The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

News for 02-13-06

02-13-06 - Lebanon marks Hariri anniversary

02-13-06 - Bush administration spent 1.6 billion on public relations: report The Department of Defense spent more than any other government agency on media-related contracts, paying 1.1 billion dollars for recruitment campaigns and other public relations efforts, according to a report by the Government Accountablity Office (GAO), an investigative, non-partisan arm of Congress.

02-13-06 - U.S. and Israelis Are Said to Talk of Hamas Ouster The intention is to starve the Palestinian Authority of money and international connections to the point where, some months from now, its president, Mahmoud Abbas, is compelled to call a new election. The hope is that Palestinians will be so unhappy with life under Hamas that they will return to office a reformed and chastened Fatah movement. Wow. Just when you thought that they couldn't go any lower... Starving them (some more) for wanting a less corrupt government, and jobs so that they can feed their families.

02-13-06 - Lawyers Group Says Bush Exceeds His Powers The American Bar Association denounced President Bush's warrantless domestic surveillance program Monday, accusing him of exceeding his powers under the Constitution.

02-13-06 - Leader says Iran can take sanctions In the interview Saturday, the first with a U.S. newspaper since he took office last August, Ahmadinejad said "we do not have any problem with the people of the United States."

02-13-06 - Iran: The Next War Blair knows this. He also knows the real reasons for an attack and the part Britain is likely to play. Next month, Iran is scheduled to shift its petrodollars into a euro-based bourse. The effect on the value of the dollar will be significant, if not, in the long term, disastrous.

02-13-06 - Iran-Russia talks on nuclear compromise delayed

02-13-06 - Abuse video fuels Arab fury at West Arab fury at the West intensified on Monday after images of British soldiers apparently beating Iraqi youths were aired in a region already inflamed by caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.

02-13-06 - Iran, Syria should pay for protest damage -Annan

02-13-06 - Iran starts enrichment work, upping stakes with West According to unnamed diplomats.

02-13-06 - Syria switches to euro amid confrontation with US "It looks like a kind of pre-emptive action aimed at making their foreign assets safer, preventing them from getting frozen in case of any conflict,"

02-13-06 - Chertoff Defends DHS's Dual Role Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Monday rejected criticism that his agency is preoccupied with terror threats, at the expense of preparing for natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina.

02-13-06 - Cheney Violates Cardinal Rule of Hunting Know your target and beyond.

02-13-06 - Protest is easier than reform, say moderate Muslims

02-13-06 - Iran paper's Holocaust cartoons A leading Iranian newspaper has launched a competition asking people to submit cartoons about the Holocaust.

02-13-06 - Israel plays up Hamas links to Chechen separatists "It is widely known that Hamas does not intervene in the internal affairs of other sovereign countries," said group spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri. "Attempts by Israel to isolate Hamas internationally, politically and economically have failed." Next, Russia will play up Israel's links to Hamas..

02-13-06 - Putin the Peacemaker One has to wonder, however, why he would bring up the subject of Chechnya in this context. Especially since Israel's amen corner in the U.S. is so overtly sympathetic to the Chechen cause, as evidenced by the endorsers of the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya, including such neoconservative superstars as Jim Woolsey, Richard Perle, Elliott Abrams, and the omnipresent Michael Ledeen

02-13-06 - Leunig denies entering cartoon contest "I've had a few emails recently, anonymous emails taunting me to enter this competition.


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