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Pentagon Understates War’s Human Cost Among Soldiers

The Pentagon lists the number of soldiers wounded in combat in Iraq at more than 23,000, a tally often quoted by news agencies. But if one considers troops injured in “noncombat action,” a separate category that includes noncombat helicopter crash victims, the critically ill and others, the number doubles to about 50,000, leading critics to charge that the military is attempting to conceal the true human cost of the war.

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Mike Huckabee
washingtonpost.com

Another Arkansas Governor Running for President

Mike Huckabee, who’s best known for dropping 100 pounds and urging obese Arkansans to follow his example, added his name to the swelling list of presidential contenders on Sunday.

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Raleb Majadele
knesset.gov.il

Historic Appointment for Israel

For the first time in its history, the Israeli government has named an Arab Muslim to the Cabinet. Raleb Majadele said his promotion was the first step to giving Israel’s 20 percent Arab minority a “feeling of belonging.”

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250 Dead After Daylong Battle

U.S. and Iraqi soldiers killed 250 militants Sunday in a day of fighting in Najaf. According to an Iraqi official, the battle with the previously unknown militia involved tanks, jets and helicopters, one of which was shot down.

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Gaza violence
news.bbc.co.uk

No End in Sight for Gaza Violence

The turmoil in Gaza continues unabated as the two main Palestinian factions clash.  At least 22 deaths have occurred since Thursday. Despite pleas for restraint from throughout the Arab world, the fighting between Fatah and Hamas looks as though it could escalate, spreading to the West Bank.

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protesters
satyamag.com

Give Peace a Chance

Tens of thousands of protesters marched on Washington on Saturday to demand an end to the war. The Rev. Graylan S. Hagler summed up the feeling of the crowd, which included veterans, celebrities, politicians and others: “When we voted it was a directive to bring our troops home now.”

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Gonzales and Bush
smh.com.au

Gonzales Installs Bush Loyalists in Key Positions

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is exploiting a loophole in the Patriot Act to appoint U.S. attorneys whose principal qualification is their loyalty to the Bush administration. Recently a number of attorneys have been fired, apparently to make way for Bush-friendly replacements.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE



No iPods for North Korea

In response to North Korea’s nuclear test last year, the U.S. has banned the export of luxury goods including iPods, jet skis and cognac. That’ll teach ‘em.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


skin shade
original: booster.co.il / alteration by Peter Scheer

Lighter Skin Pays Off for Immigrants in U.S.

A new study of thousands of immigrants found that those with lighter skin earned more money than immigrants of similar background whose skin was darker. “On average, being one shade lighter has about the same effect as having an additional year of education,” the study’s author said.

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Fox News Resurrects ‘Path to 9/11’ Propaganda

Fox News intends to broadcast unaired footage from ABC’s propagandistic miniseries “The Path to 9/11.” The scene in question, which suggested that Sandy Berger rejected a proposal to assassinate Osama bin Laden, was toned down after the series’ wild inaccuracies and political motivations led to a national firestorm.

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