Information Clearing House         Index December 2003 Part 5
Date: 31 Dec 2003

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5 Killed in Blast at Baghdad Restaurant :
A large explosion ripped through a restaurant in central Baghdad on New Year's Eve, killing five people. Witnesses said the blast was caused by a car bomb.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3571770,00.html

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Dispatch From The Provinces: First hand news vs. CNN:
We were hoping to take pictures, and find out what happened. But the usual policy of the military here of preventing photos of US military hardware wreckage was in force. The first soldier we'd come upon said to us, "Sure you can take pictures. Then I’ll take your camera."
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5446.htm

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Iraq: Beyond the hype and media distortions.
The reality of "Operation Iraqi Freedom"
A Must Watch Flash Presentation
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/iraqswf.htm

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Democracy Now!:
A Review of 2003 With Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, Katha Pollitt:
A Must Listen
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5449.htm

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Vietnam War Era-style "Phoenix" Assassination Program Implemented in U.S.-Occupied Iraq :
U.S. counter-insurgency program in Iraq, resembling CIA covert assassinations during Vietnam War.
A Must Listen
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5448.htm

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Their Media War and Ours in 2004 : A Call to Educate, Organize and Mobilize:
In 2003, media that once was a casual complaint became an issue around which millions were organizing. The outcry against the pathetic cheerleading that called itself TV coverage of the war in Iraq, and the battle to stop new FCC rules demonstrated that there is a large constituency for media activism and organization.
http://www.mediachannel.org/views/dissector/affalert125.shtml

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David H. Hackworth: Saddam in the Slammer, so why are we on Orange?:
Almost daily we’re told that another American soldier has sacrificed life or limb in Iraq. For way too many of us — unless we have a white flag with a blue star in our window — these casualty reports have become as big a yawn as a TV forecast of the weather in Baghdad.
http://www.sftt.org/cgi-bin/csNews/csNews.cgi?database=Hacks%20Target%20
Homepage.db&command=viewone&op=t&id=46&rnd=599.2182686218697

http://tinyurl.com/3caf8

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Five dead in Iraq anti-Kurds demo:
Thousands demonstrate against the Kurds' claim over Kirkuk: Five people are believed dead and dozens more wounded after gunfire erupted during a demonstration in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/5512C414-3CA5-4D6B-BB29-4038D62069A6.htm

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Robert Fisk: The Occupiers, As Ever, Are Damned Either Way - Especially When The Innocent Die:
Cigarette sellers don't have names. They said he was called Fouad but even the shopkeeper whose nephew drove the wounded, screaming man to hospital didn't know his family name.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5445.htm

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Hawks tell Bush how to win war on terror :
President George W Bush was sent a public manifesto yesterday by Washington's hawks, demanding regime change in Syria and Iran and a Cuba-style military blockade of North Korea backed by planning for a pre-emptive strike on its nuclear sites.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;$sessionid
$U0WNAGBDSQVJJQFIQMFCFFWAVCBQYIV0?xml=
/news/2003/12/31/wcons31.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/12/31/ixnewstop.html

http://tinyurl.com/34t57

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The Greatest Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself:
So why is the U.S. government aiding the terrorists in terrorizing Americans?
http://www.independent.org/tii/news/031231Eland.html

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A citizen's duty is to ferret out the truth:
Bush can get away with this cynical game because too many Americans have no sense of what being a real citizen of a democracy means.
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/12/31/Columns/A_citizen_s_duty_is_t.shtml

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Body bags make reality of war sink in :
Over here (in the U.S.), we think of numbers, but when you actually see the body bags, the reality of war sets in,"
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/1229-07.htm

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In Sunni Bastion, They Are Ready for a Fight:
Even with Hussein in custody, anti-American sentiment fuels Iraqi midsection's insurgency.
http://fairuse.1accesshost.com/news1/latimes55.html

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Return of U.S. war dead kept solemn, secret:
Since 1991, the media have been banned from covering the arrival of remains at Dover. In March, before the Iraq war began, the Pentagon clamped down on similar coverage from military installations around the world, such as Ramstein Air Base in Germany or in Afghanistan. "The prohibition includes ... the movement of remains at any point,"
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-12-31-casket-usat_x.htm

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Helen Thomas: Some words better left unuttered.
On the other hand, as we enter an election year, maybe they should be remembered. Many of the official statements were made about the war in Iraq
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/154440_thomas30.html

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Robert Fisk: UK Charity Seeks Compensation Over "Lost" Cancer Drugs For Iraqi Children:
"Many children, especially cancer patients, went without treatment," the charity said. "It is very probable that many other children who could have been saved lost their lives due to the lengthy delay and significant loss of medical supplies."
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5444.htm

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Pentagon to Washington Post Reporter Ricks: Get Lost:
When George Bush’s Pentagon doesn’t like what a reporter writes, it attempts a preemptive strike.
http://washingtonian.com/inwashington/buzz/tomricks.html

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Same As It Ever Was: Libertarians Battle the Corporate State:
The system protects the rich and the powerful and screws the little guy. Let's examine this particular example in greater detail and come closer to identifying the nature of our present political economy.
http://www.lewrockwell.com/ostrowski/ostrowski51.html

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Eleven Wounded in West Bank Barrier Protest, Witnesses Say:
Israeli troops on Wednesday shot and wounded at least 10 Palestinians and one Israeli involved in a protest at a construction site for Israel's controversial barrier in the West Bank, a witness said.
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=YL2ABOHOU
IASQCRBAELCFFA?type=worldNews&storyID=4060631

http://tinyurl.com/2bj4c

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Yassin: Israel will pay heavy price for assassination attempt :
Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin on Tuesday evening said Israel would pay a heavy price for its failed assassination attempt on Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip earlier in the day.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/377351.html

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Israel announces Golan expansion :
Israel announced plans today to double the number of Jewish settlers living in the Golan Heights, a disputed region captured from Syria in 1967.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/syria/story/0,13031,1114327,00.html

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Israel seeks to gag nuclear 'spy' :
Israel is looking for ways to gag a whistleblower who is due to be released from prison in the new year, fearing that he may have more nuclear secrets to disclose that will embarrass the government, officials said yesterday.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1114207,00.html

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Blast in Baghdad Kills One:
Guerrillas set off a roadside bomb in a crowded Baghdad shopping district on Tuesday as U.S. military vehicles drove past, killing one Iraqi civilian and wounding several others.
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=CVQS4WUOF
QNJECRBAEOCFFA?type=worldNews&storyID=4056737

http://tinyurl.com/29ove

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Red Cross demands access to Saddam:
Under the Geneva Conventions the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has the right to contact any prisoner of war or detained civilian.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1018323.htm

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Pentagon freezes Iraq funds amid corruption probes:
The Pentagon's decision to delay Iraqi reconstruction is another setback for a process already hobbled by political insecurity and, increasingly, concerns over corruption and misconduct.
http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2003/12/30/
pentagon_freezes_iraq_funds_amid_corruption_probes/

http://tinyurl.com/2t2rk

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Feeling A Draft Yet?
Registering will be tied to getting driver's license:
America hasn't had a military draft since 1973, but Arizona intends to be ready if it ever happens again. Under a new state law that takes effect Jan. 1, men between 18 and 25 will be automatically registered for selective service whenever they apply for driver's licenses or state identification cards.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5443.htm

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American airline order flies into turbulence:
The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents about 95 per cent of airlines operating international flights, and the British Airline Pilots Association opposed the decision outright, arguing security measures should be carried out on the ground before take-off.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/30/1072546532262.html

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Israelis strike at car in Gaza:
An Israeli helicopter fired two missiles at a car in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, wounding at least 11 people. It was not immediately known who was in the car, and doctors said all the wounded appeared to have been bystanders.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2003-12-30-mideast_x.htm

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Israeli soldier sorry for not shooting Arab:
"I am sorry, I never thought I was shooting at Jews, I would never shoot a Jew," the soldier reportedly said.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D342216D-4EA6-4327-9E39-886A10C88C26.htm

Date: 30 Dec 2003

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At what expense, prison labor? :
The Supreme Court is reconsidering its decision issued earlier this year allowing private companies to set up shop inside the walls of state prisons.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2001825583_prisonlabor30.html

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In case you missed it:
USA: Prisoners Go to Work for Dell:
Dell rose to the top by cutting more corners than its rivals. The PC giant is cutting another corner by employing prisoners to handle its new consumer recycling scheme in the US.
http://www.corpwatch.org/news/PND.jsp?articleid=2628

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In case you missed it:
The Prison Industry: Capitalist Punishment:
The assembly lines at CMT Blues look like those at any other US garment factory, except for one thing: the workers are watched over by armed guards. CMT Blues is housed at the maximum security Richard J. Donovan State Correctional Facility outside San Diego.

http://www.corpwatch.org/issues/PID.jsp?articleid=853

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Iran quake, toll could reach 50,000:
Iranian government officials made the announcement on Tuesday, as hundreds of bulldozers and recovery workers continued the gruesome task of pulling out rotting corpses.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6FDD7998-848A-493A-A24A-15375F60CFF7.htm

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Another day of grinding occupation:
So it's been an average day in occupied Baghdad; attacks on patrols, unreported blasts, automatic weapons fire in the streets at night, huge petrol lines, and flickering electricity.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5442.htm

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Scott Ritter: How the British Spy Agency MI6 Secretly Mislead A Nation Into War With Iraq:
Former U.N. Iraqi Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter discusses how he was personally involved in the MI6?s "Operation Mass Appeal" in the late 1990s to "shake up public opinion" by passing dubious intelligence on Iraq to the media.

Audio
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5440.htm

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Rumsfeld rejects Iraq WMD doubts:
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said he believes weapons of mass destruction will be found in Iraq and he rejected the charge that the war against Baghdad was waged under a false pretext.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2948806.stm

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In a dusty taxi, passengers of a new Iraq:
"What torments me are the people I pick up who have lost their national pride," said Ahmed, 40. "I tell them that the Irish are still resisting the English, the Palestinians are resisting the Israelis, the Algerians gave thousands of martyrs before they were freed from France, and then there are the Vietnamese. But we, the Iraqis, we're just struggling to survive."
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/7587909.htm

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Board free of oversight as it spends $4 billion in Iraqi money :
Despite detailed regulations and pronouncements about "transparency," it has little of the openness, debate and paper trails that define such groups in democratic nations.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001825220_iraqboard290.html

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Agency Rejects U.S. Help in Libya :
U.N. inspectors do not need American help in scrapping Libya's nascent nuclear program, the chief inspector told The Associated Press on Tuesday in comments that brought to mind earlier differences with Washington over Iraq and Iran.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3566572,00.html

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Beware of terrorists with almanacs:
In a bulletin sent Christmas Eve to about 18,000 police organizations, the FBI said terrorists may use almanacs "to assist with target selection and pre-operational planning."
http://www.canoe.ca/EdmontonNews/es.es-12-30-0048.html

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Big and Little lies on Iraq:
Little lies - even cumulatively - pale in comparison with the really big lie, which elements of the US government and MI6 have reportedly been building through 'I/Ops' or Information Operations, since at least 1997. This is the notion that Iraq posed a threat to the west by virtue of its programme on Weapons of Mass Destruction
http://staff.stir.ac.uk/david.miller/publications/tellmeliesextract.html

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Why has Mary Robinson never been on BIOGRAPHY?:
There has always been a scarcity of information geared toward the feeding of inquiring minds on Commercial T.V., but the takeover by mega-media moguls seems to have caused a blight in the programming offered to us the viewers.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5441.htm

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UK: Sky marshals plan followed orders from Washington:
Ministers were responding to orders from Washington when they announced the deployment of armed sky marshals on selected British flights across the Atlantic, it emerged yesterday.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/12/30/nsky30.xml

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UK: No guns on planes, say angry pilots:
"Putting sky marshals on planes is the worst thing you can do," said Jim McAuslan of the British Airline Pilots Association. "We don't want guns on planes."
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/29/1072546469913.html

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Cheney's tough talking derails negotiations with North Korea:
"I have been charged by the President with making sure that none of the tyrannies in the world are negotiated with. We don't negotiate with evil; we defeat it."
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/21/1071941611806.html

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US cool on reports North Korea ready for talks:
The United States reacted coolly to an apparent signal by North Korea that it was now ready to join delayed six-nation talks on the crisis sparked by its drive for nuclear weapons.
http://sg.news.yahoo.com/031230/1/3gygb.html

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Ashcroft Recuses Self From CIA Leak Probe:
Attorney General John Ashcroft on Tuesday recused himself from the politically sensitive investigation of who leaked the name of a CIA operative. The Justice Department quickly named a special prosecutor to take over the investigation.
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20031230/D7VOT9EG0.html

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Two Years Gone. Post-9/11 Detainee Still Held Without Charges:
Benemar Benatta still isn't sure why the U.S. government kept him locked in solitary confinement long after it knew he had nothing to do with 9/11.
http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/WNT/US/detainee_031227-1.html

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Dirty bomber? Dirty justice:
According to John Ashcroft's Justice Department, even U.S. citizens are not entitled to their constitutional right to legal representation.
http://www.thebulletin.org/issues/2004/jf04/jf04koch.html

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Will George Orwell's 1984 Become A Reality In 2004? :
The former commander of the military's Central Command, Gen. Tommy Franks, warns that constitutional government could be subject to a sudden demise if another major terrorist attack took place in America.
http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/chuckwagon.html

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This Car Can Talk. What It Says May Cause Concern:
For Mr. Dunnam, the more he learned about his car's security features, the less secure he felt. A research support specialist at Cornell University, he is concerned about privacy.
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/29/technology/29car
.html?ex=1073731391&ei=1&en=059e42351854ccc4

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N. Bush's foreign business deals draw spotlight:
Neil Bush, brother of the president and son of the former president, earned nearly $1.4 million in 2000 and nearly half of it came from simply introducing the executives of a Thailand-based conglomerate to the executives of a U.S. company that makes computer components.
http://www.sunspot.net/news/nationworld/bal-te.bush30dec30,0,6889509.story

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The Relatively Charmed Life Of Neil Bush:
Ah, it's nice to be Neil Bush. When you're Neil Bush, rich people from all over the world are eager to invest money in your businesses, even though your businesses have a history of crashing and burning in spectacular fashion.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A35297-2003Dec27?language=printer

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In case you missed it:
The Bush Family Fortunes:
The BBC and Greg Palast, Investigate the Bush family scandals

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4115.htm

 

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Boeing lands two fighter contracts:
The Navy has awarded Boeing Co. two contracts for military work to be based in St. Louis, worth a total of almost $10 billion.

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/business/stories.nsf/
Business/810879C56DA8BF266256E0C00194866?Open
Document&Headline=Boeing+lands+two+fighter+contracts

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In case you missed it:
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/wp-dyn/articles/
A37059-2003Dec4.html?referrer=emailarticle

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Venezuela disputes Colombia clash:
The clash was the latest in a series of border incidents between the two nations in which at least seven Venezuelan national guardsmen have been killed.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3351931.stm

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Kurdish expansion, anti demo called:
The Arab and Turkmen movements of Kirkuk have called for a demonstration on Wednesday against Kurdish moves towards a federal Iraq and claims to the northern oil centre.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/19CFDC2E-8868-4600-B6A4-611C1A640807.htm

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New letter bomb reaches EU target:
The device, which did not explode, was the fourth letter bomb delivered to a European figure in the past three days.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3357063.stm

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Settler numbers up 16% :
The population of Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories has grown by 16% since Prime Minister Ariel Sharon came to power in March 2001.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/BF8AC9A2-5489-4053-95D4-2BE5CAE33E20.htm

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Zionism's Useful Idiots : That's you and me, taxpaying US citizens.
We're useful idiots for the Zionists in Washington and Tel Aviv. Useful because our hard-earned paychecks can be harvested to pay for war and mass murder in the Middle East, idiots because we don't do anything about it.
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Articles9/Nimmo_Zionisms-Idiots.htm

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Dollar hits new record lows after soft US data :
The dollar plumbed new troughs following an array of weaker than expected U.S. economic reports on Tuesday, hitting fresh record lows against the euro and multi-year lows against sterling and the Swiss franc.
http://www.reuters.com/financeArticle.jhtml?storyID=
4057789&newsType=usDollarRpt&menuType=currencies

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Paul Krugman: Our So-Called Boom:
Commerce Department figures reveal a startling disconnect between overall economic growth, which has been impressive since last spring, and the incomes of a great majority of Americans.
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/30/opinion/30KRUG.html

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Cashing in our future at the Bush pawn shop :
Before America allows President Bush to take bows on the economy, let's take a closer look at this recovery. A simple thought experiment -- the kind former President Reagan used to like to do -- will help.
http://www.dodgeglobe.com/stories/122903/opi_1229030012.shtml

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Date: 29 Dec 2003 22:02:07 -0000

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Kurds throw up new hurdle to Iraq sovereignty:
Kurdish members of Iraq's governing council are insisting the country's transitional law include wide-ranging sovereignty rights for the northern Kurdish areas - including control of their natural resources and veto powers over Iraqi military movements in the region.
http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT
/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1071251792758&p=1012571727088

http://tinyurl.com/23mgl

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Iraqi's Ask: Where are our human rights?
So far, every single journalist I've spoken with here has told me that they had followed the news closely prior to their arrival. But after being here even just a day, they have been astonished at how terrible the situation truly is.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5439.htm

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The terror threat at home, often overlooked:
As the media focus on international terror, a Texan pleads guilty to possessing a weapon of mass destruction. Outside Tyler, Texas, the case is almost unknown. In the past nine months, there have been two government press releases and a handful of local stories, but no press conference and no coverage in the national newspapers.
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1229/p02s01-usju.html

See also: WMD Plot in East Texas
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5350.htm

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Army Stops Many Soldiers From Quitting :
Thousands of soldiers forbidden to leave military service under the Army's "stop-loss" orders, intended to stanch the seepage of troops, through retirement and discharge, from a military stretched thin by its burgeoning overseas missions.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36979-2003Dec28.html

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The Exploitation of the American Soldier:
Of Caste Drafts and Society's Complicity: Hidden behind the illusory fantasy the corporate media portrays of noble fighting in tumultuous wars, lies a world of death, suffering and lifelong sacrifice, a world of psychological trauma and physical torture, a world of Veteran abandonment by the same government that has sent millions to kill and be killed
http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_4212.shtml

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Kremlin Playing Oil Game For Keeps:
Putin, it seems clear, is intent on restoring Russia's clout on the world stage, and a key plank in this new plan appears to be nourishing the defense sector with energy revenues, setting the stage for a tectonic shift in the political and economic landscape.
http://www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2003/12/29/001.html

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Iraqi Council Flexes Muscles:
The U.S.-appointed body is increasingly defying the coalition and pushing its own vision of a free and self-governing Iraq.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-
whither29dec29,1,4509609.story?coll=la-home-headlines

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Halliburton Contracts in Iraq: The Struggle to Manage Costs:
In July, the Halliburton Company estimated that the overhaul would cost $75.7 million, according to confidential documents that the company submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers. But in early September, the Bush administration asked Congress for $125 million to do the job – a 40 percent price increase in just six weeks.
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/29/international/middleeast/
29CONT.html?ex=1073278800&en=b8203c66d39a672f&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE

http://tinyurl.com/3ymzk

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Saddam spills beans on missing cash:
Saddam Hussein's trial would not be public since he could name countries and persons whom he gave money".
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/5D1EE999-E67B-4D33-A53B-468A2AFAFEEE.htm

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Bible Belt missionaries set out on a 'war for souls' in Iraq:
Organising in secrecy, and emphasising their humanitarian aid work, Christian groups are pouring into the country, which is 97 per cent Muslim, bearing Arabic Bibles, videos and religious tracts designed to "save" Muslims from their "false" religion.
http://www.portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/
2003/12/27/wirq27.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/12/27/ixhome.html

http://tinyurl.com/yv6vr

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When God goes to war :
We dream of peace but slaughter our own kind, and from the very start our faith systems have reflected this tragic dualism.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,2763,1113570,00.html

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Bush is author of dark chapter for America:
Bush's next declared mission, that of toppling Yasser Arafat, only reinforces the image of the president as a king who knows not the boundaries of his kingdom, nor the limits of his power. Or, as a captive of pro-Israeli hawks hell-bent on remaking the Middle East to Likud designs.
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=
thestar%2FLayout%2FArticle_Type1&c=Article&cid=1072567
808704&call_pageid=970599109774&col=Columnist969907621513

http://tinyurl.com/34d84

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Israeli Soldiers Kill Three Palestinians :
Israeli soldiers Sunday killed three Palestinians near a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip, and Israeli leaders signed orders to evacuate four settlement outposts in the West Bank, Israeli media reported.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3560943,00.html

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Israel targets Jerusalem's Palestinians:
A law passed by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government in the late 1990s, declared that any Palestinian who has not lived in the city for seven continuous years loses his residency rights. The Netanyahu law, whose time limit has since been changed to three years, does not apply to Israeli Jews.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1B4E92BA-A61B-4C6B-B8A2-52627BFC3663.htm

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Senior UK bishop criticizes Israeli treatment of Palestinians :
"When I see what's been done to the Palestinians over the past 50 years, I say, 'Well I'm sorry, but if you put people behind barbed wire, keep them caged, take their land despite international resolutions, and bulldoze their homes, you are asking for trouble."
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=
377267&contrassID=1&subContrassID=8&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y

http://tinyurl.com/24jjk

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British planes are to carry armed guards after new alert:
Armed undercover sky marshals are to be deployed on British airliners to counter heightened fears of terrorist attacks, the Government announced yesterday.
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/transport/story.jsp?story=476701

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Jobless Count Skips Millions:
The rate hits 9.7% when the underemployed and those who have quit looking are added.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-jobs29dec29,1,6261515.story

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Milosevic Wins Serbian Parliament Seat:
Jailed former President Slobodan Milosevic and another U.N. war crimes suspect won seats in Serbia's parliament as an extreme nationalist party swept weekend elections, according to results released Monday.
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20031229_1486.html

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UK: Bishop attacks Blair as 'white vigilante':
One of Britain's most senior churchmen today accuses Tony Blair and George Bush of acting like "white vigilantes. In an interview with The Independent, the Right Rev Tom Wright, the Bishop of Durham, accuses the religious conservatives who back President Bush of espousing "a very strange distortion of Christianity", and calls for the creation of a UN army to settle international disputes.
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=476700

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Iraq has old-school Marine regretting support for Bush:
Anthony Zinni's opposition to U.S. policy on Iraq began on the monsoon-ridden afternoon of Nov. 3, 1970. He was lying on a Vietnamese mountainside west of Da Nang, three rounds from an AK-47 assault rifle in his side and back. Over the past year, the retired Marine Corps general has become a prominent opponent of Bush administration policy on Iraq, which he now fears is drifting toward disaster.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5438.htm

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Limits for Bush:
AMERICA HAS always thought of itself as a nation of laws and not men, but that comforting assumption is under challenge from President George W. Bush. In a series of recent reversals, Bush has been forced to back off of several of his key initiatives in both foreign and domestic arenas because they violated the US Constitution, federal law, or international agreements.
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2003/12/28/limits_for_bush/

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Robert Fisk: Checkpoints Prove Useless Against Suicide Bombers in Iraq:
A severed arm with a hand still attached to it lay a few metres from the broken gates of the mayor's office in Karbala yesterday, a piece of humanity every bit as bloody as the story of the seventh-century Shia martyr Hussein, the golden dome of whose shrine could be seen through the smog to the east.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5437.htm

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Draft the Congress and Leave My Kid Alone:
Politicians Rangel and Hollings have introduced legislation to begin forcing young people into either civilian or military service to the federal government.
http://www.townhall.com/columnists/pauljacob/pj20031228.shtml

Remember Afghanistan?:
Two years after American troops arrived in Kabul, how is the Bush administration's project for a democratic and prosperous Afghanistan coming along? Well, the opium crop is booming:
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/03362/255275.stm

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Milosevic Allies Win Parliamentary Vote : Serbia-Montenegro (AP) - An extreme nationalist party allied to indicted war criminal Slobodan Milosevic won Serbia's parliamentary elections Sunday but failed to get the majority needed to govern, exit polls show.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3560163,00.html

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The List 2003: Top Ten Bush Administration Outrages
http://www.laweekly.com/ink/printme.php?eid=49836

Date: 28 Dec 2003 22:25:01 -0000

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Revealed: How MI6 sold the Iraq war:
The government yesterday confirmed that MI6 had organised Operation Mass Appeal, a campaign to plant stories in the media about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5433.htm

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In case you missed it:
Blair's secret weapon: Investigation:
A covert project, set up by the UK government, 'cherry-picked' intelligence to fit the hidden agenda of justifying war with Iraq
http://www.sundayherald.com/34461

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In case you missed it:
Scott Ritter Proved Right!
MI6 ran 'dubious' Iraq campaign: "I was approached by MI6 to provide that data, I met with the Mass Appeal operatives both in New York and London on several occasions. This data was provided and this data did find its way into the international media.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3227506.stm

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Bremer 'rejects' Blair WMD claims:
The US official running Iraq appears to have contradicted Tony Blair's claim Saddam Hussein had laboratories for developing weapons of mass destruction.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3351915.stm

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Short calls on Blair to resign:
Clare Short has called on Tony Blair to resign because she says he deceived the British people over the Iraq war.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3352383.stm

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Death toll in Karbala attacks rises to 18 :
Another five Iraqis died from injuries sustained in Saturday's suicide bomb attacks in Karbala, bringing the death toll to 18, a local official said on Sunday.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2003-12/28/content_1251402.htm

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Rober Fisk: At Least 13 Die In Iraq Suicide Bombings:
It is the first time that an attack on this scale has been launched against occupation forces in Karbala - site of the tomb of the seventh-century Shia martyr Hussein, one of the most important Muslim shrines in Iraq - but its significance goes far beyond yesterday's deaths.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5435.htm

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Blasts Kill Two Soldiers in Iraq
Two U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq today in separate insurgent bombings, one of which also claimed the lives of two Iraqi children on a busy street in Baghdad.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36407-2003Dec28.html

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Iraq Blast Kills U.S. Soldier, 2 Children:
A roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier and two children in Baghdad on Sunday, a day after a coordinated guerrilla onslaught in the southern city of Karbala left 13 dead and almost 200 injured.
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20031228_245.html

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Attacks Force Retreat From Wide-Ranging Plans for Iraq :
The United States has backed away from several of its more ambitious initiatives to transform Iraq's economy, political system and security forces as attacks on U.S. troops have escalated and the timetable for ending the civil occupation has accelerated.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35053-2003Dec27.html

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Casualty rate for U.S. forces in Iraq jumps:
The number of U.S. service members killed and wounded in Iraq has more than doubled in the past four months compared with the four months preceding them, according to Pentagon statistics.
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/7584686.htm

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United in opposition to the occupation:
"If someone invades your house, kills some of your relatives while taking the rest to jail, steals your things, remains in your home and then threatens you and tries to tell you what to do in your own home, what would you do? Would you welcome him with flowers? What would you do if this happened to you in your home?"
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5434.htm

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Iraq reconstruction's bottom-line:
Even if the occupation were working perfectly well, it would still be wrong. This has become trite commentary among Iraqis who bitterly want the occupation of their country to fail but, at the same time, also earnestly hope that the reconstruction of their country succeeds.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EL25Ak05.html

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Dutch troops find depleted uranium ammunition in Iraq :
Dutch troops stationed in the province of Al Muthanna in Southern Iraq have found a 30 mm round of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition. This has been announced by the Ministry of Defence today
http://www.risq.org/article232.html

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Libya far from building nuclear bomb:
"We don't have weapons of mass destruction," Mr. Shalqam said. "We didn't arrive to the point of weaponization."
http://canada.com/national/story.asp?id=91AA84A4-3314-475E-AC97-53AC0F863772

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Gaddafi 'was not close to building bomb':
Libya was not close to building a nuclear weapon, said Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) yesterday.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/12/28/
wlib28.xml&sSheet=/portal/2003/12/28/ixportaltop.html

http://tinyurl.com/2745e

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UN Security Council to weigh WMD ban in Middle East :
The United Nations Security Council, at the request of Arab nations, will meet on Monday to discuss a Syrian draft resolution calling for the Middle East to rid itself of all nuclear, biological and chemical arms.
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/376436.html

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Israel seeks to avoid Middle East disarmament fest :
The American effort to neutralize security threats gradually in the Mideast has recently produced some marked improvements in Israel's strategic environment. Libya promised to dismantle its nonconventional weapons, and Jerusalem believes that Syria will be next in line.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/376176.html

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Israel: The price of ignorance :
Israelis have little interest in knowing the lay of the land from which terror springs. The Israeli media have next to nothing to say about life in Beit Furik. By the same token, few Israelis heard about the killing of the suicide bomber's relative, Fadi Hanani, 10 days ago in Nablus, just as they hadn't heard about all the killings of Palestinians in the past few months.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/376717.html

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Anti-Semitism: A Minor Problem, Overblown:
Criticism of Israel--and its Jewish supporters--is not Anti-Semitism.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5436.htm

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UK: Enough plutonium for five bombs 'missing' at Sellafield:
The official report which lists "materials unaccounted for" at the UK’s nuclear sites found that 19.1kg of the highly toxic substance was apparently missing from the reprocessing plant.
http://www.sundayherald.com/38953

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Bush signs parts of Patriot Act II into law – stealthily :
On December 13, when U.S. forces captured Saddam Hussein, President George W. Bush not only celebrated with his national security team, but also pulled out his pen and signed into law a bill that grants the FBI sweeping new powers.
http://www.sacurrent.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=107057
56&BRD=2318&PAG=461&dept_id=482778&rfi=6

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U.S. distracted - and the world changed :
The crucial factor was the emergence of a potent new counterweight from the developing world, led by Brazil, India, South Africa and China, insisting on a fairer trade deal for poorer countries.
http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20031218-064204-4007r

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Berlusconi denies Vatican Xmas attack comments:
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday denied quotes attributed to him in a newspaper report that said he had received information about a plan to attack the Vatican on Christmas Day.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L27258264.htm

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The new sick man of Europe :
Corruption in politics and the media is turning the once core EU state of Italy into an international disgrace
http://www.guardian.co.uk/eu/story/0,7369,1113230,00.html

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Criminal probe may be launched into IDF firing at protesters :
"An order to fire on people that do not fire on you is a completely illegal order," former Shin Bet chief Ami Ayalon told Army Radio on Sunday
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/376740.html

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Brick by brick, body by body, the full horror of Bam emerges:
Twenty-four hours after the earthquake struck, the stillness of death hung over Bam yesterday. As Iranian officials talked of the toll reaching 40,000, the world was mobilising to help.
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=476483

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Help the Iranians with what they want, not what we want:
West or east, we have an absolute moral obligation to help victims of disaster, and the disaster that has befallen Iran in the last few days has been devastating.
http://argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=476396

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Human tragedy forces US to rethink hard line:
The disaster is likely to strengthen the growing ties between Iran and the outside world and further rein in the US neo-conservative hawks itching to deal with the Tehran mullahs the way they dealt with Saddam Hussein.
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=476476

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Suicide Bomber Kills Five Afghan Agents :
A suicide bomber killed five Afghan intelligence agents Sunday when he detonated explosives hidden under his clothes while sitting inside their vehicle after his arrest, police said.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3558718,00.html

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Saudi Arrests 4,000, Seizes Arms Near Yemen Border :
Saudi Arabia has arrested more than 4,000 people and seized large quantities of weapons and drugs in the south of the country, along the border with Yemen.
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=YHVRV
DJBIW53QCRBAEOCFFA?type=worldNews&storyID=4048851

http://tinyurl.com/2u5sv

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Protect Your Vote: Get A Receipt! :
Your vote. My vote. Reduced to electronic zeros and ones, a whisper on the wind. Was your vote tabulated? Did it actually get counted? The answer is, "Who knows?"
http://www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=596

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Meat of Infected Cow Found in More States, Investigators Say:
Dr. Kenneth Petersen, an Agriculture Department veterinarian, said investigators have determined that some of the meat from the diseased dairy cow slaughtered Dec. 9 in Washington state went to Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana and Guam.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Mad-Cow.html?hp

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12/27 Robert Fisk: Hooded Men Executing Saddam Officials:
In the Shia city of Najaf, 42 ex-members of the Baath have been murdered and not a single arrest has followed. In Basra, controlled by British troops, almost 50 Baathists have been found with their hands bound behind their backs and a single bullet hole in the neck.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5432.htm

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US Military using Brutality, Fear, Intimidation in Al-Adamiyah:
When there was no compliance, they began shooting the demonstrators. In the end, a total of 13 were killed, the number comprised not only of demonstrators but people shopping and walking on the sidewalks.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5431.htm

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Israeli Airforce kills five Palestinians in Gaza assassination :
Ashraf Radwan, 16, and Wa'al Waqran, 25, who were standing near the car, were also killed and 15 other civilians were injured, one of them critically.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/376161.html

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Uri Avnery: The duty to refuse to serve in the Israeli-occupied territories:
The occupation itself has become a monster that nobody can serve without losing his humanity.

http://www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/uavnery67.htm

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Mantras of Mass Deception:
Where is the media’s MMD when it comes to Israel’s possession of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons? Of course, the US or the UK has no intention of bringing about regime change in Israel
http://www.williambowles.info/ini/ini-0169.html

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Aid teams reach Iran quake zone:
A number of countries have pledged aid or dispatched rescue teams to the south-eastern town of Bam, including the UK, Turkey, Germany and Russia. Estimates of numbers killed in the disaster range from 10,000 to 25,000.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3350583.stm

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Saddam Threatens to Expose US :
Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, now being grilled by American investigators, has reportedly warned US authorities that he will expose Washington’s "political games" and its behind-the-scene role in the occupation of Kuwait.
http://www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=370
91&d=27&m=12&y=2003&pix=world.jpg&category=World

http://tinyurl.com/2fy3b

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Belarus Says to Prepare Against U.S. Attack :
President Alexander Lukashenko, isolated by the West for his lack of political and economic reforms, said on Friday Belarus must be prepared to defend itself against U.S. attack.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A31979-2003Dec26.html

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Feeling A Draft? : New law ties PFD to draft registry:
Alaska men between 18 and 25, stand at attention: Selective Service registration will now be a requirement to get a Permanent Fund check.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5430.htm

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The day the UN mattered:
Something extraordinary happened. As he finished there was a ripple of applause. Not something usually allowed in the Security Council chamber. It felt like a muted gesture of open revolt.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/3340313.stm

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Milosevic Poised to Win Seat in Parliament :
It looks like another rough day for Serbian politics Sunday - four indicted war criminals are running for parliament.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3555794,00.html

Date: 27 Dec 2003 20:36:07 -0000

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Troops dead in Iraq city blasts:
Six coalition soldiers have been killed and many others injured after several blasts in the Iraqi city of Karbala, military officials say.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3350995.stm

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Rebel Bombs Injure 6 U.S. Troops in Iraq :
Rebels detonated three homemade bombs in separate incidents Saturday that set aflame a fuel depot and injured six American soldiers, the military said.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=
540&e=5&u=/ap/20031227/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

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Robert Fisk: From joy to despair: Iraqis pay for Saddam's capture :
The people are angry because you look like an American." But they all shook hands and stood in front of us with their heads bowed and asked why the tragedy of Iraq was growing worse.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5427.htm

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Iraq: Quicksand & Blood:
The key counterinsurgency lesson from Central America was that the U.S. government can defeat guerrilla movements if it is willing to back a local power structure, no matter how repulsive, and if Washington is ready to tolerate gross human rights abuses.
http://www.inthesetimes.com/comments.php?id=521_0_1_0_C

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Best-Laid Plans of Occupiers:
Occupation and democracy simply can't coexist.
http://fairuse.1accesshost.com/news1/latimes52.html

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America's War for Global Domination:
We are the juncture of the most serious crisis in modern history. The Bush Administration has embarked upon a military adventure which threatens the future of humanity.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5428.htm

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George Bush: Man Of The Decade:
The president is a bold, decisive and overconfident crusader, a self-righteous leader, a dangerous man. He changed the rules, ignoring the post-World War II history of alliances, multilateral institutions and containment. His rationale for the invasion of Iraq is called "pre-emptive war" in the White House and "preventive war" in other capitals. But, in fact, it is more than that.
http://www.uexpress.com/richardreeves/

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ABC (Australia) Radio Interviews Gore Vidal:
Given his extremely dark interpretation of America's foreign policy, how does Gore Vidal see America itself?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5429.htm

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The Dense Web of Al Qaeda : What is al Qaeda?
It seems, on some levels, a simple question. After all, "al Qaeda" is a term much bandied about by the public, politicians and commentators. Indeed, it's now one of the best-known organizations in the world.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29182-2003Dec24.html

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Analysis: Al-Qaida's second breath
The heightened terror threat-level in the United States and the scare over trans-Atlantic airline hijackings on Christmas Day are obvious indications that al-Qaida is alive and well, and clearly engaged on a second major offensive.
http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20031226-025637-7758r

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Daughter of slain Iraqi opposition leader says US helped Saddam in 1993 to quash coup attempt:
The Americans, who did not want the coup to succeed possibly because they were certain my father would not go along with their polices, tipped off Saddam about the impending putsch by my father and gave the names of his top aides," Nora said. "All of them died in Saddam's torture chambers."
http://www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=266032&lang=e&dir=news

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US to continue support for Musharraf :
Reiterating its support to Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, United States has said the recent assassination bids on him underlines the need to continue the war on terror.
http://sify.com/news/international/fullstory.php?id=13346395

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Musharraf dead or alive is irrelevant:
The solution is not in shooting one Muslim sell-out only to be replaced by another; or to vote out one tyrant in Washington or Tel Aviv only to vote another in his place at the same time.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5425.htm

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The US is not serious about helping Middle East democracy :
There is a large gap between the rhetoric of democratization to justify American policies and actual US behavior directed at supporting authoritarian regimes.
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/opinion/27_12_03_c.asp

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If this is freedom, what exactly is dictatorship?...:
Pardon me for asking the following two indelicate questions:
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5426.htm

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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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The Sovereign Secession Solution :
We live in a world where government has become a crime which fears detection. Amoral corporations reap and rape like there is no tomorrow. And the citizenry is being led to the slaughter. Is it time for the sovereign secession solution?
http://proliberty.com/observer/20031214.htm

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Cuban anger at US over Guantanamo :
Cuba has charged the United States with running a concentration camp at the Guantanamo base on the eastern tip of the island. Castro insists the Guantanamo base is illegally occupied.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/048F248B-4F37-4A3B-B6C9-DB677C84921C.htm

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Leonard Peltier: Justice and the president:
Despite the compelling evidence indicating that both the U.S. and Canadian governments are culpable in this controversial case, neither country will acknowledge that Peltier was likely railroaded.
http://tinyurl.com/34lfl

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Pink Slips Greet Returning Soldiers:
Veterans' advocacy groups charge that many others have yet to learn that the government which sent them to war may have little use for them afterward.
http://www.insightmag.com/news/2004/01/06/National/Pink.Slips.Greet.Returning.Sol.shtml

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US towns gather in their wounded :
Returnees shunned by national media win warm local welcome
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1112913,00.html

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In case you missed it:
U.S. Troops must PAY for their own food:
Under current rules, military personnel receive $8.10 a day as a food allowance. If they are hospitalized and able to receive free hospital food, they must reimburse the government for that $8.10 food allowance.
http://www.sierratimes.com/03/10/08/ar_troops_blanton.htm

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War Vets Too Often Fail To Reintegrate:
Over the course of the year, the government has contact with as many as 500,000 homeless veterans. About half of them are from the Vietnam War era with a growing number coming from the Persian Gulf War.
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-
usvets243600432dec26,0,3404545.story?coll=ny-nationalnews-headlines

http://tinyurl.com/2jdm8

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Bush Screws Our War Heroes:
GOP blocking abolishment of Disabled Veterans Tax
http://www.sftt.org/cgi-bin/csNews/csNews.cgi?database=Special%20Reports.
db&command=viewone&op=t&id=11&rnd=336.00426576342124

http://tinyurl.com/2a9pz

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Troop Morale :
Troop morale in Iraq is low and getting lower. The reasons are very easy to understand.
http://www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=598

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Background / Would Israel ever give up the bomb?:
The US Congress concludes that Israel has 'undeclared offensive chemical warfare capabilities' and is 'generally reported as having an undeclared offensive biological warfare programme'. Bombs, missiles, delivery systems, gases, germs? Tel Aviv has the lot."
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=376390&contrassID=1

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A Very Special Relationship:
Johnson and his successors arrived at an agreement with Israel by which Israel announced that it would not be the "first" to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East. In return Israel received a flow of US conventional weapons that would enable it to defend itself without using nuclear weapons. This policy would later be described in Israel as one of "ambiguity" or "opacity."
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/16873

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Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian:
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man during a clash with stone throwers Saturday as the military pushed forward with a large-scale crackdown in this West Bank city, Palestinian witnesses and medical workers said.
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V5547.AP-Israel-Palestin.html

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Whither Cheney? :
Cheney has a large bull's-eye on his back, painted there by Republican „realists,‰ who largely controlled the party through most of the Cold War.
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2003/dec/28/yehey/opinion/20031228opi6.html

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Court Upholds Sentence for Bush Threat:
An appeals court has upheld the three-year prison sentence of a man who suggested that President Bush might be set ablaze during the president's March 2001 trip to Sioux Falls, S.D.
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/
wire/sns-ap-bush-threat,0,7174982.story?coll=sns-ap-nation-headlines

http://tinyurl.com/2shzv

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Mad Cow Alerts Began Years Ago :
Enforcement of Feed Ban Was Assailed as Inadequate in 2000
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32996-2003Dec26.html

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In case you missed it:
U.S. Violates World Health Organization Guidelines for Mad Cow Disease: A Comparison of North American and European Safeguards
http://www.organicconsumers.org/madcow/GregerBSE.cfm

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Organic-beef producers expecting demand to soar :
Organic-beef producers predict the U.S. mad-cow scare will boost demand for their meat, which comes from animals fed only milk, grasses and grains from birth to slaughter
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2001823628_madcoworganic26m.html

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The politics of cattle slaughter :
The "mad-cow" threat to public health and the potential economic disaster that now looms could have been prevented if the U.S. Congress, the Department of Agriculture, and the American beef and dairy industries had agreed to a single, simple step: Ban the slaughter of diseased cattle for human consumption.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2001823293_madcow26.html

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Army Thin-Skinned Over Homemade Armor :
The possibility that soldiers could be denied extra protection because of an Army policy has outraged some of the friends and neighbors who helped the Jefferson City-based unit.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30796-2003Dec25.html

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A Meeting With Death: The 400 Souls in Amiriya Shelter:
After walking around for several moments in shock of the magnitude of this slaughter, I was caught off guard by the tears running down my cheeks. It was from looking at the pictures of small children, a little boy in his innocence, his face captured by a camera.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5422.htm

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`American empire' may be on road to decline :
America now accounts for 40 percent of global-wide defense-related spending. Yet such dominance is also a prescription for arrogance, and the Bush administration has responded in kind. Since its inception, the words and deeds of this government have grown increasingly self-centered and perverse.
http://www.asahi.com/english/opinion/TKY200312260106.html

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Reconstruction of Iraq: Reduced to a Colony:
The US Administration is promising an "economic miracle between the Euphrates and the Tigris" and is betting on a classic neo liberal concept: Radical privatization. Corporations from the US, Great Britain and the rest of the coalition countries are being offered unlimited possibilities.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5423.htm

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GE expects billions in business in Iraq :
The multi-billion dollar reconstruction of Iraq could brighten prospects for General Electric Co., whose profits have dimmed over recent years.
http://www.boston.com/dailynews/360/region/GE_expects_billions_in_busines:.shtml

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Noam Chomsky on Iraq, War Profiteers & The Media:
"The world now regards George Bush, as a greater threat to peace than Saddam Hussein "
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5424.htm

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How Weapons Makers Are Shaping U.S. Foreign And Military Policies:
New Military Mega-Companies: Corporate Interests or National Interests
http://www.foreignpolicy-infocus.org/papers/micr/companies.html

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President Eisenhower Warns America :
"This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. "
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5407.htm

Date: 26 Dec 2003

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

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Quake Toll Could Reach 10000 in Iran:
Officials surveying the city of 80,000 people from helicopter said about 60 percent of the city's houses were destroyed
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ats-ap_
intl10dec26,0,3246126.story?coll=ny-worldnews-headlines

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Four US Soldiers Killed in Spate of Iraq Attacks:
Guerrillas extended the biggest insurgent attacks in Iraq since Saddam Hussein's capture, killing four U.S. soldiers in mortar and bomb attacks, the U.S. military said on Friday.
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4046531

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Robert Fisk: Iraq through the American looking glass:
Insurgents are civilians. Truck bombs and tanks that crush civilians are traffic accidents. And the "liberated" civilians who live in villages surrounded by razor wire should endure "a heavy dose of fear and violence" to keep them on the straight and narrow.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5420.htm

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US bombs Baghdad for third night :
US-led occupation forces have bombed Baghdad for the third consecutive night as resistance fighters lobbed at least three mortar bombs at the occupying administration headquarters.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B29A3C28-4B0F-46DD-9648-D94F8E272BA2.htm

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Britain's security services and journalists: the secret story:
British journalists – and British journals – are being manipulated by the secret intelligence agencies, and I think we ought to try and put a stop to it. The manipulation takes three forms.
http://www.bjr.org.uk/data/2000/no2_leigh.htm

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Qaeda Vows 'Back-Breaking' Strike, Magazine Says :
A London-based Arab magazine said on Friday that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has vowed to launch a "back-breaking attack" on the United States by February, confirming an earlier message by the militant network.
http://www.maconareaonline.com/news.asp?id=5286

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Bush's Christmas Terror Alert: "Copy and Paste": Déjà Vu:
Is the Bush administration telling the truth regarding the risk of a terror attack during the Christmas holiday?
http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO312D.html

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Robert Fisk: Deaths mount on both sides on Christmas Day in Iraq :
Four Iraqis, including a 13-year-old girl, were killed by a suicide bomber in his car who detonated explosives outside a Kurdish office in Arbil, while another two civilians were killed in Baghdad by a bomb apparently intended for an American patrol.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5421.htm

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Christmas in Baghdad :
At approximately 6:20am, the glass in the windows of my hotel room rattles as several large explosions erupt from the direction of the Sheraton Hotel. Rattling Kalishnikov firing cracks from the same direction, along with several periods of heavy machine gun fire, which I presume to be American.
http://www.humanshields.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=79

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How Briton's £7 bus ticket to Baghdad turned dream pilgrimage into nightmare :
Student tourist arrested as suspected terrorist speaks out for first time about 48-day ordeal.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1112508,00.html

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Airlines got $1 billion for flights to Iraq :
According to a military report that outlined the use of passenger and cargo carriers in the Iraq conflict, the government paid $636.2 million to 10 airlines that flew troops overseas during a 131-day emergency mobilization between February and June. It also paid $574 million to 14 cargo carriers to deliver equipment to Iraq and neighboring countries in that period.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0312260253dec26,1,5988999.story

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Pox Americana:
Games and deception: The war-year in review
http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/news_features/talking_politics/documents/03465390.asp

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THIS CHRISTMAS ... NEXT CHRISTMAS:
For all his meritless pomp and power, George is nothing but a puppet "anti-Christ" in the strings of right wing religious fundamentalists.... and biblical prophecy IS being fulfilled, but not in any way like the fundamentalists think.
http://www.opednews.com/lower1203_this_Christmas.htm

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Evangelicals a new lifeline for Israelis:
"We love you!" Sharon told the gathering. In a march through the streets of Jerusalem, they returned the affection, waving signs such as "Oklahoma Loves Israel" and shouting "Hallelujah to the God of Israel!
http://www.ajc.com/thursday/content/epaper/editions/thursday/news_f3ae87e9410ba1e400df.html

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Israel troops fire on peace rally:
The incident took place when about 100 protesters demonstrated near the Palestinian village of Mahase against the barrier Israel is constructing.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3349753.stm

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Israel: Three Soldiers And One Civilian Killed In Bomb Blast:
Killed in the attack were Corporals Angelina Shcherov and Rotem Weinberger, both 19 of Kfar Sava, Staff Sergeant Noam Leibovitch, 21 from Elkana, and Adva Fisher, 19, of Kfar Sava. The four will be laid to rest on Friday afternoon.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/376094.html

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Israeli firm bans sex for foreign workers:
An Israeli company has required thousands of Chinese workers to sign a contract promising not to have sex with Israelis or try to convert them, a police spokesman said Tuesday.
http://www.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2003/12/23/295663-ap.html

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White Terror:
If Muslimes had been caught with these weapons of mass destruction, fake ID, gas masks, and books on making explosives, it would have been news for days.
http://www.blackcommentator.com/70/70_cover_white_terror.html

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Leaks Probe Is Gathering Momentum :
The Justice Department has added a fourth prosecutor to the team investigating the leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity, while the FBI has said a grand jury may be called to take testimony from administration officials, sources close to the case said.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30842-2003Dec25.html

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Expert Warned That Mad Cow Was Imminent:
Ever since he identified the bizarre brain-destroying proteins that cause mad cow disease, Dr. Stanley Prusiner, a neurologist at the University of California at San Francisco, has worried about whether the meat supply in America is safe.
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/25/national/25WARN.html

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US quarantines 2nd herd in mad cow probe:
The investigation by the USDA and the Food and Drug Administration could be broadened to other states, he said. "Potentially many states could be involved" in the probe, DeHaven said.
http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=
worldNews&storyID=428949&section=news

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Officials quarantine two calves of slaughtered cow with mad cow disease:
DeHaven said the emphasis of the widening investigation is on finding the birth herd of the slaughtered cow, since it likely was infected several years ago from eating contaminated feed.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2003/12/26/national1128EST0499.DTL

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Congress Scuttled Meat Protection Measure :
Legislation to keep meat from downed animals off American kitchen tables was scuttled – for the second time in as many years – as Congress labored unsuccessfully earlier this month to pass a catchall agency spending bill.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=536&ncid=
536&e=6&u=%2Fap%2F20031225%2Fap_on_go_co%2Fmad_cow_congress_3

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In case you missed it:

Hail The Thief:
Greg Palast: BBC Investigation Into How Voter Data Was Used To Prevent Democrats From Voting In The Last Presidential Elections.

This a a must watch video
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3187.htm

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Bracing for the Blow:
I.B.M. has sent a holiday chill through its American employees with its plans to ship thousands of high-paying white-collar jobs overseas to lower-paid foreign workers
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/26/opinion/26HERB.html

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Gov. Asks Bush to Extend Jobless Benefits :

Gov. John Baldacci is appealing for an extension to a program that provides an extra 13 weeks of unemployment benefits to workers

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3552101,00.html

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In case you missed it:

American trade: hurtling towards the tipping point:
How serious is America's trade crisis? The best way of framing the answer is that no great power since the last days of the Ottoman Empire has tried to project so much power abroad from such a weak economic base at home.
http://www.unsustainable.org/view_art_un.asp?AID=291

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14 dead as Pakistan leader survives attack:
The powerful blasts scattered debris and body parts over a wide area and damaged the windscreen of the president's armoured Mercedes, but he was unhurt, they said.
http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=
worldNews&storyID=428539&section=news

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'Three killed' in Tel Aviv blast:
The blast occurred shortly after Israeli helicopters killed at least five people and injured seven in an attack on Gaza City.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3348159.stm

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Israeli Helicopters Kill 2 in Gaza-Witnesses:
Israeli helicopter gunships fired two missiles at a car in Gaza City on Thursday, killing two people and wounding several others, witnesses and medics said.
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/reuters20031225_178.html

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Iraq's Capital Hit by Wave of Christmas Attacks :
The attacks came after insurgents conducted the deadliest attacks since Saddam Hussein's Dec. 13 capture, detonating a series of bombs Wednesday that killed four U.S. soldiers, six civilians and a suicide bomber.
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2003/12/25/122214.shtml

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Against the war, for the soldiers:
I believe that thousands of Iraqi babies, mothers, and fathers are dead because our political leaders created a panic over weapons of mass destruction that have not yet been found. I fear America will one day pay for our panic.
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/
articles/2003/12/24/against_the_war_for_the_soldiers/

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Terror alert undermines administration's safety claims:
Some terror experts say raised alert shows Hussein's capture will not make US safer from attack.
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1224/dailyUpdate.html?s=entt

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French Authorities Find No Evidence of Planned Air Attacks:
French authorities say they have found no evidence that terrorists were planning to use Air France aircraft to launch attacks on American targets.
http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectid=B0F7212B-D211-46DA-973A01175696BD37&title=French%20Authorities%20Find%20No%20
Evidence%20of%20Planned%20Air%20Attacks#

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Official: U.S. Hoped To Trap Terrorists Before Cancellations:
The U.S. government had been hoping to snag some terrorists on flights between Paris and Los Angeles before the flights were canceled and news of security concerns was publicized
http://www.nbc5.com/news/2725620/detail.html??z=dp&dpswid=1167317&dppid=65193

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Who Really Rules This World:
What if it were possible to find the root of all problems? Is there a single factor, which effects all men's actions and are at the core of his decisions.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/self_i.htm

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Claims inflated? Terror-prosecution list's accuracy in question
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001822380_terror24.html

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Bomb blasts near home of U.N. staff in Afghanistan :
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001823196_wdig25.html

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US prepares for devastating attack:
Top US military and defence department leaders were evacuated from the Pentagon this week and taken to secret command bunkers around America in an unusual exercise simulating a catastrophic terrorist attack on Washington, DC.
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/12/24/1072239720094.html

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Terrorists in Pakistan regrouping:
Cops say Militants on the run merging for new attacks on Westerners :
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/12/24/MNGUL3TLF71.DTL

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Air France Cancels U.S.-Bound Flights Over Security :
France said Wednesday that national carrier Air France had canceled three U.S.-bound flights from Paris due to security concerns. The French interior ministry said the flights were canceled at the request of the U.S. embassy in Paris.
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=MKVX2TN
TOJCOMCRBAEOCFFA?type=topNews&storyID=4042576

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US draws a bead on Pakistan, Saudi Arabia:
Pakistan has been given a clear message that although Islamabad has pledged its full commitment to the "war on terror", Washington is not entirely pleased with its efforts to date and still considers the country the "naughty boy" of the region and indirectly considers it a catalyst for support of anti-US forces.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/EL25Df01.html

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Unwelcome wagon:
The free Iraqis soon began to take to the streets to protest deplorable conditions exacerbated by the war. They will be even less happy when the several thousand missionaries authorized by Bush arrive to save their pagan souls.
http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/news_features/talking_politics/documents/03465389.asp

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Fla. Governor Dedicates Faith-Based Prison :
Gov. Jeb Bush dedicated what is being called the nation's first faith-based prison Wednesday, telling its nearly 800 inmates that religion can help keep them from landing in jail again.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3546512,00.html

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USDA refused to release mad cow records :
The United States Department of Agriculture insisted the U.S. beef supply is safe Tuesday after announcing the first documented case of mad cow disease in the United States, but for six months the agency repeatedly refused to release its tests for mad cow to United Press International
http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20031223-103657-3424r

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U.S. Hit by Fallout from Mad Cow Case :
Japan, Mexico and South Korea, the top three markets for U.S. beef exports, banned imports
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID=4042923

Date: 24 Dec 2003

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

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24 December 2003, Christmas Eve in Baghdad, Explosions Abound:
Our taxi driver says, "I never liked Saddam, but he gave us protection and what we needed to live. Saddam was honey compared to the American's. The Americans are like hell. I'm happy for this gas crisis. I just want to see the Americans fail here."
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5419.htm

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A Christmas Carol 2003:
It seems the Scrooges of this earth, led by our own U.S. government, have joined in an unholy alliance to gain dominion over our planet home and its inhabitants. Considering the atrocities that they have initiated against the weak of the world, one would imagine that it would take more than a few ghosts to bring that uncaring lot to their knees.

A Must Read
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5418.htm

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SADDAM & GAMORON:
Fully 63% of our countrypersons are now certain that the war in Iraq was a necessity and that the existence or not of weapons of mass destruction did not and does not matter. Face it. We got him! That's what matters to America..

A Must Read

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5417.htm

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US opts for a failed Israeli strategy:
With the Iraqi insurgency intensifying and United States casualties mounting by the day, the US is turning to its good friend Israel for inspiration and lessons. Increasingly, the tactics being adopted by the US occupation forces in Iraq appear to be modeled on those used by Israel in the occupied territories of Gaza and the West Bank.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EL25Ak09.html

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Robert Fisk: Gadahafi as courageous statesman? Please:
The problem I have with the whole Gadhafi saga is that the Libya I know can scarcely repair a drain or install a working lavatory in a hotel. Yet this same Libya, after years of sanctions, was apparently making a nuclear bomb.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5415.htm

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Blair and Bush set to visit Libya:
A leading Arab newspaper has quoted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son as saying Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President George W. Bush will visit the North African country early next year.
http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=
topNews&storyID=428255&section=news&fromEmail=true

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U.S. oil companies longing to return to Libya :
http://www.iht.com/articles/122679.html

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Palestinian killed after Israeli raid:
A PALESTINIAN died in hospital overnight raising the death toll from a major Israeli army incursion in the southern Gaza Strip to nine, medical sources said today.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,8251683%255E1702,00.html

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Troubling Report from the Pentagon:
The DoD status report once again demonstrates the stark contrast between the Administration's rosy public statements and the realities on the ground in Iraq.
http://www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=16053

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Iraq’s "Path to Freedom":
If this is what the path to freedom looks like, we're all doomed. Every single Iraqi I’ve interviewed holds a drastically different view of this so-called, "path to freedom."
http://www.humanshields.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=76

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Who's Keeping Saddam's Secret Safe?:
Most Americans don't know the hidden history of Saddam's relations with America, because it has been kept from them by administrations of both parties and their cronies in the press.
http://www.mediachannel.org/views/dissector/affalert122.shtml

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Cartoon: God Bless Us.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/cartoons/stevebell/0,7371,1112623,00.html

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Balance Sheets, Death and Silence
The death toll in those six months to between 21,700 and 55,000. There are no reliable figures for the number of wounded, but it is estimated to be around three times the number of deaths, giving a total number that may well exceed 150,000 individuals.
http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2003-12/17cromwell.cfm

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Global Impact: The Rise of U.S. Military Bases Worldwide:
While America would certainly like to win every war it fights, there are good reasons for thinking that in America's three current wars, our powers-that-be care less about winning, losing or drawing so long as we get military bases. Their rationale is that America can only keep up its global political power and assure its people's prosperous lifestyle by peppering the entire globe with American military bases.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5416.htm

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Ahmad Chalabi : Jordan 'sheltering Saddam cronies':
Jordan is sheltering "Saddam Hussein's daughters, the son of (former deputy prime minister) Tareq Aziz and several figures associated with the old regime"
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,8249985^1702,00.html

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Tinker, Banker, NeoCon, Spy :
Ahmed Chalabi's long and winding road from (and to?) Baghdad
http://www.prospect.org/print/V13/21/dreyfuss-r.html

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Rumsfeld: 'Bet Your Life' Threat to U.S. Is Serious :
The Defense Department conducted an exercise in which some Pentagon officials were moved to remote locations to practice maintaining leadership continuity over the U.S. military in the event of an attack, defense officials said.
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=Q4GN3UHRV
K0LACRBAE0CFEY?type=topNews&storyID=4039373

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Uncle Sam Wants You, Eh?:
Our Military Tries to Recruit Canada's Inuit
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0352/mondo2.php

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The Martial Plan:
The U.S. looks more like a police state. Every day, Ashcroft and Bush work the country toward something like martial law
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0352/mondo1.php

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Secret Service airbrushes aerial photos:
Call it the case of the missing White House. Users of Mapquest's free aerial photo database recently noticed that details of several Washington D.C. government buildings were no longer discernable in overhead images of the U.S. capital.
http://www.securityfocus.com/news/7671

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Three US Soldiers Killed in Iraq Bomb Blast:
A roadside bomb ripped through a U.S. military convoy north of Baghdad Wednesday, killing three soldiers, the U.S. military said.
http://wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=
Breaking&storyId=809007&tw=wn_wire_story

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4 killed in Iraq suicide bombing:
At least four people were killed and 20 wounded when a suicide car bomb exploded outside the Interior Ministry building in the Kurdish city of Arbil.
http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2003/12/24/iraq031224

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Wartime carnage upsets Baghdad brass:
U.S. soldiers are still damaging property and killing people in the course of their duties, especially when they conduct their neighborhood searches.
http://www.insidedenver.com/drmn/opinion/article/0,1299,DRMN_38_2525061,00.html

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Retired Air Force Col. Reveals How The U.S. Orchestrated A Media and PSYOPS Campaign Following Saddam's Capture:
Audio. This is a must listen.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5414.htm

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Iraqi guerrillas take pride in pounding U.S. troops:
Abu Jassem said weapons left over from the former government's stockpiles and black market mortar bombs are plentiful enough to keep the insurgents going for years to come.
http://sg.news.yahoo.com/031223/3/3gujv.html

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For Vietnam Vet Anthony Zinni, Another War on Shaky Territory :
Over the past year, the retired Marine Corps general has become one of the most prominent opponents of Bush administration policy on Iraq, which he now fears is drifting toward disaster.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22922-2003Dec22.html

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Who's Who In The Neocon Mafia:
When the history of the occupation of Iraq is written, historians will consider the lack of experience and abundant political connections of the hundreds of American bureaucrats sent to Baghdad to run Iraq
http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2003/0312.whoswho.html

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White House Faulted on Uranium Claim:
The President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board has concluded that the White House made a questionable claim in January's State of the Union address about Saddam Hussein's efforts to obtain nuclear materials.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A25935-2003Dec23?language=printer

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Fighting terrorism:
Far from protecting the American people, the very size and complexity of the federal bureaucracies charged to do so left them defenseless.
http://washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20031222-095345-3166r.htm

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Counting our blessings :
For more than a century, going back at least to John Stuart Mill, people who tried to learn the truth and make sense of it all proudly called themselves liberals. But today, the term has been demonized virtually out of useful existence.
http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=5777

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America deploys missiles around airports :
Officials fear al-Qaida may hijack planes again to target US interests
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1112431,00.html

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Here We Go Again:
The next dictator that the US will build up, then chop the knees out from under while denying all responsibility. The actors are named Bush, Powell, Rumsfeld, Tommy Franks, Condoleeza Rice, and a man named Islam Karimov.
http://www.vivelecanada.ca/article.php?story=20031222171937462

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Mad Cow Disease Found in Wash. State :
At least one confirmed case of the deadly mad cow disease was found in an animal in Washington state, a U.S. Agriculture Department official said on Tuesday.
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID=4039223

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McDonald's stock sinks on mad cow news
http://www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=hotStocksNews&storyID=4039136

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US issues Bahrain terror alert to citizens:
The United States government has issued a "specific " threat warning of a possible terror attack to all its nationals in Bahrain.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3ED271E0-E8E9-41DD-935E-F6DF2D88517F.htm

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8 Palestinians Killed in Gaza Strip Raid :
An Israeli raid on a Gaza refugee camp killed eight Palestinians on Tuesday in a flare-up of violence that came just hours after a high-level Egyptian peace mission to Israel.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20031223/ap_on_re_mi_ea/israel_palestinians

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Human Equality or Israel? :
Jewish people, American Jews in particular, must choose whether they support the notion that "all men are created equal" or they support Israel. The choices are mutually exclusive.
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Articles9/Abulhawa_Jewish-Choice.htm

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Torah Jewry has never ever recognized the Zionist state.
http://www.jewsagainstzionism.com/

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Video:
Rabbi Goldstein gives a historic overview of Zionism
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1456.htm

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Video: John Pilger: "Palestine is Still the Issue":
Why Has This Documentary, Never Been Broadcast On U.S. Media ?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3499.htm

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Israel's nuclear programme:
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency recently urged Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and surrender its nuclear weapons in order to further peace in the Middle East.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3340639.stm

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US Republicans signal readiness to resume Iraq weapons probe:
The Senate committee had been revisiting the US intelligence dossier and looking into whether the Bush administration twisted data to suit its goal of regime change in Iraq.
http://sg.news.yahoo.com/031222/1/3gtgs.html

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Troop cuts in Iraq may wait, Bush says:
The United States may not be able to reduce the number of American troops in Iraq as planned next year, even though significant progress is being made in stabilizing the chaotic nation, President Bush has reported to Congress.
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2003/12/23/troop_cuts_in_iraq_may_wait_bush_says/

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Bush ratings show little gain from Saddam capture:
The capture of Saddam Hussein had a minimal effect on President George W. Bush's approval ratings, which are hovering at their lowest levels since he took office in January, 2001, according to a poll.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1521&e=9&u=
/afp/20031222/pl_afp/us_saddam_bush_poll_031222160200

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US right weaves tangled but effective web:
Most analysts have identified three main components to the coalition behind President George W Bush's aggressive foreign policy: right-wing militarists, of whom Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is the exemplar; neo-conservatives, led by former Defense Policy Board (DPB) chairman Richard Perle, whose world view is similar to that of Israel's Likud Party; and Christian Right forces whose leaders are influential with Bush's political guru, Karl Rove.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/EL24Aa01.html

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The Buildup for War -- Redux:
The crucial battle is between hard-liners and moderates inside the Bush administration. If the hawks win out, U.S. forces may some day wage battle inside Iran.
http://progressivetrail.org/articles/031124Chernus.shtml

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'Bleeding Strategy' Comes Home;
Conversations with Russian, EU and Chinese officials strongly suggest that the bleeding strategy is now being used against Bush's America.
A Must Read
http://www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2003/12/23/006-print.html

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Wolfie was wildly off the mark:
Why are Wolfowitz and his pals still on Uncle Sam's payroll? Where did an Assistant Secretary of Defense get the resources to buy such huge quantities of Teflon from Rupert Murdoch and CNN?
http://world.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/3250
/?PHPSESSID=eaddb3531a9a0125badd72dca750af60

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Rumsfeld Made Iraq Overture in '84 Despite Chemical Raids:
As a special envoy for the Reagan administration in 1984, Donald H. Rumsfeld, now the defense secretary, traveled to Iraq to persuade officials there that the United States was eager to improve ties with President Saddam Hussein despite his use of chemical weapons, newly declassified documents show.
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/23/international/middleeast/23RUMS.html

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Saddam Hussein: More Secret History:
In light of recent developments in Iraq, most importantly the capture of the former dictator himself, the National Security Archive is posting a compilation of newly declassified documents from American and British sources
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB107/

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Neoconning us Again?:
In the Beltway narrative, there's no room for how Libya's decision to permit UN weapons inspectors in confirms that the US can achieve its strategic international goals using tools other than military force--for example, diplomatic, political and economic pressure.
http://www.thenation.com/edcut/index.mhtml?pid=1145

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Families sue U.S., reject 9/11 `bribe'
As many as 73 families see the process of U.S. government compensation as an attempt to protect those who should be held accountable for what they believe was mass murder.
http://www.thestar.ca/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/
Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1072134612206&call_page=TS_
News&call_pageid=968332188492&call_pagepath=News/News&pubid=
968163964505&StarSource=email

http://tinyurl.com/2paxr

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Condi and the 9/11 Commission:
One Republican commissioner says a comment by Rice last year–that no one "could have predicted that they would try to use a·hijacked airplane as a missile"–was "an unfortunate comment . . . that was, of course, a wrong-footed statement on its face," given that there was years of intelligence about Al Qaeda's interest in airplane attacks.
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,565974,00.html

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It's greed, not ideology, that rules the White House:
Why the US wants Iraq's debts cancelled - and Argentina's paid in full.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1112129,00.html

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Iraq Has Made us Safer From Terrorism My Ass :
If the American people ever needed more inspiration to march on Washington, dismantle the White House brick by brick and throw the current, lying usurpers out on their worthless asses, consider this...
http://www.opednews.com/basham1203_iraq_terrorism.htm

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European Defence: 'We Don't Need US Permission to Go to the Bathroom':
An EU military force is being marketed as one which by its very nature will act multilaterally, on the basis of consensus. This is being contrasted with the unilateralist and polarising manner in which the US invaded Iraq.
http://www.nationaudio.com/News/EastAfrican/current/Regional/Regional221220030.html

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Australia: Afghans sent home from Nauru allegedly killed:
The Federal Government is being called on to investigate claims that a number of Afghan asylum seekers sent home from Nauru just over three weeks ago have been killed.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1015395.htm

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Hungry for an act of humanity:
The asylum seekers on Nauru are in agony. We cannot let this go on
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/12/22/1071941669330.html

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5 Afghan troops killed, 2 hurt in suspected Taleban attack
http://www.brunei-online.com/bb/mon/dec22w14.htm

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US to fingerprint all visitors:
All visitors to the United States will be photographed and have a fingerprint scan from early in the new year.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1015418.htm

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Banned in the USA:
Maureen said, "It’s been absolutely awful. I will be 73 by the time I can visit my family again."
http://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/output/2003/12/23/story5474579t0.shtm

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Lying About Unemployment :
The administration would like to have you believe that because the rate has been dropping a bit lately – .1% a month or so since the 6.4% high in June - that the nation is on the road to recovery. But there's a slight problem with that reasoning.
http://www.weeklylowdown.com/122203.shtml

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America -- Can We Talk?:
Too many Americans have perished in the more than 200 years it has taken to build this bastion of freedom and democracy, and too many more will perish in the dismantling of it if this gang of greedy warmongers is allowed to remain in control.
http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_4114.shtml

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Soldiers patrol city streets as Americans are warned of imminent terrorist threat:
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=475684

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Announcing the P.U.-litzer Prizes for 2003:
The P.U.-litzer Prizes were established more than a decade ago to give recognition to the stinkiest media performances of the year.
http://www.commondreams.org/views03/1222-10.htm

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BBC = Blairs Broadcasting Corporation
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5413.htm

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Israeli invasion shakes Jenin :
Three Palestinians have been wounded, one seriously, during a major Israeli military invasion of Jenin on Monday.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A8574241-A2B0-465D-8D8C-E6202D766EA9.htm

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Can Israel escape a binational future?:
How ironic that the kinds of statements made against Jews in Europe in the 1930s can now be freely uttered in a supposedly "modern" and "liberal" Israel, without a peep from those fretting loudest about what they consider is a resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article2284.shtml

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US army conducts raids near Syrian border, kills Iraqi woman:
An Iraqi woman was killed in an explosion when US soldiers blew up a door during a raid in a town near Iraq's border with Syria, the US military said in a statement.
http://sg.news.yahoo.com/031222/1/3gtn5.html

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Group in charge of Iraq blamed for woes:
The Coalition Provisional Authority in charge of Iraq has failed to institute a smoothly run bureaucracy, resulting in cash shortages and delays in starting reconstruction programs, Pentagon officials say in interviews.
http://www.washtimes.com/national/20031222-123948-5491r.htm

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Australia won't match US terrorist alert:
"The reports that we've had from America indicate the threat relates to American cities and not to any other country apart from America," the Justice Minister, Chris Ellison, said.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/22/1071941669459.html

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Audio of Attorney-Detainee Interviews Called Illegal :
Employees at a federal detention center clearly violated prison rules and federal law by recording the private conversations of attorneys and their clients.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16477-2003Dec19.html

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Blowback:
The Costs and Consequences of American Empire: Excerpts from the book
http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Blowback_CJohnson/Blowback_CJohnson.html

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Does U.S. Intervention Overseas Breed Terrorism?:
The Historical Record: The following document explores the relationship between American Foreign Policy and acts of terrorism committed against the United States. It corrects the distorted perceptions that America has been the victim of terrorism, purely because "They hate our freedoms, or simply because they are evil!
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1568.htm

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In case you missed it:
Foreign Policy Folly: June, 2001:
America could, indeed should, actively spread its values and seek regime changes in the states of its foes, real and potential.
http://reason.com/0106/cr.wr.foreign.shtml

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UK, CIA Reports List Pakistan, Iran as Targets after Iraq:
Who after Iraq is the question being asked by every think tank round the world. Latest official documents released by the US and UK give some idea of who it could be and Pakistan is one of them, in fact high on their list.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5412.htm

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Fingers point to Pakistan for sharing nuke secrets:
Fresh evidence suggests Pakistanis sold weapons technology to Iran, North Korea, others.
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1222/dailyUpdate.html?s=mets

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In case you missed it:

Dismay at chemical plant link to Britain :
Politicians yesterday expressed dismay at the Guardian's disclosure that a key Iraqi chemical warfare plant was built by a British firm as more facts emerged about the UK's help in arming Saddam Hussein with nerve gas ingredients.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,909176,00.html

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In case you missed it:

British agents helped Iran to make killer gas :
The British Government helped supply deadly chemical weapon materials to Iran in spite of its own ban on such sales, according to evidence to be put before an Israeli court.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,3874584,00.html

Date: 22 Dec 2003

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

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Judge Halts Forced Military Anthrax Shots:
The Pentagon must stop forcing servicemen and women to take the anthrax vaccination against their will, unless President Bush signs a special order, a judge ruled Monday.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20031222/ap_on_re_us/military_anthrax

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UN satellites eye Israeli barrier:
"It is evident by looking at this wall on the satellite imagery to see the damage done to Palestinian villages that are getting trapped," said Alain Retiere of the UN's satellite agency.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3334235.stm

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Russia Deploys Strategic Nuclear Missiles :
Russia has deployed another batch of state-of-the-art intercontinental nuclear missiles after a two-year break in the program caused by a funding shortage.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=518&ncid=
732&e=6&u=/ap/20031222/ap_on_re_eu/russia_new_missiles

http://tinyurl.com/2z2aw

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U.S. moving high-tech weapons to Korean DMZ:
Military analyst describes Pentagon plan as more lethality with fewer troops
http://www.sunspot.net/news/nationworld/bal-te.korea2
1dec21,0,4692353.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines

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Israel threatens to shoot down Egyptian drones spying on nuclear, missile sites:
"We'll raise the urgent issue of their spy flights for sure," said one Israeli source. "However, we know that they may stop them only when we intercept the intruders, and that will not take long."
http://www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=266095&lang=e&dir=news

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Police call for remote button to stop cars :
In what will be seen as yet another example of the in-creasing power of Big Brother, drivers face the prospect of their cars being halted by somebody pushing a button.
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1111211,00.html

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Doing what he does best:
G.W. Bush, Conqueror of Babylon, and Thanksgiving Day turkey is once again doing what he does best, being a hypocrite. What no-one in the corporate-controlled press is talking about is the fact that according to international law, Mr. Bush, his administration, Congress, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff are all war criminals.
http://www.unknownnews.net/031224a-lf.html

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Is Havana Laughing?:
Bush Tries Farce as Cuba Policy: The United States appears to be destined by Providence to plague Latin America with misery in the name of liberty.
http://www.counterpunch.org/landau12202003.html

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Memorandum to Empire:
America, Britain and Australia -- we appreciate your generous counsel. We agree with you that the shadow of terror and tyranny grows longer by the day and that we must meet this growing threat with sustained ardor. However, despite all the benefits that are said to come with it, we must respectfully decline your invitation for us to join the new crusade -- what you call the 'war on terror.'
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=OPINION&oid=39933

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For Baghdad's Sunnis, Hostility Toward Occupation Is Growing:
It began as a pro-Saddam Hussein march in the capital's Adhamiya district and turned into a raging gun battle with U.S. armored units surrounding a dozen fighters. When the smoke cleared, seven Iraqis lay dead.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-district
22dec22,1,1207550.story?coll=la-headlines-world

http://tinyurl.com/3477b

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U.S. Tobacco Companies Accused of Terrorist Ties And Iraqi Sanctions-Busting
American tobacco companies have violated sanctions against Iraq for years by sending billions of cigarettes into the country, often with the aid of a terrorist organization, the European Union has alleged.
http://www.public-i.org/story_01_022202.htm

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Guarded by God, U.S. colonel hunts Iraqi guerrillas:
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/GEO833353.htm

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Faces (of some) of the Fallen:
Real people, real pain, real suffering and for what ?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/world/iraq/casualties/facesofthefallen.htm

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The United States' Global Military Crusade (1945-2003):
The aim of the United States is to protect and reinforce national interests rather than to create a better world for all humankind. Rather than to establish a direct colonial presence, the preferred strategy is to create satellite states, and this requires constant, and often repeated, military interventions in countries around the world, irrespective of their political regime.
http://globalresearch.ca/articles/WAD312A.html

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Iraqis Exact Revenge on Baathists :
Police Shrug Off Killings of 50 Hussein Loyalists by Unknown Gunmen
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16407-2003Dec19.html

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Dubya's news-free presidency:
A president's depending solely on what aides tell him can lead to serious problems. Their slant isn't always what the president should be hearing.
http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_3755.shtml

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Mercenaries To Protect Iraqi Oil :
A Johannesburg-based security company has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract by Iraq's government of occupation to protect the war-ravaged country's oil industry
http://www.suntimes.co.za/2003/12/07/politics/politics04.asp

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Lessons In Peace :
The 64-year-old Israeli-born cleric is an Israeli citizen, a Palestinian and a Melkite Catholic. He is also founder and president of Israel's first Christian-Arab-Israeli university, the fledgling Mar Elias University
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20348-2003Dec21.html

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2 U.S. Troops, Translator Killed in Iraq :
A roadside bomb exploded near a U.S. military convoy on Monday, killing two American soldiers and an Iraqi translator, the military said.
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V5183.AP-Iraq-Soldiers-K.html

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Kurds say they caught Saddam :
Washington's claims that brilliant US intelligence work led to the capture of Saddam Hussein are being challenged by reports sourced in Iraq's Kurdish media claiming that its militia set the circumstances in which the US merely had to go to a farm identified by the Kurds to bag the fugitive former president.
http://www.smh.com.au/cgi-bin/common/popupPrintArticle
.pl?path=/articles/2003/12/21/1071941612613.html

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Kurds demand Kirkuk:
Thousands of Iraqi Kurds gathered in Kirkuk on Monday to demand inclusion of the northern oil centre in a future autonomous Kurdish region.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/146C13BE-A17B-492F-B234-E89C9914EFE2.htm

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The Burden of Truth:
Two former CIA analysts talk about the lies behind the Iraq war and the heavy weight of conscience.
http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&issue=soj0311&article=031110

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Researcher from Central Texas institute helped in Iraq:
A Central Texas researcher who was sent to Iraq to perform chemical sampling says if weapons of mass destruction were the premise for the war, there shouldn't have been one.
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/7549097.htm

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Noam Chomsky: Dictators R Us:
What's revealing and important to the future is that Washington's display of contempt for democracy went side by side with a chorus of adulation about its yearning for democracy. To be able to carry that off is an impressive achievement, hard to mimic even in a totalitarian state.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5411.htm

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Iraqi Girl Blog: Baghdad Burning:
Yesterday alone we heard around 8 explosions though none of the news channels seem to be covering them. There have also been several demonstrations- some anti-Saddam and some pro-Saddam and several anti-America.
http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/

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Uri Avnery: Sharon's speech : Decoded version:
In his speech, Sharon outlined a whole, detailed - and extremely dangerous - plan.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5410.htm

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Elite Israeli Troops Refuse To Serve in the Territories :
"We have long ago crossed the line between fighters fighting a just cause and oppressing another people," three officers and 10 soldiers of the army's most secretive unit, the Sayeret Matkal, said in the letter to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20118-2003Dec21.html?referrer=email

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Iranian air force chief: Israel to ''dig own grave'' if nuclear sites attacked :
Israel "will dig its own grave" if it attacks Iranian nuclear sites, the head of the Iranian air force General Seyed Reza Pardis told a news agency close to members of the Islamic republic's regime.
http://www.albawaba.com/headlines/TheNews.php3?sid=266183&dir=news&lang=e

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Pressure on Israel to scrap WMD:
"It seems a very odd situation that one country with WMD can be negotiated with, but with another country, which doesn't appear to have them, it was necessary to go to war."
http://www.theherald.co.uk/politics/6744.html

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'Israel must destroy WMD': Libyan newspaper,
Al-Jamahiriya, says the international community should pressure Israel to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction, saying Tripoli's renunciation of such arms meant Israel no longer had an alibi for having them.
http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1462137,00.html

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If Libya can do it, why not Israel? :
We can no longer turn a blind eye to the fifth largest nuclear power
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/comment/0,10551,1111567,00.html

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Bush And Blair: The Big Fall -Out:
The two leaders have fallen out over plans for the reconstruction of the country and the heavy-handed action of American troops against the civilian population.
http://www.sundaymirror.co.uk/news/news/content_objectid=13746358_
method=full_siteid=106694_headline=-BUSH-AND-BLAIR--THE-BIG-FALL-OUT-name_page.html

http://tinyurl.com/2epvo

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Pro-wars weave a web of deceit around Saddam's spider hole:
The end, capturing a tyrant, did not justify the means: thousands of dead Iraqis. Why do so many people who supported the invasion of Iraq use the capture of Saddam Hussein as a stick with which to beat those who opposed it?
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/21/1071941607324.html

 
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