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Democracy - Not "The Free Market" - Will Save America's Middle Class March 16, 2004 By Thom Hartmann Here are a couple of headlines for those who haven't had the time to study both economics and history: 1. There is no such thing as a "free market." 2. The "middle class" is the creation of government intervention in the marketplace, and won't exist without it (as millions of Americans and Europeans are discovering). The conservative belief in "free markets" is a bit like the Catholic Church's insistence that the Earth was at the center of the Solar System in the Twelfth Century. It's widely believed by those in power, those who challenge it are branded heretics and ridiculed, and it is wrong.

RecommendedU.S. Unloading WMD in Iraq March 16, 2004 (Mehr News Agency) TEHRAN, Over the past few days, in the wake of the bombings in Karbala and the ideological disputes that delayed the signing of Iraq’s interim constitution, there have been reports that U.S. forces have unloaded a large cargo of parts for constructing long-range missiles and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the southern ports of Iraq.

White House allegedly paid actors to pose as journalists, endorse Medicare law March 16, 2004 Robert Pear, New York Times WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressional investigators are scrutinizing television segments in which the Bush administration paid people to pose as journalists praising the benefits of the new Medicare law, intended to help elderly Americans with the costs of their prescription medicines.

New Spanish PM promises Iraq withdrawal March 16, 2004 Simon Jeffery José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, whose socialist party yesterday won a sensational election victory, today vowed to pull Spanish troops out of Iraq. The prime minister elect used his first full media interview since last night to affirm that he intended to follow through on what had become a key election promise. "The Spanish troops in Iraq will come home," he told Cadena Ser radio.

'Dynamite Is Everywhere' In Financial System Now March 16, 2004 By Paul Gallagher As Presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche was addressing his Australian movement on March 5 ("This World Monetary System Is on the Way to the Burial Grounds," see below), alarm bells were indeed tolling very loudly for the global financial system, which threatened to explode before the U.S. Democratic Party holds its nominating convention in July in Boston.

Was 9/11 Allowed to Happen? Summary of the 9/11 Timeline March 16, 2004 Developed by Paul Thompson 9/11 was one of the most pivotal events in world history.  Its impact will be felt for years to come. You owe it to yourself to go beyond the sound bites and the simplified official story. This is an extremely complicated story with numerous players and motives. Not everything makes sense or fits neatly together. It's a story full of espionage, deceit, and lies. But if there are forces out there tricking us, they can only succeed if we, the general public, remain ignorant and passive.

Secret Pentagon report warns climate change "could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy..." March 16, 2004 The report, ordered by an influential Pentagon advisor but covered up by US defense chiefs for months, warns that it might be too late to prevent future disasters, such as violent storms that may make large parts of the Netherlands uninhabitable. Climate change, the report says, "should be elevated beyond a scientific debate to a US national security concern..." climate_change.pdf

Bush's record is one of abysmal leadership March 16, 2004 Be concerned with four more years of continuing bad decisions and poor leadership by George W. Bush, our president seems out of touch with the needs of this country. We don't need a focus on marriage; we need to focus on the economy, energy, clean air and water, and basic human rights. By stonewalling 9-11, hiding decisions on energy policy, among other things, he refuses to be accountable to the media and the public. His decisions place us in record deficits with a jobless economy, and he can't blame the Democrats.

West against Russia
March 16, 2004 By Mikhail Chernov As presidential elections in Russia are approaching, Western media publish more and more critical stories about Russia. Toughening the anti-Russian position of the West results from rejecting Russian social order.

Journalists: "US authorities control and intimidate media in Iraq" March 16, 2004 Report, IFJ The International Federation of Journalists today accused the US authorities in Iraq of attempting to "control and intimidate" the media, following the recent detention of several Korean journalists by the US forces in Baghdad.

"Clearly, American corporations are cutting costs." 

Turning their backs on US: AMERICAN CORPORATIONS March 15, 2004 By Ted Lang Part of the format I have established when interviewing local area businesses for my business feature column in a local newspaper is a section on "corporate citizenship."  By the term "corporate," I actually mean the businesses' implied responsibility to the community and its residents.  I look for the contribution the business makes to the public good; things like cash donations to local charities, or if the owner or owners get involved in coaching Little League, or Scouts, or make free donations of goods and services to local churches and synagogues to establish goodwill.

Rumsfeld Caught Lying, Yet Again, On "Face the Nation." But This Time, a Journalist Actually Threw It In His Face March 15, 2004 Excerpt from "Face the Nation" SCHIEFFER: Well, let me just ask you this. If they did not have these weapons of mass destruction, though, granted all of that is true, why then did they pose an immediate threat to us, to this country? ... Sec. RUMSFELD: Mm-hmm. It--my  view of--of the situation was that he--he had--we--we believe, the best intelligence that we had and other countries had and that--that we believed and we still do not know--we will know. See: [CBS Interview Link for "Face the Nation" (.pdf file)] /

AFL-CIO votes to spend $44m to unseat Bush March 15, 2004 By Leigh Strope, (AP) Labor leaders voted yesterday to spend $44 million to mobilize union household voters in November against President Bush, a record sum in an election they say is do-or-die for the labor movement.

US trade gap highlights rising debt burden March 15, 2004 By Nick Beams The jump in the US trade deficit to a record high of $43.1 billion for January has once again thrown the spotlight on the rising external indebtedness of the American economy. The widening of the trade gap, which occurred despite the fall in the value of the US dollar against major currencies, represented a 0.9 percent increase on the $42.7 billion deficit registered in December. The current account deficit, which measures the rate at which the US is going into debt, continues to grow. According to the Commerce Department, the payments gap was $542 billion last year, easily eclipsing the previous high of $481 billion recorded in 2002.

Missteps on Economy Worry Bush Supporters March 15, 2004 By Jonathan Weisman and Mike Allen A string of glaring missteps by President Bush's economic team has raised alarm among the president's supporters that his economic policymakers may have lost the most basic ability to formulate a persuasive message or anticipate the political consequences of their actions.

On the border of disaster? March 15, 2004 By Dan Glaister In 1993, Harvard academic Samuel Huntington controversially identified Islam as the biggest danger to global stability. Now he is arguing that Latino immigration into the US is destroying the American way of life.

"...our technical positions are being exported..." 

Outsorcering LOYALTY TO THE WORKER A THING OF THE PAST! February 14, 2004 By Ted Lang Along with the growing, disquieting economic uncertainty of lost high level technical jobs in favor of lower labor costs overseas, a deliberately induced self-deprecating assessment of workers reflecting upon their own efficiency is yet another hollow dimension of job outsourcing to foreign lands that is being advanced by both American businesses as well as our own government. The message intended: American workers aren't as good and as efficient as those in other nations.

Don't Get Duped Out of Your Social Security March 14, 2004 By Holly Sklar George W. Bush won't need Social Security for retirement. He's a millionaire many times over. Taxpayers will pad Bush's retirement with a large presidential pension. Former presidents receive $175,700 this year plus office, travel, medical and other benefits. Social Security isn't broke, but millions of retirees who depend on it are, and many more would be broke without it.

Spain's Socialists Claim Victory March 14, 2004 By ED McCULLOUGH MADRID, Spain (AP) - Voters ousted Spain's ruling party in elections Sunday, with many saying they were shaken by bombings in Madrid and furious with the government for backing the Iraq war and making their country a target for al-Qaida.

Area man relays his claims about Bush Guard service March 14, 2004 By Jerry Daniel Reed The campaign to create an image for George W. Bush led to Bush and some of his top aides lying about his military service, a retired Texas National Guard lieutenant colonel claimed during a speech to the Taylor County Democratic Club Thursday night. "They lied, and they continue to lie," Bill Burkett told about 30 Democratic Club members. Burkett moved to Abilene about 1985 and to rural Callahan County in 2000, he said.

Roadside bombs kill 6 U.S. soldiers in Iraq this weekend March 14, 2004 (AP) BAGHDAD, Iraq - Four American soldiers died in two bomb explosions in Baghdad, the coalition said Sunday, raising to six the number of U.S. troops killed in roadside bombs this weekend. Hundreds of Iraqis, meanwhile, mourned the death of a Shiite politician's relative in a bomb blast in his shop the previous day.

Women arrested in FTAA protests sue over Miami-Dade strip search March 14, 2004 (AP) Three women arrested during free-trade demonstrations in November have sued Miami-Dade County and several corrections officials, saying they were unnecessarily strip searched and forced to squat in the nude and "hop like a bunny" in plain view of passers-by. The suit, filed last week in federal court and seeking class-action status, says that corrections workers performed cavity inspections on the three women in violation of their constitutional rights to freedom from unreasonable searchers and seizures and their right to due process. "It's very shocking for people who are arrested for exercising their first amendment right, that they would be subjected to such extreme searching procedures," Randall Berg, an attorney.

An Insiders Look At the Iraqi Resistance March 13, 2004 With a mounting US death toll and well-executed daily ambushes, and what seems to be an endless supply of weapons and innovative ways to use them, the efforts of resistance fighters continue to impede the US agenda inside Iraq.

Bush's pattern of breaking promises March 13, 2004 By John Janney Besides the question of taste, one particularly important issue regarding the Bush campaign's use of imagery from the 9-11 tragedy is the Bush administration's pattern of breaking promises. For example, the Bush campaign promised they would not use the tragedy of 9-11 for political gain...

White House Intimidation: A Brief History of Threats and Defamation March 13, 2004 A look at the historical record shows that the Bush Administration has summarily fired, threatened, intimidated and defamed anyone who has had the courage to tell the truth about major policies facing America. Download: DOC, RTF, PDF /

Weapons Of Mass Destruction In Haiti March 13, 2004 Marcelo Lewin World News Apparently, confused on were Iraq is located, U.S. Marines began searching for weapons of mass destruction in Haiti. "I know Saddam hid them somewhere within the country, and we will find them and show the world that we were not incorrect in coming here." We explained to the U.S. Marine that he was actually in Haiti and not in Iraq and that Saddam never visited nor was he ever a member of the Haiti political system. We also explained that Iraq is a completely separate country.

RecommendedPatriots paid price for independence March 13, 2004 Ellen Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons who served in the Revolutionary Army. Another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants. Nine were farmers and plantation owners. All were men of means and well-educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence, knowing that the penalty would be death. Freedom is never free.

Al Jazeera Goes to Jail March 13, 2004 by Christian Parenti US troops interrogated him and repeatedly accused the cameraman of knowing in advance about the bomb attack. "I told them to review my tapes, that it was clear I had arrived thirty or forty minutes after the blast. They told me I was a liar," says Hassan. Once inside the sprawling prison, Hassan was greeted by US soldiers who sang "Happy Birthday" to him through his tight plastic hood, stripped him naked and addressed him only as "Al Jazeera," "boy" or "bitch." He was forced to stand hooded, bound and naked for eleven hours in the bitter autumn night air; when he fell, soldiers kicked his legs to get him up

The Coming Elections and the Future of American Global Power March 13, 2004 By GABRIEL KOLKO We are now experiencing fundamental changes in the international system whose implications and consequences may ultimately be as far-reaching as the dissolution of the Soviet bloc. The United States' strength, to a crucial extent, has rested on its ability to convince other nations that it is to their vital interests to see America prevail in its global role. But the scope and ultimate consequences of its world mission, including its extraordinarily vague doctrine of "preemptive wars," is today far more dangerous and open-ended than when Communism existed. Enemies have disappeared and new ones--many once former allies and even congenial friends--have taken their places.

Corruption & Deception On Supreme Court: Justice Antonin Scalia March 13, 2004 By Mick Youther Antonin Scalia is President Bush’s favorite Supreme Court Justice, and it is easy to understand why. Justice Scalia figured prominently in the court’s decision to stop the Florida recount in the last presidential election—effectively awarding the presidency to Bush without bothering to count the votes. He didn’t care how bad it looked, as long as it served the greater good—the election of George W. Bush.

Medicare analyst says Bush aides threatened to fire him March 13, 2004 Amy Goldstein He was told not to tell Congress how much drug bill would cost. The government's longtime chief analyst of Medicare costs said Friday that Bush administration officials threatened to fire him last year if he disclosed to Congress that he believed the prescription drug legislation favored by the White House would prove far more expensive than lawmakers had been told.

Daschle calls for revote on Medicare drug bill March 13, 2004 The Senate minority leader says a new vote is needed on the Medicare drug benefit bill after learning the administration's top cost analyst may have been ordered to provide skewed information to Congress. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle said Friday that allegations of unfavorable cost estimates about the Medicare prescription drug bill being withheld from lawmakers justifies reopening the vote on the drug benefit.

US revealed to be secretly funding opponents of Chavez March 13, 2004 By Andrew Buncombe Washington has been channelling hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund the political opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez - including those who briefly overthrew the democratically elected leader in a coup two years ago.

Madrid terror bombings strengthen right-wing on eve of Spanish elections March 13, 2004 By Vicky Short and Chris Marsden Thursday’s bombing atrocities in Madrid will inevitably dominate the March 14 general elections in Spain. The outrage they have provoked is expected to benefit the right-wing Popular Party of the outgoing prime minister, José María Aznar, and its candidate to succeed him, Mariano Rajoy.

This creeping sickness March 13, 2004 Ken Coates So now we know: torture is routinely used by the US in Guantánamo Bay. Truly we live in dark times. A sure sign that the nights are getting longer, even as springtime approaches, comes from the intensity of anxieties about torture.

A grotesque choice March 13, 2004 Max Hastings Israel's repression of the Palestinian people is fuelling a resurgence of anti-semitism. I asked a female member of the Vienna government sitting opposite me how her country was coping with the Nazi embarrassments of its president, Kurt Waldheim. She stiffened. "President Waldheim is a fine and good man, who has been grossly traduced by a conspiracy of Jews," she said severely. Her husband interjected: "My father always told me that most of the things the Jews say about the war are lies." Our English host added supportively: "Jews cause most of the trouble in the

Bush administration cancels maintenance of Hubble Space Telescope March 13, 2004 By Patrick Martin In what can only be described as an act of cultural vandalism, the Bush administration has decided to halt scheduled maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope—perhaps the most important scientific instrument in the history of mankind—and allow it to shut down as early as 2006.

NASA Schedules News Briefing About Unusual Solar Object March 13, 2004 The discovery of a mysterious object in our solar system is the topic of a listen-and-log-on news briefing on Monday, March 15, at 1 p.m. EST.

Funnel Takes - A CARNIVAL SPECIALTY! March 12, 2004 By Ted Lang There was a time in America when the waging of war was for a reason.  The primary reason was for the protection of our nation and its peace-loving people.  It was a matter of defense to ensure survival.  Not any more!  We are a capitalist society, which means everything we do is not even remotely connected to either reason or justification.  Wars are now being initiated by "we the people" not to secure our protection and well being, but to generate profits for the warmongering capitalists and their representatives and stakeholders in Washington, D.C.

MY HELL IN CAMP X-RAY March 12, 2004 By Rosa Prince and Gary Jones A BRITISH captive freed from Guantanamo Bay today tells the world of its full horror - and reveals how prostitutes were taken into the camp to degrade Muslim inmates. Jamal al-Harith, 37, who arrived home three days ago after two years of confinement, is the first detainee to lift the lid on the US regime in Cuba's Camp X-Ray and Camp Delta. The father-of-three, from Manchester, told how he was assaulted with fists, feet and batons after refusing a mystery injection.

Role in Haiti Events Backfiring on Washington March 12, 2004 Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Mar 12 (IPS) - Last week's U.S.-backed ''regime change'' in Haiti could yet backfire against the administration of President George W Bush, according to independent analysts and Democrats who are describing the U.S. role as another major foreign-policy blunder--or worse.

Bush administration ordered Medicare plan cost estimates withheld March 12, 2004 The government's top expert on Medicare costs was warned that he would be fired if he told key lawmakers about a series of Bush administration cost estimates that could have torpedoed congressional passage of the White House-backed Medicare prescription-drug plan.

The Bush Crime Family Tree March 11, 2004 Oldamericancentury George Walker, GW's great-grandfather,  set up the takeover of the Hamburg-America Line, a cover for I.G. Farben's Nazi espionage unit in the United States. In Germany, I.G. Farben was most famous for putting the gas in gas chambers; it was the producer of Zyklon B and other gasses used on victims of the Holocaust. The Bush family was not unaware of the nature of their investment partners. They hired Allen Dulles, the future head of the CIA, to hide the funds they were making from Nazi investments and the funds they were sending to Nazi Germany, rather than divest. It was only in 1942, when the government seized Union Banking Company assets under the Trading With The Enemy Act, that George Walker and Prescott Bush stopped pumping money into Hitler's regime.

Why Bush Supports Outsourcing March 11, 2004 Misleader On the eve of his trip to Ohio to "focus on jobs,"1 President Bush claimed yesterday that "we're creating jobs - good, high-paying jobs for the American citizen."2 His comments come despite the country having lost more than 2 million manufacturing jobs since he was elected. In Ohio, which lost 270,000 manufacturing jobs alone, the economic crisis has raised questions about why the president last month strongly endorsed the outsourcing of U.S. jobs to cheap overseas labor markets. A look at the president's donors offers an answer.

'We face climate disaster' March 11, 2004 By Ben Leapman The Government's chief scientist today set out an "apocalyptic vision" of global warming bringing back the conditions which drove the dinosaurs to extinction. Professor Sir David King told a House of Lords committee that urgent action was needed "within the next few years" to avert the threat of sudden and severe climate change.

CIA director disputes Cheney Iraq assertions March 11, 2004 Knight Ridder CIA Director George Tenet on Tuesday rejected recent assertions by Vice President Dick Cheney that Iraq cooperated with the al-Qaida terrorist network and that the administration had proof of an illicit Iraqi biological warfare program.

Kerry speech irks Bush campaign March 11, 2004 By MIKE GLOVER (AP) Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry called Wednesday for deeper tax cuts for the middle class than proposed by President Bush and described his Republican critics as "the most crooked ... lying group I've ever seen."

Trade Gap Hits Record $43.1 Billion in January March 11, 2004 (Reuters) The U.S. trade deficit widened to a record $43.1 billion in January, as rising oil prices helped keep imports near historic highs and exports retreated slightly despite the weaker dollar, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday. The monthly trade gap was larger than the mid-point analyst estimate of $42.1 billion. Average prices for imported oil leapt to $28.55 per barrel in January, the highest since March 2003.

U.S. official says trade deficit with Israel too high March 11, 2004 (Reuters) "U.S. exports to Israel have fallen every year since 2000 to the point where the (trade) deficit is approaching $6 billion," Juster told Reuters. "Given the expensive interaction with Israel, that's a troubling development." Israel, which receives nearly $3 billion in mostly military aid annually from the U.S., exported more than $12 billion to the United States in 2003, while U.S. exports to Israel were less than $7 billion -- a drop from nearly $8 billion in 2000. But while Israel has a trade surplus with the United States, it has a trade deficit of about $6 billion with Europe.

'The initiative lacks credibility' March 11, 2004 Guardian Bush's pro-democracy initiative was criticised for excluding Israel "Targeting the Arabs and excluding Israel from the concept of reform implies that the Israeli political system is perfect and that it has nothing to do with the cause of terrorism. The truth is that Israel needs a comprehensive reform campaign starting from its political rhetoric, which portrays it as the victim who accepts peace but not suicide, and its religious rhetoric, on which expansion and settlement is based ... Western pressure on Israel will serve western interests and solve a lot problems, primarily terrorism."

Questions Raised About Bomb Plan March 11, 2004 By Paul Richter Last year, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said the effort was "a study. It is nothing more and nothing less." But a report from the Congressional Research Service says the five-year, $485-million budget proposal "seems to cast serious doubt on assertions that the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator is only a study."

International Election Monitors Take on Florida March 10, 2004 By Michael Peltier TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - An international group that usually monitors elections in developing democracies said Monday it would take up posts at Florida precincts in November in hopes of averting another debacle when voters pick the next U.S. president. Four years after Florida became the object of international ridicule, officials for the Catholic group Pax Christi USA will place monitors from 30 countries at polls in four Florida counties that were at the center of the 2000 U.S. presidential election dispute.

Report details abuse, torture of prisoners by US forces in Afghanistan March 10, 2004 By Joseph Kay A report released over the weekend by Human Rights Watch, entitled “Enduring Freedom: Abuses by US Forces in Afghanistan,” details illegal and abusive treatment meted out by US troops against prisoners captured as part of the American government’s ongoing operations in Afghanistan. The report examines cases of indiscriminate and excessive use of force, arbitrary arrests, indefinite detentions, and mistreatment in detention, including torture.

Where is the Love? Will the Filthy Rich Dump Bush?
March 10, 2004 By SAUL LANDAU "Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different."

Government's Policies On Guantánamo Detainees Are 'Fundamentally Lawless' March 10, 2004 ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero In a National Press Club speech charges that Bush Administration policies in a post-9/11 world jeopardize the freedom of all Americans. The detention of enemy combatants at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, violates America's most basic notions of fundamental fairness, Romero says.

US Plane Carrying Mercenaries Seized In Harare March 10, 2004 Zimbabwe has seized a US-registered cargo plane carrying 64 suspected mercenaries of various nationalities and a consignment of military gear.

Sometimes, bad is bad March 10, 2004 Molly Ivins Bush administration's redefinition of problems reaches comic heights Just when you thought no one could top Rod Paige calling the teacher's union "a terrorist organization," along comes Veep Cheney with this gem, "If Democratic policies had been pursued over the last two-to-three years, the kind of tax increases both Kerry and Edwards are talking about, we would not have had the kind of job growth that we've had." Uh, in the first place, Kerry and Edwards are not talking about tax increases at all, but about repealing part of Bush's tax cuts -- so we would have had no tax cuts, not tax increases. And in the second place, if losing 2.3 million jobs is "job growth," Dick Cheney is a laugh riot. We've got a $500 billion deficit this year, and Bush's idea of a solution is to make his tax cuts permanent, a move that would cost about $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years. Their other helpful suggestion is to redefine burger-flipping as " manufacturing jobs," (are these people never serious?)

As the rich make $500 billion more this year, millions of people are starving to death. 

Forbes report: Billionaires’ wealth grew by 36 percent in last year March 9, 2004 By Jamie Chapman As at least a billion people on the planet subsist on the equivalent of a dollar a day or less, the concentration of wealth among a handful of people at the top has set new records. The combined wealth of this year’s billionaires also reached record levels—a staggering $1.9 trillion, an increase of $500 billion in just one year. The wealth of these few hundred people exceeds the gross domestic product of the world’s 170 poorest countries combined and equals nearly 4 percent of the annual production of the entire world.

Chavez warns United States against invading Venezuela March 7, 2004 ALICE M. CHACON Venezuela (AP) President Hugo Chavez on Sunday vowed to freeze oil exports to the United States and wage a "100-year war" if Washington ever tried to invade Venezuela.

The Forgotten Soldiers of Operation "Iraqi Freedom" March 9, 2004 By Greg Palast His name's Maurice. He's 26 years old with a face like an angel and a computerized prosthesis where his left leg used to be. His name's Victor and he still seems like a boy. His cherubic face, set against blond hair, is plagued by an unanswerable question every time his restless eyes inadvertently fall on the stump: "Why?" His name's Rob. Bound to a wheelchair, he's mad at the whole world and explodes in a barrage of insults at everyone and everything for the loss of his right leg and the uselessness of his left.

Scientist 'gagged' by No 10 after warning of global warming threat March 9, 2004 By Steve Connor and Andrew Grice Downing Street tried to muzzle the Government's top scientific adviser after he warned that global warming was a more serious threat than international terrorism. Ivan Rogers, Mr Blair's principal private secretary, told Sir David King, the Prime Minister's chief scientist, to limit his contact with the media after he made outspoken comments about President George Bush's policy on climate change.

Medicare nominee avoids senators' queries March 9, 2004 By Mark Sherman  Mark McClellan, President Bush's choice to run Medicare, said Monday he won't answer senators' questions about his opposition to importing prescription drugs from Canada before he takes over the government health program.

Payback: The Bush Connection to Clear Channel Firing  Howard  Stern; It's Worse than You Thought March 9, 2004 By Dean Creekmore I am surprised more people are not a more concerned about the connection between the Bush administration, Clear Channel Radio and Howard Stern. This could possibly the most frightening example of a government using party-friendly corporations to squash dissenting opinions I have ever seen.

Unreported US Casualties In Last Thursday's Resistance Attack March 9, 2004 A report published on Saturday gives an eyewitness account of Iraqi Resistance fighters ambushing an American occupation patrol and killing and wounding a number of US aggressors in an incident that occurred on Thursday. The attack occurred around 3:00am on Thursday, 4 March 2004, when an American occupation patrol was passing through the area. The patrol consisted of three Humvees and the Resistance fighters fired RPGs precisely, directly hitting two of the Humvees. No one came out of the vehicles that continued to burn for half an hour. No US or puppet police forces came until half an hour after the attack.

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