Information Clearing House Archive Part 4 February 18-22 2005

22 February 2005 — 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 February 18-22 2005
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2005

McCain Calls for Permanent Afghan Bases :

A senior American lawmaker called Tuesday for permanent U.S. bases in Afghanistan to safeguard American security interests in a region that includes Iran as well as nuclear-armed Pakistan and China.
207.44.245.159/article8137.htm

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Doomed to fail

By Scott Ritter

“Freedom is on the march,” Mr. Bush has said. Unfortunately for the United States, North Korea and Iran don’t see it that way. And if America keeps marching, it could very well be in the direction of a nuclear apocalypse.
207.44.245.159/article8138.htm

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A Kick In The Pants

By Sheila Samples

Bush doesn’t understand what is happening in the world he so arrogantly believes he owns. The European trip he’s on now is a barely concealed attempt to strong-arm support for his upcoming invasion of Iran.
207.44.245.159/article8140.htm

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Did Israel Kill al-Hariri to Set the Stage for a Confrontation with Hezbollah?

Kurt Nimmo

Last week, newspapers “from around the world ∑ raised accusation fingers to Israel regarding the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri,‰ reports Arabic News. In Turkey, Prague, Paris, and elsewhere newspaper columnists and reporters put two and two together and came up with Israel.
207.44.245.159/article8141.htm

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Car bomb blast kills four in Baghdad :

A car bomb exploded near the headquarters of a major Kurdish party in Baghdad on Tuesday killing four people and wounding 30 others, medical sources said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-02/22/content_2605663.htm

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Car bomb kills 2 Iraqi soldiers, wounds 30: police:

A car bomb detonated near an Iraqi troop convoy as it left Baghdad‚s fortified Green Zone on Tuesday, killing two soldiers and wounding 30
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U.S. Marine Killed In Iraq:

The U.S. military today announced a U.S. Marine has died in action in western Iraq.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2005/2/54543563-FA8D-4274-9FB3-5AC963276E23.html

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Americans and rebels begin talks on timetable for withdrawal from Iraq:

American officials are talking to negotiators from the anti-US resistance in Iraq, whom they have denounced in the past as foreign fighters and remnants of Saddam Hussein’s regime.
207.44.245.159/article8136.htm

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General says U.S. sent too few troops to Iraq:

The United States did not send enough troops into Iraq to stabilize the country after toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime, a retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday in Omaha.
www.omaha.com/index.php?u_pg=54&u_sid=1343186

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Chalabi Withdraws From Race; Shiites Put Al-Jaafari On Ticket :

The Shiite ticket has its candidate for prime minister of Iraq. : Interim Vice President Ibrahim al-Jaafari was chosen after Ahmad Chalabi withdrew.
www.kirotv.com/news/4219585/detail.html

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Australia will add soldiers in Iraq New Feature:

In surprise, Howard plans to send contingent of 450 troops
www.iht.com/articles/2005/02/22/news/australia.html

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Mexico: the Pentagon’s Proxy Army in Iraq:

Mexico’s sons have been marching off to wars—albeit U.S. wars—since Pearl Harbor. Bush’s doomed aggression in Iraq is no exception.
www.counterpunch.org/ross02212005.html

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Iran readies military, fearing a U.S. attack :

Tensions with Bush administration surge over Tehran’s disputed nuclear ambition
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/02/21/MNGHUBERIV1.DTL

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Pakistan Army told to fire at intruding Americans:

Pakistan has issued new rules of engagement permitting its Army to fire at US forces that cross the border from Afghanistan without coordinating first, according to a report contributed to the magazine ŒAmerican Conservative‚ by a former CIA officer.
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_22-2-2005_pg1_4

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Straw places suspicion on Syria :

The foreign secretary, Jack Straw, went further than any other senior international statesman yesterday when he pointed the finger of blame at Syria for the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri.
www.guardian.co.uk/syria/story/0,13031,1419821,00.html?gusrc=rss

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Egypt: Mass Arrests, Torture Follow Taba Bombing:

The Egyptian state security forces arbitrarily arrested thousands of people and tortured detainees in the wake of the Taba Hilton bombing in October, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/HRW/52fe7b753c9e9d1dd751d97f34e03c29.htm

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Mohamed ElBaradei : “Al-Qaida also Wants the Bomb”:

United Nations chief weapons inspector Mohamed ElBaradei discusses the risks posed by potential new nuclear powers like North Korea and Iran, the chances of reining in a nuclear black market for terrorist organizations and the controversy surrounding his re-election.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0,1518,343030,00.html

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Nick Turse: Rummy Dropped from the Loop? :

It’s time for an inquiry. We need to know what Rumsfeld didn’t see, when he didn’t see it, and why he is so incredibly uninformed.
207.44.245.159/article8142.htm

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 02/21/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
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UK: Clarke tries to rush through anti-terror law :

Charles Clarke ran into a wall of opposition today as he rushed out new laws to detain terror suspects without trial.
www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/16784236

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Chirac defies Bush on China arms :

US President George W Bush has voiced “deep concern” about European plans to lift an arms embargo on China – putting him at odds with the French president.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4288067.stm

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EU chief dampens mood of entente with Bush:

The EU’s foreign policy chief cast public doubt on the health of the transatlantic partnership yesterday, puncturing the euphoric claims by European and American officials that President George W Bush had opened a new era in relations.
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Europeans Ask: Is Bush a Wolf in a Granny’s Suit?:

How much of what this president — known for his knack for hyperbole — says will translate into deeds? And what of the looming crises in Iran, Iraq and over the EU’s desire to lift its Chinese weapons embargo?
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,343107,00.html

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Gwynne Dyer: Realigning the global power game :

The Russian-American relationship is not thriving, and the proof of it is the fact that the United States granted political asylum a month ago to Alyona Morozova, a Russian citizen who claims that her life is in danger because of her role in investigating a series of “terrorist‰ bombing attacks that killed 246 Russians in September 1999. The chief suspect in the bombings, according to her, is Vladimir Putin.
www.cyprus-mail.com/news/main.php?id=18517&cat_id=1

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Putin Says Russia Will Pursue Democracy on Its Own:

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia would pursue democratic change on its own and would not allow the issue to be used by other countries for their foreign policy goals.
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In Pictures: Bush Not Welcome In Europe:
www.indymedia.be/news/2005/02/93226.php

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Nine Countries Spotlighted by Poll :

Results of Associated Press polls in nine countries on public attitudes about President Bush’s plan to promote democracy and attitudes about U.S. products sold in their country.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4817113,00.html

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U.S. aid funneled to Castro opponents:

As part of a broad strategy to spur political change in Cuba, the U.S. government has been quietly sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to activists seeking to undermine President Fidel Castro
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Call For Congressional Hearing On Haiti ‘Coup’ As One-Year Anniversary Approaches :

“One year later and the truth still has not been told. The U.S. Congress still has not demanded a thorough accounting of what role the Bush Administration played in ousting Haiti’s democratically-elected president.‰
www.hardbeatnews.com/details3279.htm

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Report reveals horrific truths of life in Haiti:

‘’The inhumanity that is happening just off our shores is appalling,’’ said Griffin, a Philadelphia attorney and former Justice Department official who has been investigating human rights abuses in Haiti and Latin America for years.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/10958149.htm

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Collapse of the American Empire:

The neocons in power in Washington these days, those who were delighted to talk about America as the sole empire in the world following the Soviet disintegration, will of course refuse to believe in any such collapse, just as they ignore the realities of the imperial war in Iraq
www.counterpunch.com/sale02222005.html

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‘Don’t Be Silent About Things That Matter’:

As the Bush Administration pushes forward with its aggressive plans to tear up the Constitution and launch its liberty jihad, Senator Barbara Boxer has stepped forward as the voice of Democratic opposition.
207.44.245.159/article8143.htm

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Evangelical Christians gather to press political agenda:

With a mixed sense of triumph and urgency, some 900 evangelical Christians from more than 40 states gathered at Fort Lauderdale’s Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church on Friday to hear prominent Christian conservatives opine on how to advance their political agenda.
www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/nation/10938281.htm

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Strategies in Palestine:

The Palestinians who continue their attacks are not trying to ‘wreck’ any peace process. They are trying to counter a pattern of encroachment which constantly works against them, and on which the peace process has no effect.
www.counterpunch.org/neumann02212005.html

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Virginia Man Charged In Alleged Plot To Assassinate Bush:

A former high school valedictorian in Virginia was charged Tuesday with conspiring to assassinate President Bush and conspiracy to support the al-Qaida terrorist network.
www.wave3.com/Global/story.asp?S=2981637

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Report: Thousands wrongly convicted each year:

Thousands of suspects unable to afford lawyers are wrongly convicted each year because they are pressured to accept guilty pleas or have incompetent attorneys, the American Bar Association says in a report.
www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-02-11-wrongly-convicted_x.htm

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Paul Krugman: Wag-the-Dog Protection:

The campaign against Social Security is going so badly that longtime critics of President Bush, accustomed to seeing their efforts to point out flaws in administration initiatives brushed aside, are pinching themselves. But they shouldn’t relax: if the past is any guide, the Bush administration will soon change the subject back to national security.
207.44.245.159/article8144.htm

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Molly Ivins : The $200 million disinformation campaign :

Among those still interested in fiscal sanity, and that includes quite a few Republicans, I bring your attention to two tax cuts that should be repealed right now for the sound reason that they are perfectly nuts.
www.workingforchange.com/printitem.cfm?itemid=18599

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War on terror in the U.S. scares off foreign tourists:

he stakes involved are huge. Visitors from abroad accounted for about $93.5 billion in spending and economic activity in the United States in 2004, according to Commerce Department estimates. That’s slightly larger than U.S. exports of automobiles, engines and parts
www.detnews.com/2005/business/0502/22/C03-96975.htm

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Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005

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Why Go to College, When You Can be Cannon Fodder?

Do You Know What Your Kids Are Watching on “Educational” TV at School?

By Dr. Teresa Whitehurst

I learned something new yesterday. Channel One News, the “educational” TV show that my daughter Isa and millions of other American kids watch every morning at school, is busy recruiting our teenagers into the military.
207.44.245.159/article8125.htm

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The Justice of Roosting Chickens: Ward Churchill Speaks

Professor Churchill, do you think that the World Trade Center was an acceptable target on September 11? Do you think it was a legitimate target?

Video – Audio – Transcript

What you have to understand, and what the listeners have to understand, is that under U.S. rules, it was an acceptable target.
207.44.245.159/article8124.htm

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Scott Ritter Says U.S. Plans June Attack On Iran:

Ritter said plans for a June attack on Iran have been submitted to President George W. Bush, and that the president has approved them. He also asserted that knowledgeable sources say U.S. officials “cooked” the results of the Jan. 30 elections in Iraq.
207.44.245.159/article8130.htm

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Israel must be prepared for an air strike on Iran :

Israel Air Force Commander-in-Chief Major General Eliezer Shakedi said Monday that Israel must be prepared for an air strike on Iran in light of its nuclear activity.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=543087&
contrassID=1&subContrassID=5&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y

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Israel pushes U.S. on Iran nuke solution:

Israel has been privately pressing Washington to solve the Iran nuclear problem in a hint that Tel Aviv may be left with no choice but to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities, defense officials say.
washingtontimes.com/national/20050221-123842-3048r.htm

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Nine killed, more disappear, in Iraq violence:

“Insurgents” kidnap journalist working for government-funded TV and her son, three men working for US military.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=12762

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Three US soldiers killed, eight wounded in Iraq:

A bomb explosion killed three US soldiers and wounded eight others in Addorah area south of here, a statement released by the multi national forces in Iraq said Monday.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=707017

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US soldier killed in Mosul:

A US marine soldier was killed on Saturday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a Multi-National Force statement said on Monday.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=706944

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American troops prepare for assault on Sunni stronghold:

American and Iraqi government forces have surrounded the city of Ramadi in preparation for an expected full-scale attack on the city, which has in effect slipped into the hands of anti-occupation forces.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=613165

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Violence Trumps Rebuilding in Iraq :

U.S. officials say soaring security costs have consumed $1 billion earmarked for badly needed water, power and sanitation projects
ktla.trb.com/news/nationworld/world/ktla-fg-cuts
21feb21-lat,0,5116764.story?coll=ktla-news-1

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Talking with the Enemy:

Inside the secret dialogue between the U.S. and insurgents in Iraq˜and what the rebels say they want
www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1029805,00.html

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Syria says it will withdraw troops from the Lebanon:

Amr Mussa, the head of the Arab League, said that Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian President, had assured him this morning that Syria was prepared to fulfil its obligations in the Taef accords that ended Lebanon’s civil war in 1995.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1493978,00.html

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Thousands take part in Beirut rally:

Tens of thousands of Lebanese massed on Beirut seafront as pressure mounted on the government to step down and end Syrian influence.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/EA2180C
4-F1A2-436D-BD93-14C2D3E87D79.htm

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Was Syria really to blame?:

The 300-kilo car bomb that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut last week is being widely blamed on Syria. The Bush administration in the U.S., cheered on by Israel, accused Syria of “terrorism,” withdrew its ambassador and all but threatened Damascus with war.
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/
Eric_Margolis/2005/02/20/pf-936484.html

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Assassinating Al-Hariri Fits Washington‚s Plan:

To understand who assassinated Rafik al-Hariri we don‚t need to look any further than the $1.5 billion US Embassy currently under construction in Baghdad. The new embassy, the largest of its kind in the world, will facilitate 1,800 employees and serve as the regional nerve center for American political and economic activity. What does this have to do with al Hariri?
207.44.245.159/article8127.htm

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The Dangerous Implications of the Hariri Assassination and the U.S. Response:

“As long as the vast majority of Democrats are afraid to appear “soft‰ toward the Syrian dictatorship and as long as so few progressive voices are willing to challenge the Democrats, the President Bush appears to have few obstacles in his way should he once again choose to lead the country to war.‰
www.commondreams.org/views05/0219-23.htm

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Shooting the Messenger:

“The trouble is that a lot of the military—particularly the American…military—do not want us there. And they make it very uncomfortable for us to work. And I think that this…is leading to security forces in some instances feeling it is legitimate to target us with deadly force and with impunity.”
www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20050307&s=scahill

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World churches see illegality at Guantanamo:

The World Council of Churches (WCC), the main global body uniting non-Catholic Christians, has accused the United States of violating international law in its treatment of detainees at its Guantanamo naval base.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews
& storyID=676571&section=news&src=rss/uk/worldNews

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‘Brooklyn’s Abu Ghraib’ :

Defense attorneys call it Brooklyn’s Abu Ghraib. On the ninth floor of the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park, terrorism suspects swept off the streets after the Sept. 11 attacks were repeatedly stripped naked and frequently were physically abused, the Justice Department’s inspector general has found.
nydailynews.com/front/story/282716p-242172c.html

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Army knew of Abu Ghraib months before Blair was told:

A senior British officer knew about serious abuse allegations at Abu Ghraib prison five months before ministers learnt about the scandal, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/story.jsp?story=612890

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A UK diplomat says Britain is part of a worldwide torture plot. Is he telling the truth?:

Our former ambassador to Uzbekistan refuses to go quietly. The Government should come clean about interrogation methods, he tells Raymond Whitaker
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=612865

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Putin To Visit Iran:

“The Russian Federation and Iran have several joint projects, in particular, the purchase of passenger liners from Moscow, the construction of the second unit of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, the issue of ships on the Caspian Sea and others,”
en.rian.ru/rian/index.cfm?prd_id=160&msg_id=54
30525&startrow=1&date=2005-02-19&do_alert=0

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Al-Qaeda number two warns West it faces thousands of dead, economic collapse:

Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri warned the West it faced defeat in what he termed its “new crusade” against the Islamic world, as well as thousands of dead and economic collapse, in a videotape aired by Al-Jazeera television.
207.44.245.159/article8135.htm

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Paul Craig Roberts: Bush Outfoxed By Bin Laden:

Any day now the neocons may orchestrate a scenario that will suck the US into a wider war that America has no possibility of winning. If the American people had the slightest sense of their danger, they would demand immediate US withdrawal from Iraq and accountability for the liars who orchestrated the ill-fated US invasion.
207.44.245.159/article8133.htm

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Uri Avnery : Beware of the Dog! :

It is not very flattering to be paraded like a Rottweiler on a leash, whose master threatens to let him loose on his enemies. But this is Israels situation now.
207.44.245.159/article8128.htm

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Israel releases 500 Palestinian prisoners:

Fourteen buses carried manacled Palestinians from an Israeli jail at Ketziot, in southern Israel’s Negev desert
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-02/21/content_2601479.htm

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Illegal Jewish squatters vow fight to the death:

Illegal Jewish squatters have vowed to fight to the death after the Israeli cabinet voted to withdraw from Gaza, endorsing prime minster Sharon’s controversial plan.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1EF5049B-C57A-4D99-A007-F8C56810EC02.htm

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Likud rebels scheme to torpedo pullout:

The lineup of Likud renegades assembled on Monday to strategize on how to torpedo the plan for Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank, which crossed another milestone towards its implementation on Sunday when the cabinet approved it 17-5.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename
=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1108956309642

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How long does it take to demolish a house? :

At the end of last week, the defense minister and the army realized they had made a small mistake: It turns out that demolishing homes in the territories is not a deterrent, and might even do harm.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/542203.html

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Settlers poison Palestinian well:

A Palestinian village in the northern West Bank has appealed for pressure to be put on Israel to end the recurrent poisoning of their only source of water supply by Jewish settlers.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C7359420-4A5D-4069-973F-D056B0DB543C.htm

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Noam Chomsky: US-Israel Strategic Relations:

The cease-fire is an enormous victory for the US-Israeli rejectionism which, since Kissinger, has blocked political settlement. The cease-fire is to be welcomed: better no killing than killing. But take a careful look at the terms. The framework is entirely that of US-Israeli rejectionism
207.44.245.159/article8129.htm

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New Zealand rejects Israeli apology on alleged Mossad agents :

Wellington has rejected an official Israeli apology on the matter of two alleged Mossad agents who were apprehended and jailed after they tried to fraudulently obtain a New Zealand passport.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/542991.html

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Claims Israel uses Australia as spy base:

Israel uses Australia as a base to monitor the activities of potential enemies in the region, according to an American security expert.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/smh51.html

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We Aren’t Fighting to Win Anymore:

U.S. troops in Iraq are only trying to buy time.
207.44.245.159/article8134.htm

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Amnesty International: Iraqi women no better off post-Saddam :

In a report entitled “Iraq – Decades of Suffering,” it said that while the systematic repression under Saddam had ended, it had been replaced by increased murders, and sexual abuse – including by U.S. forces.
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Army recruiting goals in jeopardy:

The active-duty Army is in danger of failing to meet its recruiting goals and is beginning to suffer from manpower strains. – The Army is rushing incoming recruits into training as quickly as it can.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002185936_army21.html

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America’s refuseniks:

A revolt is taking place within the ranks of the US military as a growing number of soldiers refuse to fight in Iraq and are increasingly vocal in their opposition to a war they consider illegal and immoral. They are today’s generation of war resisters.
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2005/730/in4.htm

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“This war is about money.” :

I am a manipulated stooge who sold his soul to exploit the ignorant with the proud lies our own leaders.
www.traveling-soldier.org/1.05.money.php

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Military offering more, and bigger, bonuses:

Last month, the Pentagon said it would begin offering bonuses of up to $150,000 for long-serving Army, Air Force and Navy special operations troops who agree to stay in the military for up to six more years.
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-02-20-military-bonuses_x.htm

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Accomplices in War Crimes:

Despite the horrific crimes and wanton destruction caused by an illegal act of aggression and Occupation, mainstream media continues to promote the Occupation of Iraq as a “humanitarian‰ act.
207.44.245.159/article8132.htm

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UN: Afghanistan Could Become Terror Haven :

Three years after the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan remains the world’s sixth-least developed country, the United Nations said Monday, warning that a nation that became a haven for international terrorists could fail again unless more is done to improve the lives of its long-suffering citizens.
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U.S. Troops Doubled In Afghan Army :

The U.S. military has doubled the number of its soldiers embedded inside the Afghan army, a spokesman said Sunday
www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,FL_afghan_022005,00.html

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Bring the Troops Home Now:

Global Day of Coordinated Actions on the 2nd Anniversary of the “Shock and Awe” Invasion of Iraq initiated by antiwar organizations worldwide including the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition in the United States
answer.pephost.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ANS_actions

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Why Bush will fail in Europe :

The President has an enormous political gulf to bridge. The trouble is, he doesn’t even know it’s there
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1418548,00.html

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Chavez to suspend oil exports to US in case of assassination attempt:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened to suspend oil exports to the United States if someone tries to assassinate him, adding that US President George W. Bush would be to blame.
www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=050220214200.4meabf8e.xml

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Mary Pitt : The Dems Just Don’t Get It!:

The Democratic leadership just don’t get it! Day after day, we hear them whine that we must become more Republican Lite in order to win. We should “move right” and be more conciliatory to our opponents if we want to earn more votes. In the Senate, our “leaders” bow to the will of the president in confirming the nominations of people who should not be allowed to serve in any capacity
207.44.245.159/article8131.htm

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Cubans Left Out In The Cold:

In recent weeks, at least six Cubans have been dropped onto the streets of New Orleans, abruptly ending prison terms that exceeded 20 years in some cases. The releases were mandated by the U.S. Supreme Court last month in a decision that said federal officials could no longer indefinitely detain 747 Cubans and 173 other illegal immigrants simply because their native countries will not take them back.
nola.com/news/t-p/metro/index.ssf?/base/news-7/1108969169277900.xml

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New Tapes Say Bush May Have Smoked Marijuana:

President Bush indicated in interviews secretly taped by a friend before he became president that he had used marijuana but would not admit it for fear of setting a bad example for children.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=7682264

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Bush: Why I won’t admit trying dope :

“You got to understand, I want to be president. I want to lead. Do you want your little kid to say, ‘Hey, Daddy, President Bush tried marijuana, I think I will?’”
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1418944,00.html

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The mole, the US media and a White House coup :

The reporter who wasn’t is part of a wider press scandal
observer.guardian.co.uk/focus/story/0,6903,1418539,00.html

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Childhood under threat:

Despite the near universal embrace of standards for protecting childhood, a new UNICEF report shows that more than half the world‚s children are suffering extreme deprivations from poverty, war and HIV/AIDS, conditions which effectively deny children a childhood and hold back the development of nations.
www.simedia.org/new/soc-econ-pol/child-threat05.html

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China woos Caribbean away from Taiwan:

And the US, China’s Cold War enemy, is benignly watching the Asian economic superpower move into its backyard.
www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2005/02/20/2003223817

snipurl.com/cy2q

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Soros : Oil exporters’ shift to euros behind dollar’s fall: :

Moves by Middle East oil exporters and Russia to switch some revenue from dollars to euros lie behind the United States currency’s weakness, and a further rise in crude prices could prompt more declines, billionaire investor George Soros said Monday.
www.thestandard.com.hk/stdn/std/Markets/GB22Ag05.html

snipurl.com/cy2r

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Why isn’t Bob Novak going to jail?:

Will someone please explain in simple, easy-to-understand language, why we never see right-wing pundit Bob Novak’s name mentioned in the same breath as reporters facing jail time for contempt in the Valerie Plame affair?
www.post-gazette.com/pg/05049/459428.stm

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We cannot vote Labour :

To support a government that has brought tens of thousands of deaths to Iraq is to abandon hope of change
politics.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,9115,1418935,00.html

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Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2005

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Weekend Movie:

Hijacking Catastrophe

9/11, Fear, and the Selling of American Empire.

Hijacking Catastrophe is powerful, understated, straightforward and educational. In a single meticulously organized hour of evidence and analysis, viewers are treated to a thoughtful explanation of modern American empire, neo-conservatism as a driving force for the current Bush administration.

Real Video.
207.44.245.159/article6895.htm

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Suicide Bombings, Attacks In Iraq Kill At Least 50
abclocal.go.com/kgo/news/021905_nwAP_iraq.html

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Five U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attacks:

Five U.S. soldiers were killed in separate guerrilla attacks in Iraq, the U.S. military said Friday, three in or near the northern city of Mosul, one north of Baghdad and the fifth south of the capital.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=7677234

tinyurl.com/4w5o2

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Journalist group calls US to account over Iraq :

The US government was today accused of hiding behind a “culture of denial” over the deaths of at least 12 journalists who are alleged to have perished at the hands of the US military in Iraq.
media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,14173,1417691,00.html

tinyurl.com/6kute

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Clash over ‘Kurdish veto’ looms in Iraq:

A law promulgated during the US-led occupation of Iraq, which governs how the country’s new constitution is to be written, has been largely rejected by members of the United Iraqi Alliance, which has a majority of seats in the new parliament.
news.ft.com/cms/s/2620cbe8-8199-11d9-9e19-00000e2511c8.html

tinyurl.com/683sm

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Bush’s Iraq coalition shrinking:

President Bush, who hopes to coax more Iraq support from European allies next week, used to boast that some 50 nations had joined the United States in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Today, a public listing is nowhere to be found.
www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/breaking_news/10936384.htm

tinyurl.com/4nyrc

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U.S. military killed two Afghan civilians near air base close to Iranian border:

The U.S. military is investigating why American troops fatally shot two civilians outside a base near Afghanistan’s western border with Iran, officials said Saturday.
cbsnewyork.com/international/Afghan-US-Killing-ai/resources_news_html

tinyurl.com/54l8t

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Lebanese opposition calls for uprising :

The anti-Syrian opposition, which has blamed the government and its Syrian backers for Hariri‚s assassination, called on Lebanese to stage a peaceful “independence uprising.”
www.columbiatribune.com/2005/Feb/20050219News012.asp

tinyurl.com/5fjbh

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U.S. to Syria: Probe Hariri Killing or Face Sanctions:

The United States warned Syria on Friday that it must help investigate the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri or face the possibility of further sanctions.
www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2005/
02/18/us_to_syria_probe_hariri_killing_or_face_sanctions/

tinyurl.com/5xwux

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In case you missed it:

Lebanese premier in Kuwait:

Some Kuwaiti MPs have called the visit an insult following Lebanon’s condemnation of the US-led war on Iraq which was launched from the Gulf emirate.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3001685.stm

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In case you missed it:

New Lebanese cabinet unveiled:

Observers see the changes as strengthening the influence of Damascus, and some consider it the most pro-Syrian cabinet since 1989.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/2957953.stm

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Bashar Assad: The Syrian sphinx:

When Syria’s young president, Bashar Assad, contemplates the forces ranged against him, he may recall that his father faced greater odds and won.
news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/story.jsp?story=612466

tinyurl.com/589kp

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Questioned men ‘happy to help’:

THE 10 Lebanese Australians questioned by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) over the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister were innocent people who did nothing but support Rafiq Hariri, an Australian Lebanese community leader said today.
www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/common/
story_page/0,5936,12300562%255E1702,00.html

tinyurl.com/5pkb6

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Iran preps for a possible war with U.S.:

Tehran has recently disclosed efforts to bolster and mobilize recruits in citizens’ militias and making plans to engage in the type of “asymmetrical” warfare used against U.S. troops in Iraq, the Washington Times reported Saturday.
tinyurl.com/3pvsc

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Iranians unite over nuclear row:

Iran is being discriminated against by being told it cannot have enrichment technology.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3758762.stm

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North Korea offers new nuke talks :

North Korea said Saturday it will return to six-party talks on its nuclear program if the United States pledges to stay out of its domestic affairs.
tinyurl.com/3magg

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India Closely Watching US Covert Ops In Northwest Pakistan:

RAW operatives speaking on condition of anonymity said that the Bush administration has set up a “secret shop” in the region despite unsettling China. Besides U.S. Special Forces, the CIA has also established “listening posts” in Pakistan’s NWFP Areas to monitor communications.
www.spacedaily.com/news/nuclear-blackmarket-05f.html

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Spot the differences :

On Sunday, George Bush arrives in Europe, seeking to build bridges after the Iraq conflict. But despite the charm offensive, several other issues divide the US and Europeans.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1417433,00.html

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To show the reality is also a form of resistance:

Cameraman Issam Rashid Abdel Rahman found himself in trouble when he filmed protests in Iraq against the occupation. He tells Simon Assaf what happened
www.socialistworker.co.uk/article.php4?article_id=5893

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Intifada III :

The sun has barely set on the Sharm el-Sheikh summit that officially ended the Al Aqsa Intifada, and Intifada III has already erupted. Only this time, it’s the settlers who are at it – Jews against Jews.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/541856.html

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Veteran of dirty wars wins lead US spy role :

He is tainted by his time between 1981 and 1985 in Honduras, a country that was being used as a launchpad for the illegal US-backed war waged by the contras against the leftist Sandinista government in Nicaragua. The Honduran military was accused of taking part in torture and extra-judicial killings.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1417267,00.html

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Ray McGovern: Hail, Hail The Gang’s All Here:

The appointment of John Negroponte to be director of National Intelligence is the latest evidence that President Bush is strengthening his cabinet’s capacity to mislead Congress and trample civil liberties. Ray McGovern, 27-year veteran of the CIA, examines the meaning of the Negroponte appointment and the dark trend it confirms.
www.tompaine.com/articles/hail_hail_the_gangs_all_here.php

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Negroponte, Servant of the Empire, Rises to the Top:

If you wink at torture, if you don‚t mind mass slaughter, if lying is of no concern to you, you can go far in this world. Just ask John Negroponte.
www.progressive.org/webex05/wx021805.php

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Scum Also Rises: The Bloody Career of John Negroponte:

The nomination by President George Bush of John Negroponte for the new post of director of national intelligence, in charge of overseeing all the burgeoning intelligence operations of the United States, is both obscene and predictable.
www.counterpunch.com/lindorff02182005.html

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Whose National Security are We Talking About?:

The American spy apparatus needs to be rolled back and dismantled — soon — not made more convoluted. Anguish not intelligence breeds in the cesspools of such secrecy
www.counterpunch.com/mazur02182005.html

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Poll: War support shrinking in Texas:

Majority also believes attack on U.S. is likely
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/3046886

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Papers show government authorised arms bribes :

Papers released under freedom of information laws reveal with startling frankness how the British government secretly authorised bribery on arms sales.
politics.guardian.co.uk/foi/story/0,9061,1417261,00.html

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Executive Clemency For Executive Killers:

The corporate killer gang received executive clemency from our President. They don’t call him the ‘Chief Executive’ for nothing.
207.44.245.159/article8122.htm

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Why Bush advisers fight the evidence on climate change:

For the Bush administration, global warming and climate change have so far been the great unmentionables, topics that interfered with the march towards the promised land of the perfect free market.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=612488

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Children Dying in Snowbound Afghanistan:

Disease fueled by freezing weather has killed more than 120 Afghan children, and desperate parents are feeding their children opium in a bid to alleviate their suffering, the health minister said Saturday.
abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=514456

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Deaths by AIDS in South Africa rise by a staggering 57 percent:

The increase in mortality spanned all age groups, but was most pronounced among those between ages 15 and 49, where deaths more than doubled.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/212760_safrica19.html

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Feds Warned About Fake News Videos :

Congressional investigators warned federal agencies this week that the promotion of government policies through video news releases meant to look like TV news stories may violate federal rules against propaganda.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4812249,00.html

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Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2005

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Australians hunted over Hariri death:

Twelve people wanted over the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri are believed to be in Australia.
207.44.245.159/article8121.htm

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US forces in Afghanistan engaged in rape and sexual humiliation of detainees.

Photographs taken in southern Afghanistan showing US soldiers from the 22nd Infantry Battalion posing in mock executions of blindfolded and bound detainees, were purposely destroyed after the Abu Ghraib scandal to avoid “another public outrage”, the documents show.
207.44.245.159/article8114.htm

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Detainee Coerced Into Dropping Charges of Abuse Before Release

“The American public deserves to know which high-level government officials are ultimately responsible for the torture conducted in our name.”
207.44.245.159/article8115.htm

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John Pilger finds our children learning lies

How many more innocent people have to die before those who filter the past and the present wake up to their moral responsibility to protect our memory and the lives of human beings?
207.44.245.159/article8112.htm

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Pharisee Nation

American Nation Brainwashed

by John Dear

I spoke to some 2,000 students during their annual lecture at a Baptist college in Pennsylvania. After a short prayer service for peace centered on the Beatitudes, I took the stage and got right to the point. “Now let me get this straight,‰ I said. “Jesus says, ŒBlessed are the peacemakers,‚ which means he does not say, ŒBlessed are the warmakers,‚ – With that, the place exploded, and 500 students stormed out. The rest of them then started chanting, “Bush! Bush! Bush!‰
207.44.245.159/article8113.htm

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Iraqi Killed While Hanging From Wrists :

An Iraqi whose corpse was photographed with grinning U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib died under CIA interrogation while in a position condemned by human rights groups as torture ˜ suspended by his wrists, with his hands cuffed behind his back, according to reports reviewed by The Associated Press.
207.44.245.159/article8109.htm

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‘Nobody is talking’ :

Thanks to a small group of leakers, journalists and freedom of information campaigners, together with the testimony of released detainees, the story of torture and its official endorsement in America’s secret overseas prison system – in Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, Afghanistan and other locations – is emerging more quickly.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1417227,00.html

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Attacks at Baghdad mosques kill 36:

Survivors said a man wearing a “suicide belt” blew himself up on Friday in al-Kathimain mosque in Abu Dushair district south of Baghdad.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/CD01DB9A-09B5-4632-82E2-8183056DAE39.htm

tinyurl.com/5kbo7

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Four U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attacks:

Four U.S. soldiers were killed in separate guerrilla attacks in Iraq, the U.S. military said Friday, three in or near the northern city of Mosul and the fourth in a roadside bomb blast north of Baghdad.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=7675632

tinyurl.com/44szd

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Three killed, five wounded in blast near cafe in Baghdad:

Three civilians were killed Friday while five others were wounded when a bomb went off near a caf{ in Al-Shu’ala city of the Shiites majority, Iraqi police confirmed today.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=706113

tinyurl.com/7xmu8

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Bullet-riddled bodies of police chief‚s sons found in Iraq:

The bodies of two kidnapped sons of Najaf police chief were found riddled with bullets in central Iraq on Friday.
tinyurl.com/3qxcq

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Gunmen shown with Indonesian reporters:

A video released Friday showed two missing Indonesian journalists flanked by masked gunmen.
tinyurl.com/53pnb

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Iraq Insurgents Can Conduct 60 Strikes Daily -Pentagon:

The Pentagon has found that Iraqi insurgents can conduct up to 60 strikes a day and occasionally more, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Thursday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7666210

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Show Us The Bodies:

No doubt instances like these help explain why 82 percent of Sunnis and 69 percent of Shiites want US troops to leave Iraq immediately.
www.thenation.com/blogs/outrage?bid=13&pid=2201

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Troops say it’s hard to get medical care :

National Guardsmen and reservists who are injured on active duty face daunting and sometimes insurmountable hurdles to get medical care
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-02-17-guard-sick-usat_x.htm

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War pimp alert:

Bush : US will support Israel against “Iranian threat”
tinyurl.com/4249g

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Bush Tells Syria to Quit Lebanon:

President Bush called on Syria on Thursday to withdraw its forces from Lebanon as Lebanese opposition leaders vowed to topple the country’s pro-Syrian leadership.
olympics.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7663471

tinyurl.com/6g94q

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Iran Calls for Alliance to Combat U.S. and Israel :

Iran urged regional countries to create a powerful alliance today and remain vigilant in the face of “US and Israeli plots.‰
207.44.245.159/article8111.htm

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Rafik al-Hariri and the Syria Blame Game:

Syria figured prominently as a target on the Strausscon-Likudite hit list even before Bush included the country in his Manichean “axis of evil‰ speech, written by the Strausscon David Frum, a “scholar‰ flunkey over at Strausscon central, the American Enterprise Institute.
207.44.245.159/article8107.htm

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In case you missed it:

Israel Shahak: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East:

In his Complete Diaries, Vol. II. p. 711, Theodore Herzl, the founder of Zionism, says that the area of the Jewish State stretches: “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.” PDF format
207.44.245.159/pdf/The%20Zionist%20Plan%20for%20the%20Middle%20East.pdf

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In case you missed it:

Noam Chomsky: Israel, Lebanon, and the “Peace Process”:

It is well to remember that Israel’s actions, however one assesses them, are conducted with virtual impunity. As Washington’s leading client state, Israel inherits the right to do as it chooses.
207.44.245.159/article8108.htm

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In case you missed it:

New Cheney Adviser Sets Syria In His Sights:

A neo-conservative strategist who has long called for the United States and Israel to work together to “roll back” the Ba’ath-led government in Syria has been quietly appointed as a Middle East adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney.
207.44.245.159/article5031.htm

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In case you missed it:

A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm:

Following is a report on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000. The main substantive ideas in this paper emerge from a discussion in which prominent opinion makers, including Richard Perle, James Colbert, Charles Fairbanks, Jr., Douglas Feith, Robert Loewenberg, David Wurmser, and Meyrav Wurmser participated.
207.44.245.159/article1438.htm

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Psywar keeps Tehran on tenterhooks :

To any intelligence analyst, it should be obvious that the United States has already embarked on a psychological warfare (psywar) campaign to keep Iran on tenterhooks in the hope of thereby breaking its will to resist US pressure to agree to the dismantling of its uranium enrichment capability.
atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GB18Ak01.html

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Russia to Cooperate on Iran Nuke Program :

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow will continue its nuclear cooperation with Iran and that he is convinced Tehran does not intend to develop atomic weapons
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20050218/ap_on_re_eu/russia_iran

tinyurl.com/5g2ue

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The Bear Is Back:

Under the guidance of President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin is reviving efforts to reestablish a regional role at the expense of American strategy.
www.nationalreview.com/comment/berman200502180741.asp

snipurl.com/cw1t

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‘US Discreetly Reinforcing N. Iraq Military Bases’ :

US military bases have been discreetly reinforced in the Kerkuk (Kirkuk) region against the possibility that Turkey might intervene militarily if Kurds take control of the city.
www.zaman.com/?bl=hotnews&alt=&trh=20050218&hn=16621

snipurl.com/cw1u

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Chris Floyd : Sword Play

‘You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple: to force … the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security.”
207.44.245.159/article8110.htm

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Leave our country now :

From the first days of the US-British invasion of Iraq, oil workers have resisted foreign occupation
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1417222,00.html

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Envoy Speaks Out About Rights Abuses:

Two years ago, Britain’s ambassador to Uzbekistan made headlines when he spoke out publicly about Tashkent’s poor human rights record. Craig Murray had harsh words, too, for the United States, saying it was helping prop up a brutal regime.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2005/2/178910BF-6AC1-4D4C-9C8D-CDF3F1935BBF.html

snipurl.com/cw1x

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World caught between terror and US empire’:

The world has been divided into two camps after the 9/11 terror attacks on the US – those who fear global terrorism, and those who fear the American empire, says well-known Japanese professor Kiichi Fujiwara.
207.44.245.159/article8106.htm

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George W. Bush and the Personality Cult :

Personality cults sometimes form in power-hungry regimes, such as Stalinist Russia or Mao’s China. Through extensive government-led propaganda campaigns, the leader is elevated to an almost divine level.
207.44.245.159/article8120.htm

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“I Pledge Allegiance To ..”:

Patriotism in America has been turned into a political religion. It‚s now a creed that justifies any behavior, right or wrong.
207.44.245.159/article8118.htm

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Treasury’s Role in Illicit Iraq Oil Sales Cited:

The Treasury Department provided assurances that the United States would not obstruct two companies’ plans to import millions of barrels of oil from Iraq in March 2003 in violation of U.N. sanctions
207.44.245.159/article8119.htm

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Do Americans Even Care?: Russia, Israel and Media Omissions:

You would think it would be hot news when wanted men being hunted by European police suddenly pop up in the US particularly on Capitol Hill and at events attended by the US president.
www.counterpunch.com/weir02172005.html

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Negroponte’s Dark Past:

When he was ambassador to Honduras, Negroponte was involved in what was arguably an illegal covert quid pro quo connected to the Iran/contra scandal, and he refused to acknowledge significant human rights abuses committed by the pro-US military in Honduras
www.thenation.com/capitalgames/index.mhtml?bid=3&pid=2203

snipurl.com/cw21

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Arab billionaire offers to buy evacuated settlements :

A billionaire from the United Arab Emirates has offered to buy the real estate assets of settlements in the Gaza Strip that are slated for evacuation under the disengagement plan
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/541797.html

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 02/17/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
snipurl.com/cw22

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“One Man Has Stopped Killing”:

Sgt. Kevin Bendermen is an American Conscientious Objector

www.counterpunch.com/mickey02182005.html

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US soldiers to receive ecstasy to fight combat trauma:

US soldiers traumatized by fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are to be offered the drug ecstasy to help free them of flashbacks and recurring nightmares.
www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2005/02/18/2003223545

snipurl.com/cw23

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Rumsfeld says US needs deep-penetrating nuclear bomb:

The US needs a nuclear bomb that can hit targets buried hundreds of feet deep, a capability it does not have now, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said.
www.webindia123.com/news/showdetails.asp?id=67578&cat=World

snipurl.com/cw25

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Freedom Fragile:

Too many Americans are in favor of free speech only as long as they agree with the speech. The television demagogues are after a Colorado professor who compared some of the victims of the 9/11 attack to Nazi bureaucrats. The demagogues think he ought to be fired.
207.44.245.159/article8116.htm

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How US suffers when the dollar falls:

If Washington is intent on spreading its influence in the world, the dollar’s fall makes it harder – and more expensive – to expand its military and political reach.
www.csmonitor.com/2005/0217/p17s01-cogn.html

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Report Says China Overtakes U.S. As World’s Leading Consumer:

For decades the United States has consumed the lion’s share of the world’s resources, but this situation is changing fast as the Chinese economy surges ahead. According to a report released this week, China has already surpassed the United States in total consumption of every basic food, energy, and industrial commodity, except oil.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2005/2/0DD20AA9-D5BE-4B47-944D-C99C3AE5034F.html

snipurl.com/cw27

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New proof that man has caused global warming:

The strongest evidence yet that global warming has been triggered by human activity has emerged from a major study of rising temperatures in the world‚s oceans.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1489955,00.html

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Molly Ivins: Screw the Children:

What’s really sad about the budget is that all this damage is being done to real, living children ˆ to save what is, in Washington terms, pennies.
www.alternet.org/columnists/story/21294/

 

 

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