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2/9/03 - 2/22/04

Sunday  2/22/04

topLawsuit claims corruption in Congo diamonds for arms deal  2/22/04 Globes, Israel 

Bin Laden 'surrounded'  2/22/04 Sunday Telegraph: ""The timing of that order will ultimately depend on President Bush," the paper says. "Capturing bin Laden will certainly be a huge help for him as he gets ready for the election." The article says bin Laden's movements are monitored by a National Security Agency satellite."


Saturday  2/21/04

topU.S.-led diplomatic mission presents peace plan to Haitian leaders who show no signs of compromise  2/21/04 AP 

Haitian Prez Accepts Peace Plan  2/21/04 CBS 

Haiti Action  2/21/04 HaitiAction.net 

Protesters in Miami demand that Aristide step down  2/21/04 Miami Herald: "The protest at Miami's Bayfront Park was coalition of Haitian, Venezuelan and Cuban groups that also demanded the ouster of Fidel Castro and President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Several speakers called Aristide, Castro and Chavez murderers and terrorists, their speeches peppered with comparisons to Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. "Chavez must go. Aristide must go. And Castro must go," Haitian-born organizer Rubens Eliatus told the media as a crowd cheered."

Faces from Haiti's Bloody Past Lead Revolt  2/21/04 Reuters: "GONAIVES, Haiti - His gunmen killed 3,000 people when a military junta ruled Haiti with an iron fist. Now, at the head of a rebellion aiming to unseat President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, former death squad leader Louis Jodel Chamblain speaks of democracy and constitutions."


Friday  2/20/04

topRising Stakes In Haiti as Ex-Dictator's Thugs Take Over Opposition  2/20/04 AntiWar: "The crisis – and the possibility of a major outflow of boat people desperate to reach U.S. shores – has forced the Bush administration to take a more active role in the diplomatic discussions about how to deal with the crisis than it had previously been willing to consider."

Haiti still struggling  2/20/04 Barbados Advocate 

Slave Power and the Origins of the Republic - Jefferson, Slaves, Haiti and Hypocrisy  2/20/04 Counterpunch: "Two hundred years before Stokely Carmichael called for black power, the black slaves in the United States elected a President. How? The much hailed blueprint of justice, the American Constitution, gave each of them, man, woman, or child, status in the political arena as three-fifths of a person. Hence they formed a voting bloc which elected Thomas Jefferson as our nation's third president. But how could they elect a President? They couldn't cast ballots on the plantations. It didn't matter. The Constitutional Convention allowed the counting of slaves as part of the apportionment process for determining the vote allotment for each state's Electoral College representation as well as for the number of seats in the House of Representatives. This set into motion not only the election of Jefferson but made sure that until the Civil War the concerns of southern slaveowners steered national politics."

The privilege of a 'war president'  2/20/04 CSM 

WHY I JOINED THE CARLYLE GROUP AND OTHER REVELATIONS FROM FORMER SEC CHAIR ARTHUR LEVITT, JR.  2/20/04 From the Wilderness 

Japan inks major oil deal with Iran over U.S. objections  2/20/04 World Tribune, VA: "Japan, overriding U.S. opposition, plans to develop an Iranian oil field that contains estimated reserves of 26 billion barrels. A Japanese consortium supported by the government in Tokyo said it will develop an Iranian oil field at Azadegan in a $2 billion deal. Under the accord, the Japanese consortium would obtain a 75 percent stake. Iran's state-owned oil company was given the remaining interest, Middle East Newsline reported. The field was expected to begin oil production in mid-2007."


Thursday  2/19/04

topFBI report on agents released after long delay  2/19/04 AP: "Audit finds 1 in 1,000 dismissed for crimes, misconduct"

US Goal: Declare Haiti a Failed State  2/19/04 Black Commentator: "The Bush administration is preparing to declare Haiti a “failed state,” so that Washington can step in to put the pieces back together as it chooses. Creating the conditions for such a declaration has been the U.S. objective since George Bush came to power. For three years Washington and the European Union have imposed an aid embargo on Haiti, squeezing the hemisphere’s poorest nation until it screamed – and then squeezing harder."

Police infiltration of protest groups upsets rights activists  2/19/04 Chicago Sun-Times 

The end of the world  2/19/04 CSM: "In the meantime, dispensationalists believe that, according to Genesis, God will bless those who bless the Jews and curse those who curse them. They are therefore among Israel's staunchest supporters, backing its "ownership" of the entire West Bank. They have raised money in churches to support illegal settlements. Don Wagner, who teaches religion and Middle East studies at North Park University in Chicago, points to specific examples of Christian Zionists' political influence: When President Bush started to call on Israel to pull the military back from Jenin refugee camp in 2002, they helped mobilize 100,000 e-mails to the White House; the president never said another word in public. And when Mr. Bush started pushing his latest peace plan, House leader "Tom DeLay headed off to Israel to speak to the Knesset and told them not to worry about it," he adds. Dr. Wagner says that Christian Zionists are ignoring and undermining indigenous Christians in the Middle East, many of whom are descendants of the earliest Christians. A Palestinian Christian center, Sabeel, will hold a conference this spring, "Challenging Christian Zionism." What distresses some other Christians

Florida shuns paper backup of computer ballots  2/19/04 Miami Herald: "It is ''extremely unlikely'' that Florida voters in November will be able to check their machine-vote ballots against a paper printout before leaving the polls, the head of the state's election process told the Legislature on Wednesday." Getting ready for the big rig.

Five Questions About Haiti and the Coup Attempt - Echoes of Venezuela 2002 Are Heard Across the Caribbean  2/19/04 NarcoNews 

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters calls for support of Aristide; denounces Duvalier supporter Andre Apaid  2/19/04 Radio Progreso 

Congresswoman Maxine Waters warns of bloodbath in Haiti  2/19/04 SF Bay View 

No coup in Haiti! Tell Secretary of State Colin Powell to stop backing gangs trying to overthrow President Aristide  2/19/04 SF Bay View 

Diplomacy used on Haiti  2/19/04 UPI: "The international community is sticking to the diplomatic approach to the crisis in Haiti while rebels plan an assault on Port au Prince amid doubt whether government police can stop anybody."

Green Berets take on spy duties  2/19/04 Washington Times 


Wednesday  2/18/04

topFear, Panic as Dark New Force Enters Haiti Revolt  2/18/04 Reuters 

Town falls as Haitian rebellion spreads  2/18/04 Sydney Morning Herald: "Armed rebels have seized the central town of Hinche and killed the district police chief as an uprising against the embattled President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, spread to new areas of Haiti. Two other men also died, while Aristide loyalists reportedly killed two anti-government supporters in the port town of St Marc, pushing the death toll since February 5, when rebels seized the northern city of Gonaives, to almost 60."


Tuesday  2/17/04

topWar of Terrorism (Part One) - The Countryside Murders  2/17/04 Counterpunch: "Aziz' sister, Asmaa, said that she witnessed the carnage that day. Seeing her brother shot and bleeding to death, she began to cry hysterically. An American soldier responded by firing his rifle into the ground near Aziz' dying body "to mock my grief," she said."

Aristide's slumland army of enforcers prepares to defend 'people's revolution'  2/17/04 Independent, UK: "The likeness of his hero, Che Guevara, is plastered all over the territory he controls in Cité Soleil, Haiti's largest slum."

U.S. COULD USE MAURITANIA FOR W. AFRICA BASE  2/17/04 MENL 


Monday  2/16/04

topU.S. General Warns of Africa Terror Threat  2/16/04 AP: "A clear terrorist threat still exists in East Africa, and greater military cooperation is needed to defeat it, a top U.S. general warned on Monday during a visit to Ethiopia."

Rep. Maxine Waters Charges U.S. Is Encouraging A Coup in Haiti  2/16/04 Democracy Now, Pacifica: "We speak with Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) about what role the U.S. is playing in the current events in the country. In Haiti, anti-government gangs and militias are working with opposition groups and former army officers in an effort to overthrow the government of Jean Bertrand Aristide. There is concern that Washington is once again working behind the scenes to foment a coup."

Haiti at brink again - U.S. owes help By Randall Robinson  2/16/04 Final Call 

Govt Officials Demand Bribe - Mormon Drops Bomshell  2/16/04 GhanaWeb: "A hardcore Mormon, Darrick Eveson, who lives in Seattle - USA, has told The Chronicle that the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (Mormons) are paying bribes in Ghana and other African countries because government officials demand them before they allow the church to operate."


Sunday  2/15/04

topBeloved Haiti - A (Counter) Revolutionary Bicentennial  2/15/04 Counterpunch: "The ridiculous names like Gonaives Resistance Front that these right-wing paramilitaries have assigned themselves are already being echoed in the capitalist press, which also refers to them, idiotically, as "rebels," and to their activities as the activities of "crowds." A contact I spoke with hours ago who returned from Port-au-Prince today told me that the real crowds are those who are fleeing these fascist coup operations in the North and the massive PRO-Aristide demonstrations in the capital. This contact said the situation here is very similar in many respects to the US-supported attempt to overthrow another democratically elected government, that of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela."

Exclusive US interview with Martin Ingram, former British military intelligence officer who was banned from BBC and ITN  2/15/04 Cryptome: "He describes how British intelligence infiltrated top ranks of the IRA and colluded with Loyalist paramilitaries to murder innocent civilians including Patrick Finucane, a leading Belfast human rights lawyer."

Zelimkhan fought to the end!  2/15/04 Kavkaz: "In your point of view, who is behind the terrorist act against Zelimkhan Yandarbi? - Enemies of Chechen people and Chechen statehood are. And this list is pretty large. But certainly, the Kremlin regime is the main suspect."

As Turmoil Deepens in Venezuela, Questions Regarding NED Activities Remain Unanswered  2/15/04 Transnacionale: published 12/02.


Saturday  2/14/04

topPrivate U.S. Operatives on Risky Missions in Colombia  2/14/04 NYT 

La oposición utiliza Miami para introducir armas ilegales en Venezuela  2/14/04 Rebelion 


Friday  2/13/04

topMedia vs. Reality in Haiti  2/13/04 Infoshop: "Judging by the corporate media’s recent coverage of the crisis in Haiti, one might be led to believe that they are “aiding and abetting” an attempted coup d’etat aimed at the democratically elected Jean Bertand Aristide. On a daily basis, mainstream international media is churning out stories provided mainly by the Associated Press and Reuters that have little basis in fact."

Ex-Ranger pleads guilty in abortion-bombing plot  2/13/04 Miami Herald 

Denuncian envío de dinero desde Estados Unidos a la oposición golpista en Venezuela  2/13/04 Rebelion 


Wednesday  2/11/04

topEl Gobierno Estadounidense sigue conspirando en Venezuela  2/11/04 Rebelion: "Como prueba de la participación actual del Gobierno Estadounidense en la conspiración golpista contra Venezuela, se encuentran las declaraciones dadas este lunes 09 de febrero por el vocero del Departamento de Estado, Richard Boucher, quien reconoció abiertamente que el Gobierno de Estados Unidos, a través del Instituto Nacional Demócrata (NDI), ayuda financieramente a grupos que supuestamente trabajan en promover la democracia y fortalecer la sociedad civil en Venezuela. Entre estos grupos se encuentran la CTV, Momento de la Gente, Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS), Consorcio Justicia, Asamblea de Educación, Acción Campesina, Liderazgo y Visión. Estos grupos se pronunciaron, mayoritariamente a favor del golpe de Estado de Pedro Carmona en abril del 2002."

Some Democrats Urge Bush Administration to Take Stronger Action on Haiti  2/11/04 VOA: "Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who co-chairs the Haiti Task Force in the Black Caucus, which represents African-American lawmakers in Congress, says the administration "has not been on the side of democracy in Haiti. As a result of their lack of support for a democratically elected president, I believe and many believe that they are aiding and abetting the violence in Haiti." "


Tuesday  2/10/04

topInternal Law Enforcement Services Policies - AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.  2/10/04 Cryptome: "'This notice publishes internal policies on Cross-Deputation Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, Memoranda of Agreement, and Special Law Enforcement Commission Deputation Agreements. These policies apply to all Cross-Deputation Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, Memoranda of Agreement, and Special Law Enforcement Commission Deputation Agreements."

Muslim terror groups stepping up activities in Latin America  2/10/04 Haaretz, Israel 

A website devoted to investigating US meddling in Venezuela - Un sitio de web dedicado a investigar la intervención de los EEUU en Venezuela  2/10/04 venezuelafoia.info 

Declassified Documents Back Venezuelan President’s Claim of US Aid to Opposition Groups  2/10/04 Venezuelanalysis.com: "The documents discovered through Bigwood’s FOIA requests on Venezuela reveal a consistent pattern of funding from various U.S. agencies and entities, such as the Department of State and the National Endowment for Democracy, to several known anti-Chávez groups in Venezuela. One of these groups, Sumate, received USD$53,400 for “Electoral Education” during the period September 2003 – September 2004. The funds awarded to Sumate were, according to the NED grant, to “train citizens throughout Venezuela in the electoral process and to promote participation in a recall referendum.” Sumate is the organization that led an unapproved referendum drive back in February 2003, attempting to remove President Chavez before half of his term, which is not permitted by Venezuelan law. Sumate claimed to have collected “27 million signatures in one day”, yet it was later discovered that a majority of these signatures were gathered through fraudulent means, including photocopied from bank records and credit card receipts."


Monday  2/9/04

topBlacks' push for quotas stirs up Brazil  2/9/04 AP 

Uprising Against Aristide Spreads in Haiti  2/9/04 AP 

Report: Al-Qaida has obtained tactical nuclear explosives  2/9/04 Haaretz: "Al-Qaida have possessed tactical nuclear weapons for about six years, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported Sunday."

Economists say U.S. growth spurt will end, crisis looms  2/9/04 Reuters: "The U.S. economy is enjoying a growth spurt that will not last beyond 2004 because it is driven by military spending and tax cuts while the Bush administration turns a blind eye to a looming deficit crisis, American economists said in Havana on Monday. "Developing countries that still rely on the American market as an engine of growth should be cautious about expecting too much after 2004," said University of Texas professor James K. Galbraith at an annual economists conference on globalization issues hosted by Cuba."

Haitian militants extend rampage  2/9/04 Toronto Star 

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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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