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Sunday, April 30, 2006

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Bush challenges hundreds of laws
President cites powers of his office
By Charlie Savage, Globe Staff | April 30, 2006
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution
Among the laws Bush said he can ignore are military rules and regulations, affirmative-action provisions, requirements that Congress be told about immigration services problems, ''whistle-blower" protections for nuclear regulatory officials, and safeguards against political interference in federally funded research.
Legal scholars say the scope and aggression of Bush's assertions that he can bypass laws represent a concerted effort to expand his power at the expense of Congress, upsetting the balance between the branches of government. The Constitution is clear in assigning to Congress the power to write the laws and to the president a duty ''to take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Bush, however, has repeatedly declared that he does not need to ''execute" a law he believes is unconstitutional.

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2006/04/30/bush_challenges_hundreds_of_laws/



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Bush's Imperial Presidency
By Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown. Posted April 26, 2006.
The Bush administration has pushed hard for limitless powers to spy on, imprison and torture American citizens in the name of 'security.' Is this really what America stands for
http://alternet.org/story/35040/

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Though it has barely registered in the U.S. press, a national scandal
is currently unfolding in Colombia, where a jailed high official of
the Administrative Department for Security (DAS) has been speaking
freely with journalists about the extensive collaboration between the
secret police agency and right-wing paramilitary groups.
http://www.narconews.com/Issue41/article1747.html


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McCarthy's Choice
by Ray McGovern, TomPaine.com
With officials refusing to fulfill their oversight duties, the CIA officer was likely forced to choose between silence and speaking out.
http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/04/24/mary_mccarthys_choice.php

IRAQ: Commander Says Contractors Violating U.S. Labor Trafficking Laws
Gen. George Casey ordered that contractors be required by May 1 to return passports that have been illegally confiscated from laborers on U.S. bases after determining that such practices violated U.S. laws against trafficking for forced or coerced labor
by Cam Simpson, The Chicago Tribune
April 23rd, 2006
WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in Iraq has ordered sweeping changes for privatized military support operations after confirming violations of human-trafficking laws and other abuses by contractors involving possibly thousands of foreign workers on American bases, according to records obtained by the Chicago Tribune.
Gen. George Casey ordered that contractors be required by May 1 to return passports that have been illegally confiscated from laborers on U.S. bases after determining that such practices violated U.S. laws against trafficking for forced or coerced labor. Human brokers and subcontractors from South Asia to the Middle East have worked together to import thousands of laborers into Iraq from impoverished countries.
http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=13513

Spy Speaks Out On Iraq
by CrooksAndLiars.com
Watch the CIA's former top man in Europe, Tyler Drumheller, give us more damning evidence that Bush and top administration officials knew Iraq had no WMD program.
http://tompaine.com/#passiton

"60 Minutes": "In the fall of 2002, before going to war, we had it on good authority from a source within Saddam's inner circle that he didn't have an active program for weapons of mass destruction." The Bush Administration cracked Saddam's inner circle and learned there were no WMD -- and went to war anyway.
"The policy was set. The war in Iraq was coming and they were looking for intelligence to fit into the policy."
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/04/21/60minutes/main1527749.shtml

National Intelligence Director John Negroponte said that almost 100,000 people were working for the U.S. intelligence services, and the recently-completed "campaign plan for the global war on terrorism" was approved by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The new plan calls for "special mission units" to be engaged in continuous warfare around the world; such groups will be permitted to invade a country without the approval of the country's U.S. ambassador.
AN EXCERPT FROM HARPERS WEEKLY FUNNY PAGES...
"Representative Alan B. Mollohan (D., W. Va.), whose real estate holdings and other assets reportedly rose in value from $562,000 to at least $6.3 million between 2000 and 2004, temporarily stepped down from the House ethics committee after being accused of misusing funds. Singer Mary J. Blige said that she had found God. "My God is a God who wants me to have things," she said. "He wants me to bling." A member of MiniKiss, a KISS tribute band made up of dwarves, denied that he had tried to sneak past security at a Las Vegas concert of Tiny Kiss, a KISS tribute band made up of three little people and a 350-pound woman. An Oakland, California, carpenter named Percy Honnibal was in trouble for carpentering naked. In Toluca, Mexico, a priest admitted to strangling and dismembering his pregnant lover after Easter mass, and in Acapulco, Mexico, the heads of a police chief and a police officer were found in front of a government building. A sign next to the heads read: "So that you learn respect." An elderly Miami man was in trouble for going door-to-door offering free breast exams, and a woman in El Salvador was in trouble for allegedly attempting to smuggle a live grenade and marijuana into a prison via a container stuffed into her vagina. In the Netherlands authorities fined an advertiser for placing advertisements on sheep blankets. "If we start with sheep," said Bert Kuiper, the mayor of Skarsterlan, "then next it's the cows and horses."
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Wonderful news, Woolsey's wishes come true!
What might have been the lesson from 9/11? That it's not a good thing to destabilize a country, that it's an even worse thing to import a couple of thousand of harebrained idealist and arm them with stinger missiles, but the worst thing of all is then to leave them to their own devices once you no longer need them. This lesson, if learned, would have suffice not to doubly destabilize the near east.
National Intelligence Director John Negroponte said that almost 100,000 people were working for the U.S. intelligence services, and the recently-completed "campaign plan for the global war on terrorism" was approved by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The new plan calls for "special mission units" to be engaged in continuous warfare around the world; such groups will be permitted to invade a country without the approval of the country's U.S. ambassador.
AN EXCERPT FROM HARPERS WEEKLY FUNNY PAGES...
"Representative Alan B. Mollohan (D., W. Va.), whose real estate holdings and other assets reportedly rose in value from $562,000 to at least $6.3 million between 2000 and 2004, temporarily stepped down from the House ethics committee after being accused of misusing funds. Singer Mary J. Blige said that she had found God. "My God is a God who wants me to have things," she said. "He wants me to bling." A member of MiniKiss, a KISS tribute band made up of dwarves, denied that he had tried to sneak past security at a Las Vegas concert of Tiny Kiss, a KISS tribute band made up of three little people and a 350-pound woman. An Oakland, California, carpenter named Percy Honnibal was in trouble for carpentering naked. In Toluca, Mexico, a priest admitted to strangling and dismembering his pregnant lover after Easter mass, and in Acapulco, Mexico, the heads of a police chief and a police officer were found in front of a government building. A sign next to the heads read: "So that you learn respect." An elderly Miami man was in trouble for going door-to-door offering free breast exams, and a woman in El Salvador was in trouble for allegedly attempting to smuggle a live grenade and marijuana into a prison via a container stuffed into her vagina. In the Netherlands authorities fined an advertiser for placing advertisements on sheep blankets. "If we start with sheep," said Bert Kuiper, the mayor of Skarsterlan, "then next it's the cows and horses."
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Dem Hardliner Brzezinski: Air Strike on Iran Could 'Merit the Impeachment of the President'
http://thinkprogress.org/2006/04/25/zb-iran/

Bush's Thousand Days
by Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
The issue of preventive war as a presidential prerogative is hardly new. In February 1848 Rep. Abraham Lincoln explained his opposition to the Mexican War: "Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose -- and you allow him to make war at pleasure [emphasis added]. . . . If, today, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, 'I see no probability of the British invading us'; but he will say to you, 'Be silent; I see it, if you don't.' "
http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0424-31.htm

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Isabel Hilton | Standing Behind the Despot on the Wrong Side of History
http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0424-23.htm

25 April 2006
To understand the background in Nepal, please see this recent analysis:
"Nepal's Instability in the Regional Power Struggle"
http://www.pinr.com/report.php?ac=view_report&report_id=433

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Intelligence Brief: Nepal's King Reinstates Parliament
Drafted By:
http://www.pinr.com

Russia's Military Strategy: Preparing for the Wrong War?
Drafted By: Dr. Marcel de Haas
http://www.pinr.com

Summary: With all the talk of Latin America's turn to the left, few have noticed that there are really two lefts in the region. One has radical roots but is now open-minded and modern; the other is close-minded and stridently populist. Rather than fretting over the left's rise in general, the rest of the world should focus on fostering the former rather than the latter -- because it is exactly what Latin America needs.
JORGE G. CASTAÑEDA is the author of Utopia Unarmed: The Latin American Left After the Cold War and Compañero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara. Having resigned as Mexico's Foreign Minister in 2003, he is currently Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies at New York University.
http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20060501faessay85302

Physicists Say No To Nuking Iran
Thirteen of the nation's most prominent physicists are calling on the Bush administration to cease and desist all nuclear saber-rattling.
http://www.tompaine.com/uncommonsense/index.php#8171

Bush's truth
Sidney Blumenthal
21 - 4 - 2006
George W Bush's verbal convolutions over his role in leaking classified information are part of the White House's dance of deception, says Sidney Blumenthal.
Uganda's soldier politicians
Omar D Kalinge-Nnyago
24 - 4 - 2006
The military's role in politics is not just a troubling memory for Uganda, it is a clear and present danger to democracy, says Omar Kalinge-Nnyago in Kampala
http://www.opendemocracy.net/democracy/bush_truth_3466.jsp

A Democratic Internet
by Art Brodsky, TomPaine.com
On Wednesday, competing visions of the World Wide Web will collide on Capitol Hill.
http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/04/25/a_democratic_internet.php

http://www.opendemocracy.net/democracy-africa_democracy/uganda_military_3472.jsp

Envoy to Iraq Predicts U.S. May Need to Stay in Region for Years
Zalmay Khalilzad urges Americans to dig in for the long haul. Sectarian violence, meanwhile, kills at least 29 Iraqis in or near Baghdad.
By Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
April 25, 2006
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iraq25apr25,0,4561375.story?coll=la-home-world

Sen. Roberts seeks delay of Intel probe
By
Alexander Bolton
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said he wants to divide his panel's inquiry into the Bush administration's handling of Iraq-related intelligence into two parts, a move that would push off its most politically controversial elements to a later time.
The Politics of Definition
Exclusive: A path-breaking and challenging new study on how progressives and Democrats can close the "identity gap," being published on our site in four parts. Part I: the lay of the land, and progressive strengths.
By
John Halpin and Ruy Teixeira
http://www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId=11435

http://thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/042506/news4.html

With the creting in chief [as he looked so much so on the NY Times cover photo this past Monday on that chowline with some Marines that you wondered why Auntie had to pick that one ] "consulting" with family consigliere Baker, the question becomes what might this smart man say to a dawg like Georgie. "You've really done it, haven't you! You broke it, and now you want someone else to fix it."
Sidney Blumenthal: Tony Snow, Fox News star, begins as the new White House press secretary on the day Karl Rove is called back to the federal grand jury. Because "Everybody Must Get Snowed."
http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/sidney_blumenthal/2006/04/white_house_snow_job.html

Tips for reporters who want to protect their sources, notes
http://www.slate.com/id/2140499/

Jack Shafer has 14 of them. Here's one for reporters working on a really hot story: "If you must make phone calls, do like Tony Soprano and use
aprepaid cell phone purchased with cash."
Keller believes WH is on a campaign to intimidate the press
http://news.nationaljournal.com/articles/0425nj1.htm

Iraqi Strife Seeping Into Saudi Kingdom
By Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
April 26, 2006
QATIF, Saudi Arabia — The conflict in Iraq has begun to spill over onto this hardscrabble, sunburned swath of coast, breathing new life into the ancient rivalry between the country's powerful Sunni Muslim majority and the long-oppressed Shiite minority in one of the most oil-rich areas of the world.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-shiites26apr26,0,6032003.story?coll=la-home-headlines

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The
CIA has conducted more than 1,000 clandestine flights in Europe since 2001, and some of them secretly took away terror suspects to countries where they could face torture,
European Union lawmakers said Wednesday.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/cia_secret_prisons

Behind the installation of Jawad al-Maliki as Iraqi prime minister
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/apr2006/iraq-a26.shtml

Judge Won't Dismiss Case Against Libby. Walton said there must be a way to appoint special prosecutors to ensure that "the perception of fairness withstands the scrutiny of the American public" when high-level government officials are investigated for alleged wrongdoing. Amen.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/cia_leak

"We are not even going to be allowed to vote on an amendment that would deal with this central constitutional question," complained Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA). "We are now in the process of instructing the people of Iraq about how to ruin parliamentary democracy," he said. "If anybody from the Iraqi Parliament is watching our procedures, please do not try this at home." See the April 26 House floor debate here: http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2006_cr/s042606.html

Wednesday's surprise visit to Baghdad by both US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice served as a further indication of Washington's desperate crisis over the unraveling of its neo-colonialist project in Iraq.
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/apr2006/iraq-a27.shtml

http://www.tompaine.com/uncommonsense/index.php#8212

The quest for a healthy pregnancy in a toxic environment is one that is becoming increasingly difficult with each successive generation
—no matter where you live
http://www.oriononline.org/pages/om/06-2om/Middlewood.html

Denouncing The Iraq Deception
by Robert Scheer, The Nation
The intelligence on Iraq was fine, says Tyler Drumheller. The policy was stupid.
http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/04/27/denouncing_the_iraq_deception.php

US: Chief Democrat on ethics panel hit by corruption charges http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/apr2006/moll-a27.shtml

27 April 2006
In order to better understand today's analysis, it is important to read the November 2005 background report on Nigeria (the link is below):
"Intelligence Brief: Nigeria"
http://www.pinr.com/report.php?ac=view_report&report_id=393

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As support for Bush plummets, no alternative from Democrats
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/apr2006/bush-a28.shtml

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Maliki's history is typical of the Shiite fundamentalists who have collaborated with the US occupation of Iraq over the past three years. Much of his life was spent in exile. In 1980, he fled Iraq to escape a brutal crackdown on Da'awa by the regime of Saddam Hussein. Initially he took refuge in Iran, where the Shiite fundamentalist regime of Ayatollah Khomeni had come to power the year before. He left for Syria, however, shortly after the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war in 1981. Da'awa split over its attitude to the conflict. A sizeable faction of the Iraqi Shiite exiles actively backed Iran and formed the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). Maliki supported leaders such as Jaafari, who opposed subordinating the Iraqi movement to Tehran.
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/apr2006/iraq-a26.shtml

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Oxfam Withdraws Backing for Trade Deal Talks
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0427-02.htm

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Published on Thursday, April 27, 2006 by the Los Angeles Times
Visit by Rumsfeld, Rice Sets Off Criticism in Iraq
Some leaders worry that the Americans' surprise trip could hurt talks on forming a government. Analysts see an effort to shore up U.S. opinion.
by Louise Roug and Paul Richter
BAGHDAD — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld paid a surprise visit to Baghdad on Wednesday to express support for Iraq's new leaders, but drew criticism from Iraqi politicians who said they feared the unannounced visit might do more harm than good.
"We didn't invite them," said Kamal Saadi, a Shiite legislator close to the new prime minister-designate, Nouri Maliki.
US
Saadi said Iraqi leaders had not been given advance notice of the visit, which came just days after Iraqi politicians broke through a months-long impasse on the selection of a prime ministe
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0427-11.htm

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Subcomandante Marcos and the Other Campaign caravan are getting
closer to the concrete jungle of Mexico City, the center of the
country's political power and home to a quarter of its citizens. On
Wednesday, Marcos made a startling announcement from the Mexico City
suburb of Nezahualcoyotl. Al Giordano reports:
"Zapatista Subcomandante Marcos was received this afternoon by
thousands of urban workers from the rough-and-tumble metropolis of
Nezahualcoyotl that borders Mexico City.
http://www.narconews.com/otroperiodismo/en.html

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Robert Fisk: Seen through a Syrian lens, 'unknown Americans' are provoking civil war in Iraq
Published: 28 April 2006 In Syria, the world appears through a glass, darkly. As dark as the smoked windows of the car which takes me to a building on the western side of Damascus where a man I have known for 15 years - we shall call him a "security source", which is the name given by American correspondents to their own powerful intelligence officers - waits with his own ferocious narrative of disaster in Iraq and dangers in the Middle East.
His is a fearful portrait of an America trapped in the bloody sands of Iraq, desperately trying to provoke a civil war around Baghdad in order to reduce its own military casualties. It is a scenario in which Saddam Hussein remains Washington's best friend, in which Syria has struck at the Iraqi insurgents with a ruthlessness that the United States wilfully ignores. And in which Syria's Interior Minister, found shot dead in his office last year, committed suicide because of his own mental instability.
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/fisk/article360624.ece

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After Abu Ghraib, Impunity
by Jim Lobe, TomPaine.com
A new report details the widespread nature of detainee abuse and the severely limited response.
http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/04/28/after_abu_ghraib_impunity.php

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TPMMuckraker read all the papers and says everyone agrees on why Karl Rove appeared for the fifth—count it, fifth—time before the grand jury on Wednesday: to explain why he failed to tell prosecutors earlier that he'd revealed Valerie Plame's identity to Matthew Cooper. Bloomberg's story quotes "people familiar with the case" as seeing "potentially ominous signs" for Bush's adviser in his latest visit to Fitzgerald's grand jury.
Ominous, Bloomberg explained, because, "Among other things, they said, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald declined to give him any assurance after his testimony that he won't be charged."
RawStory posts an MSNBC report about Rove's lawyers saying that Rove called the whole experience "hell" and "was surprised by the tone of the questions as well as the length of time he was required to testify."
From TPMMuckraker , here's a reminder of how Rove's version of events goes:
Rove testifed in February 2004 that he hadn't spoken with Cooper. Sometime around then (after Rove's testimony, one would assume), another Time reporter, Viveca Novak, told Rove's lawyer Robert Luskin that she'd heard Rove had spoken with Cooper. Luskin was "surprised," according to Novak, because Rove hadn't remembered that conversation. This sparked a search of Rove's emails, unearthing one which showed Rove writing about his conversation with Cooper. So then Rove went back and told prosecutors that he'd spoken with Cooper.
Bloomberg reports that Rove testified this week that he still doesn't remember talking to Cooper. Gosh, Cooper must be some kind of unforgettable character. More likely, of course, is that Rove is lying. James Moore, longtime Rove watcher and co-author of Bush's Brain , wrote in a piece last fall that Karl Rove is not the type to have a fuzzy memory. He can "remember precinct results from 19th-century presidential elections," wrote Moore.
http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/04/28/zeroing_in_on_rove.php

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Moore's article called on Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to recognize that he has before him " the most important criminal case in American history." Speculating about Fitzgerald's strategy, he continued:
Presumably, he is trying to find evidence that Karl Rove launched a covert operation to create the forged documents and then conspired to out Valerie Plame when he learned the fraud was being uncovered by Plame's husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson. As much as this sounds like the plot of a John le Carre novel, it also comports with the profile of the Karl Rove I have known, watched, traveled with and written about for the past 25 years.
I have seen the spawn of Rove's tortured mind and watched a hundred of his political scams unfold and I am confident I know how this one played out. Rove might have brought it up with his fellow big brains in the White House Iraq Group, a propaganda organization set up to disseminate information supporting the war
DISFAVORED CIA REPORTS PLACED ONLINE
U.S. News and World Report reported last January that at least three
publications of the CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence, all
critical of the agency, had been withheld from the CIA web site ("A
Tangled Web Woven," by David E. Kaplan, U.S. News, January 30, 2006).
Now two of those disfavored publications are available on the
Federation
of American Scientists web site. The third will follow.
"Intelligence for a New Era in American Foreign Policy" is the report
of
a conference convened by the Center for the Study of Intelligence,
published in January 2004 ( 1.3 MB PDF):
http://www.fas.org/irp/cia/product/newera.pdf

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Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) filed an amendment that would prohibit all
funding for the NSA domestic surveillance program unless and until the
Bush Administration keeps Congress fully and currently informed of the
program as required by law. See the text of his amendment here:
http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2006_cr/sa3679.html

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28 April 2006
In light of current developments in Iran, PINR encourages:
"Intelligence Brief: Iran and the U.S. Maneuver Carefully Toward Confrontation"
http://www.pinr.com/report.php?ac=view_report&report_id=470

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Hungary's Re-Elected Government Calls for Incisive Reforms
Drafted By: Dr. Federico Bordonaro
http://www.pinr.com

Iran and the Bomb
By Christopher de Bellaigue
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/18935

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For years, the Egyptian government and state-run media have brushed off acts of hostility toward minority Coptic Christians, or periodic Coptic-Muslim clashes, as exceptions to a rule of "national unity" and inter-communal brotherhood. But the sectarian street battles in Alexandria in mid-April, set off by knife attacks on Coptic worshippers, have lifted the lid on the sensitive "Coptic question." The newly vigorous public debate is very much rooted in the political ferment of 2005, including increased sectarian tensions, but also the vocal dissent from the regime and the gains of the Muslim Brotherhood in December's legislative elections. Issandr El Amrani chronicles "The Emergence of a 'Coptic Question' in Egypt" in Middle East Report Online: http://www.merip.org/mero/mero042806.html

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Drillers Hit Deep-Sea Pay Dirt Years of boring have finally yielded bits of the lower-most ocean crust http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2006/420/1?etoc

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Published on Friday, April 28, 2006 by the
Associated Press
Rights Take Backseat to Oil
Leaders accused of violations meet with White House
by Tom Raum Searching for energy supplies and allies against Iran, the Bush administration is reaching out to leaders who rule countries that are rich in oil and gas but accused of authoritarian rule and human rights violations.
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0428-06.htm

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Don't Run, John Kerry
by Ellen Goodman [or get your prostate back from you doc]
http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0428-20.htm

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http://www.kucinich.us/

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william kristol or is he really billy crystal or what kind of crystal is he on??
SAY IT AIN'T SO, CONDI!
In fact, Condi and her colleagues will try to say--privately and off the record--that it ain't so. They'll explain to Bush supporters here in Washington that the administration hasn't really gone soft on Iran. The State Department is just doing its job, reassuring the Europeans so as to keep them on board. Sure, hawks will worry that proclaiming "Iran is not Iraq" signals that
the Bush administration is now terrified even to threaten the use of force against terror-sponsoring
Condi and her colleagues may come home and say, privately, it ain't so. But it is so. Much of the U.S. government no longer believes in, and is no longer acting to enforce, the Bush Doctrine. "The United States of America understands and believes that Iran is not Iraq." That's a diplomatic way of saying that the United States of America is in retreat.
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/012/148vqpff.asp



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