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Haitian rebels still armed  7/24/2004 AP: "Under international pressure, the new government has ordered factions to give up their guns in less than two months, but it has shown little willingness to confront ex-soldiers controlling parts of the countryside despite the presence of United Nations peacekeepers. The rebels, for their part, say no one can force them to disarm."

Iraq Insurgents Issue Brash New Challenge  7/24/2004 AP: " Iraqi insurgents issued a brash new challenge to the country's interim government, capturing an Egyptian diplomat as he walked out of a mosque and making new demands for the release of seven hostages that will almost certainly go unmet."


Friday  7/23/2004

topU.S. policy on Israel key motive for effort  7/23/2004 LA Times: "Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the man who conceived and directed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was motivated by his strong disagreement with American support for Israel, said the final report of the Sept. 11 commission. Mohammed conceived the initial outline of the attack six years before its execution and brought the plan to al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden because he thought he did not have the resources to carry it out on his own."


Thursday  7/22/2004

top"Slaves" In Saudi: The Muslim World's Shame  7/22/2004 Alt.Muslim 

PART 5: The tongue of the mujahideen  7/22/2004 Asia Times: "Though I knew from others in the mosque that Dhafer had commanded foreign fighters in Fallujah, he denied the presence of any, telling me that "everybody knows Fallujah was the main source for the former army and its officers, including high-ranking officers, so many sent their families out and stayed to fight. This is why the American Marines that managed to destroy several South American countries in hours could not even destroy the Julan neighborhood of Fallujah. We believe God was involved in the fighting. We know we did not have equal power, but God was on our side. They demoralized us with their power and we demoralized them by shouting 'God is great' from the same mosques they were shooting at." I had seen at least four damaged manars, or mosque towers, in the city. "We demand that the manars not be repaired so that generations remember what they did." "

Kenya citizens 'must leave Iraq'  7/22/2004 BBC: "The announcement by government spokesman Alfred Mutua came a day after three Kenyan lorry drivers were taken hostage by an Iraqi militant group."

Ronstadt casino ban may be lifted  7/22/2004 BBC: "Singer Linda Ronstadt, banned from a Las Vegas casino for supporting the anti-George Bush film Fahrenheit 911, may be allowed back to the venue. Robert Earl, one of the men buying the Aladdin casino where the incident happened, said he was "very sorry" to hear Ronstadt had been banned. "We respect artists' creativity and support their rights to express themselves," he said."

Haiti's loan-aid deal a debt trap - Oxfam  7/22/2004 Jamaica Observer: "Too much of the US$1 billion in aid pledged to rebuild Haiti is in loans that could force the country deeper into debt and poverty, a British-based charity said yesterday."


Wednesday  7/21/2004

topDon't Call It A Comeback  7/21/2004 Guerilla News: "The scene at Cynthia McKinney's campaign HQ late Tuesday night was electric. Hometown rapper Ludacris was bumping on the sound system, "Take that and rewind it back!" and the crowd was pumping their fists in joy. The results had just come in - McKinney had just passed the 50% mark, narrowly giving her the edge she needed to avoid a run-off in the 4th Congressional District's Democratic primary here in suburban Atlanta. The (still unofficial) result will all but assure her a return to Congress."

Grand Jury Steps Up Inquiry Into Possible Halliburton Ties to Iran  7/21/2004 LA Times: "A Halliburton controversy erupted Tuesday, fueled by a grand jury investigation into whether the oil services giant violated federal sanctions by operating in Iran while Vice President Dick Cheney was running the company. The investigation centers on Halliburton Products and Services Ltd., a subsidiary registered in the Cayman Islands and headquartered in Dubai that provided oil field services in Iran. The unit's operations in Iran included Cheney's stint as chief executive from 1995 to 2000, when he frequently urged the lifting of such sanctions."

Sudan's Shame  7/21/2004 Mother Jones: "For well over a year the Sudanese government has denied charges that it supports the Janjaweed. But survivors of the violence have regularly described the military and militias working side-by-side. In a briefing paper released Tuesday, Human Rights Watch uses documents obtained from the civilian administration in Darfur to back up these claims."

Darfur: US and UN could stop the slaughter by Mumia Abu-Jamal  7/21/2004 SF Bay View: "As we speak, hundreds of thousands of people are being herded into deadly concentration camps, and tens of thousands of others are being forced to flee - to make hellish death marches under a searing sun, seeking a moment’s shade and rest. These people are under relentless assault by murderous bands of rapists and thieves backed by a central government, and the governments of the West, including the U.S. and the U.N., can barely raise a murmur in protest."

Street children who supported President Aristide still being imprisoned and killed - 3,000 march on Aristide’s birthday anyhow  7/21/2004 SF Bay View 


Monday  7/19/2004

topWere My African-American Ancestors Muslims?  7/19/2004 Geneology Today: "While many observed indigenous tribal beliefs, Islamic historians estimate that between 7 and 30 percent of African slaves brought to America were Muslims. As a classic example, in the television series Roots, Alex Haley portrays his black immigrant ancestor as a follower of Muhammad. Historians recognized this interesting and little known fact by identifying historic American texts written in Arabic, pinpointing the location of prominent slave recruiting grounds in Africa, identifying Muslim given names amongst American slaves, and uncovering personal accounts of prominent Islamic African-Americans."

Elections in Jeb Bush’s Florida  7/19/2004 Granma: "After analyzing the list - finally obtained after an intense struggle by the American Civil Liberties Union - The Florida media has revealed that Hispanics, including Cuban-Americans who traditionally vote Republican, are virtually absent from the document that contained the names of more than 20,000 African Americans. Only 61 Hispanic names appear on a list of nearly 47,763 names, while citizens of Hispanic origin represent 17% of the state’s population… But it was not known at the time what the Orlando Sentinel was to reveal in the following days: the fraudulent list has cost the state of Florida “a minimum of $1.8 million”... which was paid to a firm called Accenture, a private company whose owners are “closely associated with the Republican Party.” Another $125,000 was later paid to a law firm of Republican lawyers for hampering lawsuits by civil rights groups. “Jeb Bush wasted millions of dollars in taxpayers’ money in an attempt to purge voters,” said Scott Maddox, president of the Democratic Party in Florida. “He spent millions with Accenture and hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyers to defend an indefensible position,” Maddox asserted. He then added something that was very surprising coming from the mouth of a U.S. politician: “If the public only knew that a politician who is supposedly conservative when it comes to taxes has spent millions to try to manipulate the electoral process, a general protest would ensue.” "

Human Rights Violations in Haiti - February - May 2004  7/19/2004 Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti: "This document contains a partial list of human rights violations reported to the staff of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) from the end of February until mid-May 2004. The report focusses on attacks against grassroots activists and residents of poor urban and rural areas in Haiti, the type of victims whose stories are often overlooked in reporting on Haiti. The report contains several graphic photographs of victims of human rights violations. Although the photographs are disturbing, they are accurate reflections of Haiti's extremely disturbing reality. By presenting the situation in its entirety, we hope to decrease the chances that others will suffer the same fate."

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