Information Clearing House  Digest December 6-11 2004

Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2004

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Moral Victory
Religious Exploitation, and the New American Creed

By Dom Stasi

Bush’s style appeals to what the TV ministers call their “Value Voters.” So, let the exit polls be damned, the Evangelicals carried the day for their poster boy. If they didn‚t, they at least gave the Republican crooks who own this president a plausible vehicle to which they might attribute the otherwise inexplicable vote counts in this year‚s national election. They have changed our country into something its founders never intended it to be, a virtual theocracy, and they did it through abuse of the very system first designed to prevent it.
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Seven civilians killed in Iraq’s ‘triangle of death’:

Masked gunmen killed seven civilians in a series of attacks in Iraq’s “triangle of death”, south of Baghdad, police and witnesses said Saturday.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=34819

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Anti Occupation Forces Kill Top Police, Hit U.S. Convoy:
Gunmen killed three high-ranking Iraqi police officers in two separate attacks on Saturday and two car bombs targeted the U.S. military.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7061199

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Ramadi rebels ambush soldiers, kill 2 civilians
www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1102771788126_13/?hub=World

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US soldier gets 3 years for murdering Iraqi teen:

A US soldier has been sentenced to three years in prison for killing a severely wounded Iraqi teenager, the US military said today.
212.2.162.45/news/story.asp?j=127045406&p=yz7x46yyz&n=127046166

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U.S. renews air strikes on Fallujah:

U.S. war planes Saturday launched a fresh wave of air strikes on suspected rebel strongholds in Fallujah, west of Baghdad.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041211-125042-9796r.htm

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Jim Lobe : So Little Time, So Many Regimes to Change :

Now that Powell has been informed his services will no longer be required, the least-traveled secretary of state in the last generation is finally getting out to see the sights, even if his credibility as a spokesman for future U.S. foreign policy is less than it was for the past four years.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=26619

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CIA sued over WMD ‘falsification’ :

A former CIA officer is suing his employers for retaliating against him for his alleged refusal to falsify reports on weapons of mass destruction.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4086361.stm

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Experts rebel over US stance on N Korea :

A group of senior US policymakers has called on the Bush administration to change its stance towards North Korea, with its chairman accusing the White House of “distorting” intelligence about Pyongyang’s uranium weapons programme just as it exaggerated claims about Iraq.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1371487,00.html

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British MP George Galloway says suicide attacks in Iraq legitimate:

Asked if he would condemn suicide bombers, the anti-war MP said: “I will not condemn an occupied people for using their legal rights, their legal rights as well as their moral rights to resist the illegal occupation of their country”.
www.smh.com.au/news/After-Saddam/Brit-MP-says-suicide
-attacks-in-Iraq-legitimate/2004/12/11/1102625576305.html

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Guantánamo torture and humiliation still going on, says shackled Briton :

Fresh allegations about a regime of torture and humiliation inflicted on detainees by their American captors at Guantánamo Bay have been made by a Briton still held there
www.guardian.co.uk/guantanamo/story/0,13743,1371609,00.html

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Escaping blame for Abu Ghraib: SOLDIERS face jail.

Commanders get 15-gun salutes. Soldiers are pilloried. White House officials are promoted. The cost of hypocrisy in the billowing prison abuse scandal has not mattered much up to now. Tomorrow we might care a lot more. The next victim of the hypocrisy could be you or me.
www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/
articles/2004/12/03/escaping_blame_for_abu_ghraib/

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Intelligence and Civil Rights:

As much as the nation needed to overhaul its badly flawed intelligence system, it hardly needed more surveillance and detention powers to invite federal agencies to abuse civil rights even further in the name of tracking terrorism suspects.
www.nytimes.com/2004/12/11/opinion/11sat1.html?ex=12605
07600&en=145d137944dc4e03&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

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Injured Soldier Off The Hook For Travel Bill

He was expected a check for nearly $4,500, but ended up with a bill for nearly $1,800.
www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/1141427.html

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Doctors: Yushchenko Poisoned With Dioxin:

Dioxin poisoning caused the mysterious illness of Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko, a doctor said Saturday, adding that the poison could have been put in his soup.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=321101

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Nephew: Suspicions about Arafat’s death:

Yasser Arafat’s nephew said Saturday the lack of a diagnosis of what led to his uncle’s death last month raised suspicions the Palestinian leader died of “unnatural” causes.
www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-12/11/content_399466.htm

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Palestinian elections committee accuses Israel of interference :

The Palestinian elections committee said Saturday that Israel’s arresting of a Palestinian presidential candidate is unconcealed interference.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/11/content_2322077.htm

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In case you missed it:

Why American Christian Fundamentalist’s Support the State of Israel:

In order for most of today‚s Christians to escape physical death, two-thirds of the Jews in Israel must perish, soon. This is the grim prophetic trade-off that fundamentalists rarely discuss publicly, but which is the central motivation in the movement‚s support for Israel.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1585.htm

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In case you missed it:

The Cult Of Israel : The Christian Zionists Message :

What is the message of the Christian Zionist? Simply stated it is this: Every act taken by Israel is orchestrated by God, and should be condoned, supported, and even praised by the rest of us.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1586.htm

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In case you missed it:

Christian Zionism: Dispensationalism And The Roots Of Sectarian Theology :

Dispensationalism is one of the most influential theological systems within the universal church today. Largely unrecognised and subliminal, it has increasingly shaped the presuppositions of fundamentalist, evangelical, Pentecostal and charismatic thinking concerning Israel and Palestine over the past one hundred and fifty years.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4531.htm

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The Moral Treason:

Ask yourself how the silk-shirted television-evangelist-turned-political-hack who holds himself up as the arbiter of the human condition and spokesman for God Himself might answer if Jesus were to approach him, holding the hand of a gay man with one hand and a prostitute with the other
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7463.htm

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Pro-China parties win majority in Taiwan election:

Taiwan’s opposition parties, which favour closer ties with China, have won over half of the parliament’s 225 seats.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200412/s1263110.htm

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‘Nanny Problem’ Forces Kerik to Withdraw:

As recently as midday Friday, the White House had defended Kerik against questions of conflict of interest involving his relationship with Taser.
apnews.myway.com/article/20041211/D86TI4MO0.html

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Uncharged suspect kept in Canada jail:

A top Canadian court has ruled that authorities have the right to detain a man suspected of belonging to the al-Qaida network even though no charges have been laid.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/5D05AB76-9100-492C-AB37-F58358450720.htm

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Silencing the vote:

To those of us who doubt President Bush won the election in the United States, the key differences between here and Ukraine are the methods of fraud and the passivity of the news media.
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Boogie with the Bushes – $1m :

Those prepared to pay will get a four nights in the Jefferson hotel, four blocks from the White House, return travel from any city in the US, chauffeur and butler on 24-hour call for the duration, tickets for two to an unspecified inaugural event attended by Mr Bush
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1371537,00.html

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Bomb kills 11 in Pakistan’s Quetta:

A powerful bomb has exploded next to an army truck in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, killing at least 11 people and injuring at least 27, officials say.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=636789

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Turkey warns US over civilian deaths :

US troops hunting down extremists in Iraq should take care not to kill civilians, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned in a television interview.
www.iribnews.ir/Full_en.asp?news_id=183834

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U.S. Officials Sound Alarm Over Iraq Fuel Crisis:

U.S. officials in Baghdad fear that a fuel crisis, which has left Iraqi homes cold and dark and drivers waiting days for petrol, may inflame unrest before next month’s election.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7057137

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Shiite candidate bloc raises fears in Iraq:

The naming of a bloc of Shiite Muslim candidates that’s likely to sweep upcoming national elections is heightening worries that the vote will divide a war-torn country and push it to civil war.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/10388768.htm

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Shi’ites list Iraq election hopefuls:

The list includes independent Sunni Muslims, a Shi’ite Kurdish group, members of the Yazidis minority religious sect and a Turkmen movement, among others. It also includes members of the Iraqi National Congress, led by former exile and one-time Pentagon favorite Ahmed Chalabi.
washingtontimes.com/world/20041210-120723-8356r.htm

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You‚re Voting for Whom?:

Iraq‚s new political coalition is reluctant to release the names of its election candidates. But some surprising figures have been included˜and left out
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6689439/site/newsweek

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Shiite cleric with links to Iran tops Iraqi election list:

A cleric with links to Iran leads the candidate list of a powerful coalition of Iraq’s mainstream Shiite groups for next month’s election, an aide said Friday.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=10917

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Freedom at a terrible price:

To understand the current uprising in Iraq, one must return to April 28, 2003 ˜ the day when relations between locals and US troops started to head south. Three weeks after a bronze edifice of Saddam Hussein was pulled to the ground in Firdus Square, Baghdad, 13 Iraqis were killed when US forces opened fire on demonstrators in Fallujah
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,923-1396044,00.html

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I want YOU in the coalition of the willing :

With Iraq still in upheaval, I thought I’d lend President George W. Bush a hand and visit some of our loyal partners in the “coalition of the willing” to drum up more troops.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2004/12/10/opinion/edkristof.html

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France offered help on Iraq a year ago :

Although Secretary of State Colin Powell called pointedly on Europeans this week to provide new assistance to Iraq, French officials said an offer made nearly a year ago by France to train Iraqis as military police remains unanswered.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2004/12/10/news/allies.html

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U.S. Money Helped Opposition in Ukraine :

The Bush administration has spent more than $65 million in the past two years to aid political organizations in Ukraine, paying to bring opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko to meet U.S. leaders and helping to underwrite exit polls indicating he won last month’s disputed runoff election.
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Permanent Jail Set for Guantánamo :

Even as federal judges weigh whether the U.S. has the authority to detain and try suspects in the war on terror, the Pentagon is quietly planning for permanency at the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, The Herald has learned.
www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1209-09.htm

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A vicious cycle with China:

Japan’s naming Friday of China for the first time as a defense concern in its new defense policy outline poses the danger of intensifying bilateral tensions and may even lead to a vicious cycle of further military buildup in the region.
www.japantoday.com/e/?content=comment&id=693

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The votes that really count have not yet been cast:

In Ohio, a recount is being rejected because the votes have not even been counted completely the first time. Civil rights activists such as Jesse Jackson are outraged, since “Ohio determines the election, but the state has not yet counted the vote.”
www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/18/18957/1.html

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OPEC to Cut Output by 1M Barrels a Day
www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2004/12/10/ap1704275.html

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Iraqi Women as Victims of the Occupation

Women suffer unrelenting deprivation and are under horrific attack from the U.S. occupation, Islamic fundamentalists, and sex traffickers.
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How To Run An Empire

In a world of democracy, an empire prefers parliamentary government abroad and two-party rule at home. Why? In two-party rule, the party in power can impose party discipline. Access to money extracted from taxpayers is gained by all-or-nothing contests. The party out of power imposes discipline in the name of defeating the entrenched party. The leaders of both parties can point to the power of the other party to justify party discipline.
www.lewrockwell.com/north/north331.html

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Leaving behind a life I dearly loved

It has been my privilege to write this column for the Union-Tribune for 13 tumultuous years. week ago, a column of mine, without discussion, was killed, and I gave my notice. Working on a half dozen newspapers over 35 years, it was my first column to be killed.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/op-ed/goldsborough/20041206-9999-mz1e6golds.html

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Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2004

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At risk: 1,000,000,000 of the world’s children

One billion children are at risk today from war, poverty and hunger, failed by the world’s governments

By Stephen Khan

They are a billion strong. Diseased, malnourished, uneducated, they are a people on the run from wars that take the lives of their brothers and sisters. And they are all children – half the children on earth today.
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“Mr President” De La Mancha

Sheila Samples

Given his reality-challenged “vision” of ridding the entire world of evil and riding shotgun for God by personally delivering the gift of freedom to the few who remain, one has only to look at the clueless, “look ma — no hands” Bush to suspect that making this guy look presidential — or even remotely sane — can be a chore. It’s work. Hard work. Really hard worky work…
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Home Cooking

By Chris Floyd

While Americans were finishing their Thanksgiving dinners and preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, a series of stories exposed — once again — the torture chamber at the heart of their feast: a government gone insane, embracing terror, atrocity and tyranny. Yet there was no public outcry against these desecrations. Few even noticed; fewer still cared.
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He lost his arm serving his country in Iraq.

By Dianna Cahn

Now this wounded soldier is being discharged from his company in Fort Hood, Texas, without enough gas money to get home. In fact, the Army says 27-year-old Spc. Robert Loria owes it close to $2,000, and confiscated his last paycheck.
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Defeat For an Empire

by Robert Jensen

The United States has lost the war in Iraq, and that’s a good thing.

As a U.S. citizen, I welcome the U.S. defeat for a simple reason: It isn’t the defeat of the United States — its people or their ideals — but of that empire. And it’s essential that the American empire be defeated and dismantled.
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U.S. soldier convicted of murder of unarmed Iraqi civilian:

Another military hearing into a soldier charged with killing another Iraqi in a separate August incident in Sadr City is expected to continue today.
www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/iraq/bal-killing
1210,0,2930975.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines

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More attacks on US-led forces in Iraq:

Fighters have killed a police captain at a checkpoint and gunned down an Iraqi guardsman in a billiard hall in separate attacks against US-backed forces in northern Iraq.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A3BE1409-F9EE-45A9-B819-6BAC9154F72C.htm

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One Marine Killed In Al Anbar Province.
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20041211.txt

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Falluja leader vows to go on resisting:

Shaikh Abd Allah al-Janabi, wanted by the US for his apparent role in the Falluja resistance, has vowed to continue his fight until Americans leave Iraq.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9DD8FDE8-CB49-4D8B-8EB8-69493EDEE0E6.htm

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Red Cross Returns To Fallujah Offensive:

U.S. forces in Fallujah told the group about a potato chip warehouse where several hundred bodies had been collected. The troops didn’t say if they were bodies of civilians or insurgents, he said.
www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/news/world/10386204.htm

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Armor Holdings Could Boost Humvee Armor Output 22% :

Armor Holdings Inc., the sole supplier of protective plates for the Humvee military vehicles used in Iraq, said it could increase output by as much as 22 percent per month with no investment and is awaiting an order from the Army.
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=email_us&refer=home&sid=aMGdbQCSwiRg

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US stance on armor disputed:

Despite Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld’s assertion that the military is outfitting Humvees with armor as quickly as possible, the company providing the vehicles said it has been waiting since September for approval from the Pentagon to increase monthly production
www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/12/10/us_stance_on_armor_disputed/

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Photo Essay : Caring for the Wounded in Iraq :

– Warning – Graphic Images Depict The Horrors Of War
content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/351/24/2476

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Funding for U.S. Military Operations in Iraq Could Surge:

The Bush administration, facing mounting violence in Iraq and demands for upgraded equipment, is assembling a funding package for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan that could surge beyond earlier estimates to as much as $75 billion to $100 billion, congressional sources and experts said on Thursday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7046320

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Bush manipulated N Korea intelligence like he did in Iraq: US expert:

The United States manipulated intelligence on North Korea’s nuclear program in a similar fashion to its use of weapons of mass destruction to justify the war on Iraq, a US foreign policy expert said in an article
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Lies are a part of war strategy:

In the old days of the Cold War, America’s propaganda war was fought by the U.S. Information Agency, which was forbidden from distributing any propaganda inside the United States. USIA was first gutted and then folded into the State Department during the mid-1990s.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/10381956.htm

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Alastair Crooke: It is essential to talk to the ‘terrorists’ :

Insistence on the terrorism label carries a high price. It has prompted the west to make the wrong assessment of what challenges we face in Muslim societies, and led us to deploy the wrong means to combat it.
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Israeli troops kill Palestinian girl:

A six-year-old Palestinian girl has been killed by Israeli occupation forces in the town of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/09BB297E-A048-4E51-A803-48F1B6214BD3.htm

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Israel: Interior ministry accused of wanton prejudice and bigotry:

ACRI (Association for Civil Rights in Israel) has released a blistering report lambasting the Interior ministry for having “an endemic, systematic and pervasive bias against non-Jews, and constantly trampling on their legal rights‰.
www.maarivintl.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article&articleID=11914

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Marwan Barghouti : Running for the cause:

Al-Ahram Weekly interviews Fadwa, wife of the charismatic Palestinian freedom fighter and prisoner Marwan Barghouti
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/720/re8.htm

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 12/09/04:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
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Secret spying system put under public fire :

For two years, the senators have disclosed, Republicans and Democrats on the panel have voted to block the secret program, which is believed to be a system of new spy satellites. But it continues to be financed at a cost that former congressional officials put at hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
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Measure Expands Police Powers:

The intelligence package that Congress approved this week includes a series of little-noticed measures that would broaden the government’s power to conduct terrorism investigations, including provisions to loosen standards for FBI surveillance warrants and allow the Justice Department to more easily detain suspects without bail.
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U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd: The eroding character of the Senate:

It is as though Congress is too afraid to mention the fact that faulty intelligence claims deceived the public into believing that there was an imminent threat from Saddam Hussein.
byrd.senate.gov/byrd_newsroom/byrd_news_dec/byrd
_2004decemberlist/byrd_2004decemberlist_1.html

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PAC faults Democratic leader:

Liberal powerhouse MoveOn has a message for the ‘’professional election losers” who run the Democratic Party: ‘’We bought it, we own it, we’re going to take it back.”
www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/
articles/2004/12/10/pac_faults_democratic_leader/

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NEWS For 12/09/04:

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U.S. killed unarmed Iraqis, war-dodger hearing told:

A former United States marine told a refugee hearing for an American war dodger Tuesday that trigger-happy U.S. soldiers in Iraq routinely killed unarmed women and children, and murdered other Iraqis in violation of international law.
207.44.245.159/article7443.htm

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Deserters: We Won’t Go To Iraq:

The Pentagon says more than 5,500 servicemen have deserted since the war started in Iraq.
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US Army plagued by desertion and plunging morale:

WHILE insurgents draw on deep wells of fury to expand their ranks in Iraq, the US military is fighting desertion, recruitment shortfalls and legal challenges from its own troops.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1397131,00.html

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CIA official sacked for not faking reports on Iraq WMD :

A sacked CIA official is suing the agency for allegedly retaliating against him for refusing to falsify his reports on Iraq‚s weapons of mass destruction to support the White House‚s pre-war position
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Ex-CIA officer alleges agency retaliated after he didn’t falsify report :

A senior CIA operative who handled sensitive informants in Iraq asserts that CIA managers asked him to falsify his reporting on weapons of mass destruction and retaliated against him after he refused.
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Whitewashing torture?:

After Ford raised the torture allegations, Artiga immediately said Ford was “delusional” and ordered a psychiatric examination, according to Ford. But that examination, carried out by an Army psychiatrist, diagnosed him as “completely normal.”
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Intel Agent Strapped to Gurney and Flown Out of Iraq by U.S. Army After Reporting Torture of Detainees:

A veteran sergeant who told his commanding officers that he witnessed his colleagues torturing Iraqi detainees was strapped to a gurney and flown out of Iraq – even though there was nothing wrong with him. We speak with the reporter – former U.S. Army counterintelligence agent David DeBatto – who broke the story. Audio and transcript.
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U.S. media still hiding bad news from Americans
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John Pilger: Kosovo –

The site of a genocide that never was – is now a violent “free market” in drugs and prostitution. What does this tell us about the likely outcome of the Iraq war?
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War is inherently evil, unless God is on your side:

It‚s as if nothing is learned from history and the idiocy of previous states that walked our path. We are in the ceaseless clutch of a prolonged great power syndrome: the globe is our backyard, the world must be fashioned in our image, we are and must remain number one.
207.44.245.159/article7438.htm

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Fallujah: Pentagon Plans a High-tech Strategic Hamlet:

It is now official˜the United States does not learn from history. It is destined to make the same mistakes over and over again.
207.44.245.159/article7440.htm

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Fallujah Pictures:

Two weeks ago someone was allowed into Fallujah by the military to help bury bodies. They were allowed to take photographs of 75 bodies. These pictures are from a book of photos. They are being circulated publicly around small villages near Fallujah where many refugees are staying.
dahrjamailiraq.com/weblog/archives/dispatches/000155.php#more

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The Iraq war goes from bad to worse:

That’s the maddening paradox: We liberated Baghdad, but we can’t use the airport road
www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/
chi-0412090121dec09,1,2069508.column

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Lost in a masquerade:

Hoooo-rah! Rummy finally got called on the carpet. Not by the President, of course, but by troops fighting in Iraq. Some of them are finally fed up enough to rumble about his back-door draft and failure to provide them with the proper armor for their Humvees, leaving them scrambling to improvise with what they call “hillbilly armor.‰
207.44.245.159/article7445.htm

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Ghali Hassan: Iraq‚s Democracy: The El Salvador Model:

In the March 2004 elections, the US used fear and threat against the Salvadoran people to promote its preferred candidates, members of the ARENA party. The Salvadorian people voted with a gun pointed to their head.
207.44.245.159/article7441.htm

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U.S.: Congress Tries to Undermine War Crimes Court:

The United States intensified its assault on international justice with Congress’ approval yesterday of the “Nethercutt Amendment,” Human Rights Watch said today. This provision, part of an overall spending bill, mandates withholding antiterrorism funds and other aid from countries that refuse to grant immunity for U.S. citizens before the International Criminal Court.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/HRW/
bb087948d68b7a73dccd1bd6f9e94f09.htm

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No excuses : We must count Iraqi casualties :

Blair and Bush, who invaded and occupied Iraq in order to make the world a safer place, say there is no reliable way to count Iraqi casualties – and so they will not try. Thus they refuse to accord innocent Iraqis the same status as our own dead and injured, whose names we rightly record and honour.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1369548,00.html

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UK: Butler launches attack on Blair :

Former civil service chief Lord Butler has attacked the way the Iraq war was “sold” to the public, with important warnings on the strength of the intelligence left out.
newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4082017.stm

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Impeach Blair:

Sign the Impeach Blair Petition Online
www.impeachblair.org/petition.shtml

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Canada blocks torture charges against Bush:

The Canadian government used a claim of diplomatic immunity to block torture charges laid under the Canadian Criminal Code against President George W. Bush. The charges concerned the well-known abuses at Abu Ghraib prison, photos of which shocked the world earlier this year, as well as similar abuses at Guantánamo Bay that have emerged more recently.
207.44.245.159/article7442.htm

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Nukes, Neo-Cons, and the Bush Who Cried Wolf :

Exhilarated by the prospect of still having their way with the world, many Neo-Cons are now pushing harder than ever to apply the same pre-emptive approach to Iran, whether by Israel or the U.S.
www.truthout.org/docs_04/120904A.shtml

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Jude Wanniski : Who’s behind the oil-for-food scandal?:
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/561BE24F-B06B-4CC1-B28A-F6845EA8E469.htm

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 12/08/04:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
snipurl.com/b9y8

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All hail to Caligula’s horse :

Bush’s new head of homeland security is perfect for the job
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1369469,00.html

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Kerik Made Millions From Agency Contractor :

Bernard Kerik, President Bush’s choice to run the Homeland Security Department, made $6.2 million by exercising stock options he received from a company that sold stun guns to the department – and seeks more business with it
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4662555,00.html

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Millionaire Kerik A Former Deadbeat :

While a recent stock windfall has left Bernard Kerik sitting on $6 million, President Bush’s nominee to head the Homeland Security department hasn’t always been so flush. In fact, Kerik was once a deadbeat who declared bankruptcy when he couldn’t handle his credit card bills
www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1207041kerik1.html

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Official Who Criticized Homeland Security Is Out of a Job:

The man who has issued many critical reports about the mismanagement and security flaws at the Department of Homeland Security was told Wednesday night that he was out of a job.
abcnews.go.com/WNT/Investigation/story?id=316582&page=1

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Please, Sir, May I Have Some Armor?:

We’re used to hearing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld answer questions about things that went wrong in Iraq by saying they went right. When he does that to reporters, it’s annoying. When he does it to troops risking their lives in his failed test of bargain-basement warfare, it’s outrageous.
www.nytimes.com/2004/12/09/opinion/09thu2.html?ex=
1260334800&en=bf27a79d748cd0f0&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

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‘Kill everyone and everything’:

I mean honestly, it seems to me that Bush and his cronies are killing, at least figuratively, someone or something new. Continually. It’s all I can do to keep up with it.
207.44.245.159/article7451.htm

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British Agents Lose Musharraf Dossier :

Someone on a London street picked up a lost dossier full of secret information about Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s whereabouts and plans for protecting the important ally during his visit to Britain this week, London’s Metropolitan Police said.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4661215,00.html

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Doctor backs off Yushchenko ‘poisoning’ comment :

The doctor who said Ukraine’s opposition leader, Viktor Yushchenko, was disfigured by poison is now backtracking — and his boss is completely rejecting those reports.
www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/
1102522408933_97931608?hub=World

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Social Security will be destroyed under the guise of `fixing’ it:

Social Security has served the nation well for 70 years and will continue to do so unless ideologues ruin it in the name of “fixing” it.
www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-041209
0122dec09,1,5071493.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

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Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2004

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War Crime

by Paul Craig Roberts

If Saddam Hussein is a “mass murderer,” what does that make President Bush and those who reelected him?
207.44.245.159/article7437.htm

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Afraid To Look in the Moral Abyss

by James Carroll

The main horror of what the “coalition” is doing is not a matter of the occasional soldier who, in the heat of battle, commits a war crime, but the steady destruction rained on cities, villages, the Iraqi people. This violence is wreaked calmly, from a distance, within the rules of engagement.

The war itself is the American war crime. But that is lost in the “normalcy” of the news.
207.44.245.159/article7436.htm

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The Inevitable Triumph of Progressive Thought

Manuel Valenzuela

Modern civilization, with all its faults, all its violence and wars, all its inhumanity, its inequality and injustice, is not perfect, but it is progressive and it is leading us, however slowly, towards a better place, a better humanism.
207.44.245.159/article7430.htm

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US Marine claims unit killed Iraqi civilians:

A former US Marine said his unit killed more than 30 innocent Iraqi civilians in just two days, in graphic testimony to a Canadian tribunal probing an asylum claim by a US Army deserter.
207.44.245.159/article7431.htm

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AWOL Soldier Says He Didn’t Want To Be War Criminal:

An American seeking to become the first U.S. soldier granted refugee status in Canada after refusing to serve in Iraq told immigration officials Tuesday that the Army was drilling its soldiers to think of all Arabs and Muslims as potential terrorists.
www.wjactv.com/news/3981703/detail.html

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U.S. soldier accused of killing wounded Iraqi to be court-martialed :

A U.S. tank company commander accused of killing a critically injured Iraqi driver for radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr will be court-martialed, an Army spokesman said Tuesday.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20041207-1249-germany-us-soldiercharged.html

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Memos Say 2 Officials Who Saw Prison Abuse Were Threatened:

When the two objected to the treatment, they were threatened and told to keep quiet by other military interrogators.
207.44.245.159/article7432.htm

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Memo Ordered Silence in Iraqi Abuse Case :

U.S. special operations forces accused of abusing prisoners in Iraq warned defense intelligence personnel not to talk about the alleged mistreatment they saw, according to a government memo to a top adviser of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
207.44.245.159/article7432.htm

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Britain ‘complicit in offences at Guantanamo Bay’:

The first British lawyer to visit the American detention centre at Guantanamo Bay accused Foreign Office officials yesterday of complicity in an offence against humanity.
207.44.245.159/article7434.htm

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FBI questions Gitmo interrogation techniques:

FBI agents witnessed “highly aggressive” interrogations of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in 2002, and warned the same questionable techniques could have been used in Iraq after the Abu Ghraib prison scandal broke, according to FBI documents obtained by The Associated Press and the American Civil Liberties Union.
www.dailybulletin.com/Stories/0,1413,203~21481~2582259,00.html

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Tortured principles:

YEARS FROM now, the mistreatment of Afghan war detainees at Guantanamo and Iraqi war detainees at Abu Ghraib will likely rank with the internment of Japanese-American civilians in World War II as a violation of the nation’s principles. Congress must act to steer the nation back toward compliance with the Geneva Conventions and US law.
www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/
editorials/articles/2004/12/06/tortured_principles/

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Suicide bomber kills three:

THREE Iraqis were killed today when a suicide car bomber attacked a US. convoy in the northern city of Samarra, a local police official said.
dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story.jsp?sectionid=1274&storyid=2356298

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Militants behead Iraqi soldier:

AN Iraqi National Guard soldier was beheaded and his body dumped south of Baghdad, a hospital official said today.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_
page/0,5744,11633799%255E1702,00.html

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Iraq Insurgents Attack U.S. Troops, Convoy :

Insurgents launched a string of assaults around the city of Samarra on Wednesday, trading gunfire with U.S. forces, attacking a U.S. convoy, and blowing up a police station after looting its armory, officials said.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=540&ncid
=736&e=1&u=/ap/20041208/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

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Fighting Rages in Iraq’s Rebel-Held Ramadi:

Fighting raged between rebels controlling the western Iraq town of Ramadi and U.S. Marines Wednesday after two Iraqis were killed in clashes following a suicide car bomb attack, witnesses said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7028508

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Iraq faces descent into chaos, says CIA chief :

The classified assessment was sent to CIA headquarters in Virginia late last month as the officer ended a year-long tour in Iraq. It was bolstered by a similar assessment from a second CIA officer, Michael Kostiw, who serves as a senior adviser to the agency chief, Porter Goss.
207.44.245.159/article7435.htm

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Russia questions Iraq poll:

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Iraq’s interim prime minister that elections planned for 30 January are unimaginable.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/ACBEDECE-
4061-42BB-AC1A-44309B304FCD.htm

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Demands grow for Iraq death count :

Forty-six eminent figures including military men, ex-diplomats and bishops have written to Tony Blair urging an inquiry into civilian deaths in Iraq
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/4076993.stm

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Ten Things Progressives Should Know About the United Nations Oil-for-Food Scandal
www.commondreams.org/views04/1208-21.htm

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Rumsfeld Gets Earful From Disgruntled Troops:

After delivering a pep talk designed to energize troops preparing to head for Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld got a little “talking to” himself from disgruntled soldiers.
www.thekcrachannel.com/news/3980364/detail.html

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Families fear isle Guard not equipped:

Hawaii Army National Guard soldiers at Fort Bliss, Texas, who are preparing for a yearlong mission in Iraq have not been issued proper cold weather gear or proper training equipment, family members say.
starbulletin.com/2004/12/08/news/story2.html

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Homeless Iraq vets showing up at shelters:

U.S. veterans from the war in Iraq are beginning to show up at homeless shelters around the country, and advocates fear they are the leading edge of a new generation of homeless vets not seen since the Vietnam era.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041207-121848-6449r.htm

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Amnesty: Rapes in War Zones Not Punished:

Women and girls in war zones suffer rape and violent abuse while offenders escape punishment, Amnesty International said a report released Wednesday.
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-
amnesty-women-combat,0,3929186.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

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Is Bush the Antichrist?

The Christian right and the Christian left are engaged in a debate over who ‘owns’ Jesus˜and whether Dubya is a force for good or evil.
www.seattleweekly.com/features/0449/041208_news_antichrist.php

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Maureen Farrell: “God Is With Us”: Hitler’s Rhetoric and the Lure of “Moral Values”:

One might expect regular citizens to be ignorant of history, but a Supreme Court Justice? Does he imagine that the phrase “Gott mit Uns” was a German clothier’s interpretation of “Got Milk”?
www.buzzflash.com/farrell/04/12/far04041.html

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There Has Been a Fascist Coup in This Country:

The neo-con imperial strategy towards the Arab world is distinctive. It basically involves—at least in the mind of its American Likudnik designers— fighting a proxy war for Israel in the Mideast. This has been the dream of Israeli Likudniks since Oded Yinon first articulated it in 1982
www.coastalpost.com/04/12/06.htm

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Israeli soldiers ‘shoot boy for fun’:

A group of Israeli soldiers serving in the Gaza Strip have reportedly admitted killing a 15-year-old Palestinian in Khan Yunus for sport.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A4BD8038-8970-4542-9E9C-E4FD18C11051.htm

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148 unarmed Palestinians killed in West Bank in 2004:

The Israeli army said on Wednesday that a total of 148 unarmed Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank this year.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/09/content_2310837.htm

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Sharon praises soldiers :

“Israel Defense Force soldiers are most ethical in their operations, compared to any other army I know of in the world,‰ Sharon told reporters Wednesday,
www.jta.org/brknews.asp?id=129265

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– Warning! –

Scenes Of Israeli Massacre In Qana 1996:

– Warning! – This video of an Israeli Massacre of Palestinian & Lebanese civilians in April of 96 is very graphic and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

– Warning! –
207.44.245.159/quana_01_19_03.htm

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US accuses Israel of industrial spying:

The FBI, the US Army and security organizations charge that official Israeli representatives visiting factories and weapons exhibitions in the United States attempted to collect secret information about American technologies
www.securitynewswire.com/cgi-bin/news8.cgi?target=j241526422

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Advance U.S. — not Israel’s — interests:

Democrats should seize the moment to champion Middle East policies that actually advance U.S. — not Israeli — interests.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/202721_provoke08.html

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Is Iran Next?

Tehran’s nukes a global threat, Israeli warns:

Iran’s relentless pursuit of a nuclear weapon is the biggest danger facing Israel, the Middle East and the world, a senior foreign-policy adviser to the Israeli government said yesterday.
washingtontimes.com/world/20041206-100256-5889r.htm

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Ukraine parliament backs reforms :

Ukraine’s parliament has passed a wide-ranging reform bill, paving the way for a 26 December re-run of the disputed presidential election.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4077313.stm

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Austria confirms Yushchenko was poisoned:

Specialists in Britain, the United States and France helped to establish it was a biological agent, a chemical agent or, most likely, a rare poison that struck him down.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041208-080607-5383r.htm

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Doctors seek cause of Yushchenko illness

Experts trying to determine why Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko fell seriously ill during the presidential election campaign are testing several poisoning theories, but there’s no conclusive evidence about what caused the disease, doctors said Wednesday.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apeurope_story.asp?
category=1103&slug=Austria%20Yushchenko

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Ohio election fraud uproar blasting to new level:

The bitter battle over the stolen November 2 election in Ohio has turned into a rapidly escalating all-out multi-front war with the outcome of the real presidential vote count increasingly in doubt.
www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2004/975

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Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004

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Nine killed in Taliban attack in Afghanistan:

At least six Taliban fighters and three soldiers were killed in Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Khost
www.deepikaglobal.com/latestnews.asp?ncode=23138

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5 Die in Renewed Gaza Fighting:

Four Palestinian resistance fighters and an Israeli occupation soldier were killed Tuesday in the heaviest Gaza fighting since Yasser Arafat’s death
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=308014

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Road Bomb Near Baghdad Kills 3 Iraqi National Guardsmen :

-A roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi National Guard patrol south of Baghdad, killing three guardsmen and wounding 11, an official said Tuesday.
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U.S. Soldier Killed in Baghdad
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty
_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20041210.txt

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Five more American troops killed in Anbar province:

Gunmen firing automatic weapons roamed Baghdad’s streets today within blocks of the country’s most fortified facilities, including the U.S. Embassy and the headquarters of Iraq’s interim government.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/headline/world/2933440

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Two Churches in Mosul Bombed:

The religious denominations of the churches were not immediately clear.
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-
iraq-churches-bombed,0,6139061.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

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2 C.I.A. Reports Offer Warnings on Iraq’s Path:

Together, the appraisals, which follow several other such warnings from officials in Washington and in the field, were much more pessimistic than the public picture being offered by the Bush administration before the elections scheduled for Iraq next month, the officials said.
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Shiites plan autonomous region:

ABOUT 600 leaders from central Iraq’s Shiite Muslim provinces announced plans to begin setting up their own autonomous region, following a meeting today in the holy city of Najaf.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11614754^1702,00.html

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Putin: Conditions not right for Iraqi elections:

President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he could not imagine how Iraqi elections scheduled for Jan. 30 could be held under current conditions.
www.journalstar.com/articles/2004/12/07/nation/doc41b6006209aa6793310020.txt

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Fear US losing its grip:

REPUBLICAN Senator John McCain has criticised the Pentagon for failing to stabilise Iraq, and has refused to endorse the reappointment of Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,11608346%255E663,00.html

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FBI witnessed Guantanamo ‘abuse’:

Including a female interrogator grabbing a detainee’s genitals and bending back his thumbs. One US Marine told an FBI observer that some interrogations led to prisoners “curling into a foetal position on the floor and crying in pain,” according to the letter dated July 14, 2004.
207.44.245.159/article7427.htm

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Molly Ivins: Drop the euphemisms – it’s not ‘tantamount to torture’; it’s torture
www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_2481208

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Navy says tactics seen in latest torture photos OK:

Preliminary findings of a military inquiry suggest that some of the recently published photographs of Navy special forces capturing detainees in Iraq were taken for legitimate intelligence-gathering purposes and showed commandos using approved procedures
abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=307137

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A Real American Hero: One sailor protests Iraq war, refuses to board ship:

“I know other people are feeling the same way I am, and I’m hoping more people will stand up,” he said. “They can’t throw us all in jail.”
www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20041206-1325-ca-iraq-sailorsprotest.html

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U.S. soldier who left his unit seeks refugee status in Canada, calls war in Iraq illegal
cbsnewyork.com/international/Canada-WarResister-ai/resources_news_html

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Yesterday’s draft dodgers help today’s war resisters:

War can turn strangers into brothers. It’s true if they’re fighting it, and it’s true if they’re resisting it, as Vietnam War resisters resettled in this Canadian province know.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/202432_resist06.html

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Dahr Jamail : So much loss∑:

There are no words to describe the sadness, nor the hopelessness felt, when meeting with a family left behind when their 30 year-old father was shot by US forces this past Fall.
dahrjamailiraq.com/weblog/archives/dispatches/000151.php#more

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War pimp washes his hands:

Charles Krauthammer: This is their civil war
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1367968,00.html

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Ray McGovern : All Mosquitos, No Swamp; No Elephants Either :

“We are seen as a hypocritical bully in the Middle East and we have to stop!‰
www.commondreams.org/views04/1205-09.htm

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Rich kids go to college, poor ones to Baghdad :

The Bush administration signed the No Child Left Behind Act in January 2002 – which it hailed as an important social initiative. In the small print is a provision that threatens the withdrawal of federal funding from any high school which refuses to provide students’ details to military recruiters
207.44.245.159/article7429.htm

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UN atom chief certain North Korea has made fuel for 4 to 6 bombs :

The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency says he is now certain that the nuclear material his agency once monitored there has been converted into fuel for four to six nuclear bombs.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2004/12/06/news/nuke.html

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Ukraine: Lawmakers reach compromise on election:

As international observers mediated talks in Kiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against foreign interference in the new ballot and suggested the opposition was seeking power at any price.
www.sfexaminer.com/article/index.cfm/i/120704b_ukraine

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Powell Clashes With Russians Over Western Role in Ukraine:

Colin L. Powell dived into an unusually rancorous rhetorical battle with Russian leaders over Ukraine and regional politics today, denying Russian suggestions that the United States and other Western nations were interfering in the Ukrainian elections.
www.nytimes.com/2004/12/07/international/middleeast/07cnd-powe.html

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The price of People Power :

The Ukraine street protests have followed a pattern of western orchestration set in the 80s. I know – I was a cold war bagman
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1367965,00.html

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U.S. payments to Pinochet detailed in bank papers :

General Augusto Pinochet, the former Chilean dictator, received multimillion-dollar payments from the governments of several countries, including the United States, during his 25-year tenure as Chile’s ruler and military chief, according to documents uncovered during a U.S. Senate committee investigation
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2004/12/07/news/chile.html

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Syrian President Makes Peace Overtures :

The Israeli and U.S. response has been lukewarm, with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon insisting last week that Syria first must crack down on militants.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=540&ncid=
736&e=6&u=/ap/20041206/ap_on_re_mi_ea/syria_seeking_peace

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Serious Suspicion that Israeli Occupation Force Executed an Unarmed and Injured Palestinian
www.btselem.org/English/Press_Releases/2004/041206.asp

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Report: Israel biased against non-Jews:

Israel prevents some non-Jewish families from living together
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/78E9FD35-D047-47FC-A0D1-A12D7A6E8BD2.htm

snipurl.com/b6xt

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Free Trip To Israel:

Since 1982, JINSA has sponsored an annual trip to Israel for recently retired American Admirals and Generals. These officers, although no longer on active duty, are selected because they are still connected to the American security establishment.
www.jinsa.org/about/programs/programs.html

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American Fantasies:

Government statistics keep telling us that the national income is rising, but the average American family today, with both parents working their butts off, is spending 75 percent of its disposable income on housing, food and transportation, compared with less than 50 percent of income back in 1960
www.counterpunch.org/lindorff12072004.html

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Bush committed to Social Security overhaul:

Even if it means piling up huge new government debt to pay for the transition to a partially privatized system.
www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/nation/10356424.htm

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Paul Krugman: Inventing a Crisis:

Privatizing Social Security – replacing the current system, in whole or in part, with personal investment accounts – won’t do anything to strengthen the system’s finances. If anything, it will make things worse. Nonetheless, the politics of privatization depend crucially on convincing the public that the system is in imminent danger of collapse, that we must destroy Social Security in order to save it.
207.44.245.159/article4728.htm

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‘Just pretend you’re Canadian’ :

An American T-shirt company has a solution for their fellow citizens who want to vacation in Europe without having to answer questions about United States politics – pose as Canadians.
www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1632301,00.html

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45 Million Children To Die in Next Decade Due to Rich Countries’ Miserliness :

Unless the world’s wealthiest countries comply with their past pledges, some 45 million children in the worlds poor countries will die needlessly over the next decade, according a new report released Monday by British-based development group, Oxfam.
www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1206-06.htm

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Grateful Child: Lay Down Your Guns.
www.gratefulchild.org/projects/gcweb/gc/html/stories_opinions/greenpeace.html

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Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004

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Eric Margolis: Uncle Sam has his own gulag:

Behaving like the Soviet secret police won’t make America safer
207.44.245.159/article7418.htm

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The Good Germans

John S. Hatch

American foreign policy (and often domestic as well) has been so savage as to shock the world. Yet the average American seems to care as little as the average German did about the Third’s Reich’s crimes against humanity or the Holocaust. Didn’t know, didn’t care or-liked it very much. ‘We’ are empire! Therefore ‘we’ are a priori justified in anything we do. Rules only apply to lesser nations, lesser beings.
207.44.245.159/article7424.htm

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Client State

By Chris Floyd

No wonder they prefer voluntary servitude — and manufactured outrage, and Idiotspeak, and witless diversion — to the true moral values of responsibility and dissent. It would cost too much — in money, comfort and self-righteousness — to stand against the system. And so the machine keeps grinding on, fed by slaughter, greed and guilt.
207.44.245.159/article7425.htm

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The US does eliminate those who dare to count the dead

By Naomi Klein

Dear Mr Johnson, On November 26, your press counsellor sent a letter to the Guardian taking strong exception to a sentence in my column of the same day. The sentence read: “In Iraq, US forces and their Iraqi surrogates are no longer bothering to conceal attacks on civilian targets and are openly eliminating anyone – doctors, clerics, journalists – who dares to count the bodies.” Of particular concern was the word “eliminating”.
207.44.245.159/article7414.htm

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Gunmen Storm US Consulate in Jeddah, 12 killed
www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-12/06/article06.shtml

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Iraq: More than 90 people killed in the last three days:

U.N. special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi warned that credible elections cannot be held Jan. 30 under current conditions.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=10726

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Anti Occupation Forces Kill 21 in North Iraq :

Iraqi Resistance ambushed a bus full of Iraqis occupation collaborators, killing 17 civilians and wounding 13 in Tikrit on Sunday, while a car bomb and a gun attack killed four members of the Iraqi security forces elsewhere in northern Iraq.
www.kfmb.com/stories/story.1119.html

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Three Soldiers killed in two separate incidents
www.cjtf7.com/media-information/December/041206d.htm

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Four U.S. Troops, 16 Others Killed in Iraq
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4654545,00.html

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A Daily Look at U.S. Iraq Military Deaths :

As of Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, at least 1,269 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003. The AP count is nine higher than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated at 10 a.m. EST Friday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4653952,00.html

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Iraqi Red Crescent ordered from Fallujah:

The IRC distributed food, water and blankets to around 1,500 people in the city, whose population was around 300,000 before a massive assault by US-led forces began on November 8.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200412/s1258441.htm

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Baghdad worse than ever: Australia’s Defence Minister: :

ROBERT Hill has learnt first-hand the new perils involved in visiting strife-torn Baghdad.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11597627%255E401,00.html

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U.N. Envoy Says Iraq Is a ‘Mess’:

Lakhdar Brahimi tells a paper that he doubts it is possible to hold an election amid the violence. Two car bombs leave 14 people dead.
207.44.245.159/article7423.htm

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Ex-CIA official: We will lose terror war:

The United States will ultimately lose the war on terror because of its policies in the Middle East and because of concerns over the human rights of militants worldwide, the former head of the CIA’s team that hunted Osama bin Laden said Friday.
207.44.245.159/article7416.htm

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US admits the war for Œhearts and minds‚ in Iraq is now lost :

THE Pentagon has admitted that the war on terror and the invasion and occupation of Iraq have increased support for al-Qaeda, made ordinary Muslims hate the US and caused a global backlash against America because of the “self-serving hypocrisy‰ of George W Bush‚s administration over the Middle East.
207.44.245.159/article7415.htm

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Biden: US Losing Illegitimate Iraq War:

The Democratic Party’s top foreign policy expert in the Senate said Sunday that the U.S. is losing what he described as a war with “too little legitimacy” in Iraq
www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/12/5/124504.shtml

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McCain Criticizes Pentagon Over Iraq War:

Sen. John McCain is attacking the Pentagon’s approach to the war in Iraq, saying it’s letting Iraqi resistance take the initiative.
www.10news.com/news/3972508/detail.html

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Helen Thomas: Declare Victory And Leave:

Administration Claims Killing Leads To Peace
207.44.245.159/article7419.htm

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The upside to losing Iraq? An empire falls:

The United States has lost the war in Iraq, and that’s a good thing.
207.44.245.159/article7426.htm

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US military arrests Iraqi in charge of Sistani electoral list: aide :

“If he is not released, there will be serious consequences,” said the source, giving no reason for Yehya’s arrest in Baghdad.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=34645

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George Galloway : An enemy of the state :

As most British people now believe, the entire case for the war was based on falsehoods and lies. From the forged papers showing Iraq buying nuclear materials from Niger to the pulp fiction of the Campbell-Scarlett dossiers, one of the grossest deceptions in modern history has been practised upon us.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1365333,00.html

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Defining resistance:

Diaa Ali Khedr, head of the Iraqi National Guard (IRG) battalion in Samaraa, resigned from his job, together with 20 IRG soldiers. They said they quit in response to a fatwa issued by the Muslim Clerics Association prohibiting cooperation with the occupation forces in Iraq.
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/719/re8.htm

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Pictures: US Navy Seals Torturing Iraqis
www.alchahed.net/warcrimes/041204.htm

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“Torture” images showed “stupid” and “juvenile” behavior – but not necessarily a crime.
apnews.myway.com/article/20041203/D86OEJ7G0.html

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More coldblooded than Abu Ghraib:

An international law expert explains why the new Red Cross report on the Guantanamo prison camp is more disturbing than the U.S.-operated torture chambers in Baghdad.
207.44.245.159/article7420.htm

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The System Endures:

The worst aspect of the Abu Ghraib scandal is this: The system survived its public exposure. The Bush administration is vigorously prosecuting the lowly reservists depicted in the Abu Ghraib photos, while brazenly defending the larger process it established for extracting intelligence from prisoners.
207.44.245.159/article7422.htm

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Dahr Jamail : Fallujah as a “Model City‰:

They will set up “processing centers‰ on the outskirts of the city and compile a database of peoples‚ identities by using DNA testing and retina scans. Residents will then receive a badge which identifies them with their home address, which they must wear at all times.
dahrjamailiraq.com/weblog/archives/dispatches/000149.php#more

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Returning Fallujans will face clampdown:

Returning residents may find that the measures make Fallujah look more like a police state than the democracy they have been promised.
www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2004/12/05/returning_fallujans_will_face_clampdown/

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Falluja In Pictures: Suffer the little children.

– Warning – Graphic images depict the reality of operation Iraqi freedom
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/DF41B027-F523-494D-8A1F-4E59C5D2C0FB.htm

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Eric Margolis: Uncle Sam has his own gulag:

Behaving like the Soviet secret police won’t make America safer
207.44.245.159/article7418.htm

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Unembedded in Iraq:

This exclusive interview with un-embedded journalist Dahr Jamail reveals an almost unrecognizable picture of Iraq and its people
www.alternet.org/mediaculture/20669/

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Save us from the politicians who have God on their side:

These American hijackers have made the world a more dangerous place
207.44.245.159/article7421.htm

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State’s wounded vets at bottom for benefits :

Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Derrig was fixing a dented .50-caliber machine-gun round outside one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces when the bullet exploded. The blast cut through his hand, blew out an eye and scattered shrapnel over the 18-year-old.
www.suntimes.com/special_sections/veterans/cst-nws-wvets03.html

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The way our country treats returning soldiers is a national shame :

Is it easier to support the mythical, invisible image of a brave soldier fighting for “glory” and “freedom” than it is to support the very real limbless, psychologically damaged or lifeless person returning from Iraq?
www.citizen-times.com/cache/article/editorial/71703.shtml

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Oh, What A Lucky Man, He Was….:

Back in his home town, the news of the returning war hero was all the rage. The local patriots decided to show their appreciation and they refurbished his home. Companies donated money, folks pitched in and worked together. It was a grand sight! Tony’s home was made to look brand new.
www.lewrockwell.com/rogers/rogers109.html

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Putin lashes out at the U.S.:

Russian President Vladimir Putin sharply criticized the United States, accusing it of a double-standard in fighting terrorism and questioning whether any election in Iraq can be democratic when fighting is raging in the country.
www.omaha.com/index.php?u_pg=54&u_sid=1276179

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War on Terror Fans Anti-Christian Feelings: Vatican :

Anti-Christian sentiments are running high in Muslim countries and other parts of the world because of the US-led so-called war on terrorism, the Vatican warned.
www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-12/04/article05.shtml

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Whistle-Blower Crackdown Spreads:

A judge is ordering government workers to waive their confidentiality agreements with journalists.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6630166/site/newsweek/

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UN Oil for Food ‘Scandal’:

The CIA’s Duelfer report may have confirmed the gross falsity of the WMD claims invoked by the Bush Administration to justify its war against Iraq, but it has also triggered a feeding frenzy in the growing attacks against the United Nations.
www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20041206&s=gordon

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Democracy and elections in the Palestinian territories:

Henry Lowi likens the upcoming Palestinian elections to prisoners
electing representatives to interact with the prison administration over the conditions of their incarceration and outlines the role of Israeli peace activists in this “election” period.
www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/hlowi3.htm

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Israel’s new road plans condemned as ‘apartheid’ :

Israel has released plans for the upgrade of roads and construction of 16 tunnels which would create an ‘apartheid’ road network for Palestinians in the West Bank.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1366855,00.html

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Vanunu: Israeli nukes push atomic arms race:

Nuclear spy Mordechai Vanunu said Sunday that Israel’s atomic weapons are pushing other countries in the Middle East to develop similar arms.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1102220768187

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Israel: 1 in 5 troops behave badly at roadblocks :

Some 20 percent of IDF soldiers join the army with the preconception that Arab lives are worth less than Jewish lives – and subsequently behave improperly at roadblocks,
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/510815.html

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When Jewish loyalty meets the brutality of Israel
www.smh.com.au/news/Robert-Manne/When-Jewish-loyalty-meets-the-brutality-of-Israel/2004/12/05/1102182154280.html

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Secret Intelligence and the ‘War on Terror’:

Fear of Saddam Hussein’s illusory weapons of mass destruction was used by the President to frighten and intimidate Congress into voting for war. Kindness permits us to call this an honest mistake once, but only once. Next time we will have to conclude that the CIA can no longer be trusted, and matters will deteriorate from there.
www.nybooks.com/articles/17637

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James K. Galbraith: Apocalypse Not Yet:

Noted economist James K. Galbraith reflects on the falling dollar, the chiding from Beijing, and the response from Washington.
www.tompaine.com/print/apocalypse_not_yet.php

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Fox Will Become Main News Source For Clear Channel:

Under the terms of the five-year deal, which starts next year, as many as 172 of Clear Channel’s news and talk stations could eventually carry Fox’s radio service
online.wsj.com/article_email/article_print/0,,SB110229064974891515-IRje4NllaF3o5uuan2Gb6uJm4,00.html

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