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Going Bananas for Terrorists

Chiquita has agreed to pay $25 million in fines for bribing Colombian terrorist groups to safeguard its banana plantations. One of the groups, a right-wing paramilitary organization, has been guilty of some of Colombia’s worst atrocities.

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Pentagon Releases 9/11 Mastermind’s Confession

The military has released a confession attributed to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the supposed mastermind of 9/11. According to the partially redacted transcript of his secret hearing, Mohammed claimed responsibility for 28 attacks, including 9/11, the Bali bombing, a number of operations that were never carried out and some that were not thought to be closely related to al-Qaida.

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Ohio Election Workers Sentenced for 2004 Rigging

Jacqueline Maiden and Kathleen Dreamer were each sentenced to 18 months for rigging a ballot recount in Ohio after the 2004 election. The judge seemed to agree that there may have been a conspiracy to defraud the voters, saying, “I can’t help but feel there’s more to this story.” According to the Brad Blog, had John Kerry won just six more votes in each of the state’s precincts, he would be president.

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Stock Market Flux Flusters Analysts

Dipping American stock prices caused a ripple effect on world markets Tuesday and Wednesday, as analysts predicted more instability soon.  The U.S. mortgage market is the source of the current concern, which some stock-watchers believe portends a “bloodbath.”

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usmedicine.com

Vet Blogs From Within Walter Reed

A wounded soldier is giving the world an insider’s view of life at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center with his new blog, This Veteran’s Life, and the view isn’t pretty.  Here’s a little taste to set the tone:  “Maybe this will give me a place to scream into the void when my screams fall on deaf ears.”

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Mugabe Foe Is Defiant After Bloody Rally

Zimbabwean resistance leader Morgan Tsvangirai spoke out today from his hospital bed, where he was recovering from a violent clash with police at a protest Sunday.  Tsvangirai and 49 other members of the Movement for Democratic Change were injured as they rallied against Robert Mugabe’s repressive regime. 

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msnbc.com

Edwards’ Iraq Vote Explained

In an upcoming memoir, Bob Shrum, former adviser to John Edwards, says he pushed the then-senator to vote for the Iraq war authorization out of concern for his political future. Edwards denies the claim, saying of his vote: “It was not a political calculation. ... It was a mistake.”

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Just Say No to Armageddon

The story goes like this: One day Jesus will come and take his favorite Christians to heaven, leaving the rest to fend off the Antichrist. It’s called the rapture, and 20 percent of Christians in America believe it is imminent. That’s far too many for a group of moderate Christians and theologians who want to reclaim Sunday school.

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Gonzales Admits ‘Mistakes’ but Won’t Resign

On Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced there was “direct evidence” that Alberto Gonzales was politically motivated to order the firing of U.S. attorneys. The attorney general admitted that “mistakes were made here,” but said he had no plans to resign.

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rollingstone.com

Experts Agree: We Have Lost the War

Rolling Stone gathered notables ranging from Zbigniew Brzezinski to Juan Cole to learn their takes on the future of Iraq. They agreed on one thing: The war is lost. Gen. Tony McPeak (ret.), formerly of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, put it this way: “Even if we had a million men to go in, it’s too late now.”

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


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