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2/2/03 - 2/8/04

Sunday  2/8/04

Kerry calls Bush 'extreme' and out of touch  2/8/04 CNN 

Police ambushed in Haiti uprising - Radio reports 14 officers killed Rebel forces  2/8/04 Reuters: "Until last year, Gonaives was seen as firmly in the pro-Aristide camp, terrorized by a pro-government militia called the Cannibal Army and headed by Amiot Metayer. But Metayer's brother, Buter Metayer, who is leading the revolt, turned his gunmen against Aristide after blaming the embattled president for Amiot Metayer's death last September in a gangland-style murder."

Haiti militants vow to seize more cities  2/8/04 Sunday Herald, Scotland: "The Gonaives Resistance Front was once allied with Aristide but turned against him last year, accusing his government of assassinating its leader, Amiot Metayer, to prevent him from releasing damaging information about Aristide. The government denies involvement."


Saturday  2/7/04

topFeds Win Right to War Protesters' Records  2/7/04 AP: "In what may be the first subpoena of its kind in decades, a federal judge has ordered a university to turn over records about a gathering of anti-war activists. In addition to the subpoena of Drake University, subpoenas were served this past week on four of the activists who attended a Nov. 15 forum at the school, ordering them to appear before a grand jury Tuesday, the protesters said… In addition to records about who attended the forum, the subpoena orders the university to divulge all records relating to the local chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, a New York-based legal activist organization that sponsored the forum. The group, once targeted for alleged ties to communism in the 1950s, announced Friday it will ask a federal court to quash the subpoena on Monday. "The law is clear that the use of the grand jury to investigate protected political activities or to intimidate protesters exceeds its authority," guild President Michael Ayers said in a statement."

Cárcel y multa para ex-banquero estadounidense por ofender a autoridades migratorias brasileñas  2/7/04 Aporrea: An American ex-banker who gave Brazilian Immigration the finger paid a $5,000 while an American pilot paid a $15,000 fine after insulting them over their fingerprinting policy issued in retaliation for US fingerprinting policy.

James Petras: Para EE.UU., tanto Cuba como Venezuela son amenazas a la estabilidad  2/7/04 Aporrea 

France Denies All Allies' Iraq Intelligence Wrong  2/7/04 Reuters: "Asked about McCain's comments, French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said France had not reached the same conclusions as "the Anglo-Saxons" on the basis of available intelligence such as satellite photographs. She said that was why Paris had argued against last year's U.S.-led invasion of Iraq (news - web sites) and in favor of letting U.N. inspectors keep searching for the alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMD). "It's true that intelligence...has its limits. Knowing how to recognize its limits and find other means is the way to avoid committing mistakes," she told a news conference."


Friday  2/6/04

topU.S. soccer team hears Osama chants in Mexico  2/6/04 AP: "The Mexican crowd hooted "The Star-Spangled Banner." It booed U.S. goals. It chanted "Osama! Osama! Osama!" as U.S. players left the field with a 2-0 victory. And that was in a game against Canada on Thursday before just 1,500 people."

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Israel Deliberately Attacked US Ship  2/6/04 Memory Hole: "Moorer was chairman of the joint chiefs of staff from 1970 to 1974. He is joined in the independent commission of inquiry by Gen. Ray Davis (recently deceased); Rear Adm. Merlin Staring, former Judge Advocate General of the Navy; and Ambassador James Akins."


Thursday  2/5/04

topAre You On Uncle Sam's No Fly List?  2/5/04 CBS: "The list is now alleged to include not only suspected terrorists and those believed to be a threat to aviation security but civil rights activists say it also targets people based on their political views. A list that is thought to include members of the Green Party, a Jesuit priest who is a peace activist and two civil rights attorneys. In Gordon and Adams’ case, the ACLU believes the couple may have been targeted for their work on War Times, a free bilingual newspaper that has been critical of the war and the Bush administration's policies on terrorism."

Islamic Rappers take Senegal By Storm  2/5/04 Davey D's 

An obsession with Venezuela  2/5/04 Radio Progresso: "If truth be told, we're getting a bit tired of editing the stories published by El Nuevo Herald – but if we must, we must. We say this after reading another installment of the newspaper's continuing campaign against Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela. In this case, the tale was titled “Colombian guerrillas act in the very center of Venezuela” and appeared on Page One of El Nuevo on Feb. 2. It was not translated and reproduced by The Miami Herald, so we'll give you, our English-speaking reader, a brief summary of it."

Cuban doctor rumbles Venevision TV ploy to scapegoat alleged kidnapping  2/5/04 Vheadlines 


Wednesday  2/4/04

topEast African Churches Slam US Pressure on Anti-Terror Bills  2/4/04 Antiwar: "The Church in Africa is concerned about the U.S. pressure on African countries to introduce anti-terror legislation on pretext of fighting terrorism. The church is cautioning African governments against enacting such laws blindly, which it warns infringe on human rights. Uganda and Tanzania have already passed Anti-Terror Acts amid protests from human rights groups. Neighbor Kenya may soon join the bandwagon, if the Bill, published last April, sailed through parliament."

'Embedding' CIA Agents Within Local Police Depts  2/4/04 Antiwar: "H.R. 3439, making its way through Congress, would authorize the federal government to "embed" CIA agents within local police departments to blur the distinction between local cops and feds. The Campaign to Demilitarize the Police is organizing to stop the bill, and has been targeting the bill's author, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), with protest actions."

Moseley-Braun and the Butcher - Campaign for Justice or Big Oil's Junta?  2/4/04 Counterpunch: "While in Nigeria, she met no pro-democracy opposition leaders. She appears never to have raised the issues of massive human-rights abuses with Abacha. Instead, she traveled around Saro-Wiwa's home province of Ogoniland with the military, and according to Nigerian press reports chatted up the military governor who supervised the hangings. She ignored State Department protocol, never telling them she was going, and undercut a White House mission by Rep. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., who had been sent to press Abacha to discuss human rights. By contrast, Nigerian state media reported that Sen. Moseley-Braun thought things in Nigeria were fine and dandy… Fleshman noted that during the Clinton administration, U.S. investment in the oil business about doubled. He stressed, "the volume of Nigerian oil entering the United States soared during that period. So, it was a time of unprecedented economic activity between Nigeria's military rulers and their business partners in the big oil companies and the United States. Moseley Braun was part of that." "

OPEN LETTER TO REP. CAROLYN MALONEY  2/4/04 Demilitarize the Police: "We are writing you this letter to express our extreme displeasure at your sponsorship of HR3439, a piece of legislation which to our mind poses great danger to our civil and human rights. We strongly urge you to withdraw this legislation immediately! "

U.S. - Venezuela: From hostile rhetoric to the brink of confrontation  2/4/04 Final Call: "Professor of International Studies Carlos Romero at the Central University, Venezuela’s leading university, told IPS that the history of Latin America "demonstrates that the United States acts according to the circumstances, and in a scenario of confrontation, a U.S. military intervention cannot simply be ruled out." ...Nevertheless, for the first time since Pres. Chavez, a former lieutenant-colonel, took office in 1999, unconfirmed reports have come out that the military high command in Venezuela is studying the scenario of a U.S. invasion. "The issue of a possible invasion of Venezuela by the United States is not a concern. But that does not mean we are not going to evaluate it," army division General Melvin Lopez, secretary of the National Defense Council, and an officer considered politically close to Pres. Chavez, told the public TV station. "We study and monitor all possible scenarios. We never lose sight of Venezuela’s strategic importance, based on the fact that it has the hemisphere’s biggest oil reserves, and on the country’s mineral and water reserves and its privileged position facing the Caribbean sea." "

Bolivarians return to the streets of Caracas  2/4/04 Granma 

Intelligence chief's bombshell: 'We were overruled on dossier'  2/4/04 Guardian: "The intelligence official whose revelations stunned the Hutton inquiry has suggested that not a single defence intelligence expert backed Tony Blair's most contentious claims on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. As Mr Blair set up an inquiry yesterday into intelligence failures before the war, Brian Jones, the former leading expert on WMD in the Ministry of Defence, declared that Downing Street's dossier, a key plank in convincing the public of the case for war, was "misleading" on Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological capability. Writing in today's Independent, Dr Jones, who was head of the nuclear, chemical and biological branch of the Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS) until he retired last year, reveals that the experts failed in their efforts to have their views reflected."

President's test of faith  2/4/04 Guardian: "The religious war that is of most concern to George Bush these days has nothing to do with Wahabi, Shia or Sunni Muslims. It involves Roman Catholics, and particularly those in the five swing states of Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Judging by the enthusiasm that Catholics are showing for Senator John Kerry, Mr Bush may be in greater jeopardy than he ever expected. Where his father lost the Catholic vote to Bill Clinton by 16 percentage points, Mr Bush won it against Al Gore by three points, according to exit polls on election day 2000. That gave him enough states for Florida to make a difference."

Call for support for Malcolm Shabazz and Sundiata Acoli  2/4/04 SF Bay View: scroll down for section on Sundiata - "The Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign would like to thank everyone who sent letters in support of Sundiata Acoli’s parole. The parole hearing that was to take place last month did not happen. The parole hearing was moved to sometime in February. We would like to encourage everyone to continue to send in letters of support for the release of our dear brotha. Please include in your letter the standard governing the granting of parole under the New Jersey’s 1979 Parole Act: “Prisoners shall be released on parole unless it is shown by a preponderance of the evidence that the inmate will commit a crime if released.” Sundiata Acoli just turned 67 years old. He has been held captive for the past 30 years, and it is time to bring him home."

The Miami Herald Makes the Case for Suspected Venezuelan Terrorists  2/4/04 Venezuela Analysis 

A Bush Covert Operative Takes Over Al Sharpton's Campaign - Sleeping With the GOP  2/4/04 Village Voice: "Stone, whose Miami mob even jostled a visiting Sharpton during the recount, said recently in The American Spectator that if Sharpton were to run "as an independent" in the 2006 Hillary Clinton race, she would be "sunk," implicitly suggesting that this operation may be a precursor to another Stone-Sharpton mission. In his book Too Close to Call, New Yorker columnist Jeffrey Toobin exposed Baker's tapping of Stone, as well as Stone and his Cuban wife Nydia's role in firing up Cuban protesters, with Stone calling the shots the day of the shutdown over a walkie-talkie in a building across the street from the canvassing board headquarters. The Stone mob was chanting Sharpton's slogan "No Justice, No Peace" when the board stopped the count, which was universally seen as the turning point in the battle that made Bush president."


Tuesday  2/3/04

topBefore the Senate Offices, Ricin-Laced Letter Was Also Sent to White House  2/3/04 ABC 

US Immigration denies conditional liberty plea by rebel Venezuelan terrorists  2/3/04 Vheadline: "Meanwhile, The Miami Herald -- traditionally opposed to President Hugo Chavez Frias -- has preempted the natural course of US justice in an editorial demand that authorities should allow the rebels to present their asylum cases, although no such denial has even been mooted. The Herald piles on the propaganda by stating that the rebels' lives would be in danger if they are returned to Venezuela, since they could be executed ... even though Venezuela has no political prisoners and the death penalty was abolished in 1863."

Cuba's debt to Venezuela soars as oil keeps flowing  2/3/04 Wall Street Journal: "Over the past three years, Cuba has run up a massive debt of $752 million for oil shipped by Venezuela's state oil company, according to people close to the company and internal documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal." -- but does this take into account the services provided by Cuba?


Monday  2/2/04

topWar Takes Lives of 7 Soldiers Killed At 18  2/2/04 AP 

La pobreza periodística de la emisora WFM de Colombia manipula declaraciones de Don King sobre Chávez  2/2/04 Aporrea 

Unfinished business in Indian country  2/2/04 BBC: "A revolutionary fighting oppression, killed with a bullet in the back of the head by her erstwhile comrades who suspected her of being an informant. Palestine? Northern Ireland? No, this was America's Midwest."

Nothing to Preempt  2/2/04 Buzzflash: "Nothing to preempt also means that the U.S./UK attack on Iraq last March falls into the category of "preventive war" explicitly condemned by international law. Which also means that the British Prime Minister Tony Blair's political career is in jeopard, as is the political future of other gullible leaders of the "coalition of the willing"—in Australia, for example, and in even in Denmark. You will not have heard this on FOX news, but the Australian Senate has already formally censured Prime Minister John Howard for misleading the country on Iraqi "weapons of mass destruction" (WMD) and for suppressing a key report from Australian intelligence warning that still more widespread terrorism could be expected to follow any attack on Iraq."

MEL MARTINEZ - Terrorist candidate for U.S. Senate  2/2/04 Granma: "U.S. Senate candidate Mel Martínez – George W. Bush’s former secretary for housing and urban development – maintains close ties with the Cuban Liberty Council (CLC), the Cuban-American group that most encourages terrorism, with several of its leaders who have histories of terrorism, while he has openly taken part in this organization’s activities."

Iraq intelligence efforts led by Cheney magnified errors, officials say  2/2/04 Knight Ridder: "What went wrong with intelligence on Iraq will never be known unless the inquiry proposed by President Bush examines secret intelligence efforts led by Vice President Dick Cheney and Pentagon hawks, current and former U.S officials said Monday."

The Lie Factory  2/2/04 Mother Jones: "Only weeks after 9/11, the Bush administration set up a secret Pentagon unit to create the case for invading Iraq. Here is the inside story of how they pushed disinformation and bogus intelligence and led the nation to war."

SLIGHTED SHARPTON BIDS TO BOOT RANGEL  2/2/04 NY Post 

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"There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to Democracies as against despots: suspicion." -- Demosthenes

Maps & Weather

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/

A number of maps here
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/afghanistan.html

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Estimates of the total number of Muslims range from 0.7 to 1.2 billion worldwide and 3 to 6 million in the U.S. About 20% of all people on earth follow Islam. The religion is in a period of rapid growth.

Christianity is currently the largest religion in the world. It is followed by about 33% of all people -- a percentage that has remaind stable for decades. It is expected that, if current trends continue, Islam will become the most popular religion sometime in the mid-21st century.

-- http://www.religioustolerance.org/islam.htm

Death from America

Iraq news: Soaring death rates among Iraqi children, 1999 BBC, UNICEF 500,000 child deaths

Ramsey Clark: Report to UN Security Council re: Iraq, 1/26/2000
1.5 million deaths

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