FEBRUARY 29-22, 2004 Archives

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Eco Echo IT’S THE ECONOMY STUPID! February 29, 2004 By Ted Lang Posted Although the Bush administration has made itself unbelievably vulnerable via the exposed falsehoods and/or bumbling intelligence and foreign policy disasters, the faltering economy will be the death knell of this president and his forked-tongued advisors.  Not since the economic upheaval typified by the Hoover presidency has an economic downturn been so significant during an election year.  And this “it’s-the-economy-stupid!” environment far surpasses the “gray science” ramifications attributable to Bush I. thepeoplesvoice.org

Bush short on empathy for Haitians February 29, 2004 By LINDA MCQUAIG There is much about Haiti that pulls at the heart strings: the fact that it's the poorest country in the hemisphere, that it was established by former slaves after a courageous slave rebellion, and that it is struggling against great odds to be a democracy. When it comes to countries worthy of help from the developed world, Haiti should be at the front of the line. Instead, Haiti has been pleading for help for weeks as gangs of armed thugs have been moving in to take control of its capital. The Bush administration, always quick to proclaim the U.S. as a beacon of democracy in the world, is apparently willing to let this struggling democracy go down in flames right in America's own backyard. thestar.com

Never Again February 28, 2004 By Norma Sherry Calling someone, “Jew Devil” is far different from saying, “I detest Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians’”. One is blatantly Anti-Semitic; the other is a disagreement with the politics of Israel’s decision-makers. In the 50’s and 60’s, the expression, “Never again”, was very common in Jewish communities. Fear embodied every Jewish family, every Jewish citizen. Metaphorically, it is comparable to the fear those who lived through the crash of ’29 have of never having enough financial security – only imagine that fear a hundred times greater. thepeoplesvoice.org

Serving Two Flags Neo-Cons, Israel and the Bush Administration February 28, 2004 By STEPHEN GREEN Since 9-11, a small group of "neo-conservatives" in the Administration have effectively gutted--they would say reformed--traditional American foreign and security policy. Notable features of the new Bush doctrine include the pre-emptive use of unilateral force, and the undermining of the United Nations and the principle instruments and institutions of international law....all in the cause of fighting terrorism and promoting homeland security. counterpunch.org

ACTS OF WAR February 28, 2004 By Ed Lewis You are never formally charged with any crime and are eventually released to find your way home, but you never, ever get your money, truck, and travel trailer back, and nearly lose your home and everything else trying. Can’t happen in America? Think again. It happens regularly to people who carry cash and who question law enforcers. Their property is lost – their money is lost – and their sense of being American has been destroyed. To the people this has happened to, now numbering into the tens of thousands, their property for the most part was never recovered but split amongst the judges, prosecuting attorneys, and law enforcers who carried out the acts against the people. libertyforum.org

Bush's new enemy February 28, 2004 By NICOLA JONES - he has caught the same peculiar disease from which Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe suffers. Both leaders clearly abhor gay people. Both appear quite racist. Both are conservative, displaying right-wing authoritarianism towards women and minorities. They both appear to have complete disregard for their countries' constitutions and they both despise the media. I'm surprised Bush hasn't closed down the New York Times yet; perhaps he is hoping some "terrorist" organization will blow them up instead. In short, both are intolerant, sanctimonious bullies. And both are quite happy to gorge on oysters while millions starve. witness.co.za

Democrats Decry Bush on Job Losses February 28, 2004 By MALIA RULON (AP) The Bush administration lacks economic leadership at a time when states like Ohio are hemorrhaging manufacturing jobs, Rep. Tim Ryan said Saturday in the Democrats' weekly radio address. Ryan, who represents a highly unionized, blue-collar district in northeastern Ohio, cited a recent criticism of President Bush's economic policy: The assertion by a top White House economist that "outsourcing" American jobs overseas was good for the U.S. economy in the long run. latimes.com

Washington Drops Bomb on Landmine Ban February 28, 2004 By Marty Logan Groups that have fought for the elimination of anti-personnel landmines worldwide lashed out Friday at the U.S. decision to not sign the global Landmine Ban Treaty. They warned that Washington's snub could embolden nations already employing or considering use of the weapons. commondreams.org

Ending Our Plague Before our children become rats February 28, 2004 By Charles E. Carlson Americans are sick with an intentionally spread disease far more deadly than anthrax. Our Plague has symptoms: constant wars and the dilution of our wealth are the two most deadly.  Unlike the bubonic plague of the Middle Ages, our disease is being carefully crafted and cultured by man, some few of whom benefit from it beyond our wildest imagination. whtt.org

Losing our humanity February 28, 2004 By Ibrahim Kazerooni While some believe that, prior to the invasion of Iraq, supporters of the war abused the phrase "support our troops" mostly as a tool to intimidate those who were unsure of the invasion's necessity. Today, however, those same war supporters are virtually silent about showing support for our troops who are tragically being killed and maimed daily. Many parents like Sue Niederer, whose son was killed in Iraq this month, are saying, "My son died for absolutely nothing. Seth died for President Bush's personal vendetta." Where are the "support our troops" rallies sponsored by Clear Channel Communications now? denverpost.com

US and France target Haiti’s elected president for removal February 28, 2004 By Keith Jones The United States and France are demanding the political head of Haiti’s elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. At a special three-hour session of the United Nations Security Council Thursday evening, US, French and Canadian diplomats brushed aside a plea from Jamaica’s foreign minister, on behalf of the 15-member association of Caribbean states (CARICOM), for the deployment of a multinational security force to prevent the overthrow of Aristide’s government by fascist gunmen. wsws.org

White House's limits upset 9/11 panel Length of interviews, access restricted
February 27, 2004 Washington President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have placed strict limits on the private interviews they will grant to the federal commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, saying they will meet only with the panel's top two officials and that Bush will submit to only a single hour of questioning, panel members said Wednesday. sfgate.com

9/11 panelist may quit over Bush secrecy February 27, 2004 WASHINGTON Frustrated by Bush administration restrictions, a former senator said yesterday he might quit the special commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Ex-Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), now president of New York's New School University, told the Daily News that resigning is "on my list of possibilities" because the administration continues to block the full panel's access to top intelligence officials and materials. nydailynews.com

Dem contenders bash Bush on Haiti February 27, 2004 correspondents in LA CANDIDATES for the Democratic presidential nomination have bashed President George W. Bush's handling of the Haiti crisis, accusing him of giving legitimacy to the anti-government rebels. news.com.au

Crisis In Haiti February 27, 2004 indymedia In the past week paramilitary groups in Haiti have continued to burn buildings and attack police stations, while the "opposition" continues to refuse negotiations and call for President Jean-Bertrand's Aristide's resignation, with the support of the US and Canadian governments.The corporate media (and some "alternative media") have continues to ignore numerous aspects of the situation: US financial support of the opposition, previous US involvement in the region (including support of military dictators, the freezing of over $500 million in international aid and loans, and efforts to prevent the raising of the minimum wage). indymedia.org

Fla. Rep. Apologizes for Bush Comments February 27, 2004 By BRENDAN FARRINGTON TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida congresswoman apologized Thursday for making comments about "white men" in the Bush administration, but refused to back off statement that the president's Haitian policy is racist. newsday.com

US: Congress approves school voucher plan for nation’s capital February 27, 2004 By Eula Holmes The voucher money is part of a $40 million funding package for the Washington, D.C., school system. Adopted as a five-year pilot program, it will allow nearly 2,000 children from low-income families in the District of Columbia to be eligible for tuition aid of up to $7,500 to attend religious or secular private schools in the city. wsws.org

Proposal would open White House to foreign-born February 27, 2004 (KRT) - The Constitution sets aside only one job for native-born Americans - a 216-year-old obstacle that stands between ambitious immigrants and a seat on Air Force One. Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican who is leading a push to repeal the rule, calls it "decidedly un-American." The Terminator says longtime citizens like himself absolutely should be eligible - not that he's considered it personally. bradenton.com

Extra Unemployment Benefits Lose in Senate February 27, 2004 AP The measure would have extended the emergency benefits program for six months, providing 13 weeks of extra unemployment benefits to people who exhaust their state benefits - usually after 26 weeks. bradenton.com

US soldiers accused of raping 100 colleagues February 27, 2004 Julian Borger The Pentagon has ordered an urgent inquiry into reports that more than 100 American women deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have been raped or sexually assaulted by fellow soldiers, it emerged yesterday. guardian.co.uk

Baby boomers face retirement squeeze February 27, 2004 The number of Fortune 100 companies supplying fixed-rate pensions has dropped to 50 percent.The number of Fortune 100 companies offering a fixed-benefit pension has dropped from 68 percent in 1998 to 50 percent in 2002, according to Watson Wyatt Worldwide. And federal data show a steady fall in private-sector workers who have pensions: from 38 percent in 1980 to 21 percent in 1998. csmonitor.com

President Bush is tightening enforcement of the U.S. travel embargo on Cuba February 27, 2004 bakutoday.net He is making it tougher for unauthorized ships to enter Cuban territorial waters. The president has signed an order giving the Department of Homeland Security enhanced powers to stop unauthorized ships from traveling through U.S. waters to Cuba.Mr. Bush says officials may inspect any vessel thought to be destined for Cuban territorial waters. He says they may take appropriate action, including remaining on board, assuming control and removing the officers and crew. bakutoday.net

"You’re just going to have to work longer” is the mantra of the super-rich to the super-poor. “Work ‘till you drop"

Slamming Entitlement February 26, 2004 By: Norma Sherry Franklin Delano Roosevelt must be turning in his grave. Entitlement programs, hogwash. Medicare, phooey. Medicaid, who the hell cares? After-school programs, let them take care of themselves. Social Security, let ‘em eat cake. The New Deal is a dead deal, who cares about the little weasels? According to Federal Reserve guru, Alan Greenspan, who is obviously in touch with the man and woman on the street, in the ghetto, in the old-age home, in the nursing home, living hand to mouth, he proclaims the answer to our financial woes of an overly exuberant and financially-bankrupt administration is to cut from those who need it the most. thepeoplesvoice.org

Fed chief stirs up storm with call for benefit cuts to balance books February 26, 2004 David Teather and Alan Greenspan, the Federal Reserve chairman, provoked a political firestorm in the US yesterday when he urged cuts in social security benefits to get a grip on the ballooning budget deficit. guardian.co.uk

Capitalism can't solve the unemployment crisis February 26, 2004 By Milt Neidenberg Once again the grandmaster of spin, Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan, has woven a tale of robust recovery and good times for all. Testifying before two Congressional committees in mid-February, he assured them--and the broader spectrum of financiers and corporate CEOs--that the Fed was bullish on the economy, but warned in economic double talk of growing budget deficits. workers.org

Depleted uranium: the war crime that has no end February 26, 2004 By Paul Rockwell "Depleted uranium is a crime against God and humanity."—Dr. Doug Rokke, U.S. Army health physicist - The international dispatches about the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq—replete with graphic details about overcrowded hospitals, U.S. cluster bomb shrapnel buried in the flesh of children, babies deformed by U.S. depleted uranium, farms and markets destroyed by U.S. bombs—do not make pleasant reading. onlinejournal.com

Hidden defense costs add up to double trouble February 26, 2004 By David R. Francis To measure actual spending by the United States on defense, take the federal budget number for the Pentagon and double it. That's the "rule of thumb" advocated by economic historian Robert Higgs. Early this month, President Bush requested $401.7 billion for the Department of Defense (DoD) for fiscal 2005. So doubling that would make total defense/security spending close to $800 billion out of a total federal budget of $2.4 trillion. In his budget message, Mr. Bush repeatedly notes the "war on terror" in referring to defense, though most of those outlays have little to do with that. csmonitor.com

Spoiler or Exposer of a Spoiled System: Nader Announces Presidential Bid February 25, 2004 RALPH NADER: "Corporations are running our government. There's a “For Sale” sign on most agencies and departments from the Pentagon to the Department of Treasury, to the Department of Agriculture, also for many Congressional offices. That means that corporations are deciding policy. They are saying “No” to universal health insurance, and making it stick for over 50 years. They are saying no to Living Wage for millions of workers, who can't even live on a -- on what they earn for themselves, much less their families. That's about 45 million workers, almost one out of every three full time workers in America. They're saying “No” to recycle waste materials and energy efficiency, and the fight against global warming. They're saying “No” to public funding of public campaigns, which would break the nexus of corporate control over our elections, politicians, and Government. They're saying “No” to a real crackdown on corporate crime, fraud, and abuse, which has drained and looted trillions of dollars from millions of workers, their pensions, and small investors. They're saying “No” to any change in the WTO, and NAFTA trade agreements, which are pulling down our standards of living here and shipping industry abroad. They're saying “No” to any break in the bloated military budget, which is over now $400 billion and together with other military budgets such as in the Department of Energy. Just over one-half of the entire federal government's discretionary expenditures while clinics, schools, public transit, drinking water systems, libraries and other necessities in our country go begging for repair, much less for expansion." democracynow.org / Watch 128k stream

Bush education secretary calls teachers union a “terrorist organization” February 25, 2004 By Patrick Martin The top education official in the Bush administration said he regarded the largest US teachers union as a “terrorist organization,” in remarks to a delegation of state governors visiting the White House Monday. Secretary of Education Roderick Paige made the comment in the course of a discussion on the implementation of the No Child Left Behind law, which the Bush administration is using to undermine public education and promote private schools. wsws.org  

Amnesty barred from Guantanamo trials February 25, 2004 Ewen MacAskill Amnesty International and two other leading human rights organisations are protesting to the Pentagon about its decision not to let them attend the planned trials of al-Qaida suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. guardian.co.uk

Crops 'widely contaminated' by genetically modified DNA February 25, 2004 NewScientist.com US scientists are warning of a potentially "serious risk to human health" after the discovery that traditional varieties of major American food crops are widely contaminated by DNA sequences from GM crops. Crops engineered to produce industrial chemicals and drugs - so-called "pharm" crops - could already be poisoning ostensibly GM-free crops grown for food, warns the study by the Washington-based Union for Concerned Scientists, released on Monday. newscientist.com

Cartoon steps into the real world February 25, 2004 By Giles Wilson BBC Can a mere cartoon strip change the world? Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau is putting his money where his characters' mouths are and may well find out. He is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who will verify Mr Bush's account of his military service in Alabama in the early 70s. bbc.co.uk

Halliburton, VP Cheney’s Former Company Faces Second Criminal Probe In Four Years February 25, 2004 By Jason Leopold Halliburton and its former chief executive, Vice President Dick Cheney, could become President Bush’s Achilles heel come the November presidential election. scoop.co.nz

Washington utilizes rightist terror to effect “regime change” in Haiti
February 25, 2004 By a reporter The Bush administration is utilizing an armed rebellion by fascistic thugs in the north and center of Haiti to effect a longstanding goal of regime change in the impoverished Caribbean nation. wsws.org

EU suspends US poultry imports after Texas bird flu outbreak February 25, 2004 The European Commission on Tuesday suspended EU imports of poultry and eggs from the United States after an outbreak of highly-contagious bird flu in Texas. eubusiness.com

Women workers face super-exploitation by global corporations February 25, 2004 By Barry Mason An Oxfam report, Trading Away Our Rights: Women working in global supply chains, highlights the plight of women working in garment and food production supplying goods to major Western retail companies. wsws.org

Afghan kids 'killed' for organs February 25, 2004 KABUL The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) is currently investigating some 85 kidnapping cases in which the children have allegedly been killed for their body parts. paktribune.com

It’s the Stupid Bush Economy! WHO’S WATCHING THE STORE? February 24, 2004 By Ted Lang The Bush administration wrongfully manipulated US into a war with Iraq, the primary beneficiary being the only nation in the Middle East that has weapons of mass destruction; namely, Israel.  And now we have an illegal alien amnesty plan in the works for Mexico’s benefit.  And of course the latter amnesty plan will also benefit large corporate agricultural combines that can heavily line the Bush crime family’s pockets with “campaign” cash.  Is anyone in Washington working on a plan to benefit Americans whose taxes are supporting all these schemes? thepeoplesvoice.org

The Coming Implosion of the American Empire January 24, 2004 by Gary North President Bush used to talk tough. Rumsfeld talked about a war lasting for decades. But the Bush Administration will not last for decades. It may not last another twelve months. This is why all the tough talk has ended. The war that matters here is politics, and Iraq has become a political liability. We see and hear little from Rumsfeld these days. Rove appears to have put a gag on him. The neo-cons are finished. They said the Iraq war would be a cakewalk. It wasn't. They said we had to establish a presence in the Middle East. We couldn't. The Republican Party, once Bush leaves office, will not listen to them again. They will publish their subsidized magazines and pretend that the public is listening, but the public has had enough. The neo-cons are visibly losers. lewrockwell.com

WHO ‘suppressed’ scientific study into depleted uranium cancer fears in Iraq January 24, 2004 By Rob Edwards An expert report warning that the long-term health of Iraq’s civilian population would be endangered by British and US depleted uranium (DU) weapons has been kept secret. The study by three leading radiation scientists cautioned that children and adults could contract cancer after breathing in dust containing DU, which is radioactive and chemically toxic. sundayherald.com

HAITI: How Washington set the stage for uprising January 24, 2004 Lee Sustar The media have a standard story line to explain the uprising in Haiti — one-time populist leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide has become a corrupt authoritarian who is relying on armed gangs to crush a popular uprising. In reality, the anti-Aristide opposition that is behind the uprising shaking Haiti today is a Washington-connected collection of Haitian businessmen and a scattering of former leftists. greenleft.org

America is complicit in illegal wall... January 24, 2004 By Jeff Halper WHEN THE International Court of Justice at The Hague meets on Monday about Israel's "security fence" in the West Bank, it should find that the wall constitutes a violation of both fundamental human rights and international law. boston.com Stop the Apartheid Wall at The Hague! criticised by the International Committee of the Red Cross - is widely seen as further land grabbing by the Israeli government indymedia.org

To Greet G.O.P., Protests of Varying Volume January 24, 2004 By MICHAEL SLACKMAN When the Republican National Convention comes to town, the Rev. Peter Laarman hopes to greet it with a quiet, reserved defiance. What he does not want to do is take to the streets with huge protests. But Mr. Laarman may find his tempered voice drowned out in what may well be a tense and angry time on the streets of Manhattan. Though the Police Department and many protest organizers have been reluctant to predict how many people will ultimately turn out for protests, estimates have ranged from 500,000 people to a million. nytimes.com

A Republican's Case Against George W. Bush January 24, 2004 By Paul Findley The speech was given at the public hearing on Capitol Hill, January 27, organized by the Council for the National Interest. During my long life, America has surmounted many severe challenges. As a teenager, I experienced the great depression. In World War II, I saw war close-up as a Navy Seabee. As a country newspaper editor, I watched the Korean War from afar. As a Member of Congress, I agonized through the Vietnam War from start to finish. During these challenges I never for a moment worried about America’s ultimate survival with its great principles and ideals still intact. Today, for the first time, I worry deeply about America’s future. We are in a deep hole. I believe President George W. Bush’s decision to initiate war in Iraq will be the greatest and most costly blunder in American history. He has set America on the wrong course. aljazeerah

Disenchanted Bush Voters Consider Crossing Over January 24, 2004 By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL BEACHWOOD, Ohio — In the 2000 presidential election, Bill Flanagan a semiretired newspaper worker, happily voted for George W. Bush. But now, shaking his head, he vows, "Never again." "The combination of lies and boys coming home in body bags is just too awful," Mr. Flanagan said, drinking coffee and reading newspapers at the local mall. "I could vote for Kerry. I could vote for any Democrat...nytimes.com

Some Democrats don't just dislike Bush; they're angry February 23, 2004 By NANCY BENAC (AP) In Arizona, Judy Donovan says she feels desperate for a new president. In Tennessee, Robert Wilson says he finds the president revolting. In Washington state, Maria Yurasek says she'd vote for a dog if it could beat President Bush. "I've never seen anything like it," says Ted Jelen, a political science professor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. "There are people who just really, really hate this person." billingsgazette.com

"Bush couldn't debate a Cuban ninth-grader" February 23, 2004 Fidel Castro Shortly after US president George W. Bush praised a plan to realize a "transition to democracy" in Cuba, Fidel Castro wondered whether those plans involve a plot to kill him. Since he took power in Cuba in 1959, the CIA has plotted to assassinate him 600 times. Then, Making fun of George W. Bush mistakes, Castro said Bush couldn't debate a Cuban ninth-grader." english.pravda.ru

HISTORIC SUPREME COURT DECISION LOOMING February 23, 2004 By Henry Adams February 23, 2004 On Friday, Feb. 20, the Supreme Court agreed to make a ruling that will lead to the most important pronouncements in more than 50 years on the war powers of the executive in our system of government ufppc.org

America as a One-Party State February 23, 2004 Today's hard right seeks total dominion. It's packing the courts and rigging the rules. The target is not the Democrats but democracy itself. prospect.org

DuPont's troubled chemical February 23, 2004 Staff reporters C-8 is widespread in the environment. How did it get there, and should we be worried? It is in the flesh of dolphins and cormorants off the Italian coast. It is in 5 percent of the bread, green beans and ground beef sampled in supermarkets in southern states. It is in the blood of up to 96 percent of people in the United States. delawareonline.com

US Preparing for Military Draft in Spring 2005 February 23, 2004 by Adam Stutz February 23, 2004 The current agenda of the US federal government is to reinstate the draft in order to staff up for a protracted war on "terrorism." Pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills S 89 and HR 163) would time the program so the draft could begin at early as Spring 2005 -- conveniently just after the 2004 presidential election! vancouver.indymedia.org

Timing of bus bomb ‘Very suspect’ February 23, 2004 IDF has picture and video of bomber ready for the press. A suicide bomber blew himself up on a crowded Jerusalem bus Sunday morning, killing seven people and wounding more than 60 in an attack Israeli officials said proved the need for its disputed security barrier. libertyforum.org

Asian banks dump dollar February 23, 2004 Faisal Islam Asian central banks financed half of the US current account and fiscal deficits last year. But diversifying reserves away from US dollar assets, which are low yielding and becoming more risky, has become compelling over the past year. Lehmans says its research is 'tentative' but consistent with the strength in the euro, and hints that the US dollar has further to fall. observer.guardian.co.uk

Gay Marriage? Blame It On Jefferson... February 22, 2004 by: Thom Hartmann "It's never been tried before." "The Bible doesn't mention it." "Civilized people have never done things this way." "No society in the 6000 years of the history of civilization since Gilgamesh has suggested such a thing." "It'll create social chaos, ultimately destroying the nation." "It's just too radical an idea for people to accept." thepeoplesvoice.org

Now the Pentagon tells Bush: climate change will destroy us February 22, 2004 Mark Townsend and Paul Harris  Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters. A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020. guardian.co.uk

Toxic tests on humans can be justified February 22, 2004 The Associated Press Study for EPA lists under what conditions Dosing volunteers with toxic pesticides and pollutants for scientific purposes is justified. msnbc.msn.com

'They were kicking us, laughing. It was a great pleasure for them' February 22, 2004 Rory McCarthy It was dawn when the squad of British soldiers raided the Ibn Al Haitham hotel. Baha Mousa's night shift on the reception desk was coming to an end and his father had just arrived to drive him home. The soldiers ordered Baha, 26, to lie on the black tiled floor of the lobby with six other hotel employees, their hands on their heads. Troops searched the building and arrested the staff, driving them off to a British military base in Basra, southern Iraq. It was only a formality and the men would be released shortly, they said. Four days later Baha was dead. guardian.co.uk

Report says military distorts war deaths February 22, 2004 By Bryan Bender By refusing to make public its estimates of civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has undercut international support for the US campaigns in those countries and has made the postwar stabilization of the two societies more difficult, according to an independent report to be released today that accuses the Pentagon of appearing indifferent to the civilian cost of war. boston.com

Bin Laden 'surrounded' February 22, 2004 A BRITISH Sunday newspaper is claiming Osama bin Laden has been found and is surrounded by US special forces in an area of land bordering north-west Pakistan and Afghanistan. sundaytelegraph.news

'Mr Ferrer can't be with us tonight' February 22, 2004 James Verini reports Artists from all over the world are being refused entry to the US on security grounds. In the spring of 2003, the celebrated Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi was travelling to South America from Hong Kong. His flight path took him through New York's John F Kennedy airport. There, Panahi, a winner of the Golden Bear award at the Venice film festival was detained by officials; because his fingerprints were not on file, he was handcuffed and held in custody for several hours. He was so incensed at his treatment that he vowed never to return to the US. guardian.co.uk

Bush Sr. Could Profit From War February 22, 2004 by Geoffrey Gray Larry Klayman likes suing the United States government. Klayman and Judicial Watch are pawing in disbelief through President George W. Bush's past business connections with the Saudi-based Bin Laden family. The firm is demanding that GWB's father, the original President Bush, immediately resign from his post as a paid senior adviser to the Carlyle Group, a private Washington equity firm that according to The New York Times has essentially become the nation's 11th largest defense contractor. villagevoice.com

Daschle is Going to Lose! Daschle satisfied with war progress February 22, 2004 Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., on Thursday praised the Bush administration's war and nation-building work in Iraq and said he has no serious concerns about the lack of weapons of mass destruction. Daschle told state chamber of commerce representatives meeting in the South Dakota capital that he is satisfied with the way things are going in Iraq. alphapatriot.com

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