Information Clearing House         Index December 2003 Part 1
Date: 5 Dec 2003 21:32:04 -0000

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217 DAYS ... AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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WMD Plot Uncovered In East Texas:
At least one weapon of mass destruction - a sodium cyanide bomb capable of delivering a deadly gas cloud - has been seized in the Tyler area. Investigators have seized at least 100 other bombs, bomb components, machine guns, 500,000 rounds of ammunition and chemical agents.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5350.htm

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U.S. Uncovers Weapons of Mass Destruction & the National Media Ignores The Story:
This is a story of weapons of mass destruction. Chemical weapons. Domestic Terrorism. Forged Identifications. And media double standards.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5351.htm

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Threat drives combative lawyer to walk away from terrorism cases:
He asserted that U.S., and possibly Canadian, spies were likely involved. "it means that lawyers cannot represent anyone, even in what you profess to be a democracy, here in Canada."

http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/
TPStory/LAC/20031205/TERROR05//?query=Rocco+Galati

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Russian ' suicide' blast kills 40:
Investigators found unexploded grenades in the train An apparent suicide bombing has killed at least 40 people and injured some 170 on a crowded commuter train in southern Russia, close to the Chechen region.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3294445.stm

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Baghdad convoy attack kills four:
Three Iraqis and an American soldier have been killed in a blast outside a mosque in the Iraqi capital.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3293461.stm

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US backs down over Nato force for Iraq:
The United States abruptly changed course over Iraq yesterday, urging Nato to prepare for a key role in the country next year, as Washington turned to its European allies to share the burden of the troubled military occupation.

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=470219

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Iraq: the next Afghanistan:
As George W. Bush sinks slowly in the West, let's look at what he's achieved at other points of the compass. Afghanistan? The US-appointed president, previously an associate of the Bush family in the oil industry, needs a Praetorian guard of Americans to keep him safe in Kabul.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,8030904%255E12272,00.html

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U.S. Rejects Iraqi Plan to Hold Census by Summer:
Iraqi census officials devised a detailed plan to count the country's entire population next summer and prepare a voter roll that would open the way to national elections in September. But American officials say they rejected the idea, and the Iraqi Governing Council members say they never saw the plan to consider it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/04/international/middleeast/04CENS
.html?ex=1071515182&ei=1&en=52f808547d8ed4b4

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"How Can We Leave Iraq?":
We shouldn’t forget that the Iraqis managed to organize their own society for about 3000 years before America was "discovered". It’s the most vicious, ignorant racism to assume they can’t run their own country without Bremer and Bush.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5348.htm

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Vietnam vet takes aim at war:
In his youth, Vietnam War veteran Charles Elliston recalls, "I was a conservative. I used to think war protesters were nut cases - agents of the enemy."

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~6439~1808983,00.html

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Samarra: an entire city up in arms:
"The guerrillas in Samarra can shoot at the Americans on a sidewalk in the middle of town at noon knowing no one will report them. When they do this, the people clap - men, women and children."

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B48E91D2-8402-4B5F-B6F0-484599B7FD5D.htm

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ITV reporter attacks military ' spin' :
ITV's Middle East correspondent, Julian Manyon, has challenged the US military's claims to have shot dead 54 Iraqi guerrillas in a new row over the way the conflict is being spun.

http://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/story/0,7493,1100158,00.html

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Iraqi Governing Council in ' a serious crisis':
It was supposed to be the key to Iraq's democratic future But six months after its creation as a bridge to democracy, the Iraqi Governing Council may be hampering the U.S.-led coalition's efforts to speed up the transfer of political power to Iraqis.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2003-12-03-council_x.htm

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Paul Krugman: Looting the Future:
What really makes me wonder whether this republic can be saved, however, is the downward spiral in governance, the hijacking of public policy by private interests.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/05/opinion/05KRUG.html

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In Rumsfeld’s Shop:
A senior Air Force officer watches as the neocons consolidate their Pentagon coup.

http://www.amconmag.com/12_1_03/feature.html

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Secretary of Defense Aims to Privatize the U.S. Military:
If Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has his way, the vaunted U.S. military of the future will be transformed into what amounts to corporate-owned units.

http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0350/mondo5.php

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The US military: A creeping civilian mission:
It seems that the United States military coup of 2012 has arrived about 10 years early. Well, okay, not the full-fledged classic coup, led by a general on horseback. But, as they say, close enough for government work.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5347.htm

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In case you missed it: Despotism & Democracy:
Measures how a society ranks on a spectrum stretching from democracy to despotism. Explains how societies and nations can be measured by the degree that power is concentrated and respect for the individual is restricted. Where does your community, state and nation stand on these scales?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4971.htm

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Perle lobbied for Boeing's tanker bid:
Richard Perle, a prominent Pentagon adviser, lobbied on behalf of Boeing's bid for a controversial $18bn government contract a year after the aerospace company made a $20m investment in the venture capital fund he runs.

http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/
FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1069493745090&p=1012571727088

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Perle Article Didn't Disclose Boeing Tie :
Pentagon adviser Richard N. Perle coauthored an opinion piece this summer praising a Pentagon plan to lease tanker aircraft -- which had the potential to steer billions of dollars to Boeing Co. -- 16 months after Boeing committed to invest $20 million with a venture capital firm where Perle was a principal.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A37059-2003Dec4?language=printer

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Huge spending bill packed with pet projects for powerful lawmakers:
Congress wants to spend $3 million this year to introduce more young Americans to the game of golf. It wants to set aside $200,000 to subsidize a documentary movie about Kalahari Desert bushmen. It also wants to build a $50 million indoor rainforest in Iowa.

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/politics/7406692.htm

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John Pilger: The BBC And Iraq: Myth and Reality:
The second-worst case of denying access to anti-war voices was ABC in the United States, which allowed them a mere 7 per cent of its overall coverage. The worst case was the BBC, which gave just 2 per cent of its coverage to opposition views

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5349.htm

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Chris Floyd : Blood Kin:
Imagine these banner headlines, circa, say, 1998: President's Brother in Biz With Red Chinese! President's Brother Beds Prostitutes as Corporate Perk! President's Brother Hip-Deep in War Profiteering: But of course, that was another millennium. In our new, more enlightened age, we humbly accept -- even celebrate -- the special privileges accorded to the great ones among us.

http://www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2003/12/05/120.html

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Bush's Religious Language:
When Bush decided to run for office, political strategist Karl Rove helped him make the link with the evangelical sector. While other candidates were discussing polemical themes, Rove advised him that it was much better for him to simply speak about his faith. Bush presented himself as "a man with Jesus in his heart."

http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20031222&s=stam

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Bush misled America on Iraq, Clark asserts:
"Instead of using the bully pulpit as a foundation for leadership in America, this administration is all bully and no pulpit," he said. "It doesn't feel an obligation to tell the truth. It doesn't feel an obligation to make a convincing case."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0312050
317dec05,1,4056461,print.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

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Is the President a Pathological Liar?:
Bush's unhealthy relationship with reality

http://www.laweekly.com/ink/04/02/news-corn.php

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Bush Ministry of Disinformation Editor Gets "Freedom" Medal:
There are two departments in the Bush Ministry of Disinformation: one for plebian lowbrows who don't like the read - the Fox News Channel - and another for effete reactionary highbrows who enjoy newspaper ink on their fingers - the Wall Street Journal, or more appropriately the War Street Journal

http://www.kurtnimmo.com/blogger.html

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U.S. won't change policy on deportations to third country: ambassador :
Cellucci's comments came a week after Paul Martin, the incoming prime minister, pledged to further investigate the handling of Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen, who was deported to Syria rather than Canada by U.S. authorities in 2002.

http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2003/12/04/cellucci_passport031204

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The Pain Merchants:
Security equipment and its use in torture and other ill-treatment: "It's possible to use anything for torture", says a US manufacturer of electro-shock riot shields, "but it's a little easier to use our devices."

http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGACT400082003

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Bush Lifts 20-Month-Old Steel Tariffs:
Facing the threat of a trade war, President Bush on Thursday lifted 20-month-old tariffs on foreign steel, a move that will hurt steelmakers in states critical in next year's election.

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/Politics/ap20031204_1777.html

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Canadian forced to confess in Israel, says lawyer :
Israel used psychological torture to get a Canadian man to confess he was plotting terrorist attacks in Canada, says his lawyer.

http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2003/12/05/israel_canadian031205

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Ethnic cleansing on the Jordan River:
"It's none of their business," responds Zitrin Eliezer, an Israeli settler in the West Bank. In fact, Israel's policies wouldn't be America's business if Washington wasn't backing Israel. And if that backing didn't in turn foster hatred of and terrorism against America and its allies.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/geted.pl5?eo20031204db.htm

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Israel offers housing plots in West Bank settlement :
Israel invited public bids today for 98-year leases of 13 plots of land designated for private home construction in a major Jewish settlement in the West Bank, an offer that ran against a US-backed peace plan.

http://www.smh.com.au/cgi-bin/common/popupPrint
Article.pl?path=/articles/2003/12/04/1070351729326.html

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The Brutal Zionist Role In The Holocaust:
The price of Zionism

http://www.jewsagainstzionism.com/holocaust/holocaustpics.htm

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Jewish Friends of Palestine:
An Online Initiative of Jewish Activists for a Free Palestine

http://www.eccmei.net/~eccmei/j/orgs.html

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1,700 U.S. soldiers quit Iraq: French magazine:
One thousand and seven hundred U.S. soldiers have deserted their posts in Iraq, with many of them failing to return to military duty after getting permission to go back to the United States

http://highmarkfunds.stockpoint.com/highmarkfunds/
newspaper.asp?Mode=kyo&Story=20031204/338x6796.xml

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Date: 4 Dec 2003 21:22:04 -0000

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216 DAYS ... AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

U.S. OK'd 'dirty war' in Argentina:
This document is a devastating indictment of Kissinger's policy toward Latin America. Kissinger actually encourages human-rights violations in full consciousness of what was going on.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5339.htm

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Hollinger Investments Are Linked To Board's Perle and Kissinger:
Hollinger, a Chicago-based media company that owns the U.K.'s Telegraph Group, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Jerusalem Post, also invested $14 million in a British technology company that includes Mr. Perle and his business partner as shareholders.

http://online.wsj.com/article_email/0,,SB107040693288
079500-H9jeoNllal2oZumZ4GGcKiCm4,00.html

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Interview with anti-U.S. Iraqi cell :
"If the Americans leave and Saddam comes back, we will fight him too. Maybe if he were elected we'd allow it. But no one in Iraq wants Saddam back. He turned into a thief and a murderer who made too many mistakes. We don't want Saddam, but American cannot occupy us any longer."

http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20031203-115217-9537r

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Life in battened-down Baghdad :Self-preservation U.S. soldiers' goal:
War or peace, right or wrong, win or lose, none of it seems to matter any more to many enlisted Americans in Iraq, for whom a political exit strategy cannot come too soon.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5346.htm

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Iraqi Council Leader Pushes for Direct Vote:
Shiite Muslim cleric Abdelaziz Hakim used his maiden news conference Wednesday as Iraqi Governing Council president to push for direct elections to select a national assembly, despite deep U.S. doubts about the proposal.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la
-fg-iraq4dec04,1,3826701.story?coll=la-headlines-world

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Democracy Cannot Coexist with Bush's Failed Doctrine of Preventive War :
The fact is that the U.S. often doesn't really want democracy – what it actually wants is an assent to its policies. That's why the U.S. sided with the French in 1991 when the Algerian elections were "canceled" because of the possibility of an Islamic victory.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5340.htm

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Dismantling US Democracy :
Here's a disturbing irony in a U.S. administration that claims it intends to establish democracy in Iraq - yet all the while systematically dismantling democracy at home.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5342.htm

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Who's Who In The Coalition Provisional Authority:
The younger Republicans in Iraq spend much of their time plotting against the Democrats. "Everything is seen in the context of the election, and how they will screw the Democrats," said one CPA official. "It was really pretty shocking to hear them talk."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5338.htm

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Exporting the Islamic revolution to Iraq:
GEORGE W. Bush may be on the way to transforming Iraq into an Islamic state modelled on the Iranian system of „valayet-e-faqih‰, rule of the jurisprudence. This became clear on Nov. 29 when Iraqi Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani issued a „fatwa‰, or religious ruling, which opposes the step-by-step plan for the hand over to Iraqi governance, put forward by the US occupation administrator L. Paul Bremer III on Nov. 15.

http://jordantimes.com/Thu/opinion/opinion2.htm

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Tariq Ali vs. Christopher Hitchens on the Occupation of Iraq:
Postponed Liberation or Recolonisation? Audio

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4345.htm

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Poll: More people don't believe Iraq war reduced terror threat:
A growing number of Americans, seven in 10, doesn't think the war in Iraq has reduced the threat of terrorism, according to a poll out Wednesday.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-12-03-iraq-poll_x.htm

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Report: Israel played key role in failed intelligence assessment before Iraq war:
It appears Israel not only provided false intelligence to other Western intelligence agencies, but also played a crucial factor in pushing the US and its allies into launching a war against Saddam Hussein and his regime.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5344.htm

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Israel: Sarid calls for inquiry into intelligence ahead of Iraq war :
Meretz MK Yossi Sarid on Thursday called for the creation of a committee to probe the conduct of Israeli intelligence ahead of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/368428.html

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Who caused Palestinian Diapora?: Israel needs to apologize, let them back:
Like slavery for African-Americans, internment for Japanese-Americans and the Nazi holocaust for Jews, the "Nakba" ("Catastrophe") was a seminal event in the consciousness of the Palestinian people.

http://www.sacbee.com/content/opinion/forum/story/7896505p-8834995c.html

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Do Americans Know the Score? :
Since our invasion was a dreadful mistake based on lies (seen any weapons of mass destruction lately?), American scorecards are about as trustworthy as Vegas odds. Even the military admits the sudden interest in counting the bodies of Iraqi soldiers is a political ploy.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5341.htm

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Truth is, we’re terrorized because we’re hated :
Tell people the truth, Mr. President -- about terrorism. If deceptions about terrorism go unchallenged, then the threat will continue until it destroys us.

http://www.natcath.com/NCR_Online/archives/100298/100298l.htm

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Intelligence experts speak out against the war in a new documentary :
"The Bush administration made up its mind to go to war [with Iraq] on September 11, 2001. From that time on you were dealing with rationalization and justification for the war; you weren't dealing with real causes for the war or real reasons for the war. There was never a clear and present danger, there was never an imminent threat," explains Mel Goodman, who served for 20 years as a CIA analyst, in the documentary Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War.

http://electroniciraq.net/news/1225.shtml

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It doesn’t take a mullah to be uncomfortable with events in America:
We have our own homegrown version of the Islamic jihad-mongers here at home, and they’re among Bush’s most ardent supporters. Call them the Christian Taliban, for want of a better label.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5343.htm

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The Dumbest Common Denominator :
It has long been my contention that the Republicans only win elections by appealing to the dumbest common denominator. It's a sad fact; there are simply more stupid people in America than there are smart people. If you pander to that base, you will find fertile soil from which to cull votes.

http://www.hellermountain.com/the_latest.html

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L'Etat, C'est Moi:
Ordinarily, anyone making the claim that the United States is slowly creeping toward becoming a police state would be expected to be seen wearing the latest in old holey garbage bags, surplus-store combat boots, and carrying a sign proclaiming the imminent demise of the planet. But when John Ashcroft is attorney general, these things aren't solely the province of the mentally ill.

http://www.citypaper.com/current/animal.html

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Time to release American values :
The imminent release of many Guantanamo detainees -- possibly including three boys ages 13 to 15 -- suggests that a substantial number of "combatants" may have been held far longer than necessary, without specific legal justification.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=
/chronicle/archive/2003/12/03/EDGGA3EDHK1.DTL

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Sudden Shift on Detainee:
It may be that the action was less of a substantive change than merely a calculated gesture to help the administration shield its policies from criticism and reversal by the courts. The American, Yaser Esam Hamdi, a Louisianan of Saudi descent captured in fighting in Afghanistan, is under indefinite detention in a Navy brig in Charleston, S.C.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/04/national/04DETA.html?th

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U.S. Court Strikes Down Part of Anti-Terrorism Law :
At issue is a statute that was the first to criminalize offering "material support" to foreign terror groups. That law was the precursor to the controversial 2001 Patriot Act which expanded the government's intelligence-gathering powers and increased penalties for activities classified as terrorist.

http://asia.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=
topNews&storyID=3934607&fromEmail=true

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A New Kind Of Poverty :
America is a country that now sits atop the precarious latticework of myth. It is the myth that working people can support their families

http://www.msnbc.com/news/997103.asp

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Priest tells soldiers to disobey orders to go to Iraq

http://www.kobtv.com/index.cfm?viewer=storyviewer&id=6723&cat=HOME

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There's force, and there's resistance:
What do California's supermarket strike/lockout and the continued violence against U.S. occupying forces and their collaborators in Iraq have in common? The answer is found in Newton's third law of motion: for each action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Applied to human affairs this translates into the idea of resistance.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/op-ed/goldsborough/20031201-9999_mz1e1golds.html

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America, like Napolean, takes colonialism to absurd lengths:
When Napoleon first came to Cairo, he appointed a ruling council, just like the one Paul Bremer has composed in Iraq. Fourteen sheikhs of Al-Azhar university were now the administrative government of Egypt under French occupation.

http://www.lebanonwire.com/0307/03072324DS.asp

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More Lies Uncovered:
White House Changes Story on Bush Plane Incident: The White House on Wednesday changed its story of a British Airways pilot's spotting of Air Force One during President Bush's stealth trip to Iraq last week.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=
564&ncid=564&e=1&u=/nm/20031203/ts_nm/bush_iraq_pilot_dc_2

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In case you missed it:
According to the white house, the pilot of Air Force One, Col. Mark Tillman, lied

http://www.msnbc.com/news/998811.asp?0bl=-0

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Bird in Bush hands is all show:
While Mr Bush's standing rose in a poll conducted immediately after the trip, the foray has opened new credibility questions for a White House that has dealt with issues as small as who placed the "Mission accomplished" banner aboard the aircraft carrier.

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/12/04/1070351720290.html

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Limbaugh: Agents Seized Medical Records :
Rush Limbaugh told listeners on his radio show Thursday that prosecutors in Palm Beach County have seized medical records from four of his doctors.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=
/ap/20031204/ap_on_en_ot/limbaugh_pain_killers

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Climate change laid to humans :
Report warns there's 'no doubt' industry is primary cause

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=
/c/a/2003/12/04/MNG0Q3FPCT1.DTL&type=printable

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Bad To The Bone: "...don't criticize my children. . .or you're dead." ~~Barbara Bush, Larry King Live, CNN, Oct. 20, 2003

http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_3688.shtml

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U.S. oil companies seek Libyan oil permit renewal:

http://www.forbes.com/markets/newswire/2003/12/02/rtr1166953.html

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"Bring Our Children Home":
"I'm in Iraq to express support for the people and to tell the soldiers from the United States, and especially the Latinos, to return home, to stop this military madness," Suárez said Wednesday in a telephone interview with IPS.

http://ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=21393

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UN still waiting for US report on Iraq weapons:
United Nations weapons inspectors say they still have not been given a key report by American and British experts who have searched post-war Iraq for weapons of mass destruction.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1003032.htm

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Washington warns five countries over weapons of mass destruction

http://www.deepikaglobal.com/ENG4_sub.asp?ccode=ENG4&newscode=32605

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The Proliferation Security Initiative:
An Interview With John Bolton : All WMD trade will not be targeted with the same vigor. WMD-related cargo destined for Israel, India, and Pakistan – the world's three unofficial nuclear-weapon states – is of secondary importance.

http://www.armscontrol.org/act/2003_12/PSI.asp

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Military practices a mock tribunal:
Despite the selection of detainees and the dress rehearsal, sources say the first trial is months away.

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20031202-114458-1245r.htm

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TV station bombed in Georgia:
An explosion has rocked the state television centre in Georgia's capital Tbilisi as the Russian ambassador was giving an interview live on air.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D0DE7C35-B3A5-4520-8225-DA8B82D242CA.htm

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Powell Sends Russia Warning About Georgia :
The United States issued an indirect warning to Russia on Tuesday not to back Georgia's breakaway regions and exploit instability in the former Soviet republic after last month's bloodless change of government.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A29620-2003Dec2?language=printer

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Moscow will keep forces in Georgia, Moldova:
Russia yesterday refused to withdraw its remaining forces and military equipment from the former Soviet republics of Georgia and Moldova, repudiating a 4-year-old pledge to do so by the end of this year.

http://www.washtimes.com/world/20031202-091552-2128r.htm

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In case you missed it:

West Piles Pressure on Georgia Ahead of Elections:--
"I don’t know what they are planning to do with us. Are they coming to help us or to bury us?"-- President Eduard Shevardnadze.

http://minority.iatp.org.ge/2003/10/000044.php

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In case you missed it:

United States Cuts Development Aid To Georgia:
The United States has announced it will cut its financial assistance to Georgia, dealing a sharp blow to President Eduard Shevardnadze's administration just over a month before parliamentary elections.

http://www.eurasianet.org/departments/insight/articles/eav092903.shtml

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215 DAYS ... AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Private Contractor Tests New Illegal Ammo By Killing An Iraqi:
"The way I explain what happened to people who weren’t there is — this stuff was like hitting somebody with a miniature explosive round," he said, even though the ammo does not have an explosive tip. "Nobody believed that this guy died from a butt shot."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5335.htm

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"We're ready to govern": Iraq's "Puppet" President:
The current President of Iraq's ruling council, Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, says he would be happy for the coalition forces to leave Iraq immediately.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1002317.htm

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US accused of provoking Samarra shootout:
Samarra's US-appointed police chief, Ismail Mahmoud Mohammed, told the Financial Times that US forces had gone too far in "provoking" the town, and said they should stay out from now on.

http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/Story
FT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1069493626929&p=1012571727172

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Samarra Massacre Will Haunt U.S. in Iraq:
U.S. commanders say their troops killed at least 54 Iraqis in the northern city of Samarra on Nov. 30. It was a massacre, and the shocking surprise for Americans is that the organized Iraqi troops who provoked the attack are being hailed as heroes.

http://news.pacificnews.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=
68502c5eae5b193f0d75af16d5b0ce6b

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Recent Visitors Question U.S. Tactics :
Duelfer, who supported the aim of ousting former president Saddam Hussein, told the same group at Brookings that the military's increasingly aggressive strategy in the so-called ''Sunni Triangle'' of central Iraq was only compounding the problem.

http://www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=21384

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Human Rights Testimonies from Iraq:
Testimony of an Iraqi Minor Detained and Mistreated by US Forces

http://www.cpt.org/iraq/testimonies/testimony_1.htm

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US Army Uses Bulldoze Threat to Get Iraqis to Talk :
In a tactic used by Israeli authorities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip but new to Iraq, a bulldozer was positioned in front of the house ready to destroy it. The translators, minority Turkmen, Kurds and Assyrian Christians, were getting nervous.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=3929149

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Blood and Oil--Alternatives to War in Iraq:
Iraq, was a pro-Western country until 1958, when its British-installed monarchy was overthrown. Fearing that Iraq might turn communist under the new military regime, the United States dabbled in a temporary alliance of convenience with the Ba'ath (Renaissance) Party in its efforts to grab power. CIA agents provided critical logistical information to the coup plotters and supplied lists with the names of hundreds of suspected Communists to be eliminated.

http://www.worldwatch.org/press/news/2002/11/26/

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Perhaps Hussein Read Tolstoy And Bush’s People Didn’t :
There is an eerie similarity between Leo Tolstoy’s novel, War and Piece, which describes with considerable accuracy Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia and George Bush’s 2003 invasion of Iraq.

http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2003-12/03bagdikian.cfm

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'The Sunni Versus Shia Myth'
Much that has been written about the 'division' between the Sunni and Shia in Iraq is not only a total distortion of the demographics of the Iraqi population, it also feeds into the propaganda campaign of 'divide and rule' tactics .

http://www.williambowles.info/ini/ini-0156.html

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How democracy can take root:
Many Arabs genuinely hope that US President George W. Bush will realize his vision for a democratic Middle East. The problem is that US foreign policy often runs contrary to the democratic values that Americans espouse and enjoy within the United States.

http://metimes.com/2K3/issue2003-48/opin/how_democracy_can.htm

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Saudi prince killed in ambush:
A Saudi prince was ambushed and killed by suspected Islamic extremists while hunting gazelles in the Algerian desert, newspaper reports say.

http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=46830

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2 US soldiers wounded in Afghan attack:

http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type
=worldNews&storyID=414376&section=news

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US fires Guantanamo defence team :
A team of military lawyers recruited to defend alleged terrorists held by the US at Guantanamo Bay was dismissed by the Pentagon after some of its members rebelled against the unfair way the trials have been designed.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1098523,00.html

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People the law forgot :
It is almost two years since the Guantanamo prison camp opened. James Meek has spent the past month talking to former inmates and some of those involved in operating the Pentagon's Kafkaesque justice system. He has built an unprecedented picture of life on the base.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/guantanamo/story/0,13743,1098604,00.html

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Chinese military ready for " necessary" casualties over Taiwan:
Senior Chinese military officers warned Taiwan it was staring into the abyss of war and the mainland was ready for "necessary" casualties if the island pursued its independence drive.

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/031203/1/3ge65.html

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Al-Qaida Operating Inside Australia Says Spy Chief

http://www.news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2254823>

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The other side of radical Islam :
"The situation has always been misunderstood as far as Muslim radicals are concerned, right from the beginning," said Munawar. "The problem lies with US propaganda machinery, which has a modus operadi under which it establishes its own theories which in fact do not exist in reality, and then projects these to misguide people."

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/EL04Df01.html

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How Sharon resurrected Arafat by trying to get rid of him :
Yasser Arafat completes his third year in virtual captivity on Wednesday. Once the atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001, had taken place, Ariel Sharon’s government began a concerted campaign to equate the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation with the senseless violence perpetrated by 19 Al-Qaeda hijackers.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/opinion/03_12_03_a.asp

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Israel Fumes at U.S. Opening to Doves, Steps Up Raids :
Israel fumed on Wednesday over Secretary of State Colin Powell's plan to meet the authors of a symbolic Middle East peace deal that the Israeli government has rejected as capitulation to Palestinian demands.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=
worldNews&storyID=3930198&fromEmail=true

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Israel: 25% Of Population Live In Poverty:
The gaps between the rich and poor in Israel are reminiscent of the Third World. There are 1,312,000 people living below the poverty line and every third child in the country is poor.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/367662.html

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Israel Approves Construction Of More Homes At Settlements :
The government of Israel has approved the construction of more than 1,720 new houses in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip this year.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29686-2003Dec2.html

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Instead of being dismantled, settlement outposts slowing digging in:
Just six months after Israel committed to a peace plan requiring it to dismantle scores of illegal Jewish settlement outposts, an Associated Press inspection of 18 of the encampments found the settlers have expanded significantly.

http://www.azdailysun.com/non_sec/nav_includes/story.cfm?storyID=77977

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'We're air force pilots, not mafia. We don't take revenge' :
For two months, a rebel group of Israeli Black Hawk helicopter and F-16 fighter pilots has been denounced as traitors for saying they will no longer bomb Palestinian cities.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1098456,00.html

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No, anti-Zionism is not anti-semitism :
As an idea, a Jewish homeland was always controversial. As a reality, Israel still is - and it is not anti-Jewish to say so.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/comment/0,10551,1098625,00.html

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A terrorist nation called the United States of America:
This story did not take place in Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia: It is taking place today in the United States.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5337.htm

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The Year Democracy Ended :
As the year ends, 2003 will be remembered by future historians as the year the pretense of democracy in the United States ended.

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Articles9/Fitrakis_Voting-Machines.htm

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Who Tried To Bribe Rep. Smith?:
Rep. Nick Smith, R-Mich., says that sometime late Nov. 21 or early in the morning Nov. 22, somebody on the House floor threatened to redirect campaign funds away from his son Brad, who is running to succeed him, if he didn't support the Medicare prescription bill.

http://slate.msn.com/id/2091787/

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What happens when the rich and powerful rule the stupid?
It's called America.

http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0349/essay.php

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U.S. Weak in Sharing Terror Info:
The federal government has only marginally improved how it shares information on terrorists and threats with key people on the national, state and local levels, technology and national security experts asserted Tuesday.

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/T/TERRORISM_STUDY?
SITE=NYBUE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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Ireland: Shannon Warport: "No More Business As Usual!":
Ten thousand US soldiers were shipped through Shannon (Ireland) in September alone. Patriot missiles, we now know, have passed through Shannon en route to Israel.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5336.htm

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Noam Chomsky, Interview:
The invasion of Iraq had a number of motives, and one was to illustrate the new National Security Strategy, which declares that the United States will control the world permanently by force if necessary and will eliminate any potential challenge to that domination. It is called pre-emptive war.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5334.htm

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Liberty can not be preserved without general knowledge among people." (August 1765) John Adams

Date: 2 Dec 2003 21:24:02 -0000

"Beware of being too rational. In the country of the insane, the integrated man doesn't become king. He gets lynched." (Aldous Huxley, Island)

"The ideal set up by the Party was something huge, terrible, and glittering - a world of steel and concrete, of monstrous machines and terrifying weapons - a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting - three hundred million people all with the same face." (George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four)

"If you assume that there's no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things, there's a chance for you to contribute to making a better world. That's your choice." (Noam Chomsky, The Chronicles of Dissent)

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214 DAYS ... AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Eye Witness Report: The "Battle" At Samarra:
After inflicting casualties on the Americans the Resistance fighters withdrew. The American troops, however, continued to shell and rocket residential quarters of Samarra' for hours as if to punish residents and drive a wedge between them and the Iraqi Resistance.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5333.htm

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This War Not Against Terrorists :
From the beginning, the Bush administration's inability to talk straight about its Iraq policy has generated deep and valid suspicion. Good policy doesn't need to be defended by deception; the truth will do just fine.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5332.htm

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U.S. Reports Insurgent Death Toll:
Long hesitant to release numbers, fearing comparison to the days of Vietnam, the military seems to be doing so now to appear effective.

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-fg-bodycount
2dec02,1,7144970,print.story?coll=la-news-a_section

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US soldier killed in new ambush in Iraqi city of Samarra:
Witnesses told an Associated Press photographer that a roadside explosive was detonated under a US Humvee, which then collided with an Iraqi civilian vehicle.

http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1544971&nav=0RaPJQip

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John Pilger: Bush And Blair Are In Trouble:
We are now a country draped in the weeds of war ... The remembrance we endure now is no longer a seasonal affair. It is a continuous festival of death as individual souls are press-ganged into the justification of all British-American wars. To this sorrow there seems no end."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5331.htm

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U.S. Denies Saddam's Deputy Captured in Iraq Raid

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20031202/ts_nm/iraq_dc

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Mystery shrouds whereabouts of bodies of 54 insurgents said killed by US:
The only corpses at the city's hospital were those of ordinary civilians, including two elderly Iranian pilgrims and a child.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/afp/20031
201/wl_mideast_afp/iraq_unrest_samarra_031201203113&e=3

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Ferocious gun battle that left no bodies:
It was impossible to reconcile the two versions of the battle. The US military acknowledged that the death toll was estimated - rather than confirmed - on the debriefings of soldiers and no bodies had been collected.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/1
2/02/wirq02.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/12/02/ixnewstop.html

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Iraqis do not trust U.S.-led forces:
Nearly 80 percent of Iraqis have little or no trust in U.S.-led occupying forces.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/24by7panews/content_objectid=
13681272_method=full_siteid=50143_headline=-Iraqis-do-not-trust-U-S--led-forces-name_page.html

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Thailand may pull out of Iraq:
THAILAND will consider withdrawing its troops in Iraq if the security situation there worsens, Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said Tuesday.

http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story.jsp?sectionid=1274&storyid=578060

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Strike up the band:
Motherhood and apple pie served up amid the stench of burning humans. Another night, another gathering of cannon fodder for a Bush campaign backdrop.

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

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Supreme Court Considers Foreign Arrests :
The Supreme Court said today it would consider whether the government has authority to go into another country to make an arrest without the permission of that country's government.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A25185-2003Dec1?language=printer

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They 'didn't know anything about me but that I was Arab':
Khadr was released in secret by U.S. authorities at Guantanamo Bay where he had been held without charges for nine months as a terrorist suspect. U.S. officials have said he was released in July; Khadr insisted Monday he wasn't released until mid-October.

http://canada.com/national/story.asp?id=07CBC341-EDB0-4642-90FC-ADC0EB26AA45

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Where are the Legions?:
Global Deployments of US Forces. The forces of the United States military are located in nearly 130 countries around the world

http://globalsecurity.org/military/ops/global-deployments.htm

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Does Bush Know Why He is a Threat to World Peace? :
By neglecting the real disease and attending to its symptoms the US, under Bush, has lost direction.

http://allafrica.com/stories/printable/200312010359.html

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1998 bomb suspects still in Britain :
A key supporter of Osama bin Laden wanted by America over the bombing of the US embassy in Kenya in 1998 is still in jail in Britain despite a House of Lords ruling 12 months ago that he could be extradited.

http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2002/11/30/wkenya430.xml

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Paul Krugman: Hack the Vote:
Let's be clear: the credibility of U.S. democracy may be at stake.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5330.htm

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In case you missed it:
A Time to Break Silence: By Rev. Martin Luther King

"A time comes when silence is betrayal."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2564.htm

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White House Version of Mid-Air Exchange Disputed:
British Airways said on Monday that none of its pilots made contact with President Bush's plane during its secret flight to Baghdad, contradicting White House reports of a mid-air exchange that nearly prompted Bush to call off his trip.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20031201/us_nm/bush_iraq_pilot_dc

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Liberals finding their voice :
President Bush a ''liar?'' Donald Rumsfeld a Defense secretary who ''betrayed'' his troops? Republican leaders in Congress part of a ''concerted effort to erase the 20th century?''

http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20031201/5720237s.htm

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Palestine peace plan branded treacherous:
Thousands of Palestinians staged protests in Gaza and the West Bank against the plan on Monday, also branding it as "treason" and a "black day in the history of the Palestinian people".

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D4D0AEA8-1FE1-45FA-9400-D0223D42D8DE.htm

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Geneva Accord offering only false hope:
Israel continues to do everything possible to undermine the basis for peace, and the Bush administration, which could use its enormous influence with Israel, chooses instead to do almost nothing.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/oped/chi-
0312020284dec02,1,7405673,print.story?coll=chi-newsopinioncommentary-hed

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Georgia revolt carried mark of Soros:
"It's generally accepted public opinion here that Mr. Soros is the person who planned Shevardnadze's overthrow," said Zaza Gachechiladze, editor-in-chief of The Georgian Messenger, an English-language daily based in the capital.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20031126.wxsoros1126/BNStory/Front/

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Bottom of the barrel :
The world is running out of oil - so why do politicians refuse to talk about it?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1097622,00.html

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Beyond bull :
The US economy may look buoyant but sky-high balance of payments deficits point to a coming crisis, writes William Keegan

http://www.guardian.co.uk/economicdispatch/story/0,12498,1098229,00.html

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County processed more than 4,000 filings for foreclosures :
The 9 a.m. sheriff's sale will culminate the busiest year on record for mortgage foreclosures and tax-lien sales. For the first time ever, the sheriff's office has processed more than 4,000 filings from creditors who want to seize real estate from debtors.

http://www.post-gazette.com/localnews/20031201foreclosureslocal3p3.asp

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Speaking in son's memory:
Heartbroken father leading protest delegation on visit to Iraqi people

http://dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~20954~1799205,00.html?search=filter

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The final transfer, to Dover, for war's dead:
As the list of fatalities from Iraq grows, Dover has quietly become busier than ever, taxed with a pace not seen since Vietnam. A new facility opened late last month and is already staffed round-the-clock, seven days a week.

http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=62689&ran=1863

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Troops' horrific injuries are conflict's hidden cost:
"There was a guy there who was missing both legs and an arm," the 26-year-old soldier says. "My last roommate had no hands left at all."

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~1784912,00.html

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It's an around-the-clock fight to save lives at Iraq combat hospital :
VanBuren was naked except for a thin blue gown draped across his private parts. The medical staff pored over the rest of his body. Hot shrapnel from a roadside bomb had gouged the underside of his left thigh, leaving a hole the size of a grapefruit that oozed blood and flesh.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001804036_hospital30.html

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Long road ahead for many wounded troops:
American hospital in Germany often just the first stop. The dark gray military buses and ambulances arrive every day at the US medical center here, carrying soldiers wounded in Iraq.

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2003/11/30/long_road_ahead_for_many_wounded_troops/

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Boy among dead in Ramallah raid :
A nine-year-old boy is among four Palestinians killed during an Israeli raid in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3252048.stm

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Neo-Nazis, Extremist Jews Unite :
French neo-Nazis formed an alliance with extremist Jewish groups on the Internet to publish a torrent of hate messages directed against Arabs and Muslims, according to a report by a leading anti-racist group.

http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,59662,00.html

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Liberty can not be preserved without general knowledge among people." (August 1765) John Adams

Date: 1 Dec 2003 22:42:02 -0000

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead

"Either man is obsolete or war is. War is the ultimate tool of politics. Political leaders look out only for their own side. Politicians are always realistically maneuvering for the next election. They are obsolete as fundamental problem-solvers." -- R. Buckminster Fuller

"Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice."

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213 DAYS ... AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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From the front lines:

Combat Leader Gives The Inside Skinny Of The Biggest Battle Since The War Ended

Most of the casualties were civilians, not insurgents or criminals as being reported. During the ambushes the tanks, brads and armored HUMVEES hosed down houses, buildings, and cars while using reflexive fire against the attackers. One of the precepts of "Iron Hammer" is to use an Iron Fist when dealing with the insurgents.

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Bloodiest month in Iraq leaves 105 troops dead:

If the deaths of six US soldiers in Afghanistan last month are added, November was the most costly month for the American military since February 1991, when 162 US troops were killed in the 1990-91 Gulf war.

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=468919

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US soldier dies as doubts grow over Samarra:

American troops said on Monday that 54 resistance fighters had been killed in clashes on Sunday. But our correspondent and other news agencies quoted hospital sources and Samarra residents as saying that the US fire killed eight people, all civilians.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/56EE3BDE-1510-4F73-9D74-C820DF8FFD67.htm

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Losing Hearts And Minds:

Mohammed Ali Karam wants to kill a U.S. soldier. He doesn't love Saddam Hussein, and he was happy in April when U.S. Marines rolled through his Baghdad neighborhood on their way to liberate the capital. But he turned against the Americans the night he saw his brother Hussein, 27, take two bullets in the neck.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101031208-552124-1,00.htm

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Iraq Becomes Operation Sitting Duck:

A few days ago, two American soldiers in Iraq were shot, dragged from a truck and viciously beaten with concrete blocks. Their bodies were left on a dusty street in Mosul, a city once considered one of the safest for U.S. forces. The murder and mutilation was carried out not by hardened operatives of al Qaeda, but by a gang of Iraqi teenagers, the very generation for whom we've been battling to ''liberate'' the country.

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/columnists/carl_hiaasen/7370087.htm

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Iraq- U.S.: Is It The Bases? :

Bush hawks fear that giving the United Nations responsibility for administering Iraq would create a highly undesirable precedent for future U.S. military action.

http://www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=21331

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The Turkey Vulture:

Hopefully these phony baloney man of the people, warrior pictures will be good enough for Karl Rove. I don't think the troops could endure all that unbridled happiness for a third time.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5328.htm

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Buying Up Iraq:

The United States cannot tolerate Arab democracy at the national level because of its unilateral support of Israel's occupation of Palestine and no freely elected Arab government will support Israel against the Palestinians. If real democracy means letting people have a real voice in governing themselves then there is little hope of this happening in any Arab state, including Iraq.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5327.htm

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Two Iraqi Governing Council members deny accord on direct elections:

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/031130/1/3gbkv.html

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Christian Mullahs Message of Hate:

European history is rich with the use of organised violence to seize lands, resources and dispossess the native population. Genocide and massacres are the result of these processes. Perhaps this is why this why the Anglo alliance feels no guilt or shame for the dispossessed Palestinians, who have suffered the same fate as the Red Indians and the Aborigines.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5326.htm

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US Bases Grapple With Infiltration by Iraqi Fighters:

A foiled plot against the commander of 5,000 troops around Mosul points to a vulnerability: heavy reliance on local translators and workers.

http://fairuse.1accesshost.com/news1/latimes38.html

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Snowballing Debt Awaits Tomorrow's Taxpayers:

Bush is funding every penny of every one of these goodies by increasing the national debt. Which is another way of saying that he's sticking the bill to the next generation.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-outlook1dec01,1,2243514.column

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Why Johnny, Shakela and Jose can't read :

Schools are rat traps, home is a rescue mission, funerals abound

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/11/30/ING8L39SL21.DTL

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Army 'forcing out sick Gulf war veterans' :

The Ministry of Defence forced "hundreds" of victims of Gulf war syndrome to quit the Army under a system known as manning control to avoid paying them medical pensions.

http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/12/01/ngulf01.xml

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Naked Gun: Don't kid yourself -- and don't let them kid you.

When they come at you with that pious sugar, telling you how they're going to protect you, secure you, keep you free, you better run and check the back door – because that's where their goons will be breaking in.

http://www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2003/11/28/120.html

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Israeli Threats Against Egypt:

Let Netanyahu ask the Jewish clergy why they have a special prayer every day wishing illness, ruin, death and destruction upon the Egyptians.

http://www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=35756&d=1&m=12&y=2003

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Innocents Killed In Iraq Bloodbath:

US troops in the Iraqi town of Samarra have admitted to perpetrating a bloodbath, with one occupation spokesman confirming nearly four dozen people were killed. Local residents said US troops killed innocent bystanders when they opened fire on anything that moved around midday.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E56B8E35-2484-40C5-935E-B452A2C74769.htm

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Pentagon Establishes New Force For Future Invasions:

Senior Pentagon officials are currently considering plans to set up two 15,000-strong divisions that would be dedicated to overseeing the reconstruction of countries in the aftermath of future military campaigns.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5324.htm

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Iraq Scientists Say They Lied Over Weapons :

Iraqi scientists have grown more vocal in countering Bush administration claims, used to justify the war, that Baghdad had ``reconstituted'' nuclear weapons development, and that it once was a mere six months from making a bomb.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3447561,00.html

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The Hidden, Unseen War :

Shielded from the reality of war -- the dead, the horribly maimed, the uranium poisoned, the psychologically devastated -- we are given a sanitized fantasy of war that shields Bush from the political consequences of this bloody, unnecessary war.

http://www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=557

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U.S. abandons democratic values in Iraq: U.S.

President George W. Bush and his advisors are going to have to come up with a new story pretty fast on why they invaded Iraq. Because what's left of their only remaining rationale for killing thousands of Iraqis and maiming thousands more is crumbling so fast, it's going to be unrecognizable by the New Year.

http://www.canoe.ca/Columnists/brodbeck_nov30.html

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Patriot Act Author Has Concerns:

Detaining citizens as 'enemy combatants' -- a policy not spelled out in the act -- is flawed, the legal scholar says.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5325.htm

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Carter Slams Mid-East 'Bias':

FORMER US president Jimmy Carter has criticised the White House for favouring Israel and abandoning "a bipartisan commitment" to Middle East peace.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5323.htm

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The killing fields of Rafah :

Quietly, far from the public eye, Israeli soldiers continue killing Palestinians. Hardly a day goes by without casualties, some innocent civilians, and the stories of their violent deaths never reach the Israeli consciousness or awareness.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/366499.html

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Youths to leave " terror" camp:

MORE than 100 terror suspects being held at the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are to be released in two separate transfers by January. Three juvenile detainees between the ages of 13 and 15 are among those scheduled to be released.

http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,8028359^1702,00.html

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Helen Thomas: Only dictators ban television news:

The raid by the U.S.-appointed Iraqi officials on an Arab television network bureau in Baghdad and the ban on its broadcasts hardly fits my idea of how to spread democracy in the Middle East.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/150333_helenthomas30.html

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