BBC NEWS | Americas | US accused over Muslim detentions: "The US indefinitely detained some 70 Muslim men after the 11 September attacks on baseless accusations of terrorist links, US rights bodies say. The US Justice Department held the men under a federal law as witnesses likely to flee, Human Rights Watch and the American... Continue Reading →

Iraqi Rebels Refine Bomb Skills, Pushing Toll of G.I.'s Higher - New York Times: "The surge in attacks, the officials say, has coincided with the appearance of significant advancements in bomb design, including the use of 'shaped' charges that concentrate the blast and give it a better chance of penetrating armored vehicles, causing higher casualties.... Continue Reading →

Iraq May Be Prime Place for Training of Militants, C.I.A. Report Concludes - New York Times: "WASHINGTON, June 21 - A new classified assessment by the Central Intelligence Agency says Iraq may prove to be an even more effective training ground for Islamic extremists than Afghanistan was in Al Qaeda's early days, because it is... Continue Reading →

The Globe and Mail: Iran vote a sham or a signal?: "In most Middle Eastern autocracies, the regime holds sham elections for powerful offices. In Iran, notes Middle East scholar Patrick Clawson, the regime holds a real election for a powerless post. But even if the winner's power is limited, the fact that all of... Continue Reading →

BBC NEWS | Middle East | US 'concealing' Saddam's secrets: "Iraq's justice minister has accused the US of concealing information about deposed president Saddam Hussein that could be damaging to 'many countries'. Abdel Hussein Shandal said it seemed there were 'lots of secrets' that the Americans wanted to hide. Saddam Hussein is set to go... Continue Reading →

U.S. Campaign Produces Few Convictions on Terrorism Charges: "An analysis of the Justice Department's own list of terrorism prosecutions by The Washington Post shows that 39 people -- not 200, as officials have implied -- were convicted of crimes related to terrorism or national security. Most of the others were convicted of relatively minor crimes... Continue Reading →

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Official: Probe Backs Iran on Nuke Claims: "Iranian claims that weapons-grade uranium entered the country from outside, instead of being produced by Tehran as alleged by Washington, appears to be strengthened by initial results of the latest investigation, a diplomat said Thursday. Traces of weapons-grade uranium on centrifuge parts... Continue Reading →

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Official: Probe Backs Iran on Nuke Claims: "Iranian claims that weapons-grade uranium entered the country from outside, instead of being produced by Tehran as alleged by Washington, appears to be strengthened by initial results of the latest investigation, a diplomat said Thursday. Traces of weapons-grade uranium on centrifuge parts... Continue Reading →

Salon.com | See no evil: "See no evil Cloaked in myopic self-righteousness, the Bush administration is trying to make its gulag problem disappear by attacking Amnesty International. This isn't just blind and arrogant, it's harming the national interest. - - - - - - - - - - - -"

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