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    World News
11/10/03 - 11/16/03

Sunday  11/16/03

topBrain scan 'identifies race bias among white people'  11/16/03 Ananova, UK: "In those with racist tendencies, a surge of activity was seen in part of the brain that controls thoughts and behaviour. Scientists believe this reflected volunteers' attempts to to curb their latent racism. After interacting with real black individuals, the same group performed poorly in a task designed to test mental resources."

No Win for Blacks in Louisiana Governor’s Race  11/16/03 Black America Web: "Blanco, the current lieutenant governor, will be the state’s first woman governor. Her victory comes at the expense of Republican Bobby Jindal who, had he won, would have been the first non-white governor since black Republican P.B.S. Pinchback served for 35 days during Reconstruction. Jindal’s parents came to the U.S. from India. While the Democratic Party takes turns between sighs of relief and yelps of celebration, having recently lost Mississippi and Kentucky and California to Republican governors, the people of Louisiana might be rubbing their temples in pain. In a state that needed a bold, imaginative and progressive leader as much as any, Louisianans got none of that. In fact, they never had the option. The runoff between Blanco and Jindal was a lose-lose situation."

LA CIA Y LA GUERRA FRÍA CULTURAL UN LIBRO PARA NO OLVIDAR  11/16/03 Jiribilla: "Frances Stonor Saunders analiza pormenorizadamente la actividad de la CIA en el mundo cultural europeo durante los años de la guerra fría con el rigor y el distanciamiento propios de una entomóloga. Proporciona datos, cifras, fechas, declaraciones. Los clasifica. Les confiere sentido. Su trabajo acaba resultando infinitamente más valioso y eficaz que si hubiera escrito un panfleto contra la CIA, por documentado que estuviera. Su libro rezuma honestidad. Y ganas de saber."

Rocket attack on US Black Hawks kills 17  11/16/03 Telegraph, UK 

Saturday  11/15/03

topSilicon Valley Immigrants Say: 'Do Not Take Advantage of a Foreigner'  11/15/03 Color Line: published in October: "Maria (who asked not to reveal her last name) was one of nine immigrant speakers who shared their experiences during a community forum Sept. 25, held at a local mosque in Santa Clara, CA. The forum brought out local public officials, including state Assemblyman Manny Diaz (D-San Jose) and the district director for Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose), along with more than 150 community members to witness personal testimonies of racial profiling, economic hardship, and harassment post-9/11."

Shrinking ice in Antarctic sea 'exposes global warming'  11/15/03 Guardian, UK: "Between 1841 and 1950 there was very little change but there is a marked decline in sea ice distribution since 1950 of around 20%," said the lead author, Mark Curran. The change is important because sea ice - the area around the poles where seawater is frozen into layers no more than a few metres thick - is regarded as a crucial indicator of climate change."

Joseph Wilson promoting critique of govt. propaganda by Sam Gardiner  11/15/03 IndyMedia 

America's Ministry of Propaganda Exposed -- Part One  11/15/03 The Edge: "The 56-page investigation was assembled by USAF Colonel (Ret.) Sam Gardiner. "Truth from These Podia: Summary of a Study of Strategic Influence, Perception Management, Strategic Information Warfare and Strategic Psychological Operations in Gulf II" identifies more than 50 stories about the Iraq war that were faked by government propaganda artists in a covert campaign to "market" the military invasion of Iraq. Gardiner has credentials. He has taught at the National War College, the Air War College and the Naval Warfare College and was a visiting scholar at the Swedish Defense College. According to Gardiner, "It was not bad intelligence" that lead to the quagmire in Iraq, "It was an orchestrated effort [that] began before the war" that was designed to mislead the public and the world. Gardiner's research lead him to conclude that the US and Britain had conspired at the highest levels to plant "stories of strategic influence" that were known to be false."

November 2003 Law Review on Race  11/15/03 University of Ohio 

Military Targets Latinos Tracked into Combat Jobs  11/15/03 War Times 

Friday  11/14/03

topThe hidden cost of Bush's war  11/14/03 Independent, UK: "Concern about fatalities among Western forces in Iraq tends to overlook another ghastly statistic: the spectacularly mounting toll of the severely wounded. Andrew Buncombe reports on America's invisible army of maimed and crippled servicemen."

Head of CentCom orders hundreds of staff to Qatar  11/14/03 Knight Ridder: "The head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. John Abizaid, has ordered hundreds of his staff members to move to CentCom's forward headquarters in Qatar to cope with the increased pace of military operations in Iraq.The shift in staff - with Abizaid himself expecting to spend more time in the region - reflects the military's view that large-scale operations will continue in Iraq for an extended period… Over the next few months, large numbers of American troops will be on the move, as those in Iraq come to the ends of their one-year tours and new divisions and brigades begin arriving to replace them."

Guerrilla force could number 5,000  11/14/03 NYT: According to British military intelligence sources quoted in the Guardian's 'We could lose this situation,' the insurgent may number as much as 50,000. Many other sources also describe the insurgents as more authentic guerillas than "Baathist remnants."

Mort mystérieuse au Département d'Etat  11/14/03 TF1: "Immédiatement interrogé par le Washington Post, le Département d'Etat a fait savoir que, si John Kokal travaillait bien au sein d'une unité qui avait affaire au renseignement, il "manipulait" des documents classifiés sans être "impliqué dans l'analyse". Certains, comme le site, affirment que John Kokal était malgré tout "l'un des fonctionnaires les plus actifs dans la dénonciation des fausses preuves sur la présence d'armes de destruction massive en Irak". Peut-être était-ce au sein de cette congrégation d'anciens officiers de renseignement, qui, appuyée par la gauche intellectuelle, s'est regroupée cette année sous le nom de VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity) et qui adresse régulièrement de longues et acerbes lettres ouvertes à la Maison Blanche et aux ministères, en même temps qu'à la presse."

Thursday  11/13/03

topBrave Face Belies Administration's Panic  11/13/03 "The report, written by the CIA's station chief in Baghdad, was formally presented to top officials Monday, but word of its conclusions was also selectively leaked to various reporters, apparently, said the newspaper, to "make sure the assessment reaches Bush.""

Iraq: Quicksand & Blood  11/13/03 Consortium News: "George W. Bush and his top advisers learned little from the Vietnam debacle of the 1960s, since most avoided service in the war. But many top Bush aides played key roles in the repression of leftist peasant uprisings in Central America in the 1980s, a set of lessons the Bush administration is now trying to apply to the violent resistance in Iraq."

'We could lose this situation'  11/13/03 Guardian: "The White House yesterday drew up emergency plans to accelerate the transfer of power in Iraq after being shown a devastating CIA report warning that the guerrilla war was in danger of escalating out of US control. The report, an "appraisal of situation" commissioned by the CIA director, George Tenet, and written by the CIA station chief in Baghdad, said that the insurgency was gaining ground among the population, and already numbers in the tens of thousands. One military intelligence assessment now estimates the insurgents' strength at 50,000. Analysts cautioned that such a figure was speculative, but it does indicate a deep-rooted revolt on a far greater scale than the Pentagon had led the administration to believe."

Will global warming trigger a new ice age?  11/13/03 Guardian 

CIA warns of defeat  11/13/03 Herald Sun, Australia: "A TOP-secret CIA report warns that growing numbers of Iraqis believe the US-led coalition can be defeated and are supporting the resistance. The report paints a bleak picture of the political and security situation and cautions that the US-led drive to rebuild the country as a democracy could collapse. Paul Bremer, head of the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, who arrived unexpectedly in Washington for strategy sessions yesterday, endorsed the CIA's findings, a senior administration official said."

Interim Rule for Iraq?  11/13/03 Newsday: "The report concluded that Iraqis were increasingly supportive of the insurgency in both active and passive ways. It said the insurgents' ranks were being swelled by foreign Islamic radicals, but that direction was firmly in the hands of Iraqi military and intelligence officials from Saddam Hussein's regime. A separate Pentagon estimate said as many as 50,000 people may be part of the insurgency."

Chavez alerts Venezuela army for coups, vote fraud  11/13/03 Reuters: "Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered the armed forces to be alert ''24 hours a day'' yesterday, warning of opposition coup plots, violence and fraud during a referendum battle over whether he should stay in office."

France calls for transfer of power to Iraqis without delay  11/13/03 The News, Pakistan 

Wednesday  11/12/03

topSaudi blasts: More than meets the eye  11/12/03 Asia Times 

Colombia military chief resigns  11/12/03 BBC 

The Warren Commission Revisited - Forty Years of Lies  11/12/03 Counterpunch: "The Cuban extremists in Florida were furious over the Bay of Pigs and felt betrayed by Kennedy's terms for settling the missile crisis. You couldn't find a better explanation for the CIA's unhelpful behavior over the years since. Imagine the impact on the CIA, already badly damaged by the Bay of Pigs and Kennedy's great anger over it, of news that some of its subsidized anti-Castro thugs had killed the President?"

U.S. Forces Launch Operation Iron Hammer  11/12/03 Fox 

POWELL TO NICARAGUA - Disarm!  11/12/03 Granma: "The last time that Powell visited Central America, 15 years ago, was during the uprising in El Salvador. He was General Powell then. He posed in front of the cameras for the front pages, in fraternal camaraderie with Salvadoran Army executioners. A few weeks later, two of his companions in the photo published in the Salvadoran dailies were responsible for the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero."

Venezuelan court shelves Cuban doctor program  11/12/03 Miami Herald: "Venezuela's Supreme Court threw out Tuesday the government's appeal of a lower court's decision to suspend a program putting hundreds of Cuban doctors to work in Caracas slums. The decision was a blow to a program that President Hugo Chávez has hailed as a cornerstone of his professed ''revolution'' for Venezuela's poor majority. The program is one of several initiatives into which the government has poured millions of dollars ahead of a possible recall referendum on Chávez's rule next year."

CIA has a bleak analysis of Iraq A report found more civilians there are supporting the resistance. It conflicts with upbeat public assessments.  11/12/03 Phildelphia Inquirer: "A new, top-secret CIA report from Iraq warns that growing numbers of Iraqis are concluding the U.S.-led coalition can be defeated and are supporting the insurgents. The report paints a bleak picture of the political and security situation in Iraq and cautions that the U.S.-led drive to rebuild the country as a democracy could collapse unless corrective actions are taken immediately."

Police break Oakland man’s neck  11/12/03 SF Bay View: "This isn’t just a rare case of police terrorism. This is becoming more and more common as this war on Black young people continues under the names of “the war on gangs,” “the war on drugs” and “the war on guns.” It’s Randy today, and you, your son or daughter tomorrow."

Iraq war killed 21,000 to 55,000: report estimates  11/12/03 The Age, Australia 

Iraqis turn on US after death of leader  11/12/03 The Age, Australia: "Iraqi guards, who patrol the entrance with US forces, denied that Mr Kaabi reached for the soldier's gun or tackled him. Several guards who claimed to have witnessed the incident said Mr Kaabi yelled in English at the soldiers as they tried to search his car. One of the soldiers bumped him with his chest, then pushed him and a shoving match ensued. "They fired the second bullet deliberately, 100 per cent," Mr Abboud said. "It was killing for the sake of killing. It was not self-defence." "

Tuesday  11/11/03

topUrgent Iraq talks held in Washington  11/11/03 Financial Times, UK: "Since the end of Saddam Hussein's regime, the former opposition groups that dominate the council have been pressing for more control over the security situation in Iraq. "The problem with the coalition is that they have some experts, so-called, who still live in the 1950s, in the 1940s - some geriatric ambassadors who have a certain interpretation of how Iraq works. It has gone, it has changed," Mr Zebari said."

Taliban hold four districts in southeast Afghan province  11/11/03 Hi Pakistan 

Defense Department Deletes Notice About Draft Boards  11/11/03 Memory Hole 

U.S. troops arrest Iraqi for criticising them  11/11/03 Mirror, UK: sin comentarios!

Robert Fisk: Frightening winds swirl around the House of Saud  11/11/03 New Zealand Herald: "Could the Americans sit back and watch al Qaeda take over the nation's oil wells? There are those in the House of Saud who fear that now the US is in Iraq, it can - in the event of a revolution - just seize the oil fields in northern Saudi Arabia, leaving Riyadh and other cities to whichever Arabian ruler takes control."

Monday  11/10/03

topAs US Looks to Dump Iraqi Council, US Guards Kill One of Its Leaders  11/10/03 AntiWar Blog 

Top U.S. general warns of harsh measures unless attacks stop  11/10/03 AP: "Gen. John Abizaid, chief of the U.S. Central Command, delivered the warning to tribal sheiks and mayors in the ''Sunni Triangle'' city of Ramadi west of Baghdad, according to Fallujah Mayor Taha Bedawi. ''We have the capabilities and equipment,'' Bedawi quoted the general as saying at Saturday's meeting."

Plan to Convene The National Convention of the Alliance to End Homelessness in America  11/10/03 Black Voter Network: "Mission: An Alliance of homeless citizens, frontline providers, and advocates for the homeless will piggyback on the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston to bring attention to the disgraceful condition that exists in the United States of America, the ever-growing and unchecked problem of homelessness. While the whole world is watching the Alliance will convene a meeting of delegates from cities and towns across the nation to establish a national agenda, which will demand elected officials to address the issue of homelessness in America. Among other initiatives, the Alliance will mobilize the homeless to register to vote, and it will organize grassroots support for the Bringing America Home Act that was introduced to the United States Congress on July 25, 2003."

US shifts to war footing in Iraq's 'Sunni triangle'  11/10/03 CSM: We hear there is a a large scale deployment of US Air, Navy, and Army troops headed towards the Middle East. Debka reports large US military air traffic going through the UK to the Middle East. Is it for Irak, or Arabia, Syria, or Iran? Or Afghanistan, where things are also not going well for the US?

Tribal Backing for Saudi Rulers Ebbs as al Qaeda Creeps Closer  11/10/03 Debka, Israel 

Bush foreign policy 'is creating risks for US companies'  11/10/03 Financial Times 

Hats off to Bush protesters, Lexington's skilled police force  11/10/03 Lexington Herald-Leader, KY: "While participating in a protest of President Bush's policies and his appearance at Lexington Center on Oct. 9, Kentucky citizens had the opportunity to see democracy and patriotism in action. Huge crowds gathered on all corners of intersections from Main Street to High Street, and along both sides of Broadway."

Troops Awaiting Deployment Hear of Mounting Casualties  11/10/03 Newsday: "During a recent briefing, as Tyson gave an account of three military police officers who died on the job in Karbala, his cell phone rang. The caller told him one of the dead officers was his close friend and mentor. "I just broke down and cried right there," Tyson said. His soldiers stood in formation and quietly watched."

Warplanes resume bombing in Iraq  11/10/03 The Age, Australia: "F-16 fighter-bombers swooped over Tikrit, dropping bombs near the crash site. Troops backed by armour and attack helicopters destroyed several abandoned houses that the US military believed had been used by insurgents. Dropping bombs on an empty landscape as a pure demonstration of power is an unusual tactic, underscoring the military's fury at the downing of three helicopters in a two-week period. In addition to the Fallujah and Tikrit crashes, a helicopter was brought down near Tikrit on October 25 without fatalities."

"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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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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