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    World News
9/29/03 - 10/12/03

Sunday  10/12/03

Israel Adds Fuel to Nuclear Dispute  10/12/03 LA Times: "Israel has modified American-supplied cruise missiles to carry nuclear warheads on submarines, giving the Middle East's only nuclear power the ability to launch atomic weapons from land, air and beneath the sea, according to senior Bush administration and Israeli officials."

Saturday  10/11/03

A Lawless Cowboy Rattles His Sabre - Cuba and the "Necessary Viciousness" of the Bushites  10/11/03 Counterpunch: "Last year Josh Bolton, US Under Secretary of State, gave a speech before the rabid rightwing Heritage Foundation entitled "Beyond the Axis of Evil." In the speech, Bolton designated Cuba, Libya and Syria as "rogue states," in other words states facing possible military action. Bolton went so far as to say "Cuba's threat to our security has often been underplayed," stopping an inch short of claiming Castro plans to attack Florida with biological weapons. It was the other way around, though. Back in 1961 and 1962, the CIA used biological weapons on Cuba's agricultural workers. A decade later, the CIA introduced swine fever into the island, precipitating an epidemic which culminated in the death of 500,000 pigs."

Friday  10/10/03

top(Fotos) Policía Metropolitana continuaba armada hasta los dientes a pesar de "intervención". Militares se retiraron anoche de sedes de la PM  10/10/03 Aporrea 

US told to avoid main Shia area in Baghdad  10/10/03 Financial Times: "A powerful Shia Muslim movement warned US troops on Friday not to enter Baghdad's largest Shia neighbourhood after a gun battle there on Thursday night killed two US soldiers and two Iraqis."

Bugging Ups Tensions Between Blacks, FBI  10/10/03 Guardian 

Leak of CIA officers leaves trail of damage  10/10/03 Knight Ridder 

Putin: Why Not Price Oil in Euros?  10/10/03 Moscow Times: "President Vladimir Putin said Thursday Russia could switch its trade in oil from dollars to euros, a move that could have far-reaching repercussions for the global balance of power -- potentially hurting the U.S. dollar and economy and providing a massive boost to the euro zone. "We do not rule out that it is possible. That would be interesting for our European partners," Putin said at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in the Urals town of Yekaterinburg, where the two leaders conducted two-day talks."

Narco News to Suspend Publishing Indefinitely on October 18  10/10/03 NarcoNews: "A related factor - and I say this with August 17th assassination of my friend Carlos Sánchez López still an open wound - is that to resume doing this kind of work as independent Authentic Journalists, we would first need to construct a better safety net for all of our reporters."

Bush - Nazi Link Confirmed  10/10/03 New Hampshire Gazette: "The documents also show that Bush and his colleagues, according to reports from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and FBI, tried to conceal their financial alliance with German industrialist Fritz Thyssen, a steel and coal baron who, beginning in the mid-1920s, personally funded Adolf Hitler's rise to power by the subversion of democratic principle and German law. Furthermore, the declassified records demonstrate that Bush and his associates, who included E. Roland Harriman, younger brother of American icon W. Averell Harriman, and George Herbert Walker, President Bush's maternal great-grandfather, continued their dealings with the German industrial baron for nearly eight months after the U.S. entered the war."

European heatwave caused 35,000 deaths  10/10/03 New Scientist: "The Earth Policy Institute (EPI), based in Washington DC, warns that such deaths are likely to increase, as "even more extreme weather events lie ahead"."

Thursday  10/9/03

topJason Burke, Author of "Al-Qaeda: Casting a Shadow of Terror  10/9/03 Buzzflash: "Bin Laden was acting as a clearinghouse, rather like a venture capitalist. People came to him with projects. If he felt they were worthwhile, he would invest in them. Some projects he originated himself. My argument is this: Given that both the volunteers looking for jihad training and those looking for help with specific attacks were making their way to Afghanistan for profoundly felt motivations, the fact that those facilities have now disappeared does not mean that the motivations have also disappeared."

German Sources Say Russia Might Price Its Oil in Euros  10/9/03 Moscow Times 

FBI Steps Up Probe  10/9/03 Philadelphia Inquirer: "In several searches across the city, federal agents rushed to preserve possible evidence the day after Philadelphia police found a listening device that the FBI had planted in the ceiling of Street's City Hall office."

Wednesday  10/8/03

topWhite supremacists make death threats against imprisoned webmaster  10/8/03 SF Bay View: "The young man who authored the website with the bomb-making instructions has not been charged with anything, but Sherman is now in federal prison. The other young man is white and the son of wealthy Orange County Republicans; Sherman is African American and the son of a single mother with no property… The key element in the case against Sherman hinged on the question of “intent,” and because Sherman’s site espouses anarchism and is critical of U.S. government policy, police brutality, globalization and racism, the prosecution and judge maintained that his politics provided grounds for intent. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is not only defending this application of the law she sponsored, but she is encouraging prosecutors to use it more aggressively. This law has not been used against the white supremacist and anti-choice groups that host websites with more explicit information on how to build bombs and carry out acts of violence. Sherman, someone with no history of violence and who did NOT author the website with the illegal information, is the first person to be prosecuted under this law."

Is the US plotting to murder Venezuela’s president?  10/8/03 World Socialist: "Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez cancelled a planned trip last month to the United Nations General Assembly’s opening debate, explaining that he did so because of a potential threat on his life. His government’s intelligence agencies had reportedly warned of a plot backed by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to sabotage his plane in flight from Caracas to New York City. He and others had also raised concerns about Venezuelan anti-government terrorists conducting military training on US soil. The US media has barely reported the Venezuelan president’s security concerns; and when it has, it generally attempts to portray the charges as an indication that Chavez is unstable or suffering from paranoia."

Tuesday  10/7/03

topSchwarzenegger aims to repair Calif. power market  10/7/03 Reuters: some repair!

Bitter Iraqi vents anger by killing U.S. troops Out-of-work father protests occupation  10/7/03 SF Chronicle 

Monday  10/6/03

topBush asserts Israel's right to defense  10/6/03 AP 

Fourth Reich? The Bush-Rove-Schwarzenegger Nazi Nexus  10/6/03 Counterpunch: "George W. Bush's grandfather helped finance the Nazi Party. Karl Rove's grandfather allegedly helped run the Nazi Party, and helped build the Birkenau Death Camp. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Austrian father volunteered for the infamous Nazi SA and became a ranking officer. Together, they have destabilized California and are on the brink of bringing it a new Reich. With the Schwarzenegger candidacy they have laid siege to America's largest state, lining it up for the 2004 election."

Time to Recall E-Vote Machines?  10/6/03 Wired: "The Maryland study emphasizes page after page how essential physical security is to these machines. And yet people here are saying they're not worrying about it. We don't know everything there is to know about these machines and there are probably attacks to these machines that people haven't even thought of yet. It's very clear that there are serious problems here."

Saturday  10/4/03

topLetting Colombia's criminals off easy  10/4/03 Daily Camera, CO 

Leak of Agent's Name Causes Exposure of CIA Front Firm  10/4/03 Washington Post: "The company's identity, Brewster-Jennings & Associates, became public because it appeared in Federal Election Commission records on a form filled out in 1999 by Valerie Plame, the case officer at the center of the controversy, when she contributed $1,000 to Al Gore's presidential primary campaign."

Friday  10/3/03

topArnold Unplugged - It's hasta la vista to $9 billion if the Governator is selected  10/3/03 Greg Palast: "The wannabe governor has yet to deny that on May 17, 2001, at the Peninsula Hotel in Los Angeles, he had consensual political intercourse with Enron chieftain Kenneth Lay. Also frolicking with Arnold and Ken was convicted stock swindler Mike Milken."

U.S. Aid Worsens Poverty, Oppression  10/3/03 Khilafah: "Later, four of us kept a rendezvous in Washington to bring Colombians' messages straight to the policy makers. In offices on Capitol Hill, the staff was courteous, but across town in Foggy Bottom, we met with a tightly knit foreign-service community at the State Department. When I tried to speak of Medellin and the attack on community leaders in Commune 3, the representative from the Office of the Displaced and Refugees, said sharply, 'Well, you know they were all FARC, don't you?' "

Interpol chief concerned about abuses in war on terror  10/3/03 The News, Pakistan: "The black American who heads Interpol said on Thursday he was concerned about the over-zealous use of anti-terrorism laws and that he had himself been singled out because of his looks. Ronald K. Noble, secretary general of the 181-nation police organisation, told Reuters in an exclusive interview that people subjected to abuse often had no chance of redress from anonymous officials. "I know that I’ve been searched because I look like a person who could be Arabic, if I’m travelling from an Arab country, or I could be a drug-trafficker if I’m coming from a drug-trafficking country," Noble, 47, said. He acknowledged: "There has been an overuse of terrorism laws to the disadvantage of ordinary citizens and travellers"."

4,000 U.S. non-combat evacuations in Iraq  10/3/03 UPI 

Thursday  10/2/03

top1930s Movement Planted Seeds for Civil Rights by Bill Fletcher Jr  10/2/03 Black Commentator 

Dennis Kucinich & Al Sharpton  10/2/03 Black Commentator: "The character of much of what passes for debate in the United States signals that the nation has become the moral equivalent of Tobacco Road, a backwater of civilization."

John Kerry: Fence Sitting on the War and Race  10/2/03 Black Commentator: "Kerry may be concerned that he could suffer the same fate – that is, to win or place second in the Northeast primaries and then come South and fall flat on his face. So, he is trying to make nice in South Carolina, hoping that he can build a beachhead to other areas in the South. All of this says that the Black vote, especially in South Carolina, is key. It constituted 25 percent of the entire electorate in 2002 and in a Democratic primary, probably constitutes up to 50 percent of the vote. So why would you suppose that Kerry's speech would include just one line about civil rights and his prepared text didn't even mention African-Americans. He extemporaneously offered that discrimination should be ended with respect to African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Native Americans."

Latin Rebels Down Plane  10/2/03 NYT: "BOGOTÁ, Colombia, Oct. 2 — National Liberation Army rebels took responsibility on Thursday for downing an American plane that was dusting clandestine coca plantations with herbicide. The plane crashed on Sept. 21, killing the Costa Rican pilot, Mario Álvarado. A State Department official in Washington acknowledged that the plane had been fired on. Early on Sept. 21, the rebels fired upon "a squadron of airplanes" and shot down an OV-10 Buffalo in the Catatumbo region in the northeast, according to the rebels' statement."

U.S. General Says Iraq Guerrillas More Lethal  10/2/03 Reuters 

Wednesday  10/1/03

topHugo Chávez and the war in Colombia  10/1/03 ANNCOL 

Dominance and Its Dilemmas - The Bush administration’s Imperial Grand Strategy - Noam Chomsky  10/1/03 Boston Review 

Exit Strategy - In 1963, JFK ordered a complete withdrawal from Vietnam  10/1/03 Boston Review: by James K. Galbraith

Oil, War And A Growing Sense Of Panic In The US  10/1/03 Independent, UK: "It transpires that in the very first hours after they entered Baghdad on 9 April, American troops allowed looters into the oil ministry. By the time senior officers arrived to order them out, they had destroyed billions of dollars of irreplaceable seismic and drilling data… But the real irony lies in the nature of America's new power in Iraq. US oil deposits are increasingly depleted and by 2025, its oil imports will account for perhaps 70 per cent of total domestic demand. It needs to control the world's reserves - and don't tell me the US would have invaded Iraq if its chief export was beetroot - and it now has control of perhaps 25 per cent of world reserves. But it can't make the oil flow. The cost of making it flow could produce an economic crisis in the US. And it is this - rather than the daily killing of young American soldiers - that lies behind the Bush administration's growing panic. Washington has got its hands on the biggest treasure chest in the world - but it can't open the lid. No wonder they are cooking the books in Baghdad."

Oakland’s terrorist Riders walk free  10/1/03 SF Bay View: "“The jury disrespected the African American community, and this case gives the police the license to institute martial law in the African American community,” said John Burris, the attorney responsible for steering a civil lawsuit against the city of Oakland that won $10.9 million in retribution for the victims of the “Riders,” as a trio of Oakland PD’s “finest” called themselves, in February of this year. On Tuesday, Sept. 30, a jury comprised of one Asian, two Latinos and the rest whites acquitted three former Oakland police officers on eight charges of beating and framing primarily Black West Oakland residents in the longest trial in Alameda County history and one of the longest in California state history."

California Ballot Initiative Could Count Us Out  10/1/03 WAVE: by George Curry - "If Ward Connerly’s ballot initiative passes on Tuesday and if it is extended to other states and the federal government, there would be no way for us to know any of the information cited above because such collection would be illegal. And that’s the fallacy in Connerly’s approach. He wrongfully argues that in order to create his version of a colorblind utopia, we should simply stop collecting any information that identifies a person by race or national origin. What Connerly fails to see is that statistics, however unpleasant, allow us to identify problems that need to be addressed."

Tuesday  9/30/03

topInside America's 'Colossal Blunder': Scott Taylor Reports from Iraq  9/30/03 Antiwar: "The foreign soldiers invariably said that they were in Iraq "for the money." Most of these guys are making close to $60 (US) a day while in theatre – a veritable fortune compared to their usual pay. "I only hope I live to spend it," said one young Hungarian driver."

AL SHARPTON HAS BET'S SUPPORT: Network will also help kick off million dollar drive campaign  9/30/03 EURWeb 

Reservists walk out of services  9/30/03 Guardian: "Britain's overstretched armed forces are facing a personnel crisis because the Territorial Army has been losing volunteer reservists since the beginning of the war with Iraq, the Guardian can reveal. Almost 2,000 have left since March, raising concern in the Ministry of Defence, which has been relying on the TA to fill shortages in the army's medical, technical and intelligence units."

Colombian rebels seek 'solution' to kidnap of tourists  9/30/03 Independent 

Sharpton Loses 2 Pivotal Aides; New Hurdle for Campaign  9/30/03 NYT: "Mr. Sharpton's campaign manager, Frank Watkins, and Kevin Gray, his coordinator in South Carolina, a critical state, resigned, aides said. They were longtime supporters of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, having worked on his two presidential races. Their departures suggest a deepening rift between Mr. Sharpton and Mr. Jackson's camp, a gap that could complicate Mr. Sharpton's efforts to win the support of people from the civil rights movement."

Monday  9/29/03

topU.S. Captures Iraqis With Troops' Guns  9/29/03 AP: "U.S. forces searching a car after a shootout near a checkpoint recovered two M-16 rifles belonging to American soldiers abducted and killed north of Baghdad in June, the U.S. military said Monday."

Howard Dean is worse than Ashcroft and the PATRIOT Act  9/29/03 Unknown News 

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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.


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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