Information Clearing House Archive         For the Month of September 2003 – Part 4
Bush: 'I Don't Read Newspapers':

The president says he scans headlines -- but admits to rarely reading the stories.

http://www.kyw1060.com/news_story_detail.cfm?newsitemid=32219

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US plans to attack seven Muslim states:

Presidential hopeful General Wesley Clark says the White House devised a five-year plan after the 9/11 strikes to attack seven majority-Muslim countries.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4807.htm

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John Pilger: Breaking The Silence:

At 2.40pm on September 11, according to confidential notes taken by his aides, Donald Rumsfeld, the Defense Secretary, said he wanted to "hit" Iraq - even though not a shred of evidence existed that Saddam Hussein had anything to do with the attacks on New York and Washington. "Go massive," the notes quote Rumsfeld as saying. "Sweep it all up.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4808.htm

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Pilger claims White House knew Saddam was no threat

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/09/23/1064082978207.html

 

Transcript: Briefing by Secretary Colin Powell. February 24, 2001

"He (Saddam) has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4810.htm

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Senator Robert C. Byrd:

In his $87 billion request, the President asks future generations of Americans to pay for his war in Iraq. By refusing to pay for this war today and instead exacerbating the largest deficit in the nation's history, President Bush is forcing those young Americans who are now in kindergarten to pick up the tab for his war in Iraq.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4809.htm

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World Leaders Warn:

Terror War Abuses Fuels Militants World leaders on Monday called for the war on terrorism to go beyond simply fighting extremists and warned that tactics like torture, assassination and accidental civilian deaths ran the risk of strengthening the militants.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3487246

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US revives Taliban tryst in Afghanistan:

The Americans are continuing with an initiative to find a political solution to Afghanistan's problems by involving sections of the Taliban. History is not on their side, though.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/EI23Ag02.html

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Gulf War Vets Risk Lou Gehrig's Disease, Studies Say

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=
FQA1IWGX2UZYWCRBAELCFEY?type=healthNews&storyID=3488498

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Iraq War Strengthened Israel Military:

Leading Israeli strategists said the U.S. victory over the regime of President Saddam Hussein pointed to the superiority of Western platforms and doctrine over that employed by Iraq and many of its Arab neighbors.

http://www.menewsline.com/stories/2003/september/09_23_1.html

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Media Ignores Bush Admission That Saddam Not Involved In Sept. 11:

"Editor & Publisher," did some telling research and wrote, "Of America's 12 highest circulation daily papers, only the LA Times, Chicago Tribune and Dallas Morning News ran anything about it on the front page. In The New York Times, the story was relegated to page 22.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4806.htm

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Hispanic Soldiers Die in Greater Numbers in Iraq

As U.S. casualties in Iraq continue to mount, so does the worry in the country's Latino community that its children are dying in unusually high numbers and are being lured into dangerous service with targeted recruiting by the Armed Forces.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4804.htm

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Soft Economy Aids Army Recruiting Effort:

The Army has raised signing bonuses to as much as $20,000 for badly needed positions like intelligence analysts. It has also increased college aid. And it has nearly doubled its advertising budget, to $227 million, in the last four years.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/22/national/22RECR.
html?hp=&pagewanted=print&position=

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How the World Can Aid Iraq Without Helping Bush:

Bush's treatment of the UN on Iraq and other issues has been disgraceful. By him it has been disdained, divided, debauched. The UN as a body owes him nothing.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4805.htm

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Clinton undermines Bush gang over Iraq:

Former US President Bill Clinton said America should not dominate Iraq and should instead grant the United Nations a greater role in restoring security in the war-torn country.

http://english.aljazeera.net/Articles/News/ArabWorld/Clinton.htm

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Neo-Jacobins Push For World War IV:

The lies used to deceive Americans about Iraq are now being recycled to justify invading Syria and Iran.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/roberts/roberts8.html

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Oil prices jump after OPEC cutback

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has decided to remove 900,000 barrels a day from output limits for 10 members to 24.5 million barrels daily effective 1 November, ministers said on Wednesday.

http://english.aljazeera.net/Articles/Economy/
Oil+prices+jump+after+OPEC+cutback.htm

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27 pilots say will refuse to operate in territories

A group of 27 active reserve duty pilots and retired pilots have sent a letter to Air Force Chief, Major General Dan Halutz, declaring that they refuse to participate in operations against Palestinians in the territories.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/343998.html

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No WMD in Iraq, source claims:

No weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq by the group looking for them, according to a Bush administration source who has spoken to the BBC.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3135932.stm

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US WMD report will be inconclusive:

An initial report from former U.N. weapons inspector David Kay, who has been leading the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, will "reach no firm conclusions," a CIA spokesman says.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/24by7panews/page.cfm?
objectid=13444566&method=full&siteid=50143

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Indignant Arabs Say Bush Must Fix Iraq Mess Solo:

Washington is seeking a new U.N. resolution to enlist wider reconstruction help and ease the strain on U.S.-led occupation forces. It rejected French demands for sovereignty to be handed back to the Iraqi people within months under a U.N. timetable.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=586&ncid=
586&e=3&u=/nm/20030924/wl_nm/iraq_bush_arabs_dc

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Powell Calls U.S. 'Judeo-Christian,' Then Amends

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A50169-2003Sep23?language=printer

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Anti-Islam axis goes nuclear:

Heightened technology sharing between Israel and India may soon see both countries transfer their nuclear capability to state-of-the-art attack submarines.

http://english.aljazeera.net/Articles/News/GlobalNews/
Features/India+and+Israel+clinch+submarine+deal.htm

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Two Killed by Grenade Blast in Iraqi Cinema:

A hand grenade blast ripped through a cinema in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday, killing two people and wounding 20, police said.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=3500297

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BOMB hits two commuter buses in Baghdad:

An explosive device meant for a U.S. military vehicle hit two Iraqi commuter buses Wednesday morning, killing a 17-year-old passenger and wounding at least 12 others.

http://www.baynews9.com/site/NewsStory.cfm?storyid=25065

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Baghdad Blasts Undermine Bush Bid for Iraq Backing:

The head of a panel investigating last month's attack on the U.N. headquarters in Iraq said the security situation was so grim it was not yet clear if his team could even go to Baghdad.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=
1GKX30A1IEFMYCRBAE0CFFA?type=worldNews&storyID=3500093

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bin Laden and al-Qaeda have been winners from the Iraq war

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/
0,5744,7364337^1702,00.html

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Bush's plea for UN help in Iraq sparks hostile response: Kofi Annan, the UN secretary general, warned that pre-emptive unilateral military action without the authorisation of the UN risked a move to the law of the jungle.

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=446445

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Annan Trounces Bush at UN:

While the U.S. media will most likely play up George Bush's boring speech to the UN, the day clearly belonged to Kofi Annan.

http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16827

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Let the neo-cons bellow, just bring the troops home:

George, here's what to do in Iraq: Declare victory and bring the troops home.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2001742573_ramsx24.html

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IRAQ: Privatisation of drug companies spells disaster:

Patients paid less than US $1 for any drugs prescribed by a doctor.

http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=36749
&SelectRegion=Iraq_Crisis&SelectCountry=IRAQ

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How Much Is $87,000,000,000, ... and where can we get that kind of cash?:

$87 B is more than all state budget deficits in the United States, combined. President Bush wouldn‚t help states deal with their deficits, even though his tax cuts helped.

http://tompaine.com/op_ads/opad2.cfm/ID/8954

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Iraq Plan Includes Zip Codes, Atrocity Museum, English Lessons:

President Bush's $20.3 billion proposal for rebuilding Iraq includes money to establish ZIP codes there, help Iraqi workers learn English and start a museum of former leader Saddam Hussein's atrocities, an administration document shows.

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_IRAQ_
REBUILDING?SITE=DCTMS&SECTION=HOME

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Neo-Cons, Fundies, Feddies, and Con-Artists:

Does anyone seriously believe that a pro-Israeli Chicago/Strauss/Bloom product such as Wolfowitz could care less about democracy in Iraq?

http://www.transnational.org/pressinf/2003/pf189_NeoconsConartists.html

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2 Iraqi Boys, Injured, Tell of a Jet Attack in the Night:

Tahseen Ali Khalaf was asleep beside his brother Hussein when the shooting started early this morning outside their ramshackle house in this farming community 40 miles west of Baghdad.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/24/international/middleeast/
24IRAQ.html?pagewanted=print&position=

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30,000 Nuclear Warheads:

We've got 11,000 nuclear weapons -- some as battlefield "tactical" nukes, some in storage, and about 7,000 mounted on fueled, hair-trigger-to-launch ICBMs.

http://www.thenation.com/outrage/index.mhtml?pid=970

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Caught in the Credit Card Vise:

I'm still paying for groceries I bought for my family years ago," said Julie Pickett. She meant it literally. Mrs. Pickett and her husband, Jerry, of Middletown, Ohio, are trapped in the iron grasp of credit card debt.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/22/opinion/22HERB.html?ei=
5062&en=39929bb95ecd374a&ex=1064808000&partner=
GOOGLE&pagewanted=print&position=

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Israel Troops Kill Gaza Youth After Bush UN Speech:

Witnesses said the unarmed 15-year-old was killed by a tank shell.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=
1GKX30A1IEFMYCRBAE0CFFA?type=worldNews&storyID=3497647

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Arafat accuses Washington of encouraging Israeli crimes against Palestinians

http://jordantimes.com/wed/news/news2.htm

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Report: Israel spends $560 million a year on Jewish settlements:

The Israeli government spends at least $560 million a year on subsidies, infrastructure and education for 220,000 Jewish settlers living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, according to a report Tuesday in the Israeli daily Haaretz.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/
2003/09/23/international1455EDT0643.DTL

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Robert Fisk: America's toothless ' interim council' roars like a lion - against the press:

A dispatch quoting Saddam or describing the Americans' sometimes brutal house raids can be deemed to have 'represented' the Baath party or incited Iraqis to violence.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4811.htm

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Bush to World: Drop Dead!

Has an American president ever delivered such a bafflingly impertinent speech before the General Assembly as the one George W. Bush gave this morning?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4812.htm

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Knesset: 3,000 women a year caught in modern slavery:

A special Knesset committee finds that "3,000 women are sold each year in Israel's sex industry.

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=238653

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Key Phrase Was Dropped from UK Iraq Dossier:

That phrase suggested Iraq was only a threat if attacked.

http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=3493982

 

Australian TV Documentary:

Trouble on the Homefront:

Dissent is rising in George Bush's heartland - military bases and towns across the United States.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4829.htm

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U.S. Soldiers Returned from Iraq Spark Airport Scare:

Two U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq were taken into custody at Philadelphia International Airport after a baggage handler saw what looked like a small arsenal of weapons in their carry-on bags.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=
/nm/20030925/us_nm/iraq_usa_souvenirs_dc_1

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How to ruin a great army? See Donald Rumsfeld:

How will they explain to history the mistakes that threaten to weaken a great nation even as it seeks ways to win the war on terrorism it has declared?

http://www.aberdeennews.com/mld/aberdeennews/news/6857211.htm

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Seven US soldiers wounded in convoy ambush:

One witness, Mohammad Ali, told AFP: "An American jeep was blown up at around 9.30am (3.30pm AEST) and an American car. I saw the bodies of four Americans who had died, one of them without legs."

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/09/25/1064083130615.html

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Pentagon's call to mercenaries

Jason is taking part in military training in rural Pennsylvania. But he is a mercenary, not a government soldier, and this is America's latest boom industry.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4827.htm

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On how to make enemies:

Are the new enemies of the US of its own making? One gets the impression that an office, located somewhere in Washington, has been assigned the task of making plans on a daily basis for the acquisition of new enemies.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4830.htm

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U.S. Remains Leader in Global Arms Sales, Report Says:

The United States was the leader in total worldwide sales in 2002, with about $13.3 billion, or 45.5 percent of global conventional weapons deals, a rise from $12.1 billion in 2001.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4826.htm

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Ashcroft Is Unprintable, And Glad Of It:

On tour, he bars the press and cozies up to local TV reporters

http://tinyurl.com/onrt

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Democracy Now!, Debate:

Scholar Norman Finkelstein Calls Professor Alan Dershowitz's New Book On Israel a "Hoax" Author and professor Norman Finkelstein charges that Dershowitz makes numerous factual errors in his book. Dershowitz denies the charges. Video & Transcript.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4825.htm

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Palestinian Scholar Edward W. Said Dies:

Said had suffered from leukemia for years and died at a New York hospital late Wednesday.

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/6858688.htm

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Suspected Taliban Kill Another Afghan Aid Worker

http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3505802

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U.S. Absolves Troops In Shooting Of Iraqi Police:

A U.S. military investigation found no misconduct by U.S. soldiers who earlier this month killed eight Iraqi policemen and a Jordanian hospital guard near Fallujah, the U.S. commander in Iraq said Thursday.

http://tinyurl.com/onmr

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Iraqi Council Members Dies of Wounds After Shooting:

Akila al-Hashemi died from wounds she sustained in an assassination attempt on Saturday, the head of the country's U.S.-led administration said on Thursday.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3505510

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Bomb Kills Guard At Baghdad Hotel For U.S. Media:

A bomb exploded on Thursday at a Baghdad hotel housing journalists from U.S. television network NBC, killing a guard, the latest in a string of deadly attacks targeting foreigners in Iraq.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=
GXONDFRZ42UX0CRBAEZSFEY?type=topNews&storyID=3506169

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Up to 100,000 expected at London Iraq protest:

UK: Tens of thousands of people are expected to join a protest calling for the withdrawal of British and US troops from Iraq this weekend.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/antiwar/story/0,12809,1049656,00.html

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Venezuela's Chavez Blasts US Over 'Terrorist' Plot:

President Hugo Chavez said on Wednesday Venezuelan "terrorists" plotting to kill him were training in the United States, and he told the U.S. and Spanish governments to stop meddling in his country's affairs.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=3502728&fromEmail=true

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200 Held in Yemen 'to Placate US':

The US-led "war on terror" has caused a worsening of human rights in Yemen, with the authorities there holding almost 200 people without trial in an effort to placate the Americans.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/yemen/Story/0,2763,1048570,00.html

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U.S. Urged To Modify Approach to Postwar Iraq :

"Is the United States really interested in creating an Iraqi democracy, or are we fearful that giving power to the Iraqi people will produce policies counter to our interests?"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54478-2003Sep23.html

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Brussels to give E200m ($229m) to rebuild Iraq:

The small sum, which the commission is expected to pledge at next month's donors conference, illustrates the poor response to president to President George W. Bush's call for more international military and financial support.

http://tinyurl.com/omxk

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Britain in talks with US on restoring death penalty:

The attorney general is discussing with the US the reintroduction of the death penalty in Iraq.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1049307,00.html

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Robert Fisk: Brutal Reality That Fans The Flames Of Hatred In Iraq:

If anyone wants to know why Iraqis set bombs for American soldiers, they had only to sit in the two-storey villa in this little farming village and look at the frozen face of Ahmed al-Ham and his angry friends yesterday.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4818.htm

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Bush Plan on Iraq Hits Snag in Congress:

"The American people never been told that we're going into that country to build a new nation, to build a new government, to democratize the country and to democratize the Middle East," Byrd said. "They were told we're going in there because of weapons of mass destruction."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4824.htm

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More American Troops May Face Iraq Duty:

The United States may have to alert thousands more National Guard and Reserve troops within weeks that they are needed for duty in Iraq, the Pentagon's second-ranking general said Wednesday.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4822.htm

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Ten Afghans killed in helicopter strike against 'Taliban chiefs'

At dawn, he went out to investigate and found his neighbours' camp in ruins. Five women and four children were dead, he said. Five men and a woman lay wounded.

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/story.jsp?story=446743

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U.S. Troops Hold, Handcuff Two AP Iraqi Staff:

The incident on Tuesday was the latest involving U.S. troops and foreign reporters in Iraq. U.S. soldiers shot up Radium's car last Thursday in Khaldiya, about 60 miles west of Baghdad, during a firefight after a U.S. convoy was hit by a roadside bomb, the AP said.

http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=industryNews&storyID=3500432

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U.S. Forces Kill 18 in Heavy Iraq Clashes

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4816.htm

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No Homecoming Trumpets for the fallen?:

Notice anything missing in the news media since all this war business started? Has anyone heard the trumpets blaring or seen cameras clicking in patriotic fever as the body bags arrive and unload from military cargo planes?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4815.htm

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Focusing on the Reasons for War:

With no proven ties to Al Queda and no weapons of mass destruction to be found, why in heavens name did the White House order the invasion of Iraq?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4814.htm

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Tortured Confessions:

The "confessions" of Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, made under CIA interrogation, should be treated with skepticism rather than accepted at face value.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4817.htm

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Israel A Danger:

What country in the Middle East possesses nuclear weapons, refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and refuses to allow international inspection of its nuclear facilities?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4823.htm

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Robert Fisk: Bomb Destroys The Media's Illusions:

The world was told, that staff of an American television network were the intended victims and that there had been "one" Somali dead. No one knew his name. But they did know the name of David Moodie, the NBC soundman who received a nasty piece of broken glass in his arm.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4836.htm

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Arab Perspective: America Slowly Sinking In The Quicksand Of Iraq

http://www.gulfnews.com/Articles/opinion.asp?ArticleID=98646

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Problems Come Free, But The US Is Paying For Them

http://www.gulfnews.com/Articles/opinion.asp?ArticleID=98640

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Mixed reports cast doubt on US recovery:

A surprising fall in orders for US manufactured goods in August cast fresh doubts on Thursday about the sustainability of the US economic recovery.

http://tinyurl.com/osl7

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34.6 Million U.S. People in Poverty in 2002 - Report:

Nearly 1.7 million people in the United States slid into poverty in 2002 and incomes slipped for the second year in a row, the U.S. government said on Friday.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=
578&ncid=578&e=3&u=/nm/20030926/ts_nm/life_poverty_dc

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Because His Lips are Moving:

The last tax cut enacted by the George Bush's Republican-led Congress was supposed to create 1,000,000 (one million) jobs. The truth has been quite the opposite. Jobs have been evaporating from all sectors of the economy. More than 500,000 were lost in the last quarter alone.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4834.htm

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Stolen Labor:

The Crime about Employment: While economists talk up the market and promote the fantasy about prosperous times, global employment facts tell another story about poor workers whose labor produces the wealth for an elite few. Stolen labor now affects both developing and developed countries, like the United States and Australia. Wanda Fish explores the crime about employment·

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4833.htm

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Israel considers Iran nuke strike:

Combination of 'non-conventional weapons,' 'non-conventional regime,' alarms Jerusalem.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4832.htm

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Against Blind Imperial Arrogance:

Edward Said closed one of his last published essays with the lines: "We are in for many more years of turmoil and misery in the Middle East, where one of the main problems is, to put it as plainly as possible, U.S. power. What the U.S. refuses to see clearly it can hardly hope to remedy."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4831.htm

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Suicide Bombers:

What is theologically and morally wrong with suicide bombings? A Palestinian Christian perspective.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4835.htm

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Voting on an ominous future for Syria:

There was more than a touch of the Freudian about this telling faux pas by the principal sponsor of the Syria Accountability Act, which is on a fast track toward becoming American law.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/opinion/26_09_03_b.asp

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Weapons And The War:

Does anybody seriously believe that if the CIA's team had found any persuasive WMD evidence at all, that evidence would not have been broadcast to the heavens long ago?

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/comment/0,12956,1049890,00.html

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In case you missed it:

Stink Of Hypocrisy:

Saddam is seemingly not the only advocate of weapons of mass destruction. Winston Churchill was on the verge of 'drenching' Germany with poison gas before the war turned in Britain's favour.

http://www.sundayherald.com/print31247

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Blair Loyalists Urge PM To Distance Himself From Bush And Right Wing:

The former Cabinet ministers Alan Milburn and Stephen Byers today warn Tony Blair he has become dangerously close to President George Bush and needs a more traditional Labour agenda

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=447101

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Friends of the family:

Companies wishing to make money in post-Saddam Iraq need look no further than an Iraqi uncle and nephew, and their hawkish friends in Washington.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,1048204,00.html

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U.S.: Iraq May Have Helped '93 WTC Bomber:

U.S. teams in Iraq have uncovered some signs that a participant in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center may have received help from the government of Saddam Hussein after the bombing, Bush administration officials say.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=
/ap/20030926/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_1993_bombing

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In case you missed it. US 'refused Iraq's terror suspect offer':

Mr Aziz said the offers to hand him over - first in 1994 and again in 2001 after the 11 September attacks - were made without conditions.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2022991.stm

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US Aims To 'End' Case Of 20th Hijacker:

United States prosecutors in the case of accused September 11th conspirator, Zacarias Moussaoui, have asked a District Court judge to dismiss the charges against him.

http://www9.sbs.com.au/theworldnews/region.php?id=69503&region=4

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Indonesian soldiers held over bombings:

General Bimantoro denied suggestions the military as a whole was behind the blasts and said those arrested had acted individually.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/941349.stm

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US soldier killed in Kirkuk:

A US soldier has been killed and two others wounded during an ambush in northern Iraq.

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_823141.html

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At end of training, Marines say Mongols ready for duty in Iraq

http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=17682

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Rumsfeld defends $87bn war request as 'exit strategy' saying the US would not get involved in nation building and that the funds represented an "exit strategy" for American troops.

http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=
FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1059480137901

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Bremer tells lawmakers that aid to Iraq should not be a loan:

"We're troubled here by the fact that we're being asked to put up $15 billion for reconstruction funds and that the Iraqis have this huge asset."

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=
/news/archive/2003/09/25/national1459EDT0684.DTL

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Iraqi Council Backs Off Foreign Ownership Plan:

Iraq's Governing Council backed off from a controversial pledge by its finance minister to allow 100 percent foreign ownership in most economic sectors here, saying the matter needed more study.

http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/030924/1/3eflw.html

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Amnesty International denounces US treatment of war prisoners:

A recent report by Amnesty International (AI) warns that the Bush administration is repudiating basic democratic rights and undermining the entire post-World War II system of international humanitarian law.

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2003/sep2003/amne-s25.shtml

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Amnesty Report:

The threat of a bad example. Undermining international standards as "war on terror" detentions continue.

http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAMR511142003

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Amnesty International: Iraq:

The rights of Iraqi people must not be sidelined on the altar of political agendas.

http://www.amnestyusa.org/countries/iraq/document.do?id=
80256AB9000584F680256DAC005E1E25

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Israel Grounds Pilots Who Refused Missions:

Israel's air force Thursday cashiered seven pilots who refused to take part in missions in the Palestinian territories, with their commander accusing them of stabbing their country in the back, a military source said.

http://www.prolog.net/webnews/wed/bv/Qmideast-israel.RJoG_DSO.html

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Israel's military brass angered by rebel pilots:

Mr Sharon has a warning for a group of reserve Air Force pilots, who've refused to fly combat missions into the Palestinian territories.

http://www9.sbs.com.au/theworldnews/region.php?id=69505&region=6

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Air Force Pilots in Reserves:

We Refuse to Attack in the Territories: Pilots in Reserves and Air Crew sent the following letter today to Air Force Commander, Dan Halutz: "We are opposed to carrying out attack orders that are illegal and immoral of the type the State of Israel has been conducting in the territories."

http://www.arabmediawatch.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=833

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Israeli missiles found hidden in a house in Delhi:

The Indian Air Force came up with a bikini-like statement which concealed more than it revealed.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2003/20030926/main7.htm

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Ukrainian marines stop drivers In Scotland:

"This must have been a terrifying ordeal for some people who were simply enjoying a drive in the countryside, especially for the young children involved,"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/3131058.stm

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Millions remain food insecure in Iraq despite better harvest:

While starvation has been averted, chronic malnutrition persists among several million vulnerable people, including some 100 000 refugees and around 200 000 internally displaced people.

http://electroniciraq.net/news/1105.shtml

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Seven Iraqi civilians killed:

13 wounded tonight when a mortar hit a square in a teeming section of Baqubah, northeast of Baghdad, police and hospital officials said.

http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,7379310^1702,00.html

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Iraq will be a cemetery for America:

Sheikh Walid al-Azawi told at a joint prayer session for Sunnis and Shi'ites at Baghdad's Qabaa mosque.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4828.htm

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Fallujah: A Multilayered Picture Emerges:

Sheikh Khaled Saleh, a Sunni cleric in his early 50s, says that "although unorganized and without leadership, the Iraqi resistance is a ball of fire in America's face that will bring its end in Iraq".

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EI26Ak02.html

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Fresh UN Retreat From Iraq:

The United Nations says it is cutting back its operations in Iraq amid a deteriorating security situation in the country.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3140184.stm

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Musharraf slammed for troops to Iraq offer:

Senator Farhatullah Babar, said Pakistani troops in Iraq would be used "only to protect American lives and to serve as mercenaries."

http://sify.com/news/international/fullstory.php?id=13262359

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Israelis, Palestinians, Americans Mark 1948 Attack on Arabs

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/344070.html

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Troop Morale Is Achilles Heel for Bush:

Adding insult to injury, the Pentagon issued an interim budget report in July recommending a dramatic 47 percent drop in combat pay and family separation allowances for our soldiers.

http://www.dailytrojan.com/article.do?issue=
%2FV150%2FN22&id=01-troop.22v.html

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Washington Pursues Dangerous Policy in Venezuela

http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0925-01.htm

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Robert Fisk: Missiles Strike At Heart Of US Occupation

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4842.htm

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In Iraq, private contractors lighten load on U.S. troops:

Much of the work conducted by the contractors is secret. Western security officials in Iraq say the companies aren't yet going out on combat operations as they do in Colombia and other countries.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/03271/226368.stm

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Chasing a Mirage:

The U.S. was sure Saddam had WMD, but Iraqi scientists tell TIME the weapons were destroyed long before the war.

http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101031006/wwmd.html

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So, What Went Wrong?:

Ever since America's decisive military victory, Iraq has been nothing but trouble. TIME reports on the errors and bad guesses, before and after the war, that got the Bush Administration into this spot.

http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101031006/story.html

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Al-Jazeera broadcasts tape attributed to al-Qaeda deputy:

An audiotape attributed to al-Qaeda deputy Ayman al-Zawahri was broadcast on Al-Jazeera satellite television Sunday

http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM
.20030928.wtape0928/BNStory/International/

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Uri Avnery: The Magnificent 27:

http://www.avnery-news.co.il/english/index.html

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Robert Fisk: Lies, Mischief And The Myth Of Western Intelligence Services

They were at it again last week, the liars of our Western "intelligence" community. John Bolton, the US under-secretary of state for arms control and one of Donald Rumsfeld's cabal of pro-Israeli neo-conservatives, was giving testimony before the decidedly pro-Israeli sponsors of the Syria Accountability Act.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4841.htm

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No Wonder America Has So Many Enemies:

America is no longer regarded as a champion of freedom, democracy and human rights, but increasingly as a dangerous aggressor bent on imperial domination and exploitation.

http://www.canoe.ca/Columnists/margolis_sep28.html

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Seven soldiers killed in Taliban ambush:

A pickup truck carrying seven Afghan government troops has been ambushed by suspected Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan.

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_823882.html

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Assailants Attack Seat of U.S. Authority in Iraq:

Assailants fired three explosive projectiles at a hotel housing hundreds of military personnel and civilian reconstruction staff members.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10944-2003Sep27.html

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US troops injured in Iraqi attacks:

A US convoy was attacked on Sunday when an explosive device detonated on a bridge in the town of Falluja, north-west of Baghdad.

http://english.aljazeera.net/Articles/News/ArabWorld/
US+troops+attacked+in+Baquba.htm

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Marchers Worldwide Demand Iraq Pullout:

Protesters demanding an end to the occupation took to the streets Saturday in London, Athens, Paris and other cities around the world, chanting slogans against the United States and Britain.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=
/ap/20030927/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_protests

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Pictures of the Anti War Rally

http://lmno4p.org/

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Democrats smell excess in billions for rebuilding:

Johnson and his colleagues focused on other items of controversy, such as the cost of building prisons at $50,000 a bed and enrolling 100 families in a witness protection program at a cost of $100 million.

http://tinyurl.com/oy86

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War Tab Jeopardizes Parties' Domestic Agendas:

$87 Billion Request May Hurt Medicare, Other Priorities.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10204-2003Sep27.html

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US: Leaner is not always meaner:

The ongoing transformation of the US military into a sophisticated fighting machine that can do more with less becomes a highly controversial proposition in the face of the problems that are being encountered in Iraq, in the "war on terrorism", and potentially in any of the 136 countries in which US troops are currently stationed.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/EI27Aa01.html

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Vice President Halliburton:

"Since I left Halliburton to become George Bush's vice president, I've severed all my ties with the company" Not true, says the Congressional Research Service.

http://www.thenation.com/outrage/index.mhtml?pid=978

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Nation Needs Truth About Iraq Casualties:

Two weeks ago, there was a link (Department of Defense website) to the number killed in action in Iraq, before and after „major combat operations,‰ but that link has since been removed.

http://www.theday.com/eng/web/newstand/re.aspx?reIDx=
C508D61C-D3D0-462F-88C8-00618CC5A110

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Jihad Unspun:

What would lead a „successful‰ woman like me, wh o seemingly has everything going for her, to embrace Islam and publish this portal? Here is my story.

http://www.jihadunspun.com/articles/20030911-ashes.to.light/

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Russia Won't End Accord With Iran to Build Reactor:

President Vladimir V. Putin told President Bush that Russia would go forward with its plans to help Iran build a nuclear reactor.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/28/international/worldspecial/
28PREX.html?ex=1065704958&ei=1&en=e9260a70ee829b93

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Iran: No compromise on nuke rights:

Foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters on Sunday that, „abandoning nuclear activities or enrichment is not something that Iran is ready to compromise on‰.

http://english.aljazeera.net/Articles/News/GlobalNews/
Iran+will+not+compromise+on+nuclear+activity.htm

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Iran: Damned and damned again:

Iran has much to lose whether or not it plays ball with the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is why its leaders are leaning toward the example of fellow "axis of evil" conspirator North Korea.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EI26Ak01.html

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Iranian Agents Flood Into Iraq:

The 'Pentagon believes" that Iran is building a bridgehead of activists inside Iraq, ready to destabilise the country if that serves its future interests.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=
/news/2003/09/28/wirq28.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/09/28/ixnewstop.html

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In case you missed it:

Report on N. Korea nukes: Bogus:

Why do they want nukes? On numerous occasions, President Bush has said that he would "not tolerate" Iraq, Iran or North Korean having nukes. Look at what Bush just did to nuke-less Iraq.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=34341

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U.S. lags in destroying chemical weapons:

The American government has admitted that cost overruns and delays will force it to miss deadlines for destruction set by an international treaty.

http://tinyurl.com/oz4g

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UK Troops in Iraq Warned of 'Inevitable' Terror Attack:

A major terrorist strike against British forces in Iraq is 'inevitable', according to senior government sources in Iraq and intelligence officers in Britain and the Middle East.

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1051186,00.html

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A History of the Iraq War, Told Totally in Lies:

All text is verbatim from senior Bush Administration officials and advisers.

http://www.harpers.org/online/revision_thing/?pg=1

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New Palestinian Cabinet Named:

The central committee of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement has approved a new Palestinian cabinet.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3145894.stm

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Biographies of New Palestinian Cabinet:

Brief biographies of the 23 Palestinians approved by Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction to be part of the new Palestinian Cabinet.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3199953,00.html

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Palestinians Mark Al-Aqsa Intifada:

Palestinians have marked the third anniversary of their uprising against Israel's occupation by vowing to fight on until they achieve victory.

http://english.aljazeera.net/Articles/News/ArabWorld/
Palestinians+mark+third+Intifada.htm

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Three of a kind: India, China and Russia:

Officials in all three capitals, New Delhi, Beijing and Moscow, keep stressing that their growing strategic closeness is not directed against any third country, meaning the United States.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/EI27Df01.html

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09/27 John Pilger: Media Censorship That Doesn't Speak Its Name

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4840.htm

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Pentagon taps 10,000 soldiers for Iraq, another 5,000 on standby :

The Pentagon has mobilized two US Army National Guard brigades for deployment to Iraq and put a third on standby as US calls for international troop contributions go unheeded

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=
1504&ncid=1504&e=2&u=/afp/20030927/ts_afp/us_iraq_forces_030927104334

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US Fire Killed 4 Civilians :

Iraqis in the town of Fallujah say U.S. troops have killed four civilians after opening fire on two cars at a checkpoint. The witnesses say several people were wounded in the incident late Friday, including a young girl.

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=
2FFA7736-DECA-45B2-925034C177A45A6D

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Censored! :

If there's one influence that has shaped worldwide politics over the past year, as this year's list of "Censored!" stories shows, it's the extent to which the Bush administration has exploited the events of Sept. 11, 2001

http://www.inlander.com/topstory/278731656913534.php

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In case you missed it:

Media Watch:

Human Beings As Feces:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2909.htm

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Even Traditional Conservatives Are Outraged by Neocons:

This was not the foreign policy agenda traditional conservatives like myself voted for in 2000.

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2003/08/10/
even_traditional_conservatives_outraged_by_radicalism_of_the_right_boston_globe/

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Some Republicans Doubt Need For $20.3 Billion For Rebuilding:

A new curriculum for training an Iraqi army for $164 million. Five hundred experts, at $200,000 each, to investigate crimes against humanity. A witness protection program for $200,000 per Iraqi participant. A computer study for the Iraqi postal service: $54 million.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4837.htm

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US won't pay for Iraq's long-term reconstruction:

Bremer Some reconstruction tasks may be postponed due to lack of money, the top US official in Iraq said.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/09/28/1064083252510.html

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Signs Show U.S. Underestimated Iraq War:

Wear and tear on tanks in Iraq is outpacing the Army's efforts to repair and resupply. The administration is scrambling to find thousands more troops by early next year. Stressed American soldiers are suddenly being given two-week vacations.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4838.htm

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Macmillan backed Syria assassination plot :

Documents show White House and No 10 conspired over oil-fuelled invasion plan.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4839.htm

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'You lied, they died,' US parents tell Bush:

The father of a soldier killed in Iraq accused President George Bush yesterday of being responsible for his son's death.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1050949,00.html

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London: Thousands stage Iraq demo:

Police estimated at 1530 BST there were about 20,000 marching, although organisers estimated up to 100,000 had attended the event.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3143062.stm

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Blair should quit, says half British public

http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=
FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1059480159942&p=1012571727159

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Patriots and invaders:

Iraqi resistance to foreign occupation enjoys great popular support.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1050860,00.html

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US Likely to Write Off $500 Million Debt:

Pakistan expects another $500 million debt write off from the United States. Sources said discussions on the loan write-off would take place during the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali to Washington.

http://jang.com.pk/thenews/sep2003-daily/27-09-2003/main/main8.htm

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Pyongyang hurls insults at Rumsfeld:

North Korea called US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld a "psychopath" and a "stupid man" yesterday, denouncing him for saying that one day freedom would come to the isolated Communist state.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/09/27/1064083249670.html

Dean, Kerry call on Rumsfeld to quit:

Citing a "pattern of deception" in his statements on Iraq and a failure to plan for the postwar period.

http://www.msnbc.com/news/972546.asp?cp1=1

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Bush Presses OPEC Not to 'Hurt Our Economy':

One day after OPEC's surprise decision to cut oil output, President Bush pressed Saudi Arabia and other cartel members on Thursday not to act in ways that threaten the U.S. economy.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=
LOTBMZYFHV4IICRBAE0CFEY?type=politicsNews&storyID=3510092

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CIA Seeks Probe of White House:

The CIA has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations that the White House broke federal laws by revealing the identity of one of its undercover employees.

http://www.msnbc.com/news/937524.asp?0cv=CA00

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Bush Steps Up Pressure on Iran Over Nuclear Plans

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1602-2003Sep25.html

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West Bank Gunman Kills Israeli Man, Baby:

A Palestinian attacked a Jewish settlement in the West Bank and killed two people - including an infant - before he was killed Friday night, emergency workers said.

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/6869340.htm

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Robert Fisk: Don't Mention The Oil. Or Ask About The Victims

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4845.htm

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Iraq postwar insecurity began in Washington: report:

Iraq's stubborn guerrilla war, electrical blackouts, looting and chaos were born in Washington -- as US officials missed cues and battled over ideology, said a report.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=
%2Fafp%2F20030928%2Fpl_afp%2Fus_iraq_security_030928213448

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Road To Darkness:

That old colonialist racism is manifesting itself in all these remarks about our having to tutor the Iraqis in running their own country. The Iraqis can govern themselves. They've been a nation as long as Finland and a civilization longer than Europe.

http://reese.king-online.com/Reese_20030929/index.php

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House panel questions Iraq proof:

The Bush administration scrambled yesterday to answer fresh attacks on the credibility of its case for toppling Saddam Hussein after House Intelligence Committee leaders called prewar information on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction "outdated and circumstantial,"

http://news.google.com/url?ntc=0M2A0&q=http://www.boston.com/
news/nation/articles/2003/09/29/house_panel_questions_iraq_proof

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Pentagon Belittles Information From Iraqi Defectors:

An internal assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that most of the information provided by Iraqi defectors who were made available by the Iraqi National Congress was of little or no value, according to federal officials briefed on the arrangement.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/29/international/middleeast/
29DEFE.html?ex=1065803061&ei=1&en=4f0cbdb0c428e450

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Iraq, 9/11 Still Linked By Cheney :

Trapped in a web of his own lies.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14901-2003Sep28.html

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Nine killed in landmine blast in town of Dehloran in Iran:

Nine people were killed in landmine explosions in the border region of Dehloran in the western province of Ilam on Saturday, IRNA reported on Monday quoting a local official.

http://www.payvand.com/news/03/sep/1184.html

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U.S. Soldier Killed by Guerrillas Fighters In West of Baghdad:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=
/nm/20030929/ts_nm/iraq_usa_attacks_dc

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7 U.S. Soldiers Reportedly killed In Iraq Attacks:

Seven U.S. soldiers were reportedly killed and seven others injured in attacks on two U.S. convoys in Fallujah and outside the town of Khaldiyah, west of Baghdad, as one Iraqi official in charge of drawing up the new constitution of occupied Iraq escaped an assassination attempt on Monday.

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2003-09/29/article06.shtml

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US Ambassador says its not a crime to kill a President

http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=11205

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Cuba says Gov. Bush urging attack:

Appearing on ABC's This Week, Ricardo Alarcon, the leader of Cuba's National Assembly, said Florida's governor was urging President Bush to invade the island.

http://www.canf.org/News/051903newsa.htm

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Don't mention the war:

Anger as Iraq is kept off Labour agenda. Veteran ex-Labour MP Tony Benn called the decision a "major scandal".

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/labour2003/story/0,13803,1051818,00.html

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The Thugs Who Control The Darkness:

The fear in this country was so thick immediately after 9/11 that most Americans could taste it. Two years later, the fear is still here, but those of us who are beginning to drown in it are struggling to be exorcised from its grip.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4846.htm

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Pentagon Stashes Covert Millions:

The U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base inflated budget proposals at the Pentagon's request last year to hide $20-million from Congress, according to documents obtained by the St. Petersburg Times.

http://www.sptimes.com/2003/09/28/Tampabay/Military_stashes_cove.shtml

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Security Aide Prods Airlines to Yield Data on Travelers:

Adm. James M. Loy, said that if he cannot get the airlines' cooperation, he said, he will simply order them to turn over the information.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4844.htm

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Final agony of RAF volunteer killed by sarin - in Britain:

As the inquest into the death of a 'human guinea pig' at Porton Down opens, a witness breaks 50 years' silence to recount the horrors he saw.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4843.htm

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A Must Watch Documentary

Breaking The Silence:

A hard hitting special video report into the "war on terror" Award winning journalist John Pilger. A Must Watch Documentary.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4851.htm

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US soldier killed in Afghanistan:

A US soldier is dead and two others wounded after a gunbattle with anti-US forces in south-eastern Afghanistan.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4851.htm

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Afghanistan Planning Calls For Up To Eight More Years:

U.S. forces could be digging in for a stay of up to eight more years in Afghanistan, where frequent firefights continue on the border with Pakistan nearly two years after major combat ended.

http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=17779

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Congress Likely to Add To War Request:

Lawmakers say the measure's $87 billion price tag appears more likely to expand than shrink.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19346-2003Sep29.html

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US paid $1m for ' useless intelligence' from Chalabi:

Information provided by Mr Chalabi was used extensively by the administration and US journalists. Surces said The New York Times reporter Judith Miller relied on the INC for many of her stories about Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4849.htm

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Doubt Grows Over Prewar Intelligence:

Some seven months after the US invaded Iraq, criticism of the intelligence used to justify that attack is only intensifying.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0930/p01s01-usfp.html

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A Must Watch Documentary

The Price of Victory:

This powerful documentary examines the nature of the resistance in Iraq, gaining access to American troops as they hunt down paramilitaries. A Must Watch Documentary

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4850.htm

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What fear is doing to our freedoms:

Fear is the most debilitating of all human emotions. A fearful person will do anything, say anything, accept anything, reject anything, if it makes him feel more secure for his own, his family's or his country's security and safety, whether it actually accomplishes it or not.

http://www.abqtrib.com/archives/opinions03/092603_opinions_patriot.shtml

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

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Soros calls for ' regime change' in US:

"I am very hopeful that people will wake up and realise that they have been led down the garden path, that actually 11 September has been hijacked by a bunch of extremists to put into effect policies that they were advocating before such as the invasion of Iraq."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3201631.stm

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A Must Listen

"Why do people hate America ?":

ABC Australia: Margaret Throsby, Interviews Author Ziauudin Sardar. A Must Listen

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4852.htm

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Iraqi official escapes assassination attempt:

An Iraqi official working on how to draft a new constitution for this occupied country has escaped an assassination attempt, an official of the US-installed Governing Council said.

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/030929/1/3ek5v.html

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Washington Insiders' Consults On Contracts In Iraq:

A group of businessmen linked by their close ties to President Bush, his family and his administration have set up a consulting firm to advise companies that want to do business in Iraq, including those seeking pieces of taxpayer-financed reconstruction projects.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/30/politics/30LOB
B.html?ex=1065888750&ei=1&en=1d889f1c626c7e0f

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US Forces Attacked In Iraq:

Hawija's hospital director, Dr Jasim Abd Allah Jiburi, accused US troops of shooting on hundreds of demonstrators who pelted them with stones, killing 10-year-old Husayn Dakhil Ahmad.

http://english.aljazeera.net/Articles/News/ArabWorld/
Iraqi+official+survives+assassination.htm

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US Rules Out Indian Force In Iraq:

The United States says it no longer expected India to contribute troops to the international force in Iraq.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3147818.stm

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$5,000 Re-Enlistment Bonus Offered To GIs in Terror War:

Soldiers in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq or Korea who are up for reenlistment can score an additional $5,000 bonus if they do the deed by Sept. 30 and commit another three years to the Army.

http://estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=17107&archive=true

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Deserting Our Troops:

A new government report scorches the Pentagon for violating a law meant to protect our soldiers.

http://www.tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/8995

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A Must Listen

Halabja: Gassing The Kurds:

How President Bush Used it As a Pretext For War 15 Years Later. A Must Listen

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4853.htm

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British Reservists Walk Out Of Services:

Family concern about long tours of duty in Iraq is driving Britain's weekend soldiers out of the drill halls.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1052498,00.html

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Paying the price of war in Iraq:

The Government's £3bn "war kitty" for Iraq is almost exhausted and the eventual cost to Britain of the conflict and its aftermath could double to £6bn.

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=448385

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As Canada Shivers, Bush Sings: My Way, Or Take The Highway:

Washington is as clueless about Ottawa as it is about Timbuktoo.

http://www.gulfnews.com/Articles/Opinion.asp?ArticleID=98893

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US Tax Cuts Lead To Largest Deficit Ever:

The record-setting debt is at complete odds from the President's first year in office when he promised, "Many of you have talked about the need to pay down our national debt. . . I agree. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to act now."

http://www.misleader.org/daily_mislead/Read.asp?fn=df09302003.html

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When you can't counter a critic, go after his wife :

It's one thing to be small in politics, another to be mean. But it's a whole 'nother thing entirely to be as petty and nasty as Bush administration officials are accused of being in seeking revenge against former U.S. ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV.

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/steve_
duin/index.ssf?/base/news/1064923563178481.xml

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