Author: Prizgar

A very public tongue-lashing.

Bush takes a tongue-lashing from the Pope over Iraq

  John Hooper in Rome and John Aglionby in Singapore
Saturday June 5, 2004
The Guardian

  The Pope yesterday subjected George Bush to a very public, relentlessly critical assessment of the US administration’s performance in Iraq, attacking "deplorable" abuses of prisoners and calling for an international solution to the country’s crisis.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1232050,00.html
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Blair: I'm in charge here. . .

Blair: I’m still in charge, whatever the result

PM prepares post-poll fightback amid Labour postal votes gloom

  Patrick Wintour, chief political correspondent
Saturday June 5, 2004
The Guardian

  Tony Blair is planning an instant political fightback in the wake of next week’s European and local election results amid early signs that the postal voting experiment is not delivering Labour’s desired big increase in working-class turnout.

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/elections2004/story/0,14549,1231900,00.html
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One George down, one to go.

One George down, one to go
George Tenet was a hapless bumbler who deserved his fate. But as long as the high-ranking Bush cronies who are really responsible for the Iraq nightmare sit safely inside the Pentagon, Americans will not be satisfied.

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By Martin Sieff

June 5, 2004  |   The resignation of George Tenet, President Bush’s loyal, stolid and invariably hapless CIA chief, will not be enough to appease the angry furies screeching at the Bush administration. As is typical for this administration, the abrupt departure of Tenet had nothing to do with justice and everything to do with expediency.
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Welcome to America.

Welcome to America

 When writer Elena Lappin flew to LA, she dreamed of a sunkissed, laid-back city. But that was before airport officials decided to detain her as a threat to security …

  Saturday June 5, 2004
The Guardian

  Somewhere in central Los Angeles, about 20 miles from LAX airport, there is a nondescript building housing a detention facility for foreigners who have violated US immigration and customs laws. I was driven there around 11pm on May 3, my hands painfully handcuffed behind my back as I sat crammed in one of several small, locked cages inside a security van. I saw glimpses of night-time urban LA through the metal bars as we drove, and shadowy figures of armed security officers when we arrived, two of whom took me inside. The handcuffs came off just before I was locked in a cell behind a thick glass wall and a heavy door. No bed, no chair, only two steel benches about a foot wide. There was a toilet in full view of anyone passing by, and of the video camera watching my every move. No pillow or blanket. A permanent fluorescent light and a television in one corner of the ceiling. It stayed on all night, tuned into a shopping channel.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1231089,00.html
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Liberal activists lukewarm on Kerry

Liberal activists lukewarm on Kerry

Need to beat Bush is meeting’s theme

By Mary Leonard, Globe Staff  |  June 4, 2004

WASHINGTON — Liberal Democrats say they are organized, united, and determined as never before to oust President Bush from the White House. But when more than 2,000 of these progressive activists from across the country gathered under a "Take Back America" banner yesterday, it was Howard Dean, not John F. Kerry, who stole their hearts.

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/president/kerry/articles/2004/06/04/liberal_activists_lukewarm_on_kerry?mode=PF
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Kissinger Accused of Blocking Scholar

June 5, 2004

Kissinger Accused of Blocking Scholar
By DIANA JEAN SCHEMO

The chief Latin American expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, the nation’s pre-eminent foreign policy club, has quit as a protest, accusing the council of stifling debate on American intervention in Chile during the 1970’s as a result of pressure from former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/05/arts/05CHIL.html?th
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Al-Haeri's Conditions

Al-Haeri’s Conditions

ash-Sharq al-Awsat: Old-time al-Da`wa leader in exile, Ayatollah Kadhim al-Haeri, issued a statement Friday from Qom, Iran, on the caretaker government in Iraq. He said there were 6 things it needed to do to demonstrate its patriotic credentials and gain acceptance.

 Juan Cole (www.juancole.com) is a professor of modern Middle East history at the University of Michigan and author of "Sacred Space and Holy War" (I.B. Tauris, 2002).
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Allawi's ascent follows extensive PR campaign

Allawi’s ascent follows extensive PR campaign
By Jim Drinkard, USA TODAY
Iraq’s new prime minister waged an expensive lobbying and public relations campaign beginning last year to build political support — not in Baghdad, but in Washington.

Iyad Allawi benefited from at least $340,000 in spending for Washington lawyers and lobbyists and New York PR agents, all paid for by a wealthy Iraqi expatriate who lives in London.

 http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-06-02-allawi-rise_x.htm
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Gore keeps slugging.

June 5, 2004

Gore Lashes Out Again at Bush Administration
By REUTERS

Filed at 11:06 a.m. ET

TACOMA, Wash. (Reuters) – Al Gore, continuing his stinging criticism of the Bush administration, denounced the war in Iraq and deplored the downturn in the U.S. economy.

The former Democratic vice president stopped short of reiterating his demands for the resignations of high-ranking officials in President Bush’s cabinet.

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/politics/politics-politics-gore.html?pagewanted=print&position
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Abuse Inquiries Seen as Leaving Significant Gaps

June 6, 2004

Abuse Inquiries Seen as Leaving Significant Gaps
By STEVEN LEE MYERS and ERIC SCHMITT

WASHINGTON, June 5 — Disparate inquiries into abuses of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan have so far left crucial questions of policy and operations unexamined, according to lawmakers from both parties and outside military experts, who say that the accountability of senior officers and Pentagon officials may remain unanswered as a result.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/06/international/middleeast/06ABUS.html?hp
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Day Two.

This thing is bringing out the best in me — I’m sharing. And I love it.  LOL.

What a blast it is to spread the word. And so far, I’m enjoying most of what I read here.

Great work people.  In time this will be the only place to be.

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