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An Introduction to Austrian Economics: Understand Economics, Understand Everything
The Century of the Self: The Untold History of Controlling the Masses Through the Manipulation of Unconscious Desires
The Disappearing Male: From Virility to Sterility

The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off
Operation Gladio: The Hidden History of U.S. Sponsored False Flag Terrorism in EuropeThe New American Century: The Untold History of The Project for the New American Century
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Archived News Thursday August 31st, 2006
Keith Olbermann Speaks Truth To Power posted 08/31/2006, 7:40 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Resistance]


TRANSCRIPT

The man who sees absolutes, where all other men see nuances and shades of meaning, is either a prophet, or a quack.

Donald H. Rumsfeld is not a prophet.

Mr. Rumsfeld's remarkable speech to the American Legion yesterday demands the deep analysis--and the sober contemplation--of every American.

For it did not merely serve to impugn the morality or intelligence -- indeed, the loyalty -- of the majority of Americans who oppose the transient occupants of the highest offices in the land. Worse, still, it credits those same transient occupants -- our employees -- with a total omniscience; a total omniscience which neither common sense, nor this administration's track record at home or abroad, suggests they deserve.

Dissent and disagreement with government is the life's blood of human freedom; and not merely because it is the first roadblock against the kind of tyranny the men Mr. Rumsfeld likes to think of as "his" troops still fight, this very evening, in Iraq.

It is also essential. Because just every once in awhile it is right and the power to which it speaks, is wrong.

In a small irony, however, Mr. Rumsfeld's speechwriter was adroit in invoking th
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Israel leaves behind 100,000 unexploded bombs posted 08/31/2006, 7:40 PM (The Peninsula Qatar)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Cluster bombs dropped by Israel on southern Lebanon in the conflict with Hezbollah are still threatening civilians, a top UN official said yesterday, calling Israel "completely immoral" for using the weapons in residential areas.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said some of the bombs fired by Israeli forces in the last days of the war were made in the United States and urged Washington to talk to the Jewish state to stem the flow of the deadly arms.

“I h
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Guard families cope in two dimensions: `Flat Daddy' cutouts ease longing posted 08/31/2006, 7:40 PM (Boston Globe)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Logan, 3, and Justin Holbrook, 14, rode to dinner with the life-size cutout of their father, Lieutenant Colonel Randall Holbrook, a Maine National Guardsman from Hermon, Maine. (Bridget Brown/ Bangor Daily News via Associated Press)

Maine National Guard members in Iraq and Afghanistan are never far from the thoughts of their loved ones.

But now, thanks to a popular family-support program, they're even closer.

Welcome to the ``Flat Daddy" and ``
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Iraq letter 'suppressed' by Downer posted 08/31/2006, 7:40 PM (The Age)
[Category: Cover-Up/Deceptions]
A DAMNING six-page letter on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was suppressed by Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, according to a former senior diplomat.

Dr John Gee, a world-renowned expert on chemical weapons, worked with the US-led weapons hunt, the Iraq Survey Group, after the war and wrote the critical letter when he decided to resign.

In it he warned the Australian Government the hunt was "fundamentally flawed" and that there was "a distinct re
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Downer knew there were no WMDs in Iraq, says key weapons inspector posted 08/31/2006, 7:40 PM (ABC, The World Today)
[Category: Cover-Up/Deceptions]
ELEANOR HALL: Now to allegations against Australia's Foreign Minster on one of the Government's key reasons for going to war in Iraq.

A key weapons hunter hired by the United States says the Australian Government did not want to face the fact that there no weapons of mass destruction and that no evidence of programs to build them were found in Iraq.

Dr John Gee worked with the Iraq Survey Group after the Coalition's invasion of Baghdad and he wrote to the Government
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British Ministry Of Truth Wants To Prosecute American Bloggers posted 08/31/2006, 7:40 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The decision made by the New York Times to block British readers from seeing an article detailing the liquid terror plot suspects has raised vital questions regarding freedom of information in this country and within cyberspace.

The New York Times said on Tuesday it had blocked British Internet readers from seeing a story detailing elements of the investigation into a suspected plot to blow up airliners between Britain and the United States.... (more)


N.Y. Times move to block U.K. readers raises questions posted 08/31/2006, 7:40 PM (Reuters)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A New York Times decision to block British online readers from seeing a story about London terrorism suspects raises new questions on restricting the flow of information in the Internet age, legal and media experts say.

The New York Times said Tuesday it had blocked British Internet readers from seeing a story detailing elements of the investigation into a suspected plot to blow up airliners between Britain and the United States.

The story was published in Monday's
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VIDEO: Nagin warns on fed 'strangle' of New Orleans posted 08/31/2006, 7:39 PM (Total Information Analysis)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]


In this important speech to the National Association of Black Journalists, the Hon. Ray Nagin warns the federal government is angling to strangle New Orleanians and take over the city -- and "shrink the footprint" of NOLa (in line with the United Na
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2 Marines admit to abducting, killing Iraqi posted 08/31/2006, 7:39 PM (Los Angeles Times)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
CAMP PENDLETON - Two Marines have confessed to kidnapping and killing a 52-year-old Iraqi man in Hamandiya, west of Baghdad, a military prosecutor said Wednesday at a preliminary hearing.

Capt. Nicholas L. Gannon said Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III and Cpl. Trent Thomas admitted the slaying, one of two high-profile cases in which Marines allegedly killed Iraqi civilians without provocation.

Gannon said a third defendant, Lance Cpl. Robert Pennington, gave a statement th
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U.S. sniper kills family of four in Ramadi – witnesses posted 08/31/2006, 7:39 PM (Voices Of Iraq)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Ramadi, Aug 31, (VOI) – An Iraqi family of four people was killed by U.S. sniper fire on Thursday morning in Ramadi, Anbar province, eyewitnesses said.

“A man, his wife and two children were walking home in al-Huz neighborhood when a U.S. sniper shot them dead at 11:00 a.m. in al-Ma’ared Street,” a witness told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).

U.S. Marines have been stationed on the roof tops of high buildings in several neighborhoods of Ramadi for
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Rabbis: Israel Too Worried Over Civilian Deaths posted 08/31/2006, 7:39 PM (Forward)
[Category: Geopolitics]
As international human rights organizations decry the high toll of civilian deaths suffered in the Lebanon war, America’s main organization of Modern Orthodox rabbis is calling on the Israeli military to be less concerned with avoiding civilian casualties on the opposing side when carrying out future operations.

Following a solidarity mission to Israel last week, leaders of the Rabbinical Council of America issued a statement prodding the Israeli military to review its policy of t
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Huge Spy Scandal Goes Unreported posted 08/31/2006, 7:39 PM (American Free Press)
[Category: Commentary]
The military continues to say very little about the apprehension of a sailor who has been accused of selling highly classified information from a U.S. nuclear attack submarine to unspecified countries. A Navy source in Norfolk, Va., where accused spy Petty Officer Third Class Ariel J. Weinmann is being held, told American Free Press that it is one of the worst cases of espionage in U.S. history.

While Russia has been mentioned as one of the countries involved in the ring, there ha
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What Scientists Aren’t Telling You About Stem Cell Technology posted 08/31/2006, 7:39 PM (Bill Sardi)
[Category: Science/Technology]
It’s said that Bible believers set back scientific progress when they asserted a few centuries back that the world is flat. Actually the Bible describes a circular Earth and it was the scientific community that mistakenly asserted the world is flat. [Book of Isaiah 40:22]

With that said, we now hyperspace in time to the ethical and scientific issues surrounding stem cell technology. The claim is that Christians are needlessly confining paralytics to wheelchairs and the blind t
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Mexico Leftist to Create Parallel Gov't posted 08/31/2006, 7:38 PM (Associated Press)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, convinced he won't be awarded the presidency, has vowed to create a parallel leftist government and is urging Mexicans not to recognize the apparent victory of the ruling party's Felipe Calderon.

While his party lacks the seats in Congress to block legislation, Lopez Obrador can mobilize millions to pressure his conservative rival to adopt the left's agenda — or to clamp down and risk a backlash.

Both scenarios are possibilities as the f
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U.S. military sees Iran's nuke bomb 5 years away posted 08/31/2006, 7:37 PM (Washington Times)
[Category: General]
The U.S. military is operating under the assumption that Iran is five to eight years away from being able to build its first nuclear weapon, a time span that explains a general lack of urgency within the Bush administration to use air strikes to disable Tehran's atomic program.

Defense sources familiar with discussions of senior military commanders say the five- to eight-year projection has been discussed inside the Pentagon, which is updating its war plan for Iran. The time frame
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Taxpayers pay for Bush's campaign travel posted 08/31/2006, 7:37 PM (Associated Press)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Bankrolled almost entirely by taxpayers, President Bush is roaming far and wide on Air Force One to help Republicans retain control of Congress and capture statehouse contests in high-stakes midterm elections.

In 15 months, including back-to-back fundraisers Wednesday in Little Rock, Ark., and Nashville, Tenn., Bush has collected $166 million for the campaign accounts of 27 Republican candidates, the national GOP and its state counterparts across the country, according to the Repu
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Privacy row erupts over child database posted 08/31/2006, 7:36 PM (UK Daily Mail)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Plans for a government database holding personal details on ten million children could be illegal and will hand a ‘dangerous weapon’ to paedophiles, according to a report.

Ministers are spending £200million of taxpayers’ money to create a file on every child in England and Wales, detailing personal information on their health and education.

More than 400,000 civil servants and council workers will have access to the Children’s Index, which by the end of 2008 w
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Celebrity children will get database privacy posted 08/31/2006, 7:36 PM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Children of celebrities will be given special safeguards in a new database that will store details of every child in England and Wales, it was disclosed yesterday.

Ministers said the contentious two-tier level of privacy will protect children of the rich and famous from intrusion.

Addresses and telephone numbers of celebrities will be removed from the database if, for example, their children are deemed at risk of kidnap.

But opponents of the £241
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Donors pledge over $940m for Lebanon posted 08/31/2006, 7:35 PM (The Guardian)
[Category: General]
International donors today pledged more than $940m (£490m) for early reconstruction efforts in Lebanon and called on Israel to lift its sea and air blockade of the country.

The Swedish organisers of the aid conference, held in Stockholm, said the commitments were almost double their initial target of $500m. "The conference has thus met its objective with a wide margin," said Swedish foreign minister, Jan Eliasson.

Adding previous pledges and commitments for longer-t
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The Painful Lessons Of Hurricane Katrina posted 08/31/2006, 7:35 PM (Prison Planet)
[Category: Commentary]
One year after Hurricane Katrina and the lessons remain painfully clear - the event paved the way for the standard government response to a crisis - sabotage the rescue efforts, dominate and enslave the victims, then reap the windfall from the tragedy.

Katrina was a trial balloon for widespread gun confiscation under the pretext of a crisis. Following the police chief's announcement that nob
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US military leaders planning $20m public relations effort posted 08/31/2006, 7:35 PM (Washington Post)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
WASHINGTON -- US military leaders in Baghdad have put out for bid a two-year $20 million public relations contract that calls for extensive monitoring of US and Middle Eastern media in an effort to promote more positive coverage of news from Iraq.

The contract calls for assembling a database of selected news stories and assessing their tone as part of a program to provide ``public relations products" that would improve coverage of the military command's performance, according to a
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MP3 download: David Ray Griffin Shreds NORAD Tapes posted 08/31/2006, 7:35 PM (9/11 Blogger)
[Category: Commentary]
Yesterday, August 30, 2006, on KPFA's "Guns and Butter" radio program, host Bonnie Faulkner featured a new interview with David Ray Griffin: THIS IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LISTENING. The recent Vanity Fair piece and the NORAD tapes are thoroughly deconstructed and shown to be rife with anomalies;

The NORAD Audio Tapes: Real or Faked?

Interview with Dr.
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Another lie on Iraq posted 08/31/2006, 7:34 PM (Toledo Blade)
[Category: Commentary]
WHEN President Bush declared last week that "nobody has ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered" the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a large segment of the American public must have been very surprised.

They would be the die-hard supporters of the war in Iraq, the one-quarter to one-third of Americans who, according to opinion polls, believe to this day that Saddam was somehow involved in 9/11.

No one likes to think that their President is lying, b
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Robots that will change your life posted 08/31/2006, 7:34 PM (Forbes)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The robots are on the move — leaping, scrambling, rolling, flying, climbing. They are figuring out how to get here on their own. They come to help us, protect us, amuse us — and some even do floors.

Since Czech playwright Karel Capek popularized the term ("robota" means "forced labor" in Czech) in 1921, we have imagined what robots could do. But reality fell short of our plans: Honda Motor trotted out its Asimo in 2000, but for now it's been relegated to temping as a receptionist
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The Five Morons Revisited posted 08/31/2006, 7:34 PM (Paul Craig Roberts)
[Category: Commentary]
When the neocons launched the Bush administration’s invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and announced plans for invading Syria and Iran, I labeled Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Rice “the five Morons.” With the passage of time I see that I over-estimated their mental capabilities.

The “cakewalk” war has now lasted longer than World War II with Nazi Germany, and no end is in sight. It has cost the US taxpayers $310 billion in out-of-pocket costs with many additional hundreds
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Rummy’s Reverie: “The Media made me lose the War” posted 08/31/2006, 7:34 PM (Mike Whitney)
[Category: Commentary]
Don Rumsfeld may be a lousy Secretary of Defense, but he’s the best buck-passer this country’s ever had.

Nothing is ever his fault. Not Guantanamo, not Abu Ghraib, not Falluja, not Haditha, not de-Baathification, not the insurgency; nothing. Ever.

Of course, ever since Saddam’s bronze torso hit the pavement in Fidros Square, the occupation has steadily unraveled and turned into a quagmire. But that’s not Rummy’s fault either. Like President Bush said, “He’s doin’ a
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Terror case against U.S. citizen not so easily proven posted 08/31/2006, 7:32 PM (Detroit Free Press)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
MIAMI -- On a visit to Moscow in 2002, then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft trumpeted on television that "we have captured a known terrorist" who was plotting to blow up a radioactive "dirty bomb" in the United States.

The suspect: Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen who became a Muslim while living in Florida.

Ashcroft branded Padilla an "Al Qaeda operative," and he was held for more than three years without charges as one of a few U.S. citizens designated as so-calle
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Florida: Homeless Speed Trap Is Back posted 08/31/2006, 7:32 PM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Police in Ocala, Florida have brought back the practice of dressing up like the homeless in order to generate significant traffic ticket revenue. Sergeant Billy Woods, a white officer with a mustache, sat behind a cardboard sign in shabby clothes while wearing a Rastafarian cap and fake dreadlocks. The sign hid his radar gun and a radio used to summon a gaggle of chase officers hidden down the road at South Pine and Southeast 17th Street.

A sting on Tuesday at an intersection wher
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Report: U.S. Secretly Negotiated with Gaza Kidnappers posted 08/31/2006, 7:32 PM (ABC News, The Blotter)
[Category: General]
The U.S. secretly agreed to the "real demands" set by the group behind the August 14 kidnapping of two Fox News journalists in Gaza, according to a report in the pan-Arab newspaper al Hayat.

The paper quotes "informed sources close to the mediations" as saying that the U.S. secretly negotiated with the group through leaders of "the Palestinian popular resistance committees."

Last week, the previously unknown group calling itself "The Holy Jihad Brigades" issued a st
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Return Of People Power posted 08/31/2006, 7:32 PM (John Pilger)
[Category: Commentary]
In researching a new film, I have been watching documentary archive from the 1980s, the era of Ronald Reagan and his "secret war" against Central America. What is striking is the relentless lying. A department of lying was set up under Reagan with the coy name, "office of public diplomacy". Its purpose was to dispense "white" and "black" propaganda - lies - and to smear journalists who told the truth. Almost everything Reagan himself said on the subject was false. Time and again, he warned Ameri... (more)

Soldiers Die, CEOs Prosper posted 08/31/2006, 7:31 PM (Boston Globe)
[Category: Commentary]
More than 2,600 US soldiers have died in Iraq. July's toll for Iraqi civilians was 3,500, the deadliest month of the US occupation. Iraq's civil war is on pace to kill 25,000 to 30,000 civilians by year's end. If you add in the tens of thousands of deaths from the 2003 invasion (we do not know the exact number because the Pentagon won't comment), researchers will inevitably say that the body count has crossed 100,000.

All of this madness to stop a madman, Saddam Hussein.
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Against Total War? You’re an Appeaser of Fascism posted 08/31/2006, 7:31 PM (Kurt Nimmo)
[Category: Commentary]
For months, I have railed against the absurd neocon averment that Islam constitutes the embodiment of a new fascism. I have insisted the phrase “Islamofascism” is nothing if not a trite neologism, a meaningless political epithet. In effect, the term is used in a simplistic way to crank up the fear quotient.

“Islamofascism is nothing but an empty propaganda term,” notes Joseph Sobran. “And wartime propaganda is usually, if not always, crafted to produce hysteria, the destruction o
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Court OKs Wearing Anti-Bush Shirt at School posted 08/31/2006, 7:31 PM (Reuters)
[Category: General]
A U.S. student who sued school officials after he was made to censor his T-shirt that labeled President Bush "Chicken-Hawk-In-Chief" and a former alcohol and cocaine abuser won an appeal Wednesday to wear the T-shirt to school.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Zachery Guiles, who through his parents claimed his free speech rights had been violated when school officials made him put duct tape over parts of his T-shirt that showed a Bush image surrounded by co
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Childhood experts outraged at sexy Bratz dolls posted 08/31/2006, 7:31 PM (Herald Sun)
[Category: General]
SEXUALLY provocative baby dolls dressed in leather and lingerie are being marketed to girls as young as three.

Childhood experts have slammed the latest range of Bratz Babyz, claiming they are tantamount to child pornography.

But the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it was powerless to strip the dolls from shelves.

"We have mandatory product safety standards . . . but there is no arbiter for bad taste," a spokeswoman said.
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I Am a Curious Yellowcake posted 08/31/2006, 7:29 PM (Counterpunch.org)
[Category: Commentary]
Now that Dick Armitage has admitted to being the initial source of right-wing columnist Robert Novak's news story outing Valerie Plame as a covert CIA agent and wife of former ambassador Joseph Wilson, it's important to remember what this story is really all about.

The mainstream media has focused on the scandal as a whodunit, all about White House leaks and journalists' unidentified sources, but the real issue has largely been left unaddressed, namely: Why did the White House go
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NYT to Freedom of the Press: "Drop Dead!" posted 08/31/2006, 7:28 PM (Chris Floyd)
[Category: Commentary]
Readers in the UK perusing the New York Times yesterday ran across an intriguing headline about new facts coming out in the "bomb terror plot" that recently shook the island kingdom: "Details Emerge in British Terror Case." Hmm, what does America's "paper of record" have to say about this vital subject? Let's click the headline and see…er, let's click again and…Where's the story? What's this message?

'Air plot' police given more time posted 08/31/2006, 7:27 PM (BBC)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Police have been given more time to question five suspects in connection with the alleged airplane terror plot.

Anti-Terrorist Branch officers were granted warrants of further detention for seven more days for the five.

The lawyer for one of them, Muhammed Usman Siddique, 24, criticised the conditions his client has been held in since his arrest three weeks ago.

A total of 15 people have been charged with various offences in connection with the inv
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Secrets often stay on cell phones posted 08/31/2006, 7:26 PM (Associated Press)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Selling your old phone once you upgrade to a fancier model can be like handing over your diaries. All sorts of sensitive information pile up inside our cell phones, and deleting it may be more difficult than you think.

A popular practice among sellers, resetting the phone, often means sensitive information appears to have been erased. But it can be resurrected using specialized yet inexpensive software found on the Internet.

The married man's girlfriend sent a text
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Mugabe Likes Warrantless Surveillance Too posted 08/31/2006, 7:25 PM (IOL)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Harare - Zimbabwe's rights record was in the spotlight on Wednesday with critics blasting a proposed surveillance bill and the failure to resettle hundreds of thousands whose homes were razed last year.

In a further blow, the economically-ravaged country's once vibrant tobacco sector hit a new low on the last day of the auction season with sales expected to plummet 31 percent during the previous year.

The Zimbabwean parliament heard that the proposed Interception o
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North poorest region in country posted 08/31/2006, 7:22 PM (Jerusalem Post)
[Category: General]
The North has the highest poverty rate of any area in the country except for Jerusalem, and anti-poverty advocates warn that situation could well worsen following the recent war.

Twenty-nine percent of families and 40% of children in the North live under the poverty line, according to the National Insurance Institute's 2005 poverty report, issued Wednesday.

The national average stands at 20.6% of families and 35.2% of children. The overall rate of impoverished Israe
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