30 April 2005 — Information Clearing House
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Information Clearing House Digest
April 27-30 2005
Date: Tues, 30 Apr 2005
Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 327 Days
Robert Fisk: 110 per cent of the vote: Long live our democracy.
Let’s hope the Arabs embrace our glorious traditions.
U.S. airstrike kills 3 civilians, 4 militants:
The Afghan civilians — one woman, one man and one child — died when warplanes attacked the camp in Uruzgan province on Friday
Afghan soldiers and police clash, six killed:
A dispute between Afghan soldiers and police degenerated into a battle in the western city of Herat and six people were killed, a military official and hospital staff said on Saturday.
Two civilians killed in clashes with security forces in western Afghan city:
It triggered a demonstration Saturday in which protesters called for “Death to Americans,” while the U.N. reported fresh gunfire in the city.
10 Killed in Fresh Attacks:
Some of the worst attacks occurred in the capital, still reeling from Friday’s onslaught in which at least 17 bombs exploded in Iraq, killing 50 people, including three U.S. soldiers.
4 U.S. soldiers in Iraq killed by bomb:
Four U.S. soldiers were killed and two wounded by a roadside bomb near the Syrian border
Car bomb explodes in western Baghdad, causing casualties :
A suicide car bomber blew up his car near a convoy of the head of an Iraqi Shiite party in western Baghdad on Saturday, killing one of his bodyguards and wounding three others.
Explosions rock Fallujah:
Mortar rounds landed in one of Fallujah’s residential Baath neighbourhoods, killing a young child and injuring 10 other civilians, witnesses and hospital officials said.
Was it murder? A US marine faces scrutiny:
Timeless questions on morality in war surface in first post-9/11 case alleging murder in combat.
U.S. contracting firm accused of bilking millions and running wild in Iraq:
Custer Battles security guards have also been accused of firing at unarmed civilians. They have been accused of crushing a car filled with Iraqi children and adults.
Experts probe Kurdish mass graves in Iraq:
Investigators have uncovered a large grave in Iraq that may contain the bodies of 1,500 Kurds killed in the 1980s.
Two killed, eight injured in two Cairo attacks :
A bomber and two veiled women attacked tourists in separate incidents that killed two people in Cairo on Saturday, targeting a museum and a tourist bus, official sources said.
Jaafari’s Government Falling Apart, Already?! :
I didn’t find a SINGLE news item in any of the mainstream media about what happened in Iraq two days ago.
From the Song Ve Valley to Abu Ghraib::
That first investigation found that “a total 18 soldiers committed crimes, including murder and assault but no one was ever charged” according to the Blade, even though as the newspaper determined, Rumsfeld’s office was sent a copy of the report.
Ex-UN envoy: U.S. feared discovery of prison abuse:
Cherif Bassiouni, the DePaul University law professor who last week lost his post as UN human-rights investigator in Afghanistan, said Thursday he believed the U.S. pushed him out to hide abuses in American-run prisons in the country and the possible transfer there of as many as 200 prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Abu Ghraib whitewash :
How well has our government affirmed the basic moral and managerial proposition that high-ranking officials must be held to account for the failings of their subordinates, especially when those failures are numerous and flagrant?
Defense Department Invokes Geneva Conventions to Withhold Torture Photos:
“Until now, this administration has shown only contempt for the Geneva Conventions, and it has built its policies dismissing the application of international humanitarian law,” said Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU.
Italy Backs Criminal Probe Into Agent’s Killing:
Italy asked its state prosecutors on Saturday to step up their probe into the killing of an Italian agent by U.S. troops in Iraq after the two allies failed to reach agreement in a joint investigation.
Military recruiting center attacked:
An Army and Marines recruitment center was shot at eight times this morning, an incident police believe is related to the airing of a television news report Thursday night that raised questions about recruitment practices.
Rumsfeld: Iran aids rebels:
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld charged yesterday that Iran is fueling the deadly insurgency in Iraq with money and fighters.
Western officials secretly met with Arab opposition :
U.S. and European officials held secret meetings with opposition groups from eastern Arab countries in Morocco, official sources said
Brian Sedgemore: The final nail in the Prime Minister’s coffin:
Nothing more clearly demonstrates the reason why I left the Labour Party for the Liberal Democrats this week than the leaking of the Attorney General’s advice.
Tory dismay at Howard’s stance on war:
Michael Howard faced a backlash from senior Tories after saying he would have approved the invasion of Iraq even though Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction.
Vote for Lib Dems will not let in Tories:
Labour’s attempts to warn its wavering supporters that a vote for the Liberal Democrats could allow Michael Howard into No. 10 “by the back door” was undermined yesterday in a detailed study carried out for The Independent.
Diplomats: U.S. warning allies about possible North Korean underground nuclear test
N-Korea calls President Bush a ‘hooligan‚:
North Korea today called US President George W Bush a “hooligan” and said it expected no solution of the international standoff over its nuclear programme during the Bush administration.
Saudi Arabia: King Clinically Dead, Sources Say:
Speculation is rife among Riyadh’s ruling elite of Fahd’s clinical death – but even if this were true, any official announcement would delayed until a final decision on Fahd’s successor has been taken.
Putin backs under-fire Abbas and pledges aid :
Israel has vetoed a US proposal that it allow Palestinian security forces to carry weapons, it was reported yesterday. No Israeli has been killed by Palestinian fire during March and April, but Israel has given Mr Abbas little credit for this, saying instead that he must order his security forces to dismantle the armed groups.
Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews Protest the State of Israel:
The state of Israel, according to the Torah (that is the Jewish teachings) is illegitimate. They state that the whole concept of Zionism and the creation of the state of Israel was formed by irreligious Jews contrary to the Torah and the opinion of almost all of the Rabbinical leaders of Judaism worldwide.
Over 10,000 demonstrate against ‘Israel’ :
The establishment of the so-called state of ‘Israel’ is entirely contrary to the teachings and beliefs of traditional Jews who call for the Zionist state to be dissolved.
Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 04/29/05:
The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
Latin America in Revolt: Leftist Victories Sweep Region:
In the last five years, uprisings have overthrown governments in Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and Bolivia. In Brazil, Chile and Venezuela governments have been elected on anti-neo-liberal platforms. Left-wing forces are considered to have a serious chance in upcoming presidential elections in Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.
People power rattling politics of Latin America:
Civic protest is emerging as an increasingly effective – if controversial – political tool.
Nicaragua’s president rules out resignation :
Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolanos reiterated Tuesday that he will not resign after meeting with about 5,000 protesters allied with the Sandinista Front of National Liberation (FSLN) who chanted slogans calling for his resignation.
U.S. “Embargo” On Cuba: Canadian businessman Sabzali finally free:
Sabzali had faced life imprisonment and over $19 million USD in fines for sales of water purification supplies to Cuban hospitals.
The insular American:
“Many Americans are in a mental bunker. Any information that tries to penetrate that bunker is rejected as enemy intellectual action.”
Civil Rights Commission Closes 2 Offices :
Citing mounting debt and projected budget shortfalls, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission announced Friday it will close two of its six regional offices
Whose Constitution Wins?:
In pre-1937 America, workers were exploited, factories were free to pollute, and old people were generally poor when they retired. This is not an agenda the public would be likely to sign onto today if it were debated in an election.
Exxon Mobil notches huge profit for quarter:
Exxon Mobil’s profit was the company’s biggest ever in a first quarter. It also was the fifth-largest for any U.S. company in any quarter.
Engineer Turns Bacteria Into Living Computers:
The feat, represents an important proof-of-principle in an emerging field known as “synthetic biology,” which aims to harness living cells as workhorses that detect hazards, build structures or repair tissues and organs within the body.
1 in every 138 Americans is behind bars:
The US prison population, already the largest in the world, reached a new high of more than 2.1 million last year, with one in every 138 residents of the country now behind bars, according to new government statistics.
Police handcuffed a 7-year-old boy:
Police handcuffed a 7-year-old boy outside his elementary school this week after he allegedly assaulted three teachers and two police officers.
School Mistakes Huge Burrito for a Weapon:
A call about a possible weapon at a middle school prompted police to put armed officers on rooftops, close nearby streets and lock down the school. All over a giant burrito.
Date: Tues, 29 Apr 2005
Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 326 Days
The Bushes are robber barons, not capitalists.
By Chris Floyd
It’s simply the way the Bush boys do business, trawling the globe for sweetheart deals and gushers of blood money from the war and terror they foment.
Aat least 41 Iraqis and three U.S. soldiers killed
At least 11 car bombs exploded in and around Baghdad on Friday, including four suicide attacks in quick succession in the Azamiyah section of central Baghdad.
Three killed in Fallujah gunfire:
At least three Iraqi civilians were killed and three more were wounded on Thursday after US soldiers opened fire near a house in the Iraqi city of Fallujah
Car bomb kills GI, wounds two in Iraq:
A U.S. soldier was killed and two wounded Friday in a car bombing north of the capital, the military said.
Iraqi police officers, US soldier killed:
A general and a police lieutenant-colonel have been assassinated and a US soldier has been killed in Iraq.
Marine hung ‘death sign’ by bodies, witnesses testify:
Fellow Marines testified yesterday that an officer who is accused of murder shot two Iraqis in the back and put a sign near the bodies bearing a Marine slogan: “No better friend, no worse enemy.”
Shiite-led Cabinet gets Iraqi approval:
But divisions again become apparent after the initial excitement of historic moment
Poll: U.S. to Bush: Leave Iraq:
Nearly a quarter of respondents to a Gallup Poll said that if they had 15 minutes to talk to the president they would tell him to end the war in Iraq, making it the No.1 response.
Blair was told deposing Saddam’s regime was illegal :
TONY Blair went to war in Iraq after being told that the objective of deposing Saddam Hussein was illegal under international law. Lord Goldsmith told Mr Blair that regime change was not a lawful aim for the war and that British troops must limit their mission to disarming – not removing – the Iraqi leader.
A spymaster’s view of the world:
Retired Mossad cheif is hinting at nothing less than an American occupation of the Saudi oil fields!
The Bush administration may be openly contemplating giving economic incentives to Iran’s ruling clergy in exchange for denuclearization, yet the US Congress is singing a different tune, that of regime change
Annan warns against strike on Iran:
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on Thursday cautioned against military action to punish Iran and said the Islamic republic was “cooperating” with the West on talks about incentives to limit its nuclear program.
North Korea can arm missiles, officer reports:
The Pentagon’s top military intelligence officer said yesterday that North Korea has the ability to arm a missile with a nuclear device, stunning senators
June seen as North Korean trigger point:
The military benefits that North Korea gains from additional reprocessed plutonium is less strategically significant than the inflammatory effect it has on its neighbors to renew calls for increased US flexibility to preclude a dangerous downward spiral
Interrogations Faked at Guantanamo, Witness Says :
Authorities at Guantanamo Bay staged interrogations of detainees for visiting politicians and generals to give the impression that valuable intelligence was regularly being gathered, according to a former Army translator at the camp.
Court to rule on torture evidence:
Britain’s highest court will rule on whether a blanket ban should cover the use of evidence gained by torture after civil liberty campaigners won the right to take their case to the House of Lords.
UN Human Rights Investigator in Afghanistan Ousted Under U.S. Pressure:
Days after he released a report criticizing the US for committing human rights abuses. He says, “The U.S. has done an enormous disservice to the cause of human rights in Afghanistan simply because they wanted somebody who was going to look the other way on what their practices were.”
Broken Chain Of Command:
It should be obvious that anyone willing to engage in the conduct depicted in the pictures from Abu Ghraib is neither a hero nor an innocent. And it should be just as obvious that they could not have committed these crimes alone or in isolation.
Police kill five people in demonstration in Haiti:
Police fired on protesters demanding the release of detainees loyal to Haiti’s ousted president Wednesday, killing at least five demonstrators, U.N. officials and witnesses said.
Cuban, Venezuelan Leaders Woo Latin American Nations to Trade Pact Minus U.S. Leadership:
U.S. officials have expressed alarm over the deepening alliance between Castro and Chavez, saying that Venezuela has become increasingly authoritarian as it tightens its links to communist Cuba.
Chavez has US running scared over rise of Left:
America is showing increasing signs of alarm at the influence of Hugo Chavez, the firebrand Leftist president of Venezuela who has eclipsed Fidel Castro as Washington’s regional bogeyman.
Will Colombia Be the Proxy in a US Attack on Venezuela?:
The U.S. is gearing up its rhetoric against Venezuela again as Condaleeza Rice barnstorms through Latin America — and there are subtle indications that the U.S. may be ready to increase Colombia’s role in undermining the government of Hugo Chavez.
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Washington Beating War Drums – Act Now, Defend The Venezuelan Revolution! :
This renewed campaign against the Venezuelan revolution represents a serious threat, which the world labour movement will neglect at its peril. In all previous occasions in which this kind of language has been used, it has always been the preparation for military intervention.
Colombia: Massacre in Toribio — Inconvenient Truths:
The right sees the people of Toribio as unworthy victims because of their organizing for justice. And the left finds it inconvenient to admit that the FARC is capable of attrocities and no longer represents the interests of Colombia’s poor.
Protests turning violent, political:
Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega on Wednesday predicted worse violence if Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolaños orders the army to end a week of street protests in the capital that saw buses torched and masked protesters firing dangerous fireworks at riot police.
Mexico City mayor hails sacking :
The mayor of Mexico City has welcomed a sacking by President Vicente Fox that could resolve a political crisis.
Iraq Through the Eyes of Unemebedded, Independent Journalist Dahr Jamail:
People who want to go back into that city (Fallujah) have to get retina scans, all ten fingers fingerprinted, then they’re issued an ID card. People inside the city are referring to it as a big jail. It is a horrendous situation
Why an Estimate was Ignored
Army aiming to enlist minorities:
Some 142 non-citizen troops have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Non-citizen casualty rates represent 8 percent of the total, despite being less than 3 percent of the active duty military personnel.
Discharged and dishonored: Shortchanging America’s veterans:
Like thousands of his fellow veterans of America’s wars, Alfred Brown died waiting.
Detentions: A case against Pakistan:
Behind the iron curtains of Attock Fort  hundreds of people belonging to the Pakistani army and air force, as well as civilians, are being held. The civilians were arrested across the country, from the southern port city of Karachi to the South Waziristan tribal area on the Afghan border.
Putin offers arms to Palestine:
Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged aid and military equipment to the Palestinians to reform, boost security and rebuild the shattered economy
PA Requires Israeli Approval For Russian Armored Vehicles and Choppers :
Jerusalem has already expressed opposition to such a deal at this time.
Spitting on Marla Ruzicka’s grave:
Debbie Schlussel, a right-wing political “commentator” and self-proclaimed heiress to Ann Coulter, has a truly nasty piece appearing in David Horowitz’s hysteric Front Page Magazine, in which she asserts that humanitarian activist Marla Ruzicka deserved to die at the hands of Iraqi terrorists.
Global competition for future energy supplies heats up:
Soaring demand for crude oil in China, India and other developing nations has set off a scramble to secure future energy supplies that could undermine the economic and national security of the United States.
China creating office to safeguard `energy security’:
China has created a powerful new agency to oversee the country’s energy security amid booming demand for power and surging oil imports, an official at the country’s main planning agency said Thursday.
Bush Is Blowing Smoke on Energy:
Hitting all the points in a noted GOP pollster’s playbook, the President’s plan is driven by politics not policy. Worse, it won’t cut oil dependency
Congress narrowly passes $2.6 trillion budget:
Medicaid gets marked for a $10 billion reduction over four years. The budget could also pave the way for opening Alaska‚s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
Thousands die early as poverty gap widens:
Thousands of people are dying prematurely in deprived inner cities as the gap between rich and poor in Britain widens. The difference in life expectancy between the poorest and most affluent parts of the country has grown to 11 years and is now more pronounced than in Victorian times, researchers say.
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Date: Tues, 28 Apr 2005
Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 325 Days
Brigadier shocks and awes: there is no war on terrorism
The so-called global war on terrorism does not exist, a high-ranking army officer has declared in a speech that challenges the conventional political wisdom.
By Cynthia Banham
In a frank speech, Brigadier Justin Kelly dismissed several of the central tenets of the Iraq war and the war on terrorism, saying the “war” part is all about politics and terrorism is merely a tactic.
Militants Kill Six Sudanese Hostages in Iraq:
Islamic militant group Army of Ansar al-Sunna said it shot dead six abducted Sudanese drivers working for U.S. forces in Iraq
Five Killed in Iraq Violence:
Gunmen assassinated a senior Interior Ministry official in Baghdad Thursday as four were killed and several others wounded in separate incidents in Iraq.
Four killed in mortar attack:
Militants fired at least six mortar rounds toward a U.S. military base Musayyib, 40 miles south of Baghdad, but hit a nearby bus station instead, killing four Iraqis and wounding 21, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.
Baghdad barbers targeted in attacks :
Barbers in the al-Shaab district and adjacent neighbourhoods of Baghdad closed their businesses after three were shot dead by attackers
Car bomb kills two soldiers in Tikrit:
Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and seven others suffered various cuts in a blast of a booby-trapped car in the northern city of Tikrit on Thursda
Iraq approves new government:
Jaafari failed to name permanent ministers to five ministries — oil, defence, electricity, industry and human rights — and two deputy prime minister posts were left vacant.
Iraq’s Ahmad Chalabi: He’s now Mr. Oil:
Controversial figure, with no industry experience, to run ministry
IRAQ: Doctors warn of increasing deformities in newborn babies.:
Health officials and scientists said this could be due to radiation passed through mothers following years of conflict in the country.
Horror Of Depleted Uranium Not Limited To Iraq:
The radiation from depleted uranium can travel literally anywhere. It’s going to destroy the lives of thousands of children, all over the world.
Abu Ghraib Torture Victim Speaks Out:
A former prisoner who says he was the man under the black hood in the gruesome photo from Abu Ghraib speaks out on this week’s edition of the PBS newsmagazine “Now.”
Helen Thomas: Pentagon Report On Abuse Has To Be Joke:
The Pentagon has got to be kidding.
Secret Iraq war advice published:
Publication of a secret 2003 memo from the government’s top lawyer questioning the Iraq war’s legality buffeted Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday, just a week before the May 5 election.
Full Text :
Advice from Attorney General on legality of Iraq war
Blix insists there was no firm weapons evidence:
The head of the United Nations weapons inspectors in the run-up to the Iraq war, Hans Blix, last night undercut one of the main grounds offered by the attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, in his legal advice to Tony Blair.
UK: Blair accused of ‘gross deception’ as Goldsmith’s advice is published:
Families of some of the British soldiers killed in Iraq said they were preparing a legal case against the Prime Minister, based on the leaked document.
Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression:
Strong, credible allegations of high-level criminal activity can bring down a government. When the government lacks an effective, fact-based defense, other techniques must be employed. The success of these techniques depends heavily upon a cooperative, compliant press and a mere token opposition party.
Pentagon releases 360 photos:
The Department of Defense released to him and the National Security Archive 360 additional photographs of soldiers’ remains as they were returned to U.S. bases, from Dover to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.
Belgian Doctors Bill U.S. for Treating Iraqi Girl :
Belgian doctors sent an Iraqi girl home on Thursday after treating her for leg wounds caused by a bomb during the U.S. invasion — and sent the 51,570 euro ($66,650) bill to the U.S. embassy.
Another Lost Opportunity:
A convicted terrorist was providing U.S. officials with very specific information about a terrorist attack three months before 9/11.
Robert Higgs: Benefits and Costs of the U.S. Government‚s War Making:
If the government were able and willing to carry out an effective global “war on terrorism‰ by means of its present policy of empire building and naked aggression (politely called “preventive war‰), would the benefits of that policy justify the costs being borne? Not for a moment.
Video: The Power of Nightmares :
Instead of delivering dreams, politicians now promise to protect us from nightmares. They say that they will rescue us from dreadful dangers that we cannot see and do not understand. And the greatest danger of all is international terrorism.
This is a must watch documentary
CIA details botched hunt for Iraq’s WMD :
US military interrogators botched the questioning of Iraqi scientists in the search for weapons of mass destruction and their detention “serves no further purpose”, a new CIA report has found.
Planned bomb sale to Israel raises fears of strike on Iran:
The Pentagon has notified Congress of a proposed US sale to Israel of 100 guided bunker-busting bombs, a move raising concerns about a unilateral Israel strike against Iran.
Russia plans nuclear fuel shipments to Iran mid-2005:
The Russian nuclear fuel trader TVEL should start fuel shipments for a Moscow-built nuclear reactor in Iran six months before the unit becomes operational in early 2006, a senior company official said on Thursday.
Scandal Stymies Israeli Effort to Pressure Tehran:
Aipac Shakeup Hurts Advocates of Tough U.S. Stance on Iran Nukes
Iranian newspaper warns against Israeli nuclear arsenal:
Iranian newspaper of ‘Kayhan al-Arabi’ has stressed that the “Zionist nuclear arsenal constitutes a threat to the whole world, because it is not subjected to the international supervision and the west in general and the US in particular ignore it
US State Department identifies nations purportedly sponsoring terrorism :
Cuba, North Korea, Syria, and, in particular, Iran are named in the department’s “Country Reports on Terrorism” released on Wednesday
The Facts About “Pattern Of Global Terrorism:
The number of significant incidents of terrorism in 2004 (a significant incidents means someone was killed, wounded, or kidnapped or there was property damage greater than $10,000) was the highest ever recorded. In addition, the number of fatalities is the second highest total recorded in 37 years.
Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 04/27/05:
The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
Saudis, Oil, Israel, & America :
The possible overthrow of the Saudi monarchy. Israeli and American national security professionals are conversing about the likely consequences of present US policy: the need to use military force to secure ‘our’ supply of cheap oil.
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Blow to Bush as Bolton panel widens its inquiry :
The Senate committee assessing John Bolton’s nomination as the next US ambassador to the UN yesterday widened its inquiry to interview several more potentially hostile witnesses, in a fresh blow to the White House.
Sidney Blumenthal: The “good” soldier’s revenge :
In Colin Powell’s battle to block Bush’s nominee to the UN, far more is at stake than John Bolton’s unsuitability
Congresswoman Waters Demands That The Senate Investigate Arms Shipment To Haiti :
Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-35) released a statement denouncing last year’s shipment of thousands of weapons to Haiti by the U.S. Government, in violation of a 13-year-old arms embargo on Haiti, and demanding that the United States investigate why John Bolton allowed these weapons sales to occur while serving as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs.
Haiti: Former Prime Minister To Continue Hunger Strike:
“I am continuing my hunger strike, so that I can regain my freedom and my security and so that the de facto Government will stop threatening my life, while it continues to trample on my dignity.”
Rice Lauds Colombia, Slams Venezuela:
Colombia is the world’s No. 1 supplier of cocaine and a major producer of heroin. The United States has committed $3.3 billion to Plan Colombia
USA Grants USD 600 Million to Columbia for Fight against Terrorism and Drug Trafficking
Politics, drugs and the gun: Colombia’s right-wing paramilitaries :
The AUC is deeply involved in drug-trafficking and kills more civilians than its foes, the left-wing guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
US Wants Venezuelan Arms Monitored for Rebel Fears:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday that Washington wants arms sales to Venezuela to be monitored due to concerns they could be transferred to Marxist rebels in neighboring Colombia.
Venezuela’s Chavez increases minimum wage :
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday announced a 26 percent increase in the country’s minimum wage, but he acknowledged that it would still be insufficient for many poor families.
Hard Times in Central America: Nicaragua on a Dollar a Day…Forever?:
Visiting areas of Nicaragua hard hit by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, one steps unmistakeably into the vicious colonial class war being waged by corporate plutocrats and their political and institutional fronts against the world’s poor.
Dominican Republic Inmates Await Justice:
Nearly 9,000 continue to be held without charges.
Can you say hypocrisy? :
But Did He Inhale?: Anti-Castro Majority Leader Tom DeLay enjoys a fine Cuban cigar
Wiretaps in U.S. Jump 19 Percent in 2004:
The number of secret court-authorized wiretaps across the country surged by 19 percent last year, according to court records which also showed that not a single application was denied. The numbers, released Thursday, do not include court orders for terror-related investigations
Oil surge boosts Shell’s earnings :
Meanwhile, oil firm Exxon Mobil posted first quarter net profits of $7.86bn.
Economy Grows at Slowest Pace in Two Years:
Consumers and businesses turned cautious in their spending in the January-to-March quarter, a key factor in the slower economic growth. High energy prices and rising borrowing costs are causing Americans to tighten their belts a bit.
Date: Tues, 27 Apr 2005
Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 324 Days
Were 5 Unarmed and Wounded Iraqi’s Murdered By U.S. Marines In A Fallujah Mosque?
Shoot the Messenger
Last November when a US marine shot dead an unarmed, wounded Iraqi in a Fallujah mosque, the story created international headlines. In fact, it was the biggest scandal to hit the US military in Iraq since Abu Ghraib. What we still don’t know is what actually went on outside the frame of that now infamous image?
Explosive Video Report From SBS Australia
In his first international interview, the journalist responsible for capturing that awful shooting spoke with Dateline’s Sophie McNeill, and a warning – this story contains strong language and confronting images. Let me say that we’ve left some particularly graphic scenes in this report because we believe they’re critical to understanding exactly what happened that day in Fallujah. Click here to watch. Real video and transcript
This is our Guernica
Ruined, cordoned Falluja is emerging as the decade’s monument to brutality
Jonathan Steele and Dahr Jamail
Refugees told one of us that civilians carrying white flags were gunned down by American soldiers. Corpses were tied to US tanks and paraded around like trophies.
Then They Came For The Children.
By Ted Rall
They’ve vanished into the netherworld of a Homeland Security gulag and their story has already disappeared from the headlines, but the shocking case of two 16-year-old girls from New York City arrested a month ago ought to inspire outrage among every American worthy of the name. Since the government’s reasons for the girls’ imprisonment could apply to virtually any teenager, it should also spark fear.
Gunmen Kill Iraqi Member Of Parliment in Baghdad:
Gunmen shot dead a member of Iraq’s parliament outside her house in Baghdad Wednesday, Iraqi police said. The attack occurred in front of her home in eastern Baghdad.
Grenade kills Sioux City soldier in Iraq:
A Sioux City, Iowa, soldier serving his second tour in Iraq was killed when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his vehicle
Political stalemate returns, delays Iraqi announcement:
In Baghdad Wednesday, unknown gunmen opened fire on the convoy of a senior Iraqi police officer, wounding him and killing two of his bodyguards, Iraqi police said
Three Sunni MPs quit Iraqi alliance:
The three members of parliament said they were resigning in protest against the attempt to marginalise Sunni Arabs. They also expressed resentment against what they called foreign interference in ministry-making decisions.
Marine shoots two unarmed Iraqis in the back
Asked by a prosecutor if he believed the Iraqis’ actions merited a self-defense shooting, Gobles said: ‘’Myself, I didn’t see anything.’’
U.S. troops may have killed Canadian in Iraq:
Dan McTeague, the parliamentary secretary responsible for Canadians abroad, told the Canadian Press that the government is still trying to sort through conflicting reports of how the man was killed.
US says Iraq resistance undiminished in past year:
Iraq’s anti occupation force remains undiminished in its capabilities in the past year despite U.S.-led efforts to crush the rebels, the top American general said on Tuesday.
Giuliana Sgrena Blasts U.S. Cover Up, Calls for U.S. and Italy to Leave Iraq
Rights Group Condemns U.S. Over Guantanamo Torture:
Europe’s human rights body condemned the United States on Tuesday for using what it termed “torture” on terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and it called on European countries not to cooperate in interrogating Guantanamo detainees.
Abuses Continue One Year After Abu Ghraib:
One year after the Abu Ghraib photographs shocked the world, Amnesty International continues to receive reports that abuse of detained Iraqis continues. According to testimony received by Amnesty International
U.S.: Abu Ghraib Only the “Tip of the Iceberg” :
The crimes at Abu Ghraib are part of a larger pattern of abuses against Muslim detainees around the world, Human Rights Watch said on the eve of the April 28 anniversary of the first pictures of U.S. soldiers brutalizing prisoners at the Iraqi jail.
Soldiers Charged in Iraqi, Afghani Deaths:
A look at some of the soldiers charged with murder as a result of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.
Six Afghan police and US soldier killed in fresh clashes:
A US soldier and six Afghan policemen were killed in two separate ambushes by militants in southern Afghanistan, the latest casualties in a surge of violence, US and Afghan officials said Wednesday.
Attorney general told Blair war could be illegal :
Secret advice leaked to Guardian : Tony Blair was told by the government’s most senior law officer in a confidential minute less than two weeks before the war that British participation in the American-led invasion of Iraq could be declared illegal.
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Channel 4 News reveals legal advice on Iraq War:
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Blair warned: More to follow Sedgemore out of the party:
Tony Blair has been warned that other former Labour MPs could join Brian Sedgemore by leaving the party after the general election in a concerted protest against his leadership.
An obvious trail of slime :
Fraudulent claims, lying politicians and deceiving documents litter the historical record of humankind. Sometimes the forgeries are obvious.
Howard Zinn: “To Be Neutral, To Be Passive In A Situation Is To Collaborate With Whatever Is Going On
Howard Zinn was a part of most struggles for social justice in this country during his lifetime. He joins us in our firehouse studio.
Letting in the Draft?
An overstretched military? You bet. Things going terribly in Iraq? No kidding.
Terror Attacks Increased Sharply in 2004 :
Terror attacks worldwide more than tripled last year reaching a record high, according to government figures released by a senior House Democrat.
Saudi’s Qaeda urges Muslims to snipe at Americans :
A top Saudi al Qaeda member urged Muslims in his last message before being killed to join the insurgency in Iraq and snipe at Americans in other Arab states, according to the group’s online magazine.
In Pictures: One Mans voice:
Anti-war protest picture
U.S. buys weapons for Iraqi army from indicted Chinese company:
The U.S. Army has approved the purchase of more than $29 million worth of weapons for the new Iraqi army from a Chinese state-owned company that’s under indictment in California for trying to smuggle 2,000 AK-47 automatic rifles into the United States.
N Korea ‘running out of time’ :
America’s chief envoy to North Korea has warned that the US will not wait forever for Pyongyang to return to six party talks on its nuclear programme.
N. Korea, 6, and Bush, 0:
The single greatest failure of the Bush administration’s foreign policy concerns North Korea. Mr. Bush’s policies toward North Korea have backfired and led the North to churn out nuclear weapons, and they have also antagonized our allies and diminished America’s stature in Asia.
No choice but to deal with Kim Jong Il :
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Il is acting up again. This time, he has shut down the country’s 5MW nuclear reactor. This could be for routine maintenance. Or it could be the start of a process to extract plutonium from the reactor to build more nuclear weapons.
Diplomats: U.S. Alone in Fight to Oust UN’s ElBaradei:
The United States is alone on the board of the U.N. nuclear watchdog in opposing a third term for agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei, diplomats said Wednesday.
US set to sell bunker-busters to Israel:
The Pentagon has notified Congress of a proposed sale to Israel of 100 guided bunker-busting bombs, a move that analysts say could prompt concerns about a unilateral Israel strike against Iran.
Dead Israeli shot by his comrades :
An Israeli soldier killed in the West Bank on Monday night was shot by his comrades, in an incident in which a Palestinian driver was also shot dead.
Palestinian, Israeli killed in West Bank:
The family of a Palestinian taxi driver has accused Israeli forces of murdering him in cold blood in the West Bank after he ran over and killed an Israeli at an army checkpoint.
Thousands of Israelis Pour Into Gaza Strip:
Thousands of Israelis poured into the Gaza Strip’s main Jewish settlement bloc Wednesday to protest this summer’s planned withdrawal, show support for the settlers and bid farewell to the area Israel occupied for 38 years.
Palestinian Militants’ patience for cease-fire is wearing thin :
“Our struggle is not in order to die. It is in order to live in freedom and make a future for our kids,” he says.
Ex-Officials Say Bolton Inflated Syrian Danger:
John R. Bolton clashed repeatedly with American intelligence officials in 2002 and 2003 as he sought to deliver warnings about Syrian efforts to acquire unconventional weapons that the Central Intelligence Agency and other experts rejected as exaggerated, according to former intelligence officials.
Halliburton Overcharges Top $212 Million:
Halliburton’s overcharges and the extent of the information withheld from the auditors at the International Advisory and Monitoring Board (IAMB) are much greater than previously known.
Venezuelan Arms Buildup Slammed in Colombian Memo:
The memo was leaked to the media on Tuesday, a day before Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to meet in Bogota with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
Brazil calls for respect for Venezuelan sovereignty :
Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim voiced support Tuesday for a democratic outcome in Venezuela. But in remarks that appeared aimed at Washington, he implicitly cautioned against any outside intervention to achieve that goal.
Venezuela’s battle to aid its impoverished:
Venezuela has become a global hot spot. I have just returned from there, and want to share some information not readily available.
Latin America in revolt :
Continent defies USA: For over two decades the US has forced neoliberalism ˜ and its accompanying poverty and despair ˜ down Third World throats in order to make the world better for US business. Now, unable to defeat a rag-tag bunch of Iraqi militias, and rapidly losing allies in Latin America, the empire is not looking so strong.
Venezuela moves to extradite Cuban militant thought in Miami:
Imeria Nunez de Odreman, Venezuela’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, told the Security Council that international law did not permit political asylum to be granted to terrorists and called for Posada’s extradition.
Mexico’s murky justice:
Mexico has a lot riding on the resolution of this case. Five years ago, Mexicans and the entire world watched as the country struggled to emerge from its long history of cronyism and corruption. If Lopez Obrador is disqualified now, it will be a major setback for the world’s hopes for reform in Mexico.
The Soul of a Lost Cause: Ernesto Cardenal is still the poet-priest of Nicaragua’s Sandinistas.
But he knows that the church and the times have turned against The radical priest who once bucked the will of Pope John Paul II looks old and frail now, with his wintry beard and shuffling gait.
In case you missed it:
Ward Churchill: Perversions of Justice: Indigenous Peoples and Angloamerican Law :
Churchill explores how the U.S. has consistently employed a corrupt form of legalism as a means of establishing colonial control and empire. A Must Read.
Robert Scheer: Fiddling While Crucial Programs Starve:
Has the U.S. become like ancient Rome, in love with costly conquest?
Bush wants refineries at former bases:
The officials said the president believes the country needs a diverse supply of energy, including expansion of aggressive nuclear power. There has not been a new commercial nuclear reactor ordered in the United States since 1973.
Florida Governor Signs Deadly Force Law:
Gov. Jeb Bush signed a new anti-crime law on Tuesday that allows people to kill in self-defense without first trying to flee.