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Israel OKs Gay March

The Israeli attorney general has approved a gay pride march in Jerusalem despite concern from police and condemnation from religious extremists.  During last year’s march, an ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed three people.

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AP / Scott Nelson

Saddam Hussein Sentenced to Death

Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to death for crimes against humanity.  Reactions to the verdict illustrate the sectarian divisions that have become so familiar in Iraq, with celebrations erupting in Shiite and Kurdish areas while some Sunni neighborhoods turned to violent protest.

  • Truthdig classic: Juan Cole on Saddam’s trial

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    CIA Wants to Keep Interrogation Methods Secret

    The CIA has argued that allowing detainees to publicly describe interrogation techniques used against them would endanger national security.

    Posted on Nov 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Case Will Point to Revised Court’s Abortion Approach

    The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week regarding the constitutionality of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act passed by Congress.  The case should indicate how the newly formed court will approach abortion rights without the presence of Sandra Day O’Connor.

    Posted on Nov 4, 2006 READ MORE


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    AP / David Hume Kennerly

    Military Newspapers: ‘Rumsfeld Must Go’

    On Monday the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times will run a joint editorial calling for the resignation or removal of the defense secretary: “Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large. His strategy has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised. And although the blame for our failures in Iraq rests with the secretary, it will be the troops who bear its brunt.”

    Posted on Nov 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Richard Perle
    From Vanity Fair

    Perle Concedes Iraq Disaster

    Richard Perle, one of the chief intellectual architects of the Iraq invasion, told Vanity Fair that had he known in 2003 what he knows now about Bush & Co.‘s incompetence, he would not have advocated an invasion.

    Posted on Nov 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Two Gaza Women Killed in Israeli Siege at Mosque

    From the BBC: “Two women have been killed as Israeli troops opened fire on a crowd of women gathered to help besieged gunmen flee a Gaza mosque. ... The Israeli military said the militants escaped by mingling with the women, who were acting as human shields.”

    Posted on Nov 3, 2006 READ MORE


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    usatoday.com

    Iraq Oversight Agency Silenced

    An obscure provision inserted at the last minute into a military authorization bill signed by President Bush has closed the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.  The oversight agency had repeatedly embarrassed the administration by exposing corruption, exploitation and negligence in the reconstruction effort in Iraq.

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    U.S. Seen as Threat by Allies

    A recent set of polls conducted in Britain, Canada, Mexico and Israel found a majority of people there believe the U.S. has made the world less safe.  In the British survey, George W. Bush was seen as a greater threat to world peace than either Kim Jong-il or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    Posted on Nov 3, 2006 READ MORE


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    dccc.org

    Have You Seen This Man?

    Disgraced Congressman Mark Foley has indefinitely extended his stay in rehab.  Though his lawyer refused to specify how long he would remain in hiding, one can only assume Foley plans to wait out the election and minimalize further damage to his party and reputation.

    Posted on Nov 3, 2006 READ MORE


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