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10/7/02 - 10/13/02  

Sunday  10/13/02

Bush's Conspiracy to Riot  10/13/02 Consortium News: published 8/5/02. "After the Miami “Brooks Brothers Riot” – named after the protesters’ preppie clothing – no government action was taken beyond the police rescuing several Democrats who were surrounded and roughed up by the rioters. While no legal charges were filed against the Republicans, newly released documents show that at least a half dozen of the publicly identified rioters were paid by Bush’s recount committee. The payments to the Republican activists are documented in hundreds of pages of Bush committee records – released grudgingly to the Internal Revenue Service last month, 19 months after the 36-day recount battle ended. Overall, the records provide a road map of how the Bush recount team brought its operatives across state lines to stop then-Vice President Al Gore’s recount efforts."

Iraq’s Sunnis Deterred by Talk of Post-Saddam Democracy  10/13/02 Debka, Israel: "The US-Turkish special forces takeover of northern Iraq with the help of pro-American Kurdish and Turkmen units is complete. Americans commandos have been beefed up by US Marines and engineering units. The stretch of territory now in US hands ranges from Sinjar near the Syrian border in the west and runs east as far as 10-15 miles north of the oil town of Mosul. Then, still further east, US-led forces have by-passed the friendly Kurdish stronghold of Erbil, which commands the highway to the second northern oil city of Kirkuk, to fetch up on a line roughly 20 miles south of Erbil, 35-40 miles north of Kirkuk. DEBKAfile ’s military sources report that Iranian Badr Force units, a sort of Iranian Revolutionary Guards foreign legion, have joined the US-Turkish thrust into the area of the northeastern Iraqi key town of Sulimaniyeh. Comprising mostly Iraqi and Afghan exiles, this force has linked up with the US-led covert offensive in Iraq under a secret Iran-US military cooperation pact, first revealed in DEBKA-Net-Weekly No. 78 on September 27. B. In the west, a military standoff has developed along Iraq’s Jordanian border region, an area considered the strategic gateway to the Iraqi heartland - Saddam’s hometown Tikrit and Baghdad. The military sources of DEBKAfile and DEBKA-Net-Weekly ’s (No. 79, October 4) reported fierce battles taking place from late September into the first week of October, between US special units and Middle East commandos, around the H-2 and H-3 bases, centers of command cores, air defense installations, missile bases and air force facilities. The fight put up by the Americans prevented Iraqi transporters from reaching those west Iraqi bases and positioning several mobile surface missile batteries. But reinforced Iraqi units fought back and prevented the American-led assault troops from coming close enough to those bases to lay them to siege. The prime cause of this standoff was Washington’s reluctance to throw adequate air might into backing up US-led ground forces."

China: Burying the Competition  10/13/02 Far Eastern Economic Review, China: "Rather than enriching foreigners blinded by its market size, China is proving victorious in the manufacturing war. Its power is adding to global deflation and changing the way industries supply the world."

Venezuela: vinieron por otro 11 y tuvieron otro 13  10/13/02 Rebelion 

Bomb blasts kill almost 200 in Bali tourist nightspot  10/13/02 Reuters: "Police said the dead included nationals from Australia, Britain, France, Germany and Sweden, but declined to speculate on who might be responsible for the attack in one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Indonesia's president, Megawati Sukarnoputri, said the latest information showed 182 people, mostly foreigners, had been killed in the mainly Hindu corner of the country. "According to the last report, 182 people were killed and 132 were injured in Bali," she told reporters after an emergency cabinet meeting, adding that some were still missing."

Bush calls for global reaction to terrorism  10/13/02 Reuters: "The U.S. embassy in Jakarta said it was considering scaling back its presence in Indonesia due to what it described as a "mounting threat to Americans."

Terrorists linked to al-Qaeda suspected  10/13/02 Sydney Morning Herald 

Anti-War Protests Get Louder In Calif.  10/13/02 Washington Post: "Global Exchange, the San Francisco-based human rights organization that has been leading many of the anti-war efforts, created a Web site,, just before Sept. 11 so that peace organizations could list their events. In the past month, as Bush began increasing his arguments to wage a war on Iraq, the list of anti-war events "in every state" has been growing by the day, said Andrea Buffa, a Global Exchange organizer. "Teach-ins, sit-ins, rallies, you name it -- I think that the nation is seeing a growing peace movement the likes of which we have not seen in a long time." Not In Our Name, an anti-war group based in New York, has been receiving more than 25,000 hits and more than 1,000 e-mails a day from all over the world on its Web site,, said Miles Solay, an organizer with the Refuse and Resist Project, an arm of the organization. A call from Not In Our Name for national rallies on Oct. 6 led to more than 40 rallies involving more than 85,000 people, he said. Although those rallies had hoped to affect the outcome of the congressional resolution, Solay said, many more activities are planned. Not In Our Name is organizing the Oct. 26 rallies and others. "There will be lots of response to the no-surprise resolution," he said. "On the day the bombing begins, there will be organized protests across the country. There's a new student movement growing all over the country. Thousands of youth are organizing and getting involved. . . . We are coming together."

Saturday  10/12/02

topThe Lynne Stewart Case - When Representing an Accused Terrorist Can Mean the Lawyer Risks Jail, Too  10/12/02 Counterpunch 

Fundamentalists do well in Pakistan  10/12/02 IHT: "Riding a tide of public anger over American anti-terrorist operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, an Islamic coalition has made major election gains against President Pervez Musharraf. . An alliance of six hard-line religious parties captured a clear majority of seats in the legislative assembly of Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province, one of four provinces that make up the country. . The United Action Forum, whose platform is resolutely hostile to the United States, also posted better-than-expected gains in the National Assembly, winning at least 40 of 272 open seats (another 70 are set aside for women and minorities), according to election returns that were still being tallied Friday night."

Debris found on tanker strengthens suicide bomb theory  10/12/02 Sydney Morning Herald 

Saudis secretly crank up oil flow  10/12/02 Sydney Morning Herald: "Saudi Arabia is quietly raising oil production ahead of a possible United States assault on Iraq, apparently to help avert the threat of a crude price spike that could significantly slow world economic recovery."

Green Berets move into Colombia's oil fields  10/12/02 Telegraph: "America has entered Colombia's 38-year civil conflict for the first time, deploying Green Berets to train government troops in a war-torn oil-rich province in the north."

French tanker bombers wanted to strike US frigate  10/12/02 Times, UK 

Blast comes amid anger over US ‘bullying' in Indonesia  10/12/02 Ummah News 

Friday  10/11/02

top24 Die in Chechnya Building Blast  10/11/02 AP: "The Russian military and the Moscow-backed administration in Grozny are eager to show that life is returning to normal in the Chechen capital but Chechnya is mired in its second war in a decade and the ravaged capital is plagued by tension and violence. Chechen rebels kill Russian soldiers and Chechen police daily with attacks and mine explosions. Most of the police serving the southern republic's Moscow-backed government are ethnic Chechens, whom the rebels consider traitors."

Falwell Remarks Prompt India Riots  10/11/02 AP 

Kuwait's hidden threat to US  10/11/02 BBC 

Open polis: New Yorker runs for Athenian office  10/11/02 CSM: "Born in New York, educated in Boston, this basketball star turned talk-show host, who moved to Athens 20 years ago, hopes to become the first black person elected to municipal office in Greece."

Community - Life in the Ghettos of Brazil  10/11/02 NarcoNews: "In this world, a favela is a favela... once and always the same... the same in India, Bolivia, Mexico or Brazil. It's a place where the expectations of life, for dignity and justice, have indexes lower than those that can be measured by the intellectual myopia of the World Bank. And here, in the most industrialized city of the continent, with 18 million inhabitants in the metropolitan zone and its urban sprawl, this correspondent invites you on a tour…"

So, What Happened Thursday in Venezuela?  10/11/02 NarcoNews: "A day after the march, all the hysterical shriekers have been proved wrong, and in many cases intentionally dishonest. The opposition march came and went. Most news sources said there were hundreds of thousands. The LA Times said "About a million." The corrupt Venezuelan press said "more than a million" or "two million." The Independent of London said "tens of thousands." In any case, it was no bigger, nor different, nor did it include a wider base than that of the same old same old from the upper classes, the same as many a previous opposition march."

Update October 11, 2002: Donate Money to Fund a Newspaper Ad  10/11/02 No Iraq Attack 

Belafonte Stands by Criticism of Powell  10/11/02 Reuters 

Peace Gets a Chance  10/11/02 The Nation: "Despite a media blackout, a nascent U.S. peace movement has gradually been gathering momentum. In September, at least 300 peace events were being held weekly in cities from Pensacola to Fairbanks. Organizers say they're attracting many who oppose the war in Iraq but were ambivalent about, or supported, war in Afghanistan. Reecha Sen, a volunteer for New York Not in Our Name, observes, "People who wouldn't have come out last year are joining us. They say, 'This is ridiculous; we have no support from the world.'"

Americans feel pinch as Arab boycott starts to bite  10/11/02 Times. UK: "What began two years ago as a low-key protest against US support for Israel has developed into a sustained campaign against America’s best known brands. Threats of a conflict in Iraq have given further impetus to the economic boycott. Fast food outlets, toy makers, drink and cosmetics companies, and even Disneyland, are feeling the squeeze. Muslim clerics call for a boycott during Friday prayers, religious and political leaders have gone on television in Saudi Arabia to support the anti-US protests. Leaflets are handed out listing brands to boycott, and there are thousands of protest calls on the internet. Trade between the US and Arab countries is said to be down by at least 25 per cent since last year. Some economists argue that this is mainly due to the price of oil and exchange rates, but the boycott is taking its toll. Leading soft drinks companies and fast food chains have reported a drop in business of 25 to 40 per cent in the Arab world."

The Spoils of War  10/11/02 Village Voice 

Thursday  10/10/02

topSelling anti-Semitism  10/10/02 Al-Ahram: "No one stands to gain more from reviving the idea of the need for a Jewish homeland -- the "insurance policy for Jews" argument -- than Israel. It both stifles criticism from Jews unhappy with Israel's behaviour towards the Palestinians and, more importantly, it fuels the fears that drive Jewish migration. Among Israelis it goes unquestioned that Jewish immigration, known as "aliyah"" is still supremely important if Israel is to remain an ethnic Jewish state. The consensus says that the Palestinians, aware that they cannot defeat the state militarily, are quietly trying to swamp it with Arab babies in a demographic "battle of wombs". So prevalent is this view that a former air force commander, Eitan Ben Eliahu, went unchallenged recently in a national television debate when he commented: "We have to step up immigration immediately and in some way also thin out the number of Arabs here." He was simply restating arguments expressed with disturbing regularity in the Israeli government, including from within Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud Party."

France stands up  10/10/02 Al-Ahram, Egypt: "Schroeder, re-elected in September to a second term as Germany's chancellor on a platform of opposition to German involvement in any military action against Iraq, said that he was happy with the "understanding shown by Jacques Chirac on Iraq" and at French policy on the issue, which was "very close to that of Germany".

Voice recording of Osama's lieutenant thought to be genuine  10/10/02 AP: "In the recording, al-Zawahri issues a warning to U.S. allies -- "the deputies of America" -- to get out of the Muslim world, specifying Germany and France. "The mujahid youth has already sent messages to Germany and France," he said. "However, if these doses are not enough, we are prepared with the help of Allah to inject further doses."

US presses EU over Turkey  10/10/02 BBC: the would be masters of the planet at it again.

Chicanos and Chicanas say: "No a la Guerra"  10/10/02 Counterpunch: "Once thought to be among the most uncritically patriotic of communities, Mexican Americans created a massive antiwar movement during the Viet Nam period. Since that time, corporate and government managers have sought to erase this history in order to replace it with a passive "Hispanic" identity that fits well with conservative national agendas. On the threshold of another unnecessary war, the spirit of Chicano/a progressive politics has reappeared. In just two days, over two hundred people of Mexican descent signed an open letter to Congress demanding that members vote "no" on granting the Bush administration unlimited war powers. The letter also demanded that the nation's priorities be shifted from a growing militarism to issues of health care, education, low-cost housing, and other social needs."

Subtle shift on 'regime change'?  10/10/02 CSM: "Now, Mr. Bush is signaling he could accept a world where Mr. Hussein – though a fully disarmed Hussein – remains the man in charge in Iraq. E-mail this story Write a letter to the Editor Printer-friendly version Permission to reprint/republish Related stories: 10/09/02 Why US won't give way on Iraq? monitortalk: Weigh in on the latest news from Washington in our online discussion forums. Converse here... Just as the president shifted in the months after 9/11 from a focus on Osama bin Laden to saying the chief enemy was not one man but international terrorism, he seems to be saying now that the aim is not removing one man but disarming Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction."

Thousands protest in Venezuela  10/10/02 MS-NBC: "FOUR PEOPLE were wounded during an early morning gunfight between police and Chavez supporters in western Carabobo state, said Antonio Mustafd, Carabobo state public security secretary. The “Chavistas” were using trucks to block a highway leading into the capital city, trying to prevent Venezuelans from the provinces from reaching the march. Witnesses said Chavez supporters seized the trucks at gunpoint and blew out the tires. The gunfight broke out when police tried to disperse the government sympathizers, and one police officer and three civilians were hurt."

Seeds of Protest Growing on College Campuses  10/10/02 NYT 

ADOLF AND SADDAM: The American Connection  10/10/02 Radio Progreso, Miami: "While there's no doubt that the Holocaust was the brainchild of the Nazis, it is also true that the genocide committed against Jews, communists and gypsies could not have succeeded without the international business community's enthusiastic collaboration. And some of the most passionate investors were American. Ford Motor Company's purchase of a Germany auto body company led the Germany newspaper Frankfurter Zeitung to joyously exclaim that "(Ford's purchase demonstrated) a realization of the world view of race as the basis of the German economy." Numbers of American financial institutions profited handsomely from trading German corporate securities that had been seized from Jewish owned companies and property, an important source of Nazi capital. Major investors in German companies in the mid-30's included International Harvester, Ford, IBM, GM, Standard Oil (now Exxon), and Du Pont, many of whom became deeply involved in German weapons production. In fact from 1929 to 1940, U.S. investment increased in Nazi Germany by nearly 50% while declining sharply everywhere else in Europe . Holocaust financing was a financially rewarding for those willing to pay the price."

Medical consequences of attacking Iraq  10/10/02 SF Chronicle: "As the Bush administration prepares to make war on the Iraqi people -- and make no mistake, it is the civilian population of that country and not Saddam Hussein who will bear the brunt of the hostilities -- it is important that we recall the medical consequences of the last Gulf War. That conflict was, in effect, a nuclear war. During the 1991 Gulf War, the United States deployed hundreds of tons of weapons, many of them anti-tank shells made of depleted uranium 238."

CIA undermines Bush over Iraqi chemical weapons  10/10/02 Times, UK 

Saudi Arabia faces blacklist  10/10/02 Washington Times: "The United States is debating whether to place Saudi Arabia on a blacklist of "countries of particular concern" for its restrictions on religious freedom, raising the prospect of sanctioning a potential ally in a war with Iraq."

Bad Attitude Baraka  10/10/02 Weekly Standard, NJ: a fine example of the racist rant they accuse Baraka of - "As the law currently stands, not even the governor can fire Baraka. But this week, legislation was drafted to amend the law and allow Governor McGreevey (not exactly a right-wing zealot) to force him out. The governor's spokeswoman, Ellen Mellody, tells me that the legislation is "widely supported by both Republicans and Democrats" and that they are trying to expedite its passage. She also reminds me that McGreevey has already frozen the $10,000 stipend. We'll fight this," Baraka recently told the Star-Ledger. "We'll go to the Supreme Court. The only thing they'll do is put me in a position to defend the rights of poets and the First Amendment." Regarding the charges of anti-Semitism, Baraka is quick to point out other stanzas in "Somebody Blew Up America" that ask, "Who put the Jews in ovens" and later, "Who killed Rosa Luxembourg, Liebneckt" and "Who murdered the Rosenbergs." (In his subsequent statement defending his position, he continues to misspell Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht's names.) Baraka insists that he does not accuse the Israeli government of plotting the attacks of September 11, but he says on his website: "I WAS NOT SAYING ISRAEL WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTACK, BUT THAT THEY KNEW AND OUR OWN COUNTERFEIT PRESIDENT DID TOO!" … Even better, maybe he and that Nigerian businessman will be able to collect the frozen $48,000,000,000 USD."

Wednesday  10/9/02

topIsrael May "Transfer" Palestinians During the War on Iraq  10/9/02 Counterpunch: "Around one hundred Israeli academics wrote a letter warning that talk of transfer, a sanitized term for ethnic cleansing, is increasing within mainstream political discourse in Israel. The letter warned that the "Israeli ruling coalition includes parties that promote 'transfer' of the Palestinian population as a solution to what they call 'the demographic problem'". It cited a recent interview in Ha'aretz, by chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon. He discussed the possible need for a special "treatment" in the occupied territories. Prime minister Sharon supported his "assessment of reality." The letter also mentioned that, "escalating racist demagoguery" in Israel "may indicate the scope of the crimes that are possibly being contemplated."

Curious customs  10/9/02 Creative Loafing: "As a side effect to a recent upgrade to Georgia's criminal information network, federal agents who one might expect to be seeking out terrorists, drug smugglers and dangerous fugitives are suddenly in the business of apprehending grannies with overdue parking tickets and other minor scofflaws."

White House 'exaggerating Iraqi threat'  10/9/02 Guardian: "Officials in the CIA, FBI and energy department are being put under intense pressure to produce reports which back the administration's line, the Guardian has learned. In response, some are complying, some are resisting and some are choosing to remain silent. "Basically, cooked information is working its way into high-level pronouncements and there's a lot of unhappiness about it in intelligence, especially among analysts at the CIA," said Vincent Cannistraro, the CIA's former head of counter-intelligence."

Robert Fisk: What the US President wants us to forget  10/9/02 Independent 

Raid on US marines puts question mark over friendly Kuwait  10/9/02 Independent, UK: "So yesterday's killing of one US marine and the wounding of another during a live-fire exercise by 1,400 American troops on Failaka Island comes as another surprise for Washington. If al-Qa'ida is behind this latest shooting by two Kuwaitis who were both shot dead,it only goes to show that Osama bin Laden's supporters exist even in the friendliest kingdom of the Gulf. Unlike the Saudis, the Kuwaitis will be only too keen to share their intelligence with the United States. The two attackers, both wearing civilian clothes, were reportedly shot dead by US marines after the killings, although the exact circumstances of the shooting remained unclear yesterday. The fact that the two dead killers were Kuwaitis, is serious news for the Emir and the crown prince, whose countrymen have never shown any hostility to the United States since the 1991 Gulf War."

INTERVIEW WITH HARRY BELAFONTE  10/9/02 KFMB: audio of the Harry Belefonte interview on Colin Powell et al.

California's Hispanic Press Braces For War in Iraq  10/9/02 Pacific News: "Hispanics make up nearly a third of the population in the nation's most populous state, California. PNS contributor Marcelo Ballve examines the growing Spanish-language press across the state and finds a community fearful of anti-immigrant backlash should the United States go to war with Iraq."

Belafonte Likens Powell to 'House Slave'  10/9/02 Reuters: "There's an old saying, in the days of slavery, there were those slaves who lived on the plantation and were those slaves that lived in the house," Belafonte said. "You got the privilege of living in the house if you served the master ... exactly the way the master intended to have you serve him. "Colin Powell's committed to come into the house of the master," the performer continued. "When Colin Powell dares to suggest something other than what the master wants to hear, he will be turned back out to pasture." Belafonte went on to suggest that Powell's presence in the Bush cabinet amounted to racial tokenism, saying, "What Colin Powell serves is to give the illusion that the Bush cabinet is a diverse cabinet, made up of people of color ... when in fact none of that is what is true."

Powell Lashes Back at Belafonte over Slave Remark  10/9/02 Reuters 

British Press Gagged on Reporting MI6's £100,000 bin Laden Payoff  10/9/02 Scoop, New Zealand: "Tony Blair has tonight ordered a D-Notice on British media reporting government officials signing court gag orders. This regards the case of former MI5 officer David Shayler, who has evidence to prove MI6 gave £100,000 to bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, arms to Iraq and had prior knowledge of several terrorist attacks on London in the 1990's. The original articles stated that top Labour MP's had signed gag orders, whereby upon mention of this evidence in court, media have to immediately leave the trial. Newspapers all over the country, including the Guardian, the London Evening Standard and the Scotsman have either completely removed or amended their articles. This evidence is damning. The British government is trying to bury the story before it buries them."

This man asked for our help - now he's dead  10/9/02 Sydney Morning Herald: "The death of a rejected asylum seeker on his return to Colombia has sparked investigations by the Federal Government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Alvaro Moralez was reportedly shot by paramilitaries near his parents' home in rural Colombia after he voluntarily left Australia for Argentina, where he unsuccessfully claimed asylum and was deported to Colombia. He left Australia when the Refugee Review Tribunal rejected his application."

Tuesday  10/8/02

topColombian President accused of heading brutal killer network  10/8/02 ANNCOL: "The exiled left-wing leader and former member of the Colombian parliament Dr. Gustavo Montealegre Almario is openly accusing President Uribe of being the main man behind the paramilitary killers that are spreading havoc in the South American country. The attacks against by right-wing death squads against key opposition leaders have escalated after Uribe in August declared ”a state of unrest”. Even before, Colombia had become infamous as the deadliest country in the world for trade unionists and other social organizers. ”Alvaro Uribe Velez, president of Colombia, is the leader of the paramilitary groups and he is the one directly responsible for the bloodshed, which is a consequence of the open war he declared when he took office,” Montealegre told reporters from his exile in Australia last month."

Anti-Racism Meeting Targets Europe For Compensation  10/8/02 Black World Today 

Dawn raids stoke fires of resentment  10/8/02 Guardian, UK: "When America began Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan a year ago it was largely welcomed. At last the west was promising to bring peace and reconstruction to a country run by warlords and ravaged by drought and 20 years of conflict. But slowly Afghans have grown resentful of the thousands of US troops. The bitterness is especially deep in the southern Pashtun tribal lands, where the Stars and Stripes flies above isolated and heavily fortified bases in areas that were once the Taliban's heartland. Many Afghans, including powerful commanders, want them out."

Bertlesmann addresses its Nazi connections  10/8/02 IHT: "The German media conglomerate Bertelsmann expressed regret Monday for its conduct during the Third Reich, and later efforts to cover it up, as a group of scholars issued a 794-page report documenting the company's collaboration with the Nazi regime. . The independent commission, appointed by Bertelsmann in 1998 to investigate discrepancies in the company's account of its wartime history, said Bertelsmann probably also profited from Jewish slave labor in a handful of printing presses in Lithuania where it contracted work."

Candidates revise coalitions ahead of presidential runoff  10/8/02 IHT: "After narrowly missing victory in the presidential election, Luiz Inacio da Silva of the leftist Workers' Party predicted Monday he would triumph in the Oct. 27 runoff against the government candidate, Jose Serra."

Americans went too far while panicking  10/8/02 Kavkaz: A mild rebuke to Americans for their panic from a people who have survived the Russian hell in Chechnya - "After the events in Washington I automatically recall the pictures of Grozny during the war in January 1995, when the author if this article had the opportunity to observe the behavior of the city residents under the strongest aerial bombings by Russian aircraft. While Russians were raiding the Chechen capital with carpet bombings, and all kinds of «Grads» and «Smerches» (multiple launch rocket systems Grad [Hail] and Smerch [Tornado]) were leveling the entire cities, Grozny residents were setting up mobile markets and selling things only hundreds of meters away from exploding bombs and shells."

China Watchers Paint Complex New Picture: Anyone Listening?  10/8/02 Pacific News: "China Watchers with myriad new ways of collecting information are composing a fresh, multi-faceted picture of the huge country. Yet their findings remain lamentably absent in policy debate, writes Pacific News Service contributor Sanford Gottlieb, at a moment when all eyes are trained on Iraq."

Israeli Propaganda Mill is at Work Again  10/8/02 Palestine Chronicle: "Many others on Israel's list of undesirables have been assassinated, including several Egyptian nuclear scientists. One of the most prominent such Israeli assassinations was that of Dr. Yahya Meshad, a nuclear physicist who worked for Iraq's Atomic Energy Commission. He was mysteriously murdered in his hotel room in Paris in 1980. Mossad defector Victor Ostrovsky confirmed that agents of his former employer were responsible for Meshad's death. At a time when Saddam Hussein is being "ordered" to open up his palaces to not only UN weapons inspectors but a posse of armed men, it is difficult to imagine Ariel Sharon rendering his farm open house for inspections. Israel, as we all know, boasts more weapons of mass destruction than the entire Middle East put together, but this doesn't bother the American government, which shares "common visions". Today, Israel is estimated to possess between 200 and 300 nuclear warheads."

Arab frustration increases  10/8/02 Telegraph, UK 

Monday  10/7/02

topA Hero with Mud Feet  10/7/02 AfroCubaWeb: Alberto Jones on Toricelli - "Then everyone learned, that just as we now know, this vulgar mercenary had accepted money, clothing and dinners from a south Korean businessman in exchange for illegal congressional activities, and like any other petty thief in town, he allowed the Cuban American National Foundation to pump monies into his campaign and private coffers. How many pennies did you receive Mr. Torricelli, for ending the life prematurely of so many in Cuba?"

UWI: Sorry Mess  10/7/02 Barbados Daily Nation: "'An “insult” to Barbados, its Government and people. That strong condemnation of last week’s decision to exclude non-Africans and non-African descendants from the World Conference Against Racism in Barbados has come from Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Rex Nettleford."

The ADL Smear Campaign Against Me - I Will Not Resign, I Will Not Apologize - by AMIRI BARAKA  10/7/02 Counterpunch: ""Somebody Blew Up America!" was written Oct 1, 2001. A month after the terror attack. Almost immediately I circulated it around the world on the Internet. In addition, I have read this poem in Spain, Portugal, Africa, Switzerland, Italy, Finland and it was translated into German and read on German radio, at Universities and other venues across this country. It has become one of the most circulated of my poems. Yet it was not until I read the poem at the Dodge Poetry Festival that I got negative response from three people that I know of. The overwhelming response was an almost thunderous applause. I even had to come out and take a second bow at one performance. So why now and Who, as the poem asks, is behind it? Perhaps the forces which have dishonestly tried to characterize the poem as "venom" or merely "a harangue" (just as they called John Coltrane's music "Barbaric Yawps") are simply, the Charlie McCarthy voices for Bush & Sharon's Edgar Bergen's. Empty-headed devilish dummies constructed of wood and painted and costumed to look like it is real people speaking, when all the time it is imperialism is the ventriloquist speaking through their mouths, NO, I WILL NOT APOLOGIZE, I WILL NOT RESIGN. In fact I will continue to do what I have appointed to do but still have not been paid to do. Publicize and Popularize poetry and poets throughout this state. To set up new venues and new networks for poetry reading and workshops, in the state's libraries and schools and other institutions. Hopefully initiated and given paradigm right here in the Newark Public Library, its branches and throughout the school system. Therefore giving more of our citizens access to poetry, involving poets of all nationalities, both male and female, of diverse experience and styles. I have already begun to enlist coordinators of poetry programs throughout the state, so that we can network a tour of poets, hopefully beginning in January, throughout the state."

First Al Qaeda Strike Against Oil Target  10/7/02 Debka, Israel: "Hadhramaut would be hospitable terrain for al Qaeda. It is the ancestral homeland of the bin Laden clan which migrated to Saudi Arabia at the beginning of the last century. Many of the local tribesmen, reputed to be skilled mountain fighters, give him their full support. Ever since the second week of September, American special forces are reported by DEBKAfile’s military sources to have been fighting terrorists amid the stark cliffs and narrow ravines of this precipitous region of Yemen. Little is known about the state of combat, but it is believed that American troops are facing the same sort of difficult terrain as they do in Afghanistan, where locals play an easy game of hide and seek. Al Qaeda’s decision to go for an oil tanker may have been a stroke in this secret battle...The terrorists’ latest success must have set some red alarms flashing for American planners of the Iraq war. In its issue of September 27, DEBKA-Net-Weekly referred to one of Saddam Hussein’s contingency plans: Instead of engaging the Americans in a hopeless battleground duel, he may be planning to disrupt Gulf and Middle East oilfields, terminals and seaways with a hail of missiles and an onslaught of seaborne terror. Another of the Iraqi’s ruler’s schemes is reported to be to hit American warships and carriers assembled in the Gulf of Aden and Persian Gulf. As a preventive measure, the US navy is blockading the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, Iraq’s only outlet to the Persian Gulf, to prevent Iraqi naval commandoes from heading out to jumping off points along the Gulf. The fact that Sunday, al Qaeda forces in Yemen struck at a seaborne target which Iraqi commandos are unable to reach is no coincidence, given the operational collaboration fast developing between Baghdad and the Islamic terror network. The investigation of the Limburg affair and its fateful ramifications is only just beginning." Debka is a resolutely Zionist psyops site so its trumpeting of Iraq - Al Qaeda links can be taken with a grain of salt, given that Iraq is a secular state.

Al-Qaida suspected in tanker explosion  10/7/02 Independent, UK: "A huge explosion that left a French supertanker blazing off the Yemeni coast last night sparked fears that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida movement had turned its wrath on the oil business, after the vessel's owners said the blast was a "terrorist attack"… If an al-Qaida connection to the blast is confirmed, it would be the most serious and successful attack by the terrorist network since September 11. Any confirmation is likely to have a serious impact on the transportation of oil and could push up prices… In Paris a French foreign ministry spokesman, François Rivasseau, said it was too early to say what had caused the explosion, which came a day before the one-year anniversary of the US bombing campaign in Afghanistan. However, an anonymous French official told Reuters news agency that France had "a very serious sign, solid information" that the ship had been attacked."

Settlers gun down Palestinian farmer in the olive groves  10/7/02 Independent, UK 

A Tale of Two Enemies  10/7/02 MSNBC: "The real connection between al-Qaida and Iraq."

Did the United States Expose Iraqi Civilians to Radiation?  10/7/02 MSNBC: "Last year, Doug Rokke, former head of the Pentagon's Depleted Uranium Project, told the British Parliament that one-fifth of his Gulf War team—which examined Iraqi vehicles hit by DU fire—has since died of various lung diseases. Late last month, during his visit to Baghdad, Rep. David Bonior, D-Mich., characterized DU's long-term impact on Iraq as "horrific and barbaric."

Olé, Olé, Olá, Lula! Lula!  10/7/02 NarcoNews: "From this it is possible to conclude that the polls were badly conducted… or perhaps organized with the intent to undercount the support for the PT candidates, because the case of Genoino is not the only one. Everything indicates that the labor of Brazilian special interests was very vast and that, with actions like those, they have tried to undermine the enormous vote that the people's party received."

Thousands walk for peace  10/7/02 Seattle Post Intelligence 

Saudi Arabia may start fingerprinting Americans  10/7/02 The News, Pakistan: "Saudi Arabia is expected to start finger-printing Americans entering the kingdom in response to a similar measure introduced by the United States last week, the US embassy said on Sunday. "The embassy wishes to advise American citizens that in the near future the government of Saudi Arabia may start requiring American citizens to be fingerprinted as part of their visa or entry process," the embassy said in a new warden message."

A Peace Movement Emerges  10/7/02 Village Voice: "In the first major sign of popular opposition to a unilateral war with Iraq, an estimated 20,000 people filled the East Meadow of Central Park on Sunday to pledge their resistance to President George Bush's military plans. The diverse crowd ranged from seasoned activists--many of them veterans of Vietnam War protests--to college and high school students, business professionals, Muslims, Jews, Christians, and concerned parents, some of whom traveled from the Midwest to voice their dissent. "I've been waiting for this since 9/12," said Bruce Olin, 52, who flew in from Springfield, Illinois. "The reason the terrorists did what they did was to provoke the exact response that America has had. They were relying on the fact that we have an idiot for a president," said Olin, who owns a pharmaceutical testing verification firm."

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