5.11.05

U.N. Audit: U.S. Should Repay Iraq Millions

ABC News: U.N. Audit: U.S. Should Repay Iraq Millions: "A U.N. auditing board has recommended that the United States reimburse Iraq up to $208.5 million for contracting work carried out by KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton, in the last two years.

The International Advisory and Monitoring Board of the Development Fund for Iraq said in a report that the work, paid for with Iraqi oil proceeds, was either overpriced or done poorly by the Virginia-based company.

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4.11.05

Thousands Protest Against Bush

ABC News: Thousands Protest Against Bush, U.S. Trade: "Demonstrators flooded the streets hours before the summit started, shouting insults about the visiting American president and chanting 'Get out Bush' and 'Fascist Bush! You are the terrorist!'

Later, Chavez stood in front of a six-story banner of revolutionary Che Guevara to urge the crowd of more than 10,000 to help him block efforts to relaunch talks for a Free Trade Area of the Americas, or FTAA."

31.10.05

Forging the Case for War

Forging the Case for War: "It would have been extremely convenient for the administration, struggling to explain why Iraq was a threat, to be able to produce information from an unimpeachable “foreign intelligence source” to confirm the Iraqi worst-case.

The possible forgery of the information by Defense Department employees would explain the viciousness of the attack on Valerie Plame and her husband. Wilson, when he denounced the forgeries in the New York Times in July 2003, turned an issue in which there was little public interest into something much bigger. The investigation continues, but the campaign against this lone detractor suggests that the administration was concerned about something far weightier than his critical op-ed"