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    World News
10/20/03 - 10/26/03

Sunday  10/26/03

Anti-Gay Preacher Busted Soliciting 14 Year Old Boy  10/26/03 

Antiwar protesters gather in SF, DC  10/26/03 AP 

Jamaica police deaths spark riots  10/26/03 BBC: Puts the crowd at 2,000.

Evangelicals Sway White House on Human Rights Issues Abroad  10/26/03 NYT: "Shortly after George W. Bush took office, an odd coalition came to the White House to see Karl Rove, the president's powerful political adviser, to ask that the United States intercede in the civil war in Sudan. The group included Charles W. Colson, the born-again Christian who spent seven months in jail for his role in Watergate, and David Saperstein, a Reform rabbi and a longtime lobbyist for liberal causes in Washington. The two-decades-long war in Sudan was not a front-burner problem for the new administration, and Mr. Rove was not a foreign policy adviser. But the religious strife between Christians and Muslims in a conflict that had killed two million people was of enormous concern to American religious groups, particularly the evangelicals who make up a major portion of President Bush's electoral base. Mr. Rove, the participants in the meeting recalled, was unusually receptive during a nearly hourlong conversation. "He made it clear how seriously the administration was going to engage on this," said Rabbi Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Close to three years later, the White House has lived up to Mr. Rove's promise to engage not only in peace talks in Sudan, but on other human rights issues of critical importance to American religious groups, most notably sex trafficking and AIDS."

Jamaica bids to break the spiral of violence strangling a nation  10/26/03 Observer, UK 

A New Battle Front: Pro-Warrior but Antiwar  10/26/03 Washington Post: "They were near the front of the antiwar march downtown yesterday, dozens of parents, siblings and spouses of soldiers, sailors and Marines occupying Iraq. They drew energy from each other, from the exciting discovery that there were so many in the same situation. They traded stories of extended deployments and shaky morale. They carried poster-size pictures of their loved ones standing proudly in dress uniforms, and they raised a banner that said: "Bush Says Bring 'Em On, We Say Bring 'Em Home Now!" "

Saturday  10/25/03

topJamaica Riot Erupts After Police Shooting Crowds in Jamaica Burn Cars, Block Roads After Police Shoot and Kill Two Men in Montego Bay  10/25/03 AP: Puts the crowd at 4,000 - "Jamaica's police force has been considering a stricter policy on the use of force to reduce the number of fatal shootings by its officers. Amnesty International said the Caribbean island nation has one of the of the world's highest per capita rates of police killings, totaling 133 last year."

Wackenhut denies its employees are CIA agents plotting to overthrow Venezuela's Chavez  10/25/03 AP: "The Venezuelan unit of Florida-based security company Wackenhut denied that the video - presented Wednesday by legislators allied with President Hugo Chavez - showed CIA agents advising Venezuelans in June on how to destabilize the country later this year."

Tens of thousands protest against Bush's Iraq policies in Washington  10/25/03 Canadian Press: "Organizers estimated 100,000 people turned out for the demonstration but police at the scene put the number at 10,000 to 20,000. Police no longer issue official crowd estimates, so the size of the protest could not be verified."

The Bloody Legacy of Stroessner, Pinochet and Rios Montt Latin America's Archives of Terror  10/25/03 Counterpunch 

Dissent on the home front: families of US soldiers in Iraq lead anti-war protests  10/25/03 Guardian 

U.S. copter shot down near Tikrit - At least five U.S. soldiers injured in apparent RPG attack  10/25/03 MSNBC 

Friday  10/24/03

topDefend the Berkeley 3! UC administrators target antiwar activists  10/24/03 Socialist Worker Online: "THREE activists at the University of California-Berkeley have been convicted of student conduct violations for participating in a demonstration on the day after the U.S. war on Iraq began. UC administrators singled out these the three--from among the 119 people arrested at the protest--because they were leading members of the Berkeley Stop the War coalition."

Thursday  10/23/03

topMore and more Iraqis view the US as occupation force: poll  10/23/03 AFP 

U.S. Raid Nets Whole Iraqi Village  10/23/03 AP 

Philly Politics: FBI Inquiry Puts Race Factor at Campaign's Forefront  10/23/03 Black Commentator 

Press Underreports Wounded in Iraq Few Newspapers Tally Injuries, Accidents  10/23/03 Editor & Publisher: "Few newspapers routinely report injuries in Iraq, beyond references to specific incidents. Since the war began in March, 1,927 soldiers have been wounded in Iraq, many quite severely. (The tally is current as of Oct. 20.) Of this number, 1,590 were wounded in hostile action, and 337 from other causes. About 20% of the injured in Iraq have suffered severe brain injuries, and as many as 70% "had the potential for resulting in brain injury," according to an Oct. 16 article in The Boston Globe. Current injury statistics were easily obtained by E&P through U.S. Central Command and the Pentagon, so getting the numbers is no longer a problem. According to Lawrence F. Kaplan, author of an article on injured troops in the Oct. 13 issue of The New Republic, this information has only recently been readily accessible. "Pentagon officials have rebuked public affairs officers who release casualty figures, and, until recently, U.S. Central Command did not regularly publicize the injured tally either," Kaplan wrote."

Lawmakers Say Chavez Tape Proves CIA Plot  10/23/03 Guardian 

US troops release three Iraqi women  10/23/03 Middle East Online: "US coalition troops released Thursday three women recently detained during searches for suspected anti-coalition attackers that prompted massive popular protests, a correspondent said."

Bolivian Leader's Ouster Seen as Warning on U.S. Drug Policy  10/23/03 NYT 

Black Neighbors Know U.S. Still Ignores Environmental Justice  10/23/03 Pacific News 

JFK Assassination Is Most Popular Conspiracy Subject  10/23/03 UC Davis: "In fact, only 10 percent of Americans believe Lee Harvey Oswald was acting alone when he shot the 35th president, says Kathryn Olmsted, author of "Challenging the Secret Government: The Post Watergate Investigations of the CIA and FBI.""

Wednesday  10/22/03

topThe Pentagon's Achilles Heel  10/22/03 Alternet: "I've been in [the military] for 30 ? years and never thought the Army would turn on its own like this," said First Sgt. Gerry Mosley, of the National Guard's 296th Transportation Company from Brookhaven, Miss. "I am not in a case by myself. They are telling you it's going to be four to six months if you're going through a medical evaluation." The account given by Mosley and other soldiers at Ft. Stewart is at odds with the support-the-troops rhetoric from top Pentagon and White House officials. Yet it's part of a pattern of lapses in military health policies that have occurred during the course of the Iraq War."

Cover-Up Alleged in Probe of USS Liberty  10/22/03 AP: "A former Navy attorney who helped lead the military investigation of the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 American servicemen says former President Lyndon Johnson and his defense secretary, Robert McNamara, ordered that the inquiry conclude the incident was an accident."

Today's News: Washington March To Seek War's End  10/22/03 Black America Web: "Organizers of a major antiwar rally expect thousands of blacks opposed to the war in Iraq to join protesters from across the United States and Canada Saturday in Washington, D.C. as a part of the largest peace demonstration in the United States since the invasion of Iraq in March."

Les curieuses bourses universitaires de Washington  10/22/03 Reseau Voltaire: Discussing the recent trip to Gaza where 3 CIA were killed, this article discusses the role of Fullbrights as CIA recruitment tools and mentions that the French DST puts recipients under surveillance: "Cependant le Fulbright Program devint rapidement une couverture exclusive de la CIA pour le recrutement de ses agents d'influence. En France, tous les bénéficiaires du Fulbright Program sont placés sous surveillance de la DST (contre-espionnage)."

Tuesday  10/21/03

topCommentary: Patriot Act Could Prove Costly For Blacks  10/21/03 Black America Web: "For starters the USA Patriot Act – an acronym for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism – is eerily reminiscent of COINTELPRO. The FBI operated that counterintelligence program from 1956 to 1971- at the height of the Cold War. Among other things, it gave the FBI broad powers to use wiretaps and other surveillance methods to root out what it thought were threats to national security. Problem was the FBI didn’t use those powers to keep the nation secure as much as it used them to protect the status quo – which at that time meant segregation and inequality. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X – all those who were using their freedoms to make the system live up to its ideals – were pursued as enemies of the system, and the FBI used its powers to try and discredit them. Unfortunately, the Patriot Act is tainted with the same troubling shades as COINTELPRO. Like COINTELPRO, the act expands the powers of law enforcement officials to use wiretaps by requiring judges to approve them without knowing who is to be tapped or where it is to be placed."

U.S. Troops Using Excessive Force?  10/21/03 CBS 

War Dispatch from the NYT: God's On Our Side  10/21/03 Counterpunch: "The trouble is, if readers incautiously read reports written in the style of the Times, they'll end up being perplexed by the growing resistance to American troops and to the occupation among Shia people. They'll end up wondering why all those men were dancing and celebrating after the attack on the convoy. Fisher, in his article, went on to say that the security situation in Iraq is deteriorating, with Shiites as well as Sunni Iraqi's joining the remnant Baathists in the guerrilla attacks on Americans. How to explain this. Well, one way is to look what God's soldiers are doing as an occupying force. Attacked, they fire wildly, killing anything that moves. They're not just getting crazy; this is what they are being instructed to do by the generals in charge of the occupation. They enter mosques and try to disarm local militias. According to an Associated Press report, they may even be executing suspected enemies. Following the Falluja convoy attack, AP reports that a second American unit returned to the city, where it was attacked also, leading to the death of one soldier. The U.S. unit responded in standard fashion: "Paratroopers raked the area with return fire, then raided a mosque and houses looking for the attackers," AP reports."

Challenge to Saudi leaders with call for more protests  10/21/03 Financial Times: "A week after a rare protest backed by Saudi dissidents was put down by police in Riyadh, the London-based Islamist opposition group is promising a new challenge by calling on supporters to take to the streets on Thursday in large numbers and in several cities. The demonstrations, designed to call for reforms and the release of prisoners, will be seen as a test of the influence of Islah, the group that surprised many Saudis last week with its ability to mobilise support. Many had not expected the demonstration to take place at all so the attempt to gather became the talk of Riyadh. Though numbers of protesters were difficult to gauge, that some responded to the call reflected a willingness to take bold action in a country where protests are banned - and virtually non-existent - but anger and resentment have been mounting."

Retired FBI Agent Reveals Details Of JFK's Assassination - Former Agent Says Oswald Made Offer To Cuban Officials  10/21/03 KMBC, Kansas City 

Former chief of the day discusses Kennedy assassination  10/21/03 Olney Daily Mail, IL: "While typing the memo, the agent placed a small bottle next to David. Inside the bottle were around four pieces of lead that David said were too much for one bullet, the "magic bullet" labeled "Commission Exam 399." ...The autopsy room was filled with high-ranking government officials, David said. Some of those officials told doctors not to examine certain areas of Kennedy's body, according to David. Bozwell and Humes, who were not experienced pathologists, conducted the autopsy… Several days after the autopsy, David said his friend and mentor, William Bruce Pitzer, who was the head of the audio/visual department at Bethesda, wanted to show him a 16-millimeter film of the autopsy as well as some black and white photographs of the procedure. David said he did not look at the entire film and what he saw was footage prior to the official autopsy, but there was clearly something amiss. Kennedy's throat was sloppily slit 2 inches in length and near the corner of his eye was an entrance wound, a hole no larger than a finger, David said. It appeared that the body had been tampered with to cover up evidence that Kennedy may have been shot from the front. It was December 1965 and Pitzer had told David that he would soon be retiring from Bethesda. David said Pitzer told him he had lucrative offers for work elsewhere. In April 1966, Pitzer was found dead and had supposedly committed suicide. "I never really believed Bill committed suicide," David said. "I still don't today." The film Pitzer possessed is missing, David said. David said that in the Warren Commission report, there is a section that states the commission viewed "a film of the autopsy." In the early 1990s, David said Pitzer's death began being investigated by an author. It was discovered that Pitzer's wife, Joyce Pitzer, never received a copy of her husband's death certificate or of his autopsy. In 1992, David said he learned that a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Army Special Forces named Dan Marvin along with another man were asked by an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency to assassinate Pitzer."

The Justice Dept's Attorney Workforce Diversity Study—Uncensored  10/21/03 The Memory Hole: "The report appeared on one of the FOIA sections of the Department's Website sometime in October. It's one of the most heavily-redacted government documents in recent memory. Even Congress' report on 9/11 had a smaller percentage of its contents blacked out. The Memory Hole has posted a version with no redactions; instead, those sections are highlighted in yellow, so you can easily zoom in on the parts originally deemed too embarassing for us to see."

Targeting Diebold with Electronic Civil Disobedience  10/21/03 Why War?: "These memos indicate that Diebold, which counts the votes in 37 states, knowingly created an electronic system which allows anyone with access to the machines to add and delete votes without detection,” Why War? member Micah explained"

Monday  10/20/03

topPentagon deleted part of official's apology  10/20/03 CNN: "An apology from Lt. Gen. William Boykin for casting the war on terrorism in terms that offended some Muslims originally included a promise that he would no longer speak at religious events, CNN has learned. But that language was deleted on the advice of Pentagon attorneys and the press office, a Pentagon spokesman said. Other statements also were withdrawn by the Pentagon, a spokesman said, included Boykin's belief that God put President Bush in the White House."

Soldiers ripe to resist?  10/20/03 SF Chronicle 

Military Personnel Wounded in Iraq & Afghanistan: A Photo Gallery  10/20/03 The Memory Hole 

Elite unit savaged civilians in Vietnam  10/20/03 Toledo Blade: "Women and children were intentionally blown up in underground bunkers. Elderly farmers were shot as they toiled in the fields. Prisoners were tortured and executed - their ears and scalps severed for souvenirs. One soldier kicked out the teeth of executed civilians for their gold fillings."

"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.


Death from Americatop

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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