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Sunday  11/21/2004

Defense Ministers Reject Intervention in Colombia  11/21/2004 AntiWar: "The U.S. delegation, with the support of Colombia and Peru and the Caribbean island nation of Grenada, insisted that the fight against "narco-terrorism" should be given top priority. However, the view shared by Brazil and a number of South American nations, according to which it is absolutely essential to curb poverty in order to strengthen security in the hemisphere, prevailed in the final document adopted by the 34 ministers."

Congressman Marries Ex-Dictator's Daughter  11/21/2004 Capitol Hill Blue: "Illinois Rep. Jerry Weller tied the knot with Guatemalan lawmaker Zury Rios Sosa in the compound, just off a dusty road between a building site and a volcano near Guatemala's colonial capital Antigua. The couple, who met while Weller was on a visit to Guatemala, married in a civil ceremony attended by Guatemalan military, politicians and the U.S. ambassador to the Central American nation, John Hamilton. Weller was re-elected in November despite questions from his opponent about his choice of fiancee and a possible conflict of interest with some of his government posts. He serves on the U.S. House of Representatives sub-committee for Western Hemisphere Affairs that sometimes sees legislation concerning Guatemala. "At the very least he should resign from the committee, it's a potentially compromising relationship, in terms of his foreign affairs activity," said Patricia Davis, of the Washington based rights group, the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission. Rios Sosa's father Efrain Rios Montt took power in a 1982 coup at the peak of Guatemala's 36-year civil war, which pitted the army against leftist insurgents. She is a high ranking member of her father's Guatemalan Republican Front party, which held the presidency between 2000-2004, and is seen as a possible future presidential candidate herself. The retired general's de facto presidency is remembered for his weekly sermons broadcast live on television and for a "scorched earth" campaign that killed thousands of mostly civilian Mayan Indians. The State Department has described Rios Montt's rule as "probably the most violent period" of the war, in which around 200,000 people were killed or disappeared. Rios Montt is under investigation for genocide charges."

Ohio Presidential Results to be Challenged  11/21/2004 Columbus Free Press: "Ohio’s 2004 presidential vote will be challenged as soon as next week in the state Supreme Court, a coalition of public-interest lawyers announced Friday. The lawyers have taken sworn testimony from hundreds of people in hearings in Columbus and Cincinnati, and will use excerpts as well as documents obtained from county election officials and Election Day exit polls to make a case that thousands of votes were incorrectly counted or not counted on Election Day."

Pentagon turns heat up on Iran  11/21/2004 Guardian: "Washington and European Union on collision course over how to neutralise Tehran's nuclear capabilities"

A Post-Election Wrap-Up: Iraq, 9/11, Cheney, and the Need for a Watergate Two'  11/21/2004 Peter Dale Scott 

New Video Game Recreates Kennedy Assassination  11/21/2004 Reuters 


Saturday  11/20/2004

topBush Pulls Top Security Agent From Fracas  11/20/2004 ABC: "As Bush stepped inside, Chilean agents closed ranks at the door, blocking the president's agents from following. Stopping for more pictures, Bush noticed the fracas and turned back. He reached through the dispute and pulled his agent from the scrum and into the building. The president, looking irritated, straightened his shirt cuffs as he went into the dinner. The incident was shown on APEC television."

Experts Fear Price Pressures Could Worsen  11/20/2004 AP 

US battle plans begin to unravel  11/20/2004 Asia Times 

Storm Clouds from Heaven - Apocalypse Soon  11/20/2004 Counterpunch 

Blast Kills Venezuelan Coup Prosecutor  11/20/2004 Guardian: "A prosecutor pressing charges against backers of Venezuela's failed 2002 coup was killed by explosions that ripped through his SUV as he was driving through the capital, officials said Friday. Witnesses said two explosions rocked Danilo Anderson's vehicle just before midnight Thursday as it drove through the western Caracas neighborhood of Chaguaramos. Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel and other top officials rushed to the scene."

Venezuela suspects exiles in prosecutor’s slaying  11/20/2004 Newsday 

"It's all over but the counting and we'll take care of the counting  11/20/2004 No Bush Video Archive: video clip of Rep. Peter King

"It's all over but the counting and we'll take care of the counting."  11/20/2004 No Bush Video Archive: video clip of Rep. Peter King (R, NY)

Pinpointing Precincts with Vote-Counting Errors  11/20/2004 USCountVotes.org 

US Fed: $ Devaluation might Cause Trouble  11/20/2004 Zaman 


Friday  11/19/2004

topDollar declines following Greenspan remarks  11/19/2004 AFP 

US intelligence issue pessimistic report on Fallujah offensive  11/19/2004 AFP: "One officer said the seven-page classified report -- parts of which were provided to Thursday's edition of The New York Times -- was "brutally honest" and appears to contradict the US government's victorious account of the US-led fight against insurgents in Fallujah and other parts of northern Iraq. Although the resistance crumbled in the face of the offensive, the report warned, "the enemy will be able to effectively defeat I MEF's ability to accomplish its primary objectives of developing an effective Iraqi security force and setting the conditions for successful Iraqi elections."

Academia Still Fixated on John Kerry  11/19/2004 AP: "None of the experts examining the returns has discovered voting anomalies significant enough to have swung the election. Despite Internet-circulated speculation that Bush's victory was somehow stolen or rigged, the incumbent's clear margin in the popular vote count is much wider than any of the problems reported to date — be they voting technology failures, problems with provisional ballots or partisan shenanigans."

U.S. Democracy cries out for Reform, says S. African Observer  11/19/2004 Black America Web: "“America may be the world’s oldest democracy,” said the chairwoman of the South African Independent Electoral Commission, “but clearly that democracy needs to be renewed. The U.S. system of elections is deeply flawed. Maybe South Africa, one of the world’s newest democracies, can help it learn how to do that.” ...“In many areas, U.S. electoral practices are not close to what is commonly accepted as best practice internationally. It’s like politics in some little African village.” To begin with, Bam said, it is just unacceptable in virtually all democracies for election officials to be active partisans, or even candidates for office themselves. “Independent electoral officials are essential for credible free and fair elections,” she added. “And when you have 50 different states setting election laws, rather than a single national set of laws and regulations, it is impossible for the process to be transparent and accountable.” ...Bam was one of the observers sent to Florida. What she found there was deeply painful. “It reminded me of apartheid. Ninety nine percent of the people prevented from voting were black. There were so many systemized ways of suppressing the African-American vote. “These things are very raw in my soul. First there is the exclusion of persons with felony convictions. In effect, this produces a sub-class of citizen. You are either a citizen or not. All prisoners in South Africa have the right to vote. They are citizens. “Then,” she continued, “we heard reports of elderly black women being visited by state troopers who would play with their guns while asking questions about their get-out-the-vote activities, and asking them who they would vote for. This was not only intimidation but a violation of privacy.” "

State to probe Gaston election  11/19/2004 Charlotte Observer, NC: "Gary Bartlett, the board's executive director, said the state wants to know if the county properly audited its results, among other things, by checking whether the number of people recorded as voting equaled the number of ballots cast. The Observer reported Thursday that the numbers did not balance in more than half the precincts in Gaston County. Gaston elections officials said they had been unaware of the problem."

To Destroy Iran’s Nuclear Bomb Program, 350 Targets Must Be Hit  11/19/2004 Debka,Israel: "According to DEBKAfile’s Washington sources, the Pentagon’s most recent game model on military measures to dispose of Iran’s nuclear threat concludes it will be necessary to topple the Islamic republic’s regime at the same time. The first stage would be a bombing mission against the regime’s primary prop, the Revolutionary Guards. The second stage would be the destruction of known and probable nuclear sites – a much harder mission given the hundreds of sites known and unknown number and carefully camouflaged underground behind cunning window-dressing. US intelligence estimates as many as 350 sites. It does not have precise knowledge of which are the most important or even which are active. Regime change in stage three would entail ground action. At present, there are no air bases within range for carrying out stages two and three. Sufficient US troops for overthrowing the regime would pose a problem given Iran’s land area of four times that of Iraq. Furthermore, there is no assurance that Iran would wait for stages 2 or even 3. Iranian agents may well pre-empt US action or retaliate by sabotage strikes or terrorist action inside America. Co-opting Israel’s air might to the operation poses problems too. The Israelis are found to know as little about the locations of installations as the Americans. To reach Iran, Israeli warplanes would have to fly east over Saudi Arabia and Jordan, or north over Turkey. The distance of some targets, such as Iran’s nuclear sites in the Caspian Sea region, is too great for Israeli planes to make the round trip."

Reports say Israelis assisted Ivory Coast army  11/19/2004 ISN, Switzerland 

Voting Problems Should Be Fully Investigated  11/19/2004 League Of Women Voters: "Finally, the League calls on every voter who cast a provisional ballot to find out whether their ballot was counted. The provisional ballot counting process is still ongoing and must be monitored. But every voter who cast a provisional ballot has the right, under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), to know whether it is counted, and, if it is not counted, why it is not counted. States are required to have a toll-free hotline or Internet system so voters can get this information about their ballot."

Extremists moving across Iran-Iraq border  11/19/2004 Salon: published 11/8, can be seen in context with Debka and other articles on the US's attacking Iran.

Terror Attack in Venezuela Kills State Prosecutor Danilo Anderson  11/19/2004 Venezuela Analysis: "The 38-year-old Danilo Anderson’s official post is as State Prosecutor with national jurisdiction. During the April 2002 attempted coup against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Anderson was instrumental in getting the state television channel back on the air, at which point the state channel made the first public announcement declaring that Chavez supporters had retaken power. As a result, Anderson was personally designated by the Attorney General to act as state prosecutor. Anderson had recently gotten headlines for his controversial investigations into the violence that occurred during the April 2002 coup."

US embassy should clarify position on rebel's televised assassination threat  11/19/2004 Vheadlines 


Thursday  11/18/2004

topDestructive Genes  11/18/2004 AfroCubaWeb: by Alberto Jone - "And today, seven decades later, we find ourselves on the same destructive path, providing historians with new names such as Fallujah, Samarra and others that will be added to what they describe as Martyr Cities, making it clear the Genghis Khan and destructive genes in usare alive and well."

Rude awakening for Brazil's President Lula  11/18/2004 Al Jazeera 

John Bolton: the Anti Diplomat  11/18/2004 American Progress Action 

News Groups Will Delay Future Exit Polls  11/18/2004 AP: "The organizations are also looking into general questions about the quality of Edison/Mitofsky's work, and whether the early indicators for Kerry revealed flaws in their polling process. This investigation is under way, Gawiser said. It's the third straight major election in which problems have cropped up with exit poll data. Edison/Mitofsky was hired for this election after a previous organization failed to deliver usable exit poll information on Election Day 2002 and provided information that resulted in the television networks blowing calls on the election in 2000."

Greens Shame Dems - Ohio Recount Set - Blacks Weight Options  11/18/2004 Black Commentator: "Patricia Ford faults the monied people who dominated the Democratic electoral apparatus and insisted that they knew best. “Until Blacks raise the fundamental issue of racism and come up with our own agenda, this is going to continue to happen,” said Ford."

The job the white left won't accept  11/18/2004 Black Commentator: "Second, the white left frequently fails to distinguish political interests from personal morals and ethics. In other words, if white voters from the heartland can’t see eye to eye with the left on issues involving birth, death and sex, then there is no further consideration of possibilities for cooperation on issues involving shared political interests – like economic justice. Here, the white left should take an important lesson from the African community. Many of our religious leaders have opinions on morality that are indistinguishable from those of the white evangelical right. However, many of these same religious leaders play leading roles in our progressive political movements and coalitions. By abandoning even the evangelical right, the white left ignores some of the most decent people the U.S. has produced. Many white evangelicals may be intolerant, racist and reactionary, but they often arrive at those positions out of an honest, good faith belief that they are doing the right thing. Because the white left has not been present to counter the vile lies of the right wing, white evangelicals are left to accept the right wing’s theology and agenda as gospel."

'Stinking Evidence' of Possible Election Fraud Found in Florida  11/18/2004 Commonn Dreams: We caught the whole thing on videotape," she said. "I don't think you'll ever see anything like this - Bev Harris having a tug of war with an election worker over a bag of garbage, and he held onto it and she pulled on it, and it split right open, spilling out those poll tapes. They were throwing away our democracy, and Bev wasn't going to let them do it."

Bush, the Neocons and Evangelical Christian Fiction  11/18/2004 Counterpunch: "The otherwise vacuous figure of George W. Bush represents a crucial link or structural pivot between these two powerful factions, helping to tie them together: Bush presents the Neocons' radical foreign policy in a guise that is acceptable to his large base of support in the Christian Right, even as he reassures his Christian base that their moral agendas (anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, faith-based initiatives, etc) will be given powerful political support. In Bush, America as the benevolent hegemon of the Neocons and the American-led "Tribulation Force" of LaHaye's wildly popular novels come together in a disturbing, yet surprisingly successful way."

Watchdog group requests Volusia vote tallies  11/18/2004 East Volusia News Journal 

U.S. Election: Did America really speak?  11/18/2004 Final Call: "A coalition of groups, the Economic Human Rights Project, continued Nov. 3 to urge the United Nations to send observers to monitor vote counting—which continues in a handful of states—and to commit to hold a hearing if violations of voting laws appeared widespread."

Hearings on Ohio voting put 2004 election in doubt  11/18/2004 Free4 Press, OH: "On Saturday, November 13, and Monday, November 15, the Ohio Election Protection Coalition’s public hearings in Columbus solicited extensive sworn first-person testimony from 32 of Ohio voters, precinct judges, poll workers, legal observers, party challengers. An additional 66 people provided written affidavits of election irregularities. The unavoidable conclusion is that this year's election in Ohio was deeply flawed, that thousands of Ohioans were denied their right to vote, and that the ultimate vote count is very much in doubt. Most importantly, the testimony has revealed a widespread and concerted effort on the part of Republican Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell to deny primarily African-American and young voters the right to cast their ballots within a reasonable time. By depriving precincts of adequate numbers of functioning voting machines, Blackwell created waits of three to eleven hours, driving tens of thousands of likely Democratic voters away from the polls and very likely affecting the outcome of the Ohio vote count, which in turn decided the national election."

Evidence of Electoral Fraud in the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election A Reader  11/18/2004 Global Research 

Beyond Fallujah - A Year with the Iraqi Resistance by Patrick Graham  11/18/2004 Harper's 

US Election: Democracy in Question  11/18/2004 IPS: "John Zogby, president of the polling firm Zogby International, told IPS he has been calling it "the Armageddon election" for about a year. Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader believes the Republican Party was able to "steal it before election day." ...Zogby was concerned about the difference between some of the exit polls (surveys of individuals who have just cast ballots) and the official vote counts. "We're talking about the Free World here," he pointedly noted."

WAS IT HACKED?  11/18/2004 Orlando Weekly 

UC Berkeley Study Questions Florida E-Vote Count  11/18/2004 PR Newswire 

DNC Ignores Penalty for Voter Suppression Written in the Constitution  11/18/2004 ReDefeat Bush: "What McAuliffe did not call for is the remedy specified in the Constitution (14th Amendment, Article 2), which reduces a state's Congressional delegation in proportion to the number of citizens that state disenfranchised. So, for example, for each 550,000 disenfranchised citizens a state would lose a Member of Congress. A genuine remedy for election theft would be to take a Congressional seat away from NC, IN, FL, OH and the other states that failed to adequately administer their elections for president."

Leading Indicators Down for 5th Month  11/18/2004 Reuters 

Political nonsense galore; here's a reasonable analysis  11/18/2004 Rockford Register: "One thing that didn't change from the election of four years ago is that most of the states Bush carried are "taker" states -- states that get more back from the federal government in grants and services than they pay in federal taxes. The states that Kerry won are mostly "giver" states -- those that get less back from the feds than they pay in taxes. For example, Illinois, which went big for Kerry, gets 73 cents back for every dollar it sends to Washington. South Dakota, which went big for Bush, gets back $1.49 for every dollar. As economist Daniel H. Pink has observed, "Republicans seem to have become the new welfare party -- their constituents live off tax dollars paid by people who vote Democratic." "


Wednesday  11/17/2004

topTUESDAY NOV 16 2004: Volusia County on lockdown  11/17/2004 Black Box Voting: "Then, Ellen B., a voting integrity advocate from Broward County, Florida, and Susan, from Volusia, decided now would be a good time to go through the trash at the elections office. Lo and behold, they found all kinds of memos and some polling place tapes, fresh from Volusia elections office. So, Black Box Voting compared these with the Nov. 2 signed ones and the "special' ones from Nov. 15 given, unsigned, finding several of the MISSING poll tapes. There they were: In the garbage. So, Wynne went to the car and got the polling place tapes she had pulled from the warehouse garbage. My my my. There were not only discrepancies, but a polling place tape that was signed by six officials. This was a bit disturbing, since the employees there had said that bag was destined for the shredder. ...Think of this like an assets investigation in a bad divorce: One party may have things to hide, the other party (we, the voters) wants to find out the truth. If you are looking for hidden assets owned by your ex, you don't call in a computer scientist from a university. You enlist the help of private investigators, accountants, lawyers, and your plain old common sense. In fact, snoopy 50-year-old women have proved invaluable in investigating voting machines. This is not a computer problem. It is not something a reporter who spends four hours researching a story can pronounce judgment on. We have been surprised to see prominent scientists announcing "results" before the data is in. We don't know what happened on Nov. 2. We will find out."

Ohio hearings show massive GOP vote manipulation, but where the hell are the Democrats & John Kerry?  11/17/2004 Columbus Free Press, OH 

"We Must Kill the Bandits!" Lula's Troops in Haiti  11/17/2004 Counterpunch: "In an interview broadcast October 8 on Haiti's Radio Metropole, UN Commander General Augusto Heleno Ribero Pereira of Brazil showed his true colors. Discussing police raids in poor neighborhoods, he declared, "we must kill the bandits [i.e. Aristide supporters] but it will have to be the bandits only, not everybody." The general ignored the killers and thugs freed by anti-Aristide paramilitaries who broke open jails as they took over a number of towns in the winter of 2004. UN forces cooperate with these paramilitaries, many of whom helped overthrow Aristide in 1991. The Haiti Accompaniment Project cited "numerous reports that the UN military command in the North coordinates its activities with Guy Philippe, the rebel leader who is responsible for major human rights violations including assassinations in the period preceding the coup."...Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva recently commented, "Our solidarity is being tested by the Caribbean crisis in Haiti." In truth, it is the solidarity of international activists with Lula's government that is being tested. As Brazil angles for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, many progressives around the world cannot help but wonder how much complicity with brutal repression Lula will countenance in order to look "credible" to Washington."

Vote fraud investigators visit Volusia  11/17/2004 Daytona Beach News 

Why Isn't Kerry Using $50M Unspent Campaign Money to Fund Recounts?  11/17/2004 Democracy Now 

Media Cautious or Silent on Volusia County  11/17/2004 Easter Lemming Liberal News: "Perhaps after seeing what has happened to the one mass media figure reporting on the election problems there has been no pickup yet of the next posted story - Volusia election lockdown. Attacks on MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann, included calling him a "voice of paranoia" and accused him of perpetuating "idiotic conspiracy theories" for his sustained spotlight on the numerous local news reports of voting irregularities during the November 2 presidential election."

French media: Israelis aided Ivory Coast military in attacks  11/17/2004 Haaretz: "Israel mercenaries assisting the Ivory Coast army operated unmanned aircraft that aided aerial bombings of a French base in the country," claimed French television station TF1 on Wednesday morning."

Rights chief warns on attacks  11/17/2004 Herald Sun: ""There have been a number of reports during the current confrontation alleging violations of the rules of war designed to protect civilians and combatants," she said. "The High Commissioner is particularly worried over poor access by civilians still in the city to the delivery of humanitarian aid and about the lack of information regarding the number of civilians casualties," Ms Arbour added. At least 39 US and five Iraqi authority soldiers have been killed and some 278 wounded since they launched their offensive on Fallujah on November 5, according to US forces. The US military also said about 1200 insurgents have been killed in the fighting."

Video Clip: Footage Of Mujahideen Fighting US Forces In Fallujah  11/17/2004 Jihad Unspun 

Complete US Exit Poll Data Confirms Net Suspicions Full 51 State Early Exit Poll Data Released For The First Time  11/17/2004 Scoop, New Zealand 

Haiti: Police kill child in neighborhood shooting spree  11/17/2004 SF Bay View 

Haitian Asylum-Seeker Dies in Immigration Custody; Haitian Rights Coalition Calls for Full Investigation  11/17/2004 US NewsWire 

Police scoff at Ashcroft speech  11/17/2004 USA Today: "The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) said that cuts by the administration in federal aid to local police agencies have left the nation more vulnerable than ever to public safety threats. The 20,000-member group also said in a statement that new anti-terrorism duties for local cops - which have come as state and local budgets have declined and historically low crime rates have crept upward - have pushed police agencies to "the breaking point.""


Tuesday  11/16/2004

topBlack Supreme Court Judge Faces Runoff in Miss.  11/16/2004 Black America Web: "Graves, one of the nation’s few black state Supreme Court justices, had about 47.8 percent of the vote. His closet challenger, Circuit Court Judge Samac Richardson, trailed 17 points with 30.5 percent in the 22-county district that includes parts of central and northern Mississippi. Votes certified in Hinds County, Miss., on Friday show that Graves received 3,331 of the provisional votes – more than half the provisional votes accepted. Richardson got 850 votes, Bill Skinner, Hinds County Justice Court judge, garnered 1,139 and Ceola James, an attorney and former chancery court judge, received 263." [So why are they having a runnoff?]

Commentary: The Red State-Slave State Connection is all too Real  11/16/2004 Black America Web: map of election vs slave and slave tending states pre-civil war.

The Coming Currency Shock - Declining Superpower Act  11/16/2004 Counterpunch 

Document Reveals Columbus, Ohio Voters Waited Hours as Election Officials Held Back Machines  11/16/2004 Free Press: "One telling piece of evidence was entered into the record at the Saturday, November 13 public hearing on election irregularities and voter suppression held by nonpartisan voter rights organizations. Cliff Arnebeck, a Common Cause attorney, introduced into the record the Franklin County Board of Elections spreadsheet detailing the allocation of e-voting computer machines for the 2004 election. The Board of Elections’ own document records that, while voters waited in lines ranging from 2-7 hours at polling places, 68 electronic voting machines remained in storage and were never used on Election Day. The Board of Elections document details that there are 2886 “Total Machines” in Franklin County. Twenty of them are “In Vans for Breakdowns.” The County record acknowledges 2886 were available on Election Day, November 2 and that 2798 of their machines were “placed by close of polls.” The difference between the machines “available” and those “placed” is 68. The nonpartisan Election Protection Coalition provided legal advisors and observed 58 polling places in primarily African American and poor neighborhoods in Franklin County."

Texas cop helps US snipers  11/16/2004 Herald Sun: "The brainchild of Port Arthur detective and police sniper Brian Sain, Adopt a Sniper (www.adoptasniper.org) has raised thousands of dollars in cash and gear to supplement the kit of sharp shooters in up to 75 US combat platoons."

Shocking reality of street warfare in Iraq  11/16/2004 Herald Sun, Australia 

At least 800 civilians have been killed during the U.S. military siege of Fallujah, a Red Cross official estimates.  11/16/2004 IPS 

IRAQ: 800 Civilians Feared Dead in Fallujah  11/16/2004 IPS: "Speaking on conditi on of anonymity for fear of U.S. military reprisal, a high-ranking official with the Red Cross in Baghdad told IPS that ”at least 800 civilians” have been killed in Fallujah so far. His estimate is based on reports from Red Crescent aid workers stationed around the embattled city, from residents within the city and from refugees, he said. ”Several of our Red Cross workers have just returned from Fallujah since the Americans won't let them into the city,” he said. ”And they said the people they are tending to in the refugee camps set up in the desert outside the city are telling horrible stories of suffering and death inside Fallujah.” "

U.S. probes shooting at Fallujah mosque - Video shows Marine killing wounded Iraqi  11/16/2004 NBC: the video.

Three More Indiana Counties Report E-Vote Errors  11/16/2004 Palladium Item 

Lawsuit questions 'discovery' of 78,000 absentee votes in Broward  11/16/2004 Sun Sentinel, FL 


Monday  11/15/2004

topIraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 15 November 2004  11/15/2004 albasrah.net 

CIA whistleblower sees 'long war'  11/15/2004 BBC: "Al-Qaeda's antagonism to the US was based on "a specific set of US policies that have been in gear for 30 years and have not been reviewed, have not been debated, have not been questioned", he said. Instead, both contenders in the recent US presidential election had told voters that al-Qaeda was opposed to American values on women's rights or the sale of alcohol, warnings that sidestepped many major issues. Al-Qaeda's hostility stemmed from US government's "unqualified support for Israel" and desire "to manipulate the price of oil" in favour of Western consumers, he said. Al-Qaeda also views US-supported Arab regimes like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan as "Muslim tyrannies". Confronting big issues In his view, "there should be a debate over support for Israel", alternative energy and how the US manages its relationship with the Muslim world."

Blacks and Election 2004: What Happened and What's Next?  11/15/2004 Black News: "While a record number of Blacks voted in this election, lack of resources among the grassroots groups that traditionally mobilize Black voters severely hindered get out the vote efforts, Dr. Ronald Walters, director, African American Leadership Institute, University of Maryland told the group. "Going forward, we must have a well defined agenda addressing Black issues, and we must start now to raise the money to fund our own politics," he said. "With adequate resources, we could have done even more," said Pat Ford, co-chair, Unity '04. "We maximized our efforts by sharing resources, from UniverSoul Circus, to BET and the Tom Joyner Morning Show, and registered, protected and mobilized millions of voters." "

Petition: Peacefully Protest Crimes Against Democracy  11/15/2004 Petition Online 

Recount in Ohio a Sure Thing  11/15/2004 Truth Out 

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