Information Clearing House  Digest September 25-30 2004
Date: 30 Sep 2004

1 YEAR & 175 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Baghdad car bombs kill 34 children:

Insurgents have detonated three car bombs near a U.S. military convoy in Baghdad, killing 41 people, 34 of them children who were rushing to collect sweets from American troops.
uk.news.yahoo.com/040930/325/f3n84.html

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20 Palestinians, 3 Israelis killed in Gaza:

More than 100 others were injured, including civilians
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040930-062918-1705r.htm

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Five children killed in Gaza Strip battles :

Hamas rocket attack claims two young Israeli lives while three Palestinian boys die in raids
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1316057,00.html

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5 Iraqi children killed in Falluja :

Five Iraqi children were killed in the overnight US jet fighters bombing in the restive Fallujah city, west of Baghdad.
www.iribnews.ir/Full_en.asp?news_id=211516

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Fallujah Strike Kills 4:

At least four Iraqis were killed – including two women and one child – and eight wounded, said Dr. Ahmed Khalil of the Fallujah General Hospital.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4524973,00.html

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Two American soldiers, killed in explosions in Baghdad
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/040930/2004093006.html

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Bodyguard of Kirkuk mayor killed:

THE chief bodyguard of the mayor of Kirkuk, a northern Iraq city, was shot dead today, police said.
www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,10936460%255E1702,00.html

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Continued U.S. Airstrikes in Baghdad Draw Criticism:

Interim president of Iraq likens the tactics to Israeli military actions in the Gaza Strip: President Ghazi Ajil Yawer said the U.S. strikes were viewed by the Iraqi people as “collective punishment” against towns and neighborhoods.
207.44.245.159/article6981.htm

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The true face of Iraqi resistance :

Misrepresentation of reality helps keep people of conscience in Britain and the US from having sleepless nights about the children daily killed in their name or the trade unionists hounded by Saddamist torturers enlisted by the occupation.
207.44.245.159/article6984.htm

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Ted Lang: Iraq: Sanatized Slaughter:

Where are the mainstream media accounts of these atrocities?
207.44.245.159/article6983.htm

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What a Top Reporter in Baghdad Really Thinks About the War :

Readers of any nailbiting story from Iraq in a major mainstream newspaper must often wonder what the dispassionate reporter really thinks about the chaotic situation there, and what he or she might be saying in private letters or in conversations with friends back home.
www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/columns/
pressingissues_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000650551

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Women among 10 new hostages in Iraq:

THE Arab news network Al-Jazeera showed footage today of 10 new hostages seized in Iraq by militants.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10932357%255E401,00.html

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Carter? : Iraq has become a “quagmire” similar to Vietnam War:

“I think a lot of the violence in Iraq now is directly attributable to the fact that U.S. forces are there, and there is no clear concept at any early stage of when they will be withdrawn.”
www.kuna.net.kw/English/Story.asp?DSNO=668175

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Cheney changed his view on Iraq

He said in '92 Saddam not worth U.S. casualties
seattlepi.nwsource.com/printer2/index.asp?ploc=b&refer=
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/192908_cheney29.html

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Do You Remember This? :

Stormin' Norman: “Sucked Into A Tar Pit”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5368.htm

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Pentagon Iraq strategy 'failing':

A key element of the current US strategy in Iraq, the training of Iraqi forces, is still proceeding too slowly, a new report by a US think-tank says.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3702676.stm

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Oil-rich Iraqi provinces push for autonomy :

Iraq's oil-rich southern provinces are considering plans to set up an autonomous region – a move that reflects their growing frustration with the central government in Baghdad.
news.ft.com/cms/s/3d40c9a2-1242-11d9-863e-00000e2511c8.html

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Americans Say No to Unilateralism:

The survey, found that 76 percent of the general public reject the notion that Washington should play the role of world policeman and

80 percent believe that the U.S. is currently playing that role “more than it should be.”
www.alternet.org/module/printversion/20030

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Lawmaker expresses “dismay” that White House allegedly wrote Allawi speech:

“I want to express my profound dismay about reports that officials from your administration and your reelection campaign were 'heavily involved' in writing parts of Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's speech,” California Senator Dianne Feinstein wrote in a letter to President George W. Bush.
207.44.245.159/article6987.htm

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Allawi Couldn't Have Said It Any Better Himself :

It's a political whodunit: Since Ayad Allawi delivered his address to a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday, foreign policy devotees have been searching for the ghostwriter of the speech, which sounded curiously familiar to American ears.
207.44.245.159/article6988.htm

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US bases in Iraq: sticky politics, hard math:

If the US decides to reduce its forces there from the 138,000 now to, say, 50,000, and station them in bases, the costs would run between $5 billion to $7 billion a year
csmonitor.com/2004/0930/p17s02-cogn.html

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Blair's sorry spectacle :

Even a kindly, if myopic, critic might conclude that Blair's political judgment on Iraq and in supporting Bush was sufficiently bad to demand his resignation.
www.guardian.co.uk/letters/story/0,3604,1315823,00.html

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No more Jeeves :

Tony Blair must change Britain's humiliating approach to the US
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1315844,00.html

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Daughter of Soldier Contaminated with Depleted Uranium in Iraq Born with Deformities:

Specialist Gerard Darren Matthew tested positive for uranium contamination after he returned from Iraq. Shortly after he returned home, his wife became pregnant.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/09/30/1411222

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John Pilger on why we ignored Iraq in the 1990s:

Even before the 2003 war, we were attacking Iraqi civilians with our inhumane economic sanctions. Yet where were the media protesting against this injustice?
207.44.245.159/article6986.htm

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Iraq rebel cities to be retaken in Oct – minister:

U.S. and Iraqi forces will retake rebel-held cities in Iraq in October, Defence Minister Hazim al-Shalaan told Reuters on Wednesday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO958515.htm

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Juan Cole: Is Justice Being Delayed by Bush Administration Politics?:

The White House does not want to anger the powerful AIPAC lobbying organization just before an election, and does not want to risk alienating Neoconservative voters in swing states like Florida?
207.44.245.159/article6982.htm

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Graphic:

Jesus Of Texas
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Arianna Huffington: Bush's Toxic Campaign Mix: God, Country And Perpetual Fear:

Perhaps the holy rollers in the Bush camp should crack open a Bible and see what it has to say about caring for human rights (Genesis 1:27). I've got a hunch Jesus wouldn't be too thrilled with Bush's first term.
www.ariannaonline.com/columns/column.php?id=736

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Ted Rall: Triumph Of The Stultocracy:

At this writing, the world's greatest nation flails under the rule of buffoons and madmen, bogged down in two optional wars we're actually losing. The world's richest economy is shedding jobs, running up debts and building nothing for the future.
www.uexpress.com/tedrall/?uc_full_date=20040921

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RNC Creates Web Sites to Criticize Kerry :

Republicans have one message for followers of many faiths: Sen. John Kerry is wrong. Wrong for Catholics, Mormons and Evangelicals say a number of Web sites that the Republican National Committee has created.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4523832,00.html

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Strike while the irony is hot :

If Kerry cannot persuade the majority of voters in a majority of states to give him the edge over Bush, then he can take his long face back to the Senate and vote for more wars. Because in that case the message from US voters will be clear: the rest of the world can go to blazes.
207.44.245.159/article6979.htm

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Cartoon:

You got a problem about that?
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/040930/cx_edstein_umedia/20043009

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Rocket attack on German camp in Afghanistan :

One of the rockets fell outside the base and one inside, injuring four people – two German and two Swiss soldiers.
www.isn.ethz.ch/news/sw/details.cfm?id=9816

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The Hapless and the Wretched of the Earth :

So Kofi Annan has at last discovered that 3 A's (Anglo-American-Australian) attack on Iraq was illegal and against the basic premises of the United Nations. Some of us knew it then, and said so. Some of us wondered why Annan withdrew his UN inspectors from Iraq, giving the US carte-blanche to launch its bombers against an innocent people
www.blackcommentator.com/107/107_maxwel_wretched.html

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Disrupting America's Fateful Non-Debate on the Roots of Terrorism:

We must emphasize that pointing out why were attacked is not a means of justifying the attack, it is a means of learning how to prevent attacks in the future.
www.counterpunch.com/alam09292004.html

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Video:

George Soros on Pres. Bush Iraq and National Security Policy:

Video: At the National Press Club luncheon in Washington, DC, George Soros speaks about President Bush's policy on Iraq and the war on terrorism.
207.44.245.159/video1006.htm

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Cartoon:

Osama Chants
cartoons-political.com/OsamaBinLadenChantsFourMoreYears.jpg

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An October Surprise for Bush and the FBI? :

An interview with Sibel Edmonds
babelogue.citypages.com:8080/sperry/

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Plan Would Let U.S. Deport Suspects to Nations That Might Torture Them:

The Bush administration is supporting a provision in the House leadership's intelligence reform bill that would allow U.S. authorities to deport certain foreigners to countries where they are likely to be tortured or abused, an action prohibited by the international laws against torture the United States signed 20 years ago.
207.44.245.159/article6980.htm

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Russia considering retaliatory military strikes outside country:

Russian President Vladimir Putin, under public pressure to retaliate against terrorists in the aftermath of the Beslan school massacre, is weighing options that include a cross-border military strike in neighboring Georgia and a dramatic escalation of Russian troops in Chechnya, military analysts say.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/9791927.htm

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Cuba and the security doctrine of the United States:

In the case of Cuba, ever since the Bush administration came to power, constituted by the most right-wing sectors of the United States' political oligarchy, it has been designing the preparation of a “Cuba case” that eventually will serve to justify U.S. military aggression, utilizing for that purpose four principal elements.
www.progresoweekly.com/index.php?progreso=Miguel_Alvarez&otherweek

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U.S. Plans For Cuba: Assistance For A Free Cuba:

Report To The President: May 2004.
www.state.gov/p/wha/rt/cuba/commission/2004/c12237.htm

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Judge Strikes Down Section of Patriot Act:

Ruling that it broadly violated the Constitution by giving the federal authorities unchecked powers to obtain private information.
www.nytimes.com/2004/09/30/national/30patriot.html?ex=
1254196800&en=810f6c1f1717bb9e&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

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Judge orders Ashcroft to release secret immigration memo
newstandardnews.net/content/?action=show_item&itemid=1054

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ATV must pay $15,000 for painting man as terrorist :

Broadcaster CTV/ATV must pay Rasim Karela, a Kosovar refugee and Muslim, $15,000 in damages for defaming him by portraying him as a terrorist in a report on his false arrest, five days after the 9/11 attacks in the U.S., a jury said Wednesday.
www.halifaxherald.com/stories/2004/09/30/f274.raw.html

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Israeli released from al Ghraib prison:

Israeli government sources say US authorities never informed them they had an Israeli national in custody.
www.maarivintl.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article&articleID=11091

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Israel: Teachers' pests :

Don't you think the time has come to cancel the procedures rooted in the days of the military government, under which the Shin Bet security service closely oversees the appointment of every teacher, principal and supervisor in all Arab government schools?
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/483006.html

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Survey shows high prevalence of food insecurity in Iraq

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced the results today of an unprecedented survey in Iraq which concludes that some 6.5 million people ˆ 25 percent of the entire population ˆ remain highly dependent on food rations and are therefore vulnerable.
electroniciraq.net/news/1662.shtml

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Expert debunks US friendly fire investigation:

The Pentagon has covered up major flaws in the US Army's Patriot missile system that prompted a battery to shoot down a British Tornado during the Iraq war last year, a top US scientist says.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200409/s1210275.htm

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How Florida Republicans Keep Blacks From Voting:

The worst-kept secret among Florida's Republican elites is their dread of the African American vote.
207.44.245.159/article6985.htm

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'Gerrymandering' USA:

(BBC radio documentary) – Looking at how the thoroughly undemocratic practice of redrawing electoral districts for political advantage has expanded out of control in the United States. Real Audio
www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/news/ram/tue2002.ram

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How the GOP and Dems Secretly Control the Presidential Debates:

Voters across the country are looking forward to Bush and Kerry finally squaring off face to face in a debate, but what exactly are the rules governing presidential debates and who controls them?
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/09/28/1427248

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The Color Of Justice:

The architects of America‚s “war on drugs” never contemplated ensnaring wealthy, white, female, college students in their dragnet.
www.blackcommentator.com/107/107_haygood_justice.html

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Controversial AIDS vaccines are 'plausible' :

The “cure”, or therapeutic vaccine, was developed from the blood of HIV patients. It appeared to clear the deadly virus from 20 people with HIV
www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996451

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Date: 29 Sep 2004

1 YEAR & 174 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Clashes Break Out in Heart of Baghdad :

Violence continued unabated. Thirteen people were killed since Tuesday night in drive-by shootings, ambushes and grenade attacks south of the capital and elsewhere.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4522877,00.html

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Five Iraqi spy officers killed:

GUNMEN have killed five members of Iraq's intelligence agency as they returned a civilian freed from kidnappers to his family today, an intelligence officer said.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10913894%255E1702,00.html

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Iraqi Shiite official killed:

A SHIITE political official, his son and driver were assassinated in the northeastern city of Baquba today afternoon when six gunmen cut off their car and shot them point blank, the slain man's brother said.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10924747^1702,00.html

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One Ukraine officer killed, two injured in Kut South of Baghdad
www.kuna.net.kw/English/Story.asp?DSNO=667956

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Growing Pessimism on Iraq:

A growing number of career professionals within national security agencies believe that the situation in Iraq is much worse, and the path to success much more tenuous, than is being expressed in public by top Bush administration officials, according to assessments over the past year by intelligence officials at the CIA and the departments of State and Defense.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6973.htm

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Resistance to U.S. in Iraq called widespread :

Iraq rebels atttack 2,300 times in a month.: The sweeping geographical reach of the attacks, suggest a more widespread resistance than the isolated pockets of insurgency described by Iraqi government officials.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=541103.html

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Baghdad's Green Zone 'island' prepares for rough seas:

Insecurity has become an issue even for those living in the heavily fortified bubble, home to the US Embassy and Iraqi interim government.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0929/p07s01-woiq.html

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U.S. Tactics Fuel Falluja Insurgency, Residents Say:

'Is this the logic of your civilization? How can money compensate me for the loss of my family? I await compensation from God to kill all of you in Iraq'.”
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=reutersEdge&storyID=6366115

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In Pictures: U.S. Bombs Falluja
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Does Mr. Bush's Foreign Policy Mirror The American Peoples' Soul?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6977.htm

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British hostage begs Blair for help

Video and Text:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/video1002.htm

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Italy 'paid $1m to free hostages'

 
A senior Italian politician says he believes a ransom of $1m or more was paid for the release of two female Italian aid workers kidnapped in Iraq.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3700480.stm

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Ted Rall : Losing Our Heads:

Iraqi Insurgents are Butchers, Yet Not as Bad as Us
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6974.htm

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“Terrorists” Better Understood Through Context Of History:

Almost every day, American helicopters bomb civilian areas somewhere in Iraq. “Fifteen Iraqis killed and 50 wounded” in Baghdad, in only one attack this week!:
www.uexpress.com/georgieannegeyer/?uc_full_date=20040916

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Iraq War Plans 'Were Drawn Up Before Vote' :

Britain was involved in planning for war in Iraq for at least nine months before MPs approved military action, according to a document apparently leaked from the Pentagon.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3560751

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UK: Straw tries to avoid defeat on Iraq vote with 'pull-out' date:

A commitment to pull British troops out of Iraq by the end of 2005 was being drawn up last night by Jack Straw in an attempt to avert a damaging defeat on Iraq tomorrow at the Labour conference.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=566783

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UK: Unions firm on deadline for Iraq troop withdrawal:

At a lunchtime meeting at the Brighton conference centre, the Prime Minister pleaded with union leaders not to back a motion calling for the early withdrawal of British troops from Iraq.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=566463

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A gradual pullout, starting now :

Labour needs to have the guts to tell Blair to change policy on Iraq
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1315042,00.html

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My son died for a lie :

Gordon wanted to be a soldier to defend his country. Not to die in a war of aggression
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1314910,00.html

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Not enough troops to keep pace, study says:

The military doesn‚t have enough people for its current pace of missions, according to an independent study commissioned by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. But Rumsfeld said he won‚t immediately act on the panel‚s recommendations.
www.navytimes.com/story.php?f=1-NAVYPAPER-370919.php

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No one will agree to draft, at least not before Nov. 2:

Recruitment is down in some branches, especially the National Guard, which fell short of its recruiting goal for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, by about 5,000.
www.mlive.com/news/kzgazette/index.ssf?/base/columns-1/1096386650313840.xml

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Ray McGovern: More Troops to Iraq …After the Election:

It's not an “if.” It's a “when.” Pentagon officials have indicated that they plan to send as many as 15,000 additional troops during the first four months of 2005
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6975.htm

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Operation American Repression?:

An Army officer in Iraq who wrote a highly critical article on the administration's conduct of the war is being investigated for disloyalty — if charged and convicted, he could get 20 years.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/salon37.htm

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Former U.S. Soldiers Balk at New Iraq, Afghan Duty:

Thirty percent of former U.S. soldiers who have been called back to duty involuntarily to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan have failed to report on time
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=HUKFUBDJVCG4YCRBAEKSFFA?type=topNews&storyID=6357489

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The war's littlest victim

 
He was exposed to depleted uranium. His daughter may be paying the price.
www.nydailynews.com/front/story/236934p-203326c.html

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A Must Watch Documentary:

Control Room:

Thought-provoking documentary about the way the media is covering the war in Iraq, concentrating on the work done by the Arab network

A Must Watch Documentary:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/video1001.htm

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A mole called Mega:

For years, the FBI has been convinced that there is at least one high-level Israeli mole in Washington.
www.janes.com/security/international_security/news/fr/fr040929_1_n.shtml

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Campaign Confidential:

Cameron Kerry is pledging his brother John would review the sentence of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, who received a life sentence in 1985 after pleading guilty of passing classified documents to Israel.
www.forward.com/main/article.php?ref=kessler20040923145

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Suspected Israeli spies deported, PM confirms :

The two Israeli men accused of spying in New Zealand have been deported, Prime Minister Helen Clark's office confirmed today.
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3595812&thesection=news&thesubsection=general

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Spies walk free while Zaoui is left to rot:

“I question the morality of two passport fraudsters being freed to return home to receive their Mossad medals, while Ahmed Zaoui – guilty of nothing more than being a democratically elected member of his country's Parliament – has every prospect of spending two years behind bars without a charge being laid against him,”
www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00582.htm

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Israel says it will consider everything to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons :

Israel's defense minister says his government will consider “every option” to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
www.kasa.com/global/story.asp?s=2362428&ClientType=Printable

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Russia against UN taking up Iran's nuclear issue :

“Moving this question to the Security Council, which is a political body, does not correspond to the interests of the issue,” Igor Ivanov, chief of Russia's Security Council, told reporters.
www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=25655&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs

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Al Qaeda Seen as Wider Threat:

The network has evolved into a looser, ideological movement that may no longer report to Bin Laden. Critics say the White House focus is misdirected.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6976.htm

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Security or Just Criminalization under a Different Name?:

That there are bad people in the world goes without saying. That there are within our own governing body those who are essentially of the same unyielding, absolutism, black-and-white beliefs as those they—Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft, DeLay, Frist just to mention the “fab five‰˜label as “terrorists‰ becomes more clear with each passing day.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6978.htm

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Afghan soldiers killed in ambush:

Five Afghan soldiers have been killed in the southern province of Zabul when a military patrol came under fire in Nawbahar district some 340 km south of the capital Kabul.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E6E3A71B-7883-40B9-A30F-09EDCE4CC7B5.htm

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Pentagon announces billion-dollar plan to build five Afghan army bases:

The Pentagon notified Congress Tuesday of plans to build five bases in Afghanistan for the Afghan National Army at a cost of up to one billion dollars.
www.spacewar.com/2004/040928213203.ik1z7w5g.html

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Rockets Kill 2 Israeli Boys; Raids Kill 6 Palestinians
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6368167

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Israeli army opens fire on stone-throwing schoolchildren :

An incursion by the Israeli army into the northern Gaza Strip Wednesday has ended in disaster for a group of mainly schoolchildren.
feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/?sid=94b841fa40055601

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UN wants Israel to refrain from endangering civilians
feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/?sid=9b724a26cad794c7

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The falling tabernacle :

Israel is very confused at the end of four years of intifada, with 1,071 Israelis dead, among them 703 civilians, 5,598 wounded, three times as many Palestinian dead and more than 20,000 Palestinians wounded.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/483041.html

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Secrets Of Unit 1391

Uncovering an Israeli jail that specializes in nightmares
msnbc.msn.com/id/5251751/

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Mordechai Vanunu speaks:

“Five million Jews are regarding me as a traitor, but six billion people around the world think me as a hero and a good man who bring the message to all the human beings that we should survive and prevent the use of nuclear weapons and to prevent the nuclear preparations and to prevent nuclear war in the future.”
www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2004/s1209662.htm

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David H. Hackworth: While America Slept:

You‚d think a Hollywood screenwriter scripted the “Saving Private Jessica Lynch‰ spectacle the Pentagon produced last year. The real story behind Lynch‚s rescue
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Operation Hollywood :

How the Pentagon bullies movie producers into showing the U.S. military in the best possible light.
www.motherjones.com/news/qa/2004/09/09_403.html

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60 Minutes: Shelving a Story to Boost Bush?

CBS puts Niger expose on hold as boss endorses Republicans
www.fair.org/activism/cbs-niger.html

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Something rotten in the state of Florida:

Pregnant chads, vanishing voters… the election fiasco of 2000 made the Sunshine State a laughing stock. More importantly, it put George Bush in the White House. You'd think they'd want to get it right this time. But no, as Andrew Gumbel discovers, the democratic process is more flawed than ever
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=566688

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Date: 28 Sep 2004

1 YEAR & 173 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Falluja takes more US hits:

At least four people have been killed in the latest US onslaught on the Iraqi town of Falluja overnight.
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2 British soldiers killed in Iraq
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/108962/1/.html

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Italian, Iraqi and Egyptian Hostages Freed in Iraq:

Two female Italian aid workers kidnapped nearly three weeks ago in Baghdad have been released, along with two Iraqis who were abducted with them.
snipurl.com/9ehs

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$US1m ransom could free Italian hostages:

Italy's leading newspaper Corriere della Sera citing a report in a Kuwaiti newspaper, said half of the ransom money had already been paid and the other half-million could be handed over today or tomorrow.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/09/28/1096137232328.html?oneclick=true

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Prewar assessment reportedly foresaw costly consequences of invading Iraq :

The independent intelligence group that produced a gloomy report in July about the prospect of growing instability in Iraq warned the US government about the potential costly consequences of an American-led invasion two months before the war
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=540883.html

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Insurgents Are Mostly Iraqis, U.S. Military Says:

The insistence by interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and many U.S. officials that foreign fighters are streaming into Iraq to battle American troops runs counter to the U.S. military's own assessment that the Iraqi insurgency remains primarily a home-grown problem.
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Saddam to Declare Candidacy for Iraqi Elections :

Saddam's lawyer Giovanni di Stefano told Denmark's B.T. newspaper that Saddam decided during one of their discussions that he would declare his candidacy for the elections.
www.zaman.org/?bl=international&alt=&trh=20040921&hn=12424

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America's new strategy in Iraq:

Part of the plan is to use brutal air power that can annihilate buildings or whole city blocks in an effort to convince residents and leaders that the cost of resistance is simply too high.
atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FI29Ak01.html

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U.S. casualties grim cost of Iraq war:

At the U.S. military hospital on a wooded hilltop here, the cost of the Iraq war is measured in amputated limbs, burst eyeballs, shrapnel-torn bodies and shattered lives.
snipurl.com/9ehx

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The wounds of war:

The story of the military hospital where there‚s no escaping the horrors of the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan
snipurl.com/9ehy

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Ukrainian President Calls for Gradual Withdrawal of Troops from Iraq:

Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma says his country should gradually reduce its contingent in Iraq.
The national security and defense council backed the proposal Tuesday in a meeting chaired by the Ukrainian leader.
snipurl.com/9ehb

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1 in 3 IRR soldiers fail to report for mobilization:

About 30 percent of the 3,664 Individual Ready Reserve soldiers who have been called to active duty failed to report for mobilization, an Army Reserve official said.
www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-ARMYPAPER-359116.php

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Anybody fell a draft?:

US 'must raise troop numbers' to fulfil commitments :

A Pentagon-appointed panel has found that the US military will not be able to maintain its current peacekeeping commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan without a significant increase in the size of the armed forces or scaling back the objectives of the stabilisation missions.
news.ft.com/cms/s/4942f080-1004-11d9-ba62-00000e2511c8.html

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Congresswoman Wants Probe Of Re-Enlistment Tactics: Degette:

Soldiers Said They Were Strong-Armed Into Staying In Military
www.theksbwchannel.com/news/3765243/detail.html

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Poll Finds A Nation Chastened by War:

While supporting the idea that Washington should take an active role in world affairs, more than three of every four members of the public reject the notion that the United States ''has the responsibility to play the role of world policeman''
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=25630

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Bush's high-risk civil war scam:

In the past few months, as the world watched Iraq turn into a quicksand for the US-led occupation forces, the Bush administration has been busy promoting a false image of a civil war in the country, apparently as a pretext to perpetuate its occupation.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/68184A67-1FF9-43D8-93C8-751BE89BACDC.htm

snipurl.com/9ehz

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The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!˜To Iraq? :

Both the U.S. and Russian empires face a similar problem˜how to put down raging insurgencies which do not hesitate to kill civilians in attacks that rival those launched by the imperial forces themselves.
www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1368

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Baghdad Year Zero:

Before the invasion, Iraq's non-oil-related economy had been dominated by 200 state-owned companies. – Bremer announced that these firms would be privatized immediately. “Getting inefficient state enterprises into private hands,” he said, “is essential for Iraq's economic recovery.” It would be the largest state liquidation sale since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6930.htm

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Daniel Ellsberg: Truths Worth Telling:

The American people are reluctant to believe that their president has made errors of judgment that have cost American lives. To convince them otherwise, there is no substitute for hard evidence: documents, photographs, transcripts. Often the only way for the public to get such evidence is if a dedicated public servant decides to release it without permission.
www.nytimes.com/2004/09/28/opinion/28ellsberg.html?ex=1254110400&en=d42e45ea9c421d80&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

snipurl.com/9ei1

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Karen Kwiatkowski: Roadmap for the Prosecution:

The military chain of command is considering charging Al with violation of Article 134 for making a statement with the intent to promote disloyalty or disaffection toward the U.S. by any member of the Armed forces.
www.lewrockwell.com/kwiatkowski/kwiatkowski94.html

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In case you missed it?:

The West's battle for oil :

Five months before September 11, the US advocated using force against Iraq … to secure control of its oil.
207.44.245.159/article3636.htm

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N Korea has nuclear deterrent: Minister:

He told the UN General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting that Pyongyang had “no other option but to possess a nuclear deterrent” because of US policies that he claimed were designed to “eliminate” North Korea and make it “a target of preemptive nuclear strikes.”
www.thedailystar.net/2004/09/29/d409291303105.htm

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Plans: Next, War on Syria?:

Deep in the Pentagon, admirals and generals are updating plans for possible U.S. military action in Syria and Iran.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6099353/site/newsweek/

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Israel May Not Be Able to Destroy Nukes :

Recent Israeli weapons purchases could be crucial in a possible strike.
snipurl.com/9ei8

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Disabled Palestinian killed in raid:

Israeli occupation forces have killed a mentally-ill Palestinian and detained up to 20 people in the West Bank on the fourth anniversary of the current intifada or uprising.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C2663ACA-2F0C-4A83-9A27-F81BC6002374.htm

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No French or German turn on Iraq :

French and German government officials say they will not significantly increase military assistance in Iraq even if John Kerry, the Democratic presidential challenger, is elected on November 2.
snipurl.com/9ei9

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Some Worry About Kerry Plan's Price:

John Kerry's plans for securing more European and international support in Iraq are prompting worries among Jewish communal leaders ˜ including some Democrats ˜ that such outreach will carry a price tag: increased American pressure on Israel.
www.forward.com/main/article.php?ref=kessler200409231228

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In Israel's Honour :

Ever since the murder of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin, you have lost little by little the respect and sympathy of the millions of Jews in the world who had applauded wholeheartedly 56 years ago, the creation of the state of Israel as a crucial phase in the history of Judaism and as a safe refuge for Jews worldwide.
207.44.245.159/article6971.htm

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Reckless and myopic :

It is unlike Israel to be coy about getting rid of one of its most implacable foes, but that may be because the assassination of a leading member of the Palestinian group Hamas in Damascus was more brazen and potentially dangerous than many of its past strikes
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/comment/0,10551,1314153,00.html

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Jewish settler 'gets away' with murder:

A Jewish settler who killed a Palestinian driver has been freed from police custody and placed under temporary house arrest, Israeli state-run radio has reported.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/5CA019C0-7C35-461D-A238-8F5C40E80D39.htm

snipurl.com/9eia

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Israel: Elite soldiers contend razing Palestinian houses is “immoral‰:

NRG Maariv reveals new letter criticizing IDF activities in the territories; written by four team commanders of the Air Force‚s elite commando unit “Shaldag‰.
www.maarivintl.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article&articleID=11184

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The Real Israel :

Defenders of Zionism offer numerous Biblical passages to justify the political entity that is the state of Israel. The state of Israel is, however, an artificial creation of Man, not God. Narrow interpretations employing selective Christian fundamentalism sanctifying a manmade political artifact will never justify ethnic mass murder and genocide.
207.44.245.159/article6972.htm

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In case you missed it:

Audio: Rabbi Goldstein gives a historic overview of Zionism.:

As soon as it was founded [zionism], it was condemned – Jews came out and said this is atheistic, this is idol worship…”
207.44.245.159/article1456.htm

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Christians and Zion:

Christian Zionism is found primarily in North America and England, it is now exported around the globe via satellite television, the internet, best-selling novels such as the Left Behind series, films and a new breed of missionaries.
207.44.245.159/article4959.htm

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Four police killed, man beheaded in Afghan attacks:

At least four Afghan policemen were killed and the driver of a former official was beheaded in attacks in the troubled southern province of Zabul, a police official said on Tuesday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ISL304453.htm

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Report: The Rule of the Gun:

Human Rights Abuses and Political Repression in the Run-up to Afghanistan‚s Presidential Election
www.hrw.org/backgrounder/asia/afghanistan0904/

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Pakistani troops killed by mines:

The Pakistan military says two soldiers were killed and four wounded when they stepped on two landmines in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3697084.stm

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Pakistan gets its man … sort of :

Officials in Pakistan have labeled the killing of Amjad Farooqi a “crushing blow” against al-Qaeda. But Syed Saleem Shahzad, in tracing Farooqi's rise from nondescript jihadi foot soldier to the country's most wanted man with a bounty on his head, finds the circumstances of his death as mystifying as his billing as a top terrorist organizer and planner.
atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/FI29Df05.html

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Yusuf Islam ( Cat Stevens) : Something Bad Has Begun:

The former Cat Stevens says he hasn't changed but the U.S. has.
207.44.245.159/article6970.htm

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'Backdoor' trials for Britons in Guantánamo :

The documents reveal the Britons will be presumed to be enemy combatants by the handpicked US military officers hearing their cases before they start, have limited rights to call witnesses, have no lawyer, and that hearsay evidence can be used against them.
www.guardian.co.uk/guantanamo/story/0,13743,1314373,00.html

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Civil Rights Casulty Of Iraq War:

In prisons, detention camps and military tribunals, and in federal courthouses, Bush's strategy to deal harshly with our “enemies” is a colossal fraud and failure.
www.niagarafallsreporter.com/gallagher182.html

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Conspiracy and other theories:

In his eyewitness account of “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” author William Shirer, who lived in Nazi Germany throughout most of the 1930s, described a phenomenon that will, in 2004, seem disturbingly familiar to Americans who dissent from the policies of the Bush regime.
www.onlinejournal.com/Commentary/092404Hasty/092404hasty.html

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Republican Proposes National ID :

As Americans continue to debate immigration, they need to make sure that precious rights and freedoms are not abridged by any new public policy that may grow out of the discussion.
www.raidersnewsupdate.com/lead-story15.htm

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The Orwellian US:

Journalists often compare contemporary society to the totalitarian social order described in George Orwell‚s disturbing novel 1984. Orwell portrayed the state as being all-powerful, controlling every aspect of citizens' lives.
www.lewrockwell.com/jarvis/jarvis75.html

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Jimmy Carter: Florida will not play fair :

The disturbing fact is that a repetition of the problems of 2000 now seems likely
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1314125,00.html

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Paul Krugman: Swagger vs. Substance:

Let's face it: whatever happens in Thursday's debate, cable news will proclaim President Bush the winner.
www.nytimes.com/2004/09/28/opinion/28krugman.html?ex=1254110400&en=65c86fbc1e793e18&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

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Working poor suffer under Bush tax cuts:

Cash crunch: loss of services outweighs tax gains for millions
www.detnews.com/2004/specialreport/0409/26/a01-284666.htm

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Date: 27 Sep 2004

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1 YEAR & 172 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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US bombing of Iraq city of Kut kills 75, wounds 148 : Many of the dead and wounded were women and children, said Kut hospital director Khader Fadal Arar.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1027970,00050004.htm

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Picture:

An Iraqi infnt is brought to the Imam Ali hospital for treatment after he sustained burn injuries in an U.S. airstrike in Sadr City,
tinyurl.com/4zzhj

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US forces attack Sadr City:

US forces have bombed the Baghdad slum of Sadr City, killing up to five people and wounding 46, including women and children.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/527E1035-1863-4BE8-93E5-CD100517F97A.htm

tinyurl.com/6fh5y

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Car bomb kills three in Mosul:

A car bomb has killed three members of the Iraqi National Guard in the northern city of Mosul and insurgents have fired mortar bombs at a police academy in eastern Baghdad.
www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5240538

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Two US soldiers killed north of Baghdad
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=11390

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Another 2 U.S. Soldiers Charged With Killing An Iraqi Civilian:

The statement said the alleged incidents are not related to murder charges filed against Sgt. Michael Williams and Spc. Brent May, from the same unit. They were charged in the deaths of three Iraqis, the military announced last week.
www.kctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=2353950

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Kidnapped Iranian diplomat freed;

Jordan's king says Italian hostages still alive
www.boston.com/dailynews/271/world/Kidnapped_Iranian_diplomat_fre:.shtml

tinyurl.com/4oy2d

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Five U.S. House members were in U.S. embassy in Baghdad when rocket exploded
www.boston.com/dailynews/270/nation/Five_U_S_House_members_were_in:.shtml

tinyurl.com/6cofj

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Pentagon contradicts Bush on Iraq:

Pentagon documents made available to US lawmakers have raised questions over many of President George Bush's assertions about progress in Iraq.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/48C3858B-04AC-462D-BDBF-507B10DA63F5.htm

tinyurl.com/5557m

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Insurgency in Iraq 'is worsening':

US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said the situation in Iraq is getting worse, as American forces continue to battle insurgents.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3691748.stm

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Iraq Now World's Most Hostile Environment-Analyst:

“The Sunni extremists have moved out of their traditional strongholds of Falluja and Ramadi and are operating all over west and central Iraq with increasing boldness,”
tinyurl.com/3z986

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The Numerous Bodies Suggest A Tiny Glitch:

During their Mad Hatter news conference in the Rose Garden, Bush and his straight man waxed glowingly as to how democracy is spreading like acne on a 15-year-old throughout Iraq.
www.tampatrib.com/News/MGB7DJ6VLZD.html

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Senator: Bush Making U.S. Vulnerable To Nuclear Attack:

In a speech prepared for delivery at George Washington University on Monday, Kennedy said that by shifting attention from Osama bin Laden to Iraq, Bush has increased the danger of a “nuclear 9/11.
www.thelouisvillechannel.com/politics/3762938/detail.html

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The Unfeeling President:

I fault this president for not knowing what death is. – He does not feel a personal responsibility for the 1,000 dead young men and women who wanted to be what they could be.
www.easthamptonstar.com/20040909/col5.htm

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Victims of a Lie:
I am a Vietnam veteran who served honorably for my country.

I cannot say how deeply ashamed I am of this war in Iraq
207.44.245.159/article6969.htm

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'Blair will have blood on his hands if terrorists behead my brother'
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=566033

tinyurl.com/4usom

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Europe's quieter fight against terror :

Americans and Europeans have responded in vastly different ways to the threat of global terrorism.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=540636.html

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Three Pakistani soldiers killed in terror attack: :

Three Pakistani soldiers were killed and several seriously injured in a rocket attack Monday in a restive tribal area near Afghanistan
www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews&id=33475

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Israeli missile kills Palestinian in Gaza Strip:

Abu Nsair survived the strike but a second man was killed and at least two others were wounded, medics said.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/09/27/
ugaza.xml&sSheet=/portal/2004/09/27/ixportaltop.html

snipurl.com/9dfs

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Arab country assisting Israel against Hamas

London based Arab daily claims Arab intelligence service providing the Mossad with vital information.
www.maarivintl.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=printArticle&articleID=11162

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Syria, at UN, Says Israel Behind U.S. War on Iraq:

Syria on Monday accused Israel of inciting the United States to invade Iraq to distract attention from its own actions in the region, where it retains its grip on the Palestinian territories won in a 1967 war.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6344049

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Former Israeli leader says U-S has made mistakes in Iraq:

Barak, says Iraq could be headed for civil war.
www.wstm.com/Global/story.asp?S=2351779

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Dark clouds over Israel's future:

“It turns out that a 2000-year struggle for Jewish survival comes down to a state of settlements, run by an amoral clique or corrupt law-breakers who are deaf both to their citizens and their enemies.”
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/09/26/1096137090518.html

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Israeli soldiers admit degrading acts:

According to press reports, the soldiers forced the boys into an abandoned house near the roadblock. There they urinated in to a small plastic bucket, dipped the boys' identity cards in and, at gun point, forced them to retrieve the IDs with their mouths.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B094E2B5-8855-45A8-80B5-A54445C8511D.htm

snipurl.com/9dft

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Israeli Report claims gov't discrimination against Arabs:

This places 45% of Arab families below the poverty level, while 15% of Jewish families in Israel find themselves below the poverty level.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1096259490067&p=1006688055060

snipurl.com/9dfv

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Chechen rebels kill four Russian servicemen :

Rebels killed four Russian servicemen in a brief fire fight in the Chechen capital Grozny, the army said yesterday, while the armed forces used artillery to flush guerrillas out of forests nearby.
www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=World_News&subsection=
Rest+of+the+World&month=September2004&file=World_News2004092781350.xml

snipurl.com/9dfw

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Putin attack suspect 'badly beaten' :

The man arrested last week for allegedly trying to kill President Vladimir Putin with a car bomb was interrogated by 150 police officers before he died.
www.guardian.co.uk/russia/article/0,2763,1312904,00.html

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Quotes by Bush on Russia and Chechnya :

“When the Russian government attacks civilians, killing women and children, leaving orphans and refugees, it can no longer expect aid from international lending institutions. The Russian government will discover that it cannot build a stable and unified nation on the ruins of human rights”
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=694&ncid=696&e
=10&u=/ap/20040927/ap_on_el_pr/bush_russia_quotes

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Pentagon link to Guinea coup plot:

Links have been discovered between senior American military officials and the failed coup plot in Equatorial Guinea that has left Sir Mark Thatcher facing trial in South Africa.
www.guardian.co.uk/equatorialguinea/story/0,15013,1313672,00.html

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Washington turns its back on Haitian catastrophe:

The total aid package, valued at $60,000, drew a shocked response from around the world. Foreign government officials and directors of humanitarian aid agencies rubbed their eyes in disbelief at the miniscule figure.
www.wsws.org/articles/2004/sep2004/hait-s25_prn.shtml

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How To Defeat The Republican Right In Three Minutes:

Have you got three minutes. Because that's all you need to learn how to defeat the Republican Right. Just read through this handy guide and you'll have everything you need to successfully debunk right-wing propaganda.
www.conceptualguerilla.com/beattherightinthree.htm

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Politics and sleaze envelop Orlando:

As the presidential campaign approaches its showdown, the Republicans in the state run by George Bush's brother are up to their tricks again.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=566037

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In case you missed it:

Video: Unprecedented:

The 2000 Presidential Election is the riveting story about the battle for the Presidency in Florida and the undermining of democracy in America.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5278.htm

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I'm Osama bin Laden, and I Approved This Message:

And the al Qaeda endorsement goes to∑
gadflyer.com/articles/?ArticleID=217

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Persecuted, in chains, in the United States :

In jails and prisons across the United States, thousands of people are detained who have never been accused of crimes. The guards treat them like criminals, and the criminals they bunk with often abuse them.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=540570.html

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Spy Imagery Agency Watching Inside U.S.:

In the name of homeland security, America's spy imagery agency is keeping a close eye, close to home. It's watching America.
www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/news/breaking_news/9767609.htm

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A History Of Torture:

April 20 1971 hearing: Witness: Larry Rottmann, Vietnam Veterans Against the War
homepage.ntlworld.com/jksonc/docs/vietnam-hcfrpows-19710420vvaw.html

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26 September 2004

1 YEAR & 171 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Israel Admits That It Planted Car Bomb That Killed Hamas Leader in Syria :

Ahmad Haj Ali, an adviser to the Syrian information minister, described the killing as a “terrorist and cowardly action.”
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/09/26/international1036EDT0464.DTL

tinyurl.com/469g9

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Khan Yunis faces further Israeli onslaught:

Two Palestinians have been wounded when an Israeli helicopter fired a missile at Khan Yunis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3835B636-DD35-425E-993A-8CF30F419A31.htm

tinyurl.com/5obhj

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2 car bombs detonate near Fallujah:

The two attackers died in the blasts. The number of U.S. and Iraqi casualties was not immediately clear.
www.mytelus.com/news/article.do?pageID=world_home&articleID=1721376

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Iraqi colonel arrested as a rebel spy:

A colonel in the Iraqi National Guard has been arrested on charges of aiding insurgents by passing on tip-offs about planned raids on resistance safe houses.
tinyurl.com/59p32

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Insurgency in Iraq 'is worsening':

US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said the situation in Iraq is getting worse, as American forces continue to battle insurgents.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3691748.stm

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ŒStaying the Course‚ Isn‚t an Option

Iraq is probably already lost, says former military-policy planner Mike Turner.

Four years from now, America will have 5,000 dead servicemen and women and an untold number of dead Iraqis at a cost of about $1 trillion, yet still be no closer to success than we are right now
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6091356/site/newsweek/

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Robert Fisk: The worse the situation in Iraq, the bigger the lies that Tony Blair tells us:

Iraq, remember, was going to be the role model. It would be the catalyst, 'crucible' even, of the new Middle East
207.44.245.159/article6967.htm

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Pictures Of Iraqi Children Injured In U.S. Bombing Of Fallujah
tinyurl.com/6osb7

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Iraq: The Massacres Continue as “Democracy – Building‰:

The indiscriminate slaughter of Iraqi citizens in Fallujah, Najaf, Baghdad, Tel Afar, Kut and other Iraqi cities, the outrageous treatment of Iraqi prisoners of war and civilian detainees, and the destruction of the nation of Iraq have not registered in the Moral consciousness of the “civilised‰ Western world.
207.44.245.159/article6968.htm

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Iraq GIs allowed to avoid trials:

Some legal experts say the punishment trends show that the military can give alleged criminals a free pass.
www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~33056~2350815,00.html

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Leaders say all of Iraq may not vote:

Iraq's vice president conceded Saturday that voting might not be possible in all parts of the country when elections are held in in January.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Iraq%20Vice%20President

tinyurl.com/3ju2m

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Credibility Fears Bedevil Iraq Elections :

Plans for holding Iraqi national elections in January elicit growing skepticism among many Iraqis who question whether balloting can be free and fair so long as the Americans wield such vast influence over the country.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4514647,00.html

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Musharraf: Foreign troops not the answer in Iraq:

The war in Iraq has made the world a more dangerous place and sending in more foreign troops is not the answer to the tenacious and escalating violence there, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200409/s1207245.htm

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The War on Terror makes the world safe for barbarism:

If we‚re proud of the war on terror, we have to be proud of Jack Idema and his private torture chamber.
www.theunionleader.com/articles_showa.html?article=44519

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'Out of touch' Blair fights to keep Iraq off agenda:

PM 'more inflexible than Thatcher', poll finds. Bid to head off 'troops out' call at conference
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=565791

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U-S soldier sentenced to 25 years for murder of Iraqi National Guard
www.wmtw.com/Global/story.asp?S=2348974

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Maybe ŒThe Spies Who Aren‚t‚, Really Are:

The pro-Israeli PR machine is hard at work these days trying to recover from the stories of spying on the US through Larry Franklin, an official of the US Department of Defense, and AIPAC, the main pro-Israeli lobbying organization in the US
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=51948&d=25&m=9&y=2004

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Zogby Poll:

Should AIPAC be asked to register as an agent of a foreign government and lose its tax-exempt status?
tinyurl.com/6uaty

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Neo-Con Spies :

What is more dangerous than neo-cons spying for Israel is that some officials hijacking the U.S. foreign policy and direct it to serve the Israeli interests.
english.daralhayat.com/opinion/OPED/09-2004/Article-20040925-362c46c3-c0a8-01ed-002c-03ffce85c25c/story.html

tinyurl.com/454t2

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None Dare Call Them Neo-cons:

In a frontal assault on their detractors, they have now taken to smearing their adversaries as anti-Semites while regrouping as a new political force under a new banner. They now insist on being called 'conservative ideologues' and 'Republican hawks'. None dare call them neo-cons.
207.44.245.159/article6966.htm

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Video: Dead in the Water :

During the Six-Day War, Israel attacked and nearly sank the USS Liberty belonging to its closest ally, the USA. Thirty-four American servicemen were killed in the two-hour assault by Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats.
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Israel Destroys 35 Palestinian Homes In Gaza

One resident said he and his four children had fled in their pajamas as the family's two-story house was destroyed.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4514511,00.html

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In case you missed it?:

Video: Tears Death And Israeli Terror
207.44.245.159/tears_death_israeli_terror_video.htm

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Iran successfully tests 'strategic missile':

Iran added a “strategic missile” to its military arsenal after a successful test, and the defense minister said Saturday his country was ready to confront any external threat.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2004-09-25-iran-missile_x.htm

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North Korea warns U.S., Japan of 'nuclear sea of fire':

In an unusually explicit threat to its neighbor yesterday, North Korea warned that Japan would be immersed in a “nuclear sea of fire” if the United States were to attack
www.post-gazette.com/pg/04268/384518.stm

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U.S. veterans ask Bush to halt B.C.'s 'tribute to cowards'
www.canada.com/vancouver/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=d2cfe294-6c41-4981-8d7b-4900b66bb511

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Armed gangs rob Haiti's starving children:

Armed gangs roamed Haiti yesterday, stealing food from the hungry and hope from entire communities as the poorest country in the Western hemisphere struggled with the aftermath of Hurricane Jeanne. The storm's death toll is now feared to be at least 2,300
news.independent.co.uk/world/environment/story.jsp?story=565763

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Report: 10,000 people in U.S. work in forced labor:

At any given time, some 10,000 people in the United States are forced to work against their will under threat of violence, a new report found.
www.sacbee.com/state_wire/story/10854587p-11772265c.html

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News Headlines For 09/25/04 Here.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/#09-25-04

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09/25/04:

Nine Afghan soldiers killed in attacks: Suspected Taliban militants have launched a string of attacks on security posts in southern Afghanistan, killing nine soldiers, an official said.

8 Civilians killed in US 'precision strike': Dr Dhiya al-Jumaili of Falluja General Hospital said at least eight people were killed and 15 wounded, including women and children.

Reuters Video: Iraqis digging through the ruins of a destroyed building, and pulling out survivors including two women and two children.

More Iraqi civilians killed by U.S. forces than by insurgents, data shows: Operations by U.S. and multinational forces and Iraqi police are killing twice as many Iraqis - most of them civilians - as attacks by insurgents, according to statistics compiled by the Iraqi Health Ministry

‘Get Out, America!’: Death by US forces is being meted out in all areas of Iraq. In the north, in the center, and in the south, and all in the name of fighting ‘terrorists’. With the death toll rising every day, an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 civilians have lost their lives in Iraq since you began your adventure

Gunmen kill 6 Iraqi security recruits : Six people were killed Saturday after gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying a group of Iraqi National Guard applicants, police said.

Four U.S. Marines killed in Iraq : Four U.S. Marines were killed in three separate incidents west of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Saturday.

US soldier killed in Baghdad roadside bombing : A US soldier was killed Saturday in Baghdad after his vehicle was attacked by a roadside bomb, the US military said.

Allawi safety claims 'out of touch with reality' say Iraqis: Iraqis reacted with astonishment and derision yesterday to a claim made by the interim Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, before the US Congress that 14 or 15 out of Iraq's 18 provinces "are completely safe."

Troop documents conflict with Bush claims: Fewer Iraqis to be trained by end of year than president cited

In case you missed : Video: Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear, and the Selling of American Empire. Hijacking Catastrophe is powerful, understated, straightforward and educational. In a single meticulously organized hour of evidence and analysis, viewers are treated to a thoughtful explanation of modern American empire, neo-conservatism as a driving force for the current Bush administration.

Every Day Is Waco Day in Allawi’s ‘Liberated’ Land: After Allawi called journalists reporting unenthusiastically about Iraq’s daily slaughter liars, almost the entire legislative and executive branches of the US government gave the CIA-trained, neocon-selected Iraqi interim prime minister a standing ovation, and Wolfowitz kissed him. Twice.

Jude Wanniski: Rigging the Iraqi Elections : The electoral commission chosen by Allawi is fixing things so the parties created by those Iraqis who lived in exile in recent decades and who owe their allegiance to the United States will be heavily favored in the ballot positioning.

Web Site Claims British Hostage Killed: The claim could not immediately be confirmed.

The other Mr Bigleys : Recurrent crises over hostages and captives is part of the price we have paid over the centuries for intruding so busily and often very violently into other people's lands.

"Who Kills Hostages in Iraq?": An Inventory of Iraqi Resistance Groups.

Scottish MP back with threat to impeach Blair: : Alex Salmond, the Scottish National Party leader, claimed yesterday that Tony Blair's conduct on Iraq had put him "beyond the pale of decency". This Prime Minister deserves to be impeached - and we, with others, will present the case that he should be required to answer."

How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power : His business dealings, which continued until his company's assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz and to a hum of pre-election controversy.

The historical relevance of deceit: I’m curious to know exactly how the American people feel about George Bush. I will be watching to see if the American people can remember historical fact as opposed to politically spun deceit.

In case you missed : Video: Stormin' Norman: "Sucked Into A Tar Pit"

CBS Bends Over: Not only was Dan Rather (with an assist from Bill Burkett) responsible for effectively killing the National Guard story for all time, but the resulting debacle has now convinced CBS that they shouldn't air any negative stories about George Bush for the next six weeks — even if they're true. That's some courageous journalism for you.

Video: Elite Propaganda : The Myth of the Liberal Media: The Propaganda Model of News. Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky demolish one of the central tenets of our political culture, the idea of the "liberal media."

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