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  Hunger Strike Expands at GuantanamoDecember 30, 2005 00:00 The hunger strike of indefinitely held enemy combatants at Guantanamo has increased to 84 participants. The striking men seek release from endless incarceration.
  Is The U.S. Becoming The Enemy We Abhor?December 29, 2005 00:00 This kind of article (and the many reader comments below) is the painful result of our administrations foreign policy. Buch-Cheney-Rumsfeld basically believe it's black-or-white, kill-or-be-killed, with no middle ground. How wrong they are.
  The State Department s ShannonDecember 29, 2005 00:00 An interesting discussion of State department policy regarding Latin America and recent changes (or lack of) due to personnel departures.
  U.S.-Led Coalition In Iraq Continues To ShrinkDecember 28, 2005 00:00 The U.S.-led international military coalition in Iraq shrank further Tuesday after Bulgaria and Ukraine completed troop withdrawals and Poland announced it was reducing its contingent by 40 percent while switching to a noncombat role.
  Possibility Of Us Military Presence Raises Fears In ParaguayDecember 28, 2005 00:00 A visit by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to Paraguay has stirred up fears that the US may be planning to position a military base in the impoverished, land-locked South American nation.
  U.S. Takes Terror Fight To Africa's 'Wild West'December 27, 2005 00:00 The US is spending $500 million on its Saharan anti-terror program. Please tell me that this isn't some other kind of corporate boondoggle that will enrich someone like Chevron, Exxon, or Halliburton.
  Rice Authorized National Security Agency To Spy On Un Security Council In Run-Up To War, Former Officials SayDecember 27, 2005 00:00 While the US was urging its allies on toward war in Iraq, president Bush authorized the NSA to spy on those same UN allies to see how they would vote on UN resolutions. How to win friends and influence people... lie to them, then spy on them!
  Rumsfeld Indicates Troop Drawdown in IraqDecember 23, 2005 00:00 Donald Rumsfeld has indicated that US troops numbers will begin to drawdown in Iraq. I hate to be cynical, but many had predicted that this would happen in time for the 2006 election year... and here we are.
  Italian Judge Issues Warrants For C.I.A. OperativesDecember 23, 2005 00:00 An Italian judge has issued European arrest warrants for 22 purported CIA operatives wanted for the alleged kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric. The agents are alleged to have kidnapped the cleric and taken him out of the country as part of the US CIA policy of Extraordinary Rendition.
  Cheney Visits Forces In IraqDecember 19, 2005 00:00 Interesting Q&A with Dick Cheney and some of the troops in Iraq. They sound tired to me.
  Bush: Iraq Pullout Would Hurt CredibilityDecember 18, 2005 00:00 President Bush, on the defensive, claimed in a speech today that the US will harm its credibility if it pulls out 'early' from Iraq. Funny, I thought having secret prisons and holding people indefinitely in foreign countries would hurt our credibility.
  Judge Halts Trial Of Turkey's Top NovelistDecember 16, 2005 00:00 Turkey is prosecuting a novelist for stating that the country has problems dealing with its ethnic minority citizens. It's sad to see articles like this and to realize that the Bush administration is one of the strongest proponents of Turkey joining the EU. It's obviously for selfish political goals.
  Trade Gap Soars To New High-U.S. Deficit Hits $68.9B In October; Higher Imports Of Oil, Chinese Goods Cited.December 15, 2005 00:00 The US trade gap has hit it's highest ever mark with the US consumer essentially borrowing money from foreign governments to pay for basic goods. Too bad nothing is made in the US any more.
  Sahara: The Next War on Terror BoondoggleDecember 14, 2005 00:00 If only it were April 1st. Sources report that the next military objective of the US is the Sahara desert. Someone high up should read "Skeletons on the Zahara" first.
  Bush Friend Linked To Top Job In Russian Oil IndustryDecember 14, 2005 00:00 Recent US Commerce Secretary David Evans will be appointed to the head of the board of Russia's largest state-run oil company. Evans is also a close friend of George Bush.
  Canada Told To Tone Down Attacks On USDecember 14, 2005 00:00 Blame Canada. David Wilkins, the US ambassador to Canada, has stated in a televised speech that Canadian politicians need to tone down anti-US rhetoric. At least the Bush administration doesn't only tell us and the French to shut up.
  Illegal Detainees Shipped to North Africa by CIA?December 14, 2005 00:00 It looks like the CIA may have shipped its illegal detainees out of Europe to North Africa when the secret prison scandal broke a month ago.
  Bush Puts Rice In Charge Of Post-Conflict StrategyDecember 14, 2005 00:00 The Bush administration is finally reviewing nation rebuilding policies in light of its failure to rebuild and stabilize Iraq after the US invasion.
  Bush Says Iraq's Path to Democracy Like That of U.S.December 12, 2005 00:00 Ahh, the revisionism. President Bush has again compared the process to democracy in Iraq as akin to that of our founding fathers. Of course George Washington was proud of the fact that we have a secular democracy, but it took us 120 years to establish voting rights for women, so there are differences and similarities.
  Isn Security Watch - Iraqi Oil Industry In CrisisDecember 12, 2005 00:00 The Bush administration is lying to you about the reconstruction in Iraq. Funny thing that he's talking about restoring the flow of oil and increasing the amount of potable water when Iraqi's had plenty of both before the war.
  Bush Acknowledges High Toll in IraqDecember 12, 2005 00:00 President Bush acknowledged the high civilian death toll in Iraq today during a rare unscripted Q&A session after a speech. He still asserted that the US is better off with the removal of Saddam Hussein.
  Chavez Oil Deal Finds Eager TakersDecember 12, 2005 00:00 More states are negotiating with Venezuela's Citgo for cheaper heating oil. The Republicans always wanted more state's rights... now they're seeing them in action.
  Troops to Pull out of Iraq in Time for Nov 2006 Elections?December 09, 2005 00:00 True to John Murtha's words, it looks like the US may start drawing down troops in time for the next election year. Look at these comments by Rumsfeld.
  Ambassador Bolton Criticizes U.N. Human Rights CommissionerDecember 07, 2005 00:00 (Recess appointment) UN Ambassador John Bolton criticized UN Human Rights Commissioner Louise Arbour who had stated that the US is losing moral authority through some of its actions in the war on terror. I think she's right. Bolton is also involved in an attempt to abolish the UN Human Rights Commission.
  US in League with Dracula?December 06, 2005 00:00 Secretary of State Rice signed an agreement today that allows the US to use four military bases in Romania, near the Black Sea.
  Rice's European Troubleshooting Fails ThreefoldDecember 06, 2005 00:00 US Secretary of State Rice seems to be failing on her diplomatic mission to Europe. It seems that brutality can't be hidden with carefully chosen words.
  Spend-A-Billion-Bush Wants More Money for Iraqi ArmyDecember 05, 2005 00:00 Our dear president wants to spend billions more of our tax dollars to somehow shore up the Iraqi army so that he can sell us on our 'success' in Iraq and lift his poll numbers. That's like me paying my doctor so he can fight my malpractice lawsuit after he replaced the wrong knee. Whatever George.
  Rice on Prison-path in EuropeDecember 05, 2005 00:00 Secretary of State Prisons, Condoleezza Rice, is on the warpath in Europe, defending the right of the US to 'not' use torture and defending the use of US secret prisions in Eastern Europe. Thanks for representing me, Condi.
  U.S. Isolationism Is Biggest Threat To ProgressDecember 01, 2005 00:00 Although the Neo-Conservatives believe that the US should be melded with an American free trade economy, public sentiment seems to be going against this.
  Dems Not Buying Bush Victory PlanDecember 01, 2005 00:00 Democrats seem skeptical of Bush's 'Plan for Victory' in Iraq. Aren't you? Check this out, you can read the US strategy for victory in Iraq here.
  US Military Paid to Place Articles in Iraqi NewspapersDecember 01, 2005 00:00 Although I don't think it's a big suprise that the US military used paid propaganda in Iraq, the issue seems to be blowing up in their face with the White house even expressing 'concern.'