Fighting Back
Mon Jun 11, 2007 17:57

 
Fighting Back

By Monica Benderman

The early American revolutionaries did not rely on the efforts of others; they did not wait for a savior to rescue them from their plight. They saw the futility of holding out for the empty promises of the ruling parties in their fatherland and took matters in their own hands knowing the standards and principles on which they based their actions were worthy of the sacrifice.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17861.htm

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Global Military Spending Hits $1.2 Trillion -Study

By Reuters

The United States spent $529 billion. Military spending in China, which is modernising its People's Liberation Army, climbed to an estimated $49.5 billion last year from $44.3 billion in 2005.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17862.htm

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Putin's Censored Press Conference

The transcript you weren't supposed to see

By Mike Whitney

The Bush administration has carried out an aggressive strategy to surround Russia with military bases, install missiles on its borders, topple allied regimes in Central Asia, and incite political upheaval in Moscow through US-backed "pro-democracy" groups. These openly hostile actions have convinced many Russian hard-liners that the administration is going forward with the neocon plan for "regime change" in Moscow and fragmentation of the Russian Federation. Putin's testimony suggests that the hardliners are probably right.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17856.htm

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Iraq: At least 32 killed in another bloody day of U.S. occupation:

The bodies of 16 people who had been shot dead were found in the mostly Sunni western Karkh part of Baghdad
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM134819.htm

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U.S. arming Sunnis in Iraq to battle old Qaeda allies:

With the four-month-old increase in American troops showing only modest success in curbing insurgent attacks, American commanders are turning to another strategy that they acknowledge is fraught with risk: arming Sunni Arab groups that have promised to fight militants linked with Al Qaeda who have been their allies in the past
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/06/11/africa/11iraq.php

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In case you missed it:

US says Iran arming Sunni groups :

Sunni militants are being armed with Iranian-made munitions, US military spokesman Maj Gen William Caldwell told reporters in Baghdad.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6546555.stm

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Tribal Coalition in Anbar Said to Be Crumbling:

A tribal coalition formed to oppose the extremist group al-Qaeda in Iraq, a development that U.S. officials say has reduced violence in Iraq's troubled Anbar province, is beginning to splinter, according to an Anbar tribal leader and a U.S. military official familiar with tribal politics.
http://tinyurl.com/2z5gub

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Al-Sadr Pays Suprise Visit To Ayatollah Al-Sistani:

The two imams discussed security problems and al-Sadr reportedly asked Iraq's supreme Shiite leader to support his campaign to force out American troops.
http://tinyurl.com/2xuhp8

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UK: Ex-Navy chief 'took private legal advice on Iraq' :

The head of the Royal Navy at the time of the Iraq invasion was so worried about the legality of the conflict that he sought his own private legal advice on justification for the war.
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/article2643053.ece

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Turkish soldier killed in clash with Kurd rebels:

A Turkish soldier was killed by Kurdish guerrillas on Monday, marking the latest escalation of violence that has already prompted speculation Ankara may launch an anti-rebel operation into northern Iraq.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L1161016.htm

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NATO occupation forces mistakenly kill another 3 Afghan civilians :

The NATO-led International Occupation Force mistakenly killed three Afghan civilians and injured two others in the eastern Kunar province on Monday, an ISAF statement said.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-06/12/content_6228953.htm

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Iran aids Afghan government, may be helping Taliban: NATO general : -

McNeill, a 60-year-old, four-star general from North Carolina who has fought in most American conflicts since Vietnam, said he had no hard evidence the Iranian government has helped the Taliban.
http://tinyurl.com/2g8jne

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War pimp alert: 'Military plan against Iran is ready':

Predicting that Iran will obtain a nuclear weapon within three years and claiming to have a strike plan in place, senior American military officers have told The Jerusalem Post they support President George W. Bush's stance to do everything necessary to stop the Islamic Republic's race for nuclear power.
http://tinyurl.com/yqznb3

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Iran denies threat to hit Gulf states if US attacks from them:

A former Iranian defense minister dismissed as "baseless" Monday a report quoting him as saying Iran would attack Gulf countries used as a launch pad for a US strike on Iran.
http://tinyurl.com/2hc2a7

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Kuwait says won't be launchpad for strike on Iran:

Kuwait said on Monday it would not allow its key ally the United States to use its territory to launch any strike on Gulf neighbour Iran if a row over Tehran's nuclear programme escalates.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L11425934.htm

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Dilip Hiro: A Catch-22 Nuclear World:

Nuclear Weapons Programs Are about Regime Survival
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/06/11/1787/

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In case you missed it:

UK 'sells' bomb material to Iran:

British officials have approved the export of key components needed to make nuclear weapons to Iran and other countries known to be developing such weapons
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/2275249.stm

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Israel launches new spy satellite:

Israel has launched a new spy satellite which it says will provide high-quality surveillance over enemies such as Syria and Iran, rivalling the capabilities of the United States.
http://tinyurl.com/yvmmfn

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Manufacturing Consent For War With Iran: FBI's Mueller:

Al-Qaida Intent on Using Nuclear Weapons : It has been said that the September 11th attacks were a "failure of imagination." We cannot fail to imagine the consequences of a nuclear terrorist attack. Nor can we fail to imagine that there are those for whom such an event is the end game.
http://tinyurl.com/23cqhm

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10 killed as violence erupts in Gaza :

At least ten Palestinians have been killed in factional fighting in Gaza, ending an Egyptian brokered truce between Hamas fighters and Fatah supporters.
http://tinyurl.com/32cs9s

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European Parliamentarians Demand the Immediate Release of 45 Palestinian MPs Detained by Israel:

45 Members of the European Parliament, from different political groups, have decided to express their solidarity towards the 45 Palestinian colleagues imprisoned by Israel, and called for their immediate and unconditional release.
http://tinyurl.com/2fnbuy

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European Union resumes direct aid to Palestinian Finance Ministry:

The European Union on Monday resumed aid to the Palestinian Finance Ministry for the first time since the West launched an economic boycott of the government more than a year ago. The assistance begins with a 4 million euro (about $5 million) project to help ensure that Palestinian taxpayers' money is spent efficiently
http://tinyurl.com/25hqq6

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Ronnie Kasrils' speech to S. African Parliament on 40th anniversary of occupation:

Forty years ago this week Israel's military unleashed lightning attacks against Egypt, Jordan and Syria, alleging provocations as justification for its strikes.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article7010.shtml

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Bush to blame if there's war with Syria:

Former Israeli Foreign Ministry director general tells Ynet that Syria willing to abandon Iran camp in favor of alliance with moderate Arab nations - but only if supported by the US. Bush meanwhile refuses to talk to Damascus
http://tinyurl.com/ywhy5q

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The High Cost of Subservience to Israel:

America's support of Israel's brutality was the main motivation for 9/11. It was the ultimate expression of Arab fury over America's double standard that routinely ignores Israeli violations of Arab human rights.
http://cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/articles/article0064805.html

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US college rejects Jewish professor over anti-Israel stance:

One of the most rancorous disputes in American academia has ended with a prominent political scientist, with controversial views on Israel and anti-semitism, being denied tenure at one of the country's top-10 private universities
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2100590,00.html

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Letter from Francis Boyle: De Paul & Dershowitz v. Finkelstein :

In my opinion it is Professor Finkelstein who far better represents the real values and ethos of the Jewish People. In any event, it is a shame that the University named after St. Vincent DePaul has allied itself with Dershowitz against the courageous Norman Finkelstein.
http://www.palestinechronicle.com/story-061007100808.htm

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Lebanese army toll rises :

Five more Lebanese soldiers are said to have died from injuries sustained in continuing operations against Fatah al-Islam fighters in a Palestinian refugee camp in north Lebanon.
http://tinyurl.com/2n6n6m

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Man labeled 'enemy combatant' wins US court case:

"The government cannot subject al-Marri to indefinite military detention. For in the United States, the military cannot seize and imprison civilians -- let alone imprison them indefinitely," Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N11491119.htm

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Video: The Colbert Report - Are We Rome?:

Colbert invites the comparisons from one genocidal empire to another, even suggesting that we borrow certain other ideas - such as crucifixion. In that light, I guess pro-torture Neocons aren't really bad Americans afterall, they're just good Romans.
http://tinyurl.com/yusapk

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Media Matters with Bob McChesney: Audio :

Interview with documentary filmmaker and author John Pilger.
http://tinyurl.com/2a7r3y

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AP Interview: Chavez Connects With Poor :

The Toyota 4Runner pulled to a stop on the country road and a tinted window rolled down. Passers-by gawked, then broke into a run, screaming "president!" when they realized Hugo Chavez was at the wheel. "I love you!" cried a middle-aged woman with tears in her eyes, thrusting a fistful of flowers into the car.
http://tinyurl.com/2elng6

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U.S. Army misses recruiting goal in May:

The active-duty Army, severely strained by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, recruited 5,101 new soldiers last month, short of its 5,500 goal for May.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N11481522.htm

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Video: How The U.S. Military Irradiates Its Own Troops:

(and everybody else) with Depeted Uranium Munitions
http://tinyurl.com/2dav5l

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Video recording leads to felony charge:

Brian D. Kelly didn't think he was doing anything illegal when he used his videocamera to record a Carlisle police officer during a traffic stop. Making movies is one of his hobbies, he said, and the stop was just another interesting event to film.
http://blog.pennlive.com/patriotnews/2007/06/brian_d_kelly_didnt_think.html

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The wrath of 2007: America's great drought :

America is facing its worst summer drought since the Dust Bowl years of the Great Depression. Or perhaps worse still.
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article2643033.ece

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Colony Collapse:

Do Massive Bee Die-Offs Mean an End to Our Food System as We Know it?
http://www.alternet.org/story/53491/

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Let Us Work Towards Peace & Joy
Tom Feeley

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