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    World News
5/20/02 - 5/26/02

Sunday  5/26/02

Colombians vote in presidential election; front-runner supports crackdown on rebels  5/26/02 AP: leading candidate Uribe is a narcoterrorist associated with the paramilitaries, see Narconews article. The paramilitaries are white oriented, many of their victims are black and indian.

Ice reservoirs found on Mars  5/26/02 BBC: "Water-ice has been found in vast quantities just below the surface across great swathes of the planet Mars."

'Massacre' in DR Congo  5/26/02 BBC: "Human rights activists say more than 200 people have been killed by special death squads sent to the Congolese city of Kisangani, following the seizure of the main radio station by self-declared army mutineers last week."

US plan to strike enemy with Valium  5/26/02 Guardian, UK: doing what they accuse Cuba of doing: "Most of the research was funded by Washington's joint non-lethal weapons programme, in which Britain plays an active part. But further US documents, also seen by The Observer, reveal how a split has developed between the two nations, with British officials backing campaigners' claims that using drugs such as Valium or other calmatives would be outlawed under the 1991 Chemical Weapons Convention. This protocol prohibits 'any chemical which... can cause death, temporary incapacitation or permanent harm'. "

Two Palestinians killed by IDF in Gaza Strip  5/26/02 Haaretz, Israel: "A Palestinian woman trying to reach hospital gave birth at an IDF roadblock near the West Bank town of Bethlehem earlier Saturday after she said soldiers denied her passage. The baby died later, Palestinian doctors said."

HUGO CHAVEZ CALLS ON IRAN TO SUPPORT MEASURES TO STRENGTHEN OPEC  5/26/02 Radio Havana: "On Saturday Iranian radio reported that Chavez stated that his country, which is currently heading OPEC, favors fortifying the organization that represents the world's major oil producers. The Venezuelan leader said in a telephone conversation with President Jatami that investigations have revealed that the objective of those who attempted a coup in his country last month, was to take Venezuela out of OPEC."

'India can afford to lose 25 million people. But could Pakistan?'  5/26/02 Telegraph, UK: "This cavalier approach to the prospect of the nuclear conflagration is horrifyingly typical on both sides of the border. There is no sign here of the cold logic of so-called "mutually assured destruction" that helped keep the nuclear arsenals of the Soviet bloc and the West unused during the Cold War."

Saturday  5/25/02

topUN CONFIRMS: COLOMBIAN ARMY IMPLICATED IN BOJAYA TRAGEDY  5/25/02 ANNCOL: "The UN blames the right-wing paramilitary gunmen for seeking refuge amongst the civilians in the village provoking the battle that eventually led to the civilian deaths. According to the UN the death squad members belonging to the main paramilitary umbrella organization AUC placed their main defensive positions outside the front of the village church."

Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney Feels Vindicated  5/25/02 Black Press USA: “There was adequate warning. There were people who failed to act on the warning. And that’s what ought to be investigated,” she said March 25 on KPFA-FM, a radio station in Berkely, Calif. “What did this administration know and when did it know it about the events of Sept. 11? Who else knew and why did they not warn the innocent people of New York who were needlessly murdered?” On the radio show, McKinney said former President Bush, the president’s father, sits on the board of the Carlyle Group, among America’s largest defense contractors, and that the Bush family stood to benefit as the president called for and received a $40 billion defense-spending budget through fiscal year 2003. The five-term congresswoman and member of the House International Relations and Armed Services committees was excoriated in editorials and by liberal and conservative columnists for her charges."

John O'Neill: The FBI's sharp-dressed, sharp-tongued expert on Al Qa'ida, who died in Twin Towers  5/25/02 Independent, UK: "But before leaving, O'Neill shared his grievances with the French authors Guillaume Dasqui and Jean-Charles Brisard. In Bin Laden: The Forbidden Truth, published last November, they recount O'Neill's claim that his probe of Mr bin Laden and al-Qa'ida in Afghanistan had been blocked by the US oil lobby. John O'Neill was right but he paid for his judgement with his life."

Robert Fisk: There is a firestorm coming, and it is being provoked by Mr Bush  5/25/02 Independent, UK: "More and more, President Bush's rhetoric sounds like the crazed videotapes of Osama bin Laden."

Youth stage a rave dance against Israeli occupation  5/25/02 Internation News, Pakistan: "Israeli youth, known for tuning out politics and tuning in loud music instead, made a statement with their feet at a dance party called to protest Israel's continued presence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. At the rave party in downtown Tel Aviv Thursday, the theme was urging Israel to get out of the land the Palestinians claim as their own."

'Swift, devastating' response: Cheney  5/25/02 International News, Pakistan: which is exactly what the terrorists want! Cheney the dupe of terrorists.

Fresh memories of war  5/25/02 Ithica Journal: "We were told there were no friendly forces," said Guckenheimer, an assistant gunner with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum. "If there was anybody there, they were the enemy. We were told specifically that if there were women and children to kill them." And then Americans don't understand why they are targets around the world.

Venezuela to Cuba: Oil isn't free  5/25/02 Miami Herald: wasn't this around the time of the coup? "State-owned oil company Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) stopped dispatching crude and refined products, including jet fuel, to Cuba around April 12 after the island defaulted on a $63.4 million bill."

French Protesters Ready for Bush Visit  5/25/02 NYT 

14 priests in Miami diocese accused of abuse  5/25/02 South Florida Sun Sentinel 

Knowledge (and Power)  5/25/02 The Nation: "The bin Laden/Mullah Omar crime family was trained in Afghanistan by the Pakistani secret police and paid for by Saudi Arabian money. The American "national security" class looked (and looks) upon the Pakistani secret police and the Saudi Arabian royal family as friends and allies. The most glaring example of this collusion was to be seen on September 11 last [see "Minority Report," January 21], when the FBI helped Prince Bandar, the Saudi ambassador, fly several members of the bin Laden clan out of the country with no questions asked."

Many in U.S. blame Bush for Sept. 11: Poll  5/25/02 Toronto Star 

Mossad: Coming soon to a town near you  5/25/02 Ummah News: "Since most Mossad operatives come from hi tech fields, they do the most natural thing when they leave Mossad, i.e., they launch a start up company in IT, communications, computers and other related fields. The 'Or' of this story launched a successful company after leaving Mossad and his company is now reputedly worth US $15 million and employs more than 70 highly qualified personnel. Such persons usually move their operations to foreign countries and besides making heaps of money, continue serving their motherland in hi tech fashion."

Al qaeda 'low-tech' approach deceptively successful  5/25/02 Washington Times: The major blunder occurred when multimillion-dollar satellites failed to detect the heavy fortification at the top of Takur Ghar. "What we were seeing was 3 feet of snow on top of well-hidden bunker positions," the military official said. "They were well-fortified and they were under the foliage of the tree, hidden from anything that we would have to discern that ahead of time Our high-tech systems don't always defeat low-tech means."

Friday  5/24/02

topBetween the devil and the deep blue sea  5/24/02 Al Ahram: "Assassinated politician Pim Fortuyn continued to be at the forefront of Dutch politics as voters gave the major Dutch political parties the thumbs down reports Judit Neurink from Amsterdam"

Memories of Chechnya  5/24/02 Al Ahram: "With nearly 40 US casualties in Afghanistan and Taliban leader Mullah Mohamed Omar and Osama Bin Laden making defiant remarks in the media, the war against terror is far from over, reports Anayat Durrani from Washington "

US admits nerve gas experiments  5/24/02 BBC: What was that about Saddam gassing his own people?

US 'rethinking' Iraq attack  5/24/02 BBC: Having failed in re-taking Venezuela, the Bush team does not have the oil situation sufficiently nailed down to risk the disruptions of an Iraq war.

Venezuelan coup leader tries to flee  5/24/02 BBC 

Documents Reveal Plan to Develop Offensive BioWeapons  5/24/02 Counterpunch: pretty good, after falsely accusing Cuba of bioterrorism…

In Reichstag, Bush likens terrorists to Nazi killers  5/24/02 IHT: El Presidente Loco, fresh from his own Reichstag fires, seems to be getting ever more confused. Now he's got al Qaeda killing in the name of racial purity!

Nightmares of Reason  5/24/02 In These Times: "The left may gain some tactical points for joining the criticism of the Bush administration’s intelligence failures. But there is some irony in a left critique that derides the Bush administration for not adopting even more draconian surveillance methods. Instead, the left should take McKinney’s suggestion and follow the money. When found, that money is likely to be drenched in oil and politically flammable."

Venezuela: a coup countered  5/24/02 Le Monde Diplomatique 

Unchecked plunder of Congo's minerals  5/24/02 Mail & Guardian, SA: " The illegal plunder of Congo's mineral riches by the government's allies and opponents is continuing unabated and criminal networks based outside Africa may be using Congo's resources to launder money, a UN-appointed panel said in a report. The exploitation of Congo's natural wealth by foreign armies and their rebel supporters has resulted in "widespread conflict, indiscriminate arming of large portions of the population and considerable insecurity" -and battles are still being fought for control of areas rich in gold, diamonds, coltan and timber, it said."

Minneapolis FBI agent alleges headquarters set up roadblock to Moussaoui case; investigation to begin  5/24/02 Minneapolis Star Tribune: "The Associated Press reported that she said local agents became so frustrated with FBI headquarters that they attempted "an 11th-hour measure to bypass the FBI HQ roadblock" by directly notifying the CIA's counterterrorist center. They were "chastised" for trying, she alleged."

Objections to Lawyer-Prisoner Meeting  5/24/02 Newsday: "I really, really resent what the government is doing in the name of whatever," Dunham said. "They don't need to create this appearance of trying to make somebody disappear. That's what governments like China do, not what the U.S. does."

La fuga de Carmona evidencia su participación como golpista  5/24/02 Rebelion 

Dan Rather: Bush Issued Fake Terror Alert To Cover 911 Bungle  5/24/02 Rense: it just keeps getting better and better

British military prepare for nuclear war aftermath  5/24/02 Times, UK: "BRITISH military chiefs are drawing up plans for dealing with the consequences of a nuclear war on the Indian sub-continent that they now believe to be a “real possibility”.

Colombia Primer - Q & A on the conflict and US Role  5/24/02 Z Mag 

Thursday  5/23/02

topFBI Was Warned of Sept. 11 Hijacker  5/23/02 ABC News 

Colombian War Zone Spreads to Cities  5/23/02 AP: "We're looking for control of the cities because whoever has that is one step ahead in the war," said a man who called himself Gomelo, a paramilitary leader in a Medellin barrio who guided an Associated Press team around his territory during a recent trip. His fighters, dressed in the camouflage uniforms of the illegal United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, openly roam some neighborhoods. "

Drivers: Coca-Cola Sold Expired Soda in Minority Neighborhoods  5/23/02 BET News 

US pushes to keep its troops exempt from world court  5/23/02 Boston Globe: "All US ambassadors were told last month by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell to explore whether other nations were open to creating mutual agreements that would protect their ''nationals'' from the ''reach of the ICC,'' according to a copy of a diplomatic cable obtained by the Globe." Can't wait to see the line-up.

Israel and South Africa - Apartheid's Accidental Prophecy  5/23/02 Counterpunch: "Most people no longer recall that Israel remained a close ally with South Africa when the world embarked on a global boycott against it. Few remember that the weapons used to mow down young boys in Soweto were supplied by the State of Israel."

Our Pride and Our Glory - George Washington, The Whiskey Rebellion, and Military Tribunals  5/23/02 Democratic Underground: Tribunals have been used before, we are told, and were even used by that greatest of all Americans, George Washington himself. To those who have been swayed by this appeal to history it may come as a surprise to learn that during the first great attack on the United States - the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 - George Washington explicitly and firmly rejected the use of military tribunals. He even went so far as to state publicly that such a misuse of the military would be incompatible with the "essential principles of a free government."

Israeli tank blows up leading militant  5/23/02 Guardian, UK: "Israel assassinated the most powerful militia commander in the West Bank yesterday, firing five tank shells on a cemetery in a refugee camp to blow up the leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades."

Planet at 'crucial crossroads' as global warming looms, says report  5/23/02 Irish Times 

War in Colombia  5/23/02 National Security Archives: "Guerrillas, Drugs and Human Rights in U.S.-Colombia Policy, 1988-2002"

Game Of Patience  5/23/02 Outlook India: "The army wants war, but US pressure and Pakistan's nuclear capability make the government favour coercive diplomacy." Contrast this to US and British headlines about imminent nuclear war.

US operations in Paktia to find 20 missing troops  5/23/02 Pak News: "Diplomatic and intelligence sources believe that the joint US-British search operations in eastern Afghanistan are basically aimed at finding clue to the whereabouts of the missing personnel of the American special forces rather than capturing al-Qaeda or Taliban fighters."

Carta abierta al presidente Chávez  5/23/02 Rebelion 

Plan Colombia, la guerra sin límites  5/23/02 Rebelion 

Senator says FBI memo 'takes your breath away'  5/23/02 St Petersburg Times: "The information coming from Phoenix, the information coming from Minneapolis was stifled here at FBI headquarters," Shelby said. "I believe the FBI's got a lot of explaining to do."

Dictator-for-a-Day Pedro Carmona Estanga flown his luxurious coop!  5/23/02 Trinicenter 

Iraq: Bush seeks European support for attack  5/23/02 Ummah News: "Some 5,000 demonstrators, burning US flags and shouting 'Bush go home', rained fireworks, broken bottles and stones upon German riot policemen who tried to prevent the protesters from approaching the US president's hotel in the government district of Mitte."

Miraflores Presidential Palace Guard of Honor commander, Colonel Jesus Morao Gardona claims there were snipers on roofs  5/23/02 Vheadlines: "Speaking during National Assembly (AN) hearings, Morao Gardona said 7 armed men (5 Venezuelans, 2 Colombians) were arrested at a hotel close to the Presidential Palace on the orders of the Palace garrison commander, Colonel Almidien Moreno Acosta … “they cold-bloodedly assassinated many Venezuelans...” Presumably they were let go under the temporary coup regime.

FBI Seeks Pearl Video Ban on Net  5/23/02 Wired News: The FBI called the video of Pearl's execution "obscene." Is this in line with the Guantanamo S&M prisoner fantasies? Is the US government's imagaination turning more and more to bizaar practices?

Wednesday  5/22/02

topScams Away: The Boom Is Falling  5/22/02 AL Martin: "In an incredible display of arrogance, George Bush said that HE (not the White House, but HE) will no longer tolerate second-guessing on the subject of the growing questions of what did the Bush Administration know and when did it know it regarding threatened terrorist attacks against the United States prior to 9-11. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld then came out with a press release from the Department of Defense, stating that "those who ask questions could face government charges."

9 Killed in Colombian Raid  5/22/02 AP: "Police denied charges from Medellin human rights groups that police helicopters had strafed the neighborhood. At least 37 people -- including troops, police, civilians and guerrilla members -- were wounded, said Alejandro Usuga, Medellin's civil defense chief."

Violencia urbana en Colombia  5/22/02 BBC 

Foreknowledge of 9-11  5/22/02 Centre for Research on Globalization: "A Compilation of CRG articles and documents in support of a 9-11 Investigation"

Anti-U.S. Views at Pilot Schools Prompted Agent's Alert  5/22/02 NYT: the story is sure to prompt a review of anyone making "anti-US" statements!

Marwan Barghouti Suffers Torture in Prison, According to LAW  5/22/02 Palestine Chronicle: "Marwan Barghouti, member of the Palestinian Legistlative Council was visited by members of the LAW society on May 21. At that visit, LAW determined that Mr. Barghouti is suffering torture at the hands of the Israelis. According to LAW, Yesterday Barghouti was taken to the prison clinic. He suffers from pain in his back and hands, caused by position abuse. Barghouti's hands and legs are shackled to a small chair, angled to slant forward so that he cannot sit in a stable position. Due to nails sticking out of the chair on which is he is forced to sit for prolonged hours his back is bleeding. This position abuse, also known as 'shabeh' is the most common method of physical abuse applied by the Israeli General Security Service ('Shin Bet')."

Black Boomers Shout Reparations in the Court—But Go Silent in the 'Hood - No Masses, No Movement  5/22/02 Village Voice 

The Life and Crimes of General Montoya Uribe  5/22/02 Z Mag: why the US supports the Colombian narcoterrorists - “After Mexico and Venezuela, Colombia is the most important oil country in the region. After what happened on September 11th, the traditional oil sources for the United States (the Middle East) are less secure . . . Latin America could not cover a shortage, it could not supply (us) in a crisis, but it allows a small margin to work with and avoid price speculation . . . Colombia has great potential for exporting more oil to the United States, and now more than ever it is important for us to diversify our oil sources.”

Tuesday  5/21/02

topA Jewish View of the Jewish State  5/21/02 Arab News: "As a young teenager in Nazi-occupied Austria, I was offended by what struck me as parallels between Nazi and Zionist definitions of the Jews as an ethnic group."

Iceberg 35 miles long, 7 miles wide breaks away from Antarctica  5/21/02 CNN 

Kenny Boy to Georgie Boy: "Welcome to the Club"  5/21/02 Counterpunch 

ECHELON'S ARCHITECT  5/21/02 Cryptome: "Meet Bruce McIndoe. He has information that the Danish government and several others around the globe, continuously pretends isn't there. McIndoe knows that Echelon is real. Because he helped to build it. "Yes, that's right", McIndoe confirms to the Danish paper Ekstra Bladet today Bruce McIndoe dedicated more than ten years of his life to Echelon. He helped to finalize the original Echelon system starting in 1987. After that, he started to design Echelon II, an enlargement of the original system."

How Much Do US Presidents Know about Terror? The Intelligence Was there, But Blocked  5/21/02 Debka, the Israeli psyops site: More gems, however suspect - "DEBKAfile and DEBKA-Net-Weekly reveal here for the first time that the Egyptian military intelligence officer who handed Sadat the documents and tapes recording the conspiracy was none other than Ali Muhammad (whose strange career as an American Green Beret, Osama bin Laden’s senior operations officer and present location in a Manhattan jail, is detailed in Part Two of this series)… On February 21, 1994, Aldrich Ames was arrested in Washington for spying for Moscow. Five days later, a CIA unit was flown into Mogadishu and broke into UN offices there. They knew exactly where to look for the secret papers handed to Aidid with the signaling codes and operational plans of the US units who went into battle against him. Their instructions were to locate the documents and destroy them on the spot, which they did…. Very little was made in America and Europe of the hijack of Ethiopian Airways Flight 961, that took off from Addis Ababa for Nairobi on November 23, 1996, and never arrived… The passengers included the American consul in Bombay and his wife, as well as a senior CIA officer called Leslie Ann Shedd who, although only 28, was one of the great talents of the organization. Also aboard were seven senior directors of the Israeli Aviation Industries with bodyguards, the head of Ukraine military intelligence and the deputy commander of the Ukrainian air force. This group was on its way to a secret meeting at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem…. The hijackers took over the controls of the airliner early on in the attack – an early precursor of Islamic hijackers as trained pilots. One of the terrorists’ first actions was to separate the CIA agent, the Israelis and the Ukrainians from the other passengers. In the exchange of fire between the hijackers and the Israeli security men, Leslie Ann Shedd and all the IAI directors were shot dead together with the Ukrainian intelligence chief…. The landing in waters off the picturesque Indian Ocean Comoro Islands, just 500 yards from Galawa Beach resort on the northern tip of Grande Comore Island, was carefully planned in advance. Waiting ashore was a group of al Qaeda helpers led by Abdallah Muhamed Fazul, Osama bin Laden’s chief operations officer in East Africa."

The moon - a gigantic leap for the Chinese who spy a business opportunity in space  5/21/02 Guardian: "But now Chinese scientists have promised the ultimate great leap forward: a Chinese astronaut in orbit by 2005, a manned landing on the moon by 2010 - followed by a permanent lunar base to exploit the new high frontier of commerce."

Riddle of the spores - Why has the FBI investigation into the anthrax attacks stalled? The evidence points one way  5/21/02 Guardian, UK: looking for a mote in the eye of the Cuban neighbor while you have a beam in yours, oh mighty Yuma! "The army's development of weaponised anthrax, for example, directly contravenes both the biological weapons convention and domestic law. So does its plan to test live microbes in "aerosol chambers" at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, also in Maryland. So does its development of a genetically modified fungus for attacking coca crops in Colombia, and GM bacteria for destroying materials belonging to enemy forces. These, as the research group Project Sunshine has discovered, appear to be just a tiny sample of the illegal offensive biological research programmes which the US government has secretly funded. Several prominent scientists have suggested that the FBI's investigation is being pursued with less than the rigour we might have expected because the federal authorities have something to hide."

The U.S. ignored foreign warnings, too  5/21/02 IHT 

Rebels taking aim at bomb squads  5/21/02 Miami Herald 

Venezuela Coup Inquiry Threatened, Expert Says  5/21/02 NY Transfer News: "Political enmity, public suspicion and contaminated evidence are threatening to derail Venezuela's inquiry into killings that occurred during last month's coup against President Hugo Chavez, a leading member of the inquiry said on Tuesday."

Settlements in the West Bank - the authoritative map  5/21/02 Open Democracy: "This high-detail, colour-coded map with case studies shows the fragmentation of West Bank territory and the Jewish settlements in painstaking detail. For the first time, it reveals the potential settlement expansion provided for in masterplans." Israeli cowboys seek to move the Palestinians onto their reservations.

US Marines in swipe at British forces  5/21/02 Scotsman 

Chavez Still Searching for Proof of U.S. Coup Involvement  5/21/02 Stratfor: good coverup material.

War and peace is clash of cultures  5/21/02 Times, UK: "However, amid the backbiting, there still remains one martial element that is convinced of its superiority over US forces: the British soldier. “Here’s something for you Brits,” an American trooper had scrawled on the wall of the joint US-UK lavatories at Bagram airbase. “No Brits here — we’re all out fighting while you guard the toilets,” a British soldier had responded beside it, “something you’ll get more medals for anyway.”

Venezuelan Air Force (FAV) planes transported volunteer members of Venezuelan neighborhood watch committees to Cuba for alleged "indoctrination."  5/21/02 Vheadlines: "Unfortunately, the General made no comment on the FAV's humanitarian flights taking patients to Cuba for treatment and surgery as a result of Venezuela’s highly-inefficient, client-based hospital system."

Monday  5/20/02

topPolygraphs for Fort Detrick Workers  5/20/02 ABC News: they accuse Cuba but the main suspicion for the US anthrax scare is falling within the US biowar establishment.

AMERICA AWAKES From its post-9/11 sleep  5/20/02 Antiwar 

A tidal wave of generosity  5/20/02 Arab News, Saudi Arabia: "Across the Arab world, citizens and officials have been organizing lengthy telethons to raise food, medicine, clothes and ambulances for the Palestinians in the Jenin camp and elsewhere in the occupied territories. In Saudi Arabia, a government-sponsored telethon raised more than $85 million. Almost a third of it — $27 million — came in the form of a personal donation by Prince Alwaleed ibn Talal. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd gave $2.7 million; Crown Prince Abdullah, deputy premier and commander of the National Guard, gave $1.35 million; and Prince Sultan, second deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, gave $800,000."

Bomber kills three Israelis  5/20/02 Arab News, Saudi Arabia: "A Palestinian disguised as an Israeli soldier blew himself up in an Israeli market yesterday, killing three other people and shattering the belief of the Israelis that Ariel Sharon could guarantee them security. The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine both claimed responsibility for the attack that was condemned by the Palestinian Authority of Yasser Arafat."

Profile: Alvaro Uribe Velez  5/20/02 BBC: "They have tried to paint him as the candidate of the right-wing paramilitaries that were responsible for killing more than 1,000 unarmed people last year through their policy of massacres and assassinations of suspected guerrillas, trade unionists, left-wing intellectuals, human rights workers and journalists. Most of the raw material for such accusations comes from Mr Uribe's term as governor of his home province of Antioquia from 1995-1998. During this time he set up a network of rural security cooperatives, known as Convivirs. At least two of these later became fronts for the paramilitaries. Not only is Mr Uribe unapologetic, but plans to create a national militia of some one million citizens to help bring state presence to the half of the country under the control of the warring factions."

Activists Pull Black Agenda from the Shadow of Sept. 11 Attacks  5/20/02 Black Press USA: "Domestic issues that were muted by the September 11 terrorist attacks are being pushed to the forefront as the fall elections approach, say activists and political observers who are gearing up voting and public policy campaigns."

Israeli's Alibi has a few problems  5/20/02 Mad Cow: "The MadCowMorningNews has learned that the elderly woman who (supposedly) provided the two Israelis arrested in Oak Harbor Washington with their alibi has—just one week later—moved, or disappeared, and cannot be found to corroborate her account." Kind of like the 2 Israelis arrested attempting to attack the Mexican Senate, another non-story.

Middle East: The Sky’s the Limit  5/20/02 Newsweek: why the violence will continue: "Nahmani, who immigrated to Israel from New Jersey in 1984 and was active for years in left-wing projects, never thought she’d live across the Green Line. But Palestinian violence had hardened her views and, at 38, she was more focused than ever on providing a home for her family. “It was a financial issue. We paid $100,000 less and we got a house that’s big enough for our family,” she says, sitting in the Maaleh Adumim home she purchased last summer."

Militants target Army, firing continues at LoC  5/20/02 Times of India: "Meanwhile, a heavy exchange of gunfire continued between Indian and Pakistani soldiers in Samba and Ranbir Singh Pura sectors in Jammu & Kashmir. No casualties were immediately reported, police said."

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