Information Clearing House  Digest August 13-18 2004
Date: 18 Aug 2004 20

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1 YEAR & 130 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Fighting rages in Najaf :

The director of Najaf's main hospital, Falah al-Muhana, said 29 people had been brought in killed or wounded from the clashes.
tvnz.co.nz/view/news_world_story_skin/442656?format=html

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Marines picked Najaf fight without Pentagon's OK:

Officers turned a firefight with cleric's forces into bloody eight-day battle, political stalemate.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6765.htm

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Iraqi gives militiamen a deadline :

Iraq Iraq's defense minister gave Shiite militiamen in the holy city of Najaf hours to surrender on Wednesday, warning that troops were preparing for a major assault to “teach them a lesson they will never forget.”
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=534526.html

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Sadr surprised by threats, had agreed to mediators‚ demands: aide
tinyurl.com/6j9g6

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Iraqi Delegates Say Sadr Agrees to End Najaf Crisis:

Iraqi delegates to a conference choosing a national assembly said Wednesday that radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr had agreed to government demands to end an uprising in the holy city of Najaf.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6008406

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Tehran Warns U.S. Against “provocative” Action In Najaf
www.turkishpress.com/turkishpress/news.asp?ID=24839

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Shia showdown: There are to be no witnesses this time:

the few journalists in Najaf have been ordered to leave on pain of arrest. But if this ends in a last stand and a massacre of the al-Mahdi militia in the most sacred site in the Shia world, the long-term cost to the United States will far outweigh any possible gains.
www.trinidadexpress.com/index.pl/article_opinion?id=33864200

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US troops arrest journalist in Iraq:

US occupation troops have arrested an Agence-France Presse journalist in the Iraqi town of Tikrit
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E7CF1404-0A79-47F2-AB93-5E6BDF458150.htm

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Protestors accuse political bigwigs of hijacking Iraq's interim legislature:

Some 450 delegates at a key national conference accused the main political parties of hijacking a scheduled vote for a new interim legislature for Iraq, saying most members were chosen long ago in secret.
tinyurl.com/4qxl5

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Five Female Students shot dead In Kut:

Iraqi police said five women students were killed and another five wounded when a US convoy was attacked at around 8:30am outside the southern city, “US troops returned fire just as a minibus carrying the students passed by.”
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D49AC56E-03B2-4F3C-A48F-70D1FBD21734.htm

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U.S. forces, insurgents clash near Baghdad:

At least five civilians were killed and eight were injured during the fighting
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Iraq%20Clashes

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2 U.S. troops die in separate Iraq clashes
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002008492_killed18.html

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Journalist who had filmed a house destroyed by US warplanes, killed “in unexplained circumstances”
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10483900%255E1702,00.html

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Retiring GOP Rep.: Iraq War Unjustified:

A top Republican congressman has broken from his party in the final days of his House career, saying he believes the U.S. military assault on Iraq was unjustified and the situation there has deteriorated into “a dangerous, costly mess.”
www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/news/politics/9432780.htm

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Manuel Valenzuela : Gods of War, Gods of Greed and Profiteers of Misery:

Our 9/11 became their Pearl Harbor, a moment in time needed to unleash already predetermined plans to expand power and control on a now easily manipulated and mobilized citizenry.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6767.htm

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Reinventing democracy:

Elections are due soon in the United States, Afghanistan, Iraq and Indonesia. Democracy, the creation of the Greeks, remains the least bad political system. But it has to work properly: it must remain accountable to ordinary people and not suborn power.
mondediplo.com/2004/08/12saramago

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Pakistan: Cleric dies in Pakistan custody:

Police confirmed Mr Noor's death, but gave no details. His Islamic MMA party says he was beaten in detention.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3577528.stm

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Norway: “anti-terror‰ investigation exposes US-backed torture in northern Iraq:

Norwegian authorities have dropped terrorist charges against exiled Iraqi cleric Mullah Krekar after investigators discovered that the main evidence against him, provided by the US, was obtained through torture.
www.wsws.org/articles/2004/aug2004/krek-a18.shtml

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IDF teaches US soldiers guerilla response:

US Army units are undergoing training in the special anti-terror school located in the Adam base near Modi'in.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1092712292170

tinyurl.com/6johm

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 08/17/04:

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

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Key Evidence in Doubt in U.S. Mosque Case

U.S. prosecutors acknowledged on Tuesday possible flaws in a key piece of evidence in their case against two leaders of an Albany, New York, mosque accused of supporting terrorism
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=6003248

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Crying Wolf in the War Against Terror:

When you think about what the Constitution is supposed to protect us against, Hamdi's story is a scary one even during this time of terror.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6766.htm

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Worried about security? Consider `The Handmaid's Tale':

Those who believe that the danger to our future lies in enemies beyond our borders should heed a novelist's nightmare about a threat lurking within America — the danger of right-wing fundamentalism.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/columnists/rosabeth_moss_kanter/9377573.htm?1c

tinyurl.com/6tphb

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Israel kills five Palestinians in attempt to assassinate Hamas leader
electronicintifada.net/v2/article3012.shtml

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Hundreds More Palestinian Prisoners Join Hunger Strike :

A total of 2,264 of the 3,800 prisoners who are being held in prison service-run detention centers were now refusing their meals
www.turkishpress.com/turkishpress/news.asp?ID=24799

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Soldier killed in Afghanistan:

An army soldier was killed and five others suffered injuries when suspected militants attacked a military outpost in the Shakai valley of South Waziristan
www.dawn.com/2004/08/18/top6.htm

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Karzai's 17 rivals threaten to boycott Afghan elections unless he resigns :

“Karzai misuses government facilities for his electoral campaign — all (17) presidential candidates have unanimously agreed to ask for his resignation,”
www.iii.co.uk/shares/?type=news&articleid=5052846&action=article

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Annan calls for urgent increase in international forces in Afghanistan:

Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for an urgent increase in international forces in Afghanistan to address the deteriorating security situation in the country.
tinyurl.com/6vjn9

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Karen Kwiatkowski: Paying the Price for a No-Fault Security Strategy:

Americans ought to reflect on just how the no-fault strategy works, and for whom.
militaryweek.com/includes/kk081604pr.html

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1,000 Billion Dollars for Weapons :

After declining in the post-cold war era of the early 1990s, global military spending is on the rise again — threatening to break the one trillion dollar barrier this year, according to a group of U.N.-appointed military experts.
www.ipsnews.net/print.asp?idnews=25115

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NYC To GOP: Drop Dead:

A poll cited by the local ABC affiliate shows 83 percent of New Yorkers don't want their city to host the RNC. And many of them are planning to do something about it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6768.htm

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Canadian health care better than we think :

Thanks to years of propaganda from the giant corporations with a vested interest in the U.S. health system, Americans have a somewhat jaundiced view of Canada's national health insurance program.
www.madison.com/tct/opinion//index.php?ntid=8452&ntpid=3

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Secret US report surfaces on antidepressants in children :

Internal memos and a secret government report about the negative effects of antidepressants in children˜suppressed by the US Food and Drug Administration˜have surfaced publicly.
bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/329/7461/307?ehom&eaf

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The father of 10-year-old Palestinian boy Khaled Al-Osta cries next to his dead body after he was shot by Israeli soldiers during an army operation in the Old City area of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.(AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
tinyurl.com/5hha7

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Israeli Soldiers Kill 9-Year-Old Boy :

Israeli soldiers on Tuesday shot and killed a 9-year-old Palestinian boy in Nablus as he sat on the front steps of his home eating a sandwich
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4429014,00.html

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British soldier killed in Basra:

A BRITISH soldier was killed today and others wounded in clashes with militia fighters in the southern Iraqi city of Basra
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10483877^1702,00.html

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US soldier killed in Baghdad:

A US soldier was killed and a number of other soldiers wounded in a series of attacks in Shiite militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr's Baghdad stronghold,
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10483839^1702,00.html

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Najaf police chief faces chilling dilemma :

Militants had just kidnapped and dragged his ailing 80-year-old father through the streets. They also beat his brothers until they collapsed. Forty of his men were killed and several were beheaded.
www.jordantimes.com/wed/news/news10.htm

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How many wars can America fight in the name of terrorism? :

The last thing the United States needs in this part of the world is one more enemy. Yet last week, all indications were that the Bush administration was marching straight into a confrontation with Iran
www.gulfnews.com/Articles/Opinion2.asp?ArticleID=129191

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Neo-con ideology, not Big Oil, pushed for war:

“ Israel's fate has been the central passion of all those who identify themselves as “neo-conservative”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6763.htm

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The Tiny Victims Of Desert Storm:

When our soldiers risked their lives in the Gulf, they never imagined that their children might suffer the consequences—or that their country would turn its back on them.
www.life.com/Life/essay/gulfwar/gulf01.html

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Soldier Sues U.S. Military Over Extended Service:

A decorated U.S. combat veteran filed a lawsuit on Tuesday asserting that the government can not prevent reservists from leaving the military when their enlistment periods end.
news.myway.com/top/article/id/421760|top|08-17-2004::16:28|reuters.html

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Changing the Army's Overseas Basing Would Cost $7 billion
www.cbo.gov/showdoc.cfm?index=5415&sequence=1

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In case you missed it:

Patrick J. Buchanan: Whose War?:

A neoconservative clique seeks to ensnare our country in a series of wars that are not in America‚s interest.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2047.htm

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U.S. logic hard to follow:

There's little to gain and much to lose for Washington if massacre takes place in Iraqi holy city
tinyurl.com/4doxf

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Now Iraqis Know What It's To Live Under Democracy:

Tucked safely within Iraq's fortress-like so-called green zone, and flanked by his American minders, Iraq's imposed Prime Minister Iyad Allawi waxed lyrical on the joys of democracy last Sunday in front of an assembly of religious and political elites.
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=49968&d=17&m=8&y=2004

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Tariq Ali : The Importance of Hugo Chávez:

Why He Crushed the Oligarchs
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6764.htm

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Date: 17 Aug 2004

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1 YEAR & 129 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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At least seven killed in Baghdad explosion:

An explosion in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, is reported to have killed at least seven people, including two children, and injured more than 40.
www.rte.ie/news/2004/0817/iraq01.html

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Three US troops killed in clashes :

“Three US soldiers attached to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit were killed as a result of enemy action in the Najaf province,” a US military statement said.
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=89490&Sn=WORL&IssueID=27150

tinyurl.com/459mg

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U.S. bombs cemetery as Najaf battle heats up:

The clashes today killed three people and wound 15 others, all of them civilians, according to rescue worker Sadiq al-Shaibany.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2740370

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US loses big in Najaf:

For more than a week, an aggressive foreign power has addressed an essentially domestic political question by means of tanks, helicopter gunships and F16s.
www.taipeitimes.com/News/edit/archives/2004/08/17/2003199101

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U.S. logic hard to follow:

There's little to gain and much to lose for Washington if massacre takes place
in Iraqi holy city
tinyurl.com/4doxf

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Iraqi officers threaten reporters:

IRAQI police have threatened to kill every journalist working in the holy city of Najaf, where US forces are locked in a tense stand-off with Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10478772^401,00.html

tinyurl.com/3qegt

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A unifying factor across Iraq:

Imagine a Muslim army about to bomb the Vatican with the help of a few Christian mercenaries while the Pope is away, recovering from an angioplasty in London and silent about the whole drama. This is roughly what is happening in Najaf
atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FH18Ak04.html

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Now Iraqis Know What It‚s To Live Under Democracy:

Tucked safely within Iraq‚s fortress-like so-called green zone, and flanked by his American minders, Iraq‚s imposed Prime Minister Iyad Allawi waxed lyrical on the joys of democracy last Sunday in front of an assembly of religious and political elites.
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=49968&d=17&m=8&y=2004

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Pentagon should halt pillage in Iraq:

In Iraq, thievery has besmirched the reputation of U.S. forces in the world's eyes.
tinyurl.com/6baq3

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C.I.A. Officer Denounces Agency and Sept. 11 Report:

In his letter, he pointed with frustration to' failed American plans to assassinate Mr. bin Laden, saying that “there is much more to the failure to fire cruise missiles at bin Laden” in the late 1990's than the report suggested. And he said that “you know that on at least one occasion the sale of F-16's to an Arab government was considered more important than acting to protect American lives.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6762.htm

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Brain Dead, Made of Money, No Future at All:

What is the difference between President George W. Bush and President Ted Bundy? The answer: Bush killed more people than Bundy.
www.truthout.org/docs_04/081704A.shtml

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Suckers For Jesus:

How have the Christians, “the religious right,” been persuaded to cast their lot with the Republican party?
www.crisispapers.org/essays/suckers.htm

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How Many Wars Can America Fight In The Name Of Terrorism?:

The last thing the United States needs in this part of the world is one more enemy. Yet last week, all indications were that the Bush administration was marching straight into a confrontation with Iran
www.gulfnews.com/Articles/Opinion2.asp?ArticleID=129191

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Iran: If Israel attacks us, we'll blow up Dimona:

“The entire Zionist territory, including its nuclear facilities and atomic arsenal, are currently within range of Iran's advanced missiles,” a senior Iranian official said yesterday. He warned that his country would strike at Israel if either “the Zionist regime or America will carry out its threats” against Iran.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6760.htm

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Mordechai Vanunu:

“[The] hydrogen bomb has no justification, nor any real excuse for Israel's defense. It's a real holocaust weapon, a hydrogen bomb, and it only can be used against civilians in cities…” Audio and transcript.
www.traprockpeace.org/mordechai_vanunu.html

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Israel to Build New Housing Units :

The Israeli government on Tuesday invited construction bids for 1,001 new homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4427564,00.html

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Kerry appoints Mel Levine top Mideast adviser:

When Washington goes its own way and disrespects its allies, it hurts not only the United States, but Israel as well, insists Mel Levine.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1092626412132

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 08/16/04:

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

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Interventionism Leads To War, War Generates Interventionism:

A just and enduring peace can come only if governments stop contributing to a state of affairs in which extremists thrive. And given their appalling historical form, that will take an unconscionably long time
www.quebecoislibre.org/04/040815-13.htm

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1.3 billion reasons to worry about oil: China to rival U.S. as oil guzzler
htinyurl.com/6ja2j

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Paul Krugman: Saving the Vote:

Everyone knows it, but not many politicians or mainstream journalists are willing to talk about it, for fear of sounding conspiracy-minded: there is a substantial chance that the result of the 2004 presidential election will be suspect.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6761.htm

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Welcome to America:

Detention of British Travelers Brings New Policy: One by one, the British travelers recounted their dizzying experiences upon arriving at American airports:
tinyurl.com/4xgnd

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Gap between haves, have-nots expands:

Wages are stagnant and the middle class is shouldering a larger tax burden. Prices for health care, housing, tuition, gas and food have soared.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/politics/2739644

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International Observers Ratify Chávez's Triumph in Referendum :

Although the opposition complained of fraud, the international election observer missions monitoring the recall referendum in Venezuela agreed Monday that President Hugo Chávez had won, and said they found no signs of fraud.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6757.htm

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The killing of Muslims in the name of “freedom and democracy”:

It is time for all good men to stand up, and this means in the Muslim world, the Arab world and in America to say, “No more, No more, No more
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6759.htm

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The Ultimate Stupidity: The Attack on Najaf:
www.counterpunch.com/leupp08162004.html

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Iraqi groups claims Najaf spy captured:

Just hours earlier, an Iraqi national guard commander in Samarra was gunned down along with a senior aide
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3B1CD42D-20DC-4D5C-AA24-9A84CB2052E7.htm

tinyurl.com/63qz3

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Shi'ite militia destroy U.S. tank in Baghdad:

Fierce clashes raged in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite suburb today with militiamen destroying a U.S. tank, witnesses said.
www.deepikaglobal.com/ENG4_sub.asp?ccode=ENG4&newscode=67182

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Militants give El Salvador 20 days to quit Iraq :

“The aim of this deadline is to give you a chance to review yourselves and after that we wash our hands of the blood of every Salvadorian whether in Iraq or in El Salvador,”
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20040816-0932-security-salvador-iraq.html

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Echo Company: Ambush in Ramadi:

About 50 well-armed insurgents were waiting for Wroblewski and his Marines.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/news/special_packages/echo_company/9337047.htm

tinyurl.com/6ywc5

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Why are American troops in Najaf?:

Is killing the followers of a nasty Shiite preacher, killing them at the gates of the most holy shrine of Shiite Muslims all over the world, vital to the national interests of the United States and its allies?
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=534028.html

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The purple heart of a campaign :

Kerry is playing into Bush's hands with his pseudo-military posturing
www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/comment/story/0,14259,1284048,00.html

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Uri Avnery: The US elections as open season for Israel:

The basic assumption is that no candidate for the White House would dare to provoke the American Jewish voters at election times.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6758.htm

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Family of Whistleblower in Prisoner Abuse Scandal Is Shunned by Neighbors, Friends:

“People were, they were mean, saying he was a walking dead man, he was walking around with a bull's-eye on his head. It was scary,”
abcnews.go.com/sections/GMA/World/Darby_Prison_Abuse_040816-1.html

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Afghan vote threatens Bush's credibility:

With evidence mounting of plans for widespread vote-rigging in Afghanistan's upcoming elections, U.S. experts say the controversy could emerge as a serious liability for U.S. President George W. Bush's re-election campaign.
tinyurl.com/4xylu

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One Afghan, 6 votes ˜ and 5 up for sale:

To supplement his meagre income selling French fries from a cart, Aziz is cashing in on his newfound right to vote in Afghanistan's first national presidential election.
tinyurl.com/5xuf6

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Taiwan PM Says China Practices 'Decapitation' Strategy:

The strategy appeared to have been inspired by the U.S. action in Iraq to capture Saddam Hussein, said a senior military official.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=574&e=3&u=/nm/20040815/wl_nm/taiwan_china_dc

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World Bank ignores its own advice:

The World Bank has declared itself to be more concerned with the needs of oil companies than the impoverished people it officially serves, by ignoring most of the recommendations of a pathbreaking report that the lender itself commissioned over three years ago.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0816/p09s01-coop.html

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Lawyer Says He Had a Deal With McGreevey:

Lawyer for Man Accusing N.J. Governor of Harassment Says McGreevey Backed Out on Deal to Pay
abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20040816_961.html

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Gay governor's 'victim' denies extortion claims:

“He hit on me over and over,” Golan Cipel, 35, told Israel's Yediot
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/08/16/1092508367973.html

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Sex, Lies, and Terrorism :

How did Golan Cipel become New Jersey's 'anti-terrorism' czar?
www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=3310

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Date: 16 Aug 2004

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1 YEAR & 128 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Roadside bomb kills three Iraqi National Guardsmen: Mortar attack kills two civilians
www.boston.com/dailynews/229/world/Roadside_bomb_kills_three_Iraq:.shtml

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Three American soldiers killed overnight during clashes with Shi'ite militia
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3570088.stm

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US bombing kills Falluja civilians:

Falluja medical sources report more civilian casualties from an air strike on the war-ravaged city.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/DCC4FF78-49EA-4F3A-8246-A18A971FB67D.htm

tinyurl.com/3vpa3

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Iraqi 'human shields' flock to Najaf:

Around 2000 Iraqi civilian “volunteers” have formed a human shield around Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr in Najaf as US-led forces beseige the city.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/01277CBF-0075-4BD2-86D6-F772FFC50E82.htm

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Police fire at reporters as US tanks roll up to shrine :

The Iraqi police threaten journalists, and the insurgents welcome them.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/08/16/wirq216.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/08/16/ixnewstop.html

tinyurl.com/5w7j9

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Juan Cole : Allawi's propaganda :

The American public has no idea how bad it is in Iraq because it gets lots of contradictory reports and has no way of wading through or evaluating them.
www.juancole.com/2004_08_01_juancole_archive.html#109263824714082175

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Mahdi Army digs in, hopes for peace deal:

In an exclusive interview with Aljazeera, a Muqtada al-Sadr spokesman says the Mahdi militia are prepared for any attack against Najaf, but are also ready to accept any peace intitiative.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6AD83F50-A872-4FFC-95D0-1EE24A7963E9.htm

tinyurl.com/4498f

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Offensive resumes in Najaf, prompting desertions of Iraqi troops:

U.S. and Iraqi forces launched a renewed assault Sunday on Shiite Muslim militiamen in the southern holy city of Najaf in a risky campaign that was marred from the onset by an outcry from Iraqi politicians and the desertion of dozens of Iraqi troops who refused to fight their countrymen.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/9409919.htm

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Battle for Iraq's future: Democracy was a long way from Najaf yesterday.

As fighting resumed in the Shia holy city, Iyad Allawi's government moved to impose an authoritarian media clampdown before any full-scale assault on the holy sites which insurgents have made their base.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=551871

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Americans are not trusted for peace in Iraq:

Americans are dying for what cause? The opinion surveys in the US showed that at least one-third of the Americans now believed that Bush duped them and the feeling is enlarging as the number of coffins ( to date over one thousand) rise. But what is the number of Iraqi deaths?
nation.ittefaq.com/artman/publish/article_11550.shtml

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Iraqis need people like James Brandon to tell their story:

If the public knows what is going on in Iraq from independent observers, they can arm themselves with facts to confront government propaganda from Washington, London, Canberra and elsewhere that has been shown – again and again – to have been false.
argument.independent.co.uk/low_res/story.jsp?story=551529&host=6&dir=140

tinyurl.com/6f5ew

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Najaf: The Silence of a Siege:

Many soldiers said they were surprised by the bravery and ferocity of Mr. Sadr's rebels, who are outgunned and keep coming though scores of them are killed for every casualty they inflict.
tinyurl.com/3oqkv

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A must read

Abu Ghraib & the Milosevic standard :

Just as Slobodan Milosevic was prosecuted, charges can be brought against George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld for the commission of war crimes by their subordinates.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6754.htm

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The Arrogance of America:

The time has come for the United States of Arrogance to pay — culturally, politically, and financially. Americans will be getting exactly what they deserve and I don‚t want to hear anyone whining about it.
www.strike-the-root.com/4/goodson/goodson1.html

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Americans are not idiots.

How long did Bush think his, “Yer either with us, or yer with the terrorists” mantra repeated ad infinitim from atop his teleprompter soapbox would play in Peoria — while American citizens were returning from the killing fields in wheelchairs and coffins?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6756.htm

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Iraqis say soldiers rob them:

U.S. troops armed with M-16s arrested Omar Abdullatif, then 17, his two brothers and their 63-year-old father, who suffers from dementia, as suspected terrorists.
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-woarmy133930543aug15,0,1378679.story?coll=ny-top-headlines

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Dehumanisation of the “others‰:

America‚s terrorism in Iraq, and particularly in Najaf?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6752.htm

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Hal Crowther : “The Current Darkness” :

Every occupation is doomed. The only way you “win” a war of occupati on is the old-fashioned way, the way Rome finally defeated the Carthaginians: kill all the fighters, enslave everyone else, raze the cities and sow the fields with salt.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6751.htm

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In case you missed it?:

Saving America: Leo Strauss and the neoconservatives:

Shadia Drury gets to the bottom of neoconservatism.The picture of Strauss as the great American patriot, who was a lover of freedom and democracy is pure fabrication. Nothing could be further from the truth.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6750.htm

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'Plot' to kill British PM thwarted:

BRITISH anti-terror authorities have foiled a suspected al-Qaeda plot to assassinate Prime Minister Tony Blair.
www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,10465043%255E401,00.html

tinyurl.com/3p4ua

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Seven Taliban, Six Afghan troops Killed in Clashes
www.pakistantimes.net/2004/08/16/top1.htm

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Saving Afghanistan from the killing fields :

The Afghan government and its American masters are worried about the dangerous role of the burgeoning poppy trade on the evolution of democracy. Maybe the Taliban could help.
atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/FH17Ag01.html

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Round two for Kabul's trial of year:

The case has been embarrassing for both the US authorities in Afghanistan as well as in Washington.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3556494.stm

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Venezuelan President Chavez Wins Referendum:

With 94 percent of the vote counted, more than 58 percent of voters opposed the recall. President Chavez used a victory speech to reach out to the opposition.
tinyurl.com/3sq96

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Democracy Now!: Venezuela's President Chavez Survives Recall Vote:

We go to Caracas to get a report from the streets and we speak with Pacifica journalist Mario Murillo in Columbia about the wider impact of the vote on the region.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/08/16/1411222

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Greg Palast: Dick Cheney, Hugo Chavez and Bill Clinton's Band:

Why Venezuela has Voted Again for Their 'Negro e Indio' President
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6753.htm

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I need your help to offset the costs associated with site hosting and bandwidth usage. If you find this site informative please help by clicking here
www.informationclearinghouse.info/support.htm

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Florida: Suppress the Vote?:

State police officers have gone into the homes of elderly black voters in Orlando and interrogated them as part of an odd “investigation” that has frightened many voters
tinyurl.com/3pkea

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Israel, the ultimate swing state?

In Election 2004, true battlegrounds may be across the sea
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/08/15/politics1215EDT0455.DTL

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Gandhi's Grandson To Kick Off Unarmed Palestinian Campaign:

The grandson of former Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, is to kick off a Palestinian campaign for an unarmed, popular struggle against the Israeli occupation
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6755.htm

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Israel: This could end in sanctions :

Why is it that there isn't a single juicy story, from New Zealand to New Jersey, in which Israel – a country that is about the size of the Kakadu National Park in Northern Australia – isn't mixed up?
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/465067.html

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Mideast peace promoters sharply criticise Bush administration:

“I hope personally that there will be a new president in the United States of America because that's the best interest of the state of Israel,” former Israeli Labour Party politician and parliament speaker Avraham Burg said.
www.spacewar.com/2004/040815162021.164wrq0u.html

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God in the White House:

“I'm 60 years old and I've voted Republican from the very first time I could vote. And I also want to say this is the very first time that I have felt that God was in the White House.'' “Thank you,'' Mr. Bush replied, to applause.
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Hearing Bush took some doing :

Walz wanted to hear his commander-in-chief. He did. But only after being threatened with arrest and subjected to a political interrogation. Welcome home, good and faithful soldier.
www.startribune.com/stories/587/4925396.html

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Family of Iraq Abuse Whistleblower Threatened:

Relatives of the U.S. soldier who sounded the alarm about abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison said on Monday the family was living in protective custody because of death threats against them.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5986496

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F.B.I. Goes Knocking for Political Troublemakers:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been questioning political demonstrators across the country, and in rare cases even subpoenaing them
tinyurl.com/6cm5r

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UK: Children of criminals to be 'targeted' and 'tracked':

Children of criminals are to be “targeted” and “tracked” from an early age by the Government to prevent them following their parents into a life of crime, as part of a campaign to tackle the next generation of offenders.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=551894

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57-year-old veteran called for duty :

He‚s 57 years old, afflicted with skin cancer, partially deaf and suffers from high blood pressure. But the U.S. Army still wants Master Sgt. Luis Jaime Treviño.
www.themonitor.com/PrintIt.cfm?Template=/GlobalTemplates/Details.cfm&StoryID=3100&Section=Local

tinyurl.com/5png3

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Special Report: Iraq vets lose jobs
www.montanastandard.com/articles/2004/08/16/newsnationworld_top/hjjfjbidjbifid.txt

tinyurl.com/47leq

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Homefront falls apart for one vet:

Hard times bring eviction: In fact, Robert was recently served with eviction papers. Plus, he has already had his car repossessed. Now, he is a living example that not all military homecomings are happy ones.
www.wndu.com/news/082004/news_36834.php

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Blood Money:The Human-Capital Equation of the U.S. Occupation of Iraq.

To lure a segment of the working class into the “voluntary army” a number of benefits, that are quite commonplace as social benefits in other countries, are offered to soldiers.
www.infoshop.org/inews/stories.php?story=04/08/12/5445550

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Bush's hidden trap in CIA nomination
www.boston.com/news/politics/president/bush/articles/2004/08/15/bushs_hidden_trap_in_cia_nomination/

tinyurl.com/63lzo

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In case you missed it:

Arundhati Roy: “Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy, Buy One Get One Free‰

A must listen
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3441.htm

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The imperfect media storm or George Bush and the Temple of Doom
www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=1682

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Tuberculosis: Bush Forces a Shift In Regulatory Thrust:

The demise of the decade-old plan of defense against tuberculosis reflects the way OSHA has altered its regulatory mission to embrace a more business-friendly posture.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/washpost/20040815/pl_washpost/a1315_2004aug14&e=3

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Date: 15 Aug 2004

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1 YEAR & 127 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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50 die as US jets bomb Samarra :

Elsewhere, eight Iraqis were killed and 10 others wounded, mostly women and children, after US troops clashed with insurgents in Fallujah and warplanes struck two homes, hospital sources said.
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=89323&Sn=WORL&IssueID=27148

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Thirteen killed during separate clashes south of Baghdad :

Witnesses told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa that al-Sadr's so- called Mahdi army had seized the local government offices, burned the Iraqi civil defence station and taken over the local police station.
www.menafn.com/qn_news_story.asp?StoryId=Cqr7FWeientGWofrOAxj0zwvUA2LSBgvKz

tinyurl.com/67leo

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Deadly bomb blast as leaders gather:

At least one person was killed and five people wounded when three mortar bombs hit a street a few metres from the venue of a major political gathering of Iraqi leaders.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/08/15/1092508262939.html?oneclick=true

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Death toll rises in Baghdad attack

The casualty toll from a mortar attack in Baghdad Sunday has risen to 16 people killed and 12 others injured.

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Fighting resumes in Najaf:

US tanks moved close to the area near the cemetery and the sacred Imam Ali Mosque, prompting frightened residents to stay indoors.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200408/s1177011.htm

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Shia backlash wrecks US strategy :

Iraq‚s Shia population appears to be becoming increasingly radicalised by the current rebellion, making it very difficult for the US and its allies to portray it as the actions of a small, embittered minority.
news.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=941632004

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ŒIraqi exiles see this as another occupation‚:

Somewhere in the smoke around the Imam Ali mosque in the holy city of Najaf, two young British men will this morning be kneeling in prayer, eating a sandwich or counting their bullets.
www.sundayherald.com/44142

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Destruction of the Imam Ali Shrine:

Part of the Bushcon Plan for Total War
kurtnimmo.com/blog/index.php?p=274

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Iran TV journalist arrested in Najaf :

A journalist for the Arabic service of Iran's state broadcaster was detained live on television Sunday as US troops led a renewed offensive against Shiite Muslim militiamen in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_949629,00050004.htm

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Iraqi police threaten to arrest reporters in Najaf:

Iraqi police brandishing rifles threatened to arrest journalists unless they left Najaf on Sunday, raising fears among local reporters they were attempting to impose a news blackout on the holy city.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/YAT522652.htm

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Iraqi government evicts reporters from Najaf as fighting continues :

As fighting resumes between U-S forces and Shiite militants, Iraqi police have ordered all journalists to leave the holy city of Najaf.
www.kctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=2175969

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Thoughts on Najaf:

How Could the US Ever Be Considered a “Terrorist” State?
www.counterpunch.org/madarasz08132004.html

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U.S. soldier killed in Iraq:

A U.S. soldier was killed early Sunday when an improvised bomb exploded in northern Baghdad, the military announced.
pennlive.com/newsflash/topstories/index.ssf?/base/international-16/1092577153168010.xml&storylist=

tinyurl.com/6d3wz

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One Dutch Soldier Killed, Several Wounded In Iraq :

The Dutch defence ministry confirmed that a 29-year old soldier had died and five other were severely wounded
www.turkishpress.com/turkishpress/news.asp?ID=24570

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Ukraine captain in Iraq killed:

THE commander of a Ukrainian platoon in Iraq was killed by a remote-controlled land-mine blast while collecting water this morning, the Defence Ministry said.
dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story.jsp?sectionid=1274&storyid=1781433

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Marines disband Fallujah forces:

The 1st Marine Division will dissolve the controversial “Fallujah Brigade” and the Iraqi police department in that turbulent city next week, clearing the way for a decisive battle with insurgents if the Iraqi government orders it.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040814-062156-9982r.htm

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The Sorrows Of Florida, Najaf and Iraq:

When it comes to Najaf and Iraq, we do not see the houses torn down, the people killed and maimed, bleeding, as their homes and mosques
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6749.htm

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U.S. shamefully delayed request to ship vests to Iraq: :

It's shameful that Washington officials failed to include armored Humvees in their $87 billion war-spending request. It's downright immoral that officials threw political resistance at helpful civilians in Florida.
www.gainesville.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040814/EDITORIALS02/40813030/-1/editorials

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An Open Letter To Peace-Loving Americans:

Why does the death of one single non-Arab or non-Muslim in the raging battles in the Middle East make the news, while the destruction of thousand Arab and Muslim lives, livelihood and homes are “nothing to write home about‰?
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=49879&d=15&m=8&y=2004

tinyurl.com/64n7w

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Afghanistan : 21 killed in factional battles :

Twenty-one people, including two senior Defense Ministry commanders, were killed in heavy factional fighting overnight in the western province of Herat
www.startribune.com/stories/484/4928448.html

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Taliban fighters kill six soldiers in Afghanistan :

Afghan Taliban fighters killed six Government soldiers on Sunday in the latest attack by the ousted radical regime ahead of October's presidential elections
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_949145,00050004.htm

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US soldiers fear Afghan drug war as opium profits find their way to al-Qa'ida:

Patrolling US troops routinely turn a blind eye to opium farming and trading, ignoring poppy fields, and have recruited warlords suspected of being drug dealers to fight al-Qa'ida.
news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/story.jsp?story=551300

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Bush shifting U.S. troops out of Europe, Asia :

Major redeployment of up to 100,000 GIs due to “war on terror”
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/08/15/MNGPQ88BLE1.DTL

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Killers get a free ride with old pals act at UN:

Splitting hairs over the definition of genocide or quibbling over how many thousands have been killed doesn't alter the fact that serious crimes against humanity are being committed every day.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/08/15/1092508268312.html?oneclick=true

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Tread softly in Sudan:

Caution is strongly advised. The Darfur disaster is not — as oversimplified by western media — a case of murderous government-backed Arab militias, called “Janjaweed,” slaughtering helpless blacks.
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/Eric_Margolis/2004/08/15/583447.html

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Children among Indian blast dead:

Separatist rebels have killed 22 people, many of them school children, in India and have wounded dozens in bomb and grenade attacks on independence day ceremonies in the troubled northeast and disputed Kashmir.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=565520&section=news

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Who cares? :

The number of humanitarian crises in the world is greater than ever before but most go unreported in Western media.
www.guardian.co.uk/famine/story/0,12128,1283460,00.html

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IDF draws diplomatic fire after shooting at Spanish car:

Alberto Ucelay, the Spanish consul general in Jerusalem, was traveling with 15 Palestinian children
www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=464915
&contrassID=1&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y

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Held at gunpoint in Nablus:

Soldiers seized our phones, confiscated our camera tape and when we tried to leave forced us back, at the barrel of a gun.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/3562938.stm

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Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike:

More than 1500 Palestinian prisoners in four Israeli jails have begun a hunger strike to highlight their treatment.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/84E4DE0C-480E-4C40-8CFF-2DBF495BF441.htm

tinyurl.com/58gpz

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Aides say former McGreevey official sought up to $50 million from N.J. governor :

Sources say the man accusing New Jersey Governor James McGreevey of sexual harassment had pressured the politician for up to 50 (m) million dollars to settle things.
kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=2175310

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An Israeli / Rove Connection?:

Here we go again. Another political bombshell hits the American people and there is yet another connection to the subterranean labyrinth of possible Israeli intelligence activities.
counterpunch.org/madsen08142004.html

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Israeli Espionage: When a Honey Trap Goes Bad A Governor Resigns :

It is a glimpse into the world of Israeli espionage targeted against the United States, its politicians, and its people.
tinyurl.com/4tljv

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Harkin calls Cheney a 'coward' and criticizes 'backdoor draft'
www.wcfcourier.com/articles/2004/08/14/news/breaking_news/0dff4c5470efba8a86256ef00074d537.txt

tinyurl.com/4h3gw

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Date: August 14 2000

160 killed in UN refugee camp: Nearly 160 people were shot, hacked and burnt to death at a Tutsi refugee camp in Burundi in an overnight attack the country's president blamed on elements from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dozens Killed In Iraqi City Of Samarra : The city's main hospital reported 25 Iraqis dead and 86 wounded, many of them women and children.

8 Iraqis killed, 33 wounded in Hilla fighting : Fierce clashes erupted overnight between Shiite militiamen and Iraqi security forces backed by Polish troops in Hilla, 100 km south of Baghdad, killing eight Iraqis and wounding 33 others, medical sources said Saturday.

Two US soldiers killed in Iraq

Fighting set to resume in Najaf: U.S. and Iraqi forces are poised to resume fighting rebel Shi'ite militia in the holy city of Najaf after peace talks aimed at ending an uprising that has killed hundreds collapsed.

Cease-fire holds in Najaf but radical cleric urges loyalists to keep fighting elsewhere : al-Sadr appeared in no mood for compromise with the government or the U.S. troops his Mahdi Army militiamen have battled for nine days. In a speech from Najaf's revered Imam Ali shrine, where he is holed up with his loyalists, he exhorted his men to keep fighting elsewhere in Iraq.

Demonstrators descend on Najaf : Governor expresses hope for truce agreement in two days

Stand down Sadr urges Iraq regime : "I advise the dictatorial, agent government to resign ... the whole Iraqi people demands the resignation of the government ... they replaced Saddam (Hussein) with a government worse than him.

Angry protests across Mideast : Mass protests against the US assault on the sacred Shi'ite Muslim city of Najaf broke out in five Iraqi cities yesterday, with some demonstrators calling for interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi to step down.

15,000 rap US attacks in Iraq : MORE than 15,000 people took part in a rally in Bahrain yesterday to condemn the American attack on Najaf on Thursday in which at least 165 people were feared killed.

Those they can't co-opt, they destroy : Najaf proves that the US will never allow democracy to flourish in Iraq

Iraq Halts Oil Exports from Main Pipeline: Authorities have halted oil export flows from the main pipeline in southern Iraq after intelligence showed a rebel militia could strike infrastructure, an oil official said Saturday.

Oil prices headed for $50 a barrel

In case you missed it: The Whole Truth About The Iraq War: An impressive roster of experts is assembled to provide a generally withering commentary on the quality of evidence and possible motivations of the Neo-conservatives who provided the momentum and muscle behind America's venture into preemptive war. This is a must watch

Ten Killed as factional fighting erupts in west Afghanistan

Not All Reservists Going Willingly To Iraq, Afghanistan: About 3,800 have received their orders for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan so far. Associated Press Radio has learned approximately 350 reservists have filed appeals.

U.S. Army, 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Distributors at War: A new war of words broke out on Friday over whether the U.S. Army is stonewalling efforts to book the film at military bases.

In case you missed it: Author Gore Vidal speaks out : Against a war: And what he calls the erosion of the American dream. A Must Watch

Terrorism and double standards: When a Palestinian kills Israelis, he is considered by the US to be a terrorist. But, when the Israelis kill Palestinians, demolish their houses, confiscate their land and commit acts deplored by international law, the US defends the Israeli actions as self-defence against "terrorists"

Israel ploughs on with huge settlement construction: The Israeli Government moved ahead this week with plans to build thousands of new Jewish homes in the occupied West Bank, despite promises to the US and the international community to halt construction on seized Palestinian land.

Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 08/13/04: The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.

Bush’s Boogeyman: Scaring America for Political Gain

Terrorism fears no longer helping Bush, study finds : While political pundits seem to agree that news of terrorist threats and other dangers from abroad is good news for President Bush's re-election bid, the opposite might be true.

Molly Ivins: : Birds in the hand: Forget the apparent conflicts of interest; let's focus on the blatant ones. How the hell would any of them know what Al Qaeda is up to?

In case you missed it: Uncurious George: Despite what is unfolding before us, the majority of this country's honest, freedom-loving people seem ever less interested in knowing, and ever more inclined toward believing that what we're being shown and what we're being told and what is being carried out in our name, is truth. A must read

Deserter; The story of George W. Bush after he quit the texas air national guard

U.S. Ordered to Give Rights Groups Torture Papers: The U.S. government has less than two weeks to start giving civil rights groups documents about the torture of prisoners held by U.S. forces at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and other facilities, a federal judge ordered.

U.S.: 'No legal rights' for detainees: The Bush administration is taking a hard line on whether prisoners at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have a right to lawyers to help them file lawsuits challenging their detentions.

Goss’s Wish List: Bush’s CIA nominee has alarmed civil libertarians with a plan that would authorize the agency to arrest U.S. citizens.

Ashcroft's Quiet Prisoner: He is not a terrorist, and no one has even suggested that he is a threat to anyone. And yet he's been in federal custody for nearly two years.

In case you missed it: Video: The Trials of Henry Kissinger: The Making Of A War Criminal: : "A fascinating, bombshell documentary that should shame Americans, regardless of whether or not ultimate blame finally lies with Kissinger. Should be required viewing for civics classes and would-be public servants alike." -- Brent Simon, Entertainment Today

Non-Profit Groups to Work Against New Federal Watch Lists: "The government's 'war on terror' now threatens America's non-profit charities," said ACLU executive director Anthony Romero.

Hecklers Banned At Bush Rallies

On a Filtered Internet, Things Are Not As They Seem

Rebel army waits for martyrs' battle: USING their Kalashnikovs as pillows, the Mehdi Army lay in wait through the ancient alleys of Najaf, preparing for death.

Mahdi Army Draws Supporters : Fallujah fighters provide military training for Sadrist forces.

Air Force agent killed in Iraq: Special Agent Rick A. Ulbright, 49, died as a result of injuries sustained during a rocket attack at Kirkuk AB.

Bush: I'll Take The War Rap: The US president admitted for the first time that the November ballot might go against him.

Iraqi-Americans demand U.S. pullout from homeland: Some held hand-lettered signs that read, “Occupation is not liberation” and “No puppet government in Iraq.”

No deposing of Guantanamo official: A federal judge in Washington Friday refused to let lawyers for 12 Kuwaiti detainees question the deputy commander of the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

GOP Senator Intervenes in Det. Terror Case: In blunt, private letters, the Senate Finance Committee chairman told Attorney General John Ashcroft he believes the Justice Department has retaliated against prosecutors in a Detroit terror trial because they cooperated with Congress.

Maldives declares state of emergency after democracy protest: The President's critics say he runs the island like a prison, tightly controlling the police, media, legislature and courts, with little tolerance for dissent.

08/13/04 300 dead in fighting across Iraq :

Four killed as US bombs Falluja: US warplanes have bombed the Iraqi city of Falluja for the second day, killing four Iraqis, including two children, witnesses and hospital officials say.

Sadr sets conditions for Najaf cease-fire: The conditions include the withdrawal of US-led forces and the handover of Najaf to the Marjayia, which is the Shiite religious authority

Iraq, Al-Sadr Aides Negotiate Najaf Truce : ``Multinational forces are operating under firm instructions not to pursue Muqtada and not to conduct operations within the exclusion zone surrounding the Imam Ali and Kufa Mosques,''

Inside the shrine, wounded return from bloody battle: As the day wore on, more and more injured young men wrapped in bandages were being carried across the sun-baked tiles of the courtyard in the Imam Ali shrine.

Juan Cole: Al-Sadr 'wounded' in US bombing of Najaf: Sadr spokesman Ahmad al-Shinabi told Reuters, "Sayyed Moqtada was wounded in American bombing. He suffered three injuries to his body." The wounds are not considered life threatening, and are being treated at the Imam Ali Mosque.

British reporter freed at al-Sadr's urging: Brandon was brought to Al-Sadr’s local office and freed. He held an impromptu news conference there and thanked the kidnappers and Al-Sadr’s aides for working for his release.

Shias call for split from Baghdad : Such a move, if decided upon by three governorates, could be legal according to the interim constitution

Rallies in Iraq, Iran slam US assault: Protests against the US assault on Najaf have broken out in Iraqi cities and Iran, with some demonstrators calling for the resignation of interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.

Iyad Allawi is a Traitor to Islam, to Iraq and the Arab World: He Must Be Tried for War Crimes: Bush must be awakened, as well as Kerry. If not, then Muslim and Arab countries must break their alliances with America and let it be known that America cannot insult and attack Muslims and their Holy Sites in the world.

Lawful Resistance to Occupation in Najaf : Anyone who tunes in to the cable news channels these days would hardly realize our Commander-in-Chief is presiding over a new campaign of aerial terror against the Iraqi people in the holy city of Najaf.

U.S. Soldier killed in Najaf fighting : The soldier, from a special forces unit, was killed during a raid on Thursday on a school in the holy city of Najaf

An act of genuine humanitarianism by U.S. troops: Yet the incident was buried by U.S. brass, who repudiated their own soldiers -- and backed the Iraqi torturers.

Fables of the Reconstruction: In the past seventeen months, US taxpayers have set aside a total of $24 billion to rebuild Iraq. Most of that sum has not been spent, though billions of dollars of poorly accounted for Iraqi oil revenues have been expended, or at least allocated to foreign (mostly American) contractors.

Chalabi pressed for 'show trial': Salem Chalabi, the Iraqi lawyer running the special tribunal charged with trying Saddam Hussein, claimed yesterday that some Iraqi government officials were seeking a "show trial" and quick execution of the ousted dictator.

Iranian TV: American detained for illegal entry: Security forces have detained an American man for illegally entering Iran from Pakistan, state television reported Friday.

Palestinian, Israeli settler killed in West Bank

Human Rights Watch : Israel: Budget Discriminates Against Children of Arab Citizens

New Jersey GOP demands governor quit immediately: Joe Kyrillos, chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, called on McGreevey to "do the right thing" and step down right away.

McGreevey Ally Accused Of Using Prostitute To Block Investigation: New Jersey's Gov. James E. McGreevey's top fund-raiser, Charles Kushner, has been charged with hampering a federal investigation.

In case you missed it: Ex-McGreevey aide's credentials exaggerated : The Israeli national's expertise was in public relations.

 In case you missed it: No $20 Million For Israel: McGreevey has announced that the New Jersey pension fund plans to invest $20 million in Israel bonds this year.

ACLU offers attorneys to local Muslims, Arabs : If you are a local Muslim or Arab receiving a call from the federal government to stop by for an interview, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois has something for you.

America’s Exceptional Treatment of the Palestinians: A quick and incomplete survey of United States adventures and interventions since World War II is not something most Americans should be proud of.

Bush Declines to Condemn Attack Ads on Kerry: President Bush praised John Kerry's military service as honorable on Thursday but declined to condemn ads from Vietnam veterans who questioned the Massachusetts senator's military record.

Kerry on Iraq: An echo, not a choice: A vital quality in a president is moral courage. And trying to detect evidence of that attribute in Kerry is like expecting Mikhail Baryshnikov to show up at the county fair.

Oil Hits New High After Refinery Blast: News of an explosion at the U.S. Whiting, Indiana refinery spiked U.S. light crude futures to a record $45.90 a barrel

Juan Cole : Endgame in Najaf? On Thursday, the Board of Muslim Clergy, a Sunni fundamentalist organization with substantial support from Sunni Muslims, issued a fatwa or ruling that no Iraqi Muslim may participate in an attack on other Iraqi Muslims in support of the occupying power.

Michael Schwartz : Bush gambles as Najaf burns: The US is no longer capable either of winning the "battle for the hearts and minds" of the Iraqis or governing most of the country. But by crushing the city of Najaf, the marines might be able quiet the rebellion for long enough to spin the November election back to Bush.

Fixing Bremer’s Blunder, And Letting Loose The Words: The Mahdi army is on the move again. It’s the Energizer Bunny of Iraqi urban militias. What makes it keep going and going and going?

Was the tragic suicide of a TA soldier his final protest against an unjust war?: He had never believed in the war and had been a vocal critic within his local community of the British Government's decision to invade Iraq. He had publicly accused Tony Blair of being George Bush's "puppet".

'Enemy Combatant' May Soon Be Freed: Four months after telling the justices in oral arguments that holding Yaser Esam Hamdi in military confinement was crucial to national security and the war on terrorism, administration lawyers told a judge Wednesday that they were negotiating arrangements to send him back to his family in Saudi Arabia.

Habib has given up hope: wife: THE wife of a Sydney man held at Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of terrorist activity had to convince him it was really her when they spoke for the first time in almost three years

Osama bin Laden is a major player in the election: We know more about P. Diddy's struggle to get out the vote than we know about what drives bin Laden or what his goals are.

In case you missed it: Full text: bin Laden's 'letter to America' : Online document: the full text of Osama bin Laden's "letter to the American people"

Official: No evidence attack is imminent: The Bush administration has discovered no evidence of imminent plans by terrorists to attack U.S. financial buildings, nearly two weeks after the government issued startling warnings about such possible threats, a White House official said Thursday.

13/08/04

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1 YEAR & 125 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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300 dead in fighting across Iraq :
www.dawn.com/2004/08/13/top12.htm

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Four killed as US bombs Falluja:

US warplanes have bombed the Iraqi city of Falluja for the second day, killing four Iraqis, including two children, witnesses and hospital officials say.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/201368A9-CBFD-4CB5-95D2-52E4EB12BE70.htm

tinyurl.com/59bsj

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Sadr sets conditions for Najaf cease-fire:

The conditions include the withdrawal of US-led forces and the handover of Najaf to the Marjayia, which is the Shiite religious authority
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200408/s1176438.htm

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Iraq, Al-Sadr Aides Negotiate Najaf Truce :

``Multinational forces are operating under firm instructions not to pursue Muqtada and not to conduct operations within the exclusion zone surrounding the Imam Ali and Kufa Mosques,''
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4418014,00.html

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Inside the shrine, wounded return from bloody battle:

As the day wore on, more and more injured young men wrapped in bandages were being carried across the sun-baked tiles of the courtyard in the Imam Ali shrine.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6748.htm

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Juan Cole: Al-Sadr 'wounded' in US bombing of Najaf:

Sadr spokesman Ahmad al-Shinabi told Reuters, “Sayyed Moqtada was wounded in American bombing. He suffered three injuries to his body.” The wounds are not considered life threatening, and are being treated at the Imam Ali Mosque.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6741.htm

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British reporter freed at al-Sadr's urging:

Brandon was brought to Al-Sadr‚s local office and freed. He held an impromptu news conference there and thanked the kidnappers and Al-Sadr‚s aides for working for his release.
tinyurl.com/3mxjs

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Shias call for split from Baghdad :

Such a move, if decided upon by three governorates, could be legal according to the interim constitution
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6742.htm

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Rallies in Iraq, Iran slam US assault:

Protests against the US assault on Najaf have broken out in Iraqi cities and Iran, with some demonstrators calling for the resignation of interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/FDEC79AB-C880-4E37-8880-A9A0A77A14EB.htm

tinyurl.com/4oz5l

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Into the breach:

Certain circles in the government of Iyad Allawi and its apologists have used the sorry state of affairs in the Shia areas to advance an American-inspired hope to drag Iran into the fray of confusion in Iraq
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/703/re9.htm

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Iyad Allawi is a Traitor to Islam, to Iraq and the Arab World:

He Must Be Tried for War Crimes: Bush must be awakened, as well as Kerry. If not, then Muslim and Arab countries must break their alliances with America and let it be known that America cannot insult and attack Muslims and their Holy Sites in the world.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6744.htm

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Lawful Resistance to Occupation in Najaf :

Anyone who tunes in to the cable news channels these days would hardly realize our Commander-in-Chief is presiding over a new campaign of aerial terror against the Iraqi people in the holy city of Najaf.
www.truthout.org/docs_04/081304A.shtml

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U.S. Soldier killed in Najaf fighting :

The soldier, from a special forces unit, was killed during a raid on Thursday on a school in the holy city of Najaf
www.boston.com/dailynews/226/world/Soldier_killed_in_Najaf_fighti:.shtml

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An act of genuine humanitarianism by U.S. troops:

Yet the incident was buried by U.S. brass, who repudiated their own soldiers — and backed the Iraqi torturers.
www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2004/08/13/120.html

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Fables of the Reconstruction:

In the past seventeen months, US taxpayers have set aside a total of $24 billion to rebuild Iraq. Most of that sum has not been spent, though billions of dollars of poorly accounted for Iraqi oil revenues have been expended, or at least allocated to foreign (mostly American) contractors.
www.thenation.com/docprint.mhtml?i=20040830&s=parenti

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Chalabi pressed for 'show trial':

Salem Chalabi, the Iraqi lawyer running the special tribunal charged with trying Saddam Hussein, claimed yesterday that some Iraqi government officials were seeking a “show trial” and quick execution of the ousted dictator.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6743.htm

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Iranian TV: American detained for illegal entry:

Security forces have detained an American man for illegally entering Iran from Pakistan, state television reported Friday.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/464474.html

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Palestinian, Israeli settler killed in West Bank
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=10957

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Human Rights Watch : Israel: Budget Discriminates Against Children of Arab Citizens
hrw.org/english/docs/2004/08/11/isrlpa9225.htm

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New Jersey GOP demands governor quit immediately:

Joe Kyrillos, chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, called on McGreevey to “do the right thing” and step down right away.
www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-08-13-nj-governor_x.htm

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McGreevey Ally Accused Of Using Prostitute To Block Investigation:

New Jersey's Gov. James E. McGreevey's top fund-raiser, Charles Kushner, has been charged with hampering a federal investigation.
www.nbc10.com/news/3524624/detail.html

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In case you missed it:

Ex-McGreevey aide's credentials exaggerated :

The Israeli national's expertise was in public relations.
www.app.com/app2001/story/0,21133,656898,00.html

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In case you missed it:

No $20 Million For Israel:

McGreevey has announced that the New Jersey pension fund plans to invest $20 million in Israel bonds this year.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6746.htm

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ACLU offers attorneys to local Muslims, Arabs :

If you are a local Muslim or Arab receiving a call from the federal government to stop by for an interview, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois has something for you.
www.dailyherald.com/mchenry/main_story.asp?intID=38212130

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America‚s Exceptional Treatment of the Palestinians:

A quick and incomplete survey of United States adventures and interventions since World War II is not something most Americans should be proud of.
www.dissidentvoice.org/Aug04/Amr0812.htm

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Bush Declines to Condemn Attack Ads on Kerry:

President Bush praised John Kerry's military service as honorable on Thursday but declined to condemn ads from Vietnam veterans who questioned the Massachusetts senator's military record.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&e=4&u=/
nm/20040813/pl_nm/campaign_bush_kerry_dc

tinyurl.com/485g7

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Kerry on Iraq: An echo, not a choice:

A vital quality in a president is moral courage. And trying to detect evidence of that attribute in Kerry is like expecting Mikhail Baryshnikov to show up at the county fair.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6745.htm

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Oil Hits New High After Refinery Blast:

News of an explosion at the U.S. Whiting, Indiana refinery spiked U.S. light crude futures to a record $45.90 a barrel
news.moneycentral.msn.com/breaking/breaking
newsarticle.asp?feed=OBR&Date=20040813&ID=3911688

tinyurl.com/5synf

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Juan Cole : Endgame in Najaf?

On Thursday, the Board of Muslim Clergy, a Sunni fundamentalist organization with substantial support from Sunni Muslims, issued a fatwa or ruling that no Iraqi Muslim may participate in an attack on other Iraqi Muslims in support of the occupying power.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6739.htm

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www.informationclearinghouse.info/support.htm

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Michael Schwartz : Bush gambles as Najaf burns:

The US is no longer capable either of winning the “battle for the hearts and minds” of the Iraqis or governing most of the country. But by crushing the city of Najaf, the marines might be able quiet the rebellion for long enough to spin the November election back to Bush.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6735.htm

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Fixing Bremer‚s Blunder, And Letting Loose The Words:

The Mahdi army is on the move again. It‚s the Energizer Bunny of Iraqi urban militias. What makes it keep going and going and going?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6740.htm

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Was the tragic suicide of a TA soldier his final protest against an unjust war?:

He had never believed in the war and had been a vocal critic within his local community of the British Government's decision to invade Iraq. He had publicly accused Tony Blair of being George Bush's “puppet”.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/story.jsp?story=550846

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'Enemy Combatant' May Soon Be Freed:

Four months after telling the justices in oral arguments that holding Yaser Esam Hamdi in military confinement was crucial to national security and the war on terrorism, administration lawyers told a judge Wednesday that they were negotiating arrangements to send him back to his family in Saudi Arabia.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6737.htm

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Habib has given up hope: wife:

THE wife of a Sydney man held at Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of terrorist activity had to convince him it was really her when they spoke for the first time in almost three years
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10419008^1702,00.html

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Osama bin Laden is a major player in the election:

We know more about P. Diddy's struggle to get out the vote than we know about what drives bin Laden or what his goals are.
www.campaigndesk.org/archives/000816.asp

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In case you missed it

Full text: bin Laden's 'letter to America' : Online document: the full text of Osama bin Laden's “letter to the American people”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6537.htm

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Official: No evidence attack is imminent:

The Bush administration has discovered no evidence of imminent plans by terrorists to attack U.S. financial buildings, nearly two weeks after the government issued startling warnings about such possible threats, a White House official said Thursday.
www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/
2004/08/12/official_no_evidence_attack_is_imminent?mode=PF

tinyurl.com/3wgf6

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Tyranny in the Name of Freedom:

If we don't recognize the distinction between passionate political speech and terrorism now, it may be too late to protest later.
www.nytimes.com/2004/08/12/opinion/12lith.html?ex=
1250049600&en=a460e6f8a6a97f8c&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

tinyurl.com/5calo

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Were Bush protesters harassed?:

When the police officer answered, “Intelligence‰ after being asked why he was taking pictures of the protesters at the Bush rally, I gasped. Because I am protesting my president‚s policies, am I a threat to him?
www.joplinindependent.com/display_article.php/jcollins1091672311

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Australia: FBI failed us over terror, inquiry finds:

Australian authorities would have issued tougher travel warnings on Bali before the bombings there had the United States passed on key intelligence, a Senate inquiry has found.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/08/12/1092102597234.html

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Army Turns to Private Guards:

Stretched thin by troop deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan and security needs at home, the Army has resorted to hiring private security guards to help protect dozens of American military bases.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6736.htm

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Nader vs. the ADL :

The independent presidential candidate has become embroiled in an ugly exchange with the Jewish organization, after he suggested that President Bush and Congress were “puppets” of the Israeli government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6738.htm

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Nader Writes to the Anti-Defamation League on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
www.votenader.org/why_ralph/index.php?cid=119

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U.S. Supports Anti-democratic Forces In Venezuela Recall :

Imagine the scandal if a foreign government had for years funneled millions of dollars to political groups in the United States in an attempt to affect the outcome of a U.S. election.
www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2004-08/11jensen.cfm

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Terrorist Drugs From Canada:

George Bush's Medicare bill prohibits the importation of cheap drugs from Canada. This has proven to be an unpopular rule, and Bush spokesmen have struggled to come up with persuasive reasons for their stand.
www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2004_08/004502.php

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US trade gap defies expectations, hits record:

The Commerce Department reported that the gap widened by $8.9bn (•7.3bn, £4.9bn) a record shift for a single month to $55.8bn as exports slumped to their lowest in nearly three years while imports pushed to a new record high
news.ft.com/cms/s/396e4ed6-ed2a-11d8-a587-00000e2511c8.html

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Report Finds Tax Cuts Heavily Favor the Wealthy:

Fully one-third of President Bush's tax cuts in the last three years have gone to people with the top 1 percent of income, who have earned an average of $1.2 million annually
www.nytimes.com/2004/08/13/politics/campaign/13tax.html?ex=
1250136000&en=6f84660636ae70cd&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

tinyurl.com/5vrjm

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The Doctored Clip Sean Hannity Doesn't Want You to Know About:
www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=138711#1

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British Poodle collects tidbits from her masters table:

Cherie Blair is to undertake a potentially lucrative lecture tour of the United States, it was disclosed today.
politics.guardian.co.uk/cherie/story/0,12713,1281898,00.html

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