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Archive for the Month of September, 2005.
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- This is a declaration of U.S. unilateralism, uncompromising and ascendant. The United States has issued an open threat to the 190 other U.N. member states, the social movements and peoples of the entire world, and the United Nations itself.
- Drug smugglers call it the golden route: from Afghanistan into Pakistan and then into eastern Iran, it's the trail that takes Afghanistan's abundant opium, and its derivative, heroin, to Western markets.And all along the way there is strong political compromise in which officials turn a blind eye to the players visibly plying the notorious route, and at each stage the commissions get bigger.
- The direct deployment of soldiers on the ground in Britain is further evidence of the anti-terror tactics first deployed in Northern Ireland coming home.
- Does America have that amount of patience especially if gasoline prices continue to rise as well as the prices of other goods we use on a daily basis? Will it become an "Us versus Them" scenario?
- "We discovered through intelligence work a military exercise that NATO has for an invasion against Venezuela, and we are preparing ourselves for that invasion," Chavez was quoted as saying.
- Toxic camps have been their home for 6 years. Experts say they need immediate relocation. What they're getting is milk.
- A state governor has ordered troops to seize an abandoned tomato processing plant owned by U.S. food company H.J. Heinz Co. in Venezuela, a state official said Monday.
- Media reports often suggest the Bush administration dislikes Chavez because it considers him undemocratic. The fact that he's sitting on the biggest oil reserve outside the Middle East while thumbing his nose at America might actually be more of a factor.
- Police and security agencies would be able to surreptitiously track unwitting Canadians via their cellphones, BlackBerrys and laptop computers, even when the devices are turned off or their location features are disabled, under a "creepy" measure contemplated as part of the federal government's planned electronic surveillance bill.
- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko fired his entire government yesterday, including firebrand Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. He acted in response to a simmering power struggle among key lieutenants of the country's 7-month-old Orange Revolution that erupted into extraordinary infighting about alleged corruption among top officials.
- "There are many people in Israel who hoped that without him the Palestinian society would break apart, that anarchy would destroy its very foundations, that armed factions would kill each other and the national leadership. They are certainly glad that Arafat is dead and pray for the failure of Mahmoud Abbas."
- Next time you read in the New York Times, Washington Post or Los Angeles Times or opposition web sites or blogs, for example, about Chavez' "wrongdoings" or "destabilizing the region", please remember Rumsfeld's "answers" to Oppenheimer's questions and how he rambled on without producing a shred of evidence - in fact, admitting there is no evidence ….. except in what the newspapers say.
- One-on-one interview with an average Iranian citizen reveals Bush is spreading false propaganda about Iran to create another war. Many Iranians simply call Bush "crazy."
- - by Scott Ritter - The only chance the world has of avoiding a second disastrous US military adventure in the Middle East is for the EU-3 to step back from its policy of doing the bidding of the US.
- Newly Released Documents Trace "House of Death" Cover-Up to Upper Levels of the Justice Department
- The top US diplomat in Iraq says Syria has become a hub for "terrorists" who want to stop democratic progress in Iraq and that US "patience is running out".
- Several diplomats said the slide show reminded them of the flawed presentation on Iraq's weapons programs made by then-secretary of state Colin L. Powell to the U.N. Security Council in February 2003.
- Beginning Jan. 1, 2007, all citizens will be tracked from cradle to grave in a single database — including health, education, family and police records — the health ministry said Tuesday.
- Since the U.S. re-invasion of Haiti and coup d'etat in the kidnapping of democratically-elected Jean-Bertrand Aristide via U.S. Marines, the valiant Haitian people have not stopped fighting the occupation of their country.
- A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe, an investigation by the Guardian has discovered.
- Norway was poised for a power shift after the left-leaning opposition won a majority of seats in Parliament with pledges to spend more of the nation's vast oil wealth on welfare, official election results showed early today.
- At least 7,000 people in eastern China were forcibly sterilized earlier this year by officials under pressure to limit the growth of the country's massive population, Time magazine reported in an edition published yesterday.
- A Canadian official, during a hearing about a Canadian citizen deported to Syria, said the country will cooperate with other nations that practice torture.
- UK arms manufacturer BAE has paid over £1m to front companies for the Chilean General Augusto Pinochet, documents obtained by the Guardian show.
- Venezuelan activists facing trial for receiving money from a US-financed organisation to promote a vote against President Hugo Chavez last year, will get additional funding from the organisation, representatives say.
- Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez called the United States a "terrorist state" and said the United Nations headquarters should be moved away from New York.
- Controversy is raging in Paraguay, where the U.S. military is conducting secretive operations. 500 U.S. troops arrived in the country on July 1st with planes, weapons and ammunition.
- Iran has clashed head-on with the West at the United Nations as a defiant President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated his country's determination to press ahead with producing nuclear fuel.
- Zalmay Khalilzad, a Muslim neocon (no, this is not an oxymoron), CFR and PNAC member, and currently Bush’s man on the ground ("ambassador") in Iraq, has floated a trial balloon, "off the record," of course: "the US will go into Syria to combat insurgents that have been using the country as a staging ground for terrorist activity in Iraq," said Khalilzad...
- The Cubanization of United States policy toward Venezuela has begun in earnest.
- Israel will not prosecute police who shot dead 13 Israeli Arabs during protests in 2000 because of a lack of evidence as to exactly who was responsible, a Justice Ministry inquiry said.
- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday a UN committee should investigate how Israel acquired nuclear weapons.
- by Webster Griffin Tarpley - Rumsfeld 10-12 Is Imminent
- Hunger Strike Against Censorship
- Chile's newspapers are exposing a mercenary-for-hire scandal involving a Chicago-based company called "Your Solutions, Inc."
- The United States said on Tuesday it would pay Uzbekistan nearly $23 million for use of an air base in the Central Asian country which is a hub for U.S. operations in Afghanistan but from which it is being evicted, although some members of the U.S. Congress protested the payment, Reuters reported.
- Canadian cops staked out a bar in the hope of finding a journalist drunk. The journalist in question, Edmonton newspaper columnist Kerry Diotte, wasn't suspected of involvement in any crime
- More than 100 armed militants on Thursday stormed a US-operated oil platform in Nigeria, the world's eighth largest exporter, in response to the arrest of a militia leader. Asari campaigns for self-determination of his Ijaw tribe, the largest in the delta, and argues that the colonial treaties that created the union with the rest of Nigeria are fraudulent.
- North Korea accused the United States on Wednesday of using diplomatic talks to try and take away its nuclear arms so that Washington could crush the reclusive state with an atomic weapons strike.
- If Washington wants a war with Iran, there'll be a war with Iran. That's the great lesson of the Iraq war; once the decision is made, there's no turning back.
- "As a Hemispheric neighbor and business partner, we are pleased that we are able to provide immediate relief by increasing gasoline supplies available in the United States in the aftermath of this devastating natural disaster," said Venezuela’s Ambassador to the United States, Bernardo Alvarez Herrera.
- CIA director Porter Goss said he intends to rebuild the intelligence agency as a global operation with more spies operating overseas under different kinds of cover in more countries.
- A Puerto Rican nationalist leader wanted in the 1983 robbery of a Connecticut armored truck depot to finance his political movement was killed in a shootout with FBI agents, sources said.
- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has ordered continuous military strikes on Palestinian resistance fighters in response to rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.
- The motive is greed. Gangs of traffickers snatch the children to sell to childless couples in the prosperous cities of coastal China, where they will be passed off as "adopted".
- Assassination in Puerto Rico
- The UN's nuclear watchdog agency, the IAEA, officially signed Iran's death-warrant yesterday. By passing a US-backed resolution that refers Iran's nuclear program to the Security Council, the member states have endorsed America's genocidal Middle East policy and paved the way for another war.
- Tony Blair and John Reid, the defence secretary, have been holding secret talks with Saudi Arabia in pursuit of a huge arms deal worth up to £40bn, according to diplomatic sources. But the Saudis want the corruption investigation implicating the Saudi ruling family and BAE be dropped!
- We simply cannot permit the Bush "war party" to run roughshod over America's democracy once again.
- Walter Wolfgang, a party member for 57 years, was bundled out of the conference hall by stewards after shouting "nonsense" as Mr Straw, the Foreign Secretary, defended Britain's role in Iraq. He was later stopped under anti-terrorist powers as he tried to re-enter the hall.
- ...."Muslim" Pakistan is under pressure to abandon its nuclear programme but Hindu India is promised nuclear cooperation; zionist Israel has several hundred nuclear weapons but there is not even a hint of criticism, while Islamic Iran is threatened with military aggression for operating within the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to which it is a signatory."
- Prosecutors in Italy have issued three more arrest warrants over the kidnapping of an Egyptian imam based in Milan by a team of CIA agents. Among those wanted in connection with the operation, which led to the man - Abu Omar - being tortured in Egypt, is a 38-year-old female CIA agent who was working as a diplomat at the US embassy in Rome and is said to have led the operation.
- Mired in interminable conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration is moving toward initiating two more wars, one with Iran and one with North Korea. With no US troops available, the Bush administration is revamping US war doctrine to allow for "preventative nuclear attack." In short, the Bush administration is planning to make the US the first country in history to initiate war with nuclear weapons.
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