Information Clearing House         Index December 2003 Part 2
Date: 10 Dec 2003 20:55:02 -0000

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

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Another Six Children Killed By U.S. Troops In Afghanistan:

Another six children were killed during an assault by US forces on a compound in eastern Afghanistan, an American military spokesman said.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/World/story_53709.asp

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This is real Terrorism not Liberation:

What difference does it make to the parents of those murdered children in Afghanistan, whether it was caused by an accident or the result of bad intelligence? - Why is the killing of any Westerner or an Israeli is automatically classified as „terrorism‰ but not the murder of civilians in Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5363.htm

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When Christians Kill:

We have a very, very Christian President, which means that everything he orders his military to do, and everything his military orders our troops to do, is of course consistent with Christian principles.

http://www.counterpunch.org/harper12082003.html

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-:WARNING:-

This video should only be viewed by a mature audience

Take No Prisoners:

U.S. Marines execute an Iraqi to the cheers of fellow marines

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5365.htm

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Iraq to Stop Counting Civilian Dead:

Iraq's Health Ministry has ordered a halt to a count of civilians killed during the war and told its statistics department not to release figures compiled so far, the official who oversaw the count told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20031210_1042.html

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Least we forget:

Images Of War Real people, real suffering.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2604.htm

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Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attacks:

Two U.S. Soldiers Killed and Four Wounded in Attacks in Northern Iraqi City of Mosul

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20031210_797.html

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U.S.: Plane Probably Hit, Lands in Iraq:

Guerrillas hit a U.S. Air Force transport plane with a surface-to-air missile, causing the engine to explode, a senior Pentagon source said Wednesday. The plane landed safely.

http://www.wilmingtonstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20031210/API/312100767&cachetime=5

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Helicopter engulfed by fire::

A US attack helicopter was engulfed by fire after it made a "controlled landing" near the city of Mosul in northern Iraq today, a military spokesman said.

http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,8130040%255E401,00.html

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High Payments to Halliburton for Fuel in Iraq:

The United States government is paying the Halliburton Company an average of $2.64 a gallon to import gasoline and other fuel to Iraq from Kuwait, more than twice what others are paying to truck in Kuwaiti fuel, government documents show.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/10/international/middleeast/10GAS.html

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The new tragedy in Afghanistan :

The concentration on the "war on terror" and the attempt to defeat terrorist violence by military means have been a major cause of the current crisis and, paradoxically, helped create the conditions for the Taliban to rebuild support.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/comment/story/0,11447,1103552,00.html

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U.S. Bars Iraq Contracts for Nations That Opposed War:

The Pentagon has barred French, German and Russian companies from competing for $18.6 billion in contracts for the reconstruction of Iraq, saying it was acting to protect "the essential security interests of the United States."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5362.htm

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Pentagon ban on Iraq contracts angers Canada:

"Unacceptable." That's how Deputy Prime Minister John Manley describes a new directive from the Pentagon barring Canada and countries opposed to the Iraq war from bidding on reconstruction contracts in Iraq worth almost $19 billion

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1071057620405_15///?hub=TopStories

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Iraqis Denied Worker Rights Under U.S. Occupation:

Labor journalist David Bacon exposes how the Bush administration is systematically busting unions in Iraq to facilitate privatization and how none of the $87 billion appropriated by Congress for reconstruction will go to Iraqi workers or the unemployed.

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/10/30/1627246

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The privatisation of war :

Private corporations have penetrated western warfare so deeply that they are now the second biggest contributor to coalition forces in Iraq after the Pentagon.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1103566,00.html

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Iraqi Shia protest US tank killing:

Hundreds of angry Muslims protested in the Iraqi capital over the death of a Shia cleric crushed under a US tank.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/02A04E0E-65D7-46E5-A142-D4E8777A3ECC.htm

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Iraqis grow cynical of U.S. pledge of democracy:

After listening to all the promises about democracy and lectures on civil rights, Iraqis increasingly are telling their American occupiers that it's time to put up or shut up.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1209IraqDemocracy09-ON.html

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Winning Over Arabs Using Israeli Tactics:

The Bush administration's escalation of the violence, in an attempt to quell the Iraqi insurgency before next year's election, comes as no surprise. But such escalation will kill, wound or anger even more Iraqi civilians and thus make long-term stability in Iraq even more unlikely.

http://www.independent.org/tii/news/031210Eland.html

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Manhunt in Iraq: Israel Trains U.S. Assassination Squads:

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh reveals how a new Special Forces group assembled to "neutralize" Iraqi resistance is working with Israeli commandoes to train in assassination and other tactics – comparable to the Phoenix Program in Vietnam. One of the key planners is Lt Gen. William Boykin who declared that Bush was not elected but appointed by God.

Audio.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5364.htm

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Israelis give a course in urban warfare:

NEW TRICKS: Israeli counter-insurgency specialists have been sent to Fort Bragg to teach US special forces how to keep an unruly Iraqi population under control.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2003/12/10/2003079052

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An occupier tells all - the story of Israeli brutality towards Palestinians:

"I ran toward them and punched the Arab right in the face, never before did I do such a thing, he collapsed on the road·I dragged him over behind the jeep, I grabbed him by the hair and twisted his head to the side. He cried out loud· One of the soldiers approached him and punched him in the stomach. The Arab suffered from pain and grunted, we all giggled, it was funny·I kicked him real hard in the bottom and he whirled inside, just as I planned. They shouted that I am crazy and laughed ˆ and I felt great".

http://www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=265082&lang=e&dir=news

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In case you missed it:

Israel True to Values, Ashcroft Says :

Attorney General John D. Ashcroft yesterday told a conference of evangelical Christians and Jews who are united in support of Israel that in the face of almost daily terrorist threats, Israel has remained "steadfastly true" to "the values our two nations share."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=
article&node=&contentId=A16079-2003Apr2&notFound=true

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Is a new Iraqi civil war around the corner? :

Shiite and kurdish fighters plan battalion against sunnis. Iraqi militiamen will be recruited in two weeks to create a new counter-insurgency battalion to tackle a wave of Sunni-driven violence that American officials predict will heighten as the country moves toward autonomy.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/10_12_03/art19.asp

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Iraq and Vietnam: Battles of will:

The strength of the US military means little when faced with an increasingly skeptical US public who have the potential to force Washington to pull its troops out of Iraq. In addition, while Washington cannot be overwhelmed by sheer force, there is no evidence that the guerrilla fighters in Iraq can be defeated that way either.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EL10Ak02.html

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The Bodies Come Home:

The president is grieved by U.S. casualties. He also worries they'll cost him votes. The president is right to worry that his re-election could be impeded by a steady drumbeat of casualty stories. He and his aides have tried to muffle them, accusing the media of looking only for the bad news in Iraq.

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

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A warning from deep inside the Pentagon:

If you look at the weapons that we're buying, they're not for the war on terrorism. The best you can say about them is that they are not designed for the threats that we face. Some of them may not work at all.

http://www.pbs.org/now/transcript/transcript245_full.html

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US to expand its military empire:

The world's only superpower, which already maintains a military presence in 140 countries, said it was expanding its empire because of "increased threats" in the post September 11 world.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/59EA56AD-70A8-43A8-BC9D-26D66386E2B9.htm

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Here we go again:

Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba :

"Our government will establish a Commission for the Assistance to a Free Cuba, to plan for the happy day when Castro's regime is no more and democracy comes to the island." President George W. Bush, October 10, 2003

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/12/print/20031208-8.html

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Australia: Journalists face jail under laws:

JOURNALISTS face up to five years' jail if they report detailed circumstances surrounding the detention and questioning of terrorism suspects, under new ASIO laws passed in Parliament late last week.

http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,8129944%255E28097,00.html

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Pentagon gags Hicks's lawyer:

Australian lawyer Stephen Kenny has been gagged by the Pentagon from discussing anything to do with Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1007117.htm

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High Court Points to Possibly Scaling Back Miranda Right:

Government lawyers Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to give the police more freedom to question suspects without first warning them of their right to remain silent, and most of the justices sounded as though they were inclined to do so

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-scotus10dec10,1,3834722.story

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BushCo Slowly Destroying Bill of Rights :

BushCo has battered, bludgeoned, and brutalized our Bill of Rights. They're in the ICU with tubes sticking out of them – desperately in need of medical attention before the Neocons at BushCo end their suffering by pulling the plug or giving them a lethal injection.

http://www.opednews.com/snyder_1203_bill_of_rights.htm

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US media, Ashcroft silent on conviction of right-wing terrorists in Texas:

One would think that the conviction of two individuals in a terrorism-related case involving actual „weapons of mass destruction‰ and a conspiracy to carry out large-scale terrorist attacks on US soil would be major news.

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2003/dec2003/tex-d09_prn.shtml

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City to seek closed records on terror issues :

City officials plan to ask the Kansas Legislature to amend the state's sunshine laws so that local governments' meetings and documents about homeland security are shielded from public access.

http://www.ljworld.com/section/stateregional/story/154322

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The Price was High:

A Japanese reporter filming the bodies of Iraqis killed in a US raid finds himself in an arm-lock. He's forced to the ground before American soldiers give him a sound kicking with their army boots. Soldiers with telescopic sights confuse a Sony video camera for a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and shoot a Palestinian cameraman from Reuters dead.

http://world.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/2783/

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Iran's Nobel winner hits at US foreign policy:

The first Muslim woman to win the Nobel peace prize took a swipe at US foreign policy in the Middle East.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1007111.htm

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Detained at the whim of the president:

In the two years since the Sept. 11 attacks, the administration has established a set of extra-legal structures designed to bypass the federal judiciary. It has maintained that those detained by the United States outside U.S. borders - at Guantánamo and elsewhere - are beyond the jurisdictional reach of the U.S. courts altogether.

http://www.iht.com/articles/120833.html

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Baghdad Blogger :

In the looters' market, a DVD singing the praises of the so-called resistance is selling like the hot bread of Bab al-Agha

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1103698,00.html

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U.S. House of Reps. Approves Bill to Censor American Citizens from Voicing Opposition to U.S. War on Drugs:

If enacted, the provision could effectively silence community groups around the country that are using advertising to educate Americans about medical marijuana and other drug policy reforms

http://www.commondreams.org/news2003/1209-03.htm

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U.S. threatening nuke treaty?:

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=35980

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Loyalist bombers 'helped by British' :

A report into the bloodiest day of the Irish Troubles is expected to reveal today that British security forces helped loyalist paramilitaries to bomb the Republic of Ireland.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Northern_Ireland/Story/0,2763,1103594,00.html

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In case you missed it:

Blair: Iraq weapons threat growing:

01/14/2003 LONDON, England (CNN) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programme is "active, detailed and growing."

http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/europe/09/24/uk.iraq/

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In case you missed it:

Who Would Have Thought That Terrorists Would Attack The Pentagon Using An Aircraft:

Washington, D.C., Nov. 3, 2000 – The fire and smoke from the downed passenger aircraft billows from the Pentagon courtyard. Defense Protective Services Police seal the crash sight. Army medics, nurses and doctors scramble to organize aid. An Arlington Fire Department chief dispatches his equipment to the affected areas.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3533.htm

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DIY cruise missile thwarted:

A New Zealand man who built a cruise missile in his garage claims the New Zealand government forced him to shut down his project after coming under pressure from the United States.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3302763.stm

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HMOs to reap benefits from Medicare law :

Health maintenance organizations will receive higher payments under the new Medicare law beginning in March, well before most of the system's clients get significant help with their pharmacy bills

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/APWires/health/D7VBCT8O1.html

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12/09 Moscow suicide attack kills at least five :

A suicide bomb attack apparently targeting the Russian parliament in Moscow killed at least five people today, city police said.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/russia/article/0,2763,1103056,00.html

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US helicopter downed near Fallujah:

Ground fire forced a US reconnaissance helicopter to make an emergency landing Tuesday, but the two-man crew walked away with minor injuries.

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=8099

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Explosions Hit Iraq Mosque, US Bases:

There were conflicting reports about what caused the blast - Reuters said it was a car bomb and the Associated Press said a missile hit the area

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=86F4DCFE-2F68-453E-82E32BFEDCFE5794

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Israel trains US assassination squads in Iraq :

"This is basically an assassination programme. That is what is being conceptualised here. This is a hunter-killer team," said a former senior US intelligence official, who added that he feared the new tactics and enhanced cooperation with Israel would only inflame a volatile situation in the Middle East.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1102940,00.html

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Demographer: Holy Land already has non-Jewish majority :

A Haifa University demographer said Tuesday that there is already a majority of non-Jews within the total area of Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/370067.html

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U.S. says it may not have killed target:

The U.S. military admitted Monday that it may not have killed the Taliban suspect who was its target in an air assault on a village Saturday that left nine children and one man dead.

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/7449245.htm

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US refuses to hand over Iraq arms report:

UN Security Council members have complained that the United States and Britain refused to give UN weapons inspectors the results of their hunt for Iraq's unconventional arms.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/CB5BD651-788A-4DAD-87FF-CA760F199062.htm

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Greg Palast: Baker Takes The Loaf:

President's Business Partner Slices Up Iraq: Our President is not going to let something as trivial as international law stand in the way of a quick buck for Mr. Baker. To get around the wee issue that Bush has no legal authority to mess with Iraq's debt, the White House has crafted a neat little subterfuge.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5361.htm

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Shi'ite leaders press for direct elections :

The US plan proposes using provincial caucuses - not a direct vote - to choose the members of the transitional assembly. But this idea is opposed by Shi'ite leaders, who prefer direct assembly elections.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EL10Ak06.html

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The Bremer Chronicles: The Two Ayatollahs:

Why is Bremer „intensely lobbying‰ against elections? Among a seemingly endless menu of choices to choose from – of stupid U.S. policies and decisions – the effort to prevent elections ranks among the stupidest. It is „world class‰ stupid.

http://world.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/2643/

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Operation Iraqi Freedom?:

U.S. troops disarmed the protection force, arrested popular city councilmen and put back into power some of the same people who had served Saddam.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/12/04/60minutes/main586841.shtml

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This President Spoke for the People of the World:

Whenever President George W. Bush ventures abroad to meet foreign officials the question is not what will he get accomplished but whether or not he will be murdered. The man cannot set foot outside the United States without a bodyguard of thousands of armed men and women.

http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vphof093576583dec09,0,1483117.story

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US seeks new bases in Pakistan, India:

http://jang.com.pk/thenews/dec2003-daily/09-12-2003/main/main3.htm

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Group Contests Casino Owned By Jewish Extremists' Backer :

While U.S. Treasury officials scour financial records worldwide to stop funds donated by wealthy Arabs from flowing to radical Islamist groups, a small group of U.S. citizens is trying to shut down a major source of funding for Jewish extremists in Israel and the occupied territories.

http://www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=21429

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Brothels and bombs in Saudi Arabia:

The "pleasure center" at the Muhaya compound was not the only one of its kind in the country. More trouble can be expected.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EL09Ak01.html

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The trouble with a weakening US dollar :

The only reason the dollar hasn't fallen even faster than it has is due to frantic support by Asian central banks, concerned about a weak dollar undermining their nascent economic recoveries.

http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/commentary/story/0,4386,224344,00.html

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Iraqi town's balance of power stays in doubt:

At the one remaining US military compound in the city, US soldiers on Sunday refused to leave their sand-bagged bunkers to meet a western visitor at the gate. "It's dangerous here! Go away!" yelled one. Two other such US compounds within Samarra have been vacated in the past three weeks.

http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/Story
FT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1069493796495&p=1012571727172

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U.S. - China: Quest For Peace:

Two nations, a world apart: As the United States has grown stronger, its citizens have over time surrendered more of the freedom that their forefathers had cherished, notwithstanding Americans' self-image as a free people. It is hard for the US to spread democracy abroad when democracy has been declining at home since its founding. A Must Read

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/EL09Ad02.html

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Secrets And Spies :

Calling all spooks and spies. If you want to help Congress get to the bottom of the scandal over Iraq intelligence, now's your chance. Later this week, a key member of Congress will issue an all-points call for intelligence analysts to blow the whistle on President Bush, Vice President Cheney and others

http://tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/9562

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Kennedy, Vietnam and Iraq:

Some parallels between the two wars are uncanny. In both cases, U.S. intervention was driven by small, secretive, bellicose, conspiratorial factions within the government. In both cases, military intelligence was officially optimistic -- but the optimism was believed neither by its authors nor its readers.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5360.htm

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'We can implant entirely false memories' :

"We can easily distort memories for the details of an event that you did experience," says Loftus. "And we can also go so far as to plant entirely false memories - we call them rich false memories because they are so detailed and so big."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/feature/story/0,13026,1098943,00.html

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US launches large ground offensive in Afghanistan;

The United States has launched its biggest-ever ground operation in Afghanistan against Islamic militants, but is worried a bungled attack that killed nine children could alienate Afghans.

http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,224364,00.html

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NATO far from relieving US forces in Afghanistan:

Member states pledged more materiel last week, but a US handover looks unrealistic.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1209/p07s01-wosc.html

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Israel Building Nuclear-Proof Bunker :

The bunker command post would be Israel's second. An underground compound beneath the Tel Aviv headquarters of the Israeli military has been in use for more than 30 years, starting with the 1973 Middle East war.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=540&ncid=721&e=
7&u=/ap/20031208/ap_on_re_mi_ea/israel_wartime_bunker

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UN votes 90-8 to ask Hague court for opinion on Israeli Wall:

The United Nations General Assembly approved on Monday a Palestinian-initiated resolution asking the International Court of Justice to issue an advisory opinion on the legal consequences of Israel's construction of the separation fence. Ninety nations voted in favor of the draft, eight opposed and 74 countries abstained.

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=369633&
contrassID=1&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y

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Date: 8 Dec 2003 21:25:05 -0000

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

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Storm brews as China tackles Bush:

Last week, the US sent a senior official, James Moriarty, of the National Security Council, to Taipei and Beijing to caution against provocative moves.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/08/1070732145994.html

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Russia accuses US over Georgia

Russia accused the US at the weekend of having pressured Georgia's former President Eduard Shevardnadze out of office, partly by helping to organise the demonstrations last month that convinced him to resign.

http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/Story
FT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1069493796360&p=1012571727166

http://tinyurl.com/yaju

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Jihad has worked - the world is now split in two

Osama bin Laden, two years and three months after the New York and Washington attacks that were part of his jihad against America, appears to be winning.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/alqaida/story/0,12469,1102262,00.html

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A Must Read From 03/1992

In case you missed it: Jihad VS McWorld:

The two axial principles of our age -- tribalism and globalism -- clash at every point except one: they may both be threatening to democracy:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/foreign/barberf.htm

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Guerrillas Kill U.S. Soldier in Northern Iraq:

Guerillas killed a U.S. soldier in a drive-by shooting in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Monday, the U.S. Army said.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3955538

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U.S. offers apologies for killing 9 Afghan children:

The rockets made 30 to 40 small craters in the ground around where the children had died. The 10th victim, an uncle of the two girls, rushed toward the stream after the first plane struck and was cut down beside them

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/7441443.htm

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Newt Gingrich, "Americans Can't Win In Iraq"

http://www.msnbc.com/news/1002188.asp

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Iraq Civil War Alert:

US plans to deploy former militiamen from Kurdish or Shi'ite units who fought Saddam Hussein's regime could spark a civil war and force the break-up of Iraq, Sunni religious leaders warned yesterday.

http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Articles.asp?Article=68638&Sn=WORL

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Saving President Bush: Send in James Baker:

Democracy Now! speaks with investigative journalist Greg Palast, author Dan Briody and editor Mark Ames.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5359.htm

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Figures show ' hype' of terror war :

Of the thousands of people referred by the FBI and other federal investigators to prosecutors in connection with terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001, only a handful have been convicted and sentenced to long prison terms, according to an analysis of Justice Department figures published Monday.

http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20031207-101622-3249r

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Terror sweep probed in U.S:

Thousands of suspects involved but almost half not prosecuted: The median sentence for those convicted of offences related to international terrorism was 14 days in jail.

http://www.thestar.ca/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/
Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1070840411078&call_page=TS_World&call_
pageid=968332188854&call_pagepath=News/World&pubid=968163964505&StarSource=email

http://tinyurl.com/yao6

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Moving Targets:

"The only way we can win is to go unconventional. We're going to have to play their game. Guerrilla versus guerrilla. Terrorism versus terrorism. We've got to scare the Iraqis into submission."

http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?031215fa_fact

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US using Israeli tactics in Iraq: General:

The commander of US forces in Iraq, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, says his troops have begun cordoning off Iraqi villages with barbed wire as the Israeli army does in the Occupied Territories.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1005305.htm

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Covert war in Iraq includes Israel, former Baathists: report:

US special forces fighting a covert war in Iraq are receiving help from both Israel and former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party regime, according to a report released Sunday.

http://www.spacewar.com/2003/031207200835.lij0a0bu.html

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Israel 'Aiding US In Iraq':

The US and Israeli governments had decided to keep their co-operation secret, according to the report.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5358.htm

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Sharon's Phony War:

The war that Sharon is waging is not aimed at the defeat of Palestinian terrorism but at the defeat of the Palestinian people and their aspirations for national self-determination.

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/16831

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The peace threat from Damascus :

The most astounding thing about the Syrian president's proposal to resume talks with Israel is the response of official Israel. Is Israel really interested in achieving peace with its neighbor to the north?

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/369371.html

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In case you missed it:

Patrick J. Buchanan: Whose War?:

A neoconservative clique seeks to ensnare our country in a series of wars that are not in America's interest.

http://www.amconmag.com/03_24_03/cover.html

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In case you missed it:

Invading Iraq not a new idea for Bush clique:

Plan was set four years before 9/11

http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/2003/01/27/news/local/5025024.htm

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The losing battle for Iraqi hearts and minds:

"Our hopes for liberation were so big, but the US is not meeting its promises. We will not join the armed resistance. We are waiting for our leader, Ayatollah Ali Sistani, to tell us when and how to resist the US - then we will do it.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/07/1070732074009.html

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UK: We Buy Bags Of Semtex From Terrorists:

With the country on its highest-ever state of alert amid fears of a Christmas terror strike our investigators infiltrated a cell of Muslim extremists - and bought enough Semtex to blow up Oxford Street and the Houses of Parliament or down 40 Lockerbie jets.

http://www.sundaymirror.co.uk/news/news/content_objectid=
13700443_method=full_siteid=106694_headline=-WE-BUY-BAG
-OF-SEMTEX-FROM-TERRORISTS-name_page.html

http://tinyurl.com/yaq0

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Britain's Home Secretary blocks return of Guantanamo Bay detainees:

Fearing he would have to release them soon after their arrival back home.

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/031207/1/3ghgj.html

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Britain faces 'collusion with loyalists' charge over worst Irish bombings:

Any confirmation that British security forces had a role in the bombings would be hugely embarrassing for the UK. It could be used by critics of both the Irish and British government to say that the UK carried out „an act of war‰ on a friendly state.

http://www.sundayherald.com/38579

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From Tommy Franks, a doomsday scenario:

We ain't seen nothing yet, according to the experts. If terrorism's sting is felt again, fascism may be its aftermath.

http://www.sptimes.com/2003/12/07/Columns/From_Tommy_Franks__a_.shtml

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Hamas leader rejects Israeli state:

In an interview published in the German magazine Der Spiegel, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin said there was no place in the region for an exclusive Jewish state; if Israelis wanted one "they can found a state in Europe".

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/12/07/1070732070519.html

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Glaxo chief: Our drugs do not work on most patients:

A senior executive with Britain's biggest drugs company has admitted that most prescription medicines do not work on most people who take them.

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_medical/story.jsp?story=471139

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Revealed: how drug firms 'hoodwink' medical journals :

Pharmaceutical giants hire ghostwriters to produce articles - then put doctors' names on them.

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1101680,00.html

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Iraq's illegal WMD sites were looted, Bush now explains:

US President George W. Bush, trying again to explain the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, said yesterday that suspected arms sites had been looted in the waning days of Saddam Hussein's rule.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2003/06/22/2003056287

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NRA Seeks Status as News Outlet :

Hoping to spend as much as it wants on next year's elections, the National Rifle Association is looking to buy a television or radio station and declare that it should be treated as a news organization, exempt from spending limits in the campaign finance law.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41774-2003Dec6.html

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

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Iraq's illegal WMD sites were looted, Bush now explains
US President George W. Bush, trying again to explain the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, said yesterday that suspected arms sites had been looted in the waning days of Saddam Hussein's rule.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2003/06/22/2003056287

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9 Afghan Kids Slaughtered In U.S. Air Strike:
U.S. Mistakenly Kills 9 Afghan Children in Airstrike Targeting Wanted Taliban Commander. "They were just playing ball, and then the shots came down," said Hamidullah, a distraught villager who said his eight-year-old son, Habibullah, was among those killed.

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US child bombing account challenged

Local villagers in Afghanistan have contradicted US reports that the target of an air strike that killed nine children also died in the raid.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3298945.stm

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In case you missed it: A Must Watch:

Exposing The Lies: Breaking The Silence :

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

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

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U.S. GI killed after patrol attacked in Iraq:
Insurgents attacked a U.S. military patrol in northern Iraq on Sunday, killing one soldier and wounding two, the U.S. military said.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1070801512897_5/?hub=World

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Iraq Mourners Open Fire, Killing Policeman :
Iraqis mourning two men killed in a firefight with U.S. troops clashed Saturday with civil defense forces, killing one officer and setting his pickup truck ablaze. "Long live Saddam!" they chanted as the vehicle smoldered.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=
/ap/20031206/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq&cid=540&ncid=1480

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Tough New Tactics by U.S. Tighten Grip on Iraq Towns:
As the guerrilla war against Iraqi insurgents intensifies, American soldiers have begun wrapping entire villages in barbed wire.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/07/international/middleeast/07TACT.html

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Denial of Purple Heart medals raises questions about casualty count:
An influential Mississippi congressman has raised the possibility that the Pentagon has undercounted combat casualties in Iraq after he learned that five members of the Mississippi National Guard who were injured Sept. 12 by a booby trap in Iraq were denied Purple Heart medals.

http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/7424577.htm

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Oil, Power and Empire: Iraq and the US Global Agenda:
Overthrowing Saddam Hussein, creating a client state in Iraq, and opening up Iraq's economy are key components of a much larger, multi-faceted global agenda in which energy resources play a crucial role.

http://www.counterpunch.org/everest12062003.html

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Backward Christian Soldiers:
Blair remains a man motivated by an apocalyptic faith and his best friend, the Republican President George W Bush, is the nearest we have seen to a fundamentalist in the White House. Bush has been under the influence of the crackpot TV evangelism that is so peculiar to America. He is a born again, an ex-drinker, with an absolute devotion to Biblical law.

http://www.sundayherald.com/38498

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Lying and cheating:
Bush's new political math :

http://www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en46433&F_catID=&f_type=source

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Dirty Bomb Warheads Disappear :
Stocks of Soviet-Era Arms For Sale on Black Market. Military records show that at least 38 Alazan warheads were modified to carry radioactive material, effectively creating the world's first surface-to-surface dirty bomb.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41921-2003Dec6.html

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A new era of nuclear weapons :
Congress, with only a limited debate, has given the Bush administration a green light for the biggest revitalization of the country's nuclear weapons program since the end of the Cold War, leaving many Democrats and even some hawkish Republicans seething.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2
F2003%2F12%2F07%2FMNG5Q3GH941.DTL

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Putin poised to create ' police state' :
"The president's total dominance combined with a pseudo multi-party Duma is a sure guarantee that the current course being charted toward a police state, controlled by an authoritarian head of state and the law enforcement agencies, will prevail for 10 to 12 years."

http://www.news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1344542003

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Iraq delays hand Cheney firm $1bn

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,6903,1101341,00.html

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Exclusive: Cheney and the "Raw" Intelligence:

A memo written by a top Washington lobbyist for the controversial Iraqi National Congress raises new questions about the role Vice President Dick Cheney's office played in the run-up to the war in Iraq.

http://www.msnbc.com/news/1002223.asp

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Put the Blame on Cheney for U.S. Mess in Iraq:
It is increasingly clear that it was Cheney who was the moving force behind the decision to fight a war of choice against Iraq.

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/opinion/columnists/ny-vp
klu043569491dec04,0,3933445.column?coll=ny-opinion-columnists

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Dime On The Dollar:
George W. Bush has promptly spent the entire Clinton surplus in world-record time. He did it by building the largest government in the history of the world.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5357.htm

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Words From The Front-lines:
U.S. Military Personnel Reflect on Their Service In Iraq

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5356.htm

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Bush's absence at funerals unacceptable
George W. Bush, our president who wants everyone to know he is the commander in chief, has yet to attend a single funeral for any of the soldiers he sent off to die for our country.

http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/1203/05funerals.html

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Baghdad's U.S. Zone A Stand-In For Home :
In Elzain Elzain's Baghdad, they serve peanut butter, lobster and ice cream. The cell phones have a 914 area code. The television sets show Monday Night Football. The people speak English. And the strictly enforced speed limit is 35 mph.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40109-2003Dec5.html

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Poland ready to consider US bases on its territory: defense minister.
"US Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith arrives in Poland Monday to discuss the issue of US bases overseas,"

http://www.spacewar.com/2003/031205161234.oiacs21y.html

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Fox In The Hen House:
Baker To Help Restructure Iraq's Foreign Debt:
Baker, actually encouraged the US Department of Agriculture and leading US and foreign banks to lend billions of dollars to Iraq -- despite its credit unworthiness. His motive back then was evidently to help Saddam continue to be able to import weapons from abroad and manufacture even nastier weapons back home. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

http://bloodbankers.typepad.com/submerging_markets/2003/12/iraqs_new_deb_c.html

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Amnesty International Report:
US Exports $20 million of Shackles, Electro-Shock Technology. Supplies States US has Condemned for Torture

http://www.amnestyusa.org/countries/usa/document
.do?id=F7CE0B13E65E100085256DF00050B882

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Army Will Face Dip in Readiness :

Four Army divisions -- 40 percent of the active-duty force -- will not be fully combat-ready for up to six months next year, leaving the nation with relatively few ready troops in the event of a major conflict in North Korea or elsewhere.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40059-2003Dec5.html

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12/06 Military violates own rules in chaplain’s case:
"I am wondering how they can, with a straight face, persist in prosecuting him when they don’t themselves know what’s classified and what isn’t," he said. "It’s passing strange."

http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-2450050.php

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Uncovering the US Justice Department’s secret spy court :
There is a windowless room on the seventh floor of the US Department of Justice building in Washington. Few people know what happens within its walls. This is the home of America’s most secretive court:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/opinion/06_12_03_d.asp

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Human Rights and the Rule of Law:
Amistad Revisited at Guantanamo?: Does the executive branch of government ever have the authority to seize people, imprison them and spirit them away to a foreign land with no appeal to a court? And does the executive ever have authority to act without any possibility of review by the judiciary? In the Amistad case, the Supreme Court answered no to both questions.

http://www.counterpunch.com/brecher12052003.html

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Will Bush Bring Back the Draft? :
This much is certain: If Bush resumes his neocolonial landgrab after "re"election, he'll have to bring back the draft. And a new generation of young men, ordered to disrupt their lives to feed the vanity and bank accounts of a cabal of gangsters, will ponder whether to flee or fight.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=
%2Fuclicktext%2F20031204%2Fcm_ucru%2Facolddraft

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Israel accused over dud Saddam reports:
The findings will re-ignite the speculation over whether Israel was the "third country" that supplied intelligence used in Tony Blair's Iraq dossier, claiming Iraq had tried to get "significant quantities of uranium from Africa".

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5353.htm

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Manufacturing Anti-Semites :
The Sharon government is a giant laboratory for the growing of the anti-Semitism virus. It exports it to the whole world.

http://www.tikkun.org/magazine/index.cfm/action/tikkun/issue/tik0211/article/021111f.html

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The Privilege of being a Jew :
"Where were you when the Israeli army massacred the Palestinian people?"

http://www.eccmei.net/~eccmei/j/host/Privilege.html

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Rigging Iraq's Elections:
Ever since Bush was unable to unearth a single weapon of mass destruction in Iraq, he has shifted propaganda gears and talked more about how U.S. troops are installing democracy in Iraq. But the truth of the matter is, Bush doesn't want any old democracy in Iraq.

http://www.progressive.org/webex03/wx120403.html

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Oh The Little Saddams We Weave :
There is a despot in Iraq, ruling with an iron fist from the comfort of his luxury palace on the banks of the Tigris River. He oversees a ruthless military force and a web of repressive domestic "intelligence" thugs that have terrorized Iraqis for decades. His name is not Saddam Hussein; it's L. Paul Bremer.

http://www.commondreams.org/views03/1205-05.htm

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The Proclamation of Baghdad:
March 19, 1917, by Lieut. General Sir Stanley Maude, shortly after the occupation of the city by British forces: To the People of Baghdad: Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators. Your sons have been carried off to wars not of your seeking, your wealth has been stripped from you by unjust men and squandered in distant places.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5355.htm

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Cheney's grab-and-go rubs some the wrong way:
As he travels, Cheney does not hold news conferences. His meetings with business and community leaders are private.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/nation/2003-12-02-cheney-fundraising_x.htm

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U.S. takes aim at cheaper drugs:
The bill, which President George Bush will sign into law Monday, forbids the government from using its purchasing power to negotiate better prices with the pharmaceutical industry. Having foresworn the use of price controls in their own market, a number of American politicians now hope to dismantle those in other countries.

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/
Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1070579407654

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Teacher sues over limits on history curriculum :
Cole alleged that complaints by "a small group of fundamentalist Christian individuals" led to the creation of a curriculum "which never mentions religions other than Christianity and never teaches the history of civilizations other than Christian civilizations."

http://www.pressherald.com/news/state/031204teachersues.shtml

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9/11 panel's air-defense probe grapples with many mysteries :
As two hijacked jetliners bore down on New York City's World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, two Air Force F-16 jet fighters were practicing bombing runs just eight minutes away in their supersonic jets. Why? Why weren't they alerted?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5352.htm

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Presidential Mystery Solved:
Why Bush Is Stopping at Home Depot: Bush Rewards Generous GOP Donor with Visit to Maryland Store on Friday; Energy Bill Includes $48 Million Tax Break that Benefits the Giant Retailer

http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/release.cfm?ID=1600

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Backlash brewing over Bush's trade policies:
Van May, a Texan with deep Republican roots, is so angry with President Bush's free-trade policies that he is considering parting with his political party.

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/business/2271467

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Olmert: Israel Must Draw Its Own Borders:
A top Israeli official proposed Friday that Israel draw its own border with the Palestinians and pull out of most of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and parts of Jerusalem, saying quick action is needed before Arabs outnumber Jews in areas under Israeli control.

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/ISRAEL_PALESTINIANS?SITE=
MIDTF&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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Parading for inspection:
A HIGH-RANKING delegation of the US Department of State and the Pentagon is expected to arrive on December 9 in Sofia to discuss possible future location of American forces in Bulgarian military bases.

http://www.sofiaecho.com/art.php?id=8523&catid=5

Analysis: US revamps military:
The Pentagon is considering a realignment of US forces - with far-reaching implications.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3291515.stm

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In case you missed it:

Iraqi Drones May Target U.S. Cities
Iraq could be planning a chemical or biological attack on American cities through the use of remote-controlled "drone" planes equipped with GPS tracking maps, according to U.S. intelligence.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,79450,00.html

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