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    World News
6/9/03 - 6/15/03

Sunday  6/15/03

top2 Americans are seriously wounded in 2d day of operation  6/15/03 AP 

Is US Troop Morale in Iraq Deteriorating???  6/15/03 Defense and the National Interest 

Iraqi mobile labs nothing to do with germ warfare, report finds  6/15/03 Guardian, UK: "An official British investigation into two trailers found in northern Iraq has concluded they are not mobile germ warfare labs, as was claimed by Tony Blair and President George Bush, but were for the production of hydrogen to fill artillery balloons, as the Iraqis have continued to insist."

Iran 'jams' US-based satellite channels after clashes  6/15/03 Telegraph 

Iraq might be Bush's Watergate  6/15/03 The Plain Dealer 

Iraqi shepherd sues US forces for $200mn  6/15/03 Times of India: "An Iraqi shepherd is seeking $200 million in damages from the US military for the deaths of 17 members of his family as well as 200 sheep in a missile strike, in the first such suit filed through the courts of the US-led occupation administration."

Saturday  6/14/03

topU.S. Starts Counterinsurgency Plan in Iraq  6/14/03 AP 

Pryor Unrestraint - Killer Bill Pryor's Mad Quest for the Federal Bench  6/14/03 Counterpunch: "This "pretty harsh guy" is the man George W. Bush now wants to install in a lifetime position on the 11th Circuit federal court of appeals, covering Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Pryor is so maniacally devoted to the death penalty that he objected loudly to the recent Supreme Court decision in the Atkins case ruling that executing mentally retarded and brain damaged people violated the Constitution. The would-be federal appellate judge finds nothing wrong with having court-appointed, low paid, inexperienced and often incompetent lawyers defend death penalty cases, even when they snooze off during testimony or fail to cross-examine key witnesses against their clients."

Battles rage across Saddam heartland where guerrillas resist US occupation  6/14/03 Independent, UK: "The atmosphere remains very edgy with many Iraqis claiming there are more guerrilla attacks and heavier US losses than reported, though there is no evidence. Since the dissolution of the 350,000-strong Iraqi army by the US last month, the country is awash with weapons and men, now without jobs but trained to fight."

U.S. Forces “Slaughter” Iraqis At Dawn: Eyewitness  6/14/03 Islam Online 

Attack toll repels small town in Iraq - BLOODY PURSUIT OF U.S. ENEMIES THREATENS TO ALIENATE  6/14/03 Knight Ridder 

U.S. Alarmed at Treatment of Iranian Protestors  6/14/03 Reuters: as alarmed as they were when US troops fired on protestors in Mosul?

US nods approval as Iranian student protests explode onto the streets  6/14/03 Sydney Morning Herald 

Friday  6/13/03

topMeet 'The Family'  6/13/03 Alternet: "Regular prayer groups have met in the Pentagon and at the Department of Defense, and the Family has traditionally fostered strong ties with businessmen in the oil and aerospace industries. The Family maintains a closely guarded database of its associates, but it issues no cards and collects no official dues. Members are asked not to speak about the group or its activities. The organization has operated under many guises, some active, some defunct: National Committee for Christian Leadership, International Christian Leadership, the National Leadership Council, Fellowship House, the Fellowship Foundation, the National Fellowship Council, the International Foundation. These groups are intended to draw attention away from the Family, and to prevent it from becoming, in the words of one of the Family's leaders, "a target for misunderstanding." "

Korea: Ominous removal of America's 'tripwire'  6/13/03 Asia Times 

Resistance to occupation is growing  6/13/03 Guardian: "The US admits it had to revise drastically the number of troops it needed within weeks of the fall of Baghdad, as looting, armed robberies, rapes, kidnapping, and carjackings multiplied. The arrival of the US army's 1st Armoured Division was brought forward, the departure of the 3rd Infantry Division, which led the invasion from Kuwait, delayed. US troops are now being sucked into Iraq much deeper than they imagined, or were told."

War may have killed 10,000 civilians, researchers say  6/13/03 Guardian: as usual, the number of US caused casualties is higher in the non-US media.

Tehran protesters call for Khamenei's head  6/13/03 Guardian, UK 

Helicopter shot down by Iraqi 'terrorists'  6/13/03 Independent, UK 

Mujahideen Continue Operations Against American Forces In Iraq  6/13/03 Jihad Unspun: "The monitoring detachment of the Al-Farouq Brigades managed to determine the location of the headquarter of the American troops in the province at the city of Ramadi. The Al-Muntasseroon Bellah detachment penetrated deep into eney line to a place close to the American headquarter and they planted high impact explosives around the American base. Taking their positions outside their location, they began by firing domestically upgraded Sam-13 rockets and as soon as the bombardment started, the American soldiers in the headquarter hid inside an interior shelter. Al- Muntasseroon Bellah detachment then used the tactic of pretending to be escaping in order to draw the hiding soldiers out of their positions. As the American commandos started to pursue the escaping Mujahideen, they detonated explosives that they had planted around the area, claiming the lives of unknown number of American soldiers. The detachement then pulled back and launched a major bombing campaign on the headquarters that totally destroyed the location. The Mujahideen estimated the American casualties to exceed 10 soldiers beside the destruction of 3 German-made Fox armored vehicles."

Mujahideen Wage More Operations Inside The Afghan Inferno  6/13/03 Jihad Unspun: "Tuesday evening at about 9 pm, a convoy of three patrol vehicles of both the Afghan soldiers and the American forces enroute to Zarmat from Gardez was ambushed by unknown assailants. The vehicles were severely damaged due to the heavy fighting, but no casualties were confirmed. Later, American helicopters landed at the site and soldiers surrounded the area to prevent any reporters from confirming the reports about any casualties."

As U.S. Fans Out in Iraq, Violence and Death on Rise  6/13/03 NYT: "The Americans who came under attack said that they had killed two of their assailants. Then, in a confusing encounter that produced contradictory versions of events, at least five more Iraqis were killed. Those Iraqis were characterized by local people as innocent bystanders, but the American military said they were attackers. In the northern city of Mosul, at least one American soldier was seriously wounded when patrols came under fire from snipers — some of them hurling hand grenades — in the city center."

Iraqi Detainee Dies in Custody -U.S. Military  6/13/03 Reuters 

US troops say kill at least 97 in Iraq operations  6/13/03 Reuters 

Thursday  6/12/03

topUS forces arrest at least 400 Iraqis in massive operation  6/12/03 Al Bawaba 

Robert Fisk Reports from Occupied Territory  6/12/03 Alternet 

Iran working on nuclear bomb, says Rumsfeld  6/12/03 Guardian, UK 

Is Sharon to blame? Israelis wonder  6/12/03 Haaretz, Israel 

U.S. Troops Battle Gunmen at Iraq 'Terrorist' Camp  6/12/03 Reuters 

Wednesday  6/11/03

topAP Tallies 3,240 Civilian Deaths in Iraq  6/11/03 AP: their 9-11

Halliburton faces inquiry in France  6/11/03 Dawn, Pakistan 

US To Setup Military Base In Ghana  6/11/03 Ghana Web: "While preparing sharp reductions in forces in Germany, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, military planners are talking about establishing semi-permanent or permanent bases along a giant swathe of global territory--increasingly referred to as 'the arc of instability'--from the Caribbean Basin through Africa to South and Central Asia and across to North Korea The latest details, disclosed by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, include plans to increase U.S. forces in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa across the Red Sea from Yemen, set up semi-permanent 'forward bases' in Algeria, Morocco and possibly Tunisia, and establish smaller facilities in Senegal, Ghana and Mali that could be used to intervene in oil-rich West African countries, particularly Nigeria."

Bush Under Fire in Congress for Criticizing Israel  6/11/03 NYT: "Supporters of Israel in and out of Congress assailed President Bush today for criticizing Israeli attacks on Palestinian militant groups as the administration worked to protect its Middle East peace initiative from a new cycle of violence… At a hearing of the House International Relations Committee, Representative Gary L. Ackerman, said that Mr. Bush's rebuke might lead his critics "to think of the word hypocrisy." "How can we take certain actions in response to terrorism, and then tell others that when they do the same exact thing that it is not helpful?" Mr. Ackerman, a New York Democrat, said during questioning of William J. Burns, the State Department's senior diplomat for Middle Eastern affairs."

An Open Letter to Rush Limbaugh  6/11/03 Style Weekly: "I have not heard your widely acclaimed radio broadcasts, but it has come to my attention that you’ve been urging your fans to “PLEASE, BOYCOTT ALL FRENCH PRODUCTS!” As luck would have it, the perfect target for your boycott is coming up: on June 15 through 22 of this year, France will host the 45th annual Paris Air Show. The Paris Air Show, as you may know, is a global aviation and arms fair, that takes place in the Paris venue Le Bourget every other year, alternating with another huge trade show for weapons and weapons systems called Eurosatory. You may not have heard that Eurosatory and the Paris Air Show are hugely patronized by the U.S. government and by U.S. military contractors. ("

Toll grows as attacks on troops get smarter  6/11/03 Sydney Morning Herald 

Tuesday  6/10/03

topBush Family Whitewashing in Iraq and Nazi Germany  6/10/03 Counterpunch: "Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, and Prescott's father-in-law, George Herbert Walker, helped finance the rise of the Nazi Party through their intimate entanglements with Nazi industrial, shipping and banking interests. This long (and well-documented) collaboration continued even after America was at war with Nazi Germany. It seems the blood money was just too good to pass up--even if it had to be dug out of the corpses of young American soldiers and innocent civilians throughout Europe and North Africa. The Walker-Bush cabal's Nazi partners also helped finance--then profited from--the Auschwitz camp. Finally, in 1942, the U.S. government seized the Walker-Bush Nazi assets under the Trading With the Enemy Act. But the well-connected clan managed to bury the news in the back pages: brief mentions of the companies involved, but no names of the Establishment grandees behind them. They also pulled strings to keep their American assets from being seized as well, even though the profits from these enterprises were inextricably mixed with their Nazi loot. Prescott later cashed in these tainted assets for millions, a nest egg that helped launch him into the Senate and his son and grandson into the White House."

IDF dismantles 10 outposts; settlers vow to return  6/10/03 Haaretz: "The move was hailed by Washington. But Palestinian officials greeted it with derision. "This is a theatrical and insignificant step," said Nabil Abu Rdainah, a top aide to Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat."

Intelligence Officer Challenges Bush Administration on 'Why They Hate Us'  6/10/03 VOA: ""I believe that the genius of bin Laden lies in the fact that he has not resorted to saying 'we hate America's freedom and we have to attack them.' Or 'we hate America because they let women go to work and go to school and we need to attack them for that,'" the author explained. "He has not identified our culture, our society, as the main enemy or as the main reason to fight us. What he has identified are specific U.S. foreign policy actions and activities that have a resonance among Muslims all over the world." Anonymous said Osama bin Laden has a clear political agenda. He says that agenda includes reducing U.S. support for Israel, a withdrawal of all American troops from the Arabian Peninsula, an end to what Osama bin Laden labeled as aggression against Iraq, and a halt to what Osama bin Laden viewed as Western exploitation of oil and natural gas resources of Muslim countries."

Monday  6/9/03

topIran greets Iraqi Shia militant  6/9/03 BBC 

US threatens mass expulsions  6/9/03 BBC: "More than 13,000 Arab and Muslim men in the US are facing deportation after co-operating with post-11 September anti-terror measures, it has been revealed."

Iran sways Iraqis with food, aid  6/9/03 CS Monitor 

Security concerns grow after attack on Kabul peacekeepers  6/9/03 CS Monitor: "Kabul's security took a serious downturn this weekend after a car-bomb attack killed four German peacekeepers on a busy Kabul street. While attacks against US combat forces in southern Afghanistan have become more and more common, this is the first attack to have killed international peacekeepers in Kabul. And the fact that the attack occurred in the capital itself raises serious concerns about the growing confidence of Al Qaeda and other groups opposed to the US-backed Afghan government here."

Danny Glover: Still standing  6/9/03 Final Call: "Mr. Glover and TransAfrica President Bill Fletcher are cautious in victory, however, warning that their opponents are relentless, and will try again to try to wear them down… "When Paul was attacked, there wasn’t the kind of technology that we have now. Bill Fletcher, the President of TransAfrica, just got on the phone and got on the Internet, and all of a sudden we had a response for Dial-in for Democracy, which was very, very important in terms of mobilizing people and getting people out, and getting people to call MCI, creating a major response, almost immediately. But that kind of technology did not exist" at the time Mr. Robeson was persecuted, he continued."

A New Statement From The Arab Mujahideen In Iraq  6/9/03 Jihad Unspun: "Al-Farouq Brigades is ordering the Headquarter of the American troops in Iraq to unconditionally withdraw their troops from all the occupied areas in Iraq; otherwise, Al-Farouq Brigades will declare sacred Jihad against you. Your soldiers will be legitimate targets for us, and we will make Iraq a new Afghanistan, and you will have your cemeteries in these glorious lands like your British ancestors. We hereby give you 24 hours to withdraw from all the Iraqi provinces towards Baghdad, Basra, Nassereya and Umm Ul-Qasr in order to get out of Iraq from there; otherwise you will have to face us in a relentless war where captives are refused and the international agreements are neglected."

Iran Says U.S. Pressure Over Nukes Will Backfire  6/9/03 Reuters 

U.S. Sees Likely Al Qaeda WMD Attack Within 2 Years  6/9/03 Reuters 

U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq  6/9/03 Reuters: 'A U.S. soldier was killed in Iraq by small arms fire while manning a traffic control checkpoint at al Qaim on the Syrian border, the U.S. military said Monday. It said a number of attackers pulled up at the checkpoint late Sunday in a vehicle and asked for help for a person in the car they said was ill. Two people armed with pistols got out and shot the soldier, it said. Soldiers at the checkpoint returned fire, killing one assailant, and capturing a second. At least one other assailant fled in the vehicle, the U.S. military statement said."

Iraqi 'secret plan' orders mayhem  6/9/03 Washington Times 

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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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