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A nation of warriors and fanatics in perfect unity

"The ideal set up by the Party was something huge, terrible, and glittering – a world of steel and concrete, of monstrous machines and terrifying weapons – a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting - three hundred million people all with the same face."
(George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four)

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He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, science for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable an ignorable war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."
(Albert Einstein)

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"Either man is obsolete or war is. War is the ultimate tool of politics. Political leaders look out only for their own side. Politicians are always realistically maneuvering for the next election. They are obsolete as fundamental problem-solvers." -- R. Buckminster Fuller

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An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, stays bought." – Simon Cameron (Lincoln's Secretary of War)

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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In America's War 100,000 +
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7170.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered (Officially acknowledged) In
Bush's War 2229
http://icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$235,757,263,105
See the cost in your community
http://nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Hunger strikers close to death

By Sarah Baxter

DESPITE force feeding by the American military, several hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay may be close to death, according to lawyers acting for the detainees.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11644.htm

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Many abducted Iraqis found dead :

Iraqi security officials have discovered the bodies of 23 police volunteers kidnapped last Monday.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4637824.stm

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Three U.S. Servicemen, Three Iraqis Killed :

A suicide car bomber killed at least three Iraqis Monday near the Green Zone housing the U.S. Embassy and Iraqi government, and the U.S. military said three American servicemen died in a roadside bombings.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5564836,00.html

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3 More killed in continuing violence:

Two people were killed and five wounded when a suicide car bomber attacked a police patrol outside the Iranian embassy in Baghdad. A woman working as a cleaner at a US base was shot dead in Dawr, near Saddam's hometown of Tikrit.
http://www.metimes.com/articles/normal.php?StoryID=20060123-083438-6087r

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Attacks in Iraq jumped in 2005:

Insurgents launched 34,131 attacks last year, up from 26,496 the year before, according to U.S. military figures released Sunday.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2006-01-22-iraq-statistics_x.htm

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Al-Qa'eda supporters win seats in local polls:

Supporters of al-Qa'eda in Iraq have used the elections staged by the United States to gain positions of political power, the American military believes.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11647.htm

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Powell: US will pull troops out this year:

Former Bush aide who urged caution over Iraq signals start of withdrawal by end of 2006
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1692158,00.html?gusrc=rss

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Resistance And Occupation:

Resistanc to occupation cannot be defeated. Victory may be very long in coming, but come it will, because time is on the insurgents’ side. Occupation forces always withdraw, one way or another…
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11560.htm

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American contractors leaving Iraq:

American private contractors are preparing to leave Iraq as US money runs out and government ministries take charge of the reconstruction effort
http://tinyurl.com/d87xf

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Troops return from Iraq with money to burn:

Several soldiers interviewed estimated they earned an extra $700 to $800 per month while in Iraq, totaling up to an extra $9,600 for some from their year overseas.
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1110AP_Soldier_Spending_Spree.html

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Nothing depleted about 'depleted uranium':


Currently, more than 50 percent of Iraqi cancer patients are children under the age of 5, up from 13 percent. Children are especially vulnerable because they tend to play in areas that are heavily polluted by depleted uranium.
http://tinyurl.com/adoq2

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Israel Hints at Military Action Against Iran:

Israel is threatening to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear program. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has hinted that Israel is preparing for military action against Iran's nuclear facilities.
http://www.defencetalk.com/news/publish/article_004747.php

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Rice says time for talking with Iran is over:

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday there was strong international consensus against Iran's nuclear plans and time had run out for talking to Tehran.
http://tinyurl.com/8aevc

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Iran threatens to restart full-scale enrichment if referred to U.N. Security Council :

Iran will immediately retaliate if referred to the U.N. Security Council next week by forging ahead with developing a full-scale uranium enrichment program, a senior envoy said Monday.
http://tinyurl.com/b4f49

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Senator Hillary Clinton Takes Money from Pro-Regime Iranians:

Senator Hillary Clinton yesterday accused President George W. Bush of
mishandling the threat from Iran while she's been accepting money from supporters of the renegade Iranian regime.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11649.htm

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Hillary Clinton, War Goddess :

She wants permanent bases in Iraq – and threatens war with Iran
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=8428

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Joe Lieberman: U.S. Prepared for Iran Strike:

Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday that the U.S. is prepared to deal with the Iranian nuclear crisis militarily - even if the war in Iraq continues to require a substantial American troop commitment.
http://tinyurl.com/a4ktc

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Military assault on Iran could cost U.S. dearly :

Diplomats around the world keep repeating the mantra: There is no military option when it comes to slowing, much less stopping, Iran's presumed ambitions to get the Bomb.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/01/22/news/strike.php#

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Iran's Really Big Weapon:

This could be a far more profoundly punishing blow to American interests than Iran's ability to manufacture a crude atom bomb that would have little credibility until it became small and stable and reliable enough to be delivered on some putative target.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11653.htm

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Mike Whitney : Iran’s Oil-exchange threatens the Greenback :

This is why Bush and Co. are planning to lead the nation to war against Iran. It is straightforward defense of the current global system and the continuing dominance of the reserve currency, the dollar.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11654.htm

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U.S. tells Israel it will shun PA gov't that includes Hamas :

The American administration has promised Israel that the United States will not recognize any Palestinian government in which Hamas participates, government sources in Jerusalem have said.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/673474.html

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U.S. Spent $1.9 Million to Aid Fatah in Palestinian Elections :

American and Palestinian officials who spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to speak to reporters said that the program, which started in August, was intended to help defeat Hamas
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11648.htm

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Fatah attacked for taking US funds: "

This is a clear violation of the election law," he said. "Receiving money from foreign sources is forbidden and the PA and Fatah ought to clarify their position in this regard.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/ED428660-01C9-43DC-B6ED-924CE279B4BE.htm

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Hamas sees possible indirect talks with Israel:

A senior Hamas official raised the possibility on Monday of indirect
negotiations with Israel, softening the Islamic militant group's stance ahead of this week's Palestinian election
http://tinyurl.com/beg3v

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Israel killed Arafat, says Assad:

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has caused outrage by accusing Israel of assassinating former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, whose death 14 months ago remains a mystery.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,17904974%255E2703,00.html

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Video: The Wall Of Hate:

Your tax dollars at work. Windows Media. 7 minutes
http://www.thewallofhate.org/film/thewall.wmv

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Pakistanis Stopped From Protesting U.S. :

Pakistani security forces on Monday stopped hundreds of hard-line Islamists from heading to northwestern Pakistan to protest against a fatal U.S. missile attack, the first time authorities have tried to quell mounting anti-American sentiments.
http://tinyurl.com/ey6j3

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Sympathy for al-Qaida Surges in Pakistan :

Sympathy for al-Qaida has surged after a U.S. airstrike devastated this remote mountain hamlet in a region sometimes as hostile toward the Pakistani government as it is to the United States.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060122/ap_on_re_as/pakistan_al_qaida_attack

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Bin Laden: Where is he? Who's protecting him? Why can't we find him? :

The latest audiotape proves the al-Qa'ida figurehead has pulled off one of the most remarkable disappearing acts in history.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11645.htm

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Russia displays 'spying rock' :

A programme aired on state television said four British diplomats used a hi-tech version of the "dead letter drop" of spy novel fame - a dummy rock by the roadside that could receive information electronically and beam it to a hand-held computer on demand.
http://today.reuters.com/tv/videoStory.aspx?isSummitStory=false&storyId=4751ba38487d71f3181810a8498c91826081e2bd

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Russia blamed for 'gas sabotage' :

Georgia's president has accused Moscow of serious acts of "sabotage" after gas blasts on Russian pipelines cut off supplies to Georgia and Armenia.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4637034.stm

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Experts see $100 a barrel oil:

Geopolitical conflicts taking their toll : Iran issue alone could cause disruption
http://tinyurl.com/acsyo

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Saudi King Signs Energy Deal With China :

China has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia that may boost Beijing's purchases of Saudi oil. The deal came during a visit by Saudi King Abdullah to the Chinese capital.
http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-01-23-voa22.cfm

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McCain says the U.S. can't rely on `wackos' oil:

A top Republican lawmaker said Sunday that the U.S. must explore alternate energy sources to avoid being held hostage by Iran or by "wackos" in Venezuela -- an apparent reference to Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's populist president.
http://tinyurl.com/ey6uo

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Activists find a home from home:

Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, is to host one of the world's largest anti-globalisation, anti-war events, starting this week.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/77C9319A-29A0-40FB-9239-7990EACA4EC5.htm

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Bolivian leader sworn in as the Left advances on US doorstep:

Evo Morales, a former llama herder and coca farmer, was sworn in yesterday as Bolivia's first indigenous Indian president, the latest in a string of Leftists sweeping to power across Latin America in a backlash against US-backed free-market policies.
http://tinyurl.com/8mafk

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Thousands throng streets as Bolivian leader sheds tears:

Warning to US as Morales threatens to turn to China
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1692648,00.html

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U.S. Gvt. Channels Millions Through National Endowment for Democracy to Fund Anti-Lavalas Groups in Haiti:

Anthony Fenton, joins us to discuss the National Endowment for Democracy – the US government-funded group - that is pouring millions of dollars into trying to influence Haiti's political future.
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/23/1441204

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Held in 9/11 Net, Muslims Return to Accuse U.S. :

Physical abuse, the lawsuit says, began the moment they arrived, chained and shackled. As Yasser described it, guards supervised by Lieutenant Pray slammed his brother face-first into a wall where an American flag T-shirt had been taped, then did the same to him.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11651.htm

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Crime Of Compassion :

Although the government continues to characterize Dhafir as a criminal supporting terrorism, the only context in which this case makes any sense is the overwhelming humanitarian crisis created by the brutal U.S. sanctions on the country of Iraq
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11646.htm

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Free Rafil Dhafir:

He is a political victim of an overzealous government that is willing to bend the rules-as we show on this web page-- to win a trophy in the war on terrorism."
http://www.jubileeinitiative.org/FreeDhafir.htm

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U.S. anti-war activist gets 6 months for protest at military recruiting station:

A peace activist was sentenced Monday to six months in jail for splattering his own blood at a military recruiting station to protest the then-looming war in Iraq.
http://www.mytelus.com/news/article.do?pageID=world_home&articleID=2150183

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Paul Craig Roberts: Cheney's War Workshop Plots Another Attack:

2006 is a dangerous year for Americans. The Bill of Rights and Americans' civil liberties are being sacrificed on the alter of unaccountable executive power, as is the separation of powers, the foundation of our constitutional system.
http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts01232006.html

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Bush Aide Says Abramoff Photos Coincidence:

An adviser to President Bush said Monday that Bush's photographs in the company of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff amount to a coincidence and shouldn't be interpreted any more seriously than that.
http://tinyurl.com/bkt3c

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Bush and Abramoff—Say Cheese?:

Abramoff would tell prosecutors, if asked, that not only did he know the President, but the President knew the names of Abramoff’s children and asked about them during their meetings. At one such photo session, Bush discussed the fact that both he and Abramoff were fathers of twins.
http://www.washingtonian.com/capital_comment/2006/PowerPlayers/02.html

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Will Abramoff’s Deep Throat Swallow God’s Mouthpiece?:

Evidence is mounting that former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed Jr., along with a former leader of the Texas Christian Coalition, may have illegally lobbied Texas state officials on behalf of crooked federal lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his clients.
http://www.texasobserver.org/showForPrint_new.asp?ArticleID=19

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Wayward Christian Soldiers:

What will it take for American evangelicals to recognize our mistaken loyalty?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11652.htm

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Bush nominee broke law:

A federal judge nominated to the U.S. Circuit Court owned stock in corporations involved in lawsuits brought before him.
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2006/01/23/payne/index_np.html

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U.S. 28th in environmental performance:

The United States trailed most Western European nations, as well as Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Costa Rica and Chile in meeting environmental goals in such areas as safe drinking water and low ozone levels
http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20060123-110903-6378r

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