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Two years after U.S. assault on it, Fallujah returns to insurgent hands

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 10, 2006

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Two years after U.S. assault on it, Fallujah returns to insurgent hands

Jay Price and Mohammed Al Dulaimy, McClatchy News Service

November 08, 2006 – 8:41 PM

FALLUJAH, IRAQ – When insurgents hid a bomb in front of his house a few days ago, intending to use it against U.S. or Iraqi troops, Majeed al-Rawi had only one option: Move out.

“If I report it to the Americans, I will be killed by the men who put it there, and if I don’t, my family will be killed either by the explosion or the Americans,” the car dealer said. “This is not a way to live; this is a way to hate life.”

Two years after U.S. troops launched a devastating ground assault that purged, at least temporarily, the heart of the Iraqi insurgency, Fallujah once again is a violent place.

In recent months, insurgents have filtered back into the city, despite tight controls that limit access to only six checkpoints. Residents must submit to an extraordinary identification system that includes fingerprinting, retina scans and bar-coded identification cards.

An insurgent intimidation campaign has killed two City Council members and at least 30 police officers.

The campaign has been so effective that police patrols have all but stopped, as officers fear to walk the streets.

The number of shootings, bombings and bombs found and defused has doubled since last winter, to about four or five a day, U.S. officers say. There have been about half a dozen car bombings in recent weeks.

Residents and police alike complain bitterly that after two years security is eroding in what had been a U.S. success story.

“Bush didn’t give us democracy, he gave us more new ways to be killed,” Al-Rawi said. “I think there is no future anymore. I believe the only future is to leave this country. “We can win the war, but for now Al-Qaida has won in Fallujah,” said a police officer who didn’t want his name used for security reasons. “They made the police force stop patrolling streets, and that’s a victory.”

Because insurgents target them at home, many officers are living in the police stations. Others simply quit.

“What was I going to wait for that would keep me on the force?” said Muhammad Humadi, a captain who quit in August after one of his commanders was beheaded. “Nothing was going to get any better. I have children, and if I were to sacrifice myself it wouldn’t change anything.”

With more Americans expressing support for different policies in Iraq, Fallujah offers a lesson in frustration.

Until this August, Fallujah was relatively peaceful, at least by Iraqi standards. But then U.S. forces stepped up a campaign against insurgents in nearby Ramadi and added troops in Baghdad in an effort to quell growing violence there. Some military officers here think that pushed insurgents to Fallujah.

By mid-August, insurgent threats against and assassinations of police officers got so bad that half the police force stayed home for several days. Many quit or moved into their stations.

U.S. and Iraqi troops have nowhere near the manpower needed to take up the slack, said Lt. Col. James Teeples, the senior adviser to the Iraqi Army unit responsible for much of the city.

“We just don’t have the manpower to maintain surveillance on the entire city,” Teeples said.

Layers of distrust

Other factors contribute to the insecurity. Fallujah is nearly entirely Sunni, and so is its police force. But Shiites dominate the army, which doesn’t trust the police force and thinks that insurgents have infiltrated it.

Many residents sympathize with the insurgents. At a clinic last week, word passed down a line of women who were waiting to see the doctor that a sniper had killed a U.S. soldier.

“I wish I’d shot him,” one woman said, to the approval of some others.

U.S. commanders remain optimistic. Lt. Col. Jay Bargeron, the second in command of the Marine regiment that works in and around Fallujah, noted, for example, that Iraqis have stepped forward to replace the City Council members killed by insurgents and construction is evident on nearly every street as residents work to rebuild destruction from the November 2004 battle.

Still, the outlook is bleak for police officers, as they recount the slaying of the deputy police chief, the resignation of the police chief and the threats against and killings of other officers.

One officer said, “The future is vague, and I believe the war we are fighting is one of a kind and no one knows what the results might be.”

source:
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m28106&hd=0&size=1&l=t

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 8 November 2006.

  • Resistance fighters assault US tanks in Hit, killing a reported seven US troops Wednesday night.
  • Resistance car bomber blasts US column in ar-Ramadi Wednesday evening, leaving five American troops reported dead.
  • Three US troops reported killed in Resistance bombing in al-Fallujah Wednesday.
  • US locks down Samarra’ at dawn Wednesday, begins searches and raids.
  • US issues order to lock down Bayji for 10 days, following bombing that leaves four American troops reported dead. US issues order to lock down Bayji for 10 days.
  • US bombards area near al-Miqdadiyah with heavy artillery for hours during the night, leaving 11 local residents dead.
  • Eleven civilians killed in US attack on al-Qadiriyah near al-Miqdadiyah.
  • US forces carry out mass raids, arrests in Kubaysah.
  • Resistance bomb rips through US patrol in western Baghdad’s al-‘Amiriyah district midday Wednesday.
  • Resistance car bomber blasts puppet police patrol in Baghdad Wednesday morning.
  • Resistance bomb leaves four US troops reported dead in Bayji.
  • Resistance fighters kill puppet police in al-Miqdadiyah.
  • Resistance mortars pound US base north of al-Hillah Tuesday night.
  • Resistance fighters clash with US troops in ar-Rashad, south of Kikruk Wednesday.
  • US arrests 22 villagers in mass raids south of Kirkuk.
  • Mortar rounds land in Teachers Institute in al-Basrah.

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../en_articles_2006/1106/iraqiresistancereport_081106.htm

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The Iraqi Christians condemn and reject the Court – masquerade’ sentence.*

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 10, 2006

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

The Iraqi Christians condemn and reject the Court – masquerade’ sentence.*

Al Moharer

November 9, 2006

In the name of the Father, the Son and the holy Spirit, only one God, Amen!

In my name, and in the name of all the honorable heroic Iraqi Christians, we condemn, we reject, and utterly disapprove the Zionist US, pagan Persian Safawide’ criminal heinous sentence taken against our father our brother, our comrade, and our leader, the builder of the glory of the Great Iraq, the legitimate President of the Republic of Iraq, whatever may the degraded and debased bloodthirsty US occupiers and their servile collaborators, the spies, the traitors, the gangs of spies..may think otherwise.

We shall go on praying! We shall continue begging the lord holy name and our holy mother the Virgin Mary, our Lord Jesus Christ, to free his Excellency the Leader Saddam Hussein, (May the Lord safeguard him and bless him). Yes! We shall light the candles in our monasteries our churches, and our homes for the sake of our leader, our guide, the Leader – the symbol of the united, the properous, the secure and the free Iraq: Saddam Hussein..

Moreover we warn the criminal US occupying forces that they bear the full historical and ethical responsibility in case any harm might occur to our dear President, the Mujahid Saddam Hussein!

Also we ascertain once again to our leader President and his blessed glorious comrades, that we will stay loyal to our oath; and for ever, the faithful, soldiers the pure sons and daughters of Iraq as he always knew us..

God is the Greatest!
God is the Greatest!
Abased be the debased and degraded US criminals!

Long live Great Iraq! Long live the Legitimate President of Iraq, the Mujahid Saddam Hussein and his heroic comrades!
Long live the heroic Iraqi Armed Resistance with all its patriotic, national and Islamic factions!
Long live our Arab Nation! Down with the criminal Occupation and its corrupt and monster collaborators!
Shame and dishonor to the enemies of Iraq and of the Arab Nation! Debased are the collaborators, the traitors and the spies..

(A translator notice : When the Iraqi Christians like other Iraqis showed their love and tenderness towards their beloved leader Saddam Hussein before the bloodthirsty US occupation took place, all the whore Media in the West, all their masters’ voice idol Zion dogs.. used to say : Christians are frightened and are terrified from the dictator Saddam Hussein and his secret Mukhabarat..Now that the dictator is detained, tortured and his sons killed, his family scattered ..what will the whores Media the likes of the BBC and the Guardian will have to say and how will they explain the thousands of messages sent to his Excellency tribal leaders, religious clerics, Students unions from all over Iraq..

We tell these Media whores, the likes of the BBC agent these mercenaries hiding in the green zone hole and the Guardian Brit racists, the heirs of the Iranian spy Bazoft, we tell them that all Iraq from north to south from west to east.. millions of Arabs and Muslims around the planet love the dictator Saddam Hussein! Furthermore..and our answer is : the Iraqi dictator’ glorious Resistance has defeated the racist invadors and humiliated their armies of thugs..in Iraq..)

*Translated by Abu Assur. Al Moharer.net

source:
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m28120&hd=0&size=1&l=t

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U.S. plans to veto proposed UN resolution on Beit Hanun deaths

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 10, 2006

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Last update – 20:16 09/11/2006

U.S. plans to veto proposed UN resolution on Beit Hanun deaths

By Shlomo Shamir, Haaretz Correspondent

The U.S. is threatening to veto a proposal for a United Nations Security Council resolution regarding the deaths of 19 Palestinian citizens in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanun on Wednesday.

The Palestinian citizens were accidentally killed in an Israel Defense Forces shelling meant to destroy Qassam rocket launchers in the area.

The draft was written and distributed among Security Council members on Wednesday by Qatar, a non-permanent member of the Security Council.


The proposal calls for an “immediate investigation into the massacre that took place in Beit Hanun” and calls on Israel to “cease all violence against the civilian population in the occupied territories, including East Jerusalem.”

The Qatari draft also demands the deployment of UN observers in the area to oversee the implementation of the cease-fire outlined in the draft.

Sources in New York report that senior American officials have denounced the draft in its present formulation. The Qatari draft makes no mention of the Qassam rockets fired by Palestinians into Israel, nor does it mention IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, who was abducted by Palestinian militants in June.

Deputy head of the Israeli delegation to the UN Danny Carmon said in response “the Palestinian citizens were killed, in all likelihood, by Israeli fire, but in fact, they fell victim to the terrorism of Hamas.”

The official discussion over the draft began Thursday evening, but it is not yet clear when the vote will take place. Sources estimate the vote will be postponed until Friday, if not next week.

Arab foreign ministers to hold emergency meeting on IDF Gaza offensive

Arab foreign ministers will gather for an emergency meeting to discuss a common response to the recent IDF offensive in the Gaza Strip, the Arab League secretary-general said Thursday.

Secretary General Amr Moussa said he called for the meeting on Sunday in Cairo at the request of Palestinian and Lebanese officials to “look into practical steps and measures to deal with the Israeli ongoing and recurrent aggression on the Palestinian people, latest of which is the Beit Hanun massacre.”

source:
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=786114&contrassID=1&subContrassID=1

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France demands independent probe of Beit Hanoun incident

Ambassador to the UN Jean Marc Chevalier says his country demands independent investigation into IDF shelling of north Gaza town; United States expected to veto Security Council decision against Israel regarding recent IDF operations in Gaza; ‘Israeli occupying forces have committed another massacre,’ Palestinian UN observer Riyad Mansour says

Yitzhak Benhorin

Latest Update: 11.09.06, 19:09

WASHINGTON – France’s Ambassador to the UN Jean Marc Chevalier said during a Security Council meeting Thursday that his country demanded an independent investigation of the circumstances of Wednesday’s incident in Beit Hanoun in which 18 Palestinians were killed by IDF fire.

“France wants an investigation of this attack, an independent investigation,” Chevalier said.

The US was expected to veto Thursday night’s UN Security Council decision against Israel regarding recent IDF operations in the Gaza Strip and the killing of Palestinians in Beit Hanoun Wednesday.

A Palestinian proposal to establish an international investigation committee and the stationing of UN observers in the Strip was expected to come up in the meeting. Due to US objections, it wasn’t clear whether there would be a vote at the end of the meeting.

The demand to convene the Security Council was raised on Monday by Qatar, the only Arab Council representative. The demand was initially rejected, but the Beit Hanoun incident changed matters.

US Ambassador John Bolton said Qatar’s request was discussed by the council on Tuesday “and there was no support for it.”

The Palestinian proposal makes no mention of the Quartet’s decision calling on the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority to recognize Israel, accept past agreements and denounce terror. There is also no mention of the incessant Qassam rocket attacks on Israel, which the IDF’s activity in Gaza was meant to prevent.

The clause calling for the stationing of foreign observers in Gaza is especially problematic for Israel and the US, as it is Israel’s position that the Palestinians must take responsibility for Gaza and put an end to the rocket attacks.

‘Israel regrets the death of the innocent civilians’

Palestinian UN observer Riyad Mansour said it was time for the UN’s most powerful


body to shoulder its responsibilities with regard to the Israeli offensive in Gaza, a view backed by Arab and Islamic nations and the 117-member Nonaligned Movement of developing countries.

“The Israeli occupying forces have committed another massacre this morning in Beit Hanoun,” Mansour said. “The Security Council has to react and to react immediately in order to stop this aggression and these crimes against the Palestinian people.”

Danny Carmon, the deputy head of the Israeli delegation to the UN, said during the meeting that the escalation stems from the Qassam rocket fire on Israel, which is acting ‘in self-defense.’ He stressed that the death of the Palestinian family in Beit Hanoun was an ‘unfortunate accident.’

“Israel regrets the death of the innocent civilians,” Carmon said, adding that Israel treated some of those wounded in the incident and launched an investigation into the IDF’s artillery fire in the north Gaza town.

Carmon said that Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in the hope that the Palestinian would manage it responsibly as a first step to the establishment of a Palestinian state that can live side by side in peace with Israel.

But since Israel left the Gaza Strip Palestinians fired 1,000 Qassams. “Israel is asked again and again to show restraint. But the question is until when. After 1,000 rockets? 2,000 rockets?” Carmon asked.

He spoke about the need to release the Israeli soldier, while Karnit Goldwasser, the wife of kidnapped soldier, Ehud Goldwasser, was present. “She is here to remind members of the Council who voted on Resolution 1701 that they are obliged to fulfill what they voted for and act for the release of the kidnapped Israeli soldiers.”

Secretary-General Kofi Annan condemned the killing of the Palestinian family in Beit Hanun, and noted that he had warned Israel of the dangers involved in operating in densely populated areas.

He said the Israel had promised to investigate the incident.

“Over the weekend, I had the opportunity of talking to the Israeli Prime Minister requesting that they exercise maximum restraint. I also spoke to President Abbas urging him to do whatever he can to ensure that Katyushas (rockets) going into Israel were also stopped,” Annan told a news conference.

source:
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/1,7340,L-3326287,00.html

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Palestinians Massacred In Gaza And U.S. Remains Silent

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 10, 2006

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Palestinians Massacred In Gaza And U.S. Remains Silent

Israel Remains Defiant Despite Growing International Demands to Halt Offensive

WASHINGTON, DC – Nov. 8, 2006 (MASNET) While American citizens went to the polls and voted their opposition to death and destruction in Iraq, there is an unsettling silence within our government and many of its citizens, concerning the ongoing death and destruction taking place in Gaza.

Despite increasing criticism of the Israeli military shelling of the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun which yesterday claimed an additional 18 lives and left scores of civilians wounded, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert remained intransigent in his continuation of attacks on Northern Gaza.

As a result of these attacks, Shifa Hospital, the main hospital in Northern Gaza, is “on the verge of collapse”, stated the director of the hospital, Dr. Juma’a Squ’a.

Recent reports today reveal up to eight children killed and scores wounded. Dr. Squ’a, in an interview on Tuesday with the Israeli media outlet YNetnews, stated that “the hospital is at its maximum capacity, we have several wounded patients whose condition is critical and the hospital is on the verge of collapsing because of a serious shortage of medical supplies, medicine, and irregular electricity.”

“We have the personnel but not the means (to handle the increasing number of casualties),” he said.

Since the beginning of 2006, some 96 children in the Occupied Territories, most of them in Gaza, have been killed. The increasing level of military violence directed against Palestinian civilians has drawn sharp criticism of Israel from many international leaders and communities, including the European Union, the Vatican, and the International Red Cross.

Mahdi Bray, Executive Director of the MAS Freedom Foundation commented that “this continued Israeli offensive is clearly an attempt by Israel to retake Gaza, with no regard for the injuries and deaths to innocent civilians and non-combatants. This extreme and indiscriminate military violence is much more than a response to any Palestinian rockets aimed at Israel. But once again Israel indiscriminately violates international and U.S law and we the American taxpayers foot the bill. Our government’s silence in the face of such atrocities is unconscionable. Dr Martin Luther King once said ‘there is a time when silence is betrayal’. Our government’s silence toward this violent Israeli aggression betrays the humanity of the Palestinian people. This is not in the interest of our nation or justice”

The MAS Freedom Foundation has arranged for a meeting of interfaith leaders with U.S. State Department officials to discuss responses to the grave humanitarian crisis in Gaza caused by severe shortages of electricity, food, medicine, and safe drinking water. Additionally, MAS Freedom is calling upon all Mosques during this Jumah (Friday prayer) to make dua (prayers and supplications) on behalf of the suffering people of Gaza.

Your support of MAS Freedom Foundation initiatives is crucial to its continued efforts on behalf of the Muslim American community. Please donate generously. Please make your contributions payable to “MAS” or “MAS Freedom Foundation” at the address below. Thank you for your support.

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FROM DEIR YASSIN TO BEIT HANOUN

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 10, 2006

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

FROM DEIR YASSIN TO BEIT HANOUN

Nizar Sakhnini, 8 November 2006 (nizars@rogers.com)

War crimes and massacres aimed at ethnic cleansing are part and parcel of the racist and criminal nature of the Zionist entity that was proclaimed on 14 May 1948.

Following the proclamation, LHI (Lohamei Herut Yisrael, the Stern Gang) declared that: “A strong attack on the centers of the Arab population will intensify the movement of the refugees and all the roads in the direction of Transjordan and the neighboring countries will be filled with panic-struck masses…” (Benny Morris, 1948 and After, Israel and the Palestinians, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1990, p. 37)

After decades of a tragic conflict in and around Palestine the Zionists discovered that Palestinian Arabs did not vanish into thin air and decided to finish the job. In his interview with Ari Shavit published in Ha’aretz on 12 April 2001, Sharon made it clear that his mission is to finish the job that was not completed in 1948. His words were very clear: “The War of Independence has not ended. No. 1948 was just one chapter… And therefore it is impossible to say that we have completed the work and that now we can rest on our laurels…”

Blinded with the Zionist myths and intoxicated with the arrogance of might, the majority of Israeli Jews are unable to see the bankruptcy of Zionism and the need for reconciliation.

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Nizar Sakhnini was born in Acre in 1932. His paternal grandparents came from Sakhnin, which explains the origin of his family name, Sakhnini. He was forced to become a refugee in 1948.

Montreal Muslim News Network – http://www.montrealmuslimnews.net

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US Terrorize The World – 18 Syawal 1427 H (10.11.06)

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 10, 2006

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

The Iraqi Christians condemn and reject the Court – masquerade’ sentence.*

In my name, and in the name of all the honorable heroic Iraqi Christians, we condemn, we reject, and utterly disapprove the Zionist US, pagan Persian Safawide’ criminal heinous sentence taken against our father our brother, our comrade, and our leader, the builder of the glory of the Great Iraq, the legitimate President of the Republic of Iraq, whatever may the degraded and debased bloodthirsty US occupiers and their servile collaborators, the spies, the traitors, the gangs of spies..may think otherwise…
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m28120&hd=0&size=1&l=t

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Saddam’s Trial in Context: Episode of Victors’ Injustice

…However it is still too early to say the saga of Saddam Hussein and what his era stands for is over, because he, whether dead or alive, symbolizes the ongoing and unabated fierce and brutal struggle between the occupiers and the occupied and between two visions: One offered by the American occupying power for Iraq and the region and one offered by Pan-Arabism as symbolized by Saddam Hussein and Jamal Abdul Nasser of Egypt before him, despite their mistakes and flaws of their approaches and systems. Twice the US bought official Arab connivance or silence for targeting Iraq in 1991 and 2003 by offering to weigh in on Israel to withdraw from the Arab territories it occupies since 1967 in a land for peace deal but twice Arab governments were tricked to sacrifice Iraq for nothing…
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m28112&hd=0&size=1&l=t

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Saddam: Let’s now charge the accomplices

Why isn’t George Bush Snr being charged? In 1992, a congressional inquiry found that Bush as president had ordered a cover-up to conceal his secret support for Saddam and the illegal arms shipments being sent to Iraq via third countries.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15554.htm

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The silent are accomplices in the US show Saddam trial

Even though this whole “trial” against President Saddam Hussein and his seven comrades is taking place as the result of an illegal aggression violating the UN Charter, even though the “court” does not meet the most basic demands in terms of competence, independence and impartiality, even though “the judges” have been substituted at the whim of the US, and even though witnesses of the defence and three defence lawyers have been murdered in the course, this “trial of the millennium” has been continuing, this rape and murder of justice and international law, without any appreciable protests in the West…
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m28113&hd=0&size=1&l=t

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Journalists’ Coverage of Middle East Shallow and Distorted

Journalists in the “West” should feel a burden of guilt for much that has happened in the Middle East because they have, with their gullibility, sold a fictitious version of events.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15557.htm

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Hubris followed by nemesis: The verdict on perhaps the worst presidency in US history

That old Bush self-certainty and swagger (‘In Texas, we call it walking’) is dead and buried.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15552.htm

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Our Long National Nightmare Has Just Begun

As ugly secrets surface, Bushists will turn desperate. Democracy has failed their grand schemes; token resignations like Rumsfeld’s come too little, too late. Only tyranny can save their skins. Will the beleaguered neocons led by Cheney and Bush, cornered like rats, unleash their brand-new police state on their political opponents? Or will they tough it out and suck up the fines and prison sentences to come? The next year or two could go either way.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15549.htm

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Impeach the Terrorist

Until Congress steps up and accepts it’s Constitutional responsibilities, it will be up to people throughout this Nation , to carry on the rich traditions of a Democratic Republic , by holding those whom we have put in power, accountable.

To the new Congress: We sent you to DC to do a job. If you fail to do it, you are just as guilty.
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/impeach.php

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IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT

ATTENTION DEMOCRATS: Harry Truman said that Democracy means that the WILL OF THE PEOPLE IS THE LAW OF THE LAND.

WE THE PEOPLE WANT JUSTICE FOR THE LIES THAT SENT OUR YOUNG PEOPLE OFF TO DIE IN WAR. That is the ONLY reason we worked as hard as we did to give you the Congress, and if you fail, I promise we will work just as hard to take it away from you.
http://www.democrats.com/taxonomy/term/7929

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War Crimes Suit Prepared Against Rumsfeld

The president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Michael Ratner, is heading to Germany today to file a new case charging outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with war crimes for authorizing torture at Guantanamo Bay.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15551.htm

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Human Rights Denial Deserves Impeachment

Human Rights belong to people collectively. To believe in rights for some and not others is a denial of the humanness of people worldwide. Yet, denial is exactly what Congress and George W. Bush did with the signing of the Military Commission Act of 2006.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15555.htm

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Outlawed: Extraordinary Rendition, Torture and Disappearances in the “War on Terror”

Human rights groups and several public inquiries in Europe have found the U.S. government, with the complicity of numerous governments worldwide, to be engaged in the illegal practice of extraordinary rendition, secret detention, and torture.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14989.htm

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Divide and Conquer Implied in Proposed Map of the New Middle East

It was meant to be a joke and it got a big laugh from TV host Tavis Smiley when his guest, political pundit Andy Borowitz quipped, “George Bush plans to withdraw all his troops from Iraq – to Iran. That’s the plan – the exit strategy.” But no one was laughing, least of all Turkish military officers, on September 15th when a map was presented at the NATO’s Defense College in Rome that included a reduced Turkish landmass. The new Middle East map prepared by retired US Col. Ralph Peters and published in the Armed Forces Journal in June featured a “Free Kurdistan” that included additional territory taken from Syria and Iraq. Indeed, Iraq was a fragment of its former self and had been carved up to also include Sunnis Iraq and the Arab Shia State…
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m28114&hd=0&size=1&l=t

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Two years after U.S. assault on it, Fallujah returns to insurgent hands

When insurgents hid a bomb in front of his house a few days ago, intending to use it against U.S. or Iraqi troops, Majeed al-Rawi had only one option: Move out. “If I report it to the Americans, I will be killed by the men who put it there, and if I don’t, my family will be killed either by the explosion or the Americans,” the car dealer said. “This is not a way to live; this is a way to hate life.” Two years after U.S. troops launched a devastating ground assault that purged, at least temporarily, the heart of the Iraqi insurgency, Fallujah once again is a violent place. In recent months, insurgents have filtered back into the city, despite tight controls that limit access to only six checkpoints. Residents must submit to an extraordinary identification system that includes fingerprinting, retina scans and bar-coded identification cards…
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m28106&hd=0&size=1&l=t

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Republican defeat means the Iraqi insurgency has won

The ugly American mark two is dead. Overnight six years of glib European identification of “American” with rightwing fantasism is over. The gun-toting, pre-Darwinian Bushite, the tomahawk-wielding, Halliburton-loving, Beltway neocon calling abortion murder and torturing Arabs as “Islamofascists” has been laid to rest, and by a decision of the American people. Another McCarthy raised its head over the western horizon and has been slapped down. It is a good day for level-headed Americans.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1942897,00.html

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Rummy Out – But Don’t Start Cheering Just Yet

The neoconservative grip on American foreign policy is not yet ended, although it may be loosening.

Remeber, the neocons are going to try to keep things as they are for as long as possible by any means necessary – and we still have a couple of crucial months this year before the new Congress is sworn in.
http://www.antiwar.com/blog/2006/11/08/rummy-out-but-dont-start-cheering-just-yet/

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Baghdad’s ‘missing’ billions

“I think we’re looking at a huge scandal. The CPA handed over $8.8bn in cash to the Iraqi government even though that new government had no security or accounting system. “No one can account for it. We don’t know who got that money,” Mr Waxman said.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6129612.stm

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UN watchdog: $22 mln missing in Iraq contracts

An audit of 15 noncompetitive contracts paid for by U.S. government agencies with Iraqi oil money was unable to account for $22.4 million in funds
http://today.reuters.com/news/articleinvesting.aspx?view=CN&storyID=2006-11-07T022008Z_01_N06319105_RTRIDST_0_IRAQ-UN-CONTRACTS.XML

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Bechtel’s billions down the drain

The decision of the giant engineering company Bechtel to withdraw from Iraq has left many Iraqis feeling betrayed. In the company’s departure, they see the end of remaining hopes for the reconstruction of Iraq.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HK10Ak02.html

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Iraqi National Security Advisor, heart-attack becuase of Rumsfeld bad news

Aliraqnews reported the following: Muwaffaq Rubaie transferred to the American hospital at the airport yesterday after he heard the news of the fall of the Rumsfeld. Rubaie was at the Conference Palace for a meeting with Iraqia satellite channel, he fall on the ground after a heart-attack before the eyes of the staff at the building when he heard the news about Rumsfeld, he was transported immediately to the American military hospital by a US convoy…
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m28122&hd=0&size=1&l=t

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Iraq War Crime : Author of “Dodgy Dossier” identified.

Williams was as close to the Blairite spin machine as it was possible to get. If, as it seems, he wrote the first substantial draft of the document that was used to persuade the British public (and parliament) to go to war, then it changes everything.

There now needs to be full disclosure of Williams’ involvement in the dossier: not just the draft of September 9, but right through to its publication just before parliament was recalled on that fateful day in late September. He may provide the key to the whole sorry affair.
http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/martin_bright/2006/11/the_freedom_of_the_press_offic.html.printer.friendly

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Taliban kill 5 Afghan soldiers, destroy 2 tanks

A number of US soldiers were reportedly killed in a clash with the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.
http://paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?159406

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Palestinians Massacred In Gaza And U.S. Remains Silent

Israel Remains Defiant Despite Growing International Demands to Halt Offensive

WASHINGTON, DC – Nov. 8, 2006 (MASNET) While American citizens went to the polls and voted their opposition to death and destruction in Iraq, there is an unsettling silence within our government and many of its citizens, concerning the ongoing death and destruction taking place in Gaza.
http://www.masnet.org/index_publicaffairs.asp

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FROM DEIR YASSIN TO BEIT HANOUN

War crimes and massacres aimed at ethnic cleansing are part and parcel of the racist and criminal nature of the Zionist entity that was proclaimed on 14 May 1948.
http://www.montrealmuslimnews.net

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Nightmare in Beit Hanoun: How Gaza Offends Us All

An opened jaw with yellowed teeth gaped out of its bloodied shroud. The rest of the head parts were wrapped in a plastic bag placed atop the jaw and nostrils, as if to be close to the place to which it once belonged. The bag was red from the pieces that were stuffed inside it. Below the jaw was a human neck slit open midway down: a fleshy, wet wound smiling pink and oozing out from the browned skin around it, the neck that was still linked to the body below it. Above him, in the upper freezer of the morgue lay a dead woman, her red hennaed hair visible for the first time to strange men around her. More red plastic wrapped around an otherwise absent chin. She was dead for demonstrating outside a mosque in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza where more than 60 men sheltered during the artillery onslaught by Israeli tanks and cannons.
http://www.counterpunch.org/loewenstein11092006.html

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We overcame our fear

The unarmed women of the Gaza Strip have taken the lead in resisting Israel’s latest bloody assault

11/09/06 “The Guardian” — — Yesterday at dawn, the Israeli air force bombed and destroyed my home. I was the target, but instead the attack killed my sister-in-law, Nahla, a widow with eight children in her care.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15547.htm

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Anger as Gaza buries its dead

Tens of thousands of Palestinians wept and screamed for revenge as they buried 18 civilians killed by Israeli shelling in a massive funeral in Gaza on Thursday.
http://investing.reuters.co.uk/news/articlenews.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2006-11-09T171031Z_01_L08474584_RTRUKOC_0_UK-MIDEAST.xml&WTmodLoc=HP-C3-World-5

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US to veto int’l probe on Gaza attack

United States expected to veto Security Council decision against Israel regarding recent IDF operations in occupied Gaza
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/1,7340,L-3326287,00.html

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U.S. plans to veto proposed UN resolution on Beit Hanun deaths

Proving before the world that the US Government is still Israel’s bitch!
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=786114&contrassID=1&subContrassID=1

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Israeli forces beat schoolchildren in occupied Jerusalem

More than 25 female and male school students were beaten, amongst them 8 female students, who were fiercely beaten, causing one of them to lose consciousness.
http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&Do=Print&ID=16979

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Beit Hanoun II & the elusive “International Community”.

Let’s see how Israel’s logic holds up. These women were marching towards the Mosque where the men were holed up. but Israel shot the women because they believed the men were hiding in the crowd of women, and were shooting ONLy at the men?

Yet when the Israelis stopped shooting, ONLY women were being loaded into the ambulances.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNFllrasQFc

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Somalia: US troops operate at Somalia Kenya borde

US troops are reported to have been seen on Thursday involving in military movements at Somalia-Kenya border as Kenya government said it had tightened its security to protect any aggression from Somalia.

KENYA??? What the blip are we doing in Kenya, and whose assets are we ‘protecting’?

And remember: Kenya has huge oil, mineral, and gas deposits to exploit.
http://somalinet.com/news/world/English/4781

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Rumsfeld’s firing: First casualty of post-election crisis in US

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/nov2006/usel-n09.shtml

see also:
US midterm elections: An overwhelming repudiation of the war in Iraq
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/nov2006/elec-n08.shtml

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Rumsfeld replacement (Robert Gates) was director of voting company

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather use a paper, pencil, and count by hand at the polling place than have former CIA director Robert Gates fooling around with my vote.
http://www.bbvforums.org/cgi-bin/forums/board-auth.cgi?file=/1954/45174.html

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The Deeper Reality Behind Rumsfeld’s Resignation

As Don Rumsfeld is tossed overboard by the panicky Bushes (who value loyalty to themselves above all other virtues but never, ever, practice it toward others; there will be many more bodies left behind as the Family rallies to clean up Junior’s mess again)
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15553.htm

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Rumsfeld: Virgin For The Volcano

President Bush is one lucky fella. I can imagine him today on the intercom with Cheney: “Well, pardner, looks like the game’s up.” And Cheney replies, “Hey, just hang Rummy out the window until he’s taken all their ammo.”
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15550.htm

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Cheney seen retiring after midterm elections

Senior GOP sources envision the retirement of Mr. Cheney in 2007, months after the congressional elections. The sources said Mr. Cheney would be persuaded to step down as he becomes an increasing political liability to President Bush.
http://www.insightmag.com/Media/MediaManager/cheney3.htm

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Will the Democrats Become Part of the Problem?

If the Democrats are to make a real difference, their first task is to repeal the Orwellian-named “Patriot Acts,” the torture legislation, the detention without court evidence legislation, and the right-to-spy and invade privacy without court warrant legislation. The White House tyrant needs to be quickly told that one more “signing statement” and he will be impeached, convicted, and turned over to the War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15548.htm

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Peace mom Sheehan arrested in Washington

Activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested Wednesday as she led about 50 protesters to a White House gate Wednesday to deliver anti-war petitions she said were signed by 80,000 Americans. The Berkeley, Calif., woman, whose son was killed in Iraq more than two years ago, was arrested along with three other women on the sidewalk outside the White House gate, said Lt. Scott Fear, a U.S. Park Police spokesman. They were charged with interfering with a government function, he said. Before she was arrested, she joined the protesters in hailing the outcome of Tuesday’s elections and chanting “Stop the War” outside the gate…
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m28110&hd=0&size=1&l=t

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Bush’s Chernobyl Economy; hard times are on the way

In the next few months, a financial crisis will arise somewhere in the world which will jolt the American economy and trigger a swift and precipitous decline in the value of the dollar.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15545.htm

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