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National Priorities Project - Interactive Tax Chart

Enter how much you have paid in income tax, and you will see 30% of the money is spent on the war machine and the veterans. the most disturbing of all is the fact that we are paying 19% of the collected money interest on the national debt! The future is bleak when a country throw away money like that: almost 50% of it!
National Priorities Project - Interactive Tax Chart

National Priorities Project - Interactive Tax Chart

27% of the tax payers money going to the killing machines, less than that for health! even more disturbing is the fact we are spending 19% of the budget to pay the interest on debt! when you add veterans benefit which is 3% on on the military spending, the budget is 30% for war and products of wars. A nation spending that much would not stays on top of the world albeit on borrowed money and time.
National Priorities Project - Interactive Tax Chart

The Daily Star - Opinion Articles - George W. Bush's flawed peace plan

The Daily Star - Opinion Articles - George W. Bush's flawed peace plan: "That a summit in Damascus of the Middle East's 'axis of evil' - Iran, Hizbullah, Syria and Hamas - was convened immediately following President George W. Bush's call for a conference of 'moderates' to promote an Israeli-Palestinian peace demonstrated once again how intertwined the region's problems are. The Damascus meeting reflected Iran's view of Israeli-Arab peace as a major strategic threat, because it would condemn Iran to isolation in a hostile Arab environment free of its conflict with Israel. The Iranians also sought the meeting to forge an alliance against a possible attack by the United States against their country's nuclear installations."

Al Jazeera English - News - Dutch Mp Calls For Ban On Quran

Al Jazeera English - News - Dutch Mp Calls For Ban On Quran: "A Dutch member of parliament has called for the Quran to be banned in the Netherlands, describing it as a 'fascist book' which calls on people to kill non-believers and rape women.

Geert Wilders, leader of the far-right Freedom Party, called for the ban in a letter published in De Volkskrant newspaper."

NPR : U.S. Troops, Shiite Militants Clash in Sadr City

NPR : U.S. Troops, Shiite Militants Clash in Sadr City: "Day to Day, August 8, 2007 · In Baghdad, U.S. helicopter gunships blasted a suspected militant base in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City. The raid came amid escalating clashes between U.S. troops and Shiite gunmen. A senior U.S. commander said this week that more than 70 percent of American casualties in July were the result of Shiite attacks. "
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Charging Anti-Semitism To Silence Dissent :: from www.uruknet.info :: news from occupied Iraq - it

Charging Anti-Semitism To Silence Dissent :: from www.uruknet.info :: news from occupied Iraq - it: "The charge of anti-Semitism is used by supporters of Israel to silence and discredit voices that conflict with Zionist orthodoxy. Two recent examples illustrate this point: The publication of Jimmy Carter's book Palestine Peace not Apartheid triggered a well-orchestrated campaign of vilification and character assassination of a former president whose 'crime' was to characterize Israeli policies in the occupied territories as apartheid. (South African anti-apartheid activists say it is much worse.) The March 2006 publication of John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt's essay 'The Israel Lobby' in the London Review of Books was accompanied by the familiar charge of anti-Semitism directed at two university professors who simply analyzed the disproportionate power of the Israel lobby AIPAC in shaping US Middle East policy. To anyone who follows the US Middle East pol…

Continuing violence boosts funeral industry in Baghdad :: from www.uruknet.info :: news from occupied Iraq - it

Continuing violence boosts funeral industry in Baghdad :: from www.uruknet.info :: news from occupied Iraq - it: "Back in Saddam Hussein's time, coffin maker Abdul-Wahab Khalil Mohammed used to sell one or two coffins a day at US$5-US$10 each. Now he produces an average of 15 to 20 coffins a day and charges $50-$75 for each one."

Ethiopia says killed 500 Ogaden rebels - Yahoo! News

Ethiopia says killed 500 Ogaden rebels - Yahoo! News: "The local president of Ogaden, Abdullahi Hassan Mohammed, said Ethiopian security forces had killed 502 ONLF fighters in a two-month military campaign against the 'terrorists.'
'Rebel activities in the region... have been eliminated,' he added in a statement.
But the ONLF, which carried out a deadly attack on a Chinese-run oilfield in the area in April, said the government was trying to hide the fact that it had lost control of Ogaden.
'Pursuing oil and natural gas exploration activities in Ogaden at this stage can only be characterized as gross corporate irresponsibility,' the rebels said."

It's easy for soldiers to score heroin in Afghanistan | Salon News

Simultaneously stressed and bored, U.S. soldiers are turning to the widely available drug for a quick escape.
It's easy for soldiers to score heroin in Afghanistan | Salon News: "Just outside the main gate to Bagram airfield, a U.S. military installation in Afghanistan, sits a series of small makeshift shops known by locals as the Bagram Bazaar. For Afghans, it is the place to buy American goods, but the stalls that make up the heart of the bazaar are also well known for what they provide American soldiers stationed at Bagram. Walking through the bazaar it takes less than 10 minutes for a vendor in his early 20s to step out and ask, 'You want whiskey?' 'No, heroin,' I tell him. He ushers me into his store with a smile. "

j. - Ex-AIPAC staffers say Condi leaked them classified info

j. - Ex-AIPAC staffers say Condi leaked them classified info: "Friday April 28, 2006
Ex-AIPAC staffers say Condi leaked them classified info
by ron kampeas
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alexandria, va. | Two former lobbyists for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee say Condoleezza Rice was their informant on sensitive national security matters.
The claim, laid out in a courtroom Friday, April 21, intensified the drama surrounding a trial that could further roil a Washington political establishment already consumed by cases involving “official” and “unofficial” leaks. "

A Sort of Peace in Gaza

A Sort of Peace in Gaza: "On Patrol in Shijaiyah, the toughest neighborhood in Gaza City, Lieut. Naim Ashraf Mushtaha, 31, an officer of the Hamas Executive Force, spots a man in civilian clothes carrying an M-16 assault rifle and walking through the street suqs in broad daylight. His officers quickly encircle the suspect and demand that he identify himself and turn over the weapon. The man turns out to be a member of one of the neighborhood's most powerful clans, and he refuses to give up his gun. 'What's my name, boys?' he shouts to the gathering crowd of curious onlookers. 'Mohassi Abbas!' they shout back. 'See, everyone knows who I am,' says the gunman. 'I don't care who you are,' says Mushtaha calmly, without raising his voice or his weapon. 'No one is above the law.'On Patrol in Shijaiyah, the toughest neighborhood in Gaza City, Lieut. Naim Ashraf Mushtaha, 31, an officer of the Hamas Executive Force, spots a man in civili…

Asia Times Online :: Asian News, Business and Economy - Everything is broken

Asia Times Online :: Asian News, Business and Economy - Everything is broken: "Broken machinery
The American political class seems to have drawn all the wrong conclusions from the end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Union. Its leisurely stroll towards permanent global hegemony just did not happen. Thus, frustration and the craving for revenge have become main drivers of US policies. The events of September 11 focused their common dysfunctionality, but they are not its root cause. "

Love-ins with Bush are over : Mail & Guardian Online

Love-ins with Bush are over : Mail & Guardian Online: "He should go to Washington more often. Gordon Brown may have been dreading his encounter with George W Bush, knowing that every appearance Tony Blair made alongside the American president cost him votes by the crateload, but the recent joint press conference at Camp David actually did Brown a favour. There was Bush, alternating between two of his least appealing personas: either frat-boy, mocking Nick Robinson’s baldness, or cowboy, vowing his determination to track down the “cold-blooded killers” who do “evil”. By turns he was condescending, telling Brown he had “proved his worthiness as a leader” during June’s thwarted terror attacks, and rambling, eventually admitting that he was going on “too long”. Next to Bush, Brown had only to read his script to look like a master communicator"

Hillary, Hiroshima, and Hubris- by Justin Raimondo

Hillary, Hiroshima, and Hubris- by Justin Raimondo
Everyone knows that the U.S. is perfectly prepared to use nuclear weapons – after all, what other government on earth has actually nuked an enemy nation? And this fondness for nuclear brinkmanship is a bipartisan phenomenon, as Hillary's comments illustrate. Harry Truman, the author of the single most unjustified act of savagery in American history, is the iconic figure of today's "national security" (i.e., pro-war) Democrats, the hero of Peter Beinart's paean to Cold War liberal interventionism, The Good Fight. And it is not for nothing that the pro-war Left has taken up the cause of Truman's genocide. Oliver Kamm presents the case for mass murder here, in his typically bilious, self-important manner.