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Virginia Lawyer James Magner of the Ball & Magner firm of Virginia Beach, Virginia, named under "Felony Fraud by James Magner of Virginia Beach" in the 3 April 2004 court filing that exposed the Patricia Cornwell bribery scandal, has e-mailed the vicious "new price" computer virus in an attempt to sabotage the Patricia Cornwell scandal main documentation website.
Women at sewing machines representing exploited faceless workers
In what is being billed as the biggest anti-sweatshop mobilisation ever, the Clean Clothes Campaign, Global Unions and Oxfam are challenging the IOC and sportswear companies to accept their responsibility to stop the exploitation of workers producing the sportswear that is marketed through the Olympic Games.
As of 8 Aug 2004, there were 930 US military deaths in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion. Linear projection of death rates suggests that the 1000 mark will occur by early October: well before the US presidential election. In any case, the occupant death rate has been slowly but steadily increasing since May 2003; there is no sign of Iraq becoming safer for the foreign military.
As the death toll of GI’s continues to mount (now at 932), the U.S. military machine is making ready for a major assault on an Iraqi city. Please find details below. Please share this news from www.icasualties.org widely and help stop the madness. Peace, jamie
“08/10/04 Islam Online: Massive Attack Feared, US Tells Najaf Residents To Leave In an unprecedented move seen as a prelude to a feared massive attack on some of the holiest religious places in Iraq, US forces called Tuesday, August 10, on Najaf residents to evacuate their homes.”
Colorado will host the nation's first ever state-wide vote on renewable energy in November. Although the majority of voters seem to support renewable energy as a solution to rising fuel prices and growing energy demands, Xcel Energy, Colorado's larget power company has just announced its opposition to the progressive initiative which would mandate that it get 10% of its total energy from renewable sources by 2015. Supporters of renewable energy are fighting back with an online petition campaign to rally support for wind and solar energy in Colorado.
The only weapons of Mass-Destruction that I know of are the United States Armed Forces and they don't just act against humans they also defend the vested interests who see the planet as an infinite resource that can be plundered at liberty
NCIS has iniated an investigation to look into events related to a United States sailor's vacation to Russia. Due to his position within the military, he is accused of mis-handling information that was once entrusted to him.
The articles below indicate why the U.S. is unlikely to be successful at stealing control of Middle East oil resources. jamie
U.S. Marines, Militia Battle Ferociously To Control Najaf Cemetery
AFP: 8/9/2004 by Sammy Ketz NAJAF, Iraq, Aug 9 (AFP) - US marines in Iraq battled ferociously all Monday to wrest control of the vast cemetery in the holy city of Najaf from Shiite Muslim militiamen. But by dusk it was unclear what, if anything, had been achieved and fighters from the Mehdi Army, founded by radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr last year, celebrated what they viewed as a small victory. "There were two American offensives. At 7:00 am (0400 GMT), three tanks advanced. We destroyed one and the others retreated. Three hours later, three came back and we destroyed two," said one militiaman who gave his name as Mustafa, his eyes bloodshot with fatigue. "We managed to ground a tank, but we can't destroy it because it's in among the tombs," said another fighter as a group of his comrades danced. "Give us victory oh Lord, in the name of the prophet (Mohammed), (Imam) Ali, Moqtada, give us victory," they chanted. Neither the US military nor war correspondents covering the fighting could confirm whether any US tanks had been damaged, possibly because the giant cemetery -- one of the largest in the world -- was completely cut off. There were constant and deafening explosions in Najaf throughout the day. The city was pounded without reprieve. Mortars on top of tank fire. Tank fire on top of mortars as helicopter gunships swooped through the sky. Brief lulls were shattered by machine-gun and rifle fire. Over the bombardment, muezzin wailed encouragement to militiamen at the city's sacred Imam Ali mausoleum, once a beacon for Shiite pilgrims all over the world and now a barracks for the Mehdi Army. "You are fighting for faith and if you die a martyr you will go to paradise where Imam Ali will welcome you. Please God and his prophet!" chanted one, before reciting verses from the Koran. In the esplanade outside the shrine, a militiaman could only offer cold comfort to his family. "I miss you all. I want to die a martyr. Look after yourself and the children and the house," he told his mother, before placating a frantic wife, convinced that he was already a dead man. "I love you and the children so much. Pray that I die a martyr. If I die, sell the car, take 1,000 dollars and give the rest to my mother and brothers," he said. In the street linking the shrine area to the cemetery, fighters lolled on the pavement, in shops or burrowed down in half-finished building sites, their rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns and Kalashnikovs ready at hand. At mealtime, a young man started handing out raisons from a plastic bag. Behind him came others with metal plates carrying rice and meat. "Meat is good for fighting," said one of them, laughing to nods of agreement. Another man handed out fresh water. Later, there was tea. Suddenly, a cry of "They're attacking!" was barked out from inside the cemetery, followed by the crackle of semi-automatic gunfire. The men clatter to their feet to the rallying cry: "Moqtada make the ground tremble under the Americans' feet". Since the fighting erupted Thursday, when the Mehdi Army attacked the main police station and governor Adnan al-Zorfi requested US support, the US military estimates that more than 360 insurgents have been killed. But a spokesman for Sadr has insisted that only 15 militiamen have been killed and 35 wounded, the majority from cluster bombs.
Iraq Cleric Vows Fight to Death Vs. U.S. 1 hour, 44 minutes ago
By ABDUL HUSSEIN AL-OBEIDI, Associated Press Writer NAJAF, Iraq - Militant cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose Shiite militia has been battling U.S. forces across Iraq (news - web sites), warned Monday that he would fight "until the last drop of my blood has been spilled," in his first appearance since the violence began. The five-day-old uprising by al-Sadr's Mahdi Army began to affect Iraq's crucial oil industry, as pumping to the southern port of Basra — the country's main export outlet — was halted because of militant threats to infrastructure, an official with the South Oil Company said. About 1.8 million barrels per day, or 90 percent of Iraq's exports, move through Basra, and any shutdown in the flow of Iraq's main money earner would badly hamper reconstruction efforts. Iraq's other export line — from the north to Turkey — is already out of operation. Clashes intensified around Basra, where a British soldier was killed and several others wounded in fighting with militia near the cleric's office Monday, the British Ministry of Defense said. Three militants were killed and more than 10 others wounded, a senior Iraqi police official said. In the holy city of Najaf, the main scene of fighting, U.S. forces tried once more to drive militiamen out of a sprawling cemetery, and an American tank rattled up to within 400 yards of the Imam Ali Shrine, Najaf's holiest site, which fighters have reportedly been using as a base. While U.S. and Iraqi forces were trying to quell the eruption of Shiite violence, attacks by Sunni Muslim militants persisted around Baghdad: A suicide car bombing targeting a deputy governor killed six people, and a roadside bomb hit a bus, killing four passengers. The U.S. military also said a U.S. Marine was killed in action Sunday in the western province of Anbar, a hotbed of Sunni militancy. The death brought to at least 927 the number of American troops who have died in Iraq. An insurgent group warned in a videotaped message it would launch a campaign of attacks on government offices in Baghdad, telling employees to stay away. Al-Sadr's militants also kidnapped a top Baghdad police official and demanded that their comrades in detention be freed. In the city of Nasiriyah, 190 miles south of Baghdad, militants raided the local office of interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's Iraqi National Accord party, set it on fire and warned party members to leave the city, an assault captured on video obtained by Associated Press Television News. One of the attackers in the video denounced Allawi as "subservient to the occupation." There were no injuries in the Sunday night attack, said police Capt. Haydar Abboud. Al-Sadr's vow to keep fighting was a defiant challenge to Allawi, who visited Najaf on Sunday and called on the Shiite militants to stop fighting. "I will continue fighting," the young, firebrand cleric told reporters in Najaf. "I will remain in Najaf city until the last drop of my blood has been spilled." "Resistance will continue and increase day by day," he said. "Our demand is for the American occupation to get out of Iraq. We want an independent, democratic, free country." President Bush (news - web sites) said Monday that coalition forces were "making pretty good progress about stabilizing Najaf." Explosions and gunfire rattled the city, as fighting remained centered on the vast cemetery near the Imam Ali Shrine. The U.S. military said Mahdi Army gunmen were launching attacks from the cemetery and then running to take refuge in the shrine compound, one of the holiest sites in Shia Islam. Najaf Gov. Adnan al-Zarfi gave U.S. forces approval to enter the shrine, a senior U.S. military official said Monday. "We have elected at this point not to conduct operations there, although we are prepared to do so at a moment's notice," the official said. Such an offensive would almost certainly cause widespread outrage among the nation's Shiite majority and further exacerbate the crisis.
The military official estimated that 360 insurgents were killed from Thursday, when fighting began, and Sunday night, a figure the militants dispute. Five U.S. troops have been killed in the fighting. About 20 police also have been killed, Najaf police chief Brig. Ghalib al-Jazaari said. Hospital officials in Najaf said four people, including three policemen, were killed Monday and 19 others injured. In addition, 13 previously unidentified bodies had been brought to the hospital. The fighting has shattered a series of delicate truces worked out two months ago that ended the Mahdi Army's first uprising, which broke out in April. During that period, U.S. commanders vowed to "capture or kill" al-Sadr, but later tacitly agreed to let Iraqi authorities deal with the cleric. U.S. forces were apparently continuing the hands-off policy toward al-Sadr. The senior U.S. military officer in Baghdad, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the cleric "is not an objective; we are not actively pursuing him." But the fighting has complicated the security situation for Allawi's government as it tried to take a tough stance against the mainly Sunni campaign of attacks, bombings and shootings plaguing Iraq for the past 15 months. In a sign of the deterioration of the situation in Najaf, the Polish military returned command in the province and neighboring Qadisiyah province to the U.S. Marines. The Poles had received command in the two provinces only 10 days ago. The government on Monday imposed a nighttime curfew in Baghdad's Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City, the scene of heavy battles in the past few days. Mahdi Army militiamen in Baghdad also kidnapped a senior Iraqi policeman, Brig. Raed Mohammed Khudair, who is responsible for all police patrols in eastern Baghdad, said Col. Adnan Abdel Rahman, an Interior Ministry spokesman. In a video broadcast on the pan-Arab network Al-Jazeera, militants said the government should release all Mahdi Army prisoners in exchange for Khudair. Al-Jazaari, the Najaf police chief, accused al-Sadr's men of kidnapping one of his relatives — Zaid Khalaf, also a police officer — beheading him and burning his body. During the five days of fighting in Najaf, police had arrested 300 militants, he said. Meanwhile, two Jordanian and two Lebanese hostages were freed from captivity in Iraq on Monday, according to relatives. All four were truck drivers. The Jordanians were held captive for two weeks; the Lebanese for a week. The car bombing Monday in Balad Ruz, 40 miles northeast of Baghdad, occurred about 7:30 a.m. when a white station wagon laden with explosives blew up outside the home of Aqil Hamid al-Adili, deputy governor of Diyala province, military spokesman Maj. Neal O'Brien said. Six people, including four police officers, were killed and 17 others wounded in the attack, including al-Adili and his 9-year-old son, police Brig. Daoud Mahmoud said. The Tawhid and Jihad group linked to the Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi claimed responsibility. An audio tape purportedly made by the spiritual leader of the group, Sheik Abu Anas al-Shami, warned Monday of attacks on Allawi and police and military officials. "We will not allow you to destroy our hopes in this blessed holy war," the speaker says in the tape that appeared on an Islamic Web site known as a clearinghouse for statements by the group. "As for you Allawi ... we have prepared a potent poison and a sharp sword." The tape also accuses Iraqi soldiers and police of repeating the "hideous crime" of working for tyrants. The voice could not be immediately verified as that of al-Shami, but the cleric did issue a similar pro-militant tape on the same Web site on July 28. In other violence, a roadside bomb blew up next to a bus traveling on the main street in the town of Khalidiya, west of Baghdad, killing four passengers and wounding four people. Mortars apparently targeting the fortified Green Zone, which houses the U.S. Embassy and Iraqi government offices, exploded in Baghdad early Tuesday. Most appeared to fall short.
Remember how former NY Mayor, Rudy Gulliani, was reported to have cleaned up NYC? That’s right, he picked up minor offenders, such as people jumping over subway turnstiles, or aggressively panhandling tourists on Times Square, making likely worse offenders very careful of their behavior.
Kalle Lasn, the founder and editor-in-cheif of Adbusters, the anti-consumer magazine and webpage, wrote an article blaming Jews for the war in Iraq. He also attacks Israel and portrays palestinians as completely innocent. I support Palestine, and I support Israel. I do not support hate or violence.
Is the right to Free Speech a thing of the past? We thought Boston was bad enough - what with the "protest pen," and the police and military occupation of the streets. But our experience this weekend Kennebunkport Maine (when GW was in town) taught us that the police and the feds will use whatever means they have to stop dissent.
Senator Kerry's 1988 contention on the floor of the U.S. Senate that he spent Christmas Day 1968 in Cambodia, something "seared into his memory", has his staff groping for a way out and major media in a tizzy about how to handle something that could open up significant questions about the veracity of his other Vietnam claims and derail his candidacy. Easily the biggest story of Campaign 2004 so far.
As the Israeli occupation continues to grow ever more entrenched, more and more people around the world are reaching the conclusion that the ethnic separatist "two-state solution" is no longer viable possibility. The level of physical integration between Palestinians and Israelis, both inside and outside the Green Line, as well as simple demographic realities has effectively negated any realistic separatist schemes aside from the current "ghettoization" policy being employed by the Israeli government, which is not sustainable.
PORTO ALEGRE, Aug 8 (IPS) - Brazilian police have shut down Radio Restinga, a community station broadcasting from a low-income neighbourhood of Porto Alegre, birthplace of the global summit of alternative social and economic ideas, the World Social Forum.
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"Don't think you're going to be heroes," said Hoffman's sergeant. "You're not going over there because of weapons of mass destruction. You're not going there to get rid of Saddam Hussein, or to make Iraq safe for democracy. You're going there for one reason and one reason alone: Oil."
The Ashcroft - Bush Justice Department is moving slowly on indictment of celebrity Republican campaign contributor Patricia Cornwell, for federal crimes in her Virginia court fraud and bribery scandal. Government claims being "busy" fighting "terrorism". Cornwell and her lawyers are not denying multiple felonies. FBI officers voice fear of Ashcroft on case.
George W. Bush is coming to Pensacola Florida, Tuesday Aug 10th! Meet up across the street from End Of The Line Café (610 E. Wright Street) in Pensacola at 7:30 am Tuesday August 10th. From here we can figure out the manifestation of the protest.