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April 09, 2003

Light blogging today - too much work to do.

Gulf War Syndrome II. Already?

A toxic stew of smoke, sand and depleted uranium is already make troops sick, but it looks like the Pentagon is once again ducking its responsibility for their health.
Senior Democrats want investigation of Cheney's former company
Halliburton's KBR subsidiary has a record of gouging the government in contracts awarded without competition, Representatives Henry Waxman of California and John Dingell of Michigan contended in a letter to the General Accounting Office.
The story in the Arab press:

Massacre in Gaza: seven Palestinians killed, 50 wounded, Abu Mazin face internal pressures

Israel yesterday committed a new massacre, which was almost forgotten amid news on the American invasion of Iraq, during which seven Palestinians were killed including an official at the Hamas movement and his escort and other 50 Palestinians were wounded including women and children, when Israeli F-16 jets and Apache helicopters bombarded a civilian car while running in a residential quarters in Gaza.
The story in USofAPress:

"Israel Kills Hamas Figure, 5 Others in Gaza"

Israeli AH-64 Apache helicopters fired missiles into a car driving along a street in central Gaza City tonight, killing at least six Palestinians and wounding 48 in an attack aimed at a local militant leader, according to Palestinian witnesses and hospital officials.
GOP wants to keep anti-terror powers Broad spying tools would become permanent
Congressional Republicans, working with the Bush administration, are maneuvering to make permanent the sweeping anti-terrorism powers granted to federal law enforcement agents after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, officials said Tuesday.
US bomb kills 11 Afghan civilians
Eleven Afghan civilians were killed today when a US warplane pursuing enemy attackers mistakenly bombed a house near Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan, the US military said.
Britain's inglorious experience in Iraq
There was a shortcut for Britain and the United States to demonstrate their care for the well-being of the Arab people. They could have forced Israel to implement long outstanding UN Security Council resolutions calling for its withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza, and helped the Palestinians build a modern democratic state, and then people all over the Arab world, and beyond, would by now have been bestowing their benediction on President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain.
The Company Way What does Iraq need? Corporations. How surprising. The Wall Street Journal announcing that a corporate infrastructure will solve all of Iraq's problems.

Footage shows tank deliberately hit hotel

Footage filmed by France 3 television of a strike on a hotel which killed two journalists in Baghdad today shows a US tank targeting the journalists' hotel and waiting at least two minutes before firing.
Catfish get $500K, but shrimp, $4M
“Congress porked-out at record levels,” says Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) in a report due out today. According to the group, the 13 annual appropriations bills included 9,362 special-interest projects costing $22.5 billion.
The smart donor's guide to aid for Iraq

US media dig deep for politicians Political donations by US media companies

Political donations by US television and radio stations have almost doubled in the last year, research has shown.
It's All About the Approach
Fred Hiatt's March 31 op-ed column, which purported to show the similarities between the Bush and Clinton positions on matters such as the Kyoto Protocol, the International Criminal Court and the ABM Treaty, inadvertently made the opposite point: that the subtle differences between the two presidents' approaches have made a world of difference in our diplomatic relationships.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:41 AM