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    World News
10/27/03 - 11/2/03

Sunday  11/2/03

Maroons seek redress from C&W, Digicel  11/2/03 Jamaica Gleaner: "THE MAROONS of Accompong in St. Elizabeth are seeking compensation from the island's two leading cell phone companies, Cable and Wireless and Digicel for damage, they say, that was done to personal property when both companies set up separate cell tower sites more than a year ago in the community. According to Meridie Rowe, president of the Maroon Federal House of Assembly (MFHA), the heavy equipment which was used to clear and build these sites had damaged the crops and personal properties of the residents."

Israel outraged as EU poll names it a threat to peace  11/2/03 Observer 

Rebel war spirals out of control as US intelligence loses the plot  11/2/03 Observer: "The depiction by these Pentagon officials of the structure of the resistance - though tentatively expressed - suggest a hierarchical organisation, led by former Saddam officials, with Saddam at its head, and allied to groups of foreign jihadists and al Qaeda under a single command. Whether true or not, it is a politically convenient description of the resistance for the Bush regime, suggesting as it does that the rebels represent no more than the desperate remains of Saddam's regime with no wider resonance, despite escalating attacks. It is not, however, recognised by British officials. The picture that they paint of what is going on in Iraq is a more chaotic and a far more dangerous one. 'What we are looking at,' one UK official told The Observer, 'is not some monolithic organisation with a clear command. That would be far easier for us to deal with and get into. Instead, we are looking at lots of different groups with different agendas. They are locally organised with each having its loyalty focused on middle-ranking former commanders.' What he describes is a network of partisan-type groups without a central command and links between them based on personal relationships - an organic rather than monolithic structure. The groups' communications - based, say Iraqis, on couriers, often teenage boys, to carry messages - have been equally difficult for the coalition to penetrate."

Muslim recruits 'streaming into Iraq'  11/2/03 The Age, Australia: "But officials say this influx is not necessarily evidence of co-ordination by al-Qaeda or other terrorist groups. It remains unclear whether the men are under the control of any one leader or what, if any, role they had in the kind of attacks that shook Baghdad last Monday." Net people talk about "vial behavior" - this is not the old Saddam dominated central command structure.

Pentagon keeps dead out of sight  11/2/03 Toronto Star: "But America never saw Lt.-Col. Buehring's arrival, days after a rocket from a homemade launcher ended his life at age 40 in Baghdad's heavily fortified Rasheed Hotel last Monday. Americans have never seen any of the other 359 bodies returning from Iraq. Nor do they see the wounded cramming the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in Washington or soldiers who say they are being treated inhumanely awaiting medical treatment at Fort Stewart, Ga… No television cameras are allowed at Dover. Bush does not attend the funerals of soldiers who gave their lives in his war on terrorism. Buehring of Winter Springs, Fla., described as "a great American" by his commanding officer, had two sons, 12 and 9, was active in the Boy Scouts and his church and had served his country for 18 years. No government official has said a word publicly about him."

Saturday  11/1/03

topThe Cheney-Bush energy disaster is about to come to a vote  11/1/03 Free Press: "As would be expected in the Age of Bush, an energy bill that will affect all Americans for decades to come, and cost us hundreds of billions of dollars, is being hashed out in secret. It's a direct off-shoot of those notorious secret meetings held by Vice President Dick Cheney, about which he refuses to disclose anything, despite a string of court orders. A final Congressional vote may come this week. For New Englanders, it will mean critical shortages of natural gas within the very near future, plus soaring oil prices and escalating danger from nuclear power plants -Vermont Yankee, Pilgrim, Seabrook and the two Millstone reactors still operating in Connecticut."

Inmate killed by eight guards - No charges will be filed  11/1/03 Philadelphia Inquirer: "Five hours later, King created a disturbance, and guards tried to subdue him, according to the Prosecutor's Office. The officers handcuffed and shackled King, placing him alone in a cell. When officers checked on King an hour later, he was unresponsive. He was taken to Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, where he was pronounced dead at 9:50 a.m. King, who was African American, had the support of the Gloucester County branch of the NAACP, and supporters had held vigils on the ninth of every month outside the jail."

La CIA contra Venezuela  11/1/03 Rebelion 

The Ford Foundation and the CIA  11/1/03 Rebelion: first published 12/15/01, still very readable.

Since January 2000, More Than 10,600 Sailors Have Deserted the US Navy  11/1/03 The Memory Hole 

Friday  10/31/03

topCritical Study Minus Criticism of Justice Dept.  10/31/03 Common Dreams: "An internal report that harshly criticized the Justice Department's diversity efforts was edited so heavily when it was posted on the department's Web site two weeks ago that half of its 186 pages, including the summary, were blacked out. The deleted passages, electronically recovered by a self-described "information archaeologist" in Tucson, portrayed the department's record on diversity as seriously flawed, specifically in the hiring, promotion and retention of minority lawyers."

'Tiger Force' and the Costs of Forgetting U.S. Crimes in Vietnam  10/31/03 Pacific News Service 

Thursday  10/30/03

topPropaganda War Intensifies Against Haiti  10/30/03 Black Commentator: "Old-timers in the Haitian police have also stated that NCHR, which was deeply engaged in Haiti at the time, never complained when it was revealed in February 1999 that the police-training program, offered by the US Justice Department’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), was being used by the CIA to secretly recruit from within the ranks of the Haitian police. In an article published in the respected Washington journal Legal Times and entitled “Separating Cops, Spies”, author Sam Skolnik exposed the CIA’s hidden agenda in Haiti’s new police training program. The article takes us a long way towards explaining the less than enthusiastic response of the Haitian government towards continuing the program. Since then, Haiti’s cops have had to go it on their own to build a credible force capable of maintaining law and order while under constant attack from organizations such as NCHR."

Wednesday  10/29/03

topUp to 15,000 people killed in invasion, claims thinktank  10/29/03 Guardian, UK: "As many as 15,000 Iraqis were killed in the first days of America's invasion and occupation of Iraq, a study produced by an independent US thinktank said yesterday. Up to 4,300 of the dead were civilian noncombatants. The report, by Project on Defence Alternatives, a research institute from Cambridge, Massachussets, offers the most comprehensive account so far of how many Iraqis died."

Dark Forces? The Military Steps Up Recruiting of Blacks  10/29/03 Intelligence Squad 

Peace Marchers Went for a Piece of Bush  10/29/03 NNPA 

Arsonist Burns Peace Activists' Home  10/29/03 Progressive 

Bush blamed for terror  10/29/03 Scotsman: ""There is no way this administration can walk away from its responsibility for 9-11," Mr Clark told the New American Strategies for Security and Peace conference. "You can’t blame something like this on lower level intelligence officers, however badly they communicated memos with each other. The buck rests with the commander-in-chief, right on George Bush’s desk.""

A call from family  10/29/03 SF Bay View: "H., a current member of Afrodes, accompanied the African North American delegation through the Choco region where he is from. As we walked through the busy streets of the capital city of Quibdo, he told me his story. He has worked with Afrodes since 1993, I believe, and used to live about an hour or so down the river from Quibdo. There, he worked to secure land title for the earth historically inhabited by Afro-Colombians in the region. This was before 1996, when the FARC, who then controlled the region, didn’t like what he was doing and told him so. But they did not attempt to harm him. Circa 1996, paramilitaries took over the region. In about 1997, paramilitaries started threatening folks, and some of H.’s fellow organizers at Afrodes were killed. H. learned that he was on a list of people to be dealt with and decided to escape to Quibdo. But he discovered this was not far enough when he learned that the paramilitaries were still after him. So, he with other folks fled to Bogota, the capital of Colombia. He has lived there since, though not without risk. At one point, an attempt was made on his life. His friend Marino was shot in the leg."

Tuesday  10/28/03

topLebanon: Key politician outrages US  10/28/03 Boston Globe: "Druze leader Walid Jumblatt described the deputy defense secretary as a "virus" who needed to be destroyed, a day after the American emerged unscathed from a guerrilla rocket attack on the fortified Baghdad hotel where he was staying. The US Embassy described Jumblatt's remarks as "outrageous." "

Intelligence agents claim blasts point to foreign involvement  10/28/03 Scotsman: will incursions into Cambodia, Laos, and North Viet Nam be far behind? "INTELLIGENCE officers working in Iraq believe there is incontrovertible evidence that foreign terrorist organisations - including al-Qaeda - are operating in the country, possibly with the covert backing of neighbouring states."

Statement of Congressman John Conyers Jr. Condemning Religiously Insensitive Remarks of Lt. General William Boykin  10/28/03 US Congress: "Today, 16 of my colleagues and I have introduced a resolution calling on the President to censure and reassign Lt. General Boykin for his religiously intolerant remarks against people of the Islamic faith."

Monday  10/27/03

topABC News reconstructs Kennedy assassination  10/27/03 AP: "ABC News has conducted an exhaustive investigation of the Kennedy assassination, complete with a computer-generated reconstruction, which irrefutably confirms that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, the network said Monday."

Eyewitness in Iraq: "They're Getting Better"  10/27/03 Independent: No last minute Bush electoral boost from US military abroad, unless they fake it: "But when I suggested to a group of US military police near Abu Ghurayb they would be voting Republican at the next election, they fell about laughing. "We shouldn't be here and we should never have been sent here," one of them told me with astonishing candour. "And maybe you can tell me: why were we sent here?" "

Calm in MoBay - Phillips says probe starts into double killing by cops - Taxi operators threaten islandwide protest today  10/27/03 Jamaica Gleaner: "But even while the Minister was giving this assurance, the National Association of Taxi Operators (NATO) was deciding to withdraw their services islandwide. In a hastily called meeting at the Wexford Court Hotel in Montego Bay yesterday, the 13,000-member organisation took the decision that they had to make a symbolic gesture in support of their slain colleague. Edgerton Newman, the organisation's general secretary, told The Gleaner that his association had very little choice but to stay on its present course. "We are going ahead with the decision to withdraw service, in a mark of respect for the operator, whose life was claimed on Saturday. We are also insisting that the police stand all of the funeral expenses for the men. We will not settle for less," he said. "We are also withdrawing our service because we want to see clear signs that the police are speeding up thorough investigations into the incident." "

Enough is enough, Commissioner Forbes  10/27/03 Jamaica Observer: "Flankers is a mostly impoverished squatter community. Like elsewhere in Montego Bay, and Jamaica generally, the fortunes of Flankers rest heavily on the fortunes of tourism. Saturday's action -- the bonfires in the streets, the burning buses, the attempt to enter the runway of the Sangster airport -- have the potential to damage the tourism sector. So the mode of protest in Flankers on Saturday was a kind of thoughtless ignorance that is all too common in Jamaica, which highlights a societal dysfunction which, to a substantial degree, has its roots in the country's education deficit."

Taxi strike called - Association wants swift action over slaying of cabbies  10/27/03 Jamaica Observer: "Last night, Colin Manning, the association's president, warned that the threatened strike could be prolonged until the end of the week if a taxi driver killed in St Catherine yesterday was a member of the association. Up to last night, the association was still making checks to find out if Andrew Wilson, 23, of Pryce Lane in Central Kingston, belonged to their group. They also want a meeting with National Security Minister Peter Phillips and Police Commissioner Francis Forbes, by tomorrow, at the latest, to discuss both incidents."

How To Rig An Election In The United States  10/27/03 What Really Happened 


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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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