Information Clearing House Archive Part 8 29-31 August 2005

31 August 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
29-31 August 2005
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005

Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 115 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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Bush is the real threat

The Middle East faces a crisis that could dwarf even the dangers arising from the war in Iraq.

By Tony Benn

Now that the US president has announced that he has not ruled out an attack on Iran, if it does not abandon its nuclear programme, the Middle East faces a crisis that could dwarf even the dangers arising from the war in Iraq.
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Je sans frontieres? By William Bowles

30 August 2005

Although I was born into a relatively poor working class family (my father was London organiser of the Musicians Union and earned a very low wage), I was also privileged because my extended family of aunts and uncles (over 30) and the political culture that for the most part, they embraced, gave me access to riches denied to most of my contemporaries.

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 7 25-27 August 2005

27 August 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 25-27 August 2005
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2005

Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 111 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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How easily we have come to take the bombs and the deaths in Iraq for granted

By Robert Fisk

At the al-Kindi hospital, relatives had a problem identifying the dead. Heads were placed next to the wrong torsos, feet next to the wrong legs. A problem there. But there came not a groan from England. We were still locked into our 7 July trauma. No detectives are snooping around the an-Nahda bomb site looking for clues. They’re already four suicide bombs later. An-Nahda is history.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10005.htm

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(Don’t) Mention the J** word By William Bowles

26 August 2005

Speaking at a memorial for the victims of a Palestinian attack that took place 26 years ago, [Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Ze’ev] Boim said: “What is it about Islam as a whole and the Palestinians in particular? Is it some form of cultural deprivation? Is it some genetic defect? There is something that defies explanation in this continued murderousness.” [Likud Knesset Member Yehiel] Hazan subsequently stated: “He’s right. It’s been a known fact for many years that Arabs slaughter and murder Jews, without any connection to land. It’s imprinted in their blood. It’s something genetic. I haven’t done research, but there’s no possibility of explaining it differently. You can’t believe an Arab, even one who’s 40 years in his grave.”

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Media Lens: The Dark Heart of Robin Cook’s ‘Ethical’ Foreign Policy – Part 2

24 August 2005 — Media Lens

“I do not know but there are some who if they were tied to the whipping post – and could but get one hand free would use it to ring the bells & fire the cannon to celebrate their liberty.” (Thoreau, 1851)

Media Coverage

Cook’s lasting achievement was his “ethical foreign policy”, former culture secretary Chris Smith declared in the Independent. “It represented a brave attempt to cast our country’s relations with the rest of the world in a moral light.” (Smith, ’Robin Cook: 1946-2005, The house of commons was his true home,’ The Independent, August 8, 2005) Continue reading

Information Clearing House Archive Part 6 20-24 August 2005

24 August 2005 — Information Clearing House

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Information Clearing House
Digest 20-24 August 2005
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005

Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 108 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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Who Would Jesus Assassinate?

Hugo Chavez and the Men Who Claim to Speak for Jesus?

By Ron Jacobs

Ever since Chavez began his popular upheaval in Venezuela he has been under attack by the Catholic hierarchy in that country. In fact, members of Opus Dei were involved in the failed coup of 2000 and have been instrumental in the CIA-funded opposition movement since the coup, just as they were intimately involved in the murderous CIA-sponsored coup in September 1973 in Chile.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9952.htm

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An awful sense of déjà vu By William Bowles

24 August 2005

If my folks were still alive I am sure this is exactly what they’d be feeling today. And, as the capitalist system inches ever closer to Armageddon, the question about the causes of war are still not part of the public discourse in a world where following the end of the Cold War, we were promised a peaceful world, free from the fear of annihilation.

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Media Lens: The Dark Heart of Robin Cook’s ‘Ethical’ Foreign Policy – Part 1

22 August 2005 — Media Lens

August 6 And The Barbarians Of The Dark Ages

Every death is a tragedy to be mourned. August 6 marked the 60th anniversary of the agonizing deaths of 140,000 Japanese people in the city of Hiroshima. In her article, ‘Eight Hundred Metres From The Hypocentre,’ Yamaoka Michiko described her experience as a fifteen year-old high school student:

“My clothes were burnt and so was my skin. I was in rags. I had braided my hair, but now it was like a lion’s mane. There were people, barely breathing, trying to push their intestines back in. People with their legs wrenched off. Without heads. Or with faces burned and swollen out of shape. The scene I saw was a living hell.” (Michiko, in Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove eds., Voices of a People’s History, Seven Stories, 2004, p.365)

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 5 17-19 August 2005

19 August 2005 — Information Clearing House

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Information Clearing House
Digest 17-19 August 2005
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2005

Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 103 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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Strike For Peace

Petition For Peaceful Priorities

Sponsors of this action include. Noam Chomsky, Medea Benjamin, Franklin W. Stahl, Peter Phillips Ph.D., Scott Kerlin Ph.D.∑and hundreds more

In honoring our Founding principles, I must proclaim that to exploit the fears and prejudices of the common people to maintain the flow of profits from conflict˜to perpetuate a state of war for personal gain˜is treasonous to our creed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9868.htm

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The cry now is “treason” or the Star Chamber revisited By William Bowles

19 August 2005

Secret, judge-only courts where the accused has no access to the ‘evidence’? Changes to the law will include making it illegal to advocate violence to further a person’s belief, justifying or validating such violence, or fostering hatred.

Under the Lords Chancellor Cardinal Wolsey and Archbishop Cranmer (1515-1529), the Court of Star Chamber became a political weapon for bringing actions against opponents to the policies of Henry VIII, his Ministers and his Parliament. Then, under James the 1st and Charles the 1st, the Star Chamber Court sessions were held in secret, with no indictments, no right of appeal, no juries, and no witnesses. Evidence was presented in writing. On October 17, 1632, the Court of Star Chamber banned all “news books”.[1] Sound familiar? Continue reading

Statewatch News Online, 18 August 2005 (30/05)

18 August 2005 — Statewatch

Full contents see: www.statewatch.org/news

1. EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council Declaration Follow-up
2. EU: Prum Convention (Schengen III) official English translation
3. UK: Press Statement from lawyers on the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes
4. Italy: Statewatch analysis: Tough new anti-terrorist laws adopted
5. Ireland-USA: Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty signed
6. UK-Jordan: Memorandum of understanding on undertakings prior to deportation – full-text
7. UK: Statement by Gareth Peirce, lawyer, on the 10 men arrested pending deportation
8. UK: Anti-Muslim backlash goes on by Institute of Race Relations
9. EU: 25,000 have signed-up to the: Data retention is no solution – petition

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 4 August 13-16 2005

16 August 2005 — Information Clearing House

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Information Clearing House
Digest 13-16 August 2005
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005

Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 100 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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Grim Iraq reality dawns for Bush :

After setting out to establish a democracy, the US slowly realizes an Islamic republic is taking shape
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9790.htm

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Book Review: ‘War Made Easy – How presidents and pundits keep spinning us to death’ By William Bowles

16 August 2005

‘War Made Easy – How presidents and pundits keep spinning us to death’ by Norman Solomon. John Wiley & Sons, 2005.

Think of Iraq as a military base with a very large oil reserve underneath – Fadel Gheit, oil industry expert

In the autumn of 2001, the Bush administration hired Charlotte Beers as “undersecretary of state for public diplomacy”. Beers, a former top exec with the ad agencies J. Walter Thompson and Ogilvy & Mather was, as the then secretary of state Colin Powell put it:

“She got me to buy Uncle Ben’s rice. So there is nothing wrong with getting somebody who knows how to sell something.” (p.25)

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 3 9-12 August 2005

12 August 2005 — Information Clearing House

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Information Clearing House
Digest 9-12 August 2005
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2005

Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 94 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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It is not only Iraq that is occupied. America is too

My country is in the grip of a president surrounded by thugs in suits

By Howard Zinn

More Americans are beginning to feel, like the soldiers in Iraq, that something is terribly wrong. More and more every day the lies are being exposed. And then there is the largest lie, that everything the US does is to be pardoned because we are engaged in a “war on terrorism”, ignoring the fact that war is itself terrorism, that barging into homes and taking away people and subjecting them to torture is terrorism, that invading and bombing other countries does not give us more security but less.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9747.htm

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Statewatch News Online, 9 August 2005 (30/05)

9 August 2005 — Statewatch

Full contents see: www.statewatch.org/news

1. UK: Home Office call for sweeping grounds for exclusion or deportatation
2. UK: Reactions to the government’s new plans to tackle terrorism
3. UK: Prime Minister’s statement on new terrorists measures
4. EU: Report for 2004: EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights
5. EU: Data retention is no solution – petition
6. UK: LSE refutes Home Office claims
7. UK: New special forces unit tailed Brazilian
8. UK: Anti-Muslim backlash goes on by Institute of Race Relations
9. Open Letter: Attack on fundamental liberties of lawyers in Turkey
10. AI: USA/Jordan/Yemen: Torture and secret detention
11. UK: Forty-five race murders in Britain since Macpherson
12. The seizure of Indymedia’s servers
13. EU: Commission: 13 new security research projects to combat terrorism
14. Suspect’s tale of travel and torture
15. We are all ‘terror suspects’: The ‘War on Terror’ at home.

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 2 5-8 August 2005

8 August 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 5-8 August 2005
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 92 Days

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Petrodollar Warfare: Dollars, Euros and the Upcoming Iranian Oil Bourse

by William R. Clark

‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’ was a war designed to install a pro-U.S. government in Iraq, establish multiple U.S military bases before the onset of global Peak Oil, and to reconvert Iraq back to petrodollars”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9698.htm

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Many a strange bedfellow By William Bowles

5 August 2005

The purpose of this essay is not to try and prove a definitive link between the July 7 (or July 21) attacks and the state but that an historical (and on-going) relationship exists between state-sponsored terror via covert operations of all kinds and the vehicles they use as cover – drug smuggling, money laundering, extremist groups, neo-nazis, in fact whatever is convenient. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to anyone that such things happen and given what is at stake here – the future of the British state – of state involvement in the tragic events of July 7. And before you scoff, consider that the first victim of open state terror, the young Brazilian, Menezes, has already paid with his life as a direct result of Blair’s policies.

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 1 August 1-4 2005

4 August 2005 — Information Clearing House

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Information Clearing House
Digest 1-4 August 2005
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 88 Days

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Video: Iraqi Resistance Attacks And Kills U.S. Marines

This video is purported to have been taken on 08/01/05 by a section of the Iraqi resistance and shows an attack in which 6 U.S. marines are killed.

– WARNING –

This video shows the reality and horror of war and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

Click here to view. Windows Media.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9668.htm

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