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Officer Calls Guantanamo Reviews a Sham
WASHINGTON - Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham, a military intelligence officer, spent six months at the Department of Defense working in the office that reviews the government's cases against detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. His experience - as recounted in a sworn affidavit - is credited with...
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Iraq War Has Made Australia Less Safe: Poll
Most Australians believe their government's involvement in the Iraq war has made the country less safe, an opinion poll showed Tuesday. Just six percent of those polled said they felt more safe, according to the Newspoll survey for GetUp, a political pressure group that claims nearly 190,000...
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Australian Chief Lashes US on Iraq
AUSTRALIA'S Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Peter Leahy, has taken a swipe at the US military's strategy at the outset of the Iraq war, expressing disbelief that it has taken so long for commanders to realize the merits of engaging with the local population and winning their trust. Visiting a...
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Native Peoples Renew Call for U.N. Recognition
UNITED NATIONS - Leaders of the world's 370 million indigenous peoples are reiterating their calls for the 192-member U.N. General Assembly to recognise their sovereignty over ancestral lands and resources. "It is now time for the General Assembly to adopt the declaration by vote, if necessary,"...
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While Europeans Holiday, Americans Toil
If you're reading this while on vacation, great for you. If you're reading this at work, having just finished a vacation or a five-day weekend cobbled together around last week's celebration of Independence Day, I hope the time off was as spectacular as the fireworks. If you won't get another day...
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Prescribing World Terrorism
Pundits and self-appointed experts on Islam are wringing their hands and trying to explain why two Muslim doctors and at least six other medical workers were involved in this week's failed bombings in London and Glasgow. It certainly sounds horrific and counter-intuitive. Physicians, trained to...
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Corporate Crime Excised from the American Mainstream
On February 27, 2007, the Wall Street Journal ran a story under the following headline:"Korean Court Aids Push to Curb Corporate Crime." What is so unusual about this headline? What is so unusual is that the term "corporate crime" is rarely used by mainstream American newspapers in headlines. It is...
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Smokescreen for the War Blown Away
If asparagus and not oil was Iraq's leading export then the determination of the US, Britain and Australia to continue occupying the country would certainly be less than it is. Asked why the US invaded, many Iraqis promptly answer: "To steal our oil." By admitting that securing Iraq's oil supplies...
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Gore Slams US-Led Climate Pact as Sham
NEW YORK - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore slammed the United States and some other big polluters for forming what he called a sham global warming pact separate from the rest of the world. Those countries -- including Australia, China, India, South Korea and Japan -- must join the rest of the...
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Oil a Key Factor in Australian Role in Iraq: Minister
Oil is a key factor keeping Australian troops in the US-led war in Iraq, Defense Minister Brendan Nelson said Thursday, before his boss Prime Minister John Howard sharply contradicted him. Nelson's startling comments caused an immediate stir in Australia, one of the United States' few major allies...
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