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    World News
6/30/03 - 7/6/03

Sunday  7/6/03

topShot US soldier dies in Iraq  7/6/03 BBC 

Confess or die, US tells jailed Britons  7/6/03 Guradian 

READY TO EXPLODE - HOPE FOR FUTURE FADES IN IRAQ  7/6/03 Mirror, UK: "Speaking outside one of Saddam Hussein's old palaces just 50 yards from the British HQ in Basra, he said: "Our patience has run out. We've no money to feed ourselves, we haven't been paid for six months and we're fed up with broken promises. "We've told the British today that if we're not paid by Friday, we'll arm ourselves with guns again and start killing every foreigner we see in Iraq." "


Saturday  7/5/03

topForce down rogue state jets, say US, Australia  7/5/03 Sydney Morning Herald: "Australian and United States officials meeting in Brisbane next week will discuss an aggressive military operation to force down aircraft and board ships suspected of carrying prohibited weapons from North Korea, Iran, Syria and Libya."

Iraqi attacks on U.S. units hit new level  7/5/03 Washington Post: "As many as 50 resistance fighters ambushed a U.S. military patrol early Friday morning, while another band of Iraqis wounded at least 17 soldiers in a mortar strike on an American base near here, in bold attacks that demonstrated new organizational and weapons capabilities, soldiers and military officials said."


Friday  7/4/03

topWebsite turns tables on government officials  7/4/03 Boston Globe: "Annoyed by the prospect of a massive new federal surveillance system, two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are celebrating the Fourth of July with a new Internet service that will let citizens create dossiers on government officials." -- see http://opengov.media.mit.edu/

New US casualties in Iraq  7/4/03 Deutsche Welle: "The US military and witnesses say that one US soldier was killed and at least 10 were wounded in two attacks in central Iraq on Thursday night, while two others were hurt in an explosion on Friday. In Thursday's attacks, a sniper reportedly shot dead one American soldier in Baghdad, while 10 were said to have been wounded in an attack near the town of Balad, north of the capital."

Iraqis celebrate rocket attack on troops  7/4/03 Telegraph, UK: "Jubilant Iraqis danced on the twisted wreckage of a US armoured car in central Baghdad yesterday after a rocket-propelled grenade attack left three soldiers wounded. The hit-and-run raid, mounted in broad daylight, was the most audacious of three attacks on American forces that injured a total of 10 soldiers. One Iraqi man was killed when US troops returned fire. Gen Ricardo Sanchez, commander of coalition forces in Iraq, said that the number of shooting incidents was running at 13 a day."


Thursday  7/3/03

topArrest of Shiite leader by US forces sparks protests  7/3/03 AFP: "Some 3,000 Baquba residents protested Thursday at the headquarters of the prefecture in the town, occupied by the Americans, to demand Madani's release. According to witnesses, a small bomb exploded during the protest, killing one of the demonstrators. US forces then opened fire in the their direction, wounding four."

Middle East Mistrust and misconceptions  7/3/03 Asia Times 

Fear of a Black Street Army  7/3/03 Black Commentator: ""The Iraqis are sick people and we are the chemotherapy," said Corporal Ryan Dupre, in the midst of a firefight. "I am starting to hate this country. Wait till I get hold of a friggin' Iraqi. No, I won't get hold of one. I'll just kill him." Cpl. Dupre, in Iraq for a little over one week, is predisposed to race hatred, an essential quality for an effective American foreign legion… Forty-two percent of the U.S. military enlisted from southern states in 2000, up from 31 percent in 1980. Dixie’s military dominance dwarfs all other regions – the Northeast accounts for just 14 percent of recruits, the West, 23 percent, and the Midwest, 20 percent… The Pentagon and the corporate War Party worked tirelessly to cultivate the current U.S. military demography, to suit the purposes to which it is presently deployed in Iraq, and for future aggressions and occupations throughout the non-white world. The volunteer force is the product of three decades of social engineering, designed to prevent a return of the Pentagon’s worst nightmare: a “critical mass” of Black soldiers in the combat arms, as occurred in Vietnam… Young Black draftees and volunteers flocked to elite outfits, comprising near or absolute majorities in “line” units of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and the 173rd Airborne Brigade (all now heavily white and Hispanic, and deployed in Iraq and/or Afghanistan.) … The MP’s give credence to a “fragging” study by historian Terry Anderson of Texas A & M University: "The US Army itself does not know exactly how many…officers were murdered. But they know at least 600 were murdered, and then they have another 1400 that died mysteriously. Consequently by early 1970, the army [was] at war not with the enemy but with itself." The internal “war” was overwhelming racial in character."

Enemies of the State  7/3/03 Color Lines 

Iraqi mine explosion kills Marine  7/3/03 News, Australia 


Wednesday  7/2/03

topColombia declares war on its own Black citizens  7/2/03 SF Bay View: "The Colombian government has declared war on its own citizens of African descent by labeling the activists among them as guerillas or terrorists. Repeated massacres, the latest during a June 14 invasion on the Anchicaya River, where paramilitaries assassinated five and wounded many more, have targeted African Colombian community organizers exercising their constitutional right to own and control their own resource-rich territories, defending them against developers determined to cut down their forests, extract their oil and uranium and steal their land for the construction of ports, highways and hydroelectric projects. Last week, June 21-27, 11 delegates from Afro-America XXI, an alliance of organizations representing the 253 million people of African descent in 43 countries of the Western Hemisphere, visited Washington, D.C., to report on crises in Colombia and several other countries and demand support. They came armed with the powerful though little known fact that African descendants comprise 30 percent of the 822 million people who live in those 43 countries."


Tuesday  7/1/03

topIraq cleric condemns US plans  7/1/03 BBC 

Iraqis begin warming to US presence  7/1/03 CSM 


Monday  6/30/03

topAmnesty: U.S. violates international law in Iraqi detention camps  6/30/03 Al Bawaba 

Kabul back as terror hot spot  6/30/03 Pakistan Tribune: "A spate of attacks and an increase in intercepted electronic 'chatter' indicate that the Al-Qaeda network could be re-establishing its foothold there. Intelligence officials said this communication buzz and tapes reportedly released by Mullah Mohammed Omar, former leader of the Taleban, suggest that Osama bin Laden has renewed his partnership with it. The Taleban have been regrouping in the far-flung areas of the country."

This Is What A Guerilla War Looks Like  6/30/03 Znet: "In addition, utility managers in Baghdad have come under attack. On June 24, the head of a power station that covers all of western Baghdad was assassinated in her home, and the Baghdad director of electrical rehabilitation was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade while traveling in a guarded convoy to meet with Western journalists to discuss electricity problems in the city. Such well-coordinated, knowledgeable attacks don't happen by accident. They point to an organized guerrilla movement -- in spite of what Pentagon officials say. And despite coordinated sweeps by U.S. troops through towns and villages in the "Sunni Belt" west and north of Baghdad, daily attacks against U.S. soldiers continue to mount, with 25 separate ambushes and attacks reported in one day alone last week."

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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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