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Signs of the Times for Wed, 13 Dec 2006

Joe Quinn
Signs of the Times
Men grieve over the three boys' bodies. The sons of a senior Fatah official were murdered when their car was riddled with 60 bullets

Two days ago in the Gaza strip, unknown gunmen deliberately targeted and murdered 3 Palestinian children as they were being driven to school. The Guardian reports:

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George Monbiot
Dec 12 06
US interrogators have devised a new form of torture. It debases the democracy they claim to be defending.

After thousands of years of practice, you might have imagined that every possible means of inflicting pain had already been devised. But you should never underestimate the human capacity for invention. United States interrogators, we now discover, have found a new way of destroying a human being.

Last week, defence lawyers acting for Jose Padilla, a US citizen detained as an "enemy combatant", released a video showing a mission fraught with deadly risk - taking him to the prison dentist. A group of masked guards in riot gear shackled his legs and hands, blindfolded him with black-out goggles and shut off his hearing with headphones, then marched him down the prison corridor.

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Health, Science and Tech

salt.png Some ambidextrous have it both ways They're likelier to be bisexual and suffer from asthma and dyslexia, research shows

sun.png Major Solar Eruption - Little Comment in Western Press

telescope.png 'Amazing' tool tracks earth's tiny changes - Twin satellites help in study of ice melts, earthquakes

pc_mouse.png Life beyond Google

molecule.png Ukraine babies in stem cell probe

chemistry.png EU lawmakers adopt controversial REACH chemical bill

red_x_sign.png Search for rare white Yangtze dolphin ends in failure, declaration of extinction

syringe.png E. Coli Outbreak Widens In Midwest

pc_mouse.png MySpace tops Yahoo in November

pc_mouse.png The Meaning of Spam


cowboy_hat.png Bush so-called "listening tour" delays decisions on Iraq. He needs more time to learn about the war he started.

cowboy_hat.png Stalling for Time: Bush Delays Speech on Iraq Until January

penis_pump.png Contradicting Bush, Rumsfeld Claims He Was Replaced Because Of 'The Outcome Of The Election'

book.png Reading Isn't Fundamental

crusader.png Iran's Smackdown on Dubya

u-s-flag.png Bush cancels Iraq withdrawal speech

cowboy_hat.png Bush's Last Chance to Salvage His Reputation

cowboy_hat.png The 'Greatest Humilation Ever' for Sitting American Leader

Pinochet Pinochle

smiley-tongue-out.png Revered and reviled, Pinochet makes his last journey on caravan of death

skullbones.png Washington Post editorial: What's a few thousand people murdered for their political beliefs in exchange for some economic growth?

skullbones.png Disgusting Editorial: A Dictator's Double Standard

garfield.png 'Wash Post' and 'NY Times' Offer Very Different Takes on Pinochet's Legacy

skullbones.png Chileans anguished to learn fate of those missing from Pinochet era - Killed for Thinking Differently

smiley-tongue-out.png Mourners jeer at Pinochet funeral

smiley-tongue-out.png The Life of Augusto Pinochet: Lesson in Imperial Statecraft

Legal Eagles

vader.png UK 'plot' terror charge dropped

syringe.png The Futility of Drug Prohibition

road_cone.png UK suspect avoids Pakistan terror charges

unlock.png Mengistu found guilty of Ethiopian genocide

handgun.png Immigration probe snares nearly 1,300

joker.png Court orders Skilling to jail

joker.png Judge defies Manila, keeps U.S. Marine in jail

film_strip.png Clooney urges leaders to help stop Darfur violence

Iraq - Looking Out

u-s-flag.png Soldiers admit Iraq gun plot

money.png Robbery in downtown Baghdad nets $1 million

nuclear.png Depleted Uranium-Related Birth Defects in Iraq

skullbones.png Sixty killed as suicide bombers hit Baghdad Shia in work queue

skullbones.png Iraqis Pay 'Cruel Price' for Failure of Western Utopia

tnt.png Blasts rock Baghdad before reconciliation talks

Diana's Legacy

pink_rose.png Al Fayed calls Diana accident report "outrageous"

syringe.png Flashback: Re Diana: Why Milosevic Was Murdered- Tinpot dictator blew the whistle on the New World Order

35mm_film.png Flashback: Re: Diana: Leaked MI5 London Bombing report may be disinfo

pink_rose.png Flashback: US bugged Diana's phone on night of death crash

pink_rose.png Flashback: Report on Diana's Death Stirs Surge in Conspiracy Theories

Iraq - Looking In

pie_chart.png Americans Say U.S. Is Losing War

mr-potato-head.png Dumb answers of intelligence chief - Choice raises doubts over Pelosi

u-s-flag.png Pentagon plans to send more U.S. troops to Iraq

skullbones.png Baker Report 'Immersed in Immorality'

skullbones.png America's Iraq Strategy: Divide and Flee

skullbones.png The Iraq Report: Fear is a Dangerous Counselor

reptile_eye.png Beware: 'Master dealmaker' is back - Baker's failed record shows that false assumptions lead to wrong conclusions

cowboy_hat.png Middle East too complex for America

skullbones.png America's New Sense of Insecurity Endangers World

Demon Priests and Pastors

vampire.png With Christians like these, who needs demons

smiley-tongue-out.png Historic U.S. churches may leave Episcopal union over gay issue, join with Nigerian bishop

do_not_enter.png Nigeria considers same-sex marriage ban

skullbones.png 'Convert or die' game divides Christians - Some ask Wal-Mart to drop Left Behind

condiments.png Propaganda! Right Wing Website Sez: Soy is making kids 'gay'

skullbones.png UN court convicts Catholic priest of genocide in Rwandan massacres


reptile_eye.png Palestinian gunmen kill Hamas judge in southern Gaza

nuclear.png Regional Nuclear War -- No Big Whoop? Paging Carl Sagan - Nuclear Winter is back, if a little smaller this time.

handgun.png Gunmen kill Hamas-linked judge in Gaza

reptile_eye.png Olmert back-pedals on the Israeli nuclear capability

reptile_eye.png Outrageous Propaganda - A Plea to US Christians - Stop Iran & Save Israel and the West!!

smiley-tongue-out.png Trees Being Returned to SeaTac Airport - After Rabbi's Complaint Forced Removal

book.png "Liberal" neocon trashes Carter's new book (without reading it) ...

Singing the Wrong Note

musical.png Tenor who quit will sue La Scala "I could have been killed by boos!"

musical.png 'Fourth tenor' exits La Scala on a low note - Jeans-clad understudy steps in and wins ovation

musical.png A tantrum too far

musical.png Never let La Scala's boo boys scent blood - In Italy, Opera is a Blood Sport

A Gathering of Eagles

smiley-tongue-out.png Propaganda: Canadian prof attends Tehran's gathering of Holocaust deniers

red_flag.png Defiant Ahmadinejad revels at Holocaust event

crusader.png It's No Joke: Iran May Be 'America's Savior!'

Everybody Hurts

flower.png Feminist Rebel Reveals Past of Incest

nuclear.png Litvinenko Update: Witness: poisoned spy contaminated earlier than believed

pie-chart.png What's wrong with aid?

chemistry.png Renowned cancer scientist was paid by chemical firm for 20 years

baby_bottle.png Move Over Barbie, This Doll Gets Real About Anatomy

Evil Mammon

fortune_cookie.png China Has U.S. By The Purse

money.png Oil producers shun dollar

money.png US Wants to Block All of N. Korea's Financial Deals

fortune_cookie.png Japan's Reactionaries Kowtow to the U.S. and are 'Ridiculed'

Suffolk Strangler Strikes Again

skullbones.png 'Suffolk strangler' strikes again

mib.png Serial killer manhunt stepped up as death toll mounts

mib.png Keep off the streets, British prostitutes urged

Sorry Kalahari

cow_skull.png Kalahari Bushmen lose desert battle

heart.png Flashback: Bushmen: The harmless people

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