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9/30/02 - 10/6/02  

Sunday  10/6/02

Racism conference winds down with call for black rights to African citizenship  10/6/02 AP: "Delegates wrapped up a world racism conference Sunday with resolutions that endorsed land seizures in Zimbabwe and called for rights to African citizenship. Delegates also formed the Global African Congress to replace the Universal Negro Improvement Asssociation, created at the turn of the century by Jamaican rights advocate Marcus Garvey. The body will work on black issues, ranging from reparations for the slave trade to African citizenship, and will meet later this year to choose a headquarters and to set a policy agenda."

'Bin Laden' threatens more attacks  10/6/02 BBC: "The voice identified as that of Bin Laden said the message was addressed to the American people. It urged them to "understand the lesson of the New York and Washington raids which came in response to some of your previous crimes". But it added that the activities of "the criminal gang at the White House, the Jewish agents, who are preparing for an attack and partition the Islamic world" showed nothing had been learned and further attacks were possible. "God is my witness, the youth of Islam are preparing things that will fill your hearts with terror. "They will target Key sectors of your economy until you stop your injustice and aggression," the statement said."

Craft 'rammed' Yemen oil tanker  10/6/02 BBC: "Yemeni officials say they do not consider the blast an act of sabotage. But Captain Peter Raes, managing director of France Ship, told BBC News Online it would be "near impossible" for an accidental explosion to have taken place, and that explosives were likely to have been on board the vessel which crashed."

Venezuela coup attempt 'foiled'  10/6/02 BBC: "Earlier in the day security officers took away documents Mr Chavez said were evidence of the plan during a raid on the house of former foreign minister Enrique Tejera. The raid took place after loyal military officers infiltrated meetings by opposition members at the house."

Scramble to carve up Iraqi oil reserves lies behind US diplomacy  10/6/02 Guardian, UK: "The Russian official said his government believed the US had brokered a deal with the coalition of Iraqi opposition forces it backs whereby support against Saddam is conditional on their declaring - on taking power - all oil contracts conceded under his rule to be null and void. 'The concern of my government,' said the official, 'is that the concessions agreed between Baghdad and numerous enterprises will be reneged upon, and that US companies will enter to take the greatest share of those existing contracts... Yes, if you could say it that way - an oil grab by Washington'. A government insider in Paris told The Observer that France also feared suffering economically from US oil ambitions at the end of a war. But the dilemma for Paris is more complex. Despite President Jacques Chirac and Chancellor Gerhard Schröder of Germany agreeing last week to oppose changing the rules governing weapons inspectors, France may back military action. Government sources say they fear - existing concessions aside - France could be cut out of the spoils if it did not support the war and show a significant military presence. If it comes to war, France is determined to be allotted a more prestigious role in the fighting than in the 1991 Gulf war, when its main role was to occupy lightly defended ground. Negotiations have been going on between the state-owned TotalFinaElf company and the US about redistribution of oil regions between the world's major companies. Washington's predatory interest in Iraqi oil is clear, whatever its political protestations about its motives for war. The US National Energy Policy Report of 2001 - known as the 'Cheney Report' after its author Vice President Dick Cheney, formerly one of America's richest and most powerful oil industry magnates - demanded a priority on easing US access to Persian Gulf supplies. Doubts about Saudi Arabia - even before 11 September, and even more so in its wake - led US strategists to seek a backup supply in the region. America needs 20 million barrels of crude a day, and analysts have singled out the country that could meet up to half that requirement: Iraq. The current high price of oil is dragging the US economy further into recession. US control of the Iraqi reserves, perhaps the biggest unmapped reservoir in the world, would break Saudi Arabia's hold on the oil-pricing cartel Opec, and dictate prices for the next century."

Rally in New York Protests Possible Iraq War  10/6/02 Reuters: "About 10,000 protesters gathered in New York City's Central Park on Sunday to demonstrate against a possible U.S. military strike on Iraq, witnesses said."

The war against Iraq has already begun  10/6/02 Telegraph, UK 

Saturday  10/5/02

topAnti-intimidation bid has some detractors  10/5/02 Boston Globe: "At least 15 New England college presidents have signed a statement pledging to keep their campuses ''intimidation-free,'' but the statement's explicit references to threats against Jewish students and supporters of Israel - without mentioning Muslims or other groups - have deterred the presidents of Tufts University, Boston College, and other schools from supporting it."

Arafat the Hunted - Low Point of Powerlessness  10/5/02 Counterpunch: by Edward Said - "indeed, even the idea of Jews representing a danger to the might of countries like Germany, France, and Italy was preposterous. But it was an accepted idea, since with few exceptions most of Europe turned its back on them during their slaughter. It is only one of the ironies of history that the word used most frequently to describe them in the hideous official jargon of fascism was the word "terrorists", just as Algerians and Vietnamese were later called "terrorists" by their enemies."

US soldier wounded in Afghan helicopter fight  10/5/02 Independent, South Africa 

11,500 gather in Portland to demand No War  10/5/02 IndyMedia: "11,500 Portlanders gathered downtown today as part of the nationwide NOT IN OUR NAME campaign to demand No War in Iraq. Cloudy grey skies were offset by a multitude of colorful signs and banners, loud drums and chants, and an energetic spirit. The crowd assembled in the South Park blocks for speeches and music and then marched through downtown to Terry Schrunk Plaza, in front of the Federal Building, for more of the same."

The "Distorters Without Borders"  10/5/02 NarcoNews: real dirt, as always.

De nuevo los Estados Unidos intervienen en los asuntos venezolanos  10/5/02 Rebelion: "Nuevamente el gobierno de los Estados Unidos a través de su Embajada en Venezuela, irrespeta al Gobierno y al pueblo venezolano al emitir públicamente un comunicado donde se inmiscuye en los asuntos internos del país."

Peace activism back on the march  10/5/02 Seattle Times 

Analysis: Rallies change Italy on Iraq?  10/5/02 UPI: "More than 1.5 million Italians took to the streets of dozens of cities Saturday afternoon and evening to protest possible U.S. military action against Iraq -- a surprise show of discord that could be fervent enough for the Italian government to re-think its support of Washington. The larger-than-expected protests took place without violence, despite speculation from some fronts that the gatherings could become dangerous, especially to U.S. citizens. On Friday, the U.S. Embassy in Rome circulated a warning to citizens residing in or visiting Italy to stay away from the demonstrations because of fears that they could become targets for violence."

Friday  10/4/02

top9/11: WHAT DID ISRAEL KNOW? – and when did they tell us?  10/4/02 

Possible Anti-Immigrant Killer(s) on the Loose  10/4/02 Aztlan: "Police authorities of Montgomery County have said that they presently have no clues as to who the killer or killers may be. Montgomery County, which is just north of Washington D.C., has recently experienced increased ethnic and racial conflicts because of its rapidly changing ethnic demographics. Police said race did not seem to be a motive. "We're across the board in genders and ethnic backgrounds," police spokeswoman Nancy Demme said. Unless more pictures are made available of the victims, La Voz de Aztlan is not buying it."

Somebody Blew Up America  10/4/02 BET: by Amiri Baraka. These lines are driving an effort to fire him, as the New Jersey political establishment is reacting to the Israeli lobby: "Who knew the World Trade Center was gonna get bombed Who told 4000 Israeli workers at the Twin Towers To stay home that day Why did Sharon stay away?" Note that while Baraka may be on shaky factual grounds here as to the details (the 4,000 staying away is questionable), the substance is very much an open question, as witness the on-going story of Mossad surveillance of the 9-11 hijackers. To call such a charge anti-Semitic in the face of continuing revelations is wishful thinking.

Somebody Blew Up America - Amiri Baraka  10/4/02 Black World Today 

Mossad-Agenten waren Atta auf der Spur  10/4/02 der Spiegel: published 10/1/02, quoted in Raimondo piece today. Use google or other language tools to translate - "Nearly door at door Mossad agents lived in the USA with the terror pilot Mohammed Atta"

Tödliche Fehler  10/4/02 Die Zeit: Use language tools in to translate - "Der israelische Geheimdienst Mossad übergibt seinem amerikanischen Partnerdienst eine Liste mit Namen von Terroristen, die sich in den USA aufhalten und voraussichtlich in absehbarer Zeit einen Anschlag verüben werden. Nach Dokumenten, die der ZEIT vorliegen, haben Mossad-Agenten in den USA zumindest vier der 19 Attentäter aller Wahrscheinlichkeit nach überwacht, darunter auch al-Midhar."

Israeli official denies report that Mossad followed 9/11 terrorists  10/4/02 Haaretz, Israel: "Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Danny Ayalon on Thursday rejected a report published by the German newspaper Die Zeit, according to which Israeli Mossad agents tracked the perpetrators of the September 11 terror attacks for an extended period of time, and passed over information on them to the CIA and the U.S. administration. Ayalon said in an interview on Army Radio that there were no Mossad agents operating in the United States." Indeed.

Citizens group plans to monitor the police  10/4/02 Houston Chronicle 

U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri arrested at protest  10/4/02 Libertarian Party: "Tamara Millay, the LP candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri, has been arrested for “obstructing a public thoroughfare” during an anti-war protest in St. Charles. On October 1, Millay and 38 other peaceful activists blocked the four exits from a local weapons plant, and refused to allow a shipment of Boeing cruise missiles to pass through. Many believe the missiles are being produced for an impending war against Iraq."

Clinton attacks American hawks  10/4/02 Sydney Morning Herald: "FORMER US president Bill Clinton yesterday publicly, and electrifyingly, broke away from his successor, George W. Bush, over Iraq, urging Mr Bush to stick with the UN as the safest way to solve the crisis. In a speech described by one commentator as "mesmerising," Mr Clinton was in direct opposition to a tough new line announced in Washington by Mr Bush, and spoke out against a pre-emptive strike on the oil-rich state. The Bush announcement came after the President and US congressional leaders reached agreement on a draft resolution that allows Mr Bush to confront Iraq with military force."

Top bin Laden aide killed: report  10/4/02 Sydney Morning Herald: "Ayman al-Zawahiri, considered Osama bin Laden's top aide, has been killed in Afghanistan, Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency reported yesterday, citing informed sources… Zawahiri, an Egyptian physician and a leader of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, was said to be the number two man in bin Laden's al-Qaeda network and its chief financier. He is said to be bin Laden's mentor and one of the chief organisers of the September 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington."

Thursday  10/3/02

topAl Qaeda Link Seen in South Philippine Bomb Blast  10/3/02 ABC News: "Philippine police are investigating the possible involvement of Muslim extremists linked to al Qaeda in a bomb blast which killed three people, including a U.S. soldier and the suspected bomber, officials said on Thursday. Another American soldier was among 23 people wounded in Wednesday evening's blast in southern Zamboanga city believed to have been detonated by a Filipino on a motorcycle, who also died in the blast along with a companion."

Jerry Falwell calls Islam's prophet a 'terrorist'  10/3/02 CNN: "Other conservative Protestant clergy have made sharply critical remarks about Islam and Muhammad in the past year. They include Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son and successor, TV evangelist Pat Robertson and leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention. In response to Falwell's remarks, Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relation in Washington, said: "Anybody is free to be a bigot if they want to. What really concerns us is the lack of reaction by mainstream religious and political leaders, who say nothing when these bigots voice these attacks." Hooper noted that Falwell and Robertson will speak at next week's Christian Coalition convention in Washington alongside House Majority Whip Tom DeLay and other politicians. "How can these elected representatives legitimize this kind of hate speech by appearing on the same platform with Islamophobes and Muslim-bashers?" Hooper asked."

The New Anti-Apartheid Movement: The Campaign to Divest from Israel  10/3/02 Counterpunch: "Currently, pro-Israeli activists are scurrying to delay, counter, and infiltrate the upcoming divestment conference at the University of Michigan, to be held October 12th-14th. The Jerusalem Post depicted it as a Zionism as Racism conference in an September 30th article. Pro-Israeli activists at U-M took a note from Campus-Watch and submitted a dossier in an effort to ban the conference. It alleged that the conference was anti-Semitic. One of its pieces of evidence was that in a picture on the sponsoring organization's website, an Israeli soldier has his arm raised in the "heil Hilter" position. It charged that SAFE used this to imply a comparison between Nazism and Zionism. This absurd claim characterized the tone of and shaky evidence in the rest of the dossier. The rest of it used cut-and-pasted attacks on some of the speakers. Last week, an e-mail spoof was sent claiming to be from an organizer of the conference, Fadi Kiblawi. The e-mail's from-address was his, but he did not write it. It went to every faculty member, and claimed to be a pitch for the conference. Of course, it featured anti-Jewish slurs in order to make the conference appear anti-Jewish. The organizer whose e-mail was spoofed realized this happened when he started receiving nasty responses. The University's information and technological services were able to demonstrate that it was sent from a different account."

A victory for Bush on Iraq resolution  10/3/02 IHT 

Laureate: Poem not inspired by bigotry - Baraka denies anti-Semitism as legislators seek ouster  10/3/02 New Jersey Star Ledger: "New Jersey state Poet Laureate Amiri Baraka yesterday defended the poem that has prompted calls for his resignation, saying it was meant as an attack on imperialism, fascism and anti-Semitism -- not a bigoted attack as his critics have alleged. "It is a poem that aims to probe and disturb, but there is not any evidence of anti-Semitism," Baraka told a supportive crowd at the Newark Public Library. Gov. James E. McGreevey called for Baraka's resignation Friday after Jewish groups objected to a poem in which he asserts the Israeli government had advance knowledge of the World Trade Center attacks. McGreevey said he cannot fire Baraka because state law includes no mechanism for removing someone from the position, which was created in 1999. Yesterday, state legislators from both parties said they are looking at changing the law to make it possible for the Governor or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities to fire Baraka."

Inspectors to Delay Visit to Iraq as U.S. Wants  10/3/02 Reuters: "The inspectors had been planning to go to Baghdad with advance teams on Oct. 19 but chief inspector Hans Blix and Mohamed Elbaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, both said full support of the council was needed. ``We need the unanimous support by the Security Council in order to do inspections,'' Elbaradei told reporters, in an apparent reference to divisions within the 15-member body. ``We need to align our dates with the deliberation of the Security Council.''

European Pushback on Iraq Attack: The Iran Factor  10/3/02 Stratfor: "Iran is home to more than 90 billion barrels of proven reserves, or about 9 percent of the world's total, making the country a rival to Saudi Arabia. Although its investment laws are strict -- for instance, the constitution prohibits the government from granting petroleum rights on a concessionary basis -- foreign companies find it easier to invest in the upstream energy sector in Iran than in Saudi Arabia. That has opened the door to several investments from European state energy majors -- including France's TotalFinaElf, Italy's Eni/Agip, Norway's Statoil and Spain's Cepsa."

Israel sentences leading Zionist terrorist to six-month house arrest  10/3/02 Ummah News: "The terrorist, Noam Fiderman, was found guilty of several charges, including possessing and providing bombs to other terrorists, conspiring to place bombs in Arab schools in East Jerusalem, throwing steel balls at Arab pedestrians in Hebron, causing severe injuries, vandalizing Arab property, and planning to burn down Arab businesses near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron. Fiderman is a former colleague of Baruch Goldstein, the infamous Jewish terrorist who in 1994 murdered 29 Palestinian worshipers as they were praying at the Ibrahimi Mosque in central Hebron."

Wednesday  10/2/02


THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF A NARCO-TERROR STATE  10/2/02 ANNCOL: "The most censored and ignored story of the last - and the next - five years must be: "Global Economy Caters to US Addictions." Half of the world's problems are caused by the US addictions to oil and all kinds of drugs. The illegal drug trade is the second largest sector of the global economy. Include all of the legal drugs that US citizens are addicted to and "Drugs" would be the largest sector by far."

Report details US 'intelligence failures'  10/2/02 BBC: "The paper [Die Zeit] has uncovered details of a major Israeli spy ring involving some a 120 agents for the intelligence service Mossad operating across America and some masquerading as arts students. The ring was reportedly hard on the heels of at least four members of the hijack gang, including its leader Mohammed Atta."

Manufacturing Anti-Semites  10/2/02 Counterpunch: "the State of Israel is causing the resurrection of anti-Semitism all over the world, threatening Jews everywhere. The Sharon government is a giant laboratory for the growing of the anti-Semitism virus. It exports it to the whole world. Anti-Semitic organizations, which for many years vegetated on the margins of society, rejected and despised, are suddenly growing and flowering. Anti-Semitism, which has hidden itself in shame since World War II, is now riding on a great wave of opposition to Sharon's policy of oppression."

Senators threaten to rein in Bush  10/2/02 Guardian: "The White House was last night trying to fight off a Senate effort to place limits on George Bush's authority to launch a military assault on Iraq after leading Republicans sided with the Democrats over the president's war powers. Mr Bush accused the Senate of attempting to tie his hands over Iraq after a prominent Republican senator, Richard Lugar, backed a resolution that would give the administration the right to act militarily only to enforce the disarmament of Saddam Hussein's regime. The resolution would also require the administration to assemble an international coalition before considering an attack."

UN and Iraq strike deal on inspectors  10/2/02 IHT 

Arctic pollution causing polar bears to change sex  10/2/02 Independent, UK: "Polar bears, Arctic foxes and Inuit peoples are under threat from man-made toxins such as polychlorinated byphenyls (PCBs) that build up in the food chain, new research reveals."

On Venezuela and Democracy  10/2/02 NarcoNews: "In Caracas, Venezuela today there is a major conflict, from the rhetoric, one would believe that it was a battle between an authoritarian government and a grassroots democracy movement. What will be described here is the white (or red, or green) washing of an anti-democratic movement, orchestrated to appear as a genuine grassroots opposition movement by the most powerful forces in this country."

Torricelli Adds to Volatility in Battle for Senate Control  10/2/02 NYT: "Senator Robert G. Torricelli's stunning decision to drop his re-election bid has added new volatility to the battle for control of the Senate, with eight races now considered too close to call and Democrats in a fierce struggle to hang on to their precarious one-seat majority. After two years of dedicated combat between the parties, neither is predicting a large breakthrough next month. Republican and Democratic leaders say it is possible for one side to pick up several seats in the midterm elections. But the more likely outcome, they say, will be a one-seat edge that reflects a nation every bit as divided as it was after the 2000 election."

Bush War-Talk Forges European Left, Muslim Immigrant Alliance  10/2/02 Pacific News: "Just months after neo-Nazi Jean-Marie Le Pen shocked the world with a strong showing in French presidential elections, George W. Bush's aggressive stance toward Iraq seems to have accomplished what European activists could not: a strengthened European left, which is aligning itself with the continent's long-isolated Muslim immigrants. The left has returned recently to power in Sweden and in Germany on a strong anti-war -- and to some extent, anti-American -- platform. Now strides are being made to bridge the gap that has been growing between established European citizens and the 25 million Muslim immigrants -- many of them conservative politically -- living on the continent."

Would-be assassin aims at Fred Hampton Jr. Another attempt to take Lil’ Chairman off the streets  10/2/02 SF Bay View 

Dow soars in response to Iraq deal  10/2/02 Telegraph, UK: "US shares spiked sharply in late trading yesterday as fears of a war with Iraq dimmed and investors bet on an economic recovery. In New York, the Dow Jones soared nearly 350 points, hinting that five weeks of falls could be over. The Dow closed up 346 at 7,938, after the announcement that UN and Iraqi negotiators had agreed to resume weapons inspections."

America's Messianic War Cult  10/2/02 The Spectacle 

Germany softens its hard line against war  10/2/02 Times, UK: "GERMANY edged closer to a U-turn on its policy towards Iraq yesterday by making clear that new evidence of President Saddam Hussein’s weapons plans could dilute its resistance to a war. Statements by two Social Democrat foreign policy specialists have indicated a shift as Berlin begins to buckle under the strain of its argument with the Bush Administration. The German business community has been piling the pressure on Gerhard Schröder, the Chancellor. German exports to the US are already suffering from a strong euro-dollar rate and weakening American demand. Now there is the fear of a consumer boycott."

Tuesday  10/1/02

topRiyadh blast was no terror attack — Prince Nawaf  10/1/02 Arab News: "Expatriates are not the target of terrorist attacks, Intelligence Director Prince Nawaf said yesterday, a day after a German died in the latest of a series of mystery blasts to hit Westerners." De Nile has moved to Arabia.

Hundreds Gather In Barbados For Racism Conference  10/1/02 Black World Today: "The conference is a follow up to the World Conference Against Racism that occurred in Durban, South Africa last year. A resolution was passed there noting that slavery was a crime against humanity; however, the issue of reparations was sidestepped. These items will be on the agenda again, along with a discussion of decolonization, which received only passing attention in Durban. "The conference will be based primarily on what came out of Durban," said David Commissiong, Director of the Commission for Pan-African Affairs, "but it will also include the issue of decolonization. We will be examining the plight of all the remaining black colonies. We're speaking about such places as the Virgin Islands, St. Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Puerto Rico. Several anti-colonial activists will be addressing the sessions on decolonization."

Report predicts AIDS epidemic for five nations  10/1/02 Boston Globe: "India was projected to have 20 million to 25 million cases by the end of the decade, by far outpacing any other nation. Other estimates were China, 10 million to 15 million; Nigeria, 10 million to 15 million; Ethiopia, 7 million to 10 million; and Russia, 5 million to 8 million."

The Rising Tide of Union Opposition to War  10/1/02 Counterpunch: "All of these voices from America's organized labor signal the impending birth of a broad coalition of anti-war activists. These labor groups, along with others sure to follow, will be joining liberals and radical political groups, religious groups, and minority groups in opposition to the Bush administration's 'foreign policy' of pre-eminent strikes and an open-ended war."

Fewer back Iraq attack  10/1/02 DesMoines Register: "Iowa's support for an attack on Iraq has diminished since last year and lags behind the nation as a whole. The Des Moines Register's latest Iowa Poll shows 51 percent of likely voters favor U.S. military action to oust Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein from power. Another 32 percent are opposed, and 17 percent are unsure. Support for an attack was stronger in an Iowa Poll taken last December, when 66 percent of likely voters said they favor military action."

AfterMath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11.  10/1/02 Guerrilla News 

Grim data unnerve markets worldwide  10/1/02 IHT: "Investors recoiling from the prospect of war in Iraq were hit with a barrage of bad economic news Monday, battering stock prices around the world."

Iraqi officers key in bid to avert biowar  10/1/02 IHT: "They will face a short-term or a long-term problem," one former senior intelligence official said. "We may come after them when the fighting is over. But there may be a Saddam loyalist with a gun who is threatening to kill him right away if he doesn't follow orders."

Torricelli's Out  10/1/02 Newsday: "Vowing not to allow his vulnerability to cost Democrats control of the Senate, embattled Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) ended his troubled re-election bid yesterday and yielded to an ethics controversy that had consumed his race and sent his poll numbers diving in recent days." So ends the career of the author of the anti-Cuban Torricelli Act.

Plan to destroy Russian weapons nears collapse  10/1/02 usa Today: "The facility was designed to wipe out one of the world's most worrisome stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction: nearly 2 million artillery shells and missile warheads filled with deadly nerve gasses. Stored in open racks in a cluster of wooden warehouses in the town of Shchuch'ye, they're among the most portable, ready-made weapons of mass destruction a terrorist could obtain. Even the smallest shells, which fit in a briefcase, can kill 100,000 or more if set off in a crowded city."

Monday  9/30/02

topReport: Seized Material Not Uranium  9/30/02 AP: "Atomic energy officials said Monday that a substance seized by police near the Syrian border was not weapons-grade uranium as Turkish officials first reported, according to the Anatolia news agency. Atomic Energy Institute chief Guler Koksal said the material was harmless, containing zinc, iron, zirconium and manganese."

LA RAZA: The "grunts" of the U.S. Armed Forces  9/30/02 Aztlan: "As Bush Jr. prepares to unleash the U.S. military machine against the nation of Iraq, perhaps we should spend a few moments to reminisce on the wretched and unequal treatment that historically has been meted out against the Mexican-American soldier, marine, airman and sailor. The discrimination against Mexican-Americans in the U.S. Armed Forces is in many ways worst than that experienced in civilian life. It is principally worst because unequal military treatment often results in disproportionate higher casualties and battle injuries among Mexican-American enlisted men. Mexican-Americans, Chicanos and other Latinos are truly the "grunts" of the U.S. Armed Forces."

Children 'bear brunt' of Mid-East conflict  9/30/02 BBC: "The human rights organisation Amnesty International has accused both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict of targeting children. "Children are increasingly bearing the brunt of this conflict," the London-based organisation says in a report published on Monday.""Both the Israeli Defence Force and Palestinian armed groups show an utter disregard for the lives of children and other civilians," it adds."

EU caves in to Washington over international criminal court  9/30/02 Guardian: "The EU is ready to agree a deal with the US giving American citizens a degree of immunity from prosecution by the new International Criminal Court, having been persuaded by Britain to step back from its hardline opposition to prevent a transatlantic row. Its foreign ministers, meeting in Brussels today, are expected to set out the conditions in which separate immunity arrangements can be concluded for Americans."

Almost as many settlers leave as arrive  9/30/02 Haaretz, Israel: "While the settlement movement claims there has been a steady flow of new settlers into the territories, Central Bureau of Statistics figures released Sunday indicate that nearly the same number of people are leaving, and most increases in the settlements come from natural growth. Indeed, the settlement movement's policy nowadays is to prefer to increase its land holdings over increasing the population - hence the emphasis on establishing outposts, each populated by a few people, to prevent Palestinians occupying the land."

Tempers flare in quarrel over Iraq  9/30/02 IHT: "But the risks of miscalculation between Washington and Paris appear high, according to sources on both sides of the Atlantic. Beneath their verbal differences, a deep political gap - perhaps even a divorce - is emerging between Washington and Paris about war aims in Iraq."

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2002, NATIONAL MARCH ON WASHINGTON DC with a joint action in San Francisco  9/30/02 International Action Center: "On Saturday, October 26, 2002 -- the first anniversary of the signing of the so-called Patriot Act -- anti-war, civil rights, labor, student and other forces are joining together to launch a massive international mobilization in opposition to a new war against the people of Iraq. Mass marches and rallies will be held in Washington DC and San Francisco in the U.S., and in many other countries. As the Bush administration violates international law it has been systematically engaged in a campaign of division and repression in the United States including a wholesale assault on the Bill of Rights, institutionalization of racial profiling, and aggregation of near dictatorial powers to the Executive branch."

"Chosen By God To Lead America"  9/30/02 Intervention Magazine: " Having received the green light from “above,” Christian George is about to unleash a holiness that just might Armageddon all of us."

‘I Yelled at Them to Stop’  9/30/02 Newsweek: "U.S. Special Forces are frustrated. Kicking down doors and frisking women, they say, is no way to win hearts and minds in Afghanistan. A report from the front"

Oil Holds Strong on Iraq War Fear, Storm  9/30/02 Reuters: "Oil prices are up more than 40 percent over the year, spurring fears that steeper energy costs for consumers and businesses could thwart the economy's move out of recession. The OPEC oil cartel's decision earlier this month to hold production quotas at the lowest level in a decade has helped run U.S. inventories down to 19-month lows despite sluggish fuel demand in a shaky global economy. Further support came from Hurricane Lili, which was on a path that would take it across Cuba into the U.S. oil and gas producers in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday. The region's biggest producer, Royal Dutch/Shell Group's Shell Oil Co. (RD) (SHEL), and fellow big oil firms BP Plc (BP) and ConocoPhillips Corp. (COP) all started to move oil and gas workers out of harm's way. Gulf oil and gas operations are still recovering from last week's Tropical Storm Isidore which forced oil firms to cut roughly 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd) of the Gulf's 1.5 million bpd oil production capacity."

Three big powers tell US it's wrong on Iraq  9/30/02 Sydney Morning Herald: "The United States was last night considering the implications of leading an attack on Iraq without the support of Russia, France and China, after all three rejected a US draft plan for dealing with President Saddam Hussein. The US revealed at the weekend that it wanted to give the Iraqi leader 30 days to open his borders to weapons inspectors under new, strict conditions, or face a military strike. The new conditions, which were quickly rejected by Baghdad, would include allowing weapons inspectors unobstructed access to factories, military bases and Saddam's presidential palaces."

Zionists plan to deport journalists for ignoring government propaganda  9/30/02 Ummah News: "The Israeli apartheid regime said Monday it would deport hundreds of foreign journalists for failing to highlight "the Israeli viewpoint" in their coverage of the intifada. The Government Press office (GPO), a propaganda branch of the Israeli foreign ministry, said the offending journalists would be warned and then deported. The GPO accused "hundreds of foreign journalists" of displaying a pro-Palestinian slant and of not paying sufficient attention to official Israeli propaganda."

We all count in Florida  9/30/02 more from the Banana Republic of Florida - "We ALL Count, Inc. (WAC) has been created to bring individuals and businesses together to ensure that the interests of ALL citizens of Florida are considered when important issues are decided by the Florida government. WAC will serve as a voters' resource center identifying and comparing the records and platforms of the Florida 2002 gubernatorial candidates. WAC Inc. will dispel political "spin" and provide unfiltered facts about the stances and actions of the current administration as well as those of challenging gubernatorial candidates."

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Estimates of the total number of Muslims range from 0.7 to 1.2 billion worldwide and 3 to 6 million in the U.S. About 20% of all people on earth follow Islam. The religion is in a period of rapid growth.

Christianity is currently the largest religion in the world. It is followed by about 33% of all people -- a percentage that has remaind stable for decades. It is expected that, if current trends continue, Islam will become the most popular religion sometime in the mid-21st century.


Death from 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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