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Signs of the Times for Tue, 31 Jan 2006

Translated By Pascaline Jay
January 26, 2005
European leaders can no longer feign ignorance about covert CIA flights to and from Europe. According to this op-ed article from Canada's Le Devoir, the latest report by Swiss Senator and Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty makes clear that European countries have engaged in a cover-up of their own.

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Kurt Nimmo
January 29th, 2006
It is sincerely disgusting to read the corporate media spun “news” about the “election” victory of Hamas.

First, in the occupied areas of Israel as in the occupied areas of Iraq, it is important for the criminal occupiers to hold “elections” so as to provide a patina of legitimacy for what is essentially a massive felony and crime perpetuated against humanity, not that the Arab-hating Jabotinsky Likudites in Israel and their Straussian neocon fellow travelers in America give a whit about human rights.

Second, it should be noted, but will not be in the corporate media, Hamas was midwifed by Israel, as Richard Sale of the UPI revealed some time ago. Since Israel will never loosen its grip on the so-called occupied territories, a Hamas “victory” in an election designed to allow the Palestinians to pretend they are a sovereign nation (and actually choose the “authority” that will rule over them at the behest of the Likudites), the “election” of Hamas is a custom-made excuse for Israel to harden its apartheid policies, continue to bombard Gaza mercilessly, and never allow the Palestinians to set up their own state.

In fact, it can be argued, the “election” of Hamas will eventually lead to the mass “transfer” of Palestinians to their “real home” in Jordan, as more than half of all Israelis believe ethnic cleansing is a viable solution to the Palestinian “problem,” that is to say the fact a few million Palestinians remain outraged over their dispossession and thousands are engaged in active resistance. For Israel, the “election” of Hamas is the best possible scenario.

By Wael al-Ahmad
January 31, 2006
JENIN, West Bank - Israeli troops killed two Islamic Jihad militants on Tuesday in the first deadly clash since a shock victory by Hamas in a Palestinian election that has thrown Middle East peacemaking into turmoil.

Islamic Jihad said its West Bank military commander Nidal Abu Sadi was one of those killed.

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By Dan Williams
Tue Jan 31, 7:11 AM ET
JERUSALEM - An Israeli couple suspected of masterminding a computer virus that set off a major industrial espionage investigation was repatriated for trial on Tuesday under an extradition deal with Britain, police said.

Michael and Ruth Haephrati were arrested in their London home last year over allegations that a "Trojan horse" program they had developed was bought by private investigators who helped top Israeli corporations spy on each other's computers.

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MOSCOW, Jan. 31 (Xinhuanet) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday urged the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) to renounce violence and recognize the state of Israel, but he warned against cutting aid to the Palestinians.

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Jim McIlroy & Chris Kerr, Caracas
From Green Left Weekly, February 1, 2006.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez proclaimed “socialism or death” in finishing his rousing speech to a rally of around 10,000 people at the Polihedro Stadium on January 27. The rally was a feature of the Latin American section of the Sixth World Social Forum held in Caracas on January 24-29.

The forum attracted an audience of up to 100,000 people from all over Latin America and the world, to a feast of more than 2000 public meetings and seminars on themes of anti-imperialist globalisation and the struggle for a better world.

Chavez said that unlike Karl Marx, when he first issued the call for socialism in the 19th century, “we do not have much time left”. The 21st century has now come, “when the dilemma must be finally resolved”.

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CARACAS, Jan. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Monday that Venezuela's intelligence agencies have "infiltrated" a group of military officials at the U.S. embassy who were allegedly involved in spying.

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Translated By Carly Gatzert
January 27, 2005
U.S. officials have connections to Venezuelan military officers suspected of spying for the Pentagon, and those officials will be locked up if caught. According to this article from Venezuela's Union Radio, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez also denounced plans by the "most vicious, murderous, genocidal, immoral, and brazen" government in the world [America] to put Venezuela on its list of State-sponsors of terror.

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January 31, 2006
BAGHDAD - Kidnapped US reporter Jill Carroll tearfully pleaded for her life in the latest video released by her captors as
Saddam Hussein's defense team was set to boycott the next hearing of his rocky trial on Wednesday.

In stark contrast to her earlier appeal, Carroll appeared in a bulky white headscarf weeping on the video which was broadcast by Arab satellite television Al-Jazeera on Monday night without any sound.

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"The latest video was widely reported in the United States, but television stations refused to broadcast more than a few seconds of it, calling it too disturbing."
If showing a kidnapped US reporter on the mainstream news is "too disturbing", just imagine what else they refuse to show!

Associated Press Writer
Jan 31 2006 9:30 AM US/Eastern
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin boasted Tuesday that Russia has missiles capable of penetrating any missile defense system, Russian news reports said.

"Russia ... has tested missile systems that no one in the world has," the ITAR-Tass, Interfax and RIA Novosti news agencies quoted him as saying at a news conference. "These missile systems don't represent a response to a missile defense system, but they are immune to that. They are hypersonic and capable of changing their flight path."

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Giles Tremlett in Madrid
Tuesday January 31, 2006
The Guardian
A sneaky smoking session with a fellow politician may have landed Spain's Socialist prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, in trouble a few weeks after his government banned smoking in the workplace.

Opposition politicians said they would raise the subject of Mr Zapatero's smoking habits in parliament after revelations that he and Artur Mas, a prominent Catalan politician, had chain-smoked their way through negotiations on an autonomy bill.

The meeting between Mr Zapatero and Mr Mas was held at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, which, like No 10 Downing Street, is both home and office to the prime minister. 2006-01-31 23:23:47
KATHMANDU, Jan. 31 (Xinhuanet) -- Nepali King Gyanendra is to address the nation at 9 a.m. local time (0315 GMT) on Wednesday, an official announcement said.

The state-run Nepal Television Tuesday quoted the press secretariat to the King as saying that the monarch is addressing the nation upon the completion of the first year of his takeover.

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MOSCOW, Jan. 31 (Xinhuanet) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Moscow will not expel the British diplomats who were accused of spying and the issue will not hurt Russia's ties with Britain.

Last week, the Russian Federal Security Service said it had uncovered four British diplomats who were engaged in spying activities in Moscow that included use of a communication device hidden in a fake rock and funding of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Russia.

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