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    World News
6/23/03 - 6/29/03

Sunday  6/29/03

U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Passes 200  6/29/03 AP 

Scandal lurks in shadow of Iraq evidence  6/29/03 Denver Post 

Israel cuts off ties with BBC  6/29/03 Haaretz, Israel 

Paras storm town where mob killed British soldiers  6/29/03 Telegraph, UK 


Saturday  6/28/03

topTwo Missing U.S. Soldiers Found Dead North of Baghdad  6/28/03 Fox 

U.S. soldier dies in Baghdad attack  6/28/03 Guardian, UK 

Close Encounters Of The Cutting Kind  6/28/03 Islam Online: "A Palestinian detainee in the notorious Israeli Naqab prison, one of many others, told IslamOnline.net Monday, June 23, by a cellular phone smuggled to his cell about his distress of undergoing a two-hour medical operation by an Israeli surgeon to remove his appendix without being anesthetized."

American Convoy Attacked In Spin Boldak, 2 Tanks Destroyed, 6 Soldiers Killed  6/28/03 Jihad Unspun 

Justice Execution-Style  6/28/03 Jihad Unspun: "The weapons searches that had British soldiers storming houses in the middle of the night, handcuffing woman and children, mockingly held up a woman's underwear and male soldiers frisking females are considered more than minor offenses to the local Muslim population. Allegations of the use of sniffer dogs further added to the hostility."

Mossad: Masterminds of Global Terrorism?  6/28/03 Jihad Unspun 

Bush declares African prosperity a priority  6/28/03 Sydney Morning Herald 

Desert sheikhs feast on hate for detested American 'invaders'  6/28/03 Telegraph, UK 

Occupation Forces Halt Elections Throughout Iraq  6/28/03 Washington Post: "U.S. military commanders have ordered a halt to local elections and self-rule in provincial cities and towns across Iraq, choosing instead to install their own handpicked mayors and administrators, many of whom are former Iraqi military leaders. The decision to deny Iraqis a direct role in selecting municipal governments is creating anger and resentment among aspiring leaders and ordinary citizens, who say the U.S.-led occupation forces are not making good on their promise to bring greater freedom and democracy to a country dominated for three decades by Saddam Hussein."


Friday  6/27/03

topSecurity Council extends U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo while diplomats debate proposal to strengthen the force  6/27/03 AP 

British troops agree to suspend arms searches  6/27/03 Independent, UK 

Report on the 2003 MoveOn.org PAC Primary  6/27/03 Move On 

U.S. Soldier Shot Shopping in Baghdad-Witnesses  6/27/03 Reuters 

British Trust in Iraqi Militia Proved a Fatal Miscalculation  6/27/03 Washington Post 


Thursday  6/26/03

topColombian security forces suffer substantial casualties  6/26/03 ANNCOL 

4 Dead, 2 Abducted in Iraq Ambushes  6/26/03 AP 

US soldier dies in ambush rescue  6/26/03 BBC: "A US marine has died and two others were hurt when they rushed to the scene of an ambush on the outskirts of Baghdad. The marines' light armoured vehicle rolled over on the soft shoulder of the road, according to US Central Command." - but this is NOT a combat death!

New Iraq group claims attacking US troops  6/26/03 Hindustan Times: "In a news broadcast early on Thursday, the Al-Jazeera announcer read from a statement by a previously unheard of group calling itself the Mujahedeen of the Victorious Sect. The group warned Iraqis away from "places where the American forces are deployed" and promised more "painful attacks against the occupation forces in the near future." The station also aired a video it said it received from the group, showing parts of a Baghdad neighborhood and what the announcer said was an attack by the group against American military vehicles. The announcer said a wing of the group called the Martyr Khattab Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack shown in the video. The group's statement did not say when the operation took place or whether there were any casualties."

W.House Dismisses State Dept. Iraqi Trailer Review  6/26/03 Reuters 

US offers payment for overthrow of Mugabe  6/26/03 Sydney Morning Herald 


Wednesday  6/25/03

topHugo Chavez Is Crazy!  6/25/03 Alternet: By Greg Palast - "Look at the Chronicle/AP photo of the anti-Chavez marchers in Venezuela. Note their color. White. And not just any white. A creamy rich white. I interviewed them and recorded in this order: a banker in high heels and push-up bra; an oil industry executive (same outfit); and a plantation owner who rode to Caracas in a silver Jaguar. And the color of the pro-Chavez marchers? Dark brown. Brown and round as cola nuts – just like their hero, their President Chavez. They wore an unvarying uniform of jeans and T-shirts."

Two Huge US Intelligence Centers Go up in Iraq  6/25/03 Debka, Israel 

Violence spreads south as forces of the rump regime get ever bolder  6/25/03 Guardian, UK 

Six Islamic Jihad Members Killed In YemenSix Islamic Jihad Members Killed In Yemen  6/25/03 Hi Pakistan 

Embedded Reporter's Role In Army Unit's Actions Questioned by Military  6/25/03 Washington Post 

Townspeople Chased, Killed U.K. Troops  6/25/03 Washington Post: "Townspeople furious over civilian deaths during a demonstration in this southern Iraqi town chased down and killed six British military police, local police said Wednesday. Abbas Faddhel, an Iraqi policeman in the town, said the British troops shot and killed four civilian demonstrators on Tuesday. Armed civilians then killed two of the British soldiers at the scene of the demonstration - in front of the mayor's office - and then chased four other British soldiers to a police station, killing them after a two-hour gunbattle, Faddhel said."


Tuesday  6/24/03

topGreenpeace Says "Frightening" Radioactivity in Iraqi Villages  6/24/03 AFP 

Political fallout over Iraq rattling US  6/24/03 Financial Times 

US confirms Syrian shootout  6/24/03 Ireland On-line 

Taliban Strike Again, 24 Dead In Fresh Attackv  6/24/03 Jihad Unspun 

Lawyers Demand Access to Malawi Al Qaeda Suspects  6/24/03 Reuters 

Belgium restricts war crimes law  6/24/03 Telegraphy. UK 

No Senior Iraqis Killed in Convoy Attack  6/24/03 Washington Post: "Myers said U.S. forces attacked the convoy in two parts - on a highway and in an unspecified compound. "I'm confident we had very good intelligence" about the convoy, he said. Rumsfeld would not discuss that intelligence. "There were reasons, good reasons to believe that the vehicles that were violating the curfew that existed in that area were doing it for reasons other than normal commerce," he said without elaborating." - in other words, Rummy assassinated a group of smugglers.

Poll: Majority Backs Use of Force in Iran  6/24/03 Washington Post: "President Bush last week said the rest of the world should join the United States in declaring that it "will not tolerate" nuclear weapons in Iran -- a vow that most Americans appear willing to back with force. By 56 percent to 38 percent, the public endorsed the use of the military to block Iran from developing nuclear arms… Two in three -- 67 percent -- of those interviewed said they approve of the way Bush is dealing with Iraq. That's still a strong majority but down from 75 percent in late April, at the end of the conflict. Nearly as many -- 64 percent -- said the benefits of the war outweighed its cost, a drop from 70 percent in the late April survey. Seven in 10 said they were concerned that the United States would become involved in a long and costly peacekeeping mission in Iraq, a figure unchanged in recent months. The survey also suggests that the fog of war extended far beyond the Iraq battlefield. About one in four Americans incorrectly believes Iraq used chemical or biological weapons against U.S. forces during the conflict. Slightly more than six in 10 said Iraq had not, while the remainder weren't sure."


Monday  6/23/03

topAfghan prisoner dies in US custody  6/23/03 AFP 

THE NEW THOUGHT POLICE The campaign to criminalize criticism of Israel  6/23/03 Antiwar 

Soldier Says Iraqi Children Turned Away  6/23/03 AP: "Borell immediately called for assistance. But the two Army doctors who arrived about an hour later refused to help the children because their injuries were not life-threatening and had not been inflicted by U.S. troops. Now the two girls and a boy are covered with scabs and the boy cannot use his right leg. And Borell is shattered."

Oil pipeline sabotaged in Iraq  6/23/03 Herald Sun, Australia: "THE killing of a US soldier and the sabotage of another oil pipeline in Iraq are new setbacks to efforts to rebuild the country's economy being promoted at an international forum in neighbouring Jordan."

Daylight Attack On Khost Airport, Heavy Casualties Reported  6/23/03 Jihad Unspun 

More Fighting Between Taliban and Afghan Forces  6/23/03 Jihad Unspun 

Bush faces new intelligence row over war claims  6/23/03 Sydney Morning Herald 

"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

http://www.weatherhub.com/

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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