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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.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Court orders changes to West Bank wall

Israeli court orders barrier route changes

Violence Goes On in Sovereign Iraq

Iraq takes legal custody of Saddam Hussein

Qatar finds Russian agents guilty of murder

Whose Homeland Is This?

Report of the June 26 Al-Ram demo against the Wall

3 Palestinians Killed and a Number of Houses and Civilian Facilities Destroyed

Negotiations Now!

Don't Call it a Wall

Bush popularity falls to all-time low but Kerry fails to capitalise


Tuesday, June 29, 2004

American Progress Report

There have been 972 coalition deaths, 854 Americans, 60 Britons, six Bulgarians, one Dane, one Dutch, one Estonian, one Hungarian, 18 Italians, one Latvian, six Poles, one Salvadoran, three Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and six Ukrainians, in the war in Iraq as of June 28, 2004

Maps of Ancient Palestine

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as you can see the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are not in Israel.

the West Bank was in Judah

the Gaza Strip was in ancient Philista

So logically the Israelis ain't got no claim to both strips of land

Survey of the children of Gaza by the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP):

83. 2% witnessed shooting

66. 9% seen injuries or deaths

8. 7% thought there would be peace

According to the GCHMP study, 24% of children said they had considered becoming suicide bombers.

Resistance attacks continue despite handover

Palestinians starve under occupation

Palestinian dead after Israeli raid

Teachers slam Tory education policy

Palestinian Rocket Attack Kills Two Israelis for the First Time

Arab Women Should Not Be Stereotyped

A Court of Cronies

Why Israel is still afraid of Mordechai Vanunu

Signs of progress in religious freedom in Muslim world

Halliburton Warns of Additional Loss

Israel steps up military action after Hamas rocket attack from Gaza strikes nursery

'Fahrenheit 9/11' or 'Farce and Hype 7-11'

Did CPA Take the Money and Run?

America's Black Budget & the Manipulation of Mortgage & Financial Markets

Monday, June 28, 2004

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Antonio Gramsci (January 22, 1891 - April 27, 1937)

Mourners crowd Nablus, vow revenge

IAEA: Israel should end its nuclear threat

US hands over power in Iraq

Female Emancipation Need of the Hour

Europe finally agrees on a new President


Iraq's missing oil billions

Settlement targeted after Gaza attack

Iraq handover completed - ahead of schedule

Sunday, June 27, 2004

US: Anti-Islam hatred at new high

Bush pleads for unity over Iraq

Forum Seeks to Redefine Roles for Gulf Women


Reagan’s Legacy of Lies

A Week Of Resistance to BP And Big Oil

Saturday, June 26, 2004

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Cheney says the F word

Cheney says the F word 2

The Spanish Iquisition

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The Spanish Inquisition
by Monty Python

Chapman: Trouble at mill.
Cleveland: Oh no - what kind of trouble?
Chapman: One on't cross beams gone owt askew on treadle.
Cleveland: Pardon?
Chapman: One on't cross beams gone owt askew on treadle.
Cleveland: I don't understand what you're saying.
Chapman: [slightly irritatedly and with exaggeratedly clear accent] One of the cross beams has gone out askew on the treadle.
Cleveland: Well what on earth does that mean?
Chapman: *I* don't know - Mr Wentworth just told me to come in here and say that there was trouble at the mill, that's all - I didn't expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition.


[The door flies open and Cardinal Ximinez of Spain [Palin] enters, flanked by two junior cardinals. Cardinal Biggles [Jones] has goggles pushed over his forehead. Cardinal Fang [Gilliam] is just Cardinal Fang]

Ximinez: NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency.... Our *three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.... Our *four* *Amongst* our weapons.... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear, surprise.... I'll come in again.

[The Inquisition exits]

Chapman: I didn't expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition.


[The cardinals burst in]

Ximinez: NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, and nice red uniforms - Oh damn!
[To Cardinal Biggles] I can't say it - you'll have to say it.
Biggles: What?
Ximinez: You'll have to say the bit about 'Our chief weapons are ...'
Biggles: [rather horrified]: I couldn't do that...

[Ximinez bundles the cardinals outside again]

Chapman: I didn't expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition.


[The cardinals enter]

Biggles: Er....
Ximinez: Expects...
Biggles: Expects... Nobody expects
Ximinez: Inquisition.
Biggles: I know, I know! Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. In fact, those who do expect -
Ximinez: Our chief weapons are...
Biggles: Our chief weapons
Ximinez: Surprise...
Biggles: Surprise and --
Ximinez: Okay, stop. Stop. Stop there - stop there. Stop. Phew! Ah! ... our chief weapons are surprise...blah blah blah. Cardinal, read the charges.
Fang: You are hereby charged that you did on diverse dates commit heresy against the Holy Church. 'My old man said follow the--'
Biggles: That's enough.
[To Cleveland] Now, how do you plead?
Clevelnd: We're innocent.
Ximinez: Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!


Biggles: We'll soon change your mind about that!


Ximinez: Fear, surprise, and a most ruthless-- [controls himself with a supreme effort] Ooooh! Now, Cardinal -- the rack!

[Biggles produces a plastic-coated dish-drying rack. Ximinez looks at it and clenches his teeth in an effort not to lose control. He hums heavily to cover his anger]

Ximinez: You....Right! Tie her down.

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[Fang and Biggles make a pathetic attempt to tie her on to the drying rack]

Ximinez:Right! How do you plead?
Clevelnd: Innocent.
Ximinez: Ha! Right! Cardinal, give the rack [oh dear] give the rack a turn.

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[Biggles stands their awkwardly and shrugs his shoulders]

Biggles: I....
Ximinez: [gritting his teeth] I *know*, I know you can't. I didn't want to say anything. I just wanted to try and ignore your crass mistake.
Biggles: I...
Ximinez: It makes it all seem so stupid.
Biggles: Shall I...?
Ximinez: No, just pretend for God's sake. Ha! Ha! Ha!

[Biggles turns an imaginary handle on the side of the dish-rack]

[Cut to them torturing a dear old lady, Marjorie Wilde]

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Ximinez: Now, old woman -- you are accused of heresy on three counts -- heresy by thought, heresy by word, heresy by deed, and heresy by action -- *four* counts. Do you confess?
Wilde: I don't understand what I'm accused of.
Ximinez: Ha! Then we'll make you understand! Biggles! Fetch...THE CUSHIONS!


[Biggles holds out two ordinary modern household cushions]

Biggles: Here they are, lord.
Ximinez: Now, old lady -- you have one last chance. Confess the heinous sin of heresy, reject the works of the ungodly -- *two* last chances. And you shall be free -- *three* last chances. You have three last chances, the nature of which I have divulged in my previous utterance.
Wilde: I don't know what you're talking about.
Ximinez: Right! If that's the way you want it -- Cardinal! Poke her with the soft cushions!

[Biggles carries out this rather pathetic torture]

Ximinez: Confess! Confess! Confess!
Biggles: It doesn't seem to be hurting her, lord.
Ximinez: Have you got all the stuffing up one end?
Biggles: Yes, lord.
Ximinez [angrily hurling away the cushions]: Hm! She is made of harder stuff! Cardinal Fang! Fetch...THE COMFY CHAIR!


[Zoom into Fang's horrified face]

Fang [terrified]: The...Comfy Chair?

[Biggles pushes in a comfy chair -- a really plush one]

Ximinez: So you think you are strong because you can survive the soft cushions. Well, we shall see. Biggles! Put her in the Comfy Chair!

[They roughly push her into the Comfy Chair]

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Ximinez [with a cruel leer]: Now -- you will stay in the Comfy Chair until lunch time, with only a cup of coffee at eleven. [aside, to Biggles] Is that really all it is?
Biggles: Yes, lord.
Ximinez: I see. I suppose we make it worse by shouting a lot, do we? Confess, woman. Confess! Confess! Confess! Confess
Biggles: I confess!
Ximinez: Not you!

Two Palestinians killed in Nablus raid

Muslims Told Not to Be Swayed by Foreign Ideas

Burns, Quraya talk about Israeli withdrawal

Iraqi party offices come under attack

US Airstrike Claims 30 Lives in Fallujah

New leaders in desperate bid to curb Iraq violence


Palestinian-American stand-up comedians Maysoon Zayid and Dean Obeidallah to perform at refugee benefit in Beirut

Kosher feud polarises Israeli society

War of the Polish Succession

Friday, June 25, 2004

Iraqi cities ablaze in run-up to handover

Unveiling Britain’s Identity Crisis

More police killed in Iraq

England's European dream dies in another penalty nightmare

Former US Diplomats and the Middle East

About 100 Die in Rebel Attacks in Five Iraq Cities

Iraq: The Greatest Ever Failure in US Foreign Policy

Palestinians Doubtful of Sharon’s Plan, Egyptian Involvement

Queen Elizabeth To Decorate Palestinian Physician

Turkey Concerned Over Israel-Kurdish Cooperation

The Interrogation of George W. Bush

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Donatello (1386 - December 13, 1466)

David by Donatello

Michelangelo Buonarroti (March 6, 1475 - March 18, 1564*)

David by Michaelangelo

Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519)

The Last Supper


Mona Lisa

all three artists enjoyed the patronage of the Medici

Israeli army storms Nablus again

Ministers, Scholars Condemn Terror at Yemen Conference

Rafah rebuilding will cost $45 million

Al-Zarqawi claims multiple Iraq attacks

69 dead as violence sweeps Iraq

Iran frees British sailors

Britain's Guantanamo

Deep-rooted corruption in Palestine

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Sandro Botticelli - (b. 1445, Florence, d. 1510, Florence)

Adoration of the Magi

Birth of Venus

Botticelli was under the patronage of the
The Medici

Fra Filippo Lippi(b. 1406, Firenze, d. 1469, Spoleto)



Palestinians protest separation barrier from Al Jazeera

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Israeli military abuses on display

Gaza plan will 'imprison Palestinians'

Palestinians reject Arab 'security role'

Barclays win Telegraph auction with £665m bid

Kurd Issue Likely to Fuel Chaos in Future Iraq

John Negroponte's troubled past

Iran to free British sailors

US tortured Afghanistan detainees

The Stab in the Back
Israel plays the Kurdish card – and Americans are caught in the crossfire

'Our Duty Is to Export Violence'



The New and Improved Iraq By Juan Cole

Arafat: Israeli pullout must be total

Imran Khan and Jemima Divorce

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Israel to relocate Gaza settlements

Young Women Say Superficial Issues Dominated Forum Discussions

Iran to 'prosecute British sailors'

UN raps US over Iraqi oil revenues

Palestine's neglected refugees


Sharon shows no respect for democratic principles

View on the Sea

Israel's Intelligence Scandal

Dealing with Iran's Nuclear Challenge

Bush Continues the 'Big Lie' in the Face of Mountains of Contrary Evidence

Kurds deny 'Israeli infiltration'

Militants slam Gaza security plan

Hero-worship in the ruins of Rafah

The Progress Report

Economic Snapshots

A Crusade of Torture

Monday, June 21, 2004

Jordan rights centre to deal with Israel

Blair to sell EU deal to MPs

The Bill Clinton interview

Israel bans Sunday Times journalist

Israelis 'using Kurds to build power base'

Report: Israeli agents in Kurdistan

Childhood home of Wordsworth brought back to life

'A battle between reality and myth' - Blair states his case for the consitution

Afghanistan: no authorities

Lawyer Wants Bush on Witness Stand Over Iraq Abuse

Afghanistan: The Forgotten War

More Neocraziness

Reforms to Suit Saudi Needs

Arak Heavy Water Facility Satellite Imagery

'Three UK vessels seized in Iran'

Palestine: Perception and Reality

Jerusalem, Al Quds, Yerushalaym

Iraq: The Greatest Ever Failure in US Foreign Policy

British lawmaker alleges Israeli soldiers fired at group during visit to Gaza

Israelis to Extend Barrier Deep into West Bank

Good Muslim, Bad Muslim – America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror

Israel, US Use Similar Torture Tactics: Report

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Been lately going Opera crazy, here is a small selection of Operas and Composers I really enjoy

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Claudio Monteverdi

L'incoronazione di Poppea

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Jules Massenet



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Georges Bizet


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Antonín Leopold Dvořák


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Giuseppe Verdi

La Traviata

Don Carlo

Simon Boccanegra

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Giacomo Puccini


La Bohème

Europe: hard sell begins

Don’t Cry Wafa, Fight!

Iraq police dismiss US claims in Falluja

Israeli missiles hit Gaza

22 Die in Fallujah Airstrike



Ambiguities of Animal Rights

The Dark Side of Political Ecology

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Europe's leaders clinch historic deal

Many Iraqis killed in air raid on Falluja

Arabs react to Johnson's slaying

Bush told he is playing into Bin Laden's hands

Shock Turns Quickly Into Anger

Israeli missiles hit Gaza

Arafat climbdown stuns Palestinians

Constitution is agreed despite bitter row


Inside Al-Jazeera

More Bush Doctrine Fallout

Friday, June 18, 2004

A horrific picture

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Another shocking image from the notorious Abu Ghraib prision, showing a prisioner having being attacked by dogs bleeding and in pain, its just disgusting, shame on the US.

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Arabiya TV: Al Qaeda Beheads U.S. Hostage in Saudi

Riyadh-West Rift Is Over Palestine: Naif

Straw pushes Patten for EU top job

'Thousands detained at secret US lockups'

Israeli officers demoted for murder

Weekly report on human rights violations

Summer of hate - Forty years ago, as Yale graduate student Jonathan Steele headed for Mississippi to join the Freedom Summer of protests, three of his co-activists were murdered by racist rednecks.

When a house is not a home

This won't hurt much

Two-mile Gaza moat to foil tunnels to Egypt

Oil still the major US strategic consideration in Central Asia

Iran criticised over nuclear cooperation

Putin Says Russia Warned U.S. on Saddam

The Oil Wars

The illusory praise

Thursday, June 17, 2004

The Middle East

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Today is the aniversary of the Watergate burglary (1972)

Also Roberto Calvi 'Gods Banker' body was found hanging beneath Blackfries Bridge, London (1982)

Israel detains Palestinian activists

Finding a Cure for Terrorism

US probe finds no Iraq link to 9/11

30 killed in Baghdad suicide blast

Panel Says No Signs of Iraq, Qaeda Link

Palestinian mass protest halts work on Israel's security wall


Jewish militant faces bomb trial

Muslims 'face increased racism'

9/11 Panel Denies Al-Qaeda-Iraq Links

We Must Remain the Shining City Upon a Hill by Sen. Richard Durbin

9/11 Panel Criticizes Pentagon for Poor Response to Hijackings

With 9/11 Report, Bush's Political Thorn Grows More Stubborn

Ambiguities of Animal Rights

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Israeli undercover forces raid Jenin

Misconceptions About Saudi Arabia in the US

Attacks hit Iraq oil export

Afghan children killed in road-side blast

UK bid to clone human embryo

Defining the Saudi Political System

One Year Later: Rachel Corrie as Justice Itself


The Essential Dishonesty of Christopher Hitchens

The £23bn question

Iraqi oil official is gunned down

Iran takes on west's control of oil trading

Auditors Testify About Waste in Iraq Contracts

Sept. 11 Commission Report Says Iraq Rebuffed Al Qaeda

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Blair stands firm on Europe

Military crime without punishment

West Bank land grab to offset Gaza pullout?

Israel Seizes Palestinian Farmland

Israeli troops seal off Gaza

Time for Arabs to Stick Together

Blast near Jewish colony in Gaza

The address for protest is Labor's headquarters

Stop calling Muslims terrorists - Kaggwa

Sharon corruption case dropped

Bollywood's sapphic film raises temperatures

Britain belongs in Europe, says Blair

Baghdad car bomb kills 13 as the threat to foreign workers grows

Monday, June 14, 2004

Thirty Years' War

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Kilroy-Silk vows to 'wreck' EU - UKIP a frighteful party, racist and xenophobic if only the press would ignored UKIP, then they would not get the air they need to air their revolting policies. The same goes for the British Union of Fascists aka the BNP, ignore them and hopefully they might go away, both parties are lower than the low.

Palestinians killed in Israeli missile stike

Euro voters rebuke ruling parties

Madinah Forum on Women Calls for Respecting Tradition

Government unveils drive to combat mental health stigma

Muslim official raps Islamic world


Turkish President Sezer calls on diplomats from Muslim countries to contribute to analyses and solutions for world's problems

Tories and Labour crushed under the wheels of UKIP's bandwagon

Halliburton 'mismanaged $8bn in Iraq'

Sunday, June 13, 2004

The Elamite Empire, 2500 - 644 BCE

The Median Empire, 728 - 550 BCE

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The US again is backing a fascist right wing dictatorship under Karimov, this time in Uzbekistan all in the name of this phony 'war on terror'. Just like Reagan backed death squads in S America, the Preznit Bush also backs simliar organisations. Oh well I guess the fascistic tendencies of the neocon fundagelicals would get along with Karimov.

photos: Senior US Officials Cozy up to Dictator Who Boils People Alive

Letter to Uzbek President Islam Karimov Regarding the Case of Ruslan Sharipov



With Friends Like Uzbekistan...

Meet The New Saddam: Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan

Then again there is a pipeline going through Uzbekistan

The Oil Connection: Afghanistan and Caspian Sea oil pipeline routes

Pipeline Politics: Oil, gas and
the US interest in Afghanistan

Unocal signs agreements for Uzbekistan oil and gas, pipeline infrastructure studies

Central Asian oil, Enron and the Afghanistan pipelines


US-Uzbekistan pact sheds light on Washington’s war aims in Central Asia

Gas and Oil Pipeline Map 2002

Uzbekistan - Oil - Gas - Pipelines

Full-time: England 1 - 2 France

Separate attacks kill Iraqi official, police

After Thursday, the general election is there for the losing

Iran-Qatar spat over 'fatal boat attack'

Where Is the Media Outrage?

Hamas: Resistance goes on after Gaza pullout

Israel tries to kill resistance leader

Israeli troops demolish Palestinian house in Gaza Strip

541 Palestinians arrested in Hebron since start of 2004

Iraqi Minister Gunned Down

Kerala parties woo fringe Muslim groups

Racism is rife in British police

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Labour takes a beating

Afghan election delay is new blow for Bush campaign

American shot dead in Saudi Arabia

Sudais Leads Prayers for Inter-Faith Peace and Harmony

$300,000 for Israeli settlers who agree to quit Gaza Strip

Noam Chomsky: Doctrines And Visions - Who Is To Run The World, And How?

Pattern Emerges of Sexual Assault Against Women Held by US Forces

Special Rapporteur on violence against women to visit Palestine

Hypocrisy: The US Government's Biggest Single Problem

Thugs With Lawyers

Pressure on Blair after elections

Hamas Refuses to Halt Attacks After Gaza Pullout

Iran rejects more nuclear curbs

More Arab than the Arabs?

Blair warned to heed anti-war message

Friday, June 11, 2004

Terror report's 'good news' turns bad

When an olive branch doesn't mean peace

Israeli soldiers kill boy in Nablus

Severe election blow for Labour

No major breakthroughs at G8 summit

US, Israel Caught in Traps

Tricky Dick Cheney

Besieged, Bothered, Bewildered – and Busted

DRC: Coup Attempt Foiled in Kinshasa

Kerry surges ahead of Bush in national poll

Cowboy dreams

US had it wrong: terrorism increasing

Thursday, June 10, 2004

The Legend of The Cathars

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Bernard Gui on the Albigensians

The Cathars


Massacre at Montsegur

July 22, 1209 • Horrible Massacre at Beziers in the Name of Christ


Massacre at Montségur

Music Icon Ray Charles Dies in California at Age 73

Sudan blames West for Darfur conflict

Israel releases extremist Jew

Israel Begins Work on Gaza Strip Pullout Plan

Bush opens new rift over Middle East plan

You British, the elections, and your special brand of European hatred

African Leaders Seek G8 Follow-Through

Gaza pullout could start early

Defusing Tension in the Middle East

President of the United States

Situation on the ground "very bleak", Palestinian rights committee told

"These are my guests, and this is my house", Priest stands up to the Wall

Questions with no answers

Manufacturers of Fear and Loathing in Rafah

Geneva Conference Frustrates Palestinian Refugees

Rafah Homeless Move To Caravans

Israel Accused of Dumping Toxic Wastes in Sea

Linda Heard: Israel and the Truth behind Its ‘Democracy’

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Sharon mulls coalition with Labour

Middle East Reform Initiative Is Focus at G-8 Summit

Palestinian killed in Jenin raid

Gaza business park closure upsets workers

Occupation tanks poised to enter Falluja


Bush and Blair call for greater Nato role in Iraq

The Reagan-Haters

Pride, Patriotism, and Propaganda

The Bush Dynasty

Timeline of US war on terror

The Bush-Bin Laden
Cartel & The NWO

Iran Contra Affair

Rafah's endless wait for freedom

Israeli PM loses Knesset majority

Monday, June 07, 2004

After Rafah, Europe, Arabs have no excuse for inaction

UN Iraq resolution hits Russia snag

Why Muslim women fit into European society faster than men

Muslim girls rise and shine in academics

British Muslims enter politics to get their voices heard

Protest at Muslim town hall prayers

Reaganism versus 'neo-Reaganism'

Sharon cabinet passes watered-down Gaza plan

Sharon's Coalition Unsteady After Gaza Pullout Vote

Sharon wins Cabinet victory on Gaza plan

What Really Caused Tenet's Departure?

BBC Journalist Killed in Riyadh

Palestinians shot dead

Barghuthi given five life sentences

Women Have High Expectations From Madinah Forum

More pictures from the Carnage at Rafah - from Electronic Intifada

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