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A split within the Burmese opposition has led to some members leaving the defunct National League for Democracy to create a new party, the National Democratic Force, after authorities abolished the NLD for failing to register according to the military regime's strict election laws.

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Sen. Jim Webb is the first senior U.S. official in more than 10 years to visit Burma, triggering speculation that the White House may be trying to nudge the authoritarian regime there into a "new era of engagement." The trip follows the recent ludicrous sentencing of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 18 more months of house arrest.

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The U.S. has finally decided that it is "well past time" for Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to be shown the door. This after he stole an election in June, subverted a power-sharing arrangement and run his once-prosperous nation into the ground.

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Thousands of Cambodians were tortured and killed under Pol Pot's horrific Khmer Rouge regime, and now one of the major players from that reign of torture and terror, Kang Khek Ieu, may face justice for his role in the deaths of about 17,000 people. Here, The Independent's Valerio Pellizzari hears the firsthand account during a rare interview with the man formerly known as "Duch."

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Confused by all the conflicting messages about Iran's actual threat to the U.S. and, on a broader scale, to global security? It's no wonder, given the sturm und drang coming from the Bush administration. Now, thankfully, former weapons inspector and Truthdig contributor Scott Ritter makes sense of the situation in this video of a still timely talk he gave in July.

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A wide array of artists, politicians, academics and journalists endorsed a full-page ad in the N.Y. Times on Thursday that calls for a day of mass resistance Oct. 5 to "drive out the Bush regime."

  • The signers include: Jane Fonda, Gore Vidal, Sean Penn, Alice Walker, Lewis Lapham, Susan Sarandon, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Maxine Waters, Cornel West, Margaret Cho and Paul Haggis.
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    Contrary to the official "diplomatic solution" line, Seymour Hersh reports that Washington is stepping up plans for a possible airstrike on Iran. According to Reuters, Hersh's story in the April 17 issue of The New Yorker reports that a former senior defense official said the planning was, in Hersh's words, "based on the belief that a bombing campaign against Iran would humiliate the leadership and lead the Iranian public to overthrow it." The ex-official reportedly added that he was shocked to hear the strategy.

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