|Information Clearing House Digest May 30-31 2004|
|Date: 31 May 2004
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1 YEAR & 52 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.
Four Afghans killed in raid by Taliban guerrillas:
Taliban guerrillas riding in a fleet of vehicles shot up a government office in southern Afghanistan, killing four Afghan soldiers, an official said yesterday. One gunman also was killed.
Police officer killed in Kabul :
A police officer was killed as unidentified gunmen attacked his car in the capital citylast night, a spokesman of Interior Ministry said Monday
3 Killed As Gunmen Target More Foreign Civilian Convoys:
Gunmen targeting caravans of four-wheel-drive vehicles killed at least three people Sunday, and cheering bystanders doused two of the bullet-riddled SUVs with gasoline and set them ablaze, according to Iraqi police and witnesses.
Three U.S. Soldiers Die in Attacks Near Kufa, Baghdad :
Three U.S. soldiers were killed in attacks near the Iraqi cities of Kufa and Baghdad, the U.S. military command said.
Baghdad car bomb kills 3:
At least three people, including a woman, were killed and more than 20 wounded on Monday when at least one car bomb exploded in a western Baghdad neighbourhood.
Iraqi Leader Killed in Baghdad:
Mohsen Abdel Hamid, a member of the Iraqi Governing Council and Secretary General of the Iraqi Islamic Party (IIP), has been killed on Monday in an attack in Baghdad.
More Than 200 Troops Killed in April, May:
Death Toll of American Troops in Iraq for April and May Moves Past 200; More Than 2 Killed a Day
Saudi security forces 'allowed kidnappers to flee':
One employee of the Oasis compound said today that a hostage heard the gunmen shouting that they would release their captives if the security forces let them go.
British oil executive was among the first to die:
Victim Body was dragged behind car, reports say
New Saudi attack 'probable' :
Britain's ambassador to Saudi Arabia warned today that another terrorist attack in the kingdom was “probable”, as Saudi security forces continued their kingdom-wide search for the gunmen whose weekend rampage through the city of Khobar left 22 people dead
Australia warns against more attacks in Saudi Arabia:
Australians were told to defer non-essential travel to Saudi Arabia and those already in the country were advised to leave if they were concerned about their security.
Crisis hits Saudi oil industry :
Traders warned that oil prices were likely to rise this week in response to the latest attack in the kingdom, the second in a month. Prices have slipped in the past fortnight from a 13-year high of $41.85 a barrel, but a renewed surge is expected when markets reopen tomorrow
Saudi attacks weaken dollar's footing :
In Europe, safe-haven flows out of the dollar were much in evidence although thin trading conditions given the public holiday in Britain and the US were also having an impact, analysts said.
Al-Qaeda winning: Asian analysts:
The al-Qaeda network is winning the global war on terror, while Washington's use of overwhelming force against Muslim extremists is creating a sea of hatred and is strategically flawed, Asian analysts said.
Stratfor Intelligence Report: “Al Qaeda's Next Strike” :
Al Qaeda likely has a number of sleeper cells still embedded in the United States, and logic dictates that Houston, Texas, is high on their target list.
Can terrorist warning sway votes?:
Political analysts say almost any renewed discussion of terrorism benefits President George W. Bush because the public — even as it questions Bush's leadership on Iraq and the economy — still regards him as best able to deal with that threat.
Council defies US over top job choice:
At a stormy governing council meeting yesterday, Mr Bremer bluntly warned members not to hold another vote on who should be the new president. If they did he would ignore it.
The Abu Ghraib Scandal Cover-Up?:
Some critics say Donald Rumsfeld's Defense Department is doing its best to stop potentially incriminating information from coming out, that it's deflecting Congress's inquiries and shielding higher-ups from investigation.
On Their Way To Abu Ghraib:
“How could this happen?” nearly everyone asks these days. But as the U.S. now releases hundreds of men from Abu Ghraib prison, another question, “why were so many Iraqis locked up there in the first place?” is likely to become part of the debate.
Jailed – for showing dislike of US invaders:
General Ryder, the army's provost marshal, reported that some Iraqis had been held for months for nothing more than expressing “displeasure or ill will” towards the US occupying forces.
America's battle to regain respect :
The US has not been defeated in battle and is unlikely to be so but it can no longer impose its will on Iraq because it lacks the moral authority to do so.
Dahr Jamail : Iraq's Disintegration:
For each step forward the coalition makes, two disasters occur… whether they take the form of deadly attacks on the occupying forces, more mortars blasting into the CPA, sabotage of a pipeline or powerplant, a murder, another SUV of secret service or security mercenaries taken out by an RPG, or something less obvious…
Iraqi doctors forced into exile:
IRAQ's top surgeons, neurologists and other doctors are fleeing Baghdad, bullied into exile by a growing gang of kidnappers seeking hefty ransoms from the country's affluent elite.
Never mind the truth:
Bush and Blair appear to think that making declarations on Iraq is enough to change the realities on the ground
Zbigniew Brzezinski : Face Reality:
America's Iraq policy requires a fundamental strategic reappraisal. The present policy – justified by falsehoods, pursued with unilateral arrogance, blinded by self-delusion, and stained by sadistic excesses – cannot be corrected with a few hasty palliatives.
In case you missed it?:
Zbigniew Brzezinski: A geostrategy for Eurasia :
A power that dominated Eurasia would exercise decisive influence over two of the world's three most economically productive regions, Western Europe and East Asia. A glance at the map also suggests that a country dominant in Eurasia would almost automatically control the Middle East and Africa.
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Memorial Day Special Video:
The New Documentary 'Preventive Warriors':
The film examines a bold new foreign policy paper introduced by the White House in September 2002 entitled: “The National Security Strategy of the United States.‰
A must watch video:
Draft dilemma :
They are going to reintroduce the draft in the US. But it's such a vote loser, no one wants to mention it
We Want Our Country Back:
Prominent U.S. Jews, Israel blamed for start of Iraq war :
Despite the significant difference between the statements of Zinni and those of Hollings, certain members of the U.S. Jewish community are beginning to feel a little uncomfortable.
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9/7/2002 : Yediot Ahronot: Iraq, Jordan to be converted into one Hashimite Kingdom:
The correspondent of the Israeli Yediot Ahronot for military affairs said Friday that Israeli sides were briefed on plans prepared by the hawks of the American administration on changing the face of the Arab region, including perceptions to end the rulig regime in Iraq and bringing it back to the Hashimite Kingdom.
Israel Court to Army: Protect Palestinian Civilians:
Israel's top court has told the army to safeguard “the lives and dignity” of Palestinian civilians in combat operations, a ruling welcomed on Monday by human-rights groups alarmed by the bloodiest Gaza raid in years.
Whistleblower: Israel Action Spurred Act :
Israel's nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 influenced his decision to tell the world about his country's secret nuclear military program.
Lieberman presents to Russia plan to expel 'disloyal' Arabs:
The plan is based on the idea of separating the populations and territories of Jews and Arabs, including Israeli Arabs. According to the plan, only those Israeli Arabs who feel a connection with the State of Israel and are completely loyal to it will be allowed to stay.
In case you missed it?:
Meet The New Zionist's:
The members of the Christian Coalition of America are some of the most passionate defenders of Israel in the United States. There's just one catch: they want to convert all Jews to Christianity.
In case you missed it?:
Israel's Evangelical Approach :
In an effort to solidify its relationship with American evangelicals, the government of Israel has launched initiatives that include expense-paid trips to the Holy Land and strategy sessions with the Christian Coalition and other conservative groups.
N. Korea Accuses U.S. of War Pretext Plot :
North Korea on Monday accused the Bush administration of making up reports about the North's nuclear weapons program as a pretext for war, saying it echoed similar allegations Washington made about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before the U.S.-led invasion.
Experts: Job market dismal for teens this summer:
Only 37 percent of teens are likely to find a summer job, according to the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston.
Saudi hostage crisis comes to a bloody end: Saudi forces have ended their offensive in the hostage crisis after a bloody standoff left at least 16 people dead.
Saudi Cell "Slaughtered" Italian, Swede, Japanese: Al Qaida, in a purported statement carried on an Islamist Web site, said on Sunday its militants in Saudi Arabia had "slaughtered" an Italian and a Swedish hostage in the oil city of Khobar.
Iraqi killed, 12 wounded in clashes in Najaf : An Iraqi was killed and 12 others were wounded during the past 24 hours as clashes continued in the holy city of Najaf on Sunday
Senior pro-Taliban cleric killed in Karachi: Armed men riding in two cars and a motorcycle shot and killed a senior Sunni Muslim cleric in violence-prone Karachi.
Militant Cleric's Killing Sparks Violence in Pakistan: Mass riots have erupted across Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, after the assassination of one of the country's top religious leaders.
Israeli Missiles Kill Senior Hamas Man, Two Others: Two missiles fired by an Israeli helicopter killed a high-profile Hamas militant commander on his motorcycle and two comrades in Gaza City early on Sunday, Palestinian witnesses said.
Iraq's new leader to recruit some of Saddam's soldiers: Iyad Allawi, Iraq's prime minister-designate, plans to recall four divisions of Saddam Hussein's old army to create a rapid reaction force and anti-terrorism unit to deal with the country's security crisis.
Dissent over US push for interim head: US officials and a United Nations envoy continued horse-trading with Iraqi leaders yesterday over the selection of an interim president, with many members of the country's Governing Council opposing the US and UN choice, according to Iraqi politicians and international officials
The handover that became a shambles: ten U-turns on the road to 'peace': The appointment of an interim Prime Minister who used to work for the CIA is one of a series of disastrous policy changes by the US.
Police surround Chalabi's office: Police in the central Iraqi town of Ramadi have surrounded the local office of Ahmed Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress and ordered it to be evacuated.
Bush was sure that Iraqs oil reserves would be flowing again by now: ... Another big mistake
The Empire at Oil's End: Angry truckers celebrated this May Day by blocking freeways in Los Angeles and container terminals in Oakland and Stockton. With diesel fuel prices in California soaring to record levels in recent weeks, the earnings of independent container-haulers have dropped below the poverty line.
Halliburton: The Paper Trail: Did Cheney Okay a Deal?: TIME has obtained an internal Pentagon e-mail sent by an Army Corps of Engineers officialwhose name was blacked out by the Pentagonthat raises questions about Cheney's arm's-length policy toward his old employer.
ABC News Poll: Majority of Republicans Say Abusing Prisoners Is Okay: Go Ahead, Try And Tell Me They Are Not The Nazis
Bush has Saddam's pistol: report: US President George W Bush has been given a pistol Saddam Hussein had with him when he was captured and now proudly shows it to selected guests
Jewish Congresswoman says Bush's Policies a Danger to Jews: The simmering debate over the role of Jewish neoconservatives in drawing America into war in Iraq erupted with new fury this week.
Senator Hollings, responds to being charged as anti-Semitic: With Iraq no threat, why invade a sovereign country? The answer: President Bush's policy to secure Israel.
Gallery owner becomes target after showcasing painting of Iraqi prisoner abuse: After displaying a painting of U.S. soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners, a San Francisco gallery owner bears a painful reminder of the nation's unresolved anguish over the incidents at Abu Ghraib -- a black eye and bloodied brow delivered by an unknown assailant who apparently objected to the art work.
`Terror lady' in U.S. custody, says Pakistan : Pakistan's Interior Ministry has claimed that Aafia Siddiqui, the Pakistani-American woman who was declared as a terrorist threat (to the U.S.) by the FBI, had been arrested in 2003 from Karachi and handed over to the U.S. authorities.
From the Ranks to the Street: Nearly a fourth of the America's homeless are veterans. Reasons vary, but many fail to adjust to life's randomness after the order of military service.
Dogs alerted to explosives at gate; two detained by INS: NCIS detained the two men, both Israeli citizens, and turned them over to Immigration Naturalization Service in Savannah for further disposition and deportation.
Cameras embedded in pavement markings -- used in U.S. for past three years
NHS workers trial hi-tech panic buttons: UK health service workers are to be tagged with electronic tracking devices in a pilot scheme designed to promote the safety of NHS staff who regularly work on their own, such as district nurses.
Four US soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan : "Four US service members assigned to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan were killed in action today here in southern Afghanistan," US Central Command said in a statement.
Three Marines killed in Iraq: The U.S. military says the Marines from the First Marine Expeditionary Force were killed in Anbar province west of Baghdad. The Marines were responsible for security in a wide area from just west of Baghdad to the borders of Syria and Jordan.
Top al-Qaeda leader spells out tactics for guerrilla warfare in Saudi Arabia : A SENIOR al-Qaeda leader in Saudi Arabia issued a battle plan yesterday for an urban guerrilla war in the kingdom, already reeling from recent attacks on western and security targets.
U.S. Urges Citizens to Leave Saudi After Attack: "We are reiterating our call to American citizens to depart the country in light of recent terrorist attacks," a U.S. embassy official told Reuters.
05/29/04: U.S. Forced Allawi On U.N., Iraqis: A senior State Department official told the daily, on condition of anonymity, that the U.S.-handpicked Iraqi body had merely ratified the U.S. selection in order to make it seem that the council had the final saying.
American Caligula: George W. Bush, the schizophrenic by-product of an influential American family grew up in a wealthy decadent world steeped in generations of treachery and political intrigue.
Gov't in crisis as Netanyahu foils PM's mini-plan: Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not support any proposal that recognized the general plan and would agree only to the limited proposal to evacuate the three settlements.
Conservative Allies Take Chalabi Case to the White House: The group included Richard N. Perle, the former chairman of a Pentagon advisory group, and R. James Woolsey, director of central intelligence under President Bill Clinton.
5 Killed : Militia clashes with US as ceasefire fails: US officials said two soldiers were wounded in the latest fighting. "Their Humvee was completely destroyed and they were evacuated for treatment," a spokesman said.
Gunmen kill Kurdish politician and family north of Iraq : Gunmen killed a prominent Kurdish politician and members of his family in a drive-by shooting in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Saturday
Israeli soldier killed near Nablus: An Israeli occupation army captain has died of serious injuries sustained during clashes with Palestinian resistance fighters in the Balata refugee camp near the West Bank town of Nablus.
US distances itself from Iraqi PM: The UN response has been cool, speaking only of "respect" for the decision.
Exiled Allawi was responsible for 45-minute WMD claim: He is the person through whom the controversial claim was channelled that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction could be operational in 45 minutes.
Kurds feel betrayed once again: The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan believes that if the plight of the Kurds is ignored yet again and we are left with no say in the future of a new Iraq, the will of the Kurdish people will be too great for the Kurdish political parties to ignore, leading to a total withdrawal from any further discussions relating to the formation of any new Iraqi government. This will certainly not serve the unity of Iraq.
Iraqi Women Raped At Abu Ghraib: Report: Reports have emerged that Iraqi women held at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison were raped by both US and Iraqi jailers, according to human rights groups, following the reports of abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US troops there.
The silence of the healers at Abu Ghraib: Physicians too became complicit in the moral erosion which led to the shameful events at the Abu Ghraib prison.
For Shame: What becomes of a country that loses its capacity for repulsion?
Iraq prison abuse 'widespread': According to the military documents seen by AP, at least two detainees held at other sites died of their injuries.
Intelligence agents accused in abuses: Several U.S. guards allege they witnessed military intelligence operatives encouraging the abuse of Iraqi prison inmates at four prisons other than Abu Ghraib, investigative documents show.
Guantanamo Interrogators Played Major Role at Abu Ghraib: A published report says interrogators from the U.S.- run detention camp at the Navy Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba were sent to Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison late last year to train American intelligence teams.
Bagged By The U.S.: Owen Matthews goes on patrol with American soldiers in Afghanistan's 'Indian Country' and sees them capture and interrogate suspects
GI flagged for public comments about his Abu Ghraib experience: Sgt. Samuel Provance said he wasnt surprised when Lt. Col. James Norwood summoned him to Wiesbaden on Friday, less than a week after the sergeant spoke to ABC News about his experiences at the Abu Ghraib.