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    World News
7/7/03 - 7/13/03

Sunday  7/13/03

topRead His Lips: President Bush Deceives the American People  7/13/03 Democratic National Committee 

CIA Got Uranium Reference Cut in Oct.  7/13/03 Washington Post 

Saturday  7/12/03

topThree attacks on US forces in Afghanistan  7/12/03 Afghan News 

US election fraud scandal looms?  7/12/03 Inquirer, UK 

Iraq: Trained killer stalks US troops  7/12/03 News, Australia 

A Web Site Causes Unease in Police  7/12/03 NYT: "William Sheehan does not like the police. He expresses his views about what he calls police corruption in Washington State on his Web site, where he also posts lists of police officers' addresses, home phone numbers and Social Security numbers. State officials say those postings expose officers and their families to danger and invite identity theft. But neither litigation nor legislation has stopped Mr. Sheehan, who promises to expand his site to include every police and corrections officer in the state by the end of the year. Mr. Sheehan says he obtains the information lawfully, from voter registration, property, motor vehicle and other official records. But his provocative use of personal data raises questions about how the law should address the dissemination of accurate, publicly available information that is selected and made accessible in a way that may facilitate the invasion of privacy, computer crime, even violence."

The Democrats' brewing civil war  7/12/03 Salon: "Deans, Greens and liberals say the party needs to scream the anti-Bush truth at the American people. New-Democratic centrists say Americans just aren't that left-leaning. The schism is wide, and it's going to get wider."

Friday  7/11/03

topU.S. Soldiers Withdraw From Iraq Station  7/11/03 AP: "FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - U.S. soldiers withdrew Friday from a police station in this tense western Iraqi town after Iraqi officers complained that the American presence put them at risk, the head of the town's police force told The Associated Press." - Vietnamisation, Iraq style.

Digging for dirt  7/11/03 Asia Times: "But a growing number of lawmakers and independent analysts are suggesting that the uranium report - which was actually based on crudely forged documents supposedly provided by an Italian intelligence agency - may be just the tip of the iceberg of an effort by neo-conservative and right-wing hawks centered primarily in the Pentagon and around Vice President Dick Cheney to skew the intelligence to make their case for war. "The Bush administration did not provide an accurate picture of the military threat with respect to Iraq," according to Gregory Thielmann, who served as the director of the Strategic, Proliferation and Military Affairs Office in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), until last September."

US creates African enemies where none were before  7/11/03 CS Monitor: "Further, a generation of younger, well-educated Muslim leaders, frustrated by political corruption, social decline, and the growing power of Westerners in Africa, are either taking over established Muslim organizations or starting their own. Many keep in close touch with the larger world through satellite TV and the Internet. And, contrary to popular Western assumptions, they generally have little respect for Saudi-style Wahhabi- inspired ideas about Islam. Yet many of these leaders are outraged at growing repression - and increasingly link that repression to the US and their national governments. The rhetoric of reform - even among moderate Muslims - has grown more strident and less tolerant. If change won't come peacefully, a mounting number of these new leaders are willing to bring change by force."

Bush's Approval Rating Drops Sharply - Public Increasingly Concerned About Casualties in Iraq  7/11/03 Washington Post: "Bush's overall job approval rating dropped to 59 percent, down nine points in the past 18 days. That decline exactly mirrored the slide in public support for Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq, which now stands at 58 percent. And for the first time, slightly more than half the country--52 percent--believes there has been an "unacceptable" level of U.S. casualties in Iraq, up eight points in less than three weeks. Still, only 26 percent said there had been more casualties than they had expected. Three in four say they expect "significantly more" American dead and wounded."

Kerry Raps Bush Policy on Postwar Iraq - Failure to Win Peace Could Undercut War on Terrorism, Candidate Says  7/11/03 Washington Post: "Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) sharply criticized the Bush administration's postwar policy in Iraq yesterday, accusing the United States of arrogance in not creating an international force to secure the country and warning that failure in Iraq will undermine the global war on terrorism. The Democratic presidential candidate questioned whether the administration has a strategy for postwar Iraq. He urged President Bush to move quickly to augment U.S. forces by recruiting other nations to send troops, accelerate efforts to train an Iraqi police force and bring the United Nations and others more directly into the process of rebuilding the country and setting up a new government."

Thursday  7/10/03

topAmbushes Kill Two U.S. Soldiers in Iraq  7/10/03 AP 

Bush and the Paramilitaries - Coddling Terrorists in Colombia  7/10/03 Counterpunch 

Memos show Liberty attack was an error  7/10/03 Haaretz: we await release of tapes made during the attack itself, not after Israel failed in several attempts to sink the Liberty and perhaps felt the need to cover up the deed.

White man's burden  7/10/03 Haaretz, Israel: By Ari Shavit - "The war in Iraq was conceived by 25 neoconservative intellectuals, most of them Jewish, who are pushing President Bush to change the course of history. Two of them, journalists William Kristol and Charles Krauthammer, say it's possible. But another journalist, Thomas Friedman (not part of the group), is skeptical ."

Row over weapons allegations threatens to turn the Iraq conflict into liability for Bush  7/10/03 Independent, UK 

Wednesday  7/9/03

topHow important is African oil?  7/9/03 BBC: "The US imports two thirds of its oil needs. About 15% of that amount comes from West Africa and that figure is projected to rise to 25% in the next 10 years. The oil sector in Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the fastest growing in the world."

Turkey Warns U.S. That Its Troops Will Fire Back, Milliyet Says  7/9/03 Bloomberg 

George Wins the Lottery  7/9/03 Greg Palast: "The Bush family daisy chain of favors, friendship and finance goes way back to Dubya’s “War Years.” Junior Bush was a fighter pilot during the war in Vietnam; not in the United States Air Force, where one could get seriously hurt, mind you, but in the Texas air force, known as the Texas Air National Guard. Texas’s toy army, an artifact of Civil War days, is a favorite club for warmongers who are a bit squeamish about actual combat. Membership excused these weekend warriors from the military draft and the real shoot-'em-up in ’Nam."

African sceptics unmoved by Bush's slavery speech  7/9/03 Guardian, UK: "Bush must convince us that this trip has not been planned with an eye on the 2004 presidential elections," the Kenyan People Daily said, echoing other commentators."

Rumsfeld Estimates U.S. Monthly Costs in Iraq at $3.9 Billion  7/9/03 NYT 

Iraq civilian body count passes 6,000  7/9/03 Reuters 

Iraqi Who Might Have Met With 9/11 Hijacker Is Captured  7/9/03 Washington Post: ""If he chose to, he could confirm the meeting with Atta," Perle said. "It would be nice to see that laid to rest. There's a lot he could tell us." "Of course, a lot depends on who is doing the interrogating," said Perle, adding he fears that if it were the CIA, it could skew the interrogation so as to play down evidence that the alleged meeting with Atta occurred. After poring over travel records, the agency said it could find no evidence that the meeting occurred. Perle, a longtime agency critic, has said CIA officials failed to give proper weight to the evidence that the pair met. CIA spokesman Bill Harlow described Perle's charge as "absurd." "

Tuesday  7/8/03

topPolice Abuse & Chronic Poverty Fueled Benton Harbor Riots  7/8/03 Counterpunch 

Michigan city erupts: Years of neglect blamed  7/8/03 Final Call: "Forced into a local state of emergency in response to several days of violent protests following the tragic high-speed chase death of motorcyclist Terrence Shurn, Michigan’s poorest city, Benton Harbor, recently served as the pulse of American civil unrest."

Monday  7/7/03

topSay It: This Is a Quagmire  7/7/03 Alternet: by Tom Hayden

Venezuela and Argentina: A Tale of Two Coups  7/7/03 Greg Palast: "Chávez is dark and round as a cola nut. Like his followers, Chávez is an 'Indian'. But the blondes, the 'Spanish', are the owners of Venezuela. A group near me on the blonde march screamed 'Out! Out!' in English, demanding the removal of the President. One edible-oils executive, in high heels, designer glasses and push-up bra had turned out, she said: 'To fight for democracy.' She added: 'We'll try to do it institutionally,' a phrase that meant nothing to me until a banker in pale pink lipstick explained that to remove Chávez, 'we can't wait until the next election'."

Venezuela y la Argentina: Historia De Dos Golpes  7/7/03 Greg Palast: "El 1 de mayo, desde el Hotel Hilton, 200 000 rubios marcharon hacia el este a través del corredor de tiendas de Caracas a lo largo de la Avenida Casanova. Al mismo tiempo, medio millón de trigueños convergían hacia ellos desde el oeste. Podría parecer un comercial cómico de champú si dieciséis personas no hubieran muerto por disparos dos semanas antes cuando los dos grupos se cruzaron."

U.S. Releases 11 Turkish Special Forces  7/7/03 Guardian, UK 

3 attacks in 12 hours kill 3 GIs in Baghdad  7/7/03 NYT 

Grisly death enrages town in Iraq  7/7/03 Swiss Info: "You will see what will happen to the Americans now. You will see what we will do to them," hospital administrator Taha Hussein told Reuters."

"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

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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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