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9/2/02 - 9/8/02  

Sunday  9/8/02

Diplomatic solution to Iraqi crisis is still possible: Powell  9/8/02 Arab News, Saudi Arabia 

Former US diplomat says Arafat obtained freedom of US hostages  9/8/02 Arab News, Saudi Arabia: "According to his testimony, as recounted in yesterday’s issue of Le Monde, “they took it upon themselves to go to Teheran (to fetch the US captives), and came back with thirteen (US) hostages on Thanksgiving Day 1979.” In spite of their act, and Arafat’s personal intervention, notes Dean with sadness today, “nobody ever thought of thanking him for what he did.” Nor ever making public the PLO leader’s role in liberating the US hostages."

World has drifted apart from America  9/8/02 Arab News, Saudi Arabia: "The tragedy of Sept. 11 was not just the incinerated bodies and the shock to the political nervous system of our one and only superpower; it is that a year later it has led to America becoming separated from the world at large. Governments may still pay formal allegiance to Washington, but behind the façade of politeness few have a kind word."

Plan Colombia otorga inmunidad para los soldados norteamericanos  9/8/02 Granma: "El Plan Colombia de lucha contra las drogas y la insurgencia, que financia Washington, incluye una cláusula que concede inmunidad a los militares estadounidenses destacados en el país andino, señaló la canciller colombiana, Carolina Barco, citada por la agencia AFP."

Iraq war could add 65p to a gallon  9/8/02 Guardian, UK: 65p is about $1.

Iraq chose Saddam for good reason. The West needs a history lesson  9/8/02 Independent: published 8/4/02 - "In view of Saddam's ruthlessness in dealing with the Kurds in Iraq, his war with Iran and his invasion of Kuwait, it is hard to conceive that there are younger Iraqi leaders who believe Saddam has not been tough enough, and that, although the United States has the most powerful armed forces in the world, Americans do not have the stomach for the sacrifices an all-out war in the Middle East would entail."

U.S. Investigation Clears Wedding Party Bombing  9/8/02 LA Times: this event was a turning point in Afghanistan, where it angered many and contributed to a mobilization of anti-US sentiment a year after the US invasion, much as anti-Soviet sentiment took a year to coalesce after Moscow took Kabul.

America Alone in the World  9/8/02 The American Prospect: by Stanley Hoffman - "Instead, the administration has alienated allies and inflamed adversaries repeatedly over the last year. The multiple, half-baked rationales for action against Iraq have confused and disturbed even old allies such as Germany and Britain. The notion that the United States retains a prerogative to act alone in its own purported interests or those of the whole "world community" is clearly incompatible with the UN charter and international law. The self-perception of a unique and benevolent American empire charged with maintaining order in the world irritates allies and adversaries alike. And the oft-expressed contempt for international institutions except those controlled by the United States -- the view that only weak powers should be constrained by them or could benefit from them -- has alienated and exasperated many of our best friends. The fact is that the United States took the lead in creating these institutions of collective security after 1945, precisely when it was the strongest superpower. That generation understood that it is the hegemonic state, paradoxically, that has the greatest interest in links of reciprocity, international law and mutual restraint."

Saturday  9/7/02

topMcKinney’s father next on Jewish ‘hit list’  9/7/02 Arab News, Saudi Arabia: "First, right-wing American Jews went after US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. Now they’ve set their sights on her father, 30-year Georgia state representative Billy McKinney, as their next target. McKinney, 75, has become the focus of the Atlanta-area Jewish community after his most recent criticism of Jews, which resulted in skyrocketing donations for his challenger’s campaign. The problem? When he was asked about his daughter’s disappointing campaign the day before her defeat in the Aug. 20 primary, McKinney told a television interviewer: “Jews have bought everybody.” When asked to further explain his daughter’s political difficulties, he said: “Jews. J-E-W-S.” McKinney, a senior Democrat in the Georgia state house and well-known civil-rights leader, has held his seat for 30 years with little difficulty. But he was forced into a Sept. 10 runoff after failing to obtain the required majority. McKinney picked up 48 percent of the vote on Aug. 20, to his challenger’s, John Noel’s, 46 percent. The winner will gain the seat, as there is no Republican challenger."

Rise Up...Dump Bush  9/7/02 Counterpunch: "We must start acting like self-governing adults who reject rule by the oil industry, military contractors, and other corporate profiteers. George W. Bush and his administration (many of them fellow Vietnam-era draft dodgers) blundered into a new quagmire in Afghanistan. Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian territories exploded into a raging inferno of deadly violence. The conflict between Pakistan and India over Kashmir threatens to follow suit, perhaps escalating into nuclear war. Much of Latin America--including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, and Venezuela--balances on the brink of economic meltdown, political coups and chaos, primarily caused by corporate globalization policies hatched in Washington that exploit their resources. Our environment shows more signs of severe damage with every cycle of the seasons and cascading problems of pollution, drought, fire and flooding."

Revealed: The Taliban minister, the US envoy and the warning of September 11 that was ignored  9/7/02 Independent, UK: "Mr Muttawakil's aide, who has stayed on in Kabul and who has to remain anonymous for his security, described in detail to The Independent how he alerted first the Americans and then the United Nations of the coming calamity of 11 September."

War Now!  9/7/02 Palestine Chronicle: "The war plan of the Bushies makes sense only if the US leadership is ready - more than that, is actually longing for - the occupation of Iraq in order to remain there for many-many years. Such an occupation will necessitate a big investment of troops and resources. It will commit large military forces for a long time. That is why the plan is opposed by the American generals (including the Secretary of State, General Colin Powell). But in the eyes of Bush and his advisers, this is a very worthwhile investment that would yield immense benefits."

What Americans have learnt - and not learnt - since 9/11  9/7/02 The Age, Australia: "Endless war poses a far greater danger to the United States than perceived enemies do, writes Noam Chomsky."

Friday  9/6/02

topEarth Summit failure 'death sentence' for pollution-breathing Indians  9/6/02 AFP: "For Ashok Kumar in New Delhi, one of the world's 10 most polluted cities, the inaction of the Earth Summit in Johannesburg is the equivalent of a "death sentence" at the hands of the developed world. Like many others, Kumar, a 37-year-old engineer, rarely goes out without covering his face "to avoid choking" on the carbon monoxide fumes from the buses, scooters, trucks and auto rickshaws that congest the streets of the Indian capital."

Canadian teen held by U.S. military  9/6/02 CBC: "Fifteen-year-old former Toronto resident Omar Al Khadr has not been charged with a crime, according to the Foreign Affairs Department. Officials said he was injured and taken into custody during a combat operation at the end of July. An American soldier died in the battle. Published reports suggest Khadr is a suspect in the death and is also thought to have links to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network. But Canadian authorities said Thursday that accusations against the teen are still under investigation, and that they're not sure what evidence the U.S. has."

Colombia's War on Unions - The Coca-Cola Killings  9/6/02 Counterpunch: "The Coca-Cola killings in Colombia continue. Last week union activist Adolfo de Jesus Munera was murdered shortly after he received notice that a law suit filed by him against Coca-Cola was accepted by Colombia's Constitutional Court. Adolfo de Jesus Munera was a regional leader of the Sinaltrainal food industry workers' union and a former employee of the Coca-Cola plant Embotelladora Roman in the town of Barranquilla. Before Munera, seven other union leaders from Coca-Cola plants in Colombia have been murdered and others have been abducted and tortured. The attacks against the union activists are usually accompanied by threats to all Coca-Cola employees to quit their union." Things go better with Coke.

Dark Alliance, the Director's Cut  9/6/02 Counterpunch: by Gay Webb - "I wanted to let every one know that the original Dark Alliance website the Mercury News quietly took down in 1998 is back in all of its flaming glory. I reconstructed it from a CDROM that Jerry Ceppos ordered destroyed after the rest of the press began whining that using the CIA seal in our website logo was just a little too too. So thousands of CDs and paper reprints were burned."

Wake-up call  9/6/02 Guardian, UK: "If the US and Iraq do go to war, there can only be one winner, can't there? Maybe not. This summer, in a huge rehearsal of just such a conflict - and with retired Lieutenant General Paul Van Riper playing Saddam - the US lost. Julian Borger asks the former marine how he did it"

Colombian Spy Official Is Slain  9/6/02 LA Times 

New Book To Be Published Entitled 'Searching Jenin: Eyewitness Accounts of the Israeli Invasion 2002'  9/6/02 Palestine Chronicle: "A culture and a people are destroyed, but no one knows, no one acts--a conspiracy of silence prevents the word from reaching the public. Help us defeat Israeli censorship. We urgently need your assistance to make sure that news of the maimings, torture, and deaths that occurred during the Israeli invasion of Jenin reach the American and British public. Israel refused the UN inspection team. Will the cover up succeed? Help us make sure that Truth prevails. After months of night-and-day work, editor Ramzy Baroud, his wife Suzy, and a dozen West Bank journalists and photographers assembled the material for Searching Jenin. The core of this book is 42 gripping, heart-rending testimonies from children, women, and men who lived through the invasion."

Dossier n.5 será investigado por la Asamblea Nacional  9/6/02 Rebelion: "La prensa reseña un documento que devela un supuesto plan conspirativo para reeditar en los próximos días un golpe de Estado como el del pasado 11 de abril. El documento, presentado al pueblo venezolano por el presidente de la Asamblea Nacional Willian Lara, y los diputados Desiree Santos Amaral y Tarek William Saab, para que sea objeto de una investigación por parte de la Comisión Delegada y precisar su veracidad, está suscrito por un equipo técnico asesor de la Comisión de Estrategia de la Coordinadora Democrática (CD), y presenta un plan desestabilizador con nombres, fechas y acciones concretas a desarrollar en lo que han denominado el "septiembre negro", con el objetivo de generar caos y un alzamiento militar contra el presidente Hugo Chávez."

Situation Deteriorating Rapidly in Afghanistan  9/6/02 Stratfor: from 8/28 - "Recent reports indicate the Taliban and al Qaeda are regrouping in preparation for a major escalation of fighting in Afghanistan. Moreover, STRATFOR has received intelligence that resistance to U.S. forces in Afghanistan has spread well beyond these groups, threatening a steep increase in fighting over the coming months… Sources in Russian and Indian intelligence separately estimate the U.S. military has suffered between 300 and 400 killed in Afghanistan, with an unknown number wounded. The Pentagon says substantially fewer than 100 have been killed. Although foreign estimates may be inflated, there is no way to independently confirm U.S. claims either."

100 jets join attack on Iraq  9/6/02 Telegraph, UK: "About 100 American and British aircraft took part in an attack on Iraq's major western air defence installation yesterday in the biggest single operation over the country for four years. The raid appeared to be a prelude to the type of special forces operations that would have to begin weeks before a possible American-led war."

French Sept. 11 Picture Has Anti-U.S. Elements  9/6/02 Variety: ""The U.S. and Israel are democracies, their governments are elected by their people -- thus it is legitimate to attack their people," says the character, an unnamed filmmaker. The segment goes on to talk about "the civilizations destroyed by the U.S.," and "the millions of victims" of American policy from Vietnam to Somalia. The short also depicts with sympathy a Palestinian suicide bomber and his family. Several of the other segments are fiercely critical of the United States -- a fact that could prove embarrassing, once the picture opens in French moviehouses Sept. 11 and in various international film festivals beginning with Toronto and Venice over the next few weeks. "11'09"01" has yet to find a U.S. distributor."

Thursday  9/5/02

topThree killed in Karzai shooting incident; 30 killed in Kabul car blast  9/5/02 AFP 

Fuel For the Anti-Bush Fire  9/5/02 Alternet: "The anger I am finding out there toward Bush -- from rank-and-file environmentalists, but also from firemen, cops, those coveted soccer moms, surfers, cabbies, anarchists and Republicans -- is unlike anything we have seen in modern times. You have to go back to the dark days of Richard Nixon to find such widespread fury toward a U.S. leader. And yet compared to our sitting president, Nixon was a smarter and more agile politician who gave the people what they wanted: an end to the Vietnam war, once he politically had no alternative, and good environmental laws, once he saw the mandate from the people. Instead, Bush is out in front running the agenda of the dirtiest and most corrupt corporations in America, full speed ahead. I think the day is not far off when the inner circle of puppeteers working around Bush will envy the problems that Nixon had once his Watergate Plumbers got caught."

Saudia to resume regular flights to Libya next month  9/5/02 Arab News: "Saudi Arabian Airlines will resume regular flights to Libya next month following a break of 10 years due to Lockerbie-linked sanctions, according to Dr. Khaled Bakr, the carrier’s director general."

911 Volte-Face For Black America  9/5/02 Black World Today: "Blacks make up a majority of voters in Hilliard's district, and a near majority in McKinney's. Jewish groups and conservative Republicans didn't deliver the knockout punch, black voters did. Many either stayed home on Election Day, or voted against them. They were seen as out of touch and out of step with the mood of many blacks in post 911 America. If McKinney and Hilliard had paid the scantest attention to that changing mood they would have found that blacks are scared stiff of possible new terror attacks, have become passionate rooters for swift military and legislative action against terrorism, worry less about the issues of race and poverty, and more about their personal security, are more enamored of Bush, and more distrustful of the Democrats than ever. Polls taken immediately after the 911 attacks gave the first big hint of the stunning volte-face of blacks on politics and issues. By big margins they backed profiling and the carrying of identity cards, tighter security measures and shakedowns at airports, and were more willing than in the past to enlist and serve in the armed forces."

Possibility of US action on Iraq lifts gold price  9/5/02 Financial Times, UK: "Growing expectations of US military action against Iraq and jitters about the approaching anniversary of the September 11 attacks took gold to a six-week high on Thursday. The metal touched $318 a troy ounce early in London, before fixing at $317.55 an ounce in afternoon trade. It had been fixed at $313 an ounce the previous afternoon."

The real goal is the seizure of Saudi oil  9/5/02 Guardian, UK: from a past member of Blair's cabinet - "The Americans know they cannot stop such a revolution. They must therefore hope that they can control the Saudi oil fields, if not the government. And what better way to do that than to have a large military force in the field at the time of such disruption. In the name of saving the west, these vital assets could be seized and controlled. No longer would the US have to depend on a corrupt and unpopular royal family to keep it supplied with cheap oil. If there is chaos in the region, the US armed forces could be seen as a global saviour. Under cover of the war on terrorism, the war to secure oil supplies could be waged."

Israeli spies accused of posing as Canadians  9/5/02 National Post, Canada: "Ottawa investigating: Mossad has history of using counterfeit Canadian documents"

Blast for web monkey business  9/5/02 News, Australia: "THE Federal Government has accused Brisbane Lord Mayor Jim Soorley of trivialising the "Iraqi issue" in an anti-war website that lampoons US President George W. Bush as a gung-ho sheriff happy to take Australian lives."

Unos 30 muertos al estallar dos coches bomba en el centro de Kabul  9/5/02 Prensa Latina 

Colombia: Asesinan en Barranquilla a un dirigente sindical amenazado por su actividad en una embotelladora de Coca Cola  9/5/02 Rebelion 

PBS purges Web content on Israeli disapproval  9/5/02 The Register, UK: "Unfortunately, a few people disapproved of some of that material, and PBS did exactly what any spineless pandering coward would do; they buckled to pressure (or the fear of pressure) from New York's Jewish and Israeli lobbying groups, and removed content from the companion site which dares to tell the Palestinian story without the mandatory pro-Israel bias."

Top al Qaida leaders interviewed  9/5/02 UPI 

The Troubling New Face of America  9/5/02 Washington Post: by Jimmy Carter - "Formerly admired almost universally as the preeminent champion of human rights, our country has become the foremost target of respected international organizations concerned about these basic principles of democratic life. We have ignored or condoned abuses in nations that support our anti-terrorism effort, while detaining American citizens as "enemy combatants," incarcerating them secretly and indefinitely without their being charged with any crime or having the right to legal counsel. This policy has been condemned by the federal courts, but the Justice Department seems adamant, and the issue is still in doubt. Several hundred captured Taliban soldiers remain imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay under the same circumstances, with the defense secretary declaring that they would not be released even if they were someday tried and found to be innocent. These actions are similar to those of abusive regimes that historically have been condemned by American presidents."

Bin Laden has lots of cash  9/5/02 Washington Times: "He said his conclusions were based on contacts with fellow top law-enforcement officials in Europe and on the fact that the money seized and frozen so far is much less than the estimated funds in the coffers of bin Laden's network before the September 2001 attack. Bush administration officials have challenged the pessimistic tone of the U.N. report, maintaining that the U.S.-led crackdown on terrorist-financing networks has disrupted al Qaeda's operations."

Wednesday  9/4/02

topUS 'was partly to blame' for terror attacks'  9/4/02 Financial Times: "A majority of Europeans think that US foreign policy is partially to blame for the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. A survey of American and European attitudes towards foreign relations found that 55 per cent of respondents from six European countries agreed that US policy had contributed to the attacks."

French start to assume old role in Afghanistan  9/4/02 IHT: the old colonial role.

Uncle Sam is pressuring Venezuela to cheat  9/4/02 Petroleum World: "According to the Independent Digital (UK), London oil traders and sources close to OPEC said that the US has approached oil ministers in Venezuela, Nigeria and Kuwait and attempted to obtain promises that those countries will produce more than the OPEC-agreed quotas if Middle Eastern supplies are disrupted by military action. Saudi Arabia is already lobbying for the US to get OPEC members to agree with an output increase, plus there is also the fact that they have said that they would meet any shortage in world supply."

US Navy Ships Heavy Armor to Gulf-Shipping Sources  9/4/02 Reuters: "The U.S. Navy has booked a large ship to carry tanks and heavy armor to the Gulf this month as the Pentagon presses home a case for ousting Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, shipping sources said on Wednesday. The U.S. Military Sealift Command chartered a U.S. flagged general cargo ship to sail from the southeast U.S. coast to an unspecified Middle Eastern port in the Gulf for discharge in late September, they said."

Bulgaria’s élite forces arrested in drugs raids  9/4/02 Sctosman, UK: "BULGARIA has been stunned by news that a gang of mafia hitmen arrested in a police dragnet have turned out to be from the country’s élite anti-terrorist commando force. The six-strong team were former Barrets - Bulgaria’s equivalent of the SAS - who had quit the service then hired themselves out as killers to the nation’s drug mafia… Most of the heroin bought by Western Europeans arrives from Asia through Bulgaria: last year police made a record haul, seizing 2,000kg of high-grade heroin. Just as significantly, 140 police and customs officers suspected of collusion with the drugs gangs were arrested." From Asia means from Afghanistan.

Bush speeds up preparations for war on Iraq  9/4/02 Telegraph, UK: "Instead, Vice President Dick Cheney and Mr Rumsfeld have been left to make hawkish pronouncements, while Colin Powell, the secretary of state, has struck a much more conciliatory note. This has been deliberate, officials argue. Allowing senior officials to sketch the parameters of policy allows the president maximum flexibility. The different messages have also been aimed at different constituencies."

Kitty Hawk captain loses control  9/4/02 Times, UK: "Boarding one is like entering a time warp back to the former Deep South. In the bowels of the carrier, where the crew are cooped up for six months at a time, manual workers sleep dozens to a room. Most are black or Puerto Rican, paid $7,000 to $10,000 a year to work in the broiling temperatures of the kitchens and engine rooms. As you move up the 11 segregated levels towards the pilots’ quarters beneath the deck, the living quarters become larger, the air cooler and the skin tones lighter. Officers exist in almost total ignorance of the teeming world beneath them, passing around second-hand tales of murders, gang-fights and drug abuse. Visitors are banned from venturing down to the lowest decks, which swelter next to the vast nuclearpowered engines."

Imprisoned al-Qaida members rescued by Afghan tribesmen  9/4/02 Ummah News: "Pakistan army troops have been called-in to the frontier regions of Bannu after four arrested al-Qaida members were forcibly released by local tribesmen on Sunday, September 1. Proximate to F R Bannu, Frontier Constabulary (FC) Packet troops arrested six Al-Qaida members, two of whom managed to escape, and informed the nearby tribesmen of Janni Khail about the situation. Later hundreds of armed Janni Khail tribesmen descended upon the FC Packet, forcing them to releas the four."

Newsweek exposé of war crimes in Afghanistan whitewashes US role  9/4/02 World Socialist: "The Newsweek article provides a fairly detailed account of these atrocities, but does so from a very definite political standpoint—to lay the blame for evident war crimes entirely on the shoulders of the Northern Alliance, while exonerating the United States."

Tuesday  9/3/02

topSupport for War Against Iraq Drops  9/3/02 ABC News: "Fifty-six percent of Americans in this ABCNEWS Nightline poll favor military action to force Saddam Hussein from power, still a majority but down sharply from 69 percent in the last few weeks. Support drops further to a 39 percent minority if U.S. allies oppose it. Earlier last month it was a 54 percent majority."

Jewish settlers to expand West Bank community in defiant answer to attack  9/3/02 AFP: "Israel's Peace Now movement said Monday that eight new illegal settlement outposts were created over the past month in the West Bank."

Former Anthrax Researcher Loses Job  9/3/02 AP: "Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, who says the federal government has ruined his life by linking him to the anthrax investigation, was fired Tuesday from his job as a researcher at Louisiana State University." Hatfill is a personal friend of Ter'Blanche, the South African nazi leader imprisoned for killing a black man, and also claims to have been in the Selous Scouts of Rhodesia.

Deadly 'mistakes' by Israeli army draw rare criticism  9/3/02 CS Monitor: "These were not the usual pictures that Yediot Ahronot runs of civilians or soldiers killed in Palestinian attacks, of Israeli newlywed couples or pregnant mothers whose lives were cut short. They were the pictures of Palestinians killed by the Israeli army. They showed the aftermath of six army actions in which 33 presumed noncombatants were killed since late June, coupled with a headline that said "Trigger happy." This after over 1800 Palestinian deaths in the second intifada, the majority non-combattants.

Coca Cola, una historia empresarial de terror y crimen  9/3/02 Rebelion: "Actualmente la Coca Cola Company utiliza hojas de coca en su famosa fórmula 7 X, para lo que cada año importa más de 500 tonelada de hoja de coca desde Perú y Bolivia. La expansión mundial de la Coca-Cola se hizo posible al agresivo comportamiento de la transnacional en el momento de imponer el consumo por encima de cualquier hábito cultural de los pueblos." OK.

Tiny spying machines  9/3/02 St Petersburg Times: "It looks like a fly on steroids. It has a 5.5-inch wingspan and a thumbnail-sized camera tucked into its belly, but its sleek black body still weighs less than 2 ounces. And in just a few years, this product of a University of Florida engineering professor and his students could be hovering over battlefields or weaving through urban jungles, snapping spy photos for the U.S. military."

CIA not sharing bioterror knowledge  9/3/02 UPI: "The CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies are not relaying what they know about potential bioterrorism threats to the appropriate public health officials, making it difficult to plan counter-strategies to deal with an attack and protect citizens, experts told United Press International. Richard Levinson, associate executive director of the American Public Health Association in Washington, said information about the likelihood of attacks is "desperately needed" by public health officials "because it changes your whole planning timeline and the urgency to get materials to protect the population."

Israeli Computer Hackers Foiled, Exposed  9/3/02 Washington Report on Middle East Affairs: "Israeli cyber warfare professionals targeted human rights and anti-war activists across the USA in late July and August temporarily disrupting communications, harassing hundreds of computer users, and annoying thousands more. The Israeli hackers targeted Stephen "Sami" Mashney, an Anaheim, California, attorney active in the effort to raise awareness of the plight of Palestinians. "People have found an alternate way to communicate through the Internet," Mashney, a Palestinian-American, told the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, "and this attack is backfiring on the hackers. Many people are being educated."

Hypocrisy now! - Molly Ivins - Creators Syndicate  9/3/02 Working for Change: "When Dick Cheney was CEO of the oilfield supply firm Halliburton, the company did $23.8 million in business with Saddam Hussein, the evildoer "prepared to share his weapons of mass destruction with terrorists." So if Saddam is "the world's worst leader," how come Cheney sold him the equipment to get his dilapidated oil fields up and running so he to could afford to build weapons of mass destruction? In 1998, the United Nations passed a resolution allowing Iraq to buy spare parts for its oilfields, but other sanctions remained in place, and the United States has consistently pressured the U.N. to stop exports of medicine and other needed supplies on the grounds they could have "dual use." As the former Secretary of Defense under Bush the Elder, Cheney was in particularly vulnerable position on the hypocrisy of doing business with Iraq."

Monday  9/2/02

topRussia threatens UN veto over US strikes on Iraq  9/2/02 AFP 

Powell says US should pursue Iraq inspection  9/2/02 AP: nothing in ABC News or in The New York Times, a mere little front page one liner in the LA Times, while this is not even front page in the Boston Globe.

US links drug money to terrorists  9/2/02 AP: the mote in your neighbor's eye is always bigger than the beam in yours - "Evidence gathered by the Drug Enforcement Administration since a series of raids in January indicates that a methamphetamine drug operation in the Midwest involving men of Middle Eastern descent has been shipping money back to terrorist groups, officials said."

In Florida, more than governor's race at stake  9/2/02 Boston Globe: "Two polls released yesterday showed McBride running even with Reno, after trailing her with 25 percent to 53 percent in early June. ''I think [Bush is] scared and it's a little sign of desperation,'' McBride said in an interview. ''Here you have somebody whose brother is the president of the United States. The war chest I hear they have is $20 million, $30 million, I don't know how much it is, but it's unlimited resources. And here he's doing something unprecedented in Florida politics: trying to get into a Democratic primary and help choose the Democratic candidate he wants to run against.''

Powell Privately Laying Out Case to Allies That Saddam Is Threat  9/2/02 Fox News: from Rupert Murdoch's rabidly conservative news channel…

US in disarray over Iraq as Powell backs call for weapons inspectors  9/2/02 Independent, UK: "Seventy-one per cent of Britons oppose joining a war on Iraq without United Nations approval, according to an ICM poll for the Daily Mirror and GMTV."

Commanders Want Elite Units Freed From Qaeda Hunt  9/2/02 NYT: "Commanders in the American military's most elite Special Operations unit are contending that their troops should be freed from the fruitless hunt in Afghanistan for Osama bin Laden, military and intelligence officials say."

Clearing up the election that won't die  9/2/02 Tallahassee Democrat: "Question: Who actually received the most votes in Florida's 2000 presidential election? Answer: Al Gore. State election officials ultimately declared George W. Bush the winner by a margin of 537 votes, but during and after the election dispute, questions remained about the uncounted ballots of 175,010 voters, ballots that had been rejected by error-prone tabulating machines employed in many Florida counties. Confusion and conflict, much of it generated by partisan intrigue, prevented these ballots from being counted during the election controversy. However, in 2001 every uncounted ballot was carefully examined in a scientific study by the University of Chicago, which concluded that when all the votes were counted, more votes had been cast for Gore than for Bush."

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