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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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©2005 AP/Scott Erskine

Michael Sessions is sworn in as mayor of Hillsdale, Mich. Monday, Nov. 21, 2005. Sessions, an 18-year-old senior, became Hillsdale's youngest mayor on Monday when he took the oath of office.



By Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem
Published: 25 November 2005
The report provides the most detailed and remorselessly critical account yet produced by a Western international body of Israel's policy in East Jerusalem, which has been occupied since its seizure in the 1967 Six Day War. It points out that Jerusalem "is already one of the trickiest issues" on the road to a final peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. It adds that, as a result of the measures, "prospects for a two state solution with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine are receding".

European Foreign Ministers this week vetoed planned publication of the report - which also warns that rapid expansion of Jewish settlements in and around East Jerusalem, along with use of the separation barrier to isolate East Jerusalem from the West Bank, "risk radicalising the hitherto relatively quiescent Palestinian population of East Jerusalem".

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Comment: The Guardian revealed that the document came from Britain. While this report is extremely frustrating insomuch as it makes clear that EU government leaders are "spineless" about confronting Israel with its lack of adherence to international law, its obligations under the "roadmap" and its continued oppression of the Palestinian people, it does at least provide some hope that the reality of the situation is not lost on these leaders. The real question however is why and how can Israel, a "shitty little country" as one politician described it, exert such monumental control over much bigger and more powerful nation states?

By Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem
Published: 24 November 2005
A series of recommendations drawn up by a government-appointed lawyer to curb the building of illegal settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank has been rejected by the Israeli Justice Ministry.

The move was seen by Israeli peace campaigners as an ominous first sign of a possible attempt to stop important parts of the report - which exposed a long history of secret government connivance in the creation of the outposts - from being implemented or enforced.

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By Agence France Presse (AFP)
Friday, November 25, 2005
DAMASCUS: Syria's official Al-Thawra newspaper claimed Thursday that more than 400 agents from Israel's spy agency Mossad are in Lebanon in the latest volley in an increasingly vitriolic war of words with Lebanon's new leaders.

"You have to recognize the danger of having more than 400 men from Israel's Mossad in Lebanon who are working with the other (Lebanese) agents who once supported the Zionist enemy and its militias," wrote editor Fayez Sayegh.


"These agents are encircling Lebanon like a belt that will explode when Israel and its strategic ally the United States decide," he said, charging there was also an increasing number of agents from the CIA and European states in the country.


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Comment: What is already beyond doubt is that it was not the Syrian government that was responsible for Hariri's murder but agents of the Israeli and/or American governments. Hariri was expected to be the next Lebanese PM and had close ties to the French government who maintained a historic stake in Lebanon. In such a position, Hariri would have been unlikely to "play ball" with the Israelis and their plan to use Lebanon as a staging ground for an expansion of the war in the Middle East to serve Sharon's agenda of creating a greater Israel.

The UN investigation which sealed the Hariri case and blamed Syria was carried out by German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis. Mehlis was the prosecutor of the 1982 bombing of the La Belle Discotheque in West Berlin, which was blamed by Ronald Reagan on Libya and which allowed Reagan to bomb Libya. Suspicious? Of course it is, and, in any case, it has been adequately shown that Israeli and US intelligence agencies blew up the La Belle. It comes as no surprise then that Mehlis' case against Syria in the Hariri assassination rested on the testimony of a single unnamed source who was revealed by German magazine Der Spiegel as Zuheir al-Siddiq, a criminal convicted of fraud and embezzlement, who had clearly lied in his testimony, contradicting himself several times.

Curious? Does it remind anyone of events prior to the Iraq war and claims made by "Iraqi exiles", "curveball" and other assorted drunks and criminals?

At the present time, with Lebanon now effectively neutered and a pro-Israel management team installed, it appears that Syria, a country about half the size of Iraq and with a population of 18 million, is next to be maneuvered (read blackmailed by Israel) to either come "on side", which will require the resignation of Assad and the installation of a pro-Israel leader, or face the consequences. The consequences will no doubt include the threat of some level of military campaign or an economic one. Having said that, a lot will depend on the decision of Assad and how successful the Mossad and the CIA are in carrying out further targetted assassinations and dirty tricks.

Stay tuned, and don't believe what you assimilate from the newspapers or have beamed into your brain by the TV.

By Greg Szymanski
18 Nov 05
Except for Ellen Mariani, whose husband was reported on Flight 175, others who lost relatives on the airplanes have kept quiet in stark contrast to those who lost loved ones at Ground Zero. But when those from the 'airplane community' talk like Linda Gay and Frank Calley, who respectively had family members on Flight 11 and 77, they accept the government 9/11 story hook, line and sinker.

In contrast, family members who experienced Ground Zero losses have been more than happy to speak, as over a hundred family members of Ground Zero victims have been contacted by the Arctic Beacon, and even more by other publications, with an overwhelming majority having no problem to talk openly about their loss and their feelings about the 9/11 investigation.

Why the difference? There are no polls or experts to figure this out, but one simple explanation is the flight families are hiding something. Although this may be jumping to conclusions, what other conclusion can be drawn when nobody wants to talk?

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24 Nov 2005
By Greg Szymanski
The head of a Chicago-based court reform group said the attorney, Paul Young, was targeted by 'American Gestapo Agents' posing as businessmen. Sherman Skolnick says he has been warned by a federal judge that he also is a target of a bogus Homeland Security probe that may land the 50-year 'judge busting' truth seeker in jail.

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Jamie Wilson in Washington
Friday November 25, 2005
The Guardian
Dirty bomb evidence came from al-Qaida leaders
CIA worried case would expose prison network

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By Peter Popham and Anne Penketh
Published: 23 November 2005
"When Saddam used WP it was a chemical weapon," said Mr Ranucci, "but when the Americans use it, it's a conventional weapon. The injuries it inflicts, however, are just as terrible however you describe it."

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THE HAGUE
25/11/05
Bot declined to say at what stage the Netherlands might no longer want to collaborate with the US. "This remains a weighing-up of the interests of the fight against terrorism on the one hand and respect for human rights on the other."

Bot added: "We must not now say definitively: there lies the point beyond which we will not go. We are involved in operations with the Americans; we will carry on with these and we put the emphasis on proper treatment of prisoners and compliance with the Geneva Conventions."

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By M'Hamed Ben Youssef
Translated By Mike Goeden
November 21 - November 27 Issue
With Katrina, 'Plamegate' the situation in Iraq and 'the rash of scandal' spreading, Bush's poll numbers have never been lower. He is even accused of having misled Congress and the nation about Saddam and his WMDs. According to this op-ed article from the Tunis Hebdo of Tunisia, 'the crook Nixon fell flat on his face for less than that.'

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by Ward Sutton
November 18th, 2005
Political cartoon. Click link to chuckle.


by Andy Ostroy
http://www.opednews.com
The war in Iraq has caused the death of 2100 U.S. soldiers and has maimed or wounded another 20,000. The financial cost has topped $400 billion, and our standing in the world has taken a huge blow since the invasion in March 2003. But the gravest consequence of all has been how the Bush/Cheney deception campaign over Iraq has sapped Americans' will to wage war on what is the real enemy, Al Qaeda, and the various terrorist cells hidden throughout the world. As Frank Rich pointed out Sunday in his NY Times column, polls show that the percentage of Americans who view fighting terrorism as a top priority have dropped precipitously to only single digits or low double digits. And that is one very scary statistic.

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Richard Norton-Taylor and Michael White
Thursday November 24, 2005
The Guardian
The meeting between Mr Bush and Mr Blair took place at a time when Whitehall officials, intelligence officers, and British military commanders were expressing outrage at the scale of the US assault on the Iraqi city of Falluja, in which up to 1,000 civilians are feared to have died. Pictures of the attack shown on al-Jazeera had infuriated US generals.

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by Susan Lenfestey
The biggest turkey, make that a five-deferment capon, was Dick Cheney, emerging from the bunker in a plumped-up tuxedo, which managed to give him an uncanny resemblance to Batman's old nemesis, the Penguin. Accusing those politicians who once supported the war but now criticize its conduct of losing their memory, he snarled, "The saddest part is that our people in uniform have been subjected to these cynical and pernicious falsehoods day in and day out.”

No, the saddest part is that they're being maimed and killed, day in and day out, due to the Penguin's own pernicious falsehoods that put them in harm's way.

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By Jamal Mudhafar
November 20, 2005
Iraqis 'may understand' that the Americans and the government cannot end the insurgency, but what they 'cannot understand' according to this op-ed article from Iraq's Azzaman newspaper, are the atrocities committed by and ignored by the occupation forces and Iraqi government officials.

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By SAMEER N. YACOUB
Associated Press
November 25, 2005
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A key witness against Saddam Hussein has died of cancer, but his testimony has been recorded on audio and video tape for presentation in the trial scheduled to begin next week, the main prosecutor said Friday.

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Comment: First two defense lawyers are killed, and now a witness against "Saddam" has died of cancer. They're just dropping like flies, aren't they?

By ANGELA K. BROWN
Associated Press
November 25, 2005
CRAWFORD, Texas - The mother of a fallen soldier whose vigil against the war in Iraq outside President Bush's ranch returned to Texas, saying she is "heartbroken" that the troops are not home.

When Cindy Sheehan arrived at the Waco airport Thursday, three dozen supporters erupted into cheers and tears and grabbed her for lengthy embraces. Before they whisked her back to Crawford, the group chanted, "Stop the war! Bring them home now!"

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by Stephen Crockett
http://www.opednews.com
Rumors are being floated that some Republicans close to the Bush White House would like to eliminate the interest deduction on home mortgages from federal income tax laws. This measure would fall harshly on struggling middle class homeowners. It would badly undermine the real estate, construction and banking industries. It is not a reasonable response to the public debt crisis created by Bush Republican policies.

The middle class and the poor have made enough financial sacrifices in order to enrich the rich. These Americans should not provide one penny more as citizens, taxpayers and voters to the misguided policies of the Bush Republican elite.

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By April Castro, Associated Press Writer
November 22, 2005
"This time the Supreme Court has ruled. There is no back door," said Texas Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, a member of the House Public Education Committee. "This deadline is a real, hard, firm deadline. At that point, you can't finance schools the same way, you have to make the system constitutional, otherwise you run the risk of not being able to open schools in August."

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November 24, 2005
CNN
Retailers are nervous, the discounts will be deep. But will consumers shop till they drop?

Even if spending holds up well this season, some economists say rising interest rates and the slowdown in the housing market, as well as jitters about jobs, will cause consumers to pull back in 2006.

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AP
November 25, 2005
ORLANDO, Fla. - Security guards wrestled a man to the ground in a Wal-Mart after he cut in line to get laptop computers that were on sale Friday, a television station reported.

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Comment: Ah, the holidays - a time for giving to others, glad tidings, and rushing to retail outlets to get the best deal on the latest techie toy or Elmo doll by trampling on our friends, relatives, and neighbors.

November 24, 2005
CNN
The lawsuit alleged that there was a gap between federal funding and the cost of complying with the law. Illinois, for example, will spend $15.4 million annually to meet the law's requirements on curriculum and testing but will receive $13 million a year, the lawsuit said.

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by Mary Shaw
OpEd News
Right here in the United States, 11.2 percent of households (including 13 million children) suffer from hunger or the risk of hunger due to poverty. Many of these families must routinely skip meals, sometimes for a full day, sometimes for much longer. The lucky ones are able to get food assistance to keep themselves alive.

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John Plunkett
The Guardian
Thursday November 24, 2005
Rupert Murdoch has forecast a gloomy future for newspapers with the growth of the internet, saying he doesn't know "anybody under the age of 30 who has ever looked at a classified ad".

The owner of the Sun, Times, Sunday Times and the News of the World, who once described newspaper classified advertising revenue as providing "rivers of gold", now says: "Sometimes rivers dry up".

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Comment: The internet is a medium that is inexpensive and makes it easy for anyone to publish material. Obviously, that cannot be allowed to continue. Just imagine if instead of a few mainstream newspapers and magazines, there were millions of newspapers and magazines published by everyone from journalists to little old grannies. It would be awfully hard to control information, wouldn't it?

Raw Story
John Byrne
November 24 2005
“I requested the Pentagon's FOIA request logs because I believed that former New York Times reporter Judith Miller may have filed FOIA requests, and I was curious to know what she and other New York Times journalists had FOIAed,” Petrelis said. “The best to way to learn about any FOIA requests from either New York Times reporters or other journalists was to simply FOIA the FOIA logs.”

According to the logs, Miller made no FOIA requests of the Pentagon.

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By David Usborne in New York
Published: 23 November 2005
While he has yet to discuss the specifics of his next venture, he has hinted at an interactive website on which users could decide which parts of the news really matter to them and even report some of it themselves.

"Things need to change," he said. "The big issue in the US is that newspapers are afraid to talk truth to power. The White House press corps don't speak the truth to power - they are frightened to lose access they don't have anyway."

The White House press corps seems to enrage him especially. "No one is taking their job seriously there," he recently remarked. "Now it could be that they could be under a directive to not do so. We don't know. I've spoken to a lot of journalists who are very frustrated."

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by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
November 24, 2005
One of the first times electronic voting machines were used, in the 1988 New Hampshire presidential primary, former CIA director George Herbert Walker Bush pulled off a stunning and unpredicted upset. The last poll before that primary showed Senator Bob Dole winning with 8 percentage points. Bush won by 9 points, a startling 17-point shift. Bush’s e-voting victory allowed him to claim the White House and paved the way for his son to become the United States’ chief executive.

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Alan Travis in Brussels
Friday November 25, 2005
The Guardian
UK closing in on levels seen in American cities
Deaths involving drug double in three years

Although the use of cocaine in Britain is approaching American levels, there have not been the same kind of crack cocaine "epidemics" that have been a feature of some US cities.

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November 24, 2005
CNN
An execution once every 10 days since moratorium lifted

"Let's do it."

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November 24, 2005
CNN
'Presumed Guilty' by Matthew Daltondue to hit bookstores next month

Dalton was employed with Geragos & Geragos during the early stages of the Peterson case. He was removed after violating a judge's order not to speak with the media. In an August 2003 conversation with reporters, Dalton floated a human-sacrifice theory in the killing of Peterson's wife, Laci.

Geragos said Dalton left before Peterson's preliminary hearing and has not seen many of the documents that were filed in the case. He also does not have permission to reveal any information about Peterson.

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AP
Nov 24 3:28 PM US/Eastern
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Gov. Bill Richardson is coming clean on his draft record - the baseball draft, that is, admitting that his claim to have been a pick of the Kansas City A's in 1966 was untrue.

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AP
Fri Nov 25, 5:25 AM ET
DENVER - Former FEMA Director Michael Brown, heavily criticized for his agency's slow response to Hurricane Katrina, is starting a disaster preparedness consulting firm to help clients avoid the sort of errors that cost him his job.

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Comment: Brown's closing comments in this article are priceless...

Increase blamed on fossil fuel use since 19th century
Cut in greenhouse gases futile, researchers say
Ed Brook, a climate scientist at Oregon State University said the rise in greenhouse gases ... was a stark indication of the influence industry was having on the environment.

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By Usha Lee McFarling, Times Staff Writer
A nearly two-mile-long core of ice -- the oldest frozen sample ever drilled from the underbelly of Antarctica -- shows that levels of two greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and methane, have not been as high as they are today for 650,000 years.

A nearly two-mile-long core of ice -- the oldest frozen sample ever drilled from the underbelly of Antarctica -- shows that levels of two greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and methane, have not been as high as they are today for 650,000 years.

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Comment: Read the first paragraph of the above article and ask yourself what would be the most obvious title for this piece from the LA Times. Our guess was:

"Antarctic greenhouse gases found to be highest for 650,000 years".

Now read the actual title again.

See how it works? Nice and subtle.

November 24, 2005
CNN
Scientists found a 50 by 20 kilometre iceberg that had collided with an underwater peninsula and was slowly scraping around it.

"Once the iceberg stuck fast on the seabed it was like a rock in a river," said scientist Vera Schlindwein. "The water pushes through its crevasses and tunnels at high pressure and the iceberg starts singing."

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CNN
Friday, November 25, 2005
BOGOTA, Colombia -- A volcano erupted Thursday in southwestern Colombia, spewing smoke and ash, and raising fears for the safety of nearby villagers, officials said.

Police and emergency officials were on high alert after the 14,110-foot Galeras volcano became active at dawn and dumped heaps of ash on the city of Pasto, 12 miles away.

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Paul Myers
Monday November 25, 1991
The Guardian
For nearly 20 years he was one of the most flamboyant figures on the British rock scene.

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AP
Thursday, November 24, 2005
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Wanted posters offering rewards for Jesse James and other outlaws were a common sight in America's Old West. Now a modern twist on that idea is showing up increasingly across the country: wanted billboards.

Many of the billboards, which typically include a suspect's photo or a sketch drawn from witness descriptions, have resulted in tips leading to an arrest.

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AP
Wed Nov 23, 6:14 PM ET
MARYSVILLE, Wash. - A man being sought in a hit-and-run case was caught in a doghouse by - what else? - a police dog, authorities said.

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Ian Sample, science correspondent
Friday November 25, 2005
The Guardian
According to a scientific report, planet Earth's computers are wide open to a virus attack from Little Green Men.

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Comment: While we do not advocate the idea that everyone should accept the reality of ET intelligence, it is patently absurd for organisations like SETI and otherwise intelligent astronomers and scientists to persist in repeating the idea that any potential alien intelligence would HAVE to be as ignorant of us and we are of them. Why is it that the idea that an alien intelligence could be vastly superior to us, and could know all about planet earth and its inhabitants, completely and studiously ignored? You would almost think that they were trying to mould public opinion in this direction for some reason or another...

SOTT
November 25, 2005

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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