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Friday, November 07, 2003

PROFILES & SALES DATA 

FAS - ARMS SALES MONITORING PROJECT

Since 1990, the United States has exported more than $152 billion worth of weapons to states around the world. Many of these sales have been to repressive and/or unstable governments. This section provides general arms sales statistics and highlights policies of concern in some of America's major client states.

The Arms Sales Monitoring Project keeps track of the administration's notifications to Congress of proposed government-negotiated Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreements, export licenses for industry-negotiated Direct Commercial Sales (DCS), leases of equipment, and reduced price or free excess defense article (EDA) transfers.

http://www.fas.org/asmp/profiles/index.html

Iraq Said to Have Tried to Reach Last-Minute Deal to Avert War 

By James Risen-The New York Times-Thursday 06 November 2003

WASHINGTON - As American soldiers massed on the Iraqi border in March and diplomats argued about war, an influential adviser to the Pentagon received a secret message from a Lebanese-American businessman: Saddam Hussein wanted to make a deal.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_03/110703A.shtml

Thursday, November 06, 2003

What is happening to the Sun? 

By Dr David Whitehouse-BBC News Online science editor

Scientists say they have been amazed by the ferocity of the gigantic flares exploding on the solar surface.

The past 24 hours have seen three major events erupt over our star, hurling billions of tonnes of superhot gas into space - some of it directed at Earth.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3238961.stm

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Judge Blocks Partial-Birth Abortion Ban  

LINCOLN, Neb. - A federal judge in Nebraska blocked implementation of a federal ban on certain late-term abortions Wednesday, less than an hour after President Bush (news - web sites) signed the ban into law.

U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf had expressed serious reservations about the new law during the hearing, saying, "It seems to me the law is highly suspect, if not a per se violation of the Constitution."

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20031105/ap_on_re_us/abortion_lawsuit_8

Will U.S. bring back the draft? 

DEFENCE WEB SITE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS CONSCRIPTION ABOLISHED IN '73
TIM HARPER-WASHINGTON BUREAU-http://www.thestar.com/

WASHINGTON—A call from the U.S. Defence Department for volunteers to sit on local draft boards has sparked debate here about whether a nationwide military draft could ultimately be needed to complete Washington's Iraq mission.

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/1105-01.htm

OILING UP THE DRAFT MACHINE?

The Pentagon is quietly moving to fill draft board vacancies nationwide. While officials say there's no cause to worry, some experts aren't so sure.

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2003/11/03/draft/index_np.html

SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY AND THE NATION

The Selective Service System wants to hear from men and women in the community who might be willing to serve as members of a local draft board.

http://www.defendamerica.mil/articles/sss092203.html

A Selective Service Local Board is a group of five citizen volunteers whose mission, upon a draft, will be to decide who among the registrants in their community will receive deferments, postponements, or exemption from military service based on the individual registrant's circumstances and beliefs.

http://www.sss.gov/fslocal.htm

End of the credit line?  

America could be in for a nasty shock if foreign investors decide to stop bankrolling its massive trade deficit.
-William Keegan-Tuesday September 9, 2003

A hegemonic economy can do what it likes - or can it? The widespread assumption in the financial markets until recently was that the Bush administration can go on piling up record trade deficits and there is not much the rest of the world can do about it.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/economicdispatch/story/0,12498,1038689,00.html

A JOURNAL REPORT, The Wall Street Journal

http://www.usd.edu/~kramakr/WSJ_US%20push%20for%20weaker%20Dollar.pdf

Fall of the Dollar

Analysts worry that a serious dollar selloff could create panic in the markets and lead to a global financial meltdown. Even if the worst-case is averted, a declining dollar may weaken the power of the United States, reorganize global markets and shift strategic power in the international system.

http://www.globalpolicy.org/socecon/crisis/2003/07gpfdollar.htm

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

US Congress approves 87.5 billion dollars war fund for Iraq 

The US Congress approved an 87.5 billion dollar military and aid package for Iraq and Afghanistan, one day after US forces suffered their bloodiest setback at the hands of Iraqi insurgents.

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/031104/1/3fk8f.html
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US: More than 1 million more in poverty in 2002-By Debra Watson

Nearly 1.3 million more people fell below the official poverty level in 2002, swelling the number of poor in the US to nearly 35 million, according to a September report from the Census Bureau.

http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty.html

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2003/sep2003/pov-s13.shtml

Build an international working class movement against imperialist war

Protests by themselves will not halt imperialist war. What is needed is a strategy that tackles the root cause of militarism and war—the capitalist order itself. That requires the independent mobilisation of the working class to take political power and transform society along socialist lines, to meet the social needs of the majority rather than the profits of the wealthy few.

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2003/mar2003/stat-m21.shtml
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U.S. to ask Congress to give Israel $2.22 billion in military assistance

The United States will ask Congress to give Israel $2.22 billion in military assistance in the fiscal year 2005, $60 million more than in 2004, the U.S. State Department said in a statement on Monday.

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/356894.html
http://democracynow.org/streampage.pl

U.S Financial Aid To Israel:
http://www.wrmea.com/html/us_aid_to_israel.htm

Assassin's History 

By William Rivers Pitt- t r u t h o u t | Perspective

"Robert Kennedy died last night. Martin Luther King was shot a month ago. And every day my Government gives me a count of corpses created by military science in Vietnam. So it goes." - Kurt Vonnegut

Benjamin Disraeli, in a speech before the British Parliament, once said, "Assassination has never changed the history of the world." Some terrible decades later, the sentiment was repeated by Robert Kennedy, who commented upon the death of his brother with the Disraelian observation, "Assassins have never changed history." Benjamin and Robert were both wise men. Both were completely wrong in ways difficult to measure. Robert, specifically, was not just wrong, but dead wrong.

http://truthout.org/docs_03/110403A.shtml

Hope Dies Last - An Hour with Legendary Broadcaster and Author Studs Terkel 

Tuesday, November 4th, 2003

Studs Terkel, 91, has worked as an activist, a civil servant, a labor organizer, an ad writer, a television actor, and a radio DJ, among many other occupations. But since the 1960s, he's been particularly well-known as a world-class interviewer, a writer and radio personality who draws celebrities and, far more often, average citizens into sharing their oral histories.

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/11/04/161221

Monday, November 03, 2003

Bush says God chose him to lead his nation  

Paul Harris in New York-Sunday November 2, 2003-The Observer

President George W. Bush stood before a cheering crowd at a Dallas Christian youth centre last week, and told them about being 'born again' as a Christian.

Bush said to James Robinson: 'I feel like God wants me to run for President. I can't explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me. Something is going to happen... I know it won't be easy on me or my family, but God wants me to do it.'

A woman rammed a car carrying her children, aged three, five and eight, into a building where Bush was campaigning in Mississippi yesterday. Betina Mixon, 29, was dragged away at gunpoint and charged with aggravated assault.

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1075950,00.html

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