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Bush and Hakim
newsweek.com

Bush Winks at Iran

With Moqtada al-Sadr walking out of Nouri al-Maliki’s government, the Iraqi prime minister is desperate for the support of prominent Shiite Abdul Aziz al-Hakim and his 30 parliamentarians, which may explain President Bush’s meeting with the politician earlier Monday.  However, Hakim has strong ties to Iran, which is widely assumed to equip and fund his militia, placing Bush in yet another awkward tap dance between stability in Iraq and hostility toward Iran.

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Paul Szep

U.N. Envoys Sound Off on Bolton’s Departure

John Bolton, having announced his retirement as U.N. ambassador, didn’t get much love Monday, particularly from his colleagues at the United Nations.  One Security Council member, speaking anonymously, had this to say about the notoriously cranky diplomat: “People here are not against the United States, but I think the United States lost a lot of things because of Bolton’s tactics.”

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Padilla
nytimes.com

Padilla Video Exposes Detainment Practices

Recently released video footage of Jose Padilla for the first time reveals life as an “enemy combatant” in U.S. custody.  The footage shows Padilla, manacled and deprived of vision and hearing, en route to a dental appointment.  Padilla was denied access to a lawyer for 21 months, testing the extent of the Bush administration’s executive power.

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Hugo Chavez
alternet.org

Chavez Wins Third Term

Hugo Chavez has successfully defended his post and secured another six-year term as Venezuela’s president following an election held on Sunday.  During his acceptance speech, Chavez reprised his pet name for President Bush, saying his victory was “another defeat for the devil.”

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Kofi Annan
worldpress.org

United Nations Secretary-General Saddened by Iraq War

As he prepares to leave office after 10 years, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan spoke to the BBC about his sorrow at not being able to prevent the war in Iraq, and described the violence there as “much worse” than civil war.

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Bush, Condy and Cheney
washingtonpost.com

Mideast Anxiety Deflates Bush Jaunt

Separate trips by Bush, Cheney and Rice to the Middle East were meant to demonstrate the administration’s diplomatic prowess but backfired when the Americans met with Arab leaders who were panicked, distraught and vocal.

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Raul Castro Wants Talks With the U.S.

Cuba’s acting President Raul Castro has invited the U.S. to engage in diplomatic talks: “We take this opportunity to once again state that we are willing to resolve at the negotiating table the long-standing dispute between the United States and Cuba.” 

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death house
narconews.com

Court Documents Link ‘Death House’ to High-Ranking U.S. Officials

The Observer’s online edition says it has obtained documents that show U.S. officials allowed a drug informant to continue a campaign of murder in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, so as to preserve his ability to share information.  At least 12 people were killed, with knowledge of the murderer allegedly extending into the upper echelons of American power.  Thanks to Cynthia Marler-Wills for the tip.

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Olbermann
reportercaps.com

Olbermann Outperforms Trash Media

Keith Olbermann’s synthesis of in-depth Murrow-esque reporting and hard-hitting opinionated analysis has attracted a growing audience and turned the O’Reilly model on its head.  The Nation magazine has a profile of broadcast journalism’s rising star.

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Rumsfeld
DoD / R.D. Ward

Rumsfeld Memo Calls for ‘Major Adjustment’

Another confidential memo has landed in the hands of The New York Times, this one written by Don Rumsfeld himself. The disgraced former defense secretary suggested major changes in Iraq strategy, including the possibility of troop withdrawals: “In my view it is time for a major adjustment.” Bush apparently agreed, firing Rumsfeld just two days later.

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