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Sunday  8/3/03

US anti-war activists hit by secret airport ban  8/3/03 Independent, UK: "After more than a year of complaints by some US anti-war activists that they were being unfairly targeted by airport security, Washington has admitted the existence of a list, possibly hundreds or even thousands of names long, of people it deems worthy of special scrutiny at airports. The list had been kept secret until its disclosure last week by the new US agency in charge of aviation safety, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). And it is entirely separate from the relatively well-publicised "no-fly" list, which covers about 1,000 people believed to have criminal or terrorist ties that could endanger the safety of their fellow passengers. The strong suspicion of such groups as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which is suing the government to try to learn more, is that the second list has been used to target political activists who challenge the government in entirely legal ways. The TSA acknowledged the existence of the list in response to a Freedom of Information Act request concerning two anti-war activists from San Francisco who were stopped and briefly detained at the airport last autumn and told they were on an FBI no-fly list."


Saturday  8/2/03

topAmericans Killed Near Baghdad  8/2/03 NYT: "A homemade bomb exploded under a convoy this morning, killing two American soldiers and their interpreter, and a grenade attack Friday night left another American dead, military officials said today."


Friday  8/1/03

topElectrodes on chest 'unusual'  8/1/03 Guardian: "Heart experts today said it was "unusual" for someone to wear electrode pads while walking following revelations that government scientist David Kelly had four of the special monitors on his chest when his body was found in an Oxfordshire wood. Dr Kelly - the BBC's source for a report claiming the government altered the contents of a dossier about Iraq - had probably been wearing a 24-hour electro-cardiogram recorder, also known as a Holter monitor, medical experts said."

Car Bomb in Colombian Village Injures 17  8/1/03 NYT 

Does "Anti-War" Have to be "Anti-Racist" Too?  8/1/03 Race Wire: requires free login: "As a speaker at a San Francisco anti-war rally last fall, I tried to emphasize the importance of seeing the threatened war on Iraq in terms of this country's racism here and around the world. In that spirit, I ended my comments with a chant by some activists marching to the rally: "One, two, three, four/We don't want your racist war!" Few people in that mostly white crowd of some 15,000 chanted with me or clapped. I shouldn't have been surprised. I had come up against an old problem: blinders on much of the U.S. peace/anti-war movement, which still sees racism as a separate, secondary issue and usually does not realize that any U.S. anti-war movement must be anti-racist."


Thursday  7/31/03

topCheney's 'Irresponsible' Speech  7/31/03 Alternet 

The Debate on Zimbabwe will not be Throttled  7/31/03 Black Commentator 

DU Resources  7/31/03 Four Reasons 

Failed 'Plan' in Colombia  7/31/03 The Nation 


Wednesday  7/30/03

topThe Theft of Your Vote Is Just a Chip Away  7/30/03 Alternet: "A new computer chip was flown to Snyder [Texas] from Dallas," County Clerk Lindsey told the Associated Press. With the new chip installed, the computer then verified that the Democrat had won the election. In another Texas anomaly, Republican state Senator Jeff Wentworth won his race with exactly 18,181 votes, Republican Carter Casteel won her state House seat with exactly 18,181 votes, and conservative Judge Danny Scheel won his seat with exactly 18,181 votes – all in Comal County. Apparently, however, no poll workers in Comal County thought to ask for a new chip."

Voting and Democracy: The Challenges Ahead  7/30/03 Alternet 

Foreign visits to US drop sharply  7/30/03 CS Monitor: "With visa scrutiny to be stepped up Friday, some foresee a still bigger falloff in students, researchers, au pairs, and others."

"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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