intelligence sources is detailing how the forgeries made their way from the Niger embassy in Rome to the White House
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/Eric_Margolis/2004/08/08/573355.html

tinyurl.com/69klg

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In case you missed it?:

WAR is a racket. It always has been :

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4377.htm

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Aljazeera vows to cover Iraq despite closure:

Iraqi police officers arrived in the early evening at the Baghdad office to implement the closure decision. The station's lawyers said police officers did not carry an order from a court as the country's law requires in such a case.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9C888134-9481-485A-A675-DD3C50DA224D.htm

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Al-Jazeera 'no more biased than other TV channels':

Many analysts of journalism argue that al-Jazeera should not be silenced but allowed to blossom. It has sprung, after all, from a tradition of Arab journalism straitjacketed by autocratic regimes determined to use the airwaves for their own purposes.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=549052

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Nader fails to make California ballot:

Nader had submitted slightly more than half of the 153,805 signatures required two hours before Friday's deadline, according to the secretary of state's office.
www.sacbee.com/content/politics/ca/election/story/10285541p-11205762c.html

tinyurl.com/482fb

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Arbitrary Imprisonment: a Symbol of Tyranny:

By refusing to hear the Padilla case the Supreme Court condemned an innocent man to continued incarceration without any opportunity to challenge the terms of his detention. Their refusal serves as a de facto guilty verdict and overturns the long held principle of “guilty until proven innocent.”
www.counterpunch.org/whitney08062004.html

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9 million lost health coverage since 2001, study says:
moneycentral.msn.com/content/Insurance/Insureyourhealth/P91042.asp

tinyurl.com/6vgqp

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Prozac 'found in drinking water':

An Environment Agency report suggests so many people are taking the drug nowadays it is building up in rivers and groundwater.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3545684.stm

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Two U.S. Soldiers, Afghan Killed in Roadside Blast:

Two U.S. soldiers and their Afghan interpreter were killed Saturday when the vehicle they were traveling in struck an “improvised explosive device” in south Afghanistan
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5903113

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Turkish Firm Leaves Iraq in Bid to Save Driver :

Hasan Tarhan, a partner in the Atahan Lojistik international transportation company, which employs the driver, released a statement saying the company was pulling out of Iraq.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3308292

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War Allies Face Opposition At Home :

Some of America's staunchest allies in Iraq are vowing to stay the course in the face of persistent bloodshed, but at home their citizens increasingly want out.
www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,FL_allies_080704,00.html

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The Pakistani Valerie Plame?:

Here is a bizarre story. Apparently one of the “senior Al Qaeda members” captured in Pakistan was actually a Pakistani undercover agent providing the US with intelligence.
maxblumenthal.blogspot.com/2004/08/pakistani-valerie-plame.html

tinyurl.com/52gmr

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The Bush administration blew the cover Monday of double agent Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan:

The Bush administration just blew the cover of one of the most important assets inside al-Qaeda that the US has ever had.
www.juancole.com/2004_08_01_juancole_archive.html#109185597245383648

tinyurl.com/6qcsx

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Intelligence officials beat a retreat on airport scare:

Anyone following the American and British media or listening to US security chiefs would be in little doubt that the two countries were facing an imminent attack by al Qaeda. But information is emerging that calls into doubt the level of threat.
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3582767&msg=emaillink

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A plot, or not? Why Heathrow bomb plan was a media dream
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=548407

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Soldiers' Rescue Attempt in Iraq Rebuffed:

Oregon National Guard soldiers attempted to stop Iraqi jailers from abusing dozens of prisoners, but were ordered to return the prisoners to their abusers and leave, according to a published report.
www.gadsdentimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040807/APA/408070766

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