August 2003 — Information Clearing House Archive
For the Month of August 2003 – Part 3
[From the Archives. I’ve been archiving ICH digests since 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]
Blair’s 45-minute claim on Iraq was hearsay:
Tony Blair’s headline-grabbing claim that Iraq could deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes of an order to do so was based on hearsay information.
N. Korea regime change next?
“Russia and China have an identical vision of the situation” and that Russia and China may offer DPRK security guarantees “if guarantees established by the United States fail to meet North Korea’s expectations to the full.”
Iran Defies US with Plan for Second Nuclear Plant:
State television said on Wednesday that plans for a second reactor had been approved, but it did not report the size of the plant.
Iran refutes Russian media on Iranian nuclear ambitions:
Iran-Pak strategic ties key to confronting US challenges:
“Tehran and Islamabad should forge a cooperation in strategic areas to face possible US misadventures in the changed regional and global scene,”
In case you missed it:
Bush lists 7 nations as potential Nuclear targets
The secret report, which was provided to Congress Jan. 8, says the Pentagon needs to be prepared to use nuclear weapons against China, Russia, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Iran and Libya. It says the weapons could be used “in the event of surprising military developments.”
Inside the Iraqi Resistance:
What seems clear is that the US has not begun to grasp the depth of Iraqi resentment and continues to feed the anger.
Afghan Resistance Takes Shape:
The Front is recruiting fighters from around the world – and especially from Pakistan and the Central Asian republics – to become its new martyrs on the killing fields of Afghanistan.
The Chains of Seduction:
It’s an age-old conundrum for rulers everywhere. How can those who govern keep those who are governed from the levers of power?
Saudis to interrogate 12000 suspects at the behest of the United States, a Saudi opposition group has said.
No one escaped unscathed in week of dramatic twists and turns:
Martin Howard, an intelligence chief, gave evidence that the Prime Minister had personally intervened in the case of David Kelly.
2 more GI’s wounded in attack in central Iraq
A Must Read
Smoking Gun: The CIA’s Interest in Peak Oil
A recently declassified CIA document casts new light on some of the most significant geopolitical events of the past quarter century. A Must Read
A Must Read
My country appears guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of what I cannot help but consider at the very least irresponsible, at the very most criminal conduct both at home and abroad. A Must Read
Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility For Power Blackout In U.S.!
The communiqué assured that the operation “was carried out on the orders of Osama bin Laden to hit the pillars of the U.S. economy,” as “a realization of bin Laden’s promise to offer the Iraqi people a present.”
See Also: Cyber-Attacks by Al Qaeda Feared :
Background: Strategic War . . . in Cyberspace
Blair knew: Iraq no threat:
One of the prime minister’s closest advisers issued a private warning that it would be wrong for Tony Blair to claim Iraq’s banned weapons programme showed Saddam Hussein presented an “imminent threat” to the west or even his Arab neighbours.
The e-mails, the rewritten dossier and how No 10 made its case for war
The extent to which Downing Street sought to convince a doubting British public of the need to go to war in Iraq was exposed before the Hutton inquiry yesterday.
America Kicks Back:
A people at peace with their soldiers at war Deep down, Americans do not feel this is America’s war.
Saudis in Iraq ‘ preparing for a holy war’
Increasing numbers of Saudi Arabian Islamists are crossing the border into Iraq in preparation for a jihad, or holy war, against US and UK forces, security and Islamist sources have warned.
Another US soldier killed in Iraq
Taleban rebel storm Afghan security post: 3 killed:
Hours earlier, at least 22 people died in a gun battle in nearby Birmal district, six of them Afghan troops.
12 believed dead in Iraq ammo dump blast:
Two other Iraqis were gunned down by US forces after ignoring warning shots in two separate incidents.
Captured in the name of terror :
It might make for good sound bites and keep the numbers up, but of the more than 10,000 people rounded up in the past two years in the “war on terror”, a number of those arrested are anything but “hardcore al-Qaeda” members
Phoenix Gas Tight After Pipeline Shut Down:
The pipeline between Phoenix and Tucson ruptured July 30, spilling about 12,000 gallons of fuel, and the operator shut it down Aug. 8.
Blackout Validates Morgan Stanley, Goldman Energy Bet:
It’s like a second gold rush,” said Philip Flynn, vice president of Alaron Trading Corp., a commodities trader in Chicago. “With the projected demand for the next 20 years, what we saw in New York last week and in California last year won’t be freak occurrences but the norm.”
Canada: The next oil superpower?
The largest deposits of oil in the world are not in the Middle East — or in Russia or off West Africa or in the Caspian Sea area, for that matter. They are in two Western Hemisphere countries: Venezuela and Canada.
Oil Near $31 After Iraq Pipeline Blasts:
U.S. oil prices held near $31 a barrel on Monday after two explosions on Iraq’s main northern crude pipeline dashed hopes that the war-torn country would reach its oil export target by year’s end.
What Will War Cost?
At a time when President Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy have caused budget deficits that are approaching $500 billion, the prospect of spending an even greater amount to force people to conform to George W. Bush’s idea of proper political and economic behavior is a daunting one.
Raiders of the night find the pickings are slim:
The Americans are accompanied by a masked Iraqi interpreter, but as the house is searched, the most frequent sound barked from within is an aggressive and very American: “Shut the f— up.”
Science Without Scruples
They say one should not speak ill of the dead. And yet I propose to do precisely that about the late Dr David Kelly. The `shy, mild mannered, dignified’ and now mysteriously DEAD British scientist.
Uri Avnery: Hero in War and Peace:
Sometimes a single sentence is enough to reveal a person‚s mental world and intellectual profundity. Such a sentence was uttered by Shaul Mofaz, the Minister of Defense, some days ago during a visit to the Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip.
Afghans Mark Independence: Nine Policemen Killed by Suspected Taliban
At least 20 killed, including children, in suicide bombing on bus in downtown Jerusalem
Huge Bomb Blast Hits Baghdad UN HQ, 20 Killed
When Will The President Level With America? Bush Still Playing With the Truth on Iraq.
Chief UN Envoy in Baghdad Dead, U.N. Announces
Official had said his job was to protect Iraqis’ interests:
In his last interview published before his death, Vieira de Mello sympathized with Iraqi resentment at having foreign troops on their soil. . . . “It is traumatic. It must be one of the most humiliating periods in their history. Who would like to see their country occupied?
Background On de Mello:
Human Rights Chief Discusses Prisoners: Sergio Vieira de Mello specifically condemned a U.S. court ruling Tuesday that suspected Taliban and al-Qaida fighters held at the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have no rights to such hearings.
Yet another US soldier has died in an explosion in Baghdad
Purported al-Qaida tape urges Muslims to fight U.S. in Iraq:
The tape was thought to be the first public call by bin Laden’s al-Qaida terror network for Muslims to join the fight in Iraq.
US admits cameraman was shot dead at close range:
The Americans claimed that the soldiers mistook the camera Mr Dana was holding for a rocket-propelled grenade launcher – a claim that was immediately rejected by journalists who witnessed the killing.
Cameraman Feared Being Shot by US Soldiers
In case you missed it:
U.S. Warned It Would Shoot Journalists
Lies, damned lies, and news:
Heroes go unsung and deadly mistakes and crass injustices go uncorrected because no one knows they happened. What a shame. What a farce.
UN claims broad role in Iraq, chides U.S. on safety:
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan spelled out on Friday a broad and ambitious plan for a U.N. role in Iraq
Military Doctrine, Guerrilla Warfare and Counter- Insurgency:
Historically, counter-insurgency operations by large external powers have not had positive conclusions.
Was This A Cyber Attack on Our Electric Grid? Symbolic Attack On Bush? On Homeland Security?
If Channel 2 Can Get It Right, Why Can’t The Bumbling White House?
Pardon me if I remain skeptical about the adamant government denials concerning possible involvement of terrorists in last Thursday’s power blackout.
U.S. Government Report: Cyberspace Threats and Vulnerabilities: A Case for Action PDF Format.
Full Text: Al-Qaida Claims Responsibility For American Blackout
Bush Revises View on Iraq: War is Not Over
Iraqi Student: ‘Why I Attacked US Troops’
Marxist Rebels Try to Assassinate Colombian President in Air Attack
Iran Warns Israel Against Any ‘Adventurism’ Targeting Nuclear Sites
Resigned US Diplomat: Rumsfeld Led Bush to War
17 Rebels Killed in Nepal
Israeli Tourism Minister Goes on US Bible Belt Tour
‘Al-Qaeda Spokesman’: Bin Laden and Mullah Omar ‘Still Alive’
UN Staff in Iraq to Be Evacuated, UN Sources Say:
United Nations staff in Iraq are to be evacuated to Jordan following a truck bomb attack on their Baghdad headquarters that killed at least 17 people, U.N. sources in Baghdad said on Wednesday.
Iraq’s Governing Council received warning of truck bombing a week ago:
“The intelligence specifically said that a large-scale act would take place … against a soft target, such as Iraqi political parties or other parties including the UN,”
Stocks Pare Losses on Bin Laden Rumor:
US stocks pared losses in late morning on Wednesday, driven higher on rumors that US forces had captured al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
ISRAEL OKs Raids Against Terror Suspects
How America Created a Terrorist Haven:
Yesterday’s bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad was the latest evidence that America has taken a country that was not a terrorist threat and turned it into one.
Contractor Killed, Two U.S. Troops Wounded in Iraq
Iraq’s Debt, Unpaid Claims Likely To Cross $300b:
Its foreign debt and unpaid compensation claims, together estimated to be over $300 billion, are just one of the many economic burdens that the new Iraqi regime will have to take into account.
Jim Hightower on Taking Back the U.S. Through Democratic Struggle:
Jim Hightower argues that the U.S. is ruled by „thieves of justice and liberty,‰ and it is time for the people to take back their nation. Audio & Transcript
Robert Fisk: UN Attack Underlines America’s Crumbling Authority:
Paul Bremer, the US pro-consul, was meant to be an “anti-terrorism” expert. Yet since he arrived in Iraq, he has seen more “terrorism” than he can have dreamt of in his worst nightmares – and has been able to do nothing about it.
Why the UN Is a Target:
On 14 August the Council gave its approval to the recently formed Iraqi Governing Council and it also approved the establishment of a United National Assistance Mission in Iraq (Unami)
Bombers Used ‘Enormous Amount of Explosives’
Sen. McCain: Says More Troops Needed In Iraq:
McCain, a member of the armed services committee, said from Baghdad – where he met the US civilian governor, Paul Bremer, and US generals – that troops had a tough time ahead and needed help.
Road-map in tatters as Israel halts withdrawals
U.S. Regime Change Policy Is 50 Years Old
Indonesian Terror Raises Fears of Military Rule:
“The army wants nothing more than to regain total control over internal security. They are extremely dismissive, if not contemptuous, of the police in this regard,”
Home Of Afghan President’s Brother Bombed:
An explosion ripped through the home of the brother of President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday
Ex Prisoners Allege Rights Abuses By US Military:
Prisoners released from the military camps at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and Bagram air base in Afghanistan have said in a series of interviews with Amnesty International that they were subjected to human rights abuses.
Enronization of the Bush administration:
Given the disturbing sleight of hand manipulations by his administration regarding the search for weapons of mass destruction, or WMD, in Iraq, the president seems to be more inspired than repulsed by Lay’s deceptive wizardry.
U.S. And Terrorist Groups Both Kill Civilians
The U.S. and many terrorist organizations engage in killing civilians to achieve their goals. When the U.S. kills civilians as part of a war they excuse it with the term “Collateral Damage” or “Incidental Casualties”.
“Neo-Cons Gone Wild”
Thank heavens George W. Bush is a ‘Compassionate Conservative.’ What if we’d actually screwed up and
gotten the other kind?
US 2003 Budget Gap Creeps Above $300 Bln:
With the end of the fiscal year nearing, the U.S. government’s budget gap crept into record territory in July, surpassing $300 billion, the Treasury Department said on Tuesday.
Pentagon: How fast does $1.1 trillion disappear in a year?
Riding Roughshod Over The Seas Of History
For the first time in its history, the U.S. Navy commissioned a ship bearing the name of a living ex-president – the USS Ronald Reagan.
The UN Iraq HQ Bombing
UK Officials Wanted to Gag Expert on Iraq Dossier
A Must Read
Dangerous Religion: George W. Bush’s theology of empire.
A Must Read
Bush’s secret war:
This is a part of George Bush’s war which does not make it on to television news, for it is waged on a front so remote few know it exists. In less eventful times what happened would be considered extraordinary. As it is, their story has been barely reported.
No Ethics? No Experience? No Problem:
The Tawdry Tale of WorldCom’s Sweetheart Deal in Iraq.
Israeli Occupation Forces Shoot Dead Two Teenage Brothers, Raid Palestinian Cities:
Palestinian security sources said that a special undercover unit of IOF soldiers dressed as civilians pushed into the town and began firing inside the camp.
Another U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan
An American soldier has been killed in a hostile fire incident in Afghanistan.
Another U.S. soldier dies in Baghdad attack
Israel Kills Hamas Leader, Militants Call Off Truce
Before we blame the Palestinians:
The demand that the Palestinian Authority “dismantle the infrastructure of terror” is ridiculous and designed to thwart any future agreement.
Abbas says killing of Hamas man an ” ugly crime”
Robert Fisk: Why The US Needs To Blame al-Qa’ida
The “outside” guerrillas have now been brought centre-stage, whether or not they exist, to explain why US rule in Iraq is coming undone.
Who’s sabotaging Iraq? Iraqi saboteurs have become a cover for the coalition‚s failures
In case you missed it:
Iraqi militants returning for attacks:
August 10th, The top U.S. administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, has been quoted as saying hundreds of Islamic militants who fled the country during the war have returned and are planning major “terrorist attacks”.
A Must Read
The Price of Freedom in Iraq and Power in Washington:
A privatized occupation, reaping the financial rewards of warfare. A Must Read
UN Bombing: Terrorism or National Liberation?
Is it a surprise unknown persons have bombed the United Nations building in Baghdad? No, the bombing was inevitable, considering the United Nation’s role in the occupation of Iraq.
Who hated Mr. Demello and wanted the UN to butt out of Iraq?
In case you missed it:
Security Council Reserved In Support For Iraq Governing Council
Members of the Security Council yesterday welcomed the creation of the Iraqi Governing Council as “an important first step” in Iraq’s transition from occupation to sovereignty.
U.S. Will Ask UN to Widen Force in Iraq:
The Bush administration, seizing on the bomb attack on the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, is preparing a new Security Council resolution that would urge other nations to send troops and aid to secure Iraq.
Spain Under Pressure to Withdraw Forces After First Casualty in Iraq:
Spain already has 744 soldiers there, but the death of one of their own number has shocked the population and opposition parties demanded a parliamentary debate in the belief that Spanish forces should be brought home.
Japanese Troops for Iraq Unlikely:
Japanese politicians say it’s now unlikely Japan’s Ground Self Defense Forces will go to Iraq following the explosion at the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad.
Poland to withdraw troops from ‘ high-risk area’ near capital:
Poland scaled back its military commitment in Iraq yesterday in response to Tuesday’s devastating attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad.
A Price Too High:
How long is it going to take for us to recognize that the war we so foolishly started in Iraq is a fiasco ˜ tragic, deeply dehumanizing and ultimately unwinnable? How much time and how much money and how many wasted lives is it going to take?
Withdraw U.S. forces:
“Staying the course” has a noble ring, but “Don’t tread on me” is more to the point. Of all people, the heirs of 1776 should understand the difference between a foreign occupation and national liberation.
A Must Read
Hero Sandwiches: Not since the days of Marie Antoinette, or at least Nancy Reagan, has there been such a disconnect between the ruling elite and what Marie and Nancy might call the unwashed masses. A Must Read
A Must Read
Secrets Of History: The CIA In Iran:
This Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the CIA backed coup in Iran which replaced Iran’s first democratically elected Prime Minister with the dictatorial regime of Mohammad Reza Shah. „The only thing new in this world is the history you do not know‰ Harriet Truman. A Must Read
The spectre of Operation Ajax:
Britain and the US crushed Iran’s first democratic government. They didn’t learn from that mistake.
Kelly’s talk of death in the woods:
Dr David Kelly told a UK diplomat he would probably be “found dead in the woods” if the UK invaded Iraq, the Hutton inquiry has heard.
Fat Cats Fighting The Hard War…
Fraud, waste, abuse, and poor leadership and management. From an embarrassed and shamed officer.
Battle continues for veteran home from war:
“I almost lost my life in Iraq — and I can’t get a place to live?” said Turner, 41, who Army officials say is the first known homeless veteran of the war in Iraq.
The Danger of American Fascism:
With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.
War foes were right:
The French were right. The liberals were right. The peaceniks were right. True conservatives were right.
The beginning of the end for Sharon?
Bigger men than Ariel Sharon have fallen for less than this. They fell for much less than the national imbroglio that ensnares Israel, largely on account of Sharon’s policies.
After the Invasion, the Hardball:
US Determined to Quash UN, Even (or Especially?) at the Expense of the Iraqi People.
Four 9/11 Moms Battle Bush:
So afraid is the Bush administration of what could be revealed by inquiries into its failures to protect Americans from terrorist attack, it is unabashedly using Kremlin tactics to muzzle members of Congress and thwart the current federal commission investigating the failures of Sept. 11.
John Pilger: Now We Are The Iraq Extremists:
THE “liberation” of Iraq is a cruel joke on a stricken people. The Americans and British, partners in a great recognised crime, have brought down on the Middle East, and much of the rest of the world, the prospect of terrorism and suffering on a scale that al-Qaeda could only imagine.
The plot thickens:
The frightening possibility that Chalabi knew it, the Americans knew it, the UN didn’t and the Americans did nothing to improve security at the UN headquarters will only benefit one player: the Pentagon.
Bush folly in Iraq aids terrorists:
The cost of Bush’s folly in human life and in dollars escalates on a daily basis, and there is no relief in sight.
Sharon is now a danger to US troops and hopes in Iraq:
The crisis of American power that has been building since the Twin Towers attacks is close to a point of no return.
Behind the Failure :
The terrorist truck bomb that blew up the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad this week also blew up the pretensions of an arrogant strategy that assumed the United States could do nation-building on the cheap.
Powell Asks Countries for More Money, Troops in Iraq
Australia ‘ twisted Iraq intelligence’:
A former senior Australian intelligence analyst has accused Canberra of exaggerating the case for going to war in Iraq, on the first day of an official inquiry.
Intelligence expert Andrew Wilkie addressed the Australian inquiry:
“The government lied every time. It skewed, misrepresented, used selectively and fabricated the Iraq story,” he said.
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Rep Henry Waxman:
Who Forged the Iraq Evidence and Why? Bush Owes the Public Some Serious Answers.
Caught in His Own Lies:
The lies, exaggerations, and distortions go way beyond the one in his State of the Union address about uranium from Africa, though that was a whopper.
Disinformation: CIA Posing as Al-Qaeda?:
Some Web watchers, believe the U.S. government may be using the Internet to spy. They speculate that Jihad Unspun, an English-language site that appears to promote terror, may be a CIA creation, designed to find out who visits or orders videos glorifying bin Laden.
Lots of work for settlement ‘ spy’:
Mr. Etkes parks outside the outpost known as Givat Ha Roeh. Outposts are settlements considered illegal not only by international law as all Israeli settlements in the occupied territories are, but also by Israeli law since they never received cabinet authorization.
Both US soldiers claimed as captured in Iraq are safe, Pentagon …
Group claims it captured two US soldiers in Iraq
Two US Soldiers Killed in Iraq:
Two more American soldiers have been killed in separate incidents in and around Baghdad, the US military has said.
Coalition forces in Iraq begin to be deserted by their allies
Israel to Target More Militant Leaders:
Israel plans to kill more militant chiefs in raids mirroring a lethal missile strike on a top Hamas leader, Israeli officials warned Friday
US helicopter fires on civilian vehicle:
A U.S. helicopter fired a rocket at a pickup truck carrying civilians in southeastern Afghanistan.
Some times you just got to laugh!:
israeli ambassador believes truck used in bombing of U.N. headquarters in Baghdad came from Syria
UN will not send troops to Iraq
Afghan Governor Says 2 Troops, 4 Taliban Killed
Two Afghan soldiers and four Taliban guerrillas were killed in a clash in the central province of Uruzgan on Friday, the latest incursion blamed on the ousted Islamic militia.
Is there a difference between American or Saddam Hussein’s torture ?
Both Sides Vow Revenge as Peace Plan Collapses
France: Iraq is a Theater for Terrorists
Army Short on Replacement Parts in Iraq
7 Kurds, 2 Turkish Soldiers Die in Batman Province Clash
Write a Story, Go to Jail
Justice Dept Targets Lawyers Lawyers Opposing Patriot Act
Three Troops Killed in Basra Attack:
Three British troops have been killed and one seriously wounded in an ambush in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.
Deal between Musharraf and U.S. on bin Laden?
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has struck a deal with the US not to capture Osama bin Laden, fearing this could lead to unrest in Pakistan.
Clare Short, MP: It’s official – Saddam was not an imminent threat
Emails show how No 10 constructed case for war:
The emails convey a frantic attempt to produce a dossier that will justify aggressive action against Saddam Hussein. Within the space of a fortnight – Mr Blair’s aides turned British policy towards Iraq upside down.
Congressional Complicity in WMD Duplicity:
Why has Congress been relatively quiet on the executive branch’s deception about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction? The answer is easy:
US sanctions on Syria ‘ could come soon’:
Eliot Engel, a key sponsor of the bill, said that he had received strong support for the legislation from Ariel Sharon after meeting the Israeli Prime Minister in Jerusalem.
Canada Arrests 19 in Case with 9/11 Parallels:
The Toronto Star newspaper said the men were arrested after a “pattern of suspicious behavior” which featured one man taking flight lessons that took him directly over an Ontario nuclear power plant.
Six al-Qaeda support groups being tracked within US: report:
US law enforcement officers are tracking six groups with suspected links to al-Qaeda within the United States, and see a “widening presence” of al-Qaeda sympathisers on US soil.
US, Finds Britain Its Lone Supporter:
America’s campaign to rally more support for its occupation of Iraq at the United Nations ran into early opposition last night, leaving Britain as its only powerful ally.
Bush “Islam’s biggest enemy”:
Military Mute On Vaccine Danger?
As long as the military controls the data on soldiers who’ve gotten sick after their vaccinations, it may be impossible to ever know the whole story.
Fox Loses Bid to Stop Sale of Franken Book :
A federal judge on Friday slammed Fox News’ trademark infringement lawsuit against Al Franken and his publisher Penguin Group and refused to stop the sale of the liberal satirist’s new book that pokes fun at the network and host Bill O’Reilly.
A Country Liberated: Humor
Jewish terror suspect allegedly already carried out attacks
A land without Arabs:
Israel’s policy of land grab turns viable neighbourhoods into ghost towns.
Six killed in fighting in Afghanistan
Seven days of terror in world at war:
Last week, from August 17 to yesterday, more than 150 people died in terror-related incidents worldwide.
A Must Listen
Greg Palast on the Real Reasons for Blackout 2003:
What are you going to do with a slightly used President? A Must Listen
In the Cross Hairs:
There were several warning signs that the United Nations could soon be in the cross hairs of the forces battling the American-led coalition in Iraq.
Australian case for Iraq war was ‘ fabricated’:
The Australian government “skewed, misrepresented, used selectively and fabricated” the intelligence used to justify its decision to send troops to Iraq, a parliamentary inquiry in Canberra was told yesterday.
New UN resolution: deploying more troops in Iraq unlikely: Annan
Bush Appoints Daniel Pipes to Think Tank:
President Bush bypassed the Senate Friday and appointed an outspoken Middle East “scholar” to a federal think tank over the objections of Democrats and others who say he is anti-Muslim.
Click here for Background on Pipes
US Launching New-Look Military Strike Force:
In another sign of what military officials call the “transformation” of the U.S. military, seven Navy ships are set to depart today for the western Pacific carrying 2,200 combat Marines, more than 100 Tomahawk missiles and a squadron of helicopters and vertical-lift Harrier attack planes.
US Considers Accepting North Korean Refugees:
The United States is considering allowing North Koreans who have fled to China to seek refugee status and asylum in the U.S., a senior U.S. official in charge of human rights issues said Wednesday.
Israel Threatens Big Military Offensive:
“If in a few days we think it is completely hopeless, we will take much more serious action.”
Both Sides Vow Revenge as Peace Plan Collapses:
Islamic Militants Call for Revenge at Hamas Leader’s Funeral
War Leaders Face the Music on Homefront:
More than three months after President George W. Bush stood in front of a banner reading “Mission Accomplished” on the USS Abraham Lincoln, the three leaders who planned the invasion of Iraq are this weekend confronting continuing challenges arising from the war.
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity:
What Happens When You Remain Silent?
Sudan Embassy: Time for the United States to Take Responsibility:
For The 1998 American Attack on the Al-Shifa Medicine Factory. The U.S. Administration has to date failed to compensate the victim, apologize to the Sudanese people or rebuild the plant, an act which would have shown sense of morality in international relations.
Ashcroft Speech Interrupted by Protester:
A room packed with police officers failed to shield Attorney General John Ashcroft on Thursday from a protester who accused him of lying about the Sept. 11 attacks on America and Washington’s declared war on terror.
Robert Fisk: We Have A Long And Dishonourable Tradition Of Smearing The Dead:
Denial has become a disease in Iraq – as it has through most of the Middle East. The Americans deny that they kill innocent civilians in Iraq – but kill them all the same.
Three Iraqis Killed in Najaf Blast–Shi’ite Group:
Iraqi security guards were killed in a bomb explosion Sunday at the office of a senior cleric in the holy Shi’ite Muslim city of Najaf in central Iraq.
Red Cross to Reduce Staff in Iraq After U.N. Blast:
“The level of violence is very high and the authority in charge cannot ensure security throughout the country,”
Britons flee Baghdad embassy :
The British embassy compound in Baghdad has been evacuated following a “credible threat” of attack.
Half a Million Troops Needed to Bring Iraq Under Control:
Either the intelligence assessment was deficient or George Bush and Tony Blair were willing to take an unacceptable degree of risk in this campaign.”
Blair duped us on Iraq WMD say two thirds of the public:
More than two thirds of voters believe, that they were deceived by the Government about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.
FBI has intelligence Al-Qaeda plotting to hijack jets in UK: report
AUSTRALIA named as possible al-Qaeda target
Hutton Documents Released:
The documents reveal the details of Mr Blair’s private meetings inside Number 10 Downing St.
Tangled Up In His Flight Suit:
For Bush, war equals good politics˜so long as the war‚s going well, that is.
The Emperor Speaks: Words of wisdome from our dear president!
Groping In The Dark:
Iraq may be spinning out of control, but in the Bush administration, the spin was strictly controlled. From Baghdad to the White House, administration spokesmen went to elaborate lengths to argue that the presence of terrorists in Iraq was somehow a positive development.
Will Lebanon‚s Horror Become Iraq‚s?:
As soon as I heard about the truck bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad on Tuesday, my first thought was, oh, no, here we go again, the nightmare of Beirut, 1983.
In the Footsteps of Tony Blair:
Tony Blair and, to a lesser extent, John Howard have added new dimensions to the word “sycophant” in their subservience to George Bush. Now the Thai Prime Minister, Taksin Shinawatra, seems to be determined to follow them on this road to folly.
Newsweek is running an Internet poll on U.S. involvement in Iraq, including how long our troops should stay there.
White House Edited EPA’s 9/11 Reports:
At the White House’s direction, the Environmental Protection Agency gave New Yorkers misleading assurances that there was no health risk from the debris-laden air after the World Trade Center collapse, according to an internal inquiry.
Leave No Millionaire Behind:
The President and his party have cooked up the ultimate recipe for keeping political power. A nation in a constant state of anxiety — over the thereat of terrorism, or a potential war — is a nation off balance.
Iraqi oil to go to Israel:
The United States has asked Israel to prepare a plan to renew the transport of oil from the Iraqi city of Kirkuk to the Haifa port.
More US Lawmakers Visiting Israel This Summer Than Ever Before:
During the month of August alone, more than 10 percent of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives will have visited here, said David Kreizelman, a foreign policy associate in Jerusalem of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
How the Israeli junta conspired to kill the Road Map:
The army propaganda machine is already preparing the public for the “expulsion of Arafat”. “Expulsion” is a euphemism produced by the “verbal laundry” section of the army, one of its most creative departments. The intention is not to expel the leader from his Ramallah compound, nor from Palestine, but from this world.
Israel rejects Palestine’s truce proposal
Palestinian officials said on Saturday a new truce was possible if the Israelis formally recognised it, pulled out of occupied towns and ended their practice of “targeted killings” of militant leaders.
IOF Assassinate Palestinian Activist, Wound 16 Teenagers in Nablus:
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened fire on Saturday at hundreds of Palestinian protesters in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, injuring at least sixteen, mostly teenagers, only a day after a new extra-judicial assassination of a Palestinian activist in the city.
Why the lessons of Vietnam do matter:
The guerrilla war strategy against what was considered an inevitable US invasion has been perfected in Iraq for years. And the master strategist was neither an Assyrian nor a Mesopotamian general. A Must Read
Robert Fisk: The Cemetery at Basra: Broken Remnants of Britain’s Imperial Past.
Al-Qaeda Linked Group Denies Role in UN Bombing
Libya Complete Lockerbie Payout
Palestinians Launch Raids on Militants
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We Have Ways of Making You Talk:
The United States figures it can get plenty out of the newly captured Chemical Ali. But how? And are these Œinterrogation‚ techniques being readied for American citizens? A Must Read
Rep Ron Paul: Trust Us, We’re the Government:
The Patriot Act expands the government’s ability to monitor us. The Act eases federal rules for search warrants in some cases; allows expanded wiretaps and internet monitoring; allows secret „sneak and peek‰ searches; and even permits federal agents to examine library and bookstore records.
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Saving Face, Loosing A War:
We call them heroes because they’re dead. If they were still alive, we’d be angling to reduce their combat pay and trying to figure out a way to close the hospitals they’ll be entitled to use if they survive. A Must Read
All the Shah‚s Men: An American Coup And The Roots of Middle East Terror:
Democracy Now speaks with author Stephen Kinzer and explores the roots of Middle East Terrorism. A Must See
U.S. May Free Children From Guantanamo
LaRouche Raises Big Money, Gets No Respect From DNC:
Presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche, Jr. has raised nearly $5 million for a 2004 White House bid, more money than four major candidates whom the Democratic National Committee acknowledges and invites to its events.
Lyndon LaRouche: We Are Now at a Turning-Point in History
Blair Rocked by Release of Secret Papers
50 Dead In Bombay Blasts:
Over 130 people were injured, many seriously, in the near simultaneous blasts.
Scott Ritter: A Weapons Cache We’ll Never See
The philosophers of chaos reap a whirlwind:
The intensification of violence in Iraq is the logical outcome of the Bush administration’s choice in 2001 to treat terrorism as a military problem with a military solution – a catastrophic oversimplification.
Uncle Sam, hatred and hypocrisy: Why Do People Hate America?
Bring Our Troops Home and Send In the Neocons:
Isn’t it time to take the false neocon propaganda and the neocon advisors and put them where they have placed our American men and women in uniform?
UP to 50 Taliban Said Killed in Afghanistan
12 Afghan Soldiers Die in Taliban Attack:
Taliban fighters attacked a truck full of government soldiers in southern Zabul province and killed 12 of them.
Taliban kill 5 Afghan soldiers in ambush:
An Afghan military truck was ambushed by Taliban fighters in southeastern Afghanistan and five Afghan soldiers were killed.
US reluctant to counter Taliban raids:
The United States’ reluctance to respond militarily to the recent spate of attacks by Taliban fighters on Afghan government forces could come back to haunt it and impair US credibility in Afghanistan.
Australia defies troop call:
AUSTRALIA is resisting overtures from Washington to consider a fresh contribution to coalition forces in Iraq as US officials publicly acknowledge a deteriorating security environment.
World Balks at Growing Iraq Perils:
“People feel Iraq is a mess that could still go either way, and that explains to a great extent the reluctance to send soldiers,”
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A war without end? –
More British soldiers are dead. The UN building is reduced to rubble. An oil pipeline is bombed. Water is cut off and the only law is that of the gun. No one can pretend the occupation is bringing peace and democracy. Yet the US, eager to blame ‘foreign’ terrorists, will not admit that Iraqi resistance is organised and growing
A tally of US taxpayers’ tab for Iraq:
Because restoration of Iraqi oil production has been slowed by sabotage and other problems, US consumers and business are paying probably an extra $100 million a day for gasoline and other petroleum products.
US Troops, Using Confiscated Iraqi AK-47s:
”We just do not have enough rifles to equip all of our soldiers. So in certain circumstances we allow soldiers to have an AK-47.
Baptism in the Tigris for U.S.
Christian Soldiers: Chaplain Tran, a Southern Baptist minister, performs regular baptisms of U.S. troops in the waters of the Tigris at a U.S. base in a former palace of Saddam Hussein at his hometown of Tikrit