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“Protection. Conservation. Restriction. Deep ecology. Give me deep technology any day. They don't scare me. "I'm damned if I'll crawl, my children's children crawl on the earth in some kind a fuckin' harmony with the environment. Yeah, till the next ice age or the next asteroid impact." (Moh Kohn, The Star Fraction)/ "This is the fight between God and the Devil. If His Grace is with God, he must join me, if he is for the Devil he must fight me. There is no third way" King Gustavus Adolphus

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University graduate, currently working as an Information Assistant for the NHS. Interested in politics, history, sci fi etc.

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Medieval Spain: Arabs & Jews in Cultural Embrace

Medieval Sourcebook: Ibn Abd-el-Hakem: The Islamic Conquest of Spain

Muslim Spain and European Culture

Islam and Islamic History in Arabia and The Middle East

Ayyubid dynasty

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Sudan rejects UN resolution on Darfur

Iraqi governor: Free my sons and I'll quit

The price of punishment

Pope warns feminists

The Middle East-101

Convention success puts Kerry ahead in polls

UN Demands Sudan Stop Darfur Atrocities

On Bureaucratic Collectivism

Palestine's people never say goodbye

Rebuilding the house of Musa Kabu'ah

Palestinian internal crisis deepens but is not new

Iraqi governor: Free my sons and I'll quit

Government buildings torched in Jenin

Pope warns feminists

The price of punishment

The Middle East-101

Sudan rejects UN resolution on Darfur

New abortion rules spark protest

Iran resumes centrifuge building

Friday, July 30, 2004

Kerry gets tough with Bush

'We need to make America once again a beacon in the world' (John Kerry speech)

Palestinian Activists Assassinated

Editorial: Janissary Tactics

US air strike kills 13 Iraqis in Falluja

Palestinians, activists launch barrier rally

Jewish groups: Raze mosques, rebuild temple

Israel's merchants of influence

Wither the Empire: The Rise of Global Resistance

Iran, Turkey sign security pact

A Question of Character
Kerry is a mass-murderer. Bush is psycho. What's a voter to do?

Top 100 Corporate Criminals of the Decade

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Iraqi PM backs Muslim force plan

120 Killed as Violence Rocks Iraq

Israel's Bedouin Losing Ground

How Strong Do We Look Now?

Kerry to accept Democratic ticket

A frontier too far

Kerry Says He Will Restore Respect for U.S.

Darfur crisis the result of years of US sponsored terrorism in Southern Sudan

Muslim charity supports 'hummus', not 'Hamas'

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Bastille Day - Exactly 215 years ago today the French were revolting. Here's the best of the web on how they celebrate that event

Israeli missiles rain down on Gaza

Monsoon floods claim lives across subcontinent

The Deepening Crisis in America’s Prisons

Imperial Misconceptions

Families torn apart by discriminatory policies

Effort to Ban Gay Marriage Heads Toward Defeat

Iraq intelligence 'seriously flawed' says Butler

The Cult of Power
From Leon Trotsky to Paul Wolfowitz

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

US: No Palestinian state likely by 2005

Peres, Sharon unite on Gaza plan

Saudi al-Qaida suspect surrenders

Whitehall cuts going ahead, Brown warns

Exclusive extracts from Carmen bin Ladin's revealing book, The Veiled Kingdom

Elderly Palestinian crushed to death

EU ministers 'should have punished France and Germany over deficits'

US Won’t Impose Reforms on Middle East: Envoy

EU threatens sanctions on Sudan

Counting the Costs With no end in sight, the price for Iraq continues to skyrocke

Dispersing Demonstrations--Or Chemical Warfare?

Sharon warns of elections if right wing blocks coalition

Sunday, July 11, 2004

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Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor

Experts attack Bush's stance in Aids battle

Arafat hints Israel planted Tel Aviv bomb

Israel brushes aside World Court blow

Bush takes aim at 'dream team'

Annan asks Israel to respect ICJ wall ruling

Justice for Palestine: tear down the Apartheid Wall!

Russian Oil Magnate Trial Resumes Monday

Russia's YUKOS Offers Gov't $7.5 Billion

America's criminal occupation

The myth of reconstruction in Iraq

The Court has spoken: What's Next?

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Tour de France

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Israeli troops kill Palestinian teenager

Palestinians weigh post-verdict options

New settler outpost belies Sharon's pledge

World court tells Israel to tear down illegal wall

Two Steps Forward

The wall cannot work

Nablus: When does it stop?

About A Wall

Window into the Hunger Striker Tent Protesting Israel's Apartheid Wall

Russians dash for their cash amid fears of a new banking collapse

Makkah Imam Calls on Terrorists to Surrender

Editorial: Palestinians Vindicated

Bailiffs get 'tough' with Yukos

The Butterfly Effect, From Iraq to Asia

Thursday, July 08, 2004

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Lay Surrenders, Faces 11 Enron Counts

Nine Palestinians killed in Gaza raid

The semantics of Iraqi sovereignty

Former Enron chairman charged by justice department

Democrats' new double act take their first steps towards the White House with a traditional dose of US optimism

Journalists hit by new US visa rules

Israel Expresses Concern to UN Over Iran’s Nuclear Program

With Edwards, Kerry Chooses Energy Over Experience

Former Enron chief surrenders to FBI

The State Cannot Legislate On Matters Of Love

US policies in Iraq, Palestine, fuel Jordanians' discontent

The Spiderman-Palestine Connection!

U.S. Peace Activist Remains in Detention After Hearing

Bailiffs close in on Yukos

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Blair finally admits it: 'We may never find WMD'

Protesting Too Little?

US policies in Iraq, Palestine, fuel Jordanians' discontent

Nablus: Israeli forces kill university lecturer and his son

Culture for All


Blair spells out education plans

El-Baradei Sees No Nuclear Breakthrough on Israel Trip

Kerry Picks Former Rival Edwards as Running Mate

Car Bomb Kills 14 Iraqis

Kevin Strom: The Khodorkovsky Affair

The Oligarchs’ Menace

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

ElBaradei to focus on Israel's nuclear weapons

Bush Pressured to Oppose Saudi WTO Admission

America’s Growing Culture of Hate

Israeli Special Forces Officer Killed in West Bank

Parents face dilemma after smacking vote

Israel urged to join talks on creating nuclear-free region

Italy escapes rebuke over budget deficit

Allawi approves of US air raid on Falluja

Palestinians killed in refugee camp attack

Palestinians riot in Israeli prison

I personally don't support smacking or any physical abuse of children. Children should have the same rights as adults. Much of Europe has turned its back on smacking, why should the UK be any different?

Monday, July 05, 2004

Poll: Palestinians wary of Egyptian role

Palestinian civilian shot dead in Rafah

Israel concerned over 'militant settlers'

Saddam defence team travels to Libya

The second intifada - an Israeli strategy

Iraq's ailing health care sector

Editorial: The Wall

Israel Braces for Defeat Over Wall

Charisteas the hero as Greece defy the odds

Tehran to indict Saddam over war

Decapitation: Execrable, but effective

Israel Unleashed

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Who is at fault?

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council – France, Russia, China, the UK, and the USA – together account for 88 per cent of the world’s conventional arms exports; and these exports contribute regularly to gross abuses of human rights.

In the last four years the US, UK and France earned more income from arms exports to Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America than they provided in aid

facts and figures taken from Control

The Key Facts of the Arms Trade

The value of global authorized arms exports is $21 billion per year

There are 639 million small arms in the world, or one for every ten people, produced by over 1,000 companies in at least 98 countries.

8 million more small arms are produced every year

16 billion units of ammunition are produced each year - more than two new bullets for every man, woman and child on the planet.

Nearly 60 per cent of small arms are in civilian hands.

It is estimated that 80-90 per cent of all illegal small arms start in the state-sanctioned trade.

The human cost

More than 500,000 people on average are killed with conventional arms every year: one person every minute.

In World War One, 14 per cent of total casualties were civilian. In World War Two this grew to 67 per cent. In some of today’s conflicts the figure is even higher.

There are 300,000 child soldiers involved in conflicts.

Torture and ill-treatment by state officials - mostly armed police - was persistent in over 70 countries between 1997 and 2000.

Women and girls are raped at gunpoint during armed conflict – for example, 15,700 in Rwanda and 25,000 in Croatia and Bosnia.

One third of countries spend more on the military than they do on health-care services.

An average of US$22 billion a year is spent on arms by countries in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Latin America. Half of this amount would enable every girl and boy in those regions to go to primary school.

El Salvador’s expenditure on its health services to deal with the effects of violence amounts to more than 4 per cent of its GDP.

Nearly half (42 per cent) of countries with the highest defence burden rank among the lowest in human development. For example, Eritrea spends over 20 per cent of its GDP on military.

In Africa, economic losses due to war are about $15 billion per year.

Pakistan’s total defence spending is one-third of its annual GDP, or half if arms-related debt repayments are included.

Facts and Figures taken from Control

Million Faces Petition - sign up today and demand a control on the horrific arms trade

The Arms Trade Revealed

Arms Trade -- a major cause of suffering

Arms Around the World

European Network Against Arms Trade

Kick the arms dealers off campus

Israel and the Arms Trade


Control Arms campaign: key facts and figures

Facts about the Arms Trade

Key Facts about the Arms Trade

Small arms cause more death and destruction everyday, it is more dangerous than any wmd, help stop this horrific trade today - fight the good fight!!!!! The Arms Trade is OUT OF CONTROL

Palestinians, settler killed in shootings

Mandelson anoints Brown as Blair's successor

Israeli interrogator was at Abu Ghraib

Sharapova the supernova

Israelis Kill Two Palestinian Boys in Gaza Strip Operation

IAEA wants Israel to back nuke-free region

Islamic Democrats

Iraq: A Failure Without Borders


Saturday, July 03, 2004

Brando, idol and godfather, dies at 80

Nuclear Weapons in the Mideast

Bush poll campaign courts religious right

Palestinian informer is shot dead in town square


Rafsanjanisays Bush "real criminal" in Saddam`s case

Iran is in strong position to steer Iraq's political future

Friday, July 02, 2004

Muslims decry rise in police searches

Islam Does Not Sanction Taking Anybody’s Life

Israel: Human-bomb attack foiled

Al-Qaida unit renews threat against Europe

Left Turn
Polls show a growing progressive electorate—will Kerry heed the call?

Anatomy of a Home Demolition

'I am Saddam Hussein, the president of Iraq'

Raiding Israeli Forces Kill Gaza Boy - Witnesses

Israeli forces shoot Palestinian boy dead as he plays football



Israel Kills 3 in Gaza; Palestinians Kill Informer

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Saddam defiant in first court appearance

Defiant Saddam faces court

Israeli invasions wreak death and havoc

John Negroponte’s Haunted Past

US planes bomb Falluja

Henman hopes end with a whimper

Better than Brazil, says Scolari

PCHR gets Temporary Injunction Stopping Seizure of Land in al-Qarara

Saddam Dragged to His Past

Israel launches raid on Jericho

Mid-East coverage baffles Britons