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"You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you'll stop the terrorism." - Cindy Sheehan

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SOTT
November 15, 2005
The average age of a graduating American Marine is 19. During their boot camp training, they are effectively brainwashed and taught the finer points of killing without remorse, or "for fun" as many of them have described it. While officially classed as "men", when we factor in dire state of the American education system of which they are a product, the recruits are in fact little more than children, albeit trained killer children.

Small wonder then that, when let loose on the streets of Iraq with a gun and a Humvee and told to "go get some bad guys" by their President, these gun-toting children should end up killing and torturing indiscriminately, and in doing so, stoke the flames of hatred and anger among the Iraqi people.

Of course, we realise that any American soldier that commits acts of unspeakable horror on the battlefields of Iraq cannot be held fully accountable for his misdeeds. If it were not for the elitist social policies, dehumanising military policies, Orwellian education policies and the fascist propaganda of US government officials, there would be far fewer impoverished, dumbed-down, aggressive and wholly deceived teenage American boys to sign up to fight the wars for profit of their so-called leaders.


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By Jimmy Carter
JIMMY CARTER was the 39th president of the United States. His newest book is "Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis," published this month by Simon & Schuster.

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Drudge Report Flash
Tue Nov 15 2005 11:23:51 ET
President Bush feels betrayed by several of his most senior aides and advisors and has severely restricted access to the Oval Office, INSIGHT magazine claims in a new report.

The president’s reclusiveness in the face of relentless public scrutiny of the U.S.-led war in Iraq and White House leaks regarding CIA operative Valerie Plame has become so extreme that Mr. Bush has also reduced contact with his father, former President George H.W. Bush, administration sources said on the condition of anonymity.

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James Fallows
Mon Nov 14,12:11 PM ET
It would be nice if, even once, the Bush administration addressed the strongest version of the case against its Iraq-and-terrorism policy, rather than relying on bromides ("fight them there, so we don't have to fight them here") and knocking down straw men ("some say Iraqis don't deserve freedom...").

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Comment: This piece suggests to us the problem facing American critics of US policy: in order to prove themselves "Patriotic", they have to come up with schemes on how the US could have won the war if only it had been done differently!

The fundamental point, however, is that there was no excuse for invading Iraq, no matter how nasty a piece of work Saddam might have been. He was no immediate threat to the United States. Any other position is criminal support and weaseling to justify an unjustifiable and criminal war.

Juan Cole
Informed Comment
George W. Bush denied on Veteran's Day that he had manipulated intelligence in order to take the country to war against Iraq. He said that the Democrats in Congress had seen the same evidence he had, and that the Clinton administration had also seen Iraq as a threat.

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By TERENCE HUNT
AP White House Correspondent
November 15, 2005
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - President Bush escalated the bitter debate over the Iraq war on Monday, hurling back at Democratic critics the worries they once expressed that Saddam Hussein was a grave threat to the world.

"They spoke the truth then and they're speaking politics now," Bush charged.

Bush went on the attack after Democrats accused the president of manipulating and withholding some pre-war intelligence and misleading Americans about the rationale for war.

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Comment: The Democrats would like to distance themselves from Bush to save their own hides. The problem is that they know they were complicit in the launching of the Iraq war. Given that subscriptions to American newspapers are plummeting since the American people are getting sick of all the lies, why don't the Democrats stand up and say they were wrong? If they say admit that they screwed up and then demand that Bush also stop the lies, they will look far more honest than the the president's gang. While this move is certainly possible, the rules of game theory may prevent it from ever happening... unless the people start demanding honesty from both Democrats and Republicans.

By Andrew Buncombe and Solomon Hughes in Washington
Published: 15 November 2005
The documentary, Fallujah: the Hidden Massacre, by the state broadcaster RAI, cited one Fallujah human-rights campaigner who reported how residents told how "a rain of fire fell on the city".

The claims contained in the RAI documentary have met with a strident official response from the US, as well as from right-wing commentators and bloggers who have questioned the film's evidence and sought to undermine its central allegations.

While military experts have supported some of these criticisms, an examination by The Independent of the available evidence suggests the following: that WP shells were fired at insurgents, that reports from the battleground suggest troops firing these WP shells did not always know who they were hitting and that there remain widespread reports of civilians suffering extensive burn injuries.

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George Monbiot
Tuesday November 15, 2005
The Guardian
Now we know napalm and phosphorus bombs have been dropped on Iraqis, why have the hawks failed to speak out?



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Comment: It couldn't be clearer. The psychopath accuses his prey of exactly those crimes he intends to commit. Bush, Blair and the other war criminals responsible for the occupation of Iraq are bringing to that poor country the crimes of which they have accused Saddam.

By Dahr Jamail
Published: 15 November 2005
UK Independent
"They used these weird bombs that put up smoke like a mushroom cloud," he said. He had seen "pieces of these bombs explode into large fires that continued to burn on the skin even after people dumped water on the burns".

Some saw what they thought were attempts by the military to conceal the use of incendiary shells. "The Americans were dropping some of the bodies into the Euphrates near Fallujah," said one ousted resident, Abdul Razaq Ismail.

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Comment: The US has clearly and evidently committed War Crimes.

AP
Mon Nov 14, 1:04 PM ET
Italians protest against US


Italian police officers stand outside the US embassy as writing on the ground reads 'butchers' during a sit-in organised by Italian communists, in Rome, Monday, Nov. 14, 2005.

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www.chinaview.cn
2005-11-15 09:11:39
BEIJING, Nov. 15 -- About some 1,100 Iraqi lawyers have withdrawn from Saddam Hussein's defense team, citing insufficient protection following the slayings of two peers representing co-defendants of the ousted Iraqi leader.

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Comment: Such is justice in the new US protectorate of Iraq.

Now if they could only find the real Saddam....

AP
Published: 15 November 2005
UK Independent
Thamir al-Khuzaie was injured in the 8 November ambush in western Baghdad in which another defence lawyer, Adel al-Zubeidi, was killed.

Al-Zubeidi was the second defence lawyer involved in the case to be assassinated since the trial opened on October 19.

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By Justin Huggler Asia Correspondent
Published: 15 November 2005
UK Independent
Fears for Afghanistan's future emerged in the wake of suggestions, by the British and Iraqi governments, that British troops could begin pulling out of Iraq by the end of next year. For British troops, however, yesterday's violence in Kabul was a taste of what they will face next year when they deploy to the turbulent province of Helmand as part of a move by Nato to take over security in the Taliban heartlands.

The message from the Taliban was clear: this is what is waiting for Isaf in the south. But the message was also that the Taliban can now strike in Kabul, which until now has been an oasis of stability largely unaffected by the insurgency.

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Nov 15
By DUNCAN MANSFIELD
Associated Press Writer
During Cheney's brief remarks, about a half-dozen people protesting the war in Iraq yelled, "War, what is it good for?" and held up a large banner saying, "Peace Now."

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005; Posted: 10:49 a.m. EST (15:49 GMT)
Campaign-style rhetoric comes during eroding support for Iraq war

(CNN) -- President Bush has gone on the offensive, stepping up his political rhetoric in the face of the Iraq war's growing unpopularity. In an address Monday at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, President Bush accused war critics of "playing politics with this issue and ... sending mixed signals to our troops and the enemy."

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Comment: Yep, there it is, folks. We are seeing the next step in the "if you're not for us, you're against us", and it will be directed at the American population. This is the inherent logic in the Bush administration position and in the laws passed since 911. Whether or not that was the intention from the start is not important. There is a mechanical action-reaction that was set into motion, and the outcome is predictable. We have been discussing it on these pages since the beginning, warning of the creeping fascism in the US, drawing the parallels with Hitler.

Of course, it isn't nice to compare Bush to Hitler. It sends the wingnuts into fits of hysteria, but if the shoe fits...

In the intervening years, we have watched as one piece after another has fallen into place. It was predictable, so when it is too late, when they start putting people into prison for protesting against the war and giving comfort to the enemy, don't tell us you couldn't see it coming.

If you do see it coming now, then think carefully about how to react. Not only our lives, but our souls are at stake. Can you stare into the future psychopathic world without flinching? Can you maintain your integrity? Your impeccability? Or will you be stampeded into supporting ever more drastic measures because you buy into the illusory terrorist threat?

By Ellen Simon
The Associated Press
Posted November 12 2005
A downturn in housing could mean more than 1.3 million lost jobs, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predicts, bumping up the national unemployment rate by 1 percent and the unemployment rate in house-mad California by 2 percent. Those numbers don't include likely job cuts in housing-dependent businesses, such as banking, furniture and building materials.

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November 14, 2005
CNN Money
A survey finds that of employers who do plan to give bonuses, few plan to give cold cash.

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By Clark Boyd
Technology correspondent in Tunis
The US is headed for a showdown with much of the rest of the world over control of the internet at this week's UN summit in Tunisia.

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Comment: As is usual in this crazy world of ours, serious issues get reduced down to slogans and talking points that obscure the complexity of the underlying reality. In the case of the Internet, we have a situation where the technology that enables the net grew out of the needs of the US military-industrial complex to have a communications network that would resist the threat of nuclear war. The solution was a network of nodes where data could be moved around via myriad routes. If one node was taken out, communication between the other nodes remained intact and secure.

This was a great step forward when the net became available to everyone because it permitted a quick and easy way for the grass roots to connect with one another. The growing anti-globalisation movement used the net effectively as it was a barrier against the plans of international capital to open the markets of the world. We are told, on the other hand, that it has permitted those evil villains at al Qaeda to hook up and organise their terrorist attacks.

The Powers That Be do not want the grass roots to have this type of political weapon: the ability to share information outside of the official channels and to organise responses. Our flash animation, Pentagon Strike, has been seen by half a billion people around the globe. It is not only China, Cuba, or Iran, the three countries named in the article, who wish to control the flow of information: all countries have the same interest. Often, the question comes down to one of means: is this censorship done openly, or is it down on the sly? Is it done by the outright banning of access to certain sites or types of information, or is it done by weighing search results and corporate filters justified through appeals to employees wasting their time at work surfing the net? The same result is achieved through the two approaches, yet the soft approach permits the culprit to accuse the first of heavy-handed censorship and anti-democratic oppression of its people.

The Internet is now a world-wide resource. In a perfect world, everyone would have a say in its management. Obviously, we live in a less-than-perfect world. Representative forms of democracy tend to obscure political control rather than guarantee it is in the hands of the governed.

It is normal that other countries wish to have a say. The level of trust one can put in the United States has plummeted in recent years with the innumerable lies that have come out of Washington. Although the US claims it is an arbiter of freedom of speech, wishing to protect the Internet, it is clear that this is a political stance it is using against those countries that use the hard methods of censorship. The US monitors all Internet traffic, from the content to the simple fact of who is in communication with whom. We would be naive to think otherwise.

Prognostications go from creating phoney bodies to give the appearance of input to multiple Internets to allow certain countries to more directly control the content. The upshot for the public is that no matter which side wins, or what kind of compromise is achieved, the Internet as we have known it will change to the detriment of freedom of speech and access to information.

The clampdown that is coming will be world-wide.

Mon Nov 14
U.S. Newswire
"After so many conspiracy hoaxes over the years, there is now a serious, ominous effort to replace the efficient and adaptable non-profit entity guiding the Internet with a new UN-sponsored agency," said NTU Government Affairs Manager and Issue Brief author Kristina Rasmussen.

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Comment: Yeah, they are "conspiracy hoaxes" when someone exposes what the US is doing to stifle free speech, but when the UN tries to wrest control away from the CIA - which is spying on everybody via the internet - suddenly it is a "serious, ominous effort..."

www.chinaview.cn
2005-11-15 07:48:26
BRUSSELS, Nov. 14 (Xinhuanet) -- Europe is suffering from a digital divide stemming from differences in education and employment status, according to new figures released Monday by the European Union (EU)'s statistical office.

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Jon Henley in Paris
Tuesday November 15, 2005
The Guardian
Irresponsible parents told they will be punished
State of emergency to be extended by three months

"Reports should tell the truth without taboos, but not exaggerate either. Some have used words and phrases that are manifestly a caricature. To say France was burning, for example, was very far from reality."

Everyone should have the chance to share in the benefits of French society, Mr Chirac said, but "discrimination saps the foundations of the republic". The French media and political class must "better reflect the reality of French society today", he insisted. At present, the ethnic minority faces on French television can be counted on the fingers of one hand and mainland France has not a single MP of north African or black African origin.


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Tuesday November 15th 2005, 9:35 am
Kurt Nimo
It should come as no surprise the supposed Muslim terrorist group "captured" in Australia is a creation of the British MI5 and the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO). As Greg Ansley writes for the New Zealand Herald, the group was busted by a "supergrass" agent (the term supergrass is used in Northern Ireland to refer to arrested paramilitaries who divulged the identities of their compatriots to the Royal Ulster Constabulary in exchange for immunity from prosecution, in other words informers).

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Last Updated Tue, 15 Nov 2005 07:47:53 EST
CBC News
Israeli and Palestinian leaders have reached a deal on Gaza border crossings, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Tuesday.

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Comment: The last line is a classic bit of propaganda, tossed in at the end as if to justify the continued imprisonment of the Palestinians as improving the "prospects for peace". What does that tell us? That the Palestinians are all crazed terrorists who need to be carefully watched lest their barbaric natures get out of control. This feeds the anti-Muslem, anti-Arab hysteria that the media has been whipping up since 911.

Sick bag, indeed.

Karma Nabulsi
Tuesday November 15, 2005
The Guardian
The Palestinian leader's portrayal by the west and Israel has been a barrier both to understanding the conflict and to peace




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By Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles
Published: 15 November 2005
The body is now undergoing tests at Hickam Air Force base in Hawaii to confirm its identity, but that is almost certainly already known. Investigators have said he was a Caucasian man in his early 20s, between 5ft 9in and 6ft 2in, with either light brown or sandy blond hair.

There is a partially visible name on a heavily corroded metal badge attached to his brown US Army Air Forces uniform (there was no separate Air Force in the US military until 1947). In his pockets was a collection of coins, a faded address book and a hand-written note with the words "all the girls know" still readable.

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By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor
Published: 15 November 2005
UK Independent
European medicines regulators have ordered a safety check on Tamiflu after reports that two teenage boys died in Japan in apparent suicides after taking the anti-flu drug.

The link between the abnormal behaviour and the drug could not be ruled out, but at the same time the drug could not be singled out as the sole cause of the behaviour.

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Nov 14
By WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press Writer
The severing of diplomatic relations came after a week of verbal sparring that highlighted Latin America's differences over free trade and relations with the United States. The conservative Fox tends to side with Washington on many issues, while Chavez, a socialist and populist, has been one of the hemisphere's strongest critics of Bush. When asked what the driving issue was behind the flap, the Venezualan ambassador said "look a little bit north" a reference to the United States.

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Comment: Yup, since Bush stole the election, the whole planet is flocking to the K-Mart Blue Light Special to disaster.

www.chinaview.cn
2005-11-15 20:16:25
HARBIN, Nov. 15 (Xinhuanet) -- Explorers announced here Tuesday they have detected China's fifth largest natural gas field in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang.

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Matthew Herper
Forbes
11.28.05
How a freakish birth defect among Idaho lambs 50 years ago has led to a powerful new cancer treatment.

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By Kathy Marks
The Independent
Published: 12 November 2005
She was born when slavery was still legal in Britain, and was an adult by the time of the American Civil War. She witnessed the invention of the bicycle and Morse Code, and helped Charles Darwin to formulate his theory of evolution. Her name is Harriet, and next week she celebrates her 175th birthday, the oldest creature on Earth.

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Comment: Happy Birthday, Harriet!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 09:27:23
The Times of India
TOKYO: A powerful earthquake shook northern Japan early on Tuesday, triggering small tsunami waves that struck towns along the northeastern coast about 350 kms away.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the magnitude 7.1 quake hit at 6:39 am off the east coast of Japan's main island of Honshu, and issued a tsunami warning.

About 400 households along the coast were temporarily ordered to evacuate, public broadcaster NHK reported. Local authorities also ordered fishing boats to move to open water to avoid being washed up on the shore.

Small tsunami waves measuring up to 50 centimeters hit Ofunato city on the coast of Iwate prefecture (state) nearly an hour after the quake, the agency said.

Smaller tsunami waves hit at least four other coastal towns in Iwate, Aomori and Miyagi provinces, but there were no immediate reports of damage...

The agency called off the tsunami warning about two hours after the quake. Tsunami waves generated by earthquakes are often barely noticeable in the ocean but can rise to great heights once they arrive at shore.

Tuesday's quake shook buildings across a wide area of northern and eastern Honshu, including Tokyo, and Hokkaido.

Express train services between Tokyo and northeastern Japan were temporarily suspended for safety checks, but resumed later, NHK said.

Tokyo's metropolitan area is home to about 35 million residents, or a quarter of Japan's population. Japan is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries because it sits atop four tectonic plates.

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook northeastern Japan in August, injuring at least 59 people, triggering landslides, damaging buildings and causing widespread power outages.


15/11/2005 - 14:11:43
Ireland Online
Authorities today began evacuating 1,500 residents living on the slopes of a volcano in south-west Colombia over concerns it is about to erupt.

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AP
Mon Nov 14,10:16 AM ET
MIAMI - A tropical depression was developing Monday in the southeast Caribbean Sea and was expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Gamma, the National Hurricane Center said.

By the end of the week the storm is expected to be south of Jamaica, where the Caribbean is still warm enough to feed a major hurricane, said hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart.

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AFP
Nov 14, 2005
A construction worker was killed Monday in a landslide in Norway as strong winds and heavy rain pummeled northern Europe, cutting power supplies and disrupting traffic and train services.

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AP
Fri Nov 11, 4:46 PM ET
GREENSBURG, Kan. - In an area of southwest Kansas long known for its meteorite finds, Steve Arnold came up with what may be the biggest of its kind ever found in the United States.

Arnold, a professional meteorite hunter from Kingston, Ark., found the 1,400-pound space rock two weeks ago in Kiowa County's Brenham Township. Using a metal detector mounted on a three-wheel vehicle, he discovered it more than 7 feet underground and dug it up.

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Paola Farer
9news.com
11/10/2005 10:30 PM MST
DOUGLAS COUNTY - 9News received numerous calls Thursday night about a bright light dropping across the southern sky.

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by Richard M. Dolan
October 18, 2005
Ultimately, I interpret this letter less as a well-meaning warning than as a direct attempt at fear mongering, aimed at scientists who were already uncomfortable with receiving UFO reports. And this was exactly the effect he achieved, judging by the internal memo it generated.

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Comment: Individuals in high places can have an important influence over events, especially when the threats and insinuations go to reinforce a position that has long been established, as in this case where the treatment of UFOs as swamp gas and visions of Venus and UFO investigators as looney troublemakers had already rendered it the stuff of the tabloids.

Richard Dolan's book UFOs and the National Security State is a must-read for anyone interested in the issues of UFOs and the hyperdimensional control system. It is bursting with hard data that well illustrates that long after the US government was telling us that UFOs were hoaxes, they continued to scramble jets to chase after them. If they don't exist, they why are they chasing them?

SOTT
On the fourth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Laura Knight-Jadczyk announced the availability of her latest book: 9/11: The Ultimate Truth.

9-11: The Ultimate Truth cover


9/11: The Ultimate Truth is the definitive book on the secrets of September 11th. Never before has so much information come together for one purpose, to reveal the hidden agenda of 9/11 and answer the question: Why?

Laura Knight-Jadczyk succeeds in laying open the clandestine
plans behind the attack on America. Revealing for the first time ever the shadowed intent of the Pentagon Strike, why the Twin Towers were selected, and finally, who was behind it all.

Now you will have the Ultimate Truth!

Published by Red Pill Press


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