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    World News
7/14/03 - 7/20/03

Sunday  7/20/03

topSaddam Said Alive but Not Behind Attacks  7/20/03 AP 

US accused of 'very severe' HR abuses in Iraq: AI condemns denial of access to prisoners  7/20/03 Dawn, Pakistan: "Amnesty International accused US troops on Sunday of "very severe" human rights abuses in Iraq and complained that it had been denied access to thousands of prisoners held without charge in "appalling" conditions. Amnesty spokeswoman Judit Arenas Licea said some Iraqis had been forced to stand under the blistering sun for up to 48 hours in US-run detention centres that lack proper sanitation and that relatives had no information on their plight. One detainee was shot dead by US troops during a prison riot last month, she told Reuters in an interview in Baghdad. "We are disappointed that human rights were used as an excuse to go to war in Iraq and now the human rights of Iraqis are being violated," she said, condemning conditions at among other sites Saddam Hussein's once notorious Abu Ghraib prison."

Does Washington Intend to Establish a US Colony in Iraq?  7/20/03 Peter Dale Scott: published 7/8/03, remains topical.

The war that just won't end: the hunt goes on in Afghanistan  7/20/03 Sunday Herald, UK 

Envoy pours scorn on Niger intelligence  7/20/03 Telegraph, UK 


Saturday  7/19/03

topU.S. Soldier Killed as Wolfowitz Tours Iraq  7/19/03 AP 

Kelly warned of 'dark actors'  7/19/03 IC, UK 

Eight Afghan soldiers die in mine blast  7/19/03 The News, Pakistan 

The House That Roared In Ways and Means Brawl, Names, Police and Sergeant at Arms Are Called  7/19/03 Washington Post 


Friday  7/18/03

topWar of words on House floor  7/18/03 Austin American Statesman: "Outraged Democrats, believing that Committee Chairman Bill Thomas, R-Calif., had threatened to have them arrested, at one point turned for guidance to committee member John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who was arrested many times in the civil rights protests of the early 1960s. "In another period, people would use the threat of arrest, accuse people of being disorderly, and that's what Chairman Thomas did," Lewis told his colleagues. "You haven't violated any laws, any rules. Just hold your heads high and keep the faith." "

Death of public servant stuns UK's establishment  7/18/03 Financial Times: "In the secretive yet gentlemanly world of the British civil service, Mr Kelly's name at first "emerged" as the defence official who may have been the BBC source. Then, 10 days ago, Mr Kelly admitted publicly to meeting Mr Gilligan to discuss the dossier. On Tuesday, in the full glare of the media, the quiet, bespectacled Mr Kelly was brought before the same committee of MPs that had grilled Mr Gilligan and Mr Campbell. One MP warned him he was in "the High Court of Parliament" as the barely audible Mr Kelly said he believed he was not the main source."

Bush Job Performance Slips to 53% Positive, 46% Negative; More Voters (47%) Say It's Time for Someone New Than Say He Deserves Re-election; Two-in-Three Say it Makes No Difference if WMDs Are Never Found, According to Newest Zogby America Poll  7/18/03 Zogby: "President George W. Bush's job performance rating has slipped to 53% positive, his lowest since the terrorist attacks in 2001, according to a poll of 1,004 likely U.S. voters by Zogby International. His negative rating reached 46%, just under his pre-9/11 unfavorable of 49%"


Thursday  7/17/03

topPalast the Iconoclast  7/17/03 Alternet: "Palast interviews retired Lt. Colonel Bill Burkett of the Texas Air National Guard (TANG), who states on camera that shortly after George W. became Texas' governor in the 1990s, he witnessed a speakerphone call from the Texas governor's office to TANG, and overheard the caller tell Guard officers to "clean [Bush's] records from his files." Palast says that after the call, Burkett "asked the officers if they'd carried out the questionable orders, and they said 'absolutely.' They pointed, and Burkett saw in the [shredding designated] trashcan George W. Bush's ... pay [and retirement points] records." "

Funeral Points to Islamist Resistance in Iraq  7/17/03 Reuters 


Wednesday  7/16/03

topNavy Captain, Other Officials Call for Probe of Israel’s Attack on USS Liberty  7/16/03 Arab News: "Nearly every former senior government and military official who has examined Israel’s 1967 attack on the USS Liberty agrees it was deliberate. Now, thanks to the publication of Judge A. Jay Cristol’s book “The Liberty Incident: The 1967 Attack on a US Navy Spy Ship”, they are going public. Cristol’s book tour included a December 2002 presentation at the Naval Historical Center in Washington, DC, where he touted his version of the attack which, based primarily on Israeli sources, he says was unintentional… Boston also watched the bodies of the dead carried out of the hold and saw boys throw up as they retrieved body parts and mopped up after the shelling and torpedo attack. He recalled seeing the shot-up US flags that had clearly marked the ship as an American vessel. Boston flatly dismisses the claims of Cristol and Israel that Israeli fighter pilots mistook the electronically advanced spy ship, complete with an 18-foot-wide satellite dish, a microwave dish, and antennae, for the El Quseir, a 1920s-era Egyptian horse transport ship… “Adm. Kidd called me two hours after an interview with Cristol,” Boston related, “and said, ‘I think Cristol’s an Israeli agent.’” "

Offshore Company Captures Online Military Vote  7/16/03 EcoTalk: "Last year, while President Bush marshaled U.S. forces for the invasion of Iraq, the patriots at the Department of Defense awarded the contract for a new online voting system for the military... to an offshore company. It gets worse. Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment (SERVE) is the system and Accenture (formerly Anderson Consulting of Enron bankruptcy fame) is the company. And although Accenture has not been officially implicated in the Enron scandal, they have created a reputation of their own that is already raising eyebrows."


Tuesday  7/15/03

topConflict on Iraq-Syria Border Feeds Rage Against the U.S.  7/15/03 NYT 


Monday  7/14/03

topTraining Colombia's Killers in the US - Plan Colombia: Three Years Later  7/14/03 Counterpunch 

14 Afghan and US soldiers killed in two attacks  7/14/03 Daily Times 

Bush aides try to quell a political firestorm  7/14/03 IHT 

Killing of American soldier mars first governing council meeting  7/14/03 Independent, UK: "Shortly afterwards, a group claiming to be an al-Qa'ida wing said in an audio tape aired on an Arab television station that it, and not the followers of Saddam Hussein, were behind attacks on US forces in Iraq. An unidentified voice on the tape said: "I swear by God no one from his [Saddam Hussein] followers carried out any jihad operations like he claims ... they [the attacks] are a result of our brothers in jihad." The tape also warned of an imminent attack on the US, which would "divide the back of America completely"."

In Rebuff to U.S., India Says It Won't Send Troops to Iraq  7/14/03 NYT: "In a sharp blow to America's postwar plans, India refused today to send peacekeeping troops to Iraq. The Bush administration had hoped that India would send a full army division of 17,000 or more soldiers to serve in the Kurdish region around Mosul, and it had exerted considerable pressure on the government of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to do so."

"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

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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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