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8/12/02 - 8/18/02  

Sunday  8/18/02

Bahrain joins Iran in opposing U.S. attack on Iraq  8/18/02 ap: "Bahrain, a key U.S. ally in the Gulf, on Sunday joined Iran in opposing American military action against Iraq."

Hip-Hop Fridays: Davey D's Exclusive Interview With Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney  8/18/02 Black Electorate 

What’s Amiss with US-Israel Relations?  8/18/02 Debka: "The Bush administration, which only last month sought $200m in special counter-terror aid for Israel, has just suspended its allocation. This underplayed news tidbit reflects an element of displeasure, according to DEBKAfile’s Washington sources, at the latest trends at the top of Israeli politics - chiefly the resurgence of the pro-Oslo camp with fresh demands for concessions and dialogue with Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Authority and a new left-wing challenger for the Labor party leadership against defense minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer, Haifa mayor Amram Mitzna. This former army general, 57, promises if elected to take Labor out of Ariel Sharon’s unity government and open unconditional negotiations with the Palestinians, failing which he will effect a unilateral Israeli withdrawal (he does not say to which boundaries), together with the removal of all Jewish settlements from the Gaza Strip and most from the West Bank."

Saudis plan campaign against US interference  8/18/02 from the important Saudi Arabia dissident site: ""Washington is applying pressure on Riyadh to make internal changes to Islamic groups and education and to soften its position on Iraq and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict," Saudi analyst Dawood al-Shurayan said. "There is a long list of American demands which Saudi Arabia has not responded to such as Pakistan or Yemen," on issues related to fighting "terrorism", said Shurayan, an outspoken columnist who runs Al-Hayat newspaper in the kingdom. "Riyadh is still counting on US-Saudi historical ties, but Washington is no longer looking to these ties as it did before Sept 11," he added. "The lawsuit is part of the US campaign against the kingdom. It is no coincidence and it is not far away from the US official eye."

Chickens in Paris, Eggs in Caracas - Scrambled Priorities of "Reporters Without Borders" Precede Shooting  8/18/02 NarcoNews: "Perhaps since the organization "Reporters Without Borders" turns a blind eye to attacks on Community Journalists who are Venezuelan, it will not be so blind in the case of the attacks on the European cameraman Dupret. We repeat that "Reporters Without Borders" receives 44 percent of its funding from the European Commission, which reports to the Parliament that employs Mr. Dupret. We urge our many European readers to alert members of the Parliament and the Commission of the direct responsibility - through its knowing and complicit silence about events which it was warned about two days prior - of "Reporters Without Borders" for the attacks of July 31, and August 1 and 2 against press and public freedom in Venezuela."

Newsweek Cover Special Report: 'The War Crimes of Afghanistan' America's Afghan Allies Asphyxiated Hundreds of Surrendering Taliban Prisoners En Route to Jail, Transporting Them in Sealed Cargo Containers; Bodies Buried in Mass Grave  8/18/02 PR Newswire: "Newsweek's extensive inquiries of prisoners, truckdrivers, Afghan militiamen and local villagers, including interviews with survivors who licked and chewed each other's skin to stay alive, suggest also that many hundreds of people died. And while nothing that Newsweek learned suggests that American forces had advance knowledge of the killings, witnessed the prisoners being stuffed into the unventilated trucks, or were in a position to prevent that, they were in the area of the prison at the time the containers were delivered, although probably not when they were opened, report National Security Correspondent John Barry, Special Correspondent Babak Dehghanpisheh, and Diplomatic Correspondent Roy Gutman in the Aug. 26 issue." Other witnesses say US troops were there when they were opened and aided in the coverup, helping Aghan Allies to avoid satellite detection.

Revelan que Bush destinó casi 14 millones de dólares a evitar que se repitiera el recuento de votos en Florida y poder ganar la presidencia  8/18/02 Rebelion: "Un nuevo escándalo involucra al presidente de los Estados Unidos, George W. Bush. Ahora, apareció un expediente que revela supuestos pagos a activistas republicanos para frenar el recuento de votos en Miami, Florida, cuya elección definió la llegada de Bush a la Casa Blanca. Los pagos se hicieron para financiar la denominada "Protesta de los Brooks Brothers", que se llevó a cabo el 22 de noviembre de 2000."

Saturday  8/17/02

topKissinger joins protests at Bush plan to attack Iraq  8/17/02 Independent, UK: "The names who have come forward this week to express scepticism or outright opposition to a military invasion could not be more high-profile: Henry Kissinger, the primary architect of American foreign and security policy during the second half of the Cold War, who is considered something of a Delphic oracle by many Americans; Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser to George Bush Snr and is still close to the whole Bush family; and Lawrence Eagleburger, another veteran from the Reagan-Bush era who briefly served as Secretary of State after the 1991 Gulf War."

Return to Afghanistan: Americans begin to suffer grim and bloody backlash  8/17/02 Independent, UK: "The Americans are being attacked almost every night. There have been three shootings in Kandahar, with an American officer wounded in the neck near the airport two weeks ago. American troops can no longer dine out in Kandahar's cafés. Today, US forces are under attack in Khost province. Two Afghan auxiliaries were killed and five American soldiers wounded near the Pakistan border at the end of July."

Egypt will not let US warships pass through Suez Canal  8/17/02 IPS: perhaps this explains Bush criticism over human rights violations in Egypt that would normally be ignored.

Officers Say U.S. Aided Iraq in War Despite Use of Gas  8/17/02 NYT: "A covert American program during the Reagan administration provided Iraq with critical battle planning assistance at a time when American intelligence agencies knew that Iraqi commanders would employ chemical weapons in waging the decisive battles of the Iran-Iraq war, according to senior military officers with direct knowledge of the program."

Is US Arms Buildup In Response to Crisis in Saudi Arabia? (8/3/02)  8/17/02 Peter Dale Scott: "The current noise in Washington about invading Iraq seems so inane, ("somewhat ludicrous," in the trenchant words of Jordan's pro-Western King Abdullah II) and the Democratic challenge to it in Congress so feeble, that it is worth wondering whether some other factor, not openly discussed, underlies the current US mobilization in the Middle East. If there is such a hidden factor, it is probably the current political crisis in Saudi Arabia, amply reported in the British and Canadian press, but barely (if at all) in the American."

Friday  8/16/02

topGeneral Taken Off Bombing Probe  8/16/02 AP: "The decision to take the case away from Lt. Gen. Michael Moseley follows criticism from lawyers for the accused pilots that the three-star general was predisposed to find the pilots guilty, officials said Friday."

Bush accused over security plans  8/16/02 BBC: "President George W Bush is seeking "dictatorial powers" in his efforts to combat future terrorist threats, the Democrats' leader in the Senate, Tom Daschle, has said."

Saudis 'should reconsider US ties'  8/16/02 BBC: "According to French news agency AFP, only two out of nearly a dozen Saudi dailies carried details of the lawsuit filed in Washington on Thursday. Neither mentioned the naming in the suit of three Saudi royals: former intelligence chief Turki al-Faisal al-Saud, Defence Minister Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, and businessman Mohammed al Faisal al-Saud." Prince Turki has a long and interesting history.

Congresswoman MckInney Freedom Ride!!!  8/16/02 Black World Today: "I spoke first, and was able to say to Gephardt that the Democratic non-response to this veteran lawmaker's re-election campaign is seen as cowardly and disloyal by the American people. I pointed out that McKinney has opened up an entirely new voting bloc in the Arab-American population, that her organizational skills are awesome. I believe McKinney is the link between Black and White progressives and that lack of Democratic support shows lack of vision and lack of loyalty by the party. I told Gephardt that people have no reason to be Democrats because the Democrats do not support their own, as evidenced by how they are dealing with Congresswoman McKinney. Further, the lack of response on the Democratic party is seen as racially biased, and that if they have any hopes for 2004, they must support the Congresswoman now."

Truth and Justice In Venezuela  8/16/02 Black World Today 

$116 trillion lawsuit filed by 9/11 families  8/16/02 CNN: "Acknowledging the odds are against them, relatives of the September 11 attacks filed a 15-count, $116 trillion lawsuit Thursday against the company run by Osama bin Laden's family, Saudi Arabian princes and Sudan."

FLORIDA DEMOCRATS CALL ON JEB BUSH TO WITHDRAW APPOINTMENT OF NEW DCF SECRETARY AND CONDUCT A THOROUGH SEARCH FOR A NEW DCF SECRETARY  8/16/02 Florida Democratic Party: "In an essay copyrighted in 1989 and 1999 entitled The Christian World View of the Family, along with George Rekers, Ph.D., Regier writes: In times of financial crisis, the wife may, with her husband’s approval, accept temporary outside employment, but that the family should view this as bondage. Submission prohibits a wife from respectfully and lovingly rebuking her Christian husband." Etc.

US adviser warns of Armageddon  8/16/02 Guardian: "One of the Republican party's most respected foreign policy gurus yesterday appealed for President Bush to halt his plans to invade Iraq, warning of "an Armageddon in the Middle East". The outspoken remarks from Brent Scowcroft, who advised a string of Republican presidents, including Mr Bush's father, represented an embarrassment for the administration on a day it was attempting to rally British public support for an eventual war."

Pax Christi urges civil disobedience if U.S. escalates war on Iraq  8/16/02 National Catholic Reporter: "The civil disobedience pledge was sponsored by eight national peace groups. In addition to Pax Christi USA they include the American Friends Service Committee, Education for Peace in Iraq Center, Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Lutheran Peace Fellowship, National Network to End the War against Iraq, and Voices in the Wilderness. The petition, which was circulated for signatures at the assembly, indicates willingness “to join with others to engage in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience at U.S. federal facilities in order to prevent or halt the death and destruction that U.S. military action causes the people of Iraq.”

Oil Deal With Cuba challenged in Ven court  8/16/02 Petroleum World: "Venezuelan opposition politicians filed a court case contending that the Venezuela-Cuba Energy pact is illegal because it wasn't approved by Congress and Venezuela's Supreme Court is considering the oil-assistance pact legality, according to AP." The same Supreme Court that was bribed to ignore the criminal acts of senior military officers during the coup.

Thursday  8/15/02

topJOINT OPERATION BY ARMY, MARINES AND DEATH SQUADS  8/15/02 ANNCOL: "Organisations representing indigenous, peasant and Afro-Colombian communities in the Naya region of Colombia have sent a message saying that they fear that the security forces are preparing for a large-scale operation in the region aimed at assassinating locals accused of being guerrilla sympathisers. The urgent message, which was signed by local social and church organisations and human rights groups, says that they fear a repeat of the huge massacre last year in with soldiers and death squads killed over 100 civilians in Naya. According to the document in recent months the paramilitaries have carried out more and more selective assassinations in the area, which is made up of the municipalities of Buenos Aires and Suárez in Cauca department and Buenaventura municipality in neighbouring Valle department."

Video on germ warfare during Korean War found  8/15/02 Japan Today: "Japanese researchers announced Wednesday that they made a video copy of film footage in Pyongyang indicating the United States conducted germ warfare against China and North Korea during the Korean War. The researchers, who recently returned from Pyongyang with the video, said the footage includes germ weapons believed to have been dropped by U.S. forces, as well as a confession by a captured pilot admitting to U.S. involvement in germ warfare. It also records that flies and spiders were dropped from U.S. airplanes to spread epidemics and that epidemic prevention measures were taken by North Korea, they said."

Detained Colorado native virtually inaccessible  8/15/02 Nando Times 

PROTESTS ERUPT IN VENEZUELA OVER DEFINITIVE SUPREME COURT DECISION NOT TO TRY COUP LEADERS  8/15/02 Radio Havana: "During his weekly radio program "Alo Presidente," broadcast on Sunday -- just a few days before the latest legal ruling -- the Venezuelan leader accused the Supreme Court of bowing to pressure and possibly accepting bribes to rule in favor of the four military officers who took part in April's attempted coup. Hugo Chavez said he has evidence that some of the Court justices were being manipulated by people who have a lot of money, warning that the Venezuelan people would not stand idly by while those responsible for violating the Constitution get away scott free."

ECUADOR : THE BASE AT MANTA, A U.S. ENCLAVE  8/15/02 Radio Progresso, Miami: "Howard Air Force Base in Panama, which was involved in the various operations of U.S. military intervention in Latin America that left bloody tracks in the Dominican Republic, Grenada and also in Panama, at the direction of the U.S. Defense Department has transferred and extended its operations to Ecuador, Aruba and El Salvador by establishing the so-called “Forward Operating Locations” (FOLs)."

Wednesday  8/14/02

topInformation on Jewish Defense League Terrorist Glenn Spencer of American Border Patrol  8/14/02 Aztlan: "On the morning of May 12, 2000, two Arizona ranchers on horseback and armed with high power hunting rifles shot and critically wounded an undocumented Mexican worker attempting to cross the border near Sasabe, Arizona. Four other young men accompanying 20 year old Miguel Angel Palofox Aguerrin of Guasave, Sinaloa were also shot at by the vigilantes. Miguel and four of his companions came under lethal attack by two Anglos on horseback porting sidearms and high power hunting rifles. Miguel Angel Palofox Aguerrin stated that his group was suddenly ambushed by the two vigilantes on horseback. He was shot on the face. The bullet tore through his neck and exited through his ear."

U.S. Christian Zionists stage telethon in support of `My People'  8/14/02 Haaretz, Israel: "According to Gonzalez and other telethon organizers, half of the haul is going to the Albuquerque federation, which will then transfer its entire share to the UJC's Israel Emergency Fund. The other half of the money will be used to produce daily news segments on Israel for Christian television stations."

Robert Fisk: Afghanistan is on the brink of another disaster The Americans now leave the beatings to Afghan allies, but the CIA are there during the beatings  8/14/02 Independent, UK: "This is just how the Americans began in Vietnam. They went in squeaky clean with advisers, there were some incidents of "termination with extreme prejudice", after which it was the Vietnamese intelligence boys who did the torture."

Camps for Citizens: Ashcroft's Hellish Vision  8/14/02 LA Times: "The camp plan was forged at an optimistic time for Ashcroft's small inner circle, which has been carefully watching two test cases to see whether this vision could become a reality. The cases of Jose Padilla and Yaser Esam Hamdi will determine whether U.S. citizens can be held without charges and subject to the arbitrary and unchecked authority of the government. Hamdi has been held without charge even though the facts of his case are virtually identical to those in the case of John Walker Lindh. Both Hamdi and Lindh were captured in Afghanistan as foot soldiers in Taliban units. Yet Lindh was given a lawyer and a trial, while Hamdi rots in a floating Navy brig in Norfolk, Va." It is in perfect accordance with the general practice of the US government that Lindh is white and these two are not.

Beyond Baghdad: Expanding Target List - Washington looks at overhauling the Islamic and Arab world  8/14/02 Newsweek 

Scientist's death haunts family  8/14/02 San Jose Mercury News: "Only in 1975 did Olson's family learn that the CIA had slipped LSD into his drink, days before his death. President Ford apologized for an experiment gone awry, and promised that the government would reveal everything about the case. But newly obtained documents show that the Ford administration continued to conceal information about Olson -- particularly his role in some of the CIA's most controversial research of the Cold War, on anthrax and other biological weapons. The documents show that two of the key officials involved in the decision to withhold that information were White House aides Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, today the nation's vice president and secretary of defense."

Anti-US mujahideen inflict more casualties in Gardez  8/14/02 Ummah News: "A missile attack was launched on Sunday night by the Mujahideen at the residential complex of US commandos in Gardez, capital city of the Afghan province of Paktia. In the attack, the Mujahideen fired 10 remote controlled missiles at the Coalition Forces, killing 11 soldiers (including US commandos) and seriously injuring 18 others."

Hapless Military Personnel Are Ordered to Use Plastic, Get Dunned by the Pentagon - Staring Debt in the Face  8/14/02 Village Voice: "U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan—ordered to don't leave home without their GTCs—have found themselves stranded in the desert without a dime because their credit was suddenly cut off, according to a May 29 report in the Military Times, leaving families behind in a nasty catch-22: Swallow the debt, or borrow more money to pay the bills so their credit wouldn't be ruined… Concocted by Congress in 1998, the GTC was designed to privatize the accounting of federal travel expenses and touted to save taxpayer money. (It also reaps huge fees by the financial conglomerates that issue the cards.) It works like this: Servicepeople are ordered to apply for personal GTCs—interest-free credit cards issued exclusively by the Bank of America. Instead of requesting vouchers or getting cash to pay for travel expenses, servicepeople pay up front with the their own GTC cards—essentially floating interest-free loans to the government. As a result, they have to submit expense reports and wait for reimbursements."

Senators Criticize FBI, Justice Whistle-Blower's Allegations Ignored, Lawmakers Say  8/14/02 Washington Post: "Edmonds sued the Justice Department last month, alleging that she was fired for reporting the behavior of her Washington field office colleague. Edmonds alleged that Dickerson tried to recruit her to join the target group that was under investigation by FBI counterintelligence agents. She also alleged that Dickerson threatened her life and the lives of her relatives overseas. Yesterday, attorneys for Edmonds filed a motion in U.S. District Court seeking to compel the deposition testimony of Dickerson and her husband, U.S. Air Force Maj. Douglas Dickerson. The lawyers said they are seeking expedited depositions because the Dickersons are set to leave the country on Sept. 6. Though Dickerson has voluntarily left the FBI, Assistant General Counsel Betsy Levensohn said the bureau opposes the deposition because the couple are protected by law enforcement, state secret and attorney-client privileges."

U.S. accuses EU of jawboning nations  8/14/02 Washington Times: "Spain is not just Spain; Spain is also European Union," she said. "We will be addressing all the concerns" of the United States and the European Union at the EU foreign ministers' meeting by the end of the month, she said. Mr. Prodi has said he regrets that Romania, one of the would-be EU nations, has already signed a treaty pledging not to send U.S. soldiers to the court. Israel has signed a similar agreement. Yesterday, Switzerland and India joined a list of nations that say they will not sign the treaties sought by the United States. Yugoslavia said Monday that it would not sign."

Tuesday  8/13/02

topRetracing the Anthrax Trail - Authorities Circulate Hatfill Photo in New Jersey  8/13/02 ABC News: "The photo is being shown to merchants in Princeton, N.J., where a mailbox tested positive for the presence of anthrax. The man in the photograph is Steven J. Hatfill,, a scientist whose home has been repeatedly searched by the FBI, sources said."

5 die in grenade attack in Afghanistan  8/13/02 AFP: "Unidentified attackers killed five people including four children in a grenade attack on a house near the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) reported on Tuesday."

Why Isn't Stephen Hatfill in Jail?  8/13/02 Alternet: not in the mainstream press: "Hatfill's colleagues have reported that he lost his security clearance because he failed a lie detector test, specifically when asked questions about his service in the late 1970s with a secret, undercover military unit of the white, racist Rhodesian government… The Selous Scouts were notorious for using chemical and biological warfare against the black independence fighters in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and against the black civilian population of Rhodesia (who occasionally gave material help to the opposition). Historians have documented that the Selous Scouts seeded rivers with cholera, used the chemical toxins warfarin and thallium, sold parathion-laced clothing to opposition fighters and civilians alike, poisoned reservoirs and wells, and were almost certainly responsible for causing the world's largest anthrax outbreak, which sickened over 10,000 people and killed 182."

Swiss decline U.S. deal to dodge war crimes court  8/13/02 AP: "Switzerland has refused a side agreement with the United States to keep American soldiers out of reach of a new international war crimes court, the Swiss foreign minister said Tuesday. Joseph Deiss told reporters the accord with Washington would have undermined the authority of the International Criminal Court and the principle of universal justice."

Colombia resorts to historical war strategy: civil resistance  8/13/02 CS Monitor: "But Mayor Tombé has seen the benefits of involving civilians in the protracted conflict. "[The FARC] have done nothing with me," he says from a makeshift office he uses part of the week in Popayan, one of the "prudent" security measures he has adopted since the FARC's edict. "I have a lot of backing from the community." Wearing the traditional black bowler hat and bright purple skirt of his tribe, Tombé declares: "If they do anything with me, they're going to have a lot of difficulties with the community. There will be an indigenous uprising." That is exactly what happened last month in the nearby towns of Totoró and Toribío, in the southwestern province of Cauca. The largely indigenous communities marched in the streets to defend their elected officials when the FARC arrived." Sounds like the Sandinistas in their relations with Atlantic coast Indians. When will the conquistadors learn?

Neo-Nazi leader 'was MI6 agent'  8/13/02 Guardian: "Germany's most notorious postwar neo-Nazi party was led by an intelligence agent working for the British, according to both published and unpublished German sources. The alleged agent - the late Adolf von Thadden - came closer than anyone to giving the far-right real influence over postwar German politics."

By Wading Deeper Into Afghanistan, the U.S. Could Step Into a Big Hole  8/13/02 LA Times 

Black on Black - Why Inner-City Murder Rates Are Soaring  8/13/02 Pacific News Service: "In the past, crimes committed by Blacks against other Blacks were often ignored or lightly punished. Many studies have confirmed that the punishment Blacks receive when the victim is white is far more severe than if the victim is Black. The implicit message is that Black lives are expendable. This perceived devaluation of Black lives by racism has encouraged disrespect for the law, and has forced many Blacks to internalize anger and displace aggression onto others."

U.S. Navy Retracts Denial of Arms Shipment to Gulf  8/13/02 Reuters 

Officials Downplay Terror Suspect  8/13/02 Washington Post: showing up Ashcroft: "An American touted by Attorney General John Ashcroft as a significant terrorism figure with plans to detonate a radioactive bomb is probably a "small fish" with no ties to al-Qaida cell members in the United States, law enforcement officials say. The FBI's investigation has produced no evidence that Jose Padilla had begun preparations for an attack and little reason to believe he had any support from al-Qaida to direct such a plot, said one of the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity."

Monday  8/12/02

topSoldier Opens Fire on Israeli Journalist in Taxi; Army Says He Will Be Tried  8/12/02 AP: for an Arab journalist, this would have been tolerated behavior.

Millions at risk from 'Asian Brown Cloud'  8/12/02 CNN: "A three kilometer (two mile) thick cloud of pollution shrouding southern Asia is threatening the lives of millions of people in the region and could have an impact much further afield, according to a United Nations-sponsored study. It said the cloud, a toxic cocktail of ash, acids, aerosols and other particles, was damaging agriculture and changing rainfall patterns across the region which stretches from Afghanistan to Sri Lanka."

Oil Jumps on Fears of Iraq Attack Buildup  8/12/02 Reuters 

McKinney Challenger Levels Financial Playing Field  8/12/02 Roll Call: "State Judge Denise Majette raised more than six times as much as Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) last month, according to new reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, closing what had been a huge gap in resources. The financial mismatch was by far the most striking among House campaigns in the Peach State, although most of the other competitive Aug. 20 primaries in the state are open seat races… Both campaigns, however, have received PAC contributions from organizations aligned with each side of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Many of the same political action committees that supported Davis have given money to Majette, while McKinney has received contributions from similar interest groups that backed Hilliard, such as the Arab American Leadership PAC." This is as close as the report comes to identifying the pro-Israel lobby as the funding source.

Bush's snoopers plan hits backlash  8/12/02 Sydney Morning Herald: "The Bush Administration, backing away from a controversial anti-terrorism plan in the face of a public backlash, says it will no longer solicit terrorism tips from utility workers, postal employees and anyone else with access to people's homes. That pledge scales back President George Bush's recently unveiled plan to set up a national network of domestic tipsters from within the workforce. The Administration still plans to enlist workers as part of Operation Tips, but officials have decided that workers with access to homes and private property will not be authorised to use the special, non-published tipster hotline, Justice Department officials said."

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