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    World News
6/2/03 - 6/8/03

Sunday  6/8/03

Iran: Failure to tell IAEA of 1991 uranium imports did not 'violate' treaty  6/8/03 AP 

U.S. soldiers ambushed in Fallujah  6/8/03 CNN: "U.S. soldiers killed one gunman during an ambush near a mosque in Fallujah late Saturday, U.S. Central Command said. No Americans were injured."

Dangers of an aggressive US approach to Iran  6/8/03 Financial Times 

Captives Deny Qaeda Worked With Baghdad  6/8/03 NYT: "Two of the highest-ranking leaders of Al Qaeda in American custody have told the C.I.A. in separate interrogations that the terrorist organization did not work jointly with the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein, according to several intelligence officials."

New leak casts fresh doubt on US stand  6/8/03 The Age, Australia: "The Bush Administration pushed for war against Iraq because of weapons of mass destruction despite a secret Pentagon report that it did not have enough "reliable information" Iraq was amassing chemical weapons, a defence official said on Friday. A classified report by the Defence Intelligence Agency, leaked on Friday, said the agency did not have enough "reliable information" that Iraq had chemical weapons."

Pox-Like Outbreak Reported - 19 Ill in Midwest; CDC Issues Alert  6/8/03 Washington Post: "While much about the monkeypox virus is unclear, it does not seem to be as deadly as smallpox. Authorities estimate that monkeypox has a mortality rate of between 1 percent and 10 percent, compared with a mortality rate of about 30 percent for smallpox. The monkeypox virus is believed to spread through physical contact with a sick person or infected animal, or through infected body fluids, although health officials said it apparently is not as easily spread as smallpox, which is highly infectious."

Saturday  6/7/03

topDead in the Water - 36th Anniversary of the Attack on the USS Liberty  6/7/03 Antiwar 

Police station torn down in defiant Falluja  6/7/03 Guardian, UK: "We have told them more than once that this is a residential area and we don't want them here. We have destroyed the walls, we took the windows and now we are going to destroy the whole building," he said. "We are cleansing the place of Americans." It was unclear who had organised the operation, although some in the crowd said the orders and equipment had been provided by local mosques."

U.S. Troops Put on a Show of Force in a Stronghold of Resistance  6/7/03 NYT: "FALLUJA, Iraq, June 7 — Columns of M1A1 Abrams tanks and M2 Bradley transports rumbled through the night in a display of force intended to reassert control of this unruly city."

Al Qaeda Suspected of Link to Afghan Blast-Germany  6/7/03 Reuters: "A suspected suicide car bomber blew up a bus full of German soldiers in Kabul on Saturday, killing four, and German Defense Minister Peter Struck said there were indications the al Qaeda network was involved. Struck told ZDF television he had received information from his Afghan counterpart Mohammed Fahim that the al Qaeda terror network may have been behind the worst attack on peacekeepers in Afghanistan that injured another 29 German soldiers."

Militiamen's arrests add strain to US-Iran ties  6/7/03 Straits Time, Singapore 

Bush Certainty On Iraq Arms Went Beyond Analysts' Views  6/7/03 Washington Post: "During the weeks last fall before critical votes in Congress and the United Nations on going to war in Iraq, senior administration officials, including President Bush, expressed certainty in public that Iraq possessed chemical and biological weapons, even though U.S. intelligence agencies were reporting they had no direct evidence that such weapons existed."

Friday  6/6/03

topIs lying about the reason for a war an impeachable offense?  6/6/03 CNN: by John Dean

US hints at force to disarm rogue states  6/6/03 Sydney Morning Herald: "Under-Secretary of State John Bolton also told Congress that Washington would not offer disarmament inducements to North Korea, would punish suppliers of dual-use materials and would offer Iraqi scientists specialising in weapons of mass destruction (WMD) a chance to emigrate, presumably to the United States."

Thursday  6/5/03

topOne U.S. soldier killed, five wounded in attack in tense central Iraq city  6/5/03 AP: again.

Shia group link to rocket attack against US troops  6/5/03 Financial Times 

Corrections and clarifications  6/5/03 Guardian: "A report which was posted on our website on June 4 under the heading "Wolfowitz: Iraq war was about oil" misconstrued remarks made by the US deputy defence secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, making it appear that he had said that oil was the main reason for going to war in Iraq. He did not say that."

US soldiers ring Saddam strongholds  6/5/03 Guardian: "American soldiers have been based in both towns since mid-April but now their numbers are being heavily increased to saturate the areas with patrols and tackle a growing anti-US resistance - two soldiers were killed at a checkpoint in Falluja last week, while seven have died in the past week in small attacks across Iraq."

Simpson berates 'trigger-happy' troops  6/5/03 Guardian, UK: "BBC news reporter John Simpson has hit out against the "trigger-happy" behaviour of US troops in Iraq and claimed he saved an old Iraqi man from being shot by gung-ho marines… "One of the marines shouted 'Snipers!' and put up his gun, pointing it at a man on a rooftop. I could see it was an old boy putting out a blanket to air and I said to him in a quiet voice that I would be the witness at his trial for murder if he pulled the trigger. He stopped," said the BBC reporter."

Iraqis alarmed by rising tribal power under U.S.  6/5/03 Reuters 

Another Empty "Victory" For Blacks?  6/5/03 Sacramento Observer: "Why don't we all switch our telephone service to MATAH Direct? What's that? It's a long distance service that has the best rate and gives money back to Black folks through the MATAH Network, the only Black-owned and operated distribution channel in the country. You want to win? Redirect your money rather than give it back to those who offend you. You want to win? Support companies that support you, not those that merely hire a Black actor to do a commercial."

We want to be feared not loved, say US Marines  6/5/03 Telegraph, UK: "The TV team are mostly former employees of the now defunct information ministry and objective newsgathering is an alien concept. While the Iraqis are desperate for news, the US military are determined to control the way that news is delivered. Conveniently for the military, the TV Kut team were too busy installing a new computer in their office to notice a heated demonstration going on outside led by Shi'ite clerics calling for the troops to leave town. For most local TV stations the rowdy protest would be a lead item on the evening news, but Lt Col Bob Zangas, a civil affairs officer with the Marines, said it would be best to leave the event untouched."

Tuesday  6/3/03

topN Koreans and Iran told to drop nuclear plans  6/3/03 Telegraph, UK: "Iran and North Korea were identified by the G8 as a "pre-eminent threat to international security" last night and ordered to stop all attempts to acquire nuclear weapons."

Iran demands US apology  6/3/03 The News, Pakistan: "Iran on Monday hit back at US allegations that it has failed to crack down on fugitive al-Qaeda members, calling on Washington to apologise to the world for its own past support of the network. "The Americans should present a full apology to the international community for the support they gave to al-Qaeda," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters. The official was referring to a period in the 1980s when millions of dollars of covert US aid was channeled -- through the Pakistani secret service -- to Islamist groups battling the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan."

Monday  6/2/03

topFrench hold up weapons deal  6/2/03 Guardian, UK: "For political reasons, the Elysée does not wish to be seen to dance to America's tune, but it also has reservations about US high-handedness which saw at least one abortive seizure off the Yemeni coast last year. The proposal to intercept ships is likely to be shelved for further discussion."

US mends split with Russia but France and Germany out in cold  6/2/03 Independent, UK 

Troops Attacked in Baghdad in Fresh Signs of Resistance  6/2/03 NYT: "Gunmen firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles attacked an American military convoy late today in the neighborhood where Saddam Hussein made his last public appearance on April 9, the day the capital fell to allied forces. At least one American soldier was wounded and one Iraqi civilian was killed in the firefight that erupted on the busy square in front of the Abu Hanifa mosque, according to an Iraqi hospital official who treated the wounded. Other medical workers said three Iraqi civilians were also injured. "This is just the beginning!" shouted a woman who identified herself as Shahrezad, a bank manager."

Does The USA Intend To Dominate The Whole World By Force?  6/2/03 Znet: Chomsky interviewed on the Amesterdam Forum


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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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