Information Clearing House Archive Part 1 May 1-6 2005

6 May 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 May 1-6 2005
Date: Fri, 6 May 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 333 Days

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Memo: Bush made intel fit Iraq policy

The memo said “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.”

By WARREN P. STROBEL and JOHN WALCOTT

A highly classified British memo, leaked in the midst of Britain’s just-concluded election campaign, indicates that President Bush decided to overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein by summer 2002 and was determined to ensure that U.S. intelligence data supported his policy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8757.htm

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Suicide bomber kills 22 in Iraq:

A suicide bomber in a car blew himself up in the mostly Shi’ite Muslim town of Suwayra on Friday, killing at least 22 people and wounding 45, a police official said.
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12 bodies found at Baghdad garbage dump:

Some of the victims were blindfolded and had been shot in the head execution-style, said Bassim al-Maslokhi, a soldier who was guarding the area during the recovery.
www.newsobserver.com/24hour/world/story/2372990p-10623579c.html

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Suicide car bomb kills 7 Iraqi policemen in Tikrit:

A suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle beside a minibus taking policemen to work in Iraq’s northern town of Tikrit on Friday, killing seven policemen and wounding several, local police said.

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Car bomb kills four policemen in northern Iraq :

A car bomb Friday targeted a police patrol in the northern city of Mosul, killing four police commandos and five others, police said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-05/06/content_2923117.htm

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Mortar attack targets US-Iraqi military checkpoint in Fallujah :

US and Iraqi soldiers opened fire randomly while responding to the attack which took place Thursday night and killed a civilian and wounded three others, witnesses at the scene said
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-05/06/content_2922954.htm

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Iraqi general killed:

‘Brigadier general Mirza Hamza, head of the civil defence force in Mahmudiyah was gunned down in a drive-by shooting at about 2 pm
www.forbes.com/business/feeds/afx/2005/05/06/afx2006300.html

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Five Sadr supporters wounded in Iraq demo:

Sadr Supporters clash with police in demonstration Kufi following their leader‚s fiery sermon.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=13436

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Unraveling Iraq‚s Secret Militias:

Ruthless U.S. tactics are propelling the country toward civil war
zmagsite.zmag.org/Images/gupta0505.html

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Juan Cole: Secret British Memo Shows Bush Tampered with Iraq Intelligence:

Bush was lying to the American people at the time and saying that no final decision had been made on the war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8764.htm

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Eighty-eight members of Congress call on Bush for answers on secret Iraq plan:

Eighty-eight members of Congress have signed a letter authored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) calling on President Bush to answer questions about a secret U.S.-UK agreement to attack Iraq, RAW STORY has learned.
www.rawstory.com/aexternal/conyers_iraq_letter_502

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House Roll Call on $82B Iraq Spending Bill:

Voting “yes” were 143 Democrats and 225 Republicans.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/200
5/05/05/national/w113846D76.DTL&sn=023&sc=582

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US defence budget will equal rest of world combined “within 12 months” :

The US defence budget reached US$417.4 billion in 2003 – 46 per cent of the global total.
www.janes.com/defence/news/jdi/jdi050504_1_n.shtml

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UK: Anti-war Vote Hits Labour:

The party was on course for a majority of about 66, down by almost 100.
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Paxman v Galloway :

For anyone who missed it overnight, the tussle between George Galloway and Jeremy Paxman was one of the highlights, which came shortly after his victory over Labour’s Oona King. Real Video.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8763.htm

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Election sees George Galloway return to parliament :

One other big story nationally is the return of George Galloway who defeated sitting pro-war Labour MP, Oona King in the London seat of Bethnal Green and Bow
scotlandtoday.scottishtv.colo.ednet.co.uk/c
ontent/defaulttext.asp?page=s1_1_1&newsid=7576

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UK Conservative Leader Howard Says Will Step Down :

Howard said he would resign as soon as the party had the opportunity to elect a new leader
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US Marines land on Somali coast to hunt militants:

U.S. Marines landed on Somalia’s coast in one of their most visible hunts for militants in the country since they set up a Horn of Africa counter terrorism force in 2002, Somali officials said on Thursday.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050505/wl_nm/security_somalia_usa_dc_1

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North Korea May Test Nuclear Device :

Japan has information that North Korea may be preparing for a nuclear test, a Defense Agency official said Friday, less than a week after Pyongyang is believed to have tested a short-range missile off its eastern coast.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4987399,00.html

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U.S. beefs up military units in the Pacific :

-2 bombers, F-15E fighters in Guam, Aegis ships in Japan. The U.S. military is beefing up its military capabilities in the Pacific by deploying high-tech aircraft and Navy vessels amid worsening assessments of the prospects of an early solution of the North Korean nuclear standoff.
www.koreaherald.co.kr/SITE/data/html_dir/2005/05/06/200505060007.asp

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Robert S. McNamara: Apocalypse Soon :

Robert McNamara is worried.He believes the United States must no longer rely on nuclear weapons as a foreign-policy tool. To do so is immoral, illegal, and dreadfully dangerous.
www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=2829

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Holy See’s Address on Nuclear Disarmament:

Here is the statement that Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, delivered to the 7th Review Conference of the States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). He delivered it Wednesday.
zenit.org/english/show_1.php

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Colombia Yields 2 Accused Soldiers to U.S.:

Two American soldiers arrested by the Colombian police for arms smuggling were handed over to the United States Embassy on Thursday, angering Colombian authorities and ordinary Colombians who believe that the two should face charges here.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8760.htm

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Colombia: Release of US soldiers challenged :

The inspector general, Edgardo Jose Maya, asked for a 24-hour delay before the pair be allowed to leave for the US, reflecting a widespread sentiment that they should face trial after being arrested on Tuesday in the town of Ibague in an alleged plot to provide 40,000 rounds of ammunition to rightwing paramilitary death squads.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8761.htm

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Noriega and Posada: a photo is worth a thousand words:

THE government of the United States does not know if the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles is in the country, affirmed Roger Noriega, assistant secretary of state for Latin America on Tuesday, according to the Spanish agency EFE.
www.granma.cu/ingles/2005/mayo/juev5/20norieg-i.html

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How Free Is the US Press? :

“Freedom of the Press 2005: A Global Survey of Media Independence,‰ revealed that the US was tied with Barbados, Canada, Dominica, Estonia, and Latvia at 24th place out of 194 countries covered in the survey.
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In case you missed it; OUTFOXED :

This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public’s right to know. Real Video.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7798.htm

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Is the Solomon Amendment Constitutional?:

The Supreme Court Looks at the Law that Prohibits Federal Aid If a School Refuses to Permit Military Recruiters on Campus
writ.news.findlaw.com/hamilton/20050505.html

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Bush Extends Sanctions Against Syria : –

President Bush on Thursday renewed economic sanctions on Syria implemented a year ago, saying its government still supports

terrorism and is undermining efforts to stabilize Iraq.
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Hundreds rally in Tel Aviv against IOF killing of 2 Palestinian teens : Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Thursday

evening against the Israel Defense Forces’ killing Wednesday of two Palestinian youths in the West Bank.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/572451.html

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A Tool in the Hands of Zionism :

Like other Jewish leaders, Sharon is just a tool in the hands of international Zionism which uses him and others to consolidate its claims on a Greater Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates
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Preliminary Hearing Set for Pentagon Analyst Arrested in Spy Probe:

Larry Franklin, a 58-year-old Air Force Reserves colonel who once worked for the Pentagon’s No. 3 official, is the first person charged in a long-running investigation into whether Israel improperly obtained U.S. secrets.
www.newsfactor.com/worldview/story.xhtml?story_id=0110018RB2FR

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Israeli linked to AIPAC probe to leave post :

Naor Gilon, is the Israeli representative who received classified information from two employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The AIPAC officials allegedly received the information during conversations with Larry Franklin, the Pentagon analyst who was charged by the FBI on Wednesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8758.htm

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Church heads expel patriarch over sale of land to “settlers”:

THE Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem suffered a devastating blow to his authority yesterday when his own church leaders broke off contact with him amid fury over the sale of church lands in Jerusalem to Jewish “settlers”
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-1600451,00.html

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Spain threatens to pull out of Haiti:

Spanish Defense Minister Jose Bono says Spain will pull its troops from Haiti if nations promising funds for the embattled country fail to pay up.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20050505-091824-4653r.htm

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Saudi Prince Accused of Drug Smuggling Avoids Prosecution :

The prince is now under indictment in the United States and France, but he remains in Saudi Arabia, a royal fugitive, protected by his powerful family, according to U.S. drug agents.
abcnews.go.com/WNT/Investigation/story?id=633967&page=1&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312

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New Rule Opens National Forest to Road:

The last 58.5 million acres of untouched national forests, which President Clinton had set aside for protection, were opened to possible logging, mining and other commercial uses by the Bush administration on Thursday
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050505/ap_on_go_ot/roadless_forests

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Reverend Carlton W. Veazey: On the Brink of ‘Theocracy’:

Progressives who think warnings about “theocracy” are an exaggeration should take a closer look at “Justice Sunday: Filibustering People of Faith,” the Christian Right telethon headlined by Senate Majority Leader William Frist.
www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=667491

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Religion and Politics Clash :

Religion and politics clash over a local church’s declaration that Democrats are not welcome.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8759.htm

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Date: Thu, 5 May 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 332 Days

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U.S. troops accused of arming Colombian death squads:

Two soldiers arrested in raid : Colombians may not be able to prosecute pair under treaty
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8752.htm

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Bomber kills 15 Iraq army recruits; 9 police slain in separate attacks:

At least 25 people were killed in a series of attacks Thursday in Baghdad, including nine policemen shot to death in their squad cars and 15 who died in a bomb explosion at an army recruitment center, an interior ministry official said.
www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=8&id=336329

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Four Iraqi policemen killed in bomb blast in mosul
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=729980

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Bulgaria to withdraw Iraq troops:

BULGARIA’S outgoing parliament tonight voted for a withdrawal of all the country’s troops from Iraq by the end of the year.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,15191132-38200,00.html

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No Charges In Fallujah Shooting:

A Marine corporal who was videotaped shooting an apparently injured and unarmed Iraqi in a Fallujah mosque last year will not face court-martial, the Marine Corps announced Wednesday.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/05/04/iraq/main693025.shtml

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Lifting the Censor’s Veil on the Shame of Iraq:

“Nobody wants to come forward about this,” said Aidan Delgado. “I didn’t want to come forward about this.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8755.htm

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Two years and what have I become? :

Flash presentation. Marking the second year of the U.S. occupation of Iraq
www.bushflash.com/y2.html

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U.S. Officials Suspected of Embezzlement in Iraq:

The U.S. government has opened a criminal inquiry into suspected embezzlement by officials who failed to account for almost $100 million they disbursed for Iraqi reconstruction projects, federal investigators said Wednesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8753.htm

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Court rules against arrest of US President :

A Dutch judge has ruled that US President George W. Bush can visit the Netherlands as planned this weekend and should not be arrested.
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Pakistan Reports Arrest of a Senior Qaeda “Leader”?:

Some intelligence officials in Europe expressed surprise at hearing Mr. Libbi described as Al Qaeda’s third-highest leader, pointing out that he does not figure on the F.B.I.’s most-wanted list.
www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050505/ZNYT03/505050461

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Pentagon Analyst Charged With Disclosing Military Secrets:

The inquiry has cast a cloud over the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which employed the two men who are said to have received the classified information. The group, also known as Aipac, has close ties to senior policymakers in the Bush administration, among them Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is expected to appear later this month at the group’s annual meeting.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8750.htm

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Juan Cole: Franklin Arrested :

When will AIPAC be made to register as an agent of a foreign power?
www.juancole.com/2005/05/franklin-arrested-pentagon-official.html

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Senate Probes Bolton’s Pro-Israel Efforts:

Senate staffers are reportedly probing many allegations regarding Bolton’s management style, including claims that Bolton took part in unauthorized meetings with Israeli officials and prevented a State Department memo accusing Israel of violating American arms-export laws from reaching the desk of then secretary of state Colin Powell.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8751.htm

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The unholy trinity of electronic snooping:

The three key participants who have emerged as orchestrating the misuse of NSA and other U.S. intelligence resources to conduct surveillance of those who opposed neoconservative plans to invade Iraq and ratchet up tensions with North Korea, Syria, Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, the Palestinian Authority headed by the late Yasir Arafat, and the former government of Haiti are Bolton, Negroponte and Hayden:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8754.htm

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Israel freezes West Bank pullback:

Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Palestinian Authority was never formally notified of the Israeli freeze. “It’s a very unfortunate approach and decision,” he said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D8CF92DB-D46A-4F44-9E09-390F1C391100.htm

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A fable for adults:

The very assumption that the immediate establishment of the Palestinian state is a realistic assumption because President Bush and the road map call for it – “and a critical mass of Israelis and Palestinians support it, according to the polls” – requires an exacting examination.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/572511.html

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Restrictions Imposed On Aid to Palestinians:

Congress imposed the tight restrictions on aid to the Palestinians that President Bush had announced with fanfare in his State of the Union address, possibly dealing a blow to U.S. efforts to support new Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
www.palestinechronicle.com/story.php?sid=20050505052326739

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U.S. troops accused of arming Colombian death squads:

Two soldiers arrested in raid : Colombians may not be able to prosecute pair under treaty
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8752.htm

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Two U.S. Soldiers Detained in Colombia:

Colombian police have detained two U.S. Army soldiers near a huge military base southwest of the capital in an alleged arms smuggling plot, Colombian and U.S. officials said Wednesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8749.htm

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Chavez says US troops in Colombia worry Venezuela:

The Venezuelan leader, a fierce opponent of U.S. President George W. Bush, made his comments as he read a news report on state television about two U.S. soldiers arrested in Colombia for suspected arms smuggling.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N04473152.htm

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Army plans to test another increase in recruit bonuses:

The Army is about to launch tests increasing cash bonuses for recruits above the current $20,000 limit and pairing returning veterans with recruiters to attract new soldiers, the service’s top civilian said Wednesday.
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-05-04-army-recruits-bonus_x.htm

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Small blasts hit British consulate in New York:

Two homemade grenades exploded outside the Manhattan office building that houses the British Consulate, shattering windows in the pre-dawn hours on Thursday as voters in Britain went to the polls in a general election
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=8398536

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One quarter of voters uncertain as Labour sag at the final post:

The survey suggests Labour is on course for a third successive term but that a last-minute advance by the Liberal Democrats leaves Tony Blair uncertain that he will secure a big enough majority to serve the “full term” he wants before standing down.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=635729

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Violence in Afghanistan leaves nine soldiers, 40 militants dead:

Militants killed nine Afghan soldiers in an ambush while the Taliban death toll from a battle with US and Afghan troops rose to at least 40 in a wave of violence sweeping southern Afghanistan, officials said.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=41469

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Taliban profit from US largesse:

The visits of Lieutenant-General David Barno, to Islamabad and their insistence that Pakistan restart a powerful campaign against al-Qaeda and the Taliban is the result of a new realization that the Taliban problem is back to square one.
www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/GE05Df03.html

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Pepe Escobar : Pentagon cut and paste :

Talk about rebel technology: the Pentagon this week was not overwhelmed by a dirty bomb or a jet converted into a missile, but by a simple cut and paste job.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GE05Ak04.html

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UN says former Haitian PM jailed illegally:

A top U.N. official in Haiti on Wednesday denounced the detention of former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune as illegal and the Organization of American States offered to help end what it called a standoff with serious moral implications.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=8392804

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Yvon Neptune Nears Death:

Yvon Neptune’s last meal may have been on April 17. Haiti’s most recent constitutional Prime Minister, now its most prominent political prisoner, stopped eating eighteen days ago to protest ten months of illegal imprisonment. He is weak, emaciated and near death-his internal organs are failing.
www.counterpunch.org/concannon05052005.html

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Two foreigners kidnapped in Haiti :

A Russian contractor and an Indian businessman have been kidnapped in Haiti, a spokesman for the UN mission there is reported as saying.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4517453.stm

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A New American Century?:

Henry Luce would be deeply disappointed. It seems that the majority of Americans remain, as he put it, “unable to accommodate themselves spiritually and practically‰ to empire. If the people have their way, the American century may turn out to be much shorter that he or his successors at PNAC could ever have imagined.
www.fpif.org/commentary/2005/0505amcent.html

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Religon And Secrecy In The Bush Administration:

The Gentleman, the Prince, and the Simulacrum .

Machiavelli has clearly had an impact on much of the Neoconservative movement now powerful in Washington
www.esoteric.msu.edu/VolumeVII/Secrecy.htm

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Lobbyist Paid for Ireland Trip:

If the records are accurate, the trip by Sen. Gordon Smith of Oregon, former Sen. Don Nickles of Oklahoma and Reps. Howard Coble of North Carolina, Harold Rogers of Kentucky and Clay Shaw of Florida violated ethics rules that bar lobbying firms from paying for trips taken by members of Congress
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4983245,00.html

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House and Senate Leaders Often Take Corporate Jets:

Companies Offer Discount Flights and Gain Access
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8756.htm

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2 Republicans Step Aside From Ethics Panel:

Two Republicans on the House ethics committee say they’ll step aside from any investigation of Tom DeLay, acknowledging their contributions to the majority leader’s defense funds will lead others to question their impartiality.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050505/ap_on_go_co/house_ethics&printer=1

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Threat to veterans’ care seen :

The United States may be on the verge of breaking its promise to care for the troops who come home from war in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray said
www.spokesmanreview.com/tools/story_pf.asp?ID=67975

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Proposed U.S. law upsets immigrants:

Pro-immigration lobbies are protesting a proposed bill that they say would suspend the constitutional right to habeas corpus for the first time since the Civil War.
www.wpherald.com/North_America/storyview.php?StoryID=20050502-043633-1090r

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Researchers Tested Drugs on Foster Kids:

Government-funded researchers tested AIDS drugs on hundreds of foster children over the past two decades, often without providing them a basic protection afforded in federal law and required by some states, an Associated Press review has found.
apnews.myway.com/article/20050504/D89SKLCG0.html

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No Nukes Is Good Nukes:

An interview with longtime anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott: Helen Caldicott had an epiphany: all life on earth could end at any moment, simply because a few pig-headed people imagined they could “win” a nuclear war.
www.grist.org/news/maindish/2005/05/03/dicum-caldicott/index.html

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Date: Wed, 4 May 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 331 Days

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Proof Bush Fixed The Facts

“Intelligence and facts are being fixed around the policy.”

By Ray McGovern

Thanks to an unauthorized disclosure by a courageous whistleblower, the evidence now leaps from official documents˜this time authentic, not forged. Some brave soul has made the most explosive “patriotic leak” of the war by giving London’s Sunday Times the official minutes of a briefing by Richard Dearlove, then head of Britain’s CIA equivalent, MI-6. – The minutes provide further grist for those who describe the U.K. prime minister as Bush’s “poodle.” The tone of the conversation bespeaks a foregone conclusion that Blair will wag his tail cheerfully and obey the learned commands.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8748.htm

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The Bush crimes will go on

Deadly Hypocrisy is Business as Usual

By CHRIS FLOYD

Last week saw a bumper crop of death-dealing hypocrisy, as the freedom-lovin’, terrorist-fightin’ he-men of the Bush Regime were caught in flagrante delicto with some rough trade indeed: genocidal rape-fiends, diabolical flesh-boilers and tyrannical peddlers of violent, ignorant religious extremism. (And no, it wasn’t a meeting of the Republican National Committee.)
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8747.htm

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Suicide bomber kills 60 in Iraqi Kurd city:

Security guards and witnesses said a crowd had gathered outside the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) office, which also served as a police recruiting center, when the bomber hit.
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12 killed in fight with U.S.-led forces in Iraq:

U.S. forces killed 12 people and wounded two others, including a six year old girl, in a firefight and bombing close to the Syrian border on Monday, the U.S. military said in a statement on Tuesday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L0347404.htm

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Two U.S. Soldiers Killed By IED:
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20050502.txt

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Insurgents Using U.S. Techniques:

In 1965, the U.S. Army published a detailed manual on how to build and hide booby traps, complete with detailed diagrams illustrating various means of wiring detonators to explosives, and advising on the best locations for concealing the deadly bombs along roadways and elsewhere. Two decades later, the Iraqi military issued its troops an Arabic version of the same manual
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8740.htm

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Japan to pull troops from Iraq in December:

Japan will withdraw its 550 soldiers from their non-combat mission in Iraq in December, according to a media report Wednesday.
www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=76912

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Italy minister calls U.S. version of Iraq killing “a lie”:

A U.S. account of how its soldiers killed an Italian agent in Iraq was “clearly a lie”, an Italian minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday, further stoking tensions between Rome and Washington over the shooting.
www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5752787&cKey=1115210136000

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Turkey Is Gathering Troops Along Southern Border With Iraq:

Ankara has long warned that it would not tolerate the presence of the PKK in northern Iraq. About 5,000 PKK fighters were said to have been operating along the northern border and operatives were sent to Turkey for insurgency attacks.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8744.htm

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Judge Throws Out England’s Guilty Plea:

A military judge Wednesday threw out Pfc. Lynndie England’s guilty plea to abusing Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison, saying he

was not convinced the Army reservist who appeared in some of the most notorious photos in the scandal knew her actions were

wrong at the time.
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=728546

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U.S. policy fosters abuse:

The policy, which remains unchanged despite last year’s revelations, basically gives the American military a free hand in dealing with prisoners or detainees it considers potential terrorists. Terrorism, in this view, changes all the rules.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8741.htm

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Army misses April recruiting goal by 42 percent:

The U.S. Army missed its April recruiting goal by a whopping 42 percent and the Army Reserve fell short by 37 percent, officials said on Tuesday, showing the depth of the military’s wartime recruiting woes.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=8378239

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US War Crimes and the Legal Case for Military Resistance :

American commanders promote a widespread misconception that, once American youth sign an enlistment contract, they are obligated to participate in any kind of war, whether it is based on fraud or truth.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8738.htm

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Stop UARC & ROTC:

In memory of the Kent State Massacre
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8742.htm

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Iraqi media threatened, attacked by authorities:

A photographer for a Baghdad newspaper says Iraqi police beat and detained him for snapping pictures of long lines at gas stations. A reporter for another local paper received an invitation from Iraqi police to cover their graduation ceremony and ended up receiving death threats from the recruits.
www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/news/nation/11549632.htm

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Iraqi police free Reuters cameraman :

Nabil Hussein, 30, was beaten and then arrested and held at Mosul police headquarters. His father, Noureddine, 59, was detained when he went to the police station to inquire about his son.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/ED7DFDA1-73A8-4DAA-A07E-90A05DA2268B.htm

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PM ‘should be accountable’ for hostage:

PRIME Minister John Howard should be held accountable if an Australian man being held hostage in Iraq dies, Australian Greens Senator Kerry Nettle said today.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,15176395%255E1702,00.html

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Cartoon Of The Day.
www.theage.com.au/ftimages/2005/05/03/1115092493959.html

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Robert Scheer: Our Loss Was Our Gain in Vietnam:

Sometimes it is better to lose.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8743.htm

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Many killed in Afghan fighting :

Twenty-one people have been reported killed in one of the deadliest clashes in Afghanistan between security forces and gunmen in recent months.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A0EFE150-6E5A-4334-8E26-ADD2539525BA.htm

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Another U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan:

A U.S. soldier was killed in heavy fighting with the Taliban during an operation launched by alliance forces and Afghan National Army in Zabul in southwestern Afghanistan on Tuesday
www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=7&id=336238

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al-Qaida’s No. 3 Man Arrested in Pakistan :

A senior al-Qaida leader, described by U.S. counterterrorism officials as the group’s No. 3 man and a close confidant of Osama bin Laden, has been arrested after a firefight in northwestern Pakistan, officials said Wednesday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4982230,00.html

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I was ordered to bring home bin Laden’s head: former CIA officer:

US spy chiefs ordered agents to deliver Osama bin Laden’s severed head in a box of dry ice and hoist heads of other Al Qaeda leaders on pikes, a retired field officer has disclosed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8745.htm

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Blair’s next war :

To present the Iraq war as a unique and unrepeatable event is to fundamentally misrepresent the current global picture and the UK’s place within it. In fact Britain could well be involved in further US military action in the near future, perhaps in an assault on Iran as early as next month.
www.democratsdiary.co.uk/2005/05/blairs-next-war.html

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The British Labour Party isn’t an option:

In two days time the British people are going to elect a war criminal to be their prime minister for another five years. Not only is Blair a war criminal who initiated an illegal war, but, the man is a compulsive liar who has surrounded himself with morally degenerate advisers and obedient servants.
www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/gatzmon5.htm

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Did Your MP Vote for War?:

This list reflects how MPs voted . “Yes” means pro-war, “No” means anti-war. If an MP is not listed, they didn’t vote – some abstained.
www.stopwar.org.uk/new/resources/mpnames.htm

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No vote for a criminal :

I know the ancient lore about people never voting against their own interests, but in whose interest is it to give a warmonger a third term?
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1475793,00.html

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Analyst Charged With Passing Secret Info To Israeli Group.:

The FBI arrested a Pentagon analyst Wednesday on charges that he illegally passed classified information about potential attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq to employees of a pro-Israel group.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8746.htm

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Full Criminal Complaint & Arrest Warrant: U.S. V. LAWRENCE ANTHONY FRANKLIN:

Newly unsealed criminal charges against a Pentagon analyst accused of passing top secret information to non-U.S. government persons “relating to potential attacks upon U.S. forces in Iraq,” and keeping documents classified as ‘top secret,’ ‘secret,’ and ‘confidential’ at his home without authorization.
news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/dod/usfrnkln50305cmp.pdf

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In case you missed it:

Pro-Israel PAC Contributions to 2000 Congressional Candidates
www.wrmea.com/aipac/

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In case you missed it:

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

Some U.S. investigators believe that there are Israelis again very much engaged in spying in and on the U.S., who may have known things they didn’t tell us before September 11.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7545.htm

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Two Palestinian youths shot to death by Isralei Occupation Forces:

Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinian youths in a West Bank village near the city of Ramallah after nightfall Wednesday.
www.adn.com/24hour/world/story/2367755p-10614343c.html

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Israeli soldier to do community service for killing three-year-old Palestinian child :

Two other soldiers stationed at the roadblock reportedly received a rebuke for “negligence and inappropriate behaviour”.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/59DCC598-F1BB-4405-9953-22CE400BFC7F.htm

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Video: Promises and Betrayals:

Britain and the Struggle for the Holy Land : An intriguing look at how the British double-dealing during WWI ignited the conflict between Arab and Jew in the Middle East. A disturbing picture of a duplicitous wartime government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8739.htm

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Bolton’s Proudest Moment:

Breaking the UN’s Anti-Zionist Resolution
www.counterpunch.com/leupp05042005.html

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Israel plans air strikes on Iran’s nuclear sites :

One of the Israeli pilots who bombed Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981 says that knocking out Iran’s atomic program could prove beyond even Israel’s capabilities.
www.abc.net.au/am/content/2005/s1359348.htm

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Iran slams US over nuclear stance :

Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi demanded assurances that the US would not launch a nuclear strike on Iran.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4508903.stm

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Nuclear double standards :

States wishing to retain their enrichment and reprocessing capacity while denying facilities to others must ask themselves how serious they are about the need to prevent proliferation.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldbriefing/story/0,15205,1475981,00.html

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 05/03/05:

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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In Bush‚s World, Global Treaties are Just for Girlie Men :

News that North Korea fired a missile into the Sea of Japan drove White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card into high dudgeon: “I think they‚re looking to kind of be bullies in the world,‰ he told Fox News Sunday. It takes one to know one.
www.commondreams.org/cgi-bin/print.cgi?file=/views05/0503-32.htm

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Pat Buchanan: Bye-bye Bush Doctrine … it’s back to deterrence:

Let us cease propping up unpopular regimes in the Middle East and remove our huge military presence. If we are no longer over there, they have no reason to come over here.
worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=44112

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Diplomacy By Death Squad: How Bolton Armed Haiti’s Thugs and Killers:

U.N. troops can usually be found providing support for the Haitian National Police as they execute peaceful demonstrators demanding the return of their democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8737.htm

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Haiti’s jailed ex-PM wants freedom or death:

Haiti’s jailed former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune has been on hunger strike for about 15 days and has refused medical care until the government drops its accusations that he organized a massacre.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N02273237.htm

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Haiti: National Police must be held accountable for killings of civilians :

The use of lethal and indiscriminate violence by the police to disperse and repress demonstrators only serves to increase tension in an already violence-torn country, said Amnesty International today
www.amnestyusa.org/news/document.do?id=80256DD400782B8480256FF20054381D

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Venezuela seeks extradition accused terrorist from US:

Venezuela’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Government should extradite from the United States an anti-communist Cuban exile wanted by Havana on terrorism charges .
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200505/s1359779.htm

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U.S. Denies Cuba’s Accusation on Terrorist:

A top State Department official denied on Tuesday Cuban allegations that the United States is providing a haven for a man Cuba accuses of perpetrating a terrorist bombing against a Cuban airliner in 1976.
www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-us-cu
ba,0,7378205.story?coll=sns-ap-politics-headlines

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Brazil spurns US terms for Aids help :

Brazil yesterday became the first country to take a public stand against the Bush administration’s massive Aids programme which is seen by many as seeking increasingly to press its anti-abortion, pro-abstinence sexual agenda on poorer countries.
www.guardian.co.uk/brazil/story/0,12462,1475966,00.html

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Children Face Mass Death:

Up to 300,000 Ethiopian children will die from malnutrition this year unless urgent food and aid is given, the United Nations has warned.
www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-13342219,00.html

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Army Concealed Truth About Pat Tillman’s Death:

Army officials knew within days of Pat Tillman’s death that the former NFL player had been killed by fellow Rangers during a patrol in Afghanistan but did not inform his family and the public for weeks.
www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_6664.shtml

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 330 Days

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Yesterday and Today: Nazis and the Righteous Right

If we take a look at pre-WWII Germany, we notice it has some things in common with the United States now.

By Donna Glee Williams

Our belief in our own exceptionality erodes the walls that hold back human greed, fear of otherness, and violence. Exceptionality makes the unthinkable possible, even reasonable.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8735.htm

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Iraqi official, 26 others killed in fresh violence:

A high-ranking official was gunned down in Baghdad, while a firefight pitting US and Iraqi forces against insurgents left 15 dead in the restive western city of Ramadi.
www.bakutoday.net/afps/english/shared/int/050503140543.zhyjjazw.html

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Bomb attacks on the rise as ‘New Baath party’ is born:

Flames and smoke rose over Baghdad from a blazing building after an explosion that was aimed at a police patrol killed six and wounded seven passers-by instead.
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One U.S. soldier killed by roadside bomb in Iraq
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L03518346.htm

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For jehadis, Iraq the new Afghanistan:

US: Iraq is now the new Afghanistan used by jehadi groups to train Islamic terrorists, the US State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism for 2004 has said.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1346017,00050004.htm

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New Iraq PM fails to fill cabinet :

Iraq’s new prime minister has failed to put together a complete cabinet in time for ministers’ swearing-in on Tuesday.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4509961.stm

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Papers reveal commitment to war :

Secret documents indicate Blair support for military action a year before invasion took place
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8728.htm

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Dyke condemns Blair’s government :

Another Blair government would be a danger to democracy, former BBC director general Greg Dyke has said at a Lib Dem campaign news conference.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/vote_2005/frontpage/4504975.stm

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Video: ITV: Ask Tony Blair:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8732.htm

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In case you missed it:

‘Failure is not an option, but it doesn’t mean they will avoid it’:

The Prime Minister knew the US President was determined to complete what one senior British official had already described as the unfinished business from his father’s war against Saddam Hussein.
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George Galloway: These are Blair’s last days :

Iraq is our greatest foreign policy calamity in modern history and the reckoning has only just begun
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8736.htm

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The British Attorney General’s Legal Advice, Government Spin And The Iraq War
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8734.htm

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Rep. calls for deeper inquiry into secret Iraq attack plan:

“Unfortunately, the mainstream media in the United States was too busy with wall-to-wall coverage of a “runaway bride” to cover a bombshell report out of the British newspapers,” Conyers writes.
rawstory.com/aexternal/conyers_iraq_letter_502

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U.S. seen as unaccountable in Iraqi civilian deaths:

Iraqi civilians who have suffered from U.S. military operations face steep obstacles in obtaining compensation for the deaths of their loved ones or material damage, human rights analysts say.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N02663804.htm

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Maureen Dowd: The new Iraq comes ethics-free :

The Iraqis have thrown the United States another curveball. Ahmad Chalabi – convicted embezzler in Jordan, suspected Iranian spy, double-crosser of America, purveyor of phony war-instigating intelligence – is the new acting Iraqi oil minister. Is that why we Americans went to war?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8727.htm

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Video: Independent Reporter Dahr Jamail’s Lectures. :

If you did not have a chance to see one of Dahr’s dozens of US lectures, here is one lecture – in its entirety – produced by the students of New College.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8729.htm

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2 Minute Movie: Wage Peace:

Online movie tells the truth about the ongoing loss of life in Iraq.
afsc.org/iraq/movie.htm

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Army Recruiters Say They Feel Pressure to Bend Rules:

It was late September when the 21-year-old man, fresh from a three-week commitment in a psychiatric ward, showed up at an Army recruiting station in southern Ohio.
www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050503/ZNYT02/505030705

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The War Resisters Support Campaign,

A broad-based coalition of community organizations, has launched a petition aimed at Canada’s federal government to allow US war resisters who refuse to fight in Iraq to have refuge in Canada.
www.resisters.ca/index.html

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Abu Ghraib woman soldier brokers plea deal :

Lynndie England, the American soldier who became the most potent symbol of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, will today plead guilty to reduced charges that will send her to jail for no more than two-and-a-half years, according to her lawyers.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1474603,00.html

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Berlusconi’s US relationship becomes less special:

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, long proud of having friends in high places, has seen the limitations of his rapport with Washington after a public falling-out over the killing of an Italian agent in Iraq.
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Audio: Dahr Jamail Interviews Mark Manning:

Mark Manning spent one week inside Fallujah with a video camera interviewing survivors of the November siege. Hours of video tape documenting the atrocities that occured in Fallujah were stolen the day Mark returned to the US in a well-timed double break-in that was followed by weeks of intimidation and threats.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8730.htm

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Abu Ghraib-One Year Later: Comprehensive Report Documents Use of Psychological Torture by US Forces:

A new report provides extensive evidence that psychological torture was systematic and central to the interrogation process of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo.
www.phrusa.org/research/torture/news_2005-05-01.html

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End Torture Now.

Flash Presentation.
www.humanrightsfirst.org/us_law/etn/video/year_after.htm

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Iraqi official denies plot to kill Saddam:

Saddam Hussein’s chief lawyer accused Iranian-backed Iraqi politicians of plotting to assassinate the ousted dictator in prison and said yesterday he held the United States responsible for Saddam’s safety.
www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.php?page=national&story_id=050305b2_briefs

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Iraq, Afghan conflicts limit U.S. military: Secret report says a third war would be longer.

The concentration of American troops and weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan limits the Pentagon’s ability to deal with other potential armed conflicts
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8731.htm

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U.S. Demand Deepens Gulf With Iran Over Nuclear Facilities:

The United States, demanded that Iran dismantle all the “equipment and facilities” it has built over the past two decades to manufacture nuclear material.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8727.htm

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Planned US-Israeli Attack on Iran:

A massive buildup in military hardware has occurred in preparation for a possible attack on Iran.
www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO505A.html

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FBI questions ex-Mossad official in AIPAC probe:

FBI agents questioned former Mossad senior official Uzi Arad, he said Monday, as part of the ongoing investigation into whether classified US material about Iran was improperly passed on to Israel.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1115000578317

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George W. Bush and the gospel of freedom and liberty:

The administration’s omnipresent emphasis on freedom and liberty functions as the centerpiece for “a theological version of Manifest Destiny.” If so, one must note the risk of repeating today what previous versions of Manifest Destiny did in the past:
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2002257816_sundaydomke01.html

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Germany Pressures US Over Nuke Removal :

Germany is using a meeting to review the effectiveness of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty on Monday to urge the United States to remove its nuclear missiles from German soil.
www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,1564,1570884,00.html

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Nuclear Terror? U.S. called unprepared :

Security experts consider a terrorist nuclear strike highly unlikely because of the difficulty in obtaining fissionable material and constructing a bomb.
www.theunionleader.com/articles_showa.html?article=54204

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Israel: State Prosecutor: Evacuated Squatters being over-compensated :

Illegal squatters slated for evacuation under the disengagement plan will be over-compensated, the State Prosecutor’s Office told the High Court of Justice on Monday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/571400.html

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Frist: Pullout must allow for Palestinian statehood :

Visiting United States Senate Majority leader Bill Frist said Monday that Israel’s pullout from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank in the summer must allow for creation of a Palestinian state.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/571431.html

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Turkey transfers to Palestinians historic land documents:

The sources say the most important information involves the holy places in East Jerusalem, and will be useful to the PA in future negotiations.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/571463.html

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The US and Eurasia: End Game for the Industrial Era?:

The US wars in Afghanistan (in 2001-2002) and Iraq have ushered in the latest stage, which promises to be the final geopolitical struggle of the industrial period – a struggle for the control of Eurasia and its energy resources.
www.museletter.com/archive/132.html

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Does the Future Belong to China?:

A new power is emerging in the East. How America should handle unprecedented new challenges, threats˜and opportunities.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7693580/site/newsweek

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King George, Prince Abdullah, Global Warming, and the Torture of Thomas Jefferson :

The dominant values are profit, power, empire, and the never-ending quest for capital accumulation – guiding principles that lead often enough to the embrace of atavistic, “pre-modern” barbarism and blatant disregard for humanity and its environmental and other needs.
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=11&ItemID=7763

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Quandary of Afghan opium industry :

According to one development expert who did not want to be named: “The US is starting another Columbia-style war on drugs here.”
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4312557.stm

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Aristide’s Ex-PM Refuses to Leave Haiti :

A former prime minister on a hunger strike refused to leave for medical treatment in the Dominican Republic, demanding instead his unconditional release from house arrest, the government said Monday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4977639,00.html

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Venezuela to choose between Russian warplanes:

In October 2004, Moscow promised to sell defense systems worth $500 million to the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. The first contract for the delivery of 10 Mil Mi-17 and Mi-26 helicopters. Donald Rumsfeld complained then that Venezuelan weapons could fall into the hands of Colombian rebels and other anti-U.S. forces in Latin America.
newsfromrussia.com/comp/2005/05/03/59543.html

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Evangelist fears Muslims in government:

Televangelist and onetime presidential candidate Pat Robertson said Sunday that he would be wary of appointing Muslims to top positions in the U.S. government, including judgeships.
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George Monbiot: In Bed With the Killers:

BP is working with a genocidal government
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8733.htm

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The Contradictions of a Contrarian: Andre Gunder Frank :

Among academic activists I know the two names most frequently cited for inspiring us to pursue our work are Noam Chomsky and Andre Gunder Frank. Yesterday we lost one of them in Andre Gunder Frank.
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=41&ItemID=7729

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Afghanistan: Fund Shortage Could Close Leprosy Shelter That Survived Taliban Killings:

The “Zuflucht” leprosy clinic and shelter was set up in the remote Yakaolang District of Bamiyan Province in 1992 — mostly with private funds.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2005/5/D76BEB2F-28A5-4FB7-8F2A-9460F0CFEFCD.html

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Date: May 1 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 328 Days

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Draft U.S. paper allows commanders to seek preemptive nuke strikes:

The paper says in allowing combatant commanders in the Pacific and other theaters to maintain an option of preemptive strikes against “rogue” states and terrorists and “request presidential approval for use of nuclear weapons” under set conditions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8718.htm

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Blair hit by new leak of secret war plan

A SECRET document from the heart of government reveals today that Tony Blair privately committed Britain to war with Iraq and then set out to lure Saddam Hussein into providing the legal justification.

Michael Smith

It records a meeting in July 2002, attended by military and intelligence chiefs, at which Blair discussed military options having already committed himself to supporting President George Bush‚s plans for ousting Saddam.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8711.htm

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Blair planned Iraq war from start

INSIDE Downing Street Tony Blair had gathered some of his senior ministers and advisers for a pivotal meeting in the build-up to the Iraq war. It was 9am on July 23, 2002, eight months before the invasion began and long before the public was told war was inevitable.

Michael Smith

The discussion that morning was highly confidential. As minutes of the proceedings, headed “Secret and strictly personal ˜ UK eyes only‰, state: “This record is extremely sensitive. No further copies should be made. It should be shown only to those with a genuine need to know its contents.‰
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8710.htm

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Why America needs to be Defeated in Iraq

by Mike Whitney

The greatest moral quandary of our day is whether we, as Americans, support the Iraqi insurgency. It’s an issue that has caused anti-war Leftist’s the same pangs of conscience that many felt 30 years ago in their opposition to the Vietnam War. The specter of disloyalty weighs heavily on all of us, even those who’ve never been inclined to wave flags or champion the notion of American “Exceptionalism”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8716.htm

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U.S. Recruits a Rough Ally to Be a Jailer

Seven months before Sept. 11, 2001, the State Department issued a human rights report on Uzbekistan. It was a litany of horrors.

By DON VAN NATTA Jr.

The police repeatedly tortured prisoners, State Department officials wrote, noting that the most common techniques were “beating, often with blunt weapons, and asphyxiation with a gas mask.” Two prisoners were boiled to death. The February 2001 State Department report stated bluntly, “Uzbekistan is an authoritarian state with limited civil rights.” Immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks, however, the Bush administration turned to Uzbekistan as a partner in fighting global terrorism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8707.htm

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Car bomb explodes at funeral, killing at least 30 Iraqis :

A car bomb exploded at the funeral of a Kurdish official in northern Iraq today, killing about 30 Iraqis and wounding more than 50
www.startribune.com/stories/1762/5379422.html

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New bomb attacks kill 11 Iraqis and a US soldier
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Five Iraqi policemen killed in Baghdad attack:

Gunmen killed five Iraqi policemen at a checkpoint in Baghdad on Sunday and the attack was followed by an explosion in the area, police said.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1343763,00050004.htm

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Two Employees of Iraqi Company Supplier of US Army Shot in Baghdad
www.focus-fen.net/index.php?catid=138&newsid=62976&ch=0&datte=2005-05-01

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Ten U.S. soldiers killed in last 48 hours in Iraq :

At least 50 Iraqis, mostly police and Iraqi soldiers have also died as a wave of bombings have swept the war-torn country.
feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/?sid=c35f3f6969ead0dc

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UK document leak shows early plan to topple Saddam: U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair were determined to topple Saddam Hussein at least nine months before they launched the war in Iraq, British documents leaked in a Sunday newspaper say.

Blair talked of toppling Saddam months before war:

Britain discussed supporting the United States to bring about a change of government in Iraq eight months before the March 2003 invasion, Tony Blair said on Sunday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8708.htm

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Full Text: The secret Downing Street memo:

SECRET AND STRICTLY PERSONAL – UK EYES ONLY
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8709.htm

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Iraq, the secret US visit, and an angry military chief :

The legality of the Iraq war exploded on to the agenda last week, causing chaos to Labour strategy. Here we reveal the key US officials who persuaded Britain that invasion was legal – and the astonishing reaction from our military chiefs
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8719.htm

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

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Regime change is illegal: end of debate:

‘I would never do anything against the advice of the Attorney General,” the Prime Minister has repeatedly insisted. Yet he did do something against the Attorney General’s advice. He helped the Americans invade Iraq and replace its Ba’athist regime.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8714.htm

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British military chief reveals new legal fears over Iraq war :

The man who led Britain’s armed forces into Iraq has said that Tony Blair and the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, will join British soldiers in the dock if the military are ever prosecuted for war crimes in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8712.htm

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Scott Ritter : Dereliction of Duty Regarding Iraq:

For every general who speaks of ‘winning the war’, there are hundreds of soldiers and marines, veterans of the harsh reality of ground truth in Iraq, who believe otherwise.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8715.htm

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Murder charges sought for U.S. officer :

A military prosecutor has pressed the claim that the shootings of two Iraqis by a marine officer last year were, in effect, executions and said the officer should be court-martialed on charges of premeditated murder and related counts. Prosecutors said they would not seek the death penalty.
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Italy Report on Killing Goes Public Monday:

Italy is contending that its report on the U.S. soldiers’ slaying in Baghdad of an Italian intelligence agent will shed light on problems with coordination among authorities in Iraq and with rules of engagement for checkpoints.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=718657

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US admits flaws in hostage shooting:

A US military inquiry has admitted flaws in the way American troops man checkpoints in Baghdad and recommended a “comprehensive overview” of procedures in its report on the friendly-fire killing of an Italian secret agent.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,15148390-38200,00.html

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Full Text: Giuliana Sgrena Killing:

The uncensored U.S. report
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8713.htm

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Iran issues nuclear warning to US :

The spiritual leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has warned the United States to stay out of his country’s nuclear programme. Speaking on a tour of south-east Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei said the US was arrogant, rude and deserved a punch in the mouth.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4503915.stm

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Iran’s Khamenei to US: nuclear programme is none of your business:

“You do not have the right to judge if a nation needs nuclear energy or not,” he said.
www.bakutoday.net/afps/english/shared/int/050501155915.v5zu6exa.html

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Helen Thomas: Why Does CIA Send Prisoners To Other Nations?:

The phrase “extraordinary rendition” may sound harmless, but it describes the sinister CIA practice of deporting detainees to countries where they may be tortured.
www.thebostonchannel.com/helenthomas/4433066/detail.html

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Sudan becomes US ally in ‘war on terror’:

Only months after the US accused Khartoum of carrying out genocide in Darfur, Sudan has become a crucial intelligence asset to the CIA
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,5183283-103681,00.html

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Ex-Haiti PM Reportedly Flying Into Exile :

Former Premier Yvon Neptune, who has been held without charge for 10 months in connection with political killings during the February 2004 rebellion that ousted Aristide, will be flown to neighboring Dominican Republic on Monday
www.620ktar.com/?nid=46&sid=44675

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Yvon Neptune forced into exile :

If Prime Minister Yvon Neptune is flown out of Haiti, without his liberation orders and unconditional released having been signed by a Haitian judge, he wants the world to know he did not leave Haiti willingly – that he was forced into exile. It was simply another kidnapping.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8717.htm

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Israeli Troops Raid Palestinian Town:

Palestinian officials condemned the incursion as a violation of agreements between the two sides.
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MK among 10 hurt at anti-fence protest :

Police officers and Israel Defense Forces troops at the site clashed with the hundreds of protesters who attended the anti-fence rally.
https://www.haaretz.co.il/hasen/spages/570288.html

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In case you missed it?

Rabbi Goldstein gives a historic overview of Zionism
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1456.htm

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Israel blacklisted by U.S.:

Israel is among the world’s worst offenders when it comes to violation of intellectual property rights, a U.S. International Trade Commission report says.
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3079327,00.html

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Rice Ducks Venezuela Spat After Attacks Backfire:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has discarded her failing tactic of confronting Venezuela publicly in favor of working behind the scenes in Latin America against a country she says threatens the region’s stability.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=8354036&section=news

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Viacom paid John McCain $66,000 records show:

Media giant spending over $100,000 per month buying influence Washington
projectusa.org/ezine/2005/04-27-viacom_corporate_bribery.html

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At last the truth about acupuncture: it’s as good as drugs for treating pain:

Critics of the ancient Chinese therapy say it is no better than a placebo. But a new study using brain-mapping shows it has a similar effect to standard Western medicines
news.independent.co.uk/uk/health_medical/story.jsp?story=634685

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