Information Clearing House  Digest December 17-21 2004

Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2004

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Bush Approved Torture Techniques

FBI E-Mail Refers to Presidential Order Authorizing Inhumane Interrogation Techniques

Newly Obtained FBI Records Call Defense Department‚s Methods “Torture,” Express Concerns Over “Cover-Up” That May Leave FBI “Holding the Bag” for Abuses.
207.44.245.159/article7524.htm

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The End Of Warfare

AbhayY Mehta

Against the most heavily armed opponent in the history of War, Fallujah has still not let itself be “taken” to date. The mightiest military machine in history has met its match. A turning point in military affairs? The end of warfare, as practiced by the Americans – the application of overwhelming force to obtain a victory?
207.44.245.159/article7529.htm

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Attack on US troops is worst yet :

Eighteen US soldiers and six Iraqi civilians have been killed in an explosion at a US military base in Mosul, making it the worst single incident for the US military in Iraq.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4116487.stm

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US air strike on Iraqi town kills civilians:

US warplanes have launched air strikes on the Iraqi town of Hiyt, west of the capital, killing six Iraqi civilians and wounding nine others.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B3D9E267-
ECB2-4A16-B4BC-F5C84B57918C.htm

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Iraqi official shot dead in northern Iraq:

Taleb Ibrahim gunned down on his way to work in Baquba, bomb attack injures five US soldiers, Iraqi civilian near Hawija.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=12204

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Iraqi resistance hit north Iraq oil pipeline complex:

Anti occupation forces have set a complex of oil pipelines ablaze in northern Iraq but exports on the line had already been halted by a separate attack at the weekend, oil officials and witnesses said on Tuesday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/NUE122895.htm

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New bombing rocks Shia holy city :

A bomb has exploded on the western outskirts of Karbala, a day after car bombs there and in the sister shrine city of Najaf killed 66 people.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4819F215-
A404-4078-84F5-2B6A5242C2B6.htm

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U.S. using chemical weapons against civilians: Iraqi leader :

“The Americans are losing the war in Iraq and in their frustration have started using chemical weapons and napalm bombs on civilian populations,” alleges Khudur al-Azawi of the Iraq National Democratic Party.
www.thehindu.com/2004/12/21/stories/2004122104311200.htm

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Poll: Most Americans Think Iraq War Not Worth Fighting:

The survey found that 56 percent of the country now believes that the cost of the conflict in Iraq outweighs the benefits, while 42 percent disagreed. It marked the first time since the war began that a clear majority of Americans have judged the war to have been a mistake.
207.44.245.159/article7523.htm

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Last Hungarian soldiers leave Iraq:

“The soldiers are in now Kuwait and all will return home by Christmas,” ministry spokesman Istvan Bocskai said.
www.adn.com/24hour/iraq/story/1942690p-9916877c.html

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FBI Agents Complained of Prisoner Abuse, Records Say:

The FBI complained that military interrogators had gone beyond the restrictions of the Geneva Convention that prohibit torture; the agents cited Bush administration guidelines that permit the use of dogs and other techniques to harass prisoners.
207.44.245.159/article7530.htm

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Washington foresees prisoner abuse probe:

The White House says it expects a full investigation of prisoner abuses in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after new FBI memos described detainees facing beatings and having lit cigarettes placed in their ears.
207.44.245.159/article7525.htm

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Tribunal rules documents on Guantanamo detainee cannot be released as they could “damage international relations”:

I have been in the company of other detainees who were beaten while blindfolded and handcuffed. At one point, a group of detainees, including myself, were subjected to being randomly hit over a eight hour session while handcuffed and blindfolded.
logicvoice.blogspot.com/2004/12/tribunal
-rules-documents-on-guantanamo.html

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Donald Rumsfeld and the myths of war :

His failure to sign condolence letters should be a complaint at the bottom of a very long list
207.44.245.159/article7528.htm

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We’ doesn’t :

In March 2003, I was ordered to go to Iraq to “be all I can be” and fight for my country like other soldiers in the U.S. Army. Besides being in Iraq for one year for no reason, there was another thing that annoyed my fellow soldiers and me. That was the way President Bush used the word “we” when he talked about the sacrifices that soldiers are making, extending our stay in wartime and the reason we were there.
www.syracuse.com/opinion/poststandard/
letters/index.ssf?/base/opinion-4/1103535394177972.xml

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‘Political arrests’ in Iraq condemned :

The Arab National Forum has condemned the Iraqi interim government’s practice of arresting Iraqi politicians, handing them over to US forces and detaining people without charge.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3D099420-
1DF9-4A85-91C9-FB77DE99999C.htm

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Jordanian charged for criticising US:

Ali Hattar was accused of “provocation” and detained overnight after delivering a lecture critical of the US military and political involvement in the region, his lawyer said on Monday.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/890C8432-
9CF8-4FA9-BEC9-B7EDC2BEB782.htm

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 12/20/04:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
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Axing the International Criminal Court :

Outrageous details of Congress’s bloated spending bill for next year keep surfacing. The latest: An amendment on page 219 that prevents $2.5 billion in US foreign aid from reaching countries who have joined the International Criminal Court (ICC), but refused to specifically exempt US soldiers from the court’s jurisdiction.
www.thenation.com/blogs/outrage?bid=13&pid=2079

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Gwynne Dyer : Selling ballistic missile defense (BMD) and the myth of ‘rogue states’ :

The BMD system being deployed now probably couldn’t stop a single missile, and even the full system envisaged for 10 or 20 years down the road (if they can ever get the technology to work) could never stop an all-out Russian or Chinese attack.
www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_2491781

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Richard Vigurie and the Destruction of America:

Bush’s behavior has not only made enemies of the Arab and Muslim populaces, but as the neo-cons anger Russia and threaten North Korea and China in the areas of their hegemony, Bush may trigger a larger conflagration that will lead to a major attack on our mainland that will make 9/11 and Pearl Harbor look like child‚s play.
207.44.245.159/article7526.htm

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Why Blair’s trip will not succeed :

The US is too partisan to see that the Palestinians cannot give more
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1377773,00.html

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Settlers ignite uproar by comparing Gaza Strip pullout plan to Holocaust:

Some Jewish settlers said Tuesday they will be wearing orange Star of David patches similar to those the Nazis forced Jews to pin to their lapels in an escalation of protests against a planned Gaza Strip withdrawal.
cbs4.com/worldnews/Israel-InvokingtheHol-ai/resources_news_html

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US up in arms over Sino-Israel ties:

Israel’s relationship with its closest ally, the United States, seems to have hit a rough patch, with Washington apparently upset with Israel’s clandestine dealings with China.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FL21Ak01.html

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U.S. agrees to $25M `Gold Train’ settlement :

Hungarian Holocaust survivors allege that American Army officers during World War II plundered a trainload of family treasures that had been seized by the Nazis. U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz gave the sides 45 days to finalize details of the settlement.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/517040.html

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UK: Party leaders humiliated by ID card revolt:

The Government’s flagship plans for ID cards suffered a rebellion last night as more than a quarter of the Commons failed to turn up to vote for the Bill.
news.independent.co.uk/low_res/story.jsp?story=595135&host=3&dir=62

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Rep. Ron Paul: Is America becoming a police state? :

The question is no longer rhetorical. We are not yet living in a total police state, but it is fast approaching. The seeds of future tyranny have been sown, and many of our basic protections against government have been undermined.
www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul225.html

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America’s war on itself :

Bush’s wrecking tactics over climate change follow an established pattern of self-destruction
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1377871,00.html

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To afford a 2-bedroom apartment, you must earn $15.37 an hour:

A worker in Florida needs to earn $15.37 an hour — three times the U.S. minimum wage — to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment and utilities
www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/
sfl-arent21dec21,0,7830215.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

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Wall St. Lobby Quietly Tackles Social Security:

As President Bush prepares to disclose the details of his plan to funnel hundreds of billions of dollars of future Social Security funds into privately held investment accounts, Wall Street has begun a muted lobbying campaign
www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/
20041221/ZNYT01/412210416/1001/BUSINESS

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Paul Krugman on Social Security, the Decline of the Dollar and Healthcare:

New York Times columnist and Princeton economics professor, Paul Krugman discusses President Bush’s Social Security plan, the devaluation of the dollar and the healthcare debate
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/12/21/1535228

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Date: 20 December 2004

Disgraced by Silence

Editorial – The Los Angeles Times

When will the president respond to the cascading allegations of prisoner abuse by the military? A Marine guard in Iraq sprayed an alcohol-based liquid on a detainee, struck a match and ignited the prisoner, burning and blistering the man’s hands. Another Marine held wires from an electric transformer to a detainee’s shoulders, so that the man “danced as he was shocked,” according to military documents made public this month.
207.44.245.159/article7519.htm

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The Enemies Among Us

by Mike Whitney

The new Intelligence reform bill is a more stunning attack on the Bill of Rights than the Patriot Act. Most people have no idea how dramatically their “inalienable” rights have been savaged, or to what extent the Congress has sold them out. It’s no exaggeration to say that the foundation of personal liberty, guaranteed in the law, is cracking at the base. It’ll be a miracle if we can put it back together in time to pass it on to our children.
207.44.245.159/article7518.htm

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Push for Broader Presidential Powers:

By Michael Isikoff

A Justice Department lawyer may have been laying the groundwork for the Iraq invasion long before it was discussed publicly by the White House.
207.44.245.159/article7522.htm

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Five killed in Afghanistan attack:

FOUR policemen and a miliant were killed when insurgents attacked a security checkpoint in southern Afghanistan, the police have said.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11747666^1702,00.html

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Four killed in northern Iraq ambush:

Elsewhere, three Iraqis, including a woman, were killed in a string of attacks, police said.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/iraq/?id=12193

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Picture From Fallujah

A combo shows pictures released by the US Marines 18 December 2004 of a US soldier being hit by enemy fire while trying to pull a fatally wounded Marine to safety during battles in the restive city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad.
editorial.gettyimages.com/source/search/details_pop.aspx?iid=51877481&cdi=0

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Hiding the bodies:

Were 6 U.S. Marines Killed In Fallujah on the 17th: Read the second to last paragraph of this article.
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Bin Laden targets oil to bleed US:

Osama bin Laden claims to have bled the Soviet Union into bankruptcy as an Islamic guerrilla fighter in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Could he do the same to another hated superpower ˜ the US?
207.44.245.159/article7517.htm

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Iraq Pipeline Watch :

A statement circulated in Bayji said that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had blown up a pipeline, following orders from ‘’supreme commander Osama bin Laden’’.
www.iags.org/iraqpipelinewatch.htm

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Displaced Fallujah residents unsure of when they can return home:

“You should not believe it when they say the fighting has stopped,” Nasser Mehssen, 48, told IRIN.
www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=44734&
SelectRegion=Middle_East&SelectCountry=IRAQ

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Robert Fisk: There was screaming and shouting and crying.:

It was the insouciance, the absolute indifference of the British military press office in Basra that shocked me.
207.44.245.159/article7521.htm

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Saddam claims election is US plot:

Ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has urged his compatriots to unite against the US occupation and warned that upcoming elections were designed to divide the nation.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story
_page/0,5744,11746148%255E2703,00.html

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Patrick Cockburn : A poll governed by fear:

Millions will get no chance to vote, and the war will go on
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=594551

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Nearly 1,300 Lives Lost – And For What?:

What makes the death of this soldier particularly poignant is that only a short time ago he was back in Maple Shade on leave and made DVDs of himself reading his daughter bedtime stories. The videos remain as her introduction to a father she will never otherwise know.
www.commondreams.org/views04/1217-22.htm

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Deserters Are Heroes :

Today let us take the sad, sordid case of one George W. Bush. Our president. Love him or hate him, it was he and he alone who decided that our mighty armies should travel to Iraq and kill tens of thousands of people, most of whom were guilty of nothing more than being there.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/
2004/12/13/hsorensen.DTL&type=printable

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Slain Soldiers’ Kin Rip Robo-Rummy Letters :

The grieving families of New York soldiers killed in Iraq blasted Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld yesterday for letting a machine sign his name to condolence letters they got in the mail.
www.nydailynews.com/front/story/263808p-225884c.html

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Polish special forces back home:

POLISH special forces have ended their mission in Iraq where they took part in joint operations alongside US troops, the Polish military said today.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11750106%255E1702,00.html

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Eric Margolis: West has bloodied hands:

Who was the first high government official to authorize use of mustard gas against rebellious Kurdish tribesmen in Iraq? If your answer was Saddam Hussein’s cousin, the notorious “Chemical Ali” — aka Ali Hassan al-Majid — you’re wrong.
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/
Eric_Margolis/2004/12/19/790077.html

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Lawyers to resign over UK terror law:

“My role has been altered to provide a false legitimacy to indefinite detention without knowledge of the accusations being made and without any kind of criminal charge or trial.”
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/80A49E05-D6C3-4052-B9B8-99CBD046990B.htm

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Bin Laden’s New Message::

Scheuer says he was particularly alarmed by the video of al-Zawahiri, aired Nov. 29 on the Arabic TV network al-Jazeera, in which he offered a “final piece of advice for America … – “What bothered me is he said this is the ‘final’ time we’re going to raise this. “
www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101041227-1009880,00.html

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Believe it or not:

U.S. takes border war on the road: Boats being sunk near Ecuador:

U.S. counterterrorism officials have set up a high-seas gantlet deploying Coast Guard cutters off Latin America and arresting foreign nationals trying to leave their own countries.
www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~11676~2606736,00.html#

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Gordon Prather: Threatening Iran ˆ despite the evidence:

Director General Mohamed ElBaradei has just reported to the IAEA Board of Governors that after a year-long exhaustive and intrusive inspection he has ˆ to date ˆ found no evidence that Iran has ˆ or ever has had ˆ a nuke program.
mparent7777.blog-city.com/read/966343.htm

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Report: Iran says it has uncovered spy ring for Israel :

Iran said Sunday its intelligence services have uncovered a spy ring that collected intelligence information for Israel, according to a report by Israel Radio’s Persian language program.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/516450.html

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Bush says may step up Syria pressure:

President George W. Bush has said that the United States could step up diplomatic and economic pressure on Syria over interference in the election process in Iraq.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID
=641599&section=news&src=rss/uk/worldNews

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Uri Avnery: The mountain and the mouse:

Sharon’s “vision” for Israel and the Palestinians exposed
www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/uavnery110.htm

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Irish Nobel Peace Prize winner compares Israel to Nazi Germany
web.israelinsider.com/Articles/Diplomacy/4614.htm

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Israel: An entire village in the balance :

If the orders are carried out, the Ministry of the Interior will be able in another 35 days (the legal period for appeal) to erase the entire village from the face of the earth.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/516503.html

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Revealed: Haiti bloodbath that left dozens dead in jail :

Reed Lindsay is the only journalist to get into the Port-au-Prince prison since a riot three weeks ago when, it is said, guards executed inmates
observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1376873,00.html

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Freed Haitian Priest Gerard Jean-Juste:

Aristide Supporters “Are Not Only Targeted, We Are Being Chased”
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/12/20/154247

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The Coup Connection:

How an organization financed by the US government has been promoting the overthrow of elected leaders abroad
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Report: Congresswoman’s Family Profited:

Rep. Maxine Waters’ family members earned more than $1 million in the last eight years doing business with candidates, companies and causes she helped, a newspaper reported Sunday.
www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-congresswoman
-family,0,7583184.story?coll=sns-ap-politics-headlines

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Food stamp use is on rise across U.S.:

Since 2000, Gray and more than 6 million other Americans have joined the ranks of the families who find it increasingly difficult to perform a most basic function – to put food on their tables.
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Poll: Half of Americans Worry About Debts :

One-half of Americans say they worry about the money they owe, and many say they worry most of the time about their overall debts, an Associated Press poll found.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&e=5&u=/
ap/20041220/ap_on_re_us/consumer_debt_poll

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Report: U.S. Rentals Unaffordable to Poor :

– Most Americans who rely on just a full-time job earning the federal minimum wage cannot afford the rent and utilities on a one- or two-bedroom apartment, an advocacy group on low-income housing reported Monday.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&ncid=
718&e=5&u=/ap/20041220/ap_on_re_us/affordable_rent

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Earth-Hostile Chemical Gets White House OK :

The Bush administration announced new rules Thursday to allow U.S. farmers who grow tomatoes, strawberries and other crops to continue using methyl bromide, an ozone-depleting pesticide that had been scheduled to be phased out worldwide next year.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=544&ncid=693&e
=5&u=/ap/20041217/ap_on_go_pr_wh/methyl_bromide=102&
topic_id=1079661&mesg_id=1079661

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Weak dollar may threaten balance:

A weakening dollar is raising alarms.
www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/business/10452739.htm

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Our disappearing dollar:

Foreigners put up 90 percent of the $2 billion required every day to make sure Uncle Sam’s checks don’t bounce.
pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/opinion/columnists/guests/s_284616.html

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Arabs wary about dealing with US banks :

Wealthy Arabs, concerned about increased US scrutiny of their offshore bank accounts, are nervous about dealing with US banks and may seek safer havens if the conflict in Afghanistan spreads, bankers said Thursday.
www.dawn.com/2001/11/23/int8.htm

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NEWS For 12/19/04
www.informationclearinghouse.info/#12-19-04

Car bombs hit Karbala and Najaf, killing more than 60 people; three election workers killed in Baghdad ambush :

11 Palestinians Killed During Israeli Occupation Forces Invasion of Khan Yunis:

Two US contractors killed in Iraq:

‘U.S. Soldier Killed Iraqi Teenager after Sex’ :

US warplanes strike Falluja:

US threatening UN over Arab report:

Saddam bids to challenge case in US:

Interview: Pilger On The Media: Journalist, author and documentary filmmaker John Pilger talks to Antony Loewenstein about the media.

A System Bereft of Justice:

National ID Red Alert! :

And more
www.informationclearinghouse.info/#12-19-04

Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2004

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Almost Half of Americans Favor Restrictions on Muslims’ Rights

The Associated Press

Nearly half of all Americans believe the U.S. government should restrict the civil liberties of Muslim-Americans, according to a nationwide poll.

The survey conducted by Cornell University also found that Republicans and people who described themselves as highly religious were more apt to support curtailing Muslims‚ civil liberties than Democrats or people who are less religious.
207.44.245.159/article7510.htm

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Democracy Now! Exclusive

Conscientious Objector Witnessed Abuse, Killing of Iraqi Detainees at Abu Ghraib

In a Democracy Now! national broadcast exclusive, we speak with former Army Reserve Specialist Aidan Delgado. At Abu Ghraib, he witnessed U.S. soldiers abuse and killing of Iraqi detainees. Video and Transcript – Warning – This program contains graphic images
207.44.245.159/article7508.htm

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Only 7 More Killing Days Until Christmas
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Four Iraqis killed in US airstrike near Fallujah :

“The American airstrike killed four Iraqis, wounded five and burned six civilian cars
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/18/content_2349693.htm

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Iraqis killed in attack on polling station:

Two people have been killed and eight wounded in a mortar attack on an election office north of Baghdad, police and hospital sources said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F764D4BD-649D-4E19-A5BF-5863A6B1BE9A.htm

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Iraqi woman killed at US checkpoint:

Two of the woman’s relatives were wounded late on Friday night when US soldiers opened fire on their car. Police said the car failed to stop at a checkpoint in Iraq’s northern oil capital of Kirkuk.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3CDE0032-7D35-4777-BBC1-2B5FD3EBA702.htm

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American forces lose control of key city:

At the same time as the US was recapturing Fallujah in a heavily publicised assault it largely lost control of Mosul, Iraq’s northern capital.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=594312

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Sabotage Stops Iraq’s North Oil Exports:

Saboteurs blew up Iraq’s northern export pipeline for the second week in a row on Saturday, halting oil flows to Turkey’s Ceyhan port, oil officials said.
news.moneycentral.msn.com/breaking/breakingnews
article.asp?feed=OBR&Date=20041218&ID=4153795

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US marines do not recommend return of residents to Fallujah :

The US military cannot recommend to the Iraqi interim government the return of residents to Fallujah, where anti occupation forces are still holed out in the battle-scarred city.
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Marines Face More Cunning Foe in Fallujah :

American troops face sporadic but cunning resistance from insurgents as they sweep the city of Fallujah more than a month after U.S. and Iraqi forces invaded the militants’ stronghold, U.S. officials said Friday.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/iraq_fallujah

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Iraqis Face Winter Shivering by Candlelight:

As if the daily struggle to dodge bullets and bombings is not enough, many Iraqis now face a freezing winter shivering by candlelight as persistent attacks keep the power out for more than 12 hours a day.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7130280

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‘Chemical Ali’ And Iraq’s Defense Minister In Iraqi Court
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/12/8bb08e19-
d151-457b-9ba4-fdbdce263b06.html

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US military sees sharp fall in black recruits :

“Bush has two daughters. Let them go over and fight,” she added, to a chorus of “That’s not our war” from the others.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/12/
18/wus18.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/12/18/ixworld.html

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 12/17/04:

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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How Iran will fight back:

The United States and Israel may be contemplating military operations against Iran, as per recent media reports, yet Iran is not wasting any time in preparing its own counter-operations in the event an attack materializes
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FL16Ak01.html

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Russia may build 7 more reactors for Iran:

Russia may build seven more nuclear reactors for Iran, to cost a total $10 billion, Alexander Rumyantsev, head of the Federal Atomic Energy Agency, has announced.
en.rian.ru/rian/index.cfm?prd_id=160&msg_id=
5225037&startrow=1&date=2004-12-17&do_alert=0

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Iran: Woman to Be Buried Up to Chest and Stoned to Death :

An Iranian woman charged with adultery faces death by stoning in the next five days after her death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court last month. Her unnamed co-defendant is at risk of imminent execution by hanging.
www.amnesty.org.uk/news/press/15825.shtml

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Yushchenko ‘given Agent Orange ingredient’ :

At the weekend, doctors at an Austrian clinic treating Mr Yushchenko confirmed that the dramatic transformation in his appearance – from healthy-faced to bloated and pockmarked – was due to dioxin poisoning.
www.guardian.co.uk/ukraine/story/0,15569,1376188,00.html

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US Congress probe into Yushchenko funding unlikely before Jan:

A probe into the possible funding of the election campaign of Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko with money from American taxpayers could be conducted in US Congress not earlier that in January, an aide to Texas Republic congressman Ron Paul, Jeff Dist, said on Wednesday.
www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=1567445&PageNum=0

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Secret Pinochet payments linked to BAE :

Sums of up to $5m (2.57m) are listed in Gen Pinochet’s bank records obtained by a Senate investigation in Washington.
www.guardian.co.uk/chile/story/0,13755,1376519,00.html

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US free press faces tough challenge:

Imprisoning journalists is typically associated with tyrannies and dictatorships, making it ironic that US judges in the past six months have threatened at least eight reporters with sanctions or jail time for not naming sources, said First Amendment Center Ombudsman Paul McMasters.
www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=18827

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U.S. accused of AIDS drug cover-up:

South Africa’s ruling party has accused top U.S. officials of treating Africans like guinea pigs amid questions over testing of a key HIV/AIDS drug before a U.S.-backed roll-out of the treatment across the continent.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=640658

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Bush overwhelmingly captures Catholic vote:

Catholics, who have become a closely watched swing vote, favored Bush over Democrat John Kerry by 52 percent to 47 percent, according to national exit polls. That is a turnaround from 2000, when Bush got 47 percent to Democrat Al Gore’s 50 percent.
www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/news/
special_packages/election2004/10122797.htm

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In case you missed it;

Katherine Yurica: Conquering by Stealth and Deception:

How the Dominionists Are Succeeding in Their Quest for National Control and World Power
207.44.245.159/article7512.htm

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Dominionist Dementia: What’s Jesus Got To Do With It?:

Jesus‚ compassion would hardly include going to war, let alone constructing a panoply of lies to justify doing so.
207.44.245.159/article7511.htm

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Another Iraq Casualty:

Nearly 900 U.S. Kids Lost a Parent in War:
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=90&e=16&u=/
ep/anotheriraqcasualtynearly900uskidslostaparentinwarscrippsfinds

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U.S. isn’t winning against Iraqi resistance, agencies warn:

The CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the State Department have warned President Bush that the United States and its Iraqi allies aren’t winning the battle against the Iraqi resistance, according to administration officials.
207.44.245.159/article7509.htm

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Fallujah not ready for return of civilians:

US military : Ongoing fighting between US marines and anti occupation forces in the former rebel bastion of Fallujah makes the imminent return of residents announced by the Iraqi government unlikely, US officers said yesterday.
snipurl.com/bgnm

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Iraq fears put pressure on Rumsfeld to quit :

Donald Rumsfeld is at the centre of a Republican firestorm over his handling of the war in Iraq, with pressure appearing to mount in Washington for him to quit as defence secretary.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1376372,00.html

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Terrorism? Resistance? Censorship!:

Defining ‘terrorism’ is harder than you’d think:

Peoples under foreign occupation have a right to resistance and a definition of terrorism should not override this right.”
peacepalestine.blogspot.com/2004/12/terrorism-resistance-censorship.html

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Casualties in Iraq: The Human Cost of Occupation
www.antiwar.com/casualties/

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US Accuses Israel of Spying; Second Charge in 4 Months:

Washington allegedly is so furious over the spying allegations that it has demanded the resignation of Amos Yaron, director general of Israel‚s Defense Ministry, according several news sources.
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=56174&d=17&m=12&y=2004

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Torture Begins at the Top :

A recently disclosed FBI memo indicates that “marching orders” to abandon traditional interrogation methods came from the defense secretary himself.
207.44.245.159/article7506.htm

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Corrected URL

I inadvertently posted this article in yesterday’s newsletter with the wrong URL. I have posted the correct URL below.

Rise of the Amerikan Nazis Part II

Democracy at Death‚s Doorstep

By Manuel Valenzuela

We have been tamed, like a wild stallion, broken, saddled and corralled, robbed of the freedom to roam America‚s plains, now faithful and obedient to our wicked masters, unwilling to take action, unwilling to resist and revolt, much like the Declaration of Independence asks us to do in times of tyranny, instead complacent in life, entertained by bread and circus, uncaring for our future, ignorant to our present, blind to the destruction of America being perpetrated by those in power. We are like zoo animals, encaged, depressed, controlled, conditioned, defeated.
207.44.245.159/article7499.htm

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Torture Begins at the Top

A recently disclosed FBI memo indicates that “marching orders” to abandon traditional interrogation methods came from the defense secretary himself.

By Joe Conason

Even after the shock of Abu Ghraib, these substantiated stories of cruelty, sadism and lawlessness are stunning.
207.44.245.159/article7506.htm

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Three Westerners killed in Mosul:

Insurgents have attacked a car carrying at least three Westerners in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, killing them and their Iraqi driver, and chopping off the head of one victim, local witnesses say.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID
=640276&section=news&src=rss/uk/worldNews

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Three People killed in Kirkuk:

Unprecedented missile attack on camp for Kurdish returnees in troubled oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/iraq/?id=12177

snipurl.com/bfzg

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Three Iraqi national guardsmen killed:

Three Iraqi national guardsmen, who were on their way home, were killed in an ambush in the Abu Ghraib neighbourhood west of Baghdad.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/37EAD0E0-5DC1-4CE4-85C4-8D8C98516584.htm

snipurl.com/bfzi

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Iraq rebels gun down minister:

AN Iraqi government minister has been shot dead in Baghdad, fuelling fears that the insurgency will escalate out of control in the build-up to elections.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11720130^2703,00.html

snipurl.com/bfzj

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One Marine killed in action:

One Marine assigned to the I Marine Expeditionary Force was killed in action Thursday, December 16 while conducting security and stabilization operations in the Al Anbar Province.
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20041220.txt

snipurl.com/bfzk

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Several Turkish embassy guards killed in Iraqi attack :

Several Turkish embassy guards, on their way from Turkey to the Iraqi capital Baghdad, were killed Friday in an armed attack on a road in Mosul, the Turkish foreign ministry said.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/122885/1/.html

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U.S. Soldier Faces Charges for Killing:

An Army officer was arraigned Friday on charges in connection with the killing of a critically wounded Iraqi who worked as a driver for the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, a military spokesman said.
www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/news/world/10440646.htm

snipurl.com/bfzm

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Judges’ verdict on terror laws provokes constitutional crisis :

A scathing law lords judgment condemning the indefinite detention of foreign terror suspects as a threat to the life of the nation left anti-terrorist laws in tatters yesterday.
www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1375684,00.html

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Law lords condemn Blunkett’s terror measures:

‘The real threat to the life of the nation, in the sense of a people living in accordance with its traditional laws and political values, comes not from terrorism but from laws such as these’ – Lord Hoffmann – in yesterday’s judgment
207.44.245.159/article7500.htm

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HOUSE OF LORDS: OPINIONS OF THE LORDS OF APPEAL FOR JUDGMENT IN THE CAUSE:

Read the judgment. pdf format
news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/terrorism/ukterror121604opn.pdf

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UK Keeps Terror Suspects in Jail, Despite Judgement:

The Law Lord judges ruled 8-1 in favor of the men whose imprisonment under draconian anti-terror laws, some for as long as three years, has become a cause celebre for rights activists who call their predicament “Britain’s Guantanamo Bay.”
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&ncid=
721&e=1&u=/nm/20041216/wl_nm/security_britain_dc

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CIA has prison within a prison at Guantanamo Bay :

Within the heavily guarded perimeters of the Defense Department’s Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, the CIA has maintained a jail for valuable al Qaeda captives that has never been mentioned in public, according to military officials and several current and former intelligence officers. Spy agency had been holding terror suspects in nations around the world
207.44.245.159/article7503.htm

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US guards abused me, claims Guantanamo Briton :

A Manchester man released from Guantanamo Bay told Europe‚s top human rights body today he was beaten, shackled, kept in a cramped cage and fed rotten food as part of “systematic abuse‰ while in American custody.
www.breakingnews.ie/2004/12/17/story180921.html

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Cuba Places Iraq Jail Abuse Photos at U.S. Mission:

Cuba on Friday put up two huge billboards in front of the U.S. mission with pictures of abused Iraqi prisoners, a swastika and the word “fascists” in bold red letters.
snipurl.com/bfzt

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Jim Lobe: Neo-cons on the road to Damascus:

Key neo-conservative opinion shapers are calling on President George W Bush to take stronger measures against Damascus, possibly including military action.
207.44.245.159/article7501.htm

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Rebels using Syria as base, general says:

A top U.S. Army general called on the government of President Bashar Assad to do more to stop the insurgency from being managed by Iraqis hiding in Syria.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002122362_iraqdig17.html

snipurl.com/bfzv

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Michael Schwartz : The failed US face of Fallujah:

With a few notable exceptions, the media have accepted the recent virtual news blackout in Fallujah. The ongoing fighting in the city, especially in “cleared” neighborhoods, is proving an embarrassment and so, while military spokesmen continue to announce American casualties, they now come not from the city itself but, far more vaguely, from “al-Anbar province”, of which the city is a part.
207.44.245.159/article7502.htm

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For faith and country: Iraqi resistance fights on :

Theirs is a story rarely told, a brief insight into the lives of thousands of Iraqi men who have spent the past 18 months fighting a costly guerrilla war against the most powerful army in the world. Rory McCarthy speaks to two fighters
207.44.245.159/article7504.htm

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An online archive of soldier’s photos:

– Warning – Contains graphic images depicting the reality of war.
www.undermars.com/gallery52.html

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Col. David Hackworth : Army recruiters face big challenge

Since this tragic war kicked off in March 2003, the United States has evacuated an estimated 50,000 killed or wounded in action and non-battle casualties from Iraq back to the States – leaving 50,000 slots that have had to be filled.
snipurl.com/bg0w

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Colombia Troops Being Sought for Iraq:

Recruiters working for U.S. contractors are hiring former Colombian soldiers – and luring away active-duty ones – for security jobs in Iraq, according to a former army officer who met with the recruiters.
www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/news/world/10437223.htm

snipurl.com/bfzw

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Election outcome might not please U.S.:

Shiite victory likely to take nation in Islamic direction
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/
12/16/MNG80ACOTR1.DTL&type=printable

snipurl.com/bfzy

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“I don‚t support this war‰

JUSTIN AKERS and NICOLE COLSON report on the U.S. government‚s latest schemes in its occupation of Iraq—and the growing discontent of U.S. soldiers sent to die for oil and empire.
www.socialistworker.org/2004-2/524/524_01_RefusedToGo.shtml

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 12/16/04:

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

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Six Palestinians killed in southern Gaza :

The Israeli army continued a military offensive in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, killing six Palestinians including one child
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/18/content_2349410.htm

snipurl.com/bg00

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8 die in attempted jail break in Afghanistan:

An official said Afghan soldiers killed two armed al-Qaeda prisoners who had barricaded themselves inside the Pul-e-Charki prison after overpowering and killing their guards.
www.rte.ie/news/2004/1217/afghanistan.html

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‘Osama’ tape tells Saudis: prepare for coup:

A MAN believed to be Osama bin Laden, speaking on a tape, urged his fighters to focus attacks on oil sites in the Gulf and Iraq and hailed the “terrorists” who attacked a US consulate in Saudi Arabia.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1405963,00.html

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Another bugging device found at UN headquarters:

The room was used by ministers from major powers last year during private talks on Iraq following the U.S. invasion and occupation.
www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=2&ObjectID=9003785

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Annan resists further Iraq pledge:

About 59 UN staff are now deployed in Iraq. Of those, 25 are electoral experts to assist in the 30 January poll. A 150-stong contingent of Fijian troops under UN control will provide security.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4102323.stm

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Bush snubs Annan during Washington visit :

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan was pressed Thursday to do more in Iraq, while at the same time he was being snubbed by the U.S. president.
www.mytelus.com/news/article.do?pageID=cbc/world_home&articleID=1795912

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Iraqi militants claim Italian aid worker was murdered as a ‘present to Berlusconi’ :

The blindfolded victim was displayed in the desert near the violent Sunni town of Ramadi, along with an Italian passport and a visa application letter that suggested he worked for a charity called Contact.
www.guardian.co.uk/italy/story/0,12576,1375741,00.html?gusrc=rss

snipurl.com/bg02

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Italian president blocks reforms :

Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi has defied Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government by vetoing a justice reform bill. Mr Ciampi refused to ratify the bill on Thursday, saying some of the reforms were “clearly unconstitutional”.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4102541.stm

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Helen Thomas: Pentagon says depleted uranium is harmless:

The Pentagon claims that American forces and Iraqis are not at risk from contact with depleted uranium, which is used in armor-piercing munitions and protective tank plating.
www.dailygate.com/articles/2004/12/16/opinion/opinion1.txt

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Video: Depleted Uranium Hazard Awareness:

Why Has Our Military Refused to Show This Training Video To Our Troops Now Serving In Iraq?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3581.htm

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Russian Forces in China? :

According to AP, quoting the official China News Service, the joint military exercises will be held in China. Russian forces in China for an exercise! Not too many years ago, one would have been laughed to scorn at the very suggestion, given the historical enmity between the two countries.
www.truthout.org/docs_04/printer_121704D.shtml

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African Union says Darfur is ‘timebomb’:

Huge quantities of arms and ammunition have poured into Sudan’s Darfur region in the last two weeks and the government is poised for a major military offensive, the African Union said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/05CD8DF6-DB6D-4071-94CD-B640EE29F367.htm

snipurl.com/bg03

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Rewriting History:

Indiana Jones leads Hollywood version of battle for Falluja :

The film promises to depict the story from the point of view of US soldiers and politicians; it seems unlikely that the plight of the Iraqis will figure too prominently in Hollywood’s take on the subject.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1375730,00.html?gusrc=rss

snipurl.com/bg05

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‘It’s only a piece of cloth’ :

Wearing a headscarf is no big deal… unless you happen to be a Muslim, in which case this simple piece of cloth arouses opinions, hostile glances and worse.
observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,6903,1371871,00.html

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Jack Dalton: Raped, then Raped Again:

The Continued Plight of 1st LT Jennifer Dyer
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7497.htm

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Margaret Kimberley: The Right Wing Hates America :

They are the first to wave the flag and loudly proclaim their love of country. They are also the first to stab their country men and women in the back when it suits them.
207.44.245.159/article7505.htm

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Paul Krugman: Buying Into Failure:

As the Bush administration tries to persuade America to convert Social Security into a giant 401(k), we can learn a lot from other countries that have already gone down that road.
snipurl.com/bg08

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Police charge Fort Stewart soldier with staging shooting to avoid Iraq:

Police arrested a Fort Stewart, Ga., soldier Thursday after he allegedly had his cousin shoot him so he wouldn’t have to return to Iraq.
www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/news/politics/10433554.htm

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