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12/23/02 - 12/29/02  

Sunday  12/29/02

Televangelist Robertson's Humanitarian Planes Used For Diamond Mining Firm  12/29/02 AP: first published 4/28/97

Colombian rebel attack kills 60  12/29/02 BBC: "Colombian Marxist rebels have attacked their right-wing paramilitary enemies of the United Self-defence Forces of Colombia (AUC) in the northern province of Bolivar. At least 60 people were killed in the fighting, the majority paramilitaries, which were driven from the area. The right-wing paramilitaries of the AUC have called a ceasefire and are looking to start a peace process with the government… The paramilitaries are seeking to demobilise after their organisations fragmented over the issue of drugs. The largest group in the AUC, led by feared warlord Carlos Castanao, wanted to sever links with the drugs trade which provides most of the group's income. Other elements were not so enthusiastic." Do a search on Google for "AUC massacre" and you will get 2,120 results.

US warns N Korea of economic collapse  12/29/02 BBC: "The Bush administration is threatening North Korea with economic collapse if the communist state continues with its nuclear programme. In a process it defines as "tailored containment", the US says it will call on North Korea's neighbours and allies to cut economic ties with the country. It says it will also urge the UN to impose sanctions - calling for the organisation to discuss the matter on 12 January."

Vatican to release Nazi files  12/29/02 BBC: a limited hang-out? "In 2001 Catholic and Jewish scholars investigating the Vatican's relations with Nazi Germany suspended their research in protest because of the huge amount of material kept secret. Jewish groups at the time also called on the Vatican to delay the beatification of Pius XII."

Israeli troops face criticism on civilian toll  12/29/02 Boston Globe: "A 95-year-old Palestinian woman returning in a taxi from a doctor's appointment Dec. 3 was stopped at a checkpoint here by an Israeli soldier who, Palestinian witnesses said, smashed the windshield and fired 17 bullets at the vehicle. One of the shots hit the woman's spine and killed her."

How US Forced Poland to Buy F-16s  12/29/02 Cryptome: "Information from an official translator who has first-hand knowledge of various meetings reveals a cunning, forceful two-year campaign to prevent Poland from reaching a deal with rival contenders (the UK-Swedish offer of the Gripen fighter aircraft and the French offer of the Mirage 2000-5)." Replete with USGOV surveillance of the opposition, threats, and blackmail for their beloved Lockheed.

Assad carries last Bush ultimatum to Saddam  12/29/02 Debka, Israel: Unlike the rest of Debka's misinformation, at least some of this content is testable.

Briton tells of ordeal in Bush's torture jail  12/29/02 Mail & Guardian, South Africa: "US officials have admitted that suspects captured in the region are 'softened up' on their way to detention by brutal beatings from US military police and special forces soldiers. They are confined to tiny rooms, blindfolded and thrown into walls. They are tied up in painful positions, subjected to loud noises and deprived of sleep by having lights shone on them all day and night. Sometimes they are forced to stand for long periods in black hoods or wearing goggles which have been spray-painted so as to render them blind. The aim is to disorientate and confuse the suspects, as they face a barrage of questions about their activities in Afghanistan and elsewhere. It is believed that some, who had battle wounds when captured, are denied painkillers as a further way of coaxing information from them."

Peace vigil takes to the streets  12/29/02 The Olympian, Washington State: "We're getting three times as many honks as fingers," sign holder Emily Decker of Olympia said of response to their message of peace."

Report Says Africans Harbored Al Qaeda  12/29/02 Washington Post: "An aggressive year-long European investigation into al Qaeda financing has found evidence that two West African governments hosted the senior terrorist operatives who oversaw a $20 million diamond-buying spree that effectively cornered the market on the region's precious stones. Investigators from several countries concluded that President Charles Taylor of Liberia received a $1 million payment for arranging to harbor the operatives, who were in the region for at least two months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and the Pentagon. The terrorists moved between a protected area in Liberia and the presidential compound in neighboring Burkina Faso, investigators say." For related story, see Televangelist Robertson's Humanitarian Planes Used For Diamond Mining Firm AP: first published 4/28/97.

Hugo Chavez and Venezuela's poor versus everybody else  12/29/02 Yellow Times: "And once again, the private, corporate media in both Venezuela and the United States are answering their paymasters' call by printing and reporting wildly one-sided affairs that virtually omit reference to the vast and consistent pro-Chavez rallies around the country."

Saturday  12/28/02

topPresidente Chávez: "La limpieza en PDVSA debe ser total"  12/28/02 Aporrea: "Desde el muelle de Guaraguao el Jefe del Estado refirió que la reactivación de la industria petrolera estatal, luego de acciones de sabotaje por parte de un grupo de ex ejecutivos de la nómina mayor, “es una batalla política, moral, social y económica porque PDVSA es nuestra principal industria y estaba siendo manejada con el criterio caprichoso de una supuesta meritocracia que se creyó dueña de esta industria que pertenece a todos los venezolanos; de ahí la importancia de esta batalla que estamos librando hoy”.

The Military records of George Walker Bush  12/28/02 ColdFeet: See especially the Air National Guard Document Listing

Americans to man Israeli defences  12/28/02 Guardian, UK: two countries founded on similar, genocidal settler policies help each other.

Al Qaeda vs. the White House - Two Radicalisms  12/28/02 IHT: Interesting article in an elite newspaper - "Despite European fears of political disagreement with Washington, 2003 may well be the year EU states openly break with the United States on policy toward the Muslim world… The Qaeda attacks empowered a policy faction in the United States convinced of America's moral right and political competence to banish "terror" by reordering international society, guided by an optimism that has no empirical evidence to justify it. In practice, this policy has generated disorder, not order."

7000 Muslims Languishing In Uzbekistan Prisons  12/28/02 Jihad Unspun: "Torture is also very widespread within the prisons, and particularly focused on religious and political prisoners. There were two deaths in August this year, which provide a very good example of the type of things that go on in the prisons here. Two religious prisoners were tortured to death and were brought back to Tashkent in August for the families to bury. One of the families saw the body and it had signs that showed that he had been immersed in boiling water. He had no finger nails, serious injuries to his head and bruising throughout his body."

Orden de ingreso de la marina de EEUU a Colombia para febrero de 2003  12/28/02 Rebelion: "Dos batallones de las Fuerzas Expedicionarias Selváticas de la Marina de EE UU han recibido recientemente órdenes de despliegue para ingresar a Colombia en febrero de 2003. Según fuentes confiables, los batallones, que representarán un apoyo total de unos 1100 hombres, se alternarán dentro y fuera del sur de Colombia, con la orden de eliminar a todos los altos mandos de la FARC, dispersando a aquellos que escapan hasta las áreas más remotas de la Amazonía. Desde hace varios años, la jerarquía de las FARC ha sido objeto de un escrutinio intensivo por parte de la inteligencia estadounidense. La ofensiva significará que EE UU lleve guerras simultáneas en tres frentes: Afganistán, Iraq y Colombia."

Venezuela: El General que derrotó un golpe militar  12/28/02 Rebelion: "En esta primera parte de la entrevista, el General de División RAUL BADUEL, Comandante de la 4 División de Blindados y de la 42 Brigada de Infantería de Paracaidistas, Fuerzas Armadas Nacionales (FAN) de Venezuela, revela, desde el interior de la resistencia militar-cívica, cómo fue derrotado el golpe de Estado del 11 de abril, 2001, contra el gobierno democrático de Hugo Chávez. En torno a su desconocimiento de la junta golpista se agruparon 14 generales con mando de tropa de 20 batallones (20.000 hombres) con artillería, tanques, paracaidistas y fuerza aérea, un poder superior al de los golpistas. El ultimátum de estos militares patrióticos y constitucionales a los golpistas, difundido públicamente en la tarde del sábado 13 de abril por una radio local venezolana, combinado con una operación comando que le salvó la vida al Presidente Chávez ---organizada desde la base de Baduel en Maracay--- hicieron fracasar la asonada militar."

N Korean weapons 'taken to truce zone'  12/28/02 Telegraph, UK: "As the crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme deepened yesterday it emerged that the country's troops had been taking weapons into the Demilitarised Zone between North and South Korea in violation of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War. The joint United States and United Nations command monitoring the zone said an investigation had confirmed reports by South Korean soldiers that North Korean troops had brought 7.62mm machineguns into the area six times between Dec 13 and 20. According to investigators, the weapons were set up 100 to 400 yards north of the Military Demarcation Line. "The weapons were apparently removed at the end of each day," they stated. With an American-led invasion of Iraq possibly only weeks away, the escalating tensions in the Far East have been an unwelcome distraction for the Bush administration. An American official said: "I get the impression it does create a great deal of anxiety. They are going after Iraq. If there is any suggestion that Iraq isn't the number one priority, it is difficult for them."

Chavez Frias thanks Brazil and Caribbean countries for support in oil war.  12/28/02 Trinicenter, Trinidad: "President Hugo Chavez Frias has publicly thanked Brazilian Fernando Cardoso and president-elect Lula da Silva for sending 520,00 barrel of gasoline on the "Amazon Explorer" which docked in Puerto La Cruz on Saturday. Chavez Frias has let it be known that he has received gestures of support from the governments of Jamaica, Curacao, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago and the Dominican Republic. Trinidad & Tobago, the President says, will send 300,000 barrels of gasoline to cover the deficit until refineries start up again. Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members have offered help, along with the Russians, which is expected to send a committee of businessmen to help reactivate the oil industry."

Friday  12/27/02

top"Huelguistas admiten que han perdido control de industria petrolera"  12/27/02 Aporrea 

Exxon confirma indirectamente acusaciones de "bloqueo internacional contra PDVSA"  12/27/02 Aporrea: Exxon-Mobil enforces bloquade of Venezuelan Oil. "Con unas declaraciones completamente sin sentido ("las firmas propietarias de los tanqueros no pueden cargar petróleo mientras continúe la situación de fuerza mayor") o por lo menos con una explicación muy poco didáctica, la portavoz de Exxon-Mobile intentó explicar por qué no estaban embarcando crudo venezolano en sus buques. Sus explicaciones francamente no convencen, ni tampoco desmienten las acusaciones del gobernador y comisionado presidencial venezolano Ramón Martínez de que todo esto es causado por un "bloqueo internacional contra PDVSA". - Recall that Exxon is Standard Oil of New Jersey, whose #2 stockholder up to WWII was IG Farben, the giant Nazi chemical combine. Exxon sold oil to the Nazis well into 1942.

An Open Letter to President Bush on the Torture of Al-Qaeda Suspects  12/27/02 Counterpunch: "The willful torture or inhuman treatment of prisoners-of-war or other detainees, including "willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health," are "grave breaches" of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, commonly known as war crimes. Grave breaches are subject to universal jurisdiction, meaning that they can be prosecuted in any national criminal court and as well as any international tribunal with appropriate jurisdiction. The Convention against Torture obligates States Parties to prosecute persons within their jurisdiction who are implicated or complicit in acts of torture. This obligation includes the prosecution of persons within their territory who committed acts of torture elsewhere and have not be extradited under procedures provided in the convention. Should senior U.S. officials become aware of acts of torture by their subordinates and fail to take immediate and effective steps to end such practices, they too could be found criminally liable under international law. The responsibility of superior officers for atrocities by their subordinates is commonly known as command responsibility. Although the concept originated in military law, it now is increasingly accepted to include the responsibility of civil authorities for abuses committed by persons under their direct authority. The doctrine of command responsibility has been upheld in recent decisions by the international criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. There are two forms of command responsibility: direct responsibility for orders that are unlawful and imputed responsibility, when a superior knows or should have known of crimes committed by a subordinate acting on his own initiative and fails to prevent or punish them. All states are obliged to bring such people to justice."

Tentacles in the corridors of power  12/27/02 Haaretz, Israel: "The picture emerging in recent days is worrisome: As opposed to what the prime minister and some of the ministers and MKs have been saying, this is not a marginal phenomenon that can be quickly isolated and uprooted. Although appropriate caution must be used regarding the details of the probe and all the suspects are innocent until proven otherwise, there is a growing suspicion that individuals with criminal backgrounds managed this time to reach deep into the political machine and the government."

Russia in Iraq row  12/27/02 Herald Sun, Australia: "RUSSIA yesterday widened a UN Security Council rift over Iraq when it openly disputed Washington's claim of having proof Baghdad was hiding weapons of mass destruction from UN inspectors. "No-one can provide the slightest evidence," Deputy Foreign Minister Yury Fedotov said."

County agencies hit in Copwatch report  12/27/02 Houston Courrier: "Lodging a complaint about police misconduct may be tougher in Montgomery County than other areas, according to a report recently released by Copwatch, a Houston-based anti-police brutality group."

United States: Reports of Torture of Al-Qaeda Suspects  12/27/02 Human Rights Watch: "The Bush administration must promptly investigate and address allegations of torture of suspected al-Qaeda detainees or risk criminal prosecution, Human Rights Watch said today. In a letter to President George W. Bush, Human Rights Watch said it was “deeply concerned” by allegations made in the Washington Post that detainees had been subjected to torture or other forms of mistreatment while in U.S. custody in Afghanistan or while held by U.S. allies… Direct involvement or complicity in torture, as well as the failure to prevent torture by subordinates, may subject U.S. officials to prosecution under international law. Such acts are “grave breaches,” or war crimes, under the 1949 Geneva Conventions. In addition, the Convention against Torture obligates all countries to prosecute persons within their jurisdiction who are implicated or complicit in acts of torture. Any competent court anywhere in the world is required to prosecute violations of the prohibition against torture. Moreover, should senior U.S. officials become aware of acts of torture by their subordinates and fail to take immediate and effective steps to end such practices, they would be criminally liable under international law for “command responsibility.”

Death Toll Rises In Chechnya  12/27/02 Jihad Unspun: "Bombers crashed two vehicles loaded with more than a ton of explosives into the courtyard of the Russian government headquarters in the Chechen capital of Grozny, killing at least 46 people inside and wounding at least 76 others. It was the deadliest attack yet on Russia's hard-pressed civilian government in Chechnya and a fresh indication that that suicide tactics are gaining popularity among those who want to break Russia's shaky hold on its separatist southern republic."

A Fight for Freedom of Speech  12/27/02 LA Times: "Pipes, a self-appointed arbiter of acceptable speech and founder of Campus Watch, recently included us in a list of six "Professors Who Hate America" in a New York publication. Using us as examples of professors who relentlessly oppose their own government, he called for "outsiders" (alumni, state legislators, parents of students and others) to "take steps to ... establish standards for media statements by faculty."

Anti-war activism spreading to Eastside  12/27/02 Seattle Times: antiwar movements goes to the burbs - "The Eastside isn't exactly known for political demonstrations, unlike the protest mecca across the lake. Picketing suburbanites historically have driven to Seattle to rally. But slowly, that's changing. The war on terrorism — mainly the looming battle in Iraq — has galvanized Eastsiders, long-time residents and activists say. People are picketing daily on street corners. Saturday, there were six protests in Eastside cities. Last Thursday, a group of young activists coordinated an anti-war teach-in at the Redmond Library."

U.S. peace movement busy organizing  12/27/02 Seattle Times: "While the Pentagon has spent the past year training troops, building facilities and stockpiling weapons to launch a war against Iraq, the peace movement has been using the buildup time to coordinate it's nationwide anti-war message. Rally meeting places are posted, march routes set, protest signs painted, acts of nonviolent civil disobedience choreographed. Activists in more than a dozen cities have announced where and when to meet on the first day of war — what they call "The Day Of." In Dallas, they plan speeches at City Hall; in San Francisco, they plan to block traffic in the business district; in St. Louis, they will hold a candlelight vigil downtown; in New York City, organizers hope to crowd Times Square with protesters."

Price of war may be more than US thinks, says study  12/27/02 Sydney Morning Herald: "The Bush Administration may have seriously underestimated the economic costs of a war with Iraq, complicating the Howard Government's efforts to promote Australian involvement in any American-led invasion. An analysis by the Professor of Economics at Yale University, William Nordhaus, pictured, says a protracted conflict could leave the United States with a $US1.9 trillion ($3.36trillion) price tag - 10 times higher than the worst-case figure put out by the White House. The report is confined to the US, leaving open questions on the impact to the world economy and Australia specifically."

US turns to torture to crack prisoners of war  12/27/02 Sydney Morning Herald: "While the US Government publicly denounces the use of torture, all of the national security officials interviewed defended the use of violence against captives as "just and necessary", and they were confident the American public would back their view. The CIA, which has responsibility for interrogations, declined to comment. "If you don't violate someone's human rights some of the time, you probably aren't doing your job," said one official who has supervised the capture and transfer of accused terrorists. "I don't think we want to be promoting a view of zero tolerance on this." The off-limits patch of ground at Bagram is one of a number of secret overseas detention centres where US due process does not apply. Another is Diego Garcia, an island in the Indian Ocean that the US leases from Britain. In other cases, usually involving lower-level captives, the CIA hands them to foreign intelligence services, notably those of Jordan, Egypt and Morocco, with a list of questions the agency wants answered. These "extraordinary renditions" are done without resort to legal process and usually involve countries with security services known for using brutal means."

Warlord says he has joined al-Qaeda to expel foreign soldiers  12/27/02 Sydney Morning Herald: "Hekmatyar was a key guerilla commander during the 1980s Soviet war in Afghanistan. In the civil war that paved the way for the Taliban to take power, his men pounded Kabul with daily rocket barrages. He lived in exile in Iran during the five years of the Taliban rule, and returned after US-led forces ousted the hardline militia. Western intelligence agencies say they suspect he is receiving money from Iran." Hekmatyar was #1 CIA asset in his day, and was also the #1 narcotrafficker in a replay of so many other Company scenarios.

Thursday  12/26/02

topCuba acusó a la oposición venezolana de mentir otra vez  12/26/02 Aporrea: "Como se podrá apreciar, Arturo Juan Escobar Capote y Carlos de Jesús Valdés Acosta emigraron de Cuba hace largos años, al igual que otros muchos miles que, procedentes de este país, residen en Venezuela sin relación alguna ni contacto con las autoridades cubanas; el primero de ellos, desde hace casi 10 años, y el segundo, desde hace más de 30 años."

Más detalles en denuncia de Ramón Martínez: "transnacionales ordenan a 14 tanqueros no cargar en Venezuela"  12/26/02 Aporrea: will they make high profits as prices in the US go up?

Niger denies selling uranium to Iraq  12/26/02 BBC: "The prime minister of Niger, Hama Hamadou, has admitted that Iraq tried to buy uranium from it in the 1980s, but he said the offer had been rejected. The US State Department last week accused Baghdad of seeking to procure uranium from Niger for the creation of nuclear weapons, and omitting this from its arms declaration to the United Nations."

West Africa: Ivorian Crisis Likely To Dominate The New Year  12/26/02 Black World Today: "The economic boom in Cote d'Ivoire, once a bastion of stability in West Africa, has attracted millions of workers from poorer neighbouring countries in search of jobs and economic opportunity. Cote d'Ivoire's 16 million people include 2.2 million Burkinabe, 800,000 Malians and 230,000 Guineans, according to government statistics. Any prolongation of the three-month conflict, which has effectively partitioned Cote D'Ivoire into government and rebel-held areas, will have significant economic repercussions throughout the sub-region. Should the conflict escalate, spreading out across Cote D'Ivoire's borders, the consequences will be considerably more serious."

Top Arab TV network to hit US market  12/26/02 CSM: "Coming to a screen near you: Al Jazeera in English."

FBI asks colleges to hand over files on all foreigners  12/26/02 Independent, UK: and Merry Christmas! "The FBI has asked collegesacross America to pass on personal information about foreign students and staff to help prevent terrorist attacks, infuriating civil liberties activists and liberal politicians who believe the request is illegal. The letters, sent to hundreds of universities in the past few weeks, seek the "names, addresses, telephone numbers, citizenship information, places of birth, dates of birth, and any foreign contact information" for all foreign staff and students… Edward Kennedy and Patrick Leahy, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said: "This law requires both a court order and a showing that the request is specifically tailored to a terrorism investigation. The FBI request does not appear to fulfil either of these requirements." A similar warning was issued by the Association of American College Registrars and Admissions Officers,which instructed 10,000 institutions not to pass on information unless served with a court order. "Non-consensual release of private student information ... could expose institutions to significant legal consequences," it said."

Dubya’s Approval Rating Plummets And No One Notices  12/26/02 Liberal Oasis: "The current Time magazine offers this from a Dec. 17-18 Time/CNN poll: In general, do you approve or disapprove of the way President Bush is handling his job as President? Approve -- 55% Disapprove -- 37% That’s the lowest approval rating, and the highest disapproval, for Dubya in the Time/CNN poll since 9/11. His approval has sunk 9 points from just one month ago -- a stunning drop considering he’s coming off of a big election victory. But amazingly, no other media outlet has picked up on the poll."

Venezuela imports fuel as oil sector still halted  12/26/02 Reuters: thanks to big oil's de fact Venezuela oil embargo.

Wednesday  12/25/02

topCoffee, Tea, or Should We Feel Your Pregnant Wife’s Breasts Before Throwing You in a Cell at the Airport and Then Lying About Why We Put You There?  12/25/02 Lew Rockwell: don't complain at airports: "Think about that for a second. Rapes, car-jackings, murders, arsons – those are felonies. So is yelling in an airport now, apparently. I hadn’t realized, though I should have. Luckily, I was getting a favor, though. I was merely going to be slapped with a misdemeanor. "Here’s your court date," he said as I was released from my cell. In addition, I was banned from Portland International for 90 days, and just in case I was thinking of coming over and hanging out around its perimeter, the officer gave me a map with the boundaries highlighted, sternly warning me against trespassing."

Nixon Ordered Nuke Alert to Signal USSR  12/25/02 Washington Post: "The bluff was part of what Nixon described as a "madman" strategy to his new administration at the outset of 1969: ratcheting up military pressure on the North Vietnamese at unpredictable intervals to pressure them into concessions at peace talks in Paris." Sadam Insane = Nixon Insane?

Tuesday  12/24/02

topVenezuela: marcha de las antorchas  12/24/02 BBC: Asamblea Popular Revolucionaria ( had a cartoon showing this as a KKK march.

The Drug War According to Dr. Mengele - Agent Green Over the Andes  12/24/02 Counterpunch: "Hostile intentions toward the people of another country. Deployment of chemical weapons and biological agents. Pursuit of a scorched earth policy. Sound like Saddam's Iraq? Think again. This neatly capsulizes the Bush administration's ongoing depredations in Colombia, all under the shady banner of the war on drugs."

Se recupera industria petrolera: arrestan a oficiales de buques Caura y Ambrosio, nombran a nuevo oficial de Yavire, finaliza descarga de Pilín León y Bárbara Palacios y atracan buques con gas licuado  12/24/02 Prensa Latina 

Oficiales de policía opositora denuncian graves irregularidades en la Plaza Altamira y en el cuerpo policial, a la vez que hacen pública su renuncia  12/24/02 Rebelion: "Durante una rueda de prensa transmitida por VTV desde el Hotel Meliá Caracas, tres oficiales de la policía del municipio Chacao de Caracas (bajo el régimen del alcalde Leopoldo López) denunciaron entre otras cosas que los civiles que actúan como guardaespaldas de los ex- militares en rebeldía en la Plaza Francia, han violado infinidad de normas de seguridad, y nada se ha hecho a nivel de autoridades municipales para corregir las irregularidades. "Incluso disparan al aire alegremente para amedrentar, o se apuntan entre sí cuando tienen algún tipo de disputa, o hacen requisas y revisan a las personas sin tener autorización alguna para ello." Durante la llamada masacre de Altamira "yo vi 4 personas con el dedo índice en el gatillo de armas de fuego. Esto es algo inaceptable para los que conocemos sobre protección del orden público... Personas vestidas de civil, que custodian a los militares que ahí están, transgreden infinidad de normas" ¿Por qué el Alcalde permite que ahí se transgredan infinidad de normas? dijo uno de los oficiales denunciantes."

The second assassination attempt in three months on the life of Fred Hampton Jr. took place yesterday, Dec. 23  12/24/02 SF Bay View 

Young Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. on the case of death row inmate Aaron Patterson  12/24/02 SF Bay View: "If I were to simply state what happened to Aaron in ‘86 on 39th and California, which was (then) the Headquarters for Homicide Investigations, which was dubbed the “House of Screams” by the community and later Amnesty International, but (if I) negated the (time period) of which I speak, many will automatically think, concentration camps during the Nazi Germany era, Robben Island Prison in occupied South Africa during the era of apartheid, or maybe even go as far as one of the early U.S. plantations during the era of chattel slavery. The fact is, this didn’t occur in pre-colonial days or across seas, it occurred and continues to occur right here in Amerikkka and cities throughout the country."

Monday  12/23/02

topSilence about Israel’s nuclear weapons  12/23/02 Arab News: "If we look at Israel and its weapons of mass destruction, we join many countries and governments which have wondered why Israel is always an exception to rules that are scrupulously applied to other countries. It is certain today that Israel possesses between 100 and 200 nuclear and hydrogen warheads of all sizes. This is confirmed by published American satellite pictures and scientific reports. These same reports also indicate that Israel is about to produce a neutron bomb."

51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis  12/23/02 Counterpunch: "Jews and other Americans still know little of Zionism's sordid past. But today only programed fanatics can come away pro-Zionist after reading plain facts. Indeed, according to the American Jewish Identity Survey (2001), less than 22% of all Jews declare themselves Zionist."

Four Coalition Soldiers Killed, Mujahideen Possibly Martyred In Another Afghan Battle  12/23/02 Jihad Unspun: "Daily Ausaf has received two reports regarding these attacks. One of their sources reported sixteen coalition troops killed while two Mujahideen martyred and one source confirmed upt o thirty coalition troops killed and two Mujahideen martyred. Whichever of the above three casualty figures is correct, the fact of the matter is that another ambush took place and once again no international media tried to cover the truth."

Update Of Afghan Attacks, Death Toll Rises  12/23/02 Jihad Unspun: "Two days ago a US military jeep was attacked in Kabul. Two soldiers and their translator/interpreter were killed in the attack. There are 8,000 American soldiers active in Afghanistan. The commander of US forces in Afghanistan, Lieutenant-General Dan McNeil, said serving in Afghanistan was not a job without danger and that recent attacks do not imply that the situation of peace and harmony is disturbed in the country! US soldiers were also attacked with hand grenades in Orgon city in the province of Paktika. Three commandos in the pick up died while the 4th one was injured. According to the recent news obtained from across the border some unknown assailants threw bombs on the pick up of the US patrol unit that killed 3 soldiers on the site and injured the 4th one. The injured commando was captured by the Mujahideen. The American Airforce was informed about the event and the American airplane started patrolling the area and the air was filled instantly filled with terror. The sources have informed that the Mujahideen have killed the soldier they had kidnapped and had thrown the body in a remote area. Later on some unknown people injured 3 US patrol unit soldiers, when they attacked them with grenades. The sources said that the injured soldiers were given first aid but one of them could not endure the injury and died. According to the news received from the province of Konar , a US soldier was seriously injured during an attack on the US soldiers on Friday. According to the news an unknown assailant fired a rocket on the US training camp on Kandahar’s Spin Boldik, which severely injured a foreigner."

Chávez: Saboteadores de Pdvsa serán detenidos inmediatamente  12/23/02 Rebelion 

Afghanistan: Rogues on the loose  12/23/02 Working for Change: "For the most part, response to his work was positive, especially overseas. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Dr. Herold's work had "received extensive coverage in the European media but almost no mention in the American press." There were a few critics, but no organized campaign was waged to discredit his numbers. The Pentagon, as is their wont, didn't bother to try and discredit Herold's work; they simply paid the entire issue no mind. Pentagon officials claimed not to be keeping statistics on dead or injured Afghan civilians. Now, a year after publishing his first Afghan Dossier, I caught up with Prof. Herold and asked him where he thought things currently stood in Afghanistan."

World News

"There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to Democracies as against despots: suspicion." -- Demosthenes


Qawafil-ush-Shuhadaa [ARABIC]

Islam Question & Answer - Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

Islaam Homepage

Islamic Assembly of North America [IANA on LINE]

Jam'iat Ihyaa' Minhaaj al-Sunnah Homepage

Nida'ul Islam/ The Call of Islam Magazine Online

Words Written in Blood. Arabic book collection of Shaheed Sheikh

Abdullah Azzam [ARABIC]

Maps & Weather

A number of maps here

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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