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Iran Ascendant After Iraq War

The L.A. Times charts how America’s war in Iraq has made Iran the dominant power in the region, with a stronger nuclear program, strengthened ties to Hamas and a burgeoning core of anti-U.S. Shiites.

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Iraq, Three Years Later

One month shy of the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, United Press International asks the following: Is Iraq better off? Is the United States any safer? Are its allies in Europe and elsewhere more secure? Its answer: Hardly.

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U.S. Threatens to Cut Off Iraqi Aid

America’s ambassador to Iraq says the United States might cut funding to the Iraqi government if it puts sectarian politicians in two key posts.
Iraq’s prime minister angrily rejects the call, saying, “We do not need anybody to remind us, thank you.”

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


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Arianna Smacks Down Hannity and Coulter

We stood up and cheered when we saw this one: Sean Hannity needles Arianna Huffington about something Alec Baldwin said, and Arianna throws it back in his face by listing some of the indefensible and “toxic” things Ann Coulter has said over the years. Good one, Arianna.

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Rumsfeld’s ‘Golly Gee’ Stance on Port Sale Draws Skepticism

The secretary of defense claims he didn’t know about the pending sale of six major U.S. ports to a United Arab Emirates company, even though, as ThinkProgress points out, he sat on a board that approved the sale.
Meanwhile, the president vows to veto any blockage of the sale, setting up a showdown with Republicans and Democrats.
Confused about the issue? The Moderate Voice has a good primer.

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


The Prison Death Tally

Almost 100 prisoners have died in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan since August 2000, with homicide suspected or confirmed in 34 deaths, concludes a report fom Human Rights First.

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


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Santorum’s Finances Draw Questions

The American Prospect digs into the finances of Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and finds that his “lifestyle is financed in ways ... [that] are at best unconventional, and at worst a possible violation of Senate rules.”

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


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From CNN via ThinkProgress

Chertoff Goes Mum on Portgate

Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff on the proposed deal to cede control of six U.S. ports to the United Arab Emirates: “The discussions are classified. I can’t get into the specifics here.”
Truthdig doesn’t pretend to understand the ins and outs of port ownership logistics, but we are troubled by Think Progress’ revelation that a country linked with international terrorism is going to have dominion over 40% of the U.S. cargo bound for Iraq.

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


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From jkrweb.com

Jon Stewart Runs on CNN International

OK, all you expatriates probably already knew this, but Truthdig didn’t: “The Daily Show” runs on CNN International outside the U.S.
Think about that: Millions (perhaps billions) of foreigners get Jon Stewart’s version of America on a relatively straight-news-oriented channel. Depending on how you feel about Stewart’s sensibility, that’s either wonderful or troubling. (This snippet of news comes near the end of a hilarious article about Stewart’s upcoming gig at the Oscars.

Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


Navy Warned Pentagon on Torture

Two years before the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, the Navy’s general counsel warned the Pentagon that its wink-and-nod policies on torture would invite abuse, reports The New Yorker.

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