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From Salon.com

The Abu Ghraib Files

Salon presents a horrifying new gallery of 279 photos and 19 videos of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib.

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In Iraq, 87 Bodies Found in 24 Hours

The latest carnage appears to be almost wholly sectarian—that is, Shiite versus Sunni—and linked to last month’s destruction of an important Shiite shrine. The single-day death tally of 87 follows a spate of weekend attacks that claimed 58 lives.

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From the New York Times

Did the N.Y. Times Misidentify Abu Ghraib Detainee?

Salon.com presents exclusive evidence that The New York Times incorrectly identified—in a Page 1 story!—the hooded detainee shown in one of the most iconic abuse photos from the notorious Iraqi prison. (Hat tip: Huff Po)

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Judge Orders Google to Turn Over Some Data

A federal judge says he will require the search engine company to provide the government with some search-query data in connection with the Justice Dept.‘s attempts to revive an online child pornography law. It’s unclear what kind of and how much data the judge will order turned over.
That strange shifting underneath your feet? It’s the slippery slope we’re all sliding down, toward an Orwellian future.
Truthdig’s Google expert Mark Malseed has the skinny on the implications of this battle.

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Mike Hoover / CBS via The New York Times

Yale Both Stonewalls and Attacks on Taliban Student Issue

In the wake of The New York Times Magazine’s cover story on the former Taliban official attending Yale, alumni are setting up protest websites designed to hurt fundraising efforts. Yale mostly won’t talk, but one university official responded by calling the critics “retarded.” (Hat tip: Huff Po)

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Bloggers at the Gates

The New York Times’ editorial page gives a big plug to “Crashing the Gates,” the book on Internet-based political action, co-authored by the editor of the hugely popular blog DailyKos. The Times calls the book’s criticism of clueless media consultants and self-defeating groups like NARAL “dead-on.”

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Bush Sets a Target for Iraq Transition

The president, who has until now refused to set concrete withdrawal timelines, now vows to cede control of most of the country to Iraqi forces by the end of 2006.
Check out a full-text version of his speech.

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U.S. Postwar Iraq Strategy a Mess, Tony Blair Was Told

According to leaked secret memos, top advisors to the British leader gave him explicit warnings three years ago that the U.S. had “No leadership, no strategy, no coordination, no structure and [was] inaccessible to ordinary Iraqis.”
Not that this kind of thing shocks us anymore, but still it’s eye-opening when it’s confirmed by a staunch ally.
Daily Kos tees off on this.

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From nationalneographic.com

Now They Have John Paul Performing Miracles From the Grave

A French nun inflicted with Parkinson’s disease is suddenly cured—after fellow nuns pray to the dead pope.
The Associated Press ran this story without a hint of irony or skepticism.
Check out Truthdig’s Sam Harris for a little perspective.

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Bush Ties Iran to Iraqi Bombs

The president asserts that many of the roadside bombs in Iraq—which have proved so deadly to U.S. forces—originate in Iran.
This is part and parcel of Bush & Co.‘s efforts to portray Tehran as the next big boogeyman.
Check out Truthdig’s Juan Cole on Bush’s campaign to frame Iran. 

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