Information Clearing House Archive Part 5 December 22-31 2004

December 2004 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 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]

Information Clearing House
Digest December 22-31 2004
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2004

Iraqi National Guardsman Killed Near Falluja:

An Iraqi National Guardsman was found shot dead near Falluja Friday with a note on his body warning others against working with U.S.-led forces
snipurl.com/bp5d

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Mosul election staff quit en masse:

The entire staff of the independent electoral commission in the Iraqi northern city of Mosul, amounting to about 700 employees, have resigned amid growing violence in the country.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/74DCC874-441A-41DC-9598-14D149909BFD.htm

snipurl.com/bp5f

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Humvees linked to 1 in 5 U.S. deaths in Iraq:

Throughout the 21-month war, no other piece of military materiel has been associated with so many U.S. fatalities.
shns.abc15.com/shns/story.cfm?pk=HUMVEES-12-30-04&cat=II

snipurl.com/bp5g

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Violence Against Troops in Iraq Takes Toll :

The number of attacks on U.S. and allied troops grew from an estimated 1,400 attacks in September to 1,600 in October and 1,950 in November
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4702255,00.html

snipurl.com/bp5h

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Profits Clothed in Sadness

A Southern town benefits by supplying the troops in Iraq, but for many with loved ones at risk, the work has its downside.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/latimes477.html

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Faces of the fallen:

These photographs are grouped in solemn rows without statistics to show the extent of U.S. military losses (in Iraq) in one view.
www.duckdaotsu.org/valor.html

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Cartoon of the week
cristianfleming.org/index.php?d=12/30/04

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Dead Soldier’s Dad Finds No Enemy in Iraq:

Fernando Suarez del Solar is a busy man. He is busy opening boxes, counting pills, counting bandages; he is busy checking everything in the boxes that come addressed to him from all over the United States.
www.ipsnews.net/new_nota.asp?idnews=26852

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Time to leave Iraq:

The Bush administration’s New Year’s resolution should be to pull out of Iraq. Already, the United States has lost 1,300 soldiers, and 10,000 U.S. soldiers have been wounded, at a rate now of almost 1,000 a month.
www.madison.com/wsj/opinion/others/index.php?ntid=22647&ntpid=1

snipurl.com/bp5k

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Paul Craig Roberts: Forget Torture; It’s the Sex That Matters:

What defines conduct unbecoming an officer?
www.counterpunch.com/roberts12302004.html

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‘Civilization’ vs. ‘Barbarism’: An Interview with Noam Chomsky:

“It’s not correct that the media haven’t reported the war crimes. They often report them and celebrate them. Take for example the invasion of Fallujah..”
207.44.245.159/article7580.htm

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Not a good way to start a democracy :

Serious questions must be asked about US influence in Ukraine
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1381165,00.html

snipurl.com/bowc

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In case you missed it:

Dick Cheney‚s Song of America:

The Plan is for the United States to rule the world. The overt theme is unilateralism, but it is ultimately a story of domination. It calls for the United States to maintain its overwhelming military superiority and prevent new rivals from rising up to challenge it on the world stage. It calls for dominion over friends and enemies alike. It says not that the United States must be more powerful, or most powerful, but that it must be absolutely powerful.
207.44.245.159/article1544.htm

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This web site represents the effort of one person.

I need your help to offset the costs associated with site hosting and bandwidth usage. If you find this site informative please help by clicking here
207.44.245.159/support.htm

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In case you missed it:

After Iraq it is Venezuela :

While the whole world is focused on America and the Euro zone for the super power challenges, both these powers are looking small when you combine the powers of the new coalition Putin is building with India, China, Russia and Brazil. Add to that Venezuelan oil that supplies America a substantial crude oil, and now you have the actual scenario of confrontation.
www.indiadaily.com/editorial/11-27b-04.asp

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UN asks Israel to stop violating Lebanese airspace:

Israeli warplanes flew over large parts of Lebanon on Thursday, the Lebanese Army said, prompting the United Nations to again urge the Jewish state to stop sending its military aircraft over this Arab country in breach of the UN-drawn Lebanese-Israeli border.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1104376739216

snipurl.com/bp5n

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Israel in ‘Very Difficult Position’ Over Chinese Drone Repair, Diplomat Says:

Israel is in a “very difficult position” over an American demand that Israel not return Harpy drones to China that were sent here for servicing, an Israeli diplomat said on Thursday following the visit of the Chinese deputy prime minister here this week.
www.cnsnews.com/ViewForeignBureaus.asp?Page=%5CForeignBureaus%5Carchive%5C200412%5CFOR20041230a.html

snipurl.com/bp5o

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Forgers ‘tried to rewrite biblical history’ :

Hundreds of biblical artefacts in museums all over the world could be fakes, it has emerged after Israeli investigators uncovered what they claim is a sophisticated forgery ring.
www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,2763,1381272,00.html

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Did FBI Use Pentagon Analyst to ŒSting‚ AIPAC?:

Jewish newspapers are reporting the FBI used the Pentagon‚s top Iran analyst in a “sting operation‰ to pass “foreign policy strategic information to two AIPAC officials.‰
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=56830&d=31&m=12&y=2004

snipurl.com/bp5p

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Israeli hubris vs. the US:

The latest spy tale in Washington, DC, involving Larry Franklin, an intelligence analyst at the Defense Department, and some of Israel’s most important lobbyists in America, is becoming deeper by the week.
metimes.com/articles/normal.php?StoryID=20041226-040954-7609r

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The Bush administration is shameless.:

$13.6 billion in emergency funding to Florida in response to the four hurricanes and 100 people dead. $35 Million for the victims of the tsunami and over 100,000 dead.
www.answercoalition.org/

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The stingy U.S./An appalling performance:

As the Bush administration is wont to say, actions speak louder than words, and America’s actions in recent days have painted the United States as a rich, self-absorbed and uncaring nation that had to be shamed into anything approaching appropriate concern about this catastrophe.
www.startribune.com/stories/561/5160305.html

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Private US donations pour in:

Americans have given at least $21.5 million to emergency funds for Asian tsunami disaster victims while the Bush administration grapples with accusations that it has been stingy.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E00EB28F-762B-4D0C-992C-E060DA4FA9DF.htm

snipurl.com/bp5r

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Global analysts dispute perceived US generosity:

On a per capita basis and as a percentage of the nation’s wealth, America’s emergency relief in Asia and development aid to poor countries actually ranks at the bottom of the list of developed nations
www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2004/12/31/global_analysts_dispute_perceived_us_generosity?mode=PF

snipurl.com/bp5s

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UK: $36m in 24 hours:

Shocked by the devastation caused by the tsunami, Britons responded yesterday with unprecedented generosity to the appeal for donations.
news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/story.jsp?story=597025

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Canada increases tsunami aid to $40 million
www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/print/CTVNews/1104355151375_99764351/?hub=Canada&subhub=PrintStory

snipurl.com/bp5t

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China Increases Tsunami Aid Sharply to $63 Million:

At a little over $63 million, Beijing is now the third biggest monetary donor behind Britain and Sweden. The United States has made an initial pledge of $35 million.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7213090

snipurl.com/bp5u

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Tsunami: How to help :

Not sure how to help, but there are people who know what to do and are directly on the scene. These people can make your dollars work in ways most of us have never had to think about:
bobharris.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=314&Itemid=2

snipurl.com/bp5v

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Christian fundamentalist organizations appear to be suffering from a compassion deficit:

Organizations which are amazingly quick to organize to fight against same-sex marriage, a woman’s right to choose, and embryonic stem cell research are missing in action when it comes to responding to the disaster in southern Asia. None of their web sites are actively soliciting aid for the victims of the earthquake/tsunami.
www.workingforchange.com/printitem.cfm?itemid=18309

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Thanks God for the tsunami and 2,000 dead Swedes!!!:

Westboro Baptist Church leaders have released the following statement regarding the tsunamis which hit Southeast Asia earlier in the week.
rawstory.rawprint.com/1204/westboro_tsunami_statement_1230.php

snipurl.com/bp5w

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Intimidation, Politics and Drug Trade Cripple U.S. Medicine:

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is supposed to safeguard the nation’s medical products, documentation, interviews and recent drug debacles depict a brutally different reality, with the Vioxx scandal alone estimated to have resulted in 30,000-55,000 U.S. deaths.
ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=26874

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Eli Lilly Said to Know of Prozac Risks :

A British medical journal said Friday that it had given U.S. regulators confidential drug company documents suggesting a link between the popular anti-depressant Prozac and a heightened risk of suicide attempts and violence.
hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/BRITAIN_PROZAC?SITE=VTBUR&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

snipurl.com/bp5z

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Thomas tops on high court in acceptance of lavish gifts:

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has accepted tens of thousands of dollars worth of gifts since joining the Supreme Court, from $1,200 worth of tires to valuable historical items and a $5,000 personal check to help pay a relative’s education expenses.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2972139

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In case you mised it?:

Noam Choamsky: Preventive War ‘The Supreme Crime’:

Iraq: The invasion that will live in infamy
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4416.htm

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Empty Pew: Why W. Dosen’t Go To Church:

What most—including many of the president’s fiercest supporters—don’t know, is that Bush doesn’t go to church.
www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?pt=vKO1twmWG2Uvnyi2qoWQfW%3D%3D

snipurl.com/b4q0

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Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2004

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Indonesia Needs Help, Death Toll Expected To Exceed 400,000

The death toll in Acheh, the region worst hit by last Sunday’s tsunami, may exceed 400,000 as many affected areas could still
not be reached for search and rescue operations, Indonesia’s Ambassador to Malaysia Drs H. Rusdihardjo said Thursday.
www.bernama.com/bernama/v3/news_lite.php?id=111574

snipurl.com/boj3

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Death toll more than 114,000 in tsunami:

With tens of thousands still missing, that number is almost certain to grow, amid fears that disease could bring a new wave of deaths.
www.citizen-times.com/cache/article/news/73052.shtml

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Scientific Background on the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami:

Includes Tsunami Animation
iri.columbia.edu/~lareef/tsunami/

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Tsunami’s Historic Devastation :

A collection of pictures and video updated every hour
www.nbc10.com/news/4026938/detail.html

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5 Million Displaced By Tsunami:

Up to five million people have been displaced by the devastating tsunamis that pummelled large tracts of Asia over the weekend, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday
www.news24.com/News24/World/Tsunami_Disaster/0,,2-10-1777_1641426,00.html

snipurl.com/boil

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U.S. Aid For Victims Of Tsunami $35 Million:

Cost Of Bush Inauguration $30 Million:

The $250,000 donors include former Enron President Richard Kinder, Dell Computer founder Michael Dell and Texas oilman and corporate takeover specialist T. Boone Pickens.
www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1219inaugural19.html

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Tracking the tsunami donations:

Billions of dollars will be donated to the Asian tsunami relief effort but keeping track of who is giving what will be a big and interesting exercise.
www.crikey.com.au/business/2004/12/30-0009.html

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Please consider making a donation to help the victims of this Tsunami.

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres 1-888-392-0392
www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

– American Friends Service Committee (AFSC Crisis Fund)1-888-588-2372
www.afsc.org/

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New tsunami fear, govt sounds 48-hour alert:

Panic gripped the coastal belt of Nagapattinam with the Met office informing of yet another tsunami striking the district on Thursday.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/975623.cms

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26 people die in Mosul battle:

A frontal assault on U.S. troops by dozens of anti occupation forces in Mosul left an American soldier and about 25 resistance fighters dead in one of the boldest attacks yet on occupying forces in Iraq.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=top
News&storyID=646460&section=news&src=rss/uk/topNews

snipurl.com/boir

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U.S. Soldier Dies After Car Bomb Blast in Iraq:

A U.S. soldier died in hospital Wednesday from wounds sustained in a car bomb attack on a patrol in the city of Mosul, the American military said on Thursday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7204267

snipurl.com/boit

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Falloujans Get an Unsettling Look at Their City:

Refugees eager to return change their minds after seeing the ruin.
207.44.245.159/article7577.htm

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An eyewitness account of the siege of Fallujah:

A cameraman with the Lebanese Broadcasting Corp. who witnessed the first eight days of the fighting told of what he considered atrocities. Burhan Fasa‚a has worked for LBC throughout the occupation of Iraq.
www.sfbayview.com/122904/theseiege122904.shtml

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Eyewitness: Taking detainee testimony in Iraq :

Their house would be ransacked, often with property damage. Many would report that at the end of that time jewellery and money would be missing. Then the men of the household would be taken away.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4066835.stm

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Getting an Education in Jihad :

Infuriated by the U.S.-led ‘crusade’ in Iraq, a Lebanese teacher left his country and steady job intending to die for the insurgency.
207.44.245.159/article7574.htm

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Small but growing resistance to Iraq war:

A Bronx sailor who refused to board his ship bound for the Persian Gulf earlier this month has shone a spotlight on the small but growing resistance within the military to the war in Iraq.
www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom/122704/b01p27objector.html

snipurl.com/boiu

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Joseph L. Galloway: Neo-cons can’t escape responsibility for their Iraq miscalculations:

They cannot be allowed to load all the blame on Rumsfeld and scoot away to lick their wounds and dream again their large dreams of conquest and empire and pre-emptive strikes.
207.44.245.159/article7576.htm

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Sidney Blumenthal : A state of chaos

George Bush has purged the last of his father’s senior advisers, handing over control to his neocon allies
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1380713,00.html

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In case you missed it?:

What Became Of American Conservatives? :

America has blundered into a needless and dangerous war, and fully half of the country’s population is enthusiastic. Many Christians think that war in the Middle East signals “end times” and that they are about to be wafted up to heaven. And neoconservatives are laying the groundwork for Israeli territorial expansion.
207.44.245.159/article7578.htm

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America and Islam – Seeking Parallels:

One thing is certain now: the Islamic world will change. Will it be the change the Americans and Israelis want? Will the Islamic world be smashed into a collection of micro-states – ethnic, sectarian and tribal entities – allied to and dependent on the US and Israel for their survival? Or will the Muslims oppose this new ‘civilizing mission’ and regain the freedom to shape their destiny
207.44.245.159/article7575.htm

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Israeli Occupation Forces Gaza raid kills 7:

An Israeli aircraft fired two missiles into the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis Thursday. Seven Palestinians were killed in the raid.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/520846.html

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Israel stops Palestinians voting in Jerusalem
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1380831,00.html

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This web site represents the effort of one person.

I need your help to offset the costs associated with site hosting and bandwidth usage. If you find this site informative please help by clicking here
www.informationclearinghouse.info/support.htm

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CIA intrigue shadows torture jet :

“Their cover has been blown,” he said, and if the agency unloaded its plane and bought another, watchdogs would catch on right away and start tracking the replacement jet.
www.oregonlive.com/business/oregonian/
index.ssf?/base/business/1104325591194700.xml

snipurl.com/boiw

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American Muslims Fingerprinted By U.S. at Canadian Border:

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the incident was a disturbing example of religious profiling that would have a chilling effect on the constitutional rights of American Muslims, particularly the right to the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, and the right to be “secure in their personsagainst unreasonable searches.”
snipurl.com/boiw

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Fear factor: Fear is a powerful force.

Nearly half the Americans who responded to a survey conducted by Cornell University say the U.S. should restrict the civil liberties of Muslim Americans.
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Calgary
/Roy_Clancy/2004/12/29/800154.html

snipurl.com/boiy

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Russian – Iranian Nuclear Cooperation To Be Accelerated In January:

Russia may start the supply of nuclear fuel to a nuclear power plant in the city of Bushehr, Iran, in 2005. An agreement on the return of spent nuclear fuel is to be signed in January.
en.rian.ru/rian/index.cfm?prd_id=160&msg_id=525
6684&startrow=11&date=2004-12-27&do_alert=0

snipurl.com/boiz

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Euro Trash: Even drug dealers are giving up on the dollar.
slate.msn.com/id/2111504/

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I’m noticing a pattern:

The White House is deploying the strategy it used to sell the war in Iraq to sell its plan for partial privatization of the Social Security system. The intelligence might not be as flawed, but the spin is equally disingenuous.
www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/003275.html

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One man’s retirement math: Social Security wins
www.csmonitor.com/2004/1227/p01s03-cogn.html

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Haitian Pending Derportation after Serving in Iraq
207.44.245.159/article7579.htm

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Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2004

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Exporting Unhappiness

Iraq is giving new meaning to the word nationalism. It’s become a running sore for the US.

SUNANDA K. DATTA-RAY

However much the violence is to be condemned, what means other than guerrilla warfare is open to the victim of conquest? What other response is possible to the brutality of Abu Ghraib or the unknown horrors of Guantanamo Bay?
207.44.245.159/article7567.htm

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Death toll reaches 100,000 :

The death toll in the tsunami disaster soared past 100,000 today – and is set to climb higher
snipurl.com/bnmz

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Picture of some of the Tsunami”s victims
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/4132761.stm

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Tsunami warning halted ‘for tourist industry’:

Just minutes after the earthquake in the Indian Ocean on Sunday morning, Thailand‚s foremost meteorological experts were sitting together in a crisis meeting. But they decided not to warn about the tsunami “out of courtesy to the tourist industry,‰ writes the Thailand daily newspaper The Nation.
207.44.245.159/article7569.htm

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Swallowed up by the savage sea :

There is even less dignity in death for the poor than in life.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4130129.stm

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Germany Calls Suspension of Indonesia Debt :

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder called on creditor nations Wednesday to suspend debt repayments from Indonesia and Somalia to help in their recovery from the quake-tsunami disaster.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4699510,00.html

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Mickey Z: A Wave of Questions Putting a Disaster in Context :

The recent earthquake/tsunami in Asia raises more questions than answers. Here’s a start:
207.44.245.159/article7571.htm

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Grief, relief, and the stingy West :

The horrific aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami has revealed what many in the world have known for a long time: Western nations are eager to exploit the under privileged, but slow to lend a helping hand in times of crisis.
207.44.245.159/article7572.htm

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Please consider donating to either of these groups.

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres 1-888-392-0392
www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

– American Friends Service Committee (AFSC Crisis Fund)1-888-588-2372
www.afsc.org/

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Spate of attacks on Iraq security forces kills 33
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/12/29/MNG7VAIDVG1.DTL

snipurl.com/bnrc

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28 Killed As Tip Lures Police To Ambush In Baghdad:

A POWERFUL blast destroyed a house in western Baghdad during an overnight police raid that turned into a devastating ambush. It flattened nearby buildings and killed at least 28 people, including seven Iraqi officers.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_
page/0,5478,11805832%255E663,00.html

snipurl.com/bnre

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Robert Fisk : In This Mire Of Death, Lies And Atrocities, We Glimpse The Ghost Of Vietnam
207.44.245.159/article7568.htm

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Raw Video: Marines at work in Fallujah

– Warning – Video contains images depicting the reality and horror of war and should be viewed by a mature audience.
207.44.245.159/article7570.htm

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Large blasts target Saudi capital buildings:

Two huge car bombs exploded after militants tried to storm Saudi Arabia‚s Interior Ministry and a security unit on Wednesday in what appeared to be the latest brazen strike by al-Qaida in the world‚s top oil exporter.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6766122/

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Soliders fails to halt ‘stop-loss’ rule:

An Oregon Army National Guardsman must report for duty after failing in his challenge of a military program that extends his enlistment.
oregonlive.com/newsflash/regional/index.ssf?/
base/news-9/1104308340126830.xml&storylist=orlocal

snipurl.com/bnrf

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Navy SEALs Sue AP Over Alleged Abuse Photos :

Six Navy SEALs and two of their wives filed a lawsuit against The Associated Press and one of its reporters today for allegedly revealing their identities in photos published in early December, according to a press release from the plaintiffs.
www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/
article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000742675

snipurl.com/bnrg

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Robert Scheer: A Devil’s Island for Our Times:

It is time to invade Cuba and put an end to what has become another Devil’s Island in the annals of government-sanctioned torture. The barbaric treatment of political prisoners on the island is made no more palatable by being conducted in the name of an ideology that claims to be liberating the world from its shackles.
207.44.245.159/article7573.htm

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US attorney-general joins Saddam:

FORMER US attorney general Ramsey Clark is to join the defence team of Saddam Hussein, a spokesman for the toppled Iraqi president’s lawyers said today.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/
story_page/0,5744,11807864%255E1702,00.html

snipurl.com/bnrh

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Venezuela’s Chavez predicts $3 billion in trade with China next year :

Chinese companies intend to invest $350 million in 15 oil fields in eastern Venezuela, and $60 million in natural gas projects, Chavez said Sunday. Venezuela will receive $250 million next year from China for fuel oil exports, Chavez said.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/
2004/12/27/international1822EST0614.DTL&type=printable

snipurl.com/bnri

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Homeland Insecurity:

The American empire goes for broke. In the past weeks, there were two serious economic signs signaling momentous change, if not outright decline.
www.villagevoice.com/issues/0452/ridgeway.php

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12 More Palestinian’s Killed In Less Than A Week :

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have killed 12 Palestinians in less than a week, including a 7-year old child, 4 extra-judicially executed, and 4 died in sporadic tank shelling inside their homes
www.palestine-pmc.com/details.asp?cat=1&id=763

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Careful Not to Get Too Much Education…Or You Could Turn Liberal
www.commondreams.org/views04/1228-32.htm

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Date: Tues, 28 Dec 2004

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In case you missed it

The Power of Nightmares: Now with full transcript

“Baby It’s Cold Outside”

In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares.

The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares.

This is a must watch BBC documentary – Updated 12/28/04; Now has full transcript. Click here to watch it online now!
207.44.245.159/video1037.htm

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It’s Time To Support The Troops

By Sheila Samples

I have a considerable stash of words, but none sufficiently harsh to describe the contempt I feel for these Democrat and Republican legislators who silently lowered their heads — who turned their backs — and allowed Bush and Rumsfeld to send their young constituents to their deaths.

207.44.245.159/article7558.htm

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Israel’s Secret Weapon

Broadcast on BBC Two on Monday, 17 March, 2003

This film is the story of the bomb, Vanunu and Israel’s wall of silence.

Click here to watch it online.
207.44.245.159/article6558.htm

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Attacks in Iraq kill 42:

“Armed men took control of the police station and executed 12 policemen, three of them officers,” one police source said, adding that the attackers then dynamited the building.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/printpage/0,5942,11803643,00.html

snipurl.com/bmy7

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Rebel raids hit Iraqi police, 17 killed:

Anti occupation forces killed at least 17 Iraqi policemen in a string of attacks near Saddam Hussein‚s hometown of Tikrit on Tuesday, Iraqi and US officials said.
snipurl.com/bmy8

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2 U.S. Soldiers die in Iraq attacks:

ROADSIDE bombs had killed two US soldiers and wounded five in two separate blasts in Iraq, the US military said today.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11796495%255E1702,00.html

snipurl.com/bmy9

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Analysis: Iraq edges towards civil war:

Iraq faces the prospect of civil war as Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s government loses credibility and violence against U.S. forces increases, according to almost a half dozen former and serving administration officials.
www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20041225-085745-9627r.htm

snipurl.com/bmyc

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Inside Falluja: ‘Nothing to come back to’ :

I was there, inside the city – about 60% to 70% of the homes and buildings are completely crushed and damaged, and not ready to inhabit at the moment.
207.44.245.159/article7561.htm

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Disappearing Act: Fallujah and the Media:

The extent of America’s war crimes in Falluja is gradually becoming apparent. On December 24, approximately 900 former residents of the battered city were allowed to return to their homes only to find that (according to BBC) “about 60% to 70% of the homes and buildings are completely crushed and damaged, and not ready to inhabit.
www.counterpunch.org/whitney12272004.html

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Abuse claims match those described by FBI :

At least 10 current and former detainees at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have lodged allegations of abuse similar to the incidents described by FBI agents in newly released documents, claims that were denied by the government but gained credibility with the reports from the agents, their attorneys say.
nsnlb.us.publicus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?
AID=/20041227/NEWS03/41227013/-1/news

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CIA makes no disclosures on abuse:

The CIA is refusing to disclose any information about abuse of detainees in Afghanistan and at the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, invoking a legal precedent that involved a secret project by the billionaire Howard Hughes to recover a sunken Soviet nuclear submarine in the 1970s.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2004/12/27/news/cia.html

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‘Ghost’ jet used for terror suspects:

A US jet registered to a ghost company whisks terror suspects to countries that use torture, according to the Washington Post.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/
story_page/0,5744,11799413%255E401,00.html

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Juan Cole: Bin Laden votes in Iraq and Shoots himself in the Foot:

In declaring “infidels” all who vote under the “infidel” interim constitution negotiated by Iraqi politicians with US civil administrator Paul Bremer last winter, Bin Laden is seeking to counter the decree of grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani that Iraqis must vote in the upcoming elections or they will be consigned to hell.
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Commentary: Osama’s new strategy:

Don’t hold your breath, but it begins to look like a new al-Qaida MO — shifting the focus of terrorist attacks from the U.S. mainland to U.S. interests in the Middle East and European governments that support the United States in Iraq.
www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20041220-063433-4060r.htm

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The Truth About Terrorism:

85 percent of Bush supporters said that the country was “safer from terrorism” in 2004 than it was in 2000, and 79 percent said that the war in Iraq “has improved the long-term security of the United States.”
www.nybooks.com/articles/17676

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Saudi shootout kills 3 suspected militants:

Three people thought to be militants died Tuesday when Saudi security forces raided a building in western Riyadh.
www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2004/12/28/saudi-militants041228.html

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An Open Letter to Our Leaders From an Iraq War Soldier:

Our soldiers are putting their lives on the line. – We see no pictures of the sacrifice. That is hidden, and our media is ordered not to show it. We see only words and videos of politicians speaking boldly about supporting our military, and honoring their service with all the best equipment, supplies, and motivation. We see nothing of the loss, the destruction: It is kept from us.
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In case you missed it:

Back-Door Draft:

In the military, a “stop loss” order keeps military personnel on duty beyond their contracted time. Some soldiers are protesting. They claim that the military has broken their contract. Kevin Benderman’s service has been extended an additional 9 months. He shared his feelings about the stop loss order.
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In case you missed it:

They Are To Die For The Lowest Bidder?:

When you’re stuck out in the middle of where Moses lost his knickers, among people who hate you and who are trying to kill you and you are expected to fight a war with hand-me-downs, you’re probably going to be a bit annoyed with the condescending, ideological windbag who sent you into harm’s way on a lark and a lie.
tampatrib.com/News/columns/MGBCD82SM2E.html

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Demand that politicians do more to support our troops :

Young men and women are fighting for us as I write, but who is fighting for them?
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Unemployed and gray? Truly, Uncle Sam wants you:

They are desperate. How else can I explain the fact that I am 54 years old and the military is trying to recruit me?
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Justice And Fair Play:

Are They Just Words When Applied to Rape by U.S. Personnel and the Military?
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Disasters Natural and Unnatural:

Before there was an earthquake and tsunami, there was Wolfowitz . Indonesia finally makes the front page in the U.S. Unfortunately, it’s not because of Paul Wolfowitz’s activities there.
www.villagevoice.com/blogs/bushbeat/archive/000614.php

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Asia Struggles with Disaster Aftermath, 50,000 Dead
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=365697

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Dramatic Images Of Tsunami Emerge:

From NBC News and the Associated Press, new images of the South Asian tsunami disaster.
www.nbc5.com/news/4028888/detail.html

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Ohio GOP Election Officials Ducking Subpoenas as Kerry Enters Stolen Vote Fray
www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1228-01.htm

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History will show U.S. lusted after oil:

A year-and-a-half into the U.S. occupation of Iraq, with the carnage over there spiraling ever more out of control, don’t expect media discussions of Iraq to stray much beyond the issue of “fighting terrorism.”
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Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2004

Israel’s Secret Weapon

Broadcast on BBC Two on Monday, 17 March, 2003

This film is the story of the bomb, Vanunu and Israel’s wall of silence.

Click here to watch it online.
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History will show U.S. lusted after oil

Linda McQuaig

A year-and-a-half into the U.S. occupation of Iraq, with the carnage over there spiraling ever more out of control, don’t expect media discussions of Iraq to stray much beyond the issue of “fighting terrorism.”
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Attack on Iraqi Shiite leader kills 13 as Sunni party boycotts vote:

Thirteen people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked the headquarters of a top Iraqi Shiite political leader, while the country’s main Sunni Muslim party announced a boycott of next month’s crucial elections.
www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=041227144627.bvzoykto.xml

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US soldier among 12 dead in Iraq violence:

Four Iraqi national guards, three officers killed in Samarra, four people killed in clashes between rebels, US troops near Baiji.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=12273

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Five shot dead in Iraq:

Anti occupation foces shot dead five men in the restive Iraqi city of Ramadi overnight and left their corpses in the street with a handwritten note identifying them as police, witnesses said.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11794703%255E1702,00.html

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Resistance fighter, family killed in accidental bomb explosion:

An insurgent accidentally has killed himself and four members of his family in Iraq’s southern city of Karbala.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200412/s1272701.htm

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Sunni party pulls out of Iraqi election:

The largest Sunni Muslim political party is pulling out of next month’s Iraqi elections — dealing a blow to U-S hopes for credibility at the polls.
news.bostonherald.com/international/view.bg?articleid=60635

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Video of Mosul suicide bombing :

“Let Bush, Blair and Allawi know that we are coming and that we will chase them all away.

Windows media.
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Poll shows troops in support of war :

Sixty-three percent of respondents approve of the way President Bush is handling the war, and 60% remain convinced it is a war worth fighting. Support for the war is even greater among those who have served longest in the combat zone: Two-thirds of combat vets say the war is worth fighting.
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Injured Soldier Critical of War in Iraq:

“There’s a lot of people that don’t think we should be there … like my unit,” Herrera says. “We’re not doing good out there. We’re just soldiers dying left and right.”
www.team4news.com/Global/story.asp?S=2735469&nav=0w0vUZ5H

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Mortuary Unit in Iraq Trying on Marines :

These Marines must cope with one of the most psychologically punishing but unavoidable tasks of war.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4696472,00.html

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Soldier recalls pain of being shot in Iraq :

Olson lost hostile fire and combat pay he would’ve received if he was in Iraq. He’s not sure how much money he’s losing, but it’s up to $1,000 a month, Olson said.
miva.sctimes.com/miva/cgi-bin/miva?CMN/Local/read.mv+20041227035725+2+

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Bin Laden endorses al-Zarqawi as his deputy in Iraq
news.bostonherald.com/international/view.bg?articleid=60636

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Patrick J. Buchanan :

‘Staying the Course’ Won’t Do : For some of Bush’s countrymen, there is a sense of having been had, of having been made victim to one of the great bait-and-switches in the history of warfare.
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The US falls for the Soviet trap in Iraq:

The record of the US-led occupation of Iraq appears to be somewhat worse. An assessment over the past 20 months clearly reveals that proportionally the US has caused more damage to Iraq and its people and has incurred more human and material costs than the Soviets did in Afghanistan.
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Naomi Klein : Yes, you must pull out – but also pay for the damage :

The US isn’t protecting or feeding Iraqis, it’s stoking violence and hardship
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1379892,00.html

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Shopping for War:

You might think that the debacle in Iraq would be enough for the Pentagon, that it would not be in the mood to seek out new routes to unnecessary wars for the United States to fight. But with Donald Rumsfeld at the apex of the defense establishment, enough is never enough.
www.nytimes.com/2004/12/27/opinion/27herbert.html?ex=
1261890000&en=2170fed723321962&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

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Tales Of Torture and The American Dream :

I’d been a reporter for twenty-five years and considered myself a professional skeptic, yet I’d been duped. I consoled myself with the thought that I was in good company. If I’d been duped, so had the Pentagon, the Coalition Provisional Authority, and one of the nation’s most esteemed newspapers.
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American gulag? :

FBI documents make Guantanamo Bay seem not much different than Abu Ghraib
timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=317
690&category=OPINION&BCCode=&newsdate=12/26/2004

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Alberto Gonzales :

Hispanics can do better than ‘yes man’: Many of these Latino organizations will refuse to utilize their reasoning skills and will support and defend Gonzales just because he is a Latino
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/editorial/outlook/2962671

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The Right’s Assault on Kofi Annan:

The neoconservative and paleoconservative assault on him and the UN has been like a slightly slower version of the Swift Boat veterans’ campaign against Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry—right down to the halfhearted and belated disavowals by George W. Bush.
www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20050110&s=williams

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China Expands. Europe Rises. And the United States . . .:

The signposts, at the end of this year, are ominous. As an economic power, the United States no longer sets the rules, much less rule the game.
www.nytimes.com/2004/12/26/weekinreview/26kapl.html?ex=
1261803600&en=a06690fdf89ff4eb&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

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Russia and China to Hold Joint Maneuvers :

Russia and China are set to hold unprecedented joint military maneuvers on Chinese territory next year involving both nations’ air forces and navies, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said in the Kremlin on Monday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4695831,00.html

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Ukraine minister found shot dead :

Mr Kyrpa, 58, appointed in 2002, was a staunch supporter of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4129091.stm

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Opposition Win Could Open Ukraine for Investment:

Liberal opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko’s victory in Ukraine’s election will help revive reforms, improve the business climate and put the former Soviet state on foreign investors’ maps after years of neglect.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=reutersEdge&storyID=7185063

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Uzbekistan: International Observers Say Vote Fell Short Of Standards
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/12/9FBB2F11-BAB6-4C7B-BF81-E6D8DB116BB1.html

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Syria slams Israel for not replying to peace offer:

Syrian Vice President says US regards Palestinian resistance in occupied territories as terrorism.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=12274

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Zionists Do Not Represent Jews:

From the inception of the Zionist State and particularly in recent times, the impression has been created in the World that there is some connection between the State, which falsely calls itself Israel, and the Jewish people as a whole.
www.jewsagainstzionism.com/zionism/notjews.cfm

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Blair ally in African coup plot:

FORMER British cabinet minister Peter Mandelson, a close friend of Tony Blair, is the latest high-profile figure implicated in the foiled plot to overthrow the president of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/
story_page/0,5744,11788796%255E2703,00.html

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Helen Thomas: Bush wants to break promise of Social Security:

President Bush is proposing to erode the Social Security system by privatizing part of it, making Wall Street the big winner of a huge financial windfall.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/205166_thomas26.html

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Gov. Bush considers privatizing some welfare assistance program:

More than 2.3 million of the state’s poorest citizens may have decisions on their Medicaid eligibility and other welfare assistance programs made by a company if Gov. Jeb Bush decides to award a $700 million program to the private sector.
www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-1226
privatizingwelfare,0,3690108.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

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Tsunami death toll may exceed 50,000:

At least 23,700 people have now been killed by Sunday’s giant tsunami in southern Asia, according to the International Red Cross, amid signs the final toll could top 50,000.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1638C75C-74D3-444D-BE54-70678D87CA14.htm

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30 000 missing on Indian islands:

30 000 people are missing after five villages in the archipelago were swept away by a tsunami, district official GC Gupta said on Monday.
www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1640471,00.html

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Neo-fascism in America :

Too many people believe fascism is only about goose-stepping, jack-booted Nazis. Too many people believe that American democracy is so strong that fascists could never take control of America. If you are sympathetic to those views, I invite you to consider the possibility that you are mistaken.
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Dissent is not disloyal: `

Can an American who wants the United States to lose the war in Iraq be patriotic?’
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Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2004

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Dissent is not disloyal

`Can an American who wants the United States to lose the war in Iraq be patriotic?’

By Geoffrey R. Stone

Dissent in wartime can be the highest form of patriotism. If citizens believe that our military or political leaders have blundered or our reasons for fighting are unjust, they must voice these concerns if they are to meet their responsibilities in a self-governing society. Dissent is not disloyal.
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War Crimes

Washington Post Editorial

Perhaps intervention by the courts will eventually stem the violations of human rights that appear to be ongoing in Guantanamo, Iraq and Afghanistan. The appalling truth is that there has been no remedy for the documented torture and killing of foreign prisoners by this American government.
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Happy Christmas: War is Over by John Lennon.

Real audio
www.john-lennon.com/happyxmas.ra

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Nine Die in Baghdad Tanker Truck Blast:

Police uncovered more bodies under the rubble Saturday after a suicide bomber blew up a gas tanker in Baghdad
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=359334

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Bomb Kills Five Civilians Near Najaf:

The bomb in the town of Khan al-Nus appeared to have been aimed at a U.S. military convoy.
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=
Breaking&storyId=967154&tw=wn_wire_story

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Officials targeted in Iraq attacks:

In continuing violence across Iraq, a council member from a town north of Baghdad has been shot dead while a provincial governor has narrowly escaped a second attempt on his life.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/88E36
1A0-4377-4A5D-BBDC-F8F109CD0584.htm

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Mosul attack ‘an inside job’:

The deadly suicide attack on a US military base in Mosul this week was an “inside job” carried out by insurgents who are part of the Iraqi armed forces, Asia Times Online has been told.
atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FL25Ak01.html

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U.S. Army historian cites lack of Iraq post-war plan :

The newspaper quoted Maj. Isaiah Wilson, an official historian of the Iraq campaign, as saying the overall performance of the U.S. Army in Iraq has been “mediocre” and it failed to recognize it is engaged in a “people’s war.”
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/518859.html

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Iraq Scrutineers Base In Jordan :

The United Nations, and other multinational election officials charged with making sure the January 30 election in Iraq is free and fair, have warned they will do so from the safety of neighbouring Jordan.
www9.sbs.com.au/theworldnews/region.php?id=101909&region=6

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British Cardinal condemns money spent on war efforts:

Britain’s leading Roman Catholic priest has criticised what he calls the wasting of billions of pounds on war in the Middle East.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200412/s1272203.htm

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The Catastrophe of the Iraqi Resistance :

By any progressive standards, the Iraqi resistance seems to have morphed in recent days into one of the most unprincipled, unethical, fanatical, unreasonable, and reactionary resistance factions on Earth.
robertlindsay.blogspot.com/2004/12/catastrophe-of-iraqi-resistance.html

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Soldier dies in failed assassination:

AN Afghan soldier and a Taliban militant have been killed during a failed attempt to assassinate a local police chief in southern Afghanistan.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/
story_page/0,5478,11777247^1702,00.html

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Israel may seek further U.S. funding for security measures :

Israel, which receives about $3 billion a year in U.S. aid, may seek extra funding next year
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/518501.html

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Indian security delegation ends secret visit to Israel :

A senior Indian delegation concluded a secret visit to Israel on Friday to discuss the arms trade between the two countries and their fight against “terror”.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/518801.html

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US families of dead raise 600,000 dollars for Fallujah refugees:

Families of US troops killed in the offensive on the Iraqi city of Fallujah are to travel to Jordan next week with 600,000 dollars worth of humanitarian aid for refugees of the attack.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1506&e=10&u=/
afp/20041223/ts_alt_afp/usiraqrefugees.041223173737

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In case you missed it:

They Tried to Warn Us: Foreign Intelligence Warnings Before 9/11 :

The Congressional Joint Inquiry into 9-11 is now finished, but the findings that have been released fail to mention any warnings from foreign governments. The US mainstream media also has paid little attention to warnings from foreign governments. Here, for the first time, is such a list of warnings
www.cooperativeresearch.org/essay.jsp?article=essaytheytriedtowarnus

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Russia warns US over Ukraine vote:

Russia warned the United States not to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, before a key election in Ukraine, which has strained relations between Moscow and the West.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/AE7BD8FD-C7CC-4B6B-A935-C7B3769FA9B3.htm

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23/12/04

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Israel Is Spying In And On The U.S.?

Video – Parts 1- 4 FOX News Investigates

There is no indication that the Israelis were involved in the 9-11 attacks, but investigators suspect that the Israelis may have gathered intelligence about the attacks in advance, and not shared it. A highly placed investigator said there are “tie-ins.” But when asked for details, he flatly refused to describe them, saying, “evidence linking these Israelis to 9-11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It’s classified information.”

These items have since been removed from the FOX News web site:

QuickTime video and transcript.
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US soldier, civilians killed in Iraq clashes:

A mosque in Baghdad has been hit by mortar shells, killing three civilians and wounding three others, a police source said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9D61FDCB-
74C8-466C-BFC6-F922BF67EE60.htm

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Three U.S. Marines Killed in Iraq:

The spokesperson would not say where the three were killed, but the deaths were reported as U.S. troops fought insurgents in the city of Fallujah, which is in Anbar. F-18 fighter jets dropped several bombs in the city, sending up plumes of smoke, while tank and machine gun fire could be heard to the south.
www.gadsdentimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?
AID=/20041223/API/412230748&cachetime=5

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Marines killed as fighting breaks out again in Fallujah
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/2961145

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Military releases new casualty figures in Mosul attack :

Officials say the blast at a mess hall killed 13 service members, five U-S civilians and three Iraqi National Guard members. The military command in Baghdad says a dead non-U-S citizen has yet to be identified.
www.wmtw.com/Global/story.asp?S=2724319

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Mosul Base Commanders Had Warning of an Attack:

Three weeks before the deadly attack on a U.S. base in Mosul, commanders at the base had a warning that anti occupation forces were planning a “Beirut”-type attack on U.S. forces in northern Iraq
abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=351870&
page=1&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312

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Sunni police chief quits:

THE police chief in the volatile Anbar province of western Iraq has resigned two months into his job after gunmen tried to kill him, the province’s governor said today.
www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/
story_page/0,5936,11773396^1702,00.html

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Rumsfeld says Iraq election won’t quell violence:

The US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, says it would be a mistake to think the deadly chaos in Iraq will subside after next month’s “democratic” election.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200412/s1271126.htm

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Another guard unit decries training, equipment :

The soldiers said in interviews, e-mails and official documents that they were sent to war earlier this year with chronic illness, broken guns and trucks with blown transmissions.
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A New Poverty Draft:

Military Contractors Target Latin America For New Recruits: Halliburton and other private military contractors have begun advertising campaigns in El Salvador, Colombia and Nicaragua to recruit ex-soldiers to work in Iraq.
207.44.245.159/article7546.htm

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Pantries provide backup for some military families :

Theresa Parrish tries to avoid the emergency food pantry. But with her husband serving in the National Guard in Iraq and two children at home, that isn’t easy.
www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-12-23-pantries_x.htm

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Zarqawi’s Group Says Not Behind Shi’ite Attacks:

A group led by al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said it did not carry out twin suicide car bombings in Iraq’s main Shi’ite holy cities on Sunday, according to an Internet statement dated Thursday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7169389

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Chris Floyd: Poison Pen :

According to agents of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, President George W. Bush has signed a secret executive order approving the use of torture against prisoners captured in his “war on terror”
context.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/12/24/120.html

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Alberto Gonzales: Torture’s Path

The paper trail is long, and it isn’t pretty. But it’s sure to produce some tough Senate questions for Alberto Gonzales
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6733213/site/newsweek/

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Aziz ‘won’t testify against Saddam’

FORMER Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz is unwilling to testify against Saddam Hussein at a future war crimes trial, his lawyer said after a four-hour meeting with his client today at a US base near the capital.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11775208%255E1702,00.html

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Us To Deploy New Missiles In S.Korea To Destroy WMD In N.Korea:

The United States will deploy missiles to South Korea in 2005 with the aim of destroying underground facilities for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in North Korea, a U.S. think tank said.
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U.S. trying to produce fake nuclear documents implicating Iran: Intelligence minister :

Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi said here on Wednesday that Iran has arrested more than 10 nuclear spies who worked for the United States.
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=12/23/2004&Cat=2&Num=010

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Nepal army kills 22 Maoists, rebel blockade begins:

Nepali soldiers killed 22 Maoist rebels in a fierce gun battle in the west of the country on Thursday, the army said, as a partial blockade of Kathmandu by the rebels reduced traffic to a trickle on two key highways.
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Israeli hubris vs. the U.S.:

The latest spy tale in Washington, D.C., involving Larry Franklin, an intelligence analyst at the Defense Department, and some of Israel’s most important lobbyists in America, is becoming deeper by the week.
207.44.245.159/article7543.htm

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Blair’s peace talks take back seat :

PM tones down efforts after warning not to interfere by US and Israelis shun plan
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1459042004

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Meanwhile, cycle of violence goes on in Gaza :

Thirteen-year-old Yehiya Moharab got up at 5am, ate his breakfast of pitta bread with powdered thyme and olive oil, and prepared to go to school.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1379021,00.html

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Israel: Court erupts over expert’s testimony on `Arab mentality’ :

The Arab mentality is made of “a sense of being a victim,” “pathological anti-Semitism,” and “a tendency to live in a world of illusions,” said Prof. Rafi Israeli, a lecturer in Middle Eastern studies at Hebrew University
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/518005.html

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Israel Lawmakers Sign Pledge for Illegal Squatters:

A dozen Israeli lawmakers have signed a pledge to join Jewish squatters in resisting the dismantling of illegal squatter camps in the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank – the latest sign that protests could be fierce.
hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/ISRAEL_GAZA_
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Putin slams West over ‘double standards’ in Iraq and Ukraine:

Putin again slammed US-led plans to press ahead with elections next month in Iraq and said it was the height of hypocrisy for Western governments to criticise Russia for pursuing its interests in neighbouring former Soviet republics.
snipurl.com/bkcj

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Local Muslim school taken aback by letter:

A national Islamic organization has demanded an apology from a Texas-based private school association after claiming its director took an “alarmingly intolerant and hostile attitude toward Islam and Muslims.”
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2960589

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Ted Rall: Save Social Security With The Flat Tax:

The same team that brought you “Iraq on $200 Million a Day” is pimping a preemptive strike on Social Security, seizing on Generation X doubts that the program will still be around when they retire.
snipurl.com/bkcn

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College students face cut in aid:

College students in virtually every state will be required to shoulder more of the cost of their education under new federal rules for financial aid.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/204946_pell23.html

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Will The GOP Nuke The Constitution?:

Salivating at the chance to radically remake the Supreme Court, the president and his loyal lapdogs in the World’s Most Exclusive Club are plotting to obliterate over 200 years of Senate tradition by eliminating the use of filibusters against judicial nominees.
www.ariannaonline.com/columns/column.php?id=750

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Dollar hits new record low against euro:

The dollar hit an all-time low Thursday against the euro, which was worth $1.3483 after a mixed economic report from the U.S. Commerce Department.
www.usatoday.com/money/world/2004-12-23-dollar-low_x.htm

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Battle scars:

“When I saw the stumps, I thought, `Damn, both of them?’ Then I looked at my leg and I was trying to figure how to put a tourniquet on it because I didn’t have any hands.”
207.44.245.159/article7533.htm

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The Exploitation of Soldiers:

Those who defend warfare tend to see it only as an abstraction, a game pitting strategists from opposing collectives against one another in furtherance of contrived objectives. The ugly details of orchestrated butchery and torture are to be suppressed, lest persons of humane sensitivities become upset and demand a cessation of the game
207.44.245.159/article7534.htm

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Military Personnel Wounded in Iraq & Afghanistan:

– Warning – Pictures depict the reality and horror of war.

www.thememoryhole.org/war/wounded/gallery.htm

Date:Wed, 22 Dec 2004

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Rise of the Amerikan Nazis Part III

Amerikan Terrorists, American Tragedy

Manuel Valenzuela

Tens of millions of Americans are being transformed into conduits of barbarism and catalysts of violence, regenerating the evil of racism against an entire population of purposefully scapegoated innocents whose only crime is belonging to a group the Amerikan Nazis have chosen as the necessary enemy from which to unleash perpetual war for perpetual profit.
207.44.245.159/article7532.htm

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Battle scars

“When I saw the stumps, I thought, `Damn, both of them?’ Then I looked at my leg and I was trying to figure how to put a tourniquet on it because I didn’t have any hands.”

BY Dalton Narine

The rocket-propelled grenade that ripped off James Eddie Wright’s hands and tore into his left leg ended the war for him and changed his life forever.
207.44.245.159/article7533.htm

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The Exploitation of Soldiers:

Butler Shaffer

Those who defend warfare tend to see it only as an abstraction, a game pitting strategists from opposing collectives against one another in furtherance of contrived objectives. The ugly details of orchestrated butchery and torture are to be suppressed, lest persons of humane sensitivities become upset and demand a cessation of the game.
207.44.245.159/article7534.htm

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Photo Gallery:

Military Personnel Wounded in Iraq & Afghanistan:

– Warning – Pictures depict the reality and horror of war.
www.thememoryhole.org/war/wounded/gallery.htm

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10 killed in Iraq violence:

Ten people, including a Turkish truck driver, were killed on Wednesday in explosions and clashes in the Iraqi towns of Samarra and Mahmudiya.
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_23-12-2004_pg7_40

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Iraqi policeman, resistance fighter killed in Najaf :

An Iraqi policeman and a suspected anti occupation fighter were shot dead early on Wednesday in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, police said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/22/content_2369023.htm

snipurl.com/bjon

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Report: Mosul Attack Was a Suicide Bombing:

Investigators at the base have found remnants of a torso and a suicide vest that was probably a backpack, sources told ABC News, indicating that the attack was a suicide bombing.
abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=351870&page=1

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Little sympathy for the dead Americans on the streets of Mosul
www.cbc.ca/cp/world/041222/w122230.html

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Calling the dead :

“Accident victims” families are worse — they’re not prepared. Military families are calmer. They’re half-expecting it.” Every time I read a headline about American deaths in Iraq, I remember those words. I’ve been remembering them a lot lately.
207.44.245.159/article7540.htm

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Anyone leaving Mosul will be shot: Governor:

Mosul’s governor issued an order banning use of the five bridges that span the River Tigris in the city, and said anyone breaking the order would be shot. Residents said Iraq’s third city was a virtual ghost town, with no one in the streets
www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=642617

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US forces seal off Mosul:

Districts of the Iraqi city of Mosul have been sealed off by US forces who have raided homes in a hunt for suspects after an attack that killed 18 Americans and four Iraqis.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/24DB1D5B-EF64-41F4-AE11-A75E4D8587A6.htm

snipurl.com/bjos

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Freed French journalists’: We lived through a very difficult experience’:
www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=041222192044.m77wyfy6.xml

snipurl.com/bjot

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Soldier who killed unarmed Iraqi discharged to face lesser charges:

A U.S. soldier was discharged from the Army for manslaughter rather than charged with murder for shooting an unarmed Iraqi prisoner last year, despite the fact that Army investigators found sufficient evidence to press the murder charge, Pentagon records released Tuesday show.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/10470106.htm

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Jeffrey Sachs: Iraq‚s silent dead:

American behaviour and self-perceptions reveal the ease with which a civilised country can engage in large-scale killing of civilians without public discussion.
207.44.245.159/article7536.htm

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Ten more years?:

Senior MPs warn British troops will be in Iraq for a decade, as Blair in Baghdad proclaims: ‘We are not a nation of quitters’
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=595356

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Paul Findley : What is Bush’s Real Goal in Iraq?:

Is the Bush Administration honest in stating that its objective is a stable, democratic Iraq? Or is that just a cover for permanent military bases that will enable the U.S. government to dominate Iraq far into the future.
207.44.245.159/article7537.htm

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Sen. Chuck Hagel blasts civilian bosses in Pentagon:

Deteriorating conditions in Iraq are a consequence of “the arrogance and incompetency of the civilian leadership at the Pentagon,” the Nebraska Republican said.
207.44.245.159/article7537.htm

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News From Saddam`s Lawyers :

I have for the last two years argued that whatever else Saddam Hussein did for good or ill as Iraq’s president since 1978, there is no evidence that he committed genocide. That he “never gassed his own people,” i.e., the Iraqi Kurds, which has been an assertion that has been repeated so often by President Bush, Vice President Cheney and the American press that I’m sure 99.9% of the people believe it is gospel.
207.44.245.159/article7542.htm

See also
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Racism and War Crimes:

If Saddam and his official to be put on trial, then US leaders, British leaders and other Western leaders who supported and encouraged Saddam should be with him in the dock.
207.44.245.159/article7541.htm

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How to Corrupt Religion & Politics:

“Cherry Pickin‚ Christians.‰ These are the people that have given Christianity a serious black-eye by such outspoken and all too visible “religious leaders‰ who think God supports invasions and torture, just as long as it‚s done in “His name.‰
207.44.245.159/article7539.htm

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Palestinian students need army escort to school:

Soldiers protect children from Israeli squatter attacks
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6746246/

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Israeli parents: Just Say No :

A letter signed by 97 Israeli parents urges their army-age children not to serve in the West Bank or Gaza Strip.
www.jta.org/brknews.asp?id=130574

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IOF Commander Not Worried About Mass Insubordination :

Commander of the Israeli Ocupation ground Forces, Major General Yiftach Ron-Tal, said today that he is not worried about the spread of insubordination against the Gaza and Jenin-area evacuation plan.
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=74002

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 12/21/04:

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

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William Pfaff : Torture reconsidered: Shock, awe and the human body :

A historian in the future, or a moralist, is likely to deem the Bush administration’s enthusiasm for torture the most striking aspect of its war against terrorism.
207.44.245.159/article7538.htm

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FBI files implicate Bush in Iraqi jail abuses
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-1411944,00.html

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I need your help to offset the costs associated with site hosting and bandwidth usage. If you find this site informative please help by clicking here
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In case you missed it:

Video Documentary: Losing Hearts & Minds:

The US military has maintained that the abuse of prisoners in Iraq was the work of rogue soldiers like Lynndie England and poor supervision. Whatever the cause, US authorities insist that those practices have now ended. Tonight, author and journalist John Martinkus reveals a rather different account.
207.44.245.159/article7531.htm

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The Sinister Plan :

The chilling reality of what Fallujah has become is only now seeping out, as the American military continues to block almost all access to the city, whether to reporters, its former residents, or aid groups like the Red Crescent Society.
www.outlookindia.com/full.asp?fodname=20041221&fname=fallujah&sid=1

snipurl.com/bjp2

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Cartoon: Bush Warns Iraq And Syria
www.cristianfleming.org/index.php?d=12/22/04

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Bush puts Iran, Syria on notice:

US President George W. Bush today told Iran and Syria not to interfere in Iraq’s internal politics, saying the United States had a variety of ways to retaliate if the two countries failed to heed his warning.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11750204%255E1702,00.html

snipurl.com/bifs

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U.S. company to pull out of Iraq :

Contrack International Inc. has become the first major US contractor to pull out of the reconstruction effort in Iraq, the Los Angeles Times said Wednesday, adding that high security costs were to blame.
www.iribnews.ir/Full_en.asp?news_id=184473

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Linda McQuaig: “Its The Crude Dude! War, Big Oil, And The Fight For The Planet”: Webcast:

Linda McQuaig, new book tells us how the world‚s most powerful industry and history‚s most lethal army are having their way with the planet
www.workingtv.com/itsthecrudedude.html

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Suicide Bombing – Crime against Humanity?:

Not as linear as you might think…….
peacepalestine.blogspot.com/2004/12/suicide-bombing-crime-against-humanity.html

snipurl.com/bjp3

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Venezuela’s Chavez arrives in China with eye on oil deals:

During his five-day state visit, Chavez will meet with Chinese leaders including President Hu Jintao to exchange views on bilateral relations and international issues of common concern, the Xinhua news agency said.
www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=041222184405.6ci0xhuu.xml

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Cleric: Bethlehem today is a ‘prison’:

Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, has been turned into a large prison by the separation barrier Israel is building in the West Bank, the top Roman Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land said Tuesday.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2004-12-21-bethlehem_x.htm

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Iran Has Detained Over more than 10 people on Spy Charges :

“These people were spying for Mossad and CIA,” IRNA quoted Yunesi as saying. He was referring to the Israel’s external secret service and the Central Intelligence Agency.
hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/IRAN_NUCLEAR_
SPIES?SITE=VTBUR&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

snipurl.com/bjp5

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Press fails to press Bush:

White House reporters ask softball questions just to gain favor with the president and his senior staff. It’s a concept known by a technical nomenclature: sucking up to sources.
24hour.startribune.com/24hour/opinions/story/1946812p-9924293c.html

snipurl.com/bjp6

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14 give $250,000 each to Bush fete :

More than a dozen wealthy Bush supporters have donated $250,000 each to help pay for the president’s second inauguration, which is shaping up as one of the most expensive.
www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1219inaugural19.html

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National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day:

There are more than 3.5 million homeless Americans nationwide. An estimated 3,000 died last year, and the homeless coalition expects that figure to rise this year. The No. 1 cause of death was natural causes, followed by homicide, suicide and hypothermia
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGBGFEFI13E.html

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Shift to Foreign Stocks Sapping the Dollar:

Thanks in large part to the dollar’s weakness, returns on foreign shares overall have significantly outpaced U.S. market returns since 2002. Foreign stock mutual funds have gained 12% a year, on average, over the last three years, compared with a 4.9% average annual gain for domestic stock funds
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/latimests/
20041220/ts_latimes/shifttoforeignstockssappingthedollar

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The National Institutes of Health: Public Servant or Private Marketer?:

A continuing examination by The Times shows an unabashed mingling of science and commerce.
ktla.trb.com/news/health/ktla-na-nih22dec22
-lat,0,7966628.story?coll=ktla-news-1

snipurl.com/bjp8

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The End Of Warfare:

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.
207.44.245.159/article7529.htm

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