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  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Brazil's Metamorphosis - A Communist triumph

    11/11/2003 1:10:32 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 632+ views ^ | 5 November 2003 | Igor Taam
    From time to time I read the news and articles of the PT (Worker’s Party),, official site. And it's not old news from old notebooks, it is this year’s declarations. It’s possible to see that old aspirations – suffering metamorphosis, or not – still live. Look at this affirmation of José Dirceu, head of Civil House: We are retaking the political agenda of 1964 because problems like cultural democratization, agrarian reform, national autonomy and citizenship are still ongoing since then. ( For the reader who doesn’t know what happened around 1964, I can explain in three words: Brazil's counter-revolution....
  • US "sobered" by anti-coalition attacks in Iraq...

    11/08/2003 6:43:11 PM PST · by Brian S · 19 replies · 249+ views
    AFP ^ | 11-09-03
    BAGHDAD, Nov 9 (AFP) - Visiting US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said Washington was "sobered" by attacks against coalition troops in what he called "a war zone," as two more US soldiers were killed in Iraq Saturday. While the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it was temporarily closing its offices in Baghdad and Basra amid escalating violence, Iraq's interim Governing Council welcomed Turkey's decision not to send forces to the war-torn country. But Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul urged the United States not to show bias towards Iraqi Kurds and warned Ankara would not refrain...
  • 'Embarrassing' U.S. Memo Denigrating Nicaragua Surfaces During Powell's Visit

    11/04/2003 2:06:22 PM PST · by TheOtherOne · 11 replies · 149+ views
    'Embarrassing' U.S. Memo Denigrating Nicaragua Surfaces During Powell's VisitBy George Gedda Associated Press WriterPublished: Nov 4, 2003 MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - The State Department is distancing itself from an official U.S. memo released during the visit of Secretary of State Colin Powell that describes Nicaragua as a country with little hope and portrays pro-Americans there in unflattering terms. "Nicaragua crawls along as the second-poorest country in the hemisphere after Haiti, battered by storms of nature and their own making, with little hope of changing things in the future," the unsigned document, released by the U.S. Embassy, said. "Privileged Nicaraguans see...
  • Raid kills 22 Taliban, Al Qaeda: U.S. civilians die in Afghan battle

    10/28/2003 5:30:05 AM PST · by Coop · 39 replies · 841+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/28/03 | Jamie McIntyre/Elise Labott
    <p>KABUL, Afghanistan -- At least 22 fighters from the ousted Taliban regime and al Qaeda network were killed in an aerial assault by U.S.-led forces in southeastern Paktika province, according to Reuters..</p> <p>Air support was called in on Tuesday after a group of Taliban and al Qaeda fugitives fired rockets and heavy machine-guns on a base used by U.S.-led troops and their Afghan allies in Shkin, near the Pakistan border, on Saturday, said Paktika province govenor Mohammad Ali Jalali.</p>
  • "What's the point of the new U.N. resolution?"

    10/17/2003 8:59:31 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 6 replies · 183+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/17/03 | John Cullinan
    Power without responsibility. By John F. Cullinan What's the point? What, if any, are the possible benefits of Thursday's U.N. Security Council Resolution 1511 as compared with its certain costs? How exactly are U.S. interests — as well as those of ordinary Iraqis — served by a whole series of substantial, last-minute concessions satisfactory to Russia, France, Germany, China, Syria, and the U.N. bureaucracy itself, all determined opponents of the liberation of Iraq? Resolution 1511 offers at best superfluous Security Council blessing for Coalition forces in Iraq in exchange for accepting potentially troublesome deadlines and an almost certainly disruptive U.N....
  • U.S. drafts larger U.N. role in Iraq

    10/01/2003 10:33:31 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 179+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, October 2, 2003 | By Betsy Pisik
    <p>NEW YORK &#8212; The Bush administration yesterday circulated a draft resolution to give the United Nations a larger role in Iraq's reconstruction and reassure nations that it will hand power quickly to the Iraqi people.</p> <p>Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and U.S. Ambassador John D. Negroponte spent much of the day explaining the draft to foreign officials. The document does not spell out a specific timetable for Iraqis to draft a constitution and hold elections.</p>
  • Self-rule pledged for Iraq in 1 year

    09/29/2003 11:46:07 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 191+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, September 30, 2003 | By Betsy Pisik
    <p>NEW YORK &#8212; The United States has narrowed differences with France by pledging to help draft an Iraqi constitution in six months and a government in one year, but many U.N. Security Council members say they will wait to see a proposed new draft resolution before they commit troops or aid.</p>
  • U.S. First Lady on Fence-Mending Mission

    09/29/2003 7:54:15 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 9 replies · 239+ views ^ | September 29, 2003 | Associated Press
    PARIS — Laura Bush (search) brings to ceremonies marking America's rejoining of the United Nations' (search) main cultural organization some lofty White House hopes: that the re-entry will help offset criticism of President Bush's foreign policies in Iraq and elsewhere as go-it-alone affairs.Continued...
  • France writes itself off as arrogant failure: New books see a country in decline

    09/29/2003 12:14:26 AM PDT · by Timesink · 88 replies · 812+ views
    The Times ^ | September 26, 2003 | Charles Brumner
    September 26, 2003France writes itself off as arrogant failureby charles brumner New books see a country in declineFRANCE is a nation in decline, blind to its failings and living beyond its means while strutting with empty arrogance on the world stage. That may sound like the standard Francophobe rant from across the Channel or the Atlantic but it is, surprisingly, a view gaining ground in France. Doubts about Gallic supremacy have been a periodic feature of France for centuries. They have now returned, fed by economic gloom and amplified by bestselling books. France, according to the thesis, has been overtaken...
  • Powell eyes constitution, elections for Iraq in 1 year

    09/27/2003 9:11:04 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 6 replies · 208+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 27 Sep 03 | By Betsy Pisik
    <p>NEW YORK — Secretary of State Colin L. Powell yesterday suggested a one-year time frame for handing power to the Iraqi people — six months to write a constitution and another six months to organize and hold new elections.</p> <p>Mr. Powell emphasized that the time frame was a goal and not a deadline.</p>
  • Virus Hits Federal Visa-Checking System

    09/24/2003 1:05:19 PM PDT · by MineralMan · 11 replies · 479+ views
    Computer Virus Cripples State Department's Visa-Checking System for About Nine Hours The Associated Press WASHINGTON Sept. 24 — A computer virus disrupted systems at the State Department for checking every visa applicant for terrorist or criminal history, leaving the U.S. government unable to issue visas for roughly nine hours. The virus crippled the department's Consular Lookout and Support System, known as CLASS, which contains more than 15 million records from the FBI, the State Department and U.S. immigration, drug-enforcement and intelligence agencies. Among the names are those of at least 78,000 suspected terrorists. In an internal message sent late Tuesday...
  • U.S. to Withhold Some Funds from Israel

    09/15/2003 3:17:50 PM PDT · by PatrioticCowboy · 117 replies · 556+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9-15-03
    U.S. to Withhold Some Funds from Israel Mon September 15, 2003 04:24 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration said on Monday it planned to withhold some funds from Israel because of its settlement activities in Palestinian areas. The deductions would come from a $9 billion package of U.S. loan guarantees to help Israel weather a deep recession and fiscal crisis. But administration officials said they have yet to decide whether to penalize Israel for building a fence through the West Bank. Congressional aides doubted the White House would carry out that threat. Under legislation authorizing the loan guarantees,...
  • Visas that Should Have Been Denied

    10/09/2002 7:11:36 PM PDT · by brightx · 5 replies · 456+ views
    National Review ^ | October 9, 2002 | Joel Mowbray
    The cover story in National Review's October 28th issue (out Friday) details how at least 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers should have been denied visas — an assessment based on expert analyses of 15 of the terrorists' visa-application forms, obtained exclusively by NR. In the year after 9/11, the hand-wringing mostly centered on the FBI and CIA's failure to "connect the dots." But that would not have been a fatal blow if the "dots" had not been here in the first place. If the U.S. State Department had followed the law, at least 15 of the 19 "dots"...
  • The Southern Terror Front - Why is the State Department hindering the war on narcoterrorists?

    08/27/2003 7:52:58 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 82 replies · 739+ views
    WSJ ^ | August 23, 2003
    <p>Donald Rumsfeld's recent visit to Colombia is a welcome signal of solidarity toward America's most reliable Latin American ally in the war on terror.</p> <p>"The Colombians are in every sense holding up their side of the partnership against narcoterrorism, and so we are always trying to find ways that we can be helpful," the Secretary of Defense said in an interview en route to Bogota. Perhaps even some holdouts in the State Department will now get the message.</p>
  • Getting Iraqis to Take Over

    08/26/2003 9:35:07 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 5 replies · 327+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 08/27/03 | George F. Will
    It is sad yet stirring to say. With a realist's melancholy sense of the human cost of things, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz is saying it: Part of the good news out of Iraq -- good news obscured by recent bad news, and sometimes mistaken for unalloyed bad news -- is that the deaths, including of 62 Americans, caused by hostile action in Iraq since major combat operations ended include the deaths of almost 50 Iraqis. They died, Wolfowitz says, as exemplary pioneers of Iraq's progress up from tyranny, while working with coalition forces to secure public order and...
  • U.N. makes attacks on workers a war crime

    08/26/2003 7:30:42 PM PDT · by dennisw · 45 replies · 1,062+ views
    cnn ^ | Tuesday, August 26, 2003 Posted: 9:02 PM EDT (0102 GMT)
    <p>UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday that aims to strengthen protection of its personnel and other humanitarian workers throughout the world.</p> <p>The 15-member Security Council passed the resolution one week after the United Nations' Baghdad headquarters was destroyed by a truck bomb.</p>
  • 'I did not want to be a collaborator'

    07/31/2003 11:04:02 PM PDT · by FreeMeansNoID · 13 replies · 573+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | July 28, 2003 | Isam al-Khafaji
    Isam al-Khafaji, a former member of the Iraqi reconstruction council, explains his decision to resign Monday July 28, 2003 The Guardian On July 9, with deep sorrow, I submitted my resignation as a member of the Iraqi Reconstruction and Development Council to US deputy secretary of defence Paul Wolfowitz. I did this with great sadness but, in doing so, I was able to leave Iraq with a clear conscience. If I had stayed any longer, I might not have been able to say that. I feared my role with the reconstruction council was sliding from what I had originally envisioned...
  • US to relaunch rebuilding of Afghanistan

    07/27/2003 2:55:53 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 616+ views
    Financial Times ^ | July 27 2003 21:11 | Victoria Burnett in Islamabad
    The US is preparing to reshuffle top officials with responsibility for Afghanistan, expand the number of staff serving in the country, and award an additional $1bn (?870m, £620m) in assistance in a bid to re-energise its reconstruction effort, according to US and Afghan officials familiar with the plans. The policy shift, whose motto is "Accelerate Success", was a response by US State and Defense Department officials to a chorus of concern about the Afghan reconstruction process, officials said. The US government was eager to point to Afghanistan as a success story as it faced difficulty in getting the situation in...
  • Stretched in Iraq, US may return to UN; Powell is discussing UN aid with Kofi Annan and others

    07/17/2003 6:19:22 PM PDT · by Brian S · 11 replies · 344+ views
    Secretary of State Powell is discussing UN aid with Kofi Annan and others. By Peter Ford | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor PARIS - Pressured by signs of fatigue and dissent among US soldiers fighting a guerrilla war in Iraq, and disappointed by allies' reluctance to join what many see as an occupation army, the US may be forced to cede some control over Iraq's future to governments who disagreed with the war. That is likely to be the price of coaxing major nations into an Iraqi force through the United Nations, a process Secretary of State Colin...