Information Clearing House  Digest September 18-24 2004
Date: 24 Sep 2004

1 YEAR & 169 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Rumsfeld: Iraq Troop Pull-Out Possible Before Peace:

“Any implication that that place has to be peaceful and perfect before we can reduce coalition and U.S. forces I think would obviously be unwise, because it's never been peaceful and perfect and it isn't likely to be.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/09/cd15156e-1a37-43c8-92eb-912f9f30abe9.html

tinyurl.com/6g4g2

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Three More U.S. Sailors Charged in Iraqi Prisoner Abuse:

The U.S. military has charged three more members of an elite Navy SEAL unit with abusing prisoners in Iraq, including a man who died last year after being beaten, the Navy said on Friday.
www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2004/09/24/three_more_us_sailors_charged_in_iraqi_prisoner_abuse/

tinyurl.com/6cg46

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Baghdad mortar attack kills four:

A mortar rocket has landed in a busy square in central Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 14, Iraqi police say.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=590013&section=news

tinyurl.com/6r2zn

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U.S. operation 'Iron Fist 2' steps up attacks on Sadr City :

Iraqi doctors said one person was killed Thursday and 12 were wounded, many of them children.
www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82~1865~2423728,00.html

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US aircraft, artillery fire pound Falluja:

US artillery and aircraft fire have pounded sectors of the Iraqi town of Falluja, sending up clouds of smoke
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0735E524-1C43-469F-BF2A-1694D8A413DC.htm

tinyurl.com/5aj55

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Websites boast 'slaughter' of women :

Concern was mounting last night over the fate of two Italian aid workers kidnapped in Baghdad more than a fortnight ago, after two separate statements appeared on the internet claiming that the women had been killed.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1311820,00.html

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Six Egyptians, four Iraqis kidnapped in Iraq as gunmen storm their employers' Baghdad office
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20040924-0927-iraq.html

tinyurl.com/5jyh2

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Abuse, Torture and Rape Reported at Unlisted U.S.-run Prisons in Iraq:

American legal investigators have discovered evidence of abuse, torture and rape throughout the US-run prison system in Iraq.
newstandardnews.net/content/?action=show_item&itemid=1029

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US now wants more troops in Iraq:

Amid escalating violence in Iraq and a reported withdrawal of the New Zealand contingent, the top US commander has signalled a striking reversal of policy and acknowledged more US troops are needed in Iraq.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A4A1E12E-19D9-4762-9D9C-2B9EBB064787.htm

tinyurl.com/4qbob

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Bush Upbeat as Iraq Burns:

As the situation in Iraq moves from bad to worse, the president, based on his public comments, seems to be edging further and further from reality. This is disturbing, to say the least.
www.nytimes.com/2004/09/24/opinion/24herbert.html?ex=1253764800&en=beca722ce58ba596&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

tinyurl.com/3mnvt

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Violence Belies Positive Picture:

Large swaths of Iraq remain outside the control of the interim government, major highways are fraught with attackers, and interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi ˜ along with the U.S. Embassy and much of the international community ˜ must conduct business in fortified compounds guarded by tanks, blast walls and barbed wire.
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-reality24sep24,1,6404552,print.story?coll=la-home-headlines

tinyurl.com/583ee

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The Face of Iraqi Democracy:

Ayad Allawi's performance in Washington was everything the Bush re-election campaign could have asked for. Unfortunately, most of it was wrong.
www.nytimes.com/2004/09/24/opinion/24fri2.html?ex=1253764800&en=8e004485641580dc&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

tinyurl.com/5dzw8

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Iraqi Girl Blog: Liar, Liar… :

I can't seem to decide what is worse- when Bush speaks in the name of Iraqi people, or when Allawi does. Yesterday's speech was particularly embarrassing.
riverbendblog.blogspot.com/2004_09_01_riverbendblog_archive.html#109602421527384036

tinyurl.com/4omqw

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Allawi, Bush & Cheney Are Lying About Conditions in Iraq:

To sum it all up, America is in deep trouble. We have a president and vice president who consistently lie to the people, using their “war on terror‰ as an abstraction that allows them to have a war without end to allegedly “protect us.‰
www.todaysalternativenews.com/index.php?event=link,150&values%5b0%5d=&values%5b1%5d=1920

tinyurl.com/5mn8z

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Expert told PM of error on weapons:

Australia's leading expert on weapons of mass destruction defied political and bureaucratic walls to warn the Prime Minister that his case for war against Iraq was based on falsehoods and it would make Australia a bigger terrorist target.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/09/24/1095961862471.html

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Chris Floyd: Everything they say about their war is a lie:

The brutal realities behind the rape of Iraq — that it was planned years ago, that the aggressors knew full well that their justifications for war were false and that their invasion would lead to chaos, ruin and unbridled terror — have been exposed by the very words and documents of the invaders themselves
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/09/24/120.html

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Come Clean with Gorbachev :

That war on Iraq was a mistake, Gorbachev said in London this week. ''It not only undermined international law, it undermined democracy. Millions spoke out, but the war was launched in spite of their democratic views,'' he told media representatives.
www.ipsnews.net/africa/interna.asp?idnews=25594

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Gwynne Dyer: Winning US presidency may prove a poisoned chalice:

Democrats in the United States can take solace in two facts. If their man is not in the White House for the next four years, then they will not end up carrying the blame for the almost inevitable US defeat in Iraq – and they will not have to preside over the biggest financial crisis to hit the US since the Great Depression.
207.44.245.159/article6957.htm

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Humiliated and impotent, every Iraqi is a hostage now:

The US authorities cannot let Dr Germ go – she knows too much
207.44.245.159/article6959.htm

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Human dignity, Crazy Mike and Indian country:

US Special Forces at one forward operating base in southeastern Afghanistan last year beat and tortured eight Afghan soldiers over no less than 17 days, until one of their victims, 18-year-old Jamal Naseer, died.
atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/FI25Ag01.html

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Video: “Massacre of Civilians in Fallujah?”

– Retired Special Forces soldier Stan Goff comments: “The “tell‰ is in the audio. When the pilot asks permission to fire, he reports a large number of people∑ not armed people. People. And permission is granted instantly. This is an indication that the mission guidance is to shoot anyone who is in the street.
www.newsgateway.ca/Fallujah_video_massacre.htm

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Like Dogs In The Night:

It's time for Americans — both Democrat and Republican — to wake up and face the truth — we are struggling under the heel of a morally bankrupt, rabid right-wing, pre-World War II Germany facist cult.
207.44.245.159/article6958.htm

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Republicans Admit Mailing Campaign Literature Saying Liberals Will Ban the Bible:

The Republican Party acknowledged yesterday sending mass mailings to residents of two states warning that “liberals” seek to ban the Bible. It said the mailings were part of its effort to mobilize religious voters for President Bush.
www.nytimes.com/2004/09/24/politics/campaign/24bible.html

tinyurl.com/484gc

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Hepatitis spreads in 2 Iraqi districts :

Collapse of water and sewage systems is believed to be at root of the illness
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=540294.html

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Toxic Pollution and Killing in Iraq:

According to the WHO figures prior to the 1990 US war, the Iraqi people had 92% access to high quality free health care in some of the finest hospitals in the Middle East, 93% access to clean water,
207.44.245.159/article6960.htm

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Poisonous Legacy: Flash presentation.

– WARNING–

This movie presents pictures of the human effects of Depleted Uranium and should only be viewed by a mature audience.
www.bushflash.com/pl_lo.html

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Powell refuses to rule out attack on Iran :

US Secretary of State Colin Powell has refused to rule out the use of military force against Iran to prevent it from pursuing its nuclear arms program.
www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=839401&fid=942

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Lebanon space violated 3 straight days:

Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace for the third consecutive day Friday, evoking United Nations and Lebanese official concern.
www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20040924-060310-1278r.htm

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U.S. to Sell Precision-Guided Bombs to Israel :

Military analysts say any Israeli pre-emptive strike would entail destruction not only of Iran's nuclear reactors under construction at Bushehr and Arak and the gas centrifuge facility at Natanz, but would target mobile missile launchers, strike aircraft and other weapons in order to prevent a retaliatory attack.
www.newhousenews.com/archive/wood092304.html

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Vanunu: US should press Israel to stop nuke development:

In an interview with Greek radio, Vanunu also said that the United States should apply the same pressure on Israel as it is applying on Iran to eliminate the pursuit of nuclear weapons.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1095914103040&p=1006688055060

tinyurl.com/4py3b

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Israel Charges Iran Replaces Saddam as Terror Exporter:

Israel charged on Thursday that Iran had replaced Saddam Hussein as the world's primary exporter of “terror, hate and instability.”
olympics.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6318640

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Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem should be rezoned for Jews, says mayor
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/481362.html

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UN report blames Israel for building fence to confiscate land :

Israel is building its barrier on West Bank land not to keep out suicide bombers but to confiscate the land and put pressure on Palestinians to move away, a UN human rights investigator said on Friday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/481588.html

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Israel Tries To Block U.N. Move on Fence:

Security Council action would raise the prospect of sanctions against Israel, probably triggering an American veto. Israel hopes to avoid the use of the veto
www.forward.com/main/article.php?ref=perelman200409231244

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UK: Anglican group calls for Israel sanctions :

An influential Anglican group is to ask church leaders to impose a boycott of Israel and firms that do business there in protest at the occupation.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1311571,00.html

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Beyond the right

Expelling Israeli Arabs to another country is an idea getting ever more popular
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/709/pr1.htm

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“Finally It Broke My Heart”:

Random Impressions from Palestine
www.counterpunch.com/christison09242004.html

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Bin Laden-Linked Suspect Boycotts Hearing :

Osama bin Laden's alleged accountant boycotted a review hearing to evaluate his legal status, and his attorney was barred from attending the proceedings at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4512108,00.html

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US defends decision to put Cat out

US Secretary of State Colin Powell yesterday defended a US decision to bar British singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, from entering the country, saying intelligence agencies had enough information to put him on a “watch list”.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10869242%255E2703,00.html

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Ridge Reports Investments in Homeland Security Contractors:

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge had investments last year in a number of companies with contracts with his department and others who want to profit from homeland security, a new list of his assets shows.
www.cq.com/corp/show.do?page=crawford/20040923_homeland

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Heckler arrested for `threatening' President Bush:

The mother of a soldier killed in Iraq who was arrested last week for interrupting a speech by Laura Bush is being investigated by the Secret Service for threatening remarks she made about President George W. Bush
www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/09/24/2003204155

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Big Brother sends in the hit squads to clean up national security threat
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/09/17/1095394005626.html

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In case you missed it?:

Recruitment hard drive :

The US army is the world's biggest games developer, pumping billions into new software. Steve O'Hagan reports on the battle for young thumbs and minds
www.guardian.co.uk/theguide/features/story/0,,1242262,00.html

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09/23/04:

U.S. Troops Seal Off Samarra, Call In Air Strikes:  "The Americans have struck last night and this morning Al-Qadassiyah neighborhood with Apache helicopters. Three people were killed, including one old woman.

Oil official shot dead as at least four Iraqis killed in US attacks: Gunmen killed a senior official of Iraq's North Oil Co. in the northeastern city of Mosul Thursday, officials said.

U.S. warplanes attack insurgents in east Baghdad : U.S. warplanes fired on insurgent targets in the east Baghdad slum of Sadr City, killing at least one person and injuring 12 many of them children hospital officials said Thursday.

Palestinian resistance hits Israeli army: Palestinian resistance fighters have killed at least three Israeli soldiers guarding an illegal Jewish settlement in the occupied Gaza Strip.

Israel and Palestine, Choosing Sides: The most monumental cover-up in media history may be the one I’m about to describe. In my entire experience with American journalism, I have never found anything as extreme, sustained, and omnipresent.

Iraq group says kills two Italian hostages: An Islamist group in Iraq has said it killed two female Italian hostages in a statement posted on an Internet site not often used by Iraqi militants.

Counting the civilian cost in Iraq: Human rights groups say the occupying powers have failed in a duty to catalogue the deaths, giving the impression that ordinary Iraqis' lives are worth less than those of soldiers.

Hell: We are seeing the beginning of a larger conflict that is busily giving birth to monsters. Salon's war correspondent on the Iraq inferno.

Top Shiite Cleric Raises Concerns on January Vote: Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, has threatened to withdraw his support for the elections unless changes are made to increase the representation of Shiites, according to one Iraqi source close to him.

Date: 22 Sep 2004

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1 YEAR & 167 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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This is a must read

The enemy is us:

Retired Air Force colonel Sam, Gardiner:

In war, you deny information, spread lies and use psychological warfare. An expert on military information operations explains how Bush has mastered this technique — and used it against the American people.
207.44.245.159/article6943.htm

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Swift Boat Swill: New proof of Vietnam War atrocities:

John Kerry is being pilloried for his shocking Senate testimony 34 years ago that many U.S. soldiers˜not just a few “rogues”˜were committing atrocities against the Vietnamese. U.S. military records that were classified for decades but are now available in the National Archives back Kerry up and put the lie to his critics.
207.44.245.159/article6937.htm

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Baghdad Violence Kills at Least 17 :

Car bombs and clashes have shaken the Iraqi capital Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and wounding dozens more.
tinyurl.com/6cbmp

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Attacks Kill 2 U.S. Soldiers in Iraq :

Two U.S. Army soldiers were killed in separate incidents in northern Iraq on Wednesday, officials said.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4507378,00.html

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Two US soldiers in Iraq charged with murder:

Two US soldiers serving in Iraq have been charged with premeditated murder in the deaths of three Iraqi civilians, the US military has said in a statement.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A13D8BED-59D9-4F69-A19B-EB56CB450055.htm

tinyurl.com/5yjc7

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US launches Sadr City strikes:

The US Army has launched major operations in the Shiite slum of Sadr City late on Tuesday as the sound of helicopter gunships and heavy gunfire echoed through Baghdad.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200409/s1204270.htm

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Are we in Saidad or Baghgon?:

We are dealing in the cheapness of Iraqi lives while we Iraqicize them. Like the “liberated areas,” the free-fire zones have begun to spread in Iraq's cities, as they once did in Vietnam's countryside
www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=1839

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Bush Dismisses Gloomy CIA Report on Iraq:

President Bush, determined to put an optimistic face on deadly conditions in Iraq, said on Tuesday that the CIA was just guessing when it said the war-racked country was in danger of slipping into civil war.
abcnews.go.com/wire/US/reuters20040921_433.html

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Powell Suggests Iraq Critics Are Defeatist, Rattled
news.myway.com/top/article/id/43119|top|09-21-2004::09:06|reuters.html

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The crisis in Darfur: This wolf is real, and nobody's listening :

Once upon a time the U.S. secretary of state went to the UN Security Council and cried, “Wolf!” He said that the evil Saddam Hussein had been building weapons of mass destruction and posed an immediate threat to the United States and the world. Over 1,000 American deaths later, there are no WMDs to be found.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=539682.html

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An Early Exit from Iraq? :

The distinction between what politicians say on the campaign trail and what they really believe is well illustrated by the current Kerry-Bush skirmishing on Iraq: If either man really believes some of the things he's saying, we're in worse shape than we know.
www.time.com/time/columnist/karon/article/0,9565,700358,00.html

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Simon Jenkins : Quit Iraq, and quit fast. It's that simple:

The brave recourse now is to realism, to admit that a war which cannot be won should soonest be abandoned. Britain should leave Iraq in January, whatever a new American President decides.
207.44.245.159/article6942.htm

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Video:

British Hostage Pleads To Prime Minister Blair For His Life:

“Mr. Blair, I am nothing to you”

– WARNING – This video should only be watched by a mature audience.
207.44.245.159/article6944.htm

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Tony Benn: MPs can end the Iraq folly:

This is a war that cannot be won – not least because it is being seen as a crusade against Islam. What is needed now is a vote in parliament to withdraw the troops on a fixed date – perhaps the end of this year – and for Britain to sponsor a resolution at the security council calling on the Americans to do the same
207.44.245.159/article6939.htm

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The case for impeachment :

There is no doubt Blair misled parliament over the war
politics.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,9115,1309808,00.html

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Analysis: Baghdad – Where to from here?:

Short of committing at least another 150,000 to 200,000 combat troops to clamp down on the insurgency with a titanium fist, the security situation in Iraq will continue to deteriorate.
about.upi.com/products/perspectives/UPI-20040922-072517-7058R

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Juan Cole: If America were Iraq, What would it be Like?:

Violence killed 300 Iraqis last week, the equivalent proportionately of 3,300 Americans. What if 3,300 Americans had died in car bombings, grenade and rocket attacks, machine gun spray, and aerial bombardment in the last week?
207.44.245.159/article6940.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
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High Plains Grifter: The Life and Crimes of George W. Bush:

Even Laura couldn't stop him. By most inside accounts, the first lady opposed the war on Iraq. She told Bob Woodward on the eve of the war that she found the prospect of the invasion horrifying.
www.counterpunch.org/stclair09222004.html

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The spoils of another war :

Many will not need to be convinced of the link between US corporations now busily helping themselves to Iraqi state assets and the military machine that prised Iraq open for global business. But what is less widely known is that a similar process is already well under way in a part of the world where B52s were not so long ago dropping bombs in another “liberation” mission.
www.guardian.co.uk/Kosovo/Story/0,2763,1309165,00.html

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In case you missed it:

Illegal Orders give the US a Lock on Iraq's Economy:

These little noticed orders lock in sweeping advantages to American firms, ensuring long-term U.S. economic advantage while guaranteeing few, if any, benefits to the Iraqi people.
www.commondreams.org/views04/0805-07.htm

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UN gives President a luke-warm reception:

He received only weak applause from an audience of mostly stony-faced foreign leaders.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/09/22/1095651394923.html

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Bush, in Shift, Taps Into Emergency Iraq Funds:

The decision to use the $25 billion in Iraq reserves underscores concern within the administration about the rise in anti-American violence in Iraq.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040921/ts_nm/iraq_usa_funding_dc&cid=564&ncid=1480

tinyurl.com/6ote3

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Body Found in Iraq Confirmed As Hostage's : T

he family of hostage Jack Hensley has received confirmation that the headless body handed over to U.S. officials in Iraq is his, a family spokesman said Wednesday.
www.620ktar.com/news/article.aspx?id=461230

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Tremble tyrants. The Slaves are freed!:

Everything the United States and the United Kingdom has done in Iraq, done to Iraq, and is planning to do for Iraq is illegal.
207.44.245.159/article6941.htm

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Every Death Creates New Enemies:

Flash Presentation.
www.ericblumrich.com/pax.html

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James K. Galbraith : The Afghan Effect?:

The White House now says that, in addition to everything else, Sept. 11 wrecked our economy. Bush may be the “no-jobs president,” but Osama bin Laden is to blame. Let's look at the evidence.
www.truthout.org/docs_04/092204I.shtml

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US military toll in Afghanistan rising:

Three American soldiers have been killed in eastern Afghanistan this week, the US military says.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E886CE9A-07F4-4A9C-A032-8200598F568E.htm

tinyurl.com/6n285

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Bush‚s war needs troops.

Alarm is spreading that President Bush may seek a military draft, or mobilize more of the National Guard and Army Reserve, to obtain enough combat troops to wage his bogged-down Iraq war.
wvgazette.com/section/Editorials/200409213

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Anybody feel a draft:

Universal National Service Act of 2003 (Introduced in House): H. R. 163:

To provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes.
207.44.245.159/article6938.htm

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Musharraf Says Victory in War on Terrorism Requires New Tactics :

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf said not enough is being done to win the war on terrorism, and that an ``iron curtain'' could descend between the U.S. and other western nations and the Islamic world.
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000080&sid=anCklEpVM5pM&refer=asia

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Woman suicide bomber kills 2 in Jerusalem :

A Palestinian woman suicide bomber blew herself up near a hitch-hiking post in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing two people and wounding 15
www.arabtimesonline.com/arabtimes/breakingnews/view.asp?msgID=7155

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Israel: Shalom to meet 30 foreign ministers in New York:

At his meetings, Shalom will report on the progress of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan as proof that pressure on Israel regarding the security fence is unwarranted.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1095650544519

tinyurl.com/6jdt9

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Sharon: Arafat will get what he deserves:

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat would “get what he deserves”, recalling the fate of two assassinated leaders of the radical Hamas movement.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200409/s1204923.htm

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Sharon‚s promises to Bush remain unfulfilled :

Almost a year after solemnly promising President Bush Israel would dismantle the illegal settlements, not one outpost has been removed.
www.maarivinternational.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article&articleID=11137

tinyurl.com/4f6vk

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Official heading AIPAC probe is anti-Semitic:

“He‚s bad, very bad,‰ declared one senior Jewish organizational executive, who like all those familiar with Szady declined to speak for the record.
www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=A+pattern+of+cases+against+Jews%3F&intcategoryid=5

tinyurl.com/3qaqb

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In case you missed it?:

Zionists On Our Payroll:

Since the early days of Israel's colonization of Palestine, Zionist leaders of this movement have, for public relations reasons, denounced any non-Jew who dared criticize their often violent actions as “Anti-Semitic”
207.44.245.159/article5314.htm

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Sharon‚s promises to Bush remain unfulfilled :

Almost a year after solemnly promising President Bush Israel would dismantle the illegal settlements, not one outpost has been removed.
www.maarivinternational.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article&articleID=11137

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“To be or not to be”:

What turns victims into suicide bombers?
www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/pjballes28.htm

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Former CIA director sees slow creep toward nationwide fingerprinting :

American citizens face the prospect of having to submit fingerprints to the government to make it easier to fight terrorism, former CIA director James Woolsey says.
www.gcn.com/vol1_no1/daily-updates/27362-1.html

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Ashcroft Continues to Seek New Powers :

The latest proposed legislation — “Tools to Fight Terrorism Act of 2004" (S. 2679) — would increase the government‚s powers to secretly obtain personal records without judicial review and limit judicial discretion over the use of secret evidence in criminal cases.
www.aclu.org/NationalSecurity/NationalSecurity.cfm?ID=16491&c=24

tinyurl.com/5g7fy

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Republican fund-raising leads to indictments of 3 DeLay aides
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/topstory2/2807364

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Singer Cat Stevens refused entry to the US:

Singer Cat Stevens and his daughter were escorted off a diverted transatlantic flight by FBI agents, it emerged today.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=564395

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Latest Swift Boat Veterans For “Truth” Anti Kerry Ad:

QuickTime
swift3.he.net/~swift3/friends.mov

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Date: 21 Sep 2004

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1 YEAR & 166 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Web site claims 2nd U.S. hostage killed in Iraq :

A posting on an Islamic Web site claimed Tuesday that the al-Qaida-linked group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has slain a second American hostage in Iraq.
tinyurl.com/6z6gu

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Cheney may have Œstretched Iraq intelligence‚:
President George W. Bush's choice for intelligence chief on Monday said the administration had, on at least one occasion, overstated information it had tying Iraq to al-Qaeda and the September 11 terrorist attacks.
news.ft.com/cms/s/276dc9cc-0b44-11d9-b403-00000e2511c8.html

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Bush haunted by the wrong Abu :

He was Abu, all right. And a ruthless terror mastermind to boot. But the man whose name has been migrating from one of President George Bush's stump speech to another for weeks now had little to do with the crime he is being accused of.
www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3&art_id=qw1095751621468U213

tinyurl.com/4oxzu

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UK: The need to wrongfoot Saddam :

The leaked documents show that early in March 2002, ministers were warned by Cabinet Office officials that the Bush administration was pushing hard for an invasion to topple Saddam even though there was no evidence he posed more of a threat than previously, or supported international terrorism.
www.guardian.co.uk/analysis/story/0,3604,1308977,00.html

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U.S. Government Website:
Countries Where al Qaeda Has Operated: Note.

Iraq is missing from the list.
usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/terrornet/12.htm

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Is Bush the new Saddam?

Has the US completely lost the plot in West Asia?. A lack of concern for Iraqi lives now pervades all American thinking. John Kerry did not even consider it worth his while to raise the issue during his campaign. Only the Iraqis killed by Saddam matter to the US and its allies.
207.44.245.159/article6935.htm

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Paul Krugman: The Last Deception:

It's Ayad Allawi week. President Bush, starting with his address at the U.N. today, will try to present Mr. Allawi – as the leader of a sovereign nation on the path to democracy. If the media play along, Mr. Bush may be able to keep the Iraq disaster under wraps for a few more weeks.
www.nytimes.com/2004/09/21/opinion/21krugman.html?ex=
1253505600&en=a2ce6977d4ccd242&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

tinyurl.com/3ovxz

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Why Americans back the war:

To the mounting horror of the world, the United States of America is relentlessly bringing about the systematic destruction of a small, unthreatening nation for no good reason. Why has this not gripped the conscience of this country?
207.44.245.159/article6934.htm

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So Far, You Can Fool Most of the People Most of the Time :

Despite all of the death and mayhem in Iraq and counterproductive results in the war on terror, the ever-chipper President Bush soldiers on with upbeat assessments of those efforts in campaign appearances. And the ever-gullible American voter is apparently willing to believe him.
www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1366

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Majority wants Iraq pullout deadline – poll:

Most voters want Prime Minister Tony Blair to set a date for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, according to a poll for the Guardian.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=587592&section=news

tinyurl.com/6aeom

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A strident minority: anti-Bush US troops in Iraq:

Though military personnel lean conservative, some vocally support Kerry – or at least a strategy for swift withdrawal.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0921/p02s02-usmi.html

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Two US marines killed in Iraq:

TWO US marines were killed in clashes in restive Al-Anbar province in western Iraq, the US military said today.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10842781%255E1702,00.html

tinyurl.com/68kzo

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Explosions continue to rock Iraq:

An Iraqi has been killed and three others injured in a roadside explosion in Baquba city.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3FD6246D-E608-42AE-8128-758F167D5DD0.htm

tinyurl.com/5lc7v

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Soldier dies from wounds received in Iraq:

A former Worthington man died Sunday from combat injuries he received while serving in the Army in Fallujah, Iraq.
pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/trib/newssummary/s_253420.html

tinyurl.com/5umg3

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Baghdad car bombing wounds four:

A car bomb struck a U.S. patrol on the road to Baghdad's airport Tuesday, wounding four American soldiers and several Iraqis.
newsobserver.com/24hour/world/story/1672303p-9428719c.html

tinyurl.com/58qar

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David H. Hackworth: Rapes and assaults of American female soldiers:

Military stupidity at its finest, or senior male brass who chose to shrug and look the other way?
www.sftt.org/cgi-bin/csNews/csNews.cgi?database=Hacks%20Target%20
Homepage.db&command=viewone&op=t&id=84&rnd=399.25183065658893

tinyurl.com/3pyhu

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UN: Bush Links Democracy, Human Rights To Global Security:

Moments earlier, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the assembly that what he called a “shameless disregard” for rule of law had become widespread. He cited both the rampant abuses of terrorists as well as excessive efforts by states fighting terrorism.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/09/d6e066e4-4dce-4747-8aa7-fb2caff8b692.html

tinyurl.com/4mlef

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Annan condemns US abuses in Iraq :

Kofi Annan, the secretary-general of the United Nations, today cited the torture of Iraqi prisoners by US forces as an example of how fundamental laws were being “shamelessly disregarded”.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1309572,00.html

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US probes alleged torture death of Afghan soldier:

The US Army has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that an 18-year-old Afghan army recruit died in US custody in March 2003 after being beaten and tortured by American captors, a spokeswoman said.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1521&ncid=
731&e=6&u=/afp/20040921/pl_afp/us_afghanistan_torture

snipurl.com/98d3

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How to Avoid Becoming an Anti-American:

It is the duty of all upstanding American citizens to fully understand and identify the leading symptoms of anti-Americanism, so that our homes, homeless shelters, reading chambers, torture chambers, chocolate refineries, weapons factories, and places of worship, such as churches, temples, and Wall Street, are completely free from the poison of anti-war sentiment.
www.counterpunch.org/alam09212004.html

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Video: U.S. Military Vehicle Blown Up In Fallujah
207.44.245.159/article6931.htm

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www.informationclearinghouse.info/support.htm

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Howard Dean: Hidden Agenda:

A National Draft in the Future?
www.yubanet.com/artman/publish/article_13568.shtml

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Iran converting nuclear material:

The United States has accused Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons, but Iran has insisted its nuclear programme is solely for peaceful purposes.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3676008.stm

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Bush Aides Divided on Confronting Iran Over A-Bomb:

At a time when the violent insurgency in Iraq is vexing the Bush administration and stirring worries among Americans, events may be propelling the United States into yet another confrontation, this time with Iran.
www.nytimes.com/2004/09/21/politics/21diplo.html?ex=1253
419200&en=a52cca16d0465865&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

snipurl.com/98d6

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Proliferation treaty:

Of course Iran wants to develop nuclear weapons – and has the legal entitlement to do so
www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,12858,1309228,00.html

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Over 40 countries can make N-arms, says UN watchdog :

More than 40 countries with peaceful nuclear programmes could retool them to make weapons, the head of the UN atomic watchdog agency said amid new US and European demands that Iran give up technology capable of producing such arms
straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/latest/story/0,4390,273841,00.html

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Der Spiegel: The US Is Arming Israel Against Iran. :

Security experts assume that the Teheran atomic program is the reason for the delivery.
207.44.245.159/article6936.htm

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Israel seeks U.S. “bunker bombs”:

The United States plans to sell Israel $319 million (178 million pounds) worth of air-launched bombs, including 500 “bunker busters” able to penetrate Iran's underground nuclear facilities, Israeli security sources say.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=587936&section=news

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U.S. to sell Israel 5,000 smart bombs :

The funding will come from the U.S. military aid to Israel
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/479647.html

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Outposts financed during Barak's tenure :

Between 1999 and 2000 during the Barak administration, government ministries approved the transfer of tens of millions of shekels to finance illegal outposts and new neighborhoods in West Bank settlements, according to official documents obtained by Haaretz.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/479586.html

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Uri Avnery: The New Cult of the Temple :

The Security Service is haunted by a terrible fear: that another Israeli prime minister will be assassinated.
www.antiwar.com/orig/avnery.php

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Israel – a stormy relationship: Passport to a world of trouble :

When the Palestinian terrorism group Hamas applauded Prime Minister Helen Clark's “daring” actions in imposing sanctions on Israel, Jewish organisations reacted against her “vile bedfellows”.
www.nzherald.co.nz/storyprint.cfm?storyID=3593152

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Australian PM, threatens overseas strikes:

Prime Minister John Howard unveiled a plan for “flying squads” of police to stop terrorist attacks in the region, stressing he would not hesitate to order a pre-emptive strike overseas if needed to protect Australia.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1512&ncid=733&e=2&u=/afp/20040920/wl_afp/australia_vote_attacks

snipurl.com/98dc

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China tests new long-range missile:

Deployment of long-range cruise missiles would mark a new stage in China‚s effort to develop the ability to project force beyond its borders and would pose a potentially potent new threat to rival Taiwan.
news.ft.com/cms/s/6ec67394-0b0a-11d9-947a-00000e2511c8.html

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Pakistan: Backlash builds as militants confronted:

Khattak said the army takes extreme care to avoid civilian casualties, although he acknowledged that “we also have problems of differentiating between miscreants and peace-loving citizens.”
www.theunionleader.com/articles_showa.html?article=44304

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Rare Video Footage From Inside The World Trade Center On 9/11
207.44.245.159/article6932.htm

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CBS's memo becomes a free pass for Bush:

Does nothing stick to this guy, who has yet to come clean about his alkie, Vietnam-evading past? After all, the basics of the CBS story were true, reported five years ago by Greg Palast and other real don't-just-play-one-on-TV reporters.
snipurl.com/97qh

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Killing the Messenger: Who Gave Rather the Memos and Why
207.44.245.159/article6933.htm

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Remember the White House Response to Fake Uranium Documents?:

“A key piece of evidence linking Iraq to a nuclear weapons program appears to have been fabricated”, the United Nations' chief nuclear inspector said [March 6] in a report that called into question U.S. and British claims about Iraq's secret nuclear ambitions.
www.politicalstrategy.org/archives/000393.php

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Greg Palast: The Lynching of Dan Rather:
www.guerrillanews.com/corporate_crime/doc5280.html

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GOP Senator Admits He May Not Vote for Bush:

U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican moderate from Rhode Island, said publicly Monday what other GOP lawmakers have admitted privately: he might not vote for President Bush in the Nov. 2 election.
www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_5295.shtml

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Naomi Klein: Baghdad Year Zero:

Pillaging Iraq in pursuit of a neocon utopia”: With unemployment as high as 67 percent, the imported products and foreign workers flooding across the borders have become a source of tremendous resentment in Iraq and yet another open tap fueling the insurgency.
207.44.245.159/article6930.htm

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Al-Qaida would back Bush, says UK envoy
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1309097,0.html

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The transatlantic drift :

The war in Iraq has taken a bitter toll on relations between Europe and America
www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,1308768,00.html

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Latin America Has Had Enough of Bush:

‰No More Bush‰: it has become a slogan echoed with increasing frequency, on signs and banners carried by protesters and painted on walls throughout Latin America.
ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=25492

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Date: 20 Sep 2004

1 YEAR & 164 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Car bomb kills three people in Mosul:

A car bomb exploded in the northern Iraq city of Mosul on Monday, killing three people, hospital police said.
www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles/2004/09/20/news/breaking_news/5a06cc2304697a9086256f15004afebc.txt

tinyurl.com/4bazy

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Senior Sunni clerics assassinated in Iraq:

Two senior members of an influential Islamic authority in Iraq, the Association of Muslim Scholars, have been assassinated.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C2AE88B8-9310-48B4-A273-277BAB196667.htm

tinyurl.com/5s55y

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At least 2 killed, 3 injured in Fallujah explosions:

Dhia Adel of Fallujah General Hospital said the two killed and three wounded were all municipal employees using a bulldozer on construction projects near the railway station.
www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=rednews/2004/09/20/build/world/50-iraqattacks.inc

tinyurl.com/4vchc

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Another US soldier killed on patrol:

A US soldier was killed in an attack on a patrol north of Baghdad this afternoon, the US military said.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10831003%255E1702,00.html

tinyurl.com/6ys45

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US Hostage “Beheaded” in Iraq:

“The group will next behead the others”
www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=39467

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Eighteen Iraqi guard members freed:

There's word that 18 Iraqi National Guard members have been released by their captors in Iraq.
www.kctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=2323602

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US determined to cut out 'cancer of Fallujah:

American military commanders in Iraq are planning a series of major assaults before the end of the year to retake control of Fallujah and other cities held by insurgents.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=563620

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Juan Cole: McCain vs. Iraqi Public:

The rather bloodthirsty demand launched by Arizona Senator John McCain that the US military conquer Fallujah and other Sunni Arab cities of al-Anbar Province will not in fact enhance the possibility of free elections in January
207.44.245.159/article6924.htm

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The truth about Iraq:

The Bush's administration's internal intelligence assessment is far more pessimistic about the war than the president has been in public.
www.sptimes.com/2004/09/19/Opinion/The_truth_about_Iraq.shtml

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More drivel from Robert Novak:

Quick exit from Iraq is likely:

Inside the Bush administration policymaking apparatus, there is strong feeling that U.S. troops must leave Iraq next year. The officials are saying: Ready or not, here we go.
www.suntimes.com/output/novak/cst-edt-novak20.html

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A U.S. Soldier Reflects On The War In Iraq: Why We Cannot Win::

Let me state that I am a soldier currently deployed in Iraq, I am not an armchair quarterback. Nor am I some politically idealistic and naïve young soldier, I am an old and seasoned Non-Commissioned Officer with nearly 20 years under my belt.
207.44.245.159/article6929.htm

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Iran: The U.S. weighs the price of a pre-emptive strike:

Last week U.S. and Israeli officials were talking of possible military action˜even though some believe it's already too late to keep Iran from going nuclear (if it chooses).
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6039135/site/newsweek

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US 'loses' war games:

US spy agencies have played out “war games” to consider possible pre-emptive strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities, and concluded that strikes would not resolve Washington's standoff with Tehran, Newsweek magazine reported on Sunday
www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1591895,00.html

tinyurl.com/5eb3b

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Embarrassing find:

Here comes another huge nuclear embarrassment for Washington. UN nuclear inspectors just caught close U.S. ally South Korea enriching small amounts of plutonium and uranium to weapons grade.
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/Eric_Margolis/2004/09/19/634925.html

tinyurl.com/6agwc

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No plans for new nukes here!:

The Energy Department is moving ahead with plans to ramp up production of plutonium pits and other materials for a rejuvenated nuclear weapons program.
www.thebulletin.org/issues/2004/so04/so04lortie.html

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Search for a New World Order:

The US is fast becoming a totalitarian, militaristic society, increasingly intolerant of different economic and political systems. Washington‚s policy of pursuing the elusive goal of absolute national security is in fact making both America and the world more and more unstable and dangerous.
207.44.245.159/article6926.htm

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A hierarchy of suffering :

Since 9/11, America has used its victimhood to demand a monopoly on the right to feel and to inflict pain. When 3,000 people died on September 11, Le Monde declared: “We are all Americans now.” Around 12,000 civilians have died in Iraq since the beginning of the war, yet one waits in vain for anyone to declare that we have all become Iraqis, or Afghans, let alone Palestinians.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1308176,00.html

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Karen Kwiatkowski: The Al Qaeda Candidate?:

George W. Bush may honestly believe he has made the world a safer place. Of course, the blood on the ground and splashing against camera lenses around the whole world tells a very different story. But somewhere Osama is smiling, more influential and powerful than ever.
207.44.245.159/article6927.htm

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British Envoy to Italy Stirs Waters with Bush Barb:

Britain's ambassador to Italy has called President Bush “the best recruiting sergeant” for al Qaeda, Italian media reported Monday.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=584&ncid=584&e=2&u=/nm/20040920/pl_nm/iraq_britain_ambassador_dc

tinyurl.com/3nqh7

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Juan Cole: Bin Laden Doesn't Care Who Wins:

The remark of Speaker of the House Denis Hastert that al-Qaeda would like to manipulate the US election with a terrorist bombing and would be happier with Kerry as president is simply wrong.
207.44.245.159/article6925.htm

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Key U.S. allies shun democracy:

Last week the White House uttered barely a peep as the leaders of Russia and Pakistan lurched even closer to authoritarian rule. Both leaders cynically offered the war on terror as the excuse for a retreat from democracy that they had long contemplated.
www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/news/editorial/9712862.htm

tinyurl.com/5nfxy

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2 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghan Battle:

Two U.S. soldiers were killed in a firefight with insurgents Monday, while an Afghan vice president escaped a bomb attack on his convoy in the latest assassination attempt on a political leader ahead of key elections.
www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/breaking_news/9712999.htm

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Militants behead three in Afghan south ˆ official :

Suspected Taliban militants beheaded three Afghan soldiers in the troubled southern province of Zabul over the weekend in the latest pre-election violence, an official said on Monday.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20040920-0023-afghan-taliban-attack.html

tinyurl.com/5bjre

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2 Palestinians killed as explosion rips car apart in Gaza City :

At least two Palestinians were killed at nightfall Monday when an explosion ripped through a car in the southern part of Gaza City, witnesses said, in what appeared to be an Israeli air strike.
www.mytelus.com/news/article.do?pageID=world_home&articleID=1716463

tinyurl.com/4zrqy

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Sharon Okays firing at residential areas if warning given in advance:

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said this (Sunday) afternoon that firing at Palestinian residential areas should be carried out if terrorists use area to stage attacks and if a warning is given prior to a response.
www.maarivintl.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article&articleID=11069

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'Traitor' executed in front of children :

Masked Palestinian gunmen executed a suspected collaborator in a public square in the West Bank today, shooting the bound man before hundreds of onlookers, including schoolchildren.
www.breakingnews.ie/2004/09/20/story167363.html

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The only thing we have to fear is another four years of George W. Bush:

The election of the “avenging angel,‰ George W. Bush, with a formal election mandate and no reelection to worry about in 2008, will be ruinous to this nation and to the world community.
207.44.245.159/article6923.htm

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After Abu Ghraib :

Huda Alazawi was one of the few women held in solitary in the notorious Iraqi prison. Following her release, she talks for the first time to Luke Harding about her ordeal
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1308346,00.html

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Abu Ghraib: The Hidden Story:

“American interrogators have tortured at least five prisoners to death.” And from what we know, Mr. Schlesinger's figures, if anything, substantially understate the case.
www.nybooks.com/articles/17430

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Seymour Hersh's alternative history of Bush's war:

The crack investigative reporter tells Salon about a disastrous battle the U.S. brass hushed up, the frightening True Believers in the White House, and how Iran, not Israel, may have manipulated us into war.
207.44.245.159/article6928.htm

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“If You Harbor Terrorists, You Are a Terrorist‰ :

While delegates to the GOP convention were congratulating themselves for their candidate‚s tough stand against terrorism, the Bush administration was creating an international incident˜little publicized in the United States˜by harboring a notorious group of international terrorists on U.S. soil.
www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1364

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Putin Faces Chechnya Dilemma Over Jailed Colonel:

Russian President Vladimir Putin faced a dilemma Monday over whether to pardon an army colonel who strangled a Chechen schoolgirl, risking upsetting allies in Chechnya on the one hand or his powerful military on the other.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6278858

tinyurl.com/5wqdw

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Germany arrests American woman for allegedly trying to sell military secrets outside NATO
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/09/17/international1102EDT0526.DTL

tinyurl.com/5t523

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Date: 18 Sep 2004

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1 YEAR & 162 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Iraq had no WMD: the final verdict :

A draft of the Iraq Survey Group's final report circulating in Washington found no sign of the alleged illegal stockpiles that the US and Britain presented as the justification for going to war.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1307529,00.html

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Suicide bomber kills at least 21 in Kirkuk:

West of Baghdad, residents found the body of Anbar province's deputy governor, who was kidnapped earlier this month, hospital officials said Saturday.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6021654/

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Bomb rocks Baghdad:

A suicide car bomber has killed at least eight people in an attack on a police checkpoint in Baghdad
www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5221434

tinyurl.com/52wjq

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Three killed in US air raid on Fallujah:

“Three bodies were taken from the rubble,” said a rescue worker,adding that another three people, including two women and a child, were wounded.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-09/18/content_1994327.htm

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Car bomb explosion kills two American soldiers :

Another car bomb has exploded on the highway to Baghdad's international airport — just as more U-S troops arrived at the scene of a previous blast. Two American soldiers are dead and several others are hurt.
tinyurl.com/435bt

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US marine killed in action in western Iraq
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-09/18/content_1994323.htm

tinyurl.com/3ssl4

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Iraqi group holding 10 captive: report:

A militant group in Iraq claimed it is holding 10 hostages working for an American-Turkish company in a tape broadcast by the pan-Arab station al-Jazeera.
news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=4228

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Time running out for western hostages:

An armed group in Iraq has threatened to kill two Americans and a British man held captive unless female prisoners in Abu Ghraib and Um Qasr prisons are released within 48 hours.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/865D7055-14FF-48D3-AFBF-665C3B734EB0.htm

tinyurl.com/62qrn

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Secret papers show Blair was warned of Iraq chaos:

Tony Blair was warned a year before invading Iraq that a stable post-war government would be impossible without keeping large numbers of troops there for “many years”, secret government papers reveal.
207.44.245.159/article6919.htm

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Move to impeach Blair gains ground :

The organisers, who launched the campaign last month, have the backing of 21 MPs. By January they hope to secure 50 supporters to revive this antiquated parliamentary device.
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/003200409180319.htm

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President was told in July of civil war risk in Iraq :

Intelligence report adds weight to criticism of White House
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1306394,00.html

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US push to crush rebels:

US and Arab audiences are receiving completely different information about different facets of the same war. Arab and Iraqi viewers hear of deaths among their own people, while US officials speak of shadowy terrorists loyal to Jordanian-born al-Qa'ida leader Musab al-Zarqawi.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10798408^401,00.html

tinyurl.com/4yb5v

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Patrick Cockburn: How can you hold elections amid all this savagery?:

Last year, Iraqis were divided in their attitude to the occupation and to armed resistance. Today it is difficult to meet Iraqis who do not support the attacks on the Americans.
207.44.245.159/article6922.htm

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From bad to worse:

The three possible scenarios for the situation in Iraq reportedly laid out by the National Intelligence Estimate can be summed up as tenuous, bad and downright ugly.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/191155_secured.html

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Heed Allawi, Bush urges US:

US President George W. Bush said he looked forward to welcoming Prime Minister Iyad Allawi of Iraq next week, amid election-year worries in the United States about deadly chaos in that war-torn country
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/
20040917/pl_afp/us_vote_bush_iraq_040917222817&e=2

tinyurl.com/63kda

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In case you missed it:

Iraqi PM – Allawi shot prisoners in cold blood: witnesses::

Iyad Allawi, the new Prime Minister of Iraq, pulled a pistol and executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station, just days before Washington handed control of the country to his interim government, according to two people who allege they witnessed the killings.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6498.htm

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In case you missed it:

Ex-C.I.A. Aides Say Iraq Leader Helped Agency in 90's Attacks:

Iyad Allawi, now the designated prime minister of Iraq, ran an exile organization intent on deposing Saddam Hussein that sent agents into Baghdad in the early 1990's to plant bombs and sabotage government facilities under the direction of the C.I.A.
informationclearinghouse.info/article6297.htm

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U.S. Apologizes for Young Afghan's Death:

One male juvenile was killed and another wounded Friday in Uruzgan province, spokesman Maj. Scott Nelson said. “The coalition deeply regrets and apologizes for” the casualties, he said.
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-afghan
-us-civilian-killed,0,5447925.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

tinyurl.com/5fosc

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Kerry accuses Bush of hiding troops plan:

Democratic Sen. John Kerry on Friday accused the Bush administration of hiding a plan to mobilize more National Guard and reserve troops after the election while glossing over a worsening conflict in Iraq.
news.bostonherald.com/election/view.bg?articleid=44808

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You're Gonna Get Drafted:

There's no way around it now, the draft is almost a certainty.
seetheforest.blogspot.com/2004_09_01_seetheforest_archive.html#109546822828362236

tinyurl.com/5ub9t

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US Behind Rising Wave of Global Terrorism:

Boutros-Ghali: Former UN secretary general Boutros Boutros-Ghali held the US administration accountable for rising wave of terrorism, saying Washington‚s unilateral approach has fuelled civil wars across the world.
www.islamonline.net/English/News/2004-09/18/article06.shtml

tinyurl.com/6j7f5

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FBI's Anti-Terror 'October Plan':

FBI field offices and Homeland Security agencies will be advised of “extraordinary measures” that will go into place “beginning the first week of October through the elections.”
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/09/17/eveningnews/main644096.shtml

tinyurl.com/3m4xn

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In case you missed it:

Chris Floyd: Into the Dark :

The United States government is planning to use “cover and deception” and secret military operations to provoke murderous terrorist attacks on innocent people. Let's say it again: Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush and the other members of the unelected regime in Washington plan to deliberately foment the murder of innocent people.
207.44.245.159/article6920.htm

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Putin accuses 'complicit' West of harbouring Chechen terrorists :

In a statement likely to further chill Russia‚s cooling relations with Europe and the United States, Mr Putin said the West‚s “patronising and indulgent attitude to the murderers amounts to complicity in terror”.
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1094802004

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Russia raps UK over unruly exiles:

Russia's Foreign Ministry has summoned a senior British diplomat to complain about what it said were anti-Russian activities by exiles living in the UK.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3664382.stm

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Bush is responsible for the death of Kevin Shea and other Americans killed in Iraq:

I woke up Friday morning to a radio voice announcing that someone with my name had been killed in Iraq. Talk about a wake-up call.
207.44.245.159/article6921.htm

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Bulgarian president opposes redeploying troops in Iraq :

The Bulgarian president was responding to reports that the US military in Iraq is planning to transfer the Polish and Bulgarian troops to Najaf to replace the US troops.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-09/18/content_1994487.htm

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Iran October Surprise :

Even though a NIE (National Intelligence Estimate), which was released yesterday, expounded the many doomsday scenarios for violence-ridden Iraq, the Bush Administration is still busy establishing the groundwork for America‚s next Middle East crusade.
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=67&ItemID=6248

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U.N. Orders Iran to Suspend Nuke Program:

The resolution passed by the agency was its toughest yet on Tehran but didn't go as far as the United States had sought by saying Iran will automatically be sent to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions if it fails to meet the demands by November.
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040918_739.html

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Forcing Iran to halt uranium enrichment illegal: ElBaradei :

UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei said on Saturday that obliging Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment program is illegal, but Iran should suspend all enrichment-related activities in order to restore confidence.
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=9/19/2004&Cat=2&Num=007

tinyurl.com/6emxa

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Britons held after raid blunder by Israeli police :

Three British Muslim women yesterday told of their anger after Israeli police burst into their room in the middle of the night, strip-searched them and arrested them under terrorism laws.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1304820,00.html

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U.S. says plans to stem anti-Israel resolutions in UN :

The U.S. State Department announced its intentions to stem the number of resolutions against Israel passed in the United Nations General Assembly, Israel Radio announced early Saturday morning.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/478466.html

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List Of U.S. Vetoes of UN Resolutions Critical of Israel: (1972-2004)
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/UN/usvetoes.html

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A list of UN Resolutions against “Israel” 1955-1992
www.middleeastnews.com/unresolutionslist.html

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Jews Against the Occupation: Countless More UN Resolutions on Israel – 1955-1992
www.jatonyc.org/UNresolutions.html

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The Enemy Within:

These spies are not your covert foreign agents. No indeed. These operatives are Americans who publicly proclaim their allegiance to the flag.
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=51610&d=18&m=9&y=2004

tinyurl.com/3rfqd

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U.S. Army Drops Charges Against Guantanamo Colonel:

All charges have now been dropped against Farr as well as Army Capt. James Yee, a Muslim chaplain who ministered to prisoners, while the prosecution case against Air Force Senior Airman Ahmad al Halabi, an Arabic language translator, has run into numerous troubles.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=6258208

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In Stricter Study, U.S. Scales Back Claim on Cuba Arms:

The Bush administration, has conducted a new assessment of Cuba's biological weapons capacity and concluded that it is no longer clear that Cuba has an active, offensive bio-weapons program, according to administration officials.
www.nytimes.com/2004/09/18/international/americas/18intel.html?ex
=1253160000&en=309ac97e55978e04&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

tinyurl.com/6bxle

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Bullies at the Voting Booth:

Jim Crow is still casting a very long shadow. A Must Read
www.progressive.org/oct04/cusac1004.html

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“Buckhead,” who said CBS memos were forged, is a GOP-linked attorney
archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=buckhead18&date=20040918

tinyurl.com/63num

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GOP Mailing Warns Liberals Will Ban Bibles :

Campaign mail with a return address of the Republican National Committee warns West Virginia voters that the Bible will be prohibited and men will marry men if liberals win in November.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040917/ap_on_el_pr/campaign_mail&cid=694&ncid=2043

tinyurl.com/4nzcr

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New records contain letter from Bush's father:

The White House has said repeatedly that all of Bush's Guard records have been disclosed, only to be embarrassed when new documents have turned up.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2801092

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A War Hero or a Phony?:

So is John Kerry a war hero or a medal-grabbing phony? Did Mr. Kerry exaggerate his exploits?
www.nytimes.com/2004/09/18/opinion/18kristof.html?ex=
1253246400&en=8f5460025bb27665&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

tinyurl.com/5dxjf

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The Comrades Kerry Abandoned:

The Real Story of Vietnam Veterans Against the War
www.counterpunch.com/allen09182004.html

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Bill Moyers :Journalism Under Fire :

Secrecy is contagious, scandalous, toxic ˆ and costly.
www.commondreams.org/views04/0917-02.htm

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Rep. Henry A. Waxman: Secrecy in the Bush Administration:

Laws that are designed to promote public access to information have been undermined, while laws that authorize the government to

withhold information or to operate in secret have repeatedly been expanded. The cumulative result is an unprecedented assault on the

principle of open government.
www.yubanet.com/artman/publish/article_13478.shtml

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Newspapers accused of misusing word 'terrorist':

Canada's largest newspaper chain, CanWest Global, is being criticized over its use of the word “terrorist” in stories about the Middle East.
www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2004/09/17/canwesterrorist040917.html

tinyurl.com/6npux

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