Information Clearing House  Digest October 16-23 2004
Date: 22 Oct 2004

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7 killed in US air raids on Fallujah :

US warplanes and artillery pounded the Iraqi flashpoint city of fallujah overnight, killing seven people and wounding six others, witnesses and hospital sources said on Friday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-10/22/content_2126116.htm

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Four Iraqis killed by roadside bomb:

Roadside bomb kills four Iraqis as US military convoy passes by in Latifiyah area, two US soldiers wounded in Mosul.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=11652

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US fire killed two Fallujah girls: rescuer:

Two young Iraqi girls have been killed when their car came under US fire near the rebel-held city of Fallujah, according to an Iraqi who helped rescue four people wounded in the incident.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200410/s1226253.htm

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Car Bomb Explodes in Mosul, Wounding 5:

A car bomb exploded Friday near an American armored vehicle in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, wounding five U.S. soldiers, the military said.
www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/world/9987713.htm

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Three Danish soldiers injured in Iraq blasts:

Three Danish soldiers in Iraq were wounded when two roadside bombs exploded next to their vehicles in separate incidents, Danish military officials said.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200410/s1226297.htm

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US, Iraqi forces storm Mosul mosque:

US troops and Iraqi national guard have stormed a mosque in the northern city of Mosul, sparking a firefight, according to witnesses.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D610CA30-FBB0-44CD-B16B-CA204568A141.htm

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Black Watch ordered to join US cordon for assault on Fallujah:

The Black Watch regiment was yesterday ordered by the Cabinet to help US forces throw a “ring of steel” around Fallujah before an all-out assault on insurgents in the city.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=574823

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Al-Jazeera Airs Tape of Weeping Aid Worker:

Al-Jazeera television aired a video Friday showing kidnapped CARE director Margaret Hassan weeping and pleading with the British people to act to save her life.
www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/world/9987733.htm

Click here to watch the video Of Mrs. Hassan: Windows Media
www.politrix.org/foia/zarqawi/marghassan.wmv

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Religious leaders ahead in Iraq poll:

Leaders of Iraq's religious parties have emerged as the country's most popular politicians and would win the largest share of votes if an election were held today, while the US-backed government of interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi is losing serious ground
www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2004/10/22/religious_leaders_ahead_in_iraq_poll/

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U.S., Iraqi Forces Detain Sunni Muslim Cleric:

U.S. and Iraqi forces detained a leading member of the Muslim Clerics' Association on Friday in what the influential Sunni group described as a campaign against opponents of the U.S. presence in Iraq.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6583667

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Estimates by U.S. See More Rebels With More Funds:

Hard-core resistance numbers between 8,000 and 12,000 people, a tally that swells to more than 20,000 when active sympathizers or covert accomplices are included, according to the American officials.
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Terrorists in Falluja:

Who are the terrorists in Falluja and how are they terrorising the civilian population?
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/713/re8.htm

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UK: 1,000 Territorial Army soldiers failed gun test:

Nearly 1,000 Territorial Army soldiers were sent to fight in Iraq despite failing their weapons test, a court martial heard today.
news.independent.co.uk/low_res/story.jsp?story=574859&host=3&dir=62

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Is Suicide Part of the Job?:

When troops' orders in a war are wrongheaded, mutiny can be the result
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/latimes365.htm

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Pentagon touted link between Saddam and al-Qaida :

Pentagon officials told the White House in September 2002 that Saddam Hussein was linked to the Sept. 11 attacks, even though U.S. intelligence experts couldn't verify the information and considered it dubious, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said yesterday.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002069740_feith22.html

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Pentagon official distorted intelligence, report says :

As recently as January 2004, a top Defense Department official misrepresented to Congress the view of American intelligence agencies about the relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda, according to classified documents described in a new report by a Senate Democrat.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2004/10/21/news/intel.html

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Senate Armed Services Staff Report:

Feith Named (Again) In The Saddam/Al-Qaeda Lies
www.bobharris.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=66&Itemid=2

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Senator says Pentagon unit hyped terror tie:

A small Pentagon unit set up after Sept. 11, 2001, to review raw intelligence later exaggerated the relationship between Al Qaeda and Iraq, leading White House officials to make overblown or inaccurate comments in the run-up to the Iraq war, according to the Democratic staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2004/10/22/senator_says_pentagon_unit_hyped_terror_tie/

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A Bush pre-election strike on Iran 'imminent':

White House insider report “October Surprise” imminent
207.44.245.159/article7113.htm

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Bin Laden‚s location is known, official says:

The Pentagon knows exactly where Osama bin Laden is hiding in Pakistan, it just can‚t get to him, John Lehman, a member of the 9/11 commission, said Thursday.
www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/9983363.htm

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Jonathan Schell on Bin Laden's illusions and ours
www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=1926

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George, God here … :

President Bush has words with the Almighty
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1332876,00.html

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US drops Guantanamo tribunal trio:

Three of the six US military officers sitting on the Guantanamo tribunal have been dropped after complaints of potential bias.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3764954.stm

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“Days of Penitence‰ or Days of Genocide?:

Killing Palestinian children is becoming a competitive sport for the Israeli soldiers. ‰Mohammed Aaraj was eating a sandwich in front of his house, the last house before the cemetery of the Balata refugee camp, in Nablus, when a soldier shot him to death at fairly close range. He was six at the time of his death.
207.44.245.159/article7114.htm

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Devastation most vicious:

Israel steps up its barbaric military campaign in Gaza, reports Khaled Amayreh who also reviews a recently-released Human Rights Watch report
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/713/re1.htm

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Some Voters Say Machines Failed, Incorrect Choices Appear on Screens :

Kim Griffith voted on Thursday˜ over and over and over. She's among the people in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties who say they have had trouble with early voting equipment.
www.abqjournal.com/elex/246845elex10-22-04.htm

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Ted Lang : Defeat the Press! : The State Silences Dissent:

It is already widely known that the Bush administration has ordered the American press not to take photographs of the caskets of military dead being returned home. Additionally, military operations in Iraq that are videotaped for newsreel presentation must be cleared by the military.
207.44.245.159/article7115.htm

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In case you missed it: Chris Floyd: Pin Heads :

If enacted, the Constitution Restoration Act will effectively transform the United States into a theocracy, where the arbitrary dictates of a “higher power” can override law.
context.themoscowtimes.com/index.php?aid=131199

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Could the Associated Press (AP) Rig the Election? Asks Journalist Lynn Landes:

The Associated Press (AP) will be the sole source of raw vote totals for the major news broadcasters on Election Night. However, AP spokesmen Jack Stokes and John Jones refused to explain to this journalist how the AP will receive that information. They refused to confirm or deny that the AP will receive direct feed from voting machines and central vote tabulating computers across the country. But, circumstantial evidence suggests that is exactly what will happen.
biz.yahoo.com/prnews/041022/phf016_1.html?printer=1

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Judge: Votes in Wrong Precinct Don't Count :

The state must reject provisional ballots if they are cast in the wrong precinct, a federal judge said Thursday in the latest in a series of opinions on how such votes should be counted.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4568563,00.html

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Date: 21 October 2004

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Seven more killed in Iraq violence:

Seven Iraqis including four Baghdad airport employees, two Iraqi national guards and a woman were killed in two incidents in Iraq on Thursday.
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_22-10-2004_pg7_49

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The Specter of Another Bloodbath Over Fallujah:

Fallujah is already now being bombed daily, as it is softened up for the long-awaited siege. It has been a grueling year for its people.
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=53276&d=22&m=10&y=2004

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Falluja in their sights :

As soon as British troops are redeployed, the US will again turn the city into a bloodbath
207.44.245.159/article7112.htm

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Deeper into the Iraqi quagmire :

British troops will now be tarred by association with US methods
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1333014,00.html

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Bush Backers Steadfast on Saddam, WMD:

Three out of four self-described supporters of President George W Bush still believe pre-war Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or active programmes to produce them, and that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein gave “substantial support” to al-Qaeda terrorists, according to a survey released Thursday.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=25967

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Ex-CIA Chief Tenet Calls Iraq War 'Wrong' :

Addressing the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Wednesday night, George Tenet, former director of central intelligence, called the war on Iraq “wrong,”
www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000682236

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STOP CALLING IT ABUSE , ITS TORTURE… :

Eight years for US soldier who abused tortured prisoners :

A US soldier at the centre of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal was yesterday sentenced to eight years for sexually and physically abusing detainees. Staff Sergeant Ivan “Chip” Frederick, 38, who admitted carrying out a mock electrocution of a detainee.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1333172,00.html

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Fearing Friends:

If Kerry wins, Berlin expects stepped up pressure to send troops to Iraq. If Bush wins, it will be easier to say “no,” but the war could expand to Iran.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,324165,00.html

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Video Of Recent Iraqi Resistance attack on American's troop

Video 1,
www.abolkhaseb.net/media/vedio/shot1.wmv

Video 2,
www.abolkhaseb.net/media/vedio/shot2.wmv

Video 3 ,
www.abolkhaseb.net/media/vedio/shot3.wmv

Video 4 ,
www.iha.com.tr/sdc.feed.previews/C17898.mpg

Video 5 ,
www.iha.com.tr/sdc.feed.previews/C20775.mpg

Video 6
www.abolkhaseb.net/media/vedio/shot4.wmv

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Blair has taken us towards an elective dictatorship :

Hutton and Butler exposed the decay of accountable government
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1333016,00.html

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U.S. airman killed in Afghanistan crash:

An American airman has died of his injuries after a helicopter carrying a wounded Afghan election worker crashed in western Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Thursday.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apasia_story.asp?category=1104&slug=Afghan%20US%20Soldier%20Dies

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Israeli's murder key Hamas leader:

A aledged leader of the military wing of Hamas, who has long been high on Israel's wanted list, was murdered last night in a missile strike in Gaza City.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=574821

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Clashes in Iraq's Samarra Kill at Least Six:

At least six civilians were killed and 11 U.S. soldiers wounded in clashes in Samarra Wednesday, a northern Iraqi town the U.S. military said it had pacified following an offensive earlier this month.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6557968

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4 killed as Baghdad bus attacked by gunmen
uk.news.yahoo.com/041021/325/f503m.html

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Two car bombings wound 11 U.S. soldiers in Samarra
www.dailybulletin.com/Stories/0,1413,203~26127~2481199,00.html

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U.S. Commander Loses Post;

Iraq Unit Refused Mission, AP Says
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aEd0KKn2WpQY&refer=us

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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

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Chris Floyd: Bushist Party bagmen and the rape of Iraq :

A duffel bag stuffed with millions in cash from a war-zone slush fund; a father and son held hostage at gunpoint to block a corruption probe, then dumped in hostile territory with no papers, no money, no protection.
207.44.245.159/article7107.htm

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The world has lost Iraq's oil :

The U.S.-led invasion has resulted in the loss of an average of 2 million barrels a day of Iraqi oil from world markets. That is a significant number with huge consequences for economies around the globe.
www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2004-10-05-iraqi-oil_x.htm

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MP Pleads Guilty to Torture at Iraq Prison:

Frederick said an Army investigator responsible for interrogations encouraged him to abuse the detainee, saying he didn't care what was done to the prisoner “as long as you don't kill him.”
207.44.245.159/article7110.htm

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America's tortuous road to Abu Ghraib:

Americans have seen the reality and the results of interrogation techniques the CIA has propagated and practiced for nearly half a century. The US public can join the international community in repudiating a practice that, more than any other, represents a denial of democracy;
207.44.245.159/article7109.htm

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Pentagon Rewards Generals, Corporations Tied to Abu Ghraib Scandal:

While a few low-level troops involved in the Abu Ghraib scandal are being prosecuted, the military is praising and rewarding generals and corporations in charge of people directly implicated in the heinous crimes.
207.44.245.159/article7108.htm

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Iraq audit can't find billions :

About half of the roughly $5 billion in Iraq reconstruction funds disbursed by the US government in the first half of this year cannot be accounted for, according to an audit commissioned by the United Nations
www.occupationwatch.org/article.php?id=7313

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Bin Laden's al Qaeda control questioned;

The top American commander in Afghanistan said yesterday he has no evidence that Osama bin Laden is alive.
www.washingtontimes.com/functions/print.php?StoryID=20041019-103059-2128r

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Its ethical for Israeli soldiers to kill 13 year old Palestinian children

The Israeli army has cleared an officer accused of repeatedly firing into the lifeless body of a young Palestinian girl of “unethical” behaviour.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3748054.stm

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A schoolgirl riddled with bullets. And no one is to blame
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,5044083-103552,00.html

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A Bullet Fired for Every Palestinian Child
www.counterpunch.org/laor10202004.html

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Israel on alert as rumours circulate of right-wing plot to assassinate Sharon:

In the latest sign of growing tensions between the authorities and religious leaders on the right who oppose the plan, heads of the Hesder Yeshivas, colleges at which students combine religious studies with military service, yesterday abruptly cancelled a meeting with a senior Israeli Defence Forces general.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=574403

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Israeli Gov't, IOF helped establish outposts :

West Bank squatter outposts were established with massive assistance from several government ministries – and the army – according to a draft report to be submitted to the government in coming weeks.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/491455.html

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 10/20/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
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Exposed: America's hidden vote :

The US Civil Rights Commission Report: “This report finds that President Bush has neither exhibited leadership on pressing civil rights issues, nor taken actions that matched his words.”
207.44.245.159/article7111.htm

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Video: Going Up River:

The Long War of John Kerry.” Quicktime Video
www.goingupriverdvd.com/featurette_qt.html

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Ted Rall: The Case Against Bush:

Here's a summary of why Bush and his gang of bloodthirsty corporate goons must go; voters may take them along to the polls to help them cast their ballots.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=127&u=/ucru/20041020/cm_ucru/thecaseagainstbush&printer=1

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Faults Found in U.S. Election Preparedness :

``There are a number of existing problems that pose a substantial threat to the integrity of the 2004 general election in the United States,''
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-4566037,00.html

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Date: 20 Oct 2004

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John Pilger: Stealing a Nation

This Is A Must See Documentary

There are times when one tragedy, one crime tells us how a whole system works behind its democratic facade and helps us to understand how much of the world is run for the benefit of the powerful and how governments lie. To understand the catastrophe of Iraq, and all the other Iraq's along imperial history's trail of blood and tears, one need look no further than Diego Garcia.

Click Here To View
207.44.245.159/video1027.htm

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'US war planes wipe out family of six'

An Iraqi rescuer carries the covered body of a child, dug from the rubble of a house which was bombed by U.S. warplanes during an overnight raid, witnesses said, in the western city of Falluja, October 20, 2004. Six members of one family, a couple and their four children, were killed when U.S. warplanes struck overnight
www.sundaytimes.co.za/zones/sundaytimesNEW/basket7st/basket7st1098275791.aspx

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Robert Scheer: The 9/11 Secret in the CIA's Back Pocket:

The agency is withholding a damning report that points at senior officials.
207.44.245.159/article7102.htm

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Pat Robertson says Bush expected no casualties in Iraq war :

Pat Robertson says he warned President Bush before U-S troops invaded Iraq that there would be American casualties. But Robertson says Bush responded, “Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties.”
www.wtkr.com/Global/story.asp?S=2456711&nav=0oa8AfMQ

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The five deceptions of Tony Blair :

Whether the prime minister lied over Iraq is a red herring – we now know categorically that he deceived us
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1331326,00.html

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“Support Our Mercenaries”:

These hired guns and administrators govern Iraqi daily life and sometimes torture and kill Iraqis. This behavior pays up to $200,000 a year – in the case of retired generals, who now head these semi-covert profit operations.
207.44.245.159/article7104.htm

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300 Iraqi soldiers abandon unit in Samarra:

At least 300 Iraqi soldiers abandoned their 750-man unit after they were deployed to Samarra earlier this month as part of a U.S.-Iraqi operation to retake the militant-controlled city.
www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.php?page=national&story_id=102004b1_iraq_guard

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Nearly 1.7 Million Veterans Lack Health Care -Study:

Nearly 1.7 million U.S. veterans had no health care coverage in 2003 — no access to private insurance, to Medicare or Medicaid or to the Veterans Affairs health program, health care advocates said on Tuesday.
207.44.245.159/article7103.htm

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Reservist Pleads Guilty in Iraq Torture Case:

Frederick allegedly helped place wires in a detainees' hands and told him he would be electrocuted if he fell off a box.
www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/news/9965316.htm

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Secret report details plan to draft medics :

The Selective Service has been updating its contingency plans for a draft of doctors, nurses and other health care workers in case of a national emergency that overwhelmed the military's medical corps.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2004/10/19/news/draft.html

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Army Still Stretched By Iraq :

More than 27 percent of the military's active duty troops are overseas, and more than half of them are in combat zones, numbers not seen since the Vietnam War, a new study shows.
www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,FL_army_102004,00.html

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U.S. aircraft directly bombed a mosque:

Precision-guided munitions set the Sharqi mosque ablaze, but left it standing.
www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,FL_flashes_102004,00.html

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Alleged torturer tracked down in US faces court :

Latin American victims and relatives defy passing decades and national boundaries
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1330354,00.html

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The Costs of War: A Mother's View:

I know something about the costs of an unjust war, for my son, Nick — an infantryman in the U.S. Army — is fighting one in Iraq.
207.44.245.159/article7105.htm

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As God Is His Witness:

Bush is no devout evangelical. In fact, he may not be a Christian at all.
207.44.245.159/article7106.htm

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Sucking Democracy Dry:

Losing America's birthright, the George Bush way
www.villagevoice.com/issues/0442/perlstein.php

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Faith against reason :

The US election has exposed a growing conflict between two world views. Can they co-exist in one country?
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1331357,00.html

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Bush Rejects BET Offer to Address Black Americans
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Video: Gore assails Bush's use of religion:

“President Bush has stolen the symbolism and body language of religion and used it to disguise the most radical effort in American history to take what rightfully belongs to the American people and give as much as possible to the already wealthy and privileged.”
207.44.245.159/video1026.htm

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Bush and Kerry dance to the tune of Ariel Sharon :

Far from taking the lead over the past four years, the Bush administration has been mostly led by the nose. The man responsible for this extraordinary feat is Israel's prime minister, Ariel Sharon.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1331236,00.html

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Cloak and Swagger:

The Israeli / Larry Franklin spy probe reveals an escalating fight over control of Iran policy
www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewPrint&articleId=8764

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 10/19/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
snipurl.com/9xr1

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Guava in Jabalia: First Bite, Last Breath :

The seeds of guava were still between the lips of the 13-year-old Saber Assaliya when an Israeli tank shot him in the waist while playing in a nearby orchard at the southern tip of Jabalia Refugee Camp, north of Gaza.
english.wafa.ps/cphotonews.asp?num=582

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Israelis shoot Palestinian on way to mosque:

Israeli troops have shot dead a Palestinian man on his way to a mosque for prayers in the Gaza refugee camp of Rafah, Palestinian witnesses say.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=
606145&src=rss/uk/worldNews&section=news

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Israel more corrupt, third year running, says corruption index :

Israel is becoming more and more corrupt for the third year running, according to the recently-released Corruption Perception Index.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/491353.html

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Bush and Kerry Jockey to ŒOut-Sharon‚ Each Other:

Many activists working for peace in Israel and Palestine suggest that the US government should discontinue its policy of providing large sums of military and economic aid to the Israeli government
globalecho.org/view_article.php?aid=1892

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Students claim they were duped into switching party registration:

Students at the University of Central Florida and two community colleges claim they were duped into switching their party affiliations from Democrat to Republican, campus police officials said Tuesday.
www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/apnews/stories/101904/D85QL9780.shtml

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Date: 19 Oct 2004

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The World According to Bush

Video Documentary

This film aims to pass through the looking glass and to show how the Bushes, father and son, have not only dined with the devil but have often invited themselves to his table.

Watch It Online
207.44.245.159/video1025.htm

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Manuel Valenzuela: ŒThird World‚ Election

 
The ŒCatastrophic‚ Success of the Republican Party:

Victory by any means necessary is their call to arms; corruption, fraud and deceit are their weapons. Florida is but a small cell in an increasingly malignant tumor, and diseased are we all as the cancer slowly killing us awakens once more to destroy the very principles this great nation was founded on.
207.44.245.159/article7100.htm

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Cheney: Terrorists May Nuke U.S. Cities :

Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday evoked the possibility of terrorists bombing U.S. cities with nuclear weapons and questioned whether Sen. John Kerry could combat such a threat, which the vice president called a concept ``you've got to get your mind around.''
207.44.245.159/article7101.htm

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Many casualties in attack on Iraqi forces HQ:

A mortar attack on an Iraqi National Guard headquarters north of Baghdad has killed four soldiers and wounded scores more.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/54BD005A-E7BB-48A9-BA4D-3F3D4765FDB3.htm

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Kidnapped charity chief warned of Iraq's humanitarian crisis:

According to Fisk, Hassan speaks fluent Arabic with an Iraqi accent. “She was very careful not to involve herself in any political discussion,‰ he said, although she “was very much against the UN sanctions.‰
212.2.162.45/news/story.asp?j=121316216&p=yzy3y69zz&n=121316976

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US planes pound Falluja:

Falluja's chief negotiator Khalid al-Jumaili, released yesterday after three days in US custody, said the hunt for al-Zarqawi was a pretext to attack the town, comparing it to US assertions that Iraqi president Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction before last year's invasion.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/FDE7EF6E-1D37-43C7-97DC-06DCA7203F23.htm

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Attack on pipeline halts Iraq's oil exports :

An attack on a pipeline in northern Iraq has halted exports of oil via Turkey, Iraq's state oil company said on Tuesday.
www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3&art_id=qw1098175140651B262

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“Der Spiegel” : Zarqawi's Mysterious Message :

Is al-Qaeda planning a larger assassination attempt, is it even demanding a victory for Bush in order to present its supporters with a clear enemy?
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The Power of Nightmares:

In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares. The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams weren't true, neither are these nightmares.
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Operation Desert Fraud:

How does a freelance torturer claiming false military credentials turn up in American living rooms as an expert on the war on terror?
newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/news/people/features/10121/index.html

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How Many Iraqis Are Dying?:

From Oct. 11 to Oct. 17, an estimated 208 Iraqis were killed in war-related incidents, significantly higher than the average week; 23 members of the United States military died over the same period.
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Marines Vent Frustration in Western Iraq:

“We are losing guys left and right,” says Cpl. Cody King, 20, of Phoenix, not hiding his anger. “All we are doing around here is getting blown up.”
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-iraq-war-
in-the-west,0,3853284.story?coll=sns-ap-nationworld-headlines

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U.S. Mutiny Soldiers Say Army Ignored Complaints
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6530392

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By the thousands, soldiers 50 and older are being deployed :

“The hardest part about going,” Thomas said, “is when my granddaughter asks me why I'm not going to be home for Christmas.”
www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-18/109798906786681.xml

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David H. Hackworth : Memo for the President-Elect:

Since our commander-in-chief announced “mission accomplished‰ on May 1, 2003, the insurgents have seized the initiative in Iraq. And we‚re also not winning the even-more-consequential worldwide battle against the Islamic jihadists
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Use of civilian contractors in war zones is at record levels:

The war against terror constitutes the greatest use of civilian contractors in American history. They do everything from serving chow to armed combat, some of them earning salaries of $200,000 a year or more.
www.mlive.com/newsflash/business/index.ssf?/base/
news-19/1098181141297540.xml&storylist=mibusiness

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Paul Krugman: Feeling the Draft:

Those who are worrying about a revived draft are in the same position as those who worried about a return to budget deficits four years ago, when President Bush began pushing through his program of tax cuts. Back then he insisted that he wouldn't drive the budget into deficit – but those who looked at the facts strongly suspected otherwise. Now he insists that he won't revive the draft. But the facts suggest that he will.
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UK: Hoon faces growing Iraq revolt :

The defence secretary, declared Britain would be “failing in its duty” to an ally if it did not accede to a US request to send troops into US-controlled sectors south of Baghdad.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1330627,00.html

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UK: Labour in revolt over deployment of troops under US command
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=573607

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Soldiers fear that they are 'sleeping with the enemy' :

Adrian Blomfield discovers deep mistrust between American troops and Iraqi soldiers they are training
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/
10/18/wirq218.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/10/18/ixnewstop.html

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Seeking out monsters :

By committing himself to preventive war, George Bush has overturned two centuries of US thinking on global diplomacy
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1330407,00.html

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Westerners at greater risk after Iraq war: report:

The Institute says operational mistakes have led to an increased threat of terrorism against the West.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200410/s1223524.htm

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'Dirty wars' have dirty little secrets:

The Honduras-Baghdad connection
www.villagevoice.com/blogs/bushbeat/archive/000320.php

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The Man Who Bought the Oil From Iraq:

Billions of dollars of Iraqi oil had been sold under a United Nations program – and food and other goods bought with the proceeds – when Saddam Hussein decided in 2000 that he personally wanted a bigger cut of the action. Documents now suggest that at least one United States company acceded to that demand, paying surcharges that kept the oil flowing
www.nytimes.com/2004/10/19/business/19wyatt.html?ex=
1255924800&en=aed586299c82c101&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

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So, Did Saddam Hussein Try to Kill Bush's Dad?:

Now that President George W. Bush's allegations about former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's ties to al-Qaeda and ambitious weapons programmes have been thoroughly discredited, another outstanding charge remains to be resolved.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=25915

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Vanunu: Dimona nuclear reactor to cause disaster:

“Israel and Jordan are on the edge of a human and ecological disaster that could have consequences all the way to Greece,” said Mordechai Vanunu Monday in an interview with the French newspaper Le Figaro in Jerusalem.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/
JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1098072902590&apage=1

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Bush and Kerry can at least agree on one thing: supporting Israel:

With the enemies of Israel and the enemies of the US increasingly lumped together and a strong Israel lobby in the US, neither candidate can afford to criticize Zion
www.taipeitimes.com/News/edit/archives/2004/10/19/2003207548

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 10/18/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
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The Forgotten Coup: Violence Erupts in Haiti,

Activists and Political Leaders Arrested
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/10/19/1423205

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Has Bush lost his reason? :

The President's apparent mental fragility should give US voters pause for thought at the ballot box
observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,6903,1329254,00.html

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Clerks spill Bush v. Gore details:

Former Supreme Court law clerks from the court‚s 2000-01 term speak out ˆ under cover of anonymity ˆ about what they saw behind the scenes during the fateful case of Bush v. Gore.
www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/news/nation/9949251.htm

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Bush urged to 'pull the plug' on voter purge:

Several days before the state's felon voter list was sent to county elections offices across Florida, state officials expressed doubts about its reliability.
www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/
20041016/NEWS/410160348/1006/SPORTS

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Fla. Court Rules on Provisional Ballots :

People who cast a provisional ballot at the wrong precinct are not entitled to have their votes counted, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4559399,00.html

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Elections Chief in Fla. County Resigns :

Duval County Supervisor of Elections John Stafford, who was heavily criticized by Democrats because of voting problems in the 2000 presidential election, resigned Monday, citing health reasons.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4559395,00.html

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Sinclair Fires Washington Bureau Chief :

The Washington bureau chief for Sinclair Broadcast Group said he was fired Monday after he criticized the company's plans to produce a news program based on a documentary critical of John Kerry's Vietnam-era anti-war activities.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4560336,00.html

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Job Cuts in Tech Sector Soar, Report Finds:

The U.S. technology sector suffered another round of widespread layoffs during the third quarter, with computer firms slashing jobs most aggressively, a report said on Monday.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1896&ncid=
1896&e=5&u=/nm/20041018/us_nm/economy_jobs_tech_dc

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Private Investors Abroad Cut Their Investments in the U.S.
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Date: 18 Oct 2004

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Five people killed as explosion hits Afghan electoral vehicle
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1512&ncid=731&e=6&u=/afp/20041018/wl_afp/afghanistan_vote_attack

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Five Iraqis killed in Mosul blast:

A car bomb exploded Monday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing five Iraqis and wounding 15 others
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=287152&lang=e&dir=news

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Iraq Militants Kill Two Macedonia Hostages:

A militant group in Iraq said it had killed two Macedonian hostages whom it accused of spying for the United States
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6530056

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Muslim peacekeepers for Iraq nixed:

Bush said no to plan to send Muslim peacekeepers to Iraq to help UN organize elections
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-woelec1018,0,3718738,print.story?coll=ny-top-headlines

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How The U.S. Bought Off Poland:

U.S. dollars wooed ally in Iraq coalition:

As the Bush administration scrambled last year to pull together a “coalition of the willing” to wage a war in Iraq, it simultaneously negotiated and financed an unprecedented multibillion-dollar arms deal with Poland – a compact that promises to funnel at least $6 billion in U.S. investments into the former Warsaw Pact nation, which has become one of the United States' primary wartime supporters.
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Annan: World not safer after Iraq war:

Annan has previously described the US-led war that toppled Saddam Hussein as “illegal
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6CE9BA88-11D0-4A4B-8DD6-EEF0D0362D60.htm

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UK: No10 did not tell truth about Iraq, says diplomat who quit:

A high-flying diplomat who helped frame the Government arguments that laid the groundwork for the Iraq war, has resigned because Downing Street “did not tell the whole truth” about the Iraqi threat.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=573224

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Former CIA man casts doubt on Iraq's WMD
www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&art_id=qw1098058861431U253&click_id=2813&set_id=1

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A War Without Reason:

This is a war that never made sense and now we are seeing – from the troops on the ground, from our allies overseas and increasingly from the population here at home – the inevitable reluctance to forge ahead with the madness.
www.nytimes.com/2004/10/18/opinion/18herbert.html?ex=1255838400&en=28d220da21bfde01&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

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Eric Margolis : Yankees are blind to blundering Bush:

Why do so many Americans still support George W. Bush after all those damning revelations about Iraq? That's the question I'm invariably asked when abroad.
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/Eric_Margolis/2004/10/17/672730.html

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Dear Limey *ssholes

Have you not noticed that Americans don't give two shits what Europeans think of us? Each email someone gets from some arrogant Brit telling us why to NOT vote for George Bush is going to backfire, you stupid, yellow-toothed pansies…
www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/story/0,13918,1329858,00.html

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The erudite and soft spoken of Clark County, Ohio
207.44.245.159/article7098.htm

Howard Zinn: Our War on Terrorism:

Unless we reexamine our policies—our quartering of soldiers in a hundred countries (the quartering of foreign soldiers, remember, was one of the grievances of the American revolutionaries), our support of the occupation of Palestinian lands, our insistence on controlling the oil of the Middle East—we will always live in fear
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Ex-Security Adviser Rips Bush Diplomacy :

Brent Scowcroft, a mentor to the current national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, also said in an interview published in England that Bush is inordinately influenced by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&u=/ap/20041017/ap_on_re_us/scowcroft_bush_4&printer=1

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Report: U.S. Troops Undersupplied in Iraq:

The former U.S. commander in Iraq issued an urgent plea to the Pentagon last winter for supplies, saying he was unable to sustain readiness.
www.ktok.com/script/headline_newsmanager.php?id=357163&pagecontent=nationalnews&feed_id=59

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Iowa police donate body armor to troops:

The Iowa State Patrol and the Linn County Sheriff's Department have donated outdated body armor to the 189th Ordnance Co. based in St. Joseph, Mo.
www.qctimes.com/internal.php?story_id=1037493&l=1&t=Iowa+%2F+Illinois&c=24,1037493

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Australia rejects UN troops request:

The Foreign Ministry has confirmed Australia has rejected suggestions it send more troops to Iraq to help protect the United Nations mission there.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200410/s1222034.htm

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Afghan Candidate Claims Fraud in Elections :

The chief rival of interim President Hamid Karzai said he has evidence of organized fraud in Afghanistan's election and accused the U.N.-Afghan electoral commission on Monday of ignoring his complaints.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4558567,00.html

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'When we came back they had destroyed all the houses' :

Chris McGreal reports from Jabaliya refugee camp
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1329830,00.html

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Israel violating international law by destroying homes in Gaza :

According to a human rights report released Monday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=490329&contrassID=1&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y

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EU sanction expected over Gaza :

The Foreign Ministry fears an increase in European pressure on Israel, up to and including the possibility of suspending Israel's free-trade agreement with the European Union, in light of the growing European criticism of Israel's actions in the territories and of the policy declarations emanating from Jerusalem.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/489469.html

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No Atonement:

The New Ten Commandments for Israel's National Policies
www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20041101&s=neeman

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Ralph Nader: Criticizing Israel is Not Anti-Semitism:

A Letter to Abraham Foxman
www.counterpunch.com/nader10162004.html

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Yeshiva student apologizes to archbishop for spitting :

A yeshiva student who spat at the Armenian archbishop in Israel and at a 17th-century cross during last week's procession marking the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem's Old City has met with heads of the Armenian community and apologized for his actions, police said Sunday.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/489884.html

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Jerusalem's disgrace :

“It is intolerable that Christian citizens of Jerusalem suffer from the shameful spitting at or near a crucifix. Similar behavior toward Jews anywhere in the world would immediately prompt vehement responses.”
www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=487472&contrassID=1

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U.S.: Republican Fraud will Disqualify 200,000 in Florida Vote, Says Harper‚s and New Documentary

Rampant voter fraud in Florida will disqualify 200,000 mainly Democratic and African American voters on November 2, according to an article in next week‚s Harper‚s by Greg Palast
www.unobserver.com/layout5.php?id=1972&blz=1

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Any means necessary :

In the 60s, police dogs and billy clubs kept black Americans from the polls. Today's methods are more refined
www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/comment/story/0,14259,1329925,00.html

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Problems Crop Up in Fla. Early Voting

With memories of 2000 and the state's bitter fight over ballots still fresh, Floridians began casting votes Monday and within an hour problems cropped up.
abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=175512

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Changing Electoral College not likely:

“When you vote for president … you are not in fact voting directly for a candidate. You are indicating who you wish the votes of your state to be cast for in the Electoral College,” said Steve Easton, a political scientist from the University of Missouri.
www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-09/06/content_372056.htm

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Maureen Dowd: Vote and Be Damned:

First Dick Cheney said that supporting John Kerry could lead to another terrorist attack. Then Dennis Hastert said Al Qaeda would be more successful under a Kerry presidency than under President Bush. Now the Catholic bishops have upped the ante, indicating that voting for a candidate with Mr. Kerry's policies could lead to eternal damnation.
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Kerry says Bush has 'January surprise' — cutting Social Security benefits:

Accusing President Bush of plotting a “January surprise” to cut Social Security benefits, Sen. John Kerry Bush told voters here and in Ohio yesterday that Bush's plans for “privatizing” the entitlement program could cost them as much as 45 percent of their monthly checks.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/195700_camp18.html

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Date: 17 October 2004

Nine Iraqi Police Killed in Ambush South of Baghdad: Gunmen ambushed a minibus carrying nine Iraqi police recruits home from a training course in Jordan, killing all of them, police in Kerbala said.

Seven Iraqis Die in Falluja Battles, Baghdad Attack

Battles rage around besieged Falluja: Fierce clashes have erupted in and around the Iraqi city of Falluja after renewed US air strikes killed three people and injured five others.

Blair is 'using our troops to boost Bush': Tony Blair last night stood accused of conspiring to use British troops in Iraq as a "political gesture" to help George W Bush in the US presidential election.

Blair to site U.S. missiles in UK - report: Prime Minister Tony Blair has secretly agreed to allow Washington to station U.S. missiles on British soil as part of President George W. Bush's missile defence programme, the Independent on Sunday says.

Revolt in the ranks in Iraq: The inside story of the Army platoon that refused to carry out a "death sentence" mission.

Guards 'confirm' Guantanamo abuses: Uncooperative Guantanamo Bay detainees have been regularly subjected to highly abusive treatment over a long period of time, according to a New York Times report.

MI6 accused of using data gained by torture in Uzbek jails : BRITAIN’S ambassador to Uzbekistan has accused MI6 of using information obtained by foreign governments through the use of torture, according to a leaked document published yesterday.

Bill Moyers: An ominous threat to Democracy: Congress "payoff" to big corporations

Iraq Is an All-opportunity Meat Grinder : When the world is outraged about the beheading of a contractor working to build US military bases in Iraq, but turns the other cheek when dozens of dead Iraqi children are chalked up to another statistic, what are Iraqis to think?

Operation Iraqi "Freedom" "Shock And Awe" Picture Gallery

Israeli cleared for shooting schoolgirl: The Israeli army has cleared a commander serving in the southern Gaza town of Rafah of any wrongdoing a few days after he riddled a Palestinian girl's body with bullets.

Gideon Levy: Killing children is no longer a big deal

Israel: Appropriating heaven : Rabbi Avraham Shapira, in a statement he issued this weekend ordering soldiers to refuse to participate in implementing the disengagement plan, spoke in the name of Heaven and presumed to express the will of God.

Gadaffi tells Germany to pay Rommel's debt: Libyan President Muammar Gadaffi yesterday embarrassed his latest high-profile western visitor, the German chancellor Gerhard Schröder, by demanding compensation for thousands of landmines left in the Libyan desert during the second world war.

Report: Jeb Bush Ignored Felon List Advice: Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ignored advice to throw out a flawed felon voter list before it went out to county election offices despite warnings from state officials, according to a published report Saturday.

129 Palestinians killed during IDF's Gaza raid : Of these, 42 were civilians, including women and children, mostly killed by IDF tank fire.

Six GIs Killed in Iraq Bombings, Crashes: Anyone know what they're dying for? Just asking!

Revealed: The meeting that could have changed the history of Iraq: When six of the country's leading experts on Iraq went to Downing Street in November 2002 , they sought to warn Tony Blair about the dangerous consequences of his actions. In this extraordinary account of that meeting, they reveal for the first time their shock at his response, offering a unique insight into the mind of a Prime Minister determined upon war

In case you missed it; Tony Blair's new friend : Britain and the US claim a moral mandate - and back a dictator who boils victims to death

In case you missed it; Our Presidents New Best Friend Boils People Alive : Let me introduce you to our presidents new best friend, President Karimov of Uzbekistan.

The Hypocrite and the Patriot: Our patriotism comes at a price, but I’m not thinking of that noble sacrifice that we speak of in hallowed terms on ceremonial occasions.

US planes hit Fallujah targets : US warplanes struck suspected rebel targets in the western city of Fallujajh last night, but officials denied a report that Jordanian militant Abu Musab Al Zarqawi had been captured there.

Pepe Escobar : Zarqawi - Bush's man for all seasons: Former US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) asset turned Iraqi prime minister, Iyad Allawi, is set to give the go-ahead to what the US Army twice could not bring itself to carry out: the leveling of Fallujah. Following a purely military logic, this is the next step after the barrage of precision strikes that are killing dozens of Sunni Iraqi civilians

'They want Zarqawi. They can't kill him so they're killing us': The missiles struck at just after 3am with devastating effect. Eight members of the al-Jabouri family were killed as they slept, their home destroyed. The following morning the US military issued a statement saying that fighters loyal to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, America's number one enemy in Iraq, had been taken out in a precision strike in Fallujah.

Bush or Kerry: The Atrocity will continue: Can you “imagine German candidates [campaigning] for the Chancellor of Germany competing on who participated more actively in the Holocaust”

Hidden players brewing coup in Iraq : The recent activities of the United States and some of Iraq’s neighboring countries as well as some undiplomatic statements by several Iraqi military and security officials indicate that a military coup against the majority in Iraq is being planned.

World Food Day: Iraqi farmers aren't celebrating : A new report by GRAIN and Focus on the Global South has found that new legislation in Iraq has been carefully put in place by the US that prevents farmers from saving their seeds and effectively hands over the seed market to transnational corporations.

Unit That Refused Iraq Duty Said Released : The grandfather of an Army Reserve soldier whose platoon refused to deliver supplies in Iraq said his grandson told him Saturday that he and other soldiers had been detained by military authorities but were later released.

BBC under fire for 'false reality' : One of Britain's leading documentary makers has attacked television's obsession with Islamic terrorism, claiming it has done nothing to dispel myths surrounding al-Qaeda and is too willing to take the government line on the 'high' level of the threat.

What Happened in Kerry's Vietnam Battles?: There is one group they have not heard from: the Vietnamese who were there that day.

Saudi-American Speaks Out on Confinement : He surrendered his American citizenship, renounced terrorism and agreed to live in Saudi Arabia for five years and not sue the U.S. government for his captivity.

Bush triumphalism masks mission unaccomplished in Afghanistan: analysts : Three years after the US-led invasion, Afghanistan is flooding the world with heroin, warlords reign in the provinces, women are scared and the new security forces are underarmed and undersized, analysts say.

Gulf War syndrome 'does exist': Scientists in the US say they have demonstrated the existence of the illness known as "Gulf war syndrome".

Protesters win one on appeal: The School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia, has been the elite training academy for Latin America's dictators, mass murderers and torturers—an education provided for them by the U.S. government.

Voter registration cards found in car: A former employee of an organization that registered voters kept hundreds of cards instead of submitting them.

US Airways May Slash Pay by 21 Percent : "I have absolutely no doubt that wage cuts of this magnitude would and will result in severe financial hardships," U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Mitchell said Friday. But US Airways' financial situation is so unstable that "basically what we have here is a ticking fiscal time bomb."

Date: 16 Oct 2004

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1 YEAR & 192 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Manuel Valenzuela: The War of Error

The dubiously named “war on terror‰ was lost the moment the cabal of neo-conservatives usurped power in Washington, descending like a flock of vultures from their warmongering flight. At that moment delusion morphed with ideology, ignorance fused with zealotry and the neo-conartist dream of an Iraqi invasion, already having been trumpeted for years, was put in motion. Continued

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Baghdad Car Bomb Kills 10 Civilians:

The U.S. military said the car, packed with about 300 pounds of explosives, blew up at about 11 a.m. as an Iraqi police patrol was passing.
www.nypost.com/news/worldnews/30430.htm

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Car Bombs Kill Five U.S. Troops in Iraq:

In Baghdad on Saturday, bombs rang out outside five churches in quick succession over an hour and half starting at 4:00 a.m., the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.
www.abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=171105

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Afghan blast kills three children, policeman:

At least three children and a policeman were killed by a bomb planted by a road in eastern Afghanistan, witnesses said today.
www.deepikaglobal.com/latestnews.asp?ncode=21228

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Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan:

A bomb attack in southern Afghanistan killed two American soldiers and wounded three others, the U.S. military said Saturday.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=170539

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U.S. Soldier Dies of Wounds in Iraq :

A U.S. soldier assigned to Task Force Olympia died of wounds suffered in a car bomb attack in the northern city of Mosul, the U.S. military said Saturday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4554900,00.html

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Politician Killed in Drive by Shooting :

A member of the Turkoman Front political group was assassinated today in northern Iraq while driving his children to school, police said.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3632956

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'British troops face backlash from US Fallujah assault':

Tony Blair has warned that British troops in Iraq could face a dangerous backlash if US attempts to seize the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah ended in mass bloodshed.
portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/10/16/
uiraq2.xml&sSheet=/portal/2004/10/16/ixportaltop.html

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Hatred, fear reign after 'liberation' :

Behnam Farho pinpoints the moment when the fear got to be too much, when he decided his country was lost, and it was time for him to gather up his family and leave Iraq — for good.
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/10/15/MNGOV9AHEO1.DTL

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The War Bin Laden Wanted:

For more than three years after 9/11 things have generally been going his way, he could not have achieved this huge, improbable victory without indispensable American help. America gave bin Laden precisely the war he needed and wanted.
207.44.245.159/article7083.htm

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Thomas L. Freidman: Addicted to 9/11:

By exploiting the emotions around 9/11, Mr. Bush took a far-right agenda on taxes, the environment and social issues – for which he had no electoral mandate – and drove it into a 9/12 world. In doing so, Mr. Bush made himself the most divisive and polarizing president in modern history.
207.44.245.159/article7084.htm

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Video: Watch it online:

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.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6895.htm

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Vowing Iraq pullback, Polish leader wins vote:

Prime Minister Marek Belka of Poland narrowly survived a vote of confidence on Friday after telling Parliament that “we will not stay in Iraq an hour longer than is needed.”
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2004/10/15/news/poland.html

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Ukraine to withdraw contingent from Iraq regardless poll outcome:

Kryuchkov said the parliament should debate three draft laws on the pullout of the Ukrainian contingent from Iraq. One of them envisions the immediate recall of all Ukrainian servicemen from Iraq, and the two others focus on the gradual reduction of Ukrainian peacekeepers.
www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=1355996&PageNum=0

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Ex-CIA officer blasts premise for Iraq war :

A Central Intelligence Agency veteran is traveling the country on a mission to explain what he calls “prostituted intelligence” crafted at the request of the Bush administration to induce Congress into approving the war in Iraq.
www.columbiatribune.com/2004/Oct/20041016News001.asp

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Gaps found in spending for reconstruction:

About half of the roughly $5 billion in Iraq reconstruction funds disbursed by the US government in the first half of this year cannot be accounted for, according to an audit commissioned by the United Nations
www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/10/16/iraq_audit_cant_find_billions?mode=PF

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Naomi Klein: Why is war-torn Iraq giving $190,000 to Toys R Us? :

Next week, something will happen that will unmask the upside-down morality of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. On October 21, Iraq will pay $200m in war reparations to some of the richest countries and corporations in the world.
207.44.245.159/article7085.htm

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“You Can Run, But You Can't Hide, Mr. Bush!” :

The Bushites Are Given A Failing Grade In An Open Letter From 729 “Security Scholars For A Sensible Foreign Policy”
207.44.245.159/article7085.htm

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Cartoon
www.guardian.co.uk/cartoons/stevebell/0,7371,1328195,00.html

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Genocide by the seaside and on such a lovely day:

The American mainstream media and press have signed off on their collective and respective responsibilities to humanity and they have blindly conjoined themselves to the Bush administration. They are implicated in Bush‚s genocide and they all know it.
207.44.245.159/article7088.htm

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Why We Must Prevent the Re-election of Senators Who Supported the Invasion of Iraq :

Those members of the House and Senate who supported this resolution believed, or claimed to believe, that an impoverished Third World country, which had eliminated its stockpiles of banned weapons, destroyed its medium and long-range missiles, and eliminated its WMD programs more than a decade earlier, somehow threatened the national security of a superpower located more than 10,000 miles away
www.commondreams.org/views04/1015-32.htm

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UN report: Israel guilty of wanton destruction:

Israel is guilty of severe human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including “wanton destruction” of houses and infrastructure, according to a United Nations report obtained by The Associated Press.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1097915021482

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'Sharon is a butcher':

“This is worse than an earthquake. The Israelis threw out the Palestinians in 1948 and in 1967 and they're trying to do the same thing now,” said Jamila Yehya, 54, a Jabaliya refugee whose home was destroyed on Friday.
www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1606255,00.html

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Devastation in Jabalya Refugee Camp
www.rafahtoday.org/news/todaymain.htm

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Christian Peacemakers vow they won't be deterred by Israeli squatter violence.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/489019.html

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 10/15/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
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An American scapegoat in London :

In Britain, America-bashing is so bad that I fear for my safety
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1328663,00.html

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How can we name the Darfur crisis?

The US Congress, and now Secretary of State Colin Powell, claim that genocide has occurred in Darfur. The European Union says it is not genocide. And so does the African Union.
www.blackcommentator.com/109/109_darfur.html

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Wake up and smell the fascism:

In “Fascism Anyone?,” Dr. Lawrence Britt, a political scientist, identifies 14 characteristics common to fascist regimes. His comparisons of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto, and Pinochet yielded this list of 14 “identifying characteristics of fascism.”
www.oldamericancentury.org/14pts.htm

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Creeping Fascism at Sinclair:

Don't look now, but your local network is a propaganda machine.
www.alternet.org/mediaculture/20179/

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Global Agreements Threaten Media, Privacy:

The growing use of international treaties to bypass the will of national parliaments, by bodies waging the so-called “war on terrorism,” increasingly threatens civil liberties and freedom of the media, warn privacy advocates.
207.44.245.159/article7082.htm

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Under attack as never before:

“The fundamental right of Americans, through our free press, to penetrate and criticize the workings of our government is under attack as never before,”
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2004/10/15/features/rich16.html

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Bush guru Rove testifies in CIA leak probe :

President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, testified Friday before a federal grand jury trying to determine if an administration official leaked the name of an undercover CIA officer.
www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-leak16.html

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FBI chief warns of possible terror attack before US elections :

There is still a possibility that terrorists are plotting to attack the United States before the Nov. 2 elections, Robert Mueller, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), warned Friday.
english.eastday.com/eastday/englishedition/world/userobject1ai585287.html

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Bush's New England Campaign Chief Resigns :

President Bush's New England campaign chairman stepped down Friday after the Democrats accused him of taking part in the jamming of their telephone lines on Election Day 2002.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20041015/ap_on_el_pr/gop_resignation

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Jon Stewart on Crossfire (video) : October 15 2004.

Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show, appeared on CNN's Crossfire. He calls co-host Tucker Carlson a “dick,” and more.
nyc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/127303/index.php

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Nuns must follow headscarf ban too – report :

A German federal court has ruled that a regional ban on Muslim teachers wearing headscarves in public schools must also apply to Christian nuns
www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3&art_id=qw1097411762720B265

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Ex-Inmate's Suit Offers View Into Sexual Slavery in U.S. Prisons:

The phenomenon of sexual slavery in prison has only recently emerged from the shadows.
www.nytimes.com/2004/10/16/national/16rape.html?ex=
1255579200&en=e20b64446084fe0d&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

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