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Anti-Baghdad Talks Shunned by Top…

Anti-Baghdad Talks Shunned by Top Kurd

The most powerful Kurdish chieftain in northern Iraq, Massoud Barzani, refused the Bush administration’s invitation to attend the meeting of Iraqi opposition figures at the White House last week, Kurdish and administration officials said today.

The absence of Mr. Barzani, whose father, Mustafa Barzani, led the largest Kurdish rebellion of the last century and died in exile in the United States, was a blow to Bush administration officials who had orchestrated the meeting in part to demonstrate that Iraqi opposition forces were unified behind a new campaign to oust Saddam Hussein.

Hmm, well, in the last Iraq war, we promised the Kurds we would support and defend them,  then did looked the other way when Iraq massacred and poisoned-gassed them.  The doofuses in D.C. think the Kurds will believe them this time?

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Attorney general shows himself as…

Attorney general shows himself as a menace to liberty, L.A. Times
Even moderates are speaking out against Ashcroft, as witness this L.A. Times op-ed piece.

Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft’s announced desire for camps for U.S. citizens he deems to be “enemy combatants” has moved him from merely being a political embarrassment to being a constitutional menace.

Ashcroft’s plan, disclosed last week but little publicized, would allow him to order the indefinite incarceration of U.S. citizens and summarily strip them of their constitutional rights and access to the courts by declaring them enemy combatants.

The proposed camp plan should trigger immediate congressional hearings and reconsideration of Ashcroft’s fitness for this important office. Whereas Al Qaeda is a threat to the lives of our citizens, Ashcroft has become a clear and present threat to our liberties

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Yet another failed business Dubya…

Yet another failed business Dubya was involved with
It appears Dubya is a even worse businessman than Bill Simon, even if both politicians want us to think otherwise.

DAVID IGNATIUS, INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE – It’s not something George W. Bush talks about much – indeed, it has been virtually purged from his official biography – but for four years in the early 1990s, Bush was a director of a company that ultimately collapsed under the weight of its junk-bond financing and management mistakes. The privately held company, called Caterair International, was created in 1989 when Marriott Corp. spun off its airline catering business to investors organized by a Washington investment bank, the Carlyle Group.

What intrigued the Dallas newspaper was that Bush had dropped the Caterair connection from his official campaign resume in August 1994.

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27 Percent Drop in Immigration…

27 Percent Drop in Immigration to Israel

‘Only 14,900 new immigrants arrived in Israel in the first half of 2002 – a 27 percent drop compared to the corresponding period in 2001 and 45 percent below the number that arrived in 2000 during the same period, according to figures released yesterday by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics,’ the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

The ‘security situation and the economic recession were noted as the main deterrents to immigration‘, the daily newspaper added.  Palestine News Roundup [Palestine Chronicle]

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Afghanistan is on the brink…

Afghanistan is on the brink of another disaster
Another Vietnam in the making?

Kabul is alive with the kind of rumours that can never be substantiated but that stick in the mind, just as the dust of Kandahar stays in the throat and on the lips of all who go there. “The British forces were right to leave,” a British humanitarian worker announced over dinner in Kabul one night. “They realised that the Americans had no real interest in returning this country to law and order. They knew that the Americans were going to fail. So they got out as soon as they could. The Americans say they want peace and stability. So why don’t they let Isaf (the international force in Kabul) move into the other big cities of Afghanistan? Why do they let their friendly warlords persecute the rest of the country?” 

The truth is that Afghanistan is on the brink of another disaster. Pakistan is now slipping into the very anarchy of which its opposition warned. And the Palestinian-Israeli war is now out of control. So we really need a war in Iraq, don’t we? 


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