Apr. 30, 2005

Brigadier shocks and awes: there is no war on terrorism

By Cynthia Banham
Defence Reporter

04/27/05 'SMH' - - The so-called global war on terrorism does not exist, a high-ranking army officer has declared in a speech that challenges the conventional political wisdom.

In a frank speech, Brigadier Justin Kelly dismissed several of the central tenets of the Iraq war and the war on terrorism, saying the 'war' part is all about politics and terrorism is merely a tactic."

Apr. 29, 2005

Neil Bush, Ratzinger In Business Together

President's younger brother served with then-cardinal on board of relatively unknown ecumenical foundation

April 21, 2005

WASHINGTON -- Neil Bush, the president's controversial younger brother, six years ago joined the cardinal who this week became Pope Benedict XVI as a founding board member of a little known Swiss ecumenical foundation.

The charter members of the board were all well-known international religious figures, except for Bush and his close friend and business partner, Jamal Daniel, whose family has extensive holdings in the United States and Switzerland, public records show.
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US Jury Finds Paranoid Schizophrenic "Sane"

U.S. soldier sentenced to death

Akbar apologized for killing comrades in 101st Airborne

Thursday, April 28, 2005 Posted: 10:32 PM EDT (0232 GMT)

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (AP) -- A military jury sentenced a soldier to death Thursday for a grenade and rifle attack on his own comrades during the opening days of the Iraq invasion, a barrage that killed two officers and that prosecutors said was driven by religious extremism."


Venezuela In US Gun-Sights ?

April 28, 2005
Dear Colleague,

In the Narcosphere today, frequent Narco News contributor Sean Donahue looks at recent statements from Washington and wonders, "Will Colombia be the proxy in a U.S attack on Venezuela?"

Donahue argues:

"Colombia appears to be the United States' one ally against Chavez -- and the U.S. is showing signs of a desire to use Colombia as a proxy to contain or topple Venezuela's government. Hector Mondragon noted in a commentary three years ago that the bill passed by the U.S. Congress authorizing the transfer of U.S. military aid to Colombia from the 'war on drugs' to the 'war on terror' also allowed the use of U.S. military aid to combat 'any other threat to Colombia's security.' At the time Mondragon suggested that this was an allusion to Venezuela.

"On Tuesday, just before Condoleezza Rice arrived in Colombia, the Colombian defense ministry leaked a report on Venezuela's growing military strength to the international press, according to Reuters' Hugh Bronstein. The memo claims that 'It is an undeniable fact that the rearming of Venezuela deepens the military imbalance in the Andean region,' -- words that seem designed to bolster a claim that Venezuela is a threat to Colombia."

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