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By Mark Biskeborn
28 Dec 2005
Regardless of their religion, most Americans agree with the teachings of Christ. All main religions and even most secular philosophies reflect these principles: to seek out good, charity, tolerance, peace, and love. Christ drew his teachings from the Jewish Torah as did Mohammed when he founded Islam in the seventh century. Blasphemous fundamentalists, however, are twisting such teachings into a knot, distorting and exploiting the meanings.

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Comment: Imagine for a moment that you are a woman who has been raped. Imagine that you are carrying your rapist's child. Imagine what that must feel like, to know that the violation you suffered will continue and grow within you for nine months. Every minute you are awake you will be reminded of the violence, the humiliation, your victimization at the hands of your aggressor. You carry within you the seed of your violator.

What are the so-called rights of an unborn foetus compared to that suffering and constant reminder? How sick is it that the anti-abortionists base their argument on Christian morality? Is forcing a woman to bear a child in these circumstances "moral"?

We think it is another horrific example of a para-moralism, that is, a fake moral constructed to hide the real morality, the question of conscience.

Who in good conscience could demand of another human being to endure such suffering?

Fundamentalist Christians in the United States have focused on the issue of abortion for many years, ever since the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973 overturned many states' anti-abortion laws. One of the most controversial aspects of the anti-abortion ideology is that even when a woman is raped, she should have no recourse to ending the pregnancy.

Let us look at this issue in the light of ponerology.

We can probably agree that those men who rape women are in most cases suffering from some pathology. Many, if not most, may even be psychopaths.

The work of Andrew M. Lobaczewski suggests very strongly that psychopaths are aware of their difference from other people, and, moreover, that they have, as a species as it were, collected much data about normal humans and the way our psychology works. They are well aware that they are vastly outnumbered in the population. Some among them are also able to work together consciously as a group to achieve a common set of goals.

What if we consider rape as a means for psychopaths to reproduce? There is general agreement that psychopathy is hereditary. Thus, a psychopath who rapes a woman and gets her pregnant is passing along his psychopathic genes. There is a chance that the child, or one of the child's children, will have dominant psychopathic genes.

On this level, it does not have to be a conscious strategy. It is merely the mechanical working out of the psychopath's need for immediate satisfaction of his basic desires. But what if we step back and look at the fundamentalist prohibition of abortion is cases of rape?

Can we imagine the possibility that there are conscious psychopaths, the clever ones that have been able to get themselves into positions of power -- think people the people behind Jeb Bush and his older brother -- who are able to look at the issue of rape and abortion from the point of view of the long term interests of the pathocracy? Could they be using the fundamenalist Christians in their sinister game?

Obviously they are using the Christians. It is one of the important pillars of their political base. However, the study of ponerology also opens the possibility that the manipulation is even more sinister and well-thought out, goes even deeper than we might have thought, and issues such as rape and abortion may be consciously used for the propagation of the pathocracy.

Some world, eh?

Nov. 18, 2003
Shame on Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Most Americans would agree that when a woman has been raped, or if she’s likely to die as a result of giving birth, termination of her pregnancy should be an option. Not Jeb. The governor of Florida is playing hardball abortion politics with a severely disabled woman’s life when he should instead be worried about her best interests.

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Associated Press
29 Dec 2005
MULTAN, Pakistan - Nazir Ahmed appears calm and unrepentant as he recounts how he slit the throats of his three young daughters and their 25-year old stepsister to salvage his family's "honor" — a crime that shocked Pakistan.

The 40-year old laborer, speaking to The Associated Press in police detention as he was being shifted to prison, confessed to just one regret — that he didn't murder the stepsister's alleged lover too.

Hundreds of girls and women are murdered by male relatives each year in this conservative Islamic nation, and rights groups said Wednesday such "honor killings" will only stop when authorities get serious about punishing perpetrators.

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Comment: "he said he killed Muqadas because she had committed adultery, and his daughters - Bano, 8, Sumaira, 7, and Humaira, 4 - because he didn't want them to do the same when they grew up.

It's this kind of stuff that really gives Islam a bad name. The instinctive reaction to any normal woman who reads something like this is: "Yes! Bush is right! Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out!" But, in a certain sense, the Muslim attitude toward women is not much different from the Christian Fundamentalist attitude toward women and their rights over their own bodies.

From denying a woman's right to an abortion, particularly in cases of rape or compromised health, as Jeb Bush has recently done, it's not far to torturing and killing them for not bowing to the will of a jealous God.

By Peter Ford
The Christian Science Monitor
PARIS – Mary Fallot looks as unlike a terrorist suspect as one could possibly imagine: a petite and demure white Frenchwoman chatting with friends on a cell-phone, indistinguishable from any other young woman in the café where she sits sipping coffee.

And that is exactly why European antiterrorist authorities have their eyes on thousands like her across the continent.

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Comment: Ms. Fallot sez: "For me, Islam is a message of love, of tolerance and peace."

Yeah, right. "Love, tolerance and peace" must be why Islamic women go around in those pathetic sack dresses, to protect them from the licentious gaze of Islamic men who cannot be trusted to not rape them, thereby causing their deaths at the hands of their own family members for the sake of "honor."

28 Dec 2005
Britain is bracing itself for more icy blasts and heavy snow with even colder conditions moving in.

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29 Dec 2005
Grim images of thousands of sub-Saharan asylum-seekers trying to scale razor wire fences around two Spanish enclaves in Morocco brought the problem of immigration brutally home to Europe in 2005.

The decision by Madrid to grant legal status to some 700,000 people already based in Spain also prompted much soul-searching among its European Union partners.

But it was the bloody human drama which unfolded in the north African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla that underlined how urgent it was to evolve a strategy in response.

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Comment: Indeed, the solution is to help the countries the immigrants come from to solve their problems so that people won't want or need to leave. But we notice that one of the main reasons cited for emigration was the "combined effect of exceptional levels of drought and famine in sub-Saharan countries." How is that sort of problem to be solved? Well, the first step would be to recognise that much of the poverty and "famine" in the world is the direct result of the economic policies of Western governments. After that, we should probably revisit the Secret Pentagon Report on Global Climate Change...

Mark Townsend and Paul Harris in New York
Sunday February 22, 2004
The Observer
Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters..

A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world.

The document predicts that abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies. The threat to global stability vastly eclipses that of terrorism, say the few experts privy to its contents.

'Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life,' concludes the Pentagon analysis. 'Once again, warfare would define human life.'

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by Quinn Eastman
Methane trapped under the oceans can save us or destroy us.

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San Jose, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina)
The Costa Rican capital and neighboring cities were shaken by a strong earthquake Wednesday, but with no reported victims or material damages.

The seismographic observatory reported the earthquake registered 5.2 degrees on the Richter Scale and frightened citizens from seven provinces because of its long duration.

Scientists from that institution could not yet specify the earth movement epicenter.

Costa Rica has historically suffered damage from earthquakes, particularly that of May 4, 1910 in the Central Valley.

Several superficial earthquakes occurred between 1910-1912 and 1951-1955, also in the Costa Rican Central Valley.

By Ghion Hagos
Dec 25, 2005
Addis Ababa - A continental rifting process that normally takes millions of years to form has developed over a span of seven weeks in the Afar region of northeastern Ethiopia.

It was a close study, using radar interferometry, of an earth rupture developing into a rare axial rift zone -- a future possible ocean basin.

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By First Coast News Staff
22 June 05
CLAUDE, TX -- A massive crack in the earth opened up last week in Claude, Texas and it's creating a stir among geologists.

Geologists said Tuesday the crack was a joint in the earth's crust. They believe the opening is the result of a weak point in the joint where one spot slips away from the other.

Some parts measure more than 30-feet deep and it drained what used to be a pond. Experts say earth cracks are common but the size of the crack in Claude is not.

Dec. 29, 2005
CROSS PLAINS, Texas - By the time the smoke cleared Wednesday, more than 100 homes across wildfire-stricken Texas and Oklahoma lay in ruins and at least five people were dead, including two elderly women trapped in their homes by the flames.

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December, 12 2005
KINGFISHER, Okla. -- An outbreak of geysers spewing mud and gas into the air in rural Kingfisher County is puzzling state and local officials.

Kingfisher Fire Chief John Crawford says initial reports of the geysers came in Friday morning, and that firefighters and Oklahoma Corporation Commission officials were on the scene yesterday.

The geysers have appeared throughout the countryside of rural Kingfisher, with stretches of up to 12 miles between spots, and some as short as a quarter of a mile.

July 11, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Scientists are puzzled by a mysterious Los Padres National Forest hot spot where 400-degree ground ignited a wildfire.

The hot spot was discovered by fire crews putting out a three-acre fire last summer in the forest's Dick Smith Wilderness.

"They saw fissures in the ground where they could feel a lot of heat coming out," Los Padres geologist Allen King said. "It was not characteristic of a normal fire."

Fire investigators went back to the canyon days later and stuck a candy thermometer into the ground. It hit the top of the scale, at 400 degrees.

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26 Dec 2005
The Bush administration's surveillance policy has failed to make a dent in the war against al Qaeda.

U.S. law enforcement sources said that more than four years of surveillance by the National Security Agency has failed to capture any high-level al Qaeda operative in the United States. They said al Qaeda insurgents have long stopped using the phones and even computers to relay messages. Instead, they employ couriers.

"They have been way ahead of us in communications security," a law enforcement source said. "At most, we have caught some riff-raff. But the heavies remain free and we believe some of them are in the United States."

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AP Internet Writer
Dec 28, 2005
NEW YORK - The National Security Agency's Internet site has been placing files on visitors' computers that can track their Web surfing activity despite strict federal rules banning most of them. These files, known as "cookies," disappeared after a privacy activist complained and The Associated Press made inquiries this week, and agency officials acknowledged Wednesday they had made a mistake. Nonetheless, the issue raises questions about privacy at a spy agency already on the defensive amid reports of a secretive eavesdropping program in the United States.

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by Randolph T. Holhut
28 Dec 2005
DUMMERSTON, Vt. — Last year at this time, the Republicans felt triumphant. They were now firmly in control of everything. They thought they had a mandate.

However, they forgot their natural inclination to overreach. They soon discovered how few people actually supported the most extreme parts of their agenda. When the truth started to seep out, everything imploded.

Despite the narrowest win for an incumbent president since Woodrow Wilson's victory in 1916, President Bush spoke of all the "political capital" he had earned and his intention to spend it. We heard grand talk about the creation of an "ownership society" and how the cornerstone of it would be the privatization of Social Security.

But the GOP underestimated the widespread support for Social Security, arguably the best run and most successful government program in history. The scaremongering by the Bush administration that Social Security was approaching bankruptcy was seen as being as trustworthy as the myriad of lies used to justify the invasion of Iraq.

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29 Dec 2005
Lawyers for an American 'war on terror' detainee said they had petitioned the Supreme Court to examine the US president's powers, citing "the danger of an unchecked Executive Branch".

In a filing on Tuesday, lawyers for terror suspect Jose Padilla cited evasive government moves to avoid a high court examination of his case as reason for requesting a "certiorari" review of a lower court decision challenging the president's wartime powers.

"The government's actions highlight the need for this court to grant certiorari to preserve the vital checks and balances" implicit in the US Constitution, the petition said.

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By Rupert Cornwell in Washington
29 December 2005
Defence lawyers in several terrorism cases in the United States are planning to appeal against the convictions of their clients on the ground that evidence may have been garnered from illegal wiretapping by a federal government surveillance agency.

The threat is the latest repercussion of the disclosure two weeks ago that the Bush administration had used the National Security Agency (NSA) - supposed to go after foreign targets - to conduct electronic surveillance without warrants inside the US, and against American citizens.

Among the cases is that of Ali al-Timimi, a Muslim scholar, who is serving a life sentence for involvement with an alleged "Virginia jihad" cell, and for inciting his students to wage war overseas against the US.

Edward McMahon, Timimi's lawyer, told The New York Times he always had doubts about the explanation offered by federal investigators of how they came to suspect his client of links with terrorism. "The case against a lot of these guys just came out of nowhere because they were really nobodies. It makes you wonder whether they were being tapped."

The focus of the appeals would be on whether prosecutors misled the courts about the source of some evidence, and whether the authorities held back other NSA wiretaps suggesting that individuals charged might be innocent.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Dec 28, 2005
As I was saying to a fellow peasant just the other day, it is ironic that this country should rebel against one King George only to bow down before another monarch of the same name more than 200 years later.

That our own King George -- he of the House of Bush -- is truly of royal blood has become clear in recent days with the announcement that he has empowered the National Security Agency to spy on whomsoever and whatsoever it wishes under royal decree.

Happily for him if not his subjects, this cannot be challenged by the picky laws and constitutional concerns that rule us poor common folk. It cannot be challenged because he says so, which is the traditional way of kings.

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Dec 28, 2005
"Big Brotherism is back in the news. The specter of it surfaced in the last days of the old year and now it's slopping over into the new. It is as though we have all fallen into an Orwell and can't get out."

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John W. Whitehead
28 Dec 2005
"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such a twilight that we must be aware of the change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."

Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

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Comment: The only thing any red-blooded American citizen ought to do if they receive one of these "National Security Letters" that demand that they "tell no one - ever - what the letter says" is to tell everyone, at once, loudly and publicly.

December 23, 2005
Baltimore Sun
The authorization of domestic spying without warrants amounts to nothing less than a surrender of our civil liberty, the precise thing that guarantees our freedom and makes us so different from those enemies of freedom from whom the Bush administration is so determined to protect us.

Expanding the power of federal agents to pry into private lives suggests that we have already surrendered in the war on terror. If we willingly sacrifice the privacy, civil liberties and individual rights that are the heart of our Constitution, have we not handed victory to the terrorists? If the terrorists have caused us to be so frightened and cowed that we are willing to summarily dispense with the rudiments of our freedom, we have effectively capitulated to our enemies.

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Comment: What atty Burke doesn't mention is the fact that the terrorists that we are surrendering our rights to are the Bush Reich.

Chris Floyd
28 December 2005
So now, at last, the crisis is upon us. Now the cards are finally on the table, laid out so starkly that even the Big Media sycophants and Beltway bootlickers can no longer ignore them. Now the choice for the American Establishment is clear, and inescapable: do you hold for the Republic, or for autocracy?

There is no third way here, no other option, no wiggle room, no ambiguity. The much-belated exposure of George W. Bush's warrantless spy program has forced the Bush-Cheney Regime to openly declare what they have long implied -- and enacted -- in secret: that the president is above the law, a military autocrat with unlimited powers, beyond the restraint or supervision of any other institution or branch of government. Outed as rank deceivers, perverters of the law and rapists of the Constitution, the Bush gang has decided that their best defense -- their only defense, really -- is a belligerent offense. "Yeah, we broke the law," they now say; "so what? We'll break it again whenever we want to, because law don't stick to our Big Boss Man. What are you going to do about it, chump?"

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By Jeff Franks
Dec 28, 2005
HOUSTON - Enron's former chief accountant, Richard Causey, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to securities fraud in exchange for a maximum seven-year jail sentence for his role in the financial scandal that led to the 2001 collapse of the power-trading giant.

Causey, 45, had been scheduled to go on trial next month with former Enron chief executives Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling, facing the possibility of more than 20 years behind bars, but now may cooperate with federal prosecutors against them in a switch legal experts said could hurt his former bosses.

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By Paul Craig Roberts
28 Dec 2005
The US continues its descent into the Third World, but you would never know it from news reports of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ July payroll jobs release.

The media gives a bare bones jobs report that is misleading. The public heard that 207,000 jobs were created in July. If not a reassuring figure, at least it is not a disturbing one. On the surface things look to be pretty much OK. It is when you look into the composition of these jobs that the concern arises.

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Comment: Pathocrats’ achievement of absolute domination in the government of a country cannot be permanent, since such a system of government has nowhere to go but down.

Any leadership position - down to village headman and community cooperative mangers, not to mention the directors of police units, and special-services police personnel, and activists in the pathocratic party - must be filled by individuals whose feeling of linkage to such a regime is conditioned by corresponding psychological deviations, which are inherited as a rule. However, such people become more valuable because they constitute a very small percentage of the population. Their intellectual level or professional skills cannot be taken into account, since people representing superior abilities with the requisite psychological deviations - are even harder to find. After such a system has lasted several years, one hundred percent of all the cases of essential psychopathy are involved in pathocratic activity; they are considered the most loyal...

Under such conditions, no area of social life can develop normally, whether in economics, culture, science, technology, administration, etc.

Pathocracy progressively paralyzes everything. Pathocracy progressively intrudes everywhere and dulls everything.

Germs are not aware that they will be burned alive or buried deep in the ground along with the human body whose death they are causing. [Political Ponerology]
28 Dec 2005
The following staggering amount of our wealth producing companies has been sold to foreign owners in the 10 years from 1995 through 2005. It is critical to understand that even if these are not all familiar corporate names, they are all very valuable strategic companies with vast amounts of technology, assets, production facilities, tax base, and employment attached to each one. In fact, many of the smallest, most unfamiliar acquisitions represent some of the most significant strategic and proprietary technology losses to this country. Many of these companies took decades, and in some cases generations, to build to their size and scope prior to acquisition. Not only does the US lose control of the assets and technologies of these companies as of the date they were acquired, the US also loses all future profit and title to all future advancements of these companies.

These companies were the means through which America created much of its present wealth. With the loss of these companies and having no comparable replacement, it's easy to see that our future will not be as good as our past, especially since the countries that acquired these companies are now able to compete with us in almost all industries. Why are we doing this? Don't we have alternatives? Who is responsible, demand answers from your congressperson.

The following table lists only a few of the 8,600 foreign acquisitions during this period. The $1.3 Trillion figure and complete list can be verified at the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. Click link to original article to see the list.

By David Barboza
The New York Times
DECEMBER 21, 2005
SHANGHAI China said Tuesday that its economy was far bigger than previously estimated and that new figures suggested it had probably passed France, Italy and Britain to become the world's fourth-largest economy.

The announcement sent economists and financial prognosticators scrambling to rethink their assessments of the rise of China and its role on the world stage. Many of them even brought forward their estimations of when China might eclipse the United States as the world's biggest economy.

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James Bamford
28 Dec 2005
Rolling Stone
"Rendon is a man who fills a need that few people even know exists. Two months before al-Haideri took the lie-detector test, the Pentagon had secretly awarded him a $16 million contract to target Iraq and other adversaries with propaganda. One of the most powerful people in Washington, Rendon is a leader in the strategic field known as "perception management," manipulating information -- and, by extension, the news media -- to achieve the desired result. His firm, the Rendon Group, has made millions off government contracts since 1991, when it was hired by the CIA to help "create the conditions for the removal of Hussein from power." Working under this extraordinary transfer of secret authority, Rendon assembled a group of anti-Saddam militants, personally gave them their name -- the Iraqi National Congress -- and served as their media guru and "senior adviser" as they set out to engineer an uprising against Saddam. It was as if President John F. Kennedy had outsourced the Bay of Pigs operation to the advertising and public-relations firm of J. Walter Thompson."

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Comment: Hmmm... The Move America Forward group sounds exactly like a creation of Rendon. We notice that they get "air time" on For all we know, Newsmax is a creation of John Rendon...

December 28, 2005
WASHINGTON -- The television commercials are attention-grabbing: Newly found Iraqi documents show that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, including anthrax and mustard gas, and had "extensive ties" to al Qaeda. The discoveries are being covered up by those "willing to undermine support for the war on terrorism to selfishly advance their shameless political ambitions."

The hard-hitting spots are part of a recent public-relations barrage aimed at reversing a decline in public support for President Bush's handling of Iraq. But these advertisements aren't paid for by the Republican National Committee or other established White House allies. Instead, they are sponsored by Move America Forward, a media-savvy outside advocacy group that has become one of the loudest -- and most controversial -- voices in the Iraq debate.

While even Mr. Bush now publicly acknowledges the mistakes his administration made in judging the threat posed by Mr. Hussein, the organization is taking to the airwaves to insist that the White House was right all along.

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Comment: Another "Swift Boat" campaign? The really disturbing thing about this is that the anti-war, pro-truth movements don't seem to be able to raise as much money or to strategize as effectively as the liars. But then, they don't have the unlimited resources of the CIA or the Pentagon Propaganda campaign behind them either.

James Petras
December 26, 2005
It is commonplace to read each day in the most prestigious newspapers (Financial Times, New York Times, London Times, Washington Post) of Israeli “retaliation”. The reportage frequently mentions a Palestinian attack on an Israeli colonial settlement in the West Bank or urban population center in Israel. The action and reaction always is located in a limited time frame. Palestinian action is always the initial moment and the Israeli military attack is always described as a response or “retaliatory” and therefore, presumably a form of defensive action, “justifiable”.

Thus what appears as objective reportage on two sets of military actions, is in fact an arbitrary selection of time frames which lays the basis for a highly biased interpretive framework. The pro-Israeli tilt, evident in the chosen time sequence, and the framework, are derived from the general ideological argument which portrays Israel as a democracy, defending itself from Arab-Muslim terrorists and not an expansionist colonial power engaged in violent ethnic cleansing and large-scale long-term forced population expulsion.

What is absent from the reportage of the prestigious “news” accounts is the sequence of events preceding the Palestinian attacks. Here we are likely to find a series of Israeli military incursions, bombings and killing of non-combatants, summary executions of political prisoners, as well as arbitrary arrests, home demolitions and illegal (even by colonial standards) land seizures.

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28 Dec 2005
BERLIN - A German woman held hostage in Iraq for three weeks believes a group allied to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq, abducted her and yet also set her free.

"I was quite clearly told about whom it concerned, namely a grouping of the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi group," Susanne Osthoff said in an interview conducted by German public television station ZDF on Tuesday and broadcast on Wednesday.

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By Richard Wolffe and Holly Bailey
Dec. 28, 2005
It only seems fair to judge someone’s year on their own terms. So in the holiday spirit, it’s worth looking back at President George W. Bush’s 2005 by using the standard he set for himself: the success of liberty.

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28 Dec 2005
Politicians from the left and right today criticised new Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz’s decision to extend Poland’s military mission in Iraq.

Marcinkiewicz announced yesterday that his conservative minority government had asked President Lech Kaczynski to keep Polish troops in Iraq for another year, reversing plans by the previous government to bring them home in January.

Under the plan, Polish forces are to be reduced from nearly 1,500 to 900 in March.

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28 Dec 2005
TOKYO - Nearly three-fourths of Japanese voters want the country's troops withdrawn from Iraq within the next six months, a newspaper poll said on Wednesday.

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FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian Minister of Defense Veselin Bliznakov said Tuesday that Bulgarian troops from the International Forces Personnel in Iraq have been pulled out of the country, the Macedonian daily Vest reported. Bliznakov confirmed that the troops of the Bulgarian contingent have left Iraq and are now in Kuwait and added that four soldiers would remain in Iraq until the middle of January 2006 because of transport of equipment.

By: Jim Hightower
This giant government contractor with tentacles running straight into the White House has previously been caught overcharging U.S. taxpayers and shortchanging U.S. troops for its work in Iraq. But now we learn that Halliburton has been profiting in Iraq by mistreating foreign workers.

By "foreign," I don't mean Iraqis, even though thousands of folks there are desperate for jobs. Instead, I mean impoverished Asian laborers brought by the thousands into Iraq from southern India, Thailand, and the Philippines to work for Halliburton on U.S. bases as cooks, electricians, launderers, custodians, etc. They are mostly 20-somethings, powerless... and exploited.

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H.D.S. Greenway
Boston Globe
ON ONE level, of course, there is no comparison between America's lost war in Vietnam and the current enterprise in Iraq. After all, Vietnam is in Southeast Asia and Iraq is the Middle East. That conflict was fought in rain forests, this one in desert towns. One was fought by draftees, this one by a volunteer army. The list goes on.

Yet, although the Bush administration takes pains to deny it, the comparison keeps creeping into the national conversation, and the most obvious link is the word ''quagmire." For the dwindling band of reporters who covered the war in Vietnam, a trip to Baghdad cannot help but bring forth ghosts.

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Comment: One thing is certain, no matter how the Iraq war ends, the U.S. now has a LOT more enemies than it did before and the entire world has been destabilized by this folly.

By Gerd Ruge
Die Welt
Translated By Hartmut Lau
December 27, 2005
The Chinese Tiger 'made its appearance as a superpower on the world stage' this year,' and is 'well on the way to becoming the Asian tiger that can compete with the American eagle.' According to this overview of global affairs for 2005 from Germany's Die Welt, the U.S. and the rest of the world's major powers failed to map out a shared approach to the challenges of terrorism and post-Communist upheaval.

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by Jorge Hirsch
28 Dec 2005
In the "global war on terror," Iran is the next target, having been designated by the U.S. State Department [.pdf] as "the most active state sponsor of terrorism" in the world. The United Nations has given its blessing, and the U.S. will fill in the blanks.

Before we analyze this, however, let us ask ourselves: why not Florida instead? In fact, Florida should be way ahead on the list. Family considerations should not play a role in U.S. policy decisions.

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The Israeli Air Force attacked a Palestinian militant faction base in Lebanon on Wednesday morning in response to the firing of rockets into northern Israeli towns overnight.

Warplanes blasted a training base of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), at Naameh south of Beirut, in the deepest Israeli strike into Lebanese territory since June 2004.

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29 Dec 2005
The European Union successfully deployed the first satellite in a 3.8 billion euro (4.5 billion dollar) navigation system which is planned to rival the reigning US GPS network and allow civilians to calculate their geographic position to the nearest metre.

"We have a working satellite," the European Space Agency's (ESA) project leader Javier Benedicto told AFP by telephone from Russia's Baikonur launch centre in northern Kazakhstan, after the British-built GIOVE-A successfully opened its solar panels and booted onboard computers.

The GIOVE-A blasted off from Kazakhstan on a Russian Soyuz rocket at 0519 GMT on a mission to test equipment, including an atomic clock, in preparation for future phases of the project.

The satellite will help set the stage for a 30-satellite constellation giving mariners, pilots, drivers and others an almost pinpoint-accurate navigational tool.

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Comment: Notice particularly this item from the above article: "Galileo will be even more accurate than the US Global Positioning System (GPS) and will stay under civilian control, while at the same time increasing the European bloc's strategic independence from the United States.

"The GPS is run by the US military, meaning that the Pentagon can switch off or interfere with the system without warning civilian users around the world."

You'd almost think that the rest of the world doesn't trust the U.S. anymore...

Stephen Bates, religious affairs correspondent
Thursday December 29, 2005
The Guardian
In what remains of the season of goodwill, a religious newspaper has uncovered spectacular examples of Christians falling short of religious ideals in their treatment of fellow churchgoers.

When the Church Times, which has recorded the foibles of the Church of England for more than a century, asked readers for examples of rudeness, its editor, Paul Handley, admitted to having his breath taken away by the results.

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Comment: These examples of "rudeness" are pure and simple lack of empathy, the hallmark of the psychopath.

George Monbiot
Tuesday December 27, 2005
The Guardian
In reading reports of the trial of the Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, you are struck by two things. The first, of course, is the anachronistic brutality of the country's laws. Mr Pamuk, like scores of other writers and journalists, is being prosecuted for "denigrating Turkishness", which means that he dared to mention the Armenian genocide in the first world war and the killing of the Kurds in the past decade. The second is its staggering, blithering stupidity. If there is one course of action that could be calculated to turn these massacres into live issues, it is the trial of the country's foremost novelist for mentioning them.

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Comment: The same could be said about arresting historians for "Holocaust Denial." Nothing can be better guaranteed to draw attention to the matter and if there IS something to hide, it will come out. What's more, resentment against Israel will increase.

By Colin Brown, Deputy Political Editor
28 December 2005
Tony Blair has become embroiled in a new "cash for favours" row over his nomination of prominent Labour Party donors for peerages.

The parliamentary sleaze watchdog has blocked the Prime Minister's working list of 28 peers, which includes businessmen who have donated thousands of pounds to his party.

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By Simon Watts
BBC News
The socialist president-elect of Bolivia, Evo Morales, has said he will cut his salary by half when he takes office next month.

Mr Morales said his cabinet would follow suit and that members of Bolivia's parliament would be expected to cut their allowances.

He also reaffirmed his commitment to change Bolivia's economic system.

At the moment, Mr Morales, an Aymara Indian born into poverty, rents a single room in a shared house.

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By Michael Mainville in Moscow
28 December 2005
A dispute between Russia and Ukraine about gas prices has escalated, with Kiev threatening to tap Russian gas shipments heading for Europe - and Moscow warning that attempts to raise the rent it pays to base its Black Sea fleet in a Ukrainian port would have "fatal" consequences.

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28 Dec 2005
New Year is supposed to be a time of hope and fresh starts -- but more and more Americans seem to be stressed out, miserable and depressed, according to two new opinion polls. One long term survey shows that personal misery among Americans is at its highest levels since the early 1990s, with people saddled with woes over healthcare, unemployment, paying bills and romance.

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Bernard O'Riordan in Sydney
Thursday December 29, 2005
The Guardian
A fat-busting diet craze that knocked Harry Potter and The Da Vinci Code off the top of Australia's bestseller list has been branded a "recipe for trouble" by the science journal Nature.

Australia's publicly funded science agency, the CSIRO, has also been roundly criticised for attaching its name to the Total Wellbeing Diet, which has become the fastest-selling Australian title to date. The book, funded by the Australian meat and livestock industry, has already sold 550,000 copies in Australia and more than 100,000 in Britain and New Zealand.

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Comment: In other words, it's a variation on the Atkins diet. What few people take into account is the REASON that the Atkins diet works for so many people explicated by Peter D'Adamo: the majority of human beings have type O blood, and people with type O blood need high quality protein in larger amounts than natural vegetarians such as people with type A blood. Type A people will definitely have problems with the "Total Well-being" diet. Signs of the Times gives 5 Stars to Eat Right 4 Your Type

By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor
28 December 2005
A daily dose of vitamin D could cut the risk of cancers of the breast, colon and ovary by up to a half, a 40-year review of research has found. The evidence for the protective effect of the "sunshine vitamin" is so overwhelming that urgent action must be taken by public health authorities to boost blood levels, say cancer specialists.

A growing body of evidence in recent years has shown that lack of vitamin D may have lethal effects. Heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis are among the conditions in which it is believed to play a vital role. The vitamin is also essential for bone health and protects against rickets in children and osteoporosis in the elderly.

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Comment: So, they are selling sunscreen that is now implicated in development of all kinds of cancers and LUNG diseease, all the while banning smoking which probably does not. Go figure.

By Barbara Kantrowitz and Pat Wingert
Dec. 27, 2005
Whatever else went wrong in the world this year, no one can complain about a shortage of celebrity breakups. From Jennifer Aniston's split with Brad Pitt in January to Jessica Simpson's divorce from Nick Lachey in December, 2005 was awash in ruined romance. But hold the tears--at least for the ex-wives. Bad marriages might have been making them sick. Researchers say that say long-term anger and hostility between partners is much more dangerous for women than men and can impair our immune system and put us at risk for depression, high blood pressure and even heart disease.

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29 Dec 2005
Augusto Pinochet was fingerprinted and photographed for the first time as police opened a criminal file on the former dictator for his alleged role in the deaths of political opponents in 1975.

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by Peter Kornbluh
Director, Chile Documentation Project
September 19, 2000
After twenty-seven years of withholding details about covert activities following the 1973 military coup in Chile, the CIA released a report yesterday acknowledging its close relations with General Augusto Pinochet’s violent regime. The report, “CIA Activities in Chile,” revealed for the first time that the head of the Chile’s feared secret police, DINA, was a paid CIA asset in 1975, and that CIA contacts continued with him long after he dispatched his agents to Washington D.C. to assassinate former Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier and his 25-year old American associate, Ronni Karpen Moffitt.

“CIA actively supported the military Junta after the overthrow of Allende,” the report states. “Many of Pinochet’s officers were involved in systematic and widespread human rights abuses....Some of these were contacts or agents of the CIA or US military.”

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By Jay Miller
Dec 28, 2005
CLEVELAND - A U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday that John Demjanjuk, once wrongly convicted of being the sadistic Nazi death camp guard "Ivan the Terrible," should be deported to his native Ukraine for his Nazi past.

Chief U.S. Immigration Judge Michael Creppy's decision that Demjanjuk was unlikely to face persecution in Ukraine followed a ruling three years ago that he had been a "willing" participant with the Nazis, "dedicated to exploiting and exterminating" Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland.

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Comment: This is an interesting case because it may very well be a precedent for how U.S. citizens will be dealt with in the future if the Iraq invasion and the activities of the Criminal Bush Administration lead to War Crimes Trials.

Notice that Demjanjuk was first stripped of his U.S. citizenship in 1981 when he was charged by Israel with being the "Notorious Ivan the Terrible," a guard a the Treblinka death camp. In 1988, after 7 years, he was found guilty and sentenced to death. THEN, the Israeli supreme court overturned the conviction because the truth finally came out: that Ivan the Terrible was provably someone else, despite the heart-rending testimonies of "eye-witnesses." So, the U.S. restored Demjanjuk's citizenship in 1998, five years later. NOW, the Justice Department has said that just because Demjanjuk worked as a guard at three concentration camps, he must be stripped of his citizenship yet again, and deported. And the courts agree.

So, heed this sorry tale, citizens of the U.S. that support the illegal, criminal Bush Reich... policemen with stun guns, soldiers "just following orders," guards at Gitmo and other camps, CIA agents involved in "rendering". Yes, I know that, as psychopaths, most of you can't even grok such a possibility; being afraid of a future punishment is related to higher order abstract thinking and you just can't go there. But still, don't say we didn't warn you when the axe falls. After they've hanged the big guys, they'll come after you, too.

By Colin Brown and Jerome Taylor
28 December 2005
The lawyer of a man who claims he was taken to Syria by the CIA and tortured said yesterday there were examples of similar cases.

His remarks sparked renewed demands for a full inquiry into "extraordinary rendition" in the UK.

Lorne Waldman, the human rights lawyer representing Maher Arar, said it was "ridiculous" for the US Ambassador to London, Robert Tuttle, to deny any renditions by the US of terrorist suspects to Syria had taken place.

Mr Tuttle denied there was evidence of a rendition to Syria but the US Embassy in London later issued a clarification admitting there were reports of one case involving Mr Arar.

"The case of Mr Arar is too public for someone to claim they are not aware of it,'' Mr Waldman said on BBC radio. "To suggest, as the US ambassador did, that they were not aware of the case is ridiculous.''

The lawyer said other suspects had also been shipped for torture by the CIA to Syria. "This is part of a larger pattern. We know of other cases of other individuals who have been rendered,'' said Mr Waldman.

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28 Dec 2005
Since his retirement by Ronald Reagan, President Carter has given active service to the causes of human rights and peace. He has written a number of books, and now he has delivered a humdinger: Our Endangered Values (Simon & Schuster, 2005) in which he takes the Bush administration to task.

Jimmy Carter is an uncommonly decent and sincere person to have gone so far in American politics. His presidency failed because it coincided in time with three crises: economic malaise resulting from the exhaustion and failure of postwar Keynesian demand management, the outburst of long-simmering hatred in Iran of US interference in Iran's internal affairs, and a run-up in the oil price (small compared to what Bush and Cheney have achieved).

President Carter finds it unpleasant to write his assessment of the Bush administration, but he steadfastly makes it clear that the Bush/Cheney/neocon "war on terror" is in fact a war on America's reputation and civil liberties. He points out that the Bush administration has used the "war on terror" to justify actions "similar to those of abusive regimes that we have historically condemned." Consequently, "the United States now has become one of the foremost targets of respected international organizations concerned about these basic principles of democratic life."

Carter reports that the deception, naked aggression, and torture that define the Bush administration have caused a tremendous setback for human rights throughout the world.

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Comment: " is extremely easy for extraordinary measures in the name of national emergency to become permanent. Germans did not understand that the Decree for the Protection of People and State was the beginning of legal terror."

"Iraqis never experienced such terror from Saddam Hussein as they have experienced from the American invasion and occupation."

It's time for a Regime Change in America.

28 Dec 2005
Before Bush boarded his helicopter for evacuation into the Maryland hill country for Christmas at Camp David, the president-in-lycra made the inexplicable observation that "it's been a great year for Americans."

He probably wasn't speaking for the families of the 735 US troops who had been killed in Iraq in 2005, although increasingly the military death toll there is claiming the lives of recent Mexican immigrants, who Bush may not consider fully "American".

Also Bush likely wasn't talking about the 300,000 people still displaced by Hurricane Katrina, perhaps because the First Mother has assured him that those who were dropped off in Texas have never had it so good.

And he certainly wasn't referring to Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, once the most powerful man on the Hill, who whined in a threnody worthy of a passage from Aeschylus, that the close of this year's congressional session had been the worst day of his life.

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Dec 28, 2005
The Homeland Security Department, created in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has failed to fulfill 33 of its own pledges to better protect the nation, according to a report released Tuesday by House Democrats.

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Ian Sample, science correspondent
Wednesday December 28, 2005
The Guardian
· Digital technology records scientist's every step
· Experiment could help sufferers of brain disease

Gordon Bell doesn't need to remember, but has no chance of forgetting. At the age of 71, he is recording as much of his life as modern technology will allow, storing it all on a vast database: a digital facsimile of a life lived.

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Comment: Excuse us for being a bit snarky, but this king of project sounds like it was dreamed up by an organic portal. They are talking about memory only in the most banal way, substituting computer memory for human memory.

What is it about the events in our lives, the people we meet, the conversations we have, the books we read, the sunsets we stand in awe before, the busy city streets we wander or avoid, that makes them meaningful? Certainly it would be the effect they have upon us, how they change us.

If everything is stored outside, in a large database somewhere, how much are we integrating our experiences into our lives? Perhaps one does not rule out the other. Certainly, to be able to return to moments in the past and have direct data with which to verify one's memory of the event could be useful, helping to resolve people's differing recollections of events. However, it is disturbing to see Dr. Bell using the system as a means of "liberating" his memory.

Are we to think that our brains or minds or memory are constructed with limited RAM? Perhaps the greater accumulation of data obliges us to think through the links among the memories we have, enabling us to find new meaning in new relations. Our memories may become structured in new ways in order to make sense of and remember new data. By working on our memories, we may excersise the muscle and permit our memories to strengthen.

Recent studies suggest that people who use their minds actively can overcome the effects of Alzheimer's disease. These studies point in the direction of the greater use of our minds, not off-loading them onto computers.

Actively working with your memories is one way of using your mind; storing them in a database so that you can "forget" them is another. We would call the first the creative response, the second, the entropic response.

December 29, 2005



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