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The number of Middle Eastern students choosing to study in America has decreased significantly over the last few years, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. State Department. The number of Gulf Arab students from nations like Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) dropped 11.6% from the year before, and there has been a 16.5% decrease in students from the broader region since 2001.

by Danny Schechter, News Dissector Mediachannel.org

New York, New York: You just know this happens. A group of media mavens in suits sit around a big table to come up with new ways to get us to pay for stuff we already get for free.


Disgraced former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham has already started serving time after pleading guilty to corruption charges last year. He admitted to abusing his power on the House Intelligence Committee to give more than $70 million to two defense contractors in exchange for at least $2.4 million.

Wednesday, 18 October 2006 05:35

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 18, 2006


Subject: Tried and True Methods

I just read the Tom Paine article about the tried and true methods that will again be used to disenfranchise legal voters, and I wondered if anyone has looked into the problem that cropped up in the last election of overseas ballots being mailed too late to make it back in time or not getting there at all. Or, what about the Pentagon electronic voting that was just scrapped with no explanation (and no counting) the last time? How will these votes be handled this time? How are our soldiers voting this time -- haven't heard a word.


DNC: Today in Iraq: The Latest News From the President's War of Choice

9 U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq Bombings, Driving American October Death Toll to 67


Should GOP Crooks Get Shorter Sentences When They Go To Rehab?

by Tony Peyser

This shouldn't be such a cynical slam dunk
To suddenly say, "I was and now am drunk!"

Wednesday, 18 October 2006 03:33

Rory O'Connor: Not In Our Media?

by Rory O'Connor

Do you ever wonder why our media devote so much time and energy to covering those who produce hate crimes -- and so little to covering those who reduce them?


Any one else get the feeling we have a combination of Hitler and Al Capone running the United States Government? 

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If they can't protect a few dozen Capitol Hill pages from a sexual predator, how in God's name does anyone think they can protect America? The whole lot of them are too drunk on their own power to pay attention to the needs of the nation. They are too arrogant to do the job they were elected to do. They are the biggest bunch of money grubbing slackers America has ever had to endure! It's way past time to retire them all, send them back to the holes they crawled out of and get some real statesmen up there in Washington, D.C. to govern. This country is in dire need of oversight, checks and balances, some brave men and women who really are patriots, Senators and Representatives who care more about the American condition than they do about their pocketbooks! 

by Brent Budowsky

The rain pouring down on this cold dark day in Washington is made of the tears of heroes and patriots through the ages of the American Republic looking down on us, with outrage, and asking us, with rage:


1//Arab News, Saudi Arabia--KINGDOM REJECTS DIVISION OF IRAQ ON ETHNIC LINES (Saudi Arabia yesterday opposed plans to divide Iraq into autonomous regions on ethnic and sectarian grounds. The Council of Ministers said the Kingdom would side with Iraqi patriotic forces that work for the country's unity. The Iraqi Parliament has approved the law but the country's Sunnis opposed it saying it would lead to the creation of sectarian mini-states. "The Kingdom will stand with all patriotic forces that work for Iraq's unity," said the Cabinet in a statement issued after the weekly meeting chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah on Monday night. "The Cabinet hopes that the leaders of Iraq and its wise men and Islamic scholars would uphold their duty of standing against attempts to partition the country under whatever guise," the statement said. The Cabinet statement comes two days before a meeting of Iraqi religious leaders arranged by the Organization of the Islamic Conference [OIC] in Makkah.)

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