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WORLD MEDIA WATCH FOR OCTOBER 9, 2006

1//Asia Times Online, Hong Kong--BLOODY FIGHT OVER KIRKUK'S FUTURE (The security situation in the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk has further deteriorated over the past few weeks after the Iraqi government formed a committee assigned to "normalize the situation". The creation of that committee under a constitutional provision has led to a rise in ethnic tensions among Kirkuk's Kurdish, Arab and Turkoman populations. Violence has risen with the tensions.

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by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

"This is the 21st Century. Get with it, man!"

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Today in Iraq: The Latest News From the President's War of Choice
G.O.P.'s Baker Hints Iraq Plan Needs Change

Washington, DC - Today's Washington Post reports that James A. Baker III, co-chairman of the bi-partisan Iraq Study Group, said Sunday that the panel would not recommend that the U.S. stay the course in Iraq. This statement comes days after Sen. John Warner, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that the U.S. needs to re-evaluate the current strategy in Iraq and may need to change course. Democrats believe we need a new direction in Iraq that is both tough and smart.

Monday, 09 October 2006 03:03

The Union Leader: "Speaker, others must go"

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The Union Leader: "Speaker, others must go"

Washington, DC - Over the weekend, an editorial in the Union Leader in New Hampshire said that for his gross mishandling of the Foley scandal, "Republicans must insist that [Speaker Hastert] resign." They also noted that Hastert's efforts to blame Democrats have fallen flat and that "there is not one shred of evidence to back up that claim."

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by Danny Schechter, Mediachannel.org

New York, Oct 8: Journalism lost one of its brightest lights this weekend when the well- known and globally-honored Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya, a mother of two and the most courageous chronicler of the Wars in Chechnya, was shot to death, KGB style with two bullets to the head in the elevator of her apartment building in Moscow.

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October 9, 2006

Dateline -- Buenos Aires, Argentina

For some 30 years, the Argentine women known as the Madres (Mothers) de La Plaza de Mayo have marched every Thursday in front of the Presidential Palace of Argentina. They gather in memory of their children and grandchildren, who were among the estimated 30,000 people who disappeared during "Operation Condor." Another 50,000 people were murdered.

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by Brent Budowsky

While the House Republican Leadership is embroiled in a sex scandal involving abuse of young Congressional pages and coverup issues, the White House is now embroiled at the epicenter of the Jack Abramoff lobbying and corruption scandal with the abrupt and surprise resignation of Karl Rove's Deputy, on the eve of a national election.

Friday, 06 October 2006 08:47

DNC: Cheney Brings Fear And Smear Tour To Florida

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DNC: Cheney Brings Fear And Smear Tour To Florida

Washington, DC - Today, Vice President Cheney campaigned in Sarasota, Florida for Republican congressional candidate Vern Buchanan. Once again, Cheney engaged in baseless fear and smear tactics.

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PageGate is less about Rep. Mark Foley sexually harassing minors than the Republican leaders who covered up the abuse and put young boys in danger. But the truth is that Republicans have long been doing the very thing to America's youth that Foley wanted to do to his pages.

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DNC: McCain's Double Talk Express Hits Stump For Congressman Who Covered For Foley

Washington, DC - On Friday, October 20th, Senator John McCain is scheduled to campaign with NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds, who is currently embroiled in the GOP cover-up of former Republican Congressman Mark Foley's sexually explicit messages that he sent to under-age House pages. Even after Reynolds was informed about Foley's transgressions, he encouraged Foley to run for a seventh term, gave $5,000 to Foley's campaign, and took $100,000 of Foley's campaign cash for the NRCC rather than investigating the matter further. As the scandal came to light, Reynolds' chief-of-staff worked to keep the media from exposing Foley. Yesterday, McCain called for an independent investigation of the scandal by "credible" people. Instead of campaigning with Reynolds later this month, McCain should cancel his fundraiser for Reynolds and call on Reynolds to tell the truth about his actions in this scandal.

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