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Civil War
Paul Szep

Iraq Headed Squarely Toward Civil War

A bomb in a vegetable market killed 36 people in Baghdad, prompting the government to announce a one-day ban on all vehicles in the city.
This comes on the heels of similarly deadly bombings Wednesday and the day before. The Washington Post put the death toll of this recent spate of violence at over 1,300.
What’s worse, America’s spy chief tells Congress that the violence could destabilize the entire region—which would completely upend one of Bush’s main reasons for invasion in the first place.

Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE


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When Politics Defeat Science

A former FDA official reminds us that the White House is still forcing science to conform to the dictates of Bush-style fundamentalist Christianity.

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Boston Church Lagging on Pedophile Reforms

The state attorney general is blasting the Boston Archdiocese for its failure to implement safeguards to prevent the sexual abuse of children. Missing: a system to track abusive priests, and prevention programs in schools.

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U.S. Troops: Pull Out of Iraq

In the first ever poll of U.S. military personnel in Iraq, most troops say we should withdraw within the next year.
Does this mean that Bush is unpatriotic because he’s not “supporting the troops”?

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Google CFO Says Growth Is Slowing

The 800-pound gorilla’s rampage has started to slow down a bit, as evidenced by the chief financial officer’s admission that the search company will have to find new ways to boost revenue.
Related: Check out Truthdig’s eye-opening report on Google’s grasp of the intimate details of your life.

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Court Sides With Abortion Protesters

The Supreme Court ruling had nothing to do with the underlying issue of abortion. Rather, the court ruled that federal extortion and racketeering laws cannot be used to ban demonstrations. (Alito, by the way, sat this one out.)

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Sumbawa
From the BBC

‘Pompeii of the East’ Discovered

In 1815, the largest volcanic eruption in modern times buried the Indonesian island of Sumbawa. Now scholars have uncovered a part of it and are hailing the find as second in importance only to its Italian “time capsule” equivalent.

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From Barry Iverson / The New York Times

U.S. to Pay $300,000 to Ex-Detainee

The federal government is settling a lawsuit brought by an Egyptian who claims he was abused in a Brooklyn detention center and then deported on suspicion of having links to terrorism.

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34%

In the last 30 years, only a Watergate-stained Nixon had a worse approval rating than Bush’s current level of 34%.
Of course, CBS’ polling methodology has its critics on the right.

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Iraqi Death Tally Triples Official Reports

The violence unleashed after last week’s bombing of a Shiite Muslim shrine claimed 1,300 Iraqi lives, triple the number reported by the U.S. military. Outside of major U.S. offensives, these have been the deadliest few days in the last three years in Iraq.
UPDATE: The violence continues with multiple attacks claiming 68 lives on Tuesday.

Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


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