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AL QAEDA'S NEXT GENERATION   The Terror War will really begin as thousands of Iraq-trained jihadis return to their home countries throughout the Middle East and Western Europe


HOW BUSH BROUGHT IRAN AND IRAQ TOGETHER   The money to reconstruct Iraq is increasingly dependent upon Iranian financiers


2005 MEDIA LOWLIGHTS: THE UNCOVERED NEWS   How the media fails the public interest by waiting for stories to be handed to them


THE OTHER ASSAULT ON IRAQ: VANDALIZING AND ROBBING THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION   U.S. forces unwilling to stop massive, ongoing looting of historical sites across Iraq


WHO'S HIDING OSAMA BIN LADEN?   The world's most famous fugitive is probably living next door to Pakistan's military elite, and with their welcome


USDA CHEATED BLACK FARMERS OUT OF MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT   A group representing 100,000 African American farmers has filed a class-action suit -- to collect the billions of dollars due from winning another class-action suit proving that the Ag Dept. illegally blocked them from crop loan programs for decades


THE GLOBAL WARMING ERA BEGINS   New Orleans may not look like the America we've lived in, but it very much resembles the planet we will inhabit the rest of our lives


CENTRAL AMERICA IN BLOODY WAR ON GANGS   Death squads largely made up of off-duty police officers carry out "social purge"

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